Thursday, February 27, 2014

10 Fun Facts About Cannibalism (Thanks Hannibal!)

Hannibal, Season 2 premieres tomorrow Friday, February 28th and to get you in the spirit of the show, NBC has produced the following short, 10 Fun Facts About Cannibalism.

Hannibal stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. The series also stars Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park co-star, and Season 2 guest stars include a returning Gillian Anderson, Eddie Izzard, and Raúl Esparza along with newcomers Jeremy Davies, Jonathan Tucker, Katharine Isabelle, and Amanda Plummer.

This show keeps teaching me new things, as I previously first posted here. Season 1 eventually won me over, and I hope the whole crime procedural aspect takes another step back. The second half of the season proved the dark and disturbing material was compelling all on it's own.


You Tube Link


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Viy: Ancient Demon Takes Over Russia

Looks like a legendary demon is taking over Russia's box office. The latest adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's Viy scored the biggest opening weekend of all-time, and has grossed over $32 million in 3 weeks. The fantasy-horror film, loosely based on a popular short story written in the 1800s, is about an 18th-century cartographer who sets off to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania only to discover an ancient evil has awoken deep in the forest.

The trailer below feels like the dream collaboration of a whimsical Tim Burton combined with a dark-n-edgy Guillermo Del Toro (Sleepy Hollow meets Pan's Labyrinth?).

No release date has been announced for America, although Universal Pictures is handling the international distribution. Even though the official Viy site is in Russian, it's worth stumbling through the site to see the photos of the demons and an extended trailer (second link down on the main page).


YouTube Link

Teaser poster

Official poster

Friday, February 14, 2014

Jack + Sally = Love

Ahhh Valentine's Day... the day of bloodied hearts... and love! The good folks at ZombiePumpkins.com have surprised us with a beautiful pattern featuring Jack and Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas. If you signed up for a membership last Halloween you still have access to download this clever pattern that can be used together or apart. (FYI, memberships are good for 9 months!) Get more information here.





This last moment from the movie gets me Every. Single. Time.



YouTube: We're Simply Meant To Be


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Here Comes The Devil: Review

It starts with an inexplicable and raunchy lesbian sex scene that sets the grimy, 70s exploitation-like tone. Next we meet a family at a rest stop where the kids go play in a nearby hill and disappear. Thus ensues the mystery and mess that is Here Comes the Devil, a popular Mexican film that’s swept up awards on the festival circuit. Laura Caro is convincing as the distraught mother who will stop at nothing to find out what happened to her children, but then there’s an atrocious act of violence so unbelievable that it casts a pall on the rest of the film. The movie returns to a familiar road but there’s awkward pacing interspersed with schlocky moments and telenovela face zoom-ins. I was hoping the parts would add up, capitalize on a truly frightening concept, and deliver a grand finale – but it's just not that kind of film. It’s a turgid collection of oddities going in many directions, and it’s not a complete failure. There’s a steady, moody pulse, and an unrelenting and unnerving creepiness that is effective, making the movie feel more scary than it actually is. Fans of weird, foreign movies may like the supernatural edge, and art house junkies who like to fill-in the majority of the blanks may appreciate it as well.



The official trailer on YouTube

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Babadook

One of the most interesting new movies headed our way is The Babadook, which deals with motherhood, out-of-control children, and the boogeyman. It seems like it would make a good companion piece to Insidious, The Ring, or Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. The Australian film was crowdsource-funded in 2012 and premiered last month at the Sundance Film festival to positive reviews.

As a fan of independent horror movies, I look forward to new visions of horror that haven't been watered down by the studio system and focus groups. I am particularly intrigued with the producers' goal of creating a bold, visual, and expressionist film inspired by classics like Nosferatu and Vampyr. David Lynch is cited as being an influence on director Jennifer Kent who believes his "singular ability to create a world onscreen that so closely resembles dream logic [where] not every moment can be explained in a completely literal way." Sounds like nightmarish fun!

Take a look at the terrifying trailer – I already can't get The Babadook's voice out of my head. The film was acquired by IFC Midnight with a VOD release expected later this year.





Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Next Season on American Horror Story

Season 3 of American Horror Story is done and sadness ensues. But at least we can start speculating on what the next season will be about (at least until it's likely announced at PaleyFest in mid-March). So far creator Ryan Murphy has suggested the following:
It takes place in 1950 (and possibly set in the Santa Fe). Jessica Lange has a juicy part where she will speak German. Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are expected to return. 
Internet speculation has been centered around a Circus theme, based on numerous fan art posters like those below. When Entertainment Weekly asked him directly about this he said:
"I saw those posters. I don’t know where people came up with that idea. Sometimes I think its people wanting us to do topics and doing fan posters. No one has completely guessed what it is."
TV Guide.com also posted 5 Wild Theories about season 4 and included what I thought to be the ideal theme: Roswell. It wasn't until the Roswell UFO crash in 1947 (and the subsequent move to Area 51 in Nevada) that America's fascination with aliens took hold. With the McCarthy trials, The Second Red Scare and communism, the secret hydrogen bomb testing in the desert, and subsequent nuclear panic it sounds like a perfect season to me. (And what better place for an alien to hide than a circus?!?)

Aliens were included peripherally in season 2 but left rather open ended, and although Ryan Murphy has stated that he hates to repeat himself (ahem, Glee Season 2–5?) there's a much larger story to tell. We're all still obsessed with aliens, and McCarthyism, like the Salem witch trials, was one of America's greatest horror stories.





Sunday, February 2, 2014

Dread Central Live



Fans of the horror site DreadCentral.com will have another way to enjoy up-to-the-minute horror news and talk.
Hosts Staci Layne Wilson and Vanessa Gomez will guide viewers on a weekly journey of keeping current in horror via news updates, interviews with genre and mainstream stars and filmmakers, exclusive clips, trailer premieres, as well as exclusive coverage from set visits for horror feature films and TV shows in production. During the interview portions of the show, fans can submit questions via Twitter and Facebook.
The show premieres Monday, February 3rd at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT on theStream.tv, an online entertainment network airing interactive weeknight shows.