Mike Flanagan's The Haunting of Hill House series to possess your Netflix queue this October

Last year, it was announced that modern horror maverick Mike Flanagan (Hush, Gerald’s Game) would helm a “modern re-imagining” of Shirley Jackson’s 1959 horror novel The Haunting of Hill House for Netflix, though, aside from the casting of actress Carla Gugino and Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman, details have been…

Shelved for years, the eerie Before I Wake offers a welcome alternative to the usual January jump scares

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A horror fantasy about the worst fears of parents and children, Before I Wake imagines a married couple, Jessie (Kate Bosworth) and Mark (Thomas Jane), trying to move on after their son’s death by taking in an 8-year-old orphan who’s gone from foster home to foster home under mysterious circumstances. Waiting for the…

Apologies to It, but Gerald's Game shows how to really adapt a Stephen King bestseller

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Stephen King is having a moment, and so is Mike Flanagan. Coming off of the positive critical buzz surrounding last year’s Hush and Ouija: Origin Of Evil, Flanagan decided to re-team with Hush producer Netflix for a film adaptation of Gerald’s Game. It’s not an easy sell: Not only is King’s book structured in such a…

Stephen King adaptation Gerald's Game is potent, horrific—and oddly cathartic

Stephen King is having a moment, and so is Mike Flanagan. Coming off of the modest success and positive critical buzz surrounding last year’s Hush and Ouija: Origin Of Evil, Flanagan decided to cash in his “director to watch” chips and re-team with Netflix for a film adaptation of Gerald’s Game (B+). It’s not an easy…

The best movies of 2016 that we didn’t review

Hundreds of movies come to American theaters every year. Sometimes they arrive at a rate of 20 per week, at least in New York, where most films that don’t open widely begin their first runs. And that’s not even taking into account Netflix and other streaming services, which have changed how movies are being…