As A Mexican-American I can fully say that I appreciate and love this story! The mention of curandera’s, La Lorona felt like I was back listening to my great grandmother tell me tales to warn me from making mistakes that would haunt me!
Most horror fans are familiar with the video nasty era. In the 1980s, commentators, politicians, and religious organizations in the UK blamed rising crime rates on exploitation movies, leading to an outright ban and the forced shutdowns of movie stores across the country. Censor uses this era as the backdrop to explore the grief of Enid (Niamh Algar), a video censor haunted by the disappearance of her sister when they were kids. As her quest to find her sister ramps up, the line between fiction and reality blurs.
Werewolves Within is the perfect summer movie, a funny whodunit to watch with your friends. This is the type of film to see in theaters if it's playing near you. After a werewolf attacks a small town, the community needs to come together to find the culprit before it’s too late. What follows is 90 minutes of hilarity and entertainment, resulting in horror-comedy gold and one of this year's best genre features.
Being a father can be a tough job sometimes. Providing for your family and raising kids is hard enough without demons, ghosts, serial killers, or an apocalypse attempting to sabotage your parenting skills. For horror movie dads, any day that ends with the kids alive and unpossessed should count as a win. In honor of Father’s Day this weekend our writing team shared some of their favorite horror movie dads.
The original Conjuring movie was a breakout hit that relied on James Wan’s old-fashioned jump-scares and a bit of heart. It didn’t hurt that the main characters, Ed and Lorraine Warren, were real people, with controversial careers that moviegoers can still debate. You can imagine my surprise when this latest entry, The Devil Made Me Do It, teased us with a courtroom setting where the Warrens may’ve had to debate that demons exist before a judge and jury. It didn’t happen. Misdirection is fine if you have something else to back yourselves up with, but this latest entry in the franchise seems to stumble more than walk with confidence toward its climax.
In the discussion of filmmakers who have changed cinema, eventually the conversation leads to Peter Jackson. New Zealand’s top export made history when he “filmed the unfilmable” and directed The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Grossing almost $3 billion over three years, the series remains one of the most beloved franchises of all time, earning Jackson a fellowship of fans. Some of those fans were shocked to discover the various films Jackson made before LotR. Now, there are many filmmakers who started in the horror genre, but Jackson’s early horror was something else. Initially, this clown prince of horror crafted slapstick, punk rock, politically incorrect, gorefests that nobody had seen before. And his feature film debut, Bad Taste, hit the ground running.
Following up from the success of the miniseries "On the Trail of Bigfoot," documentary filmmaker Seth Breedlove takes us on another adventure, diving deeper into the history and stories that weave themselves around the legend of Bigfoot.
On the Trail of Bigfoot: The Journey follows Breedlove and his team as they explore the Adirondacks and surrounding New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont townships that have histories of sightings and strange noises. Wearing the hats of writer, director, and narrator, Breedlove begins at Buck Mountain, in the Southernmost tip of the Adirondacks. Meeting a team of ex-cops who go out regularly, camping and strategically searching the woods for signs of strange beasts. From there, they snake around to Hadley Mountain, scaling a brutal climb to the lookout tower at the summit – a true treat, allowing for a full view of the wilderness they are deep within. Spending time in Whitehall, NY, and the village of Kinderhook, they interview a family that has a generational connection to sightings and sounds that cannot be explained. Finally ending with a trip to the High Peaks Wilderness near Lake Placid, this movie unfolds to reveal more about a sense of returning to nature and community than finding an elusive creature.
Many of us have the fear of aging and, with every passing year, we face the vulnerabilities of our mortality. How our society handles or, more emphatically, discriminates against our elderly is one of the glaring faults within our atmosphere. Too often our society finds our aged generations as unimportant and disposable as they reach the end of their lives.
The Amusement Park, a rediscovered movie that was considered lost in the works of the late and legendary filmmaker George A. Romeo, now produced by Laurel Tape & Film and Yellow Veil Pictures and distributed by Shudder, provides a time capsule to the time around 1973 and shows how the geriatric crowd is subjugated and segregated then as it still is now.
Slashers ruled the 1980s, with filmmakers the world over getting in on the action, and a new film premiering every other week. One such filmmaker has been overlooked, despite his part in making one of the long-standing horror films of all time, Night of the Living Dead. John Russo, the co-writer has often gone unnoticed for his involvement in Romero’s classic. This is due, in part, to the pair’s falling out, and Russo’s questionable decisions regarding the rights to the name Living Dead. While George Romero went on to build a successful and influential career, Russo struggled a bit through indies and industrials for over a decade. A minor resurgence occurred, however, when Russo wrote a spec script that would become Return of the Living Dead (more on that another day), which led him to write and produce his own slasher film, based on one of his pulp horror novels. Keen on getting some of the band back together, Russo recruited another NotLD alumni, first zombie, Bill Hinzman, to direct The Majorettes
Since the preceding film, A Quiet Place, was a surprise hit in 2018, its sequel was naturally expected to be a success. That being said, writer/director John Krasinski’s second installment is a sincere, tension-building success well worth the trip to the theater. The film trusts its audience to remember what happened in part one and throws viewers into the middle of the story; it shrugs off the technical questions for a focus on more audio-based drama.