Category Archives: Horror

DOCTOR SLEEP (2019): New Trailer For Stephen King’s The Shining Sequel Starring Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Jacob Tremblay…

Doctor Sleep (2019), Ewan McGregor, Warner Bros. Pictures
Doctor Sleep (2019), Ewan McGregor, Warner Bros. Pictures

Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and Jacob Tremblay are the stars of Doctor Sleep, a new horror movie based on Steven King’s novel of the same name.

Set decades after the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with similar powers as his. Dan must try to protect her from a cult who prey on children with powers…

I’ve never seen The Shining and that’s mainly because it’s a horror movie and I’m scared. It’s not completely my fault though because at seventeen, my Media Studies teacher wouldn’t let the class watch The Shining because according to her, it was too scary. I myself had zero objections with her decision – especially since by that point, I’d already seen The Omen (1976), the film responsible for my general aversion to scary movies since the age of twelve.

As for whether I’ll watch Doctor Sleep? I may just. Especially if others find it to be less scary than The Shining.

The moments I like in this new trailer include when Dan says the words ‘The Shinning’ – the penny drops and I realise what this is.

There’s also my general happiness at seeing Rebecca Ferguson as a cast member. She’s been one of my favourites ever since Mission – Impossible 5, Rogue Nation (2015). As for Jack Nicholson standout star of The Shining, I’m not even sure he’s still acting but I definitely half expected that he’d show up in this trailer. He still might. Well, that’s assuming he wasn’t killed off; something I’d know had I actually seen the original movie.

Have you seen The Shining? Is it as scary as they say?

Zahn McClarnon, Bruce Greenwood, Carl Lumbly, Selena Anduze, Carel Struycken, Emily Alyn Lind, Jocelin Donahue, Nicholas Pryor and Selena Anduze also star.

Doctor Sleep Release Dates: October 31st, 2019 (UK); November 8th, 2019 (US)…

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THE PERFECTION (2019): The Thing I Liked…

The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams
The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams

Starring Allison Williams, Logan Browning and Steven Weber, The Perfection is a ‘darker than you expect’ drama /horror / thriller. 

Directed by Richard Shepard, the story follows a musical prodigy who sets upon a sinister path that begins with her seeking out the current star pupil of her former school.

I kind of already knew based on the trailer that Shepard’s movie wouldn’t be the most comfortable of viewings. I just didn’t know that within ten minutes into the film, a thought that crossed my mind would be ‘Am I ready for this darkness?

The darkness that made me uneasy wasn’t anything to do with physical violence, though there is some of that here. It was about the negative energy / vibe that seemed so easy for the audience to see, yet the person the ill-intent was aimed toward appeared completely oblivious. 

As uneasy as this movie made me feel for a number of reasons, I also found it quite engaging, even though something about its execution felt a tad rough around the edges. Another way to say it would be ‘The Perfection is not like Green Book (2018)’. By this I mean, in The Perfection, every single scene didn’t flow perfectly without me having to pause and question any of the story, dialogue or general happenings. The acting was OK but I did not get completely lost in the world of the story.

Give Shepard’s movie a chance because it’s not quite what you think it’s going to be. You’ll definitely go on a ride that won’t be the most comfortable but everything kind of pays off in the most unexpected way.

There are also  one or two – perhaps more moments of stunning imagery. My favourite of which is at the top of this very post. 

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IT – CHAPTER 2 (2019): New Trailer From James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgård, Javier Botet, Jessica Chastain…

IT - Chapter 2 (2019), Jessica Chastain, Warner Bros. Pictures
IT – Chapter 2 (2019), Jessica Chastain, Warner Bros. Pictures

As established in IT (2017), evil in the shape of scary clown Pennywise likes to revisit the town of Derry Maine every 27 years.

Starring James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgård, Javier Botet and Jessica Chastain, all the young members of the ‘Losers Club’ are now grown up and and living far from Derry.

That is until a devastating phone call takes them right back…

What a delightfully creepy trailer!

I’ve mentioned a few times that I like clowns so I haven’t yet found any of the IT movies especially scary. At least not in a way that’s nightmare inducing. As such, I’ll be watching director Andy Muschietti’s new movie to see if that changes.

I also need to confirm that I won’t find the acting by the young cast members in the 2017 movie more convincing than that of the adults in this new version. Reason being, that was my precise opinion about the performances in the original 1990 IT film.

Bill Hader, Sophia Lillis, Troy James, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Martell and also star.

IT – Chapter 2 Release Dates: September 6th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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CRAWL (2019): New Trailer From Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson…

Crawl (2019), Kaya Scodelario, Paramount Pictures
Crawl (2019), Kaya Scodelario, Paramount Pictures

Directed by Alexandre Aja, new horror / thriller Crawl stars Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper and Ross Anderson.

It’s a Florida set story about a young woman fighting for her life against alligators, as she tries to save her father during a category five hurricane.

My favourite part in this trailer is when she ‘s injured but tells her dad she’s fine so he won’t worry because there’s little he can do to help her in his current state.

I also appreciate that it’s the daughter trying to save her dad during a natural disaster and not the other war round.

I kind of wish that I found what happens at 1:12 more convincing. Who knows, maybe that’s supposed to be be part of the fun of it all.

Anson Boon, Colin McFarlane, George Somner, Jose Palma, Annamaria Serda and Ami Metcalf also star.

Crawl Release Dates: July 12th, 2019 (US); August 9th, 2019 (UK)…

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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. 

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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

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


A sinister path with shocking consequences is what happens after a troubled musical prodigy 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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