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Know Fear

Like many horror films, Know Fear begins with a house – a house with a dark past.  Shortly after Wendy (Amy Carlson) and Donald (David Alan Basche) move into the house, Wendy begins experiencing strange sensations that overwhelm her.  The family learns that Wendy has been possessed by a demon, and the only way to save her is to use a book to enact a ritual that will allow different members of the family to…

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Nobody

The promotional material for Nobody features a grizzled Bob Odenkirk, a hilarious comic who has pulled off incredible range for over a decade within his tragicomedy oeuvre in the Breaking Bad universe, beating the pulp out of thugs and gunning down crooks.  For viewers who have followed Odenkirk’s career from his sketch comedy days on Mr. Show to his time playing Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, this action-packed visual is cool…

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Above Suspicion

Directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, Rabbit-Proof Fence), Above Suspicion is a fast-paced thriller based on the true story of a young Kentucky woman, Susan Smith (Emilia Clark), who becomes an up-and-coming FBI agent’s star informant.

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Scooter

Scooter is one heck of a sloppy “found footage” flick.  Not only is this a weak thriller, but the film constantly steps on its own continuity by rewriting its rules on the fly.  The biggest crime: it’s completely unaware of its potential.

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Cherry

Cherry is, at least, three different movies – a romantic drama, a war movie, and a crime thriller.  Despite how off-kilter it is as a genre-bender, it may have worked had the filmmakers been interested in the story or characters.  Instead, Cherry is an indulgent vehicle for its filmmakers to flaunt their bold experimental choices and test their boundless clout.

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Wrong Turn

Over the course of its direct-to-video sequels, the Wrong Turn franchise has built an impressive cult following;  starting with the fun 2003 original that gave viewers a surprising amount of thrills and kills.  But, it also fell back on a genre stereotype that even Wrong Turn fans have deemed rote – mangy country folk will always be portrayed as villains.  With 2021’s Wrong Turn, in an attempt to breathe life intro this outdated trope, director Mike…

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Paradise Cove

I can’t endorse Paradise Cove, but I also wouldn’t stop you from watching this trashy thriller about a homeless former model terrorizing a couple of homeowners who are new to the neighbourhood.  Before the film becomes unforgivably dumb, it’s a shameless guilty pleasure.

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Freaky

Freaky is not only one of the better examples of a body-swap story, it’s also one of the best horror-comedies ever made.  It’s consistently hilarious, shockingly violent, and filmmaker Christopher Landon is quick to take note of the formula’s hindrances and correct them.

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The Funeral Home

If you’re looking for a movie that’s going to scare the pants off of you, Mauro Iván Ojeda’s The Funeral Home isn’t it.  Only the most sensitive and lily-livered viewers will be genuinely frightened by this Argentinian tale of hauntings and family drama.  But what it lacks in terror, The Funeral Home makes up for in moderately creepy weirdness and old-school, vintage visuals.