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Director Lawrie Brewster Drops Another Owlman Prank, Talks New Films
Through tireless effort, including viral videos featuring his undeniably eerie Owlman creation, Scottish director Lawrie Brewster has managed to create quite the grassroots awareness for independent feature Lord of Tears. The macabre, Scottish mansion-set movie has since garnered acclaim from horror publications and hits from audiences who love to watch unsuspecting bystanders freaked by the…
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Experience Future Terror with the Alien Outpost Trailer
IFC Midnight has just debuted the trailer for their upcoming sci-fi thriller Alien Outpost, starring Adrian Paul (“Highlander, Eyeborgs), Rick Ravanello (The Cave, Hart’s War), Reiley McClendon (Pearl Harbor, The Flyboys), Douglas Tait (Star Trek, Zathura), Joe Reegan (The Crazies, Jeepers Creepers) and Matthew Holmes (“True Blood,” “Salem”). Check it out in the player below! Directed by Jabbar Raisani, the visual…
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UK Teaser: Next Year’s Incredible It Follows
In the same way you might have spent much of 2014 hearing all about The Babadook (dook, dook, dook), get ready for several months of (much deserved) hype on David Robert Mitchell’s disquieting, new American horror gem, It Follows. The latest international teaser has arrived and its use of Albertus is no accident. 
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Rosemary’s Baby, House of Wax added to National Film Registry
Since the passing of the National Film Preservation Act of 1988, the Library of Congres annually inducts 25 films into the National Film Registry in efforts to showcase “the range and diversity of American film heritage to increase awareness for its preservation.” This year, alongside Rio Bravo, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The…
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Dying Light: Zombies, the Post Apocalypse & Parkour
Will Dying Light be more than an intriguing blend of urban crime, post apocalypse, zombie epidemic and… parkour adventure? The upcoming action horror game from Warner Bros. sees the player “roam an urban environment devastated by a mysterious epidemic, scavenging for supplies and crafting weapons to help you defeat the hordes of mindless, flesh-hungry enemies…
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Scream Factory Details Englund-starring Phantom of the Opera Blu
There are over 20 filmed adaptations, re-imaginings and retellings of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera, but only one stars Robert Englund. From Dwight Little, the director of Halloween 4 and Murder at 1600, 1989’s The Phantom of the Opera was a poorly received, overtly horrific take on the classic tale, starring Freddy himself.…
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Walking Dead to hit West Coast in Spin-off Series
The developing Walking Dead spin-off series/companion will take us to another end of the long-running zombie apocalypse. TV Line reports the series (previously reported as Cobalt, but not referred to as such here), set to star character actor Cliff Curtis, will be a Los Angeles-set chronicle of The Walking Dead universe’s epidemic. Curtis was recently named…
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Until Dawn Playthrough Decides Between Slasher Tropes
2015’s PS4 exclusive Until Dawn seeks to marry the aesthetics and thrills of teen slasherdom with decision-based gaming. “Each split-second decision you make as you play could put you on a new path,” the title promises, and as this newly released demo plays out, the conceit ends up engaging just how we watch stalk-and-slash entertainment.…
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BAM to Host John Carpenter Retrospective; Director in-conversation
Is seminal filmmaker John Carpenter bigger than ever? Lately, it seems so. His iconic style, both cinematically and musically, is consistently referenced and revered in today’s genre cinema. Meanwhile, Lost Themes, his first album of original music not scored to any particular film, approaches and so does the 20th anniversary of In the Mouth of Madness.…
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Drafthouse Takes Home Invasion Western, The Keeping Room
Acclaimed out of the Toronto International Film Festival as a brutal, feminist neo-western, Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room is set to hit theaters, VOD and more next fall from Drafthouse Films. The latest in Drafthouse’s slate of atypical, often stunning genre films including Borgman, Cheap Thrills and Nothing Bad Can Happen, The Keeping Room stars…
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J.K. Simmons Joins Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island
Just days following its release shift, the upcoming Legendary and Universal-backed Kong: Skull Island has seen its second major cast member revealed. Deadline is reporting J.K. Simmons, of this year’s fantastic (Blumhouse produced) jazz psychodrama Whiplash (pictured above), will join Tom Hiddleston in the film, to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer).…
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Night Sirens: Director Diego Meza-Valdes Talks Immigration Horror Short
All too rare is quality socially conscious horror; funny, as the genre’s transgressive, taboo-breaking history seems particularly appropriate for such. Hopefully, that’s changing. UK filmmaker Melanie Light has recently completed short horror The Herd, which boasts strong feminist and vegan themes, and filmmakers Diego Meza-Valdes, Andres Meza-Valdes & Eric Mainade are about to premiere their…
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Sundance 2015 Preview: Eli Roth’s Knock Knock Leads Midnight; A ‘Witch’ in U.S. Dramatic
[Note: Though the lineup was announced earlier this month, Shock will be attending January's Sundance Film Festival and we'd like to catch up and preview the most anticipated titles here.] The all-important, ever exciting Sundance Film Festival is again bearing down, this week announcing their U.S. Dramatic, U.S. Doc, World Dramatic, World Doc, NEXT, New…
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Welcome from the Editor
I’d like to bridge a gap.  It’s seemed, for quite a while, major horror writing online is often dictated by the speculative, and that the ties and roots in zines and zine culture have been frayed. When Ryan Turek, Shock’s fearless leader for years, phoned to ask if I’d be interested in taking over, I…
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