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Entertainment News

With Hollywood shut down due to strikes from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), production of upcoming shows and movies is shut down. This includes festivals, film premieres, press tours, and even the upcoming Emmys in September.

The writer’s strike began at the beginning of May, with the actors guild joining just last week. Both unions share the same reasons for striking. This includes getting paid a living wage to meet basic needs, receiving higher residuals (financial compensation paid out to actors whenever TV shows or movies they’ve appeared in are replayed on streaming and syndication), and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to be regulated to protect talent and writers’ jobs from being completely taken over. For the first time in more than 60 years, Hollywood actors and writers are on strike simultaneously, with no signs of ending anytime soon.

The End Is Not Near

SAG-AFTRA’s president Fran Drescher said a vast majority of actors “are just working people just trying to make a living, just trying to pay their rent, just trying to put food on the table and get their kids off to school.” She added that everything that we, as consumers watch, are “filled with people that are not making the big money.” $27.73 per hour is how much the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported as the average pay for California actors in 2022. However, the BLS noted in the data that actors aren’t paid full-time year-round due to the nature of the job.

With no end date in motion, we’ve come up with a series of lists of entertainment to watch until production begins again. Take a look below at our list of five fantastic horror films that will make you a fan of the genre if you’re hesitant. There’s a little something for everybody on this list, with paranormal thrillers that will have you jumping out of your seat to psychological horror films that have you questioning your own sanity.

  • The Conjuring

    This 2013 paranormal horror film starring the best duo, Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson, is an all-time favorite. They play real-life paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine (Farmiga) and Ed (Wilson) Warren. One family asks them to help in a situation that begins relatively benign at first, but it escalates when the Warrens discover the farmhouse’s macabre history. You can stream The Conjuring on Max. There are two sequels: The Conjuring 2 (2016) and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021), but the first installment is far better than these two.

  • Cape Fear

    This 1991 crime thriller is a remake of the 1962 film of the same name, which was based on the 1957 novel The Executioners by John D. MacDonald. With a young Juliette Lewis, Jessica Lange and Nick Nolte as the Bowden family, they are subjected to psychopathic convicted rapist Max Cady’s (Robert De Niro) newfound knowledge of the law and its numerous loopholes as he seeks vengeance against Nolte’s Sam Bowden — his former public defender. The film is a classic, directed by Martin Scorsese, and it’s a fantastically horrifying role for De Niro. You can rent this film on multiple streaming platforms for $3.99.

  • Annihilation

    This sci-fi thriller starring Natalie Portman is terrifying yet beautiful. Portman portrays biologist Lena, who embarks on a dangerous expedition into “The Shimmer,” a mysterious quarantined zone of mutating plants and animals caused by an alien presence! The soundtrack adds to the eerie and horrifying discoveries they make along their trip. The 2018 film is currently streaming on Netflix.

  • The Devil's Rejects

    We love Rob Zombie’s horror movie style, and 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects is his best work, no contest. The film is pretty gory, but has some hilarious moments, a killer soundtrack, and is laced with lots of NSFW scenes. Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon, plays Baby, who is joined by her brother Otis (Bill Moseley) and her father Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig). They terrorize, torture, and kill anyone just for the sheer fun of it. Stream it on Amazon Prime Video.

  • Rosemary's Baby

    The 1968 Roman Polanski psychological horror stars Mia Farrow as Rosemary. She believes her baby is being groomed as a sacrifice for a ritual, but her husband Guy (John Cassavetes) doesn’t believe her. He is a struggling actor who befriends their overbearing and weird neighbors, and things turn real satanic and occult-like. This film is also based on a highly successful novel that came out the year before.

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