A dilapidated estate in the Irish countryside is the setting for Brian O’Malley’s The Lodgers, a Gothic haunted house story set in the days following World War I. Any Gothic film set in a grand country estate immediately calls to mind Rebecca’s Manderley, and The Lodgers certainly has shared DNA with the Gothic films that have come before, including The Innocents and a little bit Picnic at Hanging Rock. It also calls to mind Guillermo Del Toro’s recent Gothic horror-romance, Crimson Peak, though where that film reaches for spectacle (and kind of face-plants in the garden of its own grandeur), The Lodgers is a quieter tale, atmospheric and creepy and full of decay.
This movie was gross in 1974 when it starred Charles Bronson, and it’s super gross in 2018.
I didn’t even bother pretending to make a resolution to always post these things on time, because, as you can see, it would already be broken.
Helen Mirren stars in this classic example of a boneyard burial. You might luck into a decent horror movie on the indie circuit, but mainstream horror movies are sent to January and February to die. Don’t hold your breath for Winchester.
The real Winchester house is cool, though, totally worth visiting.
Let’s be honest, the only movie you care about this month is Star Wars, but there are a lot of solid indie options once you’ve seen that.
The Disaster Artist
James Franco’s hilarious and often touching adaptation of the book about the making of one of the most famous best-worst movies of all time, The Room. You do not need to know The Room to get The Disaster Artist, one of the year’s best comedies.
Full review here.
Because I can never find this when I want it, so I’m saving it here.
Three men playing a late-night poker game are interrupted by the arrival of a man demanding the early bird special. The bar is closed, but the patron won’t leave, and the disagreement ends the only way it can, with a triple homicide. From the first moments of Sweet Virginia, the ominous, droning score of Brooke Blair and Will Blair—brothers of actor Macon Blair and collaborators with their mutual friend, director Jeremy Saulnier—set the tone for a white-knuckle thriller that never lets up on the tension and dread.
A Bad Moms Christmas
The first movie was a surprise success in 2016. The rushed-to-production sequel has not been as successful. Someone please do better by Kathryn Hahn.