Get Out college

Regular movies tend to come and go, but Jordan Peele‘s astonishing directorial debut, the four-time Oscar nominated Get Out, is more than just a regular movie. It’s a cultural touchstone with imagery that instantly became iconic, a deeply layered satire, and an exploration of race and relationships that has made an indelible impact on the world in the year since it debuted.

You may remember seeing that the film inspired a college course last year (Peele himself famously dropped in once while class was in session), and now the people who teach that course have opened it up to the general public. Read more about the Get Out college course below.
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Summer of 84 Review

While nostalgia for the 1980s has run rampant for years now, in a post-Stranger Things world, movies looking to capture the spirit of the decade and still deliver some thrills and chills need to try a little bit harder to stand out. With the intriguing plot involving the possibility of a serial killer living next door to a teen boy, Summer of ’84 looked like it could be a more mature, bloodier and satisfying piece of genre filmmaking. Unfortunately, it mostly coasts by on nostalgia alone and doesn’t bring much of anything new to the table. Read More »

Hereditary Review

Much like The Witch, another film distributed by indie powerhouse A24, the feature debut from writer/director Ari Aster (probably best known for his darkly comedic 2011 short The Strange Thing About the Johnsons) leaves open the possibility that you are not watching a horror movie but that you’re, instead, watching a horrific drama. While the modern-set Hereditary shares little else in common with that period piece, it does show a family in crisis, leaving emotional cracks wide open so something dark — perhaps actually evil — can crawl in an fester and eventually destroy all that was good and sacred about the sanctity of blood relations. In other words, Hereditary takes its deep-seated sense of danger and foreboding quite seriously and with a level of maturity that few of today’s horror releases do.

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the ritual trailer

Folks, can we all agree to stop going into the woods? Nothing good comes of it – especially in horror movies. Take The Ritual, for example. This new horror movie, premiering on Netflix next month, follows a group of friends who venture into the woods and almost immediately regret it. Watch The Ritual trailer below.

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5 Terrifying Social Media Horror Movies

Social Media Horror Movies

Robert Mockler’s Like Me is a surreal “loner with a web page” meltdown starring Addison Timlin as the filmmaker’s millennial muse. It is, with title wordplay intended, very much a commentary on finding comfort in today’s technofied age and how civilization now measures happiness in status “likes” or hot-take “retweets.” As you might expect, some find this to be an unhealthy trend. Thus the Molotov cocktail that is Like Me was hurled with incendiary intent – quite a daring and flashy debut feature, I might add.

Mockler’s isn’t the first social media thriller to rock glazed-over audiences (and based on cinematic adaptations of appropriate social trends, it certainly won’t be the last). This inspired me to compile an accompanying list of movies so you can see how other filmmakers interpret the same thematic fears. From slashers to found footage to educational indies, there’s plenty worth an introspective wince as you witness how our new(ish) handheld habits exploit age-old insecurities. Let’s just try to make sure life doesn’t imitate this particular brand of art? Like, more than it already does.

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the shining sequel

When It made $700 million worldwide last year, one thing was immediately clear: we are going to start seeing a lot more Stephen King adaptations in the years ahead. And we were already seeing quite a few, as 2017 also saw the release of The Dark Tower (bad!), 1922 (good!), and Gerald’s Game (very, very good!). Now, the director of the latter is taking a plunge back into the master of modern horror’s work with an adaptation of Doctor Sleep, the sequel to King’s The Shining.

Mike Flanagan has signed on to direct the film adaptation of the 2013 novel, which is both good and bad news. On one hand, Doctor Sleep isn’t especially good. But on the other, Flanagan is one of the most talented people making horror movies these days and everything he does should be on genre fans’ radar.

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movies leaving netflix in february 2018

Another month is coming to a close, which means one thing: titles leaving Netflix. Okay, I suppose a new month means other things too, but we’re only going to focus on the TV shows and movies leaving Netflix right now. If the titles below have been sitting in your queue for months (or even years), now is the time to start streaming them, because before you know it, Netflix is going to send them off to live on a farm where all old streaming movies go when they’re run is through.

Below, check out the list of the best TV shows and movies leaving Netflix in February 2018.

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critters the new binge

Warner Brothers Digital’s Blue Ribbon Content announced a web series based on the horror-comedy Critters film franchise. Jordan Rubin will write and direct Critters: The New Binge for the digital platform that also has Daphne & Velma, Good Girls Get High, Golden Revenge and animated shows Vixen, The Ray and Constantine. 1986’s Critters was New Line Cinema’s answer to Gremlins, following a group of alien fur balls as they terrorized a family with their poison porcupine darts. Critters 2: The Main Course opened in 1988, but Critters 3 and 4 went straight to video.

Rubin spoke with /Film after Blue Ribbon Content’s presentation to the Television Critics Association. A writer on The Man Show and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Rubin co-wrote and directed the horror comedy Zombeavers in 2014. He’s just turned in the script for Critters: The New Binge, so hopefully, we’ll interview him again when the series drops online.

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the cured trailer

What would happen if, following a zombie outbreak, someone found a cure for zombieism? How would the former zombies adjust to being reintroduced into society – and would society even want them back? That’s the intriguing premise behind The Cured, a new horror-drama starring Ellen Page. Watch The Cured trailer below.

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new mutants rating

Josh Boone‘s New Mutants looked fairly promising, but it was recently pushed off the 2018 release calendar to 2019. As we wait for the film to arrive, Boone has offered some updates, including the confirmation that New Mutants is aiming for a PG-13 rating and that none of the characters will be decked out in superhero costumes.

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