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School Spirit (Into the Dark Review)

School Spirit (Into the Dark Review)

August is here and going quickly which only means one thing when you are a kid… school is coming. In the 11th episode in the Into the Dark series on Hulu appropriately titled School Spirit, a few teenagers are in for a deadly treat with their first detention of the school year. 

In high school, there are the typical cliche labels of all individuals. In this Breakfast Club meets Scream vibe, we have our miss perfect star pupil Erica (Annie Q. — Alex Strangelove, The Leftovers). This Ivy League student is among a treat to the other regular delinquents in detention. 

Just like at any school, there is a myth that an old teacher who died from a prank gone horribly wrong , comes back every year and preys on the students, more recently 2 students are actually missing. 

With the recent events of the two missing students, you have the typical alcoholic principal “showing concern” while he tries his best to lock the delinquents in a room as they do their cleaning. The introductions of the goody two shoe students to the partiers who “have nothing going for them” worked out perfectly in the beginning then it went downhill right to their fate. 

A rotting corpse is responsible for each missing teen, going from rebelling with alcohol and weed to wanting to be the best they can be, they are picked off one by one.

For me it has the perfect amount of cheesy teen drama and rebellion with a I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe. You don’t know what to make of it and it definitely holds your attention while you piece together on who the killer may be. 

If you are looking to find out the do’s and don’ts of what not to do in school then this movie is for you. Check out the trailer below and also catch up with the series on Hulu. 

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Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock is the highly anticipated 10th installment in the Into the Dark series which puts a whole new twist and perspective on the American Dream, focusing on what has been circulating on news stations: immigration crisis. 

Gigi Saul Guerrero (Mexican-Canadian filmmaker) created this horror story by channeling her own Mexican heritage. 

Culture Shock follows Marisol ( Martha Higareda ) a pregnant Mexican woman (that is due at any time) who is trying to cross illegally into the United States to start a fresh life for herself and her baby. With all risks, something unexpected is usually bound to happen. That is exactly what had happened to Marisol and thought she traveled with, border patrol came through and swiped away any potential freedom they yearned. 

Through the mist of the chaos, Marisol wakes up to find herself in an over the top perfect neighborhood. Each day she finds herself waking up in a perfect Stepford Wives scenario with a perfect dress and being greeted by a caretaker named Betty (Barbara Crampton— ReAnimator, You’re Next, Death House). It sounds ideal but Marisol soon catches on with what should have been a fresh start for herself and her baby but soon becomes the “All-American” Nightmare.

  As Marisol sets off for the start of her day, the perfect scene of eating pie and decorating for Independence Day, she starts to recognize Santo (Richard Cabral) one of the other crossers who was on the same bus as her. He went from the rough tattooed-edge look to now having robotic mannerisms and a big smile plastered on his face. It becomes clear not just to Marisol, but for the audience that her people are being stripped of their customs and being brainwashed by “American standards.”

Culture Shock is just a huge wake up call in the midst of how we portray ourselves as a country to what you see plastered on the news. Guerrero’s political twist into the horror genre works out perfectly, it will make you angry, and concerned and just has a major twist to it in the end. If this won’t open your eyes, then how much does it show that we just avoid important issues day to day? After all, lately it’s been one big horror show to some.

Check out the trailer below and then I highly suggest you go watch it on Hulu. And while you’re at it, check out the rest of the anthology because there’s only 2 episodes left before this comes to an end. You won’t regret it. 

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They Come Knocking (Into the Dark Review)

They Come Knocking (Into the Dark Review)

The ninth episode of the Into the Dark series titled They Come Knocking sums up Nathan’s not so typical Father’s Day.

Nathan (Clayne Crawford— The Perfect Host, 24, A Walk to Remember) takes his two daughters Claire (Josephine LangfordWolf Creek) and Maggie (Lia McHughThe Lodge, American Woman) on a road trip to the desert to spread the ashes of his late wife’s (and their mother’s) at their spot for some closure. 

Val (Robyn LivelyTwin Peaks, Chicago Hope, Teen Witch) was suffering with cancer which led Nathan to make a hard decision of taking her off life support. Claire has not forgiven her father for making that decision and you can see a lot of resentment and tension between the two during the movie. 

While starting their first night of camping, unwanted visitors show up. It was a pair of child-like figures at their trailer to be exact. With Nathan refusing to let them in, they begin to taunt the family threatening they will eventually have to leave the trailer at some point. 

The figures weren’t messing around when they destroyed the engine to their only way out from the desert. What becomes a challenge is that they start to see Val in these creatures. It becomes a battle for the family to fight off the illusions. But can they succeed is the question… especially with Maggie chasing after who she thinks is her mother. 

This episode set up the horror because not only do you feel for them for losing the main glue in their family, but you don’t want the creatures to touch them. 

Check out the trailer below, but I highly suggest to just jump right into the movie. 

 

 

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Into The Dark: All That We Destroy (Review)

How far can a mother’s unconditional love for her child go? Well, this month’s Mother’s Day episode (directed by Chelsea Stardust) of the Into the Dark horror anthology shows how far one mother will go to help her son, even as far as helping him with his urges on murder.

All That We Destroy takes us into the life of Victoria (Samantha MathisAmerican Psycho, The Punisher) a geneticist who creates a group of clones for her son Spencer (Israel BroussardThe Bling Ring, Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U) in hopes that it will cure him of his serial killer tendencies. 

The episode starts with a girl named Ashley (Aurora PerrineauTruth or Dare, Passengers) who is unconscious and getting cleaned up and dressed for Spencer’s arrival. She wakes up in a room with Spencer, (we are unaware of the connection between the two) still in a confusing state, she tries to come through when Spencer starts to strangle her and bash her head. That’s okay; I didn’t see that one coming either.

Ashley wakes up, and the process continues over and over again. This is an experiment that was started by Spencer’s mother. As a mother, you want your child to be all that they could be and succeed in life; a serial killer as her son is not what Victoria envisioned.

Victoria isn’t living an ordinary life of a mother; she’s living a nightmare knowing that her son is a serial killer, she is going above and beyond to try to fix it by creating clones to help his “cravings.” 

Spencer comes into contact with his bubbly neighbor Marissa (Dora Madison) and starts doing things like helping her carry boxes in the house for her and showcasing his artistic abilities by drawing her. It seems like he is trying to maintain some “normalcy” in his life, but Victoria doesn’t have it. She tries to hide him and who he is so that no one else around him will see their fate. Marissa will find out soon enough. 

This episode in this series is superb, along with the acting. It was cringe-worthy at times, only because you knew why Victoria went through the lengths she did. Any mother may do the same if given that chance, or some may not.

Check out the trailer below and make sure to watch this with your mother on Mother’s Day. ⬇️⬇️

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I’m Just F*cking With You (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I’m Just F*cking With You (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Once a month I look forward to the new episode released from the Into the Dark series on Hulu, and the seventh episode I’m Just F*cking With You did not disappoint.

Adam Mason who is the director of this episode has turned the favorite pranking holiday into a perfect blend of dark, twisted “jokes” mixed with murder. It stars Hayes MacArthur (Super Troopers 2, A Haunted House 2) as Chester Conklin— a sleazeball motel manager and bartender at the Pink Motel and Lounge,  who has a sinister smile and awful humor. Chester goes too far this time with his guest Larry (Keir O’Donnell—The Runaways, American Sniper). Larry is a timid individual who also is a stickler when it comes to being neat and is pretty much a loner. He’s traveling to attend one’s wedding of his ex-lover. Don’t let his quietness and timidness fool you, with quite the alter-ego online. He created the name ProgrammingFlaw3489 where he posts crude and offensive, insulting comments, he’s a troll if you will. 

When Larry arrives to the Pink Motel and Lounge, he is greeted by Chester behind the bar. Larry is exhausted and is waiting for his sister Rachel (Jessica McNameeSirens, The Meg) to arrive, in that process after introducing each other, Chester immediately starts crossing the line with his obscene and horrid humor. After each “prank” is where he announces his catch phrase ‘I’m just fucking with you.’ 

With Rachel not responding to any of his texts or calls, Larry becomes very concerned that something has happened to her. After calling her again and calling the police, Rachel finally shows at the hotel, and that is where Chester goes out of control on the siblings. 

Without giving it away completely, with the majority of the film being focused on just Larry and Chester, you start to see how their characters compliment each other. In a sleaze-ball maniac kind of way. My heart was racing to listen to each comment Chester would make to Larry because it was not a straightforward answer, it had to be drawled out, and a dangerous situation turned into a light joke. It had the perfect amount of raw senseless humor, torture, and blood. It was cheesy yet brilliantly done. 

 Check out the trailer below, and if you have not been caught up in this anthology yet then you are in luck, they are all up on Hulu in the order you should be watching. ⬇️⬇️

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Treehouse (Into The Dark series) Review

Treehouse (Into The Dark series) Review

Every first Friday of the month I look forward to the watching the Into the Dark series on Hulu and the sixth episode in this installment: Treehouse has really outdone itself and may be the best and most shocking episode in this anthology. While the other episodes are holiday-themed, this Ides of March themed thriller which is directed by the A Million Little Things star James Roday  (The Resident, Rosewood) definitely shows the horror of male entitlement through the #MeToo Movement.

This episode has a very collective cast. It stars Jimmi Simpson (Date Night, Black Mirror, Person Of Interest), Julianna Guill (Mine Games, The Resident), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn NineNine, Closure, Bob’s Burgers), Sophia Del Pizzo (Driftwood, Follow), Sutton Foster (Gilmore Girls, Younger), Nancy Linehan Charles (The Stepfather, Grimm, The Hatred), Mary McCormack (Deep Impact, Scandal, ER), and Shaunette Reneé Wilson (Black Panther, The Resident).

The beginning is quite eerie, at least it was to me. It starts off showing a bruised and battered woman who is sipping wine on a hill in the desert. It then cuts to a bar/restaurant where celebrity chef Peter Rake (Jimmi Simpson) is yelling at his cooks, in a Chef Ramsay way, followed by a visit from his daughter. To me, their relationship seemed strained through his daughters eyes even though you can tell that he loves her very much but seems too busy and full of himself to acknowledge her. 

With the stress going around him, he decides to retreat to his family’s vacation home where he runs into his sister Gwen (Amanda Walsh) whom he hasn’t seen in an awfully long time. Not only does he come in contact with his sister, he also starts up conversation with the housekeeper Agnes (Nancy Linehan Charles) who seems a little off and peculiar. Now this is where it gets really weird, the movie starts shifting and now Peter is visited by a girl named Kara (Julianna Guill) who informs him that their bachelorette party ran into an issue, the power went out. Instead of just handing Kara the basics like candles and flashlights to get them through the night, Peter decides to invite them over and offer to cook up dinner when the party goers realized who he was. 

The bride to be (Shaunette Reneé Wilson), her mother (Mary McCormack) and the rest of her squad (Sutton Foster, Sophia Del Pizzo, and Stephanie Beatriz) all watch as Peter gets drunker and drunker as the night goes on, and shows his crude side as he makes uncomfortable comments at their expense. 

Without giving so much away, as you can guess it all comes back at Peter. The ladies flip the table back to Peter’s agressive and abusive past. It seems like a typical female revenge film, but it also seems like Peter is getting a lesson out of this, being spared but also knowing that these women have a hold on him for the rest of his life. You start to wonder, why spare him after how he treats women and thinks it’s okay, but then you get the sense of he’ll be ridiculed forever by these powerful women and that is pure horror in itself.

Check out the trailer below and if you are not caught up in this series, all 6 episodes are up on Hulu. You will not regret it. ⬇️⬇️

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Down (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Down (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Down is the fifth episode in the Into the Dark series on Hulu, which was produced by Jason Blum and this episode was directed by Daniel Stamm and written by Kent Kubena. The film stars Natalie Martinez (Death Race, CSI:NY), Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights), Arnie Pantoja (Resident Evil: Vendetta), Diane Sellers, and Christina Leone.

Down follows two office employees Jennifer (Natalie Martinez) and Guy (Matt Lauria) who finish up work on a Friday night only for both to enter the elevator which quickly becomes a Valentine’s Day from hell.

As you may have guessed it, the elevator becomes stuck which leads both incredibly good looking ‘single’ strangers to do nothing but get to know one another and chemistry builds up. Within the next few hours, the innocent flirting and conversing turns into a violent downward spiral and the ultimate survival game. You can quickly sense the obsession that Guy has for Jennifer and know that he planned the scheme early on… SPOILER ALERT: he ends up not being who he says he is. It’s a classic stalker type of thriller with the perfect combination of gore with a fierce strong woman in a lead role.

I highly suggest you watch this with whoever you feel like being trapped with on Valentine’s Day. It is has the perfect thriller/horror combo and will make you paranoid on how well you really know your coworkers and who you are on an elevator with. 

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Overall Grade: B+

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