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Retired from making movies? No way! At his annual Comic-Con panel in San Diego this year, Kevin Smith revealed the first official trailer for his wacky new horror film Tusk, about a guy who wants to make another guy into a walrus (see it here). During the panel's Q&A with the audience, a very young girl came up to the microphone and asked him if he would ever make movies that weren't R-rated. His only PG-13 film so far is Jersey Girl, but he went on to say he's actually working on an entire new trilogy of horror films called the "True North Trilogy", referencing their Canadian setting. We know about two, but not much about the other.
Walrus Yes! After hosting a panel at Comic-Con 2014 for Tusk, filmmaker Kevin Smith and A24 Films have debuted the trailer online for your viewing pleasure. Or distaste, perhaps. The movie is about a man, played by Michael Parks, who wants to make another human, played by Justin Long, into a walrus. Kind of like Human Centipede but with a weird, wacky, funny Kevin Smith twist. In addition to those two, the cast includes Genesis Rodriguez as his girlfriend, and Haley Joel Osment (yea, him!) as another friend, who go on the hunt for him when he goes missing. I must say this actually looks pretty damn good, although it looks really fucked up. But I'm glad there's some humor to it, too. Not much is revealed in this, so enjoy!
Focus Features just recently pushed back the release of Insidious: Chapter 3 to the summer of 2015, but we only knew one cast member and didn't have any story details. That changes with the beginning of production and a first look photo announcement revealing that Dermot Mulroney will also be joined by Stefanie Scott (of Blumhouse Productions' Jem and the Holograms) and returning cast members Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Wannell (who is also directing in place of James Wan). In addition, it turns out this story is a prequel taking place before the terrors in the Lambert house from the first films.
There was a time back in the early 2000s when Hollywood was obsessed with remaking Japanese horror films, thanks largely to the success of The Ring directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. The film focused on one woman's encounter with a video tape that cursed its viewer to death after seven days. That was all the way back in 2002, and The Ring Two arrived a few years later in 2005. Now it's 12 years since the first film hit theaters, and Paramount Pictures thinks the time is now for a third film in the series. THR reports The Crow remake director F. Javier Gutierrez has been tapped to direct the film. Read on!
Future sequel-makers in the horror field should pay attention to The Purge: Anarchy. The follow-up to last summer's dystopian action/thriller does so much more with what this franchise has been given by writer/director James DeMonaco. With The Purge, DeMonaco envisioned a new America, one with minimal unemployment and even lower crime rate. The annual Purge, 12 hours when all crime, including murder, is perfectly legal, satisfies the animalistic cravings of the population. The first film was a wasted opportunity, confining itself to a single home invasion and not even doing a very good job of it. Unlike the citizens of the Purged nation, moviegoers weren't satisfied, demanding much more from the cool premise.
Just earlier today, Guillermo del Toro opened up a bit about the haunted house and ghosts in his forthcoming horror film Crimson Peak. And it sounds like he's keen on tackling something more familiar to horror audiences. Collider chatted with del Toro for a little chat, and this was before yesterday's news about Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan rebooting a bunch of the classic movie monsters at Universal Pictures, crafting them in a cohesive interconnected universe. The discussion turned to Frankenstein, and del Toro commented, "It's like the dream project so I'm a little, you know, I'm a chicken shit, you know?" Read on!
"I like your dolls." Hot on the heels of yesterday's underwhelming trailer for the horror adventure Ouija, there's some much better terror on the way. Annabelle is a spin-off of James Wan's horror hit The Conjuring. The film focuses on the creepy doll featured as part of the collection of paranormal objects owned by Lorraine and Ed Warren (played by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga), but this tale takes place before the events of The Conjuring, showing more of the story behind this creepy, evil doll. However, beyond what's show in the trailer, we don't know what kind of story to expect in this spin-off. Watch below!
The trailer has been playing in theaters for nearly a month now, and with the release of The Purge: Anarchy coming this weekend, Universal Pictures has finally decided to unleash the trailer for their next horror venture Ouija. Inspired by the creepy, supernatural "board game" of the same name, the film follows a group of friends who get caught up in the dark powers of this mystical board, forcing each of them to confront unimaginable horrors. Actually, by the looks of this trailer, the horrors are pretty basic, and don't really offer anything in the vein of a promising story. It just hits every cliche in the book pretty hard. Watch!
"No one is born evil. But sometimes, when you go through hell, the only way out is to walk deeper into the fire." Hot on the heels of the teaser poster this morning, the first teaser trailer for the adaptation of Horns starring Daniel Radcliffe has arrived. However, since it's a teaser trailer, it keeps Radcliffe's reveal in the lead role under wraps until the last 10 seconds or so. Also, we can't tell if that's Radcliffe doing the voiceover with a flawless American accent or if that's Max Minghella (he's British too). Either way, this certainly looks haunting and gritty, something very different for the Harry Potter franchise superstar. Watch below!
Briefly: For those who may not know, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are expanding the world of The Conjuring, last year's horror hit from director James Wan, with a spin-off that focuses on the creepy doll in the possession of Lorraine and Ed Warren (played by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga). The film is called Annabelle, and so far the only thing we know about the film is that The Conjuring cinematographer John Leonetti will direct the film with a script by Gary Gauberman. Otherwise, we don't know who will star or what the story will be. But now we know when the film will come out with the studio revealed an October 3rd release date, pitting it up against David Fincher's promising thriller Gone Girl. Stay tuned for more.
Briefly: Following news that Dermot Mulroney was joining the cast of the horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 3, the film's release has been pushed back a bit. The film was originally slated for a release in April of 2015, but instead Focus Features has revealed that the next installment of the horror franchise will arrive during blockbuster summer on May 29th, 2015. There's still no plot details or confirmation of any of the stars from the first two films returning, but franchise writer Leigh Whannell will be at the helm this time instead of James Wan. There's likely more casting news coming down the road, so stay tuned for more.
Just as the refreshing supernatural horror thriller Deliver Us from Evil hits theaters today before the big holiday weekend, a trailer for a much more generic and seemingly boring film in the same genre has arrive. If The Damned wasn't generic enough of a title for you, the trailer does a much better job of delivering the same kind of story and scares we've seen time and time again. At first it seems like this might be different with the set-up coming from a mudslide accident that leaves a family (led by Peter Facinelli) stranded in Colombia, but then it heads into familiar territory with a creepy, dirty, wet girl scaring them, things moving by themselves, and all that cliche jazz. Plus, it's just edited poorly with long-winded text bumpers. Watch?
There's really not a lot that can be done with paranormal thrillers these days. With the recent slate of bland possession movies and the Paranormal Activity juggernaut annually dulling the bump-in-the-night brand of horror, it takes a certain angle at the sub-genre or a top-notch style of delivering the thrills for a film to really play in the haunted sandbox. Luckily, there are those entries that realize the ways in which to keep a fresh game in a stale ballpark, Deliver Us from Evil being the latest of these. Part gritty-NYPD procedural, part sinister-entity horror, the film nails every tone and hits every scare with results that should satisfy any and all downtrodden, horror fans. Thankfully, there are still films that can keep us up at night.
"Sometimes the world doesn't need another hero... Sometimes what it needs is a monster." Universal has finally unveiled the full official US trailer for Gary Shore's Dracula Untold, which we first released earlier in the week before it was pulled down by the studio. Luke Evans stars as Vlad the Impaler in this origin story of Dracula, set back in the 1400s following a man who must defend his family. Its been referenced before, but this basically looks like Snow White and the Huntsman meets Underworld, something like that. The VFX are okay, but nothing spectacular, and overall I'm not that impressed. Give it a closer look below.