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REVIEW: Sputnik

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Not often do sci-fi horror films hit a home run, but Egor Abramenko’s film ‘Sputnik‘ knocks it out of the park.

Released on August 14th, the film tells the story of: “Due to her controversial methods, young doctor Tatiana Yurievna (Oksana Akinshina) is on the precipice of losing her medical license. Her career may not be over, though. After she’s recruited by the military, Tatiana is brought to a secure science research facility to assess a very special case, that of Konstantin Sergeyevich (Pyotr Fyodorov), a cosmonaut who survived a mysterious space accident and has returned to Earth with a unique condition: there’s something living inside of him that only shows itself late at night. The military has nefarious plans for it. Tatiana wants to stop it from killing Konstantin. And the creature itself thrives on destruction.”

Despite being in Russian, the film’s dialogue flows sensibly and smoothly in sub-titles and even if you’re not used to foreign films, you won’t sense that the sub-titles detract in any way from the presentation and impact of the film.

Sputnik is everything that a sci-fi horror should be – gripping, intense, and terrifyingly brutal.

At this point, I have covered and reviewed so many IFC Midnight films that I have come to trust what they put out in the horror genre, and they rarely ever deliver a flop. Sputnik is another example of their stellar reputation of delivering hit after hit.

While 2020 has found all of us searching for memorable content during quarantine, there is no risk in ‘Sputnik’, especially if you’re a fan of sci-fi, horror, and ‘Alien’.

From start to finish and every moment in-between, Sputnik never drags, and always continues to beautifully weave a full and complete story, and is easily one of my favorite horror films of 2020 thus far.

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From start to finish and every moment in-between, Sputnik never drags, and always continues to beautifully weave a full and complete story, and is easily one of my favorite horror films of 2020 thus far
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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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Amazon Prime Releases Teaser for ‘The Devil’s Hour’

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Amazon Prime has released a brand new teaser for the new horror series ‘The Devil’s Hour’, referring to the hour between 3am and 4 am or 3:33 am, which is set to arrive to the streaming service sometime this year.

Jessica Raine (Patrick Melrose), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Nikesh Patel (Starstruck) and Phil Dunster (Ted Lasso) star in the series.

According to the synopsis: “The series follows the story of Lucy, played by Raine, who is woken every night by terrifying visions at exactly 3.33am: the devil’s hour. Her eight-year-old son is withdrawn and emotionless. Her mother speaks to empty chairs. Her house is haunted by the echoes of a life that isn’t her own. When Lucy’s name is inexplicably connected to a string of brutal murders in the area, the answers that have evaded her all these years will finally come into focus. Capaldi plays a reclusive nomad, driven by a murderous obsession. He becomes the prime target of a police manhunt led by compassionate detective Ravi Dhillon, played by Patel.”

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Shudder Drops Trailer for ‘Moloch’

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Explore an ancient evil and search for a treasure in the latest horror movie from Shudder, ‘Moloch’, which has a brand new trailer after the horror streaming platform officially acquired the rights to Dutch director Nico van den Brink’s debut film.

”I’m extremely excited to be working with Shudder in bringing Moloch to horror-lovers worldwide” Nico van den Brink said in an official statement issued by Shudder. “The film will have a wonderful home there. I know we have some very creepy stories to tell in the Netherlands and I’m really looking forward to inviting Shudder’s diverse and international audience into the unique world of local Dutch folklore.”

Moloch is a bold and thrilling new folk horror that is sure to chill Shudder members this summer,” said Shudder general manager Craig Engler.

According to the official rundown: “38-year-old Betriek lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, Betriek sets out to find an explanation. The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient. ”

The film stars Alexandre Willaume and Sallie Harmsen.

 

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Bloody Disgusting, Dark Star Pictures Drop Clip for ‘The Passenger’

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A brand new clip has arrived for Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting’s Spanish horror movie ‘The Passenger’ which is slated to hit limited theaters on June 3rd, and then arrive on demand and DVD on June 28th.

According to the summary, the film is about “a group of strangers sharing a ride has their trip interrupted when the driver hits a woman hiking in the dark of night. They decide to help her, but quickly learn that something is wrong and that they shouldn’t have let her in at all.”

The film stars Ramiro Blas (“Blackwod”), Cecilia Suarez (“The House of Flowers”), Paula Gallego (“Paquita Salas”) and Christina Alcazar (“Cachorro”).

You can check out the trailer below:

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