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Jigsaw Plays Games in January

If it’s Halloween, it’s got to be Saw. Remember that tagline? There was a time, way back when, when Saw films ruled the October roost in terms of theatrical horror entertainment. Then along came Paranormal Activity, and the king was dethroned. But then the supernatural franchise more than ran its course, leaving the door open […]

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Interview: Craig Anderson talks seasonal horror ‘Red Christmas’

With Christmas just around the corner it is time to get into a festive mood and there is nothing better to start the season than a Christmas Slasher. Craig Anderson has got into the spirit of Christmas past with a colourful homage to the classic 80’s slasher in his latest release Red Christmas. I got a chance to ask him a few questions about why he chose to write and direct a Christmas Horror, dealing with the taboo subject of abortion and working with Dee Wallace. And if you haven’t read it yet, check out my Red Christmas review

What can we expect from your new film Red Christmas?

The incredible actor Dee Wallace – Et (1982), Cujo (1983), The Howling (1981); stars as a mother who brings her grown up family home for Christmas. It’s a normal Christmas day with plenty of family stress, but then a really weird dude rocks up the door.
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Insidious: The Last Key Trailer #2 Is Big on Scares

Insidious: The Last Key Trailer #2 Is Big on Scares
A new trailer for Insidious: The Last Key has arrived online ahead of the sequel's release in theaters next month. This latest trailer gives us a much better idea of what to expect from the latest chapter of the very successful Insidious franchise. We're still not sure if this movie is going to be a return-to-form, in terms of quality, but this trailer promises a ton of jump scares and a super creepy haunted house exploration in the movie.

The trailer features some of the same imagery as the first teaser for Insidious: The Last Key, but they're not nearly as shy about showing off some of the cool shots this time around. Even though James Wan, who directed the first Insidious, is only producing this movie, you can tell it has his style embedded in its DNA. It'll be tough for Insidious 4 to top the original, but this could
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The New Trailer For ‘Insidious: The Last Key’ Is Definitely Going For The Jump Scares

The latest trailer for Insidious: The Last Key, the fourth film in the horror series has made its way online. The film comes to the screen in the new year and this new promo is definitely going after the jump scares.

In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. The film is written by co-creator Leigh Whannell (Saw), who wrote the trilogy and directed Chapter 3; produced by Insidious regulars Jason Blum (The Purge series, Get Out), Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and co-creator James Wan (The Conjuring, Furious 7); and directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan). Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Bailey Conway Anglewicz, Couper Samuelson and Whannell serve as executive producers. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is financing Insidious: Chapter 4, and
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Screams and Scares Abound in New Trailer for Insidious: The Last Key

"This time the haunted house is my family's house." Horror hits close to home for parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) in the new trailer for Insidious: Chapter 4, and while the latest video for the fourth entry in the horror franchise features plenty of previously released footage from the first trailer, it also offers a new glimpse into Elise's haunted past.

Below, you can watch the new trailer for Insidious: Chapter 4, which is scheduled to come out in theaters on January 5th from Universal Pictures. In case you missed it, read what Shaye had to say about the new prequel in our 2016 interview with the actress, and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates.

"The creative minds behind the hit Insidious trilogy return for Insidious: The Last Key. In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces
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Andi Matichak is Set to Join Jamie Lee Curtis in the Cast of New Halloween Movie

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It looks like the role of Laurie Strode's granddaughter has been cast, giving Michael Myers multiple generations to haunt in the new Halloween movie.

According to The Tracking Board, actress Andi Matichak (Underground, Orange is the New Black) has been cast in one of the lead roles of the new Halloween movie, and it's presumed that she will play the granddaughter of Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) and the daughter of Karen Strode (played by Judy Greer).

Slated for an October 19th, 2018 release, the new Halloween movie will feature Laurie Strode's "final confrontation with Michael Myers," but with three generations of Strodes set to appear, The Shape will have more than just Laurie to contend with.

While Laurie did have a daughter named Jamie (played by Danielle Harris and J.C. Brandy) and then a son named John (played by Josh Hartnett) in the Halloween sequels, Danny McBride, who
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Rlje Films Will Open the Doors to Horror Sequel The Houses October Built 2 on Blu-ray & DVD in January

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Rlje Films invited viewers to enter the wicked world of "Hellbent" when they released The Houses October Built 2 in theaters and VOD platforms this past September, and now they've announced a January 2nd Blu-ray and DVD release for the film that reunites the extreme haunt seekers with the all-too-real horrors of the Blue Skeleton:

Press Release: Los Angeles (November 28, 2017) – Rlje Films, an Rlj Entertainment, Inc. brand (Nasdaq: Rlje), is set to release the horror film The Houses October Built 2 on Blu-ray and DVD on Jan. 2, 2018. The Houses October Built 2 is the sequel to the 2014 cult hit and marks the return of Brandy Schaefer ("coffin girl" from The Houses October Built), Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson along with the original filmmaking team of Director and Co-Writer Bobby Roe, Producer and Co-Writer Zack Andrews​​, and Producer Steven Schneider (Split, Insidious, Paranormal Activity). Rlje Films will release The Houses October Built 2
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Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)

Slamdance Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup (Exclusive)
The Slamdance Film Festival has unveiled its 24th annual narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup, Variety has learned.

The festival, launched in 1995 as an alternative to Sundance, has included showings of such notable titles as Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity.” The fest, which takes place at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah, from Jan. 19 to Jan. 25, will screen 18 movies including 10 world premieres, two North American premieres, and four U.S. premieres.

Notable titles include “Human Affairs” with Kerry Condon, who was recently in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ” and the TV series “Better Call Saul,” and “Rock Steady Row,” starring Diamond White from “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.”

Slamdance alumni include Joe and Anthony Russo, Christopher Nolan, Marc Forster, Jared Hess, Lena Dunham, Benh Zeitlin, Seth Gordon, and Lynn Shelton. Significant titles that debuted at Slamdance include “Mad Hot Ballroom” and Gordon’s “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” This year’s
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Liam O'Donnell interview: Skyline, Beyond Skyline

Kirsten Howard Dec 13, 2017

We chat to writer-director Liam O' Donnell about the process of making both Skyline films, and the future of genre cinema...

Liam O’Donnell wrote and produced the critically-mauled sci-fi hit Skyline in 2010, and he’s spent the better part of a decade working on the well-received follow up film, Beyond Skyline, which also marks his directorial debut. We talked to him about his experiences on both movies, and whether there might be a resurgence of big budget original genre films.

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Can I begin by asking how you originally became involved with the first Skyline movie? You co-wrote and produced that one,
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‘Get Out’ Deeper and Funnier Than Most ‘Serious’ Awards Contenders

‘Get Out’ Deeper and Funnier Than Most ‘Serious’ Awards Contenders
As our mothers told us, first impressions are lasting impressions. When Universal opened “Get Out” on Feb. 24, it was marketed as a horror movie. Now that the film is available for streaming, on HBO and on awards screeners (sent out Nov. 6), some industry folk are making a startling discovery: “Get Out” is Not a horror movie.

That was a good marketing hook, but the film, written and directed by Jordan Peele, is too original to pigeonhole: It’s a little Alfred Hitchcock, a little Mike Nichols, a little Rod Serling, but not really like any of them. It’s a deadpan social satire mixed with suspense. This week, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. agreed to consider it as a comedy for the Golden Globes; that was a good choice, because they don’t have a Too Complex To Label category.

The film was made by Blumhouse Prods. and Jason Blum says his company has two criteria: “Is it
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Danny McBride Comments on the Approach to the Storyline in New Halloween Movie

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With 2017's Halloween season now in the rearview mirror, it's already time to start looking ahead to the autumn of 2018, which will feature the release of the first Halloween movie in nearly ten years. Written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, the next installment in the horror franchise has been hinted to take place in a separate timeline from the sequels, and in a recent interview, McBride discussed the "alternate reality" of the new movie and how it may even look at John Carpenter's original film in a different way.

Speaking with Yahoo, McBride had this to say about the timeline of the new Halloween movie:

"We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one. It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way."

In regards
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Paranormal Activity Director Oren Peli Is Finished Directing

First-time director Oren Peli hit it big with his found footage flick Paranormal Activity. Since then he has produced a number of feature films and directed another found footage film, Area 51 (review). But will the man ever return to directing? Not likely. Peli recently sat down with director Mick Garris (Sleepwalkers) on Garris’ podcast Post Mortem and […]

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Miramax Hires Paramount Executive Amy Mastriona (Exclusive)

Miramax Hires Paramount Executive Amy Mastriona (Exclusive)
Veteran Hollywood marketing executive Amy Mastriona has joined Miramax as executive vice president of film production, Variety has learned exclusively.

Mastriona comes to Miramax with a lengthy background in creative advertising and marketing from her tenure at Paramount Pictures, where she was an exec VP. Mastriona will be joining Miramax following its new focus toward growing its footprint with creative storytellers across a substantial production platform.

“Amy’s distinct skill set in creative advertising makes her a perfect selection to lead our decision making and development process,” CEO Bill Block said. “She understands the ever-changing audience base and will be instrumental in bringing Miramax’s production to a wide variety of global audiences. I couldn’t be happier to have Amy join the Miramax team and contribute in our mission to create high quality content.”

Mastriona joined Paramount in 2009 and has overseen the creative campaigns for more than 40 films, including the “Paranormal Activity,” “Transformers,” “Mission: Impossible,” and “Star Trek” franchises, along with “Selma,” “Arrival,” and “Daddy’s Home.”
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Lucy Hale-Tyler Posey Thriller ‘Truth or Dare’ Slated for April Release

Lucy Hale-Tyler Posey Thriller ‘Truth or Dare’ Slated for April Release
Universal Studios has set Blumhouse’s supernatural thriller “Truth or Dare,” starring Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey, for an April 27 release.

The story centers on a harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends that turns deadly when someone — or something — begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse the dare.

The film is directed by Jeff Wadlow (“Kick-Ass 2”) and co-stars Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto, and Sophia Taylor Ali. The film was produced by Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and executive produced by Wadlow.
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Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli on why he turned down the chance to helm The Conjuring

Director Oren Peli recently revealed that James Wan wasn’t the first choice to direct 2013’s The Conjuring. Talking on the Post Mortem podcast, the Paranormal Activity director revealed that he was offered to direct The Conjuring, and also explains why he decided to decline:

“I kind of wanted to just kind of cash out and be done [after Paranormal Activity]. I got sucked into [producing] the Paranormal Activity sequels, then I had lunch with Steven Spielberg and he said, ‘Let’s do a TV show together.’ And we did The River. I kind of kept having different opportunities to get me sucked back in. And then I thought, ‘Yeah, I could find something to direct.’ I got sent a lot of scripts. There was one I really loved called Eliza Graves. It ended up being a whole big legal mess and the project fell through.”

The Conjuring franchise absolutely ended up with the right director,
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‘Get Out’: How Jordan Peele Balanced Horror and Satire in Hitchcockian Oscar Contender

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‘Get Out’: How Jordan Peele Balanced Horror and Satire in Hitchcockian Oscar Contender
Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” captures and defuses racial tension so effectively that it’s a 2017 box office phenomenon ($253 million worldwide) and now an Oscar contender for Best Picture. The challenge, though, was editorially balancing horror with satire in this nightmare of enslavement for black photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) when his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) takes him home to meet her liberal parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener). Think “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” meets “Rosemary’s Baby,” as Peele turns every genre convention on its head.

In fact. editor Gregory Plotkin (producer Jason Blum’s “Paranormal Activity” sequels) partly got the gig because he was on the same geeky wavelength with Peele. The first thing they discussed were using the two above-mentioned movie classics as creative inspiration. “The hard thing to balance with the two tones was knowing when to cut off the humor and when to add more humor,
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Jamie Lee Curtis Looks Ahead to New Halloween Movie with New Teaser Photo of Laurie Strode & Michael Myers

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It may be Halloween 2017, but many horror fans are already looking forward to next fall when Laurie Strode and Michael Myers have one final confrontation in the new Halloween movie. To celebrate the big "31" on the calendar and look ahead to next year's autumn, Jamie Lee Curtis shared a new photo of her and Michael Myers.

Posted on Curtis' Twitter account with the caption "Some Wounds Never Heal, Michael & I will see you all next Halloween 10/19/18," the new photo features Laurie, The Shape, and a recreation of the shoulder wound Laurie got from her encounter with Michael Myers on Halloween night in 1978.

Slated for an October 19th, 2018 release, the new Halloween movie will feature the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, who will have her "final confrontation with Michael Myers." Judy Greer is also in talks to play Laurie's daughter, Karen, in the new film (if the sequels
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Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis Is Back, and More Bloody Good Details About the Reboot

Halloween 2018 just got kicked up a notch. It was recently announced that Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising the iconic role of Laurie Strode in Halloween, another reboot of the beloved horror franchise due out on Oct. 19, 2018. It's an exciting reveal for one of the first-ever scream queens because truly nothing is scarier than watching her fend off her psychotic, murderous, William Shatner-mask-wearing younger brother with only a wire hanger in the 1978 original. Then again, doesn't Laurie get stabbed by her deranged sibling and thrown to her death in the franchise's eighth movie, Halloween: Resurrection? According to John Carpenter, who's on board as an executive producer and creative consultant, the reboot will ignore everything after the original film. "It's kind of a . . . I don't know how to describe it. It's almost an alternative reality," he explained to Stereo Gum. "It picks up after the first one and it pretends
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Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun

Your Alternative Halloween Viewing Guide: Hidden Horror Gems to Make Movie Night Frighteningly Fun
Every Halloween, when you want to check out a horror movie to get your heart racing, or a hilarious scary movie send-up to celebrate the holiday with laughs, everybody seems to cycle back to some of the same old classics.

While the slasher movies we've all come to know and love are classics for a reason (see: Halloween, I Know What You Did Last Summer or Scream), it’s fun to dive a little deeper into the realm of obscure horror, where some of the truly great fright flicks hide in the shadows.

Check out Et’s suggestions for some of the great lesser-known gems of spooky cinema with this year's alternative Halloween viewing guide:

Vampire Movies

Typical Fare: Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Lost Boys, From Dusk Till Dawn

Alternative Option: Let the Right One In

This thoughtful Swedish horror tale, directed by Tomas Alfredson, is an entirely unique take on the well-trod territory of vampire
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The 20 Scariest Movie Scenes of the 21st Century

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The 20 Scariest Movie Scenes of the 21st Century
Horror movies are so much more than the sum of its parts, but no genre is more dependent on the power of discrete scenes, self-contained episodes to make you feel like you’re sweating through what’s happening on screen first-hand. It doesn’t matter if a horror movie is an atmospheric slow-burn, or if it’s a symphony of jump-scares that alternates between peaks of sustained tension and long valleys of eerie calm, all of the most terrifying films rely on a few unforgettable moments. Some of these instances are long setpieces, some are just perfectly executed jolts, but all of them are exquisitely traumatizing microcosms of the movies that contain them.

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Shut off the lights, turn up the sound, and enjoy our list of the 20 scariest movie scenes of the 21st Century.
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