Here’s another batch of frightful fare from big-budget thrills to deeply disturbing cryptical chills!
Scary Stories (Amazon Prime)
Another horror film that offers clever creative imagery with big-budget thrills (thanks in part to Guillermo del Toro’s participation), Scary Stories is truly an above-average spooky spin. With a stellar performance from Zoe Margaret Colletti and truly disturbing visuals you can’t look away from, it’s a whole lot of creepy-crawly fun. Oh, and beware the Jangly Man, just saying.
Director: André Øvredal
Screenplay: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman
Cast: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush
The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.
The Witch (Amazon Prime)
I adore this film. From the art direction and cinematography right down to the delicate stitching on their apparel, The Witch reveals director Eggers’ exquisite eye for detail. All this cinematic splendor swirls around a very simple story, one that torturously descends into a disturbing esoteric hell. This film will invite the dread to lift your skullcap and crawl inside, closing it tight just to fester for a spell.
Director: Robert Eggers
Screenplay: Robert Eggers
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelop a farmer, his wife, and their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames Thomasin, the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy and Jonas suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, testing the clan’s faith, loyalty, and love for one another.
Under the skin (Amazon Prime)
There’s a lot of chatter concerning the artsy vs. the substance of this little Sci-fi Horror gem. Who cares? Under the skin is truly imaginative, quite ominous, and often languishes on moments of intense visual splendor—truly hypnotic. The soundtrack is seductive, the cinematography is sublime, and Scarlett Johansson is eerily mesmerizing.
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Screenplay: Walter Campbell, Jonathan Glazer
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay
Disguising itself as a human female, an extraterrestrial drives around Scotland attempting to lure unsuspecting men into her van. Once there, she seduces and sends them into another dimension where they are nothing more than meat.