Women In Horror Month: Toni Collette’s Contributions to the Horror Genre (Originally Published for NightmarishConjurings.com)

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Original post is under the “Articles” archive on NightmarishConjurings.com

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(A24)

As Women of Horror Month befalls us, and we reflect upon all of the distinctive female actresses that make up the singularly-dubbed “Scream Queens” of the horror community, few have delivered as many grappling performances as the beloved Aussie and acting chameleon known as Toni Collette.

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Best Horror Films of 2018 (many of which you probably missed)

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A recent, laughable Vogue article (because clearly they are experts in horror films) got it all wrong a couple months back, when they complained that the horror genre was dead-in-the-water this year.  On the contrary, 2018 has been one of the best years for the genre yet, which brought us many harrowing, immersive looks inside disturbing family trauma narratives, women and men seeking revenge, secretive serial killers, and a haunting coven of witches, just to name a few.  If you missed a few of these because you were bombarded by the all-consuming Halloween (2018) and A Quiet Place press coverage this year, catch up on these quieter greats before the year is up.  Many of these were not seen nor talked about nearly enough as they deserved to be.  2018 has been exceptionally good to us.

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Sell your soul to the dance: ‘SUSPIRIA’ quasi-remake is quite enchanting (no major spoilers)

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Dakota Johnson (center) is lead Susie Bannion. (Amazon)

Horror aficionados are particularly skeptical when it comes to accepting the dreaded “remake” and “reboot” treatment of cult classics from the past.  (Four words: ‘The Wicker Man’ remake!! Ugh.)  And when a remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 giallo (Italian horror) masterpiece Suspiria was announced to follow suit, many wondered how a film that iconic could ever be taken into different hands, as well as what else could possibly be squeezed out of a film that isn’t exactly remembered for its super intricate plot.  Fortunately, renowned Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino is at the helm of the 2018 version, and the man has not only given the original film its justice, but he has created an entirely unique piece of art that merely takes the skeletal framework of the original film, and has transformed it into its own, stylish identity.

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“Sorry To Bother You” is the sci-fi/dystopian/dark comedy you need to see this year (even if it’s probably the only sci-fi/dystopian/dark comedy you’ll see this year)

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(Annapurna)

You know you’re witnessing a wonderfully unique movie when an old, (I’m talking like 80-year olds) pretentious white couple walk out of the theater because they’re so confused and appalled at the things that they just simply don’t want to even try to enjoy nor understand.  If race-related Get Out, surrealistic/scifi-ish Being John Malkovich, and realistically relatable Office Space got together and had a threesome, Sorry To Bother You would be their modern day lovechild.  2018 has most definitely seen its share of strange movies, (The Endless, anyone?) but Sorry To Bother You just might take the proverbial cake.  And when I say cake, I mean one huge cake with 14 different rainbow layers and 17 different flavors of chocolate, vanilla, birthday cake, lemon, strawberry…that’s how many different genres and themes this thing tackles within its 105-minute run time…

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