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2020, 110 min, UK, Dir: Neil Marshall

During Great Britain’s witch trials of 1665, Grace (Charlotte Kirk) is left alone and vulnerable when her plague-infected husband commits suicide. She becomes the target of her landlord’s advances – and is accused of witchcraft when she rejects them. Taken prisoner by inquisitors, Grace must fight for survival at the hands of the merciless Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee) and his cronies. Alternating between Grace’s torture and ever-evolving visions that may or may not be caused by her suffering, Neil Marshall spares no detail in exploring the horrors visited on the accused and the film’s action set-pieces really sing with the precision of his direction. Meanwhile, Kirk’s journey from housewife to powerhouse rebel is astonishing to experience, giving the actress time and space to flex her impressive talents. – Evrim Ersoy

2020, RLJE Films, 93 min, USA, Dir: Bryan Bertino

No stranger to creating tension-filled worlds, Bryan Bertino uses the loneliness of loss to fashion a tale that does not pull its punches when it comes to the horror some places hold. To be with their dying father, Louise (Marin Ireland) and Michael (Michael Abbott Jr.) return to their family’s remote farm. Resentment and unease simmer beneath the surface as the siblings settle down to wait for the inevitable, but a warning from their mother goes unheeded and soon the terrible secrets of the house reveal themselves. Sorrow gives way to dread as nightmarish apparitions begin to suggest that the worst is yet to come. Volatile and utterly terrifying, THE DARK AND THE WICKED presents a different view of grief; an all-encompassing, violent force that destroys anything that gets in its way. – Evrim Ersoy

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

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