Alien: Out of the Shadows Review

Alien: Out of the Shadows is a 2014 science fiction horror novel written by Tim Lebbon and published by Titan Books.  Set between Alien and Aliens, the book follows a Xenomorph outbreak on the planet LV-178 and the mining vessel in orbit above it. Positives: Good suspense Engaging story Good writing Good action Negatives: Ripley and Ash are unnecessary Lackluster characters Synopsis: The story follows the crew of a deep space mining ship, the Marion, who are led by the ship’s engineer, Chris Hooper, who is forced to take command…

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Spectral Review

Spectral is a 2016 science fiction action thriller film directed by Nic Mathieu, starring James Badge Dale (The Lone Ranger), Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek).  The story follows an engineer who teams up with an elite Special Ops unit to stop a otherworldly force who is wreaking havoc on a war-torn European city. Positives: Good performances Good cast Great story Great action Good direction Good score Negatives: Lackluster characters Obvious CGI Plot:  The story follows an engineer who teams up with an…

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Snowpiercer Review

Snowpiercer is a 2013 science fiction thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho (Okja), starring Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Song Kang-ho (The Host), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Jamie Bell (Fantastic Four), Octavia Spencer (The Divergent Series: Allegiant), Ewen Bremner (Wonder Woman), Ko Asung (The Host), John Hurt (Hellboy), and Ed Harris (The Abyss).  Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette. Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except…

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Run to Me Review

Run to Me is a 2016 thriller film directed by Philippe Gagnon (The Good Sister), starring Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black), Michelle Nolden (A Christmas Horror Story), Mike Shara (Ride), Amanda Tilson (The Last Sign), Arnold Pinnock (Twitches), George Tchortov (Borealis), and Allison Brennan (Debug).  The film follows an amateur triathlete falls under the spell of a controversial trainer who utilizes experimental therapy. Positives: Decent performances Negatives: Lackluster characters Predictable plot Poor direction Plot: An amateur triathlete (Claire Forlani) falls under the spell of a controversial trainer (Michelle Nolden) who utilizes…

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Deep in the Darkness Review

Deep in the Darkness is a 2015 horror thriller film directed by Colin Theys, starring Dean Stockwell, Kristen Bush, Sean Patrick Thomas, Blanche Baker, and Athena Grant.  The film follows a doctor and his family who move to a quiet, small town.  Soon he discovers the town’s dark secret: A terrifying race of controlling creatures that live in the surrounding forest.

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Changeling Review/Discussion | Breaker Debates Ep.41

Welcome to the 41st episode of Breaker Debates.  Changeling is a 2008 mystery thriller film directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Kelly, and Colm Feore.  Based partly on real-life events – the 1928 “Wineville Chicken Coop” kidnapping and murder case the film follows a woman supposedly reunited with a boy whom she immediately realizes is not her missing son. When she tries to demonstrate this to the police and city authorities, she is vilified as delusional and an unfit mother.

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The Girl With All The Gifts Review

The Girl With All The Gifts is a 2016 post-apocalyptic zombie horror thriller drama film directed by Colm McCarthy, starring Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, Paddy Considine, Sennia Nanua, and Fisayo Akinade. Based on the novel of the same name written by M. R. Carey, the plot is set in a dystopian future after a fungal infection nearly wipes out humanity, and focuses on the struggle of a scientist, a teacher, and two soldiers who embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Positives: Good performance by…

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Hemlock Grove Review

Hemlock Grove is a 2013 Netflix supernatural horror thriller television series created by Brian McGreevy, starring Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Landon Liboiron and Penelope Mitchell.  Based on the novel of the same name, the show examines the strange happenings in the fictional town of Hemlock Grove and the relationship between Roman Godfrey (Skarsgard), heir to the town’s wealthy Godfrey family, befriends the town’s newcomer, Peter Rumancek (Liboiron). Positives: Great performances Good, complex story Good use of CGI Good use of practical effects Good use of make-up Great characters Good score Negatives:…

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The Discovery Review

The Discovery is a 2017 romantic science fiction thriller film directed by Charlie McDowell, starring Rooney Mara, Jason Segel, Robert Redford, Jesse Plemons, Riley Keough, and Ron Canada. The film follows a scientist whose proof of an afterlife caused a rash of suicides forges ahead with his research, while his disapproving son falls for a troubled woman. Positives: Good performances Good cast Good score Good characters Interesting story Negatives: Slow paced Lacks intensity Plot: The plot follows Will (Jason Segel) who’s father is a scientist, Dr. Thomas Harbor (Robert Redford), who…

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I Am Not a Serial Killer Review

I Am Not a Serial Killer is a 2016 supernatural horror thriller film directed by Billy O’Brien, starring Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, Laura Fraser, and Christina Baldwin.  Based on Dan Wells’ 2009 novel of the same name, the story centers around a Midwestern teenager named John, a diagnosed sociopath, who must hunt down a paranormal serial killer in his hometown. Positives: Good performances Good score Good cast Good characters Good story Negatives: Low-budget, statically look Poor CGI Plot:  Centering around a Midwestern teenager named John, a diagnosed sociopath, who must…

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