There’s a lot to be excited about this month if your a movie fan, but especially for those of us that like our cinema a little darker and bloody. With the return of Godzilla (by Krampus‘ Michael Dougherty no less), Netflix continuing to aim high with their genre offerings, and a couple of very intriguing movies like Brightburn and Ma hitting theaters this month, horror fans outta be very busy this May. But before we jump into this thing, here’s what I watched last month:
The Wind: While so much of The Wind is quite good—the moody, sprawling western setting really works here—it’s the story that feels the most like a let down. And for a movie that earns every second of its slow-burning narrative, it needed a much stronger story and payoff. 2.5/5
The Standoff at Sparrow Creek: Although this isn’t a horror movie, I dug it so much I felt like sharing it with you guys. If you’re into slow-burning, atmospheric who-done-its, then Sparrow Creek is very much your kind of shit. The acting, the pace, the ending—all aces. 4/5
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile (Netflix)
Director: Joe Berlinger
Cast: Lily Collins, Zac Efron, Angela Sarafyan
A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.
I’ll Take Your Dead (VOD)
Director: Chad Archibald
Cast: Aidan Devine, Ava Preston, Jess Salgueiro
I’ll Take Your Dead follows William who has a simple job, he makes dead bodies disappear. This isn’t something he likes to or even wants to do, but through circumstances out of his control, his little farm house in the country has become a dumping ground for the casualties of the gang related murders in the nearby city. His daughter Gloria has become used to rough looking men dropping off corpses and is even convinced that some of them are haunting their house. After a woman’s body, is dumped at the house, William begins his meticulous process when he realizes, she’s not actually dead. As the gang activity increases, William patches the woman up and holds her against her will until he can figure out what to do with her. As they begin to develop a very unusual respect for each other, the woman’s murderers get word that she’s still alive and make plan to go finish what they started.
Director: Gaspar Noé
Cast: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub
French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.
Charlie Says (VOD)
Director: Mary Harron
Cast: Hannah Murray, Suki Waterhouse, Matt Smith
The tragic tale of an all-American girl who was transformed into a cold-blooded killer in the summer of 1969.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Theaters)
Director: Stacie Passon
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Taissa Farmiga, Sebastian Stan
Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they’ve been hiding.
Director: David Yarovesky
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Matt Jones
What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?
Director: Robert Heydon
Cast: Amanda Crew, Adam Brody, Zoë Belkin
A young couple’s dream of starting a family shatters as they descend into the depths of paranoia and must struggle to survive an evil presence that wants nothing more than their very own lives.
The Perfection (Netflix)
Director: Richard Shepard
Cast: Allison Williams, Alaina Huffman, Steven Weber
When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.
Director: A.T. White
Cast: Virginia Gardner, Christina Masterson, Eric Beecroft
A unique, intimate and honest portrayal of a girl grieving for the loss of her best friend. That just happens to take place on the day the world ends as we know it.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Theaters)
Director: Michael Dougherty
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Charles Dance, Vera Farmiga
The crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Juliette Lewis, Luke Evans, Missi Pyle
A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn’t get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.