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The latest is an interview with Al Pacino, a surprising first-time collaborator with the director._","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Al Pacino had, incredibly, never worked with Martin Scorsese before _The Irishman_. They’d come closest with a biopic of suffering artist Amedeo Modigliani that would have featured Pacino chugging absinthe, but in the 1980s financing was not forthcoming for such maudlin subject matter. Almost two decades on, actor and director finally got together, with Pacino playing flamboyant real-life labour leader Jimmy Hoffa, who mysteriously disappeared in 1975. _Empire_ called Pacino at his LA home one morning for a lengthy chat about his process, his iconic roles and shooting _The Godfather_ in a graveyard.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**The Irishman spans multiple decades, with the leads playing a lot of different ages. Was that daunting, to keep the whole thing in your head?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Well, everything’s daunting, my friend. Keeping your head in your head is daunting!","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Robert De Niro has said he sometimes had to be reminded, “Today you’re 30.”** ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Oh yes. Yes. “Your head is on the floor — it should be up above your shoulders. What are you doing?” You forget that you didn’t quite move when you were 39 the way you do now. So you have to be reminded. As if acting isn’t tough enough, you gotta move to the age, as they say. I would say that was probably the most daunting part of it. Because when you have good text, when you have good story and you’re working with actors that you know and have played with before, then it’s a little less daunting. It’s trying to get your body to act like it’s 39. Only Meryl Streep could do that. That’s all I can tell you!","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**De Niro also said there was a scene where he had to go down some stairs as a young man that took a lot of honing. Was there anything like that for you?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Somehow, when I ran upstairs, I managed to do it with real alacrity. And after the take, I of course had to be rushed off to the hospital. Just joking. Just joking. (Laughs) But during the take, it was powerful. I did think, “How did I just do that?” There’s something to say for staying in shape. And I don’t know if anyone is in better shape than Robert.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**You can’t be doing too badly yourself.**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Well, yeah, but I’m not in 39 year-old shape. No. I’m a borderline 70.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**With Jimmy Hoffa, you’re playing a real-life figure, who was a very charismatic guy.**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"He had to have been. And he started young. I mean, at 17 he was in the unions there. And so he took a lot of knocks and stuff. He was motivated. He was pretty smart too.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Did you dive into the history books for research?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Well, I took advantage of what’s accessible to us today. Today’s world, everybody’s photographing everybody. They got footage of me next year walking around! Of course, Hoffa was famous and so he was apt to be photographed more than someone like a Frank Serpico. When I played Frank Serpico, there was nothing of him, but there was no need for footage because Frank was there, so I had him. Any actor will tell you that having the real person you’re playing is a real advantage. And actors usually take access to that because it’s so available and you learn from it and it stimulates you. That’s what you’re always looking for. So I had a lot of footage of Hoffa and I just said, “I’ll look at this stuff, inundate myself with it and then hopefully some of it will reach my imagination.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**The Irishman is an event movie, given it’s bringing together you and Bob and Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese together. Was that in your mind while you were shooting it?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Oh no, I didn’t think of that. I just thought, “It’s awfully cold outside. I hope we don’t stay in this scene long, because I don’t wanna go out there.” New York can get real cold. _Laughs_ Those kind of thoughts. But there’s also another thing. Because when I have done movies before, early on, especially in the ’70s, you did the appropriate amount of rehearsal. Especially with Lumet. He’d rehearse it three or four weeks, almost like a play, when you went into a movie. But they don’t do that as much anymore. Although Marty does and Marty had given me a lot of books. He talked to me about things. Which is, I have to say, very valuable. But this is a world and I know these people. I know Marty and Bob and Joe and a couple of the other people so well. I’ve known Bob practically my whole life. I knew him when I was a young actor in the ’60s. And as far as Marty, I’ve known him well over 30 years. So there’s a familiarity. With Bob especially ’cause I’ve worked with him and am very close to him. So when you get there you’re around people that you’re familiar with. It’s a bit of shorthand, as they say.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**While De Niro and Scorsese were making all their ’70s and ’80s classics together, was a part of you envious you were being left out?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I had a relationship with [Sidney] Lumet. And I had a relationship with Marty Bregman, who was my manager at the time. So I had my own thing. And Marty had his relationship with Bob, and also with Brian De Palma and Francis Coppola and Spielberg. They were all together. Francis once told me, “You should meet his guy. His name is Marty Scorsese. He’s a great director, you should meet him.” This is when I was a youngster. So we were in the _area_. We almost did a film together. We worked on a film, Marty and I, years ago. But like all these things, they take time and then they don’t turn out.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**You’ve said The Irishman reminded you of the 1970s, in the way it was made. Can you elaborate on that?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I’ll tell you one thing: we weren’t worried about getting it done in three weeks. That’s all. You know, it was like you had this big studio behind you and there was room for exploration. There was room to feel as though you were making a big film, because you weren’t being rushed all the time. Whereas most films today they’re looking at the clock. You gotta finish at a certain time or it’s too costly. [With _The Irishman_] there was a kind of largesse. It was given a lot of good backing, I think. I remember one moment from the 1970s that I’ll never forget. It was _The Godfather_, and I was new to movies. And I remember we were doing a scene in the cemetery, ’cause we were burying the Don. And after the day was over, about 6pm, Coppola was sitting on a gravestone and he was weeping. I went over to him and said, “Francis, what’s wrong?” He looked up and said, “They don’t want to give me one more set-up.” I was amazed at it. I thought, “Hey, this may be a very good film.” _(Laughs)_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**That’s pretty amazing.**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I was amazed at it. I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t realise there were set-ups and time constraints. I had no idea of that. But there were. And that was a studio. That was Paramount. But that’s how much it meant to Francis.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**He had to get that little bit more.**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Sometimes when you don’t get the footage you need, you do weep. I mean, whether you weep out on the gravestone, I don’t know. But you do weep in a way, because sometimes it’s these extra shots here and there that make a movie. 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Almost two decades on, actor and director finally got together, with Pacino playing flamboyant real-life labour leader Jimmy Hoffa, who mysteriously disappeared in 1975. _Empire_ called Pacino at his LA home one morning for a lengthy chat about his process, his iconic roles and shooting _The Godfather_ in a graveyard.","**The Irishman spans multiple decades, with the leads playing a lot of different ages. Was that daunting, to keep the whole thing in your head?**","Well, everything’s daunting, my friend. Keeping your head in your head is daunting!","**Robert De Niro has said he sometimes had to be reminded, “Today you’re 30.”** ","Oh yes. Yes. “Your head is on the floor — it should be up above your shoulders. What are you doing?” You forget that you didn’t quite move when you were 39 the way you do now. So you have to be reminded. As if acting isn’t tough enough, you gotta move to the age, as they say. I would say that was probably the most daunting part of it. Because when you have good text, when you have good story and you’re working with actors that you know and have played with before, then it’s a little less daunting. It’s trying to get your body to act like it’s 39. Only Meryl Streep could do that. That’s all I can tell you!","**De Niro also said there was a scene where he had to go down some stairs as a young man that took a lot of honing. Was there anything like that for you?**","Somehow, when I ran upstairs, I managed to do it with real alacrity. And after the take, I of course had to be rushed off to the hospital. Just joking. Just joking. (Laughs) But during the take, it was powerful. I did think, “How did I just do that?” There’s something to say for staying in shape. And I don’t know if anyone is in better shape than Robert.","**You can’t be doing too badly yourself.**","Well, yeah, but I’m not in 39 year-old shape. No. I’m a borderline 70.","**With Jimmy Hoffa, you’re playing a real-life figure, who was a very charismatic guy.**","He had to have been. And he started young. I mean, at 17 he was in the unions there. And so he took a lot of knocks and stuff. He was motivated. He was pretty smart too.","**Did you dive into the history books for research?**","Well, I took advantage of what’s accessible to us today. Today’s world, everybody’s photographing everybody. They got footage of me next year walking around! Of course, Hoffa was famous and so he was apt to be photographed more than someone like a Frank Serpico. When I played Frank Serpico, there was nothing of him, but there was no need for footage because Frank was there, so I had him. Any actor will tell you that having the real person you’re playing is a real advantage. And actors usually take access to that because it’s so available and you learn from it and it stimulates you. That’s what you’re always looking for. So I had a lot of footage of Hoffa and I just said, “I’ll look at this stuff, inundate myself with it and then hopefully some of it will reach my imagination.”","**The Irishman is an event movie, given it’s bringing together you and Bob and Joe Pesci and Martin Scorsese together. Was that in your mind while you were shooting it?**","Oh no, I didn’t think of that. I just thought, “It’s awfully cold outside. I hope we don’t stay in this scene long, because I don’t wanna go out there.” New York can get real cold. _Laughs_ Those kind of thoughts. But there’s also another thing. Because when I have done movies before, early on, especially in the ’70s, you did the appropriate amount of rehearsal. Especially with Lumet. He’d rehearse it three or four weeks, almost like a play, when you went into a movie. But they don’t do that as much anymore. Although Marty does and Marty had given me a lot of books. He talked to me about things. Which is, I have to say, very valuable. But this is a world and I know these people. I know Marty and Bob and Joe and a couple of the other people so well. I’ve known Bob practically my whole life. I knew him when I was a young actor in the ’60s. And as far as Marty, I’ve known him well over 30 years. So there’s a familiarity. With Bob especially ’cause I’ve worked with him and am very close to him. So when you get there you’re around people that you’re familiar with. It’s a bit of shorthand, as they say.","**While De Niro and Scorsese were making all their ’70s and ’80s classics together, was a part of you envious you were being left out?**","I had a relationship with [Sidney] Lumet. And I had a relationship with Marty Bregman, who was my manager at the time. So I had my own thing. And Marty had his relationship with Bob, and also with Brian De Palma and Francis Coppola and Spielberg. They were all together. Francis once told me, “You should meet his guy. His name is Marty Scorsese. He’s a great director, you should meet him.” This is when I was a youngster. So we were in the _area_. We almost did a film together. We worked on a film, Marty and I, years ago. But like all these things, they take time and then they don’t turn out.","**You’ve said The Irishman reminded you of the 1970s, in the way it was made. Can you elaborate on that?**","I’ll tell you one thing: we weren’t worried about getting it done in three weeks. That’s all. You know, it was like you had this big studio behind you and there was room for exploration. There was room to feel as though you were making a big film, because you weren’t being rushed all the time. Whereas most films today they’re looking at the clock. You gotta finish at a certain time or it’s too costly. [With _The Irishman_] there was a kind of largesse. It was given a lot of good backing, I think. I remember one moment from the 1970s that I’ll never forget. It was _The Godfather_, and I was new to movies. And I remember we were doing a scene in the cemetery, ’cause we were burying the Don. And after the day was over, about 6pm, Coppola was sitting on a gravestone and he was weeping. I went over to him and said, “Francis, what’s wrong?” He looked up and said, “They don’t want to give me one more set-up.” I was amazed at it. I thought, “Hey, this may be a very good film.” _(Laughs)_","**That’s pretty amazing.**","I was amazed at it. I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t realise there were set-ups and time constraints. I had no idea of that. But there were. And that was a studio. That was Paramount. But that’s how much it meant to Francis.","**He had to get that little bit more.**","Sometimes when you don’t get the footage you need, you do weep. I mean, whether you weep out on the gravestone, I don’t know. But you do weep in a way, because sometimes it’s these extra shots here and there that make a movie. 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The Australian filmmaker is presenting an all-new take on a familiar tale with *[The Invisible Man](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/the-invisible-man-2020/){:target=_blank}*, placing Universal’s legendary character into a horror-thriller that tackles themes including abusive relationships, emotional trauma, and gaslighting – and boasting a cast led by [Elisabeth Moss](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elisabeth-moss/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Working once again with Blumhouse, Whannell’s latest looks to steer more towards the ‘social horror’ territory of *[Get Out](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/get-2-review/){:target=_blank}* than the frighthouse rides of the *[Insidious](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/insidious-review/){:target=_blank}* movies – telling a timely and potently metaphorical horror tale. _Empire_ hopped on the phone with the writer-director to talk his bold new take on a 100-year-old concept, his leading duo, why he wanted to turn the lights on, and more – read through the gallery to dig deeper into the film's [first trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/invisible-man-blumhouse-elisabeth-moss-leigh-whannell/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc451ef8761df1e51a7bcac","title":"The Invisible Man: Trailer Breakdown With Leigh Whannell","template":"default","coverImage":{"id":"5dc451918761dfe6ffa7bca1","titleText":"The Invisible Man","altText":"The Invisible Man","image":{"name":"invisible-man-1.jpg","fileName":"invisible-man-1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":313606,"path":"one/media/5dc4/5191/8761/dfe6/ffa7/bca1"},"orientation":"landscape","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Empire spoke to The Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell to talk the characters, stars, and themes of his new take on the Universal Classic Monster. 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She's a really intelligent young woman, a promising architec0ture student with the whole world in front of her, whose life suddenly is put on pause because of this toxic relationship.\"<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5dc455978761df3b2ea7bcda","titleText":"2) The spectre of abuse","altText":"The Invisible Man","image":{"name":"invisible-man-3.jpg","fileName":"invisible-man-3.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":471051,"path":"one/media/5dc4/5597/8761/df3b/2ea7/bcda"},"orientation":"landscape","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"With Adrian apparently dead by suicide, the trailer shows Cecilia trying to move on from the trauma of his abuse – except, it's quickly clear that he isn't really gone. \"I felt like in a modern context the scariest thing to do would be to have the victim be the central character,\" Whannell says. \"The more I worked at it, the more it became apparent that the Invisible Man, the idea of the spectre of somebody haunting you, is a great metaphor for one of these relationships where people are scarred and traumatised. I really just wanted to tell the most tense, most nerve-wracking, scariest Invisible Man story I could. 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What haven't we seen before?\" says the director. \"You've got to live up to the promise of the premise, and that was something that was key for me – I knew I had to have a long laundry list of scenes where this power was being represented on screen in a way that was exciting or hadn't been seen before.\"<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5dc4561ddd6cbc48f505b4a2","titleText":"7) Horror with the lights on","altText":"The Invisible Man","image":{"name":"invisible-man-8.jpg","fileName":"invisible-man-8.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":536750,"path":"one/media/5dc4/561d/dd6c/bc48/f505/b4a2"},"orientation":"landscape","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Earlier this year Ari Aster gave us a broad-daylight horror with Midsommar – and Whannell is similarly choosing not to shroud his Invisible Man in murk. \"The Invisible Man doesn't need to hide in the darkness – that's the whole point of the Invisible Man!\" he says. \"This is a monster who doesn't need to hide in the dark. He could be standing right next to you in a lit room and you wouldn't know he was there.\" Having played with more traditional horror tropes in Saw and Insidious, the filmmaker saw it as a chance to challenge himself. \"I always make a list of, what am I going to say that's new? What am I bringing that's new to the genre in this film?\" he says. \"One of the first things that came into my head was to turn the lights on. 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It's a character that I'm reverent of, it's something that's lived in culture for a long time,\" Whannell explains of the film – though he's largely uninterested in rehashing the past. \"I felt like the best way to move this character forward was to come up with a whole modern take on it, something very grounded, not something gothic. I didn't want the lightning striking over the cemetery as the fog rolled across the ground, I didn't want the floating sunglasses. There is a version of The Invisible Man that is very retro and an homage to a style of movies past. 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The Australian filmmaker is presenting an all-new take on a familiar tale with *[The Invisible Man](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/the-invisible-man-2020/){:target=_blank}*, placing Universal’s legendary character into a horror-thriller that tackles themes including abusive relationships, emotional trauma, and gaslighting – and boasting a cast led by [Elisabeth Moss](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elisabeth-moss/){:target=_blank}.","Working once again with Blumhouse, Whannell’s latest looks to steer more towards the ‘social horror’ territory of *[Get Out](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/get-2-review/){:target=_blank}* than the frighthouse rides of the *[Insidious](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/insidious-review/){:target=_blank}* movies – telling a timely and potently metaphorical horror tale. _Empire_ hopped on the phone with the writer-director to talk his bold new take on a 100-year-old concept, his leading duo, why he wanted to turn the lights on, and more – read through the gallery to dig deeper into the film's [first trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/invisible-man-blumhouse-elisabeth-moss-leigh-whannell/){:target=_blank}.","The Invisible Man arrives in UK cinemas on 28 February 2020."],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"published":{"state":"published","wasPublished":true,"scheduledStart":1572916139,"scheduledEnd":null},"hidePublicationDate":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"author_custom":"Ben Travis","publicationDate":1573148898000,"sourceUrl":"","sourceText":"","pageTemplate":"article","target":"international","toplistFeature":false,"isAdvertorial":false,"campaign_name":"","rating_extras":"","rating":"","verdict":"","nutshell":"","excerptOverride":"","urlOverride":"invisible-man-trailer-breakdown-leigh-whannell","canonical":"","metaDescription":"Writer-director Leigh Whannell talks his new take on Universal's The Invisible Man starring Elisabeth Moss. 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I really just wanted to tell the most tense, most nerve-wracking, scariest Invisible Man story I could. 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It's hard to remain normal when you're that rich and powerful, without naming any names. I feel like that's who Adrian is – he's someone who's sociopathy has been rewarded.\"<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5dc455ef8761dffb1aa7bce0","titleText":"5) A Haunting figure","altText":"The Invisible Man","image":{"name":"invisible-man-6.jpg","fileName":"invisible-man-6.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":257245,"path":"one/media/5dc4/55ef/8761/dffb/1aa7/bce0"},"orientation":"landscape","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"While he spends most of the film hiding in plain sight, when you can see Adrian he takes the form of British actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen – who's no stranger to horror projects. \"I'd seen him in The Haunting Of Hill House,\" Whannell confirms. \"He actually put down an audition tape, and I was just blown away by what he did. He was so interesting. When you're looking for a character that is a villain, for lack of a better term, a sociopath looking to do harm to others, you want to avoid the moustache-twirling trappings of a villain. Adrian was not leaning into the villainy of it all. He was playing it in this really interesting way. He's one of those actors who seems to be able to flick a switch in two seconds and go from zero to 100. 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Here, we present Empire’s recent world exclusive interview with the filmmaker himself – one of the undisputed all-time greats._","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Earlier this year, _Empire_ was granted a career-spanning interview with [Martin Scorsese](https://www.empireonline.com/people/martin-scorsese/){:target=_blank} – an expansive conversation covering his days growing up in 1940s New York, the years where he struggled to get movies made, and the time he was directed by [Akira Kurosawa](https://www.empireonline.com/people/akira-kurosawa/){:target=_blank}. And yes, he did mention Marvel – in response to a question about de-ageing techniques – but he also talked about so much more. Read the full interview.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc2b2558e9e5880798d1c05","altText":"Empire – November 2019 – Martin Scorsese spread","image":{"name":"empire-nov19-scorsese.jpg","fileName":"empire-nov19-scorsese.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":800,"height":518,"fileSize":312054,"path":"one/media/5dc2/b255/8e9e/5880/798d/1c05"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"It was late 2005, and Martin Scorsese had just decided to go rogue. His new film, _The Departed_, had wrapped after a lengthy, arduous shoot, and Scorsese was being hounded by Warner Bros. executives to unveil a cut. So the filmmaker and his editor, [Thelma Schoonmaker](https://www.empireonline.com/people/thelma-schoonmaker/){:target=_blank}, sat down in their private screening room, part of his office complex high up in the Directors Guild building on New York’s 57th Street, to find out where they were at. The Boston-set crime drama unspooled in full. Then Scorsese turned to Schoonmaker and told her they were starting the whole thing from scratch.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“For six weeks, there were literally people out there knocking on doors,” the director recalls now. “We wouldn’t answer it. They were really mad at us. They really were angry. I said, ‘Fire me, shoot me, kill me — we’re gonna wrestle this thing to the ground.’”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Fourteen years on, Scorsese has welcomed _Empire_ to Sikelia Productions, the place that was previously a siege-ground, for a lengthy sit-down chat. His HQ is, as one might expect, a hushed haven and a serene shrine to cinema. Sir Christopher Frayling’s new book on _Once Upon A Time In The West_ has just been couriered over, ready to join the many other dense tomes filling the shelves (yes, Scorsese owns *Scorsese On Scorsese*). Antique Sicilian puppet knights dangle from hooks. And many, many immaculately framed film posters line the walls. But it’s perhaps telling that the two on the wall directly behind his desk — _Sunset Boulevard_ and _The Bad And The Beautiful_ — are both tales about the dark side of Hollywood, tales which demonstrate that filmmaking is not a world for the faint-hearted.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc2b6fa8e9e5801238d1d09","altText":"The Departed","image":{"name":"departed.jpg","fileName":"departed.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":853553,"path":"one/media/5dc2/b6fa/8e9e/5801/238d/1d09"},"url":"","caption":"The Departed","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Over the years, Scorsese has garnered much success and even more acclaim. _The Departed_, of course, went on to finally win him that long-deserved Oscar. But none of it has come easy. In pulling off one hugely ambitious, seemingly uncommercial victory after another, he’s had to make hard decisions and hold his nerve. No matter how many people were knocking on his door.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"•••","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In his formative years, Scorsese wasn’t quite so tough. Born in the relative tranquility of Flushing, Queens, at the age of eight he suddenly found himself engulfed in the madness of Manhattan’s Little Italy when his parents, experiencing “problems with the landlord”, moved back to their old neighbourhood. “It was very difficult for them, and also for me, because I had been a kid with terrible asthma who was taken care of all the time, and then suddenly thrown into hanging out with the Dead End Kids,” he remembers. “Playing with garbage pails and jumping over the poor alcoholics who were dying in the street. Chasing rats — that was big.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It was a shock to his system. ‘Devil’s Mile’ (the Bowery) lay east, ‘Murder Mile’ (Mulberry Street) lay west — neither sounds particularly inviting for a stroll. Crime was rife, not least from the underworld figures who ruled the streets. “The streets were anarchic: there was control but almost like a medieval kind,” Scorsese says. “If you knew to behave respectfully to certain people, it was cool. If not, there were problems. You behaved within those parameters, unless you were some kid who thought he could take on the world, who usually ended up dead.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Young Marty had two favourite spots, both well away from the chaos. One was the local cathedral, St. Patrick’s: “I lived in there. It was peaceful and it made sense.” The other was the fire escape of his family’s third-floor apartment at 253 Elizabeth Street. He would sit there for days on end, looking down, following the most interesting people and directing movies in his head. “I saw so many things from that fire escape,” Scorsese says, wistfully. “So much imagery, so many incredible spectacles. Laughter, fights breaking out, the butcher running out with a bat. You could just pan up and down the street.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc2b4fb8e9e58005b8d1ca3","altText":"Mean Streets","image":{"name":"mean-streets.jpg","fileName":"mean-streets.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":715370,"path":"one/media/5dc2/b4fb/8e9e/5800/5b8d/1ca3"},"url":"","caption":"Mean Streets","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"All this observing made him an astute student of human behaviour, but also a frustrated one. He’d mimic his favourite actors in the mirror, but in reality he couldn’t even run, thanks to his asthma, let alone perform the kind of heroics he loved watching in movie theatres. Finally, though, he found a creative outlet: filmmaking. And in his breakthrough third picture, 1973’s _Mean Streets_, set on his home turf, all that pent-up energy came bursting out. “There were a lot of things I couldn’t say or do that expressed themselves in that film,” he confirms.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"At the time, Pauline Kael called _Mean Streets_ “a triumph of personal filmmaking”, with “a high-charged emotional range that is dizzyingly sensual”. Watching it now still feels like being jolted with electric current. Scorsese takes us on a tour of a place where comedy and horror jostle side by side, his camera diving into edgy pool halls and sordid bars, navigating the underworld with a confidence the director never had before he picked up a camera.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In _Taxi Driver_, a few years on, his home city looks even more hellish. Scorsese denies that this was by design. “For me that was normal in New York,” he insists. “We didn’t think of it as a terrible place. When President Ford said to the city, ‘Drop dead,’ or whatever, we were kind of shocked. The city _was_ falling apart, but it was falling apart in the late ’50s and all through the ’60s. It’s like what’s happening now, where new norms are being formed in terms of democratic process here in America. It’s a slow erosion, and you live with it. When a city starts to erode, that’s on many different levels. You could see it in _The French Connection_. You could see it in _Taxi Driver_. Those two films, I think, give a real sense of what it was like. You can almost smell it through the screen.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc2b5438e9e5818cc8d1cb5","altText":"Taxi Driver","image":{"name":"taxi-driver.jpg","fileName":"taxi-driver.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":635767,"path":"one/media/5dc2/b543/8e9e/5818/cc8d/1cb5"},"url":"","caption":"Taxi Driver","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"No filmmaker and city are more synonymous than Scorsese and New York. His new movie, _The Irishman_, will return to the Copacabana Club, home of _GoodFellas_’ iconic Steadicam shot, for a scene involving insult comic Don Rickles (played by actor/comedian Jim Norton). Yet he sounds melancholy when he considers what the city has become. “I must admit it’s safer, and that’s good. I don’t miss the way 42nd Street was when we shot _Taxi Driver_ — it was horrible,” he says. “However, it’s just as horrible now. Only you can bring the kids. Let them enjoy the mind-eviscerating horror!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"•••","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The 1970s was the perfect climate for Scorsese’s ascent. The type of film he liked to make — personal, emotionally raw, audaciously original — was in vogue, with studios willing to finance experimental endeavours. Commercial success was an afterthought. “We didn’t care,” Scorsese states. “I don’t mean to be arrogant, but I never thought of that. I knew that it wouldn’t translate for everybody. But there’ll be some people in the audience who’ll say, ‘Yeah, that’s me.’ And maybe it’ll make your life a little richer.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"For a while he could do no wrong. He followed _Mean Streets_ with a female-led drama, _Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore_, which won star [Ellen Burstyn](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ellen-burstyn/){:target=_blank} an Oscar. _Taxi Driver_ picked up the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1976. Then, at the tail end of the decade, he decided to make a modern spin on the MGM musical _New York, New York_. And his world came tumbling down.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Despite featuring another collaboration with [Robert De Niro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-de-niro/){:target=_blank}, and allowing Scorsese to pay homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the film was a disaster, with an out-of-control shoot and poor box office. The director became depressed, exhausted and hooked on cocaine, ultimately collapsing and nearly dying from massive internal bleeding.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It seemed he had flamed out. But De Niro convinced him to make one more film: _Raging Bull_, a dark psychodrama about a boxer that, like _Mean Streets_, could allow Scorsese to pour in all of his pain. It worked. “I made it as if nothing else would happen after. Just burn everything down with it, you know?” Scorsese says. “_Raging Bull_, once I caught on to what it could be, then I knew I had to put everything of myself into it that was possible.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc2b5808e9e5803458d1cbe","altText":"Raging Bull","image":{"name":"raging-bull.jpg","fileName":"raging-bull.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":481841,"path":"one/media/5dc2/b580/8e9e/5803/458d/1cbe"},"url":"","caption":"Raging Bull","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"While the result was a masterpiece, it heralded the beginning of a difficult decade. “In the ’80s nobody would even talk to me,” he says. “I couldn’t get into a meeting, basically. _The King Of Comedy_ was De Niro and I trying different things. Tightly controlled frames where there was very little camera movement; it was the opposite of what I had done in _Raging Bull_. But it was the flop of the year, they claimed in America. Except the British — you got it.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The new Hollywood was safer, less up for a risk. Scorsese failed repeatedly to get his passion (and Passion) project, _The Last Temptation Of Christ_, off the ground. And not even the combined might of he and [Al Pacino](https://www.empireonline.com/people/al-pacino/){:target=_blank} could get a biopic of painter Modigliani off the ground. “It was about the extraordinary struggle to create art. The sadness of it, the absinthe,” Scorsese says of the film he ultimately had to abandon. “He and [his companion] Soutine taking care of each other, with her convincing him to brush his teeth. It really would have been something special, I think. But someone who was a big producer in Hollywood said to my face, ‘You’re washed up. Where are you going to get the money to do it?’ I didn’t have the influence anymore. I was from a certain period — the world had changed and you just weren’t bankable, as they say.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"He hung in there, refusing to give up on his own extraordinary struggle to create art. It was _The Color Of Money_, in 1986, that started to turn things around. On the surface it was the most un-Scorsese-like of gigs — a sequel, a star vehicle and a film about pool sharks (it’s hard to imagine the director of _Silence_ unleashing a 9-ball thunder break). But he saw it as a challenge, a way back to the top. “Could I move quickly? Make something with a Hollywood star, on a short schedule?” He even used a payphone on set, queuing up with everyone else, as a gesture of frugality. “_Color Of Money_ came in a day under, and a million dollars under,” he says. “It showed a responsibility to the nature of the business itself. Even if it’s not my favourite of the work I did. I wanted something deeper, you know?”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"He got the chance, and then some, with his next two movies: _The Last Temptation Of Christ_, at last, and _GoodFellas_. One followed the Son Of God, the other a coke-addled mobster named Henry, but each is, in its own way, a profound study of good and evil.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc2b5d58e9e5812d78d1cd2","altText":"The Last Temptation Of Christ","image":{"name":"last-temptation.jpg","fileName":"last-temptation.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":826498,"path":"one/media/5dc2/b5d5/8e9e/5812/d78d/1cd2"},"url":"","caption":"The Last Temptation Of Christ","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"As _GoodFellas_ wound down, however, the director faced another crisis that tested his steel. “We went over schedule, about 15 days over, and the studio was furious,” he recalls. “We were treated very badly; they even refused to give a little wrap party.” Making matters more stressful: as he finished off his mobster epic, Scorsese was awaited in Hokkaido, where he was supposed to be shooting a cameo as Vincent van Gogh in Akira Kurosawa’s film _Dreams_.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“I was 15 days over, Kurosawa was waiting, all these angry guys are visiting the set — everyone’s mad at me!” Scorsese recounts with a grin. “I was so nervous that my doctor told me I had to stop drinking coffee.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"At last, the final shot in the can, he hopped on a flight to Japan. And what was it like being directed by the iconic creator of _Seven Samurai_? “Not a lot of laughs!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"•••","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Scorsese would seem to be walking, talking evidence that the Tarantino Theory —which posits that directors lose steam once their output hits double digits — is off the mark. He’s currently gearing up for Film 26, _Killers Of The Flower Moon_, a saga of Native Americans, lawmen and villains in 1920s Oklahoma that will bring together his two muses, Robert De Niro and [Leonardo DiCaprio](https://www.empireonline.com/people/leonardo-dicaprio/){:target=_blank}. “It’s an incredible story, so rich,” he says. “But one has to find the right point of view to tell it.” He’s also pondering a biopic of Theodore Roosevelt that could star DiCaprio. And that’s not including his many documentaries, the latest of which, a celebration of the Canadian comedians of _Second City Television_, is currently being cooked up in the “closet” next door. That old Scorsese curiosity is still aflame — he remains as fascinated by people of all stripes as he was as a boy, peeking down from that third-floor fire escape.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Over the past 30 years, he has hurtled from project to project at a rapid clip, as if anxious he might return to that time when he couldn’t get into a meeting. His movies have featured the Dalai Lama, businessmen on Quaaludes, ambulance drivers, Jesuit priests and Jack Nicholson wielding a dildo. He’s dabbled in 3D for _Hugo_ (“It’ll be back,” he insists), deployed a CG elephant in _Gangs Of New York_, and is pioneering extensive de-ageing technology in _The Irishman_ (“The risk is scary, but I had no choice”). He’s even shot a scene, for _Casino_, in his least favourite environment on Earth: a golf course. “It’s the worst location,” he grouses. “I’ve been on mountains. I’ve been in deserts in Taiwan. Dealing with typhoons and earthquakes? Fine with me. Golf course — no! I’m allergic to everything, and I die.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc2b6368e9e58148c8d1ce1","altText":"Hugo","image":{"name":"hugo.jpg","fileName":"hugo.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":955364,"path":"one/media/5dc2/b636/8e9e/5814/8c8d/1ce1"},"url":"","caption":"Hugo","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"His unflagging enthusiasm remains fuelled by the work of others. During our conversation, inspired by _Empire_’s Britishness, he waxes lyrical about Basil Fawlty (“With Basil, one has to genuflect”) and a “hysterical” Goon two-reeler called _The Case Of The Mukkinese Battle-Horn_. There is a Scorsesian blizzard of directors’ names (Ozu, Mizoguchi, Renoir, Bruce Beresford), while he extols the calming qualities of Romanian cinema. He keeps up to date with new releases, too, enthusing about _Midsommar_. “The editing, the camera moves — glorious! And the image of her in the flowers? My God!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The only time his ardour dims is when the subject of Marvel comes up. “I don’t see them,” he says of the MCU. “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well-made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Which is not something anyone can say of his own work. And while he may be 76 years old, he’s not done creating experiences yet. “I thought a few years ago I could stop, but I don’t think so anymore,” he says. Then he laughs. “Look, what do you want me to do — be 100 years old and making _Roosevelt_? You’re going to have me coming in, giving me oxygen while I shoot!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"A centenarian Scorsese, still pointing and shooting, 25 years from now? Well, this is the man who’s survived the mean streets of Manhattan, enough drugs to kill a raging bull, and _Shark Tale_. Don’t rule it out.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**READ MORE:** [The Irishman Week: Robert De Niro Q&A](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/irishman-week-robert-de-niro-interview/){:target=_blank}","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**READ MORE:** [The Irishman Week: When Empire Interviewed Joe Pesci](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/irishman-week-when-empire-interviewed-joe-pesci/){:target=_blank}","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d8df0d24a309969c4242eb4","altText":"Empire – October 2019 Irishman issue","image":{"name":"empire-october-2019-cover.jpg","fileName":"empire-october-2019-cover.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1943,"fileSize":1510351,"path":"one/media/5d8d/f0d2/4a30/9969/c424/2eb4"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Read Empire's world exclusive Irishman issue, available digitally via the Empire Magazine app on the [App Store](https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/empire-the-1-movie-magazine/id392933688){:target=_blank} and [Google Play](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bauermedia.EmpireMagazine){:target=_blank}.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"The Irishman Week: Empire’s Martin Scorsese Interview","subtitle":"","content":["_In the run-up to The Irishman arriving in UK cinemas, Empire Online presents The Irishman Week – a series of features to get you ready for Martin Scorsese's latest gangster epic. Here, we present Empire’s recent world exclusive interview with the filmmaker himself – one of the undisputed all-time greats._","Earlier this year, _Empire_ was granted a career-spanning interview with [Martin Scorsese](https://www.empireonline.com/people/martin-scorsese/){:target=_blank} – an expansive conversation covering his days growing up in 1940s New York, the years where he struggled to get movies made, and the time he was directed by [Akira Kurosawa](https://www.empireonline.com/people/akira-kurosawa/){:target=_blank}. And yes, he did mention Marvel – in response to a question about de-ageing techniques – but he also talked about so much more. Read the full interview.","It was late 2005, and Martin Scorsese had just decided to go rogue. His new film, _The Departed_, had wrapped after a lengthy, arduous shoot, and Scorsese was being hounded by Warner Bros. executives to unveil a cut. So the filmmaker and his editor, [Thelma Schoonmaker](https://www.empireonline.com/people/thelma-schoonmaker/){:target=_blank}, sat down in their private screening room, part of his office complex high up in the Directors Guild building on New York’s 57th Street, to find out where they were at. The Boston-set crime drama unspooled in full. Then Scorsese turned to Schoonmaker and told her they were starting the whole thing from scratch.","“For six weeks, there were literally people out there knocking on doors,” the director recalls now. “We wouldn’t answer it. They were really mad at us. They really were angry. I said, ‘Fire me, shoot me, kill me — we’re gonna wrestle this thing to the ground.’”","Fourteen years on, Scorsese has welcomed _Empire_ to Sikelia Productions, the place that was previously a siege-ground, for a lengthy sit-down chat. His HQ is, as one might expect, a hushed haven and a serene shrine to cinema. Sir Christopher Frayling’s new book on _Once Upon A Time In The West_ has just been couriered over, ready to join the many other dense tomes filling the shelves (yes, Scorsese owns *Scorsese On Scorsese*). Antique Sicilian puppet knights dangle from hooks. And many, many immaculately framed film posters line the walls. But it’s perhaps telling that the two on the wall directly behind his desk — _Sunset Boulevard_ and _The Bad And The Beautiful_ — are both tales about the dark side of Hollywood, tales which demonstrate that filmmaking is not a world for the faint-hearted.","Over the years, Scorsese has garnered much success and even more acclaim. _The Departed_, of course, went on to finally win him that long-deserved Oscar. But none of it has come easy. In pulling off one hugely ambitious, seemingly uncommercial victory after another, he’s had to make hard decisions and hold his nerve. No matter how many people were knocking on his door.","•••","In his formative years, Scorsese wasn’t quite so tough. Born in the relative tranquility of Flushing, Queens, at the age of eight he suddenly found himself engulfed in the madness of Manhattan’s Little Italy when his parents, experiencing “problems with the landlord”, moved back to their old neighbourhood. “It was very difficult for them, and also for me, because I had been a kid with terrible asthma who was taken care of all the time, and then suddenly thrown into hanging out with the Dead End Kids,” he remembers. “Playing with garbage pails and jumping over the poor alcoholics who were dying in the street. Chasing rats — that was big.”","It was a shock to his system. ‘Devil’s Mile’ (the Bowery) lay east, ‘Murder Mile’ (Mulberry Street) lay west — neither sounds particularly inviting for a stroll. Crime was rife, not least from the underworld figures who ruled the streets. “The streets were anarchic: there was control but almost like a medieval kind,” Scorsese says. “If you knew to behave respectfully to certain people, it was cool. If not, there were problems. You behaved within those parameters, unless you were some kid who thought he could take on the world, who usually ended up dead.”","Young Marty had two favourite spots, both well away from the chaos. One was the local cathedral, St. Patrick’s: “I lived in there. It was peaceful and it made sense.” The other was the fire escape of his family’s third-floor apartment at 253 Elizabeth Street. He would sit there for days on end, looking down, following the most interesting people and directing movies in his head. “I saw so many things from that fire escape,” Scorsese says, wistfully. “So much imagery, so many incredible spectacles. Laughter, fights breaking out, the butcher running out with a bat. You could just pan up and down the street.”","All this observing made him an astute student of human behaviour, but also a frustrated one. He’d mimic his favourite actors in the mirror, but in reality he couldn’t even run, thanks to his asthma, let alone perform the kind of heroics he loved watching in movie theatres. Finally, though, he found a creative outlet: filmmaking. And in his breakthrough third picture, 1973’s _Mean Streets_, set on his home turf, all that pent-up energy came bursting out. “There were a lot of things I couldn’t say or do that expressed themselves in that film,” he confirms.","At the time, Pauline Kael called _Mean Streets_ “a triumph of personal filmmaking”, with “a high-charged emotional range that is dizzyingly sensual”. Watching it now still feels like being jolted with electric current. Scorsese takes us on a tour of a place where comedy and horror jostle side by side, his camera diving into edgy pool halls and sordid bars, navigating the underworld with a confidence the director never had before he picked up a camera.","In _Taxi Driver_, a few years on, his home city looks even more hellish. Scorsese denies that this was by design. “For me that was normal in New York,” he insists. “We didn’t think of it as a terrible place. When President Ford said to the city, ‘Drop dead,’ or whatever, we were kind of shocked. The city _was_ falling apart, but it was falling apart in the late ’50s and all through the ’60s. It’s like what’s happening now, where new norms are being formed in terms of democratic process here in America. It’s a slow erosion, and you live with it. When a city starts to erode, that’s on many different levels. You could see it in _The French Connection_. You could see it in _Taxi Driver_. Those two films, I think, give a real sense of what it was like. You can almost smell it through the screen.”","No filmmaker and city are more synonymous than Scorsese and New York. His new movie, _The Irishman_, will return to the Copacabana Club, home of _GoodFellas_’ iconic Steadicam shot, for a scene involving insult comic Don Rickles (played by actor/comedian Jim Norton). Yet he sounds melancholy when he considers what the city has become. “I must admit it’s safer, and that’s good. I don’t miss the way 42nd Street was when we shot _Taxi Driver_ — it was horrible,” he says. “However, it’s just as horrible now. Only you can bring the kids. Let them enjoy the mind-eviscerating horror!”","•••","The 1970s was the perfect climate for Scorsese’s ascent. The type of film he liked to make — personal, emotionally raw, audaciously original — was in vogue, with studios willing to finance experimental endeavours. Commercial success was an afterthought. “We didn’t care,” Scorsese states. “I don’t mean to be arrogant, but I never thought of that. I knew that it wouldn’t translate for everybody. But there’ll be some people in the audience who’ll say, ‘Yeah, that’s me.’ And maybe it’ll make your life a little richer.”","For a while he could do no wrong. He followed _Mean Streets_ with a female-led drama, _Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore_, which won star [Ellen Burstyn](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ellen-burstyn/){:target=_blank} an Oscar. _Taxi Driver_ picked up the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1976. Then, at the tail end of the decade, he decided to make a modern spin on the MGM musical _New York, New York_. And his world came tumbling down.","Despite featuring another collaboration with [Robert De Niro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-de-niro/){:target=_blank}, and allowing Scorsese to pay homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood, the film was a disaster, with an out-of-control shoot and poor box office. The director became depressed, exhausted and hooked on cocaine, ultimately collapsing and nearly dying from massive internal bleeding.","It seemed he had flamed out. But De Niro convinced him to make one more film: _Raging Bull_, a dark psychodrama about a boxer that, like _Mean Streets_, could allow Scorsese to pour in all of his pain. It worked. “I made it as if nothing else would happen after. Just burn everything down with it, you know?” Scorsese says. “_Raging Bull_, once I caught on to what it could be, then I knew I had to put everything of myself into it that was possible.”","While the result was a masterpiece, it heralded the beginning of a difficult decade. “In the ’80s nobody would even talk to me,” he says. “I couldn’t get into a meeting, basically. _The King Of Comedy_ was De Niro and I trying different things. Tightly controlled frames where there was very little camera movement; it was the opposite of what I had done in _Raging Bull_. But it was the flop of the year, they claimed in America. Except the British — you got it.”","The new Hollywood was safer, less up for a risk. Scorsese failed repeatedly to get his passion (and Passion) project, _The Last Temptation Of Christ_, off the ground. And not even the combined might of he and [Al Pacino](https://www.empireonline.com/people/al-pacino/){:target=_blank} could get a biopic of painter Modigliani off the ground. “It was about the extraordinary struggle to create art. The sadness of it, the absinthe,” Scorsese says of the film he ultimately had to abandon. “He and [his companion] Soutine taking care of each other, with her convincing him to brush his teeth. It really would have been something special, I think. But someone who was a big producer in Hollywood said to my face, ‘You’re washed up. Where are you going to get the money to do it?’ I didn’t have the influence anymore. I was from a certain period — the world had changed and you just weren’t bankable, as they say.”","He hung in there, refusing to give up on his own extraordinary struggle to create art. It was _The Color Of Money_, in 1986, that started to turn things around. On the surface it was the most un-Scorsese-like of gigs — a sequel, a star vehicle and a film about pool sharks (it’s hard to imagine the director of _Silence_ unleashing a 9-ball thunder break). But he saw it as a challenge, a way back to the top. “Could I move quickly? Make something with a Hollywood star, on a short schedule?” He even used a payphone on set, queuing up with everyone else, as a gesture of frugality. “_Color Of Money_ came in a day under, and a million dollars under,” he says. “It showed a responsibility to the nature of the business itself. Even if it’s not my favourite of the work I did. I wanted something deeper, you know?”","He got the chance, and then some, with his next two movies: _The Last Temptation Of Christ_, at last, and _GoodFellas_. One followed the Son Of God, the other a coke-addled mobster named Henry, but each is, in its own way, a profound study of good and evil.","As _GoodFellas_ wound down, however, the director faced another crisis that tested his steel. “We went over schedule, about 15 days over, and the studio was furious,” he recalls. “We were treated very badly; they even refused to give a little wrap party.” Making matters more stressful: as he finished off his mobster epic, Scorsese was awaited in Hokkaido, where he was supposed to be shooting a cameo as Vincent van Gogh in Akira Kurosawa’s film _Dreams_.","“I was 15 days over, Kurosawa was waiting, all these angry guys are visiting the set — everyone’s mad at me!” Scorsese recounts with a grin. “I was so nervous that my doctor told me I had to stop drinking coffee.”","At last, the final shot in the can, he hopped on a flight to Japan. And what was it like being directed by the iconic creator of _Seven Samurai_? “Not a lot of laughs!”","•••","Scorsese would seem to be walking, talking evidence that the Tarantino Theory —which posits that directors lose steam once their output hits double digits — is off the mark. He’s currently gearing up for Film 26, _Killers Of The Flower Moon_, a saga of Native Americans, lawmen and villains in 1920s Oklahoma that will bring together his two muses, Robert De Niro and [Leonardo DiCaprio](https://www.empireonline.com/people/leonardo-dicaprio/){:target=_blank}. “It’s an incredible story, so rich,” he says. “But one has to find the right point of view to tell it.” He’s also pondering a biopic of Theodore Roosevelt that could star DiCaprio. And that’s not including his many documentaries, the latest of which, a celebration of the Canadian comedians of _Second City Television_, is currently being cooked up in the “closet” next door. That old Scorsese curiosity is still aflame — he remains as fascinated by people of all stripes as he was as a boy, peeking down from that third-floor fire escape.","Over the past 30 years, he has hurtled from project to project at a rapid clip, as if anxious he might return to that time when he couldn’t get into a meeting. His movies have featured the Dalai Lama, businessmen on Quaaludes, ambulance drivers, Jesuit priests and Jack Nicholson wielding a dildo. He’s dabbled in 3D for _Hugo_ (“It’ll be back,” he insists), deployed a CG elephant in _Gangs Of New York_, and is pioneering extensive de-ageing technology in _The Irishman_ (“The risk is scary, but I had no choice”). He’s even shot a scene, for _Casino_, in his least favourite environment on Earth: a golf course. “It’s the worst location,” he grouses. “I’ve been on mountains. I’ve been in deserts in Taiwan. Dealing with typhoons and earthquakes? Fine with me. Golf course — no! I’m allergic to everything, and I die.”","His unflagging enthusiasm remains fuelled by the work of others. During our conversation, inspired by _Empire_’s Britishness, he waxes lyrical about Basil Fawlty (“With Basil, one has to genuflect”) and a “hysterical” Goon two-reeler called _The Case Of The Mukkinese Battle-Horn_. There is a Scorsesian blizzard of directors’ names (Ozu, Mizoguchi, Renoir, Bruce Beresford), while he extols the calming qualities of Romanian cinema. He keeps up to date with new releases, too, enthusing about _Midsommar_. “The editing, the camera moves — glorious! And the image of her in the flowers? My God!”","The only time his ardour dims is when the subject of Marvel comes up. “I don’t see them,” he says of the MCU. “I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well-made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”","Which is not something anyone can say of his own work. And while he may be 76 years old, he’s not done creating experiences yet. “I thought a few years ago I could stop, but I don’t think so anymore,” he says. Then he laughs. “Look, what do you want me to do — be 100 years old and making _Roosevelt_? You’re going to have me coming in, giving me oxygen while I shoot!”","A centenarian Scorsese, still pointing and shooting, 25 years from now? Well, this is the man who’s survived the mean streets of Manhattan, enough drugs to kill a raging bull, and _Shark Tale_. Don’t rule it out.","**READ MORE:** [The Irishman Week: Robert De Niro Q&A](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/irishman-week-robert-de-niro-interview/){:target=_blank}","**READ MORE:** [The Irishman Week: When Empire Interviewed Joe Pesci](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/irishman-week-when-empire-interviewed-joe-pesci/){:target=_blank}","*Read Empire's world exclusive Irishman issue, available digitally via the Empire Magazine app on the [App Store](https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/empire-the-1-movie-magazine/id392933688){:target=_blank} and [Google Play](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bauermedia.EmpireMagazine){:target=_blank}.*"],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"published":{"state":"published","wasPublished":true,"scheduledStart":1573043628,"scheduledEnd":null},"hidePublicationDate":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"author_custom":"Nick De 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Read the full, ball-busting interview below.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc19af98e9e585a0e8d0214","altText":"Empire – May 2012","image":{"name":"empire-may-2012.jpg","fileName":"empire-may-2012.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1933,"fileSize":2987509,"path":"one/media/5dc1/9af9/8e9e/585a/0e8d/0214"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"_The following originally ran in issue 275 of the magazine._","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Okay, okay, okay! A catch-up with _Lethal Weapon_’s hero cops is all well and good, but someone major is missing from this reunion. by which, of course, we mean sidekick Leo Getz — the pint-sized, turbo-tongued, perma-ranting Curly to Riggs and Murtaugh’s Larry and Moe — as played by Joe Pesci. Joining the gang in part two, Pesci became increasingly central and responsible for many of the series’ funniest moments, whether sharing the heartbreaking tale of his childhood pet, Froggy, or (more typically) venting spleen in the direction of the nearest establishment: “They FUCK you at the hospital. First they drug you, then they FUCK you!” There’s only one problem. While he rarely stops yakking on screen, off it Pesci has been silent since 1998. That year saw the release of _Lethal Weapon 4_; since then, the star has appeared in just two films, [Robert De Niro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-de-niro/){:target=_blank}’s _The Good Shepherd_ (in which he played a Mafia boss for a single scene) and [Taylor Hackford](https://www.empireonline.com/people/taylor-hackford/){:target=_blank}’s _Love Ranch_ (in which he played the owner of a Texan bordello). He declined to do interviews for either. So what are the odds he’ll come out of hiding now?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"As it happens, better than fair. A message wings its way to _Empire_ from New Jersey, where Pesci resides, stating that he has decided to give his first proper interview in over a decade. And sure enough, a few days later, the man himself is on the phone.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“I tell everyone no,” he explains, “and with this one I had to think about it for a while. I finally decided I should do it, because I owe a lot to Mel and Danny and [Joel Silver](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joel-silver/){:target=_blank} and Dick Donner. Besides, making the _Lethal Weapons_ was the most fun I’ve ever had. We just played around, you know?”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc1960f8e9e582ea58d0138","altText":"Lethal Weapon 2","image":{"name":"lethal-weapon-2.jpg","fileName":"lethal-weapon-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":583570,"path":"one/media/5dc1/960f/8e9e/582e/a58d/0138"},"url":"","caption":"Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 2","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"Interviewing Joe Pesci is an intimidating prospect. There’s his reputation for being taciturn— this is, after all, the man who gave one of the shortest Oscar acceptance speeches of all time (“It’s my privilege. Thank you”) when he won for _GoodFellas_ in 1990. Then there’s his less-than-cuddly screen persona. Leo aside, he usually plays the kind of guy who will happily put your head in a vice (_Casino_), keep you in the boot of his car while he enjoys a plate of pasta (_GoodFellas_), or threaten to bite off the fingers of an eight-year-old (_Home Alone_). So it doesn’t seem to auger well when we open our conversation with the reclusive legend by telling him we’re thrilled to have him on the line, and he responds, “You are. I’m not.” Fortunately, this exchange is followed by a reassuring (if still mildly terrifying) cackle. Pesci is breaking our balls. In fact, he proves warm, chatty and hilarious — though _Empire_ refrains from telling him he’s a “funny guy”. He fondly recalls coming up with his take on Leo, in an unlikely place. “Mickey Rourke and I had gone to Disneyland. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons were singing at Frontierland, so we stopped to ask for directions from these blond-headed, blue-eyed kids. I think they were Mormons probably. And the first word out of this kid’s mouth was, ‘Okay!’ Then he hit me with about 12 more: ‘No, no! Okay, okay, okay!’ We thought it was really funny.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"\"I wound up in New York running a restaurant, because I had nothing else to do. I got tired of auditioning in California, of bumping into walls and saying, ‘Excuse me!’\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"On set, Donner gave him the freedom to improvise many of Leo’s wildest screes, such as the legendary, “They FUCK you at the drive-thru!” monologue. “If there’s something I can grab onto and beat the shit out of, I’ll do it,” laughs Pesci. “I remember being pissed about drive-thrus, because they _do_ actually fuck you. You go home and there’s no fuckin’ ketchup in the bag. And you can’t go back, because there’s always a long line. So you’re fucked!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"He still gets Leo’s lines quoted back to him. “But I also get ‘yoots’ all the time, because of _My Cousin Vinny_. And _Raging Bull_ fans come up to me and ask if I fucked their wife. I say, ‘Certainly. Doesn’t everyone?’”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc1965a8e9e586f058d014a","altText":"Raging Bull","image":{"name":"raging-bull-pesci.jpg","fileName":"raging-bull-pesci.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":412742,"path":"one/media/5dc1/965a/8e9e/586f/058d/014a"},"url":"","caption":"Joe Pesci in Raging Bull","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"If Pesci has slowed down recently, it might be because he started young. His father enrolled him in a Newark establishment, Marie Mosier’s School of Acting, Song And Dance, when he was only four. “I was a stage brat,” he says. “I had to dance in front of mirrors. I did TV shows. I played little crippled kids in plays, making smart-alec remarks. If you learn how to do comedy at a young age, it creeps into everything you do. You find out you don’t have to lean on a line to make it funny.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"His flair for humour tinged with menace was perfected during his twenties, when he teamed up with Frank Vincent (whom he’d later stab to death in _GoodFellas_) for a nightclub double-act. “He’d play the drums and do stand-up; I’d fuck up his act.” But the few acting jobs he managed to get were small and uncredited, and finally he gave up on his dream. “I wound up in New York running a restaurant, because I had nothing else to do. I got tired of auditioning in California, of bumping into walls and saying, ‘Excuse me!’ I was terrified of offending anybody, and I got so timid and backward.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In 1979, he was 36 and floundering. Then two men tracked him down at his restaurant— not to sample Pesci’s cooking, which he describes as “homey-tasting” — but to offer him a job. Their names: Robert De Niro and [Martin Scorsese](https://www.empireonline.com/people/martin-scorsese/){:target=_blank}. “They’d seen something I’d done and thought I’d be right to play Bob’s brother in _Raging Bull_,” he says. “I had nothing to do with it. And that’s the way I’ve always done it since. I’ve never looked for attention. The only time I ever had a publicist after that was to keep me _out_ of magazines — forgive me — because I think things should just happen.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Pesci has had many triumphs in his career, from his killer cameo in _JFK_ to his rare lead turn in _The Public Eye_. But it’s his full-blooded collaborations with Scorsese and De Niro that have cement-booted his reputation. Intensely dedicated to his craft, he brought real-life experience to his roles as psychotic gangsters in _GoodFellas_ and _Casino_.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“I’ve been in tough places,” he says. “Nothing I can talk about, but I’ve seen terrible, terrible fights. So I knew the sense of fear. At first, the _GoodFellas_ producers said I was too old to play Tommy DeVito, but I knew this guy who _was_ Tommy — he’d even done the whole, ‘Funny how?’ thing to me. So I pulled back the skin on my face, wore a wig and had a friend follow me around with a camera while I behaved like. I showed it to Marty and that was it.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc196a78e9e589e2d8d0155","altText":"Casino","image":{"name":"joe-pesci-casino.jpg","fileName":"joe-pesci-casino.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":558923,"path":"one/media/5dc1/96a7/8e9e/589e/2d8d/0155"},"url":"","caption":"Joe Pesci in Casino","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"These days, Pesci doesn’t watch many movies, though he has seen “most” of _Hugo_ (“Marty’s still got that amazing attention to detail”). He talks regularly to De Niro and has promised him he’ll play Russell Bufalino in _The Irishman_ — Scorsese’s mooted gangster epic, set to co-star De Niro and Pacino — if it happens. Besides a possible jazz-record collaboration with Quincy Jones, he’s toying with a few film ideas of his own, though he won’t share them: “I better not. Talking about something you want to do is like stepping on your dick.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"He claims he’s happy to strum his guitar, play golf and pass his days at his private stable. “I breed racehorses,” he says. “I started with just my mare, Pesci, who was terrific until her last race. She came in second and we found out she had three fractures in her leg. So I turned her into a brood mare. I’m just dabbling in it, you know, because I love the business and I love horses. Always did.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Despite that, he turned down a juicy villain role in [Michael Mann](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-mann/){:target=_blank} and [David Milch](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-milch/){:target=_blank}’s new HBO drama _Luck_, which couldn’t be any horsier. “They had good ideas, but I’m not looking for a job,” he shrugs. Perhaps Pesci was burned by his comeback in _Love Ranch_, a film he now regrets doing: “I was very unhappy with the editing and what they did with my character.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Empire_ checks our watch. We’ve been talking for nearly an hour and it’s time to let Pesci attend to Pesci. We thank him for the privilege.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"“I think you have enough to write a fuckin’ book,” he fires back, giving our balls one final tweak. “That’s why I don’t like to do interviews — because I’m so good at ’em!”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**READ MORE:** [The Irishman Week: Robert De Niro Q&A](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/irishman-week-robert-de-niro-interview/){:target=_blank}","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5d8df0d24a309969c4242eb4","altText":"Empire – October 2019 Irishman issue","image":{"name":"empire-october-2019-cover.jpg","fileName":"empire-october-2019-cover.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1943,"fileSize":1510351,"path":"one/media/5d8d/f0d2/4a30/9969/c424/2eb4"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"*Read Empire's world exclusive Irishman issue, available digitally via the Empire Magazine app on the [App Store](https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/empire-the-1-movie-magazine/id392933688){:target=_blank} and [Google Play](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bauermedia.EmpireMagazine){:target=_blank}.*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"The Irishman Week: When Empire Interviewed Joe Pesci","subtitle":"","content":["_In the run-up to The Irishman arriving in UK cinemas, Empire Online presents The Irishman Week – a series of features to get you ready for Martin Scorsese's latest gangster epic. Here, we present Empire’s major 2012 interview with the one and only Joe Pesci._","[Joe Pesci](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-pesci/){:target=_blank} doesn’t do interviews. Other than a short exchange with _Empire_ for _The Irishman_, and a three-minute on-camera chat with ‘Big’ Joe Henry, shot on a golf course, in which he asked Henry not to talk about the film, he’s kept entirely schtum in 2019, even shutting down the sole question to him at the New York Film Festival with the word, “No.” However, back in 2012, he agreed to speak to _Empire_ as part of a celebration of the _Lethal Weapon_ series (we also reunited [Mel Gibson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mel-gibson/){:target=_blank}, [Danny Glover](https://www.empireonline.com/people/danny-glover/){:target=_blank} and [Richard Donner](https://www.empireonline.com/people/richard-donner/){:target=_blank}). Read the full, ball-busting interview below.","_The following originally ran in issue 275 of the magazine._","Okay, okay, okay! A catch-up with _Lethal Weapon_’s hero cops is all well and good, but someone major is missing from this reunion. by which, of course, we mean sidekick Leo Getz — the pint-sized, turbo-tongued, perma-ranting Curly to Riggs and Murtaugh’s Larry and Moe — as played by Joe Pesci. Joining the gang in part two, Pesci became increasingly central and responsible for many of the series’ funniest moments, whether sharing the heartbreaking tale of his childhood pet, Froggy, or (more typically) venting spleen in the direction of the nearest establishment: “They FUCK you at the hospital. First they drug you, then they FUCK you!” There’s only one problem. While he rarely stops yakking on screen, off it Pesci has been silent since 1998. That year saw the release of _Lethal Weapon 4_; since then, the star has appeared in just two films, [Robert De Niro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-de-niro/){:target=_blank}’s _The Good Shepherd_ (in which he played a Mafia boss for a single scene) and [Taylor Hackford](https://www.empireonline.com/people/taylor-hackford/){:target=_blank}’s _Love Ranch_ (in which he played the owner of a Texan bordello). He declined to do interviews for either. So what are the odds he’ll come out of hiding now?","As it happens, better than fair. A message wings its way to _Empire_ from New Jersey, where Pesci resides, stating that he has decided to give his first proper interview in over a decade. And sure enough, a few days later, the man himself is on the phone.","“I tell everyone no,” he explains, “and with this one I had to think about it for a while. I finally decided I should do it, because I owe a lot to Mel and Danny and [Joel Silver](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joel-silver/){:target=_blank} and Dick Donner. Besides, making the _Lethal Weapons_ was the most fun I’ve ever had. We just played around, you know?”","Interviewing Joe Pesci is an intimidating prospect. There’s his reputation for being taciturn— this is, after all, the man who gave one of the shortest Oscar acceptance speeches of all time (“It’s my privilege. Thank you”) when he won for _GoodFellas_ in 1990. Then there’s his less-than-cuddly screen persona. Leo aside, he usually plays the kind of guy who will happily put your head in a vice (_Casino_), keep you in the boot of his car while he enjoys a plate of pasta (_GoodFellas_), or threaten to bite off the fingers of an eight-year-old (_Home Alone_). So it doesn’t seem to auger well when we open our conversation with the reclusive legend by telling him we’re thrilled to have him on the line, and he responds, “You are. I’m not.” Fortunately, this exchange is followed by a reassuring (if still mildly terrifying) cackle. Pesci is breaking our balls. In fact, he proves warm, chatty and hilarious — though _Empire_ refrains from telling him he’s a “funny guy”. He fondly recalls coming up with his take on Leo, in an unlikely place. “Mickey Rourke and I had gone to Disneyland. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons were singing at Frontierland, so we stopped to ask for directions from these blond-headed, blue-eyed kids. I think they were Mormons probably. And the first word out of this kid’s mouth was, ‘Okay!’ Then he hit me with about 12 more: ‘No, no! Okay, okay, okay!’ We thought it was really funny.”","On set, Donner gave him the freedom to improvise many of Leo’s wildest screes, such as the legendary, “They FUCK you at the drive-thru!” monologue. “If there’s something I can grab onto and beat the shit out of, I’ll do it,” laughs Pesci. “I remember being pissed about drive-thrus, because they _do_ actually fuck you. You go home and there’s no fuckin’ ketchup in the bag. And you can’t go back, because there’s always a long line. So you’re fucked!”","He still gets Leo’s lines quoted back to him. “But I also get ‘yoots’ all the time, because of _My Cousin Vinny_. And _Raging Bull_ fans come up to me and ask if I fucked their wife. I say, ‘Certainly. Doesn’t everyone?’”","If Pesci has slowed down recently, it might be because he started young. His father enrolled him in a Newark establishment, Marie Mosier’s School of Acting, Song And Dance, when he was only four. “I was a stage brat,” he says. “I had to dance in front of mirrors. I did TV shows. I played little crippled kids in plays, making smart-alec remarks. If you learn how to do comedy at a young age, it creeps into everything you do. You find out you don’t have to lean on a line to make it funny.”","His flair for humour tinged with menace was perfected during his twenties, when he teamed up with Frank Vincent (whom he’d later stab to death in _GoodFellas_) for a nightclub double-act. “He’d play the drums and do stand-up; I’d fuck up his act.” But the few acting jobs he managed to get were small and uncredited, and finally he gave up on his dream. “I wound up in New York running a restaurant, because I had nothing else to do. I got tired of auditioning in California, of bumping into walls and saying, ‘Excuse me!’ I was terrified of offending anybody, and I got so timid and backward.”","In 1979, he was 36 and floundering. Then two men tracked him down at his restaurant— not to sample Pesci’s cooking, which he describes as “homey-tasting” — but to offer him a job. Their names: Robert De Niro and [Martin Scorsese](https://www.empireonline.com/people/martin-scorsese/){:target=_blank}. “They’d seen something I’d done and thought I’d be right to play Bob’s brother in _Raging Bull_,” he says. “I had nothing to do with it. And that’s the way I’ve always done it since. I’ve never looked for attention. The only time I ever had a publicist after that was to keep me _out_ of magazines — forgive me — because I think things should just happen.”","Pesci has had many triumphs in his career, from his killer cameo in _JFK_ to his rare lead turn in _The Public Eye_. But it’s his full-blooded collaborations with Scorsese and De Niro that have cement-booted his reputation. Intensely dedicated to his craft, he brought real-life experience to his roles as psychotic gangsters in _GoodFellas_ and _Casino_.","“I’ve been in tough places,” he says. “Nothing I can talk about, but I’ve seen terrible, terrible fights. So I knew the sense of fear. At first, the _GoodFellas_ producers said I was too old to play Tommy DeVito, but I knew this guy who _was_ Tommy — he’d even done the whole, ‘Funny how?’ thing to me. So I pulled back the skin on my face, wore a wig and had a friend follow me around with a camera while I behaved like. I showed it to Marty and that was it.”","These days, Pesci doesn’t watch many movies, though he has seen “most” of _Hugo_ (“Marty’s still got that amazing attention to detail”). He talks regularly to De Niro and has promised him he’ll play Russell Bufalino in _The Irishman_ — Scorsese’s mooted gangster epic, set to co-star De Niro and Pacino — if it happens. Besides a possible jazz-record collaboration with Quincy Jones, he’s toying with a few film ideas of his own, though he won’t share them: “I better not. Talking about something you want to do is like stepping on your dick.”","He claims he’s happy to strum his guitar, play golf and pass his days at his private stable. “I breed racehorses,” he says. “I started with just my mare, Pesci, who was terrific until her last race. She came in second and we found out she had three fractures in her leg. So I turned her into a brood mare. I’m just dabbling in it, you know, because I love the business and I love horses. Always did.”","Despite that, he turned down a juicy villain role in [Michael Mann](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-mann/){:target=_blank} and [David Milch](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-milch/){:target=_blank}’s new HBO drama _Luck_, which couldn’t be any horsier. “They had good ideas, but I’m not looking for a job,” he shrugs. Perhaps Pesci was burned by his comeback in _Love Ranch_, a film he now regrets doing: “I was very unhappy with the editing and what they did with my character.”","_Empire_ checks our watch. We’ve been talking for nearly an hour and it’s time to let Pesci attend to Pesci. We thank him for the privilege.","“I think you have enough to write a fuckin’ book,” he fires back, giving our balls one final tweak. “That’s why I don’t like to do interviews — because I’m so good at ’em!”","**READ MORE:** [The Irishman Week: Robert De Niro Q&A](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/irishman-week-robert-de-niro-interview/){:target=_blank}","*Read Empire's world exclusive Irishman issue, available digitally via the Empire Magazine app on the [App Store](https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/empire-the-1-movie-magazine/id392933688){:target=_blank} and [Google Play](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bauermedia.EmpireMagazine){:target=_blank}.*"],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"published":{"state":"published","wasPublished":true,"scheduledStart":1572916139,"scheduledEnd":null},"hidePublicationDate":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"author_custom":"Nick De 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First up is an interview with the movie's star – a guy you might have heard of, who goes by the name of Robert De Niro._","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In 1984, Banarama released a perky, effervescent pop ditty called, ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’. Thirty-five years later, in April 2019, _Empire_ find ourselves in the reception area of [De Niro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-de-niro/){:target=_blank}’s Tribeca HQ, waiting for _him_, and discovering that it’s an experience conducive to neither perkiness nor effervescence. Meeting the legendarily taciturn and interview-shy screen legend is both an incredibly exciting prospect and one that makes you feel a bit like you’re visiting the dentist, the doctor and a first date, all at the same time. We leaf through a copy of a magazine we find on a table — weirdly, a copy of _Interview_ from 1985, with Madonna on the cover — and scan our list of possible questions one more time, trying to figure out which one might make him bolt the room, as he has been known to do when a conversation goes awry.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Fortunately, once we’re finally summoned upstairs, past posters for _To Be Or Not To Be_ (the Ernst Lubitsch one), _Scarface_ (the Paul Muni one) and 1992’s _Mistress_ (an obscure De Niro film that merits prime placement outside his office), we find him in a reflective, relatively chatty mood, ready to discuss his career and his latest collaboration with [Martin Scorsese](https://www.empireonline.com/people/martin-scorsese/){:target=_blank}, *[The Irishman](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/the-irishman/){:target=_blank}*. At least, he is once the Venetian blinds have been lowered to stop the sun going in his eyes. He watches, visibly unimpressed, as _Empire_ fumbles with the various strings — then joins in, making us feel like we’re participating in a bizarre, A-lister-enhanced Chuckle Brothers sketch. Finally, the blinds are down, we take our seats, he cocks an eyebrow, and the waiting is over.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc051cc8e9e58add68cdd60","altText":"The Irishman – Robert De Niro","image":{"name":"irishman-de-niro-2.jpg","fileName":"irishman-de-niro-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":366975,"path":"one/media/5dc0/51cc/8e9e/58ad/d68c/dd60"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**I rewatched GoodFellas recently, and in your very first scene your character is referred to as “the Irishman”.**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Yeah, he was Irish, the Jimmy Conway character.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**You have Irish roots yourself, don’t you?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Yeah. My mother’s Dutch, French, German. And my Father was Irish and Italian. I hitchhiked around Ireland when I was about 18, 19. I’ve been trying for years to find relatives there. For some reason it’s not easy. I don’t know why. Italy was easier.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**So The Irishman feels inevitable in a way. Yet it’s taken a really, really long time.**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It has been a long time. Marty and I were about to do a movie. The same kind of thing — it was about a hitman and so on — but it was a more popular type of thing. And Marty was showing me films. Certain sort of gangster, genre films that he was thinking about. He showed me a French movie — I think it was Jean Gabin or something. It was just stylistically something in that vein. And then in the meantime I’d been wanting to read this book that Eric Roth told me about. He brought it up when it first came out. And I said, “I gotta read this book as research.” And I read it and I said, “Jesus. To me this story’s kind of great.” I told Marty, “I think we should look at this. And we should maybe consider.” So he did and then we both talked about it and felt, “Yeah, this is more what we should be doing.” And then Marty got [Steve Zaillian](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steven-zaillian/){:target=_blank} to write a script. I mean, this all took… I was looking at the date of the book. I date the books, usually just to remind myself, ’cause you forget. It was ten years to the time that we started shooting, the date on the book.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**What were your feelings towards that other hitman movie? (The Winter Of Frankie Machine, based on Don Winslow’s novel)**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It was a totally different type of film. It was a genre piece about a hitman, but it was another type of thing. It didn’t have the reality that this one had. The specificity, as far as that goes. It was good. It was just — I don’t wanna use the word romantic, but kind of romantic in the sense that it was less specific about this world. And didn’t have that emotion, for me, with this relationship with these guys and then the betrayal and all that.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"\"Marty was concerned, rightfully so, that we don’t get all distracted by all that [de-ageing] stuff. So they brought it down to, like, a couple things on your jacket, your suit, your shirt. Little make-up dots here and there on your face and that was it.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"pullQuotes"},{"content":"**You’ve played characters over decades of their lives before — GoodFellas, Once Upon A Time In America, Casino, Raging Bull. But this is the first time you’ve done it via digital effects…**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Yeah, well, I’m happy it extends my career hopefully another 30 years.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Was it easier than using make-up to do it?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It’s a different thing. Me and [Joe Pesci](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joe-pesci/){:target=_blank} and [Al Pacino](https://www.empireonline.com/people/al-pacino/){:target=_blank} and Marty, we were talking about this. And Marty said, “It’s like a new kind of make-up in a way.” I did some [digital effects] in *[Grudge Match](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/grudge-match-review/){:target=_blank}*. We did a lot of sitting in a thing with all kinds of lights and gadgets on us and this and that. But this, they tried to go a different way. Marty was concerned, rightfully so, that we don’t get all distracted by all that stuff. So they brought it down to, like, a couple things on your jacket, your suit, your shirt. Little make-up dots here and there on your face and that was it. And lots of photographs. There was always these guys taking photos of us before the take, after it, just getting all kinds of angles and whatever.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Did you try to do all scenes playing a certain age at the same time, to make it easier to keep track?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"No, you had to just take it as it came. There’s always something — something changes, schedule, this, that, somebody unavailable, whatever happens. So you have to just be ready for any of the stages.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**The book The Irishman is based on, I Heard You Paint Houses, gets into Frank Sheeran’s experiences in World War II. Do you cover those in the film?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Not much. Not much. We have one scene in the war. Marty was concerned. He felt it was too — I don’t know, maybe I’m using the wrong word for him — predictable, in a way. He had killed a lot of people in the war, so it was easier then and da, da, da, da, da. But that was something actual that [Sheeran] had done. He’d had a lot of previous experience before being on the street in Philadelphia and so on. He went through a lot in the war.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dc052018e9e587bed8cdd6b","altText":"The Irishman – World War","image":{"name":"irishman-war.jpg","fileName":"irishman-war.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":650025,"path":"one/media/5dc0/5201/8e9e/587b/ed8c/dd6b"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**It’s inevitably getting a lot of comparisons to GoodFellas and Casino. But is it fair to say it has a different energy?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"It’s different. The only thing I would put it in the style of, maybe, is *[Roma](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/roma-review/){:target=_blank}*. I saw _Roma_, which is a wonderful movie. That idea of sort of a grand work. Netflix came along and just really gave us what we needed and did not bother anybody. They were great about it. So you couldn’t have asked for a better situation. And then the way it’s presented, we’re working that out as far as theatres and so on. I mean, that’s the way it should be seen. And that will be worked out.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**You and Joe Pesci appeared on stage at the 2016 Guys Choice Awards, where you said, “Marty and I are planning to get back together for a movie… that is if Joe has any more fucks left in him. So far all he keeps saying is ‘Go fuck yourself.’” How much truth was there to that?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_(Laughs)_ Yeah, he might’ve been saying whatever. We know each other a long time, so yeah. He doesn’t wanna act too much or anything. But I said, “We gotta do this together. Who knows if there’ll be anything else after this?” And Al wanted to do it and Marty of course was ready, so it happened.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**How did you first meet Joe?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Well, I saw Joe in a movie called *[The Debt Collector](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/debt-collector-review/){:target=_blank}* and we were looking for somebody to play Joey, my brother [in _Raging Bull_]. And we had met some good people. But then I saw this movie and said, “Marty, you gotta see this guy, Joe.” So then we looked him up. We found him. He was working in a restaurant up in the Bronx. And we had him come and he read with us. We already had a kid who was wonderful as the brother — he was younger, he understood the world, he was from downtown. And Joe was older and he meant to be the younger brother. But we felt that what Joe gives off was so special and incredible that we said, “Let’s go with him.”","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Once he finally got on the set of The Irishman, was he happy to be there?** ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"I think he was happy, in spite of himself. We had a good time. We started with the de-aging part, but in that case it was not make-up. At different stages, you do some make-up or prosthetics and others you don’t. And this was the one where he was de-aged in some way. But we both looked like ourselves. That’s how we started. Then we went back and forth and it went on for months and months.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Al Pacino has said he used sense memory to play himself at younger ages. How about you?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Well, we had a guy on the set who was reminding us about the age thing, ’cause it was important. And he’d come up to us while we’re shooting and prompt us when it looked like we were acting our older ages as opposed to younger. Like, there was one thing where I was going down the stairs in my younger years and this guy, Gary, he showed me how I should go down the stairs. And I said, “You’re right.” To myself, I said, “I gotta do that.” So I kind of skipped down it. Not skipped, but kind of hopped. Let myself fall down the stairs as opposed to carefully stepping down them. What’s the word? Sprightlier.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHXxVmeGQUc"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**You and Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio made a promo film for a casino together in 2015, which was all about you and Leo vying to work with Marty. Was there a kernel of truth to that premise?**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_(Laughs)_ We always make that a running joke. I work with a guy named Lewis Friedman. He writes stuff. And Lewis started turning it into a running thing: how many Leo does as opposed to me. But no, that’s great. And we’ll hopefully do something, me and Leo and Marty. We have something planned. *(The film, [Killers Of The Flower Moon](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/robert-de-niro-in-talks-for-martin-scorsese-killers-of-the-flower-moon/){:target=_blank}, has since been greenlit.)*","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Martin Scorsese is a film addict. He seems to see everything. Do you try at all to keep up with him?** ","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Marty knows so many movies. If I have a question about any film I’m trying to find, I always ask him, of course, and he will know. There’s no comparison. I wish I knew the movies as much as he does. We'll talk about some obscure film or he’ll tell me about it and then send me a bunch of films of this director from Africa. I mean, God bless him. I don’t watch as much as I should. I try. 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Who knows what would have happened, where we would’ve gone with it.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"*The Irishman arrives in UK cinemas from Friday 8 November. 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It was ten years to the time that we started shooting, the date on the book.","**What were your feelings towards that other hitman movie? (The Winter Of Frankie Machine, based on Don Winslow’s novel)**","It was a totally different type of film. It was a genre piece about a hitman, but it was another type of thing. It didn’t have the reality that this one had. The specificity, as far as that goes. It was good. It was just — I don’t wanna use the word romantic, but kind of romantic in the sense that it was less specific about this world. And didn’t have that emotion, for me, with this relationship with these guys and then the betrayal and all that.","**You’ve played characters over decades of their lives before — GoodFellas, Once Upon A Time In America, Casino, Raging Bull. But this is the first time you’ve done it via digital effects…**","Yeah, well, I’m happy it extends my career hopefully another 30 years.","**Was it easier than using make-up to do it?**","It’s a different thing. 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He went through a lot in the war.","**It’s inevitably getting a lot of comparisons to GoodFellas and Casino. But is it fair to say it has a different energy?**","It’s different. The only thing I would put it in the style of, maybe, is *[Roma](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/roma-review/){:target=_blank}*. I saw _Roma_, which is a wonderful movie. That idea of sort of a grand work. Netflix came along and just really gave us what we needed and did not bother anybody. They were great about it. So you couldn’t have asked for a better situation. And then the way it’s presented, we’re working that out as far as theatres and so on. I mean, that’s the way it should be seen. And that will be worked out.","**You and Joe Pesci appeared on stage at the 2016 Guys Choice Awards, where you said, “Marty and I are planning to get back together for a movie… that is if Joe has any more fucks left in him. So far all he keeps saying is ‘Go fuck yourself.’” How much truth was there to that?**","_(Laughs)_ Yeah, he might’ve been saying whatever. We know each other a long time, so yeah. He doesn’t wanna act too much or anything. But I said, “We gotta do this together. Who knows if there’ll be anything else after this?” And Al wanted to do it and Marty of course was ready, so it happened.","**How did you first meet Joe?**","Well, I saw Joe in a movie called *[The Debt Collector](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/debt-collector-review/){:target=_blank}* and we were looking for somebody to play Joey, my brother [in _Raging Bull_]. And we had met some good people. But then I saw this movie and said, “Marty, you gotta see this guy, Joe.” So then we looked him up. We found him. He was working in a restaurant up in the Bronx. And we had him come and he read with us. We already had a kid who was wonderful as the brother — he was younger, he understood the world, he was from downtown. And Joe was older and he meant to be the younger brother. But we felt that what Joe gives off was so special and incredible that we said, “Let’s go with him.”","**Once he finally got on the set of The Irishman, was he happy to be there?** ","I think he was happy, in spite of himself. We had a good time. We started with the de-aging part, but in that case it was not make-up. At different stages, you do some make-up or prosthetics and others you don’t. And this was the one where he was de-aged in some way. But we both looked like ourselves. That’s how we started. Then we went back and forth and it went on for months and months.","**Al Pacino has said he used sense memory to play himself at younger ages. How about you?**","Well, we had a guy on the set who was reminding us about the age thing, ’cause it was important. And he’d come up to us while we’re shooting and prompt us when it looked like we were acting our older ages as opposed to younger. Like, there was one thing where I was going down the stairs in my younger years and this guy, Gary, he showed me how I should go down the stairs. And I said, “You’re right.” To myself, I said, “I gotta do that.” So I kind of skipped down it. Not skipped, but kind of hopped. Let myself fall down the stairs as opposed to carefully stepping down them. What’s the word? Sprightlier.","**You and Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio made a promo film for a casino together in 2015, which was all about you and Leo vying to work with Marty. Was there a kernel of truth to that premise?**","_(Laughs)_ We always make that a running joke. I work with a guy named Lewis Friedman. He writes stuff. And Lewis started turning it into a running thing: how many Leo does as opposed to me. But no, that’s great. And we’ll hopefully do something, me and Leo and Marty. 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McCarthy's other half [Ben Falcone](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ben-falcone/){:target=_blank} directs from a script by _The Boss_' [Steve Mallory](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steve-mallory/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Superintelligence release date 1 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Gentlemen","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_vho_EFNvQ"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Guy Ritchie","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Ritchie returns to his gangster manor for plots, schemes, twists, bribery and blackmail in the London marijuana business. 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But this offers more than just big laughs and sharp mockery: it's chiefly a poignant coming-of-age involving a friendship between an Aryan boy and a Jewish girl.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Jojo Rabbit release date 3 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### 1917","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqNYrYUiMfg"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Sam Mendes","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** George McKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth _**_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Sam Mendes](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sam-mendes/){:target=_blank}' WWI epic follows two young British soldiers given a seemingly impossible mission: cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers. Mendes and cinematographer [Roger Deakins](https://www.empireonline.com/people/roger-deakins/){:target=_blank} present, incredibly, the entire narrative as if filmed in a single take.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_1917 release date 10 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### A Hidden Life","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJXmdY4lVR0"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Terrence Malick","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** August Diehl, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenarts, Jürgen Prochnow, Bruno Ganz","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Based on real events, _A Hidden Life_ tells the story of the Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. After a few more experimental films, festival buzz says this is a return to form for [Malick](https://www.empireonline.com/people/terrence-malick/){:target=_blank}. It also marks the posthumous final screen appearances of the late [Michael Nyqvist](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-nyqvist/){:target=_blank} and [Bruno Ganz](https://www.empireonline.com/people/bruno-ganz/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_A Hidden Life release date 17 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Bad Boys For Life","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKCj3XuPG8M"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Directors:** Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Joe Pantoliano, Vanessa Hudgens","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Bad Boys For Life_ presents a belated and anticipated threequel, with _Black_ directors [El Arbi](https://www.empireonline.com/people/adil-el-arbi/){:target=_blank} and Fallah claiming [Michael Bay](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-bay/){:target=_blank}'s chair. The plot sees Marcus (now promoted to inspector) and Mike (still a loose cannon) reuniting to take down an Albanian gangster out for revenge against the former partners.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Bad Boys For Life release date 17 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Waves","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5z3cr8AB5g"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Trey Edward Shults","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Sterling K. Brown, Lucas Hedges, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Taylor Russell","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Shults follows low-key horror _It Comes At Night_ with another stylistically bold and intense drama, this time audaciously cut to an anxious score by [Trent Reznor](https://www.empireonline.com/people/trent-reznor/){:target=_blank} and [Atticus Ross](https://www.empireonline.com/people/atticus-ross/){:target=_blank} and a jukebox soundtrack including Frank Ocean, Animal Collective and Radiohead. The story follows the domestic life and emotional journey of an African-American family in suburban Southern Florida.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Waves release date 17 January 2020._","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Just Mercy","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbWiCPx99rs"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Destin Daniel Cretton","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Tim Blake Nelson, Brie Larson","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"And another inspirational and urgent true story – anyone would think it was awards season. Here, [Jordan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-b-jordan/){:target=_blank} stars as Bryan Stevenson, a crusading defence attorney in Alabama. In the years following one of his first and most incendiary cases, he negotiates political minefields and faces down overt racism as he battles the stacked legal system of the Deep South.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Just Mercy release date 17 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Bombshell","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEku45u5nmw"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Jay Roach","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Documentarian [Roach](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jay-roach/){:target=_blank} charts the fall of powerful Fox News head honcho Roger Ailes ([Lithgow](https://www.empireonline.com/people/john-lithgow/){:target=_blank}) amid several sexual harassment accusations, chiefly starting with Gretchen Carlson ([Kidman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nicole-kidman/){:target=_blank}) and Megyn Kelly ([Theron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/charlize-theron/){:target=_blank}) among the most prominent whistleblowers. _The Big Short_'s Charles Randolph wrote the film's screenplay.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Bombshell release date 24 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Personal History of David Copperfield","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHG7FnBDY0Q"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Armando Iannucci","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Charles Dickens' 1850 classic gets a fresh casting treatment from [Armando Iannucci](https://www.empireonline.com/people/armando-iannucci/){:target=_blank} with [Dev Patel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dev-patel/){:target=_blank} as the boy who sets out on a quest to become a writer. Co-starring [Tilda Swinton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tilda-swinton/){:target=_blank}, [Ben Whishaw](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ben-whishaw/){:target=_blank} and [Gwendoline Christie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gwendoline-christie/){:target=_blank}, the film delivers laughs, heart, and a timely reminder about the power of kindness.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Personal History of David Copperfield release date 24 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Dark Waters","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvAOuhyunhY"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Todd Haynes","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Another heavyweight drama based on a true story, Haynes takes a dip into _Dark Waters_. [Ruffalo](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mark-ruffalo/){:target=_blank} plays Robert Bilott, an attorney who usually defends chemical companies against lawsuits. On this occasion, however, he uncovers evidence connecting a series of unexplained deaths to one of the world's largest corporations.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Dark Waters release date 24 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Queen & Slim","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ip3iE416WxE"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Melina Matsoukas","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"An otherwise forgettable first date ends in an arbitrary police stop-and-search that goes violently awry, in Matsoukas' debut feature. As the self-defence killers go on the run, a video of the incident goes viral...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Queen & Slim release date 31 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Grudge","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2NKzO-fxwQ"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Nicolas Pesce","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Pesce directs a new US reboot of the Japanese _Ju-On_ series, produced (as were the three other American _Grudge_ films to date) by [Sam Raimi](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sam-raimi/){:target=_blank} via his production company, Ghost House. This one sees croaking ghoul Kayako targeting the children of cop [Andrea Riseborough](https://www.empireonline.com/people/andrea-riseborough/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Grudge release date 31 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Rhythm Section","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Uq_5bYGYoY"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Reed Morano","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Richard Brake","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Much delayed (it was originally due in cinemas a year ago), this international spy thriller finds [Lively](https://www.empireonline.com/people/blake-lively/){:target=_blank} taking on the identity of an assassin, hoping to uncover the truth about the plane crash that killed her family. The film is adapted by Mark Burnell from his own novel, with Bond's [Barbara Broccoli](https://www.empireonline.com/people/barbara-broccoli/){:target=_blank} and Michael G. Wilson among the producers.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Rhythm Section release date 31 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Lighthouse","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_UHhpq530"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Robert Eggers","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Robbert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Eggers](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-eggers/){:target=_blank}' follow-up to the super unsettling _The Witch_ finds [Pattinson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-pattinson/){:target=_blank} (facial hair) and [Dafoe](https://www.empireonline.com/people/willem-dafoe/){:target=_blank} (bigger facial hair) going slowly mad in striking black and white on – you've guessed it – a lighthouse. Think German Expressionism meets [Ingmar Bergman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ingmar-bergman/){:target=_blank} meets _Fraggle Rock_. It's had a rapturous reception wherever it's played on the festival circuit and in the US – get ready for the storm to soon cross the seas.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Lighthouse release date 31 January 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## FEBRUARY","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1l914WkO6Y"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Cathy Yan","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Robbie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/margot-robbie/2/){:target=_blank} returns as _Suicide Squad_'s unhinged troublemaker Harleen Quinzell (AKA Harley Quinn), now separated from the Joker and leading an all-female super-team. The comic book caper involves them protecting a young girl from the clutches of [McGregor](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ewan-mcgregor/){:target=_blank}'s villainous Black Mask.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Birds of Prey release date 7 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### My Spy","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfAhQSz-j_o"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Peter Segal","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Dave Bautista, Ken Jeong, Kristen Schaal, Chloe Coleman","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Like [Schwarzenegger](https://www.empireonline.com/people/arnold-schwarzenegger/){:target=_blank}, [Stallone](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sylvester-stallone/){:target=_blank}, [Diesel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/vin-diesel/){:target=_blank} and Johnson before him, action hero [Bautista](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dave-bautista/){:target=_blank} has been lured by the siren call of a kid-friendly comedy. The result has his trigger-happy secret agent teaching spycraft to the 9-year-old daughter of the family he's surveilling, to help her with a bullying problem. Hearts are warmed. Possibly.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_My Spy release date 7 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Parasite","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEUXfv87Wpk"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Bong Joon-ho","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Winning the 2019 Palme d'Or in Cannes signals that [Bong](https://www.empireonline.com/people/bong-joon-ho/){:target=_blank} has been forgiven for taking his last film, _Okja_, to Netflix. _Parasite_ is a black comedy about an unemployed South Korean family who stumble upon their wealthy neighbours' surprising secret during a shifty trick of their own.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Parasite release date 7 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Dolittle","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhCs0BJwqMU"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Stephen Gaghan","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Robert Downey Jr, Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Loosely adapted from the second of Hugh Lofting's venerable novels about the doctor who can talk to animals, the third screen version of the story casts Robert Downey Jr as a Welsh iteration of the title hero. _Dolittle_ arrives – very late – having been beset with production problems and preemptively pegged as a disaster. The above trailer did nothing to disabuse anyone of that notion. Still, maybe it'll be _great_.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Dolittle release date 7 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Fantasy Island","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6ddbb9389b24154f222ab","altText":"Lucy Hale - Truth or Dare","image":{"name":"truth-or-dare-lucy-hale.jpg","fileName":"truth-or-dare-lucy-hale.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1199,"height":681,"fileSize":469362,"path":"one/media/5da6/ddbb/9389/b241/54f2/22ab"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Jeff Wadlow","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Michael Rooker, Michael Pēna","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Arriving via the ubiquitous Blumhouse, _Fantasy Island_ continues a peculiar trend of turning fondly remembered family favourites into horror stories (see also 2019's _The Banana Splits Movie_). [Peña](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-pena/){:target=_blank} plays Mr. Roarke, host of the mysterious island where visitors come to live out their wildest fantasies, but don't necessarily get what they expect...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Fantasy Island release date 14 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### First Love","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XBBGjUf63E"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Takashi Miike","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shōta Sometani, Sakurako Konishi, Becky","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"A typically violent and gonzo thriller from prolific Japanese arch-mentalist [Miike](https://www.empireonline.com/people/takashi-miike/){:target=_blank} arrives in the shape of _First Love_. This one revolves around a boxer, a hooker and a drug addict who get mixed up in a drug smuggling scheme that goes awry. Over a single night they're pursued by a corrupt cop, a yakuza and a triad hitwoman.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_First Love release date 14 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Sonic the Hedgehog","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWYnZspGUAg"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Jeff Fowler","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Ben Schwartz (voice), Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Neal McDonough","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The upcoming family-friendly Sonic movie blends live action and animation to adapt the long-running Sega video game series. Sonic ([Schwartz](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ben-schwartz/){:target=_blank}) is the blue alien Hedgehog Who Fell to Earth, teaming up with Montana sheriff [Marsden](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-marsden/){:target=_blank} to defeat [Carrey](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jim-carrey/){:target=_blank}'s evil Dr Robotnik. Grown adults got so upset about the first trailer that Sonic's look had to be completely redesigned.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Sonic the Hedgehog release date 14 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The King's Man","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pbLPOrTSsI"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Matthew Vaughn","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Harris Dickinson, Ralph Fiennes, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Kingsman 3 offers a prequel exploring the history of the secretive gentlemanly international espionage operation. Set in the early 1900s, its angle is a collection of history's worst criminals and tyrants joining forces to ignite a war to end all wars. [Ifans](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rhys-ifans/){:target=_blank} is Rasputin and [Stanley Tucci](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stanley-tucci/){:target=_blank} – not for the first time – plays Merlin. It's a lot.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The King's Man release date 14 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Greed","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NNZHlIoA4U"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Michael Winterbottom","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Steve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Sophie Cookson, Asa Butterfield","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The 60th birthday party of a retail billionaire ([Coogan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steve-coogan/){:target=_blank}) on the Greek island of Mykonos is the focus for [Michael Winterbottom](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-winterbottom/){:target=_blank}'s scathing satire of the mega-rich. Enjoy a _Trip_ into the vulgar and truly awful.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Greed release date 21 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Like a Boss","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYQRSZOsnJs"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Miguel Arteta","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Coolidge","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Miguel Arteta directs a beauty-industry comedy about two best friends running their own cosmetics company. When business takes a downturn, the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel ([Haddish](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tiffany-haddish/){:target=_blank}) and Mia ([Byrne](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rose-byrne/){:target=_blank})’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Like a Boss release date 21 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Little Joe","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYfKlNBLLeQ"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Jessica Hausner","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Beecham stars as a scientist single mother employed as senior plant breeder at a company developing new species. She creates a genetically modified type of flower that seems to have great therapeutic value. Rather against company policy, she takes a clipping home as a gift for her young son, where she soon discovers there may be side effects...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Little Joe release date 21 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Bloodshot","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcNMR3bTYLg"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Dave Wilson","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Vin Diesel, Guy Pearce, Eiza González, Toby Kebbell","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Bloodshot_ sets up a wannabe-franchise action based on the Valiant comics. [Diesel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/vin-diesel/){:target=_blank} plays Angelo Mortalli, a former mob hit-man kidnapped for a secret government program to have his mind wiped and his body superhero-ised with nanites. Of course, it all goes wrong and Mortalli goes rogue, on a quest both for revenge and for the recovery of his memories.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Bloodshot release date 28 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Emma","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6de8e9389b252d5f222cb","altText":"Anya Taylor Joy","image":{"name":"Peaky-Blinders-Anya-Taylor-joy.jpg","fileName":"Peaky-Blinders-Anya-Taylor-joy.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":590,"height":350,"fileSize":28875,"path":"one/media/5da6/de8e/9389/b252/d5f2/22cb"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Autumn De Wilde","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Anya Taylor-Joy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Bill Nighy","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Jane Austen's 1815 novel gets its umpteenth adaptation as photographer and music video De Wilde's debut feature. [Taylor-Joy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/anya-taylor-joy/){:target=_blank} plays the meddling Emma Woodhouse, fixated on matchmaking on behalf of her best friend Harriet ([Goth](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mia-goth/){:target=_blank}), while neglecting her own perfect happiness.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Emma release date 28 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Portrait of a Lady on Fire","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-fQPTwma9o"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Céline Sciamma","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golin","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Céline Sciamma's Cannes favourite is a slow burning, sensual story of forbidden love between an 18th-century painter (Merlant) and her muse (Haenel) on an isolated island in Brittany. Advance word from the festival circuit says it's as thoughtful as it is intoxicating.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Portrait of a Lady on Fire release date 28 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Brahms: The Boy 2","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5dad779ab6d962977800939a","altText":"Brahms","image":{"name":"the-boy-2.jpg","fileName":"the-boy-2.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":759,"height":435,"fileSize":321017,"path":"one/media/5dad/779a/b6d9/6297/7800/939a"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** William Brent Bell","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Another year, another creepy doll horror sequel – _Brahms: The Boy 2_ follows the 2016 original in which the mystery was well and truly explained. It's hard to see how this will work then, but it seems to involve another family moving into Brahms' house, happily oblivious of the secret that the audience already knows. They'll soon learn.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Brahms: The Boy 2 release date 28 February 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## MARCH","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Calm With Horses","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0igzrTzwNU"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Nick Rowland","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Barry Keoghan, Ned Dennehy, Cosmo Jarvis, Niamh Algar","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son, Jack. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Calm With Horses release date 6 March 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Military Wives","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAXIr59GrcU"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Peter Cattaneo","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Davina Sitaram, Jason Flemyng","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Based on the true story of the Military Wives Choir, tracing it from its humble beginnings to a global movement with thousands of members, _Millitary Wives_ presents an ensemble making music for change. 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That’s the background for a story of two elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who go on a quest to help them come to terms with the death of their father.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Onward release date 6 March 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Invisible Man","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKlTsTH_ZxE"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Leigh Whannell","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Once intended as part of a new series of shared-universe films for the classic Universal monsters, _The Invisible Man_ now apparently arrives as a standalone. The story centres on [Moss](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elisabeth-moss/){:target=_blank}, whose former boyfriend's \"suicide\" turns out not to have been all it seemed. As a Blumhouse project and [Whannell](https://www.empireonline.com/people/leigh-whannell/){:target=_blank}'s follow-up to the excellent _Upgrade_, the pedigree is promising.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Invisible Man release date 6 March 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Godzilla Vs. 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Expect thorny relationship drama led by [Isabelle Huppert](https://www.empireonline.com/people/isabelle-huppert/){:target=_blank}, among the breathtaking vistas of dense gardens and fairytale villas.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Frankie release date 20 March 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Radioactive","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1KcE48gIng"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Marjane Satrapi","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Rosamund Pike, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sam Riley, Aneurin Barnard","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Here's a new one: comic book scientific history. Specifically, this is based on a graphic novel by Lauren Redniss, and imagines the events surrounding Marie Curie's pioneering research on radioactivity.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Radioactive release date 20 March 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### A Quiet Place: Part 2","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR7cc5t7tv8"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** John Krasinski","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Brian Tyree Henry, Djimon Hounsou","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Krasinski returns to direct, but not star, in the sequel to _A Quiet Place_, offering more adventures in a world that has been overrun by deadly creatures highly sensitive to noise, meaning that the surviving humans are forced to live in silence, communicating with sign language. Nothing is yet known about the plot specifics, but we might expect to be introduced to new survivors, and learn a little more about the aliens' origins.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_A Quiet Place: Part 2 release date 20 March 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Mulan","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01ON04GCwKs"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Niki Caro","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Offering a slightly different take on the Chinese folktale to the animated 1998 version, Disney's live-action _Mulan_ nevertheless follows the eldest daughter of an honoured warrior who is spirited, determined and quick on her feet – and becomes one of China’s greatest warriors. No songs or wisecracking dragons this time though.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Mulan release date 27 March 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Peter Rabbit 2","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyBxCCk82c4"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Will Gluck","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Davie Oyelowo","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Reimagining Beatrix Potter's charming Edwardian vegetable thief as a cocky 21st-century hooligan seemed to do no harm at the 2018 box office, so here's more of same. Peter feels like he doesn't fit with his new family, so runs off to find other friends. But, he soon finds, different isn't necessarily better.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Peter Rabbit 2 release date 27 March 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## APRIL","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### No Time to Die","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChJ_afRiUzo"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Cary Joji Fukunaga","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright, Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Delayed by some high-profile wrangling behind the scenes, Bond 25 finally arrives with _True Detective_ director [Fukunaga](https://www.empireonline.com/people/cary-fukunaga/){:target=_blank} calling the shots. [Craig](https://www.empireonline.com/people/daniel-craig/){:target=_blank}'s swan song in the role finds Bond retired from active service, but persuaded into one last mission when CIA buddy Felix Leiter ([Wright](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jeffrey-wright/){:target=_blank}) asks for a favour. [Malek](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rami-malek/){:target=_blank} is the villain, although it's likely we'll also see [Christoph Waltz](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christoph-waltz/){:target=_blank} back as Ernst Blofeld (if only as a cameo).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_No Time To Die release date 3 April 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The New Mutants","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S61L-lcyaPI"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Josh Boone","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Alice Braga, Antonio Banderas","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Completed more than two years ago and since beset with release date shifts, re-workings and re-shoots, some wondered if this horror-inflected X-Men spin-off would ever see a cinema screen at all. But here it is at long last: a story of younger mutants trying to escape their imprisonment in an eldritch secret facility.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The New Mutants release date 8 April 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Fatherhood","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da5eb519389b22754f20db3","altText":"Kevin Hart","image":{"name":"kevin-hart.jpg","fileName":"kevin-hart.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":720,"height":417,"fileSize":225964,"path":"one/media/5da5/eb51/9389/b227/54f2/0db3"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Paul Weitz","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodward, Anthony Carrigan, Paul Reiser","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"A gear change into drama and pathos for [Hart](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-hart/){:target=_blank}, _Fatherhood_ adapts Matt Logelin's autobiographical _Two Kisses For Maddy_. Hart plays the protagonist, whose wife dies in childbirth, leaving him to take care of the baby alone. Logelin's sub-title was _A Memoir of Love and Loss_, which seems an apt description.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Fatherhood release date 10 April 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Proxima","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5c_S4BNMiAE"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Alice Winocour","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger, Sandra Hüller","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Shot in various real European Space Agency training facilities, this French drama follows [Green](https://www.empireonline.com/people/eva-green/){:target=_blank} as she balances the demands of motherhood with those of preparing for a year's stint as an astronaut on the International Space Station. Festival buzz has been positive, including an honourable mention from Toronto.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Proxima release date 17 April 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Secret Garden","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg-lXdXVel4"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Marc Munden","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Amir Wilson","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Francis Hodgson Burnett's Edwardian children's classic gets a handsome-looking new adaptation: the first (not counting a steampunk cosplay oddity) since 1993. 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Rocks (Bakray) is a popular teenager with big dreams for the future, but when she and her brother are threatened with being taken into care, the courageous young girl goes into hiding around London with the help of her \"friendship squad\".","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Rocks release date 24 April 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## MAY","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Black Widow","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5db9b95fadde647debb18f1d","altText":"Black Widow","image":{"name":"black-widow-1.jpg","fileName":"black-widow-1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":800,"height":450,"fileSize":264438,"path":"one/media/5db9/b95f/adde/647d/ebb1/8f1d"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Cate Shortland","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"After a decade as a supporting member of the Avengers, [Johansson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/scarlett-johansson/){:target=_blank}'s Natasha finally gets her own movie. How does that work given the events of _Endgame_? It's a prequel set just after _Civil War_, during the time when Natasha goes rogue with Steve Rogers. Antagonism comes via Red Guardian and Taskmaster.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Black Widow release date 1 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Blithe Spirit","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da5ed999389b27755f20dfa","altText":"Blithe Spirit","image":{"name":"blithe-spirit.jpg","fileName":"blithe-spirit.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2021,"height":1212,"fileSize":358567,"path":"one/media/5da5/ed99/9389/b277/55f2/0dfa"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Edward Hall","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring**: Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Judi Dench, Leslie Mann","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Noël Coward's genteel supernatural comedy – first performed as a play in 1941 and filmed by David Lean in 1945 – gets a suitably all-star revival. The recently married [Stevens](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dan-stevens/){:target=_blank} and [Fisher](https://www.empireonline.com/people/isla-fisher/){:target=_blank} are haunted by the ghost of Stevens' first wife [Mann](https://www.empireonline.com/people/leslie-mann/3/){:target=_blank}, so call in the services of dotty medium [Dench](https://www.empireonline.com/people/judi-dench/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Blithe Spirit release date 1 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Deerskin","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNEvRxCdIXE"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Quentin Dupieux","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy, Coralie Russie","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"French writer-director [Dupieux](https://www.empireonline.com/people/quentin-dupieux/){:target=_blank} (Mr Oizo, _Rubber_) turns his off-kilter aesthetic to the serial killer genre, in this yarn about a man dangerously fond of his jacket. Expect culty derangement in large measure.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Deerskin release date 8 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Greyhound","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5db9ba05adde646bd9b18f30","altText":"The Good Shepherd","image":{"name":"good-shepherd.jpg","fileName":"good-shepherd.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":416060,"path":"one/media/5db9/ba05/adde/646b/d9b1/8f30"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Aaron Schneider","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Karl Glusman","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Adapting CS Forrester's 1955 nautical WWII novel _The Good Shepherd_ (nothing to do with the [De Niro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-de-niro/){:target=_blank} film of the same name), this follows [Hanks](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-hanks/){:target=_blank}' career officer as he's handed command of a Navy destroyer (the vessel of the title). He'll have to fight his own demons to prove that he belongs in the captain's chair.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Greyhound release date 8 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Legally Blonde 3","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6e0cc9389b20a7df22335","altText":"Legally Blonde - Reese Witherspoon","image":{"name":"legally-blonde.jpg","fileName":"legally-blonde.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2000,"height":1000,"fileSize":277547,"path":"one/media/5da6/e0cc/9389/b20a/7df2/2335"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Jamie Suk","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Reese Witherspoon, Alanna Ubach, Jessica Caufiel","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Technically the fourth in the series (since there's already been a straight-to-DVD threequel), [Witherspoon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/reese-witherspoon/){:target=_blank} here sashays back into the lead as Elle Woods, the apparent ditz who's a lot smarter than she seems. Previously she stormed Harvard and Washington. This time? That's still under wraps.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Legally Blonde 3 release date 8 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Woman in the Window","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWZL40q6av4"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Joe Wright","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Brian Tyree Henry","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Nothing to do with the Fritz Lang's 1944 film noir, this particular woman in this particular window is adapting AJ Finn's bestselling 2018 novel. An agoraphobic ends up in the middle of a crime scene while spying on her new neighbours, leaving her with a dilemma with regard to alerting the authorities...","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Woman in the Window release date 15 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Chris Rock's Saw","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1LBSfBoP0k"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Darren Lynn Bousman","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"A rebootquel of the gory _Saw_ franchise – the ninth _Saw_ to date – the still untitled film is masterminded by and stars [Rock](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-rock/3/){:target=_blank}, who, it turns out, is a long-term fan. He plays a cop on the trail of a serial killer responsible for a string of gnarly murders. [Minghella](https://www.empireonline.com/people/max-minghella/){:target=_blank} plays Rock's partner on the force, Nichols is their captain, and [Jackson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/samuel-l-jackson/){:target=_blank} stars as Rock's father.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Saw 9 release date 15 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Fast & Furious 9","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6e2889389b2699bf22374","altText":"Fast & Furious","image":{"name":"fast-furious.jpg","fileName":"fast-furious.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2460,"height":1485,"fileSize":424450,"path":"one/media/5da6/e288/9389/b269/9bf2/2374"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Justin Lin","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Michelle Rodriguez","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Following spin-off _Hobbes & Shaw_, _F&F_ Part 9 properly returns the franchise focus to [Diesel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/vin-diesel/){:target=_blank}. Nothing's been revealed about the plot yet, but threads of _F&F8_ are hanging, with [Theron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/charlize-theron/){:target=_blank}'s villain Cipher still at large. Expect a degree of vehicular mayhem and some sentiment about family.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Fast & Furious 9 release date 22 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Spongebob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6e3729389b246e8f22398","altText":"Wonderful Sponge","image":{"name":"wpongebob-wonderful-sponge.jpg","fileName":"wpongebob-wonderful-sponge.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1075,"height":624,"fileSize":126682,"path":"one/media/5da6/e372/9389/b246/e8f2/2398"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Tim Hill","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The third Spongebob movie is a prequel to the TV series, promising the origin story of how a young Spongebob first met the rest of the Bikini Bottom gang on a summer vacation at Camp Coral. We've also been told to expect live action and full-CG sequences, and guest appearances from [Awkwafina](https://www.empireonline.com/people/awkwafina/){:target=_blank} and [Snoop Dogg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/snoop-dogg/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Spongebob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge release date 22 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Artemis Fowl","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXlBep9uFjI"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Kenneth Branagh","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Ferdia Shaw, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad, Judi Dench","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Based on the bestselling children's books by Eoin Colfer, _Artemis Fowl_ is the latest in a string of page-to-screen adaptations. Shaw is 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, seeking to find his father, who has mysteriously disappeared. Along the journey he uncovers a reclusive underground fairy kingdom, and enters a perilous war of wits with the ancient civilization.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Artemis Fowl release date 29 May 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## JUNE","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Wonder Woman 1984","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da5f0aa9389b2358bf20e7d","altText":"Wonder Woman 1984","image":{"name":"wonder-woman-1984.jpg","fileName":"wonder-woman-1984.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1365,"height":796,"fileSize":252461,"path":"one/media/5da5/f0aa/9389/b235/8bf2/0e7d"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Patty Jenkins","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Gal Gadot, Kristin Wiig, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The time-travelling sequel to 2017's _Wonder Woman_, and the fourth film in total to feature [Gadot](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gal-gadot/){:target=_blank}'s Amazonian warrior princess, AKA Diana Prince, revisits some early Cold War feuds. The antagonist this time appears to be [Wiig](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kristen-wiig/){:target=_blank}'s Barbara Ann Minerva, AKA Cheetah: an heiress who, through an ancient ritual, acquires supernatural feline powers – but not without a cost to herself.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Wonder Woman 1984 release date 5 June 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Candyman","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da5f22c9389b215c3f20ef0","altText":"Candyman","image":{"name":"candyman.jpg","fileName":"candyman.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":994,"height":624,"fileSize":452067,"path":"one/media/5da5/f22c/9389/b215/c3f2/0ef0"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Nia DaCosta","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Little Woods_ director [DaCosta](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nia-dacosta/){:target=_blank} is behind the camera, but the big name here is _Get Out_'s [Jordan Peele](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jordan-peele/){:target=_blank}, writer, producer and general driving force behind the passion project. Beyond that, very little is publicly known about the \"spiritual sequel\" to Bernard Rose's supernatural slasher adapting Clive Barker's short story. But we seem to be heading back to the – now much gentrified – Chicago neighbourhoods, where the Candyman legend began.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Candyman release date 12 June 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Soul","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5db9a17dadde64531ab189d7","altText":"Soul","image":{"name":"soul-tina-fey.jpg","fileName":"soul-tina-fey.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":224635,"path":"one/media/5db9/a17d/adde/6453/1ab1/89d7"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Pete Docter","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, John Ratzenberger, Phylicia Rashad","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"This new Pixar adventure involves “a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions\". [Foxx](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jamie-foxx/){:target=_blank} voices a musician who loses his passion for music, is transported out of his body, and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Soul release date 19 June 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## JULY","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Free Guy","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYBlWFFZFVo"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Shawn Levy","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Taika Waititi","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Levy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/shawn-levy/){:target=_blank}, no stranger to the high-concept narrative, tells the unconventional story of a lonely bank teller ([Reynolds](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ryan-reynolds/){:target=_blank}) who discovers he's actually a background character in the brutal GTA-style open-world video game _Free City_. Oh, and he's the only one capable of saving everyone around him, despite having not much idea of how to survive himself.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Free Guy release date 1 July 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Purge 5","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6e4c29389b26b02f223f9","altText":"The Purge - Election Year","image":{"name":"purge-election-year.jpg","fileName":"purge-election-year.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1245,"height":694,"fileSize":188262,"path":"one/media/5da6/e4c2/9389/b26b/02f2/23f9"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Everardo Gout","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Ana De La Reguera","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Even the cast is under wraps for the currently untitled fifth _Purge_ movie, but we do know that it'll be the final instalment (on film at least; the TV series is ongoing). \"When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched,\" franchise writer and creator [James DeMonaco](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-demonaco/){:target=_blank} has said. \"I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.\"","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Purge 5 release date 8 July 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Minions: The Rise of Gru","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5db9bcf4adde640eddb19011","altText":"Minions","image":{"name":"minions-1.jpg","fileName":"minions-1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1524393,"path":"one/media/5db9/bcf4/adde/640e/ddb1/9011"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Kyle Balda","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Expect a summer-holidays merchandising deluge as the _Despicable Me_ franchise dedicates a second spin-off specifically to yellow horrors the Minions. This one's an origin story, about the slapsticky weirdos' earliest days working for the then-tyrannical Gru.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Minions: The Rise of Gru release date 10 July 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Ghostbusters 2020","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGq1chBbc30"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Jason Reitman","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"A direct threequel ignoring the [Paul Feig](https://www.empireonline.com/people/paul-feig/){:target=_blank} film, with a likely next-generation handover from the original cast to the newcomers. We'd put some fairly confident money on one of the new cast members playing a grown-up Oscar, the son of Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett, who appeared as a baby in _Ghostbusters 2_.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Ghostbusters 2020 release date 10 July 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Bob's Burgers: The Movie","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMc4QdDODgY"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Loren Bouchard","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Kristen Schaal, H. 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Little to no information has been released about the storyline so far, but we do know it's a musical.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Bob's Burgers: The Movie release date 17 July 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Tenet","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da5efc89389b24238f20e44","altText":"Christopher Nolan","image":{"name":"nolan-directing.jpg","fileName":"nolan-directing.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":700,"height":393,"fileSize":24929,"path":"one/media/5da5/efc8/9389/b242/38f2/0e44"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Christopher Nolan","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** John David Washington, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Anyone still clamouring for [Nolan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-nolan/){:target=_blank} to be given a Bond film to direct may well be satisfied by this globetrotting action spy thriller (shot in no fewer than seven countries). But the espionage reportedly jostles alongside evolutionary and time-travelling elements, so maybe it won't be so Bondian at all. What does Tenet even mean in context? As ever with Nolan, we'll know when we know.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Tenet release date 17 July 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Top Gun: Maverick","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSqVVswa420"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Joseph Kosinski","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Thirty-four years later, [Cruise](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-cruise/){:target=_blank}'s Pete Mitchell oversees a new class of drone-flying Top Gun candidates drawn from naval aviation. One of his trainees? Bradley Bradshaw, none other than the son of Maverick’s old buddy Goose, who died last time around. Cruise has apparently been learning to fly fighter planes for this one, as one does.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Top Gun: Maverick release date 17 July 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Jungle Cruise","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydnzilTiBcY"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Jaume Collet-Serra","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Paul Giamatti, Edgar Ramirez","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Get ready for a new Disney comedy adventure, based on one of its theme park rides. [Johnson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dwayne-johnson/){:target=_blank} plays cruise skipper Frank, who sees a way out of a financial bind when explorer [Blunt](https://www.empireonline.com/people/emily-blunt/){:target=_blank} offers to pay him to take her on a dangerous expedition to find a lost legend. Think _The African Queen_ meets the [Brendan Fraser](https://www.empireonline.com/people/brendan-fraser/){:target=_blank}-era _Mummy_ films.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Jungle Cruise release date 24 July 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Morbius","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da5ee669389b24e2cf20e12","altText":"Morbius","image":{"name":"jared-leto-morbius.jpg","fileName":"jared-leto-morbius.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1800,"height":1012,"fileSize":69996,"path":"one/media/5da5/ee66/9389/b24e/2cf2/0e12"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Daniel Espinosa","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Jared Harris","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Leto](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jared-leto/){:target=_blank} stars as Marvel Comics' antiheroic Living Vampire. Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tries to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and vampire bats. The results are predictably catastrophic. Like _Venom_, this is another _Spider-Man_ spin-off from Sony.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Morbius release date 31 July 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## AUGUST","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Empty Man","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6eb3d9389b247b0f22589","altText":"The Empty Man","image":{"name":"empty-man.jpg","fileName":"empty-man.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":985,"height":552,"fileSize":95534,"path":"one/media/5da6/eb3d/9389/b247/b0f2/2589"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** David Prior","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** James Badge Dale, Samantha Logan, Stephen Root, Joel Courtney","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Prior returns with a supernatural horror based on the Boom! Studios comics. On the trail of a missing girl who witnessed the murder of his family, a former cop stumbles upon a secret cult with plans to summon up a terrifying entity.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Empty Man release date 7 August 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Infinite","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6ec0b9389b26e27f225af","altText":"Mile 22","image":{"name":"mile-22.png","fileName":"mile-22.png","mimeType":"image/png","width":1200,"height":684,"fileSize":1064784,"path":"one/media/5da6/ec0b/9389/b26e/27f2/25af"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Antoine Fuqua","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Mark Wahlberg, Sophie Cookson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jason Mantzoukas","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Based on D. Eric Maikranz's novel _The Reincarnationist Papers_, Fuqua directs an introspective look at the forgotten facts that live on. [Marky Mark](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mark-wahlberg/){:target=_blank} is a man haunted by unfamiliar memories, who stumbles upon centuries-old secret society The Cognomina. 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In a world where monsters are tame and monster wrestling is a popular sport, a young girl aims to follow in her father's footsteps by training a green contender.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Rumble release date 14 August 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The One and Only Ivan","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYIMuxq-tL0"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Thea Sharrock","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Sam Rockwell, Danny DeVito","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"More animation, in this case adapting K.A. Applegate's award-winning children's novel, comes to the silver screen. Ivan is a silverback gorilla in a cage in the Big Top Mall. 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But when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Bill & Ted Face the Music release date 21 August 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Respect","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zv_Zoa-j2Q"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"Director: Liesl Tommy","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Mary J. 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Franklin personally chose [Hudson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jennifer-hudson/){:target=_blank} to play her.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Respect release date 21 August 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"## SEPTEMBER","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Conjuring 3","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6f4c4df6b3b3bbec7a1ad","altText":"Conjuring III","image":{"name":"conjuring-iii.jpg","fileName":"conjuring-iii.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":694,"height":369,"fileSize":49124,"path":"one/media/5da6/f4c4/df6b/3b3b/bec7/a1ad"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Michael Chavez","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sterling Jerins","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The eighth film in the Conjuring universe, but only the third numbered instalment in the core series, is on the way. Series mastermind [James Wan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-wan/){:target=_blank} refers to these central episodes as \"the mothership\", opening the \"real life\" case files of supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Number III revolves around a man on trial for murder, whose defence is that he was possessed when it happened.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Conjuring III released date 11 September 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Last Night in Soho","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6f5d2df6b3b0a47c7a1c9","altText":"Last Night in Soho","image":{"name":"last-night-in-soho.png","fileName":"last-night-in-soho.png","mimeType":"image/png","width":1274,"height":767,"fileSize":985197,"path":"one/media/5da6/f5d2/df6b/3b0a/47c7/a1c9"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Edgar Wright","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Thomasin McKenzie, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The twist into psychological horror for the knockabout [Wright](https://www.empireonline.com/people/edgar-wright/){:target=_blank} is said to be inspired by classics like _Don't Look Now_ and _Repulsion_. It takes place in the London of the Swinging Sixties; a time period lead character [McKenzie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/thomasin-mckenzie/){:target=_blank} gets to experience through a mysterious connection with [Taylor-Joy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/anya-taylor-joy/){:target=_blank}.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Last Night in Soho release date 18 September 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Without Remorse","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6f686df6b3b4007c7a1e8","altText":"Without Remorse","image":{"name":"without-remorse.jpg","fileName":"without-remorse.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1617,"height":984,"fileSize":218318,"path":"one/media/5da6/f686/df6b/3b40/07c7/a1e8"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Stefano Sollima","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Michael B. 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An origin story set in the Vietnam era, _Without Remorse_ reveals how Clark shifted career from Navy SEAL to CIA agent.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Without Remorse release date 18 September 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### The Many Saints of Newark","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6f7aadf6b3b39b0c7a20b","altText":"Jon Bernthal","image":{"name":"jon-bernthal-punisher.jpg","fileName":"jon-bernthal-punisher.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1200,"height":680,"fileSize":60453,"path":"one/media/5da6/f7aa/df6b/3b39/b0c7/a20b"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Alan Taylor","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Michael Gandolfini, Ray Liotta","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"A prequel to classic TV behemoth _The Sopranos_, _The Many Saints of Newark_ charts the buildup of the Mafia family eventually run by Tony Soprano, and the Newark riots of the 1960s serve as the dramatic backdrop. The young Tony is played by Michael Gandolfini, son of James. 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Swapping snowy Swiss tracks for the hot sun of Egypt, the film promises another all-star cast, among whom skulks a killer (or killers).","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Death on the Nile release date 9 October 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Halloween Kills","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7skIwTA8e90"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** David Gordon Green","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Anthony Michael Hall","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[David Gordon Green](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-gordon-green/){:target=_blank}'s reboot of the Michael Myers stab-a-thon series continues, with this being the second part of the trilogy he began in 2018. [Curtis](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jamie-lee-curtis/){:target=_blank} returns once again as Laurie Strode, battling Myers since 1979, somehow still at it. There's no killin' what can't be killed. 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[Zemeckis](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-zemeckis/){:target=_blank} is promising to hew closer to Dahl's 1973 novel than the previous [Nicolas Roeg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nicolas-roeg/){:target=_blank} film.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_The Witches release date 16 October 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Everybody's Talking About Jamie","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ANWcwoBvE4"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Jonathan Butterell","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Max Harwood, Richard E. 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The based-on-a-true-story stage show centres on a teenager in Northern England (Sheffield in the story, Newcastle in real life) who is determined to attend his year 11 prom in drag, to the disapproval of the school.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Everybody's Talking About Jamie release date 21 October 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Snake Eyes","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwgAHGAk3Cg"},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"embeds"},{"content":"**Director:** Robert Schwentke","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring: Henry Golding, Iko Uwais, Samara Weaving**","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"Seven years after _G.I. Joe: Retaliation_ comes an origin story with [Henry Golding](https://www.empireonline.com/people/henry-golding/){:target=_blank} as the crucial G.I. 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The near-immortal Eternals are a race of ancient superhumans, created millions of years ago by beings known as the Celestials. Sadly the latter created a monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants at the same time. 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The results promise to be extraordinary. 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In the fantastical kingdom of Kumandra, sinister forces have invaded, prompting Raya (Steele) to undertake a mission to find the last dragon, a creature she believes has the power to save her world. 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With a new home at Sony Pictures Animation, these are the animated high-jinks of a capuchin monkey with adventure in his heart who travels from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Vivo release date 18 December 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### West Side Story","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da6fda0df6b3bc30ac7a2f5","altText":"West Side Story 2020","image":{"name":"west-side-story-first-image.jpg","fileName":"west-side-story-first-image.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1300,"height":731,"fileSize":114985,"path":"one/media/5da6/fda0/df6b/3bc3/0ac7/a2f5"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** Steven Spielberg","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Corey Stoll","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"[Spielberg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steven-spielberg/){:target=_blank}'s first musical adapts Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein's classic stage show, itself an updated and relocated retelling of Shakespeare's _Romeo and Juliet_. The feuding families become warring gangs the Jets and the Sharks. Can Tony and Maria's love cross that great divide?","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_West Side Story release date 18 December 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"### Uncharted","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5da700bbdf6b3b6b0dc7a355","altText":"Uncharted","image":{"name":"Uncharted.jpg","fileName":"Uncharted.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1800,"height":1012,"fileSize":209222,"path":"one/media/5da7/00bb/df6b/3b6b/0dc7/a355"},"url":"","caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"images"},{"content":"**Director:** TBC","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"**Starring:** Tom Holland","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"A decade in development hell, and at time of writing, still without a director, having just lost the chair's most recent occupant Dan Trachtenberg – _Uncharted_ is still uncertain. But [Tom Holland](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-holland/){:target=_blank} is at least still attached to play the blockbuster video game series' adventurer Nathan Drake. Sony apparently still hopes to be shooting in early 2020, but making this release date will be tight. We'll believe it when we see it.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"_Uncharted (supposed) release date 26 December 2020_","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"}],"title":"2020 Preview: 91 Films To Watch Next Year","subtitle":"","content":["Superheroes have died, new underdogs have risen, and Britain still hasn't left the EU. 2019 is nearly behind us, and with 2020 not so far away, we're looking forward to a brand new year bursting with new movies to anticipate. From major literary adaptations like _Greyhound_ and _Dune_, to foreign-language favourites expected to infiltrate the Oscars (that's you, _Parasite_) and a whole new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to prepare for, 2020 promises bold and wildly varied treasures. Read on for the breakdown.","## JANUARY","### Superintelligence","**Director:** Ben Falcone","**Starring:** Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry, James Corden","Not, as it might sound, a follow-up to _Spy_, this is an action comedy about artificial intelligence. [Melissa McCarthy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/melissa-mccarthy/){:target=_blank} stars as a former corporate executive whose grey world is turned upside down when she's targeted by SkyNet (or at least, this film's equivalent). McCarthy's other half [Ben Falcone](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ben-falcone/){:target=_blank} directs from a script by _The Boss_' [Steve Mallory](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steve-mallory/){:target=_blank}.","_Superintelligence release date 1 January 2020_","### The Gentlemen","**Director:** Guy Ritchie","**Starring:** Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell","Ritchie returns to his gangster manor for plots, schemes, twists, bribery and blackmail in the London marijuana business. [Henry Golding](https://www.empireonline.com/people/henry-golding/){:target=_blank}, [Michelle Dockery](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michelle-dockery/){:target=_blank}, [Jeremy Strong](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jeremy-strong/){:target=_blank} and [Eddie Marsan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/eddie-marsan/){:target=_blank} bulk up the all-star cast listed above.","_The Gentlemen release date 1 January 2020_","### Jojo Rabbit","**Director:** Taika Waititi","**Starring:** Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Thomasin McKenzie, Roman, Griffin Davis","Only [Taika Waititi](https://www.empireonline.com/people/taika-waititi/){:target=_blank} could get away with reimagining Adolf Hitler as a kid's imaginary friend. But this offers more than just big laughs and sharp mockery: it's chiefly a poignant coming-of-age involving a friendship between an Aryan boy and a Jewish girl.","_Jojo Rabbit release date 3 January 2020_","### 1917","**Director:** Sam Mendes","**Starring:** George McKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth _**_","[Sam Mendes](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sam-mendes/){:target=_blank}' WWI epic follows two young British soldiers given a seemingly impossible mission: cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers. Mendes and cinematographer [Roger Deakins](https://www.empireonline.com/people/roger-deakins/){:target=_blank} present, incredibly, the entire narrative as if filmed in a single take.","_1917 release date 10 January 2020_","### A Hidden Life","**Director:** Terrence Malick","**Starring:** August Diehl, Michael Nyqvist, Matthias Schoenarts, Jürgen Prochnow, Bruno Ganz","Based on real events, _A Hidden Life_ tells the story of the Austrian conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. After a few more experimental films, festival buzz says this is a return to form for [Malick](https://www.empireonline.com/people/terrence-malick/){:target=_blank}. It also marks the posthumous final screen appearances of the late [Michael Nyqvist](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-nyqvist/){:target=_blank} and [Bruno Ganz](https://www.empireonline.com/people/bruno-ganz/){:target=_blank}.","_A Hidden Life release date 17 January 2020_","### Bad Boys For Life","**Directors:** Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah","**Starring:** Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Joe Pantoliano, Vanessa Hudgens","_Bad Boys For Life_ presents a belated and anticipated threequel, with _Black_ directors [El Arbi](https://www.empireonline.com/people/adil-el-arbi/){:target=_blank} and Fallah claiming [Michael Bay](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-bay/){:target=_blank}'s chair. The plot sees Marcus (now promoted to inspector) and Mike (still a loose cannon) reuniting to take down an Albanian gangster out for revenge against the former partners.","_Bad Boys For Life release date 17 January 2020_","### Waves","**Director:** Trey Edward Shults","**Starring:** Sterling K. Brown, Lucas Hedges, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Taylor Russell","Shults follows low-key horror _It Comes At Night_ with another stylistically bold and intense drama, this time audaciously cut to an anxious score by [Trent Reznor](https://www.empireonline.com/people/trent-reznor/){:target=_blank} and [Atticus Ross](https://www.empireonline.com/people/atticus-ross/){:target=_blank} and a jukebox soundtrack including Frank Ocean, Animal Collective and Radiohead. The story follows the domestic life and emotional journey of an African-American family in suburban Southern Florida.","_Waves release date 17 January 2020._","### Just Mercy","**Director:** Destin Daniel Cretton","**Starring:** Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Tim Blake Nelson, Brie Larson","And another inspirational and urgent true story – anyone would think it was awards season. Here, [Jordan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-b-jordan/){:target=_blank} stars as Bryan Stevenson, a crusading defence attorney in Alabama. In the years following one of his first and most incendiary cases, he negotiates political minefields and faces down overt racism as he battles the stacked legal system of the Deep South.","_Just Mercy release date 17 January 2020_","### Bombshell","**Director:** Jay Roach","**Starring:** Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie, John Lithgow","Documentarian [Roach](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jay-roach/){:target=_blank} charts the fall of powerful Fox News head honcho Roger Ailes ([Lithgow](https://www.empireonline.com/people/john-lithgow/){:target=_blank}) amid several sexual harassment accusations, chiefly starting with Gretchen Carlson ([Kidman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nicole-kidman/){:target=_blank}) and Megyn Kelly ([Theron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/charlize-theron/){:target=_blank}) among the most prominent whistleblowers. _The Big Short_'s Charles Randolph wrote the film's screenplay.","_Bombshell release date 24 January 2020_","### The Personal History of David Copperfield","**Director:** Armando Iannucci","**Starring:** Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie","Charles Dickens' 1850 classic gets a fresh casting treatment from [Armando Iannucci](https://www.empireonline.com/people/armando-iannucci/){:target=_blank} with [Dev Patel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dev-patel/){:target=_blank} as the boy who sets out on a quest to become a writer. Co-starring [Tilda Swinton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tilda-swinton/){:target=_blank}, [Ben Whishaw](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ben-whishaw/){:target=_blank} and [Gwendoline Christie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gwendoline-christie/){:target=_blank}, the film delivers laughs, heart, and a timely reminder about the power of kindness.","_The Personal History of David Copperfield release date 24 January 2020_","### Dark Waters","**Director:** Todd Haynes","**Starring:** Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Pullman","Another heavyweight drama based on a true story, Haynes takes a dip into _Dark Waters_. [Ruffalo](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mark-ruffalo/){:target=_blank} plays Robert Bilott, an attorney who usually defends chemical companies against lawsuits. On this occasion, however, he uncovers evidence connecting a series of unexplained deaths to one of the world's largest corporations.","_Dark Waters release date 24 January 2020_","### Queen & Slim","**Director:** Melina Matsoukas","**Starring:** Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny","An otherwise forgettable first date ends in an arbitrary police stop-and-search that goes violently awry, in Matsoukas' debut feature. As the self-defence killers go on the run, a video of the incident goes viral...","_Queen & Slim release date 31 January 2020_","### The Grudge","**Director:** Nicolas Pesce","**Starring:** Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho","Pesce directs a new US reboot of the Japanese _Ju-On_ series, produced (as were the three other American _Grudge_ films to date) by [Sam Raimi](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sam-raimi/){:target=_blank} via his production company, Ghost House. This one sees croaking ghoul Kayako targeting the children of cop [Andrea Riseborough](https://www.empireonline.com/people/andrea-riseborough/){:target=_blank}.","_The Grudge release date 31 January 2020_","### The Rhythm Section","**Director:** Reed Morano","**Starring:** Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown, Richard Brake","Much delayed (it was originally due in cinemas a year ago), this international spy thriller finds [Lively](https://www.empireonline.com/people/blake-lively/){:target=_blank} taking on the identity of an assassin, hoping to uncover the truth about the plane crash that killed her family. The film is adapted by Mark Burnell from his own novel, with Bond's [Barbara Broccoli](https://www.empireonline.com/people/barbara-broccoli/){:target=_blank} and Michael G. Wilson among the producers.","_The Rhythm Section release date 31 January 2020_","### The Lighthouse","**Director:** Robert Eggers","**Starring:** Robbert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe","[Eggers](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-eggers/){:target=_blank}' follow-up to the super unsettling _The Witch_ finds [Pattinson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-pattinson/){:target=_blank} (facial hair) and [Dafoe](https://www.empireonline.com/people/willem-dafoe/){:target=_blank} (bigger facial hair) going slowly mad in striking black and white on – you've guessed it – a lighthouse. Think German Expressionism meets [Ingmar Bergman](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ingmar-bergman/){:target=_blank} meets _Fraggle Rock_. It's had a rapturous reception wherever it's played on the festival circuit and in the US – get ready for the storm to soon cross the seas.","_The Lighthouse release date 31 January 2020_","## FEBRUARY","### Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)","**Director:** Cathy Yan","**Starring:** Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ewan McGregor","[Robbie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/margot-robbie/2/){:target=_blank} returns as _Suicide Squad_'s unhinged troublemaker Harleen Quinzell (AKA Harley Quinn), now separated from the Joker and leading an all-female super-team. The comic book caper involves them protecting a young girl from the clutches of [McGregor](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ewan-mcgregor/){:target=_blank}'s villainous Black Mask.","_Birds of Prey release date 7 February 2020_","### My Spy","**Director:** Peter Segal","**Starring:** Dave Bautista, Ken Jeong, Kristen Schaal, Chloe Coleman","Like [Schwarzenegger](https://www.empireonline.com/people/arnold-schwarzenegger/){:target=_blank}, [Stallone](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sylvester-stallone/){:target=_blank}, [Diesel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/vin-diesel/){:target=_blank} and Johnson before him, action hero [Bautista](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dave-bautista/){:target=_blank} has been lured by the siren call of a kid-friendly comedy. The result has his trigger-happy secret agent teaching spycraft to the 9-year-old daughter of the family he's surveilling, to help her with a bullying problem. Hearts are warmed. Possibly.","_My Spy release date 7 February 2020_","### Parasite","**Director:** Bong Joon-ho","**Starring:** Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik","Winning the 2019 Palme d'Or in Cannes signals that [Bong](https://www.empireonline.com/people/bong-joon-ho/){:target=_blank} has been forgiven for taking his last film, _Okja_, to Netflix. _Parasite_ is a black comedy about an unemployed South Korean family who stumble upon their wealthy neighbours' surprising secret during a shifty trick of their own.","_Parasite release date 7 February 2020_","### Dolittle","**Director:** Stephen Gaghan","**Starring:** Robert Downey Jr, Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Jim Broadbent","Loosely adapted from the second of Hugh Lofting's venerable novels about the doctor who can talk to animals, the third screen version of the story casts Robert Downey Jr as a Welsh iteration of the title hero. _Dolittle_ arrives – very late – having been beset with production problems and preemptively pegged as a disaster. The above trailer did nothing to disabuse anyone of that notion. Still, maybe it'll be _great_.","_Dolittle release date 7 February 2020_","### Fantasy Island","**Director:** Jeff Wadlow","**Starring:** Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Portia Doubleday, Michael Rooker, Michael Pēna","Arriving via the ubiquitous Blumhouse, _Fantasy Island_ continues a peculiar trend of turning fondly remembered family favourites into horror stories (see also 2019's _The Banana Splits Movie_). [Peña](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-pena/){:target=_blank} plays Mr. Roarke, host of the mysterious island where visitors come to live out their wildest fantasies, but don't necessarily get what they expect...","_Fantasy Island release date 14 February 2020_","### First Love","**Director:** Takashi Miike","**Starring:** Masataka Kubota, Nao Ōmori, Shōta Sometani, Sakurako Konishi, Becky","A typically violent and gonzo thriller from prolific Japanese arch-mentalist [Miike](https://www.empireonline.com/people/takashi-miike/){:target=_blank} arrives in the shape of _First Love_. This one revolves around a boxer, a hooker and a drug addict who get mixed up in a drug smuggling scheme that goes awry. Over a single night they're pursued by a corrupt cop, a yakuza and a triad hitwoman.","_First Love release date 14 February 2020_","### Sonic the Hedgehog","**Director:** Jeff Fowler","**Starring:** Ben Schwartz (voice), Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Neal McDonough","The upcoming family-friendly Sonic movie blends live action and animation to adapt the long-running Sega video game series. Sonic ([Schwartz](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ben-schwartz/){:target=_blank}) is the blue alien Hedgehog Who Fell to Earth, teaming up with Montana sheriff [Marsden](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-marsden/){:target=_blank} to defeat [Carrey](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jim-carrey/){:target=_blank}'s evil Dr Robotnik. Grown adults got so upset about the first trailer that Sonic's look had to be completely redesigned.","_Sonic the Hedgehog release date 14 February 2020_","### The King's Man","**Director:** Matthew Vaughn","**Starring:** Harris Dickinson, Ralph Fiennes, Djimon Hounsou, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans","Kingsman 3 offers a prequel exploring the history of the secretive gentlemanly international espionage operation. Set in the early 1900s, its angle is a collection of history's worst criminals and tyrants joining forces to ignite a war to end all wars. [Ifans](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rhys-ifans/){:target=_blank} is Rasputin and [Stanley Tucci](https://www.empireonline.com/people/stanley-tucci/){:target=_blank} – not for the first time – plays Merlin. It's a lot.","_The King's Man release date 14 February 2020_","### Greed","**Director:** Michael Winterbottom","**Starring:** Steve Coogan, David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Sophie Cookson, Asa Butterfield","The 60th birthday party of a retail billionaire ([Coogan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steve-coogan/){:target=_blank}) on the Greek island of Mykonos is the focus for [Michael Winterbottom](https://www.empireonline.com/people/michael-winterbottom/){:target=_blank}'s scathing satire of the mega-rich. Enjoy a _Trip_ into the vulgar and truly awful.","_Greed release date 21 February 2020_","### Like a Boss","**Director:** Miguel Arteta","**Starring:** Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Coolidge","Miguel Arteta directs a beauty-industry comedy about two best friends running their own cosmetics company. When business takes a downturn, the prospect of a big buyout offer from a notorious titan of the cosmetics industry proves too tempting to pass up, putting Mel ([Haddish](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tiffany-haddish/){:target=_blank}) and Mia ([Byrne](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rose-byrne/){:target=_blank})’s lifelong friendship in jeopardy.","_Like a Boss release date 21 February 2020_","### Little Joe","**Director:** Jessica Hausner","**Starring:** Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox, Kit Connor","Beecham stars as a scientist single mother employed as senior plant breeder at a company developing new species. She creates a genetically modified type of flower that seems to have great therapeutic value. Rather against company policy, she takes a clipping home as a gift for her young son, where she soon discovers there may be side effects...","_Little Joe release date 21 February 2020_","### Bloodshot","**Director:** Dave Wilson","**Starring:** Vin Diesel, Guy Pearce, Eiza González, Toby Kebbell","_Bloodshot_ sets up a wannabe-franchise action based on the Valiant comics. [Diesel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/vin-diesel/){:target=_blank} plays Angelo Mortalli, a former mob hit-man kidnapped for a secret government program to have his mind wiped and his body superhero-ised with nanites. Of course, it all goes wrong and Mortalli goes rogue, on a quest both for revenge and for the recovery of his memories.","_Bloodshot release date 28 February 2020_","### Emma","**Director:** Autumn De Wilde","**Starring:** Anya Taylor-Joy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Bill Nighy","Jane Austen's 1815 novel gets its umpteenth adaptation as photographer and music video De Wilde's debut feature. [Taylor-Joy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/anya-taylor-joy/){:target=_blank} plays the meddling Emma Woodhouse, fixated on matchmaking on behalf of her best friend Harriet ([Goth](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mia-goth/){:target=_blank}), while neglecting her own perfect happiness.","_Emma release date 28 February 2020_","### Portrait of a Lady on Fire","**Director:** Céline Sciamma","**Starring:** Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golin","Céline Sciamma's Cannes favourite is a slow burning, sensual story of forbidden love between an 18th-century painter (Merlant) and her muse (Haenel) on an isolated island in Brittany. Advance word from the festival circuit says it's as thoughtful as it is intoxicating.","_Portrait of a Lady on Fire release date 28 February 2020_","### Brahms: The Boy 2","**Director:** William Brent Bell","**Starring:** Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery","Another year, another creepy doll horror sequel – _Brahms: The Boy 2_ follows the 2016 original in which the mystery was well and truly explained. It's hard to see how this will work then, but it seems to involve another family moving into Brahms' house, happily oblivious of the secret that the audience already knows. They'll soon learn.","_Brahms: The Boy 2 release date 28 February 2020_","## MARCH","### Calm With Horses","**Director:** Nick Rowland","**Starring:** Barry Keoghan, Ned Dennehy, Cosmo Jarvis, Niamh Algar","In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic five-year-old son, Jack. Torn between these two families, Arm's loyalties are truly tested when he is asked to kill for the first time.","_Calm With Horses release date 6 March 2020_","### Military Wives","**Director:** Peter Cattaneo","**Starring:** Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Davina Sitaram, Jason Flemyng","Based on the true story of the Military Wives Choir, tracing it from its humble beginnings to a global movement with thousands of members, _Millitary Wives_ presents an ensemble making music for change. [Thomas](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kristin-scott-thomas/){:target=_blank} and [Horgan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sharon-horgan/){:target=_blank} lead the original group of reluctant singers who band together while their husbands are serving in Afghanistan.","_Military Wives release date 6 March 2020_","### Onward","**Director:** Dan Scanlon","**Starring:** Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus","Pixar goes high-fantasy, presenting a modern, suburban world inhabited by elves, unicorns and dragons in _Onward_. That’s the background for a story of two elf brothers, Ian and Barley Lightfoot, who go on a quest to help them come to terms with the death of their father.","_Onward release date 6 March 2020_","### The Invisible Man","**Director:** Leigh Whannell","**Starring:** Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Storm Reid, Aldis Hodge","Once intended as part of a new series of shared-universe films for the classic Universal monsters, _The Invisible Man_ now apparently arrives as a standalone. The story centres on [Moss](https://www.empireonline.com/people/elisabeth-moss/){:target=_blank}, whose former boyfriend's \"suicide\" turns out not to have been all it seemed. As a Blumhouse project and [Whannell](https://www.empireonline.com/people/leigh-whannell/){:target=_blank}'s follow-up to the excellent _Upgrade_, the pedigree is promising.","_The Invisible Man release date 6 March 2020_","### Godzilla Vs. Kong","**Director:** Adam Wingard","**Starring:** Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Ziyi Zhang","The fourth film in Warner/Legendary's Monsterverse series follows _Godzilla_, _Kong: Skull Island_ and 2019's unloved _Godzilla: King of the Monsters_. Not much is known about the plot, but it's something about a perilous mission by the Monarch organisation into \"uncharted territory\". Return to Skull Island with Godzilla in tow? We'll see...","_Godzilla Vs. Kong release date 13 March 2020_","### Frankie","**Director:** Ira Sachs","**Starring:** Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear","Three generations grapple with a life-changing experience during a single, particularly tense day of a their Portuguese vacation in [Sachs](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ira-sachs/){:target=_blank}' latest. Expect thorny relationship drama led by [Isabelle Huppert](https://www.empireonline.com/people/isabelle-huppert/){:target=_blank}, among the breathtaking vistas of dense gardens and fairytale villas.","_Frankie release date 20 March 2020_","### Radioactive","**Director:** Marjane Satrapi","**Starring:** Rosamund Pike, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sam Riley, Aneurin Barnard","Here's a new one: comic book scientific history. Specifically, this is based on a graphic novel by Lauren Redniss, and imagines the events surrounding Marie Curie's pioneering research on radioactivity.","_Radioactive release date 20 March 2020_","### A Quiet Place: Part 2","**Director:** John Krasinski","**Starring:** Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Brian Tyree Henry, Djimon Hounsou","Krasinski returns to direct, but not star, in the sequel to _A Quiet Place_, offering more adventures in a world that has been overrun by deadly creatures highly sensitive to noise, meaning that the surviving humans are forced to live in silence, communicating with sign language. Nothing is yet known about the plot specifics, but we might expect to be introduced to new survivors, and learn a little more about the aliens' origins.","_A Quiet Place: Part 2 release date 20 March 2020_","### Mulan","**Director:** Niki Caro","**Starring:** Yifei Liu, Donnie Yen, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee","Offering a slightly different take on the Chinese folktale to the animated 1998 version, Disney's live-action _Mulan_ nevertheless follows the eldest daughter of an honoured warrior who is spirited, determined and quick on her feet – and becomes one of China’s greatest warriors. No songs or wisecracking dragons this time though.","_Mulan release date 27 March 2020_","### Peter Rabbit 2","**Director:** Will Gluck","**Starring:** James Corden, Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Davie Oyelowo","Reimagining Beatrix Potter's charming Edwardian vegetable thief as a cocky 21st-century hooligan seemed to do no harm at the 2018 box office, so here's more of same. Peter feels like he doesn't fit with his new family, so runs off to find other friends. But, he soon finds, different isn't necessarily better.","_Peter Rabbit 2 release date 27 March 2020_","## APRIL","### No Time to Die","**Director:** Cary Joji Fukunaga","**Starring:** Daniel Craig, Jeffrey Wright, Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek","Delayed by some high-profile wrangling behind the scenes, Bond 25 finally arrives with _True Detective_ director [Fukunaga](https://www.empireonline.com/people/cary-fukunaga/){:target=_blank} calling the shots. [Craig](https://www.empireonline.com/people/daniel-craig/){:target=_blank}'s swan song in the role finds Bond retired from active service, but persuaded into one last mission when CIA buddy Felix Leiter ([Wright](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jeffrey-wright/){:target=_blank}) asks for a favour. [Malek](https://www.empireonline.com/people/rami-malek/){:target=_blank} is the villain, although it's likely we'll also see [Christoph Waltz](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christoph-waltz/){:target=_blank} back as Ernst Blofeld (if only as a cameo).","_No Time To Die release date 3 April 2020_","### The New Mutants","**Director:** Josh Boone","**Starring:** Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Alice Braga, Antonio Banderas","Completed more than two years ago and since beset with release date shifts, re-workings and re-shoots, some wondered if this horror-inflected X-Men spin-off would ever see a cinema screen at all. But here it is at long last: a story of younger mutants trying to escape their imprisonment in an eldritch secret facility.","_The New Mutants release date 8 April 2020_","### Fatherhood","**Director:** Paul Weitz","**Starring:** Kevin Hart, Alfre Woodward, Anthony Carrigan, Paul Reiser","A gear change into drama and pathos for [Hart](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kevin-hart/){:target=_blank}, _Fatherhood_ adapts Matt Logelin's autobiographical _Two Kisses For Maddy_. Hart plays the protagonist, whose wife dies in childbirth, leaving him to take care of the baby alone. Logelin's sub-title was _A Memoir of Love and Loss_, which seems an apt description.","_Fatherhood release date 10 April 2020_","### Proxima","**Director:** Alice Winocour","**Starring:** Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger, Sandra Hüller","Shot in various real European Space Agency training facilities, this French drama follows [Green](https://www.empireonline.com/people/eva-green/){:target=_blank} as she balances the demands of motherhood with those of preparing for a year's stint as an astronaut on the International Space Station. Festival buzz has been positive, including an honourable mention from Toronto.","_Proxima release date 17 April 2020_","### The Secret Garden","**Director:** Marc Munden","**Starring:** Dixie Egerickx, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Amir Wilson","Francis Hodgson Burnett's Edwardian children's classic gets a handsome-looking new adaptation: the first (not counting a steampunk cosplay oddity) since 1993. Egerickx is the orphaned girl sent to live with an uncle she has never previously met at an isolated Yorkshire manor house.","_The Secret Garden release date 17 April 2020_","### Rocks","**Director:** Sarah Gavron","**Starring:** Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, Shaneigha Greyson, D’Angelou Ossei Kissiedu","_Rocks_ offers an unpretentious film about \"resilience and the spirit of girlhood\" from _Suffragette_'s [Gavron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/sarah-gavron/){:target=_blank}. Rocks (Bakray) is a popular teenager with big dreams for the future, but when she and her brother are threatened with being taken into care, the courageous young girl goes into hiding around London with the help of her \"friendship squad\".","_Rocks release date 24 April 2020_","## MAY","### Black Widow","**Director:** Cate Shortland","**Starring:** Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz","After a decade as a supporting member of the Avengers, [Johansson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/scarlett-johansson/){:target=_blank}'s Natasha finally gets her own movie. How does that work given the events of _Endgame_? It's a prequel set just after _Civil War_, during the time when Natasha goes rogue with Steve Rogers. Antagonism comes via Red Guardian and Taskmaster.","_Black Widow release date 1 May 2020_","### Blithe Spirit","**Director:** Edward Hall","**Starring**: Dan Stevens, Isla Fisher, Judi Dench, Leslie Mann","Noël Coward's genteel supernatural comedy – first performed as a play in 1941 and filmed by David Lean in 1945 – gets a suitably all-star revival. The recently married [Stevens](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dan-stevens/){:target=_blank} and [Fisher](https://www.empireonline.com/people/isla-fisher/){:target=_blank} are haunted by the ghost of Stevens' first wife [Mann](https://www.empireonline.com/people/leslie-mann/3/){:target=_blank}, so call in the services of dotty medium [Dench](https://www.empireonline.com/people/judi-dench/){:target=_blank}.","_Blithe Spirit release date 1 May 2020_","### Deerskin","**Director:** Quentin Dupieux","**Starring:** Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy, Coralie Russie","French writer-director [Dupieux](https://www.empireonline.com/people/quentin-dupieux/){:target=_blank} (Mr Oizo, _Rubber_) turns his off-kilter aesthetic to the serial killer genre, in this yarn about a man dangerously fond of his jacket. Expect culty derangement in large measure.","_Deerskin release date 8 May 2020_","### Greyhound","**Director:** Aaron Schneider","**Starring:** Tom Hanks, Elisabeth Shue, Stephen Graham, Karl Glusman","Adapting CS Forrester's 1955 nautical WWII novel _The Good Shepherd_ (nothing to do with the [De Niro](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-de-niro/){:target=_blank} film of the same name), this follows [Hanks](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-hanks/){:target=_blank}' career officer as he's handed command of a Navy destroyer (the vessel of the title). He'll have to fight his own demons to prove that he belongs in the captain's chair.","_Greyhound release date 8 May 2020_","### Legally Blonde 3","**Director:** Jamie Suk","**Starring:** Reese Witherspoon, Alanna Ubach, Jessica Caufiel","Technically the fourth in the series (since there's already been a straight-to-DVD threequel), [Witherspoon](https://www.empireonline.com/people/reese-witherspoon/){:target=_blank} here sashays back into the lead as Elle Woods, the apparent ditz who's a lot smarter than she seems. Previously she stormed Harvard and Washington. This time? That's still under wraps.","_Legally Blonde 3 release date 8 May 2020_","### The Woman in the Window","**Director:** Joe Wright","**Starring:** Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Brian Tyree Henry","Nothing to do with the Fritz Lang's 1944 film noir, this particular woman in this particular window is adapting AJ Finn's bestselling 2018 novel. An agoraphobic ends up in the middle of a crime scene while spying on her new neighbours, leaving her with a dilemma with regard to alerting the authorities...","_The Woman in the Window release date 15 May 2020_","### Chris Rock's Saw","**Director:** Darren Lynn Bousman","**Starring:** Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols","A rebootquel of the gory _Saw_ franchise – the ninth _Saw_ to date – the still untitled film is masterminded by and stars [Rock](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-rock/3/){:target=_blank}, who, it turns out, is a long-term fan. He plays a cop on the trail of a serial killer responsible for a string of gnarly murders. [Minghella](https://www.empireonline.com/people/max-minghella/){:target=_blank} plays Rock's partner on the force, Nichols is their captain, and [Jackson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/samuel-l-jackson/){:target=_blank} stars as Rock's father.","_Saw 9 release date 15 May 2020_","### Fast & Furious 9","**Director:** Justin Lin","**Starring:** Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Michelle Rodriguez","Following spin-off _Hobbes & Shaw_, _F&F_ Part 9 properly returns the franchise focus to [Diesel](https://www.empireonline.com/people/vin-diesel/){:target=_blank}. Nothing's been revealed about the plot yet, but threads of _F&F8_ are hanging, with [Theron](https://www.empireonline.com/people/charlize-theron/){:target=_blank}'s villain Cipher still at large. Expect a degree of vehicular mayhem and some sentiment about family.","_Fast & Furious 9 release date 22 May 2020_","### The Spongebob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge","**Director:** Tim Hill","**Starring:** Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke, Rodger Bumpass, Clancy Brown","The third Spongebob movie is a prequel to the TV series, promising the origin story of how a young Spongebob first met the rest of the Bikini Bottom gang on a summer vacation at Camp Coral. We've also been told to expect live action and full-CG sequences, and guest appearances from [Awkwafina](https://www.empireonline.com/people/awkwafina/){:target=_blank} and [Snoop Dogg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/snoop-dogg/){:target=_blank}.","_The Spongebob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge release date 22 May 2020_","### Artemis Fowl","**Director:** Kenneth Branagh","**Starring:** Ferdia Shaw, Nonso Anozie, Josh Gad, Judi Dench","Based on the bestselling children's books by Eoin Colfer, _Artemis Fowl_ is the latest in a string of page-to-screen adaptations. Shaw is 12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, seeking to find his father, who has mysteriously disappeared. Along the journey he uncovers a reclusive underground fairy kingdom, and enters a perilous war of wits with the ancient civilization.","_Artemis Fowl release date 29 May 2020_","## JUNE","### Wonder Woman 1984","**Director:** Patty Jenkins","**Starring:** Gal Gadot, Kristin Wiig, Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal","The time-travelling sequel to 2017's _Wonder Woman_, and the fourth film in total to feature [Gadot](https://www.empireonline.com/people/gal-gadot/){:target=_blank}'s Amazonian warrior princess, AKA Diana Prince, revisits some early Cold War feuds. The antagonist this time appears to be [Wiig](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kristen-wiig/){:target=_blank}'s Barbara Ann Minerva, AKA Cheetah: an heiress who, through an ancient ritual, acquires supernatural feline powers – but not without a cost to herself.","_Wonder Woman 1984 release date 5 June 2020_","### Candyman","**Director:** Nia DaCosta","**Starring:** Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tony Todd","_Little Woods_ director [DaCosta](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nia-dacosta/){:target=_blank} is behind the camera, but the big name here is _Get Out_'s [Jordan Peele](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jordan-peele/){:target=_blank}, writer, producer and general driving force behind the passion project. Beyond that, very little is publicly known about the \"spiritual sequel\" to Bernard Rose's supernatural slasher adapting Clive Barker's short story. But we seem to be heading back to the – now much gentrified – Chicago neighbourhoods, where the Candyman legend began.","_Candyman release date 12 June 2020_","### Soul","**Director:** Pete Docter","**Starring:** Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, John Ratzenberger, Phylicia Rashad","This new Pixar adventure involves “a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions\". [Foxx](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jamie-foxx/){:target=_blank} voices a musician who loses his passion for music, is transported out of his body, and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.","_Soul release date 19 June 2020_","## JULY","### Free Guy","**Director:** Shawn Levy","**Starring:** Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Taika Waititi","[Levy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/shawn-levy/){:target=_blank}, no stranger to the high-concept narrative, tells the unconventional story of a lonely bank teller ([Reynolds](https://www.empireonline.com/people/ryan-reynolds/){:target=_blank}) who discovers he's actually a background character in the brutal GTA-style open-world video game _Free City_. Oh, and he's the only one capable of saving everyone around him, despite having not much idea of how to survive himself.","_Free Guy release date 1 July 2020_","### The Purge 5","**Director:** Everardo Gout","**Starring:** Ana De La Reguera","Even the cast is under wraps for the currently untitled fifth _Purge_ movie, but we do know that it'll be the final instalment (on film at least; the TV series is ongoing). \"When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched,\" franchise writer and creator [James DeMonaco](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-demonaco/){:target=_blank} has said. \"I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home.\"","_The Purge 5 release date 8 July 2020_","### Minions: The Rise of Gru","**Director:** Kyle Balda","**Starring:** Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin","Expect a summer-holidays merchandising deluge as the _Despicable Me_ franchise dedicates a second spin-off specifically to yellow horrors the Minions. This one's an origin story, about the slapsticky weirdos' earliest days working for the then-tyrannical Gru.","_Minions: The Rise of Gru release date 10 July 2020_","### Ghostbusters 2020","**Director:** Jason Reitman","**Starring:** Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, McKenna Grace","A direct threequel ignoring the [Paul Feig](https://www.empireonline.com/people/paul-feig/){:target=_blank} film, with a likely next-generation handover from the original cast to the newcomers. We'd put some fairly confident money on one of the new cast members playing a grown-up Oscar, the son of Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett, who appeared as a baby in _Ghostbusters 2_.","_Ghostbusters 2020 release date 10 July 2020_","### Bob's Burgers: The Movie","**Director:** Loren Bouchard","**Starring:** Kristen Schaal, H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mint","These animated off-the-wall hi-jinks take stock of the cult Fox TV cartoon sitcom, set in the Belcher Family's titular fine fast food establishment. Little to no information has been released about the storyline so far, but we do know it's a musical.","_Bob's Burgers: The Movie release date 17 July 2020_","### Tenet","**Director:** Christopher Nolan","**Starring:** John David Washington, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki","Anyone still clamouring for [Nolan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/christopher-nolan/){:target=_blank} to be given a Bond film to direct may well be satisfied by this globetrotting action spy thriller (shot in no fewer than seven countries). But the espionage reportedly jostles alongside evolutionary and time-travelling elements, so maybe it won't be so Bondian at all. What does Tenet even mean in context? As ever with Nolan, we'll know when we know.","_Tenet release date 17 July 2020_","### Top Gun: Maverick","**Director:** Joseph Kosinski","**Starring:** Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly","Thirty-four years later, [Cruise](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-cruise/){:target=_blank}'s Pete Mitchell oversees a new class of drone-flying Top Gun candidates drawn from naval aviation. One of his trainees? Bradley Bradshaw, none other than the son of Maverick’s old buddy Goose, who died last time around. Cruise has apparently been learning to fly fighter planes for this one, as one does.","_Top Gun: Maverick release date 17 July 2020_","### Jungle Cruise","**Director:** Jaume Collet-Serra","**Starring:** Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Paul Giamatti, Edgar Ramirez","Get ready for a new Disney comedy adventure, based on one of its theme park rides. [Johnson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/dwayne-johnson/){:target=_blank} plays cruise skipper Frank, who sees a way out of a financial bind when explorer [Blunt](https://www.empireonline.com/people/emily-blunt/){:target=_blank} offers to pay him to take her on a dangerous expedition to find a lost legend. Think _The African Queen_ meets the [Brendan Fraser](https://www.empireonline.com/people/brendan-fraser/){:target=_blank}-era _Mummy_ films.","_Jungle Cruise release date 24 July 2020_","### Morbius","**Director:** Daniel Espinosa","**Starring:** Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Jared Harris","[Leto](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jared-leto/){:target=_blank} stars as Marvel Comics' antiheroic Living Vampire. Morbius is a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist who tries to cure a rare blood disease using an experimental treatment that combines electroshock therapy and vampire bats. The results are predictably catastrophic. Like _Venom_, this is another _Spider-Man_ spin-off from Sony.","_Morbius release date 31 July 2020_","## AUGUST","### The Empty Man","**Director:** David Prior","**Starring:** James Badge Dale, Samantha Logan, Stephen Root, Joel Courtney","Prior returns with a supernatural horror based on the Boom! Studios comics. On the trail of a missing girl who witnessed the murder of his family, a former cop stumbles upon a secret cult with plans to summon up a terrifying entity.","_The Empty Man release date 7 August 2020_","### Infinite","**Director:** Antoine Fuqua","**Starring:** Mark Wahlberg, Sophie Cookson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jason Mantzoukas","Based on D. Eric Maikranz's novel _The Reincarnationist Papers_, Fuqua directs an introspective look at the forgotten facts that live on. [Marky Mark](https://www.empireonline.com/people/mark-wahlberg/){:target=_blank} is a man haunted by unfamiliar memories, who stumbles upon centuries-old secret society The Cognomina. Its members possess total recall of their past lives, and have been agents of change throughout history.","_Infinite release date 7 August 2020_","### Rumble","**Director:** Hamish Grieve","**Starring:** Terry Crews, Will Arnett","Paramount Animation partner with WWE Studios for an animated fantasy tale about wrestlers, monsters, and monster wrestling. In a world where monsters are tame and monster wrestling is a popular sport, a young girl aims to follow in her father's footsteps by training a green contender.","_Rumble release date 14 August 2020_","### The One and Only Ivan","**Director:** Thea Sharrock","**Starring:** Angelina Jolie, Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Sam Rockwell, Danny DeVito","More animation, in this case adapting K.A. Applegate's award-winning children's novel, comes to the silver screen. Ivan is a silverback gorilla in a cage in the Big Top Mall. The arrival of baby elephant Ruby stirs sympathies and memories in Ivan, senior elephant Stella and Bob the dog, and together they plan some improvements...","_The One and Only Ivan release date 14 August 2020_","### Bill and Ted Face the Music","**Director:** Dean Parisot","**Starring:** Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, William Sadler","A much-belated threequel to the much beloved first two Bill and Ted movies is finally on the cards. 29 years on from their bogus journey, our heroes have yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny. But when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe, the now middle-aged best friends set out on a new adventure.","_Bill & Ted Face the Music release date 21 August 2020_","### Respect","Director: Liesl Tommy","Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige, Marc Maron, Marlon Wayans","Another year, another musical biopic: this one follows [Aretha Franklin](https://www.empireonline.com/people/aretha-franklin/){:target=_blank}'s life from her early days singing in her father's church choir to her latterday status as civil rights activist and iconic soul superstar: the first woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Franklin personally chose [Hudson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jennifer-hudson/){:target=_blank} to play her.","_Respect release date 21 August 2020_","## SEPTEMBER","### The Conjuring 3","**Director:** Michael Chavez","**Starring:** Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Sterling Jerins","The eighth film in the Conjuring universe, but only the third numbered instalment in the core series, is on the way. Series mastermind [James Wan](https://www.empireonline.com/people/james-wan/){:target=_blank} refers to these central episodes as \"the mothership\", opening the \"real life\" case files of supernatural investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Number III revolves around a man on trial for murder, whose defence is that he was possessed when it happened.","_The Conjuring III released date 11 September 2020_","### Last Night in Soho","**Director:** Edgar Wright","**Starring:** Anya Taylor-Joy, Matt Smith, Thomasin McKenzie, Diana Rigg, Terence Stamp","The twist into psychological horror for the knockabout [Wright](https://www.empireonline.com/people/edgar-wright/){:target=_blank} is said to be inspired by classics like _Don't Look Now_ and _Repulsion_. It takes place in the London of the Swinging Sixties; a time period lead character [McKenzie](https://www.empireonline.com/people/thomasin-mckenzie/){:target=_blank} gets to experience through a mysterious connection with [Taylor-Joy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/anya-taylor-joy/){:target=_blank}.","_Last Night in Soho release date 18 September 2020_","### Without Remorse","**Director:** Stefano Sollima","**Starring:** Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Cam Gigandet","Based on a doorstop thriller novel by Tom Clancy, but not one that centres on Jack Ryan, this focuses on his _other_ major recurring character, John Clark. An origin story set in the Vietnam era, _Without Remorse_ reveals how Clark shifted career from Navy SEAL to CIA agent.","_Without Remorse release date 18 September 2020_","### The Many Saints of Newark","**Director:** Alan Taylor","**Starring:** Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, Vera Farmiga, Michael Gandolfini, Ray Liotta","A prequel to classic TV behemoth _The Sopranos_, _The Many Saints of Newark_ charts the buildup of the Mafia family eventually run by Tony Soprano, and the Newark riots of the 1960s serve as the dramatic backdrop. The young Tony is played by Michael Gandolfini, son of James. Series creator [David Chase](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-chase/){:target=_blank} wrote the screenplay.","_The Many Saints of Newark release date 25 September 2020_","## OCTOBER","### Death on the Nile","**Director:** Kenneth Branagh","**Starring:** Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Sophie Okonedo, Russell Brand","Following 2017's _Murder on the Orient Express_, here's another much-loved case for Agatha Christie's ace detective Hercule Poirot, with [Branagh](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kenneth-branagh/){:target=_blank} once again taking the lead. Swapping snowy Swiss tracks for the hot sun of Egypt, the film promises another all-star cast, among whom skulks a killer (or killers).","_Death on the Nile release date 9 October 2020_","### Halloween Kills","**Director:** David Gordon Green","**Starring:** Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Anthony Michael Hall","[David Gordon Green](https://www.empireonline.com/people/david-gordon-green/){:target=_blank}'s reboot of the Michael Myers stab-a-thon series continues, with this being the second part of the trilogy he began in 2018. [Curtis](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jamie-lee-curtis/){:target=_blank} returns once again as Laurie Strode, battling Myers since 1979, somehow still at it. There's no killin' what can't be killed. Trilogy capper _Halloween Ends_ is due in 2021.","_Halloween Kills release date 16 October 2020_","### The Witches","**Director:** Robert Zemeckis","**Starring:** Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Chris Rock","Roald Dahl's terrifying, barking mad tale speaks of a boy and his grandmother who get turned into mice and still have to battle a coven of witches with a horrible plan for all the children in the world. [Zemeckis](https://www.empireonline.com/people/robert-zemeckis/){:target=_blank} is promising to hew closer to Dahl's 1973 novel than the previous [Nicolas Roeg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/nicolas-roeg/){:target=_blank} film.","_The Witches release date 16 October 2020_","### Everybody's Talking About Jamie","**Director:** Jonathan Butterell","**Starring:** Max Harwood, Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, Shobna Gulati","Jonathan Butterel helms an adaptation of the hit Brit musical. The based-on-a-true-story stage show centres on a teenager in Northern England (Sheffield in the story, Newcastle in real life) who is determined to attend his year 11 prom in drag, to the disapproval of the school.","_Everybody's Talking About Jamie release date 21 October 2020_","### Snake Eyes","**Director:** Robert Schwentke","**Starring: Henry Golding, Iko Uwais, Samara Weaving**","Seven years after _G.I. Joe: Retaliation_ comes an origin story with [Henry Golding](https://www.empireonline.com/people/henry-golding/){:target=_blank} as the crucial G.I. Joe Team member Snake Eyes, taking over from Ray Park with a new iteration for the prequel.","_Snake Eyes release date 23 October 2020_","## NOVEMBER","### The Eternals","**Director:** Chloé Zhao","**Starring:** Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Kit Harington, Gemma Chan","The ensemble release finally marks the MCU debut of the cosmic Jack Kirby superteam. The near-immortal Eternals are a race of ancient superhumans, created millions of years ago by beings known as the Celestials. Sadly the latter created a monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants at the same time. The Eternals have protected humanity from the Deviants ever since.","_Eternals release date 6 November 2020_","### Dune","**Director:** Denis Villeneuve","**Starring:** Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa","For his third sci-fi in succession following _Arrival_ and _Blade Runner 2049_, [Villeneuve](https://www.empireonline.com/people/denis-villeneuve/){:target=_blank} takes on the apparently impossible: Frank Herbert's '60s space opera behemoth _Dune_. The results promise to be extraordinary. And the fact that this is actually only adapting _half_ of Herbert's first _Dune_ novel means the sprawling narrative should have space to stretch.","_Dune release date 20 November 2020_","### King Richard","**Director:** Reinaldo Marcus Green","**Starring:** Will Smith","Smith stars in a biopic centred on Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena. The narrative chronicles Williams' determination that his daughters should become two of the greatest players in tennis history, despite times of extreme hardship and the small hindrance of his having no background tennis experience.","_King Richard release date 27 November 2020_","### Raya and the Last Dragon","**Directors:** Paul Briggs & Dean Wellins","**Starring:** Cassie Steele, Awkwafina","Disney goes back in time to prepare an animation with a Southeast Asian influence. In the fantastical kingdom of Kumandra, sinister forces have invaded, prompting Raya (Steele) to undertake a mission to find the last dragon, a creature she believes has the power to save her world. What she finds is [Awkwafina](https://www.empireonline.com/people/awkwafina/){:target=_blank}'s quirky Sisu, a white, pink and teal dragon who also appears in human form.","_Raya and the Last Dragon release date 27 November 2020_","## DECEMBER","### Coming 2 America","**Director:** Craig Brewer","**Starring:** Eddie Murphy, Leslie Jones, Wesley Snipes, James Earl Jones","A sequel to _Coming to America_ taking place 32 years later, _Coming 2 America_ picks up the story of [Murphy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/eddie-murphy/){:target=_blank}'s fish-out-of-water Prince Akeem, who travelled to the States in the original looking for a woman not interested in his royal status or fortune. In the new movie, Akeem returns to America on the hunt for his long-lost son.","_Coming 2 America release date 18 December 2020_","### Vivo","**Director:** Kirk De Micco","**Starring:** Lin Manuel Miranda, Paloma Morales","A passion project for _Hamilton_'s [Miranda](https://www.empireonline.com/people/lin-manuel/3/){:target=_blank}, _Vivo_ dates back to the days before he made it big on Broadway. With a new home at Sony Pictures Animation, these are the animated high-jinks of a capuchin monkey with adventure in his heart who travels from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny.","_Vivo release date 18 December 2020_","### West Side Story","**Director:** Steven Spielberg","**Starring:** Ansel Elgort, Rachel Zegler, Corey Stoll","[Spielberg](https://www.empireonline.com/people/steven-spielberg/){:target=_blank}'s first musical adapts Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein's classic stage show, itself an updated and relocated retelling of Shakespeare's _Romeo and Juliet_. The feuding families become warring gangs the Jets and the Sharks. Can Tony and Maria's love cross that great divide?","_West Side Story release date 18 December 2020_","### Uncharted","**Director:** TBC","**Starring:** Tom Holland","A decade in development hell, and at time of writing, still without a director, having just lost the chair's most recent occupant Dan Trachtenberg – _Uncharted_ is still uncertain. But [Tom Holland](https://www.empireonline.com/people/tom-holland/){:target=_blank} is at least still attached to play the blockbuster video game series' adventurer Nathan Drake. Sony apparently still hopes to be shooting in early 2020, but making this release date will be tight. 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The film, based on [Chuck Palahniuk](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chuck-palahniuk/){:target=_blank}’s 1996 novel of the same name, repelled and excited audiences in equal measure when it was released, changing the optics of how political cinema could or should be – with the first worries of copycat rebels emerging from the gutters. 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The film, based on [Chuck Palahniuk](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chuck-palahniuk/){:target=_blank}’s 1996 novel of the same name, repelled and excited audiences in equal measure when it was released, changing the optics of how political cinema could or should be – with the first worries of copycat rebels emerging from the gutters. Today, _Fight Club_ boasts a loyal and fervent fanbase still full of praise, discomfort, conspiracy theories and fascination for the iconic relic of modern cinema.","Exclusively for _Empire_, David Fincher opened his personal photography archives in the [2020 Preview Issue](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-issue-preview-2020-preview-little-women-fight-club-last-christmas-marriage-story/){:target=_blank}, leafing through his memories on-set, and sharing insights on many of the film’s key ingredients – from the setting of Project Mayhem’s headquarters, to his stellar leading trio of [Edward Norton](https://www.empireonline.com/people/edward-norton/){:target=_blank}, [Brad Pitt](https://www.empireonline.com/people/brad-pitt/){:target=_blank} and [Helena Bonham Carter](https://www.empireonline.com/people/helena-bonham-carter/){:target=_blank}, to the mechanics of successfully shooting Edward Norton's cheek off. Here's a sneak preview of the feature, in which Fincher explains why the dynamic of his three stars, as the story's mismatched trio of lonely and dangerous sociopaths, worked so well – with photos from Fincher's own collection.","_Fight Club archive material courtesy of David Fincher. Black and white photography by Merrick Morton. Special thanks to Ceán Chaffin and Andrea McKee._","**David Fincher on his leading trio:**","“They were a very playful and fun group. Brad is a kind of feline influence. He’s like, ‘Are all the instincts here aligned?’ and, ‘Can we now play and find an interesting mistake or a movement or a gesture?’ Edward is very much, ‘Tell me in advance all the things you want me to hit and let me blow your mind.’ And Helena is sort of a blend of the two. She’s disciplined and, ‘What is it you’re trying to get across? Let me work backwards from that a little bit.’","Edward had only made a few movies and I think he wanted to get it right. 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Brutal kills slathered in practical gore. Chilling visions...","metaTitle":"","metaDescription":"Empire picks the 50 greatest horror movies, from spooky scarefests to video nasties.","sourceText":"","sourceUrl":"","_layout":[{"content":"The 50 Best Horror Movies","type":"title"},{"content":"","type":"subtitle"},{"content":{"id":"5dbabf1dafa2b6e1e24ec950","altText":"Scream","image":{"name":"scream.jpg","fileName":"scream.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":762954,"path":"one/media/5dba/bf1d/afa2/b6e1/e24e/c950"},"caption":"","credits":""},"displayName":"Article Hero","free":true,"name":"hero","type":"heroImage"},{"content":[],"type":"tags"},{"content":"Iconic villains. Brutal kills slathered in practical gore. Chilling visions captured in sweeping camerawork. The very best horror movies are a pure cinematic rush – drawing us into nightmarish worlds, rattling our bones for a few hours, and spitting us out on the other side to process the physical and emotional terrors we’ve just witnessed. Whether they’re delivering funhouse frights or searing explorations of societal issues with added blood-spatter, horror offers catharsis, adrenaline rushes, and technical mastery too – with directors making use of every tool in the box to deliver a good old scare.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"The *Empire* team locked itself in a darkened room with nothing but a single torch to draw up a list of the 50 greatest horror movies – from game-changing classics like *[Dawn Of The Dead](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/dawn-dead-2-review/){:target=_blank}* and *[Halloween](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/halloween-review/){:target=_blank}*, to contemporary skin-crawlers like *[The Babadook](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/babadook-review/){:target=_blank}* and *[It Follows](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/follows-review/){:target=_blank}*. The final list has razor-sharp slashers, lo-fi masterpieces, supernatural shockers, beautiful oddities, and raw thrill-rides, guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Read through the full list (and check out their iconic posters) here – and be sure to listen out for any bumps in the night…","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":{"id":"5db184dbcd9a86e81e23be13","title":"The 50 Best Horror Movies","description":"","template":"default","imageCrops":[],"coverImage":{"id":"5db1a3bdcd9a86ccae23c2af","titleText":"50) It: Chapters One and Two (2017 & 2019)","altText":"It","image":{"name":"it-quad.jpg","fileName":"it-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":933,"fileSize":174130,"path":"one/media/5db1/a3bd/cd9a/86cc/ae23/c2af"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Andy Muschietti<br>**Starring:** Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy<br>Counting both films as one – which, essentially, they are – gives us an unprecendented single six-hour epic based on Stephen King's loose, baggy, monstrous novel. Two generations, 27 years apart, share the screen time to relate the lifelong battle of the Losers' Club against unknowable evil cosmic entity Pennywise, who uses a clown as his avatar. Mad, exhausting, occasionally terrifying and surprisingly warm, just like its literary source. A future classic.<br>"},"images":[{"id":"5db1a3bdcd9a86ccae23c2af","titleText":"50) It: Chapters One and Two (2017 & 2019)","altText":"It","image":{"name":"it-quad.jpg","fileName":"it-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":933,"fileSize":174130,"path":"one/media/5db1/a3bd/cd9a/86cc/ae23/c2af"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Andy Muschietti<br>**Starring:** Bill Skarsgård, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy<br>Counting both films as one – which, essentially, they are – gives us an unprecendented single six-hour epic based on Stephen King's loose, baggy, monstrous novel. Two generations, 27 years apart, share the screen time to relate the lifelong battle of the Losers' Club against unknowable evil cosmic entity Pennywise, who uses a clown as his avatar. Mad, exhausting, occasionally terrifying and surprisingly warm, just like its literary source. A future classic.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a3dbcd9a865d1823c2b7","titleText":"49) Saw (2004)","altText":"Saw","image":{"name":"saw.jpg","fileName":"saw.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1280,"height":1024,"fileSize":99287,"path":"one/media/5db1/a3db/cd9a/865d/1823/c2b7"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** James Wan<br>**Starring:** Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover<br>Occasionally forgotten in the wake of its many sequels, the original Saw is a cracking, gonzo low-budget shocker: stylish, well written and boasting a killer surprise at the end. While the seeds of the tortuous future instalments are sown by the police investigation happening in the background, the central premise is thrillingly lean: two strangers, locked together in a room, and they don't know why. Tell us you're not hooked.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1b0f1cd9a861c4d23c5ad","titleText":"48) Hellraiser (1987)","altText":"Hellraiser","image":{"name":"Hellraiser_quad_UK-1.jpg","fileName":"Hellraiser_quad_UK-1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1704,"height":1245,"fileSize":474653,"path":"one/media/5db1/b0f1/cd9a/861c/4d23/c5ad"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Clive Barker<br>**Starring:** Ashley Lawrence, Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins<br>It's hard to remember now just how different Hellraiser was when it arrived in the late '80s. In a horror landscape of teens getting slashed, Clive Barker's debut as a director was an adult domestic drama, albeit with supernatural underpinnings, violence, gore and glimpses of a fascinating larger universe, the rules of which arrived almost fully formed. The sequel would dive deep into that, but here, at core, we have a love triangle and a Faustian pact: a sort of weird mashup of Marlowe and Chekhov, told with low-key visual panache. The S&M demon Cenobites – and chiefly Doug Bradley's Pinhead, obviously – get all the attention in spite of being only featured briefly. 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And it's only when we realise the object of his desire has literally been waiting by the phone for days – apparently in an apartment empty of anything but something ominous in a sack – that we begin to realise something is very, very amiss. And then there's the foot-sawing and the eye-needles. Kiri, kiri, kiri…<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a192cd9a8663ff23c227","titleText":"46) The Devil Rides Out (1968)","altText":"The Devil Rides Out","image":{"name":"devil_rides_out.jpg","fileName":"devil_rides_out.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1719,"height":1285,"fileSize":2240822,"path":"one/media/5db1/a192/cd9a/8663/ff23/c227"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Terence Fisher<br>**Cast:** Christopher Lee, Paul Eddington, Charles Gray<br>The Devil Rides Out marked a new direction for Hammer horror, swapping classic gothic fantasy for a modern Dennis Wheatley occult potboiler. Richard Matheson's cracking screenplay streamlines and improves the novel; the pacing and dialogue are sharp; and the performances, particularly from the incomparable Charles Gray and, as always, from Christopher Lee, are top notch. The studio would return to Wheatley with To The Devil A Daughter a couple of years later, but they missed a trick by never bringing back Lee's Duc de Richleau: the paranormal investigator – who brings hell down on his unsuspecting friends here – featured in eleven of the author's novels. 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Ben Wheatley's masterful grip on slow-building tension – informed by his love of 1970s Brit folk-horror – crescendos to an almost unbearable, shocking finale.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a1f0cd9a86bbab23c241","titleText":"44) Cat People (1942)","altText":"Cat People","image":{"name":"the-cat-people-quad-poster1.jpg","fileName":"the-cat-people-quad-poster1.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":485,"height":376,"fileSize":108012,"path":"one/media/5db1/a1f0/cd9a/86bb/ab23/c241"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Jacques Tourneur<br>**Cast:** Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway<br>With Universal knocking out horror films like there was no tomorrow, RKO tasked producer Val Lewton with creating some similar action. The results were not what the studio expected. Far from the monster mash they'd asked for, Cat People opted for more psychological chills, and a still surprising concept centred on a woman who's afraid to consummate her marriage because of her belief that sexual climax will turn her into a panther. Paul Schrader's '80s remake took full advantage of the modern potential for FX and erotica, but Tourneur's more subtle scares are all about stalking and shadows.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db9bf88adde644db5b19085","titleText":"43) Day Of The Dead (1985)","altText":"Day Of The Dead","image":{"name":"day-of-the-dead.jpg","fileName":"day-of-the-dead.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":2272,"fileSize":1933837,"path":"one/media/5db9/bf88/adde/644d/b5b1/9085"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** George A. 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The subtext, again, is clear: the zombies are the least of our problems in a world driven by violence and greed.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db9bf1eadde648b81b19076","titleText":"42) Drag Me To Hell (2009)","altText":"Drag Me To Hell","image":{"name":"drag-me-to-hell.jpg","fileName":"drag-me-to-hell.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1013,"height":1500,"fileSize":936220,"path":"one/media/5db9/bf1e/adde/648b/81b1/9076"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Sam Raimi<br>**Cast:** Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver<br>\"You shaaaamed me!\" rasps Lorna Raver's Hungarian gypsy at Alison Lohman's bank employee, who's made the unfortunate mistake of not granting her another extension on her mortgage. Cue a curse to end all curses: visitations from a demon called the Lamia. While the punishment doesn't seem entirely proportionate, the results offer a wild, raw and wickedly entertaining ride with Sam Raimi at his funhouse best throughout. Justin Long, the loyal hubbie on the other side of Lohman's hellish bubble, takes on the horror staple role of disbelieving agnostic. You'll want to shake him by the end.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5dbac9c5afa2b6f35b4ecaea","titleText":"41) Raw (2016)","altText":"Raw","image":{"name":"raw-poster.jpg","fileName":"raw-poster.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1125,"fileSize":824243,"path":"one/media/5dba/c9c5/afa2/b6f3/5b4e/caea"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Julia Ducournau<br>**Cast:** Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf<br>A French flesh-munching art-horror that really sticks in your teeth, Julia Ducournau's film manages to be a full-blooded horror, a darkly funny family drama, and a coming-of-age film all in one. When Justine begins a veterinary course at university – where her older sister also studies, and where her parents first met – she's battered and bewildered by a series of initiation rituals. It's not long before her stringent vegetarianism is replaced by an unstoppable craving for meat, leading to some truly nauseating developments. 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Sangster's bold screenplay at once eviscerates Bram Stoker's novel and sets the narrative free. With the locations transposed and limited to Romania and half the 'dramatis personae' excised, we're left with a lean adventure. The Lugosi film is a creaky slow-burn, but Hammer's is a swashbuckler. 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It's instructive to see how little Adam Wingard's surprise sequel deviated from the set-up and formula of the original (bunch of kids head into the Black Hills, record the results on the shakiest of shakycams) 17 years later. At the time, it sparked a revolution in the genre. Since then have come dozens of imitators, although even the best of them struggle to replicate the original's disorientating chills. Twigs and bits of foliage have never been so scary.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a557cd9a86299523c30a","titleText":"38) Hereditary (2018)","altText":"Hereditary","image":{"name":"Hereditary.jpg","fileName":"Hereditary.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1000,"height":750,"fileSize":574415,"path":"one/media/5db1/a557/cd9a/8629/9523/c30a"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Ari Aster<br>**Cast:** Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro<br>There are some traditional frights in Hereditary – jumpy moments, squirmy tension, and unsettling imagery. But its the gut-wrenching emotional horror that stays with you – the very worst possible thing happening, the guilt of it, the devastation that ripples out and affects everyone around you. Aster delivers a heart-crushing rug-pull in his debut feature that is genuinely unforgettable – and from there he ramps up the bumps in the night, the body-horror, and the spine-tingling creepiness like a nightmare that just won't end. Its ending has proven divisive, but whatever your thoughts on the final reel, it's a shattering experience along the way.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db9be7badde646a69b1904b","titleText":"37) The Babadook (2014)","altText":"The Babadook","image":{"name":"babadook-quad.jpg","fileName":"babadook-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1129,"fileSize":1042179,"path":"one/media/5db9/be7b/adde/646a/69b1/904b"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Jennifer Kent<br>**Cast:** Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman<br>Slightly mis-sold by a trailer that made it look like a standard – though impressive – monster movie, The Babadook's greatest trick is in not really being about the titular thing at all. Rather, it's a film about a mentally-unravelling mother's difficult relationship with her young son. The 'dook itself is just another spanner in the works. Subverting expectations, the film seems to set up Amblin-style hijinks from a resourceful kid, but those elements never come to pass, and his backpack of tricks is ultimately useless. The rules are right there in creepy storybook: you can't get rid of the Babadook. 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But there's more mischievous wit in the second outing, largely thanks to Ernest Thesiger's cherishably waspish Doctor Pretorius. \"Yes,\" he observes dryly at the reveal that the monster can now speak. \"There have been developments...\"<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a528cd9a86961c23c304","titleText":"35) Dracula (1931)","altText":"Dracula","image":{"name":"dracula-lugosi.jpg","fileName":"dracula-lugosi.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":689,"height":528,"fileSize":102155,"path":"one/media/5db1/a528/cd9a/8696/1c23/c304"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Tod Browning<br>**Cast:** Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan<br>Creaky by today's standards, Tod Browning's Dracula remains seminal for its place in horror history, as well as for its eerie central performance by Bela Lugosi and the scene-stealing of Dwight Frye. The film is strongest in its opening stretch, as Frye's Renfield visits the stunning, colossal set of Dracula's castle, meets the sombre count – dwarfed by his cobwebbed surroundings – and falls foul of the vampire's ethereal brides: a sequence of exquisite beauty. Subsequently it's a bit more plodding, and the ending is oddly rushed. But there are still unforgettable elements along the way. Well worth watching with Philip Glass' 1999 score – unless you prefer the almost-silence of the orginal.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1b45ccd9a86101b23c659","titleText":"34) Poltergeist (1981)","altText":"Poltergeist","image":{"name":"Poltergeist-cover.jpg","fileName":"Poltergeist-cover.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1489,"height":967,"fileSize":159557,"path":"one/media/5db1/b45c/cd9a/8610/1b23/c659"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Tobe Hooper<br>**Cast:** Craig T. 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Despite the restriction of its PG rating (it was initially R-rated but changed on appeal), the result remains a refreshingly scary brew.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5dbab815afa2b6292b4ec866","titleText":"33) Midsommar (2019)","altText":"Midsommar","image":{"name":"midsommar-quad.jpg","fileName":"midsommar-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1138,"fileSize":860358,"path":"one/media/5dba/b815/afa2/b629/2b4e/c866"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Ari Aster<br>**Cast:** Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper<br>After the sheer, unrelenting darkness of Hereditary, just one year later writer-director Ari Aster stepped out into the bright sunlight – and made that utterly terrifying too. Midsommar's sun-bleached visuals are just as nightmarish, pitching everything into the realm of the uncanny as Florence Pugh's grief-stricken Dani loses her grip on reality at a festival hosted by Swedish cultists. As with his previous film, Aster grounds the horror in emotional devastation – this time in a searing deconstruction of a toxic relationship, as Jack Reynor's cowardly boyfriend Christian backs out of breaking up with Dani when she suffers a sudden family tragedy. Creepy, deeply unsettling, with brutally gory jolts – and an undeniable sense of beauty. Just bear witness to its instantly iconic flower-wreathed finale.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a578cd9a863f1823c30b","titleText":"32) Don't Look Now (1973)","altText":"Don't Look Now","image":{"name":"dont-look-now.jpg","fileName":"dont-look-now.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1858,"height":1379,"fileSize":334076,"path":"one/media/5db1/a578/cd9a/863f/1823/c30b"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Nicolas Roeg<br>**Cast:** Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason<br>Nic Roeg's hugely influential take on Daphne du Maurier's short story is more than just a simple horror movie. It's also a moving and insightful study of marriage, particularly the way it creaks like the hull of a ship under the duress of loss and grief. But, yes, ultimately it's scary in a way that's cranked up several notches by its eerie backdrop of Venice in off-season, weird encounters with spiritualists, and that red-coated hobgoblin. Julie Christie (lost in her grief for her drowned daughter) and Donald Sutherland (adrift in his) are note-perfect as the central couple, but Roeg's direction and editing – particularly in the famous sex scene – lend the movie the feel of a beautiful but shattered mosaic.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a59ccd9a86111123c31c","titleText":"31) Let the Right One In (2008)","altText":"Let the Right One In","image":{"name":"let-right-one-in.jpg","fileName":"let-right-one-in.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1280,"height":968,"fileSize":491206,"path":"one/media/5db1/a59c/cd9a/8611/1123/c31c"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Tomas Alfredson<br>**Cast:** Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar<br>We all know children are terrifying, but Let The Right One In takes spooky kids and makes them almost too relatable for comfort. Simply trying to survive like countless vampires before her, Eli (Leandersson) strikes up a bittersweet friendship with social pariah Oskar (Hedebrant), offering him salvation from his less-than-ideal home situation. Based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestseller and set in Stockholm, it's not just the threat of being offed by a vampire that make this an incredibly effective Scandi scarefest, with themes of loneliness, anxiety and alcoholism helping it slip effortlessly into your bloodstream. It's no surprise Hollywood clamoured for a remake.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a5d3cd9a86328523c324","titleText":"30) The Innocents (1961)","altText":"The Innocents","image":{"name":"innocents.jpg","fileName":"innocents.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":959,"height":701,"fileSize":88895,"path":"one/media/5db1/a5d3/cd9a/8632/8523/c324"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Jack Clayton<br>**Cast:** Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin<br>The title's different, but The Innocents is otherwise an elegant and extremely faithful adaptation of Henry James' perennial classic The Turn of the Screw. A governess takes charge of two creepy children who appear to be being haunted by previous incumbents of their rackety estate. But the film preserves James' crucial ambiguity: are the children really in danger from ghosts, or from a sort of supernatural Munchausen-by-proxy stemming from their hysterical guardian? The answer's up to you.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a5f9cd9a86146223c326","titleText":"29) Shaun of the Dead (2004)","altText":"Shaun of the Dead","image":{"name":"shaun-dead.jpg","fileName":"shaun-dead.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1280,"height":960,"fileSize":383508,"path":"one/media/5db1/a5f9/cd9a/8614/6223/c326"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Edgar Wright<br>**Cast:** Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis<br>You can argue until you're zombiefied with exhaustion as to whether Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's first cinematic collaboration is a true horror. It is: the laughs are balanced by a keen understanding of the fear aesthetic, and it doesn't skimp on either the scares or the gore. You only have to look to the final siege's homaging of Night Of The Living Dead to understand that. Plus, Wright and his cast add such real emotional depth to the characters that they come across as more nuanced than many a scary movie can boast.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a611cd9a86361b23c334","titleText":"28) It Follows (2014)","altText":"It Follows","image":{"name":"it-follows.jpg","fileName":"it-follows.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1125,"fileSize":186233,"path":"one/media/5db1/a611/cd9a/8636/1b23/c334"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** David Robert Mitchell<br>**Cast:** Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto<br>A strong contender for the best horror film of 2014, It Follows runs with its brilliant central concept and never drops the ball. We never really learn what the 'It' is, except that it's a mysterious entity that's somehow sexually transmitted, manifesting as a variety of shuffling injured strangers, or sometimes as people known to the victims it inexorably pursues. It's an interesting twist on the slasher movie \"promiscuous teens get killed\" trope, with the wrinkle that if you find yourself affected, you can just shag someone else and get rid of it, like a chain letter. That rule takes the film to some very dark places.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1b128cd9a86620a23c5bb","titleText":"27) The Witch (2015)","altText":"The Witch","image":{"name":"the-witch-quad.jpg","fileName":"the-witch-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1153,"height":675,"fileSize":169464,"path":"one/media/5db1/b128/cd9a/8662/0a23/c5bb"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Robert Eggers<br>**Starring:** Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie<br>With its meticulous period setting and language, The Witch comes across as much like The Crucible as it does your average demonic possession horror. In fact, there's really nothing average about The Witch at all: a devastating psychological ordeal that works as well taken at face value (the goat IS the Devil) as according to more complex theories. The cryptic events are never fully explained, leaving The Witch ambiguously unsettling.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a64ccd9a86450123c33f","titleText":"26) Night of the Living Dead (1968)","altText":"Night of the Living Dead","image":{"name":"night-of-the-living-dead.jpg","fileName":"night-of-the-living-dead.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1843,"height":1232,"fileSize":339334,"path":"one/media/5db1/a64c/cd9a/8645/0123/c33f"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** George A. Romero<br>**Cast:** Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman<br>Whenever you watch an episode of The Walking Dead or read a Max Brooks novel or even fiddle with your smartphone on Plants vs Zombies, you have George A. Romero to thank. Nobody else has contributed more to the modern conception of zombies than the bearded genius from the Bronx, and no film has kickstarted a subgenre so enduring or fruitful. Night Of The Living Dead is scary, sure (its violence caught audiences by surprise at the time) but it's also surprisingly witty: a socially cognisant satire from a politically loaded time. Little wonder that Quentin Tarantino once claimed the \"A\" in George A. Romero stood for \"A Fucking Genius\".<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a678cd9a86dd6123c344","titleText":"25) The Descent (2005)","altText":"The Descent","image":{"name":"the-descent.jpg","fileName":"the-descent.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1000,"height":750,"fileSize":50032,"path":"one/media/5db1/a678/cd9a/86dd/6123/c344"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Neil Marshall<br>**Cast:** Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid<br>Somewhat like Aliens, Neil Marshall's masterstroke here is in keeping the monsters off screen for a good hour. And after the almost unendurable cave-bound claustrophobia of the first half, it's almost a relief when they finally show up to provide a more solid, familiar focus for the audience's fear. Before that comes an unbearably tense series of character clashes and potholing injuries: a pressure-cooker building to a head of steam that brutally climaxes with a shocking accident and the full reveal of... well, we won't spoil it for those who haven't explored the depths themselves. From then on it's intense action all the way to a devastating conclusion. American audiences got an upbeat ending from which the sequel continues. Here in the UK, the final moments are horrifyingly bleak.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1adf0cd9a8640a323c4e1","titleText":"24) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)","altText":"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre","image":{"name":"texas-chain-saw-massacre.jpg","fileName":"texas-chain-saw-massacre.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":520,"height":340,"fileSize":55450,"path":"one/media/5db1/adf0/cd9a/8640/a323/c4e1"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Tobe Hooper<br>**Cast:** Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Jim Siedow<br>Five years after Scooby-Doo first aired, Tobe Hooper similarly put some teenagers in a blue van to endure a scary mystery. Their experience was rather different. Maybe they should've brought a dog, although it's doubtful it would have helped them. Actually quite light on gore, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre nevertheless remains a uniquely gnarly, punishing experience, from its grotesque production design to its family of cannibal freaks and its stand-out villain Leatherface. Some have suggested an intriguing Vietnam-era subtext about America eating its young, but the film functions perfectly well without it on a pure, primal level. Burns' screams ring in your ears long after the exhausting last act is over, and the final shot of Leatherface dancing with his saw is an indelible image.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a6bdcd9a86130023c357","titleText":"23) 28 Days Later (2002)","altText":"28 Days Later","image":{"name":"28-days-later.jpg","fileName":"28-days-later.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1024,"height":768,"fileSize":241304,"path":"one/media/5db1/a6bd/cd9a/8613/0023/c357"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Danny Boyle<br>**Cast:** Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston<br>Debates raged in the more anal retentive corners of the horror community about whether the fast-moving \"infected\" were zombies or not. Seriously, who cares? That's not the meat of why Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland's tale of a destroyed society is so effective. Like all great horror movies, it's about us rather than \"the other\", and peers into the dark heart of humanity. How far would you go faced with such a situation? You may not love the answer. And there's so much to admire visually, with a Day Of The Triffids–esque emptied London, shot guerrilla-style in early mornings.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db9bdadadde6441cfb19034","titleText":"22) A Quiet Place (2018)","altText":"A Quiet Place","image":{"name":"a-quiet-place.jpg","fileName":"a-quiet-place.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1125,"fileSize":1383026,"path":"one/media/5db9/bdad/adde/6441/cfb1/9034"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** John Krasinski<br>**Cast:** John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe<br>When you have kids, your whole perspective shifts – there's a big bad world out there, and the best you can hope for is to protect your children from it, or prepare them for what they'll eventually face. John Krasinski's high-concept monster movie – you make noise, you die – takes that central notion and channels the terror into a series of near-unbearably tense sequences. It's the emotional hook of Krasinski's Lee and wife Evelyn (played by Krasinski's real-life wife Emily Blunt), and their attempts to keep their kids safe, that becomes A Quiet Place's secret weapon. A film to leave you breathless, in every sense.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a733cd9a868e9723c36d","titleText":"21) The Omen (1976)","altText":"The Omen","image":{"name":"omen.jpg","fileName":"omen.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":538,"height":411,"fileSize":46584,"path":"one/media/5db1/a733/cd9a/868e/9723/c36d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Richard Donner<br>**Cast:** Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens<br>Boys, eh? Muddy-kneed, conker-smashing little blighters... all running around and falling over and, in Richard Donner's timeless chiller, turning out to be the Antichrist. The unwitting adoption of devil child Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) has horrifying consequences for parents Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in one of the bleakest collisions of faith, religion and superstition in the genre. It's not held in quite the same critical esteem as The Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby these days, but make no mistake, The Omen is still a powerful potion.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a764cd9a864b2e23c36e","titleText":"20) Suspiria (1977)","altText":"Suspiria","image":{"name":"suspiria.jpg","fileName":"suspiria.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2903,"height":2137,"fileSize":1526006,"path":"one/media/5db1/a764/cd9a/864b/2e23/c36e"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Dario Argento<br>**Cast:** Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci<br>Nobody makes horror quite like Dario Argento. With Suspiria, the Italian genio set the Video Nasties era of censorship and moral panic ablaze, and set the template for his \"Three Mothers\" trilogy. All his hallmarks are there: dark supernatural elements at play; bravura camera acrobatics; bloody, extreme violence; themes of obsession and sexual aberration; and a vibrant, hyperreal technicolour palette. Think The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, but with witch-demons instead of umbrellas.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a9d0cd9a861bc723c3f4","titleText":"19) The Fog (1980)","altText":"The Fog","image":{"name":"carpenter-fog.jpg","fileName":"carpenter-fog.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1920,"height":1440,"fileSize":483756,"path":"one/media/5db1/a9d0/cd9a/861b/c723/c3f4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** John Carpenter<br>**Cast:** Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins<br>A chilly yarn about ghost pirates exacting their revenge on a small coastal town, The Fog is so explicitly a campfire tale that it even begins with a scout troop sitting around a seaside blaze, with time for just one more story. Carpenter's follow-up to the classic Halloween saw some post-production tinkering to make the scares more explicit, and when you know that you can definitely spot the reshoot joins. But it doesn't affect what remains perhaps Carpenter's most purely atmospheric film.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aa0bcd9a8613a523c40a","titleText":"18) Get Out (2017)","altText":"Get Out","image":{"name":"get-out-movie.jpg","fileName":"get-out-movie.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1000,"height":588,"fileSize":164941,"path":"one/media/5db1/aa0b/cd9a/8613/a523/c40a"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Jordan Peele<br>**Cast:** Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Lakeith Stanfield<br>Few horror films have had as instant and seismic an impact in recent years as Get Out. Jordan Peele's hugely entertaining and incredibly potent satire portrays societal horrors in clear-sighted, direct style through the story of Chris – a young black American who prepares to meet his white middle-class girlfriend's parents over a nightmarish weekend. It's a concept that Peele plays out perfectly, needling the awkward areas of social interaction and (barely) amplifying the black experience in the contemporary US, with fantastic performances from Daniel Kaluuya, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener. So sharp and smartly-made that it even caught the Oscars' attention, winning Best Screenplay for Peele and earning nods in Best Picture, Director, and Leading Actor.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aa38cd9a86286523c40d","titleText":"17) Psycho (1960)","altText":"Psycho","image":{"name":"psycho.jpg","fileName":"psycho.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1024,"height":721,"fileSize":163644,"path":"one/media/5db1/aa38/cd9a/8628/6523/c40d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Alfred Hitchcock<br>**Cast:** Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles<br>Imagine a trip to see Psycho in 1960. Its deliberately oblique marketing, fronted by Hitchcock himself, would have prepared you for a motel to feature prominently but not much else. The opening 20-odd minutes must have seemed like a pretty standard noir set-up, with Janet Leigh eloping with a bunch of money and the tantalising possibility of a new life that lasts precisely as long as her next trip to the shower. Then came the full-bore shock of that brutal knifing, each stab driven home by Bernard Herrmann's jarring score, unexpected and almost entirely without precedent. Audiences must have wondered if it wasn't Hitch himself who, in the nicest possible way, was the real psycho here.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aa5ccd9a86804e23c41d","titleText":"16) An American Werewolf in London (1981)","altText":"American Werewolf in London","image":{"name":"american-werewolf-london.jpg","fileName":"american-werewolf-london.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1000,"height":675,"fileSize":129456,"path":"one/media/5db1/aa5c/cd9a/8680/4e23/c41d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** John Landis<br>**Cast:** David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine<br>A comedy-horror that skimps on neither, American Werewolf manages to be properly scary, blackly funny, and, in the relationship between lycanthrope Naughton and nurse Agutter, genuinely moving. It's a deft juggling act, confidently performed by director Landis who, while he remains immensely likeable, was arguably never this good again. An American director in England, his sense of the country never descends into twee American En-ger-land clichés, and even the stock lines and characters – \"Stay off the moors!\" – are performed in such a way that they never grate. It's a loving homage to bygone scares that nevertheless feels entirely modern almost 40 years later.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aad7cd9a8652ce23c433","titleText":"15) Ring (1998)","altText":"Ring","image":{"name":"RING.jpg","fileName":"RING.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":900,"height":674,"fileSize":87017,"path":"one/media/5db1/aad7/cd9a/8652/ce23/c433"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Hideo Nakata<br>**Cast:** Nanako Matsushuma, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Inō<br>Not the first adaptation of Kōji Suzuki's novel, but the one that brought the terrifying Sadako Yamamura to international attention. Suzuki's sci-fi tinged material is jettisoned in favour of more horrifying ambiguity, and Nakata's film is an intriguing collision of Japanese folk horror (the well-dwelling, black-haired, chalk-skinned Sadako is clearly descended from the ghouls of Japanese tradition) and more modern concerns about viral media and moral panic. It's a slow burn, but worth the unsettling journey to its most famous setpiece.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a22acd9a86f67c23c249","titleText":"14) Dawn of the Dead (1978)","altText":"Dawn of the Dead","image":{"name":"dawn-dead-quad.jpg","fileName":"dawn-dead-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2819,"height":2022,"fileSize":862723,"path":"one/media/5db1/a22a/cd9a/86f6/7c23/c249"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** George A. Romero<br>**Starring:** David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, Gaylen Ross<br>Building exponentially on the bedrock of 1968's Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead sees Romero firing on all cylinders a decade later. Largely confined to an – almost – abandoned shopping mall as the undead pandemic rages outside, this is as much a tense, base-under-siege action thriller as it is a horror movie. But there are creepy scares and gonzo gore by the bucketful, while Romero takes sly philosophical swipes at class and racial politics and mindless consumerism. A Day, a Land and a Diary would follow, but never quite reclaim these heights.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aaf1cd9a86a10e23c442","titleText":"13) Carrie (1976)","altText":"Carrie","image":{"name":"carrie.jpg","fileName":"carrie.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":599,"height":470,"fileSize":79642,"path":"one/media/5db1/aaf1/cd9a/86a1/0e23/c442"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Brian De Palma<br>**Cast:** Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen<br>Carrie was among the first films to utilise that most terrifying supernatural force: puberty. Stephen King's novel recognised the trials of adolescence as ripe ground for horror, and found a worthy suitor for his first cinematic adaptation in director Brian De Palma, who brings the tale to life with sadistic relish and intelligent, daring camerawork. Sissy Spacek, meanwhile, imbues Carrie with childlike innocence and genuine pathos, blotted only by mild bouts of, erm, telekinetic murder. It's a testament to her range that, come that prom finale, you find yourself feeling simultaneously sympathetic and scared shitless.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1ab10cd9a86d4e323c449","titleText":"12) Rosemary's Baby (1968)","altText":"Rosemary's Baby","image":{"name":"rosemarys baby.jpg","fileName":"rosemarys baby.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":3125,"height":2323,"fileSize":1973990,"path":"one/media/5db1/ab10/cd9a/86d4/e323/c449"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Roman Polanski<br>**Cast:** Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon<br>Like a twisted cross between The Exorcist and What To Expect When You're Expecting, this occult classic is no movie to watch when you're considering settling down to family life or planning a foray into the property market. Neighbours, quite literally, are a hellish proposition for Farrow and Cassavetes' newly-weds as they settle into their new Manhattan brownstone. Outside their four walls, dark forces swirl – and we're not talking about the velour furniture. The film's commanding tight interior scenes and mood of slowly-building paranoia make what follows claustrophobic and endlessly creepy.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1ac01cd9a86556223c48a","titleText":"11) The Wicker Man (1973)","altText":"The Wicker Man","image":{"name":"Wicker-Man-Final-Cut-poster.jpg","fileName":"Wicker-Man-Final-Cut-poster.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2953,"height":2226,"fileSize":1528101,"path":"one/media/5db1/ac01/cd9a/8655/6223/c48a"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Robin Hardy<br>**Cast:** Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Christopher Lee<br>The Wicker Man shouldn't really work. An outsider's view of a mythical Scotland, written and directed by Englishmen and scored by an American, replete with songs to the extent that it's practically a musical, it's a minefield of elements that could all have gone horribly wrong. And yet, it's all so right: that weirdness is a crucial part of the unsettling whole; Woodward's hapless investigations leading inexorably to that final, devastating reveal. There's plenty of humour, but it never feels like Woodward isn't in real, frightening trouble; the climax is as inevitable as it's horrifying. It's easy to laugh at the remake but even Hardy himself failed to recapture the dark magic with his belated Wicker Tree. The Wicker Man is unrepeatable.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1abd6cd9a8625f523c47c","titleText":"10) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)","altText":"A Nightmare on Elm Street","image":{"name":"a-nightmare-on-elm-street-quad-poster.jpg","fileName":"a-nightmare-on-elm-street-quad-poster.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1560,"height":1170,"fileSize":934862,"path":"one/media/5db1/abd6/cd9a/8625/f523/c47c"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Wes Craven<br>**Cast:** Heather Langenkamp, Johnny Depp, Robert Englund <br>There have been, at time of writing, nine entries in the Nightmare On Elm Street series, including a reboot, a crossover, and a sequel rather prematurely titled The Final Nightmare (which it was not, obviously). None quite compare to Wes Craven's remarkable original. 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This is a film which prompted cinema exhibitors to routinely offer 'barf bags' for queasy patrons; which had St John's Ambulance on standby at screenings to aid the regular fainters; which was accused of corrupting young minds with subliminal imagery. Amid the noise and furore, William Friedkin's achievements were almost ignored – how he deftly blended the religious and psychological with themes of unconditional faith and maternal love. 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Brutal kills slathered in practical gore. Chilling visions captured in sweeping camerawork. The very best horror movies are a pure cinematic rush – drawing us into nightmarish worlds, rattling our bones for a few hours, and spitting us out on the other side to process the physical and emotional terrors we’ve just witnessed. Whether they’re delivering funhouse frights or searing explorations of societal issues with added blood-spatter, horror offers catharsis, adrenaline rushes, and technical mastery too – with directors making use of every tool in the box to deliver a good old scare.","The *Empire* team locked itself in a darkened room with nothing but a single torch to draw up a list of the 50 greatest horror movies – from game-changing classics like *[Dawn Of The Dead](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/dawn-dead-2-review/){:target=_blank}* and *[Halloween](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/halloween-review/){:target=_blank}*, to contemporary skin-crawlers like *[The Babadook](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/babadook-review/){:target=_blank}* and *[It Follows](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/follows-review/){:target=_blank}*. The final list has razor-sharp slashers, lo-fi masterpieces, supernatural shockers, beautiful oddities, and raw thrill-rides, guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Read through the full list (and check out their iconic posters) here – and be sure to listen out for any bumps in the night…","– [Read the 100 Greatest Movies list](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-movies-2/){:target=_blank}","– [Read the 100 Greatest TV Shows list](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-tv-shows-ever-2/){:target=_blank}","– [Read the 50 Best Romantic Movies](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/features/best-romantic-movies/){:target=_blank}"],"embeds":[{"provider":"youtube","url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lClewZeGV0"}],"images":[{"id":"5d118b37a91b155aa79bf394","image":{"path":"one/empire-images/features/57dbceb60c6437272f5f1d28","fileName":"Cabin-In-The-Woods.jpg","name":"Cabin-In-The-Woods.jpg","width":"640","height":"480","mimeType":"image/jpeg"},"caption":"","url":"","altText":"Cabin in the 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In a horror landscape of teens getting slashed, Clive Barker's debut as a director was an adult domestic drama, albeit with supernatural underpinnings, violence, gore and glimpses of a fascinating larger universe, the rules of which arrived almost fully formed. The sequel would dive deep into that, but here, at core, we have a love triangle and a Faustian pact: a sort of weird mashup of Marlowe and Chekhov, told with low-key visual panache. The S&M demon Cenobites – and chiefly Doug Bradley's Pinhead, obviously – get all the attention in spite of being only featured briefly. 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And it's only when we realise the object of his desire has literally been waiting by the phone for days – apparently in an apartment empty of anything but something ominous in a sack – that we begin to realise something is very, very amiss. And then there's the foot-sawing and the eye-needles. Kiri, kiri, kiri…<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a192cd9a8663ff23c227","titleText":"46) The Devil Rides Out (1968)","altText":"The Devil Rides Out","image":{"name":"devil_rides_out.jpg","fileName":"devil_rides_out.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1719,"height":1285,"fileSize":2240822,"path":"one/media/5db1/a192/cd9a/8663/ff23/c227"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Terence Fisher<br>**Cast:** Christopher Lee, Paul Eddington, Charles Gray<br>The Devil Rides Out marked a new direction for Hammer horror, swapping classic gothic fantasy for a modern Dennis Wheatley occult potboiler. Richard Matheson's cracking screenplay streamlines and improves the novel; the pacing and dialogue are sharp; and the performances, particularly from the incomparable Charles Gray and, as always, from Christopher Lee, are top notch. The studio would return to Wheatley with To The Devil A Daughter a couple of years later, but they missed a trick by never bringing back Lee's Duc de Richleau: the paranormal investigator – who brings hell down on his unsuspecting friends here – featured in eleven of the author's novels. 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Far from the monster mash they'd asked for, Cat People opted for more psychological chills, and a still surprising concept centred on a woman who's afraid to consummate her marriage because of her belief that sexual climax will turn her into a panther. Paul Schrader's '80s remake took full advantage of the modern potential for FX and erotica, but Tourneur's more subtle scares are all about stalking and shadows.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db9bf88adde644db5b19085","titleText":"43) Day Of The Dead (1985)","altText":"Day Of The Dead","image":{"name":"day-of-the-dead.jpg","fileName":"day-of-the-dead.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":2272,"fileSize":1933837,"path":"one/media/5db9/bf88/adde/644d/b5b1/9085"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** George A. 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While the punishment doesn't seem entirely proportionate, the results offer a wild, raw and wickedly entertaining ride with Sam Raimi at his funhouse best throughout. Justin Long, the loyal hubbie on the other side of Lohman's hellish bubble, takes on the horror staple role of disbelieving agnostic. You'll want to shake him by the end.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5dbac9c5afa2b6f35b4ecaea","titleText":"41) Raw (2016)","altText":"Raw","image":{"name":"raw-poster.jpg","fileName":"raw-poster.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1125,"fileSize":824243,"path":"one/media/5dba/c9c5/afa2/b6f3/5b4e/caea"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Julia Ducournau<br>**Cast:** Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf<br>A French flesh-munching art-horror that really sticks in your teeth, Julia Ducournau's film manages to be a full-blooded horror, a darkly funny family drama, and a coming-of-age film all in one. When Justine begins a veterinary course at university – where her older sister also studies, and where her parents first met – she's battered and bewildered by a series of initiation rituals. It's not long before her stringent vegetarianism is replaced by an unstoppable craving for meat, leading to some truly nauseating developments. 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Sangster's bold screenplay at once eviscerates Bram Stoker's novel and sets the narrative free. With the locations transposed and limited to Romania and half the 'dramatis personae' excised, we're left with a lean adventure. The Lugosi film is a creaky slow-burn, but Hammer's is a swashbuckler. 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It's instructive to see how little Adam Wingard's surprise sequel deviated from the set-up and formula of the original (bunch of kids head into the Black Hills, record the results on the shakiest of shakycams) 17 years later. At the time, it sparked a revolution in the genre. Since then have come dozens of imitators, although even the best of them struggle to replicate the original's disorientating chills. 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Aster delivers a heart-crushing rug-pull in his debut feature that is genuinely unforgettable – and from there he ramps up the bumps in the night, the body-horror, and the spine-tingling creepiness like a nightmare that just won't end. Its ending has proven divisive, but whatever your thoughts on the final reel, it's a shattering experience along the way.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db9be7badde646a69b1904b","titleText":"37) The Babadook (2014)","altText":"The Babadook","image":{"name":"babadook-quad.jpg","fileName":"babadook-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1129,"fileSize":1042179,"path":"one/media/5db9/be7b/adde/646a/69b1/904b"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Jennifer Kent<br>**Cast:** Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman<br>Slightly mis-sold by a trailer that made it look like a standard – though impressive – monster movie, The Babadook's greatest trick is in not really being about the titular thing at all. Rather, it's a film about a mentally-unravelling mother's difficult relationship with her young son. The 'dook itself is just another spanner in the works. Subverting expectations, the film seems to set up Amblin-style hijinks from a resourceful kid, but those elements never come to pass, and his backpack of tricks is ultimately useless. The rules are right there in creepy storybook: you can't get rid of the Babadook. 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The film is strongest in its opening stretch, as Frye's Renfield visits the stunning, colossal set of Dracula's castle, meets the sombre count – dwarfed by his cobwebbed surroundings – and falls foul of the vampire's ethereal brides: a sequence of exquisite beauty. Subsequently it's a bit more plodding, and the ending is oddly rushed. But there are still unforgettable elements along the way. Well worth watching with Philip Glass' 1999 score – unless you prefer the almost-silence of the orginal.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1b45ccd9a86101b23c659","titleText":"34) Poltergeist (1981)","altText":"Poltergeist","image":{"name":"Poltergeist-cover.jpg","fileName":"Poltergeist-cover.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1489,"height":967,"fileSize":159557,"path":"one/media/5db1/b45c/cd9a/8610/1b23/c659"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Tobe Hooper<br>**Cast:** Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke<br>Moving into a family home on an ancient burial ground presents the kind of real estate conundrum even Kirstie and Phil would be hard-pressed to help with. The problems faced by the Freeling clan in this much-mimicked Tobe Hooper/Steven Spielberg horror involve supernatural beasties, vortexes on the landing, floating objects and some major interdimensional childnapping. That's just about every supernatural domestic catastrophe in the handbook, short of finding the Dyson is haunted and the guinea pig is Satan. Despite the restriction of its PG rating (it was initially R-rated but changed on appeal), the result remains a refreshingly scary brew.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5dbab815afa2b6292b4ec866","titleText":"33) Midsommar (2019)","altText":"Midsommar","image":{"name":"midsommar-quad.jpg","fileName":"midsommar-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1138,"fileSize":860358,"path":"one/media/5dba/b815/afa2/b629/2b4e/c866"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Ari Aster<br>**Cast:** Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter, William Jackson Harper<br>After the sheer, unrelenting darkness of Hereditary, just one year later writer-director Ari Aster stepped out into the bright sunlight – and made that utterly terrifying too. Midsommar's sun-bleached visuals are just as nightmarish, pitching everything into the realm of the uncanny as Florence Pugh's grief-stricken Dani loses her grip on reality at a festival hosted by Swedish cultists. As with his previous film, Aster grounds the horror in emotional devastation – this time in a searing deconstruction of a toxic relationship, as Jack Reynor's cowardly boyfriend Christian backs out of breaking up with Dani when she suffers a sudden family tragedy. Creepy, deeply unsettling, with brutally gory jolts – and an undeniable sense of beauty. Just bear witness to its instantly iconic flower-wreathed finale.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a578cd9a863f1823c30b","titleText":"32) Don't Look Now (1973)","altText":"Don't Look Now","image":{"name":"dont-look-now.jpg","fileName":"dont-look-now.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1858,"height":1379,"fileSize":334076,"path":"one/media/5db1/a578/cd9a/863f/1823/c30b"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Nicolas Roeg<br>**Cast:** Julie Christie, Donald Sutherland, Hilary Mason<br>Nic Roeg's hugely influential take on Daphne du Maurier's short story is more than just a simple horror movie. It's also a moving and insightful study of marriage, particularly the way it creaks like the hull of a ship under the duress of loss and grief. But, yes, ultimately it's scary in a way that's cranked up several notches by its eerie backdrop of Venice in off-season, weird encounters with spiritualists, and that red-coated hobgoblin. Julie Christie (lost in her grief for her drowned daughter) and Donald Sutherland (adrift in his) are note-perfect as the central couple, but Roeg's direction and editing – particularly in the famous sex scene – lend the movie the feel of a beautiful but shattered mosaic.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a59ccd9a86111123c31c","titleText":"31) Let the Right One In (2008)","altText":"Let the Right One In","image":{"name":"let-right-one-in.jpg","fileName":"let-right-one-in.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1280,"height":968,"fileSize":491206,"path":"one/media/5db1/a59c/cd9a/8611/1123/c31c"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Tomas Alfredson<br>**Cast:** Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar<br>We all know children are terrifying, but Let The Right One In takes spooky kids and makes them almost too relatable for comfort. Simply trying to survive like countless vampires before her, Eli (Leandersson) strikes up a bittersweet friendship with social pariah Oskar (Hedebrant), offering him salvation from his less-than-ideal home situation. Based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's bestseller and set in Stockholm, it's not just the threat of being offed by a vampire that make this an incredibly effective Scandi scarefest, with themes of loneliness, anxiety and alcoholism helping it slip effortlessly into your bloodstream. It's no surprise Hollywood clamoured for a remake.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a5d3cd9a86328523c324","titleText":"30) The Innocents (1961)","altText":"The Innocents","image":{"name":"innocents.jpg","fileName":"innocents.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":959,"height":701,"fileSize":88895,"path":"one/media/5db1/a5d3/cd9a/8632/8523/c324"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Jack Clayton<br>**Cast:** Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin<br>The title's different, but The Innocents is otherwise an elegant and extremely faithful adaptation of Henry James' perennial classic The Turn of the Screw. A governess takes charge of two creepy children who appear to be being haunted by previous incumbents of their rackety estate. But the film preserves James' crucial ambiguity: are the children really in danger from ghosts, or from a sort of supernatural Munchausen-by-proxy stemming from their hysterical guardian? The answer's up to you.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a5f9cd9a86146223c326","titleText":"29) Shaun of the Dead (2004)","altText":"Shaun of the Dead","image":{"name":"shaun-dead.jpg","fileName":"shaun-dead.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1280,"height":960,"fileSize":383508,"path":"one/media/5db1/a5f9/cd9a/8614/6223/c326"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Edgar Wright<br>**Cast:** Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis<br>You can argue until you're zombiefied with exhaustion as to whether Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's first cinematic collaboration is a true horror. It is: the laughs are balanced by a keen understanding of the fear aesthetic, and it doesn't skimp on either the scares or the gore. You only have to look to the final siege's homaging of Night Of The Living Dead to understand that. Plus, Wright and his cast add such real emotional depth to the characters that they come across as more nuanced than many a scary movie can boast.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a611cd9a86361b23c334","titleText":"28) It Follows (2014)","altText":"It Follows","image":{"name":"it-follows.jpg","fileName":"it-follows.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1125,"fileSize":186233,"path":"one/media/5db1/a611/cd9a/8636/1b23/c334"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** David Robert Mitchell<br>**Cast:** Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto<br>A strong contender for the best horror film of 2014, It Follows runs with its brilliant central concept and never drops the ball. We never really learn what the 'It' is, except that it's a mysterious entity that's somehow sexually transmitted, manifesting as a variety of shuffling injured strangers, or sometimes as people known to the victims it inexorably pursues. It's an interesting twist on the slasher movie \"promiscuous teens get killed\" trope, with the wrinkle that if you find yourself affected, you can just shag someone else and get rid of it, like a chain letter. That rule takes the film to some very dark places.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1b128cd9a86620a23c5bb","titleText":"27) The Witch (2015)","altText":"The Witch","image":{"name":"the-witch-quad.jpg","fileName":"the-witch-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1153,"height":675,"fileSize":169464,"path":"one/media/5db1/b128/cd9a/8662/0a23/c5bb"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Robert Eggers<br>**Starring:** Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie<br>With its meticulous period setting and language, The Witch comes across as much like The Crucible as it does your average demonic possession horror. In fact, there's really nothing average about The Witch at all: a devastating psychological ordeal that works as well taken at face value (the goat IS the Devil) as according to more complex theories. The cryptic events are never fully explained, leaving The Witch ambiguously unsettling.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a64ccd9a86450123c33f","titleText":"26) Night of the Living Dead (1968)","altText":"Night of the Living Dead","image":{"name":"night-of-the-living-dead.jpg","fileName":"night-of-the-living-dead.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1843,"height":1232,"fileSize":339334,"path":"one/media/5db1/a64c/cd9a/8645/0123/c33f"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** George A. Romero<br>**Cast:** Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman<br>Whenever you watch an episode of The Walking Dead or read a Max Brooks novel or even fiddle with your smartphone on Plants vs Zombies, you have George A. Romero to thank. Nobody else has contributed more to the modern conception of zombies than the bearded genius from the Bronx, and no film has kickstarted a subgenre so enduring or fruitful. Night Of The Living Dead is scary, sure (its violence caught audiences by surprise at the time) but it's also surprisingly witty: a socially cognisant satire from a politically loaded time. Little wonder that Quentin Tarantino once claimed the \"A\" in George A. Romero stood for \"A Fucking Genius\".<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a678cd9a86dd6123c344","titleText":"25) The Descent (2005)","altText":"The Descent","image":{"name":"the-descent.jpg","fileName":"the-descent.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1000,"height":750,"fileSize":50032,"path":"one/media/5db1/a678/cd9a/86dd/6123/c344"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Neil Marshall<br>**Cast:** Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid<br>Somewhat like Aliens, Neil Marshall's masterstroke here is in keeping the monsters off screen for a good hour. And after the almost unendurable cave-bound claustrophobia of the first half, it's almost a relief when they finally show up to provide a more solid, familiar focus for the audience's fear. Before that comes an unbearably tense series of character clashes and potholing injuries: a pressure-cooker building to a head of steam that brutally climaxes with a shocking accident and the full reveal of... well, we won't spoil it for those who haven't explored the depths themselves. From then on it's intense action all the way to a devastating conclusion. American audiences got an upbeat ending from which the sequel continues. Here in the UK, the final moments are horrifyingly bleak.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1adf0cd9a8640a323c4e1","titleText":"24) The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)","altText":"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre","image":{"name":"texas-chain-saw-massacre.jpg","fileName":"texas-chain-saw-massacre.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":520,"height":340,"fileSize":55450,"path":"one/media/5db1/adf0/cd9a/8640/a323/c4e1"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Tobe Hooper<br>**Cast:** Marilyn Burns, Gunnar Hansen, Jim Siedow<br>Five years after Scooby-Doo first aired, Tobe Hooper similarly put some teenagers in a blue van to endure a scary mystery. Their experience was rather different. Maybe they should've brought a dog, although it's doubtful it would have helped them. Actually quite light on gore, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre nevertheless remains a uniquely gnarly, punishing experience, from its grotesque production design to its family of cannibal freaks and its stand-out villain Leatherface. Some have suggested an intriguing Vietnam-era subtext about America eating its young, but the film functions perfectly well without it on a pure, primal level. Burns' screams ring in your ears long after the exhausting last act is over, and the final shot of Leatherface dancing with his saw is an indelible image.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a6bdcd9a86130023c357","titleText":"23) 28 Days Later (2002)","altText":"28 Days Later","image":{"name":"28-days-later.jpg","fileName":"28-days-later.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1024,"height":768,"fileSize":241304,"path":"one/media/5db1/a6bd/cd9a/8613/0023/c357"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Danny Boyle<br>**Cast:** Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Christopher Eccleston<br>Debates raged in the more anal retentive corners of the horror community about whether the fast-moving \"infected\" were zombies or not. Seriously, who cares? That's not the meat of why Danny Boyle and writer Alex Garland's tale of a destroyed society is so effective. Like all great horror movies, it's about us rather than \"the other\", and peers into the dark heart of humanity. How far would you go faced with such a situation? You may not love the answer. And there's so much to admire visually, with a Day Of The Triffids–esque emptied London, shot guerrilla-style in early mornings.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db9bdadadde6441cfb19034","titleText":"22) A Quiet Place (2018)","altText":"A Quiet Place","image":{"name":"a-quiet-place.jpg","fileName":"a-quiet-place.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":1125,"fileSize":1383026,"path":"one/media/5db9/bdad/adde/6441/cfb1/9034"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** John Krasinski<br>**Cast:** John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe<br>When you have kids, your whole perspective shifts – there's a big bad world out there, and the best you can hope for is to protect your children from it, or prepare them for what they'll eventually face. John Krasinski's high-concept monster movie – you make noise, you die – takes that central notion and channels the terror into a series of near-unbearably tense sequences. It's the emotional hook of Krasinski's Lee and wife Evelyn (played by Krasinski's real-life wife Emily Blunt), and their attempts to keep their kids safe, that becomes A Quiet Place's secret weapon. A film to leave you breathless, in every sense.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a733cd9a868e9723c36d","titleText":"21) The Omen (1976)","altText":"The Omen","image":{"name":"omen.jpg","fileName":"omen.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":538,"height":411,"fileSize":46584,"path":"one/media/5db1/a733/cd9a/868e/9723/c36d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Richard Donner<br>**Cast:** Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens<br>Boys, eh? Muddy-kneed, conker-smashing little blighters... all running around and falling over and, in Richard Donner's timeless chiller, turning out to be the Antichrist. The unwitting adoption of devil child Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) has horrifying consequences for parents Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in one of the bleakest collisions of faith, religion and superstition in the genre. It's not held in quite the same critical esteem as The Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby these days, but make no mistake, The Omen is still a powerful potion.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a764cd9a864b2e23c36e","titleText":"20) Suspiria (1977)","altText":"Suspiria","image":{"name":"suspiria.jpg","fileName":"suspiria.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2903,"height":2137,"fileSize":1526006,"path":"one/media/5db1/a764/cd9a/864b/2e23/c36e"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Dario Argento<br>**Cast:** Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci<br>Nobody makes horror quite like Dario Argento. With Suspiria, the Italian genio set the Video Nasties era of censorship and moral panic ablaze, and set the template for his \"Three Mothers\" trilogy. All his hallmarks are there: dark supernatural elements at play; bravura camera acrobatics; bloody, extreme violence; themes of obsession and sexual aberration; and a vibrant, hyperreal technicolour palette. Think The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg, but with witch-demons instead of umbrellas.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a9d0cd9a861bc723c3f4","titleText":"19) The Fog (1980)","altText":"The Fog","image":{"name":"carpenter-fog.jpg","fileName":"carpenter-fog.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1920,"height":1440,"fileSize":483756,"path":"one/media/5db1/a9d0/cd9a/861b/c723/c3f4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** John Carpenter<br>**Cast:** Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Atkins<br>A chilly yarn about ghost pirates exacting their revenge on a small coastal town, The Fog is so explicitly a campfire tale that it even begins with a scout troop sitting around a seaside blaze, with time for just one more story. Carpenter's follow-up to the classic Halloween saw some post-production tinkering to make the scares more explicit, and when you know that you can definitely spot the reshoot joins. But it doesn't affect what remains perhaps Carpenter's most purely atmospheric film.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aa0bcd9a8613a523c40a","titleText":"18) Get Out (2017)","altText":"Get Out","image":{"name":"get-out-movie.jpg","fileName":"get-out-movie.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1000,"height":588,"fileSize":164941,"path":"one/media/5db1/aa0b/cd9a/8613/a523/c40a"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Jordan Peele<br>**Cast:** Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Lakeith Stanfield<br>Few horror films have had as instant and seismic an impact in recent years as Get Out. Jordan Peele's hugely entertaining and incredibly potent satire portrays societal horrors in clear-sighted, direct style through the story of Chris – a young black American who prepares to meet his white middle-class girlfriend's parents over a nightmarish weekend. It's a concept that Peele plays out perfectly, needling the awkward areas of social interaction and (barely) amplifying the black experience in the contemporary US, with fantastic performances from Daniel Kaluuya, Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener. So sharp and smartly-made that it even caught the Oscars' attention, winning Best Screenplay for Peele and earning nods in Best Picture, Director, and Leading Actor.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aa38cd9a86286523c40d","titleText":"17) Psycho (1960)","altText":"Psycho","image":{"name":"psycho.jpg","fileName":"psycho.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1024,"height":721,"fileSize":163644,"path":"one/media/5db1/aa38/cd9a/8628/6523/c40d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Alfred Hitchcock<br>**Cast:** Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles<br>Imagine a trip to see Psycho in 1960. Its deliberately oblique marketing, fronted by Hitchcock himself, would have prepared you for a motel to feature prominently but not much else. The opening 20-odd minutes must have seemed like a pretty standard noir set-up, with Janet Leigh eloping with a bunch of money and the tantalising possibility of a new life that lasts precisely as long as her next trip to the shower. Then came the full-bore shock of that brutal knifing, each stab driven home by Bernard Herrmann's jarring score, unexpected and almost entirely without precedent. Audiences must have wondered if it wasn't Hitch himself who, in the nicest possible way, was the real psycho here.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aa5ccd9a86804e23c41d","titleText":"16) An American Werewolf in London (1981)","altText":"American Werewolf in London","image":{"name":"american-werewolf-london.jpg","fileName":"american-werewolf-london.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1000,"height":675,"fileSize":129456,"path":"one/media/5db1/aa5c/cd9a/8680/4e23/c41d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** John Landis<br>**Cast:** David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine<br>A comedy-horror that skimps on neither, American Werewolf manages to be properly scary, blackly funny, and, in the relationship between lycanthrope Naughton and nurse Agutter, genuinely moving. It's a deft juggling act, confidently performed by director Landis who, while he remains immensely likeable, was arguably never this good again. An American director in England, his sense of the country never descends into twee American En-ger-land clichés, and even the stock lines and characters – \"Stay off the moors!\" – are performed in such a way that they never grate. It's a loving homage to bygone scares that nevertheless feels entirely modern almost 40 years later.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aad7cd9a8652ce23c433","titleText":"15) Ring (1998)","altText":"Ring","image":{"name":"RING.jpg","fileName":"RING.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":900,"height":674,"fileSize":87017,"path":"one/media/5db1/aad7/cd9a/8652/ce23/c433"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Hideo Nakata<br>**Cast:** Nanako Matsushuma, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Inō<br>Not the first adaptation of Kōji Suzuki's novel, but the one that brought the terrifying Sadako Yamamura to international attention. Suzuki's sci-fi tinged material is jettisoned in favour of more horrifying ambiguity, and Nakata's film is an intriguing collision of Japanese folk horror (the well-dwelling, black-haired, chalk-skinned Sadako is clearly descended from the ghouls of Japanese tradition) and more modern concerns about viral media and moral panic. It's a slow burn, but worth the unsettling journey to its most famous setpiece.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1a22acd9a86f67c23c249","titleText":"14) Dawn of the Dead (1978)","altText":"Dawn of the Dead","image":{"name":"dawn-dead-quad.jpg","fileName":"dawn-dead-quad.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2819,"height":2022,"fileSize":862723,"path":"one/media/5db1/a22a/cd9a/86f6/7c23/c249"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** George A. Romero<br>**Starring:** David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott Reiniger, Gaylen Ross<br>Building exponentially on the bedrock of 1968's Night Of The Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead sees Romero firing on all cylinders a decade later. Largely confined to an – almost – abandoned shopping mall as the undead pandemic rages outside, this is as much a tense, base-under-siege action thriller as it is a horror movie. But there are creepy scares and gonzo gore by the bucketful, while Romero takes sly philosophical swipes at class and racial politics and mindless consumerism. A Day, a Land and a Diary would follow, but never quite reclaim these heights.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1aaf1cd9a86a10e23c442","titleText":"13) Carrie (1976)","altText":"Carrie","image":{"name":"carrie.jpg","fileName":"carrie.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":599,"height":470,"fileSize":79642,"path":"one/media/5db1/aaf1/cd9a/86a1/0e23/c442"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Brian De Palma<br>**Cast:** Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Nancy Allen<br>Carrie was among the first films to utilise that most terrifying supernatural force: puberty. Stephen King's novel recognised the trials of adolescence as ripe ground for horror, and found a worthy suitor for his first cinematic adaptation in director Brian De Palma, who brings the tale to life with sadistic relish and intelligent, daring camerawork. Sissy Spacek, meanwhile, imbues Carrie with childlike innocence and genuine pathos, blotted only by mild bouts of, erm, telekinetic murder. It's a testament to her range that, come that prom finale, you find yourself feeling simultaneously sympathetic and scared shitless.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1ab10cd9a86d4e323c449","titleText":"12) Rosemary's Baby (1968)","altText":"Rosemary's Baby","image":{"name":"rosemarys baby.jpg","fileName":"rosemarys baby.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":3125,"height":2323,"fileSize":1973990,"path":"one/media/5db1/ab10/cd9a/86d4/e323/c449"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Roman Polanski<br>**Cast:** Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon<br>Like a twisted cross between The Exorcist and What To Expect When You're Expecting, this occult classic is no movie to watch when you're considering settling down to family life or planning a foray into the property market. Neighbours, quite literally, are a hellish proposition for Farrow and Cassavetes' newly-weds as they settle into their new Manhattan brownstone. Outside their four walls, dark forces swirl – and we're not talking about the velour furniture. The film's commanding tight interior scenes and mood of slowly-building paranoia make what follows claustrophobic and endlessly creepy.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5db1ac01cd9a86556223c48a","titleText":"11) The Wicker Man (1973)","altText":"The Wicker Man","image":{"name":"Wicker-Man-Final-Cut-poster.jpg","fileName":"Wicker-Man-Final-Cut-poster.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":2953,"height":2226,"fileSize":1528101,"path":"one/media/5db1/ac01/cd9a/8655/6223/c48a"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**Director:** Robin Hardy<br>**Cast:** Edward Woodward, Britt Ekland, Christopher Lee<br>The Wicker Man shouldn't really work. 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He’s been played by [Jack Nicholson](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jack-nicholson/){:target=_blank}, [Heath Ledger](https://www.empireonline.com/people/heath-ledger/){:target=_blank} and now [Joaquin Phoenix](https://www.empireonline.com/people/joaquin-phoenix/){:target=_blank} in a bold new take that plays with the classic comics mythology, takes surprising narrative risks, and leaves plenty of room for personal interpretation.","Which means that when the filmmaker sat down with the Empire Podcast for a spoiler special interview there was tons to talk about – chatting all things Scorsese, sequels, and the meaning behind _that_ dance scene. With a film so rich in contradictions and knotty questions, Phillips both teased some of our suspicions and left a whole lot open for the future – for his Gotham, for his Joker, and for a world’s own theories on the villain no one can forget.","Listen to the full _Joker_ [spoiler special episode of the Empire Podcast here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-podcast-joker-spoiler-special-ft-todd-phillips/){:target=_blank}, and [read the Empire review of the film here](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/reviews/joker/){:target=_blank}."],"primarySyndicatePosition":0,"published":{"state":"published","wasPublished":true,"scheduledStart":1572344438,"scheduledEnd":null},"hidePublicationDate":false,"hiddenArticle":false,"author_custom":"Ella Kemp","publicationDate":1572372333000,"sourceUrl":"","sourceText":"","pageTemplate":"article","target":"international","toplistFeature":false,"isAdvertorial":false,"campaign_name":"","rating_extras":"","rating":"","verdict":"","nutshell":"","excerptOverride":"","urlOverride":"","canonical":"","metaDescription":"","metaTitle":"","trackingScript":{},"openGraphDescription":"","openGraphTitle":"","excludeFromFBIA":false,"excludeFromAppleNews":false,"excludeFromCDP":false,"saveHistory":[{"fullname":"Ben Travis","id":"5d1209fe5004e74a9b3cf55e","slug":"ben","ts":1572371977850},{"fullname":"Ben Travis","id":"5d1209fe5004e74a9b3cf55e","slug":"ben","ts":1572371991609},{"fullname":"Ben Travis","id":"5d1209fe5004e74a9b3cf55e","slug":"ben","ts":1572372009618},{"fullname":"Ben Travis","id":"5d1209fe5004e74a9b3cf55e","slug":"ben","ts":1572372333842},{"fullname":"Ben Travis","id":"5d1209fe5004e74a9b3cf55e","slug":"ben","ts":1572372346916}],"publications":[{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","amp":null,"preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}}],"categories":[{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c909","name":"Features","furl":"features","parent":{"id":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903","name":"Movies","furl":"movies"},"composed":{"parent":"5d111266a91b155aa798c903"}}],"author":{"id":"5d120a065004e74a9b3cf55f","fullname":"Ben","furl":"ben"},"heroImage":[{"id":"5db87d39adde640e2eb16c15","altText":"Joker","image":{"name":"8-joker-dance-stairs.jpg","fileName":"8-joker-dance-stairs.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1095738,"path":"one/media/5db8/7d39/adde/640e/2eb1/6c15"},"caption":"","credits":""}],"apiVersion":"1.0","createdAt":1572371775481,"createdBy":"publish","v":6,"primaryPublication":{"id":"5b5ef0e371fda32230981b74","preview":null,"name":"Empire","urlSlugHide":true,"furl":"empire","stationCode":"","language":"en","googleAnalyticsId":"","fbiaAudienceNetworkPlacement1":"","hostname":{"id":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5","primary":"https://www.empireonline.com"},"composed":{"hostname":"59e4c911f9648a12d2ed73f5"}},"furl":"joker-seven-spoiler-filled-things-we-learned-from-todd-phillips","urls":["empire/movies/features/joker-seven-spoiler-filled-things-we-learned-from-todd-phillips/"],"excerpt":"Ever since Todd Phillips’ Joker premiered at the Venice Film Festival, the...","lastModifiedAt":1572372346898,"lastModifiedBy":"publish","heroImageLandscape":[null],"heroImagePortrait":[null],"heroImageThumb":[null],"heroImageThumbLandscape":[null],"imageGalleries":[{"id":"5db87d6cadde645633b16c2e","title":"Joker: 7 Spoiler-Filled Things We Learned From Todd Phillips","template":"default","coverImage":{"id":"5db87c22adde6463e4b16bec","titleText":"1) It’s not just influenced by Martin Scorsese","altText":"The King Of Comedy","image":{"name":"Unknown.jpeg","fileName":"Unknown.jpeg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":948855,"path":"one/media/5db8/7c22/adde/6463/e4b1/6bec"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"Todd Phillips' take on the Joker origin story owes clear debts to a variety of past films – but the director points to a somewhat left-field choice as one of his first crucial references. \"A lot of '70s cinema was a big inspiration for us,\" Phillips admits, \"But the biggest inspiration to start when we were writing was this silent film [from 1928] called The Man Who Laughs, which really explores the idea of smiling through pain.\" As for '70s cinema, Phillips nods to the likes of Network, Dog Day Afternoon, and Death Wish. \"These movies help shape what I love about movies, helped shape the things I responded to later,\" he says. 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Now she’s back – and going back in time – with a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s seminal 1868 novel *[Little Women](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/little-women-2019/){:target=_blank}*, telling the story of four sisters coming of age in the aftermath of the Civil War, each with their specific own ambitions and desires. 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With that release date looming, the [final trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/star-wars-rise-skywalker-final-trailer/){:target=_blank} for the film has arrived, teasing all-new glimpses of where Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, Poe Dameron and co are heading in *Episode IX*, and offering tantalising teases of the huge battles, thrilling chases, and emotional character arcs to come.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"From familiar-looking planets, to fresh teases of the Emperor, brand new Resistance heroes, ships from the animated series, and a C-3PO line to make water spring liberally from your eyes, the trailer is stacked with the old, the new, and everything in between. 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The [current issue of Empire](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-star-wars-rise-skywalker-world-exclusive-covers/){:target=_blank} features a world exclusive cover story on *Episode IX*, including new images, interviews with [JJ Abrams](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jj-abrams/){:target=_blank}, [Chris Terrio](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-terrio/){:target=_blank} and [Kathleen Kennedy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kathleen-kennedy/){:target=_blank}, and much more. 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With that release date looming, the [final trailer](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/star-wars-rise-skywalker-final-trailer/){:target=_blank} for the film has arrived, teasing all-new glimpses of where Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn, Poe Dameron and co are heading in *Episode IX*, and offering tantalising teases of the huge battles, thrilling chases, and emotional character arcs to come.","From familiar-looking planets, to fresh teases of the Emperor, brand new Resistance heroes, ships from the animated series, and a C-3PO line to make water spring liberally from your eyes, the trailer is stacked with the old, the new, and everything in between. Allow us to break down all the most intriguing moments.","Want to read more about *Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker*? The [current issue of Empire](https://www.empireonline.com/movies/news/empire-star-wars-rise-skywalker-world-exclusive-covers/){:target=_blank} features a world exclusive cover story on *Episode IX*, including new images, interviews with [JJ Abrams](https://www.empireonline.com/people/jj-abrams/){:target=_blank}, [Chris Terrio](https://www.empireonline.com/people/chris-terrio/){:target=_blank} and [Kathleen Kennedy](https://www.empireonline.com/people/kathleen-kennedy/){:target=_blank}, and much more. 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The evidence is all there that we’re living in a golden age of TV, stacked with gripping character-driven dramas, big-budget fantasy and sci-fi series with movie-level production values, and small idiosyncratic shows from diverse creators that have cultivated considerable fanbases. There’s a whole world of TV out there – and, according to you, these are the very best.","displayName":"Body","free":true,"name":"body","type":"content"},{"content":"We asked you to vote for your top 10 scripted TV shows (no reality telly here) of all time – stacking up your personal favourites, perennial re-watches, all-time greats and more. You responded in droves, and we tallied up the results into a Top 100 list bursting with incredible series you’re bound to get hooked on. From iconic British sitcoms to epic American sagas, inventive animations and daring anthologies, these are the shows worth getting lost in, that have proved instrumental in evolving a storytelling form that continues to offer deeper and more complex narratives. 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Jim Henson's Muppet team bring several of its creatures to life, and it channels humour and weirdness to create something memorable. A frustrating cliffhanger cancellation was mitigated by TV movies, and there is constant talk of a new version.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da58d429389b2cb90f1fe03","titleText":"98) Big Little Lies","altText":"Big Little Lies","image":{"name":"98-big-little-lies.jpg","fileName":"98-big-little-lies.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":709153,"path":"one/media/5da5/8d42/9389/b2cb/90f1/fe03"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2017-present** <br>*Big Little Lies* was always going to be something of an event, with a cast boasting Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and Laura Dern. Its first season proved to be a great, twisty murder mystery based on Liane Moriarty's book, relocating the action from Australia to California's insular community of Monterey. The opening episode sets up that community tensions are leading to the murder of a mystery victim – but the brilliantly soapy drama between its leading women is so involving that its easy to forget mid-season that violence is on the horizon. The show proved so successful that a second season came about with added Meryl Streep. 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If Series Two misses the mark in morphing into an occasionally unconvincing courtroom drama, *Broadchurch*'s third and final run gets things back on track with a sensitively-handled rape case. 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That's the power of *I'm Alan Partridge*, which in two series became part of the cultural lexicon, providing an endless well of absurd quotes to repeat in any given scenario. 'Partridge-esque' is now a clearly-defined adjective. Petty, bitter, entirely lacking in self-awareness, the ultimate little Englander, Steve Coogan's Partridge is one of the most exceptional and keenly-observed comedy characters ever conceived; this sitcom remains his greatest manifestation. It's a TV show which has been described as, and I quote, \"lovely stuff\". 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Beckett is a hero you root for, helped no end by Bakula's charismatic, chameleonic performance, while Dean Stockwell livened episodes up as cocky, sleazy pal (and hologram) Al. *Quantum Leap* might be prime late '80s, early '90s entertainment, but it had more relatable soul than its contemporaries. And let's not forget that tear-jerking final scene. <br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da58dfa9389b278b5f1fe30","titleText":"93) The Bridge","altText":"The Bridge","image":{"name":"93-the-bridge.jpg","fileName":"93-the-bridge.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":493097,"path":"one/media/5da5/8dfa/9389/b278/b5f1/fe30"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2011-2018** <br>The title refers to the Øresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark, with the show focusing on a détente between the two police forces. Like *The Killing*, its success came from the characters as much as the crime plots – front and centre are the leather-trewed, autistic-spectrum Swedish detective Saga Norén and her alternately amused and anguished Danish counterpart Martin Rohde: both outstanding performances from, respectively, Sofia Helin and Kim Bodnia. 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Classic installments of Dan Harmon's pre-*Rick And Morty* sitcom involve college-wide paintball matches breaking out with lashings of John Woo slow-mo, a social media app creating a dystopian stratified society among the students, and a dinnertime dice-roll sparking six alternate timelines – all indicative of the show's dizzying invention and obsession over pop culture. With a host of generally likeable characters sometimes doing dislikeable things, *Community* is a strange brew – and it suffered when Harmon was fired before Season 4, henceforth referred to as the 'gas leak year' when he returned for Seasons 5 and 6. 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She soon works her way up the ranks at a prestigious firm, all the while dealing with her own life and choices. The series get its title from Margulies' character, but the highlights are often found elsewhere, like Christine Baranski's spiky senior partner Diane Lockhart, the idiosyncratic characters who populate the Chicago legal world, and a commitment to thoughtfully tackling topical issues. 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Its stacked cast includes a pre-fame Melissa McCarthy, Kelly Bishop as Lorelei's imposing mother Emily, and a small but memorable role for Sean 'performance capture and on-set creator of Rocket Racoon' Gunn. The show's return in a set of seasonal Netflix instalments couldn't quite capture the same magic – but it was a high bar to cross.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da590859389b23cfef1feb4","titleText":"88) Homicide: Life On The Street","altText":"Homicide: Life On The Street","image":{"name":"88-homicide-life-on-the-street.jpg","fileName":"88-homicide-life-on-the-street.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":801792,"path":"one/media/5da5/9085/9389/b23c/fef1/feb4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"NBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1993-1999**<br>People use the word 'gritty' in relation to film and TV drama all the time, but as a TV cop drama, *Homicide: Life On The Street* was the real deal. 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Wagner Moura brings layers to Escobar, while Pedro Pascal and Boyd Holbrook make for an effective tag team on the lawful side of history. The story is gripping, and while it naturally has to invent some events, it feels largely authentic.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da590aa9389b2892df1feba","titleText":"86) NYPD Blue","altText":"NYPD Blue","image":{"name":"86-nypd-blue.jpg","fileName":"86-nypd-blue.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":943624,"path":"one/media/5da5/90aa/9389/b289/2df1/feba"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"ABC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1993-2005**<br>Most famous for pushing the boundaries of what was allowed on American network TV, *NYPD Blue* is better remembered for the characters it created rather than the controversies. Creators Stephen Bochco and David Milch brought indelible people to the screen, as Dennis Franz' complicated, cranky Andy Sipowicz grumbled his way through day-to-day detective police work. David Caruso pulled the ripcord and left after Season One (he would regret it), but the show went from strength to strength, Franz finding his most solid partnership with Jimmy Smits' Detective Bobby Simone. 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Along the way, he spends his time going down romantic cul-de-sacs, while best friends Lily (Alyson Hannigan, in her best role since *Buffy*) and Marshall (Jason Segel) marry, pick-up artist Barney (Neil Patrick Harris, enjoying a career renaissance) plots, and on-again-off-again tough nut Canadian Robin (Cobie Smulders) looks for her own path.The journey was great. 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Set in the titular New York police department precinct, it ostensibly follows goofy but dedication detective Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), but has long since expanded out to properly explore his colleagues – including a scene-stealing Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, and Andre Braugher who generates some of the biggest laughs trading on his *Homicide: Life On The Street* past as the gruff Captain Holt. Able to straddle silly gags and deeper treatments of certain issues (such as racial profiling), *Nine-Nine* has flourished through the years. It's also grown into something utterly satisfying (title of your sex tape).<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da591479389b27b07f1fed2","titleText":"83) Justified","altText":"Justified","image":{"name":"83-justified.jpg","fileName":"83-justified.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":478344,"path":"one/media/5da5/9147/9389/b27b/07f1/fed2"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"FX","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2010-2015**<br>Raylan Givens is a relatively minor character in the works of Elmore Leonard, appearing in short story *Fire In The Hole*. But in the hands of *Speed*'s Graham Yost, *Justified* became one of the better adaptations of the crime writer's twisty, talky style. With Timothy Olyphant as the epitome of laconic justice, it's the story of an old-school, gun-slinging Deputy U.S. Marshal whose uncompromising methods see him reassigned from Miami to his home of Harlan County, Kentucky, where he's forced to cross paths with his career criminal father (Raymond Barry), his old mining buddy Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), and countless other colourful criminal types. Goggins in particular is a standout, while Margo Martindale makes for a memorable antagonist in Season Two.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da591649389b2182cf1fed8","titleText":"82) The Good Place","altText":"The Good Place","image":{"name":"82-the-good-place.jpg","fileName":"82-the-good-place.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1017914,"path":"one/media/5da5/9164/9389/b218/2cf1/fed8"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"NBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2016-present**<br>Firing right out of the gates on all cylinders, the first season of *The Good Place* declared it as one of the smartest, most unpredictable comedies of recent years – even before its forking incredible twist came into play. Sitcom god Michael Schur's afterlife comedy focuses on Kristen Bell's Eleanor Shellstrop as she finds herself sent to the titular Good Place after her untimely death – except, it's all a mix-up and she's an imposter who lived a largely selfish life, forced to be on her best behaviour in order not to get caught. Like all of Schur's comedies it's bolstered by a loveable ensemble – special shout-outs to Ted Danson and D'Arcy Carden as neighbourhood architect Michael and not-a-girl Janet, respectively – but it's more plot-driven (and philosophy-heavy) than most sitcoms, with regular twist endings and a sprawling *Lost*-esque mythology. 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Bizarrely, and to the general bemusement of its creators and fans, life has unwisely decided to imitate art – Michael Gove announced plans to have children design apps mere days after the \"Silicon Playgrounds\" episode, while George Osborne's 2012 budget was widely described as an \"omnishambles\".<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da5918e9389b24662f1fee0","titleText":"80) Red Dwarf","altText":"Red Dwarf","image":{"name":"80-red-dwarf.jpg","fileName":"80-red-dwarf.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1007235,"path":"one/media/5da5/918e/9389/b246/62f1/fee0"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"BBC/Dave","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1988-1999, 2009-present**<br>The UK has often tackled sci-fi on the small screen, but the sci-fi comedy is a much rarer beast. *Red Dwarf* at its prime was one of our greatest examples: the budget may not have been intergalactic, but the characters pinged off each other and the vast majority of the jokes landed. Dave Lister (Craig Charles) is the last man left alive on the eponymous mining vessel, with just an uptight hologram (Chris Barrie's Rimmer, an all-time great comedy loser snob), an evolved cat-man (Danny John-Jules' ebullient, vain Cat), a nervy android (Robert Lewellyn's Kryten) and the ship's less-than able computer Holly (Norman Lovett) for company. The show expanded beyond its initial concept and enjoys a revival run on Dave, but those first three seasons remain the glory days.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da5919e9389b2bf78f1fee1","titleText":"79) Sex And The City","altText":"Sex And The City","image":{"name":"79-sex-and-the-city.jpg","fileName":"79-sex-and-the-city.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":636579,"path":"one/media/5da5/919e/9389/b2bf/78f1/fee1"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1998-2004**<br>Thanks to the passage of time and two cack-handed movie spin-offs, *Sex And The City* has come to be seen by many as a silly show about shoes and cocktails. But beneath the layers of Prada hid a series that was smartly written and incredibly brave, even if it did totter across the screen on a pair of immaculately fitted Jimmy Choos. It's easy to forget now how groundbreaking the adventures of four sexually liberated (okay, three, plus Charlotte) Manhattan thirtysomethings were not just for women on TV, but for the treatment of sex on the box. The entire vibrator industry owes Carrie and Co an enormous debt.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da591b09389b201d7f1fee6","titleText":"78) Peep Show","altText":"Peep Show","image":{"name":"78-peep-show.jpg","fileName":"78-peep-show.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":585601,"path":"one/media/5da5/91b0/9389/b201/d7f1/fee6"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2003-2015**<br>The comedy of cringe was rarely more keenly detailed than in this series, which inflated awkwardness to new heights. Created by Andrew O'Connor, Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, *Peep Show* has the novel concept of being entirely shot from the point of view of lead idiots Mark (David Mitchell) and Jez (Robert Webb). Their lives, lusts and absolute howlers of social mistakes are all documented: Mark's the uptight bumbler who thinks he's holding on to moral views, whereas Jez can rarely seem to let go of his youthful days despite the fact he's only around 10% cooler than his roommate. The writing stays incredibly strong across all nine series, bolstered by great supporting work from Olivia Colman, Patterson Joseph, Matt King and more.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da591c29389b2917af1feec","titleText":"77) Cracker","altText":"Cracker","image":{"name":"77-cracker.jpg","fileName":"77-cracker.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":922314,"path":"one/media/5da5/91c2/9389/b291/7af1/feec"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"ITV","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1993-1996, 2006**<br>In Edward 'Fitz' Fitzgerald, Robbie Coltrane concocted one of television's most memorable antiheroes. The gambling, chain-smoking, heavy-drinking, overweight psychologist may have incorporated almost every vice known to man, but viewers delighted in the ease with which he mercilessly beat lesser men to an intellectual pulp. Jimmy McGovern's tautly-written drama was never concerned with the whodunit aspect (the perpetrator was generally revealed in the first scenes) but rather built up to the moment Fitz got the suspect in an interview room. Assaulting them with cutting insight and outright provocation, the portly profiler bent them to his will and put the squeeze on until they finally cracked. One of the finest dramas Britain has produced.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da591dd9389b26083f1feef","titleText":"76) Dexter","altText":"Dexter","image":{"name":"76-dexter.jpg","fileName":"76-dexter.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":844631,"path":"one/media/5da5/91dd/9389/b260/83f1/feef"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Showtime","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2006-2013**<br>Forget that terrible final season and the whole lumberjack thing – for the majority of its run, *Dexter* was one of the sharpest shows on TV. Michael C. 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At its best, the show bubbles with will-they-won't-they-catch-him tension as Dexter's own colleagues pore over his crime scenes – and its fourth season, with John Lithgow's terrifying 'Trinity Killer' is perhaps its peak.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da591ea9389b2c2a2f1fef1","titleText":"75) BoJack Horseman","altText":"BoJack Horseman","image":{"name":"75-bojack-horseman.jpg","fileName":"75-bojack-horseman.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":780372,"path":"one/media/5da5/91ea/9389/b2c2/a2f1/fef1"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2014-present**<br>An animated comedy satirising Hollywood with a Will Arnett-voiced washed-up horse actor as its protagonist sounds like it should be a light, silly laugh-fest – which makes *BoJack Horseman*'s deep vein of sadness all the more surprising. BoJack himself is a has-been, entirely aware of his ever-diminishing status and the ego-driven, alcohol-fuelled self-destructive choices he makes. Given a nurturing platform on Netflix, the show has cultivated an audience who has embraced its bruised heart – which isn't to say it's not funny too. Stacked with animal puns to balance out the darkness, it's a singularly unique brew sure to go down as a definitive animated series for its complexity of emotion.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da592039389b23a44f1fef2","titleText":"74) The Expanse","altText":"The Expanse","image":{"name":"74-the-expanse.jpg","fileName":"74-the-expanse.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":904517,"path":"one/media/5da5/9203/9389/b23a/44f1/fef2"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"SyFy/Amazon","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2015-present**<br>Hundreds of years in the future, humans have colonized the solar system. The U.N. controls Earth. Mars is an independent military power. The planets rely on the resources of the Asteroid Belt, where air and water are more precious than gold. For decades, tensions have been rising between these three places. Earth, Mars and the Belt are now on the brink of war. And all it will take is a single spark... Adapting the work of novelist James SA Corey (actually Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck), *The Expanse* has become one of the best science fiction shows on TV. Blending smart, humanistic science fiction with relatable human characters (and, as the series has expanded, a growing alien presence), it's grown a considerable following, which surely will have helped it find a new show at Amazon after being cancelled by the US SyFy network. Sometimes, good things *do* happen to good shows.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da592179389b2fab3f1fef4","titleText":"73) Cheers","altText":"Cheers","image":{"name":"73-cheers.jpg","fileName":"73-cheers.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1283787,"path":"one/media/5da5/9217/9389/b2fa/b3f1/fef4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"NBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1982-1993**<br>\"Sometimes you want to go,\" runs the iconic theme tune, \"where everybody knows your name.\" And given the ratings of this massive smash success, one of the most famous Stateside sitcoms of all time, it seems that near-everybody *did* know the characters who frequented *Cheers*' Boston bar. You'll absolutely know the names of its cast members too – the show making household names of Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, Kelsey Grammer, John Ratzenberger, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman, Shelley Long and George Wendt. Don't let the largely one-room setting fool you – *Cheers* is a masterpiece of construction, with finely-tooled gags , well-sketched characters, and familiar rhythms delivered with clear panache. There's a reason it ran for more than 10 years and spawned the just-as-successful *Frasier*.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da5933a9389b2a358f1ff5e","titleText":"72) Angel","altText":"Angel","image":{"name":"72-angel.jpg","fileName":"72-angel.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":985119,"path":"one/media/5da5/933a/9389/b2a3/58f1/ff5e"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"The WB","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1999-2004**<br>As *Buffy* left its high school setting behind, David Boreanaz's Angel span off in a more mature direction too – the soul-burdened vampire heading off to the demon-ridden streets of L.A. to seek some kind of redemption. Initially exploring a noir vibe before moving into more colourful and lively storytelling, *Angel* is a show that constantly shifts identity – even its ensemble cast varies from season to season. In its strongest run, Season 3 (arguably superior to *Buffy*'s concurrent Season 6), it got the formula just right – a bold and dramatic story arc, the perfect combination of side-characters, and a wrenching climax. Oh, and Season 5 has James Marsden's Spike and an episode where Angel is turned into a puppet. Just don't mention how badly it handled Charisma Carpenter's exit.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da593499389b22ceef1ff67","titleText":"71) Fringe","altText":"Fringe","image":{"name":"71-fringe.jpg","fileName":"71-fringe.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":650050,"path":"one/media/5da5/9349/9389/b22c/eef1/ff67"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Fox","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2008-2013**<br>It has nothing to do with the John Hughes movie, but JJ Abrams' *Lost* follow-up could be retitled Weird Science: the series. *Fringe* features some of the prolific writer/producer's hallmarks – posing all kinds of scientific mysteries ahoy, and setting a cast of unusual characters to investigate them. Co-created by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, *Fringe* sees Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson), his estranged dad Walter Bishop (John Noble), and FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) work together to figure out strange happenings and odd tech. A wider parallel universe story creeps in early on, which sometimes clashes with the case-of-the-week format, but it works thanks to the fine work of the leads.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da593639389b26a51f1ff69","titleText":"70) South Park","altText":"South Park","image":{"name":"70-south-park.jpg","fileName":"70-south-park.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":587482,"path":"one/media/5da5/9363/9389/b26a/51f1/ff69"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Comedy Central","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1997-present**<br>Though its creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone keep saying they're about ready to wrap it up so they can focus on other things, *South Park* survives – and thrives. What started as a goofy, weird, rude animation about four friends – Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny – living in a small Colorado town has long since evolved into a platform for talking about current events in a knowing, clever, funny fashion, firing jabs at all sides and never pulling its punches. With its on-the-fly, written-the-week-of-release style, *South Park* aims for big targets and still manages to generate controversy and chatter.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da593ca9389b2163cf1ff7e","titleText":"69) Scrubs","altText":"Scrubs","image":{"name":"69-scrubs.jpg","fileName":"69-scrubs.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":846817,"path":"one/media/5da5/93ca/9389/b216/3cf1/ff7e"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"NBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"2001-2010<br>Drawing on experiences from his real-life doctor friend, *Scrubs* creator Bill Lawrence's sitcom is a funny, frantic look at medical training that doesn't skimp on the tougher moments of dealing with patients, illness and death. The show is anchored by Zach Braff's John 'JD' Dorian, given to flights of fantasy all while he and his fellow fledgling medics – Donald Faison's Chris Turk and Sarah Chalke's nervy, talented Elliot Reed – brave the pressure of their chosen profession and the wrath of perennially grumpy mentor Dr. Cox. Through its several years on the air, *Scrubs* mixed the madcap with solid character work, and a cast of funny supporting characters helped flesh out its world.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da593ef9389b29beef1ff80","titleText":"68) Northern Exposure","altText":"Northern Exposure","image":{"name":"68-northern-exposure.jpg","fileName":"68-northern-exposure.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":715193,"path":"one/media/5da5/93ef/9389/b29b/eef1/ff80"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"CBS","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1990-1995** <br>What would you do if you had just graduated from medical school, only to learn to your surprise/horror that the terms of your scholarship contract mean you're required to set up your practice in a remote, quirky Alaskan town? That's the situation faced by Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), who despite his early protestations, finds that he enjoys life in Cicely more than he's willing to admit. There's a real charm to *Northern Exposure*, helped by some carefully calibrated performances that anchor its oddball characters, and the writing is full of unusual poetry.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da594079389b253def1ff86","titleText":"67) Boardwalk Empire","altText":"Boardwalk Empire","image":{"name":"67-boardwalk-empire.jpg","fileName":"67-boardwalk-empire.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":338841,"path":"one/media/5da5/9407/9389/b253/def1/ff86"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2010-2014**<br>Combining the talents of Terence Winter, who spent part of his career working on *The Sopranos*, and slightly-well-known filmmaker Martin Scorsese (who launched the show by directing the pilot and acting as an executive producer going forward), *Boardwalk Empire* ranks highly in the HBO-crime-series stakes. Spinning the clock back to the Prohibition era, the series explores the tough politics and criminal activity of 1920s Atlantic City. The nominal focus is Enoch \"Nucky\" Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who makes deals with gangsters even as the Federal government starts to close in. It's full of the usual HBO staples – blood, boobs and bad language – but all used judiciously. <br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da594179389b246d9f1ff8b","titleText":"66) Curb Your Enthusiasm","altText":"Curb Your Enthusiasm","image":{"name":"66-curb-your-enthusiasm.jpg","fileName":"66-curb-your-enthusiasm.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":848086,"path":"one/media/5da5/9417/9389/b246/d9f1/ff8b"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2000-present**<br>Part of the genius of *Curb Your Enthusiasm* is that it's impossible to tell where the real Larry David ends and the fictional David begins. After all, this is a man who used to go out on stage for stand-up shows, peer at the audience and then walk off if he didn't like the look of them. Every episode draws him into ass-puckeringly awkward scrapes with waiters, doctors, salesmen and other celebrities, from Ben Stiller to Martin Scorsese. The combination of David's lack of social skills with the right-on political correctness of LA's denizens makes for edgy, hilarious viewing.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da594269389b29709f1ff8d","titleText":"65) Rick And Morty","altText":"Rick And Morty","image":{"name":"65-rick-and-morty.jpg","fileName":"65-rick-and-morty.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":722055,"path":"one/media/5da5/9426/9389/b297/09f1/ff8d"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Adult Swim","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2013-present**<br>Within just three short seasons, *Rick & Morty* has become an instant internet favourite – a wildly surreal, sometimes deeply inappropriate animated comedy that takes science-fiction cliches and follows them to their largely horrifying conclusions. Its titular duo consists of a gruff-voiced alcoholic grandad and his overly sweet and naive grandson, playing out a twisted version of *Back To The Future*'s Marty McFly-Doc relationship, as they embark on 'adventures' riffing on *Mad Max*, infinite alternate universes, *The Purge* – and, in one particularly famous episode, sentient pickles. Dark, weird, unique, and sometimes emotionally perceptive – don't let its more annoying fans put you off.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da594539389b273f5f1ff98","titleText":"64) Father Ted","altText":"Father Ted","image":{"name":"64-father-ted.jpg","fileName":"64-father-ted.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":558931,"path":"one/media/5da5/9453/9389/b273/f5f1/ff98"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1995-1998**<br>The story of three priests stuck on the world's least-appealing parish (Craggy Island, off the coast of Ireland) doesn't sound like it would be the most compelling source of comedy. And yet *Father Ted* really, really works. Dermot Morgan's Father Ted Crilly, punished for stealing (the money was \"resting\" in his account, honest), lives with supreme idiot Dougal (Ardal O'Hanlon) and drunken nuisance Jack Hackett (Frank Kelly), each episode cooking up some new madness for the trio to become embroiled in – with highlights including Ted leading a pack of terrified priests through a lingerie section as if they're in a war film, and a recreation of *Speed* on a milk float.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da594639389b2d614f1ff99","titleText":"63) Mindhunter","altText":"Mindhunter","image":{"name":"63-mindhunter.jpg","fileName":"63-mindhunter.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":466575,"path":"one/media/5da5/9463/9389/b2d6/14f1/ff99"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2017-present**<br>David Fincher has brought compelling serial killer stories to life on the big screen, so it makes sense that he'd be involved with this series, which frames real-life cases and the FBI's slowly-gestating understanding of psychology in dark tones and moody lighting. Yet creator Joe Penhall's show doesn't fall victim to the usual tropes of seeing the killers hunt and slaughter their victims – the crime scene photos/recreations are largely in the background as *Mindhunter* focuses on FBI agents Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Tench (Holt McCallany), along with psychologist Dr. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) talking to convicted killers in order to understand, track and catch current offenders. 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Sparking real-life protest gear and any number of think-pieces, *Tale*'s big ideas are standing the test of time – and the show marks a stellar example of how to take a novel's key concept and run with it, the series weaving its own world from the threads established by the original writer.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da594809389b274c9f1ffa0","titleText":"61) Black Mirror","altText":"Black Mirror","image":{"name":"61-black-mirror.jpg","fileName":"61-black-mirror.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":385576,"path":"one/media/5da5/9480/9389/b274/c9f1/ffa0"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4/Netflix","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2011-present**<br>There's a reason why \"it's all a bit Black Mirror\" has become a widely-used reference point in recent years – Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones' dark sci-fi anthology series taps into very human fears about our relationship with technology and the spiralling paths humanity could be heading down. A series of standalone episodes often set in worryingly plausible possible futures, the storytelling largely leans towards the bleak, shot through with Brooker's sardonic sense of humour. From its Channel 4 days to its current home on Netflix, the series has consistently drawn big name talent – from Daniel Kaluuya and Jon Hamm, to Bryce Dallas Howard, Anthony Mackie and Andrew Scott – a testament to the filmic quality and cultural cache the series has attracted.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da594919389b265c4f1ffa6","titleText":"60) True Detective","altText":"True Detective","image":{"name":"60-true-detective.jpg","fileName":"60-true-detective.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":528033,"path":"one/media/5da5/9491/9389/b265/c4f1/ffa6"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2014-present**<br>HBO doesn't exactly 'do' police procedurals – but the closest it's come is this anthology crime series, spinning murky tales from the dark heart of America with all-star casts. Each season has had a different flavour, but elements recur: world-weary cops, unsolved cases, multiple timelines unspooling different eras of the case. The first season, with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson tracking down the 'Yellow King', is widely regarded as its best – an important milestone in 'Golden Age TV' for attracting such star names, and a key text in the McConaissance. There's less love for the Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch-starring Season 2, but the show got back on track with 2019's Season 3, boasting an incredible turn from Mahershala Ali.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da594a49389b2b318f1ffa7","titleText":"59) Hill Street Blues","altText":"Hill Street Blues","image":{"name":"59-hill-street-blues.jpg","fileName":"59-hill-street-blues.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":852964,"path":"one/media/5da5/94a4/9389/b2b3/18f1/ffa7"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"NBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1981-1987**<br>Launched to low ratings and audience confusion, *Hill Street Blues* seemed destined for a short life. But it endured, and rightly became known as one of the most audacious series on TV, effectively re-inventing the cop drama. It eschewed much of the hard-nosed cop cliches (but used them well when embracing them) and presented a serialised mixture of drama and comedy, featuring a diverse cast of three-dimensional characters at a run-down police precinct. It scored 98 – count 'em – Emmy nominations across its run, and won eight in the first season alone, while also becoming a template for the sort of ambitious TV drama that was to follow.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da594b89389b2ead3f1ffb2","titleText":"58) The Twilight Zone","altText":"The Twilight Zone","image":{"name":"58-the-twilight-zone.jpg","fileName":"58-the-twilight-zone.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":714395,"path":"one/media/5da5/94b8/9389/b2ea/d3f1/ffb2"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"CBS","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1959-1964**<br>Such is the impact of Rod Serling's series, which gathered some of the best speculative writers and stories of the time, that it keeps coming back in different forms, and its impact is felt through popular culture to this day. Aiming to explore universal concepts while creeping us out or making us think (or both), *Zone* merged big ideas with popular ideals and proved that smart storytelling could work on television. Once seen, rarely forgotten; especially with that unnerving theme and Serling's iconic introductions. 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Sometimes, there's nothing like a bit of old-fashioned British pessimism, but that isn't the whole story, either – with real emotion in the highs and lows of the relationship between Tim (Martin Freeman, in an early star-making role) and Dawn (Lucy Davis), and plenty of fun with the rest of the weirdos who populate the Wernham Hogg office. <br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da5952e9389b2ab34f1ffc8","titleText":"56) House","altText":"House","image":{"name":"56-house.jpg","fileName":"56-house.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":592044,"path":"one/media/5da5/952e/9389/b2ab/34f1/ffc8"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Fox","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2004-2012**<br>For people more used to seeing Hugh Laurie as the bumbling Bertie Wooster or swapping witty quips with Stephen Fry, *House* was something of a culture shock. Yet Laurie was the perfect person to bring the grumpy genius doctor to life. Diagnosing the cases that appear to confound others, he's a difficult character in the Sherlock mould, battling his own demons even as he fights the worst, most confusing medical issues in his patients. Keeping to his personal credo that \"everybody lies\", he drives his staff to the heights professionally even as he castigates them personally. 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Jed Mercurio (who also whipped up *Bodyguard*) has Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar as the driven central trio of officers who must navigate twisty cases as they root-out wrongdoers from within and without. It'll keep you guessing as to who's really manipulating events behind the scenes, while the dialogue crackles in extended interrogation sequences, and the show looks as good as anything from across the pond.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da595829389b20ebbf1ffd3","titleText":"54) Westworld","altText":"Westworld","image":{"name":"54-westworld.jpg","fileName":"54-westworld.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":532266,"path":"one/media/5da5/9582/9389/b20e/bbf1/ffd3"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2016-present**<br>Confusing? Absolutely, but in the best way. With its ultra-non-linear storytelling from the perspective of it unreliable androids, *Westworld* is ambitious, baffling, and totally thrilling. Expanding on the robo-theme-park-gone-wrong premise of Michael Crichton's 1973 film, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy's series deals in weighty themes like the existence of consciousness, the experience of time, and the morality of predestination – with all the astonishing production values and incredible performances (Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright in particular) you expect from HBO. It's not quite the new *Game Of Thrones*, but when its storytelling coalesces and its twists are unveiled, it's hard not to be swept along by its smarts.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da595909389b2371ff1ffd4","titleText":"53) Prime Suspect","altText":"Prime Suspect","image":{"name":"53-prime-suspect.jpg","fileName":"53-prime-suspect.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":640398,"path":"one/media/5da5/9590/9389/b237/1ff1/ffd4"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"ITV","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1991-1992, 1993-1996, 2003-2006**<br>For all of her award-winning film work and long history of theatre experience, it is for Jane Tennison that many know and cherish Helen Mirren. Created by Lynda La Plante, the story of a no-nonsense detective chief inspector battling her way through a male-dominated police force turned the usual law enforcement clichés on their head. Mirren is always watchable as Tennison, deeply ambitious and fiercely able, who nevertheless has to justify herself at every turn. Later series saw her promoted, even as the challenges continued, but the series remained as great as ever. Unafraid to probe into dark places, *Prime Suspect* has such a standing impact that it has generated both a prequel and a short-lived attempt to remake it for the States.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da595a59389b224fef1ffda","titleText":"52) Oz","altText":"Oz","image":{"name":"52-oz.jpg","fileName":"52-oz.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":386692,"path":"one/media/5da5/95a5/9389/b224/fef1/ffda"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"HBO","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1997-2003**<br>Long before *Orange Is The New Black* blended humour and pain behind bars, *Oz* took a much darker look at prison life, set in the Oswald State Correctional Facility. Bleak but brilliant, it gathers a group of characters from different walks of life and then subjects them to terrifying traumas on a weekly basis. If anyone you know shudders when they see the perfectly charming (and not at all psychopathic) J.K. Simmons in other roles, *Oz* is to blame. It comes highly recommended, but a word of advice if you go bingeing: have something lighthearted and fun to watch in between seasons. 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Throw in an anthology format that changes the game every season, and a cast that's already boasted the likes of Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Patrick Wilson, Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Bob Odenkirk, Jesse Plemons, Ewan McGregor (as twins, no less), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and *Fargo*'s small-screen incarnation absolutely stands on its own.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da596039389b20a1bf1ffe6","titleText":"50) Only Fools And Horses","altText":"Only Fools And Horses","image":{"name":"50-only-fools-and-horses.jpg","fileName":"50-only-fools-and-horses.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":618237,"path":"one/media/5da5/9603/9389/b20a/1bf1/ffe6"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"BBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1981-2003**<br>The later Christmas specials may have tested our good will, but for most of its run, *Only Fools And Horses* was a sitcom that earned its status as a perennial national treasure. Del Boy and Rodney Trotter's doomed attempts to become millionaires kept the nation smiling for over 20 years and, thanks to constant repeats, they still manage to raise a giggle today. No matter how many times you watch the best bits (the chandelier scene, the yuppie bar fall, the Batman & Robin run), they never fail to raise a laugh.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da596659389b2523cf1fff0","titleText":"49) Spaced","altText":"Spaced","image":{"name":"49-spaced.jpg","fileName":"49-spaced.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":798136,"path":"one/media/5da5/9665/9389/b252/3cf1/fff0"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"Channel 4","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1999-2001** <br>Taking in comic book shops, rave culture, and video games, Edgar Wright, Jessica Hynes and Simon Pegg channelled their own pop-cultural obsessions and witty observations to spin gold out of a classic sitcom set-up. Kicking the careers of the three creators (and co-star Nick Frost) into high gear, *Spaced* is uproarious but also heartfelt, never forgetting to make the characters into people you care about while riffing on different genres. And the fact that only 14 episodes exist adds to the reason we all like it so much – it never overstayed its welcome. 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Despite Fox's best efforts to bury the show in strange timeslots, the Bluth family earned a feverishly loyal cult audience, one that eventually conferred upon it a Netflix rebirth. The brain-melting ambition of Season 4 may have been a noble failure for some, and Season 5 didn't necessarily correct that, but its initial run remains one of the most innovative comedies ever produced.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da5968e9389b2fa26f1fffc","titleText":"47) Friday Night Lights","altText":"Friday Night Lights","image":{"name":"47-friday-night-lights.jpg","fileName":"47-friday-night-lights.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":1070862,"path":"one/media/5da5/968e/9389/b2fa/26f1/fffc"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"NBC","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2006-2011** <br>Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can't lose. As memorable mantras for a TV show go, this is up there. Peter Berg's knowing adaptation of the H. G. 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And most importantly, especially for those of us in the UK, you don't need to worship at the church of the gridiron to appreciate it.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da596ca9389b25acaf1fffe","titleText":"46) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine","altText":"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine","image":{"name":"46-star-trek-deep-space-nine.jpg","fileName":"46-star-trek-deep-space-nine.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":841762,"path":"one/media/5da5/96ca/9389/b25a/caf1/fffe"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**1993-1999**<br>The perfect show for binge-watching before the concept existed. In its earliest days, this spin-off to *Star Trek: The Next Generation* felt like the storytelling was going to be by-the-numbers Trek, only on a space station. Flash-forward a couple of seasons, and this is the show that broke the Star Trek mould, filled with flesh-and-blood human beings (even if they were aliens), character arcs that frequently stretched over the course of seasons, groundbreaking storytelling and complex characters. Some complained early on that this station-bound show didn't go anywhere – but really, this was the Trek that truly went where none had gone before.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da596f39389b27dfcf20008","titleText":"45) The Americans","altText":"The Americans","image":{"name":"45-the-americans.jpg","fileName":"45-the-americans.jpg","mimeType":"image/jpeg","width":1500,"height":844,"fileSize":735082,"path":"one/media/5da5/96f3/9389/b27d/fcf2/0008"},"orientation":"portrait","caption":"","credits":"FX","actionText":null,"actionLink":"","description":"**2013-2018**<br>The Cold War feels that much chillier in this inventive series, which follows the lives of two Russian sleeper agents who are very much awake in 1980s Washington. Complicated, passionate and thrown together by Mother Russia, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) are fascinating creations: driven by patriotism but torn by the pull of their adopted home and the American family they raised as a cover. They're conflicted killers, murdering people when the mission demands it – and the show doesn't shy away from the darker sides of their nature, finding inventive ways to dispatch innocent and not-so-innocent victims. Elsewhere, the show provides some top-drawer needle drops and provides great roles for the likes of Margo Martindale and Frank Langella. Sometimes vicious, often touching, always excellent.<br>","price":"","amazonId":""},{"id":"5da5971a9389b21aa4f2000f","titleText":"44) Fleabag","altText":"Fleabag","image":{"name":"44-fleabag.jpg","fileName":"44-fleabag.jpg","mimeTyp