In the landscape of independent film companies, A24 is a monolith. No other indie company has ever produced a string of movies that have enjoyed both critical and commercial success. In a movie industry plagued by blockbusters, franchise films, and reboots, this company’s releases are a breath of fresh air. If their great track record can prove anything, it’s that any upcoming A24 film is something that you need to get excited about. So, here are five upcoming films from the studio that you owe it to yourself to check out.
The premise for this film is basically a walking advertisement. A horror comedy about vampires and monsters starring Chance the Rapper as a pizza delivery man? Yes, please. In an era of film that’s been dominated by one great horror movie after the other, it’s exciting to see a take on the genre that feels so fresh and exciting. Expect a film that’s about as over-the-top as it gets. It feels like the kind of movie destined to be a cult classic, one that’s going to be enjoyed by stoned college students for years to come.
“Hot Summer Nights”
Timothee Chalamet is quickly becoming one of the biggest movie stars in the world. After an incredible year in 2017 that had him starring in two Oscar nominees, Chalamet is looking to star in another bold independent movie that, honestly, couldn’t be any more different than “Call Me By Your Name.” “Hot Summer Nights” looks completely gonzo. If the trailer is anything to go by, it’s a kinetic, stylish crime caper that never lets up. Guy Ritchie and Nicolas Winding Refn fans are definitely going to be excited by the energetic, neon- soaked, underworld set story of criminality that also, weirdly, looks like a coming of age story. It’s difficult to tell if this movie is going to be any good or not. But, at the very least, it’s guaranteed to be memorable.
“Under the Silver Lake”
David Robert Mitchell’s breakout hit, “It Follows,” is a horror movie fan’s dream project. It’s edgy, suspenseful, smart, and infused with influences from the great horror films of the ’80s. One would expect his follow-up to be similar, but Mitchell seems intent on upending expectations. Because Under the Silver Lake couldn’t be any more different from “It Follows.” Instead, it’s a strange, paranoid, detective comedy in the vein of “The Big Lebowski” and “Inherent Vice.” Starring Andrew Garfield as a scrappy loser-turned-sleuth, the movie looks to send viewers down a rabbit hole of strange conspiracies and bizarre characters. This is another film that’s destined to attain cult status, enjoyed by anyone who’s a fan of these weird, alternative detective stories
Described as critics as being one of the scariest movies all time (yes, you read that right), “Hereditary” is looking to attain classic horror status the moment it’s released. The trailer is absolutely mystifying, telling us basically nothing about the plot. What I can say is that it offers its fair share of horrifying imagery. If you’ve heard the story of this trailer accidentally being screened before a showing of Peter Rabbit, you should be excited that a film’s trailer in and of itself is enough to terrify someone (although those someones seem to be mostly the parents, as opposed to the kids). We may have no idea what this movie is going to be about, but for horror fans looking to have a movie scar them for life, this is one to look out for.
After writing classics like “Taxi Driver” and “Raging Bull,” Paul Schrader has slowly been building a career as of one of the best indie directors of all time. His film hasn’t attained the classic status of his contemporaries like Martin Scorsese, but for anyone interested, he’s created some of the most compelling character studies put to film. He’s had a string of iffy movies released recently, but his latest seems to be a return to form. It looks like a unique combination of spiritualism, eco=terrorism, and Catholicism that, at the very least, is going to be fascinating. It’s good to see Ethan Hawke, a good actor who’s been stuck with several bad movies, finally get the chance to show off his acting abilities once more by playing one of Schrader’s classic and tortured protagonists. “First Reformed” feels like it’s A24’s filmography in a nutshell: a powerful, character-driven experience that’s as uncompromising as it is compelling.