It’s November so it’s time for a recap of my monthly watches and reviews, so here’s what I’ve watched last month in October. The shows that I will be reviewing are: What If…? and You (Season 3) And these are the movies I will be reviewing: No One Gets Out Alive, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, The Guilty, There’s Someone Inside Your House, Lamb, Bingo Hell, Black As Night, Halloween Kills, Dune, No Time To Die, Army Of Thieves, Last Night In Soho, and Antlers. Keep on reading to check out October’s monthly reviews.
What If…? – Season 1 (2021) – Rating: 4/5
This series explores alternate timelines in the multiverse that show what would happen if major moments from the MCU films occurred differently, it’s also interesting to see how they play out. It was great to hear some of the original cast/actors from the MCU films in this show (especially Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa) as well as seeing some scenes from the films, it was quite nostalgic. I also had a few episodes that I enjoyed more than others but the whole season was interesting. The animation in this film is amazing and those action sequences are great. The show certainly has a few episodes that will make you laugh. What If…? is fun, enjoyable, and a great watch for Marvel fans.
Streaming On: Disney Plus
You – Season 3 (2021) – Rating: 5/5
In season 3 of You we see Joe and Quinn along with their son Henry trying to live a “normal” married/family life and of course it doesn’t go as planned. I found Love annoying since season 2 and in this season she really got on my nerves. I know Joe is a killer and what he did was wrong, but I felt he was trying to change in this season, heck they both were supposed to start fresh. Love was impulsive and reckless this season and it’s like she didn’t think about what she did until after, which caused a lot of problems. When Joe kills he’s more calculated (still not right) but he’s aware and knows what he’s doing. We got introduced to new characters some I rooted for/liked and some were meh and annoying too. Joe’s narration/out loud thoughts throughout the show are funny because he always says what the audience is thinking. This season of You was thrilling, wild, suspenseful with twists and surprises. And season 3 is my favorite so far.
Streaming On: Netflix
No One Gets Out Alive (2021) – Rating: 3/5
Ambar is an immigrant who moves to Cleveland and is forced to take a room in a boarding house where she witnesses weird things going on. The lead actress Cristina Rodlo gives a good performance and you are sympathetic to her character because of her situation including issues and the fears immigrants in the US face. I did want to commend the first five minutes of the movie because it did a great job at setting up the eerie atmosphere we would be getting throughout the film. The ending was good and the creature looked creepy and unique. I wish we could’ve gotten some explanation regarding the things that occurred and more background info on some people. Although the film is lacking in a few areas, No One Gets Out Alive is eerie, atmospheric, and a good watch for fans of supernatural horror.
Streaming On: Netflix
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021) – Rating: 3.5/5
After seeing Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady during a mid-credits scene from 2018’s Venom, audiences and fans knew what character he was gonna play and we were excited to see him become Carnage. Just like the first Venom, this movie has also received mixed reviews. Speaking for myself I enjoyed both Venom films. The casting is great, most of the supporting cast from the first film returned and I thought they were good in their roles and I a really love Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, he does a great job at portraying both roles. Woody Harrelson’s portrayal of Cletus Kasady was good and I liked how he became Carnage, and his relationship with Shriek (Naomie Harris) was great to see. We also got to see more Venom in this film and I really enjoyed the action scenes. The movie runtime is about 97 mins. so the movie is pretty fast paced. And that mid credits scene has me so excited and it was awesome. I honestly enjoyed watching this film. Venom: Let There Be Carnage is fun, entertaining, silly and a good time.
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The Guilty (2021) – Rating: 3.5/5
Jake Gyllenhaal plays a trouble LAPD officer working the night shift at a 911 call center after being demoted. When I first saw the trailer for this film, it automatically reminded me of 2013’s The Call with Halle Berry lol. I loved Jake Gyllenhaal in this film and he gives a strong performance along with the voice actors. The movie’s runtime is about 90 minutes so we get a well paced thriller and an anxious Jake Gyllenhaal awaiting on news regarding his caller in distress. How the film progresses was unexpected but I still enjoyed the twist. Overall I really liked this movie. The Guilty is engaging, well acted, effective and a thriller worth checking out.
Streaming On: Netflix
There’s Someone Inside Your House (2021) – Rating: 3.5/5
After Makani Young (Sydney Park) moves to live with her grandmother she finds herself in the center of gruesome murder cases in her newly acquainted town of Osborne, Nebraska. I liked the cast and that it was pretty diverse, the acting was good too. Of course just like the characters you’re trying to figure out who is doing the killing. I thought the killer wearing a mask of his victims face worked well and the movie had some pretty wild and gory kills, especially that opening scene where you don’t when he’s gonna get attacked and how. You didn’t know who would get killed next but that’s the suspense of it lol. Also the killer’s reveal was a surprise to me…I enjoyed watching this movie. There’s Someone Inside Your House is entertaining, fun, gory and if you are into slashers I say check it out.
Streaming On: Netflix
Lamb (2021) – Rating: 4/5
Lamb is an A24 film and it checks off those qualities that A24 films typically have except this story is pretty straightforward, so you don’t have to think hard about the plot lol and it’s not an artsy movie which it doesn’t have to be. I always enjoy watching films/shows in their original language, so this is never an issue. The film is in Icelandic, although there isn’t that much dialogue. The acting in this film is great and Noomi Rapace and Hilmir Snær Guðnason both give touching performances. The movie is a slow burn that builds up suspense that you can expect in some scenes, especially when the audience is being teased with something we’re expecting and wanting to see. This movie can best be described as a horror fantasy mixed with some drama and folktale but these variety of genres makes the film enjoyable ! The film does have an abrupt ending that feels like a cliffhanger. Overall I really liked Lamb, it’s strange, sweet, well acted, and eerie, although it might not be everyone !
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Bingo Hell (2021) – Rating: 3/5
When a sinister figure threatens the residents of a low-income community, a feisty senior citizen, Lupita (Adriana Barraza) tries to stop him, Mr. Big (Richard Brake). The characters were likable and the actors did a good job portraying them. Richard Brake as Mr. Big was creepy. I don’t know about y’all but I feel like the horror genre does a great job of making social commentary, in this movie it was gentrification. Also the characters love for their community was admirable. The cinematography was great and so was the use of colors and neon which made those scenes pop. Bingo Hell is a bit gory, fast paced, campy, and entertaining. This movie isn’t exactly scary, but it is a fun watch.
Streaming On: Prime Video
Black As Night (2021) – Rating: 3/5
Four teens spend their summer battling hobo vampires in New Orleans. This movie does remind you of a few vampire films that you might’ve seen but it still has some refreshing ideas. The acting was well done. I liked the dynamic between the four teens. I really liked the friendship between Shawna and Pedro lol. With the movie taking partial place in the projects it reminded me of Candyman in that sense. The film also has some social commentary especially when it comes to post hurricane Katrina and the issues that followed. This movie is more of an action/comedy with a dash of horror but I thought it was fine. Black As Night is fun, entertaining, and overall I thought this movie was a good watch.
Streaming On: Prime Video
Halloween Kills (2021) – Rating: 5/5
Halloween Kills begins precisely where the previous film ended. This movie is the second film in the latest Halloween trilogy and was one of my most anticipated movies of the year ! I’m aware that some people had an issue with Laurie not having a lot of screen time but I feel like 2018 Halloween was about her whereas this film is more about Michael, his killings, etc. After all it is called Halloween Kills and Halloween has become synonymous with Michael Myers and what does he do on that day, he kills, but not like we’ve seen before. Michael has Haddonfield in a frenzy and I really think this is what this film is about the chaos, the fear and panic that he causes. When it came to the killings Michael did not hold back, he was brutal and it was awesome ! Haddonfield has had enough of Michael and the fear and death he’s causing so they are basically an angry mob going after him, and as we’ve heard several times throughout the movie, evil dies tonight ! We saw Michael at his best doing what he does best, of course it’s bad but he doesn’t care, he’s an invincible killing machine. I felt the storyline was great for what this movie was about: the town of Haddonfield still being affected by Michael’s killings and wanting to do something about it. And can we talk about those 1978 flashback scenes and how they tied the characters story back to it, I was not expecting that and it was so exciting to see them. The ending of this film was quite the surprise, and overall this is a really great middle film in the trilogy. Halloween Kills is brutal, fun, nostalgic, awesome and I cannot wait for Halloween Ends.
Watch in theaters and streaming on Peacock TV
Dune (2021) – Rating: 4.5/5
I knew nothing about Dune prior to the announcement that the movie would be released. I didn’t read the book nor did I watch the 1984 movie. But after finding out about the ensemble cast, I was reeled in lol. The plot sounded interesting and it’s a sci-fi film. But woah when they released the trailer I thought to myself okay I’m gonna check it out and of course I did. Let’s get into this review. The cast as I stated above is ensembled. I won’t list them all here, but it’s an impressive and talented cast. While everyone does a great job, the two standouts were Rebecca Ferguson and Timothee Chalamet as the mother and son duo on a journey. While I adore the whole cast, I wanted to support my boy Timothee and my girl Zendaya, who I was surprised to find out that she’s only on screen for a few minutes, but hey it’s okay, this is just to prep us for Part 2, so I’m sure we’ll see more of her then. I was a little worried about the movie’s run time but surprisingly it’s well paced, so I was okay. The film’s plot is interesting, and while it’s not complicated I’m sure reading the book or watching the 1984 movie would’ve been helpful. There are some interesting characters that were played well by the actors. The visuals are stunning, and the sound design is amazing. Dune is such an immersive film. It’s intriguing, the world building is so good, it’s a fantastic cinematic experience, and a must see for sci-fi fans. I’m looking forward to Dune Part 2.
Watching in theaters and streaming on HBO Max
No Time To Die (2021) – Rating: 4.5/5
No Time To Die is Daniel Craig’s final appearance as James Bond and he’s done a fantastic portrayal of this iconic character ! We have an amazing cast that features some veterans to the franchise as well as some newbies. Lashana Lynch (Nomi) being the new 007 adds some freshness to the film, and I found it funny how James and Nomi had a playful competitiveness about them. And although Ana De Armas (Paloma) had a brief role in this film I thought her role was perfect and she and Bond made a nice team. In this movie we see Bond on a mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist and it turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with a dangerous new technology. This villain being Lyutsifer Safin played by Rami Malek. Safin is intelligent, cunning and made an interesting villain, which Rami played him well. The action is brilliant in this film you don’t get too little or too much but it makes you excited. There are some unexpected reveals/twists in this film, that were a great addition. This movie has action and romance. No Time To Die is exciting, entertaining, and a fitting farewell to Daniel Craig as James Bond.
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Army Of Thieves (2021) – Rating: 5/5
Army Of Thieves is a prequel to Army Of The Dead. This movie is directed and stars Matthias Schweighöfer who plays Dieter. In this movie we see Dieter in his early days of safecracking. I love Dieter and I think he is an awesome character and Matthias plays him perfectly. So you have your group of aspiring thieves who all bring something different to the group skill wise and personality wise, and the cast was great in their roles. The movie has an interesting plot and those safe cracking scenes were also interesting and fun to watch. The connections back to Army Of The Dead were great and I loved this movie. Army Of Thieves is fun, entertaining, enjoyable, it has some romance vibes, you’ll laugh especially when it comes to Dieter lol and you’ll have a blast watching it. Although there aren’t any zombies in this film if you enjoyed Army Of The Dead I’d definitely recommend watching this.
Streaming On: Netflix
Last Night In Soho (2021) – Rating: 5/5
Okay so Edgar Wright had me sold after the first trailer was released. And ever since last year, I’ve been waiting to watch this film. I watched this movie last week, and I loved it. Fun Fact: I had the whole theater to myself lol. The whole of experience of this film in theaters was amazing. The movie’s plot is engaging and magnetic with a few unexpected and electrifying twists, that I loved. And we cannot talk about the film’s plot without mentioning the actors that carried it out. Now the whole cast was great, but the two actresses I want to talk about are Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy who are terrific in this film. They portrayed two different young ladies from different decades, but who are also similar in the sense of going after their dreams. Thomasin and Anya nailed their performances and they were perfect in these roles. The film is visually stunning, from the cinematography to the lights and neon, the movie is aesthetically pleasing. The soundtrack was perfect, the 1960s music really transported us to that decade, and I felt like I was in London, it was great to get that feeling. Oh and is it okay to say that I was surprise to see Sam Claflin make a small appearance lol. This movie is an exhilarating ride to experience in theaters and I loved every minute of it. Last Night In Soho is stylish, thrilling, brilliant, dazzling, and is a must watch. Thank you Edgar Wright for this film, I loved it, and it’s one of my favorite movies of the year.
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Antlers (2021) – Rating: 3.5/5
When I saw the trailer for this movie last year, I knew that I wanted to watch it. This movie features the Wendigo so you could also call this film a creature feature. Guillermo Del Toro produced this film, and you can see some of his touch/influence in this movie, including the tone/ feel of the film, and the design of the Wendigo. The movie’s runtime is a 1hr. 40 mins, which I would describe the pacing slow at times, but it’s still well paced. I know many viewers like me were waiting to see the Wendigo onscreen, and it takes a while for us to see it, but I can tell you it looked terrifying and awesome. While the cast is small it features familiar faces like Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Graham Greene, Amy Madigan, and newcomer Jeremy T. Thomas which they all do a fine job of acting. The movie’s plot is different than how the trailer is portrayed which makes it more interesting when it comes down to the main character, Lucas and the Wendigo. The movie has a dark, dread feeling which I think works well with the plot and the film’s setting. Antlers is dark, atmospheric, with a terrifying creature, good acting, and an intriguing plot.
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31 Days of Horror: Movies I Haven’t Seen
For the month of October I watched 31 horror movies that I haven’t seen before, or that I partially seen. I’ll be including them below along with my ratings of them. I’ll also provide the streaming services that the movie is currently streaming on (at the time of this blog post) if one is available. I’ll also bold my top ten movies from the list, which are the films I really enjoyed watching !
1. Cam – Rating: 4/5 ( Streaming On: Netflix)
2. The Loved Ones – Rating: 4.5/5 (Streaming On: Prime Video)
3. The Ruins – Rating: 4.5/5 (Streaming On: Prime Video)
4. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum – Rating: 4.5/5 (Streaming On: Tubi TV)
5. Under The Shadow – Rating: 4/5 (Streaming On: Netflix)
6. Black Swan – Rating: 5/5 (Streaming On: Hulu)
7. Hell House LLC – Rating: 4.5/5 ( Streaming On: Prime Video, Roku Channel App, Crackle, Tubi TV)
8. The Changeling – Rating: 4.5/5 (Streaming On: Tubi TV)
9. May – Rating: 3.5/5 (Streaming On: Tubi, Pluto TV)
10. The Green Inferno – Rating: 4.5/5 (Streaming On: Netflix)
11. We Need To Talk About Kevin – Rating: 4.5/5 (Streaming On: Prime Video, Hulu, Crackle App, Pluto TV, Tubi TV)
12. Saint Maud – Rating: 3/5 (Streaming On: Hulu)
13. Pyewacket – Rating: 3.5/5 (Rent from Amazon)
14. The Amityville Horror – Rating: 4/5 ( Streaming On: HBO Max)
15. Possessor – Rating: 3/5 (Streaming On: Hulu)
16. The Perfection – Rating: 4/5 (Streaming on: Netflix)
17. The Houses October Built – Rating: 3/5 (Streaming On: Hulu, Tubi TV)
18. Lights Out – Rating: 5/5 (Streaming On: Hulu)
19. Southbound – Rating: 3.5/5 (Streaming On: Hulu)
20. Crimson Peak – Rating: 5/5 (Streaming on: Netflix)
21. House (Japanese: Hausu) (1977) – Rating: 3.5/5 (Streaming On: HBO Max)
22. Diabolique (French: Les Diaboliques) – Rating: 5/5 (Streaming On: HBO Max, Roku Channel App)
23. The Killing Of A Sacred Deer – Rating: 3.5/5 (Streaming On: Netflix)
24. Eyes Without A Face (French: Les Yeux Sans Visage – Rating: 4/5 ( Streaming On: HBO Max)
25. Veronica – Rating: 3.5/5 (Streaming On: Netflix)
26. The Awakening – Rating: 3.5/5 (Streaming On: Tubi TV)
27. Tragedy Girls – Rating: 3/5 (Streaming On: Hulu, IMDb TV)
28. Jennifer’s Body – Rating: 3.5/5 (Streaming On: IMDb TV)
29. The Host (2006) – Rating: 4/5 (Streaming On: Prime Video)
30. The Empty Man – Rating: 3/5 (Streaming On: HBO Max)
31. The Wailing – Rating: 5/5 (Streaming On: Prime Video, Crackle App, Pluto TV, Tubi TV)
5/5: Love It, Must Watch
3.5/5: Very Good
2.5/5: Pretty Good
2/5: Meh (Not Impressive)
This wraps up my October movie and show reviews. This month was fun and busy with new releases and just watching some old horror movies but I enjoyed it lol. Have you watched any of these films or shows ? Let me know in the comments below. As always thanks for reading and I’ll see you for my November round of monthly watches.