What Remains of Edith Finch (from Giant Sparrow) is en emotionally charged game — fluctuating between thrilling, frightening, and tragic.
Edith Finch is a young woman, who returns to her family home, hoping to learn more about her family — all of whom are dead. With so many family members having vanished or met strange and untimely deaths, Edith wants to find the truth behind the question of whether the Finches cursed or just terribly unlucky.
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Outlanders is a mobile building game (found in Apple Arcade), which has the player act as the leader of a small community — a community that requires homes, food, and resources. Each leader has his or her own personality and, therefore, has their own goals, whether they be selfish, social, or otherwise. The player is required to construct and grow the community according to those requirements, while keeping their villagers alive.
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Personal Shopper, directed by Olivier Assayas, begins with the presence of a ghost. Maureen (Kristen Stewart) wanders through an empty house. Doors slam in the distance, things creak. She speaks a name and we see a flicker of something in the shadows behind her, though it’s not entirely clear what.
It’s a perfect set up for a horror movie — the woman alone in the house, the strange sounds, the ghost — and yet, Personal Shopper confounds the viewer by breaking with the expected tropes. Yes, there are ghosts (or something resembling them), but they are mostly harmless, just whispering figures in the dark.
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Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska, The Lure (Córki Dancingu) is a musical horror mermaid story, in which two sisters — Silver and Golden — journey out of the ocean to join a disco troupe in 1980s Poland. As they partake in the cabaret and explore the human world, Silver becomes fascinated with the bassist and begins to fall in love, much to the disdain of Golden, who has more interest in consuming men than loving them.
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Horror Noire (directed by Xavier Burgin) is a phenomenal documentary on the history of Black horror — from the silent film era to the present day, examining the racist underpinnings of early horror and how genre films have evolved over the decades to begin positioning Black characters as heroes.
“We’ve always loved horror. It’s just that horror, unfortunately, hasn’t always loved us,” explains novelist Tananarive Due near the beginning of the doc.
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Near the opening of Prevenge (directed by Alice Lowe), a very pregnant Ruth enters a reptile shop and discusses the kinds of animals available. The shop owner’s behavior is unsettling — his passion for the creepy crawlies a little too enthusiastic — even when he sees he’s making Ruth uncomfortable. Without context, the viewer is left with the unsettling feeling that something awful is about to happen to this poor, flinching woman — then bam, the scene shifts into another direction entirely.
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