Movie Review: Deadcon (2019)

Synopsis: As she attends a social media convention, a burnt-out internet star believes the worst part of her week will be avoiding hundreds of kids looking to take a picture. Instead, she finds herself being stalked by a ghost child looking for "friends."

Who's in it? The movie stars Lauren Elizabeth, Claudia Sulewski, Mimi Gianopulos, Carl Gilliard and Lukas Gage.

Review: I was in the mood to watch a horror movie last night and, because I didn't want to spend too much time trying to choose, I wound up picking one of the first ones I came across on Netflix. Truthfully, I didn't have high expectations for this film when we started watching it, mostly because the cast consisted of a bunch of people I had never heard of. But, I also wasn't expecting it to be as much of a disaster as it turned out to be.

I think the biggest problem with this film is, when watching it, it feels like there is something missing from the plot. I mean, sure you have a creepy ghost kid (Judah Mackey) carrying around an equally creepy balloon bunny. But, other than the fact he was somehow connected to an early version of social media, the movie does a very poor job of explaining exactly who he is and his motivations. Granted, many other horror movies are made better by keeping information to a minimum. But, I really feel like it would have helped this particular film considerably.

Also not helping is the fact the film is actually kind of dull. Yeah, there were one or two moments that were a little scary but the overall movie just seemed to drag and, at no point, did I feel like there was tension/suspense being built up. Good horror movies have you sitting on the edge of your seat and a bit uncomfortable. This movie resulted in me trying to stay awake.

I think the sad irony is I think the movie would have had much more potential had it left out the ghost child angle. I, personally, would have focused more on the relationship between Ashley (Elizabeth) and her handler, Kara (Gianopulos). In my version, Kara would be forcing Ashley to do the social media thing against her will and would turn violent over the thought of losing her free ride. It would offer a better opportunity for drama and tension while being much more realistic and less confusing.

Final Opinion: This movie was a confusing mess that just never reached a point where I felt like it was worth my time watching it. I would recommend skipping it.

My Grade: F


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