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Review Round-Up: Camera Obscura, Aaron’S Blood, and The Little Hours

June ended up being a particularly busy month of releases, and here’s a look at three different indie films that I had the opportunity to check out over the last several weeks:

Camera Obscura: For his feature film directorial debut, co-writer/director Aaron B. Koontz concocts his own “weird episode of Goosebumps” (to borrow a phrase from the film) in Camera Obscura, which feels like a mash-up of Shutter (the original, not the remake) and Final Destination, with a bit of a slasher twist thrown in for good measure. Koontz deftly maneuvers through familiar genre tropes to create an unexpected horror treat, anchored by a strong performance from Christopher Denham (Shutter Island, The Bay).

In Camera Obscura, we meet photographer Jack Zeller (Denham), who has been struggling with Ptsd after returning from shooting photos in the Middle East. His supportive fiancée, Claire (Nadja Bobyleva), decides to pick him
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Interview: Co-Writer/Director Aaron B. Koontz Talks Camera Obscura

As a producer on projects like Starry Eyes and The Sacrament, Camera Obscura co-writer/director Aaron B. Koontz has been a fixture of the indie horror film community for some time now. Koontz recently celebrated the VOD and On Demand release of his debut feature, Camera Obscura, which ambitiously blends together the psychological horror/haunted camera/slasher genres for a truly unexpected cinematic treat.

Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak to Koontz about his experiences working on Camera Obscura, and he discussed how he approached both the story of the film as well as its conflicted protagonist, Jack Zeller (portrayed by Christopher Denham), how his earlier career helped prepare him to take the directorial reins, the joy of being able to collaborate with friends, and more.

I would love to hear about what inspired you to take the story route that you did, because I thought some of
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Interview: Noah Segan on Getting to be the Good Guy in Camera Obscura

On Friday, June 9th, Aaron B. Koontz’s Camera Obscura hits theaters before making its way onto VOD platforms everywhere just a few days later on the 13th. The psychological horror film stars Christopher Denham (Money Monster, The Bay), Nadja Bobyleva (Bridge of Spies), Noah Segan (Looper, Starry Eyes, Brick), and also features some other stellar supporting talent that should be familiar to genre fans, including Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End, Beyond the Gates), Andrew Sensenig (We Are Still Here), and Gretchen Lodge (Lovely Molly).

Daily Dead recently spoke to Segan about working on Camera Obscura with both Koontz and Denham, with whom he shares most of his scenes with. Segan also chatted about the privilege of being able to make movies with your friends, getting to be the “good guy,” and more.

Congrats on your impending fatherhood and getting married. Seems like you’ve got a lot
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Movie Review – The Vatican Tapes

You know the one about the young girl who gets possessed, nobody believes it, and someone of power has to perform an exorcism in the 3rd act? Sure you do. We get this movie or some variation therein, a few times a year. Sometimes it’s a demon, sometimes it’s a ghost, but it always ends up being roughly the same film outline. Popping bones and inhuman movement or contortion is a given, speaking in lounges, and there’s a fake out where you think the entity has left…But Not Yet! Before going any further I should say that yes, The Vatican Tapes is precisely one of these movies. The last time I caught one before this was last year’s Deliver Us from Evil, which came from Scott Derrickson. I didn’t care for that, but coincidentally Derrickson’s The Exorcism of Emily Rose was the last theatrical one I really enjoyed.
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Horror channel announces three UK TV premieres

Horror Channel have announced their latest rund of UK television premieres for October, including three outstanding supernatural thrillers: Under The Bed, Steven C. Millar’s nightmare of all nightmares, The Gathering, starring Christina Ricci, and the haunting Lovely Molly (my personal fave of the three), from Blair Witch co-director Eduardo Sánchez.

Friday 3rd - The Gathering

Directed by Brian Gilbert (Wilde), this supernatural thriller stars Christina Ricci as Cassie Grant, an American traveller who suffers amnesia when hit by a car. After accepting sanctuary from the family of the car that hit her, Cassie starts hallucinating that terrifying strangers are following her. Is it concussion or second sight? And what do her frightening visions have to do with an ancient church? A riveting performance by Ricci is supported by a stellar cast including Ioan Gruffud, Stephen Dillane and Kerry Fox.

Friday 10th - Under The Bed

From Steven C. Miller,
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Lovely Molly

Skint newly-weds Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and Tim (Johnny Lewis) move into her late father's creaking home to save themselves some cash. Small but strange things begin to happen - locked doors spring open in the night and and Molly feels an unflinching atmosphere of dread creeping through the corridors. With Tim's job as a truck driver taking him away for days at a time, the menace grows as she is left to fend for herself.
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Lovely Molly (2012) Movie Review

Reviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

Lovely Molly is a psychological horror full of shadows and noises and supposed supernatural activity and yet, it is quite the slow burning film, opting to inject some long, slow passages into this rather peculiar tale – and does it work?

Writer / Director Eduardo Sanchez is no stranger to psychological horror – his first foray into it was The Blair Witch Project – and here, he showcases some of the same ideas and ingenious tricks that made that film so effective and, in the end, haunting.

With Lovely Molly, he presents to us the set up of the story and then we’re pretty much on our own, as we watch Molly wander the house by herself, learning bits and pieces of the back-story of the plot in softly spoken scenes of dialogue that make no sense at the time they’re delivered.

The film is a
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Fright Meter Awards Names The Cabin in the Woods Best Horror Movie and Drew Goddard Best Director; Get the Complete Results

Chairman Troy Escamilla and the Fright Meter Awards Committee have announced that The Cabin in the Woods was named the Best Horror Movie of 2012, and the film also won in four more categories.

For helming the project, Drew Goddard nabbed Best Director; Goddard and Joss Whedon were honored for Best Screenplay; the cast garnered Best Ensemble; and Cabin's final win came for Best Make Up/Special Effects. Read on for the rest of 2012's best.

For more visit the official Fright Meter Awards website, "like" Fright Meter Awards on Facebook and follow Fright Meter Awards on Twitter (@FrightMeter).

2012 Fright Meter Award Winners

Best Horror Movie: The Cabin in the Woods

Best Director: Drew Goddard for The Cabin in the Woods

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Vincent D'Onofrio-Chained

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Gretchen Lodge-Lovely Molly

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Michael Fassbender-
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10 Horror Films You May Have Missed in 2012

Each year horror fans are treated to some memorable and some horrifically bad films that either quench our appetites for shocks and scares or make us run for the exits of the theater. It’s no surprise that 2012 was any different. Although we had to suffer through such painful features as Silent Hill: Revelation, Paranormal Activity 4, and Chernobyl Diaries, at least we were given such terrifying treasures as Sinister, Silent House, and everyone’s favorite horror film of the year Cabin in the Woods. Unfortunately, there are so many independent horror films that get missed each year due to their lack of a wide release or only getting a DVD/Blu-ray release. We have all seen our fair share of direct-to-video crap, but there are always a few each year that stand apart from the rest. Just because it doesn’t have any major actors in it or
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DVD Review - Lovely Molly (2011)

Lovely Molly, 2011.

Directed by Eduardo Sanchez.

Starring Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden, Ken Arnold and Lauren Lakis.

Synopsis:

Newlywed Molly moves into her deceased father's house in the countryside, where painful memories begin to haunt her.

The Blair Witch Project. The film that started it all. Apparently. Since its colossal and unprecedented success back in 1999, Blair Witch has been the catalyst for a new generation of horror movies: the found footage movie. Numerous pretenders to the crown have appeared in the decade since, with only a handful (Paranormal Activity, The Last Exorcism, even Cloverfield) being any good. As with many horror sub-genres though, saturation is ripe, and over recent times the fad has become somewhat annoying and unimaginative. What happened to the sheer terror of horror of the 70s and early 80s, when little girls elevated above their beds, and hotels used to cough up blood?

Lovely Molly, the
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DVD Review: 'Lovely Molly'

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★★☆☆☆ Eduardo Sanchez was one half of the directorial team that unleashed the now prevalent found footage motif onto horror movies in 1999 with The Blair Witch Project. His latest offering to the genre, Lovely Molly (2011) - which hit cinemas earlier this year and is released this week on DVD - is a disconcerting movie which plays its cards close to its chest throughout and is unnerving without ever managing to truly scare. The eponymous Molly (Gretchen Lodge) is a young woman who we're introduced to through some video footage - welcome back Mr. Sanchez - of her wedding to truck driver Tim (Johnny Lewis).

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31 Days of Horror: ‘Lovely Molly’ – a psychological character study masquerading as a haunted house film

Lovely Molly

Directed by: Eduardo Sanchez

Written by: Eduardo Sanchez and Jamie Nash

2011, USA

Eduardo Sanchez made his name as one of the co-directors of The Blair Witch Project. Blair Witch wasn’t just an indication of his creative talent, but also a true passion, and belief in the idea that the less we see the more effective the horror. The act of visual discretion is admirable because it often balances on a razor’s edge. A director can just as easily lose the audience if ideas are not handled with a deft cleverness and attention to detail. In Lovely Molly, Sanchez continues to practice the ‘less is more’ approach to horror. It creates moments of great terror and suspense, but the approach also creates several moments of muddled sloppiness.

Lovely Molly is a psychological character study masquerading as a haunted house film. We watch the character of Molly, played by Gretchen Lodge,
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Blu-ray Review: Lovely Molly

Lovely Molly

Stars: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden | Written by Eduardo Sanchez, Jamie Nash | Directed by Eduardo Sanchez

Known predominantly for the massive hit that was The Blair Witch Project (one of the highest-grossing independent films of all time no less), Eduardo Sanchez returns with what is his fourth directorial effort since that films groundbreaking debut and his best movie yet. Now I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of Blair Witch, I enjoyed it for what it was but the obnoxious cast always put me off, however Sanchez’s 2006 directorial follow-up Altered was a stroke of genius that undeservedly shoved out as a direct to DVD release. But now he’s back, surpassing all expectations with Lovely Molly.

The film starts off innocently enough, with the titular Molly (Lodge) and her newlywed husband Tim (Lewis) moving into the old family homestead to start their married life together.
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Lovely Molly DVD Review

Director: Eduardo Sanchez

Cast: Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis, Alexandra Holden, Field Blauvelt

Running Time: 99 minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Trailer,

Synopsis: Newlyweds Molly and Tim move into Molly’s childhood home, in a remote part of the countryside. But instead of starting their new life together, Molly soon finds herself tormented by disturbing memories of her past and, possibly, demon possession.

There’s a weight of expectation hanging over Lovely Molly (2011), thanks to its director. After all, Eduardo Sanchez was partly responsible for both writing and directing The Blair Witch Project (1999) – the film that popularised “found footage” horror where the narrative and scares are generated through a camcorder Pov.

Lovely Molly begins with a nod to this genre as a dishevelled and hollow-eyed Molly holds a knife to her throat while she mumbles at the camera about how it wasn’t her fault. Cut to months earlier and we see a happier Molly at her own wedding.
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Lovely Molly Movie Review, Trailer, Pictures & News

Skint newly-weds Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and Tim (Johnny Lewis) move into her late father's creaking home to save themselves some cash. Small but strange things begin to happen - locked doors spring open in the night and and Molly feels an unflinching atmosphere of dread creeping through the corridors. With Tim's job as a truck driver taking him away for days at a time, the menace grows as she is left to fend for herself.
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Exclusive: Eduardo Sánchez and Gretchen Lodge talk Lovely Molly

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After a number of successful festival screenings last year, Lovely Molly was recently released to Blu-ray/DVD. I had a chance to interview director Eduardo Sánchez and star Gretchen Lodge, and learned about the initial concept, the audition process, and filming some of the difficult scenes from the movie:

With so many possession films being released these days, why was Lovely Molly the project that you decided to go forward with?

Eduardo Sánchez: Jamie Nash is my writing partner and he had this idea for a possession movie. The basic idea was following someone going through a possession. It was the perfect found footage idea and something really hit me with this story.

I’ve always been interested in doing some kind of exorcism or possession film. I started writing and it went in a direction I wasn’t expecting, where it became an exorcism movie without the exorcist.
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Blu Review: Lovely Molly

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It's hard to feel sorry for the directors of The Blair Witch Project. They made a movie that launched a whole new genre of filmmaking with their "found footage" technique. Since then, the Paranormal Activity franchise has squeezed millions out of the filming style while others followed in hot pursuit to cash in on the craze. There's been The Devil Inside, The Last Exorcism, and even Chronicle.  

The sad thing is now when Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez uses the very cinematography he helped fashion in Lovely Molly, it comes across as stale and overused. Although it isn't fair to him, his new film proves even the owner of the well can't go back to it when it's used too often. 

Molly (Gretchen Lodge) and her new husband (Johnny Lewis) move into the childhood home she lived in with her mother, father, and sister. Not long after they get settled,
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Lovely Molly Blu-Ray Review

One-hit wonder horror director Eduardo Sánchez returns to the genre after years of fiddling with side projects and riding off of the hype of his co-directing effort The Blair Witch Project. His latest film Lovely Molly is only further proof that he got lucky with Blair Witch and that maybe he should stop making movies altogether. Lovely Molly is a lousy horror film that tries to mix found-footage and traditional filmmaking, but only results in two hours of unsatisfactory character work and very little real horror.

Molly (Gretchen Lodge) is starting a new life at her deceased father’s cabin. She and her newlywed husband Tim (Johnny Lewis) decide to move in and settle down. Tim is a truck driver, so he spends most of his time away, which leaves Molly all alone in her father’s former residence. There’s a haunted past that slowly creeps forward as Molly
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Home Invasion: Blu-Ray & DVD Releases for August 28, 2012

Home Invasion is a weekly post every Tuesday which shows you what is being released on Blu-Ray & DVD today! If you buy any of these products through the links provided, you help support the site as well. All links take you to Amazon.com. Our Picks of the Week are releases that we are looking forward to checking out, have reviewed and/or were are Picks of the Week on the Dtb Podcast. All descriptions are courtesy of Amazon.com.

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When the world is ravaged by a zombie apocalypse, police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and a small group of others struggle to stay alive as ‘the dead’ stalk them at every turn. Can Rick and the others hold onto their humanity as they fight to live in this terrifying new world?
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Exclusive Clip from Lovely Molly

Lovely Molly will be released to Blu-ray/DVD tomorrow and we’ve been given an exclusive clip to share with our readers. This particular clip shows a segment from the film where Molly is investigating noises in her house. It includes commentary from director Eduardo Sánchez and co-writer Jamie Nash, who talk about how working inside of a claustrophobic house helped get everyone into the right mood.

“When newlywed Molly Reynolds returns to her long-abandoned family home, remainders of a nightmarish childhood begin seeping into her new life. A malevolent force, whether her own huanted past or some supernatural ‘thing,’ tirelessly seeks to overwhelm her. Alone and isolated in a centuries-old house, she soon begins an inexorable descent into depravity. Somewhere in the house, in that terrible space between psychosis and possession, lies an evil that will pull Molly and all those around her into darkness and death.”

Lovely Molly stars Gretchen Lodge,
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