31 Days of Halloween — Day 16: Better Watch Out (2017) — by Sal Roma

HMP Better Watch OutEditor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by a long-time listener and friend of the show who goes by the screen-name “Sal Roma” … You can follow Sal on Twitter @JTalley986 and on Letterboxd at @Sal_Roma.

 


Title: Better Watch Out
Year: 2017
Country: Australia
Director: Chris Peckover

Warning: Review Contains *Spoilers* – But They Are Clearly Marked.

When it comes to 2017 horror, there’s been a handful of movies I’ve been really excited about at one time or another. At the start of the year, it was Get Out. Later on in the year, it was movies such as It Comes At Night, Cult of Chucky, and even The Ice Cream Truck. However, the movie I’ve been anticipating the longest has been Better Watch Out or, as it was titled last year during it’s festival run, Safe Neighborhood. A horror movie set on Christmas and starring the two siblings from The Visit? Sounds awesome. After such a long wait, there was some fear that perhaps the film would be built up too much in my head and would ultimately become a disappointment. Much to my happiness, not only did Better Watch Out live up to the expectations, it exceeded them.

Despite being psyched for Better Watch Out for a solid year, I knew virtually nothing about it beforehand. I knew that The Visit siblings, Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould, were the two stars (which was slightly wrong since Oxenbould played the role of the best friend of the main male star). It was obviously set around Christmas time with a break-in, of some sorts, creating the main turmoil for the film. The early going is enjoyable, but slightly underwhelming as twelve year old, Luke, is desperately trying to woo his five years older babysitter, Ashley (DeJonge) prior to the break-in disturbance. Luke’s attempts to set the mood are cringey to say the least. With each attempt, it gets more and more awkward to watch while at the same time, it’s very innocent and realistic to some extent. It’s relatable to have that early crush when you have zero chance with her. The break-in with the masked intruder created some effective tension scenes as Ashley and Luke attempt to avoid being caught, but ultimately I felt the film was shaping up to be a bit too repetitive with the duo constantly having to sneak around and Luke trying to prove to Ashley that he can be the man that will save her. Due to the age difference, you know they won’t get together, so I was unsure of where they could possibly go with the story to keep it fresh. Where they went is where the massive spoilers begin. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I greatly recommend you watch it first.
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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 109: Split (2017) and The Bye Bye Man (2017) and The Best Damn 2017 Horror Preview on the Internet

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Happy 2017! We usually at least feign humility on HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, but this four-hour and thirty minute episode has to be The Best Damn 2017 Horror Preview on the Internet. Or at least the most thorough. Damn right!

New listeners may find this particular episode to be quite unusual because we spend much of the time simply talking about release titles and dates, rather than reviewing movies, but there is also plenty of discussion about our most anticipated upcoming films when Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock, and Wolfman Josh begin with the first Friday in January and discuss just about every known horror release, week by week, for 2017.

Afterward, Jay and Wolfman bring you one of their famous two-handers with a review of M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (2017), including a separate spoiler-section. Wolfman Josh also brings you a feature review of Stacy Title’s The Bye Bye Man (2017) and reports on whether Ti West’s In the Valley of Violence (2016) is a horror movie. And it wouldn’t be HMP if Jay of the Dead didn’t do a little rabble-rousing… Prepare to be up in arms! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 036: The Babadook (2014) and The Pyramid (2014) and Found (2014) and Housebound (2014) and Severance (2006) and Night Monster (1942)

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In Episode 036 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, another of our epic Frankensteinian episodes, you’ll hear in-depth Feature Reviews of The Babadook (2014) and The Pyramid (2014) and Housebound (2014) and Found (2014). You’ll also hear Dr. Shock’s review of Severance (2006) and Night Monster (1942). By the way, special shout-out and thanks to Eric from Long Island for calling in with a promo clip for the beginning of the show.

Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support our show, please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes, and leave us a review! And remember, we love getting your voice mails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast! Continue reading

The Weekly Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 022: Probing Eyes

TWHMP 022 ArtworkBRIEF EXPLANATION: This podcast is not the Horror Movie Podcast for which this site and feed are dedicated. Horror Movie Podcast is slated to release Episode 001 on October 25, 2013. You can read the full explanation and the background on the re-release of The Weekly Horror Movie Podcast (and of Horror Metropolis) at the bottom of the show notes for this episode.

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For Episode 022, Midnight Corey and the gang bring you two great guest interviews and two great horror movie reviews! But first Midnight Corey opens the show with a rant about spoilers on social media platforms, especially pertaining to Twitter and “The Walking Dead: Season 2.”

Our first guest on this show is actor and author Bradford Tatum, the man who says blood should always be photographed in black and white and the author of “The Monster’s Muse,” a book that features memories of golden-era Hollywood horror. In addition to describing some fascinating aspects from his book, Bradford also discusses the current state of horror. And for a review, Bradford chooses “The Lodger” from 1944.

Our second guest is artist and entrepreneur Ben Scrivens, the mastermind behind Fright Rags, Continue reading