When 'Cloverfield' stomped onto movie theatre screens in 2008 it was a pretty big deal to me and my friend.
There was a good deal of speculation about the film—which was written by Drew Goddard, directed by Matt Reeves, and produced by J. J. Abrams—fueled by a groundbreaking viral marketing campaign, largely unfounded internet rumors, and Abrams' patented "mystery box".
All that mystery undoubtedly played a role in the film's ultimate success at the box office, and there was talk of a sequel which was pretty quickly forgotten.
Eight years later a trailer dropped out of nowhere for a movie from Abrams' Bad Robot production company—but none of the other folks involved with 'Cloverfield'—called '10 Cloverfield Lane' which may be that sequel.
Or maybe not.
It's being described by Abrams as a "blood relative" to 'Cloverfield', but is also rumored to be a completely different movie with only a tangential connection to the earlier film.
All we really know is that this is the first pretty much anybody has heard about the fuckin' thing and it's scheduled to hit theatres on March 11th.
'10 Cloverfield Lane'
The long-awaited fright flick 'The Witch' is finally going to arrive in theatres nationwide on February 19th!
This new trailer for writer/director David Egger's "New England Folktale" plays heavy on the suspense, dread, and madness.
It also features more of that badass black fucking goat, revealing his name as "Black Phillip"!
I can not wait!
New York-based producer Nick Koenig, also known as Hot Sugar, works primarily within the musique concrète milieu, manipulating recorded sounds to create his own original, often beautiful, Hip-Hop-influenced compositions.
After releasing several EP's and mixtapes, and contributing production for artists as diverse as Open Mike Eagle, Lakutis, Antwon, and The Roots, he released his official debut album, 'God's Hand', one of my favorite albums of 2015, earlier this year.
Now he's starring in a documentary, 'Hot Sugar's Cold World', directed by Adam Bhala Lough, produced by David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, and Jody Hill, and featuring Jim Jarmusch, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and others, about his unique creative process and personal life.
The film is currently making the rounds at various festivals and sowing in select arthouse theatres around the country. The rest of us get to see it on November 6th, when it hits digital distribution channels.
'God's Hand' is out now on Break World Records.
'Hot Sugar's Cold World'
'Hell and Back', a new R-rated stop-motion animated comedy/horror flick from ShadowMachine (the studio behind 'BoJack Horseman' and several Adult Swim shows) looks kinda like 'A Nightmare Before Christmas' if it were made by those 'Robot Chicken' dudes*.
My ticket is already bought!
Or, it would be if it were playing anywhere near me.
'Hell and Back', featuring the voice talents of Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis, Bob Odenkirk, T.J. Miller, Rob Riggle, Susan Sarandon, Danny McBride, Maria Bamford, Michael Peña, J.B. Smoove, Brian Posehn, and Lance Bass, is in theatres somewhere now.
* I know, ShadowMachine are those 'Robot Chicken' dudes.
'Hell and Back'
Creepy little girl with supernatural powers?
Weird doctor/social worker to make you feel uncomfortable?
Freaky hooded cultists?
Available on DVD, VOD, and streaming services like Hulu on October 6th?
I'll be there.
Turkish witch-cult flick 'Baskin' had its world premier at the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday and people are saying some really good things about it.
I have no idea what Can Evrenol's debut feature is really all about, but you know if you throw some goat-headed motherfuckers in your movie I'm probably gonna want to check that shit out!
Hopefully 'Baskin' will get some kind of release stateside soon.
I've made no secret about the fact that I don't care for Christmas.
This year the Holiday Season brings me and people like me a special gift in the form of horror/comedy 'Krampus'!
The yuletide slaughter, starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Stefania Lavie Owen and Krista Stadler, and directed by 'Trick 'r Treat' director Michael Dougherty, arrives in theatres December 4th.
Writer/Director Robert Eggers' 'The Witch' built a significant buzz at the last Sundance Film Festival and I've been dying to see it ever since.
After a lengthy wait, the tale of occult horror set in the woodlands of colonial era New England is finally coming to theaters some time within the next year.
The trailer looks absolutely incredible.
That black goat is everything!
'As Above So Below'
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, Ali Marhyar
I was instantly intrigued by 'As Above So Below', a 2014 horror film set in the Paris catacombs, when the first trailer started making the rounds last Summer. I've been sorta obsessed with the catacombs since seeing a "pod" about them on Current TV, Al Gore's cable network that began as a showcase for user-created content, a number of years back. So you can bet your ass that an underground fright fest, which is what 'As Above So Below' was marketed as, was right up my alley.
I didn't get to see the flick when it was in theatres, so my assumption was that it was another ghost story, or some other type of psychological horror typical of the style of scary movies of our modern era, just transported into the claustrophobic world of the Paris underground. When I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the film here at Imageyenation HQ I found something far different, and far more in-line with my own interests in the supernatural, magick, alchemy, witchcraft, Rosicrucianism, and transcendental illumination.
Surprisingly, the film features elements of Indiana Jones-style archaeology, some of the mystery of the historical conspiracy fiction genre made famous by 'The Da Vinci Code', and a great deal of horror which to my delight springs from a foundation of alchemical philosophy (thanks to a story that hinges on a mystery involving Nicolas Flamel) and touches on notoions of "the dark night of the soul" and other ideas popularized by Robert Anton Wilson and his ilk. By the movies mid-point I had it all figured out, but didn't believe I could possibly be right because it would mean a mainstream horror flick was based on some of my most beloved magickal concepts.
I fear I may have given too much away as it is, so I'm not going to discuss any more of the plot here. But for what I initially thought was just going to be another found-footage ghost flick or 'Flatliners'-style psychological horror rehash, 'As Above So Below' proved to be far more engaging, exciting, and satisfying than I'd expected.
'As Above So Below'
When Motown's in-house backup band The Funk Brothers were showcased in a documentary several years ago they called 'Standing in the Shadow of Motown'.
The new documentary about The Wrecking Crew, a group of studio musicians responsible for the music on countless Pop, Rock, and Soul classics, might as well be called 'Standing in the Shadow of Everybody'.
Simply titled 'The Wrecking Crew', the Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing film is out in theatres, on demand, and on VOD, March 13th.
'The Wrecking Crew'
The 2012 film 'Iron Sky', a movie about Nazis on the moon returning to conquer Earth, had a great premise, but was bogged down by some really silly bullshit.
I actually fell asleep while watching it.
Apparently a sequel, 'Iron Sky The Coming Race' is in the works, which appears to draw on the Hollow Earth mythology of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's early sci-fi novel 'Vril, the Power of the Coming Race', which is believed to have inspired the more mystical aspects of the Nazi party.
That sounds, and looks, like another great premise.
I just hope they leave some of the more over-the-top comedic elements (did the Tyrannosaurus give the "heil Hitler"?) out this time.
Legendary Electro producer Arthur Baker has been working behind the scenes for some time to make it happen, and it looks like '808', a documentary film about the Roland TR808 drum machine, is finally here!
The film features the talking heads of folks like Afrika Bambaataa, Rick Rubin, Pharrell Williams, Fatboy Slim, Felix the Housecat, and others, and will hopefully delve into some real history of the machine itself outside of any specific musical genres.
It's due out some time next year.
Like I mentioned in the Jack Parsons post, I spend most Autumns on the hunt for attractions around "Haunted New England".
Back in the day this included local "Haunted Houses" put on at various locations across the region which I attended with glee in my younger years.
They've become less, and less common and more, and more expensive as the years have passed, so I don't attend as often as I'd like.
But the premise of 'The Houses October Built', where a group of friends seeking the most "extreme haunt" get more than they bargained for, sure does resonate with me.
As a former "Haunted House" junkie there were moments in the trailer that rang so true I found myself nodding my head saying "yes, yes".
I'm really looking forward to being creeped out by this one.
'The Houses October Built'
I was more than a little entertained by the inventive 2012 found-footage horror anthology 'V/H/S'.
The 2013 follow-up, 'V/H/S/2', on the other hand seemed a bit slow-moving and didn't hold my attention quite as well.
The red-band trailer for the third installment, 'V/H/S: Viral', makes it look like it might skew a little closer to the original and provide some gore-drenched entertainment.
The flick hits video on demand on October 23rd, and select theatres November 21st.
Apparently it's been available On Demand for about a month now, and even got a short theatrical run earlier this month, but I only just now caught wind of IFC Midnight's 'At the Devil's Door'.
The trailer caught my attention by focusing on story, and then trowing the creepy right in your face like "WHAT? YOU DIDN'T THINK THE DEVIL WAS IN OUR MOVIE? HERE'S SOME GLOWING EYES IN THE DARK FOR THAT ASS! AND, OH SHIT, HERE'S A FUCKING MONSTER!"
I'll be checking it out on VOD this week for sure.
'At the Devil's Door'