Win a T-shirt and flashlight to prepare for The Purge : Anarchy!

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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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To be eligible to win, simply like and share this post with your friends, and comment below on how you would stay safe and what you would do if the Purge night really happened.
And prepare for Anarchy by checking out the “5 Things To Know Before You Watch The Purge: Anarchy” Interactive GIFs below.
Move your mouse across the GIFs to control the scene!

Good luck out there!
And don’t forget to leave your comment in the section below to be eligible to win this prize!
What would you do, if there were no repercussions?

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First trailer for Alex Aja’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s “Horns”!

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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 :

Fingers crossed for this one!
This film opens on Halloween night in the UK, but there is still no word on a US distributor as of this writing.
What do you guys think?

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Rom-Zom-Com’s are a thing now. Trailer for “Life After Beth”.

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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!

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First look at Dead Island 2, and it is awesome!

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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.

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First trailer for The Drownsman!

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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.

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This new trailer for “What We Do In The Shadows” is very amusing.

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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!

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Things get hairy in this new trailer for Wolfcop!

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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!

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New trailer for “The Beast Within” delivers a new found footage satanic baby flick!

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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!

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Oh boy! Phantasm 5 is real, it is coming soon, and we have a trailer!

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Phantasm : the delusion of a disordered mind. A phantom ; a ghost.

 

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One of the most wanted films from horror fans of the past decade (or so) was revealed to be a reality earlier this week!
I had this post almost ready to publish the other night, but then I hesitated.
Being so close to April 1st, and with so many opinions that this was a hoax, I decided to hold onto this post until we had an official confirmation. Today that confirmation came with a brand new trailer!

That’s right, Phantasm 5 has secretly been in production, is completely filmed, and will be on a screen near you very soon!
The poster above asked more questions than it answered when it appeared online Monday, but today a little more light was shed on the secretive production.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Phantasm: Ravager is directed by filmmaker and artist David Hartman, whose résumé includes the TV show Transformers Prime and the Rob Zombie videos American Witch and Lords of Salem. Hartman also worked on the films Bubba Ho-Tep and John Dies at the End, both of which were directed by Phantasm overlord Don Coscarelli. Coscarelli himself cowrote Phantasm: Ravager with Hartman and produced it through his Silver Spheres company with executive producer Brad Baruh.

The cast of Phantasm: Ravager includes Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister, who have played, respectively, the Tall Man and luckless ice cream vendor Reggie in each previous film. They are joined by Michael Baldwin, who played the character Mike in each franchise entry except for Phantasm II (in which, aside from some flashback scenes, he was played by James LeGros). “We were fortunate to shoot amazing new sequences with horror icon Angus Scrimm,” said Hartman. “He has terrific scenes with Reggie and Mike  that are truly powerful.” Series regulars Bill Thornbury and Kat Lester also appear in the film, whose release date has yet to be announced.

Phantasm: Ravager was shot in and around southern California over the past two years. “The Phantasm films have been a guerrilla operation for decades now, totally outside of the studio system,” Coscarelli said. “We do them for the fans, and I think Ravager will definitely please them. In the past few years several studios have made offers to remake Phantasm with large budgets, but the fans were very vocal that they wanted the original cast to return and finish this iteration of the story with class.”

Very few plot details have been released – but according to Coscarelli, Phantasm: Ravager includes “an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world.” Plus? “There are also some surprises thrown in that I promise will astonish long-time fans.”

We will have more details as we know them.
Who else is excited for this one?

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The Pick-Axe Murders III is a film that almost didn’t exist, which is a sequel to a film that doesn’t exist…

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There is an interesting story behind this new trailer for The Pick-Axe Murders III : The Final Chapter.
First of all, this is part three of a series that has no first two.
That’s right, taking a cue from old George Lucas himself, director Jeremy Sumrall has started his story in the middle.
But there is good reason for this, and Mr. Sumrall won’t bullshit you like Mr. Lucas and say it was all part of a grand master plan. The reason is simple logic.
Director Sumrall reasonably thought, “Well, if my first movie sucks, and a sequel is always called shittier than the original, why not make a sequel to a movie that never existed?
In fact, this film almost didn’t exist at all. If it weren’t for some good connections and plain old luck alongside dedication and perseverance, no one would have ever been murdered by the titular Pick-Axe.
As a wanna-be writer who struggles with finishing anything I start, the story of how this film finally came to be resonates deeply with me. I was lucky enough to get in touch with the director and get the scoop on how his dream became reality.
Find the answers below!

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  • To answer your question, I’d have to start with the middle of 2007, before I ever even worked on SWEATSHOP, which was my first time on any film set. I had fallen in with a group of horror nerds and filmmakers, who had all worked on each others’ projects, etc. A real incestuous family of sorts. We’d gather once a month to talk whatever horror movies we were fans of, or whatever horror was out at the time. I distinctly remember sitting and dissecting Rob Zombie’s take on Halloween at one of these meetings. Anyway, one of the prevalent questions I’d get asked at the time was “When are you going to direct one?”, but I didn’t have any real desire to do so at the time. I always just figured I’d be a writer, or just one of the guys who hangs out on set and pisses everyone off by doing nothing and just eating craft services.

    Needless to say, the more it got asked of me, the more I thought about it, so I thought to myself, “Well, if everyone thinks I should, maybe I could…”, which of course, got me to thinking about how everyone’s first films SUCK, right? So, I said, “Well, if my first movie sucks, and a sequel is always called shittier than the original, why not make a sequel to a movie that never existed?”

    Now, mind you, this was YEARS before I even sat down to write the script. But, that’s where the initial nugget came from.

    After slogging it out in the trenches on several indie films, from doing cameos, to producing, to even writing and directing a feature, then doing a few shorts, I was burned out. I wasn’t sure where I wanted my career to go next, so I considered taking a bit of a break. I had been asked to help produce another friend’s film, and as much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t get that motivated. I knew I wanted to direct again, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that would be.

    Shortly after working on SWEATSHOP, I had began a script for Pick-Axe, but it never went anywhere. It was just 40 pages of nothing. So, it sat in a drawer collecting dust.

    Flash forward to 2011, and through Facebook and a few mutual friends (I think it was actually Ted Geoghegan and Frank Sabatella) introduced me to this retro poster artist named Marc Schoenbach. I dug his work, and knew that we’d be friends. One night, he and I were having a conversation about poster artwork, and it got me kinda motivated. I thankfully knew a few models and photographers who were basically down to do whatever, so we threw together an impromptu photo shoot, and did tons of different styles of stuff. One theme, of course, was a “sleepover” with a killer… I mean, we did tons of photos like that. One of them happened to be very heavily influenced by the old Slumber Party Massacre artwork, and I sent it to Marc to add his personal touch to it, along with the title of “The Pick-Axe Murders Part III: The Final Chapter”. Now, mind you, this was all just supposed to be in fun. There wasn’t really supposed to be a film like this. It was just a half-assed unfinished script with a quirky title.

    But, as luck would have it, it turned out to be a REALLY cool retro-looking poster. I showed it to a couple of friends, and they got a good laugh out of it like we did.

    I thought nothing more of it at the time, and went about writing a different script entirely. The poster actually gave me a swift kick in the ass to start writing again, but it wasn’t supposed to be Pick-Axe. Instead, it was a creature feature, which I’ll get back to at some point in the near future.

    One night, Marc calls me and tells me some good news. FANGORIA was interested in running an article on him and his art. They were noticing a new crop of retro-style poster artists, and he was the first one they wanted to do a story on. So, naturally, he asked me if he was allowed to include the Pick-Axe artwork, which I jumped at the chance for. I mean, any publicity is good publicity, even if the movie didn’t exist.

    A few months go by, and we hear nothing from FANGORIA. Until, one night, after I had a successful award-winning Splatterfest short called “Stay With Me” that Marc also mocked up a few posters for… I was all ramped up about the team I had assembled for the competition, and wanted to make a feature, but again, I had no completed scripts. I toyed with the idea of directing a short that Marc had written, and I may still do it at some point, but before I could even entertain the thought further, I get a phone call from my brother, asking me if I was working on “…some movie called Pick-Axe”. He then told me FANGORIA had an ad for it in their current issue.

    I had NO IDEA what the hell he was talking about. But, I figured out he must have been talking about the article on Marc, which I thought was cool. He reiterated that it was NOT an article on Marc, but just simply a full-page ad in FANGORIA. Nothing else.

    I flipped through, saw the ad, and about fell out of my chair. I laughed, because the movie DID NOT EXIST.

    So, I posted it on Facebook.

    My phone starts going crazy, my inbox explodes, etc. Mass chaos. Everyone wants to know why I was holding out on them, or why I had made a movie without including them. Some others asked me when it was coming out, etc. I had to play it cool and act like it was the plan all along, but I was lying out of my ass. At that point, there was still only 40 pages of pure utter crap resembling a script.

    So, in less than a month, I banged out a script, and fleshed it all out as a true love-letter to the slasher films of the 80s. Two months later, we were casting.

    If Marc and I had never met, Pick-Axe wouldn’t exist. It’d just be another half-assed idea in a drawer of bullshit and forgotten dreams.

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An inspiring story, to be sure.
At last, Jeremy Sumrall’s “love-letter” to the slasher films of the 80s is here for us all to enjoy!
Stay tuned to the official Facebook page for The Pick-Axe Murders III : The Final Chapter for more info and a release date. You can also see more of Marc Schoenbach’s awesome poster designs on his Facebook page Sadist Art Designs and here in this post I did about his work last year!
And be sure and check out this trailer for a film that almost didn’t exist, which is a sequel to a film that doesn’t exist…



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