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A nice diversity of titles coming your way this Tuesday, January 8th, 2008…
Click to see it bigger!Addiction (2007)
Directed by James Tucker

A man who accidentally kills a mugger in self-defense becomes addicted to the thrill he gets from the murder. Slowly he alienates himself from his friends and family and he becomes obsessed with only the next fix; the next kill. Now, Brain Damage is certainly improving on their box art skills, but couldn’t they have found someone with better teeth for the front of this one? Yeesh. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Boogeyman 2 (2007)
Directed by Jeff Bettancourt

A woman who suffers from a lifelong fear of the boogeyman (?) voluntarily checks herself into a mental health facility to try and overcome her fears. What sucks for her, however, is that she soon realizes that things are trying to scare her to death on purpose and confronting her demons was actually the worst possible move she could make. Check out our Boogeyman 2 DVD review for more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Days of Darkness (2007)
Directed by Jake Kennedy

Oh, God, here we go again. This time a zombie outbreak is caused by a meteor that crashes to Earth and at first is thought to be harmless. We end up with a group of survivors trapped in a bunker who have to fight off the flesh-eating ghouls. This has got a lot more going against it since it’s also a direct-to-DVD Lionsgate release, but perhaps it can rise above and prove to be something at least somewhat fun. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Rock ‘n Roll Musical (2002)
Directed by Andre Champagne

Well, what do you really need to know? It’s a musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of duel identity. Of course it’s rock and roll so I’m guessing it’s a bit more light-hearted than the actual story. I’ve heard some good and bad about it so I guess it’s really a matter of if you’re interested in seeing how someone would turn “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” into a musical. Personally, I think I’ll pass. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Dragon Wars (2007)
Directed by Hyung-rae Shim

Finally, the big-ass dragon attacking LA movie you’ve been waiting for is coming home! The Korean film became somewhat infamous for taking so goddamn long to come out, only to be met with question marks when it made it’s way to our shores. No matter, though, I’m sure it will find its life on DVD for sure. I know I have every intention of getting it! Check out our Dragon Wars DVD review for more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Expedition (2007)
Directed by Nigel Hartwell

All right, another film that tries to say it’s based on true events. Since I’ve never heard of the incident before I’m going to guess it’s just a marketing gimmick, but who knows. On Halloween of 2004, five filmmakers entered the Saratoga Homestead Asylum to document the supernatural. Only four of them came out the next morning. Not bad odds, considering… the film is supposedly the footage taken from their cameras put together to tell the story. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Joshua (2007)
Directed by George Ratliff

A very strange film from all accounts; both comedic and horrific. The story is about an upwardly mobile couple who just cannot deal with the fact that their son, Joshua, is of a very different class; uppity and proper. Joshua just can’t take the attention that’s lavished upon the newest addition to their family, though, and his insanity leads him to do some very crazy shit in order to get the child out of his life. Check out our Joshua DVD review for more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Killing Floor (2007)
Directed by Gideon Raff

What is it with Marc Blucas? Does he think because he was a secondary character on “Buffy” for so long that he can only do secondary, direct-to-DVD horror films now? I bet his manager’s telling him that. Anyway, in the Blucas plays a horror novelist whose new-found success leads him to purchase a penthouse apartment. Unfortunately for him, life comes to imitate art as he finds out the bloody history of his new pad. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Mammoth (2006)
Directed by Tim Cox

All right, so an alien lifeform crashes to earth and, in order to adapt to our atmosphere, grabs a hold of the first earth-bound creature it can find; a partially frozen Wolly Mammoth. It integrates itself into the beast, brings it to life, and causes all manner of problems for us humans. Too bad the movie supposedly sucks mammoth testicles, because that cover is just plain and simply badass. Check out our Mammoth review for more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Maneater (2006)
Directed by Gary Yates

How the hell does a Bengal tiger run amok on the Appalachian Trail? Only Gary Busey knows, friend, and there is some information that mortal man should quite simply never be exposed to. I don’t know if this is it, but I guarantee said info is resting somewhere in Busey’s brain cogs and I want nothing to do with it. Anyway, yeah, the movie is about an escaped tiger making life uncomfortably short for those who cross its path on the popular hiking trail. Will Busey be able to save us? Who knows, but I bet the tiger would want nothing to do with his crazy flesh. Check out our Maneater review to learn more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Purgatory (2007)
Directed by John O’Callaghan

Wow, what a ridiculous cover. I mean, it’s York so you can’t expect stunning quality, but an instant glance at this says to me “comedy”. Perhaps it is, though. The story is about three city boys on a dirt biking vacation (!) south of Palm Springs, unaware of their proximity to a major immigrant smuggling route. They stumble across the body of an immigrant who’s been shot to death, and soon the alien’s killer; a couple of locals who make a game out of hunting their fellow man. And guess who’s next on the list? Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Scarred (2004)
Directed by Steve Looker

A year ago, Bill lost his daughter, Jen. Every week he goes to the site she was last seen and puts up a missing persons poster, but on this fateful day he meets someone wandering in the road; a man who, along with Jen, had spent the last year of his life being forced to play sick games at a shed in the middle of the forest, where he left the girl after she was badly injured. Of course, Bill makes the stranger bring him to the girl, explaining the torture at the hands of some locals along the way. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Slaugthered (2007)
Directed by Anthony Doublin

What the fuck? Are you serious about this? A guy who owns a snuff site called Slaughtered Sheep is haunted by the multiple deaths he’s cause for the love of money and slowly goes mad. Can you get any more trite? I mean, the guy takes women off the street, tortures and murders them on camera, and then feels bad about it. And someone thought that’d make an interesting movie? I think I’ll pass on this one, thanks. Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Sunshine (2007)
Directed by Danny Boyle

Yet another movie on the list of things I never got to see in theaters last year. Too bad, cause this one sounded like it would be enjoyed best on a huge screen with great sound. Of course, there’s always the hi-def TV I have… anyway, the story is about a space crew sent to stop the sun from going out, effectively destroying all life on Earth. A huge undertaking for someone like Boyle, who to date has made fairly small films (28 Days Later being an exception), it’s something worth checking out, or so I hear. Check out our Sunshine review to learn more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!The Veil (2007)
Directed by John Chance

Goddamn it should not be this difficult to find out who directed something. If anyone from Brain Damage Films is reading this; please, please do something about your site. It sucks in terms of finding, well, anything. All right, so The Veil is a no-budget zombie film from the UK shot in Black and White and red all over (rimshot). A special forces team is sent out to stop the virus that caused the undead to become such a menace are forced to hole up in an abandoned farmhouse. A B&W zombie film in a farmhouse? Sound familiar? Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!White Noise 2 (2006)
Directed by Patrick Lussier

I couldn’t get through this whole movie when I tried, and believe me I wanted to; I have a huge man-crush on Nathan Fillion after “Firefly” and Serenity, not to mention his stint on “Buffy”, but he’s just so one-note in this it’s impossible to get through. He plays a guy whose near-death experience causes him to become a conduit for white noise, as opposed to just being able to hear he, he creates it. Not a bad idea for a follow-up but it just didn’t work for me. Check out our White Noise 2 DVD review to learn more! Buy it here!


Click to see it bigger!Witchcraft 13: Blood of the Chosen (2007)
Directed by Mel House

My God, 13 movies? That’s almost ridiculous until you consider this is a franchise built on two things; blood and boobs. And really, what guy would complain about either in his film? All right, there are some, but you get my point. This time out, recurring “hero” Will Spanner is forced into battle with forces of evil when he investigates some brutal murders, all the victims of which have something in common with Will. Will he figure out what that is before the evil gets him? Gosh, I hope so. Buy it here!


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Director Doug Liman Says Edge of Tomorrow 2 Could Be His Next Film

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I don’t know if you ever bother to see the Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow, but if you missed out you should make time for the stellar flick.

I kept putting the film off myself but then when I finally peeped the Groundhog Day-style shenanigans contained within I was a fan signed, sealed, and delivered D.O.A

It is with this in mind I’m excited to share the news that Edge of Tomorrow 2 just might be director Doug Liman’s next film!

Recently the director spoke with Collider and dropped some new info on the possible sequel.

“We’re just working on the script…,” Liman said. “[We’re no longer working on scheduling issues], now it’s down to we have a window where we could go do it, and we’re frantically working on the script. It’s one of those movies that we’ll only go make if we love the script. It’s not one of those things where the studio is pushing us to make it and they don’t really care if it’s good or not. If the movie happens, it will be because Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise and myself are passionate about making it, which is a great place to be. She doesn’t need this movie, he doesn’t need this movie, and I don’t need it. We’re gonna make it if we really believe in it. We have story that the three of us love, so we’re working hard on the script.”

So when he was asked if the film could be his next flick, he said: “It could be. It has the possibility of being my next film.”

Good enough for me!

You can check out the trailer for the original film out again below and for your own good, if you’ve been passing on the film for the last few years, give it a shot tonight. You will not be disappointed.

Synopsis:

When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise), an officer who has never seen combat, is assigned to a suicide mission. Killed within moments, Cage finds himself thrown into a time loop, in which he relives the same brutal fight — and his death — over and over again. However, Cage’s fighting skills improve with each encore, bringing him and a comrade (Emily Blunt) ever closer to defeating the aliens.

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Ash Faces His Greatest Challenge Yet in the Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Trailer: Parenthood!

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The first trailer for the third season of STARZ’s incredible horror comedy series “Ash vs Evil Dead” has been released and it’s full of balls to the wall Evil Dead goodness! You’ve got creepy dolls, obscene amounts of gore, vicious iPhone cases, and a Deadite that just so happens to be as tall as a building! Oh, and you’re also introduced to Ash’s daughter, Sandy? Mandy? Oh, yeah! Brandy! You can watch the trailer below. Thanks IGN!

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season three premieres on Starz on Sunday, February 25th.

Synopsis:
Ash, having gone from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero, discovering that he has a long-lost daughter who’s been entrusted to his care. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby’s fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn’t done with them yet. But evil will learn to never get in between a papa bear and his cub.

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Brennan Went to Film School: Unlocking the Hidden Meaning in Insidious: The Last Key

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“Brennan Went to Film School” is a column that proves that horror has just as much to say about the world as your average Oscar nominee. Probably more, if we’re being honest.

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS DETAILED SPOILERS FOR INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Blumhouse had quite a year last year, didn’t they? In addition to having three number one hits on their hands, the racial satire Get Out is their first horror entry to get awards traction thanks to its deeper themes. Now that everyone is starting to take the company and its work a little more seriously, it’s time to bring out the big guns and dive right into some deeper analysis into a much more unlikely subject: Insidious: The Last Key. The fourth entry in their tentpole haunted house franchise might not seem like it at first glance, but it’s the Get Out of the Me Too era, telling a story of women’s struggles while predicting the downfall of powerful, abusive men that started to occur during its production process with eerie accuracy.

No, seriously. Let’s start by taking a look at the villain. Unusually for this franchise, the baddies are both paranormal and human: halfway through the film it is revealed that the haunting victim who has called Lin Shaye’s Elise and her crew is also a sadistic killer who has chained up a woman in his basement. This is also revealed to be the very same thing Elise’s father did many decades before. The film implies that both men are being influenced by the key-wielding demon that inhabits the house.

Key imagery is very important to the film as a whole (I mean come on, it’s literally in the freakin’ title), and its themes of Elise arriving to her childhood home to unlock the secrets of her past. But there’s more than one meaning to that imagery, and understanding those meanings is the key to unlocking the subtext of the film, if you’ll allow me a really obvious pun.


The demon KeyFace might be influencing the men, but they’re still receptive to the idea. That’s because he’s awakening something that was already inside them. Keyface represents the pure male id; the unconscious, animalistic desires and drives that lay buried in the psyche. He’s not forcing them to behave in this way, he’s just unlocking their darker impulses.

It’s no coincidence that the demon’s lair is the bomb shelter basement. The house has now become a road map of her father’s mind, with his strongest emotions (and the literal place where he keeps his abused women secreted away) hidden in a sublevel that isn’t visible from the surface. This is the very same basement where he locked up Elise while punishing her for insisting that her visions were real. He wanted her to keep her psychic gifts locked away, probably so she wouldn’t discover his own submerged secrets.

Elise encounters a variety of keys during her journey that allow her to penetrate deeper and deeper into The Further, the house, her past, and the hideous truth about the men in her life. These keys unlock doors, suitcases, chains, and cages, but the most important unlocks the truth… and turns the attention of the evil upon her and her two nieces.

The probing of these women ignites the fury of Keyface and he takes her niece Melissa into the basement (another buried sublevel that must be unlocked), inserting a key into her neck and rendering her mute, then stealing her soul with a second key plunged into her heart. He is only vanquished when Elise and her other niece Imogen team together and use a family heirloom – a whistle – to summon Elise’s mother’s spirit.

On the surface, this seems like an inspiring story of three generations of women helping each other to face a great evil. This is certainly true, but now we have the key to understanding exactly what’s happening here. When a young woman discovers the abuse being perpetrated in her house, the figure of pure, wicked male desire literally steals her voice, silencing her. In order to restore that voice, another woman who knows the truth must very literally become a whistleblower.

…Did I just blow your mind?

At its heart, Insidious: The Last Key presents a world where women must rely on other women to provide them a voice and their very survival in a world dominated by powerful men and their ugly, dirty secrets. Secrets that they will do anything to keep locked away. There may be slightly more ghosts in Insidious than in real life, but that’s a frighteningly close parallel with the ugliness currently being revealed in Hollywood – as well as the world at large. It probably won’t tear up the Golden Globes next year, but this film is just the next important stepping-stone after Get Out in Blumhouse’s use of the genre to dig deep into the real life horrors plaguing our society.


Brennan Klein is a writer and podcaster who talks horror movies every chance he gets. And when you’re talking to him about something else, he’s probably thinking about horror movies. On his blog, Popcorn Culture, he is running through reviews of every slasher film of the 1980’s, and on his podcast, Scream 101, he and a non-horror nerd co-host tackle horror reviews with a new sub-genre every month!


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