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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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A 666-Character Review of ‘A Dark Song’

Liam Gavin’s grim story of a hate-filled grieving woman and a disturbed occultist dares to focus on the ritual and pain one goes through for Earthly redemption. Gavin expertly shows how heavy, horrid, and time-consuming black magic rituals would be—yes, an aspiring occultist needs more than a Ouija Board to …

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Found Footage ‘Alter’ Trailer Breaks All the Rules

Alter is a found footage film that asks the question “Would you survive in a horror movie?” and makes it clear that the main characters probably won’t as they break every rule laid out. The film feels more raw and realistic than found footage films have become lately. It seems …

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Dark Sky Films to Release Rape-Revenge Thriller ‘M.F.A.’ this Fall

Fans of women filmmakers: add another title to your “must track release date” list. MPI Media Group acquired all rights in the United States to M.F.A., a deeply moving and thrilling rape-revenge film directed by Natalia Leite (Bare) and written by actress Leah McKendrick (Bad Moms). M.F.A. tells the story of Noelle, an art student, who is …

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‘The Dark Tapes’ Hits Disk on July 4th

Film Financier and Distributor Epic Pictures will be releasing the DVD of the multi-award winning anthology horror film The Dark Tapes, which will be available to purchase online and will also be available nationwide via Redbox.  Support horror, Pre-order directly now. The Dark Tapes is a horrifying blend of terror and mayhem which takes …

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Bloody Disgusting Launches Podcast Network

Bloody Disgusting has announced an official podcast network to launch under their moniker. It will be a horror-centric network featuring a variety of new shows. The official launch lineup will include five shows, with hopes that everyone can find something they like. The shows will be available on iTunes, Google …

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Shudder Lands Exclusive Rights for ‘Kuso’

The horror-focused digital streaming service Shudder has announced that it is acquiring North American and UK/Ireland rights to Flying Lotus’ psych-out nightmare Kuso. The film, which made a buzzy debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, will be available on the premium thriller, suspense and horror video streaming service, and …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Camera Obscura’

This film isn’t quite the blood-soaked thriller I was expecting given the synopsis, however, I certainly wasn’t disappointed. While it definitely falls the umbrella of horror, Camera Obscura focuses largely on the romantic relationship between Jack and Claire. The over-arching story of a war veteran struggling to keep his life …

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Joe Lynch to Serve Up Foodie-Horror ‘Taste’

Penchant Entertainment has announced that Joe Lynch (Mayhem, Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, Knights of Badassdom, Everly)  has signed on to direct the horror film Taste, written by David Cohen (Subject Zero, No One Lives, The Vatican). The project will be produced by Cohen as well as Penchant partners Erin Eggers, Chase …

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Shane West Stirs Serial Killer in the ‘Awakening the Zodiac’ Trailer

In 1968, one of the deadliest serial killers in U.S. history disappeared without a trace. His identity and cryptic messages remained unsolved for decades…until now. After a fortune seeking couple uncover a forty-year-old film reel depicting two gruesome murders taken by the killer himself, they set out to solve the …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Great Choice’ / Interview with Director Robin Comisar

Short film Great Choice caught the Frightday crew’s attention at the Overlook Film Festival by its one sentence synopsis: “Woman gets stuck in a Red Lobster commercial.” Kicking off the fest’s first shorts package, the screening was met with laughs, shock, and applause. While I want to give a fleshed …

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RLJ Entertainment to unleash ‘Mayhem’ on Shudder early 2018

RLJ Entertainment is partnering with Frightday’s favorite horror streaming service Shudder on the North American release of Joe Lynch’s action/thriller Mayhem, produced by Avva Pictures’ Mehrdad Elie & Parisa Caviani along with Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis & Matt Smith. The film first premiered at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival to positive reviews.  Directed by Joe Lynch …

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13 Cannibalistic Fea(s)ture Films

Whether it’s customary or insanity, here’s some of the best films for when only interspecies meat eating will do… Cowardly John Boyd is relocated to a remote fort in California with a group of other misfits. When a starving man shares his story of lies and cannibalism, some of the …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Raw’

Justine is a vegetarian, or at least she was. On first eating meat for the first time as part of a hazing, she develops an insatiable appetite for the stuff. Now for all the festival buzz about people fainting during screenings, Raw is a surprisingly reserved cannibal movie. It’s not …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Capture’

Capture initially drew my attention because it was advertised as an interactive film experience. Audience members were instructed to download a companion app prior to the screening, which viewers will be able to do at home as well. The app uses your phone’s microphone to sync with the film’s audio …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Watcher’

A young couple in a new home receives increasingly disturbing notes and packages from a mysterious individual known only as the watcher. It’s a simple premise that’s grounded in a bit of truth (a similar situation happened in New Jersey). However the movie ultimately goes a more theatrical route—a choice …

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A 666-Character Review of Killing Ground

In the best tradition of Australian survival horror, Killing Ground is the interwoven tale of two vacationing families terrorized by a pair of hog-hunting workaday psychopaths. Writer/Director Damien Power razes a path of death and violence across the Bush, and as the chase escalates, we see normal people reacting in …

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A 666-Character Review Of ‘Still/Born’

Still/Born premiered at The Overlook Film Festival last week, and by the time the festival ended it was an audience darling and awarded the official title “Scariest Film” of the festival. Directed by Brandon Christensen and co-written by Christensen & Colin Minihan (Grave Encounters 1 & 2), Still/Born opens with Mary …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes’

Released in 1965, Roger Corman’s classic X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes takes viewers down a suspenseful rabbit hole of dangerous, untested science experiments. Sparked by the desire to further the scope of human vision, Dr. James Xavier creates a serum to allow sight to extend through objects. Some …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Primal Screen’

Rodney Ascher’s latest work, Primal Screen, ventured deep into the fascination and horror that is ventriloquism. Focusing primarily on the effect lifelike entities can have on children, Ascher and his interviewees pick apart the trailer for Richard Attenborough’s Magic. Utilizing Ascher’s signature reenactments to illustrate his subject’s fears, the film’s …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Bad Batch’

Quite possibly the bleakest feel-good film I’ve ever seen. That said, I absolutely adored it. Amirpour delivered a fresh and unique take on the dystopian, alternate-reality genre that culminates in a wonderfully gripping and intense product. Gore is used sparingly but effectively. The sets were pretty remarkable and did wonders …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Mayhem’

Moments after an unjust firing, Derek Cho finds himself unable to leave his old office. A quarantine will do that to you. Mayhem is a joint effort from director Joe Lynch and writer Matias Caruso. This is hyperviolence at its finest, a marathon bloodbath punctuated with quips, physical comedy, and …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘It Comes at Night’

It Comes at Night is an intimate, frightening tale. Set in a seemingly abandoned house in the woods, it’s the story of a small family’s survival in an unspoken apocalypse. Rather than getting bogged down in what has happened, the film looks to the aftermath of the event. The cold …

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Surprise World Premiere of ‘It Comes at Night’ at Overlook

Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his breakout debut Krisha with the psychological horror thriller It Comes at Night, centering on a teenaged boy (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) as he grapples with mounting terrors — external and otherwise — in the …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Stephanie’

“Just a little bit nasty,” laughed director Akiva Goldsman, before Stephanie premiered to a packed house at the inaugural Overlook Film Festival. The newest addition to Blumhouse’s stable, Stephanie stars a show-stealing Shree Crooks in the title role as a precocious orphan. Heartwarming at times–and nasty indeed–the film straddles horror, …

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Breaking News: Remake of ‘Firestarter’ Confirmed

The Overlook Film Festival opened strong on Thursday night with a new Blumhouse Productions film, Stephanie, directed by Akiva Goldsman. After the screening, Goldsman took to the stage along with Jason Blum to formally announce a remake of 1984’s Firestarter, which was itself the film version of a 1980 Stephen …

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Relationship Horror on Full Display in ‘Hounds of Love’ Trailer

 In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a …

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‘Tilt’ Teaser Offers Up Psychological Uncertainty

I have to say, I don’t quite know what to make of the teaser trailer for Kasra Farahani’s upcoming film Tilt. The overall feel is very much in the psychological thriller vein, but I’m also seeing plenty of less subtle doses of surrealism what with all the spooky masks and …

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Horrific Snapshots Develop in ‘Camera Obscura’

A veteran war photographer with PTSD sees imminent deaths in his developed photos, questioning his already fragile sanity and putting the lives of those he loves in danger. This new feature from Chiller Films looks to be a curious bit of premonition horror. As far as trailers go, things get …

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‘Polaroid’ Poster Unveiled with Release Date

From the producers of the The Ring and The Grudge, comes the next iconic horror franchise: Polaroid. High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn’t take long to discover that those who have their …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Tilt (2017)’

Tilt follows Joseph Burns, a struggling Los Angeles documentarian, in his disturbing and allegorical descent into madness. At first glance, the plot takes shape as a played-out straight white male who feels slighted by his wife’s neediness in her pregnancy. However, the use of recent election coverage ties in with …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Endless’

Two brothers return to the cult they escaped only to discover that the group’s beliefs may not have been all that far from the truth. The Endless covers a lot of ground as it explores human themes through an altogether otherworldly premise. It’s a strange mixture, to be sure as …

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A 666-World Review of ‘Cannibal Holocaust’

Cannibal Holocaust tells the story of an investigative team venturing into the Amazonian rainforest in Peru among two opposing primitive tribes to see what happened to a previous expedition who were ambitious filmmakers thirsty for fame and prestige. This film is an early example of found footage, influential to many …

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Akiva Goldsman and Blumhouse Productions to Premiere ‘Stephanie’ at Overlook Film Festival

THE OVERLOOK FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT FILM – THE WORLD PREMIERE OF STEPHANIE FROM DIRECTOR AKIVA GOLDSMAN AND BLUMHOUSE PRODUCTIONS WHO PREVIOUSLY COLLABORATED ON THE PARANORMAL ACTIVITY FRANCHISE! Following the Screening of Stephanie, Goldsman and Blumhouse Will Unveil and Screen Their Favorite Paranormal Activity Film. Full program schedule & tickets …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Don’t Knock Twice’

Jess wants to reconnect with her daughter Chloe and gain guardianship of her again. Chloe is resistant, but runs to her mother when a supernatural presence harasses her. Together, they try to defeat the evil and rebuild their relationship. Don’t Knock Twice feels very familiar because much of the plot …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Prevenge’

Very pregnant Ruth takes orders from her unborn child to kill each of the people responsible for her partner’s death. Her fetus threatens death in a high pitched voice if disobeyed. Prevenge is laugh out loud funny with a dark and twisted sense of humor. Alice Lowe, who wrote and …

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Everything Frightening at the Overlook Film Festival

The Overlook Film Festival is proud to announce its inaugural year programming lineup. In addition to the 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries) on offer, the festival will overflow with genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences, all set against the breathtaking backdrop that is …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Capture Kill Release’

Capture Kill Release is a found footage film that brings viewers into the lives of Jennifer and Farhang, a couple very much in love and very much planning to murder a stranger for the thrill. It’s incredibly uncomfortable and completely riveting. The production places a clear emphasis on authenticity, both …

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Possession Mumbler ‘Another Evil’ Arrives Early May

Dark Sky Film’s supernatural comedy Another Evil, a hit at SXSW, BAMcinemaFest, and the Fantasia Film Festival, is due for an early May release. Another Evil is the first feature-length film from writer/director Carson Mell (Eastbound & Down, Silicon Valley) whose short films have been official selections at Sundance as well as other film …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Void’

I’ve been keeping an eye out for this film since directors Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski announced their Indegogo campaign to raise funds for building the practical creature designs. That said, I may have gotten my hopes up a bit too much. While the monsters were certainly impressive, the film …

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A 666-Character Review Of ‘Here Alone’

Ann lives a solitary life in a camp, constantly working to stay alive on meager resources. The story alternates between the present and the start of the zombie plague where she, her husband, and her baby escape the city. From the beginning, Ann was willing to try to help people …

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‘House on Willow Street’ Looks Like a Total Gore Fest

“After a young woman is kidnapped, her captors soon come to realize that in fact they may be the ones in danger and this young woman has a dark secret inside her.” A House on Willow Street, the latest film from Alastair Orr, has released an action-packed trailer that promises …

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‘Capture Kill Release’ Trailer is Sinister and Smiling

A couple plots to murder a random stranger just for the thrill of it, but things turn ugly when one of them decides not to go through with it. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a trailer so thoroughly unsettling. From the lead actress’s upbeat talk about murder to the …

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A 666-Character Review Of ‘Hounds of Love’

No, not the Kate Bush album for 1985. Yes, an unflinching glimpse into Aussie Christmastime 1987 for a serial killer and his reluctant co-conspirator of a wife. Director Ben Young has a steady hand, taking his time while simultaneously testing the audiences tolerance for tension. There may be long stretches …

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A 666-Character Review Of ‘Tragedy Girls’

Just when you thought meta horror was on the outs, Tragedy Girls steps up. The later nineties vibe cycle of horror has begun, and I couldn’t be more stoked. With social media as culturally entrenched as it is, it’s still hard to pull off in a movie. This is not …

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A 666-Character Review Of ‘Like Me’

Life spirals when a loner named Kiya (Addison Timlin of Odd Thomas, The Town That Dreaded Sundown ’14) finds herself doing increasingly disturbing things, for her increasing online audiences admiration. We’ve got forced feedings, general insensitivity, fear based urination, and a bonus Fessenden? Striking neon lighting, interesting framing, surreal moments of …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Honor Farm’

The Honor Farm can’t decide whether it wants to be a formulaic teenage horror flick or an incoherent Lynchian oddity. It sits somewhere in the middle, neglecting both fun, campy gore and a compelling plot. Cliches incorporated in this 74-minute head-scratcher include virgins at prom, an abandoned mental hospital, tripping …

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‘Phoenix Lights’ Spotted at SXSW ’17

If you were in attendance at this year’s SXSW, you may have been a part of the lucky group who got to witness the marvelous recreation of one of the most famous UFO sightings in history, The Phoenix Lights incident. The festival recreated the true events that occurred in Phoenix …

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New Look at Oz Perkins’ ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’

A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and …

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A 666-Character Review of ’68 Kill’

Love can make you do stupid things, but there is a line. In 68 Kill, Chip Taylor (Matthew Grey Gubler Criminal Minds, Suburban Gothic) has trouble finding where exactly it is. When his girlfriend, Liza (AnnaLynne McCord Excision, Trash Fire) forms a plan to steal $68,000 for her sugar daddy, …

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13 Horror Films for Black History Month

Unfortunately, actors of color in horror movies are under-represented and tend to follow a short-lived trope: they are the token minority and then they die. Some directors, writers, and other film folks have worked to challenge this concept and place non-white actors in lead roles. This list aims to showcase …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’

Macon Blair’s directorial debut, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore is a darkly funny crime thriller about a woman’s search for justice after her home is burglarized. Melanie Lynskey stars as Ruth, a nursing assistant turned vigilante, and is joined by Elijah Wood as Tony, the awkward neighbor. Lynksey …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Phantom of the Opera (1925)’

This ain’t your mom’s Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The original adaptation of the book has less Broadway flair and more Lon Chaney. Young soprano Christine has secured her role as an understudy for the local opera diva, but the theater’s phantom sees this as an injustice to her talents. Overtaken …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘XX’

XX is an anthology horror film featuring four shorts written and produced by women. The shorts go in the following order: “The Box,” “Birthday Party,” “Don’t Fall,” and “Her Only Living Son.” There doesn’t seem to be an overarching tie-in like most anthologies, but each film is separated by disturbing, …

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‘The Devil’s Candy’ Promises to Satisfy Your Murder Sweet Tooth

Sean Byrne, who wowed (and disgusted) audiences with 2009’s The Loved Ones, is back with his sophomore full-length effort, The Devil’s Candy. A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Fly (1986)’

When an experiment goes wrong, Seth Brundle mutates into something truly monstrous, both in body and mind. An update of the 1958 classic, David Cronenberg’s vision for this tale of science gone wrong pushes things further in every direction. Jeff Goldblum plays Brundle with a nuanced eccentricity and a convincing …

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13 Horror Films with Heart

Valentine’s Day is behind us, but love is still in the air. Cuddle up with that special someone and turn on any of these 13 movies for a night of romance and horror.   What’s more romantic than a getaway to a remote cabin, just you and your significant other? …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Heathers’

A great ‘80s take on “be careful what you wish for,” Heathers follows Veronica Sawyer, a wise-beyond-her-years high schooler, as she navigates the typical stresses of catty teenage girls and a homicidal weirdo boyfriend. Not wanting to deal with her school’s queen bees, Sawyer (played by Winona Ryder) enlists the …

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Sequel to Home Invasion Horror ‘The Strangers’ Confirmed

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t cite The Strangers as one of the best horror movies since the turn of the millennium. And we’re finally getting a sequel. This week, production company BLOOM announced its acquisition of international rights to the sequel to the 2008 home invasion flick. …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Misery’

Paul Sheldon finishes his new book and gets into a devastating car accident. He’s saved by Annie Wilkes, his biggest fan who nurses him back to health. When she finds her favorite character Misery dies, Annie forces him to resurrect Misery in a new book or face painful consequences. This …

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‘Catfight’ Trailer Lives Up to Its Name and More

One-time college pals Veronica (Sandra Oh) and Ashley (Anne Heche) run into each other at a party. The women, now in their forties and having not seen each other since school, find that their lives have taken radically different paths. Ashley is barely scraping by as a painter of politically …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Fraud’

Fraud is a marathon of quick cuts and rough cinematography that don’t seem to have a script. In other words, it’s found footage in top form. The film clocks in under one hour, and unfolds rather quickly as the family racks up debt, panics, and commits insurance fraud. The footage has …

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Lost Memories Surface in ‘Lavender’

After losing her memory, a woman begins to see unexplained things after her psychiatrist suggests she visit her childhood home. It would be easy to watch the trailer for Lavender and write it off as another lazy thriller riding the amnesia train, but that doesn’t feel fair. There’s some standout cinematography, a …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Amityville Horror (1979)’

We all know the story. Happy new family moves into a house with a sordid history and, shortly thereafter, ghostly occurrences, imaginary friends, and drastic personality changes tear the family apart. In true 70’s fashion, it’s a bit heavy-handed with the, “there’s a portal to hell in the basement” issue, …

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‘Bad Day for the Cut’, Good Day for Revenge

Donal is a farmer who still lives at home in a little Irish village with his mother Florence. He works the fields during the day and drinks in the local pub at night. He seems content with a simple, quiet life. The only sense we get of his wish for …

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‘The Belko Experiment’ Promises Water Cooler Slaughter

Ah yes, another “kill people so you can win a twisted game” thriller. Feeding off the popularity of the Hunger Games franchise (and how it blatantly ripped off Battle Royale prior to that), The Belko Experiment takes an all-too-familiar plot and moves it to the corporate world. Featuring Scandal‘s President Grant, Silicon Valley‘s Big Head, Scrubs‘s Dr. Cox, and Henry: …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘The Axe Murders of Villisca’

In 1912, a family of eight was bludgeoned to death in their home in Villisca, Iowa. To this day, the crime remains unsolved. The Axe Murders of Villisca is the fictional account of three amateur ghost hunters who break into the site of these grisly murders hoping for one last big story. …

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‘Drifter’ Brings A Lot to the Table

A pair of outlaw brothers seek temporary refuge in a desolate town inhabited by a small family of psychotic cannibalistic lunatics. I’ve watched the trailer at least three times now and am still not entirely sure that I grasp the premise. It looks to me like a combination between Mickey …

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Female Horror Anthology ‘XX’ Offers Compelling Trailer

A horror movie trailer typically evokes one of two feelings for me: “oh god, that looks terrible” or “okay, that might be good.” Rarely, if ever, am I excited beyond belief, purely based on a trailer. Enter XX. The anthology includes Her Only Living Son (dir. Karyn Kusama, The Invitation), Don’t Fall (dir. Roxanne Benjamin, V/H/S franchise), Birthday Party (dir. …

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‘Get the Girl’ Gets Viewers’ Attention With Action Packed Trailer

A wealthy young man is conned into staging a fake kidnapping in order to be a hero and win the affection of a girl he’s madly in love with. But when one of the hired kidnappers is accidentally killed during the charade, he’s forced to actually save her life while …

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Syfy Films Reveals Upcoming Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Atomica’

Syfy Films has announced the upcoming release of their new sci-fi thriller Atomica. The film was directed by Dagen Merrill (Beneath, Broken Hill, Murder in the Dark) and written by Kevin Burke (Ultimate Spider-Man, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Beneath), Fred Fernandez-Armesto and Adam Gyngel. When communications go offline at a remote nuclear power plant isolated in the desert, a young safety inspector, Abby Dixon, is forced to fly out …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Agatha’

My favorite thing about shorts is that they don’t wear out their welcome. They say what they need to say, and then they’re done. Agatha is no exception. Simple premise: take the food (freakishly ambiguous slabs of what is presumably meat) upstairs and come back downstairs. Don’t look around, don’t wander, don’t …

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A 666-Character Review of ‘Abattoir’

It stands to reason that a house must be built before it can be haunted; this movie is about the reverse. What if you could build a house already haunted?Abattoir presents this novel premise as part of an investigative-thriller. In digging into why her sister’s family was murdered, Julia stumbles across …

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