Last Shift

by Anthony DiBlasi
Specifics
USA [2014] - 90m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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Horror flick that makes the best of its location. A lone rookie keeping guard in an abandoned police station provides ample material for some good old scares, director DiBlasi milks it for all its worth. The horror elements are effective, the acting is decent and the ending is properly twisted. Not the most original film, but some fine horror filler nonetheless.

Knight and Day

by James Mangold
Specifics
USA [2010] - 109m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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Fun and silly action film that doesn't take itself serious at all. Sadly Mangold's direction is a little iffy. If the action scenes could've had a bit more impact I'm sure this would've been a much better film. Cruise and Diaz have a lot of fun together, there are some mad ideas here, but the execution is just a little safe and expected.

The Long Hair of Death

by Antonio Margheriti
Also known as
I Lunghi Capelli della Morte
Specifics
Italy [1965] - 96m
Genre
Horror
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
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Apart from a moody setting, this film is an enormous atrocity. The film looks a good 20 years older than its production year. The acting is hilarious, the plot is dull and predictable and the horror is almost completely absent. There no lack of drama, only it doesn't stick, neither do the poor attempts to build up some tension.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

by André Øvredal
Specifics
Canada, USA [2019] - 111m
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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An entertaining and skilfully made horror film that combines popular horror tropes with some inventive creature work and a good build-up of tension. With a young cast, some scary settings and a hefty budget director Øvredal made a horror flick that offers some very solid scares, but lacks that finishing touch to make it something truly special.

Camp Wedding

by Greg Emetaz
Specifics
USA [2019] - 97m
Genre
Comedy, Horror
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
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Emetaz sure tried to make this a fun and entertaining 80s spoof and parts of it are actually somewhat charming, but overall this film feels too cheap, flimsy and amateurish. The acting is poor, the camera work subpar and the horror element are hardly convincing. There isn't much here, unless you're a true die-hard 80s fan.

Ma

by Tate Taylor
Specifics
USA [2019] - 99m
Genre
Horror, Thriller
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
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A simple and basic thriller/horror film that has no stand-out features. Octavia Spencer does a decent job, apart from that it's a cut-and-paste job from a bunch of better and more high-profile films. Ma is a typical Blumhouse production, only investing in the bare necessities to make as much money as possible.

A Mummy's Love

by Seijun Suzuki
Also known as
Miira no Koi
Specifics
Japan [1973] - 45m
Genre
Horror, Mystery
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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Suzuki doing horror is quite new for me, but the man has a knack for the weird so it's actually a pretty good match. The film is short, even so quite a lot happens in a short span of time. The story is mysterious and strange rather than full-on horror, with a little comedy thrown in to balance things out. Surprisingly fun and entertaining.

Speakerman: The Boo

by Yoshihiro Nishimura
Also known as
Supîkâman: The Boo
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 77m
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
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Early Nishimura. The film is surprisingly light on horror, instead it brings a healthy blend of fantasy and comedy, finished off with a big bunch of weirdness. The film makes very little sense, then again, what do expect from a film about a speaker-like creature living in a coal miner town. It's a lot of fun though, if you can appreciate this sort of thing.

Tale of Tales

by Matteo Garrone
Also known as
Il Racconto dei Racconti
Specifics
Italy, France [2015] - 134m
Genre
Fantasy
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
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A fun and juicy film combining several of Giambattista Basile's fairy tales. The different stories are woven into one, but are only loosely connected. The film features a solid cast, striking visuals and a decent score. While it may lack some truly stand-out moments, it's definitely recommended for those who like their fairy tales served with a darker edge.