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THE X-FILES To Return to FOX in January 2016

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FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Coming to AMC This Summer

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Will Poulter Cast as Pennywise the Clown in IT Remake

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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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True Story is Confused but Solid

In 2002, the name Christian Longo appeared on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. He was wanted for the murder of his wife and three children, whose bodies were found in a waterway off the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. He was captured very shortly appearing on the list of fugitives, but his story didn’t end there. This is partially because; former New York Times Journalist Michael Finkel began to interview Longo, after discovering the accused criminal was using Finkel’s name as an alias. The conversations between the two eventually turned into a memoir, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, which was published in 2005. Now, a decade later this Finkel’s book has been adapted for the screen by director Rupert Goold, which is titled True Story.

Jonah Hill and James Franco in True Story

Jonah Hill and James Franco in True Story

True Story follows disgraced journalist, Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill), who after finding out his identity has been used by accused killer, Christian Longo (James Franco), goes to meet him.   

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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.

– See more at: http://www.unlvrebelyell.com/2014/10/28/jacob-tirannos-rules-for-surviving-a-horror-movie/#sthash.wtQxnpXD.dpuf  

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Ouija

Ever since I could remember, I have always wanted to play with the Ouija board. It is a common element used in horror films, and seems to be the thing that opens a door our world with another. However, I’m not part of the superstitious lot, yet mostly everyone I ask to join decline because they are. It has never stopped my interest in the odd and mysterious “game.” Yet, because it has been seen in a ridiculous films, it is shocking to see that this is the first American film to focus on the board in the new film “Ouija” directed by Stiles White.

Shelley Hennig in "Ouija"

Shelley Hennig in “Ouija”

The movie follows Laine (Olivia Cooke) who gathers a group of friends to contact her recently deceased best friend with a Ouija board.

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