News & Reviews

News
Fantastic Fest Review: Wyrmwood a Solid Zombie Film – a Mix of Something Old, Something New
Although zombies have had a presence horror since the early days of cinema, this sub-genre has enjoyed a hell of a consistent run over the last 14 years or so. And because of that constancy, I think you’ll agree it has become increasingly difficult to discern which zombie offerings are deserving of our attention. I look at a zombie movie now and think of which camp they want to be in. Will it be: “I wanna do a George Romero zombie movie?” or “I wanna do a Danny Boyle/28 Days Later sorta thing?” (they’re always coming from someplace like that). And then from there, it’s assessing how that zombie movie sets itself apart from the pack. If it’s solid and if it’s competent and it tries to do something unique, I’ll recommend it to the world-weary horror fan tired of zombie fare. Wyrmwood I would recommend.
Read more »
News
MondoCon: Waxwork Reveals Plans for Trick ‘r Treat Vinyl
Waxwork Records used this weekend’s MondoCon in Austin, Texas as an opportunity to announce its October plans: A vinyl release of the score for Trick ‘r Treat, the Halloween-themed anthology horror film directed by Michael Dougherty. The pics you see here were taken at Waxwork’s booth where the package was on display. The score was done by Douglas Pipes (Monster House) and package art is by Francesco Francavilla. Shock was told this would ship around Halloween, so stay tuned for order details.
Read more »
News
Screen Gems Takes on Mike Scannell’s Scarecrow
Sony’s Screen Gems is getting ready to take on Scarecrow a new horror thriller from Mike Scannell to be produced by Unbroken Pictures, reports Variety. According to the trade, the film is “set at a remote lake house [and] revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling…
Read more »
News
Fantastic Fest Review: Alleluia Smothers You With Tough Love
Love is a crazy thing. Sometimes it can be sweet and tender, other times an all-consuming nightmare. Alleluia presents a deadly love affair that is a smothering and exhaustive experience. It begins with good intentions then reveals a dark underbelly that sends its audience down one messed up rabbit hole of obsession, fetishes and dependency issues. Director Fabrice Du Welz (Calvaire) blindsides you with his aesthetic decisions making Alleluia one nutty, enthralling experience. Gloria (Lola Duenas) is a single mom who is fitfully putting herself back out on the dating market. We know little about her previous relationship, but it really, really did not go well.
Read more »
News
Dimension Films Reshuffling Release Dates for Amityville and Demonic
Just when you thought things were set for two upcoming Dimension Films horror releases–the James Wan-presented Demonic, recently set for December 12, and the reboot Amityville: The Awakening, previously set for January 2, 2015–the studio has mysteriously removed both movies from their release schedule without any notice of when they might be rescheduled. We certainly don’t want…
Read more »
News
Fantastic Fest Review: Cub Doesn’t Pull Any Punches
Connoisseurs of campground-set body count films will take delight in the carnage-filled Cub, the feature directorial debut of Jonas Govaerts. The slasher film essentials are (mostly) all accounted for and some tropes are effectively turned on their head. And, here we have a director who is drawing from nostalgia and clearly has a confident grasp on the architecture of the slasher sub-genre. What he understands is that he needs to make a movie his own, give it some personality and that he does successfully in a slick, aggressive and merciless way. Cub really doesn’t pull any punches. There’s a lot of morally questionable things at play and perhaps one genuinely upsetting scene for the animal lovers out there, but holy shit did I have fun with this one.
Read more »
News
Scream Factory Specs For The Dark Half, Monkey Shines
Looking for a cinematic reason to give thanks this season? Not to worry, Scream Factory has you covered.Two of George Romero’s underrated classics are heading to Blu Ray this November, just in time for the holiday and loaded with special features. On November 18th, George Romero’s The Dark Half and Monkey Shines will hit stores…
Read more »
News
Two Clips Tease the Terror of The Scarehouse, VOD Details Revealed
The Scarehouse is making its way to VOD platforms this Halloween. Shock has learned that the world premiere is going to be held on October 5th in Windsor, Ontario (where it was filmed). If you happen to live in the area, you can get ticket information here. Meanwhile, D Films is giving the horror flick a Canadian release October 10th while Universal brings it to VOD in the U.S. on VOD/iTunes October 21st (it will hit Canadian VOD then as well). In anticipation of this release, we have two clips to share with you.
Read more »
News
Netflix Horrors: Recommends & the Latest Titles Added to Instant 9/19
“Netflix Horrors” is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. It’s been a while since our last update (it was a big one, click here for that). Today, however, Shock has four titles to tell you about that are available for the first time on Instant. I’ve included any relevant links to reviews and offered my own “pass” or “recommendation” in case you’re wondering what to add to your queue.
Read more »
News
Sony Pictures Takes Woman Versus Shark Tale In The Deep
Sony Pictures has, according to Deadline, secured a new spec script today with In the Deep. Hailing from scribe Tony Jaswinski, the thriller is teased by the outlet as “’127 Hours’ meets ‘Jaws’” and is said to offer a protagonist in form of a woman in her 20s and an antagonist in the form of…
Read more »
News
Godzilla Sequel Locks Returning Screenwriter Max Borenstein
Although it’s no huge surprise given the success of this summer’s monster blockbuster, Deadline today confirms that Gareth Edwards’ planned Godzilla sequel will again feature a screenplay by Max Borenstein. Teased at Comic-Con, the next Godzilla sequel hits theaters on June 8, 2018 and, according to Legendary’s SDCC panel, the King of Monsters will be bringing a few friends. (Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah were suggested as potential future foes).
Read more »
News
Insidious Chapter 3 Delivers Spooky Verse on a New Teaser Poster
A teaser poster for writer/director Leigh Whannell’s Insidious Chapter 3 has arrived online today and, as you can see in the gallery viewer below, it offers some creepy verse tied to the May 29, 2015 release. Insidious Chapter 3 stars Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott alongside Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Whannell, with the latter…
Read more »
News
Red Band Trailer for V/H/S: Viral Brings the Carnage
Following the poster reveal yesterday, Magnet Releasing (via IGN) has debuted a new red band trailer for the upcoming V/H/S: Viral and things get gnarly. Check it out after the jump. This entry in the franchise features segments from Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson and Todd Lincoln.  Magnet has announced an October…
Read more »
News
Dennis Haysbert Joins Crackle’s Dead Rising Adaptation
TheWrap reports that “24″ star Dennis Haysbert has signed on to appear in the upcoming Crackle-produced video game adaptation Dead Rising, the first to join the cast. Based on the popular Capcom zombie survival video game, Dead Rising will be directed by Zach Lipvosky and takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine…
Read more »
News
Mondo Acquires Death Waltz Records!
Some huge ripples are being made in the vinyl pool. Word is breaking today that Mondo has acquired the UK-based Death Waltz Records. According to a press release, “Mondo and Death Waltz will converge to deliver an even greater offering for music aficionados and film fans alike. With over two decades of music industry experience, Death Waltz founder, Spencer Hickman, joins the Mondo team as Label Manager to lead both record labels in partnership with Mondo Creative Director, Justin Ismael. Mondo’s acquisition will allow both labels to elevate and increase releases in addition to expanding access.
Read more »