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"Darkness isn't always what it seems." Animator Carlos Baena, who has worked at Pixar and ILM, is now working on his own solo projects and one of them coming up is called La Noria. Thanks to SlashFilm for the tip. La Noria is an animated horror film that is a bit different. "Given the dark nature of the story as well as the psychological backstory of the main character, La Noria has a quality that is very different from most animated films." They've launched an Indiegogo page to collect $50,000 to fund the animated project and have also released a teaser trailer along with the pitch video. It looks great - the animation is impressive, and I'm curious to find out more about the creature that's haunting him. Give this indie horror film a look.
"Two brothers walked a single trail…" It's time to get in the Halloween mood with a horror short film. This one is titled The Storybook Killer directed by Andrew Vallentine, and it just premiered online thanks to Amplify and YouTube star Ricky Dillon, who stars in the short film as one of the main characters. The horror short is about a group of friends who go looking for a long lost brother at a nearby theme park, only to end up being killed one-by-one. The dialogue is a bit cheesy, but this is an effective and interesting horror short with some fun kills. The cast includes Ashley Argota, Meg DeAngelis, Josh Leyva, and Cody Saintgnue.
"If we just work together then we can save our sh*tty town!" Sony has debuted the official red band trailer for a very gory, very wacky horror comedy called Freaks of Nature. The film is based on a popular Black List script by Oren Uziel called The Kitchen Sink, which is a horror-sci-fi-comedy mashup that combines vampires, zombies, and aliens. This has a great comedian ensemble cast including Keegan-Michael Key, Bob Odenkirk, Patton Oswalt, Denis Leary, plus Joan Cusack, Vanessa Hudgens, Mackenzie Davis, Nicholas Braun and Ed Westwick. I don't think this will be any good, but give it a look anyway.
There's very little question about Guillermo del Toro's prowess as a visionary storyteller. Whether about a demonic superhero and the strange creatures he fights or a gothic love story with supernatural tones, the director's films are wall-to-wall detail. The images he creates are gorgeous, his films the kind where every shot is an immaculate glimpse into del Toro's artistic and unique eye. This is the case, as well, with the filmmaker's latest menagerie of macabre madness and supernatural scares. Crimson Peak brings with it the same, visual detail for which the director has become known. The story plays out in basic, predictable form, but it's never enough to hold back the visual masterpiece del Toro once again delivers.
After years of off-screen hell, the newest movie directed by Guillermo del Toro, titled Crimson Peak, comes out nationwide today to unleash a kind of cinematic hell upon viewers everywhere. However, much like every one of del Toro's films, even though Crimson Peak is being sold as a horror movie (it's not) it's actually far more tragic than terrifying. As del Toro has tried to bring to people's attention on Twitter and other forms of social media, Crimson Peak is much more of a gothic romance than a straight-up horror film. Unfortunately, most people will go into the film this weekend expecting to be scared out of their minds and instead they will find something much more tragic and somber. With that let's take a look at why Guillermo del Toro's movies are never what they seem – and why Crimson Peak is no different.
Witness the power… of the activity! Paramount has debuted the first short TV spot for Gregory Plotkin's Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the latest sequel in the never-ending Paranormal Activity horror franchise. The hint is that this is supposed to be the end of it all, finale, and they're going all out by making it in 3D. Oh boy. The cast includes Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill and Chloe Csengery. This looks like they're really trying to go all out and scare the crap out of everyone with cheesy FX, and intense violence, but why not if it's truly the last one. Hide under the covers and watch.
Have you always wanted to wear Freddy's red and green striped sweater to your Christmas party? Well, here's your chance! Mondo has revealed a fantastic line of horror Christmas sweaters, themed after a few classic slasher flicks (found via EW.com). They've got a sweater for Friday the 13th featuring Jason, then there's Michael from Halloween, and of course Freddy's classic sweater (seen above) from A Nightmare on Elm Street (different versions, too). Hopefully they're making more of these down the line, but for now you can already place an order and get your hands on any of these sweaters if you want. Mondo is killing it.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Universal has debuted the first official trailer for Krampus, from Michael Dougherty, the director of Trick 'r Treat. This time he's bringing horror to the "most wonderful time of the year" in the form the evil Christmas monster Krampus, who comes to torment a small snowy town. The main cast includes Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, David Koechner and many others. I love how much fun this looks, with the horror kicking in in the second half. I'm a huge fan of Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat and have been waiting for him to make another movie, and from the looks of it, this is going to be just as good. Get your first look below and put this on your schedule for December. Enjoy!
"Movies like this end when the final girl kills the bad guy, and the credits roll…" This looks crazy! If you love horror movies, you have to see this. The first trailer has debuted for a horror comedy spoof called The Final Girls, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. The film is basically a huge riff on the entire horror genre, breaking all sorts of tropes and making fun of everything from flashbacks to the "final girl" killing the bad guy at the end. It looks really crazy fun, and I'm sure it'll be a good one to watch this October. The huge cast includes Taissa Farmiga starring as Max, plus Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Adam Devine, Angela Trimbur, Chloe Bridges & Thomas Middleditch. Have fun!
Evil takes many forms. A24 has debuted the first official trailer for The Witch, a film from Sundance this year written and directed by Robert Eggers, making his feature directing debut. 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. Eggers did win the Best Director award at Sundance this year for this film. It certainly seems very unsettling, and very unique, unlike most horror films we find these days. I'm not particularly into this, the whole thing about the goat seems campy to me. Take a look below.
These trick-or-treaters are not here for candy. IFC has recently debuted the official trailer for indie horror Hellions, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival in the Park City at Midnight category. Chloe Rose stars as Dora, a pregnant teenager home alone on Halloween terrorized by tiny, evil trick-or-treaters after her baby. The cast includes Robert Patrick as a cop who tries to help her. This looks very creepy, and disturbing, and just weird and totally out of place during the heat of the summer. But it's being released later in the fall, closer to Halloween, which is the perfect time to let these Hellions loose. Have fun!
One, two, another reboot coming for you. Three, four, the more franchise movies the better. Five, six, you get the point. Over at the Tracking Board, they're reporting that New Line Cinema is ready to try again with A Nightmare on Elm Street. Just a few years ago we followed very closely the most recent remake that came out in 2010, directed by Samuel Bayer starring Jackie Earle Haley as the new Freddy. And, once again, since that remake didn't end up doing so well they're simply going back to the drawing board and restarting because of course it's a successful name-brand horror franchise so they can restart and it still has a fanbase.
"Do you know what it's like to live forever?" Lionsgate has debuted the full-length trailer for The Last Witch Hunter, a CGI-filled horror fantasy action mash-up starring Vin Diesel as the immortal "last witch hunter" Kaulder. We featured the first teaser trailer for this a few months ago, now we can follow up with the full trailer and poster. Aside from Diesel, the cast includes Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Rena Owen, Julie Engelbrecht and Michael Caine. I hate to say it, but this just looks way too cheesy and overly-FX-driven to be taken seriously. "I need you to take me to the dream world. It's the only way…" There are all kinds of crazy things in this, flaming swords and flaming trees. I don't even know.
See the films that inspired the creators of Sinister 2. That's the concept behind this brand new screening series kicking off this month. Called "Sinister Weekends", Gramercy Pictures has announced a midnight screening series running nationwide that will (re-)introduce fans of the Sinister "franchise" to more horror. "The program is set to terrorize fans in Los Angeles, New York, and over a dozen additional markets with weekends of horror celebrating fright inspirations for Sinister co-creators and Sinister 2 screenwriters and Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill as well as Sinister 2 director Ciarán Foy." Watch a few trailers for this sequel here and here, and catch the beginning of this screening series when it kicks off this weekend.