Horror Sommelier January 5th, 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.
INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY
Directed by: Adam Robitel
Starring: Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Javier Botet
Run Time: 1 hour 43 minutes
Synopsis: Brilliant parapsychologist Elise Rainier receives a disturbing phone call from a man who claims that his house is haunted. Even more disturbing is the address -- 413 Apple Tree Lane in Five Keys, N.M. -- the home where Elise grew up as a child. Accompanied by her two investigative partners, Rainier travels to Five Keys to confront and destroy her greatest fear -- the demon that she accidentally set free years earlier.
Pairing: THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN (2014)
The Taking of Deborah Logan is the found footage gem that landed director Adam Robitel the gig helming the new entry of Blumhouse’s pet franchise. They wouldn’t give that to just anyone, so it’s probably worth it to check out his calling card before you see the film he was rewarded with. Just make sure you’re sitting in a comfortable chair, because the jolting in fright can be hard on your back.
Directed by: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner,
Run Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Synopsis: The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknown to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.
Pairing: HELLRAISER (1987)
A lot of people are nervous when a writer makes the transition into being a director, but The West Wing/The Newsroom/Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin’s move behind the camera is far from unprecedented. But never forget that one of the best, grossest, most sexually devious classic horror films from the Golden Age was also helmed by a man who’d never sat in a feature film director’s chair before. And Clive Barker didn’t even have experience writing scripts, he exclusively penned novels, which are even farther from the skills required to direct. And yet, he still succeeded. I’m not saying Molly’s Game will be great, but I’m saying Sorkin should be allowed a shot to prove himself.