Monday, September 12, 2022

{The Midnight Horror}—"Margaux"—An Ineffective Smart House Slasher

Is it a plus or a minus that a horror film doesn't receive enough reviews to receive a TOMATOMETER rating? Margaux now has four reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Most likely, none of you are familiar with Margaux (rated R; 104 minutes). The movie premiered on Paramount+ on September 9th with almost no hype. Chris Beyroot and Nick Waters wrote the screenplay for the film, which Steven C. Miller directed. Madison Pettis, Vanessa Morgan, Lochlyn Munro, Richard Harmon, Jedidiah Goodacre, Phoebe Miu, Jordan Buhat, Brittany Mitchell, and Louis Lay are among the actors who appear in the movie.

Margaux's plot is heavily influenced by the Friday the 13th film franchise, in which a group of teenagers is placed in a remote location and slaughtered one by one. The only significant difference is the absence of Jason Vorhees. Instead, the antagonist in this film is a psychotic smart house named Margaux. If this plot sounds familiar, it's because it was featured in the House of Whacks segment of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode in 2001.

The story revolves around a small group of college friends spending their spring break at Margaux. Why? Who can say? I guess going to the beach is no longer cool. The house is clearly evil from the start, and it's clear who will be the final girl as soon as you meet the teenagers. None of the characters are particularly interesting. Maybe Clay, played by Richard Harmon, who is far too old to be playing a teenager. Wait a minute... Everyone in this film is far too old to be playing teenagers. I guess this is a Friday the 13th film. LOL!

Slasher films are popular among horror fans because of the gore. In Margaux, none of the murders were particularly memorable. When there's no plot, the least you could do is include a few creative kills. Is that so difficult? 

Margaux didn't really appeal to me. With a cast that is reminiscent of the CW, it is little more than a polished, slothful, useless, and unsettling film that Hollywood believes horror fans would enjoy. That group does not include me, and neither should you.★✰✰✰✰

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