Monday, October 22, 2018

Gunnar Hansen's Death House Burns Screens to the Ground this November 6th on Digital

Tagline: "Hell Isn't a Word...It's a Sentence."

Cleopatra Entertainment will release the "Expendables" of horror, Death House. Developed by Harrison Smith and Leatherface himself, Gunnar Hansen, this indie horror title will show on Digital platforms this November 6th. This title has a huge cast, including: Tony Todd (Candyman), Dee Wallace (The Howling), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses), Adrienne Barbeau and many others. In the film, characters struggle to escape a secret prison, which houses some of the worst criminals, of the age. Cleopatra will show Death House, on Digital, in November, followed by a secondary release on DVD. A preview of both home entertainment releases is hosted here.

The trailer, for Death House, shows scientists and their attempts to rid the world of evil. However, their experiments let loose something terrible. Now, the world's most sadistic killers run the prison, with an escape unlikely.

This award winning film has already had a film festival run. Death House has won "Best Feature" at The Scare-a-con Film Festival, in Syracuse. This title has taken down other "Best Feature" film awards at other appearances, including the Central Florida Film Festival. Some of that gravitas can be seen in the film's official launch trailer, below.

As well, Death House will show on most, major Digital platforms this November 6th. This release will be followed by one on DVD, this December 6th. There will be lots of opportunities to see some of the horror genres' many veterans as Death House moves to home entertainment platforms, this Winter season.

Release Date: November 6th, 2018 (Digital) and December 11th (DVD).

Director: B. Harrison Smith.

Writers: Gunnar Hansen, B. Harrison Smith.

Cast: Tony Moran, Adrienne Barbeau, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, and Cody Longo.

The official trailer for Death House:

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Escape Room Turns the Heat Up in Theatres this January 4th: First Trailer

Tagline: "Find the Clues or Die."

The upcoming horror thriller Escape Room should not be mixed-up with other films. This version, from director Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan), should not be confused with Peter Duke's film, of the same name, nor Will Wernick's Escape Room. Besides the unoriginal title, Escape Room (2019) brings six characters together, in a trap filled room. As the temperature heats up, the characters are forced to find solutions to more and more complex puzzles. Escape Room was written by Bragi F. Shut (Season of the Witch, 2011) and Maria Melnik. As well, the cast consists of: Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Deborah Ann Woll and Taylor Russell. The film's first sweat drenched trailer is hosted here.

Recently, the film's theatrical release date has been changed. Originally, this title was set to show on February 1st. Now, Escape Room will show, in theatres, this January 4th. Home entertainment release details have not been announced, yet.

Also, plot details have not officially been released for this title. However, the trailer shows some of the film's story. The (surviving) characters are connected through another character's surgery, or hospital stay. Other plot details are obscure. Perhaps viewers can uncover other story details in the official trailer for Escape Room, below.

Release Date: January 4th, 2019 (Theatrical).

Director: Adam Robitel.

Writer: Bragi F. Schut & Maria Melnik.

Cast: Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell.

The first trailer for Escape Room:

If you cannot wait for this latest version of an escape room focused film, Will Wernick's version is available on DVD (released Oct. 17th, 2017):

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Psychotic Thriller Queen of Spades Set to Show for Audiences October 30th!

Samuel Goldwyn Films is set to release the psychotic thriller Queen of Spades. A Russian language film, Queen of Spades will be available, through Digital platforms, late in October. This foreign title involves a great soprano, Sophia Maier (Rappoport), who wants to return to the stage. After being away for so long, Sophia must use her guile to find center stage again. Queen of Spades was written and directed by Pavel Lungin (The Island, 2006). As well, this title stars: Kseniya Rappoport (The Double Hour), Ivan Yankovskiy (Ikariya), Mariya Kurdenevich (Za Toboy), Evgeniy Zelenskiy, and Igor Mikurbinov (Generation P). The official release details, for Queen of Spades, are hosted here.

The trailer shows Maier in all her glory. Part legend and part Diva, Maier will use anyone to get back onstage. However, the trip back from obscurity is a challenging one, full of pitfalls.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has set October 30th as the film's release date. On this date, Queen of Spades will be available on most, major Digital platforms. An award winning film (Best Actor, Ivan Yankovskiy), Queen of Spades is an exciting thriller, for fans of foreign films. Set to release shortly, the official trailer and poster are hosted here, for Queen of Spades.

Release Date: October 30th, 2018 (Digital).

Director: Pavel Lungin.

Writers: Pavel Lungin, Aleksandr Lungin, Valery Pechykin, and Stephen Walsh.

Cast: Kseniya Rappoport, Ivan Yankovskiy, Mariya Kurdenevich, Evgeniy Zelenskiy, and Igor Mikurbinov.

The official trailer for Queen of Spades:

More details, on the film, at Samuel Goldwyn Films: Queen of Spades at Samuel Goldwyn Films

Samuel Goldwyn Films also released the creature feature Cold Skin earlier this year:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Clovehitch Killer Has Been Influenced by a Real Life Serial Killer: First Trailer

IFC Midnight will release the horror thriller The Clovehitch Killer. This film stars Dylan McDermott as a potential serial killer, discovered by his young son. This title had its World Premiere at the LA Film Festival, where it was mostly positively reviewed. Now, The Clovehitch Killer is set to show in theatres and on Digital platforms, this November. This suspenseful thriller also stars Charlie Plummer as the son, along with: Samantha Mathis, Madisen Beaty and Brenna Sherman. The film's first trailer is available here.

Dennis Harvey, at Variety, has already reviewed the film. He says of the film's narrative structure: "the movie takes a structural risk, diverging from its hitherto straightforward chronology to backtrack and re-tell part of the story from a different perspective." The Clovehitch Killer does not play out as one might expect. Harvey also mentions that this is nearly a bloodless film and not really for the horror crowd. Instead, this is a film full of tension: "editors Megan Brooks and Andrew Hasse’s careful pacing builds considerable nervous anticipation." This title is a slow burn, with some conflict and should not be missed by those favouring more thrilling fare.

The Clovehitch Killer will be available soon. The release date has been announced as November 16th. On this date, U.S. citizens can see the film on the big or small screens; this film looks tense. And, based on a real life killer (the BTK killer), this title is sure to bring a satisfying time, this Fall season.

Release Date: November 16th, 2018 (VOD, Theatrical).

Director: Duncan Skiles.

Writer: Christopher Ford.

Cast: Charlie Plummer, Dylan McDermott, Samantha Mathis.

The first trailer for The Clovehitch Killer:

The Clovehitch Killer at IFC Films: The Clovehitch Killer at IFC Films

Sources: The Clovehitch Killer at WTF

The Clovehitch Killer Reviewed at Variety

The BTK Killer has been put to film many times before, in 2008's BTK (Digital):

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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Nightshift Can be Killer in this First Trailer for The Possession of Hannah Grace

Tagline: "Death is Only the Beginning."

Formerly titled Cadaver, The Possession of Hannah Grace is a new horror thriller. Starring Shay Mitchell ("Pretty Little Liars"), Megan Reed is stuck on the nightshift, with a dead body. The victim of an exorcism, the demon within the body is still active, or is it? The film's first trailer shows Megan struggling with her own issues. The last things she needs is a demon in the morgue. The Possession of Hannah Grace was directed by Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen ("Black Widow"), from a script by Brian Sieve (Boogeyman 2, 2007). As well, the film centrally stars Mitchell, along with: Grey Damon (Oldboy, 2017), Kirby Johnson and Stana Katic. The film's first trailer is hosted here.

The film's first trailer shows Megan in the morgue. An ambulance attendant drops off a badly burned body. She is informed that her death took place during an exorcism. Flashbacks show elements of the exorcism. Not much later, the body gets off the table and begins to haunt Megan. With no one to turn to, this worker must face evil on her own.

The Possession of Hannah Grace was produced by both Broken Road Productions and Screen Gems. Screen Gems will bring this title to theatres, in November. The release date is scheduled for November 30th. And, fans of horror thrillers can find the latest on this psychological and spiritual film here, before the upcoming theatrical launch.

Release Date: November 30th, 2018 (Theatres).

Director: Diederik Van Rooijen.

Writer: Brian Sieve.

Cast: Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson and Stana Katic.

The official trailer for The Possession of Hannah Grace:

*The Possession of Hannah Grace has been rated Restricted for: gruesome images and terror throughout.

**Screen Gems is a subdivision of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

More possessed horror, in time for Halloween (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Special Edition, DVD):

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

What the Waters Left Behind Borrows from the Best: A Film Review

*full disclosure: this reviewer has promoted this film through online marketing, previously.

Directors/writers: Luciano Onetti, Nicolás Onetti.

Cast: German Baudino, Paula Brasca, Mirta Busnelli, Victorio D'Alessandro and Victoria Maurette.

What the Waters Left Behind is a slasher film, from the Onetti brothers (Luciano, Nicolas). Known as Los Olvidados (The Forgotten) in Argentina, this title lifts the story of Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) for a South American audience. Though, horror fans in North America will be able to see What the Waters Left Behind, on Amazon Prime, this month (Oct. 26th). This release is full of horror tropes. From a freaky gas station to a cannibal family, you have likely seen this film before. Still, the Onetti brothers have chosen a few interesting locations, including an entire destroyed city. And, the filmmakers admit that they have been influenced by American cinema, including Hooper's earlier effort. What the Waters Left Behind is a bit unoriginal, but this title brings enough horror to the screen for an exciting watch.

The film begins and ends with horror tropes. In the opening scene, a nearly naked young woman is chased by an off-screen villain. A number of horror movies have opened this way. In the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, there is a similar scene, where a woman is chased by a crazy-with-a-chainsaw. This trope is followed by another with a group of partiers on a road trip, to some remote town. In The Blackburn Asylum (2015), everyone is also out on a camping trip, similar to this film and hundreds of others. There is also the prerequisite sketch gas station, here. From William Dear's Simon Says (2006) to Night of Something Strange (2015), there is almost always a disturbing fill-up station to visit (before dying), in horro. These locations often serve as a reminder that the characters are leaving civilization (urban) for the rural. Horror usually happens on the border of nature and civilization. What the Waters Left Behind follows a horror formula and rarely steps outside a connect-the-dots series of tropes.

And, the story introduces another cliche. Several characters are set to visit a remote location, to shoot a documentary. The characters have brought Carla (Victoria Maurette) back to her hometown, Epecuen. Here, Carla relives some of the horrifying moments, when her town was flooded. She lost several brothers, but hopes to make new friends, through the filmmaking process and inevitable cannibal dinner. At Epecuen, there is another, minor character - searching for a lost family member. He teams up with these documentarians, when the villains appear. From here on out, everything takes place in a matadero, or slaughterhouse. These later sights cannot be unseen.

Luciano and Nicolas Onetti have scouted a proper location, for What the Waters Left Behind. This real life location, which was destroyed by flooding, looks truly apocalyptic. The brothers utilize a drone, to show the audience the true devastation. The Onettis also show a picturesque sunset, just before the action reaches its climax. Late scenes, inside the slaughterhouse, look just as impressive and terrifying. These later scenes look shot in a scarehouse or haunted house ride. The walls drip blood and so do many of the characters. This film shows a number of interesting sets and locations, which are often eye-poppingly good.

Still, this title is very much a remake of Hooper's early work, on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The brothers even admit their influences in an early interview: "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre [is] one of our favorite films, the original...we went for the slasher (Cinefania)." Including the scenes mentioned above, this title incorporates a looming freak. He does not wear a flesh mask, like Leatherface. Nonetheless, he is a mute character, with a large weapon. As well, all of the villains are cannibals, ready to eat their new guests. It is just too bad that this interpretation did not include a grandpa, for the final course. The Onetti brothers have not really improved on this earlier material, outside of some of the locations. So, What the Waters Left Behind does not have as many surprises as it could.

What the Waters Left Behind is slated for a Digital release, this October 26th, on Amazon Prime. Fans of foreign horror can take a look at the Onetti brothers' latest, after the success of mystery thriller Francesca (2015). Very much influenced and some could say stolen from Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, What the Waters Left Behind brings cannibal horror to a new audience. Though full of tropes, What the Waters Left Behind brings a lot of true horror, in the film's final minutes. There is no softening of the on-screen violence, here. As well, this title utilizes its exterior and interior sets, or locations to visually amaze. Not easily forgotten, What the Waters Left Behind brings an Argentinian flavour to the slasher genre, which will satisfy many horror fans' bloodlust.

Overall: 7 out of 10.

*the villa of Epecuen was flooded by 33' of water, after a freak rainstorm and the destruction of a dam.

An interview with the Onetti brothes at Cinefania: Luciano and Nicolas Onetti on What the Waters Left Behind

A Homepage for the Film: What the Waters Left Behind at Black Mandala

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Friday, October 12, 2018

The Terror of Hallow's Eve Summons Revenge and Finds Only More Terror

Tagline: "Careful What You Ask For."

The Terror of Hallow's Eve is an upcoming indie horror film. From director and make-up effects guru Todd Tucker, the film was written by: Zack Ward (Don't Blink, 2014), Ronald L. Halvas and Tucker. In the film, a teenager is savagely beaten by a group of bullies. He summons a dark entity for revenge as seen in the official trailer. As well, The Terror of Hallow's Eve had an appearance at Morbidofest earlier this year. Now, the film is slated for a DVD release, through MTI Home Video. Details on the release are hosted below.

The trailer shows Tim (Caleb Thomas) infatuated with a young girl. However, she is already dating another. When the two young men meet, one is nearly crippled in the encounter. Now, Tim is ready for revenge and makes a pact with a dark entity. It is only a matter of time until these dark forces make things even worse for this summoner.

MTI Home Video will show the film in December. On December 11th, the DVD will be available to the horror masses. This release will not host many extras outside of additional trailers. However, this is an award winning film, with lots of indie charm. Fans of indie horror can find more on The Terror of Hallow's Eve below.

Release Date: December 11th, 2018 (DVD).

Director: Todd Tucker.

Writers: Ronald L. Halvas, Todd Tucker and Zack Ward.

Cast: Caleb Thomas, Sarah Lancaster, Annie Read Annie Read, JT Neal, Mcabe Gregg, Niko Papastefanou and Doug Jones.

The official trailer for The Terror of Hallow's Eve (courtesy of Shoreline Entertainment):

The Terror of Hallow's Eve at MTI: The Terror of Hallow's Eve Details at MTI Video

MTI will also release another horror film, Burnt Offering, on October 23rd (on DVD):

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Pet Sematary Unearths Classic Stephen King for the Big Screen: First Trailer

Tagline: "Sometimes Dead is Better."

A new horror film is coming by way of Stephen King's Pet Sematary. This latest production is from Paramount Pictures. And, this film brings a fresh look to some old material. Horror fans will already know that the first film, from director Mary Lambert, debuted in 1989. This film was followed-up by a sequel in 1992, titled Pet Sematary II. Most recently, a documentary was released on the original film - Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. All of the previous material deals with a burial site, haunted by a Native American spirit; it brings the dead back to life. Now, King's book will be reimagined for the big screen as seen in this first trailer.

The first trailer shows several children, mostly masked, in and around rural Maine. They have created a burial site, for their small cats and dogs. When a new family moves in nearby, they are surprised to see these small pets returning from the dead. Husband and doctor Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) is tasked with a difficult choice, when his own child is tragically killed in a brutal car accident.

Pet Sematary is a di Bonaventura Pictures production, as well. This title will be released, in theatres, next year (April 5th, 2018). But, horror fans can take an early look at this latest production, which revitalizes some classic material. All of the latest details on Pet Sematary are hosted here.

Release Date: April 5th, 2019 (Theatrical).

Directors: Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer.

Writers: Stephen King, Jeff Buhler.

Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow.

The first trailer for Pet Sematary:

The Unearthed & Untold documentary was released last year, through Synapse Films:

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