The Horror Honeys

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)

Photos courtesy of The Orchard
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.

The Overlook Film Festival - 'Killing Ground'

An Overlook Film Festival Review with Linnie

Killing Ground (2017)

Damien Power's Killing Ground is the second piece of Australian horror cinema I've seen out of Overlook (after Ben Young's Hounds of Love), and it is the weaker of the two by a wide margin. Where Hounds of Love had something important to say about the nature of violence, Killing Ground feels brutal simply for brutality's sake...

And that is not my bag.

The Overlook Film Festival - 'M.F.A.'

An Overlook Film Festival Review with Linnie

M.F.A. (2017)

The ongoing issue, and extreme under-prosecution of, campus sexual assault, is one of the major problems plaguing young women in America right now. A revenge horror film that deals with this issue with a subtle, even hand is long overdue.

Natalia Leite's M.F.A. is not the movie to do that.

The Overlook Film Festival - 'Hounds of Love'

An Overlook Film Festival Review with Linnie

Hounds of Love (2016)

Photos courtesy of Fons PR
Some horror films are made to be enjoyed, to elicit scares of the exciting kind, scares that you can laugh about with your friends after it's all over. These are the kind of horror films you watch in groups, appreciate while eating buckets full of popcorn, and have a good giggle when a moment frightens you out of your seat.

Ben Young's Hounds of Love is not one of those horror movies.

Hounds of Love is a dark, provocative, upsetting, terror-inducing, realistic approach to horror, which will destroy your soul and leave you shaken. It is not for the faint-of-heart, and it's all the better for it.

The Willows: A Horror Honey Haunt Review

An Event Review with Kat Wells

I had nothing but terrible experiences with haunted houses growing up. From hometown haunted trails buried deep in the woods to Universal’s House of Horrors (may it rest in peace), I was all palm and ass sweat and full body shakes when faced with the prospect of relentless jump scares lurching out at me from the dark. A few years ago, a dear friend and human security blanket convinced me to lean into the fun of it, and the spell was broken; now, I’m the friend offering to lead the pack through pitch black mazes, laughing and screaming the whole time.

The uptick in recent years of more immersive haunts has been fascinating to observe, but as much as I learned to enjoy traditional haunts, this new, personalized type of spooky experience intimidated me. In the fall of 2015, though I finally ovaried up and dragged myself, screaming on the inside, to CREEP Los Angeles’ inaugural offering.

Santa Clarita Diet: Relationship Goals, Not Foodie Goals

A Full-Season Review with Bella Blitz

Santa Clarita Diet (2017-)

When Netflix hits a home run, they knock it out of the park, hit some innocent bystander on the head, bury them, and wait for them to come back to life clutching their pearls and wreaking havoc on suburbia. At least that’s what I imagine happened when the pitch for Santa Clarita Diet was, umm, pitched.

Which Way Did He Go For ‘A Cure For Wellness’, George

A New Release Review with Bella

A Cure for Wellness (2017)

There is a severe lack of mad scientist movies these days. And, when one comes along, it’s hardly billed that way at all. A Cure For Wellness’ advertising was steeped in confusion and beauty and certifiability. And it should have been, because it is by far one of the most disorienting films I’ve seen in a very long time. But at it’s core, A Cure For Wellness is a mad scientist movie that requires you to look beyond subtext, take things at face value, and try not to get too turned around.