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When you think of Thanksgiving, chances are that you aren’t really counting the things you’re thankful for. Instead, like so many of us, you’re probably stressing about which stores are going to have the best sale on Blu-rays, or being an introvert and cyber shopping the deals. Perhaps you’re stuffing your face, and hoping you can get drunk and pass out before your Mom begins asking you personal questions regarding your love life. When you Are done thanking life for not letting you contract an Std and all of that serious stuff, you should take some time to be thankful for those special scenes in horror that completely blew your mind. Today and tomorrow will be full of the various horror sites’ lists of horror films they’re thankful for, and well,… this list is no exception. What I wanted to do though, was not focus on just this year, »
Director Lee Daniels has had an interesting career so far. After helming Precious, a film that garnered quite a few Oscar nods, he went on to direct the bizarre and insane The Paperboy, with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. This was followed up by Lee Daniels’ The Butler, another film focusing on issues of race in America. Now, the director is set to helm a very different type of film from his previous endeavors, as he signs on for Demon House, a supernatural thriller.
Demon House purports to tell the “true story” of Latoya Ammons and her family who, according to Ammons, were possessed by demons starting in 2011. The Gary, Indiana resident claims that her family were possessed, their experiences rating everything from attacks by ghosts, violent behavior due to possession, hearing voice, ghostly footprints and levitation. Weirdly enough, investigations by authorities have actually supported at least some of the Ammons’ family claims, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
When New Line Cinema indicated that it was developing a sequel to the 2013 horror film, The Conjuring, there was little surprise among moviegoers. On release, the original film became one of the highest grossing flicks of its genre, raking in a massive $318 million against a $20 million budget. Little progress had been visible, however, until the studio’s recent announcement of a new release date, and a full title – The Conjuring 2: The Endfield Poltergeist.
In the original film, the story follows paranormal investigators and authors Ed and Lorraine Warren (Farmiga and Wilson) – real people with real experience in the field of unexplained phenomena – as they assist the Perron family (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor). The troubled couple and their five daughters find themselves bombarded by disturbing events at their new home in Rhode Island in 1971, and call on the expertise of the Warrens to help uncover the cause.
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- Sarah Myles
Well-known casting director Lori Malkin, formerly of Paladino Casting, has put up her own shingle with her new casting office Lb Casting, and is now coming to Backstage University to teach an on-camera intensive as she prepares to cast a new Web series for Time, Inc. and a new indie feature. Malkin is a full service casting director that specializes in film and TV. She started her career at Casting House in 2003, where she worked on several indie features including “The Perfect Fit” with Adrian Grenier and “A New Wave” with John Krasinski. Malkin also worked for Discovery Networks as their talent coordinator. There, she worked on casting hosts for all 10 networks. After Discovery, Lori continued to freelance with Casting House, where she cast several projects with Miramax and Michael Bay’s “The Amityville Horror.” She also worked on shows for ABC, NBC, MTV, and BBC before making her last stop at Paladino Casting, »
Some of the sickest serial killers and creepiest tales from the big screen were actually inspired by real events.In honor of toofab’s 13 Days of Horror, we’ve compiled a list of five freaky flicks that have surprisingly real life origins. Check out our list below to see which movies made the cut."The Conjuring" was based off of real life events of the Perron family and their home in Harrisville, Rhode Island. The house was allegedly haunted by an 18th century "witch" named Bathsheba Sherman. Filmmakers spoke with the family and used case files from demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren while making the thriller. According to the family, events in the film like the leg pulling, the voices and the possession of Mrs. Perron all happened!There’s no way "The Exorcist" could be real, right?! Wrong! The classic horror flick follows a 12-year-old girl who is possessed by Satan himself. »
- tooFab Staff
Sometimes, 'Treehouse Of Horror' segments are more than just funny, but truly nightmarish.
The Simpsons' annual "Treehouse Of Horror" Halloween special has been a holiday tradition for 25 years.
Mostly taking their inspiration from sci-fi and horror classics, "Treehouse Of Horror" has created some of the funniest and most well-crafted parodies of all time. Occasionally, however, the show manages to write a segment that is really, legitimately creepy.
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To really get into the spooky spirit, here are 12 truly scary "Treehouse Of Horror" stories to give you nightmares this Halloween.
1. "Bad Dream House"- "Treehouse Of Horror I" – Segment 1
The Simpson family moves into a haunted house that bleeds from the walls and possesses everyone - except Marge - and manipulates them into trying to kill each other with knives and axes.
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Based on the horror classics Poltergeist and [link »
Halloween is exactly one week away, which means TV stations and movie theaters are showing horror movies around the clock. Annabelle and Ouija are both at multiplexes, while it seems like some cable channel is always playing A Nightmare on Elm Street or one of the Halloween flicks.
Now we have a question for you: Who is the greatest horror movie villain in history? Feel free to vote for an 1980s classic like Freddy Krueger or Chucky, an old school legend like Dracula or Frankenstein's monster or something a little »
For the third week of October, genre fans have several new and classic titles coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray to look forward to, including The Vincent Price Collection II, Snowpiercer, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort, See No Evil 2 and the badass follow-up to last year’s box office home invasion hit, The Purge: Anarchy.
Several notable indie titles are being released this Tuesday as well, including Play Hooky (the first title to come out under Pollygrind’s new distro label), To All a Good Night (directed by the late-great David Hess), Life After Beth and The Scribbler, the film adaptation of Daniel Schaffer’s wildly popular graphic novel.
The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. »
- Heather Wixson
Dark Touch, 2014.
Directed by Marina de Van.
A young girl witnesses the death of her parents when the furniture in their house starts moving around all on its own but in the aftermath nobody believes her.
In the opening scenes of French/Irish/Swedish psychological chiller Dark Touch we get to see the parents of eleven-year-old Niamh (Missy Keating) get brutally murdered when what appears like some sort of poltergeist attack slams furniture into her father and impales her mother. It’s quite a well staged scene and keeps you gripped as the innocent young girl sees her parents killed but it’s also very derivative of scenes from Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, Carrie or any number of supernatural stories you care to mention and it’s also as good as this film gets.
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- Gary Collinson
Just in time for Halloween!This week, we've got one killer prize pack of 13 classic Metro Goldwyn-Mayer and Fox Home Entertainment horror movies on Blu-ray and DVD -- each with their own limited edition Skuzzles faceplates.The titles include freaky and fantastic films like "Misery," "Carrie," "Child's Play," "The Silence of the Lambs," "The Amityville Horror" and cult favorites like "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" and "Return of the Living Dead."One winner will get the entire collection!To enter: 1. Follow @toofab on Twitter and "Like" us on Facebook 2. Fill out the entry form below.Click here for official rules. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
A number of films have been inspired by the cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, most notably The Amityville Horror. The most financially successful was 2013's The Conjuring, in which the couple played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga assist the Perron family (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) with the demonic presence troubling their home. That film, which made over $318 million worldwide, is bookended with the tale of another of their cases. In it, the Warrens help a young nurse dealing with the sinister presence inhabiting a doll given to her by her mother. The film closes with a scene set in the basement room where the Warrens keep demonically possessed curiosities, the doll "Annabelle" in her glass case reigning as the most evil and feared. It serves as a perfect introduction for this week's prequel, Annabelle.
I did not expect the studio heads in their mad rush »
- Mike Saulters
One of my fondest memories growing up as a young horrorphile was catching as many scary movies and fright-filled specials as I could during the month of October in order to prepare for Halloween night. With the hundreds of channel options out there for viewers these days, I thought it might be fun to break down where genre fans can catch various movies, specials and even Halloween-themed cartoons over the next 31 days so that you can start planning out your viewings in advance.
Here are some of the thrills and chills coming to your televisions this October. Please keep in mind that full schedules have not been announced everywhere yet, so we’ll be sure to update you guys with any additions to the calendar. All times listed are Et/Pt:
Wednesday, October 1st
2:00pm – The Dead (SyFy)
4:30pm – Dead Season (SyFy)
6:30pm – Halloween II (2009) (SyFy)
- Heather Wixson
Sarah looks back at the Amityville films, and finds a lot of scary things, not all of which were intentional…
112 Ocean Avenue, Long Island is probably the most famous haunted house in the world. Not that you’ll necessarily recognise the address – it’s far better known as the Amityville Horror house. Back in 1975, George and Kathy Lutz moved their family into the house… and then 28 days later, they moved back out, claiming to have been driven out by supernatural forces. Their story made the news, was turned into a book, and then made into a movie, in 1979.
It’s hard to imagine now that a family claiming to have encountered the devil in their basement could cause such a massive fuss, but I’m not here to interrogate the truth of their statement. What I am here to do, though, is to watch all of the Amityville Horror movies made to date, »
There’s one title card you’ll see, without fail, on any schlocky, bad horror film produced in the last couple of decades. No, not the Platinum Dunes name – well, yes, that, but that’s not what we’re talking about. We’re talking about the staggering amount of horror films that claim to be “based on a true story” or, at the very least, “inspired by actual events.” It’s something that seems to have begun in the seventies with The Amityville Horror, the classic ghost story that was indeed adapted from the “non-fiction” book by Jay Anson. The story of the Lutz family, who were terrorized by paranormal phenomena in their Dutch Colonial house, was a publishing sensation when it was released, and even more so when the film version was released.
Never mind that it turned out to be a heaping helping of bullsh »
- Tom Baker
She may be a teenager, but Chloë Grace Moretz already has over 40 film and TV credits to her name.
Moretz got her start early, making her big screen debut at the age of 6 in "Amityville Horror," but it wasn't until 2010 that she broke out in bloody crowd-pleaser "Kick-Ass." Since her performance as the tough-as-nails Hit-Girl, the actress has turned in memorable starring performances in "Carrie" (2013) and "If I Stay" (2014). This fall, Moretz stars opposite Denzel Washington in the action-thriller "The Equalizer."
1. Chloë Grace Moretz was born February 10, 1997, in Atlanta, Georgia to Teri Duke and McCoy Lee Moretz.
2. Her mother is a nurse, while her father is a plastic surgeon. Moretz's parents are now divorced.
3. Moretz has four older brothers, and told Drew Barrymore (via Interview Magazine) "It's like having four fathers, »
- Jonny Black
This Halloween season, annual scary movie marathons will take place in living rooms around the world, with friends and families gathering to watch films featuring monsters ranging from brain-eating zombies to cruel high school classmates. Showcasing a variety of villains to be viewed around Halloween, MGM and Fox have released 13 retro horror films on home media with limited edition cover art by Skuzzles.
The 13 horror titles listed below are now available in Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Best Buy Canada, Walmart Canada, and other major retailers nationwide. These releases from Metro Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Fox Home Entertainment can be purchased on Blu-ray for $7 – $8 and on DVD for $5 – $7. The artists at the cult decor company Skuzzles have crafted limited-edition faceplates for each release, providing horror hounds with fresh ways to look at old favorites. We have images of the cover art for all 13 films below.
Jeepers Creepers Child’s Play Misery »
- Derek Anderson
The latest haunted house horror to burst onto the big screen is 2 Bedroom 1 Bath (review), named so for the typical, banal listing description of an apartment.
It tells the story of Rachel (Michelle Hicks) and Kevin Foster (Andrew W. Walker), a couple who have finally found the ideal home where they can build a future and raise their children. They are hoping it’s a fresh start for their troubled marriage, but as they begin to settle into their new digs, their plans are interrupted by strange occurrences.
As it so happens, director Stanley Yung was inspired by true events when he embarked on this, his first foray into full-on horror. We got a chance to catch up with him at the special event premiere screening of the film, and here’s what he had to say about making a scary movie.
Dread Central: You have such a great cast »
- Staci Layne Wilson
For the second week of September, horror fans have a ton of Blu-ray and DVD titles they can choose from, including Stan Winston’s Pumpkinhead (the latest from Scream Factory), Synapse Films’ brand new Blu-ray of the original Prom Night, and Bobcat Goldthwait’s sasquatch tale Willow Creek.
Scorpion Releasing is also giving fans their first chance to own Oliver Stone’s directorial debut, Seizure, in stunning HD and Graduation Day is also making its Blu-ray bow this week as well. And as if all that’s not enough, we’re also getting a few re-releases as well including The Amityville Horror, a groovy 4 pack of horror movies from Image and a double DVD of House and House II: The Second Story.
- Heather Wixson
Casey La Scala is best known as a producer of the legendary 2001 film Donnie Darko. Most recently, La Scala has written and directed an intriguing film entitled The Remaining, releasing today, and he sat down with Dread Central to discuss all the details.
Premiering at London Frightfest on August 25, The Remaining is an intriguing jaunt. We asked La Scala about his influences and inspirations for the film. "After my father died, I really started to question life, death and my own mortality," La Scala said.
"Watching my father die was a tough experience, but I learned the most important lesson," he continued. "I learned that life can end at a blink of an eye so it's important to live life like it's your last day on earth. Specifically, taking care of family and friends and making sure you have said everything you need to say. You could miss your chance. »
- Scott Hallam
The surprisingly good sequel The Purge: Anarchy is on its way home to both Blu-ray and DVD, and when it arrives, you'll have 24 hours to pick it up or forever be doomed to watching the lame original over and over.
Special features include deleted scenes and the featurette “Behind the Anarchy.”
The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box-office, sees the return of writer/director James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country’s yearly 12 hours of anarchy. Returning alongside DeMonaco to produce The Purge: Anarchy are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, »
- Steve Barton
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