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Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) review

Insidious Chapter 2 PosterReviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

If you're one of the people wondering if this sequel is just a lazy retread of what made the original so successful and fun, well you're not alone - I was right there with you as soon as they announced a sequel was in the works. After all, the original ended on just the right note by leaving you with lingering and haunting questions - questions a sequel would no doubt have to answer, thus ruining the mystery our minds could cook up.

But lets get this out now: Insidious Chapter 2 is definitely not just a lazy retread - it expands the story, fleshes out characters in the film's world and delves a little deeper into mythology and mystery of the haunting behind the Lambert family.

However, while its not exactly a lazy RETREAD, Chapter 2 does fall into the usual cliches that plague some horror films and there are more than a few moments where the writing feels a little lazy, generic and lacking the imagination of the first film.

These issues aside, Chapter 2 operates rather splendidly as a horror film, featuring plenty of frights that caught me by surprise on several occasions - and as someone who has pretty much seen it all, it's always great to catch a horror film that still manages to pull the rug out from my cynical mind.

Interestingly, the cinematography here features a different style altogether that sees director James Wan make full use of the shaky-handcam style that Blair Witch popularised.

Terror lives at '1313 Blood Lane': New horror podcast unleashed

1313 Blood Houseby MoreHorror.com

Look under your bed, inside your closet, and down in the basement horror fans, because there is a new podcast in town. 1313 Blood Lane, hosted by Barry Morgan, Maria Olsen, and Ted Payson, debuted in July, and is off to a bloody good start!

Joined each episode by horror news hostess Jessica Cameron, 1313 Blood Lane offers insight on the indie horror scene as well as developments coming out of the big studios.

“I am so thrilled to be a part of this team,” Cameron expresses with a wide smile. “They are each so talented and I love how organized this team is. I am honored to be able to share my love of horror with the world thanks to this show. Every episode I cover the important horror news, from trailers, indies, theatrical releases and also upcoming film festival deadlines; basically, a glimpse into all the news that horror fans and film-makers need to know. It’s a lot of fun for me, and hopefully the audience, too! I welcome filmmakers to contact me about their film so I can cover it - the more we spread the word about horror the more we can continue to blow other genres away at the box office!”

The show, created and produced by Barry Morgan, is intended to be entertaining, educational, and personal. “From the start, Maria, Ted, and I wanted this podcast to be by horror, for horror fans,” Morgan explains. “We set out with the goal of producing a show that would be enjoyable to listen to, as well as offer an angle of insight that other shows might not delve into. What makes us different from the two Los Angeles area horror podcasts I personally look up to – Adam Green and Joe Lynch’s “The Movie Crypt,” and Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Robert Galluzo’s “Killer POV” - is that we’re a segmented show. Meaning that we have very defined segments instead of a primarily free-form format.”

Battledogs (2013) Movie Review

Battledogs 2013 ReviewReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

For anyone thinking the absolute best film that depicts werewolves being considered as military weapons is “Dog Soldiers”, keep thinking that. However, if you want to be pleasantly surprised, you could give Battledogs a try. This is an Asylum film. I have no prejudices whatsoever towards anything made by The Asylum. I can’t say I like everything they do, but I definitely can’t say I hate it all.

The success of “Sharknado” has us all questioning the notion that we are too good to watch mostly made for TV Syfy schlock, but without all the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s schlock that I and every other Gen X and Y horror fan watched and loved, we would miss out on great filmmakers today who were inspired then. Maybe even miss out on all those reviewers who write about the new films fueled by a love of horror with all this schlocky goodness deep at its foundations. I'll let you be the judge of what would be the greatest tragedy. Before it gets too deep, the point is that there are all types of horror movies to love and appreciate for what they are meant to be. A nice creature feature to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon, when all those things you were going to get done get blissfully postponed until next week. That’s what Battldogs is.

It begins with an airport scene, where an infected woman transforms in the bathroom, and goes on a killing/maiming spree. Everyone that doesn’t die turns into werewolves themselves, and pretty soon the airport is full of lycanthropes. The military captures and quarantines them at a government facility just outside of Manhattan. Craig Sheffer from “Nightbreed” fame plays a sympathetic army guy who does everything he can to help in developing a cure. Ariana Richards plays Donna Voorhees (yep, you heard right, Voorhees) who is patient zero that, as I mentioned before, made the airport bathroom unpleasant in the worst kind of way.

'Circus of The Dead' Wraps: Actor Bill Oberst Jr.'s 10th feature film completion of year

by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Actor Bill Oberst Jr. is up to his usual horrific antics in his newest film Circus of The Dead, where he portrays a homicidal necrophiliac clown. The flick just wrapped and we're excited to witness the carnage! Check out all the details below and a few raw screen grabs from the film.

From The Press Release
Bill Oberst Jr. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2454994 has wrapped a lead role as a necrophiliac clown in Circus Of The Dead and we have some screen grabs from the raw footage, courtesy of director Billy Pon. Oberst describes his character, Papa Corn, as "a homicidal serial rapist with a taste for necrophilia, whose day job happens to be as a circus clown. He and his highly-disturbed fellow clowns use the circus as cover for some of the darkest and most graphic acts of violence I have ever seen in a script or on a set," says the actor.

Oberst says the film promises to be bloody, brutal and explicit. "The effects team, led by Marcus Koch and Matthew Ash, has been churning out corpses and body parts non-stop for the entire 5-week shoot," says Oberst. "We've sawed off heads, hands and tongues; stripped the skin off a living man's face; drooled clown slime on multiple females in varying states of undress and chased a stark naked woman through a parking garage with a real cattle prod. And believe me, that's the mild stuff. This is balls-out horror."

Circus Of The Dead now heads into post. Director Pon is planning a spring 2014 release. The film also stars Parrish Randall, Brad Potts, Chanel Ryan, Ryan Clapp, Rusty Edwards and Mike Williams. Oberst invites horror fans to support Circus Of The Dead by giving it a like on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2782232 "Those likes really help the film's chances to be widely seen" says the actor. "If you think you'd be into necrophiliac clowns who'd use your decapitated head as an ashtray, give us a like!"

'They Live' star Roddy Piper added to Closing Night Ceremonies for Mile High Horror Film Festival

by MoreHorror.com

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper is coming to Denver to "chew bubblegum and kick ass...and he's all out of bubblegum." Mile High Horror is excited to announce the addition of Roddy Piper, star of THEY LIVE and the WWF and WWE, to the guest lineup for its 4th Annual Film Festival.

Roddy Piper will attend the closing night ceremonies of the 2013 Mile High Horror Film Film Festival, which will include a special 25th anniversary presentation of John Carpenter's THEY LIVE. Mr. Piper will be joined by actress Meg Foster (also of THEY LIVE) to field questions from the audience and sign autographs. Fans will have the opportunity to ask the Rowdy one of their nagging questions about life, love, working with John Carpenter and fighting Hulk Hogan!

Other confirmed guests include Linda Blair (THE EXORCIST), Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Doug Bradley ("Pinhead" from HELLRAISER), performance artist The Enigma (The Jim Rose Circus and Show Devils), and festival judges Jeffrey Reddick (creator of the FINAL DESTINATION series) and Daniel Myrick (creator of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT).

Lineup of Feature Films announced for 'Mile High Horror Film Festival' 2013

Mile High Horror Film Festival 2013by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The feature film lineup for this years Mile High Horror Film Festival has been announced. Some really outstanding films are on tap this year. Check out the official announcement below!

From The Press Release
Mile High Horror is excited to announce its highly anticipated feature films lineup for its 4th Annual Film Festival, which will run October 3-6 at the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, Colorado.

Tickets for screenings will be available for purchase at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17th.

The 2013 Mile High Horror Film Festival Feature Films Lineup is as follows...

-- Opening Night Film --
USA, (2013) 105 min., Directed by Jim Mickle
Director Jim Mickle will be in attendance!
When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table. These newfound responsibilities are even more daunting, however, when you live in the city and happen to be a family of cannibals.

USA, (2013) 85 min., Directed by Jacob Vaughan
A horror comedy centered on a guy who learns that his unusual stomach problems are being caused by a demon living in his intestines.

Israel, (2013) 110 min., Directed by Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

'Hatchet III' Movie Review

Hatchet 3 Reviewby Kyle Morris, MoreHorror.com

Being a fan of comedic slasher films, the Hatchet series is something I am very fond of. Regardless of which one "is the better one". Frankly, it is irrelevant to me due simply to the fact that it's never taking itself too seriously in any of them.

With the title Hatchet, 1, 2, or 3 you simply know what you're in for when you press play. Hatchet 3 however, is the most serious one of them all. Its a gore pizza with a dash of cheese.

Following Marybeth back into the swamp, starting directly after the second film, it has the same formula as its predecessor. The trilogy actually seems more like one big film, as each one of them follows exactly where the last left off. With a new Director, Cameraman BJ McDonnell from the first two grabs the helming reigns for the third and final installment. It's clear that the director wanted an approach different from Adam Green's, but with the same feel and vibe while staying true to the vision of Victor Crowley and the story. While adding his own signature on the series.

In likeness of the past two films, it still has gruesome jokes of such caliber like testicles hanging from trees to name one, thanks to Crowley. But it's shot visually awesome, in a far more cinematic and intense way than the other two. Action scenes, dismemberments, hail of gunfire, and even a bit of wirework. Not kung fu style, but more victims being thrown around like ragdolls by Crowley. Derek Mears as a mercenary type role being the only one seemingly somewhat capable to tackling the Victor-Beast. Sort of like RA Mailhoff in the 2nd.

Green also Executive Produced and was on set as much as humanly possibly to make sure his Hatchet baby ended on a good note, giving full trust to its new Director -- with a horror cameo from Green himself. Well acted supporting roles from Caroline Williams of TCM2, Zach Galligan of Gremlins, Sean Whalen of People Under the Stairs, Rileah Vanderbilt of Team Unicorn, and of course the survivor girl Danielle Harris make for a stellar slasher film.

'Everybody Dies Horror Film Festival' kicks off on Friday The 13th

Everybody Dies Horror Film Festivalby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

If you live near the Orange County, CA area and want something to do this weekend, check out the Everybody Dies Horror Film Festival in Brea, California. Check out the full details below!

From the Press Release
Back for its third year, the Everybody Dies Horror Film Festival is returning to Brea, California on September 13th, 14th and 15th. And this year, the scares will be on and off the screen! For the first time in the festival’s history, the EDHFF will be teaming up with Sinister Pointe, Southern California’s only year round permanent haunted attraction.

On Friday, September 13th, audience members will be treated to a VIP sneak preview of Sinister Pointe’s Halloween attraction! After they survive (assuming they survive), the audience will be treated to the first films of the 2013 film fest.

On Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th, the festival will move right down the road to the Brea Plaza 5 Cinema, home of the EDHFF since 2011.

“This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than our previous years” proclaimed Sara Parrell, co-director of the Everybody Dies Horror Film Festival since its inception. “We have more nights, more feature films and the evening at Sinister Pointe is going to be amazing!”

Over the span of the three nights, the Everybody Dies Horror Film Festival will showcase fifteen short and feature films. As with previous years, many of the filmmakers will be in attendance for an audience question and answer session. “The Q&A’s have become one of the best parts of the festival” said Jeff Smith, the other director of the EDHFF. “It’s a great chance for the audience to meet these incredibly talented indie filmmakers and also to provide the filmmakers with the opportunity to hang out with each other.”

Linda Blair to attend opening night of Mile High Horror Film Festival

Linda Blair Mile High Horror Film Festivalby Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The head turning horror genre star Linda Blair will be attending the opening night of this year's Mile High Horror Film Festival. The festival will commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Exorcist. Check out the full details below.

From The Press Release
Break out the split-pea soup and hide your crucifix. The 4th Annual Mile High Horror Film Festival is proud to announce the addition of Linda Blair, star of THE EXORCIST, to this year's opening night festivities!

The Festival will present a special 40th anniversary print of THE EXORCIST, one of the most beloved horror films in history. Ms. Blair will be on hand to sign autographs and answer questions from the fans for this special presentation, which is scheduled for October 3rd at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, Colorado.

Tickets will be released soon! Don't miss your chance to meet America's first possessed teen, long before demonic possession was all the rage. There have been many imitators, but this still remains the gold standard in the sub-genre.

Other confirmed guests include Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Doug Bradley ("Pinhead" from HELLRAISER), Meg Foster (THEY LIVE), performance artist The Enigma (The Jim Rose Circus and Show Devils), and festival judges Jeffrey Reddick (creator of the FINAL DESTINATION series) and Daniel Myrick (creator of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT).

“The Unseen” (1981) Review

Reviewed by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

“The Unseen” (1981)
Directed By: Danny Steinmann
Written By: Danny Steinmann & Michael L. Grace

Starring: Sydney Lassick (Ernest Keller), Barbara Bach (Jennifer Fast), Stephen Furst (Junior Keller “The Unseen”), Karen Lamm (Karen Fast) Lelia Goldoni (Virginia Keller), Douglas Barr (Tony Ross), Lois Young (Vicki Thompson), Maida Severn (Solvang Lady)

“The Unseen” gave me “Psycho” vibes because of the moodiness of the film. It also has backwoods overtones with this messed up family as well. I came across this movie randomly and liked it much better than I thought. This is seemingly an unknown early 80s horror film that deserves some lime light as it is quite sad and disturbing to watch at times.

The story involves three female reporters who are offered cheap room and board by shady museum owner Ernest Keller (Sydney Lassick) since all the local motels are full. This house isn’t as it is seems as there is a creepy figure in the basement that remains “unseen.” Judging from the plot alone, I knew this wasn’t going to be a bloody slasher due to the limited number of people around. Thankfully with such a limited plot, less was more for this flick.

The standout performance is from Syndey Lassick as Ernest Keller. He portrays the ill disturbed villain very well in his plight to seemingly keep his family hidden while killing the female reporters whom he invited in the house. Junior, “The Unseen”, played by Stephen Furst does a good job as the mentally challenged uneducated son of Ernest who is locked away in the basement. Jennifer, Ernest’s sister, is truly disturbed by her brother and the whole situation and does a convincing shy withdrawn character. Thankfully with all these depressing characters, the female reporters are rather likable.


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