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Quick short reviews The Prodigy (2019), The Professor and the Madman (2019), Glass (2019), Overlord (2018), Mortal Engines (2018), Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), A Simple Favour (2018) and The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)

These quick short reviews are intended to let you know whether they are worth your time or not. More elaborate or in depths reviews will follow when deemed necessary.

The Prodigy (2019)

Easily one of the best in this list since it's creative and delivers on the horror goodness. The Prodigy very cleverly misdirects you by giving you the impression it's a certain kind of subgenre while it's another type entirely. It's very effective when it comes to suspense and dread. The few jump scares definitely are used properly and have exactly the impact they need. One I can recommend!

The Professor and the Madman (2019)

This film has all the ambiance and atmosphere of a horror film but is actually a beautiful tale about friendship and forgiveness. But make no mistake, the film has more than enough gruesome and horrific moments to shock you. The story is elevated by the grounded performances of Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

Glass (2019)

This might not be the spectacle I was hoping it would be. It still delivers on the performances and the thrills. The twists and turns in the last part of the franchise might be a little weak compared to the previous films. However I was fully enthralled and entertained. A decent conclusion to the franchise if you ask me.  

Overlord (2018)

A film I was really looking forward to but ultimately was let down by since it simple doesn't offer what was promised. All I hoped for was tense and thrilling nazi zombie goodness. Instead you get well choreographed action and very little terror. The film easily could have been a masterpiece had they dared to go over the top when needed. Unfortunately Overlord plays it too safe and politically correct which directly impacts the entertainment value.

Mortal Engines (2018)

A lot of spectacle that lacks heart and soul. I really tried hard to like this but I simply could not get into the events that are displayed on the screen. I didn't care much for the events nor the characters. Except one. Shrike is an incredibly compelling character but treated as a glorified extra who easily could have been left out. The story itself is boring since not a lot of effort is put in the characters and the world building. You get very little to no background on the world making it hard to be invested. I would give this a miss!

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

I thought overall this film was quite compelling at times. But it had too many moments where I lost interest because I was taken out of it since the suspense comes and goes. The characters aren't as interesting or surprising as the film makers want you to believe. The acting is top notch though and is one of the main reasons why you still feel you have to keep watching.

A Simple Favor (2018) 

A Simple Favor can be an interesting watch because of the twists and turns. That is if you are willing to suspend disbelief and let yourself get completely charmed by Anna Kendrick or Blake Lively. Don't expect something new or creative though. Most entertaining are the dynamics between Kendrick and the other actors. 

The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)

Not going to lie. I didn't really expect too much from this. And while the film is quite predictable it did entertain me. There are some effective scares and good buildup of tension and atmosphere. But compared to The Autopsy of Jane Doe  it's not even close in case you were hoping it was going to be similar. Shay Mitchell as the lead is really selling the terror and sometimes that is all you need. 

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