(Welcome to The Final Girl, a regular feature from someone who has steered clear of horror and is ready to finally embrace the genre that goes bump in the night. Next on the list: A24’s unique brand of existential horror.)
For years, I was one of the many people who avoided horror. To me, the genre meant grotesque schlock made to play out cheap scares or misogynistic fantasies…plus I’m a grade-A wimp who gets scared of her own shadow.
But on this months-long journey of “becoming a horror fan,” I’ve discovered that’s not the case at all. Horror is an amazingly malleable genre, with the potential to morph into a family drama, a gothic romance, a twisted sexual fantasy, a reflection of social mores, or a manifestation of human suffering. And A24 taught me that it could all happen under one studio.
Because as much as my fall into horror fandom seemed like a long time coming (I was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Hannibal fan, for god’s sake), it wasn’t until A24 started to make its mark as the hub for arthouse horror that I began to really pay attention.
Now, I’m not saying that A24 invented arthouse horror or is doing anything especially new. And I won’t even pretend to know the answers to the ongoing “What is horror?” or elevated horror debate. But A24 is tapping into something — and it’s a move away from the cheap thrills and jump scares that we often see at the multiplex.
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Black Phillip, the scene-stealing goat from the highly acclaimed horror film The Witch, will soon be available to take home. Okay, not the real goat himself, but a facsimile in the form of a Black Phillip Funko POP.
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(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Holy Great Pumpkin, folks, Halloween just a little bit over a week away! Time is running out, so if you haven’t pieced together your costume for the year or carved several season gourds yet, you better get cracking! All Halloween-related activities are best paired with either a spooky mix tape featuring songs about monsters mashing, or a bunch of scary movies. I’ve got you covered on the latter!
Yes, I’ve compiled yet another Halloween-themed edition of Now Stream This, with some fine fright flicks you can stream this festive season. It’s a bit of an eclectic list, with straight-up horror, horror comedy, classics, slow burns, new stuff, and more. I’ve plumbed the depths of the Halloween streaming pit and come back with these morsels of candy corn. It’s time for The Best Movies Streaming Right Now! So let’s get streaming.
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Both Anya Taylor-Joy and director Robert Eggers broke out into the horror scene with The Witch, a haunting and unsettling pseudo-morality tale that helped cement 2016 as a banner year for horror.
Now that Joy has solidified her standing as one of the most promising horror actresses today after turns in Split and Morgan, she and Eggers are reportedly teaming up again for his remake of Nosferatu.
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Tonight brings us the 89th Academy Awards, when Hollywood’s finest get together to hand out trophies to each other, attempting to reward the highest achievements in cinema. Even though there are plenty of arguments to be made that trying to name the best film of any given year is foolhardy, not to mention the fact that the voting process makes it easier for the less bold, innovative films to win, it’s still a fun night of entertainment, and it just might get some general audiences to take an interest in movies they haven’t seen or heard of.
There are even more of those movies that were nominated for the 2017 Independent Spirit Awards, which were handed out last night in Los Angeles. Film Independent annually honors the best independent films, which are lower budget films that weren’t financed by a major studio. La La Land has been cleaning up on the awards circuit otherwise, but since it’s not an indie, that left its closest competition, Barry Jenkins‘ outstanding, moving film Moonlight, to sweep every award it was nominated for.
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If you grab an average person off the street and ask them how they feel about the recently departed 2016, they’d probably give you a detached thousand yard stare. Or burst into tears. It was, for the world as a whole, not a great time to be alive. However, it was a great year for horror movies. And that makes a twisted sort of sense. As we discover new ways to fear and despair, the movies will react accordingly. Whether by accident or design, horror cinema represented everything we dread in 2016. How it will react to the actual events of this past year has me fascinated…and terrified.
Looking back at the past twelve months, it’s astonishing just how good horror cinema has been. It was there when we needed it, offering an avenue of escape and, when necessary, a dark mirror to examine our inner demons.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Let’s get one thing straight: 2016 was a great year for movies.
It certainly didn’t feel that way in the doldrums of the June and July, when audiences found themselves staring down the barrel of the worst summer movie season in years. But while the larger movies fell on their faces, the smaller movies flourished, proving that the only people who think cinema is dead are people who only see movies with numbers and colons in their titles. To carve out my top 10 of 2016, I had to work down from a list of 33 contenders and to be quite frank, I feel like a garbage human for leaving certain movies off this list. But here we are. Liking too many great movies is an excellent problem to have in the grand scheme of things.
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Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The end of year is always accompanied by a parade of lists and rankings and recaps and awards, all of the assembled by publications and groups of all sizes and tastes. At its best, this is a season of celebration, of looking back on the year and appreciating the absolute best cinema from past 52 weeks. At its worst, it can be a little mind-numbing, especially when a writer you usually trust puts something especially boneheaded in that number one spot.
One of the beacons amidst the noise is always film critic’s David Ehrlich‘s annual top 25 video, which serves not only as his official list, but as a work of art in and of itself. Honestly, I look forward to these videos as much as I look forward to some movies and I’ve never been disappointed. His Top 25 Movies of 2016 picks do not disappoint.
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The Witch was one of the most unnerving and masterful horror films of the year. Some complained that they didn’t find it scary, but the terror at the center of this movie felt more horrifying than any of the jump scares that countless other horror movies brought to the table this year. But what if the movie was directed by Wes Anderson?
Funnily enough, the visuals of Robert Eggers film which brings terror into the lives of a 1630s New England family work perfectly in a trailer edited in the style of one of Wes Anderson‘s comedies. Combine that with some cooky music and clever editing, and The Witch becomes a different movie entirely.
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Posted on Monday, July 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
As we pass the halfway mark of 2016, we at /Film figured it’d be a good time to take a step back and assess the year we’ve had so far. By this point last year, consensus had formed around a few favorites: Mad Max: Fury Road was far and away our favorite of the year one year ago, and it maintained that position all the way through to December. But this year? The results look much more varied. Join us as we count down /Film’s top 10 films of 2016 so far.
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