Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday Screen Time #29: Thriller!

Happy Saturday, everyone! Recently I have been binge watching horror, thrillers, and creepy science fiction. I'm not sure what has gotten into me, but I have a watchlist a mile long. Definitely expect more of these in the near future! While nearly everything was mediocre this week, I still had a blast watching most of them. 


Gerald's Game - I've seen this movie suggested on Netflix approximately three million times, but never gave it a chance until recently. I was in a mood for something creepy but not straight horror, so I decided to go for it! It was... something. While it was a pretty decent movie, I couldn't really get into the woman hallucinating everything for days on end. There were some good scares, but most of it went about as you'd expect a movie about a woman chained to a bed alone to go. The ending wasn't quite what I'd expected and I think it could have ended about 5 minutes sooner and been better. (3/5 stars)

A Simple Favor - I finally rented A Simple Favor after hearing a friend rave about how it was SO good for weeks. I asked why it was categorized as comedy on IMDB and was assured repeatedly that there was no comedy, it was straight thriller and horror. (Narrator: It wasn't.) I guess it's not a surprise that an Anna Kendrick movie can't keep a straight face, but that's also why we love her. As a thriller, this was just okay. The first half was really good and kept the tension going, but it got a bit too over the top and silly by the end. (3/5 stars)

Creep 2 - Have I mentioned I've been in the mood for horror? I vaguely remembered Creep being one of the BEST movies I'd seen in awhile way back when I watched it. Sadly I can't remember anything about it, so I'll have to give it a rewatch. Even without that, I can confidently say this is not as good, but it isn't bad either. It's just not horror. There is a steady sense of unease from the first time the the two main characters meet and they continue to be really weird, but I'd definitely classify this as thriller. (3/5 stars)

The Endless - I found The Endless when I looked to see what else the man responsible for Annihilation had made. Apparently this movie ties into a larger universe. This is the first one I've seen, though the other two are in my Amazon cart! The Endless is one of those super weird movies that I can't watch when my husband is around because he complains the entire time. It will mess with your head and keep you trying to figure out what is going on. Again, this isn't really horror, but it will make you feel super uneasy from beginning to end. (3.5/5 stars)

Triangle - I saw this recommended on Reddit in a discussion about The Endless, so it's somewhat similar in its premise and mood. This is about a woman who finds herself in a time loop onboard a super creepy ship and I promise I'll be watching it again! I can't say much about it without spoilers, but this is definitely a movie for people who enjoy not knowing what the heck is happening until the very end. (3.5/5 stars)

Glass - I've been waiting for this movie for SO LONG and then I decided to wait and see it at the last possible minute before it left theaters. I saw Unbreakable many years ago, then recently rewatched it, and found it to be an okay movie. Split was amazing, though! Glass fell right in the middle for me and did a great job of bringing the two movies together. I loved the way Shyamalan told this story without the over the top superhero tropes we're so used to. James McAvoy is worth the price of admission alone. He switches back and forth between personalities seamlessly on screen and it's incredible to watch! I can't wait to get this and watch it a second time. (4/5 stars)

Ghost Ship - Here's a true throwback! I watched Ghost Ship in the mid 2000s and remember being absolutely terrified by it so I was eager to see if it was anywhere near as good as I remembered. It was definitely an early 2000s horror movie. Uncle Jack from Gossip Girl is in it, along with Alicia from The Good Wife and they are honestly pretty bad. At least one of them improved over time. This movie is cheesy, but the ship is really creepy, which I loved! You also can't mention this movie without talking about the opening. Incredible. (2.5/5 stars)

Do you like movies that are confusing?
What's your favorite genre to watch?
Let me know in the comments!