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Halloween all year round! An official trailer has debuted for the indie horror anthology Fun Size Horror: Volume Two, the latest horror short collection from the Fun Size team. The first Fun Size Horror just hit last year and they've launched a website collecting all of the various horror work so far. Produced by Mali Elfman and Michael May, this anthology features at least one animated segment and plenty of others that seem like they should be fun, though it might be a mixed bag of good and bad. There have been a couple of good anthology films recently (including Southbound) so if you want even more horror to watch - check this.
"Somethings not right in here… I keep seeing things, hearing things…" "It's not you, it's the house." The Weinstein Company has debuted the first trailer for Franck Khalfoun's Amityville: The Awakening, a "revival of the popular franchise and a modern twist on the classic horror film." It's pretty much an updated, creepy take on Amityville with a story involving a single mother moving into the haunted house with two daughters and a son with an injury that has left him in a coma. Oscar nominated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh stars, along with Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan and Thomas Mann as well as Kurtwood Smith. I like the poster a bit more than I like the trailer, but this kind of horror freaks me out. Fire it up.
"I'm so glad you're here! We've got a lot to talk about… So much to celebrate tonight." Drafthouse Films has unveiled a new trailer for Karyn Kusama's creepy horror-thriller The Invitation, about a dinner party that isn't exactly what it seems. The cast includes Michiel Huisman, John Carroll Lynch, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle and Lindsay Burdge. Following up the first teaser, this trailer finally gives us more of a look at what's waiting these guests of the party. "Don't tell me that this is normal!" There's some really eerie, unsettling stuff going on and the reviews seem to indicate it's wild. Rob Hunter from FSR says: "In addition to being a suspenseful and well-acted ride the film also looks fantastic."
"This is not a drill." Universal has debuted the first official trailer for horror sequel The Purge: Election Year, which is essentially The Purge 3 following The Purge: Anarchy in 2014. The plot this time involves Frank Grillo returning as the head of security protecting Senator Charlie Roan, played by Elizabeth Mitchell, who encounters more than he bargained for when the annual purge event brings out the crazies. The "Election Year" angle is quite bold. The full cast from this one includes Raymond J. Barry, Ethan Phillips, Sparrowhawk, Edwin Hodge and many others. This latest Purge entry looks about as dark and violent and crazy as the last two, so if you've enjoyed the others this will be more of the same. Have at it.
If only we could resurrect writer Jane Austen and ask her zombified corpse what it thinks of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the 2009 mash-up novel put together by Seth Grahame-Smith. Using her 1813 classic about love and aristocracy as a basis, Grahame-Smith fused the romance novel with all the brain-munching aspects the modern, zombie sub-genre has to offer. Surprisingly enough, the mash-up novel was a success with both critics and audiences, and now the beloved story of engagements and the undead has made its way to the big screen. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, adapted and directed by Burr Steers, follows through on the novel's success, providing a ball of humor, romance, and an abundance of exploding heads. It's enough to satisfy anyone not beholden to either side of the mix.
You are humanity's last stand. New Artists Alliance has debuted a trailer for the found footage horror film Pandemic, directed by John Suits. The film stars Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Pat Healy, Missi Pyle and Mekhi Phifer. Taking advantage of the massive pop culture obsession with zombies, the film is about a "virus of epic proportions" that has taken over and turned most people into crazy, flesh-eating freaks. It's seems like it's a combination of Soderbergh's Contagion and Breck Eisner's The Crazies, and if that sounds like something you want to see, have at it. The action looks crazy & intense, though I'm not sure if I like the POV angle (too much like a video game). That shot of them tossing the shotgun was pretty cool. Fire this up.
"There you are! Boo!" A24 has debuted another brand new trailer for their upcoming horror The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and is just hitting theaters this month. Eggers has already moved on to start pre-production on his next film, a remake of Nosferatu, but in the meantime those anxiously awaiting this one only have a few more weeks to wait. Ralph Ineson stars as William, Kate Dickie stars as Katherine, in this vintage horror thriller set in New England in the 1600s about a family and the evil black goat named Phillip. This is the freakiest trailer yet.
Sundance loves to find and premiere the next generation of horror films, and this is one of them. It's very likely most people have never seen a ghost movie like this before, which is refreshing for the genre. Under the Shadow is a horror-thriller set in Tehran, Iran, about a mother and her daughter encountering eerie supernatural forces in their bombed out building. The only worthwhile comparison to make is that this film reminded me of The Babadook, another Sundance film (from 2014), with a plot involving tensions between a mother and her child, not to mention some very creepy things going on. Under the Shadow is frightening and captivating, and while it doesn't have the most extensive mythology, it is a satisfying horror experience.
Another day, another remake. The first official trailer for the remake of Eli Roth's 2002 horror film Cabin Fever has arrived online. I don't know why anyone felt it was necessary to remake this horror film, but they went for it anyway. Eli Roth actually executive produced this new version of his freaky horror hit, which is full of pretty people screaming and getting all bloody and chopped up. The cast includes Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Nadine Crocker, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Louise Linton and Randy Schulman. Nothing I'm interested in seeing, but if you're curious about this film, give this trailer a look.
"Black Phillip says you are with kid." A24 has debuted the second official trailer for Robert Eggers' horror film The Witch, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as one of the older children. The film first premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival last year, and is getting a release from A24 starting in late February this year. Ralph Ineson stars as William, Kate Dickie stars as Katherine, in this vintage horror thriller set in New England in the 1600s about a family and their suddenly missing children. This also finally introduces us to Black Phillip, the creepy ass goat that is a key part of this film. Ahhh! Black Phillip is pure evil! Watch out.
"It said it wants to hurt you." WB has unveiled the first teaser trailer for James Wan's next horror, The Conjuring 2, a sequel to his 2013 hit The Conjuring, which was better than most other horror films that year. Vera Farmiga returns in this as Lorraine Warren, of the "renowned demonologists" Ed and Lorraine Warren. Patrick Wilson plays Ed and also returns. In this new trailer we get to meet a few of the children, who are being raised in a house haunted by creepy, evil spirits. This one is subtitled the "Enfield Poltergeist" and is apparently about a single mother raising four children alone. This looks scary as all hell, I really can't wait to see how much they're pushing the thrills again. That one eerie shadow shot is already haunting me.
"The forest is very dangerous - do not leave the path." Gramcery Pictures has debuted a second trailer for the supernatural horror thriller The Forest, starring "Game of Thrones" actress Natalie Dormer as a woman who heads to the mysterious forest in Japan to find her sister. As explained for the first trailer, the forest she goes to is Aokigahara Forest in Japan (a very real place), which is also the same place where the film The Sea of Trees directed Gus Van Sant takes place (due out later in 2016). The full cast includes Taylor Kinney, Eoin Macken and Yukiyoshi Ozawa. This doesn't really make me any more interested than the first trailer, but maybe it'll appeal to more horror fans. It all seems a bit too cheesy for my liking.
"The truth can only be seen through their eyes." Anchorbay has debuted the first creepy trailer for the new US remake of the French horror thriller Martyrs, which broke out and became a cult hit back in late 2008 after first premiering at festivals. This new version stars Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Kate Burton and Toby Huss. This is about two friends who find themselves "trapped in a nightmare" as grown ups after being traumatized at an orphanage while young. This looks like it's much more of a psychological thriller with some horrific moments, and also exactly what I would expect for a remake. Just doesn't look that good.
"We all get punished." So who is Krampus? And why is he haunting this family on Christmas? Find out more in this new featurette for Mike Dougherty's Krampus, which opens in theaters this weekend. I've seen this movie and I want to tell you - it's awesome, it's worth seeing, it's one of the best holiday horror movies you'll see. It's a throwback to the Amblin-type movies of yonder when kids could get genuinely frightened by real horror (like with Gremlins, Poltergeist). As actor David Koechner explains in this short featurette, it's a Christmas horror that has the three Hs: horror, heart and humor. Bundle up, stay by the fire, and enjoy.