MOVIE REVIEW: Leigh Janiak's Honeymoon is a horror/thriller bound to make you think twice about who you're marrying | onecriticalbitch.com

Honeymoon

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The first in this year’s series (but certainly not the last) to be written and directed by a woman, Honeymoon is everything a horror movie should be. It’s also something new, something different, and dare I say – maybe something better. Read more

MOVIE REVIEW: Olatunde Osunsanmi's THE FOURTH KIND | onecriticalbitch.com

The Fourth Kind

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It’s fair to say The Fourth Kind is not well reviewed. Rotten Tomatoes’ critics’ consensus calls it “hokey,” “clunky,” and somehow “makes its close encounters seem eerily mundane.” I don’t disagree with any of those thoughts, per say.

It is a little hokey. It can be really clunky. However, it’s precisely that eerie mundane effect that makes this film different. After all, isn’t a great creepy story at its best when even the most boring things feel a little off, a little strange, or a little foreign to us? This quiet and contorted film about alien abduction can do that.

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REVIEW: Jack the Ripper and Johnny Depp in FROM HELL (2001) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

From Hell

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REVIEW: Jack the Ripper and Johnny Depp in FROM HELL (2001) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

From Hell  is that  sort of odd 2000s conundrum: a self-serious historical thriller with the editing style of a teen slasher pic. I can’t defend Heather Graham’s difficulty with a cockney accent, but I do have a soft spot for the flashy cuts and bright red blood. And of course, Jack the Ripper.

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REVIEW: Mumblegore from the likes of Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass in "Creep" 92014) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

Creep

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REVIEW: Mumblegore from the likes of Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass in "Creep" 92014) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com
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I don’t like found footage horror and I seriously struggle with mumblecore (this is a thing, we’ll discuss it). But I really think I like Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass’s little aptly named creeper, Creep.

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REVIEW: Slither (2006) - a B-style horror/comedy from James Gunn - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

Slither

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Before he was helming Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn was playing in a low-budget B-Movie sandbox. Slither is a sci-fi/horror comedy that makes great use of bugs, slugs, and meteors from outer space.

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REVIEW: Horror movie Pontypool is kind of like a zombie movie, kind of something else - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

Pontypool

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Every once in a while, something special comes along to shake up a genre that’s just a little stale. Pontypool may not be a zombie movie in a traditional sense, but it’s those little differences that make it truly memorable.

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The Eclipse - Illustration by Alex Landers | Irish horror film by director Conor McPherson (2009) | onecriticalbitch.com

The Eclipse

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REVIEW: Irish horror film The Eclipse (2009) starring Ciaran Hinds, directed by Conor McPherson - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com
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Terrible news if you’ve been a fan of the in-your-face horror options presented thus far (See Halloween, Drag Me To Hell, and Identity). More along the lines of Absentiabut with a grander, more classic tone, The Eclipse is at its heart a romance. A romance with horror as its backdrop.

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REVIEW: Identity (2003) starring John Cusack, Ray Liotta, and Amanda Peet - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

Identity

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I’m a critic, not a reviewer. I don’t want to waste a lot of time covering films that don’t matter. Identity (2003) is not a film that I love, and in my re-watch this month, I’m not entirely sure it’s even a film I really like. However, as a critic, I feel it’s my job to look at films that encapsulate a genre and a time period. Identity is all concept, derivative, and by-the-numbers. But as a horror film made at the start of the new millennium, it matters.

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REVIEW: Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell (2009) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

Drag Me To Hell

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REVIEW: Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell (2009) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com
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Nearly two decades since his last installment of Evil Dead flair (the cult classic Army of Darkness), Sam Raimi dropped his new comic book movie reputation to return to his roots. Drag Me To Hell is an homage to the past, but also a regeneration: proof that what this director does is unlike anything else being made, then or now.

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REVIEW: Mike Flanagan's Absentia (2011) - Join in on #31DaysofHorror at onecriticalbitch.com

Absentia (2011)

What does it mean to be in absentia? Mike Flanagan, a tunnel, and a slippery little bug point us in some sort of direction.

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How many of you click away from this review because there’s now a big ass bug on your screen? I would, and I drew the thing.

Speaking of which, if you’re into this month’s illustrations, I have an exciting announcement: The original pen and ink drawings for this #31DaysofHorror series will be available for purchase! Each runs 11×14 inches and is one of a kind. Starting this Friday, you’ll find them in my artist shop in the Square marketplace. After that, I’ll try to upload daily with a new piece. Should be a fun way for my horror fans to celebrate Halloween every day of the year – with art.

Now let’s dig into one of the creepiest debut features I’ve ever seen: Mike Flanagan’s Absentia.

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