HALLOWEEN (2018) tries to do everything for the franchise that Scream 4 did for its own, but in the immortal words of Sidney Prescott, “Don’t fuck with the original.”
FREAKS, written and directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein, is a sci-fi thriller starring Bruce Dern, as the mysterious Mr. Snowcone, an ice-cream man who kicks it in a flashy, old school ice cream truck; newcomer Lexy Kolker as Chloe, a gifted girl bewildered by the strange world around her; and Emile Hirsch, as her seemingly overprotective, bearded father.
Sometimes I'm REALLY glad I'm not a woman. Sure, the experience of childbirth and raising your own progeny from the female perspective is a truly beautiful thing, but the idea of something growing inside you, tearing its way out and then feeding on you like a tiny, horrific parasite until it finally grows into an ungrateful teenager that hates you and pretends you don't know it's smoking wacky tobacky with its pimple-faced friends behind the school gym is truly the stuff of horror films. I thought that was why director Justin Harding and Rob Brunner decided to make LATCHED - a short that plays on those very fears. Well, at least the feeding parasite part. Turns out I was partially wrong.