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30 Terrifyingly Under-Appreciated Horror Movies — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What horror film deserves more love, and where can people see it?

Danielle Solzman (@DanielleSATM), Solzy at the Movies/Freelance

“Bear with Us” is a horror comedy that takes the cabin-in-the-woods genre and turns it on its head. After Colin’s (Mark Jude Sullivan) initial proposal to Quincy (“Even Stevens” star Christy Carlson Romano) is rejected, he decides to do it again some six months later. Not only does he plan to bring some friends along, but he also asks Harry (Collin Smith) to dress in a bear costume. It may be a bad idea but it’s not like anyone wouldn’t have had the foresight to expect this romantic getaway to be a recipe for disaster — it’s set at a cabin in the woods for crying out loud!
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Movie Review – Bad Times at the El Royale (2018)

Bad Times at the El Royale, 2018.

Directed by Drew Goddard.

Starring Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, and Nick Offerman.

Synopsis:

Circa 1968, several strangers, most with a secret to bury, meet by chance at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one night, everyone will show their true colours – before everything goes to hell.

Drew Goddard’s subversive horror The Cabin in the Woods (2012) was a refreshing new take on the tired teen horror genre. His follow up Bad Times at the El Royale isn’t quite as self-referential and inventive, but is still an energetic, violent and intriguing film.

On a stormy night in the late 60s an eclectic mix of guests arrive at the El Royale hotel. Once a glamourous playground for the rich and famous, it’s now nearly abandoned.
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Zazie Beetz Updates Us On X-Force And The Deadpool Before Christmas

While this year’s Deadpool 2 left a lot of viewers longing for a whole movie of Wade Wilson and his newly formed X-Men rip-off team, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the planned X-Force film, with even director Drew Goddard recently admitting that he has no updates to give.

Actress Zazie Beetz, meanwhile, might not have a lot new to say about the upcoming Deadpool spinoff, but she did offer a quick little summary of how the project’s been progressing when she attended Ace Comic Con.

“There is an X-Force movie coming,” Beetz said. “We have a director attached, Drew Goddard, who’s doing, he did Bad Times at the El Royale. When we were doing some reshoots he was literally shooting El Royale in the studio next door, so I went over because they had some of the same crew, but I think
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First Trailer for Sony’s ‘Escape Room’ Thriller Gives You All the Clues

The first trailer for Sony's upcoming psychological thriller Escape Room is here and it's ... something! If you're looking for the thrills, chills, and existential anxiety that comes with real-life escape rooms but want to be able to actually, I dunno, escape, then this early January release might be your speed. It's got a dash of Saw, a hint of The Cabin in the Woods, and hails from the director of The Taking of Deborah Logan, Insidious: The Last Key and that latter …
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X-Force Director Explains How Fox/Disney Merger Might Affect The Film

With Dark Phoenix, The New Mutants, and Gambit each experiencing their own ongoing production difficulties, the X-Men universe seems to be in a pretty messy state right now, and while we’re not hearing the same worrying stories for X-Force, even director Drew Goddard is uncertain about how the Fox/Disney merger is going to affect this Deadpool spinoff.

Though much of the cast of Deadpool 2 seems game to return, Goddard has recently been kept busy by his new movie Bad Times at the El Royale. But now that this mystery thriller has made it to cinemas, it doesn’t look like the filmmaker will be pushing forward with X-Force quite yet, telling Rooster Teeth:

“The truth is I don’t have anything exciting to update,” Goddard said. “I tend to focus very intensely on one project at a time and I’ve been very much in this world.
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‘WWE Nxt’ Review (Oct 17th 2018)

Welcome to this week’s Nxt review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Aleister Black is back! That sounded stupid. Also, did you know that The Cabin in the Woods is a really freaky movie? I did not know that it was a really freaky movie and I just wanted you to know it was a really freaky movie. Oh, Nxt is still missing the letter “E”. Can you imagine the Electric Company without the vowels? The lctrc Cmpn… would you watch that?

Match #1: War Raiders def. Nxt Tag Team Champions Undisputed Era by disqualification when the returning Bobby Fish interfered The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

The Undisputed Era’s Tag Team Championship reign lives on, thanks to a few shocks to the system. After evading The War Raiders’ crosshair for weeks, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong had nowhere to run when it came
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The Cabin in the Woods director says a sequel unlikely at this point

Drew Goddard, director of The Cabin in the Woods, has said fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for a sequel to the hit horror movie.

Director Drew Goddard may have his new film Bad Times at the El Royale in cinemas at the moment but his fan favourite horror movie The Cabin in the Woods is still a fond topic of discussion for many.

Fans are particularly hopeful that a sequel might emerge one day. The Cabin in the Woods is seen as one of the more inventive horror films in recent memory but Goddard has told Fandango that he doesn’t think a sequel will happen:

“Well, you know, we sort of painted ourselves into a corner with the ending of Cabin in the Woods. It’s not a thing that calls for an easy sequel, I’ll tell you that much.

“We had some crazy ideas but
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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Review

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Chris Hemsworth, Cailee Spaeny, Lewis Pullman, Nick Offerman, Xavier Dolan, Shea Whigham, Mark O’Brien, Charles Halford, Jim O’Heir, Alvina August | Written and Directed by Drew Goddard

Drew Goddard finally returns to the director’s chair, after his highly inventive and successful directorial debut with the horror/comedy The Cabin in the Woods shot him to critical acclaim. A multitude of failed superhero projects followed and failed, as well as passing the directors chair on The Martian to Ridley Scott has finally put him on the right path of original treatments and the six-year wait has been worth it.

The Cabin in the Woods and Bad Times at the El Royale take a lot of clues and story beats from one another. The easiest and most obvious is that of the scenario and plot. A mystery is afoot and something is afoul.
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Drew Goddard on ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ and How He Came to That Ending

It’s been too long since the last Drew Goddard movie. Although Goddard has been attached to a host of projects, his first directorial effort was 2012’s The Cabin in the Woods. Thankfully, after six long years, he has returned to the director’s chair with Bad Times at the El Royale. The film opened last Friday and focuses on seven strangers in 1969 who come to the El Royale hotel, which is on the border of Nevada and California. As the night wears on, secrets are revealed, and almost no one is who they seem to be. Earlier …
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Drew Goddard thinks Sony’s Sinister Six may still see the light of day

If you cast your mind back to late 2013, you may recall that Sony Pictures announced a Sinister Six movie from The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard, along with a solo Venom movie from Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinker.

Both films would have tied in to the Amazing Spider-Man films, had 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 not scuppered plans for the expanded franchise, with Sony subsequently turning to Marvel Studios to reboot the web-slinger as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Despite both projects collapsing, Sony has since revisited Venom, using the Tom Hardy-headlined blockbuster as the launching pad for a series of interconnected Spider-Man spinoffs under the Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters banner – and according to Goddard, the Sinister Six project may also still see the light of day.

“It was really fun [developing Sinister Six], Goddard tells THR. “I wouldn’t have done it had I
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Bo Report: Soft launch for ‘First Man’ while ‘In Like Flynn’ misfires

‘In Like Flynn.’

Universal’s First Man has an Academy Award-winning director in La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, an Oscar-lauded writer in Spotlight’s Josh Singer and stars two-time Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling.

But that combination did not catapult the Neil Armstrong biopic to great heights in Australia, the Us or 20 other markets last weekend.

Meanwhile Sony’s Venom easily retained the top spot while Fox’s Bad Times at the El Royale opened better here than in the Us, which isn’t saying much, and Umbrella Entertainment’s Errol Flynn biopic In Like Flynn flopped.

Directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Thomas Cocquerel as the Tasmanian-born Flynn alongside Corey Large, William Moseley, Clive Standen, Callan Mulvey, Isabel Lucas and David Wenham, the action-adventure took just $22,000 from limited sessions on 69 screens and $38,000 including previews.

The MA15+ rating caused by the violent opening sequence in Papua New Guinea, which is at odds with the rollicking,
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'Bad Times at the El Royale' and How to Deconstruct a Genre

'Bad Times at the El Royale' and How to Deconstruct a Genre
[This story contains  spoilers from Drew Goddard's filmography, including Cabin in the Woods and Bad Times at the El Royale.]

Drew Goddard has been deconstructing genres for years, and Bad Times at the El Royale is just the latest in a cinematic journey for the writer-director.

The Cabin in the Woods, from 2012, which Goddard directed and co-wrote with Joss Whedon, plays on the archetypes of the horror genre, quite literally. A mid-film revelation shows that behind the scenes, Sitterson (Richard Jenkins) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford) are manipulating a group of young people and constructing a real-life horror scenario for mysterious reasons. On top ...
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Drew Goddard on X-Force and hoping that The Sinister Six will still happen

  • JoBlo
It's been six years since the release of The Cabin In The Woods, but Drew Goddard has finally returned to the director's chair with Bad Times At The El Royale (now playing in theaters). It's an exciting return but Goddard's next project could see him tackle the world of superheroes as he's slated to write and direct X-force for 20th Century Fox, but…
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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Director Says the ’60s ‘Just Felt Fertile’ to Explore Today’s Turmoil

  • The Wrap
‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Director Says the ’60s ‘Just Felt Fertile’ to Explore Today’s Turmoil
A priest, a vacuum salesman and a singer walk into a hotel — that could have been an interesting new take on an old joke, but instead it’s how writer, director Drew Goddard sets the stage for him latest film “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

From that set up, Goddard takes audiences on a journey to explore the evils of power, racism and toxic masculinity.

Set in 1969, the film follows seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, who meet at Lake Tahoe’s El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone is presented with one last shot at redemption — before everything goes to hell.

Also Read: 'Bad Times at the El Royale' Director Hopes Chris Hemsworth Will Be in Every Movie He Makes

Though the time period is the 1960s, Goddard told TheWrap that more than anything the decade
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We Talk Bad Times at the El Royale with Hamm, Johnson, Bridges and more!

  • JoBlo
As a fan of Drew Goddard’s The Cabin In The Woods, I wasn’t sure what to make of his latest when I first saw the preview. That is, until I saw it. Bad Times At The El Royale simply blew me away. The cast is exceptional, including Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, Lewis Pullman, Cailee Spaeny and Cynthia Erivo. And the script twists and turns so much so that you are truly taken on a ride. This is a modern noir masterpiece of violence that is smart and stylish…
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Review: Goddard's 'Bad Times at the El Royale' is Nothin' But a Good Time

American producer, screenwriter, and filmmaker Drew Goddard began his career as a writer on the hit television shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias, and Lost. He made his foray into film by writing the 2008 found-footage creature feature, Cloverfield. It wasn't until his directorial debut with 2012's The Cabin in the Woods, however, that Goddard's talent for creating strong characters and deconstructing genre conventions fully manifested. Now, after most recently producing Netflix's Daredevil series and writing the screenplay for Ridley Scott's 2015 space film, The Martian, for which he earned Oscar and WGA nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Goddard is back in the director's chair for Bad Times at the El Royale, a spirited, subversive thriller steeped in '60s nostalgia (and paranoia) with an incredible cast and a killer soundtrack. It's 1958. On a dark and stormy night at the luxurious El Royale resort near Lake Tahoe, an anxious man
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Review: "Bad Times at the El Royale"

by Chris Feil

Drew Goddard has become a Hollywood go-to screenwriters for charging genres with new life, molding The Martian with equal parts brainy science and dopiness and both upholding and subverting the monster movie with Cloverfield. Bad Times at the El Royale is his first return to the director’s chair since the horror spoof-but-also-not-a-spoof The Cabin in The Woods, and again he has perhaps bitten off more than he can narratively chew.

This time Goddard is taking on pulpy pop noir, setting for a showdown at a highway hotel bisected by the California-Nevada border. Checking in are Cynthia Erivo’s quiet lounge singer Darlene, Jon Hamm’s chatterbox vacuum salesman Laramie Sullivan, Dakota Johnson as a mysterious woman named Emily, and Jeff Bridges giving the most Bridges as a suspicious priest named Father Flynn. The writer/director has Tarantino on the brain as Agatha Christie, chaptering the film
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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Director Hopes Chris Hemsworth Will Be in Every Movie He Makes

  • The Wrap
‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Director Hopes Chris Hemsworth Will Be in Every Movie He Makes
Drew Goddard, who wrote and directed “Bad Times at the El Royale” for Fox, fulfilled one dream when Jeff Bridges agreed to take the role of Father Daniel Flynn, but it’s Chris Hemsworth, who plays charismatic and (of course) incredibly fit cult leader Billy Lee, with whom Goddard wants to work with for the rest of his life.

“[Chris Hemsworth] is such an extraordinary talent and an extraordinary person. He really is someone I could mix all the other actors around him he’s so conscious of everyone else, both cast and crew,” Goddard told TheWrap during a phone interview. “He’s just — he’s one of the radiant talents of our time… I hope he’s in everything I do for the rest of my life.”

This marks Goddard and Hemsworth’s second film together, the first being “The Cabin in the Woods” in 2012 — also the last time Goddard directed a feature film.
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‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Review: Retro Star-Studded Goof’s Quite the Gamble

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ Review: Retro Star-Studded Goof’s Quite the Gamble
Here’s the thing about Bad Times at the El Royale: When it’s good, it’s very, very good — and when it’s bad, this retro whatsit is a whole lot of awful. Punishingly long at 2 hours and 21 minutes, the movie is still crammed with enough depraved delights to make you consider checking in. Drew Goddard, whose 2012 directing debut with The Cabin in the Woods made fanboys of horror enthusiasts, is up to his old tricks: trap some shady types in a confined space. Then watch them squirm.

Set
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Dave Bautista To Join Fantasy Island which is Described as Westworld Meets The Cabin In The Woods

Dave Bautista To Join Fantasy Island which is Described as Westworld Meets The Cabin In The Woods
Dave Bautista is in negotiations to join the upcoming film adaptation of the classic TV series Fantasy Island. He will join Michael Peña, who is talking on the role of the iconic character Mr. Roarke.

The movie is described as being a “tonal mix of Westworld meets The Cabin in the Woods, centering on a group of contest winners who arrive at an island hotel to live out their dreams, only to find themselves trapped in nightmare scenarios. “

If the deal closes, Bautista will play “a former guest who is still on the island against his will and who wants to expose Roarke and the island’s magical secrets.”

This could actually make for a good movie! The studio is bring together a solid cast and it’s being directed by Jeff Wadlow. He previously directed Truth or Dare for Blumhouse, which is the studio producing Fantasy Island.

Blumhouse has
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