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Let Us Prey Rots from Within (In Story) : A Movie Review

23 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT

*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by Anchor Bay Entertainment and Absolute Underground Magazine, for review. **there are spoilers here. Director: Brian O'Malley. Writers: David Cairns and Fiona Watson. Cast: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin and Hanna Stanbridge. Let Us Prey is a horror film from Ireland. Partially funded by the Irish Film Board, the filmmakers have described the film as Assault on Precinct 13, with the threat coming from within. That threat has been cast in fire and brimstone. The Devil is searching for souls and the Christian themes were yawntastic. All of the characters are morally vacuous. Instead of finding courage, they succumb to murder and cowardice. With no one to lead the film away from evil, the film offers no real strong, underlining message. Some tension is created by the antagonist, Six (Liam Cunningham). But, Let Us Prey devolves into a gory spectacle, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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This Horsehead is Screwed on Backwards: A Movie Review

22 May 2015 2:11 PM, PDT

*full dislcosure: an online screener of this film was provided by the distributor, Artsploitation Films. Director: Romain Basset Writers: Romain Basset and Karim Chériguène. Cast: Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Catriona MacCollGala Besson, Murray Head and Fu'ad Aït Aattou. Romain Basset's feature film debut, Horsehead, is conceptually and stylistically cool, but its story makes you work at piecing things together—if you're not careful, you could miss the mark. The film follows in the tradition of other dreamscape horror films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Cell, with the protagonist purposely falling into a dream state in order to solve a mystery and/or defeat the enemy. In Horsehead, the lovely Jessica, who studies the power of lucid dreaming, grapples with nightmares. While attempting to control her dreams, she unearths a sinister family secret. However intriguing, this film will have you wishing that you were in your own lucid dream, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Kenna Rae)

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Bunny the Killer Thing Promises a Stiff Carrot in this First Trailer

22 May 2015 4:00 AM, PDT

The first trailer for Bunny the Killer Thing is here. The film's first trailer almost made this viewer blow coffee all over his computer screen. A second viewing was equally hilarious. Sometimes, horror can still be funny, if campy or over-the-top. That is the case here, with Finland's first bunny killer film. The film's punchline will not be revealed here; instead, readers can see all of the absurdity below. From the story, a strange furry killer lays waste to the Finnish countryside. His motivations are obvious. And, a group of friends are soon to meet this lustful party-crasher. As well, Raven Banner Entertainment is repping this picture. Raven Banner will sell world wide rights for the film. The film will also be released in Europe, this year. Release Date: Tba. Director: Joonas Makkonen. Writers: Joonas Makkonen and Miika J. Norvanto. Cast: Enni Ojutkangas, Gareth Lawrence and Veera W. Vilo. The »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Your Trip to The Gallows Begins in this Harrowing Trailer

21 May 2015 12:56 PM, PDT

The Gallows, from Blumhouse Productions, has a second, longer trailer. The first teaser was released in mid-April. The clip showed a blood red background and a creeping figure. In the second clip, more characters are revealed, along with settings and the antagonist. If horror fans look closely, they will see a potato-bagged villain, lurking in the background (@ 2:08). The entire trailer is housed here. More story details have also been revealed. In the film, several actors decide to revitalize a play. Abandoned twenty years ago, the play draws the wrong sort of crowd. Now, a killer is cleaving his way through the cast, causing a delay in production and a big, bloody mess. The Gallows is a found footage film. All of the action is captured by the characters, which begs the question: who would be stalwart enough to film their own murder? More details on the film, including the trailer, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Cooties Transforms Dodgeball and Hopscotch into Blood and Terror in this First Trailer

20 May 2015 11:15 AM, PDT

The first trailer for Cooties is showing here. This horror comedy stars Elijah Wood (Maniac), Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson. Each actor plays a teacher, at an elementary school. At the school, a chicken nugget zombie virus is turning the young scholars into feral monsters. To be released in September, the first trailer focuses on comedy, with horror elements relegated to the finale. Fans of film can view the trailer here. Writer Leigh Whannell (Insidious) was inspired by his dislike of children to write the script. Whannell said of his writing inspiration: "my friend Ian Brennan and I wanted to write a film about one of life’s most universal experiences – hatred for precocious, adorable children. And so we started work on Cooties, a film about a virus that turns school children into monsters and therefore makes it okay to beat them up with hockey sticks." In the trailer, the »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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February Houses Trapped Students and a Vengeful Spirit: A Preview

19 May 2015 4:10 PM, PDT

Tagline: "She returns." February is a recently completed horror and thriller. The film, developed by the Highland Film Group, involves an all girls' school and an unseen evil force. The film stars Kiernan Khipka (Carriers),Emma Roberts, Lauren Holly and James Remar. Recently completed in Ontario, a concept poster for the film has been released; that graphic is hosted here. For more on the story, Rose and Kat are snowed in, at their local university. Kat begins to see horrifying visions as the college is invaded by a malevolent force. Outside of the school, Joan (Roberts) is drawn to the school, with evil intentions. This title began shooting in 2015 and finished shortly thereafter. As well, the film's first graphic shows the character Joan, sallying up to the university, with blood-soaked footprints. The austere landscape promises isolation and future horrors. A trailer, for February, is sure to come this way soon. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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