MONSTERZERO NJ’S BEST/FAVORITE HORROR FLICKS of 2020!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S BEST/FAVORITE HORROR FLICKS of 2020!

Maya (Tara Basro) returns to her birthplace to find a decades old curse that may get her killed in Impetigore.

It’s time to look back at the past year and see what horror flicks left an impression. The COVID 19 shutdown had major releases on hold, allowing indie horror to take the forefront via drive-ins and on streaming networks. Most of this year’s bests are indie productions, save for a few scant studio horrors released before theater closings. So, without further ado, here are my ten best/favorite horrors of 2020!…

…and five honorable mentions that deserve a shout out, too!

(NOTE: There are a few titles here initially released in 2019, or earlier, at festivals, but didn’t get an official release, theatrically, or to VOD or home media, till 2020. Obviously, it would be unfair not to include them!-MZNJ)

(To get to our reviews of these titles use the search engine at the top of the page!)

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Is hot mom next door Abbie (Zarah Mahler) a witch? Teen Ben (John-Paul Howard) seems to think so, in The Wretched.

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-MonsterZero NJ

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WEEKLY WRAP-UP!: LATEST MOVIES AND REVIEWS JULY 25th-AUG 1st

Here are all the new movie and nostalgia reviews from the past week or so…

WEEKLY WRAP-UP!: JULY 25th-AUG 1st

(Just click on the highlighted link for the full review!)

July 25th, 2020

Horror You Might Have Missed reviewed the Shudder streaming Indonesian horror Impetigore!

https://monsterzeronj.wordpress.com/2020/07/25/horror-you-might-have-missed-impetigore-2019/

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July 26th, 2020

Horror You Might Have Missed reviewed the new streaming horror The Rental!

https://monsterzeronj.wordpress.com/2020/07/26/horror-you-might-have-missed-the-rental-2020/

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July 28th, 2020

Bare Bones took a look at the Shudder streaming Belgium zombie comedy Yummy!

https://monsterzeronj.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/bare-bones-yummy-2019/

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July 29th, 2020

Horror You Might Have Missed took a look at Impetigore director Joko Anwar’s earlier flick Satan’s Slaves!

https://monsterzeronj.wordpress.com/2020/07/29/horror-you-might-have-missed-satans-slaves-2017/

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July 30th, 2020

Tomb of Nostalgia reviewed the Roger Corman/John Saxon classic Battle Beyond The Stars!

https://monsterzeronj.wordpress.com/2020/07/30/tomb-of-nostalgia-battle-beyond-the-stars-1980/

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July 30th, 2020

Bare Bones Checked out the made on Zoom internet sensation Host now streaming on Shudder!

https://monsterzeronj.wordpress.com/2020/07/31/bare-bones-host-2020/

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-MonsterZero NJ

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BARE BONES: HOST (2020)

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Host (2020)

Host is an innovative little found footage film in that it was filmed entirely on Zoom and during the Covid 19 lockdown. It has a group of friends assembling on Zoom during the lockdown to conduct an online seance. When one of the girls (Jemma Moore) doesn’t take the event seriously, her prank invites a malevolent entity into all their homes.

Hour long paranormal horror is directed by Rob Savage from his script with Gemma Hurley and Jed Shepherd. It’s fun and can be quite spooky, especially in it’s first half. It’s at it’s most effective when it is being subtly creepy, as when the girls first lose the help of their online medium (Seylan Baxter) and now have to go it alone, quarantined in their homes, with things going bump in the night. The second half takes things to another and more over-the-top level and that’s when it loses it’s grip somewhat. A lot of the bits we then see are directly lifted from the Paranormal Activity series, such as bodies dropping from the ceiling, powder on the floor to reveal footprints and sheets that suddenly take on the shape of something underneath. To give Savage credit, some of this stuff still works and the jump scares are effective, but some of it is also very hokey and the familiarity with the Oren Peli series, removes Host from the veneer of being real, that worked so well in the first act. Still, overall, the inventiveness in getting it made, a charming and effective cast and all the things it succeeds at, make it a fun 60 minute spook show. Stars Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Radina Drandova and Caroline Ward as our five main characters all using their own names. Seylan Baxter plays the medium Seylan and Edward Linard plays friend Teddy, who leaves the circle early on, but gets drawn back in towards the end. Now streaming on Shudder.

-MonsterZero NJ

3 star rating

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