Poltergeist (1)

Any time a classic gets remade, fans of the original tense up in fear that the new version will somehow “ruin” the original. Well, the jury’s still out on Gil Kenan and Sam Raimi‘s re-do of Poltergeist, but the first images, at least, look plenty creepy. Get your Poltergeist first look after the jump, plus details on the trailer release. Read More »

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Holidays horror anthology

The holidays and horror go together like peanut butter and jelly. They seem totally opposite, but end up fitting just right. A day like Halloween makes clear sense but several holidays have been given the horror treatment over the years. Now, all of them will come together in one massive movie.

XYZ Films and Distant Corners Entertainment are teaming up to make Holidays, a horror anthology film that’ll feature segments based on holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Mother’s Day. Among the directors participating are Kevin Smith (Clerks), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest), Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), Nicholas McCarthy (At The Devil’s Door), Sarah Smith (The Midnight Swim) and Anthony Scott Burns with more on the way. Below, read more about the Holidays horror anthology. Read More »

Night of the Living Dead poster Timothy Pittides 5

We’ve got a haunting exclusive reveal for you. Artist Timothy Pittides will be releasing a limited edition screenprint for the classic George Romero zombie film, Night of the Living End, at Dallas Comic Con this weekend. Below, you can see several images of the Night of the Living Dead Poster and read about Pittides’ inspiration. Read More »

Nicolas Winding Refn on Drive set

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s female-led horror film The Neon Demon has found a new star in Abbey Lee, who’ll join previously cast lead Elle Fanning. That’s the pretty good news. The really great news is that with her comes a host of new details about the mysterious project. To sum up, this film sounds bonkers in a good way.

Get the latest Neon Demon plot details after the jump. Read More »

Ghostbusters

Dan Aykroyd has professed to being “delighted” by the new Ghostbusters cast, and Bill Murray was sold on the lady-centric idea from the get-go. Now it seems Ernie Hudson is coming around, too.

Though Hudson previously said an female cast “would be a bad idea,” he now says the cast looks “phenomenal.” More on the Ernie Hudson Ghostbusters comments after the jump.  Read More »

Jena Malone in Angelica

Teeth director Mitchell Lichtenstein is back with a very different kind of horror story. Based on the novel by Arthur Phillips, Angelica stars Jena Malone as a wife and mother haunted by spirits in Victorian England.

The Angelica trailer is full of the shadows, bumps, and ominous warnings typical of the genre, but there’s a psychosexual bent to it that should keep things interesting. Ed Stoppard and Janet McTeer also star. Watch the Angelica trailer after the jump. Read More »

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the history of horror movies video
Filmmaker IQ has published another one of their long-form video essays. This 30-minute Film School lesson teaches you the history of horror movies “from it’s roots deep in Gothic literature, through B-movie status and director’s proving grounds to ultimate respectability as an important filmmaking genre.”

The history of horror is a vast and perhaps foolhardy thing to tackle. No matter how hard you try, there are films and horror subgenres that will slide through the cracks.. But horror is somewhat unique among the film genres in that there is a recognizable pattern that happens again and again. A film will come along and terrify an audience capturing their imaginations and making bank- Filmmakers flock to the cash cow like vampires to blood which leads to sequels and imitators – sometimes better than the original. But eventually the sequels run out of steam and the subgenre created by the original smash hit fades into memory lurking in the corners of history waiting to be rediscovered and reborn- this process is commonly referred to as cycles. Although other genres behave similarly, the unique appeal of horror from its low budget requirements to broad multinational appeal, make horror especially susceptible to these boom and fade cycles. But as we look at how the genre changes over time, we must not think of the history of horror as being a rigid one way street. New films borrow from old films all the time, a constant remix of subgenres and new techniques to make something for the contemporary culture.

Watch the history of horror movies video essay now embedded after the jump.

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New Ghostbusters Movie

The movie world shook on Tuesday when Sony Pictures and Paul Feig officially announced the cast for the new Ghostbusters movie. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are the new team we’ll meet on July 22, 2016.

One person who isn’t strapping on a proton-pack is Dan Aykroyd, the franchise’s mouthpiece for the better part of three decades and co-creator. However, the actor/producer/writer did have a comment on his modern day counterparts. Read the Dan Aykroyd reaction below. Read More »

The Nightmare review

The last thing you probably ever want to see is a literal recreation of your deepest, darkest nightmares. In The Nightmare, director Rodney Ascher (Room 237) has done just that. The film explores the condition commonly referred to as “sleep paralysis.” That’s a condition where someone is in bed, but totally physically immobilized. Some who suffer from the condition – including the eight subjects in this documentary – feel they are visited by something evil during these periods. Ascher lets these subjects tell their stories, then we watch them play out on screen. It’s absolutely horrifying, if not wholly rewarding. Read more of our The Nightmare review below. Read More »

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