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'
Gareth Edwards parlayed his work on the DIY Sci-Fi/Horror flick 'Monsters'
into gigs directing the recent 'Godzilla'
reboot and an upcoming 'Star Wars'
His approach was markedly subtle, opting to keep the monsters hidden for most of the film in an effort to build suspense before the "big reveal".
While Edwards' style was effective on 'Monsters'
, and to a certain extent 'Godzilla'
, it appears his successor, Tom Green, has opted to go balls-to-the-wall with a full-on invasion of Lovecraftian monsters in the sequel, 'Monsters: Dark Continent'
You know I love me some be-tentacled beasties, so it should come as no surprise that I'm really looking forward to this flick's November 28th release.
Magnolia Pictures' 'The ABCs of Death'
, a 2012 horror anthology that featured 26 short subjects from a whole host of directors depicting death in it's myriad of forms, was a ton of grisly fun.
They're dipping back into that blood-filled well again with a sequel, 'ABCs of Death 2'
, which will give another 26 or so directors the opportunity to display their ideas about death in the goriest, and most alphabetical, way possible.
Feel the splatter via Video on Demand services on October 2nd and in theatres on October 31st.
'ABCs of Death 2'
Directed by Adan Jodorowsky and starring his brother Cristóbal Jodorowsky and giallo director Dario's daughter Asia Argento, 'The Voice Theif', looks like a surreal experience that certainly bears the stamp of influence of the Jodorowsky family patriarch, cult filmmaker and "psycho-magician" Alejandro.
The film, which follows a husband's quest to find a new voice for his opera-singer bride after causing her to lose hers, was finished in 2013 and has been making the festival rounds of late, sometimes shown in conjunction with Alejandro's autobigraphical 'La Danza de la Realidad', but hasn't seen an official wide release yet.
It doesn't have an official website either.
I was lucky enough to see 'AKIRA'
, the groundbreaking anime based on director Katsuhiro Otomo's manga in an actual movie theatre upon it's initial release here in the U.
I also owned a copy of the original Streamline Video VHS which I watched over and over and over again in almost ritualistic fashion throughout the 1990's.
It's been re-released on home media several times since then, including an extended edit of the film with a completely re-written and re-dubbed English audio track from Pioneer at the beginning of the new millennium.
And sadly the years have also seen US movie studios attempt to produce a live action version of the tale, usually starring some hot at the moment Caucasian actors in the various starring roles which should
be played by actors of Asian heritage.
"Inspired" by these attempts at whitewashing the story, a group of filmmaking fans got some money together, rounded up a mighty fine cast, and made their own 'AKIRA'
mini-movie which they've released to YouTube.
It was their intent to stick as close to the source material as possible and do 'AKIRA'
justice with their crowdsourced, Indiegogo campaign funded adaptation.
They did it.