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When I was a kid, I used to love a scary movie. I remember catching the original The Haunting (1963) one night on Channel 9’s Million Dollar Movie when I was home alone. Before it was over, I had every light in the house on. When my mother got home she was screaming she’d been able to see the house glowing from two blocks away. The only thing screaming louder than her was the electricity meter.
That was something of an accomplishment, scaring me like that. Oh, it’s not that I was hard to scare (I still don’t like going down into a dark cellar). But, in those days, the movies didn’t have much to scare you with. Back as far as the 50s, you might find your odd dismemberment and impaling, even an occasional decapitation, but, generally, the rule of the day was restraint. Even those rare dismemberments, »
- Bill Mesce
The Entity, 2015.
Directed by Eduardo Schuldt.
A group of students discover a terrifying “reaction video” on the internet in which all the participants have died in mysterious circumstances. The search to discover the whereabouts of the video reveal an obscure corner of cyberspace known as the Dark Web where a curse brings death to all who witness the video.
What do you get if you cross The Blair Witch Project with Ringu? The Entity! Peruvian director Eduardo Schuldt brings his horror movie debut to the big screen, having previously worked on children’s animations such as Freedom Force (2013) and The Dolphin (2010). Although Schuldt shows an aptitude for providing scares and tension, there is nothing new in The Entity. In fact the title is pretty apt. It is an entity, it exists, but that really is all that can be said about it. »
- Gary Collinson
Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an Rv to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them…
I hate found footage movies. Scratch that. I fucking loathe found footage movies, with every bone in my body. The trope is tired, played out and the Laziest way to make a horror film. Period. Since the format exploded with The Blair Witch Project, filmmakers (and non-filmmakers) everywhere have »
- Phil Wheat
The folks at Fathom Events are making sure "everyone's entitled to one good scare" this October, as they have announced the theatrical return of John Carpenter’s Halloween for one night only on Thursday, October 29th:
Press Release: Denver -- The horror classic “John Carpenter’s Original Halloween” (1978) is returning to the big screen for a special one-night event on Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. local time. Fathom Events, in partnership with SpectiCast, will present this fan favorite in its entirety with an exclusive introduction by John Carpenter, providing insights on “Halloween” and how it has forever changed the horror genre in Hollywood.
Tickets for “John Carpenter’s Original Halloween” can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a »
- Derek Anderson
The horror classic “Halloween” is coming to more than 220 movie theaters around America for one night leading into Halloween weekend, 37 years after the low-budget tale of teenage terror captivated audiences.
Tickets went on sale Wednesday, Sept. 30 for the event, which includes a special introduction of the film by writer and director John Carpenter. Screenings begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 — two days before Halloween.
“Halloween” told the story of Michael Myers, a six-year-old who brutally murders his sister on a cold Halloween night in 1963. After 15 years in a mental hospital, he returns to his sleepy hometown of Haddonfield, Ill., with a plan for more bloodshed. Michael (played by Nick Castle and Tony Moran) stalks Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis, in her big screen debut) and her friends as they babysit. Donald Pleasance plays the psychiatrist, Dr. Sam Loomis.
The 1978 film debuted Oct. 25, 1978 in Kansas City and slowly spread to theaters across the U. »
- James Rainey
London’s Raindance Film Festival has spent the past 23 years focusing on emerging filmmakers and championing independent cinema. It has brought pics such as “The Blair Witch Project” and “Pulp Fiction” to U.K. auds while recognizing the talent of helmers such as Trey Parker and Nicolas Winding Refn early in their careers. And while this year, the heartbeat of Europe’s largest indie fest will remain the same, the latest edition, which unspools Sept. 23 in London, will unveil a raft of fresh offerings for new and loyal Raindance attendees alike.
More than 100 film features are set to screen during the 12-day extravaganza, 30% of which are world premieres and roughly 60% of which are European premieres. The fest will open with the world preem of U.S. spy thriller “Newcomer,” toplining James Floyd (British Independent Film Award winner) and Anthony Lapaglia, and will also play host to the world preem of »
- Diana Lodderhose
Most movies are either given massive theatrical launches or they are relegated to on-demand and DVD.
But Jason Blum, the producer of micro-budget hits like “The Purge” and “Sinister,” believes there’s a third way. His Blumhouse Productions will tweak traditional distribution patterns and marketing strategies with three upcoming horror releases, the first of which will be Eli Roth’s cannibal film “Green Inferno.”
“We’re trying to take advantage of the continuing evolution of marketing and distribution options within the horror genre,” said John Hegeman, the marketing and distribution veteran who is overseeing the release. “We believe there’s a middle ground that focuses on a more controlled theatrical release driven by digital and social engagement with a specific and identifiable audience.”
When “Green Inferno” debuts next week, it will roll out over approximately 1,500 targeted theaters, roughly half of the number of venues used in a standard wide release. »
- Brent Lang
Anyone who thinks all bad movies are a laugh riot would be cured if locked in a cinema during a triple bill of Track Of The Moon Beast, Octaman and Tales From The Crapper. Movies that are enjoyably bad are a rare commodity (if not a dying breed), but the amount of joyless and oppressive films stretches to the moon and back.
You could, for instance, find yourself watching The Creeping Terror, surely the only movie where a killer carpet from space terrorizes a community by devouring folk singers and bikinied starlets. If that description sounds like fun, be aware that the director lost the soundtrack in post-production and brought in a local newsreader to narrate the picture, turning a cheap and messy film into a thoroughly unwatchable one.
- Ian Watson
After a series of work-for-hire gigs devoid of the auteurist touches that initially made him a cinematic phenomenon, M. Night Shyamalan, with “The Visit,” rediscovers his mojo and delivers his best effort in years. Moreover, he does so by turning to, of all things, that most tiresome of subgenres: the found-footage horror film. In theory, it’s hardly a natural fit, as Shyamalan’s most acclaimed films were marked by long takes, methodical camerawork, and a deathly pallor — stylistic signatures far removed from the jittery camcorder visuals of “The Blair Witch Project” and its ilk. And yet with his latest, the “The 6th Sense” and “Signs” director proves adept at wielding such aesthetics to creative, unsettling ends, all for a story about a 15-year-old girl and her younger brother going to stay with their mother’s estranged parents for the first time. For aspiring filmmaker Becca (Olivia De Jonge), that »
- Nick Schager
While it may not quite be the final countdown, now is the time that the giant marketing machine will begin to partner up with previously scheduled events, such as the Superbowl, for example. The studio is working with a popular snack brand to run a competition that will give a fledgling filmmaker the chance to work alongside director Zack Snyder on a future DC project. The good news for those that are not fledgling filmmakers, is that Snyder has been talking to the press to publicize the venture, leading to some interesting comments being made in an interview with Yahoo.
Firstly, on the subject of superhero movies in general, Zack Snyder briefly discussed the recent comment made »
- Sarah Myles
Get ready to be terrified as Thorpe Park is bringing back its Fright Nights for a 14th year next month.
The annual celebration of all things horror and Halloween will return from October 9 to November 1, including a brand new Big Top Carnival maze.
Digital Spy was scared witless by the event last year, so expect 2015 to be even more disgusting.
The Big Top will feature an array of sordid characters including adult babies, clowns and mime artists as they creep you out while trying to work your way through the dank corridors.
Other experiences will include a Fortune Teller's Wagon, a mirror maze with clowns, a creepy fun house, a torture chamber and a circus 'scare room'. If that doesn't put hair on your lips, nothing will.
There’s somewhat of a youthful arrogance when you’re in your first long-term relationship. That naive “We’ll always be together” mentality that comes along with being with someone since you were a teenage has always made for good storytelling, and Hannah Fidell’s 6 Years captures just that, the moment when that long-term, only thinking of each other kind of youthful relationship begins to compete with the ambitions and temptations of being a grown adult.
Telling the story of Don (Ben Rosenfield, A Most Violent Year) and Melanie (American Horror Story‘s Taissa Farmiga), a couple in their early 20’s, one that has been a dating unit since their teens. While Melanie is on her way to becoming a teacher, Don interns at a record label, and dreams of being a part of that full time. They go to parties together, know and love each other’s families, and in spite of their friends, »
- Jerry Smith
Every month, the major streaming content providers engage in a natural cycle of renewal. For every title that.s removed from their extensive library of offerings, another few take its place. With September quickly approaching, Amazon has announced their slate of films that will be popping up in the Amazon Prime streaming queue throughout various points in the next few weeks . and we have 10 of the best viewing options you.ll have to choose from. So keep your eyes peeled, as the following films are going to drop at some point in the month ahead. The Blair Witch Project Before viral marketing became one of the leading tactics to market a film, The Blair Witch Project scared the hell out of audiences by convincing most of them that the film was about a real missing person.s case. Even after the mystery was revealed to be nothing but a really »
One of the main reasons we go to the movies is to be transported to another world. This might mean a literal different planet, or it might be some dangerous wilderness. While we love our space movies, we have a soft spot in our hearts for movies exploring Earth’s own extreme terrains.
This week sees the release of A Walk in the Woods, a film about a man who returns to the Us and decides to hike the Appalachian Trail to reconnect to his roots. Starring Robert Redford as a man intent on hiking the lengthy Georgia to Maine trek, A Walk in the Woods looks like a promising movie for the outdoor enthusiast. Nick Nolte, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and Emma Thompson also star.
Luckily for us, there’s no shortage of films celebrating the great outdoors. Hiking, climbing, you name it – if it can be done outside, »
- Amanda Wood
Last night, Adult Swim's longest-running series aired its final episode, just a few hours after the debut of a show inspired by cable's most popular drama. That's how it's been with television this year: Each "welcome" alternates with yet another "we'll be seeing ya" ride off into the sunset. We barely have time to process our feelings about the departure of an old friend before we have to meet the new neighbors.
So in this installment of Rolling Stone's weekly appreciation of TV's best and most-talked-about, we'll be saying some more hellos, »
In The Dark, 2015.
Written and Directed by David Spaltro.
A skeptical grad student and a renowned paranormal specialist investigate a potentially haunted home and the troubled woman inside whose affliction may be beyond the capacity of either of them.
While the best of horror is held in high esteem, the genre is often disregarded as the black sheep of Hollywood. For every Halloween or The Shining, there are countless Vampire Hookers and Killer Klowns from Outer Space… these are real movies by the way and no, that wasn’t a typo.
Aside from cult classics such as The Blair Witch Project, indie horror doesn’t hold the best track record, which is why it’s surprising that director David Spaltro chose to tackle the genre for his third feature, following the indie dramas Things I Don’t Understand and …Around. »
- David Opie
Supernatural horror The Witch debuted back in January at Sundance and made quite an impression. The result was rapturous, with a slew of Babadook-esque critical praises, and even a Best Director gong for debuting film-maker Robert Eggers. Check out the trailer below.
Witches are incredibly disturbing, more so than most things that go bump in the night. I can’t even put my finger on why that is, but every well-executed iteration, from Roald Dahl’s The Witches to 1999’s The Blair Witch Project, leaves me a shivering wreck. That’s probably why this trailer grabbed my attention.
Eggers’ film looks like a blend of the aforementioned fellow Sundance success, and Arthur Miller’s famed stage-play The Crucible, as a small community of 16th century settlers are plagued by a monster in the woods. Like The Village, but actually frightening.
The trailer’s sound design jars, the visuals are »
- Daniel Kelly
The best film I saw at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was Robert Eggers' "The Witch," a super-stylish, super-scary, witchy brew of madness that bears the mark of a seasoned auteur. Now that the film has been shuffled to early 2016 release (boo) from A24, "The Witch" also has a new trailer (below). Painterly images, ye-olde English, oozing ominous portent and pitch-perfect period detail drive chilling "The Witch," tale of a family of 17th-century New England settlers pushed to hysteria and violence by the malevolent, titular force nesting in the woods. Anya-Taylor Joy gives a breakout performance as the teenaged daughter of puritan parents, played by the brutally committed Kate Dickie and Ralph Ineson. This is the most exciting and important (and not to mention genuinely horrifying) American horror film since "The Blair Witch Project" blew up Sundance in 1999. Read More: 5 Films That Influence 'The Witch,' Sundance's Scariest Horror. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
September is coming -- and that means back to school, back to autumn leaves, and back to TV season. Huzzah! Amazon just released its list of September titles available for streaming on Prime and for rental or purchase on Amazon Instant Video. (If you missed the August titles, here they are.) They're offering tons of new episodes from the Fall 2015 TV season, and several recent blockbuster movies like "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (plus bonus features), "Pitch Perfect 2," and "Cinderella."
Check out all the September additions below.
New in September - Available for Streaming on Prime
Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows
The Crucible (1996)
The Swan Princess (1994)
Hannibal Rising (2007)
- Gina Carbone
Spanish horror film Para Elisa (For Elisa) will arrive on DVD and VOD on September 1st. But, the DVD-palooza doesn't stop there. Also in this round-up: Honeyspider and Cop Car DVD release details and Howl-o-Scream 2015 details.
Para Elisa: Press Release: "A job at a magnificent house owned by a famous musician seems too good to be true – and it is – in the tension-filled horror film Para Elisa. The acclaimed new Spanish film comes to DVD and VOD on September 1, 2015, from Dark Sky Films.
Desperate for some post-graduation cash, party girl Ana (Ona Casamiquela, Eva) answers a babysitting ad. She arrives for an interview at the elegant home of Diamantina (Luisa Gavasa, Flesh Memories), a former child prodigy pianist who is now an eccentric old woman who collects antique toys and dolls. Ana is disturbed by Diamantina’s odd behavior and horrified to discover that her child, Elisa (Ana Turpin, »
- Tamika Jones
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