Tori has written 121 reviews for films during 2021.

  • The Dig

    The Dig

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Aside from making the Clearly Closeted Gay Man who is married to Lily James' character a real dick about it and thus sort of making him out to be the bad guy when it's undoubtedly more complicated than that at that time, this was fine. White Brits with mild drama about archeology and illness.

    tw/cw: N/A

  • The Field Guide to Evil

    The Field Guide to Evil

    ★★★

    As always with anthologies, not every one hits quite right, but if nothing else all this folklore was brand new to me, and really interesting. It made me curious to learn more about the inspirations for each segment, even if I wasn't a fan of the segment itself.

    tw/cw: animal death (livestock, dog)
    blood/gore/body horror
    eye scream

  • Finding 'Ohana

    Finding 'Ohana

    ★★★★

    Really sweet and heartwarming, while being genuinely funny as well without it being at anyone's expense. Pili is such an endearing and scene stealing lead.

    tw/cw: spiders

  • The Vanished

    The Vanished

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The bonkers ass fucking decisions made by the characters in this film are incredible in the worst way. It almost feels like they were trying to make a flipped horror film where the perspective is from the killers, but it's not clever enough even if that was the intention. The protagonists are just so fucking WEIRD and constantly make the worst decisions possible.

    Why does she fuckin go to the store, open and eat a candy bar, and then go…

  • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

    The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

    ★★½

    If not for Ray Harryhousen's excellent stop motion work I'd rate this even lower for blatantly just slapping a bunch of white people in turbans and acting like they're from Baghdad, and also the princess has absolutely no personality and deserved more characterization.

    But the stop motion IS really good, so there's that.

    tw/cw: Nothing rly

  • Dear White People

    Dear White People

    ★★★

    I finally watched this far later than I should have tbh, but sadly of course it's still just as relevant as it ever was.

    tw/cw: racism
    homophobic slurs

  • Haunt

    Haunt

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I could've done without seeing this since I'm sick of Eli Roth pretending he's a Master of Horror when he's not shit but unfortunately here we are and it was Not good the only interesting thing about it was that people working there looked like their masks and that was not enough to save how many people made bad decisions.

    Also can we retire the 'fat guy is the asshole' trope can you imagine if his character and the muscled guy were switched?? That alone could've made things a little more interesting.

    tw/cw: blood/gore

  • Uncle Peckerhead

    Uncle Peckerhead

    ★★★

    A surprisingly both heartwarming and then somewhat heartbreaking film that I was a bit slow to warm up to, but got there. It's fun, and has a wild time with the gore. Plus it's queer!

    tw/cw: blood/gore/body horror
    unsanitary type stuff

  • The Babysitter: Killer Queen

    The Babysitter: Killer Queen

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I only watched this despite being iffy on the original solely because of Samara, and jokes on my gay ass, she's barely in it.

    I liked the addition of Jenna Ortega a lot, and this one felt less buried in as many references as they could possibly smash into a script, but stuff like 'boy is shocked to learn girl has seen Terminator 2' still just feels so much in that vein of people who still believe ""nerds"" are punished…

  • Halloween: Resurrection

    Halloween: Resurrection

    ★★½

    While in theory this could've been a fun way to revitalize the series, it didn't manage to succeed in that. And killing Laurie off in the first 5 minutes when she's on the POSTERS is such a cruel way to do it.

    But hey, the one Black guy isn't the first to die and in fact survives to the end which is more than you can say about a lot of horror films so I have to give it that.

    tw/cw: epilepsy warning
    blood

  • Guns Akimbo

    Guns Akimbo

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I didn't want to watch this due to the director turning out to be such an asshole, which I still maintain outweighs anything, but if you want to torrent this for the good actors in it including Samara Weaving being hot as fuck as always and Rhys Darby then hey, not a bad way to do it.

    Really not a fan of the only Black person in this being ""bad"" and getting killed though, nor Nix sacrificing herself.

    tw/cw: blood/gore
    ableist slurs/language

  • Grizzly

    Grizzly

    ★★½

    I weirdly enjoyed this more than I figured, as I am notoriously against demonizing animals in horror AND I love bears. It's very much wanting to be Jaws, and while there's some eh stuff involving the one woman character who is nowhere to be found by the end of things, and a woman trooper makes the excellent decision to strip to her undies and play in a waterfall while she's meant to be looking for the bear, the dynamic between the main three men is pretty enjoyable. Prine especially.

    Also the ending was A Lot.

    tw/cw: nudity
    animal death
    racial slurs