Saturday, April 17, 2021

Oddworld: Soulstorm Review – A NEGATIVE Batch Of Brew

Playing Oddworld: Soulstorm is as arduous as Abe’s quest to liberate his Mudoken brethren from slavery. Each step is a supreme test of patience as you methodically guide your followers through challenging hazards, sweating over the fact that one slip-up could unravel all your effort. If you enjoy putting up with that old-school challenge, you might love this journey. However, if you’re a newcomer or a fan that believes this style of platformer hasn’t aged very well, turn back now. Soulstorm doesn’t do enough to modernize the series’ tedious gameplay, and a litany of severe technical hiccups spoil Abe’s attempted comeback. A reimagining of Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, Soulstorm’s gameplay remains largely the same: you recruit and guide followers through 2D platforming stages littered with dangers. As charming as the classic Oddworld games are, they can be frustratingly difficult and that hasn’t changed much in Soulstorm. Most Slig enemies and other hazards mow Abe down instantly, and I was infuriated by how little wiggle room I had to correct course when things went sideways. Abe drops so fast that it makes the health meter seem like a cruel tease. While playing Soulstorm, I often felt like I was walking on eggshells because of that high price of failure, retracing every step, re-recruiting every Mudokon, and carefully guiding them through a gauntlet of foes is soul-crushing when it all falls apart in seconds. Dying to unexpected perils, like being suddenly gunned down by off-screen enemies, feels cheap and happens way too often. A crafting system serves as Soulstorm’s biggest addition, but it doesn’t feel necessary. You must repeatedly gather the same ingredients every time you die (by searching lockers, trash cans, and fallen foes), which wore me down in a hurry after repeatedly replaying certain sections. The crafted tools themselves, like proximity mines, smoke screens, even a flamethrower, do add a welcomed element of flexibility and improvisation to gameplay. Dropping smoke screens to create hiding spots anywhere is nice, but I wished I didn’t have to make these items myself and grew tired of digging around the same spots over and over.   Even when Soulstorm’s difficulty eases up, the gameplay is bland. The action feels largely the same from previous games in the series, and that formula doesn’t evolve significantly beyond the first few hours. Even the more interesting sequences, like facing down a giant mech aboard a speeding train, are far too punishing to be fun. I’m glad that Abe controls better now (he even has a double jump), but the controls still have a mushy unresponsiveness that makes entertaining actions, like possessing Sligs, feel like a hassle. The controls also lead to additional deaths because Abe doesn’t act as swiftly as you need him to, especially during the ill-fitting, overly demanding combat arenas that pit you against waves of baddies while you try to protect fleeing Mudokens. Soulstorm would be a tough recommendation for anyone outside of diehard fans if it performed flawlessly, but I encountered several progress-sabotaging bugs (even after installing the big day-one patch) that should scare off even those players. When I died, Mudokens sometimes failed to respawn alongside me even though my tally indicated they were still alive and under my command. That meant I lost out on turning in followers that I’d spent ages trying to safely liberate, which negatively affected my overall quarma – a vital metric in determining which of the four endings you get.  Abe occasionally gets stuck in environmental geometry, forcing a restart. At one point, I fell into an infinite loop. One escape portal permanently vanished once I reached it, forcing me to abandon followers. A gun in a late-game turret sequence failed to shoot despite working fine in previous segments. After multiple restarts, I randomly discovered that clicking the right stick “fixed” the weapon for some reason, allowing it to fire. I spent over an hour trying to lead a large group of followers through a particularly challenging area, but once I opened the exit door an invisible wall prevented me from moving forward. I was forced to restart this entire, lengthy sequence twice before the exit worked properly. Soulstorm’s gameplay pushed my patience to its limits, but these bugs sent me over the edge and made me nervous every time I started a new level. “What on Earth is going to screw me over this time?” I regularly asked myself. Soulstorm’s faults are a shame because its narrative and presentation brought a smile to my face. Abe and his pals are goofy, delightful underdogs I couldn’t help but root for. The enjoyable story is packed with heart, and the cutscenes look great. I wanted to welcome Abe into a new generation of gaming with open arms, but Soulstorm fails to make a case for why its brand of cinematic platforming works today. In fact, Soulstorm only reaffirmed that Abe’s past adventures are best viewed with rose-colored glasses.
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    Disney+ May 2021 Movies and TV Titles Revealed

    Disney+ May 2021 movies and TV titles revealed!Disney+ has revealed the full list of new movies and TV titles available on the streaming service this coming May 2021. This includes the debut of Lucasfilm’s newest animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch and the second season premiere of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. Next month will also see the world premiere of Disney’s newest live-action feature Cruella starring Emma Stone as the iconic 101 Dalmatian villain. It will simultaneously debut in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access for a one-time additional fee.RELATED: Disney+ Launchpad Trailer Showcases New Live-Action Short FilmsLet us know in the comments what you are most excited to watch out of the Disney+ May 2021 new additionsAvailable May 4Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 101 – Premiere – Special DateAvailable May 7Disney Wander over Yonder (S1)Disney Wander over Yonder (S2)Everyone’s HeroFlicka 2Wild Hearts Can’t Be BrokenFantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferBig Shot – Episode 104 “Great in the Living Room”The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 107 “Pong Hockey”Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 102Available May 14Disney Special Agent Oso (S1)Disney Special Agent Oso (S2)Disney Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps (S1)X-Men: The Last StandLife Below Zero (S15)Race to the Center of the Earth (S1)High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Season Two PremiereHigh School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 201 – “New Year’s Eve”Big Shot – Episode 105 “This is our House”The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 108 “Change on the Fly”Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 103Available May 21Disney Big City Greens (S2)Disney Junior Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures (S1)Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverbeastFury Files (Interstitials)Ice Road Rescue (S5)Running Wild with Bear Grylls (S6)Inside Pixar: Unpacked – Batch PremiereUnpacked: About Time – Director: Erica MilsomHow can the passage of time be utilized as a tool for emotional storytelling? Narrator W. Kamau Bell breaks down how time can becomes its own character in Pixar films, looking at period pieces such as Brave and the tearjerking passage of time in Up.Unpacked: Everybody Loves a Villain – Director: Tony KaplanFrom Ernesto de La Cruz to Lotso to Hopper, foes of all shapes and sizes are essential to many of our favorite Pixar movies. But what makes a good villain? Narrator W. Kamau Bell digs into why we love to hate our favorite antagonists and what makes them so complicated.Unpacked: The Squint Test – Director: Tony KaplanPixar characters strive to strike a balance between realistic and caricatured. Narrator W. Kamau Bell explains how basic shapes and drawings influence the character design and story of favorite films such as Up, Ratatouille, and The Incredibles.Unpacked: Inner Drive – Director: Erica MilsomBeyond the world of Cars, vehicles of all kinds have made their mark throughout Pixar’s films. Jump in and go for a ride with narrator W. Kamau Bell as he cruises through some of his favorite Pixar planes, trains, and Incredibiles.Unpacked: No Small Roles – Director: Tony KaplanTake a deep dive into the art of crowds animation. Each of your favorite Pixar characters live in worlds populated by fellow fish, cars, toys, and humans, but creating thousands of these fully animated background characters is no easy feat. Join narrator W. Kamau Bell in understanding how Pixar adds thousands of background characters into every film.High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 202 “Typecasting”Big Shot – Episode 106 “Carlsbad Crazies”The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 109 “Head Games”Star Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 104Available May 28Bluey Shorts (S2)Disney Sydney to the Max (S3 – Episodes 1-8)Kingdom of the Polar Bears (S1)Wicked Tuna (S10 – Episode 1-7)Cruella – Premiere (with Premier Access)Launchpad – Premiere (Collection of Six Short Live-Action Films)High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Episode 203 “Valentine’s Day”Big Shot – Episode 107 “Kalm Korn”The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – Episode 110 “State of Play” – Season FinaleStar Wars: The Bad Batch – Episode 105

    Watched in the home: Top Streaming Films for the Week of April 10

    Watched at Home: Top streaming films for the week of April 10Welcome back, fellow couch potatoes, to another edition of DEG’s Watched at Home Top 20.  This week was, well, more or less similar to last week. Wonder Woman 1984 took the top spot again and seems to be engaged in a never-ending “mortal kombat” with Tom Hanks’ News of the World (No. 2) and The Croods: A New Age (No. 3). Will anything unseat this dynamic trio in the coming weeks?RELATED: Carey Mulligan Joins Adam Sandler in Netflix’s Spaceman MovieElsewhere, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar made its debut at No. 10, while the Nicolas Cage dark comedy Willy’s Wonderland popped in at No. 11, giving the actor two flicks on the list if you count his voice work on Croods. There has to be some kind of an award for this achievement, right?Otherwise, several titles just rotated spots. Harry Potter: Complete 8 Film Collection moved up one spot to No. 8, while Christopher Nolan’s Tenet plummeted to No. 20. Perhaps the best part about this week is Promising Young Woman, which made it back into the top 5 for the first time in weeks — it’s a great flick if you haven’t seen it, by the way.Until next time!DEG’S Top 201. Wonder Woman 1984 (Warner Bros.)2. News of the World (Universal)3. The Croods: A New Age (Universal)4. Monster Hunter (Sony Pictures)5. Promising Young Woman (Universal)6. Girl in the Basement (A+E)7. Greenland (Universal/STX)8. Harry Potter: Complete 8 Film Collection (Warner Bros.)9. Soul (Disney)10. Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Lionsgate)11. Willy’s Wonderland (Screen Media Films)12. Wrong Turn: The Foundation (Lionsgate)13. Let Him Go (Universal)14. Yellowstone S3 (Paramount)15. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Warner Bros.)16. The Ten Commandments (Paramount)17. Yellowstone S1 (Paramount)18. Shadow in the Cloud (Vertical Entertainment)19. The Vault (Lionsgate)20. Tenet (Warner Bros.)MORE: Mondo Reveals Zack Snyder’s Justice League Soundtrack Box Set!

    Borat Supplemental Reportings Trailer Teases Never-Before-Seen Footage

    Borat Supplemental Reportings trailer teases never-before-seen footageComing off from the critical success of Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Amazon Prime Video has released the official trailer for the comedy sequel’s multi-part special titled Borat Supplemental Reportings. It features never-before-seen footage that was cut from Sasha Baron Cohen-led  2020 mockumentary film. The video also teases extended scenes of Borat’s time with the two conspiracy theorists and Tutar’s babysitter Jeanise Jones as well as behind-the-scenes footage of when Baron Cohen almost got in danger during a far-right rally. The special currently has no release date, but it is expected to debut sometime this year. Check out the video in the player below!RELATED: Limited Series About U.S. Capitol Insurrection in the Works at ShowtimeJason Woliner directed Borat Subsequent Moviefilm from a screenplay written by Cohen, Anthony Hines, Dan Swimer, Peter Baynham, Erica Rivinoja, Dan Mazer, Jena Friedman, and Lee Kern. The movie was produced by Cohen, Monica Levinson, and Hines, while it was executive produced by Buddy Enright, Nicholas Hatton, Peter Baynham, Dan Mazer, and Stuart Miller.Unlike the first film, Sacha Baron Cohen’s iconic Kazakh journalist is now joined by his fifteen-year-old daughter Tutar, who breakout star Maria Bakalova played. The sequel follows Borat as he was sent to America on a mission to redeem his nation.RELATED: Amazon Prime Show The Boys Getting a Podcast for Season 2Borat 2 was an instant hit to critics and viewers and was streamed by millions of Amazon Prime subscribers during its opening weekend. It recently won two major Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy Film for Baron Cohen’s performance. The sequel is currently nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay and Maria Bakalova for Best Supporting Actress.

    Carey Mulligan Joins Adam Sandler in Netflix’s Spaceman Movie

    Carey Mulligan joins Adam Sandler in Netflix’s Spaceman movieAccording to Deadline, Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan has officially signed on to star opposite Adam Sandler in Netflix’s upcoming film adaptation titled Spaceman, based on Jaroslav Kalfar’s 2017 novel Spaceman of Bohemia. Mulligan will be playing the wife of Sandler’s astronaut. This project marks the acclaimed actress’ latest collaboration with streamer after working together on 2017’s Mudbound and the most recently released drama film, The Dig.Mulligan’s notable film credits include An Education, Never Let Me Go, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Drive, The Great Gatsby, Suffragette, and Wildlife. For her leading performance in Emerald Fennell’s black comedy thriller Promising Young Woman,  she earned her second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress and is also currently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.RELATED: Netflix Unveils New Trailer & Poster for The Woman in the WindowSpaceman centers on an astronaut sent to the edge of the galaxy to collect mysterious ancient dust but instead finds his earthly life falling to pieces and must turn to one voice to help him put it back together, which happens to belong to a creature from the beginning of time lurking in his ship.Click here to purchase Kalfar’s 2017 novel!Emmy-wining filmmaker Johan Renck (Chernobyl) will be directing from a screenplay written by Colby Day. The film adaptation will be produced by Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan and Michael Parets for Free Association, with Parets overseeing for the banner while Tim Headington, Lia Buman and Max Silva will oversee for Tango Entertainment. Finally, Ben Ormand, Renck and Barry Bernadi are set to executive produce.RELATED: Maestro: Carey Mulligan Joins Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein BiopicSandler currently has a major multi-film deal in place with Netflix, which has delivered such hits as Murder Mystery and Hubie Halloween. He is also currently working on another project with the streamer which is a sports comedy film titled Hustle. The film will be led by Sandler and Queen Latifah.

    The Underground Railroad Trailer Previews Barry Jenkins’ Amazon Miniseries

    The Underground Railroad trailer previews Barry Jenkins’ Amazon miniseriesAmazon Prime Video has released the full trailer for Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins’ limited series adaptation of The Underground Railroad, which will be available for streaming on May 14. The video provides us a better idea of difficult journey that Thuso Mbedu’s Cora will have to go through in order to reach freedom. It also highlighted the series’ stunning cinematography and gripping storytelling that are known to be present in Jenkins’ previous works. Check out the video in the player below!RELATED: Barry Jenkins Reveals What (And Who) Convinced Him to Helm The Lion King PrequelBased on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, the series will be set in an alternate timeline where the Underground Railroad is literally a secret railroad station, instead of the real-life network of secret routes and safe houses that were established by Abolitionists.The Underground Railroad follows Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia who is an outcast even amongst her fellow Africans and is struggling coming into womanhood when she meets Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia who informs her of the Underground Railroad, inspiring them both to take the risk and escape to freedom.The 11-episode limited series will chronicle Cora’s journey as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Her journey will become even more dangerous when she will be pursued by a bounty hunter named Ridgeway, who is tasked on ringing her back to the plantation, especially since her mother Mabel is the only one he has never caught.Pick up a copy of the novel here!The series stars Thuso Mbedu, Chase W. Dillon, Aaron Pierre and Joel Edgerton. It will also feature Damon Herriman, William Jackson Harper, Amber Gray, Jim Klock, Lily Rabe, Fred Hechinger, and Owen Harn.RELATED: Jennifer Jason Leigh to Lead Amazon’s Hunters Season 2Created and directed by Barry Jenkins (Moonlight, If Beale Street Could Talk), The Underground Railroad is also executive produced by Jenkins through his Pastel Productions alongside Oscar winner Brad Pitt through his Plan B Entertainment banner. Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are also set as executive producers.

    The Dry Trailer: Eric Bana Stars in IFC Films’ Crime Drama Pic

    The Dry trailer: Eric Bana stars in IFC Films’ crime drama picIFC Films has released the official trailer for their upcoming film adaptation of author Jane Harper’s best-selling debut novel The Dry starring Eric Bana (Black Hawk Down, Troy). The video features a federal agent as he investigates the possible connection between two murder cases involving two of his childhood friends. The film is scheduled to make its U.S. debut on May 24 in theaters and on VOD. While searching for the truth, he will also have to deal with the judgements and hatred thrown against him by the small town’s community Check out the video in the player below!RELATED: First Trailer & Poster for David Oyelowo’s The Water Man Debuts!The Dry is directed by Robert Connolly from a script he co-adapted with Harry Cripps. The mystery crime drama will be led by Eric Bana (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Dirty John), Genevieve O’Reilly (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Keir O’Donnell (Ray Donovan) and John Polson (Mission: Impossible II) along with Sam Corlett and Joe Klocek.Pick up a copy of the novel here!Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his home town after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life – a victim of the madness that has ravaged this community after more than a decade of drought.When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound – the death of 17-year-old Ellie Deacon. Falk begins to suspect these two crimes, separated by decades, are connected. As he struggles to prove not only Luke’s innocence but also his own, Falk finds himself pitted against the prejudice towards him and pent-up rage of a terrified community.RELATED: NEON Acquires Ryan Gosling-Led Mystery Thriller The ActorThe Dry is produced by Bana, Connolly, Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky, and Jodi Matterson. Since its theatrical release in Australia earlier this year, the film has already made a big splash at the Australian box office during the pandemic and already is one of the top 15 grossing Australian films of all-time.

    Falcon and the wintertime Soldier Episode 5 TV Spot for Tomorrow’s Episode

    Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV spot teases tomorrow’s big episodeMarvel Studios has released a brand new promo for the upcoming fifth and penultimate episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which is scheduled to make its return tomorrow on Disney+. The brief teaser provided us more footage of Sam and Bucky’s inevitable fight against John Walker in order to reclaim Captain America’s shield, as well as glimpses of what to expect for Sharon Carter, Zemo and the Flag Smashers. Check out the video in the player below!In a recent interview with Vanity Fair’s Still Watching podcast, producer Nate Moore continues to hype up the fifth episode, teasing that it will definitely be the MCU series’ strongest one. “Five really gets to be the culmination of the theme. And I do think both from an acting standpoint and from a filmmaking standpoint, it’s our strongest episode.”The Falcon and The Winter SoldierThe Falcon and the Winter Soldier picks up from the events in which Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, was gifted the iconic vibranium shield from Steve Rogers in order to take up the mantle of Captain America while Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, retains his moniker but uses it for heroism instead. Despite this, Sam seeks to forge his own path and retire the Cap moniker to properly honor Steve’s legacy while Bucky undergoes therapeutic treatment to correct the wrongs of his past, but when a new threat to the world emerges and the US decides to elect a new Cap with more questionable morals, the titular duo must team up on a global adventure that will test their abilities — and their patience.The series is led by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan along with Captain America: Civil War stars Daniel Bruhl, Emily VanCamp and Don Cheadle, who are reprising their roles as Helmut Zemo, Sharon Carter, and James Rhodes aka War Machine respectively. It also stars MCU newcomers Wyatt Russell as John Walker, Danny Ramirez as Joaquin Torres, Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau, Adepero Oduye as Sarah Wilson, Carl Lumbly as Isaiah Bradley, Miki Ishikawa, Desmond Chiam, and Noah Mills.RELATED: Sebastian Stan: Kevin Feige Has No Ego, So The Best Idea Always WinsKari Skogland directs all six episodes of the MCU series from a screenplay written by head writer Malcolm Spellman with John Wick creator Derek Kolstad also part of the series’ writing/creative team.The first four episodes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier are already available for streaming on Disney+.

    Not used to Stream: Shudder May 2021 Movie & TV Titles Revealed!

    New to stream: Shudder May 2021 movie & TV titles revealed!The list for the new Shudder May 2021 movies and TV titles have been released, which you can now view below! This includes two new Shudder original films, the sci-fi horror film Fried Barry, and the supernatural slasher pic Skull: The Mask. Next month will also see the exclusive streaming debuts of 2020 films The Reckoning and PG: Psycho Goreman.*New Shudder Original SeriesThe Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs – New Episodes Every FridayThe hit original series with Joe Bob Briggs premiered on April 16 and continues with new episodes every Friday. Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, presenting eclectic horror movie double features, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema.The show’s hashtag, #TheLastDriveIn, has trended in the top 10 on Twitter in the US during the premiere of every episode and special, often reaching No. 1. Guest stars to date include Anna Biller, Kelli Maroney, Chris Jericho, Lloyd Kaufman, Barbara Crampton, John McNaughton, Reggie Bannister, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley, Michael Berryman, Felissa Rose and Tom Savini.RELATED: Shudder Greenlights Creepshow Season 3 & New Black Horror Anthology SeriesShudder May Schedule:Available May 1The Wicker Man (1973; US)During a celebration of May Day, a puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a girl who the locals claim never existed.House on Haunted Hill (1959; US)A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. The film is produced by horror legend, William Castle.House on Haunted Hill (1999; US)An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.13 Ghosts (1960; US, CA)A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors. The film is produced by horror legend, William Castle’.Curse of the Demon (1958; US, CA)Directed by Hollywood great, Jacques Tourneur, American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.Available May 4Frankenhooker (US)Directed by Frank Henenlotter, a medical student sets out to recreate his decapitated fiancée by building her a new body made of Manhattan street prostitutes.Available May 7Fried Barry – Shudder Original Film (US, CA,UKI, ANZ)The film follows the story of a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as his alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as Barry’s alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind.The feature directorial debut from award-winning music video director Ryan Kruger and starring newcomer Gary Green, the genre pushing, acid-washed, sci-fi horror has been praised by critics and embraced by fans around the world.Available May 10Sator (US, CA)Secluded in a desolate forest, a broken family is observed by Sator, a supernatural entity who is attempting to claim them.Climate of the Hunter (US, ANZ)Two sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire. When the three come together for dinner it has all the makings of a lovely meal filled with desire, memories and blood. From indie auteur Mickey Reece comes a wholly original new vampire vision.The Funeral Home (US, CA, UKI, ANZ)Bernardo is an undertaker who runs mortuary business in the same house where he resides. In the front he has his clients. And in the back, his dysfunctional family lives among coffins, wreaths and mischievous supernatural entities that visit on a daily basis. They attribute the paranormal manifestations to the dead bodies from their mortuary work but finding the real source of all this madness will be their quest, and what they might find is a terrifying truth.Available May 13Trickster – Full Season Binge Release (US)Based on the bestselling trilogy of novels by Eden Robinson, Trickster tells the story of the Indigenous Gothic, spirits, ancient magic and deadly rites of passage in a coming-of-age story unlike any you’ve ever seen.The Reckoning (US, CA, UKI) – Shudder Exclusive FilmAfter losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk, Ocean’s 8) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England’s most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee, Dog Soldiers). Forced to endure physical and emotional torture while steadfastly maintaining her innocence, Grace must face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind.Directed by modern master of horror Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Game of Thrones), The Reckoning was written by Marshall, star Charlotte Kirk and Edward Evers-Swindell. Available May 17American Mary (US)The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called “freakish” clients.Time Lapse (US)Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures twenty-four hours into the future, and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.Found (US, CA)A horror-obsessed boy discovers his older brother is a serial killer.Available May 18Def by Temptation (US, CA, UKI, ANZ)An evil succubus is preying on libidinous black men in New York City, and all that stands in her way is a minister-in-training, an aspiring actor, and a cop who specializes in cases involving the supernatural.Black Roses (US, UKI, ANZ)Demons hypnotize the general public by posing as a rock and roll band.Available May 20PG: Psycho Goreman – Shudder Exclusive Film (US, CA, UKI, ANZ)In the film, young siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord who was entombed on Earth millions of years ago after a failed attempt to destroy the universe. They nickname the evil creature Psycho Goreman (or PG for short) and use the magical amulet they discovered to force him to obey their childish whims. It isn’t long before PG’s reappearance draws the attention of intergalactic friends and foes from across the cosmos and a rogues’ gallery of alien combatants converges in small-town suburbia to battle for the fate of the galaxy.Written and directed by Steven Kostanski (The Void, The Divide, Father’s Day), PG: Psycho Goreman stars Nita-Josee Hanna (Books of Blood, 4teen), Owen Myre (NOS4A2, Alternate Ground), Adam Brooks (The Return, Father’s Day), Alexis Hancey (Silver Tongue), and Matthew Ninaber (Transference).Available May 24Werewolf (US, CA)WW2: a group of children liberated from a concentration camp find themselves, aimless and hungry, stranded in an abandoned mansion in the forest, surrounded by vicious attack dogs.The Machine (US, CA)In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient robot.The Windmill (US, CA)In a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Jennifer joins a coach-load of tourists embarking on a tour of Holland’s world-famous windmills. She and the other tourists are forced to seek shelter in a disused shed beside a sinister windmill where, legend has it, a Devil-worshiping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain. As members of the group start to disappear, Jennifer learns that they all have something in common – a shared secret that seems to mark them all for doomAvailable May 27Skull: The Mask – Shudder Original Film (US, CA, UKI, ANZ)In this splatter-filled supernatural slasher, a Pre-Columbian artifact contains the spirit of Anhangá, the executioner of the god Tahawantinsupay. Whoever wears the masked is possessed by Anhangá and compelled to commit sacrifices to resurrect his god. It’s up to a museum assistant and a policewoman to stop the slaughter before the ritual is completed. A throwback treat for fans of ‘80s slashers and gory practical effects.Written and directed by Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman, who previously co-directed 2016’s Uptake Fear, Skull: The Mask stars Brazilian wrestling champion Rurik Jr., Wilton Andrade, Natallia Rodrigues, Ivo Müller, Ricardo Gelli Guta Ruiz, Gilda Nomacce and Tristan Aronovich.

    Lisa Cholodenko Set to Helm Elle Fanning-Led Girl From Plainville at Hulu

    Lisa Cholodenko set to helm Elle Fanning-led Girl From Plainville at HuluNearly a year after the project was first announced to be in development at the streaming service, Hulu’s The Girl from Plainville starring Elle Fanning (The Great) has landed Emmy winner Lisa Cholodenko (Unbelievable) to helm the first two episodes of the true crime drama, which is expected to begin production later this year, according to Deadline.RELATED: Elle Fanning Joins Francis and The Godfather as Ali MacGrawThis marks Cholodenko’s latest TV directorial project after directing the first three episodes of Netflix’s acclaimed limited series Unbelievable and HBO’s 2014 Olive Kitteridge miniseries, for which she was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Limited Series. As for the film side, Cholodenko is best known for writing and directing the 2010 dramedy The Kids Are All Right, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay with co-writer Stuart Blumberg.Based on Jesse Baron’s Esquire article of the same name, The Girl from Plainville tells the real-life story of a young woman from Massachusetts named Michelle Carter, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2017 in a “texting-suicide” case. The series will chronicle the relationship between Carter and her then boyfriend Conrad Roy III as well as the events that led to his death and her controversial conviction.The series will be executive produced by Golden Globe nominee Liz Hannah (The Post) and Patrick Macmanus (Dr. Death), who are also set to serve as co-showrunners. It will also be executive produced by Fanning and Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan, with Universal Studio Group’s Universal Content Productions acting as home base for the project. Baron and Erin Lee Carr, director of the HBO documentary exploring the case I Love You, Now Die, as consulting producers for the series.RELATED: Nick Offerman Joins Hulu’s Pam & Tommy Limited SeriesFanning first partnered with Hulu for Oscar nominee Tony McNamara (The Favourite)’s historical dramedy The Great which received rave reviews for its first season. Because of the, the series scored a 10-episode second season which is currently in production. Season 1 also nabbed a few nominations from the Emmys including Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series as well as Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series and Best Actress in a Comedy Series.(Photo Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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