Horror News: Enter the ‘Citadel’ by Watching the Teaser


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There are two types of horror protagonists.

The first are well-armed, well-trained, and unstoppable. Demons? Hollow points filled with holy water. Zombies? Cannon fodder. Mighty Cthulhu? Airstrike. These characters may break a sweat, and they may bleed, but in the end, they’ll light a cigar, utter a macho pun, and strut on to the sequel.

The second are real. They are regular people with no special training, no weapons beyond what they can find, and they can very easily be killed in the most brutal and painful ways. Assuming they survive the horrors they are doomed to face, they will most likely suffer the side effects of extreme psychological trauma. Their battle will not just be physical (and even that will be bone-shatteringly, eyeball-gougingly hard to watch), but mental as well. These are not people used to the horrors of every day life, much less those of a monstrous, a supernatural, or even a human origin. When they leave this metaphorical arena of blood, they will be forever changed. They won’t have any military awards ceremony to go back to, and they will not be eager to share their stories. They will have their experiences permanently seared into their minds, with no hope of ever overcoming what they had to do to survive. If you can even call it survival.

Clearly, one of these character types is far more impressive and intriguing than the other.

Horror News: ‘The Apparition’ Trailer and Pics Show Potential


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Sometimes, I find trailers more entertaining than the finished product. Nevertheless, I continue to hope for the best. When the writing and acting in modern horror films finally manages to match the imagery, atmosphere, and visual effects that draw us into the theaters, we will enter the real golden age of the genre. Of course, with my luck, that will be the same day that the portals to R’lyeh open up and all film is destroyed in the resulting invasion.

With all of that in mind, several new pics and a (mostly) well-crafted trailer have been released for The Apparition, the upcoming horror film from Warner Bros. Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment. The film is directed by Todd Lincoln and stars Ashley Green, Sebastian Stan, Luke Pasqualino, and Tom Felton. I’ll be honest. The trailer is very impressive. Visually, anyway. And the story is actually quite unique.

The plot centers around the hypothesis that ghostly apparitions are products of the human imagination. In an attempt to prove this as scientific theory, a group of students attempt to create a specter using only their minds. After they are successful, the entity that they have created begins to spread like a virus, infecting a young couple’s home.

Review: ‘Hoax Hunters #2′


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Possible the greatest fear in the entertainment industry, for both artists and fans alike, is the sophomore slump. A band releases that first moving album. A director creates their first visual masterpiece. And a comic brings paint and ink to life from inside that plastic-protected first edition. And then comes the second, and it is nowhere near as impressive as the first. And then, you can only wait in desperation for the third one, hoping to recapture that same magic.

I am pleased to report that this is not the case with Hoax Hunters #2.

Once again, Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley deliver a fast-paced horror action piece helped along by the detailed, colorfully compelling art of Axel Medellin. And fortunately, the mystery pace described in our review of Hoax Hunters #1 remains present. For every question answered, two or three more rise up to take its place, including yet another magnificent twist ending even more shocking and exciting than in issue #1. Are there still unanswered questions? Most certainly. But, if you’re like me, you love a good mystery, and nothing is more disappointing than a mystery giving you the bloody answer in the first ten minutes.

Horror News: The Weekly Offering


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Welcome, mortals, to The Weekly Offering. Here, we present our dark gifts in hopes that we please the Ancient Ones, that they might spare us. They are satisfied with our humble sacrifices of news, images, reviews, and commentary through the week, but on Fridays, they desire more. Their weekends, their unholy Sabbath, know no bounds. And so, to satisfy their bloodlust, as well as yours, we bring you these short, savory offerings.

 

Hide Your Kids; La Llorona is Returning to Universal Halloween Horror Nights

We gave you a taste of what is waiting for you at Universal Halloween Horror Nights this year. And now, we’re bringing you another way you might die in central Florida. Universal has announced the return of one of last year’s most terrifying characters: La Llorona.

Anyone who has spent a significant amount of time living in central Texas, as I have, is familiar with the legend of La Llorona, although you may know her by a different name. La Llorona, or the Weeping Woman, is the story of a young girl scorned by the man she loves who drowns her children in a creek. From here, I’ve heard many different versions. Sometimes, she commits suicide. Sometimes, dies from grief. Either way, she haunts the region, her tortured soul crying out for her lost children.

The maze will take you through a labyrinth of her victims. The intent is to provide a journey through the nightmares of a child’s mind. If my own childhood nightmares are any indication, then this is likely going to be one of the most terrifying haunted houses ever constructed.

Horror News: You May Go Into Shock After Seeing These ‘Aftershock’ Pics


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What is it that holds society together?

I would hypothesize that the answer to that question has changed over time. A thousand years ago, it was stone. Today, it’s concrete and steel. And no, I am not speaking in just a literal sense. When the great societies that we have built begin to crumble around us, how long will it take before we as a species descend into animalistic violence?

If you have to ask that question, you clearly have not been watching enough horror films. Or your faith in humanity is much too strong. Either way, remedy that immediately.

Horror News: Journey to Universal Studios to Visit ‘Silent Hill’


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Every Halloween season, I make my pilgrimage to any haunted house of repute that I can afford to attend. My ultimate goal is to feel absolute fear, confront it, slay it, and triumph over it. As I get older, and as my mind grows harder to the horrors I face at my day job, it becomes more difficult for anything to scare me. But I always keep my eye out for the next challenge.

And I think I may have found it.

I will admit I have never played any of the Silent Hill games, but I have heard many good things about them, particularly the older ones. I have heard them described as exactly the type of claustrophobic, suffocating, paranoia-inducing, slow-tension-building horror that I am drawn to. And the series does have one other good thing going for it. It is the only video game-to-movie adaptation I have ever thought of as not just a competent film, but also one that I actually enjoyed. The story was formula, but the tone and the imagery was haunting, surreal, and disturbing. And, I’m not gonna lie, I really dug the ending.

And now, Universal Studios is bringing Silent Hill to Halloween Horror Nights. On select dates from September 21st to October 31st, you will be able to visit the most infamous haunted town in digital media. But, remember…

“This is not a game. This is not a movie. This is real.”

Review: ‘Hoax Hunters #1′


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I have a tendency to make fun of (read: scream with psychotic rage at) people who watch reality shows. It’s true, folks, the zombie apocalypse is coming. But it won’t be the undead or a virus. It’s going to be the brains poisoned by television. But, I do have my own media vice, and that would be paranormal investigation shows. I know these monsters and ghosts aren’t real (maybe). I know the methods used are juvenile and unscientific. But I just can’t help but hope that one of these charismatic fools will get lucky and catch something on film.

So, what if monsters and ghosts and such were real? And what if a television show attempted to prove to all of us that they were just cleverly constructed hoaxes? And what if the crew of that show had a secret off-screen agenda to hide the truth from the public?

Enter Hoax Hunters from writers Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley with art by Axel Medellin.

Horror News: The Weekly Offering


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Welcome, mortals, to The Weekly Offering. Here, we present our dark gifts in hopes that we please the Ancient Ones, that they might spare us. They are satisfied with our humble sacrifices of news, images, reviews, and commentary through the week, but on Fridays, they desire more. Their weekends, their unholy Sabbath, know no bounds. And so, to satisfy their bloodlust, as well as yours, we bring you these short, savory offerings.

 

New Images From Rob Zombie’s ‘The Lords of Salem’

Like him or not, you have to admit that Rob Zombie certainly makes an interesting horror film.

His latest project, The Lords of Salem, which still has yet to received a release date, has released four new photos. The film seems to be taking on a more supernatural style compared to his previous films. During the infamous Salem witch trials, many innocent people were tried as witches and executed. However, four real witches who were subjected to the same punishment swore revenge. Three hundred years later, a radio DJ unwittingly brings about a curse upon the modern city.

Check out the images below, and let’s hope that Mr. Zombie continues to bring us original works, and stays away from classics like Halloween.

 

 

 

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Tugg is Bringing ‘Bait’ to a Flooded Cinema Near You

No film about sharks will ever beat Jaws. No, no they won’t. Shut up, you know I’m right.

But that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t at least try. Director Kimble Rendall is making such an attempt with Bait 3D from Anchor Bay Films. A tsunami roars ashore and floods a small town, trapping several people inside a flooded grocery store. They soon learn that it’s not the water they have to worry about, but rather the great white shark that is swimming through the aisles.

This reminds me of a thought I once had when I was seven years old and visiting a natural history museum. The museum had a tank with a few small sharks in it. I always loved this section of the museum, because it was the first time I had seen sharks in real life. During one visit (yes there were multiple ones, I’m a nerd), I had the sudden mental image of the tank shattering, the room filling with water, and the sharks biting off my feet. Hey, I was a kid!

So, naturally, the concept of this film does hold some allure. I can only hope that it is more Piranha 3D and less Shark Night 3D. In other words, it needs to be fun, and not try to take itself too seriously. The cast makes me raise an eyebrow, with credits including Step Up 3D and Twilight, but everyone has to start somewhere, right?

Do you have any interest in seeing limbs ripped apart in the frozen food section? Then you should check out Tugg. If you’ve never heard of the site, it allows film fans to have a say in what movies come to their local cinemas. With enough support, you can bring Bait 3D and other films to your eagerly awaiting eyes and ears. Click here to learn more about Tugg, and scroll that mouse over here to get Bait 3D in your favorite theater.

In the meantime, I think I’ll be avoiding the seafood section of my local grocery store for a while.

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