Horror News: A ‘Sinister’ Trailer


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Sometimes, despite everything, you still have to remain optimistic.

The trailer for Sinister has made its grisly debut. I have to say, my attention is piqued, despite the fact that the credits attached to the film have me more than a little concerned. To begin with, the director and co-writer is Scott Derrickson, best known for The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I have not seen The Devil Inside, so I feel comfortable calling Emily Rose the worst exorcism movie I have ever seen.

Second, is the quick trailer credit of “From the producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious“. Granted, we know this generally means absolutely nothing. However, I choose to make a mountain out of a molehill. I saw both of these films relatively late, but both had been built up by everyone around me. I was promised to be terrified. I found Paranormal Activity to be a competent film, but by no means scary. I was even more disappointed with Insidious. It had all the right ingredients for a great haunted house film, but made so many cliched, juvenile, tired, dated horror movie mistakes it caused me to go on a psychotic Twitter rant (which led me to this gig, so maybe I should thank the movie).

Horror News: ‘V/H/S’ Trailer in Glorious Blood-Red Band


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You wanted more? You weren’t the only ones.

Last week, we offered the new poster for V/H/S as a humble sacrifice to the Ancient Ones. They were pleased, but demanded more. And now, we offer the official red band trailer direct from Yahoo! movie trailers.

In my experience, found footage films are like that sexy, slightly dangerous girl in goth makeup who might be a succubus in disguise. She seduces me with promises of dark and seemingly real horror, but also has an annoying habit of cheating on me with frat boys. She brings me gifts of Trollhunter, and amuses me with Grave Encounters, but she also slaughters the cerebral cortex of theaters full of people with The Devil Inside and Apollo 18.

And yet, I keep coming back to her, because she promises me more and tells me how much she loves me, how much she wants me, how much…

Er, um…ok, what was I taking about? Right, found footage.

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.

 

Hideo Nakata to Direct ‘Suicide Forest’

I have a love/hate relationship with the tagline, “Based on a true story.”

On the one severed hand, a horror story based in truth can make said story all the more terrifying. On the other, more gangrenous, severed hand, we all know that studios take a true incident, slap this label on the film, and go clinically insane with the plot.

However, I can forgive this on occasion when the existing story (and its potential) are creepy enough.

Hideo Nakata (Ringu, The Ring 2) has been attached to direct the film adaptation of the IDW Publishing graphic novel, The Suicide Forest, by El Torres with art by Gabriel Hernandez.

For those of you who have not heard about it, the title refers to a real section of woods outside of Tokyo that is considered to be one of the most popular suicide destinations in the world. The plot centers around an American living in Japan who recruits a forest ranger to assist him in escaping the grasp of an evil forest spirit.

So the story may not be true, but the setting sure is. Maybe this is just the right mix of fact and fiction that can make for memorable hike through the forest.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

Horror News: ‘Antiviral’ Gets U.S. Release


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It seems that horror runs in the family.

Brandon Cronenberg, son of David Cronenberg (The Dead Zone, The Fly), made his debut at the Cannes Film Festival with Antiviral. Now, IFC Midnight has obtained the rights to distribute the film in the United States. Cronenberg, the younger, also wrote the screenplay, and the film stars Caleb Landry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Douglas Smith, and the ever-terrifying talent that is Malcolm McDowell.

The plot is, well…disturbing. Yes, that is a word tossed around the same way “adrenaline-pumping” or “edge of your seat” is for action films, but I am not using this adjective lightly. Jones plays Syd March, who works at a clinic that offers injections of virus cultures collected from ill celebrities to their obsessively adoring fans, for a price. The practice is described as a sort of “communion”.

Pandora’s Box: ‘Bloody Reunion’ (2006)


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Pandora’s Box is an advisory column in which I watch a film based solely on its cover art, or box if you will, and determine whether or not it’s worth your time when you’re perusing the horror section of Instant Netflix. I do no research and watch no trailers, these films are completely and 100% unknown to me. You shouldn’t judge books by their covers, but I intend to do so with these movies. Will I uncover a glimmer of hope for my strange viewing habits or utter despair? We won’t know until I open…Pandora’s Box.

 

What Grabbed Me

A film that a lot of the staff hasn’t seen for a while and will hopefully one day soon see again is The Loved Ones, based on the premise of a high school girl who kidnaps boys she’s interested in and hosts a prom in her home while torturing them. A film called Bloody Reunion with a handcuffed kid strapped to a wooden chair conjured up some of the memories I had of The Loved Ones. Those were my thoughts about the art that grabbed me. The art of the box itself is just kinda cool and has an aura of dementedness to the type of violence that ensued before and after she was strapped to that chair. Plus it’s an Asian film, so you know there will be violence and blood out of every place it can come out of. At least I think/hope so.

Horror News: Peter Weir May Lock Us In ‘The Keep’


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There are many types of horror films. There are zombies, serial killers, demons, and things that go bump in the night. But few things can reach into the deepest realms of our minds and raise our pulses quite like the cold touch of the specter; the chill piercing the lungs like frozen needles. Oh, yes. A good haunted house film is classic, and quite the commodity.

Peter Weir (The Truman Show, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World) is currently set to direct and write the film adaptation of the gothic haunted house thriller The Keep, based on the 2006 novel by Jennifer Egan. The story centers around two estranged cousins who reunite at a castle in central Europe, in an effort to establish a sort of alternative resort. However, something in the castle has other plans, as the anguish and fears of childhood resurface like an angry, vicious soul rising from a grave.

The book has been described as The Ring crossed with Inception.

The Truman Show established Weir as a man who could take what was at the time the new and shocking concept of reality television, and bring it to the most extreme, and almost terrifying, ultimatum. Think about it. Truman, a man, a human being, is essentially a society-sanctioned slave; a piece of property intended for the entertainment of the detached masses. The idea of being trapped in a constructed world, no matter how “perfect” the community is made out to be, would be enough to drive one past the blurred line of paranoia and closer to the boundaries holding one’s psyche in a state of stability. Regardless of what is doing it, be it a monster, ghost, or television crew, being trapped is one of the most primal fears we can face. And we must fight to escape. I have rarely cheered so ferociously for a film protagonist as I have during Truman’s attempt to face his deepest fears and make his own escape from his prison in paradise.

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.

 

Amy Adams May Be Heading for Some Dark Places

What is it about the redheads?

The ever-adorable and very talented Amy Adams is in talks to cross the threshold of horror, and star in the film adaptation of the acclaimed novel Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. The film adaptation was written by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, who is also directing. If confirmed, Adams will star as a woman named Libby Day, who witnessed the murder of her entire family when she was a child; days later testifying that her brother was the killer.

A quarter of a century later, a mysterious organization known as the Kill Club, who attempt to solve the worst of crimes, confronts her and forces her to face the truth.

In the eyes of the Ancient Ones, Adams is always a joy to behold, and to see her take on a darker role will hopefully be the start of something bloody beautiful.

Source: Deadline

Horror News: ‘Hoax Hunters #1′ Coming Soon


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Monsters are real.

This we know, but even the most avid horror fanatics grow weary of the overeager and ultimately unscientific methods by which those graced with television presence attempt to prove the existence of said monsters. So, how could anyone possibly make this done to death idea any good? Simple. Turn everything backwards.

Hoax Hunters, written by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley with art by JM Ringuet, made its Issue #0 debut months ago, but thanks to the Kickstarter project named “ReincarNATE”, Hoax Hunters will now be its own series. Moreci and Seeley will be returning as writers, but Axel Medellin will be taking over the art.

So what is this new comic about? Imagine if undiscovered species such as monsters did in fact exist. In this world where there are more believers than skeptics, how would the media react? In our world, we have reality and documentary shows trying to boost network ratings by attempting to prove the existence of such creatures. So if these such “cryptids” really did exist, then the natural reaction of these shows would be to disprove their existence!




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