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.

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!

Anticipation Alert: Ouija – Origin Of Evil (2016)

Wait, wait, wait!  Don’t judge me just yet.  Give the post a chance.  Let’s get the obvious out of the way.  2014’s stinker called Ouija was a indeed a piece of crap.  And somehow (I just looked this up) it made over $100 million at the box office worldwide.  Let me repeat that loudly:  $100 MILLION!  Well because of that, it’s not a shit movie shocker that a sequel was announced.  Normally I would yawn and flip off my computer at the same time when I hear something like that, but I saw that director Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus) was attached and suddenly became a little intrigued.

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Look who’s having fun with a Ouija board up there!  Her eye is quite large.  So anyway, Ouija: Origin Of Evil was announced and is actually coming out October 21st – just in time for Halloween.  I think that’s one of the other reasons why I’m somewhat interested in this because any horror movie that comes out around Halloween is worth a little of my time.  Granted, the PG-13 rating is a downer – but give me some creepy goodness and we can work around that negative.

Did I mention that Henry Thomas from E.T. is in this?  Well there you go.  Another reason to possibly check it out.  Don’t worry, I’ll totally eat crow if this sucks but it can’t be worse than the shit bomb that was unleashed upon us in 2014.  On a side note – I’ve never owned a Ouija board and kind of want one.  I can summons my Grandma and ask her if she still needs me to mow her lawn.  Check out the trailer for Ouija: Origin Of Evil below, and try and ignore some of the CGI:

Anticipation Alert: The Conjuring 2 (2016)

Well, we are almost 5 months into the horror movie bonanza of 2016 and so far it’s been pretty……zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……oh sorry, I snoozed off there.  Even talking about the current crop of 2016 horror movies makes me drowsy.  Yes, there have been a few hits and surprises (10 Cloverfield Lane, The Witch), but for the most part it’s been kind of ho-hum this year.  However, all that could be changing on June 10th, when The Conjuring 2 is released to hopefully breathe a little life into the near lifeless body that is 2016 horror.

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Anytime you have that many crucifixes in your house, things probably aren’t going to be sunshine and rainbows.  Now, I have to declare that The Conjuring was a smack in the face to me back in 2013 when it came out, and to this day remains on my list of horror movies that I tell people they have to see.  It was smart, scary, and visually all that and a bag of chips.  Do the kids still say that phrase nowadays?  Anywho, judging from the trailer for The Conjuring 2, I think it’s safe to say that it will be one of the creepiest horror movies of 2016.

The Conjuring 2 will find our favorite paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) flying to merry old England to take on some more possessed entities and creepy nuns apparently, as evidenced by the trailer.  James Wan is back in the director’s chair, and recently he even put together a Virtual Reality Experience to hype you up even more for the June 10th release date.  So stay tuned my friends, as I will be giving you my thoughts and review on The Conjuring 2 as soon as I see it.  By the way, do you think it would be impolite to ask Vera Farmiga to marry me?

Anticipation Alert: ‘The Exorcist’ Maze At Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 2016!

As a frequent goer to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood each year, there’s always one maze that I have at the top of my wish list:  The Exorcist.  And each year I’m disappointed, as it’s never announced that Regan and her split pea soup will be blessing us with their presence in maze form.  Until now!

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Awwwww yeah!  I can already hear the ‘Tubular Bells’ theme music now.  All I keep saying to myself after this was announced yesterday is “Please don’t fuck this up HHH, please don’t fuck this up!”  But yes, it’s out there that The Exorcist will become a maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at both the Hollywood and Orlando locations.  And Orlando gets a Texas Chainsaw Massacre maze too, so they’re 2 for 2 so far.

One thing that I love about their mazes is the incredible detail that’s put into them, so expect to see a lot of great visuals and possibly smell some green vomit as well.  I would say it’s a safe bet that we’ll get a spinning head or two in addition to everything else. Maybe a bloody crucifix thrown in for good measure?  We shall see.  Look for Universal to announce more mazes in the coming months (this was announced pretty early), and if you go this year then I would highly suggest buying Front Of The Line passes!

Anticipation Alert: Jeepers Creepers 3

Well, it’s been about 13 years since we last saw The Creeper feast on a shirtless high school football team before he fell back into his 23-year slumber again after being captured by Ray Wise.  Not many thought we would see another Jeepers Creepers movie.  I for one, always loved the folklore revolving around The Creeper and actually thought the franchise had and showed a lot of promise.  Now thanks to Bloody Disgusting breaking some news, those who have been fiending for Jeepers Creepers 3 can rejoice!  Behold…….

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Ok.  That’s pretty much a perfect poster.  So if that’s any indication for what we’ll get with this sequel then count me all the way in.  In my opinion, we need a horror movie like Jeepers Creepers 3 right now.  It would be a welcome breath of fresh air amidst all of the humdrum possession and found footage movies that are saturating the horror genre right now.  A good old fashioned creature flick that hopefully will not succumb to the pressures of using tons of CGI, which is more the norm than not nowadays.

For those interested, yes Victor Salva is back as writer/director and Jonathan Breck will be returning to his role as The Creeper.  Is it ironic that Victor Salva created a character called The Creeper btw?  Anyway – Jeepers Creepers 3 will be starting production in Vancouver soon, so hopefully the poster is a good sign that the wheels will be in motion more quickly than not.  I think we all have the same thing on our mind though after hearing the news about Jeepers Creepers 3 though – and that’s whether or not Justin Long’s belly button tattoo will be making a triumphant return.

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Anticipation Alert: The Invitation (2016)

Tension in movies is good for your heart.  I don’t know exactly if that’s a proven fact and I’m not a doctor, so take it for what it’s worth.  But speaking of tension, I keep hearing that a new movie called The Invitation has loads and loads of it.

What’s The Invitation you ask?  Well the rather long synopsis below should help you out:

Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband… and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will’s hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

Having already played a few festivals last year, The Invitation is getting a lot of positive buzz and after you watch the teaser trailer below, I think you’ll be just as in as I am.  Look for it in select theaters and VOD on March 25th!

Anticipation Alert: Tales Of Halloween (2015)

Halloween is only three months away, and I’m already getting all of my ‘required viewing’ horror movies lined up to start the celebration.  In 2007, the ridiculously good anthology flick Trick ‘r Treat came busting onto the scene and has earned a right into that ‘required viewing’ category.  And speaking of Halloween anthology movies, I’m pretty excited this year because a new one called Tales Of Halloween is coming out on October 16th (limited theaters and VOD), and if the trailer below is any indication – we’re in for a fun ride:

Early word and buzz on this is that it’s as fun as the trailer looks.  Comprised of 10 short stories each done by a different director that intertwine throughout, Tales Of Halloween looks to be exactly what we need to cure our Halloween movie blues.  And the fact that there are some of your favorite horror actors, actresses, and directors involved only sweetens the deal.  Who you ask?  How about Neil Marshall, Darren Lynn Bousman, Lucky McKee, Lin Shaye, Adrienne Barbeau, John Landis, and Barbara Crampton to name a few.  So get ready for Tales Of Halloween hitting select theaters on October 16th and you will also have the option to relax in your own home and check it out on VOD.

Anticipation Alert: Howl (2015)

Werewolves seem to be the forgotten horror villain.  Oh sure, Lon Chaney Jr. put everything in motion as far as werewolf movies go back in 1941 with The Wolf Man.  Then in the 80’s, An American Werewolf In London and The Howling broke the mold when it came to special effects as far as werewolf transformations go.  And don’t forget about the early 2000’s when Dog Soldiers and Ginger Snaps put their independent stamp on the sub-genre.  But we’re talking about 75 years of content here, and the werewolf movie seems to sputter more than spurt.  So how do we change that?  By putting werewolves on train of course!

Ooooooh that’s right.  Werewolves on a train are definitely in full effect in the upcoming horror flick called Howl.  Directed by Paul Hyett (who gave us the impressive debut, The Seasoning House), this new take on the werewolf story takes place on and off of a broken down train as a band of riders come together to fight off a lycanthrope or two.  The trailer was just released and it’s pretty awesome.  And it looks like practical effects are going to take center stage!  Check it out below and get ready for more updates on Howl soon.