A new month means new horror here at TMR, and although July is one of the genre’s weaker months, we still have a couple of fantastic looking films headed our way, including one of horror’s most anticipated films of the year—Ari Aster’s (Hereditary) Midsommar! Not only do we have that to look forward to, but Alex Aja’s Crawl looks like a good ol’ fashion creature-feature, which looks like a perfect addition to the summer horror lineup. Before we jump into this thing, here’s what I watched last month:
Starfish: Certainly one of the most interesting and visually distinct horror movies you’ll likely see this year. While the story itself lost me far too often for me to completely fall in love with it, I did enjoy the film’s stunning atmosphere and a great performance from Virginia Gardner. 3/5
Director: Ari Aster
Cast: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown’s fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder
It’s 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer’s heating up. School’s out, there’s a brand new mall in town, and the Hawkins crew are on the cusp of adulthood. Romance blossoms and complicates the group’s dynamic, and they’ll have to figure out how to grow up without growing apart. Meanwhile, danger looms. When the town’s threatened by enemies old and new, Eleven and her friends are reminded that evil never ends; it evolves. Now they’ll have to band together to survive, and remember that friendship is always stronger than fear.
The Dark Within (VOD)
Director: David Ryan Keith
Cast: Stephanie Lynn Styles, Mark Wood, Kendra Carelli
A disturbed man with unknown psychic abilities tries to unravel the mystery of his parent’s disappearance while battling his own demons.
Director: Alexandre Aja
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson
A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.
They’re Inside (VOD)
Director: John-Paul Panelli
Cast: Karli Hall, Amanda Kathleen Ward, Sascha Ghafoor
When two sisters go to an isolated cabin in the woods to film a passion project, family secrets start to get in the way, as do masked strangers filming a passion project of their own.
Critters Attack (VOD)
Director: Bobby Miller
Cast: Tashiana Washington, Dee Wallace, Jaeden Noel
Follows 20-year-old Drea, who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor’s children Trissy and Jake, along with her own little brother Phillip , Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter.