(PG-13) With the popularity of murder shows on TV and podcasts, it seems we have quite an obsession with serial killers. David-Jan Bronsgeest and Tim Koomen’s short film follows the tale of a woman who listens to a podcast about a demented murderer who ends up blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
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When it comes to superstitions, letting a black cat cross your path right up there on the list. Mitzi the black cat comes with her own soundtrack as she walks across a keyboard, performing an appropriately creepy and dissonant piece of horror movie music to set the stage for any bad luck she might be bringing.
Napoleon Dynamite is one of our favorite movies of all time. But if you take its quirky characters out of context and combine their actions with the appropriate music, this cult classic comedy quickly becomes a freaky horror flick. Tobias Conrad performed the editorial surgery needed to give us just that movie.
Vice Press and Bottleneck Gallery created a duo of lenticular prints based on Drew Struzan’s chilling artwork for John Carpenter’s The Thing. The limited-edition poster and art prints feature a 3D motion illusion, and are available with either a dense paper backing or a thick polystyrene backing. Available 2.25.21 at 12pm EST.
After receiving an antique toy from her husband, a woman quickly discovers there’s more than meets the eye to the miniature Ferris wheel they hoped to sell in their shop. Nikhil Bhagat’s taut short film brings the tension and terror through its minimal approach and effective use of sound and imagery.
In 2006, astronauts aboard the ISS fitted a decommissioned Russian spacesuit with a radio transmitter and jettisoned it into orbit. SuitSat-1 eventually re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and is presumed to have burned up. But Josh Tanner and Jade van der Lei’s sci-fi horror short film offers a much creepier take on the suit’s fate.
A man stumbles onto a YouTube video for a woman who claims she can reconnect him with someone he misses. But when he hits play, he gets more than he bargains for in this taught and minimal horror short film from director Dominic Grose. Best watched full screen with the volume cranked.
This Danish series follows the story of Astrid, a woman whose sister vanished two decades ago with 20 other students on a graduation trip. Despite the case being closed, Astrid can’t escape the feeling that there’s more to the story and heads down the rabbit hole in pursuit of answers. The first season hits Netflix on 12.30.2020.
Sam Raimi’s original The Evil Dead movies were some of the most entertaining, goriest, and outlandish horror flicks of all time. Screen Junkies fondly looks back at The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness as Ash takes on the Deadites with his boomstick and chainsaw hand. Groovy!
As the girls of Camp Heebie Jeebie share their creepy ghost stories, things take a turn and their creations start to come to life. Animator Dylan Chase’s comedic horror short has some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, along with exceptional character design and storytelling.
It’s October 31, and a deranged serial killer is on the loose. But this horror movie cliche is having a crummy day because it’s 2020, and nobody is out trick-or-treating. Then, he encounters something even more terrifying than he usually scares up. The short that Andrew Kasch created for Just Scare Me is good for a Halloween chuckle.
(Gore) Originally pitched on Kickstarter in 2017, this first-person horror adventure looks like someone splattered guts all over a spaceship designed by H.R. Giger. While this 13-minute gameplay trailer is short on story, it’s got creepy environments, squishy sounds, and tension for days. Coming to Xbox Series X/S and Windows PC in 2021.
(PG-13) A family takes a holiday vacation, but for some reason, their parents choose to put them up in a creepy old mansion that used to be a Children’s hospital. Naturally, really bad stuff starts happening, and their Christmas is ruined as the toys left behind start coming to life. Stream it just in time for Halloween on 10.27.2020.
There’s no question that people love Stranger Things. But what is it about the Netflix series’ mix of sci-fi, horror, and ’80s coming-of-age flicks that make it work so well? Michael Tucker from Lessons from the Screenplay delves into some of the audio and visual tricks the Duffer Brothers have used to create such a magical blend.
“You’ve literally just brought home a random bear.” The live-action/CGI movie Paddington tells the story of a family who offers a place to stay to a bear in need. But with a little help from YouTuber Scuffed Asian, Paddington’s visit just became a whole lot more ominous.
If you’ve never seen the original Scream, then go watch it and come back afterward to avoid any spoilers. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy as Screen Junkies rips into the flesh of Wes Craven’s 1996 classic that breathed fresh life into the horror genre by poking fun at the horror genre.
As if living in South Sudan wasn’t hard enough, things go completely off the rails for a couple who manage to escape their war-torn country only to move into a house in England that’s haunted by evil spirits. But they’re not going down without a fight. Hits Netflix 10.30.2020.
Pendragon Game Studio presents a fantastic looking board game inspired by John Carpenter’s gruesome 1982 horror classic The Thing. Up to 8 players head to a research station in Antarctica to assume the roles of characters from the movie as the try and figure out who among them has been taken over by an alien parasite.
A “monsterpocalypse” forces what’s left of humanity to take refuge underground. As survivors pair off, Joel braves the surface, facing the monsters between him and his high school sweetheart. Potentially as fun as “Zombieland” but with Michael Rooker in the Woody Harrelson role. VOD release drops 10.16.20.
Blumhouse Productions sprinkles a bit of their horror magic on the old body-swapping trope in this dark comedy about an ordinary high school girl (Kathryn Newton) who instead of becoming the next victim of a serial killer (Vince Vaughn), ends up possessing his body. Drops Friday, 11.13.2020.
A group of young friends decide to break into an empty house to steal cash from a safe, but when an elderly couple who lives there comes home early, all bets are off, and the would-be robbers find themselves on the wrong end of a very bad situation. Based on the graphic novel Une Nuit de Pleine Lune. Premieres 9.4.2020.
From the co-creator of American Horror Story comes the origin story of one of the most feared characters in movie history. Famously portrayed by Louise Fletcher in 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and now by Sarah Paulson, this series makes it looks Nurse Ratched was always loathsome. Premieres 9.18.20 on Netflix.
(PG-13: Language) “Stir the sandwich… and slice the tea.” A woman answers her phone only to be met with demands from a mysterious caller lurking in the shed in her backyard. Francis Higgins and Viper Films poke fun at a classic horror film trope in this silly, but absolutely perfect little skit.