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Shudder to release British supernatural horror film The Banishing –

Shudder will release The Banishing, a new British supernatural horror film based on true events from the director of Triangle, Creep (2004) & Black Death

Check out the official press release and trailer below.

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From acclaimed director Chris Smith comes THE BANISHING, which tells the true story of the most haunted house in England. A young reverend and his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. They must turn to black magic by seeking the help of a famous Occultist…or risk losing their daughter.

Anya McKenna-Bruce as Adelaide – The Banishing – Photo Credit: Shudder

Starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Sean Harris (Mission: Impossible franchise), John Lynch (The Secret Garden, Black Death), and John Heffernan (Eye in the Sky) and directed by Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance, Triangle).

THE BANISHING is a WestEnd Films production.

THE BANISHING

Genre: Horror
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 97 min
Year: 2021
Rated: NA

THE BANISHING will stream exclusively to Shudder on April 15th in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand, as well as via the Shudder offering within the AMC+ bundle where available.

Check out the trailer below

The Banishing trailer – A Shudder Release

As always, thanks for reading. All the above information from the official press-release.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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Upcoming Horror/Sci-Fi Releases To Watch Out For

We are back again with a brand new list for you. This time focusing on Upcoming Horror & Sci-Fi Movies releasing soon.

2021 is looking to be fantastic year for genre releases. Yesterday I published 4 new werewolf flicks that have recently been released or are releasing soon. Now, I can continue with a new list of upcoming horror releases. I hope you enjoy it and find some films that you can look forward to in the near future.

IN THE EARTH

Upcoming Horror Releases To Watch Out For – In The Earth

Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Free Fire, Sightseers) is back with a micro-budget horror movie shot during the pandemic.

Not a lot is known about the plot but focuses on a woman getting lost in a forest with the woods coming to life around her.

Wheatley has been attached to direct the sequel to The Meg, the follow-up to the Jason Statham and Rainn Wilson killer shark flick!. I am so looking forward to seeing what he can do with a Meg sequel. I am sure Mr Wheatley can do a great job. But what he can do, and what he is allowed to do is two very different things.

THE SPINE OF THE NIGHT

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For – The Spine of the Night

Who is up for some ultra-violent animation inspired by the work of Conan the Barbarian creators? The Spine of the Night gives us just that. A dark fantasy epic full of insane violence featuring necromancers and winged assassins!

SOUND OF VIOLENCE

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For – The Sound Of Violence

A deaf woman who regains her hearing in the most unfortunate way ever: during the brutal murder of her family. She becomes obsessed with creating new sounds with vicious violence and human flesh after learning that she might be losing her hearing again.

What? This sounds unique and macabre af. I wonder what human flesh sounds like? I can’t wait to find out.

THE ARBORS

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For -The Arbos

The Arbors has been described as a Lovecraftian sci-fi thriller. I have read some reviews and to be honest, they ain’t been that positive. I am still intrigued though, I am a fan of slow-burn sci-fi but maybe this was just a little slow for some.

There was a flick called Possum that was released a couple of years ago. It took an awful thrashing, but personally, I loved it – it was atmospheric, unnerving and creepy AF!. So yeah, bring on The Arbors

Set in a small town, a recluse locksmith finds a small creature in his house that slowly starts to grow revealing it’s terrifying true form.

MACABRO

Upcoming Releases To Watch Out For – Macabro

Another film listed as released in 2019 but it is slowly making its way to us. Macabro sounds like my sort of flick. It is inspired by the real-life murders of the necrophilic brothers of Nova Friburgo. Two brothers were accused of a string of brutal murders in the late 90s’in Brazil.

It is backed and produced by the producers of the fantastic Wagner Moura starring Elite Squad

GAIA

Upcoming Horror Releases To Watch Out For – Gaia

Directed by Jaco Bouwer and stars Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk and Anthony Oseyemi.

A park ranger encounters a father and son living a post-apocalyptic lifestyle in the woods. They have detached from society, have their own rules and their own religion. After their cabin gets attacked by strange human-like beings, she realises that there is a dangerous truth to the father and son’s apocalyptic existence.

CENSOR

Upcoming Horror Releases 2021
Upcoming Horror Releases to watch out for – Censor

From what I am reading, Prano Bailey-Bond’s directorial debut, Censor is going to be one of the greats. I have read nothing but great things about it. A British horror described as both intelligent and disturbing.

The story is about a mysterious video cassette (yay!) that communicates directly with a woman about her sister’s unexplained disappearance.

BROADCAST SIGNAL INTRUSION

Another one that features some sort of evil VHS tapes. A video archivist comes across a series of dark and doomy pirate recordings and becomes obsessed when trying to find out the horrid truth behind them.

Directed by Jacob Gentry
Written by Phil DrinkwaterTim Woodall
Starring Anthony E. CabralRichard CotovskyJeff Dlugolecki |

WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR

The last one on the list is a documentary that explores the history of cinematic folk horror. Hey, maybe not for everyone but I love the genre and the real-life tales of madness that comes with folk horror.

This documentary has a staggering runtime of 193mins. That’s 3-hours of pure cinematic folk horror knowledge. Sign me up!

That’s it for this list. Make sure to check back soon to get hooked up with more movie and tv recommends. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
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TV Shows You May Have Missed – Part 2

As promised, we are back with a list of 4 tv shows that you may have missed. We hope you enjoy it. For Part 1 – CLICK HERE

INFORMER

TV Shows You Might Have Missed Part 2- Informer

Starring Paddy Considine, Nabhaan RizwanBel Powley. Informer focuses on Raza, a Londoner whose family is from Pakistan. After a night out with some mind-altering substances, Raza finds himself in a cell and done for possession with intent to supply. He was caught with only 4 ecstasy tablets which were for personal use. But the cops see an opportunity to turn him into an informer that must report terrorist activity.

Instead of facing a sentence, Raza agrees to be an informer for the police which puts himself and his entire family in grave danger.

As a big fan of Paddy Considine, I think Informer is his angriest and best role since playing Richard in Shane Meadows’ Dead Man’s Shoes. It was great to see him unleash the beast again!

THE CAPTURE

Another British series. Capture focuses on a soldier called Shaun. After facing trial for the murder of an Afghan rebel while on duty, Shaun is let off the hook due to poor evidence.

On his first night back, something happens to Shaun that changes his life forever. He insists on his innocence but all evidence is showing nothing but guilt.

Capture was a superbly acted and written series. Sometimes seeing what our future can bring can be scarier than any written fiction

FUTURE MAN

TV Show You Might Missed Part 2 – Future Man

OK, I will say that Future Man won’t be for everyone. I have tried it before and couldn’t get into it. I am glad I gave it another chance, it is really quite enjoyable and clever.

A gamer is recruited by two bounty hunters from another planet to help stop an apocalypse by aliens known as Biotics. If you can imagine a character like Jobe from Arrested Development then you wouldn’t be too far away from, Wolf, one of the bounty hunters.

Some really great hilarious moments in this. There is a bit of cringe humour too but in my opinion, the good outweighs the bad.

In a way, it sort of reminded me of, Community. Even though Community wasn’t always that funny, there were so much hidden Easter-eggs for a movie lover. Whoever wrote it knows their movies and they test your knowledge too and I found all of that a joy to watch.

Mr Inbetween

TV Shows You Might Have Missed Part 2 – Mr Inbetween

Mr Inbetween focuses on the day-to-day shenanigans of Ray. Part-time father, full-time hitman.

Based on the movie The Magician after a series adaptation of Scott Ryan’s film was picked up by FX. This series has everything. It is gritty, violent, heartfelt, charming and deliciously morbid.

Directed by Nash Edgerton (bro of Joel). It is written and stars Scott Ryan as Ray, the loveable, yet terrifying hitman. All that dude gotta do is smile and he can send chills down your spine. Fantastic acting and a fantastic character.

The only complaints I have about this series is that season one has only 6 episodes and each episode has a runtime of just over 20-minutes. Season 2 consists of 11-episodes which is way better but we still have the 20-minute run-time. THERE IS JUST NOT ENOUGH!

The Magician is quoted as “Chopper meets Leon” and I think that’s a great comparison. Mr Inbetween is up there with the best

That's it for this list. I hope there something in here for you to enjoy and binge-watch. As always, thanks for reading.
Article by GG
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TV Shows You May Have Missed

A New List Of TV Shows You May Have Missed

Check out our brand new list of excellent TV shows that may have missed and slipped under the radar for some.

No Man’s Land

No Man's Land

As tense as they come, No Man’s Land is a terrific production between France & Turkey. It deals with a group of female Kurdish resistance fighters who dedicate their lives on the frontline fighting ISIS.

After seeing a video of a suicide bombing online, Antoine drops everything and goes in search of his presumably dead sister, Anna.

Season one has just wrapped after 8-episodes. A very powerful series with excellent character development, making you understand the choices of each individual character and how they arrived at where they are.

Little Drummer Girl

Little Drummer Girl

Another one I am late to the game with. Little Drummer Girl is directed by none other than Park Chan Wook (Oldboy). Starring Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon

An actress is recruited by a secret spy agency to infiltrate a terrorist organisation. Her role: to become the ex-girlfriend of a wanted terrorist and gather intel.

Full of top-notch performances but yet again Florence Pugh steals the show. After her intense performance as Danni in Midsommar, she continues to show growing-strength in every role she is choosing. Without a doubt, my favourite actress at the minute.

The Outsider

The Outsider

Based on a novel by Stephen King and starring Jason Bateman. The Outsider was a hugely popular HBO series that got released last year.

Multiple eyewitnesses claim to have seen a blood-soaked killer in the same area a brutal killing of a young boy has taken place. The cops soon realise that something otherworldly and more sinister is at work.

A solid series that does sort of drag out a bit but still well worth your time and commitment.

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects follows reporter, Camille. After fleeing her small town, its horrible memories and her controlling mother, she is forced back home to cover the story of a murdered kid. It doesn’t take long to notice why she left as her memories start to flood back which is deeply affecting her mental state.

In a way, Sharp Objects reminded me a little of Martha Marcy May Marlene in the way the flashbacks are told.

The Act

The Act

I just fucking knew that it was going to be bleak (I mean, look at that poster…deranged!). No monsters, no zombies, ghosts or vampires, this award-winning series deals with something way scarier than any fictional monster – humans…and based on a shocking true story as well.

Patricia Arquette plays the mother of Gypsy Rose, a young kid who has every sort of illness imaginable. She is wheelchair-bound, fed through a tube in her stomach and has to sleep with oxygen masks covering her whole face. As well as all of the above-mentioned, she has serious life-threatening allergies. But, maybe her daughter ain’t as sick as she seems

As well as Patricia Arquette giving us a terrifying performance as Dee Dee Blanchard, Joey King, who plays the daughter, Gypsy Rose is every bit as good. Both of them together is one of the strongest TV duos in recent memory.

That’s it for this list of TV Shows You May Have Missed. Hope we have hooked you up with some nice binge-worthy material. As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
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Review: Des. David Tennant Plays Serial Killer Dennis Nilson

As soon as the news broke that David Tennant would be playing real-life British serial killer Dennis (Des) Nilsen, it was a drama I was really excited about to be brought to the small screen.

Des Nilsen was responsible for the murder of 15 young men. He was arrested in the early 80s’ when human remains were found blocking the drain to the apartment building he was living in. His crimes were unthinkable, cruel & sadistic reminding us of serial killers like Jeffrey Dahmer.

But when he was arrested, it took a long time for people to believe that such a friendly and normal guy would be capable of such horrific murders. His method was either strangulation or drowning. If that wasn’t bad enough, he kept the bodies for months and would occasionally watch TV with the corpse placed in the other chair in his small London apartment.

The killing began in his previous home where he was able to bring the bodies outside at night and burn them. He would throw some car tyres on top to mask the smell of burning flesh. Then when he moved to the apartment, because he lived on the top floor, he boiled the remains until he was able to flush them down the toilet.

As a fan of anything true crime, I was really looking forward to seeing Tennant in this role.

However, Nilson was known for being a normal person. He states that it was a relief when he was arrested. He would have killed more if the cops didn’t catch him. Although we know that the man talking is a monster capable of horrendous atrocities, Tennant doesn’t have a chance to show a much darker side to his acting.

When Mindhunter S01 was released

Cameron Briton played mommy’s boy, Ed Kemper, the viewer was left speechless and horrified. He went into great detail about the crimes he committed. There was very little graphic content, it was all done in the interview process.

Unfortunately, for me, Des just came across as dull and a wasted opportunity for Tennant. Although the crimes shocked the world, this reimagining failed to shock me as a viewer.

I think Tennant did a great job with what he had

It just wasn’t enough for me. Even the documentaries I have watched created more cinematic tension with their reenactments. For example, when Nilsen confessed to the murder of so many people in the back of the cop car. There was nothing to show the terror in the cop’s eyes. Such a revealing part of the story was looked over in the blink of an eye. Even listening to the interviews with the arresting officers, their retelling of the events were scary. You could see it in their eyes.

Some may enjoy Des more than others.

It ain’t visually graphic, and apart from a few chilling moments from Tennant, there was very little tension. But hey, that’s coming from me, someone who bathes in the darkness of bleak & morbid cinema.

To me, Des was a poor man’s Mindhunter that followed the same path. A series about someone wanting to write a book so that others can understand how the mind of a killer works. We just never get inside the mind of the killer.

5/10

As always thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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Need A New Series? Check These Out!

Like the rest of the world at the minute, I have been on a serious TV Series binge.

Most of these I had no idea about so I hope you all will find something to keep you all entertained and sane for a little longer at least! I hope you enjoy it.

8 Days

8 Days is a series about a large asteroid that’s about to hit Europe. It deals with multiple characters as they try to escape a lawless city where everyone has turned to violence to try and survive.

I think this is a realistic

Sløborn

We have another viral outbreak series from Europe. This time, a group of survivors on a island off of the North Coast must try and avoid infection from a deadly new virus that claiming the lives of everyone and everything it infects.

Some of you may have had enough of these types of series’. This was shot before our pandemic hit….and it is scarily realistic.

Der Pass

Der Pass is yet another reimagining of Swedish/Danish crime classic, The Bridge. Only this time, it deals with two cops; one from Germany and one from Austria.

They have changed quite a bit…and for the better too. Previous remakes (English-French, American-Mexican) followed the same formula with the female cop having Aspergers. There is none of that in Der Pass. Pretty much, the similarities stop after they find the body laid out across the German and Austrian border.

A dark and intelligent serial killer drama. The serial killer reminds me of a mix of the Unabomber and Lloyd Christmas from, Dumb & Dumber (only without the comedy).

Biohackers

Biohackers is also from Germany and deals with a group of young students who are trying to change DNA patterns.

This was a bit of a slow start but there are enough interesting characters to keep us watching.

When we know what’s going on, it really takes a dark turn. It is scary in the sense that anyone who has the knowledge to do anything with DNA etc. If they become unhinged and unpredictable, we are all in very big trouble.

The Third Day

Starring Jude Law, Paddy Considine, Emily Watson, John Dagleish and Naomie Harris.

The Third Day is probably the most ambitious tv show in years. The series deals with characters that get stranded on a small English island. The island is only accessible when the tide is out.

So, here is why it is one of the most ambitious tv shows in years. As well as a 6-part series, The Third Day also has an unbelievable 12-hour theatrical special.

Without giving too much away, the series deals with a festival called Osea, the 12-hour special is a live event and it must be the Osea festival in its entirety. I haven’t seen the special yet. Yeah, I know we are all in lockdown…but come on! 12-hours is a bit much. Even if it is broken into two 6-hours parts.

To me, The Third Day was a perfect blend of films like Midsommar, The Wicker Man and Ben Wheatley’s, Kill List.

Each episode is a different season so you have to keep in mind…even though there are weekly episodes, they are set weeks or months apart from the previous episode. The special will tie together and fill in the blanks.

I have to say that Jude Law’s performance was flawless. He really is a superb actor and in The Third Day, he really gives it his all.

Here is a link to the special. Don’t forget you must watch the other episodes first. Actually, I think the order to watch them is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, SPECIAL, 7
Autumn Part 1
Autumn Part 2

Brave New World

Some of you may like this more than I did…that’s why it makes the list. I mean, it is far from bad, but it just wasn’t for me.

It deals with a new utopian society of people who are all connected to a large system with a wifi contact lense.

This new world has rules though. Basically, all of our feelings that made us human are prohibited and kept at bay by popping numerous pills. Those who are still in the old world are known as Savages and act as a form of entertainment for the new world.

Brave New World stars Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown Findlay and Harry Lloyd.

To The Lake

This series is from Russia and start the lead actor (Kirill Käro) from the fantastic Netflix sci-fi series, Better Than Us.

To The Lake deals with a virus that is rapidly spreading across Russia. Don’t be expecting zombies, this is just a nasty old virus that makes the eyes all crazy.

What I loved about this was that it was set in the country. When shit hits the fan, it’s every man and woman for themselves. I think I got a little bit too much of enjoyment from seeing elderly Russian ladies who look like they could wrestle a bear carrying automatic weapons. They take bad-assery to the the next level…all the way up to 11.

Well, that’s it for this list. I hope I have hooked you up with a new series or two. As always, thanks for reading.

Words by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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A Different Kind Of War: War Of The Worlds Review

It seems if your mind ain’t able to accept a different approach to the H.G Wells story then just don’t bother with the new War Of The Worlds.

Remember the latest Black Mirror season? the black & white episode titled “Dogs”?. Well, if you enjoyed that episode, then you’ll find a lot to love about War Of The Worlds. It takes you on a completely different journey than what you would expect. This is going to be a series, not a mini-series. Yeah, we don’t have the tripods that shoot laser beams, turning people into a pile of smouldering ash. That doesn’t mean we won’t get them, we just haven’t arrived there…yet. There are many references throughout the series that there is something much bigger about to happen.

The new adaptation deals with an alien invasion of a different kind. Most of humanity is wiped out due to a large pulsating neurological signal that kills everyone where they stand. The only survivors are those who made it underground at the time – these are our main protagonists. The series takes place mainly in France and England.

Instead of tripods, the first step of the invasion is robot-like dogs. These robots roam around the city killing everyone they come into contact with. But we soon learn that it ain’t just extermination. These dogs seem to be collecting information for step 2 of the invasion…well, that’s my thoughts anyway.

I really enjoyed War Of The Worlds. I have seen enough stuff in my time to be able to accept something different. I was hoping that we would get to see some tripods…but it wasn’t the end of the world (pun intended). The characters were really well written each with their own intentions and reasons for survival.

Yeah, there are some slow pacing moments that focuses on the characters during the invasion.

As for the violence, well, War Of The Worlds is Rated 18s and in bits, very violent, hard-hitting, graphic & tense. That alone was enough for me to give it my full attention. Unlike Steven Spielberg’s sugar-coated teeny, family-friendly adaptation, this new version doesn’t hold back.

I think I could compare the OST to 28 Days Later which is a huge compliment to the composer. The scenes of towns or cities that have been wiped out along with eerie, mellow simplistic guitar music really added to that apocalyptic vibe. The shots of vacant streets, littered with decomposing corpses were as haunting and disturbing as it sounds.

OVERALL

Yeah, it ain’t nothing like H.G Wells original story – but that’s coming…believe me. This new take on the classic sci-fi tale has just been expanded for the small-screen. If you ain’t able to accept change and open your mind to a new sort of War Of The Worlds then just you keep watching the Spielberg movie. This was fantastic and I can’t wait to see where they go with the story next.

7.5/10

SPOILERS

I was very impressed with myself when I noticed my very own Easter Egg. Okay, I haven’t really looked into it, so maybe a lot of people got it

SPOILERS AHEAD
Officer Claire meets her death when one of the robo-dogs rips her unborn baby from her whom. There was an aerial shot showing her life-less, baby-less corpse on the ground. The person playing Officier Claire is called Alysson Paradis, a French actress. She starred in one of my favourite French Extreme movies called Inside. In, Inside, she battles with an evil woman who breaks into her house and tries to steal her unborn baby…and succeeds. It was a bleak af ending of her laying on the stairs with her unborn child ripped from her whom. I thought it was a nice little way of paying respects and homage to one of the films that paved my love for hardcore horror. So, I highly doubt it was a coincidence. I was delighted when I finally figured it out.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker 
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Now On Netflix: Simon Rumley’s Once Upon A Time In London

Over the year’s I have found myself more than drawn to the work of English director & writer Simon Rumley. To me, his work has always been raw with a nice subtle injection of uneasiness. His work is more than often low-budget but he is able to get superior performances from anyone cast in his films.

Red, White & Blue starring Noah Taylor and Amanda Fuller and The Living & The Dead starring Leo Bill are just tremendous pieces of cinema. They are both completely different genres, one is about (RW&B) a relationship between a nymphomaniac and war veteran with PTSD; the other film about a young man with the mind of a child and severe suicidal tendencies locks himself and his dying mother in their large run-down mansion because he believes that he is responsible enough to look after her. Other work that Rumley released is Little Deaths and Fashionista.

Again, Rumely tackles a completely different genre with his English gangster biopic Once Upon A Time In London.

So, was it any good?

In short, yes. But there’s nothing separating this flick from the million other English gangster dramas that exist out there. If that is your cup of tea (excuse the pun), then you may enjoy Once Upon A Time In London.

The film itself had a real telemovie feel to it and that may put people off. In fact, I think this was a huge story with so much content that maybe it would’ve worked better as a 3-part series rather than a feature-length film.

The story is quite hard to follow and at times moves at a confusing pace. But there’s enough gratuitous violence around every corner to make you think “what was the point in that?…oh someone got cut in the face with a razor blade. Who cares”

If I somehow blinked at the start and missed that this flick was from Simon Rumely, I don’t think I would have made it through the whole film. As a fan though, he got my full attention and I am glad I did. Although not the most powerful flick with regards to consistency, it is definitely one of the more violent ones.

It’s being marketed as Peaky Blinders meets Legend – it really isn’t. The production value isn’t there to be like Peaky Blinders or Legend, but hey!…they do have British accents and razor blades. Also, Legend was shit too, so why would you wanna be like that?. To me, this had the rawness of Gangster No.1, which I don’t think is a bad comparison to make at all. Do you?

Watch it for yourself and make your own mind up.

Moviehooker Score: 6.5 Razor Blades Out Of 10 
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New Netflix Original Series After Life Is Ricky Gervais’ Best Work To Date

 Ricky Gervais is back with another Netflix original in After Life

After Life is a new comedy/drama, directed by & starring Ricky Gervais. If you’re a fan of the man then I am sure you’ll binge this entire series in just one sitting – well, I did anyway.

Gervais effortlessly puts himself in the shoes of nearly every other character that he has ever played.  He knows that this is all he has to do, and you know something? he’s fucking right too! why fix what ain’t broken?. He never has to think outside the box, he has his winning-formula and he’s sticking to it. That, and it now seems that he has streaming giants Netflix in the palm of his hands.

Another thing that Gervais does effortlessly is to have the ability to write storylines, characters and create entire worlds which all of us can connect to. Underneath the comedy and usual Gervais, antics are stories that hit us right in the feels. He’s a master at the human-side of drama and this new 6-part series has all of the above.

In After Life, Gervais plays Tony, a journalist for a free newspaper who has just lost his wife to cancer. The loss of his wife has left Tony empty, self-destructive and suicidal. Once a pleasant funny guy, he now spends his days making life miserable for his colleagues and anyone that comes into his life. Adding to the depressing reality, no one reads the newspaper anymore…especially the free ones. This makes them so desperate that any local, ridiculous story will make the headlines….like a stain on a wall that resembles Kenneth Branagh.

I found the story to have the same structure as my favourite Phillip Seymour Hoffman flick, Love Liza – a guy loses his wife and goes down a path of self-destruction as a way of grieving.

Personally, I think this is Gervais’ best work to date. It has the best elements from The Office with a lot of interesting funny characters. It was also great to see Ashley Jensen who played Maggie Jacobs in Extras in one of the leading roles.

And now that Gervais isn’t working under the strict dictatorship-like regime of the BBC, he’s allowed to let loose..and it shows in After Life. There’s no way that the BBC would let him get away with some of the scenes in After Life. I for one am glad that Netflix has given him total creative control to say and do whatever he likes.

I have no shame in admitting it, but After Life left me a  blubbering mess and if you’re a fan of his style (even if there only is one) then I am sure you will be left feeling the exact same way too.

As always, thanks for reading

Words by Gary Gamble

Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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10 New Horror + Sci-Fi Films From Around The Globe – Moviehooker

A new list featuring 10 horrors and sci-fi’s from around the globe that are coming your way in 2019/20

As 2019s new horror and sci-fi build up, I thought it was time to get another list rocking before I end up drowning in new movies. I do believe that I have something for every horror and sci-fi lover in this 10 horrors and sci-fi from around the Globe article.

1: THE FIELD GUIDE TO EVIL

I have no idea how this one got past me. The Feild Guide To Evil is a new horror anthology featuring horror movies based on ancient folklore. 8 directors: Can Everol (Baskin, Housewife), Katrin Gebbe (Nothing Bad Can Happen), Peter Strickland (Barbarian Sound Studio), Agnieszka Smoczynska (The Lure), Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy), Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy)  Ashim Ahluwalia (John & Jane) and Calvin Reeder (V/H/S) and Yannis Veslemes (Norway).

For those of us into international horror, we have some of the best names in the business collaborating on this new anthology. I can not wait to see what epicness and cruelness we await us all!.

2: THE WANDERING EARTH (Sci-Fi)

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding The Wandering Earth. The new Chinese sci-fi has already become a global phenomenon taking in an astounding $600m in China alone. And, now, lucky for all of us, Netflix has bought the rights for a worldwide release.

Based on a novel of the same name The Wandering Earth tells the story of a group of astronauts on a dangerous mission to move the Earth into a new solar system before the sun dies causing an apocalyptic ice age on Earth.

As apocalyptic blockbusters go, The Wandering Earth looks to of the highest production value. The special FX in this is jaw-dropping scary!.

3: THE WIND

10 horrors and sci-fi's from around the globe

The Wind has been described as a horror western. I am sure you will agree that we have had some gritty and powerful westerns in the last few years. Movies like Brimstone, Bone Tomahawk and Hostiles has set the bar high and put a near-forgotten genre back on the map.

I just received an email about this film. Looks like I will be reviewing this for IFC. Let’s hope that The Wind continues the violent streak of recent gritty Westerns.

4: ABRACADABRA

Set in the 70s, Abracadabra is a film that focuses on a magician and a serial killer. Apart from that thin plot-line, I have no idea what this film is about.

Judging from the trailer, this would not be for everyone In fact, I don’t it would be for me but that doesn’t mean some of my readers won’t like it.

Looks and feels like something straight out of 70s Italian era horror, reminiscent of directors like Mario Bava, or Dario Argento.

A bit too arty-farty for me. Trailer looks weird, I don’t know what to think. What about you?

5: THE NIGHTSHIFTER

This Brazilian horror is about a man who can communicate with the dead. In order for him to help the deceased, he takes on a job in a local morgue. The whole “talking to the dead” thing is a little over-played and old now but this looks to be of a much darker nature than movies like The Sixth Sense.

It also looks like The Nightshifter is one that’ll make all you gorehounds and depraved sons of bitches extremely happy. Being both a proud gorehound and a self-certified depraved son of a bitch, I know I will love the shit out of this film.

6: FREAKS

10 horrors and sci-fi's from around the globe

This new sci-fi has a pretty good cast including Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern. The reviews so far are so-so, but hey, we can make up our own minds, can’t we?!.

Freaks have also been described as a sort of X-Men. It’s a familiar story…some might even say it’s over-played about a bunch of outcasts that have super-human abilities. Feared by all and hunted by the government for experimentation.

Bruce Dern & Emile Hirsch should be enough reason for us to want to check out this new sci-fi. It most definitely is for me.

7: ZOO

What would a new horror movie list be without any zombie movies?. Zoo is a new British Zom-Com about a struggling couple who end up trapped in a small apartment together during a zombie apocalypse. The pair must fight for survival against hordes of the undead and their abusive relationship.

I think this looks genuinely funny. Imagine if Shaun Of The Dead took place in an apartment. The lads from SOTD had beers, this couple has beers, cocaine, and weed. Those two added substances should definitely make for some fun viewing.

8: DACHRA

I am so glad I stumbled on this one. Dachra is a Tunisian horror (which is very rare) that focuses on a quiet village that is completely inhabited by cannibals.

Another familiar storyline about a group of annoying teens who get lost. When trying to retrace their steps they stumble on a mass grave of human remains. Yes, it looks like it has been done before but we don’t watch these type of movies for their riveting storyline or Oscar-winning performances, do we?. It is all about the cruelty, the depravity, and how good the fx team is at making sick and realistic AF.

Not far from the graves is a town full of cannibals. They don’t realise it yet but they are about to become the villagers next meal.

9: EVER AFTER

This is the second and final zombie movie on this list. This time, our undead epidemic takes place in Germany and focuses on two sisters who are trying to reach…yup, you guessed it, ‘the safe zone’.

Although it sounds like the plot from nearly every zombie movie, Ever After looks to be a good blend of drama and horror. Also, it’s from Germany and apart from the million Nazi-themed zombie horror movies, I don’t think they’ve attempted a simple plague/infection storyline. The zombies also look fantastic, so, yeah, I have high hopes for this one.

 

10: ILL

10 horrors and sci-fi's from around the globe

Another horror anthology series, this time, focusing on body-horror. Ill seems to be in the very early stages of development. This may end up released in 2020.

One of the directors is Lucio A. Rojas, the director of South American shocker, Trauma (read my review here). Screen Anarchy has confirmed that the other directors in this anthology series are Lorenzo Dante Zanoni, Domiziano Cristopharo, and Kai E. Bogatzki.

The film is hoping to be completed and ready to rock and shock festival goers this summer.

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That’s it for this list 10 new horrors and sci-fi’s from around the globe. As always, thanks for reading.

Words by Gary Gamble

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