Here is a quick list of great horror flicks for all you blood, guts, chills and thrills fans. Be sure to go and check them out in theaters or on-demand, and come back here for more movie picks!
Written and Directed by Ari Aster
Starring Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, with Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne
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. 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.
The First Purge
Purge: Election Year teased the end of the New Founding Fathers regime that instituted the bloodiest fictional holiday in future America — and The First Purge will show you how it all began. Franchise creator James DeMonaco wrote his fourth straight script in the Purge series for the upcoming movie, but he will cede the director’s chair for the first time to Gerard McMurray, who made his debut with black fraternity drama Burning Sands. This time, the setting is Staten Island, where the annual evening of slaughter started as a social experiment designed by a doctor and implemented by the politically powerful in order to “reduce crime” in the United States. But of course, “reduce crime” really means “maintain a rigged system meant to thin out the poor and people of color.” God bless America.
Summer of ‘84, August 3
The most exciting thing about Summer of ‘84 is who made it. The Canadian directing trio of François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell — who professionally go by the name Roadkill Superstar (RKSS) — made their feature debut with Turbo Kid, a Valentine to 1980s action adventure movies that charmed genre fans at Sundance in 2015. And now they’re back with Summer, a horror movie set in the slasher heyday of 1984 that tells the story of four teenage boys who suspect a local police officer might be the man behind a series of killings. RKSS is a super-passionate filmmaker collective who pour their love of genre camp into all their work, making ’84 very well suited to their specific talents.
What Keeps You Alive (Date TBD)
Filmmaker Colin Minihan has been known to do it all. He writes, directs, produces, edits, and has even done VFX and camera operating from time to time on his movies. For his fourth feature, he only does the first three jobs in that list, but he’s clearly kept a close eye on quality control with everything else. What Keeps You Alive follows two women spending a weekend at a remote cabin to celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary. But the sun has barely had time to set on the first night of their getaway when a visitor stops by and accidentally kicks over a whole bucket of secrets, setting off a layered and emotionally charged game of murder and vengeance.
Here’s how Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan described Mandy after he saw it at Sundance: “Mandy is an undulating, heavy-metal screen-saver of a film that stars [Nicolas] Cage and Andrea Riseborough as lovers who share a beautiful house in the mountains. Even though the sky is always lit like a forest fire is raging, their existence together is utopian until a band of weird, religious hippies decide to fuck it up and claim Riseborough for their own. Once they do, it’s up to Cage to take bloody, increasingly outrageous vengeance on all who have wronged him. He even takes time out to weld a battle ax. (No, that’s not a typo. He does wield it, but first, he welds it.)” Excited yet? Mandy is reportedly arriving this summer, but does not yet have a specific release date.