Whoa, what a way to start the new year! After several weeks of desolate conditions in terms of horror title releases, the floodgate just burst open.
This is the week you may want to think about using up those giftcards and cash you got from returning your holiday presents. Major releases are vying for your greenbacks alongside re-releases in Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D (in case Santa brought you a 3D TV recently), and other more independent titles. In addition to movies, there’s also a Buffy motion comic and the next volume of a vampire’s diary in paperback.
When he arrives on the rural Louisiana farm of Louis Sweetzer, the Reverend Cotton Marcus expects to perform just another routine “exorcism” on a disturbed religious fanatic. An earnest fundamentalist, Sweetzer has contacted the charismatic preacher as a last resort, certain his teenage daughter Nell is possessed by a demon who must be exorcized before their terrifying ordeal ends in unimaginable tragedy. Buckling under the weight of his conscience after years of parting desperate believers from their money, Cotton and his crew plan to film a confessionary documentary of this, his last exorcism. But upon his arrival at the already blood-drenched family farm, it is soon clear that nothing could have prepared him for the true evil he encounters there. Now, too late to turn back, Reverend Marcus’ own beliefs are shaken to the core as he and his crew must find a way to save Nell – and themselves – before it is too late. Check out our Last Exorcism CENTRAL and the UK Holiday Surprise video.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis
Starring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba
From director Robert Rodriguez, comes an action- packed, cutting-edge serving of carnage asada…with killer deleted scenes that deliver more guns, more girls and more Machete action! Set up, double-crossed and left for dead, Machete is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path. As he takes on hitmen, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel, bullets fly, blades clash and the body count rises. Any way you slice it, vengeance has a new name–Machete. Check out our Machete CENTRAL.
Following the destruction of the Hellmouth in the explosive finale of the television series, Buffy and her trusted friend Xander have relocated to a citadel in Scotland to oversee the thousands of newly activated slayers from across the globe. Using their new home as command-central in their fight against evil, Buffy and her allies lead these new slayers as they take on vamps, zombies, and now the U.S. government who declare, in the wake of Sunnydale’s destruction, that slayers are nothing more than international terrorists.
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Case 39 (Review)
Directed by Christian Alvart
Starring Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O’Malley
Academy Award® winner Renee Zellweger stars in this terrifying, supernatural thriller about a social worker who has been assigned the unusual and disturbing case of Lillith Sullivan…a girl with a strange and mysterious past. When Emily opens her home in an attempt to help Lillith, it turns into a deadly nightmare she may not survive. Case 39 (page) is a heart-stopping chiller with startling surprises that lead to a shocking and sinister ending.
Coraline Blu-ray 3D (Movie Review)
Directed by Henry Selick
Starring the voices of Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Saunders, Keith David
11-year-old Coraline Jones has just moved with her parents to a new home in Oregon. With no friends and her parents distracted by work, the feisty and adventurous Coraline sets out to find some excitement in her isolated new environment. She is befriended—or, as she sees it, pestered—by a local boy close to her age, Wybie Lovat and visits her older neighbors, eccentric British actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible as well as the arguably even more eccentric Russian, Mr. Bobinsky.
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Stefan and Damon Salvatore are now vampires and must deal with the consequences of their fate. They escape their small hometown of Mystic Falls, which is overrun with vampire hunters, and travel to New Orleans. While Stefan revels in his powers, Damon continues to mourn the loss of Katherine, the beautiful vampire that turned them both. But New Orleans offers temptations and dangers. Stefan falls in love with another human, and his willpower is tested to the limit. Damon ends up captured by an evil, sadistic vampire hunter. Stefan knows that he must save his brother, but will it cost him his new love?
Russell Bane (Jeremy London, ”Party of Five”) finds himself in the middle of a paranormal war between vampires, werewolves and human hunters after being viciously attacked by a werewolf. Overwhelmed by his own werewolf transformation, he seeks the help of the beautiful and mysterious Alex. Together they must stop the war before the exiled vampire goddess Lilith (Yancy Butler, ”Kick-Ass”) regains her strength and destroys all mankind.
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Mario is a man who’s been tortured by visions of violent murders all his life. An encounter, a location, or even a touch can bring him the terrifying final sensations of a murder victim. Now, as his visions intensify, he senses his own impending death. With an encroaching sense of tragedy, Mario sets out to save the life of the last victim in his final premonitions. Then he has a chance encounter in an elevator with a beautiful woman, Gabrielle, who herself is psychic and seeing different aspects of the same murder. These two lost souls join forces in an attempt to stop a serial killer, but in their quest they may end up leading each other down a path of self-destruction.
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8213: Gacy House (Review) is the latest found footage film from The Asylum following last year’s tediously dreadful mockbuster Paranormal Entity. This time they went all out to try and convince viewers that what we are watching is honest-to-goodness raw footage found at the scene of a crime. No listing of cast or crew; nothing on the disc besides the movie and an 8-minute fake documentary spotlighting the victims seen in the feature-length fake documentary and how this footage finally got released to the public. The back of the DVD case boasts two different disclaimers proclaiming this to be legit police footage found next to their bodies, going so far as to outright state in no uncertain terms that “This is not a hoax”.
A second-rate film crew is shooting the third in a trilogy of tasteless (yet cheesy) horror flick called FRIGHT FLICK. The schmuck-of-a-director can’t keep his hands off the lead actress, the producer never gets his due credit, the supporting actress knows that SHE should be the lead, and the crew has secrets of their own. Competition in the movie business is tough enough — but anyone on this set would kill to be on top. Watch the Fright Flick Trailer.
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The Taylor’s family dog, Max, is kidnapped by the evil Sirus Caldwell, CEO of mega corporation Envigormax, to be used as a test subject for a new super energy drink. When trials go terribly wrong, Max escapes only to be transformed from his lovable self into… ”Monster Mutt”! The Taylor kids, Ashley & Zach try to save their loyal friend with the help of the scientist, Dr. Victor Lloyd, who regretfully helped transform Max. The children must elude the evil Sirus and his henchwoman Natalya, who are determined to capture Monster Mutt to complete their experiment! Monster Mutt, is an adventure in both comedy & chaos as the Taylor kids race to find a cure for their furry loved one before it’s too late! Watch the Monster Mutt Trailer
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A celebrity chef turns the tables on his harshest critic. Peter Grey, an overly zealous television chef kidnaps J.T. Franks, an influential and notoriously snarky food blogger after a particularly nasty review deals the final blow to Grey s already plummeting career. Sequestered deep in the woods of the Hudson Valley, Grey keeps Franks chained up in a basement, presenting him with a series of deceptively simple food challenges – from preparing a perfect egg over easy, to grilling a steak precisely medium rare – punishing him sadistically for anything less than total perfection. A tense thrill-ride served up with wicked wit and culinary flare, BITTER FEAST (trailer) is an exploration of the creative impulse gone tragically and ferociously awry.
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Graves / Zombies Of Mass Destruction (The Best of Horrorfest)
Directed by Brian Pulido
Starring Jillian Murray, Clare Grant, Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, Amanda Wyss, Shane Stevens
Zombies Of Mass Destruction (Review)
Directed by Kevin Hamedani
Starring Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Russell Hodgkinson, Bill Johns
Buy the Blu-ray.
The Gravedancers / Wicked Little Things (The Best of Horrorfest)
The Gravedancers (Review)
Directed by Mike Mendez
Starring Dominic Purcell, Clare Kramer, Josie Maran, Marcus Thomas, Tchéky Karyo, Megahn Perry
Wicked Little Things (Review)
Directed by J. S. Cardone
Starring Lori Heuring, Scout Taylor-Compton, Chloe Moretz, Geoffrey Lewis
Buy the Blu-ray.
Borderland / Crazy Eights (The Best of Horrorfest)
Directed by Zev Berman (interview)
Starring Rider Strong, Brian Presley, Martha Higareda, Jake Muxworthy, Sean Astin
Crazy Eights (Review)
Directed by James Koya Jones
Starring Traci Lords, Dina Meyer, Gabrielle Anwar, George Newbern, Dan DeLuca and Frank Whaley
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– KW Low
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