Category Archives: Horror

THE SILENCE (2019): The Thing I Liked…

The Silence (2019), Netflix
The Silence (2019), Netflix

I’ve accepted the idea that Hollywood movies are currently embracing the ‘silence or you die’ theme. First came A Quiet Place (2017), then Bird Box (2018), and now director John R. Leonetti’s The Silence.The premise of The Silence is similar to that of the above mentioned movies. All three feature a family who have to stay silent in order to survive the deadly creatures terrorising Earth.

Starring Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka and John Corbett, I settled into the pace and style of The Silence at the start quite nicely. Especially the introduction of the family at the centre of the story. I enjoyed this phase so much that I did then miss it once the scary creatures came to obliterate the peace.

I like that there’s a fair amount of tension-filled ‘scary’ moments in The Silence. Not the kind of scary that would induce nightmares but rather the more ‘suspenseful-scary’ variety. In fact, for me the most horrifying thing in The Silence isn’t actually the deadly, primeval species with acute hearing – but rather the intentions of a specific group within the story. I also liked the Tucci / Corbett dynamic and the design of the primeval species.

Overall I think The Silence is OK. The parts I wasn’t overly enthused by include the final cut of the car crash because it looked to me as though a clip of the crash was missing. There’s also a moment when the family seemed to have forgotten about a vulnerable family member during a particularly dangerous time that annoyed me. I know that almost anything can happen during desperate times, however… maybe I just don’t know, but I found it hard to believe that everyone forgot to do a ‘head count’ of their loved ones during such a desperate moment. The last part that left me wanting is the ending. I understood it but it felt flat and disappointing.

On summary, none of the ‘silence or you die’ movies are perfect but A Quiet Place does sit at the top in my mind. It did come first but I also really connected with the characters, appreciated the pace, the heart and I was more impressed by the cleverness / ingenuity when it came to how to survive a silent world. In second place is Bird Box, mainly because of the films last thirty minutes. 

Watch The Silence if you’re so curious. 

Happy Film Loving 

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THE PERFECTION (2018): New Trailer From Allison Williams, LOGAN BROWNING, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber…

The Perfection (2018), Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Netflix
The Perfection (2018), Logan Browning, Allison Williams, Netflix

A sinister path with shocking consequences is what happens after a troubled musical seeks out the star pupil of her former school.

Directed by Richard Shepard,; Allison Williams, Logan Browning Alaina Huffman and Steven Weber are the star of Netflix’s latest horror / thriller…

I think I’m ready for this dark tale of envy, yet the creepiness looks quite intense. In other words, I can already see myself sliding away into my t-shirt like a tortoise retreating into its shell. Especially when that poor musicians body starts getting messed with.

Evelyn Chew, Glynis Davies, Winnie Hung, Graeme Duffy, Christina Jastrzembska, Stephen Chang and Milah Thompson also star.

The Perfection Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE DEAD DON’T DIE (2019): New Trailer From Chloë Sevigny, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray…

The Dead Don't Die (2019), Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Focus Features
The Dead Don’t Die (2019), Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Focus Features

Chloë Sevigny, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Selena Gomez are the stars of new Jim Jarmusch comedy / horror, The Dead Don’t Die.

Set in the peaceful town of Centerville, the locals find themselves battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves…

I like the way this looks almost exactly like kind of Zombie movie I’ve been waiting for. The great cast and the promise of humour have waiting impatiently.

Steve Buscemi, Caleb Landry Jones, Austin Butler, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Iggy Pop, Rosal Colon and RZA also star.

The Dead don’t Die Release Dates: June 14th, 2019 (US)…

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ANNABELLE COMES HOME (2019): New Trailer From Vera Farmiga, Mckenna Grace, Patrick Wilson…

Annabelle Comes Home (2019), Mackenna Grace
Annabelle Comes Home (2019), Mackenna Grace

New horror / thriller Annabelle Comes Home stars Vera Farmiga, Mckenna Grace and Patrick Wilson.

At first all is well in the home of demonologists Ed and Loraine Warren. That is until Annabelle, a possessed doll with the power to awaken evil spirits is let out from behind the sacred glass.

Based on the story by James Wan, Annabelle Comes Home is directed / co-written by Gary Dauberman…

I haven’t seen any of the other Annabelle movies but this trailer makes me curious and Grace is a wonderful young Actor.

Emily Brobst, Madison Iseman, Steve Coulter, Katie Sarife, Eddie J. Fernandez, Sade Katarina, Michael Cimino, and James William Ballard also star.

Annabelle Comes Home Release Dates: June 28th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK (2019): New Trailer From Zoe Margaret Colletti, Austin Abrams, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur…

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019), Natalie Ganzhorn
Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark (2019), Natalie Ganzhorn, CBS Films

Starring Zoe Margaret Colletti, Austin Abrams, Michael Garza and Austin Zajur, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is a new horror movie about a group of teenagers who face their fears in order to save their lives.

Based on the book by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark is directed by André Øvredal and the screenplay is co-written by Guillermo del Toro…

I rather like the premise of this movie. Perhaps it has the potential to inspire us all to face our fears. Well, maybe not since this is in fact a horror film.

I also quite enjoyed the version of Somewhere over the rainbow that’s featured in this trailer.

Gabriel Rush, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Natalie Ganzhorn, Austin Abrams and Kathleen Pollard also star.

Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US)…

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THE SILENCE (2019): NeW trailer From Stanley Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, John Corbett, Miranda Otto…

The Silence (2019), Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka,  Netflix
The Silence (2019), Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Netflix

Read my spoiler-free movie review of The Silence (2019).


Starring Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto,
John Corbett and with John R. Leonetti as director, The Silence is the latest horror film from Netflix

Set during a time when the world is being terrorised by a deadly, primeval species with acute hearing, a family seeks refuge to wait out the invasion as they wonder what kind of world will remain by the time they emerge.

I’m guessing that this is the kind of horror film that will make me jump several times, but then once it’s over, I soon forget about it. I could be wrong of course. Either way, I just hope it’s clever. I’ think I’m going to need something about The Silence to be clever.

Kate Corbett, Dempsey Bryk, Kyle Breitkopf, Billy MacLellan, Callum Shoniker, Hannah Gordon and Taylor Love also star.

The Silence Release Dates: April 12th, 2019 (US)…

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IT (2017): The Things I Liked…

IT (2017), Bill Skarsgård, Warner Bros. Pictures
IT (2017), Bill Skarsgård, Warner Bros. Pictures

IT, the horror / drama that centres around seven children in Derry, Maine who are terrorised by a monster in the shape of a clown called Pennywise is a story I first encountered when I saw the 1990 IT TV movie for the first time just two years ago. Having found it not at all scary, I was hoping that the latest version would be more terrifying. 

The good news is, this new IT kind of is more scary. Director Andy Muschietti’s film features makeup, prosthetics and special effects that are objectively speaking, better and more unsettling than in the first movie. As for the real question of whether I personally was actually scared, I have to say no, not really. The reason is because clowns are still just cute to me overall – no matter how many teeth they may have. They remain in my heart and mind as providers of joy at children’s parties.

I say all the above not to take anything away from Bill Skarsgård’s rather engaging performance, because he played Pennywise rather well. I especially like the first time he meets young Georgie – precisely the second he stops fake smiling. I knew then that I was likely to see something memorable. Yet, even with Skarsgård’s great work, at no point during IT did I jump out of my skin or hide behind my hands. I just took in and appreciated the things that Muschietti’s movie did well. For example, casting Skarsgård, featuring generally convincing prosthetics, some good visuals, special effects and the commentary on bullying.

The only disappointment where special effects is concerned is regarding the scene with the blood in the bathroom. I don’t believe that the red colour and the consistency of the blood was quite right… not that I’m a specialist, of course.

The following is not a complaint, but since the adult counterparts of the children are not featured in the new film (because that’s what sequels are for), I can’t really speak on any instances of overacting on their part, as was the case in the first movie.

Watch IT because you love the bestselling novel by Steven King, the one on which the IT films are based. Watch it for Skarsgård’s performance, the clown attire / makeup and to see if you’re terrified. If you’re already scared of clowns, then you will need your hands to hide behind. Otherwise, enjoy.

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MIDSOMMAR (2019): New Trailer From Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper, Jack Reynor…

Midsommar (2019), Will Poulter, A24
Midsommar (2019), Will Poulter, A24

From writer / director Ari Aster, Midsommar is a new horror / mystery starring  Florence Pugh, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper and Jack Reynor. 

Things start to go awry on a summer trip after a young woman reluctantly caves in and goes along with her boyfriend…

First of all, I really rather like the illustrations in this trailer. I’m also interested because of the cast and my curiosity about the young woman’s initial reluctance. Clearly sometimes, if not all the time, one really ought to trust one’s instincts.

Archie Madekwe, Julia Ragnarsson, Björn Andrésen, Anna Åström and Henrik Norlén also star.

Midsommar Release Dates: August 9th, 2019 (US), August 16th, 2019 (UK)…

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