Dystopia & Horror

  • Movie Review – The Curse of La Llorona – A Good Scary Time in the Conjuring Universe This premier was a happy moment and a sad moment for me. I’ve been anticipating this film for quite some time. The Conjuring Universe is my all-time favorite series of movies. Ever. As a little girl, I read The Amityville Horror, and that is where I first discovered Ed and Lorraine ...
  • Movie Review – Hellboy – Wow. So, so, so bad. Going into the movie I didn’t expect much. The trailer looked promising, so I gave the movie a pre-movie rating of 75/100 in the Peeple’s Poll in the RunPee app. Right from the start the movie had problems. They launched directly into a voice-over narration — rarely a good choice. (I ...
  • Everything You Need to Know About Hellboy Hellboy opens on April 12, 2019.  It will be the titular character’s third major theatrical adventure.  Not sure who Hellboy is? Never heard of the B.P.R.D.? Wondering what’s up with his forehead? No worries. We’ve got you covered. Here’s what the deal is for the new Hellboy movie:   — Hellboy is ...
  • Did YOU Survive The Snap? You may as well get this over with… It’s been a year ago now, at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Almost as soon as Thanos got his “mitts” on every stone for the The Infinity Gauntlet, he snapped his giant purple fingers and snuffed out half of all living beings in the universe — people both  good ...
  • Did Jordan Peele Play Fair? Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed On Your First Viewing of Us Jordan Peele made a splash with the satiric horror film Get Out and even won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  His new movie Us proves he’s not just a one-hit wonder, but a visionary filmmaker who will keep surprising, delighting, and frightening us for years to come.  (He’s already ...
  • Movie Review – Pet Sematary – A Worthy Adaptation The newest adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Pet Sematary, was a solid remake. Thirty years after the original release, the makers attempted to revive their cult classic film. That’s a huge undertaking, and an enormous gamble, considering the die-hard fans of the original. To please or not to please — ...
  • 19 Entry-Level Horror Movies for the Squeamish Horror movies aren’t for everyone. But sometimes a film will come around that everyone can enjoy, even if you’re a little (or a lot) nervous about seeing it. To sum: if you found you could handle the scarier episodes of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The X-Files, you’ll be okay with ...
  • The Matrix After 20 Years – A Retrospective: A Different Kind of Hero, a New Kind of Science Fiction The year was 1999 and all any sci-fi fan could think about was: finally, another Star Wars movie. Had Phantom Menace come out in the age of social media it would have been, well, pretty much what we’re seeing with Avengers: Endgame right now. But, I remember reading an article online ...
  • Clever Moments You Might Have Missed Watching The Horror-Thriller Movie Us We all know watching a horror movie comes with the expectation you’ll be screaming, and anticipating moments that you’ll be startled.  This oftentimes leads to you missing an important yet subtle symbol or scene. I loved Director Jordan Peele’s debut horror film Us, and found a lot of interesting and ...
  • Movie Review – Us – Tons of Symbolism, Creepy, and a Great Time at the Movies I’m by no means a lover of horror movies anymore, but when Jordan Peele writes one, you can’t help but wonder what it will be like. His freshman movie, Get Out, was creepy enough to motivate me to see more from him. Us didn’t let me down. It’s a little ...
  • Movie Review – Greta – Less Teeth, Still A Good Bite Greta didn’t have the teeth of some more memorable thrillers, such as A Quiet Place or Get Out, but it did have a good bite. The first half of the movie was loaded with dramatic exposition, and the last half was the payoff, giving us one heck of a quirky ending. ...
  • Movie Review – Alita: Battle Angel – Lighter, more Enjoyable than Ghost in the Shell   Alita: Battle Angel is a sort of YA version of Ghost in the Shell, and I’m not exactly thrilled to see the same thing re-done in so short a period of time. At least this one was more enjoyable, with better humor, more likable characters, and a universe that might ...
  • Movie Review – Happy Death Day 2U – Still Fun, but more Sci-Fi than Horror   It’s interesting to watch a sequel film that genre-hoppingly morphs from one thing to another. I’m not a horror fan, but genuinely loved Happy Death Day 1, probably because it had an emphasis on comedy, and the actual scares were light. It was creepy still, with the “uncanny valley” baby ...
  • In Da Club by 50 Cent – Video & Lyrics from the Happy Death Day 2U Trailer Happy Death Day is the most funny and outright cute horror film I’ve ever seen. It’s not scary at all (although the school mascot baby mask is genuinely hideous to behold.) I can’t believe I waited this long to watch it the first time. I wanted to get caught up ...
  • The Lego Movie 2 – Super Cool Song by Beck (video and lyrics from the end credit scene) One of the fun surprises about The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is how it became a full-blown musical ensemble, unlike in the three previous Lego films, which had only the one notable song (Everything is Awesome). In Lego 2, there was a moody reprise of Everything is (Not) ...
  • The Lego Movie 2 – Video and Lyrics to Not Evil (by Tiffany Haddish) In a Lego Movie sequel full of big musical earworm hits, Tiffany Haddish managed to pull the house down with her showstopper Not Evil, as Queen Whatevra Wa’nabi explains that while she’s a completely totalitarian Duplo Queen, she’s honestly just sweet and loving, and completely misunderstood. (Also, her name makes meta ...
  • Movie Review – The Prodigy – No Chemistry, No Creativity The Prodigy was really disappointing. I’ve seen better movies at Billy Bob’s Drive-In Theater. This is another movie that did a wonderful job of making the trailer look too good to pass up. They got me hook, line and sinker. I was really excited waiting for the movie, then it started. ...
  • The Lego Movie 2 – Video and Lyrics to Catchy Song (This is song is gonna get stuck inside your head) One thing the Lego movies do so well is serving up fun, fantasmic, and catchy super-chipper songs, guaranteed to take over your brain for days and nights without cease. Good for them, right? That’s a good viral marketing goal for Legos…but it’s a little hard on us, the viewer, trying ...
  • Movie Review – The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part   What a charming, amusing, engaging, but ultimately fluffy bit of fun The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is. It’s right up there with the enjoyment level of the original Lego film and The Lego Batman Movie, although perhaps a little less sensibly told, narratively, than either. The story rambles all over ...
  • Lego Movie 2 Holiday Short – Christmas is Awesome I somehow missed this little video treat over the holidays, and maybe you did too. On the eve of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, it’s worth taking a peek at this short Christmas one-off taking place in the apocalyptic ruins of Bricksburg and the Lego Movie crew (including ...
  • Russian Doll is the newest Netflix Addition to the Groundhog Day Loop Theme – and it looks GREAT   RunPeep Shani pointed out that Russian Doll, a new Netflix show, has a Groundhog Day theme. From the trailers it looks like a funny cross between Happy Death Day  (sequel coming Feb 14 this year), and the original Murray’s Groundhog Classic. I’m in! We think Shani Olgive will do a binge ...
  • Run Lola Run – A Rewind Review for a Rewind Loop Film Even though I’ve only seen this movie one other time, it’s one of my favorites.  There’s plenty to love about Lola.  The premise is simple: Lola has twenty minutes to raise the money to save her boyfriend Manni’s life.  Each failed attempt causes the clock to reset Groundhog Day-style.  Except ...
  • Happy Death Day – Every “Day” We Watch, and Rewatch (Spoilers) In the movie Happy Death Day, Tree is murdered on her birthday.  Instead of dying, she wakes up and has to relive the day all over again.  Tree relives the same day (and gets murdered) seventeen times. (We only see eleven of the murders because a montage is used to ...
  • Quotes Quiz – Movies with Groundhogs Day Themes A Groundhog Day Movie repeats the same day over and over (and over) until the main character gets it “right.” Basically the person trapped in the time loop needs to use science/magic (or something never actually explained) to ‘level up’ to the next day, and continue their lives. Seen any good ...
  • Happy Death Day – All the Clues to the Killer (SPOILERS) On first viewing, the twist in Happy Death Day seems to come from nowhere.  But the filmmakers have played fair all along.  If you watch it a second time, all the clues are there for an observant audience member to piece together what’s happening. (I’ve said it in the the ...

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