Rue Morgue Magazine

Rue Morgue Magazine is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Barrett Hooper, Carolyn Mauricette, Chris Alexander, Dave Alexander, Deirdre Crimmins, Jovanka Vuckovic, Michael Gingold, Rod Gudino, Shannon McGrew
Rating Title/Year Author
The Lighthouse (2019) Michael Gingold It sees its creator ably beating the sophomore jinx, sustaining a mood that's every bit as entrancingly eerie as The Witch's. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2019
Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019) Deirdre Crimmins It is a tight, straightforward documentary about one corner of the horror world that has been under appreciated for so long, and it is a love letter to those who have always loved it. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Like so many of the very best horror movies, this is not really a film about what it is superficially about. Sure, it is a little bit about the creepiness of camping, but beneath that surface it explores the primal reasons we are afraid of nature. EDIT
Posted Sep 23, 2019
Synchronic (2019) Michael Gingold Even if Synchronic falls short of some of its ambitions, it contains more than enough to engage the eye and the mind. EDIT
Posted Sep 17, 2019
Gags (2018) Michael Gingold Like too many found-footage films, Gags devotes too much of its running time to its characters arguing with and throwing insults at each other. EDIT
Posted Sep 14, 2019
Kamera o tomeru na! (2017) Michael Gingold An endlessly clever, gaspingly funny, beautifully constructed and executed mix of genre spoof and behind-the-scenes satire. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Depraved (2019) Michael Gingold Moving and frightening and exciting in its intelligence, DEPRAVED is another standout in Fessenden's filmography. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Michael Gingold Though ultimately satisfying, it doesn't get at the deep-seated creeps its predecessor did. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
() Deirdre Crimmins Feral uses its mockumentary format to its advantage, and keeps us guessing right up to the very end. EDIT
Posted Sep 5, 2019
Ready or Not (2019) Michael Gingold A wickedly entertaining mix of human-hunt thrills, bloody splatstick and socially conscious satire. EDIT
Posted Aug 20, 2019
47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) Michael Gingold It's made for theaters but feels like something produced for airing during Shark Week. EDIT
Posted Aug 14, 2019
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Michael Gingold The creators have found the right way to incorporate these little slices of death and terror into an overarching narrative, while...incorporating a few adult themes as well. EDIT
Posted Aug 8, 2019
() Michael Gingold The strength of Bolger's performance...is the key element carrying A Good Woman Is Hard to Find, but not the only one. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2019
() Michael Gingold It's an uncommonly smart, engrossing and dramatically ambitious independent horror/drama. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
() Michael Gingold Investigates both sides of Adamson's story...letting us get to know him as a person and a filmmaker in a way that makes his murder seem even more of a tragedy. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2019
Blood on Her Name (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Blood on Her Name is tight, tense, and buoyed by a phenomenal lead performance. Such solid filmmaking is a rare delicacy nowadays. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2019
The Master Cleanse (2016) Michael Gingold The filmmaker takes his characters and their anxieties seriously, and has something much more interesting in mind than a straightforward genre piece. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Vivarium (2020) Michael Gingold It casts a creepy spell and further establishes Finnegan and Shanley as a team with imagination and command of their craft to spare. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Crawl (2019) Michael Gingold Like The Shallows a few years back, it plays a simple scenario for all it's worth, and knows that what it's worth is a little under 90 minutes. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Midsommar (2019) Michael Gingold Midsommar succeeds, through the quiet force of Aster and his cohorts' craft, in sustaining an off-kilter mood that keeps you intrigued and engrossed. EDIT
Posted Jul 3, 2019
Child's Play (2019) Michael Gingold Low expectations are met with a surprising amount of ghoulishly amusing entertainment in Child's Play '19, which manages a fresh take on the deadly doll. EDIT
Posted Jun 20, 2019
Verotika (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Perhaps the worst crime of VEROTIKA is that it presents itself as a horror film but never makes an earnest effort to create any horror. EDIT
Posted Jun 18, 2019
Villains (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Villains gives us not one, but a pair of bumbling thieves, along with a touch of bloody mayhem, and the result is a largely charming but slightly forced dark comedy. EDIT
Posted Jun 17, 2019
True Fiction (2019) Michael Gingold It's a refreshingly complex and ambitious, sometimes genuinely unnerving power game. EDIT
Posted Jun 14, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Daniel Isn't Real takes a look at mental illness and its relationship to crafting reality, with a surprising dose of empathy, a healthy dose of world creation, and a little slice of sexiness. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
The Lodge (2019) Deirdre Crimmins It is difficult to watch, and offers little satisfaction, and is wholly unconcerned with dispensing comfort. However, horror fans know that this is all intended as a glowing compliment. EDIT
Posted Jun 12, 2019
Ma (2019) Michael Gingold The movie is as much a black comedy as it is a horror film, and the fun comes from the fact that Taylor has as few compunctions about being rude as Ma herself. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) Michael Gingold Every time the film critic in me wants to point out its flaws, my inner 10-year-old keeps telling him to shut up. EDIT
Posted May 30, 2019
Brightburn (2019) Michael Gingold A disappointment as both an alternate take on superheroics and an evil-child thriller-and part of the disappointment is that it's much more the second than the first. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2019
The Nightingale (2018) Deirdre Crimmins Kent's attention to historical detail is astounding. Each word, accent, gesture, and smirk sinks the audience deeper into time and place. EDIT
Posted May 22, 2019
Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018) Michael Gingold The movie seriously could have used Pegg and his Cornetto partner Edgar Wright on scripting duties, and perhaps Wright at the helm as well. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2019
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) Carolyn Mauricette With a beautiful colour palette and the comfort of cluttered sets, Jarmusch wraps you in a cocoon of an introverted, isolated world that only the characters and the viewers understand. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Slender Man (2018) Carolyn Mauricette While I'm sure there's a fan or two to sustain this film somewhere out there (find me one, please!), seasoned horror devotees and creepypasts buffs won't be suckered by this lackluster attempt. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Brown Girl Begins (2017) Carolyn Mauricette You might think the film speaks only to a specific audience and is a cultural signifier for those of Caribbean descent in Toronto, but this story is accessible to everyone for its lesson in courage and sacrifice. EDIT
Posted May 16, 2019
Body at Brighton Rock (2019) Deirdre Crimmins The score, cinematography, and general premise are all good reasons to seek this out and enjoy it when you can. However, couch your expectations with the understanding that this is not a spear-sharp thriller. EDIT
Posted May 6, 2019
After Midnight (2019) Michael Gingold You'll laugh, you'll cry...and you'll jump right out of your seat at least once. EDIT
Posted May 3, 2019
Antrum: The Deadliest Film Ever Made (2018) Deirdre Crimmins Tense and unnerving, unpredictable and mean spirited, Antrum... adds layers to the terrifying power of cinema. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Straight Edge Kegger (2019) Deirdre Crimmins Just like seeing a band at a house party, you forgive the technical issues and you just let yourself have fun. Straight Edge Kegger certainly has fun with the music and the mayhem. EDIT
Posted May 2, 2019
Freaks (2018) Deirdre Crimmins Visually stunning and emotionally honest, FREAKS is a fascinating take on paranoia and what makes people special, but its bloat makes it start to veer into being too much of a good thing. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2019
Come To Daddy (2019) Michael Gingold Come to Daddy is outrageous, gleefully nasty, consistently clever and a hell of a lot of fun. EDIT
Posted Apr 26, 2019
Overlord (2018) Michael Gingold It's well-made enough that you can just sit back, or on the edge of your seat, and enjoy a meat-and-potatoes horror-actioner that dispenses with any questions about who the good and bad guys are. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2019
The Curse of La Llorona (2019) Michael Gingold It takes a folk tale rife with culturally rich and specifically scary possibilities and flattens it out into a thoroughly by-the-numbers haunting flick. EDIT
Posted Apr 18, 2019
Thriller (2018) Michael Gingold The long stretches between murders are filled in with material that keeps promising to take advantage of its specific milieu, but never actually does. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
The Dark (2018) Michael Gingold The Dark brings true heart to the horror genre, while providing just enough of the blood and guts to keep harder-core fans satisfied. EDIT
Posted Apr 15, 2019
Rottentail (2019) Michael Gingold The film doesn't bring enough that's fresh or clever to its mix of splatter, swearing and occasional scatology. EDIT
Posted Apr 12, 2019
The Silence (2019) Michael Gingold The Silence is guilty not of being an imitation of A Quiet Place, but of telling a comparable story not nearly as well. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2019
The Wind (2018) Michael Gingold Even as the storyline jumps around in time, it's never difficult to track the narrative-or to remain immersed in the unsettling atmosphere. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Pet Sematary (2019) Michael Gingold Pet Sematary takes a place in the upper tier of King-based features because its creators not only respect the source, they've identified the important elements to keep. EDIT
Posted Apr 5, 2019
Tone-Deaf (2019) Deirdre Crimmins A tight little horror film about the current culture wars being waged between the red and blue ends of the political spectrum. EDIT
Posted Mar 26, 2019
Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Deirdre Crimmins We are distracted from the lackluster plot and flat characters by some amazing and gross effects... These bits save Girl on the Third Floor from being a miss. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2019