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Released: 11 April 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Neil Marshall Writer: Andrew Cosby Cast: David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, Sophie Okonedo Distributor: Lionsgate If you like this, try… Lifeforce Tobe Hooper’s London-set naked alien vampire movie is a clear inspiration for the R-rated batshit antics It’s as unfair to approach
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Author: Nina Allan Publisher: riverrun Released: 4 April 2019 Buy on Amazon If you like this, try… The Rift by Nina Allan A woman’s missing sister returns with an impossible story of another world “Unclassifiable” can be such a lovely thing. It’s easy to understand why we’re always in such a rush to put stories
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From Jordan Peele, writer and director of Get Out, comes Us — a new horror film following Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o), her husband Gabe (Winston Duke), and their two children Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) and Jason (Evan Alex) as the family vacations in Santa Cruz CA, where something terrible had happened to Adelaide as a
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Released: 4 April 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer Cast: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz Distributor: Paramount If you like this, try… Wendigo Larry Fessenden’s creepy take on the Wendigo legend. The recent surge of Stephen King adaptations for the small and big screen makes complete sense considering what confusing and scary
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Released: 29 March 2019 Certificate: 18 Director: Jonas Åkerlund Writer: Dennis Magnusson, Jonas Åkerlund Cast: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Jack Kilmer Distributor: Arrow Films If you like this, try… Green Room Nazi Punks are the enemy in Jeremy Saulnier’s gory and visceral horror starring the late Anton Yelchin. Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund comes well equipped
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Released: 4 April Certificate: 12A Director: Tim Burton Cast: Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Nico Parker, Finley Hobbins Distributor: Walt Disney Studios If you like this, try… Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Burton and Green’s earlier collaboration boasts monsters, time travel and youngsters with weird and wonderful abilities. Few filmmakers mix
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Released: 22 March 2019 (US) Certificate: TBC Director: Joel Potrykus Writer: Joel Potrykus Cast: Joshua Burge, David Dastmalchian, Andre Hyland, Adina Howard Distributor: Oscilloscope If you like this, try… The Greasy Strangler You’ve never seen anything like this gloriously gross instant cult classic It takes tremendous skill to completely immerse a viewer in an environment
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Released: 22 March 2019 Creator: Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij Cast: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, Emory Cohen, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Patrick Gibson Distributor: Netflix If you like this, try… Russian Doll Almost as trippy as The OA and just as interested in existentialism, Russian Doll is the best new show of 2019. There’s a moment in
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Released: 22 March 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Jordan Peele Writer: Jordan Peele Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex Distributor: Universal If you like this, try… Funny Games Michael Haneke’s home invasion horror forced viewers to confront their own voyeurism It’s immensely gratifying to horror fans that Get
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Released: 15 March 2019 Certificate: 15 Director: Nicholas McCarthy Writer: Jeff Buhler Cast: Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Peter Mooney, Colm Feore, Brittany Allen Distributor: Vertigo Releasing If you like this, try… The Omen Creepy kids don’t come any creepier than Damien – aka the Antichrist – in Richard Donner’s 1976 classic. In 2009, Jaume
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“This house is a bitch,” pastor Ellie Mueller (Karen Woditsch) tells Don Koch (WWE legend Phil “CM Punk” Brooks) of the Victorian mansion opposite her church that he is fixing up so that he and his pregnant wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) can start a family there. “Certain places have personalities, and sometimes they’re rotten.
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Released: TBA Certificate: TBC Director: Antonio Tublen Writer: Antonio Tublen Cast: Zoë Tapper, Ed Speleers, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Jan Bijvoet If you like this, try… The Night Eats The World This French zombie film sees an apparent sole survivor barricade himself inside a Parisian building. When films open with establishing shots of a city, it’s normally
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“The following presentation is derived from footage captured by the catastrophic reality TV pilot Extremely Haunted Hoarders,” reads text at the beginning of The Hoard, over a rapid – indeed, so rapid as to be near inscrutable – montage of monstrosity, mayhem and murder. It is not just a precise prelude of what is to
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Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein’s film opens to the distorted strains of ice cream truck music, as seven-year-old Chloe (Lexy Kolker) peeks out at Mr Snowcone’s blue-and-pink vehicle parked in the suburban street below. Ice cream is such a simple, tantalising pleasure, yet Chloe’s dad Henry (Emile Hirsch) pulls Chloe back from the window
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Taking place (mostly) in an isolated petrol station on the night that the Danish football team is playing in the finals of the European Championship, Finale sets itself up as a familiar – indeed timeless – tale of predatory victimisation. The station owner’s daughter Agnes (Anne Bergfeld) and disgruntled employee Belinda (Karin Michelsen) are working
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This fourth feature from Ron Carlson (All American Christmas Carol, Tom Cool, Midgets Vs. Mascots) opens with a before-and-after sequence: a young woman buys peyote from Native American Bigfoot (Michael Horse) and his diminutive sidekick Firecracker (Danny Woodburn), with a warning of ‘grave consequences’ should their client disrupt the local fauna; and then the same
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Certificate: TBC Director: Casey Affleck Writer: Casey Affleck Cast: Anna Pniowsky, Casey Affleck, Tom Bower, Elisabeth Moss, Hrothgar Mathews Distributor: Black Bear Pictures If you like this, try… Leave No Trace A similar father/daughter wilderness concept but told with nuance, pathos and heart. “You said it was going to be about the girl,” says Rag
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Released: 15 February 2019 Certificate: PG Director: Joe Cornish Writer: Joe Cornish Cast: Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Angus Imrie, Dean Chaumoo, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart Distributor: 20th Century Fox If you like this, try… The Sword In The Stone For a more traditional retelling of the King Arthur legend, check out Disney’s sweet animation.
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