How s the Pacing? While the series benefits from giving everyone more to do, the pacing could be quicker. Robert Rorke, New York Post While Mindhunter: Season 2 doesn t exactly race out of the gate as it builds on the foundation of Season 1, it remains a compelling and impeccably shot crime thriller. Jesse Schedeen, IGN Movies It already feels like the series is evolving and maturing, becoming more complex as the relationships start to change, both professionally and personally. Sam Loveridge, SFX Magazine The series is still far more Zodiac than Seven, but it s also more propulsive now, with no fewer than three ongoing investigations. Dan Fienberg, Hollywood Reporter(Photo by Netflix)How s the Cast This Time? [By the time you see her in episode 3,] you’re probably wondering what Carr is up to since she doesn’t have a ton of screen time so far. That’s a shame because if you have Anna Torv in your show, you should use her in every scene. Rachel Paige, Refinery29 Every shot is deliberate, the dialog cuts like a finely honed blade, and all of the actors bring their A-Game. Mikkel Snyder, Black Nerd Problems [Groff] has a gift for seeming both confident and insecure at the same exact moment, making Ford both insufferable and sympathetic in the same breath. It’s a tough balancing act, but Groff nails it McCallany plays Tench as a thoughtful, even introspective man who buries his emotions in a gruff exterior. Chain-smoking and knocking back liquor, to the outside world he appears to be a tough-as-nails, no-bullshit guy. But inside, he’s silently screaming, and McCallany does remarkable work bringing out the confusion and uncertainty in Tench’s eyes. Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm After a couple of cracking sequences in which Holden and Bill interview the likes of the Son of Sam killer, and a handful of others, the show peaks with a stunning verbal confrontation with none other than Charles Manson As tremendous as each of the performers playing the killers are, Australian actor Damon Herriman is positively electric as the charismatic cult leader. Rohan Naahar, Hindustan Times Mindhunter is a series about difficult conversations with bosses, with family members, with serial killers and none of that would work without its impeccable ensemble. Clint Worthington, The Spool(Photo by Netflix)Is It Scary? The series feeds more on the idea that knowledge and understanding of the human condition — in all its sometimes horrific glory — is what s truly fascinating. Kevin Yeoman, ScreenRant The scariest thing in Mindhunter, Netflix’s 1970s-set serial killer drama overseen by the exacting-but-terrific director David Fincher, is always the chalk outline There’s something a little idiosyncratic about a serial killer show that never shows serial killing. Yes, it shows us lots and lots of serial killers, but most of them are in prison, and the business of the show is talking to them, trying to get them to reveal their secrets, hoping to get just close enough to see to the bottom of their particular abyss without falling in. Mindhunter never shows us grisly murders themselves — it only shows the aftermath, in the form of those chalk outlines and the occasional crime scene photo. Emily VanDerWerff, Vox Mindhunter’s most impressive accomplishment, though, is to weave an engrossing mystery without trivialising these real-life killers and their atrocious crimes. The series fascinates rather than unsettles. Ed Power, Daily Telegraph (UK) It s chilling stuff that burrows under your skin, and not suited to delicate constitutions. Wenlei Ma, News.com.au(Photo by Netflix)How s the Directing? [The premiere is] a thoughtfully composed, immaculately color-coded episode of television that makes compelling use of light and shadow. Katie Rife, AV Club As with last season, David Fincher directs the first episode with his usual panache, especially during the cold open. Scott Tobias, New York Magazine/Vulture Those who slept on season one should take note; David Fincher is at his full power on Netflix and makes Mindhunter a must-watch. Christopher James, AwardsCircuit.com(Photo by Netflix)Final Verdict? The long-awaited second season of David Fincher s Mindhunter affirms the program as Netflix s strongest drama. Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com It is effective, haunting, scary, and one of the most provocative shows ever and hands down one of the best shows of the year. Alex Maidy, JoBlo s Movie Emporium The Verdict: For a series that has sat on the sidelines for two years, there’s an unexpected urgency and vibrancy to Mindhunter’s second season at times it could do with a little more visual panache to help key sequences stand out. This is a small complaint, however, for an otherwise addictive and engrossing drama. Joe Lipsett, Consequence of Sound Mindhunter returns with a great season 2: David Fincher s series is confirmed as one of the best on Netflix. (review in Spanish) Mikel Zorrilla, EspinofMindhunter season 2 is now streaming on Netflix
In a scene from Lady Luck, Smokey (Michael Aronov) learns that Red (James Spader) has special plans for the locations he has secured. The people in Red s organization who did some freelancing while he was in prison will feel his wrath. And the person who turned Red in? That person s fate is sealed. Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) looks concerned.The Blacklist episode 16, season 6 airs Friday, April 12 at 9/8C.
(Photo by New Line Cinema / courtesy Everett Collection)In 2019, Rotten Tomatoes turns 21, and to mark the occasion we’re celebrating with a series of features that look back at the brightest moments on screen of the past two decades – and one year – and the things that have us excited for the future.Jump scare! Are there two more reviled words in the modern horror genre? (Well, maybe human centipede. ) Built on slapping the volume around and throwing up some intrusive imagery, the jump scare s reputation as the ultimate low-effort, low-grade scare tactic hides an uglier truth. They re effective. Especially a well-placed one. You know the kind: The movie is creeping along, you re into the characters and story, when the lights begin to dimmer and the soundtrack drops out, as the camera hangs innocently for a touch too long, and then BAM you find yourself looking down at your seat, having leapt two feet into the air.Since Rotten Tomatoes inception in 1998, there s been no shortage of horror flicks and their endless bag of dirty, freaky tricks. (In fact, this April has been a big month, with Pet Sematary and The Curse of La Llorona!) We re celebrating turning 21 in a myriad of ways, and today it s all about the screams that have echoed over the last two decades, as we present the 21 best jump scares of the last 21 years!Concerned that we didn t have enough zombies on this list, or nothing from A Quiet Place (a.k.a. Jump Scare: The Motion Picture)? Tell us all about it in the comments!21. Unhinged kitchen from Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) 58%Up to this point, the Paranormal Activity movies reserved all their scares for night, allowing the daytime as a sanctuary to do a little character work and tension-relief as the demons slowly draw in. This scene demonstrates sunlight is no safety as your normal sit-down at the kitchen counter transforms into a loud cacophony of cabinets blowing open and clattering china. Though it s been done already to great effect in the likes of Poltergeist and The Sixth sense, the second Paranormal Activity finds a new way to bring heat to the kitchen.20. Are you not the babysitter? from The House of the Devil (2009) 85% Atmosphere is the first word that comes to mind with Ti West s horror films, and certainly too much is the phrase that comes next for the Ti West critic. Slow burns his films may be, but West is also enough of a genre fanboy-disciple to know when to pepper in a big jump scare to jolt the audience. Enter The House of the Devil, his breakthrough film, which did the whole 80s nostalgia before Stranger Things was even, well, a thing. Greta Gerwig, still then but a mumblecore muse, plays the babysitter s best friend, characterized, as always, innocent and ill-fated. When she stops for a cigarette, a stranger shows up, identifying her as the babysitter. After some terse talk, the stranger realizes his mistake and makes a quick exit out of the conversation.19. The fake suicide from What Lies Beneath (2000) 47%The only thing more shocking than seeing Harrison Ford play a bad guy? (And we mean a bad guy, not like space rogue bad guy – also, whoops, SPOILER.) This moment, with Ford thinking he s just gotten away with murder again, when the ghosts of ill deeds past and a schnockered Michelle Pfiffer use the transdimensional force to scare the bejeezus out of Ford, sending him for a bloody bonk on the bathroom sink.18. The screaming reflection from The Woman in Black (2012) 66%Musty old mansion. Soft steps in darkness by candlelight. A British guy. Oh, yeah, we got a bona-fide, literary haunted house story here! Daniel Radcliffe takes a cautious look-see from an upper window into the yard, where a child emerges from a grave in the rain and trudges toward the house. And, OF COURSE, suddenly a screaming woman appears in the window reflection. It s a reminder why these stories still chill in the 21st century, and why we ll always be hooked on classics.17. The running girl from Annabelle (2014) 29%The Association s Cherish is the prelude to this prelude in the 1967-set story within The Conjuring franchise. After Annabelle No Relation To The Murder Doll Wallis stops the record player, a subtle shadow appears on the wall behind it, turning the music back on. As Wallis investigates, the rumble of the soundtrack slowly builds, sewing machines clatter, hallways feel longer than ever before, and a girl in a white dress materializes in the background. Suddenly, she s sprinting towards Wallis and suddenly the little girl doens t look so little anymore.16. What s in the bag? from Audition (1999) 82%Though infamous for its penetrating torture scenes, Audition actually performs as a mystery-thriller for most of the runtime. It s this third act sequence that keys viewers in that things are about to go off the deep end. This sack is ominously one of the few items in the villain s apartment, and when what s inside leaps out, it s quite the shock: A starving man with feet, ear, and fingers missing. And you thought you ve had bad dates before.15. Sidney on set from Scream 3 (2000) 40%Scream 3 took a pretty epic Tomatometer tumble from the first films in the franchise – Scream is Certified Fresh at 79%, Scream 2 is Certified Fresh at 81%, while this movie is Rotten at 36%. And though the tone of the movie is even jokier than Wes Craven’s first two Ghostface outings, there are still some solid scares to be found here. Chief among them, this moment in which Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is on a movie-set recreation of her teenage home. Just as fans are thinking, “Hmmm, I think I’ve seen this before” – including the door-in-door block – Ghostface pops up in her bedroom window. Ah, just like old times.14. Jaws from The Orphanage (2007) 87%The Orphanage is a movie that s confident enough to know that it doesn t need jump scares: It s slow-mounting dread, central mystery and performances, and the deep wellspring of aromatic despair it draws from is more than enough. It s also a movie that knows, hey, why not give the people what they want? Thus, Orphanage s only major jump scare comes when Geraldine Chaplin is on the ground after a traumatic collision, jolting from beneath the cloth, lower jaw akimbo. The scene feels out of place in the movie, which only adds to its effectiveness, and it works because of how, er, tastefully done the shot is.13. Bus hit from Final Destination (2000) 35%The Final Destination series is more famous for its Rube Goldberg-like death sequences than its heart-racing shocks, but this one from the first film still has us looking left, right, and double checking before crossing the road. Is it as good as the infamous Meet Joe Black car-a-palooza that felled Brad Pitt? Maybe not. But we give Final Destination extra credit for maxing out on that special brand of heavy-handed late 1990s/early 2000s teen-slasher irony by having Terry tell her boyfriend to “drop f king dead” right before Fate sends a bus right through her.12. Shark attack from Deep Blue Sea (1999) 59%You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself get eaten by a mutated shark while trying to give a heroic speech. Such was the fate of one Samuel L. Jackson, who finds himself trapped in an undersea laboratory with other scientists, menaced by one their very own fishy, lethal experiments. Jackson had steadily built his reputation in the 90s as the King of Cool and, using his leading-man capital, dunked on audiences by allowing his character be killed in the most surprising, hilarious, and gratuitous way possible.11. Tongue cluck from Hereditary (2018) 89%One way to figure out the how a jump scare works is watching it with the sound off. By killing a key component (LOUD NOISES!), does it feel earned? Can it still spook? Watch Herediatry s big scare with the sound off and it ll seems like nothing is happening, which actually reveals how good the movie is getting at subverting seemingly normal tics, like clucking your tongue, into something demonic, and just how fortunate it is that it has Toni Collette s all-in performance.10. A face in the window from The Strangers (2008) 48%This atmospheric home invasion thriller is known for its quiet reveals more than its jump scares – figures appear slowly in backgrounds rather than bursting out of closets. But it does deliver one jolt for the ages, as Liv Tyler’s Kristen opens the curtain to discover the “Man in Mask” right there! The rest of the film’s relative quietness only adds to the moment’s effect.9. The lawnmower from Sinister (2012) 63%Film projectors: Something almost inherently unsettling about them, with their grainy footage and the repetitive clack-clack-clack of the spinning reels. Certainly they ve made their mark in horror history, involved in memorable scenes ranging from Peeping Tom to IT. Sinister added its own celluloid to the highlight reel, featuring Ethan Hawke as he investigates the doomed previous occupants of his new house. The search leads to a box of film (which something is insistent he watch, leading to its appearance everywhere around the house), whose content includes POV footage of a person looking down at a lawnmower, as its pushed over grass at night. The lawnmower strays in and out of the camera s light, putting the viewer s eye into a trance, before it suddenly become clear this yard was not cleared before this chore was undertaken.8. The nun attacks from The Conjuring 2 (2016) 80%How good was the nun scene in Conju 2: Valak Boogaloo? It only took four minutes to convince moviegoers, and the people who make movies, that this sister of the unholy cloth deserved her own spinoff. The buildup to the jump scare, with the nun charging at the camera, involves the standard figure-in-the-hallway and eyes-peering-from-shadow tropes remixed into a true nerve-rattler.7. Peek-a-boo from Insidious (2010) 66%A fine example of misdirection, the scene begins with Barbara Hershey describing a nightmare to her son and his family. The narration and the slow, drifting camera ratchets up the tension in an obvious way for the viewer – with the pay-off of a gangly, pointing figure embedded within the dream. Snapping back to the real world, Patrick Wilson s Josh, wearing a shirt the same grey-blue tone shirt of the bland marble painting behind him, sits unaware as the red-faced demon appears behind him, revealing that the movie s threat aren t just restricted to the somnambulist s realm.6. She s mad from Mama (2013) 63%Two sisters are found alive in the woods five years after their father went on a post-2008 crash killing spree. They re taken in by their uncle and his wife, but something must ve kept the young kids alive all those years, and that something is now inside their home. The apparition Mama, who tilts back and forth like she s constantly under water, suddenly leaps forward to attack. The camera tracks the children as they run up the stairs and seek safety, with plenty of dark corners and walls to conceal edits as director Andy Muschietti (IT) aims to present this at first as a horrific, unbroken single take.5. 360 spin from Rec (2007) 89%A residential building is mysteriously under quarantine. A tenacious, lightly unscrupulous news reporter and her cameraman get into the building to find the reason: an outbreak of fast zombies. The claustrophobic setting of [rec] teems with jump-scare potential, and the movie certainly cashes in, with hordes of blank-eyed, frothing bitey runners around every corner. The best one comes when they ascend an attic in search for an escape route or outbreak source, lifting the camera up and pivoting the camera – slowly, of course – in a carousel of darkness before coming lens-to-face with a young zombie, who screeches and swats at the screen.. Never mind, we ll take our chances with the radon in the basement, thankyouverymuch.4. Night vision revelation from The Descent (2005) 86%Director Neil Marshall’s friends-stuck-in-a-cave movie is claustrophobically terrifying long before the monsters sh