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"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.
It was never meant to be opened. Fox has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming horror thriller The Other Side of the Door, starring Sarah Wayne Callies (from "The Walking Dead", Into the Storm) as a grieving mother desperate for emotional closure after her son is killed in a freak accident. She eventually enters into a strange supernatural world in an attempt to contact her dead son from the other side. The cast includes Jeremy Sisto and Javier Botet. Interestingly this seems to be set mostly in India so it's a whole different kind of supernatural, but still just as chilling. If you're a fan horror this is worth taking a look at.
Evil takes many forms. A goat, a crow, what's next? A24 has unveiled a creepy new teaser poster for Robert Eggers' The Witch, a Colonial-period horror that premiered at Sundance about a family haunted by an evil witch. We featured the first trailer for this film a few months ago, and then Jeremy followed up with glowing review after seeing it at Fantastic Fest. In addition to this new poster debuted on Friday the 13th, an official website has launched for those curious about this evil horror feature. You can learn more about the family tormented by a goat and crow and other evil things. The film arrives in theaters theaters February next year.
The woods have secrets. This looks freaky. Yes, the found footage trend is slowing down, but that doesn't mean there aren't still intriguing found footage films being made. This one is a horror called Encounters, supposedly Denmark's first found footage film. It was released in Denmark back in late 2014, but is just now hitting digital release and possibly coming to US theaters later in 2016. Similar to Blair Witch, the concept is that a group of people go into the woods and don't come back, but their footage is found. There's some weird stuff with a mask in this trailer, and the voiceover is odd, but it's all to setup the story. The final 30 seconds of this trailer is all the really good footage of crazy weird shit, and some solid FX work. Take a look.
Stayin' aliiive! Everyone has probably seen this already, but it's worth watching again (and again) because it's just so awesome. This video mash-up called Hell's Club came out a few months ago and everyone who sees it goes crazy for it. It's a 7-minute video editing badass footage and cool clips and memorable scenes of characters from all kinds of different movies into one big mash-up. Featuring characters from Star Wars, Scarface, John Wick, Collateral, Terminator, Trainspotting, Saturday Night Fever and many other movies meeting up at the Hell's Club. It's impressively edited and all the footage fits together quite well. Have fun!
"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.