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Briefly: For those who may not know, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are expanding the world of The Conjuring, last year's horror hit from director James Wan, with a spin-off that focuses on the creepy doll in the possession of Lorraine and Ed Warren (played by Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga). The film is called Annabelle, and so far the only thing we know about the film is that The Conjuring cinematographer John Leonetti will direct the film with a script by Gary Gauberman. Otherwise, we don't know who will star or what the story will be. But now we know when the film will come out with the studio revealed an October 3rd release date, pitting it up against David Fincher's promising thriller Gone Girl. Stay tuned for more.
Briefly: Following news that Dermot Mulroney was joining the cast of the horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 3, the film's release has been pushed back a bit. The film was originally slated for a release in April of 2015, but instead Focus Features has revealed that the next installment of the horror franchise will arrive during blockbuster summer on May 29th, 2015. There's still no plot details or confirmation of any of the stars from the first two films returning, but franchise writer Leigh Whannell will be at the helm this time instead of James Wan. There's likely more casting news coming down the road, so stay tuned for more.
Just as the refreshing supernatural horror thriller Deliver Us from Evil hits theaters today before the big holiday weekend, a trailer for a much more generic and seemingly boring film in the same genre has arrive. If The Damned wasn't generic enough of a title for you, the trailer does a much better job of delivering the same kind of story and scares we've seen time and time again. At first it seems like this might be different with the set-up coming from a mudslide accident that leaves a family (led by Peter Facinelli) stranded in Colombia, but then it heads into familiar territory with a creepy, dirty, wet girl scaring them, things moving by themselves, and all that cliche jazz. Plus, it's just edited poorly with long-winded text bumpers. Watch?
There's really not a lot that can be done with paranormal thrillers these days. With the recent slate of bland possession movies and the Paranormal Activity juggernaut annually dulling the bump-in-the-night brand of horror, it takes a certain angle at the sub-genre or a top-notch style of delivering the thrills for a film to really play in the haunted sandbox. Luckily, there are those entries that realize the ways in which to keep a fresh game in a stale ballpark, Deliver Us from Evil being the latest of these. Part gritty-NYPD procedural, part sinister-entity horror, the film nails every tone and hits every scare with results that should satisfy any and all downtrodden, horror fans. Thankfully, there are still films that can keep us up at night.
"Sometimes the world doesn't need another hero... Sometimes what it needs is a monster." Universal has finally unveiled the full official US trailer for Gary Shore's Dracula Untold, which we first released earlier in the week before it was pulled down by the studio. Luke Evans stars as Vlad the Impaler in this origin story of Dracula, set back in the 1400s following a man who must defend his family. Its been referenced before, but this basically looks like Snow White and the Huntsman meets Underworld, something like that. The VFX are okay, but nothing spectacular, and overall I'm not that impressed. Give it a closer look below.
Just last month, we learned that Saw and Insidious writer Leigh Whannell would step up to direct Insidious: Chapter 3 with James Wan taking a step back to only produce the horror sequel for Focus Features (they absorbed Film District) and Blumhouse Productions. Now we have our first official cast member on board, and it's not anyone we've seen in the franchise up until now. Whannell announced on Twitter that Dylan McDermott Dermot Mulroney will star in the film that is already slated to hit theaters on April 3rd, 2015. However, the story for this third film in the horror series is still under tight wraps, so that's all we have for now, with no indication of any returning cast members from the first two films yet.
"Tonight we take lives. We can't have any interference." The theatrical trailer for The Purge: Anarchy gave us the full rundown of the chaos that unfolds in this sequel as we see the full effect of The Purge crime spree unleashed across the city, no longer isolated to a small neighborhood. This time we get a better idea of the story as we see more of Frank Grillo's vigilante character in a new trailer getting involved with some innocent people stuck on the streets during The Purge. It seems like the first half of the film focuses on them trying to survive and stay hidden, while the second half sees them being capture and hunted as part of a twisted game after being auctioned off to the higest bidder at some creepy socialite gathering. Watch below!
"I want you to take a deep breath..." Scared of being stuck in a cave? Are you claustrophobic? This isn't the trailer for you. IFC Films has debuted a trailer for Ben Ketai's Beneath, not to be confused with the other Beneath horror directed by Larry Fessenden. This one is about coal miners who end up trapped after a mine collapse, and one of them is a very pretty coal miner's daughter (go figure), played by Kelly Noonan. The cast includes Jeff Fahey, Eric Etebari, Kurt Caceres, Brent Briscoe. While the synopses seem to hint there's a The Descent like creepiness in the cave, this actually just seems like a solid psychological thriller.
"What you're seeing tonight is the reason why I started making movies." One of the many events that took place during the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was a special tribute screening of a 4K restored version of Tobe Hooper's horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It was a special screening for the Directors' Fortnight, or Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, and it was introduced by Cannes jury member Nicolas Winding Refn. He gave a rather rambunctious intro, joking about how he should've won the Palme last year, but later going on to say that introducing this was a kind of closure for him, because when he was 14 he saw this at the Cinema Village in NY and it made him want to be a director. He then goes on to call it a masterpiece.
Though Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes recently picked up David Bruckner, who directed the segment "Amateur Night" in the horror anthology V/H/S, to helm yet another reboot of Friday the 13th, it will no longer arrive on the wholly appropriate date of March 13th, 2015. Instead, Deadline reports the film has been pushed back to November 13th, 2015, which is still a Friday, so that's good. It's just a shame that it's not in October. Meawhile, Christopher Landon's Scouts vs. Zombies will take the March 13th release, up against Kenneth Branagh's new Cinderella and the drama Heart of the Sea. Stay tuned.
It's been nearly a year since we saw a trailer and a wild poster for the horror film Willow Creek from comedian turned filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait, and the film is finally coming to limited theaters and VOD this summer. The found footage film has been described as The Blair-Squatch Project since it follows a bigfoot believer who heads into California’s Six Rivers National Forest in order to finally capture footage of the infamous Bigfoot. Now we get another trailer hyping the release next month, and there's also a cool new poster that cleverly uses the footprint of the possibly mythical creature. This looks pretty fun. Watch now!
After news surfaced that Oscar-winning Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón was in deep talks to direct the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we have a rumor that makes that possibility seem a little less likely. Schmoes Know has learned that Warner Bros. has also made an offer for Cuarón to direct their gestating prequel to The Shining called The Overlook Hotel. The project has been simmering since the summer of 2012 and over a year ago, ormer "The Walking Dead" showrunner, writer and producer Glen Mazzara was brought on to write the script. Could Cuaron be the man for the job now?
After pulling out two projects with Ryan Gosling in Drive and Only God Forgives, director Nicolas Winding Refn is ready to step into the horror genre. Deadline reports Refn is currently in early talks to direct The Bringing, a spec script by Brandon & Phillip Murphy that was picked up by Sony Pictures after an intense bidding war happened in February. The catalyst for the project was the mysterious tale of a young woman named Elisa Lam, who can be seen in a security video on an elevator in the Cecil Hotel in LA acting strangely before she disappeared and was found dead in one of the roof's water tanks two weeks later.
We've gotten a good look at Scott Derrickson's latest horror thriller Deliver Us from Evil with the spooky teaser trailer and a longer international trailer showing off ore of the story. Now a new online trailer gives us the best look yet as Eric Bana deals with an influx of perpetrators who all appear to be crazy. But soon he learns there may be something more sinister at play when he joins forces with a priest (Edgar Ramirez) who seems to know what's going on. This looks pretty bad ass, and has an original spin on the idea of people being possessed by demons as a grounded detective encounters a variety of spirits. Watch it!