‘Gretel and Hansel’ is Creepy and Weird

In the style of the Grim fairy tale, the land of long ago is in serious famine. At the home of Gretel (Sophia Lillis), who for the sake of the movie is a teenager, and Hansel (Samuel Leakey), their mother (Fiona O’Shaughnessy) is losing her shit after the patriarch has gone on to his reward.Continue reading “‘Gretel and Hansel’ is Creepy and Weird”

‘The Grudge’ (2020) is Worth Your Time

Taking place in the mid-2000s, the same time as the first American remakes of the Japanese Ju On movies, the film chronicles the swath of destruction caused by an American nurse, Fiona (Tara Westwood) bringing home the Saeki curse to her own house and spreading it to anyone who steps inside. I wasn’t big onContinue reading “‘The Grudge’ (2020) is Worth Your Time”

‘The Gallows Act II’: Fun and Occasionally Creepy, Especially for the Under-18 Crowd

Loosely following the plot of the first movie (if you need a refresher you can read an exhaustive synopsis here, or if you’ve never seen it and want a quick spoiler-free plot outline, here are some), it opens with a rainbow of doomed teenagers (’cause it’s okay to bother casting a racially diverse group ofContinue reading “‘The Gallows Act II’: Fun and Occasionally Creepy, Especially for the Under-18 Crowd”

‘Girl on the Third Floor’: The Dangers of Being Overly Cocky

Don (C.M. Punk AKA Phil Brooks) is a disgraced former lawyer who defrauded his clients. He attempts to appease his pregnant and long-suffering wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) by buying a cheap murder house, with plans to renovate it entirely by himself. While Sarah works from their current home, he stays in the new one.Continue reading “‘Girl on the Third Floor’: The Dangers of Being Overly Cocky”

White Privilege, Racism, and Some Thoughts on Jordan Peele’s Brilliant ‘Get Out’

Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is a young Black man who’s wary about meeting his white girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) super-rich family for the first time. Her parents (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford) seem friendly and welcoming. However, Chris is in over his head as a gathering takes place with a sinister purpose in store for him. TheContinue reading “White Privilege, Racism, and Some Thoughts on Jordan Peele’s Brilliant ‘Get Out’”

William Friedkin’s ‘The Guardian’: It’s Worth at Least a Perfunc-tree Glance (review)

Camilla is the world’s best nanny. She’s sweet, knowledgeable, and works weekends. Too bad she’s also a Druid priestess (it’s quite the ma-tree-archy) who tends to sacrifice her young charges to a baby-eating tree. Up-and-coming couple Phil and Kate hire her, feeling blessed that all she asks in return for her hard work is TuesdayContinue reading “William Friedkin’s ‘The Guardian’: It’s Worth at Least a Perfunc-tree Glance (review)”

‘Gothika’: Slick High-Budget Horror with Actors You’ve Heard Of (review)

Halle Berry is Dr. Miranda, a prison psychiatrist. Among her many tasks is counseling Chloe (Penelope Cruz), who’s convinced the devil is raping her. Miranda’s smug sureness of who’s crazy and who’s not is challenged when after an encounter with a ghostly girl, she wakes up in a cell at her work, suspected of murderingContinue reading “‘Gothika’: Slick High-Budget Horror with Actors You’ve Heard Of (review)”

Bill Condon’s ‘Gods and Monsters’ is Beautiful and Bittersweet (review)

Fictionalized version of the last days of James Whale, director of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein. It’s the 1950s, and Jimmy (Ian McKellen) is an old man now, having long been booted out of Hollywood for being openly gay. His mind is starting to go, leaving him with two options: not take medication, be overcomeContinue reading “Bill Condon’s ‘Gods and Monsters’ is Beautiful and Bittersweet (review)”

1987’s ‘The Gate’ Offers a Bodacious Mix of Humor and Horror (review)

  About young Glen (Stephen Dorff) and his big sister Al (Christa Denton, The Bad Seed 1985), who are home alone for the weekend. With the help of their friend Terry (Louis Tripp, Gate II: The Trespassers), they accidentally turn a hole in the backyard into a portal to hell. Seems the combination of aContinue reading “1987’s ‘The Gate’ Offers a Bodacious Mix of Humor and Horror (review)”