‘The Prodigy’ Poster Teases an Evil That Pulls the Family’s Strings

With a new trailer promised for tomorrow, Orion Pictures debuted a brand new poster for The Prodigy, opening in theaters on February 8, 2019.

“Orange is the New Black’s” Taylor Schilling plays Sarah, a mother whose young son Miles’ (IT‘s Jackson Robert Scott) disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family’s safety, Sarah must grapple with her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles in favor of investigating what – or who – is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality remains blurry.

Pulling from classics such as The Omen and Bad Seed, the poster for The Pact‘s Nicholas McCarthy‘s thriller shows the two stars in a family portrait – with a pair of mysterious hands resting on Schilling’s shoulders. Who is pulling this family’s strings and what is wrong with Miles?


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Horror Movie Recommendations

So it’s finally here! The season of Halloween is upon us! This is hands down the best time of year and if you don’t agree well, you are more than welcome to suck me.

I mean that in the most loving and gentle way possible because WE STAN HALLOWEEN IN THIS HOUSE. I wanted to write up a few movies that I will be watching/re-watching this month and share them with you.

  • The Witch (2015) – directed by Robert Eggers


When talking about horror movie fans typically people split into two camps; one is the gore hound, that person that just wants the nastiest, most offensive, terrifying piece of media regardless of quality and the other is the horror snob, that person that seeks high art with their horror, unable to enjoy a piece of media unless it measures up to their high standards. I am the later. I know myself. When The Witch (also called The VVitch for the way it was spelled on the poster) was released, it set off a feud between the two groups. One saying that the movie was hard to understand and barely passable as a horror movie, the other group saying that it was one of the best horror movies in years. For me the controversy was an important piece of the art, the movie itself was provocative in a way that few other horror films are, it started conversation about what constitutes a “good” movie over a “bad” one and that made it a film that will be part of the history of great horror for years to come. Besides that, the movie is a visual masterpiece taking inspiration from Goya’s post war nightmares to Wyeth’s desolate American landscape. It encapsulates the fear and terror that white settler’s felt not only from the strange foreign land of the Americas but also the fear and paranoia that religion stokes inside of each of them.

  • The Innocents (1961) -directed by  by Jack Clayton


This film version of Henry James’ 1898 novel The Turn of the Screw is a classic in gothic horror revivalism. During the 1960’s a reemergence happened to ignite people’s interest in all things haunted house, ghostly, cursed manors, and tormented ingenues. During the 1960’s you saw the emergence of Hammer Horror, Dracula, and those gothic novels with white women running away from houses. This film deals with a governess who starts working at a manor in the English countryside where she has to take care of two young children. In the manor she beleives to start seeing the presence of the long dead caretaker and the previous governess. This movie is an example of what horror can do when you don’t actually see anything. The audience experiences everything through the lens of the main character who is unreliable and goes between moments of great paranoia to stress. The story is tragic but also mysterious as we the audience never really know what is going on. Is the house haunted? Or is she?

  • Cronos (1993) – directed by Guillermo del Toro


This was Guillermo del Toro’s big break out into the mainstream as not just a creature creator but as a master storyteller. I watched this movie years ago, probably around the time it came to VHS and had no idea what I was watching. I thought it was a children’s movie but boy was I wrong. Del Toro has a real skill with his ability to craft pieces that feel like story tales. I want to revisit this movie and see where this places in the career path of del Toro and his evolutionary art style.

  • The Bride – (1985) – directed by Franc Roddam


This movie deserves more respect! I am such a huge fan of almost any Frankenstein movie out there. I love The Monster, especially when he is painted a little closer to his literary progenitor. This movie is what I would imagine Mary Shelley had in mind when she wrote the first science fiction book ever made. The film is moody, with a feminist touch to it, the movie feels almost ahead of its time. The Bride, played by Jennifer Beale isn’t a silent companion built by men to fullfill their desires, she is thinking creature who wants to make her own life. Following in the path of rock stars being in costumed epics, Sting stars in this movie as Victor Frankenstein. If you like The Labrynth or Gothic or Interview with a Vampire, I would definitely recommend this movie.

  • The Orphanage (2007) – directed by J. A. Bayona


When I saw this movie years ago, I was not yet into horror as an art form. It wasn’t something that I ever could have imagined that I would one day be making.  The film was really horrifying for me and I’m not sure exactly why. Some films really stick in your mind and the residue can carry over in ways you really don’t understand until you pass by them again.

  • Trick r Treat (2007) – directed by Michael Dougherty


The horror anthology is a staple of the genre, with many films being part of some of the greatest additions to horror movies as a whole. Creepshow. Tales from the Cript. Tales from the Hood. Kwaidan. Tales of Terror. But one of the most popular movies to come out in recent years is Trick r Treat. You’ve probably seen the swollen head of the main character from the movie, munching on candy, with it’s dead, lifeless stare. Well for one reason or another I’ve actually never seen this movie, despite the fact that I’ve been told it’s a classic. I really want to put this on, on Halloween night and hope that no lollipop carrying kids come to my door.

  • Eyes Without a Face (1960) – directed by Georges Franju


I’m currently teaching myself French and part of that is watching French movies and TV and trying to not rely on subtitles. The French have a terrifying sense of darkness and horror, the most noticable being the New French Extremity genre that kicked up in the early 2000’s, these movies aren’t really my cup of tea but “Yeux Sans Visage” is a classic that deserves more attention.

  • Black Sunday (1960) – directed by Mario Bava


Barbara Steele is a horror icon that deserves more love and respect and I would let her exact her revenge on me in an old deserted castle any day.

  • Onibaba (1964) – directed by Kaneto Shindo


After long conversations telling people about the movie Kwaidan and how much of an amazing piece of influential cinema it is and then having people talk to me about Onibaba and how amazing and influential that is and having to pretend like I’ve seen it, I’m just going to watch the damn movie because I’m so afraid of being exposed I’m just going to expose myself.

  • REC (2007) directed by Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza


I have seen snippets of this movie here and there and had many conversations with people who recommended this movie as a peak example of good found footage horror. In the early 2000’s there was a saturation of found footage horrror movies and they became so hokey that they weren’t even scary, it became a cheap gimmick that exhausted audiences. This film seems to stand above the rest as a good example of what that sub-genre can do.

  • American Mary (2012) directed by The Soska Sisters


Directed by The Soska Sisters, this is a movie that you hear about in literally every conversation about feminism in film specifically feminism in horror movies. It’s a film that I have actually watched. I’m not sure why, perhaps the movie didn’t look like my type or maybe it was because I wasn’t into the hype that the Soska sisters had around them. Whatever the case, I need to watch it or else I won’t be allowed on any more feminist horror movie panels.


  • Eve’s Bayou (1997) directed by Kasi Lemmons


There is a subset of horror that is really underdeveloped and underrepreseted and that is the genre of Southern Gothic. When we think of Gothic, in regards to horror, we think of England, maybe Ireland or probably Transylvania but in the states we have our own unique American brand of horror and that is the Southern Gothic. This film really deserves more credit and attention for how unique it is as a film and as an entry into the genre. I watched this movie when I was a bit too young to understand its context, and historical placement, I remember thinking that it was a TV show.  This film reminds me of my family, my history, and the ghosts that being black can bring.

  • The Witches (1990) directed by Nicolas Roeg


Angela Basset as a child eating witch. Done.

Halloween, Hold The Dark, and Gaspar Noé round out Fantastic Fest’s second wave

With Fantastic Fest less than a month away, Austin’s revamped genre film festival—you can check out its new code of conduct and board of directorsat the links—has revealed its second wave of films, following an initial announcement that included new flicks from Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais, and J.J. Abrams.

Foremost among the recent additions is David Gordon Green’s Halloween, which will enjoy its U.S. premiere as the festival’s opening night film with star Jamie Lee Curtis in attendance. Other titles of note include Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier’s man-against-nature thriller Hold the Dark and Gaspar Noé’s buzzy Climax, a head trip we quite enjoyed after catching its Cannes debut.

Read more via – Halloween, Hold the Dark, and Gaspar Noe round out Fantastic Fest’s second wave – AV Club

Stomping Around the Woods: 6 of the Best Bigfoot Movies

Here in the Pacific Northwest it’s very easy to feel like nothing really happens in this area. Sure we had grunge and Sleepless in Seattle, but that was over 20 years ago and the only thing really happening is Amazon, which has led to massive homelessness and the closing of small, local shops for years now.

Besides the horror of gentrification and a massive, unstoppable capitalist megalomaniac we also have Bigfoot. Yes Washington state is not only the top place in the country to serial killers but also sightings of a mythical beast-man.

Bigfoot movies aren’t really as huge as Marvel movies but there have been some really interesting submissions to the horror field.

Read more via – Stomping Around the Woods: 6 of the Best Bigfoot Movies – Bloody Disgusting

Venom is a Zaddy and You Can’t Change My Mind


I know what you’re thinking right now.

“Isabella. Everyone knows already that Venom is a zaddy. This article is redundant!”

Ok but bare with me. I need to talk about this and I need to get this out. I need to explain why my big, black, drippy boy is a good boy.

So there is this website called Tumblr and it’s a good website. It has been a main source of online community for me for almost 7 years now. Where most people feel like Tumblr has an age limit to it, that once you reach your late 20’s or so you stop having the desire to look at fanart of the two brothers from Supernatural making out or debate the merits of Reylo [Rey and Kylo from Star Wars for all of you plebeians]. But I’m still deep in Tumblr culture. I have learned many of my most valuable lessons about inclusivity, social justice, racism, and how to respect people of different genders and sexuality as me, but most importantly, I discovered my kinks.

Kinks I didn’t even know I had. Kinks that should have been latently hidden inside of me until after several therapy sessions but wow… does Tumblr bring that stuff out of you. Besides being this place that has opened my heart and mind consciously, it also has porn, lots and lots of porn. Porn all over the place. So much porn that they tried to clean it up and couldn’t do it. Like a virus it just keeps popping up, usually when you’re in a public place and there are people right next to you looking over your shoulder at your phone screen.

In that subculture I discovered a kink, that is lovingly termed “Monster Fuckers”. Actually there are many kinds of fuckers, robot fuckers, object fuckers, alien fuckers… really you can fuck anything… Recently in the news these fuckers have been making their kinks known a little more publicly. Many people found themselves attracted to the robot, known as ROBOT, from the new Netflix Lost in Space show. People went on Twitter and Tumblr mostly to discuss how hot they thought he was, which made decent, God fearing humans very uncomfortable. I mean the show is aimed at children, but also something you can watch late at night alone.  With your pants off.

This sexy robot man became so popular with people who wanted him to hold them in his loving bio-mechanical arms that Netflix made a pop-up at San Diego Comic Con where you could pose with them and post the picture under the title “Robo Romance”. Oh yeah. Somewhere a marketing team decided to capitalize on robot fuckers and put money into it to market a kids show to horny, deviant adults.

Then came the Venom trailer.

When it premiered, I can only imagine what the advertisement team behind it was thinking. They probably imagined a bunch of men, white, between 12-35 to be very excited for the movie. They probably expected was a bunch of conversation on Reddit and Twitter discussing the details and merits of the trailer and the authenticity of the special effects. Maybe even a “controversy” about Tom Hardy’s accent or something. But instead they got this:


I could have seen this coming. But no one asked me. Hell, one of those hashtags is probably me.

Venom, ROBOT, the Xenomorphs from Alien, the snake girl from Monster Masume… they all inspire a sort of horniness crossed with fear, what I scientifically term, the “TerrorBoner”. TerrorBoner is also the name of my autobiography. I have no insightful ways of understanding this response. I can’t understand exactly why some people respond to creepy, inhuman monsters in that way, just the same way I can’t explain why anyone has the particular sexual hang ups they do. I know that for myself I like big, wet, shiny, drippy and smooth to be particularly attractive, just based on a purely aesthetic/tactile thing. The idea of being enveloped, covered in liquid and overwhelmed just does it for me. Human men have lost most of their appeal these days, I don’t know if you’ve met one recently or read about them in the news but, they kinda suck. Perhaps that’s why monsters have more of an appeal to me, they are more simplistic, more understandable and also a little ostracized, like myself. If things don’t work out with a monster boy, then I’ll probably just be eating or fused into their sentience; so a win-win for me.

The Venom movie comes out in October 2018 and honestly, I’ll be wearing very loose pants.


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