While the new year got off to a slow start, February picked things up quite a bit, delivering one of the most talked about films of the year with Robert Eggers’ feature film debut The Witch! But as exciting as last month was—not only did we see the long-awaited release of The Witch, but we saw a handful of great indie films as well—March promises yet another strong line-up for the horror genre, the mystery film everyone is talking about in 10 Cloverfield Lane. But before we get started, here’s what I watched in February:
The Witch (review): Robert Eggers’ debut film (!) is the real deal, a slick, slow-burning nightmare with brilliant performances and some of the most chilling imagery of any horror film this year.
Nina Forever (review): A fantastic twist on the tired tale of romance, Nina Forever is a strange and quirky genre mash-up that goes to some dark places with its crazy concept.
Southbound (review): So far this is one of the biggest surprises of the year. With the anthology format’s recent revival, it was nice to see a film do something different and deliver some genuinely creepy shorts, all tied together seamlessly.
Estranged (review): While it was probably the most under-the-radar horror film of February, Estranged turned out to be a very solid psychological thriller with some great performances.
Ava’s Possessions (VOD)
Director: Jordan Galland
Cast: Jemima Kirke, Carol Kane, William Sadler
Ava Dobkins is recovering from demonic possession. With no memory of the past month, she is forced to attend a Spirit Possession Anonymous support group. As Ava struggles to reconnect with her friends, get her job back, and figure out where the huge bloodstain in her apartment came from, she’s plagued by nightmarish visions – the demon is trying to come back.
Emelie (Theaters & VOD)
Director: Michael Thelin
Cast: Carly Adams, Carl Bailey, Thomas Bair
After their regular babysitter can’t make it, the Thompson family turns to her friend Anna to supervise the children while they go out to celebrate their anniversary.
The Other Side of the Door (Theaters)
Director: Johannes Roberts
Cast: Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Javier Botet
A family lives an idyllic existence abroad until a tragic accident takes the life of their young son. The inconsolable mother learns of an ancient ritual that will bring him back to say a final goodbye. She travels to an ancient temple, where a door serves as a mysterious portal between two worlds. But when she disobeys a sacred warning to never open that door, she upsets the balance between life and death.
Bates Motel (A&E)
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot
The show starts out as Norman Bates being portrayed as a regular young man. As the show goes on, Norma and Norman’s relationship gives us insight to how Norman came to be the way he is. An intricate back story to Norma’s life is revealed and Norman’s psyche slowly starts to unravel, long before the events way down in the fruit cellar.
10 Cloverfield Lane (Theaters)
Director: Dan Trachtenberg
Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
Waking up from a car accident, a young woman finds herself in the basement of a man who says he’s saved her life from a chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable.
Baskin (Theaters & VOD)
Director: Can Evrenol
Cast: Muharrem Bayrak, Mehmet Akif Budak, Fadik Bülbül
A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.
What you shouldn’t miss:
Like last month, March has plenty to choose from, so my pick for this month’s must-see is 10 Cloverfield Lane. Take a look:
- Although I was more excited about this movie when it was known as The Cellar, and before it was tied to the Cloverfield universe, there’s no denying that 10 Cloverfield Lane looks pretty great, especially with that cast. Why it’s a must-see, however, is because now that we know the truth about this little mystery film, it’ll be interesting to see if it lives up to all the hype.
What you should take a chance on:
There are two particularly crazy looking horror films coming out this month and they are Baskin and Emelie, so definitely give those a shot.
- Baskin is a Turkish horror film that came out of nowhere, and if it weren’t for the festival circuit, this batshit insane looking little gem might have gone completely unnoticed—what a shame that would have been!
- Emelie is another indie film that made some noise when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and it’s easy to see why. The trailer dropped a few weeks ago and it’s absolutely chilling, giving us a quick glimpse at the babysitter-gone-psycho thriller. I’m really curious about this one and I think it has a ton of potential, so definitely be on the lookout for it.
Which film are you looking forward to the most?
This is a tough one because I’m really excited about a lot of these movies, I’m going with Emelie. I think the film is going to surprise a lot of folks and I really dug that trailer!