(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: If anything can be learned from this week’s “Now Scream This,” I’m left with two lessons. One: humanity needs to accept its universal role and stop tampering with unknown forces. Two: never let Chris pick all his movies first because there will be nothing left. Sci-fi horror has always been less represented on streaming platforms (which we found out already), and sticking with our Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom tie-in, history hath repeated itself. No bother. I’m back at it, fudging rules and making it all work. Or, like, salvaging a raging dumpster fire. Both descriptions fit.
Chris: When will man learn to never tamper in god’s domain? Beats me! Until then, we’ll have to make do with movies focused on science gone terribly wrong. In honor of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Matt and I have scoured the net to bring back these perversions of science – films that follow the Jurassic tradition of scientific hubris gone wild. As a side note: I really wanted to put David Cronenberg’s The Fly on here, but The Fly isn’t streaming. At all. What hellscape is this?
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A few things have been tweaked in the sales pitch for Big Ass Spider since we first saw a trailer for the film tied to its SXSW debut this past March. It’s a little more polished, and some of the effects look a bit better. (This may be just a better transfer of the same shots, however.) Most crucially, there’s still no dash in the title, so we’re left wondering what an “ass spider” is, and even more frightening, what a big one looks like.
This trailer gives up a money shot right off the bat, just in case you were wondering. But it avoids the melting-face shot we saw in that first trailer, and generally has a good time living in Syfy/Asylum territory, complete with all the ropey digital effects and big, big acting you’d expect. Read More »
If you read through yesterday’s announcement of the Midnight features lined up for March’s SXSW Film Festival, one film title may have caught your eye. Nestled in among the serious entries is the film called Big Ass Spider!, from director Mike Mendez… and yeah, it’s about a giant spider.
I really don’t know what to say about the film beyond that. Well, perhaps this: the trailer for the movie demonstrates that Mendez made this movie with a free-for-all spirit that leaves room for gags based on memes, video games, monster movies, and just about anything else you can think of. I don’t know if I needed the stale bed intruder joke, but there’s plenty of other material here that looks like a good time.
Afraid of spiders? Might want to avoid the video below. Read More »
Austin’s biggest media festival, SXSW, is coming up in about five weeks, and the film portion of the fest has unveiled a list of films that will play in the midnight and shorts categories. Running March 8-16, the film portion of SXSW has been growing into one of the country’s premiere film festivals.
The biggest inclusions on the midnight side are Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem (new trailer), Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next (interview), and the very entertaining S-VHS (Sundance review). That horror sequel, incidentally, has evidently been renamed V/H/S/2, just to make the connection to last year’s horror anthology V/H/S much more clear.
There’s also the premiere of Xan Cassavetes‘ Kiss of the Damned, and Haunter, the new film from Vincenzo Natali (Splice). The image above is from Cheap Thrills, and shows how “Craig (Pat Healy) and Vince (Ethan Embry) begin their descent into hell with Colin (David Koechner).”
Info on the full midnight lineup is after the break. Hit the SXSW website for the complete shorts list. Read More »