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Easily the best segment in the 2012 franchise-starting, found-footage omnibus “V/H/S” was its first, “Amateur Night,” in which a trio of frat-type dudes out to shoot some consensual-or-not porn with unwitting “real” girls find that one bar pickup isn’t a girl — or even human — at all. It was short, sweet, and shocking. None of those qualities quite carry over to “Siren,” a belated feature expansion of the earlier film, with Hannah Fierman the only major returning talent, as the titular creature. Encompassing more conventional genre material than its predecessor (and jettisoning the found-footage angle, perhaps thankfully), this is nonetheless an energetic and entertaining exercise that could spawn its own spin-offs. Chiller Films opened “Siren” on a handful of U.S. screens Dec. 2, with DVD and streaming release following four days later.
After a prelude, in which a sheriff and the cowboy-hatted Mr. Nyx (Justin Welborn) discover the bloody »
- Dennis Harvey
Scream Factory over the last couple years has become a household name for horror fans and collectors of physical media. Creating “collector’s editions” of cult favorites like Ginger Snaps and Psycho 2 helped build a reputation of putting out movies for the real fans who often feel ignored and spend absurds amount of money to get a poor quality extended cut of Nightbreed. One of my favorite thing about these releases is that the movies were often released so many years ago that those involved with the productions share juicy stories of problematic productions and what made them unhappy with the end results. Sometimes though there is online backlash when a fan feels Scream Factory let them down by not including some kind of extra feature on one of their releases. An example was when they announced the final details of the complete box set of all the Halloween movies. »
HBO has a pretty big October ahead of it: The premium network is debuting a number of new shows next month, including the J.J. Abrams-produced Westworld, and web star Issa Rae’s Insecure. All of those new series—including Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce and the debut of its nightly newscast, Vice News Tonight—will be available next month to subscribers to the network’s HBO Now service.
Of course, it wouldn’t be October without a few horror films to back up those brand new shows, and HBO’s offering up some suitably spooky movies to serve as a backdrop for your Halloween. There’s the 2015 Poltergeist movie, for instance (and the 1982 original), or the old Justin Long screamer Jeepers Creepers. If you want a little silent melancholy with your horror, meanwhile, you could dip into I Am Legend or 28 Days Later, or go loud ...
- William Hughes
I Am Not a Serial Killer is being marketed as a thriller, which is a bit misleading. The film is more or less a thriller combined with an offbeat comedy. Think John Dies at the End mixed with Horns and a dash of Jeepers Creepers. If that sounds like something you would like then you should definitely check out I Am Not a […] »
- Trace Thurman
Holly Hogan Jul 15, 2016
Scream season 2 is delving deeper into its characters' psychological damage and is all the better for it...
This review contains spoilers.
Let The Right One In is a wonderful Swedish movie about the relationship between a beautiful vampire girl and a human boy. (This is an oversimplification, of course--just watch it if you haven’t.) Part of vampire lore, of course, is that they have to be invited into a place before they can enter, which is a big part of what the movie title implies, and which brings us to this week’s episode of Scream. No, vampires haven’t come to Lakewood, but reasons abound for our remaining Five to be wary of who they “let in.”
Eli very much tops the list this week of non-vampires who should regardless be kept at a healthy distance on the metaphorical doorstep. »
Holly Hogan Jul 11, 2016
Concealment between friends proves frustrating in the latest episode of MTV's Scream season 2...
This review contains spoilers.
2.6 Jeepers Creepers
A plot device that is a personal pet peeve of mine is when characters keep things from each other. It often seems to unnecessarily complicate matters in trying to create tension, and I’d rather just see natural conflicts and twists and turns. This week’s Scream, thus, had several moments that caused me some consternation, but it also had several genuinely effective character moments that balanced it all out.
You’d think the survivors of Lakewood’s run of murder and mayhem would have learned to stick together by now, but the kids can’t seem to get it together. Audrey’s situation is more understandable, but Emma almost seems like she’s trying to be as [un]blissfully ignorant as she can...which makes one wonder what »
Scream: The TV Series has been having a great season with its sophomore run, and a move to a new night doesn’t seem to be slowing it down at all. Let’s take a look at what happened in this week’s new episode, “Jeepers Creepers.” The episode opens with the Lakewood Five all dealing with the discovery of Jake’s body in their own way. In particular, Noah is reeling from the revelation that Audrey is somehow involved in the murder, but he doesn’t quite understand how yet. Emma, too, is in a weird place as she’s now in contact with the
Scream Season 2 Episode 6 Review: “Jeepers Creepers” »
- Jasef Wisener
The killer sort of has it easy in Scream's "Jeepers Creepers." With Noah's suspicions about Audrey and Brooke's about Seth, the potential victims end up right where the killer wants them. Yet no one actually dies on screen and the killer's identity remains a mystery.
Here are the ways that the Lakewood Five made things super easy for the killer in "Jeepers Creepers."
Is Audrey being truthful to Noah about what really happened with Piper?
On Scream Season 2 Episode 6, Audrey finally opened up to Noah after it seemed like he was out to get her.
My main gripe was how Noah let Emma say that it wasn't Audrey. He should have thrown all the facts her way at the beginning so they were on the same page.
Emma should know better than to rule people out quickly. Doesn't she remember what happened with Piper?
The scene at the fun fair with Audrey tricking Noah was great. Noah said a lot of things he never would have and it actually made me think that he secretly likes Audrey.
It all goes back to that kiss a few weeks ago. Audrey didn't want to hear anything about it, but he seemed to think it was great. Could this have been part of his game?
It could be. »
- Paul Dailly
In this episode of Scream, "Jeepers Creepers," Noah and Emma work together to clear Audrey's name and Brooke conducts her own investigation to track down Jake's killer.
Everybody's dealing with the grisly discovery of Jake's body and the immediate aftermath. Brooke looks like she could play the lead in an update of Girl, Interrupted, Audrey is burning rage and calories by kickboxing, Noah is dealing with the very real possibility that Audrey is the second shooter (so to speak), and Kieran is trying to get back into Emma's good graces after selling her out to the Sheriff.
When the first promo dropped for Fox's TV series adaptation of The Exorcist, I and many other horror fans were left aghast at what appeared to be a completely wrong-headed utilization of that classic title. At the time I described the show as a "cynical cash grab," and I'll stand by that assessment until those involved can prove me wrong. When you're brazen enough to exploit a title as beloved as The Exorcist, the burden of proof is on you to prove that you're not just slapping it onto a weak imitation of the original. On this week's episode of Nightmare Fuel, I talk to Daily Dead Managing Editor and horror guru Heather Wixson about all things Exorcist (while we're at it, doesn't Geena Davis deserve better?), in addition to The X-Files (is it time for Chris Carter to step aside from his own series?) and the controversy over Fox's »
- Chris Eggertsen
Though no official confirmation has come down, Jared Leto has seemingly been cast as the new Lestat in Fault in Our Stars writer-director Josh Boone's Interview with the Vampire re-adaptation (at least according to an Instagram post by Boone earlier this week), leading to both outrage and excitement from Leto detractors and fans, respectively. On this week's episode of HitFix's horror chat series Nightmare Fuel, Drew McWeeny (who does not appear onscreen due to some unfortunate technical difficulties) and I discuss Leto's seeming involvement in the film, speculate on what he would bring to the role and talk about why the Oscar-winning actor is such a divisive figure in general. (Note: The Leto/Lestat discussion begins at 7:15 in.) Also on tap: a discussion of that Craft sequel/remake that HitFix made news with earlier this week as well as Universal's big-budget Monster reboots, which both Drew and I harbor serious reservations about. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Scream Factory Presents Jeepers Creepers & Jeepers Creepers 2 On Collector’s Edition Blu-rays June 14, 2016 “The scariest opening sequence of any horror picture in recent memory.” – Los Angeles Times On June 14, 2016, Scream Factory presents the definitive home video release of one of the scariest modern-classic horror films ever made …
Nightmare Fuel, your weekly dose of horror here at HitFix, is back with another episode featuring Ashlee Blackwell, who offered such great insights last week I decided to bring her back for another round. For those not in the know, Ashlee is the founder of Graveyard Shift Sisters, a blog that's focused on "purging the black female horror fan from the margins," according to the site's official Twitter. Ashlee and I had a lot to talk about this week! For one, that visually lavish first trailer for Nicholas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon, a "supermodel horror" film starring Elle Fanning that boasts some definite Suspiria under(over?)tones. Also on tap: The Mist TV series ordered by Spike (which opened up a conversation about the 2007 film version's divisive ending, which Ashlee liked far better than I), the latest sequels in the Underworld and Resident Evil franchises (which horror series got the sequel thing right? »
- Chris Eggertsen
Welcome to the latest episodes of The ScreamCast! Each episode sees hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson take a look at another slice of home video horror.
Don’t forget to check out TheScreamCast.com for the show notes and for more news and reviews of Scream Factory releases and make sure to follow them on Twitter too!
Episode 96: The Night Brings Bees, Vampires and a Guy Named Charlie!
This week brings a full plate of discussion as we cover Vinegar Syndrome’s release of 1978’s The Bees with our Lead Contributor to thescreamcast.com, Josh Obershaw! Also on the discussion board: Vinegar Syndrome’s February Bundle, Scream Factory’s Jeepers Creepers announcement, Sundown: The Vampires In Retreat (1989) and The Night Brings Charlie (1990).
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Episode 97: Mondo Macabro & A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin
We have a packed show for you today! After »
- Phil Wheat
Good day, horror fanatics! Are you hardcore enough to survive another Nightmare Fuel episode? This week we are bringing it to you straight, no chaser, with Graveyard Shift Sisters founder Ashlee Blackwell, a writer and genre aficionado who has made it her mission to "Purge the Black Female Horror Fan From The Margins," according to her official Twitter. I love all of this. Hey guess what, horror has a diversity problem. Can you believe it? Though men and women of color make up a significant portion of the genre's fanbase, they are severely underrepresented both on-and-off-screen, not only in Hollywood but within horror fandom itself. Are you shocked? Appalled? Let Ashlee show you the way, she is fighting the good fight. While we're on the subject of diversity, guess who wasn't included on the cover of the new Ghostbusters Blu-ray? Not Bill Murray! This week I go in depth with »
- Chris Eggertsen
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits: James Cameron offers a non-update on Avatar 2. Laurence Fishburne talks about landing a role in John Wick: Chapter 2. Ewan McGregor says nice things about the Trainspotting sequel script. Jeepers Creepers 3 runs into a huge problem. Neighbors 2 reveals a new poster. The last time we talked […]
- Jacob Hall
Casting website removes ad for 18-year-old to play 13-year-old girl fleeing abuse after intervention by the Union of British Columbia Performers
A convicted paedophile film-maker is facing outrage after issuing a casting call for the part of a young girl who flees her abusive grandfather in his new horror film.
Victor Salva, best known for the Jeepers Creepers movies, plans to shoot sequel Jeepers Creepers III on location in British Columbia, Canada, this spring. But a call for the role of 13-year-old Addison has now been removed from a casting website after the local actors’ union publicised the film-maker’s past.
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- Ben Child
I've broached the subject of Jeepers Creepers 3 and Victor Salva here before, first with an op-ed shortly after the project was announced and most recently during a discussion with filmmaker, author and Dread Central West Coast contributor Staci Layne Wilson once production on the film was rumored to be imminent (you can watch our convo above or below). The crux of the issue involves Salva's 1988 criminal conviction on charges of sexually molesting the 12-year-old star of his 1989 debut feature Clownhouse -- for which he served 15 months of a 3 year sentence -- and his continued Hollywood career in spite of that horrendous act. (Salva has directed eight feature films since Clownhouse, including the first two installments of the Jeepers Creepers series.) While Salva has not re-offended, he is still rightly viewed with suspicion when it comes to working with underage actors; still others feel he should never be allowed to direct again. »
- Chris Eggertsen
As we reported last week, Jeepers Creepers 3: Cathedral is getting ready to start shooting in Canada. But the production has hit a snag. Director Victor Salva's criminal past is coming back to haunt him. The Canadian Performers Union has nixed a casting call that went out a few days ago. Though it's not yet clear how this will affect production, or if it will stall the start date of the long-delayed sequel.
Way back in 1988, Victor Salva pleaded no contest and was convicted for engaging in oral copulation with a minor. The director, who was making the horror thriller Clownhouse at the time, reportedly video taped himself in sexual acts with that movie's then 12-year-old lead actor Nathan Forrest Winters. The filmmaker served 19 months in jail. And has since gone onto have a fairly successful film career, writing and directing Jeepers Creepers in 2001 and its 2003 sequel Jeepers Creepers 2. »
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