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"If it's in a word. Or it's in a look. You can't get rid of..." IFC Midnight has debuted one more full trailer for Jennifer Kent's The Babadook, the Australian horror-thriller that is winning over audiences. The film just played at Fantastic Fest earlier this week, after premiering at Sundance in January. One tweet review from the fest called it: "Powerful. Beautiful/horrifying imagery matched [with] a potent human story." It'll finally be hitting theaters and VOD starting this November, and it's one of the best horror films to catch this year. The trailer does show a lot, as expected, but it's a great setup to intrigue those not yet interested. Everyone should be, it's a fine example of how compelling original horror can be. "It's just a book... it can't hurt you."
There aren't a lot of promising opportunities for big screen horror this fall it seems, but Universal Pictures is going to try to rake in the Halloween audiences with Ouija, their supernatural horror adventure inspired by the creepy "board game" of the same name. But as the tagline so obviously points out, this isn't a game. A new theatrical trailer has arrived, and while it's a little better than the first teaser trailer, it still hits every horror cliche you would expect in a film like this from creepy dolls to laughing kids. Though I like the use of the game board eyepiece, Everything else seems so predictable and full of cheap jump scares. Watch below!
We may have a winner for this year's foreign-language, horror film that's allowed to push the envelope in all the right ways. Cub (or Welp in its native country of Belgium) comes to us from first-time feature director Jonas Govaerts, who has crafted a canny yet unsettling slasher film for a whole new wave of horror fans. Disturbing from the outset, Cub delves deep into the human psyche, satisfactorily delivering violent and sexual tropes you might expect. It all gets splashed with a fresh coat of paint courtesy of some extremely atmospheric tone and a no-nonsense attitude in its vividness. Put succinctly, it's not for the casual camper.
There's not a lot more you can do with the Nazi zombie premise, right? Fortunately, that's not a question Tommy Wirkola bothered to ask. The Norwegian writer/director blazed into the genre scene with his 2009 insta-cult hit, Dead Snow, a film whose basis cries out to be loved by horror fans "in the know." Its black-humor attitude and ultra-gore paving the way for it to be crowned the new Evil Dead. If Dead Snow is Wirkola's Evil Dead, Dead Snow 2 is definitely his Army of Darkness. A wild, often hilarious romp that casually tip-toes between genres, it takes its own mythos and expands them into something truly awesome.
Starting this weekend, you can finally catch Kevin Smith's odd little indie Tusk, the story of a podcast personality who finds himself held captive and obligated to fulfill the strange desires of a man with a walrus obsession. And if you're curious as to just how a peculiar story like this found its way to the big screen, a featurette has come online explaining how one of Smith's real podcasts actually inspired him to make the movie. Alex caught the film at TIFF last month and called it "cult horror comedy done right, with silliness creeping around every corner." And don't forget about the medical marijuana tie-in to smoke it up. Watch!
Production began on Insidious: Chapter 3 earlier this year, complete with a first look photo giving us a glimpse at the film that actually predates the first two films in the horror franchise from Blumhouse Productions. It's writer Leigh Whannel stepping up to direct this time with a story he hatched with previous franchise director James Wan, and now a teaser poster has popped up hinting at the terror that awaits. It's enough to make you consider checking your vents before bed. We're curious to see what haunted this family before the events we've already seen unfold from the mysterious place called The Further. Look!
Following an erotic first look at V/H/S: Viral, the third film in the found footage horror anthology, the first red band trailer for the film has arrived, and it's absolutely nuts. There's some crazy aliens, big monsters, a crazy guy with real magical powers, and tons of blood and stuff that is just NSFW at all. This promises to be the craziest installment yet with Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento and Nacho Vigalondo all directing segments this time around. It's a shame this one didn't premiere at Sundance like the last two, but at least we'll get to see it later this fall. Watch below now!
Originally, the next film in the Paranormal Activity franchise was slated to be released this fall, but that's clearly not happening. Instead, Paramount Pictures is releasing the film on March 13th, 2015, taking the release date originally meant for their horror comedy adventure Scouts vs. Zombies. The latter film will now be bumped up for release on February 20th, 2015. In addition, Deadline says the film will be titled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. But where will the story go, especially after Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which seemed to be a spin-off, actually tied directly to the original.
"The sequel you did Nazi coming!" Oh my, what a tagline. Well Go USA has debuted one last official trailer for Tommy Wirkola's sequel Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, the follow-up to the insanely absurd horror comedy Dead Snow from 2009. This time they up the ante taking things out of the winter wilderness and onto the streets of a small town when the undead Nazi army returns to finish what they started. The film picks up where the first left off with Martin, played by Vegar Hoel, still alive after the first incident but stuck with a "super-powered Zombie arm" trying to kill him. We previously featured an early festival teaser for this a while ago, but this footage gives us a taste of the entire film and it looks wild 'n crazy, as expected.
The last round of films playing at Fantastic Fest later this month was just revealed (check out the full line-up right here), and one of those films has just debuted the first trailer for The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The film seems to simultaneously be a remake of the original 1976 horror film and a sequel since it takes place 66 years after the events of the first film where a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana. There are clear references to the original film, but plenty of new terror to get a whole new generation interested. On a fun note, it's cool to see the revived Orion Pictures logo back again. Watch!
What did I just see?! Beloved/hated filmmaker Kevin Smith has returned to the Toronto Film Festival this year to premiere his latest film Tusk at midnight, an unlike-anything-else creation straight out of the mind of Kevin Smith, and it's ridiculous. By now most people are familiar with the cult horror Human Centipede, where a sick doctor surgically links humans to create a disgusting "human centipede". But what if some sick individual wanted to create a walrus out of human? Is that man funny, or interesting, or totally insane? How about a bit of everything. Tusk is cult horror comedy done right, with silliness creeping around every corner.
Following the unveiling of the finalists vying for a spot in ABCs of Death 2, the horror anthology sequel featuring 26 different filmmakers at the helm of horror shorts inspired by the alphabet, the first red band trailer has arrived. But this isn't your average restricted trailer as it's being touted as an "extreme" red band trailer. And we gotta be honest, it's more than a little bloody, and it has some super gruesome moments, making it absolutely NSFW. Basically, if you had fun with the first film, then this looks like more of the same craziness, just with 26 all-new directors bringing all sorts of new horror goodness this time. Watch!
The use of found footage has become a bit of an eye-rolling endeavor in horror, almost nearly as much as the penchant that iconic horror slashers like Michael Myers and Jason Vorhees have for defying death. It has become hard for horror films to use the narrative style effectively without just being a gimmick, and the explanation for this approach is usually weak, with characters inexplicably never putting down a video camera in moments of terror or being shown in what couldn't possibly be "found" footage. But with As Above, So Below, an engrossing adventure plot mixed with familiar horror elements from Legendary Pictures, those problems are not only explained, but make for some real suspense and terror. More below!
Briefly: If you feel like Halloween is lacking in the horror department this year, don't worry, Lionsgate has your back. For the 10th anniversary of the original Saw, the horror film that spawned a drawn out franchise, Lionsgate is sending the first film back to theaters on Halloween for just one week only. Since the movie has been out for 10 years, there might be new horror fans who are old enough to partake in the franchise now and have never seen any of the films. Saw returns on October 31st with some special screenings on Thursday, October 30th as well. So feel free to go see James Wan and Leigh Whannel's original horror film that launched their big empire that has come to life in Insidious and The Conjuring.