Lord, I’m dying of thirst over here! Where are all the summer horror movies?
There’s only one major, wide-release movie coming out in all of May 2017! That movie is Alien: Covenant, which I feel like I should be more excited about. If only I could get over my feelings about Prometheus. The other releases are all extremely limited releases that provide an interesting look into the state of indie horror movies. Another Evil and Berlin Syndrome are two film festival darlings. 7 Witches and Dead Awake seem like very low-budget horror movies, but not without their potential.
So while I am scrapping the bottom of the barrel with this month, there’s some good stuff here.
Check ‘em out!
Another Evil (Limited)
“After encountering a ghost in their family’s vacation home, a couple hire an exorcist to get rid of it. They soon realize that ridding the home of the evil spirit will be more difficult than they imagined.”
You had me at “Total ghost assassin,” LMAO.
As far as horror comedies go, this doesn’t seem like it will be fall-out-of-your-chair-hilarious, but will definitely be sharp and witty. I really like this twist on an exorcist story. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the foibles of an exorcist explored in quite this way. Another Evil definitely earns top marks for creativity.
7 Witches (Limited)
“As their big day approaches, Cate and Cody should be celebrating. Their families are there, they’ve rented an island for the big day, but unbeknownst to them, their wedding falls on the day when a 100-year-old curse comes to fruition. Instead of celebrating, they find themselves fighting for their lives as a coven of witches rise for revenge.”
I looooove witchy movies, especially when the witches are actually scary and perform disturbing rituals. I have to admit, this looked a little boring and low-budget initially, but then that stabbing scene in the water took this trailer in a totally different direction. Now I really want to see this. It is currently enjoying a limited release but should be available to VOD soon.
Dead Awake (Limited)
“Kate Bowman is a by-the-books social worker who is investigating a series of mysterious deaths. Each victim suffered from sleep paralysis, a frightening ailment that immobilizes its victims as they dream. Kate is approached by an unorthodox doctor who warns of an evil entity that haunts people in their sleep. She brushes aside his admonition, but when a terrifying entity begins to haunt Kate’s friends and loved ones, she must fight to stay awake to stop the nightmare she’s unleashed.”
NOOOOO OMG NO NONONOOO
Sleep paralysis is effing terrifying without a ragged old hag of an evil spirit, and a personal fear of mine. With that being said, I thought that trailer was scary as hell. But…some of the acting looks a little forced. And the story arc, which is laid out in the trailer, looks like your run-of-the-mill malevolent entity haunts a cute girl schtick. It’s a tried and true formula for horror movies, but it’s been down so often.
So I’m not sure if this looks good or not. Maybe I’m just a baby about sleep paralysis.
Alien: Covenant (Wide)
“Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, members of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think to be an uncharted paradise. While there, they meet David, the synthetic survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition. The mysterious world soon turns dark and dangerous when a hostile alien life-form forces the crew into a deadly fight for survival.”
I have so many feelings right now.
Prometheus burned me bad. Oh sure, I got sucked in by that gorgeous trailer and that amazing cast promising me a return to classic Alien (one of my favorite horror movies ever). But it was disappointing. The writing was clumsy, character motivations and actions didn’t make sense, and the biology of the alien goo was literally an excuse for the movie to throw inconsistent, messed-up plot contrivances at you with zero explanation. You hurt me, Ridley Scott. I’ll never forget it. But I thought I had gotten past it.
But then they drop this trailer, and I feel all sorts of conflicted again. Yes, Michael Fassbender was the best part of Prometheus and thank God he’s back. Yes, I still want to find out how we get from this point of the timeline to Alien. But…this looks like a rehash of Prometheus?
I actually saw a sneak peak of certain scenes, and it was large parts Prometheus with a lot more gore added in, complete with characters who are supposed to be trained professionals acting like damn fools and ignoring quarantine procedure all over the place. This doesn’t bode well, but I’m hoping it’s just a crappy trailer compared to the movie. At least Covenant looks like an actual horror movie?
Because I love Alien and Aliens that much, I’ll still be there opening day for this one.
Berlin Syndrome (Limited)
“A disturbed teacher holds a young photographer captive in his Berlin apartment after bringing her home for a night of romance.”
Holy crap, this is every traveling young woman’s nightmare. Hell, you don’t even have to be traveling for this to be a salient, tangible nightmare. Some morbidly needy creepy serial killer kidnaps you and keeps you locked up? That shit happens all the time.
And people make movies about these stories all the time. What makes Berlin Syndrome different? From the trailer, I think it’s safe to assume that the acting will be pretty solid and the film will have a stylish aesthetic. It’s been well-received after its Sundance Festival showing, which is a great sign for horror fans who revel in tense, cold, grisly, and well-acted movies. I can’t wait for this one.