Blake Crane

Blake Crane
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T-Meter Title | Year
6.5/10 100% Kindred Spirits (2019) Strong performances and a tone that seamlessly blends the mundane with danger bubbling underneath hold it all together. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 17, 2019
4.5/10 79% The Lodge (2019) The silliness and starkness don't mesh, leaving the snowbound slow burn a muddled experience that left me cold but not chilled. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2019
8/10 100% Bliss (2019) [A] sleazy, gory, full-speed-ahead acid-trip of a movie with a 16mm sheen and reckless punk vibe. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3/10 20% Verotika (2019) This movie is terrible, destined to be mentioned in "worst ever" lists, and you might love it, especially with a crowd that's able to get on a certain wavelength. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
5.5/10 75% Belzebuth (2018) Delivering early shocks and a unique take on the demon out for human blood, Belzebuth eventually falls back on standard ... fare that neither pays off nor gels with its strong setup. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Like its influences, Satan's Slaves uses strong characters, an emphasis on mood and a few alarming jolts of violence to earn an uneasiness that lingers. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
7/10 88% Empathy, Inc. (2019) Ultimately, the film inspires thought about grander meaning, in addition to creating concern about the fate of all the players. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
5/10 54% Ma (2019) Spencer fully commits; Ma does not. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
7.5/10 72% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection is always intriguing and consistently shocking, the drama and sleaze anchored by fantastic performances that sell every demented twist and turn. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2019
2/5 31% The Intruder (2019) The Intruder breaks no new ground in the breaking-in subgenre ... but its real fatal flaw is not using the recycled tropes to push far enough into either true terror or camp. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2019
4/5 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) [As] a finale to the MCU we've known since 2008's Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame is an exciting, fitting, substantial, almost miraculously eloquent closer. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2019
3.5/5 73% Girl House (2015) [G]enre fans eager for a film to inject some retro-influence into an original modern slasher are likely to see something they like in Girl House. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2019
2.5/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) This flat, lifeless version of Pet Sematary is one destined to remain harmlessly buried in the psyche. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
3.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) Does right by [Halloween's] legacy and uses the 40 years of history to incorporate themes of lasting trauma in ways rare to the genre. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2018
3.5/5 77% Terrified (Aterrados) (2017) There's no laborious backstory meted out between repetitive "boo!" moments. Instead, we're thrown right into well-crafted spooky scenarios and constantly left off-balance. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
3.5/5 42% Hell Fest (2018) [A] fun, well-paced slasher. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) The thrill of the hunt is long gone - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 92% Backcountry (2015) The anxiety is palpable and various threats are immediately recognizable, communicating how illusory the concept of control is, and how frightening it can be when it's lost. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2018
3.5/5 60% Ratter (2016) Ratter keeps its story contained to a simple, increasingly uncomfortable case of online prowling that manifests itself in a real, panic-inducing way. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
1.5/5 12% Peppermint (2018) [M]isguided and clunky from the start, beyond even the ever-flowing racist undercurrent. - BlakeCrane.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2018
5/10 26% The Nun (2018) Nothing that's built around the Nun's haunting glare fully ignites the nightmare fuel inherent in the image. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
8/10 92% Searching (2018) Searching provides an experience that colors outside the constraints of digital boxes, going far beyond a simple visual gimmick. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
6.5/10 82% What Keeps You Alive (2018) What Keeps You Alive is a solid thriller, constructed with style, that makes its manipulations matter. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
3/10 7% Slender Man (2018) There's no fun in this dour exercise and scares are non-existent as the film haphazardly assembles various tropes and repetitive nightmare imagery into 90 minutes of weariness. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 10, 2018
9/10 96% BlacKkKlansman (2018) BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee's best film since 2002's 25th Hour and his most vital and challenging since well before that. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
5/10 88% Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) The adventure is swallowed up by exhausting attempts at humor that don't land nearly often enough. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2018
4/10 No Score Yet The Russian Bride (2018) Stuck somewhere between a gothic Hammer-horror throwback and trashy revenge-sploitation, The Russian Bride has trouble fully committing to a style or a story. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
7.5/10 84% Await Further Instructions (2018) [The] unraveling nightmare is a visceral, pertinent examination of the human condition as rules of order and decency break down and a chilling, mysterious new reality takes over. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2018
8/10 78% The Devil's Doorway (2018) [S]pooky as hell, with some biting commentary on the history of the Catholic Church and a setting that grows increasingly claustrophobic and menacing as the narrative deepens. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
6.5/10 76% The Ranger (2018) In this genre, Wexler is definitely a filmmaker to watch. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2018
7/10 93% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) Like its influences, Satan's Slaves uses strong characters, an emphasis on mood and a few alarming jolts of violence to earn an uneasiness that lingers. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
7/10 93% Heavy Trip (Hevi reissu) (2018) The good times far outweigh the bummers in this wild, heavy-metal comedy that honors the music...and the community. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
7.5/10 100% The Domestics (2018) For lovers of survivalist savagery, dark humor, practical mayhem and other genre goodies, The Domestics is bliss. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2018
6/10 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Avengers: Infinity War changes everything... maybe. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/10 29% Traffik (2018) Watching Traffik is a bit like being stuck in rush hour congestion. You're bored; you begin to question the decisions that led you there; and you're just waiting to get through it. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2018
2/10 16% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) [A]n excruciatingly bland, scare-and-fun-free exercise that has difficulty conveying even the simplest ideas of its serviceable high concept. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
5/10 69% Wildling (2018) With curious fluctuations in tone, questionable motivations, a dull look and jagged editing that takes us out of potentially affecting moments, this tall tale feels slight. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
8/10 95% A Quiet Place (2018) A Quiet Place is an airtight thriller that will leave you breathless. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2018
4/5 93% The Endless (2018) The less you know about the reveals going in will make The Endless more rewarding - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
8/10 91% Lowlife (2018) [A] wild, entertaining ride, lo-fi warts and all. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
8/10 76% Blue My Mind (2017) Developing can feel like drowning as you fight for air in the choppy waters of adolescent angst, and Blue My Mind captures that struggle authentically, aided by the surreal and poetic. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2018
10/10 98% The Passion of Joan of Arc (La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) (1928) Falconetti's visage in Carl Th. Dreyer's silent classic La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc produces some of the most indelible images in film history. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2018
3.5/5 49% Flower (2018) The irreverent handling of weighty issues comingles with a bubbling, underplayed emotional consequence that explodes in a wacky final act. - Film Racket EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
4/10 39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) [Prey at Night] ditches most of what made the 2008 original work. Tension and atmosphere are replaced with bland stalk-and-slash bromides. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2018
7/10 83% Midnighters (2018) [An] economical, engaging neo-noir. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2018
5/10 64% The Lullaby (2018) There's no emotional punch to The Lullaby, just a dulling gloominess. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
8.5/10 96% Black Panther (2018) A vibrant film that beautifully blends superhero action with a poignant, Shakespearean-in-scope story. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
5/10 64% Victor Crowley (2017) Only offers more - or much less - of the same, showing the strains of a tight budget and a mythology that's run its course. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 9, 2018
6/10 74% The Ritual (2017) When things really start to get bizarre, The Ritual shows its hand completely, becoming less stimulating and much less scary. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
5/10 14% Winchester (2018) The captivating setting is squandered as a backdrop for generic sleuthing and spookiness. - Film Pulse EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2018