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Yes, you're tired of "fresh" takes on the vampire myth, and you're sick to death of the found footage/faux documentary filmmaking style. Both have been driven well into the ground, especially in recent years, but there's a good reason these types of films continue on for so long. The simple reason is that films like What We Do in the Shadows come along once in a while achieving something that is as simple as it is clever, as hilarious as it is atmospheric, and as revitalizing as it is genuine. Not only is it the first must-see movie of 2015, it's sure to have a hand in lengthening the shelf lives of vampire movies and found footage horror.
After heading to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale this year, one of the festivals that we'll sadly be skipping is South by Southwest down in Austin, Texas. The extravaganza of music, film and technology begins in March, and even though we won't be there, that doesn't mean we can't talk about some of the films debuting there. We Are Still Here is a horror flick premiering in the SXSW Midnight section and a teaser trailer has arrived. Be careful where you watch, because it's an unrated trailer that has some blood and gore here and there. The movie has the same style as The House of the Devil, just with more monsters. Watch!
"Our nights together must remain a secret." After playing at Fantastic Fest last year, the first trailer for Spring has arrived. It's the classic story of boy meets girl, until the boy finds out the girl has some sort of horrific secret that will throw their entire romance into upheaval. Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker) takes the lead as a young American backpacking along the Italian coast, who meet Louise (Nadia Hilker), sparking a romantic connection. What starts as a promising romance soon becomes scary, not because of commitment, but because Louise has some kind of strange condition and, well, see what happens. Watch!
For some reason, Hollywood just loves to take great, original films and remake them for American audiences. It's mostly due to the lack of appeal of unknown international cast members, or sometimes trying to avoid excluding stupid people who don't like subtitles. And nowhere is this more true than in the horror genre. There are countless foreign horror films remade for American audiences and one more has just been added to the pile. THR reports the remake rights to the New Zealand horror film Housebound have been picked up by New Line. Not even a foreign film that has accented English can avoid the remake machine.
After rumors swirled last fall of yet another installment of the Halloween franchise, it appears the gears are finally turning to get that project off the ground. THR reports Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writing duo who wrote the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh installments of the Saw franchise, have been hired to write the new Halloween project for Dimension Films, however, it's not clear as to how the franchise will proceed. The new chapter of this iconic series reportedly isn't being called a remake, reboot or even a reimagining. Instead, the recycling of old ideas this time is being called a "recalibration." Read on!
Coming this summer from producer Sam Raimi is the remake of the 80s horror favorite Poltergeist. This time it's Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt in the lead roles as parents who find their family threatened by a supernatural forced inside their new home. Monster House director Gil Kenan is at the helm, which seems all too appropriate, and now we have some first look photos from the film, including the iconic shot from the original film that everyone remembers. This likely means that the first trailer is on the way sometime soon, but in the meantime, these photos will have to do. But no sign of Jared Harris yet.
The horror genre is constantly fluctuating, reacting to the audience's temporary demand for vampires, found footage, zombies, slashers, etc. Horror goes through cycles of popularity, especially with franchises, until a certain concept or style has run its ourse and it's time for something else to take the spotlight. Filmmaker IQ has decided to tackle the history of horror and the evolution of the genre over the years as best they can in just under 30 minutes. The video goes "from its roots deep in Gothic literature, through B-movie status and director's proving grounds to ultimate respectability as an important filmmaking genre."
We already know that Kevin Smith is working on a Christmas horror anthology called Anti-Claus, but it looks like that's not the only holiday horror anthology he'll be part of now. Deadline reports that XYZ Films is working with a new genre label called Distant Corners Entertainment to produce Holidays, a set of subversive tales fashioned around globally recognized celebrations including but not limited to Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Mother’s Day. And much like horror anthologies such as V/H/S or ABCs of Death, the segments will be directed by various filmmakers. And part of the filmmaker line-up has been revealed.
If you've been anxiously awaiting some new/old horror from Paramount Pictures, you'll be waiting a little bit longer. Today the studio shifted around some release dates for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and the gestating reboot of Friday the 13th. The sixth film in the found footage horror franchise was slated to arrive in March, but now it's been pushed back into Halloween territory on October 23rd this fall. As for Friday the 13th, the movie will now miss this year's 35th anniversary since it's been pushed to May 13th, 2016. Thankfully that's also Friday the 13th, so it won't lose the novelty release date.
Tonight sees the premiere of the latest horror film from director Eli Roth at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film is called Knock Knock, and it stars Keanu Reeves as a married man who suddenly comes into contact with two beautiful young girls (Lorenza Izzo and Ana De Armas). What seems like his wildest fantasy slowly turns into his biggest nightmare. And for all of you who aren't at Sundance, Roth still wanted to give you a taste of the flick, so he unveiled the teaser trailer on his own Facebook page this evening. It's just a quick teaser, but it looks like something Roth fans will be excited about. Watch below!
"This thing is going to follow you. Somebody gave it to me, and now I passed it to you." With screenings planned for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, those who haven't seen the horror flick It Follows at the Cannes Film Festival or elsewhere will finally get to see what all the hype is about. And now a new trailer from across the pond shows off more of the film that will probably scare you from ever having sex again. The film serves as a cautionary tale for sex and our own Jeremy Kirk says it's "as haunting as it is unexpected" and "is sure to resonate with 2014's promiscuous youth." Maybe they can show this in health class? Watch!
"'Is this what you want,' he asked. And I said 'yes.' So he took his skin off for me." Get ready for this. Ben Aston has premiered his short He Took His Skin Off For Me on Vimeo, after its debut at Fantastic Fest and Toronto After Dark Film Festival last year. Aston and his short films were recently profiled at SlashFilm (with a great interview), reminding me that I had been meaning to watch this short, one of his latest and it's so crazy, disgustingly good. Aston's other short, Russian Roulette, is playing at the Sundance Film Festival coming up. But before that, this is the must see - practical SFX make this one extraordinary "fairytale" of sorts. It's a perfect kind of unsettling yet seductively sweet one-of-a-kind creation. Have fun and turn it up.
Last summer brought news that Paramount Pictures was ready to circle back around to their horror franchise that began with The Ring back in 2002 and spawned a single sequel to the remake of a popular Japanese horror film. While there were rumblings that this would merely be The Ring 3, The Wrap has word that Paramount is actually a reboot and it's been given the title of Rings. Director F. Javier Gutierrez, who is no longer helming the reboot of The Crow, will direct the film that still features the creepy well-dwelling girl Samara and the deadly tape that kills viewers seven days after watching it, but there's a whole new cast.
We're heading to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival next week, and we'll have plenty of independent films on our schedule. At the same time, there's also the smaller Slamdance Film Festival, which is chock full of even smaller indie films, some of which have gone on to huge fame (Paranormal Activity launched at Slamdance). And one of the films playing the smaller festival is Bloodsucking Bastards, a horror comedy that is described as Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead with Cabin in the Woods star Fran Kranz fighting off a horde of vampires at work, accompanied by Emma Fitzpatrrick and Joey Kern. And now we have the first trailer for the film, which looks like it could be a fun, bloody little romp. Watch it below!