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Screen Crusades: Weekly Streaming Guide 1.7.22

Posted by Nicolás Delgadillo in Culture on January 7, 2022

A gory thriller starts the new year on Shudder while HBO Max celebrates Harry Potter and more in this week’s guide

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‘For the Sake of Vicious’ (Shudder)

Romina (Lora Burke), an overworked nurse and single mother, returns home from her late shift on Halloween night to find a maniac hiding out with a bruised and beaten hostage. When an unexpected wave of violent intruders descends upon her home, the trio realize the only way out of the situation is to work together and fight for their survival. Directors Gabriel Carter and Reese Reveneshen deliver a thriller that is insanely gory, even for those that may think they’ve seen it all. It’s certainly one way to start your year.

‘Zone 414’ (Netflix)

Zone 414 is a dangerous and dark colony of humanoids known as “the city of robots.” The colony’s creator (Travis Fimmel) hires private investigator David Carmichael (Guy Pearce) to track down his missing daughter. David teams up with Jane (Matilda Lutz), a highly advanced A.I. equipped with the same technology of her fellow humanoids, but with all the emotions, feelings and dreams of a human being. They travel through the city uncovering clues and a crime that calls into question the origins and true purpose behind the city of artificial humans. It’s a dark and brooding sci-fi noir with some great looking cinematography and designs.

‘Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts’ (HBO Max)

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts invites fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time as it reunites Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and other esteemed cast members and filmmakers across all eight Harry Potter films for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Additional Harry Potter film alumni joining the memorable tribute include Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Ian Hart, Toby Jones, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, producer David Heyman and filmmakers Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell and David Yates. It’s a fun and emotional retrospective back through the series.

‘Pharma Bro’ (Hulu)

From Brent Hodge, this documentary tells the story of Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical tycoon known for raising the price of an AIDS drug 5500% overnight, buying the sole copy of a Wu-Tang Clan album for $2 million dollars and being convicted of securities fraud. Shkreli made headlines for a couple of years and quickly became known as one of the biggest douchebags. It’s a deep dive into the man himself and everything he did that affected people.

‘Deja Vu’ (Amazon Prime Video)

If you’ve missed this one, watch it right this second. After a ferry is bombed in New Orleans, an A.T.F. agent (Denzel Washington) joins a unique investigation using experimental surveillance technology to find the bomber, but soon finds himself becoming obsessed with one of the victims. This sci-fi detective action thriller has a fun concept that’s given the proper seriousness to Washington, who is just as fantastic as he’s ever been.

‘Lake Mungo’ (Shudder)

Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer (Talia Zucker) drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice’s secret past emerges. This underrated psychological horror is a creative mix of found footage and documentary style filmmaking about mourning in the some of the most nightmarish ways. It’s really effective horror that works in all directions.

‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye’ (HBO Max)

Directed by Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer, The Big Sick), The Eyes of Tammy Faye is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (played by Jessica Chastain). In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker (Andrew Garfield), rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.

‘Hype House’ (Netflix)

From humble beginnings to overnight fame, these are the stories of the most popular personalities on social media as they come into their own, fall in love and tackle new chapters in their lives. This reality tv series may be trash, but sometimes trash can be fun and weirdly enlightening.

‘The Animatrix’ (HBO Max)

The Animatrix is an animated anthology that acts as a companion film to the Matrix series. It’s comprised of nine short films of various animated styles that weave in and out of the main storyline. It’s both faithful to the original trilogy and helps expand the universe in a creative way.

‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses’ (HBO Max)

In this game show, superfans of the Harry Potter franchise answer trivia questions about the intricately detailed universe; the winner of the competition earns the title of House Cup Champion. The series features celebrity guests and of course, plenty of the original film actors as well.

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‘The Book of Boba Fett’ (Disney+)

With Boba Fett officially back in Star Wars thanks to The Mandalorian, the legendary bounty hunter (with Temuera Morrison reprising the role) has now received his own spin-off series. Along with mercenary Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), The Book of Boba Feet has the two navigating the galaxy’s underworld when they return to the sands of Tatooine to stake their claim on the territory once ruled by Jabba the Hutt and his crime syndicate. Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Robert Rodriguez, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson are the executive producers. Karen Gilchrist and Carrie Beck serve as co-executive producers, with John Bartnicki producing and John Hampian as co-producer. The first two episodes are now streaming.

Also streaming now:

Netflix – ‘1BR’, ‘300’, ‘Annie’, ‘Bigfish’, ‘Braveheart’, ‘Cadillac Records’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Dark Shadows’, ‘Doing Hard Time’, ‘Rise of the Guardians’, ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’, ‘Girl, Interrupted’, ‘Godzilla 1998’, ‘Gremlins’, ‘Happy Feet’, ‘Hell or Highwater’, ‘Hook’, ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’, ‘I Still Know What You Did Last Summer’, ‘I Love You, Man’, ‘Interview with the Vampire’, ‘Jonah Hex’, ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’, ‘Kung Fu Panda’, ‘Linewatch’, ‘Midnight in Paris’, ‘Nacho Libre’, ‘Paranormal Activity’, ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’, ‘Stand By Me’, ‘Superman Returns’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Collection’, ‘Terminator 2: Judgement Day’, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’, ‘The Lost Boys’, ‘The NeverEnding Story’, ‘The Town’, ‘The Wedding Singer’, ‘Troy’, ‘True Grit’, ‘Wild Wild West’, ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Binti’

Hulu – ‘10,000 BC’, ‘(500) Days of Summer’, ‘Astro Boy’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’, ‘Commando’, ‘Coneheads’, ‘Date Night’, ‘Devil in a Blue Dress’, ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’, ‘Escape from Alcatraz’, ‘Fred Claus’, ‘The Haunting’, ‘Hitman: Agent 47’, ‘Hugo’, ‘The Impossible’, ‘The Indian in the Cupboard’, ‘Jacob’s Ladder’, ‘The King of Comedy’, ‘Last of the Mohicans’, ‘The Machinist’, ‘Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World’, ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, ‘Panic Room’, ‘Paranormal Activity 3’, ‘Red Eye’, ‘Red Riding Hood’, ‘Resident Evil’, ‘Revolutionary Road’, ‘The Sandlot’, ‘Seven’, ‘Sinister’, ‘Space Jam’, ‘Star Trek Movie Collection’, ‘Three Days of the Condor’, ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’, ‘Survivor (Season 37)’

Shudder – ‘Blood on Satan’s Claw’, ‘Witchfinder General’, ‘The Wicker Man’, ‘Eve’s Bayou’, ‘Blood for Dracula’, ‘Flesh for Frankenstein’, ‘Dark August’, ‘Dream No Evil’, ‘Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood’, ‘The Child’, ‘The Premonition’, ‘The Witch Who Came From the Sea’, ‘Beyond Dream’s Door’, ‘Winterbeast’, ‘Fatal Exam’

HBO Max – ‘2 Guns’, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, ’17 Again’, ‘300: Rise of an Empire’, ‘All Star Superman’, ‘Annabelle Comes Home’, ‘Amityville 3-D’, ‘Amityville II: The Possession’, ‘Aquaman’, ‘Batkid Begins’, ‘Batman Movie Collection’, ‘Birds of Prey’, ‘Blade Runner: The Final Cut’, ‘The Bodyguard’, ‘Caddyshack’, ‘Casablanca’, ‘Catwoman’, ‘Chaplin’, ‘A Cinderella Story’, ‘Citizen Kane’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Crazy Rich Asians’, ‘The Dark Crystal’, ‘The Death of Superman’, ‘The Departed’, ‘Dog Day Afternoon’, ‘Easy A’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘The Faculty’, ‘Fast & Furious 6’, ‘Fatal Attraction’, ‘Friday’, ‘The Fugitive’, ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’, ‘Gone Gaby Gone’, ‘Gone With the Wind’, ‘Gravity’, ‘The Green Hornet’, ‘Green Lantern’, ‘Gremlins 2: The New Batch’, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies’, ‘Hobo With a Shotgun’, ‘Inception’, ‘It Chapter Two’, ‘Joker’, ‘Justice League Movie Collection’, ‘Killing Gunther’, ‘King Kong 1933’, ‘Kong: Skull Island’, ‘Lethal Weapon’, ‘The Lord of the Rings Trilogy’, ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, ‘Magic Mike’, ‘Malcolm X’, ‘The Mask’, ‘Mean Streets’, ‘Memento’, ‘Mortal Kombat 2021’, ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’, ‘North by Northwest’, ‘The Nun’, ‘Ocean’s 8’, ‘Paddington 2’, ‘Pineapple Express’, ‘Ready Player One’, ‘The Road Warrior’, ‘Scooby-Doo’, ‘Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed’, ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, ‘Shazam!’, ‘The Shining’, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Superman Movie Collection’, ‘Swordfish’, ‘Teen Titans Movie Collection’, ‘Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride’, ‘Training Day’, ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘Watchmen’, ‘Wedding Crashers’, ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Wonder Woman’

Amazon Prime Video – ‘127 Hours’, ‘Alien vs Predator Requiem’, ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, ‘Crazy Heart’, ‘Deja Vu’, ‘Judge Dredd’, ‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Mission: Impossible Movie Collection’, ‘Napolean Dynamite’, ‘Predator’, ‘Push’, ‘Red Tails’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’, ‘Stargate’, ‘Super Troopers’, ‘The Taking of Pelham 123’, ‘The Village’

Paramount+ – ’10 Cloverfield Lane’, ‘Footloose’, ‘G.I. Jane’, ‘Paranormal Activity Movie Collection’, ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’, ‘The Rugrats Movie’, ‘Rugrats in Paris’, ‘Trekkies 2’, ‘Scrooge’, ‘Waiting for Superman’

COMING NEXT WEEK:

Netflix – ‘The Colony’, ‘Cheer (Season 2)’, ‘I Fell in Love with a Gangster’, ‘The God Committee’, ‘Brazen’, ‘Chosen’, ‘The Journalist’, ‘After Life (Season 3)’, ‘Archive 81’, ‘The House’

Hulu – ‘Ailey’, ‘Black Bear’, ‘I’m Your Man’, ‘Bergman Island’, ‘Sex Appeal’

Shudder – ‘Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror’, ‘Eyes of Fire’, ‘Il Demonio’, ‘Alison’s Birthday’, ‘Leptirica’, ‘Clearcut’, ‘Wilzcyzca’, ‘Lake of the Dead’, ‘Tilbury’, ‘Lokis’, ‘Edge of the Knife’

HBO Max – ‘Euphoria (Season 2)’, ‘The Righteous Gemstones (Season 2)’, ‘Squidbillies (Season 13)’, ‘Diego: The Last Goodbye’, ‘Peacemaker’

Amazon Prime Video – ‘Colombiana’, ‘A Sort of Homecoming’, ‘The Intouchables’, ‘Twinsanity’, ‘The Master’, ‘Hotel Transylvania: Transformania’

Disney+ – ‘Eternals’, ‘Call to the Wild’, ‘Betty White Goes Wild!’, ‘Catch That Kid’

AppleTV+ – ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’


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