Halloween in December: “The Call (2020)”

Day 28 of the Halloween in December marathon and I finally got around to watching this film that was released on Netflix last month. However, based on the movie I watched, I really wish I had just kept going on about my life and watching things worth my time. This film certainly doesn’t respect your time, and it definitely isn’t anything of quality like so many reviews I’ve seen online praise it to be. It’s too bad I can’t make a phone call to warn past me to just watch something else and save myself two hours.

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Halloween in December: “The Shining”

Day 27 of the Halloween in December marathon is here, and though I was tempted to review Doctor Sleep for today’s offering, instead I opted to stick with a classic that has been sitting on my shelf. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve watched The Shining, and it’s a classic of the ages that continues to receive huge amounts of praise even in 2020.

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Halloween in December: “Us”

Party time is over (for now) and for the 26th I thought I’d revisit Jordan Peele with his horror follow-up to Get Out: a new venture starring Lupita Nyong’o, Us. While certainly serving up some new offerings in terms of technical ability, there are inevitable comparisons to Get Out, and I’m not entirely sure that trade-off quite pays dividends. That isn’t to say that this film is not an easy recommendation, though, because it is!

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Halloween in December: “Get Out”

It’s Christmas time in Halloween-town, and today I wanted to bring up a film I haven’t watched since the year it came out: Get Out, an unexpected commercial and critical darling from 2017. Not that anyone was doubting the comedic elements from writer-director Jordan Peele, who is supremely talented in that field alone, but unlike many comedy peers, he goes far beyond that to deliver a gem from that year. This movie resonates strongly even 3 years later in 2020, and likely into the beyond.

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Halloween in December: “The Lure (2015)”

It is officially day 23 of the Halloween in December movie marathon and I swear I did not intentionally do this, as I already reviewed Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but I had ordered this film from the Criterion Collection completely not knowing that it was a horror musical. In fact, all I had known was that it was a Polish drama/horror about a pair of mermaids. I was genuinely not prepared for what this is, and what it turns into over the course of 92 minutes.

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Halloween in December: “Crimson Peak”

For day 20 of the Halloween in December movie marathon, I thought I would return to the world of del Toro for a film that, I feel, got a bit of a bad rap when it first released. Wanting to revisit it, I watched it again and there’s plenty more than a number of original impressions never gave me, leading me to think this film’s shortcomings are the result of too much focus on the wrong pieces of its marketing and development.

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