A Wounded Fawn is a bizarre ride shot in 16mm

A serial killer brings an unsuspecting new victim on a weekend getaway to add another body to his ever-growing count. She’s buying into his faux charms, and he’s eagerly lusting for blood.

A Wounded Fawn is definitely a weird one that truly goes bananas very quickly, the film is shot on 16mm and it looks really wonderful. It gives the film it’s own atmosphere and a haunting one at that, it definitely has the eerie feeling that a lot of very low budget horror films from back in the 70s or 80s had. Sarah Lind and Josh Ruben are both solid in their roles, they each bring something different to the film and the interactions between one another make the film all the more atmospheric. The practical effects combined with the makeup are truly incredible, they have a lot of the charm The Evil Dead had and it really works here, there’s a lot of gruesome imagery that is very creative and once again builds to the film’s atmosphere. Everything in this movie just stacks on top of each other and then goes complete haywire during the final acting, it really rewards the viewer with something truly special. Even though the writing can be a bit on the weak side at times particularly in the beginning, that isn’t enough to stop this movie from being a wild ride from beginning to end. Go into this one knowing as little as possible.

A Wounded Fawn is available on Shudder.

8/10 B+

Who Invited Them is a decent home invasion movie.

Adam and Margo start to suspect their new friends are actually duplicitous strangers with a dark secret.

Who Invited Them is definitely one of the better home invasion movies to come out recently, there’s some decent acting here along with the thrilling atmosphere intact. It’s not exactly hard to figure out what’s going to end up happening unfortunately which does take away some of the suspense, but what makes it standout is it’s actually pretty entertaining. The ending could have definitely used some work, I get what the movie was going for but in this case I don’t think it quite sticks the landing. Despite that the movie is entertaining and is a decent quick watch, just don’t go in expecting anything new.

Who Invited Them is available on Shudder.

6/10 C+

Most Anticipated Films Of September 2022!

August flew by and the summer movie season is over. 2022 still continues be an incredibly strong year for film and it’s only going to get better with upcoming releases for the last 4 months. September is usually a month that isn’t quite packed and is also sometimes a dumping ground, however this year it looks quite great (minus this week outside of Honk For Jesus Save Your Soul there is almost nothing releasing).

As always here’s some films that I’ve already seen at festivals that are coming out in September that I highly recommend checking out.

Speak No Evil – September 9th (Theaters) and September 15th (Shudder) if you like disturbing films make sure to check this one out. It’s a batshit insane movie that goes off the rails quickly, also be sure to go into it knowing as little as possible.

Riotsville USA – September 16th (Theaters and VOD Platforms) A very interesting film that’s entirely archival footage of how protests began to rise in the 60s, it’s a very haunting and powerful film that’s actually quite important. Definitely one of the most interesting films so far this year. If you are into protest history I recommend this one.

Sissy – September 29th (Shudder) Another really solid slasher film that’s going to release this year, fun characters, great kills, fun gore and so on. It’s everything you would want in a slasher film!!

Now on to the list itself!

23. Jeepers Creepers: Reborn – September 19th (Theaters) As far as I know Victor Salva has no involvement with this one, it also helps that it looks like a far better movie than the last Jeepers Creepers. 

22. Smile – September 30th (Theaters) it looks absolutely ridiculous but at the same time sort of looks fun as well!

21. Saloum – September 8th (Shudder)

20. Goodnight Mommy – September 16th (Amazon Prime Video) I definitely think there’s potential for this to be good, it has Naomi Watts and the filming looks really nice. However the original 2014 movie is such a great film that captured disturbing atmosphere, after seeing America’s attempt to remake disturbing movies before such as Martyrs, Inside and Oldboy (all the remakes were garbage) It’s likely this could be another dud. Despite that I am interested to see what they can do.

19. Who Invited Them? – September 1st (Shudder)

18. Jane – September 16th (Creator+)

17. My Best Friend’s Exorcism – September 30th (Amazon Prime Video) Was very surprised to see that the movie actually looks like a whole lot of fun. Elsie Fisher is in one of the leading roles!

16. The Greatest Beer Run Ever – September 30th (Apple TV+)

15. The Girl At The Window – September 27th (VOD)

14. Mona Lisa and The Blood Moon – September 30th (VOD)

13. Raven’s Hollow – September 22nd (Shudder)

12. Burial – September 2nd (VOD)

11. Vesper – September 30th (VOD)

10. The Woman King – September 16th (Theaters) One of the films I’ve been waiting for all year, Viola Davis looks incredible here and could end up giving one of the best performances of the year!

9. Do Revenge – September 16th (Netflix) Looks like an incredible amount of fun plus Maya Hawke is here to completely own it!

8. God’s Country – September 16th (Theaters)

7. God’s Creatures – September 30th (Theaters and VOD Platforms) Heard incredibly great things about this one and the trailer was quite great immediately introducing the mysterious atmosphere that I’m assuming will be in the film.

6. Marcel The Shell With Shoes On – September 6th (VOD) Finally this is coming to VOD platforms, heard nothing but good things about this one!

5. Moonage Daydream – September 16th (Theaters) – A Documentary on David Bowie that’s going to have unreleased footage from Bowie’s personal archives including live concert footage. I’m a big fan of lost media or unreleased media so this one immediately got my attention especially since I’m a fan of Bowie’s music!

4. Barbarian – September 9th (Theaters) The films has been described as “this year’s Malignant” and “a truly bizarre experience” and so on. First reactions for Barbarian were fantastic and sounds like one of this year’s unexpected fantastic films, really looking forward to this one.

3. Blonde – September 16th (Theaters) and September 28th (Netflix) Netflix has a very strong lineup for the rest of the year and Blonde is definitely one of them. Ana de Armas could score a Best Actress Nomination just from the trailers she captures a lot about Marilyn Monroe, the film is also going to be rated NC-17 a decision that’s not often done nowadays. It’s a film I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time ever since it was announced, it’s also great to see Andrew Dominick back with another film.

2. Don’t Worry Darling – September 23rd (Theaters) – Olivia Wilde directors something completely different, after Booksmart (fantastic film) she moves into the thriller/horror/drama area which is always fantastic. This is another film I’ve been excited for since it was announced, Florence Pugh is one of the leads and it seems to be like Darren Aronofsky’s film Mother! First reactions are September 5th at the Venice Film Festival so we will know how it is very soon!

1. Pearl – September 16th (Theaters) Ti West has already given horror fans X a fantastic slasher film that completely captured the 70s and 80s slasher era. Pearl serves as a prequel with Mia Goth returning as the lead who will not doubt hit it out of the park yet again. X is still one of my absolute favorite films of the year and I have no doubt Ti West will hit another homerun!

And that’s it for the list! Lots of great stuff here that I’m truly excited for!!

Quick Review: Glorious (2022)

a heartbroken man who encounters a primordial deity in a nearby bathroom stall, that requires him to satisfy it through the stall’s gloryhole.

Glorious is if you took Saw and made it into a cosmic horror movie with comedy and it for the most part works quite well. Ryan Kwanten is very entertaining here he gives a solid performance that is quite hilarious as well, J.K. Simmons does something completely different and it works wonderfully. He’s given so much to work with and he really does a good job of making into something you really would not expect, there’s definitely some issues with the ending as it doesn’t completely work but everything that came before it is genuinely fun and quite entertaining.

Glorious is available on Shudder.

6/10 C+

What Josiah Saw is almost great.

After two decades, a damaged family reunite at their remote farmhouse, where they confront long-buried secrets and sins of the past.

I’m sure there’s a lot more going on with What Josiah Saw and I’m sure this movie will have it’s audience but unfortunately I’m not one of them. The performances from Nick Stahl and Robert Patrick are both very solid and give some pretty raw moments, the movie struggles from its beginning as it takes a bit too long to introduce it’s characters as well as trying to find the right amount of atmosphere to use. Luckily the middle of the movie is a lot better and starts to move the story at a steady pace (not every scene is perfect but for the most part the pacing is better here), the ending is by far the strongest part of the film. Finishing it off with a haunting and pretty surprising ending that gets under the viewer’s skin, the film is divided into chapters and each one feels like you are watching a completely different movie. Which isn’t always a terrible thing in this case as the movie does try to combine them together to make a further point, but the beginning of the movie as I said earlier is dreadfully slow. The writing isn’t as strong as it could have been, while there are some interesting moments that explore the theme of childhood trauma and how it affects people in different ways. There really isn’t anything here that stands out, it’s a very well made movie and has the right ideas. The movie just suffers from a very unnecessary running time and writing that’s on the weaker side.

What Josiah Saw is available on Shudder.

5/10 C

Allegoria an anthology movie misfire.

A timid actress, a tortured painter, a pretentious writer, a psychotic sculptor and a rock band all become entangled when their insecurities manifest themselves into monsters and ghouls.

Spider One who is the younger brother of Rob Zombie enters with his first full length feature film Allegoria. The movie isn’t one of those anthology movies where there’s a ton of directors involved Spider One does all of them…and they are all pretty unremarkable. While the use of practical effects are nice the stories themselves have very little or no plot at all, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since having no plot can work. But with these shorts they are pretty much the equivalent of an obscure YouTube video on the “wrong side of YouTube” but with a bigger budget, a lot of the ideas didn’t have enough time to fully flesh out and the horror elements were just not done very well here, the pacing in the stories are very uneven. Some will go by way too quickly and others will go by slowly. This honestly just feels nothing more than a bunch of shorts that were found on the internet and someone put them together in a movie.

Allegoria is available on Shudder

2/10 F

The Reef: Stalked a sequel that goes horribly wrong.

Hoping to heal from a tragedy, a woman and her friends embark on a kayaking and diving adventure in tropical waters. However, the fun soon turns to terror when they find themselves fighting for their lives against a great white shark.

I have to say I’m quite impressed on how they took The Reef (2010) one of the rare actual good shark movies and made a horrendous sequel and by the exact same director as well. The Reef Stalked Is more less the exact same thing from a lot of other bad modern shark movies, there’s a very dull start that introduces the characters who are very poorly written (the decision making in this movie is baffling). Which I can look over bad decision making in films but when it’s one decision after another and distracts from the movie that’s when it becomes a problem, that’s definitely the case here plus the kills aren’t even great either so they couldn’t even deliver on that. The worst part about it is even the shark attack scenes aren’t well done, a lot of it has a shaky camera or strangely enough bubbles cover up what happens. There’s some fine enough acting at certain points but are nowhere near enough to say that the acting was great. The most entertaining bit of this movie is the writing there’s some truly unintentionally hilarious lines here that gave me a few laughs. Overall The Reef: Stalked is a terrible sequel, everything the first movie did right this one did wrong, luckily this is a forgettable one so at least there’s that.

The Reef: Stalked is available on Shudder.

2/10 F

Good Madam falls short on execution.

The aftershocks of apartheid reverberate through a South African family as a daughter tries to free her mother from the grip of her mysterious employer.

Good Madam has a lot going for it, the cast is quite great and work really well together. The script is tight and keeps things moving along at a steady pace, it’s very well crafted combined with an atmosphere that is actually pretty creepy and adds so much to the film, the main criticism here comes from the story at certain points loses the viewer. The story is very vaguely told at moments that are quite crucial to fully understand what exactly is happening here, by the final act it becomes a lot more clear as the horror elements do kick in after feeling like they were put in the backseat for most of the movie. Overall Good Madam is certainly not bad just a tad disappointing.

Good Madam is available on Shudder.

5/10 C

Quick Reviews: On The Third Day and Jewel (2022).

Cecilia and her son embark on a journey. On the third day, she is found wandering alone, not remembering what happened during this time. She is desperately looking for her son and finds herself wrapped in a brutal hunt, carried out by a religious fanatic, whom she faces off against. To her, he’s a lunatic. To him, Cecilia is the enemy.

So from what I’ve looked up about this movie after I finished watching it was that the English dub is absolutely terrible, which seems about right after watching the movie. I honestly couldn’t tell you what exactly happens in On The Third Day because a majority of it is nonsensical, there’s a lot of basic horror cliches with some neat gore every once and awhile but that’s really about it. Despite the movie being 85 minutes it feels like a huge chore to sit through and never gets any better.

On The Third Day is available on Shudder.

1/10 F

While visiting a massacre memorial, a photographer finds herself drawn to a local woman. Later, their romance stirs up painful memories of a shared past.

Jewel has some decent acting from Michelle Botes and Connie Chiume and there’s a couple shots that take advantage of the setting, however the rest of the movie is a very strange mesh of rushed scenes, plotlines that are introduced and quickly dropped with no explanation and has a script that should have been far stronger. I like the story the movie was trying to tell and I’m sure the people involved meant well, but it definitely felt like at times nobody knew exactly what they were talking about. I definitely think with more care and focus this could have been something interesting.

Jewel is available on Netflix.

3/10 D-

Revealer is a missed opportunity.

A stripper and a religious protester are trapped together in a peep show booth and must come together to survive the apocalypse.

Revealer just kind of exists granted there are some positives, such as the music that actually gets the viewer invested. The performances aren’t too bad for what they are, Caito Aase and Shaina Schrooten had very little to work with due to the script being so limited so you honestly can’t blame them here. There’s some nice visuals here and there that are entertaining but that’s about where it ends, the rest of the movie is very repetitive and the characters are really one dimensional. The movie tries to cram in a half baked message towards the end but it doesn’t work, mainly because it comes out of nowhere and the movie never gave any real time to develop it.

Revealer is available on Shudder.

5/10 C