Our Boat is Acceptable

47 Meters Down follows two friends who decide to go cage diving together with some sharks. After a series of events, the two end up on the ocean floor trapped with no way to the surface. With oxygen running low and sharks swarming above, can the two escape the inevitable? 47 Meters Down Review Apparently it is debatable what category Jaws falls into. Is it adventure? Is it the first true blockbuster? Or is it horror? It's hard to consider it any of these without acknowledging the others. But I do consider it a horror movie. A killer shark eating people? It fits all-too well. So on the scale of SyFy original to Jaws, where does 47 Meters Down fall? This film does a good job of breaking down t

Well, Back in my Day...

1922 follows a farmer, Wilfred (Thomas Jane), who decides to coerce his son, Henry (Dylan Schmid), into killing their wife and mother (Molly Parker), respectively, in order to retain the land they live on. Following the murder, the alliance between father and son deteriorates as the townspeople become increasingly suspicious. Wilfred's willpower to fight the insurgence of the investigation and his son's alienation begins to fragment, as he feels increasingly haunted by the specter of his dead wife and the rats that feast on her corpse. 1922 Review I half-expected 1922 to be directed by Frank Darabont, because the film falls somewhere between Pet Sematary and Shawshank Redemption. But perhaps

Stabbing All the Right Notes

The Babysitter follows a young teen, Cole (Judah Lewis), who is forced to continue to have a babysitter when his parents leave town, which is frequently. It's not all-bad though, because the babysitter, Bee (Samara Weaving), is super-hot and very kind to Cole. But when Cole decides to get curious about what Bee does when he goes to bed, he discovers that she and her friends are running a satanic cult. Can he survive the night if they choose him as the next sacrifice? The Babysitter Review Fresh off our trip to Telluride Horror Show, I couldn't help but sit down and enjoy this little gem posted on Netflix. I was blown away at the efficacy of the directing and the flawless dark-comedic deliver

Telluride Horror Show, Day 3

Telluride Horror Show was nothing short of impressive in its selection of shorts and films, as it is every year. Sunday was a great closing experience, seeing tons of shorts and a couple of films that hadn't yet popped up on the docket. Let's get into it! Sickle's Take The Horror...The Animated Shorts Red Riding Hood Redux - This short is pseudo-animated, in that a majority of it looked like it was live action with filters on top of it. It reminded me a lot of Renaissance with Daniel Craig. The end product was a quickened, dark version of the famous tale. Nothing terribly inventive. Cerulia - The culture shock of this piece made it difficult to engage and understand at times. The split perso

Telluride Horror Show, Day 2

The second day of THS was another huge success, featuring a myriad of horror short blocks and a few much-anticipated films from the S&E crew. Here are our thoughts on what we saw on day 2! Sickle's Takes Ha-Ha Horror Shorts I finally caught the Ha-Ha Shorts for the first time at THS, as I always had obligations in another theater in previous years. But I was able to finally go this year, and it did not disappoint. Here were the noteworthy and favorite shorts for me from the block. Great Choice A woman is trapped in a Red Lobster commercial. In the vein of Too Many Cooks, this short was the highlight of the block, and perhaps all of the shorts at THS thus far. It impressed riot laughter throu

Telluride Horror Show, Day 1

Telluride Horror Show kicked it off strong this year with some great films and shorts that we dove head-first into! It was an awesome start to what is sure to be a terrifying weekend in horror. Let's get into the reviews of the first day's smorgasbord, with Sickle, Efrit and guest writer Aaron. Sickle Trench 11 Trench 11 follows a WWI soldier who is ordered to assist a squad on an expedition to a German trench believed to house secret experiments. While exploring the labyrinth beneath the trench, the soldiers are introduced to horrors beyond their comprehension and experience firsthand the abominations the Germans created. This was by far the highlight of day 1 and the best way to kick off

Love[craft] is in the Air

Spring follows a young man who, after the loss of his job, and more importantly, his mother, decides to take a trip to Italy to get away from everything. While there, he meets a beautiful woman. As a budding romance begins, it becomes clear that she is more than she appears. Is he the luckiest guy alive, or is she a monstrous succubus playing a game? Spring Review It seemed like a good time to go back and review the second feature-length film from the directing duo of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson. Their first collaboration was Resolution back in 2012, and they will have their latest film, The Endless, debuting here in Colorado at Telluride Horror Show this coming weekend. The directors h

Cult Following

Cult of Chucky picks up where Curse of Chucky left off, following survivor Nica as she is committed to a mental institution. The Chucky doll eventually makes his appearance and begins to wreak havoc on the hospital. Can Nica find a way to stop Chucky's violent game of cat and mouse before it's too late? Cult of Chucky Review The Child's Play/Chucky franchise has been a roller coaster, as many of the 80's horror icons have been. I am one of those who actually thinks that the original "trilogy" of Chucky films were 3 of the best of the 80's/90's horror franchises. I don't think Child's Play 3 is all that bad. There...I said it... But the franchise took a pretty big drop once the films began th

Gaming

Gerald's Game is a Stephen King novel adaptation that follows a woman who is stuck handcuffed to a bed after her husband suffers a heart attack. As her mind splits and reality melts away, she has to come to terms with what she is willing to do to survive and escape her predicament. Gerald's Game Review A simple plot with complex visual elements sounds like a recipe for failure, especially when considering that King adaptations have a knack for getting lost in translation. But director Mike Flanagan was able to embrace these challenges and come out on top. Flanagan's resume boasts a couple of films I hold in high esteem. Absentia is one of the greatest low-budget horror films I've ever seen,

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