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While we're waiting for David Gordon Green's remake of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic Suspiria, a bar in Japan has taken cues from the horror film for their patrons to enjoy. FEARnet (via Movies.com) stumbled upon the Facebook page for Cambiare, a new Italian bar and grill found in Japan. More specifically, the bar resides in Tokyo's “Golden Gai” district in Shinjuku (apparently a popular nightlife area). The bar has posted photos (which could be better quality) of their business to show off the interior decorations, color scheme and more that is clearly inspired by the horror film, right down to the sign font.
"It's always the quiet places where the madness happens." IFC Midnight has released the full US trailer for Grabbers, an indie sci-fi monster movie from Ireland about some weird octopus-like aliens that find their way into a small fishing village off the West coast of Ireland. Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley and Russell Tovey star in this drunken, comedic sci-fi thriller that looks like it might have some good FX work hidden throughout. The amusing setup is that if they drink alcohol their blood will be poisonous to the creatures, keeping them safe, or something like that. The poster art is pretty damn cool as well, added it below. Enjoy!
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we're featuring a ridiculous new horror project influenced by slasher horror movies from the 1980s called Dude Bro Party Massacre 3. It's the first feature-length (horror) movie from the folks at 5 Second Films, who you likely know from their quick comedy videos they've been making every day for the last five years. Take a look at their pitch video below, leave a comment with your thoughts, and don't forget to donate if you can. Check it!
Every film begins with an initial concept, a premise designed to grab the audience's attention even before the lights in the theater go down. As far as premises go, The Purge carries with it a bold concept, that the United States has allowed all crime, even murder, to be legal for one night leaving the other 364 days of the year practically crime-free. Unfortunately, writer/director James DeMonaco takes that premise and proceeds to create a dull and uninteresting home invasion movie. With little suspense and absolutely no surprises, The Purge squanders a creative, if somewhat nonsensical, idea by giving us a film that doesn't even need that initial concept. A film about a bulimic called The Purge would have been more interesting.
It's impossible to talk about horror films, specifically the slasher genre, without mentioning director John Carpenter, the man behind the classic Halloween. Plus, the filmmaker made waves with his remake of The Thing and cult classics like They Live. Though the later years of his career haven't offered much in the vein of quality, there's no denying the man's influence over horror, and filmmakers in general, working today. So how about taking a look back at Carpenter's prolific career with an hour-long documentary called John Carpenter: Fear Is Just The Beginning. It's from 2004, but it's still very interesting. Watch it!
"He's got your baby...!" Aside from a couple first look photos back in February, the curtain has not yet been pulled back on Insidious: Chapter 2, the sequel to the James Wan-directed horror hit from writer Leigh Wannell. But now this first trailer gives us a good idea of how the Lambert family (Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins and Barbary Hershey) continues to find themselves mysteriously haunted by some sort of secret from their past. This trailer keeps the same chills as the first one, without the creepy red-face guy, but gets much more intense by the end. I'm excited to see just how much scarier they made this sequel.
"What we do: send demons to hell no matter the cost is." Here's a fun "R-rated 3D exorcism comedy" trailer for those who dig horror and anything with Clancy Brown. Our friends at Bloody-Disgusting has stumbled across an international trailer for J.T. Petty's Hellbenders, about some kind of misfit team of blasphemous ministers who live in a constant state of debauchery, work to drag the worst of demons back to Hell. The ensemble cast includes Clifton Collins Jr., Andre Royo, Robyn Rikoon, Larry Fessenden and Dan Fogler. The trailer music and sound mix are temporary, but this doesn't look half bad anyway. Have at it!
With the release of Marc Forster's World War Z adaptation now less than a month away, Paramount has mounted a massive recovery and damage control/cover-up campaign to turn everyone's attention away from the bad CGI, the reshoots, and Damon Lindelof's tinkering. Their effort to change everyone's disinterested minds began when they first showed it to Deadline's Mike Fleming, who called it, "a rocking, smart, pulse-pounding big-scale pandemic with raging zombies, palpable tension, and the kind of hero star turn Pitt hasn't performed in a long time." Now it's about to hit UK theaters meaning reviews have been published, and other screenings have taken place with reactions all over. So is it any good? Did they salvage it? Maybe.
The new adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie is still months away, but MGM and Screen Gems just want to make sure you don't forget about it. Taking a cue from the Internet meme that arose from a World War II-era British public safety poster, a new motion posters simply says "Keep Calm and Carrie On." If you're still confused about the creative inspiration behind this poster, you can read about it right here, but otherwise, it's a cool little promotional piece with some intense footage featuring Chloe Moretz, fire and blood. You might see this on some screens in your more upscale movie theaters. Check out the poster below!
For those who may be interested in scary horror over epic action or big laughs this summer, there's hopefully some good stuff for you on the way. James Wan (who is directing Fast & Furious 7 next) brings his new film The Conjuring to theaters in July, and if the teaser trailer and more revealing theatrical trailer are any indicator, this movie is going to be scary. Now an international poster has arrived, and it's quite creepy. We're not sure how the image ties in to the overall story of two ghost hunters (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) venturing to a family's house terrorized by aggressive spirits, but we'll see.
"Did you hear that?" Holy sh*t get ready to scream! Magnet Releasing has debuted an crazy intense and insanely terrifying full red band trailer for V/H/S 2, the sequel to the found footage indie horror anthology hit V/H/S from just last year. We saw this at the Sundance Film Festival midnight premiere in January and went totally nuts for it, since it's leaner but much scarier and bloodier than the first one in every way. This trailer definitely uses that red band tag the fullest and does show a few of the bigger reveals (that I think are based saved for the in-movie experience). But it is a hell of trailer for one of my favorite new horror series.
Horror filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman, the man behind the camera for Saw II, III and IV, Mother's Day and 11-11-11, is back with more terror again with his new film Sacrilege. The project is currently being shopped around the Cannes Film Festival for a distributor. Part of the pitch package includes a sales trailer to accompany the script along with a promo poster, and some stills from the footage along with the poster itself have surfaced online. They don't show much, but we do get a glimpse of some creepy, masked individuals, an older woman looking possibly frightened and a big butcher's blade. See the photos below!
It's time to get out. Hasn't it been time to get the hell out since the first one? Ah, this has double meaning. The Spanish [REC] horror series continues with another sequel this year, believe it or not, titled [REC] 4 Apocalypse to follow-up [REC] 3: Genesis from last year. Our friends at Bloody-Disgusting have debuted the first teaser poster and first teaser trailer which, of course, contain copious amounts of blood (and some gore) because that's what this series is all about. It continues the story from the first film, with the young TV reporter who came with the firemen and made it out, but is she infected, too? From this teaser, that's a yes!
"We're going to die if we do nothing." How about a bit of wacky, contained horror to kick off the week. Our friends at horror site Bloody-Disgusting found the trailer for a film called Beneath, the latest from actor-turned-filmmaker Larry Fessenden. The contained horror-thriller involves a concept with five high school friends trapped on a rowboat in the middle of a lake infested by a giant man-eating fish. If you think this looks straight-to-TV quality, that's because it pretty much is, as it's being released by Chiller TV. It doesn't look that great, but horror fans may get a kick out of the crazy concept and gore-on-a-boat idea. Have fun!