TRAILER: ‘The Horrors of AutoCorrect’ (2014) – Alex DiVincenzo’s horror/comedy short debuts May 31 on Crypt TV

TAGLINE: “Duck You.”

Crypt TV, the new digital genre studio co-founded by Hostel and Cabin Fever director Eli Roth, presents the exclusive premiere of The Horrors of AutoCorrect – for free – this Sunday, May 31st.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU (from press materials):

Jenny’s quiet evening at home watching a scary movie is interrupted by a stalker who can’t quite master the art of text messaging. The result is a “sidesplitting, clever commentary on contemporary communication” (All Things Horror) that pays homage to such genre favorites as Scream and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2.

Producton still from 'The Horrors of Autocorrect' (2014)The Horrors of AutoCorrect has been kicking around the festival circuit for a while now, garnering good word-of-mouth and reviews. It marks the directorial debut of Alex DiVincenzo (who also wrote the script), the brains behind the excellent horror news/memorabilia site (and fellow Crypt Family member) Broke Horror Fan. It co-stars Nick Principe (Laid to Rest) and Jaquelyn Fabian.

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Production still from 'The Horrors of AutoCorrect' (2014)

‘Hannibal’ Season 3: A First Look [VIDEO]

The long wait is nearly over. Season 3 of NBC’s Hannibal begins June 4th.

Delicious.

If you’re wondering whether or not to dive in and binge-watch the bejesus out of the first two seasons, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

First promo clip for ‘Scream Queens’ features a predictably bitchy Emma Roberts – and a glimpse of the new mask

TAGLINE: “Pretty evil.”

Cast group photo from 'Scream Queens' (2015)
Cast appears at FOX Upfront presentation, May 11, 2015.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: From the official site

The girls of Kappa House are dying for new pledges. SCREAM QUEENS is a new killer comedy-horror series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning executive producers of GLEE and “American Horror Story.”

Jamie Lee Curtis as Dean Munsch in 'Scream Queens'
Horror legend Jamie Lee Curtis will play Dean Munsch.

Scream Queens will premiere Tuesdays on FOX this September, and stars some familiar faces from the genre community, including Jamie Lee CurtisAbigail BreslinSkyler Samuels, and Emma Roberts. There’s also some real curveball casting, including Glee‘s Lea Michele (!), along with guest star turns from Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande. (!!!)

Lea Michele as Hester in-'Scream Queens'
Yes, this is really Lea Michele.

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Chanel #5 (Abigail Breslin, L) and new Sorority Pledges Grace (Skyler Samuels, C) and Zayday (Keke Palmer, R)
Expect screaming. Plenty of screaming.
Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin in 'Scream Queens'
Emma Roberts is furious. FURIOUS.

Ep. 2 of #CryptTV web series ‘R.I.P.': “Olivia,” with animated Barbies, death by chafing and…Sinéad O’Connor?

New web series R.I.P. comes to us from the twisted folks at CryptTV. It’s based on a deliciously macabre premise: People who have split up with their significant other under…um, less than ideal circumstances fantasize about how they would want that person to die. This episode is narrated by Olivia Gollner,  and augmented by Lena Greene’s dark and hilarious animation – with Barbie dolls and modeling clay. Enjoy!

TRAILER: ‘The Stranger’ (2015) – Supernatural thriller from Guillermo Amoedo and Eli Roth

TAGLINE: “Blood will tear us apart.”

SYNOPSIS: A mysterious man arrives in a small town seeking his wife, but his unwelcome presence and what he finds instead soon plunges the community into a bloodbath.

Guillermo Amoedo and Eli Roth, the creative team behind seismic thriller Aftershock and interminably delayed cannibal shocker The Green Inferno, partner once again for The Stranger. Amoedo wrote and directed, while Roth served as producer.

The Stranger stars Lorenza Izzo  and Aaron Burns (both of whom also appear in The Green Inferno; Izzo was also in Aftershock and Eli Roth’s recent home invasion flick Knock Knock, which debuted at Sundance in January). The film was shown at a couple of festivals last year, and will open in U.S. theaters and on VOD on June 12th.

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Official poster for 'The Stranger' (2015)

First episode of ‘R.I.P.,’ new web series from CryptTV (and already banned on Facebook): ‘Annie’ [NSFW]

R.I.P. is based on a deliciously macabre premise: People who have split up with their significant other under…um, less than ideal circumstances fantasize about how they would want that person to die. Their voiceover is augmented with dark and hilarious animation. Enjoy!

SLIDESHOW: Concept art and photos for multinational horror anthology ‘Dark Continents,’ coming in 2016

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TAGLINE: “Four countries. Five films. Terror is a universal language.”

SYNOPSIS:

“One by one, four companions aboard an intercontinental cargo liner are stalked by an impossible shape-shifting creature that can toy with the fabric of reality. Five chilling tales to take you back to the era of true terror.”

Currently in pre-production, Dark Continents‘ press materials namecheck some pretty heady influences: H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987), John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness (1987), as well as more recent psychological horror gems like The Babadook and Starry Eyes.

The film will consist of five segments set in four countries: Norway, Belgium, Greece, and the U.K. Tristan Risk (American Mary) and Miltos Yerolemou (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) are already attached to the U.K. segments. Stuart W. BedfordNiek D’HondtYannis Zafeiriou, and Alexander Zwart are on board to direct. Bedford and Zwart are also co-writers.


UPDATE 04.29.15: Descriptions of each segment have been posted to the official website:

Wraparound Story: Ijoba (Belgium) dir. Niek D’Hondt
While travelling together aboard an international cargo ship, five companions are stalked by a mysterious being. As one by one the companions fall to the creature, a grim pattern emerges: an incomprehensible eldritch ritual in which their minds and bodies are the key component.

Story 1: Old Travellers (UK)
When her frantic search for her estranged sister draws her to the abandoned village of Crave’s Loft, Bianca Howell, a depressive writer with chronic ADD, finds herself at the mercy of a shadowy cult whose supposed duty is to halt the coming of a race of ancient inter-dimensional Gods; The Old Travellers. But the ritual requires the sacrifice of a chosen one: her sister. With the cultists at her heels, Bianca’s harrowing discoveries force her into a decision; in the one hand is her sister’s life and in the other, the potential fate of humanity.

Story 2: Beyond the Rite (Norway) dir. Alexander Zwart
After accidentally inhaling dust from the skeletal remains of a Viking-era witch, troubled archaeologist Anna Berg begins to lose her grip on reality. Tormented by an increasingly malicious presence, Anna struggles to maintain the balance between work and her responsibility to her disabled daughter. But soon, it becomes clear that whatever it is that haunts her has an ancient agenda of its own.

Story 3: The Music of Euryale (Greece) dir. Yannis Zafeiriou
After over a decade of being missing at sea, Aeson a tormented but determined skipper finally arrives back home. Accompanied by his young daughter, both are running away from something terrible. Aeson hides them both in his old house, only to realize that life has moved on without him. This family reunion is explosive but full of re-surging emotions of love. Alas! What they don’t know is that the supernatural threat they escaped from is about to reclaim them both, at a terrible price. As was foretold thousands of years ago, by the High Priestess of an Ancient Greek Oracle.

Story 4: The Calling (UK) dir. Stuart W. Bedford
When searching for their heroin addicted son Damian, troubled couple Christofer and Amelia Perro enter his known haunt – a disused asylum – only to fall headfirst into the shared psychosis of its destitute, drug-addled inhabitants who talk of a malevolent force that compels them. As they’re drawn further into the hellish bowels of the building they must face the possibility that Damian doesn’t want to be saved… and may even be in league with dark forces beyond comprehension.


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Poster for 'Dark Continents' (2016)

TRAILER: First full-length trailer for ‘Jurassic World’ (2015) drops – and it goes to 11.

TAGLINE: “The park is open.”

Two minutes and 41 seconds of pure adrenalin. Sweet fluffy Buddha.

Jurassic World hits U.S. theaters June 2nd – which cannot get here soon enough.

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TRAILER: ‘Sinister 2′ slated to hit U.S. theaters on August 21st

TAGLINE: “Be careful. Children at play.”

In this (obviously, if you saw the first one) Ethan Hawke-less sequel to the 2012 box office hit, the IMDB.com description tells us “a young mother (Shannyn Sossamon) and her twin sons move into a rural house that’s marked for death.”

Quick question: If a house is “marked for death,” does that mean the same thing as “scheduled for demolition”? If so, then the scoundrel who sold the young mother that house ought to be brought up before the Realty Board.  That’s just cold, man.

Sinister 2 is scheduled for American release August 21st. Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill return as co-writers, but Derrickson cedes directorial duties to Ciarán Foy (Citadel) this time around.

'Sinister 2' poster - film scheduled for release August 21, 2015

TRAILER: ‘Reality’ (AKA ‘Réalité'; 2015) – Trippy French mind-bender hits US festival circuit later this month

SYNOPSIS: OK, stay with us, folks. Here goes:

Jason Tantra (Alain Chabat), a mild-mannered cameraman, dreams of directing his first horror film in this absurdist satire from French iconoclast Quentin Dupieux. Bob Marshal (Jonathan Lambert), a wealthy producer, agrees to finance his project – on one condition: Jason has 48 hours to find the best scream in the history of cinema. During his search, Jason gradually gets lost in a nightmare.

Huh.

Well, it looks like it could be both funny and entertaining, as well as slightly… off. Reality was written and directed by Dupieux (Rubber), and in addition to Chabat and Lambert stars Élodie BouchezEric Wareheim, John Glover, and Jon Heder. It has been out since February in France, but is slated for its American debut at North Carolina’s RiverRun International Film Festival on April 16th.

Production still from French absurdist satire 'Reality' (2014)

EDIT [04.02.15 11:40am PST]: Here’s a different, longer trailer that eschews English overdubs for subtitles:

Tasty terror, served ice cold.