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Top Five Bite-Sized Horror Films on VOD for Halloween

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Staying in this evening to pass out candy to those trick or treaters so that they won’t egg your house? Not wanting to have to stop and start a horror feature every five minutes throughout the process? Look no further! Here are five bite-sized horror flicks you can watch between that incessant doorbell ringing which will assuredly get you into the Halloween spirit!

#1. United Monster Talent Agency

Having premiered at Screamfest 2010, FX legend and filmmaker Greg Nicotero’s short film United Monster Talent Agency is still sure to whet your appetite for some old fashioned monster mayhem. Clocking in at brisk eight minutes, the flick doubles not only as a pitch perfect send up of those Movie Tone reels of yesteryear, but as a wonderful recreation of some of Universal’s classic monsters. Starring Cerina Vincent (Cabin Fever), The Crow writer David Schow, filmmakers Frank Darabont and Eli Roth, and more, Nicotero delivers the goods with visits from The Gillman, Dracula, The Wolf Man, and the list goes on.

#2. Season’s Greetings

A prequel to the 2007 feature anthology film Trick ‘r Treat, filmmaker Michael Dougherty first realized his vision of Sam (our favorite Halloween mascot) in the 1996, four-minute short animated film Season’s Greetings, his senior thesis film while attending NYU. Much like the feature version, it’s not for the little ones; but oh, is it good!

#3. Skypemare

Actress Cerina Vincent makes her second appearance in our list in filmmaker John Fitzpatrick’s seven-minute short film Skypemare, which centers on the character of Alison (Vincent), who while chatting with her best friend Jenna (Annika Marks) over Skype while alone on Halloween night, finds that treats are better than tricks. A cool Scream’esque vibe, coupled with some crisp cinematography and Vincent’s entirely believable performance, conspire for a delightful bit of suspenseful filmmaking.

#4. Tales of Halloween

(Currently Streaming on Netflix)

While not technically a short, this feature is an anthology, so “bite-sized” applies! Featuring ten short films directed by well-known genre directors (SAW’s Darren Lynn Bousman, The Hills Run Red’s Dave Parker, Soulmate’s Axelle Carolyn, Big Ass Spider’s Mike Mendez, and more), the action is centered in an American town whose denizens are terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers on one Halloween night. Featuring many faces familiar to genre fans, and loaded with blood-soaked laughs, scares, and a delightful recreation of our favorite holiday, it’s a must watch!

#5. Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol

Also having premiered at Screamfest (and full disclosure, I wrote and co-produced it), Yummy Meat: A Halloween Carol was directed by Scary Endings series and Skypemare director John Fitzpatrick and serves as Episode 4 of their first season. Starring Miracle Laurie (Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse”), Luke Albright, Lucas Jaye, and Lou Ferrigno, Jr., the five-minute sixteen-second short takes place on Halloween night, when snarky dentist Amber (Laurie) hands out toothbrushes to the neighborhood kids, only to discover that one of them may soon be brushing bits of her from his teeth. Bottom line? Give those trick or treaters what they want!

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Trailer Takes Us DOWN A DARK HALL With AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman

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It was just the other day that we shared your first look at producer Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and director Rodrigo Cortés’ (Buried) adaptation of I Know What You Did Last Summer author Lois Duncan’s  Down a Dark Hall

The film stars AnnaSophia Robb (The Reaping), Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), Taylor Russell (Netflix’s Lost in Space) and Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction). And today we have the film’s trailer and poster!

You can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to let us know what you think below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Down a Dark Hall is directed by Rodrigo Cortés from a screenplay by Mike Goldbach and Chris Sparling based on the book by Lois Duncan and stars AnnaSophia Robb, Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles, Noah Silver, Taylor Russell, Rosie Day, and Uma Thurman. It’s produced by Stephenie Meyer, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Meghan Hibbett, and Adrián Guerra.

The film hits theaters, On Demand, and iTunes August 17th.

Synopsis:

Kit (Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Thurman) and meets the school’s only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.

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Tom Six Reveals “Vile” THE ONANIA CLUB…So What?

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Tom Six of The Human Centipede fame is coming back to theaters with The Onania Club, a film he promises will be, “…one of the most vile, inhumane movie experiences of all time.” IndieWire revealed the news, which adds that the film is produced by Tom Six and Ilona Six through Six Entertainment Company.

Details are being kept secret for now but the site says Six will bring a psychological thriller that will feature, “…mostly strong female characters” and that it will, “…definitely pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.” Starring in the film are Jessica Morris, Darcy DeMoss, Deborah Twiss, Karen Strassman, and Flo Lawrence.

Let me try and gather all my thoughts here because this is hitting some notes that I’m frankly not really feeling. I’ll try to organize this as best I can.

…[a] vile, inhumane movie experience…
If that’s what Tom Six is aiming for, my interest has already dropped by a huge percentage. I didn’t see The Human Centipede in theaters but I saw it after it hit home video. It wasn’t a gross movie but it had a gross premise, which I honestly thought made it more interesting. Then came along The Human Centipede 2, which I did see in theaters. I found it to be a brilliant response to those who were disappointed by the lack of vomit-inducing moments in the first film and who demanded it be more grotesque. Once they got it, they felt like it had gone too far, which made me want to point and say, “Trust filmmakers. They very often make decisions because they know how to do it right.” That being said, I think it’s a bad, unpleasant, mean-spirited movie. I never bothered with The Human Centipede 3 because of shockingly bad reviews and even worse word-of-mouth from friends and the horror community.

If Six’s goal is to create a movie experience that will haunt and disgust audiences, then my immediate concern is that there is no story to back up the intention. Hell, the announcement is more focused on creating a spectacle than it is on letting people know what the film is actually about. It’s Marketing 101 and as a horror fan for my entire life, I find it almost offensive that the idea of “gross first, everything else second” is being pushed in the initial blitz.

I have no problems whatsoever with gore, viscera, or shocking scenes. Martyrs, I Saw The Devil, The Thing, and the like are all great examples of movies that push a lot of envelopes but never fail to have fascinating concepts backing everything up. There is purpose in their horror. There is method to their madness. So far, Six isn’t inspiring much faith that The Onania Club will walk down that kind of path.

…[it will] pass the Bechdel test with flying colors…
The Bechdel Test, for those who don’t know, is a test within films that sees if there are two, or more, women talk to each other about something other than men. That’s it. Two women in a coffee shop spend 30 seconds talking about a book? Your movie passes. A group of teenage girls discuss what they’re going to wear at an upcoming high school dance? Pass. Ronda Rousey and Michelle Rodriguez trade barbs before beating each other senseless. Check.

While noble in intention, the Bechdel Test is a shockingly low barometer for movies to be considered women-friendly. It doesn’t ask for nuance or depth. It doesn’t set any expectations for emotion or drive. If Six thinks that his movie is a landmark simply because it passes the Bechdel Test, he clearly doesn’t know that horror has been doing this for a long time. And from reading about Bree Olson’s character in The Human Centipede 3 (the only woman in the IMDb credit list), and taking into account the female characters of the first two films in that series, I think one can understand my lack of faith when it comes to Six and women in his films.

I am fully aware of how negative and critical I sound here and I really do hope that I’m going to be proven wrong. Every film should be allowed the chance to stand on its own merits. Hopefully The Onania Club will see Six give us a film that will generate interesting conversation for years to come. But until more is revealed, my expectations are very low.

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Ben Hanscom Has Been Cast in IT: CHAPTER 2

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Some fun news out of Deadline as the site has reported that Jay Ryan (Mary Kills People) has been cast as the adult Ben Hanscom in It: Chapter 2. He joins Jessica Chastain, Andy Bean, James Ransone, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, who will be playing Beverly, Stanley, Eddie, Bill, and Richie, respectively. Bill Skarsgard will also be back as Pennywise.

Andy Muschietti will be directing based on a script by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle: Creation) with a planned release date of September 6, 2019, almost two years to the day after the release of the first film.

It was a massive success, earning just over $700 million globally against a $35 million budget. That film starred Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton, Owen Teague, Javier Botet, and Steven Williams.

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