Spinning Man Engages, But Never Quite Thrills

Netflix’s latest psychological thriller, Spinning Man, boasts some pedigree. The strong cast includes Guy Pearce, Pierce Brosnan, Minnie Driver, Alexandra Shipp, and Clark Gregg. An unrecognizable Jamie Kennedy even turns up in a small role. Less a ‘whodunnit’ and more of a dive into the fragility of memory and truth, Spinning Man clearly was shooting […]

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The Invitation: A Dinner Party You Won’t Want to Miss

Cults make perfect fodder for horror and thriller movies. Regardless of when you were born, everyone knows about the Manson Family and The Jonestown Massacre. Not surprisingly, Hollywood has exploited our fascination with cults for years. Though its been a few years since its limited release, The Invitation is arguably one of the better illustrations […]

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My Teacher My Obsession is Less Fun Than After-School Detention

Earlier this year, I reviewed the terrible Netflix film, Bad Match. To date, it’s inexplicably  one of the most viewed posts on this blog. Now several months later and Netflix gives us another stalking thriller. My Teacher My Obsession trades in the Tinder-centric stalker tale for a more Lolita-esque plot. Not too Lolita, mind you. […]

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Fear Stalks Netflix This Fall

Fear was among the last of a cycle of psychological thrillers that haunted multiplexes in the 1990’s. The James Foley-directed thriller echoed movies like Unlawful Entry, Pacific Heights, Poison Ivy, and The Crush. Critics hated it, but teen audiences lapped up the high school ‘Fatal Attraction’ story. The combination of young stars Reese Witherspoon and Mark […]

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Mommy Issues: Kaleidoscope Twists A Strange Mother-Son Tale

In the nearly 60 years since Psycho was released, it has influenced countless thrillers and horror films. In particular, the horror and thriller genres, like Hitchcock himself, have always be enamoured with concepts from Freudian psychology. Last week Netflix debuted the small thriller, Kaleidoscope, starring Toby Jones. Directed by his brother, Rupert Jones, Kaleidoscope promises […]

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Still/Born: Tense Twist on a Familiar Premise

Ah, the horrors of parenting. Such fertile ground for horror movies.  After all, let’s face it, the responsibility that comes with having a newborn can be overwhelming, if not outright terrifying. Just the sleep deprivation alone could drive you to your wit’s end. Still/Born, released earlier this year, has a fairly generic synopsis but some […]

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