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Lynne Ramsay’s ‘You Were Never Really Here’ Looks Vicious

A missing teenage girl. A brutal and tormented enforcer on a rescue mission. Corrupt power and vengeance unleash a storm of violence that may lead to his awakening. You Were Never Really Here reads like a phenomenal blend of genre films past. This trailer is a two-minute crescendo of blood …

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RLJE Announces Physical Release of ‘Houses October Built 2’

Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who take “extreme haunt” to another level – five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Kaleidoscope’

Kaleidoscope is an uncomfortable, taut thriller about a man and his mother. That’s the shortest, simplest version. In truth, the film is a bit harder to piece together largely because of how it’s told. In this regard, Kaleidoscope is a remarkably fitting name. Writer/director Rupert Jones utilizes repetition and a …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Desolation’

As if I needed any more reasons to never go camping, Desolation spins yet another cautionary tale about the dangers of stranding yourself in the middle of the woods with no transportation or means of defense. Go figure. Despite strong performances from our frantic campers, I found myself underwhelmed by the lackluster …

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Silence is Golden in ‘A Quiet Place’

A family live an isolated existence in utter silence, for fear of an unknown threat that follows and attacks at any sound. With no dialogue, sparse sound effects, and a handful of ominous title cards this teaser for A Quiet Place makes a rather bold impression. It’s an imposing silence …

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A Hospital Has a Dark History in ‘Nails’

Nails, the latest from Dark Sky Films (The House of the Devil, We Are Still Here, Deathgasm), comes by way of rookie director Dennis Bartok. The film follows Dana, a woman mentally trapped in her own body after becoming paralyzed following a car accident. Where does the title come from, …

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Lin Shaye Unlocks a Cell of a Lot of Evil in ‘Insidious: The Last Key’

Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own family home. Insidious is back for its fourth installment, providing more depth to Lin Shaye’s character, Dr. Elise Rainier. Giving more attention to the most charismatic individual in the franchise seems like a wise …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Death by Script’

Death By Script is a horror-comedy short clocking in at just under 9 minutes. A production company assistant tasked with reading script submissions from baby writers (aka never-before-published authors) stumbles upon a piece that has the ability to kill whoever refuses to green light it. It’s meta as hell, and …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘My Friend Dahmer’

My Friend Dahmer follows Jeffrey Dahmer in his later high school years before he committed any murders. He is a lonely outcast who suddenly finds friends and a sort of fame with disruptive outbursts at school. His home life is rough as his parents split and his mother is prone …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Fry Day’

Fry Day is a cutesy mumblecore short that takes place on Bundy’s execution day. Director Laura Moss takes viewers on a PG-rated journey of exploitation that focuses on our manipulative tendencies rather than violence or sex. While beautifully shot and framed, as well as featuring a marvelous cast (actors playing …

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IFC Midnight Teases ‘Ghost Stories’ Anthology with 3 New Trailers

Ghost Stories stars Andy Nyman as Professor Goodman, a psychologist and skeptic, who has his rationality tested when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three terrifying haunts. He then embarks on a mission to find rational explanations for the ghostly happenings. These teasers really earn that title. …

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13 More Family-Friendly Halloween Films

We’ve already brought you plenty of spooky, ghoulish, and ghastly top 13 lists this Halloween season, so why not wrap up October with something that speaks to your inner child. No matter how much of a grizzled horror fan you are, there’s something about these seasonal favorites that has made …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Trick ‘r Treat’

Trick ‘r Treat is my favorite anthology film and one that captures the essence of Halloween. Four interlocking stories featuring a twisted principal, an innocent woman, trick or treaters, and a curmudgeon are all in the same town with these characters facing the supernatural and the strange with surprising twists. …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Halloween II’ (1981)

“What happens now?” is the lingering question at the end of most slashers. Halloween II sought to answer that question. Debuting three years after the world was first introduced to Michael Myers, Halloween II takes place directly after the events of the first, that same Halloween night. As far as …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Dark Crystal’

Though nothing I’ve watched for Frightday has given me nightmares, this film has certainly come the closest. A newly discovered fear of Jim Henson-style puppets didn’t make this experience any less distressing. I will be the first to admit that going into this watch with absolutely no nostalgic ties didn’t …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Monster Squad’

Dracula unites his monsters to take over the world with only a group of horror fan kids standing in his way. This was one of the movies I watched hundreds of times as a kid. It was so cool to see kids fighting against monsters and saving the world with …

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13 of Our Favorite 80s Horror Flicks

The 1980s were a golden era for mainstream horror. It was full of slashers, body horror, ghouls, sci-fi, and dark comedies just to name a few. This list was a collaborative effort among the Frightday staff to compile a list of some of our favorite films from the decade, movies …

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Another 666-Character Review of ‘Pet Sematary’

Pet Sematary, a Stephen King book-to-film adaption, holds up nearly 30 years after its initial theatrical release. Pet Sematary remains a truly disturbing watch to this day thanks to its morbid tone and unrelenting meanness. Although Sematary‘s main characters—the Creed family and Jud Crandell (Fred Gwynne)—are kind-hearted and well-meaning, the …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Creep 2’

Mark Duplass reinvents Josef as Aaron, an upfront serial killer in need of inspiration to continue his life’s work. He ropes in skeptical Sara (Desiree Akhavan) as his new videographer who does not believe his murderous claims. Duplass reaffirms his horror acting chops while Akhavan proves herself worthy as a …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Firestarter’

Firestarter is a 1984 film starring an adorable young Drew Barrymore who plays the child of parents who were part of a medical experiment that left them with telekinetic abilities. As a result, Drew’s character “Charlie” is born with pyrokenesis, but has a hard time controlling her powers. For an …

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Weekly Watch: ‘The Lost Boys’

Weekly Watch is a special series for the month of October. Each Monday we’re sharing a movie, and a Frightday staffer will lead a discussion on our Facebook group the following Friday. After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. The Lost Boys …

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Scare Compare: ‘Psycho’ (1960) / ‘Psycho’ (1998)

Thirty-eight years after Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic Psycho debuted the world was met with a remake. Helmed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk), Psycho (1998) is a nearly shot for shot remake of Hitchcock’s original vision. It’s been critically panned since its release, and rightfully so. The best place …

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Tempers Boil in ‘Sweet Virginia’ Trailer

In the wake of a triple murder that leaves the residents of a remote Alaskan outpost on edge, tightly wound drifter Elwood (Christopher Abbott) checks into a motel run by Sam (Jon Bernthal), a former rodeo champion whose imposing physical presence conceals a troubled soul. Bound together by their outsider …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Happy Death Day’

After being murdered on her birthday, Tree Gelbman wakes up back at the start of the day. With no end in sight, she sets out to find her killer and put an end to things. As far as hooks go, it’s a very intriguing one. It sets up a slasher …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Alex DeLarge loves violence, rape, and Beethoven above all else. When he is finally put away for his crimes, he agrees to be part of a government experiment to condition him to hate all he loves, including music. A Clockwork Orange is a controversial movie that depicts horrific images alongside …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Duel’

Duel follows David (Dennis Weaver) as he travels for work, sharing the road with a murderous truck driver who has it out for him. Spielberg somehow manages to make this simple plot fill 90 minutes of film and have it not be dreadfully boring. This made-for-TV movie is so gripping …

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Echoes of ‘Carrie’ in New ‘Thelma’ Trailer

A woman begins to fall in love, only to discover that she has fantastic powers. Accepting sexuality is a monumental part of a person’s life, but it usually doesn’t involve the supernatural. For university student Thelma, a blossoming relationship with fellow classmate Anja challenges her parents’ conservative views and defies …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Lodgers’

In 1920s Ireland, twins Rachel and Edward lead solitary lives in a mansion on the decline, kept there by some sinister presence. Filmed in the supposedly haunted Loftus Hall, The Lodgers is an intimate gothic tale reminiscent of Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. Brian O’Malley (Let Us …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Loved Ones’

The rational response to getting turned down is to move on, but Lola Stone isn’t what anyone would call rational. When Lola is refused by Brent, who is going to the end of school dance with his girlfriend, she and her father kidnap him to host their own twisted vision …

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Family is Everything in ‘Barracuda’ Trailer

A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family music legacy-one way or another. The trailer for Barracuda, directed by newcomers Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin, is unsettling. It’s one of those teasers where you can probably guess where the film is …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer’

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer takes a stone-cold look at the calm cruelty serial killers have toward life and living beings. Henry (Michael Rooker), a serial killer, methodically moves from town to town, killing women and men who raise his ire. He’s joined by Otis (Tom Towles), a drug …

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Weekly Watch: ‘A Clockwork Orange’

Weekly Watch is a special series for the month of October. Each Monday we’re sharing a movie, and a Frightday staffer will lead a discussion on our Facebook group the following Friday. In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn’t …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Guest’

A shimmering example of “stranger danger” incarnate, this film is uncomfortable from the get-go. Obviously, something is off about the handsome soldier our grieving family welcomes into their home, but the real horror lies in David’s unpredictability. At first, it would seem that those he’s chosen to protect are safe …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Babysitter’

A meek boy’s folks take a weekend lay-cation at a hotel, leaving him in the care of what on the surface appears to be the perfect au pair. Bee, played by Samara Weaving (Ash vs Evil Dead, Mayhem), is cool, confidant, caring, & stunning. She’s even into genre film. But …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Brood’

Few things are more frightening than receiving therapy concerning childhood abuse. But when that therapy turns you into a full-blown psychopath who has the ability to pro-create murderous spawn… Well, the fright-o-meter shoots straight into the stratosphere. The Brood, written and directed by David Cronenberg, follows Frank Carveth, a father …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Slither’

Possessive husband Grant Grant experiences disturbing physical changes after he is stabbed by a creature from a meteor. James Gunn takes genre tropes from body horror and alien films with a liberal dose of Troma grossness and combines them to make something more irreverent and weird. Grant’s transformation throughout the …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘An American Werewolf in London’

John Landis, the mastermind behind such cinematic greats as Blues Brothers and Animal House, hit a home run with the body-horror/comedy An American Werewolf in London. David is on a 3 month backpacking trip in England with his pal Jack, who meets his  bloody death a la wolf attack. Alone …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Tusk’

Wallace, a podcaster, finds himself unexpectedly interviewing a retired sailor, Howard, when his initial subject falls through. As the night wears on it becomes apparent that Howard wants much more than to share his stories. This 2014 effort from writer director Kevin Smith is an odd one to be sure. …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Brain Damage’

A drug-injecting phallic monster, stomach-churning hallucinogenic sequences, and dozens of bloody, splattered brains… Brain Damage, a classic body horror film, has it all. Brain Damage is a strange cinematic gem from the mind of Frank Henenlotter, a comedy horror and practical effects master. The film follows Brian, a 20-something man, …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘M.F.A.’

Many modern rape revenge films are shot through the “male gaze”, which often creates rape scenes that focus on the victim’s body. Thankfully, M.F.A. doesn’t use this damaging trope. M.F.A. follows an art student (Francesca Eastwood) as she navigates the college landscape after getting date raped by a classmate. Eastwood’s …

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Weekly Watch: ‘An American Werewolf in London’

Weekly Watch is a special series for the month of October. Each Monday we’re sharing a movie, and a Frightday staffer will lead a discussion on our Facebook group the following Friday. Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Rabid’

Rose recovers from a motorcycle accident and awakens changed due to experimental treatment. Rabid is an early entry to the body horror genre that has elements of other horror genres. Vampire elements are in Rose, her thirst for blood, and her cycle of rejecting and accepting her needs. Zombie elements …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Cult of Chucky’

Nica was committed to a psychiatric facility after being found guilty for five murders. She has moved forward in her therapy and accepted responsibility, but Chucky returns calling her guilt into question. I expected a cheesy movie, but Mancini delivers a good balance of humor and suspense. The pace is …

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LA’s Screamfest Honors Tobe Hooper, Brings in Kane Hodder for 2017

Since 2001, Screamfest has been partnering with the biggest names in horror to bring the genre a fabulous festival for the Los Angeles area. With an advisory board including John Carpenter, Eli Roth, Clive Barker, Tobe Hooper (RIP), and more, it’s no wonder they’ve been able to attract the quality …

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Grisly Snapshots Abound in ‘Polaroid’ Trailer

High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the mysterious Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end. Even though I’m fairly certain I’ve watched at least two …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Exorcist’

The Exorcist, William Friedkin’s pitch-black 1973 adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel of the same name, is rightfully considered one of the most frightening films of all time. Spinning heads, vile epithets spewed by a young girl, and yes, pea-green projectile vomiting are branded into our collective psyche. The possession …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Hellraiser’

When a bit of spilled blood brings back the form of the man she had an affair with, Julia must decide if she will bring more to complete his resurrection. It’s a compelling premise; so much so that the demon(s) upon which a franchise was built feel like an almost …

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‘My Friend Dahmer’ Trailer Tells the Worst Kind of Coming of Age Story

Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school. By now, we all know about the heinous exploits of …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Jennifer’s Body’

Few films capture the hell that’s teen girl life. But thanks to Karyn Kusama’s direction and Diablo Cody’s script, Jennifer (Megan Fox) and Needy (Amanda Seyfried) are characters full of vim, vigor, and bile. Fox plays Jennifer as a bitch of a beauty who uses Needy, her BFF, to make …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Jeepers Creepers 3’

EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week, I attended the press screening of Jeepers Creepers 3, attempting to be as objective as I could possibly be while reviewing a film directed by a convicted pedophile. This is not easy. I’ve been going back-and-forth with the entire Frightday staff, debating whether or not to even cover …

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‘HAUNTERS: The Art of the Scare’ Peeks Behind the Curtain of Haunted Houses

HAUNTERS: The Art of The Scare is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about how family-friendly haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme horror simulations. Not only are haunted houses a great subject for a documentary, the specific angle taken by Haunters feels so worth exploring that …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘the Cleansing Hour’

The Cleansing Hour is an 18 minute short written by Aaron Horwitz and directed by Damien Leveck. Father Lance, played by Sam Jaeger, is an internet sensation known for supposedly exorcising demons on live stream. With millions of viewers for each episode, a new aspiring actress is given the role of …

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Weekly Watch: ‘Suspiria’

Weekly Watch is a special series for the month of October. Each Monday we’re sharing a movie, and a Frightday staffer will lead a discussion on our Facebook group the following Friday. A newcomer to a prestigious ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Evil Dead’ (1981)

The Evil Dead is a 1981 film starring Bruce Campbell. That’s about all I knew going into my watch, other than the fact that it’s the first installment in a cult classic and widely beloved franchise. Guys, I gotta say, I think I may have missed the boat on this one? …

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‘Hell House LLC’ Director’s Cut DVD Available Now

15 people died on the opening night a Halloween haunted house attraction. A documentary crew revisits the scene of the tragedy to find out what really happened. The original cut of Hell House LLC premiered at Telluride back in October of 2015, but as of today you can own the …

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Gothic Horror Abounds in ‘The Lodgers’ Trailer

A gothic ghost story about orphaned twins Edward and Rachel who share a crumbling manor in 1920s rural Ireland – but they are not alone. They share the house with unseen entities who control them with three absolute rules. As separate fates draw them apart, the twins must face the …

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First Look at Key Art for RLJE Films’ ‘Mayhem’

RLJE Films announced today some fabulous new key art for Joe Lynch’s upcoming action/horror film Mayhem, a film I’ve been actively sad I haven’t been able to watch again since catching it at the Overlook Film Festival. Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired …

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A24 Debuts New Trailer for ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

Youtube user Pickle Rick (yes, really) said it best in the comment section on the new trailer for The Killing of a Sacred Deer, “A24, you had my curiosity. Now you have my attention.” A24 had previously released a fairly cryptic trailer for the latest film by Yorgos Lanthimos (The …

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‘M.F.A.’ is Unflinching Look at Campus Rape Culture

After being sexually assaulted, an art student confronts her attacker and digs deeper into campus violence in this timely, unpredictable thriller. Screening at both SXSW and Overlook, M.F.A. is bringing the latest in rape revenge to the indie festival circuit. Starring Francesca Eastwood (daughter of Clint) and featuring the film’s …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Welcome to Willits’

Admittedly, my interest in this film was based entirely on my proximity to Willits, CA. That said, I found myself pleasantly surprised by this little gem. Anyone from NorCal knows growers can be extremely protective of their crops, even fatally so. Everyone except these young adventurers, apparently. When six campers …

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13 Shorts That Became Feature-Length Films

While there are filmmakers who specialize in short films, there are many others who use the format as a proof of concept to capture funding for a feature length. Originally existing as works under 40 minutes, the following 13 films got their starts as shorts. One of the most famous …

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Sara Doesn’t Scare Easily in ‘Creep 2’ Trailer

A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake. Peachfuzz stalks someone new in the first trailer …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘It (2017)’

Pennywise has terrorized audiences for 27 years. And thanks to the feature-length film adaptation of It, it’s safe to wager the clown who knows your deepest fears will scare on-lookers for years to come. Although the opening sequence from It is one of the more bone-chilling segments of film this …

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23 Films to Premiere at LA’s ‘Beyond Fest 2017’

Beyond Fest is LA’s largest genre film festival and returns this year with a diverse list of films. It will include classic films such as Hellraiser, Suspiria (both the 4K restoration and the 35mm Italian cut), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the 4K restoration of Night of the Living Dead. …

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Haunted House Horror ‘The Hatred’ Slated for September Release

Sins from the past return to terrorize the present in this shocker from a producer of Halloween. When recent college grad Regan goes to a family’s house to babysit their daughter for the weekend, she invites her three best gal pals along. What starts as a girls’ getaway becomes a …

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‘Creep’ Sequel Sneaks October Release

Found footage revitalizer Creep now has a release date for its sequel. The film’s distributor, The Orchard, announced August 30th that Creep 2 will hit VOD platforms on October 24th. The press release stated “all digital platforms,” which provides little clarity as to exactly where it can be found, but …

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Brian O’Malley’s Eerie Irish Horror ‘The Lodgers’ Has a Poster

A gothic ghost story about orphaned twins Edward and Rachel who share a crumbling manor in 1920’s rural Ireland. But they are not alone. They share the house with unseen entities who control them with three absolute rules. As separate fates draw them apart, the twins must face the terrible …

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A 666-character review of ‘Dave Made a Maze’

Dave Made a Maze has to be one of the most charmingly inventive horror movies I’ve ever come across, so much so that it’s hard to even classify it as horror. The blood and guts are confetti and silly string. The monsters and traps are cardboard and tape. The group …

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Old-Timey Homicide Mystery ‘The Limehouse Golem’ Arrives in September

A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times – the mythical so-called Golem – must be responsible. Juan Carlos Medina’s latest film, The Limehouse Golem, will hit theaters this fall. Starring Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Ouija) and …

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Explore an Underground Haunting in ‘the Sound’ Trailer

A supernatural skeptic (Rose McGowan) sets off to debunk paranormal sightings using low frequency sound-waves in an abandoned subway station and is met with unforeseen evil and eerie memories.The latest from writer/director Jenna Mattison features Rose McGowan (using an EVP detector) and Christopher Lloyd (being his usually kooky self) in …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘In the Mouth of Madness’

If the point of this film was to make me as the audience feel as if I’d descended into madness myself, then mission accomplished. Unfortunately, not every early 90’s blockbuster starring Sam Neill can be a Speilbergian success, but this odd little package is not without its charms. In the …

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13 Body Horror Films to Make Your Skin Crawl

If craving flesh, contracting a sexually transmitted infection, or having your face suddenly attached to your ass sound like things you’d rather not have happen to you… but you wouldn’t mind seeing your worst enemies subjected to, then you may want explore the body horror movie universe. Although stories concerning …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Cut Shoot Kill’

Cut Shoot Kill is a small indie horror film about the making of a small indie horror film. Serena, an aspiring actress, reluctantly takes the lead role in a slasher, but starts questioning things when actors seem to disappear from set. It’s a solid premise, but the final product isn’t …

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13 Horror Films From Around the World

While Hollywood tends to dominate the world of cinema, it is important and necessary to reflect on the releases outside of major American production houses. Even if you don’t think you’ve ever seen a foreign horror movie, you’ve probably seen a U.S. remake or at the very least a domestic …

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‘Cut Shoot Kill’ Trailer Blurs Reality

Cut Shoot Kill follows young actress Serena Brooks (played by Alexandra Socha) as she cuts her teeth in the industry. She reluctantly meets with director Alabama Chapman (Alex Hurt) who is casting for his upcoming horror movie. When Chapman proclaims that audiences are tired of being duped and want to …

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‘Downrange’ Trailer Exudes Intense Road Trip Gore

Six college students are carpooling cross-country when one of their tires blows out on a desolate stretch of country road. Getting out to fix the flat, they quickly discover that this was no accident. The tire was shot out. With their vehicle incapacitated, the group is pinned down and mercilessly …

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Demonic Forces Galore in ‘The Heretics’ Teaser

Cults, kidnapping, ritual sacrifice, creatures, and…body horror? The Heretics teaser is covered in heavy religious overtones, starting with the title alone, so if that’s not your bag, this film probably isn’t for you. But if you’re into dark, bloody, mysterious, and seemingly sensual explorations into spiritual ambiguity, be sure to …

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Gruesome Games Continue in ‘Jigsaw’ Trailer

Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade. Sometimes franchises go on for too long. They …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Gut’

Two friends get in over their heads when they level up their horror game, ordering authentic murder flicks from the dark web. What’s the worst that could happen? Pretty much exactly what you’d expect… Mononymous director, “Elias”, defiantly had a vision, but struggled to flesh it out. Moments of practical …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Bender’

Bender is based on the true story of the worlds first known serial killer family set in the late 1800’s. As a fictional dramatization of those events, it did not make much of an impression on me. The lackluster story line could have been far more intriguing as a true …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘It Stains the Sands Red’

It Stains the Sands Red is about a woman’s long run of bad luck in the American southwest. The film wastes no time, as things start going downhill for Molly—our heroine—in the very first scene. And it seldom gets better for her as it continues. In a way, it’s a …

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Remake of Coppola’s ‘Dementia 13’ to Arrive This Fall

From the production company that delivered quality horror content such as “The X-Files” and “The Twilight Zone”, Chiller Films announced today the upcoming release of their new horror thriller Dementia 13. This re-telling of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1963 film of the same name is directed by Richard LeMay (The Dark Rite, Naked …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Gracefield Incident’

The Gracefield Incident is filled with twists, but its multiple threads don’t create a satisfying story. The found-footage film starts strong. The main characters—Matthew Donovan, played by Mathieu Ratthe who also is Gracefield‘s director and writer, and Jessica Donovan, played by Kimberly Laferriere — get in a car crash. This …

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Family and Cult Collide in ‘Jackals’ Trailer

Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back. This trailer is giving off three distinct vibes: slasher, cult, and survival horror. Even …

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First Look at ‘Another Wolfcop’

Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel. Those who missed out on the original Wolfcop may not know exactly what they’re looking at here, but they’re certainly not lost …

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Family is Reunited in ‘Ayla’ Trailer

A man haunted by the mysterious death of his 4-year-old sister brings her back to life thirty years later as an adult woman, with dire consequences. Ayla is the latest effort from writer-director Elias. This first trailer shows off some intriguing cinematography paired with a soliloquy by a struggling protagonist. …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Terror 5’

Terror 5 is an ambitious effort from Argentinian filmmakers the Rotstein brothers. It covers five stories and as many subgenres, with one story doubling as a wraparound of sorts. Each is said to be based on a regional urban legend, but the wraparound is distinctly supernatural and out of step …

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A Chainsaw is an Unfortunate Present in ‘Leatherface’ Trailer

In Texas, years before the events of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriffs’ daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with 3 …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Watch the Sunset’

Watch the Sunset takes viewers to a small town in Australia and follows a day in the life of detestable protagonist, Danny. A unflinching view of what it takes to exit your friendly neighborhood heroin trade. Spoiler alert: it is not so friendly. Artfully done in a one-take shot and …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Rupture’

Rupture is a survival horror/thriller that delivers an innovative twist on an abduction story. Protagonist Renee is taken after her car breaks down to an undisclosed location where she is kept and subjected to her greatest fear. Led by Noomi Rapace, superb acting pushes the script from “unlikely futuristic science …

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‘Killing Ground’ Trailer Has a Tent Full of Tension

A couple’s romantic camping trip becomes a desperate fight for survival in this ultra-raw, unhinged kill ride. In need of a break from the pressures of their life in the city, Sam (Harriet Dyer) and Ian (Ian Meadows) head to a remote beach for a weekend getaway. When they come …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Hell House LLC’

If you’re feeling the summer blues and yearning for crisp fall nights back-lit by jack-o-lanterns, Hell House will bring you the ninety minutes of solace you’re looking for. Hell House’s premise is nothing new: a crew of young filmmakers craft a documentary about the deadly, opening night of a new …

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‘The Houses October Built’ Sequel Set for September Release

The Houses October Built is back for round 2. Zack Andrews and Bobby Roe, the original writers, directors, and stars, are partnering with RLJE Films for North American distribution on The Houses October Built 2. Andrews and Steven Schneider of Insidious fame are the producers. The original film stars Brandy …

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’68 Kill’ Trailer Brings a Humorous Fresh Take to Killing Sprees

While the mash up of horror and comedy can often breed unsavory results, 68 Kill looks to make itself known as both disturbing and humorous.  The trailer teases sleazy hotel rooms, a murderous sugar baby, and everyone’s favorite dreamboat goofball, Matthew Gray Gubler. Trailer-dwelling, sewage-pumping Chip (Matthew Gray Gubler) may not lead …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Wish Upon’

When an inscription on an old Chinese box claims it can grant wishes, Clare jumps at the chance to change her life, unaware of the grisly cost. The promised blood, however, is a bit light due to the PG-13 rating. It would be easy to write this off as a …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘3 Dead Trick or Treaters’

Anthologies are the new found footage. Where the latter allows an excuse for low production quality, the former permits multiple half-cooked ideas to be strung one after another. 3 Dead Trick Or Treaters is this kind of anthology. The one thing the film has going for it is its lack …

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