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FrightFest 2014: From Moorish to Amazonian Horror Part 3: A Thrill Ride with Dinosaurs

15 hours ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

From horror in the America’s to FrightFest’s foray into spatial horror with Luke Hyams’ moorish horror X Moor and Adam Spinks’ Amazonian adventure Extinction/The Expedition. From hunting a fabled beast on the moors to being the hunted  in the jungle, these two British films  took the FrightFest audience from open to dense terrain for two different kinds of hunts.

In a three part interview feature we spoke with X Moor’s lead actors Mark Bonnar, Melia Kreiling and Nick Blood as well as director Luke Hyams, along with the writer and star of Extinction/The Expedition Ben Loyd-Holmes on being the hunter versus the hunted in beastial horror.

Concluding the feature Ben Loyd-Holmes reflected on creating a thrill ride for audiences that would offer an escape from reality, and inspire audience’s to re-think next year’s holiday plans.

Why a creative career? Was there that one inspirational moment? »

- Paul Risker

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Fright Exclusive Interview With Heavenly Sword Screenwriter Todd Farmer!!

29 August 2014 3:16 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Todd Farmer has definitely made a name for himself in genre films. Having written the “Jason Voorhees in space” Friday The 13th sequel, Jason X, as well as co-writing films like My Bloody Valentine 3D, Drive Angry and the now lost Halloween 3D with frequent collaborator Patrick Lussier, Farmer is a staple in the horror community, an all around nice guy (I witnessed Icons’ Aaron Pruner once tossing a pencil at Farmer at a convention and surprisingly Aaron didn’t get the knuckle sandwich that Pat Healy’s character was given by Farmer in Cheap Thrills), and from the sound of it, a pretty avid gamer. Given that knowledge, it would come to no surprise that Farmer’s recent endeavor is the full length computer animated film adaption of the popular video game, Heavenly Sword. Ambitious and full of memorable characters, the Heavenly Sword film is one hell of a time, »

- Jerry Smith

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Review: As Above, So Below

29 August 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The found-footage horror genre has thankfully lost most of its steam following the late aughts boom that saw films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield scare up mountains of cash at the box office, while other films like [Rec] became fan favorites long after their initial releases. These movies tried to be on the cutting edge of a then-newly-embraced genre, and while some used its tropes to effectively creep out audiences most of them cheaply diminished the genre, which lead the fad to all but die out. It comes as a bit of a surprise then that one of the filmmakers behind the remake of [Rec] (2008’s Quarantine) has revisited the genre once again with As Above, So Below to try to recapture some of the found footage mojo that audiences craved on Friday nights seven years ago.  

The premise of the movie itself is fairly cheesy, but kind of promising—a young »

- Sean Hutchinson

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Beth Riesgraf Has Become a Shut In

29 August 2014 11:51 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Being that 95% of the human race is comprised of idiots, I so understand the desire to never leave the house. Still, there are times when even our places of refuge are violated and become pretty damned scary. Read on for the first word on the new horror flick Shut In.

THR is reporting that Beth Riesgraf (pictured), who was one of the stars of TNT’s "Leverage," is starring in the psychological horror thriller Shut In, which began production this week in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Martin Starr (Veronica Mars), and Jack Kesy ("The Strain") are also starring in the indie flick, which is being directed by Adam Schindler (Delivery: The Beast Within).

Riesgraf is playing a woman who suffers from agoraphobia so crippling that when a trio of criminals break into her house, she cannot bring herself to flee. But what the intruders don’t realize is »

- Steve Barton

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Review: Underground Found Footage Horror Movie 'As Above, So Below'

29 August 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Up until now, Legendary Pictures has been a production company exclusively associated with high concept, big budget popcorn fare (they've been responsible for everything from Christopher Nolan's Batman movies to "Pacific Rim"), but with the success of "Paranormal Activity," and similarly low-cost genre material, the studio is branching out by going small. This week's "As Above, So Below," a grainy, archeology-themed found footage movie that uneasily mixes "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with "Flatliners," is the first effort under this new initiative. While the movie certainly has its share of thrills, it's clear that it lacks that zeitgeist-capturing magic that the best low-budget horror films offer. If Legendary is looking for a potential franchise, they might have to dig elsewhere. Even with its ridiculously pretentious title, "As Above, So Below" has the most basic of genre set-ups: a team of archeologists and urban »

- Drew Taylor

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Excerpt: Producer Sees New Opportunities for Independent Films in ‘Hope for Film’

29 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

I started using the phrase “a complete systems reboot” to describe what was needed for the film industry. Unless this happened, we were fated to stay mired in an outdated and unsustainable model. In the 1990s, two key tactics of independent producers were to make movies for underserved audiences and to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. Independent film used to be a business of singles, not home runs — where a producer aimed for a million-dollar box office gross on a $200,000 spend. This approach allowed directors to experiment and take real risks in both form and content. And it worked because there were more newspaper film critics, arthouse theaters and foreign sales. But then “Pulp Fiction” exploded on the scene, and independent filmmaking became the business of profit margins rather than the underserved audience. You now had to make movies for everyone (be it “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Juno” or “Crouching Tiger, »

- Ted Hope

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You Won’t Have Any Idea What Is Happening in As Above, So Below

29 August 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Just when you thought the found-footage horror subgenre was starting to die, As Above/So Below doubles down on it. In so doing, it also demonstrates some of the fundamental limitations of the subgenre. It may even remind you, by way of counterexample, why such films took hold in the first place. Afterwards, I thought fondly back to The Blair Witch ProjectParanormal Activity, and [Rec], wondering what they did so right that As Above, So Below so, so doesn’t.The setup has promise: Scarlett (Perdita Weeks), a young, beautiful urban archeologist, enlists the aid of a handsome old flame, George (Ben Feldman), and a trio of French adventurers to go down into the Paris catacombs on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone. Said stone, if you recall your Harry Potter, is a magic rock that was supposedly used in the practice of alchemy. Scarlett’s own father »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Agoraphobic Has a Secret in Shut In, First Cast Details

29 August 2014 7:16 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Director Adam Schindler began shooting his next horror film this week in Shreveport, Louisiana. He's the guy behind this year's release Delivery: The Beast Within. His latest is called Shut In and it stars Beth Riesgraf, Rory Culkin, Martin Starr and Jack Kesy, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Steven Schneider of the Paranormal Activity series is producing alongside Jeff Rice, Lati Grobman and Erik Olsen.

The post Agoraphobic Has a Secret in Shut In, First Cast Details appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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'As Above's' Ben Feldman and Perdita Weeks ain't afraid of nothing down 'Below'

27 August 2014 8:11 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Paris - Coming up with a new twist for a horror film without going down some very disgusting roads hasn't been that easy in the 21st Century.  It's one reason franchises like "Saw," "Paranormal Activity" and "The Purge" have hit such a cord with viewers and spawned a ton of sequels.  One film that's trying to add a new twist to the supernatural thriller (with more than a touch of horror thrown in) is the Dowdle brothers' "As Above/So Below" which arrives in theaters on Friday. Originally, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh had an idea about staging a film in the catacombs of Paris, a labyrinth of tunnels and quarries beneath the streets of the city that stretch over 200 miles.  Shockingly, very few films had used the centuries old underground spaces as the setting for a movie.  Considering approximately 6 million human remains were buried (or re-buried) there it seemed like »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘Saw’ Heading Back to Theaters for Its 10th Anniversary

27 August 2014 7:44 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

For more than half a decade, each October meant one thing for lovers of bloody and gory horror flicks: the release of a new Saw film. Since the series ended in 2010, some fans have lamented the lack of new additions to Jigsaw’s oeuvre, and failed to find solace in the found footage scares of the Paranormal Activity series, which has since assumed the mantle of never-ending horror franchise du jour. Well, those same fans can now take some measure of comfort in the fact that Saw will once again slice into theaters everywhere this Halloween.

Hitting theaters in October 2004, James Wan’s original Saw movie came almost out of nowhere to become one of the ...

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- Michael Kennedy

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15 Horror Franchises that Helped Define the Face of the Genre

27 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.

Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.

It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.

Alien:

Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »

- Matt Molgaard

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Trailer Alert! Amityville: The Awakening!

26 August 2014 1:52 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

There have been countless Amityville themed & inspired movies, sequels, reboots, knock-offs, so on and so forth. And with the sudden resurgence of spooky-filled haunted house thrillers kicked off by the Paranormal Activity franchise and continued with the success of Insidious and The Conjuring, it was only a matter of time before a major studio returned to the one that started them all! Amityville Horror!

Amityville: The Awakening, this Weinstein Company “official” sequel/reboot has been in the works for quite a long time. So much so that the Asylum beat them to the punch with their found-footage style Amity-rip-off The Amityville Haunting back in 2012 when this was originially slated to come out. But alas, they waited for the right script and director, dropped the tired found-footage again (thankfully) and are ready to unleash the evil of this infamous house in January of 2015! And here’s the first trailer!

 

The pros? »

- Rob Galluzzo

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Old School VHS Spin Given to Recent Horror Favorites

26 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Modern technology has made it unnecessary to leave the house (or even the couch for that matter) to order up your choice of cinematic fare. But there was a beauty in the VHS tape. And artist Chris MacGibbon has given some modern faves the VHS treatment.

If you're old enough to remember those trips to the video store, you certainly recall some of the more memorable VHS box artwork.

The unforgettable cover to the Maniac box comes immediately to mind, as does The Texas Chain Saw Massacre with Rex Reed's quote "The most horrifying motion picture I have ever seen" boldly emblazoned on the cover, which featured an image of Leatherface laid over a backdrop of Marilyn Burns' terrified eyes.

A fan of the style himself, MacGibbon decided to give some more recent standout horror films a bit of the ol' VHS magic.

Dig in below and see what MacGibbon came up with. »

- Scott Hallam

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Donnie Darko Producer Brings Us a New Look at the Biblical Apocalypse with The Remaining

26 August 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

As a Christian who is involved in reviewing movies and interviewing actors and filmmakers, I’m always excited to hear about actors who share my faith. Although most critics pan any sort of Bible-based movie, I give them a chance if they fall within certain genres. I’m always on the search for a good faith-oriented horror or sci-fi film that will break down the barrier between “secular” and Christian cinema.

 

One movie that immediately caught my attention as soon as I saw the cover of the graphic novel it’s based on is The Remaining. According to the official description, it revolves around “a group of close friends [who] gather for a wedding. The celebration is shattered by a series of cataclysmic events and enemies foretold by biblical end-times prophecies. The survivors face a horrifying, uncertain future as they scramble for safety, but as their world collapses around them in »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Eric Shirey)

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Donnie Darko Producer Brings Us a New Look at the Biblical Apocalypse with The Remaining

26 August 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

As a Christian who is involved in reviewing movies and interviewing actors and filmmakers, I’m always excited to hear about actors who share my faith. Although most critics pan any sort of Bible-based movie, I give them a chance if they fall within certain genres. I’m always on the search for a good faith-oriented horror or sci-fi film that will break down the barrier between “secular” and Christian cinema.

One movie that immediately caught my attention as soon as I saw the cover of the graphic novel it’s based on is The Remaining. According to the official description, it revolves around “a group of close friends [who] gather for a wedding. The celebration is shattered by a series of cataclysmic events and enemies foretold by biblical end-times prophecies. The survivors face a horrifying, uncertain future as they scramble for safety, but as their world collapses around them in »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Eric Shirey)

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True Blood's Mercy Killing

26 August 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Here's Adam Armstrong and me on the series finale of True Blood. My comments after Adam's -Nathaniel

One thing you should know about me: I am a pro-rationalizer. I don’t enjoy disliking things, especially when it comes to movies and TV shows. So many people, so much hard work, so on and so forth. Take for example, this one time, on the way home from seeing the third Paranormal Activity movie. I was so invested in the series I went to every midnight showing. I loved them. And then that movie played its final 20 mins, and it was fucking garbage. It was the American Horror Story: Coven of movies before Coven was even around.* Seriously, was Ryan Murphy a creative consultant for the ending of that movie? But, still, on that ride home, ridden with disappointment and rage, I clung to one aspect of the movie I liked »

- Adam Armstrong

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FrightFest 2014 – The Short and the Long Road Part 2: After’s Ryan Smith and Brandon Gregory

23 August 2014 1:08 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Filmmaking is a process rife with uncertainty.

It devours a year or two of a filmmaker’s life, and is even capable of consuming an entire decade as Shockwave Darkside’s Jay Weismann testified to. For a multitude of filmmakers after the arduous challenge of achieving one’s vision, setting their tale into a coherent whole, the unfortunate fate or dance of making the rounds of festivals only to become one of the ghost films remembered by the minority is not outside of the realm of possibility.

The road to distribution is no set length. It can be either a short or long, with a propensity for ease of frustration.

To the case in point – Ryan Smith’s After, and Christian James and Dan Palmer’s Stalled. Two films separated by twelve months, graduates of FrightFest classes of 2012 and 2013, yet two films that both received a home entertainment release earlier this year. »

- Paul Risker

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Lake Mungo: The Most Unsettling Movie Where Nothing Happens

23 August 2014 12:51 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I’ve successfully been harassing the Killer Pov crew for a while now about watching the Australian ghost flick, Lake Mungo.  When I was a sophomore in college, I came across this film at a Family Video store and I knew absolutely nothing about it.  The cover art drew me in and I went through a phase where I was determined to watch every releasing from After Dark Horrorfest’s 8 Films To Die For series.  Of all of these entries, I comfortably argue that Lake Mungo is one of their best.  The story revolves around The Palmer Family of Ararat, Victoria in Australia.  Parental units June and Russell, along with their son Matty are dealing with the unexpected drowning of their daughter/sister, Alice.  The film is assembled like the most depressing episode of Dateline NBC one could ever watch, but it’s the strange occurrences that start shortly after »

- BJ Colangelo

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Film Review: ‘The Possession of Michael King’

22 August 2014 10:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The seven stages of grief don’t allow for the sort of madness afflicting the title character in “The Possession of Michael King,” who responds to his wife’s tragic death by inviting demonic spirits to enter his body and shooting an ill-advised documentary about his experience. It’s a wacky premise for this otherwise woefully cliche-ridden, conceptually wobbly indie thriller, the latest of many shoddy attempts to mine a found-footage conceit for grisly supernatural shocks. Nowhere near as rigorous as the “Paranormal Activity” movies it superficially resembles, writer-director David Jung’s increasingly unpleasant, rarely frightening debut feature won’t possess screens for long.

As Michael (Shane Johnson, impressively committed) informs us at the outset, he’s an atheist, a condition that movies like this exist to rectify. By the next scene, his wife (Cara Pifko) is dead, partly due to advice she received from a psychic (Dale Dickey, seen »

- Justin Chang

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Amityville: The Awakening Delivers a Chilling First Trailer

22 August 2014 3:13 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

The first film for the Amityville horror series came out in 1979. Thirty-five years have passed. Now, the twelfth film in the series, Amityville: The Awakening, is set to release this January. The film involves a haunted house and a small family, who must confront a supernatural evil. The film's first trailer is available here. Only a line or two of the story have been revealed. More story details can be found in the film's official trailer. Though, a young single mom moves her three children into a haunted home; this home has a bloody history, which continues to kill into the present. Blumhouse Productions has produced this title. Blumhouse has produced several other horror features, including: Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious. Their latest promises many thrills and chills. The full trailer is below. Release Date: January 2nd, 2015 (Theatrical). Director/writer: Franck Khalfoun. Cast: Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Taylor. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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