Category Archives: Horror

ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021): nEW trailer From Zack Snyder, Starring Garret Dillahunt, Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick…

Army of the Dead (2021), Dave Bautista, Netflix
Army of the Dead (2021), Dave Bautista, Netflix

The new trailer for Zack Snyder’s zombie outbreak in Las Vegas movie, Army of the Dead has landed, and it’s looking like a lot of fun.

Omari Hardwick, Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell and Garret Dillahunt are among the key cast.

I find myself far more excited than I expected to be. Unsurprising with such a good trailer edit and well-chosen music. I particularly can’t wait to see the ways that this new age of zombies are smarter, faster, etc.

I’m also very interested in the unexpected cast. There are so many faces I hadn’t pictured together, but suddenly it all seems to make sense. 

Lastly, doesn’t it feel just right that the movie title is about the smart zombies and not the other guys? I guess it’s about time we had a smart, extra capable bunch of the undead. Full disclosure, I’m speaking as someone whose experience of zombie films largely starts and ends with the rather impressive Train to Busan (2016). So, feel free to correct me. 

Ana de la Reguera, Tig Notaro, Nora Arnezeder, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Samantha Win, Matthias Schweighöfer, Lyon Beckwith, Theo Rossi, Michael Cassidy and Raúl Castillo also star.

Army of the Dead Release Dates: May 21st, 2021 (US)…

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THINGS HEARD & SEEN (2021): New Trailer From James Norton, Amanda Seyfried, Natalia Dyer…

Things Heard and Seen (2021), Amanda Seyfried, Netflix
Things Heard and Seen (2021), Amanda Seyfried, Netflix

Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Brundage; Amanda Seyfried and James Norton star in new mystery/horror Things Heard and Seen; the story of an artist who relocates to the Hudson Valley. Once there, she begins to suspect that her marriage has a sinister darkness.

Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini; additional key cast includes Natalia Dyer, Michael O’Keefe and James Urbaniak.

I’m curious because I like Seyfried. However, I fear that this will be one of those ‘just OK’ Netflix movies when what I’d really like is something very good.

Alex Neustaedter, Jack Gore, Michael Abbott Jr., Kelcy Griffin, Cotter Smith, Ana Sophia Heger and Olivia Boreham-Wing also star.

Things Heard & Seen release dates: April 29th, 2021 (US), Netflix

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THE NIGHT HOUSE (2020): New Trailer From Rebecca Hall, Stacy Martin, Sarah Goldberg…

The Night House (2021), Rebecca Hall, Searchlight Pictures
The Night House (2021), Rebecca Hall, Searchlight Pictures

In new horror/thriller The Night House, Rebecca Hall is Beth, a widow left with the job of begins to uncovering her recently deceased husband’s disturbing secrets.

Directed by David Bruckner; Stacy Martin, Sarah Goldberg, Evan Jonigkeit, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Samantha Buck are among the key cast.

I definitely enjoyed this trailer. It’s giving me slight The Invisible Man vibes, as well as immediately bring to mind the thoughts, ‘well, that’s a nice house‘ and ‘cool ear rings.’

Let’s hope that the reason Beth’s husband built ‘the same house but backwards‘ is as compelling as this trailer.

Allie McCulloch, Amy Zubieta, Michael Flores, Amber Anne, David Abeles, Patrick Klein, Andy Rich, Laura Austin and Crystal Swann also star.

The Night House Release Dates: July 16th, 2021 (US)…

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SPIRAL (2021): New Trailer Starring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Morgan David Jones…

Spiral (2020), Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies
Spiral (2020), Samuel L. Jackson, Lionsgate Movies

The book of Saw has a terrifying new chapter.

Staring Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Morgan David Jones; crime/horror Spiral is about a criminal mastermind’s unleashing of a twisted form of justice.

I’m intrigued because I want to see Rock do well in this lead role. And I like the idea of one of my favourite comics sharing screen time with Jackson.

However, the reason I may not see Spiral includes the fact that I’m yet to watch a single movie in the Saw series; mainly on account of horror not being my favourite genre. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean I’m not excited for fans of Saw.

Ali Johnson, Dan Petronijevic, Edie Inksetter, Leila Leigh, Max Minghella, Christopher Tai, John Tokatlidis, Genelle Williams, and Leonidas Castrounis also star.

Spiral Release Dates: May 14th, 2021 (US); May 21st, 2021 (UK)…

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ARMY OF THE DEAD (2021): New Trailer Starring Dave Bautista, Garret Dillahunt, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera…

Army of the Dead (2021), Dave Bautista, Netflix
Army of the Dead (2021), Dave Bautista, Netflix

Directed and co-written by Zack Snyder; Army of the Dead is a new action/crime/horror about a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. In the midst of it all, a group of mercenaries decide to take the ultimate gamble, and venture into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

Garret Dillahunt, Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell and Ana de la Reguera star.

I love the synopsis of the movie, in part because it brings to mind good memories of watching un heist movie, Ocean’s Eleven (2001). And my favourite zombie film, Train to Busan (2016).

Hopefully this will be the perfect mix of both genres.

Nora Arnezeder, Samantha Win, Matthias Schweighöfer, Lyon Beckwith, Theo Rossi, Tig Notaro, Michael Cassidy, Omari Hardwick, Lora Martinez-Cunningham and Raúl Castillo also star.

Army of the Dead Release Dates: May 21st, 2021 (US)…

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GAIA (2021): New Trailer Starring Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk, Anthony Oseyemi…

Gaia (2021), Monique Rockman, kykNET Films
Gaia (2021), Monique Rockman, kykNET Films

Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk and Anthony Oseyemi are the stars of new drama/fantasy horror, Gaia.

Directed by Jaco Bouwer; Gaia follows Gabi (Rockman), a park ranger on a surveillance mission in a primordial forest. A mission that leads to an encounter with two survivalists living a post-apocalyptic lifestyle. One that involves a very mysterious relationship to nature. Following a series of unexplained happenings, the imminence of a greater threat soon becomes abundantly clear.

The super creepy visuals are why I’m most intrigued. I want to believe that I’ll be able to watch this. However, I am in fact known for being quite the wuss when it comes to scary movies. Right now, what I am is equally horrified and very curious, especially where those mushroom/fungus special effects are concerned. Aren’t you?

Gaia Release Dates: March 16th, 2021 (US)…

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TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS – PENINSULA (2020): The Things I Liked…

Train to Busan Presents - Peninsula (2020), Lee Jung-hyun, Dong-won Gang,
Train to Busan Presents – Peninsula (2020), Lee Jung-hyun, Dong-won Gang

Train to Busan Presents – Peninsula, the sequel to my second favourite Korean film, Train to Busan (2016) has unfortunately not managed to escape the dreaded ‘sequel curse.’ The curse being that movie sequels are rarely, if ever, better than, let alone as good as the original.

Set four years after South Korea was devastated by a zombie attack, the story of Peninsula follows a former soldier who managed to escape overseas. The same soldier takes on a mission to go back. And to his surprise, there are survivors.

Had Peninsula been absolutely terrible, I’d have stopped watching and I probably wouldn’t commit any words to type about the experience. ‘Great’ is not a fitting word to describe Peninsula. Yet, there are a few moments in director Sang-ho Yeon’s movie that I’ll remember fondly. The first being the ‘daughter’s driving’ and the second involves a scene or two where the action is so intense that I had to pause to catch my breath.

As for specific elements that didn’t work well, part of what made Train to Busan great was the humorous moments. There’s sadly none of that in Peninsula. Furthermore, the zombie makeup looked as good as the first time. But the first movie had much better zombie action sequences.

Performance-wise, generally, everyone did well. Yet, they were let down by the film’s reliance on many very familiar tropes. The most frustrating moment of all frustrating moments in Peninsula concerns the use of an overly familiar trope to the most EXCESSIVE degree; to the point where it was r.i.d.i.c.u.l.o.u.s. Ridiculous!

If you haven’t already watched the original movie, please do so because it’s great. Now, try your best to forget that this new one exists. That is, of course, unless disappointing sequels happen to be your thing.

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POSSESSOR (2020): The Thing I Liked…

Possessor (2020), Christopher Abbott, Neon
Possessor (2020), Christopher Abbott, Neon

I’m not surprised that director Brandon Cronenberg’s new sci-fi/thriller Possessor has a moment or two that took me back to the work of his well-established director father, David Cronenberg. A.k.a the man behind one of my favourite crime/dramas, A History of Violence (2005)

The signature both Cronenbergs share is, of course, the visceral violence; something that’s present in Possessor, the story of a secret organisation that drives its agents to inhabit other people’s bodies so they can assassinate targets for money. 

One might say that I was never going to love this movie considering its premise of picking unsuspecting strangers to kill. And that’s partly true because I don’t love this movie for reasons including the way the dark premise is executed. However, there’s also the fact that throughout I felt as though something was missing in the narrative structure. 

Possessor tried hard to be something; whether it’s clever, engaging or memorable. Unfortunately it just never succeeds at it for me. There’s also the seemingly rushed/confusing last quarter which presented more questions than answers. Furthermore, there’s a moment in the movie where some dialogue about a parasite/worm that suggests Possessor was likely inspired, in part, not just by young Cronenberg’s father, but also by Christopher Nolan’s Inception (2010).

I enjoyed Christopher Abbott and Tuppence Middleton’s performances most. Still, overall, I say only watch Possessor if you absolutely must.

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