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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

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August’s pick is The Dark Descent Anthology, edited by David G. Hartwell. 

 

At this point it seems that people contracting strange diseases in exotic locations is about as old as the horror genre itself. In very much the same vein as Afflicted and Contracted, Bite looks to take a bite out of the body horror/transformation subgenre; unfortunately it struggles to ever be more than a poorly acted gross out flick with very little in way of entertainment. 

High schoolers in "The Curse of Downers Grove"

In the new trailer for The Curse of Downers Grove, we meet a group of high school seniors who’ve got way more on their minds than just prom or graduation. In the town of Downers Grove, IL, a senior has died gruesomely right before graduation each year for about a decade. One senior, Chrissie (Bella Heathcote), doesn’t have much time for curses, at least not at the start of the trailer. However, as things progress – and a lot of flashy, stylized violence goes down – she seems to lose the gallows humor and start edging closer to belief.   

Joel Edgerton in "The Gift"

We’ve all got things we’d like to leave in the past, but in the new trailer for The Gift one of them shows up out of the blue, wearing a goatee that implies decidedly sinister intentions. That goatee is being sported by Gordo, played by Joel Edgerton (who also wrote and directed). Gordo has set his sights on Simon (Jason Bateman) who, it’s implied, did something not very nice to Gordo when they were younger. Also targeted, by extension, is Simon’s wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall).

Religion in general has been used to terrorize the masses since some of the very first horror films; And as we all know, exorcism films are a dime a dozen. Even films that tend to regurgutate tropes and plots, if done well, can still be entertaining. Unfortunately, The Vatican Tapes is not a film that can be included in that category.

This is what happens when you play Netflix horror movie roulette. Not being any kind of Netflix expert myself, I was assured by the friend that I was watching this with that 2 1/2 stars is, in fact, the sweet spot for horror films on there. We were wrong. Oh so wrong. Kill me now. Kill me now, Alyce. Or... you know... kill me after about an hour and twenty minutes of doing a whole lot of nothing. Onward.

There comes a time when saying a movie looks good or seems to be competently made is no longer complimentary. Tom Green (not to be confused with the comedian) is an auteur who appears to have a grasp on what makes material look cinematic, but somewhere down the line and smeared all over the frames of Monsters: Dark Continent is a confused filmmaker begging for guidance. Sadly enough, his pleas must have went unheard and his sequel to Gareth Edwards' calling card suffers mightily from an identity crisis.

Lost Soul Movie Review

It’s somewhat of a miracle when good or great movies are made; there are so many moving parts and people involved in film production, and any breakdown along the way can ruin the whole thing, that even the greatest of filmmakers have a clunker from time to time. Throw an inexperienced director, legendary actors engaging in sabotage, tropical storms, and the smallest diva in the world into the mix, and your movie is bound to have problems.

Deep in the Darkness

A lot of similarly titled horror films have been released in the past year--Dark Summer, Dark Was the Night, From the Dark, Deep in the Darkness--and since at least one of them has been getting some glowing reviews, horror fans may find themselves futilely jogging their memory the next time they’re browsing Netflix. Which one is Deep in the Darkness, again? I am here to help you with that! It’s the terrible one.

This is the sixth installment of our head-to-head review between the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises. Check out what Sophie had to say about the corresponding Freddy pic here! 

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