Category Archives: Horror

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

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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K-12 (2019): The Things I Liked…

K-12 (2019), Melanie Martinez
K-12 (2019), Melanie Martinez

Starring, written and directed by Melanie Martinez, K-12 is a fantasy / horror / musical about two best friends and their mission to take down an oppressive schooling system. A schooling system where students are force fed medication to stop them from revolting / leaving and teachers are more concerned with exerting their authority than anything else. 

K-12 is essentially Martinez holding a mirror up to several of America and society’s recent and long standing ills and social injustice issues. Issues including but not limited to bullying, transphobia, police brutality, suicide, women’s rights, body image and racial discrimination. K-12 also features several positive and  uplifting messages that many of her young fans no doubt appreciate. For example…

‘The greatest power we will hold is that of acceptance’

‘Any strain we face will transform itself into a crystal rainbow in divine timing’

K-12 (2019), Emma Harvey
K-12 (2019), Emma Harvey, Hair by William Scott Blair

Having not really been aware of Martinez and her music prior to K-12, I was drawn to her aesthetic, the creativity and humour in the K-12 trailer. The world Martinez’s film occupies is visually interesting. I enjoyed the costumes, hair and endless pink – a feature reminiscent of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). 

The music in K-12 certainly isn’t bad either – even though I have to admit that there was a point where it all started sounding the same. Yet, even with that said, a week has passed since I watched K-12 and I can’t deny that I wrote this entire review while listening to all the film’s music. Some things just grow on you,I guess. The vocals and production on Wheels On The Bus and Strawberry Cupcake are two key highlights.

There was definitely a  point when it felt like the film could have been 30 minutes shorter. Still, I don’t regret watching K-12. It’s quite the filmic and musical achievement for the young (24) and talented Miss Martinez. On another note, I think my not especially beady but certainly observant eyeballs may have noticed a continuity error regarding a cut on a character’s arm that materialized on her upper arm, only for it to be misrepresented on her forearm a short while later.

You can watch K-12 on Melanie Martinez’s YouTube channel. It’s free and also definitely more than a whole load of pink, puffy sleeves and baby doll dresses.

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IN THE TALL GRASS (2019): New Trailer Starring Patrick Wilson, Avery Whitted, Laysla De Oliveira, Harrison Gilbertson…

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

Based on the novel by Stephen King and Joe Hill; director Vincenzo Natali’s In The Tall Grass is a new horror / thriller starring Patrick Wilson, Avery Whitted, Laysla De Oliveira and Harrison Gilbertson.

It’s the story of a sister and brother who venture into a vast field of tall grass, after hearing a young boy’s cry for help – but only to realise that there may be no way out…

I can’t help but wonder, is there actually a novelist who’s had more films made based on their books than Stephen King? I think not.

I want to see this one because I’m curious about where King’s imagination will take us this time.

On a related note, if a stranger is asking for help from within a field of tall grass while I’m on the edge of it, I’d like to believe that not only am I NOT going to enter the tall grass; but what I’d like to think I’d do instead is ask questions first. You know, important questions that the emergency services I’ll be calling instead will need answers to. That all make some sense in my head. That is until I realise that the voice asking for help belongs to a seemingly helpless child.

And just like that, into the tall grass I go… to never be seen again.

Rachel Wilson ,Avery Whitted, Will Buie Jr. and Tiffany Helm also star.

In The Tall Grass Release Dates: Oct 4th, 2019 (US) , Netflix / Internet…

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COUNTDOWN (2019): New Trailer From Anne Winters, Elizabeth Lail, Peter Facinelli, Tom Segura…

Countdown (2019), Anne Winters, STX Entertainment
Countdown (2019), Anne Winters, STX Entertainment

From writer / director  Justin Dec, Countdown is a new horror /thriller starring Anne Winters, Peter Facinelli , Elizabeth Lail and Tom Segura.

The film centres around the question ‘What if an app could tell you, how long, before you die…?’

I’m mostly interested because it takes me back to watching Final Destination (2000) years ago and absolutely loving it. I’m happy to find out just how different and good this is in comparison.

Charlie McDermott, Talitha Eliana Bateman, Austin Zajur, Tichina Arnold, P.J. Byrne, Jordan Calloway, Lana McKissack and Lisa Linke also star.

Countdown Release Dates: October 25th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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WRINKLES THE CLOWN (2019): New Trailer For Documentary About Scary Florida Based clown…

Wrinkles The Clown (2019), Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing
Wrinkles The Clown (2019), Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Wrinkles The Clown (2019)


Wrinkles The Clown is a new Documentary about a Florida based clown that parents can hire to scare their misbehaving children.

Wrinkles The Clown is directed / co-written by  Michael Beach Nichols and the man behind the Wrinkles clown mask remains anonymous…

I don’t have children but if I did, I can’t imagine scaring them with a nightmare inducing clown face like that! Whatever happened to bringing a police officer around to threaten them with jail?

I guess all the above is part of what makes this documentary quite interesting. The man behind Mr Wrinkles is certainly very smart.

Wrinkles The Clown Release Dates: October 4th, 2019 USA

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BLACK CHRISTMAS (2019): New Trailer For Christmas Horror Movie Starring Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots, Brittany O’Grady…

Black Christmas (2019), Imogen Poots, Universal Pictures
Black Christmas (2019), Imogen Poots, Universal Pictures

Black Christmas which stars Cary Elwes, Imogen Poots and Brittany O’Grady is a horror / mystery about a group of college students who are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break.

A remake of a 1974 horror movie of the same name, Black Christmas is co-written and directed by Sophia Takal…

At first I thought: ‘This looks a lot like Scream (1996);’ but luckily, by the end of the trailer (which revealed quite a lot), it’s clear that there seems to be more to this story.

On another note, is it just me or does the Christmas season release date of this movie feel a tad wrong? I mean, who wants to be scared around Christmas time? We’re all supposed to be busy being jolly, as clearly mandated by Mr. Clause, no?

Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead, Ben Black, Lily Donoghue and Aleyse Shannon also star.

Black Christmas Release Dates: December 13th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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