Recently we’ve been telling you quite a bit about the 2014 Howlin’ Wolves Monster Fest, which takes place in Melbourne between the 20th and 30th of November. Now you can take a look at the full festival schedule alongside a bloody new video featuring an introduction by the disembodied head of festival director Neil Foley. Check it out!
Limited tickets for the master-classes and special events at The Monster’s Lair (Yah Yah’s Bar) can be had via the Monster Fest ticket page on Pozible, and session tickets for each of the film screenings are also now available from the Cinema Nova box office and website.
You can also follow Monster Fest on Facebook for the latest news alongside the chance to win prizes in their online competitions.
That’s not to mention that there are also new Facebook event pages now live for Lloyd Kaufman’s MAKE YOUR OWN DAMN MOVIE workshop and Monster Fest’s FREE Happy Hour screenings which will take place during the festival. Yep, there’s a lot going on in Melbourne this year!
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Starting at 7am GMT this Halloween (that’s TODAY!), the folks behind @TrickorTweetUK on Twitter will be running another online event packed full of quizzes, prize giveaways and even a Zombeavers live tweet-along.
Take a look here for the full schedule and how you can get involved for a spooktacular Friday!
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Last week Lionsgate started a charity auction on eBay that ends TOMORROW, HALLOWEEN (10/31), AT 5PM so this is your last chance to own a piece Saw history!
Here are the details:
To celebrate our 10th Anniversary Re-Release and to help a great cause, Lionsgate is auctioning off five (5) prize packages that include the following items:
- 1 SAW 10th Anniversary Poster signed by Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith, James Wan, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Leigh Whannell
- 1 SAW REBIRTH comic signed by Tobin Bell, Greg Hoffman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Leigh Whannell
- 1 SAW II DVD
- Full Set of 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Posters (5 designs in total)
- SAW VI Original Halloween Blood Drive Poster
All proceeds go to The American Red Cross.
Look for the film to open on Friday, October 31st, with select screenings beginning Thursday night, October 30th. The seven Saw films grossed $874 million at the box office worldwide and were hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Most Successful Horror Franchise” of all time.
Saw was the first collaboration for co-creators James Wan, who directed the film, and Leigh Whannell, who wrote the screenplay. Together, they also created the successful Insidious franchise, and Wan has gone on to direct such high-profile films as The Conjuring.
Directed by Wan from a script penned by Whannell, Saw is a psychological thriller focusing on two men who wake up in a secure lair of a serial killer with a dead body lying between them. The killer, nicknamed “Jigsaw,” leaves them tape recorded messages with details of how to make it out alive. The only way for one man to make it out alive is to do the unthinkable. The two men desperately try to find a way out, while also trying to figure out who’s behind their kidnapping.
It’s almost time for “The Originals” episode in which Nina Dobrev from “The Vampire Diaries” guest stars, and on tap now we have a new sneak peek to share. In this look at Episode 2.05, “Red Door,” Cami tries to bring some humanity to Klaus.
As much as we love you, Cami, please leave Klaus be… it’s his INhumanity that makes him one of our favorite current TV villains!
“The Originals” Episode 2.05 – “Red Door” (airs 11/3/14)
In order to show Elijah (Daniel Gillies) that her plan is what’s best for him, Esther forces him to relive a time long ago when he loved a young woman named Tatia (guest star Nina Dobrev).
With the help of Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is determined to find Elijah, who has gone missing, but is torn when she discovers that Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is also in trouble. Elsewhere, Cami (Leah Pipes) finds herself in a dangerous situation when Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche) takes her hostage as a way to lure Klaus to him, and Davina (Danielle Campbell) makes an upsetting discovery about Kaleb’s (guest star Daniel Sharman) true identity.
Lastly, a violent confrontation ensues when Klaus comes face-to-face with Mikael. Michael Robison directed the episode written by Declan de Barra and Diane Ademu-John.
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It’s finally here. The annual Steam Halloween Sale is live, bringing with it deals on all sorts of horror games from now until Nov 3. Just under 500 titles have been discounted, many by 50-75%. There are far too many to list here, but I’ve included a few of the highlights below, so you don’t have to sift through all this cheap gaming goodness. Otherwise, the full list can be found here.
Doorways Collection for $6.39
The Evil Within Season Pass for $9.99
Left 4 Dead 2 for $4.99
Outlast for $6.79
The Walking Dead: Season One for $6.24
The Walking Dead: Season Two for $12.49
Killing Floor for $4.99
Amnesia Collection for $8.74
Dead Space Pack for $8.74
Darkwood for $11.24
Alan Wake for $7.49
State of Decay for $6.79
Slender: The Arrival for $4.99
Silence of the Sleep for $11.38
Contagion for $7.99
Paranormal for $7.49
Kraven Manor for $3.99
Magnet has released yet another clip from the third chapter in the V/H/S anthology franchise, and as always we have it for you right here. Check it out and look for it on VOD now!
V/H/S: Viral (review) features segments from directors Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment “D is for Dogfight”), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead, The Birds of Anger), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring, Wrecked), along with Todd Lincoln (The Apparition).
Related Story: New V/H/S Viral Red Band Clip; Death Toll Infographic
Gary Binkow and Brad Miska produced for Collective Digital Studio and Bloody Disgusting, marking their third collaboration with Magnet on the V/H/S films.
A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.
With Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty forever left his mark on the Halloween season by delivering what is arguably the perfect Halloween-themed anthology film. Will he do the same for Christmas? We’ll find out when Universal and Legendary release Krampus on Friday, December 4, 2015.
Based on an ancient legend about a pagan demon who punishes the wicked, Krampus will be similar in style to Dougherty’s cult hit Trick ‘r Treat. Dougherty also co-wrote X2, the second installment of the X-Men franchise, and Superman Returns. He’s also working on a sequel to Trick ‘r Treat. That is also at Legendary.
“The dark ancient origins of our holidays have always fascinated me,” Dougherty said. “I’ve been drawing twisted Christmas cards for well over a decade so it only made sense to bring some of that morbid yuletide fun to the big screen, and Krampus was the perfect mythology to do that. Christmas has been invading Halloween for far too long. It’s time to return the favor.”
Entertainment Weekly scored the first ever look at some of the cast members of the long brewing book adaptation Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Check it out!
Below you’ll find your first glance at characters Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse).
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also stars Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, and Lena Heady. Burr Steers is directing from a screenplay by David O. Russell and Steers.
The film hails from Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Sierra/Affinity, and Lauren Selig. It is produced by Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Exec producing are Lauren Selig, Aleen Keshishian, Ted Hamm, and Sue Baden Powell.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mixes the 1817 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead. Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular novel plays with the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with the challenge of an army of the “sorry stricken” (i.e., zombies).
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Another remake is on its way, this time of the 2006 film Otoshimono, aka Ghost Train. Read on for all the details you need. All aboard!
From the Press Release
Adding to its commitment to establish a cultural bridge between a consortium of Japan’s leading creative companies and prominent Hollywood filmmakers and studios, All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW) has partnered with the Hollywood feature film production company Depth of Field and Japan’s legendary movie studio Shochiku to develop GHOST TRAIN.
Based on the 2006 Japanese horror thriller OTOSHIMONO, GHOST TRAIN is a horror-themed tale tracking a mysterious force that invades an underground commuter train and terrifies its passengers.
The announcement of GHOST TRAIN follows on the heels of previously announced ANEW projects that include SOUL ReVIVER in association with Fields Corp. and filmmaker partners Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz of Bedford Falls Prods. and a live action remake of TOEI Animation’s robot anime GAIKING with producer Gale Ann Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment, Inc.
ANEW’s vision is to develop and produce adaptations of proven creative brands from Japan for the English-speaking market, bringing together top Hollywood filmmakers and studios with Japanese content owners and creators. ANEW expects to unveil several additional Japanese IP-based projects in upcoming months.
“Film projects based on, or inspired by, Japanese storytelling have been very successful internationally in recent years, and the adaptation of the fresh and original GHOST TRAIN for the English-speaking audience builds on this trend,” said Annmarie Bailey, ANEW’s Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs. “This property represents the first of several planned projects from a pool of the best Japanese-originated horror and anime properties that will benefit from Hollywood sensibilities and popular storytelling.”
Depth of Field’s Dan Balgoyen is overseeing the English language adaptation of GHOST TRAIN, which is being written by Josh Miller and Patrick Casey (“Golan the Insatiable” for Fox TV). OTOSHIMONO writer-director Takeshi Furusawa and producer Yoshitaka Ishizuka will also be involved in developing the adaptation. The producers expect to commence shooting in 2015 for a targeted 2016 release.
OTOSHIMONO (originally starring Erika Sawajiri, Shun Oguri, and Chinatsu Wakatsuki) centers on the disappearances and horrific challenges a group of commuters face after finding a lost ticket at a subway station deep underground. The film explores the value of family and friendship and the power of a past curse’s influence on these people’s lives.
“The original inspiration for OTOSHIMONO was numerous American horror titles, which makes this remake feel like a homecoming for the property,” Furusawa said.
“I’m very excited to see how the original version evolves in the American remake version,” Ishizuka added.
“Our new relationship with ANEW to co-produce GHOST TRAIN, marks a pivotal moment and exciting opportunity for all of us at Depth of Field to break new ground in bringing Japanese-originated properties to English-speaking audiences worldwide,” Andrew Miano said.
Mondo has revealed details for their upcoming vinyl soundtracks for Elliot Goldenthal‘s Pet Sematary and Jerry Goldsmith‘s The Omen, both of which will go on sale tomorrow!
The soundtrack for Pet Sematary comes on the film’s 25th anniversary and is being hailed as, “…the most comprehensive version of the soundtrack to date…”, featuring two tracks from The Ramones that were previously unreleased on the soundtrack. There will be a standard black edition and there will be randomly inserted green/blue vinyl with black haze.
When it comes to The Omen, fans will remember that Mondo released that soundtrack last year. However, what happened was they offered a black/red striped variant that ultimately had audio issues and were not released. Rather, they were used as ammunition at MondoCon’s Shaun Of The Dead “record throwing” booth.
Now, Mondo is happy to announce that they have 700 copies of the striped variant that will go on sale tomorrow. As an owner of a different variant, I can safely say that the packaging and quality is stellar! Definitely worth the investment!
Head below for a gallery and for vinyl details.
Pet Sematary details:
Pet Sematary 2XLP Pressed on 180 Gram Black & Randomly Inserted Translucent Green / Blue vinyl with Black Haze. Music Composed by Elliot Goldenthal. Featuring “Pet Sematary,” and “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” by The Ramones. Artwork by Mike Saputo. $35
The Omen LP Pressed on 180 Gram Translucent Red Vinyl with Black Stripe. Music Composed by Jerry Goldsmith. Artwork by Phantom City Creative. Limited to 700 copies. $25
Tonight is Devil’s Night, the eve before Halloween when kids troll their neighborhood armed with toilet paper and shaving cream. Commonly known as Mischief Night in my home state of Jersey, this is the night for tricks, while tomorrow is the day for fun size candy and boss ass costumes. Hate your principal? Egg his house. Pissed at your neighbor? Soap his windshield.
While tonight’s activities remain pretty much the same across the nation, the eve has different names in different regions. Damage Night, Cabbage Night, Beggar’s Night, hell, even some of the U.S. adorably calls it Goosey Night.
Like Halloween, the 30th traditions go way back to Samhain, the Celtic New Year. But what do all these wacky names mean? Jersey’s website NJ.com posted a fun and easily digestible article exploring tonight’s many traditions, including Cabbage Night:
Cabbage Night stems from an old Scottish tradition, according to “Framingham Legends,” a history of the Massachusetts town. In Framingham, which apparently also calls it Cabbage Night, girls on Halloween Eve would closely examine cabbages pulled out of their neighbor’s patches to divine the qualities of their future husbands.
“Once the cabbage had served its purpose, the only logical thing to do with it was throw it against the door and run really fast, thus beginning a long tradition of Halloween pranks.”
What do they call it in your hood? What’s your craziest Mischief Night story? Sound off in the comments!
Starring Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris, Joel McHale
Directed by Scott Derrickson
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Like a narcoleptic DJ, Deliver Us from Evil is inconsistent. It feels like a man with tourettes is trying to narrate The Silence of the Lambs, so every once in a while during the tense or charactery bits, he just jumps up and screams “OOGAH BOOGAH.” One of the dumbest “thinking man’s” movies around, it still held the distinction of being one of my favorite summertime releases. The characterization is done uncharacteristically well for a horror-genre popcorn-film, and the antagonist is genuinely unsettling.
In case you are not familiar, Deliver Us from Evil is a supernatural thriller about a New York Bronx cop played by Joel McHale tragically dying an hour and a half in, leaving all the dramatic weight on Eric Bana’s shoulders. Bana plays real life Bronx cop turned demonologist Ralph Sarchie, his characterization as a violent man coming to terms with his past to better confront evil holds up pretty well. Bana’s mannerisms and accent are pure New York Bronx, and it’s apparent that a lot of care went into making this movie look and feel very Bronx on top of feeling very supernatural. It is hard to imagine this film taking place anywhere else, so kudos to them for integrating the setting so well into the film.
The plot requires some leaps of faith that aren’t satisfyingly explained, so let me just recap the plot and just take at face value that I’m not pointing out the stupidity for the same reason you don’t have to point out when an elephant has decided to sit down in your living room. While investigating crimes out of the 46th precinct of the Bronx, Sergeant Ralph Sarchie hears a domestic disturbance call that sets off his “radar.” Explained as his sixth sense for weird and violent stuff, they find that the domestic dispute is both violent and weird. Hints of possession are there for those looking for it in the audience, but there are no spinning heads or inverted crosses, so it does a good job of slowly easing the characters into the world of the supernatural. Next, they get a call about a disturbance at the Bronx zoo, and during a nighttime manhunt encounter the antagonist, later revealed to be an Iraqi war vet named Santino, painting over some writing on a wall. From here the manhunt for Santino begins, with the first big break coming from an unrelated case, where a haunted house was found to be painted by Santino and the man from the first domestic dispute. How Sarchie manages to string together a series of seemingly unrelated cases into a single thread of logic is beyond reason, but you just kind of have to accept it like you accept that the elephant is going to eat all of your fruitcake.
Side-plots include Sarchie’s family somehow slowly becoming haunted by demons as well, and the dark history of Mendoza, the priest that brings Sarchie into the whole supernatural business. Over the course of the movie, Sarchie becomes more disturbed and agitated by the stuff he is seeing, and character arcs his way from skepticism all the way to becoming an exorcist himself. If it sounds like I’m not explaining something, its because a lot of the plot doesn’t really go anywhere. While things certainly happen in the movie, it is never really clear what the greater threat or endgame is. For example, the demons are given this sense of devious intent by painting over all of the demonic scratchings they leave on the walls. However, of the three demons, one ends its plotline by throwing itself off a building for the sole purpose of startling Sarchie, and the other just turns itself in to be exorcised. Not exactly masters of evil level planning there, demon hordes.
If it sounds like I am being harsh on Deliver Us from Evil, know that everything I didn’t like only stuck out because it was sandwiched in something I did like very much. Joel McHale’s performance is fantastic, but they have to cock it up by only letting him be in like 10% of the movie. There is a great scene where they watch security footage of Santino suspiciously talking to a lion, and then a bloody face just jumps on screen for a few seconds. It is one of a few asinine jump scares in the movie, and they fit in like the dicks from Fight Club, not really shocking you or adding anything. They just make you scratch your head and wonder “did they just stick their dicks in my supernatural thriller?”
Anyways, if I keep pointing at the elephants they will start feeling self-conscious. The shot design and sound design are great, and there are a lot of little flairs that add to the movie. Sarchie’s descent into anger and eventual redemption at the hands of God through confessing to Mendoza are done with adequate weight to be believable. The family drama and dark histories add a human weight to the characters, and are integrated well into the main plot. The acting is good all around, and the antagonist does a good job at being genuinely terrifying. Theres some good philosophical debate, that allows the movie to be watched intelligently if you ignore all the jump scares. Overall, the movie is enjoyable, but is dragged down by some questionable additions. It’s like someone on the staff was afraid that if something didn’t make me jump every 5 minutes, I’d fall asleep.
Oh, and Sarchie is also being haunted by The Doors. Yes, the band. But at this point you might as well just let the elephants have their own little tea party and enjoy the ride.
There are two sets of special features, one for general DVD release and one for Blu-Ray exclusively. In the general category, we have a Director’s Commentary track and a featurette on the making of the movie titled “Illuminating Evil: Making Deliver Us from Evil.” Clocking in at about 13 minutes, “Illuminating Evil” plays like an abridged version of all the other special features. You will get the key points from most of the Blu-Ray content, and whatever the marketing department decided was key from Derrickson’s commentary. It plays like a big pat on the back, but you get some sense of what they were trying to do.
The director’s commentary is unintentionally hilarious. I was first exposed to Derrickson’s work from his foray into the Hellraiser series. The fifth installment of the now totally shit series, I watched Hellraiser: Inferno as part of a marathon of the whole series with my girlfriend of the time. After Hellraiser 3: Shit Goes Bananas and Hellraiser 4: Hellraiser in Space, my girlfriend and I were weirded out that the fifth installment was actually not total shit. Along with Saw VI, it stands as an actually kind of good later installment to a series that has long lost any license to be anything but cash-grab screen-vomit. I liked Derrickson’s work on Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but by God if it wasn’t proving that there could be a decent Hellraiser sequel that made me respect the man.
Which is why the commentary being such a rambling mess is hilarious. It would be just sad if he went up and talked about his kids the whole time, but Derrickson gives just enough little short bursts of insight that his 10 minute rants about how science is wrong because spirits exist, followed by a subsequent 5 minutes of hard backpedaling, come off as tremendously out of place. He seriously goes from talking about the interesting uphill battle he fought to get Joel McHale cast in the part he wrote for him, to telling anecdotes about McHale’s struggling theater career and slightly psychotic knife collection. If this commentary were done in more than one take and in any setting other than Derrickson sitting alone with a voice recorder and bottle of Gin, taking a shot every time he had to change the subject, I will eat my own foot.
As for the 3 Blu-Ray exclusive featurettes, they all focus on a specific aspect of the movie and are worth watching. “Deliver Us From Demons” is about the makeup and characterization of Santino, and it is genuinely cool to see him go from normal guy to total batshit demon. Nothing truly revelatory, but worth a watch. “The Two Sergeants” is about Bana learning from the real life Ralph Sarchie how to play Ralph Sarchie, and if anything gives you some respect for Bana’s commitment and process. It was cool to see how much of the real life person went into the performance of the sensationalized fictional character. It is worth a watch, especially for people familiar with Sarchie’s work.
The last feature, “The Demon Detective,” is easily the most interesting special feature. A small biopic on Sarchie, it gives the real life Ralph Sarchie a chance to color himself. A normal, hardworking, American guy, Sarchie comes off in that likeable and respectable way that most honorable working class people do. You get a real sense of pride in what he is saying, and most importantly never get a shred of him being disingenuous. He really believes in what he is doing, and regardless of if you believe in God and the Devil or exorcisms, his earnest candor is enough to make you understand where he is coming from. He’s no movie star, and certainly gets more comfortable as the interview goes on, but is the kind of no-nonsense guy that can cut through the glamour of being on screen and just tell his story. It is a genuinely enjoyable bit, even with all the God stuff.
Overall, the special features are worth a watch, as they do give you insight into how they shot the movie and what they were going for that was not already apparent. A bit of a back patting session for sure, but not enough to get in the way. If you can spring for the Blu-ray, do so, as the extra features bring in enough detail to be worth watching.
- Director’s Commentary
- Illuminating Evil” Making Deliver Us from Evil
- Deliver Us from Demons (Blu-ray Exclusive)
- The Two Sergeants (Blu-ray Exclusive)
- The Demon Detective (Blu-ray Exclusive)
The Annabelle movie may not have delivered on the shivers, but one thing’s for sure… she remains creepy looking as hell. Looking for a Halloween getup? This video tutorial will help you get all evil-dolled-up!
Check out the video below courtesy of Hannah Leigh. Even cooler? When you’re done, you can message your picture here using the hashtag #AnnabelleHalloween for a chance to be included in an official Annabelle fan gallery!
What are ya waiting for? Get your gruesome on!
V/H/S: Viral is NOW on VOD platforms (with a limited theatrical run slated for November 21st), and Magnet has give our friends at Joblo/Arrowinthehead a new clip from the film, this time from Nacho Vigalondo’s insane demonic segment.
The new tape features segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring).
“A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”
Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey and Jayden Robison star.
Marcel Sarmiento, TJ Cimfel, Dave White, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead wrote the screenplays.
About a week ago I told you guys that The Strangers director Bryan Bertino’s Mockingbird was a must-see Halloween film. A lot of you guys didn’t like that, but I stand behind my love for (most) of the movie, which I consider to be frightening and suspenseful until the lackluster and trite finale. Still, it’s a great ride that I thought would be fun to watch on Halloween.
I got ahead of myself and some readers assumed I didn’t have any other suggestions. Well, I do, and I’m going to share them with you now. Thankfully, since Halloween 2014 lands on a Friday, it comes with two bonus days to fill with genre goodies.
First, per request of a few readers, I want to point you to Gerard Johnstone’s People Under the Stairs-esqe Housebound, a hilarious indie film we’ve been supporting since the beginning of time. Patrick Cooper called the film a comical and creepy house of horrors. In the New Zealand-based film, “Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables & small town gossip. However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers & strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.“
Much like Mockingbird, The Houses That October Built is a pretty great experimental horror film that falls apart in the final moments. Still, the unique nature of the way it was filmed – at real haunted mazes – makes this a must-see. Bobby Roe directs this new spin on found-footage that stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson.
Also available now is TWC-Dimension’s Horns, the adaptation of Joe Hill’s graphic novel that was directed by Alex Aja (High Tensions, Mirrors, Piranha 3D) and stars The Woman In Black‘s Daniel Radcliffe. It’s not a perfect movie – although Mike Pereira loved it – but it’s a really colorful adaptation that’s got some really cool stuff in it. “Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with the supernatural powers they possess, he sets out to find the true killer.“
And how could I not use this opportunity fore a shameless plug? If (and only if) you like the first two V/H/S films, check out our V/H/S: Viral, featuring the works of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment D Is for Dogfight), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring). It’s also glossier as we took the franchise into the “real world”, so to speak, so those who hate the found-footage look may actually enjoy this one.
Let’s see, what else is out there, oh, yeah SAW. Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of James Wan and Leigh Whannell’s indie classic that Lionsgate acquired and put into theaters everywhere, thus changing the course of horror last decade. While it is opening in theaters for a one-weekend engagement, it’s feature all over VOD platforms and should be revisited in celebration of the indie horror film. If anything, catch it before Lionsgate announces a remake…
I also really enjoyed the Town That Dreaded Sundown remake/sequel (here’s our review), which reminded me of the early Halloween films with a hint of David Fincher’s Zodiac. The pic takes place “65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.” Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is also getting behind the camera for “American Horror Story: Freak Show” episodes.
Another film that’s a mixed bag is Eduardo Sanchez’s Exists. I really enjoyed the film, but Rodriguez also helmed a V/H/S/2 segment, which sorts of voids out my opinion. The reviews seem to be mixed and our readers also seem to enjoy the film enough that I think it may be worth a Halloween weekend viewing. It’s a found-footage Bigfoot film in which “a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed” after an accident. It’s from the director of The Blair Witch Project, too.
An older film I really, really, really loved is Under the Skin, a super creepy alien horror pic that I’ve been raving about here on the site. Scarlett Johansson stars as an alien seductress who “combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair.” A quick note: From what I’m told, the book is way better.
And while there are tons of great genre films floating on VOD, there are a handful that you SHOULD AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
First and foremost is the terrible Stephen King adaptation (of which he wrote the screenplay) A Good Marriage, which Patrick Cooper called the worst Stephen King adaptation yet. Peter Askin directed the film, starring Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Kristen Connolly and Stephen Lang. “When her husband (LaPaglia) of more than twenty years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson (Allen) looks for batteries in the garage. Instead she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.“
And while we like Blumhouse’s Mockingbird and Town That Dreaded Sundown, you should definitely avoid Mercy, a try and bland haunter from Peter Cornwell, the director of the awful Haunting In Connecticut. In the other bad Stephen King adaptation, “Two mischievous young brothers accompany their single mother to take care of their grandma in her remote and lonely house. What begins as an innocent gesture, leads to the discovery of terrifying secrets about Gramma’s true nature.”
Easily the worst movie of the year, and a must avoid VOD rental is WER, an atrocious found-footage werewolf pic from the directors of The Devil Inside. Featuring the worst finale in recent memory, it tells the story of a defense attorney named Kate Moore (A.J. Cook) who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf.
Two more weak films being pushed heavily on VOD platforms (don’t be fooled!) is both the comedy Life After Beth and the generic thriller Stonehearst Asylum. Patrick Cooper called the Abrey Plaza starrer Life After Beth a muddled zombedy. In regards to the Kate Beckinsale starrer Stonehearst Asylum, Patrick says it’s a so-so period thriller.
There’s literally hundreds of VOD titles released throughout the year, and while we focused on the new(er) stuff, we’d love to know what you guys would suggest to the rest of Bloody Disgusting. Tell everyone below, what should they rent and/or avoid this Halloween weekend?
Not content to let two of gaming’s oldest horror franchises fade away, Atari is bringing back both Alone in the Dark and Haunted House with “reimaginings” of each slated to arrive this fall.
Of the two, Haunted House: Cryptic Graves is the most mysterious. Until today, we hadn’t seen much of it, with the exception of a small bit of gameplay footage and some screenshots. Today, we’re getting more of each, and first up is the game’s official trailer.
You can pre-order Haunted House: Cryptic Graves for $16.99 (15% off) right now on Steam.
To kick off the return of the original SAW in theaters this Halloween Weekend, Arclight Cinemas will be hosting a special Q&A with the original filmmakers and cast of the most successful Horror Franchise of all time.
Join moderator, Evan Dickson from Bloody Disgusting, at the ArcLight Hollywood and reminisce with the cast about this iconic franchise. The Q&A will also be live streamed into four other Arclight locations [Beach Cities, Pasadena, Sherman Oaks, La Jolla] so get your tickets here now.
For those of you not in the LA area, you can also live stream the Q&A at your own computer. See below!
WHO: Director/Writer James Wan, Writer/Star Leigh Whannell, Producers Mark Burg & Oren Koules, DP David Armstrong, and cast members Cary Elwes, Shawnee Smith and Jigsaw himself, Tobin Bell; moderated by Evan Dickson
Tomorrow is Halloween and we’ve been featuring some amazing content to ensure that you have tons of ideas on what you can do for this special day! But if you haven’t gotten enough movie suggestions to know what to marathon this weekend, how about we turn to ambient trip-hop duo Arms & Sleepers to lend their thoughts!
Member Mirza Ramic states:
Lots of TV/movie memories from our childhood years in the 1980s and early 1990s expressed themselves musically on our new album ‘Swim Team’. The TV show ‘Miami Vice’ brought back a lot of feelings (watching Crockett and Tubbs in action in my father’s arms will always be a special moment in my life), as did Jean-Claude Van Damme’s double role in ‘Double Impact’ (so much so that I watched the film ceremonially while on tour in Hong Kong – which is where the movie takes place – a couple of years back). But as true movie enthusiasts, there are plenty of horror films from this time period that hold a special place in our hearts as well. Here are five of them, in no particular order.
Check out their Top 5 horror films and then make sure to order Swim Team via the band’s Bandcamp.
Just in time for Halloween, artist Bennett Slater has given us a glimpse of his newest piece, and it’s fucking chilling. He created the piece for a Halloween-themed show at Auguste Clown Gallery in Australia opening Halloween night. His style is uncompromising and depicts the terror that I believe is captured by the weird old oil painting portraits of old. This is seriously chilling stuff.
Here’s Bennett’s inspiration in his own words:
For this piece, I delved into Dante’s “Inferno”, from the 14th Century poem “Divine Comedy”. Centered around a man traversing the 9 circles of Hell, there’s one section that always stuck with me, which features a corrupted man (Ugolino) forced to eat his own sons. I combined Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s 19th century sculpture “Ugolino and His Sons” with a contemporary costume depiction of satan. It’s interesting- the difference a century makes. The excerpt from “Inferno” which I based the piece reads:
Editorial By: Giaco Furino
So it’s Halloween and you’re in a relationship? Cool! Chances are either you or your significant other (or the both of you) have thought about a couples costume for Halloween. We understand the temptation is strong, but don’t just go as Peanut Butter and Jelly, don’t don mustaches and dress as Mario and Luigi. You’re a reader of this site! You can do better… and by better, of course, we mean creepier! Here are six great ideas to scare in tandem.
Bonnie and Clyde (Deceased)
We’ll start you off with a classic Halloween costume. Bonnie and Clyde, the infamous robbers and leaders of a small gang during the great depression, are perfect candidates for a couples costume. Dress up in Great Depression-era garb, tote around a fake gun, and feel like a badass. But we can do better than that. Remember the final scene from the 1967 movie, where Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway are riddled with bullets? That’s the costume we’re going for!
What You’ll Need: For the person playing Bonnie, you’ll need an era-appropriate dress and an awesome tommy gun. For the person playing Clyde, you’ll need a handsome suit, a nice hat, and a devilish grin. Both costumers, of course, will need a pair of scissors. Don’t rush this costume; in real life Bonnie and Clyde were reportedly shot fifty times… you’ll have to cut all those bullet holes!
Rosemary and Her Baby
When Rosemary’s Baby hit theaters in 1968 it captivated audiences and critics, and even managed to freak out the church and expectant mothers! Mia Farrow delivered a performance so realistic that some claimed it was too true to life. So now it’s up to you and yours to create a truly terrifying couples costume around this flick. Everyone likes to dress up as a baby for Halloween (well, maybe not everyone), if you’re gonna do it you might as well dress up as the spawn of Satan.
What You’ll Need: For the person playing Rosemary, you’ll need that adorable pixie haircut, a big kitchen knife, and a blue sleeping gown. For the person playing Baby, you’ll need… well… we only really see it’s demonic eyes. So go crazy! Just make sure you nail the eyes.
Frankenstein’s Monster and His Companion
So you want to go as “Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein”? Well stop right there! Let’s get literary here. Let’s work from the source, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. You’ll be going as Frankenstein’s Monster, and you’ll be going as the Monster’s Companion. And don’t go reaching for that green makeup, either, you’re both made of corpses, and you’ll both be fleshy and rotten and disgusting, just like in the book. In fact, in the novella Dr. Frankenstein can’t even pull the trigger and bring the Companion to life, he’s too worried it’ll turn out just as monstrous as the Monster.
What You’ll Need: You’ll both need to dress in shabby clothing. Better stock up on liquid latex, too, if you really want to get that “just a mound of rotten flesh” look. Remember, keeping these costumes literary is the key to staying creepy and standing out against the flat-topped Frankenstein masses.
Oedipus and Jocasta
Want to really freak out your friends? Dress up as Oedipus and Jocasta from Greek Mythology. Do you remember the classic tale? Here’s a 10th grade English class primer: Oedipus’ father knew his son would one day kill him, so he left the infant out in the wilds. Baby Oedipus was saved and given to the childless king. He later ends up unwittingly killing his father and marrying Jocasta… his mother. And when the couple finally finds out that he’s killed his dad and been chilling with his mom for years she hangs herself and he gouges out his own eyes. Perfect for a couple costume!
What You’ll Need: For the person playing Oedipus, you’ll need greek robes and LOTS of blood around your eyes. For the person playing Jocasta, you’ll need greek robes and a rope. It’s like a toga party… but, you know, terrible and creepy.
King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn
If you’ve got a fancy dress and a King’s costume laying around (and who doesn’t!?) don’t just go as a tired old King and Queen. Go as King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn! Their sordid love, marriage, and eventual split make the juiciest soap opera seem dull. Unable to bear the nearly-mad King Henry a son, Anne Boleyn was charged with adultery and conspiracy and sentenced to death. Even after a thoughtful testimony she was walked into the public square and given a swift beheading. So why be a plain King and Queen when you can be a blood splattered maniac King and his beheaded bride!
What You’ll Need: For the person playing Henry, you’ll need a big beard, a big belly, and the blood of your many dead wives on your hands. For the person playing Anne, give yourself as nasty a neck wound as you can muster! And make sure you’re both pasty! Royalty is always pasty!
Chupacabra and Goat
The Chupacabra, the legendary creature that’s known to suck the blood out of farm animals, was first sighted in Puerto Rico in 1995. The creature, according to witnesses, kills livestock like sheep, cows, and goats, and sucks all their blood from them, leaving them bone-dry. The creature’s name literally translates to “goat sucker” so… Chupacabra and Goat! It’s a match made in heaven and a perfect couple costume.
What You’ll Need: Aside from buckets of blood? For the person playing the Chupacabra, make sure you’ve got nasty fangs, big claws, and a penchant for blood. For the person playing the goat, make sure you’ve mastered the “oh no I’m being drained of all my blood” look.