First, let me state that if seeing minors in grave danger isn’t for you, then avoid The Boy Behind the Door. The film is a lot to handle, a nerve-splicing thriller that hits hard from the start and never relents. Nearly every scene has heart-pounding suspense and two incredibly moving performances by Ezra Dewey and Lonnie Chavis, whose characters have their innocence shattered after they’re kidnapped.
Vacations on the whole can actually be pretty stressful affairs. The money, months of planning, and organizing schedules can often put a dent in the whole thing. People put a lot of pressure on the trip to fulfill some sort of relaxation or growth. Of course, if you’ve watched the trailers, growth is the last thing characters want in this new M. Night Shyamalan film.
Guy (Gael García Bernal) and his wife Prisca (Vicky Krieps) bring their two young kids to a tropical resort where they are greeted with the sort of creepy warmth we all know and can chuckle about. Thank goodness the vacationers haven’t watched Turistas.Of course, Guy and Prisca have more on their minds such as medical issues and their impending divorce that they want to keep from their children, Trent and Maddox, until the vacation is over. Kids are smart. They understand what the shouting means, and so when the resort manager ( Gustaf Hammarsten) recommends a private beach, they all are on board.
The time has finally come. We figure out the origin of Sarah Fier and the curse of Shadyside. Fear Street Part 3: 1666 takes us to a time when witches were all the rave. Sarah Fier and her forbidden love Hannah Miller are blamed for bewitching the village Pastor, after he blindly kills all the kids in town. Sarah seeks help to free Hannah from the town Widow who is known for practicing witchcraft. Sarah arrives to find the Widow dead, she confides in her last possible option in Solomon Goode. He agrees to help Sarah from the angry mob, but as she hides Sarah comes across a horrific discovery under Solomon's home. The town has been plagued due to Solomon making a deal with the devil. He frames Sarah Fier who ultimately dies after captured and hung.
It is absolutely wonderful to stumble across a piece of art that seems to meet you where you’re at, stare right through you, and hold your hand while letting you know it understands. This is the feeling that lingers after watching Posies. Written by R. H. Stavis and directed by Stavis and Katherine Fisher, Posies is a dark, twisted, and beautiful short film that follows Maddy (Anna Diop) as she navigates a world where she, and others, are literally deteriorating. Attempting to cover up the progression of her skin peeling apart, Maddy shoves flower petals under her visible wounds. An act that feels both like self-care and a balm that won’t soothe. Meeting her partner Jack (Andy Favreau) for a final date of sorts, Maddy begins confessing every moment in her life where she has done something horrible.
You know what’s really scary? Dehydration. Sometimes we forget to drink enough water, even with the plethora of ads from Poland Spring and Dasani. Perhaps it’s their marketing. Enter Liquid Death Mountain Water. Maybe you’ve seen one of their colorful ads on social media and thought it was a Funny or Die sketch, but it’s a product as serious as the cause it is behind. Tall boy cans of spring water advertised like beer at a death metal concert, and a no holds barred marketing campaign that’ll use any publicity thrown its way. Couple that with the gonzo art and animation from Mr. Pickles co-creator, Will Carsola, and you have the attention of the general public. After releasing clothes, plushies, and even an album, it’s no surprise that Liquid Death would dive into the world of film. And sure enough, Carsola and Liquid Death have done just that with Dead till Death. So how does one make a film set around canned water?
Ah, Mars, one of our planet’s closest neighbors is soon to be a billionaire resort. The planet has been a scientific fascination for generations, inspiring wonder and terror. No other planet gets its own class of alien, the Martian. But if there’s one thing Hollywood will say, it’s that “Mars” has a costly curse. The last two decades have shown multiple big attempts at making blockbuster films set on Mars, which are usually met with disastrous box office returns and laughable reviews. Maybe this has something to do with plots that would more likely find a home at a 50’s drive-in, but who really knows. Lately, we have seen a new approach taken with more character driven films set on the planet, which have been faring better with critics. On this new Mars is Settlers, the directorial debut of Wyatt Rockefeller.
If you walk into a movie called Escape Room: Tournament of Champions, your enjoyment level will likely hinge on a question. How much reality is necessary? Suspension of disbelief must be on another level. It’s like an ultimatum. You either enjoy it or you don’t because of the premise it’s built on and there’s no wiggle room. But even in its own little corridor, Escape Room 2 still struggles on a few levels.
I love this movie. Granted, I've got about seven hundred more words to elaborate on that but, yeah. This movie's pretty great.
I don't know what it is but the last few months I've accidentally found myself watching a lot of dramas masquerading as horror films. While they haven't exactly been 'bad' the experience has definitely been oppressive. I live for stuff more on the fantastic side, stuff with dynamic, candy-colored lighting, a charged soundtrack, likeable characters with big personalities and a really, really good hook. After that kind of slog, it's such a relief to see The Call from Timothy Woodward Jr. and freshman screenwriter Patrick Stibbs more than deliver on those hallmarks!
We all have that something that connects with us, calling us beyond our limits to fulfil our curiosity. The Perron Family Home is one of these entities, enticing Corey and Jennifer Heinzen to buy the home that inspired The Conjuring. As the newest owners of the property, the Heinzens have opened up the house to paranormal investigators, allowing people to spend the night, study, and document the mysterious and regular disturbances. This open invitation drew renowned ghost hunters and paranormal field experts Vera and Kendall Whelpton to take up the offer. Wanting to push themselves to the limits, their two-week stay within the house is the backbone for their latest documentary The Sleepless Unrest: The Real Conjuring Home.
Back again, but this time we are headed to the 70's. Fear Street Part 2: 1978 picks up
where part one left off. Deena and Josh take Samantha to the only known survivor of the witch of Shadyside, C. Berman, portrayed by Gillian Jacobs. Reluctant at first, Berman begins telling them the story of her days at Camp Nightwing with her sister. Shadyside and Sunnyvale's divide are further built upon as the kids are split for a game called The Color War Aka Capture the flag. What starts as a normal game turns into a brutal night for everyone's survival as one of the counselors decides to go on a killing spree.