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If You’re Looking For A Scary Yet Woke Halloween Movie To Watch, This Indie Horror Filmmaker Has You Covered

Halloween is here, and while some are getting ready with their Latino-inspired costumes for a night or trick-or-treating or partying, the homebodies out there might be looking to make it a Blockbuster night. RIP Blockbuster Video.

For you horror fans looking for something a little bit different —  maybe something new, something scary, something that uses the genre in order to creatively delve into social issues and gender roles, then award-winning horror filmmaker Michelle Garza Cervera has you covered.

CREDIT: Michelle Garza Cervera

“Gender issues have been present in horror films since the beginning of cinema. Monsters with specific gender and bodily differences exist in most classic horror films,” says Garza Cervera, a Mexico City-native who makes movies that bring a much-needed Latin American and female perspective to the genre.

“Even though gender was present, it has mostly kept a one-sided perspective since the majority of directors and producers have been male, which causes most of the spectators to also be male,” she adds. “This reality has created stereotypical female characters that are molded by writers and directors that are not interested in understanding the real complexity of femininity and doesn’t allow the female spectators to deeply empathize with the characters.”

However, Garza Cervera and many others are looking to change that. The filmmaker has written and directed short films that have been selected in more than 40 international film festivals, with her short film “Clara’s Rage” winning several awards, including Best National Short at the Campeche Film Festival. She’s currently writing her first feature film thanks to support from the Mexican Institute of Cinematography.

CREDIT: Clara’s Rage / Michelle Garza Cervera

“Fortunately, there are more and more different perspectives inside the horror genre, not only in gender but also in race and culture, which only makes horror films richer and stronger,” she says. “There are great example of horror movies that use the characteristics of its genre to understand it’s characters, their context and cultural background and make a metaphor of the real human conflict that she or he is facing.”

It’s a good thing Garza Cervera comes with some solid spooky and terrifying recommendations. Here’s her list of eight horror films with a socially conscious slant for your Halloween pleasure.

“El Paramo (The Squad)” by Jaime Osorio

CREDIT: A still from “El Paramo.” Credit: Rotten Tomatoes/Rhayuela Cine

“It’s a psychological thriller that talks about the conflict with the guerrilla in Colombia through the story of a squad of soldiers stuck with a woman in a military base in the middle of the mountains,” explains Garza Cervera.

It’s available for free on Vudu and for rent on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes and Google Play.

“México Barbaro” Part I and Part II

CREDIT: From “Siete Veses Siete,” featured in “México Bárabro I.” Credit: No Real Danger/Simplemente Films

In this horror anthology from Mexico, eight directors created a 10-minute segment to tell a story that revolves around Mexican traditions and legends, and the result is horrifying. Garza Cervera’s segment, “Vitriol,” appears in “México Bárbaro II’

Pat I is available on Netflix. Both parts are available for rent on Amazon.

Mujer Lobo” by Tamae Garateuy

CREDIT: A still from “Mujer Lobo.” Photo credit: Cleveland International Festival/Crudo Films

“This movie shows an empowered woman dealing with our patriarchal world,” says Garza Cervera. “It is a clear example of how genre can be used with a complete different perspective and transform the person who is usually the victim character into a strong woman, owner of her life and decisions.” How does this character do this? By seducing men she meets in the Buenos Aires subway, having sex with them, then murdering them. Neat!

“The Babadook” by Jennifer Kent

CREDIT: Looking for The Babadook. Photo credit: Pitch.com/Causeway Films

Jennifer Kent’s first feature film tells the story of a single mom facing her inner fears of raising a child by herself. Those fears take the form of what Garza Cerver calls an “amazing antagonist.” The Babadook is creepy and wears a top hat, and somehow has also become a gay icon.

You can rent “The Babadook” on YouTube, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, or stream on Showtime.

“Get Out” by Jordan Peele

CREDIT: A scene from Get Out. Photo Credit: The Mary Sue/Monkeypaw Productions.

“Get Out” was one of the biggest films of 2017, telling the story of a young black man who goes to meet his white girlfriend’s family in the middle of the woods. That’s when shit gets crazy, and racist af.

“This is an amazing horror film that tells a great and thrilling story, and makes a deep analysis of the kind of not-in-your-face racism within liberal white people,” says Garza Ververa.

Rent “Get Out” on Amazin, Vudu, iTunes or Google Play. It’s also available on HBO.

“El Espinazo del Diablo” by Guillermo del Toro

CREDIT: A creepy child in “El Espinazo del Diablo.” Photo credit: Groucho Reviews/Canal+ /Good Machine

Before Guillermo del Toro became one of the biggest directors in Hollywood, he made a name for himself with this film — one of his earlier works. “El Espinazo del Diablo,” or “The Devil’s Backbone,” tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who ends up in a haunted orphanage. Del Toro loves a creepy child story, and this is one of his firsts.

“One of the bests from this masterful director,” says Garza Cervera. “It is a poetic ghost story that talks about the horrors of war.”

Watch on YouTube, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and iTunes.

“Trouble Every Day” by Claire Denis

CREDIT: Trouble Every Day is bloody good. Photo credit: CineFiles/Arte France Cinema

This existential French horror film delves into gender roles through the story of an American couple on their honeymoon in Paris, experiments in the human libido, and the imprisonment of a woman. It gets pretty bloody. Garza Cervera calls it “one of the first movies from the new French extremity wave.”

Available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

“Rebeca a Esas Alturas” by Luciana Jauffred

CREDIT: Rebeca A Estas Alturas. Photo credit: Vimeo/La Fabrica Films Mexico

Garza Cervera calls this Mexican short film one of her favorites of all time. It’s the story of a mother and housewife who has a very hard time succumbing to those roles.

“It is a clever story that talks about the inner trouble housewives deal with in a fantastic way,” she says.

Watch the whole thing on Vimeo.

Happy Halloween!


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There’s A Major Update About The ‘Avatar’ Movie Sequel And It Will Seriously Send You To The Moon

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There’s A Major Update About The ‘Avatar’ Movie Sequel And It Will Seriously Send You To The Moon

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If you’re a fan of the 2009 film “Avatar” by James Cameron, you’re likely a little over movie updates promising you that it will hit theaters soon.

In December 2009, the film smashed box office records and wrangled in a total of $2.7 billion worldwide. Soon after, Cameron revealed his plans for unleashing several sequels that would surmount the technological groundbreaker, and we were beyond elated. Which brings us to 2020.

For a literal DECADE, we’ve seen the film’s release date pushed further and further away from us and the current COVID-19 pandemic has put the fate of the franchise’s future up in the air once again.

Still, recent updates are giving us hope and some insight into what to expect.

Recently, the official Avatar Twitter account posted a new behind-the-scenes photo of Avatar 2 actors.

The new post features Zoe Saldana alongside Sam Worthington. Cliff Curtis and Kate Winslet. If you’re a TRUE fan of Avatar you’ll know that the upcoming sequels will feature an underwater world. The latest reveal from the Twitter account gave us a pretty fun hint at what the work going into that will look like. After all, the film’s performance capture scenes that are taking place underwater are a cinematic first!

“From the set of the sequels: Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, and Cliff Curtis taking a break from underwater performance capture for a quick photo,” the official Avatar movie account tweeted shared in a tweet from last week. “Fun fact: Much of the performance capture took place in this 900,000-gallon tank, built specifically for the sequels.”

Saldana, Afro-Latina Sci-Fi Queen, will reprise her role as Neytiri in the new series.

She is set to play alongside Worthington who will return as Jake Sully. Actress Kate Winslet joins the cast as the new character Ronal, and Curtis will play a new lead role.

Production for the first Avatar sequel was shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In May, Deadline announced that production was picked back up in New Zealand. The decision was made because the country has new health and safety production protocols concerning COVID-19. “The country’s lockdown has been gradually eased in recent weeks and further significant relaxation is expected next week, including the permission for gatherings of up to 100 people. Domestic travel and office work is also due to resume,” Deadline reported in a piece about the sequel’s relocation. “The country has restricted international travel and required arrivals to quarantine for a period of time so the teams behind major international productions may need to wait a while longer but the path to a return is becoming clearer.”

After Avatar 2 is released on Dec. 17, 2021!!!

And the fun won’t stop there. Three more Avatar movies are expected to debut in 2023, 2025 and 2027. All featuring Saldana.

It’s Official: ‘Scream 5’ Is A Go And Here’s Why It Might Be The Best One Yet

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It’s Official: ‘Scream 5’ Is A Go And Here’s Why It Might Be The Best One Yet

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The last several years have seen the revitalization of several horror franchises, including HalloweenChild’s Play and the forthcoming Candyman.

Obviously, Coronavirus has shutdown the global economy and along with it – pretty much all film production. So although we can officially confirm that Scream 5 is definitely happening, we don’t have a whole lot of details just yet. But here’s everything we know so far:

People are beyond ready to get back to Scream and find out where everyone’s at.

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It’s been almost a decade since the last Scream film, so moviegoers are eager to catch up with Sidney Prescott and her friends in another murderous romp through Woodsboro.

Scream 5 could be an entirely new idea or could pick right up where Scream 4 left off…we’re still not sure.

It’s still unclear whether or not this new film is a brand new Scream, or Scream 5. With Campbell in conversations, and Arquette on board, we’re thinking this could be more of a Scream 4 situation, with the old gang getting back together, joined by a new crop of youngsters for Ghostface to torment for our viewing pleasure.

But exactly what Scream 5 might contain is a total mystery, as the movie’s cast and crew are still being assembled 

However, the film is likely to star several of the OG actors that made the film franchise so popular.

Credit: Dimension Films / Everett Collection

The Hollywood Reporter has just reported that David Arquette is returning to the series as Dewey Riley, the Woodboro Sheriff who has taken a beating – and more than a few stabbings – throughout the franchise. “I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my Scream family, old and new,” Areuqtte told THR. “Scream has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and myself, I look forward to honoring Wes Craven’s legacy.”

No word yet on whether Courteney Cox will reprise her role as Gale Weathers, but things are looking promising for the return of Sidney Prescott.

In a Five Favorite Films interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Neve Campbell revealed she is in discussions about the new film.

“We’re having conversations – I have been approached about it,” she told Rotten Tomatoes. “The timing’s a bit challenging because of COVID. You know, we only started the conversation maybe a month and a half ago, so it’s going to take some time to figure out how it’s all going to work out…. We’re negotiating, so we’ll see

The future of Scream was totally up in the air after the passing of it’s famed creator, Wes Craven.

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Fans have been hoping that Scream would return to theaters with a fifth movie, although Wes Craven’s death in 2015 seemed to dash any dreams of that becoming a reality. But Scream 5 is making some major steps forward, breaking the internet in the process. Kevin Williamson wrote the original Scream and most of their sequels, so he knows the films well.

The whole team wants to make Wes proud, with Kevin Williamson saying: “I’m excited to reteam with David and work with Jamie, Guy and Radio Silence on the next Scream. Their take on the movie is both original, inventive and honors Wes’ legacy in a wonderful way. Ready or Not was my favorite horror film of last year and I can’t wait to see what their amazing talents bring to the Scream universe. I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

All I know is that I’m super excited to get back into Scream – and this might be the movie that gets me back into a movie theatre.

I’m super eager to see where the trio of protagonists landed after surviving the events of Scream 4. Did Sidney go back into hiding, or has she continued to reclaim her power? Additionally, I’m not convinced that Hayden Panettiere’s Kirby died in the fourth movie.