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Director Cary Fukunaga Exits IT Remake

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Poltergeist is Pale Version of Predecessor

It was 1982 and writer-producer Steven Spielberg, with director Tobe Hooper, would introduce fans to Poltergeist. A true horror favorite with great special effects and one of the most memorable quotes of all-time. The film was even nominated for three Academy Awards, including: Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound Editing. Though it didn’t win any of the Oscars, the movie still became a classic film from the 80s that is still celebrated today. Now, director Gil Kenan brings the world a remake of the horror classic about 33 years later, “It’s here!”

Kennedi Clements in Poltergeist

Kennedi Clements in Poltergeist

The movie tells the story of the Bowen family, who after moving into a new home, realize there is a supernatural force among them, known as a poltergeist.

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Throwback Thursday: Poltergeist (1982)

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Sony Developing THE CRAFT Remake

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Coming to AMC This Summer

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Unfriended is Unforgettable

Shelley Hennig and Moses Jacob Storm in Unfriended

Shelley Hennig and Moses Jacob Storm in Unfriended

The found-footage subgenre has been a staple for the horror genre and for a few other genres as well. Ever since the incredibly successful film, The Blair Witch Project (1999), it is become more and more common in the films we see. However, after 16 years, it has seemed to lose the exiting energy it once offered, that is until the new film, Unfriended, from director Leo Gabriadze. This new motion picture, puts a twist on found-footage and creates something truly special.

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The Lazarus Effect is Lazily Ineffective

There is one question that seems to have haunted everyone’s mind at one point or another. Not a question, the question, that has been asked in literature, film, art, science, and religion for centuries. What happens to us when we die? It is possibly the greatest mystery that has ever been, but how do we find out? The only way is do die or to bring someone back from the dead. We’ve seen this happen in numerous art-forms. A scientist who is dead-set on resurrecting the dead, but usually when they do it never ends well. Flatliners, Pet Sematary,, The Re-Animator, or even the short story, “The Monkey’s Paw,”and now, The Lazarus Effect, directed by David Gelb, can all account that “Sometimes, dead is better.”

Olivia Wilde in The Lazarus Effect

Olivia Wilde in The Lazarus Effect

The Lazarus Effect follows a group of researchers led by Zoe (Olivia Wilde) and her fiancé Frank (Mark Duplass), who have discovered a way to bring back patients from the dead.

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Nightcrawler

Within the opening minutes of the film, a desperate yet determined Louis Bloom states his motto to a potential employer: “If you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy the ticket.” While these words might get overlooked thanks to the playful manner in which Bloom states it, this motto goes onto speak volumes about the moral ambiguity that lies ahead. “Nightcrawler” is a brilliant and unsettling character study of a man that is as twisted as he is persistent. As the film progresses, we get to see the disturbing transformation that Bloom undergoes. Bloom starts out a creepy loser who has to steal to stay afloat, and days later becomes a monstrous go-getter that will stop at nothing in order to become the success story he has dreamed about. The story of Louis Bloom just might be the most unconventional rags to riches story we have seen.

Jake Gyllenhaal in "Nightcrawler"

Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler”

Making his directorial debut, writer Dan Gilroy brilliantly serves up a slow-burning thriller that is consistently intriguing and cynical. Gilroy offers an adept commentary about the media’s exploitation of violence. He superbly captures the all too familiar nature of local news, and shows how far some might be willing to go in order to achieve his or her goals. It is parts black comedy mixed with horror. It will make you laugh and then moments later it will make you flinch and squirm in your seat. Gilroy also showcases his talent for style and flair. It is shot with such ease and calmness that Gilroy’s piercing execution emphatically puts you into a hypnotic daze. With his beautiful backdrops and vivid images contrasted with pulse-pounding car chases, black comedy, and Lou’s willingness to do anything, “Nightcrawler” just gets under your skin. The film stays with you long after you view it, and it will make you hold a mirror up to our society and its media. 

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Saw

“I want to play a game.” These words were so innocent until the world was introduced to a maniac by the name of Jigaw, whose games were to teach many to appreciate life but offered fatal consequences. It has been a decade since writer-director James Wan broke out in the film industry with his horror film, Saw. He has since directed scary movies such as Dead Silence, Insidious, The Conjuring, and he is also the director of the seventh installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. However, his groundbreaking 2004 horror classic celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

Shawnee Smith in Saw

Shawnee Smith in Saw

The movie focuses on Adam (Leigh Whannell) and Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes) who wake up, chained up in a room with one another. Soon, they discover that they are in the middle of a “game” composed by the infamous “Jigsaw Killer.” Now, they must follow the rules and play the game to stay alive.

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Jacob Tiranno’s Rules for Surviving A Horror Movie

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It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time for costumes, candy, haunted houses and of course, scary movies! The Exorcist, Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Rosemary’s Baby – all of these films and countless others have forced people to check under their bed, shut their closet doors, and sleep with the light on for years. Movies like these have haunted people all over the world. Today, I’m going to offer you a few words of survival in case you ever find yourself in a true scary-movie situation. Before I go on, however, I must give credit where credit is due. Jamie Kennedy’s character from Wes Craven’s Scream mentions a handful of survival rules in the famous movie franchise – some of his major rules reappear in my list below.I will note, though, that his character died in the second Scream film, proving he probably wasn’t the best person to take advice from. I, on the other hand, am alive and well. So I can only hope you take this list of numerous rules seriously, as they can be the difference between life and death.

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