Anticipation Alert: Oculus (2014)

If you ever had a fear of accidentally biting into a lightbulb when you thought you were biting into an apple, then you might not want to watch the trailer for the new supernatural horror movie, Oculus.  If you do have that fear and are still brave enough to give it whirl, feel free to click below and we’ll discuss afterward why this is on my Anticipation Alert radar.

Even if I didn’t know that Oculus was receiving high praise from it’s early screenings, that trailer would have sold me anyway.  Sure, I’m kind of over the whole supernatural sub-genre of horror movies, but something looks right about this one to me.  The creepy ass antique mirror perhaps?  The creepy ass lightbulbs?  As I was driving in to work today, I saw a billboard up on the side of the road.  And the other night there was TV spot on.  So it looks like Oculus is getting a proper push after all of that good buzz from the festival outings.  Is it this year’s The Conjuring?  Seems like a definite possibility. Look for it to hit select theaters on April 11th and until then, eat your apples carefully.


Anticipation Alert: The Conjuring (2013)

Damn you effective trailers!  Yep, once again a horror movie trailer has managed to pull me in and inject me with a big dose of anticipation.  Most recently, I had the Evil Dead trailer do that to me, and now we have a trailer for James Wan’s new supernatural tale called, The Conjuring.  I’m a pretty big fan of James Wan and I honestly think he knows his horror and definitely knows how to get under people’s skin.  First he gave us Saw (groundbreaking for it’s time), then Dead Silence (which was a bit uneven, but super creepy), and lastly Insidious (I’m on the “not overrated” side of the fence on this one). The trailer for his latest directorial effort, The Conjuring, dropped yesterday, and it is honestly one of the most effective teaser trailers I’ve seen in a long time.  Especially for the over-saturated ‘supernatural’ film genre.  Take a gander below and let’s discuss after:

I pretty much love everything about it.  The tone, the creepiness, the clapping game, and I applaud the title card at the end because it really evokes that classic horror movie feel from the 70’s and 80’s.  It reminded me of when I saw Ti West’s, The House Of The Devil, for the first time (those who have seen it know what I’m talking about with the opening credits).  The Conjuring is however another one of those “based on true events” movies with the story focusing on a family in the 70’s that has a little haunted farmhouse problem and need the assistance of a husband/wife paranormal investigator team played by Patrick Wilson (Insidious) and Vera Farmiga (a celebrity crush of mine).  Scheduled to be released on July 19th, stay tuned for more info on The Conjuring and let’s hope that the finished product pays off like the teaser trailer did!