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Fantastic Fest Review: The Void

24 September 2016 4:23 PM, PDT

Perhaps one of the most visual and distinctive horror films to be screened at this year’s Fantastic Fest is Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s visually disturbing and edgy film The Void, which played as part of the “midnight madness” selections at the festival. Moving away from the twisted humor of films like Father’S Day and Manborg, the writers, directors, composers and FX designers Gillespie and Kostanski took a darker storytelling turn as they presented a tale of horror happening to a small town hospital and a patrol officer Daniel Carter who was doing his duty. Played by The Will And Testment Of Rosalind Leigh actor Aaron Poole, the film’s simple plot was an unbalanced foundation for the macabre and other worldly atmosphere that infected the screen during the running time.

Truly a show piece for smart creature FX and an experience in the conception of your nightmares, »

- Jay Kay

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Giveaway: Win A Bluray Copy of Refn’s Latest, The Neon Demon!!

24 September 2016 3:52 PM, PDT

Nicolas Winding Refn is one of few directors who live by the auteur approach, making each film his way and whether you are or aren’t a fan, it’s impossible to deny that the guy has an eye for details and the style of such details.

Refn’s newest, the glitz, glamour and violence-filled film The Neon Demon hits shelves on September 27th and we thought we’d throw a couple of Bluray copies your way. The contest will go on until 9/30 and winners will be notified on that day.

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

The Neon Demon is written by Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws and Polly Stenham and directed by Refn. It stars Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Elle Fannning, »

- Jerry Smith

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Fantastic Fest Review: Safe Neighborhood

23 September 2016 5:27 PM, PDT

We all have dreams of being with someone older than us. The one that is out of reach and sits only in our fantasy like a teacher, co-worker or perhaps a babysitter. In director Chris Peckover’s latest horror film Safe Neighborhood, we learn that such desires can be deadly. Opening as a similar story line to the recent wave of tense home invasion films, Peckover tells the story of family going through the motions during the holidays. Led by talented veteran actors such as Virginia Madsen (Candyman), Patrick Warburton (Family Guy) and rising talent like Levi Miller (Pan) and Olivia DeJonge as well as Ed Oxenbould of The Visit, we find that Luke (Miller) even in his early teen years still needs a babysitter. With a night of partying, Luke’s parent’s (Madsen and Warburton) are heading off to another Christmas get together, expecting just another night of their kids being babysat. »

- Jay Kay

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Fantastic Fest Review: The Invisible Guest

23 September 2016 5:07 PM, PDT

Kicking off the latest incarnation of the Austin, Texas based genre bending film festival Fantastic Fest, fans got to witness the intense and powerhouse crime thriller The Invisible Guest from Spain. As nervous laughs weaved through the theater, the audience was shown great respect by the project as a whole with smart execution, pinpoint timing and just like that fantasy of whichever girl or guy we coven, there is so much more underneath that goes to places we never dreamed of. The film opens with a murder that has happened during a payoff to keep quiet a terrible secret and the events that happen on a back stretch of road. As the police break into the room and see a man over his former lover’s dead body, we meet Adrian, an individual who denies the accusations that he did any of this and claims a mysterious man was in the hotel room. »

- Jay Kay

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Artist Derek West Talks Pursuit: The Search For Bigfoot and The 4 Best Bigfoot Films

23 September 2016 4:50 PM, PDT

Editor’s Note: Artist and Bigfoot enthusiast Derek West loves all things Sasquatch. The guy is a walking encyclopedia on the subject and when he’s not painting what I consider to be some of the best and most creatively interesting pieces or art (here), he’s pretty devoted to the Bigfoot cause. When Pursuit: The Search For Bigfoot was sent our way, I knew West was just the person to give it a watch and also recommend some of his favorite Sasquatch films. Read on! – Jerry

Promoter, radio host, Bigfoot hunter, and now director Tom Biscardi enters the world of found footage with his project Pursuit: The Search for Bigfoot. The film follows a very familiar path of shaky cameras and awkward sometimes random feeling footage that attempts to tell a story. This particular story is a bout two filmmakers who come into possession of a journal that documents Bigfoot sighting across America. »

- Jerry Smith

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Supernatural Slasher Flick The 6th Friend Releases Trailer/Stills; Festival Run Planned

23 September 2016 12:49 AM, PDT

Taking the slasher sub-genre and adding a supernatural twist, the Jamie Bernadette and Dominique Swain-led flick The 6th Friend has now unleashed not only a set of stills from the soon to be released to the festival circuit movie, but a brand new trailer as well. Co-written by Bernadette (I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu) and Letia Clouston (who directed the film), The 6th Friend focuses on a group of drugged college friends who are stalked by an unknown person (or entity). For more info, read on!

“In this slasher film with a paranormal twist, six college best friends throw their own private graduation party when the stoner of the group orders in a psychedelic from her drug dealer, who sticks around to join in their fun. Drugged and disoriented, the girls’ special night quickly becomes a dark, foggy nightmare of blood and violence. Five years later, the »

- Jerry Smith

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Shannon Talks The Witches’ Ball With Drunken Devil Founder Matt Dorado

22 September 2016 12:58 PM, PDT

As Halloween steadily approaches, you may be wondering what to do to celebrate this wonderful holiday. There are so many fun events in the Los Angeles and Southern California that it can be hard to chose that one special thing, but have no fear, I have found the perfect event; “The Witches’ Ball: Halloween Bacchanal” presented by Drunken Devil. To prepare for this spooky and entertaining evening, I spoke with owner Matt Dorado to find out more about his newest event and learn where the Drunken Devil came from.

 

Hi Matt! Thanks so much for speaking with me today! To start things off, can you tell us a little bit about how “Drunken Devil” came to be and where you get your inspiration for the type of events that you do?

 

I grew up always loving Halloween and horror, I was always one of those kids. When I was fourteen »

- Shannon McGrew

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Event Report: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights

22 September 2016 12:46 PM, PDT

Editor’s Note: Part One of this two-parter is available to read exclusively over at Nightmarish Conjurings, so go read it, then check this beast out!-Jerry

It’s that time of year again, when the sound of chainsaws and screaming guests is music to our ears.  As Halloween approaches, one of California’s biggest events, Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, opened its gate for fans and horror enthusiasts on September 16.  Heralded as one of the best years for Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, I couldn’t wait to feel that sense of fear and excitement creep back in.  This year’s mazes included The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween II, Krampus, American Horror Story, Freddy Vs Jason and the return of the Terror Tram presented by Eli Roth. Also, guests would be able to experience The Purge as a scare zone throughout Universal Studios as well as welcome back America’s best dance crew the Jabbawockeez. »

- Shannon McGrew

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Beautifully Haunting The Eyes Of My Mother Gets New Trailer/Poster/December Release Date

22 September 2016 12:24 PM, PDT

With how many “Is horror dead?” articles I’ve read this year, I want to put my finger into a light-socket to escape the buffoons of the world. The genre is alive and well and it’s actually one of my favorite years for horror in quite some time. One of the many reasons for that, beautifully shocking film titled The Eyes Of My Mother (mini review) is just one of the examples of a film that transcends any labels, gives its viewers a gorgeous film filled with mood and dread and is a film that will most definitely be on my top 10 list for the year. Having been acquired by Magnet, the black and white gem of a film now has a new poster, trailer and release date (December 2nd) and we couldn’t recommend this one enough.

In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, »

- Jerry Smith

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Jay Kay Chats With The Demolisher Director Gabriel Carrer!!

22 September 2016 9:37 AM, PDT

We fear what is in the dark… We fear the rage, the fury, the monster inside of us that stays just under the surface. It is triggered by things, emotions, actions and choices we make and miss. This hulking monster that lays below the surface reflects all that has been done to us and all that we hold back from releasing onto the world. As powerful and intense a tale that you will find, Toronto based filmmaker Gabriel Carrer is a man that holds nothing back, harnessing passionate, creating furious action and engrosses you with complex characters that walk a tightrope of tension with each frame. Connecting to the rage and vengeful soul bubbling on the surface, Carrer and Latefox Pictures Inc. release the fury of The Demolisher on an unsuspecting world October 4th. In between shooting new projects, promoting current ones and creating new films, we grabbed this madman »

- Jay Kay

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Editorial: The Many Faces of Carrie

21 September 2016 4:58 PM, PDT

Everyone, horror fan or not, knows who Stephen King is. Whether they read one of his books or watched one of the many film adaptations of his work, you will recognize one of his creations. Many children have a formed a fear of clowns after meeting Pennywise in It or are hesitant to stay at hotels after The Shining or 1408. A story many are familiar with is that of Carrie White, the girl with the religious fanatic for a mother who is taunted so much at school that it eventually leads to a blood bath of a prom. She kills her tormentors using her newly discovered telekinesis and ends up dying in the end alongside her mother. Her story was doomed from the start and, as tragic as it is, serves as a cautionary tale to those who might want to think twice before making fun of someone. King’s novel, »

- Jovy

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Review: Blair Witch (2016)

21 September 2016 4:23 PM, PDT

I’m a huge supporter of the found footage subgenre. I’m aware it gets a lot of flack as it is often accused as a cheap tactic to release products for the mere purpose of profitability at the cost of angry attendees. However, there have been many examples that the format could be produce some seriously scary movies, like Paranormal Activity and the little seen Taking Of Deborah Logan. Several years ago, The Blair Witch Project proved that the less is more approach could be a terrifying experience and forever will be a movie others will be compared to whether you love it or not. While definitely not the first found footage movie, it helped set a mainstream precedent as to what audiences expect or maybe possibly wished they could see. Now it’s 2016, horror has become the mainstream and people want to be scared. Blair Witch acknowledges the advances in technology, »

- Jovy

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