Joey Keogh

Joey Keogh
Tomatometer-approved critic

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T-Meter Title | Year
86% Censor (2021) Censor is an attention-grabbing debut whose true impact will likely only be felt with each subsequent viewing as the inner workings of the film's darkest moments become clearer. Absolutely essential. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2021
83% Caveat (2020) Deeply unsettling and profoundly frightening, Caveat is a remarkably assured debut for Mc Carthy and a real showcase for the talents of its small cast, particularly [Jonathan] French as the tortured protagonist. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 7, 2021
47% Seance (2021) Everything about Seance is loudly, proudly feminine and female focused. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 21, 2021
79% Benny Loves You (2021) Taking its cues from the later Chucky movies, Benny Loves You embraces the inherent insanity of the premise, setting it free in a similar manner to how the titular toy runs riot. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted May 7, 2021
90% I Am Lisa (2020) I Am Lisa at the very least manages to make yet another case for why women, and indeed queer folk, should be front and center in horror - the stories are more compelling, more complex, and demonstrably more entertaining too. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 30, 2021
83% Boys from County Hell (2020) Baugh's film has cracks about "the good room" as well as lengthy, hilarious arguments about the best way to kill a vampire, almost giving it the feel of an Irish take on Shaun of the Dead. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
No Score Yet Deadly Cuts (2021) Carey's wildly impressive and accomplished debut deserves to be seen by as wide an audience as possible. Charming, heartwarming, hilarious, and impressively dark, the performances are peerless, script is tight, and the message is surprisingly uplifting. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
84% Jakob's Wife (2021) Aside from being a furiously feminist film, Jakob's Wife is mordantly funny, gruesomely gory and gloriously unpredictable. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2021
82% The Power (2021) A story about how the wounds of abuse often impact our lives indefinitely... there are no easy answers when it comes to solving these kinds of traumas but, if women continue to speak up about them, there's less chance others are suffering in silence. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
60% Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break (2021) Gillespie's film is very funny and VERY gory but it's all in good fun. Despite the ludicrous premise - it's a busy aul' lunch break, to be fair - Paul Dood's Deadly Lunch Break is surprisingly, weirdly sweet, smart and sad. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
64% Sound of Violence (2021) Noyer's film is inventive, challenging, and devious... An impressive debut through and through with a killer hook and plenty of stomach-churning moments. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
81% Offseason (2021) Offseason tends to be atmospheric rather than outright scary. But it's more focused than much of Keating's back catalogue, with less of the try-hard arty-farty accoutrements that have previously held him back. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
97% Slaxx (2020) This is one killer concept that's meatier than it has any right to be. You'll definitely want to try on these Slaxx. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
64% Witch Hunt (2021) Witch Hunt presents a heightened metaphor for how we become radicalized as teenagers, once the world opens up and we realize there are people suffering simply because of who they are. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 25, 2021
86% Come True (2021) Stone has the look of a teenager with the earned maturity of someone who's been through some heavy stuff, which lent itself well to Honey Bee and works just as brilliantly in Come True. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
91% PG: Psycho Goreman (2021) Delightfully dark, whimsical, charming and frequently laugh-out-loud funny. In true old school horror style, a rap about the movie plays over the end credits, reminding viewers yet again that they don't make 'em like this anymore. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2021
92% The Stylist (2020) The Stylist is the latest in a long line of female-fronted horror movies with women behind the camera too. ...Gevargizian's take is further evidence horror is most exciting when told from the perspective of someone who isn't male, white and/or straight. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
61% Willy's Wonderland (2021) Willy's Wonderland is a total blast from start to finish. Funny, furiously violent, and with one of the coolest Cage performances this side of Mandy. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
40% Burn It All (2021) Burn It All is incompetent in every conceivable way but the manner in which it fails its female characters - all three of them! - and in particular Alex is inexcusable. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
50% The Sinners (The Color Rose) (2020) The Sinners is a bit rough around the edges, slightly unfocused, and too densely plotted at times but there's plenty of style and slickness to it also and the performances each herald major stars on the rise. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 26, 2021
62% Body Brokers (2021) Refusing to sensationalize Utah's struggle, or even make a judgement on him and his money-hungry cohorts, emphasizes Swab's empathetic yet uninhibited approach to the material, compounded by Grillo's winking snake oil salesman and his caustic voiceover. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
93% Saint Maud (2020) By making the film a scary, intense and thought-provoking experience all in one, Glass showcases how much can be done when horror isn't limited to jump scares and mindless gore. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
88% Sator (2019) Atmospheric, experimental and the very definition of a slow burn. It's an easier film to admire than enjoy, but Graham's debut definitely leaves a mark. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
20% The Reckoning (2021) Kirk turns The Reckoning into a rallying cry for women everywhere to refuse to bend to the will of men, which might be the most surprising thing about this fantastically gruesome and highly entertaining horror movie. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
47% A Nightmare Wakes (2020) At best, this is a misguided attempt to make a gothic horror story about the most famous gothic horror story writer in history. At worst, it's an insult to the legacy of that very same genius. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 15, 2021
91% The Queen of Black Magic (Ratu ilmu hitam) (2019) This is a profoundly frightening movie that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. ...Even lifelong horror fans will find their mettle tested. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
80% The Night (2021) There's a 90-minute version of this movie that gets to the point faster, ratchets up the tension quickly and then holds it tight until the big reveal. ...As it stands, we would've been better off spending The Night elsewhere, just like Babak and Neda. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2021
79% Synchronic (2020) The sequences where Steve takes Synchronic are masterful, which only makes the rest of the movie feel like more of a letdown. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 22, 2021
No Score Yet Panda Bear It (2020) The pain of losing someone, as well as the general pain of human suffering purely as a result of being alive, is sharply felt in Kidd's film. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2021
84% Climate of the Hunter (2020) A fitfully dull, purposely confusing head-scratcher that is impressive in its genre-defying nature and commitment to the weirdness of its setup but leaves one feeling as unsatisfied as a vampire who hasn't had a drop of blood to drink in several nights. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
86% The Bloodhound (2020) Even when nothing particularly scary is happening, the sensation that it's about to at any moment is suffocating. Overall, Picard's film is unsettling, tense and incredibly strange. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
74% Archenemy (2020) An interesting misfire for Mortimer, a filmmaker who, above all else, isn't afraid to try something different. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
84% Freaky (2020) Who would've thought... that a story about a teenage girl swapping bodies with a vengeful serial killer would be so life-affirming, and so empowering? - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2020
82% Happiest Season (2020) Happiest Season isn't the goofy, laugh-a-minute caper much of its marketing material is promoting. It's actually something a lot more interesting; a chewy, spiky, emotionally complex story that's difficult to pin down and equally tough to shake. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
97% Sound of Metal (2020) Watching [Riz] Ahmed flourish without words, typically an actor's lifeline, is a joy. It's a massive challenge and he rises to it with aplomb. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
100% Honey Bee (2019) Rau's film... is more concerned with providing a scuzzy but always well-meaning day-in-the-life look at someone in a horrible situation than providing any easy answers to how she'll get out of it. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
80% Koko-di Koko-da (2020) To describe this as an acquired taste would do it a great disservice. Koko-di, Koko-da isn't impenetrable, you just have to get on its own particular wavelength to appreciate the film's anti-beauty. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
7/10 98% Anything for Jackson (2020) It may not pack quite as big of a punch as others in its sub-genre, but when it's good, Anything for Jackson is pure nightmare fuel. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 17, 2020
75% Murder Bury Win (2020) Presents a game that looks genuinely fun and wraps it up in an evocative story about how dreams often only come true at a cost. Beautifully performed, frequently hilarious, and will strike a chord with anyone who's even a little bit creative. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
95% The Mortuary Collection (2019) As anthologies go, this is a remarkably solid entry with zero duds to speak of, which kicks off at a lively clip and ties everything up neatly with the requisite wink for good measure. - Vague Visages EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
85% Detention (2019) Where most video-game adaptations lean too heavily on the source material, Detention strays too far away, opting for a moody, non-captivating relationship drama over any sustained scares. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2020
55% Don't Look Back (2020) As a horror, it boasts plenty of great jump scares, a strong, dread-soaked atmosphere, and an evocative color palette made up almost entirely of greys and blues. Don't Look Back is confidently its own thing and Reddick's voice is clear throughout. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2020
89% The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Werewolf movies have long been neglected and, although it's too early to say whether Cummings' unique, accomplished entry into the sub-genre will stand the test of time like its forebears, there are more than enough reasons to believe it will. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
84% Bloodthirsty (2021) Moses' movie offers a fresh take on a well-trodden myth that many before her, with considerably more money no doubt, have struggled to master. Certainly on this evidence, there's life in the old dog yet. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
59% Girl (2020) Girl's unabashed nihilism is what really leaves a mark. That, and the odd couple at its dark core, who have more in common than either would care to admit, both on and off-screen. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) Possessor is a film that crawls under your skin, rips your face off from the inside out, and proudly wears it as its own. ...It will involve, disgust, and repel you, but it's nothing short of absolutely extraordinary. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
97% Spontaneous (2020) Spontaneous could stand to be sharper, edgier, and have clearer intentions beyond its oddly fatalistic attitude to young people. ...It could also have a lead we don't want to strangle, or just one compelling relationship. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
77% 12 Hour Shift (2020) Grant's second offering is a remarkably dark, twisted, and proudly female-centric horror-comedy powered by a streak of pure anarchy... Only she could've made this film. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
No Score Yet Me and Me (2020) It's a puzzling film, but not without its pleasures, not least of which are the stunning cinematography, which makes small-town life look just as idyllic as big city living, and the performances, which are sweetly naturalistic. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
60% The Horror Crowd (2020) A wasted opportunity at best, an embarrassingly desperate grasp at relevancy at worst. - Wicked Horror EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020