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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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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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Master of Horror Roams the Halls of UNLV

David Schmoeller, Master of Horro

David Schmoeller, Master of Horro

http://www.unlvrebelyell.com/2014/10/13/master-of-horror-roams-the-halls-of-unlv/

Click the link above to read my new piece for the UNLV Rebel Yell, where I write a professor profile on writer-director and producer, David Schmoeller.

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Dracula Untold

Count Dracula has been seen in films since as early as the 1920s, but most famously remembered in the 1931 film from Tod Browning starring Bela Lugosi. The character, who was created by Bram Stoker in his classic 1897 horror novel, has become an icon in pop culture and seen in countless films, TV shows, comics, and much more. However, nearly 120 years after his creation, director Gary Shore brings a new film about the Count to life in “Dracula Untold.”

Luke Evans in Dracula Untold

Luke Evans in Dracula Untold

This film tells the story of Vlad the Impaler (Luke Evans), the prince of Transylvania, who in order to protect his family and kingdom, makes a deal that will change him forever.

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Annabelle

Last year saw a return of the classic horror film thanks to the creepily nostalgic, “The Conjuring”. Director, James Wan, created a horror movie that was bone-chilling, well-designed, and all around convincing. One of the many reasons why “The Conjuring” was so well-received was because of the many old school scare tactics that were used throughout the picture. The success of “The Conjuring” only means that there will be more opportunities for Hollywood to return to the world that James Wan and company created. The first opportunity is arriving this weekend and is showcasing the story of a possessed doll, Annabelle, which was featured in the opening minutes of “The Conjuring”. Can “Annabelle” continue what “The Conjuring” started, or will it be another example of an unnecessary prequel?

"Annabelle"

“Annabelle”

Annabelle” follows the creepy Annabelle a year before she comes face to face with the Warrens. Before “the Conjuring”, the rare Annabelle was a gift from a husband to his expecting wife, Mia (Annabelle Wallis). Mia falls in love with Annabelle’s beauty; however, the love for the doll soon turns into fear. One night Mia and her husband’s house is invaded by a satanic cult. The cult attacked the couple and summoned up an evil entity that is now possessing Annabelle. Can the couple survive, or will Annabelle be too much for them?

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Tusk

It hasn’t been very long since writer-director Kevin Smith announced he was retiring from filmmaking. After getting frustrated with the current state of the movie industry, Smith decided the path of the podcast would be the way to go. However that all changed during an episode of SModcast, Smith’s popular podcast show. It was episode 259: The Walrus and the Carpenter, in which Smith and long time friend Scott Mosier discovered an online ad that would inspire the filmmaker to get back in the director’s chair to make the movie “Tusk.”

Michael Parks in "Tusk"

Michael Parks in “Tusk”

This film is about podcaster, Wallace Bryton (Justin Long), who goes to meet a man willing to exchange room and board for someone to come and listen to his stories. While meeting with the man, Howard Howe (Michael Parks), Wallace realizes he may be crazier than he imagined.

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