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"When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited as it slowly destroys everything they know. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell."

We're not exactly sure what to make of Hereditary, but if this trailer is any indication, it's going to be equal parts odd, creepy, and possibly even terrifying. It garnered rave reviews at Sundance, where critics called it "This year's scariest Horror movie" which in years past was bestowed upon movies like The Witch and It Follows, which could be a blessing or a curse, depending.

Either way, it's one that we'll definitely be checking out.

Hereditary | Official Trailer HD | A24 - YouTube

Hereditary hits theaters on June 8th.

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"Family drama with a supernatural bent."
(aka I Hate My Mom!.)
Release Date: March 23.
Country: Canada.
Rating: NR.
Written by: Adam MacDonald.
Directed by: Adam MacDonald.
Starring: Nicole Munoz, Laurie Holden, Chloe Rose, and Missy Peregrym as the voice of Pyewacket.

A few years back, writer/director Adam MacDonald gave us the really enjoyable killer bear flick, Backcountry, and you can read our review of that little gem, right HERE. Now, he's returned to the Horror fold with a little tale of grief and a goth kid gone matricidal, which only serves to further our belief that they guy knows how to make an effective genre flick.

FYI: According to real-life English lore, Pyewacket is the spirit of a familiar that was bound to serve a witch back in the 1600's, and is described as an imp. Now, going into this movie we thought that Pyewacket was supposed to be a witch, and some reviews out there call the titular character a witch, while others use the word demon to describe the otherworldly spirit, but it's really a familiar, which I guess is neither here nor there, but for some reason I felt the need to clarify.

Don't ask why. Just go with it.

Ever since the death of her father, Leah has gone goth and turned to Death Metal and the occult as a coping method. Conversely, her mother just drinks a lot of wine and cries. Feeling that they need a new start, Mom decides to move them both to a new home way out in the boonies, because the wilderness life will do them both some good.

"OMG MOM, YOU'RE DESTROYING MY LIFE!"
Leah is not happy about this at all, and so her relationship with her mother grows more and more contentious, to the point where she feels that summoning the vengeful spirit Pyewacket to kill the bitch is the only reasonable course of action.

NOTHING ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS REASONABLE.
Of course it takes Leah about 10 minutes to realize that she's done something horribly stupid, and when odd and creepy things start to happen around their new home, she has to figure out a way to undo what she's done, before Pyewacket takes her mother her too.

MOM IS OBVIOUSLY DRUNK AGAIN.
Pyewacket is a slow-burn of a movie which offers plenty of moody dread throughout, but doles it out in a very subtle way. To me personally, it plays a lot like the excellent The Blackcoat's Daughter (review HERE) did in that regard; they both have mood and atmosphere to spare, and they both pack a pretty good punch at the end. I really like the way that MacDonald avoids the use of cheap jump scares here.

Teen angst plays a large part in the movie and its plot developments, and whereas that trope usually tends to annoy us, it's done very well here thanks to a truly great performance by Nicole Munoz. Sure she's moody, and yeah she's so unreasonable that she goes through an elaborate ritual to summon an otherworldly spirit to kill her mother after an argument, but she never plays it over-the-top or never gets too annoying with things. And Laurie Holden does a killer job as the aforementioned mother, especially towards the end when her character gets downright unsettling.

OH MAN, SOMEONE'S GROUNDED.
There's a bit of ritualistic bloodshed in this one, but it's the horrifying ending that might just make you hurl. Not that it's bloody, but it's... well, you'll see.

THE BLOODSHED.
Not that kind of flick.

WHY COULDN'T THEY HAVE HAD A ROMANTIC SUBPLOT?!?
Teenage girls are moody. Also, messing with the occult is never a good idea, especially for moody teenage girls.

LOOK WHAT YOU DID!
Pyewacket is a movie that creeped us out and kept us involved in its human story at the same time, and gave us an ending that was truly disturbing to behold. A nice little surprise, all told, and one that should be seen by anyone who loves the term "Slow burn."

B+

Pyewacket is available on VOD now.


Nicole, Chloe, and Laurie: the bewitching women of Pyewacket.

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With the latest installment in the Insidious series, the fantastic-looking I Kill Giants, and the witchy Pyewacket hitting VOD this week, it's going to be a busy weekend for us. Welcome the Stranger looks like an interesting thriller too, and Followers mixes Internet Horror and Found Footage together to hopefully scary results, but they don't intrigue us quite like the others.

Happy streaming!

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*If you aren't already a member, you should really give Amazon Prime a shot, especially if you order movies on the regular like we do, because the free two-day shipping pays for itself after around 10 orders. Check it out for free HERE.

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In a world where streaming movies in HD is growing in popularity, it gets harder and harder to justify spending hard earned money on physical media. The fact is though that when done right, nothing makes a movie look or sound better on Blu-ray, so we bring you The Digital Dread Report to help you figure out what's worth buying, and what you're better off streaming.

It's great to see The Burbs finally getting the treatment it deserves with Shout Factory's new Collector's Edition; The Church and Ichi The Killer are classically odd titles worth looking at; and Small Town Crime was a fun, quirky crime thriller...and they'll all be taking our money first this week.

Be sure to click the pics below to buy the movies, or even rent them. Or both. Or neither. It really depends on your mood, now doesn't it?

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"A character-driven neo-noir that packs a twisty punch."
We love us a thrilling neo-noir, and ever since Starry Eyes (review HERE) we love us some Alex Essoe too. So the idea of Midnighters offering us both in one movie was just too good to resist.

We're not going to reveal too much about the plot below, because this is a movie that has some twists and reveals, and to do so would kinda kill the vibe of the whole thing, but I will say that Midnighters makes for a fun ride through noir country, even if there are a few bumps in the road along the way.


On the way home from a New Years Eve party, Jeff tries to get a little frisky with his wife Lindsey, taking his eyes from the road for just a few seconds, which ends with him hitting some poor sap walking down the middle of the road. Given that they're both drunk, they decide to take the body home, wait a few hours until they're sober, then report the tragic accident to the police.

YUPPIE PROBLEMS.
Of course that plan goes to hell for a number of reasons, which we wont go into here, because that would spoil the way the movie unfolds its mysteries and reveals, but suffice it to say that things get complicated due to marital issues, money, Lindsey's little sister showing up out of nowhere, and a creepy dude who knows too much about all of them.

WEREN'T EXPECTING THAT, WERE YOU?
Midnighters is one of those movies that showcase people making really stupid decisions that lead to disastrous results, which is typically the kind of movie that we hate. Accidentally killing someone and hiding the body instead of calling the police never seems like it's going to end well, and that type of plot line usually ends up making for a frustrating movie-watching experience for us.

With Midnighters though, director Julius Ramsay and screenwriter brother Alston have taken that trope, and made it fresh. It's still frustrating in general, but the fact that the danger that is closing in around the couple is one that would have still been present whether they made a bad decision or not, basically kills the whole "You should have called the cops!" argument. It also takes the movie in a twisty direction that we weren't expecting.

The movie has strong pace that keeps some of those frustrating moments from dragging it down, and the cast all turns in solid performances which make the whole thing even more compelling. Alex Essoe has been doing solid genre work for years now, and she continues her streak of quality work in quality films in this one. The real surprise for us was Perla Haney-Jardine who played troubled little sister Hannah; she played B.B. in Kill Bill Volume 2, and it looks like she's all grown up now, as have her acting abilities. They both stole the show in this one.

HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN TIED UP AND TERRORIZED.
There are some genuinely uncomfortable moments of torture in this one, but it's not an overtly-bloody movie.

THAT'S NOT HOW YOU PROPERLY HOLD A KNIFE.
Not that kind of flick.

THIS TRICKY BITCH RIGHT HERE...
Relationships are tough. Also, always call the Cops. Always!

WILL THEIR LOVE ENDURE?
Midnighters is a tense, effective thriller that may have you calling the characters dumbasses at times, but redeems their foolish actions by wrapping them in a story that you just can't help but get caught up in.

If you like a good neo-noir anchored by a solid cast, then give this one a go.

B

Midnighters is available now on VOD.


Alex Essoe and Perla Haney-Jardine.

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This week's VOD releases more than make up for the fact that last week was a barren wasteland on the new streaming entertainment front.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the big release of the week, and if you're looking to add a digital copy to your collection, now is the time. The cheaper rental version hits in 2 weeks, for anyone who prefers to watch a movie once, then be done with it. 
  • It's been 7 years since we've seen a new Children of the Corn sequel, and now we have Children of the Corn: Runaway to enjoy. It's the 10th movie in the series, and we're hoping that it is better than the last 8 sequels. The trailer looks fun at least.
  • In the great tradition of Lolita and Poison Ivy, Josie is another tale of a young girl messing with an older man, which is likely to end in total disaster for all parties involved. Daddy issues. It's always daddy issues. Sansa Stark does look good all tatted up, and Dylan McDermott plays intense pretty well, so hey, why not. Looks good.
  • Tilt is one that we hadn't heard anything about until it arrived on Amazon, and truth be told, its trailer looks solid. If you're into psychological thrillers, this one may be the ticket. 
  • Allure looks like an interesting thriller. It's got a solid cast, and has an erotically-charged tilt to it that looks to push some taboo boundaries. Might be interesting.
  • If you like those half-assed reality shows like Ghost Adventures, and there are many of them, Zak Bagans has a new documentary out called Demon House about a "real" haunting that should make you happy. Those shows always feel fake to us, so we'll be skipping this one.
  • Bird Boy looks like an odd yet interesting animated adventure.
  • Hell's Kitty looks silly in all the right ways, and Apartment 212 look like some B-grade fun.
  • Happy Streaming!

*Be sure to click the pics to rent the movies, or watch their trailers. Or both. Or neither. It really depends on your mood, now doesn't it?  

*If you aren't already a member, you should really give Amazon Prime a shot, especially if you order movies on the regular like we do, because the free two-day shipping pays for itself after around 10 orders. Check it out for free HERE.

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*This is an on-going post which is updated every Tuesday & Friday, to keep up with releases and release date changes.

We're always, ALWAYS, searching for newest and best Horror & Genre movies & TV shows to watch, which is why we work so hard to keep our Blu-ray & DVD, Theatrical, VOD, and TV release dates pages up to date.

One thing that we've never done though, until now, is kept a running list of the movies coming soon to a big or small screen near you that we want to see the most, and there are always a lot of those. With that in mind, below you'll find the Top 30-ish Upcoming Horror & Genre Projects that have us chomping at the bit like rabid fiends.

  • The movies listed below all have release dates that are set. As you know, some of them can, and will, change.
  • You'll only find new projects that will be Theatrical, VOD, and TV releases on this list. Nothing that's coming soon on disc (unless it’s some sort of Special Edition.)
  • We will include a few upcoming TV shows of the highest interest on the list, but keep them limited so as to focus more on movies.
  • You can click the pics to be taken to each movie's IMDB page, for release date info, etc...The release dates can also be found in the file names.
  • This list will be mainly comprised of upcoming Horror projects, but the occasional Superhero, Sci-Fi, or Action flick might break through. It's all relative to our interests.
  • We will add and remove titles from this list as needed, which will be pretty often.
  • Mark your calendars!


3/15- We added Family Blood, Primal Rage, Beast, Stephanie, Hold the Dark, The Crossing, and SIX to the list, and updated a few posters.



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In a world where streaming movies in HD is growing in popularity, it gets harder and harder to justify spending hard earned money on physical media. The fact is though that when done right, nothing makes a movie look or sound better on Blu-ray, so we bring you The Digital Dread Report to help you figure out what's worth buying, and what you're better off streaming.

The releases of the 2-Disc version of Synapse's gorgeous new Suspiria disc; Arrow giving us two new editions of the Romero classics The Crazies and Season of The Witch; a kick-ass documentary about the making of Pet Sematary; Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning The Shape of Water; and the release of Justice League (if that's your thing) make this week a challenging one for any movie lovers wallet.

Be sure to click the pics below to buy the movies, or even rent them. Or both. Or neither. It really depends on your mood, now doesn't it?

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"SYNAPSE FILMS BRINGS THEIR 4K RESTORATION OF DARIO ARGENTO’S UNDISPUTED PSYCHEDELIC MASTERPIECE SUSPIRIA TO BLU-RAY!

Fresh off an historic theatrical tour and following a sold-out run of limited edition Steelbooks, Synapse Films is finally bringing the widely celebrated 4K restoration of Dario Argento’s beloved and extremely influential SUSPIRIA to the masses.  This highly anticipated genre release boasts a host of new special features in addition to the eye-popping new transfer of the film that will allow fans to truly see the film the way it was always intended.

Jessica Harper (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, PENNIES FROM HEAVEN) stars in this frightening tale of a young student who uncovers dark and horrific secrets within the walls of a famous German dance academy. What spirals out from that simple premise is one of the most powerful and hallucinatory nightmares ever captured on celluloid! Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA comes to home video from Synapse Films in an exclusive new 4K restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative with the original 4.0 English surround sound mix, for the first time EVER! Painstakingly restored over the past three years, Synapse Films has created the ultimate special edition of this horror classic with the supervision and approval of the film’s Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli."

For many Horror fans, Suspiria is the Holy Grail, and rightly so. Based on color schemes alone the film is a piece of art. Add in Argento's visual flair, some wickedly inventive and graphic death scenes, and a haunting (as always) Goblin score, and you have one of the purest, most enjoyable Horror experiences you're likely to ever have. Plus, who doesn't like creepy witches?

For anyone who missed out on the Limited Edition Steelbook that was released at the beginning of the year, Synapse is giving Horror fans a 2-Disc version that looks and sounds brilliant, and is packed with some fantastic special features. This new transfer of Suspiria was 4 years in the making, and the folks over at Synapse have truly given us one of the biggest Must Own's that we're ever likely to see on Blu-ray, or in any format.

Grab a copy, and don't look back.




SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • A new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
  • Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96kHz/24-bit audio, with newly-translated removable English SDH subtitles
  • Italian 5.1 surround mix, with removable English subtitle translation
  • Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle and Troy Howarth
  • Do You Know Anything About Witches? - 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
  • Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
  • A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
  • Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
  • Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
  • “International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release
  • Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
  • Reversible Cover Art created by Joel Robinson

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"SYNAPSE FILMS BRINGS THEIR 4K RESTORATION OF DARIO ARGENTO’S UNDISPUTED PSYCHEDELIC MASTERPIECE SUSPIRIA TO BLU-RAY!

Fresh off an historic theatrical tour and following a sold-out run of limited edition Steelbooks, Synapse Films is finally bringing the widely celebrated 4K restoration of Dario Argento’s beloved and extremely influential SUSPIRIA to the masses.  This highly anticipated genre release boasts a host of new special features in addition to the eye-popping new transfer of the film that will allow fans to truly see the film the way it was always intended.

Jessica Harper (PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, PENNIES FROM HEAVEN) stars in this frightening tale of a young student who uncovers dark and horrific secrets within the walls of a famous German dance academy. What spirals out from that simple premise is one of the most powerful and hallucinatory nightmares ever captured on celluloid! Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA comes to home video from Synapse Films in an exclusive new 4K restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative with the original 4.0 English surround sound mix, for the first time EVER! Painstakingly restored over the past three years, Synapse Films has created the ultimate special edition of this horror classic with the supervision and approval of the film’s Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli."

For many Horror fans, Suspiria is the Holy Grail, and rightly so. Based on color schemes alone the film is a piece of art. Add in Argento's visual flair, some wickedly inventive and graphic death scenes, and a haunting (as always) Goblin score, and you have one of the purest, most enjoyable Horror experiences you're likely to ever have. Plus, who doesn't like creepy witches?

For anyone who missed out on the Limited Edition Steelbook that was released at the beginning of the year, Synapse is giving Horror fans a 2-Disc version that looks and sounds brilliant, and is packed with some fantastic special features. This new transfer of Suspiria was 4 years in the making, and the folks over at Synapse have truly given us one of the biggest Must Own's that we're ever likely to see on Blu-ray, or in any format.

Grab a copy, and don't look back.




SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • A new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
  • Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96kHz/24-bit audio, with newly-translated removable English SDH subtitles
  • Italian 5.1 surround mix, with removable English subtitle translation
  • Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle and Troy Howarth
  • Do You Know Anything About Witches? - 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
  • Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
  • A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
  • Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
  • Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
  • “International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release
  • Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
  • Reversible Cover Art created by Joel Robinson

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