DEMON HOUSE — Review by Liz Whittemore

demon house posterParanormal investigation is all fun and games until people are physically affected by something the eye cannot see. Are demons real? Can objects be possessed by spirits? Death seems to surround certain places on Earth. Somewhere in America once stood a home called the “Portal to Hell” and it wasn’t as long ago as you might think. Continue reading on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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MIDNIGHTERS — Review by Liz Whittemore

Midnighters posterMoral questions arise on a daily basis but it’s our seemingly obvious decisions that make us good people. When two people get married they vow to love one another in sickness and health, for richer or poorer, for better or worse. They essentially promise to be faithful in morality to one person for the rest of their time on Earth. IFC Midnight brings us the new film Midnighters with a whole slew of what if’s and how far would you go for the one you love. While driving home from a New Year’s Eve party, Lindsey and Jeff’s already strained marriage is tested again and again when they hit a man with their car and must figure out what to do with him. At the heart of the film, greed, and self-preservation are the motivating factors that send this couple into a tailspin of horror. Continue reading on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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DRIFTER — Review by Liz Whittemore

Drifter posterWe’ve seen the classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre played out time and again over the years. A family of cannibals who lures strangers into their home under the guise of helping a distressed member of their party. Add a little post-apocalyptic element and that’s essentially the plot of Chris von Hoffmann‘s new film Drifter. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM

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Etheria Film Night: Female Filmmakers take note! — Liz Whittemore reports

Etheria Film Night bannerEtheria Film Night is an annual showcase screening of a progressive slate of genre films directed by women for an audience including producers, managers, show runners, distributors, and genre fans.  Women want to make exciting, provocative, entertaining, fantastic, and terrifying films. Etheria puts the women directors who want to make genre films and TV in front of the people who want to hire them. Read more on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM…

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KRAMPUS – Preview by Liz Whittemore

Krampus_posterThe new horror-comedy Krampus has just been released in theaters to mixed reviews. My best guess is that if  you’re a fan of the 1974 Christmas horror cult classic Black Christmas, Krampus will be right up your alley. The plot revolves a horned, anthropomorphic figure who punishes children during the Christmas season who have misbehaved. Read more about the legendary character from Alpine folklore and Check out the film’s trailer on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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THE WITCH – Preview by Liz Whittemore

The  Raven posterSunday Bloody Sunday: Here’s an update on one of the most highly anticipated horror films coming to theaters early in 2016. It’s Roger Egger’s debut feature, The Witch.” The film, a Sundance Film Festival hit, takes place in Salem, Mass., several decades before the famous witch trials. Curious? Distributor A24 now has a new poster and website that will no doubt, with its images and trailer, unnerve you. Read more and get connected on I SCREAM YOU SCREAM.

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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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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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CRIMSON PEAK – Preview by Liz Whittemore

Crimson-Peak-poster-200x300With Guillermo del Toro‘s fascination for Gothic horror, Crimson Peak should be right up his aesthetic alley, along with his other iconic films Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. While del Toro has also delved into the sci-fi and comic book world with the Hellboy films (soon to be a trilogy) and Blade II, his eye for fantasy and horror is really his forte. Judging from the recently released trailer, Crimson Peak promises to be a great addition to del Toro’s filmography. Read more and watch the trailer>>

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THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 3 (Final Sequence) – Liz Whittemore comments

humancentipedeposterWriter/Director Tom Six has given us two films that made us sick to our stomachs. The third and final installment of The Human Centipede trilogy is just about ready for release. There’s a whole lot of Human Centipede 3 pre-release hype that’s preparing us to puke again. But is anyone truly ready for the full repeat (and more) of Human Centipede blood and gore? Read on…

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GONE GIRL: Selling Scary in A Digital Age – Liz Whittemore comments

gone girl save amyA film’s ad campaign can make or break its theatrical run. Oftentimes, the entire plot of a film is laid out in its trailer. If the film is a comedy, all the best jokes are already available in a 2:30 minute television spot. Horror trailers, on the other hand, must be carefully edited so as not to give away too much of the story. We hope for a seductive plot twist, but also keep our fingers crossed that the trailer doesn’t reveal all the scares. Ad campaigns are seemingly straight forward with very few exceptions, but the marketers of Gone Girl broke the mold with a campaign that was full of surprises and created a new frontier in the selling of scary. Read more…

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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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THE RETURNED – Review by Liz Whittemore

the returned160The Returned is the story of husband and wife living in a world where a zombie virus actually has a cure; a daily serum that keeps symptoms at bay. If one single dose is missed, the effects are irreversible. Society is divided about how to deal with ‘the returned.’ This film is essentially an allegory for everything from HIV/AIDS to abortion. Chock filled with picketers and talking head pundits, the divide among the class line and religious beliefs allows for some truly vitriolic moments. Read on…

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IT FOLLOWS – Review by Liz Whittemore

Most horror films are relatively formulaic. I can appreciate that as a fan, but every once in a blue moon, something truly special comes along. It Follows is the story of 19 year old college girl, Jay. During the early stages of a relationship with a boy named Hugh, Jay is knocked out by chloroform and tied to a chair. He explains that since they have slept together he has passed a curse onto Jay. 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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