Okay, so I am pretty late to the party on this one but a new trailer has surfaced for Rob Zombies upcoming horror flick ‘31‘.Telling the tale of 5 carnival workers kidnapped and forced to take part in a deadly game called 31 a day before Halloween. Each person must survive playing 31 for 12 hours while being hunted by killer clowns (and if you may have seen my previous opinion piece on clowns and horror movies then it is no surprise that I am super stoked for this.)
This new trailer shows highlights of some brutal murders and close ups of our villains, who all look brilliantly insane and includes a peek at a murderer in a bunny rabbit outfit too (yep!)
This movie has been on my list for a long time and the new trailer shows it too be what I feel will be Zombie’s greatest movie to date, it looks fun, gory and some scares along the way.
Anyway, have a watch of the trailer and let me know what you think.
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 Cloverfieldor 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.
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’
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*.
*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)
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.
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/)
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.
For more news on 31 head over to http://robzombie.com/movies/31-movie/
The Purgation is a movie that has been on my radar for some time, from first coming across a trailer last year and reading a interview with Writer/Director Elaine Chu in which she spoke about her love for Japanese and Korean horror. And how she made a conscious effort to have an Asian American main star (Tiffany Kieu) due to how that type of film-making inspired her.
And now after getting my hands on the final cut I can happily say that this is one seriously, seriously good horror movie.
The Purgation follows Iris (Tiffany Kieu, Megan Truong) on a journey back to her hometown of Black Woods to revisit an abandoned mental asylum in where she and her friends experienced unimaginable horrors while attempting to create a horror movie as children. While planning her investigations and visiting her childhood friends that ventured into the asylum with her we see not only the effects it had on them but Iris’s struggles of trying to have a grasp on her sanity due to suffering from horrific flashbacks and visions.
Iris’s struggles with reality and what’s real or not is both brilliantly played out by some fantastic acting from Tiffany Kieu but the entire cast (including a brilliant performance from Kat Johnston as Iris’s friend Eddie) and is expertly shot. Even on my second viewing I found nods to Iris’s battle between sanity and insanity that I had previously missed. This is also complimented by a score that falls perfectly in place with the movie.
This is a extremely well written movie, and a very refreshing one at that. In which I found myself on more than one occasion trying to use my years of watching horror to attempt a guess at what would happen, just to be quickly proved wrong when something completely different happened. It is also a fantastically creepy movie, one highlight being a harrowing rendition of the Lord’s Prayer that I will not be forgetting in a long time.
As mentioned above, Kieu’s performance as Iris was superb, she captured Iris’s agonizing spiral into insanity in a really genuine way that will connect with the audience, equally mirrored by not only Johnston’s performance as a protecting mother-like figure, but the whole cast. Including a really talented and entertaining group of young actors that perfectly express the fearlessness of youth for the opening parts of the movie.
Overall my final thoughts are this. If you don’t watch this movie when it is released then you are well and truly missing out on one of the best horror movies I have seen this year, if not the best. It is refreshing, entertaining and creepy.
Elaine Chu has shown how much of a talented filmmaker she is in this film, and you can really feel how much this movie meant to herself and the whole crew while making it, and is a very deserving winner of a Best Feature award at the LA Independent Artist Film Festival.
I love Halloween and everything to do with it, haunted attractions are something I have always been interested in, although being in the UK I don’t get many opportunities to take part in them. So naturally from the minute I first heard of this movie I was interested. A group of friends travelling around to find the most extreme haunted house attractions, only to find something more extreme than they ever imagined, I was sold, sign me up. And this movie really delivered to a certain extent.
From using real footage of the cast exploring haunted house attractions which meant reactions to the ‘sets’ were real and that gave a sense of realism that a lot of found footage films lack, to genuinely interesting interviews with real life performers as part of fleshing out the story. This movie was a fresh take on a genre that is in danger of becoming vastly overused and predictable.
But as it is often seen with this genre of films even the fresh ideas resort back to some of the tried and tested methods, such as the shakey camera views or somebody sounding worried/frightened while you actually cant see what is going on, in certain movies this works as it builds up the tension for the inevitable unveiling of whatever is the antagonist.
But sometimes you just want to see the action and the horrible things that are happening to our unfortunate stars which is not much to ask for when watching a horror movie right?
Although this movie is very enjoyable, I felt the ending left me just feeling unsatisfied. I had been invested in watching this group of friends keep searching out for more extreme haunts and after building up to the discovery of a rumored underground attraction named The Blue Skeleton made me excited to see the finale. The whole movie was building up to finding The Blue Skeleton and i could not wait to see what horrors awaited.
And then when it happened I thought it felt rushed and generic as this is were it could of opened up to a whole new level of disturbing sights in a underground haunted attraction ran by maniacs but it didn’t. The majority of the scares are down to the walk through’s of real-life haunting attractions and not enough was done to make the ending scary or even just thought out.
Instead it spent the vast majority of the movie going to normal haunted attractions and travelling around to find this underground attraction and nowhere near enough time in it.
Now there are some definite creepy parts of the movie including a brilliant scene in the RV and the introductions of the main antagonists who are superbly creepy, especially as they are stalking the friends on their journey. But when it comes to actual scares you just don’t see enough too feel scared or fearful for the main characters. What should of been the highlight for the movie ended in a quick and predictable ending that just wasn’t good.
Overall this movie was intriguing and a fresh addition to what is a predictable sub-genre of horror movies. It is certainly worth a watch. Although once I finished it I just couldn’t help but think about how with a little bit more creativity this could of changed from a decent horror flick to a great one.