The Haunting of Hill House – Official Trailer

The trailer for Netflix’s The Haunting Of Hill House dropped a few days ago and while I really enjoyed the teaser I was a bit underwhelmed by the trailer.

Reason being, it throws too much at the screen and feels chaotic and less supernatural than dramatic, while the teaser was more focused on minimalism and subtle oddness.

That being said, this version of Shirley Jackson’s novel lasts 10 episodes–the two versions in 1963 and 1999 (both titled The Haunting) were feature-length movies–so there’s the likelihood that this version will be more faithful to the novel.

And that could be a good thing (or maybe not because if you have read a Stephen King novel before you’ll likely understand that just because a writer includes this or that in a novel doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to include it in your movie).


Review – The VVitch

The Vvitch

I caught The VVitch this weekend–it was either that or Interstellar and having recently sat through Blade Runner 2049 I was not at the moment up to sitting through another 2 hour sci-fi epic.

Was it worth it?  Besides saving about a half hour The VVitch is a pretty good movie though I think of it as less a horror movie than a thriller with overtly supernatural elements.

And the reason why is that it’s filmed in a very documentary-like style, with relatively unsympathetic characters so it feels more like a chronicle of a family’s decent into the bizarre, as opposed to an attempt to have viewers relate, sympathize or emphasize with the characters.

Check out my view below, and let me know what you think.

The Endless – Review

Few things bother me more than the way the term ‘Lovecraftian’ is bandied about because more often than not I get the feeling that those that do so have never read anything by H.P. Lovecraft in their lives.

And sure, most of the time the short stories and novels revolve around things that go bump in the night, but that’s typically just the icing on the cake (or maybe the scab over the wound would be more apropos) because the best Lovecraft tends to be more about a sense of all-pervading dread than the source of the atmosphere itself.

Which brings me to Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s The Endless, a movie that is less Lovecraftian than just intermittently odd.

For the most part it tries to build atmosphere, but mostly just meanders about.

That being said, it’s an awesome movie, though for reasons I never quite expected.

Check out my full review below.

Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel – Trailer

The first trailer for Marvel Studios Captain Marvel dropped this morning, and it you’re unfamiliar with the character you’ll likely have no idea what’s going on.

The trailer has little in the way of any sort of narrative thrust, though you do learn that Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is a warrior and has flashbacks of her life on earth and she’s really mean to old women on trains.

A de-aged Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) make an appearance (the technology to make actors younger seems to be virtually flawless, though up to this point we’ve only seen it used on men. I wonder if this is because there’s have been no need to use it on women yet or because of technical shortcomings. I don’t recall it being used on Michelle Pfeiffer in Ant-Man And The Wasp, then again she’s aged so well it’s hard to tell).

As far as first trailers go, it’s a bit overwhelming, and I expect that followup trailers will begin to make sense of the chaos.

The Predator – Review

I was really expecting Shane Black’s reboot of the Predator franchise to be all sorts of awesome. After all, this is the same guy who wrote the Lethal Weapon movies, as well as The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boyscout, as well as directing movies like The Nice Guys and Iron Man 3.

And…I was wrong because The Predator was a mess. It’s certainly not the worse movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s not very good either.

If you want the bloody details, check out the video below.

Be warned, it contains mild spoilers and even milder profanity.

The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina – Trailer

Shows like Riverdale and now The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina I find genuinely perplexing because they take what people read the comics for–humor and an often irrelevant tone–and turn them, in the case of the former, to essentially 90210.

It’s really odd and a little off-putting for me, which is why so have yet to see a full episode of Riverdale.

Though I’ll probably watch Sabrina–I take my horror (or horror adjacent) series where I can find them. It also works to my advantage that I was never into Sabrina in the comics so I don’t have anything to directly compare her to.

The Predator – Teaser Trailer Recut

I’ve got my ticket to catch Shane Black’s The Predator this afternoon, and while me seeing the movie was never really in doubt, I was really put off by how bad the first teaser for the movie was.

I was literally having debates with people over how dopey it was. And as I said, I’ve already drank the Kool-Aide–and was already in the queue for more–so as terrible a trailer as it was, it wouldn’t have any effect on me catching the movie.

But if I were on the fence? That’d be another matter entirely.

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