Get ready for the New Year, horror fans, with Blumhouse TV and Hulu in the latest installment of their event series Into the Dark. The new episode, titled New Year, New You hits the streaming service today and it is one entertaining thriller.
Co-written by Adam Gaines (Negative) and Sophia Takal (V/H/S), with Takal also serving as director, New Year, New You focuses on a group of four “millennial” girlfriends who gather on New Year’s Eve to reminisce and spend a quiet evening like old times.
When an ill-fated game of “Never Have I Ever” brings back the wrong kind of memories, however, the friends begin turning on each other, and nothing and no one will ever be the same again.
The film is a fascinating look at the cult of personality that has taken over social media where anyone can be famous for anything and no one’s secrets can remain hidden forever.
Often brutally raw, the film walks a fine line between violent action and emotionally-charged honesty in a way that feels refreshing even in its most shocking blood-soaked moments.
Takal, who is also an actress, seems to know just how to bring the best out of her cast of actresses. They not only embody their requisite stereotypes, they rip them open and show the sometimes ugly truth beneath.
Carly Chaikin (Bad Blood) is brilliantly manipulative as a self-care social media queen who encourages her followers to visualize and actualize their best life, but her dark past is anything but positive.
Suki Waterhouse (Assassination Nation) as Alexis, meanwhile, literally wears her scars for everyone to see.
Kayla, played by Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Killing Eve), is an emotionally stable lesbian and the only member of this group who seems to want to just move on, and then there’s Melissa Bergland (Spin Out) as Chloe who substitutes a faux sex-positive outlook to cover her own body image issues.
Needless to say, there’s a lot going on in New Year, New You even before the proverbial stuff hits the fan.
And through it all, Takal focuses the camera like a laser-pointer on every flaw to expose the dark side of our contemporary measure of and obsession with celebrity, friendship, and loyalty.
It is horror from a woman’s point of view, directed by a woman, and told by women, and that is something we need more of in this genre.
New Year, New You continues Into the Dark‘s nearly flawless streak of “episodes”, one for each month focusing on a different holiday that began in October with the Halloween-themed The Body followed up by the equally strong Flesh & Blood for Thanksgiving.
Check out the trailer for New Year, New You below and carve out some time to watch it today!