Having its World Premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival is Stung, a new horror about a giant wasp.
Now, ahead of the premiere, a new international trailer flies in from the story of a two catering staff at a fancy garden party who battle a mutated species of wasp.
“For catering staffers Paul and Julia, Mrs. Perch’s fancy garden party at her remote country villa is nothing out of the ordinary. A mishap with toxic plant fertilizer leads to the most unwelcome of dinner guests: giant killer wasps. Director Benni Diez takes audiences on a thrilling, gory rollercoaster ride from campy to creepy, in this delightful and dreadful creature-feature.”
Matt O’Leary (Frailty, Death Sentence), Jessica Cook, Peter Stormare and Lance Henriksen (Aliens) all star in the horror comedy.
Benni Diez directs and Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz of Munich and Berlin-based Rat Pack Filmproduction produce.
Stephen King is a master of horror. We know this. His son Joe Hill? I think he’s well on his way of joining his father with such classic works as “Horns” and “Locke and Key”.
Both were blessed with the opportunity to see Guillermo del Toro’s next haunter, Crimson Peak, a ghost tale starring the superior Tom Hiddleston alongside Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Jim Beaver.
And when King and Hill give their stamp of approval, that’s when I get excited. I consider both to be an authority on horror.
While Hill loved it just as much as King, the latter called it “terrifying,” and went as far as to compare his first viewing experience to that of Sam Rami’s Evil Dead.
Was treated to a screening of Guillermo del Toro's new movie, CRIMSON PEAK, this weekend. Gorgeous and just fucking terrifying.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 16, 2015
CRIMSON PEAK electrified me in the same way Sam Rami's EVIL DEAD electrified me when I saw it for the first time way back in the day.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 16, 2015
Hill raves about the beauty and compares it to another classic:
Remember that list I tweeted the other day, the 13 most beautiful horror films. CRIMSON PEAK is the most beautiful of all.
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) March 15, 2015
CRIMSON PEAK is Del Toro's blood-soaked AGE OF INNOCENCE, a gloriously sick waltz through Daphne Du Maurier territory.
— Joe Hill (@joe_hill) March 15, 2015
Crimson Peak, in theaters October 16, begins “In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.”
“Bates Motel” returned tonight with a much faster paced episode after last weeks slog of a premiere. As is typical with Bates, there were still some issues with plotlines that no one cares about, but it was definitely an improvement. Before I get into my critique, let’s go over everything that happened.Recap
Norma goes to check on Annika to not-so-secretly check to make sure her bathroom window shade is working after she caught Norman spying on her last week. After going to ask Emma about her to no avail, she walks in to see Norman taxidermy-ing (I’m fully aware that this is not a real word) a small goat. Norman claims to not know anything about about her whereabouts. Meanwhile, Hunter, Caleb and Dylan are having sort of a male bonding session over by the pot farm.
Norma just can’t seem to let the Annika thing go, so she asks Emma (again) about her. After Emma tells her that Norman went on a ride with her, a light bulb clicks in her head. She knows Norman had something to do with Annika’s disappearance. After scolding Norman, she gets a kind of half-excue out of him and the (understandably) doesn’t buy it, so she makes him show her exactly what happened that night. Then, of course, Norman slips up and uses the word “was” to describe Annika. Norma catches the slip-up (yay Norma!) and Norman starts acting all creepy. Norman informs Norma that he has started dating Emma, and she seems giddy at the thought. Later, while talking with Emma, she starts to get a little handsy with him and he freaks out a bit before abruptly leaving.
Back at Dylan’s, a seemingly rabid dog attacks Hunter’s dog and Caleb shoots it. Okay.The next day, a bearded homeless looking man named Chick comes up to Dylan looking for his pet dog, and seems unusually interested in the tomatoes (tow-mah-toes) he is planting. This storyline is getting so exciting! Later, Emma suggests that her and Norma go through Annika’s room and they find an invitation for the club that gives the episode it’s title: The Arcanum Club, which Emma explains is a very exclusive hunting club. While leaving the room, Sheriff Eyeliner Romero checks out of the motel and gives Norma what I assume is a check written for an enormous sum of money. and skips town.
On Emma and Norman’s date, the TV-MA icon shows up to remind us that something crazy is about to happen, and it turns out to just be two teenagers discussing sex (because Americans are prudes). Emma is laying the sexual innuendos on thick, and the two delve into their sexual histories (probably not a good conversation to have with Norman Bates). Then she calls Norma out for trying to keep Norman a child, which may be responsible for his guilty sexual feelings (yay Emma!).
Norma drives to the Arcanum Club meeting and is asked for the password, which she doesn’t know (really, Norma?). So she drives around the side and climbs over the fence (in her evening gown, no less) and pulls a Norman and spies on the party through a window. Inside, the gay neighbor from Desperate Housewives (Kevin Rahm) is overlooking two people have sex (there’s the TV-MA material). Romero busts her and she explains to him why she’s there. She also tells him that Norman was the last person to see Annika.
Over in the forest, Dylan and Caleb go spy on Chick, only to dins a woman nursing a baby. Chick comes out and admits that he doesn’t own a dog. He takes them into his gun warehouse and has a weird conversation with him about rules. Then he asks him about the weed he’s growing (ughhhh) and Caleb has to take it one step so far and insult Chick to his face, which means this storyline will probably drag on for the rest of the season.
On her way home, Norma sees a sign for Lee Berman’s bypass (remember that thrilling storyline from last season?) and proceeds to kick the shit out of it, only to run it over once she gets back in her car. Emma and Norman arrive home and begin making out. Norman cuts the session short, to Emma’s disappointment. After Emma leaves, Norma comes home and breaks down in Norman’s arms, while he consoles her and tells her everything is going to be alright. Cut to the lake, where a woman’s body has just floated to the surface.
Like I said, this was a much faster-paced episode than last week. People actually communicated! Emma told Norma about Norman riding into town with Annika and Norma told Romero by the end of the episode! We also had Norma be smart and not just ignore Norman’s creepy behavior and excuses about his drive with Annika. She took initiative, which isn’t something we see quite often when it comes to Norman’s murderous tendencies. The show is always better when it focuses on Norma and this episode was no exception.
Special mention should also be made of Freddie Highmore, who is making Norman’s transition into full on psycho very well. He gives Norman so many looks and little moments that really show you how crazy he is becoming and his scenes with Olivia Cooke were appropriately disturbing. Their date was incredibly awkward and hard to watch, but I’m glad it finally gave Cooke some of the attention she was missing last season.
Last, and certainly least, we have Dylan’s subplot, which is growing even more ridiculous than I ever could have imagined. I didn’t actually think this was possible, but the writers seem determined to make it as “out there” as possible (that tomatoes thing was just plain weird). Chick was a creepy character and he was mildly entertaining in his final scene, so I’m withholding judgment on this until it gets developed a bit more. My expectations are very low, though.
Bates Motel is still setting things up for the rest of the season, but I found myself significantly more interested this week. Most of the plotlines that are being set up have the potential for an amazing payoff, and I hope the show follows through with them. Revelations and reveals were made much more quickly than the series is typically known for. Here’s hoping this trend continues next week!
- “She doesn’t strike me as a hiker.” That is Norma’s polite was of saying Annika was a hooker. Classic Norma.
- I loved how the camera lingered on Farmiga’s face when Emma told her Norman rode into town with Annika. You could just see the light bulb go off in her head and her facial expression was perfect.
- “Because you can’t keep getting into cars with unquestionable women. SLUTTY.” Nice to see that Norma echoed my thoughts from last week about unhinged/older women being attracted to him.
- Emma is apparently a connoisseur of Ramen. Good to know.
- Really starting to worry about Emma’s safety now. Surely they won’t kill her off this season, right? RIGHT???
- The visual of Norma running to the Arcanum Club party in her evening gown was amazing. I love it when the give Norma some physical comedy.
- On that note, Norma yelling “I hate you, you stupid piece of shit sign!” was also quite hilarious.
- Oh yeah, Annika is dead. In case you cared.
- Sorry again for the lengthy recap/review! I’ve come to accept the fact that so much shit happens on this show that it’s just going to be long. But I’ll actually label the recap and review so if you watched the episode you can just jump to the review.
I remember buying my copy of Silent HIll 2 and driving home at what felt like warp speed, all so I could venture into that foggy, mysterious, dangerous town. As with most people, one of hte first things that enchanted me about the game was the gorgeous, sublime soundtrack, which drifted from ambient beauty to industrial ugliness, oftentimes with mere moments in between. And perhaps the most famous of these tracks was the theme song, “Theme Of Laura”, which was heavily utilized during the game’s marketing campaign.
It’s always interesting to see how people will take that music and find their own way to add to it, to take it somewhere that it hadn’t been before. That’s precisely what Adam Matlock did with his cover of the track using only an accordion and a tambourine. It gives the track a decidedly Parisian feel, as though Silent Hill’s power and influence traveled into Europe.
That, for me, raises an interesting concept: What if the powers that make Silent Hill the terrifying location that it is escape and its influence spreads? What locations do you think would be fascinating to venture into if Silent Hill took it over?
Movie trailers are amazing. Other than a poster, a movie trailer is the only visual we have of a film before it is released to the public. What I believe a movie trailer should do is show us glimpses of a film that give us a general idea of the plot and show us enough to get us interested. Unfortunately, it seems to take a lot more to get people to the theaters nowadays, so studios (or whoever cuts movie trailers) have resorted to show major spoilers in the trailers they release. From showing main character deaths to showing the actual final shot of the film, it’s almost become dangerous to watch a movie trailer before you see the movie itself (don’t even get me started on Red Band trailers). Let’s look at some trailers that are the biggest offenders. ***WARNING: SPOILERS WILL BE DISCUSSED BELOW***
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everybody! It’s not exactly a horror fan’s dream holiday, but we have been “gifted” with a franchise that uses its very mascot as a villain. While it might be a little cliché to do a post on the Leprechaun films, I figured I’d still give it a shot! Up until this weekend, I had seen every film in the franchise except for the “In The Hood” entries, so I spent my Sunday watching those two in order to form an accurate opinion on the rankings of each film in the series. Let me be clear: I don’t think any of the Leprechaun movies are good, but most of them are entertaining, so without further ado, I give you my rankings of each of the Leprechaun films, from worst to best!7. Leprechaun: Origins
I actually had high hopes for this film. Call me crazy, but when it was announced I thought it was a great idea. Leprechaun is a perfect candidate for a reboot, and the crew behind this film had the opportunity to make it a truly scary film. Instead, we got a film that ripped off countless other films, barely showed the Leprechaun (or whatever that thing was…it looked like a cross between an Orc and the cave creatures from The Descent), and only had one good death (the spine rip). To make matters worse: it’s boring. I can handle a bad Leprechaun film, but at least make it entertaining. What a disappointment.
The SXSW Film Festival just had a Deathgasm, and the theater is covered in blood.
Deathgasm is a mix between Evil Dead 2 and “Metalocalypse”, and delivers on its promise to be the most metal horror film ever.
Drawing inspiration from Black Roses (1988) and Trick or Treat (1986), Deathgasm is a New Zealand horror comedy from Jason Lei Howden that pushes the film as far as it can go.
In Deathgasm, Brodie (Milo Cawthorne) is new to town. He meets Zakk (James Blake), a fellow heavy metal fan. The duo form a band, and sing lyrics to an ancient Satanic ritual, which unleash a horde of demons onto the town.
Other than some pacing issues, Deathgasm is the horror film a 15-year-old me would have creamed his pants over. The film revs up tons of chainsaws, decapitating dozens of demons; you’ll see giant dildos jammed into demons heads; and there’s plenty of sharp objects used to cut demons in pieces.
A slight flaw is that, in an attempt to push the limits of onscreen gore, the filmmakers ham up what could have been something a bit more impactful. What they do is, after a decapitation of sorts, hang on the shot a bit too long to where the audience can see just how fake the gag is. If it had been edited down a bit tighter, the impact would have been ten fold. Still, I admire the attempt to push the boundaries, even though nobody will ever top Dead Alive.
Frankly, the thing I liked best about Deathgasm, besides the heavy metal plot, was the relationship arc between Brodie and Medina (Kimberley Crossman). It’s rare when a horror film actually connects the romantic dots and creates real sexual tension.
Also, I think it’s important that Deathgasm felt authentic. At no point did I feel as if these kids (or the filmmakers) were posers. Can you imagine a heavy metal horror film in which the characters looked and felt like “Melrose Place” actors wearing dark makeup? Ugh.
Deathgasm isn’t perfect by any means, but it’s satisfying. It’s got spirit, a great heart, and it’s really fun. It’s a record you can spin over and over again with friends. It may just as well work itself into the lore of cult classic fandom.
These days franchises, sequels and reboots are taking over Hollywood. And while most are just cash-grabs, there are a lot of filmmakers who are fighting to create “art” because it’s something they believe in.
Say what you will about the long-gestured second sequel to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, but both Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter have been dedicated to making it a reality since its inception. Even when Reeves was the biggest star in Hollywood he would openly campaign to return as Ted “Theodore” Logan in a third film.
Shit, there’s been a director attached for several years: Galaxy Quest‘s Dean Parisot.
After traveling through time, and going to both Heaven and Hell, Bill & Ted have yet to transport through dimensional time and space – something that could wrap up this heavy metal comedy franchise. And even with various incarnations of the script, there’s been no serious fan clamoring to see it made. And the financiers behind it clearly don’t have faith in it.
With that said, it’s now or never for Bill & Ted 3.
2015 is all about returning franchises, remakes, reboots, spinoffs, and giant crossovers. And with Keanu Reeves having a career renaissance, thanks to John Wick, 2015 is the year Bill & Ted 3 has to happen.
Winters echoes this sentiment in a new interview with Yahoo! Movies where he basically says it’s do or die for Bill & Ted.
“We’re really close. We’re just about there,” Winter said, before cautioning: “In Hollywood parlance, [that] means we’ll either be shooting soon, or it’s never going to happen.”
His passion is shared when asked if he’s sick of being asked about it:
“We’re trying to get the movie made, so how could we be sick of it? It’s really been us driving the whole thing, me and Keanu and [writers] Chris [Matheson] and Ed [Solomon]. So we’re producing it and we’re actively trying to get it made. We’re not tired of it, but I think for our fans, we are eager to stop talking about and actually shoot the damn thing.”
Picking my favorite between Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey is like picking between apples and oranges. And although no sequel will ever compete, it would be a blast to see two failed rockers attempt to save the planet one last time.
Wyld Stallyns for life.
This is something I don’t think anyone could have seen coming, but hell, I’m into it. Under the Secret Wars mega event later this year, Marvel is launching an all new digital first series that embodies the tone and the feeling of the X-Men cartoon. I’m sure many of you were first acquainted with mutants during the 90′s and Marvel is hoping you’re still a fan.
If only the theme fired up whenever you open a new issue…
Everyone’s favorite version of the X-Men are back! That’s right, this June, the most radical team of mutants ever assembled make their triumphant return to the world of comics in X-MEN ’92 #1! Debuting as a Marvel Infinite Comic series in May, X-Men ’92 is optimized specifically for mobile devices, pushing the boundaries of comic storytelling to new heights!
“Toys. TV. Arcade games. Trading Cards. The X-Men were everywhere that year,” exclaims series co-writer Chad Bowers. “Kids who didn’t even care that comics existed were suddenly into the X-Men, and asking me questions about Gambit at recess. That was nuts and it blew my preadolescent mind, but it was also completely awesome! It’s a period that really resonated with and inspired countless fans, and X-Men ’92 is going to remind you why you were totally obsessed with it!”
Marvel newcomers Chris Sims & Chad Bowers join artist Scott Koblish (Deadpool) to take you back to the days of big guns, big pouches, and big action! Baron Kelly, ruler of the Westchester domain has called upon the Clear Mountain Project and it’s mysterious new director to deal with the mutant menace – by any means necessary! Can the X-Men put a stop to the threat of “mutant rehabilitation”? And just what are “Free Range Sentinels’? Find out in X-Men ’92 this May!
Available right at your fingertips, these new Infinite Comics will be available for purchase this May on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTMdevices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!
X-MEN ‘92 #1
Written by CHRIS SIMS & CHAD BOWERS
Art by SCOTT KOBLISH
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
Print Issue On Sale in June!
Archaia, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce the April debut of acclaimed Israeli illustrator Asaf Hanuka’s autobiographical original graphic novel The Realist. Collecting Hanuka’s weekly strips in English for the first time, The Realist is an emotional, deeply personal commentary on his life and raising a family in Tel Aviv, Israel.
“Asaf Hanuka can say more with a single illustration than some people could say in a whole book,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The Realist is a rollercoaster of emotion, filled with humorous strips of trying to raise a family and stunning, quiet images of the dangers of a war-torn country. Marjane Satrapi introduced Western audiences to a post-Islamic Revolution Iran in Persepolis, and now Asaf Hanuka gives us a window into modern life in Tel Aviv with The Realist.”
Asaf Hanuka’s autobiographical webcomic, The Realist, began winning awards shortly after its launch, including a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators. Collected for the first time in English and including never-before-collected strips, The Realist delivers both honesty and whimsy from a master of his craft. With echoes of R. Crumb and Daniel Clowes, Hanuka moves readers with his depictions of everyday life, commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.
Featuring a trim size of 6.875 x 10.1875 and containing 192 pages, The Realist original hardcover graphic novel arrives in comic shops from Archaia on April 22nd with a cover by creator Asaf Hanuka for the price of $24.99 under Diamond order code FEB151166.
The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is March 30th. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
BOO! WGN America has released a new promo for the all-new season of their breakout hit supernatural thriller “Salem,” returning on Sunday, April 5 at 10pm ET/9pm CT. It features Lucy Lawless, the last “true” witch.
The promo features a first look at new recurring guest stars Lucy Lawless (“Xena: Warrior Princess”, “Spartacus”) and Stuart Townsend (“Betrayal,” “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”) who have joined the series for season two. Lawless joins the cast as “Countess Marburg,” one of the last remaining survivors of the legendary line of ancient German witches and Townsend portrays English aristocrat “Samuel Wainwright” – a doctor looking to uncover the secrets of “Salem” and keep his own from those who would seek to discover them.
“Salem”, a bold re-imagination of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, returns for season two at the dawn of a Witch War. As the disease and devastation unleashed by a deadly supernatural ritual spread through the war-torn village, Salem’s most powerful witch, Mary Sibley, must face off against adversaries old and new who are vying for her throne.
“Salem” is a gripping one-hour drama that boldly re-imagines the infamous 17th century witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. The series stars Janet Montgomery, Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”), Seth Gabel (“Arrow,” “Fringe”), Ashley Madekwe, Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”), Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”).
Check out some really cool posters here:
While Focus Features Insidious Chapter 3 trailer leaked this morning, it has since been pulled and replaced with a trailer teaser and official poster. The trailer releases officially tomorrow, so until then you at least have a look at this awesome poster that shows your death.
Leigh Whannell, co-creator of the terrifying horror franchise, directs the third film in theaters June 5, 2015.
“This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.“
The full cast of Insidious Chapter 3 includes Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County) and Stefanie Scott (Jem and the Holograms) starring alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Mr. Whannell, with the latter trio reprising their roles from the first two movies in the franchise.
Few people are as successful with their very first game as Finnish developer Jesse Makkonen was with his hauntingly beautiful psychological horror game, Silence of the Sleep. To put it in perspective, that was his first stab at making video games, and he did it alone. His next project is another 2D horror game titled The Human Gallery, and it looks every bit as terrifying, eerie and visually unforgettable as his last.
The Human Gallery follows an artist who decides to enter the mind of a psychopath in order to find inspiration for his next work. This guy clearly hasn’t seen Cell, because if he had, he’d know how bad that idea is.
Like Silence of the Sleep, the emphasis is on atmosphere. The interface will be minimal, the controls simple but polished, and it’ll be backed by another moody soundtrack. I can’t wait.
Here’s some news that ought to warm your soul. This weekend, YouTuber Dawko held a Five Nights at Freddy’s-themed Play Live event with the goal of raising $15,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I doubt he expected series creator Scott Cawthon would take notice, much less donate a quarter of a million dollars to it.
Here’s Dawko’s celebratory video.
With Cawthon’s generous donation, Dawko’s Play Live page was able to raise an impressive $256,474 total. Not bad for a day’s work.
If you would like to donate to St. Jude, you can do that right here.
Just in time for Saint Patrick’s Day, Bloody Disgusting reader Dimitri A.C. Ly just linked us to his video compilations that recaps the entire Leprechaun franchise in less than five minutes!
Plus, the one true way to kill a leprechaun…
Warwick Davis starred as the Leprechaun in the 1993 film, which spawned multiple sequels (Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 3, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: In the Hood, Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood), as well as the awful WWE remake Origins. Dylan “Hornswoggle” Postl starred as the Lep in the 2014 reboot.
The ’93 film starred Jennifer Aniston in which an evil, sadistic Leprechaun goes on a killing rampage in search of his beloved pot of gold.
Here’s a text-heavy festival one-sheet for XLrator Media, Content and Alistair Legrand’s The Diabolical, which marks Legrand’s directorial debut, who co-wrote the script with Luke Harvis.
I don’t really understand the poster, which carries huge text and a hard-to-see image of a crusty girl standing behind it. I mean, it’s a cool looking poster, but it doesn’t really tell me anything about the movie, which stars Final Destination and Resident Evil fav Ali Larter.
“The Diabolical follows Madison and her children in their quiet suburban home as they are awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. Madison desperately seeks help from her scientist boyfriend Nikolai, who begins a hunt to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to undertake.”
Patrick Fischler (“Mad Men”), Arjun Gupta (“Nurse Jackie”), Merrin Dungey (“Betrayal”) and Joe Egender (“American Horror Story: Asylum”) also star.
Day 6 of filming brings DOOM-HEAD.
Here’s another name added to Rob Zombie’s now-filming 31, his Halloween slasher that’s heading to Murder World.
Joining the previously announced cast is Zombie regular, Richard Brake, who will portray ‘Doom-Head’.
Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.
Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing Schizo-Head, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as Panda Thomas, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.
Daniel Roebuck plays Paster Victor, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
It Follows was released in New York and Los Angeles on March 13th. While I won’t get to see it until March 27th, when it’s finally released in Austin (damn you South By Southwest!), I have to say that I am incredibly excited about it (read both of our glowing reviews here and here), but a tiny part of me is terrified that I’m not going to like it as much as I think I’m going to. My reasoning for this is because it is becoming incredibly hyped, and I am a person who can let hype really get to me. Now, before I go on: I would like to point out that I am fully aware I could choose not to read reviews and news about movies before they are released, but it’s kind of part of my job. Call me masochistic if you want. All of this got me thinking about movies that have been overhyped for me in the past. I’m also quite interested to hear your thoughts on movies that have disappointed you in the past.
The most recent example of overhype for me was my experience with The Babadook last year. I had been following it for a while since it premiered at Sundance last January. Think about it: that is about 11 months of me reading glowing things about the film (I finally saw it in November). I probably should have expected to be disappointed, and I definitely was. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the movie. It just didn’t live up to the admittedly impossible expectations I had set for it. I’ve already pre-ordered the BluRay on Amazon though so I’m hoping that a second viewing with more perspective will help, but mostly I just want it for the special packaging.
Haute Tension was also a victim of overhype for me. This was due mostly to the fact that I still can’t stand the ending (and yes, I have seen it more than once). I don’t appreciate movies that flat out lie to the audience and this movie was one of them. It was very well made, had some amazing gore effects and all of the performances were great; but every time I watch it the final 10 minutes completely take me out of the film. To this day I still do not understand the hype this film still receives.
The biggest example of overhype for me isn’t even a recent film. It’s Suspiria. I have only seen Suspiria once, and it was over a decade ago when I was still in high school. I admit that I probably need to watch it again. I’ve been to film school and taken a few classes on horror films since then so I could probably appreciate it a little bit more now. I just remember being incredibly bored the first time I watched it. Suspiria is the reason I don’t buy movies without watching them first anymore. This is probably something most people do already, but since Suspiria is such a highly regarded classic, I thought it was pretty much guaranteed that I would like it. Undoubtedly, that added to my bad memory of the film. Nevertheless, whenever someone mentions overhype my mind always goes back to the first time I watched Suspiria.
My goal in writing this post is not to bash on the movies I have listed. I have a respect for most films and the effort that goes into them, but I fully realize I may be inviting a lot of backlash by writing this post. The three films I listed above had a lot of care and effort put into them, and I take most of the blame for allowing myself to fall victim to overhype. I’ve tried to not actually read the reviews for It Follows and just read the blurbs on Rotten Tomatoes. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed, but I am still wary about it. Fingers crossed it lives up to my (slightly more managed) expectations!
So now that I’ve shared my experiences with you and I would like to hear about yours. When has overhype ruined a movie for you? Let me know in the comments below!
When it comes to terrifying and scary creatures, it’s hard to find a better breeding ground than the combination of Sci-Fi and Horror. Mad scientists creating destructive monstrosities, viruses infecting hosts, alien beings that are bent on total domination… These are only a few examples of the types of beasts that have come forth from this marriage of genres.
Let’s kick-start a discussion whereby we choose some of our own personal favorites that fit into this category. To start things off, we’ve got UK rock band False-Heads and their “5 Scariest Sci-Fi/Horror Creatures”! Head on in to check out their choices and then make sure to check out their single, “Wrap Up”, at the end of this post.
Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of the band’s new EP Wear And Tear via Bandcamp.
Developer Frictional Games has been quietly toiling away on their upcoming sci-fi survival horror game SOMA for some time now. A few weeks ago, the studio apologized after a somewhat lengthy silence — often a bad sign for far-off horror games — and this weekend they broke their silence again by sharing some more exciting news.
“If all goes according to plan the beta for SOMA, our upcoming sci-fi horror game, will be done in 4 weeks,” Frictional announced on Facebook. “It feels both exciting and scary that the game is really nearly completed now. After several years of hard work, release is finally a clearly visible milestone.”
The news of imminent beta testing is something to celebrate, both for the developer and for the fans who have been itching to get their hands on this game since it was revealed nearly two years ago. Don’t get tooexcited though, because the beta won’t be a public one.
“Note that we already have all the testers we need, so no need to make requests. [SOMA] is still incomplete so just hang in there a little longer, and you’ll get the polished and proper version to immerse yourself in!”