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

6 hours ago | 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

6 hours ago | 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

19 hours ago | 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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First surprisingly good trailer for ‘Amityville: The Awakening’

22 August 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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

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The 'Amityville: The Awakening' Trailer Will Keep You Up at Night (Video)

22 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Of all the horror franchises, one of the most bafflingly resilient is "The Amityville Horror." And the trailer for the latest film has just debuted and will probably send a chill or two down your spine.

The original film came out in 1979, starred Margot Kidder and James Brolin and was based on the controversial 1977 nonfiction best-seller by Jay Anson, who moved into 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York, and immediately claimed to be terrorized by otherworldly visitations. (These supernatural situations were supposedly connected to a mass murder that happened in the house in December 1975, when Ronalde DeFeo shot and killed six of his family members while they slept.) From that one, admittedly cheesy film (slime? Has slime ever been scary?), there were seven (!) sequels and a fairly straight-faced remake in 2005 that starred Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George. (There were even a couple of sequels after that; this new film is »

- Drew Taylor

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From ‘Life On Mars’ To ‘The Living And The Dead’

22 August 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Monastic Productions are to continue a strong relationship with the BBC, following news of a major period supernatural series being commissioned via the corporation’s UK and Us arms. Established by Ashley Pharoah and Matthew Graham (creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes), their latest will be The Living And The Dead. Incorporating solid ingredients of Victoriana and the unexplained, the drama concerns the exploits of Nathan Appleby, a gentleman farmer in Somerset 1888, who develops an increasingly dangerous interest in the occult. This sounds like a mash up between The Village and Paranormal Activity and is the sort of high concept pitch BBC Wales/BBC America hope will fly the British flag abroad after the transatlantic achievements of Doctor Who over the past few years.

Graham contributed some scripts to that world famous brand, in addition making a short-lived Us version of Life On Mars. While the team »

- Steve Palace

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‘The Ring 3′ Attracts Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman

22 August 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Superhero movies might be dominating the top of the box office charts, but the horror genre has also been enjoying a quiet but steady level of success in recent years. Horror films like Sinister, The Conjuring and Insidious have all achieved ticket sales that multiply their meager budgets many times over, so it should come as no surprise that Paramount Pictures (whose properties include the Paranormal Activity franchise) is making moves to revive another horror series.

The Ring 3 was recently reported to be back in development at Paramount, with F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) attached to direct. Several years ago rumors about the plot of The Ring 3 indicated that it would ditch Rachel and ...

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- H. Shaw-Williams

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Akiva Goldsman to Write Script for The Ring 3D

22 August 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

About a month ago it was announced that Paramount Pictures would be making a third installment of The Ring, hiring F. Javier Gutiérrez to direct it. We've now learned that the studio is in talks with Academy Award winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to write a new draft of the script for the movie, which according to Deadline will be called The Ring 3D

As much as I've enjoyed this horror franchise, I can't help but roll my eyes at that stupid-ass title. I don't really care the the movie is going to be in 3D, almost everything is these days, so that's not surprising. But throwing it in the title is just ridiculous. 

There are no details on the story yet, but I'm sure it will involve Samara terrorizing a new generation of people with the video tape of death. Goldsman is obviously an incredibly talented screenwriter, and I'm not »

- Joey Paur

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The Road to FrightFest – Reflections on the Darkside of the Moon Part 2: Christian Arnold-Beutel

22 August 2014 5:16 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Every once in a while we writers are fortunate to discover a story of determination and passion that inspires us, and reminds us of why we wanted to write about film.

For that reason is to bring experiences and stories such as the one behind the making of Shockwave Darkside 3D to the forefront so that they don’t go untold.

What better way to hear the stories and experience than through the personal reflections of writer-director Jay Weisman and producer Christian Arnold-Beutel and their own creative war that mirrors the last great war raging on the moon in their contribution to a grand genre.

You can read Jay’s introduction here.

HeyUGuys,

Early 2010 I was approached by my U.S producing partners with a script that felt to me like a sci-fi mix of Paranormal Activity meets Saving Private Ryan set on the moon. It was a rather ambitious »

- Paul Risker

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The Possession of Michael King

22 August 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Possession of Michael King

Directed by: David Jung

Cast: Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Julie McNiven

Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: August 22, 2014 (Chicago)

Plot: After his wife is killed, a husband and father (Johnson) films himself trying to summon a demon to prove whether spirits are or aren’t real.

Who’S It For? Those who like bad horror movies, or are interested in seeing the latest horror movie with the word “possession” in its title.

Overall

The Possession of Michael King begins with a dead-horse stance, raging against the scam of fortune tellers. This thesis is simultaneously groan-worthy and emblematic foreshadowing of this juvenile horror film’s whiny angst, in which a man deduces that the fulfillment of his late wife’s tarot reading means that he must investigate the existence of spirits.

But instead of venturing as to whether heaven is fo’ real, or seeing »

- Nick Allen

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Exclusive First Look at Amityville: The Awakening

21 August 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

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.

Maniac remake director Franck Khalfoun will direct.

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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