Relic was one of the best-reviewed films at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and now a wider audience will have a chance to experience what the hype is all about. This indie horror flick from writer-director Natalie Erika James is a slow burn loaded with atmosphere, and it’s bound to find new fans of the genre. Ahead of the upcoming release, watch a moody Relic clip below.
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Mike Flanagan knows a thing or two about Stephen King adaptations. The filmmaker helmed both Gerald’s Game and Doctor Sleep, and now he’s gearing up for another: Revival. King’s revival, published in 2013, is a bleak, disturbing novel – and it sounds like Flanagan isn’t going to water things down. In a recent interview, Flanagan offered a quick update on the project and confirmed that it’s going to be just as dark as the source material.
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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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Into the Dark is a great idea – a year-long series of horror films, released monthly, with each installment focusing on a different holiday. What could go wrong? Well, as it turns out, lots of things, because the majority of the Into the Dark installments have been disappointing. But the trailer for the latest – The Current Occupant – looks incredibly promising, so fingers crossed the series got one right this time. See for yourself by watching the trailer below.
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There have been some great toys inspired by the movie Gremlins released in the 36 years since the movie was released, but the line-up of NECA action figures in recent years have been the absolute best. There have been several different variations on the monstrous form of the Mogwai, each coming with their own cool accessories. But the latest addition to the NECA Gremlins action figure line calls back to an obscure advertisement for the movie that was tied to the 1984 Summer Olympics. Read More »
Director Guillermo del Toro is one of the busiest filmmakers in Hollywood. If he’s not behind the camera directing, he’s usually writing away in his notebook or producing a film from the next big name in horror. But right now, he’s stuck at home waiting for Hollywood to let him get back to work.
On the bright side, that means Guillermo del Toro had the time provide a status update on his psychological thriller Nightmare Alley, which Fox Searchlight had in production when the coronavirus pandemic struck the United States. There’s also some news on shooting resuming for the stop-motion animated Pinocchio he’s directing. For both of the projects, del Toro is taking a vested interest in keeping his crews safe with extensive safety protocols that he wrote himself for when production resumes. Read More »
(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: Freddy vs. Jason
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu and HBO Max
The Pitch: Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series and A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger finally meet face-to-face, and when they’re not battling each other, they’re brutally murdering a bunch of dumb teens played by people in their mid-3os.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: There’s a trashy joy to be had when watching Freddy vs. Jason. Like watching a garbage fire out under a sky full of brilliant stars, this film is both beautiful and hideous. With a script so nonsensical that it might as well not exist, Freddy vs. Jason is worth your time for one reason, and one reason only: it brings together two iconic slashes and allows them to beat the shit out of each other.
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Even though production Hollywood is still shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, that hasn’t kept some filmmakers from getting their own independent productions off the ground. The filmmaking duo of Nick Simon and Luke Baines, who previously collaborated on The Girl in the Photographs in 2015, were able to complete principal photography on a new horror movie with a bit of a meta satirical spin on Hollywood: their film is about some vapid young celebrities who get terrorized by a demon while making their own horror movie. Read More »
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At the end of last week, studios shifted the release dates for the big movies that are intended to usher in the reopening of movie theaters around the United States (and around the globe). Originally slated for release in July, movies like Tenet, Mulan, Unhinged, Broken Hearts Gallery and Bill & Ted Face the Music have been delayed between two weeks and a month due to the fact that movie theaters in some of the biggest markets in the US would not yet be allowed to open. But studios aren’t even confident the new August dates will hold, and more changes are likely to come.
Thanks to the rising number of coronavirus cases keeping some major cities from reopening movie theaters in July, not to mention the constant shift in release dates, Warner Bros. Pictures is leaning towards delaying The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It from its September 11, 2020 release date and shifting it back to sometime in 2021. The major studios don’t think the new August release dates are a safe bet, and they’re anticipating the aforementioned titles will be pushed into September, shaking up the fall release calendar significantly. Read More »
If you badly needed a place to stay, and someone offered you refuge in their crumbling, spooky home, would you say yes? I would, because I love spooky, crumbling stuff, but the idea might send up more than a few red flags for others. But that’s just the situation that the main character of Amulet finds himself in, and since this is a horror movie, things don’t go so well. Watch the Amulet trailer below.
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