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You Can’t Look Away from 'NORMAL'

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A Hollywood Fringe Festival Review with Musical Horror Honey Brittany Mosley

NORMAL (2017)

Walking into the theatre for the Hollywood Fringe Festival’s production and West Coast Premiere of NORMAL, carnival music is quietly playing and a man stands upstage facing away from the audience. A mannequin lies against the wall. A creepy porcelain doll sits on a shelf. The lighting is almost flickering. Before the show even begins, the audience shifts uncomfortably, wondering what they’ve just gotten themselves into.

It only gets more disturbing from there.

Shakespearean Interpretation Shines in 'Ritual'

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A Hollywood Fringe Festival Review with Musical Horror Honey Brittany Mosley

Ritual (2017)

Ritual, currently playing at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, is billed as a “movement-based exploration of rituals [including] death and dying, transference of power, communication, and marriage.” Utilizing excerpts from Shakespearean works, both well-known and not, the Full Circle Players perform sonnets and scenes to convey the powerful emotions surrounding society’s rituals. Some of these scenes were more successful than others, however, as a whole, Ritual has a hard time conveying all of the messages it hopes to share.

'Robot Monster The Musical' Almost Blasts Off

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A Hollywood Fringe Festival Review with Musical Horror Honey Brittany Mosley

Robot Monster The Musical (2017)

The film-based campy horror musical canon continues to grow at an exponential rate. From Little Shop of Horrors to Evil Dead: The Musical, these shows are raunchy, funny, and full of dramatic hyperbole. Robot Monster The Musical, receiving its world premiere this year at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, aims to join the ranks of these fun titles. While it’s an admirable start and has the potential to be very fun, it seems to need a little more work.

Drowning Would Be More Fun Than Watching '47 Meters Down'

A New Release Review with Musical Horror Honey Brittany Mosley

47 Meters Down (2017)

47 Meters Down is a great film…. If you are twelve, regularly watch the Freeform channel, and are on your very first date with the boy or girl you’ve been too afraid to talk to in the hall for weeks but want an excuse to get close to.

If you do not meet all of the above requirements, have any regard for science, or like to be scared, then there is absolutely no point in wasting almost-90 minutes of your life.

SLASHED! The Musical: A Hollywood Fringe Festival Review

A Theatre Review with Horror TV Honey Kat Wells

Really good slasher films are already kind of like musicals: there’s a lot of buildup between the musical numbers (or gratuitous death scenes), and when you get there, there’s a much-anticipated explosion of emotion that bursts out of characters in song form (or, you know, blood and guts, spurting veins, and machetes through the face). The horror musical is nothing new, but it’s an absolute delight to see the 80s camp slasher fully exploited in this capacity. SLASHED! THE MUSICAL does this, and with the wink and nod that the subgenre deserves.

Monster Honey Unwraps Alex Kurtzman's 'The Mummy'

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A New Release Review with Monster Honey Sarah Miles

The Mummy (2017)

When news broke that Universal would be remaking its classic movie monsters as part of a shared cinematic universe, now called the Dark Universe, the response was generally skeptical, and not just because of the general distrust of Hollywood’s culture of constant remakes. By launching this series, they would be remaking classic icons of not only horror but cinema itself. From the 1920s to the 1950s, the Universal monster movies highlighted character and atmosphere over today’s "one jumpscare per ten minutes of runtime" quota. Even if people haven’t seen them, you only need show them a picture of Boris Karloff as Frankenstein or Bela Lugosi as Dracula and they are instantly recognizable because they are such a big part of popular culture consciousness.

Why Aren’t You Watching Dimension 404?

A Horror TV Honey Web Exclusive Series Review with Kat Wells

Dimension 404 (2017-)

Dimension 404 is certified Family Friendly
for horror fans!

“In the darkest depths of cyberspace, there is another world. A lost dimension, home to wonders unseen, terrors unspeakable, and stories unlike any ever told. Do not click back. Do not reload. You have reconnected... to Dimension 404.”

Dimension 404, the new science fiction anthology series streaming on Hulu, is the latest offering from Freddie Wong’s production company RocketJump (of Video Game High School fame). A millennial Twilight Zone/Outer Limits that “explores the wonders – and terrors – of our digital age,” the first season (and dear GOD let there be a season 2) is alternately frightening, touching, and hilarious, always clever, and most important of all: it’s fun. 

Packed with fantastic guest stars (including some comedy and horror royalty), this show explores the darker side of how technology interacts with humanity, without the soul-crushing bleakness of Black Mirror. What’s more: whether you grew up on The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Darkside, Amazing Stories, or Goosebumps, you will find something to connect to in this series. Oh, and it’s narrated by Mark Hamill. Squee to the 404th power.

Tea and Absolutely No Sympathy...

A New Release Review with Linnie

The Dinner (2017)

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The specter of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf looms large over Oren Moverman's The Dinner, based on a twice-adapted novel from Herman Koch. Starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall, this modern morality play offers delicious bites of the dark side of suburbia, as well as the seedy underbelly of middle-class life, but it may be a little over-stuffed for its own good.

And I promise, those will be the last food-related metaphors used in this review.

The Overlook Film Festival - 'Like Me'

An Overlook Film Festival Review with Bella Blitz

Like Me (2017)

The lengths to which we will go to be admired, adored, loved, and liked by our peers is unknown. It is ever changing and evolving with our own growth, regression, and the introduction of new and exciting means of socializing, popularizing, and desegregating. Unfortunately, all too often, these lengths are over-explored, and lines are crossed, well before we realize that attention we seek is self-masturbatory and pointless. We will never truly be contented by our peers approval without first approving of ourselves.

That may sound trite and a lot like some psycho-babble-bullshit. And, for the most part, it is. But there is a truth in it that should be examined. Like Me does not attempt to examine that truth; instead, it explores the lengths and the lines, drawing them in the sand, crossing them, and drawing new ones that you dare not cross… until you do.

The Overlook Film Festival - 'Boys in the Trees'

An Overlook Film Festival Review with Kat Wells

Boys in the Trees (2017)

“Tis the night—the night 
Of the grave's delight, 
And the warlocks are at their play; 
Ye think that without, 
The wild winds shout, 
But no, it is they—it is they!” 
~ A. Cleveland Coxe

Halloween Night, 1997
Boys in the Trees is a sprawling, confident, painful film. Marrying the spooky wonderment of the “Schoolbus Massacre” segment of Trick ‘r Treat with late nineties nostalgia and the dark fantasy of A Monster Calls, writer/director Nicholas Verso’s debut feature film transcends mere imitation, becoming an emotionally haunting visual masterpiece that is an instant moody Halloween classic.