Chloe Okuno’s Sundance Hit ‘Watcher’ Picked Up by IFC Films and Shudder

One of the best-reviewed horror movies that premiered at last week’s Sundance 2022 was Watcher, which comes from director Chloe Okuno. The film comes in the wake of Okuno directing the popular segment “Storm Drain” from our V/H/S/94, which introduced the world to a new indie horror icon in the form of the sewer-dwelling Raatma. It stars […]

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‘Nanny’: Nikyatu Jusu’s Horror Drama Wins Sundance’s Top Prize!

A huge congratulations to up-and-coming filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu for winning the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for her dramatic horror film Nanny! In the film, Anna Diop stars as Aisha, an undocumented nanny working for a privileged couple in New York City. As she prepares for the arrival of the […]

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[Sundance Review] ‘Piggy’ Presents a Bloody Mortality Tale of Death and Bullying

Spanish writer/director Carlota Pereda adapts her 2018 short to expand on the complex effects of bullying against a backdrop of horror. In Piggy, it’s not just the bullies, and the bullied that deals with the emotional fallout and ramifications of bullying. It ripples through a small town, exacerbated by the arrival of a serial killer, presenting […]

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‘Master’: Ghosts of the Past Haunt a College Campus This March

After having its World Premiere at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival, Mariama Diallo‘s “haunting thriller” Master will make its way to Amazon’s Prime Video on March 18, 2022. The Amazon Studios film “follows three black women who strive to find their place at the celebrated Ancaster College, an elite university in New England. The school […]

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[Sundance Review] Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s ‘Something in the Dirt’ Unravels Heady Sci-Fi Tale of Friendship and Phenomena

DIY filmmaking mavericks Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead continue their unique nesting doll cinematic universe with their latest. Something in the Dirt harkens back to their roots, offering up another introspective, intimate sci-fi tale centered around an unlikely comedic duo.   Levi (Benson) snagged a no-lease apartment in Hollywood Hills, sight unseen, as he prepares to leave Los Angeles for good. He […]

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[Sundance Review] Disturbing ‘Resurrection’ Is an Unhinged, Stunning Showcase for Rebecca Hall

If last year’s The Night House or Godzilla vs. Kong didn’t already solidify actor Rebecca Hall’s talents for selling the hell out of any fantastical story and worldbuilding, her latest surely will. Resurrection transforms the familiar psychological-thriller setup of an unraveling, hysterical woman into something far more refreshing and deranged, serving as a jaw-dropping showcase for Hall as she dials up the intensity […]

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[Sundance Review] ‘Hatching’ Shows Cracks in Perfection With Modern Horror Fairy Tale

The pursuit of perfection often comes with a toll, especially in the realm of horror. Director Hanna Bergholm’s feature debut spins a modern horror fairy tale around it, creating a coming-of-age creature feature born of the pressures of maintaining an idyllic façade. Hatching upends the ideal of maternal instincts and refuses to deliver on expectations. Tinja (Siiri Solalinna) […]

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[Sundance Review] ‘You Won’t Be Alone’ Is a Sensory Examination of Humanity Through Witchy Folk Horror

Australian-Macedonian writer/director Goran Stolevski weaves a complex emotional tapestry of humanity in his period folk tale that wields horror as a vehicle. You Won’t Be Alone reframes life and its stages through the lens of a witch, creating a sensory experience that’s artful, languid meditation with a helping of blood and entrails. In an isolated Macedonian mountain village in […]

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[Sundance Review] High Concept Sci-fi ‘Dual’ Ponders Existence with Infectious Pitch-Black Humor

Riley Stearns’ follow-up to pitch-black comedy The Art of Self Defense once again puts his knack for off-kilter humor on display. Only this time, the writer/director applies it to a high-concept sci-fi story that uses an end-of-life decision as the starting point. Dual uses deadpan delivery and oddball performances to capture the strangeness of life, especially when faced with […]

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[Sundance Review] ‘Master’ Casts a Bewitching Occult Tale of Academia and Social Critique

The prestigious halls of the New England set Ancaster College harbors a curse. Upper-level students scare first-year students with stories of a witch once hung there whose ghost returns every year to claim a victim on the anniversary of her death. Writer/Director Mariama Diallo uses that curse to connect the past to the present, blending a variety […]

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[Review] ‘Watcher’ Is an Atmospheric and Stylish Paranoid Thriller Starring Maika Monroe

Director Chloe Okuno (“SLUT”, V/H/S/94’s “Storm Drain”) channels the likes of Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock for her throwback style feature debut. Watcher preys on the paranoid vulnerability of an isolated woman struggling to adapt to a new country, creating a stylish and atmospheric thriller centered around voyeuristic paranoia and claustrophobia. American Julia (Maika Monroe) uproots her life to accompany […]

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‘Speak No Evil’ Is a Grueling Trip to Satirical Pessimism [Sundance Review]

Christian Tafdrup’s bleak Speak No Evil will undoubtedly draw some comparisons to nihilistic horror satires like Michael Haneke’s Funny Games. Both seek to make the viewer deeply uncomfortable while sending a caustic message. But while the latter chastised its audience for their consumption of violence, the former struggles with its polite society messaging. It results in a grueling […]

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Director Chloe Okuno Talks Building a Creeping Sense of Dread With ‘Watcher’ [Sundance Interview]

Jam-packed with genre fare, the prestigious Sundance Film Festival kicks off tonight. One of the most anticipated is Watcher, a psychological thriller directed by Chloe Okuno, the filmmaker behind many horror fans’ favorite V/H/S/94 segment, “Storm Drain” (hail Raatma!). Watcher stars Maika Monroe (It Follows) as a young woman who moves into a new apartment with […]

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‘Fresh’ Serves Up Carnivorous But Unsatisfying Meat-Cute Tale [Sundance Review]

Modern dating can be hell. Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) knows this firsthand as she seems to swipe right on nothing but losers. Then she bumps into the charming Steve (Sebastian Stan) at a grocery store. The adorable meet-cute sets up a recipe for love until Noa discovers Steve harbors unusual appetites that will challenge her survival. Fresh takes […]

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5 Horror Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the Sundance Film Festival

Another Sundance Film Festival commences with a slew of new genre premieres awaiting discovery. 2022 marks the second consecutive year for the festival’s virtual edition, making it easier than ever to check out the selection. Especially with individual tickets available. Sundance is the premiere film festival in the United States and has previously shined a […]

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