Unlike some other filmmakers and film buffs, I wasn’t able to attend Sundance (or any of the big Film Festivals as they cost a stump and a head to get to and into). I reckon the only way I’ll get into one is when (note that I say “when,” not “if”) a film I’ve made gets into one. Enough of my lamentations, however, as I initially had a point. Oh yes, if I’d gone to Sundance, the film on the top of my MUST-SEE list would’ve been THE WITCH, as everything I’ve seen and heard about the film makes it look like one of the creepiest horror tales to come along in some time. It doesn’t hurt that the one of the lines is: “There’s evil in the wood(s).” I’m a sucker for shit like that.


And then, in the trailer and on the poster, is that black goat (which could very well be a reference to the Devil and/or Lovecraft’s Shub-Niggurath, the Black Goat Of The Woods ((though in an intensely literal form as opposed to the shapeshifting being from beyond the stars)))! That thing alone is amazingly wild and horrifying! While the trailer does display a few insane bits, its true mastery is the way in which it sets up the terror and dread that, according to everything I’ve read, permeates this film to a masterful degree. Stay tuned, boils ‘n ghouls, as I’ll continue to report on this film as more comes along. Without further ado, however, here’s the trailer:


New England, 1630: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children.  When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. In his debut feature, writer/director Robert Eggers painstakingly designs an authentic re-creation of New England — generations before the 1692 trials in Salem — evoking the alluring and terrifying power of the timeless witch myth. Told through the eyes of Thomasin, the teenage daughter (in a star-making performance by Anya Taylor-Joy), and supported by haunting camera work and an ominous score, The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.

The Witch features a cast that includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson.

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In case you missed the original release of the most comprehensive documentary on the entire Friday The 13th series that has been, or ever will be, released, you’ll get another chance coming this September.

RLJ Entertainment will be releasing CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH on DVD and Blu-ray release on Sept. 8, 2015  and on Digital on Oct. 6, 2015.  The film stars  Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th), Corey Feldman (Stand by Me), Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robert Englund (Freddy vs. Jason), Alice Cooper (Wayne’s World), Frank Mancuso Jr. (Ronin), Adrienne King (Friday the 13th), Amy Steel (“All My Children”), Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th), Betsy Palmer (I’ve Got a Secret), Erin Gray (“Silver Spoons”), Kane Hodder (Se7en), Lar Park Lincoln (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood), Robbi Morgan (Friday the 13th), and Stu Charno (Friday the 13th Part 2) and directed by Daniel Farrands.

CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH  takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise-from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 “reboot.” Combining hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage, and featuring interviews with more than 150 cast and crew members spanning all twelve films and the television series, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES is the ultimate tribute to one of horror’s most iconic and enduring franchises.

Keep watching this space for a review folks. (I was supposed to get a review screener last year, but it never arrived. With any luck, I’ll get the blu edition of the film and will be able to comment not only on the documentary itself, but the supplementary contents as well).