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Dread Central’s Best and Worst Horror Films of 2015

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Gareth Jones

When it comes to quality, 2015 had a noticeable number of top-drawer genre entries – especially on the festival circuit. Thankfully, some of them even made it onto VOD in almost record time comparable to past years, which is a trend that I’d very much like to see continue.

In fact, when it came to creating this list, rhyming off a bunch of “best” entries wasn’t the hard part… narrowing it down to five was. So, even though you’ll see a group of titles listed as honourable mentions, know that they all share the same podium with the big guns up top… and each and every one deserves thorough praise for standing out so highly.

The worst? Well, they’re simply the crappiest film experiences I’ve had this year, for various reasons. Whether sequel, pastiche, or just baked in the oven of plain old incompetence, the offerings in 2015 also certainly gave us plenty across the board to hate.

So… let’s get on with it!

The Best

Night Fare
Ultra-stylish, tense, and impeccably crafted, Julien Seri’s Night Fare brings a single night of mayhem to thumping life. As The Driver, ex-UFC fighter Jess Liaudin is an amazingly formidable presence, bringing us an all-new genre icon reminiscent of Jason Voorhees and Matt Cordell.

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What to say about this flick? Hilarious, gory, balls-out rockin’ fun from New Zealand. It’s everything the 16-year-old metalhead me would have gone bananas for… and the mid-thirties metalhead me still loves.

Turbo Kid
A cinematic experience so hilariously delightful and utterly genuine in its ‘80s throwback style, that it’s impossible not to love it. I’ll just quote the closer of my review for this one: “It’s a tale of unlikely friendship, love, camaraderie, bravery and the rise of the underdog. It’s everything we used to love about Saturday night VHS rentals.”

The Witch
A deft blend of the supernatural and the all too real – especially when it comes to religious fanaticism – Robert Eggers’ The Witch is as unsettling as it is mesmerising. One of the best true horror films of the decade, it’s a folklore-laden tale of total darkness that shouldn’t be missed.

We Are Still Here
Ted Geoghegan’s directorial debut is a dream come true for fans of both the “extreme” Italian horror movement and “old dark house” flicks. Creepy, gory as hell in spots, and showcasing a strong cast – not to mention some of the most striking ghouls to hit the screen in ages – We Are Still Here is a rounding success. Can’t wait to see more from the man behind this one.

Honorable Mentions: The Hallow, Krampus, Bone Tomahawk, The Final Girls, Frankenstein, A Christmas Horror Story, Last Shift

The Worst

Cherry Tree
Preposterous direction and a complete lack of any logic whatsoever (even on the nightmare level) undermine everything that Cherry Tree tries to do in order to generate a sense of unease or horror throughout. Punctuated by a terrible, bargain-bin stinger, it feels like you’ve just been subjected to one big, mistimed joke.

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If you thought Sinister was bad… you haven’t seen Sinister 2. Taking the promising mythology and modus operandi from the first film and pissing it up every nearby wall with total abandon, Sinister 2 is a yawn-fest of massive proportions… and one of the biggest letdowns of 2015.

Fury: The Tales of Ronan Pierce
CarrotVision™ makes its screen debut, and the results are as terrible as expected. Okay, so I made CarrotVision™ up… but still, this utterly worthless pile of comic book-inspired dreck is as hard-boiled as a gummy bear and about as pleasant as a razor blade enema.

Darling
Mickey Keating is undoubtedly a director with promise… but I ain’t drinking the Kool-Aid on this one. An attempt at Polanski-esque mental decay and Lynchian logic, Darling is shrill, art-house nonsense that lacks the finesse of either of the filmmakers it seeks to imitate. Yes, it looks beautiful. Yes, Lauren Ashley Carter is great. But no… it isn’t a good film at all.

Invoked
Found footage without style, character, or any meaningful reason to exist. Invoked is a thoroughly lazy attempt at horror that does next to nothing to tell a story of meaningful consequence – and acts as just more of the kind of barrel-scraping product that continues to wantonly devalue the genre in its search for easy distribution and profit. We’ve had enough of this shit already.

Dishonorable Mentions: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, #HORROR, Hellions


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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December

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Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!

Synopsis:

Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package

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Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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I Already Have a Dog But Now I Want a Baby Dinosaur

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The first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, is rumored to be attached to Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Since that film is going to be coming out in less than a month, it’s no surprise that the marketing campaign for the dino-filled trailer is already starting and today it kicks off with a six-second teaser that is as adorable as you can get!

In the teaser, Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady is petting a baby velociraptor, which coos and twitters in the cutest of fashions. Is there anything else going on? Nah. Does something else need to happen? Nope. The movie already has me sold.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (When a Monster Calls), Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, B.D. Wong, and Toby Jones. However, the biggest and most important star of the film will be the return of Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, who is, in my humble opinion, the best character in the franchise, besting even the T-rex that seemingly cannot die.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will evolve into theaters on June 22, 2018.

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