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    “PENNY DREADFUL” Tease: Eva Green and the Demons Within

    PENNY DREADFUL is an upcoming horror series from Showtime that takes its name from the thrilling, pulpy serials and Gothic novels of 1800s England. Thus, such is the setting for the show which aims to weave together classic macabre characters like Dorian Gray, Dr. Frankenstein and more, into one horror stew. Set to premiere this Spring 2014, the first visual teasers have debuted and the latest finds Eva Green under demonic influence, unwittingly praying to an upside down cross.

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    What’s in the Chili? Submit a Family Recipe and Win “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE”!

    You may not know, but WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (one of the best horror films of the year) and its source material, Jorge Michel Grau’s film of the same name, concern cannibals. They’re not exactly raving lunatics, backwoods variety, but instead a bit more solemn; the consuming of flesh reserved for an annual holiday dinner. Speaking of, we’re in the midst of a season of annual holiday dinners, are we not? We’d like you to capitalize on that and win a Blu-ray of Jim Mickle’s excellent WE ARE WHAT WE ARE and an official apron (see below).

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    “TOAD ROAD” (Movie Review)

    In TOAD ROAD, Hell is many things. One is a destination, of course. More than that however, it’s a goal. It’s also a time and a place in our lives where there’s nothing left (and nothing better) to do than self-destruct. Then, for what could be one of the most tragic characters in contemporary horror, it’s greater than just something fiery and frightening. It’s transcendental, a higher plane. And in TOAD ROAD, all of these possibilities converge, as do documentary and fiction, as do folklore and bored suburban youth, as do the misguided Sara, her poetic quest for otherworldliness, her shitty friends and all of the psychedelics they ingest.  It ends sunken and haunting, a unique and uniquely affecting modern tale of terror.

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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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