Anything For Jackson

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Chris: People (including Matt) keep telling me this is good, and I have no reason to think they’re lying. The film follows an ederly couple who kidnap a pregnant woman to perform a kind of reverse exorcism, and bring their dead grandchild back to life in the form of the unborn baby. Needless to say, it doesn’t go well. I watched about 20 minutes of this before Christmas, and then stopped and never got around to finish it. I promise I will! 

Matt: Aw, I feel like a proud papa since this was one of my picks in the last Now Scream This! Chris admitted to watching half of this movie already, so I can only hope he enjoys the second half as much as I did.


Now Streaming on Netflix

Chris: Another movie everyone kept talking about last year: 1BR, the story of a woman who moves into an LA apartment complex and finds her neighbors aren’t very neighborly. As I said above, all my films on this list are films I started but never finished. In the case of 1BR, I got approximately three minutes in before I realized I just wasn’t in the mood. Not that I thought those three minutes of footage were bad – I just sometimes get like this. You know that feeling? Where you fire up a movie, and a few minutes in you realize you just have to walk away. 

Matt: I don’t get the love for 1BR, sorry. It’s a worse, incomparably dull riff off The Invitation, but hey, all the more power to the Netflix bump (no one was hyping this film during its theatrical rollout).


Now Streaming on The Criterion Channel

Chris: Images is a Robert Altman horror movie that I’ll confess I never heard of until it joined the Criterion Channel’s excellent 1970s horror movie collection. It follows a schizophrenic author trying to finish her book, and I started watching it late one night around Halloween. But I confess that I was a tad inebriated, and passed out before any of the film registered with me. That’s where 2021 comes in, baby! 

Matt: [Sees “Criterion Channel”] Yeah, I might double with Chris here. I need to up my Criterion game and indulge in the overlord-approved classics.


Now Streaming on Hulu

Chris: I’ve heard a ton of great things about Sputnik, a Russian horror movie about cosmonauts and aliens. The moment this bad boy hit Hulu, I thought: “Finally, I can watch that!” But of course, since this movie is from Russia, it’s subtitled. Now, I don’t want to give you the impression that I’m some clown who goes, “Ugh, subtitles?! No thank you!” I have no problem with subtitled films! But I also need to be in the right frame of mind for them, you dig? Like, sometimes I just don’t really feel like reading as I watch a movie. As was the case when I started watching Sputnik, which resulted in me turning the flick off after about two ro three minutes. But I’m determined to finish this thing based on all the raves. 

Matt: Another pick from Donato’s Top 20 Horror Movies of 2020! Aliens, Cold War paranoia, and the follies of blind nationalism. Russia’s latest horror import is a doozy of historical and cultural horror intersections.


Now Streaming on Shudder

Chris: Of all the films on my list, Monstrum is the one I got the furthest into: about an hour, maybe a little more. And I really enjoyed what I saw – a stylish film about monsters and plagues, full of action and spectacle. But this was one of my “late night watches” – the type of film I put on around 1:00 A.M., after my wife has gone to sleep, because she has no interest in watching it. So I got myself a good hour (or so) into Monstrum before the late-night sleepies got ahold of me. I’m coming back for you, Monstrum, I promise. 

Matt: YES. Team Sparkles all the way. Monstrum is all the swift-as-wind excitement of 1500s feudal martial artistry with a creature-feature additive. So unique and exciting. Shudder had one hell of a 2020.

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