Author: Becky Belzile

New It Comes at Night Trailer Ups the Paranoia

One of the most anticipated horror movies coming this summer is Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night, a psychological flick that looks dark and exciting as hell. Shults is known for his directorial debut, the brilliantly nightmarish family drama Krisha, proving he can work with the uglier parts of humanity—a key ingredient in good paranoia horror. It Comes at Night plays with the apocalyptic scenario in what seems to be a fresh and newly frightening way when a family is threatened by an outsider. How far will they go, and how afraid should they be? Check out the...

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New Atomic Blonde Clip is Extremely Hot

I’ve never wanted to be any character more than Charlize Theron’s in Atomic Blonde. She’s cutthroat and hot as hell, I could watch her kick ass all day in that stunning wardrobe. Already rumblings from the depths of the internet deign to label Atomic Blonde the ‘female John Wick.’ If we’re talking about two top-quality actors who seriously trained and put their whole selves into a sleek action film, then sure. But not beyond that — Lorraine Broughton is her own force to be reckoned with, and I am almost salivating waiting for more. Check out this new clip...

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Sister Act and the Roles We Play 25 Years Later

There are two movies from my childhood that I’ll never get sick of. The kind I sit down and watch when I catch them on TV, simply joyful movies that made me laugh and comforted me through bouts of the flu. They were released within a year of each other (1992 and 1993) and both of them feature characters whose survival or happiness depend on convincingly becoming different people. The first of these is Mrs. Doubtfire, and the second, 25 years old today and so worthy of celebration, is Sister Act. The early ‘90s comedy warmed many hearths with...

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Joaquin Phoenix Promises Sweet Revenge in You Were Never Really Here

Why isn’t anybody talking about this? This week at Cannes, director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) is screening a new film in competition for the  Palme d’Or starring my boi Joaquin Phoenix with a majestic beard in the form of You Were Never Really Here. Based on Jonathan Ames’ novella of the same name, You Were Never Really Here is a revenge flick about a military vet who rescues young girls from sex trafficking in New York and punishes their traffickers (and johns, I presume) until he runs into complications. You can check out this 1:31 teaser...

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‘David Lynch: The Art Life’ is Soul Food for the Artist

Originally published on April 10. Overview: The Art Life gives a glimpse into the artwork and early life of artist and filmmaker David Lynch. Janus Films; 2016; Not Rated; 90 minutes. The Mystery: Historically, David Lynch has let his work speak for itself. He has little interest in explaining symbolism and meaning and remains a somewhat private man. In David Lynch: The Art Life, directors Jon Nguyen and Rick Barnes capture a humble shot of him from an angle previously unseen, a look into Lynch’s young life and his artistic process. Seasoned people-watchers rejoice, we are spoiled with shots of...

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5 Short Films by David Lynch

So much has been said about David Lynch, and at the same time it feels like it’s never enough. Watching his films affects your brain in a unique way that is especially subjective and determined by your mood and life in the moment of consumption. His films stand the test of time and inspire countless creatives, speaking to a deeper level than many are willing to descend. It’s no surprise, then, that he is multi-talented in artistic fields, beginning with painting as a young man. Almost like a moment in Lynch’s evolution from painting to film, his shorts stand...

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10 More Horror Shorts to Freak You Out

Last week we gave you a list of 10 Horror Shorts to watch while you’re tucked into bed and looking for a scare. This week we continue with another 10, maybe just to pass the time at work. Either way, it’s best if you close the door, turn off the lights, and put on your headphones for maximum fear. Not Alone – You may have heard of The Witching Season, an episodic show of sorts whose horror shorts include some of the best tropes the genre has to offer. If you haven’t, I touched on them briefly here. This...

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‘Hounds of Love’ Is Hard To Watch But Impossible To Look Away From

Overview: A murderous couple abduct a troubled teen who has only two choices: escape or die. Gunpowder & Sky; 2017; Not Rated; 108 minutes. Hot Hot Hell: There’s something about Australian crime dramas that makes them seem even more brutal than the average fare. Perhaps it’s the apparent stifling temperature adding a sheen of sweat to the anger, like viewing the film through mirage from the heat rising from the pavement. Hounds of Love is one such film whose violent content is only exacerbated by its location: Perth, 1987. It’s Christmas, only it doesn’t really feel like Christmas. Evelyn...

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The Importance of Horror with LA Weekly

Last week, April Wolfe at LA Weekly wrote a gentle primer on the morality and social applicability of horror films, especially in this day and age. Not to be mistaken for some generic and newly-discovered truth, she takes the time to remind us of horror’s constant and powerful parallel with the times we live in. Horror fans have been screaming this from the rooftops since time began, so you’ll forgive me for echoing her sentiments. Right now, as genre filmmaking remains popular in all demographics, we need to treat horror with the air of importance it deserves for decoding...

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‘The Exorcist’ Possesses Your Television Again in Season 2

When Fox’s The Exorcist was announced, I wasn’t immediately on board. I’m not a purist, but horror television is rarely exceptional. Confined by stauncher censors and limited run times, horror television can be a bloated family-friendly value meal lacking in nutrition and compelling story. However, there are exceptions, and The Exorcist turned out to be one in a big and surprising way. Armed with a cast dedicated to giving iron-tight performances, the story of an upper-class suburban family plagued by familial possession drew viewers in with its brave — and shockingly gory at times — presentation. One of The...

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‘Nosferatu’…With Sound!

John Squires over at Bloody Disgusting has alerted us to Nosferatu -the Non Silent Film. That’s right, using Getty sound clips a group referred to as AlmapBBDO has added sound and dialogue to the most iconic and well-known vampire movie from 1922, and while I’m tempted to say don’t mess with perfection, it works. Very well. Check out the trailer and posters here. Squires writes: Nosferatu – The Non Silent Film can (and absolutely should) be watched for free over at nonsilentfilm.com, where you can interact with the sound timeline of the production and have access to each file...

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‘Let Me Make You a Martyr’ with Marilyn Manson Streaming Soon

I grew up in a household that was very against Marilyn Manson, mostly because of rumours that he’d sold his soul to the devil (not the rumour about his rib removal that spread across every single elementary school like the worst urban legend) but that didn’t bother me because I was not the rebellious type and also personally terrified of him. When Mechanical Animals came out in 1998 I remember being horrified and intrigued by the cover every time I walked into a music store. I had so many questions, and nobody could seem to answer them. Of course,...

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Netflix Hidden Gem: Maria Bamford: Old Baby

Last year, Maria Bamford’s genius show Lady Dynamite debuted on Netflix. For those unfamiliar with her stand up comedy, it was a great primer to the kinds of jokes to expect from her, and a glimpse into the life of one of the best working comedians today. Now available on Netflix is her new stand up special, Old Baby, and it’s definitely worth your time. Most stand up specials stick to a familiar format. A comedian stands onstage in a large venue packed with people who are all told about the filming and asked to be extra supportive. Pardon my...

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8 Reasons to Watch Indie Horror from NY Post

Sara Stewart over at New York Post posits that ‘we’re in a golden age for indie horror’ and she’s not wrong. The last few years has seen a resurgence of the genre bringing us some of the best horror flicks ever. Check out her 8 reasons you should be watching indie horror (and some trailers to boot) right now. In case you missed it, we have a fantastic master list of the 100 Best Horror movies of the 2000s (So Far) We like horror. A lot. It’s a legitimately great list, but I didn’t have any say in it...

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10 Horror Shorts to Make You Afraid of the Dark

Horror shorts are special. They’re a wonderful introduction for those who are a little too nervous to sit in their own fear for two hours, and sometimes they even inspire feature-length versions or appear in anthologies (for better or worse!). Many filmmakers got their start making shorts, a more challenging feat than many realize. Here’s a list of 10 great horror shorts that aren’t Lights Out. For best results, turn out the lights, tuck into bed, and stay tuned for 10 more next week. Thresher gets an A+ for story and style. Featuring a man locked up in a...

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