3 Must-Watch Movies on VOD for November from Johnny Vengeance
We’re heading into the holiday season which means we can count on one thing when it comes to Hollywood: Oscar bait. November is a light month for VOD, but I managed to find three promising films that you can watch from the comfort of your couch.
The directorial debut of talented actress Tara Subkoff, #Horror tells the story of a group of teenage girls that face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullying into a night of insanity.
At first glance #Horror might seem like just another social media-based horror film in the vein of Unfriended. It’s definitely not. It’s a weird, uncomfortable, and odd experience that will leave you feeling like you need a shower. I’ll admit the title is terrible, but the talent involved in this project is more than enough to make it worthy of your attention. Subkoff is confident behind the camera. The cast of young women (Stella Schnabel, Haley Murphy, Mina Sundwall) give great performances, and with a supporting cast of Taryn Manning, Natasha Lyonne, Timothy Hutton, Chloe Sevigny, and Balthazar Getty make this must see entertainment for the month of November.
It seems that Halloween never ends. Since it’s my favorite holiday I’m definitely not complaining about it. With November comes yet another horror release from acclaimed director Corin Hardy with The Hallow.
After moving into a remote millhouse in Ireland, a small family (Bojana Novakovic, Joseph Mawle) find themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods. Hardy’s atmosphere and pacing keep The Hallow from drowning in horror tropes and cliches. The film doesn’t pigeonhole itself into one horror category either. It is a creature feature, possession film, and body horror all rolled into one. If you’re a horror buff like I am you’ll want to put this on your must watch list.
The film that rounds out my November picks is a risky one. Director Scott Mann teams up with Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista, and Gina Carano to bring us The Heist. A father is without the means to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment.partners with a greedy co-worker to rob a casino. When things go awry they’re forced to hijack a city bus.
This is pick risky for two reasons; because I haven’t seen it, and when a movie packs this much talent and hits VOD before theaters it’s usually not a good thing. That being said, I’m going to give this one a shot. De Niro’s films have been mostly miss over the last few years, but he’s always provided solid performances. Also, I have a weak spot for Jeffrey Dean Morgan. He’s just so damn charming. While I can’t claim The Heist a must see, the talent in front of the lens definitely makes it hard to say no to.
It’s a small list but it’s not the size that counts, it’s the quality. While there are a few other releases available this month I didn’t feel like any demanded your immediate attention. Should you feel differently or just want to yell at me for any reason feel free to drop me a line on Twitter or have your say in the comments below.