Author: Nick

  • Hellraiser (2022)

    We’ve been threatened with a Hellraiser reboot for a good decade and change, attracting a rotating roster of talent with series creator Clive Barker dropping in and out like a side character waving from the bushes. In that time, Dimension Films kindly whet appetites and fulfilled contractual obligations with direct-to-video entries Hellraiser: Revelations in 2011 […]

  • Halloween Ends (2022)

    I’m aware it isn’t in vogue to enjoy Halloween Ends, the conclusion to David Gordon Green’s Halloween trilogy, itself billed as the arc taking John Carpenter’s 1978 original and bringing it to a definitive conclusion. I understood this going into the movie, given the unavoidable disdain for it and my disdain for last year’s Halloween […]

  • Stop and Go (2021)

    I know many don’t exactly appreciate the idea of a COVID-19 comedy amid a resurging COVID-19 pandemic – it betrays cinema’s inherent escapism, plus it’s not like Hollywood’s blessed us with great film comedy of late. Stop and Go (also known as Recovery in non-North American markets) finds itself in a uniquely advantageous position: it […]

  • Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018)

    You may have caught from my review of The Power, which immediately precedes this review, that I am a fan of horror movies in hospitals. I can hedge on that despite being generally inconsistent as a person, proven by how much I enjoyed Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum almost entirely on the principle that it’s set in […]

  • The Power (2021)

    If you want to finetune a horror movie to my taste, you can either make it a period piece or set it in a hospital. The Power does both these things, so we’re off to a sterling start. Better yet, writer/director Corinna Faith hinges the movie’s entire atmosphere on 1970s set dressing and accompanying hospital […]

  • Candyman (2021)

    I wanted to love Candyman. The 1992 original stands as a rare gem in 90s horror – genuinely scary and bursting with theme in a remarkable way not oft seen – and it’s certainly a classic overall. Candyman ’21 acts as a direct sequel to Candyman ’92, continuing this trend of sequels to excellent horrors […]

  • Hell House LLC (2015)

    Ever since The Blair Witch Project made a wild amount of bank for a group of folks shaking a camera in the woods, we’ve been inundated – or blessed, depending on your inclination, I don’t know you – with found footage horror. Some do novel things with the genre and are genuinely entertaining for it […]

  • Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

    Despite being the 36th movie in the Godzilla franchise (and the 12th in the King Kong franchise, I suppose), Godzilla vs. Kong manages to be pretty clever with its kaiju. They are absolutely glorious. And for a movie very clearly made by committee, that’s something to celebrate. Godzilla vs. Kong even summons the ingenuity to […]

  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

    Walking out after 2017’s Wonder Woman, I thought about how they (“they” being whichever filmmakers) would top that movie – where they would go from here. A tall order, coming off one of the best comic book movies of the 2010s, a movie that enveloped itself within the mythos of superheroes and the idea of […]

  • On the Rocks (2020)

    Before starting, one thing: On the Rocks is quite competent. Please note this, tuck it away in the back of your brain, because On the Rocks is also another thing: it’s quite boring. Following the story of a young New York couple, Laura (Rashida Jones) becomes increasingly suspicious that her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans) is […]