“Escape Room” Movie Review


Six adventurous strangers travel to a mysterious building to experience the escape room — a game where players compete to solve a series of puzzles to win $1 million. What starts out as seemingly innocent fun soon turns into a living nightmare as the four men and two women discover each room is an elaborate trap that’s part of a sadistic game of life or death (Google).


The first thing I’ll say about this movie is the opening to the film had me hooked… it was tense, nerve-wracking, and you want to know what’s going on.

We’re introduced to three characters: Zoey, Bill, and Jason…. we get some information about them in order to relate to them, then when the characters go to the facility to enter the Escape Room, we’re introduced to three more characters.

The cool thing about this movie is the Escape Room puzzles are intricate, and unique in different ways… my favorite room is an upside down billiards room where the floor falls apart during a timer.

Another thing I liked about the movie is normally in movies like this, the characters paired together try to sabotage each other and stab their peers in the back- but for the most part, they’re actually working together to solve the puzzles.

I was having a great time, I knew there were flaws in the movie- but I was rocking with it… I was gonna let this movie slide on a C+, but then came the ending- I’m sorry, I meant the second ending.

This film felt like it had two endings… the first one I was like “well, that’s a bit disappointing- but it’s not awful.” But then they had an epilogue ending, where it honestly felt like Inspector Gadget… and it feels like it’s trying way too hard for a sequel that it ends up betraying the whole movie towards the end.


I tried y’all, I really really tried to let this slide, but I couldn’t… that epilogue ruined it for me, but not enough for it to be on an upcoming Worst Of list… so this gets a 6/10 or a D.

The Top 10 Worst Films of 2018


10. A Wrinkle in Time:

The problem that this movie had to me was the fact that it didn’t know what it wanted to be. There were times where it was a movie for kids, and then other times it felt like it was the brainchild of someone who took too much drugs. The main character in this movie is looking for her dad, who disappeared, and she’s unlikable in the film instead of being sympathetic like she should be. I didn’t have a huge problem with the movie, but what put it on this list was the video package in the beginning of the the movie with the director pretty much telling me to lower my standards- and I did not appreciate that.

9. Truth or Dare:

If you think about this movie as a comedy instead of a horror movie, and you hang out with friends while eating pizza and drinking- then this should be a fun time! The stupid Snapchat face isn’t terrifying at all, the rules of the game change constantly, there’s unnecessary info that’s put in as a ‘twist’ and the ending was dumb because the main character completely changes her morale when the issue could’ve been solved in a better way.

8. Venom:

A Sony classic right here- take a promising concept and straight up ruin it. “Venom” only has one thing going, and that’s Tom Hardy. The problem with this movie is that it’s tone is all over the place- it’s a horror movie, a comedy, a romance, and an action film- and the film is a mess. But the biggest problem to me was the dumb wig Woody Harrelson had to wear as Cletus Kasady in the Post-Credit scene.

7. The Strangers 2: Prey at Night:

This movie bummed me out because the first movie was so good. To me, I was disappointed because it took them ten years to make the sequel, and this was the best they could do? It felt lazy to me… and the fact that they tried to end it on a cliffhanger made me laugh.

6. Slender Man:

Another example of classic Sony taking a cool concept and messing it up. “Slender Man” could’ve been a cool psychological horror movie with this creature terrorizing these kids- instead we get a “The Ring” ripoff. The worst part was this movie was so BORING! I couldn’t care less if any of these characters lived, especially the main girl who acted like a jerk to her clearly distressed friend all because she wanted to hang out with some dude. The final nail in the coffin was the dumb ending with Slender Man turning into an awful CGI tree. Now that I think about it, this movie’s problems could’ve been solved if one of the girls had kept her eyes closed during the Slender Man ritual… but nah, she had to be a dumb girl in a horror film.

5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:

This movie had so much promise… It stated off great, but just stumbled and tripped all over itself. The fact that there’s people who are trying to save dinosaurs is dumb to me, because they’re a race of creatures that had already went extinct millions of years ago… and these are highly dangerous creatures that have wrecked havoc over the whole series. And the worst thing about this movie is the dumb ending it had. I don’t care how sci-fi your movie is- you don’t end it like that!

4. Unfriended: The Dark Web:

This movie is everything that’s wrong with these Found Footage films. It had dumb, unlikable characters. It explored the concept of the dark web, but unless these hackers are from Hogwarts, none of what they did could be possible… I’ve seen Mr. Robot, I have a basic idea of how hacking works. But the worst part of this film is the fact that it was promoted with multiple endings- and the one I got was really really stupid: the main character is in the middle of the street on his bike and get run over by a hacker driving a car. THAT’S THE PAYOFF??!! I took a look at the other endings and I’m mad that I didn’t get the casket ending, because that one I felt tied things together better.

3. The Nun:

This film was everything I feared it was going to be when it was announced that the Marilyn Manson Nun from “The Conjuring 2” was gonna get his own movie. To be fair, it had a cool RPG set-up with a badass priest, a farmer who knew the town, and a lady who wasn’t a nun yet. But as soon as they got in the church abbey, all the problems of this film were unveiled. It had cheap jump-scares, and The Nun, the title character, only had 5 minutes of screen time and relies on “The Conjuring 2” to make the demon, Valek,  frightening instead of the movie trying to make the demon scary.

2. Winchester:

The problem with “Winchester” is unlike “The Nun” it doesn’t have a cool beginning… It has a cool hook, but the film is super boring and lazy. It was so bad that I fell asleep at points watching this movie. The problem is that this film is riddled with lazy jump-scares, and it tries to throw a “Sixth Sense” twist that failed miserably.

1. Life of the Party:

This movie makes me have the shakes whenever I see Melissa McCarthy advertised in a movie. This movie felt like a nepotistic, vanity project by Melissa McCarthy and the director… who is also her husband. The film isn’t funny, and the script feels like it was written on loose leaf paper in crayon. McCarthy’s character makes a Harry Potter reference in the beginning, but when a character says she’s like Dumbledore, she doesn’t know what he’s talking about- which to me makes no sense. There’s a scene where McCarthy’s husband in the movie dumps her after they drop off their daughter at college, and when the daughter finds out, all she says is “Wow, dad sucks.” THAT’S IT??!! She should’ve been way madder in my opinion. I felt like this film was personally attacking me with the weird Goth chick that’s McCarthy’s college roommate. And the worst part about this film is it doesn’t have a third act until they involve a celebrity.  Melissa starts acting up, so her husband pulls the money that’s paying for her to go to college, so her daughter and her friends decide to throw a party and say that Christina Aguilera is gonna show up… but McCarthy’s weird Goth roommate says she knows Christina isn’t coming because she’s her cousin and Christina appears at the party. The only thing I liked about this movie was that my favorite extra, Demetri Landell pops up in the movie. I hated this movie so much.

The Top 10 Best Films of 2018


10. A Quiet Place:

The simple premise of living in a world overrun by creatures that hunt with incredible hearing, and having to survive that is terrifying. This movie was really effective in the theater because the audience knows from the very beginning of the film that the smallest sound could mean death, and the fact that this movie grips you to your seat with barely any dialogue is impressive to me. And the fact that this is the directorial debut of Jim from “The Office”, John Krasinski- to me, that’s impressive.

9. Overlord:

A World War II action film mixed with zombies, this film was a lot of fun to watch and the film knew exactly what it was. This is a film that didn’t take itself too seriously, it gave some great action, and it dipped. And I respected “Overlord” for being able to do that.

8. Searching:

Finally, a found footage movie that’s actually effective! “Searching” takes the found footage genre and applies it effectively in the real world. In this movie, a father is searching for his missing daughter, and it’s nerve-wracking.

7. Teen Titans GO! To The Movies:

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the Teen Titans GO series, I grew up watching the original series, and I didn’t really get the appeal of Teen Titans Go, but this movie honestly surprised me! It poked fun at a lot of problems that DC Comics films have nowadays, it had great heart, and it even had a Stan Lee cameo segment that was hilarious to me!

6. Game Night:

This was one of my favorite comedies this year. The reason why the gags in this film works is because it has the blueprints of a murder mystery, but none of the characters are taking it seriously because they’re all over-competitive jerks… Especially Jason Bateman’s character who is competing against his more successful brother.

5. Ralph Breaks The Internet:

I was a huge fan of the original movie, “Wreck It Ralph”, but the reason why this movie works, is because unlike “The Emoji Movie” this movie understands the internet. The friendship between Ralph and Vanellope is sweet, and the animation is gorgeous.

4. Mission Impossible: Fallout:

This was the knuckles to the seat film of the year. Mission Impossible: Fallout might be my new favorite film in the series because this film humanizes the characters by exploiting their weaknesses during their missions. The dynamic of Tom Cruise and Henry Cavill was a highlight to me because their characters are polar opposites in every sense of the word.

3. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse:

See Sony, it’s really not that hard to make a Spider-Man movie! The style of the film is solid, and it also has a great story. This movie focuses on Miles Morales, which is a Spider-Man character I didn’t know a whole lot about. This movie is packed with a whole bunch of references, and Nicholas Cage as Spider-Man Noir was a true highlight for me.

2. Upgrade:

This was the sleeper hit of 2018 for me. This film follows the traditional revenge story, but adds a twist to it. It funny, violent, and nerve-wracking all at the same time. This movie is what “Venom” should’ve been. The cinematography by Leigh Whannell made this movie stand out in the crowd, and this movie has a clever twist that you don’t see coming.

1. Avengers: Infinity War:

The amount of superheroes that were able to fit on the screen is impressive to me, and this felt like a cool, popcorn action film. However, what separates this from the other Marvel movies is Josh Brolin’s Thanos, who is cool, calm, and collected villain that doesn’t have to shout, and gives a compelling reason why he wants the Infinity Stones. So, why is this movie number 1? Because it took a lot of balls to do the ending this film chose, and if you saw the movie, then you know what I’m talking about.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Movie Review


Plot Synopsis:

Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality (IMDb).


 I’ve got a weird relationship with Sony Pictures Animation… They’ve made great movies, like “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”, and they’ve also been responsible for the atrocity known as “The Emoji Movie”- so I’m sure you understand why I went into this movie being extremely cautious.

The first thing I’ll say about this movie is I really dug the visual style they went for as far as the look of the movie goes. It has a real comic book look to it that I really appreciated, however- that same style also made it difficult to see what’s going on in about the first ten minutes of the film. There were certain shots where it looked like it was supposed to be in 3-D, but it wasn’t finalized- however after that, the film looked fine to me.

Going back to style and look of the film, I appreciated the fact that there were comic book elements added, such as mental dialogue being shown in a boxed format, and some of the actions are written out like a real comic book- and I really appreciated that added touch. Speaking of which, there’s comic book-like origin stories for some of the other Spider-Men characters like Spider-Gwen, Penni Parker, Spider-Ham, and Spider-Man Noir (who’s voiced by Nicholas Cage).

There’s some Spider-Man references meticulously placed into this film in the form of quick visuals that if you’re keen to it, you’ll pick it up, if not the film will just move along.

Spider-Man is normally a funny character, and that’s certainly no exception with this film… this movie is laced with humor that works most of the time for me, and it reminds me of the comedy style in “The Lego Movie”, which is ironic considering that Phil Lord, who directs this film, also directed “The Lego Movie”.

The last thing I’ll say about this movie is while it’s super funny, there’s also some touching and serious moments in this film. When someone bites it, the impact is felt significantly- and it helps raise the stakes in the movie, you know besides making sure that the universe doesn’t end because of the space time continuum collapsing. The stakes are felt, and as an audience, we feel that.


The movie visually appealing for the most part, and it tells a great story while also balancing superhero action. It’s got plenty of humor and heart, and while I still can’t forgive Sony Pictures Animation for “The Emoji Movie” I will applaud their efforts in this film and give “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” a 9/10 or an A.


“Ralph Breaks the Internet” Review

Plot Synopsis:

In “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet–the Netizens–to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces–so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had (Rotten Tomatoes).


When I saw the trailer to “Wreck It Ralph” in 2012, it looked cute but I wasn’t quite sure how I was gonna feel about watching an animated movie full of video game references, but when I finally saw the movie on DVD- I was thoroughly shocked on how deep of a movie it was and I loved it. And with the sequel, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” I felt the same way!

The animation in this film is top notch and beautiful! There’s a lot of care and thought that went into this movie and you can really feel that! When Ralph and Vanellope get into the Internet, the world that’s created is truly breathtaking and it’s a visual sweet tooth’s dream! There’s a lot of visual gags and references that not only internet savvy people will get, but I believe a lot of people will see something they’ll understand!

The thing I really like about the plot in this film is there’s a clear understanding of the goal in the film. Sure, they may deviate from the main plot and they’ll explore various parts of the Internet, but it’s all for the big goal of buying a new steering wheel for Vanellope’s game. Another thing I like is there’s a clear understanding of the motivation for the characters: Wreck It Ralph wants to keep things the way it is, and Vanellope wants something new in her life- and these two different motivations cause conflict.

When I said the creators of the film put some thought and care into this, it wasn’t just the animation… it’s also for the culture of the Internet. There’s a scene where Ralph looks at comments from the knockoff YouTube site, and the way they handled trolls was a thousand times better than the lazy attempt “The Emoji Movie” did. The message behind the scene was that sure, the Internet can bring the worst out of people, but it’s not all bad.

The last thing I’ll say about this is I felt so many emotions in this film. I felt joy, happiness, laughter, and there were even scenes that made me shed a tear. The thing I love about this movie, and the previous movie, is the deeper messages hidden within. In “Wreck It Ralph” it was understanding who you really are, and accepting it. And in this one, it’s about the importance of friendship, and letting them do what makes them happy- even if it means you have to let them go for a bit.


I was rocking with a solid 9/10 or a 9.5/10 as the credit were rolling, but then something happened after the credits (that I obviously can’t talk about) and it bumped it up to a solid 10/10 A+ Grade.

This movie has a lot of heart, it’s gorgeous, it’s a lot of fun, and it has a positive and vital lesson that I feel like kids and people need to see!

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” Review

Plot Synopsis:

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans of raising pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world (Google).


This is the second installment of the Harry Potter spin-off series, Fantastic Beasts… or as I like to call it, the Harry Potter Pokémon series- and I gotta say, it’s not as bad as some of the critics are saying it is.

Some of the things I really like about the film is that David Yates does a good job directing this film. There’s some beautiful shots, and the visual effects look amazing in this movie.

Another thing I liked is that some of the creatures in this film are more interesting to me than some of the creatures in the first film. For instance, a creature I really liked was the Zouwu, which is this Chinese creature that’s a mix of a lion and a dragon.

Out of all his recent performances, this is Johnny Depp’s best as Grindelwald- he’s a charismatic villain with a silver tongue, and unless you’ve seen some of his heinous actions in the beginning of the film, you could fall under his spell.

Dan Fogler reprises his role as Jacob Kowalski, and I was annoyed that they brought him back at first, but I actually liked him a lot more in this movie. In the first Fantastic Beasts film he was the comedy relief, and in this film he’s often times the voice of reason. There’s even a scene I like where he’s giving Newt advice on how to talk to a girl he likes, and their dialogue together is hilarious!

The last thing I’ll say is there’s a major plot twist in the end that I did not see coming, and I’m interested to see how that plays into the next three films.

Now it’s time to get into the negatives: the story in this film feels all over the place to me, and it feels scatter brained, like there’s no consistency between ideas. Another issue I have is this film has way too many expositional scenes, or scenes involving flashbacks. There’s one scene where we’re given about five minutes of exposition, only for a character to say “actually this is how it happened” and we get ten minutes of flashbacks.


I’m hoping that this film is just a bump in the road, and that the next three films sort the story out, because this series doesn’t have any source material like the original series had.

If you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan, you’re going to like this a lot. If you’re just a casual viewer, this probably won’t be your cup of tea.

I’m giving “Fantastic Beasts 2” a 7/10 or a C.

Overlord (2018 Film) Review


With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that’s crucial to the invasion’s success. Tasked with destroying a radio transmitter atop a fortified church, the desperate soldiers join forces with a young French villager to penetrate the walls and take down the tower. But, in a mysterious Nazi lab beneath the church, the outnumbered G.I.s come face-to-face with enemies unlike any the world has ever seen. From producer J.J. Abrams, Overlord is a thrilling, pulse-pounding action adventure with a twist. (Rotten Tomatoes)


I’m going to be honest, when I saw the trailer to “Overlord” I thought they were making a live action version of the anime series… after that clearly didn’t become the case, I was skeptical about it because the zombie genre is one of my least favorite horror genres because of its over-saturation. I was also worried when I saw J.J. Abram’s name attached to it, because I thought they were gonna connect it to the convoluted Cloverfield series. And I’m here to tell you, this movie is actually pretty bad ass!

The movie hooks you right from the jump with this amazing plane sequence that’s chaotic, grisly, and violent… and it sets up the tone of the movie perfectly! The beginning of the film is all about getting you attached to these characters, that way when some of them meet their demise, it hits you hard. The thing I really like about this movie is that it presents real people- no one seems like a character to me. They all have their own personality that helps develop them as the movie continues. And the two characters I was attached to the most were Pvt. Boyce (Jovan Adepo) and Cpl. Ford (Wyatt Russell).

This film to me is 80% a World War II Film, and 20% is actually the zombie film. These zombies aren’t the slow walkers from “Night of the Living Dead” or “The Walking Dead” these are super soldiers that are fast, strong, and extremely dangerous. The zombies amplified the story without getting in the way, and I really appreciated that. The actor that played the villain, Pilou Asbæk, played a smarmy, vicious Nazi Captain, and he perfectly caused tension in the film.


Thankfully there was no Cloverfield connection, and this film balanced action and horror in a way that didn’t seem over-bearing. I’m going to give Overlord a 9/10 or an A.

It’s a fun popcorn film that embraces its B Movie status, and doesn’t try to be anything more than what it wants to be. So many movies try to be Shakespeare when they’re not, and I respect this movie for just going in, doing its job, and getting out.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Theatrical Release Review


Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, decides to spread Christmas joy to the world. But his well-meaning mission unwittingly puts Santa Clause in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for all good little boys and girls everywhere! Who will save Christmas? (Ben Fancher IMDB)


I remember the first time I saw “The Nightmare Before Christmas” was the summer of 2014 (ironic, I know) and I remember absolutely adoring it ever since. Now there’s been, naturally, a debate whether this is a Halloween or a Christmas movie… my input is that it can be both. My tradition has been to watch this film every Christmas because I’ve never been able to watch this on Halloween, until this year.

Well, I guess October 26 is close enough to Halloween. Originally I wasn’t going to do this review because I felt like there wasn’t going to be much input I could provide on here that I couldn’t already tell you from the 5 other viewings I’ve had of this film, but alas, by popular demand I’m doing this review to also add my theater experience to this review.

The stop-motion style of this movie is top notch, and it’s incredible that it still holds up even after its 1993 release. The thing I noticed about it on the big screen, rather than the small screen that I’m used to, is you can see more details on the characters, including rips and tears in the clothes.

The score in this movie is so good, that I actually own it on iTunes, but the sound quality is much better in the theater, the bass is boosted, and you can hear every individual instrument all around you. The musical parts seem natural, and it helps the exposition of the film as it goes along. “This is Halloween” Kidnap the Sandy Claws” “Oogie Boogie’s Song” and “Finale/ Reprise” are still my favorite songs off the score, and it was neat to be able to hear them and gage some of the audience reactions to see which songs they liked.


This is probably the most predictable review I’ve done, but since y’all wanted it y’all got it.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” is in my top 3 all-time favorite Tim Burton films along with “Edward Scissorhands” and “Beetlejuice” so this is already going to get a good grade.

I haven’t been able to see this in 3D yet, so until then it’s a 9/10 or an A.

Halloween (2018) Review

Plot Synopsis:

It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. Locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when his bus transfer goes horribly wrong. Laurie now faces a terrifying showdown when the masked madman returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, she’s ready for him. (Google)


Out of all the iconic slasher characters, Michael Myers has always scared me the most because of several factors of the character: the blank expressionless mask followed by the heavy breathing, how much of a giant he is, and the fact that you have no idea if he’s entirely human. Michael seems to have no real motive, and he’ll sit right up from a gunshot like The Undertaker and Kane- and the mysterious, unknown nature of the character has always frightened me. In this film, Michael Myers retains some of those same traits, but the film humanizes him a bit- he can still be wounded, but he’s like an uncaged animal- and if you wound him and corner him enough, he becomes even more dangerous than he already was. I also have to mention that the design of his mask in this film is incredible, it’s been aged and worn out to give it a gritty, grizzled look that works for this iteration of the character. Another cool thing is you never get a clear look at Myers’ face, you’ll get a profile, a close up of the side of his face, and shots of his glassy, dead looking eyes, and it leaves it to your imagination to fill in the blanks.

Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, and the way her character is portrayed is a breath of fresh air. Obviously she would be traumatized because of the near-fatal encounter she had with Michael in 1978, but that event has traumatized her so much that she’s become a walking embodiment of PTSD, and this trauma doesn’t just affect her- it affects her relationship with her family. Michael has gotten to Laurie in such a psychological way, that Laurie is alienated by her family due to her paranoia.

Another thing I like about this movie is John Carpenter’s score. It still retains the classic vibe of the 1978 film, but it’s been revamped in a modern way using electronic synths and violins, and an interesting thing to note is Carpenter’s son helped write the soundtrack with him.

Something I have to mention is the fact that there are some false jump scares, which is a modern horror trope that gets on my nerves, but there’s enough real genuine horror moments that outweigh those few moments I was annoyed at. Another thing that normally bugs me is when characters conveniently lose IQ points whenever they’re chased by the antagonist, but I won’t really hold that against the film because it honestly feels like it’s embracing that trope of the slasher franchise.

One thing I will hold against this film, however, is that flat ending this film delivers. Look, I know that the original film didn’t necessarily have the most concrete ending either, and this is obviously a tribute to that film, but the reason why this one is inexcusable to me is the fact that they zoom in on a character holding a knife… and that’s where they cut to credits. That frustrated me, because what am I supposed to take away from an ending like that?

I appreciate that this film wipes away the other movies in the franchise, and it makes Michael scary again, but that flat ending bugged the hell out of me, and you lose points for that.


Halloween (2018) is definitely going to make fans of the Halloween franchise happy, and there’s no doubt it’ll do well in the box office, but the biggest critique of mine is that ending.

So, I have no choice but to give this film a 8.5/10 or a B+

To get the full experience: watch the original film and listen to the song “Stabbing in the Dark” by Ice Nine Kills, and you’ll be all set to see this movie!

“The Haunting of Hill House” REVIEW| A Netflix Original Horror Series

Plot Synopsis:

Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it. (Netflix)


Normally on my blog I’ll do reviews for theatrical releases, however in rare cases I’ll review Straight To DVD Titles (case in point, see my review of “Batman Ninja”) and with something like Netflix’s “The Haunting of Hill House” I feel so profoundly to talk about this series, because this HAS to be talked about!

As many of you may know, I’m a huge fan of horror- I practically grew up on horror because my grandmother would let me watch old black and white horror films whenever I visited her. And for a while now, I haven’t really seen anything that had caused me the same terror as those movies did where I had to leave the lights on before I’d go to bed…. that is, until this series.

So, what makes this series so scary? For me, what makes this show incredibly terrifying, and downright horrifying is the blend of the supernatural along with the very real issues this family is plagued with both while living in the house, and even after leaving it. The house, we later find out, is very much a character itself and the impact it has on the family inhabiting it is very sinister. Some members of the Crane family do very dangerous stuff to themselves as a way to cope with what happened in the house, other members exploit it as a way to make a career. So yes, the ghosts, ghouls, and malevolent spirits are terrifying- but the scariest thing is the fact that this haunted house has tore apart this family in a truly tragic way.

The one thing this show definitely nails is the atmosphere, it makes you feel like you’re actually a resident in this haunted house. Another neat touch is if you pay close enough attention, you’ll see some specters lurking in the darkest corners of the house. Another thing that really helps build the atmosphere is the score in the series, it definitely sets the mood. Something else that this series does is produce horrifying images that will forever be burned into your brain, so if the atmosphere and mood doesn’t affect you, the disturbing visuals definitely will!

Another thing I like is, just like in the movie “Oculus”, this show jumps from the past to the present, back and forth in time almost seamlessly. Some people may have a problem with this, but for me it’s a great way to connect certain events together… one significant event being the reveal of The Bent Neck Lady’s identity, which got the biggest reaction from me.

Now while there are a few false jump scares (sorry, I gotta mention it) there’s still plenty of very real moments of terror to keep you gripped to your seat.


This is honestly one of the most terrifying shows I’ve seen in a while, and it’s definitely more effective than something like “The Nun” that I’ve seen this year- so I have no choice but to give “The Haunting in Hill House” a 10/10 or an A+. If you’re a fan of horror, you NEED to watch this series!