Us 2019

Us

Seeing Us in a theater of people was a blast. As in most horror movies, the characters on screen do things that we the audience know is no good. Having various people in the crowd react was perfect. From the “no no no no”s to the “Don’t go in there!” Just a good horror movie going experience.

Us’ trailer gives too much plot away. It just does. But the idea of your evil doppelganger coming after you is powerful. Especially if it is doppelgangers of your whole family.

The scope explodes far beyond what you think.

Music plays heavily in Us. The soundtrack is good and has some entries I am not familiar with.

All the actors kill it in Us. Even the supporting players.

There is a twist that horror movie fans will see coming a mile away. But that does not detract from the movie.

Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Anna Diop, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon, Madison Curry, Ashley Mckoy

Synopsis: Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

Happy Death Day 2U

Not quite as fun as the original. Happy Death Day 2U gives us a bit of a genre swap. More SciFi film than horror.

We start off the film with someone else stuck in a murder loop. This transitions to Tree in an alternate reality in another murder loop. An alternate reality where her mother is alive and Carter is dating Danielle.

The cause of the loops is explained. It’s ok. But I would have enjoyed it more if there was no explanation and the phenomenon hit different people. Almost like It Follows.

Still this was a fun film to watch. I hope they can make a third film since the after credits scene leaves it wide open for another.

Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma, Sarah Yarkin, Rachel Matthews, Ruby Modine, Steve Zissis, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton, Missy Yager, Jason Bayle, Rob Mello

Synopsis: Collegian Tree Gelbman wakes up in horror to learn that she’s stuck in a parallel universe. Her boyfriend Carter is now with someone else, and her friends and fellow students seem to be completely different versions of themselves. When Tree discovers that Carter’s roommate has been altering time, she finds herself once again the target of a masked killer. When the psychopath starts to go after her inner circle, Tree soon realizes that she must die over and over again to save everyone.

Overlord

Overlord



Overlord is a good WWII movie. With monsters. You will leave this movie and want to immediately watch Band of Brothers. I like to think of Overlord as its prequel.

Synopsis:

STOP THE UNSTOPPABLE

On the eve of D-Day during World War II, American paratroopers are caught behind enemy lines after their plane crashes on a mission to destroy a German Radio Tower in a small town outside of Normandy. After reaching their target, the paratroopers come to realize that besides fighting off Nazi soldiers, they also must fight against horrifying, bloody, and violent creatures that are a result of a secret Nazi experiment.

Starring: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk, John Magaro, Iain De Caestecker, Jacob Anderson, Dominic Applewhite, Erich Redman

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Halloween, 2018



Halloween 2018 is a sequel to the original Halloween from 1978. The other sequels and remake do not exist in this continuity. They are treated as embellished stories .

Michael, the Shape, is more brutal and violent in this entry. Body count is definitely higher than the original. You get nods aplenty to the original. No pet deaths. The only nudity is a bit of a flashback to Michael killing his sister from the first movie. But no one is safe from Michael. No one.

This movie also gives us a broken, but determined Laurie Strode. Someone dubbed “the new Loomis” who unfortunately does exactly what you expect him to. It is nice seeing 3 generations of Strodes on screen.

The movie does end with the possibility of a sequel in one fashion or another.

Synopsis: Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Will Patton, Haluk Bilginer, Rhian Rees, Jefferson Hall, Toby Huss, Virginia Gardner, Dylan Arnold, Miles Robbins, Jibrail Nantambu, Omar J. Dorsey

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Puppet Master The Littlest Reich

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich



Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich is a gory B-Movie throwback to the late 80s early 90s Puppet Master films from Full Moon. It is not a reboot …. more an alternate history version of Puppet Masters.

Instead of fighting Nazis like in the other films, Andre Toulon worked with the Nazis. To the point that his home was decked out in Nazi imagery – including an 8 foot swastika.

The puppets all have new looks (I prefer their original looks, but that’s just me). They are not unique. Instead of one Blade, there are numerous iterations of him, Pin Head and the rest. We are missing Jester and Six-Shooter, though.

The gore was excellent and appeared to be practical effects for the most part. Tom Lennon is a surprising lead for this horror movie. There are some deaths that I wish had not happened in the latter half of the movie. One especially since it was meaningless and seemed to be there more for comedy.

The ending does set itself up for a sequel in this new Puppet Master Reality. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get an Original Puppet Master versus New Puppet Master movie down the line.

This is a B-Movie. This is not an Oscar-level movie. Please bear that in mind. I can really only recommend this movie to fans of the original movies.

Starring: Thomas Lennon, Michael Paré, Jenny Pellicer, Nelson Franklin, Barbara Crampton, Charlyne Yi, Udo Kier, , Stephen Brodie, Mary Katherine O’Donnell, John Walpole, Mercedes Cool, Charles “Skeeta” Jenkins

Synopsis:
WORLD WAR III BEGINS ON YOUR TOY SHELF

A recently divorced young man discovers a mint condition Blade doll in his deceased brother’s closet and plans to sell the toy at a convention in Oregon celebrating the 30th anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose during the auction when a strange force animates all of the puppets throughout the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree.

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