IS ‘THE CONJURING’ A HERALD FOR GOOD TIMES AHEAD?

A Guest Post From Zeke Iddon & The New York Film Academy:

 

It’s been a bad decade for horror. While the early 2000s gave us plenty of memorable movies, from the original Final Destination to the zombie explosion following 28 Days Later, the years following have been a mixed bag; mostly terrible with a slew of bad remakes, and only a handful of really interesting fright-fests popping up in between (such as last year’s genre-busting Cabin in the Woods.)

Cabin In The Woods NYFA

Part of the problem, of course, is that we’ve become a generation of genre-savvy viewers who are growing harder and harder to scare. As we become increasingly reliant on technology, we’ve gained access to a great many things that earlier generations never had. We can watch news footage of atrocities from around the world, and the violent media helps to insulate us against the fake blood and gore on the screen. We’re also, as a whole, more cynical, more knowledgeable, and less afraid of the unknown – because in a world connected by the Internet, there’s very little “unknown” left.

All of which is not to say that we can no longer be scared. It just means that the things that frighten us have changed, and horror has taken a while to catch up.

CONTINUE READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR MORE ON THE FUTURE OF HORROR!

VIDEO: THE FULL LENGTH SUPERNATURAL SEASON 8 PROMO

I know it’s not for everyone, but I’m still a big fan of the show SUPERNATURAL. I was a bigger fan in the beginning, with the whole “monster of the week” thing going, but I’m still a faithful viewer, so I was excited as hell when I’d heard it’d been picked up for another season (though moved to Wednesday nights). Now we’ve gotten our claws on the full length promo video for SUPERNATURAL: SEASON 8.

The series stars Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester and Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester. SUPERNATURAL is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Wonderland Sound and Vision, with executive producers McG (“Charlie’s Angels,” “The O.C.”), Robert Singer (“Midnight Caller”), Jeremy Carver (“Being Human”), and Phil Sgriccia.

KEEP READING AFTER THE BREAK FOR THE FULL LENGTH PROMO AND A SEASON 8 SYNOPSIS!

‘THE APPARITION’ MANIFESTS HORRIFYING NEW TRAILER AND POSTER

Warner Bros. has released a new trailer and poster for their upcoming supernatural horror movie THE APPARITION. Directed and written by Todd Lincoln, the PG-13 film, vaguely reminiscent of Asian Horror films such as PULSE, is set for a release date of August 31st and stars Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Luke Pasqualino, Julianna Guill, and Tom Felton. While I’m not normally a fan of PG-13 horror as it generally tends to be watered down in order to bring in a larger (younger) audience, the trailer does convey a particular sense of terror and dread.

SYNOPSIS:

When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, Patrick (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifyingly malevolent force…

 

‘GHOSTFACERS’ THE ‘SUPERNATURAL’ SPINOFF TO HIT THE WEB!

Posted on 1st February 2010 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Ok, boils ‘n ghouls, in case you weren’t aware, I’m a huge fan of the show SUPERNATURAL.  Granted, I think things have become a little bogged down since the continuing “Angels, Demons, Satan on earth” storyline hit, but the first season and all the monster-of-the-week episodes kick ass.  In case you haven’t been following the show, the premise follows two brothers traveling around the country in their vintage impala and kicking monster ass.  Perhaps one of the best shows on television right now.  Anyhoo, there have been 3 episodes in the series so far featuring the GHOSTFACERS (the first in Season 1 before they were actually called GhostFacers, then just two guys behind the paranormal website Hellhound’s Lair).  Basically, if you think of that show Ghost Hunters with a group of bungling 20-somethings, but much more enjoyable, you’ve got the gist.  They’re always comedic episodes and always, always entertain.

Well, apparently, they’re going to get their own little web series.  This is something I’ll be sure to watch (and post, if embeddable).  Here’s the scoop from the creeps over at Shock Till You Drop:

McG’s Wonderland shingle and Warner Bros. TV are plotting an Internet spinoff to the CW’s Supernatural titled Ghostfacers according to Variety.

Wonderland has already begun production on the project, which will initially run as 10 three-minute episodes, which follows a team of ghost hunters who tape their exploits in documentary fashion.

The somewhat comedic group first appeared on the first season of Supernatural (and were created for the show by Trey Callaway for the episode “Hell House”) and also returned in season three, in the episode “Ghostfacers,” by Ben Edlund.

Ghostfacers stars A.J. Buckley (“CSI: NY”), Travis Wester (“Bones”), Brittany Ishibashi (“Supernatural”) and Austin Basis (“Life Unexpected”). The first episode will follow the Ghostfacers as they investigate a theater believed to be haunted by the ghost of a young starlet (played by “Nip/Tuck” alum Kelly Carlson).

Supernatural has sprung forth beyond the TV show,” said Wonderland TV topper Peter Johnson.. “The mother series seems flexible enough to allow our creative talent to pursue some of these other arenas.”

Beyond the webisodes, TheWB.com and CWTV.com will also include other Ghostfacers content, such as gag reels, behind-the-scenes videos, photo galleries and actor confessionals. More mythology will also be uploaded to a dedicated Ghostfacers website. Meanwhile Supernatural is currently in it’s fifth season.

“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES” Coming To The CW This Fall

Posted on 3rd June 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

Great.  Fucking wonderful.  Now we’re going to have a televised TWILIGHT.  To make things worse, it’s riding the coattails of a show I actually LIKE (Supernatural) and trying to cash in on the whole True Blood deal (another show I actually like).  Fuck.

It’ll either fail miserably or be a HUGE fucking hit.  Thanks a lot 12 year old girls everywhere for being stupid little vampire drama whores.

R.I.P. KIM MANNERS

How did I MISS THIS???!!!!

From Ain’t It Cool News:

Kim Manners, a prolific director and producer whose long showbiz career stretches from 1971’s “Valdez is Coming” to “Charlie’s Angels,” “Automan,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,” “MANTIS,” and “Harsh Realm,” passed away Sunday night following a battle with cancer.

His last directorial effort was “Metamorphosis,” the Oct. 9 episode of “Supernatural.”

Manners directed 53 hours of “The X-Files,” including the 2002 two-hour series finale, “The Truth.”

Hailing from a showbiz family, Manners got his start as a second assistant director on the big-screen Burt Lancaster western “Valdez is Coming,” produced by his father Sam.

Joining “Charlie’s Angels” in 1977 as an assistant director and production manager, he eventually directed 11 episodes of that series, starting with 1979’s “Angels Remembered.”

His episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was season one’s “When The Bough Breaks,” about impotent extraterrestrials who kidnap the Enterprise’s children.

“Supernatural” mastermind Eric Kripke issued this statement:

Everyone at ‘Supernatural’ is walking around in a daze, shocked and absolutely devastated. Kim was a brilliant director; more than that, he was a mentor and friend. He was one of the patriarchs of the family, and we miss him desperately. He gave so much to ‘Supernatural,’ and everything we do on the show, now and forever, is in memory of him.

Among those surviving Manners is sister and longtime assistant director Tana Manners (“Deadly Whispers”). A brother, Kelly Manners, was a producer on “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Angel” and currently serves as a producer on the upcoming Fox series “Dollhouse.”

A TRUE BLOOD Retraction

Posted on 16th September 2008 by aaron in Reviews - Tags: , , , , ,

In an earlier post, I wasn’t so nice about the first episode of True Blood.  Well, after going back and watching the full (non-rough-cut) version of the first episode, I realize I was a bit harsh.  Anyhow, like I said, after going back and watching the first episode, yeah, you know what, I actually kind of liked it.

Of course, there were still some issues, like the horrid fake-ass southern accents. Being from the South, I can spot it right off. So I’m watching the second episode right now.  I can see myself getting into this show if they keep the mushy romance bullshit to a minimum and develop the stories and characters.  I have to admit that Buffy was a guilty pleasure of mine, and I guess this could be a kind of replacement for the void left after that show went off the air.  I’ve been fillin’ the hole with Supernatural, which, if you haven’t seen it, you had better go right out and buy the first, second and third seasons, that show is fucktastically awesome!  I’ll have to right a post about it.  I think I’ll add True Blood to my list of shows (including House, Lost, Monsterquest and so on)

Anyhow, I’m ramblin’.

Keep It Creepy
Aaron