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Joel Harley

Joel Harley
Joel Harley's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Starburst

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
9/10 70% Butt Boy (2020) Like a surprisingly fun rectal exam, Butt Boy is an unexpected treat.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Apr 14, 2020
4/10 38% Black Christmas (2019) Its earnestness and good intentions are to be admired, but this shoddy remake is a mess. Too concerned with message over storytelling and atmosphere, it's even worse than the last attempt at remaking this film.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2019
8/10 77% Frozen II (2019) This is a well-considered, beautifully made - if not particularly brave or adventurous - sequel which carries both emotional heft and an intriguing mystery at its heart. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2019
7/10 16% The Fanatic (2019) The film is deeply silly, hinging on a bizarre combination of character, actor and performance, and its story has been done many times before, to varying degrees of success. For those of us who can buy in, however, it's a surprising genre treat.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
6/10 63% Child's Play (2019) Child's Play is better than it should or could have been, but it's a soulless knock-off and a pale imitation of the real thing.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
7/10 59% Charlie Says (2019) For all the screentime Matt Smith's Charles Manson gets, this film truly belongs to Leslie Van Houten, Patricia Krenwinkel and Susan Atkins - the three disturbed young women caught up in Charlie's bulls--t.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
7/10 55% Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019) With its excellent cast and tour de force performance from Zac Efron, this is an impressive piece of work, structurally flawed and tonally wonky as it may be. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted May 6, 2019
8/10 94% Avengers: Endgame (2019) Avengers: Endgame is both the end of an era and the beginning of a new one; a briefly closed door; a definitive end, but with a caveat.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2019
5/10 No Score Yet Red Room (2017) Red Room does what it does effectively enough, but that doesn't make it any less horrible. But then, maybe that's the point. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Motel Mist (2016) Motel Mist is weirdly hypnotic and enjoyably unsettling; an erotic odyssey into violent fetish, dysfunction and exploitation that one can't quite look away from - at the same time as it turns one's stomach. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
7/10 No Score Yet Blood Bound (2018) Where Blood Bound is careful not to be insensitive, it also tends to be too subtle for its own good, and the story is a downright slog at times.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 19, 2019
6/10 No Score Yet Mindhack: #savetheworld (2017) Mad Genius is far from original, and its story is balanced on some pretty dodgy, dopey sci-fi conceits, but it possesses a likeability and unusual nuttiness that serves it well. It's not 'mad' enough, nor is it nearly 'genius' but it's no slouch either.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 8, 2018
4/10 0% Dark Crimes (2018) The erstwhile Ace Ventura broods like you've never seen before, delivering a performance unlike anything he has ever done. Which isn't to say it's a good one.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 25, 2018
6/10 25% Tau (2017) It's like a mediocre episode of Black Mirror, running on for too long and out of ideas.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
6/10 55% The First Purge (2018) While The First Purge's righteous anger and lack of subtlety lend it a sense of vitality in the excellent action sequences, the storytelling is a clumsy mess.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
8/10 75% Mom and Dad (2018) While the subject matter may put some off, and that ending is a stunning last-minute misstep, Mom and Dad is remarkably well-crafted; a modern Nicolas Cage movie and sort-of-kind-of-zombie film that's far better than it has any right to be.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
8/10 No Score Yet German Angst (2015) Although there's nothing here that will trouble those who have suffered through Nekromantik and its sequel, German Angst certainly delivers on the intense, upsetting arthouse horror expected from its talent. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet A Taste of Phobia (2018) A Taste of Phobia has all of the right ingredients, but rather than being delightfully tasteless, it's instead disappointingly rather bland.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet Child of Satan (2017) We're lumbered with a jumbled, jarring mess which never quite knows -- or seems to care -- what it is.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet The Nursery (2018) Ultimately, The Nursery is a deeply average supernatural horror film. Its acting jumps from bad to terrible, the story never really takes off, and any sense of suspense is ruined by the horrendous sound design.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
8/10 90% Veronica (VerĂ³nica) (2017) Brooding with class and style, it's a cut above most of the movies it shares a story with, but certainly not an all-timer like [Rec]. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2018
5/10 No Score Yet At Granny's House (2014) This is as low-budget as Indie cinema comes, and its grubby sex scenes and po-faced drama bear more in common with The Room than Hitchcock or De Palma.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2018
4/10 11% Against the Night (2017) Against the Night is better than swallowing Tide Pods, but only just.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Apr 4, 2018
5/10 88% Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018) Hell to Pay is slapdash trash with a last-minute Grindhouse sheen, splattered with gore and barely adolescent attitude.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 20, 2018
6/10 59% Bullet Head (2017) In spite of the promise it shows, Bullet Head comes up less than the sum of its parts.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
9/10 89% You Were Never Really Here (2018) This one is as challenging and unpredictable as its star. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2018
5/10 85% Game Night (2018) For all its bluster, Game Night isn't really much of anything.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Mar 6, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet Tarzan Revisited (2017) Tarzan Revisited could have delved further, but what is covered here satisfies. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2018
7/10 No Score Yet The Ballerina (2017) It may sometimes lack poise and grace, but it pirouettes around the pitfalls of budget filmmaking on the strength of its emotional resonance alone.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2018
9/10 92% The Shape of Water (2017) The Shape of Water is Guillermo del Toro's best film since Pan's Labyrinth. A charming, heartwarming modern fairytale with not an ounce of flotsam or jetsam, it's an idiosyncratic delight to behold.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
5/10 33% Insidious: The Last Key (2018) There is a good story at the heart of The Last Key, it's just not the one being told here.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 1, 2018
7/10 73% Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018) In spite of its flaws, it's a ripping good tale.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/10 No Score Yet House of Salem (2016) House of Salem will unsettle alright, but not in the intended manner.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2018
9/10 91% Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017) As it drags its reluctant antihero down to the depths of a Salo-esque torture prison, Brawl in Cell Block 99 is, quite exquisitely, the ultimate feel-bad prison movie.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 29, 2017
8/10 No Score Yet All of the cast do a great job in their respective positions, but, as one would expect, Paul McGann leads the way as the quiet, conflicted Josh.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
3/10 No Score Yet Bunnyman Vengeance (2017) With barely an attempt at narrative structure, scenes come and go without context, interspersed with traumatic flashbacks to the Bunnyman's childhood and vignettes of 8mm weirdness.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
7/10 71% Happy Death Day (2017) The film has its share of flaws, plot holes (and a terrible villain), but it's so much fun that these are easily overlooked. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
4/10 33% Jigsaw (2017) For fans and newcomers alike, Jigsaw is a disappointment: this reboot has the worst story, the worst characters, the worst writing, the worst twists and the worst traps. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2017
7/10 No Score Yet Cute Little Buggers (2017) At first glance, Cute Little Buggers is a bright-eyed and bushy-tailed little horror comedy, but those jet black eyes hide a shocking streak of unpleasantness, both welcome and not. How very wascally.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2017
8/10 91% Gerald's Game (2017) This is an excellent adaptation of one of Stephen King's more underrated works, by a savvy director who respects the material but makes the film his own.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 22, 2017
6/10 No Score Yet Never Open The Door (2014) The film will do very little to win over non-fans of low-budget horror filmmaking, but Never Open the Door is undeniably ambitious, and a charming throwback to a less represented era in the genre.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
3/10 No Score Yet Bonejangles (2016) [Its] positives are dragged down by the bad; an obvious, ugly sense of humour and horrible overacting (featuring one monologue-giving character who sorely tested this writer's remote's 'mute' button), wasting a promising concept and fun movie monster. ‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
8/10 67% Take Me (2017) A fun, surprisingly sweet kinky comedy starring two of our best Indie darlings, Take Me is a joy, juggling excellent performances, steaming hot visuals and a script packed full of great gags. It is, frankly, captivating.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted May 4, 2017
7/10 65% SiREN (2016) Those going in blind will enjoy Siren most of all.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2016
8/10 89% In Pursuit of Silence (2017) In Pursuit of Silence is engaging, fascinating and thought-provoking. Listen up, this quiet little documentary has a lot to say.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2016
7/10 9% ClownTown (2016) ClownTown is a fun, nasty, low-budget little horror romp that delivers exactly on its promise -- terrifying murder clowns running amok in small town America.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2016
9/10 91% Green Room (2016) Like being trapped in a mosh pit full of demented punk rockers, Green Room will kick your ass, leaving you beaten, changed and a little bit traumatised. You'll have had a hell of a time, though.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
7/10 No Score Yet The Horde (2016) The Horde is fun, but, just as the whole school trip is taken over and undermined by a bulky dick who does more teaching than his teacher girlfriend (because Macho), it tends to be bullied into submission by its own worst inclinations.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted May 13, 2016
9/10 91% Bone Tomahawk (2015) S. Craig Zahler's ambitious genre bender is Western, black comedy and gory horror movie, all at once and entirely successfully.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Feb 18, 2016
8/10 95% We Are Still Here (2015) A love letter to Fulci and the Italian masters, this retro horror tale recalls his House by the Cemetery by way of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead.‐ Starburst
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2015