In theaters: 'Antlers'
Director and Academy member Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Hostiles) takes a turn at the horror genre in this suspenseful piece of monster-movie terror about a boy, Lucas (Jeremy T. Thomas), who's secretly harboring a terrible, murderous—and yes, antlered—creature. Jesse Plemons plays the local sheriff who catches wind of the monster after being tipped off by Lucas' teacher, played by Keri Russell. Produced by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Pan's Labyrinth) and based on a story by Nick Antosca—who co-wrote the film with C. Henry Chaisson and Cooper.
'Last Night in Soho'
Here's another supernatural thriller, this one from Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) and starring Academy member Thomasin McKenzie as Eloise, an impressionable fashion student in present-day London who travels back in time to swinging '60s Soho. That sounds like it would probably be a pretty good time, but things quickly begin to get very creepy, because Eloise happens to be trapped in the body of Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy), a '60s singer she had previously idolized, with disastrous results. Beyond the classic horror elements, Wright is interested in exploring some serious themes, including a reexamination of the era's sexist mores, which are often glossed over in our collective imaginations. Also stars Matt Smith and Terence Stamp, with impressive cinematography by Academy member Chung-hoon Chung.
Fresh off a SXSW premiere in the spring, Justine Bateman's directorial debut stars Academy member Olivia Munn as a Hollywood producer who's haunted by a punishing voice in her head—voiced by Justin Theroux, and known, helpfully, as The Voice. The film is a sharp-eyed look at a certain sector of the L.A. world, and Bateman's experience within it—she first broke onto the scene playing Mallory Keaton on Family Ties in the '80s—pays rich dividends. Also features Luke Bracey, Laura San Giacomo and Jason Dohring. Bateman produced and wrote the screenplay. It's in theaters now, on VOD Nov. 9.
Pick it up on Blu-ray: 'Giallo Essentials'
Right behind the spaghetti Western in terms of notable Italian genre exports is the giallo—a pulpy, violent manner of murder mystery thriller that found its greatest expression in the late 1960s and '70s. This DVD set houses three of the finest examples in the canon, starting with 1965's The Possessed—starring Peter Baldwin as a down-on-his-luck writer investigating the disappearance of an old girlfriend (Virna Lisi)—followed by the byzantine, Agatha Christie-like The Fifth Cord (1971) and The Pyjama Girl Case (1977), another murder mystery involving a young woman found on a beach wearing, as the title suggests, her yellow pajamas. Giallo, incidentally, means yellow in Italian, and the genre's name derives from the color of the pulp paperbacks that gained popularity in Italy in the 1930s. There's a rich history here, and these films are a lot of fun—pick up this beautiful collection today.