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A pop culture devotee who is happiest watching any incarnation of Star Trek, reading Stephen King or Joe Hill novels, viewing great movies [primarily from the action, horror, adventure or science fiction genres], or flipping through a DC comic. Dream jobs would include: Starfleet Captain, joining the Green Lantern Corps, Pokémon Master, Disney Princess or plumber for the Mushroom Kingdom.

You’re Next (2011)

Review by CJ

You're Next

Director:
Adam Wingard

Starring:
Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Sarah Myers, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn, Rob Moran, Barbara Crampton

Running time:
95 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Friday the 13th, Halloween

 

Aubrey (Crampton) and Paul (Moran) celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary with their four children and their partners. During the celebrations the family are attacked and murdered by a group of killers wearing animal masks. Who will survive and who will be next?

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Eden Lake (2008)

Review by CJ

Eden Lake

Director:
James Watkins

Starring:
Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Jack O’Connell

Running time:
91 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Barrens

 

Dating couple Jenny (Reilly) and Steve (Fassbender) go on a romantic weekend camping at a secluded lake. When they encounter Brett (O’Connell) and his gang of hoodlums, things escalate quickly from rude, antisocial behaviour to murder, torture and betrayal.

This review contains end of plot spoilers in red text. Because ranting.

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The Nice Guys (2016)

Review by CJ

The Nice Guys

Director:
Shane Black

Starring:
Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Margaret Qualley

Other notable appearances:
Matt Bomer, Kim Basinger, Keith David, Jack Kilmer, Lois Smith

Running time:
116 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Man from UNCLE, Tango and Cash

 

After a rocky start, private detective Holland March (Gosling) and muscle for hire Jackson Healy (Crowe) join forces to investigate the death of porn star Misty Mountains when her aunt believes to have seen her alive. Once they start pulling at threads in the investigation, the insidious deeds unravel to reveal a much deeper plot than anyone could have expected.

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Ash vs Evil Dead: Season One

Review by CJ

Ash vs Evil Dead

Director:
Sam Raimi, Michael J. Bassett, David Frazee, Michael Hurst, Tony Tilse, Rick Jacobson

Starring:
Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless

Running time:
27-41 minutes per episode

Number of episodes:
10

 

Thirty years after the events in the Evil Dead films, Ash Williams (Campbell) has spent his life hiding from the Deadite army. In a drug induced stupor, he reads from the Necronomicon which draws the Deadites to his location.

Ash’s first instinct is to flee the forces of evil once again but he is convinced by friend Pablo (Santiago) to help their colleague Kelly (DeLorenzo) when her mother returns from the dead. The unlikely trio band together to put a stop to the army of darkness once and for all.

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Hush (2016)

Review by CJ

Hush

Director:
Mike Flanagan

Starring:
Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr, Samantha Sloyan, Michael Trucco, Emma Graves

Running time:
81 minutes

 

Maddie (Siegel) is a hearing impaired and mute writer who lives alone in the woods with her cat. When a masked killer traps Maddie in her home, she must rely on her cunning and wit to survive.

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