Get Ready For Some Good Horror Movies!
Saint Maud (2019)
Saint Maud is twice BAFTA-nominated, the winner of a British Independent Film, and has received five other awards. It stars Morfydd Clark (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Crawl) as “Maud” and Jennifer Ehle (John and the Hole, Fifty Shades Freed) as “Amanda”. Written and directed by newcomer Rose Glass, Glass weaves a chilling tale of suspense and obsession.
Maud (Clark), a young nurse living in a small Welshesque coastal village, chooses a path of fanatical Christian devotion to atone for past mistakes. She accepts a position caring for Amanda (Ehle), a terminally ill, retired dancer. Amanda was once famous for both her talent and her hedonistic lifestyle. Quickly Maud’s care turns obsessive, as she determines that she must save Amanda’s soul from eternal damnation. Slowly, Maud’s past unravels, revealed through violent visions and horror hallucinations of religious iconography and sexual inference. Maud’s guilt provides a greater understanding of the young woman’s turn to religion and initially inexplicable actions.
Filmed in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, the Saint Maud movie was produced by Escape Plan Productions, Film4, BFI Film Fund, and distributed by Sony Pictures.
Saint Maud is not a slasher film, but the story provides enough twists and turns, and a few well-placed gotchas and jumps, to keep horror audiences interested to the end.
Bad Samaritan (2018)
Bad Samaritan, written by Brandon Boyce and directed by Dean Devlin (The Librarians, Almost Paradise), hooks you with a familiar premise, as thieves break into a wealthy home only to encounter unspeakable horrors. Bad Samaritan is strangely compelling in a “can’t look away from a train wreck-type” of psychotic thriller-horror movie. It proves to be genuinely entertaining.
The 10th, and arguably the best, “Dr. Who,” Scottish-born actor David Tennant, portrays Sado-masochistic psychopath millionaire, “Cale Erendreich.” The villainous role is a different sort for Tennant, but it’s well within his extraordinary acting range. Robert Sheehan (The Umbrella Academy, Mortal Engines) plays “Sean Falco,” a talented but misguided photographer, who envisions himself as a stereotypical struggling artist. His bi-continental failure justifies both his lack of aspirations and his criminal behavior. And, his partner in petty crime “Derek Sandoval,” is played by Carlito Olivero (Blood Heist).
Boyce, whose script credits include Apt Pupil (1998) and Venom (2005), creates a familiar but riveting horror story that reveals the possibility of the evils of wealth and power. Watch this true psychotic thriller movie in the dark, but don’t forget the popcorn.
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty (2016)
No stylized fairy tale, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, is directed by Pearry Reginald Teo. Teo’s first short movie, Liberata Me (2002), was screened at Cannes and won Best Horror at the New York International Film Festival. Throughout the The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, Teo evokes the authenticity of the Brothers Grimm in this horror adaptation of the original Sleeping Beauty, with a penchant for horror.
Ethan Peck (Midnight Sky, Star Trek: Discovery) stars as “Thomas,” a troubled, insomniac painter, who inherits a family estate and a crippling curse. India Eisley (Dead Reckoning, Kite) plays the alluring, mysterious, and seemingly innocent girl of Thomas’ dreams, “Briar Rose.” Bruce Davison (We Still Say Grace) portrays “Richard,” a supernatural academician, who helps Thomas understand his family history. Canadian-born Natalie Hall (True Blood, All My Children) plays “Linda,” a vulnerable young woman searching for her missing brother, who is believed to be involved in the house’s horror mystery.
The soundscape and locations masterfully craft a natural creepiness to the movie, as it bounces between reality and supernatural fantasy. Blood and gore and jumps and screams abound, adding to the genius of this stylized horror film.
To Your Last Death (2019)
To Your Last Death is directed by Jason Axinn (12oz Mouse) and written by Coverage Ink founder, Jim Cirile (Liberator), and german-born New York stage actress Tanya C. Klein.
This blood-filled, animated horror movie is strongly reminiscent of anime Aeon Flux (1991) in both animation style and plotline. To Your Last Death is voiced by some of the most recognizable voices in entertainment, including Morena Baccarin (Stargate: SG1, Firefly), Dani Lennon (Bite Me), William Shatner (Star Trek), and Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Robocop).
Striving to save her siblings and herself from slaughter, at the direction of her vengeful father, a young woman, “Miriam DeKaub” (Lennon), accepts a seemingly impossible proposal from a mysterious entity… “The Gamemaster” (Baccarin). The Gamemaster’s purpose is ultimately to trap humans in diabolical situations, while fellow trans-dimensional beings wager on the life vs. death outcome, as horror entertainment.
Produced by Coverage Ink, the outcome of the To Your Last Death movie seems predictable, but Miram now has control of her life, and the direction of this unearthly game.
Need something more to watch? Here are two “Honorable Horror Mentions,” if you don’t feel pulled to anything listed above… Pungo: A Witch’s Tale (2021), and the new release of the TV-series Panic (2021).
Check out this trailer made in 2020 for the “To Your Last Death” movie (2019).