BAD THINGS MOVIE REVIEW
Bad Things is a “Shinning” example of what not to do if you like the movie The Shining. Imagine a movie where Jack Torrence doesn’t get a character setup, we don’t find out about his abusive past, and we just show up at The Overlook Hotel. It’s not that compelling of a story then. Bad Things strives to be what its predecessor was, it just falls flat. We have 4 friends staying at a defunct, probably haunted, hotel. Because of the lack of character development, when shit starts to go down, it doesn’t affect the viewer. There are a few moments of genuine horror, only to be surrounded by more convoluted plot details. The actors are great, but again, the source material doesn’t do any of them justice. But since Jordan, Lewayne, and Chad had to sit through this slog, maybe you should too?
DIRECTED BY: Stewart Thorndike
STARRING: Gayle Rankin, Hari Nef, Rad Pereira, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, Molly Ringwald, Jared Abrahamson, Ariella Josephine, Austin Jones
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
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