Written and directed by Justin P. Lange, THE DARK is a tragic tale that ventures into traumatic territories while striking a compassionate nerve simultaneously. Mysteriously alone and hungry for flesh, adolescent Mina (Nadia Alexander) stalks the forests surrounding the Devil’s Den, an area said to be haunted by a deadly creature (IE Mina) where individuals have been known to disappear.
After releasing their effective short film Soundbite last year, director Michael Coulombe and writer Brantley J. Brown are back with another short entitled STALK, which serves as a horror hybrid that draws influence from some of your favorite classics.
Horror fans view the world through a unique lens. Given that I'm a lifelong devotee to this treasured genre, as are the vast majority of the people I choose to surround myself with, this different view seldom becomes apparent to me. However, once in awhile I am reminded. Back in August, my other half and I set out to spend a romantic evening in a cabin in the mountains. After watching The Blair Witch Project, and being more than familiar with the likes of Evil Dead, we ended up sharing a mutual unease.
As you might expect from the title, STARMAN delivers as a cheesy 80s science fiction thriller. This 1984 film, directed by the infamous John Carpenter, is exactly what you would expect it to be. Although the narrative is predictable and trite, it is novel to see a young Jeff Bridges as a shipwrecked alien struggling to make his way back to the mothership. Themes of romance, death, rebirth selfishness, and empathy are all explored with a sprinkling of family friendly humor and archaic 80s special effects.
GLASS, the latest film from acclaimed writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, is the third film in his superhero trilogy, following Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson reprise their roles as David Dunn and Elijah Price/Mr. Glass from Unbreakable with James McAvoy reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb (and his 23 personalities) from Split. The film also stars Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story), Anya Taylor-Joy (Split), and Spencer Treat Clark (Animal Kingdom).
Darren Lynn Bousman is back in the director’s seat with the psychologically driven horror film, ST. AGATHA. Known for his work on SAW II-IV, Repo: The Genetic Opera, and The Devil’s Carnival, this film marks a slight redirection of sorts from his gory SAW franchise days. However, no one can deny that he knows how to ramp up the tension and make an audience uncomfortable and he succeeds in doing that once more with ST. AGATHA.
SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT 2, from director Lee Harry (Street Soldiers), is the sequel to the 1984 horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night, where we follow the now-adult Ricky as he recaps how he became a killer following his brother’s death. The film stars Eric Freeman (In Living Color), James Newman (Legally Blonde 2), Elizabeth Kaitan (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood), and Jean Miller (Capitol).