Remember when you would go to the Old Country Buffet and you would load up on lasagna, tater tots and brownies, but it was dirty and then you were like, maybe I should have meatflow, mashed potatoes and tricycles? This is why now being a horror film fan likes that streaming is a new normal. The options are vast, the quality is varied and the selection difficult.
This is where I come. In this column, I will provide a fan’s horror movie recommendations for those who want to experience something from terrible to terrible. Previously: demonic possession, painful dreams and killer jeans.
I swear I saw David Cronenberg from behind a door in writer-director Anthony Scott Burns’ 80s-inspired horror-science mash-up. Like Cronenberg, Burns is Canadian, and like one of my favorite Cronenberg films – “Mad” (19 True True) – “Less True” used lurid storytelling and off-kilter production design to dig up the screen.
Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone), a troubled young woman who is separated from her mother, is inspired by researchers in a sketch Sleep Study, sliced by researchers about their motives. As the experiment continues, Sarah’s nightmare long-threatened figures reach the real world, threaten her waking hours and take her into the arms of one of her researchers (Landon Libiron) for comfort. The story ends with more questions than answers about Sarah’s terrorists, but this mystery is what makes the film so unnecessary.
There is definitely substance here, but the style of the film is different. Pulsing sensitive score, Scary institutional location (Good job, edmonton) And the rooms lit in vibrant jewel tones are what I dream of.
‘The Dark and the Wild’
A demonic presence torments a secluded farm in this Macabre film written and directed by Brian Bertino (“the strangers”). Marin Ireland and Michael Abbott Jr. play siblings who return home to say goodbye to their dying father. When tragedy haunts his mother, it sets up a series of supernatural events that suggest something more malicious than a dusty air that goes through windows.
Bertino nails what a lot of directors don’t: that terror is still powerful terror. The scene I can’t get out of my head is a demonic spirit that floats quietly in the yard, an image that is far more chilling than some rising monster in running shoes. Later, when a girl shows up at the front door and gently asks, “Do you smell her?” It was heaven.
Bertino squeezes more horrors out of such moments, filming many of them from the bottom up, adding to the notion that lies lie badly everywhere. Then the whip arrives, and he sets a gruesome, heart-pounding tableau.
‘The Block Island Sound’
Sometimes a monster And Simultaneous resizing of a film. This is why in this intense horror-thriller that begins as an aquatic mystery, then transforms into an alien abduction fever dream before concluding as an annoying drama about mental illness.
Directed by brothers Kevin and Matthew McManus, the film is set on the strait between the coast of Block Island and Rhode Island, where the filmmakers grew up. When dead fish begin to wash up on the beach, an EPA team arrives to investigate. But then a local fisherman, Tom (Neville Archbolt), dies under strange, hallucinatory circumstances, And his son, Harry (a terrible Chris Sheffield), seems to lose his grip on reality. It soon becomes clear that science does not offer a chance to play in water against supernatural forces.
Often when a horror film mixes and matches subgenres, it is a sign of an incompetent moviemaker. Not here The McManus brothers smartly multitask with horror conventions, eventually telling a heart-wrenching story about what the natural world and a person’s mental stability are.
This satire marries two of my favorite horror subcategories: The Killer item ()“Rubber”) And this Single rogue ()“ATM”). The film is set at a Uniqlo-like fast-fashion store, where there is a new line of denim that adjusts the contrast of each wearer. But Pants has his nefarious plan: to intimidate employees and kill them gracefully. I am not exaggerating when I say that jeans are too tight they kill.
Special effects, especially dancing jeans, are downright silly. But Canadian director Elza Kephart gets smarter with cuts and skirts, which make the splashy fans elated.
Kephart and his co-writer, Patricia Gomez, are not just for sick laughter. They also ask the audience to think – as much as possible in the 77-minute film – about specific consumption, the exploitation of child labor and the hypocrisy of corporate do-gooderism. He has a message of scuffle.
When a film mother locks her child in a cage, it is usually a sign that her maternal instincts are on the fritz. Not the horror but surprisingly tender film of Emma Tommy, the second season finale In the dark, Anthology series from Halt and Blumhouse Television.
Esme (Megalin Ekikunwok) is a single mother who lives in a small town with her young son, Luna (Yonas Kibreb), forcing them to flee after a demonic incident. They keep it for themselves, and for good reason – there is a clue in the circles that marks every full moon on their calendar.
The film is stingy with a clear answer to the distraction that causes Luna to take a vicious bite and develop a taste for meat. But there is no question why his mother hides him.
Some fans may be disappointed at how the monster manifests itself at the last moment. I thought that such moderation was a smart and visually refreshing departure from the typical evil Changeling tale. It is a treat to see a film that is more interested in a human story than a show.