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Joel Harley

Joel Harley
Joel Harley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Starburst

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
5/10 No Score Yet At Granny's House (2014) This is as low-budget as Indie cinema comes, and its grubby sex scenes and po-faced drama bear more in common with The Room than Hitchcock or De Palma.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/10 13% Against The Night (2017) Against the Night is better than swallowing Tide Pods, but only just.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
5/10 83% Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018) Hell to Pay is slapdash trash with a last-minute Grindhouse sheen, splattered with gore and barely adolescent attitude.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
6/10 56% Bullet Head (2017) In spite of the promise it shows, Bullet Head comes up less than the sum of its parts.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
8/10 71% Verónica (2017) Brooding with class and style, it's a cut above most of the movies it shares a story with, but certainly not an all-timer like [Rec]. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
9/10 87% You Were Never Really Here (2018) This one is as challenging and unpredictable as its star. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
5/10 82% Game Night (2018) For all its bluster, Game Night isn't really much of anything.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Tarzan Revisited (2017) Tarzan Revisited could have delved further, but what is covered here satisfies. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet The Ballerina (2017) It may sometimes lack poise and grace, but it pirouettes around the pitfalls of budget filmmaking on the strength of its emotional resonance alone.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
9/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is Guillermo del Toro's best film since Pan's Labyrinth. A charming, heartwarming modern fairytale with not an ounce of flotsam or jetsam, it's an idiosyncratic delight to behold.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
5/10 32% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) There is a good story at the heart of The Last Key, it's just not the one being told here.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
7/10 83% Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018) In spite of its flaws, it's a ripping good tale.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet House of Salem (2016) House of Salem will unsettle alright, but not in the intended manner.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
9/10 92% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) As it drags its reluctant antihero down to the depths of a Salo-esque torture prison, Brawl in Cell Block 99 is, quite exquisitely, the ultimate feel-bad prison movie.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet All of the cast do a great job in their respective positions, but, as one would expect, Paul McGann leads the way as the quiet, conflicted Josh.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/10 No Score Yet Bunnyman Vengeance (2017) With barely an attempt at narrative structure, scenes come and go without context, interspersed with traumatic flashbacks to the Bunnyman's childhood and vignettes of 8mm weirdness.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
7/10 71% Happy Death Day (2017) The film has its share of flaws, plot holes (and a terrible villain), but it's so much fun that these are easily overlooked. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/10 35% Jigsaw (2017) For fans and newcomers alike, Jigsaw is a disappointment: this reboot has the worst story, the worst characters, the worst writing, the worst twists and the worst traps. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Cute Little Buggers (2017) At first glance, Cute Little Buggers is a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed little horror comedy, but those jet black eyes hide a shocking streak of unpleasantness, both welcome and not. How very wascally.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
8/10 91% Gerald's Game (2017) This is an excellent adaptation of one of Stephen King's more underrated works, by a savvy director who respects the material but makes the film his own.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Never Open The Door (2014) The film will do very little to win over non-fans of low-budget horror filmmaking, but Never Open the Door is undeniably ambitious, and a charming throwback to a less represented era in the genre.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/10 No Score Yet Bonejangles (2016) [Its] positives are dragged down by the bad; an obvious, ugly sense of humour and horrible overacting (featuring one monologue-giving character who sorely tested this writer's remote's 'mute' button), wasting a promising concept and fun movie monster. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
8/10 67% Take Me (2017) A fun, surprisingly sweet kinky comedy starring two of our best Indie darlings, Take Me is a joy, juggling excellent performances, steaming hot visuals and a script packed full of great gags. It is, frankly, captivating.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
7/10 71% SiREN (2016) Those going in blind will enjoy Siren most of all.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
8/10 92% In Pursuit of Silence (2017) In Pursuit of Silence is engaging, fascinating and thought-provoking. Listen up, this quiet little documentary has a lot to say.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
7/10 10% ClownTown (2016) ClownTown is a fun, nasty, low-budget little horror romp that delivers exactly on its promise -- terrifying murder clowns running amok in small town America.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
9/10 90% Green Room (2016) Like being trapped in a mosh pit full of demented punk rockers, Green Room will kick your ass, leaving you beaten, changed and a little bit traumatised. You'll have had a hell of a time, though.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet The Horde (2016) The Horde is fun, but, just as the whole school trip is taken over and undermined by a bulky dick who does more teaching than his teacher girlfriend (because Macho), it tends to be bullied into submission by its own worst inclinations.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
9/10 90% Bone Tomahawk (2015) S. Craig Zahler's ambitious genre bender is Western, black comedy and gory horror movie, all at once and entirely successfully.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
8/10 95% We Are Still Here (2015) A love letter to Fulci and the Italian masters, this retro horror tale recalls his House by the Cemetery by way of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2015
5/10 0% The Ridiculous 6 (2015) Seth MacFarlane can breathe a sigh of relief - One Million Ways to Die in the West is no longer the worst comedy Western ever made (we're not counting Wild Wild West).‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2015
5/10 No Score Yet Wrecker (2015) It's fast, slick and lovely to look at, but there's absolutely nothing there beneath the hood.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2015
8/10 83% Night of the Living Deb (2014) A romzomcom with real heart and feeling, Night of the Living Deb proves that there's some life in the old subgenre yet.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 21, 2015
8/10 77% 13 Cameras (2016) Like 'lord, we could and should turn off at any minute'. We're not going to though, no matter how much we might want to.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet The Gateway (Curtain) (2015) Well, it is a film about disappearing shower curtains, after all. With a title and concept like that, Curtain was always going to be one of the year's most original horror films. Thankfully, it also turns out to be one of the best.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
9/10 No Score Yet Hangman (2015) This one will leave you terrified of your own home, jumping at every creak of the floorboard or bump in the night. And God help you if you happen to live in a house with an attic.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2015
8/10 78% Tales of Halloween (2015) Tales of Halloween looks gorgeous and is evidently having a blast with everything it does.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
8/10 No Score Yet The Shelter (2016) For all its anger and impressive visuals, The Shelter is a meditative piece about moving from confusion to the acceptance of something perhaps cannot be fully understood‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
7/10 71% The Nightmare (2015) Part talking head film, part Crimewatch dramatisation, The Nightmare is certainly effective.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
7/10 33% Some Kind of Hate (2015) A powerful film with resounding themes and a remarkable sense of energy and emotion, Some Kind of Hate will stir up a lot of emotions, positive and negative. Whatever the case, it deserves seeing so one can make up their mind about it first-hand.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
7/10 83% Road Games (2016) Interesting yet over-long, melodramatic and fatally predictable, Road Games is a backwoods horror film with a sheen of class, respectability and Barbara Crampton. These things go some way to save the day.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
8/10 78% A Christmas Horror Story (2015) The most surprisingly scary movie of the year? It might just be.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2015
6/10 No Score Yet Suspension (2015) Alas, for all its good intentions, the finale is just so wrong and so utterly misplaced, that it derails absolutely everything which has gone before. Here endeth the review: honestly, it's that bad.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
9/10 87% Deathgasm (2015) This writer laughed so hard that I spilled beer all over my lap; and then carried on laughing. Ferocious, inventive and oh so very gory, Deathgasm is the most fun you'll have with a horror film all year.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2015
8/10 92% The Gift (2015) Those expecting a jump-filled home invasion movie may come away disappointed, but everyone else should find much to enjoy in this tense, uncomfortable work of high melodrama.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 12, 2015
7/10 32% Kick-Ass 2 (2013) It's well-acted, amusing and occasionally a lot of fun, but that's tempered with a mean, ugly streak that makes it quite sad to watch.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2015
9/10 98% The Babadook (2014) A supernatural fairy tale with real humanity, The Babadook is a resounding success. If you hear him knocking, be sure to let Mister Babadook in.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2015