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Larry Fessenden seems like a dude you would want to party with.

Very few movie franchises have staying power – but when they do, they rarely fail to entertain. Bride of Chucky was released in 1998 and even upon viewing in 2015 still delivers the laughs and bloody cringes.

I'm not entirely sure if mumblecore is still a "thing," but if it is, no horror movie deserves that label quite like Perry Blackshear's feature length debut They Look Like People. No matter what side of the fence you fall on in regards to the mumblecore movement this psychological horror thriller is likely to find an audience that's willing to appreciate its nuances- but what a small niche it'll be.

August’s pick is The Dark Descent Anthology, edited by David G. Hartwell. 

 

This is the seventh installment of our head-to-head review of the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises. Check out what Sophie had to say about the corresponding Freddy pic here! 

This is the seventh installment of our head-to-head review between the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises. Check out what Evan had to say about the corresponding Jason pic here!

With a number of unoriginal exorcism flicks plaguing the theaters as of late it is evident now more than ever that the genre needs a swift kick in the balls. The question being, where do we start? At this point it seems like almost everything that can be done has be done- or has it? Ava's Possessions has emerged from the dark corner of exorcism cliches to deliver something that's at the very least different even if it's probably not the savior of the genre. 

At this point it seems that people contracting strange diseases in exotic locations is about as old as the horror genre itself. In very much the same vein as Afflicted and Contracted, Bite looks to take a bite out of the body horror/transformation subgenre; unfortunately it struggles to ever be more than a poorly acted gross out flick with very little in way of entertainment. 

High schoolers in "The Curse of Downers Grove"

In the new trailer for The Curse of Downers Grove, we meet a group of high school seniors who’ve got way more on their minds than just prom or graduation. In the town of Downers Grove, IL, a senior has died gruesomely right before graduation each year for about a decade. One senior, Chrissie (Bella Heathcote), doesn’t have much time for curses, at least not at the start of the trailer. However, as things progress – and a lot of flashy, stylized violence goes down – she seems to lose the gallows humor and start edging closer to belief.   

Joel Edgerton in "The Gift"

We’ve all got things we’d like to leave in the past, but in the new trailer for The Gift one of them shows up out of the blue, wearing a goatee that implies decidedly sinister intentions. That goatee is being sported by Gordo, played by Joel Edgerton (who also wrote and directed). Gordo has set his sights on Simon (Jason Bateman) who, it’s implied, did something not very nice to Gordo when they were younger. Also targeted, by extension, is Simon’s wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall).

Religion in general has been used to terrorize the masses since some of the very first horror films; And as we all know, exorcism films are a dime a dozen. Even films that tend to regurgutate tropes and plots, if done well, can still be entertaining. Unfortunately, The Vatican Tapes is not a film that can be included in that category.

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