Episode 386 - Lights Out


"The Woods" was Actually "Blair Witch," Because of Course it Was (Trailer)

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So explain the "light ghost" rules to me again...


Kyle Madison is no drone. He has a cushy if vacuous job at a bank, a nice home, and a happy family life. But in the agile psychological thriller Rebirth, he’s still a target of his anti-establishment frenemy Zack, who lures him from repetitive bliss with the dangerous promise of a fuller, more authentic life. Think you’ve seen this movie before? You have, but the well-crafted Rebirth packs in a few twists that will surprise even jaded moviegoers.

Take note, Gatorade and Doritos--essentials on the grocery list of a loner who intends to conjure the devil in the middle of the woods. So it seems anyway per Joel Potrykus' latest, The Alchemist Cookbook, which stars Ty Hickson as Sean, the aforementioned loner who has taken residence in a trailer in the woods conducting various DIY experiments. The youngster's mind seems to be fracturing as he's gone on his sabbatical in hopes of gaining wealth from mystical and evil forces.

Filmmakers working with a tiny budget have to find angles, cut corners, and save wherever they possibly can. Many adopt--or should I say--embrace the old and give the film a retro aesthetic and some use that to exploit a genre fan's nostalgia while others simply mean for it to be a love letter to the style. The Love Witch is a little bit of both. It is at once a technicolor work of art that also tries too hard to wear the mask of a 60/70's era pulpy sexploitation flick.

As long as there are movies, there will likely be remakes, reboots, and sequels. And as long as Hollywood continues to deal in retelling existing stories and retreading well-known properties, people will debate the merit of these movies. In a summer that has seen its share of blockbusters bearing the moniker of old favorites (Ghostbusters, Finding Dory, Purge: Election Year) the debate has come back in force.

At the turn of the 21st century France made a huge push towards dominance in the horror community with what became known as the New French Extremity; named for its trademark grisly violence and shocking gore.  What made this wave special is that often times this came complimented by high minded political or philosophical ideas woven into the core. Frontier(s) especially lacks in this regard, especially when viewed some 10 years later.

Maybe it's just me, but most of the horror genre's best efforts as of late seem to be coming from first timers. Maybe it's just that the field is congested with first timers that the sheer amount is bound to trip into something great. Geoff Redknap isn't new to the industry, having an impressive background in makeup effects, but The Unseen marks his first time in the director's chair--and what a first impression it is. 

It’s time for another addition of Book Vs Movie—and this time we are taking on the granddaddy of “true” horror fiction, The Amityville Horror. Both the book and the subsequent film marked a new turn in horror and both are remembered fondly for their impact to the haunted house genre. Without The Amityville Horror we most likely never would have Poltergeist and we certainly would not have The Conjuring or The Conjuring 2 which has racked up dumpster trucks of cash at the box office, or the seemingly impending universe of Warren films to come.

The Girl with All the Gifts Trailer

Proving that movie studios love the old adage "You can never have too much of a good thing", the trailer for The Girl with All the Gifts is here and it's full of zombies. The trailer lets us know that the film is based on a bestselling book, and it apears to be about kids who are immune to zombies. Plus, there are army guys, zombies biting people, army guys shooting zombies, zombies grabbing people, zombies biting army guys, and army guys shooting zombies grabbing people.

While the recently launched Pokémon GO is giving nerds a reason to get out and be active, at least one Canadian filmmaker is making a case for why you should never get out of bed. Well at least this one particular emporer sized bed with a cursed emblem carved from a tree that hung countless brutally murdered souls. Bed of the Dead is a stonedfaced approach at telling an inherently silly story, but with a gleefully violent backbone. 

Did you hate It Follows? Bored by The Witch? Then The Blackcoat's Daughter (originally titled February) is not the film for you. Oz Perkins' directorial debut is not some unholy combination of those two aforementioned indie films, but it follows suit with the trend of moody horror flicks that turned heads on the festival circuit. Similarly it may drive audiences to claw at its metaphorical throat.

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