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This week’s Fright At Home is going to be a jam packed one. Quite a few releases hit shelves and online stores today, so it’ll be a bit lengthy. Everything from sci-fi/action to straight up horror, and even some horror/comedy fare thrown in for good measure.
Our last F.A.H. post was a video one, and we’re testing out what format works best for you readers so please feel free to let us know if you prefer written or video rundowns of each week’s releases. Read on!
It’s Christmastime in New Orleans and children are mysteriously disappearing, stolen from their homes, taken off the street, dozens have vanished without a trace. Detective Harry Ganat and his partner Roy Cody have found a young girl in the home of a murdered swamper and she leads them to the den of her captors… »
- Jerry Smith
The Final Girls Stage 6 Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: C+ Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson Screenwriter: Josh Miller, Mark Fortin Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 7/29/15 Opens: October 2015 In yet another film that both pays homage to slasher classics and satirizes them, director Todd Straus-Schulson finds a villain in Billy Murphy (Dan B. Norris), a camper who, like the Phantom of the Opera is injured severely enough to have to put a mask over his head, then seeks revenge not only against those who gave him third-degree burns but to everyone else he [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
October is finally upon us which means horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to be looking forward to, especially when it comes to the films hitting VOD this month as there numerous highly anticipated choices arriving on various platforms throughout the month, including Tales of Halloween, Deathgasm, Gravy, Knock Knock, The Final Girls, A Christmas Horror Story, Bone Tomahawk, and one of my own most anticipated films of 2015, Tokyo Tribe from visionary filmmaker Shion Sono.
Here’s a look at all the genre titles arriving on VOD this October!
A Christmas Horror Story (Rlj Entertainment) - October 2nd
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus - the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children - is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins. »
- Heather Wixson
The calendar's creeping closer to the October 9th release of The Final Girls, and to help hold viewers over a little longer, a new poster has been released.
"The Final Girls is an unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max’s friends, they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home."
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, The Final Girls stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, and Adam Devine. The movie will be released to theaters and VOD on October 9th. Keep an eye out for theater listings, »
- Derek Anderson
Last month we saw the first trailer for the upcoming comedy-horror The Final Girls [watch it here], and now we have a poster to go with it…
When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend a screening of “Camp Bloodbath,” an infamous ‘80s cult horror film that starred Max’s late mother (Malin Akerman), they are accidentally sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they’re trapped inside the movie and must team up with the horny, regan-era idiot “Camp Bloodbath” counselors — including Max’s mom as the shy scream queen — to battle the film’s machete-wielding killer, Billy Murphy. Face to face with her mother for the first time in years, Max has a second chance not only to see her, but to save her, and with the help of her friends, get back home before Billy kills them all.
The Final Girls is set for release on October 9th »
- Gary Collinson
★☆☆☆☆ Daniel Alfredson's appallingly bland backwoods drama Go With Me (2015) stars Anthony Hopkins as ex-logger Lester, who comes to the aid of harassed waitress Lillian (Julia Stiles). While Lester spends his evenings making garden ornaments in memory of his dead wife, Lillian is redecorating her dead mother's house. Trouble lurks in the hedgerows via stalker Blackway (Ray Liotta), who has already assaulted Lillian outside of her restaurant and decapitated her cat. The sheriff (Dale Wilson) proves worse than useless and suggests she go to find local Whizzer and ask for the help of his friend Scotty. Like a sneaky taxi driver the script takes us around the houses, rather than anywhere we want to go.
Whizzer (Hal Holbrook) doesn't know where his pal Scotty (Aaron Pearl) is but Lester, on an apparent whim, decides he will take up the mantle of Lillian's guardian angel. Not exactly moving with the lightning speed of an avenger, »
- CineVue UK
You can, to adjust a phrase, see the forest for the trees in “Go With Me” — if only because mist-shrouded woodland scenery is about the only distinguished feature of Daniel Alfredson’s turgid, tension-free revenge thriller. Adapting Castle Freeman Jr.’s slim, well-regarded novel into a film of equivalent brevity but markedly little momentum, this straightforward tale of three mismatched justice-seekers on the trail of a local logging-country psycho conceals any trace of artistry or wit in its paper-mill pulp. Given strangely little bluster by a muted, disengaged Anthony Hopkins — whose recent line in glazed ham would at least have livened up a gloomy exercise — “Go With Me” won’t find many auds to take up its eponymous invitation.
Alfredson made his name in 2009 with the second two films in the original Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy, seguing earlier this year into English-lingo filmmaking with the shaky Euro-thriller “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, »
- Guy Lodge
Offbeat horror flick Final Girl is out to own this week following its UK premiere at FrightFest. Photographer Tyler Shields helms this unsettling and worryingly stylish thriller about a seemingly-innocent young woman (Abigail Breslin) turning the tables on a gang of debonair murderers (led by Alexander Ludwig).
Among these besuited beasts is The Perks Of Being A Wallflower star Reece Thompson, who plays baseball bat-wielding Mommy’s boy Nelson. I sat down with him for a chat about working with Shields, getting his take on what exactly was going on out there in the woods…
The film is kind of unique compared to today’s horror movies. How did you come to be involved?
I became involved because there was another actor that was actually in my role and then he couldn’t do it because he was on a show. They were scrambling looking for people at the last minute, »
- Steve Palace
Director: Tyler Shields
Running Time: 90 mins
Tyler Shields has made a splash over the years as a Hollywood photographer, so it makes perfect sense his directorial debut would be a horror movie. Having said that, the crowd at FrightFest may well be divided over Final Girl, which sits as a curate’s egg amongst today’s crop of cinematic nightmares.
The convoluted story opens with a sinister scene where a young girl is interrogated by a shadowy, suited type (Wes Bentley) in sparse, concrete surroundings. Flash forward to over a decade later and Bentley has trained the girl – Veronica (Abigail Breslin) – as a party-dress-wearing death machine, programmed as bait for a group of psychotic teenage boys who get their kicks hunting and killing women. Once she agrees to accompany them to a remote woodland location, »
- Steve Palace
Notorious snapper Tyler Shields has made his directorial debut with horror film Final Girl. It’s safe to say when Shields puts his name to something it isn’t going to be run of the mill, and that’s certainly the case here.
A tense, atmospheric and above all strange tale of revenge, it stars Abigail Breslin as a young assassin charged with wiping out a group of teen psychopaths and Wes Bentley as her grizzled mentor. I got on the Fifties-style phone for a look past the movie’s Americana exterior and into the bloody, beating heart beneath…
The film is arguably quite unusual. What drew you to this story?
Oh Steve, I wouldn’t say it’s arguably unusual, I’d say it’s very unusual! »
- Steve Palace
Self-referential horror is a tricky bag, but when it’s done right, it really hits the ground running. There are more than a few films being released with the promise of providing a “throwback” to ’80s horror, and more times than not, they tend to miss their mark. Enter The Final Girls. The whole premise of the film just screams cult-classic in the making, and unlike a lot of throwback horror, this film actually knows the subgenre well enough to pay homage without seeming like a parody.
Hitting theaters and VOD on October 9th, the trailer for The Final Girls has officially dropped and fright fanatics, it’s a good one. Check it out, and be sure to catch The Final Girls when it comes to a screen or TV near you.
When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend an anniversary screening of “Camp Bloodbath,” the infamous ‘80s »
- Jerry Smith
Back in 1996, when director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson unleashed the first instalment of the Scream franchise on cinema audiences everywhere, the movie was declared to be just the shot in the arm that the horror genre needed. Dripping with post-modernism and oozing self-awareness, that film succeeded in drawing fresh blood into the horror movie fold. There have been many pretenders to the Scream throne in the intervening two decades, but it seems that one particular set of filmmakers has finally got the recipe right – and we can see proof of that fact in the new trailer for the upcoming horror comedy, The Final Girls.
The filmmakers in question are director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas), and writers M.A Fortin and Joshua John Miller – here making their feature length debut. This trio appear to have created a comedic horror film so smart and funny, that »
- Sarah Myles
Classic '80s horror movies are in for a post-modern makeover in the new official trailer for comedy horror The Final Girls.
As Max reluctantly attends a screening of her late mother's cult hit with her friends, they find themselves pulled into the world of the movie and join forces with Max's mother against the killer haunting the film.
Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat and Alexander Ludwig also feature in the film as the trapped teenagers, while Adam DeVine and Chloe Bridges star as the camp councillors and attendees that make up the cast of the film »
Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat and Alexander Ludwig also star in the pic, which sends up the tropes of 1980s slasher movies by transporting a crew of modern teenagers into the world of “Camp Bloodbath,” an homage to the genre’s most beloved films. Farmiga stars as Max, daughter of a horror film actress (Akerman) who stars in the film-within-the-film.
The clip is replete with in-jokes about the campiness of the genre and the devotion of its fans, from Middleditch’s character commenting on the corn-syrup-for-blood phenomenon to DeVine’s character making a mockery of the traditionally lame dialogue (“Nice legs. What time do they open?”). While most of the trailer’s digs take aim at ’80s horror culture, 2015 teens are mocked as well, with »
- Marianne Zumberge
A trailer has arrived online for director Todd Strauss-Schulson’s upcoming comedy horror The Final Girls which stars Taissa Farmiga, Nina Dobrev, Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Angela Trimbur and Alexander Ludwig. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
When Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends reluctantly attend a screening of “Camp Bloodbath,” an infamous ‘80s cult horror film that starred Max’s late mother (Malin Akerman), they are accidentally sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they’re trapped inside the movie and must team up with the horny, regan-era idiot “Camp Bloodbath” counselors — including Max’s mom as the shy scream queen — to battle the film’s machete-wielding killer, Billy Murphy. Face to face with her mother for the first time in years, Max has a second chance not only to see her, but to save her, and with the help of her friends, get »
- Gary Collinson
I've been talking about The Final Girls ever since I caught it earlier this year at the Stanley Film Festival, and I can't wait for Daily Dead readers to check it out. In all honesty, you're better off going into it without knowing anything, but for those that are on the fence or can't hold out until October, we have a brand new trailer for you to check out.
"The Final Girls is an unconventional comedy about Max, a high school senior, who is mysteriously transported with her friends into a 1980s horror film that starred Max’s mother, a celebrated scream queen. Trapped inside the movie, Max finds herself reunited with her mom, who she lost in real life. Together with Max’s friends, they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer and find a way to escape the movie and make it back home. »
- Jonathan James
The Final Girls trailer has taken the internet by storm today, promising another Scream for a whole new generation. Horror aficionados are being drawn towards the meta thriller, which looks to be both very scary and very self-aware. It's a whole new take on the genre, while being a throwback as well. And it might just be the jolt of electricity the genre has been waiting impatiently for these past couple of years.
The Final Girls is all about horror movies, of course. When Max and her friends reluctantly attend a screening of "Camp Bloodbath," an infamous '80s cult horror film that starred Max's late mother, they are accidentally sucked into the silver screen. They soon realize they're trapped inside the movie and must team up with the horny, regan-era idiot "Camp Bloodbath" counselors, including Max's mom as the shy scream queen, to battle the film's machete-wielding killer, »
When a special screening of the movie that made her mother a star goes awry, she and her friends are forced to walk through the screen and wind up in the film's infamous Camp Bloodbath.
Todd Strauss-Schulson helms while M. A. Fortin and Joshua John Miller penned the script for the film which also stars Adam DeVine, Thomas Middleditch, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig and Nina Dobrev. The film hits cinemas and iTunes on October 9th.
- Garth Franklin
Read More: 'Deathgasm,' 'The Final Girls' and More Announced in Horror-Soaked Stanley Film Festival Full Lineup When horror and comedy combine, the result can be either inventive or downright boring. Todd Strauss-Schulson's upcoming comedy "The Final Girls" should fall in the former category based on its in a genre-bending trailer and female-fronted cast. "The Final Girls" centers on Max, a high school senior who somehow gets transported with her friends into a 1980's horror film that starred her mother. While trapped inside the movie, Max becomes reunited with her mother, who she lost in real life. Together, they must avoid the hormonal camp counselors, fight a machete-armed killer and escape the movie safely. The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch and Adam Devine. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival this year and will make its Canadian »
- Kaeli Van Cott
There's pretty much nothing not to like about The Final Girls trailer if you are any kind of pop culture lover. The horror-comedy is a brilliant-looking mix of genres that also features stars of American Horror Story, The Vampire Diaries, Workaholics, and more - and it looks like so much fun. Teen Max (Taissa Farmiga) and her friends (including Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig, and Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch) head to the movies to watch an old cult-classic horror movie because it stars Max's deceased mom (Malin Akerman), and when a fire breaks out, they're all magically transported (shhh, just go with it) into the movie. Max gets to spend time with her mom, everyone gets to goof on the "cast" (including Adam DeVine), and oh yeah, they have to defeat a crazed killer. There is a lot going on, but somehow it works. There's no release date yet, »
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