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REVIEW: Hold the Dark

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Netflix’s ‘Hold the Dark’ is not your traditional horror movie, but the undertone of Dustin Garneau’s movie starring Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgard, James Badge Dale, and Riley Keough is of a dreadful, dark, sinister secret that holds a town within it’s grasp.

The majestic Alaskan landscapes are speckled with a horror that seems, at first glance, attributed to wolves, who we are led to believe are preying on young children who steer too far into the woods.

The synopsis says, “Summoned to a remote Alaskan village to search for the wolves that killed three children, a wolf expert soon finds himself unravelling a harrowing mystery.”

The story centers on wolf expert Russell Core (Wright) who answers a call up to the Alaskan wilderness by grieving mother Medora Sloane (Keough) to hunt down the wolves that she believes are responsible for the death of her son.

A twist turns her husband, Vernon, who just returned from a tour in Iraq, into a revenge-thirsty hunter who goes to a dark place to hunt down and kill who is responsible for his son’s death.

The movie has a lot of surprises hidden in it’s slow, methodical pace, and includes betrayal, a massacre, shootouts, murder, incest, and the reuniting of long-lost family members.

While Hold the Dark’s plot is interesting, and the acting is strong, the movie’s dull pace slows down any momentum the plot builds with it’s endless twists, turns, and wrinkles. All in all, it’s a solid movie, but one that can lose a viewer with it’s pacing.

If you’re wide awake, then this movie is worth it, otherwise the slow pace may lull you to sleep before you get to the meaty parts of the film’s plot.

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While Hold the Dark's plot is interesting, and the acting is strong, the movie's dull pace slows down any momentum the plot builds with it's endless twists, turns, and wrinkles. All in all, it's a solid movie, but one that can lose a viewer with it's pacing.
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Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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Trailer Arrives for Final Season of Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’

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Popular Netflix sci-fi series ‘Lost in Space’ is about to embark on it’s third and final season, and ahead of it’s premier exclusively on the streaming platform this December, Netflix has dropped a brand new trailer.

“In the third and final season, the stakes are higher than ever and the Robinson family’s survival instincts will be put to the ultimate test. After a year of being trapped on a mysterious planet, Judy, Penny, Will and the Robot must lead the 97 young Colonists in a harrowing evacuation — but not before secrets are unearthed that will change their lives forever. Meanwhile John and Maureen — with Don at their side — must battle overwhelming odds as they try to reunite with their kids. The Robinsons will have to grapple with the emotional challenge of not just being lost — but being separated from the ones they love… as they face the greatest alien threat yet.”

The series, packed with 8 new episodes, makes it’s return on December 1st.

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Netflix Unveils Two Terrifying Clips from ‘No One Gets Out Alive’

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There is a lot of hype building for Netflix’s new horror ‘No One Gets Out Alive’, and to keep that momentum churning Netflix has released two brand new clips to give fans a glimpse into the terror awaiting them.

The film officially arrives on September 29th, and is already drumming up positive reviews and feedback.

Thanks to Bloody Disgusting, we now have to kick-ass clips to explore, with commentary from director Santiago Menghini:

“SHOWER”

“In this scene, Ambar (Cristina Rodlo) is beginning to understand that all is not what it seems in this house… that the bumps and creaks she hears in the night might not just be expanding pipes,” Menghini says. “They might be screams…

“I wanted to play with the use of sound to build mystery and dread. Uncertainty feeds anxiety. From this point on, it is clear something is terribly wrong with this house.”

 


“Isabella”

“This scene occurs later in the film when Ambar begins to realize that the ghosts that haunt this old house aren’t the only thing she needs to be afraid of,” Menghini said.

“This scene was great fun to design. I was always struck by the image of the sobbing woman at the end of the corridor. Should Ambar approach or run away? With this film the aim is always to keep the audience on their toes – just when they think they know what’s going on, we want to throw a new element into the mix.”

 

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Netflix Officially Announces ‘Hellbound’

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Netflix has officially announced Yeon Sang-ho’s ‘Hellbound’ which made it’s world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival and is set to premier globally on November 19th, 2021 exclusively on the streaming platform.

According to the press release: “Executors of Hell appear out of nowhere to condemn individuals to be hellbound. In the midst of this mayhem, a religious group preaching questionable truths grows in influence. The release date has been confirmed for director Yeon Sang-ho’s Hellbound.”

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