Carolyn Mauricette

Carolyn Mauricette
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I'm a Toronto-based film writer and reviewer focused on the horror, fantasy and sci-fi genres. Inspired by my favorite film Rosemary's Baby, I founded www.rosemaryspixie.com, highlighting independent and Canadian horror, women in horror, and the representation of people of color within the genre. I have launched a new site, www.viewfromthedark.ca, where I plan to deep dive into race and representation of people of color in genre film, or lack thereof. I'm also a film programmer for the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival, and a contributing author to the first edition of the Women in Horror Annual, The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films (Rowman & Littlefield), and the Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films (Rowman & Littlefield). You can find other pieces I've written on diversity and women in sci-fi on www.graveyardshiftsisters.com and film reviews on www.cinemaaxis.com.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 86% Code 8 (2019) , Jeff Chan's futuristic CODE 8 hits hard with the struggle of fringe dwellers with supernatural powers in a harsh society. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 8, 2019
5/5 95% Atlantics (2019) Mati Diop's Atlantics (Atlantique) is a tale of loss, eternal love and a vibrant vision of modern African storytelling very much needed to expose filmgoers to new representations of genre film. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2019
No Score Yet The Assent (2019) Ultimately, what tries to be a stylized, emotionally fraught horror film comes off as insensitive fodder for a late-night view. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
No Score Yet The Hollow One (2015) With a good concept, a great creature, and an ending that screams sequel, The Hollow One is creepy horror fare that leaves you wanting more. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
100% In Search of Darkness (2019) You might find the volume of information overwhelming at first because they come at you with a rapid-fire pace, but once you settle in, this documentary is a great ride. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
No Score Yet Devil's Junction: Handy Dandy's Revenge (2019) What seems like a fun horror film becomes a slog when it takes itself too seriously. - Rue Morgue Magazine EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
No Score Yet Pipe Dreams (2019) [Y]ou'll enjoy the bright cinematography, the earnest nature of these talented people and the triumph at the competition itself. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
68% Zombieland: Double Tap (2019) The plot is not rocket science by any means and the film features borderline frat boy (read eyeroll) humor; but it also has loads of energy, splatter and warp speed laughs. There wasn't a beat to be missed. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
85% The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019) You can't go wrong with a good zombie caper film, and first-time director Lee Min-Jae's great script is full of dry humour and lots of heart. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
100% Mutant Blast (2019) Mutant Blast nutty splatter fest also conveys a sense of environmental urgency without being preachy. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
83% 8 (2019) While there's no denying the technical skill and beauty of 8, stories like this need to be told by those who live the culture, not the observer. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2019
3/5 51% Black and Blue (2019) Although some may find Black and Blue to be a touch melodramatic, you can't deny the social commentary. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 27, 2019
4/5 97% Sweetheart (2019) Watch this film. Tell your friends and spread the word about this great indie horror with a black female character done right. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
3.5/5 85% Empathy, Inc. (2019) Empathy, Inc. is a bleak sci-fi film noir that brings dangerous technology closer to our current time - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3/5 45% Seeds (2019) Urges and family ties create an unnerving experience in Owen Long's Seeds. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 85% Color Out of Space (2020) While he's been writing screenplays, Color Out of Space is the first film Stanley has directed since 2013, and guess what? It's fabulously strange, creepy and, yes, colorful for so many reasons. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
4/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) I was not ready for Ready or Not, but I was definitely pleasantly surprised. The film was all action, all suspense, gorier than you'd think, and a lot of fun. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
90% Luce (2019) You may love it, you may hate it, but it's a film you have to see. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
4/5 93% The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) It's possible to have a white director and a black cast using their own voices instead of a white writer assuming the actions of character of color. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 22, 2019
3 77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) Definitely check out Nightmare Cinema. It's got schlock, scares and scads of fun for all the anthology enthusiasts out there. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 21, 2019
3 63% Child's Play (2019) The Child's Play reboot is a fun update to the slasher doll who won't quit. See it for Hamill's doll gone mad performance, creepy janitors, nods to classic horror and a surprising comment on our obsession with artificial intelligence and consumerism. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
2.5 23% Men in Black International (2019) Take the kids to see Men In Black International for a bit of fun, but they haven't reinvented the galactic wheel with this one. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2019
3/5 42% Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) See Godzilla King of the Monsters for, well, the monsters. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2019
54% Ma (2019) If you're set on seeing Ma, go for Spencer's menacing performance and what I hope is her gateway in more starring roles in more genre films. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
73% The Perfection (2019) If you're thirsting for an Asian horror-inspired, stylized roller coaster ride with buckets of tension, look no further than Richard Shepard's The Perfection. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted May 28, 2019
90% John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) In John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Reeves transports us to perhaps the strongest film set in his assassin universe. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
95% See You Yesterday (2019) It gives us a wonderful black female character, the message of both despair and hope, and a story that could easily be continued as a popular Netflix series. - View From The Dark EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
88% Night of the Living Deb (2014) Night of the Living Deb takes the awkward morning after and makes it even more ridiculous with zombies. This indie zombie charmer is definitely one you should see. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
No Score Yet Wind Walkers (2015) Though it does not always succeed in its goal, the cool creature effects and tense emotions are worth checking out. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
82% A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Watching horror movies at Christmas should be mandatory and the cheesier the better. A Christmas Horror Story has plenty of fun to serve, along with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
50% Synchronicity (2016) Synchronicity offers an interesting take on the perils of worm holes, heartbreak and egos. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
100% The Interior (2015) The Interior is a psychological horror that will take your breath away, especially if you are a fan of David Lynch style weirdness. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
No Score Yet Patchwork (2015) Fully embracing its schlocky tropes, while providing an interesting revenge tale, Patchwork is a Franken-woman movie that will satisfy fans of 80's style campy, and gory, horror. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
56% Bite (2016) The film is a creepy, gory, and gooey crowd-pleaser, and yes, I think you all can handle it. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
No Score Yet White Raven (2017) Through its chilling story and sharp performances, White Raven reminds us that man is truly his own worst enemy. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
10% The Forest (2016) While director Jason Zada's first feature film stayed away from being a carbon copy of standard J-horror fare, it lacked the complexity and substance to hold a seasoned horror fan's attention. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
71% Darling (2016) Darling is a must-see for those who want a great performance, jarring scares, and a fresh art-house take on classic themes. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
42% Body (2015) Despite the low-budget and the plotline blips, directors and writers Dan Berk and Robert Olsen were able to stay economical in the film's style, giving us a clean-looking production with their smart use of locations and minimalist sets. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
76% Lights Out (2016) My overall reaction to the film teetered on the fence between "I kinda liked it" and outright dislike. I actually expected a more out-there story instead of a slightly mushy one about a family in turmoil. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
40% Queen Of Spades: The Dark Rite (2016) Queen of Spades: The Dark Rite is a contemporary Russian horror that is pleasing to the eye and holds up to any North American teen horror franchise. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
80% The Conjuring 2 (2016) I really enjoyed The Conjuring 2. It's a touch long at 2 hours and 14 minutes, but it starts off with a wonderful bang as we're dropped right into the Amityville fray. The fantastic camera work and creepy scenes sets the tone right away. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
91% Creepy (Kuripi: Itsuwari no rinjin) (2016) With trust, assumptions and gut feelings taking center stage under an uncomfortable microscope, Creepy definitely lives up to its name. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
75% Kill Command (2016) Despite its straightforward sci-fi narrative, and being made on a miniscule budget, Kill Command is still able to pack in a ton of great effects and tell an overall entertaining story. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
88% Let Her Out (2017) Let Her Out is a beautiful and disturbing film. The contrasting muted and neon palette combined with sweeping views of Toronto's cityscape creates a clean backdrop for some seriously gross-out gore. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
80% Bed of the Dead (2016) Those wanting a bit of horror fun will definitely get it with, but there's also a message at the end of the film that, although it seems a little out of place for a horror about a haunted bed, is powerfully executed, timely, and adds some depth... - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
100% Seoul Station (2016) Seoul Station is a must-see prequel, however you'll find more context and invest much more with characters in Yeon's live action film, Train to Busan. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
77% The Void (2017) If you're looking for answers and a linear plotline, then The Void isn't for you. Go see it for the ominous feel, mysterious characters and the creature effects. And hope for a sequel... - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
69% Antibirth (2016) The bizarre and climactic payoff is well worth it. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
14% Blood Honey (2018) Blood Honey is the type of eerie, atmospheric thriller that will keep you thinking after the end credits roll. - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
42% Awakening the Zodiac (2017) Awakening the Zodiac might be interesting to check out as late-night TV fare, but the overall film will make you want to seek out other representations of the Zodiac Killer... - Cinema Axis EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019