132 | Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Director: Andre Ovredal

Writers: Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Guillermo del Toro (all did screenplay); stories by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton

Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Zajur

Rated: PG-13, Runtime: 1hr 48min

Released August 9, 2019; Available in theaters

Synopsis: It’s Halloween 1968 in the small town of Mill Valley, & young high schooler Stella & her two buddies, Auggie & Chuck, still love the holiday & all things spooky. When their act of revenge on the local bully goes a little too well they’re forced into hiding in the car of a mysterious young man named Ramon, who is running from his own demons. Together the teens explore a local haunted house, where they find a book of scary stories written by the long-dead recluse daughter of a powerful local family. Stella takes the book home, seemingly upsetting the spirit of the author, who begins magically writing new stories from beyond the grave featuring Stella’s friends & classmates as the characters. And when the characters in the stories meet a grisly end, so do their real life counterparts.

Illustrations from the Scary Stories books were done by Stephen Gammell:

Next up, we’ll be reviewing the first full-length feature from our old pals, Radio Silence (V/H/S, Southbound). So check out the trailer and join us in a couple of weeks when we review Ready or Not! You can find our podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, or most anywhere you listen to podcasts.

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129 | Midsommar

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Director/Writer: Ari Aster

Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Raynor, William Jackson Harper & Will Poulter

Rated: R, Runtime: 2 hours 27 min

Released July 3, 2019; Available in Theaters

Synopsis: A group of grad students from the US travel with their friend to his hometown in Sweden to experience their mid-summer festival. Among them is Dani, who has recently experienced a terrible tragedy, & her boyfriend Christian, who was considering breaking up with Dani just before said tragedy. Not only is their relationship on the rocks, this festival seems a little strange, too...

Various artists whose work was included in this film: Mu Pan, Ragnar Persson (he did all the art in the bunkhouse), and John Bauer.

Next up, recent festival favorite I Trapped the Devil. Check out that trailer. Cool premise, no? Rent it on demand & meet us back here in a couple weeks to discuss.

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121 | The Hole in the Ground


Director: Lee Cronin

Writer: Lee Cronin and Stephen Shields

Synopsis: Sarah is a young mother who flees a bad marriage with her elementary school aged son, Chris, to a new town & a house at the end of a creepy forest. Chris is upset & confused about why his dad didn’t move with them, & one day he runs from a fight with his mother into the forest. While Sarah is searching for him she runs across the titular hole in the ground, which turns out to be quite the understatement, as it’s fricking enormous. After this discovery, & a run-in with the town crazy lady who “accidentally” ran her son down with her car after claiming he wasn’t really her son, Sarah begins to suspect that Chris has been replaced by a look-alike who came out of the hole.

Next up, Jordan Peele’s much anticipated horror offering, Us. With the huge blowup of Get Out, we have very high expectations for this next one and so far, it sounds like it’s a hit. Join us next time!

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