Annabelle

Simply by virtue of being an evil doll, Annabelle from Annabelle can’t help but inspire comparisons to the most famous evil doll of them all: Chucky from Child’s Play. But Chucky creator Don Mancini doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, he hopes to see the two freaky toys join forces someday, if all the legal issues can be sorted out.

Hit the jump to read Mancini’s thoughts on a potential Chucky Annabelle crossover.

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Horns review

All good films get two things right: pace and tone. You can have the most gorgeous visuals, best performances, incredibly well-written script, but if the director doesn’t keep the movie moving forward with a consistent feel, it can all fall apart. Alexandre Aja‘s Horns is a textbook example of this.

Based on a revered novel by Joe Hill (the son of Stephen King), Horns tells the story of a man named Iggy. Played by Daniel Radcliffe, Ig’s accused of killing his long time girlfriend (Juno Temple). His whole Northwestern hometown is sure he did it and, in his despair, Ig mysteriously begins growing a pair of horns. The horns give him incredible powers, and Ig uses them to try and solve the murder.

Right there, you can tell this is going to be difficult. How do you make a murder mystery with religious overtones, a pop sensibility, humor, and Harry Potter? The truth is there’s no real answer as Aja’s film combines lots of strong elements that never quite come together in a cohesive manner. Read More »

Home Sweet Hell red-band trailer

So Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson star in Home Sweet Hell, a vision of a very messy marriage. Wilson plays the former used-car salesman husband, and Heigl the woman who has smoothed him out over the years. But he’s having an affair, with Jordana Brewster, and when she claims to be pregnant, Heigl’s character responds with murderous intent. Heigl is actually in a sort of Lisa Kudrow mode here as she orders murder in the most peppy, up-beat manner. (Shades of Serial Mom come to mind, too.) This Home Sweet Hell red-band trailer is somewhat cute and not safe for work. Read More »

abcs-of-death-2

You know Rodney Ascher from his documentary Room 237, which gave theorists the chance to air their oddball concepts about meaning in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In between prepping his next film, a documentary about sleep paralysis, Ascher took the time to shoot a segment for The ABCs of Death 2.

The sequel to last year’s genre anthology is a massively-improved collection of horror, sci-fi, and flat-out weird short films. It features Ascher’s contribution at the two-thirds break, and we’ve got an exclusive still from his story, just in time for the film to premiere on VOD.

(Note: as the headline implies, the pic isn’t work-safe for some people.)

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Lullaby

Chuck Palahniuk is about to go from inspiring movies to making one himself. The Fight Club author revealed at a recent event that he’s set to write Lullaby, an adaptation of his own 2002 novel. Hit the jump for more about the Chuck Palahniuk Lullaby movie developments.

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Shaun of the Dead Animated

The Disney Channel is quickly becoming something geeks need to keep an eye on. If having a brand new Star Wars series on it this week wasn’t enough, their long running hit Phineas & Ferb continues to attract in A-List geek talent. They’ve already done Star Wars episodes, Marvel episodes, Damon Lindelof wrote an recent Lost-themed episode, and soon Simon Pegg and Nick Frost will appear as their Shaun of the Dead characters Ed and Shaun. What could bring those two iconic character to the show? You can watch the Shaun of the Dead animated clip below and find out. Read More »

universal monsters dracula

We know that Universal is putting together a new set of Universal Monsters movies, with Alex Kurtzman and Fast and Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan as architects of the franchise series reboot. The first movie out of the gate will be a new version of The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman. Before that plan was fully in place, however, Universal had Dracula Untold ready to go. The film opens on October 10, and early reports out of junket screenings indicate that the film has been tweaked to feature a possible connection to the upcoming set of monster films. Read More »

American Horror Story Freak Show footage

Come one, come all to preview the latest twisted season of FX’s American Horror Story. Today’s goodies include our first look at actual American Horror Story Freak Show footage in the form of a new trailer, as well as the entire nightmarish opening credits sequence.

Jessica Lange leads the new storyline as Elsa Mars, the ringleader of a collection of human oddities. Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, and Evan Peters are just a few of the familiar faces in her menagerie. Hit the jump to take a peek.

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