Warner Brothers Halloween Blu-ray Giveaway


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Hello Horrophiles,

Horror’s Not Dead and Warner Brothers are teaming up to bring you a fiendishly fun prize pack just in time for Halloween. We’re giving away not one, not two, but four horror Blu-rays. First, Tim Burton’s film adaptation of the 1960s TV series Dark Shadows starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Eva Green. If that’s not enough, we also have the extreme-tourism-gone-wrong-horror-film Chernobyl Diaries. Still not enough? Damn, you’re greedy. Ok then, we also have Blu-rays of two of the early films based on the Dark Shadows series: House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows.

That should be plenty to keep your Halloween season filled to the brim with creeps ans shrieks. So how do you win? Simple!

In the comment section below, we want you to create a new trick-or-treat candy based on your favorite monster, slasher, or psycho. What would it be called? What candy components would make up this sinister snack? The best creation will will. You have until 10/30.

Get crackin’ boys and ghouls!

HND Staff Chooses Their Most Anticipated Horror of Fantastic Fest 2012


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“True there are more than just horror films at Fantastic Fest, but this site isn’t called Charming Quirky Foreign Comedy’s Not Dead.”–John Gholson

Mr. Gholson is quite right, while we enjoy making discoveries across genre lines at Fantastic Fest, we are forever devoted to the category to which this site’s existence is beholden. Every year, cinematic scares from all across the globe come pouring into Austin, into the Alamo Drafthouse, for a week of pure geek consumption. We have collected the Horror’s Not Dead hive mind to give their thoughts on the horror films they are most anticipating for FF 2012. Read on, should you dare…

The Horror of Fantastic Fest 2012


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In preparation for that glorious week of genre film geek bliss that is Fantastic Fest, we thought we’d offer up this preview of all the horror titles to be featured this year. The subgenres range from ghost stories, to apocalyptic anthologies, to documentaries on various horror subjects. Independent, foreign, and big studio titles are all represented in the 2012 slate. We’ve provided trailers, where available, to give you a little taste of what Fantastic Fest audiences will be seeing. If you’re not one of the lucky ones who’ll be attending this year, use this post as a guide for what you should be watching for on VOD, on Blu-ray, or in theaters over the next several months.

The lineup is, unsurprisingly, fantastic.

Watch The Trailer For Ben Wheatley’s ‘Sightseers’


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Ben Wheatley is a filmmaker whose career seems aimed directly north. He wowed audiences with Down Terrance, and then proceeded to shove hot coals into our agape mouths with his followup Kill List. To say we are highly anticipating his next film is like saying a zombie uprising occurring simultaneously with an alien invasion and giant monster attack on all major cities is a bad day. The first trailer for Wheatley’s Sightseers presents us with a side of the director we haven’t seen before, or at least not to this degree. Namely, it looks funny. Savage, violent, and horrifying…and funny. The nonchalance and, frankly, callous amusement with which this couple murders innocent people is high-scarious. The trailer is a bit long, but I didn’t feel particularly spoiled after the last title card faded from sight. Take a look at it below, and think twice before planning your next vacation.

Sightseers is out in the UK in November, hopefully we’ll get it stateside soon.

The Roving Eye Is Fixed On The ‘Skyfall’ Teaser Trailer


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Recently, we here at Horror’s Not Dead created The Roving Eye as our compartment in which to store news, reviews, and reactions to genre fare that doesn’t quite fit into the horror mold. Lucky we did, because the teaser trailer for Sam Mendes’ ‘Skyfall,’ the 23rd chapter of the Bond saga, has just landed online and we are, to quote The Bard, completely stoked. So how dare we present news of a spy film on a horror website? Because it’s James Goddamn Bond, that’s how! We will gladly court Cthulhu’s wrath for that. ‘Skyfall’ will open like the portal to the realm of eternal darkness on November 9th.

Click past the bump to watch the trailer and voice your opinions in the comment section.

Introducing The Roving Eye: ‘Young, Violent, Dangerous’


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What the hell is The Roving Eye, and what is it doing here? A fair question, if rudely phrased. Here at HND our passion for the genre tends to restrict us, often under penalty of death from The Old One, to only writing about horror. While this is an acceptable edict for any website model in our opinion, there are times when we wish we could bring you coverage of great genre films that don’t fall into the horror category. So we consulted the ancient tomes, engaged in dark meditation, and made many, many sacrifices to Cthulhu.  Finally we were granted permission to introduce HND’s one-and-only non-horror column. Every week(ish), The Roving Eye will introduce you to a film you’ve probably never heard of that will feature either gangsters, aliens, sorcerers, samurais, martial arts, superheroes, or roaring muscle cars…or, fingers crossed, all of the above. Ladies and madmen, I give you The Roving Eye.

Review: ‘The Cabin in the Woods’ Proves Horror’s Not Dead


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It was quite some time ago, so long I can’t even remember the exact date, that I came into possession of a mini-poster for a film I hadn’t heard of. The poster was tinted red, bearing only the image of an ominous looking cabin surrounded by a forest. The title brandished across the top was therefore far from enigmatic: The Cabin in the Woods. All I knew was that geek luminary Joss Whedon was involved in this apparent horror film and that a small, but audible buzz was building. Turns out it was co-written by Whedon and Drew Goddard (the director of Cloverfield), who would also be directing Cabin. My interest was further piqued.

Then the film slithered underground like some ancient monster, a studio fell apart, and Cabin in the Woods suffered a revolving door of release dates with no end in sight. Why is this tale of commercial woe at all relevant to this review? The longer Cabin sat unreleased, languishing in industry purgatory, the longer my expectations and desire to see the film germinated in the dank darkness of disappointment…like a mushroom? Whatever plant or fungus one may decide to adopt here, the point is that by the time I actually sat down to watch this film during SxSW, I began to fear that I had somehow built it up to much. I began to fret that my intense urge to finally bear witness to the film I had built up in my head had created an impossible expectation to which this film, by no fault of its own, would not be able to live up. Somehow, The Cabin in the Woods managed to exceed a two-year gestating hype and knock me completely on my ass.

SXSW Review: ‘Sinister’ is the Stuff Bad Dreams Are Made Of


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True crime novelist Ellison (Ethan Hawke) moves into a new home with his wife and two children. After achieving great success with his novel Kentucky Blood ten years prior, Ellison has struggled to recapture both the critical acclaim and financial returns of his nonfiction opus. Desperate for inspiration, and unbeknownst to his family, he purposefully moves into the home wherein an entire family, save one missing daughter, was murdered. While unpacking, he discovers a box of Super 8 films in the attic; the contents of which, once viewed, can never be unseen. That’s all I’m going to say in terms of plot, and I’ll only say that much so that you can make an informed decision about seeing this film, and not be swayed by the promises/portents of what it is not.




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