Horror Sommelier: February 9th, 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.

 

FIFTY SHADES FREED

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Directed by: James Foley
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Kim Basinger, Tyler Hoechlin, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora

Rating: R
Run Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Synopsis: Believing they've left behind the shadowy figures from the past, billionaire Christian Grey and his new wife, Anastasia, fully embrace their inextricable connection and shared life of luxury. Just as the Greys begin to step into their new roles, sinister events come to light and jeopardize their happy ending before it even begins.


Pairing: THIRST (2009)

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If you’re jonesing for another sexy movie where a woman falls in love with a monster, why not take a shot at Park Chan-wook’s Thirst? Taking the inherent sexuality and seduction of the vampire genre to a whole new level, this South Korean thriller will certainly challenge your brain more than Fifty Shades Freed (which, admittedly, I am extremely excited for – there’s a freaking car chase in the trailers, come on!).

 

PETER RABBIT

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Directed by: Will Gluck
Starring: James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill, Margot Robbie, Sia, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki

Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 hour 33 minutes

Synopsis: Peter Rabbit's feud with Mr. McGregor reaches new heights as both compete for the affections of a kind animal lover who lives next door.


Pairing: NIGHT OF THE LEPUS (1972)

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If your kids are dragging you to see Peter Rabbit, why not take the saccharine edge off by imagining that James Corden and the bunch are playing the monsters from Night of the Lepus, where a small Arizona town is besieged by giant mutant man-eating rabbits? This is a late entry in the extremely popular giant animal attack genre that started in the 50’s, but just as solidly dumb as one might expect.


THE 15:17 TO PARIS

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Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Thomas Lennon

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hour 34 minutes

Synopsis: The real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a high-speed railway ride, as portrayed by the men themselves. In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack.
 

Pairing: UNDER THE SKIN (2013)

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As long as we’re watching real life non-actors interact with actual Hollywood stars, why don’t we dig on deep into experimental horror with Under the Skin? Although the story is fiction – starring Scarlett Johanssen as an alien seductress with murky motives – it does feature her driving around Scotland in a van and interacting with actual strangers who don’t know they’re being filmed for a movie. It’s a fascinating and bleak motion picture, and it’ll straight up blow your mind visually, more than once.