Sean Bean Puppet

If you’ve seen Brandon Cronenberg‘s excellent, disturbing sci-fi thriller Possessor, you know it’s extremely violent. Not only that, but the violence on screen is alarmingly realistic, to the point where I came away from several scenes wondering just how the hell they pulled some of it off. Now, Dan Martin, who was the film’s special makeup and figurative effects designer, has uploaded a neat (and somewhat graphic) thread revealing how they put together a Sean Bean puppet that could be mutilated on screen.

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Best Movies Streaming Right Now Nomadland

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)

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TV Shows and Movies Coming to Hulu and Disney+ in February 2021

Starting today, hopefully the rest of the year will start to feel a little less like a never-ending nightmare. Helping with that will be a new batch of TV shows and movies for you to soak up from Disney+ and Hulu. There’s an interesting mix of classic comedy, prestige drama, buzzed about Oscar-hopefuls, past Oscar winners, and so much more coming to these two streaming services. We’ve picked out some of the best TV shows and movies coming to Hulu and Disney+, and you can see the entire list below too. Read More »

/Film’s Top 15 Films of 2020

Slashfilm Best Movies of 2020

Over the past week, we have published individual top 10 movies of 2020 lists representing each member of the /Film staff. And today, we present the grand climax of that endeavor: the site’s overall Top 15 Movies of 2020 list.

Peter Sciretta, Jacob Hall, Ethan Anderton, Ben Pearson, Hoai-Tran Bui, and Chris Evangelista all contributed to this feature, with their personal lists being used to determine what made this main list and what did not. Let’s say goodbye to 2020 by celebrating one of its few silver linings – the movies.

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The 15 Best Horror Movies of 2020

Best Horror Movies of 2020

The very scary year that was 2020 is now over, but we’re not quite done with it just yet. While the movie release landscape was severely changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, several great horror movies managed to find their way to audiences. Below, we’ve rounded up the best of the best to countdown the 15 Best Horror Movies of 2020.

(Note: I would’ve loved to have included Saint Maud, a movie I saw in 2019, on this list. But while Saint Maud was released in the UK in 2020, its US release date remains in limbo. Because of that, I’m not including it here – even though it’s fantastic.) 

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Chris Evangelista’s Top 10 Movies of 2020

Top 10 Movies of 2020 Chris Evangelista

It’s been a very, very weird year. And the movie landscape was severely hampered by a pandemic that closed down most movie theaters and had studios shuffling release dates to and fro. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t great movies that found their way to screens big and small. Amidst all the chaos and confusion, wonderful movies arrived and – if they were lucky – found their audience. With the year now in the rearview, here are my top 10 movies of 2020, and here’s to 2021 – dear god, let it be better for everyone.

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New Blu-ray Releases lord of the rings trilogy

The time has come for another Blu-ray round-up, friends. This week we’ve got not one but two big 4K box sets taking us back to Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth. There’s also a body horror masterpiece and an oft-maligned sequel that’s getting a second chance.

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possessor trailer uncut

Possessor, an ultra-violent mind-fuck of a film, is almost ready to unleash its jarring horrors upon the world. Brandon Cronenberg‘s visceral nightmare is kind of like Inception meets Videodrome, and if that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t know what else to tell you. Andrea Riseborough plays a corporate assassin who has the ability to upload her consciousness into other people, and then use those people as pawns to pull off her murders. But when her latest host finds ways to resist her control, things get complicated. And bloody. Watch the Possessor trailer below.

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possessor trailer

This is going to sound like hyperbole, but I’m going for it: you’re not ready for Possessor. I caught Brandon Cronenberg‘s ultra-violent nightmare at Sundance earlier this year, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it ever since. It’s brutal, it’s horrifying, it’s truly unique. The name “Cronenberg” immediately lends itself to body horror thanks to Brandon’s famous filmmaker father. And while some will no doubt draw connections between this and the elder Cronenberg’s work, it’s a much different experience. In Possessor, Andrea Riseborough plays a woman who gets inside people’s heads – literally. Watch the Possessor trailer below.

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possessor review

After an eight-year period of development, director Brandon Cronenberg returns with his sophomore feature Possessor, a seductive and macabre crime thriller that mixes body horror, near-future nihilism and noir elements to deliver a funky, freaky brew. In his Sundance review /Film’s Chris Evangelista called it “unrelentingly aggressive”, finding the film “special and exciting.” With an ensemble led by Andrea Riseborough, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christopher Abbot, the film feels assured and audacious, settling in on a mood that’s both macabre and intoxicating. 

Chris described Possessor as “unlike anything you’ve ever seen before”, but there are still echoes of what the David Cronenberg, Brandon’s father, has brought to the screen. I find that an entirely positive thing. In the best of ways, this feels like Brandon and his collaborators are making this space his own while being unafraid to echo the work of his father and others masters of the genre and generate direct comparison without ever feeling redundant, referential or reverential. Frankly, in many ways Possessor comes out ahead of some of the most celebrated of his father’s works, and that’s a remarkable thing indeed.

/Film spoke to Brandon following the film’s debut in Park City. We spoke about his process, the long gestation for this project, and what else this remarkable filmmaker has coming up for fans of his work.

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