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Last week, I was invited to attend the opening night of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which this year boasts a total of six movie and TV-themed mazes: The Exorcist, American Horror Story, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Freddy vs. Jason, Halloween and Krampus, in addition to a "Terror Tram" attraction "presented" by Eli Roth. It was a free ticket! Of course I went. Truth be told, I sort of loathe theme parks. Or at least, I loathe the interminable lines that you're forced to stand in when you visit one. I'm also not particularly fond of the kind of monstrous, stomach-destroying roller coasters that have seemingly become more and more life-threatening with each passing year. Once, at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California, I foolishly rode X2, described on the park's official website as "a trail-blazing fifth dimension roller coaster." I can't be certain of this, but »
- Chris Eggertsen
This year marked the ninth time I’ve been fortunate enough to attend Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights here in Hollywood, and this latest iteration of nerve-shredding mazes and haunts delivered some rather unique experiences that I absolutely loved. While not every maze was a home run for me this year, by and large, I had a fantastic time at Hhn 2016, and it felt like a great way to kick off every horror fan’s favorite season.
Our night began on the Terror Tram, which was the brainchild of Eli Roth this year. The horror filmmaker designed a cavalcade of demented clowns with various themes (the hooker and firefighter clowns were among my favorites because those folks were really into their roles and endlessly tormented attendees as we walked through), and while it may not be the most original idea these days to just do something with clowns, I was »
- Heather Wixson
Ahead of the theatrical and VOD release of Tell Me How I Die on September 16th, Daily Dead has an exclusive clip from the film. Also: details on YouTube Spaces and Blumhouse's horror Vr collaboration, Child Eater's world premiere at Brooklyn Horror Fest, Destination America's Mountain Monsters season five renewal, and Iris Prize Festival screening details for Kill Pill.
Watch an Exclusive Clip from Tell Me How I Die: "When a group of college students takes part in an experimental drug study, an unexpected side effect gives them terrifying visions of their own murders… which begin to come true. As they scramble to outsmart and outmaneuver their date with death, they realize that the killer is among them and shares their ability to see the future – only he seems to be one step ahead in their race to survive."
- Tamika Jones
Along with several other journalists, Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to chat with John Murdy, the Creative Director of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, as he gave us a tour through their upcoming American Horror Story-themed attraction that opens this Friday night in Los Angeles. During our tour, Murdy filled us in on a few details about what fans can expect from the American Horror Story haunt, and he gave us a few tidbits on several other attractions as well.
Here are some highlights of what we learned from speaking with Murdy, and below is a photo gallery from both the American Horror Story and Krampus mazes (as well as a sneak peek at the Freddy vs. Jason facade) to give you guys a look at just some of what you can expect from the 2016 Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood. For more information and to get tickets, visit: http://www. »
- Heather Wixson
Since Horrorwood still hasn’t graced with a Freddy Vs. Jason sequel – or a Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash production while we’re at it – Japan stepped up and delivered their own legendary horror throwdown. Sadako vs. Kayako pits The Ring demon Sadako against The Gruge baddie Kayako (and her ghost child Toshi), in their native forms. American audiences may know Sadako as “Samara,” but that doesn’t mean you’ll be lost throughout Kôji Shiraishi’s supernatural heavyweight bout. Those with a palate for J-Horror will be more in-tune with Shiraishi’s darkly humorous ghost story, as two of the meanest undead ladies in all of cinema collide for a joyride through laugh-along horror fun – intentional, or not.
Mizuki Yamamoto stars as a college schoolgirl named Yuri, who accidentally stumbles upon the famed “Cursed Tape” with her friend Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa). Unfortunately, their discovery comes after watching the tape, »
- Matt Donato
Sadako vs. Kayako, 2016
Directed by Kôji Shiraishi
The vengeful spirits of the Ring and Grudge series face off.
Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Freddy vs. Jason, Puppet Master vs. Demon Toys. We sure do love to see two iconic franchises clash together on the big screen don’t we? This year alone we’ve seem Batman take on Superman for eight minutes, and even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes collided in Captain America: Civil War. Wanting to capitalise on this recent resurgence, The Land of the Rising Sun has released a movie that pits the ghouls and curses from The Ring and The Grudge in Sadako vs. Kayako – and it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
That fun comes from Sadako vs. Kayako knowing »
- Luke Owen
Sadako Vs Kayako Review
With Rings due to descend into cinemas this Halloween it’s only fitting that we return to its source material as Sadako gets another outing. This time around though she’s got competition from another familiar face of J-horror, Kayako of The Grudge fame.
Sadako Vs Kayako was first birthed as a fake trailer for April Fools Day. However, after people failed to realise it was a joke and started to get excited by the premise, the studios saw money signs and hired Kôji Shiraishi to write and direct. Shiraishi then had the unenviable task of bringing the biggest Japanese smack-down since Kong fought Godzilla.
Both series of films have been around for years now and have become rather stagnant. By combining the two they’ve created something fresh to rejuvenate the franchise. Furthermore, thanks to events within, there could be more films in the pipeline. »
- Kat Hughes
Another terror-fying attraction is coming to Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights and this one is from Eli Roth and Crypt TV. Aptly named “Eli Roth Presents Terror Tram”, guests can experience the life and the carnage of killer clown “Hollywood Harry”. Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights kicks off on September 16th.
Press Release: Universal City, CA, August 25, 2016 – Horror auteur Eli Roth (“Hostel”) and his digital network Crypt TV take the helm of the infamous “Terror Tram,” marking the first time ever that the signature attraction comes to life through the twisted mind of the filmmaker, as part of this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, which kicks off Friday, September 16th, 2016.
“Eli Roth Presents Terror Tram” will expose guests to the fabled legacy of serial killer clown “Hollywood Harry,” the story of a former jovial celebrity clown turn depraved murderer, and the minefield of carnage he left behind. »
- Tamika Jones
Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Michael Myers. The four most terrifying names in horror come together at this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood as the silver screen's extreme serial killers bleed into a trio of all-new slasher-themed mazes, beginning Friday, September 16, 2016.
In Freddy vs. Jason, demented killer Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) returns to the scene of the crime, this time accompanied by notorious hockey mask killer Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) to inflict twice as much terror. Inspired by New Line Cinema's 2003 film that brought together the biggest horror icons in history, this new experiential maze thrusts guests into an epic battle in which the fate of only one killer will survive.
The unspeakable terror embroiled within The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Blood Brothers|strong maze, based on Tobe Hooper's original film, will pit guests against the unsavory wrath of the demented killer, »
Horror auteur Eli Roth (Hostel) and his digital network Crypt TV take the helm of the infamous "Terror Tram," marking the first time ever that the signature attraction comes to life through the twisted mind of the filmmaker, as part of this year's Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, which kicks off Friday, September 16, 2016. Eli Roth Presents Terror Tram|strong will expose guests to the fabled legacy of serial killer clown "Hollywood Harry," the story of a former jovial celebrity clown turn depraved murderer, and the minefield of carnage he left behind.
"I'm thrilled to be part of Halloween Horror Nights again," said Eli Roth. "We wanted to completely fabricate an original story that brings together our absolute freakiest, scariest most disturbing ideas. The 'Halloween Horror Nights' team is the best in the business. Their production and execution is unmatched and I know this 'Terror Tram' experience will blow away all expectations, »
Since the 1980s, horror nerds have been arguing about who would win in a head-to-head match between the razor-gloved Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise and the machete-wielding Jason Voorhees of the Friday The 13th films. Apparently, some film executives caught wind of this controversy and thought there might be some money to be made here. And so, 13 years ago yesterday, New Line Cinema released the mashup film Freddy Vs. Jason, finally bringing these two legends of cinematic carnage together on the screen. Sure, the script had to contort itself like a carnival sideshow performer to get these two wildly incompatible characters together. And, yeah, the ambiguous ending was the kind of coy cop-out that tries to please everyone and ends up pleasing no one. But the late summer film attracted enough curiosity seekers to earn $114 million at the box office.
Since then, Messrs. Krueger ...
- Joe Blevins
It’s been over twenty years since “Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday” (which turned out not to be the final Friday for the horror icon), and thirteen years since “Freddy vs. Jason,” and while the genre has pushed forward, with new franchises emerging, you can’t keep a classic character down (in fact, it seems everyone is […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
This fall, four icons of horror will come to Universal Studios Hollywood to raise a little hell and create a lot of scares for attendees. The previously announced Michael Myers and Leatherface mazes, along with the Freddy vs. Jason attraction, are teased in new videos and official descriptions ahead of Halloween Horror Nights’ September 16th opening in Hollywood:
Press Release: Universal City, CA, July 26, 2016 – Freddy Krueger. Jason Voorhees. Leatherface. Michael Myers. The four most terrifying names in horror come together at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as the silver screen’s extreme serial killers bleed into a trio of all-new slasher-themed mazes, beginning Friday, September 16, 2016.
In “Freddy vs. Jason,” demented killer Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) returns to the scene of the crime, this time accompanied by notorious hockey mask killer Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) to inflict twice as much terror. Inspired »
- Derek Anderson
Given some distance and the perspective of time, almost every horror film seems to look better and find its audience. Though the early to mid 1990s have long been considered a particularly bad period for American horror movies, recent years have seen a number of titles being reassessed and opinions on them revised to be much more favorable than they were 20 years ago. Titles like Disturbing Behavior and I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Rage: Carrie 2, largely written off by horror fans during their theatrical releases in the ’90s, are now being talked about as secretly good genre efforts not because the movies have actually improved, but because enough time has passed that the films can be removed from their historical context and taken for what they are.
Of course, some ’90s titles were always secretly good; they only needed some time to find their audience. »
- Patrick Bromley
Macabre movie addict Jessie Robbins picks another favorite flick for a Saturday night. I was 14-years-old when I saw my first 18A film at the theater. My cool older brother and his cool girlfriend (now cool wife) took me to the theater, with our parents’ permission of course, to go and see Freddy Vs. Jason. …
- Chris Alexander
Horror movie spin-offs are relatively rare. Freddy vs. Jason was a unique spin-off of two different franchises, matching serial killers Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees against one other in a very bloody, action-packed movie. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones left behind comfortable Caucasian families in the suburbs to see how young Latinos in a low-budget apartment complex fared against the supernatural. More recently, Annabelle followed the terrifying adventures of a vintage doll that first appeared on screen in The Conjuring. The movie, with a reported budget of just $6.5 million, did extremely well at the box office, earning more than $256 million worldwide. A sequel is on its way, scheduled to haunt theaters on May 19, 2017. The original spawned its own...
- Peter Martin
Horror-movie spin-offs are relatively rare. Freddy vs. Jason was a unique spin-off of two different franchises, matching serial killers Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees against one other in a very bloody, action-packed movie. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones left behind comfortable Caucasian families in the suburbs to see how young Latinos in a low-budget apartment complex fared against the supernatural. More recently, Annabelle followed the terrifying adventures of a vintage doll that...
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Earlier this week, Friday the 13th producer Brad Fuller said that the upcoming reboot will offer a new origin story for the iconic Jason Voorhees. The producer wouldn't shed too much light on what this origin story will entail, but he did tease that the plot crafted by screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski has "great characters." If a new report is true, it seems one of these characters may in fact be Jason Voorhees' long-lost father, Elias Voorhees.
Birth.Movies.Death's sources claim that Elias Voorhees will be featured in the story, but it isn't known how large or small a role he may play. While we have never seen Elias on screen in any of the previous Friday the 13th movies, the character has been referenced in the past. The original ending of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives featured Elias visiting the empty grave of his son, but it »
I'm on record as being a non-fan of the Friday the 13th franchise, which set the standard for the mega-stupid slasher boom of the 1980s over a series of 12 films (including the mashup Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 remake) that emphasized bloody, creative kills over the relative restraint of films like John Carpenter's Halloween and Bob Clark's 1974 classic Black Christmas. In short: I don't much care about Platinum Dunes' forthcoming F13 reboot. And yet! The film is being written by Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, adding a layer of unexpected prestige to the critically-reviled series. About that. In a new interview with The Reel Word, producer Brad Fuller has hinted that, true to Guzikowski's A-list credentials, the reboot will perhaps be more character-driven than previous entries in the franchise: “Aaron’s story has great characters…You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ever since the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th, fans have been impatiently awaiting the next installment, which has been in the works for many years. There have been rumors that this new project, which will be another reboot, will feature found footage, but that was shot down a few years ago. Paramount currently has a January 13, 2017 release date in place, but since no cast members have been announced, and we don't know when production is starting, it's possible this release may be delayed once again. Today we have new details on the project from producer Brad Fuller, who teases this next Friday the 13th movie will feature a fresh origin story for the iconic Jason Voorhees.
Back in December, we reported that the project lost director David Bruckner, who had long been attached, while gaining new screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners). The last we heard was in March, when producer Andrew Form »
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