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Trailer & Release Date for Creature Feature Feed the Gods
No, not The Food of the Gods. Feed the Gods. It’s a new film from XLrator Media that is hitting VOD November 25th and DVD on January 7th. Today, we have a look at the poster and trailer. Shawn Roberts of the Resident Evil film series and George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead stars in the film for writer-director Braden Croft.
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Netflix Horrors: Recommends & the Latest Titles Added to Instant 10/24
“Netflix Horrors” is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. For all previous updates, click here. Keep in mind, of course, that Netflix rotates titles or pulls them – sometimes they’ll reappear at a later date so if you’re sifting through previous updates and cannot find a title, it may have very well been pulled. Darknet is available as of today. This is the anthology horror series about a website called “Darknet” that connects a series of terror tales. The series is adapted from the cult Japanese television series, Tori Hada, by Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) and Steven Hoban (Black Christmas, Ginger Snaps).
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These Awesome Horror Movie Death Montages Will Get You in the Halloween Spirit
I love clip reels. If you get the right editor and he or she combines it with the right rhythm and music, you have something highly entertaining, and possibly supremely gory (depending on the subject matter), on your hands. That said, I wanted to bring your attention to a handful of awesome clip reels that were edited by James Branscome for Beyond Fest, which took place last month in Los Angeles. These themed montages played before select films and they usually brought the house down. Branscome posted his most recent montage, An Eye for Horror, today. There’s also: Cannibal Chunk Blowers, In a Flash of the Blade, Dummy Drops, and Monster Mash.
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Werewolves on the Loose in the Trailer for Late Phases
Late Phases, Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s English-language directorial debut, now has a trailer, courtesy of distributor Dark Sky Films. Bogliano previously helmed Penumbra, Cold Sweat and Here Comes the Devil. Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it.
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Review: Ouija Favors Cheap Scares Over Genuine Fear
Is it scary? No. Is it occasionally startling? Occasionally, but it’s so focused on getting that startle that it gives up on anything approaching suspense. It all starts off well enough when young ingénue Debbie (Henning) suddenly and surprisingly hangs herself in her living room. As catalyst, it’s a good one. The idea of something from the outside taking over your motor control and forcing you to self-harm is both viscerally and existentially horrifying (particularly if the victim is aware of what is happening to them). It also allows for the introduction of Debbie’s friends without much of the meet-cute and knowing cleverness which has been thrust on the teen foci of horror films since Scream. Debbie’s friends are devastated by her death and in their attempts to grieve they talk to each other like real human beings at not characters from a John Hughes film. It gives weight to their bond which is vital to making their deaths exert any sort of feeling on the audience beyond the thrill of the moment.
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Jason, Michael, Freddy, Leatherface & Pennywise Featured in New Art Prints
The things you find on Instagram… The prints you see via our gallery here have been popping up in my feed, so I had to track down the artist and see what they were all about. The man behind illustrations is Gabrial Hernandez of Worthy Enemies. He has reimagined some of the big contemporary icons of our time like Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Pennywise and Michael Myers. Prints of these bad boys are going to be made available via the Worthy Enemies site here. Right now, they’re just listed as “coming soon” but keep your eyes peeled!
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Greatest Movie Death: The Terminator
The (very belated) “death” of the T-800 in The Terminator (1984) – I know this is not strictly a human death but it lingered in the consciousness long after the film had finished. I saw the film on VHS in 1986 and had NO IDEA what the story was about or even if the guy from Conan The Barbarian was gonna play a good guy or a bad guy (NB – back then, it took anywhere from a year to 18 months for a cinema film to come out on video in the UK).
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The Canal Lands in iTunes Top 20, See It This Weekend!
The buzz surrounding The Canal is pretty strong. And because Shock played a hand in bringing this UK supernatural thriller to the U.S., I just wanted to remind you the film is now available on VOD via iTunes, Amazon and other select avenues. In fact, the film recently cracked the iTunes top 20 horror films, which is pretty fantastic for our first theatrical release with The Orchard.
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10 Fun New Products for the 2014 Halloween Season!
One of the great joys of the Halloween season is seeing all the new products that companies roll out in celebration, from masks to costumes, decorations to unique foods and beverages. Ghostbusters donuts, anyone?! As we fast approach the best day of the year, we wanted to shine the spotlight today on ten choice products from this year’s Halloween haul, with a particular focus on the new masks, costumes and decorations that 2014 has provided us with.
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Producer Says The Crow Remake Will Fly Next Spring
Hey, remember that 2013 interview we conducted at Comic-Con where we learned The Crow redo was going to begin shooting fall of 2013? Well, that never happened. The planned new film has been plagued with false starts, but maybe there’s hope? While attending the Abu Dhabi Film Festival to collect a lifetime achievement award, veteran producer Edward R. Pressman told The Hollywood Reporter that production on his long-awaited remake of The Crow will begin production “in the spring” and boldly referred to it as “the anti-Spider-Man.”
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The Last Witch Hunter Has a Release Date…
Lionsgate has revealed that their upcoming Vin Diesel-led fantasy actioner The Last Witch Hunter will hit theaters in one year. Look for it in on the big screen October 23, 2015. Also starring Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood and Michael Caine, The Last Witch Hunter follows an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) who partners with his natural enemy, a female witch (Leslie), to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity.
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Phantom of the Opera is Heading to TV, Eli Roth’s South of Hell Begins Shooting
More news springing from the “horror on television” crypt… ABC is apparently at work on a new series inspired by The Phantom of the Opera. Desperate Housewives’ Marc Cherry is overseeing the show which is a contemporary take on the Gaston Leroux novel. Says Variety: “The ABC rendition is billed as revolving around the cutthroat world of the music biz and will incorporate musical moments into story lines in the same vein as the ABC drama Nashville.”
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The Official Fear Clinic Poster Hits the Web
The Anchor Bay release Fear Clinic made its festival debut last night at Screamfest and, today, an official poster was released. Written by Aaron Drane and Robert G. Hall (Laid to Rest) and directed by Hall, the film stars Robert Englund, Fiona Dourif, and Thomas Dekker and features the acting debut of Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor. Look for it in early 2015.
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Muck Finds a Home At Anchor Bay
Indie horror film Muck has been picked up by Anchor Bay Entertainment, says The Hollywood Reporter. You can watch an early sales trailer here. A new promo is expected to debut at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles. Steve Wolsh writes and directs the film which stars Kane Hodder, Lachlan Buchanan and Jaclyn Swedberg.
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Editorial: ‘Trick or Treat, Motherf*cker!’ – Revisiting Halloween: Resurrection
As anyone who follows the genre knows, no horror villain can ever be considered dead. Final Chapters seldom stick to the whole “final” thing and any on screen death, no matter how decisive it may appear, is easily undone as long as a franchise can still be exploited. Given that, it seems inevitable that, despite his long absence from the screen, we haven’t seen the last of Michael Myers. But despite the almost-certainty of Michael’s return, the question of from which point the series will actually continue from is not a simple one. Putting aside any debates over the artistic merits of Rob Zombie’s Halloween entries, it’s simply factual to say that they exist apart from any other films in the series.
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FOX Orders Modern-Day Frankenstein Pilot from Rand Ravich
The race to run the revived dead body that is Frankenstein right back into the ground continues unabated, as Deadline reports that FOX has committed to a pilot titled simply “Frankenstein” written by Rand Ravich (NBC’s “Crisis”). The new show, described as a “grounded sci-fi drama” loosely inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel, centers…
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