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    Trailer: Elijah Wood’s Hitchcockian Dazzler, “GRAND PIANO”

    An endlessly thrilling exercise in classic suspense and wonderful style, Eugenio Mira’s GRAND PIANO has debuted its official trailer for the upcoming U.S. release. It’s a neat set up, laying the conceit of the film before us and then proceeding to unload a deluge of the film’s elating visual flair. It’s a good taste of an audience experience that’s very exciting, indeed.

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    Trailer: “HAUNT” Links Sexual Awakening with Paranormal Activity

    Are first brushes with sex otherwordly? Could it open a door similar to say, a haunted antique? In HAUNT, it looks as if teenagers in love are taking bold steps, both with each other and a mysterious box found in an attic. And while the former may be the natural course of things in young lives, the trailer and synopsis of the film find the bedroom activity and the paranormal inextricably linked. Soon, super low voices emanate from it, Jacki Weaver as “the cautious old lady” yells in hysterics and people are thrown across rooms. Modern paranormal horror ahoy.

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    Trailer: Are you Ready for “CHEAP THRILLS”?

    Earlier today, I published my favorite horror films of 2013, and in keeping with movies only released this year, there was a glaring omission of CHEAP THRILLS. The debut feature from E.L. Katz is truly something special: a biting, hilarious black comedy of a horror film that finds two lower class friends poised to eat each other alive at the whims of a rich couple. Opening in early 2014 from Drafthouse Films, this red band trailer outlines the escalation and teases the chaos that ensues.

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    The Year in Horror, 2013: Sam’s Top Films

    2013: a year in which I loved a lot of films, but treasured only one.  I’ve carried STOKER with me through all twelve months, having been swept up in Chan-wook Park’s artistry on a very early January morning in Park City, Utah. I entertained the possibility then, that a full calendar could yield something as stunning (many came close), but I knew. I knew this engrossing, prodigiously composed and entirely warped gothic tale of understanding yourself and who you come from would take it all. Thus, similar to last year, it’s not very fruitful to assign meaningless numbers to this list. If anything stands above, it’s STOKER. The films that proceeded to make incredible impact shouldn’t be delineated by anything other than alphabetical order.

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    New Teaser Highlights the Carnage of “KILLERS”

    Timo Tjahjanto (one half of the team responsible for V/H/S/2’s lunatic segment “Safe Haven”) returns to the Sundance Film Festival next month with his regular directing partner Kimo Stamboel and KILLERS. Like MACABRE before it, their latest film is simply titled, but seems spectacularly violent in content and construct. Such bloodshed is on display in the latest teaser from backers, the legendary Nikkatsu. 

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    Mondo releasing “HERE COMES THE DEVIL” on Vinyl

    As the vinyl resurgence continues, it isn’t just remastered favorites being reissued, but contemporary standouts, as well. Earlier this year, Mondo (the Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible arts arm) released Rob’s fantastic MANIAC score, as well as Mike Shinoda and Joseph Trapanese’s work for THE RAID and Eugenio Mira’s TIMECRIMES score. Today, they’ve announced they’re kicking off 2014 with the release of HERE COMES THE DEVIL, Julio Pillado’s music for the newly released Adrian Garcia Bogliano-directed film.

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    New Stephen King-based supernatural procedural developing at ABC

    Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, who already toil Stephen King-inspired HAVEN (from his THE COLORADO KID) are, together with ABC Studios arm Division, developing GRAND CENTRAL. Based on the short story, “The New York Times at Special Bargain Rates” from collection JUST AFTER SUNSET, the series is envisioned as a “character-driven procedural with a supernatural twist.”

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    Caesar & Co. intimidate in “DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES” Posters

    At San Diego Comic-Con 2013, the first teaser footage from the Matt Reeves-directed sequel DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES premiered. It was atmospheric and often beautiful in setting up the future ape-ravaged world this new film exists in, and ended on an image (above) almost exactly like the new character posters. It was a full, intimidating look at Caesar and an army of apes, ready for war. At the time, I referred to it as stark, tough and very thrilling. It continues to be so, and it seems 20th Century Fox is anchoring their promotion for the film in it. 

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    Mark 2014 with Charitable Women in Horror UK Calendar

    As we’ve come to annually explore, via both coverage and critique, February has been carved out to celebrate Women in Horror. But of course, celebrating talented women filmmakers in genre and beyond is not, and should not be, some once-a-year ritual. Thus, London-based filmmaker Melanie Light has inventively crafted a reminder that women are creating and producing exciting and provoking genre film every day of the year: a calendar. What’s more, the Women in Horror UK calendar aims to divert from traditional, or cliched, pin-up style, instead highlighting the work of twelve UK horror artists (including cenobite and author Barbie Wilde, THE WOMAN star Pollyanna McIntosh and director Prano Bailey-Bond) and donating profits to worthwhile foundations. 

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