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.
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.
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.
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
As always, thanks for reading. All the above information from the official press-release.
Michael Pena & Diego Luna star in the latest series in the NARCOS franchise.
If you like spending your time stuffing your face with junk food, watching the rise and fall of drug kingpins and cartels from the comfort of your bed or sofa, then you’re in luck. A brand new chapter in the Netflix, Narcos franchise has just been released titled NARCOS: MEXICO
I remember reading an interview with a producer who confirmed that as long as there’s a drug war and people are taking drugs, there will always be another Narcos. That’s bad news for the countless lives that will be lost but good news for us when they adapt it into a series.
This time the series takes us away from Columbia, cocaine, Escobar and the Cali Cartel. The story takes place in Mexico, the drug of choice is Marijuana.
For fans of the series, the opening credits will put a smile on your face as you hear the Narcos theme tune once again. The story follows an American DEA agent (for a change) played by Michael Pena ( End Of Watch, War On Everyone ) that wants to take down the Guadalajara Cartel.
Narcos: Mexico is of the same quality as the other previous seasons but it does seem very rushed in bits. It feels like there is too much story to tell in just the usual ten-episode season. We never really see how the cartel rises to the top, it happens very fast, it’s also very confusing. Overall, it is shaping up to be another great instalment in the growing franchise.
Another series in the same style as Narcos, only a Mexican production. It is hard for me to choose but if push came to shove, then I would have to say that El Chapo is the stronger series (also two seasons available on Netflix).
As well, I recommend you check out a movie released long before any Narcos or El Chapo series (2010). The film is called El Infierno, an amazing film about Benny, an unfortunate soul left with no choice but to join a drug cartel after getting deported from the U.S. The film also stars one of the lead actors from the new Narcos season. It’s bleak, violent, heartfelt, funny and overflowing with corruption, chainsaws and cartel executions.
Hope you enjoy the new series. If you do, please check out El Chapo and El Infierno. You will not be disappointed. As always, thanks for reading.
Words by Gary Gamble
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker
I’ve been on a French crime series binge on Netflix of late. I thought it was time to share all of these awesome shows with you.
Let's get straight to it.
Ok, so this series is set in Belgium. It was also a crime series that featured on a previous Moviehooker list but I never got round to finishing it. That was rectified recently when I watched the whole season without moving off my ass.
The Break follows Detective Yoann Peeters, a single father struggling with a 17-year-old daughter. Peeters is reassigned to his hometown after a botched police operation ended in the deaths of fellow officers.
When the horrific, butchered remains of a young footballer named Driss is found in a nearby river, Peeters is put in charge of the investigation.
In each episode, Detective Peeters must sit down with a shrink to talk about his actions that resulted in the deaths of his colleagues in his previous job. I found the small gradual build-up between these two characters very interesting. At first, these sessions seem like police protocol, an annoyance to Peeters who seems to have better things to be doing with his time. Cracks in his character start to show which proves that Peeters is way more affected by the traumatic events that ended in tragedy.
Gripping, and unpredictable, The Break really is a crime series that’ll keep you guessing right up until the end.
Also, Belgium is a beautiful setting for this dark crime series. It may be full of murder and bloodshed but it looks so damn pretty.
French cinema and serial killers are indeed a rarity, but when we do get them, they are usually of the highest calibre of twisted enjoyment.
Before we go any further!, here are three great French language serial killer films/TV shows
La Mante grips you right from the get-go. Within the first couple of minutes, we’re introduced to some severed heads. I knew right then, this was going to another show that I will watch in its entirety without moving. I was right, and it was a damn good show at that.
The story of a copycat serial killer who is copying the murders of a female serial killer known to the public as La Mantis. Some years ago, La Mantis murdered 8-people, and very gruesomely as well.
There was no doubt that it was her that committed these murders. Her full grisly confession was their’s under one condition; that her name is changed to protect the identity of her young son.
Year’s later her son is now a detective. As far as everyone knows (except a couple of people) his mother died in a plane crash when he was 10-years-old. Now, the authorities are left with no choice but ask La Mante for assistance in helping catch the serial killer. La Mante has only one request and that is that she deals with her son in the case and her son only.
So not only have we got this fantastic female-lead serial killer drama but it doubles up as a family drama about a man trying to come to terms with his mother chopping up 8-people and now mummy wants to say she’s sorry. Touching, really.
THE FROZEN DEAD
The Frozen Dead may not be the most original crime series but it’s definitely not the worst. The cinematography is just mesmerising; a beautiful frozen winter landscape, miles of nothing. The beautiful backdrop presents an equal amount of fear and hopelessness, as it does beauty.
Detective Martin Servas is thrown deep into an odd investigation when the headless remains of a prize-racing-horse are found at the top of a mountain. Not only has the horse’s head chopped off but its remains are pinned up like Jesus Christ on the cross.
It is a little cliched but the performances are solid and it’s quite a strange case to follow. Better than most American crime dramas but a little further down the list when it comes to European crime TV.
No joke, I watched nearly 30-hours of French crime television on Netflix lately…in 3-days. Yup, that was nearly 10-hours a day. I feel I may have got a slight touch of Rigor mortis from doing that insane binge.
Then this series popped up on my “Because You Watched” list. It was called “Deep“, so it couldn’t be more suited to my current situation. I was indeed “Deep” in French crime television so I saw that as a sign.
I am so glad I chose to watch this. It is, by far the most “arty” out of the lot. This crime series sort of reminded of a mix between Gomorrah and Braquo shot with the lenses of La Haine.
The 3-part mini-series tells the story of Detective Michel Serrero, a great cop who has just been diagnosed with a serious illness. But rather than tell anyone, he continues to investigate a new synthetic drug that has hit the streets of Paris. This drug is highly addictive and is made with legal highs. It comes in the form of a vape and has the user hooked almost immediately.
As Michel’s physical and mental health starts to rapidly deteriorate, he must battle his own hallucinations, as well as a drug dependency stemmed from self-medicating trying to manage his pain.
Wonderfully shot, with amazing trippy hallucination dream-like sequences that make black & white cinema such a joy to watch.
If I had to be critical then I would say that it was over far too soon. I was enjoying the build-up, enjoying the characters. Not knowing that there were only 3-episodes in total, I felt a little sad that this cool little crime world came to an abrupt end all of a sudden.
Still, it’s 3-hours of your time well spent.
Well, folks, that’s it. Hope you enjoyed this short list and I hope I managed to hook you up with something new to binge-watch.
If you haven’t checked out these other amazing French crime films and TV shows then you are missing out.
In the last two articles that I posted, I focused on Netflix Original Series’. I hope that you found some excellent new shows to binge-watch. Now, for this article, I want to concentrate on the best Netflix original films that Netflix has to offer.
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore is the directorial debut from the star of Jeremy Saulnier’s BLUE RUIN, Macon Blair. I have been a huge fan of Macon Blair; I wish I would say since Saulnier’s previous attempt, Murder Party but I only realised this man’s insane acting ability when he played vengeful hobo, Dwight.
Ruth, a caring, kind nursing assistant has an awful start to her day when one of her patients dies. The remainder of her day won’t get any better as she foolishly tries to find kindness in everyone she meets. When she arrives home, her apartment was burgled, and sentimental items were taken, as well as some meds to treat depression.
The burglary pushes Ruth to the edge. She sets off with her Ninja-star throwing neighbour to find the people responsible.
Heartfelt, gruesome, funny and wonderfully shot and acted. I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore is the very reason we love independent cinema.
It was the poster for Message From The King that first grabbed my attention. It was a picture of a man towering over a city holding some chain in his hand. That was enough to sell me.
Then I realised, it was the well-respected director, Fabrice Du Welz. He is the man responsible for great films like The Ordeal (Calvaire), and Alléluia.
Not a lot of weight to carry regarding the storyline. Message From The King may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it.
It’s a straightforward revenge tale about a man who arrives from South Africa in search of his missing sister. He delivers some brutal and inventive kills with his weapon of choice, a used motorbike chain.
Not for everyone, but a must see if you’re a fan of the man’s previous work. If you haven’t seenThe Ordeal or Alléluia – as your moviehooker – I order you to check them out.
Are you already having Game Of Thrones withdrawals?. In this Netflix Original Film, Game Of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (incest champion, Jaime Lannister) takes on the leading role in E.L Katz’s Small Crimes.
When watching this, my friend pointed out this feels like another Macon Blair movie. He wasn’t wrong at all, I checked IMDb, and he was right. Small Crimes is co-written by none other than Macon Blair.
Small Crimes follows disgraced cop, Joe Denton who has just finished a 6-year stint in prison. Determined to put his back together after his attempted murder charge, things go from bad to worse as his dark past catches up with him.
I’m almost sure that Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation was the first Netflix Original Film to get a theatrical release. It didn’t do too good in the cinemas either. Even though it was a flop in the theatres, Beasts Of No Nation was a huge success on the streaming service.
Idris Elba is the big name in Beasts Of No Nation, but he is not the star of the show. Director, Cary Fukunaga cast unknown child-actor Abraham Attah to play, Agu. This young kid gave one of the best child performances I have ever witnessed.
Beasts Of No Nation is a harrowing look at the world of child soldiers. However, It is told through the eyes of young, freshly brainwashed and recruited, Agu.
With a screenplay was written by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre). Based on a novel of the same name by Uzodinma Iweala.
That’s all for PART ONE of my Netflix Original Films. Thanks for reading and make sure to check back soon for the best Netflix Original Films PART TWO.
A list of new Netflix Original Films that will be coming our way soon
We have tried to add a little bit something for everyone in this of Netflix Original Films. If you enjoy our list please pass it on to a friend.
Okja is the new film from one of my favourite directors, South Korean visionary Bong Ho-Joon. He is the man responsible for South Korean classics such as The Host, Memories Of Murder, and Mother, and more recently, Snowpiercer)
Okja tells the story of a young girl who will do anything she can to stop a huge multi-nation company kidnapping her best friend, Okja.
This looks to be kiddie friendly (I am not 100% though). Okja is a large mystical looking animal that would remind you of Falkor from 1984 children’s classic The Neverending Story
The film stars Tilda Swinton (who also worked with director Bong Ho-Joon in Snowpiercer), other cast members include the awesome Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood, Swiss Army Man), Steven Yeun (Glenn from The Walking Dead), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Nocturnal Animals),
For those of you into South Korean cinema, you’ll be happy to hear that Okja also stars one of Bong Ho-Joon’s regulars, Hee-Bong Byun who starred in classics Memories Of Murder and The Host
Gareth Evans, the mastermind action maestro behind The Raid franchise is back with Apostle.
Apostle stars Dan Stevens (The Guest, Downton Abbey) and Michael Sheen (The Damned United, Unthinkable, Frost and Nison). The story focuses on a man who travels to a remote island to save his sister from a religious cult.
Not much is known about the film but I can confirm that Netflix has acquired the rights for worldwide distribution.
I have always been a fan of Gareth Eans. Although I am HUUUGE fan of The Raid movies I am looking forward to seeing Evans enter new filmmaking territory
Filming is due to start April 2017, so we’re probably looking at 2018 release. More to follow on Apostle as it is announced.
Quirky comedy starring Brad Pitt that looks into America’s involvement in the war in Afghanistan.
War Machine is based on a non-fiction book called The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan, by author Michael Hastings.
The trailer looks like it could be a lot of fun. I love Brad Pitt in these sort of roles – I think the man can do comedy very well.
The movie is directed byDavid Michôd, the director behind one of favourite crime family movies, Australian film, Animal Kingdom (which has just been made into an impressive American TV show).
The director of Suicide Squad, End Of Watch and Fury is back with an all-star cast in Bright.
Will Smith (Concussion, The Pursuit Of Happiness) Joel Edgerton (The Gift, Black Mass, Warrior) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The girl With The Dragon Tattoo) lead the cast.
The plot reminds me of the 1988 sci-fi classic Alien Nation. The story is set in a world where monsters and humans live side by side in society.
Badass (and probably smart-ass) cop played by Will Smith must work together with an Orc to find a powerful weapon that everyone is prepared to die for.
The westernised version of the classic Japanese Manga is almost upon us and therefore makes it onto this list of Netflix Original Films. I honestly don’t have high hopes for the movie but I am a fan of the director and I think Willem Dafoe was perfectly cast as the voice of the insanely creepy, Ryuk
Some people ain’t fond of the idea – in fact, it’s getting hit pretty hard on YouTube – here are the current stats that the trailer holds Vs
Adam Wingard, one-half of the directing duo behind indie hits like You’re Next and The Guest tackles this one on his lonesome.
Death Note follows a young high school student who finds a book that has unbelievable dark powers. The book has the power to kill anyone by writing his/her name in the book.It ain’t’ long before the darkness overtakes this teenager and he starts to use the book to become more and more powerful.
It has been a while since we have had a good antichrist movie in the style of, The Omen. Well, we did have the remake of The Omen, but we will pretend that doesn’t exist.
Directed Eli Craig (Zombieland, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil) Little Evil follows a newly married man who starts to believe that the 6-year-old son of the woman he just married is the antichrist. That’s one way to put a strain a new relationship.
Little Evil stars Evangeline Lilly (The Hurt Locker, Ant-Man, Real Steal) Adam Scott (Parks And Recreation, The Aviator, Step Brother) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Highlander, Starship Troopers)
Netflix have just ordered a new 8-part South Korean zombie series titled KINGDOM
With the recent HUGE international success of South Korean zombie movie Train To Busan, it’s easy to see why Netflix are looking to bring a South Korean zombie series to life. Kingdom will be a historical zombie series set somewhere between the years 1392-1897 (Joseon period)
Due for release in 2018, Kingdom will be directed by the director of the hugely popular South Korean drama/thriller The Tunnel.
This is what we can expect from Kingdom. Here is the official press-release
Press Release:Seoul – March 6, 2017 – Netflix Inc., the world’s leading Internet television network, today announced its second Korean original television series – Kingdom. The eight-episode series, produced by a prominent Korean Drama production company, Astory, is set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period where a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak that leads him to a brutal truth that threatens the kingdom.
Kingdom breaks new ground by combining two popular genres in one series: historical period drama and zombie action-thriller. The show is a collaboration between two of Korea’s strongest storytellers – director Kim Seong-hun whose latest success Tunnel was a top five movie in the Korean box office last year; and writer Kim Eun-hee whose series Signal was one of the top K-dramas in 2016.
“I am thrilled about partnering with an eminent writer like Kim Eun-hee. Kingdom presents the opportunity to work on long-form television at its most ambitious and on a truly cinematic scale because of the unparalleled creative freedom that Netflix as a global internet television network provides,” said director Kim Seong-hun.
“I have been working on Kingdom since 2011. I wanted to write a story that reflects the fears and anxiety of modern times but explored through the lens of a romantic fascination of the historical Joseon period. Working with Netflix helps us to unlock this creative vision for Kingdom and I am excited to further build this unique story with the director for whom I have tremendous respect,” said writer Kim Eun-Hee.
“Kingdom captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy,” said Erik Barmack, VP of international originals, Netflix. “We are incredibly honored by this rare opportunity of pairing two premier creative minds in Korea – film director Kim Seong-hun and television writer Kim Eun-hee.”
All 8 episodes of Kingdom will premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2018 to its members in over 190 countries.
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NETFLIX HAVE PROVEN THEY HAVE AN EYE FOR GREAT ORIGINAL CONTENT AND WITH MONEY LITERALLY TO BURN I CAN TAKE A WILD GUESS THAT KINGDOM WILL BE OF THE HIGHEST PRODUCTION VALUE.
Streaming giants Netflix have obtained the rights for new Martin Scorsese gangster movie, The Irishman
If you’re a film executive and you so happen to find yourself in a bidding war with Netflix then please just grab your coat and make your way to the nearest exit. These guys have money to burn and the cash to buy just about every motion picture or TV series in production.
Netflix has now acquired the rights to Scorsese’s new gangster film, The Irishman.
Another passion project for Scorsese and just like Silence had this movie planned for some time. I wouldn’t get that excited just yet though as the film won’t be released until 2019, so we still have quite the wait.
The film will star Robert De Niro and will focus on a gangster/hitman called Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran. A hitman who was reportedly responsible for over 20 assassinations. There is also rumours that he is the one who killed Jimmy Hoffa.
Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran found killing so easy as he served in the army when he was younger. He fought for an average of 400-days in combat which is 300-days more than your average soldier (according to my best friend, Wiki).
When he got back from the army, Sheeran got a job as a truck driver. Word also quickly spread that Frank The Irishman Sheeran would also kill anyone you like, you just gotta pay The Irishman a feethen he’ll carry out the hit for you. It wasn’t long before the mafia bosses found out about Sheeran’s callousness and ability to kill without remorse.
The Irishman sounds like the perfect fitting for a role for De Niro and Scorsese to direct.
There is also rumours that Joe Pesci will reunite with De Niro and Scorsese for the first time since Casino. Pesci has not been confirmed though and apparently, Pesci keeps telling De Niro or Scorsese every time they phone up to “go fuck yourself”.
More to follow as its announced. Thanks for reading
The Screening Room could be the next big thing in online streaming. From Napster founder Sean Parker – the service would allow subscribers to watch all their fave movies in the comfort of their own home, and on the same day the film gets released into cinemas.
Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are already onboard, with words of praise and endorsements coming from Peter Jackson, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and JJ Abrams who are also reportedly shareholders in the company.
The Guardian report if the service is green-lit, then the cost (at present time) is roughly around $50 per-movie. The initial set-up of the service would cost around $150 (box to be installed in your house). Parker has yet to reveal how he plans to protect the films against piracy, but apparently he already has everything in place and anti-piracy will come with the box.
Although $50 does seem like quite a bit of cash to spend on going to see a movie – I think The Screening Room has more benefits than anything – here is just a few…
1: No annoying children screaming in the theatre
2: No slurping of giant drinks, no rustling of crisp packets
3: You don’t have to leave your house (great if you suffer from agoraphobia)
4: You don’t have to disguise alcohol as soft drinks and sneak them into your own home.
5: You can select your audience, maybe split the costs ( 5 friends = a measly $10 each, which is cheaper than a cinema ticket)
So do you think that The Screening Room is a great idea or do you think that this service is way overpriced and is not going to work?
Thanks for reading
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