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SXSW 2018: Two Stills Get Up Close and Personal in What Keeps You Alive

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 19:30

Now that it’s been announced that It Stains the Sands Red director Colin Minihan’s upcoming feature What Keeps You Alive will be having its world premiere at this year’s SXSW, a couple of stills have been released that show you…not too much. The film, “…pits a female couple against one another during their one-year anniversary.

It stars Hannah Emily Anderson (Jigsaw, Dark Phoenix) and Brittany Allen (It Stains the Sands Red) as the couple and the cast also features Martha MacIsaac (Superbad, Unicorn Store, Battle of the Sexes) and Joey Klein (“12 Monkeys”).

We’ll be keeping an eye on this, and the other SXSW Midnighters here on Dread Central!

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Hollywood Burns’ Invaders Gets April Release Date

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 19:00

Blood Music has announced that they will be releasing Invaders, the debut album from electronic/synthwave artist Hollywood Burns, on April 13. The 11-track album is said to channel 1950’s sci-fi films and the radio dramas/plays of that era as well as 70’s funk, 80’s electronica, and healthy dashes of disco thrown into the mix. Basically, think Giorgio Moroder mashed up with Danny Elfman and you’ve got a good idea of what’s to come!

A teaser video can be seen below, which really hammers down that feeling of War of the Worlds meets “The Twilight Zone” meets labelmate Perturbator.

Hollywood Burns joins Blood Music synthwave artists GosT, Dan Terminus, Dynatron, and Tommy ’86 as well as metal groups Kauan, Lychgate, Irreversible Mechanism, and more.

Track list:
1) Opening Titles
2) Black Saucers
3) Scherzo No. 5 in Death Minor
4) Carnal Encounters of the Third Kind
5) Girls with Guns
6) L’Era delle Ceneri
7) Bazaar of the Damned
8) Came to Annihilate
9) Revenge of the Black Saucers
10) Survivors
11) Closing Titles (bonus track)

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Jordan Peele Is Definitely, Seriously Considering Get Out Sequel

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 18:00

I don’t know about you guys, but the fact that writer-director Jordan Peele’s horror (comedy?) Get Out is up for multiple Oscars this year gets me feeling all warm and fuzzy.

And speaking of Peele’s break out hit (his first film as writer-director) what does the filmmaker think about a more possible Get Out 2?

Well, Peele answered just that question recently while speaking to THR and he said, “I will definitely, seriously consider it. I love that universe and I feel like there is more story to tell. I don’t know what it is now, but there are some loose ends.”

Nice! You can check out the video tweet for yourself below and then let us know how excited you are for a Get Out sequel!

The film is written & directed by Jordan Peele and produced by Jason Blum. The horror film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, and Catherine Keener.

Synopsis:

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could never have imagined.

.@JordanPeele is “seriously considering” a #GetOut sequel. #NomineesNight pic.twitter.com/IAIcHXajdB

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 6, 2018

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Exclusive: Box of Dread Subscribers Sneak a Peek at Zombie vs. Ape!

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 17:15

Subscribers to Box of Dread got the first look at the cover art for the upcoming issue of Zombie #6 by our friends at Fulci Comics and Eibon Press. Included in the recent subscription boxes were two posters featuring artwork of the variant covers Issue #6 has in store for Fulci fans. And we have an exclusive sneak peek just for Dread Central readers right here.

Issue #6, which goes on sale June 8th, is the second issue of the official sequel to the classic Lucio Fulci film Zombie. This issue is a landmark in zombie lore, featuring the most awesome showdown between the undead and beast since Shark vs. Zombie… Zombie vs. Ape! The issue is accompanied by a complete original soundtrack score, on both vinyl and compact disc. The 1980s-inspired score is composed and performed by Dave Neabore of the legendary hip hip/rock outfit Dog Eat Dog. And the tracks include narration by none other than Ian McCulloch, the original actor who played Peter West in Lucio Fulci’s film.

Synopsis:
In the flaming ruins of New York City, which has been burned nearly to the ground by a half-mad Colonel hell-bent on wiping out the zombie plague, our heroes from Lucio Fulci’s Zombie are forced to run for their lives through the zombie infested heart of Central Park, where an incredible confrontation takes place and a dark revelation shakes Peter West to the core of his being! As he witnesses the incredible standoff between the hordes of the living dead and an all-too-living monster too powerful to be believed, Peter will realize that his kinship with the zombies runs far deeper than he ever anticipated!

And that’s not all! In this special 40-page king-sized issue, infamous Doctor Menard comes into his own as one of horror’s most sick and twisted baddies, rising from the dead to perform mad experiments on the living. On the Island of Matool, Menard has teamed up with the mysterious and vile witch doctor Biacando, in a melding of science and superstition which is set to infect the entire world. Oh yeah…and the President of the United States is a maniac. Literally. Portrayed in the likeness of the legendary Maniac himself, Joe Spinell, our fearless leader reveals a treacherous plan of his own to end the zombie plague. A plan which may also doom the human race. It’s only a matter of which bad guy kills us all first!

We caught up Stephen Romano, series creator, who had this to say about the upcoming issue: “This is the second issue of our second story arc in Lucio Fulci’s ‘Zombie’. The first four issues covered the film proper, and in the second issue we had ‘Shark vs. Zombie’. It’s a classic bit, of course. Now that we’re doing the sequel, we thought the second issue should have something like ‘Shark vs. Zombie’. But how do you top that? I started really thinking about it. The answer, of course, was a big freaking ape! The image of that just got in my head and stuck there. Gorillas are classic monsters in movies, and they work great in comic books too. It was just the kind of iconic twist we needed to stand alongside Fulci’s film. People are gonna be blown away by this! And our story is headed into some really crazy, gory territory. It’s really big because we have an unlimited budget ceiling for this sequel…but it’s also more personal in certain areas. More like Fulci. We have not one, but TWO eye gougings in this one.

But what about that awesome soundtrack?

“Yeah, the score is really cool. Dave is a real fan, and he composed music that was very much its own thing but clearly inspired by Fabio Frizzi’s tracks for the original ‘Zombie’. Because this sequel goes so far out there and gets into so many new themes, ideas, and action bits, it was important to have a score that would reflect that evolution. But Dave worked as if he was using synths and instruments from 1982. It’s really retro. He’s got a theme for the burning of New York that’s just amazing and what he wrote for ‘Zombie vs. Ape’ is stunning. He’s also doing some tracks for our final issue of ‘Bottomfeeder’. He was really inspired by that one, too.”

What was it like work with Ian McCulloch?

“Working with Ian was fantastic. He loves our comic series and plugged right into the vibe. It’s incredible to hear him performing all those lines I wrote in an official capacity, as Peter West. I mean, this IS the official sequel, after all, so it’s only fitting. You know, there were bunch of other unofficial sequels to this film. In Italy the copyright laws are different. You can put a sequel out to anything you want. But we went out and actually bought the rights to these characters. They’re ours now, at least in comic book form, for better or for worse. And having Ian come back to reprise his role just made it all the more legit. We’re super happy with how this series has come out so far, and the fans are really supportive.”

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The Craft Sequel Writer Gives a Status Update

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:30

Not since May 2017 have we heard an update on the supposed sequel of The Craft but a new piece of information has come from writer Daniel Casey, who rewrote Leigh Janiak’s script.

The writer states that a script was submitted late last year and now it’s up to the producers, including Douglas Wick, to decide what the next step will be. Janiak is currently set to direct the sequel, which will take place two decades after the events of the original film.

I turned in the script towards the end of last year. At this point, I believe producers are working behind the scenes to put it together

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Exclusive: Aaron Vehling Dives Into the Synth World of Videoman

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:00

Laughter and thrills often go hand-in-hand in the most delightful of ways. Think Evil Dead II, Tucker & Dale vs Evil, and similar titles. Now it looks like we can add the Swedish film Videoman (originally titled Videomannen) to that list. The film follows a man who finds that a tape in his VHS collection is worth a lot of money, possibly saving him from eviction, only for it to be stolen, sending him on a darkly funny journey to retrieve it. Along the way, he meets a woman with her own set of problems and an unlikely romance begins as the two try to get their life in order. While that may not seem like something we’d cover, just watch the trailer below and you’ll see why we’re very intrigued!

In anticipation of the film, we’ve got a fun exclusive podcast from synth historian Aaron Vehling, who wrote a magnificent piece for us a few months back, where he interviews composers Waveshaper and Robert Parker as well as the writer/director of the film, Kristian Söderström. You can listen to that podcast below!

You can also buy the Videoman soundtrack, which is out now, through Bandcamp

Synopsis:
A VHS collector with a drinking problem finds a valuable movie that could save him from eviction. When the movie gets stolen he starts a desperate hunt for a perpetrator. An alcoholic woman obsessed with the 80s is a victim of work place bullying and struggles to develop a relationship with her grown up daughter. These outsiders joined by nostalgia and broken dreams starts a romance and make each other self aware, a step in the right direction when trying to solve their respective problems.

Videoman stars Stefan Sauk, Lena Nilsson, Morgan Alling, Martin Wallström, Sven Wollter, Helena Jansson, Amanda Ooms, and Carolin Stoltz.

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SXSW 2018: Midnighters Reveal Hereditary, Field Guide to Evil, an Untitled Blumhouse Film + More!

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 15:00

Austin, Texas, is getting ready for the mass influx of tourism that comes with its annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. A gargantuan gala that celebrates film, technology, video games, music, art, and more, SXSW has become one of the premier events of the year. Just imagine Austin as a house and each area of the city is a different room. If you get bored in one part of the house, just walk to another room, and you’ll find a wild amount of activities to keep you entertained.

For horror/film fans, one of the highlights of SXSW’s film festival portion is the Midnighters showcase, which feature the more genre-centric titles. Today those titles have been revealed and include films such as Hereditary, which is being hailed as THE horror film of the year; Ajin: Demi-Human, a Japanese action/thriller based on Gamon Sakurai’s manga; Field Guide to Evil, an anthology horror film with stories based on folklore from around the world; and more.

SXSW Senior Film Programmer Jarod Neece, whom we interviewed last year, states, “It is the highlight of my year to get to dive into the yearly pool of genre film submission and see what wild and devilish ideas these filmmakers have brought to life. This year’s Midnighters, made both by veteran filmmakers and many first-timers, are sure to delight and terrify lucky SXSW audiences. And if they can survive the onslaught, they will be treated to the fantastical world of Wes Anderson’s latest stop-motion masterpiece, SXSW Closing Night Film Isle of Dogs.

SXSW’s Midnighters are “scary, funny, sexy, controversial – ten provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.

Here’s the list:

Ajin: Demi-Human

Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro, Screenwriter: Kouji Seko
Endless battle between human being and immortal demi-human “Ajin”. A stunning, strikingly original action masterpiece! Cast: Takeru Satoh, Go Ayano, Tetsuji Tamayama, Yu Shirota, Yudai Chiba, Rina Kawaei, Minami Hamabe (North American Premiere)

Blood Fest

Director/Screenwriter: Owen Egerton
In Blood Fest, fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. Cast: Robbie Kay, Jacob Batalon, Seychelle Gabriel, Tate Donovan, Barbara Dunkelman, Nick Rutherford, Zachary Levi (World Premiere)

Untitled Blumhouse-Bazelevs Film

Director/Screenwriter: Stephen Susco
A 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop and is thrust into the deep waters of the dark web. From the makers of Unfriended, this thriller unravels in real-time, entirely on a computer screen. A warning for the digital age. Cast: Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, Andrew Lees, Conor del Rio, Stephanie Nogueras, Savira Windyani (World Premiere)

Field Guide to Evil

(Austria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Poland, Turkey, U.S.)
Directors: Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Peter Strickland, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Katrin Gebbe, Can Evrenol, Calvin Reeder, Ashim Ahluwalia, Yannis Veslemes
They are known as dark folklore. Created to give logic to mankind’s darkest fears, these stories and others laid the foundation for what we now call the horror genre. (World Premiere)

Ghost Stories

(United Kingdom)
Directors/Screenwriters: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman
An arch skeptic debunker of the supernatural embarks upon a terror filled quest when he stumbles across a long lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable ‘hauntings’. Adapted from the Olivier Award Winning hit stage play. Cast: Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Jill Halfpenny, Andy Nyman, Paul Whitehouse (North American Premiere)

Hereditary

Director/Screenwriter: Ari Aster
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. Cast: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Ann Dowd, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro

A Prayer Before Dawn

(United States, France)
Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, Screenwriters: Jonathan Hirschbein, Nick Saltrese
Based on the international best-seller, A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of Billy Moore, a troubled young British boxer sent to one of Thailand’s most notorious jails. Cast: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringar, Panya Yimmumphai, Nicolas Shake (North American Premiere)

The Ranger

Director: Jenn Wexler, Screenwriters: Jenn Wexler, Giaco Furino
Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority—an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind. Cast: Chloë Levine, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, Bubba Weiler, Amanda Grace Benitez, Jeremy Holm, Larry Fessenden (World Premiere)

Upgrade

Director/Screenwriter: Leigh Whannell
In a utopian near-future when technology controls everything, a technophobe avenges his wife’s murder and his own paralysis-causing injury with the help of an experimental computer chip implant – STEM – that turns out to have a mind of its own. Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie (World Premiere)

What Keeps You Alive

(Canada)
Director: Colin Minihan, Screenwriters: Colin Minihan, Brittany Allen
Majestic mountains, a still lake and venomous betrayals engulf a female married couple attempting to celebrate their one-year anniversary. Cast: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha Macisaac, Joey Klein, Charlotte Lindsay Marron (World Premiere)

Badges for SXSW can be purchased here.

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Venom Starring Tom Hardy Gets Official Teaser Poster; Trailer Tomorrow?

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:30

 

One of the comic book movies all of us here at Dread Central are actively looking forward to is Sony’s R-rated Venom flick starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock.

Thus far we have seen some simple promo art and a (possible) CGI model for the character, but today we have something really special.

Behold the film’s official teaser poster!

But not only that, the teaser poster was released today over at the film’s official Twitter page, where they also heavily alluded to a trailer for the film hitting tomorrow. Fingers crossed and we’ll keep you updated.

You can give the teaser poster a click to the right for a larger version and then make sure to let us know what you think below.

Venom is directed by Ruben Fleischer and stars Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Jenny Slate, and Riz Ahmed. The film opens in wide release on October 5, 2018.

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Such Sights to Show You – 02/07/18

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:00

In the realm of horror not every hit is a homerun. Especially when it comes to creating the next big horror icon. In this week’s Such Sights to Show You, we take a look at three killers who just couldn’t make the cut!

Kevin D. Clark is a cartoonist from Scotland who grew up watching classic monster movies, cartoons and wrestling, as well as reading comics. He started drawing at an early age and hasn’t stopped since. His sense of humor is a veritable cornucopia of the wacky and weird inspired by the likes of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, “MST3K,” Rab C. Nesbitt, as well as his older brother.

Kevin was diagnosed with Aspergers and because of that, he tries to push himself to work as hard as possible. Kevin also has a self-published comic book and helps run a film club for autistic people. He has recently earned a degree in cartooning from the London Art College and he’s pretty sure that he could take an octopus in a fight.

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TONIGHT! #Brainwaves Episode 76: Exorcist Rachel Stavis

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:00

The power of Christ, or whomever you believe in, compels you to tune in to this week’s Episode 76 of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be a real life exorcist, Rachel Stavis. (She’s filling in for the Soska sisters, who unfortunately had to cancel but will be rescheduled shortly.)

Exorcist Rachel Stavis has been able to visibly see spiritual entities since childhood. A little less than a decade ago, she began helping victims of attachments and possessions through what she calls “energetic exorcism.” Stavis is an accomplished author who has also written for the stage. Her current book, Sister of Darkness, is available NOW!

Join us TONIGHT at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

Photo Credit: Michelle X Star

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

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Lycanimator – Exclusive Trailer Premiere

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 18:00

Time to celebrate some B-Moviedom as we’ve sunk our claws into the exclusive trailer premiere for the upcoming creature feature film Lycanimator! Dig it!

Written and directed by Sébastien Godin and produced by Dustin Hubbard, Lycanimator stars Cayt Fenics, Briana Wyman, Kii Hornick, Toby Johansen, Matthew Scott Kimple, and B-movie legend Joel D. Wynkoop (Girls Gone Dead, Body in a Dumpster, Always Midnight, House of Carnage).

Synopsis:
A group of friends go to an abandoned house for a weekend away, only to come across a mad scientist with some monster-making goo. When some of that goo turns one of the group into a hungry, lustful beast – well, let’s just say it spells trouble.

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Death House Shifts Opening Date For National Theatrical Release

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:30

Dubbed the “expendables of horror films”, B. Harrison Smith’s Death House has shifted release dates to February 23rd. While this news might be frustrating to those who have been waiting a long time to see the film, it’s actually good news as indie distributor Hannover House, Inc. and theatrical subsidiary Medallion Releasing, Inc. have teamed up with Florida’s Entertainment Factory to bring the film to approximately 100 theaters across the United States! There will be public red carpet events in both Los Angeles (Thursday, Feb. 22) and New York City (Friday, Feb. 23), with many cast members and principal production team present. The film will also be getting a home video and VOD release in June through Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Directed by Smith and co-written by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Gunnar Hansen, the film is a cornucopia of horror legends, including Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Sid Haig, Bill Oberst, Jr., and several other surprises! Death House takes place in a maximum security prison where a power outage releases all inmates, leaving a group of visiting VIPs to fend for their lives.

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Lucio Fulci’s Zombie #1 Comic Back in Print TONIGHT at 7pm! Now in its Third Run!

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:00

Tonight at 7pm PST, those nuts at Eibon Press are making horror history again with their third pressing of the  first issue of Lucio Fulci’s Zombie.  Those of you who are hard core “Eibonites” know that these guys have been kicking ALL the ass in the past two years, with some of the most incredible, game-changing horror comics of all time, mostly all based on classic horror and sleaze films from the 1980s.

Their series based on the immortal classic Zombie, directed by Lucio Fulci has been  best-seller for Eibon, with the first issue already selling out two print runs!  By popular demand, they’ve brought the issue back into print with a stunning “eibon sleeve” cover that re-creates the classic movie poster as an incredible oil painting by Hollywood monster artist Mike Broom of “The Walking Dead” and The Cabin in the Woods.  Check it out:

This is one of the thing that makes Eibon books totally different, folks.  They all come packaged in these high end record sleeves, that make them highly collectible and super cool.  Inside the sleeve, you get the comic, plus lots of little extras, like collectors prints and such.

Plus, they just informed us that they’re doing an INSANE offer for this weekend only, where you can order all five currently available issue sod Zombie and get the shipping thrown in for free.  Check this out:

It’s a great time to be a horror collector, and those guys have ALL the juice.

Lucio Fulci’s Zombie #1 will be available tonight at 7pm, only through their website, EibonPress.com!

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BJ Colangelo’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2017

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:00

2017 was one hell of a great year to be a horror fan. “Best Of” lists are one of my favorite things to read as we wind down the year, because it’s a fascinating exploration of taste and personality. No two end-of-year lists are going to be the same, and that’s what makes horror the long-lasting and wonderful genre that it is. While we’re all afraid of something, that something is not universal. I truly believe that this is why horror has maintained the popularity crown of film fans all over the world.

Before I dive into my top 10 list, I have to stress that these titles are the ones that I felt the strongest about personally. This is not meant to be a definitive “these are the only good films worth talking about” list or a list of the most “technically good” horror films. Rather, this is a list of the horror films that struck me to my core, resonated with me long after the final credits have rolled, and reminded me why I love the horror genre as much as I do. With that being said, I present to you my top 10 horror films of 2017.

10) Always Shine

There was a limited theatrical release at the tail end of 2016 for this film, but it finally became widely available in 2017 thanks to the wonderful folks over at Shudder. Directed by Sophia Takal and starring Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex, UnREAL) and Mackenzie Davis (Black Mirror, Blade Runner 2049), Always Shine focuses on two actresses in differing stages of their career on a trip together to Big Sur, California. More of an atmospheric horror film than a hack-and-slash gorefest, the film is deeply engaging phantasm of a lack of a grasp on reality, molding together with a beetling exertion of ego and insecurity. The terror of this film is deeply rooted in the emotional psychology of these two “friends” and the impossible pressures women place on themselves to find success.

09) Gerald’s Game

Said to be the “unfilmable” Stephen King property, Netflix (who straight up KILLED IT this year) joined forces with emerging modern master of horror, Mike Flanagan to create one of the most tense films of the year. Actress Carla Gugino delivers the performance of a lifetime, and the film features one of the most unsettling gore scenes of recent memory and one scare that sincerely left me paranoid for the remainder of the day following my first viewing.

08) Better Watch Out

Of all my selections, this is probably the one that will garner the most shit in the comments section, because a lot of people HATED this film. There’s an inherent camp association with horror films set around the winter holiday season, and every year we’re bombarded with poorly crafted and hastily thrown together films for the sake of trying to profit off of people looking for Christmas films not created by Lifetime or Hallmark. Every once in a while however, a flick comes out that solidifies its place in the Christmas horror canon, and Better Watch Out is this year’s newest inductee. What starts out as a typical “babysitter home invasion” film takes a hard left out of nowhere and turns into something pretty shocking and a whole lot of fun. This was a big year for child actors in horror, and Levi Miller is more than deserving of this placement.

07) The Lure

Anyone who’s read my previous work on other websites shouldn’t be surprised at all about my addition of The Lure. This absolute tonal clusterfuck is most easily described as Polish sex-comedy horror musical about man-eating mermaids. The musical elements are presented more like Phantom of the Paradise rather than West Side Story, and the art design feels like something out of an Argento fever dream after having watched Hedwig and the Angry Inch for the first time. Probably the least accessible of all of the films on my list, but one that I’ll be revisiting for years to come.

06) The Devil’s Candy

For those that prefer something a little heavier than man-eating mermaid sex musicals, The Devil’s Candy may be your ticket to music driven horror. Created by Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones), this father’s apocalypse is littered with heavy metal music, Satanic visions, and a possessed (and very topless) Ethan Embry. Embry has been cranking out a lot of stellar horror performances as of late, but he’s truly at his best with The Devil’s Candy.

05) Raw

As a lover of the french extremity movement of the early 00s, I was pleasantly surprised with how brutal RAW was as a film in addition to its sincerity. Julia Ducournau’s debut feature is a triumphant celebration of womanhood, and the horrific strength that comes along with embracing one’s true self. Garance Marillier stars in a breakout performance that is nothing short of captivating. It’s an intense coming-of-age story much like Ginger Snaps, but replacing any humor with stomach-churning violence.

04) IT

If 2017 was good for anything, it was getting people to finally admit that the IT mini-series is sort of terrible and is only beloved because Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise was iconic. There was a lot of hesitancy when Warner Bros. announced IT was returning as a film, but this film absolutely shattered my expectations. It was heartfelt, well-crafted, entertaining, but most importantly…scary. 2017 was also the year of incredible child actors in horror, and there wasn’t a single member of The Losers Club that I didn’t immediately love and want to adopt as my own. IT has always been a cultural phenomenon but seeing non-horror buffs running to the theatre to check out the film was a truly surreal experience.

03) Super Dark Times

Coming of age films set with a horror background tend to be some of my favorite films, and Super Dark Times was no exception. This one flew under my radar for a hot minute, but it was well worth the wait. It’s a haunting look at the relationships between adolescents and the harrowing loss of innocence that comes with growing up. There’s something about how these characters were created that feels uncomfortably familiar. We all grew up with these kids, some of us may have been these kids. And it makes the film’s horrific reveal all the more of a gut-punch. It’s the heartbreaking reality of what would actually happen if I Know What You Did Last Summer wasn’t an over-the-top slasher but a real event between friends.

02) Tragedy Girls

This film was absolutely tailor-made for me and my tastes. The story follows two best friends who are desperately seeking social media fame as crime reporters. After the two capture a serial killer, they determine the best way to hold on to their new found fame and get the scoop before anyone else would be if they murder people themselves. It’s a biting commentary on the current obsession of “true crime as entertainment” fad wrapped in an instagram perfectly placed bow, but with hardcore brutality that will please any gorehound. Tragedy Girls hashtag SLAAAAAYS it.

01) Get Out

Simply put, Get Out is going to go down in history as one of the greatest horror films ever made. It’s downright terrifying and manages to intertwine the brilliant social critique with effective scares. It’s astounding to see a film that manages to be so unbelievably intelligent, and so genuinely entertaining, while maintaining a sincere sense of dread. Jordan Peele was able to make a film that so many audience members have been thirsting for, and did so by being ambitious, thought-provoking, entertaining, and downright scary. This is a horror film that deserves as much attention as any of the Oscar-bait shilled out every year, but it probably won’t…proving the core value of Get Out to be very, very true.

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David Harbour Talks About What We Can Expect From Stranger Things 3

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 15:00

One of the best aspects of Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things” is David Harbour as Sheriff Hopper. And speaking of Hopper, Harbour recently sat down with Variety and talked all things “Stranger Things” and let slip some cool new info.

But first, he talked a bit about the pressures of going into season two and how season three is feeling a lot easier thus far.

“We all felt a lot of pressure going in, at least I certainly did,” Harbour tells Variety. “You want it to be better. I’m not often proud of the work that I do, but I was so proud of Season 1 that I was almost like, ‘oh s—‘ going into this season. How are we going to top that?

There are horror stories like “True Detective.” The risks that the Duffers took, they had the potential for that sort of thing. This could be really bad. But I think we all hunkered down and we have such a good dynamic, it’s so creative that environment. They wrote some good scripts. Every scene and every day, we just tried to make it sing. I feel like we achieved it.

Now going into Season 3, we’re getting more comfortable. We’re getting better. And I’ve never felt that. The tapestry just seems so broad. A lot of people tell me when you’re on a show for a while, you get bored with it. and I don’t foresee that with this. The tapestry just seems to get larger and more creative. So I’m excited to see where we go next year.”

He then goes on to talk about how we might see more details on his relationship with his deceased daughter in the new season.

“There’s a lot of timeline stuff to explain with Sara as well,” he says. “Sara dies theoretically five years before our story. In terms of the timeline, we say in the first season that I moved back to Hawkins after that experience. And we have me calling my ex-wife, who is remarried and has a kid. There’s a lot of rich material there, and with secrets around Sara and that whole event, which I hope we’ll get into in future seasons. Maybe not in the way you think. But there is a lot more complexity to Hopper’s relationship to Sara’s death. I would love to see them go further into that.”

Harbour then commented on when we can expect to see season 3, saying, “I’m not the authority on any of this. But if you use logic, our first season came out July 15. Our second season came out October 27. Theoretically, if we keep on the same timeline, what’s our next release date? I guess it would be January or February 2019. But I don’t know. I would love for it to be as soon as possible. We just want to make them good, and well takes time. It all goes into shaping a really beautiful product, and that’s the most important thing.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Let us know below!

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What Movies Are Coming Out In 2018 That We’re Looking Forward To?

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 14:00

When all is said and done and the history books have been written, many will say that the year 2017 was one of the most successful years our beloved genre has had in box-office history.

With such smashes as Stephen King’s IT, Jordan Peele’s Get Out, and David F. Sandberg’s Annabelle: Creation, 2017 will be a tough year to beat. Both in terms of domestic revenue and the sheer quality of the motion pictures themselves.

But 2017 is rapidly disappearing over the horizon and as killer as it was, we need to begin looking forward to horror in 2018. And thus we created this list.

The following collection of titles are all of the horror films set to hit theaters, VOD, and/or Blu-ray in the year 2018. Also included below are the films that currently have TBD 2018 release dates.

So give the list below a look through and start marking your calendars. Let’s hope 2018 Horror gives the amazing year that was 2017 Horror a run for its money!

Enjoy.



Insidious: The Last Key – January 5

Usually, the fourth film in a franchise wouldn’t inspire much enthusiasm in me. But Insidious: The Last Key is bringing back the always reliable Lin Shaye, along with Speck and Tucker, for another entry – this time directed by The Taking of Deborah Logan‘s Adam Robitel – and I’m there. The trailers have been sufficiently creepy and I cannot wait to see what Robitel pulls off within the Insidious universe.

 

Day of the Dead: Bloodline – January 5

I know that I shouldn’t be looking forward to this (second) remake of George A. Romero’s classic as much as I am but I can’t help it. I’m intrigued by the film’s plot, and I’m loving Johnathon Schaech as Max the Zombie aka New Bub. Don’t be surprised if this movie ends up being better than you expect… or worse than I expect. This could go either way. But it will not be a middle of the road film. We’re going to love it or hate it. I’m optimistic.

Mom and Dad – January 19

The new pitch-black horror-comedy by one-half of the directing team behind Crank and Gamer has a killer premise involving a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children. Add crazy Nic Cage and underrated Selma Blair to the mixture and I’m thinking Mom and Dad could be a f*cking blast.

Death House – January 26

‘Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.”

That synopsis should be enough right there. But if it wasn’t, there is also the fact that this film sports one of the most epic genre casts of all-time, with Tony Todd, Adrienne Barbeau, Sid Haig, Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Cortney Palm, Tiffany Shepis, Barbara Crampton, Felissa Rose, Camille Keaton, Larry Zerner, R.A. Mihailoff, and more leading their talents. This movie is a must-see. Plain and simple.

 

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built – February 23

We all know the history of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester and her infamous house. This true tale was made for the big screen and it blows my mind that it took so long for it to reach the screen in a substantial fashion. But the real draw here isn’t The Sperig Brothers or the haunted house. It’s Dame Helen Mirren starring in a horror movie. Like the above entry on this list, Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built is a must see. Again, plain and simple.

The Strangers: Prey at Night – March 9

If it feels like we have been waiting for the sequel to Bryan Bertino’s home invasion thriller The Strangers forever now, that’s because it has been 10 godd*mn years since the original hit screens back in 2008. All of that aside, even if this was just a flick called “Prey at Night”, after seeing that slick-ass trailer a few weeks back, I’d still be in line for director Johannes Roberts’ film. You had me at “I Think We’re Alone Now”, The Strangers 2. You had me.



A Quiet Place – April 13

I had already bought my ticket the moment I heard one of my favorite actors John Krasinski (aka Jim from “The Office”) was directing a horror movie. Signed, sealed, and delivered. Then I heard his lovely wife and killer actress Emily Blunt was co-starring and I had to call my little sister to share the wonderful news (not kidding btw). And this was all before the teaser trailer hit. You know the one. Intriguing as hell and showing us Kransinski going full Shyamalan. A Quiet Place just might be at the top of my Must-See 2018 List. Maybe.



The New Mutants – April 13

Truthfully, I’m kind of on the fence about director Josh Boone’s The New Mutants. On one hand, I feel like we already saw this plot play out in FX’s “Legion”, but one the other hand the film sports a great cast and I’m loving the Nightmare on Elm Street vibes the film is putting out there. Add in the mental institution and I can’t help but hope the film captures even the slightest bit of the fun Chuck Russell’s Dream Warriors possessed. We’ll see…

Rampage – April 20

A gigantic monkey beats the absolute ass off a gigantic wolf with an entire city. Then a gigantic crocodile nightmares out of the river to join in on the party. I can live with the fact that the movie stars The Rock. I’m there.


Truth or Dare – April 27

Last month I would have had zero interest in this movie. Nothing against our buddies over at Blumhouse but this flick will no doubt be a PG-13 romp for the kids. However, earlier this month I said the same thing about Blumhouse’s PG-13 slasher Happy Death Day. And that movie ended up being tons of fun. If Truth or Dare can match even half of the pacing, humor, or thrills found within Happy Death Day, I’ll be a happy camper. Oh, and the film stars Lucy Hale from Scream 4. Nice.

Tremors 6 – May 1

I haven’t been keeping up with my Tremors series like I should. But all the same, I’m hoping to catch up sooner rather than later so I can watch Tremors 6 without feeling like I missed something. It was the talk of the artic and milking Graboids that pulled me into this one. Plus I still have tons of love for the original and its blast of a sequel Tremors 2: Aftershocks. Here’s hoping the film is as fun as it sounds. Finger optimistically crossed.

Slender Man – May 18

Slender Man is freaky as sh*t. There is a killer horror film to be made out of the modern day legends and creepypastas. Maybe this film will be it. I hope this film will be it. I mean you can’t make a Slender Man film and not have at least SOME classic moments of pure terror, right? Let’s hope so.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – June 22

My Jurassic Park fandom was reignited in a big way with Jurassic World a few years back. I thought the franchise was as dead as…. well, you know. But then Jurassic World opened Paddock 9 on my ass and had me feeling like a kid again. At least for the final 10 minutes. Here’s hoping the new film will have more magical moments like the previous entry’s “Open Paddock 9” sequence. The fact that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is bringing back Jeff Goldblum is more than a step in the right direction. “Life… ah… finds a way, yes.”

 


The Purge 4: The Island – July 4

When I heard that the new Purge movie was going to take place surrounding the events of the first annual Purge Night, I was ready to buy my ticket and take the ride. After all, since the very first film – like many of you out there – all I’ve wanted to see has been how the event came to pass and how “successful” the first go was. The Purge 4: The Island promise to let us in on all of this backstory and I’m onboard. Plus, this being a prequel means we could see the return of Ethan Hawke. If even just in a cameo.

 


The Nun – July 13

The Conjuring universe series of films has been a mostly hit rather than miss, with this past year’s Annabelle: Creation being a big step up from the original film in a lot of people’s eyes. Let’s hope they keep the ball rolling with The Nun. It’s going to take a lot to make this film anything less than terrifying based solely on the titular entity, but add in Demián Bichir and Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) and The Nun will no doubt be one of this year’s scariest roller coaster rides.

 


The Predator – August 3

Shane “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” Black. Fred “The Monster Squad” Dekker. Tom “The F*cking Punisher” Jane. And the Predator. Need I say more? Okay, Yvonne Strahovski and Olivia Munn.

 


The Meg – August 10

Jason Statham kicks a giant prehistoric shark in the face for two hours. Sold. 

 


Goosebumps: Horrorland – September 21

I’m a big fan of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. I really enjoyed the hell out of the original film starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush, and Ryan Lee, and I’m up for more adventures through the world of this kid-horror series. Hell, the original movie didn’t even touch on some of my favorite tales from the book series (at length) so here’s hoping the sequel will up the ante and bring our charming cast into the world of the books this time around. Sounds good to me!



The House With a Clock in its Walls – September 21

Eli Roth directs this kid-horror adaptation starring Cate Blanchett, Jack Black, and Kyle MacLachlan. For all the flack he gets, I’m still onboard the Eli Roth train. One of these days he is going to make an(other) utter classic of the genre, and The House With a Clock in its Walls just might be that film. Plus, like Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built mentioned above, it isn’t often such a top actress as Cate Blanchett stops by our beloved genre. And that alone deserves a viewing.

Venom – October 10

Tom “Gotham’s Reckoning” Hardy stars as Topher Grace– I mean Eddie Brock in Ruben Fleischer’s take on Marvel’s (debatably) most badass character Venom. What’s not to love? I’ve heard the film will be a mixture of John Carpenter and David Cronenberg, and if that’s even slightly true then this film may finally be the Marvel movie we’ve all been waiting for. I just hope Carnage plays a larger role in the final film than just a post-credits sting. Bring it on.

 


Halloween – October 19

Recently I wrote an article on the new Halloween film called “Blumhouse’s Halloween: True Sequel or H20 Remake?”, and if that article doesn’t let you know how excited I am about this film, I don’t know what a few more sentences here will do. So let me spell it out: The moment I heard director David Gordon Green (George Washinton) was taking on Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis was returning, I began camping out in from of my local multiplex. And here I will stay until October 19th is upon us. This could be the one, folks.

 

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And there you have it. Those are all of the horror movies with specific 2018 release dates that we know of at the present time. 

What follows here is a list of films that are currently listed as TBD 2018.

They include Mohawk, Nightmare Cinema, Rock Paper Dead, Stephanie, Polaroid, Suspiria, Children of the Corn: Runaway, Hellraiser: Judgment, Moose Jaws, Hold the Dark, The Endless, The Gallows 2, Nosferatu,  and Deep Blue Sea 2.

We will let you guys know as soon as any of these dates change or any of the TBD films get more specific release dates.

Until then make sure to hit us up and let us know which films you are looking forward to the most come 2018 in the comments below or on social media!

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Stephen King Says The Dark Tower Failed Due To PG-13 Rating

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 13:00

This past summer Stephen King’s The Dark Tower finally hit the big screen – with a thud heard around the world. Not only where the reviews less than favorable, neither fans nor general audience dug the film. Which is too bad because actor Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey kicked all kinds of ass.

Well, it turns out that author Stephen King thinks he knows why the film was doomed from the get-go. And in his eyes, it all has to do with the powers that be trying to make the violent book series a PG-13 tentpole film.

“The real problem, as far as I’m concerned is, they went into this movie, and I think this was a studio edict pretty much: this is going to be a PG-13 movie,” King said. “It’s going to be a tentpole movie. We want to make sure that we get people in there from the ages of, let’s say, 12 right on up to whatever the target age is. Let’s say 12 to 35. That’s what we want. So it has to be PG-13, and when they did that I think that they lost a lot of the toughness of it and it became something where people went to it and said, Well yeah, but it’s really not anything that we haven’t seen before.”

Fair enough.

Personally, I think there was much more than just a rating that caused the film to be an utter flop. The script sure didn’t help. Even if you added blood, gore, and cursing to that script it still would have been a mess. Albeit a f*cking bloody and gory one.

Why do you think The Dark Tower wasn’t successful? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

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Wesley Snipes Would Still Love To Play Blade In a Reboot

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:00

I’m looking forward to the day when it is inevitably announced that Marvel will be rebooting the Blade film series. I think there are top actors who could take on the role with gusto.

Such as Idris Elba, Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya and a handful of others.

But it seems that original Blade, Wesley Snipes thinks that there is one and only one actor who can play the part of the daywalker. And that man is Wesley Snipes.

When anyone asks “Who could be the next Blade?”

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Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block Gets 4 All-New Creepy Teasers

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:00

The third season of Syfy’s “Channel Zero” anthology series is subtitled “Butcher’s Block” and will premiere in early 2018. We’ve already shared a teaser and a poster for the new season.

You can see both of those HERE in case you missed them.

Today we have four all-new teaser trailers for the new season, and you can check them all out below, and then let us know what you think!

I’m up for the new season as I ended up loving the first season “Candle Cove.” I was a bit lukewarm on the second season, but I’m totally up for more Creepypasta-inspired madness.

Bring it on.

The new season is inspired by Kerry Hammond’s creepypasta “Search and Rescue Woods,” and series creator Nick Antosca returns as executive producer, showrunner, and writer for the third installment alongside executive producer Max Landis with UCP as the studio.

Arkasha Stevenson directs the new season, which stars Olivia Luccardi, Holland Roden, Brandon Scott, Krisha Fairchild, and Rutger Hauer.

Synopsis:
“Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block,” tells the story of a young woman named Alice (Olivia Luccardi, It Follows). who moves to a new city and learns about a series of disappearances that may be connected to a baffling rumor about mysterious staircases in the city’s worst neighborhoods. With help from her sister, they discover that something is preying on the city’s residents.

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Rest in Peace: Chu Ishikawa

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 10:30

Very sad news to report as Japanese composer and industrial musician Chu Ishikawa, pictured above, passed away several days ago on the 21st. The news has only just come out and has been shared by friends and colleagues. Ishikawa was only 51 at the time of his passing.

Ishikawa was known to horror fans for his work on Shinya Tsukamoto’s films, including the Tetsuo series. He also worked with Takashi Miike on a few titles, such as Dead or Alive 2 and Fudoh: The New Generation. He combined industrial noise with haunting melodies to create eerie and memorable soundtracks that amplified the terror and unease of these films.

Ishikawa was also the founder of industrial groups Der Eisenrost and Zeitlich Vergelter.

We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ishikawa-san in this very sad and tragic time.

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