Wild concept, Brewer’s daring performance make ‘Cam’ a surprisingly decent parable (Movie review)

A lot of movies could benefit from a viewer going in with no knowledge of what they’re about to see, but in the age of previews giving away everything, it’s hard to find an experience like that. Streaming services might be bringing it back though: A synopsis and a still image look intriguing, the service recommends it to you based on your viewing habits, it gets good ratings from others … so maybe you’ll give it a shot. Netflix’s “Cam” benefits from the Mystery Mine Ride approach.

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All 6 of Mike Flanagan’s horror films, ranked (Movie commentary)

I was so impressed with “The Haunting of Hill House” that I immediately checked out writer-director Mike Flanagan’s previous horror work, which is easy to do in these days of streaming services. Although his IMDB goes back to the turn of the century with student films, Flanagan didn’t enter the mainstream until this decade, when he directed six horror (or horror-adjacent) films. All are worth checking out to see the progression of an emerging genre talent. It’s interesting to look at rankings of Flanagan’s films on the web and see that there’s nowhere near a consensus on the order, but here are my personal rankings:

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11 bizarre oddities in the ‘Halloween’ saga (Movie commentary)

The “Halloween” saga is infamous for its oddities and mistakes and its tendency to set aside established plot threads. Some of them are well-known, even by casual observers: the fact that “Halloween III” isn’t a Michael Myers film, the way “Halloween 5” reimagines the ending of “Halloween 4” to avoid having a child as a killer, and the three relaunches of the saga in “Halloween H20,” Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” and the new “Halloween,” which hit theaters earlier this month.

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An outsider’s take on the ‘Halloween’ saga: Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween II’ (2009) (Movie review)

Although I’ve seen some of the “Halloween” films, I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember them. So this watch/rewatch of the saga marks my first time thinking about them as a movie reviewer. Armed with categories suggested by “Halloween” superfan Michael (Olinger, not Myers), here’s my review of the 10th entry, Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II” (2009).

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Artistic, engrossing horror film ‘Hereditary’ raises a lot of questions … in a good way (Movie review)

The fact that “Hereditary” blends family drama with horror elements isn’t original, but there’s something about the balance or the vibe that makes it feel that way. For a good chunk of its two hours, writer-director Ari Aster’s breakthrough film – now available on streaming and home video – is a dark exploration of a dysfunctional family. But there are clues here and there that make a viewer feel on edge, and by the end “Hereditary” is not only a horror film, but a haunting one.

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‘The Ritual’ is what the ‘Blair Witch’ films should have been (Movie review)

Netflix has enjoyed a stellar October for new horror releases, including the films “Malevolent” and “Hold the Dark” and the TV shows “The Haunting of Hill House” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” It also delivered an excellent horror film back in February with “The Ritual,” which would make for solid Halloween-month viewing if you haven’t seen it yet.

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An outsider’s take on the ‘Halloween’ saga: Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ (2007) (Movie review)

Although I’ve seen some of the “Halloween” films, I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember them. So this watch/rewatch of the saga marks my first time thinking about them as a movie reviewer. Armed with categories suggested by “Halloween” superfan Michael (Olinger, not Myers), here’s my review of the ninth entry, Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” (2007).

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An outsider’s take on the ‘Halloween’ saga: Blumhouse’s ‘Halloween’ (2018) (Movie review)

Although I’ve seen some of the “Halloween” films, I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember them. So this watch/rewatch of the saga marks my first time thinking about them as a movie reviewer. Armed with categories suggested by “Halloween” superfan Michael (Olinger, not Myers), here’s my review of the 11th entry, Blumhouse’s “Halloween” (2018).

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An outsider’s take on the ‘Halloween’ saga: ‘Halloween: Resurrection’ (2002) (Movie review)

Although I’ve seen some of the “Halloween” films, I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember them. So this watch/rewatch of the saga marks my first time thinking about them as a movie reviewer. Armed with categories suggested by “Halloween” superfan Michael (Olinger, not Myers), here’s my review of the eighth entry, “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002).

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An outsider’s take on the ‘Halloween’ saga: ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later’ (1998) (Movie review)

Although I’ve seen some of the “Halloween” films, I haven’t seen them recently enough to remember them. So this watch/rewatch of the saga marks my first time thinking about them as a movie reviewer. Armed with categories suggested by “Halloween” superfan Michael (Olinger, not Myers), here’s my review of the seventh entry, “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” (1998).

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