Author: Richard Newby

The Babysitter Goes All In on a Horror Staple

Overview: 12-year old Cole’s night takes a turn when he discovers his beloved babysitter is part of a Satanic cult who need his blood for a ritual sacrifice. Netflix; Rated TV-MA; 85 minutes. She Knows You’re Alone: The babysitter has become a horror genre staple over the decades. From When a Stranger Calls to the more recent Emelie, horror has a frequent fascination with young women tasked with protecting innocence. Whether the film pits the babysitter against a force of evil, or turns the expectations around and makes the babysitter herself the evil force, there are few tropes left...

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The Revolution Begins in New Black Panther Trailer

Here’s the latest trailer for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther!   And here’s the new poster: Yo! So first off, this is looking to be a lot more visually imaginative than even the teaser suggested. The artists involved in this have really put in the work to give the technology of Wakanda its own flair. Additionally, the costume design and detail may be some of the very best Marvel Studios has put forth. While the story details are still tightly underwraps, we do get a much closer look at Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Kilmonger, who looks to T’Challa a run...

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Poetry of the Steak: Reinterpreting The Fly 30 Years Later

Originally published on August 14, 2016. When we think about David Cronenberg’s The Fly we think about the grotesque transformation of Seth Brundle that drives the film and weakens our stomachs. 30 years later and the artistry of Chris Walas and Stephan Dupuis on Seth Brundle’s six staged transformation into Brundlefly remain an unmatched feat in practical effects, paralleled only by Rob Bottin’s work on The Thing four years prior. Despite the effects wizardry that keeps audiences returning to Cronenberg’s film over and over again, The Fly’s memorable body horror and exploration of the flesh would be lessened if...

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Our Patience is Rewarded with New Trailer for The Last Jedi

Star Wars! And here’s the new poster! So this looks amazing! I don’t want to speculate too much, but it definitely looks like Rian Johnson is mixing up the traditional Star Wars story elements beyond the dark side and the light. Of course the major discussion around this film is what Luke Skywalker’s role will be. And while we can’t tell from the trailer what side of the force he’ll land on (though we do know what fear leads to), it’s clear that Mark Hamill has brought his A-game. Other key moments are a glimpse of Snoke in the...

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Blade Runner 2049 is an Epic Personal Journey

*Spoilers ahead* Overview: 30 years after the events of the original film, Blade Runner K uncovers the body of a replicant who died in childbirth. Investigating this seeming impossibility unravels a mystery that can change the world and stop human progress dead in its tracks. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2017; Rated R; 163 minutes. Fearful Symmetry: Blade Runner 2049 begins with an eye, before the scene shifts to a spinner vehicle moving through dark, towering structures. This opening directly recalls the opening of Ridley Scott’s film, all that’s missing is the fire. Scott created a hellscape, a steaming gutter that...

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Cult of Chucky Brings New Toys to Madcap Seventh Entry

Overview: Picking up five years after Curse of Chucky, the titular killer doll tracks Nica down to a mental asylum where he continues his assault of terror, while revealing a larger scheme that brings his original target, Andy, back into the fray. Wanna Play?: It almost goes without saying that by the time the seventh entry of a horror franchise comes around, expectations are pretty low and justly so. The examples are numerous. The same could be said of sixth entries as well. Yet, Don Mancini bucked the trend with 2013’s Curse of Chucky, which broke the curse of...

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The Justice League Rise Above in New Trailer

Here’s the latest trailer for Zack Snyder’s Justice League! Hot damn! Justice League is really shaping up to be something spectacular. I got chills when Superman’s theme from Man of Steel started playing in Lois’s dream, and I couldn’t help but grin at the banter between the team. After all the reshoots, and rumors, and whatnot, it’s clear that Justice League remains very much a Zack Snyder film, as the official reports always suggested. The lighter tone was expected and promised before BvS, and this trailer delivers on that promise, while still showing the gravity and depth of consequence...

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Prepare for the Uprising in First Trailer for Pacific Rim Sequel

Here’s our first look at Steven S. DeKnight’s sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, Pacific Rim: Uprising!     I had my doubts. Could you blame me? It’s no easy feat to follow in Guillermo del Toro’s footsteps, but DeKnight looks like he may acheive just that. Pacific Rim: Uprising looks like a complete blast! While it may lack some of Guillermo’s aesthetics, you can still see his influence heavily on this film. And Uprsing may offer an improvement by having what seems to be most of the film’s central battles in daylight to better showcase the kaiju....

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Prepare for the World of Blade Runner 2049 in the Third of Three Shorts

Following the release of Blade Runner: Nowhere to Run, Denis Villeneuve swtiches things up with the final short film installment leading to his film Blade Runner 2049. This time round he brought in famed anime director Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop) for Blade Runner: Black Out 2022. Set just three years after the original film, Black Out explores the ramifications of a massive EMP detonation that sends the already dark world of Blade Runner into an even darker place. This really makes us want to see an Animatrix style release of different animated stories set within the Blade Runner universe. Blade Runner...

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Neill Blomkamp is Back for More With New Short Film

Neill Blomkamp continues to make cool shorts his way through his venture, Oats Studios. We posted his first two shorts from Oats Studios earlier this year, and now we have another to share: ADAM: The Mirror. The film serves as a sequel to a short he released last year, ADAM: Chapter 1. Both shorts were filmed using creation software Unity Technologies. A third installment, ADAM: The Prophet is expected to be released online later this year. Watch both ADAM: Chapter 1 and ADAM: The Mirror below! You can find out more about Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios and how to support it here: http://oatsstudios.com/ Featured...

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A Sinister Mating Ritual: Hellraiser and the Sublime

The last month has largely consisted of talking about Stephen King, about his particular brand of horror and his insights into the human spirit. There was no preventing some of that from bleeding over into this consideration of Clive Barker, who King once described as the future of horror. Well the future is now here, and this conclusion has come to the forefront: if Stephen King’s works are about facing the dark with the companionship of others and ultimately finding the light again, then Barker’s works are about staring into and being consumed by the dark…forever and entirely alone....

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Nightbreed and the Majesty of Monsters

Do you remember the first time you fell in love with monsters? I do. It was somewhere in the midst of Frankenstein, Goosebumps, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and War of the Colossal Beast that I came to love them. I researched them. I wrote about them. I drew them on every blank piece of paper I could find and turned many a school art project into a monstrous vision of blood and blisters, much to the disgust of my teachers. I was separated from my peers for monsters. I went to detention for monsters. My parents were called...

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5 More of the Best Horror Scores and Soundtracks

When we think about horror movies, most often we focus on the lighting, the acting, the effects, and the shocking reveal. But none of these elements would be nearly as effective without the use of music. Whether it be diegetic or non-diegetic, the music featured in horror movies has the ability to masterfully manipulate our emotions, making even the most sub-par elements of horror effective in a way they never would be without it. In a two-part list, we’ll be continuing our conversation of horror music by looking at more best horror movie scores and the best uses of...

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Cross the Border to the Trailer for Alex Garland’s Annihilation

Here’s the first trailer for Alex Garland’s (Ex Machina) adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation. VanderMeer’s novel, which we discussed last year, is one of the most haunting novels I’ve read in a long while. Centering on a group of women tasked with exploring ecological anomaly known as Area X, Annihilation is an existential sci-fi, horror journey that re-shapes these women’s knowledge of themselves and the world that surrounds them. With a cast consisting of Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriiguez, and Oscar Isaac, Annihilation will certainly be one of the most well-acted films to hit next...

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Teenage Death Songs: Carrie, Christine and the Broken Adolescent Dream

There’s magic in growing up. It’s a theme that forms the catalyst for many of Stephen King’s stories. The shifting of innocence into maturity, the awakening of self and awareness of all the possibilities of the future, and triumph over fear—the most powerful magic of all—are an element of the alchemy of childhood. In King’s world it is children who are the strongest, and adults often triumph by discovering their inner child…or meet terrible ends in their failure to do so. But there’s a space in between. A gap between kids like Danny Torrance, Jake Chambers, Mark Petrie, The...

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