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We're heading to the 2015 Sundance Film Festival next week, and we'll have plenty of independent films on our schedule. At the same time, there's also the smaller Slamdance Film Festival, which is chock full of even smaller indie films, some of which have gone on to huge fame (Paranormal Activity launched at Slamdance). And one of the films playing the smaller festival is Bloodsucking Bastards, a horror comedy that is described as Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead with Cabin in the Woods star Fran Kranz fighting off a horde of vampires at work, accompanied by Emma Fitzpatrrick and Joey Kern. And now we have the first trailer for the film, which looks like it could be a fun, bloody little romp. Watch it below!
When you hear that the horror flick called Unfriended unfolds over Skype and instant messaging, you'll probably roll your eyes. But if you take a couple minutes to watch the trailer for the film created and produced by Timur Bekmambetov, you just might change your mind. In theory, this movie just sounds silly, but as you'll see in the trailer, this actually looks pretty damn scary and suspenseful. I was immediately skeptical when the trailer began, but it sucked me in, and this looks at least like a better way to approach the found footage horror craze (Open Windows tried something similar). Anyway, give it a chance. Watch it!
Holy crap, zombies everywhere! Another fun short film to wrap up the week, this one a point-of-view (POV) film based on the upcoming zombie video game Dying Light. Directed by Scott Bass, the short follows one parkour runner as he escapes a zombie attack on rooftops (they filmed in Cambridge, England). The game is also first person, so that experience extends to this short in order to introduce gamers to a ravaged world where they'll fight off "hordes of mindless, flesh-hungry enemies". It's another solid example of how much can be done with just a camera and a good idea, since filmmaking technology is readily available. Fun times.
"If we're gonna be asking big questions, we have to be ready for the answers." Why anyone would want to mess with bringing people back from the dead after movies have already illustrated what a bad idea that would be is beyond me. But here we are with The Lazarus Effect, a movie that basically feels like a remake of Flatliners. Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass star in the film about a group of medical students who have been experimenting with bringing animals back from the dead. And when Wilde ends up in a fatal accident, she becomes a prime candidate to be the first human trial, but the results are not good in the least. Also, does the title remind anyone else of this pivotal scene in Casper? Just me? Okay. Watch the trailer!
There was supposed to be a James Wan produced horror film called Demonic hitting theaters last year, but The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films pulled the release meant for late 2014 for some reason. There's no indication of when exactly the film might arrive now, but the first trailer for the haunted house horror flick starring Frank Grillo and Maria Bello has arrived. Honestly, even though this film was shelved, it doesn't look half bad. And by the way, that house looks eerily similar to the house used as the main setting in The Conjuring, which Wan directed. Coincidence? Or maybe just similar houses? Watch!
After seeing the first photo of Jessica Chastain in Guillermo del Toro's forthcoming horror film Crimson Peak, we now have a glimpse of two more co-stars from the gothic haunted house flick. Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) also star in the film about a young woman (Wasikowska) who is swept off by her feet by a charismatic suitor (Hiddleston) and taken back to his ancestral home. There she finds more than she bargained for, including a jealous sister (Chastain) and more than a few skeletons in the closet. With del Toro at the helm, we're definitely excited.
Another insane year of film draws to a close and the time comes to reflect on the selections that stood out the most. This year was especially good to the horror community and I am here today to let you know about eight films that I thought were truly special this year! I'm still playing catch up on a few notable titles such as The Canal, Honeymoon, Late Phases and a few others, but I think I’ve seen most of the goodies from this year. I've tried not to delve too much into plot or anything with my picks, and opted just praise the films themselves. So without any further adieu, here's my list of Top 8 Favorite Horror Films of 2014!
We just told you how to scare your kids this holiday season by picking up the prop replica of the titular book from the indie horror sensation The Babadook, and now it's time to scare up Christmas a little more. IFC Films has just sent out a chillingly charming animated holiday card featuring the creepy little guy. It seems a little innocuous at first, with a play on "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," but then the sound of The Babadook flying across the sky sends chills down your back, and then you realize just how The 'Dook stole Christmas. Send this to your family members and see how wonderful family dinner will be! Watch below!
Back at Fantastic Fest, our own Jeremy Kirk gave the indie horror It Follows a pretty rave review. The film has already made the round at several festivals this year, including Cannes, and it'll pop up at Sundance in January too. Now, shortly after the international teaser trailer for the film popped up, the film has been given a spring release by Radius-TWC, and a new US trailer for the horror film has arrived. Maika Monroe stars in the film about a teenager who finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her, all of this following a strange sexual encounter with a boy. Watch below!
If the blockbuster action of giant monsters fighting human-controlled robots didn't do anything for you in Pacific Rim, then you might be a little more interested in director Guillermo del Toro returning to the horror genre with Crimson Peak. Taking the terror back to a period setting, this haunted house tale is one of our 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2015. And now we finally have a first look at the film with a photo featuring star Jessica Chastain. The film looks gothic through and through, and if you saw del Toro's tour of the gallery experience at Comic-Con over the summer, that should come as no surprise. Look below now!
If you're looking for last minute Christmas gifts for the kids in your family that you want to terrify and scar for the rest of their life, then we have a real treat for you. In case you haven't heard, The Babadook is one of the breakout horror films of the year. The debut feature from Jennifer Kent actually resulted in the director getting a meeting to direct Wonder Woman (even though she didn't get the gig), and now you can own one of the chilling parts of the movie: the storybook crafted specifically for the movie. Complete with terrifying illustrations, this is a cool replica that anyone who loves the movie will want immediately. Look!
The found footage horror franchise [REC] began back in 2007, and it's still going strong, at least overseas, with the fourth installment [REC] 4: Apocalypse. After wreaking havoc on a wedding in the last film, this one takes the action to an oil tanker, and also brings back Manuela Velasco as the young television reporter who was stuck in the quarantined building from the original film. After making it out alive, they've isolated her on this boat, but that may not be enough to contain the virus. This is a red band trailer with lots of blood and gore, so it's probably not best to fire it up around kids or at the dinner table. Watch it below!
Get ready to feel a chill go down your spine. Today's trailer is for a hit horror-thriller called It Follows, the second film from David Robert Mitchell of The Myth of the American Sleepover previously. Up-and-coming actress Maika Monroe, who you'll recognize starring in The Guest or Labor Day or At Any Price, stars as a teenage girl who ends up cursed after she has sex with a guy from her school. Out of nowhere, a person will suddenly start walking towards her, it never stops, and it's creepy as all hell. Jeremy gave the film a great review at Fantastic Fest, and it has earned raves from critics aplenty as it plays festivals all over the world. It's an original thriller that horror fans will love. Check out this teaser (which doesn't give away anything).
"In the marsh lies a house, abandoned for years, there hides a darkness beyond all fears." Following the two full theatrical trailers that debuted last month, another quick tease for the forthcoming horror sequel, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, has just arrived. It's only a minute long, but there's some solid spooky imagery here, mostly focusing on the group of refugee kids staying in the house encountering various scariness. The first film was a decent entry into gothic horror, but here's hoping the sequel offers something to up the ante a bit and doesn't suffer from the lack of Daniel Radcliffe this time around. Watch below now!