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The Haunting of Hill House: Season One

Review by CJ

Director:
Mike Flanagan

Writer:
Shirley Jackson (based on the novel by), Mike Flanagan

Starring:
Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Victoria Pedretti, Timothy Hutton, Paxton Singleton, Lulu Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Julian Hilliard, Violet McGraw

Other notable appearances:
Annabeth Gish, Robert Longstreet, Samantha Sloyan, Anthony Ruivivar, Jordane Christie, Levy Tran, Anna Enger

Running time:
43-71 minutes

Number of episodes:
10

 

After living in a haunted house and their mother’s subsequent suicide, the five Crain children grow up with very different coping mechanisms. When youngest sister, Nell (Pedretti), commits suicide in the same place their mother did, the remaining Crain children must reunite with their estranged father to face the family demons once and for all. 

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Hurricane Bianca: From Russia with Hate (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Matt Kugelman

Starring:
Roy Haylock, DJ ‘Shangela’ Pierce, Brian McCook, Doug Plaut, Rachel Dratch

Other notable appearances:
Wanda Sykes, Justin ‘Alyssa Edwards’ Johnson, Alaska Thunderfuck, Kristen Johnston, Cheyenne Jackson, Darienne Lake, Jiggly Caliente, Lady Bunny, Ed ‘Mrs. Kasha David’ Popil, Bianca Leigh, Dot-Marie Jones, Janeane Garofalo

Running time:
85 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Hurricane Bianca, Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Horrible Bosses 2

 

After getting his job back as his male self, high school teacher Richard (Haylock) is living a life free of his alter ego Bianca Del Rio. That is until his homophobic nemesis Deborah (Dratch) creates a fake award that Bianca must attend to collect in Russia, where homosexuals and transvestites are locked up and tortured.

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Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

Review by CJ

Director:
Franck Khalfoun

Starring:
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Mckenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan

Other notable appearances:
Jennifer Morrison, Kurtwood Smith

Running time:
85 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Rings, The Woman in Black, House at the End of the Street

 

Belle’s (Thorne) mother moves her to a new home to be closer to family and medical care for Belle’s twin brother James (Monaghan). When Belle finds out that the house was so cheap because of the infamous murders that took place, she must take up arms against the darkness that threatens everyone she holds dear.

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Halloween (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
David Gordon Green

Starring:
Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton 

Other notable appearances:
Haluk Bilginer, Nick Castle, James Jude Courtney, Jibrail Nantambu

Running time:
106 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Halloween, You’re Next, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Friday the 13th

 

Laurie Strode (Curtis) has a complex relationship with her family that reaches boiling point when Michael Myers (Castle, Courtney), the man who killed her friends and tormented her as a teenager, escapes incarceration.

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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Review by CJ

Director:
Drew Goddard

Starring:
Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, Chris Hemsworth, Lewis Pullman

Other notable appearances:
Nick Offerman

Running time:
141 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, Cabin in the Woods

 

The lives of seven strangers become inextricably tangled by the secrets they are trying to escape at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale hotel. 

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The General Theory of Haunting by Richard Easter (2017)

Review by CJ

Page count:
306

ISBN:
1977001246 

 

When only a handful of staff from Knights & Knights publishers arrive for their New Year’s week away at an isolated mansion, the attendees assume they’re snowed in for a dull holiday. When the history of the building begins to awaken, they find out how very wrong they were. 

The General Theory of Haunting is the first novel in The Snow Trilogy series.

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Emotions Explained with Buff Dudes by Andrew Tsyaston (2018)

Review by CJ

Page count:
111

ISBN:
9781449486938 

 

In the debut collection of Owlturd Comix, we join Shen on his journey through life’s ups and downs with social anxiety, sleep deprivation and a wide range of other emotions.

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