Dave Franco’s Debut Horror Film Now Available On Amazon Prime

We are in the middle of October, which is a great time to binge-watch horror films all day and all night. Perhaps it may not going to be the best decision once you want to go to sleep but at least you’ll have more movies to add to your list. This time, we are going to talk about The Rental.

It was released some months ago and it’s produced and directed by Dave Franco (Now You See Me, 2013), in his directorial debut. He also co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Swanberg  based on a story by both of them, together with Mike Demski.

The description of the film tells the story of “two couples looking to celebrate their seed money from a new business venture, embark on a weekend getaway to a seemingly perfect house they’ve booked online. But what begins as a festive weekend for the four close friends turns into something far more sinister as secrets they’ve kept from each other are exposed and paranoia grows that they may not be alone”.

Basically, this couple conformed by Charlie and Michelle decide to rent a house for a weekend getaway and invite Josh, Charlie’s brother, and his girlfriend Mina.  The group settles in a house facing the sea without paying much attention to the mysterious attitude of the owner of the house. They later realize that someone is actually stalking them.

It stars Alison Brie as Michelle (Dave Franco’s actual wife), Dan Stevens as Charlie, Sheila Vand as Mina, Jeremy Allen White as Josh and Toby Huss as Taylor.

The film was released on video-on-demand and in select theaters in the United States on July 24, 2020, by IFC Films. It received generally positive reviews from critics, just in Rotten Tomatoes, it held an approval rating of 75% based on 170 reviews. It also became the second film to ever top VOD charts and the box office in the same weekend.

In an interview with Forbes, Franco expressed why he chose the horror genre as his directorial debut. “I think most people know me from the comedies I’ve acted in, so everyone is surprised to hear that my directorial debut is a horror film. As a viewer, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a smart genre film,” he explained. “The horror genre tends to deal with extreme scenarios and emotions, which gave me the freedom to make bold choices and push boundaries wherever I could.”

He has also voiced his interest in a sequel, saying: “It was the intention from the beginning to leave the ending ambiguous enough that we carry on the story if given a chance… I have a very strong idea for what I would want to do with a sequel.”

The Rental is now available in Amazon Prime.

What do you think about this movie?

Make Some Popcorn And Enjoy These 6 Movies To Binge-Watch On Halloween

As we are facing a pandemic, maybe going outside on Halloween time just like we do every single year, may not be the best idea at the moment. So, have you already thought what to do that day instead? We recommend you to enjoy your night by binge-watching these movies below.

Under the skin (2014)

A science fiction fantasy in which everything from the music to the colors was designed to build up the tension. Here, Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious woman who seduces men during the loneliest hours in Scotland, but she actually hides a darker and disturbing secret.

Melancholia (2011)

What makes this movie so terrible is its incredible visual beauty (from those opening credits to that dreamy end as it was out of a fantasy)  to the despair, depression, loneliness and selfishness portrayed to create a feeling that all is lost.

Sinister (2012)

There is nothing more disturbing than an evil child in a horror movie. The film follows the story of a crime perpetrator (Ethan Hawke) who moves with his family to a house where a grisly crime happened so that he can investigate the events up close and personal. But, when they find an old box of Super 8 movies in their attic, the family begins to personally experience those same events that seemed to be part of the original case, causing their life to take a wicked turn at the hands of their youngest son.

 Upstream Color (2012)

This movie makes you feel so terrified without using too obvious or extreme images, but always keeping the idea that something sinister is about to happen. It tells the story of a woman who, after losing her memory, meets a man with a similar story, and together they must figure out their identity and reality, which causes them and the audience themselves, a strong sense of paranoia and despair.

Thoroughbreds (2018)

The story follows Lily and Amanda, two friends who believe they are losing control of their lives and decide to develop a dark plan to free themselves and regain control, whatever that cost. But everything is a matter of perception and despair can turn anyone into a monster.

My mother’s eyes (2016)

This movie doesn’t seem very disturbing at first but that will change as the story keeps going and turns into a violent and disturbing story, where the worst actually happens off-camera. It follows a lonely young woman who makes her darkest desires to come true after a tragedy destroyed her life.

What do you think about these movies?

 

10 Documentaries Of Witchery And The Occult That You Can Find On Youtube

Beyond the taboos attributed, witchery and the occult have persisted among cultures and religions worldwide, searching for the answers to those things that are hard to explain.

While the occult is the study of diverse knowledge and mysterious practices such as alchemy, astrology or natural magic, the witchcraft or witchery, is the practice of positive, negative or neutral magical skills and spells of modern paganism as divination or spellcraft. Also related to the ability to communicate to spirits, deities and ancestors.

For years they have existed yet are far to be understood. Nevertheless, here are 10 documentaries to watch on Youtube that explained more about the beliefs and practices made around the world.

“Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages” (1922)

It’s a Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Häxan studies how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts.

The film was banned in the United States and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered it very strong.

The documentary was starred by Clara Pontoppidan, Oscar Stribolt, Astrid Holm, Maren Pedersen and Benjamin Christensen himself.

“Legend of the Witches” (1970)

Directed by Malcolm Leigh, the 72-minute documentary is a visual exploration into the origins of witchcraft in the UK. From sharing the secrets of a coven’s initation, divination through animal sacrifice, to casting a ‘death spell’ and everything about a Black Mass.

“Witchcraft ’70″ (1970)

Originally called “Angeli bianchi… angeli Neri” is a 95-minute documentary filmed in Italy and directed by Luigi Scattini.

It is described as, “A mondo style report of satanic rites from around the world. Includes devil worshipping, voodoo cults, church of satan, black magic, naked exorcism and pagan rituals”.

It was starred by Alberto Bevilacqua, Anton LaVey, Edmund Purdom and Diane LaVey.

“The Power of the Witch” (1971)

A 49-minute documentary directed by Michael Bakewell about practicing witchcraft in the late 60s and early 70s in the UK.

Described it as, “An extremely rare documentary about Witchcraft aired once in the UK in 1971. Featuring contributions from Eleanor Bone, Cecil Williamson, Alex & Maxine Sanders, Doreen Valiente et al. Very much of its time and with some very rare footage, also includes reference to the famously unsolved crime of Charles Walton on Meon Hill”.

“The Occult Experience” (1985)

A 95-minute documentary directed by Frank Heimans and filmed in Australia, England, Switzerland, Ireland and the United States.

It’s an examination of occultism as practiced in different parts of the world. An introduction to Wiccas, Satanism, temples dedicated to different spiritual practices, shamanism and more.

The documentary won a Bronze Award at the 1985 International Film and Television Festival of New York.

“Satanism and Witchcraft” (1986)

Directed by Damon Santostefano, this documentary tracks the rise of devil cults, witches and other elements of the “black arts”. Includes interviews with truly shady personalities such as Paul Douglas Valentine, the founder of the Worlwide Church of Satanic Liberation and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are best known for solving cases like those portrayed in “The Conjuring” or “The Amityville Horror”.

“The Burning Times” (1990)

A Canadian documentary, directed by Donna Read. It is part of the National Film Board and tells the story of the witchcraft trials & persecutions that swept through Europe in the 15th-17th centuries. This was a period when those accused of being heretics or witches were condemned to the stake.

“Rasputin: The Devil in the Flesh” (2002)

It is a dark portrait of famous Siberian ‘holy man’, Grigory Rasputin. Directed by Olly Lambert, this documentary was widely praised for combining stylish production values with historical detail, putting him in the context of fin de siècle Russia and its appetite for sects and mysticism.

“Aleister Crowley: The Wickedest Man in the World” (2002)

Directed by Neil Rawles, it tells the story of controversial occultist, Aleister Crowley who is most known for his occult writings and teachings.

Crowley founded the religion of Thelema, which became adopted by the Ordo Templis Orientis (O.T.O.) as well as the magical order Argenteum Astrum, or A:.A:., the Order of the Silver Star.

He was also a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, where he was known as Frater Perdurabo.

“Secrets of the Occult” (2007)

Directed by Dan Burstein, it’s a documentary that explores the world of the occult. From the ancient and modern magicians who practice it, to the scientists that attempts to explain its mysterious claims.

It examines tarot, numerology, divination and other methods for tapping into supernatural as well as it takes a look at innovators like Newton, Galileo, Carl Jung and Einstein who pushed the boundaries of established science.

Would you watch them?

Really Good Horror: Netflix Released New Movie That Will Keep You Awake At Night

A new horror movie arrived on the platform to get fans screaming all over again.

“Eerie” is a Filipino horror film released on March 27th, 2019 which is now on Netflix making everyone to be so terrified after watching it. The film directed by Mikhail Red (Birdshot, 2016), uses elements of suspense writing  to make you feel uneasy just in a matter of minutes.

People have been saying is so scary, they will be sleeping with their lights on or not sleep at all…

 

Even someone confessed it wasn’t a great idea to watch it while being in a hotel all alone.

 

Eerie tells the story of Pat Consolacion (Bea Alonzo), a guidance counselor of the Sta. Lucia Academy for girls which is a private school run by Catholic nuns.

The place is believed to be haunted after a student named Erika took her life there. Anna, one of the students, is sent home immediately after venturing by herself late at night at the place where Erika supposedly passed away.

Students claimed to have seen apparitions of her so Pat decides to investigate without notice of the head teacher, Mother Alice (Charo Santos-Concio) and gets involved to uncover the mystery behind Erika’s gruesome death.

So if you are looking for really good horror movie to watch, this is one of the best options that will keep you awake for several days.

Meanwhile, here’s the trailer so you can have a little taste of it.