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New ‘V/H/S: Viral’ Trailer, Images Welcome You to the Show!

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:43

This shit’s gonna go viral this fall.

Magnet Releasing has pulled back the curtain on the official green band trailer and images for V/H/S: Viral, which will complete our V/H/S trilogy when it hits VOD platforms October 23, 2014, with a limited theatrical run slated for November 21, 2014.

The new tape features segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring).

The new trailer is jam-packed with gags and spoilers, but at this point I don’t think we’re trying to keep anything secret. Fingers crossed you guys have as much fun with it as we did! Go forth, check out demon penises, demonic magicians, resurrected skeletons, and then watch this shit go viral!

“A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”

Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey and Jayden Robison star.

Marcel Sarmiento, TJ Cimfel, Dave White, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead wrote the screenplays.

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Watch ‘Bill & Ted’ Fall for 10 Minutes

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:19

One of the most glorious moments in the Bill & Ted franchise comes in Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, an criminally underrated classic, when the duo are sucked into Hell by Missy and her group of weird friends.

During a seance seeking help, Missy reads incantations that send Bill and Ted to Hell, where they are forced to face the Reaper in a series of “battles” in order to escape.

But before all of the fun and mayhem, the Wyld Stallyns hilariously fall down a nearly infinite pit. A Youtube user reimagined the fall for a whopping 10 minutes. It’s fucking hysterical. Now, if only someone would make one that loops for an hour, they’d earn the final spot on my personal battle of the bands competition.

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‘The Flock’ Closed Alpha is the Perfect Halloween Treat

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 16:17

Back in April, we got our first look at the asymmetrical multiplayer horror game The Flock. It’s a game of cat and mouse, as creatures called Carriers are hunted by agile monsters known as the Flock. Armed only with a source of light — which also happens to be the Flock’s only weakness — a Carrier’s goal is to survive as long as possible.

It would seem The Flock has reached a point where it can be played by the public, as indie developer Vogelsap is now accepting registrations for the closed alpha they plan to go live on Halloween.

I’ve signed up, and you can too on the registration page.

As for what you’ll need to get in on this, a Steam account and working Internet connection are obviously required. The recommended specs haven’t been nailed down yet.

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Are You A Slasher Movie Expert?

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:00

How well do you know your slasher films? That’s what this week’s quiz asks you and we want to see how well you think you can hold up!

Below are 15 questions, some of them pretty easy and some of them serious stumpers. Head on down to take the quiz and then make sure to let us know how you did!

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‘Amityville’ Was Delayed Because… (Exclusive)

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:34

Some bummer news hit a week ago, announcing the delay of TWC-Dimension’s Amityville, which was to hit theaters this coming January.

Now, we’re being told one of the potential reasons behind the push.

A source who wishes to remain anonymous explains that the studio held two separate screenings for Amityville: The Awakening (this I have confirmed), and the feedback was overwhelemingly positive.

The main issue audiences had with the Franck Khalfoun-directed sequel was with the ending, resulting in the Weinstein execs to order re-shoots. In additional to some additional photography (to spruce up the movie), the effects work was falling behind. The delay gives more time for post work, such as the VFX.

Lastly, the reason for the indefinite delay is that star Cameron Monaghan is in the middle of shooting the new season of “Shameless”, and his schedule is unclear.

Our multiple sources tell us that the plan is to finish everything after the November holiday and aim for a mid/late summer 2015 release.

In the film, “Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, McKenna Grace, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, Thomas Mann and Jennifer Morrison.

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[Review] ‘Legend Of The Hillbilly Butcher’ Looks Great, Carves Slow

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 13:02

Before the found footage craze hit horror, we had endless “me-too” films being done in the Grindhouse style. And like most fads (like found footage), it was done to death by indie filmmakers. Don’t get me wrong, it was a cool concept and harkened back to the days of old, but hinging your film on a particular style can only take you so far. Enter director Joaquin Montalvan’s Legend Of The Hillbilly Butcher, which takes on the Grindhouse style while also paying homage to Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Sounds like a natural fit, but is it style over substance?

Carl Henry Jessup (Paul E. Respass) is a backwoods hunter whose local delicacy amongst his neighbors is serving up tresspassers (aka people). In fact, his late daddy left Carl the same butcher knife he used in his own cannibalistic activities. The only people whom Carl calls family are his half sister Rae Lynn (Theresa Holly), and best friend Billy Wayne (Chris Shumway). Carl misses his parents after their tragic murder-suicide. He tries to summon them to live again with the help a demon named Sam Bakoo. Unfortunately, Carl’s soul isn’t worth the price, and in turn sets off more trouble for the cannibal.

Might as well start off with the film’s Grindhouse claim, which honestly is pretty damn impressive. The film really does look like it’s been through the ringer, sporting a faded, scratched up and otherwise ugly-looking picture. Unlike some indie productions which basically take the quick and easy guide in Adobe After Effects, Montalvan put forth a real effort in making the image look bad in a good way, while not phoning it in and doing it with the standard default settings. It really does give the film character. The same goes for the gore effects. Granted, they’re done on the cheap, but the post effects on the image help to mask this and look better than they normally would.

On the acting front, Paul E. Respass does an adequate job as Carl Jessup. Respass was able to take an obviously flat character script-wise and give it some depth, particularly with the demon subplot. Speaking of which, casting the scrawny-looking Allen East as Sam Bakoo gave the role a bit more weight (I see the irony in that) than if it were played by a more ordinary person. Theresa Holly is a treat as Carl’s half sister Rae Lynn. She’s very charming in the role, and does give the character much-needed sympathy in a film where the majority of it’s characters don’t exactly lend themselves to it.

Remember that “style over substance” quip? Yeah, unfortunately that’s the case for Hillbilly Butcher. Beneath the cool look of the film lies a script that has a serious pacing problem. Long dialogue sequences punctuated by long pauses, long stalking sequences and a just plain long runtime make this more of a chore to sit through than anything. When things do happen, the low budget origins sneak up and disappoint us with a real lack of gore. And that’s another problem with this film, as it doesn’t go all-out with it’s concept of a cannibalistic hillbilly. If the concept was explored and developed further, rather than going the artsy route with the dream sequences involving Bakoo, it probably would’ve been more exciting.

As it stands, Legend Of The Hillbilly Butcher is a missed opportunity. True, it does an excellent job of establishing a Grindhouse look and feel that many low budget films fail to grasp, but it suffers with not fully embracing it’s concept, including it’s painfully slow pace. It’s a shame, since Montalvan, his cast and his crew really seemed to be fully invested in creating a great film that attempts to pay homage to Tobe Hooper’s classic. Hopefully Montalvan will be able to put more into his next film than post-production work.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer for the majority of the film purposely attempts to replicate the grungy look of an old Grindhouse film as much as possible. The shots that aren’t purposely fiddled with in post sport strong colour saturation and fairly good detail. As for the rest of the film, it really does look like an old VHS tape of a film that wasn’t in the best of condition in the first place. As such, colours are faded, dirt and scratches cover the image, as well as out of focus shots and in some instances the image has a slight shake to it. Very impressive post-production job!

Unfortunately, the Dolby Digital 2.0 track is a sore spot. The overall loudness of the film is very unbalanced. Normal conversations are sometimes hard to hear, but when characters shout or scream, the levels are blown out and it’s distorted. Ambient effects also suffer, as they’re either too quiet or too loud, making their additions in post pretty obvious. What makes things worse is that the disc doesn’t come with any subtitles. It’s tolerable, but just keep your remote handy for quick volume adjustments.

Extras:

First up is Gutting Da Hillbilly Butcher, an hour-long making-of doc. Consisting of talking head interviews with cast and crew, with director Joaquin Montalvan doing much of the talking. Topics include everything from the origins of the film, how the look of the film came about, casting choices, how the cast went about preparing for certain scenes, sound design, effects shots, how to morgue breathe (?!) and more. It’s pretty in-depth for a low budget film of this nature, though the continued use of the filters used in the film on the raw footage is kind of annoying.

Following that is a six minute short film Straight Razor, which was Montalvan had filmed prior to starting on Hillbilly Butcher. Shot in a similar Grindhouse-style to Hillbilly Butcher, the film is pretty surreal and has some weird imagery.

Horror Happens Interview is an 29 minute candid interview from the Home Grown Radio NJ show, Horror Happens. The host of the show, Jay K aka Jason Kolucki, interviews Montalvan with actors Paul E. Respass and Theresa Holly. The group cover different topics from the making-of doc, including Montalvan’s love of horror, differences in the script from the actual film, inspirations for the characters and more.

Rounding out the extras are three trailers for the film.

I’d have to say that I’m impressed with the effort put into the extras for this film, even if the film itself isn’t the greatest.

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Why Good Supernatural Horror Will Never Die #Annabelle

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:50

Every couple of years or so, a lot of horror experts like to trot out their opinions on the future of the genre. “Zombies are out.” I wish, but not yet. “Werewolves are in.” I wish, but not yet. Recently we’ve been seeing what some see as a resurgence of supernatural horror, which is causing some pundits to predict its death in a sort of a knee-jerk fashion. But here’s the thing, good supernatural horror movies, like last year’s The Conjuring, will never die. The response to both the Annabelle teaser trailer and its more recent full trailer suggest that audiences are as hungry as ever for quality scares.

It all comes down to the unknown. There is so much we don’t understand about the universe and our own lives that the supernatural subgenre can represent metaphorically. On top of that, every single human is wired to fear for their own mortality. I think one of the reasons we’re so resistant to death is that we really have no idea what happens after it occurs. Does our consciousness simply vanish? Is it nothingness? Do we go to some sort of afterlife? Do we become ghosts? Are spirits among us? I’m not a particularly religious person but I have to admit that I occasionally entertain any and all of these possibilities simply because I can’t completely wrap my head around the concept.

These concepts, concerns and fears will never truly dissipate because we will never have concrete answers. That goes for what happens to other people as well as ourselves. In the light of day I don’t believe in ghosts, but I’ve also been known to switch hotel rooms because I’m convinced that there’s a spirit lurking in one of them. The same goes for horror cinema. When we watch something like Paranormal Activity 3, Insidious or The Conjuring, we lose all real objectivity on the matter. Have you ever found yourself watching a zombie film only to find yourself momentarily convinced that they’re real? No. Same thing with werewolves and vampires, right? But when you try to turn out the lights after a particularly effective haunter, it’s a different story. I’m allowed to have all manner of horror ephemera in my house… but not the Annabelle doll. It’s just too unsettling.

The box office backs me up on this. Every five years or so there’s a massive supernatural horror film that captures the zeitgeist, and it happens with a wider audience than with other subgenres. Look at The Exorcist, The Amityville Horror, The Shining, Poltergeist, The Blair Witch Project, The Sixth Sense, The Ring, Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious and The Conjuring. There’s a cultural penetration going on with these movies that you don’t really get from other subgenres. You could even take the upcoming Annabelle as an example. Audiences are primed to see it not only because they recognize the Annabelle doll, which has quickly become as iconic as some of the classic slashers without ever saying a word, but because they trust that the film will do what others can’t … unsettle them.

I don’t believe we’ll see supernatural horror dying out anytime soon. When Annabelle opens on October 3rd you’re likely to see people flocking to it in droves, counting on a sleepless night afterwards.

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Black Sabbath Commit To A Final Album And World Tour

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:00

Black Sabbath has announced that the band will be recording one more album and embarking on a final world tour.

The news comes from vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, who explains to Classic Rock Magazine that this new album doesn’t have a defined release date but that things will need to happen “…sooner rather than later.

“The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn’t [fuck] around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.

Once the dust settled after the last tour, we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon, ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again,’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.’ Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said, ‘Oh, I still have to talk to so and so … ‘ and I said, ‘Sharon, I ain’t [fucking] 21 anymore; if we’re going to do it, I want to do it before I’m 70! Time isn’t on our side!’ So she made the call and came back and said, ‘Yeah, the record company wants another album.’ I believe [producer] Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.

Sabbath’s last release was 2013′s 13, which was pretty damn fantastic. If you haven’t checked it out, I really encourage you to do so!

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An ‘Inner Demons’ Exorcism (New Clips!)

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:42

Seth Grossman will take an intervention to another level.

Starring Lara Vosburgh, Morgan McClellan, and Colleen McGrann, IFC Midnight sneaks us some new footage from Inner Demons, out in theaters and VOD October 3.

When the teenage daughter of a religious family transforms from A-student into heroin addict, her parents agree to allow a reality TV crew to stage an intervention and tape her recovery. What they don’t know is that she has been taking drugs to deal with the unnatural, evil feelings growing inside her. When she agrees to rehab, with no drugs to suppress what’s inside, the demon emerges.

A suspenseful and clever reinvention of both the found-footage and possession genres, Inner Demons expertly plays on our culture’s love of reality television. Director Seth Grossman, who worked as a producer on “Intervention,” deftly guides the audience down a path where addiction is just a temporary cure for something much more evil.

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This ‘The Babadook’ Clip WILL Scare You

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:07

The Babadook is ringing, opening here in the States on November 28, and in the UK on October 24.

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review). You can get a taste of the scares in this awesome clip where The Babadook pulls a Freddy Krueger…

We just landed a brand new version of the pop-up book poster that boasts a handful of positive reviews.

In it, “Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.

When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.

But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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