First look at Ti West’s “The Sacrament”!

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Patrick is a fashion photographer traveling to meet his sister Caroline at Eden Parish, the commune she’s been living at since she left her drug rehabilitation program. Despite some misgivings over his sister’s vagueness over the commune’s location, Patrick travels to the commune with his friends and co-workers Sam and Jake, who suspect that they might get a story out of the travels. Once there, Patrick is met by his sister, who is happier and healthier than she has been in a while. His friends begin to film interviews with Eden Parish’s inhabitants, all of which speak of the commune in glowing terms. However they soon discover that there is a sinister edge to the commune that belies the seemingly peaceful setting.

Director Ti West is in a class of his own.
After debuting with the very underwhelming sequel to Cabin Fever, he went on to bring us a couple of fun slow-burn horror flicks with The House Of The Devil and The Innkeepers. His latest film The Sacrament, has been shrouded in secrecy.
Up until now, all we knew was that is was “loosely” based on the events in Jonestown in the late 70s. After finally seeing the trailer, it appears that it follows the story more closely than expected. Looks like an interesting film to me!
What do you guys think?
The Sacrament will hit theaters June 6th, 2014.

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Trailer for the French horror comedy “Goal Of The Dead”.

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Official synopsis :

Saturday, the 18th of January 2012. A quarter of an hour before the match. An hour before the Apocalypse. In a small village in the north-east of France, Caplongue, lays a nuclear power plant, an industrialized agriculture and a church lower than its unemployment rate but also, the football team, which managed to reach the 1/32nd French Final Cup with a lot of courage and talent. The village is all the more jubilating at the idea of receiving the Paris Olympic, a top league club with famous footballers.For the Paris Olympic, it’s the opposite. The team mustn’t lose.

This match, which was supposed to be a formality, has become of paramount importance. Between Paris and Caplongue, there is more than 250kms. It’s a match that opposes the rural to the urban world, the amateurs to the professionals, a province town to the capital, the poor to the rich. While the amateurs give a rough ride to the professionals, an epidemic instantly transforms the players, the spectators and the inhabitants into strange and enraged creatures.

If any country has been kicking ass in the horror genre lately, it is France.
After home-runs with Martyrs, Inside, and High Tension, the bleak outlook of pure squirm-inducing horror has been a great antidote to many of the factory-created re-imaginings and reboots we get from Hollywood.
Now turning their sites on a horror comedy, which the films listed above decidedly were NOT, directors Benjamin Rocher and Thierry Poiraud are bringing something new to the table, with any luck!
Unfortunately there are no sub-titles in the above trailer, although the audience can definitely get the gist of it. One to keep an eye on, for sure!
The Goal Of The Dead Facebook page can be found here, to keep in the loop!

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Finally! A release date for Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film, “Only Lovers Left Alive”!

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After stirring up some new interest at Sundance 2014, we finally have a confirmed release date for Jim Jarmusch’s vampire tale, Only Lovers Left Alive.
Starring Tilda Swinson and Tom Hiddleston as two lovers who have been together for centuries, whose life gets disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister.
Also starring John Hurt, Jeffrey Wright and Anton Yelchin, this is an all-star cast under the direction of a true artist. Jarmusch himself describes the film as a “crypto-vampire love story”.
I have been looking forward to this one since first hearing about it, and we will finally see it in theaters February 21st in the UK and on  April 11th here in the states.
Check out the trailer below :

 

It looks beautiful, and who in their right mind doesn’t want to see Jarmusch take on a vampire story?
Very much looking forward to this one!
Check out the official Facebook page for the film for more news and updates.

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Trailer for “Zombeavers”! Yes, really.

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Synopsis (as if we needed one) :

Three college girls go on a care-free vacation of drinking games, topless sunbathing, and sexual exploration. Their frolicking fun comes to an abrupt end when toxic zombie beavers try to EAT THEM.

As much as I love serious and thoughtful entries in the horror genre, I have to admit to having a soft spot for goofy gore-filled horror comedies. When done right, they can be some of the most fun to watch, and go right on the shelf next to the classics.
(I’m looking at you Dead Alive!)
I, for one, will definitely be watching this film.
What do you guys think?
Check out the official Facebook page here for a release date!
Coming soon.

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The Owlman haunts the internet and this new trailer for “Lord Of Tears”

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The upcoming film Lord Of Tears has been wreaking havoc on Chat roulette lately, terrorizing it’s users with a great viral marketing ploy. Creepy images and some awesome sound effects have been scaring the hell out of any one with the misfortune of connecting with him.
Check out the amusing video below :

This is a brilliant marketing ploy from director Lawrie Brewster for his new film, which looks just as creepy.
The official synopsis says :

Lord of Tears tells the story of James Findlay, a school teacher tortured by childhood memories of a strange and unsettling entity – a figure dressed like a Victorian gentleman but with the head of an Owl, and elongated limbs with sharp claws.

It took the boy years to recover from his vision, years of forgetting before he could resume a normal life into adulthood. He might never have remembered had it not been for the death of his mother… the nightmares… the return of that familiar, watching presence.

As James faces a descent into madness, his only hope to fight his tormentor, to banish the evil that haunts him, is to return to his childhood home. He travels to the lonely mansion in the Scottish Highlands, a place notorious for its tragic and disturbing history. There, he must uncover, once and for all, the chilling truth behind the immortal stalker.

Check out the trailer below :

The director has informed me of the great news that the film has just been picked up for inclusion at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival this year!
I am very excited to see this film, and you should be too!
The film is available for purchase directly from the official website at this time, and after the festival run we can all hope for a theatrical release!
Stay tuned to Lord Of Tears Facebook page and, of course, Chat Roulette for more details…

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Creepy trailer for “The Babadook”!

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Official synopsis :

Six years after the death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline her “out-of-control” six-year-old Samuel – a son she finds difficult to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. And when Amelia begins to see glimpses of the creature herself, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may well be real.

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, “The Babadook” made a great impression earlier this month at the Sundance Film Festival. No release date is set for this Australian film yet, but stay tuned to the official Facebook page for more details on this interesting-looking twist on fairy tale horror!

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First look at “From Dusk till Dawn : The Series”! UPDATED with full trailer.

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The news broke a while back that Robert Rodriguez was resurrecting the Gecko brothers for for a series on his brand new television network El Ray, but we weren’t sure just what we were going to get from it.
Well, the first teaser for the upcoming re-imagining is here. Take a look :

Originally thought to be a continuation of the story of the first film, it turns out that the series is meant as an expansion of the mythology.
The film was the short story, this series is the novel,” Rodriguez told critics at the TCA press tour in Pasadena on Sunday. “We had a blast making this a rich experience that feels like it can go on and on for seasons.”
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UPDATE !
Just released was a full two and a half minute trailer which shows a more in depth look at the recreation of some iconic scenes and gives us a better idea of how they are fleshing out the story.
I will be honest here and say that it doesn’t not inspire much excitement in this horror fan.
What do you guys think?
Check out the new video below :


At least the pilot episode was written by Rodriguez, and the show intends to explore and expand on the characters and story from the film, providing a wider scope and richer Aztec mythology.
Although I am wary of the recasting of some seriously iconic characters (Seth Gecko is George Clooney’s best role to date in my opinion), consider me more than intrigued by this return to the Titty Twister and it’s gruesome inhabitants.
The show is scheduled to premiere on the brand new El Ray network on March 11th.
Stay up to date on the show’s progress on the official Facebook page, and check here to find out how to receive the El Ray channel.
In the meantime…

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Creepy trailer for the unique upcoming film, “Blood Shed”.

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Coming later this year is a unique horror film, looking at the homeless population of Los Angeles and the United States.
Patrick Hasson, the director of the new film “Blood Shed” tells us :

“Since moving to Los Angeles, I had always been very aware of the homeless epidemic. People living in the streets, their cars, and RVs parked along obscure stretches of road in every neighborhood in LA. But it wasn’t until I was helping a friend move some belongings into a storage shed in Hollywood that I realized the homeless were living in storage sheds as well. It blew my mind.”

After discovering several prostitutes living in decked-out storage sheds while keeping under the radar of management, Hasson began to question how widespread this problem was. It wasn’t until years later, finding himself both unemployed and homeless, did he revisit the concept of the homeless living in storage sheds.

“I owned a shed at the time and sleeping in my car was getting real old, so I thought ‘why not? How bad could it be?’

“The first few nights I slept in the unit were freaky–and I soon realized that I was not alone. I kept hearing footsteps. On one night in particular, the footsteps stopped right outside my door. Someone knew I was inside. I was terrified, but eventually, they moved on. The next night, I could hear a typewriter. By the fourth night of incessant tapping, I went looking for the source. Several hallways over, I found an old man sitting in front of a typewriter, typing in front of an open unit. It was such a haunting image: the unit packed with the contents of his entire life. He didn’t say a word to me, so I continued on, but in that moment, I realized every self-storage unit is a story unto itself, filled with forgotten and discarded pieces of people’s lives. A theme that beats at the heart of ‘Blood Shed.'”

Months later, after getting back onto his feet and into an apartment, Hasson would visit his shed nightly to write the screenplay that would later become ‘Blood Shed.’

“I couldn’t write it anywhere else–I needed to be in that space. A self-storage facility is such an intriguing backdrop for a horror film because it is such a creepy space–intimate yet barren–each shed filled with only God-knows-what. I had read articles about families, meth labs, even dead bodies being found in storage sheds.”

Check out the trailer here :

It looks pretty damn creepy. Looking forward to this one!
What do you guys think?

‘Blood Shed’ will be released nationwide on March 4th, 2014.

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The fake trailer for Eli Roth’s “Clown” becomes a real trailer!

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A few years back, a fake trailer for an imaginary film called “Clown” appeared online, claiming to be a future project of horror Renaissance-man Eli Roth. Preying on the fears of, well, almost everybody, it tells the story of a father who gets “possessed” by an old clown costume after donning it for his child’s birthday party.

The interesting thing about this upcoming film is that the trailer above is a fake one, created by a man named Jon Watts, who posted it online with the ballsy move of attaching Eli Roth‘s name to it. The trailer made the rounds and eventually Roth saw it and has helped to put the actual film into production.
He said this about the script : “It’s new territory to make this a version of The Fly, where this guy can feel himself changing, blacking out only to find blood all over his clown suit. You’re sympathetic toward a monster until the monster actually takes over.”

Along with this interesting project, Roth enlisted Jon Watts and his writing partner Chris Ford to make a real movie from his own fake Thanksgiving trailer, which is still in the early stages of development.
Now we have a second trailer for “Clown”, and it has kept most of the elements of the above trailer, with a decidedly darker tone. And the always-welcome inclusion of Peter Stormare!
Check out the real official trailer for the real movie here :

 

The film-makers are committed to making Clown into a hard-R scare-fest, which will likely be hitting festivals this year with a wide release to follow!
Stay tuned, because who doesn’t love clowns?

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Trailer for Lucky McKee’s latest, “All Cheerleaders Die”!

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The official synopsis says :

Cheerleaders follows a rebellious outsider (Stasey) who joins the cheerleading squad, much to the dismay of her ex-girlfriend (Smit-McPhee), who happens to be into witchcraft. After a confrontation with the stars of the football team goes bad, the outsider and her new cheerleader friends are supernaturally thrust onto a bloody path of destruction.

Check out the trailer below :

Now, consider that this is co-directed by Lucky McKee (with Chris Sivertson), who is proving to be a wildly unpredictable and interesting director. After making his name in 2002 with the now cult-classic May, he has gone on to direct (or co-direct) an original and varied set of films.
His contribution to Masters of Horror, “Sick Girl” was a personal favorite, and “Roman” was a great twist on “May”, with the director turning the camera on himself.
“The Woods” was a creepy, atmospheric ride, and “Red” (which he co-directed with Trygve Allister Diesen) is one of the rare times when a film is as good as the novel, which is one of my favorites by Jack Ketchum.
Then in 2011, he teamed again with Jack Ketchum to bring us one of the meanest films of that year, “The Woman”.
And now, he is bringing us “All Cheerleaders Die”, which I honestly probably would have written off as a Jennifer’s Body/Mean Girls thing if it were not for the attachment of this creative and interesting director.
The trailer looks cool, but I can’t help but believe that there is a lot more than meets the eye hiding in this film, and I can’t wait to check it out!
What do you guys think?
Coming some time in 2014…
Stay tuned to the official website and Facebook page for more news and a release date (SOON!).

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