On the Radar – Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse

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The mass hysteria of the European witch hunts and the atrocities that accompanied them resulted in the brutal deaths of an estimated 200,000 people, the vast majority being women, during an age ruled by superstition and moral panic. It is at the onset of this phenomenon that Hagazussa takes place. In mid-1400’s Austria, a woman named Albrun (played by Aleksandra Cwen), orphaned at a young age and now with a baby of her own to care for, is the object of scorn and ostracization of the nearby villagers. As their imaginations start to run wild with fears of black magic and sorcery, they will set out to make her pay for the discomfort caused by her inconvenient existence.

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While thematically compared to the highly regarded 2016 release The Witch, the style of Hagazussa is being described as far more abstract, psychedelic, and disturbing in its presentation. In an attempt to replicate the frenzied and noxious blend of primal fear mixed with profound ignorance, first-time director and noted photographer Lukas Feigelfeld has bathed his debut feature in a hallucinatory delirium that favors spell-binding cinematography and visually striking imagery over traditional narrative. Reviews from festival screenings suggest that it still very much succeeds in telling an intensely unsettling story all the same.

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Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse charts high on our most anticipated horror releases of 2019. At 2017’s Fantastic Fest, one of the world’s leading genre film festivals, it took home the Best Next Wave Picture, an honor shared by films such as It Follows and We Are What We Are. Having wrapped up a lengthy tour on the festival circuit, it is expected in the first quarter of next year, distributed by Bloody Disgusting Films (the V/H/S series, Southbound) and Doppelgänger Releasing (Heavy Trip, Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal).



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Horror Watch – December 2018

December is generally not a busy time for theatrical horror, and that remains the case this year. There’s only one limited release this month, although zombie horror/comedy musical Anna and the Apocalypse, which opened in a very limited 7 cities on Nov. 30, could see an expansion in upcoming weekends. With that, here’s a list of notable releases for December – no surprise, there’s a few Christmas-related flicks in there.


All the Creatures Were Stirring – Dec. 4

Unrated – 1hr 20min
Directed by David Ian McKendry & Rebekah McKendry
Starring Constance Wu, Jonathan Kite, Jocelin Donahue, Ashley Clements

Official Synopsis
When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they’re treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there’s plenty out there to fear this holiday season.

Coming to VOD and disc.
Premiering on Shudder Dec. 13



The Cabin – Dec. 4

Unrated – 1hr 26min
Directed by Johan Bodell
Starring Christopher Lee Page, Caitlin Crommett, Erik Kammerland

Official Synopsis
Young American couple, Rose and Harry are on their way to visit Harrys family cabin. Both as a nostalgic vacation and as a way to rekindle their relationship. But they’re not the only one that decided to visit the cabin this weekend… The vacation is quickly turned into a living nightmare for Rose and Harry as they meet a vicious sociopath, who invites them into a involuntary cat and mouse game.

Coming to VOD.



Christmas Blood (Juleblod) – Dec. 4

Unrated – 1hr 44min
Language: Norwegian
Directed by Reinert Kiil
Starring Thomas Felberg, Sølje Bergman, Helene Eidsvåg

Official Synopsis
Christmas is a time of peace, love and family. But not for Norway as a psychopath dressed in a Santa Claus suit has been terrorizing them for the past 13 years. For as soon as the caroling starts, this demented Kris Kringle dispenses bloody ax blows regardless of whether you’ve been bad or good. As the holiday approaches on one snow-covered town filled with revelers, a pair of detectives work against time to find and arrest this bearded serial killer.

Coming to disc and then to VOD on Dec. 11.



You Might Be the Killer – Dec. 6

Directed by Brett Simmons
Starring Fran Kranz, Alyson Hannigan, Brittany S. Hall

Official Synopsis
A camp counselor suffering from blackouts finds himself surrounded by murder victims. He turns to his horror movie enthusiast friend for advice, and to contend with the idea he may be the killer.

Coming exclusively to Shudder.



Leprechaun Returns – Dec. 11

Rated R – 1hr 26min
Directed by Steven Kostanski
Starring Taylor Spreitler, Pepi Sonuga, Sai Bennett, Linden Porco

Official Synopsis
The Leprechaun returns once again, when a group of girls unwillingly awaken him, when they tear down a cabin so that they can build a new sorority house. A direct sequel to the 1993 original.

Coming to VOD



Christmas Presence – Dec. 13

Alternate title: Why Hide?
Unrated – 1hr 25min
Directed by James Edward Cook
Starring Charlotte Atkinson, Lorna Brown, Danny Webb

Official Synopsis
A diverse group of friends gather for the festive season in a remote lodge but soon plans go awry. One of the friends goes missing and the truth behind why the lodge was booked for the holiday is disclosed. Christmas quickly turns to chaos and a bloody nightmare ensues.

Coming exclusively to Shudder.



The House That Jack Built – Dec. 14

*Pick of the Month*
Rated R – 2hr 32min
Directed by Lars van Trier
Starring Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough

Official Synopsis
USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.

Coming to select theaters and VOD.



Bird Box – Dec. 21

Unrated – 1hr 57min
Directed by Susanne Bier
Starring Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, Trevante Rhodes

Official Synopsis
In the wake of an unknown global terror, a mother must find the strength to flee with her children down a treacherous river in search of safety. Due to unseen deadly forces, the perilous journey must be made blindly.

Coming exclusively to Netflix.



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On the Radar – Braid

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Braid weaves the tale of two ne’er-do-well young women who decide upon a wealthy childhood friend to target for a big heist. However, their plan will prove to be no simple feat of confidence trickery, as the old acquaintance has descended into a delusional world of childhood make-believe. In order to get close enough to make off with a big ill-gained payday, they will need to indulge her untethered and fantastical imagination, which may be much more dangerous than they had considered.

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Premiering back in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, Braid has received much acclaim throughout its festival run for its gorgeous cinematography, hallucinatory visuals, inventive camerawork, and mind-bending story. The debut feature from writer-director Mitzi Peirone, she has been heralded for bringing an uncompromising vision to the screen, made possible by a history-making endeavor that resulted in Braid becoming the first film ever fully financed by crowd-funded cryptocurrency. The film stars Madeline Brewer, of whom the movie Cam made me an instant fan, as Daphne, the deranged hostess to her criminal friends. After seeing her as tormented protagonist, I’m very interested in her take of a tormenting antagonist (or given the nature of the plot, an antihero).

I find that psychedelic horror, with its often nightmarish imagery and logic coupled with a deep subversion of reality and normal expectations, is a baffingly neglected corner of the genre. As evidenced by Panos Cosmatos’ recent acid-trip tour de force Mandy, there is indeed a strong appetite for grueling psychotropic fare, and Braid promises to fit that bill. Acquired for distribution by Blue Fox Entertainment, the film is slated for release to select theaters and VOD likely in the first half of 2019.


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Review Roundup #5

With this roundup, I’ve made a major overhaul to our review system. Gone are the letter grades, replaced instead with something that gives a more positive reflection of the films (well, most of them, anyway). I love horror movies – obviously – and also appreciate that, with each movie, a tremendous amount of effort went into their production, regardless of the outcome. NEW REVIEW RUBRICI’m not one who delights pissing on the heads of those who have devoted themselves to creating something that I generally enjoy, and I don’t think the letter grades were effective at conveying that notion. A ‘C-‘ grade sounds pretty shitty, no matter how it’s framed, and gives across the impression that I rather disliked it, when that’s not so much the case. So now, that same movie would get a rating of ‘Decent-ish’ – something I didn’t regret watching. Now, that doesn’t mean I’ll never give bad reviews, because these are being sold as products, after all, and respect of the creative process only goes so far. If I think it’s crap, then I’ll say so. This system also allows me more flexibility in regards to expectations of a film. A big-budget Hollywood horror movie might get a rating of ‘It’s Alright’ while a micro-budget out-of-left-field effort might get a ‘Really Good’, while comparably, I consider them to be equally enjoyable. Regardless, I have 36 more reviews to re-evaluate and modify, so that’s going to be a thing.

Additionally, the Streaming Top 50 is getting the axe after 3 installments – the numbers showed that the cross-section of people who love horror and people who love data charts are not a big group. That seems pretty self-evident, in hindsight, when I put it out there like that. Under the Radar is going along well, and will be continuing for the foreseeable future. Soon, there will be a new feature for Wednesdays – it’s proven to be the day that posts go to die, so I’m going to post whatever I please and it shall be aptly titled ‘Whatever Wednesday’. If I want to post about The Great British Baking Show, then that’s what it’ll be. This seems like an excellent plan to build a reputation as an outlet for horror content.

Finally, I know I’ve been mentioning some horror history article several times on Facebook, and it really is an actual thing that mostly exists and will be finished soon, but I keep needing to shelve it to write reviews. Those are what drive 80% of the traffic for the page, even when adjusted for the greater amount of them. That’s what the peoples want, it seems, so they remain in the forefront for now.

Speaking of reviews, here’s some:


Kuntilanak – 2018

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KUNTILANAKFive adopted children are left in the care of their foster mother’s niece for three weeks. In the meanwhile, the niece’s boyfriend has procured a nice gift for the aunt – an ornate antique mirror. Unfortunately, the mirror is cursed with a ‘kuntilanak’, an evil spirit that feeds on the souls of children, preying especially on those without mothers. (Revised from a grade of D.) Full review here.


What the Waters Left Behind – 2018

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WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHINDA documentary film crew sets off for the flood-ravaged ruins of a ghost town. Once there, they become the targets of a depraved and bloodthirsty family of cannibals. (Revised from C-.) Full review here.


Cold Skin – 2018

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COLD SKINA man with a mysterious past takes a job as a weather observer on a desolate island near the Antarctic Circle. Upon arrival, he meets the island’s only other resident, the eccentric misanthrope Gruner, and is informed rather unconvincingly that his predecessor died of typhus during his year-long mission. Come nightfall, however, he learns there are much greater things to fear than Gruner lurking about. (Revised from a grade of C+.) Full review here.


The Lodgers – 2018

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THE LODGERSTwins Rachel and Edward lead cursed lives – bound in solitude to their ancestral estate by a supernatural force that governs their lives and demands they produce children once they reach adulthood. As their 18th birthday arrives, Rachel is having none of it and begins desperately seeking a way out, but conversely, Edward may be warming up to the idea. (Revised from a grade of C.) Full review here.


Summer of 84 – 2018

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SUMMER OF 84As the title clearly explains, it’s the summer of 1984, and a serial killer is on the loose in the fictional suburb of Ipswich, Oregon. A teenage boy comes to suspect his police officer neighbor of the grisly crimes and enlists the help of his buddies to find the evidence to prove it. (Revised from a grade of B+.) Full review here.


Overlord – 2018

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OVERLORDThe night before the D-Day landing, a small squad of American paratroopers are tasked with bringing down a Nazi communications tower in a French village. After a disastrous drop, the ragtag band of survivors, with the help of a young French woman, regroup to carry out the mission, but what they discover is even worse than they could have imagined. (Revised from a grade of B.) Full review here.


Stephanie – 2018

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STEPHANIEIn the midst of an unknown global epidemic, young Stephanie is alone in her home, fending for herself while eluding mysterious paranormal and monstrous entities. When her parents unexpectedly return, the joyous reunion quickly sours, as nothing and no one are quite as they seem. (Revised from a grade of B.) Full review here.


Killer Kate! – 2018

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KILLER KATEKate, a mild-mannered office worker, is surprised with an invitation to the bachelorette party of her estranged sister, whom she hasn’t seen or spoken to in years. They gather in a secluded home in the California hills, rented with an AirBnB-style app, for a good time, but the deranged family that lives there has other plans for them. Murdery plans. Full review here.


Downrange – 2018

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DOWNRANGEAn SUV full of carpooling college students experiences a blow-out while on a quiet stretch of country road. This is no ordinary flat tire, however, as the group suddenly find themselves under fire by a psychotic sniper. As the hours pass, they’re picked off one by one, and with the situation growing ever more grim, can the remaining survivors turn the tables on their tormentor before he claims them all? Full review here.


Cam -2018

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CAMAlice is a successful camgirl – an erotic performer who interacts with a live audience during her shows via the internet in exchange for tips. As she ascends the ‘Top Girls’ chart, her rivalry with other performers heats up until she discovers that a doppelgänger imposter has hijacked her identity, locked her out of her account, and has stolen her show. She must unravel the mystery of her malevolent double before the fraudulent lookalike unravels her life. Full review here.


Streaming Top 50 – 11/24/18

Our third edition of our list designed to bring you the 50 most trending movies on the 5 streaming services we most often cover – Netflix, Shudder, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, & Hoopla. This week, we have 14 additions, including new Netflix exclusives Cam and May the Devil Take You & new Hoopla exclusive Look Away. We featured Cam yesterday and expect to cover the other two films later on next week.

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1 1 Apostle 2018 NETFLIX
2 New Cam 2018 NETFLIX
3 2 Gerald’s Game 2017 NETFLIX
4 24 Ghost Stories 2018 HULU
5 48 The Snowman 2017 HULU
6 7 Malevolent 2018 NETFLIX
7 8 Jigsaw 2017 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
8 21 Cold Skin 2018 HOOPLA
9 54 The Cloverfield Paradox 2018 NETFLIX
10 36 Paranormal Activity 2009 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
11 6 The Sixth Sense 1999 NETFLIX
12 28 Summer of 84 2018 SHUDDER
13 3 Halloween 1978 SHUDDER
14 27 Revenge 2018 SHUDDER
15 12 It Follows 2015 NETFLIX
16 4 Psycho 1960 SHUDDER
17 14 Cargo 2018 NETFLIX
18 New Look Away 2018 HOOPLA
19 47 The Strangers: Prey at Night 2018 Amazon-Instant-Video
20 New Cube 1997 NETFLIXHOOPLA
21 5 The Shining 1980 NETFLIX
22 18 The Ritual 2018 NETFLIX
23 33 Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil 2018 NETFLIX
24 39 Blade 1998 NETFLIX
25 New Constantine 2005 NETFLIX
26 New Hostel 2006 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
27 32 The Endless 2018 NETFLIXHOOPLA
28 New Rings 2016 Amazon-Instant-Video
29 New The Ninth Gate 1999 HOOPLA
30 16 mother! 2017 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
31 New I Know What You Did Last Summer 1997 SHUDDER
32 9 The Conjuring 2013 NETFLIX
33 26 Scream 1996 HOOPLA
34 New The Boy 2016 NETFLIX
35 New The Fly 1986 HULU
36 57 Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992 NETFLIX
37 23 Unsane 2018 Amazon-Instant-Video
38 50 Blood Fest 2018 HOOPLA
39 11 Train to Busan 2016 NETFLIXHOOPLA
40 22 The Witch 2016 NETFLIXAmazon-Instant-Video
41 New May the Devil Take You 2018 NETFLIX
42 New Devil’s Gate 2018 HULU
43 44 The Babysitter 2017 NETFLIX
44 New Cult of Chucky 2017 NETFLIX
45 37 Downrange 2018 SHUDDER
46 53 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 SHUDDER
47 13 28 Days Later 2002 HULU
48 43 Scream 4 2011 NETFLIX
49 New I Spit on Your Grave 2 2013 HOOPLA
50 45 Stonehearst Asylum 2014 NETFLIX

On the Radar – The Laplace’s Demon

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Italian horror-mystery and homage to classic black-and-white noir cinema The Laplace’s Demon is centered around a 19th-Century theory of physics that speculates that one can predict the past and future state of all things using nothing more than data and mathematics. Much like the techniques used throughout this film, that scientific treatise has fallen out of favor in modern times. However, it is the use of that old hypothesis, along with a conceptually stylish presentation that invokes the look and feel of classic Twilight Zone, that has earned the movie much critical acclaim on its lengthy festival run.

The story centers on a group of researchers that have honed in on an equation that allows them to very reliably predict the manner in which a dropped glass will break, but this revelation in predictive science is not quite perfect. Their work earns the attention of a wealthy recluse, who invites them to his island manor with promises of assisting their efforts, but upon arrival, they discover him to be absent. Yet, a giant model of the home dominates the central room, with a chess pawn that represents each one of them and mimics their movements through the mansion with absolute precision. They are captivated and amazed by this mechanical miracle – that is, until the appearance of a queen piece within the replica suggests that they are neither alone or safe.

According to director Giordano Giulivi, production of his debut feature took a staggering seven years to complete, but with a crew of only six people, counting himself, preparation and process of the completed film must have indeed been pain-staking and time-consuming. Considering the awards and nominations The Laplace’s Demon has racked up at its numerous screenings, the effort was apparently worth it. The movie has been acquired by Reel Nightmare Films for distribution in the U.S. & Canada for release by either the end of the year or early next year. This is definitely my kind of thing, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for it.

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Streaming Top 50 – 11/17/18

This week, we have a new #1 sitting atop the heap, 11 new additions to the list, and 2 movies from last week have been removed from streaming, John Carpenter’s The Fog & The Evil Dead (1981). Putting this 2nd list together was admittedly more trouble than expected, as the program I wrote to compile it worked great the first time – not so much this week. It made it very clear that it did not enjoy editing things, but it’s cool – it’s fixed and it was only a modest laptop fire.

Links to some of our reviews are included throughout the list below.

Rank Last Wk Title Year Service
1 5 Apostle 2018 NETFLIX
2 1 Gerald’s Game 2017 NETFLIX
3 4 Halloween 1978 SHUDDER
4 11 Psycho 1960 SHUDDER
5 2 The Shining 1980 NETFLIX
6 13 The Sixth Sense 1999 NETFLIX
7 26 Malevolent 2018 NETFLIX
8 12 Jigsaw 2017 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
9 22 The Conjuring 2013 NETFLIX
10 14 Child’s Play 1988 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
11 34 Train to Busan 2016 NETFLIXHOOPLA
12 3 It Follows 2015 NETFLIX
13 29 28 Days Later 2002 HULU
14 16 Cargo 2018 NETFLIX
15 9 Bad Samaritan 2018 Amazon-Instant-Video
16 7 mother! 2017 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
17 New Stephanie 2018 NETFLIX
18 48 The Ritual 2018 NETFLIX
19 10 From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 NETFLIX
20 31 The Neon Demon 2016 Amazon-Instant-VideoHOOPLA
21 30 Cold Skin 2018 HOOPLA
22 18 The Witch 2016 NETFLIXAmazon-Instant-Video
23 20 Unsane 2018 Amazon-Instant-Video
24 8 Ghost Stories 2018 HULU
25 36 Mom and Dad 2018 HULU
26 43 Scream 1996 HOOPLA
27 39 Revenge 2018 SHUDDER
28 15 Summer of 84 2018 SHUDDER
29 27 Cloverfield 2008 NETFLIX
30 New It Comes at Night 2017 Amazon-Instant-Video
31 41 Marrowbone 2018 HULU
32 21 The Endless 2018 NETFLIXHOOPLA
33 17 Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil 2018 NETFLIX
34 New The Limehouse Golem 2017 HULUHOOPLA
35 37 The Devil’s Advocate 1997 NETFLIX
36 New Paranormal Activity 2009 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
37 New Downrange 2018 SHUDDER
38 44 American Psycho 2000 Amazon-Instant-VideoSHUDDER
39 19 Blade 1998 NETFLIX
40 New Hounds of Love 2017 HULUHOOPLA
41 32 Interview with the Vampire 1994 NETFLIX
42 42 Blade II 2002 NETFLIX
43 New Scream 4 2011 NETFLIX
44 46 The Babysitter 2017 NETFLIX
45 40 Stonehearst Asylum 2014 NETFLIX
46 New Tale of Tales 2016 NETFLIX
47 6 The Strangers: Prey at Night 2018 Amazon-Instant-Video
48 New The Snowman 2017 HULU
49 New 31 2016 SHUDDER
50 New Blood Fest 2018 HOOPLA

Overlord

In theaters everywhere
Released Nov. 9, 2018
Rated R – 1hr 50min
Directed by Julius Avery
Starring Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk


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The night before the D-Day landing, a small squad of American paratroopers are tasked with bringing down a Nazi communications tower in a French village. After a disastrous drop, the ragtag band of survivors, with the help of a young French woman, regroup to carry out the mission, but what they discover is even worse than they could have imagined.


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For gamers, it’s simple to just say ‘Wolfenstein: The Movie’. For all else, it’s half straight-faced WWII war epic and half whizz-bang sci-fi/action/horror featuring ghastly Nazi-engineered monstrosities running amok. Either way, a film with this many slaughtered Nazis will never be a bad thing.


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More than anything, Overlord is an assault on the senses, and I mean that in a good way. That’s what was promised and it delivers – no complaints there. The opening sequence on the doomed transport plane concluding with a wildly disorienting paradrop through a fiery aerial battleground might be the most thrilling sequence of any horror film this year, but the one at the end – no spoilers – gives it a run for its proverbial money. The opening and closing 15 minutes of Overlord make it worth the price of admission in themselves and demand a big screen for full appreciation. So, what of the 75 minutes in the middle?

It’s a mixed bag. There’s some good moments and memorably grisly visuals to be had, but there’s a noticeable lack of tension throughout this middle portion of the film. After the blistering chaos of the introduction and the story gets established on the ground, everything plays out with little in the way of surprises. Without anything to really throw expectations off balance, the pace has a tendency to slog. For movies that insist upon such a high-octane opener, this can be a common issue and generally opens up an opportunity for some quality character development or exploration of thematic elements, but Overlord is not interested in any of that. It’s fully committed to its big-budget B-movie concept, and while that’s certainly not a bad thing in itself, the story between the grand start and the big finish leaves something to be desired.

This might be due to the way the plot often moves forward, which is by choices from the band of protagonists I came to regard as ‘The Questionable Decisions Brigade’. From the time they land until the moment they launch their final assault, many of the things they do are ill-advised. It doesn’t always backfire on them, but when it does, a new problem or situation is created for them to overcome and that’s a somewhat frustrating way to build a story. These aren’t the deepest characters either, so when one is notable for consistently poking around and messing with stuff that he shouldn’t, that attribute really sticks out. I’m pretty certain I’ve let this same tendency slide in other movies, but those films likely didn’t put the very fate of WWII on the shoulders of its heroes, so it becomes more glaring here.

Those narrative concerns are hardly a deal-breaker though. When Overlord is committed to noisy action and grotesque horror, it’s playing gleefully to its strengths. It’s like Inglorious Basterds meets Re-Animator with touches of Evil Dead, The Terminator, and 28 Days Later splattered within it. The direction by Julius Avery is appropriately a visual spectacle, and the commitment to practical FX work, where possible, is commendable. Also, despite the aforementioned lack of character depth, the acting is solid and because of that lack, it gave Pilou Asbæk a perfect opportunity to chew the scenery as a despicable villain, and he takes it. Wyatt Russell, Kurt Russell’s son, really picks up his dad’s grisled protagonist mantle here too – on the strength of the Halloween ‘requel’, maybe we could get a continuation of The Thing with him as MacReady? I’d be willing to slap some money down on the table for that.

For the most part, the movie is as fun as it looks, even if it’s an odd subject for which to look for fun, but it still manages to drive home the fundamental truth that war is hell. It’s more of a cathartic ‘good vs evil’ kind of fun than a shallower ‘PAR-TAY!’ kind of fun. It’s amazing when it’s going full throttle, but not so much when it isn’t. With that average…

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On the Radar – The Head

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For this week’s installment, we go from an Indian horror-fantasy to a Viking horror-fantasy. The Head comes from director Jordan Downey and screenwriter Kevin Stewart, the team behind the immensely wacky Thankskilling franchise, which is about a killer turkey with a foul mouth (or is that a fowl mouth? Eh? You get it? Fowl mouth.) Word from festival screenings suggests this to be a far more mature and refined effort from the duo, as it took home best feature and best cinematography from the Nightmares Film Festival (Columbus, OH) and impressed audiences at Sitges International (Barcelona) and the Telluride Horror Show with its epic presentation on a shoestring budget. Starring Norwegian actor Christopher Rygh, the film tells the tale of a grieving father looking to avenge the death of his family at the hands of a ghastly monster by working as a bounty hunter/creature exterminator for the kingdom, hoping to one day encounter the murderous beast. While no trailer is yet available for the movie, it has been acquired by Vertical Entertainment (Under the Shadow, Don’t Hang Up) for distribution, and we could likely expect to see this in the first half of 2019.


Here’s what a few of the critics have had to say about The Head:

Skyrim goes horror – Fingers crossed this film finds a large and supportive audience so that we can get additional stories set in this world.

THE HEAD exists in its own universe alongside some of the greatest horror/fantasy epics of the modern era. I would personally love to see this universe expanded and I think it has that kind of potential.

Reminiscent of some of the best episodes of Tales from The Crypt, the result is a riveting, original fantasy that keeps the viewers invested until the very end.


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Streaming Top 50 – 11/10/18

The Terror Spective Streaming Top 50 – ranking the 50 most popular titles on the 5 major services we cover – Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Shudder, and Hoopla.

*Titles in bold link to review

Rank Last Wk Title Year Service
1 New Gerald’s Game 2017 NETFLIX
2 New The Shining 1980 NETFLIX
3 New It Follows 2015 NETFLIX
4 New Halloween 1978 SHUDDER
5 New Apostle 2018 NETFLIX
6 New The Strangers: Prey at Night 2018 Amazon-Instant-Video
7 New mother! 2017 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
8 New Ghost Stories 2018 HULU
9 New Bad Samaritan 2018 Amazon-Instant-Video
10 New From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 NETFLIX
11 New Psycho 1960 SHUDDER
12 New Jigsaw 2017 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
13 New The Sixth Sense 1999 NETFLIX
14 New Child’s Play 1988 Amazon-Instant-VideoHULU
15 New Summer of 84 2018 SHUDDER
16 New Cargo 2018 NETFLIX
17 New Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil 2018 NETFLIX
18 New The Witch 2016 NETFLIXAmazon-Instant-Video
19 New Blade 1998 NETFLIX
20 New Unsane 2018 Amazon-Instant-Video
21 New The Endless 2018 NETFLIXHOOPLA
22 New The Conjuring 2013 NETFLIX
23 New Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later 1998 HOOPLA
24 New Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992 NETFLIX
25 New The Evil Dead 1981 SHUDDER
26 New Malevolent 2018 NETFLIX
27 New Cloverfield 2008 NETFLIX
28 New Veronica 2018 NETFLIX
29 New 28 Days Later 2002 HULU
30 New Cold Skin 2018 HOOPLA
31 New The Neon Demon 2016 Amazon-Instant-VideoHOOPLA
32 New Interview with the Vampire 1994 NETFLIX
33 New The Fog 1980 SHUDDER
34 New Train to Busan 2016 NETFLIXHOOPLA
35 New The Cloverfield Paradox 2018 NETFLIX
36 New Mom and Dad 2018 HULU
37 New The Devil’s Advocate 1997 NETFLIX
38 New The Girl with All the Gifts 2017 Amazon-Instant-Video
39 New Revenge 2018 SHUDDER
40 New Stonehearst Asylum 2014 NETFLIX
41 New Marrowbone 2018 HULU
42 New Blade II 2002 NETFLIX
43 New Scream 1996 HOOPLA
44 New American Psycho 2000 Amazon-Instant-VideoSHUDDER
45 New The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 1974 SHUDDER
46 New The Babysitter 2017 NETFLIX
47 New Lifeforce 1985 Amazon-Instant-Video
48 New The Ritual 2018 NETFLIX
49 New Species II 1998 HULU
50 New Death Note 2017 NETFLIX