FREAKY
2020, Universal, USA, Dir: Christopher Landon

From the deliciously debased mind of writer-director Christopher Landon (HAPPY DEATH DAY, the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise) comes a pitch-black horror-comedy about a slasher, a senior and the brutal truth about high school. Millie Kessler (Kathryn Newton) is just trying to survive the cruelty of the popular crowd at Blissfield High when the 17-year-old becomes the newest target of The Butcher (Vince Vaughn), her town’s infamous serial killer. But The Butcher’s mystical dagger causes him and Millie to wake up in each other’s bodies, a change that will become permanent in 24 hours. With help from her friends—ultra-woke Nyla (Celeste O’Connor), ultra-fabulous Joshua (Misha Osherovich) and her crush Booker (Uriah Shelton) – Millie races against the clock to reverse the curse while The Butcher discovers that having a female teen body is the perfect cover for a little Homecoming killing spree.


BAD HAIR
2020, Hulu, 115 min, USA, Dir: Justin Simien

Set in L.A. in 1989, this instant cult classic combines sizzling satire with period-inspired psycho-thriller sensibilities to create something entirely fresh, effortlessly cool and thoroughly creepy. Anna Bludso (an incredible central performance by Elle Lorraine) is an executive assistant in the image-obsessed world of music television aspiring to become an on-air TV personality. When that opportunity arises, she must overcome fears born of literally scarring childhood relaxer perm trauma by trading in her natural look for a weave at the insistence of her new boss (Vanessa Williams). The gamble seemingly pays off with a new position of power and visibility, but Anna discovers that success may come at the cost of her sanity … and that her new hair may have a mind of its own. With an ensemble cast including Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe, Usher and Kelly Rowland. – Evrim Ersoy


THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW
2020, Orion Classics, 85 min, USA, Dir: Jim Cummings

Writer-director-star Jim Cummings (THUNDER ROAD) travels to a small, snowbound town in Utah for this darkly comic horror-thriller. Snow Hollow is plagued by a spate of gruesome murders that coincide with the full moon. While the coroner and townsfolk think a 7-foot wolf may be responsible, Officer John Marshall (Cummings) believes a serial killer is on the loose. Unpredictable, immature and hot-headed, Marshall also has a big chip on his shoulder - his father (the late Robert Forster in a terrific turn) is the town’s Sheriff, a formidable man who refuses to retire for fear of being replaced by his lower-ranking son. With its electric script and acting, this low budget wonder is smart, funny, scary, bloody and made with tons of heart that shine through in every scene. - Spencer Hickman


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