ANNABELLE: CREATION (2017)

Last time I checked, Annabelle Creation was 98% on Rotten Tomatoes now down to 83%. I agree with the latter score. It’s not excellent, but it’s pretty great. Few of the scares look familiar from horrors like The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Paranormal Activity, so that comes off a little bit cliché. However, some…

ARRIVAL (2016)

I waited so long for this to arrive here only to be let down that it didn’t feel as “profound” as everyone said. At least to my experience. With its own complexity, Arrival is a cerebral science fiction unlike the generic alien encounter stories out there. Sadly, the profoundness is too subtle for me to…

THE GOOD NEIGHBOR [2016]

This tragic thriller makes me so angry and sad at the same time. By the end of the film, you’ll wonder who the real antagonist is. It’ll be one of those stories to teach juveniles not to kid around with a seemingly “fun prank”.

THE GIFT (2015)

  “You see what happens when you poison other people’s minds with ideas?” It may look it starts off like an ordinary stalker thriller, but not until halfway of the film you realize you’re wrong. And when you finally think you know what’s going on, you’re wrong again. The Gift will keep surprising you with…

INTERSTELLAR (2014)

Never had I thought Interstellar came with a prerequisite. While the gist of the story is pretty much straightforward and simple (yes, it is), the screenplay weighs too heavily on scientific terms and theories. It isn’t providing answers, just evoking more questions (typical Nolan). It is great to have rocket science in a movie, but…

ANNABELLE (2014)

Turns out Annabelle feels closer to Insidious than The Conjuring. What I love from this franchise is that it’s one of the few horrors that takes cinematography seriously! The camera work that is crucial to this scare jump-type of horror movie is just as effective as its predecessors. Basically, Annabelle uses the same scare formula…

COLD IN JULY (2014)

It started off with a promising premise, until the plot went all over the place. It’s like the writer couldn’t make up his mind, then completely rebuilt the story at the last minute.  I know it’s supposed to be a ‘plot twist’ some sort. Well, it gets twisted severely it breaks the story. I’m sorry,…

UNDER THE SKIN (2014)

UNDER THE SKIN is unsettling in a veeeeeeery weird way. If you’re into artsy, peculiar, out of this world (no pun intended) sci-fi horror, you should check it out and be utterly mystified. ScarJo’s performance is wowzer! And the scores perfectly blend with the cold, dark, and empty ambience. Chilling. PS: You might need a…

ENEMY (2014)

This just fell straight into “movies with WTF ending” category a.k.a “HUH?? *sigh* hang on a second, let me Google the explanation”. That being said, ENEMY has the craziest cryptid — I mean cryptic brain-twisting final shot a film enthusiast could not even see it coming.

OCULUS (2014)

I thought Oculus would be your mediocre oh-look-a-cursed-mirror-let’s-kill-the-demon-inside kind of supernatural horror. Turned out it gave more than I expected. There’s a strong influence from Stephen King’s The Shining and 1408, as I see it. And I suppose that’s an enough hint to imagine the gist of the film. There’s of course hit-and-miss. Liking the…

12 ANGRY MEN (1957)

Who would’ve known watching 12 people arguing for hours over a murder would give you a cold sweat. A very well-executed, cleverly written locked room suspense.

IN FEAR (2014)

Though the claustrophobic terror was effective, In Fear took the wrong turn in terms of motives. It was still however, a suspenseful drive to despair.