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Fearnet Movie Review: 'Honeymoon' [SXSW 2014]
46 minutes ago
It's often pretty interesting when a smart male filmmaker tells a horror story that's about women. Directors like Eric England (Contracted), Paul Solet (Grace), or Lucky McKee (May, The Woman, etc.) But wouldn't it be a cool switch to see a horror story about a man that was written and directed by a woman? I say hell yes it would. Granted, Leigh Janiak's debut, Honeymoon, isn't strictly about a man; it's actually about a newlywed couple who arrive at an old family cabin to enjoy a sweet, old-fashioned honeymoon together. But beyond that, Honeymoon is about a young woman who seems to change into a new person overnight -- and the poor devoted husband who knows something is wrong, but has no idea how to figure it out. The premise is simple and the presentation is admirably low-key, but it's in the screenplay department (which Ms. Janiak wrote with »
- Scott Weinberg
This Hilarious 'Jurassic Park' Parody Replaces Velociraptors with Cute Cats
1 hour ago
One of the most memorable nail-biting scenes in Steven Spielberg's classic Jurassic Park arrives near the climax, when a pair of deadly velociraptors stalk two children (Ariana Richards & Joseph Mazzello) through the park's massive kitchen. Since the film's release in 1993, dinosaur experts have revised their concept of the ancient predators; fossil evidence of feathered raptors suggests they might have resembled monstrous birds. While that might have made the scene play out quite a bit differently, they probably never imagined anything quite like this: Bangkok, Thailand-based production company We Are Camera Studio recently unveiled an awesome parody of that iconic scene... in which the raptors are digitally replaced with giant (but totally adorable) cats. The studio's YouTube clip has gone viral since it first surfaced last week (along with multiple riffs on a loop of Jeff Goldblum's character laughing), and as of this writing, it's approaching one million views. »
- Gregory Burkart
Fearnet Movie Review: 'Starry Eyes' [SXSW 2014]
1 hour ago
There are plenty of (usually independently produced) movies that take firm aim on the "eat 'em up and spit 'em out" nature of Hollywood. (My favorites are Swimming with Sharks, Living in Oblivion, The Player, and The Day of the Locust.) But while those films are satirical and often very funny deconstructions of The Hollywood Machine, the new indie horror film Starry Eyes is sort of a kick-straight-to-the nuts of the film industry. You could probably figure out the plot of Starry Eyes if I described the film as "Faust in lower-middle class Los Angeles," but we can get just a little more specific than that: Sarah (Alexandra Essoe) is a sweet but emotionally fragile young ingenue who, like virtually everyone in Hollywood under the age of 30, dreams of being a movie star. More specifically, old-school '40s-era Hollywood stardom is what Sarah is looking for. Unfortunately the only production »
- Scott Weinberg
Eight of the Creepiest Cults in Horror Cinema
2 hours ago
When it comes to scary, it’s not the monsters or ghosts that do it for me. The most terrifying thing is an individual who can convince an entire group of people to follow one belief. Even more terrifying than the leader are the people within the group, whose views are so extreme that they are willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill a prophecy. Recently, cults have made their way back onto our screens with the hit HBO series True Detective and the upcoming Ti West horror feature The Sacrament. In honor of my cult fascination, I take a look at some of the creepiest cults in the horror genre, and learn that evil always prevails. To the Devil…a Daughter (1976) When a father is trying to save his daughter from Satanists, naturally he would seek help from a writer who specializes in the occult. Author John Verney »
- Amanda Tullos
Inspired by The Walking Dead's Carl Grimes, Man Eats 11 Pounds of Pudding
3 hours ago
Due to the post-apocalyptic nature of the show, it's not all that often that we get feel good, light-hearted moments on The Walking Dead. We did, however, get one on the mid-season premiere a few weeks back, when Carl Grimes came across a massive can of chocolate pudding in an abandoned house, and proceed to sit up on the roof and scoop heaping spoonfuls into his mouth. It was a nice little moment, one of the rare ones where a kid got to just be a kid, in the midst of the zombie apocalypse.
Inspired by Carl's epic pudding massacre, Walking Dead fan/competitive eater Jamie "Big Bear" McDonald decided to see just how much pudding he was capable of downing, in one sitting. And so he sat down, spoon in hand, to tackle the Walking Dead-inspired challenge.
What does it look like when a man stuffs 11-pounds of pudding into his mouth, »
- John Squires
TV Recap: 'The Walking Dead' Episode 413 - 'Alone'
4 hours ago
The Walking Dead Episode 413
Written By: Curtis Gwinn
Directed By: Ernest Dickerson
Original Airdate: 9 March 2014
In This Episode…
We open with a flashback to when Glenn and Daryl found Bob wandering alone on the road. He is a shell of a man, existing simply because he doesn't know what else to do. He doesn’t know how long he has been alone, but two groups have come and died. Daryl asks him Rick’s three questions: How many walkers have you killed? (Dozens.) How many humans have you killed? (One.) Why? (Because she asked me to.) Bob has no questions for them; it doesn’t matter who they are. He is just happy to be with people.
Now, things are a bit different. It is just Bob, Sasha, and Maggie. They are caught in heavy fog, which leads to a cool sequence of the three of them, pressed back-to-back-to-back, »
- Alyse Wax