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Funky Reveals Horror Icons and ‘Ghostbusters’ Vinyls!

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:42

Funky has announced vinyls of our favorite slashers, including Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Leatherface, as well as the Ghostbusters Ray, Peter, Egon, and Winston…

Dorbz: Horror – Coming in October

Vinyl Sugar would like to welcome Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Leatherface into the Dorbz family. Who said horror can’t be cute!? Just don’t let their smiling faces deceive you!

Have the scariest, most adorable Halloween ever!

Dorbz: Ghostbusters – Coming in December

We’re ready to believe you! Drop the spores, molds, and fungus – Ghostbusters Dorbz are on their way! Ray, Peter, Egon, and Winston are protecting your collection from the paranormal.

Also introducing our first Dorbz chase variants – keep an eye out for marshmallowed Ray and slimed Peter – 1 out of every 6 pieces!

Categories: Horror News

“Twin Peaks” Being Shot as a Single Movie?!

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 10:32

Robert Knepper has joined the cast of Twin Peaks,” David Lynch’s upcoming new installment of his groundbreaking 1990 mystery series, reports Deadline.

The project has been shrouded with secrecy, but they still discovered that Knepper landed a recurring role on the new season for Showtime alongside fellow new addition Amanda Seyfried.

The only actor officially confirmed for the new “Twin Peaks” is original star Kyle MacLachlan who is set to reprise his role as Dale Cooper. Still, according to the site, many other fan favorite characters from the ABC run of the series are expected to return.

“You should be optimistic that the people you want to be there will be there, in addition to some surprises,” Showtime president David Nevins said last month. That reportedly included Catherine Coulson, who played the memorable Log Lady, though it is unclear whether she had been able to film any new footage. Coulson died of cancer earlier this week. I hear among those coming back is David Patrick Kelly, reprising his role as Jerry Home. Richard Beymer had been rumored to also resurrect his character of Jerry’s brother Benjamin.

“Twin Peaks” has been in production for about two weeks, with Lynch directing.

The big news hiding in the article is that, according to the site, Lynch is expected to shoot the series continuously as a movie, and later cut it into episodes.

Categories: Horror News

Scream Factory Would Like to Tell You a ‘Ghost Story’

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:57

If you’re anything like me you spend a lot of time, some would say entirely too much time, on various Facebook groups and internet message board discussing horror films on Blu-ray. A lot of these discussions center around what films aren’t on Blu-ray that we collectors desperately want. One that often comes up is 1981’s Ghost Story. The film was directed by John “Raw Deal” Irvin and features quite the cast including the likes of Fred Astaire and John Houseman. On November 24th, 2015 those discussions will come to an end because Scream Factory is going to bring us all the Blu-ray debut of Ghost Story! Blu-ray collectors rejoice!

In a peaceful New England town, the four lifelong friends who make up the Chowder Society come together each week to regale each other with tales of terror. But when one of the elderly gentlemen experiences a family tragedy, it becomes apparent that a buried secret from their youth has arisen to remind them of the sins of their past. Soon, they will learn they have never been forgiven… and a supernatural vengeance awaits them all. Craig Wasson, Patricia Neal, and Alice Krige also star in this chilling and atmospheric telling of one of horror’s greatest stories.

Special Features:
• New Audio Commentary by Director John Irvin
• New Interviews with Author Peter Straub,  Actress Alice Krige, Screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, Producer Burt Weissbourd and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor
• Vintage Theatrical Trailer, TV and Radio Spots
• Photo Gallery

Categories: Horror News

‘Seconds’ to Get Masters of Cinema UK Release

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:56

For those of us in the US John Frankenheimer’s 1966 sci-fi classic Seconds has been available on Blu-ray for a couple of years thanks to the Criterion Collection. On October 26, 2015 our friends over in the UK will now have easy access as well thanks to a dual format Masters of Cinema release from Eureka Entertainment. Like the Criterion release, Eureka has loaded this one up with special features and they’re actually not identical. Eureka has tossed in a few new special features to set their release apart a bit. Seconds was directed by John Frankenheimer and stars Rock Hudson.

An unhappy middle-aged banker agrees to a procedure that will fake his death and give him a completely new look and identity – one that comes with its own price.

Special Features:
•Gorgeous restoration from a 4K transfer, in 1080p HD on the Blu-ray
•Two Feature-length audio commentaries: one by director John Frankenheimer, and one by film scholar Adrian Martin
•New video interview with novelist and critic Kim Newman
•Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired
•Original theatrical trailer
•Booklet featuring new essays by critics David Cairns and Mike Sutton

Categories: Horror News

Your Guide to Horror on TV For October 2015

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:16

Like last year, I wanted to make a pretty comprehensive guide to all of television’s most coveted of October treats. So get your DVR ready because October has arrived! All of the times are in EST. unless otherwise noted, plan accordingly.


Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

10:oopm – American Horror Story (F/X)

Monday, October 10th, 2015

10:00pm – Fargo (F/X)

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

10:00pm – Wicked City (ABC)

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

9:00pm – Ash vs. Evil Dead


October 1st

Curse of Chucky

The Nightmare

October 6th

American Horror Story: Freakshow

iZombie Season 1

October 14th-20th

The Lazarus Effect

October 23rd-30th

Hemlock Grove Season 3

Manson Family Vacation

Amazon Prime Additions

October 1

John Carpenter’s Vampires

The Fly (1958)




Thursday, October 1, 2015

4:00pm – Firestarter
6:30pm – Pet Sematary
8:30pm – Stephen King’s Thinner
10:30pm – Cujo

Friday, October 2, 2015
11:45pm – Tremors 2: Aftershocks
2:00pm – Pet Sematary
6:00pm – Stephen King’s Thinner
8:00pm – The Shining

Saturday, October 3, 2015
11:30am – The Shining

3:00pm – Predator

Sunday, October 4, 2015

7:45am – Preadator
3:15pm – Fear the Walking Dead Episode 1
4:45pm – Fear the Walking Dead Episode 2
5:46pm – Fear the Walking Dead Episode 3
6:52pm – Fear the Walking Dead Episode 4
7:57pm – Fear the Walking Dead Episode 5
9:00pm – Fear the Walking Dead Episode 6
10:10pm – Talking Dead

Monday, October 5, 2015

9:00am – Cujo

11:ooam – Jeepers Creepers 2

3:30pm – Predator 2
6:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 1
7:30pm – The Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 2
8:30pm – The Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 3
9:30pm – The Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 4
10:30pm – The Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 5
11:30pm – The Walking Dead Season 1, Episode 6

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
6:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 2
7:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 3
8:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 4
9:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 5
10:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 6
11:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 7

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
6:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 10
7:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 11
8:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 12
9:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 13
10:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 1
11:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 2

Thursday, October 7, 2015
6:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 5
7:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 6
8:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 7
9:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 6 Preview
9:04pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 8
10:04pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 9
11:04pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 10

Friday, October 9, 2015
6:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 13
7:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 14
8:00pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 15
8:59pm – The Walking Dead – A Look at Season 6
9:04pm – The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 16
10:03pm – The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 1


Night One – Sunday, October 19th
– 7:00 – 9:00 AM ET/PT: Casper
– 9:00 – 11:00 AM ET/PT: The Addams Family
– 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET/PT: Addams Family Values
– 1:00 – 4:30 PM ET/PT: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1
– 4:30 – 7:30 PM ET/PT: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2
– 7:30 – 8:00 PM ET/PT: Disney∙Pixar’s Toy Story OF TERROR!
– 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT: Disney∙Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
– 10:30 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Night Two – Monday, October 20th
– 6:30 – 8:00 PM ET/PT: The Nightmare Before Christmas
– 8:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT: The Hunger Games
– 12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT: The Haunted Mansion

Night Three – Tuesday, October 21st
– 8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT: ALL NEW Pretty Little Liars fan-appreciation special, “We Love You to DeAth”
– 9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT: Freak Out ALL NEW Special

Night Four – Wednesday, October 22nd
– 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT: Beetlejuice
– 8:00 – 8:30 PM ET/PT: Melissa & Joey ALL NEW Halloween Special
– 8:30 – 9:00 PM ET/PT: Baby Daddy ALL NEW Halloween Special
– 9:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT: Freak Out ALL NEW Special

Night Five – Thursday, October 23rd
– 5:30 – 6:30 PM ET/PT: Freak Out
– 6:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT: Melissa & Joey
– 7:00 – 7:30 PM ET/PT: Baby Daddy
– 7:30 – 9:30 PM ET/PT: Corpse Bride
– 9:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT: The Nightmare Before Christmas
– 12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT: Teen Wolf

Night Six – Friday, October 24th
– 5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT: Corpse Bride
– 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET/PT: The Nightmare Before Christmas
– 8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT: Dark Shadows
– 12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT: Beetlejuice
Night Seven – Saturday, October 25th
– 7:00 – 7:30 AM ET/PT: Melissa & Joey
– 7:30 – 10:30 AM ET/PT: Batman
– 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM ET/PT: Batman Returns
– 1:30 – 3:30 PM ET/PT: Beetlejuice
– 3:30 – 6:00 PM ET/PT: Dark Shadows
– 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT: The Addams Family
– 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT: Addams Family Values
– 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT: Hocus Pocus
– 12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT: Corpse Bride
Night Eight – Sunday, October 26th
– 7:00 – 8:00 AM ET/PT: Freak Out
– 8:00 – 10:00 AM ET/PT: Coraline
– 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET/PT: Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
– 12:00 – 2:00 PM ET/PT: The Haunted Mansion
– 2:00 – 4:00 PM ET/PT: Corpse Bride
– 4:00 – 6:00 PM ET/PT: The Addams Family
– 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT: Addams Family Values
– 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET/PT: Hocus Pocus
– 10:00 PM – 12:00 AM ET/PT: ParaNorman

Night Nine – Monday, October 27th
– 5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT: Freak Out
– 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT: ParaNorman
– 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT: Casper
– 12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT: Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed

Night Ten – Tuesday, October 28th
– 5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT: Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
– 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT: Casper
– 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT: Freak Out encores
– 12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT: The Haunted Mansion
Night Eleven – Wednesday, October 29th
– 5:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT: The Haunted Mansion
– 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT: The Addams Family
– 9:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT: Addams Family Values
– 12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT: ParaNorman

Night Twelve – Thursday, October 30th
– 4:30 – 6:30 PM ET/PT: The Addams Family
– 6:30 – 8:30 PM ET/PT: Addams Family Values
– 8:30 – 11:00 PM ET/PT: Dark Shadows
– 12:00 – 2:00 AM ET/PT: Beetlejuice

Night Thirteen – Friday, October 31st
– 11:00 – 11:30 AM ET/PT: Melissa & Joey
– 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET/PT: Baby Daddy
– 12:00 – 2:00 PM ET/PT: Freak Out
– 2:00 – 4:30 PM ET/PT: Poltergeist
– 4:30 – 7:00 PM ET/PT: Dark Shadows
– 7:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT: Beetlejuice
– 9:00– 11:00 PM ET/PT: Casper


Thursday, October 1, 2015

  • 8:00pm – My Babysitter’s A Vampire

Friday, October 2, 2015

  • 3:00amHalloweentown
  • 8:00pm – “Jessie” “The Ghostess with the Mostest”
  • 8:30pm – “Girl Meets World” “Girl Meets World of Terror 2″
  • 9:00pm – “I Didn’t Do It” “Bite Club”
  • 9:25pm – “Mickey Mouse” “Black and White” – Mickey attempts to save face in front of Minnie after he’s scared as white as a ghost.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

  • 3:00amHalloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge

Sunday, October 4, 2015

  • 3:00am – Halloweentown High
  • 8:00pm – “K.C. Undercover” “All Howl’s Eve”
  • 8:30pm – “Best Friends Whenever” “Cyd and Shelby’s Haunted Escape”
  • 9:00pm – “Austin & Ally” “Scary Spirits & Spooky Stories”
  • 9:30pm – “Liv and Maddie” “Haunt-A-Rooney”

Monday, October 5, 2015

  • 3:00m – Return to Halloweentown
  • 8:00pm – Girl Vs. Monster

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • 3:00am – Now You See It

Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • 3:00am – The Scream Team
  • 6:00pm – Mostly Ghostly
  • 7:50pm – Mostly Ghostly 2

Friday, October 9, 2015

  • 3:00am – Mostly Ghostly
  • 8:00am – Spookly the Square Pumpkin
  • 8:00 pm – “Invisible Sister” The Disney Channel Original Movie “Invisible Sister” follows science prodigy Cleo, whose class experiment turns her popular sister and star athlete, Molly, invisible. With the help of Cleo’s best friend and fellow science enthusiast, George; and her crush, Carter; Molly’s boyfriend, The Coug; and her best friend and teammate, Nikki; the sisters race against the clock on Halloween to find the antidote to reverse Molly’s invisibility before it becomes permanent. Starring Rowan Blanchard (“Girl Meets World”), Paris Berelc (“Mighty Med”), Karan Brar (“BUNK’D,” “Jessie”), Rachel Crow (“X Factor”), Will Meyers (“Bella and the Bulldogs”) and Austin Fryberger (“Kirby Buckets”)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

  • 3:00am – Mostly Ghostly 2
  • 11:00am – Invisible Sister

Sunday, October 11, 2015

  • 3:00am – Twitches
  • 8:00pm – Disney·Pixar’s “Monsters University”

Monday, October 12, 2015

  • 3:00am – Twitches Too

Friday, October 23, 2015

  • 6:00 to 10:00pm – MAL-OWEEN marathon featuring favorite “Liv & Maddie” episodes and encore presentations of the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Descendants,” the “Descendants: Set It Off!” special and “Descendants: Wicked World” animated shorts.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

  • 9:00am to 10:00pm – Spooks & Chills marathon featuring encore presentations of Halloween-themed episodes


October 1: The Last Exorcism at 6/5c; Dominion Season 2 Finale at 10/9c
October 2: Men in Black II at 8/7c; Z Nation at 10/9c
October 3: I Am Legend at 7/6c; Night of the Wild at 9/8c; The Wolfman (2010) at 11/10c
October 4: Orphan at 8/7c; Fright Night (2011) at 10:30/9:30c
October 5: Blade II at 9/8c; Blade: Trinity at 11:30/10:30c
October 6: Blade: Trinity at 6:30/5:30c; Face Off at 9/8c
October 7: Ghost Hunters at 9/8c; Paranormal Witness at 10/9c
October 8: The Wraith at 6/5c; Haven Season 5 Premiere at 10/9c
October 9: Insidious at 7:30/6:30c; Z Nation at 10/9c
October 10: Insidious Chapter 2 at 6:30/5:30c; Ominous at 9/8c; Drive Angry at 11/10c
October 11: 1408 at 6:30/5:30c; The Conjuring at 9/8c
October 12: The Conjuring at 6:30/5:30c; Orphan at 9/8c
October 13: Orphan at 6:30/5:30c; Face Off at 9/8c
October 14: Ghost Hunters at 9/8c; Paranormal Witness at 10/9c
October 15: Hostel Part II at 6/5c; Haven at 10/9c
October 16: The Crazies (2010) at 6/5c; I Am Legend at 8/7c; Z Nation at 10/9c
October 17: Blade: Trinity at 6:30/5:30c; They Found Hell at 9/8c; Silent Hill: Revelation at 11/10c
October 18: Underworld at 6:30/5:30c; Underworld: Evolution at 9/8c; Underworld: Rise of the Lycansat 11/10c
October 19: Underworld: Evolution at 7/6c; Underworld: Rise of the Lycans at 9/8c
October 20: Men in Black II at 7/6c; Face Off at 9/8c
October 21: Ghost Hunters at 9/8c; Paranormal Witness at 10/9c
October 22: Lost Boys: The Thirst at 6/5c; Haven at 10/9c
October 23: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning at 8/7c; Z Nation at 10/9c
October 24: Orphan at 6:30/5:30c; The Hollow at 9/8c; The Fog (2005) at 11/10c
October 25: The Hollow at 7/6c; The Cabin in the Woods at 9/8c; Blade: Trinity at 11/10c
October 26: Blade: Trinity at 6:30/5:30c; I Am Legend at 9/8
October 27: I Am Legend at 7/6c; Face Off at 9/8c
October 28: Ghost Hunters at 9/8c; Paranormal Witness at 10/9c
October 29: Z Nation Marathon at 1/12c; Haven at 10/9c
October 30: Blade II at 7:30/6:30c; Z Nation at 10/9c
October 31: Insidious Chapter 2 at 6:30/5:30c; The Conjuring at 9/8c


Friday, October 9th, 2015

8:00pm – Mad Love (1935)

9:30pm – The Beast With Five Fingers (1946)

11:15pm – Hands of a Stranger (1962)

1:00am – The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (1962)

2:30am – Corruption (1967)

4:15am – Eyes Without a Face (1959)

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

11:45am – X the Unknown (1956)

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

12:30am – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

10:00pm – The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

12:00am – A Clockwork Orange (1971)

2:30am – Time After Time (1979)

4:30am – Hands of the Ripper (1971)

Friday, October 16th, 2015

8:00pm – The Nanny (1965)

9:45pm – The Bad Seed (1956)

12:00am – Children of the Damned (1961)

1:45am – Villiage of the Damned (1961)

3:15am – The Curse of the Cate People (1944)

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

8:00pm – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

10:30pm – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

12:45am – The Fall of the House of Usher (1949)

2:00am – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

4:00am – The Fall of the House of Usher (1957)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

1:00am – Lonesome Ghosts (1937)

1:15am – Frankenweenie (1984)

2:00am – Mr. Boogedy (1986)

3:00am – The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (1980)

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

7:45am – Freaks (1932)

9:15am – The Devil-Doll (1936)

10:45am – The House on Haunted Holl (1958)

12:15pm – Macabre (1958)

3:30pm – Stage Fright (1950)

5:30pm – A Bucket of Blood (1959)

6:45pm – Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Friday, October 30th, 2015

8:15am – The Mummy (1959)

9:45am – Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1966)

11:30am – Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)

1:15pm – Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)

3:00pm – Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1969)

6:15pm – Dracula A.D. (1972)

8:00pm – Cat People (1942)

9:30pm – Val Lewton: The Man In The Shadows (2007)

11:00pm – The Seventh Victim (1943)

12:15am – The Leopard Man (1943)

2:45am – The Body Snatcher (1945)

4:15am – Isle of the Dead (1945)

5:30am – Bedlam (1946)

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

7:00am – Doctor X (1932)

8:30am – White Zombie (1932)

9:45am – Dementia 13 (1963)

11:15am – The Fearless Vampire Killers (1966)

1:15pm – Homicidal (1961)

3:00pm – The Tingler (1959)

4:30pm – House of Wax (1953)

6:15pm – The Devil’s Bride (1968)

8:00pm – The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

10:00pm – Curse of the Demon (1958)

11:30pm – Dead of Night (1945)

1:30am – Mark of the Vampire (1935)

Categories: Horror News

[Review] ‘Hell and Back’ Provides an Uninspired Ride into the Underworld

Thu, 10/01/2015 - 09:01

With an intriguing cast that includes such noteworthy names as Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, Susan Sarandon, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller, Nick Swardson and Rob Riggle (and Lance Bass…?) it would seem that the new animated action adventure feature Hell and Back is sure to strike gold. In addition to this stellar group of actors, writers Hugh Sterbakov, Zeb Wells, and director Ross Shuman all hail from one of the funniest sources of late night comedy, Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken. Not to be put to shame, their co-writer and co-director Tom Gianas also carries an impressive resume, with writing credits from a wide variety of television programs including Pretend Time, The Man Show, Drunk History, and sixty episodes of Saturday Night Live. Considering how this large group of extremely talented comedians all came together to create Hell and Back, it’s honestly just surprising that this animated comedic thriller aimed towards an adult audience isn’t completely hysterical.

At first, the premise seemed promising. Three best friends, Remy, Augie, and Curt work at a dying amusement park that contains more memories than these high school buddies can count. The rides are falling apart, the electricity is inconsistent at best, and boardwalk is littered with trash, but due to nostalgia and a desperate need for cash, this place has become their home away from home. When word arrives that the bank is foreclosing on their precious park, Remy searches for a quick fix to their financial restraints. He may have gone a little overboard by summoning up the spirit of the devil, and accidentally banishing his friend Curt to hell through the ancient ritual of a blood oath sacrifice, but he honestly went in with the best intentions. Now, it’s up to Remy and Augie to tumble down the flaming rabbit hole, into the pits of hell, to retrieve their friend and return to the surface, out of the scorching depths, before their souls, too, are claimed by Satan himself.

Although the individual skits on Robot Chicken are usually a laugh riot, and sometimes, they even carry clever subliminal messages behind their crass jokes, a large part of the show’s success is its anthology style of presentation. While many of the segments are funny, every now and then, like any show on television, the jokes don’t quite hit, but viewers don’t mind because they never overstay their welcome. It would be easy to say that the reason why Hell and Back falls short of its ambitions is because it feels like one long dragged out joke from the television show, but it’s more than that. The problem isn’t the feature length runtime, but simply because the jokes that fill the film just aren’t funny.

It’s a real shame, too, because there’s a lot of good stuff here. Animated films made for adults can have a real cult following, such is the case with South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. However, it is a difficult, delicate balance of blue comedy and a throwback to prepubescent giggles that’s required of such a feat, and few filmmakers have the objectivity to realize when they’ve wandered too far into either territory. Unfortunately, Gianas and Shuman fail to make this distinction. The two don’t seem to realize that despite several filmmakers from the ’80s and ’90s and Jonah Hill’s best intentions, male rape is still not funny. This is especially true when the same joke about male rape is dragged out for an entire film, and it soon becomes clear that these brilliant comics have nothing else hidden up their sleeves.

It’s not that the film has nothing to offer. Without a doubt, the most triumphant aspect of Hell and Back it its glorious use of stop-motion animation. The design of the amusement park is eerily reminiscent of that one attraction-filled destination that every kid solicited throughout their youth, only to grow up and realize how truly dirty and rundown it really was. Satan’s quarters in hell look like the steam punk version of a Bond villain’s secret headquarters, adding to the hilarity that this is one devil that just wants to be liked and respected by his peers. Also, the inclusion of mythological characters Orpheus and Charon bodes well for the fantastical nature of the film, although it would have been more satisfying to see more creatures from Greek folklore pop up to round out this promising portrayal of the underworld.

However, the film works best during its brief moments of sincerity between the characters, who otherwise appear selfish and immature, despite their big rescue mission. They may have entered the gates of hell with a plan to retrieve their best friend, but the detached attitudes and crass humor shared by all of the people (and demons) in this film make it hard to care for anyone, let alone fear for their lives when they’re put in peril.

Categories: Horror News

‘Blood and Lace’ to Finally Receive Home Entertainment Release

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 19:57

On November 24, 2015 the 1971 cult favorite, Blood and Lace, will make it’s debut on home entertainment for the first time thanks to a Blu-ray+DVD combo pack release from Scream Factory. This film from American International Pictures had been considered long-lost so this news should be very welcomed by horror fans everywhere. Blood and Lace was directed by Philip S. Gilbert.

After her mother’s brutal murder at the hands of a hammer-wielding maniac, teenaged Ellie Masters (Melody Patterson) is suddenly orphaned. She is sent to a home for children run by the enigmatic Mrs. Deere (Gloria Grahame, a 1952 Best Supporting Actress Academy Award® winner for her role in The Bad and The Beautiful), in spite of the concern that Ellie will be the newest target of her mother’s killer. But as terror strikes again and again, it becomes unclear who might be the bigger threat to Ellie’s life: the mysterious murderer with a hammer…or her sadistic new caretaker.
With borderline insane plot twists, and some unexpected performances by two faces familiar to fans of classic sitcoms – Vic Tayback (“Mel” from Alice) and Len Lesser (“Uncle Leo” from Seinfeld) –  this little-known horror gem is a jolting, terror-filled thriller you’ve got to see to believe.

Special Features:
• Brand New High-Definition transfer
• New Audio Commentary by Film Historian Richard Harland Smith
• Alternate Opening Title
• Original Theatrical Trailer

Categories: Horror News

[TV Review] ‘Scream Queens’ Dueling Chainsaws

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 19:20

This week on Scream Queens proved the main point from my last review. With a Monty Python style limb slicing, this show careens into full-fledged satire. While the Chanel group begins to implode the rest of the pledges, lead by Grace, are still hunting the Red Devil. In a hilarious attempt to do away with the Red Devil as the school mascot, Dean Munsch introduces a new mascot known as “Coney” a giant dancing vanilla ice cream cone and moves into the KKT house with KKT representative GiGi. Munsch may have ulterior motives, though, she is incredibly jealous of the relationship blooming between GiGi and Grace’s father Wes (Oliver Hudson). Oh, and Chanel #2’s body has also disappeared.

The third episode opens on Grace and Zayday heading to the convenient store to get some much need snackage since the cook is dead. While discussing the benefits of syrup covered chips they encounter the red devil and in a perfect final girl style, Grace zaps him in the nards with a taser and Zayday topples him with a display. Unfortunately, this devil was just a stand in school mascot.Ooops.

Meanwhile, Grace tries to hold it together and proceed with classes as normal, until her father shows up as her Film Analysis professor. After she storms out, Wes is left to teach the class about what he deems the greatest movie of all time, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We get a few iconic snippets from the film as well as shots of students throwing up in their backpacks. Where was this class when I was in college?

SCREAM QUEENS: Pictured L-R: Nasim Pedrad as Gigi, Jamie Lee Curtis as Dean Cathy Munsch and Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin in the “Chainsaw” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Skip Bolen/FOX.

We’re reaching prime KKT explosion time. Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin) has decided she is out and that Chanel (Emma Roberts) should be overthrown as house president. And when Chanel decides to make over Hester and turn her into Chanel #6 shit really hits the fan. I’m really loving Abigail Breslin in this show, she’s crass and hilarious. I don’t see her as being the killer but now that we know not only she and Chanel #3 (Billie Lourd) were hooking up with Chanel’s main squeeze, the King of Dudebros, Chad Radwell (Glen Powel) anyone could be the killer.

But that brings me to what I really wanted to mention in this review, the boys. Last episode, Chad’s bff Boone (Nick Jonas) was going to leave the Dicky Dollar Scholars and join KKT under their new rule of accepting anyone. Supposedly he wanted to join so he could come out as gay on his own terms and help the KKT house instead of being ruined by Chanel. The night he decided to join he ended up face to face with the Red Devil and got his throat slashed. But not really, at the very end of the premiere it’s revealed Boone is not dead but actually scheming with the Red Devil. “Chainsaw” brings Chad Radwell, who is the most superficial crier I’ve ever seen, out for revenge. He and the rest of the Dicky Dollar Scholars decide to go out and find the Red Devil themselves using the “gang rule” of going out in the street and yelling for someone until they come out and fight you, according to Chad Radwell it’s fool proof. Unsurprisingly, he turns out to be right but not before he and his bros don their all-white outfits and go on a bashing spree with baseball bats to the tune of “Backstreet’s Back” and which point 10-year-old me cracked up. As the Devil appears with a chainsaw the bros charge him but soon realize you never bring a wooden bat to a chainsaw fight. Also, there are two devils both wielding chainsaws causing the group to separate with Chad taking on one himself. As he is about to get sliced up like Thanksgiving turkey a fellow bro runs to save him and promptly gets his bat arm sliced off but that doesn’t stop him! Oh no, with his other hand he grabs the bat from his detached limb only to have his other arm sawed off as well. We know that Boone is involved somehow and most likely one of the faces behind the masks. His motive still remains unknown.

As the Devils walk off leaving the decimated Dicky Dollar Scholars, we head back to KKT where GiGi and Dean Munsch are having issues of their own. In an earlier scene, we see Munsch warn GiGi about staying away from her man so when they appear later as roomies we know something is up. As bedtime arrives Munsch explains she needs a white noise machine to sleep. No problem, except that the volume is cranked and the sounds as less then soothing, as a “compromise” Munsch decides on Slasher Movie sounds. GiGi, who is so totally not putting up with it heads to the couch downstairs only to be attacked by the Red Devil, chainsaw and all. The Devil flees when Wes bursts in to save his lady love, just in time for Munsch to run downstairs to see what the commotion was. Wes and GiGi accuse her of being the killer and that’s where we end.

From the first episode, I was wondering if they would make Jamie Lee Curtis a villain, which I would totally be for despite it’s predictability, but after this episode I’m thinking it’s not her. Announcing her as the killer this early in the season generally means she’s a red herring but who knows in this weird ass universe. What do you guys think? Comment below or tweet me!

Notable Cameos

While Grace and Zayday investigate the disappearance of Chanel #2 (whom they do not know is dead) they visit her parents played by the beautiful Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Roger Bart (Stepford Wives 2004).

SCREAM QUEENS: Pictured L-R: Roger Bart as Dr. Herfmann, Charisma Carpenter as Mrs. Herfmann and Skyler Samuels as Grace in the “Chainsaw” episode of SCREAM QUEENS airing Tuesday, Sept. 29 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Skip Bolen/FOX.

Favorite Lines

“I was bored so I came out here to look at #2’s body”

“Stabbed her in the face and she wasn’t that cute to begin with but that is not the point!”

“You violated my closet vag”

Favorite Deaths

RIP Coney the Ice Cream Cone, may your sawed off head be found in hilarious glory.

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Ryuhei Kitamura Films ‘Vessels’ Aboard the Haunted Queen Mary!

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 19:18

Before helming The Midnight Meat Train and the awful No One Lives, Ryuhei Kitamura delivered the Japanese indie Versus as well as Godzilla: Final Wars.

Now, he’s been tapped to helm Vessels, a supernatural thriller based on the legendary history and hauntings aboard The Queen Mary, Bloody Disgusting learned.

Vessels is the first in a slate of films for Ubiquity Studios, whose team will finance production. The script is from Gary Dauberman whose credits include Annabelle.

The Queen Mary has a storied and legendary haunted past. Larger than The RMS Titanic, the Queen Mary was the Cunard Line’s flagship until being commissioned as an allied troop transport in 1936. Nicknamed “The Grey Ghost” for its uncanny ability to avoid Nazi U-Boats, the craft was so vital to war efforts that Hitler offered $250,000 and the Grand Iron Cross to anyone who could sink it. Despite this, the Queen Mary would make exactly 1,000 ocean crossings before being retired in 1967 with the record for most people ever transported on a single vessel at one time. The great boat did suffer its share of tragedy, though. In 1942, she jackknifed her own escort ship, but due to the presence of U-Boats, had to flee without a rescue mission leaving 239 soldiers to perish in the freezing waters. Later that year, a ninety-five foot wave hit and nearly capsized the Queen Mary while 16,000 soldiers were aboard, an incident that inspired the original Poseidon Adventure which was shot on the Queen Mary in 1971.

Vessels will be shot on-location aboard the ship in Long Beach, CA, as well as at Ubiquity’s studio in Irvine, CA.

Brett Tomberlin of Ubiquity is producing with Andrew Trapani (Haunting in Connecticut) and Brian Gilbert (Wrong Turn) of Nine/8 Entertainment and Mali Elfman (Before I Wake). Ubiquity’s Chris Carmichael and Connie Jordan are Executive Producers.

Vessels will begin filming in early 2016.

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New Clip Introduces ‘Deathgasm’!

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 19:07

Deathgasm, the hilarious, action-filled, blood-soaked ode to heavy metal horror that’s blown away festival audiences worldwide hits U.S. cinemas on October 2, 2015 from Dark Sky Films.

I said Deathgasm delivers on its bloody promise, while Patrick’s review raves that it’s the party movie of 2015!

Now, in addition to our exclusive clip, here’s new footage that introduces “Deathgasm”.

In DeathgasmNew kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.

For more insanity, check out the full trailer!

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‘Maniac Cop’ Remake to Shoot Next Spring in NYC

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:54

John Hyams will be shooting his Maniac Cop remake in spring of 2016 in New York City, according to Variety. The film is being produced by Nicolas Winding Refn and William Lustig, who directed the original 1988 film, and the script is written by Ed Brubaker.

Hyam, who directed both Universal Solider: Regeneration and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, explains:

I’m a huge admirer of both producers and I’d been looking to do something that bridges the gap between action and horror like this. The script is able to re-invent the original with the same mythology. We had thought about shooting in the fall, but we decided on the spring to give ourselves enough time to get the best cast and crew.

According to the site, the film will have a budget between $5 and $6 million.

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Zombi Unveil Their “Shadow Hand”

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:29

Instrumental duo Zombi have released a new track from their forthcoming album Shape Shift titled “Shadow Hand”. The track has strong elements of vintage electronic horror soundtracks from the 60’s and 70’s and calls to mind late night drives through city streets that are bathed in orange light.

Shape Shift comes out on October 16th via Relapse Records. The band is hitting the road in early November with support coming from Pinkish Black.

Tour dates with Pinkish Black:
11/5 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
11/6 – Ferndale, MI – The Loving Touch
11/7 – Toronto, ON – The Hard Luck
11/8 – Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB
11/10 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
11/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
11/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
11/13 – Baltimore, MD – Floristree
11/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
11/15 – San Antonio, TX – Housecore Horror Festival*
* no Pinkish Black

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Snapchat Basically Says “F*ck the Children” (Random Treat)

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:22

Okay, so Snapchat never actually said that. HOWEVER, parents and relatives of young children had a blast with Snapchat’s “selfie lenses” feature. This allowed people to do things like barf rainbows, add googly eyes or, and here’s where it gets fun, turn your face into a screaming monstrosity akin to something out of a J-horror film.

Below is a video of people letting young children try out this feature. Admittedly, they don’t warn them in advance, so the reactions of the kids are tears, gasps, and displeasure. However, I’m a fan of seeing kids traumatized by playful things like this, so kudos to all involved!

Unfortunately, this feature has apparently been retired but it was good while it lasted!

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Ubre Blanca “The Sadist” Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 17:15

We’ve teamed up Giallo Disco Records to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “The Sadist” from Scottish retrosynth electronic duo Ubre Blanca. The song is the title track of their new album.

Giallo Disco overlord Anton Maiof explains:

Picking up the studded gauntlet thrown down by such luminaries as Heldon, Goblin, Zombi and Simon Boswell comes Glaswegian duo Ubre Blanca. Five tracks of Gothic Distopia with an occult leaning matched only by the legends that were Jacula. Giallo Disco is proud to present ‘The Sadist’ by this incredible group. Recorded by Luigi Pasquini, mixed and art by Joel Stone, Mastered by Alek Stark, layout by Eric Lee.

You can buy the album digitally via Bandcamp or on vinyl via Bordello A Parigi.

Ubre Blanca online:
Official Website

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‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Gets a Live Action Music Video

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 16:30

Five Nights At Freddy’s has gotten an original song and music video! Cosplayer Angie Griffin and her fiancé Chad Nikolaus, along with Screen Team, have created an original song and video for the wildly popular horror game.

The video features a, “…real stage performance by Freddy, Chicka and Bonnie” along with an “…extremely creepy Marionette, and Security Guard Mike himself.

You can watch the video below.

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Cursed ‘Rings’ Tape Won’t Be Recovered Until Next Year

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 15:05

With trailers already dropping for films releasing in January, we checked in on Paramount Pictures’ Rings, the latest sequel to The Ring, the U.S. remake of Hideo Nakata’s J-horror Ringu.

Bloody Disgusting can report that Rings will not be hitting theaters on November 13th of this year, as originally slated. Watch for a new 2016 date as it’s announced.

Rings stars Johnny Galecki, best known as Leonard in “The Big Bang Theory.”

Galecki will play Gabriel, a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor who mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo, Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). Scream 4‘s Aimee Teegarden rounds out the main cast.

It’s a direct sequel to The Ring 2, although there were plans on having it be part prequel, which didn’t come into fruition when the filmmakers were allegedly unable to lock down original star Naomi Watts.

The original cursed video will once again play as a device to Samara’s curse.

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‘In Case’ Presents Vampire and Demon Displays (Random Treat)

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 15:00

In Case, the company that makes “emergency cabinets against unnatural threats“, is back in the nick of time for Halloween with two new cases! This year they’re bringing the Vampire Decorative Display and the Demon Decorative Display, each box being handmade limited editions that come with serial numbers, a wax seal of authenticity, and a certificate of authenticity to boot!

We’ve got images of both creations below and I gotta tell you that they would like mighty fine on a bookshelf, a mantle, or atop an office desk to show your clients that you mean business.

The Vampire Decorative Display, even just displayed, may be a powerful deterrent for vampires. The heavy duty vampire stake can be a formidable weapon in the hands of an experienced wielder. Sturdy and well-built, the stake does the job: goes in and stays in.

The scroll of abolishment contained in the Demon Decorative Display is one, if not the most, powerful script/prayer against demons and unholy creatures. Even just displayed, along with the blessed protective cross, the sacred scroll may be a powerful impediment for demons.

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[Blu-ray] ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ is a Wonderful Journey

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 14:57

This is the second of a four-part review of Via Vision Entertainment’s The Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen boxset. Be sure to check out the first review for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.

When I was younger The Golden Voyage of Sinbad used to be my favorite Ray Harryhausen movie. I’m only onto my second of four films from the Via Vision Entertainment released Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen set, but I think this one is still my favorite. It had been a number of years since I watched this one however, and I will say I noticed a few things that I didn’t pick up on so much when I was a kid. More to come on that later.

This Sinbad adventure from 1973 sees John Philip Law in the role of fearless our hero. While Sinbad and his crew are out exploring the sea they spot a flying creature up above. From a distance the creature looks like a bird but once it gets closer it kind of looks like a small dragon. The creature is carrying something shiny which it drops on the deck of the ship. Sinbad picks the item up and it turns out to be part of a golden tablet. Naturally Sinbad decides to wear this around his neck.

That night while Sinbad is having an odd dream an unexpected storm hits sending the ship off course.  The next day the crew comes across a small coastal town. Sinbad decides to explore, because that’s what he does, and there he encounters Koura (Tom Baker), a mysterious figure dressed in all black. Koura informs Sinbad that the tablet around his neck belongs to him. Instead of avoiding any conflict by retuning the golden tablet, Sinbad makes a mad dash to the city.

Once in the city Sinbad meets Vizier (Douglas Wilmer). Vizier explains that he has the second piece of the tablet and that they must not let Koura get it as it comes with great power, power that Koura will use for evil. Vizier explains that once the tablet is completely put together it reveals a map that leads to the Fountain of Destiny. Sinbad and Vizier head out together to follow the map but Koura is hot on their tail.

Sinbad is always portrayed as very heroic, the good guy here to save the day, but watching this now and I got a bit of a different vibe. For starters once the golden tablet falls on his ship a member of his crew warns that it is bad luck and advises Sinbad to get rid of it. Sinbad is like, “nah, it’s gold I think I’ll keep it.” That night the storm hits out of nowhere blowing them off course.

The next day when the crew approaches the coastal town that same crew member tells Sinbad that it’s bad luck and asks him once again to get rid of the tablet. Sinbad decides he’s getting out and then he meets Koura. Koura turns out to be a sorcerer of sorts who chases Sinbad and his crew down. A few crew members die during the chase. Do you see the pattern? Sinbad is kind of a dick.

Sure, Sinbad still saves the day, but he creates these situations that put people in a position where they need saving. If Sinbad wasn’t so selfish and so obsessed with chasing gold and treasure then perhaps he wouldn’t need to save everybody all the time? Just a thought.

Despite my newfound theory that Sinbad is actually just a major dick, I still do love The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Like basically all Harryhausen work it holds up incredibly well. The creature design is fantastic and as always the movements are flawless and incredibly fluid. It’s a pure thing of beauty. Harryhausen definitely had a way with stop-motion that no one before or since has been able to capture.

I also think this is one of the scarier Harryhausen pieces of work and is actually quite violent. The last two battles in particular take things up a notch. First you have two awesome creatures going at it and things get pretty dark when Koura gets involved. I know these are fictional stop-motion beasts, but seeing one choke the other out is pretty grim. Then the fight between Koura and Sinbad raises the stakes even more, ending in what is essentially a fountain a blood. It’s all very gnarly.

As a nice little bonus for horror fans Caroline Munro stars as Margiana, a girl who Sinbad buys to provide her with her freedom. Munro will most likely be remembered for her role in William Lustig’s Maniac. Munro actually isn’t given much to do here, but she is nice to see on screen. She kind of serves as Sinbad’s love interest, but they don’t really get into that too much. It’s mostly just implied.

I don’t know if this is the same transfer as the long since sold out and OOP Twilight Time release (I think it likely is), but what Via Vision has included here is absolutely gorgeous. This movie is full of bright, vivid colors and they all pop. Every detail looks wonderful. You have a little bit of grain during some of the darker scenes, but this is all minimal.

Furthering my belief that this Via Vision release is the same as the Twilight Time version is the special features. Here we get three featurettes about some of Harryhausen’s other work, all of which were also on the Twilight Time release. These are nice and informative tidbits that offer up clips of the other films as well as insight from Harryhausen himself. The best of the three is for Earth vs Flying Saucers because Joe Dante is actually interviewing Harryhausen. I’m a huge Dante fan, so seeing him interview a legend like Harryhausen just adds an extra layer of special to this one.

I’m half way through the Fantastic Films of Ray Harryhausen and at this point it seems like a no brainer to pick this one up. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is one of two films on this set that is no longer available on Blu-ray in the US (without paying a TON from a third party). You can order this set, which is Region Free so it will play in any US player, from JB Hi-Fi for just over $50 whereas getting just The Golden Voyage of Sinbad US release from a third party on Amazon will currently cost you over $150.00. If you want these Harryhausen films, and I think you should want them, this is definitely the way to go.

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[Review] ‘The Invitation’ is a Masterful Exercise in Unbearable Tension!

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 14:01

It has been a long time since Karyn Kusama has gifted us with a film, six years to be exact. She’s had a spotty track record too. After her breakout film Girlfight in 2000, Kusama faced critical and commercial failure with the 2005 Charlize Theron film Aeon Flux. In 2009, all hope seemed lost with Jennifer’s Body, another commercial failure (critics were mixed, though I actually enjoy that film). Now, Kusama presents us with The Invitation, which screened at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX on Sunday. It may very well be her strongest directorial effort to date. Co-written by her husband Phil Hay and his writing partner Matt Manfredi, The Invitation is a brilliant film that will have the audience feeling uneasy until it’s heart-pounding climax.

When the film opens, Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus) and Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi) are driving towards the house of his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard, Into the Woods, Blue Jasmine) and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman, World War Z, Game of Thrones), where they have just been invited for a dinner party serving as a reunion for old friends. Eden ran off to Mexico two years prior, after the death of their son, cutting off all contact with her friends and family. Will begins to notice that something seems off about Eden and David’s behavior. Over the course of the film’s 97 minutes, we sit back as guests to the dinner party as Will’s paranoia over Eden and David’s strange behavior begins to throw everything into chaos.

To say anything more about The Invitation would truly spoil this fantastic gem of a film. Of course, it is best walked into knowing little to nothing about it, but that is so difficult nowadays when trailers spoil entire films.

Aside: Director Karyn Kusama was present for a Q&A after the screening and asked (along with a Drafthouse Films representative) how they should market the film. They even took suggestions from the audience on what kind of trailer to cut. I can only hope they listen to our suggestions when the film is released next year. End Aside.

The Invitation is deliberately paced. That is not to say it is slow (though some might say that), but it is best viewed as an examination of the different ways that people handle the grieving process. This is Kusama’s strongest directing effort to date. The way The Invitation is shot creates some of the most unbearable tension I’ve ever felt in a film.

For much of the film, we are constantly second guessing ourselves over what is actually happening at this dinner. Do Eden and David have something insidious planned? Is Will just overly paranoid and letting his grief over his son’s death get the better of him? Or are we watching some weird social experiment? By the third act, all questions are answered, but the film never loses steam and the tension carries over all the way to the final shot.

Performances are strong all across the board. Marshall-Green, a dead ringer for Tom Hardy, plays the tortured soul well. Blanchard and Huisman are great at making the audience feel incredibly uneasy about their motives. The standouts for me were Corinealdi, who is in the difficult role of “the new girlfriend” and Michelle Krusiek as the wild party girl in the group of friends. Of course, you can’t forget about John Carroll Lynch, whose role in the film evokes his similar role in Fincher’s Zodiac.

The Invitation may very well be one of the most unsettling films I’ve ever seen. It works in so many ways and is a tour de force from Kusama. Here’s hoping she stays directing genre films. It will get a release sometime in 2016 so make sure to seek it out when it does.

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J-Horror Returns in Suicidal ‘The Forest’ Trailer!

Wed, 09/30/2015 - 13:48

If you dare enter the Aokigahara “Suicide” Forest, remember one thing above all else: STAY ON THE PATH.

Even though the J-horror craze was short-lived, I loved it. From The Ring to The Grudge, there was something special about the fish-out-of-water aspect to the horror genre.

Now, years after J-horror died a horrible death, it’s being resurrected in Jason Zada’s The Forest, which stars Natalie Dormer of “Game of Thrones” and The Hunger Games.

In it, “A supernatural thriller set in the legendary Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. A young American woman, Sara (Dormer), goes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate – only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead that prey on anyone who wanders into the forest.

The first trailer has just arrived and it’s jam-packed with frights. I love the look of the film, as well as some of the creepy scares that are set up. My only worry is that they’re giving too much away, especially what looks like a shot from the film’s finale (I could be wrong). No matter, it’s exciting to see Dormer in the lead role and I’m curious to see if this can deliver on the same level of films like Ring and Grudge.

In theaters January 8th, 2016 via Gramercy Pictures, The Forest is based on an idea by David S. Goyer.

Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa all star.

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