Horror News: Bloody Good Image from ‘The Human Race’


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In preparation for the Fantasia International Film Festival, an image has been released for The Human Race.

Director Paul Hough’s latest film finds a group of people competing in a sinister marathon where the rules are excessively brutal, but all too familiar: “If you are lapped, you die. If you step off the path, you die. Many will start but only one may cross the finish line alive.”

Cue the raving comparisons to The Long Walk, The Running Man, and I am sure someone will throw in The Hunger Games as well.

I am not going to get into a discussion on formula plotting right now, but I will say that I am willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt for a couple of reasons. First of all, Paul Hough is the director of The Backyard. While I have never seen this film, the IMDB plot synopsis tells me that it is a documentary on the brutality of underground backyard wrestling and the lengths many will go to to win. This tells me that Hough has seen the real-life savagery of humans first hand, and he should know how to translate that savagery into an even more extreme setting.

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”.

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.

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




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