Film: The Void

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Despite the fact that 2017 is shaping up to be a depressingly lackluster year for film, there are still a few movies that have me excited, and one of those films is the new horror film The Void.

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From directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, The Void is undeniably steeped in 80’s vibe, and immediately evokes H.P. Lovecraft, John Carpenter’s The ThingHalloween 2, and other great fantasy sci-fi horror films of the era, like Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Phantasm, and From Beyond, but it is very clear that The Void is not just a superficial retro nostalgia piece.

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Kostanski and Gillespie are part of the Astron-6 collective, a Canadian film production company known for 80’s-style, horror-comedy B-movies. Gillespie recently worked as assistant art director for Suicide Squad, and the new upcoming It remake. Kostanski was a make-up effects techinican for Crimson Peak, and special make-up effects artist on Suicide Squad and It.

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It is apparent from the teaser and trailers that The Void has great mood, tension, lighting, practical horror FX, and is truly scary and unsettling, all elements that are sorely lacking in most modern horror movies, so I am eagerly awaiting this film.

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The Void hits theaters on March 31, Digital HD on April 7, and DVD and Blu-ray on April 24. There is also an Our Screen page to set up a screening of The Void in your area.

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The Void
1h 30min  | Horror | 7 April 2017 (USA)
Directed by: Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski
Signature Entertainment

Cinema Obscura’s Curated Guide to the Best Halloween Movies Streaming

It’s October 1st, which means our annual month long Halloween movie marathon is about to kick off tonight.

This year I decided I would make curated lists of the best Halloween movies on the top 3 streaming platforms: Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu Plus. And as a bonus, I’ve added a list of 5 Halloween movies you can stream free on Crackle!

I have included horror classics as well as some more recent scary films that are sure to add to your Halloween horror movie marathon repertoire. If you want to view a trailer for a film, just click on the title.

I hope this guide enhances your Halloween streaming!

 

Cinema Obscura’s Guide to the Best Halloween Movies Streaming

Netflix:

The Babadook (2014) Jennifer Kent
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) Robert Rodriguez
The Invitation  (2015) Karyn Kusama
John Dies at the End (2012) Don Coscarelli
Nightbreed (1990) Clive Barker
Re-Animator (1985) Stuart Gordon
The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014) Adam Robitel
VHS (2012) (Anthology, see IMDb)
We Are Still Here (2015) Ted Geoghan
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994) Wes Craven

Amazon Prime:

An American Werewolf in London (1981) John Landis
Carrie (1976) Brian De Palma
Goodnight Mommy (2014) Severin Fiala, Veronica Franz
Let The Right One in (2008) Tomas Alfredson
The Mist (2007) Frank Darabont
Night of the Living Dead (Digitally Remastered) (1968) George Romero
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Roman Polanski
The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Under The Skin (2013) Johnathan Glaser
The Witch (2015) Robert Eggers

Hulu Plus:

The Amityville Horror (1979) Stuart Rosenberg
Day of the Dead (1985) George Romero
Hellbound: Hellraiser II 
(1988) Tony Randel
Hellraiser (1987) Clive Barker
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) Wes Craven
House of the Devil (2009) Ti West
The Innkeepers (2011) Ti West
Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978) Phillip Kaufman
The Others (2001)  Alejandro Amenábar
Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Tobe Hooper

Crackle:

The Blob (1988) Chuck Russell
Christine (1983) John Carpenter
Insidious (2010) James Wan
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) Tobe Hooper
The Thing (1982) John Carpenter

 

Netflix Review: We Are Still Here (2015) Ted Geoghegan

I was eager to check out the 2015 indie horror film We Are Still Here despite some negative reviews and low ratings, and I was pleasantly surprised. We Are Still Here is a solid modern horror film that is dark, creepy, minimal, and a step above the majority of the newer horror titles currently streaming on Netflix.

We Are Still Here immediately establishes a creepy mood and builds the feeling of dread throughout the film. Director Ted Geoghegan did a lot with a little. It is nicely shot and a very simple but effective New England horror film that doesn’t explain too much and keeps thing ambiguous, which only lends to the creepiness.

Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) gives a great performance as Anne Sacchetti, the grieving main character, and the supporting cast is simple but effective. The house is very creepy with an equally terrifying cellar, and the monster design is effective, fresh, and original.

Though there are some subtle digital effects on the monsters, the horror FX were virtually all in camera, which was another positive aspect of this film. No horrible obvious CGI to take you out of the film. The simple, practical approach to the monsters really kept the supernatural horror rooted in reality.

We Are Still Here is a simple, creepy modern horror film made with the influence of the great 70’s and 80’s horror classics, and is a solid choice if you are looking for a decent new creepy horror film on Netflix.

Netflix Review: We Are Still Here (2015) Ted Geoghegan Rating: 3-5