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It’s September! Have You Checked In On HorrorCal L.A.?
It’s the start of a new month. Further, it’s the beginning of September which means every horror fan’s calendar is going to get very, very busy leading up to Halloween. If you live in the Los Angeles area, HorrorCal L.A. has you covered. Since launching in July, it has been regularly updated with every horror event taking place in the area. Screenings, conventions, signings, special events, even haunted attractions…they’re all being added so you don’t miss a thing!
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Beautifully Realized as a Video Game Package Art
Blake Armstrong. That name should be familiar to you by now because I was heaping praise on the man and his artistic talents in the news recently with a spotlight on his recent Re-Animator print. For the last few days, Armstrong has been teasing via Twitter and Instagram a new piece dedicated to that horror masterpiece that’s celebrating its 40th anniversary this year: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. And it has finally been revealed in all of its glory.
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Here’s the Most Recent Batch of American Horror Story: Freak Show TV Spots
Akin to last year and the year before that, FX is rolling out TV spot after TV spot for its forthcoming season of American Horror Story which is entitled Freak Show. Below you’ll find the most recent batch of promos all in one handy place. We present to you spots “Head to Toe,” “Caged” and “Spotlight.” The new season kicks off on October 8th. American Horror Story: Freak Show begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.
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Shock Interview: The Possession of Michael King Director David Jung
The Possession of Michael King is definitely a different kind of film. Yes, it is “found footage,” and yes, it is also a possession film, but it is also more than the sum of its parts. This is a film that wants to take you on a dark journey that start with the sun setting on a life and never really rising again. It wants the viewer to confront their thoughts on what lies beyond and it doesn’t pull any punches. (Read my review here.) Shock Till You Drop recently spoke with writer/director David Jung about the film. His thoughts behind it, what it takes to summon a demon, and what he hopes you’ll take with you when you leave the theater.
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Exclusive: Bryan Fuller On Hannibal Season 3 Progress, Adapting Lady Murasaki
Shock will never turn down an update on Hannibal when showrunner Bryan Fuller wants to grant one to us. Earlier this week, we spoke with him about the forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Hannibal season two (hitting September 16th). The last time we spoke was at Comic-Con, so Shock had to inquired about the progress of season three which is shaping up to be exciting. What has been revealed already is that the third season will focus on a manhunt to find Hannibal who has fled to Europe. Francis Dolarhyde (aka The Tooth Fairy) will make an appearance as will Lady Murasaki.
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Yes, There Will Be a Hannibal Tie-In Cookbook
I pondered on Twitter early in Hannibal season two if NBC and showrunner Bryan Fuller would consider a cookbook based on the Hannibal television series. Guess what? One is in the works! Speaking to our brother site CraveOnline, Fuller confirmed, “That is in development. Yeah, there’s a cookbook in development and there’s also a fantastic ‘Art of Making of Hannibal.’ [...] I saw some pages from it. It’s a gorgeous book.”
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Horror’s Top 15 One-Hit Wonders, Killers Who Deserved a Franchise
Horror is most often driven by its killer. They are the most important factor and usually, they are who appears in the sequels. Let’s forget the notion that perhaps the killer died at the end of the first film since we all know that is a non-factor with these films. There were a few good killers that had some life left in them; we just never got to see it. Killers that should have been a franchise, perhaps more deserving than some that actually did end up with one.
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The First Developer Diary for Dying Light Reveals New Details on the Zombie Title
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Techland have released the first developer diary for their upcoming game Dying Light. Inside, you can hear the developers talk about the player’s “natural movement” in the game as well as new footage of the differences in day and night. Check it out in the player below! During the day, players will traverse an expansive urban environment overrun by a vicious outbreak, scavenging the world for supplies and crafting weapons to defend against the growing infected population. At night, the hunter becomes the hunted, as the infected become aggressive and more dangerous. Most frightening are the predators which only appear after sundown. Players must use everything in their power to survive until the morning’s first light.
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Cub Trailer Makes the Film Look Very Promising
All eyes are on Cub, a new horror film making its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. A trailer hit The Playlist today giving us a first-look at Jonas Govaerts’ film, which is getting some early, strong buzz. The movie has been described as following “troubled twelve-year-old Sam (Maurice Luijten) [who] heads off on a summer camping trip with his Cub Scout troupe.
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Something Dead Still is Coming to SyFy This Fall
Details are in for Dead Still, a SyFy original movie that will be airing on October 6th during the network’s 31 Days of Halloween programming. The film is by the Booth brothers, who also brought us Death Tunnel (2005). Ben Browder plays Brandon Davis who, upon the death of his great grandfather, inherits an antique camera famous for taking victorian death photography. After photographing his subjects they start to die from horrible, bizarre deaths, then reappearing as eerie death portraits.
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Agoraphobic Has a Secret in Shut In, First Cast Details
Director Adam Schindler began shooting his next horror film this week in Shreveport, Louisiana. He’s the guy behind this year’s release Delivery: The Beast Within. His latest is called Shut In and it stars Beth Riesgraf, Rory Culkin, Martin Starr and Jack Kesy, says The Hollywood Reporter. Steven Schneider of the Paranormal Activity series is producing alongside Jeff Rice, Lati Grobman and Erik Olsen.
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Review: Adventure & Horror Collide in As Above/So Below
As Above/So Below is a totally “okay” movie. It’s not entirely successful, but it’s very watchable and entertaining. My tastes have it leaning towards the positive end of the spectrum (hence the 6/10 rating rather than the middle of the road 5/10) because the filmmakers behind this one, the Dowdle brothers (Quarantine, Devil) are doing some really interesting things in this movie that worked for me. The story doesn’t stick the landing (the finale is a bit muddy), but As Above/So Below has a really great leading female character, it has some Lucio Fulci-like weirdness (that could have been taken way further) and it has refreshing mix of horror with Indiana Jones/Lara Croft-like adventure that places it not just above most “found footage” fare, but the tiresome stories driving some horror movies as of late. It’s different even though it relies on some very familiar elements that the savvy horror fans may pick up on a scrutinize.
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Review: Devoured is a Quiet Thriller That Creeps Up On You
Well, this one certainly is a surprise. Prior to last week, Devoured was unknown to your humble reviewer. Hopefully it manages to find an audience, because for (what appears to be) next to nothing, it overcomes a very deliberate pace and establishes an odd, hard-to-define tension along with some effective jolts. It also boasts an excellent lead performance. Lourdes (Marta Milans) is a young woman from El Salvador struggling to make money in New York City.
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