HERE ALONE – Trailer

HERE ALONE,  directed by Rod Blackhurst has had its first trailer drop online, the upcoming post apocalyptic horror movie just recently named one of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award Winners and looks a refreshingly serious take on the zombie genre.

Upon watching the trailer I immediately got a ‘The Last Of Us’ vibe, meaning for those unaware of my reference, a bleak world  a lot more focused on the characters surviving than a flat out zombie gore fest which is immediately increasing my interest in the movie.

The acting looks solid with Lucy Walters in the lead role of ‘Ann’ and although it could be just me looking too much in to the trailer, I got hints of zombies not being the only threat to Ann in the film.

Watch the trailer below, let me know what you think.

And for more updates regarding the upcoming movie please check out www.HereAloneFilm.com.

 

 

 

 

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HERE ALONE – Trailer

Suicide Squad Trailer #2 Is Live

Now I know this is not horror or anything like that, but I have literally been excited for this movie since it was announced so I wanted to do a quick write up since the second trailer for ‘Suicide Squad’ went online last night.

Personally I really really loved this trailer, and if the full movie has the same mood and feel to it like this trailer does then it will be superb. It looks full of action, great lines and humour. Not to mention Killer Croc looks creepy as hell.

And we got another look at Jared Leto’s Joker. It did not disappoint, now I like many others was unsure when the photo’s of the Joker all tatt’d up came out, but also plays into the whole Jason Todd theory (If you don’t know what I mean by that, have a google and let me know what you think) but after the first trailer I was convinced it would be a great performance, and now this trailer has confirmed it for me, whether it be the Joker esque suit he wears or lying in a circle of weapons it just feels right.Untitled.jpg

Oh and Margot Robbie has got Harley Quinn down to a fucking tee.  Will Smith as Deadshot will be solid and even Cara Delevinge looks impressive as Enchantress.

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But enough of  going on like a crazy fanboy. Please watch the trailer and let me know what your thoughts are on it.

 

 

Suicide Squad Trailer #2 Is Live

10 Cloverfield Lane Trailer Hits

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So a trailer hit the internet late last night for ‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ produced by JJ Abrams and directed by Dan Trachtenberg. How this has been kept secret for so long is anyone’s guess but props to everyone for it.

Now is this a straight up sequel to 2008’s hit Cloverfield or a franchise spin off? Going by what Abrams says on the matter leads me to believe it is infact a spin off.

“The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”

Starring John Goodman (Red State), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing) and John Gallagher Jr (The Heart Machine). The trailer starts out with what the three living in a bomb shelter, the trailer certainly makes you assume that the bomb shelter is a massive part of the movie and with the  tagline on the poster ‘Monsters come in many forms’ does suggest not everything is what it seems, especially with Goodman’s character.

The trailer ends with Winstead about to escape the bomb shelter until she see’s something outside the window and horror washes over her face.

Scheduled for release in US 11/03/2015 but no word on a UK date as of yet.

Watch the trailer for yourselves and let me know what you think.

 

 

10 Cloverfield Lane Trailer Hits

What’s up with the clowns?

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Clowns make a great villain in a horror movie, the creepy face paint which masks any emotion bar a permanent smile.

Clowns in horror movies is a match made in heaven, it is a perfect fit.

Emotionless – check

Creepy appearance – check

Alien and/or Supernatural  – check .. .Wait what?

Remember that feeling of dread, the absolute unadulterated horror of hearing those first words.

‘Aren’t you gonna say hello’

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Now personally i was fucking terrified of Pennywise and I’d make a safe guess that many horror fans were also by Pennywise in Stephen King’s ‘IT‘,  meh the Killer Klowns from Outta Space entertained and hell the full blown clown in ‘Clown’ was creepy.

 

My problem with clown horror movies at the minute is where are they? Even going back to ‘IT’ Pennywise was a otherworldly being, the clown from ‘Clown’ came from a cursed suit the guy found. Everything of recent times is going down the supernatural route and frankly I think that is just the lazy way. Now im not saying these movies are bad by any stretch, I mean some are awful*.

 

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*Looking at you Killjoy.

 

But my point is clowns are enough by themselves to warrant a lead antagonist role in a major horror without any bullshit demon/supernatural aspect. Now as always there are plenty of smaller movies that do have just a clown with no frills. Clownhouse, 100 Tears ,  and Fear Of Clowns immediately come to mind, each varying in overall quality. It does seem to be the smaller/indie horror movies more and more introducing clowns as villains (Maybe a human is cheaper than the effects needed for a supernatural villain? Just an assumption i don’t know)

 

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Clownhouse A genuinely good clown horror flick

Some get it right, some overdo the humour a clown should have but still for me personally a big budget horror movie involving a clown = money.

Too often these big budget horror flicks fail to deliver on the most important aspect of the movie, the horror. Maybe we are desensitized, maybe they are just not that good or maybe.. Just maybe it’s too predictable and far fetched with the ghosts and portals to other worlds, the possessions of both humans and inanimate objects. At least a murderous human clown is at the least realistic and can play on the idea of this could really happen. This does really happen.

Surely it’s not too much to ask for, I do feel strongly about this as I also think clowns legitimately scare many people so it’s annoying this does not get portrayed in film more often. Anyway that’s just my opinions/rants on the matter, if you read this and agree let me know, don’t agree then let me know.

What’s up with the clowns?

Rob Zombies ’31’ Finally Rated

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Rob Zombie’s upcoming horror movie ’31’ has struggled to be edited enough in the past with the movie twice receiving a NC-17 rating from the MPAA to finally go through a final stage of editing to get itself an R rating  ( 18 in UK ) and a more cinema friendly rating for the upcoming release.

Back in December Zombie was visibly frustrated and took to his facebook page to share said frustrations by saying the following.

‘Well, after two tries through the MPAA our rating on 31 remains NC-17. Maybe three is the charm to get an R rating. Why R you ask? Well, because your local theater will not show an NC-17. Even though you are a fucking adult… things much be censored for your enjoyment.

Rob Zombie’s official website gives the following synopsis of the movie.

On October 30, 1975, five carnival workers were kidnapped and held hostage until the following night (Halloween), where they are put in a compound. They’re told that they are there to take part in a game named “31” where the goal is to survive past the next 12 hours. This is made difficult by the fact that they are not alone; a violent gang of evil clowns are there and stalking their every move.  (www.robzombie.com/movies/31-movie/) 

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With 31 premiering at the Sundance festival’s midnight section on January 23rd, I will hopefully have more information regarding releases and reactions to the showing by then, but this recieving a R rating does please me as I cannot wait for this movie as I have always enjoyed Zombies previous work.

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For more news on 31 head over to http://robzombie.com/movies/31-movie/

 

 

Rob Zombies ’31’ Finally Rated

Top 3 unsettling YouTube videos

 

Now as a huge fan of YouTube like most people, every so often you come across videos that either unsettle, disturb or pretty much just fucking terrify you.

I am going to try list a couple of videos that are not creepy due to obvious editing/fakes and reliance on jump scares but just ones that for me, personally either left me feeling uncomfortable or disturbed me.

As with the nature of this piece it is all completely my opinion and if you think of any creepier videos then leave a comment and link me up.

 

I listed 3 as I just want to see if anybody likes the article. If so I can always do more with added videos as I do know of quite a few creepy ones

 

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Voicemail left from ‘Original Night Stalker’

 

 The Original Night Stalker is the name that was given to an unidentified serial killer and rapist who is understood to have murdered at least 10 people in Southern California between 1979 – 1986. This was a voicemail left on a answering machine of a victim he had raped.

Now obviously this does not compare to paranormal/horror YouTube videos that are made for the purpose to unsettle you. This is real life and the fact somebody not only had the audacity to further mess with somebodies life but is still walking around free to this day is truly terrifying.

 

2)    Man lost in Paris catacombs

 

Allegedly, in the early 90’s, a man decided he’d explore The Catacombs on his own. He never returned to the surface and only his camcorder and the film he recorded was found.

Getting lost in a place as maze like as The Catacombs is frightening enough but the man seems to see someone.. Something? That begins to give him chase.

 

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No words, it just absolutely creeps the fuck out of me.

Just watch it.. Or actually dont.

 

Top 3 unsettling YouTube videos

Playback (2012) Review

 

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Starring Johnny Pacar, Christian Slater, Ambyr Childers, Toby Hemingway

Directed by Michael Nickles

It is never a good sign when the most horror inducing aspect of a movie is that after suffering for what seemed an age the realization suddenly hits you that it doesn’t end for another 30 minutes, that folks is true horror.

Playback begins with the recorded footage of Harlan Diehl brutally murdering his family years before which introduces the supernatural theme to the movie almost immediately but actually in a clever way. Fast forward 10-15 years and we meet aspiring filmmaker Julian (Johnny Pacar) and his fellow school students who use this crime as the focus for their class project. We are quickly introduced to each of these and quickly realize each and everyone of them feel familiar. That is because each and everyone of them are stereotypical horror characters with no ounce of development throughout the entire movie.

After reaching out to Quinn an acquaintance of Julian’s who happens to work at the local news station (played by Toby Hemmingway who is the sole bright spark in this)  to retrieve footage of the murders that will help them fit into the school project we quickly find out that the tapes are cursed (Shocker, right?) meaning Diehl’s murderous instincts are passed down too Quinn who can possess people by watching them through camera’s and touching the TV screen. Seriously.

We are then introduced to Christian Slater as a cop who has a thing for teenage girls and actually pays Quinn for footage of them in school locker rooms. And then he does nothing meaningful until he has to visit the high school students when one of them are reported missing due to one of Quinn’s TV possessed zombie like victims, which ends in him getting a lap dance from one of the girls before his demise.

We learn that the curse goes back to the 1800’s when a filmmaker named Louis le Prince somehow cursed his tapes meaning a legacy of murder would pass down to anyone who saw his tape and then passed from the next person.

Does this review sound like a bit of a jumbled mess? Good because this is exactly what the film is like.

While I think the plot had potential and some idea’s were pretty cool, they are not executed well, the pacing is all over the place and a huge lack of any sort of atmosphere and development means you actually don’t even care what happens to anybody. And as fare as Christian Slater’s pedophile-like police officer go’s what was the point? It literally adds nothing to the story and neither does he in general. The advertising of the movie wrongly suggests he is the main character (hell, even the synopsis states its about a cop looking for a missing student) he is underused, and frankly not needed whatsoever. The single good thing I have to say about this movie is Hemingway’s performance of Quinn is great.

Adding cheap jump scares to the mix and a unbelievably predictable ending I am glad its took me 3 years or so to come across this movie as its genuinely one of the worst I have ever seen.

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3/10

Playback (2012) Review