Hellions Horror Video Contest!

Couldn’t let this post from Ryan at Rhino’s Horror for a new contest pass without spreading the word! Can a horror short two minutes or less be scary as hell? Well, the short film “Mama” clocks in at two minutes, forty-five seconds (minus the end credits) and still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I’ve watched it dozens of times (hey, it’s a work of art) and still find it actively frightening. Horror Boom has posted plenty of Drew Daywalt’s “Fear Factory” shorts such as “Bedfellows” and “Mockingbird” that are LESS than two minutes. So yeah, I have faith that this contest will result in plenty untapped talent applying themselves, and ending up with contest entries that are the stuff of nightmares. Check out the piece for the rules and the deadline (click on “View Original” link at the bottom). What’s extra great is that the piece will actually be included (not just an extra on DVD) in the upcoming horror film Hellions (from Bruce McDonald, director of Pontypool). How cool is that?

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As all of you guys know, Bruce McDonald—director of Pontypool—is currently hard at work on his latest horror feature Hellions, which is currently in the editing stage. In their way of giving back to the indie community, the cool cats behind Hellions are hosting an awesome short film contest to help spread the work of indie filmmakers. How cool is that? All you have to do is create the scariest short film up to 2 minutes long, and if they pick you as a winner you’ll have your work not only seen by horror fans from all over, but it will actually be seen in the film itself! Below are all the details!

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‘Devil’s Due’ Sends Evil Baby On Scary Rampage in New York City

Yeah, if an unescorted baby carriage rolled up on me all by itself after dark (or dusk) and THIS thing suddenly shot up and screamed at me, there’s probably even odds that I’d soil myself. My immediate gut reaction (unlike some people who have seen way less frightening horror movies than we at Horror Boom have) wouldn’t be oh, it’s probably just some viral marketing thing, it’d be SHIT! What the fucking fuck IS that?! After I calmed down, I’d probably think good animatronics, wonder who worked on that? Oh, it’s to promote that The Devil’s Due movie? Fair enough. Hey, anyone happen to have a Xanax?

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They’d have to blur out my face, though, ’cause no way would I sign a release (they’d definitely have to bleep out my verbal reaction anyway, which in real life would probably be several times more profane than my example above). Worth a look if you haven’t seen it yet, even friends who are non-horror fans thought it was awesome! The Carrie telekinesis coffee shop prank (also included)  is pretty creepy too–that place emptied out pretty fast. Hell, I’d be blocks away by the time the hidden camera people came out and revealed it was a prank…

See The Spooky Subliminal Image In The American Horror Story Coven E03 Preview For “The Replacements” Yet? (SPOILER)

We did see it …but it took us a couple of days to realize that it was in the preview only, and not the episode. Because I was lucky enough to hit “pause” at the exact right moment on the You Tube promo, the image (also above) doesn’t exactly look subtle at first glance:AHSCsubminalflashmadison.pngIt’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot, but if you’re looking for it, you can catch it in the You Tube promo below (at approximately 14 seconds in):

Okay, so pretty cool-looking, right? Here’s the thing: it’s not in the actual episode that aired on October 23rd. All you see is the curtains bursting into angry, spreading flames, and then this shot of Madison Montgomery:

Screen shot 2013-10-30 at 6.11.58 AMIf if you’ve seen the episode, you know what happens to Madison in the last 30 seconds of “The Replacements”: Fiona cuts her throat, and the movie-star witch (who may or may not have been the new Supreme to replace Fiona) crumples to the ground, landing on a rug (that now needs its own replacement), apparently dead. I say “apparently dead” because …well, if you’re an American Horror Story fan, you know people and things we were positive were dead–and some officially pronounced dead and awaiting burial–have a way or returning when and how you least expect it.

Just a fun little subliminal message, or a ‘Easter Egg‘, from Ryan Murphy and Co.? We’re sure it is. Will it be repeated in future previews to clue in careful watchers to an upcoming death? We’re pretty sure it won’t. I’m pretty sure at least one person is going to be killed in “Fearful Pranks Ensue”, the Halloween episode airing Wednesday the 30th, and there’s nothing even close to it in the preview for the new episode. No skulls, anyway.  We’ll sure as hell be keeping a sharp eye out, though!

By the way, we heard from someone who has seen the Halloween-themed upcoming episode (less than 24 hours away) and it is supposed to be f*cking EPIC even by American Horror Story standards!  We usually try not to get our hopes up when we hear things like this, but on this one? We’re not going to even bother trying, because we know it won’t be disappointing …in fact, we’re counting on it blowing us away! Even though E05 is titled, “Burn Witch Burn”, Ryan Murphy has referred to the next two episodes as a “Halloween two-parter.” Here’s the synopsis from NEXT week’s episode (and it does sound like a two-parter, I’m sure with various insane cliffhangers that make all of us scream in frustration)

BEGIN KICK-ASS SPOILER (SEMI-SPOILER, ANYWAY) FOR AHS COVEN EPISODE FIVE, “BURN WITCH BURN” SYNOPSIS! WARNING! SPOILER ALERT!

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Burn, Witch. Burn!

Besieged by Marie Laveau‘s army, Zoe unleashes a new power. Fiona and Myrtle clash over control of the Coven. Madame LaLaurie is confronted by old ghosts. (Airs November 6th)

END (SEMI) SPOILER FOR “BURN WITCH BURN”, EPISODE 5 OF AMERICAN HORROR STORY COVEN

So did you catch the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it flash in the preview for ‘The Replacements’, or not notice it until we pointed it out?

100 Bloody Acres makes its US cinema debut

Remember that very recent  (less than 45 minutes ago) post on 100 Bloody Acres? Well, John Brawley himself, the DP (Director of Photography) has his own awesome and informative blog here. Not only does he offer a ton of links in this piece, but easy access to that fun (and award-winning) social/viral marketing we mentioned earlier. Check it out!

 

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This weekend in the US , my good friends the Cairnes brothers make their US debut with the fresh new film, 100 Bloody Acres.

The boys have been working hard with the fellas at Morgans Organic to get their unique and design award winning website up and running and you can see some of the Morgans truly original earlier social marketing work here.

It’s already been well reviewed by several including even the Hollywood Reporter that had this to say….

“Melbourne-based brothers Cameron and Colin Cairnes show impressive discipline in their modestly budgeted feature debut, mixing gore and chuckles in equal measure and creating unusually fleshed-out characters that have the film knocking at the door of above-average splatter comedies like Shaun of the Dead and The Cabin in the Woods. Gore hounds looking for something different in their horror-film diet should propel solid business when Doppelganger Releasing opens the film in limited release…

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We Dare You To Watch NEW ‘The Conjuring’ Featurette at 3 AM (“The Devil’s Hour”) – Check It Out!

“[on Spirits]…everything is out there, and not all are our friends.”  -Paul Eno, Paranormal researcher

 

 

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You’ve probably heard that Halloween, All Hallow’s Eve, is the day/night of the year when the veil between the spirit world and the human world in the thinnest. According to this new featurette  for The Conjuring (opening Friday, July 19th), the hour that you have the most chance of making contact with the spirit world– or, the spirit world making contact with you–

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Ahem…

–is not midnight (‘the witching hour’), but 3AM.

Watch the featurette below (also brought to us by VICE)  and find out why. Warning: this is information you might will almost certainly regret learning if you wake up in the middle of the night and it happens to be around 3:00 AM*. Especially if something feels… off.

And yup, there’s new footage from the movie!  We were at Horror Boom will have seen the movie less than 48 hours from now, and are actually trying to avoid too much new footage, since we don’t want any more jump scares ruined. Or maybe we do… at the time of this writing, it’s past 3AM …but still full dark out.

If you get easily freaked out, here is a cute, hopefully soothing screen cap from the featurette showing Ms. Warren’s pet cat (Lorraine is in the background, out of focus).

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Since she’s very sensitive to the paranormal– hell*, she’s clairvoyant– maybe she doesn’t get that unsettling feeling many people do when your cat (or dog) suddenly stares intently at the wall–or worse yet, behind and above you– and you remember how often you’ve had mentioned to you that “cats can see things we can’t”. I don’t know about you, but daytime or early evening (still light out) one of the cats starts acting like it can sense something and acts strangely, we immediately think oh shit, earthquake, or other wrath of nature about to hit, then follow the cat around for a few minutes or longer until she shrugs it off and acts like herself again. But if any pet does the same thing after dark… we turn on the lights pretty fucking fast.

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I know energy conservation started getting big in the early 70s, but screw it. In THIS house? Every light in the place after dark ON!

Remember to check local listings, there’s sneak previews Thursday night around here playing in at least 10 theaters (at 8:00PM and 10:15-ish, we notice) of The Conjuring in our area code alone. Shit, I think they even listed a couple theaters OUT of our area code–probably about a 2 hour drive– and some we didn’t even know existed, so look into it!  If you’re lucky enough to see it early, remember not to get too excited and post spoilers when you’re talking about it. If you do ruin any part of the movie for someone who can’t see it yet, we’ll send the below creepy-ass doll after you!

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You also might make “Bathsheba” angry, and you don’t want that, she’s scary enough just showing up, let alone when she’s mad at you…

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*One of the few benefits of insomnia, I guess, is already being awake at 3:00 AM about ninety percent of the time.

**Sorry for the bad language, Ms. Warren. I actually felt slightly guilty using “hell” in the same sentence with her. No disrespect, ma’am.

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Watch “The Red”- Scariest Short Horror Film Of The Day For More Than One Reason (A Real-Life Terror)

OK, so first check out the creepy short. We’re not talking pee-your-pants scary like the Mama short horror film, or the most frightening Daywalt Fear Factory shorts we’ve featured, but it’s worth a look, and unnerving on its own – more interesting to go in clean.  Here it is:

OR, if you’re in a hurry, here’s the condensed 4-minute version (though I prefer the un-nerving build-up in the 7-minute version above):

If you REALLY are in a hurry and also have an attention span of less than a minute, then here’s the short teaser for the short film:

Yeah, being in debt is scary as shit.  We discovered the movie after there was a link on a horror site that just said, WHAT IS THE RED? and gave a link to the movie.  Oooo, new viral horror marketing of some sort! CLICK. We give it props for actually making it creepy –check out the directors and editor  (Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin, and Josh Mond on the directing team of Borderline Films, and editor Andrew Marcus) –all of whose pedigree is not too shabby, to explain that. Usually a marketing campaign for something that looks like a horror film runs the risk of pissing you off by making you feel cheated, but we feel the presentation was perfect, and also didn’t figure out till the end of the short exactly why it was made.

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The official press states:

We didn’t just make The Red to scare you. We made it to give you a fighting chance against the very real problem of student debt. We hoped that if we made you leap out of your seat, we might just get you to jump into action, take charge, and get savvy about a serious problem hanging over 37 million Americans.

The official site, www.facethered.com, is worth checking out–it’s a non-profit organization …AND there’s a sweepstakes ending June 30th for $10,000 to help whoever wins pay back some student loan debt.  That’s a cause we can get behind and promote (especially anyone who went deep into debt to get their film made because they believed in it–and themselves– and wanted to finish it even if  they knew it meant facing years of shitty debt).

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Happy Mother’s Day From Horror Boom! Watch This Tribute Which Will Of Course Not Scare You At All!

Really, such a touching tribute to mama mothers all over the planet. What’s that you asked?  Oh, of COURSE, it’s perfectly safe to watch with the sound cranked up all the way and the lights off!  Maybe you should watch it, though, just to be safe, before you send a link to any of the people you usually send Mother’s Day cards to. Never hurts to double-check.

On second thought, your mom might not appreciate it. Happy Mama‘s Day!

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From the Thai horror anthology “Die A Violent Death” (hint: this story does not end well for anyone involved)

 

Check Out The Insane, Must-See “Frankenstein’s Army” (2013) Clip and Trailer!

OOooooooo, this looks like a fun one! Unfortunately, the only official site we can find is the Facebook page for Frankenstein’s Army, and it looks like it’s making the rounds of the festival circuit right now. Well, it could be fortunate for YOU, since you might live within reasonable travelling distance of an upcoming screening.*

Click on the big red link to see the awesome clip and trailer–not to be missed!

Must See Frankenstein’s Army Clip and Trailer! (BestHorrorMovies.com)

 

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Official synopsis:

 Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein’s work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades — a desperate Hitler’s last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.

Dread Central loved it; you can read their review (written by Drew Tinnen) by clicking here.  Also there’s this: Complex Magazine ranks Frankenstein’s Army Movie 6 in their 15 Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. 

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Fuck!

*we originally mis-typed that as “upcoming screaming” and it was really tempting just to leave it, so we’ll compromise and point it out here.

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Check Out This (Very Cool) Reblog on Cronenberg Jr.’s Body Horror Flick “Antiviral” (2012) From Theartsyfilmblog.com

We keep forgetting to mention how much we’re looking forward to this. Antiviral  ALMOST made our “Ten Most Anticipated of 2013” list, in fact, it was either #11 or #12 on the list. As soon as we find a Red Band trailer, it’s going up! Meanwhile, check out this sick art… while we start looking for some viral marketing (so to speak) online – with a film title like this, it’s a great candidate for it!

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Update: Hey! Found it. The URL is on the photo above, but clicking on the image with the logo up there should also take you to the Antiviral, er, viral marketing site for “The Lucas Clinic”.

 

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Of monsters and warrior princesses

Antiviral, an amazing body dysmorphic terrifying slow horror that you can only watch once.

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From the clearly derangedly genius mind of Brandon Cronenberg, starring  Caleb Landry Jones and Sarah Gandon.

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New BIG ASS SPIDER! (2013) Trailer Delivers – Do We Really Have To Sell You On This?

Giant Spider Movie Round-Up Part Two: Just… here. Watch this!

We’re fuckin’ THERE! Wheeeeeee!

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