Giallos are far from the most accessible horror subgenre; a lot of them are often sold as straightforward horror films but end up being slow-burn mysteries with little gore and suspense until the third act, while the journeys within them are populated with several jarring mood changes and shifts in tone. Leave it to the genius of writer-director Edgar Wright and co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns to make the genre accessible for general American audiences with Last Night In Soho, a mesmerizing, engrossing and eerie mystery-horror film that wears its Italian giallo influences on its sleeve, takes viewers back in time to 1960s London with a massive, energetic soundtrack, and is as wondrous as it is unnerving thanks to creative visuals.
Jane Austen is one of the most prolific authors of all time, and her body of work has been adapted from the page to the silver screen on a multitude of occasions, from Ang Lee’s 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility to Joe Wright’s feature directorial debut rendition of Pride and Prejudice. One of the most famous Austen adaptations was Amy Heckerling’s Clueless, which left audiences howling with laughter and left speechless over its creativity in modernizing Austen’s novel Emma in a mid-90s era high school in Beverly Hills, California. Read more
From FOX and director Josh Boone comes the Marvel Comics adaptation The New Mutants. Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt and Alice Braga, the film hits theaters April 13, 2018. Read more
I have not liked an M. Night Shyamalan movie since The Village and that came out 13 years ago. Since then, Shyamalan has made a string of awful, degrading movies. His most recent movie, The Visit, had an interesting concept (like all of his movies), but nothing stuck in the overall scheme of things. And I never made it past 15 minutes into some of his other recent movies (Devil, After Earth), because I knew I was in for another headache. Shyamalan has been in my dog house for a while now, but when the previews for Split first appeared, I was initially curious. Was Shyamalan onto something? Was he finally back? As it turns out, absolutely yes, is the answer to both of these questions. Split is an expertly-crafted psychological horror movie and a return to form for Shyamalan, whose twistingly-good storytelling was sorely missed.
From the trailer, Morgan looked an awful lot like the 1995 film Species – an artificial human girl created in a lab gets out and they had to get her back. That’s what I’d been expecting anyway (I was wrong) but, the trailer didn’t reveal much. Actually that’s the thing about this movie – Morgan is a film that carefully manages how much is revealed at one time. It tantalises and reveals overtly when the time is right. Morgan gets foreshadowing exactly right. We are able to barely guess what’s going to happen, soon enough to feel smart but not soon enough to spoil the movie. Read more
From A24 Films and writer/director Robert Eggers comes The Witch – a shocking new horror sensation that blew up Sundance in 2015 winning the award for Best Director. The film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson and is set for theatrical release February 19th.
I fully intended to go see Deadpool this week but when I actually got to the theater I found I couldn’t voluntarily subject myself to any more of it. Being an internet user, I’ve been steeped in Deadpool for the past month or so and without knowing it, I’d had my fill. So I went to see The Witch, a horror period piece of which I’d heard almost nothing. What a nice change of pace. Read more