Another First Glance: “It Comes at Night”

Really good horror films don’t seem to come around that often. Over the last few years there’s really only been a handful of films that fit that bill, but they’ve been worth the wait. Even better or just in conjunction with, is when a horror film can deliver well before anyone has seen the film itself. Yes, trailers are supposed to inform and excite viewers, but the level of good I’m thinking of goes well beyond doing just that. Somehow, so much more is accomplished in only a few minutes, that it elevates the film in an instant. Continue reading


At First Glance: “It Comes at Night”

At the least a horror film needs to look interesting. Not a lot to ask for as the story itself and the overall execution probably won’t be there to warrant much else. But sometimes, so much more can be achieved in a short amount of time. So much, that you have a strong reason to believe the film will be so much more than simply interesting. A film that’s genuinely worth your time. That being scared, if not outright terrified, would be a most welcome experience. Continue reading

At First Glance: “My Cousin Rachel”

Sometimes getting excited for a film doesn’t even require viewing the trailer. You recognize an actor in the film’s poster and that’s all you need. Of course, having the poster be immediately mysterious and intriguing helps a lot as well. And then, there’s the trailer itself. If that wasn’t reason enough, throw in the fact that the film is based on a classic novel, by an author who’s works include other classic novels which helped elevate her status as a storyteller. At this rate, is a trailer even necessary? Continue reading

At First Glance: “It (2017)”

When it comes to remakes, the golden rule among filmgoers is usually don’t do it. However, most studios, and the writers and directors hired, don’t seem to seriously consider this before getting to work on what’s usually a wasted effort. The final film is that bad that it’s a wonder anyone thought it a good idea in the first place. Because horror films seem to fall into this exact category more often than not, it’s difficult to get excited about any remake, no matter who’s involved creatively. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Paris Can Wait”

When it comes to film surprises, the best kind tend to be of the indie variety. With more freedom to tell a story, one that major studios wouldn’t dream of touching, there’s a better chance that the directors vision will remain intact. While it’s not a complete guarantee that the final film will be good, at least you’ll know that the director and writer will have tried something new. That’s more than you can say for most other studio films. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

When you stumble upon a film trailer, there’s no telling what you’ll end up thinking. You’ll either love it, hate it or just question why it even exists at all. Perhaps some cautious optimism may be needed because the trailer itself is making it hard to form a first opinion. In this case, it could very well be that the trailer was badly constructed. If this happens, hopefully that’s the only problem as too many trailers have managed to cause many more, which are usually avoidable, and the finished film suffers because of it. Continue reading

At First Glance: “Dead Awake”

What’s a horror fan to do with a random horror film? I seldom know, especially when it comes to obscure or independent horror films. Some, like those from the past few years, have been incredible! Others, just entertaining enough and in need of a bigger audience, or on some other level of bad altogether. Nothing could save those. It really is a tough call to make when deciding if you should get excited even a little. Continue reading