I’m an actor and director of stage and screen (mostly nonprofessionally so far). But I also dabble in standup, and on this site, horror movie criticism. I’m just a guy who loves horror movies, and I like to share that love with the world.
‘The Twin’ Movie Review
In this Shudder original, after the death of their son Nathan (Tristan Ruggeri), American couple Rachel (Teresa Palmer) and Anthony (Steven Cree) move to rural Finland, Anthony's ancestral home, with their surviving son Elliott (also Ruggeri), Nathan's identical twin. But their attempt to escape is threatened when it appears that Elliott is somehow communing with Nathan.
‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Movie Review
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU’s first foray into horror, continues their more recent exploration into the nature of the multiverse, as began with “WandaVision” and Spider-Man: No Way Home. When Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) encounters a young girl named America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez) with the ability to travel through the multiverse, he consults Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) for help. But Wanda has also been dabbling in the multiverse thanks to an ancient book of witchcraft called the Darkhold, and evil forces from across all dimensions are being unleashed.
'Morbius' Movie Review
In Sony's latest non-MCU Marvel villain origin movie, Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) attempts to cure his unspecified blood disease, as well as that of his childhood friend Milo (Matt Smith), by mixing his DNA with bat DNA. The serum he creates succeeds in restoring his strength, but it also turns Morbius into a real-life vampire, and he must continue to consume blood in order to maintain his newly regained strength. But FBI agents Stroud (Tyrese Gibson) and Rodriguez (Al Madrigal) are hunting him down, and his only true ally is his associate, Dr. Martine Bancroft (Adria Arjona).
‘Vampire’s Kiss’ - A Misunderstood Stroke of Genius
In 1988, director Robert Bierman, writer Joseph Minion, and star Nicolas Cage brought to a life a little movie called Vampire’s Kiss. It was the story of a pretentious publishing executive named Peter Loew who, following a one-night stand with a biter played by Jennifer Beals, believes himself to be a vampire. Over the course of the film, he spirals further and further into insanity, and by the end, the audience is still not quite sure what all was real or simply in his head. The movie provides Cage with the opportunity to show just how far he’s willing to go for a role, and his 100% unhinged performance has become rather infamous. This has led to a lot of people seemingly misinterpreting the film, both tonally and thematically. As one who loves both the movie and its star, I really wanted to give my thoughts on this oddly divisive curiosity of a film.
'X' Movie Review
Indie darling Ti West returns to horror with X, a movie about a group of pornographers in 1979 who rent a spare house on an old farmer's (Stephen Ure) property to shoot an adult film, unbeknownst to the farmer. There's Maxine (Mia Goth), the ambitious, aspiring star, Wayne (Martin Henderson), the producer and Maxine's lover, Bobby-Lynne (Brittany Snow), a sweet southern belle with a lust for life and a love of her craft, Jackson (Scott Mescudi, aka Kid Cudi), the black stud and former soldier, RJ (Owen Campbell), a film student hired to direct who wants to make the film more sophisticated than your typical porno, and his girlfriend Lorraine (Jenna Ortega), a shy girl who is not particularly comfortable with the work they're doing. While there is plenty of drama between the cast and crew, the farmer's wife (also played by Mia Goth in heavy old-age makeup) is both disgusted and jealous of their virility, having lived such a sexually repressed life, and she decides to take her rage and pain out on them.
'The Batman' Movie Review
In The Batman, Robert Pattinson dons the cowl as the Caped Crusader in the first of a new series of films. Batman is now two years into his tenure as Gotham City's vengeful protector when a cryptic serial killer known as the Riddler (Paul Dano) emerges and begins picking off Gotham's elite, revealing the most grotesque skeletons in their closets in the process. With the help of his butler, Alfred (Andy Serkis), police lieutenant James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), and a new, slightly more reckless crime-fighter named Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz), Batman must stop the Riddler's reign of terror, unraveling the city's dark past in the process.
‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ (2022) Movie Review
This second attempt at a Texas Chainsaw requel (with the first being the abysmal Texas Chainsaw 3D from 2013) sees a group of social media influencers buying up a Texas ghost town in order to refurbish it into a new sort of influencer hub. These include Melody (Sarah Yarkin), her sister Lila (Elsie Fisher), the ringleader Dante (Jacob Latimore), and their other friend Ruth (Nell Hudson). When they arrive in town, they meet an old woman (Alice Krige) still living on the premises in what used to be an orphanage. It turns out that she’s also harboring Leatherface (Mark Burnham), and he’s out for revenge.
‘Scream’ (2022) Movie Review
2022’s Scream picks up just over a decade after where Scream 4 left off, this time riffing on the new trend of “requels” (long-belated sequels to horror classics meant to reignite a franchise). After a girl named Tara (Jenna Ortega) is attacked by a Ghostface copycat, her sister Sam (Melissa Barrera), and Sam’s boyfriend, Richie Kirsch (Jack Quaid), contact the now-retired Sheriff Dewey Riley (David Arquette) to help them survive someone’s obvious attempt at a requel to the infamous Woodsboro murders. And soon, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) have no choice but to get involved.
‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Movie Review
In this long-awaited follow-up to the 80’s classic, Callie (Carrie Coon) and her two children, Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), move to a secluded farmhouse in Oklahoma that was left to them by Carrie’s estranged father. It turns out that Carrie’s father was none other than former Ghostbuster Egon Spengler, and when a supernatural force is unleashed once again, just as Spengler had predicted before his death, his descendants, along with Phoebe’s summer school teacher Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd), must stop this evil once and for all.
‘Antlers’ Movie Review
Antlers is the latest film from director Scott Cooper, based on a short story by co-screenwriter Nick Antosca. A little boy named Lucas (Jeremy T. Thomas) has a pretty rough life. He lives in squalor, he’s bullied relentlessly at school, and worst of all, his methhead father (Scott Haze) is possessed by the spirit of a demonic creature from Native American folklore called a wendigo. When his teacher (Keri Russell) begins to notice a troubling pattern in her behavior, she decides to investigate. All the while, her brother, the town sheriff (Jesse Plemmons), is terrified of what could be the cause of a string of horribly mangled bodies turning up.
'Halloween Kills' Movie Review
Picking up mere minutes after the events of Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills follows the three generations of Strode women, Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), and her granddaughter Alyson (Andi Matichak), as they recover from the slew of murders committed by the returned Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). In the wake of said murders, the town becomes restless, and a mob led by a now-grown Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall), the young boy whom Laurie was babysitting back in 1978, is out for blood.
'V/H/S/94' Movie Review
V/H/S/94 is the latest in the V/H/S found footage anthology series. In this entry, which takes place (of course) in 1994, a SWAT team is raiding an abandoned warehouse which formerly housed a cult, and they come across a collection of snuff films. Each of these tapes features a different tale of horror, and each of them were written and directed by different filmmakers. This gives each story their own unique aura.