Horror fans are likely to appreciate A24 these days. The company had brought is a plethora of fantastic movies in the last decade: The Lighthouse, Midsommar, Hereditary, It Comes At Night, A Ghost Story, The Witch, In Fabric, Ex Machina, Green Room - even Tusk and Life After Beth.
That's a hell of a resume. Their newest horror offering, Saint Maud, opens April 1st and to prepare audiences, special screenings of horror classics with female leads will be held each Friday before, starting this Friday the 13th at select AMC theaters.
There are your Friday night plans for the rest of the month. Easy!
About the movie: Maud is a reclusive young nurse whose impressionable demeanor causes her to pursue a pious path of Christian devotion after an obscure trauma. Now charged with the hospice care of Amanda, a retired dancer ravaged by cancer, Maud's fervent faith quickly inspires an obsessive conviction that she must save her ward's soul from eternal damnation, whatever the cost.
Saint Maud already has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Here are just a few reviews:
"Saint Maud is a strange, gorgeous, and deeply disturbing chiller which mixes psychological, religious, and body horror to form something that feels utterly original." - Den of Geek
"Saint Maud, like Ari Aster's Midsommar, is a law unto itself." - London Evening Standard
"There was a moment where the theater collectively gasped - you"ll know it when you see it - and that kind of terror is all too rare." - Brightest Young Things
If you've been fortunate enough to have seen it already, please tell us what you thought in the comments!
The adaptation of Stephen King's short story "Jerusalem's Lot" (published in the book "Night Shift") will be titled "Chapelwaite."
Per Deadline - Set in the 1850s, the series follows Captain Charles Boone (Brody), who relocates his family of three children to his ancestral home in the small, seemingly sleepy town of Preacher’s Corners, Maine after his wife dies at sea. However, Charles will soon have to confront the secrets of his family’s sordid history, and fight to end the darkness that has plagued the Boones for generations.
It has also been revealed that Emily Hampshire (Schitt's Creek) has been cast as a writer who will, in an unspecified way, become entwined with the main character, Charles Boone, played by Adrian Brody. No other casting has been revealed at this time.
With the success of the "It" remake, good impressions of "The Outsider" on HBO and even the less-advertised, appreciation for "Doctor Sleep," all eyes will be trained on the development of this series.
Some buzz is in the air over a new movie from the director of The Void (which I brought up about a month ago) called Psycho Goreman.
There seems to be a new subgenre of horror emerging consisting of retro-ludicrous plot lines produced with an ample budget. Many titles from recent years come to mind - Turbo Kid, Wolfcop or even Manborg - directed by Steven Kostanski, the very man who brings us this new movie.
The trailer looks surprisingly intriguing. Perhaps it's the 80's kid in me trying to relate, but it looks like a mashup of a 1980's action figure commercial and a midnight movie staring GWAR....and I really want to watch it now.
What's it about? Per IMDB - Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord. Using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia.
The trailer showcases a number of crazy characters. Kostanski is also known for his talent in FX makeup, featured in more well known movies like It, Clown, Suicide Squad and Crimson Peak. With his experience, proven visionary styles and some solid directing on his resume, I think there's a good chance Psycho Goreman will be entertainingly bloody.
It will premier next week at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
UPDATE: SXSW has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns.
So what do we know so far? Well - nothing. Information seems to stop there. We don't know who is directing, whom of the original cast is returning or if this is even another sequel in the same story or of it's a reboot of sorts.
Neve Campbell and David Arquette have expressed some level of interest in returning in the past but with the passing of Wes Craven, who knows if that still holds true.
Do we need another Scream movie? The first four movies grossed over $600 million dollars and the TV show has reached 3 seasons, so there's certainly an audience. Ghostface has become a horror icon...but how much can it be milked?
Let us know your thoughts on this one in the comments.
I came across this article featuring these amazingly creepy dollhouses and accessories. The level of detail is amazing. I'd get one for my daughter, but of course, she wouldn't be allowed to touch it...
The creator is Juli Steel from Texas. She sells these items on her Etsy page.
The Season 2 premier of What We Do In The Shadows is approaching quickly! Set for an air date of April 15th, 2020, FX's absolutely hysterical vampire comedy returns with Haley Joel Osment -the "I see dead people" kid from The Sixth Sense. It's reported he will only appear in one episode as Nadja and Laszlo's new familiar, who is a welcome addition to everyone in the house with the exception of poor Guillermo who becomes very jealous.
Mark Hamill has also been confirmed for an appearance at some point in the 10-episode season.
Season one, episode seven had an amazing mass cameo list. Check it out....plot spoiler warning if you have yet to watch it.
That's right - Tilda Swinton, Paul Rubens, Danny Trejo, Evan Rachel Wood and Wesley Snipes (kind of) all came on the show as their respective former vampire roles. Possibly even better, Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement and Jonny Brugh returned as their roles from the movie that spawned this fantastic show.
If you haven't yet watched the show, it's available on Hulu now as part of their FX content. You'll finally understand the concept of a Vulva Garden!
Based on one of the lesser known short stories of H.P. Lovecraft, Color Out of Space, directed by Richard Stanley and starring Nicolas Cage, is a well produced, modern adaptation. The story follows the Gardner family who has recently moved to the country side of Arkham Massachusetts (a town infamous in many Lovecraft works), escaping the big city. Nathan, the father (Cage), has taken up alpaca and crop farming on their land while his wife, Theresa, continues to work from home in a fast-paced, demanding job. The family is rounded out with the oldest son Benny, the daughter Lavinia and younger son Jack.
At the film's opening, the family appears to be living an ordinary life with perhaps the exception of Lavina who is a practicing Wiccan (or is that the "in thing" these days for teen girls?). It's hinted that some of her rituals are to ward of cancer that her mother is battling. Benny is presented as a typical teenager, dabbling in pot and clearly interested in outer space. The young boy Jack is a typical young boy, fascinated with dinosaurs and a bit of a "mommy's boy."
In the opening scene we are also introduced to Ward Phillips, a hydrologist sporting a Miskatonic University t-shirt (nice touch!) who walks up on Lavinia performing one of her rituals. After a brief introduction, he explains he is in the area to survey the land's water tables for research. Later that evening we see Nathan serve a questionable french casserole to his family for dinner while Theresa works in her home office, stationed in the farmhouse's attic, working tirelessly with clients over the phone.
That evening, a purple hue forms in the clear sky followed by a meteor that crashes into the Gardners' front yard. Each of the family members reacts differently upon its entry. Nathan and Theresa, having an intimate moment, do not notice the meteor's approach until impact. Benny, however, falls into a vegetative state, Jack becomes paralyzed in fear and Lavinia sleeps soundly.
Strange events soon follow as the meteor has brought something to earth with it. As the story unfolds, each family member (as well as Ezra, an off-the-grid squatter on the Gardner property) becomes affected in their own way. Lavinia finds herself physically ill, Benny is losing time and memory and Jack claims to communicate with "friends" near the meteor impact sight that no one else can see. As each day passes, the land and its inhabitants become more and more severely incapacitated. Wild flowers of unnatural neon pink and purple grow all over the land; crops grow large and plump but are ultimately rotten. Ward, the hydrologist, discovers that the meteor has begun to affect the water, therefore anything that consumes the water is ultimately adversely affected. By the end, the family suffers an incredible onslaught of physical and metal effects brought on by forces from another realm, which of course is the heart of Lovecraftian mythos.
I must say that the movie is quite unique. Although the "color" referenced in the story is to be somewhat indescribable, the movie utilizes bright and vivid pinks and purples that pop unnaturally in the rural setting. The ambiance wavers from beautiful to terrifying with surging intensity as the movie progresses from curious - to quite strange - to shockingly horrid (in a good way).
Through the first half of the movie, I found myself asking why Nicolas Cage was cast in this movie. His character could seemingly be played by just about anyone as Nathan Gardner is a typical husband and father trying to live a low-key life while taking care of his family. However, as the madness grows within him, that familiar Nicolas Cage "freakout" feels right in place. I'd also commend the performance by Madeleine Arthur who plays Lavinia. Her performance resonated the most, in my opinion throughout the movie. The effects the meteor has on her family are best felt through Lavinia as if we would be witnessing these events most closely from her perspective.
I REALLY liked this movie. It was produced well, had some great acting and just about all the effects were sharp and visually appealing. There's a brief view of the "other world" which didn't have as good of a production quality as the rest of the film, but it's fine - it was a very quick glimpse. Another detail I appreciated was that the first paragraph of the story is narrated at the beginning of the film and the second-to-last paragraph is narrated at the end. I thought this was a great way to recognize the brilliant origin of this story. I hope Color Out of Space is well received by a larger audience with the streaming / bluray release. There are rumors this could spawn a few more new Lovecraft films so the long-term success of this movie would help make that a certainty. Highly recommended!
And remember, Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.
Shudder's Creepshow is awesome. It's one of the primary reasons I subscribe to Shudder. When it was reported the Tales from the Crypt reboot wasn't happening, Creepshow was a welcome replacement. Since it's on a streaming service, no punches are pulled on this anthology horror show, living up to expectations set by the classic movie and follow up graphic novel. The effects and production quality are top notch and there are a number of familiar faces featured in various episodes. Ok, so they're not A-listers but there are some classic horror icons involved and some of the episodes are adaptations from stories by Stephen King and Joe Hill.
But what's that? You don't subscribe to Shudder? Well good news - while it seems as if no one watches The Walking Dead anymore, we can all admit we used to when it was good so odds are you still have access to AMC. The network plans to air the first season of Creepshow prior to the premier of season two on Shudder. It shouldn't be all that surprising. AMC owns Shudder so no doubt they're hoping you'll get hooked and fork out more money for Shudder to keep on watching the new episodes. If you're really patient (or cheap...or tight on cash), maybe you'll see season 2 on AMC at some point. No date has been announced for Creepshow season one on AMC or season two on Shudder.
Outer space is one of the best settings for a horror movie. Think about it. It's isolating, every elemental factor is against you. You have limited resources. You're pretty much F'd.
So let's take a look at some movies that either take place in space, on another planet or involve ETs coming to Earth to wreak havoc.
#10 -Invaders From Mars
I'd consider this one of those good intro horror movies for kids. It's a fairly simple plot and has some decent and humorous effects. It's also a Tobe Hooper movie so there's a plus right there. It's about a kid who sees a UFO land over a hill and suddenly people he knows start to act differently. As he suspects, they're all under some kind of mind control and the only person he can trust is the school nurse played by Karen Black. This film has some of the most memorable alien visuals I've carried in my mind since I was a kid.
#9 - Cloverfield
Even at the time of its release, found footage movies were nothing new. However, Matt Reeves and JJ Abrams were able to capture the level of panic and chaos that a big alien running around a city Godzilla-style would probably produce. It was also a successful attempt to work in an actual backstory of the characters without spoon feeding it to us. As if a big destructive alien wasn't enough, the true horror was shown with the gestational cycle of the parasite aliens. Poor Lizzy Caplan.
#8 - Starship Troopers
Ok yes -it's more of a sci-fi action movie but let's face it. Even by today's standards, the CGI is damn good. Why put this on a horror list? GORE! The appearance of the arachnid aliens isn't all that terrifying, but holy hell - those things are waking machetes. There's all kinds of slicing and dicing going on. If there's anything to appreciate about this movie, it's that it didn't hold back on much. Well. Maybe some of the acting.
#7 - They Live
Another John Carpenter masterpiece! "Rowdy" Roddy Piper falls into a discovery that reveals we are being subconsciously controlled by an alien race in cahoots with world government. Yeah you probably just heard someone shouting about this on the street corner last Tuesday, but what made this movie memorable were those super generic, magic sunglasses which lifted the veil and revealed the true world around us - and the hideous beings among us.
#6 - Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Cult Classic. Period. The Chiodo brothers got everything right with this one. If there was going to be an alien race that just happened to look like mutated clowns, then everything should follow suit. Cotton candy cocoons. Check. Circus tent spaceship. Check. Clown monster seeds in the form of popcorn. Check. Face-melting pies. Check. John Vernon as the asshole police sergeant -turned ventriloquist dummy. Check. For its theme, KKFOS really is perfect and I'll argue all day long that those are the freakiest looking clowns ever. I first saw this movie when I was 8 and have seen it 50+ times. I'm good for another 50.
#5 - Predator
I was on the fence about including this because it really is more of an action movie with an alien, but there's no denying that the Predator is a talented killing machine. Granted, a lot of that talent is heavily reliant on gadgetry but hey, it worked. However, finding skinned corpses in the middle of the jungle is just the tip of the iceberg of the gory kills in this movie. Severed limbs, exploding heads - yeah I think it qualifies for this list. Plus, we got the forever quotable, "Get to the choppa!" line.
#4 - Aliens
What's better than one alien? A shit load of them with an egg-laying queen. That's what we got with James Cameron's Alien sequel which teamed Ellen Ripley up with a group of Marines to seek out what happened to a colony gone dark. Aside from being one of Bill Paxton's best performances (we miss you!), this movie greatly expanded the xenomorph canon. While it certainly traded some suspense for fire-powered action, it still stands up today as being one hell of a movie all the way around. As if there was any doubt, it also re-certified that Sigourney Weaver is a bad ass.
#3 - Event Horizon
What if a spacecraft actually passed through hell while going through a black hole? Well...you'd get the material for this movie. A rescue crew is sent to investigate the return of the Even Horizon after it went missing. Shortly after arriving, it becomes clear something sinister has happened. The scenes of course that are forever burned in our memories are the footage found from the ships logs. While the scenes are frustratingly short, they are vividly brutal and truly look like hell in a Clive Barker kind of way. There is no happy ending to the movie and the fact that it takes place isolated in space only adds to the eeriness of it.
#2 - The Thing
Unquestionably one of John Carpenters top 3 movies, The Thing is a fantastic adaptation of the novella "Who Goes there?". Every quality element of a horror movie is present - isolation, paranoia, harsh elements and of course, grotesque effects. In an era preceding CGI, The Thing was a prime demonstration of effective, eye-catching practical effects. Several scenes containing these effects are easily recognizable at first sight. This is indeed a true horror classic.
#1 - Alien
Speaking of quality elements of horror movies, Alien reins supreme. Alien was ranked number one because it gave us a double dose of terror - not only with one of the most iconic horror monsters of all time, the xenomorph (which had been described as "the perfect killing machine"), but also the immense suspense this movie effectively drew out. All of us at some point towards the end were thinking, "Forget the damn cat! Get the hell out of there!"
The dark, dingy decks of the USCSS Nostromo were the perfect backdrop for such a lethal predator to hide in - chock full of uplighting, steel grates, wires and vent shafts. The parasitic means of which xenomorphs are born was nightmare fuel just by itself. Most of all, the imagery of HR Giger's unparalleled, bio-mechanical art brought to life on screen made everything about the alien and its (hinted at) origins more other-worldly than anything I've ever seen - still to this day!
What movies do you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
We hope to get more involved with the haunt and horror fan community this year and one approach is give more cool stuff away.
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