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    The Year in Horror, 2013: Chris Alexander’s Top Films

    One of the pleasures of loving horror cinema is defining exactly what a horror movie is. Let’s face it, many of our most beloved morbid masterpieces were not considered horror films by their helmers, the very word “horror” deemed to be a grotty ghetto bottom feeder genre by many. To me, horror is that swelling feeling of dread and terror. It’s the sadness of death, the misery of shocking violent death, the anxiety about the “other”—whether an external, or internal, threat—and often, just the sheer phantasmagorical punch of seeing things that do not, and cannot exist, in the natural world suddenly run rampant before our eyes.

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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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    First Art: Cult Thriller “FAULTS”, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead

    Hot off the announcement that their second collaboration with Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, THE GUEST, would be premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Snoot Entertainment producers Keith Calder and Jessica Wu have gathered genre-friendly actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Leland Orser for their latest thriller, FAULTS.

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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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