Hocus Pocus

It’s a tradition as reliable as jack-o’-lanterns and trick-or-treating: Every year around Halloween, nostalgic Gen Xers and Millennials revisit the 1993 comedy Hocus Pocus, and then get to wondering why no one’s made a sequel yet. This year, Bette Midler even joined in on the conversation with a (facetious) explanation. As far as we know, though, Disney hasn’t officially fired up the cauldron yet.

And just to drive that last point home, Sarah Jessica Parker has gone on the record to clear things up: No, as far as she knows, there’s no Hocus Pocus 2 coming soon to a theater near you. But that doesn’t preclude the possibility of its returning in another form, according to producer and co-writer David Kirschner. Get the latest comments on the Hocus Pocus sequel after the jump.  Read More »


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The Walking Dead

Just in time for Halloween, AMC has committed to spending another year in its hellish post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. The Walking Dead and Talking Dead have both been renewed, taking the shows through 2017. More on the Walking Dead Season 7 renewal after the jump.  Read More »

Ash vs Evil Dead clip

Sam Raimi finally gave us more Evil Dead, and not just another movie but a whole TV series. He even directed the pilot of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell, but of course Sam Raimi is a movie director. He can’t run a show full time, so he found an experienced show runner.

Craig DiGregorio has worked on Chuck, Reaper, Workaholics and more. He was on a panel with Raimi and Campbell for the Television Critics Association this summer, where Campbell characteristically took over and Raimi modestly downplayed his greatest contributions. We got to speak with DiGregorio at length about Ash Vs. Evil Dead, which picks up Ash today living in a trailer and working at Value Stop when he reads from the Necronomicon he’s kept all these years. Lucy Lawless also stars as Ruby, the daughter of Professor Nowby, whose incantation Ash played in the cabin. Hit the jump for the Ash Vs Evil Dead Interview with showrunner Craig DiGregorio.

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first preacher footage

Yes, teasers for trailers are the bane of all existence. Yes, nothing is more irritating than watching a commercial for an advertisement. And yes, realizing that the “First Look!” at a project that has many people very excited only amounts to a few seconds is deeply frustrating. So know that the first official look at footage from AMC‘s upcoming adaptation of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon‘s Preacher is online, but also know that it’s literally about five seconds and that a proper trailer is set to arrive in just a few days.

Let’s face it, though: you’re probably going to watch this anyway. Take a deep breath, ask the deity of your choice for forgiveness, and watch the first Preacher footage after the jump.

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movies leaving netflix

It’s that time again: a bunch of movies are getting ready to depart Netflix. That means you only have a few days to catch up with a batch of masterpieces, interesting curiosities, fascinating disasters, and other films worth your time. After all, once they leave streaming, you’ll actually have to get off the couch and put a DVD in the player and ugh, who wants to do that in 2015?

Check out our recommendations for movies leaving Netflix to watch (as well as a complete list of what’s departing) after the jump.

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death spa

Haunted House – House + Spa  = How Did This Get Made?!?!

Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. But the truth is, it happens all the time. And every time it does, there’s a fun misadventure and cautionary tale lurking somewhere behind the scenes. This is that story for the campy, cultish 1989 horror film Death Spa.

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paranormal activity movies ranked

This will not be a defense of the Paranormal Activity series.

You either like these movies or you don’t. You either appreciate their charms or you find them dreadfully boring. You either dig their slow-burning tension or you hate their reliance on jump scares. You either respect their commitment to an increasingly overblown and confusing mythology or you tuned out two movies ago. I have no intention of convincing you that these movies are worth your time if you have already decided that they are not for you. But if you like them… Hi! Welcome to the club.

With the sixth and supposedly final film in the series, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, in theaters now, I am going to rank all six of these movies. Because even though this series has burned me and angered me and driven me up a wall built out of my own frustrations, I genuinely like two thirds of these films. But which two thirds? Well, feel free to read on, if you dare.

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over your dead body trailer

Takashi Miike tends to pump out two to three movies a year, rotating between action, horror, and exercises into total, depraved insanity without blinking. He is a mad man and his work veers from sublime to awful on a case-by-case basis. Then again, anyone who works as often as he does is allowed to have a stinker every now and again.

That brings us to the trailer for one of his newer movies (he’s made four movies since its Japanese release in 2014), Over Your Dead Body. A return to the slowly paced, deeply creepy horror that made him an international sensation with Audition, the film isn’t going to be for everyone. For Miike aficionados and for fans of genuinely unsettling horror, however, it’s a strange little treat.

Watch the Over Your Dead Body trailer below.

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Eli Roth

The last time Eli Roth worked in television was for Netflix’s Hemlock Grove, which lasted for three seasons. The horror show wasn’t one of the streaming service’s critical darlings, and it didn’t seem to be much of a hit with its customers either. Maybe his next effort will be better. Roth, partnering with Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) and producer James Manos Jr. (Dexter), worked on another show premiering next month, South of Hell.

Watch the first South of Hell trailer after the jump.

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