mother spoilers

[This post contains SPOILERS about the new Darren Aronofsky movie mother! For a look at the film without major spoilers, please read Chris Evangelista’s review from the Toronto International Film Festival. mother! is in theaters today.]

A poet and his wife live in a peaceful, idyllic home, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. While the woman is happy, the man begins welcoming strangers into their home and sharing his belongings, until the cost to his wife becomes unspeakably high.

This is the plot of Darren Aronofsky’s mother! which can be interpreted in many ways, but seems most obviously to be an allegory about the creation of the world, as told in the Christian Bible. I found the movie to be provocative, bold, and original, even as its basic conceit began to wear on me during the course of its two-hour runtime. This is a movie that will polarize people and cause some to walk out of theaters.

It’s also unlike most things we’ll see in at the mulitplex this year and for that, I’m grateful (it is absolutely insane that Paramount, a major studio, is releasing this). Here are five things I found to be the most interesting about the film.
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It director's cut

Andy Muschietti’s It feels like it’s running a well-deserved victory lap right now and the film has only been out for a week. But it’s already a bonafide smash hit, crushing box office records and the film, which is unquestionably a horror movie, provides a whole new generation with a different incarnation of Pennywise to fear. And now there’s good news for those of you who loved this movie as much as we did: an It director’s cut is on the way with 15 minutes of extra footage. Read about which restored scenes will be included, and also find out why Muschietti axed the idea to have horror film icon Freddy Krueger pop up in a cameo.
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Non-Horror Fan Reviews It

(Welcome to The Final Girl, a regular feature from someone who has steered clear of horror and is ready to finally embrace the genre that goes bump in the night. First on the list: Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel, It.)

I walked into the showing of It with a feeling of dread, making my way as slowly to my seat as I could with the hopes that I could miss a few of the inevitable horror movie trailers that would precede the Stephen King adaptation. No such luck. I got a face full of a Blumhouse Studios trailer of Happy Death Day, a standard, somewhat schlocky slasher flick that fits a lot of my uneasy expectations of horror movies: ultra-violent, senseless, and sadistic.

Because you see, I’m not a huge fan of horror movies. You could go as far to say that I’ve tried to avoid them with my entire being — though like that bloody Happy Death Day trailer, I’ve had no such luck. So why was I on my way to see It, a horror movie based on a novel by one of the most infamous horror writers of the past century? Because sometime in the last few years a switch flipped and I’ve started to become more curious about the genre. And this felt like a good place to start.

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better watch out trailer

2017 has been an exceptional year for horror, with It tearing up the box office, Get Out igniting a cultural conversation, and Raw ruling the arthouse scene like the cannibalistic powerhouse that it is. But there’s another horror movie on the horizon that’s going to get people talking. And arguing.

I saw Better Watch Out at Fantastic Fest last year, back when it was titled Safe Neighborhood, and hated it. Loathed it. Couldn’t stand it. When I left the theater, I learned that I was not alone. But I also learned that many people adored it and spoke to fest-goers who were head-over-heels in love with this gonzo horror comedy and just couldn’t believe that I didn’t like it.

And now the Better Watch Out trailer is here to spark the conversation for a much wider audience.

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universal-hhn-2017 (1)

For the past 13 years, John Murdy has acted as the Director of Creative Development for Universal Studios in Hollywood, California. And while that title comes with a ton of responsibilities within the park, his main claim to fame is the revitalization and continued success of Universal’s huge Halloween-themed event, Halloween Horror Nights.

Each year in Los Angeles, a bevy of haunts vie for the public’s attention during the Halloween season. While Knott’s Scary Farm boasts grandiose attractions, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights consecutively brings to life the unique and familiar scares inspired by some of the biggest movie and TV franchises audiences have grown to love. This year is no exception, as one of the biggest draws for the event is the premiere of a maze based on Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, The Shining.

All work and no play and what not…

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hellboy reboot first look

Update: Lionsgate has informed us that the widely reported 2019 release date is not correct. We will update this article when new information is available.

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While fans have been grumbling about the new Hellboy reboot and how director Guillermo del Toro never got to finish his trilogy, let’s be honest. We’ve all been at least a little bit curious about what an R-rated Hellboy movie directed by Neil Marshall and starring Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour as the red-skinned paranormal investigator would look like.

Now, thanks to a first look image of Harbour in character, we know. It looks like Hellboy.

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an american werewolf in london remake

An American Werewolf in London is a horror classic that hit a chord with audiences that couldn’t be struck twice. It spawned the abysmally received An American Werewolf in Paris nearly 16 years later, and it seemed like the franchise was dead in the ground.

But in the age of remakes and cinematic universes, it was inevitable that we’d get a remake. Possibly an An American Werewolf in London remake by the son of the first director, no less. But rather than a case of classic Hollywood nepotism, it seems like John Landis, the director of the original film, has strongly advised his son Max Landis against tackling the remake.

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Suffer The Little Children movie

Hot on the heels of It’s record-breaking opening weekend at the box office, yet another Stephen King movie adaptation has been given a green light. The author’s 1972 short story Suffer the Little Children is being adapted for the big screen, and you know what that means – yep, more creepy kids are coming to theaters to freak you out.
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tragedy girls trailer

Heathers may be coming back for the Instagram generation on TV Land, but it could likely be Tragedy Girls that captures the satirical cynical heart of the ’80s black comedy.

Following the trend of social media-lambasting films, Tragedy Girls is about two best friends who launch a macabre blog documenting the victims of a serial killer. But fame is killer, and the two girls unlock not just their social media fame, but their own inner sociopaths.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer Review

While watching The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a passage from Stephen King’s Pet Sematary came to mind: “It’s probably wrong to believe there can be any limit to the horror which the human mind can experience. On the contrary, it seems that some exponential effect begins to obtain as deeper and deeper darkness falls — as little as one may like to admit it, human experience tends, in a good many ways, to support the idea that when the nightmare grows black enough, horror spawns horror, one coincidental evil begets other, often more deliberate evils, until finally blackness seems to cover everything. And the most terrifying question of all may be just how much horror the human mind can stand and still maintain a wakeful, staring, unrelenting sanity.”

Yorgos Lanthimos, director of the bleak but funny The Lobster, takes his penchant for the unpleasant to the next level with The Killing of a Sacred Deer. As the film unfolds and grows progressively disturbing, you can’t help but ask yourself, “Why am I watching this?”

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