After the horror movie drought that was the October 2016 film release schedule, November 2016 is a sight for sore eyes. With only a handful of movies, November gives us a ton of potentially beautiful and disquieting horror films. Naomi Watts returns to deliver the scares, the director of The Strangers puts forth a claustrophobic creature feature, and The Eyes of My Mother promises to be a wild ride.

Buckle up.

November 11, 2016

Shut In

“Following a recent accident that took the life of her husband and left her son paralyzed, a female psychologist (Naomi Watts) finds herself isolated in her own home caring for her child. Cut off from the outside world during a deadly storm, she starts to believe someone is inside her house trying to harm them.”

My Queen Naomi Watts makes her triumphant return to horror! Yaaaaas! I’m so excited!

I’m excited for this movie for reasons other than lovely and talented human treasure Naomi Watts. This trailer ticks off a lot of my personal horror movie favorites—a horrifying physical condition (Lock-in Syndrome), a caretaker on the edge, a large and drafty house, a slightly creepy child, ghosts or craziness, and a beautiful wintery setting. This could be amazing, though there is a chance it could end up being a run-of-the-mill haunted house movie. Either way, I’m seeing this one for sure!

 

The Monster

“A divorced mother and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late night road trip to see the girl’s father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt. Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads – a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave.”

I’ve heard a lot of buzz for this movie, and with A24 killing the film distribution game this year, I think The Monster is promising. And director Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) certainly can’t hurt. My only issues are that 1) that daughter character annoys me already, which is certainly not a good sign; and 2) the monster in a monster move needs to be executed well. A cheesy monster reveal after great buildup ruins a film for me. I really hope The Monster avoids that pitfall.

 

The Love Witch

“Elaine (Samantha Robinson), a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, then picks up men and seduces them. However, her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she at last meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder.”

Oh wow, throwback! This movie is obviously a parody of all those cheesy, glamorous, erotic vampire and witch B-Movies from the 60s and 70s. You know, the ones that made liberal use of topless and lesbian sex scenes but also occult murder. It looks kitschy as hell, and there’s a danger that this might be too over-the-top, but I’m feeling it. Especially when Variety describes the main character as “the old-school sexist pig’s nightmare of a liberated woman, one whose sexual availability comes with an emasculating price tag.

 

November 18, 2016

The Eyes of My Mother (Limited)

“Francisca (Kika Magalhaes) has been unfazed by death from an early age because her mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, imbued her with a thorough understanding of the human anatomy. When tragedy shatters her family’s idyllic life in the countryside, her deep trauma gradually awakens some unique curiosities. As she grows up, her desire to connect with the world around her takes a distinctly dark form.”

This may be the classiest-shot grisly body horror movie in recent memory. If you’re following this blog at all, you know how much I love visually beautiful horror movies. So I am very taken with this trailer even as I’m disgusted by the sound effects. But that contrast is what makes horror movies particularly effective, no? My interest is piqued, and after a few drinks to loosen up, I’ll definitely see this movie.

 

November 25, 2016

Evolution

“In a hospital on an island populated solely by women and boys, Nicholas is subjected to a medical procedure. He senses everyone is lying to him, and with help from a young nurse, he learns the secret of what the women do on the beach at night.”

Ah, leave it to the French to make a stunning, gorgeous, trippy body horror film about an island full of young boys and strange women. Seriously, this is all soooo French. From the trailer, it seems like this could be extremely cerebral and slowly paced, maybe too cerebral and slow-paced. Even for my tastes. I’ll probably wait for this one on VOD.