alamo drafthouse the shallows

The Alamo Drafthouse theater chain is known for its unique (and frequently insane) special events and screenings, but it’s awfully hard to top one of their regular summer events: Jaws on the Water. After all, if you’re going to watch a movie about a killer shark treating people like an all-you-can-eat buffet, why not up the ante and watch it while floating in an inner tube in the middle of a large body of water?

Now, the Drafthouse is looking to apply this same concept to The Shallows, the upcoming horror film that stars Blake Lively as a stranded surfer who has to match wits with a very hungry Carcharodon carcharias if she ever wants to set foot on dry land again. Even if The Shallows is a ton of fun in a theater (and the trailers have made it look like a gnarly must-see), there is probably no better way to watch this film for the first time.

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friday the 13th reboot

There isn’t much going on behind Jason Voorhees’ hockey mask and that’s kind of the point. The most instantly recognizable villain in slasher movie history has endured because he’s so very simple – he was a disfigured kid who seemingly drowned before settling into a new existence as a woods-dwelling killer of camp counselors. Over the course of eleven films (ranging from terrific fun to truly unwatchable), Jason was the vehicle for schlocky scares and incredibly violent murders that often went for the funny bone instead of the jugular. He’s always been more of a mascot than a character and that’s been perfectly fine.

And yet, it certainly sounds like the next iteration of Friday the 13th, a new reboot of the series following the 2009 reboot of the series, will take a new stab at Jason’s origin story. I’m not here to pre-judge anything, but let’s just say that elaborating on the backstories of classic slasher villains has been nothing short of disastrous so far.

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Outcast

Outcast marks Robert Kirkman’s third series on television simultaneously, along with The Walking Dead and its spinoff Fear the Walking Dead. Based on Kirkman’s own new comic, the Outcast adaptation on Cinemax, tackles the horror subgenre of demonic possession and exorcisms. Kirkman and showrunner Chris Black gave a roundtable interview with reporters to discuss the new series.

“While we are playing with the tropes of the genre, we are kind of coming at them in a little bit of a different way,” Kirkman said. “[We] will be actually exploring, like, what is levitation? Why is that happening? What is the phenomenon that actually causes that? Why are people who are possessed behaving this way? Why don’t they like light? Why are they harming themselves in terrifying ways for seemingly no reason. These are questions that you’re going to be getting as you watch the show and hopefully getting answers to eventually.”  Read More »

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Robert Kirkman was at a junket in Los Angeles for his new Cinemax series Outcast today. We will bring you news later today about the new exorcism show from Kirkman and showrunner Chris Black, but we also got a chance to ask Kirkman one (and only one) The Walking Dead question. (SPOILERS for season 6 ahead.)

The sixth season of AMC’s zombie show spent a lot of time building up the appearance of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Fans of Kirkman’s comic books know the character and expected him to be responsible for a major death. However, the season finale put a twist on expectations by leaving the victim of Negan’s attack unseen.  Read More »

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For the first time, Howard Shore‘s scores for three of David Cronenberg‘s finest pictures — CrashDead Ringers, and Naked Lunch — will be released on vinyl, courtesy of Mondotees. As expected, they’re giving these soundtracks the grand treatment, with three gorgeous custom made covers that evoke the unnerving tone of Cronenberg’s trio of films.

Below, learn more about the upcoming Mondo vinyl releases.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Villain

In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Tyler Perry is prepared to undergo a transformation for a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
  • Megan Fox says she is signed on for another TMNT film.
  • Nicolas Cage claims that National Treasure 3 is still in the works.
  • Idina Menzel endorses Elsa getting a girlfriend in Frozen 2.
  • The director of the Men in Black/Jump Street spin-off tries to ease your apprehension.
  • A new batch of Star Trek Beyond posters are here.
  • Wesley Snipes would like to play Blade again.
  • Blumhouse is reviving Benji.
  • What’s the deal with the new Friday the 13th movie?
  • Many landmarks are destroyed in new Independence Day: Resurgence posters.

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carnage park trailer

My personal jury is still out on director Mickey Keating, but one thing has become increasingly clear over the past two years or so: he’s here to stay. His new film, Carnage Park, rode a wave of generally positive buzz at Sundance and SXSW this year and the first trailer makes this look like the film that could break him out of his current niche. That is, if he even wants to break out of his current niche. Keating’s work certainly suggests that he is perfectly happy making films directly for already-entrenched horror fans and trash cinema aficionados. Carnage Park looks more accessible than his previous films, but it also looks like it’s in his usual grimy wheelhouse.

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clown trailer

In the years since he filmed the horror movie Clown, director Jon Watts went on to make the critically acclaimed thriller Cop Car and snag the director’s chair on the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. So I could open this post about the latest Clown trailer by making a bad joke about this movie following a perfectly ordinary man who gains extraordinary abilities after being bitten by a radioactive clown, but I would never subject you to such lackluster comedy.

Actually, Clown is about a perfectly ordinary man who gains monstrous new appetites after putting on a clown costume that turns out to be the “skin of a demon.” You know, that old chestnut.

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Halloween Sequel

UPDATE: Bloody Disgusting reports Oculus director Mike Flanagan is in talks to direct the Halloween remake. Nothing official has been revealed yet, but for now it sounds like he’s the man for the job. Not my first choice for the job, but Oculus is certainly an underrated horror flick, so this could be a good move. Our original story from late night on May 23rd follows.

Legends never die. After years of Dimension Films trying to figure out what to do with the Halloween franchise, the company lost the rights to the iconic horror series that started with John Carpenter‘s classic film. Out of nowhere a surprise announcement came from Blumhouse Productions revealing that they are teaming with Miramax to co-finance a new Halloween sequel. Before you get all bent out of shape about the franchise not knowing when to die, director John Carpenter will be on board the film as executive producer.

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