Family friendly movies set on Halloween are a dime a dozen, but it’s surprisingly difficult to find true horror films that take place on the holiday. Perhaps it’s an effort to avoid comparisons with John Carpenter’s eponymous Halloween masterpiece, or an attempt to escape cliché. Whatever the case, the few that do make use of the spooky iconography – jack-o-lanterns, costumes, fall colors – are all the more special.
As Halloween fast approaches, here are 11 mood-setting horror films that take place on and make great use of the holiday.
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The format of DVD was introduced in 1995, but it wouldn’t be until the early 2000s that it began outpacing VHS in video rental establishments and outselling them in stores. DVD was leaps and bounds better than VHS, simply because the video quality was much better, and it also allowed for the presence of special features such as featurettes, gag reels, film commentary and much more. Since then, we’ve jumped to Blu-ray, though the rise in quality wasn’t quite as impressive. However, when we look back at the jump from VHS to DVD, was the video quality of the former really so bad?
A new video examination from the YouTube tech geek vlogger known as The 8-Bit Guy dives into the quality of VHS tapes, specifically with regards to movies, by comparing them to the most common high quality format we have today.
Watch the VHS tape comparison after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Gather ’round the screen, kids, it’s time for another V/H/S. The first details have been revealed about the third V/H/S movie, now titled V/H/S Viral.
That includes the names of the new directors, writers, stars, and producers, new plot info, and a sexy-scary first-look image. Hit the jump to get all the latest info on the horror sequel.
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The horror anthology is alive and ready for round two. V/H/S 2, a sequel to this year’s horror hit V/H/S, has just been announced. The film will retain the same producing team (including the people behind Bloody Disgusting) and at least one of the original directors (You’re Next director Adam Wingard), but most of the creative roster is brand new.
At the top of the new list is Gareth Evans, the director of The Raid, who’ll co-direct a segment with Timo Tjahjanto. Also directing for the film is Eduardo Sanchez, a co-director of The Blair Witch Project, who’ll co-direct his V/H/S segment with producing partner Gregg Hale. They’re joined by Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun) and Simon Barrett, Wingard’s writing partner who’ll be making his directorial debut. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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Hopefully if you’re a fan of the horror genre, you’ve turned off the lights, picked up the remote and ordered V/H/S on demand. Or maybe you’re waiting for it to hit the big screen on October 5. Either way, the found footage horror anthology film is a must see for anyone looking to be grossed out, scared and surprised.
To help promote the film, several alternative posters have been revealed and we’re happy to exclusively reveal one designed by Gravillis Inc. The firm also did the theatrical one sheet for the film, as well as the gorgeous posters for Safety Not Guaranteed, The A-Team, Avatar, Melancholia, Inglourious Basterds and more. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 by David Chen
Dave, Devindra, and Adam explain why CinemaNow is a disaster and discuss the pleasures of the found footage genre by delving into the horror anthology film V/H/S.
You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993.
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Horror movies are a dime a dozen. Good ones are much more valuable, and a good one just hit VOD today. It’s called V/H/S, and is an anthology film featuring creepy, gory segments from filmmakers Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell The Dead), Radio Silence, David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs)and Ti West (The Innkeepers).
The premise is simple. A group of criminals are hired to break into a house and steal a secret VHS tape. Not knowing which specific tape is their target, they pop in several and are subjected to some seriously scary shit. Peter and I saw the film at Sundance, loved it, and now you can enjoy it on demand. Or, if you prefer, wait until it hits theaters October 5.
Either way, after the jump, we have an awesome 5-minute featurette on the making of the film. Read More »
The horror anthology film V/H/S teams up a good handful of film talents: Radio Silence, Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), Simon Barrett(You’re Next, Dead Birds), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), with each of the group contributing a creepy low-fi horror story to the collection.
We’ve seen one red-band trailer for the film, which showed off a good bit of violence, but now there is a more tame green-band trailer. It’s still edges towards the intense side of the trailer tone spectrum, but it probably won’t get you fired if you sneak a look at work. Read More »
The horror anthology is making a comeback, and at Sundance this year a five-story film called V/H/S scared the crap out of many viewers. (Including Peter.) Combining the talents of of Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), V/H/S uses a wraparound story to frame several low-fi tales of horror.
Now a red-band trailer has been released, and it gives a great impression of what festival audiences have been seeing for the past few months. There’s some weird stuff in here.
This is a real red-band trailer, with blood, language and nudity, and probably what people who’ve seen the film would call spoilers as well. But not having seen V/H/S, it’s difficult to put all these images into context, and it doesn’t feel like it is showing too much. Read More »
Be it Sundance, Toronto or South by Southwest, some of the most exciting films to play in any film festival these days are part of the midnight line up. That’s where festivals feel comfortable playing the over the top genre stuff and, last year, SXSW’s midnight schedule included films like Attack the Block, Insidious and Kill List. Now the 2012 schedule has been announced.
The main schedule is already cool enough, featuring the world premieres of fantastic films like The Cabin in the Woods and 21 Jump Street, but at midnight, they’re adding to that with the world premieres of [REC] 3: Genesis, Girls Against Boys and The Tall Man with Jessica Biel. They’ll also screen the awesome anthology V/H/S, John Dies at the End and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders with Clive Owen, just to name a few.
Read the full list after the jump. Read More »