halloween 2

(Welcome to The Final Girl, a regular feature from someone who has steered clear of horror and is ready to finally embrace the genre that goes bump in the night. Next on the list: John Carpenter’s 1978 seminal slasher film, Halloween.)

Ah, Halloween, my old nemesis. We meet again.

If you remember from my first column, the 2007 remake of Halloween is the bane of my relationship with horror movies — a source of teenhood trauma that forever put me off slasher films…and horror remakes directed by Rob Zombie. The remake that I saw was gratuitous schlock that even I — as a horror hater who was only vaguely aware of the ubiquity of the Michael Myers Halloween mask — couldn’t fathom living up to the far-reaching legacy of John Carpenter’s 1978 original.

The original Halloween spawned several sequels, one of the most iconic horror villains, and the trope upon which my column name is based. And another movie is on the way, with Jamie Lee Curtis set to reprise her role in a sequel that ignores about half of the films in the franchise. So in honor of all final girls out there, I had to pay my dues to the OG Final Girl, Laurie Strode, and watch the original Halloween.

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Pet Sematary Remake

Nothing can stop the Stephen King renaissance! After It scared up boffo bucks at the box office, the rate of new King adaptations are only going to increase with the hopes of scaring up another horror blockbuster. The newest King adaptation will be a Pet Sematary remake, helmed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, directors of the indie horror film Starry Eyes.

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Stranger Things Season 2 Funko POP Figures

Hopefully you had some time to binge watch Stranger Things season two last weekend since everybody is having a problem waiting to talk about it online. We’re doing our best to hold off on diving deep into the new episodes until more people have had a chance to watch, but in the meantime, those who have already made it through the new season may be looking to get their hands on some collectibles from the Netflix series.

Funko has already released their first POP Vinyl figures from Stranger Things season 2, including Mike, Will, Dustin and Lucas all suited up in their Halloween costumes as Ghostbusters. Plus, we get a new version of Eleven, looking like a telekinetic Ripley from Aliens. Check out all the new Stranger Things season 2 Funko POP figures below, but beware of a very minor spoiler regarding one of the new characters on the show. Read More »

ghost stories trailer

From the ’60s output of Hammer and Amicus to Danny Boyle’s reinvention of the zombie genre with 28 Days Later, the United Kingdom has always been a dependable source of thrills and chills. There’s just something special about horror movies with an English accent. Now, a new movie called Ghost Stories looks to add its name to the nation’s line-up of must-see genre movies and all of the right pieces seem to be here: creepy stories, a wry tone, and the presence of strong actors like Martin Freeman to lend credibility to the whole thing. Oh, and it’s a horror anthology telling three (seemingly!) unrelated tales, so toss some bonus points its way for that.

The first Ghost Stories trailer has arrived…well, actually the first three Ghost Stories trailers have arrived, teasing the film’s three narratives, and you can watch them now.

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Until Dawn 6

The sun has gone down. Darkness has descended. Your coven has gathered in your home. Your seasonal Pinterest treats are perfectly arranged. The pizza is approaching. It is Halloween Eve. Your ritual has been perfectly arranged…but all of the sudden, your spine begins to tingle, fear has struck you… Oh dear god! On this, the 30th day of October, you have already watched all of your favorite horror movies! Gasp!

No need to worry my sweet, for there is a much more enticing treat and it is something your whole coven can enjoy. It’s full of jump scares, plot twists, intrigue, and most importantly, fear. It will have you clutching the arm of the ghoul next to you and screaming, “OH MY GOD! I can’t believe…you just hit the wrong button!”

Yes, it’s true, I am talking about a video game, more specifically, Until Dawn. But before the non-gamers turn away, know that this is not your typical video game. Marrying a strong story with relatively simple mechanics, Until Dawn (available exclusively on the PlayStation 4) is a communal experience that combines the fun of watching horror films with the interactive quality of a haunted house. In other words, it’s perfect Halloween viewing. Er, playing. And it’s currently $7.99 on the PlayStation Store and that’s one hell of a bargain.

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amityville the awakening release date

For years, movie fans would joke about whether or not Amityville: The Awakening actually existed. The tenth movie in the Amityville Horror series was filmed back in 2014, but found itself delayed. And delayed again. And again. Posters would arrive and trailers would appear, but the movie itself slid around the calendar like a hairless, grease-drenched monkey on a slip-n-slide. The film became a joke and each release date change kept the joke running.

Now, the joke has reached its final punchline: Amityville: The Awakening quietly hit theaters last Friday and suffered one of the worst opening weekends of all time.

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Blair Witch TV series

The Blair Witch Project was one of the most successful, and most effective, horror movies in film history. The multiple sequels? Well, that’s another story.

While follow-ups to Blair Witch haven’t been able to retain the magic of the first film, a return to Burkittsville isn’t out of the question. Original Blair Witch co-creator Eduardo Sanchez recently revealed that a possible Blair Witch TV series is in the works, bringing Elly Kedward and her scary stick figures from the big screen to the small.

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Stranger Things 2 ending

Stranger Things 2, the second season of Netflix’s popular original series Stranger Things, dropped on Friday, which means by now everyone has probably burned through the season. Which also means that fans are now clamoring for season 3. We’ll have to wait a while until we get to the third season of Stranger Things, but in the meantime, series creators the Duffer Brothers have just dropped some hints about how the Stranger Things 2 ending sets up season 3. Details below.

Spoilers follow, of course.

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Stranger Things 2 spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the second season Netflix’s highly anticipated Stranger Things.)

What was it that made Stranger Things season 1 such a hit? Was it the nostalgia factor, with the abundance of 1980s charm drawing viewers in? Was it the rather ingenious combination of Stephen King and Steven Spielberg-like material that tapped into an overall vibe that audiences were inherently familiar with? Both of those things likely played a part, but what truly worked best about the first season of Stranger Things was how it handled its characters. Specifically, how it created a cast of highly likable, relatable characters, cast them perfectly, and then had them work together. The chemistry was unbeatable.

Which is why Stranger Things season 2, or Stranger Things 2, as it’s officially called, seems like just an anomaly. When it came time to plan the second season for their wildly popular show, the Duffer Brothers seemingly decided to take everything that made the first season so memorable and do the complete opposite. There’s a certain amount of appreciation here: it’s gutsy to go so against the grain; to reject fan service in lieu of something different. It would’ve been very easy for Stranger Things 2 to simply remake the first season, and the fact that the Duffers avoided that is commendable. But there’s a difference between trying something different and completely jettisoning things that were working so well. You don’t throw the Demogorgon out with the bathwater.

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Trick R Treat

Trick ’r TreatMichael Dougherty‘s Halloween-themed horror anthology film, sat on shelves for at least two years before finally getting a release, at which point genre fans ate it up. Trick ’r Treat has gone one to become something of a modern cult classic, the type of film horror fans revisit every Halloween season to get their fix. And while fans embrace the film as is, they likely would’ve loved it even more had the film gone with its original concept: hiring a string of horror movie legends to helm each of the film’s segments. Get the Trick r Treat directors news below.

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