After the onslaught of horror we’ve seen over the last three months, it was only a matter of time before things slowed down. April, while less on its plate, has a couple of films very much worth checking out, including one of the most talked about films at this year’s SXSW and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut. Not bad, not bad at all. But before we get started, here’s what I watched in March:
- Avenged (review): This one is perfect as a revenge-fueled midnight movie with plenty of blood and guts. While certainly rough around the edges, there’s plenty of carnage going around to keep most people entertained.
- Faults (review): A totally unique, mind-bending thriller that sets itself apart from anything we’ve seen out of the genre this year. Wonderfully acted, plenty twisted and just a hell of a film.
- Spring (review): Easily my favorite film of the year, it’s a totally unique story that blends romance and horror in a wonderful way. Both scary and heartwarming, Spring is the real deal and unlike anything we’re likely to see in a long, long time.
- Backcountry (review): Oh, man, this movie really turns it up. Viciousness coupled with the gorgeous beauty of the wilderness makes this survival horror an unforgettable, brutal experience.
- The House on Pine Street (review): A familiar story meets refreshing scares in this haunted house tale. Done to great effect, this film is a reminder that simple can be scary, too.
Ex Machina (Theatrical)
Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
Lost River (VOD)
Director: Ryan Gosling
Cast: Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes
A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.
The Sisterhood of Night (VOD)
Director: Caryn Waechter
Cast: Georgie Henley, Kara Hayward, Willa Cuthrell-Tuttleman
When a teenage girl says she’s the victim of a secret network called The Sisterhood of Night, a quiet suburban town becomes the backdrop for a modern-day Salem witch trial.
The Harvest (VOD)
Director: John McNaughton
Cast: Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Natasha Calis
A couple who keeps their sick son in a secluded environment find their controlled lives challenged by a young girl who moves in next door.
From the Dark (VOD/Blu-ray)
Director: Conor McMahon
Cast: Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell, Ged Murray
A couple on a trip through the Irish countryside find themselves hunted by a creature who only attacks at night.
Monsters: Dark Continent (VOD)
Director: Tom Green
Cast: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie
Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.
Director: Levan Gabriadze
Cast: Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson
A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.
What you shouldn’t miss:
Well, this is a no-brainer. Ex Machina and Lost River are the two hottest titles hitting this month for a couple of reasons…
- Ex Machina is one you’re going to want to keep an eye on because it was one of the most praised films out of this year’s SXSW, a festival that is known for dishing out some of the best films of the year.
- Lost River is a toss-up only because it has been met with reviews that range from bad to great. Why it’s a “must-see”, though, is simply because it marks Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut and it’s obvious he picked up on some of Nicolas Winding Refn psychedelic techniques.
What you should take a chance on:
Because there are so few genre films hitting this month, you could probably take a shot at any of these, but here’s what I’d suggest.
- Unfriended is part of this new wave of cyber-footage that the genre recently came up with. While it’s certainly a unique style of filmmaking, I don’t know that it becoming the new “found-footage” is necessarily a good thing. That said, this film has seen some (surprisingly) good reviews.
Which film are you looking forward to the most?
Easily Ex Machina as it looks like a sure bet for the best film of the month.
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