Sator Mixes Family Videos Into Supernatural Horror [Review]

Both Cannibal Holocaust and The Blair Witch Project claimed to be “found” footage, which led to a murder trial for the former and box office success for the latter. Auteur Jordan Graham’s first feature, Sator, is a variation on that theme. In his director’s statement, Graham says, “Also very real in this film, despite its fictional premise, is my grandmother relating her unique and hauntingly personal experiences.” Meaning Sator mixes Graham’s family videos into a supernatural horror film.

Not knowing where the fiction starts and where the fact ends make for a fascinating viewing experience. As a recording of his Grandma says, “If you summon Sator, he will turn his attention toward you… he will make you pure” over the radio, viewers will wonder if it’s a real or scripted recording. Graham’s Nani (June Peterson) plays herself, and it’s never clear when she’s acting, if ever, and when she’s being filmed out of character. It’s not clear if there is a character at all. That ambiguity had will have viewers rapt, trying to spot the seams between reality and fiction.

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Spell mixes Deliverance and Misery with Hoodoo [Blu-ray Review]

Spell’s hero, Marquis T. Woods (Omari Hardwick), is a bigshot lawyer getting ready for his next case—defending against a class-action lawsuit with mostly black plaintiffs—when he gets the call that his father has died. Over dinner he tells his wife and two children, “I haven’t seen him since I ran away from Appalachia and never looked back.” The family decides to fly his single-engine plane down for the funeral. After ignoring multiple warnings at a gas station, Woods loses control of the plane in a storm. The scene cuts to black, leaving audiences to imagine the crash. 

Woods wakes in the bed of a creepy cabin, foot wrapped in blood soaked bandages. Shortly after, Ms. Eloise (Loretta Devine) comes in with her associate Earl (John Beasely), who tells Woods, “Wasn’t no one in that mushed up old plane but yourself” with a thick accent. There’s also no help on the way because they’re 50 miles away from the nearest hospital and Ms. Eloise doesn’t have a phone. She does have two men—Earl and Lewis (Steve Mululu)—to help her take care of Woods. Quickly, she begins telling him about Hoodoo, though she never says if she’s going to use her spells to help him or use him as ingredients to help with her spells. 

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Movies I Watched in 2020

1. Queen and Slim (1/2/20)

2. The Nightingale (1/2/20)

3. The Grudge (1/3/20)

4. Stuber (1/5/20)

5.  Little Women (1/5/20)

6. Uncut Gems (1/6/20)

7. A Tale of Two Sisters (1/7/20)  

8. Tigers Are Not Afraid (1/8/20)

9. Underwater (1/9/20)

10. Ma (1/10/20)

11. Horror Noire (1/11/20)

12. Bonnie and Clyde (1/13/20)  

13. The Night (1/14/20)

14. The Last Black Man in San Francisco (1/15/20)  

15. The Florida Project (1/17/20)  

16. The Bad Batch (1/18/20)  

17. The Naked Gun (1/21/20)

18. The Color Out of Space (1/22/20)

19. Mandy (1/23/20)

20. A Wrinkle in Time (1/28/20)

21. Hobbs and Shaw (1/28/20)  

22. Parasite (1/29/20)

23. Knives Out (1/30/20)

24. VFW (1/31/20)

25. Almost Human (2/3/20)

26. The Lego Movie (2/3/20)  

27. The Mind’s Eye (2/4/20)

28. Ash is the Purest White (2/5/20)  

29. Red Eye (2/6/20)

30. The Witch (2/7/20)

31. First Love (2/8/20)

32. Body Bags (2/9/20)

33. Selma (2/10/20)

34. Gretel and Hansel (2/11/20)

35. Top Gun (2/12/20)

36. Lion (2/15/20)

37. Her (2/15/20)  

38. 1917 (2/16/20)  

39. Parasite (2/16/20)  

40. The Ranger (2/17/20)

41. The Ballad of Narayama (2/18/20)

42. At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (2/19/20)

43. Paris Je T’Aime (2/23/20)  

44. Hustlers (2/24/20)

45. The Men Who Tread on the Tiger’s Tail (2/24/20)

46. Girl on the Third Floor (2/25/20)  

47. Shaft (2/25/20)

48. Black Wall Street Burning (2/27/20)

49. The Farewell (2/27/20)

50. A Quiet Place (2/29/20)

51. Parasite (3/1/20)

52. The Witch: Subversion (3/1/20)

53. The Lodge (3/5/20)

54. Possession (3/5/20)

55. Little Joe (3/6/20)

56. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (3/6/20)  

57. Sanshiro Sugata (3/8/20)

58. Good Boys (3/9/20)  

59. Deliverance (3/10/20)

60. Ichiban Utsukushiku (3/10/20)  

61. Intentions of Murder (3/12/20)

62. The Meddler (3/13/20)

63. Zombieland: Double Tap (3/14/20)  

64. Bone Tomahawk (3/14/20)  

65. Red Beard (3/16/20)  

66. Viy (3/16/20)

67. Coherence (3/17/20)  

68. Satanic Panic (3/19/20)

69. Season of the Witch (3/21/20)

70. Blood Feast (3/22/20)

71. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (3/28/20)

72. Daniel Isn’t Real (3/29/20)

73. The Other Lamb (4/1/20)  

74. Atlantics (4/2/20)

75. Prom Night (4/3/20)  

76. Baskin (4/7/20)

77. Scream (4/8/20)

78. Scream 2 (4/8/20)

79. The Exorcist 3 (4/9/20)

80. Manichitrathazhu (4/10/20)

81. Infection (4/12/20)

82. The Slumber Party Massacre (4/15/20)  

83. Hellraiser (4/16/20)

84. Dolemite is My Name (4/19/20)

85. Little Woods (4/20/20)  

86. Ganja & Hess (4/21/20)

87. The Hitcher (4/22/20)  

88. The Craft (4/23/20)  

89. Blue Velvet (4/24/20)  

90. Chopping Mall (4/25/20)  

91. Alien Resurrection (4/26/20)  

92. Terrifier (4/28/20)  

93. Dog Soldiers (4/30/20)

94. Outbreak (5/1/20)  

95. Prevenge (5/1/20)  

96. Duel (5/2/20)

97. Bloodsucking Freaks (5/3/20)  

98. Tragedy Girls (5/4/20)  

99. Castle Freak (5/5/20)

100. Wrinkles the Clown (5/5/20)

101. Q: The Winged Serpent (5/6/20)

102. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (5/7/20)  

103. Deathgasm (5/8/20)  

104. Ghost Stories (5/8/20)  

105. Satan’s Slaves (5/11/20)  

106. Tigers Are Not Afraid (5/14/20)

107. Pan’s Labyrinth (5/15/20)  

108. The Town (5/16/20)  

109. Heat (5/17/20)  

110. Summer of ’84 (5/18/20)  

111. Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (5/19/20)  

112. Skull: The Mask (5/20/20)

113. The Bad Sleep Well (5/21/20)  

114. The Lovebirds (5/22/20)  

115. The Changeling (5/24/20)

116. The Slumber Party Massacre 2 (5/25/20)  

117. Relic (5/26/20)

118. Terrified (5/27/20)

119. Kuso (5/29/20)

120. She’s Gotta Have It (5/29/20)

121. Ikiru (6/2/20)

122. Overboard (6/3/20)

123. Judy (6/4/20)

124. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (6/4/20)  

125. Bay of Blood (6/5/20)

126. The Outsiders (6/5/20)  

127. Blacula (6/6/20)

128. Scream Blacula Scream (6/7/20)

129. Scream, Queen! (6/7/20)

130. Eve’s Bayou (6/8/20)

131. Black Sabbath (6/10/20)

132. Night of the Living Dead (6/11/20)

133. Shirley (6/11/20)

134. Jason and the Argonauts (6/15/20)

135. The Vast of Night (6/15/20)

136. Pain and Glory (6/17/20)

137. The Valley of Gwanji (6/18/20)

138. Her Smell (6/19/20)

139. Terminator: Dark Fate (6/20/20)

140. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (6/21/20)

141. Clash of the Titans (6/22/20)

142. Belzebuth (6/24/20)  

143. JoJo Rabbit (6/24/20)

144. The Princess Bride (6/28/20)  

145. Candyman (6/29/20)  

146. Sugar Hill (6/30/20)  

147. Ichi the Killer (7/1/20)

148. Da 5 Bloods (7/2/20)

149. Hamilton (7/3/20)

150. Jaws (7/4/20)

151. Point Break (7/5/20)

152. A Deadly Legend (7/6/20)

153. Tourist Trap (7/6/20)

154. Panic Room (7/7/20)  

155. Clueless (7/9/20)

156. Best in Show (7/11/20)

157. Incident in a Ghostland (7/11/20)

158. Hot Rod (7/12/20)

159. The Beach House (7/12/20)

160. Palm Springs (7/13/20)

161. The Bigamist (7/14/20)

162. Fighting With My Family (7/15/20)

163. Scare Package (7/16/20)

164. Nothing But the Blood (7/17/20)

165. American Graffiti (7/17/20)

166. The Spy Who Dumped Me (7/18/20)

167. Little Monsters (7/19/20)

168. City of the Living Dead (7/19/20)  

169. Liar Liar (7/20/20)

170. Sleepaway Camp (7/21/20)

171. Silence of the Lambs (7/23/20)  

172. Blood Quantum (7/24/20)  

173. Train to Busan (7/24/20)

174. Bacurau (7/25/20)

175. Nocturnal Animals (7/26/20)

176. Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula (7/27/20)

177. Wolf Cop (7/29/20)

178. La Llorona (7/30/20)

179. Moana (8/1/20)

180. Aladdin (8/1/20)

181. Aladdin (8/2/20)

182. Host (8/3/20)

183. Blinded by the Light (8/4/20)

184. Never Fear (8/5/20)

185. Roy Colt & Winchester Jack (8/6/20)

186. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (8/8/20)

187. The Burning (8/8/20)

188. The Dark End of the Street (8/9/20)  

189. Seoul Station (8/10/20)

190. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind (8/10/20)

191. The Witch in the Window (8/11/20)

192. The Peanut Butter Falcon (8/12/20)

193. Haunt (8/13/20)

194. Robocop (8/14/20)  

195. House (8/15/20)

196. Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey (8/16/20)

197. Baron Blood (8/17/20)

198. Hagazussa (8/20/20)

199. Pieces (8/21/20)

200. Scream (8/21/20)  

201. The Hustle (8/22/20)

202. Scream 4 (8/22/20)

203. The Strangers: Prey at Night (8/23/20)

204. Ghost Story (8/26/20)

205. Thirst (8/27/20)

206. Manhunter (8/29/20)

207. The Tigers of Scotland (8/31/20)

208. The Uninvited (8/31/20)

209. Only Lovers Left Alive (9/1/20)

210. Evil Boy (9/2/20)

211. Beyond the Door (9/4/20)

212. Psycho (9/9/20)

213. Anaconda (9/10/20)

214. Under the Skin (9/11/20)

215. The Last Starfighter (9/12/20)

216. The Big Chill (9/12/20) 

217. Radio Flyer (9/13/20)

218. Collateral (9/15/20)  

219. Salem’s Lot (9/17/20)

220. The Rhythm Section (9/21/20)

221. Graveyards of Honor (9/22/20)

222. Ringu (9/23/20)

222. Graveyards of Honor ’02 (9/24/20)

223. He Got Game (9/24/20)

224. Buried (9/25/20)

225. Culture Shock (9/26/20)

226. An Easy Girl (9/26/20)

227. Red Dragon (9/30/20)

228. Us (10/2/20)

229. Theater of Blood (10/3/20)

230. Get Out (10/3/20)

231. Vampires vs the Bronx (10/4/20)

232. Scare Me (10/5/20)

233. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (10/6/20)

234. The Last House on the Left (10/7/20)

235. The Platform (10/8/20)

236. The Old Ways (10/9/20)

237. Hubie Halloween (10/9/20)

238. Luz (10/10/20)

239. The People Under the Stairs (10/10/20)

240. Ghost Hunters versus Bloody Mary (10/13/20)

241. Amulet (10/16/20)

242. The Gallows (10/19/20)

243. Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (10/20/20)

244. Pumpkinhead (10/21/20)  

245. The Frighteners (10/23/20)

246. Bad Hair (10/24/20)

247. House of Usher (10/24/20)

248. The Love Witch (10/25/20)

249. The Tomb of Ligeia (10/26/20)  

250. Annabelle (10/27/20)

251. WNUF Halloween Special (10/28/20)

252. From Beyond (10/29/20)

253. Creepshow: The Animated Special (10/30/20)

254.The Mortuary Collection (10/30/20)

255. Puppet Master (10/31/20)

256. Spiral (10/31/20)

257. The Masque of the Red Death (10/31/20)

258. Maniac Cop (10/31/20)

259. The Witches ’90 (11/3/20)

260. God Told Me To (11/4/20)  

261. Voodoo Apocalypse (11/5/20)

262. Jennifer’s Body (11/5/20)

263. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (11/8/20)

264. Yojimbo (11/9/20)  

265. Borat (11/10/20)

266. Borat: Subsequent Movie Film (11/11/20)

267. The Sixth Sense (11/13/20)

268. Saturday the 14th (11/14/20)

269. Cold Light of Day (11/19/20)

270. Warning from Space (11/20/20)

271. Paranorman (11/20/20)

272. The Stuff (11/21/20)  

273. Emma. (11/21/20)

274. Warm Bodies (11/22/20)

275. My Octopus Teacher (11/23/20)

276. ils (11/24/20)

277. Why Horror? (11/25/20)

278. Happiest Season (11/25/20)  

279. Seven Samurai (11/26/20)

280. Jingle Jangle (11/27/20)

281. Vampyr (11/27/20) 

282. Happy Death Day (11/28/20)

283. The Social Dilemma (11/29/20)

284. It’s a Wonderful Life (11/30/20)

285. Suspiria (12/1/20)

286. Possessor (12/3/20)

287. Not a Creature was Stirring (12/3/20)

288. Freaky (12/4/20)

289. The Golem (12/4/20)

290. Alice, Sweet Alice (12/5/20)

291. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (12/7/20)  

292. Scrooged (12/8/20)  

293. The Curse of Hobbes House (12/9/20)  

294. Gremlins (12/11/20)

295. Better Watch Out (12/11/20)

296. Gremlins 2: The New Batch (12/12/20)

297. Christmas Evil (12/13/20)

298. The Invisible Man (2/25/20)

299. Jingle All the Way (12/14/20)

300. Rare Exports (12/15/20)

301. Four Christmases (12/16/20)

302. A Creepshow Holiday Special (12/19/20)

303. Elf (12/19/20)

304. His House (12/21/20)

305. Die Hard (12/22/20)

306. Soul (12/26/20)

307. Wonder Woman ’84 (12/28/20)

308. The Guest (12/29/20)

309. Blockers (12/30/20)

310. Love Actually (12/31/20)

And for reference, here’s what I watched in 2019.

Ryan Bradley’s Top 10 Horror Movies 2020

No one is out here arguing that 2020 was a good year in most respects. But horror films (and novels) have been popping all year. We’re in a boom with horror auteurs stacking great movies one after the other. The boom arguably started in 2014-2015, when Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook, and Robert Egger’s The Witch were released in a little over a one year period. 

This boom, unlike previous periods of horror, has given more opportunities to women, people of color, and LGBQT people. Diversity in front of and behind the camera in horror has led to a better genre, which was demonstrated clearly by the excellent offerings of 2020

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