Horror Sommelier: March 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.

 

TOMB RAIDER

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Directed by: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Daniel Wu

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hour 58 minutes

Synopsis: Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination -- a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn't be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown.



 

Pairing: SILENT HILL (2006)

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I would recommend that you pair Tomb Raider with Roar Uthaug’s terrific Norwegian slasher film Cold Prey, but I’m going to hope for the best in humanity and assume you’ve already seen that. So why not check out another video game adaptation, this time of the creepy horror game Silent Hill? It was pretty well-received for a video game movie, not that there’s that much competition.



LOVE, SIMON

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Directed by: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Nick Robinson, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hour 49 minutes

Synopsis: Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it's a little more complicated. He hasn't told his family or friends that he's gay, and he doesn't know the identity of the anonymous classmate that he's fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.


 

Pairing: “I Was a Teenage Were-Bear” (2011)

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I’ve been ridiculed a bit for my love of this particular segment from the anthology Chillerama, but the straight folks just don’t understand sometimes. This 20-ish minute segment is low budget and silly, for sure. But it’s a musical featuring Lin Shaye, Taking of Deborah Logan director Adam Robitel, and porn star Brent Corrigan in a gruesome, gory, sexually promiscuous short that feels ripped directly from the pages of John Waters’ dream journal. It’s also a metaphor for being a gay teen in high school, and honestly, that’s exactly what I’m looking for from my movies.