Welcome to Now Scream This, a column where horror experts Chris Evangelista and Matt Donato tell you what scary, spooky, and spine-tingling movies are streaming and where you can watch them.
Matt: So how y’all enjoying self isolation? It’s only been a week for me and I now own 2019’s Cats, so let’s just say the situation has escalated exponentially in Casa De Donato. Is Cats the most horrifying movie of the decade? How many people will I force this monstrosity upon? Why am I still talking about Cats? In any case, here are a few breakout/quarantine themed horror recommendations that might prevent you from losing your ever-loving mind like I have.
Chris: Today we are canceling the apocalypse! Just kidding – it’s still happening I think? Who knows. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some horror movies. And I don’t know about you, but all of this talk of viruses and quarantines actually puts me in the mood to watch movies about viruses and quarantines. Why? I don’t know. Maybe I’m just sick in the head. But here we are. So kick-back at home with these picks! Side note: I can’t believe Matt didn’t include at least one Resident Evil movie on here.It Comes At Night Now Streaming on Netflix
Matt: Trey Edward Shults takes a hack at isolation horror, in what you could argue was a before-its-time take on social distancing. It Comes At Night’s approach to outbreak paranoia is the slowest of burns, similar to A Quiet Place in its middle-of-the-wilderness separation from civility. The likes of Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. navigate horrors from pandemic caution to unsolved break-in explanations. Might be a bit “talky” for some, not so much action. A certain breed of viewer will anoint brilliance while others will assume Shults misplaced half the introduction. If you like ‘em bleak and psychologically relentless? You’re in luck. Selective nightmare imagery is worth a banshee’s scream.
Chris: I know lots of people are down on this film it got a D cinemascore rating!, but I think it’s fantastic. And depressing.Train To Busan Now Streaming on Shudder
Matt: Zombie outbreaks are visually representative of diseases, except with flesh-munching zeds as an added bonus. In Train To Busan, the threat of spreading infections is commented on not only by the speed in which zombies sprint how quickly viruses can overtake, but also close-proximity situations only making them worse. How *insanely* relevant as Americans are asked to socially distance yet continue to flood beaches thinking nothing wrong. Maybe watch Train To Busan and behold the effects of zombies flooding your commuter train? Infection takes a matter of minutes to contaminate a car’s worth of passengers, quicker than the common cold. A splendid lesson upon...
As of yesterday, only four wide-release movies were scheduled to come out between the beginning of April and end of June, due to the coronavirus pandemic: Artemis Fowl, Candyman, Soul, and The King of Staten Island. As of today, that number is down to three. Universal Pictures has pushed the release date of Candyman, the Nia DaCosta-directed, Jordan Peele-produced “spiritual sequel” to the 1992 horror movie of the same name, from June 12 to September 25. At least it’ll still be in theaters for Halloween?
Other Universal titles to be shuffled around the schedule include Minions: The Rise of Gru July 2, 2021, Sing 2 December 22, 2021, Wicked TBD, and Praise This, about youth choir competitions, which had the September 25 slot. It’s now undated.
Assuming Candyman — which stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams, and Tony Todd — does actually come out on September 25, it will face competition from the likes of fellow horror movies A Quiet Place Part II September 4 and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It September 11, as well as Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark, and Edgar Wright’s “well-directed acid trip” Last Night in Soho, all of which also come out September 25. Stacked day.
Let’s hope it stays that way.
I have a confession: Jordan Peele's Candyman is actually moving to September because Nia DaCosta just bought Skyrim. https://t.co/2WLNNcnoPh
— Nia DaCosta @NiaDaCosta April 3, 2020Via Hollywood Reporter