in a valley of violence review

Ti West is changing things up with In a Valley of Violence. The writer/director behind The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers has made a western. The film, which we first heard about over two years ago, doesn’t blend horror and western tropes together; it’s just a pure, revenge-driven western. The film stars Ethan HawkeJames RansoneTaissa FarmigaJohn Travolta, and Karen Gillan.

Below, watch the In a Valley of Violence trailer.

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 in a valley of violence review

The first thing you notice about In a Valley of Violence is that it doesn’t feel like a typical Ti West film. His trademark slow-burn menace is nowhere to be found and his low-key comedy, which he used to punctuate tension in films like The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers, has undergone a transformation. This is the first West film that isn’t the cinematic equivalent of being placed in a pot of water and not realizing that the water is boiling until it’s too late – it’s broader, more straightforward, and, on paper, a fairly typical revenge western.

Until’s it’s not. In a Valley of Violence is one weird movie, an experience that grabs your attention with its eccentricities before losing you with its lack of focus. It’s not a deadeye pistol shot from a gunslinger, but a wild shot from a scattergun. Yeah, it still hits its target, but you wish the aim was a little more true.

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Ti West, director of films like The Innkeepers and The Sacrament, is moving to television, at least for a brief stint. West is directing at least one episode of Scream, the TV series incarnation of the horror/comedy series originally directed by Wes Craven. Read More »

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Ti West (The Innkeepers, House of the Devil) is moving into new territory with his excellently-titled new western, In a Valley of Violence. The writer/director has been known for horror in the past, but he’s following his cult movie The Sacrament with this project, which exists thanks to backing from producer Jason Blum and his company Blumhouse. Read More »

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If you’re like me, you actively avoid red-band trailers because they tend to give away some of the biggest and best moments of a movie. Well, we can now breathe a sigh of relief and delve into Ti West‘s latest film, The Sacrament. Hot off the heels of last week’s red band trailer, the theatrical trailer has finally been released for the thriller. It follows a Vice camera crew who travels to visit a religious cult. Things, of course, don’t go particularly well from there.

The latest from the director of The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers hits theaters June 6 and VOD May 1. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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Imagine if Vice had been around in the days of Jim Jones, who formed his own community in Guyana and then led the residents in “revolutionary suicide,” which left over 900 people dead by cyanide poisoning in 1978. What if Vice had been around to travel to the Peoples Temple Agricultural Project, aka Jonestown, just before the Jonestown Massacre took place? That’s essentially the plot of The Sacrament, the new film from House of the Devil and The Innkeepers director Ti West.

Gene Jones, who played a gas station owner who met the devil in No Country for Old Men, this time gets to be the devil as he plays the Jim Jones-like leader of a community/cult that is visited by a Vice documentary crew. A.J. Bowen (House of the Devil, You’re Next) is the guy who leads the small crew into hell.

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Director Jason Eisener has a horror segment featuring a bit of water action, and a lot of POV footage, that you can watch right now as part of V/H/S/2. (Available On Demand.) But if you want something more immediate, check out the 70-second film One Last Dive, which has a nice setup and a weird payoff that will make some of you jump out of your seat. As a bonus, it comes with three other one-minute films from other directors. Read More »

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Director Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S) and screenwriter Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die) have come up with a great spin on the hoary old home invasion movie, and populated it with a cast that is ready get dirty and bloody. Indie and genre faves (Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz) and filmmakers (Joe SwanbergTi West) play members of a large family who come together for a celebration dinner at a relatively remote home in the country. The clan quickly finds that it has been targeted by masked assailants who have staked out the house with very violent intent.

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In 2011, one of the hits of TIFF and Fantastic Fest was Adam Wingard‘s home invasion thriller You’re Next. The film drew raves at just a couple of festival screenings and was snapped up by LionsGate. But rather than releasing the film quickly, the studio held on to it for a while. After appearing once at Fantastic Fest in September 2011, the film was dormant until just over a week ago, when it played at SXSW.

Now You’re Next has a release set for August 23 this year, and we’ve got the first wave of new promo materials for the film. The movie is built around a family reunion at a semi-remote mansion, and observes as a group of masked intruders attacks the family with murderous intent. The opening promo salvo is a set of teaser posters that show off the masks, and that give a sense of the dire atmosphere that pervades much of the film. Read More »