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"You know what I would love? Something normal." It's October once again, that spooky time of the year when movie lovers go crazy watching horror films waiting for Halloween to arrive. To get you in the mood, check out this horror comedy short film titled Bundle of Nerves about two friendly local cops from the Willowbrook police department battling a slime-sucking monster. This is an amusing, enjoyable little short that doesn't waste any time getting into things. Don't expect this to be the greatest thing you've ever seen, but it is fun and it looks like it was made for barely anything. We'll be posting more horror shorts all month.
"If this one doesn't scare you, you're already dead." Horror fans already know this one well. Back in 1979, director Don Coscarelli introduced The Tall Man and his deadly silver Sentinel Spheres to the world in a sci-fi horror film called Phantasm. The film built up a cult following over the years and, believe it or not, they're just about to release the fourth sequel titled Phantasm: Ravager (see the trailer for that here). In addition to the release of that new film, Coscarelli's original film that started it all is getting a re-release as Phantasm: Remastered. This brand new 4K rereleae also features remastered 5.1 surround sound, all overseen by J.J. Abrams and the folks at Bad Robot. The film stars A. Michael Baldwin, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister and Bill Thornbury. If you've never seen this film, it's worth checking out. Seriously.
"Without windmills, there would be no Holland." XLrator Media has debuted the first official trailer for indie horror The Windmill, originally known as The Windmill Massacre, from The Netherlands. The film is about an Australian girl escaping her past visiting The Netherlands, where she ends up on a tourist bus taking people to all the famous windmills in the country. The bus breaks down near an infamous windmill where "legend has it, a Devil-worshiping miller once ground the bones of locals instead of grain" and people begin to disappear. The cast includes Charlotte Beaumont, Noah Taylor, Patrick Baladi, Ben Batt, Tanroh Ishida and Fiona Hampton. This seems like it might be fun, with plenty of gore for horror fans. One review says this film "isn't your average slasher" so don't expect the usual going in. Check it out below.
The creative team behind the horror films You're Next and The Guest seem like the perfect choices to bring something as groundbreaking and phenomenal as The Blair Witch Project back to modern audiences. That team, director/producer Adam Wingard and writer/producer Simon Barrett, are no strangers to the world of indie horror and all that comes with it and this shows in everything the pair have delivered so far. Taking what they learned in creating the V/H/S series, the filmmakers once again take to the stage of scares for Blair Witch, a direct sequel to the 1999 film that shaped the horror genre that directly after. Their update is relentless in its intensity and loaded with surprises that fans of the original will eat up in droves.
"Annabelle…?" New Line Cinema / WB has released the first teaser trailer for Annabelle 2, the sequel to the spin-off horror series based on the creepy doll from the The Conjuring. Director David F. Sandberg, who already made Lights Out earlier this year, directs this sequel about a dollmaker and his wife who are haunted in their home by the possessed doll Annabelle. The cast features Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia, Lulu Wilson, Philippa Coulthard, Grace Fulton and Alicia Vela-Bailey as Evil Mrs. Mullins. This teaser doesn't show much, but it does setup the new house and the return of the freaky, evil doll. The sound effects in this trailer are very effective - have a listen below.
"If you say his name, or even think it, he'll come for you…" STX Entertainment has unveiled the full trailer for horror thriller The Bye Bye Man, now arriving in theaters this December. Directed by Stacy Title, the film is about three friends who encounter the "Bye Bye Man", a very creepy, mysterious evil "person" that is played by Doug Jones. The primary cast also includes Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco, Erica Tremblay, Cleo King and Faye Dunaway. This seems to be based on some folklore tale and combines some elements of other horror, a bit of Final Destination and Sinister and even A Nightmare on Elm Street. This looks creepy, of course, but I'm not sure it'll be any good. Take a look.
"Just because we're plumbing the depths of the unconscious mind doesn't mean we can't have a cup of tea." BFI has debuted a trailer for a little crime thriller from the UK called The Ghoul, the feature debut of actor Gareth Tunley. The film stars Tom Meeten as a detective who goes undercover as a patient to investigate a psychotherapist. However, he gets in over his head and the "line between fantasy and reality begins to blur." Also featuring Alice Lowe, Rufus Jones, Niamh Cusack and Geoffrey McGivern. This seems to be a very trippy psychological thriller with sleek cinematography that will mess with your own mind. Take a look.
"It's pushing through." "What is?" "Something big." A full-length trailer has debuted for a new indie horror film called Unnerved, written and directed by Gary King, an up-and-coming filmmaker who is a friend of this site. The film is about a couple whose child is killed but they still feel his presence. They flee to a remote lake house to escape the unrelenting haunting following them, but (of course) learn that it's still very much with them. Starring Katie Morrison, Mark DiConzo, Elena Sanz and Marty Lang. This looks like it's having fun with the typical horror tropes rather than repeating them, but it's hard to tell where it's all going.
"Tag, you're it." "Let's play." The first short teaser trailer has debuted for a horror film called Lavender, the latest from Canadian director Ed Gass-Donnelly (of Small Town Murder Song and The Last Exorcism Part II previously). The film stars Abbie Cornish as a woman who begins to see unexplained supernatural things around her home after losing her memory. Not the most original concept for a horror, but as always we hope there's something unique about these kind of indie films. The cast includes Diego Klattenhoff, Justin Long and Dermot Mulroney. If you're interested in any way, take a look - it's a very short teaser.
Over the past week and a half I've been attending a few screenings of films as part of the Fantasy Filmfest in Berlin (where I now live). Inspired by and operated similar to Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX and Fantasia in Montreal, the Fantasy Filmfest is a horror/sci-fi/genre festival in Germany (taking place in multiple cities over these past few weeks). Their catchy tagline is "Fear Good Movies" and their line-up of films this year is impressive, including some of my favorites from other fests like: Swiss Army Man, Under the Shadow, Train to Busan, Yoga Hosers, and War on Everyone. I caught four films over the last few weeks, two of them worth recommending. Overall, I'm glad I heard about this fest (from a fellow movie lover in Germany) - I always enjoy seeing some of the latest genre films, especially since there's so many out there every year.
"Nightmarish on every level." If you already hate carnivals, you might want to stay away from this. Saban Films has released a second trailer for Rob Zombie's latest horror feature, titled 31, about an evil carnival, twisted game. Five carnival workers are kidnapped and held hostage in a "Hell-like" compound where they must survive for 12 hours against a gang of sadistic clowns to escape alive. Starring Sheri Moon Zombie (of course), Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Sandra Rosko, and Meg Foster. I can't even tell what's going on in half of this trailer, way too many close-ups and it's over-edited. But if you dig Zombie's messed up horror flicks, then have at it.
"When the two connect, the true terror begins." Eureka Entertainment has debuted an official (subtitled) trailer for the Japanese horror-thriller Creepy, which has been playing the film festival circuit all year so far. The latest from filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the film is about an ex-detective and criminal psychologist who discovers that his new neighbor isn't quite who he says he is. The cast includes Hidetoshi Nishijima, Teruyuki Kagawa, Yüko Takeuchi, Haruna Kawaguchi, and Masahiro Higashide. Not only has it played at numerous fests, but the film has received some great reviews so far. One review on ScreenAnarchy says "it's an example of a master attempting a new direction -- in the form of a good, old-fashioned, bloody, spirited thriller." This definitely does look creepy. That guy's smile is the freakiest part about it. Have a look.