Tori has written 189 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • House

    House

    ★★★★

    Bananas!!!!!!!!!!!!

    tw/cw: Epilepsy warning
    blood

  • His House

    His House

    ★★★★

    Girl on the Third Floor wanted what this film had.

    tw/cw: blood/body horror
    child death
    racism

  • The Curse of Kazuo Umezu

    The Curse of Kazuo Umezu

    ★★★★

    Short and sweet with killer body horror, and both stories focused on girls?? You love to see it.

    tw/cw: blood/gore/body horror

  • May the Devil Take You

    May the Devil Take You

    ★★★★

    Everything about this was well done, from the acting, to the soundtrack. The characters were interesting, especially Alfie, and had so many great unnerving moments. Indonesian horror is really killing it, and I'm really interested to see the sequel soon!

    tw/cw: suffocation
    blood/gore/body horror
    Abusive type parent
    emetophobia

  • Over the Moon

    Over the Moon

    ★★★★

    Absolutely stunning animation, and just overall beautiful all the way around. I really hope that we keep getting animated films, and films in general, that highlight a certain culture so lovingly.

    tw/cw: Nothing except maybe flashing so epilepsy warning

  • Folklore: A Mother's Love

    Folklore: A Mother's Love

    ★★★★

    Joko Anwar continues to love spooky kids in horror, and I love it too. This does a killer job setting things up dropping breadcrumbs to make you think you've got it, and then pulling the rug out from under you. I loved the being focused on in this, and all of it was good and both heartwrenching and warming all at once.

    tw/cw: child death discussed
    unsanitary type stuff

  • Impetigore

    Impetigore

    ★★★★

    It was really delightful watching this with my best friend who is Indonesian, and rarely gets to see themselves and their family represented in film in general, but especially horror. The way they'd recognize certain words, and that the scenery reminded them of the pictures they'd seen, was all really cool.

    And on top of that, the film itself was excellently done, which is yet another reason it's so vital to have diverse films, especially with horror, because it brings…

  • Vampires vs. the Bronx

    Vampires vs. the Bronx

    ★★★★

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

    Finally the 'group of young boys on an adventure vs monsters' but for Black/PoC kids, and so much diversity therein. The kids are all great and endearing, as are all the characters, and I laughed out loud repeatedly. Using (white) vampires as a vehicle to talk about gentrification works really well, particularly having a white woman who seems like an ally winding up being the biggest antagonist of them all.

    tw/cw: Blood maybe??? Honestly there's not anything really much

  • La Llorona

    La Llorona

    ★★★★

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

    I've called films haunting in the past, but this one may truly take the cake when it comes to using that descriptor. Everything about it from beginning to end, and even past that with the beautiful song used for the credits, is deeply affecting in that way.

    Jayro Bustamante did a phenomenal job using the folklore of la llorona as a frame to examine real life atrocities that occurred in Guatemala. In fact, between the grounded nature of people demanding…

  • In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic '80s Horror

    In Search of Darkness: A Journey Into Iconic '80s Horror

    ★★★★

    I'd had a bout of horror films that I just did not enjoy for various reasons before starting this, and as such it could not have come at a better time for me. I adore horror for all it's greatness and faults, but my mood was low between the stint of ones that frustrated me more than thrilled me, as well as simply everything else happening at this point in time.

    This documentary reminded me, gleefully, of why I do…

  • Host

    Host

    ★★★★

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

    The whole cast and crew of this truly deserve so much kudos for making this work SO well with all the limitations it surely had to deal with. There was never a moment where I felt like it was lacking because of said limitations that were undoubtedly there, instead they made the utmost use of what they had to create something genuinely creepy and unnerving.

    A lot of that is in thanks to the actresses, which I love that the…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★

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

    Not only is this a romcom that I REALLY deeply enjoyed which is rare itself, but it also managed to make time loops interesting and never felt annoying or tiresome once throughout, which is also tough to do. I really love that it explores something that I don't see a lot, which is the comfort of what's known. I admittedly found myself wishing, as aggravating as it would also be, for the freedom of just not having to move forward.…