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5
average score
3.00*
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Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

Separation

2021 / 107m - USA
Horror
3.5*/5.0*
Separation poster

Bell finally moved on from The Boy franchise and comes with something new. Of course, new is relative when you're talking horror films, Separation is just another attempt to turn personal tragedy into horror. That's okay though, genre cinema hinges on execution and Bell proves himself a capable director.

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The marriage between Maggie and Jeff runs on its last legs. Maggie wants to gain custody of their daughter, but Jeff isn't willing to go down without a fight. Maggie looks to be on the winning hand, but out of nowhere, a car runs her over and leaves her for death. It's a bittersweet victory for Jeff.

There's a bit too much time spent on the drama, which is only borderline acceptable. Luckily, the creature designs are awesome, and the horror bits are moody and tense. The little twist at the end is quite unnecessary, but Bell is smart enough to keep the ending open-ended. Certainly not the greatest horror flick around, but quite entertaining nonetheless.

The Boy

2016 / 97m - USA
Horror, Mystery
3.5*/5.0*
The Boy poster

The inoffensive

Wer

2013 / 89m - USA
Horror
3.0*/5.0*
Wer poster

The Devil Inside

2012 / 83m - USA
Horror
3.0*/5.0*
The Devil Inside poster

Dubious filler

Brahms: The Boy II

2020 / 86m - USA
Horror
2.0*/5.0*
Brahms: The Boy II poster

Pointless and soulless sequel. I quite liked Bell's first film, but at least that one had something new to bring to the table. This is little more than a feeble haunted doll flick. Some decent scenes at the end, but the entire run-up to the finale is tame and derivative. And even though they left the door open for a third film, let's hope Bell will go on to direct something better.