The Rental (2020): Horror / Thriller

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A relaxing weekend’s getaway is ruined by dishonesty, lies, and secrets and turns into a living nightmare by… someone watching.

Excellent directorial debut by Dave Franco who seems to have put his heart and soul into the film’s writing and production as well. Perfect opening shot, red-flagged suspicion from the second shot, straight to the point right after, excellent pace and rhythm, believable dialogues and reasonably stupid decisions, no Hollywood heroism or character development, and last but not least, raw and unexpected violence. Furthermore, Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, and Toby Huss create incredible chemistry, increasing the film’s realism.

As a huge fan of one-location horrors/thrillers, I can guarantee you that this is a must-watch! As mentioned in the beginning, Franco really does an excellent job and it’s good to see people who “grew up” in Hollywood, to avoid certain Hollywood conventions that, unavoidably, lead to decadent clich├ęs.

Stay safe!

Apostle (2018): Drama / Fantasy / Horror

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Brutal. Gory. Bloody. Savage. Relentless. “Apostle”… “The Witch” meets “The Wicker Man” – the 1973 one #justsaying.

Dan Stevens delivers an amazing performance being tough as nails and broken at the same time. Michael Sheen (who speaks in his Welsh accent – rare) on the other hand, nails it as a false prophet, ostensibly stalwart leader but torn deep down, bearing the consequences of his (im)moral choices. Last but not least, writer/editor/director Gareth Evans uses the lens as he only knows how to, and brings to life a H. P. Lovecraft-esque mysticism and fantastical horror world for us to get lost in it.

Welcome to the island…