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Frightfest 2018: ‘Secret Santa’ Review

Stars: Michael Rady, Drew Lynch, Debra Sullivan, A Leslie Kies, Ryan Leigh Seaton, John Gilbert, Pat Destro, Nathan Hedrick, Michelle Renee Allaire, Curtis Fortier, Freddy John James, Petra Areskoug, Tracy Drolet, William Dixon, Scott Burkett | Written by Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan | Directed by Adam Marcus

Just behind horror, believe it or not, my second favourite genre of film is ‘Christmas’. I will watch anything if it has a Christmas theme or is set at that time of year. So obviously when these two genres mix, I am over the moon! And there’s plenty of great Christmas horror movies out there. Even in the last few years we’ve had Krampus, A Christmas Horror Story and Better Watch Out. And I was hoping Secret Santa would be added to the list of films I will watch once a year.

Opening with a blood-filled fight which we see through the ‘eyes’ of a snow globe,
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Fantasia 2018: ‘Knuckleball’ Review

Stars: Munro Chambers, Michael Ironside, Kathleen Munroe, Luca Villacis | Written by Kevin Cockle, Michael Peterson | Directed by Michael Peterson

Somewhere in western Canada is a farmhouse. A seemingly ordinary and simple farmhouse with a seemingly nice and normal farmer named Jacob (Ironside) residing within. There would be no reason to fear this farmhouse, but for Mary (Munroe) it’s a farmhouse that harbours bad memories and a real sense of dread. Now, a family emergency forces her to drop her son Henry (Villacis) off at this farmhouse for a few days with Jacob, her father, who doesn’t know his own grandson. A love of baseball helps the two bond, but that connection is broken by the arrival of Dixon (Chambers), the creepy next-door neighbour who seems to know a lot about the farmhouse and holds a pretty mean grudge against Henry. Over the course of the next few days,
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Cam is the First Real Millennial Horror Film

2018 has been the year of nostalgia horror. Riding on the popularity of Stranger Things and It, we’ve seen films like Ready Player One bank entirely on the audience’s love of pop culture, while the upcoming Suspiria and Halloween movies continue the trend of reviving past successes. One often has to look to film festivals for contemporary narratives. After a year filled with lesser homages to bygone eras, Fantasia Film Festival delivers the twisty digital landscape of Cam, a film that feels like a beacon of genre cinema’s future.

What does this mean, exactly? The film seems like standard fare at first. Screenwriter Isa Mazzei and director Daniel Goldhaber’s opening minutes echo the poppy joviality of Happy Death Day or Better Watch Out—a disarming tactic that prepares the viewer for something more sentimental. Its unique premise sets it apart from the get-go: our millennial protagonist, Alice
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‘Better Watch Out’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic | Written by Zack Kahn, Chris Peckover | Directed by Chris Peckover

On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighbourhood’, Ashley has turned up to babysit 12-year-old Luke for the evening while his parents are out for a Christmas party night. Ashley is Luke’s favourite babysitter and he’s looking forward to spending time with her again. Suddenly a brick crashes through the window reading ‘U Leave, U Die’ and they hear someone sneaking around the house upstairs…

Where to begin with Better Watch Out? A film that starts as your typical, cliched seasonal slasher: two teens trapped in a house by a madman outside, who eventually breaks in to terrorise his victims. If the film had stuck with that story it would have been, judging by what we saw, an Ok entry in
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A Wrinkle In Time Review

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Adapted from Madeleine L’Engle’s science fantasy novel of the same name, Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time offers a commendably brave, heartening and visually captivating retelling of a much loved modern classic which has kept generations of young girls and boys hooked since its release in 1962.

Staring newcomer Storm Reid in the principle role of Meg, a bright teenage girl in search of her missing scientist father, the film does a passable job in presenting a brand new interpretation of L’Engle’s beautifully complex novel, but is slightly let down by its inability to come up with anything new or revolutionary, bar a few brilliant performances from its young cast.

Meg Murry (Storm Reid) is a typical teenager trying to make her way in the world whilst struggling to fit in at her school. As the daughter of two of the brightest minds in the science
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Memento, Doc & Film reveal new sales execs

Two French sales companies make key hires.

Source: Memento

Alexandre Moreau

Paris-based Memento Films International (Mfi) has announced the hire of Alexandre Moreau to its sales team as part of a company reorganisation following the departure of former COO Nicolas Kaiser.

Moreau will report to Mfi sales and acquisition chief Tanja Meissner and handle sales in Asia, Middle East, Turkey and Portugal. He will also be in charge of library sales and some marketing activities.

Kaiser, a well-regarded figure in the French sales scene who worked for Mfi for just under a decade, left the company at the end of last December to pursue other interests.

Moreau arrives at Mfi from Versatile, where he spent five years working gaining experience in sales on films such as Santiago Mitre’s Paulina, Runar Runarsson’s Sparrows and Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out.

“I’m truly delighted to join Memento and work with such a strong team and talented
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Memento, Doc & Film announce new sales execs

Two French sales companies make key hires.

Source: Memento

Alexandre Moreau

Paris-based Memento Films International (Mfi) has announced the hire of Alexandre Moreau to its sales team as part of a company reorganisation following the departure of former COO Nicolas Kaiser.

Moreau will report to Mfi sales and acquisition chief Tanja Meissner and handle sales in Asia, Middle East, Turkey and Portugal. He will also be in charge of library sales and some marketing activities.

Kaiser, a well-regarded figure in the French sales scene who worked for Mfi for just under a decade, left the company at the end of last December to pursue other interests.

Moreau arrives at Mfi from Versatile, where he spent five years working gaining experience in sales on films such as Santiago Mitre’s Paulina, Runar Runarsson’s Sparrows and Chris Peckover’s Better Watch Out.

“I’m truly delighted to join Memento and work with such a strong team and talented
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Ben’s Favorites of 2017

2017 was a horrific year, but it was also a great year for horror cinema. 2016 gave us some instant classics, but I would argue that this year’s offerings were more diverse, fascinating, and forward-thinking. There were mainstream films—It, Annabelle: Creation, and Happy Death Day, to name a few—that I didn’t personally love, but their success has paved the way for more genre cinema overall. We’re finally seeing stories that reflect our times. I had the honor of witnessing this upsurge of conversation and success at Sitges’ 50th anniversary event, which was my cinematic and personal highlight of the year.

In terms of television, Twin Peaks: The Return has to go down in history as one of broadcasted horror’s best moments. Lynch dialed up the intensity and the surrealism in his new installment, and the result was stunning—not only spiritually terrifying, but beautiful and moving as well.
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[Podcast] We Need To Talk About Horror Episode 16: Best of 2017

Mike, Jeremy, Andy and Joseph talk about their Top 5 genre films of 2017. Josh sends us a mysterious envelope. In addition, we do our final 2 year Horrorlimination ever (3 year rounds are in 2018)!

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Show Notes:

00:02:39 – What We’ve Been Watching

Mike – Body Double, Jeepers Creepers 3, Mayhem, Nails, Annabelle “Double Feature”, Wish Upon, Hellraiser Scarlet Box, Misery, The Shape of Water, 1922

Andy – The Shape of Water, The Houses October Built “Trilogy”, Hell House LLC, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, Super Dark Times, Spookies, Thelma (review), Beyond the 7th Door, Leatherface

Jeremy – Found Footage 3D, Lake Bodom, Better Watch Out, The Evil Within, “Havenhurst

Joseph – Stan Against Evil, Better Watch Out, Voyeur

00:30:00 – #GetUpInDemGuts: Our individual Top 5 genre films of 2017

01:21:08 – Horrorlimination – 2000 & 1988

Killer Track: “Warm Side of the Door” by Morgan Ames (from Silent Night, Deadly Night)

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Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide – Day 9: Horror-Themed T-Shirts & Other Awesome Apparel Picks

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Happy Friday, fiends, and welcome back for the ninth day of Daily Dead’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. For today, we’re taking a look at a variety of horror-themed t-shirts and other apparel from a variety of online retailers, including Cavity Colors, Last Exit to Nowhere, Fright Rags, Terror Threads, T-Shirt Bordello, Tee Fury, Horror Merch Store, BeastWreck, Electric Zombie, Ript Apparel, The Monster Store, and Rock-n-Horror.

And just like yesterday’s Hgg featuring over 100 enamel pins, below only represents a fraction of each website’s inventory, so I do recommend poking around because you can find some really fun gifts for this holiday season.

Also, Daily Dead has once again put together some really cool Holiday Gift Guide prize packs this year, and for your chance to win one, just send an email to contest@dailydead.com with “Holiday Gift Guide” in the subject line and be sure to
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Shudder in December, Featuring Holiday Horror Better Watch Out

Nothing says home for the holidays like plopping down in front of the television and streaming the day away to your festive favorites. One of the latest festive horror hits, Chris Peckover's festival circuit fave Better Watch Out is a Shudder Exclusive here in Canada and for our neighbours to the south, 'Merica. This holiday season, you may be home, but you’re not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley must defend her young charges when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks. The complete list of December releases is below. There are a bevy of Asian titles in there as well, from the likes of Sion Sono, Kitano Takeshi, the...

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7 Christmas Horror Movies That Scared Up Box Office, From ‘Gremlins’ to ‘Krampus’ (Photos)

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7 Christmas Horror Movies That Scared Up Box Office, From ‘Gremlins’ to ‘Krampus’ (Photos)
TheWrap looks at the 6 top-grossing holiday shock-fests 7. Silent Night (2012) Opening: $9,779 Cumulative: $14,567 Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King and Donal Logue star in the film about a murderous Santa who picks off people one by one. 6. Better Watch Out (2016) Opening: $12,569 Cumulative: $20,369 Olivia DeJonge plays a babysitter who must protect a 12-year-old boy after a home invasion while his parents are out at a holiday party. 5. “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale” (2010) Opening: $9,281 Cumulative: $236,347 The film follows a group of people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus. “Silent Night, Deadly Night” (1984) Opening: $1.4 million Cumulative: $2.5 million In the slasher film,
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Better Watch Out review – deranged mind games and faultless performances in Christmas horror

Three young Australian actors lead the action in Home Alone gone bad-style thriller, with a big and cheeky twist

Better Watch Out is hardly the first scary movie to juxtapose festive season merriment alongside gnarly thrills, involving menacing phone calls, sharp instruments and various applications of duct tape.

Watching it reminded me of the, shall we say, morally dubious 1984 slasher flick Silent Night, Deadly Night – a cinematic experience I was sure I had repressed. A smattering of other films over the years – most of them junk, with titles like Happy Helladays and Slaughter Claus – have put the “yell” in “yuletide”, the “slay” in “sleigh” and the, er, “nnnnoooooo!” in “Noel”.

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Holiday Horror Comedy Better Watch Out Coming to Blu-ray & DVD This December

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Well Go USA is making sure that Santa Claus isn't the only one making house calls this holiday season, as they'll be releasing the Home Alone-esque holiday horror comedy Better Watch Out on Blu-ray and DVD beginning December 5th.

Read on for more details in the official press release, and in case you missed it, read Heather's review of Better Watch Out, check out her interview with co-writer/director Chris Peckover, and read her fun chat with co-star Ed Oxenbould.

Press Release: Plano, Texas. (November 1, 2017) – Better Watch Out, the critically acclaimed horror-comedy that “puts the carnage into Christmas” (Entertainment Weekly), debuts on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD December 5 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Holiday cheer and Home Alone get a decidedly dark spin when a babysitter must protect her charges from a terrifying home invasion. Directed by Chris Peckover (Undocumented), Better Watch Out stars Olivia Dejonge (Scare Campaign
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Christmas Horror-Comedy Better Watch Out on Blu-ray This December

One of our favorite fright flicks to hit this past year was without a doubt the dark horror-comedy Better Watch Out. And today we wanted to pass along the news that the flick will be hitting Blu-ray December 5th. From the Press Release:… Continue Reading →

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Review: Happy Death Day Delivers Horror Fun Again and Again (and Again)

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In terms of his horror trifecta of films—Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and now Happy Death Day—I’m officially ready to start the Christopher Landon fan club. You couldn’t ask for three films to be more different from each other, and with every effort, Landon has proved himself to be a confident storyteller with a deep love of the genre in his work, and that affection has shone through with each of his cinematic endeavors.

With Happy Death Day, Landon serves up Groundhog Day (a connection the director hilariously addresses full-on in the film) with a slasher twist that may be intended for younger audiences, but this “old-timer” really enjoyed its unique approach to a modern murder mystery, and it’s easily the most “fun” studio horror movie set to hit theaters this October.

In Happy Death Day, we meet sorority girl Tree (full name Theresa,
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‘Better Watch Out': Creepy Christmas Comes Early in Our Exclusive Clip

Christmas is coming early this year, or at least at the cinema where the holiday home invasion horror comedy Better Watch Out is currently playing in theaters and on VOD. If you haven't had a chance to check out the film yet, you can get a taste of the twisty-turny and just plain twisted pic with our exclusive clip. Better Watch Out offers an interesting spin on the rather tired home invasion genre and an always-welcome new entry into the catalogue of holiday horror films. The movie follows a babysitter who finds herself in a perilous predicament …
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Grimmfest 2017: ‘Better Watch Out’ & ‘Double Date’ Review

Better Watch Out

Stars: Virginia Madsen, Patrick Warburton, Olivia DeJonge, Dacre Montgomery, Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould, Aleks Mikic | Written by Zack Kahn, Chris Peckover | Directed by Chris Peckover

On a quiet suburban street tucked within a ‘safe neighbourhood’, Ashley has turned up to babysit 12-year-old Luke for the evening while his parents are out for a Christmas party night. Ashley is Luke’s favourite babysitter and he’s looking forward to spending time with her again. Suddenly a brick crashes through the window reading ‘U Leave, U Die’ and they hear someone sneaking around the house upstairs…

Where to begin with Better Watch Out? A film that starts as your typical, cliched seasonal slasher: two teens trapped in a house by a madman outside, who eventually breaks in to terrorise his victims. If the film had stuck with that story it would have been, judging by what we saw, an
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Blade Runner 2049 Bombs at the Box Office with $31.5M

Blade Runner 2049 Bombs at the Box Office with $31.5M
While New Line Cinema's It remake managed to salvage a horrid summer box office season, last weekend marked a return to the box office's slumping ways with a slew of underperforming newcomers. As expected though, Warner Bros.' Blade Runner 2049 debuted at just the right time to put the box office back on track, opening in the top spot with a decent $31.5 million. While it still came in far under most box office predictions, it still helped the box office get back on track for what could be a strong fall season.

This Blade Runner sequel opened in 4,058 theaters, earning a decent $7,769 per-screen average in the top spot at the box office this weekend. It also earned an additional $50.2 million this weekend, to bring its worldwide opening weekend total to $81.7 million. Still, that figure represents roughly half of its $150 million production budget, and since the project isn't slated to open in China,
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Posterized October 2017: ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Wonderstruck,’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

Despite only having four Fridays, October 2017 is jam-packed with films. And so many of their studios apparently like boxes. Tiny boxes, big boxes, boxes forming shapes, and boxes in frames. Whether it’s the uninspired Marshall (open October 13) grid (link) overshadowing its predecessor’s starkly bold frame (link) or The Meyerowitz Stories (limited October 13) cribbing off the lo-fi aesthetic of old album covers with film still boxes (link), the boredom is mind-numbingly intense. Add Suburbicon‘s (open October 27) not so cute irregular grid (link) and these things start
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