Netflix original series: HEMLOCK GROVE

reviewed by DAD

In a word, “Convoluted.”  Imagine Twin Peaks and the Twilight series come together.  Add in the sex appeal of True Blood and you have Hemlock Grove.  No doubt this show has a cult following even though they are not making any more new seasons.  It is just strange enough to have fanatics.  But it seems as though the show’s creators were so concerned about not being predictable that they kept adding subplots and flash backs to keep the show fresh.  I tried to keep pace, but the flimsy story-line became too absurdly complicated and I lost interest.  There is certainly a niche audience for this show out there.  I, however, am not part of it.   D


Netflix original Series: SANTA CLARITA DIET review

reviewed by MOM

I’m having a hard time figuring out if I liked or really liked this series. I want to really like it. I like the actors (Drew Barrymore & Timothy Olyphant). I like the premise, a humorous twist on the zombie genre. I like the writing, it has some very funny moments, but something is off. First of all, I don’t think there is enough of a differentiation between Drew Barrymore’s “Sheila” character before her transformation and after. There are only a couple scenes to set up her character before the transformation and I guess I just wanted her before character to be meeker in contrast to her bolder zombie character. My second issue is that I like Timothy Olyphant, he does a good job, but I keep thinking he doesn’t fit the character quite right. The couple find themselves in several awkward and humorous situations as they try to adapt to Shelia’s new lifestyle. My favorite character is Eric Bemis the geeky teenager who lives next door and who becomes the couple’s go to expert on the subject of the undead. If you’re looking for a light tongue and cheek comedy mixed with “gross out” moments this fits the bill. I will watch the second season and hopefully my issues will resolve themselves as the characters develop further.   B


Netflix original movie: I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE review

reviewed by DAD

Looking for a horror movie that is more art house cinematography and less horror?  I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House is the film for you.  Filled to the brim with melodic tension, this film seems to make it a point to never actually attempt to scare the viewer.  It is as if the creator, Osgood Perkins (son of Psycho’s Anthony Perkins), is more concerned with psychologically teasing his audience.  It is some kind of strange attempt to use a ghost story to haunt your subconscious.  Ended up being boring, uneventful, and drab.  D

Netflix original movie: CLINICAL review

reviewed by DAD

Described as a psychological, horror, thriller Clinical ended up being contrived and boring. I guess students of psychiatry may find it interesting for its use of psychological terminology that the average layman won’t understand. In other words, Clinical was much too clinical. The film had a hard time keeping my attention as it began to drone on about styles of therapy.  The protagonist wasn’t sympathetic.  It lacked any scary moments (sort of a requirement for the horror genre). And the ending had to be one of the most anti-climactic scenes I have witnessed. But it wasn’t a complete failure. The make-up was nicely done so… D+