Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, readers! With today being March 17th, I thought it was the perfect day to celebrate everyone’s favorite pint-sized purveyor of gold, the eponymous Leprechaun, who was portrayed throughout the original film series of the same name by the indelible Warwick Davis (with the first movie recently celebrating its 25th anniversary). Dreamt up and brought to life by veteran special effects visionary Gabe Bartalos, the memorable Leprechaun design helped establish the fiendish foe as one of the most memorable characters in horror from the last 30 years, turning the creature often associated with Lucky Charms into something more than a popular cereal mascot.
In the grand tradition of Deliverance (1972), Rituals (‘77), and Up the Creek (1984) comes Hunter’s Blood (’86), a backwoods hicksploitation actioner that more than gets by with a cast handpicked by the B movie gods and a script wittier than it has to be. Who says the outdoors hold no charm? (Well, normally that would be me.)
After channeling body-morphing cosmic horrors in The Void, co-director Steven Kostanski is stepping into established franchise territory for his next project: a new Leprechaun sequel from SYFY.
He brought the imaginative worlds of Phantasm and Bubba Ho-Tep to life on the big screen, but for filmmaker Don Coscarelli, the behind-the-scenes making of his movies is just as enthralling as the fictional worlds he created. And with over four decades of experience in the film industry, Coscarelli has a lot of behind-the-scenes stories to share. Thankfully, these stranger-than-fiction moments will be collected in the writer/director's new memoir that's fittingly coming out this Halloween season.
While at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, filmmakers Chris Caldwell and Zeek Earl celebrated the world premiere of their low-budget/high-ambition sci-fi western Prospect, which follows a father/daughter team of terrestrial miners who end up in a fight for their lives after a routine excavation goes awry. The family at the center of Prospect is portrayed by indie pioneer Jay Duplass and up-and-coming actress Sophie Thatcher, and Daily Dead spoke with the duo in Austin this week about their recent collaboration and more.
With his new paranormal documentary out now in US theaters and on VOD and Digital HD platforms from Freestyle Digital Media, I caught up with Ghost Adventures extraordinaire Zak Bagans to talk about owning the Demon House. Continue reading to learn more about Bagans' experiences inside the Indiana home known as the "Portal to Hell," including what made it the "Holy Grail investigation," his decision to demolish the house so it couldn't hurt anyone else, and how it still lingers with him today.
This year’s SXSW Film Festival kept this writer plenty busy, with a ton of great genre movies that were part of their Midnighters programming slate, and in many cases, there were even some that screened outside the genre-friendly section. Here are my thoughts on a terror-filled trinity of films that I had the opportunity to check out while in Austin over the last week: Colin Minihan’s surprising psychological thriller What Keeps You Alive, the newly revealed sequel Unfriended: Dark Web, and Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s Ghost Stories.
When a stranger takes your photo at a public attraction, sometimes it's better to make sure other people are around, especially if that stranger has you cornered against a steep cliffside. A tourist finds out the hard way that not all strangers are friendly in our exclusive clip from the psychological thriller Tilt, out today in select US theaters from The Orchard.
Growing up, many of us cheered them on as they scaled skyscrapers, stomped through city streets, and let out primal screams. And for many of us, that deep love for massive monsters has lived on into adulthood, making it the perfect topic to dive into on a new episode of Daily Dead's official podcast.
“And lead us not into temptation, But Deliver Us From Evil.” Release details and a trailer for the Indican Pictures film starring Eric Roberts is one of our top stories in Horror Highlights today, along with the exciting news that Blue Fox Entertainment will release Primal Rage on VOD this May. The trailer extravaganza also continues with Against the Night and 4/20 Massacre, and Heartless, and we have a special contest from Comet TV and their new sister network CHARGE!
Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson gave the new horror film Wildling a four-star review following its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, and horror fans in the US won't have to wait long to see it for themselves. IFC Midnight will release the sharp-clawed thriller this April, and until then, a new trailer promises a ferocious coming-of-age tale.
Even humor can survive the living dead apocalypse... 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 release a new installment of Zomics every Thursday, and we're excited to share a new panel with Daily Dead readers today!
Last weekend, Leigh Whannell’s latest directorial effort, Upgrade, celebrated its world premiere during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival. The gritty and ambitious slice of sci-fi awesomeness follows Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green), a man who becomes a quadriplegic after a group of thugs murder his wife and violently attack him. Trace finds a new purpose in life after an implant known as STEM takes over all his motor functions and transforms him into a lean, mean, killing machine looking to enact some well-deserved vengeance on the men who nearly cost him everything. And the only thing standing in the way of Grey’s revenge-fueled journey is a cop (Betty Gabriel), who can’t quite figure out just how the once-disabled man has been able to pull it all off.
There exists a subgenre that runs through both horror and thriller stories that taps into a fear of unknown dangers being brought into the safety of one’s own private world. It focuses on strangers; not the ones who lurk in dark alleyways and are easily forgotten once you reach the safety of your brightly lit house or apartment. No, these are the strangers that you bring home with you, the ones you invite into your life. They masquerade as one person—seemingly trustworthy, rational, and friendly—but are, in actuality, someone completely different, often with a horrifying agenda. [Spoiler warning for those who haven’t seen Orphan.]
Representing everything from the haunted town of Derry to the place both "wonderful and strange" that is Twin Peaks, the 44th Saturn Award Nominations have officially been announced.