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.
The 6th day of 2018 Screamfest ended on a high note with the horror thriller short, HEARTLESS, and the thrilling, paranoia inducing feature film, YOU DIE - GET THE APP, THEN DIE. Both films take contemporary issues and explore the terrifying consequences of what happens when people are pushed beyond their breaking point. They both delve into the psychology of individuals who are put in difficult positions and challenge audience members to question their own morality.
For centuries the story of the golem, a magical supernatural being made from clay, was discussed in Jewish folklore. Directors Doron and Yoaz Paz resurrect the story of a sort of Jewish Frankenstein that hasn't been told in 100 years. THE GOLEM features a deep and layered narrative with beautiful cinematography and lighting.
On the final day of the Horror Imaginings film festival a block of long form short films were featured. Roughly 30 minutes long, these short films provided self-contained narratives that presented thrilling and suspenseful trials of protagonists coming face to face with evil. Although these films all played on themes of horror and fear, they provided differing motifs, production design, and style, which allowed for a diverse showcase.
Women in horror were proudly honored at this year’s Horror Imaginings Film festival. NADINE, LUNARCY, HE LIKES IT ROUGH, and LA QUINCEAÑERA were showcased and featured strong female characters and plenty of gore. Each film had themes of empowered women getting revenge and provided a satisfying conclusion that many women don’t always experience in reality. Justice is served in bloody ending for the men that stand in their way.
Warner Bros' THE NUN is the first horror movie to be released with ScreenX, a panoramic viewing opportunity screening in select theaters throughout the country. This Halloween season, experience THE NUN projected on three screens, creating a wider shot of the film and immersing audiences in the middle of the action and terror.
UNSANE, the latest film from Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, sex, lies, and videotape), is an intense, thought provoking, and engrossing psychological horror thriller that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. The film stars Claire Foy ("The Crown"), Joshua Leonard (The Blair Witch Project), and Jay Pharoh ("Saturday Night Live"), Juno Temple (The Dark Night Rises), Aimee Mullins ("Stranger Things") and Amy Irving (Traffic).