"You talkin' to she?"
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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.
Ciaran Foy, director of Citadel.
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...
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.
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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.
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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).
[Insert generic joke here.]
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"Can you fear me now?"
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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.
"Calgon, take me away...to the hospital."
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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.
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:
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.