Horror Sommelier: January 26th and February 2nd 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. This week, we’re looking at the weekends of January 26th AND February 2nd because the release slate, she is dry.

 

MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE (January 26)

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Directed by: Wes Ball
Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Patricia Clarkson

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2 hours 22 minutes

Synopsis: Thomas leads some escaped Gladers on their final and most dangerous mission yet. To save their friends, they must break into the legendary Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth that may turn out to be the deadliest maze of all. Anyone who makes it out alive will get answers to the questions that the Gladers have been asking since they arrived in the maze.

 

Pairing: STEPFATHER III: FATHER’S DAY (1992)

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The theme of this week’s pick should be pretty obvious: “Movie franchises you totally forgot existed.” Everyone knows The Stepfather, but did you know there were three of those movies before the remake? So if you feel the need to visit the long-delayed final chapter in this sub-Hunger Games franchise, why not pay a visit to a forgotten little slasher trilogy as well?


 

WINCHESTER (February 2)

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Directed by: The Spierig Brothers
Starring: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook, Angus Sampson

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2 hour 39 minutes

Synopsis: After the sudden death of her family, firearms heiress Sarah Winchester becomes convinced that she's haunted by the souls of those killed by guns. Winchester then decides to build an enormous mansion that's designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. When skeptical psychiatrist Eric Price visits the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he soon discovers that her obsession may not be so far-fetched after all.

 

Pairing: WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (1962)

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I’m so excited to see what Helen Mirren does with a crackerjack little ghost movie, and to prove that it can be done, here are two more older actresses slumming it in a genre piece that turned out to be terrific. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, which was recently brought back into the public eye with the behind-the-scenes Ryan Murphy series Feud, stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as sisters. Davis plays Baby Jane, a grotesque, deranged former child star who keeps her invalid sister locked up in their home. It’s an unrelenting, campy yet frightening horror picture that will make you appreciate Davis perhaps even more than in her work in timeless classics like All About Eve.