Ryan Larson

Ryan Larson
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
92% Relic (2020) This modern era of horror builds itself on anxiety and dread, often aiming for the gut. Relic hits all the same notes but in the aim, it aims right for the heart. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 8, 2020
73% Followed (2020) A worthy watch for any horror fan, whether they're into found footage or not. Le and crew have made a sleek, sometimes mean and sometimes funny entry into the genre, expertly crafting some of the creepiest moments of found footage in recent memory. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
82% Scare Package (2019) Scare Package is a charming, razor sharp, body melting, blood splashing good time. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2020
40% You Should Have Left (2020) It's a far cry from bad but Koepp's You Should Have Left is frustrating. Lots of promise exists and with such a sturdy foundation from the acting talent, it would have been easy to build a truly scary film. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
74% Jumbo (2020) Wittock has created a movie that pushes back against the norm and doesn't just give us something that's watchable, it's a visual masterpiece with a commanding lead performance; a message about love and acceptance that is as thunderous as it is beautiful. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
77% The Beach House (2020) It's a slow burn that builds into a character driven body horror movie that feels equal parts Romero and Carpenter and it seems that The Beach House is going to have a longstanding place in horror for decades to come. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
74% The Lodge (2020) It's a feel bad film that is still absolutely mesmerizing and you can't stop watching every minute of it until the shocking climax of the film. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
74% The Wretched (2020) Ultimately, however, The Wretched is a dark and downright spooky fairy tale that balances fun and scary with precision. Pair this up with Pyewacket and you're in for one hell of a witchy weekend. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
44% The Perished (2019) Much of The Perished feels like an Irish Clive Barker tale of torment and hell, skinless entities and all, but it's bogged down too much with mundane dialogue and a head-scratching ending that will leave viewers unsatisfied. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
69% We Summon the Darkness (2020) Director Marc Meyers is able to establish a balance between horror and comedy that threads the needle right throughout most of the movie. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
86% After Midnight (Something Else) (2020) After Midnight might be one the most tense and genuine love stories I've ever seen, the monster is a bonus. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
81% VFW (2020) VFW is a low budget, DIY festival of blood and guts. When the gas hits the pedal, it's a full throttle drive into gore fueled mayhem and it's fun as hell. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
20% The Grudge (2020) It's a throwback to an era not far removed but mostly swept under the rug. The Grudge is a vicious update to a genre staple, it's not groundbreaking, but it's a got enough shock, awe and chills to keep you entertained. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
67% The Shed (2019) The Shed is a vicious little bite into the genre, a friendly reemergence of ghoulish vampires and hormonal teenage angst sharing their DNA yet again. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
No Score Yet Red Letter Day (2019) Macgowan must be credit for working with a shoestring budget and having some tricks up his sleeve to make a big idea work, although not always firing on all cylinders, and allows himself a world that feels bigger than it should. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
84% Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Stevens shows that he is ready to earn his chops in the directors chair and it's easy to get excited about what he plans to tackle next. Girl on the Third Floor has a lot of heart and some of it might be bleeding out right on the living room floor. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
52% Wounds (2019) Wounds is a film that seems simple up top and gets more and more upsetting as it unspools. With a stellar cast and a story that gets under your skin, Wounds is a dizzying and disorienting spin into paranoid horror. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
63% The Furies (2019) The Furies hammers the gas out of the gate and never relents. With a strong female led cast and barbaric practical kills, The Furies stands out as an unrelenting force of slasher goodness. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
88% Dementer (2019) It dabbles in cults, satanism, and psychosis. The movie hinges on the question of: "is this happening in Katie's head or is it real?" Unfortunately, the ambiguity doesn't quite land this time around. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
73% Gwen (2019) Gwen is a taut little thriller that offers some truly frightening moments, both ethereally and morally. McGregor has a deft hand with an eye for moody landscapes and a handle on the beats for a solid horror entry. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
88% Bliss (2019) Bliss gets the point across while also being the most unique and interesting take on vampires in forever, this isn't a stab at reinventing the genre, it's a molotov cocktail lighting the whole damn thing on fire. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
54% 3 from Hell (2019) 3 From Hell is a high octane firestorm of frenzied violence and disarmingly charming character chemistry. While it's not a needed sequel, or perhaps end cap, to the series, it's definitely a fun one. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
70% Haunt (2019) Haunt is an atmospheric and brutal romp and stomp splat film. It's not anything truly original but the pace and impact at which it runs and hits at will make it an instant favorite for anyone looking for something to fit into the Halloween playlist. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
35% Trick (2019) Trick is savage, brutal and twisted in all the best ways. It's a razor sharp, slick as hell return to form for Lussier and an absolute must see for any fan of the slasher genre. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
88% Freaks (2019) Freaks is one of the most emotional, powerful family dramas of recent memory wrapped inside the dressings of a nuanced superhero movie and it's an absolute must see. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
62% Satanic Panic (2019) Satanic Panic is an easy to love horror flick that should be seen by die hard fans and the casual audience alike. Hail Satan, baby, because Satanic Panic is a guaranteed blast and an absolute must see. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
45% Tone-Deaf (2019) Ultimately, Tone-Deaf is brilliantly crafted, Crew and Patrick need to be applauded, Bates is at an all time high. It's sleek, smart, visceral, trippy and scary, Tone-Deaf has everything you could ask for. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
69% The Banana Splits (2019) Yes, it's silly. Yes, the acting is bad. However, in an era of some of the best, most dread inducing horror we have ever had, sometimes it's next to throw ourselves back to a 90's horror camp era and just enjoy the kills. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
81% Porno (2020) A lot of positive messages are hidden amongst the nudity and gore, such as self love and acceptance, Racela is never ham fisted with his intent. Porno is ultimately a delightful midnight movie that will have you laughing and squirming in your seat. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
No Score Yet Assassinaut (2019) Assassinaut dabbles in Atomic Age politics, sixties era science fiction and a healthy smattering of The Outer Limits storytelling to set itself apart from the pack. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
86% Luz (2019) Luz is weird. No doubt about it. It bounces around the narrative like Tarantino through a Carpenter filter. But it truly is a masterpiece of minimalistic gonzo horror. TIlman Singer is on a high wire of tension and watch out, it's electric. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
20% They're Inside (2019) Although sometimes uneven, They're Inside is a fun film with the meta awareness of a found footage movie and the physical brutality of a slasher, a film with fun duality and interesting direction. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
67% Head Count (2019) All that said, Head Count is an impressive debut. Elle Callahan has crafted a minimalist, modern age ghost story that should be told in hushed whispers around the campfire. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
67% The Cleaning Lady (2018) Because of great effects and strong performances from Alig and Kendra, it's one of the most interesting sexually charged thrillers of the last few years, with just enough violence and weirdness to keep the horror heads locked in. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
No Score Yet Fingers (2019) Fingers has no problems being offensive but with every stroke of it's affront, it's with purpose. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
86% The Golem (2019) The Golem is a gorgeous movie that pays respect to it's roots while also updating the legend, quite terrifyingly, to be relevant with the times. It's a feminist historical set piece that is sure to fcatch your eye, a home run of a debut film. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
44% Leprechaun Returns (2018) I don't want to pull the wool over your eyes and declare Leprechaun Returns a masterpiece. It's not and I know that. However, it's some of the most fun you will have with a horror movie this year. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
67% Lasso (2018) Lasso is a fun ride. It's something that's been missing from horror. That elusive middle ground between camp for camps-sake and the high level studio horror we've been so blessed with lately. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
100% Extremity (2018) Extremity is horrifying in both the ways of the horror genre and also in a heart wrenching, emotionally gut punching fashion. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
No Score Yet Sleep No More (2018) While Sleep No More doesn't quite live up to the creative possibilities it could have, it has enough flair for nostalgia and capable performances to make it a fun throwback for a October afternoon. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
58% You Might Be the Killer (2018) You Might Be The Killer is a must watch, blood soaked love letter to the genre that proves the slasher is far from dead. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
59% Slice (2018) Slice is a callback to the days of "I Was A Teenage" something, an era that we thought had passed but Vesely and A24 were able to rebuild. It's a midnight movie for the instagram generation and it's cheesy as hell, but isn't all the best pizza? - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
53% Blood Fest (2018) Overall, Blood Fest is a blast. It has a plot that is astronomically unfeasible but it doesn't matter because you're having so much fun with the film. As a horror fan, it's a must see. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
No Score Yet Family Blood (2018) This isn't a vampire movie. It's an addiction movie. It doesn't sugarcoat things, it instead takes no prisoners and sends us reeling with the cold hard truth that addiction ruins lives and families. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
47% Marrowbone (2018) Sometimes you can taste the fuzz of the buildup in a slow burn horror film but the clarity here is much more clear. Marrowbone is if J.M. Barrie leaned into the darkness. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
50% Demon House (2018) Bagans is every one of us. He's the monster kid who wants to believe, just picked up a camera, and went for it. It's what makes the movie that much more accessible, believable, and ultimately more harrowing. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
56% The Lodgers (2018) The Lodgers is subtle in it's horror, and in it's beauty, a fantastic period piece that's well worth the watch. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
83% Tragedy Girls (2017) This is a movie that is carried on the shoulders of the leads. Not only is it their pop culture fueled wit and sarcastic banter that entertains us through the movie, it's their titanium clad friendship that makes the film ultimately relatable. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
33% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) Insidious 4 is fun, smart and frightening, an engaging movie that has a handful of creative scares and although it trips a bit at the finishing line, the amount of heart on display for the characters and the fans makes it a thoroughly entertaining watch. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020
14% The Houses October Built 2 (2017) It's a little light on scares, and the conclusion is a little bit of a cop out, but it does a lovely job calling out a part of the fandom that is growing and presenting questions that need to be asked. - Ghastly Grinning EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2020