Nastiest of 2020
Hold the COVID
Top ten nastiest of 2020 -- Hold the COVID!!
I can seriously say that I could never see myself binging on more Sci-fi and Horror miniseries since this pandemic took the world by its "brains"...literally devouring our old folks, vulnerable, and health compromised population. You would think we are all starring in one of Georges A. Romero films but as I will always remind my TBHMManiacs to keep up with your physical fitness because at this point you don't know when you will have to break out into sweats to run for your life from the "CORONA". Without further ado, the top ten horror movies and series to help make us feel a lil better because they were just purely nastier than COVID-19 in 2019 but as lethal as COVID-20 in 2020 with all its effective variants which are more potent than any sequels!
Directors: II Cho, David Marantz
Writers: Matt Naylor, II Cho, David Marantz
Starring: Yoo Ah In, Park Shin Hye, Jeon Bae Soo, Stuart Matthews
Synopsis: My number 1 movie of 2020 has to be hands down, "ALIVE", made here in South Korea where I am currently stationed. Let me say that South Korea has completely blown my mind with their culture and most amazingly with their uniquely bonafide storytelling to scare the living infant out of us. Alive is not just another zombie apocalypse film but the most terrifying horror movie of 2020 as this virus named CORONA is showing its gnawing teeth by killing off over 80% of everyone infected and rendering the rest of us to be forever germophobes remaining in self-imposed quarantine/isolation, this premise displays glaring similarities with the latter. Alive hits a nerve when the protagonist wakes up alone in his claustrophobia-induced apartment to find the world as he knew it to be no more; imminent application of survival to the fittest methods while fighting loneliness in his zombie overrun skyrise apartment building will keep you at the edge of your seats. It also forces you to think what if "COVID" turned the infected who passed to zombies... it crossed your mind!
2. A Quiet Place Part II
Director: John Krasinski
Writer: John Krasinski
Starring: Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou
Synopsis: It starts out with a flashback from day 1 when these evil creatures crash landed in their community and started to wreck havoc on the locals especially the loud ones as those ETs are armored and blind but possess hyper hearing ability which they use to hunt down people. The story continues with the remaining Abbott family looking for safety and the daughter looking for a way to annihilate these hearing sensitive monsters and ensuring all survivors can weaponize a signal to fight off these earth enders .
3. His House
Director: Remi Weeks
Writer: Remi Weeks, Felicity Evans, Toby Venables
Starring: Wunmi Mosaku, Sope Dirisu, Matt Smith, Javier Botet, Yvonne Campbell
Synopsis: A refugee family seeks asylum from war torn South Sudan in the UK only to experience surreal and macabre occurrences in their placed house preventing them from forgetting their horrid past and being a solid unit without a fight. A must see. Such beautiful cinematography and scares over a mile long.
4. The Call
Director: Chung Hyun Lee
Writer: Chung Hyun Lee
Starring: Park Shin Hye, Jeon Jong Seo
Synopsis: Two women from different times, Young Sook in 1999 and Seo Yeon in 2019 are mysteriously able to connect with each other through a cordless phone in the same house, across space and time. This premise was intriguing for the quantum mechanics element and the characters' cunning but if you are looking for a happy ending, this one will only offer a galore of guts, blood, and gore on repeat!
5. Behind her eyes -- miniseries
Director: Erik Richter Strand
Writer: Sarah Pinborough
Creator: Steve Lightfoot
Starring: Eve Hewson, Tom Bateman, Simona Brown, Robert Aramayo
Synopsis: A single mother's life is changed forever when she begins what seemed to be the most torrid affair. It's one thing to be suspected by the wife of someone you are having an affair with and they want agreeably to end you but it's another when behind her eyes is someone else, then one should start contemplating that there are worse things than death. Indeed there is behind her eyes! This miniseries will keep you salivating for more even though you know you had enough...
6. The Hunt
Director: Craig Zobel
Writers: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof
Starring: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts
Synopsis: Survival of the fittest should be the motto of this premise. A group of strangers from all walks of life are dropped off in the middle of nowhere only to be picked off one by one for bloodsport. One misidentified lady from the group will not be taken out without a fight. Betty Gilpin plays Chrystal Creasey, the most kickass veteran. She is hands down the most badass chick of 2020. The question that keeps nagging me, was she really a former Army ranger mistaken for a conventional housewife who leaked manorgate? Let me know when you find out!
Director: Joko Anwar
Writer: Joko Anwar
Starring: Tara Basro, Marissa Anita, Christine Hakim
Synopsis: Out of the blue, a man tries to kill Maya while working at a tollbooth and he calls her by a different name. The man is bent on killing her as if she were the source of some unimaginable obscurities and sufferings. A whole village is driven to believe by sacrificing Maya, a 20 year curse placed on the village will be lifted. Only thing is, there is more that meets they eye in this Indonesian gem. A must watch!
8. The Swarm
Director: Just Phillippot
Writers: Jerome Genevray, Franck Victor
Starring: Suliane Brahim, Sofian Khammes, Marie Narbonne
Synopsis: An independent recently widowed mother of two living in the middle of nowhere, France; surviving on breeding locusts for money, took a rather dreadful turn when the swarm of locusts got a taste for blood, human blood that is.
"Some mothers are from another world of psycho!"
9. The Dark and the Wicked
Director: Bryan Bertino
Writer: Bryan Bertino
Starring: Marin Ireland, Xander Berkeley, Michael Abbott Jr.
Synopsis: Louise and Michael are the most unfortunate siblings to return home to their farm in Texas at the behest of their mother since their father fell ill and was bedridden. Only if they knew, nothing they would do would make it any better. Their reality becomes a perpetual nightmare the longer they stay. Scaryyyyyyyyy!
10. The Outsider -- miniseries
Directors: Richard Price, Jason Bateman, Andrew Bernstein, Igor Martinovic, Karyn Kusama, Daina Reid, J.D. Dillard, Charlotte Brandstrom
Writer: Stephen King
Starring: Ben Mendelsohn, Bill Camp, Jeremy Bobb, Julianne Nicholson, Mare Winningham
Synopsis: Such a phenomenal adaptation of Stephen King's book. 10 episodes strong with some of the most suspenseful scenes I have ever seen. The Outsider soundtrack keeps the hair on the back of my neck raised. It tells the story of a pedophilic creature that rapes and slaughter small boys while assuming the physical identity of its scapegoats. A creature that feeds on total destruction of others for its own survival. One of the smartest and most frightening miniseries ever!
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