- Experience the Haunting Official Trailer for New Horror Movie HEREDITARY, Coming This June from A24
- Sundance 2018 Review: SUMMER OF ’84 is a Brutally Fun and Heartbreaking Blast from the Past
- January 30th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include GOTHIC, CLASS OF 1999, THE HILLS HAVE EYES (1977)
- Watch the Official Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s New Movie UNSANE
- DVD and VOD Release Details for Horror Film INOPERABLE, Starring Danielle Harris
- Larry Cohen’s IT’S ALIVE Trilogy Coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory
- Watch the Trailer for THE RITUAL, Coming to Netflix on February 9th
- 4K Remaster of 1989 Horror Movie OFFERINGS Coming to Blu-ray This March
- THE HOWLING Apparel from Cavitycolors Includes Enamel Pin, Socks & Shirts
- DEEP BLUE SEA 2 Trailer Features the Return of Genetically Altered Sharks
Posted: 30 Jan 2018 07:34 AM PST
Following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Ari Aster's Hereditary is one of the most buzzed-about horror movies in years (with Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson really enjoying it at the Midnighters screening). A24 has now released the first trailer for the film, and it lives up to the horrifying hype with several disturbing sequences and an all-encompassing atmosphere of dread.
Written and directed by Ari Aster, Hereditary stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne. A24 will release the new horror movie in theaters on June 8th. Until then, you can get an idea of the hauntings to come in the official trailer and poster below.
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Posted: 29 Jan 2018 06:33 PM PST
Like most genre fans, I fell head over heels for Turbo Kid, the first feature from the filmmaking trio RKSS (François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell) that transported viewers to a post-apocalyptic future where BMX bikes and friendship rule over the savageness of the brand new world. For their follow-up feature, RKSS heads back to the Reagan Era for their genre-defying Summer of '84, a murder mystery/slasher/coming-of-age comedy hybrid that confidently explores the triumphs and tribulations of being a teenager, all while delivering a horrifying tale that conjures up some really fun scares along the way.
In the Summer of '84, we meet 15-year-old Davey (Graham Verchere), who's obsessed with mysteries and conspiracy theories. He begins to suspect that his neighbor, Officer Mackey (Rich Sommer), might actually be the Cape May Killer, a kidnapper and murderer targeting teenaged boys who live in the idyllic suburban neighborhoods of the area. Davey enlists his best pals Woody (Caleb Emery), Eats (Judah Lewis), and Curtis (Cory Gruter-Andrew) to help him get to the bottom of the killings, but the deeper their investigation goes, the more the boys realize they may be in way over their heads, especially once they uncover the startling truth behind the motivations of the Cape May Killer.
As someone who grew up during the timeframe celebrated in the Summer of '84, there's a lot about this film that perfectly hit all my nostalgia buttons, both in terms of my own childhood experiences as well as the movies I watched back then that helped shape me into the film lover I am today. RKSS wears their influences proudly on their sleeves here, with Summer of '84 evoking the spirit of movies like Stand by Me, The 'Burbs, Silver Bullet (minus the werewolves), and The Goonies, and there are even a few hat tips to the likes of John Carpenter and Kurt Russell thrown in to boot. That being said, the trio never leans too heavily into the familiarity of these films, making Summer of '84 into something that stands firmly on its own two cinematic feet, especially when the third act kicks in and the script from Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith takes a few ballsy left turns that left me genuinely shocked.
While much of the material early on in Summer of '84 has something of a lighthearted touch to it, that doesn't mean the stakes of the story, and Davey's journey to uncovering the truth, aren't essential aspects of the film. In fact, RKSS' latest has quite a few heartbreaking moments to it, and I appreciated the fact that there were real repercussions for the four underage leads in Summer of '84, enforcing the idea of the loss of innocence and demonstrating that actions always have consequences, regardless of however old you may be. To some, the aftermath of the events in Summer of '84 may feel like a bit of a downer, but for me, it only steeped this mystery-infused serial killer thriller in a palpable sense of grounded realism, because as many of us can attest, growing up can often be a painful experience that doesn't work out the way you want it to.
Summer of '84 is anchored by a quartet of likeable performances from the younger stars, whose shared chemistry is infectious and endearing, especially Verchere's Davey, a character who feels like if Fox Mulder happened to grow up inside a Stephen King novel. Even though Verchere makes for a compelling anchor for Summer, the two standouts who ended up surprising me were Sommers as the nice guy cop who may or may not have a penchant for killing young men, and Emery, who portrays Davey's best buddy who is willing to put everything on the line for his pal (and who has also been tasked with keeping a watchful eye on his single mom, who is struggling to keep her life together).
Even though the story does take a bit too long to get things moving, that's really just me nitpicking at the greatness that is Summer of '84, as RKSS has demonstrated once again that they excel at tapping into the hardships that accompany that transition into adulthood, and the weight of those responsibilities. RKSS' love of 1980s cinema is unmistakable, and I enjoyed that their second feature gave these three filmmakers a chance to do something that is very different than Turbo Kid, and yet also feels like the perfect companion piece to their debut feature all the same.
Movie Score: 4/5
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Posted: 29 Jan 2018 06:16 PM PST
January's genre-related home entertainment releases are ending on a somewhat quiet note, as there are only seven titles making their arrival this week. That being said, this cinematic septet of Blu-rays and DVDs make for a truly fantastic assortment of films, including the Vestron Video Collector's Series editions of both Class of 1999 and Gothic, as well as stunning special editions for both Re-Animator and the original The Hills Have Eyes.
Other notable movies heading home on January 30th are Hack-O-Lantern, Lucifer's Women, and Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween.
Class of 1999: Vestron Video Collector's Series (Lionsgate, Blu-ray)
Robots who have been programmed to teach and discipline students in a violence-prone school turn homicidal, and the students must fight back to save their lives.
- Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Mark L. Lester
Gothic: Vestron Video Collector's Series (Lionsgate, Blu-ray)
Five famous friends spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears in a frenzy of shocking lunacy and horrifying visions in this fictional tale, which tells the story of Mary Shelley's conception of Frankenstein on a night in Lord Byron's home.
-Audio Commentary with Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia
Hack-o-Lantern (Massacre Video, Blu-ray)
When Tommy was a boy, he saw his grandpa (Hy Pyke), the leader of a vicious satanic cult, murder his father in a brutal ritual on Halloween night. Now Tommy (Gregory Scott Cummins) is 18 and grandpa is ready to indoctrinate him into the ways of the black arts. But as night approaches, someone dressed like a member of the cult, whose face is hidden behind a devilish mask, begins stalking and killing people connected to tommy. Could it be grandpa, Tommy himself, or someone even more sinister behind these increasingly brutal murders?
The Hills Have Eyes (1977): Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)
Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street but for many genre fans, the director's seminal 1977 effort The Hills Have Eyes remains his masterpiece.
Taking an ill-advised detour en route to California, the Carter family soon run into trouble when their RV breaks down in the middle of the desert. Stranded, the family find themselves at the mercy of a group of monstrous cannibals lurking in the surrounding hills. With their lives under threat, the Carters have no choice but to fight back by any means necessary.
Following on from his notorious 1972 directorial debut The Last House on the Left, Craven's The Hills Have Eyes stands alongside the likes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Night of the Living Dead as one of the defining classics of American horror.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
Lucifer's Women (Vinegar Syndrome, Blu/DVD Combo)
Acclaimed author, John Wainwright, has developed an interest in Satanism and black magic. Hoping to manipulate him to suit his own perverse desire, Wainwright's publisher, Sir Stephen convinces him to perform the ultimate black rite: a human sacrifice. Selecting a beautiful burlesque dancer to be their victim, Wainwright begins having doubts about his beliefs, as Sir Stephen becomes more and more preoccupied with the black arts, and murder...
Directed by Paul Aratow (China Girl) and starring prolific stage performer Larry Hankin, as well as erotic film stars Paul Thomas and Clair Dia, LUCIFER'S WOMEN is a slow burn study in satanic obsession, with black mass scenes supervised by Anton LaVey (founder of the Church of Satan). Never released on home video and long assumed lost, Vinegar Syndrome is proud to present the home video debut to this forgotten shocker, newly restored from recently unearthed negative elements. Also included is an all new restoration of Al Adamson's schizoid reworking of the film, titled DOCTOR DRACULA.
Re-Animator: Special Edition (Arrow Video, Blu-ray)
One of the most wildly popular horror movies of all time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning 4K restoration packed with special features!
When medical student Dan Cain advertises for a roommate, he finds one in the form of Herbert West. Initially a little eccentric, it some becomes clear that West entertains some seriously outlandish theories – specifically, the possibility of re-animating the dead. It's not long before Dan finds himself under West's influence, and embroiled in a serious of ghoulish experiments which threaten to go wildly out of control…
Based on H.P. Lovecraft's classic terror tale 'Herbert West – Reanimator' and featuring a standout performance from Jeffrey Combs as the deliciously deranged West, Re-Animator remains the definitive example of '80s splatter mayhem and one of the horror genre's finest hours.
- 4K restoration of the Unrated version
Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (Lionsgate, Blu-ray & DVD)
The hilarious #1 box-office hit is all tricks and no treats when Madea, Aunt Bam, Hattie, and Uncle Joe run for their lives from monsters and goblins haunting a remote campground.
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Posted: 29 Jan 2018 05:56 PM PST
Reportedly shot entirely on an iPhone, Steven Soderbergh's new movie Unsane is teased in an official trailer that follows a young woman (played by Claire Foy) into a mental facility that she may never be able to escape.
Written and directed by Steven Soderbergh, Unsane stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharaoh, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving. Unsane is due out in theaters on March 23rd from Fingerprint Releasing, Regency Enterprises, and Bleecker Street.
Last year co-star Pharoah told EW that the film will feature "reality-type horror" that is "Get Out-ish, but different..."
We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on the latest movie from the experimental filmmaker who brought us Logan Lucky, The Knick, and Side Effects. In the meantime, you can check out the official synopsis and trailer below, and visit the movie's website for more information.
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Posted: 29 Jan 2018 04:39 PM PST
Starring Danielle Harris and featuring a killer Groundhog Day-esque time loop in a hospital of horrors, the immersive movie Inoperable (which made my Favorites of 2017 list) is coming to home media this February, including a new cast and crew audio commentary special feature on the DVD release:
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Posted: 29 Jan 2018 04:21 PM PST
Scream Factory dazzled horror fans last year with their Paul Naschy Blu-ray collections, and they'll continue to release essential sets in 2018, as they just announced a new Blu-ray box set for the It's Alive franchise, including all three of Larry Cohen's movies about eerie infants with murderous intentions.
Slated to come out this spring, Scream Factory's It's Alive Blu-ray set will include It's Alive (1974), It Lives Again (1978), and It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987). Special features have yet to be announced, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated when more details are revealed. In the meantime, you can check out the official announcement and box set artwork (by Joel Robinson) below:
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Posted: 29 Jan 2018 12:21 PM PST
After premiering at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and screening at Sitges (read Ben Larned's review here), David Bruckner's film adaptation of Adam Nevill's novel The Ritual will find a home on Netflix beginning February 9th. In the meantime, the streaming service released a new trailer that takes viewers deep into the woods and the haunted corridors of the mind.
Directed by David Bruckner (The Signal), The Ritual stars Rafe Spall (The Big Short, Life of Pi), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey, Spike Island), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty, Four Lions), and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs. Predator).
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Posted: 29 Jan 2018 12:16 PM PST
You better hope you remember John "before he dismembers you!" In addition to their new Blu-ray release of The Outer Limits Season 1, Kino Lorber has another treat in store for horror fans: a 4K remaster of the 1989 slasher movie Offerings, courtesy of Code Red and Dark Force Entertainment.
Blu-ray.com reports the latest Offerings news, revealing that the folks at Code Red and Dark Force Entertainment are hard at work on the remaster, which is due out on March 20th from Kino Lorber.
While no special features have been announced at this time, we do have a look at the Blu-ray cover art (via Blu-ray.com). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates and let us know if you've seen Offerings in the comments below!
Directed by Christopher Reynolds (Lethal Justice), Offerings stars Tobe Sexton, Richard A. Buswell, Jay Michael Ferguson, Loretta Leigh Bowman, and Elizabeth Greene.
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Posted: 29 Jan 2018 12:12 PM PST
The fine folks at Cavitycolors must have spent some quality time at the Colony last year, because their new officially licensed apparel for The Howling captures the creepy and fun spirit of the 1981 Joe Dante film.
Out now from Cavitycolors, The Howling collection (part 1) includes:
You can view all items in the collection below, and head over to Cavitycolors' official website for more information. Will you be adding these new shirts and socks to your wardrobe?
Image from Facebook:
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Posted: 29 Jan 2018 11:52 AM PST
Nearly 20 years after its initial release, Renny Harlin's Deep Blue Sea is still regarded as one of the most fun and intense entries to the cinematic shark pool. While Steven Spielberg's Jaws remains the apex predator in the eyes of many film fans, Harlin's 1999 movie—like its genetically enhanced sharks—cannot be ignored, and Warner Bros. is diving back into shark-infested waters with Deep Blue Sea 2.
Coming soon to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital platforms from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Deep Blue Sea 2 is teased in its first trailer (see below) that premiered exclusively on IGN.
While it has a similar plot to the original movie, the rated-R Deep Blue Sea 2 doesn't seem to have any ties to the first film when it comes to surviving characters, so it doesn't look like any familiar faces from the 1999 movie will pop up in this one. The trailer definitely channels the spirit of the original Deep Blue Sea, though, and it will be interesting to see how the second film in the franchise does in the wake of other shark movies like 47 Meters Down, The Shallows, and the Open Water movies.
If you enjoy movies where horror lurks beneath the watery surface, then you may want to check out the special shark-themed episode of Corpse Club, the official podcast of Daily Dead. Just be careful the next time you go swimming...
Trailer via IGN:
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