Fear is a commodity. That’s why the critical bomb No Good Deed handily took the box office in its opening weekend. We love to be scared, as long as it’s in the safety of a movie theater with the grip of a friend’s clammy hand and the scent of stale popcorn to remind us that we are far from danger. Continue reading
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a full decade since Saw first worked its way into our twisted little hearts in all of its blood-filled, gory glory. Lionsgate will celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary with a theatrical re-release on Friday, October 31, with some theaters choosing to start the screening the night of the 30th, making for the perfect treat this Halloween season. Saw, the brain child of Leigh Whannell and James Wan, has come a long way from its struggling roots to the eight-movie franchise it is today. Rejected by multiple producers in Australia, where the film’s creators hail from, the original screenplay for the cult movie was finally picked up by producers from Evolution Entertainment after seeing a low-budget short film created by Whannell and Wan based on the same idea. The film was shot over only 18 days and the rest is history, the Jigsaw Killer having earned a spot in movie villain infamy. The re-release will run for one week only, so make sure to snag your tickets now in order to relive every grisly second in a theater near you. In the mean time, check out five other classic horror movies we’d like to see make a return to the big screen! Continue reading
The Daily Quirk sat down with Extraterrestrial stars Brittany Allen and Jesse Moss for an exclusive interview at Tribeca Film Festival to discuss the film and their respective roles in the Vicious Brothers’ newest sci-fi horror film. Watch the interview below where Allen and Moss discuss interesting aspects of their characters, working with the Vicious Brothers and just what makes Extraterrestrial different from other alien invasion flicks that have come and gone.
The Vicious Brothers shot to horror fame with their film Grave Encounters, and now they’re back bringing more thrills and chills with a new film, Extraterrestrial. The Daily Quirk sat down with filmmaking duo The Vicious Brothers, comprised of Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, at the Tribeca Film Festival to talk Extraterrestrial, and what inspired the out of the out of this world horror flick. Watch the exclusive interview feature below!
The Tribeca Film Festival is quickly becoming one of the premiere events to check out the latest and greatest in the world of horror films each year, and this year’s selection is sure to delight fans of big scares and dark humor alike. TFF will be screening 11 horror films including The Canal (Ivan Kavanagh), Der Samurai (Till Kleinert), Extraterrestrial (Colin Minihan/The Vicious Brothers), Indigenous (Alastair Orr/Max Roberts), Summer of Blood (Onur Tukel) and Zombeavers (Jordan Rubin, Al Kaplan, Jon Kaplan). You didn’t read that wrong. TFF will be showing a film called Zombeavers, and it’s about exactly what it sounds like. Continue reading
The moment I turn the page in my calendar over to October, my Halloween obsession ignites. After all, such an awesome holiday deserves a month of celebration, not just a day! In order to get myself in the Halloween mood (which admittedly doesn’t take much), I like to pop in some movies that set the tone for the season without crossing over into horror film territory. If you need something to help you get in the spooky spirit, look no further than this list.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
It will be rather difficult to not just make this a list of movies from the mind of Tim Burton, also known as The King of Gothic Films (I just made that title up, but I think we can all agree that he deserves it, right?) The Nightmare Before Christmas is about as Halloween-y as movies come, with its singing skeleton, mad scientist and ghostly dog. Jack Skellington may want to make Christmas the new Halloween in his town, but the opening tune “This Is Halloween” still trumps every holiday jingle.
If you’re looking for something darker than a stop-motion musical, perhaps try a film about a man who rises from the dead on the eve of Halloween to avenge his and his fiancée’s murder. It doesn’t get much darker than that, folks. The Crow is a cult classic with very good reason, though, and will most definitely get viewers set for a particularly gloomy Halloween.
I make no apologies for the children’s Halloween movies on this list, for I am a wimp when it comes to the horror genre. It’s Casper, though! He’s a friendly ghost! Who can resist a friendly ghost to help get them fired up for Halloween? What the film lacks in scariness it makes up for in its ability to remind viewers of a more innocent time, when all we wanted was to go trick-or-treating, not scream our way through a haunted house.
I tried to avoid listing another Tim Burton film, I really did. But Sleepy Hollow, a tale set against a dark autumn backdrop, is just too good to ignore. When you watch the quirky Ichabod Crane (Johnny Depp) uncover the mystery of the Headless Horseman, you’ll be pumped to start pumpkin carving before the credits roll.
Night of the Living Dead
While zombie movies can be terrifically terrifying, most aren’t necessarily Halloween-themed. Night of the Living Dead makes it onto this list, however, for the eerie atmosphere that the black and white film creates. Technically speaking this may not be a Halloween film, but it’s perfect for a dark, stormy October night.
October will be gone before we know it, so enjoy this season of spooks while it lasts! Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go plan a movie marathon…
It’s not unusual to hear a horror story about a prom going bad. Where your date never shows up and you have to go stag or some girl you hate wears the same dress as you. There have been stories of one of your friends, or yourself, getting way too drunk and just before you get kicked out by the principal, you end up telling your crush (who’s out of your league) how you feel about them. Yes, these stories have happened. We’ve lived it, we’ve also seen it in countless ‘80s flicks. But to be completely honest, there is only one prom story that will stand as the best and most unique of all time.
James Wan has become quite the master of capturing tension and suspense. Wan’s most recent film, The Conjuring, opened to rave reviews and sneak peeks of his next scary good work, Insidious Chapter 2, show he’s ready to carry on the thrills and chills legacy. The first full length clips to be released from Insidious: Chapter 2 showcase the tension his works are known for, as we see Renai Lambert (Rose Byrne) being interrogated about the events that occur in the final moments of the film’s predecessor, Insidious, in one and the supernatural investigators getting an ominous warning in the other. Continue reading
Recently, the new trailer for Insidious: Chapter 2, the follow up to the 2010’s horror-flick (Insidious) about a family who tries to stop evil spirits from trapping their son in another realm, was released. It’s full of goodies sure to whet the appetites of horror fans and fans of the previous film, so below is a list of some things from the trailer that caught my eye. Continue reading
When I heard about Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, I was happy to see he had returned to the horror movie game. Del Toro, a Mexican film director and writer, is best known for Pan’s Labyrinth and both Hellboy movies. Continue reading
Halloween is my favorite time of the year. I love coming up with creative costumes, decorating with fake spiderwebs and carving silly faces into pumpkins. It makes me feel like a kid again. But what I don’t love are horror movies.
I’ve never been a big fan of things jumping out at me whether in person or on a television screen. I like my little personal bubble to remain happy and startle-free at all times. That’s not to say, however, that I don’t want to partake in movie nights on Halloween with friends because I’m too scared to watch a movie that my or may not have some monster-serial killer-thing coming to get me. So I make a compromise, and you can too with these classic Halloween movies that everyone can enjoy. Continue reading