Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is the kind of masterpiece filmmaking that doesn’t come along too often in contemporary American cinema. mother! is the kind of movie that would be much more comfortable in the avant-garde period of the 70s, where movies weren’t market tested half to death and modified to appeal to the widest viewership possible, but it tells a story that is extremely pressing and relevant to today. Featuring expert storytelling, precise and thought-provoking allegory, and expert performances by its cast, mother! is a movie that will stick in any viewer’s head (for different reasons) long after the credits roll.
There have been warning signs for quite some time that Darren Aronofsky’s mother! isn’t for everyone. It’s debut at the Venice Film Festival garnered every reaction from boos to high praise, and it soon became clear that the violent nature of the film would absolutely affect viewers’ assessments of the film itself. Then came the dismal opening weekend box office ($7.5 million) and the Cinemascore rating of an F, and mother! instantly became the commercial failure that everyone loves to talk about. read more
A couple of months ago, the phrase “Get Out” was thrown around quite a bit here at Horror News Network in reference to Jordan Peele’s highly successful film of the same name which debuted in January. We reviewed it (twice), we analyzed it, we praised it whenever we got the chance. It’s that good. Now another highly anticipated horror film is also capitalizing on this classic horror phrase, which has been a favorite since the release of When a Stranger Calls!
Paramount Pictures have just uploaded a new short clip to promote Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Taking the title’s refusal to capitalize its first letter one step further, the clip is entitled (lowercase) “get out.” No exclamation point! read more
After an underwhelming slate of summer horror films, we enter the season that horror films were made for: fall! The fall line-up is much more robust than recent years and starts with some highly anticipated films and includes a strong month of October releases, right in time for some Halloween scares. Let’s take a look at the upcoming releases and trailers below and please use this as your Horror News Network guide for the jack-o-lantern season.
It (September 9th): This film not only has the chance to perform well at the box office by horror film standards, but if the $60 million dollar debut weekend tracking is correct, it may be a qualified blockbuster by any film standard. The remake of It by director Andy Muschietti (Mama) has a “perfect storm” of buzz and hype behind it. It is set in the 1980’s and features a group of pre-teen protagonists (ala Stranger Things). It features a demonic clown in an era where bizarre clown sightings burn up the internet. It arrives at the box office at the end of one of the worst summers for studio profits in years and will have virtually no similar competition for weeks. If the reviews are positive for It, the film has the chance to dominate the fall box office like no other horror movie has since some of the biggest grossing ones of all time. And if you want to see It on the first weekend of release, our advice is to get your advance tickets now. read more
Last week’s mysterious 30-second teaser clip for Darren Aronofsky’s highly anticipated film, Mother!, certainly asked more questions than it answered. Fortunately, Paramount have just unveiled their official full-length trailer for the upcoming thriller, which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.
The new clip shows that this film will have a lot more in common with Aronofsky’s previous works like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream than his most recent project, Noah. The clip features numerous disturbing images and situations, and some scenes delve into the sort of abstract terror Arnonofsky is known for. Some parts of the clip throw off a serious Rosemary’s Baby vibe as Lawrence’s character begins to uncover the secrets of her lover and his new guests. read more
A brand new teaser trailer has just dropped for the highly-anticipated film, Mother!, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream). The clip promises the movie to be a real nail biter! The short trailer doesn’t give away much about the setting or the characters, but it reveals Aronofsky’s signature mounting of suspense. You can watch the 30-second teaser in its entirety below:
Mother! will star Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, and Krisen Wiig. Based on Aronofky’s reputation for quality cinema and this all-star cast, horror fans are in for a treat when this movie hits theaters on September 15th! read more