Braid (2019)

In this episode, I’m going to walk you through Braid, well sort of a semi walk through, not as thorough as some of the other ones I’ve done, but if you do not like spoilers, then you might not want to tune into this one because there’s gonna be plenty of them.

First, a quick synopsis to wanted women decide to Rob their wealthy, psychotic friend who lives in the fantasy world they created as children to take the money they have to take part in a deadly perverse game of make-believe. I almost don’t feel qualified to talk about this film because a, it’s about young women who had childhood make believe that continued until adults and two, it’s just very disturbing and not usually the kind of film that I would probably do a walkthrough of. However, it’s recent, it’s out there. It’s on prime, and so I’m going to go ahead and do this one, recommend it to you. (Transcription of audio below may have errors, it is done automatically from the audio file)

01:31 Ironically, during the feel good Christmas season, I’m handling brewers in this and we have seen her in the Handmaid’s tale. He’s the one that loses her eye and her character is named Janine Lindo. He’s extremely disturbing. He’s a very beautiful young woman. But in that role it’s kind of hard to tell cause she’s got an eye poked out. There’s usually something bad to happen into her all the time. But the Handmaid’s tale would be a whole nother show. So I don’t want to get too on to that. She’s also in cam, she plays Alice and Lola and I recommended that in the past. I said, good, good movie. It’s on Netflix. So that’s another fail. I believe I did a show on that. If I have it in the archives. See what happened is I moved my show to a different server and it just took forever to do each show.

02:28 So not every show got moved over. But as I mentioned them, and as I see that I’ve done them, I’ll put them up. So I’ll try and put the cam show image in Waterhouse’s in this. She reminds me a lot of, she sort of reminds me of sort of like younger Jessica chasse, Dane or smaller Jessica Chasteen. I think she’s got a lot of work ahead of her and movies and she certainly shows a lot of potential and she’s one of the masterminds of this crazy plot. He’s also been in nocturnal. We may see a lot more from her. She does a great job in this and you have Sarah. Hey, one of the other girls, she’s in flesh and bone black Swan. I’m dying up here. Room one Oh four he did a great job in this and she herself is the actual master mind of this group.

03:17 Then we have Scott Cohen took me about four minutes to try and remember what I had seen him from and then thanks to my wife and daughters, I have a keen recollection of Gilmore girls. That’s right. He is the English teacher. Beau of ms Laura lie. They date and they have issues and they have conflict and if you’ve seen yo more girls, you know exactly what I’m talking about. That’s the guy he looks like he’s aged a little bit. I think they tried to make him look older because these girls are supposed to be older as well, so they made him look really older. What happens with him is quite interesting. The whole movie is interesting. So without any further ado, let’s go ahead and get into braid and what it’s all about.

04:13 How’d you know? I’m very fond of horror, so I’m always doing searches of whore and this was a search of a more recent horror. I came up with a few that I hadn’t seen but aren’t gee honest. I think I’ve kind of wiped it out. I need to see the light house. If you’ve seen the light house, send me a little message on that or make a comment or reply on Twitter. Just what do you think of lighthouse? Because it got such great reviews. However, friends of mine that I respect a lot are saying and not good sucked, not even worth the money. Anyhow, let me know what you think of the lighthouse. But having said that, this was a modern horror that I had not seen and it was streaming on Amazon prime. Ding, ding. Little light goes on because I have Amazon prime.

04:59 In fact, I just paid my annual membership. I believe it was $80 but I’m not quite sure. Such a good deal. You get free shipping on anything you buy, even if it’s just a pencil. It’s free shipping. You get the movies too, of course. But as I looked at this film, I did not like the short plot synopsis. I thought, Hmm, this doesn’t sound like one I’d probably like. So actually I’d actually put it on my watch list, but kind of bumped it down and wasn’t really looking forward to see it. But finally, when I ran out all these movies from 2019 I figured it was time to go ahead and give braid a try. I watched it and here’s what I got. Petula and Tilda live as young artists in New York, but make a living as drug dealers and were brought right into this. We see them counting money, we see them rubbing cocaine or meth or whatever it is, they sniff days on their top front teeth. I mean these girls are bad girls. The irony of it is they’re both hot. They’re in jeans, they’re very trendy looking

06:10 And they’re talking about all the money they’re going to make paying back their student loans. So in a way it’s like saying, yeah, these are smart criminals. Well, as they talk about it a little while and kind of share some gazes off into the the sides of the screen, you know, making you wonder what are they thinking about? What are they pondering? Something’s up here. And it’s definitely something they would get totally busted for. And it’s taking place in kind of an old beat up house that, you know, the fridge, there’s no furniture in it. It’s just a squatters place really. And then all of a sudden, bam, bam, bam, open the fucking door. Yep, that’s right. It’s a drug bust and you’re almost thinking, geez, I was just getting to like these girls, but they’re going to jail. There ain’t no way they’re going to get out of this.

06:58 I think they said the amount of money they had, there were somewhere around $70,000. Have to check my sources there. If I’m wrong, let me know. Let me know you’re alive by correcting me. But I think it is about $70,000 which you know, it’s a lot of, a lot of cash. So they barely escaped themselves from this drug West. They had to leave all the drugs and all the money behind. So they are now fugitives and also in debt with their drug supplier who we hear about. And that just seems scary cause you know he’s going to hunt them down. So now they’ve got that on their plate. So right. There should be an example to young viewers to not deal drugs. Well what can you do just to get $70,000 together? Not much. I mean I guess you could Rob a bank. You could Rob a family member, you could Rob an old friend from childhood who is mentally ill and pretends that she’s living in a house with a full on family. But she’s all by herself. Yeah, that’s right. A long sentence, but yeah, they have a, a friend who has gone mentally deranged and some for some reason she has gathered together a lot of cash and these two girls know about it. Her name is Daphne and she plays the role of a mother in a childhood game they used to play. The only difference between them and Daphne is that Daphne is still playing it. She’s lost her mind

08:37 To reconnect with Daphne and keep her distracted while planning the robbery. Petula and Tilda engage what names there are. I mean there’s weird names of 2019 but Tilda and Petula, my mind, mind,

08:56 They engage with her and they’re all childhood games. They go on and they start playing the games. She kind of makes a side view, look what she hears them come in wondering what the hell is going on, but she wants to play obviously so she plays along and I assumed at this point they’re going to be looking for the money somewhere in the house. Apparently one of them knows where it is in a safe and how to get into the safe. So they start to engage with her in their old childhood games. The one comes in, hello mother. I’m home from school and it’s very creepy, just the way they’re playing house. It sort of reminded me a little bit of Pleasantville what was going on there or the wife was supposed to do all the cooking and stuff, horrible times for, to be a woman in the 50s, but it looked like a 1950s place. And he was talking to the girl just like she was. Her daughter looks like it had nothing had ever passed since the time of their childhood, but little did she know this was going to take a very sadistic turn.

10:07 Yeah. [inaudible]

10:21 The local police, detective Siegel, who knew all three of the women as kids, which I found that very interesting. He’s a little older than them. He tracks down Petula until de to Daphne’s mansion when he shows up to arrest them and by that interrupts their game. And we’re skipping ahead a little bit. All three of them unite to murder him. Oh, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to DC and then they continue the game afterwards.

11:02 There is definitely some excitement in this film. There are some beautiful colors in the drug scenes where it appears as if PCP has made their vision go to tone blue. That stuff is pretty cool. Not because you should take drugs or that I take drugs is that I’d want to take drugs but it’s just cool the way they made it. Look on screen, it’s bloody, there’s a lot of stabbing that goes on cutting that goes on. It’s not always a pleasant will be to watch. It is rather disturbing. But as someone told me a long time ago, that is an aspect of horror, not just jump scares but sometimes disturbing content and is definitely there. If you also remember Brittany Murphy in girl interrupted, which was in 1999 a very, very well put together film and of course may Brittany Murphy rest in peace. He was too gorgeous to die and it’s just really sad that she left this planet so early.

12:11 We would have liked to have seen a lot of those eyes on screen. Again, it’s similar to that kind of twistedness how crazy this girl is and ultimately it ends up being a just fucked up movie. It’s a messed up movie. It does have horror. It was born teetering. I think it’s, it’s fitting that they got the guy from the Gilmore girls because it is teetering on being like a WB thing but it’s so violent and the subject matter is so dark that it sort of works its way out of that. Thank God it’s a little trendy but definitely something different and horror like I haven’t seen and weirdness like I haven’t seen really since I think tusk now this movie is not my favorite movie. Like tusk is my favorite horror movie. Like tusk is an insidious AR but it’s kind of creeping up there for being so original and that’s really what I liked about braid. So super enjoy it. If you managed to get her, you still haven’t seen it. I left a lot out, so I think you’re really going to enjoy the plots and terms and I didn’t give away the ending. So yes, there are some spoilers, but I didn’t go too crazy on the spoilers. I definitely would recommend it for me. This one earns a seven out of 10

13:40 Thank you for listening to Riley on film. I’m your host, Damian Riley. You can find out more and subscribe always for free at now have a great day.

Ready or Not (2019)

This got so much praise. I did enjoy it but in that it was a comedy. It had some great gore! As a serious horror it doesn’t work for me but that’s ok, that’s not what it’s trying to be. Anyway, have a listen to what I think on this episode of my podcast. 6/10

Mercy Black

In Today’s episode I take on “Mercy Black: a Netflix horror tv movie and Daniela Pineda face sex worship.

Daniela Pineda puts the squeeze on a ghost. I would like to be squeezed by her.

Mercy Black is produced by one of our horror favorites: Blumhouse. They have been very consistent in turning out films that are quality horror and many of them are atmospheric.

Our first actor is a Mexican starlet named Daniela Pineda, Marina. She’s from California here where I am, a place called Oakland. She’s got the chops, the body, The Madonna space between her teeth,  and yes … the eyebrows to make the money shots. I am certain we’ll see much more of her. She’s got a great look.

Austin Walking Dead, Will, is with us her as well. He’s ugly but has a certain charisma. It’s weird to see him without the charred scar along his face as in the Walking Dead. Remember him? The hater then love then hater again of Neegan? Yeah, here’s here in this, giving it more credence as a horror maybe than a new episode of the Vampire Diaries.

Here’s what IMDB says about the story. A woman is sent to a mental institution after stabbing her classmate in an attempt to conjure an evil spirit called, Mercy Black. Fifteen years later she’s released, and must save her nephew, who has become obsessed with the phenomenon.

Urban Legend vs Made up story. The child Marina babysites asks the librarian about Mercy Black. She tells him not to worry because sometimes people make up stories because we have so much information on the internet. When you “Know all the answers, the mystery’s gone.” I thought that was well put. I came from a generation where libraries had all of our knowledge. Now, they are pale in comparison to the internet.

The search from Mercy Black. Marina is very disturbed thy the appearance of Mercy Black. Will suggests she exploit what she saw and go on tv talking about it. She accidentally cuts him with an electric saw.

Her older sister hears something in the barn and goes out armed with a rake to get it. Tough sexy girl? Maybe. Unrealistic, probably.Tension building, yep spot on.

Mental illness is brought in. What if the one seeing the ghost is NOT mentally ill. It’s a spooky concept. When you embrace it it makes you wonder if the crazies are the sanes and vice-versa. I don’t particulary like this theme in a stotry but it works ok here. Will is trying to cash in on Marina’s experiences. 

Plot (from Wikipedia)

As a teenager, Marina and Rebecca stabbed a classmate because Marina believed a ghost called Mercy Black would cure her mother’s illness. Fifteen years later, Marina is released from a psychiatric hospital to her sister, Alice. To Marina’s dismay, urban legends about Mercy Black have spread on the internet. Alice’s son, Bryce, soon becomes obsessed with Mercy Black. While facing her past to help Bryce avoid the same fate, Marina questions whether Mercy Black is merely a delusion of her own creation. When she goes to visit Rebecca to talk about what happened when they were children, she discovers that Rebecca attempted to hang herself and is now in a catatonic state. When looking around Rebecca’s room, Marina discovers an old map and Rebecca attacks her.

Bryce is brought home by the librarian after tearing up library books. When he is involved in an incident with his “friend,” he says “she told me to do it”. Meanwhile, Marina follows the map through the woods, discovering old clues along the way that lead to a nuclear fallout shelter. Inside, she finds “the book you cannot read” and remembers that they created Mercy Black. While Marina now believes that Mercy never existed, Bryce falls deeper into the delusion. While alone in the house, Bryce and Alice have an encounter with Mercy Black, leading to Alice falling over the stair rail. After Marina arrives, Mercy Black attacks her. When Bryce flees out the door, he runs straight into the arms of the librarian, who turns out to be Lily, the girl Marina and Rebecca attacked to sacrifice.

Lily is angry that she lived and Marina didn’t finish her off as she promised. She admits to hurting people to make Marina remember but Marina tells her that they made Mercy up. Lily stabs Marina and threatens to slit Bryce’s throat. Marina tackles and begins choking her but releases her. Bryce then stabs her in the eye and says “I promised.” Mercy Black then appears behind them.

Primal Horror Movies

First, do you have Amazon Prime Video?

In this episode I rattle off short previews of horror movies included in the Amazon Prime Video membership. I subscribe and I watch a lot of my horror movies on there. It’s amazing. I was not paid to share that!

I hope to do more of these posts for other services like Netflix, stay tuned. Here’s a sample search pasted from IMDB of some of the great horror films on Prime. I mention a lot of them in this show.

The Amityville Horror

1. The Amityville Horror (1979)

R | 117 min | Horror

28 Metascore

Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: James BrolinMargot KidderRod SteigerDon Stroud

Votes: 32,814 | Gross: $86.43M

A Quiet Place

2. A Quiet Place (2018)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Emily BluntJohn KrasinskiMillicent SimmondsNoah Jupe

Votes: 325,056 | Gross: $188.02M

The Strangers: Prey at Night

3. The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018)

R | 85 min | Horror

48 Metascore

A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths.

Director: Johannes Roberts | Stars: Christina HendricksMartin HendersonBailee MadisonLewis Pullman

Votes: 22,921 | Gross: $24.43M


4. Mother! (2017)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

75 Metascore

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Jennifer LawrenceJavier BardemEd HarrisMichelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 164,636 | Gross: $17.80M

Stake Land

5. Stake Land (2010)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In a world of vampires, an expert vampire hunter and his young protégé travel toward sanctuary.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Connor PaoloNick DamiciKelly McGillisGregory Jones

Votes: 39,093 | Gross: $0.02M


6. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie PortmanJennifer Jason LeighTessa ThompsonBenedict Wong

Votes: 239,937 | Gross: $32.73M

Bone Tomahawk

7. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Horror, Western

72 Metascore

In the dying days of the old west, an elderly sheriff and his posse set out to rescue their town’s doctor from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Director: S. Craig Zahler | Stars: Kurt RussellPatrick WilsonMatthew FoxRichard Jenkins

Votes: 73,769


8. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

A depressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle BerryPenélope CruzRobert Downey Jr.Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 101,611 | Gross: $59.69M

The Exorcist III

9. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

48 Metascore

A police Lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. ScottEd FlandersBrad DourifJason Miller

Votes: 22,403 | Gross: $26.10M

Children of the Corn

10. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter HortonLinda HamiltonR.G. ArmstrongJohn Franklin

Votes: 43,566 | Gross: $14.57M

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

When seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald SutherlandBrooke AdamsJeff GoldblumVeronica Cartwright

Votes: 47,278 | Gross: $24.95M

The Stakelander

12. The Stakelander (2016)

TV-MA | 81 min | Action, Drama, Horror


When his home of New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor and legendary vampire hunter, Mister, to guide him.

Directors: Dan BerkRobert Olsen | Stars: Connor PaoloNick DamiciLaura AbramsenA.C. Peterson

Votes: 2,791

Rosemary's Baby

13. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia FarrowJohn CassavetesRuth GordonSidney Blackmer

Votes: 174,017

Night of the Living Dead

14. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

89 Metascore

A ragtag group of Pennsylvanians barricade themselves in an old farmhouse to remain safe from a bloodthirsty, flesh-eating breed of monsters who are ravaging the East Coast of the United States.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane JonesJudith O’DeaKarl HardmanMarilyn Eastman

Votes: 106,902 | Gross: $0.09M


15. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror


Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter’s wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max SchreckAlexander GranachGustav von WangenheimGreta Schröder

Votes: 81,999

Goodnight Mommy

16. Goodnight Mommy (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don’t recognize.

Directors: Severin FialaVeronika Franz | Stars: Lukas SchwarzElias SchwarzSusanne WuestHans Escher

Votes: 37,007 | Gross: $1.17M

Ginger Snaps

17. Ginger Snaps (2000)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

70 Metascore

Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf.

Director: John Fawcett | Stars: Emily PerkinsKatharine IsabelleKris LemcheMimi Rogers

Votes: 38,752 | Gross: $0.00M

Long Weekend

18. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller


When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn’t in an accommodating mood.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John HargreavesBriony BehetsMike McEwenRoy Day

Votes: 3,568

Turbo Kid

19. Turbo Kid (2015)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

60 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland in 1997, a comic book fan adopts the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord.

Directors: François SimardAnouk WhissellYoann-Karl Whissell | Stars: Munro ChambersLaurence LeboeufMichael IronsideEdwin Wright

Votes: 24,329 | Gross: $0.05M

Willow Creek

20. Willow Creek (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

62 Metascore

Jim and his girlfriend Kelly are visiting the infamous Willow Creek, the alleged home of the original Bigfoot legend – the tale of huge ape like creatures that roam the forests of North … See full summary »

Director: Bobcat Goldthwait | Stars: Alexie GilmoreBryce JohnsonLaura MontagnaBucky Sinister

Votes: 9,575

Final Girl

21. Final Girl (2015)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller


A man teaches a young woman how to become a complete weapon. Later she is approached by a group of sadistic teens who kill blonde women for unknown reasons. The hunting season begins.

Director: Tyler Shields | Stars: Abigail BreslinWes BentleyLogan HuffmanAlexander Ludwig

Votes: 12,697

The Return of the Living Dead

22. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies.

Director: Dan O’Bannon | Stars: Clu GulagerJames KarenDon CalfaThom Mathews

Votes: 50,120 | Gross: $14.24M

House on Haunted Hill

23. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Not Rated | 75 min | Horror, Mystery


A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Vincent PriceCarol OhmartRichard LongAlan Marshal

Votes: 20,663

The House on Pine Street

24. The House on Pine Street (2015)

111 min | Drama, Horror


A psychological horror about a young woman coping with an unwanted pregnancy after moving into a seemingly haunted house.

Directors: Aaron KeelingAustin Keeling | Stars: Emily GossTaylor BottlesCathy BarnettJim Korinke

Votes: 1,797


25. Afflicted (2013)

R | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

56 Metascore

Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.

Directors: Derek LeeClif Prowse | Stars: Clif ProwseDerek LeeMichael GillBaya Rehaz

Votes: 20,392 | Gross: $0.12M

We Are What We Are

26. We Are What We Are (2013)

R | 105 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Bill SageAmbyr ChildersJulia GarnerWyatt Russell

Votes: 18,607 | Gross: $0.08M

The Midnight Meat Train

27. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery

58 Metascore

A photographer’s obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Vinnie JonesBradley CooperLeslie BibbBrooke Shields

Votes: 56,263 | Gross: $0.08M

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

28. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

66 Metascore

The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo.

Director: Scott Glosserman | Stars: Nathan BaeselAngela GoethalsZelda RubinsteinRobert Englund

Votes: 20,066 | Gross: $0.07M

What Lies Beneath

29. What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

51 Metascore

The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost – or that she is losing her mind.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Harrison FordMichelle PfeifferKatharine TowneMiranda Otto

Votes: 111,482 | Gross: $155.46M

Carnival of Souls

30. Carnival of Souls (1962)

PG | 78 min | Horror, Mystery


After a traumatic accident, a woman becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival.

Director: Herk Harvey | Stars: Candace HilligossFrances FeistSidney BergerArt Ellison

Votes: 18,234


31. Animal (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama


When plans for a weekend vacation hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, blood thirsty predator.

Director: Brett Simmons | Stars: Joey Lauren AdamsElizabeth GilliesPaul IaconoThorsten Kaye

Votes: 5,947

The Reef

32. The Reef (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror


A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

Director: Andrew Traucki | Stars: Damian Walshe-HowlingGyton GrantleyAdrienne PickeringZoe Naylor

Votes: 15,620

Wake Wood

33. Wake Wood (2009)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller


The parents of a girl who was killed by a savage dog are granted the opportunity to spend three days with their deceased daughter.

Director: David Keating | Stars: Aidan GillenEva BirthistleTimothy SpallElla Connolly

Votes: 7,582

I Spit on Your Grave

34. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

R | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Sarah ButlerJeff BransonAndrew HowardDaniel Franzese

Votes: 69,817 | Gross: $0.09M

Dog Soldiers

35. Dog Soldiers (2002)

R | 105 min | Action, Horror, Thriller


A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Sean PertweeKevin McKiddEmma CleasbyLiam Cunningham

Votes: 52,236


36. Dreamscape (1984)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror


A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president.

Director: Joseph Ruben | Stars: Dennis QuaidMax von SydowChristopher PlummerEddie Albert

Votes: 12,816 | Gross: $11.48M

The Alchemist Cookbook

37. The Alchemist Cookbook (2016)

82 min | Drama, Horror

73 Metascore

Suffering from delusions of fortune, a young hermit hides out in the forest hoping to crack an ancient mystery, but pays a price for his mania.

Director: Joel Potrykus | Stars: Ty HicksonAmari CheatomFiji

Votes: 931

The Love Witch

38. The Love Witch (2016)

Unrated | 120 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, with deadly consequences.

Director: Anna Biller | Stars: Samantha RobinsonJeffrey Vincent PariseLaura WaddellGian Keys

Votes: 9,939 | Gross: $0.23M


39. Borderland (2007)

R | 105 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller


On a trip to a Mexican border town, three college friends stumble upon a human-sacrifice cult.

Director: Zev Berman | Stars: Brian PresleyJake MuxworthyRider StrongBeto Cuevas

Votes: 9,032

Child's Play

40. Child’s Play (1988)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

58 Metascore

A single mother gives her son a much sought-after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

Director: Tom Holland | Stars: Catherine HicksChris SarandonAlex VincentBrad Dourif

Votes: 80,278 | Gross: $33.24M


41. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew RobinsonClare HigginsAshley LaurenceSean Chapman

Votes: 93,981 | Gross: $14.56M

Most Beautiful Island

42. Most Beautiful Island (2017)

80 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

73 Metascore

Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman’s struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.

Director: Ana Asensio | Stars: Ana AsensioNatasha RomanovaDavid LittleNicholas Tucci

Votes: 2,515

The Dark Half

43. The Dark Half (1993)

R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A writer’s fictional alter ego wants to take over his life…at any price.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Timothy HuttonAmy MadiganMichael RookerJulie Harris

Votes: 14,695 | Gross: $9.58M

The Village (2004)

This is my audio review of The Village (2004). Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. With Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard. A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

It is a much loved film by me and select few others. It didn’t do amazingly at the box office but I find this spooky film mesmerizing and profound. Have a listen and find out why. I welcome your comments here on the site or on my twitter @thedrpodcast NOTE: This is film #24 in my current podcast series I call “Damien’s Top 20 Spooky Horror Films.” Tune in next week when I cover #23 “Head Count (2018).”

The Strangers: Prey at Night

Join me as I walk through this scary horror movie from 2018.

I thought it looked cheesy when the tagline was “Let Us Prey.” and derivative but SOMETHING WAS TELLING ME ABOUT STRANGERS 2.

This film is now as of writing this review streaming on Prime Video

I saw the big guys’ low scores but SOMETHING WAS TELLING ME ABOUT STRANGERS 2
It came and went with a whimper in cinema SOMETHING WAS TELLING ME ABOUT STRANGERS 2
And that something was right!

Our director here is Johannes Roberts, the director also of “47 Meters Down.” While that is a far from perfect movie, it works as shark horror/suspense and it takes creative chances all over the place.I found it to be one of my favorites last year. The director shows himself to be simple as well, I like that a lot.

I’ve given you the synopsis as always so I’ll skip the pleasantries. I loved the dark look of this film. I loved the idea of being isolated, which each victim is at one point or another. Being face to face literally a foot away from your killer is another amazing visual. Oh and let us not forget the ideal usage of the masks and the axe.

Finally, I liked the element of the victims going into fight or flight or panic attacks. When the brother is using the phone his hand is violently shaking. That’s how it would be. I don’t know about you but I get sick and tired of perfect heroes in horror who seem to know just what to do with their crossbow etc. This is real, it’s way more scary.

After getting through the first 1/4 of the film, I loved every minute thereafter. I’m not sure how necessary that first 1/4 was. I give the film a 9/10.

Hell Fest: Plot Summary

Outstanding indie horror. I went in expecting not much and walked out blown away. This was a super duper fun film and I recommend it to all horror/slasher fans. Listen to more I have to say about it in this full walkthrough. This is an audio walkthrough of a horror film. I take you through the 2018 horror slasher film “Hell Fest.” I loved this featured movie (as usual).

Amores Perros

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s debut film is amazing. I finally got around to watching it and did a show on it here for fellow fans.

Amores Perros (2000)
Amores perros (original title)
R | 2h 34min | Drama, Thriller | 13 April 2001 (USA)
Amores Perros Poster
A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life’s harsh realities, all in the name of love.
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Writer: Guillermo Arriaga (as Guillermo Arriaga Jordán)
Stars: Emilio Echevarría, Gael García Bernal, Goya Toledo

Two Lovers and a Bear

I love the novels of Jack London where there’s sure to be snow, whiskey, white fanged husky dogs and other Alaskan treasures. Nature “bites” in this film where we have a couple trying to fight back their demons in this harsh place. Is it a romance? Well, lets examine that too.

Enter Hemingway, Melville, London … you will like what’s being served at this table. We’ve heard of nature being our indifferent enemy but what to do when that enemy is our own nature. We have not yet begun that process in film and literature, but it’s here in this film … along with a few others through the years.

Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)
R | 1h 36min | Drama, Romance | 16 December 2016 (USA)

Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and Lucy (Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.
Director: Kim Nguyen
Writer: Kim Nguyen
Stars: Dane DeHaan, Tatiana Maslany, Gordon Pinsent
I almost always love the film when the director also wrote the film. In this case it is Kim Nguyen doing both artistic roles. My hat goes off to him, and I assume he wears a hat also because like me, he is shaved bald. (Gotta love the brother!). I don’t know much about him other than he is known for this and two other films and he is a Canadian: War Witch (2012), Two Lovers and a Bear (2016) and The Marsh (2002). I would put stock in him because this film is something quite different than we are used to seeing. Human v Nature/Human v Self. It’s a gritty psychological drama and God forbid IMDB plot keywords would let us toil in ignorance of these features:

“Plot Keywords: sex on table | sex scene | topless female nudity | female nudity”

Yes, Orphan Black star, Tatiana Maslany, bares her breasts. That’s the easy part of nature no one is too worried about.

All these facts plus the plot basically is two lovers at the North Pole in a barely functioning town. Why they are there is not explicitly mentioned, at least not as much as the breasts are displayed. 😉 There is something about an abusive father in her past and he … likes the drink and he likes the hard drink. Sometimes you gotta just go “right now.” Other times maybe your demons are better dealt with by a heater. This couple is fraught with demons and they decide it’s time to go into the snow, into the storm but not without the help of a very helpful? bear. Dane DeHaan seems to like him. BTW DeHaan is there and does a good job as such. Not much more is needed from the, I wonder if he even likes the White Stripes.

This is no family movie. It’s also not a sweet romance, unless you think of Moby Dick as romantic. Having said that, there is a lot to think about romance here, maybe how “not” to support a lover with baggage. For a gritty tale of love? turmoil and t*** on a table, I do recommend.