MontiLee Stormer

MontiLee Stormer
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
MontiLee Stormer is a writer of horror, dark and urban fantasy. She?s also is a troublemaker, concocting acts of mayhem and despair for her own selfish pleasure. An avid movie watcher, she prefers horror but will see just about anything if you're buying. Poltergeist (1982) is her favorite movie and she actively hates The Shining (1980) due to its racism, misogyny, the butchering of the source material. She could host a TEDtalk on this single subject. Writing about herself in the third person is just a bonus.
Publications: MovieReelist.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 92% The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Well-paced, there isn't a single frame wasted, and Bertino's subtle hand makes the shadows breathe and the very air a character of sinister intent. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2021
3.5/5 88% Sator (2019) A 7-year odyssey for creator Jordan Graham, he crafts Sierra Nevada Gothic, giving voice to the landscape and letting the optics of the dense growth and pitch-black frame his shots. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
2/5 30% Paradise Cove (2021) ... we won't even talk about the dog. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
3/5 27% Bliss (2021) Their kismet connection feels tangible, and when it's all over as ambiguous as ever, you know it's better to believe the ending that makes you less sad. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
2.5/5 47% The Little Things (2021) There is an over-exposed and gritty feel to John Lee Hancock's The Little Things that makes it feel both intimate and hollow. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 28, 2021
3.5/5 89% Silence & Darkness (2020) Writer/director Barak Barkan sets the stage for manipulation and co-dependence, with sinister undertones so subtle, you wonder at first if you've queued the right movie. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 15, 2021
2/5 43% The Lie (2020) With every decision Rebecca and Jay make, coupled with Kayla's own astoundingly poor judgment, The Lie devolves into a fever dream of really awful people with no common sense. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
3.5/5 72% Black Box (2020) It's not a perfect film, but it's a fun puzzle box mystery with jarring transitions between reality and mindscape that rely on mounting tension and intimate drama, not jump scares. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Black Pumpkin (2020) It has the hallmarks of 80s teen horror, and that's not necessarily a good thing. We've seen all of this before, and I mean all of it, right down to the Carpenter-esque soundtrack. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
3/5 70% Godmothered (2020) Think of it as a Hallmark holiday movie for kids, and I mean kids, like your pre-teens, or your teens that have to watch your pre-teens while you make more eggnog. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
4/5 98% Anything for Jackson (2020) Director Justin G. Dyck and screenwriter Keith Cooper massage thriller, crime drama, and horror creating a hybrid with carefully placed flashbacks, misdirection, and chills. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 26, 2020
2.5/5 88% News of the World (2020) It's supposedly a heart-warming story about two people thrown together by circumstance to find comfort and camaraderie. It's likely I'm not the target audience for this movie. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
4/5 90% Promising Young Woman (2020) It feels darkly pessimistic, but that's exactly the tone it needs to strike. Men fear being humiliated; women fear being killed. This disconnect hammers home the last act - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
2.5/5 59% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Look kids - it's not great. Entertaining, sure. Funny in parts, of course. Great, if disconnected, fight scenes. But it's a lot of something and too much of everything else. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 25, 2020
100% Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) It may not change your mind about Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge... but I now have a new appreciation for what, in retrospect, is groundbreaking horror film thrust upon an actor in an era that wasn't ready for either. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
3.5 83% Freaky (2020) Freaky blends comedy with old school practical scares to bring a bloody but not over the top gore scare-fest that just feels fun. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Widow's Point (2019) Widow's Point has all of the hallmarks of a classic ghost story: missing husbands, tragic brides, dead starlets. Nothing exciting happens when people follow the rules. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
2.5/5 76% Spiral (2019) It was pretty muddy. I really wanted to like Spiral more than I did, but too many open questions, neat endings, and unexplained actions left me empty. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 57% Come Play (2020) For a movie focuses on a child whose world is already terrifying, this worked. If you're looking to move from "Goosebumps" and horror kiddie fare, this is a great next step. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
2.5 42% Don't Let Go (Relive) (2019) So, the first thing you need to know about Don't Let Go is that there is a lot of talking. Like, a lot. Unfortunately, it drags what is potentially a fun little speculative flick. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 62% It Chapter Two (2019) If you're expecting It: Chapter Two to be bloodier and gorier and more adult, you won't be disappointed. Chapter One dealt with childhood trauma and loss, Chapter Two zeros in on that unresolved trauma. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2.5/5 82% Official Secrets (2019) Government is a bully, the little people get squashed, and legal conflicts are dragged out for a ridiculous amount of time to prove a point no one can remember. Just. Like. This. Movie. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 18% Hustlers (2013) The club scenes are incredible. Jennifer Lopez does her own dancing, training for months on the pole for that authentic feel. Cameos give it a never-ending party feel. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 84% Downton Abbey (2019) Even if you don't know anything about Downton Abbey (I didn't) it's an enjoyable little film. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/5 83% Ad Astra (2019) This should feel like a thrill ride IN SPACE, not like an actual 3-day trip to the moon where you wish the pulmonary embolisms developing in your legs would kill you. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Ashes (2012) is a lot of fun and as it progresses towards its climax and gets more and more bloody. That's how you know you're having a great time. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 26% Gemini Man (2019) You're not watching Gemini Man for its sweeping vistas of Colombia. You're watching Gemini Man to see Will Smith beat the crap out of Will Smith. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 54% Maleficent (2014) Even as all sharp angles and dark clothing, Angelina Jolie embodies grace and dangerous beauty, while still possessing a vulnerable side brought on by years of betrayal and mistrust. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 69% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) Here, I throw my hands up and cry pardon. I was wrong to doubt this movie, and it's rare for a sequel to make me want to see its predecessor - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2.5/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) I love a good action film and dig a sustainable franchise. Terminator: Dark Fate really isn't either of those. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 73% Harriet (2019) Harriet is the kind of movie I would have liked to have seen in high school when learning about the Underground Railroad and the fight against slavery. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 63% Motherless Brooklyn (2019) This isn't my usual fare of film, but I do love a good story that manages to be exciting as well as touching without all of that touchy-feely nonsense. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
4/5 78% Doctor Sleep (2019) This is not a retread of a crazy man in a haunted house, but a well-paced drama about the traumas of childhood abuse, the remnants of the psychic energy all abuse holds. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 46% Last Christmas (2019) It's worth seeing with family and girlfriends and moms and besties because it's a smart happy movie you can laugh with without feeling dumber for it. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 92% Ford v Ferrari (2019) There's high drama pulsing underneath the loud engines, and that's what keeps Ford v Ferrari humming for 152 minutes. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 63% The Good Liar (2019) It's a calmer, gentler mystery, and maybe that's the point. Sometimes it's the quiet death of a thousand cuts that's the most devastating. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 78% Frozen II (2019) There's no question the Littles will enjoy Frozen 2. It's plenty colorful, even if it did feel long. I say "feel long" because it's only 103 minutes, but a lot is going on. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 53% 21 Bridges (2019) I found 21 Bridges very watchable, very exciting, and far from another lame romp through Crimetown. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/5 77% Richard Jewell (2019) If you like drama and the tut-tutting of government over-reach and media slander, knock yourself out, but there are other movies that don't trick you into cheering the budding incel. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/5 19% Cats (2019) Cats is disjointed, unintentionally comical, and a little creepy - and folks, I love musicals. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2.5/5 89% 1917 (2020) 1917 looks and feels like a 1st person shooter game, and every scene is just preparation to react to what happens in the next scene. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 78% Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (2020) This is not to say that Birds of Prey isn't fun. It's a wild ride! Darkly comic and colorful, and the action is engaging without being too over-the-top (you know how superhero movies can get). - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Alpha Test (2020) I know it sounds like I didn't like The Alpha Test, but you're wrong. I enjoyed watching everyday people bungle the future because their lives are too comfortable in the now. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet A Wakefield Project (2019) Saying A Wakefield Project is disjointed is a kind murder. It's a jigsaw puzzle, but the pieces are from other puzzles and they've been cut and glued to fit by a blind person. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Silent Place (2020) This would have made a fantastic short film of about 30-45 minutes, but it's 83 minutes and that's a long time to pretend you're watching something fun. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/5 50% Up on the Glass (2020) Up On The Glass is the kind of slow-burn thriller you forget is a thriller because the embers are cold and you got up to refresh your drink and never went back. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 55% A Night of Horror - Nightmare Radio (2019) 9 complete stories, even in very short form seem like a lot to cram into a single movie, but even with the loose wrap-around tale, they almost all work and it's enjoyable! - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
2/5 28% Antebellum (2020) Antebellum is not the movie it could have been, either due to strange editing choices or off-putting characters. Lynch porn isn't horror and it's traumatic to watch. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2020
3.5/5 75% The Rental (2020) Right up to the last 30 minutes this really is your run of the mill secrets-turned-killer-thriller, but when it switches gears to horror, it's a relentless slide to the finish. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Cry for the Bad Man (2019) Cry for the Bad Man is shot extremely well, and I love it when a movie uses music judiciously as a set-piece, not a showpiece. - MovieReelist.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 28, 2020