Assimilate ‘Clones’ Better Sci-Fi Thrillers For Netflix

Since Jack Finney published his science fiction novel, The Body Snatchers in 1954, Hollywood has adapted it, in one way or another, several times. To date, four direct adaptations have been produced between 1956 and 2007. Don Siegel’s 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers and the 1978 remake are considered science-fiction classics. Moreover, Finney’s themes […]

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AMI: SIRI Clone Serves Up Bloody Revenge

If enough people are afraid of something, chances are there’s a horror movie about it. Don’t like clowns. Well, there’s plenty of low-budget killer clown movies to accompany Pennywise the Clown (It, It Chapter 2). Apparently, technology is a lot scarier for some people than figuring out the TV remote. From killer VHS tapes and […]

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Head Count: Indie Thriller Will Get In Your Head

Do you really know the people around you? What if your friend, or lover, wasn’t who you they were anymore? That’s the simple premise driving Elle Callahan’s indie thriller, Head Count. It’s a premise that highly-regarded thrillers have used, including The Thing and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Though Callahan’s Head Count leans closer to […]

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The Fanatic: Look Who’s Stalking

Aside from Nicolas Cage (Mandy, The Wicker Man), John Travolta may have one of the more interesting Hollywood career arcs. After shooting to leading man status in the 1970’s, Travolta’s prospects nosedived in the 1980’s. Before Tarantino saved his career with Pulp Fiction, Travolta was stuck starring in Look Who’s Talking sequels. Following the disaster […]

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Ma: Uneven Thriller Wastes Octavia Spencer

Last year proved to be a busy one for Blumhouse Productions. Major theatrical and limited releases included Insidious: The Last Key, Truth or Dare, Upgrade, The First Purge, Cam, and the Halloween ‘re-quel’. Comparatively, 2019 has been a relatively quiet year. Earlier this year, Blumhouse released Glass and Happy Death Day 2U. Unfortunatley, Universal Pictures […]

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47 Meters Down: A Shark Thriller With Too Little Bite

It’s summertime, the weather is hot, and the beaches are busy. So of course what better time for a ‘killer shark’ movie. Despite Shark Week’s best efforts to re-cast them, sharks have remained popular horror movie ‘monsters since Spielberg’s Jaws. Though Hollywood has given us more than its share of duds, when done right, killer […]

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The Perfection: Netflix Orchestrates a Twisting Thriller

Art is pain. At least that’s what horror movies would have you believe. In less than a year, Suspiria twisted limbs in a dance academy, and Velvet Buzzsaw gave us evil paintings. And now Netflix wants to invest the world of classical music with horror. The streaming giant’s latest release, The Perfection, orchestrates a twisting […]

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Curve: Netflix Thriller Trapped By Its Own Premise

Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions has established quite the hold on horror. In fact, Blumhouse’s success necessitated the creation of Blumhouse Tilt to produce and release smaller movies across multiple platforms. One of BH Tilt’s early releases, Curve, has sat on Netflix now for a few years. Finally, after skipping over this title countless times, I’m […]

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The Student Finds Itself on the ‘Dis-Honor’ Roll of Thrillers

Another new month on Netflix, another generic Lifetime-like thriller. In the tradition of past lame tele-film thrillers like Bad Match and Twinsanity, Netflix is now offering The Student. With movies like My Teacher, My Obsession and Dismissed, however, the classroom seems like a pretty dangerous place these days. Is The Student an honor roller thriller? […]

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Twinsanity Fails to Live Up To The Promise of Its Title

Twinsanity is a psychological thriller about twin sisters – one good, one insanely evil. Get it? See what they did there with the title? Now available on Netflix, Twinsanity sadly never comes close to achieving the cheesy fun its title promises. Originally titled Downward Twin, the Buz Wallick-directed thriller patterns itself after ‘90’s movies like […]

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