I'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link]

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 7.6/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: Netflix: 3.3/5 stars, IMDB: 6.7/10.

THOUGHTS: While not being anything super special, it was at the same time NOT a totally generic horror-comedy. This was a cut above; actually kinda worth seeing, if you bother to watch such things. Having lots of 1980s nostalogia was really cool, too.

Sure, this is a remix of ideas already done before (like in The Last Action Hero) — like *every* horror movie — But they did it in a nostalgic way with some neat gimmickry (like in Too Many Cooks) and with some cute sentimentality to it.

It was enjoyable and actually memorable, unlike too many horror movies.

Plus it helps that we really really really like Malin Akerman. And are always interested in what Alia Shawkat is up to…

PEOPLE:

Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson (Harold & Kumar 3).
Written by: Joshua John Miller & M.A. Fortin.

Starring:
Taissa Farmiga as Max Cartwright.
Malin Akerman (Childrens Hospital, The Giant Mechanical Man, Wanderlust, Watchmen, The Brothers Solomon, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) as Nancy / Amanda Cartwright, Max’s mom.
Alexander Ludwig (Grown Ups 2, The Hunger Games) as Chris Briggs, Max’s crush.
Nina Dobrev (Repo! The Genetic Opera, Let’s Be Cops, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, 1 ep of Robot Chicken, 1 ep of Family Guy) as Vicki Summers, the bitch.
Alia Shawkat (Maeby Funke in Arrested Development, The To Do List, Life After Beth, Prom Wars: Love Is A Battlefield, 1 ep of Drunk History, 1 ep of Portlandia, 1 ep of Adventure Time, 1 ep of NTSF:SD:SUV) as Gertie Michaels, Max’s friend.
Thomas Middleditch (Richard in Silicon Valley, Search Party, Someone Marry Barry, 7 eps of Beavis & Butt-Head (2011), 1 ep of Ugly Americans, 1 ep of The Office, 1 ep of Newsreaders, 1 ep of Drunk History) as Duncan, Gertie’s stepbrother.
Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect movies, Bad Neighbors, 2 eps of American Dad, 1 ep of Arrested Development, 1 ep of Tron: Uprising, 1 ep of Drunk History, 1 ep of Lucas Bros Moving Co) as Kurt, the douche.
Angela Trimbur (Penny in Major Lazer, Silicon Valley, Halloween 2) as Tina, the slut. John The Canadien sent some emails about her in 2012-2013 after meeting her.
Chloe Bridges as Paula, the tough girl.
Tory N. Thompson as Blake, the black counselor.
Dan B. Norris as Billy Murphy.Music: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic – Winter Wrap Up (calypso version)