Horror movies and beer - the only two viable options for entertainment in the wastelands of Nebraska as far as he's concerned. When he's not in the theater he's probably drinking away the sorrows of being a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.
Netflix enjoyed a pretty impressive run of original releases throughout 2016 with titles like Hush, Mercy, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and Spectral. They've wasted no time in jumping back into the pool with their latest release, Clinical, which sees the world's largest streaming platform stumbling out of the gate at the start of 2017.
Anyone approaching Andre Ovredal's followup to Trollhunter would be well within their rights to be a little bummed that the film does not contain a single troll or bearded mountain man screaming "TROOLLL!" at the top of their lungs. That disappointment will be short lived however once you realize that the Norwegian director's first English feature brings some of that adventurous spirit to the atmospheric and spooky frames of The Autopsy of Jane Doe.
Director Vincenzo Natali has a knack for sci-fi weirdness, but it's always intriguing when a quirky director tackles something a little more straightforward--like a ghost story. It then comes as no surprise that Natali isn't interested in your typical things-go-bump-in-the-night shenanigans. Haunter is what you get when an ambitious filmmaker takes a simple concept and reconstructs it with fresh eyes.
It is a damn shame that Sophia Takal's witty, female lead psychological thriller, Always Shine, seemed to fly stealthily under many genre lover's radars--myself included. Lawrence Michael Levine's script and Takal's trippy style harmoniously peels back the rotten layers of a deteriorating female friendship housed amongst the perilous and volatile Hollywood acting landscape. The picture the pair paints is not a pretty one, but it's impossible to look away from.
If you ever take the time to peruse the keywords on the ol' IMDb you get a pretty on the nose overview of whatever movie it is you've typed in. Okay, so maybe not for every single movie--maybe some don't even scratch the surface. For The Eyes of the Mother keywords won't even come close to painting a full picture of Nicolas Pesce's debut feature.
Every year the BGH crew selects their picks for best and worst horror films of that year. Stay tuned toward the end of the year for our infallible consensus for the best and worst of the year, compiled by our very own genre mega-scholar Jonathan Schnaars.
It's tempting to write a movie like Spectral off after being dropped from release consideration by Legendary Pictures and was later plucked from limbo by Netflix as a potential mess that a studio was trying to bury. That is the wrong reaction. Instead, consider it as simply this...a better fit. No one can say for sure if Nic Mathieu's unique sci-fi/horror mashup would have played to a theatrical audience, but based on concept and execution alone one this is certain--the film deserved to be seen.
Saw sequels and ho-hum horror operas have been the calling card of Darren Lynn Bousman's career to this point. Throw in a remake and a gimmicky rush job trying to capitalize on a once in a lifetime date combination and it becomes hard to really get excited about anything with the Bousman seal of approval. Going by the definition of the word 'abattoir' it's already pretty easy to paint a mental picture of what's in store, with neither director or writer doing much to play against expectations.
Ti West has made a name for himself for better or worse within the horror genre. While his latest, In a Valley of Violence, finds the auteur venturing outside his wheelhouse it still retains just enough genre identity to grab the attention of any fans willing to step outside the box with him.
The golden days of VHS have long since passed, but that does not keep filmmakers from exploiting those who look back in fond memory of dead technology. Beyond the Gates delves even deeper nostalgia by featuring a VHS relic that until recently I didn't remember existed- VCR board games. The concept of course being your classic board game, but with a VHS that you popped into the VCR that then communicated the rules and various other interactions over the course of gameplay.
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