Just last month Amazon Studios debuted a clip of Suspiria (2018) at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and the reaction was pure shock and disgust. Now we have our first trailer and while we get no dialogue, we can sense the tension between Susie (Dakota Johnson) and Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton). Along with the the sharp visuals comes some rather unsettling music. Director Luca Guadagnino tapped Radiohead’s Thom Yorke to score the reboot (the 1977 original was of course done by Italian legends Goblin).
It doesn’t seem to be easy to pull off a rape/revenge film without it becoming nothing more than a heartless gore-fest; not saying that I have an issue with heartless gore-fests per se, I’m just saying that some of them seem to lack the story/acting/cinematography that make for an impactful film. One film that immediately comes to mind that was ultra-successful in this genre was 2012’s American Mary.
Well, here we are in 2018 and this genre has another super film to add to its list; I’m talking about Revenge. read more
It’s been nine years since Tom Six first burst onto the horror scene with The Human Centipede and three years since he wrapped up his Centipede trilogy with The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). The Dutch writer/director had released three films before the trilogy (Gay in Amsterdam, Honeyz and I Love Dries) but it was those grotesque body-horror films that thrust him into the mainstream; well, the horror fan’s mainstream anyway.
Today, IndieWire dropped the news that we should be seeing the next Tom Six film later this year. Titled The Onania Club, Mr. Six is not giving away any plot details yet but has said that, “[The Onania Club] will be one of the most vile, inhumane movie experiences of all time”; as if any of us expected any different? read more
We announced just yesterday that James Ransone (Sinister, Sinister 2) was cast as the adult Eddie Kaspbrak for It: Chapter 2 joining the cast that already includes Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader as the adult versions of Beverly Marsh, Bill Denbrough and Richie Tozier respectively (and of course Bill Skarsgård returning as that fun clown, Pennywise).
Late yesterday afternoon, Variety announced that Andy Bean has been added to the cast to play the adult version of Stanley Uris, the Losers Club’s resident skeptic. Bean was recently in the HBO series Here and Now alongside Tim Robbins and Holly Hunter and also had a role in 2017’s Transformers: The Last Knight. read more
Slowly but surely the adult members of the “Losers Club” for It: Chapter 2 are coming together. Deadline announced this morning that James Ransone has been cast as the adult Eddie Kaspbrak in the sequel to 2017’s wildly popular It. James Ransone recently finished filming Season 1 of the Hulu series The First with Sean Penn but horror fans may recognize him from Sinister, Sinister 2 and Spike Lee’s 2013 reboot of Oldboy.
Ransone joins a cast that features a returning Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown, James McAvoy as adult Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain as adult Beverly Marsh and Bill Hader as adult Richie “Beep Beep” Tozier. If they follow the Stephen King novel, the sequel will take place 27 years after the first film with the kids being summoned back to Derry to deal with the returning evil. read more
The horror world has been abuzz for a few years now with talk of the remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic Suspiria and we now have our first look at Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannion as well as a firm release date for the film.
According to Deadline, we’ll be getting a November 2nd theatrical release of the remake by renowned Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name). As to why he’s choosing to remake an already brilliant film, Luca spoke to birthmoviesdeath back in November and had this to say: read more
Someone recently asked if I’d seen the film Wildling yet and I asked if Yrgitte was in it. Bad Game of Thrones joke aside, I tracked Wildling down on iTunes and gave it a watch over the weekend after the wife and kids were safely tucked into their beds.
The first feature-length film written and directed by Germany’s Fritz Böhm, Wildling starts out with the always remarkable Brad Dourif and a young girl named Anna (Bel Powley) who refers to Dourif as “Daddy”. We see the years pass and “Daddy” comes and goes but Anna remains confined to her bedroom with a barred window and an electrified doorknob. read more
In recent years, studios have loaded up their summer release schedules with a wide range of horror films. This was never more apparent than in 2016 when Lights Out, Don’t Breathe, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Purge: Election Year, and the Conjuring 2 made large sums of cash (for the most part on austere budgets) and helped to shore up an otherwise lackluster summer for movies. 2017’s list of summer horror films were not as notable, with the two exceptions being the surprise hit 47 Meters Down and the prequel Annabelle Creation. read more
Every few weeks I make a point to do some deep internet searching to find movies that I may be missing out on. I check out everyone’s lists of “the best of the year so far” and lists of “must sees” and sometimes I’ll come back with something recommended that I’ve yet to hear of; that was the case last year with The Lure which I just happened upon in a random search and then fell in love with (review here) and this is the case with mon mon mon MONSTERS.
mon mon mon MONSTERS premiered last April at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival before getting a theatrical release in July of 2017. A Taiwanese film, billed as a horror-comedy, mon mon mon MONSTERS is the tenth film based on the works of notable Taiwanese novelist and film maker Giddens Ko (Jiubadao). read more
It’s a sad day for horror fans and fans of Ashley J. Williams’ brand of humor and Deadite-slaying as Variety has reported that Starz has cancelled the popular gore-fest after three seasons.
According to Variety, “the show had seen a steep fall off in its ratings during Season 3, averaging just a 0.08 rating in adults 18-49 and 177,000 viewers per episode with two episodes remaining in the season.”
Bruce Campbell added to the Hollywood Reporter, “Ash vs. Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime. It was an honor to reunite with Evil Dead partners Rob Tapert and Sam Raimi to give our tireless fans another taste of the outrageous horror/comedy they demanded. I will always be grateful to Starz for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers.” read more