Those following my work here on /Film know that I watch a lot of horror movies, from psychological puzzlers to bone-snapping slashers. It’s not all gore, guts and viscera, but one can guesstimate the ceaseless quantity of “disturbing” moments these eyes witness year after year. It could be a scene that triggers an immediate gag reflex, or recharges my nightmare fuel, or hits upon existential devastation with unearthly intent. I wasn’t always prone to stomaching such content – as I once opened up about while discussing my personal connection to the Child’s Play franchise – but now? Well, I’m choosing to relive the year’s most vile challenges on my own accord. Doesn’t that say enough?
What you’re about to read is a list of on-screen sequences that could break a number of viewers. My picks don’t necessarily have to be genre specific, although horror does end up harvesting the largest, freshest crop to choose from year after year. These are the clips that had me clenching down tightly on theater armrests or blocking my eyes with folded hands, as if directors were competing to see who could push me past the brink of no return. Looks like they’ll have to try harder in 2018 (please for the love of sanity, don’t).
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Posted on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
If you’re a haunted house fan (or even just a fan of Halloween), you’re going to want to check out Haunters: The Art of the Scare when it arrives on Blu-ray and digital download next week. Director Jon Schnitzer‘s incredibly entertaining documentary about haunted attractions and the people who operate them is funny and freaky and endearing and sometimes tragic. And it features a character so outrageous that he’s bound to stir up debate amongst everyone who watches it.
We’re pleased to premiere a new clip from Haunters, which showcases the construction of a genuinely impressive haunted house environment, some moody music, and the kind of hilariously mundane, natural punchline that makes the entire movie such a treat.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 13th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Sometimes, you see a trailer for a movie and can’t help but wonder if it was made specifically for you. The trailer for Haunters: The Art of the Scare, a feature-length documentary about the world of professional haunted houses and the people who run them, feels like someone decided to make a movie for me and only me. This is my jam and I can’t wait to watch it at Fantastic Fest next month.
Anyway, you can watch the Haunters: The Art of the Scare trailer below, too. You know, just in case you’re also the kind of person whose heart beats a little faster when October rolls around because it means you’ll soon be able to start hitting up the local haunted attractions.
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