The Month in Horror Releases: August

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Alpaville Production CopenhagenApS
Directed byJonas Arnsby
Photo Credit:Rolf Konow

This month is going straight for the throat as August starts strong and ends on the highest of highs with a handful of great looking films, including one of the summer’s most anticipated releases—Sinister 2! The rest of the month offers a diverse group of films ranging from foreign indies, festival hits, and Alejandro Amenábar’s return to horror (yes!). But before we get started, here’s a quick recap of what I watched in July:

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Goodnight Mommy scares up a new, nightmarish trailer

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One of my absolute favorite films at this year’s Stanley Film Festival was the Austrian creeper Goodnight Mommy (read my review), a psychological thriller fueled by unnerving tension and a monster of an atmosphere. Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s wicked little film makes the news today because Radius-TWC has unleashed an all-new, perfectly eerie trailer just ahead of its September 11th release. Continue Reading ›

F.W. Murnau’s legendary Nosferatu is getting a remake

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Still one of the creepiest vampires to ever grace the silver screen, F.W. Murnau’s silent film Nosferatu changed the horror landscape forever. That very film, made back in 1922, is now getting remade by Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, who has brought on the once production designer Robert Eggers to write and direct. Eggers recently turned his talents towards directing, delivering what is said to be one of this year’s best horror films in The Witch—a film that won him the directing prize at Sundance. Continue Reading ›

Elizabeth Moss is a psycho in the Queen of Earth trailer

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This might just be the trailer of the year. Alex Ross Perry’s Queen of Earth made some noise yesterday with its fantastically weird 2 minute trailer, a straight throwback to the film trailers of the 70s (it reminded me of the original Last House on the Left trailer). Starring the great Elizabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston, Queen of Earth looks like a psycho-trip through the mind of the disturbed, and it’s all coming from the dude who is writing the live action Winnie the Pooh. Weird, right? Continue Reading ›

Jérémy Pailler’s stunning art illustrates the origins of classic horror: Part II

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As promised, Jérémy Pailler has followed up his stunning Horror Genesis Collection with some new additions that feature the likes of Pennywise, Michael Myers, the Three Mothers and more. If you remember, I featured Pailler’s paintings back in December, all of which depicted the origins of some of horror’s most frightful monsters (see those here), so I’m excited to share eight more stunning prints from Pailler’s unique and gorgeously haunting collection. Continue Reading ›

Review: The Vatican Tapes, how not to do an exorcism

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Known for his action prowess, Mark Neveldine—Crank, Gamer, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance—takes his talents behind the camera of his first horror film, The Vatican Tapes. The film follows a priest and two Vatican exorcists who must do battle with an ancient satanic force to save the soul of a young woman. There’s a long line of horror films that explore exorcisms and possession, many of which fall into a cliched rut that can’t think much further than the great films that came before them. And even though The Vatican Tapes has its heart in the right place, it’s unfortunately the same ol’ boring tale of a girl possessed that we’ve seen time and time again. Continue Reading ›

Brutal first look at Psycho-Head from Rob Zombie’s 31

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Since wrapping production on his latest shocker 31, Rob Zombie hasn’t been shy about promoting his Halloween-set horror piece, and today is no different with our first look at Lew Temple as Psycho-Head. Here are some words on the character from the man himself, Rob Zombie: “Psycho-Head is a real mean piece of shit best described in his own words… ‘count yourself lucky you got fucked by the best!'” I’m both excited and terrified to see this guy come to life on screen, especially after seeing this new still. Yes, that’s a chainsaw (without a chain) and some poor soul tied down in front of him. Ouch! Continue Reading ›

Turbo Kid poster rises from the wasteland

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One of next month’s must-see movies comes to us from the mad minds of François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell, who will see their retro-apocalyptic thriller hit both VOD and theaters in just a few weeks. So to celebrate the occasion, they’ve released an all-new poster for the 1997-set film, delivering a wonderfully cool, retro-dripping look at the film. The ridiculously cool official trailer dropped last month, so be sure to watch that here if you missed it; but first, drool over the poster below! Continue Reading ›

Mama director Andres Muschietti to helm Stephen King’s IT adaptation

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After the crushing news that True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga had dropped out of the feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, a lot of people assumed (me included) that the project was all but dead. New Line had other plans, however, quickly replacing Fukunaga with Mama director Andres Muschietti, who is no doubt an interesting choice. Continue Reading ›