Eggers directed the young star in his horrifying debut The Witch, and “… wanted to re-team with Taylor-Joy on the film early in the process, but after she became a bona fide movie star in M. Night Shyamalan’s hit Split, the young actress’ schedule has filled up. She is currently filming Josh Boone’s X-Men film New Mutants and is also signed on for the Split and Unbreakable sequel Glass, which also stars James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson.”
A24 (the studio responsible for a wide variety of critically acclaimed horror films as well as a slate of current Oscar contenders) has just released the first trailer for Trey Edward Shults’ horror film It Comes at Night.
The trailer exudes a menacing, claustrophobic atmosphere and hints at an unknown presence lurking in the woods. The haunting artwork of Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel (entitled “The Triumph of Death”) offers our first glimpse of a potential “hell on earth” scenario for the unlucky families trapped in the close quarters of the house and the dark forest. read more
Horror movies and television shows aren’t often represented during end of year awards seasons. Oftentimes, the content of the horror genre doesn’t fit the narrow set of qualities that judges look for when selecting the winners of their most prestigious awards.
Enter Stranger Things, the Netflix 80’s throwback that took the television-viewing nation by storm this summer! From the minds of the Duffer Brothers, the show blended a perfect mix of monsters, horror, science fiction and action, with clever homages to 1980’s filmmaking sprinkled throughout. As fans spent the summer falling in love with its characters and its contagious nostalgia, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press were considering the series for some Golden Globe Awards. Stranger Things has been nominated for “Best Television Series- Drama,” and Winona Ryder has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series- Drama.” After starring in such spooky hits as Beetlejuice and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Ryder has not been as active in the world of acting in recent years. She chose an excellent project to return with, and her hard work and talent is being recognized by fans and critics alike. read more
In his recent appearance on Indiewire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, The Witch director, Robert Eggers confirmed that his next project will be a remake of the 1922 horror classic, Nosferatu.
“It feels ugly, blasphemous, egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to be doing Nosferatu next,” said Eggers ” I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”
With his period piece horror film The Witch, Eggers created a slow-building, moody thriller which garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Nosferatu can potentially follow along the same lines, which would play right into the director’s wheelhouse. read more
Every October, horror fans across the country use our spookiest month as an excuse to binge watch as many horror films as possible. Some hardcore enthusiasts even make a list of 31 movies and stick to watching one per every day of the month. But what’s out there for the veteran who doesn’t have the time for 31 movies, or the casual fan who wants to expand his or her horror horizons? Presenting… the Horror News Network 6-6-6 Halloween Watchathon!
Here are six different movies from six different decades to watch in the final six days leading up to Halloween. It is an eclectic mix of anything from light and silly content to some of the finest films ever produced. Together, they create a well-rounded experience for anyone ranging from horror newbie to horror aficionado! read more
A24, the studio behind such recent critical darlings as Ex Machina, Room, and The Witch, has revealed the official trailer for The Monster. The film is directed by Bryan Bertino, director of The Strangers. Since horror films are missing from theater schedules this October, your best bet for chills and thrills this Halloween is to watch this trailer on repeat:
Due Bertino’s work on The Strangers and A24’s recent track record, the trailer has already drummed up high hopes and high expectations from within the horror community. The trailer appears to continue Bertino’s and A24’s practice of focusing on character and story development over cheap jump scares. Only time will tell if the film lives up to the expectations. read more
DVD & Blu-ray Releases: May 17, 2016
My horror blu-ray pick-of-the-week is Robert Eggers’ critically acclaimed The Witch, starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, and that lovable goat we all know as Black Philip! You can read my review of the film here.
You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.
The Witch [Blu-ray + Digital HD]
Starring: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson
Synopsis: A devoutly Christian family in 1630s New England, struggles to survive living along the edge of a vast wilderness. When one of their five children goes missing and their life-sustaining crops fail, they fall victim to paranoia and fear as they begin to turn on one another. read more
One of the Most Original Horror Films in a Decade Unleashes Its Unholy Curse on Blu-ray™ and DVD on May 17 from Lionsgate
SANTA MONICA, CA (March 16, 2016) – The Witch, the ground-breaking horror film “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes and winner of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, will be available on May 17 on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) from Lionsgate. A Puritan family banished to the edge of the known wilderness suspects an unseen, unspeakable evil is at work after the disappearance of one of their five children. Drawing from actual accounts of witchcraft and possession in New England, the critically acclaimed film features authentic settings and a creepy atmosphere. From debut writer-director Robert Eggers and theatrically released by A24 Films, The Witch stars Anya Taylor-Joy (Viking Quest), Ralph Ineson (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Katie Dickie (TV’s “Game of Thrones”). read more
‘The Witch’ – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 8 out of 10
Synopsis: A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.
Our Thoughts: ‘The Witch’ follows a Puritan family who leaves the plantation they were living due to a conflict of beliefs. They build a house and farm of their own and begin the new lives. One day, their new born baby is stolen by a witch who lives in the woods, while their oldest daughter, Thomasin, is playing with him. The witch, portrayed as a creepy, naked elderly woman, kills the child, churns his blood and rubs it on her body. read more
A new trailer for ‘The Witch’ has been released, along with a new clip for the film hitting theaters February 19. You can view them both below.
In addition to the new trailer and clips, the film has some awesome marketing going on. They made a Face of Evil Witch Poster Generator for fans to make their own posters with. The goat in the film also has his own twitter account – Black Phillip.
On February 19th, evil takes many forms. From writer/director Robert Eggers and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Kate Dickie, Ralph Ineson. THE WITCH – In Theaters Everywhere 2/19. read more