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"Something's not right. I have to find out more about Cody's dreams." It's time for the tale of another creepy kid who creates some problems for a loving couple with Before I Wake, a new supernatural thriller. Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane play parents trying to move on after the death of their own child. They decide to adopt a young boy named Cody. While the boy is very sweet, he is absolutely terrified of falling asleep, because his dreams become reality for everyone else around him while they sleep. What starts as some wild fantasies for this couple soon turn into nighttime terrors. From this first trailer, it looks like your standard supernatural horror, but mixing it with the creepy kid might make it more interesting. Watch?
While we're still waiting for Kevin Smith to deliver his holiday horror anthology Anti-Claus, the folks at Legendary Pictures are beginning production on their own Christmas-themed horror comedy called Krampus. The film tells the story of young Max, who turns his back on Christmas as his dysfunctional family comes together and comically clashes over the holidays. But things get even worse when they unleash the wrath of Krampus, a vicious, ancient entity from European folklore, who begins to wreak havoc, giving monstrous life to holiday icons and creating even more terror for this fractured family. And we have a cast!
Last fall brought news of another film in The Ring franchise, and then a report from earlier this year revealed that film would be called Rings, and it would actually be a reboot of the horror series. Italian actress Matilda Lutz was tapped to lead the film, but that's all we knew at the time. Now some more details have surfaced from Bloody Disgusting indicating that this will actually be a prequel to the original 2002 film starring Naomi Watts that will take place years before the creation of the tape that kills anyone seven days after watching it. The report says the story will "tell the origin of Samara’s reign of terror.”
It looks like there's some real talent in the United Kingdom TV series "EastEnders." Following the casting of the British series' Ben Hardy in an unknown role in X-Men: Apocalypse, now The Wrap reports his fellow cast member Sam Strike is in talks to lead Leatherface, a prequel to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise that's in the works at Millennium Films. Strike will play the killer in an origin story that shows where Leatherface came from in his early years during the 1970s (thus fitting with the original film's timeline). We're not sure what to expect from this since it's from the producers of the 2013 franchise reboot.
"You tell them I am here." Adding more demonic exorcism and found footage to the growing pile of tired horror is the new trailer for The Vatican Tapes. However, the film seems to employ a mix of found footage and basic narrative filmmaking as it follows a young woman (Olivia Taylor Dudley) possessed by some kind of dark force that catches local priest Father Lozano (Michael Pena) off guard, prompting him to call in experts from The Vatican to help. But what they encounter is far more sinister than any average demon as it appears the antichrist has arrived. It's another typical exorcism horror thriller. Watch below!
They'll never leave… Our good friend and producer/co-host of The Golden Briefcase podcast Tim Buel has completed his first feature film, titled In Residence, and it's now available to watch online for free. Early last year we supporter his Kickstarter for the project, which billed the film as a "shoestring horror flick" that they would shoot on their own for $5000. They got all the funding, and now little more than a year later, they've completed work. And to show it off they've released the entire horror film online for free for your viewing pleasure. Just don't forget to support the guys who made this - Tim and Cody Rhyse, since they put everything into this. And it's truly an independent, shoe-string budget film made by passionate filmmakers.
Yes, you're tired of "fresh" takes on the vampire myth, and you're sick to death of the found footage/faux documentary filmmaking style. Both have been driven well into the ground, especially in recent years, but there's a good reason these types of films continue on for so long. The simple reason is that films like What We Do in the Shadows come along once in a while achieving something that is as simple as it is clever, as hilarious as it is atmospheric, and as revitalizing as it is genuine. Not only is it the first must-see movie of 2015, it's sure to have a hand in lengthening the shelf lives of vampire movies and found footage horror.
After heading to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale this year, one of the festivals that we'll sadly be skipping is South by Southwest down in Austin, Texas. The extravaganza of music, film and technology begins in March, and even though we won't be there, that doesn't mean we can't talk about some of the films debuting there. We Are Still Here is a horror flick premiering in the SXSW Midnight section and a teaser trailer has arrived. Be careful where you watch, because it's an unrated trailer that has some blood and gore here and there. The movie has the same style as The House of the Devil, just with more monsters. Watch!
"Our nights together must remain a secret." After playing at Fantastic Fest last year, the first trailer for Spring has arrived. It's the classic story of boy meets girl, until the boy finds out the girl has some sort of horrific secret that will throw their entire romance into upheaval. Lou Taylor Pucci (Thumbsucker) takes the lead as a young American backpacking along the Italian coast, who meet Louise (Nadia Hilker), sparking a romantic connection. What starts as a promising romance soon becomes scary, not because of commitment, but because Louise has some kind of strange condition and, well, see what happens. Watch!
For some reason, Hollywood just loves to take great, original films and remake them for American audiences. It's mostly due to the lack of appeal of unknown international cast members, or sometimes trying to avoid excluding stupid people who don't like subtitles. And nowhere is this more true than in the horror genre. There are countless foreign horror films remade for American audiences and one more has just been added to the pile. THR reports the remake rights to the New Zealand horror film Housebound have been picked up by New Line. Not even a foreign film that has accented English can avoid the remake machine.
After rumors swirled last fall of yet another installment of the Halloween franchise, it appears the gears are finally turning to get that project off the ground. THR reports Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writing duo who wrote the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh installments of the Saw franchise, have been hired to write the new Halloween project for Dimension Films, however, it's not clear as to how the franchise will proceed. The new chapter of this iconic series reportedly isn't being called a remake, reboot or even a reimagining. Instead, the recycling of old ideas this time is being called a "recalibration." Read on!
Coming this summer from producer Sam Raimi is the remake of the 80s horror favorite Poltergeist. This time it's Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt in the lead roles as parents who find their family threatened by a supernatural forced inside their new home. Monster House director Gil Kenan is at the helm, which seems all too appropriate, and now we have some first look photos from the film, including the iconic shot from the original film that everyone remembers. This likely means that the first trailer is on the way sometime soon, but in the meantime, these photos will have to do. But no sign of Jared Harris yet.
The horror genre is constantly fluctuating, reacting to the audience's temporary demand for vampires, found footage, zombies, slashers, etc. Horror goes through cycles of popularity, especially with franchises, until a certain concept or style has run its ourse and it's time for something else to take the spotlight. Filmmaker IQ has decided to tackle the history of horror and the evolution of the genre over the years as best they can in just under 30 minutes. The video goes "from its roots deep in Gothic literature, through B-movie status and director's proving grounds to ultimate respectability as an important filmmaking genre."
We already know that Kevin Smith is working on a Christmas horror anthology called Anti-Claus, but it looks like that's not the only holiday horror anthology he'll be part of now. Deadline reports that XYZ Films is working with a new genre label called Distant Corners Entertainment to produce Holidays, a set of subversive tales fashioned around globally recognized celebrations including but not limited to Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Mother’s Day. And much like horror anthologies such as V/H/S or ABCs of Death, the segments will be directed by various filmmakers. And part of the filmmaker line-up has been revealed.