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.
The messages start rolling in as soon as December begins and the clock starts ticking in anticipation for the upcoming New Year. With a new year comes a new chance to start things fresh. Or to start working towards the things we desire. The phrase that often gets floated around this time of year is ‘New Year, New You’. And that is exactly what Hulu and Blumhouse seeks to explore in the horror anthology series INTO THE DARK’s New Year’s themed episode aptly titled NEW YEAR, NEW YOU.
Combine a general Young Adult formula with Six Sense and a giant Chernobyl style blast and here you will have the basic gist of what I STILL SEE YOU is about. Starring Bella Thorne as the main female protagonist Veronica, we are introduced to a part of the world that is inhabited by Revenants after an apocalyptic disaster takes place in Chicago a decade prior to current events. Now in a town called Jewel City, which is located about 50 miles from the epicenter, people see these ghost-like Revenants daily going through their loops.
The holidays bring up a plethora of emotional changes and none can really hold a candle to the mood swings some of us encounter during the Christmas holiday season. What is more horrifying than dealing with the end of the year, existential pressure, and dealing with the baggage of family? With so much inspiration to pull from the stress inducing holiday season, it is no surprise to see Hulu’s new horror anthology series INTO THE DARK tackle Christmas in the oddly pleasing episodic film POOKA!
I don’t speak of this often, but I was a very religious child. What drew me in was the initial broad stroke fantasy that the Bible displayed, explaining away the strangest things while exalting those who stood up for their Christian beliefs at the expense of their life. For an odd child who grew up as an outsider, this was enough to distract me from the reality of the world around me. However, reflecting back on this time period of my youth, I realize that my fascination with religion was laced in the macabre. And it is this realization that led me to relate significantly to Birdie’s story in THE BOOK OF BIRDIE.
Ever since I first heard the nursery rhyme, I have been completely and utterly fascinated with the American legend surrounding Lizzie Borden. There is nothing more terrifying in our society than a woman committing murder and, during the late nineteenth century, the idea of an upper middle class woman of Lizzie’s status was uncalled for and took the media of that day by storm.