Spoiler-Free Review of “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” in Theaters: Welcome Back to the Game

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“Whatever you do, don’t let them win…”

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is the sequel to 2019’s Escape Room. The film premiered in theaters on July 16th 2021. It stars Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Holland Roden, and Indya Moore, and runs for approximately an hour and thirty minutes.

After winning and surviving the escape room the first time around, Zoey and Ben are determined to take down the mastermind behind the game, bringing them to a set of coordinates in New York City. However, they quickly discover that they are back in the dangerous game along with a previous group of winners.

Here is the trailer:

Escape Room: Tournament of Champions is filled with new games and challenges to keep us on our toes, but does the second film have enough of an edge to measure up to the original film? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Exciting new setting.

Getting around New York City is basically like one big puzzle so I thought it was brilliant to have it as the new setting for the Escape Room sequel. I thought the games were really intense and I loved that we just jumped right into things. We got a little bit of set-up and some flashbacks to remind us about where we left off at the end of the first film, but once the games started back up again, it was a fast-paced roller-coaster ride of adrenaline.

Impressive twists and reveals.

I am a big fan of the first film even though I thought it went a little bit off course with the ending. However, it did set things up for a second film so I guess there’s that. I was a little bit worried that the second film would feel slightly routine since we already knew what was going on, but we were thrown several curve balls along the way and there was one major reveal that had me almost screaming in my seat.

Well played!

The Cons:

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Annoying use of flashbacks.

I understood the point of the recap/flashback in the beginning of the film. It reminded us about what happened and it also helped fill in the blanks for a new audience. However, the film continued to use the flashbacks later on to remind us how certain characters felt about one another. I thought this was slightly insulting to the audience (we can figure this out on our own) and unnecessary, but it didn’t take up too much time so I’m over it.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This film was intense from start to finish. It was really entertaining and a lot of fun. I thought it was just as strong as the first film and I think fans will be happy with it. I still can’t get over that major reveal!!!!!!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Escape Room: Tournament of Champions 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…

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 “Fear Street Part 3: 1666” on Netflix: A Chilling Conclusion Worth Waiting For

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“The full moon rises before nightfall…”

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 is a supernatural slasher film that premiered on July 16th 2021 on Netflix. It is the third and final entry to the trilogy. The film stars Kiana Madiera, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Gillian Jacobs, and Sadie Sink. It runs for approximately an hour and fifty-four minutes.

Inspired by the R.L. Stine book series, the third film brings us back to 1666 as we learn the truth about the deadly curse and the backstory behind Sarah Fier.

Here is the trailer:

Fear Street Part 3: 1666 channels The Witch in a serious way and may be the most disturbing and terrifying entry of the franchise. Does the finale measure up with the rest of the films? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Disturbing on a whole new level.

I wouldn’t say that the other entries were really scary. These are meant to be teen horror films but there has been plenty of gore and slasher fun to keep us entertained. However the third film took the cake. It was so disturbing and chilling.

I think part of what made it so frightening was that it explored the darkest parts of humanity and showed how truly awful people can be, which is more terrifying in a lot of ways because it’s something that we witness every single day.

I was glued to the screen the entire time and several parts really made my skin crawl. I think that this was definitely the scariest film by far.

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Familiar faces return and supporting characters get to shine.

I thought it was genius to allow the audience to witness the events of 1666 with the characters we have come to know over the past two films. It really helped elevate the major time jump and it allowed us to see things with brand new eyes.

I also really loved seeing certain supporting characters shine even more in the final film. We got glimpses of their potential over the past two films, but everyone truly got their moment in the spotlight in the final film and there were a few surprises mixed in as well.

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Reveals well worth the wait.

The third film honestly shocked me with some of its reveals. I was really satisfied with the major twist and I thought that the film did a good job of answering all of my questions while seamlessly presenting us with a worthy final battle. It’s not always easy nailing an ending and I think this film did a great job of presenting us with a worthy conclusion to this fun franchise.

I really hope they decide to do more films and it would be awesome to see an anthology style with the plots from the actual books!

The Cons:

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I don’t have any…

I really enjoyed this franchise. I thought that the first film was trying to find its way a little bit, but when I look at everything as a whole, it was truly entertaining and a lot of fun! 

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

I absolutely loved the third and final film. It presented us with really intense moments that were absolutely terrifying and I thought it seamlessly connected back to the main plot without ever skipping a beat. 

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Fear Street Part 3: 1666 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…

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 “American Horror Stories” Rubber Wo(man) on FX on Hulu: Home, Sadistic Home

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“Ghosts aren’t real and curses aren’t real…”

American Horror Stories premiered on FX on Hulu on July 15th 2021 with the first two episodes: “Rubber Wo(m)an” parts 1 and 2. The remaining five episodes will air weekly, leading up to the premiere of American Horror Story: Double Feature (season 10). Each episode of the spin-off anthology series runs for approximately 45-48 minutes. The first two episodes star Matt Bomer, Sierra McCormick, Gavin Creel, Paris Jackson and Kaia Gerber.

The series will present us with different stories each week connecting to the original AHS universe. The first two episodes bring us back to the beginning. A new family moves into Murder House so they can flip the house and learn that they may be in over their heads.

Here is the trailer:

American Horror Stories has the opportunity to bring us back to welcomed settings with familiar faces, but is the anthology spin-off worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Back to the beginning…

I am a big fan of American Horror Story and I love that we encounter a new setting, story, and group of characters (with familiar faces) in each season. However, some seasons are much stronger than others and often I used to wonder about what would happen next at these infamous places of horror.

Well, American Horror Stories has managed to cure my curiosity by bringing us right back to the beginning with Murder House. American Horror Story: Apocalypse managed to sprinkle in a lot from the other seasons and this is basically a snapshot version of that, as we branch off into a new story with a new set of characters in a very familiar setting.

The “Amityville Horror on Crystal Meth” is back and so is the infamous rubber suit. Scarlett moves into the house with her two dads, who are determined to fix up the house and flip it.

I absolutely loved this return to the beginning. We get to see Murder House through a new set of eyes with a new darkness emerging through its walls.

Familiar faces.

Many AHS alum have signed on for the anthology series and I was excited to see Matt Bomer star in this one. I think this helps us remember that even though this is a spin-off, it’s still a part of the AHS universe ultimately and that wouldn’t feel the same if we didn’t see some familiar cast members along the way for our journey.

I’m excited to see who else is coming back! *No spoilers here.*

A plot that draws you in.

I actually really adored the plot right from the beginning. Even though there were familiar concepts, it felt new and fresh. Scarlett was great and I loved the love story emerging in the walls, giving me some Violet and Tate nostalgia.

The Cons:

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Goes off the deep end a little…

In true AHS fashion, the plot does go a little bit bonkers when we get into the second episode. I thought that the first episode was stronger than the second, but things did get a little bit silly toward the end. That being said, that’s part of AHS’s campy horror charm and as a fan of the series, I have come to expect that.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

As a fan of the series, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this spin-off. I didn’t really know what to expect at first, but I absolutely loved it. It was really fun seeing the Easter eggs and nostalgia weaved into the plot while still managing to do something unique and different with the new story.

AHS always brings us a great balance of twisted horror and humor. It somehow just works even though it may seem slightly ridiculous at times. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my watch of the first two episodes and I’m really excited to see the stories continue!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on American Horror Stories 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…

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 “Fear Street Part 2: 1978” on Netflix: Groovy Gory Perfection

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“It’s happening again…”

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 is a supernatural slasher film that premiered on July 9th 2021 on Netflix. It is the second entry to the trilogy which will take place over the next three weeks. The film stars Sadie Sink, Emily Rudd, Ted Sutherland, Ryan Simpkins, Gillian Jacobs and Kiana Madeira. It runs for approximately an hour and fifty minutes.

Inspired by the R.L. Stine book series, the second film brings us back to 1978 as a dangerous killer makes their presence known at Camp Nightwing in Shadyside.

Here is the trailer:

Fear Street Part 2: 1978 takes a stab at a different decade as Deena and the remaining survivors attempt to learn more about what happened back in 1978 when a similar curse terrorized the town. We are introduced to new characters and a new setting, but does it do enough to keep the story going? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Nails the setting.

While Fear Street Part 1: 1994 channeled Scream and 90’s slashers, Fear Street Part 2: 1978 brings us back to the world of Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp. Other horror series have taken the summer camp setting and done quite well with it. The second season of Slasher and AHS: 1984 both featured summer camps and there’s just something about this setting.

I loved the music soundtrack even more in this film and it really did a great job of immersing us into this world without ever skipping a beat.

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Believable chemistry between the characters.

My biggest con with the first installment was that it was lacking a little bit of chemistry between all of the characters. Well, that problem has been solved in the second film. I loved every single character and cared about their well being. It was nice to see Sadie Sink step into the spotlight and she played the role extremely well. I thought that the sister vibe really worked and there was even a little bit of humor sprinkled into the mix that translated much better in the second film.

Seamless transition into the main story.

As a standalone, this film is just pure magic. There is a lot of gore and terrorizing moments, but you find yourself rooting for all of the characters even though you know you are witnessing a past event. That being said, I thought that the seamless transition back into the main plot was really effective and I was drawn into the story that much more as we unlocked missing pieces to the puzzle.

The Cons:

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We need more!

I don’t have a single con for the second film. I thought it was perfect and I loved it from start to finish. I just wanted to spend even more time at Camp Nightwing because it was that good.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

I enjoyed the first film, but this one really stepped things up a notch. There was a perfect blend of summer camp slasher nostalgia along with some really compelling moments. The performances were believable and this really elevated the overall story. I can’t wait for the final film!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Fear Street Part 2: 1978 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…

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 “Fear Street Part 1: 1994” on Netflix: 90’s Slasher Nostalgia

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“It began as a prank and ended in murder…”

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 is a supernatural slasher film that premiered on July 2nd 2021 on Netflix. It is the first entry to the trilogy which will take place over the next three weeks. The film stars Olivia Welch, Kiana Madeira, Benjamin Flores Jr. and Maya Hawke. It runs for approximately an hour and forty-five minutes.

Inspired by the R.L. Stine book series, the first film follows a group of teens in the town of Shadyside as they face off against a supernatural presence that threatens to wreak havoc on their town.

Here is the trailer:

Fear Street Part 1: 1994 turns back time and reels us in with some iconic 90’s slasher nostalgia along with a killer soundtrack, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Don’t f*** with the original.

The opening of this film was really strong. It helped having Stranger Things fan favorite, Maya Hawke lighting up the screen in a B.Dalton bookstore, which brought back so many memories. This film definitely channeled Scream and even gave me some Blair Witch vibes as well, but it did it in a clever way. It didn’t feel like a cheesy rip-off. It felt like a tribute to some iconic 90’s horror and I hope this also helps introduce a younger audience to some of these great films.

It still pains me to hear things like “oh I didn’t know the Scream show was based on a movie.” (This really happened by the way).

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90’s dream.

Remember when people used to actually call one another? I thought this time jump back to the 90’s was a lot of fun. Similar to shows like Little Fire Everywhere and Cruel Summer, Fear Street is jumping on the bandwagon and they delivered in a lot of ways.

I thought the soundtrack was amazing and the throwbacks were a lot of fun, but I thought the fashion could have used some work. Other than the opening scene, I didn’t see any real iconic pieces of 90’s fashion thrown into the mix.

In a lot of ways, this time jumping theme for Fear Street is kind of reminding me of American Horror Story: 1984 and in a good way. Both of these entries understood the time period and the movies they were channeling, but they also did a good job of creating something on their own.

I’m interested to see how they will approach the next era in the second film. Bring it on!

The Cons:

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Where’s the chemistry?

This film earned a R rating and stepped away from Goosebumps. I’m all for a group of kids or teens facing off against an unspeakable horror, but I need to actually care about the characters. Fear Street needed to take a lesson from Stranger Things and even the new IT film. The chemistry and humor between the characters was lacking here.

There were a lot of scenes where we witnessed some melodrama that didn’t really translate well. I won’t call it Riverdale-esque because I actually like Riverdale, but it felt empty and uninspiring.

I loved Olivia Welch in Panic and all of the actors put forth a valiant effort, but I needed more. There were some moments sprinkled in, but I think any major character layers were glossed over and as much as I appreciated the LGBTQ relationship at the core, we needed more development to truly care about these characters.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

The film had a really strong opening and ending. It did enough at the end of the movie to reel me in for more and I’m anxious to see the other two parts connect with everything. Overall, this was an entertaining watch and I think as long as you manage your expectations and power through the unnecessary teen melodrama, you will enjoy the watch. Besides, you can always just tune them out and focus on the amazing soundtrack!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Fear Street Part 1: 1994 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 “Safer at Home” on Hulu: Excessive Gimmicks get in the way of True Thrills

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“It could get worse before it gets better.”

Safer at Home is a horror thriller film that premiered on February 26th 2021. It is currently available to stream on Hulu. The film stars Jocelyn Hudon, Alisa Allapach, Dan Johnson, Adwin Brown and Emma Lahana. It runs for approximately an hour and twenty-five minutes.

The film takes place during the pandemic as we learn that a mandatory quarantine is still in effect well into the year 2022. A group of friends get together on Zoom for some fun when a horrific event takes over the night.

Here is the trailer:

Safer at Home attempts to channel the horrific real world events going on while creating some isolating terror of its own. After watching Shudder’s Host, it seems like many other films are anxious to find their own groove using Zoom and technology, but is this particular film worth a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Some disturbing chills early on.

This movie follows films like Unfriended, Searching, and Host, with a found-footage technology centered approach. This may be wearing out its welcome now, but the initial shots were somewhat believable as these friends come together to catch up during the pandemic. The actors do the best they can with what they have and portray friendships and relationships worth investing in.

I thought there were actually some really intense moments when things escalated during the online party and the initial horrific event did grab my full attention.

The Cons:

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Far-fetched nonsense.

This film had the potential to be really good. The initial horrific event had me on the edge of my seat and we had some moments of set-up that could have branched out into something truly extraordinary, but the movie took another route and it became far-fetched and ridiculous. It wasn’t scary anymore and it just felt sloppy.

Jam-packed with too much.

My other issue was this film was overstuffed with so much and it almost felt like they made a checklist of all of things going on in 2020 and checked them off as the film continued…

The ending was somewhat shocking, but I had almost completely tuned out by that point and it wasn’t enough to save this movie.

So am I in or out?

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Unfortunately I’m out on this one…

The opening of the film had some potential, but it quickly went off track and it failed to capture my attention. If you are looking for a similar premise that is actually terrifying, check out Host on Shudder instead.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Safer at Home 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 “Black Summer” Season 2 on Netflix: Step Your Cardio Game Up

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“We did what we had to do…”

Black Summer season 2 premiered on Netflix on June 17th 2021 with eight new episodes available to stream now. Each episode runs for approximately 40-50 minutes. The show stars Jaime King, Christine Lee, Justin Chu Cary and Zoe Marlett.

The unofficial prequel of Z Nation brings us into a new icy setting, as our favorite characters attempt to survive during the zombie outbreak while dealing with other threats along the way.

Here is the trailer:

Black Summer season one was a welcomed surprise, but can season two keep things going at a fast pace without becoming overdone? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The new icy setting is a welcomed addition.

I suppose that you can only run away from these super fast zombies for a certain amount of time so it makes sense that we switch up the setting for the second season. The zombies are just as terrifying, but winter can be even more deadly and brutal. I thought this worked to the show’s advantage as our favorite characters had to deal with more than just surviving the dead.

A true zombie series.

While I watch the shows in the TWD universe, things have become less frightening in a way. The walkers move at a slow pace, our survivors know that they can outsmart them, and even some of the kids can take them out so are they really that terrifying?

Well sure, but the zombies on Black Summer will have you rethinking your entire cardio routine. Seriously, I need to get in serious shape if I want to outrun them. This series does not slow down at all. There isn’t any fluff in between and we basically are just along for the ride while everyone attempts to survive in this horrific new world. It’s bloody, violent, and a true depiction of what life would probably be like if the zombie apocalypse actually occurred.

The Cons:

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Confusing at times.

I actually really like the vignette style of the show and I think it helps maintain the fast pace, but things can get really confusing at times. I had to piece together who was who and where we were in the timeline, which can get slightly exhausting, but at least there is plenty of action to make you forget about this. 

No real attachment or story-line.

Other than Rose and her daughter, Sun, and Spears, I couldn’t really care less about any of the other characters even though there were some new additions with potential. It’s hard to get attached to characters when they could die at any moment and even the returning characters needed a little bit more air time for true character development although we certainly did witness some with Spears.

There also isn’t really anything major going on with the plot or story-line. If you are looking for something complex and layered, you won’t get that here. You’ll just get lots and lots of zombies tearing people apart so I guess it depends on your preference.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I kind of needed a break from advanced story-telling. Sometimes you need a mindless show you can just watch and enjoy. There is plenty of action, gore, and zombie entertainment in this series. As long as you manage your expectations, you will highly enjoy the second season!

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

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 “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” on HBO Max: Love and Hauntings

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“We know the dangers…better than you might think.”

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It is the third installment of the popular horror franchise. The film is in theaters and currently available to stream on HBO Max as of June 4th 2021. It stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sterling Jerins, Ruairi O’Connor and John Noble. The film runs for approximately an hour and fifty minutes.

Ed and Lorraine Warren are back again to investigate the demonic possession of a young boy. After an exorcism is attempted, the demonic presence is far from gone as it begins to wreak havoc on the boy’s sister’s boyfriend. 

Here is the trailer:

The Conjuring 3 has a lot to live up to, but does the change in director and genre water things down too much or is it a welcomed addition? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Undeniable chemistry between Ed and Lorraine Warren.

These two are electric in the film and are probably one of my favorite couples in film history. There is something so real and believable about their chemistry with one another. They have such a strong love and relationship, which makes you root for them that much more.

I thought that both of them gave really incredible performances and their love for one another actually really lifted this film. Even during the quiet moments, you are just completely drawn to them. So many horror films center around younger stars and these two are blowing them all out of the water.

I think I would watch almost anything with them…

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Truly frightening moments.

There was this unsettling fear throughout the other two films that still haunts me even now. While I would say that this film is the least scariest out of them all, there are some moments of pure terror. The opening scene was really terrifying and some of the flashback moments had me on the edge of my seat as well.

The Cons:

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Switching genres.

I thought that this film felt like more of a supernatural crime mystery rather than straight horror. The other films were true haunted house films where this film moved away from that and focused more on finding evidence to prove that the devil really made this guy start murdering people.

In a way, I almost felt like I was watching an episode of Supernatural rather than watching a Conjuring film. This isn’t necessarily a con because I really do love this genre and Ed and Lorraine were just so strong in it so I was along for the ride.

I’m not sure if this is because the director was not the same or if the film was trying to branch off into something else to stay original and fresh, but I think that some fans may have mixed reviews on this approach. 

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I’ll be honest, I’d follow Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson just about anywhere and they really elevated this film for me. The chemistry between these two was incredible and they made up for some of the duller moments during the film. While it did jump genres, there were some truly terrifying scares embedded within the film and I was entertained from start to finish.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It 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 “Army of the Dead” on Netflix: Ocean’s Eleven meets World War Z

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“This should be a simple in and out…”

Army of the Dead is a horror action film that released on May 21st 2021 on Netflix. The film stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick, and Garret Dillahunt. It runs for approximately two and a half hours.

The film takes place after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas as a group of mercenaries go through zombie territory in order to pull off a heist with a lot of cash.

Here is the trailer:

Army of the Dead looks like it could be filled with a lot of gory zombie fun, but does its dragged out set-up get in the way of pure greatness? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Fun dynamic between characters.

This movie had an Ocean’s Eleven vibe going on and I actually thought this worked in the movie’s favor because you cared more about what happened to the characters. Dave Bautista played the exact role I needed him to play and we also had some other stand-out performances as well. 

It was honestly really funny to see good guy Garret Dillahunt from Fear the Walking Dead play a complete jerk and I think that the comedy sprinkled throughout the film actually really helped. The film didn’t take itself too seriously and that was important because all I wanted was an action filled zombie flick and I think it delivered on that.

Lots of action.

If you came for lots of violence and action, you will not be disappointed. Once the film gets going, you will have plenty of that to go around. The Vegas setting worked in the film’s favor and the zombies were actually pretty formidable too, which prevented this film from feeling overdone and stale.

The Cons:

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Way too long and issues with pacing.

My biggest con about this film is the length of it. I don’t want to watch a zombie action film for two and a half hours. I don’t really want to watch any film for that long, but I make exceptions here and there.

This movie should have been an hour and forty minutes and I think the dragged out length really hurt this film. We don’t even get any real gritty action until over an hour into the movie and that’s when the film takes off, but this film could easily lose an audience within the first hour.

While I loved the introduction to the gang of characters, we could have fast forwarded through a lot of the unnecessary fluff. The heart-to-heart talks and slow moving flashbacks were a little too much as well.

I think that if this film had broken away from that and just embraced its real identity, it would have been much better in my opinion.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

While I was on the fence about this movie during the first hour, things picked up once we got to the meaty part of the plot and the action, gore, and comedy really delivered for me. I thought this movie was a lot of fun. It wasn’t anything truly epic or outstanding, but it was thoroughly entertaining.

The movie was way too long, but luckily it made up for that in the second half. If you are looking for some zombie fun with a lot of action, you’re in the right place.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

Scream Hunt Coming Soon

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 “The Resort” on Demand: Island horror leaves a lot to be desired

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“That was the last time I felt truly safe…”

The Resort is a horror film that released on April 30th 2021 on demand and in limited theaters. The film stars Bianca Haase, Michelle Randolph, Brock O’Hurn and Michael Vlamis. It runs for approximately 75 minutes.

The film centers around a writer obsessed with the paranormal who decides to go on a trip to Hawaii with her friends to investigate an abandoned resort that is supposedly haunted by a ghost called the Half-Faced Girl. When they arrive, they are in paradise, but things soon take a dark turn.

Here is the trailer:

The Resort has the potential to lure us in with some guilty pleasure island terror paired with some jaw-dropping gorgeous scenery. But is this film truly worth a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Gorgeous scenery and a gorgeous cast.

The movie is filmed in Maui, Hawaii and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. I love anything that has to do with Hawaii so this was a major plus for me and we also had a gorgeous cast to go along with it.

I also thought that the premise was good and I wanted to know more about the history behind the abandoned resort and the haunting there.

The Cons:

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Bad acting.

Like, really bad. The cast is almost too gorgeous and I felt like the people making this movie suddenly realized just how terrible they were at acting and decided to throw in random skinny-dipping scenes for fluff just to kill some time and the movie only runs for an hour and fifteen minutes…

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Not scary at all and a terrible plot.

I really wanted to like this movie. It had the perfect premise and I was thinking I might get a mix of A Perfect Getaway and Club Dread. There was some humor sprinkled in and the beginning was not that bad even with the terrible acting, but once the plot took off, things just got beyond awful.

While there is some gore and attempts at channeling some Evil Dead vibes, this film fails to execute every single one of its scares and the twist at the end was laughable, but this is not coded as a horror comedy so it makes me wonder what the writers were thinking here.

At least the movie was short, otherwise I would have stopped watching it much sooner…

So am I in or out?

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I’m out on this one…

Unfortunately the gorgeous backdrop of Hawaii could not save this awful horror movie. Don’t waste your money on this one. I would recommend checking it out just to see how terrible it is when it airs at like 4 am on basic cable or is available to stream for free.

The plot was just horrendous and laughable and perhaps this would have been better if it took a page out of Club Dread’s book and went full horror comedy.

If you are looking for some island terror, check out A Perfect Getaway or Fantasy Island instead.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

Scream Hunt Coming Soon

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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