Lee McCoy

Lee McCoy
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Welcome to Drumdums! I am an avid movie lover with a passion for films. I'm also a drummer, runner, retired Air Force MSgt, a music lover, and Jedi council member (not really). Oh...and I love reviewing films of all types, with a specialty in horror.
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Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
8/10 89% Run (2020) It oozes Stephen King vibes, intentionally, but stakes it's claim with a focus on mother/daughter dependency, and what can happen when one is too dependent on the other. Hell of a nice twist too. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2020
8/10 83% Freaky (2020) Kathryn Newton plays the part well as the reluctant high school hero, making the butcher is even more interesting in female form. Vaughn is the glue. He's an effective killer, but also possesses amazing comedic timing. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 14, 2020
8/10 93% Possessor: Uncut (2020) The apple doesn't fall far from the Cronenberg tree. Brandon C chooses to follow in his father's footsteps offering a disturbing and twisted sci fi mind bender that manages to tell a comprehendible story due to strong character moments and performances. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2020
7.5/10 48% The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Killer Queen knows EXACTLY what it is. A fun popcorn bloody horror comedy that almost goes off the rails at times (stoner dads rejoice). Cole and new character Phoebe keep the heart in tact and give us something to root for. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2020
7/10 47% Unhinged (2020) Unhinged turned out to be exactly what I thought. Don't expect any big surprises, just Russell Crowe have a MASSIVE case of the Mondays. It doesn't break any new ground the psychopath genre, but it's a fun ride for a Saturday afternoon. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2020
8/10 71% Tenet (2020) It doesn't have the heart of Inception, but Nolan is so far ahead of everyone that he's going in reverse. The action is not only jawdropping, but thought-provoking, like you're deciphering the fight as it's happening. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 3, 2020
7.5/10 42% The Last House on the Left (2009) Last House is slicker than Craven's 1970s drive-in classic original, but it doesn't hold back. It kicks you right in the face on the some of the sequences actually. Garrett Dillahunt is a chilling Krug as well. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 1, 2020
3/10 33% The New Mutants (2020) As a comic book fan, I'm disappointed. As a horror fan, I'm offended. New Mutants grasps at a lot of things, but never connects. And the fact that Fox repeatedly delayed the film makes complete sense now. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2020
75% Long Lost (2019) I think you'll have a good time with this. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 19, 2020
7.5/10 100% Host (2020) Host is a "laptop horror" film, and at just over 50 minutes, it packs an economical punch. There is one scene that got me. Good. The improvisation adds to the horror and humor at times. And can we give it up for the importance of editing these films? - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
5/10 69% We Summon the Darkness (2020) We Summon the Darkness is very lacking. It borrows elements from a lot of different brackets....80s culture, metal, kidnapping/torture, etc. But if gives half-hearted attempts at each one of these elements. And the 80s authenticity is quite lacking. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 9, 2020
7.5/10 81% The Beach House (2020) The Beach House fits right into it's "body horror" mold. It's effective, gruesome, and even thought provoking. It's not going to win any awards, but at least it can stand next to most of it's genre brethren. And eat BEFORE watching. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
8/10 76% The Rental (2020) The Rental oozes atmosphere with a smart script that plays heavily with character conflict. A true thriller in every sense. The constant tension between the two couples is so well crafted, which ties into the breakneck intensity in the last act. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2020
7.5/10 86% 1BR (2020) 1BR takes a "road well traveled" premise and turns it on it's head with a unique change in trajectory, with plenty of blood and emotion. Nicole B Bloom carries a heavy load. You can't help but feel sorry for her, root for her, and question her throughout. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2020
7.5/10 9% Halloween - The Curse of Michael Myers (Halloween 6) (1995) Curse is definitely the most controversial with its cultish plotline. Sometime chaos creates beauty, and I find a lot in 6. An unapologetic Myers, an energetic performance by Paul Rudd, and painted on atmosphere by the gallons. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 15, 2020
3/10 9% Brahms: The Boy II (2020) The first gave a fresh an unexpected twist. In the Boy II, filmmakers (same writer/director) decided to conform and step back in the horror cliche lines and make Brahms more stereotypical and uninteresting. What a shame. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
8/10 91% The Invisible Man (2020) Who knew that a "remake" could be so refreshing? Leigh Whannel's 3rd turn in the director's chair feels refreshing, borrowing elements of the Universal Monster as a threat anchor. The Invisible Man, at its core, is a woman's cry for escape. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
7/10 56% The Hunt (2020) The Hunt is a film that could have been soaked in agenda, but thankfully it leans much more on entertainment. And our hero character Crystal (Betty Gilpin) might be the most effective heroine since Sharni Vinson's turn in You're Next. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
2/10 11% The Turning (2020) This Turning is probably the worst adaptation (Turning of the Screw) I've seen in a long time. It's a mess with characters you can't get behind, a story muddled with every genre trope imaginable, and an unrealized albeit lazy ending. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
8/10 74% The Lodge (2020) The Lodge is the latest high brow horror delight with a hard focus on characters who are very uncomfortable around each other. Add in a dash of religious cult repression and you got yourself a solid horror flick in the vein of The Shining and The Thing. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
8/10 39% The Strangers: Prey At Night (2018) Prey at Night is one of the most effect modern slashers in years. Madison and Pullman are the heart and soul of this vehicle, with a strong relationship heavy on the likability factor. Be prepared for a refreshing and unconventional 3rd act. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
7.5/10 70% Haunt (2019) What wins in Haunt for me is the villains. They're fun, imaginative, and creepy. And more importantly for a horror film, the kills deliver. They're to the point and pretty savage honestly. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
7.5/10 79% Halloween (2018) After 2 troubled outings via Rob Zombie , the original Michael Myers is back and in great form. David Gordon Green almost nails it despite a few weak character decisions. But the Myers mystique is back along with a hell bent Jamie Lee Curtis. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
7.5/10 30% Over the Top (1987) Don't be deceived by the premise. Over the Top isn't about arm wrestling; it's about a father reconnecting with his son, and teaching him what it means to fail, and how to do it with dignity. It's beautiful actually. "The world meets nobody half way." - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020
7/10 72% Becky (2020) Becky is Home Alone on acid; fun and bloody. Lulu Wilson kicks up the psycho meter quite a bit at a certain point. Kevin James is surprisingly effective as the villain. - DrumDums EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2020