As The Void begins, it's impossible to guess where it's heading. Initially, it seems to be about a weird cult in a small town. But then there's a shot of something odd in the clouds. And a very strange creature-thing. Slowly, it becomes obvious what you think you're watching isn't the point at all.
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Tim Burton's latest film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, is both a beneficiary and victim of its own ambition. The film takes place in a brand new, original, fascinating world that audiences will instantly fall in love with. But this world is so complex, the movie struggles to fit in a wholly satisfying story.
A Dark Song is about a woman who recruits a man to help her complete a very long and complicated ritual of black magic. If done successfully, she'll get to right a terrible wrong from her past. If mistakes are made, the ritual may make her accessible to demons from all eternity. It's quite the gamble.
These days we're used to big crossover movies: Batman v Superman, The Avengers, Freddy vs. Jason, the list goes on. In Japan, they recently released their own horror version. It's called Sadako vs. Kayako, or in simpler terms, The Ring vs. The Grudge. On paper, that's an incredibly cool concept. In execution, it's a huge pile of crap.
Coroners Tony and Austin Tilden are ready to call it a day when the town sheriff wheels a mysterious young body into their morgue. On the outside, she looks totally fine, although she was found mysteriously buried under a violent crime scene. The Tildens are then tasked with figuring out how she fits into an already complex puzzle.
Twenty-years ago, you could walk into a video store and pick out a certain kind of low-budget science fiction movie. Movies that looked the same, but if one had lasers, starships and a cyborg suit in it, it was probably worth watching. Big budget visual effects have all but killed that level of film, but director Shane Abbess hopes to remind you of it with The Osiris Child.
There aren't a ton of truly great movies that feature zombies in them. The list is short but distinguished: the work of George Romero, Lucio Fulci, 28 Days Later, a few others. But now we need to add The Girl With All the Gifts to the list. It's the rare zombie film that innovates the genre with skill and excitement.
Arrival is the kind of science fiction film we dream of. It's got big stars, a bigger concept, and the longer it goes, the more it demands of its audience. The pacing is methodical, the story captivating, and filmmaking beautiful. You rarely have a clue where it's going -- but once it gets there, you won't be able to get it out of your head.
Director Morgan Spurlock has made documentaries about McDonalds, Comic-Con, One Direction and Osama Bin Laden. That's a wide variety of work and yet you'd never expect him to make a true genre film. His new documentary, Rats, is exactly that. It was made with one singular thought: to gross you out using nothing but our reality.
Once you hear the words "Dolph Lundgren hunts demons" you're either in our out. Because either you're a person who thinks this idea sounds absurd and stupid, or you think it sounds like an over the top, completely fantastic B-movie idea. If you're the latter, you've gotta check out this blood-soaked trailer for Don't Kill It.