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If you’re someone who’s been looking forward to seeing Amityville: The Awakening, then odds are that you’re about ready to put your fist through a wall – and understandably so. After first being unveiled all the way back in 2014, the latest entry in the legendary haunted house franchise has been subjected to suffering delay after delay after delay, the most recent of which seemingly put it in limbo.
Thankfully, things began to shift in our favor, first with an international release, and then with the knowledge that the much anticipated horror flick will be made available for a limited time via Google Play starting on October 12. Upon hearing that, we decided to file that tidbit under “better than nothing.”
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- Eric Joseph
Darren Aronofsky’s darkly comic blend of home-invasion nightmare and eco-parable takes some digesting – but it’s worth it
“Nothing is ever enough – I couldn’t create if it was!” You have to admire writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s almost religious devotion to the parable-like possibilities of hyperventilating, surrealist cinema. Having caught critics’ attention with the cult low-budget sci-fi oddity Pi and proved his gritty mettle with Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky gave us time-straddling cosmic madness in The Fountain, combined ballet with metamorphic fantasy in Black Swan, and conjured gigantic rock-monsters in the quasi-biblical babble-fest Noah. Now with Mother!, a paranoid nightmare that starts out like Polanski’s Repulsion and winds up closer to Apocalypse Now, he has stretched the envelope of outrageous mainstream cinema to breaking point – and beyond.
We start and end in flames, with an image of a fiery face giving way to a mysterious crystal, which »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
After Sunday confirmed growing word of mouth, “It” ended its opening weekend with $123 million. For horror films, which call a $40 million-$50 million opening great, that’s nearly uncharted territory. Even if “It” only doubles its opening, that would make it not only the biggest Stephen King adaptation ever (topping “The Green Mile,” in adjusted numbers), but also one of the top horror films in box-office history.
It will easily outpace this year’s two best, the microbudget Blumhouse films “Get Out” ($175 million) and “Split” ($138 million). And the first weekend already has surpassed “Annabelle: Creation” ($96 million) or a domestic disappointment like the Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” ($80 million).
Horror can cover a lot of territory, so exact definitions can be a challenge. But it looks like “It” will join a list of the 10 biggest ever in domestic ticket sales (as calculated by adjusting ticket prices).
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- Tom Brueggemann
Of all the horror franchises in existence, The Amityville Horror series might be the strangest, with very loose connections between them. Spanning 18 films, most direct-to-video, that spawned from the bizarre case of the DeFeo family in Amityville, New York in 1974, and subsequent book based on the site of the murders. Released in July […] »
- Meagan Navarro
House on Elm Lake opens with a terrified mother and young son bound and gagged while their knife-wielding patriarch paces and rants. The terror and confusion beams across loud and clear. Whatever is wrong with the husband, no amount of pleading from his wife or his child will change their fate. The scene is tense, the scene is harrowing, and because this is a horror movie, the scene is full of stabbing. Cut to years later and a new family, Haley, Eric, and their daughter Penny, movie into the quaint, lakeside home.
What the script lacks in originality, it certainly makes up for in competent scares. The haunted house genre may be well-worn territory, but it’s been a horror staple over several decades for a good reason. »
- Nik Holman
Four movies in — with at least three more on deck — and the burgeoning The Conjuring Universe is continuing to scare up big box office bucks with no sign of slowing down. Even during the downturned, dog days of summer, the latest film in the franchise, prequel-to-a-sequel “Annabelle: Creation,” topped out as the weekend’s biggest winner, pulling in over $35 million in domestic returns and handily dispatching with its nearest competition (“Dunkirk,” now in its fourth week, made just $11.4 million to take second place). The 21st century has already played home to one of the genre’s biggest hit franchises ever and has steadily rolled out new offerings that seem destined to inspire their own series but, for now, “The Conjuring” is king. And it won’t stop until it becomes the biggest horror franchise of the century.
The franchise has some stiff competition, including the “Paranormal Activity” films ($401.4 million) and »
- Kate Erbland
One year ago, the Democratic National Convention was buzzing with celebrities like Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham, and Elizabeth Banks. But none of them had closer proximity to the candidate than Chloë Grace Moretz, who took the stage 45 minutes before Hillary Clinton.
“It was one of the happiest moments of my life, that’s for sure,” recalls Moretz, 20, on a recent afternoon, sitting with her two-month-old pug, Ruby. The actress had such a plum spot at the DNC because organizers were hoping she’d reach first-time millennial voters.
Moretz has something in common with her multitasking generation: She knows what it’s like to burn out as a teenager. After appearing in dozens of movies since she was a pint-size kid, Moretz realized at 18 that she needed a yearlong break. She left her home in Los Angeles for a solitary vacation in Tulum, Mexico, embarked on a few road trips, dated and spent time with her friends — a »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Our condolences go out to Chloë Grace Moretz, who posted the news of her dog’s death on Instagram on Tuesday. Fuller the dog had been the actress’s “best friend” since she was a kid.
While it’s always tough to suffer the loss of a beloved animal, the sadness and nostalgia attached to a childhood pet can be even harder to bear.
“Rest In Peace my dear dear Fuller,” Moretz wrote. “I love you more than you know. You’ve been my protector and best friend since I was a little girl and I wish the end didn »
- Saryn Chorney
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Based on the John Douglas novel “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” The series will be set in 1979 and will revolve around two FBI agents, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to understand how such criminals think, and apply it to solving ongoing cases.
The trailer focuses on the agent’s investigation a series of crimes from the sick and deluded killers who see nothing wrong in their actions “it’s not easy butchering people, it’s hard work” states a faceless voice over the image of a photograph of a dead girl being printed. Its feel is sinister and intelligent, exactly »
- Zehra Phelan
Newflix has released a new trailer for David Fincher’s upcoming crime drama series Mindhunter. The Netflix Original Series is based on the non-fiction book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker and features a cast that includes Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv, and Hannah Gross. Watch the trailer here…
Directing other episodes in the series are Asif Kapadia (Amy), Tobias Lindholm (A War) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror). Fincher is executive producing with Charlize Theron and his Gone Girl partners Joshua Donen and Cean Chaffin.
An agent in the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists.
Mindhunter is set to premiere on Netflix in October. »
- Ricky Church
- Sasha Stone
If you were to mix the dark, menacing vibes of House of Cards with FBI procedural Criminal Minds, your result might be something similar to Netflix's latest original show, Mindhunter. House of Cards executive producer David Fincher is heading up the show, which is based on the 1995 book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit (which also inspired characters in the films Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs). From the major players who have signed on to the series to when you'll officially be able to start obsessing over it, check out everything we know about Mindhunter below. RelatedThese 9 Crime Documentaries on Netflix Will Shock and Amaze You The Story Although the Mind Hunter book follows the accounts of real-life Special Agent John Douglas over the course of his 25-year career, the TV version of Mindhunter will focus on fictional FBI agents. »
- Quinn Keaney
Netflix has released a new Mindhunter trailer. The upcoming series follows two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff & Holt McCallany) who set out to interview serial killers and understand the psychology behind psychopaths. The series hails from David Fincher, who directed episodes alongside Asif Kapadia (Amy), Tobias Lindholm (A War) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror), and it looks like Mindhunter is going deep into psychological horror. Rather than having FBI agents investigate a particular case throughout the series, Mindhunter looks like it’s more about the development of the techniques that were used to profile serial killers and understand them. … »
- Matt Goldberg
How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks? Two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff & Holt McCallany) set out on a sinister investigative odyssey to discover the brutal answers in Mindhunter – which comes to Netflix on October 13th 2017.
The series is directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, Zodiac), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?). Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead), Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are Executive Producers. »
- Phil Wheat
Exclusive: Broad Green Pictures has signed on to make 1974, with Casey La Scala directing a thriller based on the true events behind the most famous haunted house in Amityville, Long Island. La Scala wrote the script, which takes its jumping off point from the factual tragedy where Ronald DeFeo was convicted of murdering his mother, father, two brothers and two sisters. That was the grounding for the fright franchise The Amityville Horror, which focused on the next family… »
Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton, John Larch, Natasha Ryan, K.C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Sacks, Helen Shaver | Written by Sandor Stern | Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
When films say they are based on true stories, it is easy to take such statements with a pinch of salt. The Amityville Horror though is one that is so enshrined in pop culture that it has a whole legend built up around it, whether it is true or not. Second Sight have now brought the popular horror to Blu-ray in the UK and it is well worth buying.
The Amityville Horror is the story of the Lutz family, who move into the perfect family home on the coast of Long Island. Surprised at how cheap it was, it soon becomes apparent why when the shocking history of the house is revealed, along with the demonic presence that resides there. »
- Paul Metcalf
The Amityville Horror, 1979.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
The Lutz family move into a house that was the scene of a grisly mass murder, only to flee for their lives 28 days later.
While approximately three people in the world wait with baited breath for Amityville: The Awakening, the much-delayed 157th sequel to 1979’s The Amityville Horror, the wizards at Second Sight have decided to go back to that original movie and issue it in a rather splendid limited edition steelbook, which is only apt for its debut UK Blu-ray release.
Apt because The Amityville Horror is one of those horror movies that many of us of a certain age have a fond nostalgic glow for and other 1970s big hitters like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, The Exorcist »
- Amie Cranswick
We’ve just received word that the classic horror movie The Amityville Horror is coming to UK Blu-ray for the very first time in an awesome steelbook release. Second Sight are releasing the film on the home format in a deluxe special edition on 26th June, 2017 – a week today. Here’s some official blurb from the distributors, as well as the bonus material we’re expecting to see on the release.
“Mommy, I want to go home…”
Stuart Rosenberg’s seminal shocker The Amityville Horror starring James Brolin (Westworld), Margot Kidder (Superman) and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront), is a genuine horror classic based on terrifying true events, and makes its Blu-ray debut complete with brand new bonus features on 26 June 2017.
When George and Kathy Lutz and their children move to Amityville, Long Island they believe they have found the perfect family home. But the house has a »
- Paul Heath
Horror fans can howl at moon this summer when Scream Factory releases their Collector's Edition Blu-rays of Teen Wolf (featuring a high-def transfer from the interpositive) and Teen Wolf Too, and to help hold fans over until the August 8th release date arrives, the special features for both Blu-rays have been revealed, along with the announcement that Shout! Factory will release Teen Wolf: The Complete Animated Series on DVD September 5th.
Press Release: Hooooooooooooooowl! On August 8, 2017, Scream Factory will present two classic films from the 1980’s, Teen Wolf (Collector’s Editon), starring Michael J Fox, and Teen Wolf Too (Collector’s Edition), starring Jason Bateman, the latter on Blu-ray™ for the first time. In addition, the Saturday morning kids show Teen Wolf: The Complete Animated Series will get a DVD release from Shout! Factory, on September 5.
- Derek Anderson
He promised that he'd be back, and Space Goat Productions is making good on the T-800's promise with their official board game based on James Cameron's The Terminator, which is now available to pre-order. In today's Horror Highlights, we're also giving Daily Dead readers the chance to win a Camera Obscura soundtrack on vinyl, and we have details on Breaking Glass Pictures acquiring North American rights to Rift and information on how Scream Factory will be celebrating their fifth anniversary.
The Terminator: The Official Board Game: Press Release: "(June 14th, 2017 - Bellingham, Wa) - Space Goat Productions has launched pre-orders for The Terminator™: The Official Board Game, based off of the iconic 1984 film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Pre-orders will be available via Backerkit and will give consumers access to exclusive discounts for 30 days.
The original Terminator Kickstarter made almost 200% of its goal, »
- Derek Anderson
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