We’re hearing mixed things about this flick, so we’re going to wait for it to show up on Netflix. When this director’s first film, The Pact came out, even some of the harsher critics said it had its moments, and had at least one “I see dead people”-type scene that scared the shit out of us (don’t look up at the ceiling if something up there is really freaking out a psychic). However, we have heard At The Devil’s Door is a slow-burn but does have some genuine scares (though not as many as this critic at Variety.com would have liked); read on! (Click “View original” on the lower left to read the whole review by Dennis Harvey).
Monthly Archives: September 2014
Film Review: ‘Gone Girl’
Well, you can’t say this movie doesn’t have some pretty horrific elements. We’ve been looking forward to this since Spring, and it doesn’t sound like there’s going to be any disappointment here!
CONFIRMED! Naomi Grossman Back As Pinhead Pepper on American Horror Story Freak Show – YES!
We’ll be adding more later, but for now we have this photo as proof (Source: EW.com/Entertainment Weekly).
Again, as we made no effort to even begin to hide here, the first official photo of Ms. Grossman as Pepper is the property of Entertainment Weekly– they own the copyright, not us. There was no way were going to miss showing you the screencap, though! PLUS, we know Pepper won’t get killed off, since Freak Show takes place in the 1950s (and the present, but this is clearly the 50s time period) and Asylum took place in the 1960s.
This will also mark the first time in American Horror Story’s four-season run that any character has ever recurred. Now come on– if you got to pick a character to see again, wouldn’t awesome Pepper be your first choice?
We actually had heard rumors about this before, but didn’t want to post anything until we knew for sure (in fact, we waited to the point where who knows, you might have heard this days ago, but we’re sure as hell posting it now). One of the people that said they saw “Pinhead” on the call sheet also told us that Glenn Close was appearing in the Coven finale, and we know how that went.
More as it comes in. Best news we’ve heard since we saw Tim Minear was penning the season premiere!
American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson Calls Conjoined Twins Her ‘Craziest’ Role Yet -Read EW.com Interview Here
Well, duh. She has two heads? That are both alive, have names, and can talk? Uh, yeah, that’s going to do it.
Click “View original” in the lower left to read the entire article. There’s an American Horror Story Freak Show media blitz coming (actually, happening) so you’ll hear more soon. Meanwhile, don’t miss this one. There’s a TON of new info!
If you want to catch up a little first, check out our recent piece here, Ten New Things We Learned About American Horror Story Freak Show From The EW Fall Preview!
See The New Red Band Trailer For V/H/S Viral Here (Possible Spoiler Alert)!
The reason we use “spoiler alert” in the title is that we’re pretty sure most of the best moments from the latest flick in the V/H/S franchise are in this trailer. At least three big jump scares/shockers are given away. Someone gets hit by a bus very suddenly in the middle of a sentence, just out of the blue. Do you know how effective that bit it when you’re not expecting it?*
Both previous red band trailers for the first two installments gave away maybe one or two moments, but saved the best, most memorable moments. Now, the reason this trailer for V/H/S Viral concerns us here at Horror Boom as far as spoiling all the best moments is that, frankly, the reviews haven’t been that enthusiastic. The word we hear most to describe the movie from paid reviewers and casual message-board users is “disappointing”. The other complaint is there’s only three stories and the framing story shoots itself in the foot by trying too hard to tie the stories together and ends up confusing the viewer by being too self-consciously non-linear.
So, there’s a good chance you could watch this Red Band trailer, get your anticipation all cranked up, then see the movie and think, Man, I wish they hadn’t put so much in the fucking trailer. Who knows, though? There could be a ton of great stuff they held back.
Having said all that, hey, check out the goodies below! Other than the possible spoilers, we got pumped up enough for the movie to curse out loud when we saw the release had been bumped from this month to the end of October, because now we want this movie in our face ASAP!
Here’s the latest synopsis:
After watching on the news that an out-of-control ice cream truck is being chased by the police around the upper LA area, killing people and wrecking havoc among the way, a group of teens hell-bent on capturing the next viral video set out to chase the van. Things go from bad to worse when the content inside the van is revealed to be several tapes with bizarre stories, including that of a deranged illusionist who, after obtaining a demon-powered cloak, sets out on a killing spree; a garage scientist that manages to build a machine and open the door to a parallel world, where he and his double find out that their worlds are dangerously different; and the story of teenage skaters who unleash hordes of demonic foes after desecrating a ritual site in Tijuana.
We heard that last segment is the best. V/H/S Viral will be available on VOD October 23rd, followed by a limited theatrical run beginning on November 21st!
*The Statute of Limitations for spoilers on Final Destination (the original) have run out, but someone spoiled the bus hit in that movie for me. While everyone else in the theater got the top of their heads blown off (metaphorically of course) I appreciated it, but regretted overhearing someone’s LOUD conversation who was leaving the theater and prancing by the by the ticket-holder’s line, unaware anyone else but him and the friend he was relating basically all the shockers and reveals (including the train-track death) to existed. In the ads for Final Destination 4 (which fans agree was the weakest in the series), they ruined a bus-hit in the tagger for the trailer in the 15-second TV spot, for Chrissake.
Variety Calls Spanish Horror-Thriller ‘Shrew’s Nest’ Effective, Disturbing – Watch The Bloody Trailer
Click “view original” in the lower left to read Dennis Harvey’s entire review. You can check out the rather bloody, very intense trailer for Shrew’s Nest (original Spanish title: Musarañas) below…
Variety.com’s Review: Giallo Spoof ‘The Editor’ Is Over-The-Top Fun For Fans Of The Genre
We thought, when we first saw the trailer, that this was more of a Giallo homage than a spoof… until we saw that Paz de La Huerta was starring in it, at which point we realized it wasn’t going to take itself too seriously. As Dennis Harvey points out, it won’t reach a wide audience, but those of us horror fans who know their way around an Argento movie will definitely be seeing it!
Click “view original” in the lower left to read the entire review from Variety.com (though it’s not especially long, you’ll appreciate it). Many other raves have been popping up online.
Ten New Things We Learned About American Horror Story Freak Show From The EW Fall Preview!
Oh, you so thought the full length character trailer below gave you a peek under the Big Top? Well, it did, but we found out way more plot and character details from Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Preview (and we’re guessing there’ll be a feature story with even more information in the next print issue).
In case you want to see the trailer (again), or for some reason you haven’t caught it yet, you can eyeball it below.
Now, here’s those new character and plot details we’ve all been waiting for!
1. Don’t worry, Jessica Lange is still going to be bitchy. In fact, she might do some bad things. However, Ryan Murphy says that deep down, she only has the best interests of the Freak Show at heart. Yeah, we’ll see how that works out…
2. The conjoined twins, Bette and Dot, played by Sarah Paulson, are going to be darker than they sounded when first described.
3. Dell Toledo, the strong man character (Michael Chiklis) is actually on the run for the law.
4. When he returns to the Freak Show, he clashes with Jimmy Darling (Evan Peters). Jimmy (who as we see in the trailer will probably be billed by the Freak Show as a ‘Lobster Boy’) is actually Del’s son.
5. Kathy Bates, Del’s ex-wife, is Del’s mother. Just to add to the drama, Del has a new wife with three breasts (Angela Bassett), Désirée Dupree.
6. The main villain, a retired circus performer, is Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch). He is not thrilled when the Freak Show arrives in Jupiter, Florida. Those of you with a fear of clowns who are reading this in the dark may want to skip this next bit of information from Ryan Murphy. “He’s wearing a mask on the lower part of his face and there comes a point in the season where takes the mask off and when you see what’s under you will faint in terror.” Shit!
7. Emma Roberts and Denis O’Hare play a pair of greedy con artists; no word yet on whether that’s Roberts in the cage on the “Caged” teaser and the first official poster.
8. Frances Conroy will be portraying a wealthy woman named Matilda Hapschatt whose son (Finn Whitrock) wants to join the freak show (take a wild guess on whether THAT storyline will end in a terrible way).
9. Gabourey Sidibe will play a socialite who returns home to Jupiter when her mother (Patti LaBelle, who Murphy called personally to appear on the show) goes MIA. Is Twisty the Clown responsible? Only time will tell.
10. Here’s what to expect from Wes Bentley’s terrifying character, Edward Mordrak, who appears in the two-part Halloween episode, according to Murphy: “He is a very famous horror myth,” explains Murphy. “It was a man with two faces. A normal face and then a face on the back of his head that would whisper evil things and force the forward-facing entity to commit horrible crimes.”
OK, that sounds like it has the potential to be pretty fucking scary. To read all the details divulged in the EW.com article that was our source for this piece (we left a couple out), you can check it out by clicking here.
Also, Collider.com has a great .jpg of the poster, very high quality, that you can enlarge (and even look for clues). You don’t even have to buy a ticket! Well worth a look (also, it names so many actors that they didn’t even have room to bill all of them).
And The A-List Mystery Actor Playing Guy LaPointe in Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” Is… (SPOILER)
OK… last chance to keep from spoiling who the unbilled, “quirky”, well-liked A-List actor playing the detective in Kevin Smith’s body horror opus Tusk. Are you sure you don’t want to preserve the surprise?
Mr. Johnny Depp! Just who we had hoped it would be. His daughter also appears in the movie.
Kevin Smith’s first choice for the role was Quentin Tarantino, whom Smith says turned the part down because he’s not really focusing on acting so much these days. This may be–OK, will be– the only time in history Johnny Depp was the second choice for an acting role after the part was declined by Tarantino! Wikipedia (with Smith’s podcast as the source) says that Tusk’s starting date was delayed to November 2013 due to the filming location moving from Canada to North Carolina, “then an additional two days of filming occurred in Los Angeles for scenes involving Johnny Depp’s character Guy LaPointe”. Here’s the citation for that.
plus some guy starring in the movie names Justin Long.
Who knows, they all could be lying their asses off as part of some elaborate prank, but that would actually hurt rather than help the movie. All sources point to Johnny Depp as the unbilled actor playing a (retired) detective looking into the missing-persons case of Justin Long’s character. We’re also going out on a limb here and guessing the detective will be killed right after he discovers that Michael Parks character has kidnapped him. A moment too late!
Here’s the first full-length trailer for Tusk, and honestly, we think it looks pretty goddamned horrifying (“fucked-up” seems to be the most used adjective by fans who caught the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness showing recently).
That’s what he gets for growing that hipster walrus mustache, huh?
Variety Has Nothing But Great Things To Say About Kevin Smith’s “Tusk” – Read The Rave Review Here
Although we’re a long way here from the View Askewniverse of Red Bank, New Jersey, “Tusk” runs thick with the director’s house blend of highbrow literary references, lowbrow bathroom humor and fast-food fetishism. As in “Red State,” Smith opts for a sleek widescreen look (courtesy of d.p. James Laxton), with far more attention paid to framing and fluid, motivated camera movements than on his rough-hewn early features. Makeup designer Robert Kurtzman’s impressively transformative practical effects are virtually a co-star unto themselves.
-From Variety’s review of Kevin Smith’s “Tusk”
We wanted to see this before, but now we REALLY want to see it. BRING IT! Any guesses on the mystery actor mentioned? Ben Affleck? Matt Damon? Johnny Depp? We did find out Quentin Tarantino was Kevin Smith’s first choice to play Guy LaPointe, but he turned it down, saying he “wasn’t doing much acting these days”. We’re off to scour the internet, because we doubt we can wait under September 19th!* Click “View Original” in the lower left to read Variety’s entire review by Scott Foundas, Chief Film Critic for Variety.
*We found out, but gee, we
‘d hate to spoil it for you! caved and posted it shortly after this.