New movies to stream this weekend from The Wolf House to Poltergeist
Wondering what to watch this weekend? There are plenty more season-appropriate movies to catch up on this week, as a variety of horror films suitable for audiences of different ages hit streaming services this week.
Leading the pack is The wolf’s house comes out on MUBI. A spellbinding stop-motion film that filters the real-life horrors of Pinochet’s dictatorship through classic fairy tales, Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña is as disconcerting and hypnotic as it is visually unique. Meanwhile, on Netflix, the streaming service is releasing its own fairy tale in the form of The School of Good and Evila new feature film directed by Paul Feig in the adaptation of a youth novel by Soman Chainani.
Read more: All new on Disney+ in October
On iPlayer there is the classic American horror film of the 80s Fighting spiritby the duo Steven Spielberg and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Tobe Hooper, as well as Aardman’s charming horror parody Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
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The wolf’s house (2018) – MUBI (pick of the week)
The idiosyncratic animated feature by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña The wolf’s house is a stunning and surreal typhoon of mixed media and constant metamorphosis. Taking a Grimm tale style, it twists the story of The three little pigs through the real-life horrors of Colonia Dignidad, a sectarian enclave ruled by Paul Schäfer, a depraved man who harbored Nazis and turned the place into a torture center for the enemies of dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Read more: All new to Prime in October
The film follows María, a girl from Colonia Dignidad, punished for losing three pigs. Instead, she runs away and takes refuge in an abandoned house hidden in the forest. The subject starts off incredibly heavy but the directors whittle it down to something that isn’t too difficult to handle.
The construction of the house itself by León and Cociña is amazing as the walls themselves appear to be in constant motion, reality changing and shifting around its characters at all times as it constantly deconstructs and rebuilds itself. . It can be overwhelming even with a fairly short runtime, but it’s safe to say there’s nothing like The wolf’s house.
Also on MUBI: The white reindeer (1952)
Fighting spirit (1982) – BBC iPlayer
A Movie That Terrified Many Millennials Then, Now Fighting spirit reads like a deconstruction of late 20th-century capitalism under Reagan and how it reshaped the middle-class family unit — less scary than family drama filtered through a ghost story.
It follows the Freeling family, patriarch Steve, his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie and Carol Anne. Steve sells suburban homes in California for a company that built them.
Read more: All new on Sky and NOW in October
Steve soon realizes the house is haunted after discovering self-moving objects and enlists a team of parapsychologists to help battle the ghost. A collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper the sensibilities of the two clash somewhat, perhaps leaning more in favor of the former as it covers the American director’s usual thematic interests.
Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005) – BBC iPlayer
Another stop motion feature from industry legends Aardman, The Clay Adventures of Wallace & Gromit take a (slightly) spookier turn as the duo run a business ridding the town of garden pests, catching them and killing them. adopting rather than exterminating them.
The two are called upon to investigate a giant rabbit that is terrorizing their town’s vegetable gardens, jeopardizing the annual vegetable-growing contest. On the other hand, the horror spoof might roll audiences’ eyes, but director Nick Park directs with plenty of expressive charm, his higher budget used for maximum absurdity as he contrasts the quaint charm of the campaign with familiar horror tropes – notably when Wallace transforms into a giant rabbit.
Also on iPlayer: Queen of Katwe, The Awakening
The School of Good and Evil (2022)-Netflix
The latest movie from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig imagines classic fairy tale roles as something to be learned at a Hogwarts-type school: The School of Good and Evil. The school exists behind a veil, between the world of the “Storians”, those who become the figures of famous fables, and the “Readers”, those who live them.
Read more: Brand new on Netflix in October
The film is based on a series of novels by Soman Chainani and follows best friends Sophie and Agatha as they navigate this enchanted school for budding young heroes and villains. They find themselves on either side of the divide – Sophie on the evil side, Agatha on the good side, the opposite of their temperaments – and try to get out of their respective missions.
The playfulness with fairy tale logic and sometimes pantomime tone can be fun at times, but the film’s production is ugly, stuffy and washed out. Even with its cast of legendary performers (Lawrence Fishburne and Michelle Yeoh among them), it feels so stretched for undue length.
Also on Netflix: the stranger
Watch the trailer for The School of Good and Evil