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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
Has any real-life story spawned more TV shows and feature films than the one behind The Amityville Horror? Jay Anson's book recounting the story of a family that moves into a house previously occupied by a man who murdered his own family has directly led to 13 feature films, including the documentary My Amityville Horror featuring the real Daniel Lutz who lived in the house as a child. It's been referenced all over TV, from The Simpsons to American Horror Story, and its theatrical influence can be felt from 1980's The Changeling to 2012's Sinister. And as if that weren't enough, now the story has evolved once again for a new generation in the form of Amityville: The Awakening. Directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac, P2), this new version stars...
- Peter Hall
When you hear the title The Amityville Horror, chances are you immediately think of the iconic design of the haunted house from the first film. With twelve movies in the franchise you can be forgiven if you don't remember much else about them. The only consistent thing about the movies has been the house and at least one character being possessed. The last theatrical released film in the franchise was 2005's The Amityville Horror starring Ryan Reynolds. Since then, two direct to video »
- Alex Maidy
Proclaiming your newest horror movie is based on true life events isn't anything new for movie studios, to my mind it reaches back to 1979's The Amityville Horror, but with the recent run of 'based on real life events' horror movies, including The Conjuring and The Quiet Ones, I for one am getting sick of getting hit over the head with this trend. The latest movie to proudly proclaim the spooky goings on you see are rooted in the real life is Deliver Us From Evil, based on New York police officer Ralph Sarchie's (played here by Eric Bana) account of a case where he came face to face with demonic possession. Coming from director Scott Derrickson, who brought us the similary 'based on a true story' The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister (one of the finest horror movies in recent memory in my opinion), Deliver Us From Evil »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
It has been 35 years since the horror movie classic The Amityville Horror was released in theaters. In 2005 we got a remake that starred Ryan Reynolds, which wasn't very good. Now we have a new mediocre vision of the Amityville haunted house coming out soon called Amityville: The Awakening. Believe it or not, this is 12th film in the series, many of which have been released directly to DVD.
The horror film was directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac, P2) and it stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan, and Bella Thorne. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it will be a very good movie, it's just a bunch of recycled horror movie thrills. Dimension Films plans a theatrical release for this one, and it will come out on January 2nd, 2015.
- Joey Paur
Ready to return to America’s most famous haunted house? Even if you’re not, The Amityville Horror is back for the 12th time in Franck Khalfoun’s Amityville: The Awakening and it has a trailer from Yahoo. Blumhouse Productions, the new king of low-budget horror that gave us Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and The Purge, is bringing the decades old “fact based” (said very loosely) franchise back in the reboot starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, and Kurtwood Smith. The new film has a mother (Leigh) and her children, one of whom is comatose, move into the legendary house. Slowly strange occurrences start happening and one of the kids (Thorne) begins hearing voices asking her to kill. She also finds evidence that her bed-ridden brother (Monaghan) might just be possessed by the malevolent entity in the home. The film may not look like it is breaking new ground, »
- Max Molinaro
With the original 1979 classic The Amityville Horror celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, it's a perfect time to check out the new trailer for Amityville: The Awakening, which will be the 12th installment in the long-running franchise, including several straight-to-video titles.
Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as a single mother who moves her three children (Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan and Taylor Spreitler) into the infamous house at 112 Ocean Ave., without knowing any of the history beforehand. Check out the first footage from this thriller, arriving in theaters January 2, 2015.
This incarnation of the long-running franchise will provide fans with at least one unique twist, with Cameron Monaghan's James confined to his bed with severe injuries. Jennifer Jason Leigh's Joan reveals that they moved into the house because it's close to the best neurological department in New York.
In what will make a dozen films in the franchise since The Amityville Horror first hit theaters 35 years ago, the first trailer for Amityville: The Awakening has arrived. Since the reboot of the horror series back in 2005 starring Ryan Reynolds, there have been some straight-to-dvd sequels, but now the residential terror is heading back to theaters just after the New Year (a dumping ground for bad horror) thanks to Dimension Films. This time, Jennifer Jason Leigh is the matriarch of a family, including teen Bella Thorne and her bed-ridden, sick brother Cameron Monaghan, and they feel the evil in the house. Here's the first trailer for Franck Khalfoun's Amityville: The Awakening, originally from Yahoo: The Amityville: Awakening is written and directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac, P2). Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the single mother of three children, all settling into the infamous Suffolk County home which has seen so much horror before. »
- Ethan Anderton
We're not sure what's scarier, the true story of "The Amityville Horror," or the fact that the franchise has now spawned twelve movies, the last being 2013's straight-to-video "The Amityville Asylum." But now a new theatrical entry is coming to bring the classic series back on the big screen. Franck Khalfoun ("Maniac," "P2") gets behind the camera for this one, which rounds up Jennifer Jason Leigh (who deserves so much better), Cameron Monaghan, Bella Thorne and Red from "That '70s Show" (Kurtwood Smith) for the story of a single mom who moves into the house not knowing it has evil things in the walls. And so, drapes blow eerily in the wind, violins screech, weird things happen in the predictable manner they always do with this genre, and yet, people do like being scared silly even if they know its coming. "Amityville: The Awakening" rings in the New Year on January 2, 2015. Watch below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The new film about that famous Long Island abode that inspired "The Amityville Horror" novel and the films that came out in its wake. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the single mother who moves her three children into the haunted house not knowing of the house's bloody history. In this reboot there is no father.
Have a look at the trailer below.
"Amityville: The Awakening" is set to be the first film of 2015 when it hit theaters on January 2.
Source: Yahoo! Movies »
- Kellvin Chavez
35 years after the horror classic The Amityville Horror and ten years since the 2005 remake starring Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George, Dimension Films are giving one of the original "based on a true story" horror movies another go with next year's Amityville: The Awakening, directed by Franck Khalfoun (Maniac, P2) and starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan and Bella Thorne.
This will be the 12th film in the series--many of them, including the last two, The Amityville Haunting and The Amityville Asylum, having gone direct-to-dvd--but Dimension Films has released the first trailer for the film via Yahoo! Movies which you can check out below.
The post Check Out the First Trailer for Amityville: The Awakening! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Edward Douglas
Dread Central readers are everywhere, and they're sometimes wonderfully sneaky too! Playing ahead of this weekend's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the teaser trailer for the newly titled Amityville: The Awakening, and we've got screen grabs from it!
A DC reader known only as Egon Spengler has busted these first images of the haunting new film. Amityville: The Awakening is the Blumhouse-produced next installment in the franchise that continues to endure all these decades later.
Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as lead character Joan, a single mother who moves her three kids into the Amityville house, which of course has a very dark history. Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Taylor Spreitler, and McKenna Grace are also on board.
Dimension had planned on reigniting the popular horror franchise using a found-footage angle, but that idea has been dropped. Amityville remains scheduled »
- Steve Barton
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