Anticipation Alert: The Void (2017)

Let me kick this post off by saying that I’m pretty impressed with the crop of horror movies so far in 2017.  This week, Raw comes out (not a remake of the Eddie Murphy standup) and that’s been my most anticipated for a while now.  But…….and this is a BIG but.  The Void is gaining steam and is right on Raw’s tail.  What is The Void, you ask?  Well peep the new trailer and we’ll talk a little more afterwards:

I guess it’s pretty evident from the content in the trailer and some of the comments from reviews that were popping up throughout, that this is a throwback to the heyday of 80’s horror.  Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, The Void seems to channel most of it’s energy and influence from John Carpenter (dig those practical effects towards the end of the trailer).  And there is clearly nothing wrong with Mr. Carpenter being an influence.  So far, the reviews are positive and the buzz is growing.  If you want to hop on the hype train, then just know that The Void will hit limited theaters (and possibly VOD) on April 7th.  Learn it.  Know it.  Live it.

Review: XX (2017)

Anthology films are like a box of chocolates…..you never know what you’re going to get. Unless of course you are eating a box of chocolates that has that little guide on it to show you what you’re going to get.  But anyway, anthology films (specifically horror movies) can be hit-or-miss.  Creepshow will forever be my favorite, but more recently the VHS franchise was the definition of being hit-or-miss as far as anthologies go.  Now comes along XX:  Four tales all directed by women that are intertwined with creepy stop-motion animation.  Will these gals go 4 for 4 or are we entering more hit-or-miss territory here? My money is on the latter unfortunately.    Continue reading

Anticipation Alert: Raw (2017)

How often do you hear news or see a headline that someone passes out in a movie theater because something onscreen was so intense….so horrifying….so disgusting that they just couldn’t stand it and had to drop to the floor or vomit.  I think the last time I can recall something like this happening was during a screening of the movie Bite.  And if you go back and read my review for Bite, then you’ll realize that the hype surrounding that was all a pile of bullshit.  But yes, hype is hype – and whether you want to believe the hype or not (Chuck D would advise you not to), it can be effective and help a movie strive.

The latest movie to jump onboard the ‘someone passed out in the theater’ train is Raw. It’s a delightful tale about a vegetarian who attends a veterinarian school and is forced into a hazing ritual which puts her onto the road of eating meat.  Let’s check out the Red Band trailer below and discuss:

I can tell you something before we go any further, and that’s that the French have a way of making some truly fucked up horror movies (Inside, High Tension, Martyrs).  So based off of that alone, I’m ready for Raw.  Add to that the fact that director Julia Ducournau seems to have skills behind the camera because the trailer if visually stunning.  Fucked up, but visually stunning.  And also probably one of the most effective trailers I’ve seen in a long time.  This is on the top of my list for 2017 and will be out in the US on March 10th.  I do have a feeling that Raw is going to be an acquired taste though.  That bad cannibal joke is free of charge.

Anticipation Alert: The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Question for you single guys out there.  If you had a hot girl sitting next to you and she had a maggot crawling out of her eye, would that be a deal breaker?  A possible turn-on maybe?  You’re probably wondering why I’m asking you this absurd question.  Well because it looks like that actually happens in a scene from the upcoming 2017 horror movie called The Bye Bye Man.

It’s as if The Slender Man and Mister Babadook had some hot sweaty sex and then immediately afterwards, out popped The Bye Bye Man!  Now why is this movie anticipated by me?  Well – a few reasons.  First, as I alluded to earlier, I have a thing for CGI maggots crawling out of hot girls’ eyes.  Second, character actor and contortionist Doug Jones (Hellboy 2, Pans Labyrinth) plays The Bye Bye Man.  And third, because it looks like a complete clusterfuck of a horror movie and sometimes those can be rather enjoyable.

Oh – and it comes out in January which can only mean good things (for those unaware, January is a bad month to release movies).  The acting doesn’t seem terrible, nor does the overall look of The Bye Bye Man – so if you wanna jump on my anticipation train, then look for the release on January 13th.  And for God’s sake, don’t say or even think his name until then!