CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER – Review by Brandy McDonnell

Like most of Reece’s movies, Climate of the Hunter mostly consists of people talking in rooms, but, as usual, the characters are so intriguing, the conversations are so memorable – and strongly spiked with twisted, deadpan humor – and the visuals are so unexpectedly striking that the movie holds the viewer in a peculiar thrall. And it keeps you guessing for the entire 90-minute run time.

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ANTEBELLUM – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re into bizarre, off-beat films, consider this Prime Video ‘historic horror.’ It begins with a slave, Eden (Janelle Monae), enduring agonizing brutality on a Southern plantation sometime during the Civil War. She’d love to escape but…then there’s a time-travel element. Unfortunately, there’s no way to discuss this basic premise without spoiling it.

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FREAKY – Review by Leslie Combemale

The new horror comedy Freaky lands in time to splash cinematic blood all over Thanksgiving, and there will be lots of homebound horror fans who will be 100% there for it. Directed by Christopher Landon, the film is a twist on Freaky Friday, with the supernatural switch happening not between mother and daughter, but middle-aged serial killer and grieving high school cheerleader.

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HONEYDEW – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Honeydew sucks us into an intoxicating, delirious fever dream, where past and present collide in a nightmare zone of fucked up families and a veritable rainbow of other dysfunctional interpersonal relationships. And if that’s not enough, there’s a truly peculiar Lena Dunham cameo which has to be seen to be believed.

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THEY REACH – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

They Reach might not be the most original film you see in 2020, but wow is it fun. It is almost impossible with this upbeat, even perky supernatural teen adventure film to not acknowledge obvious points of reference such as Stranger Things, The Goonies and IT, Directed by Sylas Dall who co-wrote the film with Bry Troyer, what They Reach lacks in originality it makes up for in heart, and sometimes – as is very much the case here – that is all you need.

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BRITTANIA – Review by Susan Granger

If you’re still suffering Game of Thrones withdrawal, let me recommend this nine-part series. There’s war, family intrigue and witchcraft – aplenty. Writers Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth and James Richardson use the Druids’ murky, nature-worshipping, pagan history as a launching point for this fictional fantasy.

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LA LLORONA – Review by Maitland McDonagh

La LLorona strikes a delicate balance between the mundane–family secrets and lies, gracious interiors that begin to seem cramped — the threat of physical and emotional violence of things unsaid within and intrusions from beyond. It’s both intelligent and emotionally haunting, political and fantastical, a powerful combination in the right hands.

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Egor Abramenko chats SPUTNIK, Russian Horror and Scaring Folks – Jeanne Wolf interviews

Sputnik has been called “gripping” and it’s been called “gross” — that’s a compliment. An alien catches a ride to Earth inside the body of a returning cosmonaut. The slimy creature only comes out of the guy at night, and its favorite food is humans, A female doctor gets involved for lots of suspense ans creepy scenes. The director, Egor Abramenko loves horror movies. And, I told him how scared I was.

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SPUTNIK – Review by Leslie Combemale

There is a creepy pall over everything in Sputnik. It has an intentional sparseness and frigidity that might put off viewers were it not for the strong and complex female character at its center. She’s brainy, fearlessness, and compassionate. With Sputnik, you might come for the alien, but you’ll stay for the heroine.

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