Category Archives: Horror

THE LIGHTHOUSE (2019): The Things I Liked…

The Lighthouse (2019), Robert Pattinson, A24
The Lighthouse (2019), Robert Pattinson, A24

The Lighthouse, a fantasy / drama / horror about two lighthouse keepers struggling to maintain their sanity while living on a remote, mysterious New England island is a movie that noticeably builds and builds; especially where the tensions between its two characters is concerned. It also becomes more and more intriguing, fantastical and has a permeating sense of dread as it plays, resulting in an ending that makes sense but also left me with some questions.

I definitely can’t deny overall that writer / director Robert Eggers’s 1890s set film is a good one. I enjoyed the cinematography, some of the dialogue and definitely the great performances by Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. In terms of how I feel about Eggers’s movie in its entirety, for reasons that include the film’s genre (fantasy especially) and the general loudness based on the sounds and noises the two men had to endure; plus the inclusion of much of the less than sanitary / unsavoury aspects of being a lighthouse keeper in the 1800’s, I can’t say that I loved The Lighthouse. 

Should you find yourself quite curious, give it a chance because it’s unlike most. It also has that stage play quality, likely due to the dialogue style and single setting. Who knows, you may just find yourself far more enthused by the whole experience overall than I was.

I know for sure that during the movie and when it was over, I desperately wanted to believe that the job and experience of being a lighthouse keeper these days is quite different; at the very least, far more sanitary.

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THE NEW MUTANTS (2020): New Trailer Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Alice Braga, Antonio Banderas…

The New Mutants (2020), Anya Taylor-Joy, 20th Century Fox
The New Mutants (2020), Anya Taylor-Joy, 20th Century Fox

The New Mutants is an action / thriller about five young mutants held in a secret facility against their will.

Directed by Josh Boone; starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Alice Braga and Antonio Banderas, the young mutants must  fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

If you’re thinking, ‘wait, didn’t this get released two years ago?‘ Well, the original trailer was released in 2018 and since then the release date has been pushed to this year. If you’re also wondering what this trailer has to do with X-MEN, the new mutant are a team of mutant heroes comprised of the first graduates from Charles Xavier’s (Professor X) school for young mutants; so the answer is really everything.

I’m interested because of Taylor-Joy and the X-men link. Perhaps what the X-Men franchise has been needing outside of a break is some fresh young faces.

Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Happy Anderson, Henry Zaga, Sarah Bennani, Colbi Gannett, Max Schochet, Tony Saquett, Thomas Kee and ickey Gilmore also star.

The New Mutants Release Dates: April 3rd, 2020 (US); April 8th, (UK)…

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GRETEL AND HANSEL (2020): New Trailer Starring Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Samuel Leakey, Jessica De Gouw…

Gretel And Hansel (2020), Orion Pictures
Gretel And Hansel (2020), Orion Pictures

Starring Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Samuel Leakey and Jessica De Gouw, Gretel and Hansel is a new fantasy / horror thriller based on the classic story of Hansel and Gretel.

Directed by Oz Perkins and set in distant fairy tale countryside, this is the story of a young girl who leads her younger brother in to a dark wood in a desperate search for food…

What a perfectly creepy trailer.

For a long time I’ve known that the Hansel and Gretel story was much darker than many realise. Now I get to find out just how dark.

Manuel Pombo, Abdul Alshareef, Ian Kenny, Beatrix Perkins and Charles Babalola also star.

Gretel And Hansel Release Dates: January 31st, 2020 (US)…

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A QUIET PLACE PART 2 (2020): New Official Trailer Starring Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe…

A Quiet Place Part 2 (2020), Cillian Murphy, Paramount Pictures
A Quiet Place Part 2 (2020), Cillian Murphy, Paramount Pictures

The official trailer for A Quiet Place Part 2 is here. A John Krasinski directed horror / thriller starring Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy and about a family whose survival is dependant on how quiet they can be in their everyday lives…

This is one of very few trailers that doesn’t feel too long even though it’s more than 2.5 minutes in length.

I’m definitely looking forward to all the major mommy ‘badassery’ we can expect from Blunt. I also find myself relieved that Murphy will be playing a good guy. The Abbot family could really do with another adult on their side. Especially considering all the people left who ‘aren’t worth saving’.

Okieriete Onaodowan, Blake DeLong, Ashley Dyke, Andy Rich and Silas Pereira-Olson also star.

A Quiet Place Part 2 Release Dates: March 20th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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A QUIET PLACE PART 2 (2020): New Trailer From Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds…

A Quiet Place Part 2 (2020), Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Emily Blunt, Paramount Pictures
A Quiet Place Part 2 (2020), Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Emily Blunt, Paramount Pictures

A Quiet Place Part 2 sees the return of the Abbot family (Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds) as they learn that the creatures that hunt by sound aren’t the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.

Directed by John Krasinski; additional key cast includes Cillian Murphy, Djimon Hounsou, Wayne Duvall, Lauren-Ashley Cristiano…

I’m excited to see more ingenuity by the Abbot family, what new and clever ways will they adopt to ensure survival.

Also, I like the introduction of Murphy. My guess is that he’s probably not a ‘good guy…’ or is he?

Ashley Dyke, Andy Rich, Okieriete Onaodowan, Blake DeLong and Silas Pereira-Olson also star.

A Quiet Place Part 2 Release Dates: March 20th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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COME TO DADDY (2019): New Trailer Starring Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Garfield Wilson…

Come To Daddy (2019), Elijah Wood
Come To Daddy (2019), Elijah Wood

In new comedy / thriller Come To Daddy, Elijah Wood is a privileged man-child who arrives at the remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn’t seen in 30 years. 

Based on the story by Toby Harvard and directed by Ant Timpson, additional key cast includes Stephen McHattie, Garfield Wilson, Madeleine Sami…

I’m interested because it’s strange and I haven’t watched a Wood movie in a while. My other reason is definitely that haircut. I admit that it intrigues me.

Martin Donovan, Michael Smiley, Simon Chin, Ona Grauer, Ryan Beil, Raresh DiMofte, Alla Rouba, Noam Zylberman, Gord Middleton anD Oliver Wilson also star.

Come To Daddy Release Dates

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SAINT MAUD (2019): New Trailer Starring Jennifer Ehle, Morfydd Clark, Lily Frazer…

Saint Maud (2019), Morfydd Clark, A24
Saint Maud (2019), Morfydd Clark, A24

Starring Jennifer Ehle, Morfydd Clark and Lily Frazer, Saint Maud is a new horror movie about a pious nurse who becomes increasingly obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

Written / directed by Rose Glass; additional key cast includes Faith Edwards, Turlough Convery, Linda E Greenwood, Lily Knight, Noa Bodner, Marcus Hutton…

All the good girls go to hell

A great lyric and one that seems so very fitting for this trailer.

This is also a religious horror film, the kind that’s most likely to rob me of sleep and give me nightmares. We’ll seE how far I get because I am rather interested in Ehle and Clark’s performances. Lastly, is it just me or does it feel as though this movie is bordering on comedy, based on this trailer.

Saint Maud Release Dates: May 1st 2020 (UK)…

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IN THE TALL GRASS (2019): The Things I Liked…

In The Tall Grass (2019), Laysla De Oliveira, Netflix

The story of In The Tall Grass centres around a sister and brother who venture into a vast field of tall grass, only to discover that there may be no way out.

Based on a novella that’s co-written by Stephen King, director Vincenzo Natali’s drama / horror / thriller definitely starts off with promise. It then goes on to deliver some quite satisfying twists and turns, but ultimately ends up losing its way and becoming more watchable than memorable.

Part of the reason I didn’t find In The Tall Grass to be great overall is that the story doesn’t come together in a way that made me fully buy into it all. Nevertheless, I do have a favourite thing about this movie and that is the performance by talented young actor Will Buie Jr. who plays Tobin. Also, is it just me who thinks that Buie Jr. kind of resembles Michael Douglas somehow? I digress.

Though In The Tall Grass is definitely not the best drama / horror / thriller of 2019, it’s also not the worst; nor is it ‘nightmare inducing scary’. Give it a chance if you’re so curious.

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