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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Jan 18, 2019. 11 comments

Seeing M. Night Shyamalan’s Split Was One of My Most Memorable Moviegoing Experiences

Seeing M. Night Shyamalan’s Split Was One of My Most Memorable Moviegoing Experiences

Imagine sitting down for a movie. You don’t know what that movie is but when it’s over you realize you’ve been watching a secret sequel to one of your favorite movies of all time. That’s what happened to me when I first saw M. Night Shyamalan’s Split, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in a movie theater.

With Glass coming out this week , it seemed like a good time to tell my...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Sep 29, 2018. 1 comments

All of io9's Fantastic Fest 2018 Coverage in One Handy Place

All of io9's Fantastic Fest 2018 Coverage in One Handy Place

io9's Germain Lussier spent the last week in Austin, Texas, feasting his eyeballs on Fantastic Fest’s rich, grisly bounty of genre movies. He didn’t love everything he saw, but he found quite a few winners. Read on for all of his reviews—and then add the best titles to your own “must-watch” list.

First, here’s what he was planning to check out, going into the fest:

The 20 Wildest, Coolest, and...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 29, 2018. 1 comments

The Wonderful Starfish Gives Grief and Healing an Apocalyptic Spin

The Wonderful Starfish Gives Grief and Healing an Apocalyptic Spin
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In Starfish, a woman wakes up after her friend’s funeral to find the world is ending. She may be able to save it if she can find the mix tapes the dead friend hid for her all across town. It’s a high-concept idea complete with monsters and animation, but really, it’s not about any of that....

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 28, 2018. 9 comments

Terrified Is a Legitimately Scary, Unique, and Surprising Horror Film

Terrified Is a Legitimately Scary, Unique, and Surprising Horror Film
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Heed this advice: Don’t watch the new horror movie Terrified right before you have to be home alone at night (like I did). It’s one of those movies that makes every creek and pop in the cold silence a potential terror—which, of course, means I absolutely loved it.

Coming soon to the streaming...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 27, 2018. 6 comments

Even With Nicolas Cage, the New Film Between Worlds Is a Bore

Even With Nicolas Cage, the New Film Between Worlds Is a Bore
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Between Worlds is the latest indie genre film in Nicolas Cage’s mini-renaissance. Previously, films like Mom and Dad and Mandy have utilized Cage to full effect in weird, exciting stories. Unfortunately, Between Worlds doesn’t come close to either of those films, presenting an interesting...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 27, 2018.

Girls With Balls Is a Great Title for a Not-So-Great Movie

Girls With Balls Is a Great Title for a Not-So-Great Movie
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A women’s volleyball team gets hunted by a band of evil, woods-dwelling degenerates in Girls With Balls, a super-schlocky French ode to ‘80s horror that’s wildly uneven and a little offensive, but still has some scattered moments of awesome.

Directed by Olivier Afonso, the film starts with a...

Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 27, 2018.

May the Devil Take You Is an Evil Dead Homage That Can't Get Its Act Together

May the Devil Take You Is an Evil Dead Homage That Can't Get Its Act Together
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Popular Indonesian director Timo Tjahjanto has two films at the 2018 Fantastic Fest. One is a thrilling roller coaster ride of violence, action, and excitement. The other is May the Devil Take You. That’s not to say May the Devil Take You is bad, it’s just not as good as his cop action film...

Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 26, 2018. 4 comments

Open 24 Hours Gives the Stalker Horror Genre a Tense, Personal Spin

Open 24 Hours Gives the Stalker Horror Genre a Tense, Personal Spin
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If you’ve seen one too many movies with Jason, Freddy, or Michael, may I suggest giving the Rain Ripper a shot? He’s the antagonist in the smart, tense film Open 24 Hours, which gives the classic stalker genre a personal touch.

As the title suggests, Open 24 Hours is set largely at an all-night...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 26, 2018. 5 comments

Is The Innocent Really a Genre Film? It's Up to You

Is The Innocent Really a Genre Film? It's Up to You
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The Innocent is the most realistic genre film you’ll ever see, mostly because it leaves it up to each viewer to determine if it’s a genre film or not. Depending on how you look at it, it’s either the story of a woman who’s possessed by a demon—or, she’s just having a super shitty week.

Ruth...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 25, 2018.

Pulpy Epic Shadow Builds to Action That'll Blow Your Mind

Pulpy Epic Shadow Builds to Action That'll Blow Your Mind
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The first thing you notice about Shadow is how accurately descriptive its title is. Save for the skin tones, most of the film is drained of color, giving the whole thing a black-and-white, graphic-novel feel. That, in turn, sets a very specific dark tone—which works quite well, but also makes...

Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 25, 2018. 7 comments

Border Is a Beautiful Story of Self-Discovery That Brings Fantasy to the Real World

Border Is a Beautiful Story of Self-Discovery That Brings Fantasy to the Real World
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Border is one of those weird films where the discovery of what it’s about is half the adventure. It starts as one thing, becomes another, and then continues to get stranger and more wonderful as it moves along. What you must know, though, is discovering this oddball yet lyrical Swedish mystery...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 24, 2018. 4 comments

Suspiria Is a Living, Breathing Work of Art

Suspiria Is a Living, Breathing Work of Art
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In Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria , one of the first things we see on screen is that the film is “six acts and an epilogue set in divided Berlin.” It’s an odd piece of information, but somehow perfectly sets the stage for what’s to come. You know there’s a specific structure. That...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 24, 2018. 6 comments

Level 16 Channels The Handmaid's Tale in the Best Possible Ways, Which Is Pretty Damn Scary

Level 16 Channels The Handmaid's Tale in the Best Possible Ways, Which Is Pretty Damn Scary
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Have you ever watched The Handmaid’s Tale and wondered what happens to girls born in that society? Girls who never knew the “normal” world? Well, Level 16 may give you an idea. Written and directed by Danishka Esterhazy, Level 16 is an original film, but one that shares more than a little DNA...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 23, 2018. 3 comments

Apostle Is a Creepy, Tense Thriller From the Director of The Raid

Apostle Is a Creepy, Tense Thriller From the Director of The Raid
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When you think of director Gareth Evans two words come to mind: The Raid. Film fans know and adore the filmmaker because of those two absolutely incredible Indonesian action films, but now, four years after The Raid 2, Evans is back with a film that’s about as far from those movies as...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 23, 2018. 11 comments

Japanese Zombie Comedy One Cut of the Dead Is Shaun of the Dead-Level Brilliant

Japanese Zombie Comedy One Cut of the Dead Is Shaun of the Dead-Level Brilliant
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There are good movies, there are great movies, and then there are movies that deliver joy to every bone in your body. One Cut of the Dead is all of those and more.

While the film is a flat-out hilarious, genius take on the zombie genre that will immediately make you want to watch it again and...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 22, 2018. 6 comments

You Might Be the Killer Turns a Twitter Conversation Into a Meta Horror Film

You Might Be the Killer Turns a Twitter Conversation Into a Meta Horror Film
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When authors Sam Sykes (The Mortal Tally, An Affinity for Steel) and Chuck Wendig (Star Wars: Aftermath, Blackbirds) had a detailed Twitter conversation deconstructing the horror genre last year, who could’ve guessed we’d see that conversation brought to the big screen?

But that’s exactly what...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 22, 2018. 9 comments

The Unthinkable Is a Weird Movie Whose Ambition Wildly Outweighs Its Quality

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Unthinkable Is a Weird Movie Whose Ambition Wildly Outweighs Its Quality
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“Unthinkable” is, conveniently, the perfect way to describe The Unthinkable, a brash, bold, film directed by a five-man Swedish film collective called Crazy Pictures. It’s a movie that’s wildly, comically unpredictable in ways that are both very good and very bad.

The Unthinkable begins with...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 21, 2018. 13 comments

The New Halloween Is Part Nostalgic, Part Original, and All Fantastic

The New Halloween Is Part Nostalgic, Part Original, and All Fantastic
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The latest entry in the Halloween franchise is both a dazzling tribute to the original film as well as a unique, standalone story. It’s filled with deviations from the familiar slasher formula, but it also carefully incorporates an adoration of its predecessor that feels respectful but not...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Sep 20, 2018. 6 comments

The 20 Wildest, Coolest, and Most Unique Films We Can't Wait to See at Fantastic Fest 2018

The 20 Wildest, Coolest, and Most Unique Films We Can't Wait to See at Fantastic Fest 2018

One of the premiere genre film festivals in the world is the annual Fantastic Fest. It starts this Thursday, and io9 will be there. That means a week of non-stop sci-fi, fantasy, animation, horror, supernatural, and otherwise weird, wacky, and wonderful movies.

Well over 100 feature films will screen at the festival. Some are titles you will have already heard of, but there are some you...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Dec 22, 2017. 19 comments

What Happens When Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak Plays The World's Best Genre Film Festival?

What Happens When Guillermo del Toro's <i>Crimson Peak</i> Plays The World's Best Genre Film Festival?

If Guillermo del Toro wasn’t making movies, he’d be a Fantastic Fest attendee. He’s just one of those guys who lives and breathes, not just cinema, but weird, creepy, tense and gory cinema. So for him to bring his latest film, Crimson Peak, to the intensely genre film festival was a big deal.

Crimson Peak played Friday night at Fantastic Fest as the event’s first Secret Screening. Every year...

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