ContractedFor his latest feature, indie filmmaker Eric England takes a look at the horrific consequences of unprotected sex, how society values women and the demise of humanity’s concern for the well-being of others.  A thoughtful and wonderfully cringe-inducing body horror story, Contracted is an often frightening and nasty exploration of isolation and desperation that grabs hold from the start and doesn’t let up until the film’s bitter conclusion. Read More

2014/04/22 15:30:58 UTC by Heather Wixson

Transcendence-boxThere is an abundance of big questions and thought-worthy theories proposed in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut. An exceptional director of photography for many of Christopher Nolan’s films, Pfister guides the wayward science fiction film Transcendence in a few different directions, unfortunately leading it into a position of narrative confusion that it can’t escape from. Read More

2014/04/21 15:24:29 UTC by Monte Yazzie

Cabin-Fever-US-boxEleven years after Eli Roth’s Cabin Fever, and five years after Ti West’s Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, horror’s tiniest serial killer is back, with a new installment from Kaare Andrews, a director probably best known for his 2013 ABCs of Death segment.

Officially a prequel rather than a sequel, Cabin Fever: Patient Zero attempts to provide an origin story for the virus, while still delivering enough laughs and gore to keep fans of the previous two films happy. However, like its predecessor Spring Fever, this latest strain of the franchise lacks the infectious inventiveness and sheer bite that made Roth’s first film a cult classic: in horror terms, think mild rash, rather than full-on flesh-eating fury. Read More

2014/04/18 19:40:49 UTC by Becki Hawkes

Rewind-This-BoxA light-hearted but entertaining look back at the glory days of VHS tapes and those who still remain passionate about them today, Rewind This! is a near-perfect documentary. Rewind This! explores the historical impact of VHS and celebrates everything we love about the now-dormant format that lives on through the collectors who still pound the pavement in search of the perfect tape. Read More

2014/04/18 15:53:37 UTC by Heather Wixson

Stage-Fright-BoxAs someone whose only tattoo happens to be the iconic red lips from The Rocky Horror Picture Show poster, you could say that my interest in seeing the latest horror musical, Stage Fright, was a “sure thing.” Written and directed by Jerome Sable, Stage Fright is a clever, gory and wickedly fun time that truly celebrates everything we love about horror musicals with an unabashed enthusiasm that you can’t help but fall in love with. Read More

2014/04/17 17:02:34 UTC by Heather Wixson

The-Quiet-Ones-boxAfter the success of 2012’s The Woman in Black, Britain’s iconic Hammer studios continue their recent return to horror production with another supernatural thriller, John Pogue’s The Quiet Ones. Like its predecessor, The Quiet Ones boasts both an atmospheric, distinctly British period-setting, and a pale, earnest young man who becomes entangled in dark forces beyond his control.

Despite its strong sense of location and more than capable cast, Hammer’s latest venture feels a little unsure of its own identity, relying far too heavily on intrusive, Paranormal Activity style forays into found footage. This is a shame, as underneath all the unnecessary camera-dropping and ten-a-minute scares, there’s actually quite an intriguing film here. Read More

2014/04/17 01:39:58 UTC by Becki Hawkes

Sacrament-boxThe Sacrament isn’t necessarily a horror film but that doesn’t make it any less horrific. Ti West, a genre standout who directed the slow burning throwback The Innkeepers and the dread filled The House of the Devil, directs his sixth feature that is reminiscent of the tragic events that transpired at Jonestown in 1978. Creatively handling tension and mystery, even though the subject matter may be familiar to older audiences, West builds and molds the film into an affecting piece of cinema. Read More

2014/04/16 18:04:01 UTC by Monte Yazzie

Stuart-Gordon-boxThis weekend, Master of Horror Stuart Gordon’s latest theatrical offering, the cannibalistic tale Taste written by Benjamin Brand and starring Chris McKenna and Donal Thoms-Capello, debuted at the Sacred Fools Theatre Company (660 N. Heliotrope, Hollywood) and will continue its run through May 17, 2014.

At a recent preview performance for Taste, Daily Dead had the opportunity to sit down and briefly chat with Gordon afterwards about what attracted him to Brand’s story, his experiences working with his two performers, the true horrors of cannibalism and his thoughts on directing a film versus directing live theater. Read More

2014/04/14 20:27:32 UTC by Heather Wixson

This week, Titan Books is re-releasing Alien: The Official Movie Novelization, Alan Dean Foster’s long out-of-print adaptation of the sci-fi horror classic, and we’ve been provided with an exclusive excerpt where the crew first discover the derelict ship on LV-426: Read More

2014/04/14 16:42:52 UTC by Jonathan James

Oculus-KateeEvoking fear from a mirror, an object used frequently in the history of horror, and sustaining suspense for the duration of a film is a difficult undertaking. Director Mike Flanagan, who last helmed the melancholy dramatic horror film Absentia, doesn’t try to make a monster out of a mirror, but instead focuses on a character driven and methodically paced film that crafts a smart and unsettling story. Read More

2014/04/14 16:02:59 UTC by Monte Yazzie