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As has become the norm for Netflix, the genre selection in November (and December, for that matter) is a bit thin. Sure, we’re seeing all kinds of fan favorites make a return to the mix, but actual “new” releases seem to be a bit limited. So, while you’re accustomed to seeing a good 10-12 films make this list, November is delivering something of a condensed version of the Netflix Roundup.

That’s not to say that there aren’t any quality films to stream this month; it’s just to say that you’ve probably already seen the bulk of these (The Taking of Deborah Logan, Let Us Prey, Dark Was the Night, and The Canal are but a few of the relatively recent releases featured that you’ve more likely than not already had the chance to tune in to), which leaves us with just a few new recommendations to thrust in your direction.

Bound to Vengeance: If you’re into revenge films with enlightening twists, José Manuel Cravioto’s Bound to Vengeance is going to successfully keep you engaged. Is it a remarkably original film? No. However, it does make an attempt at giving a familiar story a unique spin. The performances are strong, and outside of a few WTF moments, the story feels somewhat plausible, especially in this twisted world we live in. Expect strong performances and fine cinematography from this spirited indie piece.

Last Shift: I’m still torn about Last Shift; I can label it neither amazing nor terrible. There are some very chilling sequences in the movie, but there are also a few embarrassing script points to get beyond. Visually speaking, it is a pretty badass film, but a problem some will run into is the fact that 90 percent of the big scares in the film can be seen in the trailer. That’s a bit of a no-no in my mind. Save the good stuff for the feature, not the two-minute hook we see well in advance of the film’s arrival. There are also a few wooden performances that may leave viewers a tad irked. Regardless of its faults, Last Shift has some fine atmosphere and jarring visuals. It’s definitely a recommended piece from the good folks at DC!

Kristy: Kristy falls victim to a very insulting script. For some odd reason screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski made the decision to treat viewers, as well as the supporting cast, as complete morons who have never seen a horror film. It’s a shame because this Thanksgiving-themed slasher has just about all the tools to be a superb film. We get an awesome heroine, a menacing band of villains, and a cool setting to work with. The film also flies by at alarming speed. If it weren’t for some very poor story choices, this would likely be considered an instant holiday classic. As it is, it’s an engaging watch with one damn hot finale.

Human Centipede 3: If you thought Tom Six took things to gruesome levels with his second Human Centipede film, think again. Everything in The Second Sequence feels astoundingly tame when compared to the stomach-turning visuals and ideas put to work in Six’s franchise finale. Prepare to be thoroughly disgusted time and again… in a strangely welcome way, if that makes much sense!

Harbinger Down: Amalgamated Dynamics had initially been tapped to create all of the practical effects that we were promised to see from the 2011 prequel to The Thing. Universal didn’t feel as though fans would respond favorably to the work provided by AD, so they completely scrapped all of it and motioned for the digital route – which inevitably sunk the film and drew serious ire from fans and critics alike. Well, AD wasn’t about to let all of its hard work go to waste, so the company carried what they’d assembled right on over to another project: Harbinger Down. The movie feels a little cheap, and some of the performances are wooden, but ultimately the special effects are pretty awesome and Lance Henriksen does a great job as the no-nonsense captain of a crabbing vessel. It’s not a groundbreaker, but Harbinger Down is an entertaining monster movie that should touch the hearts of those who cherish films from the 1980s.

Return to Sender: Return to Sender is far more thriller than horror, and it could easily be deemed a “slow” film, but it’s effective. It’s creepy, and it reminds us that we never know exactly whom we’re spending time with. It’s all about a blind date that leads to some disconcerting scenarios, and it succeeds in sending a few chills down the spine. Rosamund Pike (whom you’ll recognize from the goofy but badass Doom) does a fine job and gives us a nice notice that sometimes controlled performances can go a long, long way.

Circle: This isn’t a perfect film. Not by a long shot. However, it does possess a wealth of promise, and for a film that takes place in one single room, with an assortment of personalities to study, it’s a relatively strong and compelling piece. Although the big twist isn’t much of a twist at all, directors Aaron Hann and Mario Miscione do an excellent job of creating tension and mystery. There are some unorthodox decisions made throughout the picture, and that too holds our attention. Circle, though overlooked by many, is worth a watch.

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Will Billie Lourd Return in AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 8?

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For those of you who might not know, Billie Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher. She was one of the stars of Ryan Murphy’s horror-comedy series Scream Queens and has since followed Murphy over to the world of American Horror Story.

Lourd starred in the recent AHS: Cult and it looks like Deadline is confirming that she will return for the upcoming 8th season, which is rumored to be called AHS: Radioactive. Lourd will star alongside Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates, and Joan Collins, who will play Evan Peters’ grandmother.

Are you excited about this casting? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

American Horror Story is an anthology horror-drama series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.

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Live-Action F.E.A.R. Adaptation Coming To Machinima

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Screenwriter Greg Russo has signed a deal with Machinima to pen an adaptation of the F.E.A.R. video game franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The article did not specify whether the adaptation would be in the form of a film or a series.

Russo, who is a lifelong gamer, will work with Machinima on creating and developing the F.E.A.R. adaptation, although we don’t know much else at this point. Machinima are a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and it probably won’t surprise you to learn that the F.E.A.R. franchise has also been owned by WB since 2009. In other words, Warner Bros. were bound to give us a live action adaptation of F.E.A.R. at one point, so we’re not too surprised by this development.

Russo, who is also writing the scripts for the Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil reboots, was quoted as saying the following:

“As a lifelong gamer, it’s an absolute honor to partner with Machinima, the preeminent provider of digital content to gamers worldwide. F.E.A.R. holds a special place in my heart. I’m excited to bring my personal passion to this and future projects and can’t wait to see where our partnership goes from here.”

An acronym for First Encounter Assault Recon, the F.E.A.R. games focus on an elite task force who fight to stop Alma Wade, a young girl with incredible psychic powers, from tearing apart the fabric of reality. Legendary film director John Carpenter served as story consultant on the third game, which we awarded a highly positive review back in the day. We’ll bring you more on Machinima’s adaptation when it becomes availalbe.

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Short Film RETINA Will Strain Your Eyes

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We’ve been paying a lot of attention to the young filmmaker Alex J. Mann around these parts, because his projects are so unique and innovative that we can never wait to see what he’ll cook up next. Mann has just released his latest short, Retina, on his Space Oddity Films YouTube channel, and you can give it a watch below. It’s just under two minutes long and doesn’t contain any dialogue, but this is still a short which will keep you up at night.

Retina is described as being about “A young man’s fight to shut off his laptop camera turns deadly.” It was written and directed by Mann, and stars Dan J. Johnson in a singular performance. Retina also contains some gruesome images, and is most definitely not safe for work.

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