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Movie: Imaginary

[TRAILER] When Jessica (DeWanda Wise) moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice (Pyper Braun) develops an eerie attachment to a stuffed bear named Chauncey she finds in the basement. Alice starts playing games with Chauncey that begin playful and become increasingly sinister. As Alice's behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Mar 12, 2024 - 5 comments

Movie: Journey into Fear

An American engineer in Istanbul, Howard Graham (Joseph Cotten), becomes the target of a Nazi assassination due to his involvement in improving the Turkish navy. With the help of police Colonel Haki (Orson Welles), Graham escapes from his hotel to board a ship to safety, leaving behind his wife (Ruth Warrick). On board, he encounters a number of passengers, including the dancer Josette Martel (Dolores del Río). However, the passenger Peter Banat (Jack Moss) is not who he appears to be. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 9, 2024 - 1 comment

Movie: TransSiberian

[TRAILER] A TransSiberian train journey from China to Moscow becomes a thrilling chase of deception and murder when an American couple (Woody Harrelson, Emily Mortimer) encounters a mysterious pair of fellow travelers (Kate Mara, Eduardo Noriega). [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 26, 2024 - 3 comments

Movie: The Marsh King's Daughter

[TRAILER] Helena (Daisy Ridley), a woman living a seemingly ordinary life, hides a dark secret—her father is the infamous ‘Marsh King’, the man who kept her and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. After a lifetime of trying to escape her past, Helena is forced to face her demons when her father (Ben Mendelsohn) unexpectedly escapes from prison. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 23, 2024 - 6 comments

Movie: Reptile

A detective trying to start over again after a professional betrayal investigates the murder of a local real estate agent. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Oct 1, 2023 - 7 comments

Movie: Andhadhun

[TRAILER] A series of mysterious events change the life of a blind pianist (Ayushmann Khurrana) who must now report a crime that he should technically know nothing of. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 14, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: The Wicker Man

[TRAILER] A reclusive lawman (Nicolas Cage) travels to a secluded island to search for a girl who has gone missing. Once there, he discovers sinister forces at work among the island's secretive residents, including strange sexual rituals, a harvest festival and possible human sacrifice. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 12, 2023 - 15 comments

Movie: The Man Standing Next

[TRAILER] In the 1970s, Korea is under the absolute control of President Park, who controls the KCIA, the organization with the edge over any branch of government. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 9, 2023 - 3 comments

Movie: Below

[TRAILER] The submarine U.S.S. Manta had a perfect record until the mysterious death of its captain. The next-in-command, Lt. Richard Brice (Bruce Greenwood) is determined to steer his disheartened crew back to safety. But after three battle survivors board the sub, bizarre and frightening things begin to happen. As the tale unfolds, and crew members begin to disappear, Ensign Douglas O'Dell (Matthew Davis) must piece together the puzzles of the submarine's past before it is too late to resurface alive. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 8, 2023 - 7 comments

Movie: Til Death Do Us Part

[TRAILER] After bailing on her wedding, a former bride-to-be must fight off her ex-groom and seven angry killer groomsmen in order to survive the night. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 6, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Before I Fall

[TRAILER] Samantha Kingston has everything. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, she wakes up with no future at all. Trapped into reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 4, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Cobweb

Eight year old Peter is plagued by a mysterious, constant tapping from inside his bedroom wall... one that his parents (Lizzy Caplan, Antony Starr) insist is all in his imagination. As Peter's fear intensifies, he believes that his parents could be hiding a terrible, dangerous secret and questions their trust. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jul 22, 2023 - 7 comments

Movie: Helpless

A man searches for his fiancée who vanished without a trace just before their wedding. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on May 4, 2023 - 6 comments

Movie: Rebecca

A young woman (Joan Fontaine) marries a fascinating widower (Laurence Olivier) only to find out that she must live in the shadow of his former wife, Rebecca, who died mysteriously several years earlier. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 23, 2023 - 8 comments

Book: The Devil and the Dark Water

A murder on the high seas. A remarkable detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist. It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent. [more inside]
posted by quatsch on Jan 12, 2023 - 5 comments

Movie: Wolfen

[TRAILER] New York City police investigator Dewey Wilson (Albert Finney) is trying to solve a series of grisly deaths in which the victims have seemingly been maimed by feral animals. He teams up with expert criminologist Rebecca Neff (Diane Venora), and together they stumble upon a band of inner-city Native Americans, led by the streetwise Eddie Holt (Edward James Olmos), who warns Wilson and Neff about a wolf-like, mythical creature that could offer a shocking solution to this disturbing case. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 4, 2023 - 6 comments

Movie: Missing

Original title: Sagasu. Depressed and in debt, Santoshi (Jirô Satô) tells his young teen daughter Kaede (Aoi Itô) that he's going to find an infamous serial killer and collect a reward. However, when Santoshi disappears without a trace, she starts to fear the worst and begins searching for him. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Jan 4, 2023 - 2 comments

Movie: Angel Heart

A private investigator is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn. Trailer. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Dec 18, 2022 - 20 comments

Movie: Oldboy

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find the person who kidnapped him and kept him in solitary confinement for twenty years. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Dec 18, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: Oldboy

(Original title: Oldeuboi) After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Dec 18, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: The Police Are Blundering in the Dark

During an outbreak of violent murders in the area targeting young women, a journalist searching for a female friend gone missing ends up in a villa owned by an eccentric photographer. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 16, 2022 - 0 comments

Movie: History of the Occult

[TRAILER] Sixty Minutes Before Midnight, Argentina's most watched investigative journalism program is being taken off the air. The staff attempts to go out in a blaze of glory, exposing a conspiracy and linking the government to a obscure secret society. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 8, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: Satan's Slaves: Communion

[TRAILER] Four years ago, Rini’s dead mother returned and wreaked havoc. Now, she lives with her surviving family in a crowded cheap apartment, thinking it safer. But when a heavy storm hits, an unseen menace creeps in and Rini suddenly finds herself in a life and death struggle to save her family and get out of the building alive. Indonesian auteur Joko Anwar returns with a sequel to his acclaimed 2017 horror film. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Dec 2, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Z

A family finds themselves terrorized by their eight-year-old son's imaginary friend. Trailer. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 28, 2022 - 1 comment

Movie: Z

The public murder of a prominent politician and doctor amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials. A tenacious magistrate is determined not to let them get away with it. Trailer. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 28, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: The Wonder

The Irish Midlands, 1862 -- a young girl stops eating but remains miraculously alive and well. English nurse Lib Wright is brought to a tiny village to observe eleven-year old Anna O'Donnell. Tourists and pilgrims mass to witness the girl who is said to have survived without food for months. Is the village harboring a saint 'surviving on manna from heaven' or are there more ominous motives at work? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 18, 2022 - 6 comments

Movie: Last Looks

Charlie Waldo is an ex-LAPD superstar who left the force and now lives a life of simplicity and solitude deep in the woods. Alistair Pinch is an eccentric actor who spends his days drunk on the set of his TV show. When Pinch's wife is found dead, he is the prime suspect and Waldo is convinced to come out of retirement to investigate what happened. The case finds Waldo contending with gangsters, Hollywood executives and pre-school teachers, all in pursuit of clearing Pinch's name... or confirming his guilt. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 17, 2022 - 2 comments

Movie: Cruising

A psychopath is scouring New York City gay clubs and viciously slaying homosexuals. Detective Steve Burns (Al Pacino) is ordered to don leather attire, hang at the city's S&M joints and keep an eye out for the killer. But as Steve becomes immersed in club hopping, he begins to identify with the subculture more than he expected. Meanwhile, Steve behaves distantly around his girlfriend, Nancy (Karen Allen), the police force's homophobia becomes apparent and the killer remains at large. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 16, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: The Vanishing

[TRAILER] Rex (Gene Bervoets) and Saskia (Johanna Ter Steege) are enjoying a biking holiday in France when, stopping at a gas station, Saskia disappears. Confounded, Rex searches everywhere, but to no avail. Three years later, he's still obsessed with finding her, pleading his case on television, putting up posters and ruining his new relationship in the process. Eventually an unassuming chemistry teacher, Raymond (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), approaches Rex, intimating that he knows what happened. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 11, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a 2018 American mystery thriller film directed by Stacie Passon, written by Mark Kruger, and starring Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, Crispin Glover, and Sebastian Stan. It was based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson. [more inside]
posted by winesong on Nov 10, 2022 - 3 comments

Movie: Tell No One

A man receives a mysterious e-mail appearing to be from his wife, who was murdered years earlier. As he frantically tries to find out whether she's somehow alive, he finds himself being implicated in her death. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 10, 2022 - 1 comment

The Watcher: Complete Series  Season 1, Ep 0

A family moves into their dream home, only to be plagued by ominous letters, strange neighbors and sinister threats. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Nov 2, 2022 - 12 comments

Movie: God Told Me To

A cop investigates a string of murders committed by strangers who claim “God” told them to kill. But are the killers actually talking about the heavenly father? Or is someone pulling their strings? If Det. Nicholas (Tony Lo Bianco) really wants to know, he’ll have to descend into a netherworld of deranged faith and confront his own connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 21, 2022 - 5 comments

Movie: Inception

Cobb, a skilled thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets is offered a chance to regain his old life as payment for a task considered to be impossible: "inception", the implantation of another person's idea into a target's subconscious. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Oct 17, 2022 - 25 comments

Little Women: Little Women (2022)  Season 1, Ep 0

This is a loose retelling of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, set in modern day South Korea and wrapped in a murder-mystery-thriller. 12 episodes; episodes drop Saturday and Sunday on Netflix; Sep 3 through Oct 9, 2022. Director: Kim Hee Won (Vincenzo); Screenwriter: Jung Seo Kyung (Handmaiden, Mother). [more inside]
posted by kbar1 on Sep 28, 2022 - 8 comments

Movie: The Outfit

Aging master tailor Leonard (Mark Rylance) must outwit a dangerous group of mobsters in order to survive a fateful night. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 26, 2022 - 15 comments

Movie: Dead Again

In 1949 composer Roman Strauss is executed for viciously murdering his wife Margaret with a pair of scissors. In 1990s Los Angeles a mute and traumatized amnesiac woman shows up at an orphanage, and when private investigator Mike Church, who grew up at the orphanage, is called in help, both he and the woman discover that they have a strange connection to the Strausses. [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Sep 10, 2022 - 10 comments

Movie: The Mist

After a powerful storm damages their Maine home, David Drayton (Thomas Jane) and his young son head into town to gather food and supplies. Soon afterward, a thick fog rolls in and engulfs the town, trapping the Draytons and others in the grocery store. Contains what may be one of the bleakest endings ever filmed. [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 28, 2022 - 8 comments

Shining Girls: Series 1 - All Episodes  Season 1, Ep 1

Shining Girls is an American thriller series on Apple TV+ based on the 2013 novel "The Shining Girls" by Lauren Beukes. [more inside]
posted by chill on May 21, 2022 - 8 comments

Book: Devil House by John Darnielle

A true-crime writer begins a new book project, centered on a grisly 1986 double murder in southern California, that leads him to question the ethics of his trade and to delve into the paradoxes of storytelling itself. [more inside]
posted by FrauMaschine on Feb 14, 2022 - 8 comments

Podcast: Passenger List: Season Two discussion thread

Atlantic Airlines flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le, a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth... SEASON TWO discussion! [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jun 24, 2021 - 7 comments

The Undoing: The Undoing  Show Only   Season 1, Ep 1

Grace Fraser becomes intrigued by a young mother at her son's school. Later, news of a tragedy rocks the school community. (HBO, adapted from You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz) [more inside]
posted by oh yeah! on Oct 25, 2020 - 4 comments

The Third Day: Saturday - The Son  Season 1, Ep 2

Jess and Sam take time to get to know each other. The Martins continue to dodge questions by answering them. Sam Appears to be in less and more danger than he's aware of. Our mystery deepens when Sam finds the coroner who did his son's autopsy living on the island. The night concludes with hasty decisions all around, and Epona's might be the worst of all. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Sep 25, 2020 - 2 comments

The Third Day: Friday — The Father  Season 1, Ep 1

Today is a very important day for Sam, played by Jude Law, but unfortunately it's sidetracked when he comes across a young girl in need of help while walking in the woods. He finds his life turned upside down when the folk-rich island she heralds from won't let him leave, in more way than one. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Sep 22, 2020 - 7 comments

Giri/Haji: All episodes  Season 1, Ep 0

A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder. [more inside]
posted by Sibrax on Feb 21, 2020 - 15 comments

Book: The Lost Man, by Jane Harper

"The three Bright brothers are the overseers of 3,500 square kilometers of land in Queensland, with hours between each of their homes. It’s a vast, unforgiving environment, and no one ever goes far without a full complement of supplies. When 40-year-old Cameron sets out on his own, ostensibly to fix a repeater mast, he never comes home. His body is eventually spotted, via helicopter, curled up by the stockman’s grave, the source of plentiful, and persistent, local ghost stories. Cam’s older brother, Nathan, and their baby brother, Bub, are as perplexed as the cop who’s come all the way from Brisbane to investigate. What was Cam doing by the grave, and what was his Land Cruiser doing nine kilometers away, still fully stocked with supplies, with the keys left neatly on the front seat?" - Kirkus Review
posted by The corpse in the library on Dec 12, 2019 - 3 comments

Podcast: Passenger List: A new narrative fiction podcast from Radiotopia - full show discussion

Atlantic Flight 702 has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Kaitlin Le (Kelly Marie Tran), a college student whose twin brother vanished with the flight, is determined to uncover the truth.
posted by latkes on Oct 14, 2019 - 10 comments

Book: Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

A murder mystery which is much more mysterious than it first appears. A fantastical and twisty story where our hero tries to find out who killed (or will kill) Evelyn Hardcastle at a ghastly party at the extremely remote Blackheath House. Best read without any spoilers (including those right inside this post). [more inside]
posted by Stark on Jan 8, 2019 - 6 comments

Movie: Hold the Dark

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]
posted by Existential Dread on Oct 21, 2018 - 3 comments

Movie: The Blackcoat's Daughter

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]
posted by treepour on Jul 5, 2018 - 9 comments

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