Chloe Leeson

Chloe Leeson
Tomatometer-approved critic
Publications: Screen Queens, Vulture Hound

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
73% 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
41% 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. - Vulture Hound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
66% 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
58% 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
79% 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 90% 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. - Vulture Hound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
3.5/5 92% 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 - Vulture Hound EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
100% The Unthinkable (Den blomstertid nu kommer) (2018) 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
84% 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
No Score Yet Clickbait (2019) The references the film reaches for are plain to see and the message certainly not lost, but it's definitely been done before in a much tighter way. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
3/5 100% Next of Kin, (Hell House) (1982) Hugely endearing in its lingering twisted visuals and sharp score, what Next of Kin lacks is a depth of character - Vulture Hound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
3 44% A Trip to the Moon (Un viaje a la Luna) (2018) ...the balance it strikes between its reality and fantasy worlds seems too disjointed to remain endearing throughout - Vulture Hound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 24, 2019
4/5 80% Overlord (2018) Overlord... is a thrilling action-horror laden with nail-biting intensity and effects that elevates itself way above the B-Movie references it lovingly covets. - Vulture Hound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
2/5 41% Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Slaughterhouse Rulez suffers from a lack of balance, its comedy is deafening unoriginal and its horror barely exists. - Vulture Hound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
48% Escape Room (2019) Escape Room manages to lock into current social trends and exploits the anxiety that could potentially surround them, delivering a largely exhilarating ride that feels quite different within its genre. - Vulture Hound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
76% Holiday (2018) Depictions of violence against women do little to allow its character autonomy and there is only so much room for provocation until... the story needs a sense of momentum - Vulture Hound EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
80% 30 Miles from Nowhere (2018) One of the films greatest successes are its subtleties, Koller's ability to not give in to an Evil Dead style bloodbath finale makes... a smart and unexpected ending to make space for that appreciation of realism - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 17, 2019
88% Rust Creek (2019) Rust Creek lays out a web of corruption in its multi-faceted approach to the survival thriller, diminishing genre conventions with its raw style. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2019
74% Pledge (2019) With just enough violence to appal but never sensationalise, Pledge's stomach churning take on hazing rituals and the powerful men moving through the shadows - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
32% Between Worlds (2018) Supernatural erotic thriller delivers the Full Cage experience despite its outlandish plot - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2018
No Score Yet Marfa Girl 2 (2018) ...unfortunately for Marfa Girl 2, physicality is favoured over soul and [Clark's] characters continue to not care about their lives, so why should we either? - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
No Score Yet Escape Room (2017) annoying characters pulled straight out of the worst noughties slasher film and a script that feels underdeveloped, Escape Room has neither the tricks nor the timing to stand out. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
39% Don't Go (2018) With mediocre performances and style, but a whole other screenplay's worth of content to grapple with unfolded in its... final act, Gleeson's film is a sea of ideas with only a lifejacket keeping it afloat. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2018
91% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) Anwar's blend of both Americanised scares and Indonesian culture sometimes feel disconnected in a film that does possess both the technical style and character substance to be an impressive piece of work. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
80% The Cleaning Lady (2018) Through grisly violence and horrifying visages The Cleaning Lady manages to be a creepy take on the pursuit of perfection and a harrowing tale of childhood abuse, showing that monsters come in many forms - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
71% Summer of '84 (2018) With a clear handle on style and tension, Summer of '84 is an enjoyable and often shocking addition to the 80s nostalgia canon - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
60% Dead Night (2018) Dead Night certainly boasts originality and style but requires the refinement of a more seasoned filmmaker to wade through this forest of ideas. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
No Score Yet Daddy's Girl (2018) Daddy's Girl's issue is that it doesn't possess the determination of other films of the genre... It simply doesn't believe in its women, and this script clearly never passed through the hands of one - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
50% Strange Nature (2018) Strange Nature is ultimately the creation of a first time director...Achievements in campy creature fun and practical effects that horror fans love might not be enough to keep audiences in seats past an unstable first hour. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
100% Michael Inside (2017) Frank Berry's Irish prison film Michael Inside... is a stripped back and unrelenting take on the sub-genre focusing on the long-term effects of incarceration and drug involvement on Ireland's youth - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 17, 2018
91% The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) With an absolute stellar cast and Adrien Brody's moustache deserving its own line in the credits this film is about as sweet as some Mendl's confectionary. Five Stars. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
50% Carrie (2013) Whilst the kills and gore were mildly entertaining it was incredibly hard to sympathise with a Carrie that was fully aware of her powers and using them in violent ways as opposed to the... unaware Carrie Sissy Spacek gave us in the original. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
51% The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ticks all the boxes for a sweet-natured family film and is spectacular on many levels. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
44% 300: Rise of an Empire (2014) 300: Rise of an Empire combined 3 things that I very much enjoy: shirtless men, powerful ladies and some good old bloody violence. That being said, if you're looking for anything more than that then you've come to the wrong place. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
76% Noah (2014) Noah is definitely the most daring of stories to tell, so Aronofsky's sheer determination and vision alone is worthy of merit. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
27% Pompeii (2014) The action sequences alone are jaw dropping, heart racing affairs but flashy stunts and technical wizardry don't always support a story lacking in character development, therefore giving you minimal people to root for. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
73% What If (2014) What If initially appears as a lil' bit of summer lovin' to break up the season's bout of action films, but has actually turned out to be something with a whole lot more heart. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
35% If I Stay (2014) Overall the film manages to hold it's own and give constant romantic & funny contrast in story, much like the two opposite musical worlds Mia and Adam inhabit. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
24% Dracula Untold (2014) As long as you don't really associate Untold with any previous Dracula renditions or think about the history behind it, then it's a relatively fun and painless popcorn-munching storm. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
72% Interstellar (2014) Interstellar is an ambitious story, and while the theme of love transcends time and space is a bit shoehorned into the script, it still rings true. Matthew McConaughey delivers one of the finest pieces of acting on film. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
68% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) The action that was there, was brilliant, but I felt that Part 1 was more about building up and breaking down relationships, bravado and characters in such a way that leaves them stripped completely bare and battle worn ready for total upheaval in Part 2. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
63% Unfriended (2015) Unfriended successfully sets up a more modern format for horror and the socially conscious but doesn't stray to far from the warm embrace of tired jump-scares and screaming. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
97% Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) The thumping drums and booms amp up the film on a whole other level, something I haven't felt since Interstellar. The way the different music was used to signify the arrival of another War Party was a sonic experience I need to see more of. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
31% Poltergeist (2015) Drowning in horror tropes and lacking the campy DIY looking ethic of the original that we all enjoyed, Poltergeist falls incredibly short of the success of 2013's Evil Dead remake and would have probably done better off as a re-release - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
36% Knock Knock (2015) Despite the lack of gore for horror hounds are used to from Roth's previous work; there is no doubt a maturing happening with the projects he attaches himself to. Knock Knock delivers the sexy-psycho thriller it intends. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
83% Beyond the Lights (2014) This film's got all the elements to make it a wide-release hit, a stunning lead couple, some catchy-if-a-little-cringey tunes, a good bit of social commentary for good measure and an outlandish dream-like love story. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
59% Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) The further world always has been my favourite part of the Insidious series and this case was no exception. The cinematography and aesthetic feel of these films is what drew me in in the first place. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
92% Slow West (2015) [Jay Cavendish] seeks to move beyond the boundaries of basic survival, a trait that Silas eventually learns in this slick and often heart-warming tale of unlikely paths crossing. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) Whilst the Conjuring 2 might offer a sense of nostalgia for older viewers and throwback to old horror styles, the frequent 70s references don't stop this from feeling like every horror Blumhouse has put out since their fruition. - Screen Queens EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2018