In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. It is definitely one of the scariest films of the year that delivers what it promises with the brilliant tag line: If they hear you, they hunt you. What makes it truly frightening is that it deals mostly with what we cannot see, and the danger that lurks in the shadows becomes more scary than anything you can imagine. John Krasinski’s imaginative direction allows the crackling screenplay by screenwriting duo Bryan Woods & Scott Beck (Nightlight) to hit home especially hard. Being afraid is something we can all relate to, and the horror that the film evokes is one that echoes our primal fear of being exposed to things we cannot control and ultimately reveals our vulnerable humanity. With top notch performances, particularly Krasinky and Emily Blunt, this is a film that will haunt you long after watching the film. The DVD release bonus features John Krasinki taking us behind the scenes of how the film was made. Read more about how the film was crafted. Note: Make sure to also watch the brilliant Don’t Breathe and Lights Out
If you are looking for a stylish supernatural mind-bender, Winchester is an alluring journey into the madness that befalls those who dare to enter the most haunted house in the world that is situated on an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco. In the hands of Australian horror maestros Peter and Michael Spierig (Jigsaw, Predestination), the ordinary soon dissolves into a nightmarish hell. Built by Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren), heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the troubled Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters… Go behind the scenes of Winchester.
The enigmatically short title of IT refers to the story’s central villain, an ancient shapeshifter that takes the form of its victims’ deepest fears and comes out of hibernation every 27 years to feed on the most vulnerable residents of Derry, Maine: the children. For as long as their town has existed, Derry has been the entity’s hunting ground, emerging from the sewers every 27 years to feed on the terrors of its chosen prey: Derry’s children. Banding together over one horrifying and exhilarating summer, the Losers form a close bond to help them overcome their own fears and stop a new killing cycle that began on a rainy day, with a small boy chasing a paper boat as it swept down a storm drain…and into the hands of Pennywise the Clown. Go behind the scenes of IT