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This week’s new releases offer plenty of horror with a side of drama and animation. Choose wisely and make your pick from the flicks listed below.
What is it about? Adapted from the classic novel, the drama film follows a sled dog called Buck struggling for survival in the wilds of the Yukon. It stars Harrison Ford, and it is directed by Chris Sanders.
The good: Dog lovers are definitely in for a treat as they watch Buck transfer from his California home to a brand new territory.
The bad: The CGI effects might distract from the plotline.
What is it about? This horror follows Hank’s (Jeremy Gardner) life after his girlfriend, Abby (Brea Grant) mysteriously disappears, leaving behind only a note. Creepy events then take place in the woods around his house. Jeremy Gardner directed the film.
The good: Some say it is Gardner’s best work yet, and the plotline deals with important topics like coping with loss.
The bad: Judging by the trailer, it’s hard to understand why the film falls under the“horror” category, for the plotline seemingly offers little beside Hank’s relationship with Abby.
What is it about? The thriller is set on an isolated island called Paradise Hills, where Uma (Emma Roberts) finds herself surrounded by families striving to perfect their daughters. The facility is run by Duchess (Milla Jovovich). The film stars Eiza Gonzalez and Awkwafina, and it is directed by Alice Waddington.
The good: Considering it’s Waddington’s feature debut, the film’s frames are impeccable and pleasing to the eye. The costume department also did its job with tremendous precision.
The bad: The overall acting seems very poor, and the plotline heavily resembles The Stepford Wives (2004).
What is it about? This horror follows Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) after her abusive ex commits suicide and leaves a fortune behind. Not only does she suspect that his death was a hoax, she also thinks she’s being haunted by an invisible man. The film is directed by Leigh Whannell.
The good: The plotline does not rely on endless jump scares to terrify you from within, but rather on strong storytelling methods and suspense.
The bad: The film focuses so much on the female lead character that the male protagonist does not even deserve screen time.
What is it about? The animated comedy follows a loyal dog and vigilante cat as they embark on a voyage through space to find their way back home. The film stars Luke Evans, Nick Frost, and Gemma Arterton, and it is written and directed by Ben Smith.
The good: Watching a cat and a dog join forces is precious time you will be happy to spend with the family.
The bad: The older viewers might have trouble dealing with the weak character development.
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