Last week we shared the first look at Black as the night, one of four new horror films arriving on Amazon Prime in October as part of the “Welcome to the Blumhouse“series. Today there is a very funny trailer showing footage from all the movies, which also includes Bingo hell, Madres, and The manor. Check out the trailer here, then read on for descriptions of each movie.
Gigi Saul Guerrero directed Bingo hell, which arrives on October 1. Here is the description: “When a sinister figure threatens residents of a low-income community, a fiery senior tries to stop him in Bingo hell, a wickedly original horror film with a devilishly funny twist. After 60-plus-year-old neighborhood activist Lupita (Adriana Barraza) finds out that her beloved local bingo hall has been taken over by a mysterious businessman named Mr. Big (Richard Brake), she rallies her elderly friends to fight against the enigmatic entrepreneur. But when her longtime neighbors start to be dead under grisly circumstances, Lupita suddenly discovers that gentrification is the least of her problems. Something terrifying has taken hold in the quiet Oak Springs neighborhood, and with each new cry of “Bingo!” Another victim falls prey to his evil presence. As the cash prizes rise and the body count steadily increases, Lupita has to face the chilling realization that this game really is the all-time winner.
Maritte Lee Go’s Black as the night also happens on October 1; you can read our interview with the director here. “Resourceful teenager leaves childhood behind when she fights a group of deadly vampires in Black as the night, an action-horror hybrid with a strong social conscience and a biting sense of humor. Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, a new threat is leaving its mark on the Big Easy in the form of puncture wounds on the throats of the city’s vulnerable displaced population. When her drug addict mother becomes the last victim of the living dead, 15-year-old Shawna (Asjha Cooper) vows to even the score. Along with three trusted friends, Shawna hatches a daring plan to infiltrate the vampire’s mansion in the historic French Quarter, destroy their leader, and return his fanged followers to human form. But killing monsters is no easy task, and soon Shawna and her crew find themselves caught in a centuries-old conflict between warring vampire factions, each struggling to claim New Orleans as their permanent home.
Next, Madres, directed by Ryan Zaragoza, arrives October 8. a farm. Isolated from the community and plagued by puzzling nightmares, Diana explores the dilapidated ranch of the business where they reside, finding a grisly talisman and a box containing the belongings of previous residents. Her discoveries will lead her to a far stranger and more terrifying truth than she could have imagined.
Ultimately, Axelle carolyn‘s The manor, featuring the always excellent Barbara Hershey, arrives October 8. “Malicious force attacks residents of a sleeping nursing home in The manor, a gothic tale of terror with a modern twist. When a mild stroke diminishes her ability to take care of herself, Judith Albright (Barbara Hershey) moves to Golden Sun Manor, an assisted living facility with an excellent reputation. But despite the best efforts of the staff and a budding friendship with her senior colleague Roland (Bruce Davidson), strange events and nightmarish visions convince Judith that a sinister presence haunts the immense estate. As the residents begin to mysteriously die, Judith’s frantic warnings are seen as fantasy. Even her devoted grandson Josh (Nicholas Alexander) believes his fears are the result of dementia, not demons. Without anyone wanting to believe her, Judith must either escape the confines of the mansion or fall victim to the evil that dwells there.
Last years “Welcome to the Blumhouse” was sort of a mixed bag, with only one clear distinction (Zu Quirke’s Nocturnal). This year’s selection is even better, spotlighting characters you wouldn’t normally see taking center stage in a movie, let alone a horror movie – and speaking, it looks like all types of horror are represented here, from comedy to terror. Which of the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” films are you most excited to see?
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