In a technically impressive, utterly insane, and harrowing opening sequence, Overlord starts in the skies over Normandy on June 5, 1944—it’s the eve of D-Day. Where Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan showed us the horrific reality experienced by the soldiers who fought on the beaches, Overlord shows us the seldom-explored nightmare in the clouds. Read more…
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They may seem like strange bedfellows, but comedy and horror go hand-in-hand.
Some of the most revered horror movies of all time contain moments of extreme humor: Jack Torrance’s famous “Here’s Johnny!” line from The Shining, cannibalistic Hannibal Lector “having an old friend for dinner” in Silence of the Lambs, and the near entirety of Get Out.
“Comedy and horror are opposite sides of the same coin,” said Robert Bloch, the writer of Psycho. “Both deal in the grotesque and the unexpected, but in such a fashion as to provoke two entirely different physical reactions.” This couldn’t be truer, but it’s missing an important point. Comedy and horror may be opposite sides of the same coin, but it’s an easy coin to flip. You can transition from comedy to horror and back again to great success. Read more…
If you’re looking for a book recommendation, I recently finished Ken Greenhall’s Hell Hound. It’s stunning. Think Shirley Jackson meets Ernest Hemingway by way of Stephen King. It’s horror, but it’s that slow, seething, and spine-chilling kind of horror that gets under your skin and burns your heart.
From mainstream films like Dunkirk and Baby Driver to indie darlings like The Disaster Artist and The Devil’s Candy, 2017’s been chock-full of fantastic and exciting storytelling.
Sure, there’s been a few clunkers, like that over-stuffed, turgid turd mother!, but, overall, it’s been a super solid year.
As 2017 comes to a close, I’m taking a look back at two of this year’s overlooked gems. If you’re a movie aficionado, snob, or love stepping outside of your comfort zone, then give one of these a shot. Read more…
With Halloween just around the bend, I’ve been taking a look back at the best, and somewhat overlooked, horror movies from recent years.
While the endearing nostalgia of Stephen King’s IT enthralled late-summer audiences, I felt it lacked a certain oomph in the scares department. It Comes at Night was a unique take on the zombie/plague genre, but it didn’t have an interesting enough, or emotionally satisfying, resolution. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed both, but I didn’t think they had enough pizazz to make the list. Read more…
Let me begin with an apology: this will be a profanity-laced, spoiler-filled review of mother! If that’s not your cup of tea then hit the back button, close your browser window, or light your goddam house on fire—oh, that’s how the movie ends, by the way; Jennifer Lawrence lights the house on fire and then God—played by Javier Bardem—removes her crystalized heart from her charred-to-a-crisp body, places it in a display case, and that resets the movie back to the beginning. See? There’s gonna be fucking spoilers EVERYWHERE! Read more…
You can’t beat a killer car.
In advance of Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 (available on October 20), John Carpenter released a mesmerizing new music video for “Christine.”
With gorgeous long shots, impeccable cinematography, and moodiness to spare, “Christine” is a top-form John Carpenter taking the reins behind the lens. It’s simply stunning.
If you enjoy hard-hitting, tough-to-stomach entertainment, then Hounds of Love, the impressive debut film from writer/director Ben Young, is right up your alley. Hands down, it’s the most unnerving, disturbing, and effective horror movie of 2017 so far.
I have to be completely honest; this is a difficult movie to recommend. There are “fun” horror movies and then there are “not-so-fun” horror movies. The “fun” horror movies are the ones you can watch with a group of friends and laugh when you’re all spooked by a jump scare (think Scream, Halloween, or Paranormal Activity). The “not-so-fun” horror movies are the ones that stay with you long after you’ve seen them. They’re the kinds of movies that have a disquieting way of lingering in the back of your mind (think Cannibal Holocaust, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or Possession). Hounds of Love falls hard into the “not-so-fun” category. Read more…
“Before I show you the results of my trifling experiments, I would like to drink to our partnership. Do you like gin? It is my only weakness. To a new world of gods and monsters.” —Dr. Pretorius, Bride of Frankenstein
On the surface, James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse may seem like science fiction escapism, but there’s so much more. It’s the very best of modern juggernauts like Game Of Thrones and Star Wars with a dash of The Walking Dead and All The President’s Men. It’s fun, action-packed, full of political intrigue, hard science, and sometimes it’s really freaking scary.
Pure and simple, The Expanse is epic space opera done right.
Move over Michael Meyers, there’s some new kids in town.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years you may have missed that we’re in the midst of a horror movie renaissance, and there are some soon-to-be-classics just waiting to be watched. Butter up some popcorn, turn the lights down low, and get ready to make this Halloween a frightening treat that you won’t soon forget.
Here’s a look at five newish horror movies that are guaranteed to set your spine atingle. Read more…
“I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”
From House of Cards to Orange Is the New Black, Netflix produces many of the best television series currently running. Since Netflix isn’t bound by the same restrictions of cable television, they have the freedom to explore more mature subject matter that often carries a heavy dose of sex, violence, and Shakespearean heft. In an age where any form of entertainment is just a click away, Netflix is churning out high quality content that’s guaranteed to create the buzz and hysteria needed to attract new members. Read more…
Green Room is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen and one of the best movies of 2016. Terrific cinematography. Top-notch acting. Chilling special effects. It’s not for the feint of heart.
“10 Cloverfield Lane does what it needs to do: make you sit and squirm and want very badly to know. It has the appeal of suspense radio plays from the ’30s and ’40s and even a touch of Orson Welles’s most infamous Mercury Theater broadcast.” –David Edelstein, Vulture
The Witch features beautiful cinematography, marvelous acting, and ample direction. It’s an outstanding debut film from Director Robert Eggers.