For a pantheon inhabiting monster, it is odd that a good Mummy movie a rarity. Unlike werewolves and vampires, Mummies got stuck in a same-story trope vortex of sameness. Fear not, though, The Scariest Things has found some buried treasures for you!
Mike’s Review: Wrong Turn (2021)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Once a film franchise crosses over in to four, five, or six sequels, or god forbid a complete reboot, it deserves lampooning and a heaping dose of criticism. That many sequels is often a reflection of the imagination tank run completely dry. Take your original story/villain and wash, rinse, and repeat.
North Bend Film Festival Announces the Lineup for Its 2021 Hybrid Edition
Washington’s North Bend Film Festival is back, and it is serving up a hybrid in-person and virtual version this July. […]
Mike’s Review: Begotten (1989)
★★★ out of ★★★★★ Umm what just happened? Was that a dream? Did I just have a stroke? Did my ego and id simultaneously implode? Unclear on all fronts. One thing is certain. This is a film like no other and it’s not something you can ever unsee.
Trailer Alert! Great White
What’s summer without a shark attack movie? If you share this sentiment, check out the trailer and poster reveal for Great White, an Australian entry in the shark survival horror thriller subgenre headed our way in July.
Joseph’s Review: Agnes (Tribeca Festival 2021)
Destined to be one of the most talked-about and divisive fright-fare films of the year, auteur Mickey (Climate of the Hunter) Reece’s possession-horror feature brings “But is it horror?” to a whole new level.
Liz’s Review: Censor (Panic Fest 2021)
★★★ out of ★★★★★ Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond Enid (Niamh Algar) is a film censor in London who’s job it is […]
Mike’s Review: The Amusement Park (1973/2021)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★ Everyone gets old. It’s no more complicated than this little horrifying truism. The world of horror is filled with ghosts, homicidal nutcases, Pazzuzu, creepies, crawlies, and robot-monsters. But, nothing, repeat, nothing, is more frightening at the prospect of losing your mental and physical faculties and facing the sad and potential finite end of life.
Joseph’s Reviews: Twisted Dreams Film Festival Online 2021 Horror Shorts: Possessions; Goodbye; and Sundown Trail
Along with the terrific feature-film lineup from Twisted Dreams Film Festival’s 2021 virtual version, the festival serves up plenty of short-form fright fare, too. Here is a second set of capsule reviews of just a few of the short films on offer.
Liz’s Review: In The Earth
★★★ out of ★★★★★ Written and Directed by Ben Wheatley During the lockdown of 2020, while the rest of us […]
Joseph’s Reviews: Twisted Dreams Film Festival Online 2021 Horror Shorts: Momma, Don’t Go; Make a Wish; and The Guard Station
Along with the terrific feature-film lineup from Twisted Dreams Film Festival’s 2021 virtual version, the fest serves up plenty of superb short-form fright fare, too. Here are capsule reviews of just a few of the short films on offer.
The Scariest Things Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)
★★★1/2 and ★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The highly anticipated return of the demonologist duo, The Warrens, has arrived on the big screen. It starts off with a ferocious roar of an opening scene, and largely holds its dramatic tension to the finish of this exorcism mystery meets courtroom drama.
Horror Shorts: Finley (2019)
Dolls are creepy. Ventriloquist dummies add on the extra creep factor. Finley takes advantage of all the established history of the evil dummy tropes that came before it and flips all expectations in the most amusing and satisfying way.
Trailer Alert: Demonic (2021)
IFC Midnight has dropped the trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s newest offering, Demonic and it looks insane!
Eric’s Review: A Quiet Place Part II
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
A worthy sequel to the science-fiction horror modern classic. A Quiet Place Part II is very much an extension of the first movie. It feels like one continuous story. Intense, expertly crafted, and wonderfully acted, this movie doesn’t break a lot of new ground but it builds upon what the original did so well. It’s a first-rate thrill ride!
Mike’s Review: Satan’s Slave (1976)
★★ out of ★★★★★ Crack open the dusty dictionary parked over on your bookshelf and look up staid British horror film. We’ll wait. What’s it say? 1976’s Satan’s Slave? Yep, that’s what we thought.
Twisted Dreams Film Festival Goes Virtual Again for Its 6th Edition
The fine folks behind Milwaukee’s Twisted Dreams Film Festival have done it again, booking an incredible array of pulse-pounding cinema for the fest’s sixth edition, and its second virtual version. Following you will find what’s playing, how to see it, and more . . .
Joseph’s Review: Digging to Death
A man going through some difficult times discovers $3 million on his new property, but it comes with ever-heavier emotional baggage and a corpse that won’t stay buried in this well-crafted chiller.
Slash ½ Features Shocks Aplenty and Gore Galore
Austrian film festival Slash ½, presented by the fine folks behind Slash Filmfestival, returns to cinemas after an absence last year, and the slate of 11 incredible films is highly impressive. The fest, which runs June 17–20, 2021 at Filmcasino in Vienna, Austria, features the gory trappings of The Stylist, the gross-out horror comedy Cyst, the supernatural shocker Son, and much more.
Trailer Alert: Last Night in Soho
Edgar Wright channels his inner Argento with a dreamy giallo-noir trailer for his upcoming film Last Night in Soho starring Anya Taylor Joy, Tomasin McKenzie, and Matt Smith.
Horror Shorts: We Got a Monkey’s Paw (2018)
“What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” The most accursed of curse tropes is brought to hilarious proportions in one of our favorite horror shorts from the Portland Horror Film Festival in 2019, now released on Alter… and now The Scariest Things!
A Podcast Extra: An Interview with Actor/Director Ryan Barton-Grimley
The Scariest Things sat down for a fun and lively discussion with director Ryan Barton-Grimley to break down his raucous horror-comedy Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers, one of our favorite movies from 2020.
Mike’s Review: Army of the Dead (2021)
★★ out of ★★★★★ Gone are the days of Bub from Day of the Dead. Gone are the days of the zombie nurse, the fat guy, and the Hare Krishna from Dawn of the Dead. Gone are the half-dogs and headless zombies from Return of the Living Dead. Most importantly, gone is a fun but serious dissection of societal woes and man’s modern day pitfalls. IInstead we’re now being fed a pile of ghastly super-hero zombies, that shriek like space aliens, set inside a hyper-realized video game construct. It’s a sad state of affairs to be sure. One might even say that the zombie genre has jumped the shark, or in this case the albino zombie tiger.
South Korea’s BIFAN Film Festival Invites You to “Stay Strange” for Its 25th Birthday
One of life’s highlights for me each year is attending South Korea’s Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFAN), which I […]
Trailer Alert! False Positive (2021)
Oh, Hollywood and your ever-clever marketing minions. You really had us at “…contemporary take on the classic horror film Rosemary’s Baby.” That just makes our hardened horror heart go pitter-patter.
Liz’s Book Report: The Final Girl Support Group
Grady Hendrix has tackled many horror tropes in his novels: a gateway to hell, possession and exorcism, selling your soul for rock and roll and vampires. In his latest book he takes on perhaps the most well known trope of the genre- the Final Girl.
Trailer Alert! A Classic Horror Story
Giallo and Texas Chainsaw mashed up? Uh, yes, please. We’d love to see that! Well, now you can! Those horror geniuses over at Netflix have officially dropped the official trailer for 2021’s A Classic Horror Story.
Joseph’s Review: Seance
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
The directorial debut from renowned screenwriter Simon Barrett treads familiar territory but is crafted with great affection for a few different horror subgenres.
The Supernatural, Subversiveness, and Strangeness Highlight Fantasia’s First Wave Announcement
Every year, the staff members of The Scariest Things look forward to the Fantasia International Film Festival — North America’s premiere genre-film fest — and the first wave announcement for the fest’s landmark 25th edition shows exactly why!
Trailer Alert! Censor
Fresh off of its award-winning film festival run, the U.K. horror feature Censor is set to premiere at U.S. theaters on June 11, 2021, and then to debut On Demand on June 18, from Magnet Releasing. The Scariest Things has the trailer and poster debut for you!