Spoiler-Free Review of “Stalker” on Hulu: Don’t Take Rides with Strangers

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“Seemed like a nice enough guy…”

Stalker originally released on video on demand back in June 2021, but it is now currently available to stream on Hulu. The thriller film stars Vincent Van Horn, Christine Ko, and Michael Lee Joplin. It runs for approximately 90 minutes.

Looking for a fresh start in a new city, Andy becomes friends with an unstable ride-share driver who eventually threatens his relationship and career.

Here is the trailer:

Stalker reminds us about the danger of sharing rides with strangers even though this has become the norm with services like Uber and Lyft. It plays on very real fears and is disturbing in a lot of ways, but does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Plays on relevant fears.

We were always told not to talk to strangers when we were kids. We were never to accept a ride from a stranger or candy of any kind and the world we live in now has shattered those basic rules as we put our trust into strangers everyday with ride-share services.

Much like Superhost playing on the very real fears associated with an Airbnb, Stalker does a good job as well. Starting over in a new town or city can be scary especially if you don’t know anyone, which can open the door for potential threats without us even realizing it.

A solid twist I didn’t see coming!

I thought I had this movie figured out but wow did it throw me for a loop in the best way possible. The ending was so shocking and it had me on the edge of my seat. There will be no spoilers in this review but if you are on the fence throughout your watch, stick around for the ending!

The Cons:

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Slow at times.

There was a creepy and unsettling vibe throughout the movie but I started drifting off a few times during the middle. The plot seemed somewhat generic and there was a lot of unnecessary fluff in-between.

That being said, it does pick up steam when we approach the end, but it takes a little while to get there.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

While this film was a little rough around the edges, it completely shocked me with its major twist and it really focused on some very real fears which may have you contemplating different forms of transportation from now on.

If you enjoy stalker-thriller movies, you will enjoy this one.

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

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season 13 episode 5: “I Am A Golden Goddess!”

Happy Friday TV fans!  After watching the FXX network’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 5 last night, I realized that there is a time and place for nostalgia.  Remember when you used to ride around on a bike with your friends without a care in the world?  Sounds nice, right?  Except when history starts to repeat itself and you wind up remembering why you stopped riding a bike in the first place.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Gang Gets New Wheels,” Dennis is shocked to find his old Range Rover completely destroyed in the alley and decides that it is time to get some new wheels.  Meanwhile, Mac and Charlie also try out some new wheels of their own when they take their new bikes out for a spin, but quickly get into trouble.  My top 5 moments from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 13 episode 5 are:

5

“Your Driver’s License is expired.”

Dennis is very unhappy when he discovers that his beloved Range Rover has been completely destroyed in his absence.  Dennis takes this opportunity to buy a new one and expects Frank to handle the “financing.”  Frank hands Dennis about four hundred dollars in change, which is the leftover value from his old vehicle and Dennis realizes that he may need to put his new Range Rover on hold.  Frank thinks that this might be the right time for him to purchase the vehicle for himself, but hits a snag when he is told that his license is expired.  When he asks since when, the salesman hilariously says, “1984” and we get to see a sweet picture of Frank when he was younger.  Oh well it looks like Frank is off to Driver’s Ed.

4

“Then why don’t you Mac?”

Mac and Charlie are very excited to try out their new bikes and decide to hit the streets.  Before they know it, they are stopped by a gang of kids and they say that Charlie is Mac’s boyfriend.  Mac immediately defends himself and admits that he is gay, but that he can do way better than Charlie and Charlie hilariously asks him, “Then why don’t you?”  Mac and Charlie quickly begin to remember why they stopped riding bikes in the first place after they were stolen by their old childhood nemesis, Shawn DeMont, and history is about to repeat itself.

3

“I am a Golden Goddess!”

Since Frank is unable to drive until he gets his license reinstated, he agrees to let Dee use the new 2018 Range Rover as long as she drives him where he needs to go.  Seems like a reasonable deal to me.  Dee begins to understand why Dennis loves the Range Rover so much, as she compares it to being on a throne and looking down on minions, which is very powerful indeed.  Dee meets a couple of new socialite friends and is invited out to lunch with them, but snubs Dennis when he tries to tag along and reminds him that he doesn’t have a Range Rover.  The power begins to quickly go to Dee’s head and she starts to act surprisingly a lot like Dennis, as her inner rage is almost boiling at this point, as she practically takes everyone’s head off when she speaks to them.  Dee later decides that she is going to outdo her new friend by sleeping with her younger boyfriend, but accidentally sleeps with her son instead, who happens to also be Frank’s new Driver’s Ed buddy.  Dee is horrified by her actions, but I completely blame the Range Rover.

2

“There’s no coming back from that.”

As Mac and Charlie begin to remember what happened when Shawn DeMont stole their bike, they recall him saying, “What are you gonna do about it?” and explain that it really was the perfect line and that there was no coming back from it.  Flash forward to present day and the gang of kids is led by Shawn DeMont’s son.  After his son steals a bike from Mac and Charlie, they try to explain the situation to Shawn, who initially seems reasonable and says he will ask them about it.  He then turns to Mac and Charlie and says that he didn’t steal it because he said he didn’t and then brings the classic line back by asking them, “What are you gonna do about it?”  Later on, Mac and Charlie approach the gang of kids and decide to beat them senseless to get back some of their dignity, but things take a dark turn and Charlie later comments that he thinks he may have killed a kid.  I think it’s safe to say that Mac and Charlie will not be riding bikes anytime soon.

1

“All is well.”

While Dee takes a turn for the worst when she drives around the Range Rover, Dennis finds himself surprisingly relaxed and slightly off his game when he begins driving a more economical hybrid car.  After being mistaken for an Uber, Dennis also meets some new friends and decides that he can “enjoy economy activities” since he has an economical vehicle.  Dennis quickly begins to lose his mojo; however, and even has a very difficult time striking up a conversation with the only girl at his friend’s house, revealing that his overbearing personality may have been directly tied to him driving a Range Rover.  Fear not, the Dennis we know and love is not gone forever.  He discovers that his new friend is selling an old Range Rover and he happily purchases it from him and his personality is back and better than ever when he says, “Be gone from me now” once the transaction is complete.  Dennis begins jamming out to an It’s Always Sunny favorite, “Never Gonna Give You Up,” by Rick Astley, which you can listen to here!  “All is well” again, as he picks up each one of his friends and reassures them that everything is going to be all right now.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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