Horror Sommelier: February 16th, 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.

 

BLACK PANTHER

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Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2 hours 14 minutes

Synopsis: After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.


Pairing: TALES FROM THE HOOD (1995)

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It’s so rare to get a black director helming a predominantly black cast in Hollywood, but it’s happened at least a couple of times before, and one of those times was Rusty Cundieff’s anthology masterpiece Tales from the Hood. A collection of EC Comics-esque stories about modern race issues (including gang culture, police violence, plantations, and domestic abuse) that is helmed by Clarence Williams III as the iconic/bizarre mortician Mr. Simms, Tales from the Hood is a delightful horror romp filled with splooshy special effects and a wraparound story that ties in so perfectly with the other stories that it’ll blow your mind.


EARLY MAN

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Directed by: Nick Park
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall

Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 hour 29 minutes

Synopsis: A plucky cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence. Lord Nooth plans to take over their land and transform it into a giant mine, forcing Dug and his clan to dig for precious metals. Not ready to go down without a fight, Dug and Hognob must unite their people in an epic quest to defeat a mighty enemy -- the Bronze Age.


Pairing: TROG (1970)

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I know I just recommended What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? a couple weeks ago, but I’m only gonna stop recommending Joan Crawford genre movies when I run out of them. This notorious cult film, the last big screen appearance of Crawford, follows her anthropologist character as she studies an ancient troglodyte discovered in a cave. I wouldn’t call it good, but when has that ever stopped a cult film from being awesome?

 

SAMSON

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Directed by: Bruce Macdonald, Gabriel Sabloff
Starring: Taylor James, Jackson Rathbone, Billy Zane, Rutger Hauer

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Synopsis: When his youthful ambition leads to a tragic marriage, the all-powerful Samson embarks on a quest for vengeance that brings him into direct conflict with the Philistine army. As his brother mounts a tribal rebellion, Samson's relationship with a Philistine temptress and his final surrender to God will help turn imprisonment into a final victory.


 

Pairing: JU-ON 2 (2003)

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The biblical figure Samson derived great power from his hair, and so the only proper choice to pair with this biopic(?) was Ju-On 2, the sequel to the original Japanese The Grudge. The ghost’s long, stringy hair is a major source of her scare factor, and they only up the ante in this sequel, which literally involves a massive spider-web of hair haunting an apartment building in one key sequence.