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Short reviews of older and newer movies I have watched. Most will likely contain spoilers.

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The Unholy (2021)

Gerry Fen, a disgraced journalist, works a job reporting on all things strange and unusual. His latest assignment sends him to Boston, Massachusetts to investigate cattle mutilation which only turns out to be a prank. But, before leaving the small town, Gerry discovers seemingly divine miracles happening.

The film has been negatively reviewed, called often dull, and said that it uses the same tired tropes. I found it refreshing. It’s got a good story and a great cast. Perhaps not scary, but creepy at times. Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays the role of Gerry well. And I feel the film sends the message God doesn’t always use someone who is the holiest but someone who is the most human.

I watch a lot of horror movies and there are a lot of really bad ones. It’s not often that I watch a horror movie that I end up loving. The Unholy is one of those rare ones I enjoyed greatly.

The film is also based on a book, Shrine by James Herbert.


5 stars.

Fatal Frame (2014)

If you’re into video games, specifically horror games, you might know the name Fatal Frame. A video game series where you use a camera to fight spirits. 

The movie is based on a novelization of the video game series. Set in a Catholic girl school, it explores what it is like to be lesbian in Japan. Not a scary film, sometimes creepy. And some of the music is hauntingly beautiful that sets a creepily tone.

While it had elements of the video games, such as Camera Obscura, the twins with red string, and a curse occurring after a failed ritual, I’m disappointed. Honestly disappointed.

The story needed to be more fleshed out, the characters needed more depth, and at times, it felt confusing. Things weren’t always explained well. It wasn’t a bad movie but it could have been so much better. Despite its similar elements to the games, it honestly felt it was Fatal Frame in name only.

2 Stars.

10 Days In A Madhouse (2015)

A true story and based on the book by Nellie Bly herself.

Elizabeth Cochrane, known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was a journalist in the 1800s. She was a pioneer in her field, even creating a new kind of investigative journalism. That is pretty amazing in itself but even more so when you consider the time she lived in. Women weren’t supposed to be doing what she was doing.

She is known for her record-breaking trip around the world, and her exposé on mental institutions, which is what this film is about.

Nellie went undercover and got herself committed. She exposed the abuse and how hard it was for women to be able to leave once committed.

Very, very good movie. Actress Caroline Barry portrayed Nellie Bly, and I feel she did an amazing job. Christopher Lambert did a great job as Dr. Dent. It was hard to decide whether to hate or like him as it seemed there were times he actually cared for patients. And other times, it seemed he was more worried about getting found out about the abuse going on.

I definitely recommend this. It’s great.

Five stars.

You Should Have Left (2020)

Theo is a retired banker that married a younger woman who is an actress. Together, they have a daughter. In-between his wife’s shooting schedule, they decide to book a vacation. They find a modern home located in an isolated Welsh countryside. Theo soon learns the house isn’t quite what it seems.

You Should Have Left isn’t a gore-fest horror film. It’s a psychological horror film that keeps you guessing. And even at the end, you’ll still have questions about the house itself.

I was pretty excited when I saw Kevin Bacon was starring in another horror movie. I think he is a good actor. I’ve seen quite a few of his movies. And he stars in one of my all-time-favorite horror movies, Stir of Echoes.

You Should Have Left wasn’t exactly scary, but definitely creepy. It wasn’t really bloody nor gory. It was, however, rather intense at times.

I liked it. I thought it was a good movie. It just left a lot of questions about the house. But I would recommend giving it a watch.

3 Stars.

Mulan (2020)

Mulan is my second favorite Disney Princess after Pocahontas.

Like Pocahontas, Mulan is strong and independent. Her fate is decided by herself alone. Neither depends on men but nor do they throw love away. Both were positive influences on me.

I was beyond excited when a live-action adaptation of Mulan was announced. I knew I wanted to watch it in the movie theater. Due to this year’s events, that did not happen. And so, I patiently waited for the movie to be available to view on Disney+.

I wish I could say how amazing the movie was. But I can’t.

It’s not bad. It’s really not. It has good actors. 

For some reason, Mulan has to be special rather than a normal girl like her animated-counterpart. And it often feels that Mulan is not the focus. She’s there but I don’t feel you really ever get into her head.

This live adaptation has the same problem I think Aladdin had. While it is good, it does not have the heart the originals had.

I was pretty disappointed after watching Mulan. It makes me sad to say, but I can only give it 2 stars.

Hubie Halloween (2020)

I have loved Halloween for as long as I can remember. I was pretty excited to find out there was a new Halloween-related movie coming out. I watched Hubie Halloween the day it was released on Netflix. And I have watched it so many times since then.

Set in Salem, Massachusetts, and it’s about a guy named Hubie Dubois who cares about people being safe on Halloween. But he is ridiculed by pretty much the entire city.

It’s not a movie that’s going to win any Oscars. It is a stupid and silly movie. But it is so much fun. I personally found it hilarious. It also has lots of cameos, which I thought was cool.

I can see this becoming a Halloween classic. I know it has become a favorite of mine in the short time it has been released. I love this movie. I think it is great. And I would definitely recommend it

Johnny Gruesome (2018)

Johnny Grissom is a rebellious high school student who is murdered. He returns from the grave to seek revenge.

This movie has been on my Tubi TV queue for some time, and I finally got around to watching it last week.

Going into it, I knew it was a horror-comedy as well as a low-budget film. I’ve watched some horror-comedies that I’ve liked and I have seen some amazing low-budget films. That being said, I suppose my expectations for this film perhaps were a little high. I wasn’t expecting an award-winning film but at least one that I would thoroughly enjoy.

I don’t like giving bad reviews of anything. Books, movies, games, etc. Being a creative person myself, I can still respect the art even if I don’t like it.

Johnny Gruesome, however, just rubbed me the wrong way. It’s just a bad movie in every way. The story, characters, dialogue. Just everything. And I hate having to say that. I truly thought it would be a fun and bloody horror movie. It just wasn’t. It was more irritating than anything if I’m being completely honest.

I’m sorry to say but I can’t recommend Johnny Gruesome. 1 Star.

Pay The Ghost (2015)

Starring Nicholas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies as a couple who’s son goes missing during Halloween.

Nearly a year later, they are still looking for him. They begin to see and hear him reaching out to them.

I watched this movie shortly after it was released to DVD in 2015. I remember liking it and decided to revisit it.

On my second viewing, I have to say I loved it. I didn’t find it scary but not many horror movies scare me.

I love that it was set during Halloween. And the movie definitely has a very spooky/creep feel to it. And I love it.

Although I don’t know how accurate any of it was, the Celtic stuff in the movie was pretty cool as well.

If you like Halloween and horror, I think you will enjoy this movie.

5 stars.

Blinded by the Light (2019)

Blinded by the Light is a coming-of-age story about a Muslim teenager named Javed. He likes rock music, which his father disapproves of.

Javed’s life is changed after discovering the music of Bruce Springsteen.

The movie based on a memoir by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor. And directed by Gurinder Chadha, known for the film Bend It Like Beckham. 

While the film centers around the main character’s love of Bruce Springsteen’s music, you don’t have to be a Springsteen fan to enjoy this film.

I, myself, am not a fan of Bruce Springsteen. But I love music. And if you have an artist who speaks to you and you connect with their music, you will appreciate this film.

I feel this is a film for music lovers. It’s about the power of music and how personal it is to each one of us.

While for a time Javed tries to emulate Springsteen, he eventually comes into his own. He is not Bruce Springsteen. He is Javed and his life was changed by the impact of Springsteen’s music.

I think we all who music try to emulate those artists who we feel a connection with. I know I did. I’ve been a huge Spice Girls fan since I was 7. I wanted to be a Spice Girl. I wanted to be like Scary Spice. Eventually, I came into my own. I still love music because of them and I’m still a fan.

I have more than one artist that I love and feel a connection with. Music is a huge part of my life. Music is amazing and the impact it can have on a person is powerful.

I really loved this movie.

This is not just a film for Springsteen fans. This is a film for music lovers.

5 stars.

Stan & Ollie (2018)


Stan & Ollie is a biographical comedy-drama about the comedy duo Laurel & Hardy.

Rather than being set during the heyday of their career; it is set during its decline and focus on the personal relationship between Stanley and Ollie.

I have watched Laurel and Stan movies since I was a child. My favorite would have to be March of the Wooden Soldiers. When I found out there was a biography about them, I just had to watch it.

It is a funny but also very emotional movie. A bit heartbreaking as well as heartwarming. They may not have always gotten along but they did care about each other. Stanley retired after Ollie’s passing because he refused to work with anyone else but Ollie.

Parts made me sad but there were also some very sweet parts in the movie as well.

The film stars John C. Reilly as Ollie and Steve Coogan as Stan. Both actors were magnificent. I cannot praise their performances enough. They were absolutely wonderful as Stan and Ollie.

I highly recommend this movie. It was great.

5 stars