Monday, April 22, 2024

My Review of Late Night With The Devil (2023)

 


Written And Directed by Colin Cairnes And Cameron Cairnes

Jack: "Ladies and gentlemen, please stay tuned for a live television first as we attempt to commune with the Devil."

Time for a horror trip, and what a trip of a movie this one turned out to be. Formatted in a documentary style, here was a movie about a show where the unimaginable happened on live air.

The show in question being late night show, Night Owls where the host, Jack Delroy (David Dastmalchian) was not only dealing with the loss of his wife, Madeleine (Georgina Haig) but also his talk show in desperate need of ratings. Cue Halloween night.

A night appropriate for some spooky shenanigans, Jack's first guest included a psychic named Christou (Fayssal Bazzi) who tried to talk to the audience with spirits that had mixed results. The mixed results being something that the second guest of the night was willing to use to their advantage.

Former magician turned skeptic Carmichael Haig (Ian Bliss) was a bit too happy to denounce Christou's psychic abilities and was even more keen to antagonise Jack at every turn. As the movie progressed, this would be something that Carmichael would deeply regret.

The main crux of the movie however involved Jack's interview with Dr June Ross-Mitchell (Laura Gordon) and a young girl named Lilly (Ingrid Torelli). Lily in particular played host to a demon named Mr Wriggles and when the latter came out to play, shit went down in the studio and even Carmichael's attempt to disprove it with poor Gus (Rhys Auteri) went horribly wrong.

It's really the final act that made this whole movie for me. The terror of Lilly's possession along with Jack's connection with The Grove, along with the price of his fame and the last scene. Let's just say this movie ended on a very appropriately dark note.

- Lilly had been held prisoner by a Satanic church that worshipped Abraxas before she was rescued by June. June wrote a book called Conversation With The Devil.
David Dastmalchian got cast as Jack Delroy due to the directors reading article he wrote for Fangoria about late night regional horror TV hosts.
- The Grove in here were a reference to a real life sect of a similar name.
- Chronology: Halloween 1977. Despite being an American movie set in New York City, this was filmed in Melbourne, Australia.

Late Night With The Devil might be one of the creepiest horror movies to come out this year. The studio setting along with the time period worked brilliantly. David Dastmalchian gave such a brilliant performance and that end scene was brutal. I loved this one.

Rating: 9 out of 10 

Sunday, April 21, 2024

My Review of Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver (2024)

 


Written by Shay Hatten And Kurt Johnstad And Zack Snyder 
Directed by Zack Snyder

Kora: "Their nightmare is you and I fighting together."
Jimmy: "You must know, you cannot win."

Has it really been four months since the first part of this wannabe Star Wars saga? Yes, it has and in that time, we've also Dune Part II finally get released too. Okay, enough snarking, review time, lads.

Four months might have passed between releases of this series but time has moved slower here. First of all, secondary baddie Atticus Noble (Ed Skrein) was revealed to be alive and needless to say, he was determined to get both the Scargiver and nuke the planet/moon Veldt and not entirely in that order.

The Scargiver being deserter soldier, Kora/Arthelais (Sofia Boutella), who with her own band of misfits and warriors were going to be a massive pain in the backside for Noble and still largely unseen Regent Balisarius (Fra Free). I mean, they're really holding off that inevitable reunion between Kora and Balisarius for a reason, but the little we actually saw here left a lot to be desired.

Kora's crew again comprised of General Titus (Djimon Hounsou), skilled assassin Nemesis (Doona Bae), slave Prince Tarak (Staz Nair), soldier Millius (Elise Duffy) and humble farmer, Gunnar (Michiel Huisman). Yeah, it's them along with Sam (Charlotte Maggi), Aris (Sky Yang) and Jimmy the mechanical Knight (Anthony Hopkins) along with glorified redshirts to keep Veldt from getting massacred by Noble and company.

The first of this movie felt like a lot of padding. Between an overemphasised montage of wheat collecting and well intended flashbacks sloppily done, I felt like some of the first half could've been shorter. As for the second half, I had the opposite issue to be honest.

If the first half dragged like hell to get to the main battles, the second half almost went overboard with it. Yes, it descended into mindless violence, certain characters died and others that were assumed to be dead. Well, one of them turned out to be alive and there's the hook for the next movie.

- The director cuts for both parts will be released on Netflix later in the summer. You'll get six hours of this.
- Kora "killed" Princess Issa in flashbacks and I actually thought the character was going to regenerate. The romance with Kora and Gunnar was very rushed.
- I did like the various banners that Sam made for the characters.  It seemed like a secondary romance between her and Aris was being hinted at.
- The Bloodaxes have done sweet naff all to help so far. Maybe the cuts are where they're better utilised.
- Zack Snyder has mentioned wanting this to be a six movie saga. Now whether Netflix let that happen is another thing.
- Chronology: Essentially where the first movie left off. Not a lot of time passed either. 

Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver should've been a marked improvement on an underwhelming first entry. Look, I've seen worse movies but this wasn't good. It should've been but it's all over the freaking place and if I were Netflix, I'd be hesitant to continue this franchise unless major improvements were made to it.

Rating: 6 out of 10

My Review of Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)

 


Written by Joseph Stefano
Directed by Mick Garris

Norman (to Fran): "Oh, I've killed before and now, I'm gonna have to do it again."

Into the fourth movie of this series and we got something that not only served as a prequel but also a sequel that only went and ignored the previous two sequels. Don't you just love it when a horror franchise does that?

Ignoring the crazy aunt that pretended to be his mother, we have a Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) who was released from the asylum he had spent a long time in calling a late night radio show, hosted by Fran Ambrose (CCH Pounder). This would be the main plot of this movie.

The radio show in question was about men who killed their mothers, a topic that Norman was well versed in and one where he was better to articulate than the experts Fran had on her show. Fran got so enamoured with Norman, the experts themselves were almost quickly written out of the movie to accommodate Norman himself.

Getting to the prequel aspect of the film we had a lot of flashbacks with a young Norman (Henry Thomas) and the toxic, co-dependent relationship with his mother Norma (Olivia Hussey). Throughout the flashbacks we had Norma emasculate her son incessantly, only for Norman to eventually snap and kill both Norma and her lover, Chet Rudolph (Thomas Schuster). To be fair, Norma had it coming.

Of course Mommy Dearest and her feckless boyfriend weren't the only victims of Norman's in flashbacks. Norman's dalliances with two different women, spurred his "mother" persona into murder. Then there was also the fact that Fran realised Norman was on the verge of killing again.

The would be victim being Norman's own wife, Connie (Donna Mitchell). Norman was tempted to murder his wife because she fell pregnant against his wishes and a reunion between the couple in the Bates family home really could've the same way as the sequels did. Norman came close to succumbing to his mother yet again before choosing a different path.

- The writer for this movie was the same as the original movie. However this aired on Showtime instead of being a theatrical release.
- Janet Leigh (Marion Crane from the first movie) did an introduction for the movie's broadcast.
- Anthony Perkins has a different pitch that was more akin to a black comedy that the studio rejected in favour of what we ended up.
- Chronology: 1940, 1949, 1951 and 1990. Norman's birthday factored into the movie, set during one night.

Psycho IV: The Beginning does feel like a marked improvement on the previous movie and managed to pull off the prequel with a sequel idea rather well. Anthony Perkins gave a strong final performance as his most infamous character with Henry Thomas, Olivia Hussey and CCH Pounder all providing fantastic support. It's a bit underrated this one.

Rating: 7 out of 10 

Saturday, April 20, 2024

My Review of Immaculate (2024)

 


Written by Andrew Lobel
Directed by Michael Mohan

Sister Cecelia: "I know God saved me for a reason but I'm still searching for what that reason is."

Time for a religious experience. I'm sure this film won't be unsettling at all. Well, that a brief hope but then we had an opening scene where poor Sister Mary (Simona Tabosa) got buried alive for trying to escape a Roman Catholic convent. That scene alone was the tip of the brutalness we'd get here.

For the main focus pivoted around a young nun named Cecelia (Sydney Sweeney). An American nun who was brought to the same Roman Catholic convent that Sister Mary failed to escape from. For Sister Cecelia, she was about to undergo one hellish experience throughout the movie.

The experience being a mysterious pregnancy and one that Father Sal Tedeschi (Alvaro Morte) would take an overt interest. During the first half of this movie he appeared to be an ally to Cecelia, sympathetically listening to what drove her into the church in the first place but then, Cecelia's miraculous pregnancy changed everything at the convent.

There was fellow Sister Isabelle (Guilia Heathfield Di Renzi) trying to murder Cecelia and berating the latter for being chosen instead of her while poor Sister Gwen (Benedetta Porcaroli) also paid the price for trying to warn about the strange goings on. Of course, for Cecelia, it'd only get worse.

With her health getting worse, nuns dying around her and a conveniently placed warning via 2 Corinthians 11: 14, it turned out that Cecelia's pregnancy was more planned than divine intervention. I mean, not that much of a shocker but for poor Cecelia, finding out that she was a pawn in a much larger scheme wasn't what she was hoping for.

The idea of the convent using nuns to try and bring about the next messiah was delightfully demented as an idea. No wonder Cecelia ended up snapping as she ended up killing Deacon Enzo (Giuseppe Lo Piccolo), the Mother Superior (Dora Romano) and of course, the mastermind himself, Tedeschi while the birth scene itself and how Cecelia dealt with the "miracle" ended this movie on a dicey note.

- Sydney Sweeney auditioned for this movie a decade ago, it didn't work out back then and a few years ago she got a director and the movie made.
- The movie literally has it's own "twin movie" with The First Omen, which came out the same month and with the same idea.
- Standout music: Carol Of The Bells and Ave Maria, the latter used in an unsettling way.
- Chronology: I initially thought this was going to be a movie set in the past but a few incidents did indicate it was a present day story.

Immaculate made for a rather creepy look into religious horror, evoking a seemingly forgotten subgenre of film while giving a stellar performance from Sydney Sweeney and good scares and gore. However the third act/trimester did feel a tad rushed but other than that, I liked this one.

Rating: 8 out of 10

My Review of Psycho III (1986)

 


Written by Charles Edward Pogue
Directed by Anthony Perkins 

Sheriff Hunt: "Why, Norman, why? Good God son. You'll never get out again. We're gonna have you locked up forever."
Norman: "But I'll be free. I'll finally be free."

Following the events of the previous movie, any hope for Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) to be rehabilitated had gone out the window. He had relapsed and murdered Emma Spool (Claudia Bryar) and was keeping her body like he had done with his mother beforehand.

On top of that, he had more threats coming out of the woodwork. Emma's disappearance had been noted and none more than by journalist Tracy Venable (Roberta Maxwell), who seemed determined to prove that Norman was bad again. Unfortunately for Norman, she wasn't the only problem he had to face in this movie.

Norman also had to deal with the slippery wannabe musician Duane Duke (Jeff Fahey) who charmed himself into Norman's good graces by getting a job at the motel but then also teamed up with Tracy to stab him in the back. Duane however overplayed his hand when he realised that Norman didn't respond well to blackmail.

With two foils for Norman, there was also the fallen nun Maureen Coyle (Diana Scarwid). Yes, she looked too much like Marion Crane and there was certainly a point to that too. It also didn't take too long for Norman to fall in love with her, sleep with her as well as save her from a suicide attempt.

Norman's love story with Maureen certainly presented a new element to the character but his issues towards women and sex were further compounded by his mother's influence on him. Needless to say, it didn't end well for Maureen and it nearly didn't end well for Tracy either, until Norman broke his mother's hold on him.

The last scene where he was arrested by Sheriff Hunt (Hugh Gillin) seemed more like a victory for Norman where he admitted to finally being free. Also the movie's decision to reverse the Emma Spool revelation from the last one was a wise decision.

- Anthony Perkins made his director debut with this movie. He'd only direct one more prior to his death. He wanted it in black and white but Universal said no.
- Was it me or did the opening scene feel like a homage to The Exorcist? I thought I was watching the wrong movie at first.
- The last movie for Virginia Gregg who played Norma Bates in the first three movies.
- Chronology: A month has passed since the events of the second movie.

Psycho III certainly did it's best to keep up the momentum from the last one and I did appreciate the continuity from it. It's not quite as strong but in spite of his technical inexperience, I think Anthony Perkins did a decent job pulling double duty here.

Rating: 6 out of 10 

Friday, April 19, 2024

My Review of Baby Reindeer (2024)

 


Written by Richard Gadd
Directed by Weronika Tofilska And Josephine Bornebusch

Donny: "Ladies and gentlemen, this is, uh, my stalker. Say hello to Martha."

Ah, Netflix. This month you spoil us with two shows focusing on male protagonists and very different ones too. While Ripley revelled in a cold and chilling turn with a murderous main character, this show went in a darker route without murder on the table.

The premise seemed simple. You had aspiring comedian Donny Dunn (Richard Gadd) working in a pub where one day he showed a bit of kindness to a sad woman named Martha Scott (Jessica Gunning). It was a kindness that Donny would soon regret when Martha would become fixated with him, a fixation that got extreme as the seven part series progressed.

Throughout the series, we saw Donny both try to fend off Martha's volatile advances while somewhat being fascinated by her obsession with him. However with Martha revealed as a lawyer with a history of stalking and a better knowledge of the law that Donny, it was hard for the latter to get the authorities to take his plight seriously. That's often the most frustrating but realistic part of this series.

Martha's obsession with Donny not only had him suffer but the loved ones around him. Throughout the series we get to see his relationships with an ex girlfriend named Keeley (Shalom Brune-Franklin) and her mother, Liz (Nina Sosanya) as well as his parents, Gerry (Mark Lewis Jones) and Elle (Amanda Root) and the effect Martha's reign of terror would have on them as well.

A big relationship that was emphasised was Donny's relationship with a transwoman named Teri (Nava Mau). It's a beautiful relationship, sadly marred by Martha's presence but also one where Donny got some insight into his bisexuality. There's a gorgeously written coming out scene that Donny had with his parents in the last episode, coupled by a funny moment where Gerry encouraged his son to win Teri back. 

The highlight of the series though came at some of the most brutal moments and they stemmed from Donny being mentored by TV writer Darrien (Tom Goodman-Hill), with the former being sexually assaulted by the latter. There's a scene where Donny broke down at a competition and went into painful, raw detail about his attack to a moved crowd that might contain one of the best performances I've seen in a long time.

By the time the series came to its conclusion, Donny's life had gotten better through getting work and Martha being charged for her relentless harassment of him and his loved ones but the end scene. That scene really added a very complicated sting to a compelling series.

- The series was largely based on Richard Gadd's own experience with a stalker. I did like how he's talked about giving Martha layers as a character.
- The title for the show got explained in the finale. It involved Martha having a toy Reindeer that gave her comfort as a child.
- Donny gave Martha a cup of tea as well as free diet Coke when she visited the Harp. A barman gave Donny a free double Vodka and Coke.
- At least two of the episodes have the link www.wannatalkaboutit.com 
- Throughout the episodes, there's a lot of emails shown onscreen between Donny and Martha.
- Chronology: August 2015 to March 2017, detailing Martha's obsession with Donny. Edinburgh and London based.

Baby Reindeer might easily be the best series of 2024 so far and there's still eight months left in the year. Star making performances from Richard Gadd and Jessica Gunning along with an unflinching look into stalking, mental health, sexual assault and coming to terms with sexuality, this show's an absolute must see.

Rating: 10 out of 10

My Review of Psycho II (1983)

 


Written by Tom Holland 
Directed by Richard Franklin

Norman: "I don't kill people anymore."

I've been meaning to rewatch this series and review the sequels for a while. Advance warning: I actually dig sequels to a movie that didn't need them in the first place. It's largely down to Anthony Perkins of course. 

Over twenty years after the events of the first movie, a seemingly rehabilitated Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) has been released from the asylum and needless to say, he's got quite the battle ahead of him. It's a battle from different sides.

For Norman, there's an effort on his part to atone for his actions by working in a diner and it's there where Norman struck up an unlikely friendship with young waitress Mary Samuels (Meg Tilly). Perhaps he saw Mary as a means of amending what he did to Marion all those years ago.

However in spite of his best intentions to get on with his life, others weren't so keen on letting him be. Former motel manager Warren Toomey (Dennis Franz) went out of way to antagonise Norman and later ended up dead as a result and worse than that, Norman was both seeing and getting phone calls from his "mother", which did a number on his sanity.

Of course the main reveals from this sequel came in pairs. First of all, it was disgruntled Lila Loomis (Vera Miles) who was behind Norman's distress for most of this movie along with the reveal of Mary being her daughter. Mary felt bad about her part in Norman's downward spiral but it came at a massive to both of them.

As for the real big twist. No, it wasn't Norman eventually snapping and reverting back to his dependency on his mother. Instead it was the reveal of Emma Spool (Claudia Bryar) being supposedly Norman's real mother and the actual killer in this movie. I'm not sure I liked that reveal in itself but the aftermath of it certainly ended the movie on a macabre note that worked for me.

- The book Psycho II came out a year before this movie was released with an entirely different plot and outcome for Norman.
- Anthony Perkins son, Oz played a younger version of Norman during the movie as well.
-  This sequel would've been a TV movie had they not gotten Anthony Perkins to play Norman Bates again.
- Chronology: 22 years since the events of the first Psycho movie. Sam Loomis died between movies.

Psycho II easily could've been a disastrous sequel but it more than acquitted itself. Both Anthony Perkins and Meg Tilly (who apparently didn't get along) are excellent and play off each other so well. There's a tragedy in Norman trying his hardest to be good, nearly succeeding and slipping back to his old ways. 

Rating: 8 out of 10 

Thursday, April 18, 2024

My Review of American Horror Story: Delicate - Little Gold Man

 


Written by Halley Feiffer 
Directed by Jennifer Lynch 

Siobhan (to Anna): "Congratulations. Go get that high road, baby."

After last week's episode, I was hoping this would have a bit more bite to it and it kind of ... didn't.  Awards season really came and went and speaking of the latter, the timing of Anna going into labour certainly worked out. Just not for her.

Of course this was another episode where the strangest of things was happening to Anna, people kept warning her that she was in danger and she made no effort to try and prepare herself. The Oscars stuff fell surprisingly flat with Anna predictably winning for The Auteur after she effectively sold her baby to Siobhan.

Speaking of Siobhan, we're eight episodes in and the most interesting thing happened with her here and funnily, it didn't involve Anna. Instead, it involved a trip back in time where she had a similar relationship to Mia Farrow that she had with Anna in the present day. The movie she worked with Mia will not shock in the slightest. After all this season has largely been riffing off that movie in particular.

When Anna wasn't selling her baby to Siobhan and going into labour, she made an effort to try and seek out Ms. Preacher after the latter disrupted Virginia's funeral. Not that much came out of it as Preacher ended up being taken away by the women.

Fortunately, Anna's confrontation with Cora fared a bit better. Cora revealed as Anna's stalker but not actually involved with the women and Dr Hill was a bit surprising. Cora being Dex's mistress was a tad disappointing but of course, Dex had to be a cheater. This season definitely hasn't portrayed any of the male characters positively.

Anyways with Oscar wins, more crazy hallucinations and Siobhan and the women circling in on Anna, I'm definitely ready for this season to wrap up. I do have a feeling though the ending might quite deliver as it should do. I hope I'm wrong.

- In the opening flashback we saw Mia Farrow, Frank Sinatra, Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. Mia was filming Rosemary's Baby.
- The Academy Awards presenter who gave Anna her win was Hamish Linklater. He's the husband of series alumni Lily Rabe, who the show needs to get back next season.
- Anna hallucinated seeing black skin on her legs as well as both Babette and her mother at the Oscars.
- No Ivy, Sonia, Nicolette, Talia or Kamal in this episode.
- Crass of Dex being the one to get Cora the apartment next door as well as giving her access to spy on him and Anna.
- Chronology: 1967 Manhattan in flashbacks and 2024 in the present day. Anna's thirty weeks pregnant.

Little Gold Man did feel like a step down after the brilliant previous episode. Overall, I'm not confident this season will be a fan favourite, even in retrospect and I worry the finale will be a letdown. I hope that's not the case.

Rating: 6 out of 10 

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

My Review of Mary & George: "War"

 


Written by D.C. Moore And Laura Grace
Directed by Florian Cossen 

King James (to George): "An old fool's lust blinded me, but now I see. You're the traitor."

It's been seven episodes but I went the slow path and chose to watch this on a weekly basis. I think that was a good decision. This finale certainly brought things to a fiery ending for both George and King James.

Their relationship had effectively soured between episodes with James in isolation in the woods and George getting a bit too big for his boots and acting like the King himself. That of course would backfire on him here. Sadly for George, not everyone shared his ambition.

Trying to get Charles married to the Spanish Princess came to a screeching halt this week and George only made the situation worse. He pretty much exaggerated to Charles why the marriage wouldn't go ahead and he effectively declared war on Spain in the King's. Of course, Mary tried to step in to save the monster she created but it was definitely a case of too little and too late.

George would no longer listen to her and her attempts to manipulate the King were initially countered by George fucking him in the woods. Then word of war with Spain got out and whatever hold George had on the King was gone in an instant. James had quite the wake up call. He even stripped George of his titles but before he could put his lover to death, things went badly for the King.

Yes, George proved that power always meant more than any loyalty to the King. George didn't hold back on killing King James and he almost got away with it. Given the amount of lives that George ruined in his mother's (and his own) quest for power, there's a suitable irony in his death coming a very unexpected person. 

As for Mary, she didn't quite suffer as much as the King or her son, but it's clear that Sandie's death affected more than she wanted to admit, along with knowing that George had a part in it. That and her inability to get the King back on side and her son's demise. Whatever she achieved definitely came with a hefty price overall.

- Sir Francis Bacon was missing his nose and had the stench of death. Mary saw that as enough reason not to kill him.
- George's second child was born shortly before his own demise while him and Charles were likened to brothers.
- George had flashbacks of various men and women he fucked over the years during this episode.
- Chronology: The series ended with 1628, marking George's death.

War marked a very strong ending for the series. Throughout these seven episodes, Julianne Moore, Nicholas Galitzine and Tony Curran delivered with their performances and didn't put a foot wrong. I had a great time with this show.

Rating: 8 out of 10

Monday, April 15, 2024

My Review of Venom (2018)



Written by Jeff Pinkner And Scott Rosenberg And Kelly Marcel
Directed by Ruben Fleischer

Eddie: "All right, fine, I'm sorry. So, what do you want to do now?"
Venom: "The way I see it, we can do whatever we want."

With the MCU having their way with everyone's favourite Web slinger and Tom Holland proving successful in that role, of course Sony weren't going to sit back and let the rest of the IP do nothing. This line of thinking has been a blessing and a curse for them.

With Sony garnering success with Miles Morales in the Spiderverse movies, for live action,  the idea was to play around with some of Peter Parker's known villains turned antiheroes for ideas. Starting with one of his biggest rivals made sense.

Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) was a smart mouth journalist who rubbed people up the wrong way but seemed to have the charm to fall back on. He also had a loving girlfriend named Anne Weying (Michelle Williams) but when Eddie pissed off the wrong guy aka, Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed), his relationship with Anne soon ended.

Eddie's mistrust of Drake however ended up being justified as the latter had found an alien parasite from space and he wasted no time callously using unwitting subjects to experiment on with it. One of the parasites named Venom attached itself to Eddie when Drake's scientist Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate) let him investigate the Life Foundation. Needless to say, this was where the movie picked up.

Eddie's symbiotic relationship with Venom definitely provided a source of comedy, battle of wits, a team up with Anne and her new man, Dr Dan Lewis (Reid Scott) and of course, the wrath of a very annoyed Drake. Oh and when Eddie wasn't trying to calm Venom's almost insatiable appetite, there was also another parasite named Riot that took control of Drake with similar results.

While this movie certainly has the entertainment factor, it's the big battle where things went off the rails. Carlton Drake isn't particularly intimidating to begin and his possession of Riot isn't as well thought out as it could've been. The fights between Venom and Riot alone are surprisingly rushed in a rather flat third act. 

On the plus side, once the big fight was dealt with, Eddie managed to get back into Anne's good grace and strike a compromise with his new best friend. We even got a scene where the pair help snarky convenience store owner, Mrs Chen (Peggy Lu) from getting robbed without killing. 

- Mid credit scene had Eddie make a prison visit to serial killer Cletus Kassady (Woody Harrelson) who promised "Carnage".
- Post credit sequence was a long clip for Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse
- Stan Lee had a brief cameo near the end of the movie, walking g a dog and talking to Eddie.
- John Jameson (Chris O'Hara) appeared at the start of the movie to introduce the symbiote into things.
- Standout music: Enimem's Venom and Pusha T's No Problem.
- Chronology: There's a six month time jump during the movie.

Venom definitely has an entertaining factor that for the most along with a lively lead performance from Tom Hardy does carry this movie more than it should. The third act is a letdown with Riot being a poor counter villain and the love story with Anne does feel a tad tacked on. Saying that, the fun factor does outweigh logic gaps and certain creative choices.

Rating: 7 out of 10