"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.
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This week, the horror spoof A Haunted House 2 receives a wide theatrical release, while 13 Sins, Proxy and monster movie Poseidon Rex receive limited theatrical runs, while home video releases are led by Camp Dread, Confession of Murder, Death Do Us Part and Flowers in the Attic.
As expected, the low-budget horror movie Oculus couldn't compete with blockbuster sequels Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 this past weekend, finishing a distant third at the box office. It earned an estimated $12 million -- a respectable amount, but on the low side for a Jason Blum production. That figure is lower than Blum's Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones' $18.3 million opening from earlier this year but ahead of the $8.2 million bow of his Dark Skies last year. On the bright side, it's in line with Insidious' $13.3 opening in 2011; that film rode good word of mouth to a strong final tally of $54 million. Read More...
Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites in Oculus.
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I wanted to love Oculus, and while I liked it, it has some noticeable faults that keep it from rising to the level of recent supernatural horror hits like The Conjuring, Insidious and Paranormal Activity. Read about it in my review of Oculus.
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Jan Bijvoet in Borgman.
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The Dutch film Borgman hadn't been on my radar of movies to check out in 2014, but with the recent release of the first US trailer, it's shot up near the top of my must-sees. From the first striking image to the final even more striking visual, it looks wonderfully weird. The story follows a charming vagrant who worms his way into the home of an upper-class family and begins to assert an increasingly dark influence. It's been described as a darkly humorous fable reminiscent of the works of Michael Haneke (Funny Games, The White Ribbon, Caché) and Giorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth), which makes me want to see it all the more. We'll all get a chance when Drafthouse Films releases it on June 6.
A scene from Poseidon Rex.
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Fans of old school monster movies with campy premises should be excited to see a pair of them receiving limited theatrical/on demand releases in the coming weeks. First up is Poseidon Rex, which features a rampaging half-Tyrannosaurus Rex, half-sea monster and judging from the trailer, appears to be pretty much in line with the typical SyFy movie of the week. Look for it in theaters and on iTunes on April 18. Read More...