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TRAILER THOUGHTS: HBO’s Slender Man Documentary Looks SCARIER Than Most Horror Films

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Remember back in March of 2016 when I wrote about how we’re getting a Slender Man documentary? [full post here] For those that don’t remember, “Beware The Slender Man” is an HBO film that follows two twelve year old girls who stabbed their friend in 2014. The catch here is, they didn’t stab her once, but 19 times. Their reasoning? Slender Man made them do it. The stories and the interviews caught my attention so much, that I even shared my thoughts, talking about how it’s insane that he has gained such a fan base that actual attempted murders are happening in “His name.” I mean, this is truly evil stuff.. I want to talk about that documentary again today, and how Irene Taylor Brodsky uses this real life event – which I’ll get more into in a minute – and the [fictional] disturbing creepypasta character in order to explore the effect that Internet lore has on real-life actions. Sit and get comfortable, cause this won’t be pretty.

I’m sure we’ve all been made aware in our lives on several different occasions that the Internet can be an extremely scary place when it wants to be. Between things like “The Dark Web” and “The SCP Foundation,” the most notorious – and probably the most well known – of all fictional online entities is the distorted and featureless “Boogyman” known only as “The Slender Man,” who happens to be the star of the upcoming documentary; at least by name.

But let’s get into some back story, just what the hell happened back in 2014? It all started in May, in the town of Waukesha, Wisconsin when a bloodied teenage girl was found; with 19 stab wounds. The ones responsible were two schoolmates, one of which was her best friend, and the motivation behind this heinous attempt at murder was their shared belief that killing this younger girl would please The Slender Man. I won’t get too much into it, as doing so might dull the effect of the documentary itself, but the basic concept – where an online myth inspires [two] misled children to stab another child – is actually quite scary all on its own; add in those interrogation scenes and you’ve got a chilling [yet compelling] story.

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Beware The Slender Man made its debut at South by Southwest earlier this year, with HBO Documentary Films stepping in to distribute over its network, HBO Go and HBO Now, with critical response being largely positive. This is a good thing, as it more or less forces viewers to put a lot more consideration into how often they [and their kids] are tapped into the online virtual world of the Internet. Beware The Slender Man will make its debut on HBO on Tuesday, January 17 2017. Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the actual trailer. I will warn however, that due to it’s true story content, it can be very difficult to watch/hear what the two girls say. Otherwise, enjoy!

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TRAILER THOUGHTS: MARTYRS [2016]

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What a week. From working almost every day to sleeping the whole day, [because of work] this week has been torture. I’ve been insanely busy and when I do get a free minute, I don’t want to do anything productive. This of course, includes writing on here. But now, it’s been over a week since I wrote about the awesome horror novel Dwelling and I’ve been feeling antsy to get back into writing – so here we are.

Naturally, when I woke up this morning, I did my usual routine: make a coffee, turn on my computer, and search the Internet for new and exciting things that are happening in the movie world. The first thing I notice is today’s topic – and it’s something I’ve been meaning to go over in more detail; especially after it was announced. But now we have a trailer, and…I’m skeptical. Let’s talk about it though, let’s talk Martyrsthe remake.

If you’ve seen the original Martyrs film, [which is both fantastic as it is terrifying] you’ll no doubt notice that this trailer makes seems to look more like a mean-spirited take Pascal Laugier’s original 2009 French film. It also seems to take away a lot of the mystery that the original had, only to try and make it “scarier” by filling it will even more torment and violence. Is this a good thing? Not entirely. Out of curiosity, I looked up some of the reviews for early viewers of this remake, and many were unenthusiastic, saying it lacked the same intense feeling that the original had. Not to mention, the original pushed their R-rating, while this remake is getting PG-13 – so…there’s that. I’m not saying all PG-13 horror is bad, I mean Insidious, Gremlins, and even Fire In The Sky were all rated PG-13; and I love these films. I just feel this means that this version of Martyrs is going to dramatically toned down.

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As it turns out though, Anchor Bay recently set January 22, 2016 as a limited theatrical and Digital HD release of this reboot, which will eventually arrive on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray on February 2, 2016.. Feels kind of quick, doesn’t it? For those that don’t know what Martyrs is about – at least this version – here’s a plot synopsis and only you can be the judge if this movie sounds like your cup of tea. [or in my case; coffee]


Ten-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…


So does it seem worthwhile? I mean, maybe. I enjoyed the original [as extreme as it is] for what it was. It was violent, brave, and extremely horrific. This quick “Americanized” remake, seems to come off as toned down, but we won’t really know until it’s been watched. It has the same fearful elements of the original, but I can’t tell if there’s going to be the same horrific feeling that the came with the original French film. There’s already talks about how this remake is going to have a “happier ending to appease North American audiences”, so that alone has me concerned for the end result of this film.

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definitely not a film for those with a weak heart.

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Trailer Thoughts: A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY [2015]

We’re going from classic Halloween [see my Frankenstein Friday Fun Fact] to..Christmas? Wait, hold on.. let me try that again… ahem.

One thing that I’m becoming more and more of a fan of, is holiday themed horror movies. Whether we’re talking ones that take place on Halloween or on St. Patrick’s Day, movies that have their story revolved around such a holiday are a guilty pleasure of mine. 2015 is quickly proving to have a wealth of holiday horror headed our way, with Michael Dougherty‘s Krampus, and now, Grant Harvey and Steven Hoban‘s very own A Christmas Horror Story! Like most cases in most holiday themed horror films, the last place you want to be alone on the Christmas Holidays is in a small town. In the upcoming film A Christmas Horror Story, the small town in question is none other than Bailey Downs. The film will follow five different [yet, interwoven] stories that take each take place on Christmas:starting with one which is told by a festive radio host, another follows a family who brings home more than just a Christmas tree, a student-made documentary becomes a living nightmare, a Christmas spirit terrorizes the naughty [and the nice!], and also: Santa Claus slaying evil Elves! If this sounds like something you’d be interested in watching, then I’ve got exciting news for you: the synopsis for the film has been released, and so has the trailer! Catch up and read the synopsis down below!

Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus – the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children – is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins..”

you can’t not say that Santa looks pretty bad ass in this screenshot!

Another awesome thing to note about this film [which I’m sure you’ll notice in the trailer] is that a certain famous actor appears: none other than William Shatner! I mean, if that doesn’t sell you on A Christmas Horror Story, I don’t know what will! A Christmas Horror Story is scheduled for theatrical release on October 2, 2015 and I haven’t been this excited for a film involving Christmas in a long time.. Be sure to check out the trailer for A Christmas Horror Story at the bottom of this paragraph, and let me know what you thought about the trailer for the film. Is it a film you’d consider watching? Or do you think it looks like B-Movie garbage that’s trying too hard to be a cult classic?

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I mean come on guys.. It’s William [freaking] Shatner!!

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TRAILER THOUGHTS: Human Centipede III [Final Sequence]

I hope you’re excited – because I certainly am. Because It’s finally landed: The Human Centipede III trailer is here; and it’s going to be a good one! Up until now, all we had was a teaser poster [as seen above] and a sound clip – which, realistically, doesn’t tell us much. The film will be released to [limited] theaters and Video On Demand on May 22, and I’m fucking stoked. Now, the cool thing about these films is the first film had Dieter Laser, the sequel had Laurence R. Harvey, and now this third and final film has both of them working together; along with series newcomer Eric Roberts..because he’s still relevant , somehow.

I remember seeing the first Human Centipede film and being upset at how it played out – being almost mad that it was more of a “mind-fuck” of a film, where we saw little to no gore. It wasn’t nearly as bad [though, it was pretty inappropriate] as people online had made it sound.. and then I saw the sequel. The sequel was what I expected from the first film; and more! It was extremely gruesome, it was violent, and it was fucked. It still stands as one of the only films I cringe at! [that teeth knock-out scene, though!] Now we have The Final Sequence, and it’s looking crazy, really crazy – Almost to the point where it’s laughable, but for some odd reason – I’m getting more and more excited for it! I mean, just how can they top the first two films?

Like I said above, we finally got the trailer [which will be posted at the end] for the final sequence and for some reason, I’m actually looking forward to the film. It looks weird, it looks all kinds of wrong, but most of all: it looks fun to watch. [never thought I’d say that about this series..] Although the films are fucked, I have to hand it to Tom Six, he definitely has a way with making sequels.  These films are finally coming to an end, so here’s hoping it goes out with a bang! [fun fact: it’s supposed to be filmed in such a way, that all three films can be watched together: like a legitimate centipede. Well played, Tom Six]


Synopsis:

“Bully prison warden Bill Boss [played by Dieter Laser], leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor. [Eric Roberts] He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane! Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight [Laurence R Harvey] comes up with a brilliant idea: A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious Human Centipede movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.”


Even just reading that synopsis concerns me: I mean, a 500 person centipede? Talk about insane! the thing is though, Tom Six, the director/writer of these notorious films; has stated this one isn’t going to be “as bad” as the first two films. Does this mean it won’t be as gory as Full Sequence? I guess we’ll have to see. Don’t take all this from me head on though, check out the trailer for yourself below!

How do you feel about a third Human Centipede film? Are you a fan of these films or are they films that just shouldn’t have been made in the first place? With Final Sequence being the final film, and I can promise it’ll be reviewed as soon as I get the chance to watch it! Just as a reminder, the film is being released on May 22, 2015 – which is coming closer everyday. Let me know what you think in a comment or two.

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like a really messed up version of “follow the leader”..

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TRAILER THOUGHTS: The Corpse Of Anna Fritz [2015]

A few days ago, I talked about some of my favorite foreign films that deserved to be watched. [read the whole article] I talked about how they should be given a chance, since many people are the type to shy away from subtitled films; even if they are fantastic. Today, I present to you yet another foreign film: The Corpse Of Anna Fritz.

The plot of the film follows Anna Fritz, a very famous and beautiful actress, who is widely considered one of the most desired women in the world. Suddenly, she dies. Enter Pau – a shy and introverted young man who works as an orderly at the hospital where Anna Fritz was taken to. [for her autopsy, etc] Often, when the body of a woman is brought to the morgue, he can’t resist watching her. When he enters the morgue with the corpse of Anna Fritz, he decides to take a picture of her naked body and send it to his friend Ivan. Ivan and Javi are Pau’s only friends, who often visit him while he’s on shift at the hospital. One night, when they are a little drunk, Ivan decides he wants to see the naked body of Anna… and because she isn’t going anywhere.. They agree that they can’t lose this opportunity.

talk about a “touchy” topic.. I am so sorry.

The Corpse Of Anna Fritz is being made by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, and surprisingly, this film marks his directorial debut! With the film’s obvious controversial nature, it will no doubt get people talking at SXSW this year when its given it’s World Premiere on Sunday, March 15th as part of the Midnight’s lineup. When I read the plot, and I watch the trailer, I can’t help but think of the movie Deadgirl, except instead of an abandoned asylum, which Deadgirl took place in, this film seems to take place in a morgue!

As someone who works in the funeral industry, I’m not entirely sure how to take the concept of this movie. I enjoy controversial film, hell – I like somewhat fucked up films; but this one is something else. I understand, as a foreign film [Spanish], it’s bound to cross some boundaries; but I wonder how North American audiences are going to take to it: positive? negative? I’m not able to say at this point. I guess it’s just a matter of actually watching the film – just to see how it plays out. At the end of the trailer, we see that Fritz opens her eyes, so maybe she didn’t die? I just hope the trailer didn’t ruin the film entirely; I want some surprises.. Although, if you missed it and/or haven’t seen the trailer, be sure to check it out in it’s entirety below!

Of course, my real question is; how many of you are planning on seeing this controversial film? Does it catch your attention? Or does the idea of a Spanish horror film regarding necrophilia turn you away? Let me know in a comment or two on here, or even on Facebook. While you’re over there, why not hit that “like” button? By clicking “like”, you’ll see every post the moment it’s been posted; and if that’s not convincing enough, I also share things that will not be featured here on the blog, so be sure to tell the horror enthusiast in your life to do the same! Every “like” counts! Stay Weird, and as always:

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trailer thoughts: The Lazarus Effect [2015]

20150111-200951.jpg Every so often, there comes a time when a movie is released and you think you’re going to like it but something about it seems..off. This year’s movie in question for me is none other than: The Lazarus Effect. Now, because all that we have is the trailer, I can’t explain everything from the movie, just because it hasn’t been released yet. [the following description is based on the movie trailer] The movie takes place in modern day with a couple medical students [including, but not limited to, the lovely Olivia Wilde] who have developed something they call ‘The Lazarus Serum’ which supposedly can bring the dead back to life. It seems simple enough, but the only test-subject thus far has been a dog — which worked, but had some strange side effects. When this “dog” goes haywire, it attacks Zoe [Olivia Wilde‘s character] and effectively kills her? Not willing to accept it, Zoe‘s boyfriend [who happens to be one of the other students] insists that the Serum be used on her cause “he just can’t lose her”. It works, but something about Zoe seems different.. 20150112-093012.jpg Through-out the trailer, flashes of “John 11” keep crawling across the screen so, after assuming it’s referencing the Bible, I looked into it: as it turns out, according to the King James Version of the Bible, John 11 marks the beginning of the telling of Lazarus, a man who has died but Jesus insists will be revived — regardless of how he died. This seems to shadow the movie in that the medical students are literally “playing God“. while The Lazarus Effect sounds [and based on the trailer, looks] like a half decent film, there’s one thing about it that concerns me — it’s being produced by the same people as the Paranormal Activity films. [which I must admit, I’m not an overly huge fan of] While this is just a trailer, I may end up seeing the film; just because.. [and Olivia Wilde, let’s be honest] The Lazarus Effect is slated to be released February 27, 2015. Check out the trailer below, and tell me what you think: does it look like it’s worth checking out — or is it just waste of everybody‘s time?

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