Carolyn Mauricette

Carolyn Mauricette
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I'm a Toronto-based film writer and critic focused on horror, fantasy, and sci-fi genres. I founded www.viewfromthedark.ca, where I deep dive into race and representation of people of color in genre film, or lack thereof. I'm also a film programmer for the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, and a contributing author to the first edition of the Women in Horror Annual, The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films (Rowman & Littlefield), and the Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films (Rowman & Littlefield). You can find other pieces I've written on diversity and women in sci-fi on www.graveyardshiftsisters.com, and film reviews on www.cinemaaxis.com, the Rue Morgue blog and print magazine, and Hollywood Suite. You can also hear me on Reely Melanated, a podcast I co-host where we discuss films we love.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 66% Sound of Violence (2021) Investing in women characters is sadly still a gamble in the cinematic universe, and within the horror genre, it can be hard to get it right. Noyer succeeds in Sound of Violence by leaving the male gaze in the dust. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2021
4/5 88% Ultrasound (2021) Audiences can expect the unexpected with Rob Schroeder's directorial debut, Ultrasound. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
3/5 63% Shapeless (2021) Director Samantha Aldana shows us the monstrous side of body dysmorphia and eating disorders in her debut feature Shapeless. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
4/5 77% In The Earth (2021) With an emphasis on psychedelic visuals and a layered narrative, In the Earth is an excellent addition to Ben Wheatley's folk horror collection. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2021
5/5 100% Subjects of Desire (2021) The award-winning Subjects of Desire is a brilliant exploration of Black women and the struggle we deal with to stand above the stereotypes and impossible standards. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
3.5/5 95% Test Pattern (2021) We need to support directors like Ford who won't give up, who cover intense subject matter from a point of view that is seldom seen. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2021
4/5 No Score Yet Unapologetic (2020) Ashley O'Shay gives us an intimate and candid look at two young Black women and their fight for justice in the documentary, Unapologetic. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
5/5 98% Minari (2020) Minari is an award-winning film filled with joy, heartache and triumph. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2021
4/5 90% The Vigil (2021) We desperately need films that give a perspective of the non-Christian way of life and tradition in the horror genre, created by those who live the experience, and The Vigil delivers it brilliantly. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
2/5 7% Safer at Home (2021) Safer at Home is the type of film we should get used to. Innovation is the key to keep directors, actors and crews working, but instead of being the next big thing, there needs to be more thought about why these stories are written and by whom. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
4/5 93% Saint Maud (2020) Saint Maud is an intense, immersive horror about the realities of sadness and isolation. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
4/5 82% The Wanting Mare (2020) The story of displacement, generational pain and isolation is powerful, but the visuals are remarkable. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2021
4/5 88% Sator (2019) Sator is powerfully atmospheric and frightening. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2021
3/5 No Score Yet Respite (2021) The story is engaging, much like episodic television, and the performances work with the material. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 84% Climate of the Hunter (2020) Mickey Reece's Climate of the Hunter is an episode of my beloved Dark Shadows that never made it to air. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2021
3.5/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Fennell writes a darkly funny film that catches you off guard with unexpected charm and leaves you with the last laugh. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 27, 2020
4/5 89% Save Yourselves! (2020) Why just make a side-splitting comedy with relatable characters? Wilson and Fischer go for the gold and throw in a few messages in this film, and they're pretty poignant. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
4/5 91% Minor Premise (2020) Eric Schultz gives us a taut sci-fi thriller with many twists and turns. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
92% Leap of Faith (2019) While there may be some rehashing of information, there is an overall intimate, in-depth reflection on the iconic film you can't find anywhere else. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
4/5 81% The Shock of the Future (Le choc du futur) (2019) Le Choc du Futur is a real treat for electronic music fans and an education for those new to it. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
3/5 50% The Giant (2019) The Giant exudes the essence of a surreal noir, visually arresting and more of a study or abstract of the dread that comes from a slasher film. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
3/5 80% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) In Johannes Nyholm's Koko-di Koko-da, repetition becomes a nightmare for one family stuck in a scenario of grief and turmoil. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 3, 2020
3.5/5 100% The Old Ways (2020) The premise is fairly simple with The Old Ways, but the storytelling is an analogy of unresolved issues in one woman's life. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
5/5 100% His House (2020) His House is a brilliant first film that takes the real horrors of escaping a war-ravaged country, the tragedy of loss, trying to assimilate into an inhospitable environment while entwining folklore and horror elements. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2020
4/5 83% Delirious (2007) DiCillo's extended cut of Delirious holds up a microscope to the celebrity circus that still carries on. He dissects egos as fragile as glass and the pettiness that comes with fame. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
92% Lucky (2020) It's a fantastical allegory for the constant negative feedback women get time and time again as we attempt to gain access to equality in many situations. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2020
5/5 95% The Planters (2020) The Planters sounds absurd and defies genre, but it's incredibly charming. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3.5/5 77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) Life in a small town can be mundane, and this caper spices up the overnight shift in a kooky way. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2020
3/5 52% The Antenna (Bina) (2020) We must consider where the message is coming from and what it conveys in The Antenna. What Behram says is important and outshines the length of the film or any nitpicking. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
3/5 22% Books of Blood (2020) Books of Blood is pulpy fun, and the gore effects are perfect for a Friday night horror fest. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 97% Spontaneous (2020) Spontaneous lets us know that regardless of the side of the fence we're on, that mortal clock is ticking, and we need to make the best of our time here. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 7, 2020
4/5 100% Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl (2016) Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl is a slow-burn story, but it's worth the wait. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
2/5 59% Shortcut (2020) Shortcut has the makings of a really good horror adventure film, but it sadly becomes one of look and no substance. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2020
4/5 98% Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) (2020) I generally don't like prison films because they can be degrading and stereotypical, especially with BIPOC, but here, we have a society within a society that has created a system of mythology and ceremony to keep order. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/5 77% The Water Man (2021) Actor David Oyelowo's love for 80s cinema like The Goonies and representation inspired his choice for his feature directorial debut. In The Water Man, he takes us on a heartfelt journey with a boy, legend, and renewed faith in family. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3/5 77% Shadow in the Cloud (2021) With a tongue in cheek approach, Shadow in the Cloud takes on many faces in the hour and twenty-six minutes we spend with Maude and the crew. It's part radio play, part creature feature, part action film, and all feminist manifesto. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/5 100% Underplayed (2020) Directed by Stacey Lee, the in-depth Underplayed looks at how women have risen to take up space in the male-dominated music production world. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020
3.5/5 76% Enemies of the State (2021) Questions and conspiracies arise from one young man's story of persecution in the intriguing documentary Enemies of the State. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 18, 2020
2.5/5 80% Concrete Cowboy (2021) Concrete Cowboy has the feel of a crunchier afterschool special, but there are some worthwhile emotional moments. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 87% Violation (2021) Violation is extreme because of the intense emotion that doesn't exactly assault you full-on. It's more of an insidious stain that grows on the fabric of gender and sexual politics. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 83% Akilla's Escape (2021) Officer and Brathwaite bring Black men and boys' trauma to light with skill and finesse to make Akilla's Escape a guaranteed classic in Canadian Black cinema. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2020
4/5 84% The Way I See It (2020) If you've seen Dawn Porter's John Lewis documentary, you'll fall in love with this candid look behind the scenes with a former White House photographer in her new documentary The Way I See It. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2020
4/5 91% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) When mental health, family bonds, and grief get side-swept with the supernatural, you get Bryan Bertino's The Dark and the Wicked. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2020
4/5 83% Kriya (2020) This was a big step out of the formulaic ghost story, instead, giving us a fascinating and subversive film with a nightmarish situation. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 27, 2020
3.5/5 85% Detention (2019) Detention is a unique way of subverting strict laws and speaking out against injustice by blending historical facts with genre. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/5 79% The Columnist (De Kuthoer) (2020) Van Aart brings us a snapshot of how awful and powerful this thing called social media can be. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2020
4/5 94% Lapsis (2021) Even though the film has a humorous and satirical edge, adding the unbeatable competition of automation gives a sobering look at what's around the corner for the working masses. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2020
3/5 40% Useless Humans (2020) You'll find an abundance of LOL silliness with Stephen Ohl's first feature, Useless Humans. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
3.5/5 77% Judy & Punch (2020) Director Mirrah Foulkes takes the traditionally violent slapstick of the Punch and Judy puppet play and turns it on its head in a female-driven, darkly funny fable Judy & Punch. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2020
5/5 100% Coded Bias (2020) Coded Bias shows us an intriguing and frightening path of systemic and racial/gender bias in an artificial device meant to be neutral. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2020