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Ikea Commercial Does a Spin on The Shining and It’s Fantastic
Ikea Singapore has a pretty stellar commercial making the rounds online. The promo, which is airing overseas in celebration of Halloween takes its cue from a horror classic and its attention to detail is spot-on. Here is the commercial’s description, per Ikea. Late night shopping may never be the same again after you watch IKEA’s homage to Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic, The Shining.
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American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap 402 – Edward Mordrake Part 1
In typical American Horror Story fashion, Halloween gets special treatment. This week’s episode was nearly an hour and a half long, and was only the first of two parts. Here we meet Stanley and Esmerelda, a pair of hucksters who open the show posing as a doctor and his protege, attempting to sell a “real” baby Sasquatch specimen to a museum of oddities. Much like the Fiji Mermaid, baby Sasquatch was a fake, and the duo were attempting to turn a quick buck. The museum curator does suggest that if they bring her a new specimen, one that is real, they would be paid handsomely and she “wouldn’t ask questions.” Stanley, the brains of the operation, decides they should go find a freak show, and head to Florida.
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The Excellent House at the End of Time Arrives This November
Dark Sky Films announced today that The House at the End of Time is coming to DVD on November 11th. This is the film Shock caught at the Fantasia Film Festival and really liked; read our review here. Thirty years ago, young mother Dulce (Ruddy Rodriguez, The Living Daylights) was accused of murdering her husband and two children in their home. Despite her pleas that a malevolent force in the house was responsible for the killings, Dulce was sentenced to the maximum penalty of imprisonment.
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Starry Eyes Gets An Official One-Sheet, New Stills
One film I easily consider one of the best horror films of the year, Starry Eyes, is making its way to select theaters and VOD on November 14th from Dark Sky Films. I caught the film at SXSW, you can read my full review here. Today, we have the official poster and a handful of new images to share. Check ‘em out in the gallery below. Starry Eyes tells the story of Sarah Walker, a determined and desperate actor who would do anything to land her first big role. Unfortunately, this leaves her prey to a satanic cult who has been operating as Hollywood’s gatekeepers since the Golden Age.
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Olive Films Partners With Slasher Video, First Titles Announced!
Olive Films has announced their distribution agreement with Slasher // Video, an independent label dedicated to releasing obscure horror films on DVD. Olive Films will remaster and release the entire Slasher // Video catalog on DVD/Blu-ray in 2015. Known for its carefully-curated and handsomely-packaged releases of classic films on home video, Olive Films is proud to bring the same level of care and affection to Slasher // Video releases. The first Olive Films-Slasher // Video release will be the 1984 cult horror film Satan’s Blade on Tues, Feb 24, 2015. Synopsis: The haunting legend of the mountains becomes a shocking reality when seemingly innocent holiday-makers become victims of sadistic stabbings. Romance and murder are horrifyingly entangled. Satan’s Blade will stop at nothing.
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And Now Here’s the U.S. Trailer for The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death
Following the UK trailer earlier today, Relativity Media has now also released the new domestic trailer for The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death which you can watch below! Seized by the government and converted into a military mental hospital during World War II, the sudden arrival of disturbed soldiers to Eel Marsh Harsh has awoken its darkest inhabitant. Eve (Phoebe Fox), a beautiful young nurse, is sent to the house to care for the patients but soon realizes she must save them from more than their own demons. Despite Eve’s efforts to stop her, one by one they fall victim to the Woman in Black.
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The Bloodcast 95: The Most Important People Working in Horror Today
The Bloodcast’s hosts Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe take a look at the most important figures working in the horror film industry today. We all know the classic “Masters of Horror,” but who are the power players today? Why are they important? Who should you keep an eye on? The two break it down. Plus, a discussion on The Houses October Built, select Screamfest entries, Ryan’s quick trip to Halloween Horror Nights – Orlando and a lot more.
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Netflix Horrors: Recommends & the Latest Titles Added to Instant 10/22
“Netflix Horrors” is a regular column in which Shock Till You Drop alerts you to the latest genre titles to hit the VOD service. The updates have been fairly light this month, but we have a few new additions to tell you about. For previous updates, click here. First up, we have The Taking of Deborah Logan, which literally debuted on VOD this week and doesn’t hit DVD until November 7th. Produced by Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and directed by Adam Robitel, the synopsis goes like this: Mia Medina (Michelle Ang) has finally found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s Disease.
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Choice Cuts: Talking With the Soska Twins About See No Evil 2 & More
Since I had the Soska sisters – Jen and Sylvia – in the Choice Cuts studio, I figured I’d keep them around a bit longer to talk about their most recent release See No Evil 2. The film is their first big “studio” gig following last year’s indie effort American Mary and we talk about their experience, upcoming projects and about their time in “the biz.” Click on the player below for the full interview!
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The New UK Trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Looks like Harry Potter won’t be able to stop her this time. Despite the absence of original star Daniel Radcliffe, Hammer and Entertainment One have unveiled a startling new full UK trailer for their sequel The Woman in Black: Angel of Death that looks to pack the same old school punch that the 2012 chiller did. Check it out below!
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Late Phases Gets a November Release Date
Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s Late Phases keeps the horror genre rolling along well after Halloween is over. Dark Sky Films has set a November 21st release date for the lycanthrope thriller starring Nick Damici (Stake Land). The film will hit select theaters at that time.
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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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