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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: It’s getting to the point where I don’t know how many times I can reword the same introduction in this space. Viral cases are still on the rise, we should all still be staying home when possible, and horror movies are more enjoyable than ever. How else to reword things? Lock your door, turn out the lights, and yell at characters in scary movies from the safety of your couch because it’ll momentarily fill the void left by social isolation. It’s the “Now Scream This” way.

Chris: Every other week, Matt and I try to come up with a clever theme for Now Scream This. We try to tie the theme into current events, or current releases. But current events these days are just endlessly hopeless, and there aren’t really any current releases to piggy-back off of. So to hell with it, we’re going with a grab bag of titles this week. Please clap. 

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the mandalorian disney

Ah, yes. Another major awards show, another chance to pick apart the nominations! The 2020 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning and, as usual, there were a number of surprises (some positive, some negative). And of course, there were plenty of folks who were left out of the party.

So let’s dispense with the pleasantries and wade into the muck of it all. Let’s break down the biggest 2020 Emmy surprises and snubs, from The Mandalorian to Watchmen to What We Do in the Shadows to Reese Witherspoon and more.

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: According to the calendar, holidays are still a thing? Happy whatever, America! Now let’s all celebrate like I had to for my lockdown birthday…by doing nothing. Stay home. Cook some hot dogs over a flaming pile of dollar bills while blasting that Team America song or whatever you do on the 4th Of July. Just, pretty please, keep the current situation in mind? Pandemics don’t respect nationwide vacation days. Watch some Americana-themed horror movies from your couch and ensure social distancing. Chris and I have some streaming recommendations that should resonate awful loudly right about now.

Chris: It feels extra strange to celebrate America right now, because of, well…everything. But hey, it’s the 4th of July weekend, baby! And that means it’s an excuse to drink booze, eat grilled food, and watch horror movies (not that I need an extra excuse to do aunt of those things). And since America can be such a nightmare, Matt and I decided to highlight some good old American horror stories (and no, I’m not talking about the show that everyone hates but keeps watching anyway). 

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: This week on Now Scream This, we honor fatherhood. Specifically, Horror Daddies. Those nurturing and protective characters whose intentions are hopefully pure, but not always. In any case, this is their holiday, and we’re surely not trying to ignore anyone. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, but especially those dads who let us stay up after midnight to catch horror flicks mom never knew existed. If that was your experience. My father and I will never share a love of horror, but that’s alright because we’ll always have The Replacements.

Chris: Ah, Father’s Day! The holiday where we are encouraged to buy power tools or neckties with golf balls on them for dear old dad, even if he doesn’t give a shit about those things. But here at Now Scream This, we’re taking a different approach. This one goes out to all the dads out there, baby! All the horror dads, that is. The dads who are either very good at fatherhood, or absolute monsters – sometimes literally. As Father’s Day approaches, let us pay tribute to the big daddies of horror. 

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: A few days ago, Chris and I decided this week’s theme should be “feel good” horror movies because we can all use some hope and empowerment. Simpler times when our US government’s only failure was 2020’s pandemic response. At this very moment? I’m writing about horror movie recommendations while America is literally burning to the ground. “Now Scream This” feels especially trivial in the grand scheme, currently. Why watch a scary movie when the purest representation of horror is an unfit, tyrannical president posting on social media about killing protesters? Do you want to feel terrorized? Scroll through Twitter for about five minutes. Need a brief smile to combat, well, *gestures around*, all this? If only for a few blinks? We’ll do our best.

Chris: Things are bad, kids. I won’t go off into a rant about how utterly screwed-up everything seems right now, but if you haven’t realized that for yourself by now, you’re in denial. But we here at Now Scream This have a job to do, damn it, and we’re going to do it. Horror can often be therapeutic in times of distress – there are actually studies about this – and while the horror genre can often be bleak, it can also be hopeful. Or make you laugh. Or at the very least distract you from all of this *motions at literally everything*. 

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Chris and I write “Now Scream This” with our audience in mind (that’s you!), but I’m eternally grateful for my own continued horror education. While I’d someday adore consideration as a “master,” I’m still but a mere student. Chris’ recommendations have pointed me towards future favorites and enjoyable first-time watches. All this to say, yes Chris. I finally watched In The Mouth Of Madness. You were right. That John Carpenter sure has a future in this Hollywood business.

Chris: This was tough for me. Not because I’ve seen everything there is to see, but rather because I often neglect doing the work to seek out stuff I haven’t seen. I should do it more often, I know, I know. But more often than not, I find myself returning to titles I’ve already seen, as if I’m seeking out comfort food. But there are still some blindspots I stumble upon from time to time, and thank god for that, or else I wouldn’t have much to contribute this week. 

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(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: Remember all those “Now Scream This” articles you read, took recommendations from, then never followed-through on watches? Given global circumstances, Chris and I figured it’s time for  a refresher course on what we absolutely love on streaming right now. This week’s theme is easy: WHY HAVEN’T YOU WATCHED THIS YET. Even better, we’re hitting you with twenty-five selections each. We could all use a distraction right about now, and we’ve got fifty of ‘em loaded in the chamber just for you! Totally don’t mean that as a threat, either.

Chris: Hi everyone. Stay the hell home, please. And watch these movies. That’s all I have to say to you right now. 

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Office Space - Milton

With much of the world under unprecedented lockdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a lot of people find themselves working from home for the first time ever. This may very well include you, loyal /Film reader. You may find it odd. You may find it uncomfortable. You may find yourself unmotivated and tired and anxious. Honestly, working from home is not something everyone is comfortable doing. And that’s perfectly normal.

However, we here at /Film are work-from-home experts. We do it every day, all day, and have been doing it for years. We are professionals at getting things done in the living room, masters of making our jobs happen from home offices, and wizards at using kitchen counters as standing desks while we microwave Hot Pockets. If you’re having trouble adjusting, don’t fret: we’ve got you covered. Here’s our best advice to make working from home a breeze.

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Horror Movies About Pandemics

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: So how y’all enjoying self isolation? It’s only been a week for me and I now own 2019’s Cats, so let’s just say the situation has escalated exponentially in Casa De Donato. Is Cats the most horrifying movie of the decade? How many people will I force this monstrosity upon? Why am I still talking about Cats? In any case, here are a few breakout/quarantine themed horror recommendations that might prevent you from losing your ever-loving mind like I have.

Chris: Today we are canceling the apocalypse! Just kidding – it’s still happening (I think? Who knows). But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some horror movies. And I don’t know about you, but all of this talk of viruses and quarantines actually puts me in the mood to watch movies about viruses and quarantines. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I’m just sick in the head. But here we are. So kick-back at home with these picks! Side note: I can’t believe Matt didn’t include at least one Resident Evil movie on here.  

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Bad Relationship Horror Movies

(Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.)

Matt: We’re still stuck in February so that means Chris and I are still writing about relationship horror! This time, in honor of Leigh Whannell’s The Invisible Man, we have disastrous relationships in horror. The ones that make us shiver, our stomachs churn, and warp memories of “evil exes” into infinitely fonder daydreams. Love can be a savior, and love can be a monster. These picks we have lined up appeal more to the latter’s demeanor.

Chris: The Invisible Man is a timely tale of a woman being gaslit by her abusive boyfriend. But Leigh Whannell’s fantastic flick isn’t the first film to explore this storyline. So if you’re in the mood for more terrible relationship movies, Matt and I have put our heads together to bring you some that are streaming right now. Right this very second. Go watch them!

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