I feel I need to start this review explaining why I chose to review this film and not Mute when both are on Netflix and the latter is more well-known and would probably bring me more clicks.
Recently, I tried to watch about 15 minutes of Mute and had come to the conclusion that I would have to be paid to continue watching it to write a review. That is when I decided to watch a lesser known, smaller budgeted 2017 horror film called Nightworld starring Robert Englund and Jason London of Dazed And Confused fame.
Hey, I know: it’s time for a movie about a psychotic murderous high-school student who ruins the lives of everyone around him in a burst of explosive rage!
Dismissed is an indie film whose biggest notable point is that it’s apparently the de facto demo reel for Dylan Sprouse’s post-The Suite Life career. Sprouse—who is the identical twin of Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse—plays Lucas Ward, a psychopathic teenager who decides to give his teacher hell after receiving a B+ from him instead of an A.
It’s been hit or miss for me, regarding Netflix originals as of late; so I approached their new horror movie about backpackers in the woods, The Ritual, with some skepticism. Would it really bring on the scares, or feel more like a TV movie?
I was not disappointed. The Ritual is pants-shittingly scary, beautifully shot, and with an intelligent script. It’s in the tradition of flicks like The Blair Witch Project (which certain aspects strongly remind me of), Deliverance…and let’s toss in a smidgen of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, just for extra flavor.
And yet, I never saw Evolution. And even before the smallest bit of motivation gripped me to climb out of my basement apartment and actually see this movie in the theaters, it had already gotten horrible reviews and audience buzz. And then…
Universal Studios recently announced plans to create a “shared” movie universe for its monster characters: The Dark Universe. The upcoming movie The Mummy, starring Tom Cruise, will be kicking the Dark Universe off, but there are also plans for flicks featuring The Invisible Man (Johnny Depp) and Frankenstein’s Monster (Javier Bardem). Russell Crowe makes an appearance in The Mummy as a Dr. Jekyll so one would imagine we might be seeing more of him too.
This all sounds well and good…but it is interesting to note that Universal has tried this all before. Several times in fact.