4/20 Massacre Review

The horror genre has used the holidays as a platform and theme for the stories that need to be told. Christmas and Halloween being the dominant two used to give us a scare.  Did you ever think that you would ever see a movie based on a holiday that celebrates marijuana? The date April 20th is known as the day for marijuana a.k.a. weed enthusiast to celebrate their favorite pastime which is to smoke. The code “420” is usually referred to as weed. This is why on the day April 20th has now become an unofficial holiday.

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Which will survive this in the end?

Director Dylan Reynolds has decided to cash in on that and create a movie surrounding the joyous day. 4/20 Massacre involves 6 women, all friends, who decide to go camping and celebrate the birthday of Jess (Jamie Bernadette), whose birthday just so happens to be on April 20th, and she doesn’t even smoke weed. During their journey they stumble upon illegal marijuana grow operation which is guarded by a dark force that will protect it at all cost.

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Cruel Summer (2016) Review

This title was recommended to me for viewing and I am glad this came in my direction. Coming from the UK, this harrowing thriller shows what can happen when someone with intense rage mixed with mistaken identity can be deadly and in this case unforgivable. Judging from the poster, this looks like a classic slasher film that takes place in the woods but don’t be fooled by the appearance. This is much more than that. From Writer and Directors Phillip Escott and Craig Newman, Cruel Summer, based on true events, is a dramatic and unfortunate story involving teens whose circumstances shows how, lack for a better word, cruel the world can be.

This story currently on VOD as of 2/27, involves a young autistic teen named Danny, who has been granted to go on a solitude camping trip by his two loving parents overnight. That sense of serenity changes when he runs into three other teens, Nick, Julia, and Calvin. Each with their own reason to target Danny suffers the teen set out to torture Danny by any means necessary.

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Netflix Original Movies 2017

Aside from going to the movies as much as possible I do love a chill night in with good ol’ Netflix. With the ENDLESS amount of content on the streaming service, Netflix also loves putting out their own original movies and T.V. In between my trips to the theatre I just so happened to be able to catch a movie here and there throughout the year and like last year, here are the list of movies l watched with a brief review of how they turned out in no particular order.

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Cult of Chucky is Probably the Cleverest Installment of the Franchise

Don Mancini, I am so glad that you haven’t given up on your creation. Yes, we may not be able to see your latest movies: Curse of Chucky and Cult of Chucky in theatres, but at least you keep making them and we get the gratuitous pleasure of watching them. (stands up and applauses)

Chucky is back in the 7th installment in the popular franchise about a serial killer’s soul in the body of a Good Guy Doll to seek revenge on those who have wronged him and kill as many people as he can along the way. This latest horror flick picks up where it left off in Curse of Chucky. Nica, played by Fiona Dourif, is sent to a mental hospital for the murders committed to her home and blaming Chucky the Doll as the killer. Through group therapy it seems that the psychiatrist decides to use a Good Guy Doll in their sessions to help Nica come to the conclusion that the doll isn’t alive. Shortly after, bodies start piling up and it’s up to Nica to prove to everyone that Chucky is back before it’s too late.

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What Happened To Monday Is A Smart And Futuristic Thrill Ride

If I had a dime for every Netflix original series and movie that pops up every month I would be a wealthy human being. The amount of original content on the streaming service just keeps growing and doesn’t plan to stop. While most of them are under the radar there are some that stand out featuring a unique story or involve actors and actresses that we are familiar with. While not all of them are gems, some of them turn out to be really good. What Happened To Monday is one of those gems.

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Noomi Rapace stars as a woman who is a part of identical septuplets. The Settman siblings are in hiding from the rest of the world as they were born into a futuristic reality where a law has been passed to control the human population. One sibling per family is that law and any other siblings born will be cryogenically frozen and awaken when the population is under control.

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Death Note: Not As Bad As I Thought But Still A Miss

I am sure that for those who pay attention to the latest in movie news you heard of the adaptation that premiered today on Netflix. I am referring to the Netflix original movie Death Note which is adapted by the popular manga/anime. This is one of those anime that I have had the pleasure of viewing and I really fell for the cat & mouse battle of wits that the two lead characters Light and L play on one another while the entire world are caught in the middle as possible collateral damage.
This premiere comes with a bit of publicity leading up to its release due to the fact that the anime/manga features Asian characters and the U.S. adaptation on Netflix takes it out of Japan and puts it in Seattle with a dominant Caucasian cast. In other words, the term “whitewashing” has been thrown around. While I am a little bias writing this review, I will review this title based on the content of the movie from my entertainment parameters I use on all my reviews.

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The Stanford Prison Experiment Provides an Interesting Look Into The Human Condition

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Based on a true story of an experiment executed by Dr. Philip Zimbardo and his team, a group of college kids volunteered themselves for a two-week project to remove themselves from civilization and play the one of two roles. Half played prisoners while the other half played the guards who controlled and watched them in a mock prison in the basement of the Stanford psychology building. This was a study to analyze and collect data on the human psyche and find out how people deal with power whether given to them or taken away.

The study took on a life of its own not only on the participants but on the doctors and team behind the scenes.

The study only lasted six days.

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