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"You've been a very bad boy, Evan!" Voltage Pictures has debuted a full-length trailer for Eli Roth's latest film Knock Knock, a wacky home invasion thriller starring Keanu Reeves. He plays the victim, though, and the invaders this time are two feisty, nasty girls - played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas. This first premiered at Sundance this January in the Midnight category, but didn't up with any crazy buzz (nor did we have the chance to see it there). The setup is fairly interesting, but it almost turns into Funny Games half way through and doesn't seem to go anywhere else. But I'll watch pretty much anything Keanu stars in.
"What did you do with the body?" Horror filmmaker Eli Roth is presenting this IFC Midnight release of The Stranger, an indie film from Uruguayan filmmaker Guillermo Amoedo. The horror-thriller story follows a mysterious man who ends up in a small town to find his wife but discovers that it seems to be overtaken by the supernatural, or something like that. The cast includes Cristobal Tapia Montt, Ariel Levy, Nicolas Duran, Lorenza Izzo and Aaron Burns. This wasn't one of the films with lots of buzz at Fantastic Fest where it first premiered last year, but if horror (or thriller) is your jam, you might want to check it out. Beware the blood.
"There are parts of the house that are unsafe." Universal and Legendary have debuted a new, full-length theatrical trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, his new haunted house horror-thriller featuring quite a tremendous cast lead by Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston. This movie is so beautiful, the sets look gorgeous, the ghosts look creepy, it all looks perfectly mood and unsettling and amazing at once. Exactly what I would hope for from del Toro, and the more we see from this, the better it looks. The first trailer was just a tease, now we explore his new haunted mansion.
Hunt or Be Hunted. Aw, the poor bear! Did anyone know that a movie called Into the Grizzly Maze was being made with a cast like this? This new trailer put out by Vertical Ent. for Into the Grizzly Maze looks no better than your standard B-movie that barely makes a DVD release, however check out this cast: Billy Bob Thornton, James Marsden, Piper Perabo, Scott Glenn, Adam Beach & Thomas Jane. Essentially it's a horror thriller action B-movie about a "killer" grizzly bear that preys on loggers and the fine folk who come to investigate. There isn't a single shot in this it that looks good, none of it looks good, but here it is.
"Something lives in our woods… And it's looking for food, and it found us." Put away the children, and hide under the floorboards. Image Entertainment has debuted a full trailer for the film Dark Was the Night, a small-town horror thriller about a sheriff who struggles to handle a "new breed of raw terror" found in their woods. Kevin Durand stars along with Lukas Haas and Steve Agee in this very dark, very indie thriller that has an intriguing slow burn werewolf, or monster movie, vibe to it. I'm always glad to see Kevin Durand in more and more challenging roles, especially a lead role, but I'm not sure there is much substance to this one beyond the monsters-within theme. It might be worth a look, give it a shot especially if you like horror.
Watch out Tim Curry. Over at Variety they're reporting that Cary Fukunaga (of Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation, "True Detective") has cast the lead in his new It feature, which will be split into two movies. Sources have told them that young actor Will Poulter, currently 22 years old, is "in negotiations" to play Pennywise the evil clown. Poulter last appeared in The Maze Runner as Gally, along with A Plea for Grimsby, Glassland, We're the Millers and Son of Rambow. He's also in the upcoming The Revenant, which we'll all be watching this December. Apparently the audition won over Fukunaga and they couldn't say no.
It looks like Hollywood may be running out of well-known titles from the past to remake, because now they're reaching into the late 90s for a cult sci-fi horror film for inspiration. THR reports Lionsgate is developing a remake of the 1997 flick Cube. The film is being described as a reimagining of the original film and is going by the title Cubed this time. The first film came from Splice director Vincenzo Natali, but this time it will be up and coming director Saman Kesh behind the camera to update the project for audiences 18 years later. In addition, Prometheus writer Jon Spaihts is on board to produce with Roy Lee. Read on!
Briefly: Because a studio just can't refuse to do a sequel to a horror film that made even a little bit of money at the box office, Universal Pictures has announced that Ouija 2 will arrive on October 21st, 2016. The Blumhouse Pictures project was announced yesterday, though there are no details on where the new franchise will go story wise. Platinum Dunes will be back to produce again with Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (Oculus) scripting the sequel. There's also no word on whether any of the cast members from the first film, such as Olivia Cooke and Douglas Smith, will be back in any capacity. Stay tuned for more soon.
Sometimes films that make the rounds on the film festival circuit just don't make it to theaters for one reason or another. There may not be appeal to a distributor to bring it to theaters, or maybe it just doesn't drum up enough buzz. In the case of Cub, we're not sure what the issue is, but the Belgian horror film from Jonas Govaerts played TIFF last year, and has already hit theaters in plenty of overseas markets. The film follows a group of young campers who end up terrorized in the woods. Sadly, it will only be hitting Blu-Ray and DVD here in the United States, but we still wanted to call your attention to the US trailer for the film that our own Jeremy Kirk has called an "envelope-pushing horror fan's dream" from Fantastic Fest. Watch!
Even though Daniel Radcliffe may not be doing magic anymore, that hasn't stopped him from dabbling in the supernatural still. The actor has gone on to star in the gothic horror The Woman in Black and the bold fantasy thriller Horns, and now he's heading into familiar classic territory with Victor Frankenstein, which puts a new spin on Mary Shelley's original novel. James McAvoy plays the title doctor known for bringing a dead man back to life, and Radcliffe plays his sidekick Igor, without that trademark hump. Some first look photos have surfaced from the set, though they show the production as opposed to the story.
"Bedtime is 9:30. It's probably best you two shouldn't come out of your room after that." After debuting the teaser poster earlier this week, the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's return to the horror genre has arrived. The Visit seems to be a found footage horror thriller following two kids (Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge) spending a weekend with their grandparents where some very strange things happen after 9:30pm. This looks pretty creepy, though I'm not sure why the found footage angle was necessary. It almost seems like it's late to the party. Still, this will probably make you cautious about your grandparents.
"It would be easier to rob a bank than to break into Area 51." After striking it big in 2009 with Paranormal Activity, the next project that director Oren Peli embarked upon was another found footage thriller, this one venturing into one of the most legendary places on Earth: Area 51. The film has been waiting around for years, and now Paramount Insurge and Alamo Drafthouse are finally releasing it day and date with several digital platforms next month, but it'll only be in theaters for one weekend only. It's exactly what you would expect from a found footage horror thriller focused on Area 51, but it's R-rated, so maybe it'll be fun?
If you happened to catch Unfriended in theaters this past weekend, then you may have been treated to a bit of a surprise, which is rare these days. Universal Pictures decided to release the teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's horror film The Visit in theaters exclusively this weekend without any pomp or circumstance. It will be available online this Thursday, and in the meantime, a cool, knitted teaser poster has arrived for the film that marks The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable director's return to horror, hopefully with a good film this time. The trailer is creepy, but you'll have to wait a couple days before you see it. Look!
There's no doubt that Blumhouse Productions has become quite the producer of horror franchises since hitting it big with Paranormal Activity in 2009. Since then, they've launched franchises with Insidious, Sinister and The Purge, and this summer brings another new horror flick in the form of The Gallows. The first teaser trailer has just arrived, and while it doesn't tell us much about the story following high school kids terrorized by some kind of malicious force after resurrecting a stage production where a student died during a performance, it's a pretty haunting tease of the terror to come, especially with the red lighting.