13 items from 2017
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
As our own Matt Gerardi pointed out in his terrific game-in-progress dispatches, Resident Evil 7: Biohazard wears its horror-movie influences on its bloodied, mold-encrusted sleeve: Genre fans who fight their way through Capcom’s latest booby-trapped funhouse will be rewarded with subtle (and not-so-subtle) references to The Exorcist, Alien, Saw, The Blair Witch Project, and the gooey body-horror classics of David Cronenberg. To be sure, encountering allusions to these touchstones is a big part of RE7’s appeal; I never expected that I’d ever get to essentially “play” the infamous dinner-table scene from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre—and that it’d be nearly as scary as the real one. But for this longtime horror and Resident Evil junkie, the game’s most rewarding throwback may be to its own franchise roots. For all the fuss made about the switch to a first-person point of »
- A.A. Dowd, Gwen Ihnat, Nick Wanserski
Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.
For spanning half a century and six films to date, George A. Romero’s Dead series could reasonably be labeled the most ambitious single-auteur franchise in horror. Beginning with Night of the Living Dead’s release in »
- The Film Stage
Ryan Lambie Feb 16, 2017
When it came to Steven Spielberg's 2001 sci-fi film, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, Jeanine Salla played a low-profile yet important role. Educated at Bangalore University, Salla was an expert in engineering and machine intelligence, and considered so important to the makers of A.I. that she was given a credit in the movie's posters and trailers.
See related Power Rangers, boob armour, and impractical costumes
The only thing was, Jeanine Salla never existed.
Before the spring of 2001, almost nothing had been seen of Spielberg's latest sci-fi movie. That the director had taken over the project from his late friend Stanley Kubrick was well known, as were its origins in a story by British sci-fi writer Brian Aldiss called Supertoys Last All Summer Long. But Spielberg had remained secretive through A.I.'s shoot, »
Population Zero, 2016.
Directed by Julian T. Pinder.
Documentarian Julian Pinder attempts to unlock the mystery of ‘The Yellowstone Murders’, a seemingly senseless killing of three men in the Yellowstone National Park which involves a remarkable technicality within the United States Constitution…
Billed as a cross between The Blair Witch Project and Making a Murderer, Population Zero ends up being decidedly more the latter. A faux documentary about a fictional, national tabloid grabbing murder at the Yellowstone National Park, this tale features Canadian filmmaker Julian Pinder attempting to uncover the mystery behind a seemingly senseless triple homicide of three young men by a man with no motive for the crime. Here’s the rub, however – a glitch, a loophole in the United States Constitution involving the demarcation of states in relation to Yellowstone, means a man who admitted culpability immediately after the crime walked free without trial. Pinder’s film »
- Tony Black
Simon Brew Feb 3, 2017
When a movie hits big out of the blue, it’s unwritten Hollywood law that the imitators aren’t too far behind. That’s why, after American Pie brought Porky’s-esque sex-tinged (late) teen comedies back to prominence in 1999, the box office was flooded with similar fare for years after. The Blair Witch Project, meanwhile, hit out of nowhere, and found footage horror is only now dying away. The late Wes Craven, meanwhile, wryly noted just how quickly Hollywood had cashed in on the success of 1996’s Scream, when spoof Scary Movie popped out the year after.
Going back to 1992, though, and it was the turn of the erotic thriller to enjoy its resurgence. »
It seems the 90s are back with a vengeance, what with The Blair Witch Project sequel shaking its way into theaters, and two of the scariest J-horror villains coming together in Sadako vs. Kayako, which makes its North American debut… Continue Reading →
The post Exclusive Interview with Elly Nanami (Sadako) and Runa Endo (Kayako) on Sadako vs. Kayako appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Staci Layne Wilson
The original Blair Witch Project arguably created the found footage genre when it was released back in 1999. Telling the tale of a bunch of students striding out into the Maryland woodlands, the film offered audiences a new way of experiencing terror from the point of view of those being subjected to it, and they lapped it up. Now, the franchise is back with a bang in, well, Blair Witch, a Force Awakens to the original’s still terrifying A New Hope. With Blair Witch arriving on Blu-ray and DVD from January 23rd, what better opportunity to look at some of the terrors of the found footage genre:
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Okay, I know we just said The Blair Witch Project created the genre, but only inasmuch as Halloween created the stalk’n’slash (when actually, Black Christmas pipped it to the post but didn’t take off in quite the same »
Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to horror, Oscar winners to new indies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service, either for the first time or as part of a nostalgic binge. Enjoy.
1. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (available February 1)
The 1993 stop-motion classic directed by Henry Slick and produced by Tim Burton tells the story of Jack Skellington, a resident from Halloween Town who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday.
2. “The Blair Witch Project” (available February 1)
Directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez, the 1999 found footage horror film became one of the most successful indie films of all time when it was released. The movie follows three film students »
- Liz Calvario
Capture Kill Release, 2016.
A couple buy a camera and film themselves planning to murder a random stranger for the sexual thrill, but things don’t quite go to plan when one of them takes a more active role in the killing.
Nearly twenty years ago The Blair Witch Project very much set the tone for found-footage movies: natural lighting, non-pro actors using their real names, it felt grounded and genuine, like we were actually watching these atrocities unfold for real before our very eyes. Somewhere along the line though, something got lost in translation, and now the sub-genre feels noticeably worn and really rather spent. It would surely take something much cheaper, and more basic in its ambitions to really revive it the way the original Blair Witch, did all those years back. »
- Ben Robins
Abbi Jacobson is a reliable comic presence but she’s lost in this slight tale of disparate characters over a single New York day
While Sundance has become a trusted, and often forgotten, launchpad for vital genre offerings (in previous years The Blair Witch Project, Saw, The Witch and The Babadook all premiered at the festival), it’s mainly associated with quirky low-budget indies that warrant use of the heinous term “dramedy”. The often overwhelming number of films that neatly fall into this bracket means that some fall by the wayside, their entire reason for existing boiled down to a Park City premiere.
Related: Al Gore's Inconvenient Sequel to open Sundance in acutely political year
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- Benjamin Lee
Does The Blair Witch Project have a lasting legacy? Sure, the film is remembered, but is it remembered fondly? Does it linger? In fairness, you'd be hard-pressed to deny the success of the famously low budget Indie's "Diy" innovations. From its cinematic DNA, to its viral ad campaign (before there were viral ad campaigns), the film's initial cultural impact was not only impressive, but virtually inescapable. It was the kind of "lightning in a bottle" moment in the horror genre that was as rare in a Post-"Scream" 90's world as it was improbable. The film's follow-up, the hastily trotted out misfire Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was an unsurprising failure on...well, most levels. With Paradise Lost director Joe Berlinger at the helm, it managed to have a strong grasp...
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The Walking Dead gets a makeover in one of several new covers that celebrate Image Comics' upcoming 25th anniversary. In today's Horror Highlights, we also have a look at a "scare video" for The Bye Bye Man, information on a new Wattpadd short story contest for The Magicians, DVD release details for Wolf House, a behind-the-scenes featurette for Pitchfork, and a look at a killer Jason Lives enamel pin from London 1888.
The Walking Dead #164 Variant Cover: Press Release: "Image Comics is thrilled to reveal the first 11 of 15 homage variants planned for February’s 25th anniversary theme month—“tribute covers” celebrating iconic cover images from throughout the company’s history.
Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants, beginning with Wednesday, February 1st—the exact date of Image Comics’ founding in 1992, and the date of this year’s “Image Comics Day.”
“One of the »
- Derek Anderson
With few new releases in the first week of the new year, the top five disc sellers are unchanged from the previous week.
Sony Pictures’ “The Magnificent Seven” enjoyed a third week at No. 1 on the Npd VideoScan disc sales chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, for the week ended Jan. 8.
The highest-ranking newcomer was Lionsgate’s “Blair Witch,” the belated third installment in the “found footage” horror franchise that began with 1999’s “The Blair Witch Project.” The film, with a domestic gross of $20.8 million, debuted at No. 7 on the overall disc sales chart, behind Paramount’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” which again finished the week at No. 6.
On the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart, »
- Thomas K. Arnold
13 items from 2017
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