7 items from 2013
Open Road, which scared up $40 million at the U.S. box office earlier this year with “Haunted House,” plans a March, 2014 release date. »
- Dave McNary
Feature Ryan Lambie 9 Aug 2013 - 06:08
This week's crowdfunding selection includes an animated haunted house documentary, and a story about ads in the back of old comics...
The thing weirdest thing about crowdfunding websites is their ability to invent a demand for stuff you wouldn't necessarily think would have a market. Only this week, we've stumbled on a successful campaign for some sort of gigantic stone tortoise, some magic multimedia eggs from another dimension, and God only knows what this card game's all about.
While not all of these things are to our taste, we're happy that crowdfunding provides a platform to all kinds of eccentric ideas - and that's the loose theme for this week's selection of projects, which includes a macabre point-and-click adventure, a spooky animated short film, and an illustrated story about what happens when a kid decides to buy all the stuff from the back of an old comic. »
Haunted house movies have become such a regular part of the movie release slate recently that you might feel exhausted by them. Maybe you think you.ve seen it all by now. Well, hold that thought, because you haven.t yet seen horror auteur Vincenzo Natali.s take on haunted house. The trailer above, tipped by The Playlist, is for Natali.s Haunter. Okay, the title is a snooze, but this creepy feature boasts ghosts, a mystery, a serial killer, and something deeply twisted. Written by Brian King, Haunter stars Abigail Breslin as Lisa, a teen girl desperately bored of her family.s mind-numbing routine. But then she realizes they are not the only ones living in their home.well, living might not be the right word. The house is haunted by a string of girls all murdered over the years by a methodical serial killer. Now Lisa must join »
It’s been a bang-up year for horror films. Evil Dead, The Conjuring, Mama … like them or loathe them, they’ve managed to get audiences into the seats for some scary thrills. Coming up this October, just in time for Halloween, is Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter, starring Abigail Breslin. The trailer for the film just hit today and honestly, it doesn’t look half bad.
Abigail Breslin stars as a teenage girl trying to save her family from a seriously screwed-up haunted house in this thriller. There’s more to the story, given details that hit when Haunter was originally announced, but the trailer does not seem to want to reveal the whole plot in one go.
From what’s shown here, the film looks like your standard haunted house fare, which can be just fine. There are ghosts and slamming doors, an evil that will not die, murders and »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh Leon (Aaron Poole) has returned to his estranged mother’s (Vanessa Redgrave) home for the first time in years, but it’s her death that brought him back. Charged with going through her belongings before selling off the property he discovers that before she passed away his mother had developed an odd fascination with angels. The discoveries continue as strange events begin happening that lead him to believe his mother may be trying to communicate with him from beyond. Haunted house movies, both the good ones and the bad, usually share little more than a desire to entertain and scare, but the rare ones try to do a little more than that and make audiences feel or think as well. Writer »
- Rob Hunter
The latest horror frenzy hit the big screens on July 19 in the form of ‘The Conjuring,’ a haunted house flick based on real events. So are we looking at a screamtastic classic, or just a mediocre snoozer? See what the critics thought!
One day you’re moving into a gorgeous house in New England — it’s always in New England — and the next thing you know, you’re being haunted by evil supernatural spirits. So goes the plot of The Conjuring, the latest installation in the haunted house horror movie genre. We love a good supernatural domestic screamer, but so many have fallen flat (ahem, The Amityville Horror remake), will The Conjuring be any different?
‘The Conjuring’ Reviews
New York Times
The Conjuring isn’t just primarily set in the 1970s, it also taps into the paranoia that is both an evergreen American trait and a crucial characteristic of films of that era, »
- Andrew Gruttadaro
Like all good Trekkies at the Con, I had to get my Captain Kirk fix. I got to mainline mine while moderating the "Comedy Legends of TV Land" panel with Wayne Knight (Newman!), Roseanne Barr and the one and only Mr. William Shatner! Hanging with William Shatner on Thursday at Comic-Con is like being Buddy the Elf with Santa Claus. I kept saying to myself, "I know him!" Favorite moment was when Shatner had Roseanne tell a dirty joke in exchange for a chance to hear him sing. Guess what he sang: the National Anthem. Lol. Running into Jack Black, »
- Carrie Keagan
7 items from 2013
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