Directed by Gary Shore
Situated somewhere in the no-vampire’s land of Gothic romantic saga and PG-13 supernatural horror, Dracula Untold is a story that’s actually been told many, many, many times. Its blueprint seems most strongly etched in the 1993 Francis Ford Coppola version – at least, the origin story bits do. The flashbacks of battles, the moments of immortal angst, and even the bride’s far fall into the ravine are all pretty palpably lifted from the visuals of that film.
But we also get some cool twists, like Vlad dissolving into a murder of crows whenever he needs to fly. Or is it bats? I must say, the CGI is pretty shaky and things are dark. Fortunately, the computer-generated crock is shored up by otherwise lovely cinematography that’s brought to us by actual 35mm film.
Here’s what’s at stake in this version: It’s the 15th century and Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) — aka The Prince of Wallachia, aka The Impaler — is living happily with his sexy blonde wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon), and an adoring prepubescent son, Ingeras (Art Parkinson). Things are going great until the almighty Turks demand that Wallachia give up 1,000 of their young boys – including Ingeras — to fight as bodyguards to the Sultan Mehmet (Dominic Cooper). This, Vlad cannot abide.
So to stave off the terrible Turks, Vlad strikes a Faustian bargain with a local cave-dwelling demon (Charles Dance). Vlad is given invincible power for three days and… a craving for human blood he’s powerless against. But, says the demon, if he can somehow refrain from bloodsucking for three days, Vlad’s a victor and a free man. If not, then he changes places with the cave-dwelling demon and takes up the torch of awful immortality (not unlike the fable of the Grim Reaper – one person holds the position, until the next one can be fooled or cajoled into taking it).
There are many visually dazzling moments, but that a movie does not make. Luckily, most of those are bound together with the occasional morsel of emotional resonance (one does believe Vlad really loves his wife and son – the family has chemistry) and suspense (there’s a gripping scene between Vlad and Mehmet, in which Mehmet has discovered Vlad’s weakness and taunts him with it).
Clocking in at 90 minutes, Dracula Untold lasts just long enough to not overstay its welcome. Thin plot aside, the actors are all well cast, each of them looking as though they’ve just stepped out of a Late Renaissance painting. The craggy faces and lived-in expressions of Evans, Cooper, and Dance are especially convincing and bring to mind a time when men in vampire movies were not all blonde and sparkly. What’s more, the attention to detail in their armor, weaponry, and accoutrement is impressive and appreciated.
It’s good, but hardly destined for classic status, nor is it library-worthy. But if you’re looking for just a quick, fun, and forgettable vampire bite, then Dracula Untold doesn’t disappoint. At least it has more blood and gore than the R-rated Annabelle.
October is upon us, and the annual Rock and Shock convention is quickly closing in with a dizzying cast of horror all-stars ready to greet you; vendors, games, contests, and kids’ activities available all day, every day, from every corner of the show; and a packed schedule of Q&A’s with horror insiders alongside a must-see lineup of films representing local and international talent, film festival favorites, and a cult classic returning from beyond!
Today we have the full rundown of this year’s film screenings so you can start making your schedule and not miss a thing. The event kicks off Friday, October 17th, and runs through Sunday, the 19th.
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A Challenge in the Haunted Asylum: (Short) Three arrogant teens get more than they bargained for when they follow three girls into an abandoned insane asylum. Directed by Frederica Carlino.
Almost Mercy: (Sneak Preview) The latest release from Woodhaven Films and Director Tom DeNucci, releases in 2015 – Jackson and Emily aren’t like the other kids. Two burgeoning sociopaths on the brink of total meltdown. Ticking time bombs seeking revenge. Who will unravel first? Starring Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley and Tommy Dreamer. Introduction by Writer and Director Tom DeNucci!
Blood and Guts: Celebrating the art and pure awesomeness of monster makeup and gore effects, Scott Ian has teamed up with the Nerdist Channel to bring you “Blood and Guts,” showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the greatest FX artists of today pull off their amazing work. Introduction by Director Jack Bennett!
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead: Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own. Intoduction by Derek Mears!
Dead Therapy: (Short) What would happen to the survivors in the aftermath of a zombie outbreak? Apparently, they go to therapy. A look into what happens after the “Resurrection Event”.
Fodder: (Short) In a post-apocalyptic world, humanity’s survival lies with Trelas, a secret military research facility. Buried deep underground, Trelas is developing a new weapon against the undead, or is it for the undead? But, just how effective their new efforts are lies with Gloria. Freshly captured, and just as mysterious a figure as her surroundings, she’s about to make the ultimate sacrifice: her flesh and blood. Directed by David Dollard.
Killer Mermaid: Two young American women go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival. Introduction by Kristina Klebe!
Penance: (Short) Confessionals are places of sanctuary and solace. But one woman has something else on her mind to divulge. Directed by Nick Principe; Introduction by Nick Principe!
Picket: (Short) A cult leader gets more than she bargained for when she makes a deal with a corrupt lobbyist. Directed by Izzy Lee.
Play Time: (Short) The winning submission for the Bloody Cuts – Who’s There Film Challenge (2013), starring Anjella Mackintosh and Belle Mary Hithersay. Packed with atmosphere and succeeding in delivering genuine creeps where most big budget films fail, all in under 4 minutes! Directed by Ryan Thompson.
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut: Boone (Craig Sheffer) may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders, he decides he’ll hide by crossing the threshold that separates “us” from “them” and sneak into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters. Hellraiser creator Clive Barker writes (adapting his novel Cabal) and directs this vivid leap into horror that asks: in the battle of man vs. monster, who’s really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death, beyond the imagination, perhaps beyond anything you’ve seen. Screening courtesy of Scream Factory. The Blu-ray & DVD release of Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut is available on 10/28.
Sick At Heart: (Short) All relationships have problems. For Matt and his wife, those problems are insurmountable. They’ll have one last dinner and say goodbye…forever. Starkly quiet, delightfully quirky and fantastically morbid. Directed by Jarret Blinkhorn.
Silk: (Short) After acquiring a jar of rare silk from the vast desert expanse of Afghanistan, a CIA field operative becomes impregnated by the desert spider hidden inside. Directed by Rob Himebaugh.
Summer of Blood: Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead lady-killer. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.
The Creed: (Short) Horror strikes when a young woman accidentally wins a pair of tickets for an embarrassing band’s concert. When Linda realizes she can’t destroy the tickets without them coming back to haunt her, she’ll soon have to face her past and confront her deepest fears in order to survive The Creed. Inspired by Stephen King film adaptations and late night horror television for children, The Creed is a horror comedy that confronts horrible adolescent tastes long thought buried. Directed by Kevin James.
The Killer and I: Horror can be hilarious! The World Premiere of the reality web series following the crazy adventures of Kane Hodder and Mike Aloisi. Introduction by Kane Hodder and Mike Aloisi!
The Last Showing: Writer-director Phil Hawkins tells the story of a young couple, Martin (Finn Jones) and Allie (Emily Berrington), who have a night out at their local cinema. They become unwitting stars of their own horror story at the hands of Stuart (Robert Englund), a disturbed projectionist. Trapping them in the cinema complex, Stuart uses hidden cameras to play his two victims off against one another, directing them to a finale where there can only be one survivor.
Web of Deceit: (Short) Charlotte has been working double shifts just to make ends meet. Meanwhile, her jobless husband spends all of his time trolling the internet looking for casual encounters to fulfill his perverse fantasies. In the end, his lies will come back to bite him as he becomes entangled in Charlotte’s own web of deceit. Directed by Michael Kyne.
WolfCop: Officer Lou Garou isn’t the best cop in small-town Woodhaven – in fact, he’s probably the worst. He mostly just looks to avoid anything that could possibly interfere with his goal of getting wasted. One evening during the night shift, Lou investigates a mysterious disturbance at the edge of town and wakes up with a pentagram carved in his chest, heightened senses and body hair that’s growing at an alarming rate. To solve the mystery of his transformation, he’ll have to take on a case no normal cop would be able to solve, but this half-man, half-beast is not just a cop…he’s a WOLFCOP. Directed by Lowell Dean.
Wolves: Cayden Richards, 18, has it all: Captain of the high school football team; straight-A student; gorgeous girlfriend. But when he wakes one dark night to find his parents brutally murdered, he is horrified to realize that he is turning into an animal: a wild, savage wolf. Cayden runs, determined to find out what is happening to him. His quest leads him to the strange, isolated town of Lupine Ridge, where two clans of wolves are on the brink of war. David Hayter (X-Men, X2 writer) makes his directorial debut. Starring Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) and Stephen McHattie.
Three days of movies! Three days of bands that will melt your ears off! Three days of horror fun with all your favorite people! Don’t miss this show!
Visit RockandShock.com for further info, schedules, and tickets.
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Another Chilean horror film is on the horizon for fans of the survival sub-genre, and we have your very first look at it right here. Read on for all the details you need to know about Path (aka Sendero) along with the teaser trailer and more.
From the Press Release
Chilean survival/horror film Path is to be released during the first half of 2015 in international film festivals and is currently in the post-production stage. The film is produced by Border Motion Cinema and directed by Lucio A. Rojas.
Path tells the story of Ana, a young woman who has just won a scholarship to graduate school abroad. To celebrate, she goes with some friends to a cabin located in a rural area of Chile. After helping a badly injured woman on the road, the group is kidnapped by a family who follows the orders of a power group in the region. To survive and escape, they will have to resort to betrayal among themselves in an atmosphere of violence, abuse, and sadism.
The film stars Andrea García Huidobro, Diego Casanueva, Sofía García, Javiera Hernández, Felipe Contreras, Arielli Gutiérrez, Guillermo Alfaro, Daniel Antivilo, and Thomas Vidiella.
Path is Lucio Rojas’ third film and was inspired by a case of rural violence that occurred in the mid-80s in a city in southern Chile.
There’s never been a better time to be a fan of R.L. Stine’s mega-popular Goosebumps franchise than now, as next summer marks the release of a long-awaited feature film adaptation of the most iconic tales from the books.
But fans of the series don’t have to wait for the fun to begin, because Stine and Scholastic are kicking off the celebration early with all sorts of Halloween events that are sure to make you feel like a kid again.
Check out the full slate of upcoming events below, which includes the release of a brand new book and a full scale social media takeover!
From the Press Release:
Ghouls and boys of all ages will celebrate Halloween with a host of frighteningly fun new Goosebumps™ activities and events! To help fans everywhere get into the spirit, Goosebumps author – and ultimate master of scares! – R.L. Stine will host his third Scholastic social media takeover on Thursday, October 30. And to further bewitch fans, Scholastic will unleash a revamped Goosebumps website, social media pages and brand-new book as well as host a special event featuring R.L. Stine at The Scholastic Store in Manhattan, and more!
“Through our new website, a movie coming in summer 2015, new books and live events, we continue to excite and engage our young fan base as well as our loyal millennial Goosebumps fans,” said Deborah A. Forte, President of Scholastic Media.
On October 30 from 2–3:30pm EST, R.L. Stine will be “trick or tweeting” with fans through social media in a can’t-miss live chat. Stine will share jokes, trivia, videos and images, plus answer questions from participants, who will also have a chance to win collectible Goosebumps prizes. Creatures from coast-to-coast can join in the conversation by using #31DaysofGoosebumps to post on the Scholastic accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram, or via the Goosebumps Facebook page and newly launched Goosebumps Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram feeds. It’s sure to be a scream!
Additional ways for fans to get Goosebumps:
Online: Fans can visit the interactive new mobile-friendly Goosebumps website, www.scholastic.com/goosebumps, to play engaging games and activities such as “Monster Blood” and “Which Monster Are You?”; check-out the author events calendar and news spotlight; discuss all things Goosebumps in a community forum; and review a full list of books and TV episodes, so they’ll be sure never to miss a new title or show!
In New York City: R.L. Stine himself will treat kids and families to a Halloween-themed afternoon, as he reads and signs some of the best-loved Goosebumps books at The Scholastic Store on Saturday, October 18, at 2pm EST!
With a new book: Young monsters can sink their teeth into “12 Screams of Christmas,” a special edition book and the latest title in the Goosebumps: Most Wanted series that follows the brand’s most infamous characters!
Through iTunes and Netflix: Families can now catch all 74 edge-of-your-seat Goosebumps episodes on iTunes and Netflix, this Halloween and anytime!
On TV: Kids can tune-in to the Goosebumps TV series for ghastly laughs on The Hub Network!
And things will get even spookier in Times Square, when R.L. Stine and Scholastic Media President Deborah Forte ring the bell for the close of the NASDAQ stock market on Halloween, Friday, October 31, at 4pm EST.
The thrills-filled Goosebumps TV series, based on the popular Scholastic books written by R.L. Stine, follows the stories of children who find themselves in extraordinary situations, serving up plenty of humor and safe scares.
The much-anticipated Goosebumps feature film, starring Jack Black, will be released from Sony Pictures Entertainment in August 2015. The movie is produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.
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More revenge is on the menu in the new flick Autumn Blood, and we have your details hot, ready, and full of heavily armed psychopaths. Dig it!
Markus Blunder directs. Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare, Gustaf Skarsgård, Samuel Vauramo, and Maximilian Harnisch star.
Look for it on DVD October 21.
Two young orphans in the Australian Tirolian Mountains come under siege by a vicious band of hunters. Frightened of being separated by child services following the death of their mother, a self-sufficient 16-year-old girl (Sophie Lowe) and her 10-year-old brother (Maximilian Harnisch) – who hasn’t spoken a word since seeing his father killed by the mayor (Peter Stormare) – strive to live off the land in peace. Their innocence is shattered, however, when a group of hunters led by the mayor’s son brutalizes and rapes the free-spirited girl. Later, when a well-meaning social services worker arrives too late to protect the terrorized siblings, the girl and her brother prepare to take a stand against their ruthless attackers.
Whether you loved Annabelle (review) or you hated it, there’s no denying that the titular character – first seen in The Conjuring and based on a real ‘haunted’ doll – is pretty damn creepy. With long pigtails, rosy red cheeks and a sinister smile, Annabelle is hands down one of the most nightmarish pint-sized terrors the genre has ever birthed.
Nightmarish. Yea. That’s a word that doesn’t even begin to describe the video we’ve just dug up, wherein a male makeup artist uses his tools of the trade to literally transform into the Annabelle doll, right before your eyes. You have been warned.
Like David Naughton’s transformation in An American Werewolf in London, this one is both horrifying and awe-inspiring, as it’s truly amazing how doll-like the artist becomes, with a few strokes of the makeup brush.
London-based artist Charlie Short is the man behind the makeup, going by the name PinkStylist over on YouTube. Check out the full transformational tutorial below, which somehow manages to make Annabelle even creepier than she already was!
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Directed by Bobby Roe
Let me be clear. I am sick to death of found footage movies. The subgenre has been weakened, overdone, and generally speaking, I can’t imagine anyone looking for more footage as all the interesting stuff has already been found. Or so I thought… Just when it seemed I was out, something came along and pulled me back in: the truly frightening The Houses October Built.
In it our characters, who play themselves, are about as fed up with homogenized haunted attractions as I am with first-person movies. Rather then spend their Halloween season headed to the usual haunts, they decide to take a trip to the not as well known towns who host their own spook houses each year. Our group, made up of a pair of brothers along with several life-long friends, are in search of the most extreme haunts imaginable. One in particular hits their radar that’s supposed to be the apex of scares. The only problem? No one knows where it is or whom to ask for directions. This isn’t something that’s advertised. It’s only known through word of mouth.
Once on the road, our protagonists hit up several haunted attractions, each one spookier than the next, and while there they start their pursuit of the holy grail of haunts by asking around each town. Finally they get a lead and lo and behold end up there. The only hitch? They might never leave.
Filmed in actual haunted attractions, each with their own scare-actors, The Houses October Built masterfully captures the look and feel of both the industry and the season with eerie sights and jump-scares aplenty. The film’s characters are ridiculously natural, and their relationships and reactions are both fun and frightening. You really feel as if you’re there with the gang having a blast. This illusion is pulled off flawlessly, and I don’t think any other style of filmmaking could have done such a service to this particular movie. I will say this though… if you’re not a fan of shaky-cam, you may want to steer clear as there’s a lot of it, but if you don’t mind or can just deal, there’s quite an experience to be had here.
As with every other found footage film, you’re going to have to suspend logic every now and again. That’s always a painful task because you want things to make perfect sense, but here you’ve just gotta accept that the camera is rolling and take the ride. Believe me, it’s worth it!
By the time we get to the finale, we’ve been thoroughly assaulted with nightmarish imagery that leads to a third act that’s home to some of the most intense situations we’ve seen in some time. It’s frighteningly real and leads you to wonder exactly how all of this happened and who was behind what. There’s much discussion to be had by the time that the credits roll, and that’s the hallmark of a great film.
Tis the season, kids, and this is a great Halloween-time tale of absolute terror. Revel in it!
Some interesting news for fans of the US version of The Ring has come in… Gore Verbinski is directing a trio of new films for New Regency, including one “elevated” horror project plus a “paranoid thriller” starring Steve Carrell. The other’s a comedy, but two out of three ain’t bad!
Per Deadline, first out of the gate is the Carrell vehicle, still untitled but written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).
Verbinski will then helm A Cure for Wellness, penned by Revolutionary Road writer Justin Haythe. (If you’re curious about the final project, it’s Passengers, also scripted by Conrad, said to be a “large-scale action comedy.”)
We’ll have more on A Cure for Wellness for sure and possibly on Carrell’s thriller depending on how it shakes out genre-wise so stay tuned!
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Some FX stills from Wolves have arrived, and they warm our hearts in the most practical of ways. Ya see? Practical werewolf effects. That so hard, Hollywood?
Directed by David Hayter, Wolves stars Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Merritt Patterson, and Jason Momoa. Look for it Thursday, October 16th, on Video on Demand and Friday, November 14th, in select cities nationwide.
Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it. He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable, and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like himself – including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves.” And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… a grisly fight to the death against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.
So what if the Sin City sequel was around a decade too late? The point is it eventually ended up in theatres and it’s now making its way to home video. Read on for the skinny!
From the Press Release
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce today the home entertainment release of FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. The action-packed sequel, directed by acclaimed filmmakers Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez and starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, and Jeremy Piven, is headed to retail on November 18th. The 3D Blu-ray™ combo pack, available for a suggested retail price of $39.99, includes Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD and UV. The DVD is retailed at $29.98.
FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use. Fans will be rewarded with eye-popping special features that include never-before-seen Robert Rodriguez-approved exclusives such as ‘The Movie In High-Speed Green Screen—All Green Screen Version’, ‘Makeup Effects Of Sin City With Greg Nicotero’, ‘Stunts Of Sin City With Jeff Dashnaw’, and ‘Character Profiles’.”
In FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, scandal, murder, betrayal and mystery surround the lives of those swept up in a crime-filled underworld. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in the follow-up to the groundbreaking film, FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY (2005). Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.
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Each year Adam Green (Hatchet, Hatchet II, Spiral, Frozen, “Holliston”) and his production company ArieScope dole out a special horror short film for fans to celebrate the season of scares and this year’s has just gone live!
Green and crew have been doing this for 16 years straight! That’s longer than some of you have been alive! In any event this year’s sliver of shivers stars Shawn Ashmore (“The Following,” X-Men, Frozen) and Brea Grant (“Heroes,” “Dexter,” Rob Zombie’s Halloween II). Check it out below and for more, including the other 15 Halloween shorts, visit the ArieScope website!
Happy Halloween, fiends!
Once again Vin Deisel has taken to his Facebook page to share with fans a couple of images from his latest film, The Last Witch Hunter. This guy is his own PR machine. Everyone should be as in touch with their fanbase. Check ‘em out.
Breck Eisner is directing the film, which sees a semi-immortal witch hunter (Diesel) wandering the streets of modern New York City who is forced to partner with his natural enemy, a female witch (Rose Leslie). The two must stop a villainous witch queen from obtaining a relic and unleashing a plague upon humanity.
Mark Canton is producing via his Mark Canton Productions banner along with Bernie Goldmann and Diesel via his One Race Entertainment banner. Erik Feig, Geoff Shaevitz, and Matthew Janzen oversee the project for the studio.
Five hundred years ago, war raged between humankind and witches, vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay an all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments before her death, the Queen exacted her revenge by cursing Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones.
Today, he is the only one of his kind–-the last witch hunter. With the help of Father Dolan, a Catholic priest, and a mystical arsenal hidden beneath New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he continues to pursue the renegades and outlaws who endanger humanity. Chief among their adversaries is Belial, a powerful rebel witch who Kaulder believes has found a way to restore the Queen Witch to power and reignite her campaign to destroy the human world.
With the help of Chloe, a goodhearted young witch (Rose Leslie), Kaulder sets out to stop Belial before he can set his plan in motion, but allies in unexpected places keep the evil witch one step ahead in a cunning cat-and-mouse pursuit that will determine the survival of the human race.
Viral scare pranks have become the go-to way to promote horror movies in the internet age, and we simply can’t get enough of them here at the Dread Central offices. With Ouija‘s October 24th release date looming ever closer, it was inevitable that the film would be dishing out a prank of its own, and indeed it has!
A Ouija Board, a ‘demon’ hidden underneath the floorboards and a woman with the most talented eyeballs in the world are the ingredients of this particular prank, which is guaranteed to brighten up your miserable Monday. Check it out below, if you dare!
Bianco Santos (“The Fosters”), Erin Moriarty (“Red Widow”), newcomer Ana Coto, Paranormal Activity 2 actress Vivis Colombetti, Olivia Cooke (“Bates Motel”), Douglas Smith, Daren Kagasoff, and Matthew Settle star in Ouija, which is produced by Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions, and Hasbro.
Stiles White is in the director’s chair, working from a script he wrote with Juliet Snowden.
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
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Excited for a more faithful representation of the Hellblazer comics than we got in that Keanu Reeves movie? Then you’ll be happy to dig on this latest promo poster which celebrates the roots of “Constantine.” Dig it along with a new video.
“Constantine” Episode 1.01 – “Non Est Asylum” (10/24/14; 10-11pm)
SERIES PREMIERE – JOHN CONSTANTINE TAKES ON A RISING DARKNESS AS HE FIGHTS TO RECLAIM HIS SOUL – JEREMY DAVIES AND LUCY GRIFFITHS GUEST STAR – Based on the wildly popular comic book series “Hellblazer” from DC Comics, seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult John Constantine (Matt Ryan) is armed with a ferocious knowledge of the dark arts and a wickedly naughty wit. He fights the good fight — or at least he did.
With his soul already damned to hell, he’s decided to abandon his campaign against evil until a series of events thrusts him back into the fray when an old friend’s daughter (guest star Lucy Griffiths) becomes the target of supernatural forces. Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star.
Having seen The Houses October Built already (review coming soon), I can tell you guys you’re in for a real treat. It’s a pretty damned spooky way to spend your Halloween season and the powers that be have unleashed a new Infographic which details some other horrific hideaways nationwide! Dig it!
The ones marked with blue skeletal masks are the haunts featured in the film while the ones marked with orange pumpkins are notable haunts to investigate.
The film is directed by Bobby Roe and stars Roe, Andrews, Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe, and Jeff Larson.
THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT takes you where no other Halloween film has gone before. Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening, and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…
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From Salem, Massachusetts to Orlando, Florida, the good folks over at the Travel Channel have just enlisted an expert panel to handpick the 10 best Halloween attractions of the year, which are all must-visits for horror fans who want to star in their own horror movies, rather than simply sit back on the couch and watch them.
The eclectic panel of advisors included “Ghost Adventures” lead investigator Zak Bagans, paranormal expert and author Jeff Belanger and America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions producer Arthur Hsu, each of whom added their “Travel’s Best” stamp of approval onto the list for Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions of the year.
Check out the complete list below and head over to Travel Channel for more spooky Halloween fun!
ScareHouse (Pittsburgh, PA)
ScareHouse is the place to be this year, especially because it has an exclusive partnership with Legendary Entertainment to help create the scariest Halloween to date. Featured attractions include The Summoning, Pittsburgh Zombies: Black Out and The Basement. This Halloween haunt offers a big-budget sensibility without losing its hometown appeal. “ScareHouse is my pick because sociologist and ‘fear expert’ Margee Kerr is always on staff to research and develop new ways to truly disturb visitors,” says geek culture and paranormal pop-culture expert Aaron Sagers.
Fright Dome (Las Vegas, NV)
Located in Circus Circus’ Adventuredome, the Fright Dome is one of Las Vegas’ largest and longest-running Halloween attractions. With 6 new haunted houses, the theme park is transformed into a pitch-black, lights-out, haunted spectacle – easily making it the scariest on the Strip. The 5-acre theme park also includes 25 rides and attractions, multiple live shows at night and 4 new scare zones, including the Clown Overload Zone. “My personal nightmare of clowns with glowing eyes surrounding me came to life,” says Zak Bagans, lead investigator of Ghost Adventures. “I had the worst panic attack. Needless to say, I’ll go back again, because it was badass!”
Netherworld (Atlanta, GA)
With more than 200 animated monsters and 100 live actors, Netherworld is one of the nation’s most famous attractions. Having been featured on TV and in movies such as Zombieland, this spooky attraction has amazingly detailed sets. “And unlike other Halloween attractions, Netherworld’s creepy characters greet patrons in the parking lot before they purchase tickets, scaring them off before they even enter,” says Larry Kirchner, owner of HauntWorld.com and Halloween Productions.
The 13th Gate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The 13th Gate is one of the most, if not the most, elaborately detailed haunted houses in America, thanks to a construction crew that includes award-winning set designers, lighting and sound technicians, and special-effects artists. Sets are over-the-top and feature live animals, including snakes and gators. In each of the 13 themed indoor and outdoor areas, more than 100 professional actors and 12 special makeup artists help bring the horror to life. “Hollywood production companies have rented the attraction multiple times to film movies such as The Reaping,” says HauntWorld Magazine owner Larry Kirchner. “The 13th Gate is, without any doubt, one of the best haunted houses in America.”
Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Haunted House (Weston, WV)
The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is one of the most memorable haunted locations for Ghost Adventures lead investigator Zak Bagans, who completed a live 7-hour investigation with the Ghost Adventures crew. The spirits that roam the asylum’s halls are extremely active, and tours are offered to see how the mentally insane lived and died within these walls. “It is undeniably the scariest overall haunted attraction that I’ve been to in the US,” Zak says. Additionally, visitors can participate in zombie paintball, a fall festival and the Asylum Ball, which includes a costume contest.
13th Floor Haunted House (Denver, CO)
The 13th Floor Haunted House is the largest and longest indoor haunted attraction in Colorado. It was renovated this year with 2 new attractions. “Watch evil take control of unwilling bodies in Undead: The Possession, or run for your life as terrifying ghouls and monsters come alive as you walk through Dwellings of the Dead,” says TravelChannel.com video project manager Arthur Hsu. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as Microsoft Kinect, the robotic monsters are more than capable of frightening the victims who dare to venture into the 13th Floor.
Bennett’s Curse (Jessup, MD)
This haunted spectacle outside Baltimore is one of the top Halloween attractions in the mid-Atlantic region. It features 3 terrifying haunted houses — Medieval Underworld, Inferno 3D and Sanctuary of Insanity — and the owners of this popular haunt continue to add monsters and twists to keep the attractions exciting for new and returning visitors. Arthur Hsu says, “Not only has Bennett’s Curse been featured on Travel Channel’s America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions 3, but it has consistently been ranked by several sources as one of the best Halloween attractions in the US.” This spooky spot is also among the first to frighten its victims with the latest cutting-edge technology.
Halloween Horror Nights (Orlando, FL)
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando should be at the top of anyone’s Halloween bucket list, especially fans looking for big-budget scares. Aaron Sagers says, “Movie industry experts craft haunted houses so loaded with detail that visitors walk through and feel like they’ve been dropped into an episode of The Walking Dead or the movie From Dusk Till Dawn.” Other popular attractions featured at the theme park include Bayou of Blood, Dollhouse of the Damned and Roanoke – Cannibal Colony. Those willing to face their fears can also enter, at their own risk, the Halloween house for a face-to-face meeting with Michael Myers, the iconic masked slasher from the movies.
Festival of the Dead (Salem, MA)
Salem, MA, is historically known for the 1692 Witch trials that left 20 people executed. This year’s Festival of the Dead includes 2 weeks of events and parties designed to bring out your inner Witch. Attend a séance to speak with the dead, share your stories with others at the Mourning Tea, pick up new ghost-hunting techniques or learn about death’s macabre customs and strange rituals. Finish the festival with the Official Salem Witches’ Ball on Oct. 31, and you’ll leave this town spellbound. Author, TV personality and paranormal expert Jeff Belanger says, “This town will cast a spell on you.”
Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)
The Queen Mary was built in the early 1930s as a luxury trans-Atlantic ocean liner, but it was pressed into military service to carry troops during World War II, when hundreds died in and around the ship. This Halloween, the haunted ship is offering its Dark Harbor tours with 4 new attractions: the Soulmate maze, the B340 maze, Voodoo Village and Monster Midway, which features a freak show, a mechanical monster and a new ride, the Sinister Swings. “Keep your eyes open, because those ghostly apparitions you see may not just be another special effect,” says Jeff Belanger. And before you go, make sure you check out the Ghost Adventures’ lockdown and investigation of the Queen Mary.
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It’s been a while since last we heard anything regarding the Halloween-set horror flick Honeyspider, but today we have a brand spanking new trailer for you to go along with its kick-ass one-sheet from a while back.
Written by Kenny Caperton and directed by Josh Hasty, the film stars Mariah Brown, Frank Aard, Joan Schuermeyer, Rachel Jeffreys, Samantha Mills, Katie Bearden, David Hensley and Ethan Dunn.
It’s Halloween day in 1989, and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester at school. Her friend Amber has other ideas and persuades Jackie to come to the annual Halloween party on campus after her shift at the local movie theater. As the night unfolds, it becomes apparent that Jackie will get more excitement than she bargained for on her birthday this year.
The murder that plays out on the silver screen becomes an ominous parallel to reality, as Jackie falls under a strange spell while everyone around her is turning up dead. All the while, a mysterious stranger watches over Jackie’s every move as she succumbs to hallucinations and slowly unravels. Jackie finds herself helplessly trapped like prey in a spider’s web, and all she can do is try to survive the night!
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1981 saw the release of Joe Dante’s The Howling, which is widely considered to be one of the best werewolf films of all time. Over 30 years later, Dante is once again getting ready to sprout fur and howl at the moon, and we’ve got all the info for ya today!
THR reports that the Gremlins director is heading to Rome for the vampire-werewolf love story Ombra Amore, which will be one of eight projects in the Rome Film Festival’s New Cinema Network co-production section dubbed ‘Great Beauties,’ focusing on films that promote Italy as an ideal production partner for global films.
Dante has chosen underground Rome as the setting for the vampire-werewolf love story that puts a classical Romeo and Juliet tale into today’s financial-crisis-ridden Italy.
Pete is a werewolf whose pack is a crew of hotheaded financial traders responsible for Italy’s current economic crisis. Maggie is a vampire whose family is a formerly wealthy aristocratic clan brought to bankruptcy by the greedy werewolves. Surrounded by other-worldly troubles, it remains to be seen whether or not their love can survive among the warring families.
Ombra Amore is budgeted at around $14.6 million. Dante promises “a compelling new take on a classic genre.”
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Alexandre Aja’s Horns (review) has hit VOD outlets including iTunes so if you’re too impatient to be impaled in theatres you can now do so from the comfort of you home.
Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.
Look for Horns on October 31st in both the US and the UK.
Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.
This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.
This past weekend saw the release of Annabelle (review), and with more spinoffs of The Conjuring in the works, it seems that there’s a new reigning champion of creepy dolls at the box office.
Wouldn’t it be cool to see that title defended against the previous champion? Child’s Play creator Don Mancini thinks so, and he’s intent on making that fight a reality!
As reported by USA Today, Mancini is eying a collaboration between the two killer dolls, hopeful that someday the two will either join forces or come face to face.
“I am hoping that at some future point we have Annabelle and Chucky team up,” says Mancini. “I can see that (even) in 20 years from now.”
Mancini is currently penning a seventh installment in the Child’s Play franchise, and he also expressed interest in having Annabelle make a cameo in that film, though certain legal issues will likely prevent that from happening.
“We would be into it, the only problem is that we are in different studios. That would probably be years worth of red tape to work it out,” he said. “But if it all could be worked out, then yes, we’re very into it.”
So, who would win in a fight, if Annabelle and Chucky locked horns? Mancini noted that it was too early to make a prediction, but he did comment on Annabelle’s fighting prowess.
“From the trailer, Annabelle is playing her fighting cards close to her chest,” says Mancini. “From what I see, her fighting style is very subtle. I want to know if she has some secret moves.”
It’s interesting to note that Annabelle director John Leonetti was the director of photography for Child’s Play 3, so there’s more of a connection between the two franchises than both being centered on a creepy doll!
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