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Horror Amino Poll Results: Top 5 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2016

As many of you know, I have been working with this incredible new horror app called Horror Amino. The app allows fans to create their own community as well as join in on discussions and participate in polls. Recently I conducted a poll asking you guys what the top 5 most anticipated horror films for 2016 were, and here are the results after 7 days of voting.

# 5: The Neon Demon (6 votes)

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The Neon Demon stars Jena Malone (Sucker Punch), Keanu Reeves (Constantine), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men) and Elle Fanning (Maleficent). No release date has been set.

Plot: 

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

# 4: The Forest (29 votes)

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The Forest stars Natalie Dormer (Captain America: The First Avenger), Eoin Macken (this is his first film) and Stephanie Vogt (The Voices). Currently playing in theaters.

Plot:

A woman goes into Japan’s Suicide Forest to find her twin sister, and confronts supernatural terror.

# 3: The Boy (60 votes)

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The Boy stars The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle. Currently playing in theaters.

Plot:

An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

# 2: Rob Zombie’s 31 (87 votes)

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31 stars Elizabeth Daily (The Devil’s Rejects), Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange), Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects), Meg Foster (They Live), Daniel Roebuck (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Sandra Rosko (Step Brothers), Ginger Lynn (The Devil’s Rejects) and Lew Temple (The Devil’s Rejects). 31 was originally set for release on January 23rd, but has not yet been put out.

Plot: 

After being kidnapped, five carnival workers are held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of evil clowns.

# 1: The Conjuring 2 (90 votes)

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The Conjuring 2 Stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel), Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring), Franka Potente (The Bourne Supremacy) and Frances O’Connor (The Hunter). The Conjuring 2 is set for release on June 10th.

Plot:

Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

What horror film are you most looking forward to in 2016? Get the Horror Amino app today (it’s 100% FREE and available on iOS and android) by clicking one of the images below and start your own poll or sound off on your most anticipated movie.

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New App For the Horror Community: Horror Amino

There seems to be an app out there for just about everything, but the horror community has been forgotten- that is until now. Welcome Horror Amino, the new app catered to the horror community. Horror Amino allows you to build a community and participate in discussions, polls and other activities with other horror fans.

Why is Horror Amino so awesome?

  1. It is 100% FREE to use. The great people at Amino Apps believe that you shouldn’t have to deal with ridiculous fees to discuss your favorite topics.
  2. It is available for both iOS and Android. You can get Horror Amino on ANY Apple or Android device, so you will never miss a poll or news.
  3. All horror all the time. There is no having to deal with unrelated posts; everything is horror related or it and the person that posted it is removed (never to bother you again).
  4. It’s like Facebook/Twitter for horror fans. You can follow people and establish your own little community and you can chat one on one or in a group privately as well as post comments to one another.
  5. A great platform for promotion. Working on a new project? You can download Horror Amino and put the word out to tons of other horror fans.

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Where Can I Get Horror Amino?

Simply click on one of the images below and start connecting with the horror community.

I hope to see you all on Horror Amino!

Movie Review: Krampus

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The Krampus legend was the subject of yet another movie, this time, however, it was a bit different, this time the legendary Christmas beast was the center of a horror comedy. At first I found it a bit odd to have such a fearsome creature as the subject of a horror/dark comedy, but I gave Krampus a shot anyway.

About the Film

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Krampus was directed by Michael Daugherty- the genius behind the horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat. The film features a very funny, talented cast; Adam Scott (Step Brothers), Toni Collette (Tammy), David Koechner (Anchorman), Allison Tolman (Fargo), Conchata Ferrell (True Romance), Emjay Anthony (Insurgent), Stefania LaVie Owen (The Lovely Bones) and Krista Stadler (Mobbing).

Synopsis: A young boy named Max (who still believes in Santa Claus) has a terrible time at the annual family dinner that causes him to make a hasty wish. When Max destroys his letter to Santa in a fit of rage, someone comes ti visit, and it’s not Santa- it’s Krampus.

Review

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I have very mixed emotions with this one; I liked it, but I didn’t, does that make sense? I have never been so on the fence about a film before, there is no black or white for Krampus. There were so many elements that I loved about the film, but there were a lot that I feel could have been left out or further elaborated on to make the film so much better.

I am not going to trash the film because I did like it, but I will be honest and say that it did fall short of what I would consider a horror movie. The comedy elements were phenomenal; I laughed pretty much the entire time. The dialogue was not the only element that made Krampus so funny, his helpers enhanced the comedy experience for sure. Without spoiling too much for you, there are some evil gingerbread men, an evil teddy, dark elves, a Jack-in-the-Box with Predator’s mouth and others.

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I think I have mainly myself to blame for my disappointment. Having seen Michael Dougherty at the helm, I was hoping for Trick ‘r Treat but ended up with a horrorish verison of Step Brothers (which isn’t as bad as it sounds). That was the other problem I had (again, not the fault of the film, strictly on me), I love Adam Scott, there is no denying that he is hilarious and insanely talented, but I couldn’t stop picturing him as Derek from Step Brothers. I will try to desensitize myself to it and watch it again to see if that helps.

The appearance of the Krampus was AMAZING! I loved that they didn’t go with the traditional look (demon with little to no human qualities). He looked more like a twisted version of Santa Claus- the way he should look.

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If you’re looking for a fun movie to see with friends, Krampus is a great choice; just don’t go into it hoping to get Trick ‘r Treat. You will get a great comedy (with a dash of horror). The best way to describe it – a dysfunctional family comedy…..for horror fans. Grab your buds and give it a shot, it may not scare the hell out of you, but you will laugh.

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Review: Old 37 Starring Kane Hodder & Bill Moseley (Available on DVD Today)

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What is better than a film that stars Kane Hodder or Bill Moseley? A film that stars both of them! The duo of horror icons play Darryl (Moseley) and his little brother Jon Roy (Hodder). Old 37 is a twisted tale that is sure make you think twice about calling 911. 

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Old 37 was written by Paul Travers and Joe Landes, directed by Alan Smithee. Besides Hodder and Moseley, the film stars Jake Robinson, Sascha Knopf, Olivia Alexander, Brandi Cyrus and Kenneth Simmons. 

There are not enough synonyms for “awesome” to use that would accurately convey how great this film is. It is original and chilling with a dash of comedy. For me, it brought back the Chop-Top Bill Moseley, many of the lines that he had reminded me of his lines from TCM 2 when they break into the radio station studio, I was waiting to hear “lick my plate you dog dick!“. Kane did what he does best, he destroyed people. It was a bit like watching him play a combination of Jason Voorhees and Victor Crowley, he was shy, silent and brutal. Combining Moseley’s humor with Hodder’s intensity make for the perfect storm.

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Old 37 is a bit like a drama meets horror, it’s almost like watching two different films in one. More times than not, those types of films tend to fall apart and only leave the audience scratching their heads, but the different stories within Old 37 are blended perfectly to make up one awesome movie. The conflict within this film are endless, there is domestic violence, insanity, murder, revenge, betrayal, standard bitchy teenage behavior and so much more. What’s not to love?

The plot twists are insane. I saw a couple of them coming, but it was entertaining nonetheless,I enjoyed it and I am not going to hold it against the film. There were a few that did catch me of guard. Long time horror fans may see what is around the corner, but if you are newer to the genre, you are in for one twisted roller coaster ride.

The cast as a whole was phenomenal. There were veterans and some newer to the game, but everyone was so professional that it was difficult to tell the difference between them. 

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Final Verdict

If you are into disturbing, revenge filled films, Old 37 is perfect. I loved the film and would love to see Travers write another film and include Moseley and Hodder, his writing combined with their talent and chemistry make for one hell of an awesome horror movie. I am going to have to recommend Old 37 to everyone that I know and you should probably tell a couple friends too. 

Get social with Old 37 by liking the Facebook page and following @Old37movie on twitter. You should also check out old37themovie.com for more exclusive videos, photos and awesome merch.

Old 37 is available on DVD today at Walmart, Best Buy and other retailers, so head out an get a copy! Use #OLD37 when sharing your thoughts and pictures.

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Unfriended: A New Reason To Watch What You Post

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2015 has brought us quite a few new horror films, but Unfriended is a horror film for a new generation. Combining bullying and the social media frenzy with some immature, mean teens, the film is the ultimate new age horror. 

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Unfriended was written by Nelson Greaves (Sleepy Hollow TV series) and stars Heather Sossaman (Desecrated), Matthew Bohrer (Weed Shop: The Musical), Courtney Halverson (The Hammer), Shelley Henning (Ouija), Moses Storm (The 4 to 9ers), Will Peltz (Paranoia), Renee Olstead (Still Standing) and Jacob Wysocki (Pitch Perfect). 

Shelley Henning, Blaire, was phenomenal. She is a genuine actress; her emotions were believable which made the film feel more authentic and more terrifying. You want to feel bad for her, but you know she’s not innocent. 

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Anyone that loves 80’s slasher films can appreciate a good jump scare; Unfriended is full of them. There is no visible killer and it’s a bunch of teenagers on Skype, so how else are you going to make the film terrifying? Loud bangs, lights going on and off, camera malfunctions, you get the gist. Every jump scare incorporated in the film only add to the already frightening story line. I appreciated the effort that was made to creating the scares. It may not get some of you horror veterans, but if you want to introduce a younger fan to horror and scare the pants off of them at the same time, Unfriended will get the job done.  

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There isn’t much character background given, but throughout the film, their darkest secrets are brought to light. By mid-film, you will find yourself almost rooting for their demise. Typically in a horror movie, there is at least one innocent soul, but everyone is guilty in Unfriended, everyone has a secret.

When the trailer first debuted, I heard a lot of mixed feelings, but after watching the film not once, but twice for myself, I can honestly say that for a “teen thriller”, the film is incredible. If this type of film is the future of the genre, I’m OK with that. Unfriended is original, thrilling, suspenseful and visually awesome. Whether you have been watching horror movies for decades, months or days, you will appreciate this one. I am 26-years-old and have been a horror nerd since I was about 7 and my niece (who watched the film with me in theaters) is 14-years-old and becoming a horror nerd, we both loved it. As previously mentioned, if you are looking for a film to introduce a horror nerd in training to the genre, Unfriended is perfect.

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I love a good paranormal horror movie, and when you throw technology into the mix, it is even better. Unfriended is not just a ghost story, but I feel it is also kind of a cautionary tale. Teens partied, one got out of her mind drunk, her friends posted the video to the internet, girl got bullied, girl killed herself. Underneath the fake horror is a real horror story, cyber bullying; sure, nobody gets this kind of punishment, but kids do die over this very same stuff. Unfriended is like a boogeyman story for the tech generation. 

All in all, Unfriended is a quality “new age” horror film that I would watch again. I am going to have to recommend this one to you guys; give it a watch and let me know what you think.

Unfriended is currently available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD in the US, and is currently available on Digital HD in the UK and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray September 7th.

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Get social with Unfriended on Facebook and twitter (@UnfriendedMovie).

‘Choose Their Kill’: A New YouTube Series That Puts You In Control

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Have you ever watched a horror movie and thought to yourself, “that kill would have been so much cooler if he had….”? Me too! Thanks to Aaron Mento (Standards of Living) and horror genius, Eli Roth, not only can you watch the kills, but you can interactively choose how the killer will take out their victim, you can even choose to be nice and let them go. 

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Choose Their Kill is awesome not only for letting you interact with what you are viewing, but each episode is only a couple of minutes long, so if you’re short on time, you can still get your slasher fix. Every episode is directed by Aaron Mento who shot the feature length film, Standards of Living entirely on an iPad.

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If you are into horror that is heavily inspired by the 80’s slasher and cartridge video games and want to be more involved in how the story ends, Choose Their Kill is perfect for you. I can personally guarantee that you won’t be disappointed. Each episode is entertaining and creative, not to mention 100% original. There really isn’t anything to dislike about it. The best way I can describe it is Mortal Kombat meets slasher film with a dash of interactive goodness. It’s the closest you will come to playing a video game without actually playing one.

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There is a new episode every Thursday on the CryptTV YouTube channel. To stay up to date on all that is Choose Their Kill, follow Aaron Mento (@AaronMento), Eli Roth (@eliroth) and the Choose Their Kill (@ChooseTheirKill) on twitter.

Episode 1: Miko the Silencer

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‘Volumes of Blood’: The Best Horror Anthology Since Trick-r-Treat

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It has been 8 years since the release of the 2007 horror anthology Trick-r-Treat , and ever since, there have been horror anthologies released in its honor, but none of them have even come close to the quality of the film. Thankfully, that has all been changed by P.J. Starks, Nathan Milliner (yes the guy that does all of those awesome Scream! Factory and HorrorHound covers) and Todd Martin. Volumes of Blood is an anthology film that horror fans can be proud of, it’s not some cheap knock off of what has already been done, it is gory, original and for a lack of better terms, fucking amazing!

Synopsis:

A sociology student gathers several friends at the local library on Halloween night to help him create a new urban legend with deadly consequences; Lily is in for a late night of researching and needs something to keep her going. It isn’t until she’s approached by a stranger that her luck may change – for the worse; a typical night of work for a librarian becomes a classic ghost story with a modern twist. Sometimes you can’t keep a bad book down; Sidney is allowed to stay after hours to study for a test. It’s not until she awakens in the darkened library that she realizes the truth of what lurks among the books after midnight. She better pray she doesn’t become the prey; Paige faces regrets that she’d do anything to take back. When an ancient and arcane spell book falls into her lap, she decides to make a grave decision. Be careful what you wish for, it might just kill you.

Volumes of Blood stars Kristine Renee Farley (Happy Hooker Bang Bang), Jim O’Rear (The Deepening), Roni Jonah (Hell House), Jason Crowe (The Zombie Movie), Jakob Bilinski (Obsolescence), P.J. Starks (A Mind Beside Itself), Kevin Roach (Happy Hooker Bang Bang) and a host of other indie horror greats. The biggest complaint many people have about indie films in general is the lack of talent and overacting, but this cast was phenomenal. There were scenes that required a bit of an homage to the corny acting of the 1980’s, but it was done intentionally and only enhanced the overall quality of the film. For example, the opening scene, I felt, was a beautiful nod to the 80’s slasher films, Friday the 13th in particular. As a fan of that sub-genre, I couldn’t have been more proud of the execution of the scene and the fact that it was even done at all.

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The score of a horror film has always been just as important to me as great writing or a flawless cast, and Tony McKee’s score was incredible. It was no overly dramatic and matched the theme and feel of the film perfectly. At approximately 6 minutes in, there is a nod to Halloween via music.

Volumes of Blood had every element a horror film should have and so much more. It is going to be extremely hard for anyone else to top this anthology. If you’re looking for a film that will make you jump, possibly make your stomach turn, that will get your date clinging to you like cheap fabric on a hot day and pays a wonderful tribute to all of the classics, Volumes of Blood is the film for you. I could not find a single element to complain about, which is a rare occurrence. I truly cannot recommend this film enough.

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Be sure to like the Volumes of Blood Facebook page for more behind the scenes pictures, festival/convention announcements and other news.

 
 

‘The Pyramid’ Now Available On Digital HD: 5 GIFs That Will Make You Want To Watch

The_Pyramid_(film)New horror film The Pyramid is now available on Digital HD via Fox. The film was written by Daniel Meersand (Removal) and Nick Simon (Cold Comes the Night) and directed by Grégory Levasseur (The Hills Have Eyes 2006). The film stars Ashley Hinshaw (Chronicle), James Buckley (The Inbetweeners) and Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story).

Synopsis:

The age-old wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to unlock their mysteries. But a team of archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they begin to uncover its horrifying secrets, they realize they’re being relentlessly hunted by an ancient evil more nightmarish than anything they could have imagined. From producer Alexandre Aja, director of The Hills Have Eyes, comes a pulse-pounding journey into true terror.

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Like what you see? Watch it now on Digital HD: http://bit.ly/PyramidDHD

For more information on the film and to get social with Fox Horror, follow the links below.

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The Other Side: The most unique zombie flick to hit the screen. (Movie Review)

other2With the popularity of The Walking Dead, zombie shows and films have been growing in popularity faster than zombies multiply. The only problem with that, they are all trying to be The Walking Dead and they are all very similar in content. The Other Side thankfully has changed this mundane pattern. Based off of a short film by the same name, this is the first feature length film from Orchard Place Productions.

Written and co-directed by Chris Niespodzianski, The Other Side stars Chad Conley (Mason), Danielle Lozeau (Werewolf Rising), Chuck Hendershot(It Came from Yesterday), Jack Davis (Bray Road), Robert Liscio (Confessional) and Christine Starkey. Most of the actors and extras in this film as well as the crew are from the Pittsburgh, PA area where the film was shot,and what better place to shoot a zombie flick than the zombie capital of the world? All of the music featured in the film is also from local Pittsburgh bands and artists, and it all sounds awesome.

I am over the zombie scenarios being set in the city. I am so happy to see that there is finally a new zombie film that takes place in the middle of nowhere. All locations featured in the film can be found around Pittsburgh and Claysville, Pennsylvania. The entire film took place in the woods and countryside. 

The Other Side is a film that Romero would be proud of. The slow buildup is reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead. All of the events leading up to the real action were believable and exactly what I would expect to see happen right before the zombie apocalypse. The script was well written and the cast was phenomenal. 

The film boldly boasts practical effects, and they are fantastic. The zombies are not at all over done, the makeup is basic, much like those in a Romero film. They also run as apposed to a lumbering walking pace. I love this concept, zombies have always been more terrifying to me when they look and move more like those that are still alive. 

The audio and video quality is amazing. A lot of indie films tend to be grainy and the audio can be a bit scratchy, but not in this case. 

What makes The Other Side so unique is the absolutely insane plot twist at the end. During the film, you will feel as though you are watching a normal zombie film. The whole film is fantastic, but the last five minutes will absolutely blow your mind. The Other Side is everything a zombie film should be and much more.

I highly recommend this film to any fan of zombie films that are over the Hollywood zombie scene and looking for something that will actually make you think. I would love to see a sequel.

You can purchase a copy of The Other Side at TeamOrchard.com. You Can also see the film if you are planning to attend this year’s HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati (for screening times, check with HorrorHoundWeekend.com). Be sure to like The Other Side Facebook Page for stills, announcements and just to show the cast and crew some love.

Synopsis:

It’s just another routine day in Elkwood, PA… or is it? People are missing, and lives will be changed forever once the haunting truth is revealed.

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Short Film Review: Call Girl

callgirlCall Girl had it’s world premier at HorrorHound Weekend Cincinnati in March of 2014, and is now available free to watch online via Vimeo. This amazing short was written by Eric Havens and marked the directorial debut of the immensely talented Jill Gevargizian.

Call Girl is a 5 1/2 long short film starring Laurence R. Harvey (The Human Centipede 2&3) and Tristan Risk (American Mary). The best way to describe this film is exploitation at its finest. Nothing is what it seems in this thrilling tale of voyeurism gone wrong or right depending on how you look at it. 

Call Girl is a new breed of short film that packs even more punch than most feature length films. This is by far one of the best shorts ever created. If you have yet to see it, I highly suggest you get on it. Check it out here — Call Girl -short film –. 

To show your love and support for Call Girl and the cast and crew, like the official Call Girl -short film Facebook Page and follow the short’s twitter, @CALLGIRLfilm. Also be sure to check out SixxTape.com for more of Jill Gevargizian’s upcoming work.