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American Horror Story: Freak Show – Teaser Compilation

Compilation of all 5 teaser trailers for the forthcoming American Horror Story: Freak Show.


Saw – 10th Anniversary Halloween Re-release

saw_japan_posterLionsgate has announced it will re-release its gruesome 2004 franchise-launcher Saw in a limited nationwide run this Halloween, giving horror fanatics something to mark their calendars for. Saw will open for a one week 10th anniversary engagement on Friday, October 31 with Thursday midnights in select locations. The serial killer pic spawned a seven-film, $874 million franchise with a simple high concept premise: Two men wake up in the lair of a serial killer named Jigsaw, forced to do the unthinkable to survive while figuring out their captor’s identity.

The gory thriller not only gave birth to the most successful horror franchise in history, it also launched the career of director James Wan, who went on to helm recent hits Insidious, The Conjuring, Insidious: Chapter 2, and Universal’s upcoming Fast & Furious 7. Wan’s Saw co-writer Leigh Whannell starred in the first film and is now set to make his directorial debut with Insidious: Chapter 3.

It appears to be a smart move by Lionsgate, as the Halloween weekend is otherwise light on horror offerings. October 31 even falls conveniently on a Friday. Only Clarius Entertainment’s Nicole Kidman thriller Before I Go To Sleep and Open Road’s crime drama Nightcrawler are hitting wide release that weekend, while more traditional horror titles The ABCs of Death 2 (Magnolia), Horns (Radius-TWC), and genre-bending import Why Don’t You Play In Hell? (Drafthouse) are opening in limited theatrical runs.

We await the inevitable 4K, 10th Anniversary Remaster on Blu-Ray…


The Pyramid – Trailer

Best known for co-writing films like High Tension, P2, and the remakes of The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors, and Maniac with Alexandre Aja. Grégory Levasseur is now directed his first feature with The Pyramid.

Starring Ashley Hinshaw (Chronicle), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), and James Buckley (The Inbetweeners), the film finds a group of archaeologists investigating a mysterious three-sided pyramid and discovering an ancient evil that occupies the catacombs.


Amityville: The Awakening – Trailer

112 Ocean Avenue continues to welcome new residents in Amityville: The Awakening. This time around, the poor fools are single mom Joan (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and her three kids: pouty Belle (Bella Thorne), cutesy Juliet (McKenna Grace), and coma-struck James (Cameron Monaghan).

As always, the family starts out optimistic about their new place. It’s near some excellent medical facilities, all the better to treat James’s illness. Then, as always, bizarre things start happening…

Amityville: The Awakening is the twelfth installment in the Amityville franchise, and the first to open in theatres since 2005. (The last two entries went straight to video.) Only time will tell whether this one successfully revives the franchise, but so far, Jennifer Jason Leigh apart, it looks fairly average.


The Bringing – Elisa Lam Movie

Sony Pictures is negotiating with Jeremy Lovering to direct The Bringing, the horror script by Brandon and Phillip Murphy based on actual events. Matt Tolmach and Daniela Cretu are producing. This has been top priority at Sony, and at one time had Nicolas Winding Refn circling. The pic is based on Elisa Lam, who was found dead in the water tanks on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. That’s the place that killers like Richard Ramirez called home at one time or another, and where suicides have occurred. Footage of Lam’s bizarre, inexplicable behavior in an elevator before her death became a massive Internet sensation, and this has been turned into the story of the man investigating her death, and the nightmare he stumbles into. Cretu’s First Born Films developed the script that was brought in by Kate Checchi and Brad Zimmerman.

Lovering directed In Fear, an Irish psychological horror film that premiered at Sundance 2013. It stars Iain De Caestecker and Alice Englert as a young couple terrorized by an unknown assailant.

Here’s the video of missing Canadian Elisa Lam from the LAPD.


Hannibal Lecter by David Hardy

More wonderful caricature art from Sydney artist David Hardy, an amazing Hannibal Lecter. You can check out Dave’s Facebook page HERE and see his earlier works, Tyrion Lannister from Gane of Thrones HERE and his Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead HERE

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Until Dawn – Full Trailer

Scheduled to be released on PlayStation 4 on a yet-to-be-announced date, Until Dawn finds a group of teenagers shacked up in a log cabin during a snowstorm while a masked murderer attempts to kill them off one by one. Details on the game are currently scarce, but merely being labeled as a “teen slasher”… after a few un-named teaser trailers over the last month, the first full length trailer was released at Gamescom this week. With this and the remastered The Last of Us, it looks like the PS4 is beating xbox One in the battle for horror fans.

Also check out the new Silent Hills trailer with a very recognisable horror icon as the star…


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