Without sound too hyperbolic, I genuinely believe writer-director Mike Flanagan is one of the genre’s most promising directors today. Absentia was a quiet, dramatic burn with a unique concept that outweighed any imperfections this 2011 indie film shouldered. Oculus, which played at SXSW and opens April 11th, more than demonstrates he won’t be contained to a sub-genre and is eager to push the narrative boundaries of horror in more ways than one.
There’s something pitch black, oily and gross flowing through the veins of Starry Eyes. It betrays the optimism evoked by the title and it trickles out through the pores of this impressive and sinister feature about deleterious ambition from directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch. This lifeblood is paramount to Starry Eyes’ success. It makes this angry indie effort about Hollywood a truthful, grotesque and flat-out disturbing piece.
Juggling both that aforementioned ambition and the film’s grotesque nature is Alex Essoe who turns in finely-tuned performance as the anxious and slightly unhinged Sarah.
Following the SXSW world premiere of Honeymoon, I had the chance to sit down with genre newcomers Leigh Janiak and Phil Graziadei. The two collaborated on the script for Janiak to direct. The film, currently looking for distribution, finds Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie enjoying a romantic honeymoon in an idyllic lakeside cabin until things take a…
It’s going to take a lot for any horror fan to forget 1996′s From Dusk Till Dawn to accept the El Rey Network’s first original television series, the aptly titled From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Forgetting that film is not an easy thing to do. And it doesn’t help that the series premiere – which screened to SXSW audiences in anticipation of its March 11th bow – consistently recalls dialogue heard in the film and even calls on some of its actors to deliver their lines with similar inflections to those uttered by George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino. In spite of this, episode 1 is entertaining enough if you throw some good will its way, but this echo of the ’96 film is seriously lacking the energy of its predecessor and will need to be a bit more inventive to hold the attention of any genre fan. Those not familiar with the source film it will likely enjoy the tapestry of characters and the larger mystery the premiere hints at.
Marriage is some next level stuff. It’s new, exciting, intense and scary. For some, it’s business as usual. A casual transition from dating to serious commitment to marriage. For others, it’s a giant emotional leap. And for Bea and Paul of Leigh Janiak’s feature debut Honeymoon, it’s a truly unsettling, jaw-on-the-floor experience that no one – trust me – no one wants to personally experience.
Honestly, the less you know about the plot the better as I knew nothing about the film going into it and came out pleasantly surprised.
Exists, the found footage Bigfoot film which played to SXSW audiences last night, has been picked up by Lionsgate. Eduardo Sanchez, of The Blair Witch Project, directs and if you missed our exclusive interview with him yesterday, follow this link!
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.
Arrow fans – moreover Caitz Lotz (who appears on that show) fans – should rejoice: The Machine is getting a U.S. release. The film will roll out, via XLrator, on VOD April 8th and in select theaters on April 25th.
With an impoverished world plunged into a Cold War with a new enemy, Britain’s Ministry of Defense is on the brink of developing a game-changing weapon.
Screen Gems debuted the North American trailer for Scott Derrickson's Deliver Us From Evil yesterday, but now a completely different international trailer has been released as well and can be viewed below. Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Sean Harris and Joel McHale star in the supernatural thriller, which follows New York police officer Ralph…