i am not a serial killer trailer

We premiered the new poster for I Am Not a Serial Killer a few days ago, so you have already read about how much I enjoyed this atmospheric and surprising little horror movie when I saw it at SXSW earlier this year. Now that the trailer is officially making the rounds, you can get a taste of what the actual film feels like. Although not too much of a taste – I’ve rarely seen a trailer so effectively dodge what the film it’s selling is actually about and I mean that as high praise.

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mission fear

Update: Well, it turns out this teaser looked really cheap for a reason! This is not a real movie, but viral marketing for the web series Junketeers. I tip my hat to Eli Roth playing along with the joke and readily admit that I was fooled…although I now feel a whole lot better knowing that this trailer doesn’t represent an actual project. The original article follows.

For a little while there, it looked like Eli Roth had vanished. Although he worked steadily as a producer in the years after the (surprisingly smart and deeply underrated) Hostel: Part II died a quick death at the box office, it took him a long time to return to the director’s chair. And now, he’s starting to pump movies out left and right. His cannibal movie throwback The Green Inferno divided audiences. His quasi-home invasion thriller Knock Knock riled up the corner of the film world that saw it. He’s set to direct Bruce Willis in the Death Wish remake and Jim Carrey in Aleister Arcane. Dare we call this a comeback? Can any of these new projects act as an apology for that dreadful Cabin Fever remake he allowed into the world?

Now we can add another movie to that pile. It seems that Roth has been working on a secret project called Mission: Fear and he’s personally unleashed the first teaser upon the internet.

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pumpkinhead remake

The normal human reaction to hearing the news of another movie getting remade is to moan and groan and fling your keyboard across the room before shouting at the sky and demanding to know why Hollywood is out of ideas. And then you begrudgingly leave your home to go buy a new keyboard.

However, I cannot imagine anyone on the planet needing a new keyboard after hearing the news that the 1988 horror movie Pumpkinhead is getting remade. In fact, Pumpkinhead is the exact kind of movie that should be remade! Why waste everyone’s time producing new versions of beloved films (yeah, yeah, title recognition, etc.) when you can take a movie with a great premise and mixed execution and give it another shot?

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‘Death Note’ Adds Willem Dafoe as Death God

Willem Dafoe

Justice League good guy Willem Dafoe is ready for a return to the dark side. And when he goes dark, he goes really dark. Dafoe has just joined the cast of Adam Wingard‘s Death Note in the role of Ryuk, a literal death god who sets the entire murderous plot in motion. He’ll star alongside Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Keith Stanfield (Straight Outta Compton), and Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys).  Read More »

Lace Crater

If Harrison Atkins‘ directorial debut, Lace Crater, wasn’t on your radar before, it should be now. The offbeat horror movie, which is produced by Joe Swanberg (Digging for Fire), is something else, as you’ll likely learn from the trailer. Lace Crater is an often sad, funny, and unsettling post-breakup story that takes its ludicrous-sounding concept to some surprising places.

Below, watch the Lace Crater trailer.

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I am not a serial killer poster

I Am Not a Serial Killer premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, where I saw it on a whim and found myself having a great time with it. Although it sounds like it could be a fairly typical thriller cut out of the same cloth as Showtime’s Dexter, Billy O’Brien‘s film (which is based on the novel by Dan Wells) quickly distinguishes itself as something unique, gruesome, and weird, feeling like a long-lost ’70s genre gem that somehow escaped into 2016. Anyone looking for a low-key, character-driven horror movie will find much to love with this one.

We are pleased to premiere the new poster for I Am Not a Serial Killer, which leans heavily on Christopher Lloyd‘s instantly recognizable face. And rightfully so, because he’s exceptional in the film.

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fantastic fest 2016 line-up

Fantastic Fest, the Austin, Texas-based film festival built around showcasing genre movies from the around the world, has announced its first wave of programming and it’s a doozy. Sure, the biggest news here is a red carpet screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, but that’s just the bait. The real appeal of Fantastic Fest, and the real appeal of this first wave announcement, is the collection of odd and unusual films that accompany the headliners. Come for the Tim Burton movie, but stay for the latest from Werner Herzog, Andrea Arnold, Don Coscarelli, and a number of the most unusual filmmakers working on the international stage at the moment.

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Callie Hernandez Alien Covenant

Callie Hernandez was on a Television Critics Association panel for the upcoming Epix original series Graves this weekend. Since I had just seen her in Blair Witch at Comic-Con, I approached Hernandez after the panel for an interview. She was also coming off of Alien: Covenant. “I just finished shooting in June,” Hernandez told me.

Describing Alien: Covenant, Hernandez told me how director Ridley Scott employed practical sets to simulate the intensity of the space mission. “The sets are very real,” Hernandez said. “You’re in this built ship and then he’s like [in British accent], ‘Turn on the hydraulics.’ Then you’re like, what is he talking about? Then it’s suddenly shaking and you’re like, ‘Oh, that’s what he means.’ So the sets were pretty unreal.”  Read More »

Guillermo del Toro LACMA

It’s no secret that Guillermo del Toro‘s Bleak House, his personal home (or “man cave” as he calls it) is a treasure trove of movie props, artifacts, art and collectibles inspired by all the fantasy, horror and sci-fi stories that he loves. We’ve seen pieces of it in video tours over the years. There’s even a book called Guillermo del Toro Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions that takes a look at some of the art that has inspired del Toro’s work over the years, including some of his gorgeous drawings.

Now Guillermo del Toro is bringing his collection of paintings, drawings, maquettes, artifacts, film concept art and more to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) for an exhibition called Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters. The gallery featuring a bunch of del Toro’s goodies opens today provides some insight into del Toro’s creative process, but for those who can’t attend, the filmmaker has posted a ton of photos from the exhibition online for everyone to see.

Check out the gallery of photos from the Guillermo del Toro LACMA exhibition after the jump. Read More »