MY BEST FRIEND’S EXORCISM: A Review Of The New Comedy/Horror Film

My Best Friend’s Exorcism (2022) mashes up 1980s teen movies with The Exorcist (1973) and does neither justice. The film careens through frailly sketched plotlines and half-baked characters never able to settle on a tone that suits it.  Summary It’s the suburbs of 1988. Best friends Abby (Elsie Fisher) and Gretchen (Amiah Miller) are trying […]

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GOODNIGHT MOMMY: A Review Of The Naomi Watts-Starring Remake

Introduction Effectively creepy, but ultimately lacking in anything to distinguish from its 2014 Australian predecessor, Matt Sobel’s Goodnight Mommy is slight. Though it might pique the interest of thriller aficionados and Naomi Watts fans, the film is ultimately disposable. Synopsis Twin brothers Elias and Lukas (Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti) travel to their mother’s country home.  […]

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HOUSE OF DARKNESS: A Review Of Neil LaBute’s New Horror/Thriller

Cinema Scholars reviews Neil LaBute’s new horror/thriller House Of Darkness. The film stars Justin Long, Kate Bosworth, Gia Crovatin, and Lucy Walters. Saban Films will release House Of Darkness in theaters, On Demand, and digital on Friday, September 9. Introduction The 90s independent film renaissance saw a surge of boundary-pushing pictures that redefined the industry. […]

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SAMARITAN: A Review Of The New Stallone ‘Old Superhero’ Release

Cinema Scholars reviews the latest Sylvester Stallone action/fantasy Samaritan, now streaming on Prime. Introduction The dominance of the superhero genre in modern cinema shows little sign of wavering. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) showed cinemagoers and studios that it was safe to go back to the theatre, while Thor: Love and Thunder and She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law […]

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SQUEAL: A Review Of Aik Karapetian’s Dark Fairy Tale

Aik Karapetian’s dark fairy tale feature, Squeal, is as elegantly layered as it is disturbing. With a sophisticated touch, the film explores heavy concepts about personal freedom, identity, and happiness. As a genre-bender, the story is arguably a survival horror softened with elements of fantasy. Poetic, visually stunning, and surprisingly pleasant, considering the subject matter, […]

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THE IMMACULATE ROOM: A Review Of The New Psychological Thriller

Introduction In a seemingly perfect tale for a COVID generation, writer-director Mukunda Michael Dewil’s The Immaculate Room, crafts the ultimate isolation “what if” scenario. Starring Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth, the film had its world premiere at the Mammoth Film Festival on February 3, 2022. Screen Media Films is distributing The Immaculate Room which began […]

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BODIES BODIES BODIES: A Review Of The Gen Z Murder Mystery

Introduction In this latest entry in the A24 canon, a weekend of wild partying gives way to a night of hijinks and murder. Cinema Scholars presents its review of the new film Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, directed by Halina Reijn and starring Rachel Sennott, Maria Bakalova, and Pete Davidson. Plot Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) brings along her […]

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