This weekend, Hardcore Henry smashes up the big screen with a first-person action experience unlike any other, and we urge you to head out to your local theater and take part in the fun. If you’d rather stay home, we’ve got some tasty alternatives for you today, as this weekend is a huge one for indie horror. Read on for the rundown!
First up, Mickey Keating unleashes his Darling (review) today on VOD outlets, which our own Ari Drew favorably compared to the early work of Roman Polanski. Keating’s latest stars Lauren Ashley Carter, Sean Young, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos, and Helen Rogers.
Darling follows a lonely young woman who moves into an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion. Hired as caretaker, it’s not long before she discovers the estate’s haunted reputation and troubling past—stories that slowly transform into a backdrop for her twisted and violent descent into madness.
Courtesy of IFC Midnight comes Jason Stutter’s The Dead Room, which employs groundbreaking sound design technology designed to increase pulse rates, heighten blood pressure, and temporarily release cortisol in viewers. The film stars Jed Brophy, Jeffrey Thomas, and Laura Petersen.
Step inside the Dead Room, where something sinister guards a home’s horrifying secrets. Inspired by a 1970s urban legend, this atmospheric nerve-shredder follows two scientists (Thomas and Brophy) and a young psychic (Petersen) as they travel to the countryside to investigate mysterious goings on at a remote farmhouse. Skepticism quickly turns to terror, as the researchers’ presence unsettles a seriously angry demonic presence possessing the home.
Upping the haunted house movie ante with visceral camerawork and unsettling sound design, The Dead Room creates a sense of palpable danger lurking in every corner and hallway.
In the heart-pounding thriller Hush (review), from writer and director Mike Flanagan (Oculus), silence takes on a terrifying new dimension for a young woman living alone in the woods. Starring Kate Siegel, John Gallagher, Jr., Michael Trucco, and Samantha Sloyan, the Blumhouse-produced film exclusively hit Netflix today.
Author Maddie Young (Kate Siegel) lives a life of utter isolation after losing her hearing as a teenager. She’s retreated from society, living in seclusion and existing in a completely silent world. But one night her fragile world is shattered when the masked face of a psychotic killer appears in her window. Without another living soul for miles, and with no way to call for help, it appears that Maddie is at the killer’s mercy… but he may have underestimated his prey. As this horrifying game of cat and mouse escalates to a breathless fever pitch, Maddie must push herself beyond her mental and physical limits in order to survive the night.
And finally, Drafthouse Films brings Karyn Kusama’s critically acclaimed latest, The Invitation (review), to limited theaters and VOD outlets today. Written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, the thriller stars Logan Marshall-Green, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman), Emayatzy Corinealdi, and John Carroll Lynch.
Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband… and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will’s hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?
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