Muschietti's 2017 It was a massive hit in the cinema, featuring seven Derry kids becoming aware of a horrible monster preying on their town. The kids set out to fight it, stopping our hearts in the process.
The monster is a shapeshifter, but wears the face of a dancing clown named Pennywise normally. Bill Skarsgård's acting skills as the clown have honestly ruined our lives forever.
While the children somehow defeat Pennywise, It: Chapter Two is set 27 years later and they learn pretty quick that Pennywise is still alive. They therefore decide to return to Derry to fight him one final time.
The first It scared the sh*t out of us, but the latest film looks like it'll have a similar dynamic of Pennywise attacking the kids in turn.
The adult version of the 'Losers' Club' (James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Jay Ryan, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Isaiah Mustafa) face Pennywise once again in isolated settings before the final battle.
There'll be plenty of screaming, that much is certain. It lands in cinemas on September 6, prepare the night lights for sleep.
Horror fans have been spoiled as of late with the insanely good scary movies hitting cinemas – from the likes of Hereditary to Jordan Peele's Get Out and Us and even another installment of the horror OG franchise that is Halloween.
So when Stephen Kings It was remade in 2017, it came at the perfect time..and went on to gross $700 million worldwide.
Now the sequel has arrived and judging by the trailer, it looks devilishly good.
The first movie centered on a group of misfits or ''Losers'' as they were dubbed in 1980s Derry, Maine who all banded together to fight Pennywise the clown.
Now, 30 years later they're all back as adults…but Pennywise is still lurking.
What made the first installment such a success was the chemistry between the young leads who effortlessly sparked off each other and were…genuinely funny.
It wasn't that scary – think more of a Stranger Things/Goonies vibe but still with some jump scares.
Fans absolutely lost their damn minds while watching Netflix' horror-drama The Haunting of Hill House, so it's no surprise that it was renewed for season two.
The first season was based on the 1959 Shirley Jackson novel, but the next series will feature an all-new cast and story.
Titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy will base the next chapter on Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, a classic horror novella centring on a governess and two sibling children.
The first season of the show boasted a massively talented cast of Henry Thomas, Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, as well as an emotionally-charged story.
Set in a dilapidated mansion saturated with ghosts, the supernatural soon takes hold of the young family who live there and haunts them into adulthood, showing flashbacks and terrifying scenes.
The show achieve its whopping 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the audience gripped entirely by the family drama paired with horror, a relatively new idea.
Stephen King, the most famous horror author on the planet, even sang the work's praise on Twitter;
“The Haunting of Hill House, revised and remodelled by Mike Flanagan… I don’t usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really."
“I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure," he wrote, giving the compliment of a lifetime to Mike Flanagan.
THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, revised and remodeled by Mike Flanagan. I don't usually care for this kind of revisionism, but this is great. Close to a work of genius, really. I think Shirley Jackson would approve, but who knows for sure.
In 2013, a 74-car freight train transporting crude oil derailed beside the small Canadian town of Lac-Mégantic, and resulted in the tragic deaths of 47 people.
At first, Netflix refused to edit its post-apocalyptic horror flick after it was criticised for using footage of the disaster. A spokesman told AP it had no plans to remove the footage; “We will keep the clip in the movie.”
Now, it has been reported that the streaming service will be exploring ways to prevent this from happening in the future. BBC reports that Netflix has used footage of the tragedy before, in the Canadian-American science fiction show Travellers.
Julie Morin, mayor of Lac-Mégantic, criticised Netflix for using the upsetting footage, telling The Globe and Mail: “You can be sure we are going to follow up on this, and our citizens are on our side.”
Peacock Alley Entertainment, who produced Travellers, released an apology and said they unintentionally dishonoured the Lac-Mégantic incident and would replace the footage.
Pond 5 also stated their regret that the footage had been ”taken out of context and used in entertainment programming”. They apologise “to anyone who was offended, especially the victims and their families”.
The cast and crew both appeared to accept the award, with producer Andrew Form claiming that; "The truth is this movie doesn't exist without the visionary filmmaker John Krasinski."
It was then director and screenwriter John's turn to talk, and from that point on all the air left our lungs.
"Thank you so much. Wow. I don't know what's going on right now. I blacked out about six seconds ago. I want to say thank you to all the incredible kindness that has been shown to this film," John explained.
"The critics, but most of all, everyone out there that's seen or loved this movie. It means the absolute world to our crew and to our cast."
He continued, "I got to make a movie about a love story and a love letter to my kids. I got to do it with the love of my life by my side, so I'm pretty sure it doesn't get much better than that. Thank you so much." DEAR GOD.
We caught a glimpse of John and Emily hugging before walking off stage, and at that point we passed out from the hype.
‘No live organism can continue to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality’
From the opening line, Netflix’ new offering The Haunting of Hill House grips the audience, enrapturing viewers with its amalgamation of family drama and pure unadulterated horror. Based on the 1959 book by Shirley Jackson, Mike Flanagan adapts the series into a sharp and modern offering which has earned rave reviews from critics all round.
Flanagan writes, produces and directs the 10 part series which King of Horror Stephen King refers to as a ‘work of genius’ In past versions of the story, we were only given the haunting itself, but Flanagan’s spin grants us the aftermath which leaves just as much of a chill in your bones. The emotionally charged series avoids the blood and guts of the gothic-horror novel but it remains a visceral viewing nonetheless.
The narrative structure flicks between the past and the present over a 20 year timeline, each episode focuses on the existential, but nonetheless frightening journey of the Crain family trying to come to grips with the ghosts of their past.
It begins with five children who are tragically ripped apart and left with lifelong scars and repressed ghosts from their childhood in Hill House.They are subsequently brought together by a death, and must then realise the complicity of the house in each of their failings as adults.
In 1992, when the kids are still at the titular house, they're plagued with visions of ghosts, zombies, and supernatural beings which affect each of them in alternative ways.The intermingling of the real and possibly imagined creates an atmosphere of anxiety and fear, where the viewer cannot decide which is worse: the horrors of the mind or the darkness of reality.
Olivia and Hugh Crain (played by Carla Guigino and Timothy Hutton) move into Hill House in the hopes of ‘flipping it’- renovating it and selling it for profit. Predictably, their dream becomes a total nightmare, and the house never becomes a home. They have five children- non-identical twins Nell and Luke, Steven, Shirley and Theodora.
Within a month Hugh takes the kids and flees, leaving Olivia behind whose sanity has crumbled within the walls of the home. The children grow up, and Hugh still refuses to tell them how their mother died that fateful night.
Each of the children has ghosts which plague them even as time moves on. For example, Luke’s dependence on drugs leads to bitterness among his siblings, and Steven’s horror novel about the house causes anger, as the family believe he is capitalising on their grief. The children act as the narrative backbone, and there are strong performances from each cast member regardless of age.
Mike Flanagan uses genius plot devices to maintain the massive tension for an entire ten episodes, and touches heavily on the notion of trauma informing a person’s future as well as the fundamental notion that there are infinite types of ghosts in every form imaginable. Attention to detail is phenomenal, from the cinematography to the character arcs, there’s even a cameo from Shirley Jackson in the form of her infamous novel The Lottery, which Theo is seen reading in episode one.
Flanagan uses oft-seen horror tropes and concepts such as dark corridors, old rickety mansion, locked doors (the red door will steal the breath out of your lungs), monsters under the bed among others. There are nods to Stephen King throughout, from the use of twins (The Shining) to the use of locked doors and keys.
The designs of the figures that appear are absolutely terrifying, I won’t give anything away but there’s a woman with stringy black hair, a muffled scratchy voice and a crooked neck that will haunt my imagination for life. Flanagan investigates the idea of fault, such as the tragic neglect of Nell in her all-consuming pain of the haunting, in alternating ways, as well as the concept of childhood leaving a stain on your adulthood.
It begs the question, what does one owe to others who shared the same experiences, and what is the true limit of family. The series is intensely psychological, and explores the Freudian notion of the psyche in the form of a house.
Olivia, when designing their ‘forever home’, refers to a house as a body which “works together to keep you healthy.” This insinuates that the children’s trauma from their childhood home has seeped into every part of their present beings- mentally and physically.
Family loyalty is called into question, and foreshadowing is beautifully woven into the series through skilled storytelling. As the children flee the house, Steven’s father tells him to “keep your eyes closed, no matter what.” Steven later brings this into his adulthood, becoming a sceptic and never believing in the paranormal occurrences of his siblings and parents, instead blaming their unstable mental health.
Doubt and the importance of believing in the words of children prove to be of imperative value throughout. Absolutely zero comfort is given throughout, Flanagan never answers the question on whether the apparitions are real or imagined.
Contributing prodigious cinematography matched with exceptional writing, The Haunting of Hill House parallels family drama with an impressive horror story, and successfully morphs a classic into the modern world.
The show has already made a massive impact- on both the genre itself and those who have seen it. Talks are already in place for a possible season two.
High quality, psychologically charged horror has been steadily growing: Get Out is a landmark much needed change in horror, for example, as is the brilliantly original tour de force that is A Quiet Place.
Hill House is perfect for Halloween, but just don’t watch it alone in your house or you may have to move out.
If you're anything like us, you usually prefer the book to the movie – take Harry Potter, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Shining, to name a few.
So brace yourself for August as the box office is getting ready to welcome a whole wave of book adaptions for books becoming movies and TV shows.
And if you're a fan of darker fare like thrillers, horrors, crime and sci-fi then get excited because most of these books are along those lines however, there are a few lighter stories in the mix as well.
So pull up a chair and get stuck into whichever book takes your fancy…
Crazy Rich Asians
Crazy Rich Asians is the first in a trilogy so if you just can't get enough of Rachel and Nick, jump into China Rich Girlfriend and Rich People Problems. It hits screen on August 15th.
Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode, who is suffering from PTSD following the bloody events of that Halloween night 40 years ago.
This time, the plot goes as follows: Michael has been incarcerated in a psychiatric facility since the original night of murders when he is confronted by two filmmakers who want to learn more about his attacks.
Triggered by this, Michael escapes and heads off to stalk and torture women once again – but he knows one thing: Laurie will be ready and waiting for his return.
There are some changes to Jamie Lee's characters backstory – in this version, she has a daughter, played by Judy Greer, instead of a son.
She is also not the sister of Michael Myers, who is simply a manic, unknown serial killer.
Jamie Lee discussed how these changes positively impacted her character at San Diego Comic Con.
According toEntertainment Tonight, she said, ''it's a movie about trauma. It’s a movie about what happens to somebody when you’re 17 years old and you have this horrible trauma perpetrated on you, and you have no help. This is a woman who has carried, for 40 years, her entire adult life, this trauma.''
Yes, we can imagine being chased by a knife-wielding masked man who has butchered your two best friends would be fairly traumatic alright.
“We are seeing in the world today, primarily women, who have been traumatised in all sorts of ways, physical violence, emotional violence, sexual violence and, in Laurie’s case, actually knife-attack violence… all of those women are having the moment where they will no longer allow that to be the narrative.”
She continued, ''no longer does that define them, that they are standing up and saying, ‘Enough’. And this is a movie about ‘enough’ at a time when it happens to be a national and worldwide message. And so it couldn't’t be timed better, and it couldn't’t have been written better.”
John Carpenter's Halloween has long been hailed a a classic and fans have been sharing their excitement on social media in the lead-up to this latest instalment.
Someone on Twitter clearly wasn't counting down or anything when they wrote, ''12 weeks and 87 days till the #HalloweenMovie drops on theatres!'' while another said, ''amazing how this movie will bring us #HalloweenMovie fanatics together. The cool thing is we have a couple of months to go to grow this family. Gonna be awesome.''
The eagerly-anticipated movie will hit screens worldwide on October 19th 2018 and WE. CAN'T. WAIT.
Prepare to be terrified and confused in equal parts because the first trailer for Jennifer Lawrence's new horror film Mother! has landed – and it's creep AF.
The cryptic trailer has left fans with a lot of questions, however it did reveal that Jennifer's character appears obsessed with a brick wall (which at one point is dripping with blood), after allowing a strange man sleep in the house she shares with her partner, played by Javier Bardem.
The short clip also suggests that Javier Bardem's character may know more about the visitors than we originally thought, saying “all I'm trying to do is bring life into this house. Open the door to new people, new ideas.”
Also starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Kristen Wiig and Ed Harris, this star-studded horror flick looks set to be a box office smash.
Darren Aronofsky's Mother! is set to hit Irish cinemas on September 15.
Most of us couldn’t wait for our teenage years when we’d FINALLY get our hands on a few movies with 15-ratings – 18 at a total push – but considering many of us were left traumatised by films actually aimed at children, we don’t actually know what the rush was all about.
From The Witches to Labyrinth, our childhood viewing experience was punctuated by sharp intakes of breaths followed by bloodcurdling screams as we wondered what the hell our parents were thinking popping this one in the VCR for us.
But, it was Friday, it was film night, and we were damned if we were going to bed early just because we couldn’t handle the giant spider Jumanji was throwing at us.
With the night that's in it, here is a brief a run-down of the movies which had SHEmazing staff whimpering into their mam’s crochet throw.
1. The Witches
When the Grand High Witch, played by Anjelica Huston, removed her face and revealed herself for the bald, hook-nosed, hunch-backed creature she truly was, our childhoods came to an official end.
We knew we weren’t in for an easy ride – the clue WAS in the title – but THAT thing? Too much lads, too much.
There are a few amongst us who found David Bowie himself a little creepy, but when it comes to this 1986 flick, it was the Shaft of Hands that scared the beyjasus out of most of us.
They might have said they were helping hands, but their mocking tone of voice and cruel laughter told us all we needed to know about those scaly things.
We’ll give them this one – after the success of Mrs. Doubtfire, our parents probably thought they were onto a sure thing with Jumani, but they were wrong….very wrong.
The moment a collect of GINORMOUS spiders – accompanied by the squishiest sound we’ve ever heard – slowing began making their way down a window and across the floor behind Kirsten Dunst’s head, all bets were off.
4. IT the Clown
In fairness, this was one of those movies which we watched when our older cousins – who cared little for our emotional wellbeing – were left in charge for the evening.
And while we may have convinced ourselves we were able to handle Stephen King’s IT, the moment that terrifying circus runaway popped his head through the sewer grate and grinned up at Georgie, we knew we had made a MASSIVE mistake.
4. The Goonies
Regularly – and understandably – touted as one of the greatest kids’ movies of all times, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t find ourselves totally creeped out at various points throughout The Goonies.
From the unremitting drizzle to the lad’s dank surroundings, we were primed for a scare from the get-go, and got it when Sloth and his love of Baby Ruth bars were unveiled.
5. The Princess Bride
This 1987 flick seems to tick all the boxes; romance, fantasy, adventure, comedy… and downright horror.
We are, of course, talking about the moment Westley – our first movie crush, obvs – fell victim to an enormous swamp rat’s eager jaws.
As anyone who has ever been for a wax can confirm, it’s unlikely to be the highlight of your week.
There you are, lying back half-starkers in front of a strange woman while she gets to work ripping out your hair – often from, ahem, sensitive regions.
So no, it’s hardly all that alluring.
However, most woman also admit that it’s a necessary evil – and one which at least leaves you smooth and hair-free for longer than two days (thanks, shaving).
There’s a lot to be said to a great waxist too – one that really knows that they’re doing and uses a decent product (we particularly love salons that stock the oh-so amazing Irish brand Waxperts).
Still – most of us have a least one waxing horror story: one that makes you shudder upon recollection.
And you’re probably not alone: indeed, Buzzfeed recently rounded up a selection of truly nasty tales… and here, SHEmazing! has selected the best for your, er, enjoyment.
1) “I work in a spa and heard an awkward shriek come from the waxing room. I asked my co-worker what happened.
“She told me she accidentally pulled the client’s tampon string, then tried to push it back in. Needless to say, that client never came back.”
2) “My legs had fallen asleep during the waxing. When I tried to get off the table, my legs gave out and I faceplanted half naked onto the floor while my waxer watched in horror.”
3) “At my salon I do all of the body waxing services. While in the middle of waxing a client’s backside, the woman farted and way more than just smelly air came out. It was a mess.”
4) “My first bikini wax was in high school. Two of my best friends waxed me while I laid on a coffee table in my basement.
“I guess you could say I was “surprised” by the pain, and I peed everywhere. I’m still embarrassed almost six years later.”
5) “Halfway through my bikini wax, the fire alarm went off and everyone had to evacuate the building. Let’s just say fire drills are not fun when there’s wax all over your downstairs…”
6) “I recently got my very first Brazilian wax. The lady had put two wax strips on the lip. When she pulled one, I shut my legs in pain, causing the wax to basically glue my vagina shut.”
7) “When I went into the waxing room, I started making casual conversation with the aesthetician and I jokingly asked her, ‘Do I have a normal vagina?’ She looked at me and just laughed, ‘Haha no.’ We didn’t talk the rest of the time.”
8) “One time I got into the position where you pull your knees up to your chest and I farted loudly right into the waxer’s face. I immediately yelled ‘SORRY!’ and didn’t look her in the eyes for the rest of the session.”
9) I thought it would be genius to wax myself. I somehow managed to drop A LOT of hot wax all over the main hoo-ha area, as in NOT the bikini area.
“After a few seconds the wax had hardened and I realised I had basically sealed everything together. I attempted several pulls with zero success.
“So I did the only thing I could think of: I downed a bottle of wine, took a deep breath, and counted to three.”
10) “It hurt so bad, I started crying and having an anxiety attack. The aesthetician said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry! I’ve never had anyone cry on me before.’
“Literally the exact opposite of what I wanted to hear in that moment. Terrible first experience.”
11) “The woman doing my wax would first put the wax on me and then awkwardly blow on me to cool the wax down. She would look up and smile every time she did it. It was traumatising.”
12) “It was my first time. The waxer looked at me and said, ‘Oh my god. You didn’t trim beforehand?!’ She sighed and got an electric shaver. I was mortified.
“I was even more mortified when she said, ‘You’re so dry.’ I didn’t say another word until checkout… 45 minutes later.”