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Now Streaming On Shudder: ‘Lake Bodom’

There are those who might not be aware of “Nordic Noir,” a term used to describe the recent influx of Nordic genre films and television, but if the quality of genre fare coming out of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, and Finland continues to remain high, that should change soon. The latest film added to this list is Lake Bodom, from director Taneli Mustonen, who co-wrote the script with Aleksi Hyvärinen.
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Watching ‘Rings’ Won’t Kill You, But It Will Definitely Bore You

There was a time when The Ring was the scariest film franchise going.

Based on the Japanese novel Ringu, written by Kôji Suzuki and its own cinematic adaptation by Hideo Nakata, the 2002 film introduced North American audiences to the character of Samara and a director named Gore Verbiniski, who would go on to spearhead the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise for Disney. The film was a box office success and scared the pants of audiences, so of course there was a sequel. The Ring Two didn’t make as much money as the first, even with Japanese director Najata at the helm, and the franchise was put on ice.

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Until this year, and the third entry in the series, Rings. Which didn’t do very well at the box office and which critics hated.

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Now Streaming On Shudder: Peeping Tom

It seems unbelievable that a masterpiece like Peeping Tom seriously derailed Michael Powell’s career, but that is just what happened. Peeping Tom was a departure for the director, known for his collaborations with Emeric Pressburger (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes) over the course of three decades. Thankfully, thanks to critics like Raymond Durgnant and filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, there was a backlash to the backlash, and Peeping Tom is now considered not only a classic of British cinema, but also of the often-derided slasher subgenre in horror.
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Facehug Your #AlienDay With ‘Aliens: Dead Orbit #1’ On The Wednesday Run

We’re told that “in space, no one can hear you scream.”

Here on planet earth, it’s a different story! Screams of fright, horror and joy abound when we’re talking about the Alien film franchise. You know, the one made famous by directors Ridley Scott and James Cameron: Alien in 1979 and Aliens in 1986. They were the first R-rated films that an under-age me needed to see. Well, those two and Canadian classic, Porky’s.

Those two highlight films have spun-off a flurry of pop culture gold that includes five other Alien-centered films of varying quality (two of which enthusiastically co-star the sci-fi classic Predator creature) with a new and eagerly-anticipated film in the horror franchise only a month away from release.

There’s even a day of the year dedicated to the Alien franchise, an unofficial holiday for fans around this planet: #AlienDay is today, April 26! Tweet out those chest-busters!

With pop culture supremacy, of course, come loads of comic books. Appropriately, then, today sees the release of the first issue of a new mini-series…Aliens: Dead Orbit #1, the perfect accompaniment to a day dedicated to everyone’s favourite xenomorph!

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End Of The World & Beginning Of Yuggoth In ‘Providence #12’ On The Wednesday Run

Let’s get to the point: it’s been a long time coming, hasn’t it?

Two years next month, in fact.

That’s when the first issue of Providence, the first of twelve bi-monthly issues, dropped into the pulpy hands of eagerly anticipating readers who love horror-themed graphic fiction. May of 2015.

But Providence is much more than just horror. It’s a fascinating take on American outsider culture during the early part of the twentieth century, on the eve of the war to end all wars, written and illustrated by two of the comic book industry’s greatest.

Finally, the series comes to a head: Providence #12.

And it is both the end of days and the beginning of a new, stranger, world!

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Now Streaming On Shudder: Takashi Miike’s ‘Audition’

One of the best things about the horror streaming service Shudder is the depth and breadth of its catalogue. It features not only low-budget films that have been overlooked, but also classics of the international horror canon.

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Takashi Miike is an incredibly prolific director, having helmed more than 90 films since he began his career in 1991. One of his most well-known movies is 1999’s Audition. As a newcomer to Miike’s filmography, I felt it was time for me to finally tackle a film that often appears on lists of the greatest horror films ever made.
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Get Out looking to hit #1 this weekend

If you’re a fan of horror films, this is a big weekend, as one of the most anticipated genre films in quite a while is hitting theatres. Will it make any impact at the box office? Here’s our prediction:

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Get Out is the new thriller from Blumhouse and Jordan Peele, who is best known for his work as one half of the comedy duo Key and Peele. The trailers for this clearly socially conscious film have been absolutely stunning, and should be big drivers in getting a diverse audience to check out the film this weekend. Combined with a current 100% fresh standing at Rotten Tomatoes and its clear that Get Out is the film to beat. Look for a first place debut with $29 million.

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‘Rings’ looks to scare ‘Split’ from the top of the box office

A new instalment in a horror franchise enters the fray this weekend. Will it find an audience or fail like others before it? Here’s our prediction:

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Rings is the third entry into a franchise that began back in 2002 with The Ring. At the time, the film, about a haunted video tape that killed its viewers seven days after watching its contents, was a fairly big hit at the time, but that was 15 years ago and its fair to say few have been clamouring for a new instalment. Rings hasn’t been screened in advance for critics, and that’s never a good sign. On that note, look for a second place debut with $11.5 million.

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Start The New Year Right With A Free Month Of Shudder Canada!

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Back in December we told you about how you could get a month of SHUDDER CANADA—the latest, greatest streaming horror service—for free.

You still can and you don’t even have to leave the comforts of your laptop! Follow me after the jump to find out more.
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The Exorcist S01 E10: “Three Rooms”

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It’s hard to believe that ten episodes of The Exorcist have aired; it seems like it just started, and now it’s ended. Was Pazuzu driven from Angela for the second time? Pope Sebastian was coming to Chicago, was there an attempt on his life?

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