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Planet of the Apps: The Machine Movie Review

Thursday April 24, 2014

The Machine
"You talkin' to she?"
© XLrator Media

The Terminator meets Frankenstein in the British sci fi-action-horror hybrid The Machine, which plays a bit like prequel-ly story of how cyborgs in the Terminator universe came to be self-aware and rebel against their human masters, one robot at  a time. Read about it in my review of The Machine.

Indie Directors Lined up for Friday the 13th and Sinister Sequels

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Ciaran Foy
Ciaran Foy, director of Citadel.
© Cinedigm

Two of the more eagerly anticipated upcoming horror movie sequels / reboots / requels / seboots have taken a step closer to fruition with the addition of new directors -- both with notable indie horror pedigrees. The next Friday the 13th, a reboot scheduled for March 15, 2015 that may or may not be of the trendy "found footage" variety, is reportedly in negotiations with David Bruckner, who co-directed The Signal and helmed the "Amateur Night" segment of V/H/S (which may be an indication that the film will indeed be found footage).  Read More...

New This Week: The Quiet Ones, The Machine, Blue Ruin, Big Bad Wolves, Cabin Country

Tuesday April 22, 2014

The Quiet Ones
© Lionsgate

This week, the ghost story The Quiet Ones gets a wide theatrical release, while the sci fi film The Machine and the indie thriller Blue Ruin receive limited theatrical runs. Meanwhile, on home video, Big Bad Wolves and Cottage Country lead the way.

Eli Roth's Green Inferno Trailer Has Teeth

Monday April 21, 2014

The Green Inferno
© Open Road

After months of anticipation, we finally have our first look at video from Eli Roth's eagerly anticipated return to feature film directing, The Green Inferno. The first trailer is atmospheric and promises an, um, "uncomfortable" viewing experience -- something you'd expect from an homage to the Italian cannibal flicks of the '70s and '80s. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot of actual footage in the trailer; I guess they call it a "teaser" for a reason. Expect a longer trailer soon, but you'll have to wait until September 5 for The Green Inferno to hit theaters.

A Haunted House 2 Stumbles at Box Office

Sunday April 20, 2014

A Haunted House 2
© Open Road

Perhaps feeling burned by A Haunted House last year, viewers stayed away from A Haunted House 2 this past weekend, propelling the sequel to only a fifth place finish at the box office with a tally (an estimated $9.1 million) only half of what the first film earned in its opening frame ($18.1 million). That said, A Haunted House 2's production budget was still just around $4 million, so having already earned twice that, it's certainly not a flop, but this makes it much less likely that we'll every see A Haunted House 3 (knock on wood).

Ghosts Won't Be the Only Ones Booing: A Haunted House 2 Movie Review

Saturday April 19, 2014

A Haunted House 2
[Insert generic joke here.]
© Open Road

A Haunted House 2 is the scariest movie of the year -- not because of what's in the film, but because anyone would actively want to see the film. Read about it in my review of A Haunted House 2.

Game of Phones: 13 Sins Movie Review

Friday April 18, 2014

13 Sins
"Can you fear me now?"
© Radius TWC

13 Sins is a remake of the Thai thriller 13: Game of Death, about a man who becomes involved in a increasingly dangerous game instigated by a mysterious voice on his phone. Should you answer or hang up on the American version? Read about it in my review of 13 Sins.

Prenatal Terror: Proxy Movie Review

Thursday April 17, 2014

Proxy
"Calgon, take me away...to the hospital."
© IFC Midnight

After a string of mediocre horror/suspense releases in recent weeks, Proxy comes along to reaffirm my love of the genre. It's an off-the-wall thriller that's best seen without much introduction...although feel free to read about it in my review of Proxy, which opens Friday in limited theatrical release and on demand.

First Looks: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Deliver Us From Evil

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero
© Image

Summer is just around the corner, and we have brand new looks at two eagerly anticipated horror movies coming out in what's traditionally a slow season for fright films:

  • Cabin Fever: Patient Zero: The third movie in the Cabin Fever series begun by Eli Roth opens in theaters in limited release on August 1 and will be available on demand starting June 26. It's got a snazzy new poster (right) and some new photos that promise a grisly good time.  Read More...

Dread on Arrival: Camp Dread DVD Review

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Camp Dread
© Image

Between the two of them, it seems that Eric Roberts and Danielle Harris are in every other direct-to-video movie these days, but it's safe to say that the low-budget slasher Camp Dread won't be on either of their career highlight reels. Read about it in my review of Camp Dread.

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