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Movies to see before the end of 2023...

POPCORN FRIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL, FANTASTIC FEST, HAUNTED GARAGE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL and SCREAMFEST LA are just a few of the last film festivals to round out 2023. HGFF plans on showing films like BLACK MOLD and WOLF HOLLOW which will snag awards in any showcase to finish the year. Though A24, DREAD and BRAINSTORM media are flooding the theaters and streaming markets with films that are at times doing double duty from festivals to sales markets. We have a nice little definitive list given to us by one of our favorite PR crews so make sure to be on the look out for these titles.



DREAD



SATANIC HISPANICS

You guys know how much time HMU has invested in SATANIC HISPANICS. So we are just going to remind you of the upcoming release details. You know to check your algorithms!

Studio: Dread

Release Date: September 14, 2023

Genre: Horror

Rated: Rated R

Synopsis: When police raid a house in El Paso, they find it full of dead Latinos, and only one survivor. He’s known as The Traveler, and when they take him to the station for questioning he tells them those lands are full of magic and talks about the horrors he’s encountered in his long time on this earth, about portals to other worlds, mythical creatures, demons and the undead. Stories about Latin American legends.


Directed by: Mike Mendez, Demián Rugna, Eduardo Sánchez, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Alejandro Brugués

Written by: Alejandro Mendez, Demián Rugna, Pete Barnstrom, Lino K. Villa, Shadan Saul, Raynor Shima

Produced by: Patrick Ewald, Mike Mendez, Alejandro Brugués

Cast: Efren Ramirez, Greg Grunberg, Hemky Madera, Jonah Ray Rodrigues, Patricia Velásquez, Jacob Vargas, Ari Gallegos, Demian Salomon, Christian Rodrigo, Michael C. Williams



BARBER



Studio: Brainstorm Media

Release Date: September 22, 2023

Genre: Crime/Drama/Mystery

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: Val Barber, a private investigator, is hired by a wealthy widow to find her missing granddaughter. Barber’s initial investigation into Sara’s disappearance quickly darkens. Secrets start surfacing in unexpected ways. Before too long, Barber finds himself entangled with powerful men of shady morals determined to thwart his investigation. Has he bitten off more than he can chew?


Directed by: Fintan Connolly

Written by: Fiona Bergin & Fintan Connolly

Produced by: Fiona Bergin

Cast: Aidan Gillen, Aisling Kearns, Gary Lydon, Helen Behan, Deirdre Donnelly, Liam Carney


DICKS: THE MUSICAL

Studio: A24

Release Date: September 29, 2023

Genre: Comedy/Musical

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: Two self-obsessed businessmen (writers Aaron Jackson & Josh Sharp) discover they’re long-lost identical twins and come together to plot the reunion of their eccentric divorced parents, in this riotously funny and depraved musical from comedy icon Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Borat) also starring Megan Thee Stallion, Nathan Lane, Megan Mullally, and Bowen Yang as God.


Directed by: Larry Charles

Screenplay & Lyrics by: Aaron Jackson & Josh Sharp

Produced by: Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Kori Adelson, Larry Charles

Cast: Megan Mullally, Megan Thee Stallion with Bowen Yang and Nathan Lane, introducing Aaron Jackson, Josh Sharp



TOTALLY KILLER



Studio: Prime Video

Release Date: October 6, 2023

Genre: Horror/Comedy

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: Thirty-five years after the shocking murder of three teens, the infamous “Sweet Sixteen Killer“ returns on Halloween night to claim a fourth victim. Seventeen-year-old Jamie (Kiernan Shipka) ignores her overprotective mom’s (Julie Bowen) warning and comes face-to-face with the masked maniac and, on the run for her life, accidentally time travels back to 1987, the year of the original killings. Forced to navigate the unfamiliar and outrageous culture of the 1980s, Jamie teams up with her teen mom (Olivia Holt) to take down the killer once and for all, before she’s stuck in the past forever.


Directed by: Nahnatchka Khan

Written by: David Matalon, Sasha Perl-Raver, Jen D’Angelo

Produced by: Jason Blum, Adam Hendricks, p.g.a., Greg Gilreath, p.g.a.

Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Olivia Holt, Charlie Gillespie, Lochlyn Munro, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Liana Liberato, Kelcey Mawema, Stephi Chin-Salvo, Anna Diaz, Ella Choi, Jeremy Monn-Djasgnar, Nathaniel Appiah and Jonathan Potts with Randall Park and Julie Bowen


DANGEROUS WATERS



Studio: Brainstorm Media

Release Date: October 13, 2023

Genre: Thriller

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: A sailing adventure spirals out of control in this tightly wound-survival thriller. 19-year-old Rose (Odeya Rush) lives a tough, small-town life in Florida with her single mother Alma (Saffron Burrows). Their luck seems to take a turn when Alma’s new businessman boyfriend, Derek (Eric Dane), whisks them away on a sailing adventure to Bermuda. While at sea, Derek’s “business” is revealed to be less than legitimate when their boat is attacked by savage villains, set on fire, and Alma is viciously killed. Distraught and persecuted by Derek and The Captain (Ray Liotta), Rose unearths a primal instinct of survival and a terrifying need for vengeance. She will not yield until those responsible for her mother’s murder are dead.


Directed by: John Barr

Written by: Mark Jackson

Produced by: Sarah Gabriel, Marc Goldberg, Suza Horvat

Cast: Odeya Rush, Eric Dane, Saffron Burrows and Ray Liotta




THE OTHER ZOEY

Studio: Brainstorm Media

Release Date: October 20, 2023

Genre: Comedy/Drama/Romance

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: When Zoey (Josephine Langford), a smart computer nerd inexperienced with love, causes Zach (Drew Starkey) to get a concussion, he mistakes Zoey for his girlfriend. Before she reveals the truth, she meets Zach’s cousin Miles (Archie Renaux), with whom she has a lot in common. Pretending to be Zach’s girlfriend, she realizes she has feelings for both of them and is forced to confront her fears and to make an impossible decision!


Directed by: Sara Zandieh

Written by: Jenna Laurenzo & Matthew Tabak

Produced by: Mike Karz, Bill Bindley, Matthew Tabak, Matthew Luber, Lena Roklin

Cast: Heather Graham, Andie MacDowell, Josephine Langford, Drew Starkey


MARMALADE





Studio: Brainstorm Media

Release Date: November 10, 2023

Genre: Drama/Romance/Thriller

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: MARMALADE is an edge-of-the-seat crime-tinged romance tale. Recently incarcerated Baron (Keery) strikes up a friendship with cellmate Otis (Hodge), a man with a well-versed history of prison breaks. As the pair hatch an escape plan together, Baron recalls the story of how he met Marmalade (Morrone), the love of his life, and their “Bonnie and Clyde” style scheme to rob a bank in order to care for his sick mother and give the couple the life they’ve always dreamed of.


Directed by: Keir O'Donnell

Written by: Keir O'Donnell

Produced by: Marc Goldberg, Jason Shapiro, James Harris, Mark Lane, Sarah Gabriel

Cast: Joe Keery, Camila Morrone, Aldis Hodge


DREAM SCENARIO



Studio: A24

Release Date: November 10, 2023

Genre: Comedy

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: Hapless family man Paul Matthews (Nicolas Cage) finds his life turned upside down when millions of strangers suddenly start seeing him in their dreams. But when his nighttime appearances take a nightmarish turn, Paul is forced to navigate his newfound stardom, in this wickedly entertaining comedy from writer-director Kristoffer Borgli (Sick of Myself) and producer Ari Aster.


Directed by: Kristoffer Borgli

Written by: Kristoffer Borgli

Produced by: Lars Knudsen, Ari Aster, Tyler Campellone, Jacob Jaffke, Nicolas Cage

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Julianne Nicholson, Michael Cera, Tim Meadows, Dylan Gelula, Dylan Baker



RAGING GRACE



Studio: Brainstorm Media

Release Date: December 8, 2023

Genre: Drama/Horror/Mystery

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: Joy, an undocumented Filipino immigrant who is struggling to do the best she can for her daughter when she secures the perfect job: taking care of an extremely wealthy but terminal old man. The new position pays well and guarantees a roof over their heads. But very soon, Joy and her daughter Grace start to realize everything is not as it seems. Something is festering beneath the surface, threatening all they have worked for.


Directed/written by: Paris Zarcilla

Produced by: Chi Thai

Cast: Leanne Best, Jaeden Paige Boadilla, Max Eigenmann, David Hayman


THE ZONE OF INTEREST



Studio: A24

Release Date: December 8, 2023

Genre: Historical Drama

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.


Directed/written by: Jonathan Glazer

Based on the novel by: Martin Amis

Produced by: James Wilson, Ewa Puszczyńska

Cast: Christian Friedel, Sandra Hüller


THE IRON CLAW


Studio: A24

Release Date: December 22, 2023

Genre: Drama/Biography

Rated: This film is not yet rated


Synopsis: The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports.


Directed/written by: Sean Durkin

Produced by: Tessa Ross, Juliette Howell, Angus Lamont, Sean Durkin

Cast: Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, with Holt McCallany and Lily James





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