Shannon McGrew

Shannon McGrew
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I've been reviewing films, with a focus on the horror genre, for the past four years. I own a horror website titled Nightmarish Conjurings and have written for genre sites such as Rue Morgue, Blumhouse, Bloody Disgusting, 1428 Elm, and more since. Being able to share my reviews with the world has been something that I absolutely love.

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.5/5 42% Black Christmas (2019) Black Christmas is an unapologetic horror slasher that takes on the dangers of male toxicity while showcasing the strength and determination that so many women possess. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2019
4.5/5 92% Uncut Gems (2019) Uncut Gems</i< is an electric shock to the movie-goers system that is much needed. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2019
3.5/5 28% A Million Little Pieces (2019) I'm glad a film like A Million Little Pieces exists because it's a reminder that life with an addiction doesn't have to be hopeless. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2019
3.5/5 77% Frozen II (2019) Frozen 2 might not win everyone over with its use of somber tones and darker imagery, but there's something to be said about a kid's film that shows how positive change and acceptance of oneself is something to never ignore. - Creepy Kingdom EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4.5/5 76% Doctor Sleep (2019) [T]akes King's original work, meshes it with the stylized visuals of Stanley Kubrick's film, while also putting Flanagan's special touch on it, making Doctor Sleep this year's best King adaptation. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
3.5/5 25% Countdown (2019) It may not be re-inventing the wheel in regards to originality...but those looking for a scary movie to see with a group of friends will be in for a real treat. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
4.5/5 70% Terminator: Dark Fate (2019) What Tim Miller and his team have created is a much needed evolution of a franchise that was dying...[by] closing a chapter...and giving fans a brand new narrative that changes the course of the series and breathes new life into it. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2019
3.5/5 97% Sweetheart (2019) Sweetheart is a solid creature feature film that digs deeper into themes such as isolation and discovery of one's self. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2019
5/5 91% The Lighthouse (2019) The Lighthouse is a grandiose work of art that is as haunting as it is funny. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
4/5 80% Little Monsters (2019) Little Monsters is the feel good, zombie horror comedy, that we all deserve this year. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2019
4.5/5 38% In the Tall Grass (2019) In The Tall Grass is a fantastical story that will keep viewers captivated as the horrors unfold while simultaneously challenging them to look deeper within themselves. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 69% Wrinkles the Clown (2019) Wrinkles The Clown is a documentary that is absolutely worth watching as it's not only entertaining but it also gives the viewer something substantial to think about, especially if they're a parent. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2019
4/5 75% The Death of Dick Long (2019) Go into this film as blind as possible and be prepared to laugh, as well as cringe in disgust, upon learning the truth of how Dick Long dies. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
5/5 69% Joker (2019) With Oscar worthy performances, most notably by Joaquin Phoneix, as well as Lawrence Sher's beautiful cinematography and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir's haunting score, the film packs a wallop of a punch to all senses. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2019
4/5 59% In the Shadow of the Moon (2019) In The Shadow Of The Moon is a heart-wrenching tale that shows the horrors of humanity, both in the past and present, alongside the backdrop of a smart sci-fi thriller. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2019
4.5/5 85% Synchronic (2019) Synchronic is Benson and Moorhead's strongest film to date [and shows] their ability to weave a sci-fi narrative that is so immensely emotional and impactful. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 9, 2019
85% Empathy, Inc. (2019) It raises some important moral questions that will stay with you long after the film has ended while also making you wonder just how far VR technology could possibly go. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2019
81% Overlord (2018) Overlord is a film that all horror lovers will want to add to their collection. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 29, 2019
4.5/5 88% Ready or Not (2019) Ready Or Not is easily one of the best films of the year [with] Samara [Weaving] giving a career defining performance. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 20, 2019
3/5 41% 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019) It may not pack quite the same punch as the first film but it'll still make you question ever going into any body of water again. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2019
4/5 78% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark successfully executes a film for a new generation of horror lovers while giving fans of the book the nostalgia they crave. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2019
3.5/5 100% A Good Woman Is Hard to Find (2019) A Good Woman Is Hard To Find is an exceptional film [and deserving] of the highest praises for Sarah Bolger's performance. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
3/5 67% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) Hobbs & Shaw is far from perfect, [but] there's enough action, random cameos, and mindless humor to keep you entertained throughout. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 95% The Deeper You Dig (2019) [The Deeper You Dig ] is a bold achievement in bare-bones filmmaking ... [and] it pulled on my heartstrings and left me unsettled. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 30, 2019
3.5/5 89% Riot Girls (2019) Riot Girls is a powerful depiction of women kicking ass against the backdrop of male entitlement, classism, and a post-apocalyptic mid-90's setting. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2019
3.5/5 70% Darlin' (2019) As with any indie film, there's bound to be bumps in the road, but I think fans of Offspring and The Woman will be happy to see the continuation of The Woman and her offspring. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2019
4.5/5 83% Crawl (2019) [Crawl] is a fun and terror-filled romp through the murky waters of Florida that is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up in anticipation of the inevitable terror ahead. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
3.5/5 53% The Lion King (2019) Jon Favreau did a beautiful job in bringing this reimagination to life [and] the overall execution through the use of visual effects is stunning and an absolute work of art. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
4/5 70% Happy Death Day 2U (2019) Happy Death Day 2U is definitely a departure from the original but it succeeds in building a larger storyline for the possibility of a solid franchise while maintaining the overall feel as the first. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 70% Climax (2019) Climax is a tour-de-force and a visual spectacle that all who love cinema should experience. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4.5/5 67% Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019) [Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase ] is a film that will be empowering to young girls and boys as it is a reminder that adventure and mystery await... - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 69% I See You (2019) [I See You] packs a hell of a punch and will leave you paranoid long after the credits have rolled. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 29% The Curse of La Llorona (2019) [The Curse of La Llorona] pack[s] a few good punches in terms of scares, and the overall visual are rather beautiful, but I just felt like the writers didn't do the story justice. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 93% Us (2019) The duality between the family and The Tethered is one that is both beautiful and horrifying and one of the strongest aspects of the film. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
4/5 57% Pet Sematary (2019) Jud may believe that sometimes dead is better but in the case of 2019's Pet Sematary we are so glad that it was resurrected for a new generation of movie-goers. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Stay Out Stay Alive (2019) Stay Out Stay Alive has some interesting concepts that utilized true facts with supernatural mythology and though the majority of the pieces were there, it just needed more momentum and additional fine tuning to really stand out... - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 100% Kindred Spirits (2019) Kindred Spirits may not be [Lucky McKee's] most intense film but it'll still leave you with a feeling of discomfort. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
77% Nightmare Cinema (2019) An absolute must-see. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
5/5 64% Annabelle Comes Home (2019) Annabelle Comes Home is the best film out of the Annabelle franchise and easily the most terrifying. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
5/5 83% Midsommar (2019) Midsommar is truly a masterful work of art that only comes around every 90 years or so. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 25, 2019
3.5/5 60% The Houses October Built (2014) [The Houses October Built was very creepy and unsettling...you should [see it] especially if you are interested in the haunt industry. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 24, 2019
3.5/5 63% Child's Play (2019) Child's Play may not be perfect but it delivers over-the-top gore, loads of humor, and, surprisingly, breathes new life into one of horrors most beloved and iconic characters. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/5 61% Satanic Panic (2019) [Satanic Panic is a love letter to 80's practical effects ... with an entertaining story that gave [Chelsea] Stardust the tools to bring it to life in all its bloody glory. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2019
3.5/5 84% Villains (2019) With memorable performances from our four leads, you'll be hard pressed to not laugh and cringe as each horror and misstep unfolds, which is why this makes Villains one of the most fun-filled horror comedies of the year. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2019
4/5 97% Toy Story 4 (2019) Toy Story 4 was the perfect way to wrap up one of the most successful and endearing franchises in history. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
93% CAM (2018) All in all, I found CAM to be a tightly wound thriller that kept me guessing throughout its entire runtime. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 14, 2019
2.5/5 23% Men in Black International (2019) I won't go so far as to say that Men In Black: International is a bad movie ... but the overall execution left a lot to be desired. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
4.5/5 56% The Dead Don't Die (2019) THE DEAD DON'T DIE will find its place among fans of Jarmusch's work and those who are looking for an offbeat take on a subgenre that could easily use a fresh facelift - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 11, 2019
4/5 95% Housebound (2014) It's one of those movies where you will be grateful for a change from the modern every day "scary" movies. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
3/5 64% The Sacrament (2014) It doesn't offer many scares or scare tactics but it definitely shows you how evil the human race can be. - Nightmarish Conjurings EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019