Rabid, 2019 – ★★ Text

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I was really let down. The Soska Sisters are proving they are more about their “gory” reputation than actually making horror movies. At first, it had potential with me. The idea of a young beautiful woman disfigured in a car wreck and her coming back to normal through a vampire method was indeed intriguing. There is a little gore when they show her face but after that it becomes drama, and I mean drama. The Soska Sisters showed up twice in the time I was watching and before the time at which I said no thank you and turned it off.

Saddling the Cronenberg horse didn’t work for them this time. I still hope to see more from them. My advice is, less cameos, more time at the storyboard table creating an epic horror film. There isn’t even any gore really in this. I am sorry to say, I give this one a 2/10, the original is miles higher and better.

Jacob’s Ladder (2019)

This film entrances the viewer through colors and filters but falls short of the original’s impact. I did find the film enjoyable, just in a different way.  Jacob Singer (Michael Ealy) is a medical officer in the Afghanistan war. For those who recall 911, these wars followed in response to terrorism. It is a war even millennials can probably  recall. But that is the only updated theme from the original. This new film is its own animal, that’s for sure. Many reviewers have noted it wanders far off from the original but that doesn’t mean it was bad to wander. He seems responsible and strong which are clearly needed in this hell of a place. Events transpire that send him home but he can’t shake the fact that he saw his dying (or dead) brother before leaving the war for home. It’s evident how much horror is in war but it seems something more intense is afoot, Jacob’s mental health or a drug it’s not quite clear.

(Read the rest of this review at Horror News Net along with my other published horror reviews)


I Trapped the Devil, 2019 – ★★★½

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I’m starting my second sitting with this film. It was a truly “slow burn” for about 40mins but it’s just started getting very cool. You feel like you are i the house with this crazy man and his “3” captives.

Would you believe a family member who claimed to have the devil trapped in his basement. The more the characters develop the more it seems the main character is indeed a psychopath. What can they do? He has a gun and definitely believes in what he is doing.

The music turns the screw here, it is absolutely fabulous. I’ve never sensed such preparation and creativity in an indie horror film score. There are no jump scares (yet) and I have a feeling there won’t be. This one is meant to squeeze its viewer dry.

I have a feeling the ending will be awesome, maybe like KPax where the viewer has to decide if the supernatural is real. This has the creepiness I look for in movies, I highly recommend it. I rated it a 7/10.

At time of publish, this film is streaming on Hulu.

The Outsider, 2020 – ★★★

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An interesting series. It leaves a lot of open questions in the first few episodes. I feel genuinely heartbroken for Jason Bateman’s character. We shall see how his plight unfolds. What a horrifying prospect when a whole town tars and feathers you for something you couldn’t have done. But I’ve stopped watching at episode 3. I do recommend it for suspense fans but not much horror to see here. Then again, they haven’t revealed who the outsider is and when they do I have a feeling some more horror will deal into the hand. For where I am with it, I give it a 6/10.

Streaming at time of publish on HBOgo and HBO

The Invisible Man – and some other films

Here’s what I’ve been watching! Also available now on Youtube

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Transcript:

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welcome to Riley on film
I’m your host Amy and Riley you can find

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out more and subscribe for free
always at Riley on film calm now

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on with the show so it goes on and on
and after a while about halfway through

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it does start to get rather interesting
and that’s when you start to see

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evidence of the Invisible Man
and it is very enjoyable at that point