Spoiler-Free Review of “Utopia” on Amazon Prime Video: Where is Jessica Hyde?

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“What have you done today to earn your place in this crowded world?”

Utopia is a new television series based on the 2013 UK series of the same name. Utopia stars John Cusack, Ashleigh LaThrop, Dan Byrd, Desmin Borges, Sasha Lane, Rainn Wilson and Jessica Rothe. The Amazon Prime Video series premiered on September 25th 2020 with eight episodes (approximately 50 minutes in length).

After a mysterious cult comic book is discovered, a group of devoted fans begin to bid on it. The comic book has predicted diseases in the past and it may be the key to stopping a new virus that is quickly spreading across the country. After many of the bidders wind up dead, the group realizes that the comic book may be based on truth, leading them deeper down the rabbit hole.

Here is the trailer:

Utopia may hit a little too close to home with everything going on in the world right now, but the mysterious puzzle pieces, conspiracy thrills, and dark trippy madness give it a lot of potential. Is Utopia worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A plot you can quickly lose yourself in.

There are a lot of Wonderland-esque underlines sprinkled throughout this show which worked to its advantage. The puzzle pieces and clues reel you in each episode and there is enough going on to keep you invested without being overly predictable.

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Familiar faces and characters to root for.

John Cusack is the star of the show, but I was pleasantly surprised to see Happy Death Day’s Jessica Rothe as well. As each character is revealed, we learn more and more and I thought that there was a great dynamic between them all.

Some characters are more jaded than others and this show is not afraid to kill off characters, but it does a good job of balancing the shock value with consistent characters you want to see survive.

The Cons:

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Weird timing.

I can’t ignore the timing of the release of this show and while I am fine separating it from the real events of the world, it does bring up a lot of conspiracy theories and ulterior agendas that may seem unwelcomed during this time. I think that as long as you can separate yourself from that and treat this as a work of fiction (which it is), you can still thoroughly enjoy the watch.

Extreme violence and torture shown.

This is not necessarily a con, but I think that sensitive viewers should consider passing on this one. Amazon Prime Video does a good job of putting up advisories prior to the episodes with extremely disturbing content and you should pay attention to those for sure. Beware the spoon…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Sure, there were some cringe-worthy scenes and some outrageous plot twists, but this show answered my call and then some with a fast-paced binge-watch. The show drew me in from the very first episode and held my attention the entire time.

If you enjoy conspiracy thrillers, Alice in Wonderland, and mysterious puzzles, you are in the right place!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Utopia in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 15: “The Dying of the Light”

Happy Saturday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 15, I learned that “war is a failure of everything,” but is there a difference between a war and a test? We’re coming to the end now, but who will make it out alive?

Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In episode 15, “The Dying of the Light,” Clarke teams up with Octavia to rescue Madi. Meanwhile, Murphy and Raven work together to try and save Emori.

Another emotional episode that still has me in tears…

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 15 are:

5

“Let’s do it.”

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Clarke and Octavia don’t waste any time after Madi willingly transports herself to the Disciples. I have always liked the Clarke and Octavia duo, but this might be their toughest challenge yet.

They have both faced so much and yet they are still being tested again and again.

I still feel like Clarke will be the one to take the final test for humanity, but one should never discount Octavia Blake, who has one of the most developed and interesting character arcs I have ever witnessed on a show.

4

“Everyone I love dies.”

Literally everyone featured in this episode takes a few minutes to reflect on how many loved ones they have lost. Clarke reveals that if she loses Madi, she will have nothing and be nothing.

Clarke has always risked it all to save everyone else, but what happens when she has nothing left to live for?

Is it possible for the test to reset everything or is everything final? We’ll have to wait and see, but I have to imagine that there is some kind of happy ending waiting for Clarke Griffin.

She deserves it after all she has been through…

3

“We need a distraction.”

Sheidheda is finally put to good use when Clarke and Octavia arrive. They recognize that they can’t rush in to save Madi with guns blazing and make a deal with Sheidheda. Sheidheda releases some of his fury on the Disciples and shows off just how terrifying and ruthless he can be.

He has made an exit for now, but it’s only a matter of time before he shows up again to create some more drama.

2

“You choose everyone.”

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After the explosion, Memori gets pinned under some rubble and has a wound that is bleeding out quickly. Murphy and Raven work with Jackson to save Emori’s life, but she is running out of time.

Memori has some heartwarming words that really got to me. I seriously cannot handle another loss like this as I am still not fully recovered over what happened to Bellamy.

Raven’s friendship with both Murphy and Emori is so beautiful and she does everything in her power to get her friend back to Sanctum so Jackson can operate on her. However, Emori tells Raven to choose everyone, recognizing that Murphy will not be able to make the difficult choice.

Raven convinces her that she can save her and the rest of the world and if there is anyone I am putting my faith in…it’s Raven Reyes.

Hang on Emori!

1

“I’m right here.”

After Madi’s valiant attempt to deal with Bill’s memory machine, she suffers from a massive stroke and is essentially brain dead. Octavia and a heartbroken Clarke find her. She is breathing, but Levitt says that it is not recoverable.

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Octavia refuses to let Clarke live with this and tells her that she will be the one to end Madi’s life. She reminds Clarke that Madi can hear her, as Clarke sings to her.

Before Octavia can pull the trigger, Levitt explains that Bill retrieved the memory he needed and Clarke realizes that she cannot let Bill be the one to take the test for all of humanity.

She promises Madi that she will make this right and be back for her, as the episode ends with Madi shedding a single tear that had me sobbing uncontrollably.

Seriously, I don’t know if I can handle any more heartbreak on this show. 

One more episode left.

How will it end?

May we meet again…

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Ratched” on Netflix: Don’t Take her Peach

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“I believe there are worse things to feel than simply feeling nothing…”

Ratched is a new television series from Ryan Murphy based on the character of Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The series acts as a sort of prequel, peeling back the layers behind one of the most notorious female villains in cinema history. Ratched stars Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon, Judy Davis, and Sharon Stone. The Netflix series premiered on September 18th 2020 with eight episodes (approximately 50 minutes in length).

Set in 1947, Nurse Mildred Ratched arrives at Lucia State Hospital seeking employment, but it’s clear from the start that a lot is about to unravel beneath the surface of her image of perfection.

Here is the trailer:

Ratched has everything it needs to be a disturbingly compelling watch, but does every villain truly need a backstory? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Sarah Paulson is perfection.

It should come as no surprise that AHS alum Sarah Paulson would be brilliant as Nurse Ratched. She embraces this role without holding back, revealing a darker, methodical side, which really lit up the screen.

The entire cast is phenomenal and the acting was truly outstanding.

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Incredible fashion and visually stunning.

I have not been this blown away by a character’s wardrobe since Villanelle’s in Killing Eve and Sarah Paulson pulls off every single look effortlessly. The colors used are vivid and bright, transporting us seamlessly back into the 1940’s.

Every setting used was truly magnificent as well.

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Disturbing and chilling gore.

Fans of American Horror Story will appreciate the familiar tone of violence and gore sprinkled in. In a lot of ways, this almost felt like another season of the show or perhaps an alternate version of AHS: Aslyum.

The opening minutes of the pilot episode are extremely violent and gory and some of the medical procedures shown are even more disturbing to witness. This isn’t for everyone, but if you are a fan of Ryan Murphy shows, you will feel right at home.

The Cons:

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Very slow moving at times and…boring.

The first episode ran for 56 minutes, but it felt like I was watching it for almost three hours. The pacing in this series is extremely slow, which didn’t work to its advantage in my opinion.

I was also really bored a lot of the time. I wanted so much more from this show and I feel like Sarah Paulson’s incredible performance was wasted in a lot of ways.

That being said, there are glimmers throughout the show of brilliance and there is enough happening at the end of each episode to draw you in for more. However, I just wish that we didn’t have to wait so long during an episode for something to actually happen…

So am I in or out?

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I’m about 50/50 on this one.

I am a huge fan of Ryan Murphy shows and it was fun to see a few familiar faces from AHS on this show. Sarah Paulson was perfection and I really thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself into the scenery and fashion.

However, there was just something missing for me. The show really had everything it needed to be something beyond brilliant and it fell flat because of the slower pace. 

That being said, fans of Sarah Paulson and AHS will find a lot to appreciate and I think it’s worth a watch. However, if you are looking for something fast paced and binge-watch worthy, I’m not sure that this is the pick you are hoping for.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Ratched in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 14: “A Sort of Homecoming”

Happy Saturday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 14, I learned that sometimes you are meant to wind up exactly where you started. So, do you take the fresh start or head back into the heart of unknown destruction?

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In episode 14, “A Sort of Homecoming,” Clarke and the others are reunited back on Earth, but not everyone is ready to leave the people of Sanctum behind. Meanwhile, Sheidheda strikes a deal with Bill that endangers Madi and everyone attempts to cope with an unspeakable loss.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 14 are:

5

“I killed him…I had to.”

Clarke doesn’t hold anything back and immediately tells the others that she killed Bellamy. Octavia and Echo tell her that they understand, recognizing that the Bellamy they knew and loved was gone and that the true Bellamy would understand. There is a lot of coping going on in this episode as each character deals with this loss in their own way.

I have to admit that I even shed a tear when we saw Murphy crying, which was extremely emotional for me.

4

“Welcome home.”

When one door closes, another one opens. At least we finally find out where Gaia is and learn that she is alive and well. Phew!

 

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Gaia fills us in on what we’ve missed and everyone is reunited…at least for now.

3

“We were all Blodreina.”

Being back on Earth proves to be difficult for Octavia. Many of her memories come rushing back from her time as Blodreina and we even see a flashback of Kane. Indra reminds Octavia that they were all Blodreina and explains that they will face her demons together, which was a nice sentiment.

2

“I decided for everyone. That’s what I do.”

Madi is upset with Clarke for killing Bellamy to protect her and Clarke breaks down to her and tries to explain that this is what she does. This is not the first time we have seen Clarke carry the weight of the world on her shoulders to protect her friends.

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She makes the hard decisions so that they don’t have to, but this was probably the most difficult one of her life. 

That being said, let’s hope it was worth it…

1

“No one else is dying to save me.”

After making a deal with Bill, Sheidheda is somehow still OK to continue to annoy us and goes after Madi, revealing what he knows about her memories. Clarke realizes that she is in danger, desperately trying to find her before it is too late.

Madi is actually taking a minute to enjoy herself, learning piano from Gabriel, which was a sweet moment.

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Unfortunately the moment is short-lived, as Gabriel is stabbed by invisible Sheidheda. Gabriel dies trying to save Madi and Sheidheda manages to go through the anomaly after getting quite the beat down from the incredible Indra and Gaia tag team.

Madi refuses to let anyone else die because of her and uses the knife to transport herself to Bill before Clarke can stop her. Then, we get more visitors and some kind of cave-in like explosion that could potentially trap or endanger Memori…don’t even get me started on that.

We know that Clarke has always been trying to protect her daughter, but Madi is capable of true leadership and strength and perhaps Clarke needs to have faith in her.

Only two episodes left!

May we meet again.

Rest in peace, Gabriel.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Babysitter: Killer Queen” on Netflix: They’re Back

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“Join us and be the best version of yourself…”

The Babysitter: Killer Queen is the sequel to the brilliant horror comedy, The Babysitter, which starred Samara Weaving. The sequel was released on Netflix on September 10th 2020 and runs for an hour and forty-five minutes. It stars Judah Lewis, Emily Alyn Lind, Jenna Ortega, Bella Thorne, and Robbie Amell.

In the sequel, we catch up with Cole approximately two years after that fateful night when his babysitter and her demonic cult friends tried to have him sacrificed to the devil.

Here is the trailer:

The Babysitter: Killer Queen has a difficult job, as it is tasked with keeping up with the original film, which was just pure horror comedy fun. The sequel lacks the presence of Samara Weaving as its lead, which does give other supporting characters the chance to step into the spotlight. But does it measure up? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

 

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Our favorite characters return!

Well, we are missing one key character, but I have to say that it was a lot of fun to see our favorite demonic cult misfits return from the dead. Sonya is back with cookies, Allison explains the difference between “fuck-me pumps” and “fuck-you pumps,” John shows off his dance moves, and Max just wants to kill people and is actually really psyched to see Cole showing some improvements since he was last here.

The humor and chemistry between these characters is pure magic. More please!

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Jenna Ortega steals the show.

If you’re like me, then you may be worried that the film is missing something without Samara Weaving, but luckily Jenna Ortega steps in perfectly as the character to root for. New girl, Phoebe, is bad-ass and then some. She really gave quite the performance and I have to say that I actually preferred her to Cole.

He could really learn a thing or two from her…and perhaps he will. I loved Jenna Ortega in You season 2 and I am looking forward to seeing her in Scream 5, but she definitely delivered in this film.

A satisfying ending.

There will be no spoilers in this review, but let’s just say that you will definitely want to stick around for the end. A lot is revealed and it actually helped turn the film around for me. 

The Cons:

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Too much set-up and way too long.

The first film ran for about 85 minutes, which was the perfect length. We got a little set-up in the beginning and then we were thrown into the heart of the movie rather quickly, which kept up the fun and pace. In the sequel, the movie really drags and is much too long. We get a lot of set-up about Cole’s life in the beginning which I could have personally done without.

Flashy over-the-top scenes.

Even though the kills were outrageous in the first film, they somehow felt more raw and believable. The kills and effects in this film were way over-the-top and just felt silly at times. The magic from the first film was absent in a lot of scenes, but there were some flickers of it here and there.

So am I in or out?

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I’m about 50/50 on this one.

I absolutely adored the first film and I had high hopes for the sequel, but it felt like the same plot in a different setting for the majority of the movie. There wasn’t anything really original about the film, but it did have its charms. While not all of the humor landed, there were some parts that were genuinely funny and I loved the chemistry between the characters.

The ending helped make this film a lot more enjoyable, but not every film should get a sequel…

That being said, there are glimmers of fun and nostalgia in this film and I think that it is worthy of a watch if you are a fan of the first film. 

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Babysitter: Killer Queen in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The 100” season 7 episode 13: “Blood Giant”

Happy Thursday TV fans! After watching The CW’s The 100 season 7 episode 13, I am left in complete shock. We learned that “the path of the prophet is always hard,” but wow…seriously I still haven’t even dealt with what I just watched.

Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.

In episode 13, “Blood Giant,” Clarke realizes that she has walked into quite the mess, but the Disciples are only interested in obtaining the key. Meanwhile, we get some character reunions, a timely release of the killer bug toxin, and a shocking demise that I never saw coming.

My top 5 moments from The 100 season 7 episode 13 are:

5

“Here’s my proposal…”

Bill and The Disciples don’t want to be bothered with whatever primitive nonsense Sheidheda is leading and they make a proposal. Bill wants to go on his way and get the hell off his planet, explaining that Sheidheda can then do whatever he wants.

To show he means business, his invisible guards easily take out Sheidheda’s men and wound him, reminding us who the bigger threat is here.

We also finally get a mention of Gaia, as everyone knows that she is not where she is supposed to be. I guess we’ll catch up with her soon, but at least everyone is on the same page now.

4

“Two bugs with one stone.”

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I don’t know who comes up with the timing on this show, but while everything is going on, the toxins and killer bugs are also released with the red sun. Remember that? The bugs try to eat your face and the toxins cause our characters to see deadly hallucinations.

Luckily Emori comes up with a plan to keep the bugs out and has really stepped up as a hero. Just think about how far her character has come. The selfish cutthroat is now a leader and a really good one. Plus, she’s just so incredibly cute with Murphy!

Maybe at least we will get one happy ending for one of our ships…

3

“It’s good to be back.”

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Josephine is back. Well, sort of. As the toxins leak into the air, Gabriel gets infected and begins having hallucinations of Josephine. She tries to talk him into volunteering as tribute to be the one to “save the world,” but he has a change of heart at the last second and destroys the flame.

See ya, Josephine!

2

“You live with what you’ve done.”

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We get several character reunions during this episode. Clarke is reunited with Madi and Raven and Murphy manage to make us laugh quite a few times to give us some nostalgia. However, I kept getting the feeling that a main character was about to die and it seemed like all signs were pointing to Raven.

As Raven enters the reactor, her guilt and remorse eat away at her. Nikki shows up and threatens to kill her, but Raven admits that what she did was wrong and tells her she understands.

However, Nikki decides to actually let Raven live, which really threw me for a loop. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore Raven Reyes, but I thought she was the character to go.

In order for The 100 to truly reach its peak as we approach the series finale in a few episodes, someone has to go.

So if not Raven, then who?

Even Indra gets her shot at ending Sheidheda’s life and decides to let him just bleed out, refusing to waste any more time on him.

And here we go…

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD…

1

“I said I wouldn’t lose anyone else…”

After the flame is destroyed, the anomaly is opened by Bill and Clarke demands that he take them to their missing friends. Bill agrees, but Bellamy is still heartbroken after losing his Disciple friend.

He tries to tell Clarke that he has been trying to save them all, but she doesn’t want to hear it and tells him, “so much for together.”

Sheidheda continues to be the worm that he is and points Bellamy to the book that would expose Madi. We know that Clarke will do anything to protect her daughter, but Bellamy tries to reason with her.

In a completely shocking and heartbreaking moment, Clarke tells Bellamy she is sorry too and shoots and kills Bellamy.

We get a final shot of his lifeless body to confirm that Bellamy Blake is actually dead this time.

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There’s no question about it, Bellamy Blake is dead. He is the main character to go, but I have a lot of mixed feelings on this one.

First off, why did we waste so much time on thinking he was dead to find out that he was actually alive for us to get to this moment? It really angered me.

Not only will I not get the Bellarke moment I have been dreaming of, but now even the idea of Bellarke has been shattered.

Lexa was shot and now Bellamy was shot. There is some poetry here for sure.

I guess I want to see what the point of this was. Has Clarke actually achieved what Bellamy was trying to do? Perhaps Clarke has been the prophet this entire time and did what was necessary to protect what she believes in, which Bellamy had been struggling with for the past few episodes.

This just proves more and more that Clarke is the ultimate key and I have to imagine that she will be the one to step up to the test for all of humanity.

May we meet again.

Rest in peace, Bellamy Blake. My soul is shattered.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The 100 in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” movies from Best to Worst

“What you waiting for, huh? What are you waiting for?!”

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A question that all fans of IKWYDLS know all too well. The popular film franchise is based on the book by Lois Duncan, which I actually read before I saw the first film. If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend it. Things happen differently in the book, which may allow some of your favorite characters to get some deserved redemption.

When I think about 90’s slasher movies, I automatically jump to films like Scream, IKWYDLS and Urban Legend. They are fun, entertaining, and they keep you on the edge of your seat. Humor and teen drama weaves its way in while we witness some pretty intense scares as well.

I was super excited that Showtime added the IKWYDLS films to its lineup, which gave me a chance to catch up on all three films. Yes, there are three films…we’ll get to that later. The deadly fisherman with a hook for a hand becomes all too real after four friends make a fatal mistake that will haunt them forever…or at least for the next few summers.

Please note some spoilers are ahead.

Without any further delay, let’s find out exactly how I ranked the I Know What You Did Last Summer films and why.

1

I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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The original film is the best one by a landslide. Released in 1997, it stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe.

There is something really unsettling about this film in all the right ways. The villain is truly terrifying, the music is creepy, and some of the scares still haunt me till now. Seriously, I check my closet every single night before I got to sleep because of what happened to poor Helen (SMG).

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The characters are far from perfect. They make a terrible mistake that comes back to haunt them. The killer doesn’t just want to eliminate them…he wants to mess with them and make them question everything and everyone around them.

Standout Death: 

Spoiler alert. Do not read if you have not seen this movie!

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Helen Shivers played by Sarah Michelle Gellar had the potential to be a fantastic Final Girl, but Julie James took that crown. However, her chase scene leading to her tragic death may be one of my favorite scenes in any slasher movie. I was rooting for her the entire time and the film really shook things up by killing her off. I’m still mad about it…

2

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

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The sequel is really not that bad. Released in 1998, it stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Brandy, and Mekhi Phifer. Julie James is back and wins a trip to the Bahamas with her roommate, Karla. Julie and Ray are on the rocks, but luckily our favorite fisherman shows up in a few clutch moments.

While some of this movie is slightly outrageous, we do get some fun characters, including one played by Jack Black. We witness a fun karaoke performance, a tanning bed nightmare, and a lot of rain to really add to the ambiance.

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Plus, there is a pretty big twist at the end which did help things.

Standout Death: 

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Not a death scene, but the tanning bed scene does come to mind. Julie decides to try and relax, but the killer locks the tanning bed, which is beyond terrifying.

3

I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)

I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer

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So, I had no idea for the longest time that this film even existed and after watching it, I know why. The film was released in 2006 and it stars Brooke Nevin, David Paetkau, and Torrey DeVito. None of the original cast appear in this film although we do get a brief mention about what happened to them when the new characters are researching our infamous fisherman killer, Ben Willis.

The beginning of this film is actually kind of interesting. The group of friends decide to play a prank on everyone that actually ends up deadly and they try to cover it up.

That’s pretty much the only interesting part of the movie. The acting is horrible, the kills are gory, but eh, and the twist at the end is so ridiculous that you may think you actually fell asleep during the movie. I won’t reveal the twist here, but wow…and not in a good way.

Standout Death: 

The tractor scene comes to mind, but honestly nothing really sticks out on this one.

I almost wish this movie had come out with a different name. It really doesn’t do the franchise any favors.

While there have been talks about an IKWYDLS television series, I haven’t seen too much on this. I would honestly love to see IKWYDLS take a page out of Scream’s book and give us a film with the original characters while introducing us to a new set of potential victims. Maybe Ben’s son had a son…or daughter? Just a thought…

Which I Know What You Did Last Summer films did YOU enjoy most?

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on the IKWYDLS films in the comments section below. Thank you so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “We Summon the Darkness” on Netflix: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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“There is a lot of evil out there…and you seem like nice girls.”

We Summon the Darkness follows three female friends on a road trip during the 80’s, as they head out to a heavy metal rock fest. The film was released on Netflix on August 8th 2020 and is 90 minutes in length. It stars Alexandra Daddario, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth, and Johnny Knoxville.

The girls meet some male strangers during the metal rock fest and invite them back to their vacation home, but things take an unexpected twist when sadistic intentions are revealed.

Here is the trailer:

We Summon the Darkness takes a shot at nailing the 80’s slasher/thriller vibe and has an attractive and talented cast, but does the film do enough to truly stand out when so many other films and shows are channeling some 80’s nostalgia? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Nailed the 80’s vibe!

I love the 80’s and I know that we have been getting quite a bit of programming featuring some nostalgia, but I thought it was done so well in this film. The clothes rocked, the music was on point, and I felt myself being seamlessly transported back to another time.

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Girl power and then some!

The opening of the film immediately gave me some Death Proof vibes and I loved that. We immediately believe that these three girls are friends and are out for some harmless fun. We soon learn that these three ladies are capable of a lot more, but I thought that they all had great chemistry together and I wanted to go along for the ride.

Twists I never saw coming.

You may think that you have seen this type of movie before, but there are actually some really great twists in this one. I was thrown for a loop a few times and I think that the film did a good job of shattering some tropes while keeping us entertained.

The Cons:

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Supporting characters needed to step up.

I loved the girls, but the guys really didn’t hold my attention. Maybe that was the point, but I thought that we could have elevated these performances more and I kept forgetting about their existence to be honest.

A little something missing.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but this film just needed a little bit more. It was entertaining and a lot of fun, but there was a slight edge I needed and didn’t get. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this film, but I thought it needed a slight push over to the dark side even more to make it something truly incredible.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent on this one.

The movie was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the watch, but I feel like the film was inches away from being something truly brilliant. That being said, this movie fit right in to my weekend lineup and I recommend that you give it a watch for sure.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on We Summon the Darkness in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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