‘A Dark Song’ Trailer: Black Magic is Not a Game

a dark song trailer

One of the most pleasant surprises to come out of last year’s Fantastic Fest was Liam Gavin’s A Dark Song, a stripped-down, no-nonsense horror movie about the perils of the occult. It was one of the most intriguing, unique, and creepy movies I saw in 2016…and soon, it will be one of the most intriguing, unique, and creepy movies you’ll see in 2017. You can watch the first trailer below.

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Santa Clarita Diet

Are you ready for seconds? Netflix has officially renewed its zombie mom series Santa Clarita Diet for a second season, and they have an announcement teaser full of body parts to prove it. Read More »

Examining Five Key Moments in the ‘It’ Trailer

It trailer, Stephen King's It

I literally just finished reading Stephen King’s 1986 horror classic It for the first time last night, and I think it’s very close to a perfect piece of storytelling. Earlier today, Warner Bros. unleashed the first trailer for the new film adaptation of the movie, and while it remains to be seen if Mama director Andres Muschietti is going to be able to fully translate the brilliance of the book to the screen, some of the visuals in the trailer indicate that he’s definitely on the right track. Follow me down into the sewers as I run through a few things worth pointing out about the new It trailer. Read More »

it trailer

Stephen King‘s It is probably the best horror novel ever written and the original television miniseries traumatized a generation. So the new film adaptation from Mama director Andrés Muschietti has some pretty big (clown-sized?) shoes to fill. Now that the first trailer for this long-awaited adaptation has arrived, we can start to adjust our expectations accordingly.

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Venom

If you have no idea what to make of Sony’s decision to make a solo Venom movie…welcome to the club. However, it’s not our job to figure out what this movie is going to be. That duty may very well fall to Adi Shankar, the always-busy producer known for both his big screen outings and his online “bootleg” shorts that take on franchises and characters he does not own.

According to one report, Shankar is on the studio’s short list of potential Venom directors, which is…well, weirdly appropriate in its own little way.

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Losers Club, It

I’m about 50 pages away from finishing Stephen King’s 1986 novel It, and holy crap, this book is tremendous. Without hyperbole, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. Rarely have I read a novel in which I’ve felt so firmly in the grip of a master storyteller – and I wasn’t crazy about the first Dark Tower book, so that praise isn’t coming from a fawning King devotee, either.

We’ve already seen a handful of photos from the upcoming film adaptation directed by Andres Muschietti, but a new batch of photos show off glimpses of the terrifying clown Pennywise (the “It” of the title) and our first look at the Losers Club, the group of outcast kids in Derry, Maine who come face to face with their worst nightmare. Read More »

venom horror movie

A couple of weeks back, it was revealed that Sony is developing a Venom movie scripted by Dante Harper (Alien: Covenant) and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach that won’t feature Spider-Man himself. We are beginning to hear more details about the film, which reportedly will be an R-Rated science fiction horror movie.

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Life

When the credits began to roll on Life, the group to my left groaned, audibly annoyed by what transpired. The group in front of me immediately began complaining: “That’s it?” Meanwhile, you couldn’t strip the big, goofy grin off my face if you tried. This (admittedly anecdotal) experience revealed that the ending of Daniel Espinosa‘s new science fiction horror movie is going to divide some people. For some, it’s an abrupt sucker punch to the stomach. For others, it’s the nerviest, wildest part of a pretty good movie that needed more of that wicked energy before the final 15 minutes.

Those final scenes aren’t just the best part of the movie – they transform the film into a modern companion piece for a very specific kind of movie. So let’s talk about the Life ending. Spoilers ahead, of course.

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life review

Once upon a time, Life would have been made for a sack of pennies on a set made out of cardboard and released as the bottom half of a double bill alongside whatever Roger Corman was making that year. Take away the modern window dressing and you’re left with one the great B-movie templates: there is a spaceship and there is a monster on the spaceship and everything does not go well on that spaceship.

Life takes that template and pretties it up. There are movie stars and expensive special effects and a thick layer of Hollywood gloss, but the finished film cannot hide its origins: this is schlock in an Armani suit, junkfood beneath filet mignon. And that’s perfectly fine.

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Wish Upon Trailer

The cautionary advice of “be careful what you wish for” has been the center of endless tales of horror. Every now and then, it gets a rather literal depiction, which is exactly what Wish Upon looks to be bringing to the table this summer.

Joey King stars in the horror thriller about a bullied teenage girl named Clare who is given an ornate music box that somehow grants her seven wishes. A new trailer shows us what happens when she wishes that the girl responsible for making her life a living hell in high school would “just go rot,” but we already saw that in the original trailer. What’s new is a bit of background on the box which shows that it has quite the history of ruining the lives of those who had it in their possession.

Watch the new Wish Upon trailer below. Read More »