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Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding her body to the branches and her spirit to the undergrowth.
Years later, Miko and her college friends head into Suicide Forest. Miko yearns to abide a Halloween ritual steeped in demonic tradition which will release her mother’s trapped soul. Filming their journey amongst the shadows, strange things start to happen; angry murmurs and sightings of ghosts warn there are those who do not want them there. Suddenly, the path to life is barricaded by the dead who have nothing to lose…
To celebrate Grave Halloween (pictured above) being released on DVD on 27th October, we’ve decided to explore other iconic woodland horror films.
The Blair Witch Project follows three »
- Phil Wheat
It's not a horror film itself, but a case could be made that the blood shed in Heathers flows as freely through the genre today as does that of the Dead trilogy or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's certainly splattered all over All Cheerleaders Die, a vision of the high school pecking order as bitter as the 1989 pre-Columbine bloodbath, but significantly less witty or humane. All cheerleaders may die, but they don't all leave much behind when they go.
After watching her friend Alexis (Felisha Cooper) killed in a cheerleading stunt gone wrong, Maddy (Caitlin Stasey) tries out for the squad when the new school year begins-and to the surprise of all involved, makes it on. She quickly befriends Tracy (Brooke Butler), who has already started dating Alexis’s old boyfriend team captain Terry (Tom Williamson), much to the chagrin of Maddy’s old girlfriend Leena (Sianoa Smit-McPhee). But Maddy has ulterior motives, »
- Anders Nelson
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes new details on Found Footage 3D and Mania, photos from Refuge and a poster from Fetish Factory, release dates announced for Skypemare, Soulmate, and The Inside, a trailer for When Black Birds Fly and Zombie Hood, and more:
New Details on Found Footage 3D: “…the producers of upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign to obtain additional funding for post-production and marketing expenses.
Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but find themselves in a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.
“What Scream did for slasher films, »
- Tamika Jones
In the sixth entry in the long-running franchise, troubled orphan Danny (Anthony Ilott) discovers that he has been left a dilapidated spa resort in Hobb Springs high up in the Appalachian Mountains. Creepy caretakers Sally and Jackson (Chris Jarvis and Sadie Katz) give him a hotel reception he won't forget while old friend Three Finger and his mutant siblings strike in and out of the action to keep you on your toes. A shameless, gore-splattered derivative of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. »
So we all know that the sequel to the glorified fan film that was Texas Chainsaw 3D will be focusing on Leatherface’s teenage years (acne be damned), but the question remains… who will direct? Can anyone pull this off? Bloody… Continue Reading →
The post Texas Chainsaw Sequel Director Candidates – Who Will Guide Leatherface Through Puberty? appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
No director has officially signed on Leatherface, the next installment in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series (yes, they're using that title again), but there are two pairs of directors in the running for the job. They're promising, too!
The post Here Are the Multiple Directors Circling Leatherface, Also, Story Details appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Tobe Hooper is deservedly recognized for making one of the most consequential, game changing titles in horror film history. Few horror movies, then or now, match the raw, urgent dread of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. But the well-earned primacy of that film obscures a career that grew notably diverse as it went on. Rather than a horror auteur known for revisiting styles, genres and a consistent worldview, Hooper’s films have attempted regularly to depart from what he’s done before. In so doing, Hooper’s filmography exhibits a remarkable and confident range of abilities and interests, from the mesmerizing slow burn nightmare of Funhouse to the Spielbergian blockbuster Poltergeist to the campy tribute to ‘50s sci-fi in his Invaders From Mars remake. After all, this is the guy whose only sequel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, took his most beloved property – a terrifying small-budget gorefest – and turned it into a bizarre slapstick comedy. So »
- Landon Palmer
After seeing ABC’s Of Death 2 at Fantastic Fest (you can read my review of the film Here), I was able to sit down with the director of one of my favorite shorts in the anthology – Larry Fessenden. His short “N is for Nexus” is a break-neck countdown through the streets of New York as Halloween night approaches. A couple preparing their Frankenstein costumes for a party sets in motion a series of events that intersect and slowly affect one another, leading to a devastating conclusion. Fessenden is practically a legend in the indie horror genre. He has worked as an actor, cinematographer, writer and director since the later 70’s and has created a named for himself with such feature films like Habit, Wendigo, and The Last Winter, while also appearing in films like I Sell The Dead, Stake Land, and Jug Face. I was lucky enough to sit down »
- Michael Haffner
[Spoiler Alert If You Haven't Watched The Season Premiere Of American Horror Story: Freak Show!!!] Well, that was unlike any trip to the circus we've ever taken. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's American Horror Story: Freak Show made its highly anticipated debut with a huge episode that included an old-fashioned sex tape, a bearded lady, and a David Bowie musical number. For its biggest season yet, co-creator Murphy talked to EW for an epic postmortem interview that covers all the big twists (and, of course, Twisty) and clues to season five! Entertainment Weekly: Let’s start with the opening credits. They’re animated this year. What made you want to switch it up? Ryan Murphy »
- Tim Stack
Last week we brought you an exclusive still from Juan Martinez Moreno’s The ABCs Of Death 2 segment, “S is for Split,” and today we’re continuing our coverage by sharing a short interview we conducted with Moreno. We had the opportunity to shoot a few questions the filmmaker’s way about his super-tense segment, delving deeper into his love of horror and what cinematic scares keep him up at night. In addition, be sure to return on 10/23 for a guest entry from Moreno himself, going into detail about his favorite cinematic death scene of all time.
Wgtc: What’s your favorite horror movie and how did it influence you as a filmmaker?
- Matt Donato
You might remember paying Oldfield a visit via 1987’s horror anthology film, From a Whisper to a Scream, aka The Offspring, which starred the legendary likes of Vincent Price and Clu Gulager. With their “Shocktober” festivities in full force, Scream Factory is giving fright fans a chance to return to the town of terror with their announcement that they are bringing From a Whisper to a Scream to Blu-ray in February:
“Our month-long “Shocktober” celebration continues with another film to reveal. In Feb 2015, the 1987 anthology horror film From A Whisper To A Scream (also known as The Offspring) will make its debut on the Blu-ray format.
Directed by Jeff Burr (The Stepfather 2, Pumpkinhead II, Texas Chainsaw Massacre III and Puppetmaster 4 & 5), the film stars legendary king of horror Vincent Price, Clu Gulager (The Return of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2), Susan Tyrell (Angel, Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker) and Cameron Mitchell (Silent Scream, »
- Derek Anderson
The gang at Scream Factory are becoming mortal enemies with our wallets, as they keep announcing More and More awesome genre titles for upcoming Blurays! earlier this week, they announced Class Of 1984, Blacula, and others, and now the Sf crew have announced that Jeff Burr’s 1987 anthology, From A Whisper To A Scream (Aka- The Offspring) will be released to Bluray this February! I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but I asbolutely Love the film, so it’s one that I for one, will not be missing. What do you guys and gals think? Chck out the official announcement below, and if you’ve got some time (of course you do), feel free to read our interview with Burr from back in the day!
- Jerry Smith
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes first details on The Crypt’s 13 Days of #HalloVine, The Rage Vol. 1, and Ink, a trailer for Honeyspider, and much more:
13 Days of #HalloVine First Details: “13 Days of #HalloVine! The Crypt and 13 of your favorite horror directors invade your phone!
#HalloVine begins October 3rd and ends with Eli Roth himself on October 15th! Find these scary Vines by following The Crypt on Vine or checking out any of The Crypt’s social media channels.
The director of the day will conquer the realm of digital scares and take over The Crypt’s Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook and the Crypt »
- Tamika Jones
Ghost In The Shell 25th Anniversary Edition
Every genre has their classics, films that helped define a pivotal point, in which the tides turned and something was brought to audience that blew them away. The horror genre has the Night Of The Living Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween‘s, the action genre has their Die Hard, Terminator 2‘s etc. When it comes to animated films that aren’t the Disney type, very few films stand out as much as the great Japanese classics such as Akira and one of my personal favorites, Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 masterpiece, Ghost In The Shell. Both films gave Japanese film animation such epic entries, that though often imitated, were never duplicated in quality. With Anchor Bay’s newly released 25th Anniversary (of the original manga’s release) Edition Bluray of Ghost In The Shell, I thought it would be fun to jump into it »
- Jerry Smith
One of my fondest memories growing up as a young horrorphile was catching as many scary movies and fright-filled specials as I could during the month of October in order to prepare for Halloween night. With the hundreds of channel options out there for viewers these days, I thought it might be fun to break down where genre fans can catch various movies, specials and even Halloween-themed cartoons over the next 31 days so that you can start planning out your viewings in advance.
Here are some of the thrills and chills coming to your televisions this October. Please keep in mind that full schedules have not been announced everywhere yet, so we’ll be sure to update you guys with any additions to the calendar. All times listed are Et/Pt:
Wednesday, October 1st
2:00pm – The Dead (SyFy)
4:30pm – Dead Season (SyFy)
6:30pm – Halloween II (2009) (SyFy)
- Heather Wixson
It’s not been a good year from the genre, with all of the releases taking under $20 million in their opening weekend and no more than $32 million overall domestically. Last year saw horror perform really well with films like Insidious: Chapter 2 ($40 million), Mama (£28 million), Evil Dead ($27 million) and Texas Chainsaw 3D ($21 million), all topping the Us box office in their opening weekends.
That all looks to change though with experts claiming that Annabelle is set to take roughly $25 million.
Here’s the other big releases of the year:
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones ($18 million opening, $32 million overall)
Devil’s Due ($8 million opening, $16 million overall)
Oculus ($12 million opening, $28 million overall)
The Quiet Ones ($4 million opening, $9 million overall)
Deliver Us From Evil ($10 million opening, »
- Luke Owen
This is pretty awesome. The folks at HalloweenCostumes.com wanted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its iconic Leatherface character and sent this awesome artwork/infographic (props to Jacob Kuddes, Jimm McShane and Marlon Heimerl for doing an excellent job on it!) our way. I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but I absolutely love things like this, as it’s always cool to sit back and think about all of the exploits of some of your favorite horror characters and we can all agree that Leatherface (Sawyer, Hewitt, whichever you prefer) has had some fun ones thus far in the series. Check this out, read what the team over there wrote about it and by all means, check out HalloweenCostumes.com for some pretty awesome Halloween attire.
“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was first released forty years ago in 1974. What nobody knew at »
- Jerry Smith
A decade back when we first started Icons Of Fright, one of my personal favorite columns here was from my dear friend Jason Alvino called “The Vault Of The Forgotten & Obscure!” While tons of titles that we had vague memories of as kids were still trickling into the ever-growing DVD market at the time, there was still a wealth of stuff quietly hiding in the cracks that time forgot. That’s part of what’s great about being a horror fan. If you’re at a convention and you start talking to someone and mention some obscure title you barely remember and then someone knows what you’re talking about, you suddenly become best friends for life. What’s funny is that since the inception of Icons, just about every single title Jay (and sometimes myself and Mike C) ever wrote about for The Vault has since come out on either DVD or Blu-Ray! »
- Rob Galluzzo
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
The best that I can tell, nostalgia runs on a thirty year cycle. I can speculate that what everybody watches as children, shapes them into adults with a deep seated desire to emulate it or watch it being emulated. A select few make it to a position where they can actually interject that nostalgia into the contemporary mainstream, and satisfy both the fans of the original material, but also put such a spit shine on the old premise that even the youngsters dig it, and have no idea that it’s based on something way older than they are. In the 1980’s we »
Dark Sky Films’ 40th Anniversary 4-disc Collector’s Edition
We’ve all experienced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in different ways. For some of us, it came later in life (my embarrassing introduction to the original film can be read here) and for some it was an odd yet interesting experience (during our interview with Bill Moseley a while back, he mentioned seeing it as a double feature with Enter The Dragon). Whatever situation you went through while seeing Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece, one thing cannot be denied: it’s a film that is unparalleled by any other film. A rare perfect film, full of performances that were given under the worst conditions possible, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre has not lost a single amount of its edge over the 40 years that have passed since it’s 1974 release. During a recent celebration of the film’s milestone anniversary, Icons’ head honcho Rob G. »
- Jerry Smith
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