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'The Woman in Black 2' movie review

The Woman in Black 2Reviewed by Jesse Miller
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Synopsis: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.

Director: Tom Harper
Writer: Jon Croker
Actors: Helen McCrory, Phoebe Fox.

When I heard The Woman in Black: Angel of Death was being made, I was instantly curious. How could you continue this particular story while managing to keep the scares fresh and the story exciting? There's always the case that the sequel wouldn't live up to the original, yeah, but I was just curious as to where they would take this tormented lady in black.

Well, what I got left me with a shrug -- The Woman in Black 2 has terrific cinematography, striking set design and solid acting from all involved - and even the setting and premise of this story show promise - but unfortunately, this film doesn't deliver on that promise.

The problem with this sequel is that it's by all means a competently made flick and it definitely excels in terms of atmosphere and acting, it's just doesn’t do anything particularly scary or interesting. The backdrop of the London Blitz and how this affects the characters is the most interesting about it but the film doesn’t really take advantage of this and use it to accentuate the horror.

Rather than take the ghost story into a territory where I can feel the urgency and fear, the film prefers to recycle old horror clichés and scares from the original film. Really though, the scariest thing in this film is the atmosphere of that old house and its design, not the vengeful spirit that haunts those wall.

The Exorcist (1973) review

The Exorcist 1973 PosterReviewed by Grace Fontaine
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Hellish Father, I entreat you hear my confession- I saw 'The Exorcist' when I was 23 years young. After I had seen so many other horror films, I had become desensitized to cinema and genre. Consequently, upon first viewing Friedkin's acclaimed adaptation of William Peter Blatty's novel, while I certainly did feel it was worth a watch (as opposed to the supposedly "OMGAWESOME" 'Friday the 13th' which I felt was an over-bloated, badly-realised piece of sh--) I just didn't see WHY WHY WHY 'The Exorcist' had been bestowed with the reputation as one of the most important horror films ever. Obviously, back when it was made it frightened many of the bums in seats, but these days, unless you have the constitution of cheap toilet paper or if you are a religion nut, it's not that mind-blowing or spiritually confrontational upfront.

However.

That doesn't mean I cannot appreciate the goods this movie offers, and believe me, there are many of them.

Upon watching it again recently, I found that this film's disturbing factor was more effective when it was subtle as opposed to in-your-face. Okay, sure, those possession scenes were crowd pleasers, but what appealed to me the most was this is a film that without the demonic possession was still quite eerie. An example? The scene that made me the most squeamish was when little Regan was being tested in the hospital. You can masturbate with a crucifix, walk backwards downstairs and turn your head 360 degrees as much as you like, but those are nothing compared to seeing a child being subjected to all of these invasive medical procedures only to yield no result. To me, due to it's realism, that entire sequence made me the most uncomfortable. Additionally, seeing Ellen Burnstyn's Chris McNeal having to watch her daughter being poked and prodded gives it all that much more of an impact. And this is before Pazuzu starts to bring out the nukes.

GEHENNA: An Indie Horror Film (with Practical Effects) that Matters

Gehenna Widget ImageAt MoreHorror.com, we see a lot of horror films seeking funding through Kickstarter. Here’s one that caught our eye. We think this is a film that actually matters to the horror community.

Hiroshi Katagiri is the mind behind “Gehenna: Where Death Lives”. Hiroshi has had a stellar career in makeup and special effects, and is known especially for sculpture, which is the art that “creates the creature”. He’s done three films with Spielberg, worked on multiple films with Guillermo del Toro, and his 39 film credits also include Wolverine, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien v Predator Requiem, Cabin in the Woods, and The Hunger Games. His TV credits include being part of an Emmy winning team for The X-Files. He is also a true fan of horror and suspense, and has written and directed several acclaimed horror shorts.

But what caught our eye was his view on horror. To Hiroshi, it’s not JUST about the blood or JUST about the special effects. A good horror movie, like a good movie in any other genre – he says - has to have a solid story behind the spectacle, with believable characters, the building of suspense, and predicaments that keep getting worse. Amen to that.

On his Kickstarter page, Hiroshi explains what makes a film truly scary, and part of it is what we accept as traditional horror but done well, and part of it is more like Hitchcock’s theory about “what you DON’T see”. We need this in today’s horror landscape, and this is the essence of “Gehenna”. What’s the plot, you ask? It draws on some recent human history filled with real-life horror, and it IS revealed on the Kickstarter page, which is here: http://kck.st/1BQw9PM. (Doug Jones is aboard, the makeup and effects guys committed to the project reads like an All-Star team, and best part – it’s almost all Practical Effects.)

'The Burning Dead' (2015) Review

The Burning Dead Small DVD CoverReviewed by Grace Fontaine
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I'm not the first little demoness to admit that I dig Danny Trejo as the exploitation hero he has styled himself to be. The man makes me smile every time he pops up like the be-scarred BAMF he is. More than half of the movies I have watched have featured his divine presence in one way or another, and whenever Danny Trejo appears on screen, I know I am gonna have a bloody good day.

Well. Most days.

The Burning Dead is pretty awful. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's the WORST MOVIE EVER because that would imply a false idea that I haven't seen a lot of bad movies, but man... this movie had a bombastic yet simple as bread and butter concept that can drag in the hungry B or C movie masses. A volcano triggers a natural disaster and zombies emerge from the magma to create havoc.

The combination of two types of schlock cinema could have been a deliciously over the top and hilarious good time, but The Burning Dead only barely managed to rouse a tickled corner of my mouth to raise and not much else. I'm not going to lie to you my dear reader and say this movie is great or even mildly entertaining. Were it not for the presence of Saint Trejo, this movie is a load of steaming, smoldering garbage that forces you to inhale it's wicked toxic plumes.

'Headless' 2015 movie review

Headless Reviewed by Jonathan Weichsel
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Back in 2013 I reviewed Found, directed by Scott Schirmer, after catching it at the 2013 Shriekfest film festival. Found, a dark, smart psychological horror film set in the 1980's, was by far my favorite film at the festival that year, and is truly one of my favorite horror films from this century. One of the highlights of Found was a film within the film called Headless. Headless, as featured in Found, is an unbelievably gory slasher from 1978 that inspires the real life murders in the film. Shortly after Found became the indie hit it deserved to be, Arthur Cullipher, the special effects director and a producer on Found, announced that he was following up the film with a feature length version of Headless.

Headless, the feature film version starring Shane Beasley, Kelsey Carlisle, Ellie Church and Dave Parker, is kind of a strange vehicle to follow up Found with. Where Found is about as highbrow as a horror film could be, Headless is intent on being as lowbrow as possible, and the result is glorious, over the top depravity.

Although Headless purports to be a lost film from 1978, in reality it fits in perfectly with the very modern, emerging genre that has become known as underground. Underground films, often devoid of plot, seek to shock audiences with ever extreme depictions of sadism and gruesome violence. Violence against women, including verbal abuse, violent rape, and bodily dismemberment, is treated as a genre convention, and filmmakers compete with each other to see who can come up with the sickest and most twisted scenarios of violence. Although I am aware that somebody writing on a mom blog could have written the exact same definition of the underground genre and meant it as criticism, please keep in mind that the above coming from me is meant as a compliment.

'Saga of Mong' web series and comic project is coming

Saga of Mang Small PosterA new web series/comic book project ‘Saga of Mong has recently launched a crowdfunding campaign. As you can see from the attached poster, this looks to be a killer comic and web series. Check out all of the details below and make sure to help out the project and get some great perks on the Kickstarter page by clicking here.

About Saga of Mong
Saga of Mong is an epic live-action web series and comic book inspired by a number of cult classic, and just plain classic films - mostly from the '80s. Our company is 190 Proof Entertainment and our goal for this project is to make the most intense and hilarious series ever produced. We're filmmakers, with works of drama, horror, and comedy under our belt.

Our passion is for Film and TV of all sorts, but, being children of the '80s, we have a special place in our hearts for some of the unique styles that emerged during that period. We're pushing the limits of what's been done before for a full on assault of the senses: 100% horror. 100% comedy. This is the passion project we've been building in our heads for the last 20 years.

If you grew up on the same films, or find the content here interesting at all, I invite you to take a look at our rewards and please do join the party. You won't regret it.

WHY ARE WE HERE?

We need this project kickstarted by you, the fans of this type of work, because, well it’s just too ambitious and expensive for our personal budgets to cover. This project will require a large number of FX shots - mostly practical. We know, we know - you’ve heard it before from everyone from Spielberg to Stallone: “For this film we are relying 95% on real world practical effects.” And then you watched the cartoon movie they shit out shortly after making those statements. Not us! We truly love optical and traditional practical effects and will honestly stick to using them as much as possible. The number one limitation? Money. That’s where you come in.

L.M.A.O. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater Announces Premiere of 'Murder At Thick City'

Murder at Thick CityActress Dawna Lee Heising of MoreHorror in Hollywood plays Layla in the over the top murder mystery Murder at Thick City.

Check out all the full details and video in the official release below.

From The Press Release
This hilarious, over-the-top, murder mystery written by Gary Hardwick (Deliver Us From Eva, The Brothers) and directed by actress/producer, Nina Womack (The Power of Love, Melrose Place, Pacific Palisades) takes place present day at a fictitious strip club called "Thick City."

Starring Patrick Faucette (Tyler Perry's The Haves And The Have Nots) as Detective Monroe; Dawna Lee Heisling (MoreHorror in Hollywood; After School Massacre) as Layla; Rico McClinton (Battlefield) as Damien; Angel Aviles (Mi Vida Loca, Desperado) as Gina; Nina Womack (Melrose Place, Power of Love) as Angela;; Shaun Gerardo (Clock Out, Alpha & Omega 2) as Taylor; Richie Lillard (Club Lingerie) as Cinique; and last but not least, NeiCe Knight-Preuitt (Get Thee Behind Me, The Deposition) as Gertie.

The scenario: Club owner, Steve Stone ran the club ruthlessly, having lascivious sex with the dancers and oppressing the others with a mixture of love and resentment that made them all dependent. Through it all, Steve kept his friends close and his enemies closer, but that backfired on him on his birthday, when at his party, he choked on something, and then keeled over and died. His close friends, employees, and family members are all possible suspects so come join us to find out who did it. Who killed Steve Stone?

Recap of Mat Fraser on 'Without Your Head Horror Radio', 02/19/2015

Mat Fraser American Horror Story Freak Showby Vic Schiavone
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Hosts Nasty Neal and Annabelle Lecter welcomed actor, drummer, and performance artist Mat Fraser. Mat is best known for his role as Paul the Illustrated Seal on the fourth season of the FX horror anthology TV series “American Horror Story”, which was entitled “American Horror Story: Freak Show”.

Highlights included the following:

• WYH: How did you end up on “American Horror Story”? Is it something you sought out or did they find you?

MF: “I had heard about it, but my agent in Britain had been unable to secure me an audition, which I was rather disappointed about, and I put the whole thing in the back of my head and forgot about it. Then, I was doing a show with my wife, Julie Atlas Muz. We were doing an adult version of “Beauty and the Beast”, which smashed it and got rave reviews and sold out audiences in London. We took it to New York in March, where we performed it on the Lower East Side, at the Abrons Art Center, and again got such great reviews from the New York Times that it sold out. Unbeknownst to me, a woman was just in New York…read the review and thought ‘Oh, that sounds interesting’ and went along. Then when she saw me on stage, she thought to herself ‘Well hold on, my friend is in L.A.; she’s casting a show that was requiring differently-shaped actors’ and so suggested to them they call the theater and they got my details. So actually, I got the audition from the most random piece of coincidence and chance you could ever wish to imagine.”

• WYH: Was the character of Paul the Illustrated Seal already there or did they write it for you?

MF: “It was a kind a bit of both, really… I just recorded some pages…actually I was reading the part of the burned man, the Denis O’Hare character from the Series 1. They knew they liked my body; they just wanted to make sure I could act…So when we got talking, they were like yeah; we want you to be this guy, the illustrated lizard man. And I’m like, OK, so you’ve obviously looked up online, you’ve seen the lizard guy, for some reason that’s not worked out, but you now have it in your head that you want a lizard guy who is tattooed all over. And I said, well look, what I do is I traditionally do the Seal Boy’s act, and I’m called the Seal Boy in sideshow parlance; that’s my character…why don’t you have the Illustrated Seal Boy? And they were, OK, we can go with that. And then there was a lot of debate about my face, because they wanted my face to be tattooed and I didn’t want my face to be tattooed. Well, I kind of stuck my heels down and said I’m not going to do it if I have to have my face tattooed… and amazingly they agreed…Then the TV company was happy with the Illustrated Seal Boy as a character and I was happy with it, and we ended up with Paul the Illustrated Seal.”

Some of the most Notorious females in the United States infographic

On the surface, these women look perfectly normal; and some even present their lives as mothers, wives and even holding down professional jobs.

However, looks can be deceiving, as they are, in fact, some of the most notorious and dangerous criminals in the United States.

Murder, theft, Drugs and kidnapping are just some of the main foundations of their crimes. Many of them once caught find themselves sent off to prison or even sentenced to death.

In the infograph below, find some of the most notorious and troublesome female criminals in the United States. Infographic courtesy of JailExchange.

Patrick Rea's 'Howl of a Good Time' nominated for Best Short Film

Howl of a Good Timeby Seth Metoyer
MoreHorror,com

I'm a sucker for werewolf movies and have been known to howl at the Moon while on several booze driven occasions. Go ahead and quote me on that.

Patrick Rea’s short film Howl of a Good Time starring Tamara Glynn, Leslie Easterbrook, and Renae Geerlings has been accepted and nominated as an official selection at HorrorHound Cincinnati Convention and Film Festival. The film has been nominated for "Best Short Film".

Check out all the official details, teaser trailer and full quotes from Tamara Glynn from HorrorSociety.com below.

From The Press Release
Patrick Rea’s new short film, Howl of a Good Time, is receiving major buzz after becoming an official selection at the HorrorHound Cincinnati Convention and Film Festival. Not only is the film due to make werewolves howl with delight, but it is also Tamara Glynn’s on-screen return after a 26 year absence from the camera. Together Rea and Glynn co-produced Howl of a Good Time with Bill Volland during The Hot Springs Horror Film Festival in October 2014.

And the news and anticipation for this flick keeps on coming as Howl of a Good Time was announced as a “Best Short Film” nominee at the horror convention that opens its doors on Friday, March 20th. Rea’s new film will screen at 1:00PM on Saturday, March 21st and will proceed a special screening of Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook. Other nominees competing for the “Best Short Film” award include A Way Out, He Took His Skin Off for Me, Painkiller, and Victim.

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