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November 20th 2017, Malta


Wicked Comics are proud to announce that guests David LaufenteNeil GibsonJoanne M. HarrisAlessandro VittiDinos KapsalasJenika Ioffreda and David Morris as well as exhibitors Ayrton ZammitAudrienne DegiorgioStefan CiantarNaomi Montanaro DeliaFantasy ShowgirlsFurban Malti and William Calleja will be joining the previously announced guest and exhibitors amongst the highlights of Malta Comic Convention (MCC) 2017. The 9th edition of the Malta Comic Con (MCC) will be held on Saturday 2rd December (10am-6pm) and Sunday 3rd December (11am-7pm) 2017 at the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.

David Lafuente



David Lafuente is a Spanish comic book artist known for his work on books such as Ultimate Spider-Man and Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. He first broke into the US comic industry in 2008 drawing the sleeper hit miniseries Patsy Walker: Hellcat. Lafuente is currently working on a creator owned book written by Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol.

Neil Gibson

Neil Gibson is a bestselling comic book creator and screenwriter with a real passion for the medium. His mission is to get more people reading comics, and runs web courses teaching people how to make their own comics. While he is best known for his Twisted Dark series, he has also produced Twisted Light, Tortured life, Tabatha, Theatrics, Turncoat, The Traveller, Transdimensional, The Theory, and The World of Chub Chub.


Joanne M. Harris



Joanne Harris (MBE) was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Since then, she has written 15 more novels, two collections of short stories, a Dr Who novella, guest episodes for the game Zombies, Run and three cookbooks. Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, has honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science.

Alessandro Vitti



Born in Taranto, 1978, illustrator Alessandro Vitti has been working with major publishers in Italy, France and USA since 2007. His credits include Brendon, Saguaro (Sergio Bonelli), Captain America and Hawkeye, Avengers Arena, Secret Warriors, Doctor Voodoo (Marvel), Red Lanterns and Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. (DC/Vertigo) and Ragazzo Invisibile (Panini Comics). He is currently working with writer Sina Grace on Iceman for Marvel Comics.

Dinos Kapsalas



Residing in Athens, Greek creator Dinos Kapsalas’ work consists of illustrations, artwork for bands, animation and comics. He collaborated with other artists publishing the comic anthology Crew of Awesome (2011) and Crew of Awesomeland (2012). Other recent work includes the animation of “To Peristrofo” for the Greek band Krotalias and the comic book Arcaded (2016) which is currently in the process of getting its first sequel.

Jenika Ioffreda



Jenika Ioffreda is the creator of “Vampire Free Style”, award nominated comic book series about a black cat in a world of magic, mysteries, vampires and witches. The series has sold over 5,000 copies in comic conventions over Europe, has been praised by reviewers, has a loyal following and has been requested as a set dressing for “This Must Be The Place” movie. An extremely active presence in the European comic conventions circuit, Jenika is currently self publishing a new comic book series “Midnight Tea”: a ghost story set in 19th century.


David Morris



David is a penciller, an inker and a cover artist for Time Bomb Comics. Besides being a cover artist on Ragamuffins, he is working on the Flintlock series and the upcoming titles S.O.E Baker Street Irregulars and Foxglove. Other work includes Dee for Detective (Tripwire Magazine) and the Norton the Dragon strip which runs in the UK literature and arts magazine Lamp. David was also the co-producer of the Bristol International Comic Expo in the UK.


Ayrton Zammit



Aspiring artist Ayrton Zammit, is a 22 years old student at MCAST Institute of Creative Arts, currently on a three year course of B.A Hons in Game Art and Visual Design. He is currently challenging himself to learn more and improve his skills in pursuit of a career in the creative industry.

Audrienne Degiorgio


Audrienne Degiorgio is an industry concept artist, somewhat of a scholar and a long time exhibitor at Malta Comic Convention. She holds a MFA in Digital Arts, co-founded the late Pilot Comic Anthology with Fleur Sciortino and recently co-created the Facebook page Ghidha bil-Malti with her brother Reuben Degiorgio. She is currently working on personal projects while keeping her hands busy with new illustrations and paintings as often as possible.

Stefan Ciantar




Stefan Ciantar is a professional graphic designer who loves visiting comic conventions and creating new things. Through Art School he gained experience in creating art, comics and pottery. He specialises in coloured pencils however he is capable to use any technique, both digitally and conventional. Stefan is looking forward to exhibit his work for the first time at Malta Comic Con and discussing it with community.

Naomi Montanaro Delia




Naomi Montanaro Delia is an aspiring concept artist who enjoys working both traditionally and digitally and is mostly inspired by mythological creatures and outer space. She started drawing digitally three years ago when she first started studying at MCAST and is currently in her third year, studying Game Arts and Visual Design. This will be the first time that she will be exhibiting her works at Malta Comic Con.

Fantasy Showgirls



Fantasy Showgirls is a dance troupe that do dance shows with a difference. The teacher & choreographer Marianne Galea is also a model and a cosplayer and invents shows that vary from modern dancing to cabaret. Their shows are characterised by imagination & magic, include themed dance routines (example Disney, Star Wars, Halloween and Christmans), are family oriented and usually include mascots like Olaf from Frozen and Jack form The Nightmare before Christmas. They regularly perform shows on TV, in public places and do numerous shows for charity.

Furban Malti


Inspired by the stories of Maltese Corsairs, Furban Malti create and sell pirate themed urban apparel, t-shirts and original souvenirs.

William Calleja  


Comic Book artist and Illustrator William Calleja has worked in comics industry since 2015. He is credited for his work as a cover artist with Markosia Comics UK on Geek Girl, as a Letterer and Graphic Designer for Lion Comics and is the author of the original title, The Just Cause Society which was published this year.


Phase 3 Last Chance Saver tickets are now available online from the Malta Comic Con website ( and offline from Pandora’s Box Collectables (Tarxien), Toy Town (Birkirkara) and RC World (Naxxar) at €12 for 1 day and €16 for 2 days.

Wicked Comics are also offering a number of travelling and accommodation packages for foreign fans who wish to join the Malta Comic Convention. Details can be found on the Malta Comic Con website through the following links:


Interested parties are kindly requested to send an email to Wicked Comics on (

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Hot on the heels of the Marvel Studios box office hit Thor Ragnarok, resident teen blogger IzzyLFC gives Geek Genie his low down on DC’s Justice League movie.


Some of comicdom’s greatest characters must unite to save the world from an alien threat. After mixed feelings with DC’s fledgling extended universe, fans flock to the box office to watch DC’s biggest movie to date. Finally, the Justice League is here!




Batman and Wonder Woman are uniting a team of extraordinary characters with enhanced abilities to stop an invasion of Parademons lead by Steppenwolf. The Justice League have to stop the enemy from collecting limitless power sources called Mother boxes. Can they succeed in saving the world once more?


  • Exciting easter eggs
  • Good costumes and effects
  • Action scenes were amazing


  • No detail on character backgrounds
  • Small scale battle compared to movies such as The Avengers
  • Steppenwolf seemed like a small-scale villain. Could have used DarkseidBrainiac or Mongul



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With the forthcoming release of Image Comics’ “Paradiso”, Geek Genie caught up with rising creative star Ram Venkatesan to get the low down on this eagerly anticipated release.

Can you introduce yourself and the rest of your creative team?
Sure! I’m Ram Venkatesan. I’ve been writing comics as ‘Ram V’ since 2012. I started off by writing an ongoing series called Aghori, back in India. I self-published a graphic novel called Black Mumba in 2015 after moving to the UK. I also occasionally write prose short stories which have appeared in anthologies and e-publications. My most recent projects are the upciming Grafity’s Wall with Unbound and PARADISO of course, with Image Comics.
Dev’s a long time collaborator of mine. He’s a self taught artist from India who’s been in love with the medium as long as he can remember. Dev’s work has appeared in comics by Graphic India, in Nightbreed and Adventure Time from BOOM! studios. Dev also worked on two of the stories  in BLACK MUMBA.
Dearbhla Kelly is the colourist and designer on the book. She’s also an illustrator in her own right. Apart from PARADISO she’s also working on DC’s Michael Cray.
Aditya is the letterer of PARADISO and many many other books. He’s done stellar work on titles such as BLACK CLOUD, DRIFTER, MOTOR CRUSH and far too many excellent books to mention.
And I want to mention my friend and architect Rajiv Bhakat who originally conceived of PARADISO with me and still consults on the book in his capacity as a urban designer and architect.

How did you guys get together for Paradiso?
Rajiv and I first came up with the Idea for PARADISO long before I had begun writing professionally. Back then, it was a hobby and we wrote short stories and vignettes to give shape and structure to the world. By 2015 Dev and I had met and worked on a few things. We were just about wrapping up the last story in Black Mumba when I suggested we work on something longer. We agreed to create a pitch for PARADISO and see where that went.
Aditya and I had also met while working on Black Mumba. He lettered 3 out of 4 stories in that book and has pretty much lettered everything I’ve done since. We initially started the project with colourist Alex Sollazzo on board but a little after the pitch had been picked up, he had to step out due to unavoidable circumstances. I’d just started getting to know the Irish Comics Scene back then and I’d found Dearbhla’s work. It had commonalities with Alex’s painterly style that I thought would seamlessly fit in with the work we had  already done on the pitch pages.
There you go, that’s how we all came together. Mostly relationships built over time, struggling together to make comics. And a little bit of good luck, because I’ve really got the best people to work with, here.
The artwork is amazing! How much license did Dev and his team have to dream up the visuals in the book?

It’s a difficult question for me to answer. My scripts are pretty tight in that I do tend to describe the visuals and often give visual directions on the script as well. But, then again, my collaborators know that these are more suggestions than anything else. They know I trust them to take my scripts and change and bend and warp things to let them do the best they can. This is especially true with Dev. We really brainstorm through all the pages and often, things change a lot from the script. It helps that Dev and I are usually on the same page. And I’d like to think that I’m the kind of writer that scripts for his artist.
Dev’s work is just amazing in any case. I doub’t the guy could draw a bad page if he wanted to. So, it’s easy to script for someone like that!
Please tell us a bit about Paradiso. Set the scene for potential readers.

Paradiso is only truly dystopian in that there is certainly a sense of a world gone wrong. But beyond that it isn’t trying to make commentary on the future of humanity. It’s not trying to be oracular or didactic in anyway. The post-apocalyptic world really provides a lens with which we can look at characters under duress. And I’d like to think that Paradiso, eventually is a story about the resilience of life, human or not.
In terms of the practicalities it is quite distinct from Blade Runner or Mad Max. This isn’t really a futuristic society, in that people have lost touch with most of the technology that exists around them. But neither is it the kind of society we see in Mad Max. Technology is not lost. It’s still there. The city herself still exists and is functioning. There’s power and magic still running in her veins. But human understanding of technology has gone backward and so everything ancient is actually futuristic. Everything technological is to an extent magical and mysterious.
Tell us a bit about the main characters?
There’s quite a few and I’m not going say which characters become important or if they’re antagonists or protagonists. There’s Jack Kryznan of course. The young man with a haunting memory from his past who shows up at the border to Paradiso with the Pneumas, trying to get in. There’s Noira, whom he meets at The Bunks in Aquarius. She seems nice at first, before she decides to betray him, that is. Then there are the Guardians – Cyborgs that wander the city of Paradiso, getting up to their own mysterious machinations. Of these, we meet Dandy and Honeybad to begin with. They’re pretty important to the story, of course.
There’s more you’ll meet in Issue #2. They’ll all change and pick up bruises and scars as the story unfolds. Good ones will turn bad. Bad ones will turn good. They will all go through hell. The ones that survive will never be the same!
What themes does the story attempt to explore?
The sentiment at the heart of Paradiso is one that is entirely human and common to us all. It’s the search for meaning. And, it layers over all the narratives that we’ll follow as the story of PARADISO unfolds. The survivors contending with their new reality are looking for new meaning to their lives inside this living city. The cyborg Guardians are looking for meaning to their existence, outside of serving the function that they were meant for. The city herself, once inanimate, now immortal, trying to understand the meaning of her life by looking at the people who live within her. That, in particular, is a beautiful contradiction in a sense. How can a thing we made, an intelligence we constructed, ever comprehend the meaning of her existence if we could not comprehend the meaning of ours? But I want to be careful not to come off as trite. I don’t have answers, I don’t think anyone does. I think these are the kind of answers you find for yourself by observing people and life. Which is what the story does!
Image Comics has always been synonymous with innovation and diversity, how important do you think it is to have an Indian voice telling us new stories?
I do think it’s very important. And part of the reason I’m so excited to have this book out at Image is that I’ve always found their editorial choices to be very eclectic and encouraging of new and distinct voices. I grew up in India reading fiction that was largely written as a part of the American or European canon and I loved every bit of it, but I know what it’s like growing up without representation. With there being very little in common between my reality and the fiction that I was reading. In the world we live in today, I think it is a travesty to not have and encourage stories from diverse voices.
Every so often is there is talk of a lack of original stories and how all fiction is recycled over and over. I’d argue that it isn’t. Image has been at the forefront of new and original content for as long as I can remember. And I can see why.
Geek Genie is huge supporter of creator owned projects and supports independent comic books. What advice do you have for aspiring creators looking to bring their stories to life?
On the creative end of things, my advice to new creators would be to tell original stories. Something only you can tell. Something that carries a bit of your DNA in the writing, drawing and the telling of it. If we only aspire to produce fiction that is inspired by other fiction, how can it be anything but a paler reflection, mired in nostalgia and/or mimicry.
On the craft and graft end of things. Always remember, you can make things happen. Don’t wait to be discovered. Don’t sit around hoping for that big break. Decide if you want to be a creator or if you want to be ‘known’ for being a creator. There is difference. Just tell your story, Make your book. Be uncompromising when it comes to quality. Find collaborators who believe in the project and it might take longer and it might be harder to finish. But do it. There is nothing more freeing, encouraging or empowering than the realisation that you decide what happens to your endeavours.
Paradiso is published by Image Comics and will be available on release on 6th December, 2017. Order your copy today!
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The Disaster Artist Movie Review – Should You See It?!

The Disaster Artist is definitely worth seeing. It’s actually worth seeing more than once (which is what I’m going to do because I loved it so much). I haven’t had this much fun in a movie since EVER!


James Franco is a spot-on Tommy Wiseau who plays the character Johnny in The Room and James is amazing when he recreates The Disaster Artist scenes from The Room. Because James Franco put in so much dedication to this role, he is a wonderful Tommy and a wonderful director for the movie in general. He even stayed in Tommy’s character when he was directing the movie!



That being said, I think in order to really enjoy this movie, you’ll have had to see The Room first. Trust me, you will enjoy it!!! I saw it for the first time a year ago and I have probably watched it at least 50 times now. Yes, it is an awful movie! But that is WHY it’s good. Tommy Wiseau is absolutely perfect in the movie because you just can’t turn away. James Franco really captures his essence in The Disaster Artist. And, he is now nominated for Golden Globes due to how amazing the movie is.

The Disaster Artist is mainly about the relationship between the two main actors in The Room: Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero. And because of this, it is so interesting. They are the weirdest pair of best friends you could imagine! Tommy is so much older than Greg (even though he won’t reveal his age or where he was born haha). This is why they’re weird best friends. This shows that any friendship can flourish regardless of pointless differences. If two people click, they click. It’s as simple as that.


Dave Franco plays Greg Sestero in The Disaster Artist.


His performance wasn’t amazing in my opinion, though. James Franco picked him to be Greg because he is his brother, and that is apparent.  Even so, the storyline makes up for this.  The other actors aren’t the greatest either, but the movie is mainly about Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero’s relationship in real life.

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Don’s Plum – the Movie That Tobey Maguire and Leo DiCaprio Don’t Want You to See

If you look at at both Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire’s movie history, you’ll see a movie called Don’s Plum that had a VERY limited release in 2001. It was actually filmed in 1996, though. Ironically, it was filmed in black and white so it looks like an older movie. Leo and Tobey filed a lawsuit to make sure this movie was not released to the public. They don’t want ANYONE to see it. For me, that heightened my appeal to see it. It took me a long time to find it online since every time a copy becomes available, Leo and/or Tobey’s publicists find a way to take it down.



Why are they so adamant to avoid people seeing it? It’s not really made clear as to why they want it banned. Even so, the people who watch it can make some guesses. I personally think that the biggest reason for Leo and Tobey to prevent its release was that they were embarrassed by how stupid they acted in this movie. The plot is also nonexistent. This could be because there was no script to the movie…it was all improvised by the actors.




They were so desperate to squash this movie that they paid 10 million dollars to the producer of Don’s Plum. Most of the movies Leo and Tobey have acted in are really good. On the other hand, the majority of this movie just involves some friends sitting around a table at a restaurant called “Don’s Plum” talking about sex and drugs. There are cuts where each character goes into the bathroom and looks in the mirror while talking to themselves. That’s pretty strange and unrealistic.



EVERY actor has some bad movies/acting in their pasts. This helped them grow before they were really famous. Our mistakes are what make us grow as human beings in general. No one is perfect regardless of what they think or say.

Was this movie really bad? I’d have to say yeah. Was it bad in a good way? I would say yeah to that too. The fact that it was stupid made it funny. If this movie was available to everyone, it would most likely become a huge success because of its stupidity and the huge actors that were in it. Leo and Tobey would get so much money for its success and so would Kevin Connolly since he is also very famous now and got his start in Don’s Plum. It could even become a cult success like the movie The Room.

Check out this scene where Leo is wearing fake buck teeth and picking his nose:

Embarrassing? Yes. Hilarious? Of course. We can see Leo’s funny side for once.

If you’re feeling really bold and rebellious, here’s the link to the full movie. It probably will only be on YouTube for a limited time since Leo or Tobey’s publicist will eventually take it down. Watch it while you have the chance:

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Review

Disney and Lucasfilm present the second of three of the new Star Wars trilogy! After critical acclaim with the Force Awakens and Rogue One, Rey is back and learning the ways of the force with The Last Jedi! Starting off where the Force Awakens left off, Star Wars The Last Jedi delivers a truly epic story!


Starting off where the Force Awakens left us, Rey is trying to convince Luke Skywalker to help her fight the First Order and Kylo Ren. Meanwhile the Resistance are on the run from the First Order and Supreme leader Snoke. Finn, Poe Leia and the new member Rose must destroy the First Order and Rey must convince Luke Skywalker to help. Kylo Ren and Snoke are as bad as ever and the galaxy’s fate rests with the Resistance.




  • Non-Stop Action
  • Perfect plot leaving us excited after every scene
  • A true Star Wars Movie




  • A little slow at times
  • Confusing at times
  • Questions still un-answered


My Review & Rating

In my opinion, Star Wars The Last Jedi was without doubt and by a mile the greatest Star Wars movie ever and in my top 3 movies of all time. The movie had everything, drama, comedy as well as all out action. With an intense storyline it was a perfect Star Wars movie.

IzzyLFC – 10/10 – “Well Done Disney, Well Done!”

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Netflix’s The Punisher Review

First appearing in Daredevil Season 2 and reappearing after the credits of The Defenders Season 1, Frank Castle is on a mission of retribution to avenge the death of his beloved wife and children. The gory and gruesome tale delves deep into Castle’s past, New York’s police investigations and The Punisher’s one-man war on crime!


Frank Castle is widely believed to be dead. Only a handful of close friends know the truth – that Frank Castle and The Punisher are alive and well. While killing everyone involved in the tragic death of his family, he gets caught up in the action when a homeland security agent is on a mission to find the truth about Castle and the US army’s actions in Afghanistan. Frank meets some friends along the way, but with allies come enemies too. The Punisher is locked and loaded for some brutal action




  • Great action scenes
  • Deep, relatable and realistic plot
  • A good interpretation of the comic book character



  • At times was ultra-violent. Was that necessary?
  • Slow at times
  • Hardly any link to Marvel’s Netflix Universe


My Rating & Review

The Punisher was a fantastic,critically acclaimed show. It explored interesting themes such as war, the role of government both home and abroad. It also brought the Frank Castle character, a Vietnam war vet in the comic book world, relevant for todays audience.



8/10 – “One of 2017’s best TV shows” – IzzyLFC

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CW’s Crisis on Earth X Review

Crisis on Earth-X is 2017’s CW wide crossover, and it is the best one yet! Tonnes of action, past references and plot twists, Crisis on Earth-X definitley delivers!


Earth-X is the 53rd Earth in the multiverse. That’s the only good news about Earth X because on this Earth, the Nazi’s won the war and have ruled with a fascist fist ever since. They have come and invaded Earth-1 to interrupt Barry and Iris’s wedding in need of something essential to their reign. Constantly meeting familiar faces along the way, our heroes must stop the Nazi’s to save the world once again




  • The crossover had a strong impact on all 4 shows
  • It was action packed with all the heroes
  • There were many breathtaking twists


  • Some predictable moments
  • Some scenes had no meaning
  • A mirror to the Invasion Crossover


7/10 – “The best crossover from the CW Universe yet” – IzzyLFC

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The Best of 2017 And The Most Anticipated For 2018

In this special article, I will look at the smashing year we’ve had in 2017 and what’s to come in 2018! This is our version of The Oscar’s!


Movie of the Year: Star Wars the Last Jedi



  • Logan
  • Blade Runner 2049
  • War of the Planet of the Apes
  • Thor Ragnarok


Most anticipated Movie of 2018: Avengers Infinity War


TV Show of the Year: Stranger Things 2



  • The Punisher
  • Arrow
  • Agents of Shield
  • Legion

Most anticipated TV show of 2018: Watchmen



Game of the Year: Fortnite



  • Super Mario Odyssey
  • Injustice 2
  • PES 2018
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins


Most anticipated game of 2018: Spider-Man PS4



Comic Book of the year: DC Rebirth The Button




  • Batman I am Bane
  • Secret Empire
  • Doomsday Clock
  • The Oz effect

Most anticipated Comic book of 2018:

The New age of DC heroes



There you have it, did you agree with what I thought on 2017, hopefully 2018 is just as good as the smashing year we’ve just had!

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Does The “Get Out” Movie Deserve The Oscar?

The movie “Get Out” is extremely creepy, and scary movies don’t usually succeed in scaring me. It was also not what I expected at all. At the beginning of the movie, the premise seems to be a white girl (Rose) taking her black boyfriend to meet her parents. Her boyfriend, Chris, is extremely worried about Rose’s parents accepting him since he is African American. As the movie goes on, Rose’s parents’ thoughts about Chris aren’t one of his main concerns. They seem to like him right away.


Chris notices that all of the servants at Rose’s household are black. This seems to be pretty racist and weird in today’s day and age. Chris overlooks it at first, but then it gets worse and worse. The black servants seem to be very happy with waiting on the white family. They even talk about how they love doing everything for the household.


Rose’s mother is a psychiatrist and her father is a neurosurgeon so it’s obvious they know a lot about the brain. Rose’s mother hypnotizes Chris not long after he gets to the house. He didn’t ask for this hypnotism. She ends up making Chris cry and he was not happy with her mother doing this to him.





The truth about this family’s practices unravels slowly but surely. Chris thought his trip was just going to be a meet the parents scenario, but it turned out so much crazier than that. The last scary movie that I enjoyed before this was at least 10 years ago. This movie was REALLY creepy and had a wonderful sequence of events. It definitely is an Oscar-worthy movie.


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