It’s tough to make a really scary movie or TV show without shadows for creepy things to hide in. But as filmmaker David F. Sandberg explains, it’s not always the easiest thing to film dark scenes and have them come off as realistic, while still being visible on everything from projection screens to smartphone displays.
THE BEST Horror
(Gore, Flashing lights) Animator Lee Hardcastle follows up his visceral DOOM claymation with another carnage-filled short, as our heroic kitty does everything he can to protect his cute little bunny pal from a horrific demise at the hands of an alien horde. But is he too late?
Kevin James continues to kill it with his YouTube channel, delivering sketch after sketch of hilarious and twisted comedy. In this clip, James plays a real estate agent who can’t help but shake an uncomfortable feeling after visiting a creepy old mansion… in his dreams.
Steven Spielberg reboots his late-1980s anthology series with a new run on Apple TV+. Like the original, it will combine science fiction, horror, and fantasy, with a slightly lighter and more magical touch than Twilight Zone or Black Mirror. Premieres 3/6/2020 with an initial run of five episodes.
Joe Dante’s 1984 Gremlins is a classic popcorn flick, packed with offbeat humor, gross-out gags, memorable monsters, and its share of charming moments. But In Praise of Shadows thinks it’s much more, establishing a whole new direction for how little creatures have been treated in horror and fantasy films ever since.
After the events of the terrifying A Quiet Place, the remaining members of the Abbott family head back out into the world to face more monsters that react to even the smallest sound. Along the way, they encounter new people and we get a glimpse at what happened at the start of the invasion.
Elijah Wood sports a very bad haircut as he portrays a man who reunites with his mysterious and long-lost father, only to find out that the reason his Dad wants to get together is truly insidious. New Zealand filmmaker Ant Timpson’s twisted horror flick is getting raves from the critics.
(Gore) Produced by Guillermo del Toro, and directed by Scott Cooper (Black Mass), this creepy horror film follows the story of a gruesome death that at first appears to be an animal attack, but turns out to be something far more insidious – and the young boy who in some way is connected to it all.
A new series about a very old vampire. Developed by Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, Dracula is expected to both pay tribute to Bram Stoker’s original and change things up with new tales of horror and new insights into the character. Stars the imposing Claes Bang as Dracula. Premieres 1/4/20 on Netflix and BBC One.
Go inside the story of one of the greatest science fiction/horror movies of all time. Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary delves into the origins of Ridley Scott’s tense, gory, and artful masterpiece. Legion M’s DVD and Blu-Ray discs come with a special limited-edition pin featuring the art of H.R. Giger.
“It’s just a color… but it buuuuuurns!” Nicolas Cage stars in this adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s supernatural short story about a family who moves from the big city to the country to get away from it all, but that all changes when a glowing meteorite crashes to Earth, and infects the local water supply. Directed by Richard Stanley.
(Gore) Joe and Lloyd Stas’ horrific short film fully embraces the grindhouse genre, as a man visiting a countryside pub finds a mysterious letter in his coat pocket, and then all hell breaks loose when he reads its contents. This is definitely not one for the kiddies or the faint of heart.
There are lots of things to be frightened of in the world, but is there a universally worst terror for all people, regardless of age, race, sex, culture or other attributes? Michael Stevens of Vsauce digs into the notion of fear, and how these unpleasant feelings are triggered in our brains. He also hates purple squares now.
(PG-13: Language) Travis Bible’s horror short satirizes obnoxious online personalities and their chatty followers, as “soon to be top five” vlogger Chad Ryan pays a visit to a cabin where a massacre took place. But he finds himself in a bit too deep as he livestreams his experience to millions of followers.
Inspired by Henry James’ novel The Turn of the Screw, and directed by Floria Sigismondi (The Handmaid’s Tale), this creepy looking film tells the story of a nanny assigned to secluded estate in Maine, where she must care for two children who seem to be deeply disturbed by mysterious forces.
Create 20 awesomely creepy kirigami scenes from Paper Dandy’s book of horror-themed dioramas. When appropriately lit, they’re the perfect perfect decoration for your Halloween party. Each intricate design requires a good deal of precise cutting, so they’re more for adults than kids, though.
Nearly four decades after the strange happenings at the Overlook Hotel in The Shining, a grown-up Dan Torrance can’t shake the haunting visions of his past. He meets a girl who has shares a similar supernatural “gift” that attracts an army of terrifying freaks, and must return to the place that started it all.
(Gore) If we can have possessed killer dolls and possessed killer trucks, why not possessed killer furniture? That’s the question that this insane schlock horror film (also known as My Lover, My Lazy Boy) aims to answer. Though it looks more like a recliner than a sofa to us. Heading straight to DVD and digital 10/2019.
Are you not getting your regular dose of nightmares? Then tune in to Netflix for this French horror series about a novelist whose terrifying stories are coming true, after spending her whole life trying to fend off visions of an evil witch. Drops 9/13/19. That’s a Friday, naturally.
After a team of underwater researchers set up shop at the bottom of the ocean, an earthquake strikes and threatens to destroy their laboratory. But it turns out that maybe they really just angered some undersea monster by drilling into its home. Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, and Vincent Cassel star in this popcorn horror flick.
The new season of FX’s chilling horror series channels 1980s teen slasher films, as a group of kids – obviously played by adults – heads off to Camp Redwood with a mad slasher hanging off the bottom of their pickup truck, ready to punish the teens for their wild ways. Premieres 9/18/19.
Author J.W. Rinzler’s 336-page hardcover book takes us inside the production of Ridley Scott and Dan O’Bannon’s 1979 science fiction/horror classic Alien. The book includes interviews with the original crew, and photographs, artworks, and storyboards from the production.
(PG-13: Language) Thanks to the wonders of digital video effects, deepfake channel Ctrl Shift Face managed to transplant the face of Jim Carrey onto the head of Jack Nicholson, making classic scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation The Shining just that much more terrifying. Be sure to watch Episode 2 and Episode 3.
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