Social media outlets like Facebook are supposed to bring people together, but anyone who has an online account nowadays knows that isn’t always the case, and it especially isn’t true for a college student named Marina (Liesl Ahlers) in Friend Request, a new horror film featuring witchcraft, disturbing visions, and face-eating wasps. But perhaps the most haunting thing of all is the number lurking under the friends tab on Marina’s page: “0.”
When it comes to genre-related, female-centric coming-of-age stories, there are always certain movies that will undoubtedly be brought up in the conversation: Carrie, Ginger Snaps, The Company of Wolves, and The Craft being older examples, and more recent offerings like Jennifer’s Body, It Follows, and Raw have also brought new perspectives into the fold as well. And with so many thought-provoking takes on this well-worn cinematic trope already in existence, it may seem like there’s no real new territory to traverse here.
But then along comes Joachim Trier’s Thelma, which recently premiered at TIFF and is currently screening as part of the 2017 Fantastic Fest, to show us that this well-worn terrain is still fertile enough to cull for some new ideas.
The Halloween season used to be the time to huddle around the horror shelves at the local Blockbuster, but in an era when most physical video shops are few and far between, you can now stream your screams on services like AMC's Shudder, which will have a few new treats for horror fans to dig into this October.
As the only film entry to represent Brazil at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Vicente Amorim’s Motorrad enjoyed much success as part of the fest’s Contemporary World Cinema slate earlier this month. Daily Dead recently had the pleasure of catching up with Amorim to discuss his supernaturally infused moto-horror project that follows a group of dirt bikers who head out to a remote region of Brazil, and are in turn hunted down by a sinister gang of motorcycle riders hell-bent on killing the travelers who have apparently entered an area in which they are not welcome.
Since the first panels premiered on Daily Dead during Comic-Con, we've been excited to showcase artist Jeff Fuller's living dead comic strip Zomics, which finds the macabre humor in the everyday horrors of a zombie apocalypse. We'll be releasing a new installment of Zomics every Thursday, and we're excited to share the latest panel with Daily Dead readers today!
So, here’s the thing: going into Leatherface, I was primed to love it, despite not being a huge fan of Texas Chainsaw 3D (whose only saving grace was giving us the endlessly quotable line, “Do your thing, cuz!”). I’ll never write off a beloved franchise when I’m not crazy about a particular sequel—after all, if I had done that, I may never have fallen in love with Wes Craven’s New Nightmare or went bananas for Jason Lives. And for the most part, I was on board for Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s exploration of the Sawyer family’s demented dynamics, despite the fact that Leatherface feels like two-thirds The Devil’s Rejects and one-third Natural Born Killers.
You'd think it would be difficult to empathize with someone who uses Facebook to destroy people's lives in gruesome ways, but Liesl Ahlers absolutely pulls it off in Friend Request.
What if Walter White's drugs from Breaking Bad caused you to communicate with aliens? If this "what if?" intrigues you (like it does me), then you may want to open your mind to the new psyche-altering horror film Welcome to Willits. Co-starring Bill Sage, Anastasia Baranova, and Dolph Lundgren, Welcome to Willits comes out in theaters and on VOD platforms beginning this Friday, and to give you an idea of what to expect, IFC Midnight has provided us with an exclusive clip to share with Daily Dead readers.
If you've been waiting to take another visit to 112 Ocean Avenue, your patience is about to be rewarded. Following several release date changes, Amityville: The Awakening will be released by Dimension Films this October, and we've been provided with a new clip from the film that features Bella Thorne investigating her new home's creepy confines.
We were introduced to the Giggling Guardian in recent gameplay footage from The Evil Within 2 (the same demo that Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James got to play at QuakeCon in Dallas), and now a new encounter with the otherworldly monster is featured in the latest gameplay footage from the survival horror experience.
Conspiracy theories and hard drugs blend into one deadly night of carnage in the new horror film Welcome to Willits, and before it's released in theaters and on VOD this Friday from IFC Midnight, we've been provided with a set of stills featuring some familiar faces.
A group of tight-knit college classmates are haunted by a vengeful spirit through social media on their computers and phones in the new horror film Friend Request. To celebrate the film's release this Friday from Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, a new prank video has been released in which unsuspecting participants in a virtual reality demo discover scares that are all too real when they get a scary surprise by actors wearing macabre makeup inspired by the new movie.
From the football field to the film lots, Bernie Casey left an indelible impression with a presence that couldn't be ignored, and we're sad to share the news that the actor has passed away at the age of 78.
When spirits are trapped, they tend to get angry, making life a living hell for residents of a small Alaskan town that's riddled with the restless dead in Ghost Wars. The new SYFY series premieres this October, but before it does, you can get an idea of the ghoulish encounters to come in a new trailer featuring Vincent D'Onofrio, Kim Coates, and Meat Loaf Aday.
Masterfully Macabre Entertainment announced the US premiere of To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. Continue reading for more details on its debut at ScareFest 2017. Also in today's Highlights: a sneak peek at Two Sentence Horror Stories and the lineup at this year's London Horror Festival.