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Conjured up out of America's obsession with spiritualism in the 19th century, "Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board" was created in 1891 by entrepreneur Charles Kennard and attorney Elijah Bond, and made by the Kennard Novelty Company. After Kennard and Bond left the company in the early 1900s, William Fuld, one of the company's first employees, took over and continued making the popular spirit board. By 1920, the game had become such a fixture of American culture that Norman Rockwell featured a couple playing with a Ouija board on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. After Fuld's death, the assets were sold to Parker Brothers, who manufactured the game until 1991, when the company was acquired by Hasbro.
"I go inside the victim's mind." Blumhouse has debuted a second trailer for possession thriller Incarnate, from director Brad Peyton. The release of this horror-thriller was pushed from September to December late this year, though I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. Aaron Eckhart stars as a scientist out to prove that possession is a disease, and he is introduced to a young boy more powerfully possessed than he's ever encountered. The cast includes Carice Van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno, David Mazouz, Keir O’Donnell, Matt Nable and John Pirruccello. More possession horror to feast on if this is your thing.
"If the wickedness pleases you, let the window become a door…" Here's yet another excellent horror short film to watch. Givertaker, a "Dead Kids Club Story", is directed by Paul Gandersman, and written by Peter S. Hall, a movie writer who many cinephiles probably know already. In the film, Nell Kessler plays Sarah, a high schooler who decides to get revenge on the people who have been bullying her by asking for help from a mysterious wishing well. This is an impressive horror short that relies more on storytelling and strong performances than any special effects. Though I do really like the look of swirling smoke in the wishing well. There's also a fantastic old school poster for this short (made by artist Stephen Andrade) seen below. Enjoy.
"Let me introduce you to Adrian… Just so you know, Adrian isn't your typical nine-year-old…" Paladin has released a trailer for a supernatural horror thriller titled The Unspoken, from director Sheldon Wilson. Jodelle Ferland stars as a young babysitter of a nine-year-old boy whose father was killed years earlier in the same house their still living in. Obviously things start to get scary. The cast includes Sunny Suljic as Adrian, plus Neal McDonough, Pascale Hutton, Matt Bellefleur, Rukiya Bernard and others. This looks like yet another typical evil-child horror movie, similar to The Omen or The Bad Seed or Joshua or Orphan. There's plenty of them already, and this one just doesn't look like it has anything different to offer.
"This autopsy will be conducted in four stages…" IFC has debuted another teaser trailer for the upcoming indie horror The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which received some rave reviews out of Fantastic Fest last month. We posted the first very brief teaser for the film then, but this new teaser sheds even more light on the creepy ghost story. Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox play father-son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. "Perfectly preserved on the outside, Jane Doe's insides have been scarred, charred and dismembered." As they begin to go to work, things start to get very creepy - as you'll see in this trailer below. This film also stars Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Parker Sawyers, and Olwen Kelly. The footage in this new teaser was enough to seriously scare me and make me fearful of ever watching this, and it probably doesn't even show much of what happens. Take a look below.
Another good short film to feature during October, to keep you in mood for more horror. We'll be posting more horror shorts all month when we come across any worth sharing. This one is titled simply Eve, a short film about a woman trying to survive alone in a post-apocalyptic London wasteland. This has a very simple premise, and there's not much dialogue, but I admire their attempt to tell a story on a very limited budget without much being said. Eve is directed by Annie Power. It's admittedly not the best short you'll see, but if you think you can do better then get out there and actually make a short. It's not that easy. Enjoy the film.
"Dogs don't got teeth like this." A24 has finally unveiled a trailer for the horror thriller The Monster, the latest feature from Bryan Bertino, the director behind the 2008 hit The Strangers. The Monster is indeed about a creepy monster, despite the tendency for movies like this to trick you into thinking "the monster" is just some deranged human living in the woods. Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine play mother-daughter in the film. When their car breaks down in the middle of the woods, things get increasingly creepy. The cast includes Scott Speedman, Aaron Douglas, Christine Ebadi and Chris Webb as the "monster". This seems like a very quiet release, with the film being dumped without much buzz, but who knows. Take a look.
"You know what I would love? Something normal." It's October once again, that spooky time of the year when movie lovers go crazy watching horror films waiting for Halloween to arrive. To get you in the mood, check out this horror comedy short film titled Bundle of Nerves about two friendly local cops from the Willowbrook police department battling a slime-sucking monster. This is an amusing, enjoyable little short that doesn't waste any time getting into things. Don't expect this to be the greatest thing you've ever seen, but it is fun and it looks like it was made for barely anything. We'll be posting more horror shorts all month.
"If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead." Horror fans already know this one well. Back in 1979, director Don Coscarelli introduced The Tall Man and his deadly silver Sentinel Spheres to the world in a sci-fi horror film called Phantasm. The film built up a cult following over the years and, believe it or not, they're just about to release the fourth sequel titled Phantasm: Ravager (see the trailer for that here). In addition to the release of that new film, Coscarelli's original film that started it all is getting a re-release as Phantasm: Remastered. This brand new 4K rereleae also features remastered 5.1 surround sound, all overseen by J.J. Abrams and the folks at Bad Robot. The film stars A. Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister and Bill Thornbury. If you've never seen this film, it's worth checking out. Seriously.
"Without windmills, there would be no Holland." XLrator Media has debuted the first official trailer for indie horror The Windmill, originally known as The Windmill Massacre, from The Netherlands. The film is about an Australian girl escaping her past visiting The Netherlands, where she ends up on a tourist bus taking people to all the famous windmills in the country. The bus breaks down near an infamous windmill where "legend has it, a Devil-worshiping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain" and people begin to disappear. The cast includes Charlotte Beaumont, Noah Taylor, Patrick Baladi, Ben Batt, Tanroh Ishida and Fiona Hampton. This seems like it might be fun, with plenty of gore for horror fans. One review says this film "isn't your average slasher" so don't expect the usual going in. Check it out below.
The creative team behind the horror films You're Next and The Guest seem like the perfect choices to bring something as groundbreaking and phenomenal as The Blair Witch Project back to modern audiences. That team, director/producer Adam Wingard and writer/producer Simon Barrett, are no strangers to the world of indie horror and all that comes with it and this shows in everything the pair have delivered so far. Taking what they learned in creating the V/H/S series, the filmmakers once again take to the stage of scares for Blair Witch, a direct sequel to the 1999 film that shaped the horror genre that directly after. Their update is relentless in its intensity and loaded with surprises that fans of the original will eat up in droves.
"Annabelle…?" New Line Cinema / WB has released the first teaser trailer for Annabelle 2, the sequel to the spin-off horror series based on the creepy doll from the The Conjuring. Director David F. Sandberg, who already made Lights Out earlier this year, directs this sequel about a dollmaker and his wife who are haunted in their home by the possessed doll Annabelle. The cast features Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton and Alicia Vela-Bailey as Evil Mrs. Mullins. This teaser doesn't show much, but it does setup the new house and the return of the freaky, evil doll. The sound effects in this trailer are very effective - have a listen below.