Into the Dark A Nasty Piece of Work Review

(Blumhouse Television and Hulu have partnered for a monthly horror anthology series titled Into The Dark, set to release a full holiday-themed feature the first Friday of every month. Horror anthology expert Matt Donato will be tackling the series one-by-one, stacking up the entries as they become streamable.)

Charles Hood, who’s been somewhat silent since his hilarious Night Owls, accepts Christmas damnation duty for Into The Dark’s second season. A Nasty Piece Of Work tunes into the director’s comedic frequencies, based on a corporate satire scripted by Paul Soter. While last year’s Pooka! hugged consumerism into submission, this holiday season is a challenge of professional greed. A CEO’s mansion halls are decked out in festive decor (lights, garland, etc.), as the holiday season is exploited by sinful company partying. Never as dangerous or deranged as Julian Sands’ tyrannical performance suggest, “nasty” might be an overstretch for this piece of December work.

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into the dark pilgrim trailer

(Blumhouse Television and Hulu have partnered for a monthly horror anthology series titled Into The Dark, set to release a full holiday-themed feature the first Friday of every month. Horror anthology expert Matt Donato will be tackling the series one-by-one, stacking up the entries as they become streamable.)

As a preacher of the good holiday horror word, Thanksgiving’s scant offerings leave my stomach rumbling. Last season’s November Into The Dark analysis began similarly; me lamenting over how Turkey Day has largely been ignored by genre filmmakers. Into The Dark’s Flesh & Blood popped out the oven dry and flavorless, but Marcus Dunstan’s Pilgrim charts a course for redemption. Guess that’s what happens when the minds behind multiple Saw sequels, three Feast flicks, and The Collector franchise take cosplaying to a disturbingly enraged level.

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Best Horror Movies of the Past Decade

Welcome to part four of our countdown of the 100 best horror movies the past decade. This final entry tackles entries 50-26. You can read part one right here, part two over here, and part three over yonderHere are the absolute best horror movies of the past decade.

We’ve made it. Homestretch time. The Crème de la Crème. This was the hardest feature I’ve ever had to order in my entire journalistic career because every single one of the films below will live on as an “all-timer” (in my opinion). I killed many darlings, fought countless internal disagreements, and gift unto you my selections for the decade’s “Top 25 Horror Films.” 

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The 100 Best Horror Movies of the Past Decade [Part Three]

Welcome to part two of our countdown of the 100 best horror movies the past decade. This entry tackles entries 50-26. Naturally, we’ll reach our grand climax on October 31. You can read part one right here and part two over here.

We’ve passed the halfway point and blaze onward! Here’s where things get interesting, as I’m sure some of you may notice the exclusion of some critical darlings. Let’s just remember my opinion is just one of many! But, also, yes I’ve seen the movies you’re going to call out and no I didn’t “forget them.” Moving on!

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Welcome to part two of our countdown of the 100 best horror movies the past decade. This entry tackles entries 75-51. Naturally, we’ll reach our grand climax on October 31. You can read part one right here.

Let’s keep this terror train rollin’ with the next 25 entries. Inching closer to the top half of this decade-spanning list and my inevitable “Top 10.” You can’t imagine how hard it is to rank personally adored films against one other, already causing me heart palpitations in this second “tier.” That said, a reminder, these are still the best horror films of the past 10 years. Nothing to scoff at coming in at #75. Have I hit on some of your favorites already?

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Red Letter Day Clip

Ah, suburbia. Where better to unleash a bloody massacre that chucks any sentiment of loving thy neighbor into a woodchipper? Cameron Macgowan’s feature debut Red Letter Day tells the story of a special event where letters in red envelopes are mailed to every citizen of Aspen Ridge, with instructions to kill a selected target or be killed. Early trailers indicate cul-de-sac warfare of the goriest variety, and now /Film has an exclusive clip that confirms Macgowan’s violent affair.

In the video below, you’ll catch up with divorcee Melanie (Dawn Van de Schoot) who finds herself stuck abiding by bloodthirsty “Red Letter Day” rules. Between Melanie and safety is a knife-wielding man of his household. From here…well, why don’t you see for yourself. Check out an exclusive snippet of the carnage that awaits. And as the very premise of the movie suggests, this clip is R-rated and NSFW.

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Best Horror Movies of the Past Decade

Welcome to part one of our countdown of the 100 best horror movies the past decade. This entry tackles entries 100-76. Naturally, we’ll reach our grand climax on October 31.

I cannot stress how much work over the last decade I put into covering the horror genre. I’ve watched and reviewed 100-plus new-release horror films per year, for 10 consecutive years, whether that’s theatrical, streaming, or straight video-on-demand. Entries 100-76 are no consolation prize. I’m starting my congratulations here, with the first batch of “decade’s best” coming in extra, super hot.

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Uncanny Annie Review

(Blumhouse Television and Hulu have partnered for a monthly horror anthology series titled Into The Dark, set to release a full holiday-themed feature the first Friday of every month. Horror anthology expert Matt Donato will be tackling the series one-by-one, stacking up the entries as they become streamable.)

Welcome back, Into The Dark fans! Paul Davis directed Season 1’s inaugural October entry The Body, and he’s back to play a most wicked game in Season 2’s kickoff Uncanny Annie. A bit of tabletop terror on Halloween night that tricks us with an unexpected holiday plotline, but it’s all macabre flavored treats. Suckers for rules to live by in horror scenarios will remember “Uncanny Annie” and her stacked deck of “Truths” or “Mischief,” starting Season 2 with a bit more zip this time around.

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Harpoon Review

As aquatic horror further dominates 2019’s slate, Rob Grant’s Harpoon flashes sharpened fangs despite a lack of predatory creatures. No sharks, no crocodiles, just three “friends” airing their grievances while stranded at sea. After catching the film in Montreal at the Fantasia Film Festival, I’m still waiting for a rival title to dethrone Harpoon’s signature mean spirit and hostility. As per my full review back in August, you’re in for a devastatingly dark good time. Yellow Veil Pictures and Dread continue to rep challenging, out of the norm genre cinema (Luz, y’all), with this “psychos at sea” title confirming no such change.

The film opened in limited cinemas on October 4, but fret not – Harpoon hits Video On Demand platforms today! In honor of Grant’s cruise into madness hitting wider audiences, here’s an exclusive clip that shows desperation in its bloodiest form.

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Blood Machines Review

Back in 2016, Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard (under the pseudonym “Seth Ickerman”) became internet sensations after directing Carpenter Brut’s “Turbo Killer” music video. Some seven million views and three years later, “Ickerman” returns with more hyper-stylized synthwave sensationalism in the fiftyish-minute sequel Blood Machines. More intergalactic trance-pop imperialism, more Carpenter Brut nightline bass thumping, and way more crucifixion babes. Having now seen the music video and sequel, there’s little to credit by way of narrative tissue – but that doesn’t mean a damn thing. Cue the cyberpunk femme fatales and heavy saturation of red color filtration.

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