MONSTERZERO NJ’S FINAL GIRL/BAD GIRL OF THE YEAR 2022!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S FINAL GIRL/BAD GIRL OF THE YEAR 2022!

It’s HalloweenūüéÉ!…and as it has become tradition, it’s time to announce MonsterZero NJ’s Final Girl of the Year!…an actress that has not only captured our hearts, but gotten our attention with a strong performance, in the traditional role of horror final girl!…
…and this year, our Final Girl of the Year 2022 is also our bad girl of the year too!…

So, without further ado, our winner for 2022 is…

MIA GOTH!

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Mia Goth plays both final girl and villain with an amazing dual performance in Ti West’s X and again as Pearl in its¬†prequel Pearl!

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Mia Goth as Maxine and Pearl in X!

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Mia Goth as Maxine. A pretty young woman with big dreams and stars in her eyes!

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Mia Goth as Pearl, a lonely old woman with dark secrets and darker desires.

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Pearl is also very dangerous!

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…But so is Maxine when provoked!

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…and Mia Goth as Pearl in Pearl

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Goth as Pearl. A young woman with big dreams and stars in her eyes!

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Dreams that unfortunately get shattered!

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This brings out the worst in the young country girl!

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And a demented killer is born and so is a stunning performance!

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This year was an easy choice as Goth was simply amazing in not one but two roles, in not one but two films! As the tough porn star wannabe Maxine, and the demented product of broken dreams Pearl, she was outstanding. A third film is on the way from Ti West centering on Maxine, and we can’t wait to see it!

-MonsterZero NJ

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(And don’t forget to check out our previous¬†Halloween Hotties by simply going to our Halloween Hotties main page!)

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S HARDEST WORKING ACTRESS IN HORROR!

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MONSTERZERO NJ’S HARDEST WORKING ACTRESS IN HORROR!…

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JENNA ORTEGA!

This latest installment of¬†Halloween Hotties features an up-and-coming Latina actress who has become a familiar and beloved face to the horror community! Jenna Ortega has been acting since she was ten years-old and over the last decade has made quite an impression with her versatile performances. Lately she has been appearing in quite a few horror-centric projects and we couldn’t be happier! 2022 has proven to be her most prolific year yet with no less than five horror themed roles! Her banner year of horror started with Scream (2022), then The Foo Fighters’ horror/comedy Studio 666, along with Ti West’s hit indie horror flick X. She also appeared in American Carnage and will be playing the title character in Tim Burton’s upcoming Addams Family spin-off series Wednesday, streaming on Netflix starting November 23rd! WOW, Jenna!
(Click on the highlighted links to read reviews of the films covered here that Jenna Ortega has appeared in)

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Scream (2022)

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Jenna Ortega gets that phone call as Tara, in the horror “requel” Scream (2022).

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STUDIO 666 (2022)

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As Skye, in the Foo Fighter’s recently released horror/comedy Studio 666.

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X (2022)

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As “Church Mouse” Lorraine, in Ti West’s hit 70s set indie horror flick X.

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AMERICAN CARNAGE (2022)

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Ortega as tough girl Camila Montes in American Carnage!

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WEDNESDAY (2022)

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Jenna Ortega is the first Latina to play this classic role in the upcoming Tim Burton/Netflix series Wednesday!

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Jenna Ortega shows no sign of slowing down with new projects already in various phases of production, including next year’s Scream 6! With four horror films and one spooky series in 2022 alone, it does make this talented young lady the hardest working actress in horror!

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And don’t forget to check out our previous¬†Halloween Hotties¬†profiles…just click on the following link to head over to the Halloween¬†Hotties¬†listings!)

-MonsterZero NJ

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW QUEEN OF HORROR JENNA ORTEGA!

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Jenna Ortega as Wednesday in Tim Burton’s upcoming Netflix series!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW QUEEN OF HORROR JENNA ORTEGA!

New queen of horror Jenna Ortega turns 20 years young today and we here at MonsterZero NJ’s Movie Madhouse wish this busy and talented actress a very happy birthday!

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And don’t forget to check out our previous¬†Halloween Hotties¬†profiles…just click on the following link to head over to the Halloween¬†Hotties¬†listings!)

-MonsterZero NJ

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RANDOM NONSENSE: X AND THE BATMAN ARRIVE ON BLU-RAY!

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X AND THE BATMAN ARRIVE ON BLU-RAY!

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Good things came from Amazon yesterday! Two of my favorite movies arrived on Blu-ray. X is simply my favorite horror so far this year and a film I find gets better with repeat viewings. The Batman which has many horror film elements and even starts out on Halloween night!

 

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TI WEST’S HORROR FLICK “X” IS COMING TO BLU-RAY and DVD!

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TI WEST’S HORROR FLICK “X” IS COMING TO BLU-RAY and DVD!

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Indie director Ti West’s (House of the Devil, Innkeepers) new film horror film X has already set a release date for Blu-ray and DVD! The film will arrive on home media on 5/24/22 and is already available for pre-order on Amazon! The flick stars Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, and Scott Mescudi!
“In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.”

 

Here’s the link to the Amazon pre-order page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09VJDBF1V/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

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-MonsterZero NJ

Source: Joblo.com; Amazon

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REVIEW: X (2022)

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X (2022)

Latest indie horror from A24 takes place in 1979 and finds sleazy Texas producer Wayne (Martin Henderson) setting out to make a porn film with stars Bobby-Lynne (Brittany Snow), Maxine (Mia Goth), and Jackson (Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi) along with their two-person film crew RJ (Owen Campbell) and his girlfriend Lorraine (Jenna Ortega). They travel to the remote farm of strange, elderly couple Howard (Stephen Ure) and Pearl (also Mia Goth), who turn out not to be the harmless old folks they seem, and the porn film soon turns into a horror movie…for real.

X is written and directed by Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) and is basically The Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Debbie Does Dallas. It is a good, old-fashioned, grindhouse style flick with lots of sex, gore and flesh crawling moments. X starts out like most of West’s flicks with a slow burn, but one where we start to feel from the very start that something is not right. This prevailing sense of dread builds as things get weirder and weirder and West makes us constantly feel that a threat is soon to emerge, no better symbolized then by the gators lurking about the couple’s property. When the blood finally starts to flow, it’s prosthetic gore and there are some nasty kills to characters we’ve gotten to know and like. Even sleazy Wayne has a good-ole-boy charm that’s hard not to endear to. This makes it all the more impactful when the film crew starts to fall to various sharp objects, shotguns and the before mentioned gators. It’s scary, nasty and in between the violent moments, there are some that will certainly make your skin crawl. The sexual, undercurrent the film has also gets very disturbing…and that’s by design. This is simply West’s best horror since The House of The Devil, and one of the best horrors so far this year. It’s sexy. sleazy, scary and gory…what more do you want from a horror flick!?

Director West has a good cast in support. Henderson gives Wayne a charming appeal that despite his sleazy nature and willingness to exploit his girlfriend, Maxine, makes him a likable rogue. As Maxine, Mia Goth deftly balances a young woman with both a strong sexuality and a gentle sweetness that really makes her character work. Snow is delightfully sassy as Southern belle and porn star Bobby-Lynne, who is no dumb blonde. She’s using her natural talents to make a better life for herself. Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi is also solid as ex-Marine and war veteran turned porn star Jackson. He’s fun and has a nice heroic side. Jenna Ortega is once again impressive as “church mouse” Lorraine who seems sweet and virginal but may not be as innocent as she appears. Owen is likable as filmmaker wannabe RJ, and Stephen Ure and Mia Goth are very creepy‚ÄĒespecially Mia Goth‚ÄĒas the elderly Howard and Pearl. A good cast.

Overall, this is one of West’s best films and a refreshingly, old-fashioned horror that leaves all the overdone meta/retconning crap behind. It’s scary, gory and has some moments and kills that will legitimately make your flesh crawl. It has a sexual undercurrent that goes from sexy to disturbing and pays homage to the classic grindhouse era horrors of the 70s, while yet being its own thing. Definitely one of the best horror flicks to come out so far in 2022 and one of West’s most effective horror flicks yet. Stay through the credits!

-MonsterZero NJ

Rated 3 and 1/2 (out of 4) knives!

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HALLOWEEN HOTTIES: IS JENNA ORTEGA THE NEW QUEEN OF HORROR?

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IS JENNA ORTEGA THE NEW QUEEN OF HORROR?

This latest installment of¬†Halloween Hotties features an up-and-coming Latina actress who has recently taken the horror community by storm, with her roles in the hit “requel” Scream (2022) and the Netflix horror/comedy The Babysitter: Killer Queen. Jenna Ortega has been acting since she was ten years-old and in just nine years has built quite a resume of various roles. Lately she has been appearing in numerous horror themed projects and we couldn’t be happier! She first got a taste of the spooky at only eleven years-old starring in Nickelodeon’s Deadtime Stories mini-series and then later on in season 2 of Netflix’s psychodrama You. She then went full blown horror with Killer Queen, following it up with three titles in 2022, Scream (2022), The Foo Fighters’ horror/comedy Studio 666, and Ti West’s upcoming horror flick X. She’ll also be playing the title character in Tim Burton’s upcoming Addams Family spin-off Wednesday on Netflix, possibly releasing sometime later this year. Is Jenna Ortega the new queen of horror!?…only time will tell, but we hope so!
(Click on the highlighted links to read reviews of the films covered here that Jenna Ortega has appeared in)

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THE BABYSITTER: KILLER QUEEN (2020)

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As tough-girl and rebel Phobe, in the horror/comedy sequel The Babysitter: Killer Queen!

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Scream (2022)

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Jenna Ortega in a tight spot as Tara, in the horror “requel” Scream (2022).

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STUDIO 666 (2022)

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As Skye, in the Foo Fighter’s recently released horror/comedy Studio 666.

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X (2022)

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As Lorraine, in Ti West’s upcoming 70s set horror flick X.

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WEDNESDAY (RELEASE DATE UNKNOWN)

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As an actress excited to be the first Latina to play this classic role!

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There’s no telling where this versatile and talented actress will show up next. She shows no sign of slowing down with new projects already in various phases of production! We can only hope she will return to horror soon! For now, her body of work, especially having three horror titles in one year‚ÄĒand it’s only March‚ÄĒputs her in the running as one of horror’s new queens!

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And don’t forget to check out our previous¬†Halloween Hotties¬†profiles…just click on the following link to head over to the Halloween¬†Hotties¬†listings!)

-MonsterZero NJ

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REVIEW: SCREAM (2022)

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SCREAM (2022)

Latest sequel finds Woodsboro once again the target of someone wearing the Ghostface mask. This time it’s Tara Carpenter (Jenna Ortega), who is allowed to live only to lure estranged sister Sam (Melissa Barrera) back to Woodsboro. Why is Ghostface so interested in Sam? Could a dark secret trailing back to the original Woodsboro murders have something to do with it? Sam and her friends have an edge though, as Dewey (David Arquette), Gail (Courteney Cox) and Sydney (Neve Campbell) have vowed to stop Ghostface once and for all!

Self-labeled “requel” is directed by the team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (Ready or Not) from a script by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick. It’s more “meh” than meta as this fifth installment is showing that the Scream formula is running out of gas and this one in particular adds little new to revitalize the franchise. Even Sydney herself claims this Ghostface is the most derivative yet and she’s ironically not wrong. Our three veteran characters all seem visibly tired of this schtick, though the new cast members do try hard, especially Barrera and Ortega. The attempts to give fan service to the original film works only about half the time, though there are some impactful deaths of series characters. There are also some solid kills, a few suspenseful sequences, and some clever dialogue, but even Ghostface lacks a strong threat and the whole film simply felt like it was going through the motions. Even the film’s reveal lacked a strong impact and the reasons for this happening a fifth time seemed very convoluted. Worst of all, It’s actually a bit dull in spots. Something a slasher should never be.

The veterans are fine, but you get the feeling they are also going through the motions and are not really invested in having to do this yet again. Campbell, Cox and Arquette just don’t breathe the life into the characters that they did in the past installments and are actually overshadowed by some of the newcomers. Speaking of which, Melissa Barrera makes for a very strong lead as Sam, the focus of the newest Ghostface’s attention. She’s strong-willed and makes a solid final girl. Also solid is Jenna Ortega (The Babysitter: Killer Queen), who has been a familiar face in horror lately, and she does good work as Sam’s younger sister Tara. Ortega is sympathetic, but also shows some toughness in her encounters with Ghostface. Dylan Minnette (GooseBumps) is likable as the son of now Sheriff Judy Hicks (Marley Shelton) and Jack Quaid does a fine job as Sam’s boyfriend Richie. Rounding out the attractive young cast are Mikey Madison as Amber, Jasmin Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding (Booksmart) as siblings Mindy and Chad and Sonia Ammar as Chad’s girlfriend Liv. A likable cast who deserved a stronger script and better movie.

Overall, this new¬†Scream neither refreshes the franchise for a new generation nor gives it a strong finish‚ÄĒ though if it ended here‚ÄĒwhich it probably won’t‚ÄĒit would be a fitting enough, though weak, send-off. It has some good kills, a few clever touches, and a solid young cast, but otherwise only seems to illustrate that this franchise is running out of gas. The veteran actors seem tired of it all and the script could have done more than put this installment through familiar paces. Entertaining to a degree, but also too slow and routine in spots to let it slide on some of it faults.

-MonsterZero NJ

Rated 2 and 1/2 (out of 4) Ghostfaces!

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