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Top Five Bite-Sized Horror Films on VOD for Halloween



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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Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date



Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

Special features:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December



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 (review) 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!


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



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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