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Us (2019): An Urgently Clever Emotional Sledgehammer

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

‘Us’ is a horror movie. — Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) March 17, 2019

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 ni…

Sell Your Body (2017) Will Have You In Stitches. Literally.

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.

Earthy, Frank, & Ribald: 5 Questions with Horror Writer Mack Little

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'bus…