Eagerly anticipated first trailer for Stephen King’s ‘IT’ finally drops, in all its bone-chilling glory

Eagerly anticipated first trailer for Stephen King’s ‘IT’ finally drops, in all its bone-chilling glory

TAGLINE FOR IT: “You’ll float too.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: The film version of Stephen King’s beloved novel is directed by Andrés Muschietti, who did a fine job on 2013’s haunting MamaBill Skarsgård stars as Pennywise the sadistic, centuries-old clown – a role immortalized by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV miniseries. Especially intriguing is a credit for Javier Botet as “The Leper.” Botet towers over six and a half feet tall, with a singular skill for impossibly contorted figures. Muschietti exploited this skill to great advantage when Botet played the titular spirit in Mama. You may also know his work as the floor-scrabbling hell-creature in [REC] and the “Nightmare Character” in The Revenant. Finn Wolfhard continues polishing his genre credentials, following a memorable run in Season 1 of Netflix hit Stranger Things.

So that’s a pretty good pedigree. Some of us had reservations about Skarsgård, about the new look for Pennywise, about the wisdom of attempting to remake something that had already been done so indelibly. With this trailer, it seems safe to say those reservations have vanished.

In other words: We can’t wait for IT to hit US theaters on September 8th. Here’s the official synopsis:

When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.


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Vengeance thriller ‘Tonight She Comes’ to make festival debut October 9th at UK’s GRIMMFEST

Vengeance thriller ‘Tonight She Comes’ to make festival debut October 9th at UK’s GRIMMFEST

TAGLINE: “Yesterday… she was chosen. At midnight… she was sacrificed. This morning… she was buried. But tonight… Tonight She Comes. Everyone else will die.

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: I really love the bold colors and stark lines of this poster, created especially for the Manchester, UK horror festival GrimmFest (AKA Grimm Up North), where this film debuts early next month. And the stylish, synth-drenched teaser trailer (see below) reveals very little, but sure looks cool as hell.

Here’s the official synopsis:

After a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. They will laugh, they will drink, they will kiss, they will make love, and THEY MUST ALL DIE.

Tonight She Comes was written, directed, and edited by Matt Stuertz. He previously directed the feature horror / sci-fi film RWD, created the Sixty Second Slashers anthology series, and directed Mindless, part of Bloody Disgusting’s World of Death horror short film curation.

The film features a pulse pounding synth score composed by Wojciech Golczewski (We Are Still Here, Beyond the Gates, Late Phases) and intense, hard hitting sound design by Shawn Duffy (Darling, Carnage Park). The special festival poster shown above was crreated by Marie Bergeron.

The cast includes Nathan Eswine, Larissa White, Jenna McDonald, Brock Russell, Cameisha Cotton, Dal Nicole, Adam Hartley, and Frankie Ray. Theatrical, DVD, and VOD release dates have not yet been announced.


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Horror short ‘The Cleansing Hour’ slated for HollyShorts Film Fest showing tomorrow

Horror short ‘The Cleansing Hour’ slated for HollyShorts Film Fest showing tomorrow

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Check out this trailer for Damien LeVeck‘s horror short The Cleansing Hour, starring Sam Jaeger (Parenthood, American Sniper), Heather Morris (Glee, Spring Breakers), and Neil Grayston (Daredevil, Eureka). The short will be featured at the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, which kicks off with a closed filmmaker red carpet and press event at 6pm this evening (Thursday, August 11th). The festival is being held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatre in Hollywood. The Cleansing Hour will screen on Friday, August 12th, at 10pm as part of the Horror Program, presented by Eli Roth’s Crypt TV. Tickets can be purchased online at the festival’s website (see link above). Additionally, for the first time ever, the film will be available for viewing via the streaming service bitpix for the duration of the festival, which concludes Friday, August 19th.

The Cleansing Hour follows Lance (Jaeger) and Drew (Grayston), who run a popular webcast that streams exorcisms staged to look real. When Lance, who plays a priest, unknowingly hires an actress who is actually possessed (Morris), he is forced to reckon with his online charade in front of 20 million viewers worldwide.

“I’m honored that our film is competing in HollyShorts, and I’m excited that we finally get to show off the culmination of over a year’s worth of work,” said LeVeck, who has focused his directing career on telling unique and compelling stories with a message in the horror genre. “The Cleansing Hour is a fresh take on the exorcism genre that is sure to scare and thrill everyone who’s brave enough to watch,” LeVeck said. 

The Cleansing Hour was written by Aaron Horwitz (Roommate Wanted) and also features YouTube star Teala Dunn (Enchanted, Expelled), John Griffin (Priest, Jersey Boys), and Catherine Marin (The Tequila Sisters, Chimera) in supporting roles. Jesse M. Feldman (American Crime Story, Veep) is the director of photography and Marylou Lim (Godzilla, Looper) is the costume designer.

Shirit Bradley, who worked on last year’s summer blockbuster Godzilla and the comedy-horror film Krampus, produced The Cleansing Hour alongside entertainment attorney Natalie LeVeck. “From the moment Damien pitched this project to me, I was in. He has such a fun and clear vision and I was thrilled to be a part of his team and produce something that has a larger message,” Bradley said.

LeVeck raised over $30,000, the majority of The Cleansing Hour’s production budget, via a successful Kickstarter campaign.


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Aging pinup displays appetite for destruction in ‘Model Hunger,’ out on DVD/digital July 12th

Aging pinup displays appetite for destruction in ‘Model Hunger,’ out on DVD/digital July 12th

TAGLINE: “Revenge is a dish.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Genre veteran Debbie Rochon (Return to Nuke ‘Em High, Phobia, The Theater Bizarre, and several hundred others) moves behind the camera for her directorial debut, Model Hunger. Here’s the official synopsis:

Former pinup model Ginny (Lynn Lowry – Shivers, The Crazies, Cat People) had been cast aside by the heartless and exploitative modeling industry.  Ginny didn’t take rejection well and grew into a revenge-seeking, bloodthirsty, broken woman. When her new neighbors Debbie (Tiffany Shepis – Tales of Halloween, The Violent Kind, Sharknado 2) and Sal (Carmine Capobianco – Galactic Gigolo) move in, Debbie begins to notice strange things going on. Sal believes she is mentally unstable, but Debbie becomes determined to figure out what secret life Ginny is leading. Her new nosy neighbor throws a damper on Ginny’s private life: her cannibalistic addictions and ever-growing body count. Both women become determined to put an end to the other’s obsession.

Model Hunger was written by James Morgart, shot by Wolfgang Meyer, and features a score by Harry Manfredini, who has worked as composer for the Friday the 13th franchise. It comes out in both DVD and Digital HD formats on July 12th. You can get a… um, taste of the film, in all its lurid glory, in the trailer and gallery below.


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TRAILER: ‘Ghosthunters’ (2016) promises new twists on haunted house genre

TAGLINE: “Don’t follow too close.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Despite its resoundingly generic title (there are already at least two TV shows, a mini-series, a video game, two shorts and another movie with essentially the same name), Ghosthunters still shows promise. There are some unique flourishes on display in the trailer (wait, was that a plague mask?), and the cast is, refreshingly, mostly female. Production and distribution are being handled by The Asylum, the studio behind such schlocky delights as the Sharknado series and ZNation, both on SyFy. But from the looks of this trailer, for this one they’re playing it straight.

Here’s the synopsis:

When one of their own loses his wife and daughter at the hands of a serial killer, a team of ghost hunters is determined to capture the spirits of the loved ones so their spirits can finally rest in peace. But as the team goes deeper into the house, the ghosts become more hostile, and the group discovers the true secrets of the house and its murderer.

Ghosthunters was written and directed by Pearry Teo (Curse of Sleeping Beauty) and stars Liz FenningStephen ManleyAaron MosesDavid O’Donnell, and Francesca Santoro. It will be available on VOD through the usual channels on July 5th. RUNTIME: 90 minutes.


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TRAILER: Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning star in Nicholas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’

TAGLINE: “The wicked die young.”

WHAT’S ON THE MENU: Visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) helms this intriguing high-profile, A-list-studded offering from the ever-expanding Amazon Studios juggernaut. In this trailer, Elle Fanning stars as Jesse, the young model caught up in a stylistic, high-fashion world created by Refn.

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

The Neon Demon also stars Jena MaloneKeanu Reeves, and Christina Hendricks. It will make its worldwide debut at the Cannes Film Festival in mid-May before its U.S. theatrical release in June.


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