André Øvredal’s Mortal has been in the works for a while. There was talk of it even around the time of The Autopsy of Jane Doe, well before Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Though it’s taken it’s sweet time, the Trollhunter director is back and this Mortal trailer further convinced us this is something we need to see ASAP.
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Oh my, this is just the kind of pick me up I needed today. Given the chaotic, unstable state of the world—what with entitled assholes refusing to stay home or wear masks to prevent a global pandemic and Black people begging the police not to murder them—many may not want to watch an apocalyptic, end-of-the-world movie. I, however, say bring that shit on. Especially when it stars Gerard Butler. And in that spirit, here is the first trailer for the Gerard-Butler-fights-a-planet-killing-comet movie, Greenland. Yeah, that’s the good stuff.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
One-night-that-changes-everything is a familiar cinematic narrative, especially in the lives of young people. Not the most original set up, there are reasons filmmakers and storytellers keep coming back to this particular well. Many people who’ve survived adolescence have had this type of experience, a transformative moment where you make a choice, where you can go one way or another, and where, afterwards, nothing is ever quite the same. Maybe it’s not always as dramatic as movies portray it, but when you’ve lived on that precipice between childhood and adulthood, searching for some nebulous thing you can’t quite define, it’s easy to relate.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Best known for playing sarcastic comedy sidekicks and for being the younger brother of someone more famous, Dave Franco decided to show off another side. He’s about to make his directorial debut with the horror thriller The Rental, which he also co-wrote with indie staple Joe Swanberg. When actors step behind the camera it’s often a mixed bag, but with this first trailer, The Rental definitely looks promising.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
2016’s Train to Busan is one of those zombie movies that comes along every few years and reminds everyone how good the genre can be. The South Korean horror film was a big international hit and now the sequel, Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, is on the way, with another new trailer as proof.
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
As bleak as 2020 has been, we could all use a touch of hope, optimism, and to be a bit more excellent to each other. Which is part of why we’re so excited for Bill & Ted Face the Music, the long-in-development third chapter in the Bill & Ted saga. (Also, because the first two rank among our favorite films of all time.) Face the Music is still slated to open this summer—we’ll see how that goes—and now we have our first trailer. Check it out, dudes.
Monday, June 8, 2020
If you’re old enough to remember 1995, you probably remember the fervor surrounding Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven’s debauched look at the life of a Vegas dancer clawing her way to the top. It was critically reviled, publicly scorned, and the subject of an unending parade of controversy as it became the first, and still only, NC-17 rated movie to receive a wide release. Despite the popular drubbing, Showgirls has received something of a critical and popular reevaluation, a process chronicled in Jeffrey McHale’s new documentary You Don’t Nomi.
Friday, June 5, 2020
When a perfect young couple moves in with an older couple, they get more than they bargained for and it permanently alters their lives. The basic premise of Shirley is simple. But when the older couple consists of troubled horror writer Shirley Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her professor husband, Stanley (Michael Stuhlbarg), it’s so much more complicated for aspiring professor, Fred (Logan Lerman), and his young wife, Rose (Odessa Young).
Thursday, June 4, 2020
If you’ve ever wanted to watch a young girl bludgeon, pummel, and otherwise dismantle a bunch of white supremacists, Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion, the directing duo behind Bushwick and Cooties, is here for you with their new film Becky. When it hits its stride, the film is a total blast and as much fun as watching a kid murder Nazis with neck-stabbing and flamethrowers sounds. Think an angsty tween Home Alone meets You’re Next. It also features a couple well-known actors doing things decidedly out of their wheelhouse. That said, despite what rules, major issues keep it from greatness.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Some families have certain activities they like to do together, but making eerie, low-budget horror movies isn’t usually one. During the credits of The Deeper You Dig the phrase, “An Adams Family Film” (not Addams Family) pops up on screen. And sure, it’s good for a chuckle, but it’s also an accurate representation of what you’re about to see. It’s nothing if not a family affair. Written and directed by husband and wife team John Adams and Toby Poser, the couple also star in two of the three main roles. The third? Filled by their daughter, Zelda Adams.
Friday, May 29, 2020
'Jesus Shows You The Way To The Highway' Trailer: Strap In For The Craziest Damn Thing You've Ever Seen
With a title like Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway, you know you’re in for not-your-average-movie. But even if you’re familiar with writer/director Miguel Llanso’s apocalyptic, magical-realistic adventure Crumbs, you’re still not prepared for this film. It’s finally getting released and you should watch this trailer to get just a slice of what lies in store for you.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Fans of classic Twilight Zone episodes may want to put Andrew Patterson’s The Vast of Night on their radar. The throwback sci-fi mystery filters that moody, atmospheric vibe through a nostalgic Amblin lens. While it lacks much forward propulsion and true tension, it’s a lovely, sure-handed film that brims with charm and potential, even if unrealized.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
It’s tough out there for immortal soldiers who can’t die and have nothing to do but protect the world. So goes the new action adventure The Old Guard. With an incredible cast and a fantastic director, Netflix has what looks like another big hit on their hands. Check out the first trailer below.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Thank god for Scott Adkins. While we’re lucky if we get a couple of big, bloated studio action movies a summer, maybe one in the fall, the British martial artist consistently churns out three or four (sometimes more) badass DTV actioners a year. And they tend to be the low-budget, bone-crunching, from-a-bygone-era style we adore around these parts. We’ve kept an eye on the development of Legacy of Lies for a while now, but we finally have our first trailer, and it is good.
Monday, May 18, 2020
In this house we stan Spike Lee. And from what we see in this first trailer for his upcoming Da 5 Bloods, we have quite a bit to be very, very excited about. Come on, that cast alone is worth dying for. Check it out below.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Hear me out, a bus driver, his teen sidekick, two cops, and a priest go into the jungle…No, it’s not the start of a tawdry joke. When combined with a coven of vengeful witches, it’s the basic plot of the first horror movie horror movie to hail from Panama, Diablo Rojo PTY. A bit slight, directors Sol Moreno and J. Oskura Najera nevertheless create a strange, dark, witch-infested descent into hell.
Thursday, May 7, 2020
If you’re a regular visitor to this particular corner of the internet, you know we get rather excited for any news pertaining to the works of one Scott Adkins. The preeminent DTV action badass, the man stays busy—he had five movies come out in 2019, and 2020 is shaping up for a similar run. One we’re particularly jazzed for is the international espionage thriller Legacy of Lies, which finally has a release date.
Friday, May 1, 2020
In This 'Lovecraft Country' Trailer Jordan Peele And J.J. Abrams Haven't Even Gotten To The Real Strange Part
Oh yes, this is the kind of thing we like to see. Big episodic horror from an all-star creative team, with an incredible cast, on a premium network known for major production value. We’ve been waiting for HBO’s Lovecraft Country, produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams, for a long time. While we won’t get it until August, we finally have our first look at a trailer.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Don’t you hate it when an ancient witch moves in next door, possesses your neighbor, starts stealing children, and no one believes you because they think you’re acting out due to your parents’ messy divorce? Yeah, that sucks. Such is life for Ben (John-Paul Howard), protagonist of writer/director brothers Brett and Drew Pierce’s new horror film, The Wretched.
Friday, April 24, 2020
When you hear characters say, “Make a name for himself,” “Rewrite our history,” and “Every man should be the author of his own history,” it becomes clear what a film has on its mind. It’s about creating your own story, your own myth, and telling your tale the way you want. And with an ironic title like True History of the Kelly Gang, it also becomes clear that maybe their version of events isn’t 100% to be trusted.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Where would horror, as a genre, be without cults? Or, for that matter, new-to-town transplants with troubled pasts searching for and finding what appears to be the perfect new home? For his first feature, 1BR, writer/director David Marmor combines these two genre staples for an up and down affair that, while ultimately a mixed bag with some pacing issues, pays off with solid tense, thrilling creeps.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Around these parts, we stan Scott Adkins. Especially when the British martial artist teams up with director Jesse V. Johnson. They’re like the current power duo of DTV badassery. (Triple Threat, Savage Dog, Accident Man.) Now the pair returns with Debt Collectors, the sequel to their 2018 offering, The Debt Collector. Check out the first trailer below.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Even with everyone stuck in quarantine thanks to COVID-19, and movie theaters basically nonexistent at the moment, there’s still been a steady stream of new horror movies to check out. Most of these are smaller titles that were destined to have a largely streaming releases anyway, so not much changed for their plans. One of these is Behind You. It’s fine.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
COVID-19 has laid waste to the movie industry. Hell, it basically cancelled movies big and small for the foreseeable future, both theatrical releases as well as production. Film festivals have also felt impact. SXSW was straight-up cancelled, Cannes was pushed and seems likely to pull the plug entirely, and the North Bend Film Festival moved from August to October, among others. In our own backyard, one of our annual favorite events, the BoneBat Comedy of Horrors Film Festival, was also bumped back until this all blows over. In the meantime, however, they’ve got something for you, no matter where you live.
Monday, April 13, 2020
Yes, this movie is called Butt Boy. Really. But it’s not what you think. Okay, it’s kind of what you think, but it’s also something very different than that.
Friday, April 10, 2020
If you lament the lack of graphic genital torture or exploded testicles in modern horror cinema, you’re in luck. First time director Keola Racela’s Porno has the cure for what ails you. It also has demons, repressed religious nerds, an uptight straight edge kid, and more Encino Man references than one might initially expect. Gory, ridiculous, and often legitimately scary, it’s a perfect movie to watch late at night, preferably with a rowdy, intoxicant-lubricated crowd.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
As everyone is forced to shelter in place, often in close quarters with other people and with few options for avoiding them, it feels like the ideal moment to release Neasa Hardiman’s cramped, sci-fi horror film Sea Fever. Throw a parasitic infection into a claustrophobic situation, add a character pleading with a group of people to remain in quarantine, and it all seems rather of-the-moment.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Ah, the Satanic Panic. That sweet, sweet era of the 1980s when the whole country was worried about devil-worshipping metalheads performing ritual sacrifices to appease their dark lord. Good times. (Unless you were on the receiving end of the widespread harassment, which sucked.) Anyway, such is the setting for We Summon the Darkness, the latest horror offering from My Friend Dahmer director Marc Meyers.
There’s a proud tradition of stunt performers becoming badass action directors. David Leitch, Chad Stahelski, Nash Egerton, Scott Waugh, and now Sam Hargrave. He cut his teeth coordinating fights for tons of movies, most notably as of late, the likes of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Thor: Ragnarok, and Atomic Blonde, among others. Now he’s getting the chance to helm a feature of his very own, reuniting with key players from his Marvel days. Check out the first trailer for Extraction.
Monday, April 6, 2020
Who knew that Russia would be helping to keep us sane with killer genre fare as we’re all hiding away from one another in quarantine? This week, the insane actioner Why Don’t You Just Die! lands on VOD, and if you’re more in the mood for a bit of sci-fi horror, they’ve also got you covered with this new trailer for Sputnik. Looks like something we want in our lives ASAP.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Movie new has been pretty dead as of late, what with most of the movie industry worldwide being shut down due to COVID-19. Still, there were plenty of movies on the way, and a bunch remain en route. One we’re looking forward to around these parts is the South Korean zombie film Peninsula, a new horror set in the world of Train to Busan and now titled Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula. We finally got a look at trailer and damn, this is the stuff we’ve been waiting for.
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Mean, nasty, bloody, violent, funny, vicious, unexpected, twisted, vengeful…I don’t know, I’m trying to collect words that will make you want to watch the crazy new Russian action film Why Don’t You Just Die!. That’s my goal here, to get you to watch this damn movie.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
A funny thing happens when you make a movie about fighting and actually cast people who know how to fight, the fighting looks good. Such is the case for writer/director/star Vincent Soberano’s Blood Hunters, AKA Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids. That’s the good news. The less good news is that’s basically all the film has going for it.
Monday, March 9, 2020
Adam Bolt’s new documentary, Human Nature, watches a bit like prequel to dystopian science fiction. His cameras tells of the rise of CRISPR. What is CRISPR, you might ask? Don’t worry, the film explains that. The acronym stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. What it is, is a revolutionary new development in genetic manipulation, one that has epic, sprawling, far-reaching implications across numerous fields.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz’ upcoming horror mind-bender, Antebellum, is one of our most anticipated movies of 2020. It’s looks strange and twisted and terrifying and full of big ideas and concerns. And this new trailer does nothing to dispel our enthusiasm. Check it out below.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins) has a special talent, she can communicate with the spirit world. But after a tragic accident took her similarly gifted, paranormal-investigator father from her as a child, she chose to shun her abilities. Instead, she subsists as a driving instructor in a small Irish town, deflecting constant supernatural requests from locals. All that changes, however, when washed up one-hit-wonder Christian Winter (Will Forte) attempts to call forth evil forces to resurrect his career and, in the process, possess a young girl to serve as a virgin sacrifice. With nowhere to turn, the girl’s frantic father, Martin Martin (Barry Ward), himself tormented by the bitter ghost of his dead wife, turns to Rose, who, nurturing a serious crush, decides to pitch in and help.
Friday, February 28, 2020
Matthew Pope’s Blood on Her Name drops us right into the middle of a situation we don’t fully understand and forces us to cobble together the puzzle. We see a battered woman, a pool of blood, a wrench, a body. And for the rest of the movie, we’re left to cobble together various bits and shards. Only just when we think we have an idea, we’re handed a new corner piece that changes the image completely.
People often complain about zombie movies. To be fair, there are a lot of trash zombie movies to wade through. But there’s a reason we keep looking, because when they’re good, they can be great. Once in a while a film comes along and reminds us what can be done within the subgenre confines and breathes a bit of new life into the walking dead. Think Train to Busan, Girl With All the Gifts, or The Night Eats the World, among others. By all accounts, Jeff Barnaby’s First Nations horror tale, Blood Quantum, is one such film. It’s finally getting a release, so check out the red band trailer.
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman. For horror kids growing up in the 1990s, these were five of the most terrifying words you could here. Who among us didn’t gaze into a dimly lit mirror, say the name four times, and hesitate with a shiver before we squeaked out the fifth? We have a new Candyman on the way from producer Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta, and thus far, things have been kept relatively under wraps. But now the first trailer is here and it’s terrifying.
One of my most anticipated upcoming movies is the gonzo Russian action flick, Why Don’t You Just Die! It played a few festivals and folks who have similar proclivities in this particular cinematic arena haven’t stopped raving about it. Well, it’s finally getting a release and there’s a new trailer. If you’re into bonkers, brutal, bloody action, this looks like the movie for you.
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Becoming a stepparent can be difficult and awkward. Especially when the kids in question blame you for their mother’s suicide. And when your childhood was marked by being the only survivor of a doomsday cult led by your father. And when you’re either losing your mind or being tormented sinister forces. Told you, it’s tricky.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Knights, monsters, puppet beheadings… you had me at puppet beheadings, The Green Knight. Director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story) once again teams with A24. This time for a fantasy epic based on the Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. And this first trailer looks as fantastic as that sounds.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Joe Begos’ VFW feels like it crawled out of a grimy, urine-soaked 1980s gutter. And I mean that in the best possible way. This mutant-punks-versus-grizzled-war-vets opus is so dirty and sweaty it practically has a smell. Think the scummy, hungover offspring of Assault on Precinct 13. Again, this is all good.
Monday, February 10, 2020
Now that the Oscars are in the rearview (yay, Parasite), we can return our attention to our regularly scheduled programming: ultra-violent international genre cinema. To that end, here is the trailer for South Korean director Park Hoon-jung’s The Witcher: Subversion. (Or The Witch: Part 1—The Subversion if you prefer.)
In case you missed it, the Oscars were last night. Hollywood celebrated itself at the 92nd annual Academy Awards and, for the most part, it was fine.
Friday, February 7, 2020
If you’re familiar with this website, you already know damn well that a DTV action movie starring Randy Couture, Billy Zane, Danny Trejo, and, for some reason, Dr. Drew, is very, very, very in our wheelhouse. So without further ado, here’s the trailer for Final Kill, it’s…exactly what it looks like.
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
A Saw film written, produced, and starring Chris Rock, three years after the last film (and ten years after the one before), sounds like a weird proposition. But it’s happening, and what’s more, the first trailer for Spiral: From the Book of Saw looks really damn good. Check out that and an awesome new poster below.
Friday, January 31, 2020
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) used to live his life a quarter-mile at a time, but now he has a secret love baby, so apparently that’s off the table. For a moment anyway. As illustrated by the trailer for F9, the ninth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, the allure of going vroom vroom and ignoring the laws of physics will always win.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
I’m not entirely sure why, but I’m pretty damn into this idea. Hear me out. There’s a possibility—in reality, I assume it’s a very, very, very remote possibility—that the Safdie Brothers, Josh and Bennie, the directors of Uncut Gems and Good Time, could make a Pee-Wee Herman movie. And it weirdly makes a lot of sense to me, and sounds awesome.