Movies

I See You

Thriller
Available on VOD: 15 oktober 2020
Director: Adam Randall
Cast: Helen Hunt (Mad About You, What Women Want), Jon Tenney (True Detective, Legion), Judah Lewis (It, It Chapter Two), Owen Teague (It, It Chapter Two)

In a perfect town filled with perfect families, twelve-year-old Justin Whitter has gone missing. Greg Harper (Jon Tenney), lead investigator on the case, struggles to balance the pressures of the investigation which has brought to attention a similar case thought to be buried in the past, while finding a way to forgive his well-heeled wife, Jackie (Helen Hunt), for a recent infidelity. Great strain is put on the family as Jackie’s guilt slowly gnaws away at her grip on reality, and when a malicious presence manifests itself and puts their young son, Connor (Judah Lewis), in mortal danger, the cold, hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered.

Reviews
  • NRC.nl: Na drie kwartier mysterie begint I See You namelijk antwoorden te geven: dit is zo’n film die om zijn eigen as draait in plaats van lineair door de tijd te bewegen. Alles begint opnieuw, nu vanuit een ander oogpunt en met gevorderd inzicht. Waarna we de finale ingaan met gekantelde sympathieën.
    Het is een mechaniek dat – mits vlekkeloos geschreven, uitgevoerd en gemonteerd – uitermate bevredigend is. Je bekijkt de puzzelstukjes van alle kanten tot ze op hun plek vallen. En na afloop wil je de film nog eens zien, om te kijken welke hints je onderweg hebt gemist. Lees de hele review hier.
  • Volkskrant.nl: Regisseur Adam Randall speelt vakkundig met de klassieke horrorfilmiconografie.
  • Parool.nl: Een geslaagde thriller waarin debuterend scenarioschrijver Devon Graye een spectaculaire haarspeldbocht neemt en de film als een inventieve kronkelplotthriller verder gaat.
  • Filmdomein.nl: I See You is een verrassende thriller met een ijzersterk, gelaagd en goed opgebouwd verhaal. Daarbij is de film misschien wel de beste en origineelste film die de bioscoop te bieden heeft bij de heropening na de Corona uitbraak.
  • DeNachtvlinders.nl: I See You maakt op interessant wijze gebruik van meerdere genres en tijdsprongen.
  • DeGroeneAmsterdammer.nl: Dit verhaal bevat twee of drie plotwendingen waar je nog dagenlang van wakker zal liggen. Pas wanneer het laatste masker wordt afgedaan, gaat er een licht aan. Dan pas blijkt hoe eng deze film werkelijk is.
  • Filmtotaal.nl: Het script zit bijzonder goed in elkaar. De camera draagt met zijn langzame sluipende bewegingen bij aan een fantastische enge sfeer. Het gebeurt namelijk niet vaak dat genreclichés op zo'n kundige wijze worden doorbroken.
  • Variety.com: An eerie suspense exercise that starts out looking like a supernatural tale — one of several viewer presumptions this cleverly engineered narrative eventually pulls the rug out from under.
  • TheHollywoodReporter.com: A twist-heavy crime thriller spiced with horror and noir elements, I See You is such a finely crafted exercise in slow-burn suspense.
  • Latimes.com: It's rare to see a horror film so devoted to intricate plot mechanics and so concerned with driving to a satisfying payoff.
  • Theverge.com: For people who specifically prize meticulous story-craft and the ability to dodge broad genre clichés, I See You is a rare gift. It's a tension experience that gives way to a long series of narrative surprises and payoffs, some of which viewers may not even realize they were primed to want until they arrive at the moment.
  • Slantmagazine.com: The film's tone is extremely eerie, with creeping camera movements, striking imagery, abrupt edits, and a delicately sinister score by William Arcane.
  • Rogersmovienation.com: Well-acted, cleverly-plotted and directed with extra attention being paid to tone, menace and hiding its secrets. Taut, smart and satisfying.
  • Culturecrypt.com: You may wish to prepare for a ‘creepy crawly’ movie that is utterly terrifying in its home invasion implications.

The Wretched

Horror
Available on VOD: 22 oktober 2020
Director: Brett Pierce
Cast: John-Paul Howard (Hell or High Water), Piper Curda, Jamison Jones (General Hospital), Azie Tesfai (Supergirl)

A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, faces off with athousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman nextdoor.

Reviews
  • Denachtvlinders.nl: een lekker vermakelijke horrorfilm.
  • Filmliefhebber.com: een horrorfilm die vooral uitblinkt in spannende en angstaanjagende fragmenten.
  • SchokkendNieuws.com: een geslaagde verrassing.
  • Telegraaf.nl: vlot wegkijkend horrorwerkje.
  • Movieaddicts.nl: Ik heb nog geen betere horrorfilm in de bioscoop gezien dit jaar.
  • Variety.com: The film successfully mixes together a lot of things, from the waterfront tourist-town setting of "Jaws" to a general teen fantasy-adventure feel that tempers (without weakening) horror content variably redolent of "It, ""Fright Night" and myriad other predecessors. If originality isn’t a strong suit here, the film’s conviction and polish make that a minor sin.
  • 28dayslateranalysis.com: Not to be missed, The Wretched provides lots of chills and a great story to entertain film fans. 8/10.
  • Bloody-disgusting.com: Gruesome makeup effects presents a creepy, monstrous take on a classic witch. One that's deeply submersed in nature and folkloric origins. The Pierce brothers have delivered a new dark fairy tale that the midnight crowds will enjoy.
  • Culturecrypt.com: “Evil Dead” energy keeps poking into every corner it can. Excellent effects and exceptional sound design make certain that energy burns hot. The Wretched delivers a viciously visceral experience by pounding out grotesque gurgles to go with sick sights like diseased animal guts falling onto the floor.
  • Dreadcentral.com: Truly unique supernatural concepts and effective scares. The Pierce duo has injected awesome new ideas into the underexplored witchcraft subgenre.
  • LATimes.com: Equally indebted to Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and a mishmash of '80s horror films only the directors themselves could comprehensively name-check, "The Wretched" is a fresh horror film built out of familiar parts.

The Last Right

Comedy, Drama
Available on VOD: 25 februari 2021
Director: Aoife Crehan
Cast: Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones, The Age of Adaline), Samuel Bottomley (Ackley Bridge), Niamh Algar (Raised by Wolves), Colm Meaney (Law Abiding Citizen, Seberg), Brian Cox (Churchill, Succession)

New York-based DANIEL MURPHY wakes on a flight home to Ireland for his Mum’s funeral to find elderly passenger PADRAIG MURPHY has died in the next seat. To his surprise the lonely Padraig had just listed him as his next of kin.

In a bid to persuade his autistic brother LOUIS to return to New York with him, Daniel agrees to drive Padraig’s remains across the length of Ireland, from Cork to Rathlin Island, to be buried with his brother. Hitching a ride in the passenger seat is the funeral home temp MARY, who is on a mission to correct a drunken mistake. Meanwhile, the police realise Daniel has no business driving off with Padraig’s body, and Daniel, Mary and Louis find themselves the focus of a nationwide manhunt. 

Reviews
  • Indebioscoop.com: de kijker valt vanaf minuut één in de film. Gecombineerd met het lichte en vaak humoristische verhaal kunnen we The Last Right typeren als de lightversie van Rain Man. 4 sterren.
  • Telegraaf.nl: een prachtig groen land met 'good craic, het Ierse equivalent van gezelligheid.
  • Cinemagazine.nl: The Last Right biedt een fijne, warme ontsnapping aan het dagelijks leven.
  • Filmtotaal.nl: Crehan levert een vermakelijk speelfilmdebuut met een hoog feelgoodgehalte.
  • Volkskrant.nl: Michiel Huisman doet het uitstekend als Amerikaanse Ier in de gemoedelijke roadmovie The Last Right.
  • Trouw.nl: Een warme film met een simpele boodschap: wees vriendelijk, ook voor vreemden. Prima acteurs en liefdevolle blikken op Ierland.
  • AD.nl: De film weet een fijne sfeer neer te zetten, met behulp van droogkomische, typische humor en aaibare Ieren in minirolletjes.
  • NRC.nl: kruist het genre van de roadmovie met elementen uit de romantische komedie. Het resultaat is plezierig.
  • Parool.nl: Een verademing, zo zou je het sympathieke The Last Right kunnen omschrijven in deze barre tijden.
  • Filmireland.net: A thoughtful approach to grief and isolation with sadness and humour that will ultimately offer hope for its characters. It's an unexpected road trip full of heartbreak, humour and human kindness.
  • TheGuardian.com: Gently heartwarming, this homecoming story about a lawyer and his autistic brother fits like a well-worn onesie.
  • Irishtimes.com: A likeable salute to a Magic Ireland we don't see much anymore. Lovely performances.
  • TheTimes.co.uk: Writer-director Aoife Crehan makes a fine — and madcap — debut.
  • Entertainment.ie: Sweet and earnest in all the right places.
  • Filmireland.net: Dutch actor Michiel Huisman has a fresh and alluring onscreen presence.
  • Totallydublin.ie: Hilarious

The Dark and the Wicked

Horror
Available on VOD: 1 april 2021
Director: Bryan Bertino
Cast: Marin Ireland (Homeland, Hell or High Water), Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley (The Walking Dead), Julie Oliver-Touchstone

On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. Bedridden and fighting through his final breaths, he's a source of deep sadness for his wife, who's succumbing to overwhelming grief. To help their mother and say their goodbyes to their father, grown-up siblings Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return to their family farm. It doesn't take long for them to see that something's wrong with mom, though—something more than her heavy sorrow. Gradually, as their own grief mounts, Louise and Michael begin suffering from a darknes' similar to their mother's...

Reviews
  • Volkskrant.nl: Schrijver en regisseur Bryan Bertino maakt van The Dark and the Wicked een indringende, onafgebroken sombere zit. 4 sterren.
  • Filmtotaal.nl: Bertino speelt een geraffineerd spel met suggestie en creëert daarmee een intrigerend monster dat nét ongrijpbaar blijft. Wat The Dark and the Wicked bovendien ijzingwekkend maakt, is dat je al heel gauw doorkrijgt dat niemand veilig is.
  • Telegraaf.nl: sfeervolle horrorvertelling.
  • SchokkendNieuws.nl: The Dark and the Wicked is een ijzersterke mood piece die opbouwt naar een klassieke, misschien zelf iets té klassieke, horrorclimax.
  • Trouw.nl: Flinke, ouderwetse schrikeffecten en vooral een allesoverheersend gevoel van angst, verval en het naderende einde. De angst is intens...
  • Parool.nl: Een grimmige kermisrit, die het publiek in hoog tempo van de ene schok naar de andere voert. Het levert klamme handjes en hartkloppingen op.
  • Movieaddicts.nl: The Dark and the Wicked is in potentie zo’n horror pareltje. Wat betreft de opbouw weet hij het de gehele film goed te doseren tot en met de bevredigende climax. Een aanrader voor iedereen welke een avondje ongemakkelijk zitten in de bioscoop wel kan waarderen.
  • Cinemagazine.nl: een donkere en naargeestige psychologische horrorfilm die duidelijk boven het genregemiddelde uitsteekt. Een ideale film voor een regenachtige najaars- of winteravond waarop de wind hoorbaar over de daken giert.
  • DeProtagonisten.nl: The Dark and the Wicked vonden we bovengemiddeld prima met een goede cinematografie.
  • RogerEbert.com: This is an unsettling movie that is more admirably brutal than it is outright scary.
  • 28dayslateranalysis.com: Very punishing in its seriousness and use of violence, The Dark and the Wicked will entertain.
  • Austinchronicle.com: The Dark and the Wicked pulls no punches, either in its sense of perpetual unease, its occasional moments of understated yet truly stomach-churning gore, or in its emotional heft.
  • Awardswatch.com: There's no doubt that it's the most terrifying tale of the supernatural subgenre told in a long time and one of the best horror films of the year.
  • Backseatmafia.com: Bertino conjures up an atmosphere of suffocating fear. The Dark & The Wicked showcases the best in current genre cinema.
  • Bostonhassle.com: A perverse delight, oozing with country-fried creepiness and some remarkable performances.
  • Gmbacklot.com: It is rare that a film manages to cut deep into my core. It is a deeply disturbing nightmare that grabs for the jugular and does not let go for the over 90-minute runtime. While not an easy watch, for anyone that loves horror, this is a film that needs to be seen. 
  • Eyeforfilm.co.uk: With strong performances all round, this Fantasia 2020 pick is a fireside yarn of a film, a story to tell to one another as we huddle together against the dark.
  • Elementsofmadness.com: It’s a dirty, gory, cruel film that many horror films are still too afraid to be at times. Horror in its purest form. With strong performances all round, this Fantasia 2020 pick is a fireside yarn of a film, a story to tell to one another as we huddle together against the dark.
  • Fathersonholygore.com: The Dark and the Wicked is another awesome piece of work from Bryan Bertino. [He] looks at an evil so dark and so brutally oppressive there’s nothing that can save us, no god of any sort whose power can ward it off, and he pulls not a single punch doing it.
  • Filmschoolrejects.com: The Dark and the Wicked is a true chiller that tightens its grip on viewers from the very first scenes and doesn’t let go until the end credits roll. Suffocating terror and nerve-wracking tension.
  • Flickhunter.blogspot.com: Bertino builds the level of terror methodically keeping the audience on edge as the stakes rise in the final act.
  • Haddonfieldhorror.com: Bryan Bertino’s latest film The Dark And The Wicked, playing as part of Fantasia 2020, is without a doubt one of the best horror films of the past five years. An exercise in dread (and scares) weaved into a story about grief, communication and guilt.
  • Moviesinfocus.com: A well crated and intelligent horror film, The Dark And The Wicked is a strong and powerful slice of genre cinema which gets deep under the skin. It’s one of the best horror films of the year.
  • Rue-morgue.com: a standout discovery at this year’s Fantasia, and takes an immutable place amongst 2020’s most frightening films.
  • Scaredsheepless.wordpress.com: Sometimes, what you want from a horror film is for it to shake you, give your bones a good rattle and really go for something deeply unpleasant and profoundly scary. The Dark and The Wicked is one of those films.
  • Screenanarchy.com: Perfectly set up, established and executed, this is no hyperbole, The Dark and The Wicked is one of the scariest movies of the year.
  • Sonic-cinema.com: The ending is what people will remember, however, and it’s a mammoth gut punch, pulled off in a powerful, simple way that will be difficult to get out of your head.
  • Thelastthingisee.com: Bertino’s supernatural horror, filtered through the lens of familial grief and trauma, is perhaps the most truly terrifying film of the year.

Alone

Horror, Thriller
Available on VOD: 1 juli 2021
Director: Johnny Martin
Cast: Tyler Posey (The Last Summer, Teen Wolf), Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games, Pride & Prejudice, The Italian Job), Summer Spiro

A terrible pandemic outbreak suddenly grips the entire world throwing it into chaos and medical experts across the globe advise all citizens to self-isolate in order to survive. Aidan (Tyler Posey) wakes up to find himself trapped in his apartment, totally cut off the outside world and unable to reach his loved ones with infected people everywhere in his building.

His dire circumstances shift when he spots his beautiful neighbor Eva (Summer Spiro) in the apartment across the way. Communicating through written messages, their romance blooms amidst the madness. With no electricity and supplies running low, Aidan decides to take his life into his own hands and try to save them both.

Trying to maneuver unnoticed through his apartment complex, he discovers his elderly neighbor Edward (Donald Sutherland) surprisingly still alive and thrilled to have some company as he generously shares his food with Aidan. But danger lurks everywhere, even in the hands of this welcoming and seemingly harmless grandpa.

Reviews
  • Blu-ray.com: An appealing balance of human concern and monster attacks, Sutherland's seasoned abilities add oxygen to the picture.
  • Bulletproofaction.com: Alone is a Relevant Movie in Today's COVID-19 World.
  • Butwhythopodcast.com: A Horrifying and Relatable Experience. Fans of survival horror and zombie horror will enjoy Alone and possibly relate to surviving and coping through a pandemic.
  • Fmovie123.com: It was exciting, the fear was unobtrusive, but steadfastly penetrated to the bone.
  • Irishfilmcritic.com: Gripping.
  • Edgemedianetwork.com: this is Posey’s movie all the way, and he is pretty terrific. The action sequences are intense and nimble, and while #Alive made the action more extreme, here it's more realistic while also being nail-biting.

Smiley Face Killers

Thriller
Available on VOD: 8 juli 2021
Director: Tim Hunter
Cast: Crispin Glover (American Gods, Alice In Wonderland), Ronen Rubinstein (Follow Me), Mia Serafino (Zeroville)

Based on horrific true events, Bret Easton Ellis (brilliant creator of AMERICAN PSYCHO) untwists this frightening tale in his unique style.

The story of handsome young soccer player Jake Graham (Ronan Rubinstein) who believes he is going insane, unable to shake the feeling of being stalked by something, by someone. His friends and everyone around him believe he’s just anxious and prone to paranoia but Jake is actually being followed by a small group of serial killers led by a deformed and terrifying “guru” (Crispin Glover). They abduct, torture and kill attractive male students and then float the corpses in water, leaving a smiley face as their signature. The perverse mind games advance and they force their newest prey into isolation as the Smiley Face Killers prepare for the ultimate sacrifice.

Reviews
  • Anygoodfilms.com: Smiley Face Killers is typically Bret Easton Ellis territory with his interest in LA lowlife, casual drugs use and extreme violence.
  • Bloodbrothersfilms.com: Ellis' words and plot make Smiley Face Killers definitely feel like a film based on his works.
  • Crypt-teaze.com: A collection of striking violence and shocking death scenes, with some nasty gore and effects to boot.
  • Culturecrypt.com: Puts the pedal to the floor for some hectic horror.
  • Horrorcultfilms.co.uk: Brutal images of animal violence.
  • Moviebabble.com: Genuinely has some gory thrills.
  • Screenrant.com: Well-put-together violence and gore scenes.

Death in Texas

Action
Available on VOD: 5 augustus 2021
Director: Scott Windhauser
Cast: Lara Flynn Boyle (Men In Black II, The Practice, Twin Peaks), Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don't Breathe, In The Blood), Bruce Dern (Monster, The Astronaut Farmer), Ronnie Gene Blevins (The Conjuring III)

Billy Walker (Blevins) is released from prison to find that his mother, Grace (Flynn Boyle), needs a liver transplant or will die within weeks. In the hospital she meets John (Lang) whom she shares some intimate moments with. In a last ditch effort to save her, Billy, descends into El Pasos’ dark underbelly of drugs and sex trafficking, discovering unlikely allies and redemption along the way. Billy and his mother wrestle with a lifetime of bad choices, and in the end, only one decision can save them both.

Reviews

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Jakob's Wife

Horror
Available on VOD: 12 augustus 2021
Director: Travis Stevens
Cast: Larry Fessenden (I Sell the Dead, Hellbenders), Barbara Crampton (You're Next, Re-Animator), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun, Silver Linings Playbook)

Anne is in her late 50s and feels like her life and marriage have beenshrinking over the past thirty years. Through a chance encounter with astranger, she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live biggerand bolder than before. However, these changes come with a toll on hermarriage and a heavy body count.

Reviews
  • Joblo.com: a blood-soaked good time that gives Crampton the role of her career.
  • Filmthreat.com: That uniqueness is in every frame. Believe me when I tell you that Jakob’s Wife is worth seeing.
  • Latimes.com: This is where having actors the caliber of Crampton and Fessenden pays off.
  • Nightmarishconjurings.com: A vital and shocking modern vampire story, pulses with joy and the electricity that flows through the human heart.
  • Rogersmovienation.com: Has gloriously icky makeup, over-the-top geysers of blood goofiness, down-and-dirty vampire trash talk laughs.
  • Rogerebert.com: Fessenden and Crampton play it real. Very well-conceived and well-executed.
  • Aisleseat.com: Jakob's Wife is freaky, gory, darkly funny, and, best of all, substantive. I very much want to see it again. This is easily my favorite movie from the 2021 SXSW Film Festival.
  • Austinchronicle.com: By turns funny, grisly, tragic and insightful, Jakob's Wife carries the smartness of years. Never has the idea that vampire and vampire hunter are caught in a codependent relationship been more elegantly and humorously framed.
  • Culturecrypt.com: Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden are fantastic in the film.
  • Filmschoolrejects.com: A fantastically worthy dynamic. You can’t possibly go wrong with a movie that lets Crampton tell a little girl to fuck off.
  • Slantmagazine.com: Well acted, sturdily constructed, and psychologically astute.
  • Moviesandmania.com: It's funny, it’s bloody and it will warm your bleeding heart.
  • Backseatmafia.com: Jakob’s Wife is up there with her [Barbara Crampton] best performances.
  • Badfeelingmag.com: a gory and crowd-pleasing horror-comedy that feels perfectly-suited for these times.
  • Fathersonholygore.com: Awesome genre work. A horrifying, darkly hilarious tale.
  • Horrorobsessive.com: Fresh, entertaining, and unexpectedly substantive.
  • Dreadcentral.com: an homage to classic vampire stories and a tribute to Barbara Crampton.
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