Spoiler-Free Review of “The Reef: Stalked” on Shudder: A Shark Addicted to Paddling

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“All we can do is paddle…”

The Reef: Stalked released on Shudder on July 29th 2022. The survival horror film stars Teressa Liane, Saskia Archer, Ann Truong, and Kate Lister. It runs for approximately an hour and thirty minutes.

A group of friends head out on kayaks for a relaxing day of diving and fun, but wind up stalked by a great white shark instead.

Here is the trailer:

The Reef: Stalked gives kayaks a whirl for our toothy friend, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Some intense moments!

Some of the jump scares were a little much, but there were some really intense moments during this film when the shark was stalking these characters. I was on the edge of my seat and was genuinely terrified. The Reef is one of my favorite shark movies so I had very high hopes for this and I think it did deliver some nail-biting moments for sure.

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Pretty scenery and a different approach.

I’m not sure where this one was shot, but I thought the scenery was absolutely beautiful. When the characters initially set out on their kayaks, I was thoroughly enjoying the views under and over the water. 

I’ve seen close to every shark movie ever made and the formula has become very predictable, but still enjoyable. That being said, I thought that this film took a different approach with how these characters were ultimately going to stay alive while the shark was stalking them. It broke the formula a little bit, which was a plus for me.

The Cons:

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Repetitive flashbacks and some crazy bad acting…

Our main character went through a trauma that is explained during the film. She repeatedly gets flashbacks of this (even though she didn’t technically witness it). I totally understood the parallels given her current situation, but I thought they really dragged these out.

There were also a few supporting characters that had laughable reactions to the shark. I enjoyed the main characters, but wow…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I’m always going to give any shark movie a try and I thoroughly enjoy this genre. There’s plenty to enjoy with this one, but I don’t think it did anything that extraordinary to set itself apart from similar films that have come out recently.

I’d recommend watching Shark Bait or Deep Blue Sea 3 first for a more entertaining ride. There’s still enough here to have fun with, but I would manage your expectations accordingly.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Reef: Stalked 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 “Revealer” on Shudder: 80’s Horror Nostalgia and a lot of Fun

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“I’m not dying in a peep show booth!”

Revealer released on June 23rd 2022 and is available to stream on Shudder. The horror film stars Caito Aase and Shaina Schrooten. It runs for approximately an hour and 25 minutes.

A stripper and a religious protester end up trapped in a peep show booth together when the apocalypse begins.

Here is the trailer:

Revealer nails the cheesy 80’s horror vibe with flair, giving us a pair of leading ladies to be excited about. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Dream duo!

These ladies were fantastic and the best part of the movie! Even though there is an apocalypse going on, the focus is primarily on these two characters so it was important for the acting to be on point and it really was. I had so much fun watching these two and they helped me fall in love with this one!

80’s horror vibe.

I loved that this film took place in the 1980’s and I thought it really channeled the cheesy horror vibe during that time. This was a low budget film but it was still a lot of fun to watch and I think it did a lot with what it had to work with. 

More please!

The Cons:

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Goes on for a little too long…

The movie wasn’t really long, but I think the plot was dragged out just a little bit. I think this might have worked better as an hour long part of an anthology series, but it still was a really fun ride so I’m not too disappointed with this.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

An absolute blast to watch!

If you’re looking for a quick horror film to watch and enjoy, you’ll have a lot of fun with this one.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Revealer 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 Cellar” on Shudder: Creepy and Chilling

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“What’s down there?”

The Cellar released on April 15th 2022 and is available to stream on Shudder and Prime Video. The Irish horror film stars Elisha Cuthbert, Eoin Macken and Tara Lee. It runs for approximately 94 minutes.

Keira Woods and her family get a great deal at an auction on a beautiful home, but when Keira’s daughter goes missing after going down into the cellar, she unlocks a disturbing mystery.

Here is the trailer:

The Cellar gives off plenty of chills to make it worthy of the haunted house genre, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Genuinely creepy!

I’ve seen my fair share of haunted house films and some of them have given me nightmares and others have been laughable. I thought The Cellar was really scary and it did a good job of building up the horrifying story around it. I don’t think I’ll be going down into my own basement for quite a while after…

A unique mystery keeps things interesting.

I really liked the mystery being uncovered in this one. I think it helped set this film apart from other haunted house films. It wasn’t just about a supernatural presence wreaking havoc on the owners. I was fully invested in everything and the reveals were really well done.

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Great to see Elisha Cuthbert on the screen!

I loved Elisha Cuthbert in The Girl Next Door and House of Wax so it was nice to see her in this film. I thought she did a good job with her character and she was very believable. Some of the other performances were pretty average, but I thought she stood out in a good way.

The Cons:

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A little slow at times and mixed thoughts on the ending.

Overall, I thought the pacing was decent but there were some moments in-between that dragged a little. I also had mixed thoughts on the ending. I still don’t know if I liked it or not. I may go back and re-watch it but it left me with more questions at the end.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

A decent haunted house flick with an intriguing mystery at its core! 

If you’re looking for a horror film to watch this weekend, I would absolutely recommend this one. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Cellar 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 “A Discovery of Witches” Season 3 on Shudder: All things must come to an end…

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“Welcome home…”

A Discovery of Witches season 3 premiered on Sky TV, Sundance Now, Shudder, and AMC plus on January 8th 2022 with the first episode available to stream now. There will be seven episodes in total that will air weekly. The series stars Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Malin Buska, and Owen Teale. Each episode runs for approximately 45-50 minutes. 

Picking up right where we left off at the end of season two, A Discovery of Witches season 3 will be the final season of the series, mirroring the All Souls Trilogy books. Diana Bishop and Matthew return to present day, as they prepare for a final battle with Peter Knox.

Here is the trailer:

A Discovery of Witches season 3 has a lot to jam-pack into the final season to stay true to the book series as we root for Diana and Matthew against all odds. Will it end the series on a high note? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Keeps things short…

I think it’s really smart that this is going to be the final season of the show. There are three books in the series and even though many other shows have gone on for several other seasons past the books, sometimes this can be a mistake. I think the series has been really strong so far and this allows the writers to end things the way they want to.

Better pacing.

My only con throughout the seasons has been the pacing. Things can drag here and there, but I think that season 3 is already off to a much better start in terms of this. Since there is so much to squeeze into the final season, we aren’t wasting any time and we are jumping right into things. Let’s keep this going!

The Cons:

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A lot to remember.

I really should have re-watched the first two seasons or re-read the books again because there is SO MUCH to remember. This isn’t necessarily a con but I feel like I need a cheat sheet to keep up at times. You may want to at least watch a full recap before jumping into season 3.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I simply adore the book series and I have been a fan of the show so far. I really can’t wait to see how things unfold for the final season! Diana has so much left to show us and I honestly can’t wait!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on A Discovery of Witches (season 3) in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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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 “Great White” on Shudder: Katrina Bowden vs. a Shark

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“Maybe it will go away…”

Great White originally released in July 2021, but it is now currently available to stream on Shudder. The survival horror film stars Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, and Tim Kano. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

A tourist trip turns deadly when a group winds up stalked by an unrelenting shark as they desperately try to make it to shore.

Here is the trailer:

Great White presents us with another survival shark story, but does it have enough bite? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Solid opening and ending.

The first few minutes of the film were actually really terrifying and well done. I was immediately hooked and ready to indulge in another shark film (one of my favorite genres). The end was actually really satisfying as well and I thought that there was enough action in it to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

Characters to root for.

I’ve probably seen every shark film there is and some of the films have extraordinary characters that you root for against all odds and others have some of the most generic and annoying characters ever.

While I wouldn’t say that we have found our next Quint, Brody or Hooper by any means, the group was likable enough and I genuinely cared about what happened to them…well at least some of them.

The Cons:

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Really dumb decisions are made…

Even though I enjoyed this movie and several of the characters, there were some really dumb mistakes made that had me scratching my head. A lot of this could have been avoided with some common sense…

I also thought that some of the intentionally placed flashbacks were basically thrown out of the movie at one point and it had me wondering why we should focus on them in the first place…

Lacking bite in the middle.

I really thought that this film had a lot of entertaining moments, but the middle of the film fell flat and even though I was terrified, I wanted to see some more fins to break up some of the constant complaining and whining going on. The movie also didn’t really do anything that original or different compared to other shark movies.

Was it entertaining? Sure, but I love shark movies. I thought that there were some sprinkles of greatness here and there, but I needed a lot more and the core of the film needed more content to keep me invested.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I’m all for a bloody fun shark film and that’s what we got for the most part. I actually really enjoyed the ending of the movie and there were some really terrifying moments throughout the film.

If you enjoy shark movies, I’d recommend giving this a whirl but don’t expect to see anything truly outside the box with this one.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Great White 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 “Superhost” on Shudder: Bloody Campy Fun

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“It’s going to be such a memorable stay…”

Superhost released on Shudder on September 2nd 2021. The film stars Osric Chau, Sara Canning, Gracie Gillam and Barbara Crampton. It runs for an hour and twenty-three minutes.

A couple decides to book an Airbnb to help revive their travel vlog. After several weird encounters with their host, Rebecca, they start to realize that they may be in immediate danger.

Here is the trailer:

Superhost reminds us that perhaps staying in a stranger’s house is never a good idea, but does this film do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A creepy, deranged performance worth noting.

Gracie Gillam is so fantastic in this film. She really gives this role her all and she is the best part of the movie. Rebecca is out of her mind and just from the trailer you can clearly see that she is not quite adjusted, but it just works and it provides us with some crazy bloody fun!

The rest of the cast is really great as well. We have Supernatural’s Osric Chau, TVD’s Sara Canning and the iconic Barbara Crampton, who lights up the screen whenever she’s on it. More please!

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Seamlessly blends two intriguing premises.

The film has many chilling moments throughout the first half. It takes an already scary premise (staying in a stranger’s house) and reminds us that perhaps this isn’t the best idea…especially if you are being a watched. Similar to Dave Franco’s The Rental, our main characters quickly learn that something beyond disturbing is going on during their vacation stay.

I also like that the film also incorporated the Vlog aspect to make it relevant. I’ve seen this in many films before, but this film did a good job of reminding us about the danger of needing to be validated or liked online. Our two main characters struggle with the reality of their situation because they are so motivated to do something to impress their viewers, which can lead to deadly consequences.

The Cons:

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Needed a bit more in the first half.

The movie is very short which kept the pacing going, but there were some initial chills in the beginning that could have been explored more. The second half of the movie is really strong and I was hooked the entire time, but I wanted a little bit more build up to really make the second half pop.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This film is really entertaining. It had some chilling moments, a bloody campy feel, and a Superhost to die for! But don’t forget to leave her a good review…

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

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Jakob’s Wife” on Shudder: Barbara Crampton is Bloody Fantastic

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“He who loves his wife, loves himself…”

Jakob’s Wife originally premiered in April 2021, but it released on Shudder on August 19th 2021. The film stars Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Sarah Lind, and DeVon Johnson. It runs for approximately an hour and forty minutes.

A pastor’s wife starts to change her behavior dramatically after an encounter with a dark presence in her small town, leading to a thirst for blood among other things.

Here is the trailer:

Jakob’s Wife has a horror legend and queen as its lead, telling a campy vampire story that has a message about female empowerment embedded in it. Does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Barbara Crampton shines on screen.

I am already a huge fan of the iconic and legendary Barbara Crampton, but wow did she flourish in this role. It’s hard not to root for her during the film. She gives us plenty of humor and charm while embracing the darkness that is controlling her in such a convincing way to make this an entertaining watch.

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A story about female empowerment.

I’ve seen so many vampire films over the years and I thought that this particular one did a good job of presenting us with something original and unique. Even though we know we are going to be witnessing plenty of blood and gore along the way, there is a bigger message here.

Jakob’s wife, Anne, has lost her voice and identity in her marriage. People interrupt her when she talks and she barely recognizes the woman she used to be when she looks in the mirror. When she starts to transform into a vampire, she speaks up when she wants to and does things for herself. I really liked this angle and I thought it helped make the film stand out.

It still has a campy horror feel without ever becoming too heavy, but the message is there and it’s an important one.

The Cons:

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The supporting characters lacked a little bit of magic…

I’m fine with just focusing on the wonderful Barbara Crampton, but I wanted a little bit more from our supporting characters. They were all just mostly filler for me and I didn’t invest any real time in them so it didn’t matter if any of them died throughout the film.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

The film is really campy and slightly outrageous at times, but it is an entertaining watch from start to finish and Barbara Crampton is absolutely wonderful in it. Seriously, she doesn’t age! As long as you don’t take the film too seriously, you will enjoy your watch and I think it has an important message at its core worth paying attention to.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Jakob’s Wife 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!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Slasher: Flesh & Blood” Season 4 on Shudder: Knives Out with Gut-Wrenching Gore

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“Sometimes families get complicated…”

Slasher: Flesh & Blood was released on August 12th 2021. While the first three seasons are available to stream on Netflix, season 4 is on Shudder. The first two episodes are available to stream now and the remaining ones will air weekly. There will be eight episodes in total.

The series stars Paula Brancati, Christopher Jacot, Sabrina Grdevich, Sydney Meyer, Rachael Crawford and David Cronenberg. Each episode runs for approximately 40-45 minutes.

A dysfunctional family gets together on a secluded island for a reunion, but things get complicated when they learn that the head of the family is dying. The family will compete in a series of deadly games to win the inheritance, but there is another masked killer on the loose to make things interesting.

Here is the trailer:

Slasher: Flesh & Blood has an interesting premise, reminding us of Knives Out, Harper’s Island, and Ready or Not, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A plot that draws you in immediately.

I am a huge fan of the Slasher anthology series and even though I find some seasons stronger than others, Slasher always has a way of drawing you in right from the start. I never look at the description before I start a season because I want to be surprised and as soon as I started up season 4, I was excited about the killer family plot on a secluded island.

Let’s just hope everything else lives up to the set-up because it’s a brilliant one.

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Gruesome gore.

If you’re a fan of the show, then you know you are probably going to get gratuitous sex scenes and lots and lots of stomach-turning gore. Well, season 4 is off to a great start with this. The gore is extreme and there is a scene in the second episode that had my own stomach in knots.

If you’re here for bloody slasher fun, you’re in the right place. 

The Cons:

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Unnecessary character development.

I don’t watch this show for the characters although there have been a few stand-out ones over the seasons. This group is clearly filled with ruthless, selfish people who are in for a rude and bloody awakening. So far, the first two episodes have spent a little bit too much time on character flashbacks and development.

Sure, the gory kills offset this to balance everything out, but I want to feel a more seamless connection between episodes and I’m not sure that we need the heavy character development to further the plot along.

That being said, I’m confident that Slasher will not disappoint with its future episodes. Every season has shocked me and I know that we are in for some surprises, twists, and crazy reveals.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I love this series and I am so excited that it has returned. Slasher doesn’t hold back when it comes to its gruesome kills and plot twists. I’m always thrown for a loop and I can’t wait to see what reveals come our way with the new season.

The pacing needs some work, but I’m hoping that the later episodes pick up speed so we can fully enjoy the show. I’m confident that we will get there!

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

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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!

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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 “Head Count” on Shudder: Beware the number Five

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“A Hisji is a vengeful thing. Five times its name you never sing. With skin pale white and eyes of green. It’s something you’ve already seen…”

Head Count premiered on Shudder in February 2021, but the film was originally released back in 2018. The film stars Isaac Jay, Ashleigh Morghan, Bevin Bru, and Cooper Rowe. It is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

After visiting his brother out in Joshua Tree, California, Evan meets a group of friends who invite him over for some seemingly harmless fun, but all goes horribly wrong when they begin telling ghost stories around the fire and one becomes a disturbing reality, as they summon a paranormal presence unknowingly.

Here is the trailer:

Head Count leaves the jump scares behind and focuses more on a slow burn terror that latches on to you with intensity, but does its ambiguity get in the way? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Unsettling terror.

I think that this film really delivered with its slow burn approach. The pacing still worked and I was invested in what was going on the entire time. I thought that the fear really built up well and maintained suspense without revealing too much too soon.

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Unique mystery.

I’ve seen plenty of films that involve a group of teens summoning an evil spirit by accident, but this film kept me guessing. I enjoyed the focus on numbers and the clues were well placed and chilling on their own.

The Cons:

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Forgettable characters.

There were a few glimmers here and there, but the majority of the characters were just kind of there for the ride. I didn’t really care about what happened to them and I wanted to feel connected to at least a few of them.

I thought that Camille and Evan were the best out of the bunch, but I just wanted some more layers presented to us.

So am I in or out?

Head Count Spoiler Free Review 4

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I’m in!

I thought that this movie really stood out and it kept me invested the entire time. The fear felt very real and unsettling. I thought that the ending was satisfying and even though it was left kind of ambiguous, that worked for me. Not everything was explained and I still have a lot of questions, but that means this film effectively created a conversation worth having.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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