I love scary movies and I love blood and guts and severed heads and tangled up intestines everywhere. I guess tangled-up intestines are kind of the same thing as guts, but, wow, do I love grisly gore. It seems like older horror movies often focused more on the psychology of how horrifying a situation or act was and newer horror movies put more attention into convincingly showing every stab and every spurting artery on camera. For example, especially when you factor in what audiences of the time were used to, Last House on the Left was really shocking in 1972. It’s slogan was “To avoid fainting, keep repeating it’s only a movie, only a movie, only a movie.” Most of the most horrible events in the movie, you hear the suffering, but you can’t really see what is going on. By contrast, the 2009 version seems to be shot somehow higher quality, partly just due to the technology of modern cinematography. To my modern eyes, the color palette is more pleasing in the 2009 Last House on the Left. More of the gruesome parts are visible, although they could still go more extreme with that, for my taste. But the new one somehow loses some of the aura of menace, while at the same time vastly improving special effects and general overall look. Partly I suppose Aaron Paul just didn’t seem very scary to begin with and he already seemed like a tragic hero to anyone who had seen him play Jesse in Breaking Bad. You can research more about both the 1972 film version and the more recent 2009 remake at Wikipedia and you can read a bit about Last House on the Left distribution channels for horror at Blue Blood.
Horror special effects definitely have come a long way since the seventies. Now though, the special effects are, not to sound ironic, to die for. Trust me, if the quality of movies were still the same as they were a few decades ago, you can bet that I wouldn’t drop what I was doing over at http://www.partybingo.com just to watch some crappy special effects, and acting that we will just label as sub-par. Thank god though, that isn’t the case! To prove my point, just go watch one of the many (I think there are eight) movies in the Saw series, or if you are really up for some cringing, then watch Hostel.
So, in conclusion, I’ll watch the seventies movies for the acting and the newer ones for the special effects, but the special effects really have to be pretty impressive. I’m thinking about going to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. I figure, even if the acting is all Disney Channel, the special effects on that have to be worth a theater ticket.
We’ll soon be putting up Dread Central’s annual Best and Worst of the Year lists, but right now we have your top 10 choices for the top horror movies of 2014.
Out of the 49 movies we listed as choices The Babadook clearly took the crown for horror film of the year landing a whopping 48% of the votes. The only thing even remotely close to it? Oculus with 21%.
In the “Other” category of films not on the list it was Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, Starry Eyes, and Late
Phases which garnered the most buzz.
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer star in the film, which will be released in 3D by Universal Pictures.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg and Thomas Tull executive produce, and Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
A new video is here in promotion of Techland’s upcoming horror title Dying Light and it like the others looks as badass as possible. Check it out!
From the Press Release: All players looking forward to Dying Light can now get a taste of the zombie-infested quarantine zone in “Test Your Survival Skills” – an interactive video based on actual Dying Light gameplay. This non-linear video lets you choose your own path through a mission that showcases the multitude of possibilities available in the open world of Dying Light. As a bonus, along the way you can unlock original artworks and thus discover curious details about in-game mechanics and enemies. Try multiple playthroughs to see the range of choices and strategies that you can use, and start to get a grasp on how best to survive the dangers of the zombie quarantine zone.
The interactive video is available in English and supports French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles. N.B. The video was made to interacted with on desktop PCs and is unfortunately not mobile friendly.
Dying Light’s “Test Your Survival Skills” Interactive Video can be played at the game’s official YouTube channel:
In Dying Light, players will assume the role of Kyle Crane, an undercover operative sent to infiltrate the quarantine zone on a mission that is communicated as necessary and clear in moral intention, yet in reality raises profound questions – as shown in the latest Story Trailer.
Dying Light is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the PC, and is scheduled for release in 2015 on January 27th in the Americas, January 28th in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and January 30th in Europe.
Be afraid. Be very afraid… The story that began in David Cronenberg’s film update of The Fly continues next year with the five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak, written by Brandon Seifert (Hellraiser, Witch Doctor) with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte).
Issue #1 will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.
Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well…
“To be totally honest, The Fly is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen!” said Seifert. “It was really resonant for its time. And in the last 20 years or so, with all the advances in Genetically Modified Organisms, the film has taken on a lot of meaning it didn’t originally have. It’s really exciting to explore those elements in this miniseries — and great to have an amazing, super-distinctive artist like menton3 on the visuals!”
“Equal parts gory allegory and tragic love story, The Fly was perhaps David Cronenberg’s crowning achievement,” editor Denton J. Tipton said. “That’s a lot to live up to, but I believe Brandon and Menton are equal to the task. The script is sharp and poignant, and the art is visceral and haunting. No one is safe!”
Nothing spreads faster than fear… be part of the Outbreak in March 2015.
Earlier this week MTV released the full official trailer for its upcoming series “Eye Candy,” which is kicking off early next year; and now they’ve provided us with three new promo spots that are sure to make you “a little insane”!
The 10-episode series, which is executive produced by Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke and Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity), debuts on Monday, January 12th, at 10/9c.
Victoria Justice stars as Lindy, a beautiful but reclusive hacker whose blog exposes everything from terrorist plots to suspected killers. Convinced by her roommate to begin online dating, Lindy is targeted by a dangerous cyberstalker and believes one of her suitors to be the culprit. When things take a deadly turn, she teams up with the city’s cyber-crime unit to catch the killer.
Last we heard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was set to star as Morpheus in the big screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, though a recent interview with Gaiman suggests otherwise. Read on for his thoughts on who he’d like to see tackle the iconic role!
Speaking with Radio Times, Gaiman reflected on the long-gestating nature of the project, revealing that the time it’s taken to get the film off the ground has unfortunately resulted in the ideal Morpheus slipping through the cracks.
“There was a time Johnny Depp would’ve been a great Morpheus, but now he’s too old and it’s fine,” said Gaiman, before mentioning another name that could potentially take over. “I think the first time I saw Benedict [Cumberbatch] was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, ‘Wow, that’s incredibly Morpheus’. And fans probably thought the same because they immediately started doing fan-art, meshing the two of them up.”
“Then again, Tom Hiddleston is still out there!” he continued. “And the truth is, as far as I’m concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Gaiman revealed that the script is still in the works, currently being tweaked by David S. Goyer, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jack Thorne. He says he hasn’t yet seen the script, but he’s glad previous iterations of the project never got off the ground.
“My position on it has always been, for over 25 years now, I would rather see no Sandman movie than a bad Sandman movie,” he admitted. “A couple of times, people say, ‘It’s a crime there’s never been a Sandman movie’, and a couple of times, to be honest, I have thrown my body in front of a bus on a couple of bad ones over the years. I’m just happy that no bad Sandman movie has ever been made. But I’m really hoping that a good one will be. They’re a good team. And with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in charge, his instincts are good and he loves the material. He wants it to be true to the material.”
The Sandman series shifts between horror and fantasy, and the central character is Morpheus, the personification of dreams. After being held captive 70 years, Morpheus escapes, gains revenge, and rebuilds his crumbling kingdom while trying to adapt to the times. Warner Bros. has tried for some time to get a script right, and they may have finally cracked it.
Some quick news breaking over on THR regarding a new movie that sounds strangely like David Twohy’s 2009 flick A Perfect Getaway. Principal photography has begun in Nassau, the Bahamas, on Shane Dax Taylor’s thriller Isolation.
The film stars Tricia Helfer (pictured below; “Battlestar Galactica,” “Ascension”) and Luke Mably (28 Days Later) as a couple who visit a remote island to spark up their marriage. The couple then encounters a couple of killers, Dominic Purcell (“Prison Break”) and AnnaLynne McCord (“90210″).
Isolation‘s screenplay is by Chad Law (6 Bullets, The Hit List), who produces along with Taylor, George Maranville and Daniel Zirilli.
It’s always exciting when horror films are embraced by mainstream outlets, and treated like something more than cinema’s bastard children. It’s for this reason that we look forward to the Library of Congress’ annual additions to the National Film Registry, and this year two more horror classics have received the honor!
Per the LA Times, both House of Wax (1953) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968) have joined the National Film Registry this year, officially being recognized as “cultural, historical or aesthetic cinematic treasures.” They take their rightful place alongside previous horror inductees The Exorcist and The Silence of the Lambs.
“The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America’s film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant,” read a statement from librarian of Congress, James H. Billington. “By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history.”
Under the National Film Preservation Act, the librarian of Congress chooses films that are at least 10 years old. The Library of Congress’ Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Virginia will ensure that each film is preserved, whether through the center’s preservation program or through collaborations with other archives, movie studios and independent filmmakers.
The 2014 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 650.
An official teaser has arrived for the highly acclaimed terror tale It Follows (review), and we have it for you right here! Dig it!
With a riveting central performance from Maika Monroe and a strikingly ominous electronic score by Disasterpeace, It Follows is an artful psychosexual thriller from David Robert Mitchell (whose The Myth of the American Sleepover premiered at Critics’ Week in 2010).
The film also stars Keir Gilchrist (“The United States of Tara”), Daniel Zovatto (Laggies), Jake Weary (“Chicago Fire”), Olivia Luccardi (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Lili Sepe (Spork). David Robert Mitchell directs.
Synopsis: For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe, AT ANY PRICE), the fall should be about school, boys, and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.
On tap right now is an exclusive video interview with Ethan Hawke, who discusses his upcoming new film for the Spierig Brothers, Predestination. Dig it!
Directed by Michael and Peter Spierig (Undead, Daybreakers), Predestination stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Christopher Kirby, and Noah Taylor. It will be available both On Demand and in theaters on Friday, January 9th, from Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Synopsis: Based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent (Hawke) sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.