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Exactly one year and one day ago, we featured a cool horror short film called Missing in the Mansion, which followed a Disneyland proposal gone wrong in The Haunted Mansion. It was a found footage story that showed what happened to three friends who went missing while on the famous ride. Now directors/brothers Josh Daws & Jeremiah Daws are back with a sequel, using the spooky Disney attraction as inspiration again. But this time, the story follows a boy with an overactive imagination who has just gotten home from Disneyland and fears he has been followed home by a ghost from the ride. Watch it!
Though there's not much horror on the big screen this Halloween, there seem to be plenty of trailers for all the horror films that are coming in January. We've caught glimpses of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and The Devil's Due, and now the first trailer from the United Kingdom has arrived for the supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones starring Jared Harris as an unorthodox, but charismatic professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist from negative human energy. Sam Claflin (seen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) also stars in the film, which comes out in the spring, and looks pretty creepy. Watch below!
Though Evil Dead remake director Fede Alvarez dropped a bomb last week saying that Sam Raimi would direct Army of Darkness 2, which Bruce Campbell would likely return for (despite not being in any hurry), it sounds like the filmmaker's hopes of combining the franchises sometime in the future might be dead (no pun intended). The remake's co-writer, Rodo Sayagues, recently spoke with Gorosito.TV (via Shock Til You Drop) and revealed that he and Alvarez left the sequel months ago. This comes after Alvarez told everyone at SXSW back in March they were already working on the script for the sequel. That's a bummer.
The horror film Trick 'r Treat was unceremoniously thrown on Blu-Ray and DVD after sitting on the shelf at Warner Bros. for two years. But the horror anthology showing four interwoven stories that occur on Halloween has earned some rave reviews and tons of acclaim from hardcore horror fans, making it a cult classic. However, an announcement made on Monday is very surprising. During a special screening event for the film hosted by Legendary Pictures, director Michael Dougherty announced development of Trick 'r Treat 2. However, they don't have a script yet, so the project is just now getting off the ground. Read on!
Over two years ago, Dimension Films was working on a reboot of the horror series Hellraiser, but the film from Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier (of My Bloody Valentine 3D and Drive Angry 3D) didn't come together. Some concept art surfaced online but the project was abandoned. But the project has new life again as ShockTilYouDrop noticed an update on the Facebook page of Clive Barker, the writer and director of the original 1987 film, saying that Dimension had hired him to write the reboot now. And he promises it won't be a reboot that forgets the roots of the first film, both in practical filmmaking and story.
"Whoa, you killed a big one!" Holy crap this is awesome. If you're a genre/horror fan, you most likely saw The ABCs of Death from Drafthouse Films, featuring 27 horror shorts. One of the best shorts in it was "T is For Toilet" (watch it online here), a claymation/stop-motion animated short directed by Lee Hardcastle about an evil toilet that taunts a young kid. Hardcastle returns this year with "epic sequel" to T is For Toilet titled Ghost Burger, about two kids (one is the same kid from T is For Toilet) who go hunting for ghosts to help their dad run a burger cafe. Yes, there is plenty of gore, plenty of weapons, plenty of ghosts and evil everyday objects coming to life and tormenting claymation people. Need I say more? I think not. Have fun!
"His time runs out, for the monster's hunger is surely here to stay." Time for a bit more horror to creep you out this month. Another well-made short from Mexico/Canada that we need to feature is one called Shhh, inspired by the lucid dreams of director Guillermo del Toro during childhood. It runs about 10 minutes and it definitely has a very creepy atmosphere and one ugly "monster" that hungers for a little boy's hair every time he goes to the bathroom. Del Toro wasn't involved in making this (though he should mentor these filmmakers), but he did provide a quote they've been touting: "strong visuals and solid atmosphere!" I would definitely agree, this is the perfect short to freak out little siblings if you have any. Happy Halloween!
Mondo does more than just posters. In addition to making cool art and shirts, Mondo Tees also makes and sells vinyl LP soundtracks for cult classic movies with a great soundtrack. In the past they've made vinyl pressings for The Deadly Spawn, Poltergeist, this year's Maniac remake and most of Studio Ghibli's films. Up next is John Carpenter's Halloween, an already iconic soundtrack that gets the ultimate release with a package that includes two LPs with stunning art by Phantom City Creative. The soundtrack includes all 28 tracks from the original 1978 John Carpenter horror classic. If you're a big Carpenter fan, this is a must buy.
Now that Marvel has paved the way for multiple films with different characters to exists in the same cinematic universe, thanks to The Avengers, other studios are starting to make moves to do the same. Warner Bros. is merging Man of Steel with Batman, Fox might be bringing Fantastic Four and X-Men together in the future, and now Universal might be doing the same thing with their classic movie monsters. We already know writing and producing partners Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are producing remakes of Van Helsing and The Mummy, and now it sounds like those could lead to something bigger.
Though there might not be much in the offering of horror on the big screen this month, with the exception of the remake of Carrie hitting theaters tomorrow, we've had quite a lot of horror titles kick off the hype machine lately. The trailers for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones and The Devil's Due surfaced this week, and now one more horror film has unleashed a red band trailer, along with a stylish retro poster. Here Comes the Devil follows a couple's children who go missing. in the caves of Tijuana. And though they survive the experience, when they return home, there's still horror lurking around the corner. Watch!
It's October. The month of horror. What better film to feature than Stanley Kubrick's classic The Shining. Last year we had an entire documentary about the mysteries within, titled Room 237. This year we have a great set of photos showing the Ahwahnee Hotel, found in Yosemite National Park, which was Kubrick's reference for the interiors of his hotel. We're all familiar with the The Stanley Hotel in Colorado that is the model for the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. But the interiors are completely different and we now have some fantastic photos from J.W. Kern showing us what the real Ahwahnee Hotel is like inside.
Though there may not be any found footage horror coming from Paranormal Activity this October, the spin-off Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, will hit theaters on January 3rd, 2014. But it won't be the only found footage horror offering that month. 20th Century Fox has The Devil's Due coming, which takes a cue from Rosemary's Baby and follows a newlywed couple who find themselves dealing with a surprise pregnancy that may have more terrifying implications than originally thought. Zach Gilford ("Friday Night Lights") and Allison Miller ("Go On") star in the film and you can see the first trailer now.
Last month we found out that the remake of Carrie from Boys Don't Cry director Kimberly Peirce was officially R-rated. The film is pretty much the only Halloween offering up for wide release in theaters this month, and while the theatrical trailer pretty much tells us the whole story, the performances from Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore will likely make it worth while. Now a "viral video" is generating buzz with a trick in a coffee shop, featuring a girl freaking out on a guy, and suddenly using telekinetic powers to thrown him up against a wall. The reactions of the real people in the shop are pretty hilarious. What would you do?
"Just stick to your camp, you'll be fine." A beautiful, young girl goes camping all by herself in a (horror) movie called Solo? Of course she's going to be terrorized by deranged madmen, what else? Our friends at ShockTillYouDrop have debuted the first creepy trailer for Isaac Cravit's Solo, a survival thriller starring Annie Clark as a girl who takes a job as a counselor at a remote summer camp and ends up on an island supposedly haunted by the ghost of a camper. The film is the first release from ShockTillYouDrop, who has partnered with The Orchard to find and distribute horror films. It doesn't look that great, but not bad either.