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Emelie (2015): When a Stranger Traumatizes

Emelie (Michael Thelin, 2015)

Emelie (Sarah Bolger)'s face dominates the top half of the white poster, with the children underneath, much smaller.

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In the interests of full disclosure: while I tried not to let my personal feelings about certain aspects of the film influence what I thought of it (believe me, I have more than enough empirical reasons to give it the rating it got), there is no way I could have walked out of this film unbiased. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have gone to see it at all had I realized some of the details that fit portions of my life that are, shall we say, in a state of disintegration. I found a great deal of this movie painful to watch for reasons that very few other people will. But don’t worry, if you decide to subject yourself to this sleazy, hateful excuse for celluloid, you’ll probably find your own reasons to walk out of the theater horrified that anyone would have greenlit, much less produced, this movie.

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Queen of Hell: I’m a Sucker for the Witch

Jeff O’Brien, Queen of Hell (Riot Forge Studios, 2016)


Jeff O’Brien pulls a trunk-novel move: he’s taken one of his earliest works (“Devil Rain”) and done some heavy revise-and-extend to turn it into a 120-ish page novella. And, as usual, for those of you who don’t want to stick around for the thousand-word breakdown, I’ll give you the tl;dr right up front: if you’re a fan of horror-comedy with a decidedly sexy (but surprisingly non-graphic) bent, then Queen of Hell should be right up your alley. It is not without its flaws, but it’s still one hell, pardon the pun, of a good time.

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