Monday, October 31, 2011




  • Five Star Day*
  • Killing Bono* / 58%
  • The Other F Word*
  • The Son of No One* / 50%
  • Stuck Between Stations*
  • Tape 407*
  • Tower Heist / 67%
  • A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
* = limited release


  • Cars 2 / 38%
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love / 77%
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan / 19%
  • Tabloid / 92%
  • Water for Elephants / 61%
% from Rotten Tomatoes

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John Cusak is Edgar Allen Poe in "The Raven." This looks to be an interesting bit of historical fiction as a serial killer in Baltimore is inspired by Poe's short stories. It's "Saw" meet "Sherlock Holmes." I had no idea Poe was such a great detective, I hope his dialogue is as interesting as he writes. Director James McTeigue brought us "V for Vendetta," a stylish film with a twisting story. Here's another I'd say. "The Raven" will land on March 9th, 2012.

"Martha Marcy May Marlene" does look exceptional. A young woman escapes the cult she's been a member to and fears it may come back to haunt her. I couldn't help but think of Utah's own Elizabeth Smart story. Elizabeth Olsen (Mary-Kate and Ashley's little sister) stars as the title role who seems to have been called by each of those names at one time or another. I've a pretty strong notion about how it is going to end. John Hawkes plays the sinister yet alluring leader of the threat. He was brilliant in last year's "Winter's Bone" and looks to play a much larger role here. The film is currently playing in select cities.

On November 11, 2011 a gate is going to open and demons are going to emerge. Thus, is the premise of "11-11-11," the latest film from Darren Lynne Bousman, who directed three of the "Saw" sequels. The trailer is a pretty flashy affair, but certainly full of horrific stuff. Oh, you'll never guess when this comes out.

I still have not seen "Caroline," though I really want to! Here is the next film from its makers (Laika), "ParaNorman." Finally, proof that I am not always against a song with lyrics being played in a trailer. "Season of the Witch" is set to rich tapestry of stop-motion animation with a macabre sensibilities (proof that Tim Burton ain't the only cat in this alley) Our protagonist is a young boy, Norman, who seems to be a fan of all things paranormal. Who better to take part in a fight against the undead? The film is due August 17th, 2012.

Well, shoot your undead horse, I reckon it's prime time for the Trailer Round-Up Awards:

The Head-Scratcher:

The exposition-filled beginning for the trailer of "The Innkeepers" is so thick that you'd have to slice it with a machete. The Yankee Peddler Inn is about to close down and the final employees are adamant about finding prove of the hotel's rumored ghost. I was starting to hear a sick cow in the making, then the  final 30-seconds of the trailer had some genuinely creepy imagery. "The Innkeeper" comes from Ti West who brought us "The House of the Devil" in 2009. It could be The film will be available on iTunes December 30th and then in select theaters on February 3rd.

Lasso of the Week:

"We Need to Talk About Kevin" was making some noticeable waves at Festival de Cannes earlier this year, particularly the lead performance by Tilda Swinton. I did not realize it was a story about a woman who grows increasingly paranoid about her evil son. Yes, this seems to be what a sequel to "Rosemary's Baby" might have been! It looks intense and Swinton opposite the great John C. Reilly (known for his comedic work) is an interesting mash-up. The Guardian claims "We'll be talking about 'Kevin' for years!" Gotta say, pretty psyched to see this psychological thriller from Lynne Ramsay. It will be playing in New York and Los Angeles on December 9th and then worldwide next February.

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Scott Mendleson has listed "11 of the Better (Best?) Horror Sequels in Recent History" over on his blog. I cannot say I have seen any of these (or very many horror sequels at all for that matter), but I was rather surprised by his inclusion of "Saw VI." I did see a bit of "Halloween III" (pictured above) over the weekend too and thought it looked pretty crazy (in a good way).

Mendleson also posted "Ten of the Scariest Horror Films of the Last 20 Years," "The 10 Best Modern 'Direct-to-DVD' Horror Films," a farewell to the "Saw" franchise, and "The Cost of Love (Terrible Horror Films My Wife Has Made Me Sit Through."

Here's a rather unique list from IFC: "The 25 Scariest Moments in Non-Horror Movies." I must declare, the Large Marge sequence from "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" is an inspired choice. (Matt Singer has added five new moments to that list, which was originally published in 2009.)

It was Jack with the ax in the hallway! No, we're no playing movie-themed "Clue" (or are we?), we are looking at IFC's "The Top Ten Way Villains Kill You in Horror Movies."

Rotten Tomatoes posted the "15 Creepiest Movie Children." I just recently saw the original "Village of the Damned" (pictured above) and have to agree on that choice. Some other terrifying little people provide his company.

Total Film has a list of the "50 Scariest Movie Moments." Nice to see "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" getting some love somewhere.

Rotten Tomatoes also did their annual "Horror Countdown" featuring the 75 best horror films of all-time. #75? "The Exorcist." Yeah, the commenters were not very pleased with that ranking.

JoBlo has posted their top 5 horror movie soundtracks. Am I the only one who finds Carpenter's Halloween soundtrack the least bit annoying (especially when it is used 28 times throughout the film). I certainly don't think it should be above any of the other four.

Richard Roeper lists his "Top Five Scary Movies." Yes, of all-time. "The Others" is an interesting choice. Clearly, I need to revisit that film.

The Managing Editor of IMDb, Keith Simanton, posted a list of "Recent Underrated Horror Movies."

Which of the "Top 10 Scariest Star Wars Creatures" are you most afraid of? Thanks Top Tenz.

Blastr was kind enough to share "15 Ghoulishly Gruesome Gore Scenes Likely to Give You Nightmares." Of course Peter Jackson's "Dead Alive" (AKA "the goriest film ever made") makes the list. Viewer discretion advised.

Director John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London") just published a book, "Monsters in Movies." This photo gallery from The Guardian displays some of his favorites.

The Hollywood Reporter shares "Halloween Gone Wrong: The Ten Least Scary Movies of All-Time." In case you're wondering, there are the ten least scary "scary" movies. I figured that would be important to note. I'm pretty sure you can add any of these to your queue for a good time. "The Happening" for one is incredibly entertaining B-movie.

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Sony Animation has posted early sketches of Count Dracula for their film due in one year, "Hotel Transylvania." Adam Sandler has been cast to provide the voice for the Count himself. Here's JoBlo's thoughts on the manner.

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Roger Ebert has added Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu" to his Great Movies collection. Here is the review.

Jeff Shannon writes about "the fringes of horror" in a recent blog post about horror films available on demand.

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Here's Rolling Stone's Peter Travers with another installment of "Damn you, Hollywood!" Fittingly, today he is griping about "scary" movies that are not scary.

Peter Travers "tosses Octobers worst films into the Scum Bucket." He's dubbing the month Scumtober.

Noel Murray of the AV Club asks a very important and interesting question in a recent article: "Why Do Horror Filmmakers Lose Their Edge As They Age?" George A. Romero, Wes Craven, and John Carpenter all seem to immediately come to mind.

A stuntman was killed in an explosion (and two others were injured) on the set of Lionsgate's "The Expendables 2" in Bulgaria. The Hollywood Reporter reports.

My lady and I went to see "Apollo 18" today. Yikes! (But not in the way the filmmakers would have wanted.)

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"Twilight: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" was originally rated "R" and had to be re-cut for its "PG-13" audience. The reasons listed include a sex scene between Edward and Bella and a "gruesome birth." Eww. The Hollywood Reporter reports. The film will be out (and be "PG-13") on November 18th.

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/Film posted a special edition of "Page 2" today featuring all film-related Halloween costumes and pumpkin carvings. Check it out!

Ever seen "Frankenweenie," Tim Burton's short film before he began making features. Well, now he is remaking that (with Disney producing) as his next stop-motion animated film! /Film has a "First Look."

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Over on Funny or Die, director John Carpenter ("Halloween" and "The Thing") is presenting several horror/comedy helpings to get you through the day. You'll see clumsy ghosts, cat throwers, and a spoof of "Breaking Dawn."

Cracked has put "26 Famous Characters in their Halloween Costumes." Enjoy!

All right, this is one of the funniest things I've seen in a while, but it helps if you are familiar with John Carpenter's 1982 film, "The Thing" and the remake/prequel that just came out this month. "'The Thing' Cast Watches the Prequel."

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Directed by Peter Horn and Jared Marshall

(Disclaimer: Viewer discretion strongly advised, short contain language and violence.) I just barely stumbled upon the very impressive and inventive "Dark Times." I love long takes and I'm currently studying the subjective shot, and this zombie story features both! There is a couple of nice twists in the anything-goes crazy short film. It's pretty awesome!

Looking for some more short horror films? Short of the Week is highlighting several!

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Blastr has "13 Terrifying Star Trek Episodes Worth Beaming Down for Halloween."

The second season premiere for "The Walking Dead" broke basic cable television records. It is no surprise that shortly after AMC announced they would be renewing the series for a third season. I'm pretty sure that mean this zombie apocalypse isn't going to get wrapped up anytime soon. The Hollywood Reporter reports.

I've yet to see "American Horror Story" (surprisingly made by the co-creators of "Glee"), but chances are that I am more likely to see it now that it has been picked up for a second season by FX. The Hollywood Reporter reports. The show revolves around a troubled family who moves into a haunted house unawares.

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1 comment:

Galyn said...

You didn't ask, but I have to tell you one of my favorite "scary" movies (I'm not into "horror - less is more) would be "Wait Until Dark" with Audrey Hepburn.