With the month of May shaping up to be a memorable one, let’s jump right into it! Typically I give a quick recap of last month’s reviews, but seeing as how I didn’t watch a single film in April, I’m going to give a shoutout to a few bloggers who watched some cool shit instead:
- A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (reviewed by On the Screen Reviews): “…the film presents an aesthetic reminiscent of so many styles and genres yet manages to feel completely fresh. Fascinating in style and chilling in content, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night will be making many top 10 lists for 2015.”
- The Babadook (reviewed by Digital Shortbread): “[Jennifer Kent] is a master of horror in the making, teasing imagery from the likes of The Exorcist and The Shining in a way that both elevates her film’s seriousness of purpose and honors the work of the legends of a tenebrous past.”
- Ex Machina (reviewed by FlixChatter): “Dazzling, provocative and haunting… everything you’d expect from a futuristic sci-fi film.”
- It Follows (reviewed by the IPC): “It Follows is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO fucking good…”
- Life After Beth (reviewed by Zoe): “Life After Beth is a darkly laughable affair, a different look at the zombie romance thing that seems to be popular at the moment, and well worth the watch if you like anyone from the cast, or enjoy that slightly crooked sense of absurd comedy…”
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (reviewed by Beermovie): “If The Exorcist (1973) is one of the finest and most artistic films ever made that also happened to be a horror film, then The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a short, sharp punch right in the face.”
The Drownsman (VOD)
Director: Chad Archibald
Cast: Michelle Mylett, Caroline Palmer, Gemma Bird Matheson
After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, she begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world but her fear intensifies and she is faced with the vision of a dark figure that haunts her day and night. After watching her struggle for one year with the phobia and visions, Madison’s four friends attempt an unconventional intervention in which they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of this figure that haunts them, it reaches out and begins dragging them to a horrifying place that they can never come back from.
Penny Dreadful (Showtime)
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, and others unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.
The Badger Game (VOD)
Director: Joshua Wagner, Thomas Zambeck
Cast: Augie Duke, Patrick Cronen, Jillian Leigh
A chronic philanderer falls victim to an extortion scheme when he is abducted by four masked strangers demanding retribution for his sins.
Director: Karen Lam
Cast: Kat de Lieva, Richard Harmon, Mayumi Yoshida
A naive university student, Evangeline, is brutalized by a gang of thrill seeking killers. Left to die in the forest, she is ‘saved’ by an ancient demon spirit. The spirit empowers Evangeline with a blood-lust for vengeance. Evangeline must make a choice, is she willing to sacrifice her own soul…
Director: Henry Hobson
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson
A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
Area 51 (VOD)
Director: Oren Peli
Cast: Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Sandra Staggs, Roy Abramsohn
Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government’s secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes unimaginable secrets.
Mad Max: Fury Road (Theatrical)
Director: George Miller
Cast: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
In a post-apocalyptic world, in which people fight to the death, Max teams up with a mysterious woman, Furiousa, to try and survive.
The Human Centipede 3 (VOD)
Director: Tom Six
Cast: Eric Roberts, Bree Olson, Tom Six
The plot is unknown, though it is set in an American maximum security prison in the middle of the desert.
The Vatican Tapes (Theatrical)
Director: Mark Neveldine
Cast: Djimon Hounsou, Kathleen Robertson, Dougray Scott
A priest and two Vatican exorcists must do battle with an ancient satanic force to save the soul of a young woman.
Director: Gil Kenan
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris
A family’s suburban home is invaded by evil forces.
Let Us Prey (VOD)
Director: Brian O’Malley
Cast: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin
Held in a remote police station, a mysterious stranger takes over the minds and souls of everyone inside.
What you shouldn’t miss:
With May being as stacked as it is, you almost can’t go wrong with a lot of these films. What I’d put above the rest, however, is Penny Dreadful, Maggie and Mad Max: Fury Road.
- The first season of Penny Dreadful proved all the doubters wrong, showing that the small screen had plenty of room for some of literary’s most iconic characters to share the spotlight. Led by the fantastic Eva Green, Season 2 promises even more ghoulish and nasty things to come. Watch this show!
- Despite the zombie genre being more bad than good lately, Maggie looks to bring something new to the table with the unlikely duo of Abigail Breslin and Arnold Schwarzenegger at the center of it.
- While this may not be a “horror” movie, Mad Max: Fury Road is a high-octane post apocalyptic thriller that could very well be the best movie of the summer season. Bring it on!
What you should take a chance on:
Again, most of the movies in May look pretty solid. There is one, though, that has had an uphill battle since it was announced, and that film is Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist remake.
- I know it’s hard to accept a lot of remakes these days, especially when they’re remaking near perfect films like Poltergeist. But the truth is that there are plenty of great remakes out there and there’s no reason why Poltergeist can’t be one of them. Give it a shot because who knows, we might be surprised.
Which film are you looking forward to the most?
Like I really need to even tell you guys. Mad Max: Fury Road, man!
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