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"Why do this?" "Because we can." Yet another Sundance 2014 film debuting a trailer to kick off the festival is a Park City at Midnight selection titled Killers. The second feature comes from filmmaking collaborators Kimo Stamboel & Timo Tjahjanto, who last came to Sundance in 2013 to present their crazy segment "Safe Haven" (you know the one) from anthology horror V/H/S/2. They're back again with a film about two serial killers who post their violent crimes online in a psychotic battle for notoriety. It "soon becomes clear that they will square off with one another face to face." The cast of Killers: Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy. This looks bloody and painful, but still fun. Take a look.
While we're still waiting for Eli Roth to turn his Grindhouse trailer for the bloody horror Thanksgiving into a feature length film, another project with the same writers is coming sooner. Robot & Frank writer Chirs Ford and Jon Watts teamed with Roth to turn the fake horror trailer Clown into a feature length film. Watts is directing the film starring Andy Powers as a loving father who finds a clown suit for his son's birthday party, only to realize the suit is part of an evil curse that turns its wearer into a killer. Now the first trailer for the twisted film is here, ensuring that anyone who isn't already scared of clowns will be soon.
The Paranormal Activity franchise is so unstoppable, it couldn't even be controlled with one storyline. With Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the series heads off in a somewhat different direction, introducing new characters to video record and contend with the demons, curses, and witches that have sprung up thus far. The simplicity of this series has long been exercised and The Marked Ones isn't particularly inventive either in the way it builds, sets up, and pays off its individual scares. There is some craziness, including one wacky addition that will shake up the whole series, but it's difficult getting around how run-of-the-mill everything feels. At least there's hope for the future of this once-cool horror franchise.
"Colonel Herzog is back, and he is not to be fucked with." The evil, blood thirsty undead Nazi zombies are back for more. Back at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival I caught and enjoyed (read my original review) a horror comedy called Dead Snow, which went on to become a cult hit in its own right. Now four years later and the series picks up again right where it left off in the sequel Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead, featuring a cast lead by Martin Starr, Derek Mears, Amrita Acharia and Ingrid Haas. A few weeks prior to its Sundance premiere, the first festival teaser trailer has hit giving us a quick glimpse at the blood soaked snowy mayhem that will ensue. It's the perfect little tease to show us where we're at and guarantees I'll catch this at the fest.
As 2013 comes to an end, everyone is scrambling to put together their "Best of the Year" lists (trust me, I'm scrambling too). However when it comes to the genre I love, there is a fervent desire in me to make sure people are aware of some of the films I've been enjoying so much this year. Horror as a whole has been seeing a revival in the past few years, predominantly in the independent scene but even mainstream studios are getting it right every so often, and this pleases me. Horror films in the public eye aren't the most seat-packing bookings and often a lot of the great genre work throughout the year slips through the cracks.
Next month, we'll see Joe Swanberg's holiday comedy Happy Christmas premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, but around the same time, the director will have a completely different film hitting VOD and limited theaters. 24 Exposures is a violent thriller following a fetish photographer (Adam Wingard) who shoots tableau style photos focusing on women and death. But of course, one of his models ends up dead, and the killer must be tracked down. It's definitely a low budget thriller, but we're impressed with how decent the film looks, especially with just how quickly Swanberg seems to pump out films each year. Watch!
"Have you been messing about with that box?" Time for another haunted house horror lined-up for the early 2014 theatrical season. IFC Films has debuted a trailer for Haunt, not to be confused with Vincenzo Natali's Haunter, totally different film. Haunt is an indie horror thriller starring Harrison Gilbertson ("Conspiracy 365", Blessed, Virginia) and Liana Liberato (Stuck in Love) as attractive teens discovering haunted house love for the first time. Oscar nominated actress Jacki Weaver (of Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Stoker) plays a weird old lady. This looks like perfectly suspenseful, if you're into ghosts.
Though Kevin Smith was all about self-distribution for his film Red State, this time he's letting a couple indie distributors take over. A24 and Demarest Films have just announced that they will distribute Smith's new horror film Tusk, the story of a podcast host and journalist (Justin Long) who follows finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Michael Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses. But what he really finds is himself in a terrifying and peculiar scenario you have to see to believe. Haley Joel Osment also returns to horror with this film along with Genesis Rodriguez.
"Maniacs are afraid of maniacs." Yesterday we brought you the first poster for the dark horror comedy from Israel called Big Bad Wolves. Now the first trailer for the film that Quentin Tarantino has been ranting and raving about has finally arrived. The trailer plays out almost as a short film by itself. There's a moment of suspense in there that rivals the kind of tension filmmakers try to craft in generic thrillers that just don't work. This looks eerie, brutal and definitely worth seeking out when the time comes. And thankfully, we also get a quick break from the horror with that hint of humor there at the end. Watch below!
One of the films from Fantastic Fest 2013 selected to be part of Alamo Drafthouse's nationwide tour was Big Bad Wolves, a new genre film from Israeli directing duo Aaron Keshales and Navot Papushado. The film is a dark horror comedy that somehow injects humor into a story about a child's murder. Sounds grim, but the film won five awards from the Ophirs, which are Israel's version of the Oscars. Now a stylish new poster for the film has debuted, complete with a quote from Quentin Tarantino who said, "Not only is this the best film in Busan, this is the best film of the year." It wasn't on his Top 10 from earlier this year though, but maybe he saw the film after that list was put together? Anyway, check out the first poster below!
First things first, if you haven't seen You're Next yet, it's one of the best horror-thrillers in years and worth a watch. Once you're familiar with that film, you can prepare yourself for this first look at Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett's next film, an action-thriller titled The Guest. The film was just announced as one of the eight Park City at Midnight premieres at the Sundance 2014 in January, and these three new first look photos go hand in hand with that reveal. It's hard to piece together what exactly we're seeing, but these do present an interesting first look at what should be another kick ass film from Wingard and Barrett.
"If it's in a word, or it's in a look... you can't get rid of the Babadook." Well, what do we have here? One of the eight films announced in the Park City at Midnight category of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is an Australian horror-thriller called The Babadook. The description doesn't sound like much, but these first photos say otherwise. It's about a single mother who battles with "her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house", but the coolest part is the little kid, Samuel - who's wearing some kind of catapult backpack and carrying a crossbow. All I know is that these photos look damn cool, I really want to see this because of 'em.
We got a tease of January's new found footage horror attempt The Devil's Due just in time for Halloween in October, and now a second trailer gives us another look at the film chronicling the genesis of a devilish baby. Zach Gilford and Allison Miller star as a couple who find themselves with a surprise pregnancy that begins tearing their family apart. The trailer begins in the aftermath of something terrible with Gilford being questioned by the police, sitting with blood on his face and clothes. It's weird that the 20th Century Fox logo doesn't show up until halfway through the trailer, but whatever. This looks like it could be spooky.
If you're a child of the 80s or even 90s, your nightmares might have been touched by Alvin Schwartz's grim and terrifying short horror story and urban legend collection Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Now those horror stories might come back to bite you in the ass as Deadline reports Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have just sold a pitch to CBS Films to adapt that very book. However, the film adaptation doesn't sound nearly as terrifying as the book seemed to be as a child. The story will follow a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life. Read on!