Satanic Panic Review (2019)


My History With the Film:
I didn’t know anything about Satanic Panic when I first saw it streaming Shudder. I decided to give it a shot blindly and was pleasantly surprised with what followed.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A young girl stumbled upon a Satanic ritual while delivering pizzas.

What I Liked About It:
-The lead actress Hayley Griffith (Sam) was fantastic. She had the perfect mix of sweetness, innocence, and frustration to really give her character some depth. You can’t help but root for Sam as you see her endure all that she endures. She also has fantastic facial expressions and a great comedic timing.


-The gore was pretty well done. There isn’t a ton of it, but when it does show up its well-executed.

-I’m not a fan of overly comedic horror films since I feel like they fall more into a parody category than actual horror, but Satanic Panic walks the line well and while I wouldn’t put it in the upper echelon of horror comedies like Ready or Not, Tucker and Dale, or Shaun of the Dead, it definitely is just below those films in quality.


-The supporting cast varies in quality from great Rebecca Romijn (Danica), Arden Myrin (Gypsy), Ruby Modine (Judi) to some very questionable acting that feels like some actors first gig.


-I liked the ending. It was weird, fun, and goofy.

What I Didn't Like About It:

-The movie loses it's pace about half way through and it takes a little while to get restarted. I blame this on the introduction of a secondary character who is a good character, but really drags down the pacing. It also pulls a little too much attention off our lead, which I think is why it hurts the movie overall.


-Some of the first characters you meet are some of the worst cast. So, upon first starting this movie, you'll probably assume the acting is going to be on the lower level, and it's not until you get fifteen minutes in that you realize its not going to be a complete amateur hour.

Additional Notes:
-Walmart censored the title to "Panic" by utilizing a cardboard slipcover that covered the word Satanic.


-Written by horror writer Grady Hendrix (Horrorstör, My Best Friend's Exorcism, The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires)

-Director Chelsea Stardust previously directed Into the Dark's All That We Destroy.

-Shot on location in Dallas, Texas over eighteen days.

Rating:

I enjoyed Satanic Panic, it was funny, gory, and well-acted (for the most part). Without Hayley Griffith, I don’t think the film would have worked as well, but luckily she was there to tie it altogether.

This is the type of movie you go into and kick back with low expectations and an open mind. It's not going to knock your socks off or blow your mind, but it'll entertain you if you let it. I rate Satanic Panic as three stars out of five and say its a rental.

Creed Songs in Horror Movies

In the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Creed was the Nickelback of the music industry. Creed was successful, had catchy songs, but seemed to be universally hated by everyone. It didn’t help their case that rumors circulated that they were actually a Christian band pretending to be a mainstream rock band.

While most people didn’t advertise their fondness for Scott Stapp’s gravelly voice, the sales charts don’t lie. According to Wikipedia, Creed sold over 28 million records in the United States, and 53 million albums worldwide making them the ninth bestselling artist of the 2000’s. In 2001, they won a Grammy for Best Rock Song (“With Arms Wide Open”) and their first three albums went multi-platinum.

So, what does all this have to do with 90’s horror movies? Well, Creed made a few appearances on some of the soundtracks of the late 90’s/early 2000’s horror films. Back then, a lot of time and care was put into creating albums that would sell and so soliciting songs from top artists was a big deal. Sadly, the day of the soundtrack has pretty much gone away, but in the late 90’s things were still going strong. I thought it’d be fun to take a look at Creed’s contribution to the horror community since I tend to love the movies their songs were featured on.


1998
“What’s This Life For”
Halloween H20



Halloween H20 was originally scored by John Ottman (House of Wax, Urban Legends Final Cut, Lake Placid) however, Harvey Weinstein was not happy with his score so he replaced pieces of it with Marco Beltrami’s scores from Scream, Scream 2, Mimic, as well as some new cues written by Beltrami. In addition to replacing pieces of the score, Weinstein also insisted that Creed’s “What’s This Life For” by featured in a party sequence and also during the end credits.

Halloween H20 did not have a soundtrack release, so the song was never released on an album for the movie. However, a special edit of the music video was released featuring scenes from the film.


“I’m Eighteen”
The Faculty



The Faculty soundtrack consisted of some classic rock songs covered by contemporary artists as well as some currents songs for 1998. Pink Floyd, David Bowie, and Alice Cooper were all covered, with Creed covering Cooper’s 1970 hit, “I’m Eighteen.”
In addition to “I’m Eighteen” being featured on The Faculty Soundtrack, in 2015, Creed released the track on their With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective album. It’s found on disc two Rarities & Demos.



1999
“Wrong Way”
End of Days



I remember the End of Days soundtrack being a big deal since it featured a song by the new line-up of Guns N Roses, an Eminem song, along with other industrial metal and alternative bands. Creed also contributed a song to the soundtrack, “Wrong Way” which was also found on their Human Clay album.

As far as I can tell, no music video was ever released for the song and I’m guessing it was added just to bolster the lineup of known bands on the soundtrack. It wasn’t one of Creed’s better songs and is quite forgettable.



2000
“Is This the End”
Scream 3




“What If”
Scream 3



Creed was all over the Scream 3.

“What If” was the second single from Human Clay and also found its way onto the Scream 3 soundtrack, which Creed helped produce. In addition to being on the soundtrack, a music video was recorded featuring David Arquette as Dewey and Ghostface killing off the members of Creed.

“Is this the End” was recorded specifically for Scream 3 and was used over the end credits. It was featured on the soundtrack and can also be found on 2015’s With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective album on the Rarities & Demos disc listed as the “Scream Edit.”


“Higher”
The Skulls



“Higher” was Creed’s lead single off their second album Human Clay and the first Creed song I remember hearing. “Higher” was featured in a scene in The Skulls, but was not included on the soundtrack which mostly consisted of the score.

Crawl Review (2019)


My History With the Film:
I saw Crawl advertise in early 2019 and it quickly became one of the movies I most wanted to see in 2019. But, life got in the way and I never made it to the theater. I planned on renting it from the Redbox once it was released but a .99 cent rental sale on iTunes caught my eye first and so Brandy and I sat down and watched Crawl in March 2020.

What The Film Is About (Non-Spoiler):
A woman attempting to save her father during a hurricane gets trapped in the flooded house with alligators.

What I Liked About It:
-The trailer, the poster, and the synopsis pretty much tell you everything you need to know about this film. It's not going to have Academy Award winning performances nor is it going to pretend to. No, this is a straight up creature horror film and it embraces that 100%. I love it when a movie is just a movie and doesn't make any excuses for being what it is. Then again, Crawl was directed by the same guy who did Piranha 3D, so you shouldn't be surprised.


-The two leads were fantastic in their roles. I’ve never been the biggest Barry Pepper fan, but he portrays a realistic father, who has issues but loves his daughter dearly. I was impressed by how the script and performances actually made me care for the two leads, because this is the type of movie where emotional investment is not required. With that being said, the film was enriched by the connection and chemistry between the two leads.


-The CGI was better than expected. Of course, this type of movie is going to feature CGI alligators and I think they did a great job with them. I also was impressed by the hurricane graphics and the actual flooded sets. I felt immersed the entire time and there was no scene that pulled me out of the film because it looked like a bad video game.


-The movie did an excellent job of giving the audiences enough deaths to keep the story rolling along and by add gore to keep the stakes high.

What I Didn't Like About It:
-Honestly, I don’t have anything bad to say about Crawl.


Additional Notes:
-The two leads Dave (Barry Pepper) and Hayley (Kaya Scodelario) also starred in two of Maze Runner movies together.

-Dave's truck license plate is MATT 725. Matthew 7:25 states, "The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."


-Hayley was on the Florida Gators swimming team.

Rating:
Crawl was a very enjoyable ride and I liked it more than I expected. The film doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but it was refreshing because it took itself seriously. Most of our creature features tend to go in tongue in cheek (Sharknado, the Piranha remake) but Crawl is a serious film and I liked it because of that.


Crawl isn’t a film I see myself revisiting year after year, but I highly recommend it as a rental. I rate Crawl four stars out of five.