9 items from 2014
We’re still very much in the midst of August, but Universal is already taking steps to ensure that Ouija will be a familiar name by the time October rolls around. A new TV spot for the upcoming horror title has landed online, tightening footage we already saw in the first theatrical preview into a concise, if less scary teaser.
Ouija is one of a few horror pics that will be competing for your screams (and hard-earned cash) come Halloween – earlier in the month, we’ll be getting The Conjuring spinoff Annabelle, anthology ABCs of Death 2, horror-tinged battle epic Dracula Untold and freaky threequel V/H/S Viral. So what sets this one apart? Its young, photogenic cast (which includes a wealth of supporting players from teen-targeted TV) might be enough.
- Isaac Feldberg
Harvest Home: McNaughton’s Return Yields Blighted Crop
Fans of director John McNaughton, known for his gruesome cult classic Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), as well as that tawdry neo-noir Wild Things (1998), will be happy to realize he’s returned to filmmaking with The Harvest, his first feature film since 2001. An indie thriller written by first time screenwriter Stephen Lancellotti, it’s headlined by the likes of Michael Shannon and Samantha Morton. While there are several standout moments in the film, it’s constantly marred by an underwhelming screenplay that has a few too many inconsistencies to support the development of tension or believability. The insistent need for extravagant twists undermines the logic of the narrative, something unnecessary here considering the intensity of the performances.
Katherine (Morton) and Richard (Shannon) care for their son Andy (Charlie Tahan) in their isolated home in the countryside. Both working in the medical profession, »
- Nicholas Bell
When will you kids learn? As demonstrated in the first trailer for the upcoming Ouija, If you don't want demons in your house, then don't summon them with an Ouija board and then wonder where they came from. Stiles White, writer of supernatural flick The Possession and a credited co-writer on the truly kooky Knowing, makes his directorial debut. Olivia Cooke, a winning presence on TV's Bates Motel but stuck in a thankless role on this year's The Quiet Ones, stars with Douglas Smith (Stage Fright). Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes is involved, and so is Jason Blum, a specialist in low-budget horror, whose Paranormal Activity featured a Ouija board. The trailers features a number of familiar beats -- snippets of horror moments we've all seen...
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The trailer has been playing in theaters for nearly a month now, and with the release of The Purge: Anarchy coming this weekend, Universal Pictures has finally decided to unleash the trailer for their next horror venture Ouija. Inspired by the creepy, supernatural "board game" of the same name, the film follows a group of friends who get caught up in the dark powers of this mystical board, forcing each of them to confront unimaginable horrors. Actually, by the looks of this trailer, the horrors are pretty basic, and don't really offer anything in the vein of a promising story. It just hits every cliche in the book pretty hard. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Stiles White's Oujia, from the "Pretty Little Liars" Facebook page: Ouija is directed by Stiles White, director of Boogeyman, The Possession and Knowing, who co-wrote the script with Juliet Snowden, the co-writer of all those films. »
- Ethan Anderton
While horror is dominating Television these days in everything from Hannibal, Penny Dreadful, and Bates Motel already airing, the upcoming series of Del Toro’s The Strain set to debut soon and god knows how many other shows being developed as I write this, I often ask myself: “Wouldn’t it be nice if this or that would be made into a series?”. With it being abundantly clear that execs are taking the turning of popular films and franchises into decent or downright awesome series (Anybody see Fargo? Wow), there are a handful of books and/or films that I think warrant a solid weekly, if not limited series run on TV. One example is the 1995 film adaption of my favorite Dean Koontz book of all time, his 1992 novel, Hideaway.
- Jerry Smith
Madison Davenport will play the daughter of Tina Fey's character, an artist who is angry because she has to look over her mother. Amy Poehler plays Tina Fey's sister, as both siblings decide to throw one last major party in their childhood home, before it is sold. James Brolin, Ike Barinholtz and Maya Rudolph, who joined the cast last week, also star.
Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) is directing from a screenplay by Paula Pell (Saturday Night Live). Tina Fey is producing alongside Jay Roach and John C. Lyons, with Amy Poehler, Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell serving as executive producers.
Director: Jorge Michel Grau
Writer: Evan M. Wiener
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s excellent 2010 debut, We Are What We Are already received the English language treatment with Jim Mickle’s 2013 version, so perhaps it’s no surprise to see Grau already helming his own English language debut with this dramatic thriller. While Kyra Sedgwick still pops up in interesting vehicles, we’re hoping this isn’t of similar quality as her union with Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal in The Possession (2012). Frank Grillo is a consistently underrated element and we’ve been damn curious to see what Grau’s been going to show us next.
Gist: A teen traveling with her mother to a treatment center for her agoraphobia has to fight for their lives against a gunman who attacks them. »
- Nicholas Bell
From his modest start in that ramshackle cabin in the woods what must seem like a lifetime ago, Sam Raimi has become one of the more versatile and beloved directors in Hollywood. With Scream Factory's Blu-ray release of Darkman today, we bring you our Top 9 Sam Raimi Films - Horror and Otherwise.
We're going to keep this list to films directed by Raimi. If we were to include the movies he's acted in, or god forbid produced, we'd be here all night. But a few of his production credits like 30 Days of Night, both of The Grudge films, Boogeyman, The Possession, Timecop and of course the Evil Dead remake are noteworthy.
Some honorable directorial mentions include his most recent, Oz the Great and Powerful. It might not have been the epic it was billed to be, but it looked fantastic; and when you manage to haul in half a billion »
- Scott Hallam
Another tidbit of official release information today comes directly from the camp of Blumhouse Productions' upcoming board game chiller 'Ouija'. Based on the classic demon summoning Hasbro game the movie revolves around a group of friends - who you guessed it - unleash a dark force into their lives. 'Ouija' is set to hit theatres from 24 October 2014, just in time for the Halloween season. The project sees 'The Possession' writing duo Juliet Snowden and Stiles White co-direct with Olivia Cooke -below ('Bates Motel'), Daren Kagasoff ('The Secret Life of the American Teenager'), Douglas Smith ('Stage Fright'), Bianca A. Santos ('The Fosters'), Erin Moriarty ('The Watch'), Ana Coto ('DisCONNECTED') and Vivis Colombetti ('Paranormal Activity 2') all on board to stay. »
9 items from 2014
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