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A 666-Character Review of ‘Relaxer’

Joel Potraykus’s glimpse into wasted youth is equal parts grotesque & absurd. His muse, Joshua Burge (Buzzard) returns as Abbie; A pushover, man-child who in an attempt to impress his bully of an older brother, accepts the impossible challenge of beating the 256th level of Pac-Man. Joshua’s commitment to discomfort/comfort …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘A Hole in the Ground’

Creepy, old house? Check. Secluded location near a large forest? Check. Young child with a sudden behavioral change? Also check. That right there, is a recipe for a not-so-fun time. Unfortunately, this movie treads on tired ground, and does nothing stylistically to set itself apart from the countless number of …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Depraved’

Glass Eye Pix is the master of hiding a punch of heart in the most unexpected places. Those imagining a re-vamped Boris Karloff creature-feature may be sorely disappointed. Instead, we get a true, modern retelling of Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic novel. After some rough performances in the opening act, the …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Cannibal Club’

Cannibal Club wants to be a biting social commentary about the upper echelon of social elite. When the film focuses on the inner workings of the club, whether it’s scandalous toolshed trysts at prestigious parties or grotesque dinner shows, it drives this theme home quite effectively. Unfortunately, we get very …

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A 666-Character Review Of Hulu’s ‘Into The Dark: Treehouse’

Social commentary is easy to do, but difficult to do well. Unfortunately, Treehouse doesn’t try very hard. The acting, led by Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, Always Sunny) and Julianna Guill (Friday the 13th [2009]), felt genuine despite hit-or-miss dialogue. Placing focus on getting PSA-like talking points and one-liners across rather than …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Piercing’

Reed has a wife and newborn baby. Reed wants to kill his baby. Reed knows he shouldn’t, and plans a weekend trip to find and kill a prostitute to satisfy his urges. Things do not go as planned. Split screens, close ups, a soundtrack using 70’s Italian horror songs, dark …

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A 666-Character Review Of Hulu’s ‘Into The Dark: Down’

The latest installment of Hulu’s Into the Dark Series, entitled Down, is no-frills survival horror. Most of the film takes place in an elevator, where Jennifer (Natalie Martinez, Death Race) and Guy (Matt Lauria, Friday Night Lights) are stuck throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. There are twists abound, though not at …

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A 666-Character Review of Hulu’s ‘Into the Dark: New Year, New You’

New Year, New You (part of Hulu’s “Into the Dark” series) stars Suki Waterhouse, Carly Chaikin, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Melissa Bergland. If viewed on a surface layer, the film is millennial survival horror. Upon a deeper look, the film’s self-awareness and full utilization of its four main characters adds a …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Rust Creek’

Rust Creek is a fresh take on the survival thriller. The feature film, which was recently picked up by IFC Midnight, is directed by Jen McGowan, written by Julie Lipson and stars Hermione Corfield. The film follows Sawyer (Corfield) as she embarks on an impromptu pre-Thanksgiving trip to Washington D.C. …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Nancy’

Nancy is a subtle look into loneliness, and the strive for human connections and relationships. A mega-slow burn, created in a way that’s packed full of desperate emotion, bleak landscapes, and a very somber tone. There’s a hope and longing for everything to work out, because you want to see …

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