Chloe Leeson

Chloe Leeson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Screen Queens, VultureHound

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
93% Lucky (2020) With its roots planted firmly in the socially conscious themes all the best horror derives from, Kermani's film tackles the epidemic of women's abuse at the hands of men, be it mental, physical or emotional. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
88% Violation (2021) Violation is a powerful exercise in vulnerability and violence and essential addition to the rape revenge canon that should be studied meticulously in future horror film academia. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2021
100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Scream, Queen is a fast and loose look at an important milestone for LGBTQ+ representation in horror but is ultimately a story about one man's journey from a targeted individual to a welcoming activist. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
81% The Beach House (2020) It definitely has something going for it. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2020
41% Exit Plan (Selvmords turisten) (2020) Though impeccable in its audio-visual executions, Exit Plan sits too much on the fence of such an essential and contemporary taboo. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
87% 1BR (2020) Packing some shocking punches and offering moderate commentary on the lengths people will go to for success, 1BR is a disturbing cult horror updated for the 21st century. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
73% Diablo Rojo PTY (2019) Diablo Rojo PTY is a freaky ride to hell with its toes dipped firmly in the fascinating folklore and cultural icons of Panama. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2020
75% The Wretched (2020) The Wretched is an easy watch and for the most part well-paced to keep a focused attention, but ultimately the multiple relationship conflicts within Ben's story are a huge distraction... - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2020
90% Blood Quantum (2020) Clunky need to please gore-hounds and whack out some sickening make-up effects aside, Blood Quantum is a terribly exciting piece of work. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2020
67% Tito (2020) Something in the mannerisms, daring soundscape and off-the-wall energy of Glowicki and Petrie's pairing is completely charming and its ultimately encouraging just to see such weird women-made projects get made. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
89% The Father's Shadow (A Sombra do Pai) (2018) For fans of big scares, The Father's Shadow will leave little to be impressed by, but as a simmering family drama with supernatural elements, the film bears some considerable emotional heft and spooky visuals. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
84% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) [its] destination often feels undecided, but backed by terrific performances from the entire cast and some nightmarish ideas, Mortimer delivers an initially understated psychological horror that morphs into something much more monstrous. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2020
13% The Turning (2020) There's a lot of these bump in the night moments though, each one less original than the last. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2020
No Score Yet Radioflash (2019) Radioflash is a film at war with its own ideas, its central themes in conflict with one another and its plot spiralling out in complexity as film progresses. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2019
66% The Furies (2019) The Furies game of cat and mouse is hardly a wildly original tale, but the sheer volume of its participants makes for some seriously entertaining horror. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 25, 2019
50% Tales from the Lodge (2019) Coming in at just over 90 minutes, it's a surprise that Tales from the Lodge feels so crawlingly long for a film split down into multiple bite-size sections. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
72% Low Tide (2019) Low Tide knows where it came from but adequately avoids succumbing to nostalgia. Instead, Kevin McMullin paints a darker portrait of the forgotten youth of the Jersey Shore that is as violent as it is strangely charming... - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
97% Harpoon (2019) It gets gross, and it gets weird. While its gore can be stomach-churning in pretty much every instance it is on display, the dark humour remains the most brilliantly sick part - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
89% After Midnight (Something Else) (2020) This isn't so much a film about a doomed relationship, its about holding yourself accountable and saving yourself first. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
14% Hell House LLC III: Lake of Fire (2019) Hell House LLC is far from a terrible offering. When its good, its skin-crawlingly terrifying, but when its bad its like a student film with a Marvel mindset of 'world expansion'. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
90% Riot Girls (2019) Vuckovic revels in displays of punk, anarchy and androgyny through a fun sci-fi splatter story that exacerbates the already extreme mindsets of teenagers where every small decision is life or death... - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2019
100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) One Cut of the Dead doesn't even have to attempt anything new with traditional zombie lore, but the ingenious way its story is told is a revitalisation worthy of praise. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2019
30% Madness in the Method (2019) It seems that in this sense, perhaps Mewes would have been better off in making his debut about someone other than himself... - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
100% Feral (2020) With its staggeringly beautiful cinematography of down-and-dirty New York and a layered central performance, Adam Wonder's debut feature is a complex and dynamic look at social outliers and how we find the means to survive. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 26, 2019
87% Luz (2019) Impressive in both its visuals and sound design that echoes off the highest points of 70s Giallo, Luz still manages to feel entirely unique. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
88% Freaks (2019) Lipovsky and Stein infuse their sci-fi with a well-meaning socially conscious message that suffers from its need to appeal to current audiences, but nonetheless delivers a thrilling mystery to satisfy an appetite for something a little surprising. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
74% Homewrecker (2019) Homewrecker is so confident in letting its two leads run wild that its difficult to not be dragged into the cat-fight. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 5, 2019
59% Charlie Says (2019) The cultural weight of the Manson Family Murders...will always be a tough, almost unexplainable mindset to recreate and explain from both the women and Manson himself, but Harron is adept at turning the tables to present a fresh and feminist perspective. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
50% Deadcon (2019) A yawn-inducing script throws in tired tropes to mix with a topic chosen solely to feel culturally relevant; a social-media misfire that isn't worth subscribing to. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
No Score Yet The Last to See Them (Gli ultimi a vederli vivere) (2019) Sadly, the dreary pacifist approach on display in The Last to See Them very quickly feels like a non-event in its familiar home-invasion set-up. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
60% Trespassers (2019) Trespassers is a tightly-knit home invasion thriller that doesn't stray too far from the well-trodden path, but plants enough moments to shock and surprise. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
23% Sadako (2019) Sadako is a tired regurgitation of the glory days of J-horror that relies too much on its audience's nostalgia to coast by. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
90% Arctic (2019) By taking the naturalistic approach, Penna manages to do what most first-time directors cannot: show restraint. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
84% The Art of Self-Defense (2019) Stearn handles the subject with just enough tongue-in-cheek bleak humour to quiz even the most sceptical of minds. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2019
50% Boar (2017) Boar is nothing more and nothing less than what it says on the tin: a gruesome creature feature that's as Australian as it gets. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
69% Knives and Skin (2019) The film's approach to narrative structure is both messy and strangely confident and alluring, poising Knives and Skin as a bold and complicated cross-genre anomaly, much like the women Reeder lovingly depicts. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
72% The Perfection (2019) The Perfection works well as something to laugh about with your mates on a Friday night. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 29, 2019
No Score Yet House of Sweat and Tears (Casa de sudor y lágrimas) (2018) House of Sweat and Tears deftly conjures its disturbing imagery but never escalates to propel its story, or characters, further. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
86% Tater Tot & Patton (2019) Here Kightlinger creates a quiet and subtle take on addiction and familial bonds. Its rural location adds a sense of vastness and beauty that heightens emotions and allows sole focus on its actors. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3/5 83% Level 16 (2019) The film remains uncomplicated by never reaching for anything more complex than commentary on female beauty standards and historical ideals about women's behaviour; but it is confident in its standpoint and delivers them to eerie effect - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2019
74% I Trapped The Devil (2019) I Trapped The Devil never really seems to take off, its moody meditation about the nature of good and evil only proves satisfying for a limited run. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
40% Thriller (2018) Thriller re-imagines the slasher movie from a modern black perspective, envisioning the boogeyman as just another young black man in a hoodie. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2019
2/5 17% Look Away (2018) It might not be the savviest horror ever made due to its juvenile messaging, but its clean and cold aesthetics and villainous characters just about manage to pull it through. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
67% Lizzie (2018) While not the gruesome horror that many fans...might have hoped for, the restraint and respect for the finer details and speculations of Lizzie's case are to be admired - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2019
57% Pet Sematary (2019) While confident in its visuals and distressing performances, it oftentimes feels rushed or with some cool opportunities left unexplored. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
81% The Wind (2019) ...an unknown intruder threatening their safety, sanity, and sanctuary. Emma Tammi skilfully entwines the typically male-dominated western genre with feminine paranoia - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2019
3/5 88% Prospect (2018) Confident in its sci-fi knowledge from the 60s to present day indies likeMoon, Prospect acknowledges these references and schemas but confidently creates something fresh and vibrant. - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 93% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) The Old Man & the Gun is a light-hearted and delightful crime caper; a charming ode to legends and how we remember them - VultureHound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
78% The Unthinkable (Den blomstertid nu kommer) (2021) the slow-burn nature of The Unthinkable delivers a great sense of heart, longing and desperation with sharp action sequences that outshine its minimal budget. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2019
81% Knife + Heart (Un couteau dans le coeur) (2019) Knife + Heart definitely wasn't made for a mass audience but its neon drenched mix of slasher, fantasy and 70s porn delivers all the trimmings needed for a cult audience - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019