Movie Mondays: Knives Out

Synopsis: When private nurse Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) finds her employer, the famous bestselling mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), in the upstairs room of his massive mansion with his throat cut, the death seems like suicide. Lieutenant Elliot (Lakeith Stanfield) and State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) are sure the case is a clear […]

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Considering Westlake: Smoke

I never would have expected Donald E. Westlake to tackle a Universal Monster movie for one of his comic crime capers. Sure, he made mention here and there about Dracula, Frankenstein, etc., often using old horror movies as a method of comparison for some of his characters or their behaviors. However, with Smoke he tackles […]

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SHOCKtober Movies: Hagazussa

Synopsis: As a young girl, Albrun (Celina Peter) lived with her mother (Claudia Martini) in the woods and watched her consumed by disease. They were a wise family in the remote Austrian/German mountain region in an unspecified era. Medicine was not available, death was imminent and this may have had to do with an encounter […]

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SHOCKtober Movies: The Awakening

Synopsis: A famed psychic phenomenon debunker and writer Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) comes to a boys’ boarding school to debunk a ghost supposedly involved in the death of one of the lads. At first, she employs all manner of scientific apparatuses to identify prankster children or sinister adults. However, she soon finds her rational world […]

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