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If only we could resurrect writer Jane Austen and ask her zombified corpse what it thinks of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the 2009 mash-up novel put together by Seth Grahame-Smith. Using her 1813 classic about love and aristocracy as a basis, Grahame-Smith fused the romance novel with all the brain-munching aspects the modern, zombie sub-genre has to offer. Surprisingly enough, the mash-up novel was a success with both critics and audiences, and now the beloved story of engagements and the undead has made its way to the big screen. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, adapted and directed by Burr Steers, follows through on the novel's success, providing a ball of humor, romance, and an abundance of exploding heads. It's enough to satisfy anyone not beholden to either side of the mix.
You are humanity's last stand. New Artists Alliance has debuted a trailer for the found footage horror film Pandemic, directed by John Suits. The film stars Rachel Nichols, Alfie Allen, Pat Healy, Missi Pyle and Mekhi Phifer. Taking advantage of the massive pop culture obsession with zombies, the film is about a "virus of epic proportions" that has taken over and turned most people into crazy, flesh-eating freaks. It's seems like it's a combination of Soderbergh's Contagion and Breck Eisner's The Crazies, and if that sounds like something you want to see, have at it. The action looks crazy & intense, though I'm not sure if I like the POV angle (too much like a video game). That shot of them tossing the shotgun was pretty cool. Fire this up.
"There you are! Boo!" A24 has debuted another brand new trailer for their upcoming horror The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and is just hitting theaters this month. Eggers has already moved on to start pre-production on his next film, a remake of Nosferatu, but in the meantime those anxiously awaiting this one only have a few more weeks to wait. 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 the evil black goat named Phillip. This is the freakiest trailer yet.
Sundance loves to find and premiere the next generation of horror films, and this is one of them. It's very likely most people have never seen a ghost movie like this before, which is refreshing for the genre. Under the Shadow is a horror-thriller set in Tehran, Iran, about a mother and her daughter encountering eerie supernatural forces in their bombed out building. The only worthwhile comparison to make is that this film reminded me of The Babadook, another Sundance film (from 2014), with a plot involving tensions between a mother and her child, not to mention some very creepy things going on. Under the Shadow is frightening and captivating, and while it doesn't have the most extensive mythology, it is a satisfying horror experience.
Another day, another remake. The first official trailer for the remake of Eli Roth's 2002 horror film Cabin Fever has arrived online. I don't know why anyone felt it was necessary to remake this horror film, but they went for it anyway. Eli Roth actually executive produced this new version of his freaky horror hit, which is full of pretty people screaming and getting all bloody and chopped up. The cast includes Gage Golightly, Matthew Daddario, Nadine Crocker, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Louise Linton and Randy Schulman. Nothing I'm interested in seeing, but if you're curious about this film, give this trailer a look.
"Black Phillip says you are with kid." A24 has debuted the second official trailer for Robert Eggers' horror film The Witch, starring Anya Taylor-Joy as one of the older children. The film first premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival last year, and is getting a release from A24 starting in late February this year. 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. This also finally introduces us to Black Phillip, the creepy ass goat that is a key part of this film. Ahhh! Black Phillip is pure evil! Watch out.
"It said it wants to hurt you." WB has unveiled the first teaser trailer for James Wan's next horror, The Conjuring 2, a sequel to his 2013 hit The Conjuring, which was better than most other horror films that year. Vera Farmiga returns in this as Lorraine Warren, of the "renowned demonologists" Ed and Lorraine Warren. Patrick Wilson plays Ed and also returns. In this new trailer we get to meet a few of the children, who are being raised in a house haunted by creepy, evil spirits. This one is subtitled the "Enfield Poltergeist" and is apparently about a single mother raising four children alone. This looks scary as all hell, I really can't wait to see how much they're pushing the thrills again. That one eerie shadow shot is already haunting me.
"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!