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We absolutely loved Colin and Cameron Cairnes’ 100 Bloody Acres. It was a film which had the perfect mix of horror and comedy and that’s a difficult task, getting those two to go together so well. Now returning with the prank gone horribly wrong film Scare Campaign, the brothers are bringing back tons of blood and fun and we’ve teamed up with Studio71 to giveaway (3) iTunes digital copies of the film (which hits digital outlets on 10/24). We’re very excited about this one and think you fright fanatics should be too, so feel free to check out the trailer, a clip, stills and more from the film and by all means, Enter!
The crew of a reality TV prank show facing dwindling ratings decides to up the ante by setting up a terrifying prank in an abandoned asylum. Things go horribly wrong when they prank the wrong guy. Brothers »
- Jerry Smith
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Ever since M. Night Shyamalan announced in 2015 that he was working on Split, a “psychological thriller,” fans of the superhero cult film Unbreakable have been wondering whether the long-awaited sequel was finally in the works. Well, there is less reason to wonder—as our inside sources have come back with a resounding "Yes!"
Split is about a man with multiple personality disorder, and what happens when that man (James McAvoy) kidnaps three girls. The general theme—of the misunderstood loner that has an untamed beast within—is obviously similar to the story of David Dunn, the hero in Unbreakable, who suffers quietly as he discovers who he is and the meaning of his life.
- Kellvin Chavez
With Halloween approaching, there’s never been a better time to stream some scary movies. To help plan a fiendish film festival, here are enough bewitching recommendations available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu to provide creepy thrills for the whole month. To make things easier, titles are organized in three distinct categories: Date night, extreme horror, and family friendly. Choose wisely … or suffer the consequences!
Here’s a sampling of the date night, extreme horror, and family friendly movies, respectively.
“The New Daughter” (2009)
Don’t let the generic title fool you. There are some unexpected terrors waiting to be unleashed in this eerie tale of a divorced novelist (nicely played by Kevin Costner) who moves his two children to an isolated farm in rural South Carolina. Fans of Stephen King and M. Night Shyamalan will find much to enjoy here, from the ancient Indian burial mounds to »
- Matthew Chernov
It’s amazing the things Hollywood is able to adapt into TV shows nowadays. Bates Motel is a series based on a single book (or movie), Fargo is a series based on a single film, From Dusk Till Dawn is based on a single film (not its terrible sequels), and yet somehow the filmmakers were able to take that material and stretch it for the small screen. Now it looks like the science fiction novel from H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, is the latest in this trend.
Of course, this is by no means the first time the book has been adapted. Perhaps the most notable adaptation came in the form of the world famous Orson Welles radio adaptation in »
- Joseph Medina
If you thought this past summer was disappointing for the box office, then I can’t even imagine what these past couple months have felt like for you. With the exception of, perhaps, Don’t Breathe, there were only few films that managed to perform at or slightly above expectations. If you’ve been following the last few episodes of Los Fanboys Podcast, you may have gotten used to us saying something along the lines of, “this movie probably won’t make money for the studio in its theatrical run.”
The end of October, however, marks the end of the blockbuster drought. Next up on the docket will be Doctor Strange, the 14th film in the long-running, acclaimed Marvel Cinematic Universe. Like with Guardians of the Galaxy a couple years back and Ant-Man last year, Doctor Strange is one of those properties that not a lot of people outside of »
- Joseph Medina
Say what you will about Ben Affleck as Batman, or Jack Ryan, or any number of other action heroes that have seemed to be a stretch for the boy-next-door star, but Affleck is a terrific fit for “The Accountant,” in which he plays an autistic assassin. Though his choice in material is strong, the actor has always been a strange kind of thespian, one who seems so normal and non-actorly that most of his performances feel like watching one of your buddies up on screen, pretending to be someone he’s not. Here, Affleck, who formerly drew the short end of the stick playing the dumb townie to Matt Damon’s math savant, finally gets to embody the numbers whiz, and also to run around shooting some heavy-duty guns: It’s like Will Hunting and Jason Bourne rolled into one, brains and bullets. What’s not to love?
Based on »
- Peter Debruge
With stories by Jeff Provine and illustrations by Ellis Goodson, the new anthology book series 31 Ghost Stories has launched on Kickstarter. Flip through one hundred pages of scares... if you dare. Also in today's Highlights: a Freddy Krueger mask by Halloween Costumes, a Scare Campaign, details plus a new clip for Doug Liman's Invisible Vr series, and a trailer for The Charnel House.
31 Ghost Stories Kickstarter: Press Release: "31 Ghost Stories is a new anthology for those who loved Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Goosebumps. Each story by Jeff Provine is illustrated with the haunting shadowy of Ellis Goodson, concept artist for games like Jurassic Park. The book launches on October 10 through Kickstarter, and every copy purchased will be matched with a copy donated to a library.
“Stories are meant to be shared,” Provine said.
Through one hundred pages, 31 Ghost Stories explores new twists through the old tropes of haunted tales. »
- Tamika Jones
Just a few weeks ago on the Los Fanboys Podcast Jammer and Kellvin discussed their disappointment about the current state of film scores. Following a viral video that pointed out how the Marvel Cinematic Universe has totally missed the mark when it comes to their music, a big topic for us at Lrm was how movies, in general, don't have many magical musical moments anymore. If you grew up watching the iconic films in the action, adventure, or sci-fi genres in the 70s and 80s, you know what I'm talking about. There aren't very many instant classic scores anymore. That may change when the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them comes out next month.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Starring Daniel Kaluuya (Sicario) and Allison Williams (HBO's "Girls"), the film has this interracial couple visiting Rose's (Williams) parents, but the nerves of introducing a new boyfriend to her parents are at an all time high, when it turns out their home is cursed.
Playing with issues of race in an extreme way, Get Out looks totally bonkers while also making an important social commentary, that only someone well versed in parody and satire like Jordan Peele could effectively pull off. The comedian who is most known for his sketch comedy TV series "Key and Peele" is making his directorial debut after he just delved into the film world with Keanu, »
- Adriana Floridia
Now, I understand the hate that M. Night Shyamalan gets from people, I do. His last few films have...not been very good, to say the least. The Happening, Avatar: The Last Airbender, After Earth, even The Visit is divisive at best. But, I'll go on record in saying I think the man still has talent, and feel that he may be in for a comeback. I mean I, like most people loved... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
M. Night Shyamalan is under fire for his latest horror film “Split.” Mental Health advocates say the picture “invokes society’s transphobic” fears. Mental illness is the a basis for the plot, instead of being addressed with “compassion.” He wrote and directed his latest picture, billed as a psychological horror thriller. It stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula, Haley Lu Richardson and Betty Buckley. ...Read MoreM. Night Shyamalan Film ‘Split’ No Hit Among Mental Health Advocates was first posted on October 3, 2016 at 10:43 am.
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- Keith Girard
The show “examines three branches of a large Indian family — one has achieved the American dream; another has just arrived in the U.S. wide-eyed; and the third has gone off the rails.”
Eleven Little Indians marks a change in direction for Shyamalan, who has made his name with supernatural films and thrillers such as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, The Village and The Visit. His next film, the horror Split, is set for release next year.
On the small screen, Shyamalan has previously collaborated with Fox on the drama series Wayward Pines, and is also producing TNT’s reboot of Tales from the Crypt. »
- Gary Collinson
This week you have read (on almost every genre website) about the petitions that have been created to close Knott’s Scary Farm attractions, ban Halloween props from Home Depot and boycott M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming film Split. These petitions have… Continue Reading →
The post Must Read: Save the Horror Fan! Petitions We Actually Need! appeared first on Dread Central. »
- SpookyDan Walker
Any press is good press, and a little controversy never hurt any horror movie in the history of cinema. In fact, the genre has been established on outcries from the public. But a new petition against M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming thriller Split is a little more serious than most. A new petition is calling for a boycott of the movie. And perhaps with good reason.
The Care2 Petition Says Split is transphobic and offers a harmful narrative surrounding mental Illness. Anyone who agrees with this message can sign the petition at Care2. The site claims that Split is bringing a backwards representation of gender identity and mental illness to the masses, and it must be stopped!
In the film, James McAvoy plays a character with 24 different split personalities, a symptom of dissociative identity disorder. His character kidnaps teenage girls and holds them captive. In the trailer, he can be »
Some people have a knack for putting themselves at the center of history. Daniel Fields was just a middle-class kid from Queens, but — during the second half of the 20th century — he discovered the Ramones, burned down the Beatles and seemingly had sex with every gay man at Harvard in the early 1960s. He was, to quote John Cameron Mitchell, “Handmaiden to the gods, midwife to some of the most important people in music.”
And Fields will be happy to tell you all about it, recounting his glory days with the bluntness of a grandfather recording his life story for posterity and the candidness of a 75-year-old man who’s remembering it for himself. So why, after 100 minutes of listening to him ramble on about everything he’s seen and everything he’s snorted, do we still have no idea what he actually did? Why, at the end of Brendan Toller »
- David Ehrlich
Supernatural horror guru M. Night Shyamalan is taking a stab at comedy.
“Eleven Little Indians” examines three branches of a large Indian family — one has achieved the American dream; another has just arrived in the U.S. wide-eyed; and the third has gone off the rails.
For Shyamalan, the project marks a break into comedy. Largely known for supernatural films, such as “The Sixth Sense,” “Signs” and “The Village,” one of his first screenplays was the family comedy “Stuart Little.” In more recent years, Shyamalan has turned to television, and “Eleven Little Indians” is his second Fox project, following »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
There’s a pretty good heist story buried underneath the muddled, sloppy mess that is “Masterminds.” After all, the film is based on the true story of the 1997 Loomis Fargo robbery, in which an employee of the armored truck company attempted to make off with nearly $20 million in a daring (and daringly stupid) act of criminal inspiration. Jared Hess’ film, his followup to the critically maligned “Don Verdean,” is so deeply unfunny that it’s probably wise to imagine what could have been. Despite a stacked cast of typically reliable talent, including Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Owen Wilson, Hess’ feature is practically anti-comedy, a punishing 94-minute endurance test with nearly zero return.
- Kate Erbland
If you’re like me, your enjoyment of Alfred Hithcock extends well beyond his classic films. Some of my favorite memories are watching the TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which, not unlike Twilight Zone, was an anthology series. The difference between the two lay in the genre itself. While Twilight Zone was largely science fiction-based, Alfred Hitchcock Presents was standard mystery — oftentimes with elements of other genres interspersed. In true M. Night Shyamalan fashion, however, each episode would end with an ironic little twist. Occasionally, they’d cause a huge shift in how your perceived the rest of the plot, but most times, they were fun little buttons.
Nowadays, we seem to be coming around to these types of stories, with American Horror Story and Black Mirror perhaps being the best modern examples — and now we may have one more to the slate. Universal Cable Productions is developing a new anthology entitled Welcome to Hitchcock. »
- Joseph Medina
It's no secret that M. Night Shyamalan became a bit of a punching bag after having such a run of remarkable films. He became the punchline reference for ridiculous twist endings. His attempts at big budget movies like The Last Airbender and After Earth were met with scorn. People were ready to write him off completely. And then The Visit came out. The faux documentary about two kids visiting their creepy grandparents was his first movie rated "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes in the 13 years since Signs. It made nearly $100 million around the globe. Sure, it had a twist in it, but it was one that audiences more or less embraced this time around. People started to wonder if the mind behind The Sixth Sense had finally gotten his groove back. Now that we've...
- Peter Hall
Even in the bubble of a film festival, where political discussions tend to revolve around who got invited to which afterparty, the real world intervenes occasionally. So it was yesterday at Fantastic Fest, where a rumor was going around that Monday’s “secret screening” would be the debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with live commentary from comedian Doug Benson, who’s been hanging around all week, trailing his signature skunky cloud of smoke behind him. That’s not at all what ended up happening, and just how off base all the predictions were this year—last year’s secret screening title was an open secret hours before its debut—is a testament to how well the festival kept it under wraps.
- Katie Rife
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