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"In the marsh lies a house, abandoned for years, there hides a darkness beyond all fears." Following the two full theatrical trailers that debuted last month, another quick tease for the forthcoming horror sequel, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, has just arrived. It's only a minute long, but there's some solid spooky imagery here, mostly focusing on the group of refugee kids staying in the house encountering various scariness. The first film was a decent entry into gothic horror, but here's hoping the sequel offers something to up the ante a bit and doesn't suffer from the lack of Daniel Radcliffe this time around. Watch below now!
After dabbling in heavy dramas like The Butler and Precious, along with the peculiar The Paperboy, director Lee Daniels is heading into a completely different genre. Deadline has word that Daniels is set to direct Demon House, a fact-based possession thriller inspired by Latoya Ammons and her family, who claim to have been the victims of a real demonic possession that began two years ago and is still impacting them to this day. As with any good "true" story like this, it comes with interesting details corroborated by the Department of Child Services, police department and various hospital staff in Gary, Indiana. More below!
Within the latest story about director Justin Lin potential returning to the Fast & Furious franchise for a multi-part conclusion to the action series, there's another revelation about one of Universal's other big franchise ambitions. The studio just released Dracula Untold last month, which is technically the first part of their reboot of the classic Universal Monsters series, which is being crafted as an interconnected cinematic universe of horror. They also just set the release date for the forthcoming remake of The Mummy, and an unknown monster movie reboot to follow in 2017, but now we know what that mystery film will be.
Just a couple months ago, we learned that a Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel was on the way called Leatherface. The story was said to take place before the original 1974 classic horror film, following the teenage years of the chainsaw-wielding killer in the 70s with a script from rising writer Seth M. Sherwood. Now Bloody Disgusting has word that Inside, Livid and Among the Living directing duo Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury have been tapped to direct the prequel finding Leatherface as a teenager in a mental institution with other disturbed young people. So how does this lead to the inception of the killer?
"Why is he still here?!" Another great short film to feature for your viewing pleasure, this one a comedy from writer/director Nathaniel Lindsay. This first premiered at Fantastic Fest last year and after playing at festivals for a while, it has finally hit the web and can be viewed for free in full below. Titled Green Eyed, the short film (via Short of the Week) is about a successful yuppie whose life is turned upside down when a "Nosferatic ghoul" starts showing up at his parties. I really dig the score (which kind of reminds me of The Guest, same 80's vibe) and the make-up work is cool, but it does run a little long for a rather simple concept. That said, I laughed quite a bit at this, solid execution overall. Nice work. Have fun, my friends!
"Your behavior was... inappropriate!" What the heck is this? We feature many different short films on this blog all the time, yet every week there always seems to be something we've never seen before. Found via our friends at Live for Films, this short is called Strangers made by Germany-based independent filmmaker Erik Lehmann, and it's some kind of wacky psychological horror about a guy who wakes up to find creepy masked men in his apartment after an embarrassing date went wrong the night before. The dialogue in this is extremely cheesy and over-the-top, but the masks are cool at least. There is more to criticize than there is to appreciate, it's honestly not that great of a short, but we can always learn something even from bad films.
If you haven't yet given the horror flick The Cabin in the Woods a chance yet, it's available right now on Netflix Instant, and it's one of the best genre films of the past decade without a doubt. It uses familiar horror tropes while also giving them a reason to exist, and we don't want to explain any more than that if you're outside of the bubble of this film for some reason. Just take our word and watch it with some friends. Anyway, since the movie has been out for a coupe years, someone decided to dissect it a little further and focus on all the horror references made in the film, especially regarding all the monsters we see. Watch!
It's Halloween, so it's the perfect time for some Ghostbusters fun, especially since this year is the 30th anniversary of the 1984 classic. This time we've got a sweded version of the original trailer for the film that was made by some middle school students from Raw Art Works, a nonprofit organization set up in Lynn, Massachusetts with an aim to encourage young people to tell stories through filmmaking. It's a fun little video that would make Michel Gondry proud as they use the real audio from the original Ghostbusters trailer and shot footage using whatever props they found, from NERF guns to toy cars. It's adorable. Watch!
After years of being in development, the adaptation of the period romance remix novel Pride & Prejudice & Zombies is finally in production, and a first look photo at some of the cast has surfaced online thanks to Entertainment Weekly (via SlashFilm). The film is directed by Burr Steers (17 Again, Igby Goes Down) and based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name, following the classic romance we're all familiar with, but with the added complication of the undead putting everything and everyone in danger. Now a first look photo has revealed all of the Bennett sisters in the filmed, armed to fight zombies. Look!
In theaters this week is horror anthology sequel The ABCs of Death 2, featuring 26 short segments of wacky, grotesque, creative horror. Perfectly timed for Halloween along with the theatrical release of the film (currently available on VOD from Magnet Releasing) is the latest discussion point: what are the greatest movie deaths of all time? Have at it! In addition to our interview, we get to feature this fun discussion between filmmaker Jerome Sable and producer/writer Nicholas Musurca about what movie deaths they love. It starts with The Lion King and ends with Bambi, but there's some brutality discussed as well. Dive in.
We just learned that Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key, the comedy duo better known as Key & Peele, would finally team up together on the big screen for Keanu, the story of a group of friends who must enter the criminal underworld to retrieve a kidnapped cat. However, each of the guys have projects of their own that they do without each other all the time. Most of those projects have been small roles in various comedies over the past few years, but now Peele has his sights set on getting behind the camera and switching genres. Speaking to Playboy (via Badass Digest), Peele revealed a desire to take a stab at horror.
"You probably don't stock this in your shop." What better way to freak people out for Halloween than with something that is totally fucked up? If this short didn't have a Hollywood cast included, I probably would've skipped right over it (especially running at 18 minutes) but alas, here we are, sharing with you the one of the craziest shorts I've seen yet. Titled Dog Food from writer/director Brian Crano (@briancrano), the short stars Cory Michael Smith, Amanda Seyfried, David Craig and an adorable dog. Tip: don't watch this if you're eating, or about to start eating food anytime soon, as you may lose your appetite. Oh and I should say that, yes, the director is actually a dog owner/lover. Which might explain the way this ends. So have fun!
There's an odd correlation between cineplex screens and toy-store shelves these days. The movies-being-turned-into-toys-being-turned-into-movies cycle is hardly a 2014 revelation. But, with Michael Bay's most recent Transformers movie scraping the well in search for content, it finally felt like that synergistic cycle was a foregone conclusion. Entertainment and, God forbid, story were afterthoughts to the dollars and cents the film ultimately pulled in. I use Transformers as the example, because Bay's horror-movie production company, Platinum Dunes, has a product in which they'd like you to invest. It's called Ouija, and it's awful.
The next installment of horror in the Insidious franchise will be upon us next summer with Insidious: Chapter 3. This time, writer Leigh Whannel is stepping behind the camera as director, and it looks like he's captured what James Wan delivered with the first two installments. This time, the story takes us to the past where a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) and her father (Dermot Mulroney) are haunted by dark spirits, all happening before the events in the first two films. There's some truly startling moments here, but also some of the stuff we're sick of in horror movies. Also, doesn't it seem odd that both Insidious and the spin-off Annabelle (both produced by Wan) moved the horror from a house to an apartment complex? Hmm. Watch!