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

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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

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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…

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