I sadly never got to see 2017's It in theaters, in no small part because "you'll float too!" was what the people on the Weather Channel were warning would happen if anybody in South Florida stepped outside during Hurricane Irma. Well, with the second half of the story having just come out, better late than never, right? So I made this a double feature.
Rated R for violence/horror, bloody images, and for language
The penultimate night of Popcorn Frights went back in time with two movies set in the past, one filled with Argento-esque retro '70s glamour and the other a micro-budget throwback to classic Universal monsters by a local theater troupe.
Up first, proof that A24 knows damn well at this point what its brand is among horror fans...
In Fabric (2019)
Rated R for strong sexual content including a scene of aberrant behavior, and some bloody images
It was ladies' night at Popcorn Frights on their seventh day, with two films both directed by women and built heavily around their female characters. Unusually, it was also a night where neither film was what one could call a horror movie, even if both were horror-adjacent; one was a sci-fi thriller, the other a Lynchian teen drama. I'm not complaining; both were pretty damn good.
The torrential downpour that greeted me at the theater for the sixth day of Popcorn Frights turned out to be a good omen for a pair of very good gothic horror movies, one of the campier teen variety and one a bit more serious.
First up, we get the return of a genre that provided some campy thrills last year: Russian teen horror.
Queen of Spades: The Looking Glass (Pikovaya dama. Zazerkalye) (2019)
Popcorn Frights 2019's second weekend gauntlet was another doozy, packed with a diverse lineup of films that included a war thriller, torture porn, zombies, Satanic horror-comedy, and supernatural horror.
First up, it's Red Dawn, Swedish style.
The Unthinkable (Den blomstertid nu kommer) (2018)
Buckle up. Day three of Popcorn Frights was the first of two gauntlets, and I had to scramble to and from my house between movies in order to care for the dogs while still squeezing everything in. The quality varied, but I still got two standouts.
Things really picked up on the second day of the festival. We got what will likely be one of my favorites so far, followed by what will likely be one of my least favorite, all wrapped up with an entertainingly trippy, gritty take on vampires at the end.
Okay, first things first. You may notice that there's a particular Marvel movie that I have not done a review of, the first, in fact, since I started doing these reviews. And it's a big one, too. I have not written a review of Avengers: Endgame, and I probably never will. Why not? Well, it's simple, really. I already wrote my review of Avengers: Infinity War last year, and everything I said in that review applies double to Endgame. It's a downright colossal movie that I can't really give a score to, not when it's the culmination of eleven years of interconnected movies that more or less delivers exactly what it promised. How do you review something like that? It'd be like writing a review of the Apollo 11 landing. "4 out of 5, America f*** yeah, but it's 'one small step for a man', Armstrong"? Well, here's the only review I can possibly give to Endgame: you've probably seen it already and made up your own mind.
Anyway, moving on...
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments