Meagan Navarro

Meagan Navarro
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T-Meter Title | Year
1.5/5 10% Masquerade (2021) Masquerade sticks too closely to the home invasion formula for too long, unable to muster any suspense along the way until a confusing third act. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2021
5/5 89% The Green Knight (2021) Lowery's latest impresses and wows with a tactile, beguiling dark fantasy epic that cuts right to the Pagan heart of Arthurian legend. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2021
2.5/5 49% Old (2021) Old presents an absurd time-lapse scenario. No twists or surprises punctuate this bizarre trip, just a few moments of horror and a whole lot of cringe humor. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2021
2.5/5 45% Escape Room: Tournament of Champions (2021) The true star is the production design and extravagant traps. But the third act quickly rushes the familiar formula to dive into a lackluster finale that retreads the same story and retcons aspects from the first. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2021
2.5/5 63% Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) It skates by on its roster of female leads, clearly having an absolute blast, and a slew of well-crafted action set pieces. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2021
2/5 50% A Classic Horror Story (2021) A Classic Horror Story isn't targeting a specific era or title in horror to pay tribute; it wants to throw everything at the wall to see what sticks. It results in a bizarre, disjointed experience full of great imagery but confused story and messaging. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
2/5 42% Great White (2021) Great White makes for a relatively toothless affair. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 12, 2021
3.5/5 86% Dachra (2021) Tunisia's first horror movie marks a bold entrance into the realm of genre film. Bouchnak's debut wears its influences on its sleeves but fully embraces the darkness to bring a new cultural tale of gruesome, dread-filled horror. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
4/5 84% Blood Red Sky (2021) It's the type of plot that screams action-horror spectacle, yet this high-altitude thriller defies expectations from the start. A beating heart of familial love pumps through the veins of this intense horror-thriller with a vicious take on vampire lore. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 9, 2021
3.5/5 89% Fear Street Part Two: 1978 (2021) Leigh Janiak continues her streak with another solid R-rated slasher that delivers brutal kills and likable characters that make those deaths hurt. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
3/5 70% Meander (2021) It's a bit too simple narratively, but it succeeds as experiential horror that brings intense, claustrophobic suspense. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2021
2/5 49% The Forever Purge (2021) The Forever Purge reads less like a horror movie and more like news headlines that offers no reprieve or semblance of fantasy. It's delivered with blunt force that makes for a grueling experience. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
3.5/5 82% Fear Street Part One: 1994 (2021) Director Leigh Janiak infectiously captures the essence of the novels, both in spirit and bloodletting, in the first entry of the trilogy. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
3/5 90% Till Death (2021) The thrills more than compensate for a melodramatic setup, and Fox makes for a capable action lead. It may not wholly separate itself from a crowded subgenre, but Till Death does offer an exhilarating and entertaining ride while it lasts. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 30, 2021
3.5/5 100% All My Friends Hate Me (2021) Andrew Gaynord's darkly funny feature debut deftly pushes social anxiety, tension, and humor so far that it becomes inseparable from horror. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3.5/5 47% False Positive (2021) It begins as a genre-bending tale about the perils of parenting. Then John Lee and Ilana Glazer take a hard left turn into something else so provocative, abstract, and ambitious that it's destined to become a conversation starter. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 18, 2021
3/5 86% Werewolves Within (2021) Ruben's latest plays like a joyous hug of a comedy-horror movie full of charisma, violent antics, and entertaining character-driven mystery. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
2.5/5 67% We Need to Do Something (2021) O'Grady's debut is innovatively crafted and provides a grab bag of horror, but its parts are greater than its whole. From gross-out gags, bloodletting, and a thrilling level of unpredictability. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
96% The Amusement Park (2019) It's not horror in the conventional sense, nor is it even a feature film. That doesn't make The Amusement Park any less unnerving, which makes this restoration all the more impressive. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2021
3/5 90% Ultrasound (2021) Ultrasound delivers a compelling mystery box through meticulous plotting, intentionally bewildering story shifts, and vibrant visual choices. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
1/5 33% The Superdeep (2020) Not even a few fun moments of creature mayhem can distract from this convoluted mess. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
3.5/5 79% See For Me (2021) It's a simple story that's stunningly executed. It perhaps wraps up a bit too tidily, but Sophie's flaws and the moral complications they create add distinct layers to this well-crafted and propulsive thriller. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
4/5 76% No Man of God (2021) It may not offer any new insight to Bundy himself, but it's not meant to. Instead, Sealey turns the tables by exploring whether it's possible to empathize, as well as the human cost of understanding a monster. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2021
3.5/5 98% My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To (2021) It's an entire meditative, brooding feature that centers on the question of how far you would go in the name of family. Cuartas captures that in the form of personal sacrifice and ruination, in the most bittersweet and devastating way. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2021
2/5 29% Ghost Lab (2021) While it quickly transcends a familiar setup, the massive shifts through tone and narrative induce jarring whiplash. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
4/5 56% The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021) Chaves takes the reins from Wan and runs with it, bringing a wholly different experience that still feels like a warm reunion with horror's favorite couple. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 1, 2021
2.5/5 74% Cruella (2021) Gillespie helms a stunning showcase of talent that culminates in a striking feature, but it's narratively hollow and toothless. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted May 26, 2021
3.5/5 91% A Quiet Place Part II (2021) A Quiet Place Part II makes for an excellent continuation that offers the thrills and feels audiences fell for previously. Krasinski doesn't break the mold here. This is above all Simmonds' show, and she nails it. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
2.5/5 46% Seance (2021) Barrett takes an old-school approach to his supernaturally charged murder mystery, but its no frills horror might be rendered a little too simplistic. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted May 18, 2021
3/5 88% Oxygen (2021) Oxygen doesn't do anything new with its familiar setup, but Aja brings taut, propulsive energy matched by his talented lead. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
4/5 37% Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021) Spiral brings style and substance, with a few chuckles to balance the gore. For this standalone entry, Bousman subverts familiarity and reinvigorates the franchise by evolving the universe. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
1.5/5 7% Separation (2021) Despite an imaginative setup, Separation can't divorce itself from a lack of scares, tension, and underbaked storytelling that prevents emotional resonance. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 29, 2021
2/5 40% Things Heard & Seen (2021) It aspires to be a mystery but can't wring any tension to fuel it. None of the superfluous plot and character threads can distract from the predictability. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2021
3/5 84% Bloodthirsty (2021) It's a confident feature that explores the pursuit of artistic success through a werewolf lens. Just temper expectations to a slow-burn psychological wolf in music industry clothing. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2021
3.5/5 55% Mortal Kombat (2021) While densely packed and less serious than it takes itself, Mortal Kombat succeeds in soaring spectacle and gory fun that fully whets your appetite for more. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/5 83% Boys from County Hell (2020) It may not hit all the notes intended, but the film does leave you thirsting for more vampiric slaughter. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 22, 2021
3/5 61% The Banishing (2020) Psychological time loops, an eerie mirror, and nightmarish hallucinations are all bolstered by stunning cinematography and off-kilter camerawork to bring genuine scares, even in an overly crowded story. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2021
3.5/5 82% Caveat (2020) Caveat is a strange little tale full of claustrophobic dread and psychological mystery. It goes to some peculiar places narratively, making for a welcome distraction from the familiar. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2021
4/5 87% The Djinn (2021) There's not an ounce of fat here, just a streamlined story packed with intensity and scares. The meticulous simplicity lets the suspense do the heavy lifting for this modern fairy tale nightmare. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 10, 2021
4/5 83% The Power (2021) Faith uses a familiar period ghost story as a foundation to create an emotionally powerful tale full of claustrophobic dread and nyctophobic-induced scares. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2021
2/5 25% The Unholy (2021) The latest entry in religious horror commits the cardinal sin of inducing boredom by way of tired tropes and cheap jump scares. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2021
3/5 75% Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) It's outlandish and sometimes very dumb, but it more than delivers what it promises. With immaculate thrills and spectacle, who cares why the lizard and ape decided to duke it out; we're the real winners here. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 29, 2021
2.5/5 85% Jakob's Wife (2021) Its silliness often undermines its exploration of themes and clever gender-swapping. Moreover, it lacks a clear identity; there are two warring movies at play. Still, Crampton fully unleashed will be more than enough to please the midnight crowd. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
4/5 84% Nobody (2021) Naishuller's latest is a lean action-thriller full of visceral violence and biting humor. There's no depth in terms of narrative, but none of that matters much when this Odenkirk-led cast is having an absolute blast. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
2.5/5 74% Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021) The scope and style keep things engaging up to a certain point. So, too, does its nightmarish android imagery. But it's too opaque and superficial to sustain the overarching narrative, further hindered by archetypical characters. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3.5/5 82% The Spine of Night (2021) Even if its winding narrative structure and themes won't be for all tastes, it's impossible not to be awed by the sheer artistry on display. The painstaking process of hand-rotoscoped animation gives a striking, epic feel to an ambitious concept. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2021
3.5/5 80% Gaia (2021) This slow-burn horror-fantasy narrative prefers a different approach to eco-horror by creating a stunning assault on the senses. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
4/5 100% Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) In her feature debut, writer/director Janisse dives deep into the world of folk horror, delivering a dizzyingly comprehensive documentary that approaches the subgenre's history with a wide-reaching critical perspective. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
2/5 50% The Sinners (The Color Rose) (2020) Paige's debut might resonate with a younger audience, but it otherwise unravels at the slightest tug of its plot threads. It prefers to tell over show; expect major plot beats to unveil through lengthy exposition dumps that still don't bring clarity. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021
1.5/5 17% The Canyonlands (2021) If this were an adventure movie or Utah tourism marketing, The Canyonlands would have a solid foundation. As a horror movie, though, nothing works. - Bloody Disgusting EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2021