“No One Will Save You” is a wildly original and well-made sci-fi entry on Hulu from filmmaker Brian Duffield. Kaitlyn Dever gives a remarkable, nearly wordless performance as troubled young woman who is confronted by aliens at her isolated rural home. It’s a twisty and innovative thriller with more depth than you might expect.
You probably knew that the late Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was a monster. But did you know that he was also a vampire? That’s the premise of the bizarre Netflix feature, “El Conde,” from acclaimed filmmaker Pablo Larrain. It’s a grisly, blood-soaked, pitch-black political critique that plays like something Ingmar Bergman may have made while stoned. “El Conde,” which is Spanish for “The Count,” is an overwrought arthouse satire attempting to drive a stake into the heart of the Pinochet legacy.
The horror entry “It Lives Inside” is yet another demonic possession movie, but with one unique angle. Megan Suri plays an Indian American teen battling social pressures and prejudice who also winds up battling a demonic spirit from Hindu mythology. “It Lives Inside” is well executed and creepy but is a by-the-numbers story that plays it a little too safe.
The Netflix adventure thriller “Spy Kids: Armageddon” is the fifth feature in the action-comedy franchise from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. It’s essentially a reboot of the over-the-top adventure series that pits some junior James Bond types against an evil game developer who bears a strange resemblance to Elon Musk. “Spy Kids: Armageddon” is loud, frenetic, and repetitious. Even the youngsters might be bored.