There is no fear as primal as fear of the dark. It’s the foundation upon which all other fears are built and the support structure for the horror genre. Bad stuff happens when the lights go out. Human beings have evolved to know this. We don’t have to be taught that stuff goes bump in the night. We understand this in the core our inner selves.
So yeah, Lights Out looks scary, taking our inherent fear of darkness and saying “Yep, there is indeed a gangly ghost-monster that means you harm lurking the shadows.” The new trailer shows off a horror movie that looks creepy and promising, carved out of the same mold as Insidious and The Conjuring (which makes sense, since James Wan is a producer on this film).
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Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
2014’s Ouija was a waste of a halfway decent idea, a lazy cash grab cobbled together from bits and pieces of other, better movies. But it cost $5 million to make and grossed over $100 million worldwide, so you know what that means: we’re getting a sequel. Or rather, a prequel.
As the title suggests, Ouija: Origin of Evil goes back to earlier times. Specifically the 1960s, even though Ouija boards were actually invented in the late 19th century and evil definitely goes back way further than that. Anyway, the trouble begins when a fake medium (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters (Annalise Basso and Lulu Wilson) accidentally summon a very real and very nasty spirit. Watch the Ouija: Origin of Evil trailer after the jump. Read More »
I’ll give Universal this much: they appear to be hellbent on ensuring that their upcoming Universal monster revivals are major events. The original films were B-movies in the classic sense of the word, produced for small budgets by clever filmmakers forced to work within the confines of a genre that many audiences and artists simply did not take seriously. Time has been kind to Dracula and Frankenstein and the rest of their cinematic siblings, but it took a few decades for the original run of classic monster movies to truly earn their place in the larger cultural canon.
And now, we’re looking at a possible future where Dwayne Johnson, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, is apparently being eyed to star in a new version of The Wolf Man.
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The Exorcist is the latest classic movie getting the TV treatment. Executive producer Jeremy Slater, who already experienced a different sort of franchise in 2015’s Fantastic Four, got out ahead of the fall premiere on Twitter. He tweeted that one reason he took on The Exorcist was so no one else would remake it. He also shared Deadline’s report that Alan Ruck had been bumped up to series regular.
Last week, Fox screened the pilot for The Exorcist to press. The show takes place in present day, though Google searches show that the Father Merrin exorcism still happened. Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) is helping the Rance family in his church. Angela Rance (Geena Davis) thinks there’s more than just a degenerative head trauma plaguing her husband (Ruck), and her daughters are manifesting symptoms too. Ortega has vivid dreams of another exorcist, Father Marcus Lang (Ben Daniels), and the pilot features some new twists on classic Exorcist images.
We had a chance to speak with Slater during the reception for the pilot screening. Some spoilers follow, but most likely things that will be hyped up in the trailers for the show anyway. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Yesterday, we ran down the best movies arriving on Netflix in July 2016, but that bounty of new entertainment comes at a cost – a bunch of quality movies and shows are departing the streaming service in the coming weeks and who knows when they’ll return. But I’ve got your back: here are the movies you need to watch before they disappear.
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This is a big week for Eli Roth. Just yesterday, the Knock Knock and The Green Inferno director became attached to direct Paramount’s remake of Death Wish, a project that’s had quite a few directors, most notably Joe Carnahan (The Grey), split from the Bruce Willis-led film over the years. Only a day later, news has come out that Roth will direct Jim Carrey in an adaptation of Steve Niles‘ (“3o Days of Night”) comic book “Aleister Arcane,” which was illustrated by Breehn Burns.
Below, learn more about Aleister Arcane.
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In this edition of TV Bits:
- How AMC is hiding Negan’s victim as they film The Walking Dead season 7.
- The first photos from The Leftovers season 3 are here.
- The trailer for the Looking TV movie has arrived.
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Over the past decade, it feels like the zombie subgenre of horror films has been played out. The popularity of The Walking Dead on television reinvigorated zombie movies, but most haven’t done anything original with the concept. There have been fresher approaches to zombies with films such as Zombieland, Warm Bodies, Life After Beth, Maggie and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, but 28 Days Later was probably the last great zombie movie.
However, it looks like the United Kingdom might have another great zombie thriller waiting to be unleashed. The Girl With All the Gifts trailer has just arrived online, showing off the film adaptation of M.R. Carey‘s novel of the same name. The film follows a contingent of soldiers and scientists researching a group of children who are infected with a zombie pathogen, but somehow still control their thoughts and emotions, despite still have a desire to eat human flesh. Among the group, one girl named Melanie seems to be the key to finding a cure. Read More »
People love to be scared by movies. The fact that we pay money to sit in a dark room with complete strangers, hoping to scream and jump in terror, is inherently sadistic, albeit in a fairly tame fashion. However, what scares audiences hasn’t always been the same, and the horror genre has evolved quite a bit in cinema’s relatively short history. But as you’ll see in a new compilation entitled A History of Horror, as long as there have been movies, there has always been horror in them.
The video from cinephile Diego Carrera runs through 122 years of horror on the big screen. However, rather than just creating a supercut with scenes from various horror movies that everyone knows, he took on the more difficult task of choosing just one horror film for each year from 1895 through 2016. You’ll undoubtedly take issues with the film chosen to represent a given year, but this video is a fascinating look at how horror changed over the decades. Read More »