Spoiler-Free Review of “I Know What You Did Last Summer” (2021) on Prime Video: A Re-imagining Done Right

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“You can never really know anyone…least of all yourself.”

I Know What You Did Last Summer premiered on Prime Video on October 15th 2021. The teen horror drama series (based on the Lois Duncan novel and the iconic film series) stars Madison Iseman, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore and Bill Heck. There are four episodes in season one available to stream now. The remaining four episodes will air weekly. Each episode runs for approximately 45-48 minutes.

After a fatal accident, a group of friends are stalked by a killer one year later, causing secrets to emerge and friendships to be tested.

Here is the trailer:

I Know What You Did Last Summer is the series I have been waiting for. It gives us some welcomed nostalgia for the original film series while finding a voice of its own, but is it worthy of YOUR next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A solid twist on the original.

I’ve seen plenty of reboots and adaptations of films and I didn’t really know what I was going to get with this series, but I was pleasantly surprised by the twist thrown our way. There will be no spoilers in this review, but I thought that this show channeled the original vibe of one of my favorite films while finding a unique voice of its own.

You don’t mess with the original and this series understands that. Rather, it takes a new approach and a new setting to keep us entertained and it was the right call.

I also love that the series sprinkles in some Cruel Intentions and Cruel Summer vibes as well to give this series an edge.

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Plenty of gore to satisfy the slasher fans.

The teen series takes a page out of Slasher’s book and presents us with plenty of gore and nudity galore. I’m not sure it needed all of that, but the gory kills are pretty solid and it helps balance out a lot of the teen melodrama you can expect in this type of show.

The Cons:

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The killer needs to toy with them more…

I appreciate that this series is finding its own way with a different story, but if we are going to put up a message on a mirror, then I would also like to see the killer really mess with the group more. So far we have seen some horrific kills and some text messages pop up, but I want more.

Part of what made the original film so terrifying for me was the way that the killer lurked around and made the characters question everything and everyone around them. Someone already chopped off their hair without the killer’s help and while the pilot episode makes an attempt at this, I think that it could really add to the vibe of the show without copying the original film too much.

I also think that the characters seem to cope really easily with the death of those around them. I want to connect to all of them and it sometimes makes them come off as completely heartless, but I think that some of them are going to end up showing true remorse so I’ll see how this plays out in the next four episodes.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I was genuinely impressed at how well this show executed everything. The twist worked and it really helped me connect to this show. It balanced the perfect amount of nostalgia from the original film while presenting us with something new and really addicting!

There are some rough edges to work through, but overall this is a really entertaining series and it is delivering with plenty of gore, twists, and reveals. 

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A Halloween they’ll never forget…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “One of Us Is Lying” on Peacock: Everyone is a Suspect

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“Everybody has secrets…right?”

One of Us Is Lying is a new teen mystery drama series based on the best-selling book of the same name. It premiered on October 7th 2021, featuring six episodes available to stream now on Peacock (approximately 45-48 minutes in length). The remaining two episodes will air on October 21st 2021. The show stars Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, Chibuikem Uche, and Mark McKenna.

One of Us Is Lying introduces us to five teens who wind up with detention, but things get interesting when one of them doesn’t make it out alive, involving them all within the mystery surrounding the death. The remaining characters try to cope with the aftermath, as we soon learn that they all have motives to murder their classmate, but who is the killer?

Here is the trailer:

One of Us Is Lying is very much Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars, but does it do enough to step away from the teenage clichés it wants to comment on? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A solid mystery to keep you coming back for more.

Sure, I’ve seen this type of show before and I actually recently read this book as well, but I do think this mystery is decent enough to keep you hitting play on the next episode. It keeps you guessing and it reels the audience in that much more to keep you invested from start to finish.

Uses the gossip app in a more strategic way than some of its predecessors.

I was pretty disappointed with the Gossip Girl reboot and it’s hard to be relevant and original when so many of these shows overlap with similar premises, but I actually thought that this show used the gossip app more effectively.

The secrets that were exposed added to the mystery and I liked that we knew the author of the app immediately to prevent things from feeling too much like the original Gossip Girl.

The Cons:

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Fits neatly into the tropes it comments on…

The narrator in the opening episode talks about the clicks and clichés in your typical high school setting, but the show doesn’t actually do anything to set itself apart from this. Making a comment on it is not enough for me.

All of the characters fit neatly into tropes we have seen before in these types of high school mysteries and while the characters have some redeeming qualities, I wanted something a little bit deeper here.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I like this type of show and I enjoyed the book for the most part. So far I am invested during my watch and I think that the mystery is good enough to keep you coming back for more. I would have liked to see this show take a few more risks and step out of its comfort zone so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of other teen mystery dramas, but it still is entertaining enough and the quick release of the episodes makes it easy to binge-watch.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

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A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

READ IF YOU DARE…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Chucky” on USA Network: Creepy Start!

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“Wanna play?”

Chucky premiered on USA Network and SyFy on October 12th 2021. The horror series adaptation is based on the Child’s Play franchise. The series stars Zackary Arthur, Devon Lopez, Teo Briones, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Devon Sawa, Christine Elise, and Jennifer Tilly. There will be eight episodes in total that will air weekly. 

After a vintage doll shows up in a yard sale, Jake Webber quickly learns that it will be far from easy for him to end his friendship with the latest addition to his collection…

Here is the trailer:

Chucky is giving us some killer fun in October, but can it make an impact as a television series? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Good pacing and creepy vibes!

I was worried that we would get a lot of set-up in the pilot episode, but I was pleasantly surprised by the pacing. There was a good balance of character introduction and creepy elements to remind us why we are watching this show in the first place.

I initially had some reservations about this airing on basic cable, but I didn’t need a lot of gore to be completely freaked out by what I was watching. I think that the writers and director were smart about how they approached this and there is enough content to keep you entertained so far.

Familiar faces and more to the story…

Fans will be pleased to see some familiar faces pop up throughout the series, which is another reason to tune in. We are also getting to explore some more elements involving Charles Lee Ray and his past, which gives us another side of the story so that things don’t become too stale.

The Cons:

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Not too sure on the series format yet.

While I like the idea and the premise, I’m worried that we might run out of things to cover in eight episodes. Things could easily lose steam and the creepy factor can sizzle out over time. I’m keeping an open mind but this could be problematic.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I thoroughly enjoyed my watch of the pilot episode and I’m curious to see what happens next. I’m excited to see some familiar faces show up and I think we will get plenty of creepy scares to keep us on our toes!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

HAVE A KILLER HALLOWEEN…

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When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Squid Game” on Netflix: Crazy, Intense and a Contender for my favorite show of the year!

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“Would you like to play a game with me?”

Squid Game premiered on Netflix on September 17th 2021. The Korean survival drama series stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae Soo, HoYeon Jung, Yeong-su Oh and Heo Sung-tae. There are nine episodes in season one available to stream now. Each episode runs for approximately 55-60 minutes.

After being invited to a mysterious tournament, hundreds of people in debt agree to participate in games from their childhood for a chance at a huge cash prize, but the stakes are higher than they realize.

Here is the trailer:

Squid Game is one of those shows you have to keep watching. It’s strange, addicting, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Is it worthy of YOUR next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Each game is more intense than the next.

As soon as I got to the end of the first episode, I needed to hit play immediately. You may think you know what type of game you’re going to get, but once you are experiencing them first hand, you will be so invested and involved. It almost felt like I was playing right along with them.

I was so nervous about what would happen next and the show did a good job of making me care about the outcomes.

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Incredible characters.

I knew that I shouldn’t get attached to the characters based on the premise of the show, but it was extremely difficult not to. Each character was so interesting and layered. There were some hilarious moments as well as some heartbreaking and heartwarming ones.

There were some characters that really shocked me with their actions and others that got their rightful revenge. The actors did a really good job with their portrayals and I connected that much more to this show because of it.

The Cons:

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I needed some more answers…

We got plenty of reveals and answers, but I still had a lot of questions once we got to the end. I understand that it will set up a potential for a season 2, but I guess I just wanted to know a little bit more since I became so involved in the show.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!!!!!!!

That was pretty much my face the entire time I was watching this show. 

Shocking, addicting, and the definition of a perfect binge-watch!

Even with all of the crazy stuff going on, there were also a lot of important life lessons embedded in the show as well, which really made it stand out for me and it just became my favorite show of the year!

I highly recommend watching this one because you really can’t fully understand how great it is until you watch it for yourself.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

Killer Halloween Scream Hunt

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “There’s Someone Inside Your House” on Netflix: Modern Day “Scream” Fights to be Relevant

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“You’re in my house so I can legally kill you…”

There’s Someone Inside Your House premiered on Netflix on October 6th 2021. Based on the book of the same name, the slasher horror film stars Sydney Park, Théodore Pellerin, Asjha Cooper, Dale Whibley and Burkely Duffield. It runs for approximately an hour and thirty-five minutes.

Makani Young moves in with her grandmother to escape her past, but when a killer starts targeting those around her with secrets, she is forced to face her inner demons in order to survive.

Here is the trailer:

There’s Someone Inside Your House follows the successful formula of movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, but does it find its own identity? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Strong start and gory kills.

This movie didn’t drag things out. Similar to Scream and Fear Street, it started off with a killer opening and provided the audience with plenty of gory kills to make it worthy of the slasher genre. Some of the kills were actually pretty gruesome and I thought it helped balance out the teen melodrama going on.

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Characters to care about.

I really liked that we devoted enough time to our main character and some of the supporting ones as well. We were presented with a diverse cast and there were some honest genuine moments between them. It wasn’t just about someone trying to kill them. There was a deeper meaning here being explored.

We learned about their past, their secrets, and their fears, as they were exposed for who they truly are. They quickly realized that they can put on “a face” to the rest of the world, but they are lying to themselves and the sooner they accept who they are, the sooner they can own their past and be better in their present.

I thought this had a strong message in it and it helped me connect to the characters more than in your average slasher. 

The Cons:

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Scream by the numbers…

The plot was not the same, but the formula was almost identical and it was hard not to make comparisons when I watched this. Scream is my favorite movie of all time and I appreciate this movie channeling that (similar to Fear Street), but the execution felt stale and uninspiring.

I also thought that the title of the film was kind of strange. I didn’t read the book, but now I’m wondering if the film decided to branch off more from the “house setting.” I almost thought I was going to be watching a different type of movie and I’m not sure it did the film any favors…

An OK reveal.

Much like Scream, I spent the majority of this movie trying to figure out the mystery behind the killings but once we got to the major reveal, I was kind of disappointed. It wasn’t a bad one and it wasn’t obvious, but I guess I was expecting something a little bit more shocking.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

This movie was entertaining and if you enjoy slasher films like Scream, you will feel right at home. I never felt myself tuning out and I thought the overall pacing was good. The character development helped further things along but I wanted a little bit more from this movie.

It needed to branch out and find its own separate identity and I think we saw flickers of it, but it fell just a little bit short in other areas for me.

Overall, a decent watch for horror and slasher fans but just manage your expectations accordingly!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on There’s Someone Inside Your House in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A Halloween they’ll never forget…

Scream Hunt Halloween

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Seance” on Shudder: Mean Girls Summon the Dead…

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“I don’t believe in any of this…”

Seance premiered originally back in May 2021, but it is now currently available to stream on Shudder. The supernatural horror film stars Suki Waterhouse, Ella Rae-Smith, Inanna Sarkis and Madisen Beaty. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

Several classmates at a boarding school summon the dead for fun when things go horribly wrong as they are picked off one by one.

Here is the trailer:

Seance takes an overdone premise and unravels it with a twist at the end to really stir things up. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Suki Waterhouse shines.

She was the strongest performer by far and she really was the best part of the movie for me. While the other characters easily fit into tropes with typical mean girl acts, the character of Camille was more layered which helped me connect with her more and root for her when it was necessary.

A worthy twist.

It seems like a lot of horror movies are presenting us with a genre-swapping twist and Seance is no exception. As soon as you think you have everything figured out, it sends you off into another direction. I personally enjoyed the twist and I thought that it helped redeem this movie in a lot of ways.

The Cons:

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Drags for the majority of the movie…

I thought the opening and ending were pretty strong, but the rest of the movie was really slow and uninspiring. The movie could have benefited from some dark humor to keep things from feeling stale. It failed to deliver in this aspect.

A plot I’ve seen before…

From Ouija to Unfriended, this plot has been done before. The ending helped it branch off a little bit, but in a lot of ways it paled in comparison to some of its predecessors which was frustrating because I really wanted to like this movie.

So am I in or out?

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I’m 50/50 on this one…

This movie had some redeeming moments. Camille was a strong character and I liked the ending, but the majority of the movie fell flat for me. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve seen this type of movie before and I just had higher expectations for it.

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

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now!

Play if you dare…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “No One Gets Out Alive” on Netflix: Unsettling Potential

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“I need to get out of here…”

No One Gets Out Alive released on September 29th 2021. The supernatural horror film is currently available to stream on Netflix. It stars Cristina Rodlo, Marc Menchaca and David Figlioli. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

An immigrant tries to make ends meet when she rents a cheap room in a boarding house, but she quickly discovers that something dark and sinister is lurking within the walls.

Here is the trailer:

No One Gets Out Alive takes a creepy premise and weaves it into a reality that may be even more frightening and disturbing. Does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Creepy visual effects.

Similar to Malignant but on a lower scale, No One Gets Out Alive is quite effective with its use of lighting and visual style. I thought they created a genuinely creepy vibe that lasted throughout the entire movie. I almost felt like I was being followed right along with our main character and the boarding house setting was a solid choice.

Threw me for a loop.

This movie started off in one direction and then it split off into several other ones. I liked that the movie kept me guessing and the ending was completely shocking and horrifying. A lot was left open, but I thought the film did a good job of reeling the viewer in for more and more in a unique way.

I also thought that the film balanced supernatural fears with real ones, creating an important conversation worth having.

The Cons:

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Needed some answers…

I’m all for an ending that leaves things open for interpretation, but that ending was so incredibly shocking and it just left me with a lot of questions. The movie was long enough, but I needed some back-story and history to fill in the blanks and I think it might have helped me connect just a little bit more to the overall plot.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

Overall, I was engaged throughout my watch. I thought it was genuinely creepy and disturbing and it did something unique worth talking about.

I needed a little bit more and I had too many questions at the end, but I still thought this was an entertaining watch and I’m loving that Netflix is releasing a new horror movie every Wednesday. So much fun for October!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on No One Gets Out Alive in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

My supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Till Death” on Netflix: Megan Fox is Bloody Fantastic!

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“Nothing is set in stone…”

Till Death originally released on July 2nd 2021, but it is now currently available to stream on Netflix. The thriller film stars Megan Fox, Aml Ameen, Eoin Macken, Jack Roth and Callan Mulvey. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

Emma is surprised for her wedding anniversary with an unexpected trip out to a secluded lake house in the middle of winter only to wake up the next morning handcuffed to her dead husband, as she desperately tries to find a way to free herself and survive.

Here is the trailer:

Till Death immediately gives off a Gerald’s Game vibe but it ends up paving its own way with unexpected twists, a solid performance, and really tense moments. Did this film just become one of my new favorite guilty pleasure thrillers? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Brilliant performance by Megan Fox!

I think this may be my favorite performance by her! This movie is about survival but it is also about Emma finally freeing herself from her past and finding the strength within her to do so. I was so impressed by Megan Fox’s performance. She was the best part of this film and she really showed off her range in this one. I was rooting for her the entire time!

More please!

A wild ride.

I thought I knew what type of movie I was going to get with this one and it really surprised me. Once things got going, I could not stop watching this movie. It had the intensity of Panic Room combined with Sleeping with the Enemy. I have a feeling I am going to be re-watching this movie over and over again because I loved it that much. Was it the best movie ever?

No, but it was an entertaining thrill ride that kept me on the edge of my seat with a powerful female lead. 

The Cons:

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Contrived and slow opening.

Initially this movie gave me a Lifetime-esque feel. The dialogue seemed really forced and the metaphors hit you over the head. The first twenty minutes of the movie were kind of boring, but then things took a drastic turn and I changed my tune completely.

If you are having second thoughts after the opening, I recommend that you stick around because things start moving at a fast pace before you know it.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

This movie was such an unexpected and welcomed surprise.

It is the perfect guilty pleasure thriller to indulge in and I highly recommend it!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A Halloween they’ll never forget…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Stalker” on Hulu: Don’t Take Rides with Strangers

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“Seemed like a nice enough guy…”

Stalker originally released on video on demand back in June 2021, but it is now currently available to stream on Hulu. The thriller film stars Vincent Van Horn, Christine Ko, and Michael Lee Joplin. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

Looking for a fresh start in a new city, Andy becomes friends with an unstable ride-share driver who eventually threatens his relationship and career.

Here is the trailer:

Stalker reminds us about the danger of sharing rides with strangers even though this has become the norm with services like Uber and Lyft. It plays on very real fears and is disturbing in a lot of ways, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Plays on relevant fears.

We were always told not to talk to strangers when we were kids. We were never to accept a ride from a stranger or candy of any kind and the world we live in now has shattered those basic rules as we put our trust into strangers everyday with ride-share services.

Much like Superhost playing on the very real fears associated with an Airbnb, Stalker does a good job as well. Starting over in a new town or city can be scary especially if you don’t know anyone, which can open the door for potential threats without us even realizing it.

A solid twist I didn’t see coming!

I thought I had this movie figured out but wow did it throw me for a loop in the best way possible. The ending was so shocking and it had me on the edge of my seat. There will be no spoilers in this review but if you are on the fence throughout your watch, stick around for the ending!

The Cons:

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Slow at times.

There was a creepy and unsettling vibe throughout the movie but I started drifting off a few times during the middle. The plot seemed somewhat generic and there was a lot of unnecessary fluff in-between.

That being said, it does pick up steam when we approach the end, but it takes a little while to get there.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

While this film was a little rough around the edges, it completely shocked me with its major twist and it really focused on some very real fears which may have you contemplating different forms of transportation from now on.

If you enjoy stalker-thriller movies, you will enjoy this one.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A Halloween they’ll never forget…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Midnight Mass” on Netflix: Horrifying Profound Perfection

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“This isn’t a community anymore. It’s a ghost…”

Midnight Mass is a limited series from The Haunting of Hill House creator, Mike Flanagan. The supernatural horror series features seven episodes available to stream now on Netflix. It stars Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford, Rahul Kohli, Hamish Linklater and Samantha Sloyan. Each episode runs for approximately 60-65 minutes.

A new priest arrives at Crockett Island as several miracles begin to emerge through this small population, but something sinister is hidden as well, threatening every man, woman, and child on the island.

Here is the trailer:

Midnight Mass has the character development of The Haunting of Hill House mixed with an eerie Castle Rock vibe as it brings several disturbing themes to light while creating a powerful dialogue about humanity, faith, and life. Is this series worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A worthy entry to horror.

This series was frightening in such a chilling and disturbing way. It seamlessly blended supernatural fears with human ones, showing the inner demons associated with addiction, grief, and remorse. Having faith is empowering but misguided faith can be dangerous in the wrong hands and I thought that all of these themes were explored in such a fascinating way. The supernatural elements didn’t overpower the show, but they were extremely effective.

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Incredible characters.

I have come to expect this with Mike Flanagan’s works but he really is talented at bringing these characters to life in such a compelling way. Plus, the performances were out of this world and we saw plenty of familiar faces.

I cared about what happened to them, I hated some, I loved others, and I found myself so completely drawn to them. The thought-provoking conversations and interactions really moved me and had an impact on my own life. Truly brilliant!

The Cons:

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I really don’t have any. I think that there may be some controversy over some of the themes present, but I loved this series from start to finish and I think it created an interesting dialogue worth having.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

Have faith in Midnight Mass!

This may be the best show I have watched all year.

This series was visually stunning. The characters were incredible, the performances were superb, and I loved the balance of horror and heart in this. I had so many emotions through my watch and while it had a different feel from The Haunting of Hill House series, I was touched in a similar way, but I was also genuinely frightened by what I witnessed and I can’t say enough good things about this show.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now!

Play if you dare…

Dash and Seek is available here!

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