Coming next month. In a departure from who we typically get as killers, for this chapter we get two: The Twins. Charlotte and Victor Deshayes. Our new survivor is Élodie Rakato. It’ll be very interesting to see how the mechanics of the Twins work in-game. Are you excited for the new Chapter?
Check out the trailer for the next Chapter of Dead by Daylight Here.
Releasing on March 26th. Written by Mauro Croche and Guillermo Lockhart. Segments directed by Caye Casas, Alejandro Damiani, Kheireddine El-Helou, Carlos Goitia, Mat Johns, Damien LeVeck, Vincent Parannaud, Albert Pintó, Denis Walgenwitz, Hendryk Witscherkowsky, Adam O’Brien, and Nicolás Onetti. Ariadna Asturzzi, Germán Baudino, Itziar Castro, Bruno Giacobbe, Clara Kovacic, and Raymond E. Lee star.
From the official synopsis: “Brandon prepares to give his last stand-up comedy show. As his stories and jokes pass, the public begins to cheer up. But at that precise moment Brandon will realize that these stories have a strong relationship with his past. More than he imagines.”
Formerly titled Willy’s Wonderland. Written by G.O. Parsons and directed by Kevin Lewis. Nicholas Cage, Beth Grant, Caylee Cowan, Grant Cramer, Emily Tosta, Terayle Hill, and Ric Reitz star.
To pay off a debt, the Janitor spends a night cleaning an abandoned amusement park, Wally’s Wonderland. However, instead of cleaning he’ll be forced to fight hordes of demonic animatronics, hoping to survive until morning.
Available on VOD on December 11th. Written by Adam Egypt Mortimer and Luke Passmore, with Mortimer directing. Luis Kelly-Duarte, Skylan Brooks, Zolee Griggs, Joe Manganiello, Paul Scheer, and Mac Brant star.
Falling through a rip in time and space, Max Fist winds up in a dimension without powers and struggles to find someone who’ll believe his story.
Available on VOD on December 11th. Written by Courtney Ellum and directed by G-Hey Kim. Valter Skarsgård, Mark Koufos, Catherine Howard, Ry Barrett, and May Grehan star.
After declining an invitation to a party from his roommate Josh, Zane settles in to watch some porn. A pop-up catches his eye and he clicks on it. Josh returns that night to find Zane missing. He notices Zane’s laptop flashing and passes out, waking up with Zane in a dank cellar. They’ll have to work together to escape before a mysterious entity takes control of them completely.
Coming soon. Written and directed by Kevin and Matthew McManus. Neville Archambault, Willie C. Carpenter, Jim Cummings, Chris Sheffield, Michaela McManus, and Jeremy Holm star.
Audry Lynch returns to her hometown on Block Island to find her dad suffering blackouts and hallucinations. After her father goes missing, she enlists her brother to help in the search. They soon find there in far worse danger than they could imagine.
Based off the Jack Ketchum novel of the same name, which is itself based off the murder of Sylvia Likens. This is a rather difficult movie to sit through, as its horrors are not based in the supernatural but on the terror that fellow humans inflict on each other. An aunt who takes in her two nieces, encourages a group of neighborhood boys to focus their tortures upon the eldest. The cruelty of the aunt and the boys is savage and horrific. I think a movie like this is very important for people, not just horror fans to watch. While humans are capable of good deeds, we are also capable of great evil. Sometimes even the nicest of neighbors can be the cruelest of people.
There are some scenes that are very hard to sit through. I chose a more benign scene that shows the aunt’s cruelty, but isn’t quite as tough to stomach. I have included the other scene as a bonus clip on my Tumblr for those who choose to watch it.
The Girl Next Door was written by Daniel Farrands and Philip Nutman, based off the Jack Ketchum novel. Gregory Wilson directed. William Atherton, Blythe Auffarth, Blanche Baker, and Kevin Chamberlin star.
Click Here to check out the clip on my Tumblr. And click Here for a bonus clip.
Spooktober Day 5: Drag Me to Hell (2009)
It had been many years since Sam Raimi had directed a horror movie and when news broke of Drag Me to Hell, the horror community was elated. And boy was it worth the wait. Drag was not only fantastic, but featured one of the best (if not a little gross) fight scenes in horror movie history. The brawl between Christine and Mrs. Ganush featured a very nasty moment that we all hoped would never happen to us. And for that reason it is worth highlighting.
Drag Me to Hell was written by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi, with Sam directing. Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, and David Paymer star.
You can check out the clip by going to my Tumblr post Here.
Spooktober Day 6: Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1992-2000)
This is a special post that would be easier to view on my Instagram. There’s two posts located Here and Here. If you’d like to own an amazing book about the Are You Afraid of the Dark? TV show check out the Kickstarter Here.
Spooktober Day 7: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
One of a handful of remakes that surpasses the original. The 1978 remake of Invasion quickly became the definitive version and is the barometer to which subsequent remakes in 1993 and 2007 were compared to.
When people begin to complain about friends and relatives acting odd, public health inspector, Matthew Bennell dismisses it as a form mass hysteria. But soon he notice signs that something is indeed awry. He and some friends stumble onto a conspiracy of alien beings in the form of flowering pods replacing people. And they’re powerless to stop it.
It was difficult to pick just one scene to focus on, but one of my favorite scenes and one of the creepiest moments is when Matthew and his friends discover that they were about to be replaced by the pods. Matthew calls the cops now that they have evidence of what’s going on and discovers that the cops are in on the conspiracy too. The moment we discover they’re alone and have no one they can turn to is so creepy. It’s up to them to escape and reveal the conspiracy and stop the invasion. Nobody can or will help them.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers was written by W.D. Richter, based on the novel The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney. Philip Kaufman directed. Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy, Art Hindle, and Kevin McCarthy star.
Check out the clip Here. And you can check out a bonus clip Here.
Spooktober Day 8: The Ring (2002)
On October 18, 2002 The Ring debuted not only upending the horror genre, but also introducing many horror fans to Japanese horror and its tropes. It also started a trend of remaking J Horror movies for Western audiences. It’s also one of the few truly frightening PG-13 horror movies. It’s a shining example of why R-rated horror isn’t always the best. In the years to follow we soon had The Grudge, Dark Water, One Missed Call, The Eye, and several others. Some were well made and were hits. Others less so. The Ring also gave us two sequels that didn’t quite live up to this one.
There are many amazing, frightening scenes in The Ring. Number one for me is this scene. The first time you see it, it’s disturbing, in that you know something is going to happen. But then she fucking crawls out of the tv! Totally unexpected. And you know Noah is screwed. This scene alone is makes worth watching for anyone in the horror community. You can watch the clip Here.
The other moment I wanted to highlight from The Ring is the iconic tape that sets the story off. After watching it, you’ll get a phone call with a voice saying “Seven days.” It was even included as a hidden extra on the DVD release. Ironically, when I first watched it my phone actually rang right after. It was work, but talk about real life horror. If you dare, you can watch the tape Here.
In The Ring a cursed videotape leads a young single mother on a haunt for a way to stop the curse from killing her and her son in seven days.
The Ring was based off the Japanese horror film Ringu, created by Hiroshi Takahashi. Both films were based off the novel The Ring by Kôji Suzuki. Ehren Kruger wrote the screenplay, with Gore Verinski directing. Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman, Amber Tamblyn, and Daveigh Chase star.
Spooktober Day 9: Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (1984)
Since I received my Friday the 13th box set from Scream Factory the other day, I thought I would highlight my favorite entry today.
Afraid the Friday the 13th series would start to lose money, Paramount hedged their bets and decided to kill Jason off. They even brought back the man who created him, Tom Savini. It was only appropriate that his creator be the one to decide his death. And he created an instantly iconic moment: Jason sliding face-first down his own machete. The Final Chapter also introduced Tommy Jarvis, who would quickly become a very important character. In addition, the cast were amazing and the kills very memorable.
Paramount’s decision paid off handsomely. On a budget of $2.6 million, The Final Chapter opened to $11.1 million, eventually grossing about $33 million. Despite what Paramount intended, Jason would soon be haunting the shores of Crystal Lake again.
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter was written by Barney Cohen, based off a story by Bruce Hidemi Sakow. The screenplay was also based off characters created by Victor Miller, Ron Kurz, Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson, and Sean S. Cunningham. Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton, Kimberly Beck, Crispin Glover, Corey Feldman, and Ted White.
This was one of my favorite movie growing up. I was obsessed with monsters back then, so watching Dracula lead a team of them pretty much fulfilled my obsession. It’s honestly more than just a horror-version of The Goonies. There are definitely some cheesy moments, but the way the characters interact and the various storylines make for a fun movie. And the look of the various monsters by Stan Winston is incredible. I don’t think anyone else could have pulled it off as well. He truly was a genius.
When The Monster Squad debuted, it was a box off bomb. But once it his VHS and started airing on TV it gained a huge cult following. For many years the only way to watch the movie was on an old VHS released by Vestron in 1988. Rights issues kept the movie from being released on DVD until the 20th anniversary in 2007. Fan demand played a big part in making it a reality. And it was packed full of special features, making it an even nicer treat for fans. And as it stands now, we have yet to get a decent Blu-Ray release of the film. One can only hope that Arrow or Shout! Factory gets a hold of the rights and gives it a Blu-Ray we and the film deserve.
One particular scene was a favorite of mine because of how brutal Dracula was to Phoebe. He was not playing around. It gives the sense that Dracula would kill even the most innocent to get the power he craves. You can check out the clip Here.
One scene I couldn’t not share involved the squad getting attacked by the Wolfman. That iconic scene can be viewed Here.
The Monster Squad was written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, with Dekker directing. Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Duncan Regehr, Tom Noonan, Brent Chalem, Ryan Lambert, Ashley Bank, Michael Faustino, and Mary Ellen Trainor starred.