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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Honor Farm’

The Honor Farm can’t decide whether it wants to be a formulaic teenage horror flick or an incoherent Lynchian oddity. It sits somewhere in the middle, neglecting both fun, campy gore and a compelling plot. Cliches incorporated in this 74-minute head-scratcher include virgins at prom, an abandoned mental hospital, tripping …

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A 666-Character Review of ’68 Kill’

Love can make you do stupid things, but there is a line. In 68 Kill, Chip Taylor (Matthew Grey Gubler Criminal Minds, Suburban Gothic) has trouble finding where exactly it is. When his girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord Excision, Trash Fire) forms a plan to steal $68,000 for her sugar daddy, …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’

Macon Blair’s directorial debut, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore is a darkly funny crime thriller about a woman’s search for justice after her home is burglarized. Melanie Lynskey stars as Ruth, a nursing assistant turned vigilante, and is joined by Elijah Wood as Tony, the awkward neighbor. Lynksey …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Phantom of the Opera (1925)’

This ain’t your mom’s Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The original adaptation of the book has less Broadway flair and more Lon Chaney. Young soprano Christine has secured her role as an understudy for the local opera diva, but the theater’s phantom sees this as an injustice to her talents. Overtaken …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘XX’

XX is an anthology horror film featuring four shorts written and produced by women. The shorts go in the following order: “The Box,” “Birthday Party,” “Don’t Fall,” and “Her Only Living Son.” There doesn’t seem to be an overarching tie-in like most anthologies, but each film is separated by disturbing, …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Fly (1986)’

When an experiment goes wrong, Seth Brundle mutates into something truly monstrous, both in body and mind. An update of the 1958 classic, David Cronenberg’s vision for this tale of science gone wrong pushes things further in every direction. Jeff Goldblum plays Brundle with a nuanced eccentricity and a convincing …

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A 666-Word Review of ‘The Santa Clarita Diet’

I’m sure by this point, everyone with any kind of social media account has gotten countless notifications about a new Netflix original show called The Santa Clarita Diet. Personally, I scrolled past quite a few Twitter ads thinking Drew Barrymore was just hocking another celebrity endorsed  fad diet. Until, that …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Heathers’

A great ‘80s take on “be careful what you wish for,” Heathers follows Veronica Sawyer, a wise-beyond-her-years high schooler, as she navigates the typical stresses of catty teenage girls and a homicidal weirdo boyfriend. Not wanting to deal with her school’s queen bees, Sawyer (played by Winona Ryder) enlists the …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Misery’

Paul Sheldon finishes his new book and gets into a devastating car accident. He’s saved by Annie Wilkes, his biggest fan who nurses him back to health. When she finds her favorite character Misery dies, Annie forces him to resurrect Misery in a new book or face painful consequences. This …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Fraud’

Fraud is a marathon of quick cuts and rough cinematography that don’t seem to have a script. In other words, it’s found footage in top form. The film clocks in under one hour, and unfolds rather quickly as the family racks up debt, panics, and commits insurance fraud. The footage has …

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