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‘They Remain’ Provides Dread and Frustration


Starring William Harper Jackson and Rebecca Henderson, They Remain is about two scientists that are helicoptered into a remote location to study strange animal behavior and environmental changes where a Manson-style cult had committed a brutal atrocity. Director Philip Gelatt weaves themes of paganism, sci-fi, and horror into a dread-filled and beautifully shot film. It’s an effective slow burn thriller that works on every level, to a point.
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The Week in Horror – Day of the Dead: Bloodlines, mother! + more

Day of the Dead: Bloodlines come to VOD, mother! gets a Blu-ray release date, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror!

_MAN3208.nefOfficial release details for Day of the Dead: Bloodlines

This week, more details emerged regarding the new reimagining of George A. Romero’s classic Day of the Dead (the less said about the Mena Suvari take, the better). “Day of the Dead: Bloodline is set in a post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled world where a former med school student is tormented by a dark figure from her past. The only thing is, he’s a half-human, half-zombie hell-bent on destroying her world.” The film, directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens and written by Mark Tonderai & Lars Jacobson based on the motion picture “Day of the Dead” by George A. Romero, will be released on VOD, theaters and Digital HD on January 5th, 2018.
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31 Days of Horror: ‘Hellraiser’ at 30


Author, artist, and playwright Clive Barker made his directorial debut on September 18, 1987. He was adapting his own novel The Hellbound Heart, which would become the seminal work of horror cinematic art known as Hellraiser. Barker had no experience as a film director, but after two disappointing adaptations of his work (Transmutations and Rawhead Rex) he was determined to direct his own work and get it right.

In 1987 there was still room for innovation in horror cinema and though the slashers that ruled the day were already beginning to be a bit repetitious, there were still high points. 1987 alone had plenty of iconic films: Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, Michele Soavi’s Stage Fright, John Carpenter’s Prince Of Darkness, and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2, just to name a few. No film, though, came out of left field and blew them all off the road like Hellraiser.
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31 Days of Horror: Friday the 13th – The Puzzle Game Coming to Mobile Platforms in 2018

Slayaway Camp Devs Sharpen Machetes on a Brand New ”Killer Puzzle”

From the makers of Slayaway Camp—the award-winning “Bloodiest Puzzle Game Ever”—comes an even more frightening puzzler starring one of horror’s most iconic killers. Now you can go behind the hockey mask of Jason Voorhees on his mission to murder unfortunate campers at Crystal Lake and beyond.

Players control Jason by sliding him around an isometric puzzle level to attack his victims, either directly with a variety of weapons, or indirectly, by frightening them into environmental hazards like campfires, bear traps, and woodchippers. Gruesome reflex-based “Kill Scenes” punctuate the puzzling as you progress through multiple episodes, from classic campgrounds to more exotic locations such as Manhattan, abandoned amusement parks, supermax prisons, beach resorts, outer space and more.

“I loved the balance of horror and humor the Blue Wizard guys brought to Slayaway Camp,” said Friday the 13th series creator Sean Cunningham, “and I’m thrilled to see their take on Friday the 13th.”

“Though it might surprise PopCap players, I’m a lifelong hardcore horror fan,” said Blue Wizard founder Jason Kapalka.  “But it’s pretty hard to make a terrifying game on your phone! As with Plants vs Zombies, we’re taking a more playful, tongue-in-cheek approach than is usual for Friday the 13th, while still paying genuine tribute to all those classic films.”

F13: TPG will be initially released on iPhone and Android devices as a ”Free to Slay” title with optional purchases. “We’re sensitive to the concerns a lot of players have with free to play titles,” said Kapalka. “We’re definitely trying to avoid the more obnoxious money-grabs. They’ve promised to send Jason after us if it sucks.”

About Blue Wizard Digital

Blue Wizard Digital was started by Jason Kapalka, who previously co-founded PopCap Games (Bejeweled, Peggle, Plants vs Zombies). Their first game, Slayaway Camp, was released Halloween 2016 to critical acclaim on Steam, iOS, and Android platforms, followed by console release on Xbox One and PS4 this Halloween.

31 Days of Horror: Red Christmas

Red Christmas
Written and Directed by Craig Anderson
Starring Dee Wallace, Sarah Bishop, Geoff Morrell, Janis McGavin, David Collins, Sam Campbell, Gerard Odwyer, and Bjorn Stewart

With Red Christmas, Craig Anderson hasn’t just made a solid slasher film in the great ‘Oz-ploitation’ tradition of wildly pushing the boundaries, but he’s also made a film with a lot of heart and thought-provoking moments. Red Christmas may also push a lot of buttons, as it deals with abortion, religion, and sordid family secrets.

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31 Days of Horror 2017: Willard and Ben

 

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Rats are terrifying, of that there is no doubt.  Just the sight of one at a store or restaurant will cause us to never visit the establishment again, and heaven forbid we see one in our home!  Now imagine them organized, and turned against us.  Brrrr… yeah, really scary.  That was the theme of two frightening films of the early 1970s.  Meet me after the jump for my 31 Days of Horror reviews of Willard and Ben!

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31 Days of Horror: 78/52


The new documentary 78/52 dives deep into the technical aspects, meanings, anecdotes, and impact of Alfred Hitchcock’s notorious shower scene from his landmark 1960 film Psycho. (The film’s title refers to the 78 camera set ups and the 52 cuts in that scene.) Many industry luminaries lend their opinions and insights  in the film, like Peter Bogdanovich, Elijah Wood, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny Elfman, Bret Easton Ellis, Mick Garris, Richard Stanley, and even Janet Leigh’s body double Marli Renfro.
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31 Days Of Horror: The Wednesday Run Goes BOO! With “DC House Of Horror #1”

We’re literally six sleeps away from one of the best times of year!

And with all the little ghosts and ghouls and goblins (and, let’s face it, superheroes) ringing your doorbell and asking for tricks or treats next Tuesday evening, you may want to shake things up a bit.

Instead of the usual candy and chocolate bars and chip bags handed out on Halloween, why not a comic book as a loot bag stuffer?

It’s a great idea: the gift of four-colour literacy! Of pop culture personified! Of imagination and excitement!

Then again, it can get pricey handing out all those comics.

So, treat yourself (or a select few) to some comic book scares this Halloween with the just-released, over-sized, frightfully awesome, completely fun, and altogether appropriate, DC House of Horror #1!

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“Nothing’s Gonna Go Back To The Way It Was”: Stranger Things, Season 2


Netflix’s original series Stranger Things was one of the biggest surprise hits of 2016 so it’s not an exaggeration to say the show’s second season has been one of the most anticipated TV events of 2017.

The second season of a hit TV show is always a gamble: will it be as good as the previous one or will it suffer the dreaded sophomore slump? If you were concerned that Stranger Things 2 would not live up to its reputation, have no fear; at four episodes in, it’s outstanding. After all, there are bigger evils in the world of Hawkins, Indiana to worry about.
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31 Days of Horror 2017: Beware the Slenderman

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Almost as horrific as an actual movie about this man-made monster, Beware the Slenderman, the documentary about two teenaged girls who tried to kill another young girl and then blame it on a fictional boogeyman, is one of the scarier pieces of film I’ve seen recently. Meet me after the jump for my special 31 Days of Horror review of Beware the Slenderman!

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