1920, rural Ireland. Anglo-Irish twins Rachel and Edward share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence which enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; and if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. Rachel grows skeptical and begins to rebel, desperate to escape the oppression and misery of their captivity. [more inside]
A visually rich, gothic re-telling of an old Basque folk tale about a young girl caught in the middle of a battle between a blacksmith and the Devil. Available streaming in the original Basque or dubbed on Netflix.
After 13-year-old Jacqueline "Jake" Mather loses her brother in a mysterious drowning accident, she is soon visited by three moonshiners who offer to bring him back to life, but at a grim cost. [more inside]
A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want. 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home. A Farsi-language horror/drama currently streaming on US Netflix. 99% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Playing around with a Ouija board, a trio of friends succeeds in contacting the spirit of a young boy. Trouble begins when the evil spirit, Malfeitor, takes over one of their bodies. [more inside]
About an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps. From Mike Flanagan, the writer/director of The Haunting of Hill House.
In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side. Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) defies the odds by turning in an amazingly solid prequel to the amazingly crappy Ouija (2014). [more inside]
A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home. Co-written by Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House) and Kate Siegel (who plays Theo on THoHH). Directed by Flanagan and starring Siegel. [more inside]
A woman tries to exonerate her brother's murder conviction by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon. From Mike Flanagan, the writer/director of The Haunting of Hill House. Stars Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff. An expansion of Flanagan's short film Oculus: Chapter Three, The Man with the Plan.
Tricia's husband Daniel has been missing for seven years and pressure mounts to declare him "dead in absentia." As Tricia tries to move on with her life, her sister Callie finds that an ominous tunnel near the house is linked to other mysterious disappearances and Daniel's presumed death might be anything but "natural." From writer/director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House).
In the grim Alaskan winter, a naturalist hunts for wolves blamed for killing a local boy, but he soon finds himself swept into a chilling mystery. [more inside]
Given how fantastic The Haunting of Hill House is, I've been revisiting the other works of writer-director Mike Flanagan. They are consistently terrific. Anyone interested in a series of posts for Absentia, Before I Wake, Oculus, etc.?
American Horror Story: Return to Murder House Season 8, Ep 6
Madison and Behold move into Murder House to learn the truth about Michael Langdon.
This is a 2018 American thriller film about the 2011 Norway attacks and its aftermath. 22 July was the date of the events, where lone wolf terrorist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77. Directed by Paul Greengrass. It features a Norwegian cast (that unfortunately speaks English in a quasi-Scandinavian accent).
American Horror Story: Boy Wonder Season 8, Ep 5
Cordelia agrees to a bargain with the warlocks.
A brother-sister team who fake paranormal encounters for cash get more than they bargained for when a job at a haunted estate turns very, very real. (iMDB)
American Horror Story: Could It Be Satan? Season 8, Ep 4
In the time before the apocalypse, the coven faces a challenge.
Could you trust a jury of your peers with your life? The contestants of a mysterious death game must make harrowing decisions as they strategize for survival in this psychological sci-fi thriller. [more inside]
American Horror Story: Forbidden Fruit Season 8, Ep 3
Ms. Venable receives a delivery.
American Horror Story: The Morning After Season 8, Ep 2
The mysterious Michael Langdon begins to interview the survivors, and an old friend returns.
Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.
Castle Rock: Romans Season 1, Ep 10
The story comes full circle as Henry Deaver realizes his true purpose in Castle Rock.
When a woman learns of an immortality treatment, she sees it as a way to outdo her long-time rival. [more inside]
Ghoul: Ghoul - All Episodes Season 1, Ep 0
Ghoul is an Indian horror web television miniseries based on the Arab folklore monster ghoul, and the second Netflix original from India. The story is set in India in a dystopian future and deals with the interrogation of a dreaded terrorist Ali Saeed in a secret government facility and the series of horrifying and supernatural events which follow.
Castle Rock: Henry Deaver Season 1, Ep 9
Medical researcher Henry Deaver is called back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Maine, where he discovers that his recently-deceased father had been keeping a shocking secret. Inspired by the works of Stephen King. [more inside]
Castle Rock: Past Perfect Season 1, Ep 8
Newcomers set up shop in Castle Rock; Henry follows a clue.
Castle Rock: The Queen Season 1, Ep 7
As Ruth Deaver (Sissy Spacek) tumbles unpredictably through a lifetime of memories, the escaped Kid makes himself at home (again?). [more inside]
Castle Rock: Filter Season 1, Ep 6
After a videotape leads him into the woods near Castle Rock, Henry finds an unexpected connection to his past; elsewhere, Pangborn goes in search of answers on the Kid's behalf. [more inside]
Castle Rock: Harvest Season 1, Ep 5
"The Kid" is released from Shawshank, with suffering following in his wake; meanwhile, Sheriff Pangborn (Scott Glenn) receives a decidedly bittersweet commendation. [more inside]
Castle Rock: The Box Season 1, Ep 4
Henry's research finds him following a possible lead to his own disappearance 27 years earlier; meanwhile, Shawshank Prison guard Dennis Zalewski discovers a solution to his growing workplace anxiety. [more inside]
Castle Rock: Local Color Season 1, Ep 3
Haunted by visions of her past, Molly Strand (Melanie Lynskey) goes on a journey through the strange and dark underbelly of Castle Rock; later, Henry has his first face-to-face meeting with "The Kid." [more inside]
Castle Rock: Habeas Corpus Season 1, Ep 2
More is revealed via flashback about young Henry Deaver's January 1991 disappearance, as well as the long and cursed history of the town of Castle Rock; in the present day, Henry begins the investigation into the facts about Warden Lacy (Terry O'Quinn) and his nameless prisoner.
Castle Rock: Severance Season 1, Ep 1
Defense attorney Henry Deaver (Andre Holland) is called back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Maine, following the discovery of a mysterious man (Bill Skarsgard) hidden in the bowels of Shawshank Prison. Inspired by the works of Stephen King. [more inside]
The eighth installment in the Friday the 13th film series follows Jason Voorhees stalking a group of high school graduates on a ship en route to, and later in, New York City. [more inside]
An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. [more inside]
Surprise, surprise, another Friday the 13th is right around the corner, and with that another episode of the Friday the 13th slow burn movie club. I will post the movie to Fanfare next Friday, the 13th, so you have a week to watch if you are inclined. [more inside]
In this bleak, atmospheric slow-burn of a horror film, two girls get left behind at their boarding school over winter break. Strange and unsettling things happen. [more inside]
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life [content warning]. [more inside]
A young man murders women, using a movie camera to film their dying expressions of terror [content warning]. [more inside]
A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind. [more inside]
Tokyo Vampire Hotel: Episode 1 Season 1, Ep 1
In the year 2021, a war between ancient vampire families -- one of them the descendants of Dracula -- takes place on the streets of Tokyo just as the world teeters on the brink of apocalypse. Anyway, I think that's what's going on?! On Amazon Prime.
When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. (IMDB)
A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. [more inside]
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people. [more inside]
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters. [more inside]
An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. [Content Warning] [more inside]
Animals attack. Seventies style! [more inside]
A Lovecraftian horror story about two brothers who return to the cult they escaped from 10 years earlier only to find...well, something other than what they thought they were running away from. Directed by and starring Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the duo behind the 2012 meth addict horror flick Resolution and 2014's Spring, The Endless is currently at 97/80 on Rotten Tomatoes.
Just a thought for people who enjoy reading horror like I do. [more inside]