June doesn’t appear to be holding anything back; there’s a lot of crazy shit coming out this month, so start preparing now. We’re seeing the release of A24’s latest haunter (I’m hearing it’s pretty nuts), the one and only Sophia Coppola has a crazy looking southern gothic horror hybrid coming out, and so much more. You know the drill, so first here’s what I watched in May:
Raw (review): A hell of a debut from French filmmaker Julia Ducournau, Raw is a visceral coming-of-age tale and one of the year’s most original horror films.
Alien: Covenant (review): While it appears that I may have been in the minority with this one, I thought it was a gloriously weird, nihilistic slice of sci-fi horror that expanded a decades-old franchise in ways we never expected. Two Fassbenders are better than one.
Hounds of Love (review): Brutal and grounded in a painfully real world, Hounds of Love is as tough of a watch as we’ll likely see this year—a psycho-fueled thriller that packs a hell of a punch.
Dead Awake (review): You can only do so much with sleep paralysis, which turns out to be not a whole hell of a lot.
Dark Signal (Theaters; VOD June 6)
Director: Edward Evers-Swindell
Cast: Siwan Morris, Gareth David-Lloyd, Joanna Ignaczewska
The spirit of a murdered girl returns with a message for the staff of a local radio station.
Let Me Make You A Martyr (VOD)
Director: Corey Asraf, John Swab
Cast: Marilyn Manson, Mark Boone Junior, Sam Quartin
A cerebral revenge film about two adopted siblings who fall in love, and hatch a plan to kill their abusive father.
Seoul Station (VOD)
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Cast: Seung-ryong Ryu, Franciska Friede, Joon Lee
Several groups of people try to survive a zombie pandemic that unleashes itself in downtown Seoul.
Camera Obscura (Theaters; VOD June 13)
Director: Aaron B. Koontz
Cast: Christopher Denham, Nadja Bobyleva, Catherine Curtin
A veteran war photographer with PTSD sees imminent deaths in his developed photos, questioning his already fragile sanity and putting the lives of those he loves in danger.
It Comes At Night (Theaters)
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Carmen Ejogo
Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
My Cousin Rachel (Theaters)
Director: Roger Michell
Cast: Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Holliday Grainger
A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
Berlin Syndrome (VOD)
Director: Cate Shortland
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Lucie Aron
A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.
47 Meters Down (Theaters)
Director: Johannes Roberts
Cast: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
Two sisters vacationing in Mexico are trapped in a shark cage at the bottom of the ocean. With less than an hour of oxygen left and great white sharks circling nearby, they must fight to survive.
The Mist (Spike TV)
Cast: Alyssa Sutherland, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Bill Carr
After an eerie mist rolls into a small town, the residents must battle the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity.
The Beguiled (Theaters)
Director: Sofia Coppola
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning
At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.
Darkness Rising (Theaters & VOD)
Director: Austin Reading
Cast: Tara Holt, Katrina Law, Bryce Johnson
Nearly murdered as a child by her mother, a woman returns to the house where her mom went mad.
What you shouldn’t miss:
Okay, this was easy: while I don’t know how much The Beguiled sits in the horror genre (it looks like a drama-thriller hybrid), how can I possibly pass it up? And then there’s A24 latest shocker It Comes At Night, which is a no-brainer.
- Between Sofia Coppola and its amazing cast, The Beguiled practically sells itself—just look at that trailer. Ho-ly-shit. I’m not sure if it’s totally in line with the horror genre (the trailer seems to sell it that way) but it sure does look amazing.
- I’ve been hyping up It Comes At Night since we first saw the teaser trailer of that devilish red door—that was an amazing teaser, by the way. Couple that with the fact that A24 has been on a ridiculous roll with their releases over the last handful of years, makes this one an easy must-see.
What you should take a chance on:
Definitely a tough choice here (I’d say that most of these movies look like they could be pretty great), but for the sake of this segment, I’m going with Camera Obscura, My Cousin Rachel, and Berlin Syndrome.
- I featured Aaron B. Koontz’s short film Honor Student right here on TMR a couple of months ago (it’s fantastic so be sure to check it out), so I can’t wait to see what he has in store with his first feature length film in Camera Obscura.
- The world needs more Rachel Weisz in it, so the fact that she’s headlining a murder mystery makes My Cousin Rachel an easy sell—also, it looks fantastic!
- Berlin Syndrome is kind of an unknown but I have yet to hear a bad thing about it—could be the sleeper hit of the summer.
Which film are you looking forward to the most?
A24 has been killing it lately and early word is that they have another hit on their hands with It Comes At Night, so that’s my pick for the month!