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Fast Five Review: Get Out

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Get Out

Horror | 2017
Reviewed by Michelle

Chris is an African-American photographer; his girlfriend of five months, Rose, is white. And rich. When Rose invites him to spend the weekend at her family’s sprawling country estate, Chris is reluctant. What if they’re racist? Has Rose even told her family he’s black? But as the weekend drags on, Chris realises that he’s going to have much more to deal with than awkward conversations…

1) Did you like it?

Yep. I’m not even a horror fan and I loved Get Out.

2) Why?

Here’s the spoiler free version: Get Out is a film about racism in every form – from the well-intentioned racism of young, “woke” white people trying (and failing) to do the right thing, to awkward dinner party conversations, to racial violence and slavery. It’s smart and scary and it’ll make you think.

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You’re into films that have you on the edge of your seat…not only because they’re scary, but also because they make you aware of uncomfortable truths about yourself and your society.

4) This movie made me think about…

Lots. Get Out is a nailbiter of a film that will have you thinking about it long after your nails have grown back. Make sure you Google the film’s alternate endings, too. Yikes.

5) Overall rating?

4.5-stars

Fast Five Review: Penny Dreadful Season 1 (2014)

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Reviewed by Nick

1. Did you like it?

Yes.

2. Why/Why not?

Victorian London complete with vampires, monsters, and deals with the devil. With new twists on familiar characters it makes the setting accessible for those new to the genre as well as those who are old hands. There are innumerable incarnations of vampires, demons, and mad scientists set within a reasonably faithful depiction of 19th century London.

3. This TV series made me think …

Of Pride and prejudice and zombies.

4. You would like this series if …

You are a fan of traditional horror stories and unconventional period pieces. Penny Dreadful were originally cheap stories produced for the increasingly literate British working classes of the time. You can find many example through Project Guttenberg.

5. Stars out of five?

Four

Fast Five Review: The Conjuring (2013)

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Reviewed by Celia

1. Did you like it?

Yes

2. Why/Why not?

This movie was actually terrifying. I didn’t think it would be but I was soon only watching it with my face half buried in the blankets.

3. You would enjoy this movie/TV series/CD if…

Horror. Don’t watch it if you don’t love being scared out of your wits.

4. This movie/TV series/CD made me think…

That I would need to watch a comedy afterwards. It also made me think of what I’d seen the actors in previously – the mum in the movie is also in ‘Six Feet Under’.

5. Stars out of five?

3.5 Good for a a cheap thrill.

Stay tuned!  The Conjuring is coming to DVD in November.