Vogue Writer Slams Horror: “Where Have All the Good Horror Movies Gone?”

Remember when horror was good?” asks Vogue writer Taylor Antrim, who proclaims 2018 void of any good horror movies in an article published this week, yet still works in mentions of Hereditary and A Quiet Place – the latter of which he calls a “thriller”. Sigh.

We didn’t even get a decent shark movie this year,” he bolsters like that’s some kind of quantifiable statistic over the past 100 years of cinema. (The funny thing is, the fact that we even did get a mega budget shark blockbuster with The Meg actually shows how huge horror is right now.)

The writer then slams Halloween, before he comically tells readers to watch Revenge, which, I hate to break it to him, came out this year. Remember when horror was good? Like, you mean right now? In this very moment we’re living inside of?

Then, Suspiria is removed from the equation. “Suspiria is not forgettable. Nor is it, I hasten to say, much of a horror film, despite being a remake of one.” He suggests that a horror movie isn’t a horror movie unless it has “an element of fun, of dark delight,” and excludes Suspiria because it wasn’t fun nor did he understand the finale. Must be a “thriller,” eh?

Typical for pieces of this sort, the article has no clear point and builds up to nothing; mostly, it’s supported by the writer’s viewing of WinchesterThe Nun and Slender Man, three not-so-great films that offer only a fraction of horror that was put on display this year. Of course, as most horror fans are aware, the good has far outweighed the bad in 2018.

(And even the baddest, it’s worth pointing out, have proven quite successful.)

But I digress. This feels like yet another mainstream hit piece, one that perhaps it’s best to give no attention to at all. But it’s hard not to. After all, this is exactly the kind of bullshit we horror fans constantly have to deal with. You see, when horror is having a down year, they’ll write, “Horror is dead.” When it’s hot, like it has been for the past few years, they quantify it and remove films to fit their narrative. We’re low class to them. There’s no way a horror film could be so good that it deserves awards… right?

You just watch… when Toni Collette gets nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Hereditary, and Ari Aster gets nominated for “Best Director” and “Best Original Screenplay”, the mainstream media will start the narrative that Hereditary is not a horror movie. Buckle your seatbelts, cause it’s going to happen. Hell, it already has.

Digressing yet again, I don’t understand how one of the biggest magazines on the planet can allow someone to write a horror hit piece having just seen a small handful of horror films?

Outside of the aforementioned Hereditary, A Quiet Place (a monster movie that’s without question a *horror* movie), Revenge and Suspiria (that’s a lot of great horror right there, no?), there have been dozens of phenomenal genre films released in 2018. So much so that I’m having a difficult time narrowing down the best of the year. While you may debate me on the merits of The Predator or this weekend’s Overlord (both extremely fun genre films), I offer you the following counter: Annihilation, Mandy, The Ritual, The Night Comes For Us, One Cut of the Dead, Thoroughbreds, Before I Wake, Ghost Stories, Blue My Mind, What Keeps You Alive, Tumbbad, Lowlife, Possum, Let the Corpses Tan, Terrified, and The Witch In the Window.

I’m sure there’s even more, but let’s not pretend we’re not in the middle of a major horror renaissance. We are. We absolutely are. And true fans of the genre see that clear as day.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 185 – TERRIFIED (ATERRADOS)

For me, the third week of October is the saddest time of the year because it is the longest amount of time until the next Telluride Horror Show. If you missed the festivities this year you can rest easy because we’ve got you covered! This week we’ve not only got our wrap up for the Telluride Horror Show 2018, but we’re reviewing Terrified (Aterrados) of the movie from the fest that you can stream on Shudder RIGHT NOW! (Review starts at 29:13)

Synopsis: No one can explain what is going on in an ordinary suburban neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Voices are being heard from kitchen sinks. Bodies are levitating. Evil is here. It is up to a doctor, her colleague, and an ex-cop to get to the bottom of this neighborhood nightmare.

We’re trapped in closet on Christmas with Santa trying to murder us. How fucked up is that? Not as fucked up as the Who Goes There Podcast episode 185!

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‘Terrified’ is an Unexpected & Unsettling Nightmare [Review]

As a horror fan, I’m always looking for the next scare. With the recent surge in streaming, I’m able to chase that feeling almost weekly; however, the release of something

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[Fantastic Fest Review] Coming to Shudder in October, Aptly Titled ‘Terrified’ Delivers on Scares

There’s only one true aim with writer/director Demian Rugna’s Terrified, and that’s to scare the crap out of you. Less of a traditional narrative and more of an experience in horror, Terrified succeeds in its goal. Set in a Buenos Aires neighborhood, strange things begin to happen. A woman hears voices from her kitchen sink, while her husband is driven mad by pounding on the wall that he shares with his neighbor. However, the neighbor hasn’t been seen in weeks, though he had been dealing with strange phenomena of his own before disappearing. When things get too creepy and weird to ignore, a paranormal doctor, her colleagues, and a soon to be retired police officer convene to get to the bottom of it all.

A lifelong horror fan, Rugna is well versed in the conventions of horror and uses them against the audience. He keeps a consistent level of unpredictability throughout by throwing many different tropes into the mix and using them in refreshing ways. The entities in Terrified are varied, and all have varied tactics of eliciting chills. He also keeps the answers of what’s happening always out of reach, which may frustrate those that prefer their horror to have clear cut explanations. The investigators at the center of the activity are there to find out what is happening and collect evidence, but they may be in over their heads. That’s more terrifying than anything.

Some horror films are lucky to nail one iconic scare moment; Terrified has at least five. The sound design is effective and chilling, and Rugna has a knack for timing in crafting the scares. More than just timing, though, is his creative use of perspective. Perspective is key both in terms of plot and in some of the scariest bits of the film. Also refreshing is Rugna’s refusal to grant any of his characters safety throughout. There’s a constant level of danger, and any of them could perish at any time. Sometimes shockingly so. Rugna also understands when to bring the levity, giving the audience moments of humor to release some of that tightly wound tension.

Of course, that none of his characters are safe also means that we don’t really get to know any of them very well. The closest we get to an audience proxy is that of Maximilliano Ghione’s police officer. He’s the bridge between the detached investigators and the confused neighbors, but as an outsider to the paranormal he’s also our entry point to this spooky world. But because of the sheer level of paranormal activity happening, Terrified plays more like an ensemble anthology as Rugna zips us through the various scares and set pieces that take precedence over character and plot development.

This nonstop barrage of scares and super creepy set pieces is the equivalent of venturing into a haunted house attraction. It’s daring, fun, and absolutely thrilling. This doesn’t offer much in the way of a fully fleshed out plot with concrete answers, but it doesn’t need to. All Rugna wants to do is make sure you’re scared, and he wholeheartedly nails it. The best part of all is that Shudder snatched this one up and is releasing it exclusively next month. Which means you have no excuse not to miss one of 2018’s scariest films.

Shudder Goes Big at Fantastic Fest w/ New Series & 3 Acquired Features

Shudder has announced its impressive lineup of originally produced and acquired films and series to be featured at this year’s Fantastic Fest, held in Austin, Texas. The centerpiece is the world premiere of all eight episodes of audiophile nightmare Deadwax, an original short-form series starring Hannah Gross (Mindhunter) and Evan Gamble (Hap & Leonard), created by Graham Reznick (I Can See You, PS4’s Until Dawn) and executive produced by Reznick and Peter Phok (The House of the Devil, Stake Land).

The 8-episode short-form series is slated to premiere on Shudder later this year.

Shudder has also announced the acquisition of North American rights for two Fantastic Fest titles: acclaimed Brazilian supernatural thriller The Night Shifter and wild Japanese crime saga The Blood of Wolves. Fantastic Fest will also host the U.S. premiere of the celebrated Argentine horror film, Terrified, which will launch on Shudder on October 11, one of a series of weekly original and exclusive premieres coming to the service now through Halloween.

In addition, genre film fans in New York, San Francisco, and Denver will be able to screen Terrified and The Night Shifter at Fantastic Fest’s “satellite markets” at select Alamo Drafthouse locations, along with another upcoming Shudder exclusive, the SXSW noir hit A Bluebird in My Heart.

Shudder is excited to be returning to Fantastic Fest, one of the world’s great showcases for genre films, bigger and better than ever before,” said Aurelie de Troyer, VP of Global Acquisitions for Shudder. “Not just to screen standout films from the global market and our newest originals series, but also to be on the lookout for mind-blowing future acquisitions to share with Shudder members.”


Deadwax (original scripted short-form series, coming to Shudder in 2018)

Written and directed by filmmaker, acclaimed sound designer and electronic musician Graham Reznick (I Can See You, co-writer of the PlayStation smash hit Until Dawn), Deadwax chronicles the hunt for a rare recording believed to cause madness and death to anyone who dares listen. Etta (Hannah Gross, Mindhunter), an audiophile and rare vinyl record dealer, is hired to find the only existing print of this notorious record. When Etta comes across Perry (Evan Gamble, Hap & Leonard), a police officer afflicted by the disc, she must race to unravel the deadly recording’s otherworldly origins. The series also stars Chester Rushing (Stranger Things), Dohn Norwood (Hell on Wheels), Ted Raimi (Ash vs. Evil Dead), Tracy Perez (East Los High) and Yuki Sakamoto.

Terrified (coming to Shudder October 11)

A quiet street in a Buenos Aires neighborhood is disturbed by a series of mysterious and unsettling events, prompting an investigation from a soon-to-retire detective known for his interest in the occult. Directed by Demián Rugna.

The Blood of Wolves (coming to Shudder in 2018)

In the neon-soaked streets of 1988 Hiroshima, experienced detective Ogami Shogo (Kôji Yakusho, 13 Assassins) is forced to partner with greenhorn Hioka Shuichi (Tôri Matsuzaka) to investigate a routine disappearance case. Soon they’re in the midst of a full-blown yakuza war that threatens to destroy all that the two men hold dear. Directed by Kazuya Shiraishi (The Devil’s Path).

The Night Shifter (coming to Shudder in 2019)

A morgue attendant (Daniel de Oliveira) who can converse with the dead puts his loved ones in peril using his forbidden knowledge for vengeance. Directed by Dennison Ramalho (The ABCs of Death 2).

A Bluebird in My Heart (coming to Shudder in 2019)

Attempting to lead a quiet, reformed life, an ex-con (Roland Møller, Atomic Blonde) finds refuge in a motel run by a single mother (Veerle Baetens, The Broken Circle Breakdown) and her daughter Clara (Lola Le Lann, One Wild Moment). The peace and freedom found in this safe haven disappear when Clara is assaulted, forcing him to face his old demons. Directed by Jérémie Guez.

Fantastic Fest, held in Austin, Texas, from September 20–27.

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