IT — Review by Susan Granger

After the film industry’s weakest Labor Day weekend ever, the release of this new Stephen King-based thriller made the box-office sizzle, more than doubling the record set by “Hannibal” for the biggest horror movie opening of all-time. Helmed by Argentinean director Andy Muschietti (“Mama”), it relates Chapter One of a story about a demonic clown that starts in 1989 in Derry, Maine, and will, eventually, end in the present day. Continue reading…

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GET OUT — Review by Martha K. Baker

Jordan Peele wrote and directed “Get Out” with a black man’s humor, understanding, blood, and brains. The result is a film unlike any other and yet quoting many others. Peele honors the horror film with parody and politics. It’s a scary, funny, bloody ballet on point. Anyone who watched Peele with Keegan-Michael Key on their sketch comedy show knows that Peele has talent. But could Peele stretch a sketch into a full-length feature film? Yes. Yes, he could. Peele transcends television. Read on…

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WISH UPON — Preview by Liz Whittemore

What sets a horror film apart from all the others? A great trailer that engages fans’ curiosity, for one thing. But add another element for young fans to play with while waiting for said anticipated film? There’s your winner, and it’s Wish Upon. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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SiREN — Review by Liz Whittemore

siren-poster-202x300Some of the most successful films actually began as brilliant shorts. Alive in Joburg, for one example, became District 9. And, Within The Woods eventually evolved into The Evil Dead. This time around, a short segment within V/H/S is getting its own feature length film. We wonder whether SiREN will be able to lure in the same audience it did in its 2012 origin? Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM

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CLOWN — Preview by Liz Whittemore

clownEli Roth, resposible for directing and producing such chilling titles as Hostel, Cabin Fever, and Knock Knock, has brought one of the most common fears to life. Check out the trailer and box art for his latest project CLOWN, getting it’s Blu-Ray and DVD release in August. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM

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THE GREEN INFERNO – Review by Susan Granger

More than any other genre, the success of a horror movie depends on its effect on the audience. How does it manipulate emotions to scare you, utilizing color, sound, dialogue, editing, music and make-up? Does it use psychology or rely on a series of brutalities for shock value? The best horror films – like Alfred Hitchcock’s ”Psycho” – are those that rely more on suggestion than graphic bloodshed. Read on…

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New York Film Festival 53: Horror Genre Shorts – Liz Whittemore comments

nyff 53 logo realIn it’s 53rd year, The New York Film Festival has chosen to add an entire Shorts Program in the “Horror” genre. Alongside “Animation,” “International,” and the “New York” categories, this year’s horror shorts were all completely distinctive and very ripe for the viewing. We hope this program will sticks around from here on out. Read more>>

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THE VISIT – Review by Susan Granger

Halloween horror season starts early with M. Night Shyamalan’s strangely creepy, suspenseful tale of a brother and sister who spend a week on their maternal grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm. Realizing that their recently divorced mother (Kathryn Hahn) needs a vacation, teenage Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her exuberant, rap-loving, younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) encourage her to take a Royal Caribbean cruise with her boyfriend. Read on…

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GOODNIGHT MOMMY – Review by Liz Whittemore

goodnightmommy_poster-199x300Goodnight Mommy will scare the bejesus out of you and make you squirm like you’ve never squirmed before. Two boys suspect that their mom, recently home from the hospital with her head wrapped entirely in bandages, isn’t the mom they knew before! The performances are subtle and brilliant. Writer-Director team Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala bring us one hell of a tale that’s sure to make the pair of clearly talented and slightly demented creatives household names in horror genre circles and beyond. Read more on the I SCREAM YOU SCREAM blog.

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ASH VS EVIL DEAD – Preview by Liz Whittemore

ash-vs-evil-dead-199x300How do you sell scary? Bringing an 80′s cult classic back to life (pun intended) is certainly one way to do it. The highly anticipated Ash Vs Evil Dead art is here! Read on, and don’t forget to watch the trailer.

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BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS – Preview by Liz Whittemore

bloodsuckingComedy and horror oftentimes go hand in hand. This new release brings the giggles and the gore. Whedonverse favorite Fran Kranz stars as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing corporation. One month and counting until BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS hits theaters and VOD. Read more>>

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THESE FINAL HOURS – Review by Liz Whittemore

these final hours posterWe’ve come to expect over the top action sequences and huge action stars when approaching the subject of the end of days. In this edition of Sunday Bloody Sunday, we’re looking at apocalyptic poignance in the new Netflix release These Final Hours. Taking a step back from the usual fare, this film gets to the heart of coming face to face with ones demise. Read more>>

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GRAND PIANO – Review by Liz Whittemore

grandpianoposterNot every film has to be gory to put your nerves on edge. Grand Piano is a beautiful nod to the masters of suspense. Elijah Wood and John Cusack stretch their acting chops in two very different ways in this elegant thriller. Never have I watched the opening credits to a film and felt so uneasy, Grand Piano is now available on Netflix. Read more>>

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NOTHING BAD CAN HAPPEN – Review by Liz Whittemore

nothingbadcanhappen-202x300Katrin Gebbe’s work is exceptional. What trust and respect she must have had with her cast and crew to be able to pull off a piece that is so incredibly dark and frightening. It is hard to believe that this is her feature debut. This film draws you in from the get go. It has an ominous feeling that makes you happy that you are just watching a movie. You have to try to forget that this actually happened. Read on…

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BACKCOUNTRY Sells Scary in the Extreme – Liz Whittemore comments

backcountrybearsBackcountry, an adventure thriller based on a true story, explores the terrible things that can happen to a couple on a camping trip. But even before the film opened theatrically, the producers were selling scary in the extreme via a very clever marketing campaign that included graphics showng the frequency of black bear attacks on humans in the wilderness. The marketing strategy may just be a game changer in the adventure thriller genre. Read on…

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POLTERGEIST: Then and now — Liz Whittemore comments

poltergeist still1982 and 2015. Poltergeist is the movie that traumatized me at the inappropriate age of two, and subsequently launched me head first and full throttle into horror genre fandom. Comparing poster art and trailers for the then and now versions of this classic fright fan favorite yields quick and fun insights into how horror filmmakers assure that once a scare is always a scare. Read on…

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Hearts and Horror on Valentine’s Day — Liz Whittemore comments

only lovers left aliveMany of our favorite horror films of the past and present revolve around sane or sordid love relationships. Couples who are central to their plots and scares wear their hearts on their sleeves. Certain pairs have the know-how to survive. Others are doomed from the opening credits. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, let’s take a survey and analyze their skills. Read on…

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