Category Archives: Horror

FANTASY ISLAND (2020): New Trailer From lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Michael Peña, Portia Doubleday…

Fantasy Island (2020), Lucy Hale
Fantasy Island (2020), Lucy Hale

Starring Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Michael Peña and Portia Doubleday, Fantasy Island is a new horror / mystery / comedy based on the popular 1970s TV show about a magical island resort

Directed by Jeff Wadlow, Additional key cast includes Kim Coates, Michael Rooker, Charlotte McKinney…

My familiarity with the TV show starts and ends with the knowledge that it existed. This trailer definitely has me interested.

I don’t usually watch the ‘international’ versions of trailer releases. For this movie though, I accidentally clicked on the international trailer first and found myself rather unimpressed. Luckily, the version I’ve featured is definitely a much better edit, right?

I’m now curious about the criteria that makes a trailer fit for an international audience.

Ryan Hansen, Jimmy O. Yang, Austin Stowell, Robbie Jones, Parisa Fitz-Henley and Goran D. Kleut also star.

Fantasy Island Release Dates: February 14th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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THE INVISIBLE MAN (2019): New Trailer From Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge…

The Invisible Man (2019), Elisabeth Moss, Universal Pictures
The Invisible Man (2019), Elisabeth Moss, Universal Pictures

Directed by Leigh Whannell, and based on the novel of the same name by H.G. Wells, The Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Oliver Jackson-Cohen in a new sci-fi / horror / thriller.

Moss plays Cecelia who has the near impossible task of proving that she’s being hunted by someone no one can see. That someone just happens to be her very abusive ex…

I’m really quite horrified by this story. I know it’ll be well acted and I imagine Cecelia will get her vengeance. She better!

I just can’t wait to see how well the special effects are executed. I haven’t read the book so I don’t know if the invisibility ‘science’ will be explained…

Storm Reid, Harriet Dyer, Benedict Hardie, Sam Smith, Amali Golden, Anthony Brandon Wong, Zara Michales and Bianca Pomponio also star.

The Invisible Man Release Dates: February 28th, 2020 (US & UK)…

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I SEE YOU (2019): New Trailer From Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis, Owen Teague…

I See You (2019), Helen Hunt
I See You (2019), Helen Hunt

I see You is a new horror / thriller starring Helen Hunt, Jon Tenney, Judah Lewis and Owen Teague.

Directed by Adam Randall, at the centre of the story is small-town detective Greg harper (Tenney). As Harper investigates the disappearance of a young boy, Harper and his family are suddenly plagued by strange occurrences…

Probably more than anything else, I’m really glad to see Helen Hunt back on screen. Her character does look quite scary and it’s not the kind of role I’m used to seeing her play so this should be interesting. I only think that I’m ready for all the twists, turns and hopefully a very satisfying resolution, but am I really?

Libe Barer, Gregory Alan Williams, Allison Gabriel King, Erika Alexander, Jennifer Grace, John Newberg, Teri Clark, Adam Kern, Riley Caya, Sam Trammell and Nicole Forester also star.

I See You Release Dates: December 6th, 2019 (US)…

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ANTLERS (2020): New Trailer From Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas…

Antlers (2020), Keri Russell, Fox Searchlight
Antlers (2020), Keri Russell, Fox Searchlight

In new horror film Antlers, a young student is harbouring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. A secret that soon gets the attention of a teacher and her Sheriff brother in a small town in Oregon.

Directed by Scott Cooper; key cast includes Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas…

Daddy?

Assuming I heard that correctly, this should be interesting. Whether it will be nightmare inducing or not, my guess is no but I’m open to finding out and seeing how far I get after hitting play.

Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, Amy Madigan, Cody Davis, Sawyer Jones and Arlo Hajdu also star.

Antlers Release Dates: April 17th, 2020 (US)…

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WOUNDS (2019): The Thing I Liked…

Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer
Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer

My favourite thing about the latest Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz and Armmie Hammer horror / mystery Wounds is how well writer / director  Babak Anvari captured the tension; especially in the first thirty minutes.

All about the the strange things that start happening to a bartender after he picks up a phone left at his bar, I found that things started to go wrong for me when Hammer’s character made / didn’t make a decision that seemed so obvious to me. And because the rest of the story hung ever so loosely on his character’s decision – one that I did not buy, the film simply lost me and my trust.

In light of this, the real main issue with Wounds is that it barely makes sense. By the very end, I decided that Anvari’s movie is based on a script that needed much more work. Yes, there are moments that were well written and acted but the glaring gaps in the script were simply that, far too glaring. 

If you’re a die-hard Hammer and Johnson fan, then sure give it a chance if you’re especially curious, and also if you don’t mind swarming bugs. I definitely watched the swarming bugs scenes through my fingers. Otherwise, it’s very much the tension in the first half of the film that’s most notable. 

Have you seen Wounds, the film with the ‘very appealing’ name? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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THE TURNING (2020): New Trailer From Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince…

The Turning (2020), Mackenzie Davis, Universal Pictures
The Turning (2020), Mackenzie Davis, Universal Pictures

The Turning is  the new Floria Sigismondi directed modern retelling of Henry Jame’s The Turn Of The Screw.

Starring Mackenzie Davis , Finn Wolfhard and Brooklyn Prince, The Turning is the story of a young governess who’s hired to take care of two young children after the deaths of the children’s parents…

I want to see this one to find out just how amused I’ll be when I see that regardless of all the seemingly blatant early signs pointing to things being nowhere near right in that house, Davis’s character decides to remain.

Also, I was really quite ready for this movie to be released just in time for Halloween; but no.

Mark Huberman, Barbara Marten, Niall Greig Fulton, Kim Adis, Denna Thomsen and Karen Egan also star.

The Turning Release Dates: January 24th, 2020 (US)….

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IT CHAPTER 2 (2019): The Things I Liked…

It Chapter 2, Warner Bros. Pictures
It Chapter 2, Warner Bros. Pictures

Even though I definitely can’t say I had a great time during all of the two hours and forty nine minute run time of of director Andy Muschietti’s IT Chapter 2, the last hour or so was pretty thrilling.

Starring James McAvoy, Javier Botet, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader and Bill Skarsgård, I had to watch this final installment of the IT (1990) remake because the cast and trailers were great. I was also determined since this was essentially my last chance to see if I found any of the IT movies scary all. I definitely had a lot of feelings throughout but unfortunately, once again, scared really wasn’t one of them. At the very best I was very grossed out by the scene with the 8 plus legged severed head. I enjoyed much of the visual effects and the acting. Unlike in the 1990 IT film, this time both the children and the adult versions of the children performed pretty well.

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

As for the question of why the first hour and forty minutes of IT Chapter 2 wasn’t great, it certainly didn’t help that due to the editing and some characters looking similar, I didn’t find it easy to follow in terms of who was playing the adult version of whom. The other key reason is the pace. I know that much of the film is set in Derry, Maine which is essentially a slower moving place than a city, but that doesn’t mean the story had to move that slowly, surely? I remember that an hour into the film, I found myself disappointed to not even be half way through the movie.

There were also unfortunately some moments where I couldn’t fully suspend my disbelief. Firstly, the biting of the little girl’s head; how on earth did she not scream? Secondly, at the reunion dinner, how did it take so long for the restaurant workers to check on the disturbance, especially considering all the screaming and banging? Last but not least, the scene where Chastain’s character performs a certain feat of strength towards the end. I just don’t honestly believe she possessed the physical strength required to do what she did.

Overall though, thanks to the good performances – particularly by McAvoy and Chastain, plus the fun special effects, IT Chapter 2 is worth watching, if you’re curious. Especially so if you have more patience than I. 

Lastly, I couldn’t help but conclude by the end that Muschietti’s film seems to be quite a good advert for why therapy is important and often a good idea.

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WOUNDS (2019): New Trailer From Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz…

Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer
Wounds (2019), Armie Hammer

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


From writer / director  Babak Anvari, Wounds is a new horror / mystery starring Dakota Johnson, Armie Hammer and Zazie Beetz.

At the heart of the story is the strange things that start happening to a bartender after he picks up a phone left at his bar…

I’m curious because I like the cast – but then there’s the bugs. The many many bugs and those flesh wounds – with bugs in them!

Brad William Henke, Karl Glusman, Kerry Cahill, Kenneth Kynt Bryan, Jim Klock, Ritchie Montgomery and Terence Rosemore also star.

Wounds Release Dates: October 18th, 2019 (US)…

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