Wicked Horror

Wicked Horror is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer® when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Joey Keogh
Rating Title/Year Author
The Stylist (2020) Joey Keogh The Stylist is the latest in a long line of female-fronted horror movies with women behind the camera too. ...Gevargizian's take is further evidence horror is most exciting when told from the perspective of someone who isn't male, white and/or straight. EDIT
Posted Mar 2, 2021
Willy's Wonderland (2021) Joey Keogh Willy's Wonderland is a total blast from start to finish. Funny, furiously violent, and with one of the coolest Cage performances this side of Mandy. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
Burn It All (2021) Joey Keogh Burn It All is incompetent in every conceivable way but the manner in which it fails its female characters - all three of them! - and in particular Alex is inexcusable. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
The Sinners (2020) Joey Keogh The Sinners is a bit rough around the edges, slightly unfocused, and too densely plotted at times but there's plenty of style and slickness to it also and the performances each herald major stars on the rise. EDIT
Posted Feb 26, 2021
The Queen of Black Magic (2020) Joey Keogh This is a profoundly frightening movie that grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. ...Even lifelong horror fans will find their mettle tested. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
The Night (2020) Joey Keogh There's a 90-minute version of this movie that gets to the point faster, ratchets up the tension quickly and then holds it tight until the big reveal. ...As it stands, we would've been better off spending The Night elsewhere, just like Babak and Neda. EDIT
Posted Jan 29, 2021
Freaky (2020) Joey Keogh Who would've thought... that a story about a teenage girl swapping bodies with a vengeful serial killer would be so life-affirming, and so empowering? EDIT
Posted Dec 29, 2020
Koko-di Koko-da (2019) Joey Keogh To describe this as an acquired taste would do it a great disservice. Koko-di, Koko-da isn't impenetrable, you just have to get on its own particular wavelength to appreciate the film's anti-beauty. EDIT
Posted Dec 3, 2020
7/10 Anything for Jackson (2020) Joey Keogh It may not pack quite as big of a punch as others in its sub-genre, but when it's good, Anything for Jackson is pure nightmare fuel. EDIT
Posted Nov 17, 2020
Detention (2019) Joey Keogh Where most video-game adaptations lean too heavily on the source material, Detention strays too far away, opting for a moody, non-captivating relationship drama over any sustained scares. EDIT
Posted Oct 23, 2020
Don't Look Back (2020) Joey Keogh As a horror, it boasts plenty of great jump scares, a strong, dread-soaked atmosphere, and an evocative color palette made up almost entirely of greys and blues. Don't Look Back is confidently its own thing and Reddick's voice is clear throughout. EDIT
Posted Oct 15, 2020
The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020) Joey Keogh Werewolf movies have long been neglected and, although it's too early to say whether Cummings' unique, accomplished entry into the sub-genre will stand the test of time like its forebears, there are more than enough reasons to believe it will. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Bloodthirsty (2020) Joey Keogh Moses' movie offers a fresh take on a well-trodden myth that many before her, with considerably more money no doubt, have struggled to master. Certainly on this evidence, there's life in the old dog yet. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Girl (2020) Joey Keogh Girl's unabashed nihilism is what really leaves a mark. That, and the odd couple at its dark core, who have more in common than either would care to admit, both on and off-screen. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Possessor: Uncut (2020) Joey Keogh Possessor is a film that crawls under your skin, rips your face off from the inside out, and proudly wears it as its own. ...It will involve, disgust, and repel you, but it's nothing short of absolutely extraordinary. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Spontaneous (2020) Joey Keogh Spontaneous could stand to be sharper, edgier, and have clearer intentions beyond its oddly fatalistic attitude to young people. ...It could also have a lead we don't want to strangle, or just one compelling relationship. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
12 Hour Shift (2020) Joey Keogh Grant's second offering is a remarkably dark, twisted, and proudly female-centric horror-comedy powered by a streak of pure anarchy... Only she could've made this film. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Me and Me (2020) Joey Keogh It's a puzzling film, but not without its pleasures, not least of which are the stunning cinematography, which makes small-town life look just as idyllic as big city living, and the performances, which are sweetly naturalistic. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
() Joey Keogh A wasted opportunity at best, an embarrassingly desperate grasp at relevancy at worst. EDIT
Posted Oct 9, 2020
Shortcut (2020) Joey Keogh A solid adventure horror movie with a terrific cast of new faces, a great location for the mayhem to go down in, and a gnarly, expertly-crafted creature at its dark heart. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
The Swerve (2018) Joey Keogh Beautifully photographed and carefully assembled, The Swerve is an emotionally resonant experience with a heart-breaking payoff that's fully sold by Skye's vanity-free performance. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
Sheep Without a Shepherd (2019) Joey Keogh [A] low stakes, but hugely impactful, village-set action movie, in which even time stamps on surveillance footage are exciting. EDIT
Posted Sep 24, 2020
Hunted (2020) Joey Keogh Although it starts off leaning heavily on dodgy tropes and horror cliché, Hunted emerges as a viciously violent, efficiently entertaining, and nastily impressive piece of work. It will leave a mark. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
() Joey Keogh There will be those drawn to the film purely for its kitschy value, but this isn't so-bad-it's-good territory; Monster Seafood Wars is just good. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Hail to the Deadites (2020) Joey Keogh The most telling moment comes right at the end; the interview snippets with cast and crew that play over the credits are more interesting than everything that's come before combined, emphasizing the confused intentions at play here. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Special Actors (2019) Joey Keogh A genuinely funny romp that keeps the energy levels up for a lengthy run-time that whizzes by. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw (2020) Joey Keogh The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw builds up a consistent amount of tension only to fudge the landing when it comes to bringing everything and, indeed, everyone to a head. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
The Undertaker's Home (2020) Joey Keogh The Undertaker's Home is packed with great scares, shot through with a sense of dark, almost grey foreboding, like there's a veil of fog hanging over the house, and gets surprisingly rough and violent once things inevitably begin to escalate. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Unearth (2020) Joey Keogh The message that fracking destroys everything is a powerful one, and the film-makers should be commended for tackling it in this kind of context, but considering how little the idea is expanded upon, it feels like a wasted opportunity. EDIT
Posted Sep 11, 2020
Sleep (2020) Joey Keogh Michael Venus's film drags everything into the daylight, blurring the lines between real and imagined to consistently disconcerting effect. EDIT
Posted Sep 10, 2020
The Pale Door (2020) Joey Keogh The Pale Door's action is ultimately charged with brotherly love. It's a very personal story about the bonds of family, but it's also a strong, genre-inflected western with plenty of violence and scares to keep horror fans occupied. EDIT
Posted Aug 21, 2020
Host (2020) Joey Keogh Host is the kind of movie that could only have been made now. A nifty, gnarly little Internet horror [that] works off our most basic fears. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
She Dies Tomorrow (2020) Joey Keogh Seimetz's film is a slow release of pent-up energy, a tone poem about the delicate, fleeting nature of life and a proudly, defiantly female story of acceptance amidst increasingly odd circumstances. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2020
The Rental (2020) Joey Keogh Much of the credit goes to Franco's actors, who sell the film in its weaker moments, but the first time writer-director should be commended for everything he's accomplished here, even on a relatively smaller scale. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Blood Vessel (2019) Joey Keogh Blood Vessel takes a nutty premise - vampires on a boat! - and totally wastes it. There's more talking than bloodsucking in this bafflingly boring movie. EDIT
Posted Jul 24, 2020
Scare Package (2019) Joey Keogh Scare Package is a remarkably effective, solid anthology movie. The tone is fun and light-hearted... with the emphasis on gooey, crunchy, splattery gore and solid, smart jokes. ...A must-watch, horror fan or otherwise. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
() Joey Keogh Neither nasty enough to qualify as a proper crime thriller nor sufficiently involving to be a genuine story of retribution. ...The grit is so thick you might as well be cleaning gravel out of your eyes after watching. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Darkness Falls (2020) Joey Keogh Darkness Falls is like if a bot wrote a cop thriller, only even less entertaining because reading it in a little Twitter thread would be much quicker than enduring this dross, which takes 84 minutes(!) off your life. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
WrestleMassacre (2020) Joey Keogh It's not just incompetent, offensive, and badly made to the point of insanity; WrestleMassacre also boasts very little wrestling or massacring. EDIT
Posted Jun 26, 2020
Dreamland (2019) Joey Keogh McDonald and his screenwriters seem intent on making a moody Lynchian noir, but there's nothing memorable or even odd enough here to shine the great man's shoes. ...Question any alleged film fan who believes this turgid movie to be great art. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
Becky (2020) Joey Keogh A simple tale smartly told, each element well-considered from the casting of an otherwise soft comedy star as a sadistic Nazi to the decision to pit a teenage girl against him without making her a superhero, a saint, or a slut. EDIT
Posted Jun 5, 2020
() Joey Keogh This is small-scale stuff, for sure, but it's all the better for it, proving once again that big budgets and known performers... don't guarantee scare potential or audience enjoyment. ...A solid little bare bones chiller. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
Diablo Rojo PTY (2019) Joey Keogh Diablo Rojo PTY feels dark, dank, and messy, and knowing its terrors are rooted in real-life legends offers them a certain three-dimensionality but it never quite achieves the scare potential the filmmakers were clearly aiming for. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2020
We Summon the Darkness (2019) Joey Keogh Skewers a long-established trope about the nature of victims in horror as well as calling attention to the noxious idea of the bad ass so-called Final Girl. Even if it doesn't go much deeper than that, it's a fun movie for what it is. EDIT
Posted Apr 10, 2020
Verotika (2019) Joey Keogh If you thought those stories about [Danzig] loving onion soup and refusing to come on-stage because it was too cold were humiliating enough, well, prepare yourself because Verotika is his biggest embarrassment yet. EDIT
Posted Apr 8, 2020
The Hunt (2020) Joey Keogh The Hunt tries to shock with gory violence and bad taste jokes, but the most surprising thing about it is just how predictable, boring, and utterly devoid of a point it is. EDIT
Posted Mar 25, 2020
Extra Ordinary (2019) Joey Keogh This nifty little Irish horror-comedy makes bustin' ghosts not only fun but funny again, too. ...A hugely impressive debut [and] a wonderful showcase for the talents of Maeve Higgins. EDIT
Posted Mar 10, 2020
Swallow (2019) Joey Keogh [Bennett's] incredibly skilled, impressively controlled and subtly powerful performance papers over some of the cracks here, while the styling and candy-bright color pops ensure Swallow goes down smoothly, even in its tougher moments. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
The Invisible Man (2020) Joey Keogh Equal parts harrowing abuse story and genuinely terrifying horror movie, The Invisible Man [is] a #MeToo shocker with a darkly fantastical heart. EDIT
Posted Mar 6, 2020
After Midnight (2019) Joey Keogh To Gardner's great credit, After Midnight succeeds as both a sweet romantic drama rooted in real-life experience and a tense creature feature with more than a few well-timed jumps EDIT
Posted Feb 18, 2020