Category Archives: Thriller

ARKANSAS (2020): New Trailer Starring Vince Vaughn, Liam Hemsworth, John Malkovich, Clark Duke…

Arkansas (2020), Clark Duke, Liam Hemsworth
Arkansas (2020), Clark Duke, Liam Hemsworth

In new crime / thriller Arkansas, Liam Hemsworth and Clark Duke play two criminals who work for Frog (Vince Vaughn), a drug kingpin they’ve never met. When a deal goes horribly wrong, deadly consequences and a meeting with Frog himself suddenly seems far more likely.

Co-written / directed by Clark Duke; additional key cast includes John Malkovich, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Kenneth Williams and Brad William Henke.

The main reason for my interest is John Malkovitch. The second is because this looks like a ‘reckless fools doing crime‘ type of movie that could also be fun. The kind of fun that’s reminiscent of Lock Stock And Two Smocking Barrels (1998). We’ll see what happens next month.

Patrick Muldoon, Eden Brolin, Jacob Zachar, Jeff Chase, Barry Primus, Juston Street, Jared Bankens and Adina Galupa also star.

Arkansas Release Dates: May 5th, 2020 (US) on Apple, Amazon, On Demand Platforms, Blu-ray and DVD.

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TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS – PENINSULA (2020): New Trailer From Sang-ho Yeon and Starring Dong-won Gang, Jung-hyun Lee…

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

Dong-won Gang and Jung-hyun Lee are the stars of Peninsula, the sequel to director Sang-ho Yeon’s well received zombie thriller Train To Busan (2016).

Set four years after the zombie outbreak, the Korean peninsula is devastated and Jung-seok, a former soldier who escaped overseas is given a mission to go back. To his surprise he finds survivors.

Train To Busan has been on my list of movies I should probably watch for a while now. It’s just that I’m not generally drawn to zombie films . However, due in part to me not wanting to miss out and after the brilliance of the first Korean movie I ever watched (Parasite (2019), I really should make time.

It’ll probably be nice to spend a little time reminiscing about that one time in 2012 when I was there. Not Busan, but Itaewon, South Korea.

Train To Busan – Peninsula Release Dates

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DEFENDING JACOB (2020): New Trailer From Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Betty Gabriel, Jaeden Martell…

Defending Jacob (2020), Chris Evans, Apple TV+
Defending Jacob (2020), Chris Evans, Apple TV+

Based on the best selling book by William Landay, Defending Jacob is a new mystery / thriller starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Jaeden Martell and Betty Gabriel.

This is the story of Andy (Evans) and Laurie Barber (Dockery), whose fourteen year-old son (Martell) has been accused of murdering his friend and classmate.

Based on this trailer, Jacob seems guilty. Assuming he’s innocent, how awful would it be if Evans’s character ends up having to go to jail? Looks like a very promising mystery to me.

Sakina Jaffrey, Cherry Jones, Bradley Ryan Knispel, Pablo Schreiber, Jordan Alexa Davis, Daniel Henshall, Ben Taylor, Ted Arcidi, Megan Byrne, Tamara Hickey and Poorna Jagannathan also star.

Defending Jacob Release Dates: April 24th, 2020 (US), Apple TV+

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SWALLOW (2019): The Things I Liked…

Swallow (2019), Haley Bennett, IFC Films

Swallow, the story of Hunter, a housewife who finds herself more and more compelled to swallow dangerous objects (a psychological condition named pica) is a movie that’s well acted, particularly by its lead Hayley Bennett.

I wanted to see this one to find out the cause of Hunter’s far from healthy compulsion. The good news is that writer / director Carlo Mirabella-Davis’s film does offer some explanation. Nevertheless, for me, the way the story is told / edited made Swallow seem incomplete somehow.  

As the movie played, I kept thinking ‘something’s definitely missing here.’ I cant say that I’m not sure that ‘psychological thriller’ is the right categorisation. Psychological? Yes. Thrilling? Not quite. Also, I didn’t feel as though Swallow dived in deeply enough in some areas. Whether it be a specific character or aspects of the story. It seemed as though there was a rush to wrap things up at the end, whether it fully made sense or not. For example, I really can’t say that I was shown enough for me to buy the final actions of the live-in nurse. 

Swallow is a body horror film that definitely gets super gross and uncomfortable at times – and not always because of what it shows you but because of what it forces you to imagine. Particularly if for you (and likely every mentally well human), you’re generally grateful for how well your insides work. 

Besides Bennett’s performance, what I enjoyed most is the general cinematography. Whether it be the beauty of the main marital home and the nature that surrounds it or the colours, plus Hunter’s stylish attire.

I can’t deny that at the start of Swallow I found myself frustrated by Hunter. Her repression seemed to fit that of women in the 1940s and 50s. Luckily for me though, compassion eventually kicked in when it became clear she was suffering mentally and otherwise.

Swallow is one you watch if you’re especially curious. It may be just the kind of film you didn’t know you needed. Admittedly, for me, it wasn’t quite that.

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INHERITANCE (2020): New Trailer From Lily Collins, Chace Crawford, Simon Pegg, Connie Nielsen…

Inheritance (2020), Lily Collins, Vertical Entertainment US
Inheritance (2020), Lily Collins, Vertical Entertainment US

At the heart of new thriller Inheritance is a shocking secret. One that threatens to unravel and destroy the lives of a wealthy family after their patriarch suddenly dies.

Directed by Vaughn Stein, Inheritance stars Lily Collins, Simon Pegg, Chace Crawford and Connie Nielsen.

Anyone else notice that Lily Collins has one of those faces that will always look at least a decade younger than she actually is? The lady is thirty one years old but could easily play a twenty year-old, if not younger.

I’m watching this one because it looks like a promising thriller and I really hope it’s a good one. I’m also interested in this new type of role for Pegg.

Marque Richardson, Chris Gann, Michael Beach, Joe Herrera, Christina DeRosa, Harrison Stone, Rebecca Adams and Mariyah Francis also star.

Inheritance Release Dates: May 22nd, 2020 (US)…

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HIGH GROUND (2020): New Trailer From Simon Baker, Callan Mulvey, Jack Thompson…

High Ground (2020), Simon Baker, Madman Films
High Ground (2020), Simon Baker, Madman Films

High Ground is a Stephen Johnson directed action / thriller starring Simon Baker, Callan Mulvey and Jack Thompsom.

Set in Australia in 1919, after fighting in WWI as a sniper, Travis (Baker), now a Policeman in northern Australia loses control of an operation that results in the massacre of an Indigenous tribe.

When his superiors insist on burying the truth, Travis leaves in disgust, only to be forced back twelve years later to hunt down an Aboriginal warrior whose attacks on new-settlers are causing havoc. Once again, things don’t go quite as smoothly as Travis hoped…

I’m drawn to this one because of the promising visuals, the words ‘Australia’s untold history‘ and the long chase sequence hinted at in this trailer.

Caren Pistorius, Ryan Corr, John Bray, Mark Garrawurra, Frances Djubiling, Jimmy Cooper, James Demsey, Wakarra Gondarra, John Brumpton, David Field and Mick Glancy also star.

High Ground Release Dates

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CANDYMAN (2020): New Trailer From Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah Parris…

Candyman (2020),  Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Universal Pictures
Candyman (2020), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Universal Pictures

Candyman (1992) was a horror hit about  a murderous soul with a hook for a hand. A dark soul that can be summoned simply by a person saying his name in the mirror five times.

Starring  Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd, Teyonah Parris, plus co-written by Jordan Peele and directed by Nia DaCosta, we have a new Candyman story for 2020. This time the dark murderous soul returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighbourhood where it all began…

I remember watching the original Candyman movie but I’d forgotten about the bees. I don’t believe the original movie gave me nightmares. However, I may have blocked out such memories.

This trailer looks good, DaCosta is a promising new director and Jordan Peele is involved as producer. I therefore can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Rebecca Spence, Cassie Kramer, Brian King, Miriam Moss, Avery Moss, Nadia Simms and Hannah Love Jones also star.

Candyman Release Dates: September 25th, 2020 (US)…

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PARASITE (2019): The Things I Loved…

Parasite (2019), Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Neon
Parasite (2019), Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo, Neon

Having finally gotten over my aversion to the word that is the title of 2020’s four-time Oscar winning movie Parasite, I can say that it really is as good and as cleverly made as people have been saying. 

With a running time of more than two hours, director Bong Joon Ho and his great cast kept my attention fully focused throughout. In fact, there’s even what felt as long as at least twenty minutes when I just sat there with my mouth wide open and eyes glued. All because what was happening on screen was so arresting, truly unexpected and impressive. 

Ho’s film is a well told story about the relationship and near complete destruction of two families at opposite ends of the wealth spectrum in South Korea. One side trying everything they can to survive while the other is dangerously oblivious to the struggles and true feelings of the far less fortunate among them.

Parasite (2019), Kang-ho Song, Neon
Parasite (2019), Kang-ho Song, Neon

The time we get to spend with the struggling family at the beginning is highly engaging and often amusing. Yet it’s what happens when the two families meet that the true cleverness of Parasite really starts to reveal itself and you soon realise exactly why this movie’s title is perfectly fitting. 

I enjoyed Parasite so much that I already want to see it again just so I can discover what I may have missed. I say definitely, definitely make time for this one if you haven’t already. Parasite is a deserving winner of its five 2020 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay.

And for any non-fast readers, the subtitles don’t change too quickly. The dialogue is good, often funny and I barely noticed that I had to read to understand what was going on. 

Watch it at once, I say!

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