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Horror’s 10 Most Bizarre Sequels!

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:30

When it comes to the popular franchises, there’s only so much room a writer can take when crafting a sequel so as not to draw fanbase ire. A Friday the 13th should always have Jason Voorhees dispatching teens in ruthless ways. You can send him to space or on a boat to Manhattan, but the creativity doesn’t extend much beyond that. He is the main draw, after all. Same rules apply to Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, and Leatherface. Just as much of that is attributed to the slasher formula as it is their iconic status in horror. But what about the horror films that were successful on a much smaller scale, or the ones that simply didn’t feature a boogeyman with franchise-launching potential? Then there’s a lot more wiggle room.

For those horror movies, a sequel could be a blank canvas. Sometimes that meant simply pretending that the previous film didn’t exist; overwriting the story into something new. Sometimes it meant trying to assimilate the successes of more popular horror franchise. Or sometimes it was simply attaching a separate film altogether to a popular horror film in attempt to capitalize on its built-in fanbase; a sequel in title only. Which meant that we got a good number of wacky horror sequels over the decades. Sometimes that was a refreshing surprise, but sometimes the weirdness was just too much to process. For better or worse, here are horror’s 10 weirdest sequels:

Exorcist II: The Heretic

It’s a no-brainer that one of horror’s biggest blockbusters would get a follow up. With John Boorman (Deliverance) taking over as director, Ennio Morricone composing the score, and the talent of Richard Burton and James Earl Jones to its cast roster, the ingredients of a decent to stellar sequel are in place. But then William Peter Blatty has zero interest, Ellen Burstyn refuses to return, and Linda Blair only agrees to return if she never has to wear the demonic makeup. Ok, there’s still room for flexible creativity here. Except, what we got instead is the most disjointed, incoherent mess that’s pretty boring to sit through. It’s bolstered by the weirdest of directorial choices too. Instead of using actual scenes from the first film as a flashback to Regan MacNeil’s possession, Boorman instead decides to recreate them with a Blair double, in not so great makeup. Why? Synchronized psychic brainwaves, an uncomfortably sexual doppelganger of Regan, locust swams, and I’m still not entirely sure what Jones’ purpose in the story is as Lamont. Really, I’m not sure I get the story at all. It’s such an odd choice for a sequel that it’s easier to forget that it exists. Thankfully, William Peter Blatty made it even easier with his fantastic sequel, The Exorcist III, which is a more proper continuation.

Curse II: The Bite

How do you follow up an Italian-American horror adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space, a fairly close adaptation set on a farm from the perspective of teen boy Zack (a young Wil Wheaton)? With radioactive snakes, of course! Following a road-tripping couple, played by Jill Schoelen (The Stepfather) and J. Eddie Peck, their love story hits a major snag when Clark is bitten by said radioactive snake. Clark’s behavior starts changing, becoming more aggressive toward his lady love, but then he starts spawning a snake mutant creature from the site of his bite; his hand. That snake has a predatory mind of its own. The Curse was already a wacky movie on its own, so it’s a tough act to follow in terms of eccentricity. But at least it felt apropos of its title. The truth behind the strange, unconnected left-turn in this budding franchise is simple; look to the Italian director and co-writer Frederico Prosperi and the Italian production team. No one loved to slap well-known titles onto unconnected films like the Italians (see the Zombi series, La Casa series, or even The Church for examples).

Waxwork II: Lost in Time

The first film failed to earn back the $1.5 million budget in its theatrical run, but Vestron Pictures’ home release easily recouped the budget costs and then surpassed it. Which was a great thing for us for two reasons: Waxwork is such a great ‘80s gem and that ending was a complete improvised mess (that silly battle inside the Waxwork museum) when writer/director Anthony Hickox ran out of money to complete it as originally intended. Perhaps because of that, Hickox sort of backed the sequel potential into a corner; spoiler: the Waxwork burned down and effectively took all of the bad guys within with it. So, no big bad and no Waxwork, that makes a continuation a little trickier. So, after a brief recap, Hickox picks right up where Mark and Sarah left off (though Sarah has been replaced with actress Monika Schnarre after Hickox and Deborah Foreman had a messy breakup). Instead of stepping into exhibits and living the horrors within, Mark and Sara set about a quest to bring back proof for her murder trial, in the form of time traveling through alternate dimensions. Bigger, stranger, awesome cameos, and for sure weirder, Waxwork II contains the kitchen sink- including the originally intended ending. In a way, this sequel is more like a re-do. I’m okay with that.

C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D.

While tying into plot points from C.H.U.D., in which Contamination Hazard Urban Disposal waste by-products hidden in the New York sewers by the government turned the homeless population into man-eating mutants, this sequel doesn’t share much else in common with its predecessor. Especially not in tone. This sequel forgoes the serious tone in favor of slapstick comedy. The movie stars the ever charismatic Gerrit Graham as Bud, the last specimen of a military experiment in which they took D.N.A. from the mutants of the first film to make super soldiers and wound up with zombies. Bud escapes straight smack into suburbia, and embarks on a journey to find his love, Katie. Of course, as a zombie, he eats people along the way. Discovers his zombie boner, and breaks into a big dance number. Yes, a dance number. Watching C.H.U.D. in no way prepares you for the weirdness that is Bud.

Slumber Party Massacre II

While The Slumber Party Massacre was a surprisingly effective slasher film, this sequel is really only tied to its predecessor by its lead final girl Courtney, the younger sister of final girl Valerie Bates in the first film. Years later, Courtney still suffers nightmares from the events, and her sister has been locked away in a mental hospital. A sad ending to Val’s story, of course, but the sequel doesn’t give you much time to dwell- between Courtney’s hallucinations, her surreal nightmares, and the bizarre Rockabilly psycho stalking her with a drill-guitar weapon is a jarring distraction. Seriously. The Driller Killer, sporting a leather jacket with fringe and a pompadour, breaks into song and dance just about every time he pops up. It’s almost as though writer/director Deborah Brock drew inspiration from Grease when crafting her boogeyman. The influences by other popular franchises are overt; look to characters Officer Krueger and Officer Voorhees, and a main character named Sally Burns in a cross between actress Marilyn Burns and her character Sally Hardesty from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

House II: The Second Story

Save for both features being produced by Sean S. Cunningham, this sequel has absolutely nothing in common with its predecessor except that it too is a zany horror comedy that features a gargantuan house with supernatural abilities. The sequel doesn’t even feature the same house from the first film, nor any reference to its characters, which was probably a smart choice considering this lead protagonist also happens to have a long family history intertwined with the supernatural occurrences of the mansion. Eschewing the literal ghosts of Vietnam induced guilt in favor of caterpuppies, mummy Great-Great-Grandpas with an affinity for beer, dinosaurs, and a wild west evil in search of an Aztec power, an Indiana Jones-like exterminator (John Razenberger, giving a Cheers connection bridge between films) House II has pretty much anything you can think of. Including a Kane Hodder cameo. Full confession: I still want a caterpuppy.

The Gate II: Trespassers

Remember that cool ‘80s movie that starred Stephen Dorff as 12-year-old Glen, who opened the gate to evil in his backyard with his neighbor Terry when they played a heavy metal album backward?  It turns out opening the gate to dark forces isn’t nearly as cool or as fun when you’re a depressed teenager wallowing in self-pity. In this sequel, Glen’s family has moved away and Terry’s home life has gotten much, much worse. Which means he’s decided breaking into Glen’s former home to bust that hell gate open again is somehow a very enticing idea. Sounds pretty normal on paper for a sequel, right? Except, what plays out is so very different than what you’d expect or want from a sequel. It turns into a “be careful what you wish for” type horror story as Terry (now Terrence) and his buddies use a captured Minion to grant whatever wish they desire. This, of course, leads to horrific consequences. Oh, and the wishes literally turn to feces. So that’s a thing. Look for a minion getting stoned and crashing a car sequence, and an oddly much slower pace than the original. One nice thing is that Louis Tripp reprises his role as Terry. Other than that, this oddball sequel does its own weird thing.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation

Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 really set the weird franchise tone by attributing much of its runtime to re-edited scenes from the first film. The immediate follow up continued Santa Claus Killer Ricky Caldwell’s spree, this time played by Bill Moseley. The connection between the three still makes sense. But the fourth entry decides to drop that connection and go for broke. Actor Clint Howard makes an appearance, in a weak connection between sequels, but it’s also set around Christmas. I think. This one follows a reporter investigating the death of a woman that spontaneously combusted as she flung herself off a building to her death. The reporter finds herself the center of attention among a cult of witches looking for their next sacrifice. The mythology behind the cult is strange and convoluted, but it’s taken to a whole new level with the weird bug thing. Larva that are inserted through a vagina to emerge from a mouth as a fully-grown cockroach, to the reporter being turned into a bug herself, it’s pretty nutty. I should probably mention that it’s this point in the franchise where Brian Yuzna has taken over, so gooey creature effects probably isn’t much of a shock. Unless you were expecting a Christmas slasher, that is.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Hot on the heels of the smash success of The Blair Witch Project, Artisan Entertainment was extremely eager to move forward with a sequel. Original creators and production company Haxan preferred to wait until the fervor died down a bit. Artisan won and enlisted relative newcomer Joe Berlinger to take over directorial duties. The concept is surprisingly clever; a self-aware world where The Blair Witch Project has been a massive hit and sees an onslaught of curious visitors to the town of Burkittsville, Maryland, a group of tourists find more than they bargained for. It dropped the found footage aspect, mostly, in favor of traditional filming. Beyond that, though, messing with time is always a pitfall of film, and the narrative fell into a convoluted mess full of obnoxious characters, none of it nearly as clever as it thought it was. Part of that was studio tampering; Berlinger has been vocal about Artisan stepping in to re-cut and reshoot scenes to deliver a much more commercial friendly horror feature. It only muddied the already murky waters. While there’s enough intriguing mythology there to warrant its fanbase over the years, it’s still an odd stain on the would-be franchise that never quite got off the ground.

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf

While this sequel might be the only one to directly follow the events of the original film, it’s vastly different. Gone is Joe Dante, state-of-the-art special effects by Rob Bottin, and an overall sense of danger and unease. Instead, there’s director Phillipe Mora and his desire to bring New Wave eroticism to the fold. Yup. Ergo Stirba, immortal werewolf queen ruling over Transylvania, played by Sybil Danning. Stirba seems much more beastly witch than werewolf, and look for Christopher Lee phoning it in, in a rare bad performance. There’s not really much about this movie that won’t raise an eyebrow. Weird wizard light battle showdowns, a very un-wolf like werewolf queen with a bondage kink, and a trio of heroes that literally fumble their way across Transylvania, you’d be forgiven for wondering how this was called Howling at all. Still, it all pales in comparison to the most bizarre end credits of all time; look for a cut of Sybil Danning ripping open her shirt to bare all…17 times.

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Upcoming ‘Phantasm’ Blu-ray Set Will Have Incredible Angus Scrimm Tribute Packaging

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:30

The Phantasm films have been collected together in a few different sets over the years, the coolest of which was a UK set that housed the films inside a replica of the Tall Man’s deadly silver sphere. More recently, Arrow put out a Blu-ray set including the newest film, Ravager, with Well Go offering up a similar set here in the States.

The next Phantasm Blu-ray set will arrive in France, reports the blog Phantasm Archives, and it will feature limited edition packaging that rivals even the sought-after sphere!

ESC Distribution hasn’t set a date for the set, but they’ve shared painted prototype images that show off the next-level packaging. The set features a bust of the late Angus Scrimm as the terrifying Tall Man, with the discs housed in a box underneath the bust.

“ESC Distribution has teased that their set will pack a ton of bonus features as well as a new 200-page book written by Marc Toulec. ESC is also reporting that this incredible release will be limited to 300 certified and numbered copies.”

Check out a sneak peek below!

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Bad Robot’s Upcoming Film ‘Kolma’ Could Be the Fifth ‘Cloverfield’ Movie?

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:57

Is J.J. Abrams bringing Daisy Ridley into the CloverVerse?

It seems that literally anything is possible when it comes to the Cloverfield Cinematic Universe, which to date has three installments: Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane and the just released The Cloverfield Paradox. As we recently learned, a World War II-set film titled Overlord is the franchise’s fourth, and now a fifth is already being rumored.

It’s no secret by now that producer J.J. Abrams has been turning initially unrelated sci-fi movies into Cloverfield-adjacent movies, as he did with both 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox, which has essentially led fans to believe that every single Bad Robot production *could* end up being related. And we’ve been consistently shown that we’re not out of line in thinking that, most recently when the rumors surrounding Overlord were confirmed to actually be true. Yes, that movie is indeed being Clover-fied.

Reddit user RealJohnGillman *may* have uncovered the fifth Cloverfield film, positing that Bad Robot’s upcoming Kolma is part of the unconventional multiverse. The film, a remake of the 2003 Israeli TV movie Kol Ma (All I’ve Got), has Daisy Ridley attached.

Here’s the full theory (definitely *not* yet confirmed), as laid out by Gillman…

Kolma Is Cloverfield 5 Confirmed from r/Cloververse

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‘The Meg’ Trailer Will Finally Arrive Next Month!

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:23

This is totally gonna be a new generation’s Deep Blue Sea and we’re here for it.

There’s a whole lot going on in the world of Meg right now, the franchise created by author Steve Alten. A new book, Meg: Generations, just went up for pre-order, and a comic series is also on the way. Of course, the most exciting Meg-related project is director Jon Turteltaub’s The Meg, a feature film adaptation of Alten’s original novel.

We’ve just confirmed through Alten himself that the trailer for The Meg will be arriving in March, just five months before the massive shark swims onto the big screen!

Warner Bros. Pictures will release The Meg on August 10, 2018.

Jason Statham, Ruby Rose, Li Bingbing, Cliff Curtis and Page Kennedy star.

In the film, “A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep-sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.

Rounding out the international main cast of Meg are Rainn Wilson (TV’s The Office, Super), Winston Chao (Skiptrace, Kabali), Jessica McNamee (The Vow, TV’s Sirens), Ólafur Darri Ólafsson (The BFG, TV’s The Missing), Robert Taylor (Focus, TV’s Longmire), Sophia Shuya Cai (Somewhere Only We Know), and Masi Oka (TV’s Hawaii Five-0, Heroes).

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Classic ‘Venom’ Look Teased On Official Teaser Poster

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:14

It’s quite possible we’ll find out what Columbia Pictures’ Venom will look like when the trailer is released tomorrow. For now, we have an official one-sheet that teases the title character’s look, which appears to be in the spirit of Todd McFarlane’s original comic drawings.

Before becoming the symbiote known as Venom, there was Eddie Brock, a young journalist who is humiliated by Spider-Man. While he began his comic run as a villain, he’s since taken many forms, including the hero. In Sony Pictures Venom adaptation, Tom Hardy stars as Brock, who not only becomes the title character, but must also face Carnage, an even more powerful symbiote, as well as several evil spawn. Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleisher directs the Spider-Man spinoff.

Written by David Michelinie and drawn by Mark Bagley, as well as Ron Lim and Sam Delarosa, the movie is inspired by “Venom: Lethal Protector”, a six-episode limited series that notably reinvented Venom from a Spider-Man villain to a Marvel Comics anti-hero. In it, Venom moves from New York City to San Francisco after coming to an agreement with his former foe Spider-Man. (IGN)

As for “Planet of the Symbiotes”, another inspiration, Eddie Brock’s relationship is with his symbiote and the influence it has on him is explored. Also written by Michelinie, “Planet of the Symbiotes” follows Venom fighting an army of symbiotes with the help of Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider.

Tom Hardy stars as the title antihero alongside Riz Ahmed, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams, and Jenny Slate.

Venom hits theaters on Oct. 5, 2018, through Columbia Pictures.

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Scream Factory Announces 1983 Rat Attack Film ‘Of Unknown Origin’

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:03

Rats vs. Peter Weller. Enough said.

Experience a home invasion tale you’ll never forget when the 1983 thriller Of Unknown Origin comes scurrying to Blu-ray for the first time this Spring, via Scream Factory.

“When not mired in the corporate rat race, Wall Street executive Bart Hughes is king of his sleek Manhattan brownstone … until he finds his castle under siege by the most determined of home intruders. Forced to enter a rat race of an entirely different sort, Bart takes a stand, with his survival and sanity at stake.”

Of Unknown Origin stars Peter Weller (RoboCop) and was directed by George P. Cosmatos (Tombstone, Cobra).

Extras are in progress and will be announced at a later date.

Look for this one on May 22.

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[Synthwave] GosT “Beliar” Exclusive Music Video Premiere

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:00

Blast beats!

If you’re a fan of dark/heavy synthwave you’re probably already familiar with GosT.  If not, allow me to introduce you to one of the heaviest acts in the genre. We’re happy to share the exclusive premiere of the music video for “Beliar” – track #6 from the lord of Satanic slasherwave’s new album “Possessor,” due out March 23rd via Blood Music.

“Beliar is a prime example of how I went about writing the whole of my new record Possessor. I used every type of music that has influenced me throughout my life and wrote an album that is truly personal. Beliar is a mixture of both metal and dance music, both light and dark. The song is part of a larger narrative based around the catholic tradition of exorcism.” – GosT

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Cover Art Revealed for New ‘Tremors’ 6 Movie Complete Collection

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:43

As we learned just yesterday, new sequel Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, the sixth film in the franchise that began back in 1990, is headed to Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, Digital, and On Demand on May 1. Like with previous film Bloodlines, a multi-pack Tremors Complete Collection release is also hitting store shelves on the very same day!

Yes, we’re getting *another* Tremors collection, this one packed with all 6 movies in the franchise (to date). Sadly, it looks like it’s only getting a DVD release at this time.

“Get ready for the cult classic fan-favorite phenomena with all six action packed Tremors films available together in Tremors: The Complete Collection. Relive the adventures with Graboid-hunting Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) as he battles the ominous, giant man-eating monsters in a fight for survival against each destructive generation of the deadliest creatures on Earth.

The terrifyingly funny collection includes: Tremors, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, Tremors 5: Bloodlines, and the latest evolution, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell. Also starring Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Reba McEntire, and Jamie Kennedy, the collection delivers outrageous twists, earth-shattering special effects and explosive thrills!”

The set will include all previously available bonus features.

Check out the Tremors: The Complete Collection art below!

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Child’s Play: 10 Films that Pit Kids Against Adults

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 12:00

When it comes to film there is maybe nothing more taboo than violence towards children (and dogs) and rightfully so. No reasonable person likes to see kids (or dogs) being violently attacked. In most cases it is highly disturbing and even in the most mundane situations it can be extremely unpleasant. Despite the ugliness associated with it, children have often found themselves the victims of some sort of menacing evil. And this especially rings true in the world of horror.

It, one of 2017 biggest hits, just recently crossed the $700M threshold at the box office and that film is all about kids doing battle with Pennywise, a clown that wants to murder them dead. Another recent example would be Netflix’s Stranger Things. Much like It, Stranger Things revolves around a group of children so it only makes sense that most awful things that occur in the town of Hawkins would be directed squarely at them.

Part of what makes the kid-centric violence in properties like It and Stranger Things work is that in both cases the perpetrator is some sort of supernatural being. Seeing little Georgie get pulled down into the sewer by a shape-shifting clown is one thing, but seeing him get abducted by a real life creeper adds an entirely new dimension of terror. When you’re dealing with a supernatural entity it’s a lot easier to find room for humor and fun, even in a genuinely scary movie like It, than it can be when working with something based in reality.

The same supernatural logic applies to kids versus kids. Brutal fights between kids can be unsettling, sure, but at the end of the day they’re all kids. It’s when adults and kids square off that things can get a little shaky.

Mom and Dad, the new film starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair, is now available via VOD  and it boldly tackles the battle between kids and adults head on. It’s a film about parents violently turning on their own children. Using that as a basis for your plot while still managing to deliver a fun film is a tricky thing to pull off, as the film’s director, Brian Taylor, recently told me.

“So I was searching for a concept I had never seen before, so of course when you find concepts that haven’t been done before sometimes there’s a risk that you’re going to find out really quickly why it has never been done before,” Taylor told me when asked about how the film came to be.

“And so to a certain extent you run into that in this one too. I mean, where is the line? When the logline is this movie’s logline, where is the line you cannot cross? And how close can you get to the line to have a movie that is still fun and doesn’t make people hate you too much? So that was the line that we had to toe for the whole movie. You want to have this sort of like glee in the absurdness of the situation, but at the same time you can take it too far and then quickly drain the fun out of the situation.”

Taylor manages to pull off exactly what he was going off. Mom and Dad takes a concept that should be appalling in many ways and manages to make it a lot of fun. Taylor’s success is largely due to his ability to keep the film balance. It’s serious without ever being a downer and is absurd without ever becoming silly.

“A good example of that is the delivery scene. You know five percent in either direction and that scene becomes unwatchable but hopefully, I think we found the exact balance that makes it very watchable and a lot of fun even in the face of the absolute horror of it. But I guess audiences will be the judge of that.”

Despite the taboo nature, Taylor isn’t the first director to pit children and adults against one another in a battle to the death — one unique factor with Mom and Dad, however, is the fact that the kids are the heroes and that typically isn’t the case. In case Mom and Dad doesn’t quench your weird thirst for adult on child violence, I have put together the following list of films that will surely help get the job done.

Village of the Damned — 1960 — Dir. Wolf Rilla

One of the first films to feature evil kids squaring off with adults was 1960’s Village of the Damned. The residents of a small British village suddenly follow unconsciously one day. When they awake no one can explain what happened but then discover all women of child-bearing age have become pregnant. The women all give birth on the same day to children that develop at a rapid rate. This creepy kids sport glowing eyes and prove to have frightening powers. Village of the Damned is a genuinely chilling horror film that zooms on by. Perfect for late night viewing.

Children of the Damned — 1964 — Dir. Anton Leader

In an attempt to capitalize off the success of Village of the Damned, MGM returned with the sequel Children of the Damned. Despite a relatively lean runtime of 90 minutes, this film feels much more bloated than its predecessor. For this go around the kids are morphed into more a hero role but the end result is the same — kids and adults fighting one another. Children of the Damned has some decent atmosphere and isn’t bad, but it’s just not as good as the first film.

Who Can Kill a Child? — 1976 — Dir. Narciso Ibáñez Serrador

Who Can Kill a Child?, sometimes referred to as Island of the Damned, is the story of a British couple going on one final vacation before they give birth to their first child. Their vacation takes them to a small island where the only inhabitants are kids that act strangely. Soon the couple realizes the children are violent and have murdered all the adults on the island. Their survival comes down to one simple question — who can kill a child?

This movie has its fair share of problems, but I love it dearly. Rumor has it a Blu-ray is coming later this year from Mondo Macabro.

The Children — 1980 — Dir. Max Kalmanowicz

The Children is a low-low-low-low-low-budget horror movie about five children in a small town that are transformed into zombie-like creatures due to some toxic waste. The children begin a murderous rampage and the adults must do everything in their power to stop them. This was originally released on VHS by Vestron Video back in the 80’s and about 15 years ago Troma picked up the distribution rights. It’s currently streaming on Prime. There is a reason Troma picked it up. If Troma appeals to you, you’ll likely enjoy it.

Children of the Corn — 1984 — Dir. Fritz Kiersch

When it comes to evil little kids Children of the Corn may be the cream of the crop. In this case cream of the crop means most popular and longest running franchise rather than best. This Stephen King based story is about a small town in Nebraska where all the children join forces to murder the adults as a ritual sacrifice to corn…or something along those lines. The movie is pretty mediocre and feels like it was made-for-TV even though it wasn’t. Problems aside, it’s easy to see the appeal and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy watching it. I mean it does start Linda Hamilton and Courtney Gains. Also it has an absurd number of sequels.

Beware: Children at Play — 1989 — Dir. Mik Cribben

Beware: Children at Play is the second Troma film to appears on our list after The Children. Like that first film, it’s easy to know what to expect because it’s Troma. In this masterpiece, a teen with some mental issues kidnaps a bunch of small children and brainwashes them to turn them into killing machines. Parents try to reason with the children but when talking doesn’t work they must get physical. The ending of this movie is bananas and you should watch it. I have conveniently posted the video below for your viewing pleasure.

Village of the Damned — 1995 — Dir. John Carpenter

I wrote about Village of the Damned a couple years ago when the new Blu-ray was released by Scream Factory. A remake of the original 1960 film of the same name, Carpenter movies the story from England to a more modern setting in Northern California. The plot is basically the same with 9 babies being born on the same day. As the babies grow into children it becomes clear that they are not normal and they begin to use psychic abilities to take over the town. The film is problematic and not nearly as good as the original, but it does feature a great Carpenter score, creepy children and Mark Hamill as a Reverend.

The Children — 2008 — Dir. Tom Shankland

The Children is one of the great direct-to-video horror movies we got in the late 2000’s and you could make a case for it being the best film on this list. Christmas holiday goes horribly wrong when bratty little kids turn into brutal little kids and begin to attack their parents. This one isn’t for the squeamish, which means Bloody Disgusting readers everywhere should have a soft spot in their heart for this splatterfest.

Come Out and Play — 2012 — Dir. Makinov

Come Out and Play is a Mexican remake of Who Can Kill a Child? Remake might not even be the right word though because this is basically a shot-for-shot carbon copy of the original. The gore is graphic and the acting ain’t bad but this doesn’t do anything to set itself apart from the film we already know. But if you’re looking for a more modern version of murderous Island kids this will do the trick. Also, it has nothing to do with The Offspring song of the same name.

 Mom and Dad — 2017 — Dir. Brian Taylor

Is it a bit of cheat to put Mom and Dad on this list since it was just released? No. It’s my list, so my rules. Deal with it. Plus, the premise of this movie is literally parents attack their children! You can’t have a list without this movie! This movie is bonkers from start to finish. Adults murders kids but it’s done in a loving way that makes you laugh. It has everything you love about Brian Taylor and everything you love about Nic Cage. And Selma Blair rules.

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Gameplay Trailer Brings the ‘Ninja Turtles’ into ‘Injustice 2’!

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:34

We learned back in November that NetherRealm Studios was working on bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into Mortal Kombat-style fighting game Injustice 2, part of a new DLC pack of playable fighters that will allow you to pit the Turtles up against DC’s most iconic heroes and villains. But when can you play as the Turtles?

“Fighter Pack 3,” we’ve just been informed, will arrive on February 13! The pack can be purchased separately, and it’ll of course be included with the Ultimate Edition.

“Deep below the surface, in the sewers of New York City, four turtle brothers were mutated by radioactive ooze and began training in the art of ninjutsu. While in a fight with the fearsome Krang—our heroes in a half-shell were jettisoned on a one way trip across the Multiverse.”

With “Fighter Pack 3,” you’ll be able to play as Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael, each character getting his own unique move set and weapons.

Check out the TMNT gameplay trailer below!

Along with the four Turtles, DC characters The Atom and Enchantress will also be included in Fighter Pack 3, the six of them advertised as the game’s final DLC characters.

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Fun Animated Videos Highlight the Evolution of Horror Icons

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:19

For better or worse, our favorite franchise villains evolved a whole lot over the years. Jason Voorhees went from a misshapen boy to a metallic space monster, while Michael Myers went from a normal-sized creep to a bearded hobo in a pro wrestler’s body.

Watching that evolution is always fascinating, and YouTube channel Tell It Animated recently began chronicling the progression of the genre’s most iconic villains with a series of fun animated videos that run through all the different looks of guys like Jay and Mike.

The videos, written/designed/animated by Aaron Lecours, also serve as quick and to-the-point rundowns of franchise storylines, brushing you up in mere minutes.

Enjoy. And let the channel know which icon you want to see next!

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‘Black Water’ Sequel Heading Into ‘The Abyss’

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:44

The team behind the 2007 survival thriller Black Water are reuniting to make a sequel, with Altitude Film Sales on board and set to introduce it to buyers in Berlin at the EFM, Variety writes.

Director and producer team Andrew Traucki (The Reef) and Michael Robertson are making Black Water: Abyss and hoping to repeat the success of the original 2007 feature, which was set in Australia’s mangrove swamps and inspired by a real-life crocodile attack.

“Black Water: Abyss follows an adventure-loving couple who convince their friends to explore a remote cave system in the forests of Northern Australia. With a storm approaching, they abseil into the mouth of the cave, which starts to flood, and find themselves threatened by a pack of crocodiles, setting up a tense survival drama.

Mike Runagall from Altitude said the sequel will retain the feel of the original, which largely eschewed CGI and was shot with live crocodiles. “Black Water: Abyss employs the same ingenious approach on a much larger canvas to deliver a highly commercial high-concept thriller from a team with a proven track record in this arena,” he said.

Producer Robertson added: “Like all films in this genre, Black Water: Abyss is designed to terrify and scare, cause dread and alarm, to invoke our worst hidden fears – in this case, a fear heavily imprinted in our genes, the fear of being eaten alive by a vicious, unreasoning predator.”

Casting is underway. It was written by Sarah Smith and Ian John Ridley.

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Raven Banner Taking Nightmarish Fairytale ‘Snowflake’ to EFM

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:37

Toronto-based genre specialist Raven Banner has boarded action title Snowflake by Adolfo Kolmerer and William James and will launch worldwide sales at the EFM in Berlin next week, says Screen Daily.

Snowflake, which premiered at the Cinepocalypse Film Festival in Chicago, takes place in a Berlin set in the near future as gang members hunt down the murderer of their families and find themselves trapped inside a nightmarish fairytale contained within a screenplay written by a demented dentist.

En route to justice, the individuals get sucked into a vicious circle of revenge and must contend with a cast of wicked characters ranging from assassins to madmen to a blood-soaked angel.

Arend Remmers wrote the screenplay to Snowflake and Erkan Acar produced with Reza Brojerdi and Adrian Topol.

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Josh Brolin’s Cable Gets His Own ‘Deadpool 2’ Trailer!

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:22

Twentieth Century Fox just shared a brand new trailer for Deadpool 2 that solely focuses on Josh Brolin‘s Cable! The trailer goes from deadpan serious to comedy when Ryan Reynolds‘ Deadpool pops in about halfway through and makes a joke about Henry Cavill’s Superman mustache in Justice League.

Here’s the only synopsis provided for the film in theaters May 18, 2018:

After surviving a near-fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.

The new cast includes Josh Brolin as CableZazie Beetz as Domino, with Monica Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Stefan Kapicic, Julian Dennison, and Leslie Uggams.

David Leitch (John Wick) is directing from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

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‘The Cured’ Art Reflects On That Time This Guy Was a Zombie

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 20:15

Ellen Page (Hard Candy, Flatliners) stars in the post-Zombie-era drama The Cured, which IFC Films acquired out of the Toronto International Film Festival. Now, they’ll release it in limited theaters and on VOD platforms February 23, 2018. Here’s a brand new piece of art that switches up a really cool moment in the film by having the “cured” reflect on his time as a zombie…

Our very own Joe Lipsett was at the premiere and wrote, “The Cured is social drama with horror undertones”:

“The Cured may not be the killer new zombie film that horror enthusiasts are thirsting for, but it clearly still has its brains.”

In Irish director David Freyne‘s directorial debut, “The film unfolds in the aftermath of a devastating virus which transformed the infected into zombie-like monsters. Mankind is struggling to rebuild societies deeply divided between the uninfected and those who did succumb to the virus and are still haunted by their violent actions. In the backdrop, the rise of a terrorist movement threatens to plunge the world into chaos again.

Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) also star.

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Future ‘Cloverfield’ Films Reportedly Going to Theaters Rather Than Netflix

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 18:38

The Super Bowl brought with it the massive surprise that not only was Julius Onah’s formerly titled God Particle, now known as The Cloverfield Paradox, acquired by Netflix, but it also hit the streaming service immediately after the Super Bowl came to a close. Awesome, but what does that mean for the future of the universe?

More specifically, are all things Cloverfield now hitting Netflix, rather than getting theatrical releases from Paramount? According to The Wrap, that’s *not* the case.

Sources have indicated to the site that The Cloverfield Paradox was unloaded on Netflix as a means to quickly make some money off the film, but Paramount is still planning on releasing subsequent installments in the unconventional franchise to theaters. That begins with the tentatively titled Overlord, set for October 26 release.

We had recently heard that new Paramount chairman Jim Gianopulos was combing through Paramount’s slate of upcoming films and deciding what should be released into theaters and what shouldn’t; The Cloverfield Paradox of course didn’t make the theatrical cut, thus the Netflix release, but that’s expected to be a one-off situation.

In Overlord, “On the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success, but as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. They find themselves fighting against supernatural forces, part of a Nazi experiment.”

Directed by Julius Avery, Overlord stars Jovan Adepo and Wyatt Russell (“Black Mirror”), with Jacob Anderson (“Game of Thrones”), Dominic Applewhite (The King’s Speech), Pilou Asbaek (“Game of Thrones”), Iain de Caestecker (“Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.”), John Magaro (The Big Short), Mathilde Ollivier (The Misfortunes of Francois Jane), and Bokeem Woodbine (“Fargo”).

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First Look at Lily Collins as Ted Bundy’s Girlfriend in ‘Extremely Wicked’

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 18:26

Director Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile is currently shooting in Covington, Kentucky, with Zac Efron in the role of serial killer Ted Bundy.

The film is told from the point of view of Bundy’s former girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, set during the multi-year period that Bundy hid his murder spree from her.

Lily Collins co-stars as Kloepfer, and Efron shared our first look at Ted & Liz this week.

John Malkovich, Jim Parsons, Jeffrey Donovan and Grace Victoria Cox also star.

Bundy was executed in 1989. Shortly before his execution, he confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978.

The original screenplay, written by Michael Werwie, won the Nicholl Fellowship first prize and was featured on the Black List.

When Ted met Liz #behindthescenes

Milla Jovovich Replaces Olivia Munn in Sci-fi Thriller ‘Hummingbird’

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 17:46

Milla Jovovich may be done with the Resident Evil film franchise, but we expect she’ll be kicking a whole lot of ass in Hummingbird, which she’s signed on for this week.

Deadline reports tonight that Jovovich has replaced Olivia Munn in the sci-fi/thriller/action movie, described as being in the vein of Lucy and the Bourne films.

“The story centers on a female assassin whose latest mark catapults her on a journey of shocking self-discovery.”

Jovovich’s husband/frequent collaborator Paul W.S. Anderson is writing a revision of John McClain’s script, which was featured on the Black List.

Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Akerström will direct. Fundamental’s Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon are producing with Todd Garner for Broken Road. Fundamental’s Gary Glushon will executive produce.

Shooting begins this Summer.

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It’s a Full Night of Chaos In ‘Eat Me’ [Exclusive Trailer]

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 17:31

Blue Fox Entertainment is carving out a night of chaos when they release Eat Me in theaters on March 2, 2018, and on VOD platforms March 6, 2018.

Eat Me is acclaimed playwright Jacqueline Wright’s cutting-edge feature adaptation of her LA Weekly nominated play, directed by Adrian A. Cruz (co-creator, “Ascension”) and produced by Flo Speakman and Dena Hysell.

Wright stars alongside Brad Carter (“True Detective, Ascension) and Michael Samus Wiles (“Breaking Bad, Fight Club) in the film that takes place over the course of one torturous night when a suicidal woman and the violent home intruder that saved her life test the limits of human endurance and the boundaries of forgiveness.

Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer drop that promises all sorts of insanity that takes place on one fateful night.

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McFarlane Puts New “Walking Dead” Action Figure Set Up for Pre-Order

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 17:26

You can soon recreate the moment Rick, Daryl and Jesus crossed paths in “The Walking Dead” with McFarlane’s “Allies Deluxe Box Set,” which includes three 5″ figures of Rick, Daryl and Jesus. What makes this set extra special is it features the first 5″ figure of Jesus in the McFarlane line – fitting given it recreates his first appearance on the show!

Set to begin shipping in June, the set includes:

  • Three fully posable 5-inch figures of Rick, Daryl and Jesus
  • Features weapon accessories: Rick’s Colt Python, Daryl’s Pistol & Knife, and Jesus’ Colt AR-15A2, Pistol and alternate hands
  • Figures feature 22+ points of articulation
  • Spectacular likeness of Rick, Daryl and Jesus taken from 3D scans of actors
  • AMC’s The Walking Dead themed window box packaging prominently displaying the figures and accessories

Pre-order yours for $34.99 through the McFarlane online shop.

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