Tori has written 36 reviews for films rated ★★★★ during 2019.

  • You're Next

    You're Next

    ★★★★

    I'm so glad I decided to re-watch this one, I hadn't seen it since the year it came out. It almost seems like it's meant for this past 2019 year of horror films, it fits in very nicely with films like Ready or Not? and even Us to an extent. Fuck rich people 2011 an 2019, it never ends.

    tw/cw: blood/gore/body horror

  • Dead & Buried

    Dead & Buried

    ★★★★

    This film is one I'm surprised I haven't seen sooner, and I'm so glad I did finally. It's wild and I loved it. Very atmospheric and just unsettling before it absolutely pops off at the end.

    tw/cw: body horror/gore/blood

  • One Cut of the Dead

    One Cut of the Dead

    ★★★★

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

    Super fun and clever. At first I was truly uncertain about it, but then the more than got explained the more it all made sense (and made sense why people seemed to like it so much). It honestly by the end was extremely endearing just seeing how everyone managed to pull together and support each other to get through to the end.

    tw/cw: blood/gore/body horror/eye scream

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★

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

    Overall, I loved this. I loved the real feeling relationships between the girls, I loved that it brought in the very real problem of campus sexual assault as someone who in part decided not to go to university for that very reason. I loved the tools the girls used to defend themselves were things like keys, a taser, and then callbacks to the original like the plastic bag. I'm so glad there were WoC (though I was kind of hoping…

  • Slumber Party Massacre II

    Slumber Party Massacre II

    ★★★★

    If I were being seduced/threatened by a bad boy rocker with a sick guitar I would simply let it happen, rip to Courtney but I'm different.

    tw/cw: blood/gore/body horror
    nudity

  • Black Christmas

    Black Christmas

    ★★★★

    Prep for the remake!

    tw/cw: sexist/misogynistic language
    blood

  • Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

    Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell

    ★★★★

    I wonder if the creators of Train to Busan drew inspiration from this film, it reminded me of it in terms of the setting and just the reactions people had to fear and each other, etc. Not that it's a particularly new concept, but all the same. Always gotta be one asshole politician/business man.

    In any case, it was excellent in that sense, and also in the wild goo vampire alien sense. A little heavy handed sometimes with the point, but all the same.

    tw/cw: body horror/blood

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★

    Beautiful and heartbreaking, Taron really kills it as Elton.

    tw/cw: talk of suicide
    drinking/drug abuse
    abusive relationships

  • The Haunting in Connecticut

    The Haunting in Connecticut

    ★★★★

    One bright day in the middle of the night, two dead boys got up to fight.

    I could write an essay about how much I love this film and why but I'm also a tired bitch so just trust me on this: it's good.

    It made a huge impact on me the first time I watched it, we had rented it on DVD and because I knew we'd send it back the next day, I watched it again that night…

  • Culture Shock

    Culture Shock

    ★★★★

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

    This hit me in my weakness of 'supposedly bad man is actually soft and good' as well as Marisol overall as a character being the true hero all on her own by being herself and a mother. I love they didn't veer into white savior territory when they could've, and I extra love her getting to confront her abuser.

    tw/cw: rape/sexual assault
    blood/gore/body horror
    child death
    racism

  • Rift

    Rift

    ★★★★

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

    I think the truest testament to this film is that, while I guessed the twist early on, it did nothing to harm my enjoyment of the film. I even doubted my own suspicions at times, and regardless the film doesn't hinge on that one particular component. At it's core, it's about loss and guilt and struggle in a way that's very heartbreakingly real. Both as someone who's queer, but even more so with having a younger gay cousin who also,…

  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper

    Tales of the Grim Sleeper

    ★★★★

    I had no familiarity with this case at all, and this documentary did an excellent job of laying it out while allowing the black women of the community who did so much of the work and suffering ultimately to do with it tell their stories. Finally, after nobody listened for so long. Finding out how many women just vanished with no... reports or care given, that women who are sex workers and/or addicts aren't even considered worthy or human? Absolutely sickening.

    tw/cw: rape/sexual assault mention
    slurs