Blu-Ray Review: “Z” Scores A 5/5 !

August 19, 2020

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:



I reviewed Shudder’s Z back in May, so of course, I was excited to get my hands on the Blu-ray a couple of days ago.


As I sat down to watch it with a bag of popcorn, I couldn’t help but wonder if the movie would stand up to my original impression and the 5/5 score I gave it. I was wrong to even question it. It turns out, the Blu-ray is even better. The picture is crisp and the sound is great.


The story itself is fresh, clever, and absolutely unnerving. A lot of people had an imaginary friend as a kid. Imagine if that friend came back when you were an adult and it is hell-bent on destroying your life by using your innocent child. That’s the premise of Z.


The movie follows Elizabeth (Keegan Connor Tracy), a mother whose 8-year-old son has a new playmate, an invisible friend named Z. As her son’s behavior becomes more menacing she begins to wonder if Z is real.


Few movies get under my skin these days, I’ve become a bit jaded, but Z got to me. In fact, it gave me nightmares, the sign of a truly great horror movie! We see so many movies that are all alike these days, but Z is unique. Director Brandon Christensen, who sat down with us for an interview, co-wrote the film along with Colin Minihan did an absolutely amazing job of creating something so dark and spooky.


Besides having a great story and wonderful special effects, the film actually has a range of scares, not only jump scares but scares built with real tension and suspense. It’s a fantastic combination.


The cast absolutely nailed it. Keegan Connor Tracy did an amazing job of emoting the worry and terror that her Elizabeth is feeling as the story plays out. Jett Klyne, who plays her son Joshua left me extremely impressed. To be so young and so talented is mindblowing. He’s already a professional with twenty-four roles under his tiny belt including roles in The Boy and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”.  The movie also stars Sean Rogerson as Elizabeth’s husband and Sara Canning as Elisabeth’s sister. While they don’t get a ton of screen time they do leave their mark. Stephen McHattie plays the role of Elizabeth’s psychiatrist. Does McHattie ever disappoint? No.


Okay, we need to talk about the creepy AF monster. Not only is “Z” malevolent, but this thing is also ugly. We only get a few, very brief looks at it, but damn. I think only seeing it for seconds at a time only adds to its creepiness.


There is one moment in the movie, you’ll know which one when you watch it, that caught me so off guard that I found myself sitting there with my jaw on the floor staring in disbelief. It only lasts a second but it will stick in your mind for days.  It’s like a punch to the gut.


I said it before and I’ll say it again, Z is one of the scariest/most disturbing movies to be released this year. My original review score of 5/5 stands, as does my statement that it is “the horror movie fans deserve!” Lucky for you, you don’t have to wait to watch it. It’s now streaming on Shudder, but I strongly recommend that you pick up a copy on Blu-ray or DVD when it’s released on September 1st, from RLJE Films. It will be a great addition to your collection that you are going to want to share with friends.



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