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Reed Alexander's Horror Review of 'Gretel and Hansel' (2020)
I suppose it wasn't bad. I have a lot of the same complaints about this movie as I did The VVitch (2015). Visually, this movie was stunning. Though it wasn't quite as beautiful as The VVitch the director put the same level of effort into making every scene a work of art. I think it even works a little better than The VVitch, even if the quality wasn't quite as good. This movie is more of a psychedelic horror like Argento's Suspiria (1977). It's visually stimulating and deeply unnerving, likely in an effort to get the audience to trip. It even used synth music in the same stylings as the old horror movies to assist in making every scene discomforting.
Reed Alexander's Horror Review of 'Blood Vessel' (2019)
A Russian, an Aussie, a Brit, and an American, bord a ship... Idontfuckingknow, maybe don't start your movie like a bad bar joke? It doesn't even make any god damn sense. On what ship, would American, Russian, and Aussie soldiers be together with British Intelligence? It's a small complaint, and really, the movie was pretty good, so it was also a complaint that I can forgive. It just annoyed me for some reason.
Reed's Horror Review, Castle Freak (1995) and (2020), a Comparison.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the original Castle Freak (1995) but it never really merited a full review. Compared to the other works of H. P. Lovecraft that got turned into movies (Re-Animator (1985), From Beyond (1986), Dagon (2001), Color Out of Space (2019)), it’s just ho-hum. The other movies are balls-out bonkers and way more entertaining. Effectively, for Castle Freak (1995), there is nothing to review.
Reed Alexander's Horror Review of 'Sinister' (2012)
Yeah, you know this movie really wasn't that bad. It got a lot of shit for shameless jump-scares and thoughtlessly rehashed tropes. Even Stephen King should be mad at this movie for stealing his "obsessed writer gets caught up in horror" trope. I kid but honestly, this did have a similar feel as dozens of Stephen King adaptations because of how often he uses the obsessed writer trope.
Reed Alexander's Horror Review of 'The Shed' (2020)
So far, I've been pretty disappointed with the majority of Shudder Originals, save Mayhem (2020), which was a fucking hoot. Basically, Shudder is 1-3 here and Mayhem doesn't quite make up for the other three films. However, if you want the 'too long; didn't read' version of this review, it would be "Watch Mayhem instead."
Reed's Literary Horror Review of 'Through The Deep Forest' by Russell C. Connor (2021)
Yeah, this is a pretty good dark fantasy. It's not my favorite read coming out of 2020, but then this is my first for 2021 and had its hooks in pretty deep. Already I'm giving this one my ADHD seal of approval. I found it easier to consume than most of the books I read in 2020 which is an impressive feat, in of itself. Seriously, getting me to throw back 100 pages in a single sitting just never happens. Due to my severe ADHD, it can take me a good week to read a whole book, this one I took down in three days.
Reed Alexander's Horror Review of 'She Never Died' (2019)
I REALLY wanted to like this movie. It's from the same writer/director as He Never Died (2015), which was fucking epic. It even had some really solid plot ideas. I don't know who fucked this up, but they fucked it up BAD. Maybe they needed Jason Krawczyk to direct, or maybe Jason was never a good writer and Henry Rollins really did clean up He Never Died (2015).
Reed Alexander's Horror Review of 'Hereditary' (2018)
I know, it's 2021, and I'm just getting to this movie now, but I've had a lot on my plate that simply kept taking precedent. I mean, I wanted to see this in the theater but I didn't get the chance, and then it kept coming out on streaming services I didn't have. Hey, better late than never, I guess.