Though I don’t think the day will ever come when I consider myself a fan of horror movies, I will say that over the past few years, Hollywood has been coming up with interesting ways to expand and deepen the genre in order to attract new audiences. Here are 4 recent films that are mixing things up:
Ma – The reality is that the bad guy in most scary movies isn’t a middle‐aged woman. Ma (new to the Box and Redbox on Demand!) flips the scripts not only in that way, but also by casting an Oscar‐winning actress as the lead. It turns out that Octavia Spencer was getting bored of only being offered the same kinds of roles, mentioned this to director Tate Taylor (who she worked with on The Help and Get On Up), and he came up with the idea to bring her on as Sue Ann “Ma” Ellington, a lonely — and seriously messed up — woman who befriends a group of teenagers and then has her evil way with them.
It – This 2017 adaptation of the best‐selling Stephen King novel didn’t become the highestgrossing horror film of all time because it stuck to the same old tired formula. Similar to the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, IT combines a stellar cast of kids with the fun of an ‘80s setting. Plus it had a well‐known base story going for it that was in desperate need of a professional reboot. Check it out and then go catch the sequel that just hit theaters!
Us – Filmmaker Jordan Peele knows that there might be nothing scarier that making human beings — and society at large — face down their own shortcomings and demons. In this followup to his groundbreaking Get Out, Peele focuses on a family, including Lupita Nyong’o as the mother, who are terrorized during a beachside vacation by another family who looks … identical to them. What in the heck is going on?
The Dead Don’t Die – In this star‐studded zombie‐flick spoof, you’ve got Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloë Sevigny as police officers who are overwhelmed when things go from odd to concerning to worse in their sleepy town, and they suddenly find themselves at the heart of the zombie apocalypse (which we all know is really coming). However, these zombies aren’t hungry for the usual stuff — there’s a twist that I won’t spoil. But it’ll make you think.