5 Things I Learned From The New Trailer For ‘The Babadook’


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Nothing says Thanksgiving weekend like a good horror movie!  I’m being sarcastic of course, which is why I was I bit perplexed to find out that one of the buzziest and best reviewed horror movies so far this year is being released on November 28th.  I’m talking about the fun-to-say flick The Babadook, and if you ask me, those involved missed out on a big opportunity to open this on Halloween weekend.  My gripes aside, I’m here to talk about the new trailer and the 5 things that I learned from it.  Roll the clip!

1.  It’s never ok to push a little girl out of a treehouse

2.  Pop-up books are awesome

3.  The mother really needs to wash her hands

4.  Books apparently can actually hurt you

5.  I’ll most likely soil myself after watching The Babadook

Bottom line:  The Babadook looks great and looks deserving of all of the praise that it’s receiving.  I guess I can wait until November 28th, but this movie just looks like it’s begging to be watched during Halloween.  I guess there’s always Annabelle for that.  How depressing……

Ok…..So This New ‘The Town The Dreaded Sundown’ Trailer Is A Nice Surprise

Ok – here we go again with one of those impressive movie trailers that will either allow the film to live up to the hype or drown in it’s own mediocre bullshit.  I must say that I’m impressed by this one, so let’s get right to it and check out the trailer for The Town That Dreaded Sundown:

Think of this as a sequel/reboot to the 1976 movie of the same name.  I’ve always loved the whole ‘sack head killer’ angle (My favorite Friday The 13th sequel is probably Part 2), so it immediately gets points for that.  And I’ve been fiending for a good slasher film because I’m bored with all of the paranormal/demonic stuff.  Sometimes you just need some good ole fashioned slashin’!

And if you’re a fan of American Horror Story I’ve got good news for you because one of their directors, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, directed this movie.  That’s another aspect I love from the trailer – just the overall look of it.  Bonus points for not looking cheap.  Look out for The Town That Dreaded Sundown to hit select theaters and VOD in October (just in time for Halloween!) and we can all only hope that the trombone will make another appearance in this one.  Yeah – he kills her with a trombone.  That really happened.

Anticipation Alert: Tusk (2014)

How could you not be interested in a movie about a creepy guy who wants to turn a podcaster who comes to interview him into a walrus?  Unsurprisingly, writer/director Kevin Smith has admitted to coming up with the story to his upcoming movie, Tusk, while being stoned.  And now we luckily have a bat-shit crazy trailer to give a taste of what his weed-induced mind has conjured up:

Obviously more in the horror/comedy range than straight horror, Tusk looks like loads of fun.  Shades of The Human Centipede are evident, but what Kevin Smith has come up (at least from the trailer) looks like it will definitely be in it’s own lane.  I dig Justin Long, and seeing an older and more plump Hayley Joel Osment is a nice surprise – but it’s another name that is being associated with this movie that’s causing a bit of a stir.  Johnny Depp.  That’s right folks, Johnny Depp’s in a movie about a guy trying to turn another guy into a walrus. Hopefully that upped your anticipation a little more as it did for me.  Kevin Smith’s Tusk will be out on September 19th – stay tuned for more info and reviews rolling in soon!

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Anticipation Alert: Among The Living (2014)

Anyone who asks me to recommend a horror film from the last 10 years will automatically get one of two responses:  Martyrs (2008) or Inside (2007)

Both are French horror movies and both are pretty fucked up in their own right. Also, both are near masterpieces in this writer’s opinion, with Inside probably narrowly edging out Martyrs for being my favorite out of the two.  In 2011, the Inside writer/director team of Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury gave us their fresh take on the vampire subgenre with Livide, and now they’re getting back to glorious basics this year with Among The Living:

A lot of things are going on in that trailer, which unfortunately is completely in French, and my interest piqued even more when I saw a clown mask pop up. Among The Living looks like a more demented and fucked up version of Stand By Me, and considering I love that movie as much as I do – it’s not a surprise that I’m completely on board with this one.  Stylistically it looks great and the tension seems to be in full effect, much like it was during Inside. Judging from the fact that Among The Living is already receiving high praise from film festival reviews, this one has made it to the top of my list for this year’s most anticipated horror movies.

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Anticipation Alert: Harbinger Down (2014)

You had me at practical effects.  And also, Lance Henriksen.  That’s what I said after I first read about the independent Sci-Fi/Horror movie, Harbinger Down, a few months back.  Funded primarily from Kickstarter, it’s been boasting around town (with good intent mind you) that it’s going back to the good ol’ days of animatronics, prosthetic makeup, and one of my favs:  stop motion effects.  And it’s about f*cking time!

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Any movie that pays homage to The Thing and Alien has a pretty good start going for it.  I’m holding out hope though that it ends up with better results than this year’s alien abduction indie Sci-Fi/Horror flick, Almost Human.  For those interested in the premise of Harbinger Down, it goes a little something like this:

A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.

Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

Old school plot.  Old school effects.  And an old school teaser trailer to boot that you can check out below.  Stay tuned for more info on Harbinger Down and look for a release date soon!