Brightburn Review – A Unique Spin on Horror and Superheroes

Brightburn isn’t lighting up the box office, but after taking it in, I did find it to be a highly entertaining, and at times, a very intense movie watching experience.

It expertly blends two genres that don’t usually go together by featuring both horror and superhero narrative elements that enhance each other. If the concept of watching Clark Kent break bad interests you, then you must check this flick out!

You can check out my full review below in video or scripted forms.

“Hey now fans of superhero horror movies, Matt Heywood here to review Brightburn, or what I like to call, F’d up Clark Kent, either way this isn’t your Daddy’s superhero origin story.

I’m not quite sure why Brightburn fizzled at the box office, because its minimal marketing campaign definitely piqued my interest, and after finally seeing it, the mashed up genre plot was quite intriguing and full of tension.

For all intents and purposes, Brightburn is a take on Clark Kent being a supremely evil villain, rather than the Big Blue Boy Scout we know him to be. It focuses on Brandon Breyer, who like, Kal, came to Earth in a space pod as a baby and was taken in by childless parents living on a farm. All seems well until Brandon starts experiencing puberty, which in turn causes his ship to speak to him, and then some horrific shit starts to go down.

Brightburn excels with its horror aspect, and you will be freaked out on occasion. It’s also uber-violent, so if you ever wanted to know what it’d look like if Superman started to break bad and murder humans for sport, this flick will satiate that demented desire. I’m talking it’s hard to look at the screen type of gore, and I love over-the-top movie violence, but one scene in particular was excruciating to watch, so in an odd way I appreciated how uncomfortable it was to watch a super powered kid way last to adult meat bags.

In all honesty, I hope this film does well enough to earn a sequel, because this entry is told in a way that implies there’s more story to tell, so it’s essentially a prequel, but if the turn out remains low and the Brightburn franchise stalls from it, it’s still a solid stand alone horror narrative.

Brightburn earns an 8 out of 10 review score from Team EB. I do recommend seeing it in theaters. It’s more horror than super hero, but the genre mashup worked quite brilliantly in my opinion.

Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”

Review Summary

Story - 7.5
Cinematography - 8
Sound - 8
Acting - 8.5
Entertainment Value - 8



Brightburn is a jacked up take on Clark Kent that fans of the horror and superhero genres will appreciate. If anything else, the gore is worth experiencing to see what it'd look like if Superman broke bad.

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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.