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Julianne Hough in Curve

In the by-the-books thriller Curve, Julianne Hough’s character Mallory finds herself in a bit of a 127 Hours situation. She’s trapped at the bottom of a ravine, her leg ensnared in the wreckage of her SUV. She survives for a while, but it becomes clear help isn’t going to make it in time, leaving her with a choice: cut off her leg or die in the SUV. Oh, and there’s a serial killer there, too.  

Fourteen years ago Eli Roth burst onto the horror scene with the gory, darkly funny and memorable Cabin Fever. Since then the quality of his conbtributions to the horror community have been extremely varied but there is little doubt that this first entry is a shining star in a time period that was particularly depressing for horror. So it seems fitting in light of the backlash that he's gotten over the last few years that he is returning to produce what once made him one of our most promising young stars. In this version he has handed the directorial rights to Travis Zariwny who also has the home invasion flick Intruder on the docket.

The first 45 minutes of the found-footage horror flick JeruZalem highlight the best and worst of what the Paz Brothers have brought to the table early on in 2016. The best being the rich and beautiful city of Jerusalem- ripe with lush landscapes and admirable architecture. The worst? Plodding character development, and a bafflingly terrible supporting performance Yon Tumarkin. 

The simplest way to conform to the general horror market is with a story revolving around zombies. While the genre typically seeks to bend and morph with the changing times, the saturation of certain sub genres becomes inevitable.

People breaking into a house they shouldn’t be in is old hat in the horror world. Some of the genre’s most memorable and influential films have revolved around a similar story. The home invasion subgenre is so well-established that it has become overwrought. The repetition has taken it to the same place that many subgenres find themselves these days: as horror movies become cheaper to make and original ideas seem scarce, straight to VOD movies abound and cynical money grabs clog the theaters.

Isla Fisher in a scene from Visions

Before even a second of anything supernatural goes down in the tedious thriller Visions, Eveleigh (Isla Fisher) and her impossibly rugged husband David (Anson Mount) already have quite a bit going on. Eveleigh is just a year removed from a tragic auto accident and is still suffering from some residual PTSD. The couple has also just ditched LA to move out to the country and run a vineyard, because how hard can that be if you have zero experience? Oh, and Eveleigh is three months pregnant with their first child.

In Underworld: Evolution, the world of Vampires and Lycans has become rather messy following the events of the first film. Everyone is running around like chickens with their heads cut off, and Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and Michael (Scott Speedman) are on the run from both sides. Meanwhile, the last of the vampire elders, Marcus (Tony Curran) has decided to wake up and use the kerfuffle as an excuse to go on a rampage.

When all’s said and done, historians looking back on late 20th century New York City may have no account more reliable than the era’s cult and horror films.

The titular The Boy in William Brent Bell’s film is a thick lashed, pale-faced doll who spookily disappears from rooms and requires attention and reading time. He is certainly spine-chilling, yet there is a disquieting charm to him that sets him apart from such impossibly grotesque dolls such as Annabelle or Chucky. He is in many ways their proper British cousin; more polished and refined, more respectful, a fan of the arts all while stealing sexy young ladies clothes; but also much less exhilarating.

Mortal Kombat

As cartoonish and plotless as the original games that inspired it, 1995’s Mortal Kombat is to most movies what convenience store snacks are to a real meal. But what could be nauseating in excess is fun enough in one go, and in that spirit #TweetWithBGH convened a panel of newbies and old hands to see if this mainstay of so many elementary and middle school memories is worth rewatching in 2016 (and not that we planned it this way, but it was a pretty appropriate lead-in to the X-Files premiere).

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