SHORT: ‘Smother Mother’ (2016) – Episode 7 in John Fitzpatrick’s SCARY ENDINGS series

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Back in October 2013, a clever horror short by the name of Skypemare racked up an unprecedented number of views on our site. (And it’s no wonder: if you haven’t seen it, watch it now. It’s really good.) Its director, John Fitzpatrick, went on to co-found an online short horror film anthology, Scary Endings. We’ve since featured many episodes from that series, and are pleased to continue that tradition by presenting Episode 7, Smother Mother

After the mysterious and suspicious death of his overbearing mother, Greg (Damien Bodie) gets a visit from his brother Brad (Michael Osborne) and sister in law Havala (Kimberly Leemans). But when some mysterious messages start appearing on Mother’s old typewriter, it’s evident that mother might not be completely gone…

As usual, you can expect good production values, expert direction, professional performances – and, as the series’ name would suggest, an explosive twist at the end. You have to marvel at how much can be achieved, in practiced hands, with just three actors, one room, and one seemingly innocuous prop.

So have a seat, get comfortable, raise a glass – and feast yourselves on Smother Mother.


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TRAILER: New official featurette for ‘The Witch,’ which opens in U.S. theaters February 19th

TRAILER: New official featurette for ‘The Witch,’ which opens in U.S. theaters February 19th

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Writer/director Robert Eggers talks about his new horror film The Witch in this just-released featurette, archly titled “The Witch: A Modern Horror Story” – even though its setting is the colonial New England of the 1630s. The Witch is Eggers’ debut feature film, but managed to set Sundance on fire last year: he came away with the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic competition.

We see fresh film footage, as well, and it continues to dazzle with its almost painterly imagery and atmospheric natural lighting, like something out of the Dutch masters. We also gain a greater sense of just what the film is about, and the potential for terror its premise offers.

The Witch stars Anya Taylor-JoyRalph InesonKate DickieHarvey ScrimshawEllie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson. Its U.S. theatrical premiere is February 19th, 2016.


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Indie horror thriller ‘Nailed Down’ (2016) out now on Blu-ray, DVD from LeglessCorpse Films

Indie horror thriller ‘Nailed Down’ (2016) out now on Blu-ray, DVD from LeglessCorpse Films

TAGLINE: “One man’s journey into a realm of his personality he never knew existed.” 

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: LeglessCorpse Films, a spinoff of the excellent horror site – and fellow Crypt TV family member – Legless Corpse, has picked up the rights to Harley David Morris‘ indie horror/thriller Nailed Down. Morris wrote, directed, and edited the film.

After meeting with his girlfriend, Jill, Adam walks home for the evening, leaving Jill to finish her break from work by herself. He settles in for the night and all seems content, until he is abducted in his own home. When Adam finds out who his abductor is, he can’t believe his own eyes. As he pleads for his life and release, his abductor, Jason, tries to help Adam understand why he is in the position he is in, through discomfort, torture and pain. Adam stays strong and defiant, but so does Jason. When all is revealed, they will both be free of their pain.

The film stars Wesley HinkleKenn ParksCristina MullinsChristie TroxellElijah Malone, and Warren Ray, and is purported to have been made for no more than $600 – which should serve as inspiration to aspiring filmmakers everywhere.. Nailed Down is available now at LeglessCorpseFilms.com, and at Amazon on limited, numbered edition Blu-ray.


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TRAILER: New “Peek A Boo” clip for ‘The Witch,’ in theaters nationwide February 19th

TRAILER: New “Peek A Boo” clip for ‘The Witch,’ in theaters nationwide February 19th

TAGLINE: “Evil takes many forms.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Writer/director Robert Eggers makes his big-screen debut with a self-described “New England folk tale,” steeped in atmosphere and lush period detail…

New England, 1630: Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest — within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately — animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

The Witch made a big splash at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, garnering the Best Director Prize in the U.S. Narrative Competition. It stars Anya Taylor-JoyRalph InesonKate DickieHarvey ScrimshawEllie Grainger, and Lucas Dawson. It opens wide in U.S. theaters on February 19th, 2016.

What do you think, fellow horror gourmands? Are you going to be seeing The Witch on opening day?


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Watch the first seven minutes of upcoming horror anthology ‘Southbound’

TAGLINE: “No matter which road you choose, it’s all going south.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU:

From the makers of horror anthology V/H/S, Southbound features five interlocking tales of terror as a group of travelers face the open road – and their darkest fears.

Southbound has five segments and four directors (Roxanne BenjaminDavid BrucknerPatrick Horvath, and Radio Silence). It stars Kate BeahanMatt Bettinelli-OlpinSusan BurkeZoe CooperGerald DowneyKarla DroegeLarry Fessenden, and Dana Gould. It opens in U.S. theaters February 2nd, 2016, and will be available on iTunes and VOD a few days later, on February 9th.


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Here’s the official trailer for Southbound: