Category Archives: Horror

IT – CHAPTER 2 (2019): New Scary Trailer From Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader,James McAvoy and Bill Skarsgård…

It - Chapter 2 (2019), Photo of Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader
It – Chapter 2 (2019), Photo of Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader

The latest official trailer for director Andy Muschietti’s IT Chapter 2 – starring Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, James McAvoy and Bill Skarsgård is finally here…

The first thing I noticed with this impressive trailer is how wonderfully creepy Skarsgård looks as Pennywise. The second is the brilliant casting of most, if not all of the adult versions of the kids in the movie.

I wonder if this could be the version of IT that actually really terrifies me. I’m ready to find out. I think I’m ready to find out.

 Javier Botet , Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Martell and Troy James, also star.

IT – Chapter 2 Release Dates: September 6th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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DON’T LET GO (2019): New Trailer Starring David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Mykelti Williamson…

Don't Let Go (2019), David Oyelowo
Don’t Let Go (2019), David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo, Storm Reid and Mykelti Williamson star in Don’t Let Go, a new mystery / thriller directed by Jacob Estes.

Oyelowo plays uncle Jack, a man whose family dies in what appears to be a murder and he gets a phone call from one of the dead, his niece…

A good trailer. The premise is compelling and my heart strings have been pulled. Now I’m just hoping for a well paced time travelling story and memorable performances.

Daniel R. Lawson, Omar Leyva, Shinelle Azoroh and Byron Mann also star.

Don’t Let Go Release Dates: August 30th, 2019 (US)…

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THE HUNT (2019): New Trailer From Hilary Swank, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley…

The Hunt (2019), Universal Pictures
The Hunt (2019), Universal Pictures

Hilary swank, Emma Roberts and Justin Hartley’s new Craig Zobel directed movie, The Hunt is the story of twelve strangers. Strangers who wake up in a clearing but have no idea where they are or how they got there. The strangers certainly haven’t a clue that they’ve been chosen. Chosen for a specific purpose…

This looks to me like a case of paintball and deer, bison or other game just not cutting it anymore for hunting fans.

I’m looking forward to what the next trailer will reveal. We can probably expect quite a bit of horror.

Betty Gilpin, Ike Barinholtz, Glenn Howerton, Amy Madigan, Macon Blair, Teri Wyble, Alexander Babara, Steve Coulter, Wayne Duvall and Sturgill Simpson also star.

The Hunt Release Dates: September 27th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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JACOB’S LADDER (2019): New Trailer From Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, Joseph Sikora…

Jacob's Ladder (2019), Micahel Ealy, Vertical Entertainment US
Jacob’s Ladder (2019), Micahel Ealy, Vertical Entertainment US

Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie and Joseph Sikora are the stars of Jacob’s Ladder, a new David M. Rosenthal directed mystery / horror.

A remake of the 1990 movie of the same name, this is the story of Vietnam War veteran Jacob Singer (Ealy), a man struggling to maintain his sanity after returning home…

The mystery and seeing Ealy in what looks like his most intense role yet; these are the reasons I’m interested. I also know and like Williams because of Grey’s Anatomy a TV show that is very like my forever favourite.

William Tokarsky, Kevin L. Johnson, Michael Aaron Milligan, Dwayne Boyd, Desmond Phillips, Ben Bladon, Patti Schellhaas and Lane Miller also star.

Jacob’s Ladder Release Dates

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READY OR NOT (2019): New Trailer From Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, Mark O’Brien…

Ready Or Not (2019), Samara Weaving
Ready Or Not (2019), Samara Weaving, Fox Searchlight

Andie MacDowell, Adam Brody, Samara Weaving, and Mark O’Brien are the stars of new horror / comedy Ready Or Not.

Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, a bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new family force her to play a terrifying game of hide and seek…

Talk about a worst nightmare scenario. I want to know more about the crazy in-laws. How will their madness be further explained?

Ready Or Not kind of feels like a cross between Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) and something else… but I don’t know what.

Henry Czerny, Melanie Scrofano, Nicky Guadagni, Kristian Bruun, Elyse Levesque and John Ralston also star.

Ready Or Not Release Dates: August 23rd, 2019 (US); September 27th, 2019 (UK)…

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DOCTOR SLEEP (2019): New Trailer For Stephen King’s The Shining Sequel Starring Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Jacob Tremblay…

Doctor Sleep (2019), Ewan McGregor, Warner Bros. Pictures
Doctor Sleep (2019), Ewan McGregor, Warner Bros. Pictures

Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson and Jacob Tremblay are the stars of Doctor Sleep, a new horror movie based on Steven King’s novel of the same name.

Set decades after the events of The Shining (1980), a now-adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with similar powers as his. Dan must try to protect her from a cult who prey on children with powers…

I’ve never seen The Shining and that’s mainly because it’s a horror movie and I’m scared. It’s not completely my fault though because at seventeen, my Media Studies teacher wouldn’t let the class watch The Shining because according to her, it was too scary. I myself had zero objections with her decision – especially since by that point, I’d already seen The Omen (1976), the film responsible for my general aversion to scary movies since the age of twelve.

As for whether I’ll watch Doctor Sleep? I may just. Especially if others find it to be less scary than The Shining.

The moments I like in this new trailer include when Dan says the words ‘The Shinning’ – the penny drops and I realise what this is.

There’s also my general happiness at seeing Rebecca Ferguson as a cast member. She’s been one of my favourites ever since Mission – Impossible 5, Rogue Nation (2015). As for Jack Nicholson standout star of The Shining, I’m not even sure he’s still acting but I definitely half expected that he’d show up in this trailer. He still might. Well, that’s assuming he wasn’t killed off; something I’d know had I actually seen the original movie.

Have you seen The Shining? Is it as scary as they say?

Zahn McClarnon, Bruce Greenwood, Carl Lumbly, Selena Anduze, Carel Struycken, Emily Alyn Lind, Jocelin Donahue, Nicholas Pryor and Selena Anduze also star.

Doctor Sleep Release Dates: October 31st, 2019 (UK); November 8th, 2019 (US)…

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THE PERFECTION (2019): The Thing I Liked…

The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams
The Perfection (2019), Allison Williams

Starring Allison Williams, Logan Browning and Steven Weber, The Perfection is a ‘darker than you expect’ drama / horror / thriller. Directed by Richard Shepard, the story follows a musical prodigy who sets upon a sinister path that begins with her seeking out the current star pupil of her former school.

I kind of already knew based on the trailer that Shepard’s movie wouldn’t be the most comfortable of viewings. I just didn’t know that within ten minutes into the film, a thought that crossed my mind would be ‘Am I ready for this darkness?

The darkness that made me uneasy wasn’t anything to do with physical violence, though there is some of that here. It was about the negative energy / vibe that seemed so easy for the audience to see, yet the person the ill-intent was aimed toward appeared completely oblivious. 

As far from comfortable as this movie made me feel for a number of reasons, I also found it quite engaging – even though something about its execution felt a tad rough around the edges. Another way to say it would be… ‘The Perfection is not like Green Book (2018)’. By this I mean, in The Perfection, every single scene didn’t flow perfectly without me having to pause and question any of the story, dialogue or general happenings. Additionally, the acting was OK but I did not get completely lost in the world of the story.

I say give Shepard’s movie a chance because it’s not quite what you think it’s going to be. You’ll definitely go on a ride that won’t be the most comfortable but everything kind of pays off in the most unexpected way.

There are also  one or two – perhaps more moments of stunning imagery. My favourite of which is at the top of this very post. 

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IT – CHAPTER 2 (2019): New Trailer From James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgård, Javier Botet, Jessica Chastain…

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

As established in IT (2017), evil in the shape of scary clown Pennywise likes to revisit the town of Derry Maine every 27 years.

Starring James McAvoy, Bill Skarsgård, Javier Botet and Jessica Chastain, all the young members of the ‘Losers Club’ are now grown up and and living far from Derry.

That is until a devastating phone call takes them right back…

What a delightfully creepy trailer!

I’ve mentioned a few times that I like clowns so I haven’t yet found any of the IT movies especially scary. At least not in a way that’s nightmare inducing. As such, I’ll be watching director Andy Muschietti’s new movie to see if that changes.

I also need to confirm that I won’t find the acting by the young cast members in the 2017 movie more convincing than that of the adults in this new version. Reason being, that was my precise opinion about the performances in the original 1990 IT film.

Bill Hader, Sophia Lillis, Troy James, Jack Dylan Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Martell and also star.

IT – Chapter 2 Release Dates: September 6th, 2019 (US & UK)…

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