Spoiler-Free Review of “Archive 81” on Netflix: Chilling and Consuming Watch

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“Please find me…”

Archive 81 premiered on January 14th 2022 on Netflix. All eight episodes are available to stream now. The horror mystery series stars Mamoudou Athie, Dina Shihabi, Matt McGorry, Ariana Neal and Evan Jonigkeit. Each episode runs for approximately 55-57 minutes.

An archivist named Dan takes a job restoring old videotapes up in the Catskills, uncovering a mystery surrounding the missing director and a supernatural cult.

Here is the trailer:

Archive 81 reels you in with a slow burn approach that manages to transform into something truly disturbing as we are along for the ride to discover what truly happened to the girl on the tapes. Is it worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A mystery that pulls you into the rabbit hole with each episode.

I love feeling like I’m a part of the mystery and I thought that this series managed to bring the audience in effortlessly. I found myself trying to piece together all of the clues and my eyes were glued to the screen the entire time. Much like the archivist, Dan, I felt a need to find out what truly happened to the girl on the tapes, luring me in more and more.

The series gave me some Last Night in Soho and 1BR vibes, so if you enjoyed those films, you will feel right at home with this one.

A show you’ll think about long after it is over.

I can always tell when I truly appreciate and love a series. It always comes back to the shows that create a dialogue worth having, leaving you with even more questions and theories. It’s a show that you just want to talk to someone about. It’s that good! It will resonate with you and really make you think even after we witness many of the reveals.

We also got that major cliffhanger at the end to contemplate so I’m crossing my fingers that we will see a season two!

The Cons:

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Slow moving at times…

The episodes are super long and the opening episodes dragged a little for me. At one point I thought I had been watching it for over two hours and realized I had only been actually watching for thirty minutes. I think the pacing drastically improved by the time we got to episode three and thinking back on it, I actually felt like the slow burn approach worked because it mirrored what Dan was going through as the archivist.

That being said, I would have preferred the episodes to be just a little shorter but I still managed to watch this series in almost one day!

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

Chilling and disturbing on so many levels! A worthy mystery that will keep you guessing until the end and well after that!

I absolutely loved this series and I can’t stop talking about it!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Archive 81 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.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Scream” (2022) in Theaters: Fans have something to be excited about!

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It’s always someone you know…

Scream (2022) released in theaters on January 14th 2022. The fifth installment of my favorite franchise of all time brings us back to Woodsboro as a killer dressed as Ghostface threatens the town once again. The slasher horror film stars Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox, Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid, Jenna Ortega and Marley Shelton.

Sidney Prescott thought that she was done with Ghostface for good, but a new killer emerges twenty-five years later, targeting a group of teens in this new “requel.”

Here is the trailer:

Scream (2022) brings together our favorite characters from the original film while introducing a new generation to Ghostface, making us fear answering the phone once again. Does the new film deliver with gory whodunnit goodness? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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For the fans.

The fifth film gives fans of the original plenty to be really excited about. We have returning characters, some welcomed surprises, and lots of nods to some of our favorite moments in the films. I thought the film did an excellent job with this nostalgia without overdoing it.

It just worked effortlessly and I loved all of the Easter eggs along the way. Scream is my favorite movie of all time and this film honored that in an effective way.

I also thought that there was a seamless balance between the original story and the new one. Everything connected and just worked, making this film really entertaining.

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Not afraid to make fun of itself.

I really loved the well placed humor sprinkled into the film and I loved that it didn’t take itself too seriously. It recognized its place in the franchise and gave us plenty of laugh-out-loud moments to appreciate.

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Welcomed new characters keep you guessing.

I really thought that some of the new characters did an excellent job fitting in and some of them were scene-stealers for sure.

Stand-out performances: Jenna Ortega as Tara and Jasmin Savoy Brown as Mindy.

This made me like the film even more because I didn’t need Sidney to be on screen in every scene to be entertained. A lot of the new characters really held their own.

I thought that the film embraced its whodunnit mystery and kept the audience guessing for the most part. The kills had a different feel to them, but it still kept the vibe from the original going, which is important.

The Cons:

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Some performances were lacking…

I thought that the cast did a great job for the most part, but there were some performances stronger than others. While I loved a lot of the new characters introduced to us, a lot of other characters felt mostly filler and I didn’t really care if they made it out or not.

I also thought there were a few plot holes and some unnecessary tangents as well, but overall I was thoroughly entertained.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

I absolutely adored this film and I thought it did a great job of keeping the audience entertained. The film honored its fans with lots of nostalgia while giving us plenty of gory kills and surprises to be excited about!

A worthy entry to the franchise!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Scream (2022) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

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 “Elves” on Netflix: Holiday Horror Fun

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“Stay on the coastal road…”

Elves (originally titled Nisser) premiered on Netflix on November 28th 2021 with six episodes available to stream now. The Danish horror series stars Sonja Steen, Milo Campanale, Vivelill Søgaard Holm, Lila Nobel, Peder Pedersen and Ann Eleonora Jørgensen. Each episode runs for 23-26 minutes.

A family travels to a remote island for a Christmas vacation, soon discovering that the island is inhabited by dangerous elves.

Here is the trailer:

Elves immediately gives off a Gremlins sort of vibe embedded in folk horror. The short episodes make it extremely easy to binge-watch, but is it worthy of YOUR next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Short episodes.

I finished this series really quickly and the pacing was done really well in each of the six episodes. Even though they are on the short side, we get to cover enough to keep us coming back for more and I thought that this worked in the show’s favor.

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Solid folk horror entry.

I dug the vibe of this series. There were a lot of horrifying things we witnessed, but it was also balanced out with an adorable scene stealer named Kee-Ko. Seriously, I’m obsessed! The setting really highlighted the eerie feel and there was also plenty of gore and chilling moments sprinkled into the mix.

The Cons:

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Dumb decisions made…

The adults in this series really made a lot of the dumb decisions or were just completely clueless for too long. 

I also just wanted more as soon as I got to the end. The short episodes worked, but I really hope that this show gets picked up for season two because now I’m hooked!

More please!

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This was a quick and fun festive horror series. I was hooked from the very start and I hope that more horror fans discover this gem because it really delivers and then some!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

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 “The Night House” on Demand: Emotionally Stirring Mystery

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“I didn’t think we had secrets…”

The Night House originally released in theaters on August 20th 2021. It is now currently available to rent on demand. The psychological horror film stars Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg and Evan Jonigkeit. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-eight minutes.

After the tragic and unexpected death of her husband, Beth is left alone to cope with everything in the lake house he built for her, but quickly discovers that a supernatural presence may be lurking on the property.

Here is the trailer:

The Night House brings something new to the table as it explores the deepest and darkest parts of grief in an unsettling way. Does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Rebecca Hall’s portrayal is convincing and moving.

The majority of the movie focuses on Beth and I thought that Rebecca Hall was really moving on screen. It’s not easy portraying grief in such a compelling way and I thought that she really gave her character a lot of layers that one could relate to.

There was also a dry sarcastic side to Beth and I thought that helped lighten up the movie here and there because it was really heavy at some points.

Not the kind of horror I expected…

And I mean this in the best possible way. From the trailer, I thought I was going to watch another haunted house movie and I experienced something very different. I like when horror movies think outside the box and this movie really provoked an emotional response to some horrifying unknown mysteries surrounding both life and death.

I was never bored and the mystery at the core kept me completely invested.

The Cons:

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You need to be in the right state of mind to watch this movie…

This movie really stuck with me but I also thought that a lot of the content was really emotionally draining. The movie creates an important discussion on grief and depression, but I really needed a clear head to watch this. This isn’t one of those movies where you can just turn your mind off and enjoy. It will make you think and that’s not necessarily a con, but more of a warning if you are not emotionally prepared to watch this.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I’m all for a horror movie that pushes boundaries and really tries to do something different and that’s what this film accomplished. The kind of horror we witness is truly unsettling and disturbing, but that’s also because it mirrors so many of the thoughts and emotions we go through on a daily basis.

Overall, this was a compelling and moving watch that really made me think about a lot…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Night House 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.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Old” on Demand: Creepy Concept

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“Sounds like a great memory for us…”

Old originally released in theaters back on July 23rd 2021. The M. Night Shyamalan thriller is now available to watch on demand. The film stars Vicky Krieps, Gael García Bernal, Thomasin McKenzie, Alex Wolff, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Embeth Davidtz. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-eight minutes.

Several families meet on a tropical vacation when they all end up being invited to the same secluded beach. However, things start to go horribly wrong when it appears that the island is somehow making people age at a rapid rate as they race against the clock to figure out a way off the island.

Here is the trailer:

Old creates an unsettling vibe with a horrifying concept, but does the film check off enough boxes to be worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A mystery that reels you in with an incredible setting.

I can always tell how much I like a movie based on how much I am paying attention. This is one of those movies that hooked me from the start. The setting is beyond breathtaking and the concept is really unique and horrifying. I needed to understand what was happening and I could not look away while I was watching.

The way this film was shot was so well done and the eerie soundtrack really elevated it that much more for me.

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Something truly different.

It’s really hard to come up with something original and fresh these days. The film is inspired by the book, Sandcastle and I think that it truly managed to accomplish something new. The kind of horror we witnessed was different and yet it was just as disturbing (if not more so) than some of the more gruesome and terrifying things I have seen.

That scene in the cave though…yikes!

The Cons:

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Cringe-worthy dialogue at times and not enough character development…

This was really frustrating because we actually got a fantastic cast to watch. However, the dialogue was just a little bit too on the nose for me. I’m all for well-placed hints, but some of the ones we got were beyond ridiculous. The audience can figure this out on their own…

I also think that the characters really needed to be fleshed out so much more. We got sprinkles of it toward the end of the movie, but I just wanted more especially since I loved the overall concept so much.

Mixed thoughts on the ending.

I think this is one of those movies that people will either really love or really hate. I was drawn in completely and once we got to the ending, I didn’t want the credits to come because I had so many thoughts going through my head. This really made me think, but I’m still not sure how I felt about the ending. I just had too many questions at the end that weren’t fully answered.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I could not stop watching this movie and I think that it did truly present us with something new and different. This movie really makes you think a lot about things and it explored a new kind of horror in an effective way.

I have a checklist of things that could have been improved and I wanted so much more for the characters, but overall I really was surprised by how much I actually liked this movie.

I think that there will be a lot of mixed reviews and different opinions on this but I think the film creates a conversation worth having.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Old 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! I hope you enjoy!

READ IF YOU DARE…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Night Teeth” on Netflix: Girl Vamps Just Wanna Have Fun

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“We’re all around you…and you have no idea.”

Night Teeth premiered on Netflix on October 20th 2021. The vampire horror film stars Debby Ryan, Lucy Fry, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Alfie Allen, Sydney Sweeney and Megan Fox. It runs for an hour and forty-eight minutes.

When a young driver picks up two mysterious women, he is tasked with escorting them to a bunch of exclusive parties, but he soon realizes that they have blood-thirsty intentions, putting his life in immediate danger.

Here is the trailer:

Night Teeth immediately gives off some True Blood vibes with a killer cast, but does it do anything truly unique to set itself apart from other vampire films? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry make a killer team!

The whole cast did a great job, but I really liked these two. They really embraced the seductive/mysterious bad girl feel with some killer fashion as well. I was immediately intrigued when they came on screen and I thought that they put forth a valiant effort with their portrayals.

Don’t mess with these two!

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Night life aesthetic and choice of soundtrack.

The lighting and colors in this film really popped. I thought that the film captured the beauty of the city after dark. The music soundtrack complimented the pace of the movie as well. This movie just felt visually pretty and appealing from start to finish.

The Cons:

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Killer start but flat finish.

This film immediately drew me in and I was hoping to witness something truly unique, but things started to become flat and mediocre once we got toward the end. It was still entertaining, but it didn’t do anything original and I thought it was a little too easy to fight off the bad guys.

We didn’t learn any real information on these vampires to understand how to destroy them or get a full picture of their lives in the human world. There were just too many pieces left out.

I thought that the romance angle was okay, but it didn’t really have an organic or honest quality. It wasn’t nauseating like some vampire movies I have watched before, but I wanted to truly believe the new romance I was witnessing and it just felt very ordinary.

Frustrating montages.

While I loved the use of light and music, the overuse of slow motion montages didn’t really do anything to add to the overall movie. I would have preferred to watch more scenes featuring some of the cameos we witnessed and get some more backstory too.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

This movie was entertaining overall and I’m all for any kind of vampire movie. I thought that the cast did a great job and there was enough going on to keep me invested. However, the movie just didn’t do anything that different or unique, which was frustrating, because it started off with a lot of edge and bite.

If you like vampire movies, I would recommend that you give this a try, but you may be better off binge-watching the first season of True Blood instead…

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Night Teeth 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…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Slumber Party Massacre” (2021) on Syfy: Slasher Comedy Gold!

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“This is my kind of party…”

Slumber Party Massacre (2021) released on the Syfy channel on October 16th 2021. The re-imagining of the 1982 slasher film stars Hannah Gonera, Alex McGregor, Jane De Wet, Frances Sholto-Douglas and Rob van Vuuren. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

A deranged killer with a power drill crashes a slumber party, hoping to turn it into a bloodbath.

Here is the trailer:

Slumber Party Massacre (2021) delivers plenty of gory fun, but does it do enough to be relevant with today’s audience? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A fun take on things.

There will be no spoilers here, but there is a twist thrown our way during the movie. It’s a lot of fun and it really allows the ladies above a chance to truly shine. I absolutely loved the use of horror comedy in this film. If you don’t take it seriously, you will find yourself laughing constantly because it really takes a lot of common horror tropes and has some much needed fun with them.

That pillow fight scene though…

More please!

Gory kills!

The power drill proves to be a formidable weapon and we get plenty of over-the-top kills to satisfy slasher fans. Plus our villain is just the right amount of crazy which made this a blast to watch. 

The Cons:

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On the short side.

The movie is pretty short and I was disappointed because I wanted just a little bit more. We could have had a few more interactions between the characters early on or maybe some extra chase scenes thrown in, but I thought that the movie wrapped up pretty quickly just when I was starting to really enjoy it.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This movie accomplished what Black Christmas (2019) failed to execute. It gave us a gory campy re-imagining of the original movie with female characters to root for. It’s one of those movies where you can turn off your mind for a little while and just sit back and laugh your head off. I thoroughly enjoyed my watch!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Slumber Party Massacre (2021) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

HAVE A KILLER HALLOWEEN…

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…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Halloween Kills” on Peacock: Evil Dies tonight…or does it?

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“He needs to die!”

Halloween Kills released in theaters and on Peacock on October 15th 2021. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Anthony Michael Hall, Judy Greer, Cameron Elam and Kyle Richards. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-five minutes.

Michael Myers is back after escaping from Laurie Strode’s trap as the residents of Haddonfield work together to stop him once and for all.

Here is the trailer:

Halloween Kills has finally arrived with tons of bloody kills, but is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Plenty of gory kills to look forward to.

The film delivers in this department. If you are looking for lots of blood and gore, you will not be disappointed. Michael Myers is ruthless and unforgiving and he has quite a few inventive kills this time around.

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Characters to root for.

The residents in town really work together to put forth a valiant effort against Michael and I was rooting for a lot of them. Sure, they may be out of their league, but I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions between all of the characters and of course it’s always wonderful to see Jamie Lee Curtis on screen.

The Cons:

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Messy plot.

I almost felt like they shot several pieces of the movie at different times and then just stuck them all together and hoped it would work. The first half of the movie took a while to get going for me, but I did think the second half was much stronger.

I also thought the film lost some of its edge this time around. The iconic music was present, but I wanted a little bit more suspense with Michael’s kills and some of them felt really over-the-top and almost silly, but it was still a lot of fun.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

Every horror and Halloween fan should absolutely watch this movie. There were some really entertaining moments and you will get plenty of gory kills to keep you invested. I had some issues with the plot and the overall pacing of the movie, which was slightly frustrating, but I still enjoyed my watch overall.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

HAVE A KILLER 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…

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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…

Scream Hunt Promo window

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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