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  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    The Strangers: Prey at Night


    Like Happy Death Day last year, The Strangers: Prey at Night remixes the great films of horror past to ask what makes great horror present -- this time, in addition to story tropes is also iconography: a little Evil Dead title card here, some Carpenter lens flares there (with a burning car photographed quite like the titular Plymouth in Christine), a Texas Chain Saw Massacre ending to top it all off. Strangers 2 is not interested in puncturing genre myth,…

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day


    This may not be the best horror movie of 2017, but it's certainly the most interesting. It's one of those films we'll look back on and say "wow, that really reflects the period it was made in" or "this is totally about the _____ that was plaguing society of the day" etc, etc. First and foremost, you could write a really compelling essay about this film as a college rape epidemic analog (not that it is particularly subtle) -- lots…

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  • 47 Meters Down

    47 Meters Down


    This movie was made by:
    - a director whose career is now over
    - a DP who knows the craft of camera but not the art, also thinks slow motion makes everything better
    - a writer whose research consisted of skimming the Wikipedia page on the bends
    - an editor on cocaine
    - a sound mixer who records all the sound at the exact same level

    This movie features:
    - characters narrating their every fucking move
    - open sea swimming…

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day


    This is simultaneously the best and worst thing I've ever seen.