(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Host

Where You Can Stream It: Shudder

The Pitch: What if a group of friends, isolated and bored during quarantine in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, decided to hold a seance over Zoom? And what if everything went catastrophically wrong, unleashing something evil into their homes? And what if this film, from director Rob Savage, was conceived and produced during the pandemic, filmed entirely by a cast and crew working from separate locations and safely social distancing? And here’s the final what-if: what if it was actually really good?

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: If Host was a bad movie, its making-of story would at least make it interesting. But since Host is good and scary and tense and well-acted and well-made, the fascinating story behind its production enhances an already strong film. And at 56 minutes, the film is all business, with no time wasted – Savage realizes that watching a Zoom call gone wrong is the kind of concept that is better accomplished with one foot on the gas pedal.

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Disney and Lucasfilm have been pulling back the curtain on the making of The Mandalorian and it never ceases to be impressive. The show’s “stagecraft” technology, where a rear-projected LED screen creates a reactive real-time environment for a film scene, is nothing short of mind-blowing, representing a whole new avenue for filmmaking in the years ahead. But this tech is not limited to major corporations and major productions like the first live-action Star Wars TV series. A new video shows the tech in action on a smaller scale, and it’s equally impressive.

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Fargo Season 4 Trailer

The films of the Coen brothers have always been flexible in tone and genre, so it’s no surprise that FX’s Fargo television series has followed suit. Noah Hawley‘s oddball continuation/expansion of the Oscar-winning film has shifted over the years, dabbling in dark drama, screwball comedy, grand tragedy, and violent action. The latest season takes us back to the 1950s and into the middle of a war between an Italian crime family and Black crime family…and the latest teaser trailer suggests there may be more straight-up comedy than you’d think.

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Alan Parker dead

Alan Parker, the Oscar-nominated English filmmaker whose diverse line-up of credits include Bugsy Malone, Midnight Express, Pink Floyd: The Wall, Angel Heart, Mississippi Burning, The Commitments, Evita, and Angela’s Ashes, has passed away following a long illness. He was 76 years old.

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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Impetigore and Satan’s Slaves

Where You Can Stream Them: Shudder

The Pitch: If you only watch American horror films, you’re missing out. Outside of Hollywood, horror films can be weirder, wilder, crazier, more ambitious, and often piss-your-pants scary. And in recent years, Indonesia has announced itself as the latest major player in the genre. Much like how France and Japan created new horror filmmaking waves in the late ’90s and mid-00s, the Oceanic nation feels primed and ready to inspire a thousand imitators with its utterly unique brand of terror. And director Joko Anwar is leading the way.

Why They’re Essential Viewing: Joko Anwar has a number of credits to his name (including an Indonesian superhero movie that I’d very much like to see, please), but two of them are exclusively streaming on the Shudder horror streaming service and both of them are utterly sublime. Both Satan’s Slaves and Impetigore strike a remarkable balance: they’re emotionally moving, character-driven mysteries that revel in grandiose twists and stellar reveals, all accomplished while being scary-as-hell crowdpleasers.

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Unlike other X-Men movies, which tend to take place all over the world (and sometimes in space), The New Mutants is mostly confined to a single location: a psychiatric hospital where a crew of young mutants are being held. Considering the film’s horror tone, that’s certainly appropriate. Creepy hospitals are as common in horror films as bladed weapons and scary masks.

In a recent interview, director Josh Boone told us about the decision to set his X-Men film in one creepy location and how the choice was informed by a couple of classic movies.

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It wouldn’t be Comic-Con, at home or otherwise, without The Walking Dead. The AMC series has had a presence at the convention for the past 11 years, always drawing a massive and passionate crowd. Of course, the show is now sparked a full-fledged franchise: Fear the Walking Dead is set to premiere its sixth season and the second spin-off, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, will arrive later this year.

Here’s what you need to know from the trio of Comic-Con at Home panels dedicated to the three shows, including the surprising status of The Walking Dead season 10.

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Any film franchise that goes on as long as Fox’s X-Men movies is going to encounter some speed bumps. And perhaps some giant, vehicle-consuming holes in the road. While X-Men: Apocalypse wasn’t a financial disaster (it made a solid half a billion dollars worldwide), the film was a creative flop of the highest order, earning scorn from critics and casual audiences alike. The film’s mind-numbing tone and generic plot were especially jarring considering what Logan and Deadpool were doing with the franchise at that same point.

And it turns out that the reaction to Apocalypse had ramifications for The New Mutants, forcing co-writer and director Josh Boone to make some significant changes to the story.

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The Boys are back for another round, and things look bloodier and bleaker than ever. The second season of Amazon’s gruesome and darkly hilarious anti-superhero show presented a panel at Comic-Con at Home, offering a new look at the return of the popular comic book adaptation. Plus, the panel revealed that the series has already been renewed for season 3.

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New Mutants Reshoots

The upcoming release of The New Mutants has been, in many ways, overshadowed by its tortured road to release. The X-Men horror film directed by Josh Boone was supposed to open in early 2018, but rumored reshoots and then the acquisition of 20th Century Fox by Disney derailed that in a major way. Now, the film is finally on the cusp of release, and even after a delay of several years, Boone confirmed to us in a recent interview that the version we will get to see is that one he originally set out to make, with no major changes. And no, they never got around to those reshoots.

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