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Two New Quad Posters for Howl

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 10:00

Ahead of its theatrical UK release on October 16th, followed by its home video release on October 26th, we bring you two more posters for the werewolf flick Howl. They do a pretty awesome job of conveying the whole ‘werewolf on train” thing, don’t you think?

Directed by Peter Hyett, who bought us the horror flick The Seasoning House, Howl stars Ed Speelers (remember Eragon?), Sean Pertwee, and Holly Weston. It will make its US debut at the Popcorn Frights Film Festival in Miami in October.

A late-night train journey out of London turns into a hellish nightmare when the young guard and his band of commuters are forced into a fight for survival against a pack of malevolent and terrifying creatures.

Joe, a young mild-mannered train guard, is bullied by his overbearing boss into working one more shift on the last train leaving London. It’s a dark and stormy night, and the passengers are a meager bunch. His only consolation is that he’ll be riding alongside beautiful trolley girl Ellen.

After traveling a while, the train brakes violently and comes to a sudden halt deep in the middle of a forest. They seem to have hit something on the line, but when the driver ventures out to investigate, he never returns. The passengers start to panic, and domineering Adrian quickly takes charge and convinces everyone to leave the broken-down train and walk the remaining few miles to the next station.

They begin to walk up the track when to Joe’s horror he stumbles upon the driver’s mutilated body. Realizing that there’s something dangerous lurking in the forest, he screams at everyone to run back to the carriage, but soon the deadly creature is stalking the besieged train and smashing through their defenses, picking the passengers off one-by-one.

Joe rejects Adrian’s selfish “survival of the fittest’” plan and rallies his “pack” of passengers to fight back. During a vicious battle they manage to kill the creature, which is revealed as a hideous mutated fusion of human and wild animal – a werewolf. However, celebrations are cut short when they hear more howls coming from the forest…

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Shriekfest L.A. Confirms Full Lineup

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 09:30

Four days of indie horror lunacy sound good to you? If you’re in or around the Los Angeles area and that sounds like your cup of tea, you’re gonna want to dig up some friends and head to Shriekfest L.A.!

From the Press Release:
SHRIEKFEST INTERNATIONAL HORROR/SCI-FI FILM FESTIVAL is thrilled to announce the full, expanded schedule for the FIFTEENTH annual horror film festival, returning to Raleigh Studios Chaplin Theatres, October 1-4, 2015. Festival Director Denise Gossett says, “We are so honored to once again be at the same location we’ve been at for all 15 years! That says a lot about a location’s quality and a festival’s continuity; filmmakers walk out of their screening saying their film has never looked so good!”

Festival-goers will once again enjoy the finest in independent cinema from around the globe, selected from submissions that came in everywhere from the United Kingdom to New York, from Texas to France. From our opening night screening of Chatter starring Richard Hatch (“Battlestar Galactica”) to the shorts from Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom and finally to the WORLD PREMIERE of 6:15, the first feature shot in first-person POV and in one continuous take! The 15th Annual Shriekfest Horror/Sci-Fi Film Festival has worked hard to present a festival as diverse as the fans of the Los Angeles city itself.

American independent films are also well represented this year, THE ANSWER is playing on Friday, October 2nd, as well as INTERIOR, which is screening on Saturday, October 3rd. We can’t leave out CLINGER starring Vincent Martella (“The Walking Dead”), THE DIVINE TRAGEDIES (Ken Foree and Barbara Crampton), HUNTING, LANDMINE GOES CLICK, GRANNY OF THE DEAD, and ALL I NEED.

Not to mention our fabulous selection of short films. Movies like THE WRONG PROFILE, THE PERIPHERAL starring Lynn Lowry, SWEET HOLLOW, THE ART OF HUMAN SALVAGE starring Edward James Olmos, 20 HZ, CHATEAU SAUVIGNON: TERROIR, and the clever BAD GUY #2 challenge the viewers with provocative, well-crafted original stories.

Once again SHRIEKFEST Film Festival exceeds at challenging the idea of what a horror film festival should screen, with eclectic selections (THE HERD) to science fiction (THE STOWAWAY), comedy (ATLANTA ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE), and even the disturbing (THE SMILING MAN).

Entrance to SHRIEKFEST Film Festival 2015 is $10.00 per block, and an All-Fest Pass, good for all four days of the festival, is now available for just $140.00. This pass includes the opening night party and guaranteed entrance to all films/Q&A’s.

All films are unrated, and unless specifically noted, no one under 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian’s accompaniment or permission.

For more information visit, “like” Shriekfest on Facebook, and follow Shriekfest on Twitter (@Shriekfest)

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Watch a Creepy as Hell Video About the Abandoned Town that Inspired the Siren Games

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 09:00

Anyone who played Sony’s Siren on PS2 can tell you that it is, without a doubt, one of the creepiest games out there. But what’s even more creepy is that the game was actually inspired by a real abandoned town in Japan.

The town in the game was called Hanuda and is based on Chichibu in the Saitama Prefecture of Japan, which is actually one of many abandoned places in the country.

Like in the game, a camera crew went to examine it, and the results speak for themselves. Reality really can be more scary than fiction sometimes.

The Siren series has been pretty much MIA since the release of Blood Curse in 2008, but hopefully Sony will breathe new life into the series at some point, especially if they need something exclusive to rival the Fatal Frame series, which now belongs to Nintendo.

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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut Coming Soon to Steam

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 19:15

The acclaimed Van Helsing video game trilogy will be reissued as The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut, developer and publisher NeocoreGames has announced. It will feature all three games combined, in addition to new content. This includes brand new cut scenes, character classes, and tower-defense mini-games.

In the games players can explore the land of Borgovia, undertaking quests and participating in events, as well as leveling-up their many skills, finding rare items, encountering randomly generated terrains, and of course, slaying monsters. When you’re not too busy exploring the land, you can relax at your Hunter’s Lair, which can be customized how you see fit.

The compilation will consist of easily over 50 hours of gameplay, and as if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a multiplayer mode where you can either fight or assist other players.

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut will be released for $44.99 on Steam on September 23, 2015. A Mac release will follow.

You can stay updated with The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut on Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, and on NeocoreGames’s blog and forum.

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Resident Evil Online Shooter Umbrella Corps Announced

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 19:13

At the Tokyo Game Show, Capcom unveiled Umbrella Corps, a new third-person online shooter that forms part of the Resident Evil series.

Gameplay will feature fast matches across familiar locations from the previous games. Modes will include One Life Match, in which you have to defeat other players without respawning, which will be made all the more difficult by the fact that in addition to other players, there’ll also be NPC enemies such as zombies and other fan favorite monsters from the series.

Weapons will include the usual lineup of guns and grenades in addition to more bizarre additions including an axe known as the Brainer, book spikes, and the Zombie Jammer.

Umbrella Corps will be released for PS4 and PC for $29.99 early next year.

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Harvest, The (Blu-ray)

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 18:58

Starring Michael Shannon, Samantha Morton, Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan

Directed by John McNaughton

Distributed by Scream Factory

Nearly thirty years ago director John McNaughton delivered what still stands as one of the most visceral, impactful horror films ever made – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986). The raw, unvarnished 16mm aesthetic lent the film an aura of reality few horror pictures are able to achieve. But McNaughton’s stay in the realm of horror would be brief, with only one other film in the genre – 1991’s The Borrower (which is really sci-fi/horror) – and an episode of Showtime’s “Masters of Horror” (2005-2007) to his credit. Now, after a career largely directing television episodes, McNaughton has made a semi-return with his latest thriller, The Harvest (2013). While it is certainly nice to see the director back in his old stomping grounds, this latest picture feels like it would work better in McNaughton’s other frequent medium: television.

After losing both of her parents, young Maryann (Natasha Calis) moves in with her grandparents (Peter Fonda and Leslie Lyles) and begins to search around town for a friend. She comes across the window of Andy (Charlie Tahan), a young boy who is essentially housebound due to an undisclosed sickness. Andy’s mother, Katherine (Samantha Morton), is a stern doctor who absolutely refuses to allow Andy to play with Maryann. His father, Richard (Michael Shannon), is a bit more understanding, allowing the two kids to play video games while Katherine is out of the house. But eventually Katherine figures out what’s going on, leading her to cut Maryann out entirely. Maryann refuses to accept Katherine’s wishes and continues to visit Andy. One afternoon, after she has assisted Andy in leaving the house so they can play baseball, Andy’s mother calls to say she’s coming home early. Maryann and Andy race inside, but Maryann can’t leave before Katherine walks in the door, so she hides behind a door, which leads down into the basement, where she finds Andy’s parents have a secret hidden below.

The reason why this film would have worked better as a television episode than a film is because there are two twists to be found here, and once the first is uncovered the second can be guessed by anyone familiar with cinematic storytelling in a matter of minutes, maybe even seconds. Yet the picture continues on almost as though it’s assuming viewers won’t be keen enough to figure things out. If you can’t, maybe the revelations in the last act will be somewhat shocking; however, I would be willing to bet very few viewers are so naïve. Very little tension is built throughout the first two acts because Andy’s ailments are presented so nebulously that it seems he’s just a sick kid with two whacked-out parents. The scariest thing about the film’s first hour is imaging yourself caught in a torturous marriage like Shannon’s character. And again, once viewers can telegraph the film’s final moments after a marginally shocking reveal there’s really not much left to thrill.

What bolsters the material are some strong performances, especially Samantha Morton as Andy’s hellish mother who is overprotecting to a serious fault. Morton initially seems to be nothing more than a profoundly dedicated mother who happens to be a doctor, and she’s beginning to crack under the pressure of finding a cure for what ails the kid. As the film progresses, her mental state deteriorates to a point where it’s clear she is entirely malevolent in her actions toward Andy, prompting Richard to step in when he would normally remain quiet. As Andy’s father, Michael Shannon portrays a detached, stoic man who yields to his wife’s requests and rarely speaks up to defend himself. And like every good man who is constantly stepped on and put down, he eventually reaches a breaking point and suddenly becomes essential to the story’s conclusion.

There are some strong moments in The Harvest, but they aren’t enough to offset the relative lack of tension and they definitely don’t help after the mystery has been blown wide open. The story would be better served in a shorter medium so that the twists can be revealed in quicker succession; as a film there’s a sense of deflation once key points are made clear. The tight cast of characters doesn’t have a weak link among it, with everyone involved digging deep into the material and giving it a real shot of life. Commendable performances make this one at the least worth a watch, but it has little replay value.

The film’s 1.85:1 1080p picture is nicely detailed; featuring strong color saturation, very fine film grain and excellent definition throughout. Nearly all of the film takes place during the day or in well-lit rooms, so there isn’t much chance to show off true black levels. The picture itself exhibits a nice sense of depth. It may not be visually striking, but this is a solid transfer that looks sharp in HD.

The audio might be overcompensating a bit, with the English DTS-HD MA 7.1 surround sound track seeming like overkill considering the picture utilizes such a minimalist sound design. To be fair, sounds are discreetly placed, allowing for the track to sound full and immersive. Rears come into play sparingly but effectively. The score repeats simple motifs throughout, never really hitting any of the typical horror stings viewers might expect. Subtitles are available in English SDH and Spanish.

Director John McNaughton and producer Steven A. Jones deliver a fairly thoughtful audio commentary. The opening scene, which has no real bearing on the film, was intended to be a non-sequitur to throw off the audience. I thought the scene came across as superfluous if anything. The two also discuss choosing the house and what they wanted out of the score.

The film’s theatrical trailer is also included.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with director John McNaughton and producer Steven A. Jones
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Damnationland 2015: Exclusive Artwork Premiere and Early Details

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 18:22

Damnationland is a showcase of terrifying new Maine-made short films that redefine the classic thriller and horror categories, highlighting the dark arts of independent filmmaking from New England’s haunted figurehead state. With the 2015 event set to kick off soon, we have for you today an exclusive look at the event’s poster art.

Now in its sixth year, the Damnationland 2015 program will feature world premieres of ten short films produced in Maine by Mainers especially for the Halloween season. These are dark, surreal, and fantastic pieces; and they offer film fans an excellent sampling of the talent producing independent film in Maine today.

Damnationland 2015 kicks off on October 16 at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine, followed by dozens of screenings around the world after that. Keep your eyes on for full details. In the meantime connect with them on Facebook and Twitter.



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TIFF 2015: Bloodshot New The Mind’s Eye Candy

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 18:09

Joe Begos’ new film, The Mind’s Eye, is set to premiere TONIGHT (September 15th) in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival; and in honor of the occasion, we have a new still and a trio of one-sheets to share! Dig ’em!

The screening begins at 11:59 pm ET in the Ryerson Theatres, 43 Gerrard Street E. in Toronto. In attendance will be writer/director Joe Begos and lead actors Graham Skipper and John Speredakos.

Can’t make it tonight? You’ll have two more chances during this year’s TIFF:

Thursday, September 17th – 3:30 PM ET – The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Saturday, September 19th – 7:00 PM ET – Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 10

The Mind’s Eye is described as a violent telekinetic revenge thriller set in snowy 1990 New England. It stars Graham Skipper (Almost Human), Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod), John Speredakos, and Noah Segan (Looper).

Related Story: TIFF 2015: New Clip Enters The Mind’s Eye

THE MIND’S EYE blends horror, science fiction, and thriller elements in a retro-style film recalling the concept-driven genre films of the 70s and 80s and particularly the early work of David Cronenberg. Following years remaining off the grid, Zack (Skipper) captures the attention of the mysterious Dr. Slovak (Speredakos), a telekinesis expert with ambiguous intentions. After uncovering Slovak’s nefarious plot to empower himself using a telekinesis-enabling serum harvested from the blood of his “patients,” Zack must stop Slovak and rescue his fellow telekinetic Rachel (Carter) before it’s too late.

The climactic, mind-bending showdown between Zack and Slovak treats audiences to an array of mind-blowing special effects, engrossing narrative twists, and vivid cinematography.

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Frances O’Connor Screams for The Conjuring 2

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 18:01

Some new casting news has arrived as THR is reporting that Frances O’Connor has joined Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson to co-star in The Conjuring 2, New Line’s sequel to its massive 2013 horror hit.

The new movie is reuniting many of the creative elements of the original movie. James Wan, coming off of Furious 7, returns as director and producer along with Peter Safran and Rob Cowan.

Farmiga and Wilson are reprising their roles of real-life paranormal investigating couple Lorraine and Ed Warren. O’Connor (A.I. Artificial Intelligence, “The Missing”) will play the mother of a girl who is experiencing a haunting and desperate for help.

The Conjuring 2 is due to begin production later in September. Wan wrote the screenplay with Chad and Carey Hayes, with revisions by David Leslie Johnson.

Photographer: Jules Heath

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Syfy Announces Early Details for 31 Days of Halloween 2015 Including 4 New Original Movies

Tue, 09/15/2015 - 17:44

Be afraid… be very afraid. Syfy’s 8th annual “31 Days of Halloween” spook-a-thon will unleash more than 600 hours of blood-curdling programming from October 1-31, including ghoulish “Ghost Hunters” and “Paranormal Witness” holiday-themed episodes and four spooky new original movies.

Read on for the highlights!


  • Night of the Wild (New original movie, Saturday, October 3, at 9PM) — When a large meteor crashes into a quiet town, pet dogs become mysteriously aggressive, attacking and killing the residents. Night of the Wild stars Rob Morrow (“Northern Exposure”), Kelly Rutherford (“Gossip Girl”), and Tristin Mays (“The Vampire Diaries”).
  • Ominous (New original movie, Saturday, October 10, at 9PM) — Michael and Rachel are devastated when their six-year-old son dies in a tragic accident. When a stranger offers to bring the boy back to life, they take the offer. However, the child who returns is not the child they once knew. Ominous stars Barry Watson (“Masters of Sex,” “7th Heaven”) and Esme Bianco (“Game of Thrones,” “The Magicians”).
  • They Found Hell (New original movie, Saturday, October 17, at 9PM) — When a group of gifted college students run a secret teleportation experiment, they accidentally open a portal to another dimension, trapping them in Hell. One by one they are hunted, tortured, and killed by the denizens of Hell who are bent on stealing their souls. They Found Hell stars Chris Schellenger (Hacker’s Game), Katy Reece (When the Pile Is Crooked), and Austin Scott (Prep School).
  • The Hollow (New original movie, Saturday, October 24, at 9PM) — On Halloween three troubled sisters attempt to find tranquility by moving in with their aunt, but instead face a mysterious creature that threatens to kill everyone on their secluded island town. The Hollow stars Stephanie Hunt (“Californication”), Alisha Newton (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), and Sarah Dugdale (Sorority Murders).
  • “Ghost Hunters” Halloween Episode (Wednesday, October 28, at 9PM) — In this special Halloween episode, “Darker Learning,” Jason Hawes and the TAPS (The Atlantic Paranormal Society) team go on location to investigate the legend of a mysterious love triangle that could be at the root of frightening paranormal activity at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, VT.
  • “Paranormal Witness” Halloween Episode (Wednesday, October 28, at 10PM) — The true story of a Rhode Island family’s terrifying battle with the spirit of a murderous witch in their home will be explored in this special episode of the series. Titled “The Real Conjuring,” the episode details the frightening basis for the hit 2013 movie The Conjuring, which will also air on Syfy Saturday, October 31, at 9PM.

31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN will also summon a coven of Syfy theatrical premieres ranging from I Am Legend and Orphan to Insidious: Chapter 2, as well as all-new episodes of chilling scripted series such as “Z Nation,” “Haven,” and “Dominion” (Season 2 finale airs October 1).

The scarefest will also include encores of spooky treats such as Blade II; Underworld; The Fog; Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning; The Cabin in the Woods; The Omen (2006); The Last Exorcism; Fright Night (2011); Hostel; and Silent Hill: Revelation.


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Vivieno Caldinelli and Matt Watts Bring Us to the Portal To Hell!

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 09:00

Recently we got a chance to review the insanely entertaining short Portal To Hell!! from the comedy directing/writing duo of Vivieno Caldinelli and Matt Watts, and starring the late, great Rowdy Roddy Piper. What’s even more of a bonus was to be able to snag a few minutes with the creative team to discuss the short film and how they desire to turn this into a full-length feature, as well as share a couple of memories about working with the Rowdy One – so tighten up your kilts and read on!

DC: Can you give an outline of the short to the people who might not be familiar to it?

MW: It’s about a building superintendent who used to be a boxer, and now his best days are behind him. His tenants keep pulling him away from his quiet time to perform menial tasks, and one night the power goes out and he goes to investigate, and he comes upon a couple of weird older white dudes running some kind of satanic thing in the basement, and it turns out they’re opening a portal to Ry’leh, trying to bring Cthulhu through to take over the world, and he has no choice but to step in.

VC: It’s a real call-to-adventure story! (laughs)

DC: Matt, you were the writer – how did you manage to come up with a story like this, and did you have Roddy specifically pegged for the role of Jack?

MW: Originally I had the idea for this as a feature, and then I was talking to Viv about it, and we agreed to make it as a short, and as it started to get drafted, it became very clear that Piper was the best option for it – it just seemed right, and we started writing it for him and started trying to get him, and it all worked out.

DC: Viv, what was it like working with Roddy? Any stories to tell from your time filming?

VC: Yeah, it was a dream come true, and the best way to put it is just imagine how awesome it would be to work with him, and times it by 100 – he was that kind of dude – so genuine, so nice, and within the first minute I met him, I saw his WWE Hall of Fame ring, and I asked him about it, and he took it off immediately and said, “Do you want to put it on?” He was just the tops.

MW: The night he got in before we started shooting, it was just a very small get-together, after we all broke up, I said that I’d drive him to the hotel, and the hotel wasn’t in my city, so I don’t know where the fucking hotel was, so I got lost! The poor guy is exhausted, and I’m like, “I’m sorry – I’m lost” – there’s a bunch of hotels in the same cluster, and I thought it was one and I was wrong, so I had to pull out my phone and find out which fucking hotel it was. Anyway, it added another 20 minutes to the trip, and he was so nice about it, and not in a “oh, that’s fine” kind of way, but we just genuinely chatted, and he was just a delightful, lovely guy, and it’s tragic that we’ve lost him. For us, it was a dream come true to spend the time with him that we had, and he totally sells the thing – I think it’s one of the best performances he’s ever given, and he couldn’t have been a sweeter guy throughout the whole process.

DC: With both of your backgrounds rooted in comedy, how did you manage to complement each other’s styles when creating this?

VC: We’ve both got very similar sensibilities – from movies that we love to the same sense of humor, I think that we were able to pull it all together and make it work.

MW: As myself as the writer, and Viv as the director, I think that the way we complement each other is that I’m more along the lines of dialogue-driven humor, and Viv is the physical type of humor – he likes visual gags, and I for the life of me can’t really think of them – the face-melting in the short, that’s all Viv’s. The repetitive wordplay is me, and I think we complement each other that way – he’s the eye, and I’m the words, so it was a really nice collaboration, and I think we were a little worried about how we were going to gel on-set, but it all worked out.

DC: After the release of this, what’s up for the both of you in the future?

VC: The feature is our main focus right now – the short was never a destination, so to speak, but more of how we could tell this story and execute it. This was to build it up and to get the feature made.

MW: It was always intended to be Roddy in the feature, and our last conversations with him were about the feature and the excitement, so we’re in sort of a bittersweet, trepidatious forward step – we want to make the feature, and he wanted to make the feature, and I think he’d want us to continue. We just don’t know how we’re going to do it quite yet. We’ve got the first draft almost finished, and part of the festival showings are to try to find financing, and we just don’t know who we’ll use to fill his shoes, so we’ll be exploring that.  We’ve got the momentum, and it would be a shame not to do it.

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Blood Moon to Rise on UK DVD and VOD 5 October

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 06:00

In his review of Jeremy Wooding’s western/werewolf mash-up, Blood Moon, Matt B. recommends it to “those who want a nice twist on their wolf-watching,” and really, considering the lycan offerings we’ve been subjected to lately, who doesn’t want that?

If you’re in the UK or Ireland, Studiocanal has you covered with a DVD and VOD release on October 5th.

Shaun Dooley (Eden Lake), George Blagden (“Vikings”), Anna Skellern (The Descent II), and Corey Johnson (The Bourne Ultimatum) star.  Although set in the US, Blood Moon was filmed on location in Kent, where the producers found a replica Wild West town. It is only the third western to be filmed in the UK.

In a remote mining town a stagecoach full of passengers are held hostage by two outlaws on the run from the law. But events take an unexpected turn when the group fall prey to a mythical creature known to locals as a skinwalker. They must settle their differences and combine their strengths if they re going survive the night of a blood red moon.

Blood Moon was released in North America on September 1st by Uncork’d Entertainment.

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A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 05:00

Starring George Buza, Percy Hynes-White, Zoé De Grand Maison, William Shatner

Directed by Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan

It’s Christmas time in the fictional town of Bailey Downs, and according to bookending narrator DJ Dan (Shatner) this particular town always ends up facing its fair share of disaster at what should be the most merry time of year. And so, holed up in his station with a stock of booze and no small amount of disdain for his co-workers, Dan delivers his Christmas cheer to the airwaves as A Christmas Horror Story gets under way.

An anthology movie with an unusual construction, A Christmas Horror Story spins four seasonal tales of horror which, rather than playing in their entirety in series, lay out their individual acts one after the other instead. Surprisingly, rather than being off-putting, it actually works in the film’s favour, building the piece as a whole to a concurrent crescendo as each woven thread climaxes in order. It also allows for more time with the quite frankly wonderful William Shatner in between.

One story tells of a group of high school students who break into the basement of their educational establishment in order to create a short documentary about an horrific murder which occurred there in the previous year. Trapped and scared, the group find themselves at the mercy of an angry spirit determined to ensure the birth of her own little Christmas miracle. This one is well shot and pumped full of jump scares, with a grim feel and ending that gets the message across: A Christmas Horror Story isn’t messing around. It does fall down due to the cliché nature of its subject – angry spirits and trapped teens – and the pacing tends to drag down the momentum of the overall picture, but it offers enough shocks and earnest performances to be worthwhile.

Another tale, and quite possibly the best in terms of performances and character work, sees a married couple (one of whom is the cop who discovered the victims of the first tale’s back-story) set off into the forest to procure a Christmas tree. When their young son goes missing, the panicked pair eventually find him hiding inside of a gnarly old tree and take him home – only to discover that something is very, very wrong with their child.

Feeling like it could, at any moment, launch into a Demons 2-style woman-versus-demon-child monster-fest, this segment actually holds more restraint than expected, focusing on the strained relationship between the couple – not to mention father and son – and letting the horror gradually creep up on you until the blood begins to flow. It’s great stuff – tense, well acted and relatable in its terror.

Third is the story of an apparently well-to-do family and their bratty children setting off to visit the father’s reclusive, rich Aunt. The family don’t like her, and she doesn’t like the family – but that won’t stop daddy from trying to scrounge some cash out of the wealthy crone. Their trip soon turns deadly, however, when their thoroughly unpleasant son deliberately breaks a Krampus statue in an act of defiance – unleashing the beast to hunt them down and uncompromisingly deliver the consequences of being naughty at Christmas. Boasting some cool monster effects – a rather kick-ass, chain-swingin’ Krampus – this one feels the most like it stepped from the pages of an EC Comics publication, especially given the dark, moralistic final twist.

Last but not least, the bloodiest, and most comedic, entry takes us to Santa’s giant estate at the North Pole, where a zombie virus is turning the elves into foul-mouthed, feral flesh-eaters. It’s up to the old man and his big white beard to lift his sceptre and deliver mercy to the infected as heads and limbs fly in all directions. Riotous fun, this segment is goofy in all the right ways, and packs in a ton of splatter as it works towards a finale that is both mind-blowing and gut-busting in its simple comedic genius.

But let’s get back to William Shatner. The man is a treasure right here – his droll wit making every short segue to the radio station, as DJ Dan gets progressively more drunk and belligerent, something to truly look forward to in between the story segments.

A thoroughly entertaining mix of levity and horror, A Christmas Horror Story is a flick that you’ll want to unbox year after year. Alongside the egg nog and candy canes, this one deserves to be an annual tradition.

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Adult Ghost Story The Green Man Heading to UK DVD in October

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 04:00

Equal parts ghostly thriller and sexual farce (who doesn’t love those?), UK miniseries “The Green Man” is finally getting its due on DVD this coming October thanks to Simply Media.  We have the release details, plus a trailer, right here so read on for the details.

The Green Man” UK DVD Release Info:
British acting great Albert Finney stars as a slimy hotel owner in “The Green Man,” a gripping ghostly BBC Two miniseries from 1990, which comes to UK DVD courtesy of Simply Media.

Maurice Allington (Finney – Skyfall, The Gathering Storm) is the promiscuous and alcoholic owner of a quaint British bed-and-breakfast hotel, the Green Man Inn. In the hope of attracting customers, when he’s not trying to seduce them, Allington keeps his guests entertained with tales of ghosts and spirits haunting his hotel, spreading rumours that the ghost of a notorious 17th century occult scientist haunts it. But he and his guests are in for a shock when they realise that the hotel is possessed by some very real and malevolent other-worldly spirits.

At times a sexual farce, at others a ghostly thriller, this BAFTA-winning extraordinary three-part series is based on Kingsley Amis’ 1969 satirical novel of the same name. Starring Linda Marlowe (“Eastenders,” Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Sarah Berger (“Murphy’s Law,” “Castles”), Nicky Henson (Syriana, “Downton Abbey”), and Josie Lawrence (“Whose Line is it Anyway?,” “Fat Friends”), it makes its DVD debut on 5 October 2015.

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Jaws Bathroom Decals Bring the Giant Shark Into Your Home

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 23:00

While you’re fuming about the fact that director Steven Spielberg isn’t ruling out a reboot of the classic shark flick Jaws, why not decorate your bathroom with decals featuring moments from the iconic thriller? Ray Wilson, with a little help from Alyssa Scott and Robbie Rane, has created Jaws stickers that essentially turn your bathroom into the resort town of Amity Island.

Of course, these aren’t the only decals Wilson and company have to offer. He also created something call the Toilet Sarlacc, which essentially transforms your commode into the sarlacc pit from Return of the Jedi. Now you can take a satisfying crap directly into the mouth of the galaxy’s most hideous desert-dwelling monster. It’s something you didn’t know you always needed.

Check out some of the Jaws decals below. If you like what you see, swing by Ray Wilson’s website and pick up some of your very own. You may soon discover that you’ll need a bigger bathroom.

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James Cullen Bressack’s Pernicious Debuts on DVD Exclusively Through Redbox

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 22:37

Writer/director James Cullen Bressack’s Pernicious is set to hit DVD this Tuesday (September 8), but you’ll need to track down a Redbox kiosk should you wish to check it out. Assuming, of course, you don’t have access to VOD. In other words, if one of those big red machines doesn’t stock Bressack’s impressive horror flick, then you’re out of luck until the end of the month.

From the Press Release
After thrilling audiences in theaters and On Demand earlier this Summer, James Cullen Bressack’s bone-chilling horror hit Pernicious makes it way to DVD. The title will be exclusive to Redbox from September 8 and available elsewhere from September 29.

Pernicious, starring Emmy-nominated Emily O’Brien (Young and the Restless), Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers) and Jackie Moore (100 Ghost Street), is “a carnival for the eyes” (Dread Central) and “sexy, bloody, and heinous” (Horror News). The movie tells of three young girls, holidaying in Thailand, who unleash the spirit of a murdered child with only one thing on her mind – revenge.

If you can’t get your hands on a DVD copy of Pernicious on September 8, don’t lose too much sleep about it. The flick will arrive through other outlets in just a few weeks. Count the days!

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Babysitter Allegedly Tortures Kids with Duct-Tape and Mommie Dearest

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 22:11

Here’s something from the “truth is stranger than fiction” file: A babysitter allegedly duct-taped two young kids in Nebraska City and forced them to watch director Frank Perry’s classic Mommie Dearest. Not surprisingly, the guy is now facing a handful of charges for his crime.

The Hollywood Reporter explains that 29-year-old Glenn Oliver was looking after two young boys while their mother headed off to work. At some point, she told the babysitter that the kids had to watch Mommie Dearest, but apparently they weren’t interested in the flick. To get them to comply with his demands, he reportedly ducted-taped their “mouths, wrists, chests, ankles and heads.”

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, a neighbor stopped by and discovered the boys, ages four and six, taped to their chairs. After documenting Oliver’s crime with a photo, she “asked the caregiver if she could take the boys over to her own home to help clean and he didn’t have a problem with that.” Not surprisingly, she then contacted police for assistance.

As of this writing, Oliver is now facing charges of false imprisonment and felony child abuse. All three of the mother’s children have since been removed from the home.

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New Comic Celebrates 100 Days of Death

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 19:36

Death goes viral (someone either has or will use that for a tagline) in the comic book adaptation of Ray Ellingsen’s 100 Days of Death, and we have all your details right here.

From the Press Release:
Platinum Studios Comics, a division of Platinum Studios (headed by iconic CEO Scott Rosenberg of Cowboys & Aliens fame) and Platinum Universe, is excited to announce the much-anticipated comic book release of 100 Days of Death!

100 Days of Death, which was written by Ray Ellingsen and adapted into comic form by famed artist Tommy Castillo (Batman, King Kong), follows a man and his dog on a journey as an apocalyptic virus sweeps across the planet, destroying humanity in a few short months.

Ellingsen explains, “Power grids fail, communications break down, food supplies dwindle, and even fellow uninfected humans can’t be trusted. Survival becomes nearly impossible, maintaining one’s humanity, even harder. Two and a half years later a journal is found atop the spire of the Seattle Space Needle; the contents tell of one man’s experiences in this nightmare existence.”

Castillo further reveals, “This is a badass tale of your darkest fears, compounded with a few million creatures of the undead who want you for dinner!”

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Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves Sees a Red Band Trailer

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 19:31

A red band trailer for Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves, director Ross Patterson’s latest bizarro cinematic endeavor, has arrived; and it looks pretty toothy.

As you may already have guessed, the movie tells the story of Helen Keller as she wages war against the nightwolves. Pretty self-explanatory, really. Sometimes it’s just that simple.

Lin Shaye (the Insidious franchise), Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Jim O’Heir (“Parks and Recreation”), and David Quane (FDR: American Badass!) star.

Look for more on this one as it comes.

Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves tells the shocking story of how a group of nightwolves terrorized a tiny village, taking people’s hearing and eyesight… and the one woman who fought back.

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Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience Heading to the Los Angeles Theatre

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 19:15

Stephen King’s classic tale Carrie is about to get a fresh coat of blood… er, paint. Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience is set to terrify the Los Angeles Theatre next month. The folks over at the Los Angeles Times have dubbed the show as a “full-throttle theatrical experience,” so it’s definitely something fans shouldn’t pass up if they have the chance to check it out.

Featuring music from Michael Gore (Fame), lyrics by Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose), choreography by Lee Martino, and direction by Brady Schwind, Carrie will transport theatergoers directly into the action. According to the official press release, the Carrie musical will feature “immersive staging” that will give audiences a nifty 360 experience. In other words, as things start to go down at Ewen High School, the shenanigans will unfold all around you.

Previews of Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience begin on October 1, 2015. If you’re in the area and love Stephen King’s story, definitely consider giving this one a look.

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