Horror Sommelier: January 19th 2018

Every week join Brennan Klein, your horror sommelier, as he runs through the upcoming theatrical releases and pairs them with the perfect horror film for a killer double feature.

 

12 STRONG

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Directed by: Nicolai Fuglsig
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Taylor Sheridan, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes

Rating: R
Run Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Synopsis: In the wake of Sept. 11, Capt. Mitch Nelson leads a U.S. Special Forces team into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. Once there, the soldiers develop an uneasy partnership with the Northern Alliance to take down the Taliban and its al-Qaida allies. Outgunned and outnumbered, Nelson and his forces face overwhelming odds in a fight against a ruthless enemy that takes no prisoners.


Pairing: CLOVERFIELD (2008)

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Hey, as long as we’re sitting down with some post-9/11 action, we might as well revisit one of the best. If you can stomach found footage horror without losing your lunch, Cloverfield is a terrifically tense on-the-ground look at a monster attack that has 9/11 imagery just ladled all the hell over it. This one is also fun, because pretty much every anonymous cast member’s star has risen since the movie came out, including T.J. Miller (Silicon Valley), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex, Now You See Me), Ben Feldman (As Above So Below, Friday the 13th), and Jessica Lucas (Evil Dead, Pompeii).

 

DEN OF THIEVES

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Directed by: Christian Gudegast
Starring: Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber, O’Shea Jackson Jr., 50 Cent,

Rating: R
Run Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

Synopsis: An elite unit from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department squares off against a crew of successful thieves who plan a seemingly impossible heist -- the city's Federal Reserve Bank.


Pairing: THE VAULT (2017)

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Now is the time to reflect on the year that was and the films you missed, and you almost certainly missed The Vault, a heist-based horror film that slipped under the radar. From Dan Bush, one of the directors of The Signal, The Vault combines a bank robbery with supernatural horror, throwing two criminal sisters into a terror they could never have bargained for.


FOREVER MY GIRL

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Directed by: Bethany Ashton Wolf
Starring: Alex Roe, Jessica Roth, John Benjamin Hickey

Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 hour 44 minutes

Synopsis: When country music superstar Liam Page returns to his hometown, he runs into Josie, the bride he had left at the altar, choosing fame and fortune instead. While there for the funeral of his high school best friend, he is faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.


Pairing: HAPPY DEATH DAY (2017)

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At first glance, you might not recognize any of the names of the people bringing Forever My Girl to the world, but look closer. Jessica Rothe is the star of last year’s excellent Groundhog Day/slasher film mashup Happy Death Day, a movie that is always worth watching or re-watching or re-re-watching. And conveniently, it just hit DVD and Blu-Ray this week…