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"As fun as it is scary." Yep, you read it right - this is a gory horror movie made entirely with puppets. Even though Brian Henson tried to make an R-rated puppet movie a few years back (The Happytime Murders), this one looks like everything that movie was not - much better and much more disgusting. Frank & Zed is a homemade passion project from filmmaker Jesse Blanchard. "It was shot in 4K in Blanchard's garage and a nearby studio and required the creation of 40 handmade puppets, miniatures, practical cloud tank effects, and actual fire." Badass. Lovingly crafted entirely with hand puppets, this hilarious, blood-drenched practical marvel sees the peaceful, secluded lifestyle of two monsters threatened when a group of desperate villagers come to repay an age-old pact to a wretched demon. Featuring the voices of Mandy Stockholm, Daniel Wagner, Jonathan McLain, Sam A. Mowry. And tons of gnarly puppets. I always enjoy these low budget, passion project concepts - they truly are one-of-a-kind. It premieres at Nightstream this month.
"Somebody might just come along and… take her." Dark Sky Films has released an official trailer for a indie horror comedy titled It Cuts Deep, premiering at the Nightstream Virtual Festival this month. While on Christmas vacation to his childhood home, Sam's world begins to close in around him in oddly horrifying and hilarious ways when his girlfriend Ashley's announcement that she wants to marry and start a family coincides with the sudden reappearance of an old acquaintance who alludes to Sam's violent past. Writer / director Nicholas Santos, making his first feature film, explains "It Cuts Deep is one of those films – opening on a recognizable set-up of a young angry murderer well on his way to becoming a psychopathic serial killer a la many an 80s slasher classic." Sounds like a clever update on slasher films and horror comedy. Starring Quinn Jackson as Ashley, Charles Gould as Sam, with John Anderson & Alison Fraser. Take a look.
"I'm gon' fix ya, I'ma fix you good." Paramount Pictures has released an official trailer for a horror movie called Spell, from director Mark Tonderai (House at the End of the Street). In this changed world of cinema due the pandemic, all the distributors are desperate to release any content they can and hope it finds an audience - so every horror movie available this year is being released in October (most of them available on VOD right away). Spell is about a wealthy father who survives a plane crash in rural Appalachia, but soon becomes suspicious of the strange elderly couple who take him in to nurse him back to health with ancient Hoodoo remedies. Omari Hardwick stars as Marq in this, along with Loretta Devine, John Beasley, and Lorraine Burroughs. This is a chilling hoodoo twist on the typical locked-up-until-they-heal horror concept (e.g. Misery, The Beguiled) with some seriously unsettling moments with this woman. Scary stuff.
"In a perfect world, a woman would be able to wear her hair the way she wants to." More October horror! Hulu has debuted the full-length official trailer for the acclaimed, outrageous hair horror film Bad Hair, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This is the second feature film from Dear White People director Justin Simien, and it's launching on Hulu just before Halloween. In 1989 an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of TV. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a(n evil) mind of its own. Starring Elle Lorraine as Anna, including Vanessa Williams, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe, Blair Underwood, Laverne Cox, Michelle Hurd, Judith Scott, Robin Thede, Kelly Rowland, Ashley Blaine Featherson, with James Van Der Beek and Usher. This is quite a trailer - tons of wild footage and gnarly shots of hair killing people. I dig this film, an original concept that goes against the grain.
"She's not the one I'm worried about…" Uncork'd has released a trailer for a horror sequel titled Redwood Massacre: Annihilation, a follow-up to David Ryan Keith's original The Redwood Massacre from 2014. Horror icon Danielle Harris comes up against the axe-wielding maniac of Redwood. Twenty years ago at the infamous Redwood Farm, the owner went mad then killed his family. Shrouded in urban legend ever since, a stranger obsessed with the unsolved Redwood killings convinces a group of the bereaved family to venture into the wilderness in the hope of proving the existence of the notorious burlap bag-masked maniac. Their quest for truth sees a sinister turn of events, as the hunters become the hunted and a blood-soaked fight for survival ensues when they find that the sinister tales told of the axe-wielding psycho farmer are very real indeed. Of course. The cast includes Damien Puckler, Gary Kasper, Jon Campling, and Tevy Poe. Strangely there's no gore or violence shown in this trailer, it's only red band rated for language. Huh.
"You're not well… You don't even seem to realize that." IFC Midnight has revealed the first official trailer for a "psychological thriller rippling with suspense" titled Kindred, from filmmaker Joe Marcantonio. This one is skipping out on October entirely, and opening at the beginning of November this fall. Kindred follows vulnerable mother-to-be Charlotte, played by Tamara Lawrance (seen in On Chesil Beach, "Undercover", "No Offence"), as she is taken in by her recently deceased boyfriend's mother and her step-son, who seem increasingly obsessed with her every move. Soon plagued by strange hallucinations, Charlotte's suspicions grow about Margaret and Thomas' intentions for her unborn child. The cast includes Fiona Shaw, Jack Lowden, Edward Holcroft, Chloe Pirrie, & Anton Lesser. This looks extra discomforting and intense, especially when all the weird things start happening in the second half of the trailer. Definitely worth a look.
"I saw something… in the dark. You have felt it, too." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a horror-thriller titled His House, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. We didn't hear much about this at the time, but this looks damn good. His House is the feature directorial debut of British filmmaker Remi Weekes. After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to a new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface. It's a film about the horrors of immigration, combined with an actual haunted house horror story. Starring Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù and Wunmi Mosaku as the immigrant couple, with an appearance by Matt Smith. I am very curious to see this, and I'm glad Netflix is releasing this worldwide. Check this out.
"If we can do that… what else can we do?" Sony Pictures has released an official trailer for the horror sequel / remake The Craft: Legacy, an update and/or continuation of the original (cult classic) witches in high school 1996 horror film The Craft. The story is pretty much the same - a group of four high school women form a coven of witches. Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones (of Band Aid previously), the new film stars Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine, with Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny. Jason Blum's Blumhouse along with Red Wagon Ent. produced the film for Columbia Pictures. They're also dropping this film available at home (for the Premium VOD price of $19.99) starting at the end of October, just in time for Halloween. The coven is back - don't mess with them.
"One night with you guys, and I already have vampires and thugs trying to kill me?!" Since when did Netflix start making found-in-the-back-of-the-video-store B-movie horror flicks? But you know, I'll allow it. Vampires vs The Bronx is exactly what it sounds like - a group of young friends from the Bronx fight to save their neighborhood from a band of vampires. Made by a Funny or Die and SNL director, and produced by Lorne Michaels. The ensemble cast includes Jaden Michael, Gerald W. Jones III, Gregory Diaz IV, Sarah Gadon, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Shea Whigham, Coco Jones, Joel "The Kid Mero" Martinez, Chris Redd, Vladimir Caamaño, Jeremie Harris, and also, surprise, Zoe Saldaña. Best part about this trailer is the logo at the end, the rest of it looks rather mediocre. Might be a fun October film.
Screened as a selection of the virtual 2020 Fantasia Film Festival. When nature is one of the key elements of a film, it usually touches on humanity's relentless power of destruction. This theme is a major part of the newest eco-horror feature, Unearth, co-directed by John C. Lyons (Schism, There Are No Goodbyes) and Dorota Swies (Schism), from a script written by Lyons and Kelsey Goldberg. This self-described "fracking horror story" captivates audiences with its intense storytelling and, most importantly, the lessons hidden within. Next to phenomenal directing, its cast, especially Allison McAtee, deliver gratifying performances.
"Now our ship is abandoned by the gods already." Oh no no no no. Another new official trailer has arrived for the freaky deaky Chinese horror film Abyssal Spider. We featured the first teaser trailer last month, but the footage didn't have a single shot of any spider in it. A new trailer from Taiwan has been found online and it's packed with spiders - small ones and a few medium size ones. And there's probably one giant one that they battle at the end. The Chinese release title for this is offiically Mad Spider Sea, which is just as cool as the other title Abyssal Spider. Most of the film takes place on a fishing boat vessel, starring Sunny Wang, Cheng Jen-Shuo, Ke Jiayan, Li Liren, Li Kangsheng, Lian Kai, Xie Peien, Jiu Kong, and Chunfeng. After complaints about "no spiders" in the first trailer, the screenwriter went on Twitter to say that there will be plenty of them. And they've delivered on that promise! Only 60 seconds of footage and I'm already shaking with fear. I hate spiders so much. They are clearly CGI spiders, but this still looks scary AF.
"I've seen things… it's like I'm in hell." Netflix has debuted a full-length trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor, a horror mini-series follow-up to Mike Flanagan's critically acclaimed The Haunting of Hill House from 2018. Flanagan is back again for this new horror series, which is loosely based on the 1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Arriving in October, this new chapter in the "Haunting" anthology series revolves around Bly Manor and the lives of its inhabitants, both living and dead. Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor stars Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, T'Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Amelie Smith, and Amelia Eve. We just have to post this TV series trailer because Flanagan is one of the best horror directors (with films like Oculus, Gerald's Game, Doctor Sleep) and it looks super scary - and much better than most horror anyway.