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R.I.P. Wes Craven; horror director dies at 76

Wes Craven

By Seth Metoyer
MoreHorror.com

We at MoreHorror want to give our respects and heart felt well wishes to the family and friends of Wes Craven. He meant so much to horror fans and was an inspiration to many film-makers. He inspired us all, really, to open our minds to his terrifying creations -- and we did so very eagerly. R.I.P. Wes Craven, may you continue to terrorize our dreams from beyond the grave.

Originally posted on Examiner by Seth Metoyer
A sad day in the horror community as master of horror Wes Craven has passed away according to several news outlets. The news has also been confirmed by the late horror icon's official Twitter page. Craven was 76 years old, and according to Bloody-Disgusting died from brain cancer which he had been battling for an unspecified amount of time.

6 Horror Films That Deserve Sequels

The ShiningBy Neil Hudson
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For every horror film there seems to be an insurmountable pile of lesser sequels trailing behind it. Every A Nightmare on Elm Street yields an A Nightmare on Elm Street: Part 2… or Freddy’s Dead. Classics like Hellraiser eventually get dragged down into a quagmire of dirge, and not even Clive Barker’s promise to produce a reboot can make alleviate the suffering you’ve already gone through having watched Hellraiser: Inferno.

Here, we’re taking a look at horror films that never got their chance at a second film, and how future filmmakers might go about putting their stamp on them…

The Shining
This film already has a sequel written and ready to go. Unfortunately, Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King, follows on more directly from the book. Stephen King has considerable reservations regarding the quality of Kubrick’s magnum opus; it’s a concern that most horror fans don’t echo.

The Shining may not have the emotional core of the book, but as a piece of genre filmmaking it stands as a yardstick to measure all others by. John Cusack has previously expressed an interest in playing the adult Danny Torrence. It’d be interesting to see a seasoned auteur, like David Cronenberg perhaps, direct him and connect this to the mythos of the first movie.

Para Elisa (2012) review

Reviewed by Jonathan Weichsel
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Para Elisa, directed by Juanra Fernandez and starring Ana Turpin and Ona Casamiquela, is a 2012 Spanish film that was released for the first time in the US on VOD this week, about a student who is kidnapped by a crazy old lady while interviewing for a babysitting gig, and forced to be a doll for the old lady's grown daughter who acts like a child.

If you know anything about my taste in film, then you know that I am pretty much the target audience for a film about a woman who is tied up and forced to be the plaything of another woman, which is why I agreed to watch and review Para Elisa in the first place. But, Para Elisa contains some of the laziest storytelling I have seen in a film in a long time, and I absolutely hated it.

For a thriller like this to work, there has to be tension. Para Elisa has a slow build, and slow builds can work very effectively, if done right. A great example of this would be another babysitter in peril movie, The House of the Devil. In that film, there is a sense of dread that is present from the very start, and slowly builds until it reaches a crescendo.

In Para Elisa on the other hand, we are introduced to an annoying, superficial student who needs one thousand Euros to go on her senior trip. She first tries to get the money by yelling at her rich parents on the phone. When they won't give it to her, she yells at her asshole drug dealer boyfriend. He won't give it to her either, but he takes a flier off a post advertising a babysitting gig, and although his girlfriend seems completely adverse to any kind of work, after some deliberation she decides to interview.

The Kondelik brothers speak at The Galactic Film Festival

By Jonathan Weichsel
MoreHorror.com

On a hot and humid day in August L.J. Rivera's Galactic Film Festival held a Filmmaker's roundtable at the classic Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, where new and aspiring filmmakers were treated to the wisdom and inspirational words of Jon Kondelik and James Kondelik, two identical twin filmmakers who have been making waves with a pair of highly anticipated upcoming indie films, in a panel that wound up being moderated by scream queen Jessica Cameron and myself.

The two anticipated films in question are The Divine Tragedies and Behind the Walls. I got to see the first fifteen minutes of The Divine Tragedies, which was produced by the Kondelik brothers and written and directed by Jose Prendes, last December at the legendary but now sadly closed Jumpcut Cafe, and was immediately taken in by the film's idiosyncratic style, which seemed to me to be David Lynch with a dash of humor. I have continued to follow the film online, and am excited to see it premier at The RIP Film Festival, which is being held on October 30'th and 31'st, right here in Hollywood.

Behind the Walls, which is written and directed by the Kondelik brothers, is a haunted house story in which the house is a character. The film features shots from the house's point of view, and the filmmakers did everything they could to present the house as a living, breathing entity. According to Jessica Cameron, Behind the Walls is going to be the best indie film of 2016.

Sinister 2 Review

Sinister 2Reviewed by Tom Wood
MoreHorror.com

Sinister 2
Directed by Ciaran Foy
Written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill.
Starring James Ransone and Shannyn Sossamon

Synopsis – A mother and her twin sons find themselves tormented in their farmhouse by the mysterious Mr Boogie, all whilst Deputy So & So continues his investigation from the previous installment.

Upon hearing of a sequel to Sinister, I was as excited as a child on Christmas Day. Being more of a Splat Pack fan, not many supernatural films have caught my attention like Sinister and continue to gain it through to a second installment.

The film simply has the same storyline of the first, where a family are being haunted by a supernatural being. Very basic indeed; But, that’s not always a bad thing and is what I love about Horror films, the more simple something is, the better it can be. Take a look at The Exorcist, or even Hitchcock’s Birds for example - two simple stories that have turned into the most popular Horrors of all time.

The film reminded of Stephen King’s Children of the Corn and when I researched the film further, I had found that Sinister 2 was inspired by King’s story and contains other elements from other of King’s work such as IT. I will not delve too much into this as I do not want to give out too many spoilers. It will be something you will understand if you have read the books.

‘Honeymoon’ (2014) film review

HoneymoonReviewed by Jesse Miller
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Director: Leigh Janiak
Writers: Phil Graziadei & Leigh Janiak
Starring: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway…

Synopsis: A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of their first night.

You never know what you’re getting with Honeymoon until it decides to show its cards in the finale of the film and even then, everything you thought you knew about the characters and how they relate to each other is changed. You think you might have figured Honeymoon out from its trailer or poster but listen to the old saying: don’t judge a book by its cover because there’s something rather wicked about these characters and it’s worth taking the journey for.

To me, Honeymoon is a horror with a mood similar to a 1970s slasher film. Everything from the sets to the music to the costumes all feel like they are emulating that feel. More than that, Honeymoon feels like the works of David Cronenberg influences it, with some seriously nasty body horror happening throughout the film.

The two lovebirds are Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway. Here you’ve got two very likeable stars that have got chemistry together, which led me to becoming invested in their turmoil and their relationship. Both Leslie and Treadaway are terrific, elevating their parts beyond the written into characters you care about. You feel their hurt and you understand their motivations and you can see what they are going through on their faces in the quieter moments. They are both wonderful performers.

A Question to the Horror Community


by Mike Thomas
MoreHorror.com

Three Examples:
-a person attends a horror movie, or goes to a haunted house attraction
- a person set up with a prank by being startled by something that frightens them
- a person is unwittingly put in a frightening situation against their will

My query: Is it right to frighten an unknowing victim?

We have shows like “Scare Tactics,” where friends set up other friends to be put in horrifying situations, and of course, “Punk’d” episodes where friends are put in awkward situations.

The big difference is shows like the above are staged by friends for friends. And the victims’ friends are aware of their friends’ limits.
My reason for this discussion: there is a video circulating where a person(s) is set up in a fake elevator where the lights go out, and when the lights come back on, a little girl has suddenly “appears” in the seemingly, seemingly empty but moving elevator. She turns to the hapless victim(s), screams, the lights go out again and the girl has “disappeared.”

Dawna Lee Heising interviews Vida Ghaffari about GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE and more

Garden Party Massacreby MoreHorror.com

Horror meets hilarity in award-winning Gregory Blair’s new film GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE and cast members Dawna Lee Heising and Vida Ghaffari reveal a little bit about the project and their characters in this interview filmed at the City Beat Live mixer August 1st, 2015.

GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE tells the riotous tale of a friendly backyard gathering that goes hilariously awry when an unexpected guest arrives. With a pickaxe. And an attitude. Vida Ghaffari plays Reena, the sassy fashionista Reena and Dawna plays Melanie—“the MILF from hell”.

GARDEN PARTY MASSACRE is a fast-paced, wacky romp in the vein of Shaun of the Dead and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and both ladies get their share of the fun.

The cast also includes other familiar names in comedy and horror as well as some fresh faces: Andy Gates (“Grimm”, “The Young and the Restless”, etc.), Nichole Bagby (“My Crazy Roommate”, “Sex Sent Me to the ER”, etc.), David Leeper, Matt Weinglass
and even Blair himself.

The film shoots this October through Blair’s production company, PIX/SEE Productions; just days after Blair’s award-winning film DEADLY REVISIONS is released on 9/29/15 via SGL Entertainment.

Is Hollywood Becoming Lazy?

by Tom Wood
MoreHorror.com

By now, anyone who has read my blogs will know how much of a Horror fan I am. If you haven’t, firstly where have you been all this time? (Just kidding, I know you have a life. But seriously, where have you been?). Secondly, I like anything weird and scary.

I was recently watching a Horror film as you do, and was very disappointed with the outcome, especially with all the hype it received on release. I will not give away what this film was as I do not want to discredit it further than it needs to; but there was no other way to describe this film as pure rubbish. All I will say it was a remake of an eighties classic that I love.

Later that evening, I was checking a social network website trying to waste a bit of time. I saw a post by a person, who specialises in reviewing films; tell us a piece of information on a new film. I was very disappointed to hear that A Nightmare on Elm Street is to be rebooted. AGAIN! This annoyed me more than what it should do. Why shouldn’t it though? There have been so many remakes/reboots either released or announced, just this year alone.

Horror films have released so many sequels as well over the years that film industries to me, seem to be lacking originality. This is why I’d begun getting so annoyed with the newly announced remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. There isn’t any need for it. There are already seven of them (without counting Freddy Vs Jason) and a reboot that had already been released in 2010.

It is the same now with Marvel films. The Fantastic Four reboot has had mixed reviews that have disappointed the film industry and a lot of fans; as well as another reboot of a Spiderman series announced only a couple of years after the last reboot of The Amazing Spiderman, which in my opinion should have carried on going.

Exclusive Interview with Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder and Marshal Hilton for Bobby Easley’s 'The Devil Dogs of Kilo Company'

by MoreHorror.com

The Devil Dogs of Kilo Company is a brilliantly conceived, animated WWII epic, which is written and directed by Bobby Easley for a 2015 release. The assistant director of the feature film is Terence Muncy and the engineer is Tom Roosa. Easley, both a director and actor and the CEO of Horror Wasteland Pictures International, is known for “The Boogeyman;” “The River Runs Black;” “Scream Machine;” “All Sinners Night;” and “X.” “All Sinners Night” has distribution through MVD Entertainment Group, WWMM and Chemical Burn.

The plot of the innovative feature film revolves around “…a company of Marines deep behind enemy lines on a top secret mission. The company is out-manned and outgunned as they fight their way to hell and back leaving a path of death and destruction in their wake.” The creative trailer can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFdmQH01UXM&feature=youtu.be

“The Devil Dogs of Kilo Company” stars Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7,8,9, Jason X, Hatchet); John Dugan (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 74,4,3D); Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, 3D, Army of Darkness, Halloween); and Marshal Hilton (120/80: Stressed to Kill, The Bunnyman Massacre, Monumental). Hodder recently released his autobiography, "Unmasked: The Life Story of the World's Most Prolific Killer", which has received glowing reviews.

Kane Hodder plays the role of Company First Sergeant Phil Altum, and Bill Moseley has the role of Company Commander Captain Glen Morrison. John Dugan portrays Colonel Steve Talaska, and Marshal Hilton is Major Cahill. Dugan recorded his voiceover at AZMYTH Studios in Carmel, Indiana, while Hodder, Moseley and Hilton recorded their roles at Outloud Audio Studios in Burbank, California. All of the German soldiers depicted will be recorded with Frank Banx in Dortmund, Germany, and Roosa will mix everything together for the final film.

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