You never really know what you’re going to get with a month like June when it comes to the horror genre—we’ve seen some pretty bad summer months for horror, but this one is shaping up quite nicely with a variety of films to look forward to. Notably, Jim Jarmusch has a zombie-comedy starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver coming out this month so that’s already a win if you ask me. We’ll also see the release of the Child’s Play remake and the latest addition to The Conjuring universe with Annabelle Comes Home, so there’s plenty to digest here. But before we jump into this thing, here’s what I watched last month:
I Trapped the Devil: It’s every bit an indie slow-burn as you’ll see this year, and while its themes of mental illness and grief are poignant and powerful, it struggles to tie it all up in the end. 2.5/5
Dragged Across Concrete: If you’re a fan of Bone Tomahawk’s S. Craig Zahler and his particularly nasty brand of raw cinema, then you’ll no doubt love what he brings to the crime genre with Dragged Across Concrete—his movies also have the best titles. 4/5
The Cleaning Lady (VOD)
Director: Jon Knautz
Cast: Alexis Kendra, Stelio Savante, Rachel Alig
As a means to distract herself from an affair, a love-addicted woman befriends a cleaning lady, badly scarred by burns. She soon learns, these scars run much deeper than the surface.
I Am Mother (Netflix)
Director: Grant Sputore
Cast: Rose Byrne, Hilary Swank, Clara Rugaard
A teenage girl is raised underground by a kindly robot “Mother” — designed to repopulate the earth following the extinction of humankind. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.
Head Count (Theaters & VOD)
Director: Elle Callahan
Cast: Isaac Jay, Ashleigh Morghan, Bevin Bru
A group of teenagers unknowingly summon a paranormal presence during their weekend trip to the Joshua Tree desert. This monster mimics their appearances to hide among them and seeks to separate them into groups of five to complete its deadly ritual.
The Dead Don’t Die (Theaters)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Cast: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Steve Buscemi
The peaceful town of Centerville finds itself battling a zombie horde as the dead start rising from their graves.
Director: Eddie Alcazar
Cast: Abbie Cornish, Courtney Eaton, Tao Okamoto
Garrett, an emotionally-troubled young man, is sent to a clinic, whispering soothing promises of perfection. By planting characteristics directly into his own body, he’s relieved of his dark visions, but pays the price for purity of mind.
Child’s Play (Theaters)
Director: Lars Klevberg
Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Tim Matheson
A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.
Annabelle Comes Home (Theaters)
Director: Gary Dauberman
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace
Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked artifacts room in their home, placing her “safely” behind sacred glass and enlisting a priest’s holy blessing. But an unholy night of horror awaits as Annabelle awakens the evil spirits in the room, who all set their sights on a new target-the Warrens’ ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends.