Jason Mewes Plays a Serial Killer in His Directorial Debut, ‘The Madness in the Method’

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Jason Mewes, best know as Jay in Kevin Smith’s Jersey saga, made his directorial debut with The Madness in the Method, in which he also stars as a serial killer.

The indie production boasts an impressive cast that includes Vinnie Jones, Kevin Smith, Danny Trejo, Teri Hatcher, Judd Nelson, Stan Lee, Dean Cain, and Casper Van Dien, with many playing themselves.

“[The film] is set in an alternate universe where Kevin Smith gives me some advice to try taking on “method” acting in order to help me to be taken seriously as an actor with real range in Hollywood,” Mewes tells THR. “Problem is that the process slowly begins to send me mad as I take to method acting a little too well!”

The project came into fruition when the producer of the film, Dominic Burns asked Mewes if there was any role that he wanted to take on that he’d never done before, something that would really excite and challenge him. “I told him I’d love to play a serial killer.

Mewes also shares that the film carries a sentimental moment between him and Smith:

“Kevin does speak; in fact, he really has delivered a breathtaking performance. There was one scene in particular between Kevin and I that really goes into our past, and it all gets very deep. It was genuinely emotional and we even had crewmembers in tears. I wasn’t sure what directing Kevin would be like, because of course it’s been the other way around for so many years. But Kevin was wonderful, extremely responsive and as always, he brought his incredible sense of humor. He threw in some genius lines that I loved and will definitely make the movie.”

Watch for more news as it comes, but for now here’s a shot of Mewes with Hatcher on set.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Almost Took Place in a Different Time Period

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 13:36

One of the coolest reveals in the first trailer for Kong: Skull Island was that director Jordan Vogt-Robert would be battling King Kong during the Vietnam War era, which is an interesting way to bring the monster into the real world. Being that it’s a re-remake of King Kong, it’s also a nice break from the 1933 setting of both the original and Peter Jackson’s 2005 interpretation.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, Vogt-Robert reveals that the original screenplay took place even earlier(!) than both aforementioned films:

The script I first read took place in 1917. But when I started talking to the Legendary guys, I was thinking, ‘What weird King Kong movie would I want to see?’ So I pitched them the Vietnam War connection, literally thinking they were gonna laugh me out of the room. And to Legendary’s credit, they said, ‘Cool. Let’s figure it out.’ The aesthetics of that time mixed with King Kong makes for an incredible genre mash-up.”

The new origin film stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Thomas Mann and John Ortiz.

In the film: A diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.

Skull Island opens in theaters on March 10th, 2017, followed by Godzilla 2, which is being directed by Michael Dougherty, on March 22, 2019, and Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020.

[Related] First Details About King Kong in Skull Island!

Here’s a cool piece of concept art that shows what kind of epic that’s in store for us early next year!

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Chad Ferrin’s ‘Parasites’ Infecting Home Video!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 13:26

Chad Ferrin‘s harrowing festival favorite Parasites (read our review) will be available to rent or own in the US and Canada starting January 24th on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu and Xbox from 108 Media, Bloody Disgusting learned.

Veteran genre director Ferrin (Someone’s Knocking at the Door, Horse) presents one long night on Skid Row as a sadistic reimagining on the true story of John Colter and his flight from the Blackfoot Indians.

Since the world premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Parasites has gone on to screen at a number of festivals, including Shriekfest, STUFF MX, the New York City Horror Film Festival, Zinema Zombie Fest and more.

Genre vet Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco) headlines as Wilco, the leader of a band of bloodthirsty vagrants who rule the underpasses and alleyways of downtown LA.  When he and his men come across a trio of lost college boys (centered around newcomer Sean Samuels), all hell breaks loose.

The industrial barbarianism of downtown Los Angeles is equal parts player and punisher in this survive-at-all-costs tale of a group of friends who get lost in the seedy streets where they encounter a crazed gang of homeless derelicts that captures and maims them one-by-one.  One lucky man escapes on foot, naked and unarmed, with a pack of depraved transients in pursuit, staying only seconds ahead. Clinging to sanity and reduced to helpless prey, with only instinct to guide him, can he survive this coliseum of horror?

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New to Blu – 12/27/2016

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Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.

The finally week of Blu-ray releases for 2016 has arrived! It’s a light week, especially here in the US, but some good stuff. The latest team-up between Nicolas Cage and Paul Schrader has arrived with Dog Eat Dog which I can’t wait to see because I love Cage. Plus Ti West’s latest flick In a Valley of Violence arrives. So far West has yet to disappoint. Over in the UK we’ve got a couple of new release from 88 Films including the highly anticipated Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eyes and a number of new Zavvi steelbooks for your steelbooks lovers out there.

US Releases

When the Bough Breaks (Sony, Region A)

A surrogate mother harbors a deadly secret desire for a family of her own with the husband who is expecting to raise her child.

Dog Eat Dog (Image Entertainment, Region A)

Three former convicts must adapt to civilian life under the looming shadow of California’s “three strikes” law. One more hit, one more jackpot, and they’ll all be satisfied.

In a Valley of Violence (Universal, Region A)

A mysterious stranger and a random act of violence drag a town of misfits and nitwits into the bloody crosshairs of revenge

The House that Screamed (Scream Factory, Region A)

Mrs. Fourneau owns and runs a school for wayward girls in France. Her absolute discipline has fostered a social order among the girls with rampant sex, lesbianism and torture the norm. Mrs. Fourneau also has an adolescent son she tries to keep isolated from the young women lest he be tainted by sexual relations; she explains that he must wait for a girl “just like his mother”. Meanwhile, girls are “running away” (being murdered) one by one, with their corpses and any evidence of their outcome not to be found…

UK Releases

Seven Deaths in the Cat’s Eyes (88 Films, Region B)

In a small Scottish village, horribly murdered bodies keep turning up. Suspicion falls upon the residents of a nearby castle that is haunted by a curse involving a killer cat…

Hands of Steel (88 Films, Region B)

A story about a cyborg who is programmed to kill a scientist who holds the fate of mankind in his hands.

Ghost Town (88 Films, Region B)

A modern-day deputy tracks an abducted girl to a ghost town, and the spirits of the past who took her.

Enemy Mine (Zavvi Steelbook, Region B)

A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an alien world after sustaining battle damage. Eventually he encounters another survivor, but from the enemy species he was fighting; they band together to survive on this hostile world.

The Purge: Election Year (Zavvi Steelbook, Region B)

Years after sparing the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.

The Entity (Zavvi Steelbooked, Region B)

Carla Moran awakens one night to find herself being beaten and raped by an unseen presence. Terrified of what’s happening to her, and shunned by friends and family who think she’s lost her mind, she seeks help from parapsychologists.

Fright Night (Zavvi Steelbook, Region B)

For young Charley Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two men move in next door, and for Charley with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charley’s favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn’t really believe that vampires exist, but does it for the money…



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Luiz Picks the Best Horror Shows of 2016!

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Mr. Disgusting’s Top 10 Horror Films | Several More Must-See Horror Films | Kalyn’s Top 10 | Trace’s Top 10 | Trace’s Worst 510 Best Posters | Worst Posters | Best Trailers | Luiz Picks the Best Horror Shows | Chris’ Best Blu-rays 2016: The Year Netflix Embraced Horror | 10 Sci-fi Movies You May Have Missed | 13 Most Disturbing Horror Movie Moments |
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Since The Walking Dead premiered back in 2010, it seems that horror in television has been going through an unexpected renaissance. What was once an extremely small corner of TV history has since become mainstream, with more shows like American Horror Story, Hannibal and many others proving that general audiences are ready for genuine scares on the small screen. This has given networks a chance to take risks with their more terrifying material, resulting in some amazing shows.

2016 has continued this delightful trend with what may as well be one of the best years for horror television in history. Not only did we see a lot of creepy new programming, but some established shows also found their footing this past year. Below I’ll be listing my personal choice for the Top Five Best Horror Shows of 2016. However, I’d love to see what your favorites are as well, so post them in the comments!

5. The X-Files

Many viewers don’t quite appreciate the lasting effect that The X-Files had on television in general. This monster of 90s pop culture was everywhere back then, and there’s a good reason for that. When the new season was first announced I couldn’t help but squeal like a schoolgirl, anxious to see what Chris Carter had in store for Mulder and Scully after so many false starts over the years.

While the new season wasn’t exactly the best that The X-Files has to offer, I can honestly say that I wasn’t disappointed. Seeing Duchovny and Anderson onscreen together again was one of the highlights of the year for me, despite that frustrating cliffhanger and some questionable humor. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another 14 years for the next season.

4. Ash vs Evil Dead

I probably wasn’t the only one that felt a little skeptical when it was announced that Starz would be bringing Ashley Williams to the small screen, but I’m glad they did. The first season may have had some ups and downs, but Ash vs Evil Dead is definitely a welcome addition to Sam Raimi’s franchise.

The show’s sophomore season has only improved so far, with a great cast, clever writing and exceptionally brutal gore, stretching the limits of violence on television. The network has already confirmed a third season, which is great news for those who, like myself, would like a frequent dose of Bruce Campbell in their lives.

3. Channel Zero: Candle Cove

Few people would have expected SyFy to deliver one of the best pieces of serious horror entertainment of the year, but they most certainly did. Based on the eponymous Creepypasta, Channel Zero: Candle Cove was a pleasant (not to mention extremely creepy) surprise and I can’t wait to tune in next year for their adaptation of the No End House.

I’ve done a full review of the series before, so suffice to say that SyFy gave us a tremendously entertaining Halloween treat. However, I’m sure many viewers will agree that if we never see the horrific Tooth Child again, it’ll be too soon.

2. Wolf Creek

The Wolf Creek franchise doesn’t seem like an obvious choice for a TV adaptation, but Greg McLean’s latest foray into the gruesome adventures of Australia’s favorite serial killer is certainly worth a watch. John Jarratt’s Mick Taylor is memorable as always, and he finally has a worthy adversary in Lucy Fry’s Eve Thorogood.

I’ve also done a full review of this one, and I stand by my opinion that it’s one of the best television events of the year. The cinematography is nothing short of beautiful, and the story takes itself seriously, resulting in a more-than-worthy sequel to the Wolf Creek films.

1. The Exorcist

From the first few trailers and TV spots, I didn’t have much faith in Fox’s The Exorcist series. I honestly didn’t think it was possible to adapt such a perfect film (and novel) to the small screen without losing something in the process. When the first episode finally aired, it didn’t seem like anything special, though it certainly wasn’t the disaster many were expecting.

However, much like Trace, my opinion of the show improved with each passing episode, and by the time we reached the mid-series twist, I was hooked. From the perfect cast to the meaningful story about faith, loss and love, there is so much to like about The Exorcist. There have been many quality horror stories on television this year, but I don’t believe any of them are on the same level as this one. Now, we can only hope that Fox listens to the fans and renews the series before it’s too late.

Honorable Mentions

There were a few other contenders for this list that didn’t quite make the cut for one reason or another. Penny Dreadful was one of them, as I didn’t think the third season felt like a proper conclusion to the series, especially considering the heights that it reached last year. Supernatural also came surprisingly close to being featured, as the second half of the 11th season felt like a return to form after a disastrous couple of years, but the show still feels redundant at this point. Finally, MTV’s Scream was also briefly considered, as I honestly enjoy the show, but it still comes off as a guilty pleasure.

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Let’s Explore the Shared Slasher Movie Universe That Already Exists

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Are they fun Easter eggs, or do our favorite villains live in the same universe?

“Shared cinematic universes” are all the rage in Hollywood right now. Of course, it all began with the Marvel and DC comic book superhero universes that have been dominating the box office for the last several years, and in 2017, Universal is launching their own shared monsters universe with the action-oriented reboot of The Mummy. And then there’s the so-called Cloverfield Cinematic Universe, which continues next year with a film that will share some connection to both the 2008 found footage monster movie and this year’s universe-expander, 10 Cloverfield Lane.

But what about the big horror movie franchises of the 1980s? Fans have for years been begging for a “Shared Slasher Universe” of sorts, hopeful that the likes of Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, and Ash Williams will eventually come together for either an epic mash-up film or a series of interconnected movies. Of course, it will likely never happen. Then again, does it already exist?

Back in November 2015, our own Daniel Baldwin wrote an excellent piece about the Universal Monsters Universe that already exists, and today we delve into the Slasher Universe.

It all began in 1987…

In response to Wes Craven featuring a scene from The Evil Dead in A Nightmare on Elm Street, which itself was a response to Sam Raimi putting a torn up Hills Have Eyes poster in The Evil Dead, Raimi cleverly hid Freddy Krueger’s glove in Evil Dead 2. The glove appears in two different scenes: at one point it hangs above the workshed door, at another it can be seen hanging in the fruit cellar. Freddy’s glove subsequently popped up for a cameo appearance in “Ash vs. Evil Dead” last year. Of course, the various appearances of the glove in the Evil Dead franchise can’t really be viewed as anything more than Raimi paying tribute to Craven, but Evil Dead 2 was the first time a major prop from one franchise found its way into another.

If nothing more, it’s fun to imagine Ash and Freddy residing in the same world.

Eagle-eyed fans spotted another fun little franchise-to-franchise nod in 1990’s Predator 2, which has since become one of the most well-known Easter eggs in cinema history. At one point in the 1997-set sequel, an instantly-recognizable Xenomorph skull is spotted in a trophy case aboard the Predator Mother Ship. Though an Alien vs. Predator comic series had just begun at the time, the skull represented the first time the two franchises crossed over on the big screen. Of course, two Alien vs. Predator films followed many years later: AvP in 2004 and AvP: Requiem in 2007.

The skull suggested that the battle had begun long before we were given a front-row seat.

If there’s any one lynchpin of the Slasher Universe it’s Jason Goes to Hell, released in 1993. While Evil Dead 2 suggested that Freddy and Ash live in the same world, Jason Goes to Hell went ahead and made it clear that Jason lives right alongside them. Down in the Voorhees basement, the Evil Dead franchise’s Necronomicon is spotted, and if that wasn’t direct enough a connection between the series’, the Kandarian Dagger is also prominently featured in the body-hopping film. In fact, it’s the Kandarian Dagger that possesses the power to kill Jason Voorhees once and for all; and indeed it serves precisely that purpose, suggesting that… Jason is a Deadite?! Freddy then pops up at the very end to drag Jason into Hell, teasing their 2003 battle a decade in advance.

Maybe it was the Necronomicon that brought Jason back from the dead?

That’s not all that Jason Goes to Hell brings to the table, in terms of universe-building. Also seen down in the Voorhees basement is the crate that housed the monstrous Fluffy in Creepshow, and you may remember that at one point, a character makes mention of something happening near “the old Myers place.” The implication is that Michael Myers lives in that very same world.

Speaking of the Necronomicon, did you know that it also pops up in 1994 sequel Pumpkinhead 2: Blood Wings? It can be seen in Ms. Osie’s cabin, suggesting that the witch uses the Book of the Dead as part of her spells. Does Pumpkinhead have some connection to the Necronomicon?

Another film that heavily expands on the Slasher Universe, if you choose to have a little fun and use your imagination, is 1998’s Bride of Chucky. Early in the film, Tiffany steals Chucky’s remains from a police compound, and several iconic horror movie props are seen in the same building.

Locked up in the station is Freddy’s glove, Jason’s mask, Michael Myers’ mask, and Leatherface’s chainsaw. We already knew up to that point that Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers inhabited the same world, but Bride of Chucky posits that maybe the killer doll and Leatherface do as well.

I’d be remiss to not also mention 2006’s Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, which is set in a world where all the big slasher villains exist. At one point, Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers are mentioned by name, and it’s also worth noting, as I recently did in a separate article wherein I spoke with the film’s writer, that Eugene is supposed to be Billy from Black Christmas.

Also worth reminding that Leslie Vernon is mentioned in Hatchet 2, which would place bayou monster Victor Crowley into the same universe as all the other slasher icons!

Now look. Before anyone jumps down my throat, I feel I must once again point out that this is all for fun. Most of this stuff isn’t canon but rather the work of filmmakers paying tribute to the horror movies they love; it’s just amusing to examine all the homages, connect the dots, and imagine a world where all of our favorite slasher characters exist and breathe the same air.

Did I miss any franchise-to-franchise connections? Let me know if you think of any!

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Bryan Fuller Wants to Resurrect “Hannibal” With ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Miniseries

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NBC’s “Hannibal” was too good for this world. But all hope isn’t lost.

Believe it or not, it’s already been a year and a half since the plug was pulled and the final episode of “Hannibal” aired on NBC. Unfortunately, we only got three seasons of the exceptional television series before the low ratings caused the network to cancel it, and that’s a particular bummer because the fourth season was set to delve into the iconic Silence of the Lambs story.

Ever since the depressing announcement was made, creator Bryan Fuller has been keeping the hope alive, teasing a potential return or maybe even a feature film spinoff. It’s been a while since we’ve heard a peep about the possible re-animation of “Hannibal,” but speaking with podcast Shock Waves earlier this month, Fuller provided some more insight into what he’s planning.

Fuller explained what he’d love to do with the series, going forward:

We still hope that something can be worked out where we continue telling Hannibal Lecter stories and see The Silence of the Lambs in a way that the book hasn’t been represented. I think the film adaptation is a perfect film, but there are a lot of interesting nooks and crannies to explore in a television series. I hope we get to tell the story.

Ideally for the cast, it would be as a mini-series, here and there. Let’s do 6 to 8 episodes of that, and 6 to 8 episodes over here. And do it as an irregular thing.

We may not deserve it, but we NEED more of Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter.

Who would you cast to play Buffalo Bill? How about Clarice Starling?

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We’ve Lost Carrie Fisher, Who Passed Away at the Age of 60

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The year of untimely deaths continues as we’ve lost our Princess, Carrie Fisher, who never recovered from the massive heart attack she suffered over the holiday weekend. She was 60.

While genre fans will always remember her as Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga, she dabbled in horror quite a bit over her illustrious career.

Some earlier works include Brian Hannant’s 1987 The Time Guardian, as well as Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” series. She also plays Tom Hanks’ wife, Carol Peterson, in Joe Dante’s 1989 The ‘Burbs, while having also appeared in Wes Craven’s Scream 3 as Bianca Burnette, “a cynical, chain-smoking former actress, who works in the archives for Sunrise Studios in Hollywood, California.”

Fisher also starred in Stewart Hendler’s 2009 Sorority Row as Mrs. Crenshaw, “the house mother of the Theta Pi Sorority” who was also a minor antagonist.

She will be missed dearly here at Bloody Disgusting.

Categories: Horror News

Kalyn’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016

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Mr. Disgusting’s Top 10 Horror Films | Several More Must-See Horror Films | Kalyn’s Top 10 | Trace’s Top 10 | Trace’s Worst 510 Best Posters | Worst Posters | Best Trailers | Luiz Picks the Best Horror Shows | Chris’ Best Blu-rays 2016: The Year Netflix Embraced Horror | 10 Sci-fi Movies You May Have Missed | 13 Most Disturbing Horror Movie Moments |
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Some say that 2016 has been a lackluster year for horror, but I beg to differ. With stories about things like a vegetarian becoming a cannibal, a zombie virus outbreak that occurs within the confines of a moving vehicle, and an autopsy case that can’t be solved, it seems apparent that not only is this a rich year for the horror genre, but a very inventive and original one, as well. Some of these titles might be a bit less mainstream than others, but every film is worth taking a chance on. It’s been a great year for the genre, one just has to know where to look.

10. Train to Busan

There’s been a lot of horror movies this year about major life threatening events bringing a parent and their child closer together. Maybe it’s because being a parent is the scariest thing in the world. It’s hard enough taking care of yourself, but when you’re responsible for the well being of another fragile tiny human, suddenly every little exterior threat becomes that much more menacing, because there’s only so much that a parent can control. There’s only so much they can protect their child from. That’s why when Seok Woo takes his daughter Soo-an aboard the train to Busan, and it becomes riddled with infected, flesh eating zombies, his terror overtakes his usual selfish tendency to put himself first, and he becomes the hero that his little girl has always deserved. The cinematic horror universe is so overrun with zombie movies that when news of a new one arrives, it brings about more of a groan than a shriek of joy. However, in a world of cliché copycats, Sang-ho Yeon’s Train to Busan somehow manages to make a refreshingly emotional and grounded take on the worn out sub genre.

9. The Eyes of My Mother

Here’s one that snuck up on me. Admittedly, I was late to the game with Eyes of My Mother. I’d heard from friends that it was a terrific film, that it was moving and had some powerful things to say about family and death, but no one told me how twisted Nicolas Pesce’s first foray into film actually is. No one mentioned the eye gouging or the dug up corpses that would’ve enticed me to run to the nearest theater with a little more zest, or tried to see it with a little more persistence. Undoubtedly, this beautifully shot southern gothic horror story is visually stimulating enough to be worthy of your time, but the gratuitous violence and torture that becomes normalized when we see through the eyes of a traumatized little girl is what really makes this movie worth checking out.

8. Under the Shadow

Stuck within the confines of a war-torn Tehran during the 1980s, Shideh and her daughter Dorsa are left to fend for themselves when the man of the house is called off to join the fight. Their problems are challenging to begin with – rampant sexism, bombs going off sporadically in the streets, neighbors fleeing the city – but it’s not long before things get much, much worse. A djinn begins haunting their home with the taped up windows, speaking riddles to sweet naïve Dorsa, and playing with Shideh’s sense of sanity. Is it possible that Shideh is simply going mad with the threat of war daily pounding on the door, or is there actually an evil and all powerful entity living within the walls of their trenchlike home? And, if there really is an ancient maleficent spirit fixated on these two, can they ever truly escape it? Under the Shadow sets out to explore these questions, and does so with a confident kind of intuition that’s fairly rare in first time directors. Babak Anvari has crafted a smart and suspenseful little feature film debut, and it will be exciting to see what he churns out next.

7. The Invisible Guest

Framed and wrongfully convicted, Adrian knows he’s been set up the minute he wakes up next to the body of his dead lover with police pounding on the door. Adrian swears there was someone else in the room with him, but is still exposed as a murderer to the world, and exposed as a cheater to his loving wife. Determined to clear his name, he hires the best lawyer in the business – but she comes at a price. In order to help him in court, Ms. Virginia Goodman needs Adrian to tell her the complete, totally honest truth about what happened to him. Things he’d never tell a soul. As the clock counts down and the secrets spill out, one thing becomes clear: Adrian may not be a vengeful murderer, but he is by no means innocent. Evocative and tension-fueled from start to finish, The Invisible Guest is a thrilling tale of deceit and redemption that’s so full of twists and turns that it keeps the viewer guessing until the bitter end. This one isn’t to be missed.

6. We Are the Flesh

When a wandering brother and sister find sanctuary from the woes of the current post apocalyptic world inside of an old, tattered apartment complex, they find that they might have accidentally stumbled into the lair of the devil himself. Lousy with hooch, mumbling incoherently, and hell-bent on covering every inch of his place with oddly shaped cardboard boxes, the man in the apartment seems to have grown a bit mad with isolation. However, he seems to possess a strange alluring aura that reels his new friends in and easily persuades them to do his bidding. Soon, he starts to coax his new companions with intoxicating speeches, and talks them into participating in taboo activities, which only become more disturbing as the film chugs along. It’s not long before he transforms these good kids into heathens just as devious as he. Grotesque, upsetting, and shockingly provocative, We Are the Flesh is certainly memorable, but it’s also much more than that. With a surprisingly insightful commentary on the laws of right and wrong, and visually gripping aesthetics that inevitably take on a deeper metaphorical meaning, it’s a movie that everyone should be checking out – that is, of course, if they can stomach it.

5. The Autopsy of Jane Doe

There’s a storm brewing outside, and it’s getting stronger by the hour. Inside, Father and son coroners Tommy and Austin Tilden are hard at work in the mortuary trying their hardest to uncover the secrets hidden within their latest cadaver, but no matter how many organs they exhume or how many physical details they make note of in their recording, they just can’t seem to figure out how their Jane Doe died. Burned on the inside but relatively unscathed on the outside, buried in the ground for days but possessing glossy eyes that suggest a fairly recent departure from the land of the living – the more this dynamic duo uncovers, the more confused they become. And all the while, the storm outside rages on, growing nastier and more fervent with the reveal of each odd clue. Directed by the same man who brought us the surprisingly well made found footage feat Trollhunter, Andre Ovredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a delightfully suspenseful an inherently wicked little descent into the eyes of the storm, both literally and metaphorically. Emile Hirsche and Brian Cox are terrific together as the father and son team, and honestly, after so much time spent dropping in briefly to bit roles on television, it’s just nice to see Cox in a leading role worthy of his time again.

4. Raw

A coming-of-age story with a cannibalistic twist, Raw is a delightfully warped Canadian teen horror movie about a young vegetarian girl who comes to love the taste of human flesh. It all starts when top of her class student and adamant veggie eater Justine enrolls in her first year at veterinarian school. After participating in a blood-drenched hazing ritual, she begins to notice changes brewing within her. Aside from an engorged lust for sexual conquests and gritty violence, Justine is developing an appetite for her peers. Soon, she’ll devour everyone in sight. The feature debut from promising director Julia Docournau, this little independent movie is so unsettling that it even managed to make grown men faint when it made its world premiere at TIFF.

3. Evolution

It’s been a little over ten years since Lucille Hadzihalilovic made her feature debut with Innocence, and fans have been waiting with baited breath ever since. Luckily, her return to the cinematic world is just as engrossing as everyone had hoped. Visually stunning, her new film Evolution tells the story of a little boy named Nicolas who is told repeatedly by his mother that he is sick. Despite the fact that he and every other little boy in this isolated village by the sea look perfectly healthy, they are soon carted off to the nearest hospital, one by one, and given treatments. However, when the medical practices performed by these strange nurses begin to resemble experiments more than typical family medicine, it becomes clear that something sinister is at play.

2. The Wailing

It all started when that old man showed up. At first, this quaint little village in South Korea was relatively quiet, and policeman Jong-Goo’s biggest concern was bringing home enough money to take care of his loving wife and beautiful daughter. However, when a strange elderly Japanese man moves into the neighborhood, a mysterious illness begins spreading through the community and blood-streaked murder begins to run rampant. Victims of the disease first are stricken with a bout of body coating rashes, then start to display odd, out-of-character behavior, until they eventually go mad and kill everyone in sight – even their own family members. It’s terrifying enough when Jong-Goo has to witness the aftermath of these brutal events while he’s on the clock, but when he inadvertently brings his demons back home with him, his life takes a tragic turn as his very own daughter becomes afflicted. Now, it’s up to him and his friends to snuff out the sinister magic that has corrupted their town, and put an end to the hysteria once and for all – before the Japanese man and his inexplicable powers burn this place to the ground. Pulse-pounding and completely unnerving, The Wailing is a special film that doesn’t give up all of its secrets to the viewer, but keeps them on the edge of their seats for the entire runtime regardless.

1. The Neon Demon

This movie was made by a man, but it’s hard to tell. By taking the usual scenario of a sweet young girl moving to Hollywood to chase dreams and flipping it on its head, Nicolas Winding Refn somehow manages to tap into the female psyche, and create something truly special. Normally, the naïve little model-in-training is inevitably taken advantage of by the very people who claimed they wanted to help her, and is therefore made the victim. However, in Refn’s movie, it is she who takes advantage of them. Once the girl starts to notice the effect that her beauty has on people, she begins using it to get what she wants – all while playing the fool, just the same. Aesthetically gorgeous and emotionally invigorating, The Neon Demon is a refreshing take on a tired subject. Instead of implying that women should be ashamed of their narcissism, Refn embraces it, and explores the subject in a positive way. The result is a film that is as hypnotizing as it is terrifying, as it exposes the depths to which some people will sink to attain youth and glamour, while simultaneously suggesting that being proud of the way you look is something to be celebrated, not frowned upon. It might just be his greatest film to date.

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Conjuring 2
  • Hush
  • Lights Out
  • Carnage Park
  • Beyond the Gates
  • Split
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Zach Galligan Offers ‘Gremlins 3’ Update; “Warner Bros. Definitely Wants It”

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 13:53

How has this not happened by now?!

With nostalgia dominating the box office at the moment, it’s kind of odd that a franchise like Gremlins hasn’t yet been brought back from the dead. It would seem that Warner Bros. is leaving guaranteed money on the table (a whole lot of it) by not rebooting the series, but franchise star Zach Galligan is still confident that it’s only a matter of time. Over the course of the last few years, Galligan has been almost single-handedly keeping the Gremlins 3 hope alive, and in a new interview with Bleeding Cool this month, he provided the latest on the long-gestating project.

Galligan told the site that if we get anything more from the series, it’ll be a sequel:

I think you can tell what’s happening with Gremlins 3 the same way you could tell with Gremlins 2. It’s the same people and they tend to work the same way. There is a huge time gap but it’s Warner Bros, Spielberg and Chris Columbus. Now, Chris Columbus didn’t have anything to do with Gremlins 2 – because by his own admission he didn’t see a franchise. He kind of regrets it I believe, but he was ‘one and done.’ I don’t think he cared for Gremlins 2 and the direction some of the characters went in, so he’s kind of wrested control back. Everything I’m quoting is stuff he’s publicly said: ‘There will NEVER be a remake. There will NEVER be a reboot. There will only be a SEQUEL.’

What would a potential Gremlins 3 look like? Galligan told the site what he knows:

[Columbus] has been aggressively working on a Gremlins 3 that takes place in present day. He tantalizingly says there will be some NEW characters and some OLD characters – I guess in the style of a Force Awakens type sequel. One thing we know for sure is they have a writer on board. The only insight I can give is the following: There was a 6 year gap between Gremlins and Gremlins 2; most of that time was spent with them writing and rejecting ideas and re-writing. One of the ideas that was rejected was ‘gremlins in Vegas.’ They went with that for 18 months and felt it was too expensive. Eventually they came up with the tower idea, where essentially I’m working for Donald Trump, our new President! That took six years to happen. Carl Ellsworth has been apparently working on the script for a year and a half now. If no new names start appearing on the IMDB listing then that means they like the script. If new names start appearing, y’know Kevin Smith appears, it means it’s back in rewrites with a new vision.

All things considered, Galligan seems sure that Gremlins 3 will eventually happen:

Warner Bros definitely wants it, Chris Columbus wants to do it because he’d like to undo the Gremlins 2 thing as he wasn’t thrilled with it, and Spielberg wants to do it I imagine – because he’s Spielberg – and why wouldn’t he want to do it. Once he’s found the right script he can attach his name and make a ton of money. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Hey, if the creatures are practical, you can count me in.

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[Exclusive] ‘Pool Party Massacre’ Poster Channels ’80s VHS Art

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 13:07

It’s going to be the worst pool party EVER.

The slasher films of the ’80s have their own set of tropes and inherent qualities, not the least of which are scantily clad women, gruesome practical effects, and of course, eye-catching poster art. All of these things will be found in Drew Marvick’s upcoming throwback Pool Party Massacre, and we’ve got the exclusive first look at artist Marc Schoenbach’s retro poster art for the flick.

Schoenbach, who runs the company Sadist Art Designs, nails that retro ’80s vibe better than any other artist on the scene right now, and his posters for films like The Barn and The Diabolical are some of the coolest we’ve seen in recent years. His Pool Party Massacre art is no exception, channeling the spirit of lurid VHS box art and making us feel seriously nostalgic for the ’80s.

Marvick explained to us why he brought Schoenbach on board:

I wanted to do a poster that gave me the same feeling that so many of the VHS boxes in the Horror section of my local video store gave me as a kid. I always loved the use of skulls back then, like in the art for Cheerleader Camp, Return to Horror High, and of course Evil Dead 2. But I also have such a fond memory of VHS boxes and posters that were actually art, and not just scenes from the movie. Often they actually had nothing to do with the movie itself. A shoe never got stabbed in Sleepaway Camp, a pumpkin never turned into a skull in Halloween 2, and there isn’t a giant vampire cloud in Fright Night (spoiler alert), but all of those posters are awesome, and scared me as a kid. That’s what Marc and I were going for with this poster, and I think he totally nailed it.

With that being said, I am not trying to say there isn’t a girl with a skull for a head drinking an eyeball cocktail in the movie Pool Party Massacre; there might just be, but you will just have to watch it to find out.

Marvick, who wrote and directed, also teased what we can expect from the film:

Pool Party Massacre is my blood-soaked love letter to the slasher films of the 80’s that I grew up watching, and still continue to watch over and over again. As a first time director my biggest priority was to make a slasher film, and as an obsessed horror fan I knew I had to do it right. Even though we had no budget, and an obvious curse put on the whole production, we still did our best to capture the spirit of the films we were paying tribute to, while also making sure it didn’t come off as a blatant rip off or god forbid a spoof.

The film is set in present day, and happens in real time as a group of hot young high maintenance socialites are having a little backyard pool party. Of course, it wouldn’t be a slasher film if there wasn’t an unknown killer hiding inside the house, brutally murdering them one by one in a creative and bloody fashion. My goal was to try to achieve a perfect recipe of practical gore fx, hot girls, heavy metal, homage, comedy, nudity, and even a little bit of story.

In Pool Party Massacre, “What started out as a relaxing summer day by the pool for a group of high maintenance young socialites quickly becomes a nightmare when an unknown killer begins stalking and murdering them one by one.”

Check out the art below and check back soon for the trailer!

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Did You Spot the Neomorph Hiding in the ‘Alien: Covenant’ Trailer?

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:27

We got our first official look at the new creature. And we totally missed it.

Christmas morning was a special one this year, as Santa came down the chimney right around midnight and delivered the greatest gift of all: the Alien: Covenant trailer, of course! The Ridley Scott-directed Alien prequel, headed our way on May 19th, will feature both a classic Xenomorph and at least one brand new Neomorph, the latter of which we told you all about yesterday.

To sum up, the Neomorphs are born when alien spores are released from pods and enter the bloodstreams of humans. The babies burst out of the backs and throats of the infected humans, and eventually mature into Xenomorph-sized monsters. The main difference between the Xenomorphs and Neomorphs seems to be that the Neomorphs have a white/translucent appearance, which calls back to both early Prometheus concept art and H.R. Giger’s original concept design for the Xenomorph. The babies walk on all fours, while the adults stand upright.

When I wrote yesterday’s post, I noted that a Neomorph is not seen in the Alien: Covenant trailer (though the brutal birthing process is teased), but frequent commenter J. Jett let me know that I was quite wrong about that. He explained that there IS a Neomorph hiding in the trailer:

You can see the Neomorph in the red band trailer!! It’s about the size of a large-ish dog and it is indeed white-ish colored. It’s from the scene where Amy Seimetz’s character fires a grenade (or whatever)…

Sure enough, at 1:33 in the trailer you will spot a baby Neomorph walking around on all fours. A couple months back, you may remember that images of a few props from the set leaked onto the internet (they’ve since been removed), and what we see in the trailer lines up exactly with the prop of what we thought was, at the time, a baby Xenomorph. Now we know what it really is.

Thanks for spotting this, J. Jett!

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Netflix is Streaming a Demon Hunting Show That You’re Going to Love

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 12:00

Hiding within Netflix’s massive library is a new show that hails out the UK and carries a strong Evil Dead vibe.

In “Crazyhead”, Amy and Raquel (Cara Theobold and Susan Wokoma, respectively) attempt to navigate their way through the choppy waters of their early twenties whilst simultaneously kicking the ass of some seriously gnarly demons. What could possibly go wrong? Everything…

The first season is only 6 episodes, but they’re extraordinarily entertaining and feature some really, really, really cool visual effects work.

Before you have to head back to school or work, give this series a binge as I’m quite sure Bloody Disgusting readers are going to love it.

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Removing the Magic from ‘The Santa Clause’ Trailer Turns it into a Horror Film

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 11:47

In 1994 Walt Disney Pictures released the family holiday film, The Santa Clause, in which funnyman Tim Allen accidentily kills the real Santa Claus on Christmas Eva, only to find himself magically recruited to take his place.

I recently revisited the film on Netflix and, even though it’s a light-hearted family film, it’s actually pretty dark. Because Allen kills Santa on Christmas Eve, the film takes place over a year. Over that year, his son sounds like a lunatic (telling everyone around him his father is Santa Claus), while his ex-wife and new husband think his father is putting the idea in his head. On the surface it’s fun, but deep down it’s borderline psychotic.

Someone else noticed this and realized that with one simple stroke of a keypad they could turn this holiday classic into a psychological horror film. All this person needed to do was remove the elements of magic from The Santa Clause.

Tim Allen’s mental breakdown brings him to believe he is the real Santa Clause,” explains the YouTube creator. “His madness persuades his son Charlie which causes turmoil amongst the family.

There are some brilliant edits here, especially the one in which he makes the ex-wife call out the fact that Tim Allen’s purposely changing his physical appearance to look like Santa Claus, along with the shot of him staring into the family’s window during dinner.

There’s a lot of remixed trailers out there, but this is one of the best…

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‘The Mummy’ Telling Two Origin Stories in One Movie

bloody disgusting - Tue, 12/27/2016 - 11:14

In this new image from Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy reboot, Tom Cruise is Nick Morton, an amoral tough guy who runs afoul of a resurrected ancient Egyptian, while Russell Crowe is the elusive Dr. Henry Jekyll.

“It’s our ability to sympathize with [these] monsters that has made them endure,” Kurtzman told EW.

“There’s an origin story happening on two different fronts,” Kurtzman added. “I won’t tell you too much more than that, other than to say: One of the things that I think has defined Tom Cruise movies, for 30 years, is that Tom Cruise always saves the day. You know whenever you’re in a Tom Cruise movie that he’s gonna figure out a way to save the day. And that’s great, and it’s why I pay my money to see his movies. However, in the context of a monster movie, it’s challenging, because monster movies are about characters who are often very out of control, and don’t know how to save the day. The first thing I said to Tom was, ‘It’ll be scarier if we can take away the fundamental knowledge that you’re gonna solve the problem.’”

We’re obviously getting the origin story of The Mummy, and apparently Cruise’s Nick Morton, but what about Dr. Jekyll? The thing that I’m most curious about is whether or not Cruise’s character is secretly the next Van Helsing, which was rumored on multiple occasions and would tie all of the monster films together.

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Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: The Mummy.

[Related] Russell Crowe to Play Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde in Tom Cruise’s The Mummy?!

Thought safely entombed in a crypt deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient queen (Sofia Boutella of Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek Beyond) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.”

Cruise is joined by a cast including Annabelle Wallis (AnnabellKing ArthurPeaky Blinders), Jake Johnson (Jurassic World), Russell Crowe and Courtney B. Vance (TV’s American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson).

The creative team on this action-adventure event is led by director/producer Alex Kurtzman and producer Chris Morgan, who have been instrumental in growing some of the most successful franchises of the past several years—with Kurtzman writing or producing entries in the TransformersStar Trek and Mission: Impossible series, and Morgan being the narrative engineer of the Fast & Furious saga as it has experienced explosive growth from its third chapter on.  Sean Daniel, who produced the most recent Mummy trilogy, produces alongside Kurtzman and Morgan.

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JINNAH (1998)

nothingbutthenight - Sun, 12/11/2016 - 11:11
          Directed by Jamil Dehlavi                         Starring:            Christopher Lee            James Fox            Maria Aitken           Shashi Kapoor           Richard Lintern           Shireen Shah           Robert Ashby           Indira Varma          Sam Dastor            The original decision to cast the internationally respected Black Gloveshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01771303462033735870noreply@blogger.com0
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EURO GOTHIC: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema - by Jonathan Rigby

nothingbutthenight - Sat, 12/03/2016 - 10:52
Jonathan Rigby has previously published two of the most comprehensive and therefore essential guides to the history of horror cinema yet to be made available in the English language. With the exemplary English Gothic, first published in 2000, and its ‘prequel’ American Gothic which followed it in 2007, he gave us two detailed and immensely readable tomes both of which, between them, explored Black Gloveshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/01771303462033735870noreply@blogger.com0
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Upcoming Game Last Year Puts You into an ’80s Slasher Movie

Dread Central - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 10:00

What is it with all the’80s slasher movie-inspired games coming our way lately? Well, I sure ain’t complaining.

The latest is called Last Year and was funded on Kickstarter back in 2014. Like Dead by Daylight, it will have one player controlling a killer and four others playing as victims as they try to escape. Killers will have everything from machetes to chainsaws at their disposal, and the slasher movie influences are so abundant that there’s even a stage called Camp Silver Lake, in a not-so-subtle reference to you know what.

The team worked on games including Assassin’s Creed 3, Far Cry 3 and Crysis, so we appear to be in good hands. Have a look at the latest trailer below.

Last Year is a 5 vs 1 multiplayer survival horror game where 5 players play as a group of classic high school characters and must survive against one player that’s playing as the Killer. As the students your goal is to escape from East Side Highschool and make it out alive. You’ll need to work together by searching for resources and crafting weapons if you expect to survive.

Playing as the Killer is a completely different experience and you’ll be hunting down and ambushing the other players as they try to escape. There are multiple killer types to choose from and each one has its own unique weapons and abilities which lets you choose the playing style you want. You can move quick and light as The Strangler, or go in heavy as The Slasher. All the Killers have predator mode which lets them unspawn and turn invisible. This lets Killers appear from anywhere, ensuring students are never fully safe.

Each survivor has a role to play, like Medic or Technician, and each role helps keep the group alive. Players need to work together and protect each other and they’ll be faced with moral dilemmas along the way. Do you split up and betray your friends to save yourself? Or do you survive as a group and escape together?

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WORLD OF DEATH Ep. 27 – “Necrotic” / “E-Mail”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 00:34

Director Ross Williams’ twisted mind fuck, “Necrotic”, is equal parts suburban zombie massacre and schizophrenic head trip. As far as the small outcropping of cerebral WOD short films go, this one borders on insane. I suspect the filmmakers possess several loose screws but none as unconstrained as their analysis of life in the suburbs – which is, if anything, a treacherous, unstable hellhole amazingly savvy at transforming every resident into mindless, maniacal monsters.

Masturbation leads to murder in Director Pedro Santasmarinas’ slick, stylized take on technological perversity, “E-Mail”. When a slovenly creep ignores a cryptic email thread, he gets a visit from an unlikely computer “virus”. “E-mail” is perverse enough to debate the dangers of sexual fetish and fantasy, and audacious enough to use sexual aggression as a throughline. This clever revenge-themed ghost story with a compelling subtext critical of modern rape culture is fucking disturbing; efficient in its delivery, but smart enough not to blow its load too early.

– Ben Lewandowski

World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for.  Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre.  And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go.  Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 7pm CST.




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[Review] ‘Shut In’ Doesn’t Live Up to its Thrilling Premise

bloody disgusting - Sun, 11/13/2016 - 19:17

For a film claiming to be a thriller, Shut In pulls more from horror in the most predictable ways it can, whenever it can. It’s a beautifully shot mess that doesn’t know what it wants to be.

Naomi Watts does the best she can as Mary, a widowed child-psychiatrist who live deep in the woods of Maine, working out of her garage. She rarely, if ever, leaves her home that would make Property Brothers proud because her son, Stephen (Charlie Heaton of “Stranger Things”) was rendered vegetative after a car accident caused by an argument with his father who is left dead.

Of course, since the film takes place in  Maine during winter there’s a snowstorm of epic proportions coming that may or may not render Mary without power for a couple days. Oddly enough, the audience is left waiting until the last 15 minutes of the film for the storm to materialize, and once it does it plays no part in the plot what-so-ever.

One of Mary’s patients is a 9-year-old deaf boy named Tom (Jacob Tremblay). He runs away from the foster care center one night and ends up at her house. Mary pleads with Tom’s foster care agent to let him just stay with her, but suddenly he’s gone.

Shut In‘s goal is to make the audience question whether Tom is in the house, a ghost is in the house, or Mary is going crazy after taking care of Stephen alone for so long. It delivers on none of this, with a predictable twist that we’ve already seen accomplished in a much better fashion this year in a different movie (click here if you want two movies spoiled).

Mary’s psychiatrist, Dr. Wilson (Oliver Platt) is constantly trying to prescribe her different drugs, and he reveals the twist via Skype towards the end, which is about as anticlimactic and boring as it gets. Watts is constantly fighting with Wilson amongst other characters who think she’s dumb throughout the film, and right at the end she just sighs and gives in to the most basic horror cliches that will make any genre fan cringe in pure anger.

I knew Shut In was in a tough spot when it stealth released this weekend without advance screenings for press, but I was hoping it would exceed my low expectations as a diamond in the rough. Sadly, I was left with a huge sigh of disappointment as the credits rolled. Shut In isn’t awful, it’s just painfully average in a time that it can’t afford to be. If you want to support a horror director at the theater, go see Scott Derrickson’s excellent Dr. Strange instead.

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