Cadaver and 32 Malasana Street (2020)

In the starving aftermath of a nuclear disaster, a family of three attends a charitable event at hotel, which takes a dark turn when when people start to disappear.

Cadaver is definitely not terrible, but it’s a movie full of wasted potential. There was definitely some sort of effort put into as the cinematography is actually decent and the movie has the atmosphere working for it, the problem is the acting and writing are just on the weak side. The movie becomes very predictable by the final act to the point where you can guess the ending, overall really nothing else worth mentioning. It’s one of those horror movies you will never think back to again after watching.

5/10 C

A family moving to a new house to live the dream of the big city. A house where dreams turn in nightmares.

I really spoke too soon I said Shudder picked up with Scare Me and The Mortuary Collection only to fall right back down again. This is the second to last movie on Shudder’s lineup leading up to Halloween (at the time this was written who knows they can add something at the last minute) 32 Malasana Street is pretty much every haunted house movie you have seen before, it’s sad because this is based on a true story (apparently) the problem is the movie does absolutely nothing to make itself standout from the rest of the crowd, then you have the transphobia which does absolutely nothing to impact the story. It honestly begs the question…did anybody look at it before it was released? I will give the movie this the filming is pretty nice and I do like the setting, the acting is fine enough but the writing just plays way too safe and doesn’t do anything to help this movie standout. I really don’t have anything else to say what could honestly there be more to say? There’s far better haunted house films out there that outclass this movie in every single way possible.

3/10 D-

Love And Monsters and The Secrets We Keep (2020)

In a monster-infested world, Joel (Dylan O’Brien) learns his girlfriend is just 80 miles away. To make the dangerous journey, Joel discovers his inner hero to be with the girl of his dreams.

I had little to no expectations with Love and Monsters, it looked like a Zombieland clone, however the movie is actually not that. Sure Love and Monsters does share some similarities as Zombieland but director Michael Matthews is able to bring a lot of different elements to the table. First off the film itself has to be the sweetest apocalypse movie I’ve seen, underneath all the monsters and the villains you have Dylan O’Brian and Jessica Henwick’s chemistry which is just beautiful to watch. You actually root for both these characters and care about their relationship, so to combine a very cute chemistry in a monster apocalypse movie was really clever. The acting is pretty strong, Dylan O’Brian and Jessica Henwick are both fantastic and give tons of memorable moments, the writing is cleverly written with character moments and humor both combined it turns out to be a interesting little movie. The filming is pretty well done and really does the location of the film justice, the special effects and the monsters I have to say are pretty solid. That was one of my main concerns going into this movie but I thought they were done pretty well. I feel like what I like most about the film is it feels quick and goes straight to the point. It knows what it wants to be and what it’s set out to do. Be a quick monster apocalypse film that has some similarities to some other movies but keep things fresh as well. I definitely recommend giving Love and Monsters a watch! One of the biggest surprises of the year.

8/10 B+

In post-WWII America, a woman, rebuilding her life in the suburbs with her husband, kidnaps her neighbor and seeks vengeance for the heinous war crimes she believes he committed against her.

The Secrets We Keep is basically Roman Polanski’s Death and The Maiden, only that this movie is nowhere near as good. I thought The Secretes We Keep started off interesting and had some good ideas, however it quickly showed that this movie is just a lifeless copy of Death and The Maiden, while the acting was very decent especially from Noomi Rapace. It isn’t enough to make any of the performances believable, it all just feels way too middle of the road and very below average. The writing isn’t really great at all, it has it’s moments but those are far and few in between.. I really don’t have anything else to say, if it sounds interesting to you check it out I guess. Otherwise don’t bother.

5/10 C

Nocturne and Evil Eye (2020)

An incredibly gifted pianist makes a Faustian bargain to overtake her older sister at a prestigious institution for classical musicians.

Nocturne is the third film of the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” film series, Nocturne is what happens if you took Suspiria, Whiplash and The Perfection and mixed them into one. Sydney Sweeney is very solid in her role and gave everything she could with a script that didn’t have much at all. The filming I thought was pretty well done as well, there are some extremely beautiful shots in the film that are very memorable. Unfortunately that’s where the praise for Nocturne ends because a lot of it is just a weaker version Suspiria, Whiplash and The Perfection. All three of those films did what this movie did so much better in every single way possible, but that doesn’t make this movie bad by any means. It’s actually decently directed and has some strong moments when it comes to the script. But as I said before there is not a whole lot to work with the writing. I definitely think Nocturne is a serviceable movie that gets the job done but it’s not something that you will look back on in a few years.

6/10 C+

A superstitious mother is convinced that her daughter’s new boyfriend is the reincarnation of a man who tried to kill her 30 years ago.

Evil Eye is the fourth movie of the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” series, it’s also the last one that was released this year, the other four films being released next year. Evil Eye was a solid way of ending the first half, it brings in some much needed South Asian representation to the horror genre and I really do like how the film actually used that and talked a bit about the culture as well. The acting all around was solid and the direction was pretty decent as well. I do feel the movie does lose some steam towards the end, mostly due to being a bit repetitive at times. But a lot of the film is a ton of fun, it has a very solid atmosphere with a few decent scares that I’m sure a lot of people will enjoy! I recommend giving Evil Eye a go!

6/10 C+

The Lie and Black Box (2020) The first two films of the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” eight film series!

A father and daughter are on their way to dance camp when they spot the girl’s best friend on the side of the road. When they stop to offer the friend a ride, their good intentions soon result in terrible consequences.

The Lie is the first film of the “Welcome To The Blumhouse” eight film series four of them being released this year and the other four presumably being released next year. The Lie is a very appropriate title because the advertising is a damn lie, this is not a horror film. This is a terrible thriller that has one of the most ridiculous twists I have seen this year, scratch that one of the worst I’ve seen in awhile (more on that soon) first off the only positive I can give this movie is the filming, it’s actually quite decent and does give the film at least some sort of atmosphere. However everything else is horrendous, Joey King is terrible which I really hate to say because I do really like Joey King. The problem is her choice in roles and this is honestly one of the worst, everyone else in the film isn’t good either…don’t even get me started on the writing. I can’t believe someone actually looked at this and said “Looks great!!!” There are at points where The Lie tries to be much more than it really is and that’s when it’s at it’s worst, it plays out about as well as soap opera. Lastly there’s the ending which is horrendous as I said before, it’s one of those twist endings where you just want to hit your head against the wall. I really don’t know what else to say, its no wonder this movie was shelved…give this one a huge skip.

1/10 F

After losing his wife and his memory in a car accident, a single father undergoes an agonizing experimental treatment that causes him to question who he really is.

The second film in the “Welcome To The Blumhouse” eight film series, luckily Black Box is far better than The Lie. The premise of Black Box has been done before, but at least a lot working for it. Mainly the acting which is really solid Mamoudou Athie does a very solid job in the leading role, the writing is very solid and does deliver some very strong character moments mostly from Mamoudou Athie’s character Nolan. Unlike The Lie I can definitely say that Black Box is a horror movie, it has some haunting moments with a dark atmosphere that works really well in this movie’s favor. It’s also refreshing to see actually well written characters unlike The Lie, while the characters in Black Box might not be groundbreaking they do have depth to them and are interesting all around. I do feel like Black Box could have explored a little more and tried something a little more new with it’s premise, but for the most part this is a very solid film that I would recommend!!

7/10 B

Save Yourselves and Wolf Of Snow Hallow (2020)

A young Brooklyn couple heads to an upstate cabin to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. Blissfully unaware of their surroundings, they are left to their own devices as the planet falls under attack.

Save Yourselves! Is an interesting one, it’s different take on the alien abduction genre and has two fantastic leads. Sunita Mani and John Paul Reynolds both do a fantastic job in their roles, the chemistry between the two is both cute and hilarious. The writing really helps the two make many clever jokes, ideas and helps create a very interesting plot. I do feel that the second half is of the film isn’t quite as strong as the first half simply due to it becoming a little more familiar and I do wish the film went into the whole “dependence on technology” a lot more. But from what was shown this was a very solid movie that I definitely recommend giving a go.

7/10 B

Terror grips a small mountain town as bodies are discovered after each full moon. Losing sleep, raising a teenage daughter, and caring for his ailing father, officer Marshall struggles to remind himself there’s no such thing as werewolves.

The Wolf Of Snow Hallow is a weird but interesting hybrid of different genres, it’s one of the better horror comedies that offer a ton of laughs and have a pretty solid chemistry with the characters, Jim Cummings does a fantastic job in his role as well as directing and writing the film. The film is a ton of fun, it’s a different take on the werewolf movie genre and brings in some new ideas to the table that are quite interesting. The location combined with the filming really brings a lot of life into the film and gives it this thrilling but at the same time comedic atmosphere (thanks to the writing) give this one a look!

7/10 B

Tales From The Hood 3, The Cleansing Hour and Books Of Blood (2020)

William, a lumbering man in his 50s, tries to outrun an unseen evil with 6-year-old girl Brooklyn, who tells him four different moralistic and horrific stories to keep her mind off the impending danger.

Not going to comment much on this, Rusty Cundieff (who directed the first and second film) and Darin Scott (who directed the second film) are both back, I’m one of those rare people who actually enjoyed the second film but can understand why someone wouldn’t like it. I feel like the major problems with Tales From The Hood 3 is it goes into this darker direction, that really just feels out of place. Tony Todd as always is really great and definitely the highlight of the film, the stories aren’t bad, in fact of all them have their moments but I wouldn’t say any of them are anything fantastic. It’s a very below average sequel that really could have done a lot more.

5/10 C

Another successful “exorcism” streamed online – or so it seems. Can the “exorcist”, producer and their team bring the ratings up? Ratings skyrocket, when a real demon gets involved.

The Cleansing Hour is Shudder’s fourth original movie on their lineup of movies leading up to Halloween and this is a surprisingly solid one, The Cleansing Hour takes the Exorcism plot line and manages to do something different with and for the most part the premise works well! Acting wise it’s pretty okay the same can be said with the writing, it’s nothing mind blowing but it’s still pretty solid. It combines exorcism with torture surprisingly well, sure at times it does go over the top but the ending is pretty great and the movie is very interesting to watch. I say give this one a go!

6/10 C+

A journey into uncharted and forbidden territory through three tales tangled in space and time.

Books Of Blood is a horror anthology film, those of you who have followed me for awhile know that Horror anthologies are one of my favorite subgenre in the horror genre. The problem is a lot of the recent ones are not that great sure there’s exceptions (ABC’s of death movies and the first two V/H/S movies are really great). While Books Of Blood is certainly the worst attempt it really doesn’t standout at all, the major problems with this movie is mostly the writing and having interesting ideas but not exploring them very well. The movie kind of just throws ideas at a wall to see what will stick, the segments are really nothing special. They are all just okay with very little to offer, the CGI is terrible and feels very out of place. I really don’t have much else to say, unless you are a huge horror anthology fan I don’t recommend this one.

4/10 D+

A Call To Spy (2020)

In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency – SOE – to recruit and train women as spies.

A Call To Spy is about a fascinating World War II story that should have been told in film awhile ago at least now it has been told and it was a pretty good way of telling it. The cast does a really great job in their roles the standouts being Sarah Megan Thomas, Stans Katic and Radhika Apte all three really gave it their all in these roles and the results are impressive. The writing is really solid as well it feels very natural as it should, I say this because a lot of World War II movies as of late have not had very natural writing which is a huge problem, because after all World War II actually happened. So it’s refreshing to see one have a natural feel to it after awhile, the only real main criticism I have with this movie is that I don’t think it needed to be 123 minutes long, at some points it does feel like the movie drags on a bit. But otherwise A Call To Spy is a very solid film, I really hope this is beginning of telling more World War II stories that are barely ever talked about. I recommend giving this one a go definitely one of the better releases (at the time this was written.)

7/10 B

12 Hour Shift (2020)

Bodies start to pile up when a drug-user nurse and her cousin try to find a replacement kidney for an organ trafficker.

12 Hour Shift I actually thought looked sort of decent from the trailers and it had some potential…unfortunately it’s not that great, 12 Hour Shift started out pretty okay but quickly went downhill. First off none of the characters are likable at all, which isn’t necessarily a flaw but how the movie goes about it is just sloppy. It’s almost like two completely different people made this movie and had no idea what to do with it, the movie also got really mean spirited out of nowhere, I’m not even 100% sure what they were trying to go for. There is some comedy thrown in but none of it is really funny or clever at all, what really saves this movie is mostly the acting and some of the filming, as much as I don’t like the characters I can’t deny that the cast actually did the best they could with a very unimaginative script. Overall I can definitely see why one would like 12 Hour Shift, but it just wasn’t for me at all. If it sounds like something that would interest you, by all means check it out. I also don’t think it’s a terrible movie, I just think it’s a movie that just didn’t come together at the end.

4/10 D+

The Binding and Oloture (2020)

While visiting her fiancé’s mother in southern Italy, a woman must fight the mysterious and malevolent curse intent on claiming her daughter.

The Binding is one of the Netflix’s movies in the lineup of horror movies before Halloween, the major problem with The Binding is it does nothing different from other exorcism horror movies. If you have seen at least one exorcism horror movie well you have already seen The Binding, with that said I wouldn’t say it’s terrible. It does have some decent acting and some pretty okay writing during the first half of the movie, however as the second half rolls around it becomes all too familiar and very predictable, The Binding is a perfectly fine movie if you are starting out in the horror genre or if you are looking for time to kill, but otherwise this isn’t something I would recommend.

5/10 C

A journalist goes undercover as a prostitute to expose human trafficking but she only finds a world of exploited women and ruthless violence.

Oloture definitely has it’s heart in the right place when it comes to discussing the topic of the movie or bringing more attention to it. Because Human Trafficking is definitely an issue that does not get talked about enough, the problem is when it comes to filmmaking Oloture is not good. There are some moments there that do work, but a lot of the time it feels very cheaply made and really doesn’t offer too much. The acting is terrible, the writing drags the movie down and stopping it from saying anything important. I definitely understand what they were trying to do with the filming they wanted to go for this “ugly” look showing how terrible Human Trafficking is, the problem is the style is present throughout the film. Even when the scene in question is taking place somewhere else, that’s where the movie really falls flat. Overall this is definitely not the worst Netflix Original but this most certainly is one of the most forgettable.

3/10 D-

Do Not Reply, Let’s Scare Julie and Death Of Me (2020)

Chelsea, a teenager, is abducted through a social media app by Brad and is held captive with other girls who are to become victims in his virtual reality filmed murders.

Do Not Reply wants to be Megan Is Missing so badly but it fails to make the impact Megan is Missing did, for one thing Do Not Reply doesn’t feel raw at all. Which is one of the advantages Megan Is Missing had, Do Not Reply feels very planned and does not feel natural. It doesn’t help a lot of the movie is just not that interesting, I’ll give it this at least it isn’t horrendous…it does a few things okay such as the setup, but the characters make so many ridiculous choices in this movie that it completely ruins the movie. It grows tiresome when none of the characters fight back, not much else to comment on. Do Not Reply could have been a lot worse but that really does not mean much at all..

4/10 D+

A group of teen girls set out to scare their reclusive new neighbor, but the prank turns to terror when some of them don’t come back.

I feel like if Let’s Scare Julie were a short film it would much better and actually could be effective, the problem here is it’s a full length movie. I liked the concept of the movie and maybe thought they were going to do something interesting, but a lot of the time it’s focusing on very unlikable characters talking over each other for long periods of time, the only two tolerable characters are Emma and Lily but even then like all the other characters they have little to no character development. So you are really just left with a bunch of characters you don’t care about, the acting is pretty poor as well as the writing. There’s a few moments that look like they were trying to make something work, but it ultimately wasn’t enough. The major issue here is that it takes way too long to get going (it can be argued that never got going) they really don’t show anything that happens to the girls and then the movie just ends. Overall Let’s Scare Julie is definitely something not worth looking into, it’s a bad horror movie that’s just not interesting.

3/10 D-

A vacationing couple must discover the mystery behind a strange video that shows one of them killing the other.

Darren Lynn Bousman should honestly stick with the Saw movies (Repo was also pretty solid) that’s what he’s good at because when he attempts films like Death Of Me it just doesn’t come together, Death Of Me is pretty much another one of those Americans visit foreign countries and terrible events happen. The acting is terrible, the writing is even worse and offers nothing new to the table. The movie itself is a complete and total mess, with some horrendous editing that completely kills the movie. It’s predictable and doesn’t do anything new at all and it also feels like it was done in less than two days, Maggie Q is the one positive about this movie. She really tries with a terrible script that’s just begging for a rewrite. The best way to describe this movie is it feels like a film that wasn’t complete but they patched it together in a very sloppy way and sent it out there. Give this one a skip…

1/10 F