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Three Movies That Don't Suck

I know, minions, not my usual title or post, but I have to be honest: the last few months of watching horror and sci-fi movies has been painful for me.

I really just wanted to find something redeemable about movie after movie, and I just could not. Not one good thing. I paid to rent a couple of the movies, and all it left me feeling was ripped off. I seemed destined not to find one movie that didn't suck. Since I don't do negative reviews, I threw in the towel and moved on to watching anthologies. I finally found a keeper, and you can read that review here.

After that, I decided to go to Netflix and see what was new there.

Guess what, darklings. Not only did I find one movie that didn't suck, I found three!

(Just a reminder: I don't give spoilers or go into film details, that is for you to discover all on your lonesome.)

The first in the lot was The Cloverfield Paradox.

I'm trying to figure out why this movie didn't get a theatrical release because it is, in my opinion, better than many movies making it to the theaters these days. It's directed by Julius Onah, written by Oren Uziel and Doug Jung, and produced by J. J. Abrams's Bad Robot Productions. The film stars Daniel Brühl, Elizabeth Debicki, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris O'Dowd, John Ortiz, David Oyelowo and Zhang Ziyi, so it's no slouch, creeps.

The story is about a select group of scientists orbiting a planet (seems like Earth to me, minions) on the brink of war. These scientists are testing a device to solve a severe energy crisis which is causing a total societal breakdown. But something goes wrong and they end up in a dystopian parallel universe.

The acting, writing, and production values were excellent, so I'm not getting why so many people hated it. I'm totally perplexed. I also don't understand why some people found the ending of the film confusing. There was nothing confusing about it at all. It was very straight-forward. Oh well, maggots, as I'm frequently told: "You don't have to understand it for it to be true."

Give the movie a watch and decide for yourself if you like it or hate it, and let me know.

The next movie on my list is Little Evil.

Little Evil is a horror comedy, written and directed by Eli Craig. It stars Adam Scott, Evangeline Lilly, Owen Atlas, Clancy Brown, Sally Field,  Bridget Everett, Kyle Bornheimer, Chris D'Elia, Donald Faison, Carla Gallo, Tyler Labine, and Brad Williams.

The movie is centered around Gary (Adam Scott), who has recently met and married the women of his dreams, Samantha (Evangeline Lilly). The problem is, Samantha's son Lucas (Owen Atlas)  is the anti-Christ!

I really liked this movie. It's a serious and scary topic, but it's so artfully crafted on the comedic side that you almost forget that the end of the world could be nigh. It has a perfect cast with great chemistry, coupled with enough horror homages and laughs to make it a no-brainer to add to your watch list.

Finally, the third movie that, in my opinion, doesn't suck is The Ritual.

The Ritual is a British horror film directed by David Bruckner and written by Joe Barton. The film is based on novel of the same name by Adam Nevill. It stars Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, and Sam Troughton.

The film is about four friends who, as a tribute to their recently murdered mate, decide to go on a hike in Sweden. After one of the friends gets injured, the group decides begrudgingly to take a shortcut through the forest. What ensues after that is chaos, horror, carnage, and a nasty supernatural force that demands blood and obedience.

I was yelling at the characters throughout most of the movie, which is a good sign (for me anyway). I knew the choices they were making were bad. (Dark, spooky forest equals bad; bright open field equals good. It's just that easy.) But I had to watch the train wreck through to its conclusion, of course!

In the end, I found The Ritual to be another well-written, well-acted, well-produced film by Netflix.

(And here's a hint, creepy freaks: watch it in the dark - it'll be more fun.)

That's it, my malignant minions. These are three movies that don't suck. Tell me what you think, and if you have any suggestions for other movies for me to watch, please share!.