Get your scream on with these new frightful stories from today's Horror Highlights! Screambox's "13 Screams of Halloween" kicked off this past Friday the 13th and will continue until the big day. Also: Netflix's Slasher Season 2 details, Scream Factory's latest Blu-ray releases, a trailer for Sightings, details for the immersive experience Apartment 213, Grimmwood, and Party Bus From Hell.
A few weeks back, I put together a list of a bunch of different outdoor decorations you can make in order to add some thrills and chills to your yards this Halloween season. Today, we have a great collection of DIY décor ideas that are perfect for inside your home, and some are even easy enough that kids can help out if they want to join in for the festivities.
One of the decade’s most surprising, uncomfortable genre films is Creep, in which Mark Duplass proves that his mumblecore charm has a very, very dark side. Helmed by and co-starring Patrick Brice, the no-budget film created dread and unease through simple character development—what easily could have been a melancholic comedy becomes a horror film in just the last few moments. It’s easy to understand why Blumhouse wanted to capitalize on that magic through a few more installments; but how do you follow up a film that is entirely based on the element of uncertainty? Brice and Duplass have answered that question, delivering a hilarious, disturbing sequel which improves on everything that made the first film fascinating.
Over the weekend, Creature Features in Burbank, California played host to an amazing panel called Creating Pennywise, which featured Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis from studioADI, as well as fellow legendary effects artist Bart Mixon, who was responsible for bringing the Tim Curry iteration of Pennywise to life for the 1990 IT miniseries.
The possibilities for experimentation within the bounds of horror cinema are endless. For every commercially accessible masterpiece, there’s also a bizarre, unorthodox experience waiting to confound viewers. At a festival where there are dozens of films that fall into both categories, this writer has found one of the most unusual offerings to be Hagazussa: A Heathen’s Curse, a slow-paced, profoundly atmospheric plunge into the nightmare of seclusion.
This Friday, Momentum Pictures is set to release Jungle, the latest from Greg McLean (The Belko Experiment, Wolf Creek 1 and 2), which tells the real-life story of Yossi Ghinsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), who traveled to the Amazon rainforest during the 1980s, and had to contend with the brutal dangers lurking all around him and his group of fellow travelers as they made their way through the unforgiving titular locale. Shortly after surviving his ordeal, Ghinsberg wrote a book about his experiences, which is also entitled Jungle, and McLean discussed in a recent interview with Daily Dead how he first discovered the autobiographical tale and knew that he needed to adapt it for the big screen.
Chicago horror fans and Daily Dead readers, don’t miss your chance to see Adam Green’s Victor Crowley on the big screen!
Earlier this year, D.J. Caruso’s Disturbia turned 10 years old, and since I was already chatting with him for Happy Death Day, I could not resist chatting with Christopher Landon about the project, which became a turning point in his career as a then up-and-coming screenwriter with huge aspirations.
"Hiya, Georgie!" See if they float, too, for yourself with new Vynl. figures from Funko. Both Georgie and Pennywise from the new film adaptation of Stephen King's IT each come with specific accessories (including that eerie red balloon and the doomed S.S. Georgie, and will be available this winter!
Kirsten Dunst (The Virgin Suicides, Melancholia, Fargo) stars and serves as executive producer in the dark drama Woodshock from A24. Featuring a mind-bending drug and eerie events in the woods, the new thriller is coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD this November from Lionsgate, and we have a look at the release details and trippy cover art:
In 68 Kill, starring Matthew Gray Gubler and AnnaLynne McCord (and based on Bryan Smith's novel of the same name), a simple heist goes awry (honestly, when does a simple heist ever go according to plan?). Following its theatrical and VOD release this past summer, the new film from Trent Haaga is coming to Blu-ray and DVD this winter from Scream Factory, and we have a look at the cover art and release details:
Richard Stanley has always marched to the beat of a unique drum. He hasn’t made very many narrative films (Hardware, Dust Devil) since arriving at the turn of the ’90s, but he has always fascinated due to his quirky spirit and dedication to the odd and unusual. And so it goes that his documentary The Otherworld (2013) follows a path true to his nature, but is shot with a touching sense of humanity in its look at strange phenomena and the people who embrace it.
Once you enter, it's hard to leave the Upside Down, but Eleven finds a way out of the eerie alternate dimension in a new clip from the upcoming second season of Stranger Things.
For over a decade now, the International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in Phoenix has been a showcase for ambitious genre projects, and as a special complement to their April screenings, IHSFF is teaming up with Shudder this Halloween season for a Fall Fest celluloid celebration of three films that are perfect for October viewing.
With Halloween only two weeks away now, that means we have another killer batch of home entertainment releases arriving this Tuesday, primed to get everyone in the mood for the macabre. Cult film lovers should get those wallets ready, as Kino Lorber is keeping busy with The Terror Within II, Revenge of the Dead, and a 4K special edition of RawHead Rex, too.