Every horror-slasher fanatic knows that there’s no better time for jump scares and thoughts to keep you up at night than the rainy season–right when the thunder serves as good sound effects and the overcast weather complements the dreary scenes of paranoia. And now that we’re at the half mark of the year, it’s time to check out the films we might have overlooked so far, from dystopian zombie wars to tales of the living dead and hungry mermaid-vampire strippers.
The Girl with All the Gifts
Adapted from M.R. Carey’s novel, this post-apocalyptic horror centers on a time where the human race has been diminished, leaving only a world filled with the feral undead, and one habilitation center with the only survives: hybrid children who crave for flesh but retain the ability of logic, and the scientists studying them in search of an antidote. When one girl with a high level IQ stands out, the true intentions of the doctors is revealed.
Alice Lowe marks her directorial debut with a lot of blood on her hands, playing a pregnant woman named Ruth who just lost the father of he child to a climbing accident. Paralyzed by grief and trauma, she loses her grasp on reality and becomes convinced that her unborn child is willing her to track down everyone involved in the accident and murder them all.
Gritty, slow-burning, and dark, Brooklyn native Michael O’Shea’s first full-length poses as a downbeat true-blooded vampire movie. An outcast teenager named Milo starts to be plagued by the need to drink blood–with the bass-note sound mixing of the film making the experience visceral–but then is torn between his life of blood and love when he finds a friend in Chloe, his neighbor.
The Devil’s Candy
They say passion flows through the artist’s hands, but in this case, it’s something a bit more difficult to explain. When struggling painter Jesse Hellman (Ethan Embry) finally strikes gold with a painting that catches the attention of an art gallery called Belial, it’s because the vision is whispered into his ear: dead children in suitcases as caskets with his own daughter burning. Irrelevant and obvious plot twist: Pruitt Taylor Vince aces the villain once again ℅ his eye condition.
Dig Two Graves
Given its title, watch Dig Two Graves and you’re in for a ride of guilt and revenge. When Jake is confronted by three creepy old gypsy brothers (with the leader wearing a Papa Legba-esque hat) who promise her they can bring back her brother Sean to life, she makes a deal with the devilish men, but is tasked with killing an innocent boy–later, discovering a secret that’s been kept for decades.
Soothing, sensual, and surreal siren calls are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the folklore of mermaids. Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska weaves an intriguing tale of fishtails as two mermaids wash ashore in the ’80s, intoxicated by a band playing seaside. Following the boys into a nightclub, they quickly find a place amongst the humans as strippers, torn between falling in love with boys and eating their hearts out.–JANROE THE BOAT