Saturday, November 8, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Friday's @ the Rant are for new, upcoming horror films. Short on time today, so here is Splintered which is receiving limited release this fall.
IMDB Synopsis: "Somewhere prowling in the darkest corner of a desolate, abandoned building on the edge of a wilderness is a dangerous animal. It's a human animal that lives by the rules of the wild, where survival is the only concern.
This creature of the night uses cunning and instinct to hunt and kill for pleasure. He has no qualms about his actions; he lives by his desires and he'll take what he wants.
SOPHIE, a teenager with a troubled past, strays into the abandoned building on a dare. She discovers what it's like to become the object of this animal's obsessive desire when she's locked in an isolated room, where no one can hear her screams.
In the night, sitting in the pitch black, waiting for the inevitable, Sophie is terrified by the the obsessive stare through the skylight of the impromptu jail.
Daylight brings GAVIN. He keeps the animal at bay as best he can. A protector of sorts, but a protector who also keeps her locked away. What bizarre relationship does this self appointed jailer have with the elusive prowling creature beyond the door?
Sophie's attempts at escape repeatedly end in failure, but she clings to the hope that she will be rescued by her friends, despite her fears of what might happen to them, if they come too close to the vicious animal? " more...
So here it is ... Splintered
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Directed by Lamberto Bava and written by Dario Argento (along with Bava), Demons is a facinating and confusing (and delightfully gory) Italian horror flick.
Below, thanks to My Flash Fetish and YouTube, is the full movie for you to enjoy!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Today we present the entire feature length film Horror of Dracula thanks to My Flash Fetish and YouTube. Filmed in 1958 by Hammer Films after the successful remake of Frankenstein with The Curse of Frankenstein, this film resurrected the horror genre presenting the thrills and scares in technicolor. Curse and Horror also launched the horror careers of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee and forever stamped Hammer Films as the House of Horror on genre film fans.
In a day where remakes are rampant, some successful and some failures, it is interesting to note how successful and important Horror of Dracula and Curse of Frankenstein are to the history of the horror film. Each film is a remake (reinvisioning) of Universals Frankenstein and Dracula classics. Sure they had the novels to draw their inspiration from, still they made an agreement with Universal to make and distribute these films (and The Mummy as well) -- even though they could not use the famous Boris Karloff monster make up.
The Dracula franchise would be a successful one for Hammer Films throughout the 60's and into the 70's, finally killing of the Count with a Kung-fu mix called The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (The Seven Brothers meet Dracula in the States).
So here it is...enjoy!
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Yesterday we spotlighted The Uninvited, which is remake of today's trailer spotlight - A Tale of Two Sisters. This Korean horror flick from 2003 is a successful suspenseful yarn about two sisters returning home to find a terrifying secret.
So here it is ... A Tale of Two Sisters
Friday, October 31, 2008
"Fear Moves In"
It's Halloween all week @the Rant and we celebrate by spotlighting new, upcoming horror trailers each day. Today is the flick The Univited, a remake of the scary Asian classic "A Tale of Two Sisters".
IMDB synopsis: "Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home."
The movie is directed by Charles and Thomas Guard and written by Craig Rosenberg and Doug Miro. The Univited stars Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel and Emily Browning.
So here it is ... The Uninvited
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So here it is ... Coming Soon
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
It's Halloween week and it's new, upcoming horror flicks every day @ the Rant. Today, is the trailer for a low budget slasher flick called Midnight Movie getting small release this fall and DVD in January.
Synopsis from IMDB: "A midnight showing of an early 1970's horror movie turns to chaos when the Killer from the movie comes out of the film to attack those in the theater."
So here it is ... Midnight Movie
Monday, October 27, 2008
It's Halloween week! This week is full of preview trailers for upcoming horror films - it's Friday @ the Rant every day. Today we're looking at the second sequel to Underworld, The Rise of the Lycans.
I've enjoyed the previous two Underworld movies for their style and direction, but mostly for the star Kate Beckinsale. Vampires versus werewolves is an exciting concept and this series plays it well, even if it skews more toward the vampires.
Rhona Mitra replaces Beckinsale (Selene) as a character named Sonja for The Rise of the Lycans, playing it close to what is expected - at least visually. Bill Nighy returns as Viktor.
The movie is directed by Patrick Tatopoulos and written by Danny McBride and Dirk Black Man.
So here it is ... Underworld: The Rise of the Lycans
Sunday, October 26, 2008
So here it is ... House
Saturday, October 25, 2008
It's Halloween week! This week is full of preview trailers for upcoming horror films - it's Friday @ the Rant every day. Today we're looking at the remake of My Bloody Valentine.
The remake is in 3-D and the trailer and poster celebrate that fact with amazing fervor. It's fantastic ... if you go for such things. We love 3-D @ the Rant, so this scores marks a-plenty for us. This looks like so much stupid fun it's rediculous. Yeah, this movie can't be good, but it does look fun - and the producers and/or marketing team seem to know that. Pushing the 'date movie' aspect looks to be a smart, smart move on getting more movies goers in the theater seats.
My Bloody Valentine is directed by Patrick Lussier and written by Todd Farmer and Zane Smith. The movies stars Jensen Ackles (Supernatural), Jaime King, Kerr Smith, Edi Gathegi and Andrew Larson.
So here it is ... My Bloody Valentine (2009)
Friday, October 24, 2008
So here it is ... Friday the 13th
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Fridays at the Rant are for new, upcoming horror films. Coming January 9th, 2009 from David S. Goyer (Blade Trinity) is The Unborn, a supernatural tale of a girl haunted/possessed by an Unborn soul and the exorcism that follows. The trailer promises scary good times.
This is a surprisingly effective trailer. It starts out slow, but builds into an engrossing and scary few minutes. Its a great tease on what this movie could be. Let's hope the movie can live up.
Written and Directed by David S. Goyer and starring Gary Oldman, Odette Yustman, Cam Gigandet, Meagan Good, Jane Alexander, Idris Elba, Rhys Coiro and Carla Gugino.
So here it is ... The Unborn
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Okay, how can you talk about 1981 and NOT discuss An American Werewolf in London - what is (arguably) the most successful and enjoyable werewolf film ever created this side of The Wolfman (1941). John Landis expertly combines scares, mode, comedy, music and practical effects for an amazing film. This film stands along side John Carpenter's The Thing as a pinacle of achievement for eighties horror. A must see.
Directed by John Landis. Starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne and John Woodvine.
Below is more of a Cable TV promotion than a theatrical trailer, but it successfully demonstrates what is great about this film.
So here it is ... An American Werewolf in London
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Fridays at the Rant are for new, upcoming horror fims. This week is a European Zombie entry, complete with Nazis. Hah, can't beat that.
"A group of eight friends drives to a cabin in northern Norway where German troops where slaughtered by angry locals living there in 1945. Now the undead zombie Nazi soldiers feast on whoever comes there way."
Directed by Tommy Wirkola and written by Frode Henriksen and Tommy Wirkola. Starring Jenny Skavlan, Ane Dahl, Stig Frode Henriksen, Bjørn Sundquist, Charlotte Frogner, Jeppe Beck Laursen, Vegar Hoel, Evy Kasseth Røsten and Lasse Valdal.
So here it is ... Dead Snow
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Another 80's flick on the remake trail is My Bloody Valentine, an entertaining (if flawed) early entry into the slasher genre. The remake, coming next year, promises to be a fun exercise being filmed in 3-D - ironically another odd trend in the early 80's. What comes around, goes around. Heh.
Directed by George Mihalka and written by Stephen A. Miller and John Beaird. Starring Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck, Keith Knight, Alf Humphreys, Cynthia Dale, Helene Udy and Rob Stein.
So here it is ... My Bloody Valentine
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Ah, Linda Blair -- too bad she didn't make more serious horror films.
Directed by Tom DeSimone and written by Randy Feldman. Starring Linda Blair, Vincent Van Patten, Peter Barton, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann, Suki Goodwin and Jimmy Sturtevant.
So here it is ... Hell Night
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
From the creators of Alien - hah - the tag lines for this trailer try very hard to convince you it is much better than it actually is.
Directed by Gary Sherman and written by Jeff Millar and Dan O'Bannon. Starring James Farentino, Melody Anderson, Jack Albertson, Dennis Redfield, Nancy Locke, Lisa Blount and Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street).
So here it is ... Dead & Buried
Monday, September 29, 2008
1981 Continues with the second in the Friday the 13th franchise. This is still pre-hockey-mask-Jason. While Jason does return in this release, he's wearing a potato-sack hoodie - heh. It struggles conjure up some fear, but it nowhere near as iconic as the forthcoming hockey mask will become.
The poster and the trailer both indicate the marketing on the sequel was perhaps a bit rushed and/or perhaps they didn't know what to do with it ... just yet. The poster is simply the logo and a tag line: "The body count continues..." and the trailer is mostly about the previous film.
The film itself lives up to expectation and continues the mythology (or even establishes it -- a bit) successfully. Still more about the killings than the killer. Jason Voorhees in the first film is suspected as the killer (as we know he wasn't); while, here, he is established definitively as the killer.
So here it is ... Friday the 13th Part II
Friday, September 26, 2008
Fridays at the Rant are for new, upcoming horror films. This Friday spotlights the annual Halloween tradition of Saw. This years brings us the 5th installment. Just like Friday the 13th twenty years ago, the Saw franchise revisits its themes and terrifies the audience.
Saw V is written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writing team behind Feast, and directed by David Hackl, the production designer and assistant director of Saw III and IV. The movie stars Julie Benz ,Tobin Bell, Scott Patterson, Costas Mandylor, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell, Samantha Lemole, Meagan Good, Laura Gordon, Greg Bryk and Carlo Rota.
So here it is ... Saw V
Thursday, September 25, 2008
This week has been B U S Y, so I missed many an entry to the Rant. Since we were covering the movies of 1981, let's take a look at the entire Evil Dead feature.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Fridays at the Rant are for new, upcoming horror flicks: this weeks is a November Taiwan release. Invitation Only is Taiwan's first slasher horror film. Check out the trailer to see if the rest of the world gets how to make an American standard.
So here it is ... Invitation Only
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So here it is ... Evil Dead
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
So here it is ... The Beyond