With Halloween on the way, new horror releases are coming at us hot and heavy, and this weekend is unquestionably the biggest of the year for us fans. Not only are Goosebumps and Crimson Peak now in theaters everywhere, but so too is the VOD slate loaded with goodies. Read on!
First up, Alistair Legrand makes his directorial debut with The Diabolical (review), a haunted house movie that isn’t quite like the others. Ali Larter stars in the highly ambitious film, which adds sci-fi elements to the mix and in many ways defies expectations of the paranormal sub-genre.
Madison is the single mother of two children who are awoken nightly in their quiet suburban home by an increasingly strange and threatening presence. She desperately seeks help from her scientist boyfriend, who begins a hunt to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to undertake.
Also out today, in limited theaters and On Demand, is the hotly-anticipated anthology film Tales of Halloween (review), a collaboration among some of the hottest names in horror right now.
The film is an anthology of 10 Halloween tales, directed by David Parker (The Hills Run Red), Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die), Paul Solet (Grace), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad) and Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again co-directing), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), and Neil Marshall (The Descent).
Ten stories from horror’s top directors. Ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and the devil delight in terrorizing unsuspecting residents of a suburban neighborhood on Halloween night. This creepy anthology combines classic Halloween tales with the stuff of nightmares.
And finally, After Dark’s “8 Films to Die For” banner is resurrected courtesy of eight brand new horror films, unleashed into theaters and onto VOD outlets today. They’ll all be hitting DVD on October 27th, and you’ll find plot details for each individual film below.
It’s been 5 years since the outbreak that wiped out 85% of the world’s population, but the war between Re-Animates (Re-Ans) and Humans wages on, as most of the major cities are still uninhabitable. Within the few surviving cities, the Re-Ans have been segregated into “zones” and are policed by the R-Division of the QUASI S.W.A.T. Unit who hunt to re-kill the Re-Ans in the hope of quelling a second outbreak.
Murder in the Dark
When a group of young people camping in the ruins of a medieval Turkish town play a party game called “Murder in the Dark,” they soon discover that someone is taking the game too far… Produced in an experimental shooting style, this murder-mystery features a cast of actors who were not allowed to see the script. The actors’ choices interactively changed the shape of the story. They had to use clues to solve the mystery laid out before them by the filmmakers.
The Wicked Within
When a little girl dies, her family gathers to mourn the loss. Yet, the pain is not forgotten, and a vengeful demon spirit takes possession of a vulnerable family member, tearing at the ties that bind them all together. One by one, it forces each family member to confess to his or her buried lies and face the morbid consequences of their sins.
As the staff of Good Friends Church Camp prepares for a spring break filled with “Fun Under the Son,” a demon logger rises from his sap boiler to wreak his vengeance and feast on flapjacks soaked in the blood of his victims.
Emily is a high school student with a penchant for drawing gruesome pictures in her sketchbook. There’s a reason for her obsession with horrific images: Her father, Tom, once went on a murder spree and is now residing in a mental hospital. On a night she’s home alone babysitting her mute little brother, Tom escapes and targets Emily and her friends during a bloody killing rampage.
A morally ambiguous corporation experiments with genetic modification, resulting in the advent of a bloodthirsty man-hunting creature. When the creature escapes, a group of unsuspecting Alaskan natives and their inexperienced guests, which includes a high-maintenance celebrity photographer and a pair of models, becomes prey for the abomination in a horrifying game of cat and mouse.
Five strangers – newlywed serial killers, a suicidal cop, and two runaways – become suspect and victim when a masked murderer makes its presence known in an isolated mountain town.
A U.S. solider returns home from captivity to find that his best friend and fellow former POW has gone AWOL. While out on an annual hunting trip with his friend’s father and some extended family, the group comes under attack by an ancient Native American curse that has mysterious connections to his best friend’s heritage and the prison in which the soldiers were once held captive.