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Fright At Home: May 12th – The Drownsman, Extraterrestrial, An Irish Exorcism

It’s a pretty good week for genre releases, with a decent amount of titles hitting shelves today. Everyone from Scream Factory, Virgil and Anchor Bay, to a double dose of Jess Franco from Severin…there’s just something for everyone.

We thought it would be nice to tell you fright fanatics about some of the highlights of the week. The two Franco releases are pretty huge in themselves, so they’re getting their own reviews (both are two discs and full of some insanity), but we wanted to bring three other fun titles to your horror-loving attention. Read on!

Continuing the partnership between IFC Midnight and Scream Factory, Grave Encounters-directors The Vicious Brothers return with the Bluray and DVD release of what is easily one of the most entertaining and refreshing alien abduction films in recent time, Extraterrestrial. The film, which has quite the impressive cast of everybody
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The Den (2013) review

Reviewed by Jennica Lynn Johnson

MoreHorror.com

As a teenager, being able to watch torture porn without vomiting was an achievement that was held in high regards. My friends and I would frequently visit sites such as Rotten.com to seek out the latest photos of disturbing bodily injuries; we would scour the internet for the Two-Girls-One-Cup video and the Mr. Hands video. It was like a mature version of truth-or-dare; an extreme gross-out game.

After viewing numerous photos and videos of this nature, however, it is easy to become desensitized to the gore and violence and forget that not all of the people in the images are acting. The naive assumption that the brutality witnessed on the internet must be staged is one of the many issues of the 21st century that is addressed in The Den (2013).

In his feature film debut as both a screenwriter and director, Zachary Donohue
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Ten Best: Phil’s Top 10 Movies of 2014

Well it’s that time of year again – the one where websites across the globe churn out Top 10 list after top ten list. So why should we be any different?! Yet whilst we may be following the predictable end of year lists, I can guarantee that my list is anything but predictable, featuring films from across the globe: including the Us, Canada, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and even good old Blighty!

This year more than ever there has been film after film that knocked it out of the park for me – which is why my Top 10 list has Two sections: the Top 10 and then the pick of 35(!) more brilliant movies (I would have loved this list to be a Top 45, honestly). So what’s my criteria? Well it has to be a movie I’ve seen this year, one that was released this year, i.e. making its UK debut,
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Bj Colangelo’s Top 15 Horror Movies of 2014

We’re only half a month away from 2015, and it’s time to look back on the year, jump on our soap boxes, and crank out our “Best of the Year” lists. 2014 may have been a weak year for theatrical horror films, but the independent circuit was booming. I saw films in 2014 that have become lifetime favorites, and had some of the most fun watching films that I’ve had in a long time. As always, this is my *~*~opinion*~* on the fifteen best horror films of 2014.

Honorable Mentions: The Purge: Anarchy, The Cemetery, Oculus, and Life After Beth.

15) Nightbreed: Director’S Cut

Admittedly, this is sort of a cheat. If you follow me on twitter or Instagram, you’d know that thanks to my wonderful man-candy, my house is a proverbial shrine to Clive Barker’s Nightbreed. Foreign posters, original artwork, old theatre advertisements, figurines, the film on
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Extraterrestrial | Review

Shades of Mr. Gray: The Vicious Bros.’ Unsatisfying Close Encounter

Following the unanticipated success of their 2011 film debut, Grave Encounters (which feels very much like the derivative, found footage version of a variety of other abandoned mental hospital narratives, including Brad Anderson’s Session 9, but hey, someone managed to squeeze out Grave Encounters 2 for good measure), the Vicious Bros. are back with a sophomore effort, Extraterrestrial. Can you guess what it’s about? Reportedly based on a tale they drafted back in their college days, the film bears the earmarks of pedantic indistinctness, a generic thrust of recycled, disambiguated alien abduction narratives that’s not only hopelessly shallow but utterly routine.

April (Brittany Allen) and longtime beau Kyle (Freddie Stroma) are heading off to a weekend getaway at her parents’ cabin, about to be sold as part of what sounds like a tense divorce settlement. A trip already
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‘Extraterrestrial’ Review

Stars: Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Melanie Papalia, Jesse Moss, Anja Savcic, Sean Rogerson, Emily Perkins, Mike Kovac, Fred Keating, Gil Bellows, Michael Ironside | Written and Directed by The Vicious Brothers

The Vicious Brothers, writer/directors of the two popular Grave Encounters found-footage flicks, turn their hands to a more traditional narrative movie, mixing traditional filming methods with their penchant for Pov shaky-cam, with Extraterrestrial.

Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive.
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Watch Three Clips from The Vicious Brothers’ Extraterrestrial

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After two tours of the paranormal-plagued Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, the writing/directing duo known as The Vicious Brothers, are stepping out of the asylum’s haunted halls and into the woods for their latest film, Extraterrestrial, now available on VOD. We have three new clips from the movie that show what happens when you engage visitors from the sky.

“From The Vicious Brothers, the creators of Grave Encounters comes a different kind of encounter, one of ‘Extraterrestrial’ origin. Still reeling from her parents’ divorce, April (Daytime Emmy winner, Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend, played by Freddie Stroma (Harry Potter & The Half Blooded Prince,
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Review: The Vicious Brothers Return With Extraterrestrial

The Vicious Brothers are no rookies to horror. Cult classic Grave Encounters and its sequel are neatly tucked into their resume and now they are delving into a completely different spectrum of horror with Extraterrestrial. I’m sure you can guess what it’s about.

A group of kids head out into the woods to spend a weekend partying. April (Brittany Allen) and Kyle (Freddie Stroma) are a solid couple who bring along April’s best friend Mel (Melanie Papalia, The Den) and the obligatory loud friend Seth (Jesse Moss) and his newest arm candy Lex (Anja Savcic.) Before long they get on bad terms with Sheriff Murray (Gil Bellows) and wander onto a gigantic pot farm being grown by an old acquaintance of April, the conspiracy theorist Travis (played by the always great Michael Ironside).

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Tread Lightly Into "The Den"

Well, that looked real.

First came the internet, then came chat rooms, then came Facebook, then FaceTime, then lifecasting, and then murder! As spooky faces come from behind unsuspecting victims in IFC Midnight's release, The Den (2014), the scares and vicarious running makes way only for the desire to understand why it's happening. Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) is an academic of some variety studying the weird wide world of video chat rooms, specifically The Den, all of which will be recorded as from her computer screen. A vast plurality just want to have the pretty miss Lizzy take her top off, but some are benign while others are a mean set of pranksters. When one interaction looks as though a young girl is murdered on screen, Elizabeth is convinced it's real and is dragged down into a living nightmare.

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Ten Best: Frightfest 2014 Movies

Well this years Frightfest is over and I’ve had a week to digest everything – it’s safe to say this year was… interesting. The move from the Empire to Vue West End, whilst not without the odd teething problem, was a success. Yes, the atmosphere had changed a little, at least in terms of experiencing a film with hundreds of people instead of thousands, but the positives of the move truly outweighed any negatives. My personal positive? The wide range of films on show this year and that fact there was No problems getting into the Discovery Screens this year – which in my own case, was where I saw some of the best films of the festival.

Speaking of films, whilst there was no outstanding, totally blown me away, movie this year, there overall standard was Very high, with only one real dud of the entire week (and I
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Frightfest 2014: ‘The Den’ Review

Stars: Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Matt Riedy, Adam Shapiro, Victoria Hanlin, Matt Lasky, Brian Bell | Written by Zachary Donohue, Lauren Thompson | Directed by Zachary Donohue

It may seem, given my past reviews of found footage movies, that all I do is spew bile and vitriol when it comes to a lot of these particular movies but that doesn’t mean I’m not willing to still give the genre a a fair shake. Good job too, otherwise I would have missed out on a great example of it in The Den.

The idea of using the internet (and webcams) is nothing new in horror, it’s cropped up in dozens of movies, some good, a lot bad. With the advent of webcams, CCTV and “always-connected” devices, any good horror movie villain would – given that using the net is his or her modus operandi – have almost total control over their victims lives.
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‘The Den,’ ‘The Big Chill’ and ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ Are the Best Blu-ray/DVD Releases of the Week

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. The Den Liz (Melanie Papalia) has received a grant to study The Den, a popular online video-chat service (like ChatRoulette) that matches up strangers for conversations, interactions and dick pics. After being pranked a few times by bored kids she witnesses what she believes to be a real murder and calls the police. Nothing comes of it, but she’s thereafter harassed by a particular user capable of infiltrating and controlling her laptop. Soon her friends and family are targeted by the unknown assailant and Liz is forced into an online fight with real-world consequences. You have every right and reason to be leery. This horror flick is composed entirely of footage captured on webcams, cell phones, GoPros and more. Even less promising, the images are displayed as video windows on a computer screen. I
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Film4 FrightFest's Amazing 2014 Line-up Announced! New Images Revealed!

The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.

Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!

This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.

All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.

Here's the full list of goodies:

Main Screens (5, 6, 7)

Thursday Aug 21

Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)

Director: Adam Wingard. Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser. USA 2014. 99 mins.
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Frightfest 2014 – Full Line-up Announced

Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.

Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.

From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show
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The Den is Dark and Entertaining: A Movie Review

Tagline: "He wants to watch you." Director: Zachary Donohue. Writers: Zachary Donohue and Lauren Thompson. Cast: Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Matt Riedy and Adam Shapiro. The Den is a film from first time director and scriptwriter Zachary Donohue. This title was released through IFC Midnight's online platform in mid-March. And, this film fan wished he heard of the film earlier. The Den focuses on the protagonist Elizabeth (Melanie Papalia), who is exploring the internet's dark underbelly. Elizabeth loses control of a research project. And, Donohue films all of her failures through an interesting collection of mediums. Shot with an innovative style, The Den is one of the best found footage films to come by way of Los Angeles in awhile. The story is a character study of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a bright, young woman with a brilliant future. However, her choice of study is a poor one. You see, there
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We’re Glad They Found This Footage: Six Pov Movies That We Love

Let’s be honest here. Out of 10 “found footage” type films, you’re lucky if two or three are actually enjoyable. Why the characters in said sub-genre always seems to have to document Everything might have worked early on, when the style was created, by 2014, we’ve seen so many variations of it, that the films really have to think outside of the box to really resonate. My good friend Natty and I decided to each choose a few of the Pov style films that we actually Do enjoy, and tell you wonderful readers what they are and why we dig them. So, read on!

Jerry:

Cloverfield (2008)

I know most of you will instantly debate whether or not Matt Reeves’ monster tearing shit up in New York film Cloverfield can be classified as a horror film, I will just say this: this is my article, so there. Cloverfield is not
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Exclusive Alternate Poster - The Den

It never ceases to amaze me when total strangers will send me Skype requests, like I'm really gonna go have a conversation with someone I don't know. Maybe I should hire the big bad of the new flick The Den (review) to handle my calls? Speaking of which... check out this exclusive alternate poster!

Directed by Zach Donahue, the film stars Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen, and Matt Riedy.

Synopsis

After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as The Den on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth.

Her
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Insert Yourself and Friends Into Interactive Poster for The Den

It's the little things that keep us going here at Dread Central, like promotional gimmicks for new horror flicks. Hot on the heels of the release of IFC's The Den (review) comes this bit of interactive fun, which allows you to insert yourself and your friends into the film's poster.

All you've gotta do is upload some pictures, and voila, you become a part of the voyeuristic thriller, which is being described as Rear Window for the internet age. Head over to The Den's official website to get started!

Directed by Zach Donahue, the film stars Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen, and Matt Riedy.

Synopsis

After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as The Den on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a
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The Den Now Open in Select Theaters and VOD

The Den Now Open in Select Theaters and VOD
The Den,” IFC Midnight’s tech-thriller, is now available for thriller fans on VOD and in select theaters. The film, directed by Zach Donahue, written by Donahue and Lauren Thompson and starring Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen and Matt Riedy, could be seen as a commentary on today’s video-chat culture. In the film, a girl realizes that she’s witnessed a heinous act while on a video-chat site, but no one believes her when she says what she saw. “After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as The Den, on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During [ Read More ]

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New Clips Lead You Further into The Den

Today marks the limited theatrical and VOD release of Zach Donahue's The Den (review), which takes you on a trip to the dark side of modern technology.

If you're not yet sold on giving the flick a VOD rental, check out a trio of brand spankin' new clips below, which should whet your appetite for voyeuristic violence!

The films stars Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen, and Matt Riedy.

Synopsis

After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as The Den on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth.

Her life
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