Horror Sommelier: March 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.
Directed by: Eli Roth
Starring: Bruce Willis, Vincent D’Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue,
Run Time: 1 hour 47 minutes
Synopsis: Dr. Paul Kersey is a surgeon who often sees the consequences of the city's violence in the emergency room. When home intruders brutally attack his wife and young daughter, Kersey becomes obsessed with delivering vigilante justice to the perpetrators. As the anonymous slayings grab the media's attention, the public begins to wonder if the deadly avenger is a guardian angel -- or the Grim Reaper itself.
Pairing: DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)
If you’re going to be watching an action remake helmed by a horror director, why not pair it with a horror remake made by a director who went on to make almost exclusively action? This is arguably Snyder’s best movie, but the fact that people aren’t so into his work nowadays shouldn’t take away from his propulsive, bloody debut.
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ciarán Hinds
Run Time: 2 hours 19 minutes
Synopsis: Prima ballerina Dominika Egorova faces a bleak and uncertain future after she suffers an injury that ends her career. She soon turns to Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people to use their minds and bodies as weapons. Egorova emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow after completing the sadistic training process. As she comes to terms with her new abilities, Dominika meets a CIA agent who tries to convince her that he is the only person she can trust.
Pairing: HOSTEL (2005)
I know it seems like counterprogramming to make this the Eli Roth pick, but this is a movie about shadowy organizations inflicting terrible pain on innocents in a very cold country, so it only makes sense. Plus, Red Sparrow is long as hell, so you’re gonna want a movie with a zippy run time so you don’t feel like you’re on a miserable slog.