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The Vigil

Fans of last year’s spooky slow burn His House should be interested in Keith Thomas’ The Vigil as well, a bottled horror that has even more paranoid, claustrophobic dread also set against cultural values.

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Wrong Turn

Over the course of its direct-to-video sequels, the Wrong Turn franchise has built an impressive cult following;  starting with the fun 2003 original that gave viewers a surprising amount of thrills and kills.  But, it also fell back on a genre stereotype that even Wrong Turn fans have deemed rote – mangy country folk will always be portrayed as villains.  With 2021’s Wrong Turn, in an attempt to breathe life intro this outdated trope, director Mike…

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Synchronic

Written by Justin Benson and directed by Benson and Aaron Moorhead, Synchronic is the filmmakers’ follow-up to 2017’s The Endless and boasts the same brand of trippy, time-travelling science fiction.

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Paradise Cove

I can’t endorse Paradise Cove, but I also wouldn’t stop you from watching this trashy thriller about a homeless former model terrorizing a couple of homeowners who are new to the neighbourhood.  Before the film becomes unforgivably dumb, it’s a shameless guilty pleasure.

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Cowboys

Jillian Bell (Office Christmas Party) and Steve Zahn (Saving Silverman) play against their comedic type in Cowboys, a solid family drama that could also be interpreted as an unconventional buddy western between Zahn and young breakout Sasha Knight.

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Freaky

Freaky is not only one of the better examples of a body-swap story, it’s also one of the best horror-comedies ever made.  It’s consistently hilarious, shockingly violent, and filmmaker Christopher Landon is quick to take note of the formula’s hindrances and correct them.

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Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

When you watch Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, a new buddy comedy written and starring Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, you start associating other movies with it.  “This is Kristen Wiig’s Austin Powers”,  “This is Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s take on A Night at the Roxbury”,  “In fact, this is the best Saturday Night Live movie that never was an SNL skit in the first place!”.  The viewer does this because…

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Saint Maud

Rose Glass’ long-awaited feature-length debut Saint Maud has been billed as a horror, but it’s more of a melancholic character piece that analyzes the psychological turmoil a devout follower could experience….that works way too hard to be textbook horror.