Category Archives: Horror

MA (2019): New Trailer From Octavia Spencer, Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle…

Ma (2019), Octavia Spencer, Universal Pictures
Ma (2019), Octavia Spencer, Universal Pictures

In new horror / thriller Ma, Octavia Spencer is Sue Ann, a lonely woman who befriends a group of teenagers and invites them to party at her house. Everything suddenly changes when they do the one thing Sue Anne asked that they don’t.

Ma is directed by Tate Taylor and co-stars Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle, Allison Janney…

I was most creeped out by this trailer when I saw what happens just after 2:10. Excited to see Spencer in a role I didn’t see coming.

May the finished film be even more interesting and /or surprising than I imagine.

Diana Silvers, Tanyell Waivers, Gianni Paolo, McKaley Miller, Dominic Burgess and Dante Brown also star.

Ma Release Dates: May 31st, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA (2019): New Trailer From Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Raymond Cruz…

The Curse Of La Llorina (2019), Linda Cardellini
The Curse Of La Llorina (2019), Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez and Raymond Cruz are the stars of The Curse of La Llorona, a new Michael Chaves directed horror / mystery.

Set in 1970s Los Angeles, a social worker and her small children are drawn into a frightening supernatural realm after they ignore the warnings of a troubled mother…

In the name of my mission to watch more scary movies this year, I’m drawn to this one because of Cardellini. I mean, did you see how well she sold the moment that happens soon after 1:00 into this trailer? Wonderful actress!

Sean Patrick Thomas, Tony Amendola and Madeleine McGraw also star.

The Curse of La Llorona Release Dates: April 19, 2019 (US); Mar 3rd 2019 (UK)…

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CHILD’S PLAY (2019): New Trailer From Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman…

Child's Play (2019), Aubrey Plaza
Child’s Play (2019), Aubrey Plaza

Director Lars Klevberg’s Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry and Gabriel Bateman.

A re-imagining of the 1988 horror movie of the same name, Plaza plays a single mother who gives her son a toy doll for his birthday. Only she’s completely unaware of its more sinister nature.

Really? A doll? A horrifying doll? Kidding. I mean, I definitely don’t remember watching previous chucky movies but I do know him to be an an evil often knife yielding ‘toy.’

I’m interested to know whether I’ll actually find this movie scary. I’m thinking maybe not since IT (1990) didn’t scare me. I don’t mind being proven wrong though.

David Lewis, Carlease Burke, Ty Consiglio, Beatrice Kitsos, Hannah Drew, Kristin York and Zahra Anderson also star.

Child’s Play Release Dates: June 21st, 2019 (US)…

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PET SEMATARY (2019): New Trailer Based on Stephen King Novel, Starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz…

Pet Sematary (2019), JasoneClark
Pet Sematary (2019), Jason Clark

Directed by Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer and based on the bestselling Stephen King Novel of the same name, Jason Clarke, John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz are the stars of new horror / thriller Pet Sematary.

The story centres around the Creed family who move into a new rural home, and soon learn of the ‘Pet Semetary’ located close by. After their cat is killed by a truck, said cat is laid to rest in the mysterious pet cemetery. The Creeds don’t fully know it yet but the cemetery is not quite as it seems. In fact, it soon proves to them that sometimes, dead is better…

I’ll start by saying that I already love the ‘…sometimes, dead is better‘ line. So spooky!

Having definitely not read the book, I’m drawn in by how clever this story seems to be. I’m interested in the thrills and maybe a few scares… but really, mostly the thrills, because I’m scared.

Naomi Frenette, Maria Herrera, Obssa Ahmed, Bailey Thain, Sonia Maria Chirila, Jeté Laurence and Hugo Lavoie also star.

Pet Sematary Release Dates: April 5th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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THE PRODIGY (2019): New Trailer From Taylor Schilling, Brittany Allen, Colm Feore, Jackson Robert Scott…

The Prodigy (2019), Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott
The Prodigy (2019), Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott

In new horror / thriller The Prodigy, Taylor Schilling is a mother worried about her son’s increasingly disturbing behaviour and suspects the supernatural…

Directed by Nicholas McCarthy; other key cast includes Brittany Allen, Colm Feore, Jackson Robert Scott, Olunike Adeliyi…

This trailer is certainly more intriguing than the teaser trailer released a little earlier.

I’m curious about which thriller will be better, The Prodigy or The Hole In The Ground (2019). You know, since both seem quite similar. Both movies seem to be calling for an exorcist. The Prodigy especially reminds me of a movie I never should have seen at age 12… The Omen (1976).

The Prodigy Release Dates: February 8th, 2019 (US), March 15th, 2019 (UK)…

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THE HOLE IN THE GROUND (2019): New Trailer From Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Simone Kirby…

The Hole In The Ground (2019), Seána Kerslake
The Hole In The Ground (2019), Seána Kerslake

Directed and co-written by Lee Cronin, new horror film, The Hole In The Ground stars Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey and Simone Kirby

At the the heart of the story is a young mother with a broken past who’s trying to figure out whether the disturbing changes in her little boy are linked to an ominous sinkhole, deep in the forest close to her home…

I just want to know the mystery behind what happened to the poor boy – and why he (if indeed that is him), is now very much into eating live spiders whilst completely un-phased. Then again, there is my long-standing aversion to horror movies because I like a good restful sleep. So, we shall see.

Steve Wall, Eoin Macken, Sarah Hanly, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen and David Crowley also star.

The Hole In The Ground Release Dates: March 1st, 2019 (US & UK)…

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HALLOWEEN (2018): The Thing I Liked…

Halloween (2018), Jamie Lee Curtis
Halloween (2018), Jamie Lee Curtis

In the David Gordon Green followup to the 1978 horror movie hit Halloween the story of Halloween (2018) centres around second time mental hospital escapee and serial Halloween night masked murderer Mike Myers. 

Myers returns to the town he once terrorised forty Halloween nights ago, to wreak more havoc. He’s especially set on getting to Laurie Strode, the then teenage girl – now grandmother who once narrowly escaped from Myers. Knowing that they would one day meet again, Strode has spent the past four decades preparing to kill him.

Myers of course kills many others while en route to Strode and we end up seeing a mixture of scary, impressive not so scary or impressive and sometimes quite unconvincing moments in Gordon Green’s film. I watched the 1978 movie when I was just 17, so maybe I’ll find it less impressive now but I do vaguely recall finding it more impressive compared to my feelings about this new movie.

I found some of the Halloween (2018) special effects makeup to be less convincing than expected. A key example being a scene closer to the end when an adult face gets stepped on hard by Myers, and said face seems to fall apart almost like something resembling a large peeled grapefruit. I’m no scientist so I could be wrong, but surely for someone’s skull to be crushed like that, I’m almost certain that greater force is required than what’s shown in the aforementioned moment. After that particular disappointment, my mind went to… ‘Isn’t it 2018? surely horror film special effects have come quite a way by now? No?’

Overall, Halloween isn’t as thrilling, scary and impressive as it could have been. I found myself needing to know more about Myers. I needed more than the psychiatrists description of him as something like ‘pure evil’. I’m sure the fact that we don’t ever get to see Myers’s face had a negative effect on how much I was able believe the darkness that’s supposed to exist within him. I think I needed to believe in the darkness more in order for me to really be scared. Otherwise all I essentially have is a not particularly horrifying figure who wears a creepy mask and somehow never seems to run. 

As a non regular viewer of scary movies, what I enjoyed most about Halloween is the parts where we learn about and see how the trauma of that fateful Halloween night forty years prior affected Strode and her family. I also enjoyed Andi Matichak’s portrayal of Laurie’s granddaughter – especially before I realised that Jamie Lee Curtis as the young Laurie has a far better horror movie scream.

Other thoughts that crossed my mind as the movie played include…

‘He’s so annoying and a total a******. Of course he’s going to die.’ 

‘I wish that the scene where the granddaughter finally gets separated from her phone didn’t ring quite as false as it does.’

I just couldn’t help thinking that there’s definitely a better way that could have been done. It sucks when lazy plot devices so obviously feel like lazy and contrived plot devices.

Watch it if you’re so curious.

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US (2019): New Trailer From Lupita N’Yongo, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Diop…

Us (2019), Lupita N'Yongo
Us (2019), Lupita N’Yongo

From writer / director Jordan Peele, new horror / thriller Us is a story of uninvited visitors who bring tension and chaos to a family vacationing at a beach house.

Key cast includes Lupita N’Yongo, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Elisabeth Moss, Anna Diop…

I’m definitely in for the intriguing story concept. I particularly can’t wait to see the actors playing two characters each.

All because of how much I enjoyed Get Out (2017), just reading the words ‘tension’ and ‘chaos’ have me excited about the journey Peele has in store for his audience.

Kara Hayward, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Noelle Sheldon also star.

Us Release Dates: March 15th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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