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All-New Trailer For “The Babadook” is Here… And Scary As Hell!

We were hoping for a release date at the end of this one (we couldn’t take it if another distributor pulled a “Green Inferno” on us), but alas, none yet. However, we have been told that The Babadook will be out by the end of the year. Probably it will only have a limited release in select theaters (which Seattle never seems to be included in, goddamnit, unless they announce the screening less than 24 hours before it actually happens and it’s already sold out) and have a VOD release. Don’t know about you, but this looks like something we would love to see in a theater with a crowd. Take a gander at trailer #2 for Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook! Oh, and we advise headphones– not because there’s some huge jump scare that will make you soil yourself, but because of the incredibly creepy sounds that really add to the overall fright factor.

If you want a direct link to the website, click here. As of this writing there isn’t much, other than a couple social media links and those extremely unsettling inhuman sounds, but it’s still cool. When I checked it out earlier, at around 3:00 AM, those sounds kept going even after I closed the browser window. I had to just quit Firefox completely and start it over. This did not have a beneficial effect on my insomnia issues.

Here’s the plot description (though the trailer gives you a pretty good idea of the themes):

Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia struggles to discipline her “out-of-control” six-year-old Samuel – a son she finds difficult to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he has been dreaming about. As Amelia begins to see glimpses of the creature herself, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may well be real.

The movie is based on a short film called “Monster”, also directed and written by Jennifer Kent. Here’s a link to watch it, it was a “Scariest Short Horror Film of the Week” last month.

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We’ll keep you updated on the release dates! We’re expecting pretty good things from this one, especially since it has been very well-reviewed. Remember…

 

If it’s in a word
or it’s in a book…
You can’t get rid of The Babadook.

 

Yeah, that's the perfect pop-up book to read to a nervous child at bedtime...

Yeah, that’s the perfect pop-up book to read to a nervous child at bedtime…

 

 

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Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno Off For Pre-Planned Sept. 5th Theatrical Release, GODDAMNIT!

So yeah, we heard some rumors, but decided they were too much of a drag to really be true. I mean, this movie had its world premiere LAST YEAR for Chrissake! Around this time!

So, at Deadline.com ran an exclusive report a week or so ago that said The Green Inferno‘s theatrical release was “postponed indefinitely”. Here is the story they ran.

We reproduced it here but do NOT claim any ownership or copyright, all the credit and the copyright belongs to Mike Fleming Jr]:

EXCLUSIVE: Green Inferno, the Eli Roth-directed film about student activists who travel from Gotham to save the Amazon rainforest only to be pursued by a cannibal tribe, has been taken off Open Road’s release calendar. The film was scheduled for wide release on September 5. I’m told this happened because financier Worldview Entertainment is balking at ex-CEO Christopher Woodrow’s commitment to provide the P&A.

greenSince this is Roth’s first directorial outing in six years and his budget conscious fright fare almost always scares up profits, this is almost as shocking as the subject matter and also a tasty bit of dish. I’ve confirmed from Open Road that the release date is scratched, though the distributor won’t comment further, including whether there will be a later release date or if this goes straight to video. Worldview has been going through a restructure since the abrupt and largely unexplained exit of CEO Woodrow, which Deadline revealed last June.

The company, now run by Molly Conners, put a freeze on all of Woodrow’s extravagant commitments and is scrutinizing every deal that was made. Green Inferno has been caught in that snare and is not alone; there is reportedly a lawsuit by Hoyt David Morgan, who claimed he staked $3.7 million in Worldview in exchange for exec producer credit on the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed Birdman, only to be stiffed on the  money and the credit.

eli rothWorldview is still squarely in operation, I’m told, with Conners determined to responsibly put the pieces back together. She will be in Venice to premiere Worldview pics Birdman and Manglehorn. It looks from here like the scrapping of Green Inferno from Open Road’s fall schedule has little to do with the quality of the film Roth directed, co-wrote and produced. Green Inferno was acquired by Open Road after it premiered in the Midnight Madness program at 2013 Toronto City to raucous response. It got a 77% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a stat that makes it seem like if you hunger for one incredibly violent nightmarish Amazon cannibal film this year, Green Inferno might be just for you. It got a similar reaction last week at the Fantasia festival.

canniaRoth is currently editing his latest film, the Keanu Reeves-starrer Knock Knock …[Roth] wouldn’t comment here, but he clearly likes his cannibal extravaganza, recently producing and releasing a mobile game for the movie.

I’m told that Worldview doesn’t intend to leave Roth high and dry, and behind the scenes talks are going on to try and figure this out. If that doesn’t rescue the wide release of this film, I imagine that someone will provide the P&A spend (it’s the first money to get refunded), or else another distributor will show an appetite and step to the plate for Roth’s cannibal fare.

[end of exclusive from Deadline.com]

OK, deep breath… count to ten…

First of all we’d just like to say: Fuck Worldview and whoever is responsible for this. There was a new DVD release Tuesday and we rented it Wednesday; they had the entire Green Inferno trailer and continued to state COMING SEPTEMBER 5th.   We relaxed (and okay, were in denial at the time). By the way, all this went down last week and we managed to miss it, sorry we couldn’t spread the word to you sooner.

THEN, Movieweb.com ran a story a couple of days later. Eli Roth himself confirmed the story via Twitter. He kept his tweet short, apologetic, but vague (we’re pretty sure all this shit with the distributor mere weeks away from the release hasn’t exactly been a picnic for him, either; he’s made it very clear the movie was a labor of love).

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Here is what Brian Gallagher at Movieweb.com had to say after that bummer of a tweet:

The film, which centers on a group of college activists who find themselves hunted by a tribe of cannibals in the Amazon jungle, was initially slated for release on September 5. Former Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow had previously committed to providing publicity and advertising for the horror film, but, following his abrupt exit in June, the studio is now questioning that commitment. It isn’t clear if the film will get a later release date, or if it will only receive a straight-to-video release at this point.

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New Worldview CEO Molly Conners has put a freeze on all of Christopher Woodrow‘s reportedly “extravagant commitments” and is going through each deal once again. The production company is also facing a lawsuit from Hoyt David Morgan, who claimed he invested $3.7 million in Worldview in exchange for an executive producer credit on Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, although he never received credit or reimbursement.

It is believed that Worldview’s decision to pull The Green Inferno from its slate has nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself. As Eli Roth mentioned in his tweet, the filmmaker and the studio are working to resolve this matter, and we’ll keep you posted with any updates as we receive them.

And we at Horror Boom will also be keeping an eye out for updates. Hey, maybe we can all start a support group…

 

 

 

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Casting News! ‘American Horror Story Freak Show’ Books World’s Smallest Woman for Role

Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com):

Didn’t see Ryan Murphy going in this direction, but he did! This photo was (heavily) doctored in Photoshop; that is, unless a character trait of Jessica Lange’s “Elsa Mars” is that her hands and wrists are bigger than her head (even though they made her head larger, too). We’re not trying to ruin the fun, it’s just distracting how waaaay out of proportion her hands and wrists are. We’re not doubting that Jyoti Amge is the world’s smallest woman, just saying hey went a little apeshit manipulating the photo, and we’re having trouble focusing on anything but Ms. Lange’s giant hands. We can’t wait to see more!

Also, Patti Labelle’s casting was recently announced. We would have got that information to you faster, but it was the same news cycle that broke the story of Robin Williams passing (and the shockingly tragic circumstances surrounding her death), so everyone was kind of preoccupied (and sad). No word on who LaBelle is cast as, but we’ll keep an eye out!

Both will be wonderful additions to the cast. Now let’s cross our fingers that Naomi Grossman returns as Pepper (we’ve heard a rumor–someone on a message board said that they heard that Ms. Grossman’s name showed up on a casting sheet, but we don’t want to get our hopes up until it’s confirmed. I bet she’d love to reprise the role, and the character has a huge fan base, so it could happen!

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The world’s smallest woman, Jyoti Amge, will join the upcoming season of FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show.” The show, in its fourth season, will take viewers sixty years back and down to Jupiter, Florida and center on the last remaining freak shows of the 1950s.

Showrunner Ryan Murphy tweeted the announced on Wednesday afternoon alongside a picture of Amge in Jessica Lange’s arms. Amge will appear alongside lead Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy and Gabourey Sidibe.

According to the “Guinness Book of World Records,” Amge measures up at 2’ 0.6” tall. She has a genetic disorder call Achondroplasia.

Amge is not the only recent addition to “AHS’s” cast. The show has also brought singer Patti LaBelle on board, announcing her addition to the show on Tuesday…

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Variety TV Review: ‘The Knick’ is “Bloodstained Drama…Grisly” – Read More Here

Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com):

If you’ve seen the trailer for “The Knick”, then you probably noticed that plot has strong elements of horror. Medical ‘care’ in this period of history (1900) was pretty gruesome and often disturbing. Even though the review is mixed, we plan to check it out! Hit “View original” in the lower left-hand corner to read Variety’s entire review.

Originally posted on Variety:

“The Knick” represents a creative stretch for Cinemax, which has thus far confined its original-series efforts largely to a boobs-and-bullets niche intended to resemble the kind of movies this HBO satellite regularly features. Yet while it’s easy to understand the channel’s attraction to the marquee pairing of Clive Owen and director Steven Soderbergh, it’s harder to fathom what drew them to a brooding, blood-stained drama set in a New York hospital, circa 1900. Yes, the barbaric nature of medicine — evolving though it was — remains grisly stuff, but once that point’s made (and made again), it’s tough to see what breakthroughs “The Knick” has left to offer.

Owen plays John Thackery, a brilliant and innovative surgeon who, along with his mentor Dr. Christiansen (Matt Frewer), chafes at the high mortality rates at the hospital (from whence the series derives its name). Yet if Christiansen finds his own escape, Thackery…

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‘True Blood’ postmortem: Inside the twists of ‘Almost Home’

Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com):

Don’t even get us started on the “payoff” (or what was supposed to be one) on Tara’s storyline. Aside from that, there were some good Jason-Hoyt-Jessica scenes. Those were sad talks they had.

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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This post contains plot details of “Almost Home,” the True Blood episode that aired on Aug. 10. Read our full recap here.

The writer of Sunday’s installment of True Blood, supervising producer Kate Barnow, took EW inside Violet’s torture dungeon, Bill’s life-or-death decision, Jason and Jessica’s sweet car conversation, and every other big moment. 

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Two Creepy New Clips From “As Above, So Below” Now Live – Along With Some B-Roll Footage!

Yeah, this movie has the potential to be very creepy. Maybe even scary as hell. Now if we can just stop thinking of the male lead as “Ginsberg from Mad Men, Who Recently Had a Psychotic Break”, that’d be less distracting.

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In the first clip, the characters, who are beginning to freak out, look for a way out after hitting a dead end. Notice that this clip has the title of the movie in it!

In the second clip, the characters find an old piano in the catacombs (because that’s a totally normal thing to find in an underground mass burial site), but Ginsberg the male lead, notices something a little too familiar about it–just watch his face change…

Now, about the B-roll footage: there’s only one up (for now) and it isn’t what you’d call action-packed, but if you’ve been jones-ing for months to see the movie like we have, you might find it interesting.

and finally, if you want to watch the trailer again (which promises more than the usual found-footage shenanigans… we hope), check it out.

Here’s the plot description from Universal Pictures. Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

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A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all. Written by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil) and directed by John Erick Dowdle, the psychological thriller is produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Drew Dowdle and Patrick Aiello. Alex Hedlund serves as the executive producer. It is scheduled for release on August 29, 2014.

Check the footer section for an actual countdown till the movie is released in theaters!

 

 

 

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Variety’s Rave Review For Kiwi Horror-Comedy ‘Housebound': “Near Flawless” and “Marvelously Entertaining”

Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com):

 

In a hilarious opening sequence, the dislodged head of a sledgehammer spectacularly curtails an ATM smash-and-grab robbery attempt by petty criminal Kylie Bucknell (O’Reilly) and an anonymous male accomplice. A snarling ball of venom with a lengthy rap sheet, twentysomething Kylie is spared prison by a lenient judge who says home detention and regular sessions with a psychologist, Dennis (Cameron Rhodes), will provide the stable environment she needs to turn her wayward life around.

With those words still lingering, audiences will chuckle when Kylie arrives at the creepy-looking house of her childhood to begin an eight-month stretch. The dwelling is home to her stepfather, Graeme (Ross Harper), an oddball who’s seen but rarely heard, and her mother, Miriam (Rima Te Wiata), an endearing chatterbox who believes the house is haunted. Kylie’s petulant behavior and eye-rolling mockery of Miriam’s claim establishes a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship that will eventually outgrow its comical roots and bring real heart to the story. The slow change starts when Kylie begins seeing things that make her believe “something” is indeed lurking in the basement and within the walls. Several spine-tingling incidents later, Kylie seeks help from Amos (Glen-Paul Waru), the security company guy hired to monitor her electronic ankle bracelet. Cleverly introduced as a fairly bland and functional character, Amos leaps wonderfully to life at the first mention of supernatural activity. Armed with old-school equipment, including a Polaroid camera and a microcassette recorder, this sweet-natured nerd with a passion for all things paranormal forms a splendidly eccentric detective partnership with the tough but mellowing Kylie.

-from the Variety review by Richard Kuipers

So apparently, Housebound (whose official site can be found here) played at SXSW this year and went over so well with the crowd (and critics) that it was not only picking up a buzz as ‘a comeback for New Zealand horror-comedy’, but the world sales rights were also acquired within weeks by Paris-based Films Distribution.  Right now Housebound–the feature debut of Gerard Johnstone– is still making the genre circuit, but don’t worry about having to wait years to see it; XLrator Media has acquired U.S. sales rights and plans a theatrical and day-and-date VOD release [Source: Variety.com].  That ‘day-and-date’ will be October 17th, when the film will be released on VOD, iTunes, and select theaters. Here’s the trailer:

Check out the complete review below (to read the entire Variety review, click on “View original” in the lower left. This one is definitely going on our must-watch list!

 

Originally posted on Variety:

A marvelously entertaining combo of haunted-house thriller, murder mystery and domestic comedy, “Housebound” marks a mighty impressive feature bow for Kiwi scripter-helmer-editor Gerard Johnstone. Featuring a dynamite central performance by Morgana O’Reilly as an angry young troublemaker who gets more than she bargained for while serving a home detention order, this near-flawless mix of laughs and scares is one of the genre-related highlights of the year. Armed with everything required to become a hit with general viewers, the pic is currently winning admirers on a festival run that includes the audience award at Scotland’s Dead by Dawn horror fest. XLrator Media will release it Stateside this fall.

Separating “Housebound” from most films of its type is super-smart plotting and confident tonal control, as Johnstone’s screenplay throws one terrific curve ball after another and never allows its goofy humor to compromise its genuinely scary components. Though destined to be pigeonholed as…

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Sons of Anarchy Trailer: SAMCR-OMG

Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com):

Kee-rist, things are about as grim as they can get for this final season… take a look! (hitting the embedded code will take you to the trailer, Word Press  just won’t let us embed it).

Originally posted on TVLine:

Jax Teller is on the warpath.

FX has dropped the first official trailer for Sons of Anarchy‘s seventh and final season, and… hell hath no fury like SAMCRO’s widowed leader scorned.

RELATED Sons of Anarchy Cast Previews Jax’s ‘Vengeance,’ Gemma’s Betrayal and an ‘Exciting Romance’ in Final Season

Press PLAY below and then mark your calendars: The show’s super-sized premiere airs Tuesday, Sept. 9.

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Doc Jensen on ‘The Strain’ — and when real life interrupts TV

Mrs. Horror Boom (HorrorBoom.com):

OK, Mrs. Horror Boom HAD written up a fairly eloquent intro to this intelligent (and sad) piece by Jeff “Doc” Jensen on EW.com, which included two intelligent, thoughtful reviews and some really good point about The Strain, but then the goddamned laptop suddenly crashed and for the only time, WordPress didn’t save a draft for me. Also there’s a heat wave that makes me feel like any moment, I’m going to melt into one of the winos in Street Trash who drank “Viper”, so I don’t have the energy to start from scratch (apologies). I will add a caution that when the article comes to the “when real life interrupts TV” portion, you might not want to read it somewhere you don’t want people to see you getting choked up. Click “view original” in the lower left to read the entire article – if you’re a fan of “The Strain”, we can’t recommend it enough!

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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Horror has come in a variety of flavors this summer: Gory. Existential. Sharknado. FX’s The Strain is geek Neapolitan—a combo of all three. It’s a high-concept monster mash—a vampire takeover thing restated as a zombie plague thing—that revels in body ick and clever ironies. This is a show that gets its shocks and jollies from having a goth rocker—a prick raconteur who’s only in it for the “p—y”—accidentally flush his balls down the toilet after his infected body abruptly decides to shed them, leaving him looking like Marilyn Manson on the cover of Mechanical Animals. The lout responds with an “Aw, nuts!” groan, as if getting the Karma-is-a-kick-to-the-nuts joke of it all.

The premise makes The Strain a show for our Ebola jittery moment. A New York-bound airplane secretly carrying a coffin packed with dirt, mutant worms, and an ancient beastly bloodsucker (with billowy…

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“ABCs Of Death 2″ Gets a Release Date – Plus, See a Great ’26th Director’ Contest Finalist For The Letter M!

Okay! Want the good news or the bad news first?  Let’s get that less-than-positive news out of the way. You may recall an announcement in January that among the hundreds of entries for the 2013 “26th Director Contest” for the letter M this year, the winner (“M is for Masticate”) was chosen last December. Then in January 2014, we got all excited when there was an official press release that told us there would be an “ABCs of Death 1.5″ that would be composed of 26 of the top entries for the contest, released in “early 2014″. Here’s the short version:

Drafthouse Films has announced that producers Ant Timpson and Tim League, in association with producer and competition organizer Ted Geoghegan, have selected 26 of the 541 entries for ABCs OF DEATH 2 (the winner was Robert Boocheck’s “M is for Masticate”), and combined them for ABCs OF DEATH 1.5. This omnibus will be available digitally early this year, and will also screen at select Alamo Drafthouse cinemas. “The production team had a real blast selecting the 26 shorts that make up ABCs OF DEATH 1.5,” says Timpson. “The hard part was only selecting 26, as the competition provided so many outstanding entries. We couldn’t be happier with the final lineup. There’s enough horror, humor, weirdness and, frankly, truly f**ked-up material to give even the most jaded fan a wakeup call from hell.”

You can read the longer version o trusty ole’ Fangoria.com that includes the titles of the shorts here. Well, as you may have noticed,early 2014 has come and gone, and we looked around all over the net but sadly could find absolutely no further mention of this release after the initial one. Other than someone else asking on a message board, “What the hell happened to ABCs of Death 1.5?” you could pretty much hear a pin drop since the January press release. We’ll try to find out. Several of them are available on You Tube, Vimeo, and the contest entry page, but we like the reveal of the title AFTER the short – in some cases, giving the cause-of-death word is even a spoiler.

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OK, on to way betters news: The ABCs of Death 2 (tagline: Some People Never Learn) will be released on VOD October 2nd (a Thursday), and in select theaters on Friday, October 31st – now there’s a fun release date for you! No trailer or teaser yet, so we found something else entertaining that’ll be on The ABCs of Death 1.5 (whenever the hell THAT is- we’re thinking it’s not going to make it out before the main release, but we hope to be proven wrong).

We watched several of the “M” contest entries from last year, and as with the letter T, there’s several standouts. The one we picked to show you in this piece inexplicably didn’t make it into the top 26th, and there’s no reason why not (especially since it’s better in every way than a few entries –that we’ll be nice and keep nameless– that did make it to the top 26). We’re 99% sure that, if they’d gone by voting, and not the production team’s selections, it would have. Watch below for one of the best entries, “M is for Matchmaker” (no spoilers in the title), written and directed by Sean Tretta, with Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare man, The Violent Kind), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), and Sebastian Kunnappilly (The Frankenstein Syndrome).

We’ll bring you more “M” finalists and their entries as the countdown to October 2nd (come on, even if you live in one of the select areas, can you REALLY wait an extra month when you could watch it on VOD in the comfort of your home?) continues. We actually held a couple of winners back because they were so gruesome and graphic we almost felt guilty posting them… almost!

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