Ghastly Grinning

Ghastly Grinning is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Laura Di Girolamo, Michelle Swope, Molly Henery, Ryan Larson
Rating Title/Year Author
Boys from County Hell (2020) Ryan Larson Punching equally hard with the humor in tandem with the horror, Boys is a resoundingly success entry of every genre it dips its toes into. EDIT
Posted Apr 29, 2021
Mortal Kombat (2021) Ryan Larson An otherworldly spectacle that marvels in its own absurdity, Mortal Kombat is a fast and furious exercise in frivolous gore and fantastical characters. Flawless? No. But a victory? Absolutely. EDIT
Posted Apr 22, 2021
Broadcast Signal Intrusion (2021) Ryan Larson Quirky, nostalgic, and deeply entrenched in noir and horror, Broadcast Signal Intrusion is an entrancing mystery that's sinister and smart. EDIT
Posted Mar 17, 2021
Son (2021) Ryan Larson Son hits in so many emotional spectrums and somehow does so with impact in each. It's not easy to craft a story that scares you or a story that pokes at your heart and somehow Kavanagh does both. Tearjerking and terrifying, Son is a must watch. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
Honeydew (2020) Ryan Larson It's a sickly sweet slice of horror that is as delectable as it is distressing, tapping into the best of Hooper and Craven, and Milburn has stamped himself as an exciting director to keep your eyes on. EDIT
Posted Mar 16, 2021
Willy's Wonderland (2021) Ryan Larson Willy's Wonderland feels like an eighties b-movie rager with Tex Avery antics actualized. Absurd, ridiculous, and so outrageous that it just might work. And because of Cage, it does. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
Sator (2019) Ryan Larson It can't be ignored that Graham dropped every ounce of passion and care into this project. It creeps into your brain, into your heart, and grips onto each with a piercing tenacity. Sator is a tour de force, isolating and chilling on every level. EDIT
Posted Feb 17, 2021
Sacrifice (2021) Ryan Larson Sacrifice is a vivid dreamscape full of tentacled terror and cultish chaos that is well worth a watch. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2021
La casa (2019) Ryan Larson La Casa is more proof that so much of the most terrifying horror is coming out internationally right now. At a brisk 85 minutes, it never lets up and sneaks it's terrifying tendrils around your heart and gives it a little squeeze. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
Bloody Hell (2020) Ryan Larson It's equal parts Wrong Turn and John Wick and by the time the film hits the climax, it's a cathartic release that will have you cheering for the violence. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
PG: Psycho Goreman (2020) Ryan Larson An acid drenched Calvin and Hobbes, with existential quandaries and a wild imagination running rampant. You'll be hard pressed to have more fun than Psycho Goreman this year. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2021
Possessor: Uncut (2020) Ryan Larson Cronenberg has cemented himself as one of the most arresting and interesting voices in the genre. Possessor is an orgy of nightmarish psycho-trauma, hypnotic brutality and Waschowskian science fiction; a visual feast you must partake in. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
Blood Vessel (2019) Ryan Larson Blood Vessel isn't going to change the genre but it's not trying to. Instead, it's taking some of the most fantastical bullet points of it and honing in on them and extrapolating them into big bouts of bloodsucking fun. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
Scare Me (2020) Ryan Larson Scare Me is one of the most technically well done minimal masterpieces to ever grace the horror genre. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
Love and Monsters (2020) Ryan Larson Love and Monsters is a feel good movie in the most absurd of circumstances. You wouldn't necessarily expect to find your heart swell and a multitude of laughs from a wasteland world full of giant monsters but hot damn, Matthews makes it happen. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
Archenemy (2020) Ryan Larson A gangster film infused with Kirby crackles, trap music, and golden age science fiction, Archenemy is a little bit of everything with a whole lot to like. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2020
Death of Me (2020) Ryan Larson Steeped in dark magic and ancient tribalism, Death of Me isn't the freshest take on the genre but it's still a good one. EDIT
Posted Oct 14, 2020
Alone (2020) Ryan Larson It would have been easy to lose this one in the shuffle of the title and subject matter but Hyams manages to make it stand out by tapping into the utter despair and soul crushing meaning of the word. EDIT
Posted Sep 18, 2020
The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) Ryan Larson The Babysitter: Killer Queen has more blood, more laughs, and more Robbie Amell with no shirt on. In my book, that makes it a winner all around. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
The New Mutants (2020) Ryan Larson The New Mutants is a peek at how we could blend horror and superheroes together and it's a fun, angsty adventure that exists in both realms. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
Slaxx (2020) Ryan Larson It manages to do what the movies in this vein have to do to succeed: it takes a premise that is completely absurd and by allowing it to be bonkers when it needs to be, but grounding it when necessary, Slaxx is a perfect fit. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
A Ghost Waits (2020) Ryan Larson A darkly comedic, surprisingly charming little movie about being alone, love and the afterlife. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Ryan Larson The Dark and the Wicked is a deeply unsettling masterpiece. It mounts dread and tension on top of chair jolting jumps and emotionally charged performances, delivering one of the scariest films of the year. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
There's No Such Thing as Vampires (2019) Ryan Larson It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but There's No Such Thing As Vampires presents some interesting ideas. It's when it highlights the creature or the road movie tropes that it succeeds but loses its footing in between. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
The Owners (2020) Ryan Larson The Owners proves itself a smart and violent entry in the home invasion genre that serves as a potent reminder to never judge a book by its cover. EDIT
Posted Sep 9, 2020
1BR (2019) Ryan Larson Brydon Bloom is a strong heroine and still stands out in spite of an uneven script, bringing a grounded sensibility to the role, and she'll be an actress to watch. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
The Oak Room (2020) Ryan Larson It's about the ability to enthrall people with nothing but a hook and a punchline and it succeeds on both fronts. Minimalistic and hypnotic, The Oak Room will keep you glued to the screen and the edge of your seat. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
PVT Chat (2021) Ryan Larson PVT Chat is an anxiety ridden comedy and love story that shines because of the leads. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Dinner in America (2020) Ryan Larson inner in America is a molotov cocktail of punk rock, classism and romance. Skeggs is delightful, affable and charming and Gallner shines in perhaps the most powerful performance of his career. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020) Ryan Larson What we're told is that this is the story of Arquette getting back into professional wrestling. What we're giving is an intimate, tragic and inspirational story about a man doing anything he can to find even a glimmer of himself again. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Unearth (2020) Ryan Larson Unearth is cinematically striking, with its stunning cinematography and chilling body terror, but the third act is the only piece of the movie that feels like it has any stakes. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Get Duked! (2019) Ryan Larson Get Duked! is an eccentric, eclectic party, accompanied by hip hop bangers and splatstick antics, and is a guaranteed good time. EDIT
Posted Aug 27, 2020
Detention (2019) Ryan Larson Detention is scary from every angle, as well as beautiful and poetic, and is absolutely the best video game adaptation to ever hit the horror genre. EDIT
Posted Aug 24, 2020
Random Acts of Violence (2019) Ryan Larson An entertaining movie, as far as kills go, it's a vicious masterpiece. Perhaps the most violent yet hypnotic movie since Green Room, it just can't keep its end goal clear and ultimately will leave you satisfied but still wanting more. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (2020) Ryan Larson Peninsula is a zombie filled, high octane, bullet riddled ride and if that's what you're looking for, you'll come out happy. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
The Mortuary Collection (2019) Ryan Larson Smart, well crafted, beautifully designed from top to bottom and will leave you wanting more. Add this to your rotation of favorite anthology classics because it's a blast. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
The Columnist (2020) Ryan Larson It's able to reach anyone who's been on the hurtful side of internet dragging but with a particular appeal towards women and has a vicious bite, full of wit and charm, that makes it a particularly satisfying and cathartic experience. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
The Pale Door (2020) Ryan Larson Elevated by the performances, it's successful because of the heart and passion of every actor and crew member involved. While it's not the most refined project, The Pale Door is a fun ride through the Old West. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Fried Barry (2020) Ryan Larson Fried Barry is like having an acid trip during an out of body experience. It's surreal, wild, exciting, disturbing and ultimately a must see. I can promise you won't see anything like this movie this year, or any year, maybe ever. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Spree (2020) Ryan Larson Spree is a companion piece for this generation's obsession with online celebrity status and manages kills and shrills along the way. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Ryan Larson A barrage of performances, colors and noises that blended together create an erratic and absolutely spellbinding genre bender. Part panic attack, part magic act, all must see. EDIT
Posted Aug 4, 2020
Host (2020) Ryan Larson Host is the most refreshingly creative and truly frightening found footage film since Paranormal Activity. Charming, funny, terrifying and smart, Host is a must see for the pandemic generation. EDIT
Posted Jul 31, 2020
Deep Blue Sea 3 (2020) Ryan Larson Deep Blue Sea 3 isn't reinventing the shark genre but it's certainly an entertaining holdover after having been spoiled with genre heavy years after The Meg, 47 Meters and The Shallows. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2020
Amulet (2020) Ryan Larson Daring and unafraid, Garai bursts onto the scene with a bonkers morality tale that is drenched in body horror, religious allegory, and feminist overtones. EDIT
Posted Jul 23, 2020
The Rental (2020) Ryan Larson Playing around in different genres and daringly intertwining slashers with mumblegore, with a healthy dose of brutality, makes The Rental well worth the stay. EDIT
Posted Jul 22, 2020
Two Heads Creek (2019) Ryan Larson Two Heads Creek isn't a game changer but it's worth the price of admission. It hits the ground running and never lets up, doling out laughs and carnage along the way. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2020
Relic (2020) Ryan Larson 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. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2020
Followed (2018) Ryan Larson 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
Scare Package (2019) Ryan Larson Scare Package is a charming, razor sharp, body melting, blood splashing good time. EDIT
Posted Jun 25, 2020
You Should Have Left (2020) Ryan Larson 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. EDIT
Posted Jun 24, 2020