Spoiler-Free Review of “Alone” on Demand: Sometimes less is more

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“What do you want from me?”

Alone premiered on Demand on September 18th 2020. The film stars Jules Willcox and Marc Menchaca. It is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes long.

A strange man begins stalking a widow on her road trip, quickly revealing his sinister intentions.

Here is the trailer:

Alone has the potential to chill us to our core with edge-of-your seat moments and a beyond creepy stalker, but does it do enough to stand out as a noteworthy thriller? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Delivers without over-complicating things.

If you’re like me, then you are watching this movie because you want to witness a fast-paced edge-of-your seat thrill ride and this film absolutely delivers. We are immediately thrown into the plot without too much set-up and while some moments may seem somewhat predictable, the film embraced its simple formula without doing too much and it worked. There are very few actors in this film, but I thought the simplicity of it made it that much more entertaining.

More please!

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A worthy villain.

Sometimes the most monstrous beings out there are the ones that hide in plain sight. They seem to be friendly or harmless and maybe they even convince everyone around them that they are the good guys, but don’t ever underestimate a creepy whistle…

Seriously, I’m still creeped out!

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A Final Girl contender!

I haven’t been this excited about a potential Final Girl in a while and I thought that Jules Willcox was so believable as Jessica. I rooted for her and I embraced her courage. Seriously, she kicked ass!

The Cons:

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Lack of initial character connection.

In the beginning of the film, I was wondering why I should really care about Jessica. While I appreciated the lack of fluff, I also wanted to connect to our main character. That being said, this happened for me later on as bits and pieces of Jessica’s past and character were revealed, but I thought it needed a few more glimmers of it in the beginning to truly capture our attention.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. I was honestly on the edge of my seat the entire time and there were some moments that were truly twisted and chilling. I thought the simplicity of this movie was really smart and as long as you manage your expectations, you will enjoy this movie.

Sometimes less is more and I thought that this movie delivered as an entertaining thriller and then some!

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

My new supernatural thriller Girl Number Thirteen releases on November 12th 2020! Available for pre-order! I hope you enjoy!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Walking Dead” Season 10 Episode 10: Stalker

Happy Monday TV fans! After watching AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10 episode 10, we were reminded that fear can be a powerful motivator. Should we simply let the fear in or do we channel it into something far greater?

Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. 

In last night’s episode, “Stalker,” Beta shows off just how terrifying he can be, but there are a few characters waiting to take a stab at him. Meanwhile, Daryl and Alpha face off, Gamma and Judith bond, and Rosita confides in Gabriel.

My top 5 moments from The Walking Dead season 10 episode 10 are:

5

“I’m trying to help…”

After the incident at the cave, Gamma shows up to speak with Gabriel and Rosita, claiming that she is there to help them.

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She tells them about her sister’s baby and tries to earn their trust, but Rosita is not buying it for one second, as she decides to punch her in the face and throw her into a cell.

I can’t say I really blame her…

4

“I can feel that Coco is wondering where he is.”

Our girl Rosita gets some well deserved screen time in this episode and takes a minute to confide in Gabriel. While I’m not the biggest fan of Rosita and Gabriel together, it is important for her to talk to someone about her grief.

Rosita realizes that she is not the only one missing Siddiq, wondering how it will impact her child, which just goes to show you how much she has transformed as a character. Rosita has always been such a fierce warrior, but she is now a selfless mother and her fears are becoming all too real, especially when she has a nightmare about Beta trying to hurt Coco.

3

“You don’t look like a monster to me.”

After Gamma is tossed into a cell, Judith takes some time to get to know her. Gamma or Mary begins to fill her in on her past, but starts to realize that Alpha made her forget quite a lot. Clearly, she forgot to mention her amazing role in Hocus Pocus!

Judith thinks that Mary met the wrong person first, explaining that her mother and father would have helped her. She always has a way of seeing the good in everyone, which really shows you how mature she is. Rick would be proud!

2

“Step towards me!”

After Gabriel and the others leave, Beta takes this opportunity to begin slaughtering those left behind. He comes for Gamma and tells her that her death will be painless and quick if she simply steps towards him.

Gamma has a real moment of empowerment and reflection here, as she refuses to do so, explaining that Alpha is always lying. She makes a run for it and Judith helps her out.

In one of the most chilling scenes I have witnessed in a while, Beta walks through the house looking for Gamma and Judith. The music stops and all we hear are crickets chirping, really bringing this “stalker” vibe to life.

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Judith shoots Beta through the door, but he is wearing bullet proof gear and we also get to witness this incredible fight scene between him and Rosita. The girls were on fire in this episode, refusing to back down for one second and Gamma/Mary has now proven herself worthy.

She tells Beta to step towards her, dismissing all of her past fears in the process. Beta manages to get away unharmed, but I thought that this was the most exciting part of the episode.

More of this please!

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“Your way is not the only way.”

We also get a fight between Daryl and Alpha during this episode and both of them end up stuck in quite the jam. They are both severely injured, but Daryl takes this time to remind Alpha that she drove Lydia away.

Lydia is still Alpha’s weakness, as she begins to let her true emotions show. Lydia appears and it initially seems like she is hallucinating, but Lydia has truly come back to save Daryl. Yay Lydia!

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She is unable to kill her mother and somehow Alpha is getting patched up, as we gear up for an epic war between The Whisperers and our group.

Stay tuned!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “You” Season 2 on Netflix: Lifetime Dexter Does It Again

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Obsession looks good on Joe Goldberg, played brilliantly by Penn Badgley.  After season one became a streaming sensation on Netflix, I was slightly worried that season two would not be able to deliver, but starting over in a new town gave us plenty of opportunities to witness Joe’s dark narrative come alive once again.

You (season two) began streaming new episodes on December 26th 2019 on Netflix.  Season two features ten episodes (about 50 minutes in length).  It stars Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, James Scully, Ambyr Childers, Carmela Zumbado, and Jenna Ortega.

In season two, Joe moves from New York to L.A. and is determined to get a fresh start as “Will,” but things get complicated when he falls in love with his new romantic interest, Love.  He quickly becomes entangled in her family drama, which mostly involves her twin brother, Forty.  Joe tries to be a better person, but the darkness within him continues to stir, as he starts to lose self-control once again.

If you loved season one, you are probably wondering if season two lives up to it?  Let’s find out!

The Pros:

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Strong supporting characters that steal the show.

As much as I love listening to Joe’s moody narrative, it can get a bit stale if we don’t shake things up with some interesting characters.  My biggest issue with season one was that I actually really didn’t like Beck as a character.  In season two, I really thought that Love had a lot of potential, but I was also intrigued by her twin brother, Forty, who is absolutely hilarious.

Joe’s new neighbors, Delilah and Ellie, are also both fantastic.  You care about their stories and they really allowed us to see Joe/Will’s struggle to be a hero you can count on.  Being a serial killer can get in the way of this; however, but these characters spark a lot of goodness within him, which really helps him grow as a person despite all of his past inner demons.

Joe’s backstory is revealed and seamless connections to season one questions.

We get a lot of flashbacks sprinkled in during the episodes about Joe’s childhood, which help us understand him a bit more.  Even though we get a new setting and characters for season two, I thought the connections to season one worked perfectly.  They weren’t forced or excessive and they really answered a lot of questions that I had without hitting us over the head with unnecessary cameos.

Really great twists.

I did not see the ultimate twist coming and I was very impressed with it, bringing me in that much more.  This show is addicting and I tend to watch it all in one sitting because I don’t want anyone to spoil it for me.  Each reveal was well timed and I actually thought this season was even better than the first.

The Cons:

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Less kills than season one.

I mean, I guess that shows growth in Joe’s character, but I kind of missed seeing all of the Dexter-like kills from season one, but the ones we do get are rewarding enough.  That being said, it’s hard to continue listening to Joe’s conflicted narrative when we don’t get some surprising kills thrown into the mix to balance that out.

Can’t escape that Lifetime feel.

The show actually did originally air on Lifetime and Netflix ended up picking it up, but there are a lot of scenes that just scream Lifetime with so many over dramatic moments.  But to be honest, that’s why we are watching this.  I can’t say that this surprised me and we witness so many real and honest performances to balance this out, but there were some scenes that were just a little bit too outrageous.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!  I really enjoyed season one of the show, but I loved season two even more. “I wolf you season two!”

This show is beyond addicting.  It’s dark and obsessive, but it also has so many genuine moments of compassion and humor. 

Stand out character:  Forty, who basically stole the show for me. 

Season two was also not afraid to make fun of itself, even having one of the characters comparing Joe’s actions to Dexter, which I appreciated.

The twists were so great and the pacing worked so well, making this show the perfect one to binge-watch.  I hope that we get a season three because this show is fantastic!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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