Beau is Afraid is a surrealistic, absurdist, tragicomedy horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. Joaquin Phoenix plays the role of Beau, the lead character. The movie’s plot follows the mild-mannered but paranoia-ridden Beau as he embarks on a surreal odyssey to get home to attend his mother’s funeral, confronting his greatest fears along the way.(more…)
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Sisu is a 2022 historical action film written and directed by Jalmari Helander. Set in Finnish Lapland during World War II, the film follows a gold prospector who attempts to secure his stolen gold and defend himself from a Nazi death squad led by a brutal Schutzstaffel officer. The film stars Jorma Tommila, Aksel Hennie, Jack Doolan and Mimosa Willamo. (Wikipedia)(more…)
Discontinued is a 2022 indie scifi drama directed by Trevor Packham from a story written by Packham and Michael Villucci. The movie stars Ashley Hutchinson, Langton Fishburne, Robert Picardo, Michael Bonini and Charlie Talbert. The story is about a depressed millennial who discovers that the world she knows is just a simulated version of reality that is being shut down. Suddenly, she’s the only one who wants to stick around.(more…)
Seven Days (Chinese: 七天) is a 2023 Singaporean supernatural drama film written and directed by Grace Wu in her directorial debut. The film revolves around a female ghost who incidentally took a chance to possess her younger brother’s body for seven days to resolve unsettled matters with her family. The film opens in Singapore cinemas from May 12th, 2023.(more…)
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Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is a 2023 American fantasy heist comedy film directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who co-wrote the screenplay with Michael Gilio from a story by Chris McKay and Gilio. Based on the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, it is set in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting and has no connections to the previous film trilogy released between 2000 and 2012. The film stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Hugh Grant. (Wikipedia)(more…)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is a 2023 American science fiction space opera film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, produced by Marvel Studios, and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the third and final installment in the Guardians of the Galaxy film trilogy, the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and the 32nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is written and directed by James Gunn and stars an ensemble cast featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki, Maria Bakalova, and Sylvester Stallone. (Wikipedia)(more…)
Renfield is a 2023 American comedy horror film directed and produced by Chris McKay, and written by Ryan Ridley from a story by Robert Kirkman, who also served as producer. Inspired by characters from the 1897 novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, the film stars Nicholas Hoult, Awkwafina, Ben Schwartz, Adrian Martinez, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Nicolas Cage.(more…)
65 is a 2023 American science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods and starring Adam Driver and Ariana Greenblatt. The story summary we found online goes as follows – “After a catastrophic crash on an unknown planet, pilot Mills quickly discovers he’s actually stranded on Earth.65 million years ago. Now, with only one chance at rescue, Mills and the only other survivor, Koa, must make their way across an unknown terrain riddled with dangerous prehistoric creatures in an epic fight to survive.” (IMDb)(more…)
Is the tide turning in favour of video game film adaptations? The recent success of The Super Mario Bros. movie where despite receiving mixed reviews from critics, has grossed $377 million worldwide, offers evidence of this. The movie has been setting several box office records, including the biggest worldwide opening weekend for an animated film and domestic debut for a film based on a video game.(more…)
The Star Wars sequel trilogy, consisting of The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019), was highly anticipated by fans and critics alike. However, the reception of the trilogy has been mixed, with some fans loving the films and others feeling disappointed with the direction the series took.(more…)
Geylang (Chinese: 芽笼) is a 2022 Singaporean crime thriller film produced and directed by Boi Kwong. The second feature film by Kwong, the film is set in the red-light district of Geylang and revolves around the intertwined fates of five individuals over the course of one night. It had its world premiere at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in November 2022 and was released in theatres on 6 April 2023. (Wikipedia)(more…)
COVID-19 global pandemic had a mixed impact on the entertainment industry. On the one hand, cinemas were adversely affected by lockdowns and the like while the popularity of streaming platforms sky-rocketed. Both aspects of the industry have been skewered either positively or negatively as the case might be. What is clear is that post-pandemic, there is a sense that franchise fatigue is becoming a reality amongst fans. Let’s explore the reasons why this is the case right now.(more…)
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Suspension of disbelief is a concept used to describe a willingness or ability to temporarily set aside one’s skepticism or critical judgment in order to fully engage with a work of fiction. In other words, it is the act of allowing oneself to be absorbed by the story or the world created by the author, even if it contains elements that are not realistic or plausible in the real world.(more…)
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Knock at the Cabin is a 2023 American apocalyptic psychological horror film that was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. He wrote the screenplay based on an initial draft by Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman. The movie is based on the 2018 novel The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Tremblay, which is the first adaptation of one of his works.
The cast includes Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn, and Rupert Grint. The story follows a family of three, Eric and Andrew, a gay couple, and Wen, their adopted Asian daughter, who are on vacation at a remote cabin. Suddenly, they are held hostage by four strangers who demand they sacrifice one of their own to avert the apocalypse.(more…)
If you’re a fan of spine-chilling sci-fi horror films, then Brandon Cronenberg’s latest offering, Infinity Pool, is definitely one to add to your must-watch list. Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Mia Goth and Cleopatra Coleman, the film takes us on a dark journey that explores the terrifying consequences of a couple’s ill-fated decision to explore a mysterious country’s culture. Cronenberg’s direction, combined with the stellar cast’s outstanding performances, make for an intense and unforgettable cinematic experience. So, grab your popcorn and get ready to dive into the depths of horror with Infinity Pool.(more…)
ANT-MAN & THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA – MARVEL LOSES THE PLOT!ANT-MAN & THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA – MARVEL LOSES THE PLOT!
Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania is the third film in the superhero drama series about the titular characters of the same name. Directed by Peyton Reed and written by Jeff Loveness, the movie begins Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and introduces the super-villain Kang the Conqueror to the MCU. The movie stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathryn Newton.(more…)
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Decision to Leave is a 2022 South Korean romantic mystery film produced, co-written and directed by Park Chan-wook. It stars Tang Wei and Park Hae-il. The film received acclaim from critics, who praised Chan-wook’s direction, the cinematography, and the performances of Park and Tang. It was selected as the South Korean entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards.(more…)
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Babylon is a 2022 American epic period comedy drama film directed by Damien Chazelle and written by Chazelle and Will Ferrell. The film is set during Hollywood’s transition from silent to sound films in the late 1920s, and features an all-star ensemble cast that includes Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Diego Calva, Jean Smart, Jovan Adepo, and Li Jun Li.(more…)
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Legion of Super-Heroes is an animated superhero movie based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. The movie was produced before the appointment of James Gunn and Peter Saffran as joint heads of DC Studios and thus anything that happened here is largely irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, as far as the reset DC Universe is concerned. So what’s the point?(more…)
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Underwater is a 2020 science fiction horror film directed by William Eubank. The story follows a group of scientists and engineers working at a deep sea drilling facility, who are stranded on the ocean floor after an earthquake destroys their station. With limited resources and time, they must journey through the dangerous depths of the ocean to reach safety at a nearby research facility. Along the way, they encounter terrifying creatures and must fight for survival while dealing with the psychological stress of being trapped in a hostile environment. The film stars Kristen Stewart, Vincent Cassel, T.J. Miller, and John Gallagher Jr.(more…)
M3GAN is a sci-fi horror film from 2022, directed by Gerard Johnstone and written by Akela Cooper. James Wan and Jason Blum also produced the film. Starring Allison Williams and Violet McGraw, the movie tells the story of an AI doll named M3GAN, who gains self-awareness and turns on anyone who threatens her bond with her human companion. Amie Donald performs the physical role of M3GAN, while Jenna Davis provides the voice.(more…)
Cosmic horror, also known as cosmic fear or cosmic dread, is a subgenre of horror fiction that emphasizes the terror and insignificance of humanity in the face of an incomprehensible and uncaring universe. The genre often features themes of cosmic entities, ancient deities, and otherworldly beings that are beyond human comprehension and control.(more…)
In order to fully appreciate this list of the Best Cosmic Horror Films of All Time, it is vital to have read our article – Cosmic Horror Tropes – where we described this horror genre as a subgenre of horror fiction that emphasizes the terror and insignificance of humanity in the face of an incomprehensible and uncaring universe. The genre often features themes of cosmic entities, ancient deities, and otherworldly beings that are beyond human comprehension and control. We also set out common tropes closely associated with this genre.(more…)
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The Cursed is a 2021 gothic horror film directed and written by Sean Ellis. The film stars Boyd Holbrook, Kelly Reilly, Alistair Petrie, and Roxane Duran. The film is centred on a rural 19th-century French village where a mysterious, possibly supernatural menace threatens. There is an implication that a gypsy curse is at play due to the slaughtering of a Romani clan. John McBride, a pathologist, comes to town to investigate the danger – and exorcise some of his own demons in the process.(more…)
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In the Mouth of Madness is a 1994 horror film directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Sam Neill as John Trent, an insurance investigator who is hired to track down a missing horror novelist, Sutter Cane (played by Jürgen Prochnow). Trent becomes embroiled in a series of bizarre and terrifying events as he delves deeper into the mystery of Cane’s disappearance, ultimately leading him to question his own sanity. The film is known for its surreal and atmospheric style, as well as its nods to H.P. Lovecraft’s Cosmic Horror genre.(more…)