A married couple with a complicated relationship, a corpse, and a room at a less than reputable motel. It’s a classic formula for a horror movie that’s no doubt familiar for many genre fans. It’s also the set-up for Mickey Keating’s 2013 film, Ritual. Ritual is the 14th original film distributed by After Dark Originals. It stars Dean Cates (Pod) and... Read More
When it comes to classic horror tropes – like haunted houses and the dark secrets they hide – there’s definitely more than one way to approach material that is very familiar to the average genre fan by now. More and more modern filmmakers are adopting a cerebral approach and turning their haunted house movies into social commentaries with something larger to say. Others are focused on simply telling a good scary story with plenty of jump scares and special effects. Still more go for an exploitive approach that is almost intentionally trashy. The Black Room... Read More
Jack Crow is much more than a vampire hunter. He is a war machine that considers vampires as the embodiment of Evil and teammates as soldiers to be strictly trained so that they never fail. The Vatican monitors him from afar, assists him through specially trained priests, and supports him economically. This unlikely but functional partnership between this sort of crepuscular cow boy and one of the most important religious institutions in the world undergoes a stop when the ancient and powerful Valek breaks into the room where a vampire hunting party is celebrating, making a killing.
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1408 proves that it’s still possible to make a very scary and creepy movie that is not populated by teenage characters or victims being mutilated.
I guess it’s weird to use the word “refreshing” when talking about a horror movie, but that’s what 1408 is when compared to recent trends in the world of horror films. With the likes of the Saw series, Hostel movies and the upcoming Captivity, which all depend on scenes of excruciating personal torture to horrify the audience, I really enjoyed seeing an “old school” horror movie that was incredibly effective.
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Linda Blair began modeling when she was five years old. By her teens she had started acting on television and movies, and before she was 14 she had already taken her most famous role: that of Regan, the demon-possessed child in the 1972 film The Exorcist (co-starring Max von Sydow). The film became a horror classic, and Linda Blair was Oscar-nominated as best supporting actress for the role. She also appeared four years later in the sequel, and starred in the campy cult favorite Roller Boogie in 1979. Since then Blair has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, performed on Broadway (in Grease as Rizzo), and is a well-known... Read More
ZARDOZ (1974) The Gun is good! The Penis is evil! The Penis shoots Seeds! So proclaims the giant levitating stone head at the beginning of Zardoz – one of the craziest sci-fi movies ever. Set in a post-apocalyptic world of 2293, Zardoz follows a barbarian named Zed, played by Sean Connery dressed in latex underwear and a braided ponytail. Zed discovers a hidden society of immortal humans hiding from the remains of mankind. While immortal Consuella (Charlotte Rampling) urges Zed’s destruction, others want to examine this virile savage. This will prove to be their undoing. Made in 1974 as an Irish-... Read More
The Holiday (2006) Before there was Airbnb, there was Nancy Meyers' classic film The Holiday. Proving sometimes there’s no place like not home, Iris and Amanda swap a quaint English country house for a luxurious L.A. pad and both find in the other’s life what they were missing in their own. Because who could say no to a kiss with Jude Law underneath the mistletoe? Love Actually (2003) Five words: To me, you are perfect. One more word: Swoon. The moment Mark comes to the door with handwritten notecards declaring his love for Juliet, we collectively melt—every time. But that’s far... Read More
5 . The Amityville Horror Premise: A young family moves into a house where a murder was committed, and experiences strange and terrifying occurrences. Real-Life Inspiration: Based on the book of the same name, The Amityville Horror follows the paranormal events that terrorized the Lutz family. In 1975, the family moved into 112 Ocean Avenue where, unbeknownst to them, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. had brutally murdered his family 13 months before they arrived. While in their new home, the family claimed that they saw green slime on the walls and red-eyed pigs staring into their kitchen and living room. After... Read More