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Sometimes films that make the rounds on the film festival circuit just don't make it to theaters for one reason or another. There may not be appeal to a distributor to bring it to theaters, or maybe it just doesn't drum up enough buzz. In the case of Cub, we're not sure what the issue is, but the Belgian horror film from Jonas Govaerts played TIFF last year, and has already hit theaters in plenty of overseas markets. The film follows a group of young campers who end up terrorized in the woods. Sadly, it will only be hitting Blu-Ray and DVD here in the United States, but we still wanted to call your attention to the US trailer for the film that our own Jeremy Kirk has called an "envelope-pushing horror fan's dream" from Fantastic Fest. Watch!
Even though Daniel Radcliffe may not be doing magic anymore, that hasn't stopped him from dabbling in the supernatural still. The actor has gone on to star in the gothic horror The Woman in Black and the bold fantasy thriller Horns, and now he's heading into familiar classic territory with Victor Frankenstein, which puts a new spin on Mary Shelley's original novel. James McAvoy plays the title doctor known for bringing a dead man back to life, and Radcliffe plays his sidekick Igor, without that trademark hump. Some first look photos have surfaced from the set, though they show the production as opposed to the story.
"Bedtime is 9:30. It's probably best you two shouldn't come out of your room after that." After debuting the teaser poster earlier this week, the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's return to the horror genre has arrived. The Visit seems to be a found footage horror thriller following two kids (Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge) spending a weekend with their grandparents where some very strange things happen after 9:30pm. This looks pretty creepy, though I'm not sure why the found footage angle was necessary. It almost seems like it's late to the party. Still, this will probably make you cautious about your grandparents.
"It would be easier to rob a bank than to break into Area 51." After striking it big in 2009 with Paranormal Activity, the next project that director Oren Peli embarked upon was another found footage thriller, this one venturing into one of the most legendary places on Earth: Area 51. The film has been waiting around for years, and now Paramount Insurge and Alamo Drafthouse are finally releasing it day and date with several digital platforms next month, but it'll only be in theaters for one weekend only. It's exactly what you would expect from a found footage horror thriller focused on Area 51, but it's R-rated, so maybe it'll be fun?
If you happened to catch Unfriended in theaters this past weekend, then you may have been treated to a bit of a surprise, which is rare these days. Universal Pictures decided to release the teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's horror film The Visit in theaters exclusively this weekend without any pomp or circumstance. It will be available online this Thursday, and in the meantime, a cool, knitted teaser poster has arrived for the film that marks The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable director's return to horror, hopefully with a good film this time. The trailer is creepy, but you'll have to wait a couple days before you see it. Look!
There's no doubt that Blumhouse Productions has become quite the producer of horror franchises since hitting it big with Paranormal Activity in 2009. Since then, they've launched franchises with Insidious, Sinister and The Purge, and this summer brings another new horror flick in the form of The Gallows. The first teaser trailer has just arrived, and while it doesn't tell us much about the story following high school kids terrorized by some kind of malicious force after resurrecting a stage production where a student died during a performance, it's a pretty haunting tease of the terror to come, especially with the red lighting.
Just when you think the Human Centipede horror franchise couldn't get any crazier, then comes the red band teaser trailer for The Human Centipede 3: Final Sequence, which will hopefully be the last installment if this grossout franchise. The teaser is pretty hokey, not unlike the franchise, being advertised almost like a grindhouse film. This time, Bill Boss (Dieter Laser) is the warden of a prison in the USA, and in order to get his rowdy inmates in line, decides to enact the biggest human centipede we've seen yet. Aside from the disgusting nature of the film, keep an eye out for porn star Bree Olson in there for some reason.
"You don't stop evil. You can only protect yourself from it." Last weekend a brief tease of the horror sequel Sinister 2 debuted at WonderCon and showed up online the next day. Well, it turns out that it was just a brief snippet of the full trailer, which has just surfaced online, for the film from Citadel director Ciaran Foy. There's the standard jump scares, but the snuff videos that the ghostly kids show to the young inhabitants of a farmhouse where some grisly murders have happened are what seem to be the creepiest part of this sequel, just like the first film. Also, it looks like Bughuul seems to be more prominent. Watch!
Most video games nowadays are complex to play, loaded with mind-blowing graphics, and have big stories, big weapons and plenty of mayhem. But one recent popular video game series called Five Nights at Freddy's is just the opposite. The game places you at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, basically a knock-off version of Chuck E. Cheese's, and you're the newest overnight employee, tasked with keeping an eye on things at the restaurant. But then you learn that the animatronic animal band members come to life and can kill you if you don't pay attention. The game is simple to play, but scary as hell, and now it will be a movie. Read on!
"Tell anyone, and we'll you and your whole family." This weekend brought WonderCon to Anaheim, and Blumhouse Productions brought their own panel to the convention to show off their forthcoming slate of horror films which includes the found footage thriller The Gallows, the Skype-based slasher Unfriended and the sequels Insidious: Chapter 3 and Sinister 2. We've already seen plenty of the former (check out the latest trailer) but the convention also brought our first brief bit of footage in a short teaser trailer for the sequel from Citadel director Ciaran Foy. It doesn't show much, but that's why it's a teaser after all. Watch!
It Follows, indie writer/director David Robert Mitchell's follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 debut, The Myth of the American Sleepover, couldn't be further from the coming-of-age-in-suburbia drama. In terms of tone, that is. His latest is similar in that it deals with teens in suburban Detroit, but the comparisons end there. It Follows is a nightmarish tale of one girl and the unstoppable curse that has latched itself onto her, a ghost who's hauntings can only be transferred by some good old hanky-panky. The entity follows her relentlessly until it either catches her or she can pass the curse onto another, unlucky person. Mitchell utilizes these two simple ideas to create one of the scariest, cinematic experiences to come along in awhile.
"It's feeding on her soul. If we don't hurry, it's going to get her." This summer brings us the origin of evil in the horror prequel Insidious: Chapter 3. While the latest US trailer didn't really go out of its way to mention The Further, this one directly references the spiritual plane. This time a widowed father (Dermot Mulroney) and his daughter (Stefanie Scott find their lies terrorized by the dead. I'm interested to see how this ties back into the first two chapters of the franchise beyond the paranormal expert characters (Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannel) involved. It certainly looks pretty unnerving. Watch!
"This isn't just a few pissed off spirits." As far as horror remakes are concerned, Poltergeist doesn't look half-bad if the first trailer is any indicator. And now we get to see even more from the film that arrives next month with a second full trailer showing off even more of the haunted house terrorizing Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and their kids. In addition, we also get a little bit more of Jared Harris as a paranormal investigator. There's hints of the classic scenes from the original, but with modern technology, it seems many of the elements have been amped up when it comes to the world that exists beyond ours.
"It's not over…" No, it has only just begun. STX has debuted the first trailer for The Gift, the new "chilling psychological thriller" from Blumhouse that was first teased earlier this week with mysterious and eerily personal shipments to many movie bloggers. The Gift is the directing debut of Joel Edgerton, who also wrote the script and stars in the film as Gordo, a creepy old high school friend who shows up suddenly when a couple moves back to town. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall play the nice couple caught up in all the craziness, as you'll soon see there's much more going on with Gordo than he's letting on. There is enough creepiness established with the story and setup, that I can't say much more to creep you out further. Enjoy.