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Sometimes, the scariest thing isn’t what’s around the corner. It’s what’s right in front of you. In It Follows, writer director David Robert Mitchell has created a simple, perfect, and bone-chillingly terrifying horror conceit that doesn’t need blood or jump scares. It doesn’t even, necessarily, need special effects. In It Follows a normal person, walking, is enough to scare the living crap out of you.

Below, read our It Follows review which will tell you why it’s one of the scariest horror films in years. Read More »

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It Follows trailer

I really liked the horror film It Follows at Fantastic Fest. The movie is a John Carpenter-influenced vision of the lingering effects of sex and trauma (and of the shift from adolescence to adulthood that sex brings) that is powerfully cinematic, and built on an ever-intensifying sense of dread rather than jump scares.

Now the movie finally has something like a US release date, and a full domestic trailer. This It Follows trailer has some of the same structure as the last two teasers we’ve seen from other territories, but with a lot more footage. Check out the new It Follows trailer below. Read More »

It Follows teaser

There’s an image you’ll see connected to the horror film It Follows that looks similar something from a “torture porn” film. You’ll see it in the still frame in the video embed below, in which a terrified young woman is tied to a chair. She’s terrified for a reason, but the situation that image represents is very different from what you might assume it to be. It Follows is a smart and elegantly crafted movie about teen sexual experiences — or, really, the effect of those experiences. It’s a horror film not just about the things that might happen to someone in the future, but also about the things that have already happened.

We’ve seen one teaser for the film, a French edit that was heavy on atmosphere, but didn’t tell much story. In this new UK teaser, the character played by Maika Monroe (The Guest) talks about her youthful fantasies of the ideal date, and then we see some of how that date goes in an unexpected direction. “Someone gave it to me,” says her date, “and I’ve passed it to you.” Read More »

It Follows review

Maybe you’ve heard of It Follows. It’s a small horror movie by director David Robert Mitchell. His previous film, The Myth of the American Sleepover, was a memorable look at teen life, and this film is in a similar vein. Similar in that it shows how some aspects of teen life – mainly sex – can become scary. It Follows played at Cannes, Fantastic Fest, AFI Fest and just got into the Sundance Film Festival. So there’s a lot of buzz but, to date, no U.S. release date.

It’ll get there though because It Follows is one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen. I’ll tell you more in the coming weeks when we run our review (probably at Sundance) but for now, check out the first It Follows trailer. Read More »

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Update from editor Peter Sciretta: The following review was published by Germain Lussier on January 19th 2014 from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The movie is out in theaters this week:

The films by director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett always have one thing in common. They are obviously influenced by an intense passion for movies, but are not overtly obvious about referencing those movies. In that sense, The Guest might feel like something you’ve seen before. It’s got the basic feel of a stalker film from the late ’80s or early ’90s, but filtered through the action of Quentin Tarantino, the music of John Carpenter, the ideas of James Cameron and almost too many others to mention. There’s action, sci-fi, horror, comedy… you name it, this movie has it. The result is a fresh, fun film that crescendos from title to credits with suspense, laughs and violence. Read More »

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This Wednesday, September 17, one of the coolest films of the year is coming to select theaters. That movie is The Guest, the latest film from the team behind You’re Next, and it is a “fun ’80s throwback with sci-fi and stalker sprinkles on top.” That’s what I said at Sundance, where the film premiered. Now, nine months later, you can finally see what all the fuss is about.

Directed by Adam Wingard, The Guest stars Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens as a soldier returning home for war. He visits the family of a fallen comrade hoping to help them deal with their grief, but he has some more sinister, ulterior motives. Along the way, the whole film feels like a blend of John Carpenter, James Cameron, Quentin Tarantino and more. You can read my full review here and, below, we’ve got the exclusive debut of two very cool alternative posters for the film. Read More »

Half a decade after Zac Efron‘s last High School Musical outing, he’s still working on the challenging transition from Disney dreamboat to serious adult actor. And while he’s not quite there, he seems to be getting a little bit closer with every passing film. Neither The Lucky One nor The Paperboy were particularly well received, but they at least allowed Efron to try his hand at more mature material, and his supporting role in Liberal Arts earned some critical appreciation.

Perhaps Efron’s best shot yet at proving his chops comes from At Any Price, the latest drama by Goodbye Solo and Man Push Cart director Ramin Bahrani. Reactions to the film were all over the place after its Telluride debut last year, but for what it’s worth, our own Peter Sciretta called it his favorite of the festival — better, even, than Argo. Dennis Quaid, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham, Maika Monroe, and Red West also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Ramin Bahrani‘s most accessible film to date ends up being my favorite film of the 2012 Telluride Film Festival (yes, besting Ben Affleck‘s Argo).

Ramin has developed a cult following from his three minimalist slice-of-life micro-budget films starring non-professional actors (if you havent yet seen Man Push Cart or Goodbye Solo, put them on your “to see” list). But with At Any Price, Bahrani is gearing up to step out of the film festival shadows and find an audience beyond cinephiles. Indie filmgoers may be turned off by this but I welcome Bahrani’s attempt to tell more expansive stories.

Dennis Quaid plays a fourth generation farmer trying to survive in a time when big corporations are pushing in and devouring the American heartlands. Fighting to keep his family afloat, and losing the battle of keeping his family unit together, Henry comes face to face with the consequences of his amoral actions.

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