SCREAM FOR HELP is the 1984 thriller from director Michael Winner (Death Wish, The Sentinel), written by Tom Holland (Fright Night), that centers around a teenage girl convinced that her stepfather is trying to kill her mother. The film stars Rachael Kelly (As the World Turns), Marie Masters (As the World Turns), David Allen Brooks (Manhunter), and Rocco Sisto (Donnie Brasco).
SKYSCRAPER, the latest film from Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence), proves once and for all that nothing can stop Dwayne Johnson, not even when the tallest building in the world has caught fire with his family trapped inside. The film stars Dwayne Johnson (Rampage), Neve Campbell (Scream), Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the New Black), McKenna Roberts (Timeless), Noah Taylor (Peaky Blinders), Roland Møller (Atomic Blonde) and Chin Han (Ghost in the Shell).
In Kyle Rankin’s THE WITCH FILES, the idea of getting detention seems more compelling than reality has let on. Claire (Holly Taylor), a gawky nerd, has the enthralling task of reporting on its merit and what better way than to visit the scene itself. Claire disrupts detention to get to the meat of the matter: why are you here? And does detention even help?
THE FIRST PURGE, directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), is the latest chapter in the highly popular Purge franchise from Blumhouse Productions. This film takes place prior to 2013's The Purge and follows the events leading up to the very first Purge. The film stars Y'lan Noel (Insecure), Lex Scott Davis (Superfly), Joivan Wade (Doctor Who), Mugga (Precious), Patch Darragh (Everything Sucks) and Marisa Tomei (The Big Short).
“Destiny is a very real, concrete thing that every person has to deal with.”
So says an anonymous text read by the teacher of Laurie Strode (played by larger than life Jamie Lee Curtis), a high school student who, on Halloween night, is forced to deal with a destiny so terrifying it forever changes her own perception of the boogeyman.
What is there to say about a film that digs back into a well-loved narrative? Usually, one would hear the familiar tropes and groans of fanboys/girls echoing in the aisles as the credits crawl. I didn't hear that in the late-night musings of the audience, nor did I feel it myself. Quite the opposite in fact. This film terrorized the audience with nostalgia-laced 90's horror, avoiding the need to explain itself entirely too much or be overly referential to the Charles Band 89' classic, Puppet Master.
GONJIAM: HAUNTED ASYLUM is the latest horror film from Beom-sik Jeong and is a terrifying found-footage film that not only delivers on scares but maintains an unsettling atmosphere throughout. The film stars Seung-Wook Lee, Ye-Won Mun, Ji-Hyun Park (Meat), Sung-Hoon Park (Falsify), and Ha-Joon Wi (Something in the Rain).