Alexandre Bustillo and Julian Maury – the duo who delivered the gut-punch that is Inside and the atmospheric Livid – make an exciting, vicious return with a film that channels the magic of child adventure-driven ’80s fare and guts it with the savagery of an early Wes Craven film like The Hills Have Eyes. And although parallels can be drawn to Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, Among the Living has the spirit of a story by Richard Laymon, an author who, to this day, has not been tapped by Hollywood for a film adaptation. This may be the closest thing to a Laymon film you’ll get, save for the movie’s lack of intense eroticism that can sometimes permeate his works.
A small update on that Stake Land television series we reported on a few days back. There should be a bit of clarification. News of the project broke in the trades, but as Nick Damici, writer and star of Stake Land explains, it was a bit premature to announce anything.
This hit yesterday, but we’re so wrapped up in SXSW and bringing you the latest horror movie reviews that we overlooked this. Sorry ’bout that.
The famous art branch of the Alamo Drafthouse, Mondo, has debuted a new poster for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ upcoming reboot of Godzilla which you can check out below. Designed by Phantom City Creative, who brought us the Godzilla poster at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, fans attending SXSW in Austin will have an opportunity to snag one of these posters by attending a screening of the original 1954 film, hosted by Gareth Edwards, at the Ritz Alamo Theater tonight at 9:30 p.m.
If there is one thing to be learned from In Fear, it is always check out the reviews of a hotel before booking a room. The British import is a case study in how to bring a tense, atmospheric horror thriller to film in a good way. And in a genre that is filled with loads of movies lacking originality and a complete absence of any tension or even the development of tension, it is a welcome addition.
Most of the entire first half of the movie is a slow burn to the back half that turns into a question of how scared does one person have to be to turn to violence?
A24 has released a new clip from Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi thriller Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson. Give it a look here.
Hitting limited theaters on April 4th, Under the Skin is based on the novel by Michel Faber and features Johansson as an alien on earth, disguised as the perfect aesthetic form of a mesmerizing woman. She scours remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey — her voracious sexuality. She is deadly efficient, but over time becomes drawn to and changed by the complexity of life on earth. With this new found humanity and weakening alien resolve, she finds herself on a collision course with her own kind. Taking her point of view throughout, the film presents a unique look at our world through alien eyes.
Meet the big genre surprise of SXSW 2014. Until my arrival in Austin, I knew very little – if anything – about Housebound, a film hailing from New Zealand under the direction of Gerard Johnstone and starring Morgana O’Reilly. What you, dear reader, need to know is this is one to look out for. Housebound is a pleasing blend of scares and laughs wrapped in a Tales from the Crypt-like package that doesn’t sacrifice character for thrills. It may run a few minutes too long, but Johnstone clearly knows what it takes to make a horror-comedy work.
With a May 20th release locked in, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has unveiled the official trailer for Mischief Night, one of the films rolling out under the After Dark Original banner.
Starring Brooke Anne Smith, Marc Valera and Malcolm McDowell, Mischief Night follows the unexpected relationship between a predator and his prey the night before All Hallows Eve.
If you’ve played the original From Software’s Dark Souls, then you know that it’s a rough ride. I like to think of it as a D & D game run by Quentin Tarantino. It runs a pace that allows you to savior the world but also when it’s time to throw down, it delivers brutality and horror. Does Dark Souls II deliver on that original promise? Absolutely!
From the very beginning, the game is about story. Getting to know who you are and what you can do. Your mission is to search for a cure to the curse that makes you undead. Each ability is introduced to you as it becomes relevant which allows you to truly take in the various moves available. And trust me, you will need everything at your disposal. This game will kick your ass again and again no matter how seasoned a gamer you are.