every friday the 13th kill

Welcome to the second (and final!) part of my complete ranking of all 181 kills from the Friday the 13th film series. If you’re just joining us, I recommend heading over to part one for the details on how this list came together along with the ranking of kills 181 through 51. Today, we’re going to dive into the top 50.

Let’s keep this party going.

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Garance Marillier in Raw

“Cannibalism coming-of-age story” isn’t a phrase you hear every day, and that in itself is reason enough to be curious about Raw. Add in the fact that Raw received rave reviews on the festival circuit (that is, when it wasn’t making audiences sick to their stomachs) and that it’s being heralded as a breakout for first-time director Julia Ducournau and young star Garance Marillier and Ella Rumpf, and it’s skyrocketed to near the very top of my most-anticipated list.

Raw centers around a young woman who’s having a rough time adjusting to college. For most of us, that means battling annoying roommates or pounding hangovers; for her, it means developing an insatiable hunger for flesh. Focus World has just served up the first trailers for Raw today, and if you’ve got a taste for the macabre you’ll definitely want to dig in. Check ’em out below. Read More »

every friday the 13th kill

At my count, 181 people are killed during the course of the Friday the 13th movie series.

I know this because I’ve spent the past week or so revisiting this iconic slasher horror series, which stars Jason Voorhees, the unstoppable hillbilly serial killer who usually wears a hockey mask, is sometimes a zombie, and always leaves a trail of corpses wherever he goes. A Friday the 13th movie is only as good as its kills – we watch these movies to see just how many bizarre, bloody and creative ways this lumbering monster can take down his victims. Naturally, some kills are better than others.

And that is why I’m going to rank them from worst to best.

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dark/web photos

Felt Films have given us an exclusive look at their upcoming eight-part sci-fi horror anthology series Dark/Web, which wraps production this month. The new series will explore the dangers of a connected world — the pitch is basically Black Mirror meets V/H/S.

One of the episodes is even written and directed by Zelda Williams, the daughter of the great Robin Williams making her directorial debut, in a video game horror story title “Zero” starring Gabriel Luna (Agents of Shield’s new Ghost Rider). Check out a bunch of exclusive photos after the jump.

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last friday board game review

Welcome to Cardboard Cinema, a monthly feature that explores the intersection between movies and tabletop gaming. This column is sponsored by Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy in Austin, Texas.

You know the scene: an isolated summer camp in an unspecified corner of the United States. You know the cast: a group of young camp counselors, all gathered for a summer of slacking off, getting stoned, and having sex. And you know the machete-wielding manic watching them from afar: he’s going to kill them all.

Welcome to Last Friday, a board game designed by Antonio Ferrara and Sebastiano Fiorillo and published by Ares Games. This is a hidden movement deduction game, where one player moves in secret and works against the rest of the players, who move in full sight of everyone at table. And while this is familiar concept, there’s a unique twist here: the player moving in secret wants to kill everyone else on the map.

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Clinical Trailer

Netflix has always had a large library of streaming content, but in the next few years, they’re hoping that 50% of their library will be made up of original programming. But if they’re looking to have ample content in every genre, they have some work to do in building their original horror/thriller library. So far they’ve only released Rebirth, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and Mercy, but now they have a new one coming to theaters on Friday the 13th.

Clinical will hit the streaming service this weekend, and the first trailer has just arrived. While it does have some rather horrific imagery, this doesn’t look like your typical horror film. Instead, this appears to be a visceral psychological thriller that brings the real life horror of post-traumatic stress to life.

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XX trailer

Horror filmmaking, like most other kinds of filmmaking, tends to be kind of a boys’ club. But the women will get a chance to shine this winter in XX, a horror anthology driven entirely by female directors. Those include Karyn Kusama, who last helmed the fantastic The InvitationAnnie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, who is making her directing debut; Roxanne Benjamin, who’s contributed to Southbound and the V/H/S series; and Jovanka Vuckovic, who’s known for her short films including The Captured Bird; with animator Sofia Carrillo (La Casa Triste) weaving them all together.

Check out the first XX trailer below.
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The Lost Boys television show

Veronica Mars and iZombie creator Rob Thomas has an ambitious plan for The Lost Boys series: each season will span a decade. Thomas envisions seven seasons for the anthology series, based on director Joel Schumacher‘s 80s classic. Every season of The CW series will take place in a different year and setting, following a new group of vampires.

Below, Rob Thomas discusses The Lost Boys television show.

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2016 Was a Banner Year For Horror

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If you grab an average person off the street and ask them how they feel about the recently departed 2016, they’d probably give you a detached thousand yard stare. Or burst into tears. It was, for the world as a whole, not a great time to be alive. However, it was a great year for horror movies. And that makes a twisted sort of sense. As we discover new ways to fear and despair, the movies will react accordingly. Whether by accident or design, horror cinema represented everything we dread in 2016. How it will react to the actual events of this past year has me fascinated…and terrified.

Looking back at the past twelve months, it’s astonishing just how good horror cinema has been. It was there when we needed it, offering an avenue of escape and, when necessary, a dark mirror to examine our inner demons.

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In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • A new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales synopsis reveals a new detail.
  • Michael Fassbender talks about his Alien: Covenant characters.
  • New VR experiences built around Alien and Planet of the Apes are on the way.
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