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Pyewacket (2017)

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I call upon you, brought by leaves and seeds.
Hear with my ears and speak with my tongue.
I invite you to come.
Pyewacket.

If you’ve already read one of my reviews, you’d know I enjoy a low-budget, independent film occasionally. A film where you already know in advance that the special effects won’t be mindblowing. And also, mostly unknown actors are summoned. That doesn’t mean these films are unwatchable because of the amateurish camerawork. Nor is it that the acting is extremely bad. On the contrary. I’ve already enjoyed such creative, non-mainstream experiments. I also enjoyed “Pyewacket“. A simple horror story (even though you can discuss whether or not it’s a horror) in which black magic and satanism are the cause of a lot of misery.

Yes. Again a cabin in the woods.

You might have second thoughts about the impulsive behavior of Leah (Nicole Muñoz) who, after yet another dispute with her mother, goes into the forest and armed with a book about occultism and a few attributes performs an ancient ritual. A ritual to summon the evil spirit Pyewacket who might ensure Leah getting rid of her annoying mother (Laurie Holden). The fact that her mother might go through a difficult emotional phase, isn’t something Leah realizes. Leah being sorry afterward and suddenly noticing that her mother isn’t so bad after all. Well, I can relate to that. Who hasn’t been mad at his parents once, after the umpteenth discussion about random insignificant things? Soon Leah realizes that something dark and threatening is wandering around their cabin in the woods.

Not scary and misleading.

The film itself isn’t really frightening. There are some apparitions, a scared friend who wants to go home after sleeping over one night and a feeling of threat at certain moments. But you have to be really patient for that. Originality is also a term that doesn’t fit with this film. Once again the teenagers in this movie prefer alternative music with the accompanying black clothes and hairstyle. Archetypes that are often used in such films. The fact that some kind of expert shows up to explain it all and gives occult advice, is also nothing new. The strength of the film is its misleading character. I do like films where you have doubts about the true nature of the event. Is the malignant spirit effectively present? Or is it just a fantasy of Leah? Or is she emotionally unstable so she sees things?

Stay away from things you’re not an expert in.

In retrospect, I found that “Pyewacket” was really worth a watch. Not only because of the subject being used. But also because of the sometimes excellent acting of Nicole Muñoz. And to a lesser extent that of Laurie Holden. Muñoz her anger and regret felt sincere. More than that of Holden. And despite the fact that the creepy content is of a low level, I thought the dynamic in this movie was extremely successful. No, it’s not an extraordinary movie. The only thing one should remember is never to engage in things one doesn’t know anything about.

My rating 5/10
Links: IMDB

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SHUDDER ANNOUNCES BIGGEST EVER HALLOWEEN SLATE | 61-DAY CELEBRATION FROM 1ST SEPTEMBER TO 31ST OCTOBER

SHUDDER, THE HOME FOR HALLOWEEN, ANNOUNCES ITS BIGGEST SLATE OF MUST-SEE ORIGINAL SERIES
AND NEW MOVIES

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Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural will kick off its annual 61-day Halloween event beginning Thursday 1st September. Shudder is the leading streamer for thrills and frights year-round. But the service goes above and beyond every September and October, this year presenting an unprecedented line-up of eight acclaimed, must-see new films and new original series, along with other special treats to be announced, to truly be “The Home for Halloween.”

“Halloween is the best time of year on Shudder, and this Halloween, we’re featuring the best line-up of programming in our history,” said Shudder General Manager Craig Engler. “We have eight original and exclusive movie premieres, including a new film from horror master Dario Argento, and three new series – from Bryan Fuller, The Boulet Brothers, and the producers of Eli Roth’s History of Horror.”

Shudder members will enjoy a spooktacular new slate of weekly movie premieres, original series debuts, a new edition of Shudder’s fan favourite “The Ghoul Log,” a 24/7 streaming jack-o’-lantern, and the annual return of Shudder’s Halloween Hotline, where members can receive live, personalised movie recommendations from head curator Samuel Zimmerman.

He’ll discuss with you all things horror: From their favourite genre films of all time to the most highly anticipated horror releases of the year. From those conversations, Sam will then use his horror expertise to offer customized viewing recommendations from Shudder’s expansive film collection.

Fans can call Sam at +1 914 481 2239 during Hotline Hours. (No calls will go through outside those hours.) 

Please note: While recommendations are provided for free, please note that normal phone and long-distance charges may apply. Call volume is expected to be high, so please keep trying if a busy signal is received. There are no guarantees that every call will be answered, but Sam will get through as many as he can within the hour.

Below is an overview of the key programming for “The Home for Halloween” including all September library title additions.

NEW SHUDDER ORIGINAL SERIES

101 Scariest Film Moments of All Time – A Shudder Original Series: Premieres Wednesday 7th September; new episodes weekly

In this eight-episode new series from the producers of Eli Roth’s History of Horror, master filmmakers and genre experts celebrate and dissect the most terrifying moments of the greatest horror films ever made, exploring how these scenes were created and why they burned themselves into the brains of audiences around the world.

Queer for Fear: A History of Queer Horror – A Shudder Original Series: Premieres Friday 30th September; new episodes weekly

From executive producer Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), Queer for Fear is a four-part documentary series about the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the horror and thriller genres. From its literary origins with queer authors Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde to the pansy craze of the 1920s that influenced Universal Monsters and Hitchcock; from the “lavender scare” alien invasion films of the mid-20th century to the AIDS-obsessed bloodletting of 80s vampire films; through genre-bending horrors from a new generation of queer creatorsQueer for Fear re-examines genre stories through a queer lens, seeing them not as violent, murderous narratives, but as tales of survival that resonate thematically with queer audiences everywhere.

Queer For Fear – Key Art – Photo Credit: Shudder

Untitled Boulet Brothers Series – (Date to be announced soon)

For the third straight Halloween season following The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Resurrection (2020) and The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula season 4 (2021), the groundbreaking duo return to Shudder to horrify and delight with their boldest and most ambitious show ever.

SHUDDER ORIGINAL & EXCLUSIVE FILMS

Who Invited Them – A Shudder Original: Premieres Thursday 1st September

Adam and Margo’s housewarming party goes well enough except for this mysterious couple, Tom and Sasha, lingering after the other guests have left. The couple reveals themselves to be their wealthy and successful neighbours, but as one nightcap leads to another, Adam and Margo start to suspect their new friends are duplicitous strangers with a dark secret. Written and directed by Duncan Birmingham, and starring Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars), Melissa Tang (The Kominsky Method), Timothy Granaderos (13 Reasons Why), and Perry Mattfeld (In the Dark).

Saloum – A Shudder Original: Premieres Thursday 8th September

Shot down after fleeing a coup and extracting a drug lord from Guinea-Bissau, the legendary mercenaries known as the Bangui Hyenas – Chaka, Rafa and Midnight – must stash their stolen gold bounty, lay low long enough to repair and refuel their plane and escape back to Dakar, Senegal. When they take refuge at a holiday camp in the coastal region of Sine-Saloum, they do their best to blend in with their fellow guests; including a mute named Awa, with secrets of her own, and a policeman who may be on their tail, but it’s Chaka who happens to be hiding the darkest secret of them all. Unbeknownst to the other Hyenas, he’s brought them there for a reason and once his past catches up to him, his decisions have devastating consequences, threatening to unleash hell on them all.

Saloum stars Yann Gael, Evelyne Ily Juhen, Roger Sallah, Bruno Henry, Marielle Salmier and Mentor Ba, and is written and directed by Jean-Luc Herbulot, from a story by Herbulot and Pamala Diop. Official Selection TIFF 2021, Fantastic Fest 2021 Best Director/New Wave winner.

Speak No Evil – A Shudder Original: Premieres, Thursday 15th September

On a vacation in Tuscany, a Danish family instantly becomes friends with a Dutch family. Months later the Danish couple receive an unexpected invitation to visit the Dutch in their wooden house and decide to go for the weekend. However, it doesn’t take long before the joy of reunion is replaced with misunderstandings. Things gradually get out of hand, as the Dutch turn out to be something very else than what they have pretended to be. The small Danish family now find themselves trapped in a house, that they wish they had never entered. Speak No Evil is directed by Christian Tafdrup (A Horrible Woman) and written by Christian and Mads Tafdrup, and stars Morten BurianSidsel Siem KochFedja Van HuêtKarina SmuldersLiva ForsbergMarius Damslev. Official Selection, Sundance Film Festival 2022.

Speak No Evil – Photo Credit: Shudder

Raven’s Hollow – A Shudder Original: Premieres Thursday 22nd September

West Point cadet Edgar Allan Poe and four other cadets on a training exercise in upstate New York are drawn by a gruesome discovery into a forgotten community. Starring William Moseley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Melanie Zanetti (Bluey), Callum Woodhouse (All Creatures Great and Small), Kate Dickie (The Green Knight), and David Hayman (Sid & Nancy). Written and directed by Christopher Hatton. Official Selection, FrightFest 2022.

Sissy – A Shudder Original: Premieres Thursday 29th September

Sissy stars Aisha Dee and Hannah Barlow as Cecilia and Emma, who had been tween-age BFFs who were never going to let anything come between them – until Alex (Emily De Margheriti) arrived on the scene. Twelve years later, Cecilia is a successful social media influencer living the dream of an independent, modern millennial woman, until she runs into Emma for the first time in over a decade. After reconnecting, Emmy invites Cecilia on her bachelorette weekend at a remote cabin in the mountains, where Alex proceeds to make Cecilia’s weekend a living hell. Sissy is written and directed by Hannah Barlow and Kane Senes. Official Selection, SXSW 2022

Deadstream – A Shudder Original: Premieres Thursday 6th October

A disgraced and demonetised Internet personality tries to win back his fans by live streaming himself, spending a night alone in an abandoned haunted house. However, when he accidentally unleashes a vengeful spirit, his big comeback event becomes a real-time fight for his life (and social relevance) as he faces off with the sinister spirit of the house and her powerful following. Deadstream stars Joseph Winter, who wrote and directed the film with Vanessa Winter.

Photo Credit: Shudder

Dario Argento’s Dark Glasses – A Shudder Original: Premieres Thursday 13th October

Rome. An eclipse blocks out the sun, blackening the skies on a hot summer day – harbinger of the darkness that will envelop Diana when a serial killer chooses her as prey. Fleeing her predator, the young escort crashes her car and loses her sight. She emerges from the initial shock determined to fight for her life, but she is no longer alone. Defending her and acting as her eyes is a little boy, Chin, who survived the car accident. But the killer won’t give up his victim. Who will be saved? A triumphant return from Italian master of horror, director Dario Argento. Starring Ilenia Pastorelli and Asia Argento

Dark Glasses – Photo Credit: Shudder

V/H/S/99 – A Shudder Original: Premieres Thursday 20th October

V/H/S/99 marks the return of the acclaimed found footage anthology franchise and the sequel to Shudder’s most-watched premiere of 2021. A thirsty teenager’s home video leads to a series of horrifying revelations. Featuring five new stories from filmmakers Maggie Levin (Into The Dark: My Valentine), Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City), Flying Lotus (Kuso), Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls) and Joseph & Vanessa Winter (Deadstream),V/H/S/99 harkens back to the final punk rock analogue days of VHS, while taking one giant leap forward into the hellish new millennium.

“THE GHOUL LOG” – 2022 EDITION

The “Ghoul Log” is Halloween’s answer to the Christmas Yule Log: a 24/7 streaming jack-o’-lantern providing the perfect ambience for all your Halloween festivities. Fan favourites The Ghoul Log, Return of the Ghoul Log and Night of the Ghoul Log are back, along with a surprise new instalment for 2022.

NEW ADDITIONS TO SHUDDER’S MOVIE LIBRARY FOR SEPTEMBER

5th September

Disappearance at Lake Elrod

A year after her daughter’s disappearance, another girl from Elrod, Georgia, goes missing. Convinced there is a connection, Charlie won’t stop searching until she discovers the truth.


The Lodger

An elderly woman takes in a lodger, offering her accommodation in return for help around the house. The eccentric woman behaves as if her long-deceased husband is still alive. But soon the lodger begins to feel his presence.

6th September


Lifechanger

Drew has an identity problem. Every few days, he has to shape-shift, or face a painful death. He has to find someone and make a copy. He takes everything: their looks, memories, hopes and dreams. Their entire life. He becomes them, and they die horribly. Lately, the changes are becoming more frequent. Facing his imminent death, Drew sets out on one final blood-soaked mission.

12th September

St Agatha

1950s Georgia, a pregnant con woman on the run seeks refuge in a desolate convent only to be met with an unsettling and horrendous evil waiting on the other side. From Darren Lynn Bousman, the director of Saw II, III and IV.


Antrum

In 1988 a screening of Antrum at a cinema in Budapest resulted in the tragic death of fifty-six people when the building caught fire and burned to the ground. Other deaths linked to the film resulted in Antrum being condemned as a ‘cursed’ film and its master negative destroyed.


Rabies

In this clever Israeli slasher, a group of people get caught in a serial killer’s web. There are two siblings who’ve committed a major sin, 4 teen athletes, a forest ranger and two pervy cops. As each of them enters the woods where the psycho lurks, their decisions lead to terror and torment.

19th September

Cemetery of Terror

On Halloween, a group of medical students steal the corpse a serial killer from a morgue and raise him from the dead, inadvertently putting themselves and a group of young neighbourhood children in danger.


Grave Robbers
Teenagers accidentally resurrect a satanic killer who targets the local police captain’s daughter to birth the antichrist.

Videoman       
Ennio, a giallo-obsessed VHS collector with a drinking problem, finds a highly collectable video tape that could solve his money problems and save him from eviction. He makes a deal with a shady, anonymous collector before realising the video has been stolen. So begins Ennio’s desperate hunt for the black-gloved perpetrator while, along the way, he meets Simone, an alcoholic woman obsessed with the 80s. As Ennio searches for the tape and begins to lose a grip on reality, his and Simone’s mutual love of nostalgia draws them together. Can they find redemption in each other?


The House at the End of Time

A wrongfully convicted murderess must solve a metaphysical mystery to find the real killer. 30 years ago, Dulce was convicted of killing her husband and kids, despite her pleas that an evil entity in the house committed the slayings. Now, as part of her sentence, Dulce’s sent back to the home where the murders happened. As memories come flooding back, Dulce teams up with a priest to uncover the secrets of the house and find peace.


I am Toxic

A man wakes in a world destroyed by biological warfare with no memory of his previous life. Taken prisoner by a group of scavengers he meets a young woman who tries to helps him escape as the scavengers pursue them through the barren wastelands.

26th September


Darklands

A journalist investigates an evil cult who may have murdered a female colleague. After Rachel dies mysteriously while investigating her brother’s death, Frazier Truick decides it’s time to get to the bottom of what the cult is all about. But he’s not prepared for pagan rituals, Satan worship, and human sacrifice. Racing against time, Frazier must solve the crime before he winds up its next victim.


Wild Country

After being forced to give her baby up for adoption, a teenage girl decides to go on a cross country hike through the Scottish Highlands with a group of friends. In an attempt to re-kindle their relationship, her ex-boyfriend appears uninvited, but his attempts at reconciliation are interrupted after they find an abandoned baby in the ruins of an old castle. As they attempt to get the baby to safety, a wolf-like creature appears from the darkness hell-bent on protecting its brood.


Goldberg & Eisenberg

Goldberg is a lonely computer programmer who spends his time searching the internet for a girlfriend. After a blind date in the park, he meets Eisenberg, a thug who stalks him, intruding into his everyday life until Goldberg’s actions to get rid of him spin dangerously out of control.

30th September

Tailgate

Hans is a self-confident man, driving across the country with his wife and two daughters by his side. His ego gets the better of him when he gets into an argument with another driver. The van driver turns out to be the wrong man to cross on the road and sets out to teach Hans a deadly lesson. Skillfully pushing the buttons of Hans’s arrogance, a simple family road trip turns into a deadly obstacle course in this nerve-wracking, blackly comic morality tale thriller.

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Halloween Ends | Official Trailer – Blumhouse

The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final installment of the franchise.

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October 14, 2022

Cast:

Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Patton, Kyle Richards

Plot Summary:

The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final installment of the franchise

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Orphan: First Kill – UK Trailer | There’s Always been Something Wrong With Esther…

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SHE WILL KILL TO BE PART OF A FAMILY.

Esther’s terrifying saga continues in this thrilling prequel to the original and shocking horror hit “Orphan.” Esther’s (Isabelle FuhrmanOrphan) secret may be out but this time around there’s more to this psychotic young girl than meets the eye. Escaping from the psychiatric facility that housed her, Esther hides in plain sight by assuming the identity of a missing American child whose mother (Julia StilesDexter) is matriarch to one of the wealthiest families in the United States.

Will Esther’s thirst for blood destroy the strong family ties or will she discover that even a mother will cross the line to protect her family?

Signature Entertainment is proud to present the debut UK trailer for Orphan: First Kill, coming exclusively to cinemas nationwide August 19. Watch Below:

Produced by eOne and Dark Castle Entertainment, the prequel stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Rossif Sutherland (Possessor) and Julia Stiles. Orphan: First Kill is directed by William Brent Bell (The Boy), screenplay by David Coggeshall (The Haunting in Connecticut), and story by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (Aquaman, The Conjuring 2 & 3) and Alex Mace. The film is produced by Alex MaceHal SadoffEthan ErwinJames Tomlinson, and executive produced by Jen GortonJosie LiangVictor MoyersKyle IrvingDavid Leslie.

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