Jonathan Barkan

Jonathan Barkan
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T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 56% Guns Akimbo (2019) Guns Akimbo is a double-barrel blast of adrenalized chaos. It ain't perfect but [it's] a rush when it fires on all cylinders. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 10, 2019
4.5/5 94% The Lighthouse (2019) ...this phantasmagoria plays the audience like a fiddle, weaving a deeply unsettling sea shanty. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
3.5/5 78% Color Out of Space (2019) Gorgeous, vibrant, and terrifying, Color Out of Space is packed with Lovecraftian creatures and cosmic infections galore. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 8, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Spiral (2019) Spiral is a frightening and compelling addition to queer-powered horror. Come for the great team behind the cameras, stay for Bowyer-Chapman's stunning performance. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready or Not is a devilishly good time. Samara Weaving wades through viscera and gore, emerging a new Queen of Horror. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
4/5 79% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Øvredal's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark hits nearly all the right notes. ...Schwartz and Gammell should be feeling a great deal of pride right about now. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/10 59% Astronaut (2019) It's always a shame when a film has a charming, even sweet premise and yet it stumbles so frequently that little, if anything, can salvage it. - JonathanBarkan.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2019
4.5/5 100% Parasite (Gisaengchung) (2019) Parasite is Bong Joon-ho at his very best. A masterpiece of storytelling and a captivating dissection of class struggles, it is cinema at its finest. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2019
2/10 23% Dark Phoenix (2019) ...a dull, lifeless, hollow, melodramatic hodgepodge of bad ideas and even worse executions. - JonathanBarkan.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 2, 2019
4/5 65% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Sit back, make sure you have some popcorn, and get ready for one of the most entertaining horror movies this year has to offer. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
4.5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) You will be shocked, you will be devastated, and you will think about it long after the credits roll. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 19, 2019
3.5/5 41% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the definition of a summer blockbuster. ...Just don't expect to care much along the way and maybe have some Dramamine ready. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
4.5/5 58% Pet Sematary (2019) Scary as hell, beautifully shot, and faithful in tone, horror fans won't want to miss this! - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
3/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) As a horror film it works just fine and, for as much as there is to scratch your head about, there's certainly enough to make you cover your eyes. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2019
4/5 100% The Head Hunter (2019) Created by a skeleton crew on a meager budget with limited supplies, [The Head Hunter] is overflowing with imagination and atmosphere. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
4/5 88% Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Daniel Isn't Real is a psychological thriller married with cosmic body horror in inventive, original, and exciting ways. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) Jordan Peele's Us is one of the most original horror titles in recent years. This movie is destined for greatness. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2019
4/5 100% The Unthinkable (Den blomstertid nu kommer) (2018) Beautifully filmed and breath-stoppingly intense, The Unthinkable wonderfully blends human emotion with the horror of war in a grounded and captivating story. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U loses the snappiness of the first film while injecting a substantial amount of gleeful absurdity. It won't please everyone but you'll be flat out lying if say you were bored. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 13, 2019
5/5 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) Never dull, always informative, and expertly crafted, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror is a triumph of masterful execution, engaging storytelling, and brutal honesty. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 6, 2019
3.5/5 61% Alita: Battle Angel (2019) While [Alita: Battle Angel] falters in its storytelling and treatment of characters, it's so damn badass and fun that it's worth suffering its flaws. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) Unsure if it wants to be grounded in reality or embrace its fantastical premise, Glass is unable to strongly deliver on either. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2019
4/5 84% The Quake (Skjelvet) (2018) While not as mind-blowing or exhilarating as The Wave, The Quake is, without a doubt, a very solid, enjoyable, and thrilling experience. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
3.5/5 87% Tumbbad (2018) Tumbbad [is] a fascinating journey into Indian horror with a timely, relevant historical twist. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 66% Suspiria (2018) Suspiria ... lives and breathes in a world of its own, weaving an enchanting, dizzying, and frightening spell. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2018
4/5 81% Overlord (2018) Overlord gave me exactly what I wanted. Tight, fun, vicious, and brimming with practical FX gore, you'll be hard-pressed to find a film as gleefully bloody this year. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2018
4.5/5 79% Halloween (2018) Halloween pays loving and respectful homage ... while making a very bold and decisive claim for its own existence. This is the real deal and it is every horror fan's dream come true. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2018
2/5 32% The Predator (2018) Poor story choices and strange, if not outright silly, character decisions result in an experience that will ultimately leave audiences feeling a great amount of "meh". - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4.5/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2019) Audiences will leave this movie with a rekindled love - and appreciation - for cinema in general. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2018
4/5 71% Climax (2019) ... a dizzying, disorienting, descent into damnation. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
4/5 86% Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires (2018) It's crude, it's childish, and damn if it's not a good time! - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2018
.5/5 17% The Darkest Minds (2018) Boring, predictable, uneven, and clunky, The Darkest Minds is simply not worth the money or time. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
60% Unfriended: Dark Web (2018) Unfriended: Dark Web is an unrelentingly effective, albeit cruel, experience. If you've never thought to put tape over your webcam, this movie will scare you into doing so. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2018
82% What Keeps You Alive (2018) This film never falters in terms of engaging audiences. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 10, 2018
3.5/5 53% Blood Fest (2018) If you're able to look past [the] flaws, or simply accept them, Blood Fest should certainly please a great many. Played right, it could become the party horror film of the year. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2018
1.5/5 59% Incident In a Ghost Land (Ghostland) (2018) Unpleasant, vicious, and mean-spirited, Incident in a Ghostland ... sets horror back and gives credence to those who decry the genre as misogynistic and regressive. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2018
4.5/5 97% Tigers Are Not Afraid (Vuelven) (2019) Issa López's Tigers Are Not Afraid will be spoken of in the same breath as The Orphanage and Pan's Labyrinth while still being able to stand on its own. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2018
2/5 46% In Darkness (2018) In Darkness may feature a fantastic performance from Natalie Dormer but the rest of the film falters in bringing anything new, or even remotely exciting, to the table. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet Dark Crimes (2018) Dark Crimes may be bolstered by Carrey's nuanced and fascinating performance but the thoroughly unpleasant film feels like it simply wants to punish viewers ... - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 10, 2018
3.5/5 82% The Cleanse (2018) ... certainly rocky in terms of pacing and unsure how to handle all of its characters, it blends horror, comedy, romance, and emotion into an original film ... - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2018
3/5 87% The Dark (2018) Faults aside, The Dark is still effective and emotionally charged. With enough kills to satisfy the bloodthirsty, it will certainly have an audience who love films about the undead but are craving something with a different taste. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted May 3, 2018
4.5/5 84% The Night Eats the World (La nuit a dévoré le monde) (2018) The Night Eats The World is engaging, emotional, scary, and simply a masterpiece. This is the kind of movie that takes the tried and true subject of zombies and gives it a wonderful twist. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2018
2.5/5 63% Us and Them (2018) Us and Them is anchored by stellar performances, Roth especially, but it can't decide what it wants to be or who it wants to champion. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
4.5/5 91% Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum (2018) Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum is the real deal. Deeply unsettling and unrelentingly scary, it is a film that must be seen. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2018
2/5 52% Rampage (2018) ... Rampage ultimately tries to bring too much ham-fisted emotion into an overly long movie ... - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
1/5 15% Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (2018) ... here's hoping that Truth or Dare tanks and we don't have to endure a spate of horror films based on innocuous party games. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/5 76% Blue My Mind (2017) Blue My Mind is a coming-of-age tale that intimately enters the terrifying world of a young woman's maturation. - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2018
3.5/5 93% Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) (2017) [This] Indonesian Occult Horror Remake Gets it Right - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 2, 2018
4/5 69% Wildling (2018) Wildling takes traditional the werewolf transformation mechanism and uses it as the foundation for a more immediate and relatable story ... - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2018
1.5/5 72% Ready Player One (2018) An overabundance of pop culture references can't save Ready Player One from its own mediocrity - Dread Central EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 11, 2018