the mind's eye trailer

The makers of The Mind’s Eye love their ’80s genre cinema and they wear that affection as a badge of honor. Like he did with his debut feature, Almost Human, writer/director Joe Begos has made a horror movie that looks like it time-warped straight out of 1982. The synth soundtrack is appropriately icy, the practical make-up effects nasty, and the performances pitched just to the right of hammy. This film killed amongst a certain subsection of horror fans at last year’s Fantastic Fest, where it also took home the award for Best Horror Director.

The trailer for the film has arrived online and you will probably know whether or not this is your kind of movie after watching it. The Mind’s Eye caters to a very specific audience of horror nerds. You know who you are.

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Showtime‘s Penny Dreadful has been sitting at the top of my “Man, I really should get around to catching up on that soon” list for longer than I’d like to admit. I watched the first season and found it to be a dark and delightful riff on classic horror icons, a gothic but humane reinterpretation of the Universal monster formula that had no right to work as well as it did. And now, I know exactly how many episodes I have left in the queue, as the series’ third season finale was also a surprise series finale. Apparently, the words “The End” flashed across the screen and everything, making it all very definitive.

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Tales from the Crypt Reboot

Director M. Night Shyamalan is helping to bring back Tales From the Crypt. The anthology series, which aired on HBO from 1989 to 1996, is coming to TNT. It was originally reported the reboot was inspired more by the 1950s comic book of the same name created by William Gaines and Al Feldstein than HBO’s adaptation, but now it sounds like Shyamalan and all involved might take Tales From the Crypt in another direction, as they’re searching for new stories from fresh new writers.

TNT is teaming up with Wattpad to find horror trends and stories to incorporate into the series. Below, learn more about TNT and Wattpad’s collaboration.

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The Neon Demon Mondo poster

The initial reactions to Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon were, as expected, polarizing. The director’s surreal horror-comedy isn’t for everybody, although it is more accessible than his previous feature, Only God Forgives. If Refn’s fans and harshest critics can agree on one thing, though, it’s that the director certainly knows how to create a mood, usually one of beauty and horror. Mondo’s print for The Neon Demon strikes that balance as well.

Below, check out Mondo’s The Neon Demon poster.

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conjuring 2 spin-off

The Conjuring 2 is one of the best horror sequels ever made, which is a brazen statement that I backed up with a couple thousand words earlier this week. It’s not quite as good as The Conjuring, but that film is one of the best horror movies of the millennium so far and the sequel is just a fantastic time at the movies. We can all live with that.

And while the sequel deliberately echoed certain beats of the first film on screen, it’s now echoing it in reality. Much like how The Conjuring inspired a spin-off for Annabelle the possessed doll, The Conjuring 2 has inspired The Nun, which will center around the demonic and blasphemous presence Ed and Lorraine Warren combat in their new movie.

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alien covenant set photo

Alien: Covenant is deep into production and we know precious little about the sixth film in this legendary horror/science fiction series. We know that it is a semi-direct sequel to Prometheus, following a new group of characters who stumble into the mess created by the events of that film. We know that Michael Fassbender‘s morally murky android David is set to return. We know that it will follow tradition and embrace the R rating, because what is an Alien movie without a little viscera? Beyond that, 20th Century Fox has done a pretty good job at keeping most of the secrets related to this movie (with one noteworthy exception) from the public eye.

In other words, don’t expand any grand revelations from this newly released Alien: Covenant set photo. But hey, it’s a slow news day.

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31 trailer

On paper, 31 sounds like the Rob Zombie-est Rob Zombie movie ever made: a group of random people are abducted and forced into a twisted game where they must survive being hunted by murderous clowns for twelve hours. Now that the first trailer for the film has arrived, it officially looks like Rob Zombie-est Rob Zombie ever made, collecting all of his familiar tics and aesthetic choices under own bloody, grungy umbrella. There are twisted clowns and bizarre monologues and a ’70s setting and outrageous costumes  and preposterous character names (“Father Napoleon-Horatio-Silas Murder”) and Sheri Moon Zombie wearing skimpy outfits and, most importantly, lots and lots of long, scraggly beards.

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friday the 13th video game footage

I’m not sure if we’re living in a golden age of horror video games or if good horror video games are just abundant right now, but gamers who want to jump out of their seats and yell at their televisions after getting the crap scared out of them by a jump scare have plenty of options. While these games may vary wildly in style and execution, they all tend to have one thing in common – they put you in control of the victim. You are the hunted, looking to survive an encounter with something much more powerful than you that means you harm.

And that’s why Gun Media‘s upcoming Friday the 13th video game, which just revealed five new minutes of gameplay footage, is so intriguing. While it will offer you the opportunity to run and hide and cower and everything else you do in modern horror games, one lucky player gets to step behind the hockey mask of Jason Voorhees himself and hunt down everyone else.

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the conjuring 2 trailer

The Conjuring was one of my favorite films of 2013 and remains a genuine contender for one of the best horror movies of the past decade. At the time, it felt like a summation of everything director James Wan had accomplished until that point: it was a clever crowdpleaser filled with scares, but it was also character-driven and classy, recalling an age where horror movies didn’t have to appeal to the lowest common denominator.

The Conjuring 2 ranked high on my most anticipated films of 2016 list and my faith was not displaced. Although not quite as good as the first film, this is one of the best horror sequels ever made, capturing what made the first movie so special and sprinting with it. With Wan taking another break from horror to make Aquaman, this is a perfect and fitting a tribute to the genre that made his career, a gift to people who like horror movies with a little bit of ambition. Let’s take a closer look at what makes The Conjuring 2 work so well…and what holds it back from being as good as the first one. SPOILERS ahead.

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