overally, my general short reviews on the “welcome to the blumhouse” films:
bingo hell: 4/5 - it felt like i was watching a classic 80s film. not just the general aesthetic and cinematography, but the writing and pacing felt like it was straight out of a creepshow short. story-wise, it was very heavy-handed in it’s message of gentrification but it didn’t really bog the film down at the same time. and the main lead reminded me a lot of my grandmother, in that she too would get in everyone’s face about going to bingo every day.
black as night: 3/5 - it was a cross of the lost boys and candyman. originally was kind of afraid it would be too similar to vampires vs the bronx, but it had it’s own solid story that differentiated between that film. i kind of felt that it was balancing a bit too much, what with it’s message of poverty and drug addiction (and.. i kind of don’t know how i feel about that part), and honestly the ending was pretty “meh”. but overall, it was a decent film.
the manor: 1/5 - it had a lot of potential, but it didn’t live up to it. being about the struggles of living in a retirement home after suffering a stroke, it had a lot of promise about the loss of freedom one goes through and how that affects relationships... and then it just jumped into something entirely different. it was very “get out” but it hit flat compared to that. the acting was decent, though.
madres: 4/5 - LISTEN listen i’m not giving it a biased opinion solely because i became a tenoch stan over the year (even though as always he gave the best performance in the film). i actually think it suffered a little by being marketed as purely a horror film, and the touch of supernatural didn’t really help, but by god it’s a gripping film that just gets more heartbreaking the more you watch. coming from a community that has experienced the horrors of eugenics over the centuries, it hits very close to home. because you just know it’s not over.