In 2012, the first version of this interesting concept was released to mixed reviews. Many of the short films included in the first anthology were hit or miss, and some worked better than others. While it was a hard film to love as a whole, the ABCs of Death series is a welcome inclusion in the horror community.
In case you are late to the party, the first film collected 26 short films by 26 different directors, each presenting their horrific take on the letter of the alphabet that they were assigned. Some were awesome, some not so much. The idea seemed to be greater than the results. The producers did some cool things like releasing the DVD packaged like a children’s book, and then went on to give anyone a chance to direct the M segment of the sequel with a great short film competition.
Now we finally have the first look at the trailer for the next 26 films, and it looks incredible.
Check it out right here :
Including “M is for Masticate” from contest winner Robert Boocheck, along with 25 other influential directors unleashing three minutes of madness, this looks like it is going to be the rare sequel that outdoes the original. What looks most interesting to me in the clip above is the obvious sense of humor involved in this project — something that was sorely lacking in the first incarnation of the series.
The ABCs of Death 2 hits VOD October 2nd, and will be in select theaters on Halloween night!
Who else is excited for this one?
I have always admired the films and the career of director Kevin Smith. He is one of those people that I love : the ones who get away with it. People who have succeeded by following their own path, the weirdos, the true originals are the only ones for me.
I am thinking of my favorite artists, musicians and film-makers. People like Hunter S Thompson, Henry Rollins, Alejandro Jodorowsky, John Waters, and Kevin Smith.
A director that has always paved his own way, he broke ground in 1994 with Clerks, a film that spoke directly to me and my generation of lost souls slaving away in soul-killing day jobs. Over the two decades that have followed, a new film from Smith has always been a must see for me, and each one of them has stuck with me for one reason or the other. Okay, maybe not so much the cop one with Bruce Willis, but at least he was trying something different…
Along the way, Smith’s candidness about his work and life and films have also proven entertaining, as he toured extensively with an insightful spoken word show and several fun podcasts.
After recently announcing his retirement, Smith has reconsidered, and taken a sudden turn on his path, continuing to blaze an all-new trail.
Turning his attention to horror films after his success with 2011′s quick and dirty Red State, Smith is experiencing a new love for making movies his own way. For example, as we are all waiting for Clerks 3 (which the Weinstein’s have reportedly passed on for some insane reason), he has been consistently coming up with offbeat ideas inspired by the podcasted conversations between him and his creative circle.
About nine months ago, during an off-hand on-air conversation between Smith and long-time collaborator Scott Mosier, they struck upon the unlikely story idea of a deranged man who decides to surgically turn another man into a walrus (!).
The thing that is setting Smith apart from the rest of us, is that he is following through with it. What could have been simply an oddball entertaining story lost in the podcast archives has, through hard work and perseverance, become an actual film!
Drawing influences from Misery, Frankenstein, The Human Centipede and The Island Of Dr. Moreau, and adding in the flavor of Kevin Smith’s writing, a new and unique film has been born.
Behold the first trailer for Kevin Smith’s Tusk :
And you can listen to the original podcast which inspired this film right here :
Be sure and check out the official Tusk website and Facebook page as we get closer to the film’s release this September.
Did I mention that I would watch the great actor Michael Parks in anything?
Just another selling point for this flick to me, which I can’t wait to see!
What do you guys think about Kevin Smith’s next film?
Leave your comments below!
Last summer’s surprise horror hit The Purge featured a concept so balls-out insane and unlikely that it was hard to resist. The idea of an annual “Purge Night”, where all crime including murder is legal for 12 hours seemed like a huge stretch in credibility, but audiences ate it up.
Even I will admit that it turned out to be an entertaining flick despite of the presence of Ethan Hawke.
With the sequel, which hits theaters everywhere tomorrow, the fictional world appears to have been opened much wider providing a scope for this film which will potentially allow it to live up to it’s subtitle.
Check out the trailer for The Purge : Anarchy below :
Today the good folks at Universal have provided us with a cool gift package for one of you lucky students of Horror Homework!
The package includes an official Anarchy T-shirt (size Large) and a flashlight to protect your assets on Purge Night, if you choose to partake!
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What would you do, if there were no repercussions?
Joe Hill is one of those authors who everyone should be keeping an eye on. After bursting on to the horror fiction scene in 2005 with his short story collection 20th Century Ghosts and following it up with the great novel Heart-Shaped Box, Hill delivered Horns in 2010.
A great book that I reviewed here, the impending movie is shaping up to be quite a curiosity.
Placing Harry Potter himself in the title role (essentially as the Devil), is either a wonderfully bold move or generic stunt-casting. Not to mention that the most effective parts of the novel were the thoughts of the characters, and Ignacious’ inexplicable ability to hear the inner workings of those around him. It is a concept that will be hard to convey on the screen.
As this is one of our Most Wanted films of 2014, I suppose we must put our trust in Aja, the director, although he has proven that he is not above “cheating” with his films. (I am referring to the wildly illogical and impossible twist ending of High Tension here.)
Check out the first trailer below :
This new trailer just premiered at last weekend’s Comic Con and San Diego, and shows quite a bit more about the tone of the film, which seems spot on. If done correctly, this film will venture into some dark psychological territory while still managing to be amusing.
Looking forward to this one even more now!
Fingers crossed for this one!
This film opens on Halloween night in the UK, and a US release date of November 13 has now been confirmed.
What do you guys think?
Yup. Zombies are officially not scary anymore.
I’m sure that they will continue to serve as a plot device in future stories, but the undead are officially no longer the feared creatures they once were. Just as modern mainstream books and films have de-fanged the vampires and pulled the claws from the paws of the werewolves, zombies have finally met their demise.
Behold the Romantic Zombie Comedy sub-genre, which started last year with the unwatchable Warm Bodies. Continuing that trend is the new film “Life After Beth”, which actually has a great cast and a pretty funny trailer.
Check it out below :
So yeah, it looks like some good goofy fun.
I have to say that Aubrey Plaza is one of the funniest ladies around, and one time I found myself watching a bunch of her interviews on youtube and laughing hysterically. So, between her and John C. Reilly (and Paul Reiser!) I can honestly say that I will give this one a chance.
Consider this interview below where Ms. Plaza says she just “did a lot of drugs” to get into zombie character.
Maybe I am just partial to the notion of falling in love with a zombie, considering I wrote my own considerably less romantic “zombie love” story last year.
You can read Zombie Gang-Bangers From Utah by clicking the link, if you are into that sort of thing, but don’t expect to fall in love.
Otherwise, feel free to check out “Life After Beth” on Facebook and in theaters this August.
Let’s give this one a chance!
After wowing us with the first Dead Island game in 2011, and underwhelming us last year with the side story Riptide, the Dead Island franchise looks like it is ready to shock and awe us once again.
The original game burst on to the scene with an incredibly cinematic trailer that hooked zombie fans right away. Although the gameplay was completely different, there was no denying the power of that trailer.
Now, the sequel is coming at a time of severe “zombie fatigue” for many of us horror fans, but it proves to be just as compelling as the original. Check it out below :
Yeah, I know. Bad ass.
Here’s hoping that the game is as creative and fun as that teaser was.
According to the official press release :
Several months after the events on Banoi, the United States military has put the Golden State under full quarantine. Now a restricted zone, California has become a bloody paradise for those who refuse to leave their homes and an action-packed playground for renegades who seek adventure, glory and a fresh start. Combining the classic Dead Island elements of immersive close combat, action and role-playing, Dead Island 2 features crazy, never-before-seen handcrafted weapons and over-the-top characters in taking players from the iconic Golden Gate to the celebrated beachfront boardwalk of southern California’s Venice Beach.
Scheduled for release in Spring 2015 on PS4, Xbox One and PC, this title definitely has my interest peaked. Sony says the game will be home to a 30-day exclusive beta on PS4, and that PlayStation players will also get access to an exclusive character. 8-player co-op sounds amazing!
Let’s hope the gameplay proves to be as cool as the sneak peek.
Stay tuned for more details about this upcoming release right here on Horror Homework.
A few weeks ago we got a look at this intriguing poster for the new feature “The Drownsman”. Today, we get a quick glimpse of what we can expect from this upcoming slasher from director Chad Archibald.
The official synopsis goes like this :
Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear after almost drowning in a lake Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, Madison begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world around her but, her fear intensifies when she begins to be haunted by the vision of an evil figure. After watching her struggle for over a year, Madison’s four friends stage an intervention in a desperate attempt to help. In doing so, they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of the evil that haunts them, they’re dragged one by one to a horrifying place where they may never return.
Check out the brand new trailer here :
According to the director, “We set out to make a film that created a new supernatural villain like the classic horror films of Clive Barker and Wes Craven, something that has become rare in the horror industry over the last decade. Similar to Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, Pinhead and Jason Voorhees, we wanted to create a villain with a rich history and a juicy hook that could make an appearance in a few viewers nightmares.”
Stay tuned to the official Drownsman Facebook page for more info on the film, and cross your fingers that they pick up a US distributor after the film’s debut this month in Cannes.
I will be honest here.
The early description of a “found footage/reality show vampire parody” was not exactly enticing, until I learned of the creative people behind this film. Namely Jemaine Clement, of Flight Of The Conchords, because I swear I would watch that guy in anything.
According to the official website :
This feature is based loosely on a short film that Waititi and Clement made in 2005. Although it has been 8 yrs since they came up with the idea, this certainly proves that good things take time, but vampire mockumentaries take about 8 years.
And the official synopsis goes like this :
Flatmates Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires who are just trying to get by in modern society; from paying rent and sticking to the housework roster to trying to get invited in to nightclubs, they’re just like anyone else – except they’re immortal and must feast on human blood.
When their 8000 year-old flatmate Petyr, turns 20-something human hipster Nick, into a vampire, the guys must teach him the ropes and guide him through his new found eternal life. And in return they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern society, fashions, technology, and the internet. But it’s the introduction of Nick’s human friend, Stu, that really changes the vampire’s lives and attitudes towards the ever-changing world around them.
When Stu’s life is threatened, the vamps show us that maybe humans are worth fighting for, and that even though your heart may be cold and dead, it doesn’t mean you can’t feel anything.
Still not convinced?
Check out this very funny trailer :
Yup. I have a great feeling about this one.
I feel like this one is going to be a keeper. Count me in.
Currently hitting festivals around the world, and there is no confirmed U.S. release date as of yet. Stay tuned to their Facebook and Twitter feeds for news and updates!
WolfCop. Need I say more?
Official synopsis :
It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn.
Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou’s senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf. WOLFCOP is one cop’s quest to become a better man…
One transformation at a time.
Still need convincing?
Check out the trailer below :
WolfCop hits theaters on June 6th, and you can believe that I will be there with a huge grin on my face. What do you guys think of this unique new release?
Stay up to date with this film at their official website, and also on Facebook and Twitter!
Although I don’t harbor quite the hatred for “found footage” horror flicks that some of my fellow fans do, I do think it has begun to wear out it’s welcome in recent years. However, I can’t get enough of satanic baby movies!
Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, Elm Street 5, even last year’s Devil’s Due, I love them all!
Something about that evil growing inside a woman, oh man I can’t get enough of them.
So, today we have this brand new trailer from The Collective, for Delivery : The Beast Within. Described as “Rosemary’s Baby meets Paranormal Activity”, Delivery promises a unique spin on it’s subject matter and execution.
Official Synopsis :
Delivery: The Beast Within “tells the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a family-oriented reality show. As the camera continues to capture strange events, Rachel begins to believe that a malevolent spirit has possessed their unborn child. Told through the show’s un-aired footage and interviews with friends, family and production members, this savvy debut feature leverages the voyeuristic properties of reality television to present a fresh perspective on classic horror themes of possession and the paranormal– and delivers enough eeriness to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Check out the first trailer, embedded below :
The film hits On Demand May 27th, and will begin a limited theatrical run May 30th.
Check out their Facebook page to see more of what you can expect upon it’s release!