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Fantasia Review: There’s Not Much Depth to The Man in the Orange Jacket
jacketThe Man in the Orange Jacket takes a familiar scenario and turns it on its head. And writer-director Aik Karapetian brings plenty of visual flare to this Latvian slasher/home invasion entry, but there’s a lot of posturing on display here that doesn’t amount to much in the end. Seemingly inspired by the menace of Philippe Nahon’s costume in High Tension – work garb, hat pulled down low – Karapetian introduces us to the harbor worker (Dan, per the credits, although he’s never identified). There’s something about his anonymous visage – with his orange safety vest and hat pulled down low – that sets off a red flag.
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Official Trailer for the October Release Chemical Peel
Grindstone has released an official trailer for Hank Braxtan’s Chemical Peel. If you recall, we introduced you to an early trailer shortly after the film was made. With an October 14th DVD release from Lionsgate Home Entertainment on the way, we get this new preview. Natalie Victoria, Arielle Brachfeld, Stephanie Greco, Lacy Fisher, Leigh Davis, Ruben Pla and Lony’e Perrine star.
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5 Pics from Spring, the New Film from the Makers of Resolution
It was announced today that Spring would be joining the Toronto International Film Festival’s Vanguard programming. I wanted to draw a bit more attention to this title because it’s the latest film from the guys who brought us last year’s Resolution, a film that made my top of 2013 list: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Beyond these two talented fellas, Spring also attracted some on-screen talent I dig: Lou Taylor Pucci of Evil Dead and Carriers. He plays a man who relocates from Southern California to Italy. While there, he meets a young woman – played by Nadia Hilker – with a dark secret.
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Exclusive First Look: The Red Band Trailer for The Dead 2
Shock Till You Drop has your exclusive first look at the red band trailer for The Dead 2, a sequel to the impressive The Dead (if you haven’t seen it, give it a look). The Ford Brothers – Howard and Jon – are back behind the camera, this time dropping their zombies into a whole new part of the world. As the infectious epidemic spreads through India, an American turbine engineer (Joseph Millson) learns that his pregnant girlfriend is trapped near the slums of Mumbai. Now, one man must battle his way across a 300-mile wasteland of the ravenous undead and into a nightmare city seething with flesh-eating madness.
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TIFF Announces Its 2014 Midnight Madness, Vanguard Slates
The Midnight Madness and Vanguard slates at the Toronto International Film Festival were revealed this morning and they feature quite a crop of promising films. Per the official site, this program offers “The wild side: midnight screenings of the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema.” Kevin Smith’s Tusk leads the pack. The film stars Justin Long and Michael Parks and concerns a podcast who meets an eccentric old man who intends to turn him into a walrus. We spoke to Smith about the film at Comic-Con – read that interview here.
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Horror Comics Weekly: Archie, The Goon, Star-Spangled War Stories & More
In this entry of “Horror Comics Weekly”: Archie continues to surprise us; The Goon makes a return in an all-new mini-series; the bodies continue to pile up in Revival; meet a waitress who can see the future in The Twilight Zone; and, salute G.I. Zombie. Head inside for reviews of these titles…
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Where the Devil Hides Retitled Again, Fall Release Planned
The film formerly known as Where the Devil Hides, The Devil’s Rapture and The Occult is receiving its fourth title. According to Screen Daily, when the movie arrives this fall it will be called The Devil’s Hand. Christian E. Christiansen (The Roommate) directs; Rufus Sewell and Jennifer Carpenter star. Roadside Attractions is expected to release the film on October 10th.
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Exclusive: Release Date, One-Sheet for the Vicious Brothers’ Extraterrestrial
Extraterrestrial is the new title for the sci-fi/horror flick formerly known as The Visitors. (No relation to the Nacho Vigalondo film of the same name, of course.) This one hails from the Vicious Brothers, the duo who brought us Grave Encounters. Here, they’re dropping the supernatural for some straight-up alien-driven chills. Shock has your exclusive first look at the poster and we can now also tell you it is hitting VOD October 17th and select theaters on November 21st from IFC.
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Attack the Block’s Joe Cornish Offered King Kong Reboot, Skull Island
Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con’s Hall this past Saturday by ending their presentation with a teaser trailer for the upcoming King Kong reboot, Skull Island. Now, Deadline reports that an offer to direct is out to Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish. What’s more, the outlet reports that Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein will provide the screenplay. Appearing to be a sort of Kong “origin story”, Skull Island looks like it will explore the life of the classic movie monster before he was taken to civilization.
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Review: Come Back to Me – Flawed, But Packs Some Surprises
Come Back to Me is one strange, disjointed, and moderately compelling little movie. It isn’t entirely successful, and at times it veers uncomfortably close to being unintentionally hilarious, but it sticks the landing and should interest viewers with a soft spot for deliberately paced, hard-to-categorize oddities. It opens with an adolescent male overhearing an extremely violent domestic abuse incident in his home. His mother is attacked and, it seems, murdered. Flash forward to present day Las Vegas. A young couple, Josh (Matt Passmore) and Sarah (Katie Walder) introduce themselves to their new neighbor, Dale (Nathan Keyes). Dale is the boy from the beginning, all grown up, and immediately he is staring creepily at Sarah. Something is not right with him.
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The Strain Recap: Episode 103 ‘Gone Smooth’
I’m traveling this week and unable to make it on the weekly “What the Flick?!” recap video show to discuss The Strain episode 3, so I figure I’ll stay on top of things and provide a traditional breakdown of what happened last night with some feelings on how things are progressing. I continue to be entertained by the show in spite of its persistent clunkiness. This entry – written by co-creator Chuck Hogan – is cleverly called “Gone Smooth” and I’d say that it’s indicative of the storytelling for once. The show has been juggling various characters and sub-plots to varying degrees of success and I think they got it right this time.
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Comic-Con Interview: The Dowdle Brothers Tease As Above, So Below
John and Drew Dowdle – the team behind The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine and Devil – flex their horror muscles again with As Above, So Below, the Legendary production that will beckon audiences deep beneath the streets of Paris on August 29th for a journey of mystery and terror. Shock is heading to Paris to speak to the two in-depth about the upcoming film, but I ran into the duo at Comic-Con for a brief “preview” discussion. One of the many “warm-up” interviews I conducted while down in San Diego that offer just a hint at what’s on the way.
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Rob Zombie Teases Us With More 31 Art – Full Details Soon!
With all the Rob Zombie Assassin’s Creed news, it is nice to see that he hasn’t forgotten to give us a little more 31 info. Zombie has posted a new piece of art from his upcoming film on Facebook and this may be a little more telling and yet, more confusing as well. All we currently know is that 31 – as Zombie has stated in the past – has to do with Halloween (the holiday, not the series).
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The ScreamCraft Horror Screenplay Winner Has Been Selected!
A winner for the second annual ScreamCraft Horror Script Contest – upon which I served as one of the many jury members – has been selected. And we’re all thrilled to announce that The Devil’s Footprints by Eric Jeske took the grand prize. The script is a skillfully written period horror that demonstrates a mastery of tone and tension in telling a story that feels at once classical and contemporary. It centers on an ensemble of 19th-century English villagers – including a just-escaped-from-the-noose convict, the brave young woman he loves, a reverend, an academic and a tortured tracker – who reluctantly band together to stop the Devil from walking the earth and consuming human souls.
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Get Ready For a ‘Werewolf Rising’ This Fall
It appears that there will be no shortage of werewolves for this Halloween season. From deep in the Arkansas mountains, Image Entertainment brings us Werewolf Rising. The film, hitting DVD on September 8th, tells the story of Emma, who returns home to find that a slaughter has taken place and soon finds herself in a fight…
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Netflix Horrors: Recommends & the Latest Titles Added to Instant 7/28
“Netflix Horrors” is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. We’re back on the clock with this post-Comic-Con and there are three new titles to alert you to with this update. First, there’s Lizzie Borden Took An Axe. This is that Lifetime original movie starring Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall that aired earlier this year. Didn’t hear good things, but here’s the synopsis in case you’re interested: On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden (Ricci) returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma (DuVall).
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