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We go on (2016)

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Paralyzed by his fear of dying, Miles Grissom takes out an advert offering 30000 dollars in reward money to the first person who can show him evidence of an angel, a demon, or prove that ghosts exist – anything to prove to him that we go on after our deaths. He narrows the responses down to three viable candidates – a scientist, a medium, and a worldly entrepreneur. Along with his protective mother, he embarks on an adventure through Los Angeles that will spiral into an unthinkable nightmare.

Genre : Horror/Thriller/Comedy
Country : USA

Cast :
Clark Freeman : Miles Grissom
Annette O’Toole : Charlotte
Jay Dunn : Nelson

Director :
Jesse Holland
Andy Mitton

My opinion on “We go on”

“Once you see what I’m gonna show you,
you’re kind of gonna be in the inner circle on this thing,
and…well… you’ll be open to it.
To them.”

Everyone knows the famous phrase “I see dead people” from the unparalleled movie “The Sixth Sense“. Of course, you can’t compare “We go on” with the latter. But in a way, it reminds you of it. Not that this one is terrifying and filled with heart attack causing jumpscares. So for those who think a horror movie is about demonic appearances, a multitude of bloodthirsty zombies or a psychopathic freak who slaughters innocent girls, be warned. This isn’t such a typical horror movie. To be honest, I thought the human interactions between Charlotte (Annette O’Toole) and Miles (Clark Freeman) were the most amusing in this film. And the story itself can be called original as well.

He could have called the ghostbusters. Not?

Miles is someone who suffers from all sort of phobias. And this because of his father’s deadly car accident when he was very young. Thus he fears to drive a car, he fears open spaces, he’s afraid of heights and he hates rotting things. Obviously he’s also afraid of dying. Should I list all the Latin names for these phobias, there’s a chance that some readers would grow a phobia to read my reviews. In other words, Miles is a real scared guy. The cure he comes up with, is on the one hand fairly inventive and on the other hand also kind of naive. If someone can prove to him there’s life after death by showing him a ghost or a spirit, Miles thinks he might be able to lead a normal life.

We go on

A dead normal guy.

A page-sized advertisement in the newspaper is used to draw the necessary attention. I’m sure the $ 30,000 reward is the reason why a lot of individuals offered their help. Of course there are charlatans, scammers and quacks among them. And that’s where Miles’s mother Charlotte, comes into the picture and starts helping her son with the difficult quest to find credible candidates. Even though she is convinced it’s all nonsense. Eventually there remain three candidates. The question is whether these people can help Miles. You need to watch the movie to find out yourself though. It’s only halfway the movie it gets interesting and the atmosphere becomes more sinister. And this after meeting Nelson (Jay Dunn), a seemingly dead normal guy who works as a maintenance man at the airport. He will help Miles to get in touch with the thing Miles wishes to see.

We go on

Not scary but the humor is subtle.

As I said before, “We go on” isn’t really creepy or frightening. But after meeting with Nelson, the film takes a whole different turn and turns into a pretty ghostly film. But generally, one tries to put more emphasis on the humorous side instead of making it creepy. Normally, I’m not I’m not so keen on humorous horrors. Usually it feels rather exaggerated with use of infantile humor and lot of mostly weak parodies of classic horrors. As in the “Scary movie” series. At first it’s  a bit funny, but after a while it starts to annoy me. In this movie, the humor is more subtle and at the same time ordinary. As if it wasn’t meant to be funny. As if it just slipped in the movie by accident. I admit it. That’s the kind of humor I appreciate the most. No forced knee-slappers where a laughter track is needed to let the audience know that something funny has happened.

We go on

Wonderfull acting.

The interaction between the two main characters is a pleasure to look at. Especially Annette O’Toole is fantastic. Both act in a spontaneous and natural way. At times it seemed as if they had a lifelike mother-son relationship. Grandiose, extremely funny and touching at the same time. For that reason they already earn a standing ovation. But the film itself deserves all praise as well. In a quirky way, the film succeeds in distinguishing itself from other ghost stories. Let me call “We go on” a horror for newbies. A fascinating supernatural story without bloody scenes and palpitations-causing scares. I am convinced that the non-lovers of horror will also enjoy this. I was pleasantly surprised by this low-budget flick.

My rating 7/10
Links : IMDB

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Prey | 20th Century Studios | Hulu

The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

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Action, Drama, Horror

Release Date:

20222 (Hulu)

Director:

Dan Trachtenberg

Cast:

Amber Midthunder, Dane DiLiegro, Stefany Mathias

Plot Summary:

The origin story of the Predator in the world of the Comanche Nation 300 years ago. Naru, a skilled female warrior, fights to protect her tribe against one of the first highly-evolved Predators to land on Earth.

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Choose or Die – A Miss For Netflix

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Netflix’s home page suggestions can always be hit or miss, and unfortunately its latest release ‘Choose or Die’ falls into the category of the latter. Captivated by Asa Butterfield on the poster, I was curious to see what this film had to offer and begrudgingly it didn’t have a lot.

We follow Kayla, a broke student who has a lot to deal with in terms of her family situation and being the sole provider for herself and her mum. She then stumbles upon a retro video game from the 80s which forces her to choose and ultimately leads to various chain reactions of horrific events involving people close to her.

Lola Evans as Kayla and Asa Butterfield as Isaac

The premise of the film sounds interesting, however, I think it swings and misses quite early into the film’s first act. Eddie Marsan sets the tone and trail of interest for Choose or Die as we are introduced to this sadistic game and the chain of events it will inevitably pursue. 

Choose or Die doesn’t make it easy to empathise with its characters, finding any connection to Kayla or Isaac was difficult. This ‘are they aren’t they’ subplot lingers throughout the film’s narrative but adds nothing to the overarching story. The supporting characters, such as Thea and Laura, are much more interesting and genuinely have you intrigued as to what decisions they will make.

What stood out to me was the violent and gore-like scenes of 80s horrors, with some pretty good stomach churning special effects make-up. Those intense scenes, one involving a rat, had me genuinely glued to the screen, anticipating what may happen next. Choose or Die’s strongest component are the early moral decisions Kayla has to make and ultimately demonstrate Meakin’s passion for the horror genre.

Ioanna Kimbook as Grace in Choose or Die, seen here in the diner in one of the more grotesque decisive moments for Kayla

The way in which this film is shot, felt very “student-esque” with its lackluster camera movements and setting. The set design lacked little depth, except for Isaac’s room which is full of detail, therefore making the world feel small and less three dimensional. An element which pulled me out of this cinematic experience, was the fact that this was evidently filmed in the United Kingdom, and the cast contained predominantly a lot of British actors doing an American accent so I wasn’t fully immersed into this world. 

Meakins clearly uses his passion for the horror genre to influence this film’s dark tone, from it’s leading characters’ moral compass as well as the gorey visuals that inevitably come with those decisions. The whole world feels cold and derelict, be it the place in which Kayla cleans or the housing estate of which she lives in, this is an unwelcoming world that no-one wants to comfort you in. 

Choose or Die isn’t a film that will stick out as one that defined 2022, however I’m sure someone will take something away from this film, be it’s reference to 80s gaming or the violent and graphic elements that the director is clearly passionate about. 

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Off Season – To Premiere Exclusively on Shudder

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Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced that OFFSEASON will be available exclusively to stream on the platform starting on Friday, June 10, 2022. As a Shudder exclusive, the platform will be the only subscription service that will carry the film in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Upon receiving a mysterious letter that her mother’s gravesite has been vandalized, in OFFSEASON, Marie (Donahue) quickly returns to the isolated offshore island where her late mother is buried. When she arrives, she discovers that the island is closing for the offseason with the bridges raised until Spring, leaving her stranded. One strange interaction with the local townspeople after another, Marie soon realizes that something is not quite right in this small town. She must unveil the mystery behind her mother’s troubled past in order to make it out alive.

Check out the film’s trailer below and read our review HERE as it debuted during SXSW 2021

Written and directed by Mickey Keating (Psychopaths), OFFSEASON stars Jocelin Donahue (Doctor Sleep), Joe Swanberg (The Rental, “Easy”), Richard Brake (3 From HellMandy), Melora Walters (The Pale Door, “Pen15”) and Jeremy Gardner (After MidnightThe Mind’s Eye).

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