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After facing monsters in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and creepy ghosts in The Grudge, this time Sarah Michelle Gellar finds terror in her own mind. Veronika Decides to Die is an adaptation of Paulo Coelho's book of the same name, and the first trailer for the thriller has arrived, even though the film was shot in 2008 and release internationally in 2009. The story follows a twentysomething woman who decides to kill herself, despite the fact that she seems to have it all: youth and beauty, boyfriends and a loving family, a fulfilling job. But when her sleeping pill fueled suicide attempt finds her waking up in a mental hospital, she's told she only has days to live. Is this a twisted It's a Wonderful Life remake or something? Here's the first trailer for Emily Young's Veronika Decides to Die, originally from Yahoo: Veronika Decides to Die is directed by »
- Ethan Anderton
Anchor Bay is unleashing The Atticus Institute onto DVD/Bluray on January 20th, but to keep you horror lovers excited for the clairvoyant thriller, we were sent the brand new key art for the film, along with a whole gallery for the film directed by Buried writer Chris Sparling. When an official trailer drops for this one, we’ll keep you updated, but until then, check the gallery out, and be sure to catch The Atticus Institute when it arrives this January!
“Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities – E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She »
- Jerry Smith
Anchor Bay Entertainment presents the disturbing new horror thriller The Atticus Institute, from producer of The Conjuring Peter Safran, available on DVD and Blu-ray™ January 20st, 2015. Written and directed by Chris Sparling (writer of “Buried”) in his directorial debut, The Atticus Institute stars Rya Khilstedt (“Dexter”), William Mapother (“Lost”, The Grudge), Harry Groener (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), John Rubenstein (“Angel”) and Sharon Maughn (The Bank Job) and was executive produced by Dan Clifton. The … Continue reading →
Similar to how The Shop was interested in the pyrokinetic abilities of young Charlie in Stephen King’s Firestarter, the U.S. Department of Defense becomes intrigued by Judith Winstead’s supernatural powers and tries to harness the uncontrollable dark forces within her in The Atticus Institute, coming out on home media early next year from Anchor Bay:
“Los Angeles, November xx, 2014 – Anchor Bay Entertainment presents the disturbing new horror thriller The Atticus Institute, from producer of The Conjuring Peter Safran, available on DVD and Blu-ray™ January 20st, 2015. Written and directed by Chris Sparling (writer of “Buried”) in his directorial debut, The Atticus Institute stars Rya Kihlstedt (“Dexter”), William Mapother (“Lost”, The Grudge), Harry Groener (“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), John Rubinstein (“Angel”) and Sharon Maughan (The Bank Job) and was executive produced by Dan Clifton. The Atticus Institute will be available on DVD for an Srp of $22.98 and on Blu-ray™ for »
- Derek Anderson
Great news for fans of the possession sub-genre. News from Anchor bay has dropped, regarding the DVD/Bluray release of Buried writer, Chris Sparling’s The Atticus Institute, a demonic possession film produced by The Conjuring producer, Peter Safran. Anchor Bay is releasing the film on DVD/Bluray this coming January 20th and though it sounds a bit like The Quiet Ones, truth be told, it sounds like it could very well be an entertaining time.
“Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities – E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied – soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility. The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the »
- Jerry Smith
It takes a lot these days to create a movie thriller that is somewhat original and fresh. There are so many well-worn set-ups that every so often, we need something slightly unusual to shake the genre up a bit. That may be what we have to look forward to with The Reach, which made an appearance at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is now sealing a $2 million deal for the Us distribution rights.
The film stars Michael Douglas as Madec – a high-profile corporate lawyer whose intimidating skill in the courtroom is matched by his cold precision as a hunter. Obtaining a rare permit to spend seven days hunting big game in the Mojave Desert, Madec hires the quiet, conservative young Ben (Jeremy Irvine) as a guide, but finds his retreat takes a turn for the darker when he accidentally shoots an innocent man and realizes Ben won’t be helping him cover it up. »
- Sarah Myles
Kiki's Delivery Service (2014) Review Plot73% Acting74% Style, Scenery75% Direction74%Colorful sceneryFun for the whole familyKoshiba's performance might not please everyoneNot all subplots work73%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (3 Votes)59%
I too was quite surprised when I found out that this film was in production. I was even more surprised with the director that was making the film: Japanese master of horror Takashi Shimizu. So let’s get one thing straight right away (even though you probably already noticed): this is no horror film. If you are even only a little bit familiar with Japanese cinema, chances are that you know about Anime; Japanese animation that has taken the world by storm in the last few decades. If you know anything about Anime, you have probably heard of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki and his timeless masterpieces he created for Studio Ghibli. In 1989, Miyazaki released Majo no Takkyūbin, internationally known as Kiki’s Delivery Service. »
We caught up last week with writer Jeff Buhler, who provided us with updates on his scripted remakes of The Grudge, Jacob’s Ladder, and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Pet Sematary reboot for Paramount.
Buhler, who is known to genre audiences for scripting 2008’s Clive Barker-inspired Midnight Meat Train and writing and directing that year’s feature Insanitarium, said of the script he penned of the remake of the 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder for Ld Entertainment with director James Foley attached to helm, “The script has been finished for some time.”
“Foley’s enthusiasm is very high, and he’s coming to this project with a lot of ideas,” he expounded.
“From what I understand, when he was up for this job, he basically told [executive producer] Mickey Lidell that if they hired a different director, he would murder them. That’s the level of enthusiasm we are talking about. »
- Sean Decker
The writer and director made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, and added that he will be working on the project with his brother Ivan.
Campbell did not take a starring role in 2013's reboot of Evil Dead, but did make a cameo in the post-credits scene as an older Ash.
Raimi is also planning to produce a reboot of horror franchise The Grudge, and is working on a live-action adaptation of The Last of Us. »
In an odd turn of events, this list has a number of films that don’t have English-language titles. They just go by whatever the original title was. Good for us. What we do see in this portion of the list is a few movies that weren’t really created specifically to be horror films, but their themes and visuals made it so. In addition, we have some heavyweights of non-horror cinema creating horror films that push the genre all the more upward. “Thinking man horror,” if you will.
20. Le locataire (1976)
English Language Title: The Tenant
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski has made one of the greatest horror “trilogies” of all time with 1965′s British production Repulsion, 1968′s American production Rosemary’s Baby, and 1976′s French production The Tenant, completing his “Apartment Trilogy.” Unlike the other two, Polanski actually stars in The Tenant as Trelkovsky, a reserved man renting an apartment in Paris. »
- Joshua Gaul
Well, here’s a trailer that goes from standard to insane very quickly.
Released by Toho Company (the studio behind every Japanese Godzilla movie) has released the trailer for Parasyte, a two-part sci-fi horror movie based on a Manga of the same name. The film sees, “a teenager whose body is invaded by an alien parasite that takes over his hand instead of, like many of his fellow humans, his brain. He ends up battling for survival in a world teeming with seemingly normal but potentially deadly alien-controlled hosts.”
Watch the trailer below:
- Luke Owen
This week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are an eclectic bunch, to say the least. Not only is Steve Miner’s criminally overlooked horror/comedy creature feature Lake Placid swimming its way onto Blu-ray, but Severin Films is also releasing a trio of controversial cult classics- Bloody Moon, The Baby and Bloody Birthday-all in high definition for the first time ever.
The Time Machine is also getting a Blu-ray release this week, along with Gareth Evans’ stunning action masterpiece The Raid 2 and a handful of indie horror films, including the wickedly entertaining horror musical Stage Fright starring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf. Overall, it’s a good week to be a genre fan with oddball tastes because there’s a whole lot of wonderfully weird stuff arriving this Tuesday.
An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, »
- Heather Wixson
Christopher Young knows horror. After 32 years in the business and countless horror movies under his belt from Hellraiser to The Grudge to Drag Me To Hell to his latest, Deliver Us From Evil, Young is a wealth of information when it comes to talking all things fear. A composer, but also a big fan, Young’s appreciation for the genre has in turn helped him give it some of its most terrifying scores. Young didn’t seek out the horror genre, it just happened that he was coming up in the business when films like Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, and Freddy the 13th reigned supreme. Deliver Us From Evil marks the third time Young has worked with director Scott Derrickson, and Young is clearly a fan of the rising filmmaker, noting that he is one of only a handful of directors whose specialty is horror. “He’s one of two or three horror directors that I »
- Allison Loring
After premiering in limited theaters back in early June and on VOD outlets, Well Go USA will be releasing Juno Mak's Hong Kong vampire flick Rigor Mortis on Blu-ray, DVD and other digital platforms on July 8.
The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for an Srp of $29.98 and $24.98, respectively.
Related News: New Rigor Mortis Clip Reveals a Horror Filled Hallway
Drawing on a range of influences from Hong Kong and Japanese horror-film tropes, pop singer-turned actor and first-time director Juno Mak references vampire myths worldwide for the eerie and chilling Rigor Mortis, debuting on Blu-ray, DVD and digital July 8 from Well Go USA Entertainment. A feast for genre fans, the film follows a depressed actor (Chin Siu-ho) who moves into an even more depressing apartment complex and attempts suicide, only to be rescued by Uncle Yau (Anthony Chan). Unfortunately, »
- KW Low
*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by Well Go USA. Director: Juno Mak. Producers: Takashi Shimizu and Juno Mak. Cast: Chin Siu-ho, Nina Paw Hee-ching, Anthony Chan, Kara Wai, Richard Ng and Chung Fat. Rigor Mortis is a Chinese film from Hong Kong. The film was developed by filmmaker Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) and inexperienced director Juno Mak. A true visual marvel, Rigor Mortis offers lots of horror elements. Though, the film's story is fractured by a number of sideplots. Still, Rigor Mortis offers lots of action in its short runtime. This film viewer enjoyed the many practical effects and Mak's experimentation with the camera. The story begins with a reluctant hero. Siu-ho (Siu-ho Chin) is a former actor and he has been kicked out of his home, by his wife. He chooses suicide as an escape from his pain, but a neighbour intervenes. Tung (Richard Ng »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Following Oz: The Great and Powerful last year, we've been waiting to see what director Sam Raimi would take on as his next project. The Spider-Man director is producing a reboot of The Grudge and also an adaptation of the video game The Last of Us, but now he might have a new directing gig lined up as well. Deadline reports The Fighter writers Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson are partnering with Raimi to adapt Jake Tapper's non-fiction book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, focusing on yet another group of American troops in Afghanistan as they encounter insurmountable odds. More below! This particular tale focuses on the title remote U.S. camp set up in Eastern Afghanistan by 53 American soldiers who became embroiled in a fight with nearly 400 Taliban fighters. The fight lasted a single day, and it resulted in two of the American soldiers being give the Medal of Honor, »
- Ethan Anderton
Even though The Lego Movie was a monster hit at the box office, some Warner Bros. executives think that Emmet's everyman story needs to be spiced up. So, in a clip from the upcoming Blu-ray, they've added the popular Lego Ninjago characters into a couple of key action sequences. This not only improves the movie greatly, but it also helps set up audiences for the 2016 animated adventure Ninjago by introducing these popular Ninja brick warriors. Check out the new improved action, and then be sure to pick-up The Lego Movie, on Blu-ray this week!
Everything will be awesome when The Lego Movie arrives onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, and Digital HD on June 17 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), The Lego Movie is the hilarious story of a nobody who saves everybody. »
After an exhausting wait, The Lego Movie is finally coming home on Blu-ray in the Everything is Awesome Edition, which includes a very funny and cool grindhouse spoof trailer for the Lego exploitation sci-fi crime thriller History Cops. Watch as infamous President of the United States Abraham Lincoln teams up with vigilante artist Michelangelo for the first buddy cop movie in history. Available June 17 as Warner Bros. brings the blockbuster hit home!
Everything will be awesome when The Lego Movie arrives onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD 2-disc Special Edition, and Digital HD on June 17 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Village Roadshow Pictures. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), The Lego Movie is the hilarious story of a nobody who saves everybody.
The cause of death would appear to be visual-effects overkill in the case of “Rigor Mortis,” a flashy, incoherent and virtually scare-free Hong Kong horror exercise that marks the directing debut of actor, singer, record producer and fashion maven Juno Mak. Set in a gloomy apartment building where a washed-up actor has come to die, only to find himself and other residents staring down an infestation of computer-generated supernatural baddies, this busy, blood-spattered thriller seeks to reanimate the popular “hopping vampires” movies from the 1980s and early ’90s, and will indeed prove largely impenetrable for audiences not already steeped in knowledge of that particular niche. The result has pulled in strong B.O. at home since last fall, but only Asian genre completists are likely to lick their fangs over it in limited Stateside release.
Winding its way backward from a grim prologue that reveals little but promises a high body count, »
- Justin Chang
The story involves a classroom teacher who visits the home of a student who has gone missing from class and gets sucked into a whirl of horror.
Cast includes Nozomi Sasaki (“Tenshi no Koi”, “My Life Changed When I Went to a Sex Parlor”,) who will also be in upcoming “The Furthest End Awaits” by Chiang Hsu Chiaung, and Sho Aoyagi (“Kon-shin”, “Tokyo Nanmin”).
The film has been widely sold in Asia and Showgate expects to close other deals during the Cannes Market.
- Patrick Frater
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