Author: Becky Belzile

Nightmother’s Unholy Matrimony, October 2017

Welcome to the most wonderful time of the year. Horror fans all over the world rejoice at the crisp leaves, the ever-expanding pumpkin fields, and the witch’s brew simmering on the stove. This month we’re going hard for Halloween, a boon of celebration for our regular Unholy Matrimony. Read on for horror recommendations and stay awhile, there’s a lot to eat. Need to catch up, or missed the last monthly recommendations? Just click here. Something Old: The Sender (1982) A man awakens near a family park, disoriented and seemingly afraid. He walks quietly through families enjoying the sun, placing...

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Charismata is Unmissable Indie Horror

Overview: A rookie detective investigates satanic killings while dealing with her own demons. Loose Cannon Films; 2017; Not Rated; 100 Minutes. Resting Bitch Face: Detective Rebecca Faraway (Sarah Beck Mather) has had it. It’s clear in the first frame of her face reflecting the harsh red light of the dashboard; she’s done. It’s a look recognizable to anyone who has been forced into confinement with a difficult personality. In this case, it’s her partner Detective Smith (Andonis Anthony) who condescendingly pries about her well being, comments on her appearance, and makes jokes at her expense. They’re on their way...

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VIFF: True to its Promise, Lucky Gives Us Harry Dean Stanton One Last Time

Overview: A 90-year old comes to terms with his life and his death. Magnolia Pictures; 2017; Rated PG; 88 minutes. That’s Some Heavy Shit: The concept of aging has always scared me much more than the concept of death. Being trapped inside a body that’s slowly breaking down is a sobering thought, one that encouraged me to start exercising and taking care of myself early. Lucky shows us Harry Dean Stanton’s 90-year old body close up in full detail as he practices his daily yoga exercises and drinks his morning glass of whole milk. It’s strange to look at—bony...

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22 Hispanic Horror Movies

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and to crossover with Haelloween, we’re bringing you a list of 22 Hispanic Horror movies (and a couple thrillers) to keep your heart rate up and celebrate the quality genre cinema coming out all over the world. You’ll note a distinct absence of GDT here. Not because we don’t celebrate him here at AE, but because he tends to dominate a lot of these lists and we wanted to lift up some gems you may not have seen. Check it out, and let us know what your favourite Hispanic horror movies are! Penumbra (2011,...

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Indivisible Is A Dark Fairy Tale

Overview: Conjoined twins Viola and Dasy come of age and begin to question the direction of their separate lives. Tramp Ltd.; 2017; Not Rated; 100 minutes Together: Indivisible gets right into it, addressing the question that comes to everyone’s most honest mind: how attached are they, and what sensations are shared between them? The film opens on conjoined twins Viola and Dasy, Viola sleeping soundly with a pleasured smile on her face as Dasy lazily touches her vulva, seemingly more bored with the morning than actually aroused. This initially shows us that what affects one girl’s body somehow transfers...

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Carrie White Burns in Hell: Carrie’s 40th Anniversary

Originally published on October 26, 2016. Carrie is now available on Hulu treaming. Forty years later, Carrie is still one of the most popular horror movies of its time. As is the case with any successful adaptation, it would be a disservice to neglect to consider the source material. 1976: In the middle of one of the hottest decades for horror, Stephen King’s first film adaptation was born. This would spark the beginning of a successful book to film career that took King from a job making $1.60 an hour in a laundry to where he is today as one...

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Thank God for the Blood, Downrange is a Disaster

Overview: Six people are tormented on a deserted road by a hidden gunman. Genco, Inc.; 2017; Not Rated; 90 minutes. Blood: Ryûhei Kitamura has a penchant for gore, most notably for his take on Clive Barker’s short story Midnight Meat Train starring Bradley Cooper. This seems to be where his strengths begin and end in Downrange, the kind of movie you end up talking through with your friends and saying, “Nah, it’s okay, don’t pause it.” when you get up to use the bathroom. There is no set-up here. This is bare-bones storytelling in the middle of nowhere with...

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Get Lost and Scared with Daniel Radcliffe in the ‘Jungle’ Trailer

The Halloween season is starting to heat up! Announcements are being made, decorations bought, and pumpkins plumped. Just in time, here comes an Australian thriller showcasing the best of man vs. nature in a tense fight for survival in the Bolivian jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe plays Yossi Ghinsberg, author of the bestselling memoir Jungle: A Harrowing Tale of Survival on which the movie is based. It tells Ghinsberg’s tale of becoming lost in the Amazon surviving against all horrific odds. Watch this group of eager, adventurous travelers learn how unprepared they are for everything that goes wrong while...

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Nightmother’s Unholy Matrimony, September 2017

Hey all, we have an investigative flavour happening this month which is kind of cool and unplanned. Very Blotter-esque. Dish up! Need to catch up, or missed the last monthly recommendations? Just click here. Something Old: The Ugly (1997) The ‘90s were a weird time for horror, but there are some hidden gems out there. For awhile we talked about how it’s the “worst” decade for the genre, now we talk a lot about how we talked about that but were wrong. Just like low-rise jeans. Anyway, this hidden gem came out of New Zealand in 1997. I’m recommending...

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Annabelle: Creation is Engaging and Spooky

Overview: 12 years after the loss of their child, a couple turn their haunted farmhouse into an orphanage. 2017; Warner Bros.; Rated R; 109 minutes The Switch: Is it too early to coin the term “Flanaganed”? Last year, Ouija: Origin of Evil won our hearts as the Most Improved Horror Franchise thanks to a surprisingly strong followup to its dead on arrival predecessor, Ouija. This was largely due to director Mike Flanagan, who took the dismal story and, by creating a prequel, salvaged the ideas that were muddled and lost in the first. It may seem unfair to bring...

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Nightmother’s Unholy Matrimony – August 2017

Welcome back! Let’s eat. Something Old: Dolls (1987) Slow days at work mean I get to trawl the horror section to watch whatever lies at the bottom of the genre barrel – or, more usually, hidden gems that sit in my blind spot. I peeked at the cover of Dolls a few weeks ago on a slow day at work – “They walk, they talk, they kill.” – and put it on in the background. Whenever my I glanced at the screen, something wacky caught my eye. The moment I saw a child’s teddy bear come to life and...

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Death Becomes Her 25 Years Later

There was a time, if you came over to my house, when I forced you to watch Death Becomes Her. I taped it off television on an old VHS with a ripped label, my childhood print scrawling the title across. I took great pride in my perfect timing, nearly eliminating all traces of commercial breaks. The tape was almost ruined with my watches and re-watches and rewinding re-watches; it was my favourite movie, and I wanted everyone I knew to see it. My twelve-year-old brain posited that if they didn’t love it, they probably couldn’t love me. After all,...

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Atomic Blonde Offers A Much Needed Character, Great Fight Scenes, And An OK Film

Overview: A spy is sent to Berlin in 1989 to investigate a murder and retrieve a potentially-incriminating list. Focus Features.; 2017; Rated R; 115 minutes. Rolemodel: I said it the first time I saw a clip from Atomic Blonde and I stand by it now – I’ve never wanted to be anyone more than I want to be Lorraine Broughton. It was time to see a badass female fighter who could really hold her own, whose bloody teeth and left hook were believable and fearsome. A woman who could kill a man with her bare hands or her fiery,...

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Lupita Nyong’o Goes Undercover at SDCC

Look! A spark of joy! It’s no secret Lupita Nyong’o  was at SDCC this year promoting Black Panther. But she also secretly blessed fans with her presence at San Diego Comic-Con in a fabulously sparkly pink Power Ranger disguise/cosplay. She danced her way through the crowd, chatting and posing with unknowing patrons and just generally had an amazing time, as everybody should at Comic-Con. This amateur cosplayer wholeheartedly approves, and also wonders, who else has been hiding right under our noses dressed as Stormtroopers or Spiderman? Today she revealed her secret in a tweet, along with a montage of...

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Open The Vault with James Franco and Taryn Manning in New Trailer

Some of the best horror involves being trapped in a space where you might not be alone (Recently, remember The Void, Baskin, Autopsy of Jane Doe, or even Last Shift?) Besides being easy on the budget, tight-space thrillers force creativity and a quality of performance that stretches everyone involved. Only some are up to the challenge. The Vault is opening in Select Theaters & On Demand on Friday, September 1 and is directed by Dan Bush, who you might know from his previous film, The Signal. Taryn Manning (good ol’ Pennsatucky) and Francesca Eastwood (Final Girl) play badass sisters...

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