March has shaped up to be quite an interesting month for horror, as most of its releases are under-the-radar indies that haven’t, for whatever reason, gained much attention. Despite that, the reason why this month is such an exciting one for horror fans is because we’ll see the release of Jordan Peele’s doppelgänger family invasion film Us, the follow-up to Get Out. Peele has already set the bar pretty high for himself, so it’ll be interesting to see what he has in store for Us. But before we jump into this thing, here’s what I watched last month:
Braid: Although it’s a little all over the place from a narrative standpoint, director Mitzi Peirone is clearly a name you’re going to want to remember. What really stands out about her debut is its visual style—this one pops with color, blood, and a few twisted performances. 3/5
The Hole in the Ground: What’s really holding A24’s latest back is its lack of originality—the film struggles to be anything more than a predictable haunter. Outside of some strong visuals, this one just doesn’t quite hit the mark. 2/5
Velvet Buzzsaw: From a horror standpoint, this one fails in just about every single way. It’s certainly an interesting story—haunted art killing people—but it never makes good use of it. 2/5
Director: Neil Jordan
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe
A young woman befriends a lonely widow who’s harboring a dark and deadly agenda towards her.
30 Miles from Nowhere (VOD)
Director: Caitlin Koller
Cast: Rob Benedict, Carrie Preston, Rusty Schwimmer
When five college pals return to rural Wisconsin for their estranged friend’s funeral, what begins as an uneasy reunion becomes a terrifying fight for survival.
The Cannibal Club (VOD)
Director: Guto Parente
Cast: Tavinho Teixeira, Ana Luiza Rios, Pedro Domingues
Otavio and Gilda are a very wealthy couple of the Brazilian elite who have the habit of eating their employees. Otavio owns a private security company and is a notable member of The Cannibal Club. When Gilda accidentally discovers a secret from Borges, a powerful congressman and the Club’s leader, her and her husband’s lives are in danger.
The Final Wish (VOD)
Director: Timothy Woodward Jr.
Cast: Lin Shaye, Michael Welch, Melissa Bolona
After the death of his father, Aaron returns home to help his grief-stricken mother and to confront his past. Going through his dad’s belongings, he comes across a mysterious item that is more than it seems.
Book of Monsters (VOD)
Director: Stewart Sparke
Cast: Lyndsey Craine, Michaela Longden, Lizzie Aaryn-Stanton
Six kickass women must fight off a horde of terrifying monsters at an 18th birthday party.
Director: Jordan Peele
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o, Anna Diop
A family’s serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begin to terrorize them.
A Field Guide to Evil (VOD)
Director: Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Peter Strickland, Yannis Veslemes
Cast: Birgit Minichmayr, Jilon VanOver, Claude Duhamel
A feature-length anthology film. They are known as myths, lore, and folktales. Created to give logic to mankind’s darkest fears, these stories laid the foundation for what we now know as the horror genre.