My highest recommendation of the year so far will be available to stream on Netflix next month. The less I say, the better. Reviews and all of that goodness is to come. For now, indulge the trailer.

Thriller star Jessica Allain (Lisa Walker)
Thriller is a retribution slasher about how a childhood prank gone horribly awry can have deadly consequences. Four years later, the nine fickle Compton High School seniors involved are disguising their nightmare-inducing guilt with the typical teenage fare of good grades, football, parties, and misplaced anger. But the past looms in the shadows when a hooded figure aware of their nasty misdeed begins to pick them off during Homecoming weekend. With some old school echoes of the subgenre, Thriller is an ambitious yet overstuffed glimpse into the anxities and despair Black and Latinx teens face. While the film removes itself from the trap of monolithic depictions, it does suffer from following too many characters who get lost in a shuffle of storylines that never come full circle.

Described as "one of the darkest and most surprising Stephen King adaptations to date" by Daily Dead's Heather Wixson, Pet Sematary is burrowing its way towards theaters on Friday, April 5th. Philadelphia is celebrating the buzz with a free, advanced screening on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:30PM at the UA Riverview in South Philly.

Madison Curry is incredible as Young Adelaide

A family's summer vacation is interrupted one night when they're forced to confront a menacing group of people outside their home. Who look exactly like each of them.

Written & Directed by Jordan Peele

Spoilers Ahead!

Nightmares surrounding abandonment, separation, and confinement have followed my subconscious for a lifetime. They've given me not only sleepless nights, but unbearable thoughts about the darkness that looms in reality and my vulnerability to it. Being little, everything was so large and oftentimes frightening. Maybe the relative safety of home and the TV (knowing Thriller wasn't "real" yet, OMG zombie Michael Jackson is gonna get me!) were ways to ease my inner tension and face my fears. In Jordan Peele's latest, a little girl with symmetrical plaits and an oversized Thriller t-shirt leaves the safety of her parents to venture into a very dark boardwalk attraction at night. It is the tone of her voice, her sweet solemn face, her attraction to a macabre piece of pop cultural art and ominous circumstance that completely destroys me. Us, its cold opening and the eerie tale that follows became a test of my own emotional state that I was not prepared in any way to face. And that's just one of the ways that makes this heavily symbolic film so brilliant.

A desperate 20-something in an immense amount of debt relies on an urban legend in order to make some quick cash.

Written & Directed by Jaanelle Yee

Who here has felt that gut poke when checking your mail becomes a test to not completely lose it because, relentless past due bills? Hannah (Nadira Foster-Williams), a med school dropout who doesn't even see the fourth wall in her reality has failed that test. It is her complete transparency that makes her the perfect vessel for Sell Your Body, a dark horror comedy that sets the tone for so many urgent anxieties about the things we've learned to hate most about being an adult: debt and dating.

Georgia-raised writer with a keen eye for Buffy the Vampire Slayer memes, Mack Little has always found herself nomadic. She first began traversing the locations of her small town and immsersing herself in the universes found in books. Mack is a member of her local Writer's Guild with a background English Literature and Information Science that is clearly infused in her stories. She's studied in Spain, worked in Germany, been a librarian, soldier, and has currently found her home in Houston, Texas. Her freshly published novel, Progenie, the first in her Scions of Darkness book series.

Progenie introduces a skillful protagonist with a mysterious past named Zenobia "Zen" Grant. Her supernatural DNA and abilities are coveted by those opposed to a do-no-harm philosophy, and Zenobia's battle leads to learning about her origins along with a whole lot more about who she wants to be in spite of the madness. It rings of Blade except if Blade were Karen Jensen and N'bushe Wright became the megastar we all wanted her to. Mack recently found time to connect with us about her journey as an author discussing the importance of other literary approaches to enhance her own work, the unyielding inspiration of Buffy, and how stories from the Bible are indeed frightening.

Jordan Peele's highly anticipated sophmore nightmare, US is coming to Philadelphia early and we're offering admission to fifty lucky people.

Date: Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: UA Riverview | 1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd | Philadelphia, PA 19147

The password is GraveyardShiftUs

Opens nationwide Friday, March 22nd

Latresa Baker as Kay

A young office worker learns her changing world is even scarier than she realized when she checks in on a friend who has stopped attending their grief support group.
(From Press Kit)

Written by Nicole Witte Solomon & Sean Mannion

Directed by Nicole Witte Solomon

One of the most effective moods a filmmaker can invoke, specifically in the horror genre, is one of discomfort. From the opening scene's of Nicole Witte Solomon's (director, Small Talk, Mare) festival circuit hitting latest, It's Normal, you see a familiar Brooklyn that's not so familiar. You see the everyday behaviors you witness seem a little off. That twinge of anxiety is expressed when Kay (Latresa Baker) visits Lucy (Tara Cioletti) at her apartment. She's been MIA from their support group, not answering texts or calls, and that's pretty terrifying in a world where people are disappearing so rapidly. There's an immediate, rational threat outdoors when the sun goes down that's a little more terrifying.

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