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It's been 10 years since The Grudge hit theaters in 2004, and in the horror world that means it's time for a reboot. Deadline has word that the Takashi Shimazu horror film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar will get the remake treatment courtesy of Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures banner and Good Universe. Midnight Meat Train writer Jeff Buhler is behind the script, but a director hasn't been hired yet for the project. The film followed Gellar as a nurse living and working in Tokyo, who is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another. Read on!
"I think you're the only one who understands..." Today's indie trailer is for the psychological horror thriller Proxy, from filmmaker Zack Parker, of the indie horror Scalene before this. Actress Alexia Rasmussen plays a pregnant woman who is attacked and finds solace in new friends at a support group. But things get a bit twisted when she finds out more about new friends and their child. The cast includes Joe Swanberg, Alexa Havins and Kristina Klebe. This trailer makes the film look incredibly unsettling, focusing on the psychological aspects over the in-your-face horror. This may scare some folks more than others. Take a look.
Painfully funny. Put a cap on the work week with some funny horror comedy all about the job market. This short film has played at a total of 46 film festivals, from the Telluride Horror Show to the Ozu Film Festival to the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, titled Torturous, made by filmmakers from Halifax, Nova Scotia. It's essentially a satirical twist on Eli Roth's Hostel-style "torture-porn" horror, with the two guys ending up talking about work more than torture. It's a fun short and well-made on likely a very small budget by Angus Swantee and Craig Gunn. As it is horror, there is some blood in this - you've been warned! View it below.
"There's something there with you, isn't there?" The second trailer for Hammer's newest horror film The Quiet Ones showed a mix of found footage and traditional narrative filmmaking, and now a new shorter trailer does the same, but this one is pretty intense, showing a lot of the craziness that happens in this supernatural college experiment gone wrong. Fans of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire should be happy to see Sam Claflin in this film, but it's Jared Harris and his ominous British voice that really adds some ambiance. This looks better than Hammer's The Woman in Black, so we're definitely interested. Watch it!
The winners of the SXSW film festival have already been announced, and while only two films took home the top honors for narrative features and documentary features, the unique festival does dole out some other interesting awards. One such awards goes to Excellence in Poster Design, and that went to one of the Midnight films, Starry Eyes. We have the awesome poster designed by Jay Shaw below, but we also have a quick and intense teaser trailer for the film. It's somewhat NSFW because of some flashes of bloodiness in this story of an aspiring actress (Alex Essoe) who gets caught up in a strange and terrifying production.
Down in Austin, Texas, the film and music festival South by Southwest is coming to a close, and the two big winners were Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers' Fort Tilden in the Narrative Feature Competition and Margaret Brown's The Great Invisible in the Documentary Feature Competition. But there were plenty of other great films that premiered down South, and we have a red band trailer for the midnight premiere 13 Sins starring Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). It's a horror flick where a mysterious phone call sets a downtrodden salesman on a dangerous series of tasks that prove to be pretty gruesome. Watch it!
"I've seen some horrible things - but nothin' that can't be explained by human nature." "Then you haven't seen true evil." Screen Gems has debuted the first full trailer for Scott Derrickson's (of 2012's Sinister) new paranormal horror-thriller Deliver Us from Evil, starring Eric Bana as a New York police officer who joins forces with an unconventional priest, played by Edgar Ramirez, to combat possessions terrorizing their city. That sounds awesome, so how does it look? Good. It had my attention at the start, then suddenly gets quiet as it becomes all about building suspense. This mostly just a tease, but a good one to start with.
We've already seen one teaser trailer for the creepy indie horror flick Oculus, but now we get a much better idea of the story with the full theatrical trailer. Tim (Brenton Thwaites) and Kaylie (Karen Gillan) had their lives changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents at a young age. Ten year later, Tim is released from protective custody and ready to move on with his life but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents' deaths were caused by a malevolent supernatural force from the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror from their childhood home. And she's unfortunately right. Watch below!
"There has been an accident..." Magnet has debuted the first official red band trailer for the feature debut of Canadian filmmaker Jerome Sable, best known for his short The Legend of Beaver Dam, as well as a number of others. In the film, titled Stage Fright, Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver star in a wacky horror musical comedy set at a musical theater camp. I have a feeling this might end up being cult horror classic kind of material and I'm looking forward to seeing it, especially after this trailer. The kabuki seems a bit odd, but this still looks ridiculously campy and musically absurd, exactly what Sable promised to deliver.
In what looks to be a horror spin on the superpowered found footage hit Chronicle, the first trailer for the Fantastic Fest selected film Afflicted has arrived, and it's pretty intense. We're not sure why the trailer has a reverse chronology (unless the film does as well), but this story seems pretty cool. The film from Derek Lee and Clif Prowse (who also star in the film) follows a group of friends who are thrown for a loop when one of them suddenly develops superhuman abilities after a one night stand with a woman in Paris. Fantastic Fest gave the film Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Director, where our own Tim Buel praised the film after Alex loved it at TIFF last year too, so this must be a pretty damn good flick. Watch!
"Up until about an hour ago I didn't know this house existed...!" Our friends at ShockTillYouDrop have debuted a trailer for a new indie horror film called Dark House, starring Tobin Bell who you might know as Jigsaw from the Saw series. However, the main focus is on a kid named Nick Di Santo, played by Luke Kleintank, who is haunted by the ability to touch someone and see exactly how they will die. The film is directed by Victor Salva, of Jeepers Creepers 1 & 2, Rites of Passage, Clownhouse, that one film Powder. I'm not sure this lives up to his past work, but it doesn't look too bad. The trailer may seem tame at first, but the action ramps up in the second half with lots of axe violence. In select theaters March for horror lovers.
When we highlighted the red band trailer for The Sacrament last week, we pointed out that before The Green Inferno (hitting theaters this year), director Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever) had taken a six year break from directing. But he's not waiting so long to get back behind the camera again as The Wrap repots Roth will direct Knock Knock, a new horror film he co-write with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo, writers on the Roth-produced disaster horror Aftershock. And of course, Roth will also produce the film, which seems to be coming together quickly with veteran actress Colleen Camp also producing.
While Eli Roth hasn't been behind the camera to direct a film in seven years (his latest film The Green Inferno arrives this fall), he's certainly been busy producing some interesting horror films like The Last Exorcism. The latest producing effort is The Sacrament, directed by indie horror director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The House of the Devil). The film follows two journalists (A.J. Bowen and Joe Swanberg) who decide to shoot a documentary following their friend (Kentucker Audley) searching for his missing sister living in a cult inspired by the Jonestown Massacre. The red band trailer is quite spooky. Watch now!
"Some people believe if you talk about the Jinn, they will come to you." A full trailer has debuted for an indie horror called Jinn, from filmmaker Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, based on the ancient Arabian folklore that revolves around the spiritual battle between good and evil. The cast includes Ray Park as Gabriel, Serinda Swan as Jasmine, plus Faran Tahir, William Atherton and Dominic Rains as a group of brave souls who are tasked with saving the world when an evil fire demon awakes from its slumber. This looks really, really cheesy but it doesn't look as bad as I thought it would. If you're into action-horror, give this a look.