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Get Out Review Key & Peele are master craftsmen of racial commentary in comedy. Many of their most memorable sketches from their hilarious show used horror elements to discuss racism in a humorous, yet effective method. Who could forget Suburban Zombies, or the equally awesome Alien Impostors? Their writing bridged the gap in many ways that even Sickle and I could join in with our horror-minded aspirations. So then the two friends parted ways to pursue other interests. Sometimes those interests include collaborating on the same film Keanu. Or, in the case of Get Out, we see Peele venturing into the realm of writing and directing a feature-length film. In Get Out, we follow Chris Washington (

Freudian Slip

Gantz: O Review Based on the manga Gantz, Gantz: O follows a man who, upon dying, is teleported to a small room with a large, black orb in it. He learns that he must "play a game" with a few teammates in which they will be teleported into battles against vicious monsters. Should they die, again, they will be dead for good. However, if they "score enough points" they can earn more weapons, be freed, or resurrect dead teammates. The team is forced to survive and adapt as they are dropped into a warzone of terrifying beasts. This CG-animated film from Japan, based off the manga of the same name, was nothing short of controlled chaos. The story is interesting, but doesn't seem to have any direct

Slippery Anatomy

A Cure for Wellness Review A Cure for Wellness follows a young, successful businessman (Dane DeHaan) who is forced to retrieve his boss from a mysterious "wellness center" housed within an ancient castle. As the center quickly appears to be more than it initially seemed, DeHaan is pulled into a chaotic nightmare of the surreal and must fight for his sanity and his life. The film had the persona of an amalgamation of several films, yet felt wholly original. The high-concept visuals and unique style of storytelling provide this aura of inventiveness that has been rare of late in the cinema realm. There was this feeling of Crimson Peak meets Shutter Island. That sooner does a disservice to Well

Feeling Special

Midnight Special Review [We like to disclose ahead of time when a film doesn't fall into the horror category. Midnight Special is definitely not a horror film and barely would qualify as a thriller, but does have a heavy scifi/indie vibe, which Efrit and I like to catch from time to time.] Midnight Special follows a man and his son as they flee the government and a cult that is obsessed with his son's special powers. With help from his wife and an old friend, Roy must find a way to get his son to a designated location by a certain time, disclosed to him by his son's powers. Much of the premise feels like Take Shelter compacted into a little boy. Shannon's character is similar in delivery and

Slurp Etiquette

Thirst Review Thirst follows a group of angst-filled teenagers as they go out on a wilderness retreat to improve their moral fiber. An alien crash lands and begins to consume members of the group one by one. The group must find a way to escape or fight the creature before they are all consumed. This is one of those scifi horror films that is hard to judge...because it sits in that vein of SyFy Originals that are done on a shoestring budget. Though this film did not appear to have its origins on the SyFy channel, it has all the formulaic elements of one. The acting is subpar, the directing is linear, and the monster effects are gratuitous and below-average CGI. But, again, it's hard in the ho

Trashy Mom Jokes

Trash Fire Review Trash Fire was admittedly, and unfortunately, one of the films we missed at the Telluride Horror Show. Efrit and I try to catch everything we can, but sometimes a couple of films slip through our fingers, and in this case it was a nice gem of a film. Trash Fire follows Owen, who, after discovering his girlfriend, Isabel, is pregnant, is driven into a situation in which he must visit his estranged sister and grandmother to prove he can house the family qualities necessary to raise a child. Given his very rough history with his two relatives, he is expecting to come into a disastrous situation. And given the ominous feeling upon their arrival, he just may have been right. Tra

Shock Test

Antibirth Review Antibirth follows a drug addict as she deals with the discovery that she is pregnant following a night of heavy partying. Convinced she didn't have sex, she battles with denial and some level of resolution while she attempts to carry on with her life. As the pregnancy advances rapidly, she is forced to confront the problem in some capacity, and hopefully find out who did this to her and why. Antibirth delivers little outside of its shock value jokes and early hype as a debaucherous, chaotic work of art. It is perceived as a film that is going to take it too far, and it really comes off more like a guy sitting on his couch, high, talking about doing something awesome. Sure, t

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