No theaters? No problem. I’ve said this before, but I think it’s worth repeating — horror, more than any other genre, seems to be thriving during these times when a theatrical release is few and far between (if at all). I think a large part of that is because the genre embraced the VOD format years ago — most of the year’s best horror films were VOD releases — so it’s not at all surprising to see a line-up like September’s, which offers all sorts of fantastic films… all of which you can watch from home. There’s a lot to be excited about this month, so let’s dig in:
A Night of Horror (VOD)
Cast: Patricia Arizmendi, Adrián Barriopedro, Claudia Beattie
Rod, radio DJ, hosts a popular horror-themed show packed with tales of terror for eager listeners. When he receives alarming calls from a horrified child things start to feel off.
Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest (VOD)
Director: Svyatoslav Podgaevskiy, Nathalia Hencker
Cast: Oleg Chugunov, Glafira Golubeva, Artyom Zhigulin
The young family who moved to a new apartment on the outskirts of the city. The nanny hired by them for the newborn daughter quickly gained confidence. However, the older boy, Egor, talks about the frightening behavior of a woman, but his parents do not believe him. The surveillance cameras installed by the father for comfort only confirm everything is in order. Then one day, Egor, returning home, finds no trace of either the nanny or the little sister, and the parents are in a strange trance and do not even remember that they had a daughter. Then Egor, together with his friends, goes in search, during which it turns out that the nanny is an ancient Slavic demon, popularly known as Baba Yaga.
Director: Brandon Christensen
Cast: Keegan Connor Tracy, Jett Klyne, Sean Rogerson
A family find themselves terrorized by their eight-year-old son’s imaginary friend.
Raised by Wolves (HBO Max)
Creator: Aaron Guzikowski
Cast: Travis Fimmel, Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim
Androids are tasked with raising human children on a mysterious planet.
The Owners (VOD)
Director: Julius Berg
Cast: Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham
A group of friends think they find an easy score at an empty house with a safe full of cash. But when the owners, an elderly couple, come home early, the tables are suddenly turned.
Director: Minos Nikolakakis
Cast: Prometheus Aleifer, John De Holland, Maria Eglezaki
City doctor Panos relocates to a remote village in order to offer his services to the community. It’s love at first sight when he sets eyes on Danae, who lives in isolation, with a mysterious skin condition. Determined to cure her, Panos will soon discover Danae is not the helpless princess he thought she was and time is of the essence for both of them.
The Babysitter: Killer Queen (Netflix)
Cast: Leslie Bibb, Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell
Two years after Cole survived a satanic blood cult, he’s living another nightmare: high school. And the demons from his past? Still making his life hell.
The Devil All the Time (Netflix)
Director: Antonio Campos
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, Riley Keough
Sinister characters converge around a young man devoted to protecting those he loves in a postwar backwoods town teeming with corruption and brutality.
Director: John Hyams
Cast: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald
A recently widowed traveler is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as her pursuer closes in on her.
Let It Snow (VOD)
Director: Stanislav Kapralov
Cast: Ivanna Sakhno, Alex Hafner, Tinatin Dalakishvili
Separated from her fiance after sneaking onto a restricted slope, Mia, a free riding snowboarder, must survive not only against nature, but the masked snowmobile rider in black who’s out for her blood.