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Editorial: In Defense of the Sexy Halloween Costume
It’s that time of year again. The weather’s cooling, jack-o-lanterns are being placed proudly in front of houses like glowing badges of honor, haunted attractions are booming, and bloggers are dictating what costume is and is not okay to wear. By this point, I’ve lost track of how many posts I’ve read belittling women who wear provocative clothing on Halloween night. Men and women of all ages seem to be infuriated at the idea of a woman using one of the biggest party nights of the year as an excuse to dress up and let loose, despite how many times some of those same exact women have worn revealing outfits every other night of the year. For some reason, Halloween seems to bring out hatred just as much as it does nostalgia in people. After all of the rampant lecturing, I felt that it was time for someone to come along and defend the sexy Halloween costume.
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Classic Horror Versus Modern Horror Analyzed in Monster Mash Parody
Barely Political has posted a riff on the classic “Monster Mash” – forever a representation of “old horror” – that see classic genre icons commenting on the current state of horror in “Modern Monster Mash.” It’s silly as hell, but man is it accurate. It reminds me of a recent Q&A Fred Dekker participated in here in Hollywood. The Monster Squad director was asked if a contemporary take featuring today’s horror icons would work and he scoffed, criticizing today’s boogeymen for not being relatable.
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New Poster Debut for First-Person Thriller You Are Not Alone
Earlier this year, Shock introduced you to the upcoming thriller You Are Not Alone. With the American Film Market looming, the filmmakers have passed along to us an all-new one-sheet along with an updated synopsis. Read on and scroll down further for a sales trailer. As seen from the first-person POV, Natalie, a recent college graduate, reconnects with friends and family as she visits her hometown over the Fourth of July. The town is inundated with news of a dangerous sociopath who is in the midst of a spree killing and reportedly within the area. Experience what happens when Natalie crosses paths with said killer.
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Patrick Stewart Joins Cast of Bluin Ruin Director’s Green Room
Jeremy Saulnier, director of Blue Ruin, just landed another impressive cast member for his latest thriller Green Ruin. Patrick Stewart is now set to star in the film which is currently shooting in Portland, Oregon. Patrick Stewart plays Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest.
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A Live-Action Critters Digital Series in the Works
How’s this for news “out of nowhere”? Warner Bros. has launched a digital content division that will roll out short form content including shows based on the Mortal Kombat series. But get this: The new division – called Blue Ribbon Content – has a series based on the ’80s creature feature Critters in the works. Here’s the listing that was part of a larger announcement.
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Halloween Horror Nights Orlando: An Interview With Face Off’s Laura Tyler
Over the weekend, Shock Till You Drop came face-to-face with a collection of oddities featured in “Face Off – In the Flesh,” one of the many scare zones that pepper the streets of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Orlando. Attendees walk through this ominous, fog-enshrouded block of the theme park and feast their eyes on various creatures that were featured on SyFy’s hit reality series Face Off. During a mini-press day at the theme park, I spoke with Face Off season 5 winner Laura Tyler whose history with Universal Studios goes back well over a decade.
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SEGA Announces Five Add-On Packs for Alien: Isolation
Two-weeks after its global release to critical praise and respectable sales, SEGA has announced that Alien: Isolation will get five add-on packs starting with “Corporate Lockdown,” which will be released on October 28. “Corporate Lockdown” offers players three new challenging and terrifying maps (“Severance,” “Scorched Earth” and “Loose Ends”) for the game’s Survivor Mode. Each…
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Natalie Dormer to Head into The Forest for Focus Features
Games of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer is set to star in the supernatural thriller The Forest. The project was first announced earlier this year and is a Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four production that will be released on January 8, 2016 from Focus Features. The film is being directed by Jason Zada from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and based on an original idea by screenwriter David S. Goyer.
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The Wrong Turn Series Broken Down in an Infographic
The Wrong Turn series has been broken down into an info graphic breaking down the kills by killer, gender, ways people were killed and more. The art was whipped up by Fox to promote the arrival of Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort which is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD. The film concerns an emotionally troubled young man named Danny who inherits an isolated backwoods hotel that may hold the key to his secret past.
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First Pic from Dead Rising: Watchtower
It was only yesterday that Legendary and Crackle had announced the principal cast for Dead Rising: Watchtower, their feature-length film based on Capcom’s horror game franchise, and already we have our first look (via Facebook) at Virginia Madsen, Meghan Ory and Jesse Metcalfe on the run from zombies in Vancouver. Check out the behind-the-scenes pic…
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Choice Cuts: Exorcism Movie Recommendations That Are NOT The Exorcist
When it comes to films dealing with possession, exorcisms and exorcists, The Exorcist is generally the go-to title simply because, well, it’s a masterful piece of cinema and, let’s be honest here, exorcism films that pulse with evil, question your faith and scare the hell out of you are few and far between. With Deliver Us from Evil, Scott Derrickson’ latest film, making its DVD, Blu-ray and VOD debut on October 28th, I thought I would call on a few friends to participate in a Choice Cuts group discussion. Joining me for a conversation that focuses on recommended exorcism movies that are NOT The Exorcist, I snagged Jen and Sylvia Soskas (aka “the Twisted Twins”) and Crave Online’s William Bibbiani.
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The Conjuring 2 Moves out of 2015, Mystery Horror Film Fills Slot
Ed and Lorraine Warren will be back for another supernatural mystery. You’ll just have to wait a bit longer for that to happen. The Conjuring 2 was originally slated to open on October 23, 2015. That is changing, however. The sequel to 2013′s smash hit – starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson – will arrive sometime in 2016 now.
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Scream TV Series Apparently Won’t Have Ghost Face
What’s an easy way to find out if Ghost Face, the iconic horror disguise featured in the Scream films, is going to pop up in MTV’s forthcoming Scream television series? Ask the man who controls the rights to the mask and Ghost Face likeness. Clever. Very clever. Fan site Ghostface.co.uk fired off an email to R.J. Torbert of Fun World (the company that makes the masks in stores everywhere) to inquire about Ghost Face’s possible appearance in the series. Here’s how he responded (unedited with “registered” symbol and all)…
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Missionary is Now Available for Pre-Order!
The Orchard and Shock Till You Drop’s next big release, Missionary, hits the big screen via Freestyle Releasing on October 31st. Directed by Anthony DiBlasi, the film finds Dawn Olivieri playing married Katherine Kingsmen. It’s worth mentioning that she is married because she engages in a fling with Kevin Brock (Mitch Ryan), a Mormon missionary with a troubled past.But, Katherine opts to save her marriage and, inevitably, Brock’s obsessions and insanity take over. He will stop at nothing to prove to Katherine that they are destined to be together by God’s will.
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