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Wednesday, April 25, 2018


A family is forced to live in silence while hiding from creatures that hunt by sound.

Starring: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Millicent Simmonds

Directed by: John Krasinski

Written by: Bryan Woods, Scott Beck, and John Krasinski  

  It’s nice when a movie like “IT” approaches with lots of buzz, and it meets most of the high expectations. But do you know what’s even better? When a much lesser known movie premieres, creates lots of positive reviews, and horror fans flock to see what all the fuss is about. I was one of those horror fans, and here’s what I thought about “A Quiet Place.”
  The Abbott family is forced like many to live a quiet life. Any loud sounds and creatures, who hunt extremely well by sound, come quickly running in for the kill. This becomes clear in the opening scene, where the family loses one of their own. The opening scene gives the audience just a taste of what the family is up against, and sets a terrific tone what’s to come. 
  Around a year later the family seems to be better adapted to their new life. Lee (John Krasinski) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) have set up their home, and surrounding area to be as silent as possible. They cover the ground in sand, and mark safe places to step amongst many things. The parents are even looking forward to the future because Evelyn is pregnant. However their children are having issues of their own. Regan (Millicent Simmonds), who is deaf, has grown frustrated in their new living situation and the loss of her sibling, and Marcus (Noah Jupe) is terrified of the creatures. 
  Just as the audience gets sucked into the Abbott family’s life, all hell breaks loose when Evelyn’s water breaks. The birth of a child is a great thing, but not when you have to live in silence. The family members are in separate places, and all must race to rescue each other, but do it as quietly as possible. The tension couldn’t be any higher, as the audience braces themselves every time a noise is made. And in the middle of that, throw in an absolutely heartbreaking moment. 
  There’s more that could be said, but the important point here is that this story is so well written from beginning to end. It’s well thought out with great detail from how the family lives in the new environment, to the family members themselves, and even how they deal with the creatures. Speaking of the creatures, they’re just as amazing as the story. The way their heads are designed, and how they respond to sound is just another fabulous detail.
  Who knew this quiet little movie was going to make so much noise at the box office? Well deserved noise starting with the great writing, and detail. Making the family live in silence just creates tremendous tension with every sound that’s made. Lets not forget the terrific acting from everyone. They do a great job of bringing out the emotions of their characters, and striking at the hearts of the audience in key moments. On top of that, throw in some horrifying, and almost unstoppable creatures. With that, I give “A Quiet Place” a loud 4.5 pools of blood.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018


A harmless game of Truth or Dare among friends turns deadly when someone - - or something - - begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

Starring: Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, and Violett Beane

Directed by: Jeff Wadlow

Written by: Jillian Jacobs, Michael Reisz, Jeff Wadlow, and Christopher Roach

  I can’t say I’ve ever played Truth or Dare so how about a little test run. Dare: To watch “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare.” Done! Truth: Was the movie any good? The truth… well I’m going to have to dare you to read on for the truth!
  Olivia (Lucy Hale) and Markie (Violett Beane) are best friends, and that friendship gets tested after what is supposed to be a harmless game of Truth or Dare. However, this game comes with a curse, and they have now taken it home with them. Unknown to the two of them and their friends, they now have to answer truthfully, do the dare, or die. This tests the group because they know some damning secrets about each other. 
  When it’s someone’s turn, they will see the demon in the face of another person, or even their own face in the mirror. As you might have seen in the trailers, it kind of looks like something you would do on Snapchat. This is obviously one of the gimmicks the movie is built around, but there isn’t much scary about it. At best, it’s creepy, but it doesn't help create any big scares. 
  While short on scares, the most interesting thing becomes the secrets. There is a love triangle, and some secrets surrounding the death of Markie’s father. The demon continues to test the group by separating them with the hurtful secrets, but forcing them back together to try and save each other. In particular, Olivia knows too much about Markie, and has some really big secrets to reveal. The demon makes the most of pitting them against one another.
  The worse thing about the movie might be the ending. The final scene isn’t bad, and puts the survivors in a tough situation. However, how the game continues, or ends is just a cop out. Yes, it brings everything back to a question earlier in the movie, but please. With the creativity used with all the secrets, it would have been nice to find a better way to wrap things up.
  In the end, the truth hurts them emotionally, and the dares test them physically. The deaths are alright, but nothing new. The reveal of how the secrets play out really keeps the movie afloat, not the creepy faces. Actually the movie is more like “Final Destination” light. So the truth is “Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare” gets an average 2.5 pools of blood!

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