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“It’s all in my head…”
Malignant released on September 10th 2021. The supernatural horror film is currently available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max. It stars Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young and Michole Briana White. It runs for approximately an hour and fifty minutes.
After experiencing some violent and shocking visions, a young pregnant woman begins to realize that they may actually be based in reality, linking them to her past.
Here is the trailer:
Malignant is directed by Saw’s James Wan, which could be extremely promising for horror fans, but does this film ever truly find its identity? Let’s find out…
This entire film had so many stunning and unique visual effects. The use of perspective was also extremely well done. I thought this helped the film stand out from other supernatural horror films. The intensity was there, but in a different way. The body horror displayed was really disturbing as well…
Decent beginning and ending.
The opening of the film was really creepy and intense. I was on the edge of my seat and looking over my shoulder quite a few times. The middle part of the movie fell off in terms of pacing for me, but the ending was shocking in a way and reeled me back in. The mystery at the core of the film also keeps you invested until the end although I am sure there will be mixed reactions to the reveal.
Major identity crisis.
Several genres blended together during this film, which made the plot jump around so much. The middle of the film went in so many different directions and it was a little messy. I still don’t really know what this film was attempting to be and I started to really contemplate what I was actually watching, which was frustrating at times. Some of the reveals were pretty predictable as well, but I just felt like I was being tossed all over the place for the majority of the film.
Glosses over real issues.
Our main character went through quite a lot in her life and while these elements and flashbacks were introduced, they were never really developed and we are just supposed to accept that they happened and move on. I couldn’t connect that well to our main character even though Annabelle’s Annabelle Wallis presented us with a solid and chilling performance.
So am I in or out?
I’m 50/50 on this one…
The visual effects and unique use of perspective presented us with a lot of chilling moments, but the lack of a solid identity made this film go off the rails several times. There were decent performances and the mystery was interesting enough to keep you watching until the end. This movie was a really weird watch for me, but it does have some redeeming moments. It just may not be what you were hoping for from the trailer…
I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Malignant in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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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“It can’t be a secret society if outsiders know your secrets…”
The Order season two premiered on Netflix on June 18th 2020. It features10 episodes (47-50 minutes in length) and it stars Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Adam DiMarco, Katharine Isabelle, and Louriza Tronco.
Secret societies, dark magic rituals, and werewolves are back for season two, as we pick up right where we left off.
Season two is jam-packed with quite a lot, but are we ready to sign up for the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose? Let’s find out…
Deliciously dark magic rituals.
I thought that season two did an even better job than season one with bringing us into some serious dark magic rituals. Whether our favorite characters were performing a spell or summoning a demon, there were some cringe-worthy scenes that really allowed this series to embrace its supernatural horror qualities.
Villaness worthy Vera Stone!
I don’t know about you, but I would love to see a spin-off series featuring Vera and maybe we could throw in Mary Wardwell (Lilith) from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I think they would make a bewitching tag team.
Vera is the Villaness you love to hate, but we actually get to see several sides of her in season two, which added to the growth of her character. She’s strong, sexy, and a bad-ass magic practitioner you do not want to cross.
Her wardrobe is absolutely incredible as well!
Incredible Guest Stars!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Beverly Hills, 90210 fans will be beyond ecstatic when they see who appears on screen. I thought this was so much fun and I was cheering for these cameos/characters more than some of the main characters. The guest stars actually helped lighten up some of the heavy teen drama going on, which I appreciated. You won’t be disappointed!
Too reliant on ships.
Don’t get me wrong. I love a good ship and I didn’t even really mind the will-they-won’t-they vibe between Jack and Alyssa, but the show relied a little too much on some of these teen drama moments and it didn’t really need them. This made it seem like more of a watered down version of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Charmed (reboot) and The Vampire Diaries at times.
The Order is actually really dark and different on its own and when it centers around these ships for too long, you start to make comparisons…
A lot going on.
I wouldn’t say this is necessarily a con, but you need to pay attention. There are a lot of characters and a lot of plot twists. I strongly recommend watching season two right after season one or at least watching the recap.
So am I in or out?
I’m in! This show is really entertaining and the twists and character dynamics will keep you invested. I actually may have enjoyed it even more than season one.
The Order is binge-watch worthy and I highly recommend it, especially since there is a gap in new shows and episodes right now.
I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Order in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl
PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…
A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!
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“What’s the point of being a witch if I can’t help the ones I love?” An excellent question for sure, as half-mortal Sabrina Spellman learns that being a witch is not all fun and games. If you had the choice to be a witch or a mortal, what would you choose? Would you continue on your normal path or would you choose the path of night? The Netflix series is based on the Archie Comics series, which was also the inspiration for the sitcom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003). While the sitcom was a fun and lighter take on Sabrina’s adventures, the Netflix series is a much darker approach. The show features 10 episodes and they are all currently streaming on Netflix as of October 26th 2018. After watching all of the episodes in one weekend, I can tell you that I absolutely adored this series. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the perfect portion of Riverdale bubble gum pop dipped in delicious darkness. It is absolutely enchanting and I highly recommend it. Please note that major spoilers have been left out for your convenience. My top 5 reasons to check out Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are:
This show tackles real issues.
Welcome to Greendale. While the town is known for its spooky and Halloween-like atmosphere, it is also near Riverdale and it should be noted that these two series do connect. If you are a Riverdale fan like me, you will be pleasantly surprised with a few mentions and connections along the way. Even though the town has a lot of dark and mystical things going on, the series also sheds some light on some important issues. Sabrina and her friends witness and deal with sexual harassment and bullying, reminding us that there are some real life horrors happening along with the supernatural ones. The show does a good job of making us aware of these important issues and promoting female empowerment, while seamlessly continuing on with the plot.
The supporting characters.
It is sometimes difficult for the supporting cast to step into the spotlight, especially when there is a strong lead capturing our attention. However, I was delighted by a lot of the supporting cast. I give standout performances to Lucy Davis (Hilda Spellman), Chance Perdomo (Ambrose Spellman), Tati Gabrielle (Prudence), Michelle Gomez (Miss Wardwell), and Miranda Otto (Zelda Spellman). These characters all complimented Sabrina so well and I could really see a true connection among the Spellman family. You will be delighted by all of them.
Episodes 5, 8, and 9.
While all of the episodes were fast paced and fun, these three were on a completely different level. I will not spoil anything for you, but I would definitely recommend giving these three episodes your undivided attention. Episode 5 provided me with some Buffy the Vampire Slayer nostalgia and episodes 8 and 9 were shocking and dark, pulling the story in a twisted direction and further developing the character of Sabrina. These episodes are not predictable and they will have you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy the ride!
Played by Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina is a strong female protagonist who you can truly root for. Kiernan is absolutely enchanting and she really captured the essence of the character. Sabrina makes mistakes along the way, but that is part of her charm. She’s flawed, but she has so much inner strength and loyalty to her friends and family. Sabrina always tries to do what is right to protect the ones she loves. She sort of reminds me of a mix between Riverdale’sBetty Cooper and Harry Potter’sHermione Granger. She is a fast learner and is willing to go against authority to try and keep her moral compass intact. Sabrina is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and she is constantly challenging everyone, reminding us that she is not just a powerful witch, but a powerful and amazing woman.
A worthy series about witches.
It’s not always easy to provide the audience with a true representation of witchcraft. There is always the allure of having magical powers and casting spells, but there needs to be a balance as well. Shows like Charmed and American Horror Story: Covenwere able to capture this along with movies like The Craft.Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tackles everything from truth spells to resurrection ones and reminds us about “personal gain” and real consequences. While it may seem glamorous to be a witch, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina reminds us that it’s not always this simple. Sabrina is trying to find her own identity as a person, but also has to deal with making a choice between her mortal life and her destiny to become a witch. It’s a decision that weighs on Sabrina for quite some time and she begins to understand that magic cannot always solve everything. While the show will provide you with some fun magical moments, it also reveals the darkness and sacrifice that comes with it. Overall, I was truly impressed with this show and I cannot wait until season 2. I absolutely recommend this spellbinding series to everyone. Ready to watch?
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.
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