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THE DARK AND THE WICKED
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


THE MONSTER
2016, A24, Dir: Bryan Bertino

Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine play a mother and her daughter who are terrorized by a monster in the new horror film from writer-director Bryan Bertino.


FEBRUARY
2015, 93 min, USA/Canada, Dir: Oz Perkins

During winter break at a rural boarding school, Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Joan (Emma Roberts) become companions, neither suspecting that an evil presence is stalking Kat. The pair’s isolation is palpable, as apparently disjointed scenes link to produce a suffocating, intense atmosphere that makes the film’s climactic emotional punch even more powerful. Among the most audacious and brilliant horror debuts of the year.


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