by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
Korean "Parasite" Domestic Thriller of Gap Between Rich and Poor
  Santa's settled in having dropped his blockbusters --- Frozen 2, Rise of Skywalker, Little Women, Jumanji --   and now comes the hybrid winter awards season, where the peer honored niche films gain enough buzz to go on a wide release pattern.
   Based on the crafts (Producers Guild, Directors Guild, Screen Actors Guild), "1917" has risen to a favorite for the year's best picture. It's getting a little heat from "Little Women" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," with the international made "Parasite" strrring sand hornet buzz. If it prevails, "Parasite" would be the first film Koren film to gain a Best Picture nomination. Receiving universal acclaim, it's a rich versus poor social satire which morths into a black comedy with elements of horror and thrill .     Joon-ho Bong , director, presents class division in the "most accessible and humorous way while being able to shock his viewer; and everything from the performance of the cast, to the script, to the cinematography and to the production is flawless and jaw dropping "  wrote Benneb hailing it a "masterpiece."


"Paranoid" has not played yet on the big screen in medium markets. Should it claim a few of its six Oscar nominations that might change. One critic warns: Please see the original Korean version, don't wait for a US director to re-make it (and presumably "ruin" the film). 

Horror , generally, scares viewers from the frost, but neither The Grudge or The Turning have bubbled. 

Based on "Turn of the Screw," The Turning updates the childhood possession to 1994, where teacher Kate (Mackenzie Davis) is hired as the governess to young Flora (Brooklynn Prince), whose last tutor disappeared mysteriously. As if the creepy house and tragic history weren’t enough, she starts having strange visions.

The Innocents is regarded as the best novel adaptation, but the opening has parallels to Dark Shadows, the cult vampire/horror afternoon serial. Shadows opened with the Dracula theme then moved into "Screw" introducing West Virginian David Selby as Quentin. 


Horrors continues on cinematics plates as "Gretel and Hansel" , a twist on the fairy tale, with Sophia Lillis, Alice Krige, Jessica De Gouw, Charles Babalola rounds out January.
Valentine's Day looms a Blumhouse adaptation of "Fantasy Island," starring Maggie Q, Lucy Hale, Portia Doubleday, Michael Peña. Mr. Roarke makes the secret dreams of his lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. But when the fantasies turn into nightmare, the guests have to solve a mystery or die.

The dirty footed family of  "Quiet Place" return in March for a second adventure, now, facing outside perils of not making noise.

Don't count "1918" out if you generally despise war films. Set in World War I, the film follows two soldiers on foot attempting to deliver a message and prevent a massacre. It's a two man journey for survival that stops at an abandoned farm where an enemy plane spots the two soldiers.