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Child vampire leads a happy, bloody dance

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Abigail
Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett won over audiences worldwide with their recent reboots of the beloved Scream franchise, and now the directing duo return to their spooky roots by giving us a devilishly gory and entertaining vampire film that is sure to leave horror fans in stitches. yearning for more.

The story plays out like a standard heist movie, in which a gang of deviant outlaws execute a plan to kidnap the helpless 12-year-old daughter of a wealthy crime boss. Indeed, little Abigail poses little threat to her captors, dressed like a cute ballerina and looking like butter wouldn’t melt.

Hiding out in a remote mansion with no phones, no Wi-Fi, and no way out, our gang of criminals soon discover that little Abigail is not as innocent and defenseless as she seems, and their foolproof kidnapping plan quickly turns into an unholy massacre. from hell.

By building up the tension and unleashing the blood, guts and horror at the right moment, you get the impression that Bettinelli-Olpin and Gillett are having a lot of fun with this bloody and ridiculous horror film. They get the pacing just right and deliver the blood-soaked goods right when the audience needs some vampy, violent action.
Alisha Weir steals the show as the demented monster Abigail, while the likes of Dan Stevens and Melissa Barrera dive headfirst into the hammy, OTT horror of it all. If you’re a horror fan, you won’t want to miss this one!

The book Clarence
If you’ve seen the gritty, gritty western The Harder They Fall, directed with guts and punch by Jeymes Samuel, then you know how much this director loves to turn a worn-out genre on its head. The Harder They Fall gave new life to the dated and somewhat outdated Western genre, with an unapologetically modern, urban slant that gave voice to black characters who were at the center of the action and determined to shape the film’s outcome. their own fate.

The Book of Clarence does the same to the tried and true Bible films you may have seen in the past – think Jesus of Nazareth and The Eagle, but with the same powerful ethos and style that made The Harder They Fall so fun and exciting. fresh feast for the senses.

Sorry to Bother You star LaKeith Stanfield plays Clarence, the twin brother of the apostle Thomas. After losing a chariot race and having no luck, Clarence decides he wants to get in on the Messiah move that’s making a name for this Jesus guy, but it soon becomes clear that there’s more to being the son of God than was initially expected.

Visually compelling and told with a playful wit and charm, The Book of Clarence is well worth your time if you’re in the mood for a film that bravely doesn’t conform to biblical genre norms.

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