V/H/S: VIRAL and Alexandre Aja’s THE PYRAMID Both Due Later This Year

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After Deliver Us From Evil failed to live up to Sinister’s standards, news that we’ve got two new horror movies with some serious potential heading our way later this year couldn’t have popped up at a better time.  With The Conjuring spin-off, Annabelle, in the mix, October is looking pretty good for Halloween-appropriate new releases.  After Annabelle drops on the 3rd, we’ve got both Ouija and Paranormal Activity 5 on the 24th and then ABCs of Death 2 gets a limited release on the 31st.

But that’s not all.  The latest installment of the V/H/S series, V/H/S: Viral, just took a spot on the October line-up as well.  Find out when and where you’ll be able to catch it after the jump.

Jason Eisener Talks V/H/S/2, Anthologies, Basing a Film on His Childhood Nightmares, Designing an Alien, His Use of Color, and More

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Opening in theaters this week is V/H/S/2, the follow up to the 2012 festival hit V/H/S, which presented a collection of POV shorts as the disturbing set of footage found in an abandoned house full of VHS tapes.   The second installment brings in a new round of filmmakers, including Jason Eisener, to continue the mythology of the mysterious tape collection.  Eisener got his break in the biz when his fake trailer Hobo with a Shotgun was selected to accompany the Canadian release of Grindhouse and subsequently turned into a feature-length gore fest of the same name. His contribution to V/H/S/2, “Alien Abduction Slumber Party”, carries his trademark funhouse sensibilities, but is unique for its lack of onscreen violence.  V/H/S/2 also features shorts from Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto,Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg HaleAdam Wingard, andSimon Barrett.

During the film’s press day I jumped on the phone for an interview with Eisener.  He talked about joining the team forV/H/S/2, his lifelong fear of aliens, coming up with the look of his extra-terrestrials, and making an animal perspective film.  He also talked about making a film with no gore, his use of color, the appeal of anthologies, and more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale Talk Horror Anthology Sequel V/H/S/2, the Evolution of Found Footage, Shooting POV Perspective and EXISTS

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Opening in theaters this week is V/H/S/2, the follow up to the 2012 festival hit V/H/S, which presented a collection of POV shorts as the disturbing set of footage found in an abandoned house full of VHS tapes.  The second installment brings in a new round of filmmakers, including Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale, to continue the mythology of the mysterious tape collection. It makes perfect sense that Sanchez and Hale would join in on what’s shaping up to be the ultimate found footage franchise.  After all, their first feature The Blair Witch Project kicked open the door for films like Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield that popularized the found footage subgenre on a massive scale.  Their contribution, “A Ride in the Park”, is the most concise, self-contained short in the second film and has a terrifically clever narrative hook that never leaves you questioning the camera justification.  V/H/S/2 also feature shorts from Gareth Evans and Timo TjahjantoAdam WingardSimon Barrett, and Jason Eisener.

During the press day for the film I jumped on the phone for an interview with Sanchez and Hale.  They talked about coming on board for the second film, Jaime Nash’s script, making a single-camera POV film, and the return of the anthology.  We also talked about their creative partnership, how found footage has changed since Blair Witch, their new Bigfoot film Exists, and more.  Check out the full interview after the jump.

First Red-Band Trailer and New Images for V/H/S/2

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The first red-band trailer for horror anthology V/H/S/2 is now available along with a couple of new images.  There’s plenty of blood, boobs and scares to warrant the red-band tag on this particular trailer.  We get glimpses of group suicides, exploding bodies, monstrous creatures and lots and lots of aliens.  Looks like a worthy successor to the original and it’s only a few weeks away!

Directed by Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans and Jason Eisener, V/H/S/2 will be on iTunes/On Demand June 6, 2013 and in theaters July 12, 2013.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out some new stills from the film.

SXSW 2013: V/H/S/2 Review

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The horror anthology sequel V/H/S/2 is a mixed bag, both in terms of the horror shorts it presents and the identity the franchise is trying to acquire.  Arriving a year after its predecessor, it’s clear that V/H/S/2 is meant to be the first of what should be an ongoing series where fan-favorite indie directors step behind the camera to deliver a horror short.  The sequel attempts to reduce the flabbier aspects of the original, but it also feels more standardized and therefore less exciting.  Additionally, two of the four shorts come across as underdeveloped or rushed.  But the ones that work are worth the price of admission, and make the strongest case for the existence of a V/H/S franchise.

V/H/S 2 Gets Release Date and New Images; Jonathan Levine’s ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE Gets General Release Date and New Poster

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Check out the latest updates in today’s horror news:

  • V/H/S 2 – The horror anthology sequel from directors Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Evans and Jason Eisener will be released on VOD on June 6th and in theaters July 12th.
  • All the Boys Love Mandy LaneWarm Bodies director Jonathan Levine’s 2006 feature directorial debut starring Amber Heard and Anson Mount will now be released later this summer.

Hit the jump for two new images from V/H/S 2 and the trailer, press release and poster for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.

First Teaser Trailer for S-VHS Horror Anthology

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In preparation for its debut at Sundance 2013, a new teaser trailer has gone online for horror anthology sequel S-VHS.  Much like S-VHS is an improved version of VHS tapes, S-VHS hopes to outdo its predecessor with sequences directed by Jason Eisener (Hobo With A Shotgun), Gareth Huw Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre), Edúardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale of Blair Witch Project and Adam Wingard (You’re Next), plus a segment from You’re Next writer Simon Barrett.  The new trailer doesn’t do much more than tease and beyond the footage of a young girl’s birthday party which gets violently interrupted, it’s hard to separate any substance out of the flashes of footage that follow.  S-VHS premieres at Sundance 2013 on January 19th.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself.

New to Blu-ray: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, and More

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One of the biggest films of the year finally hits home video this week on Blu-ray.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details.

Horror Anthology Sequel V/H/S 2 Adds Directors Gareth Evans and Eduardo Sanchez

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If Halloween’s got you hankering for another horror anthology, you’ll be pleased to hear about the gaggle of directors attached for V/H/S 2.  Chief among them are Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Lovely Molly).  The duo will be co-writing and co-directing different segments of the second installment of this year’s found-footage collection of horror shorts.  Also joining the directing team will be Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre) and Sanchez’s producing partner, Gregg Hale.  Hit the jump for more on V/H/S 2.  

David Bruckner Talks Creating a Monster for V/H/S, the Success of the Found Footage Format and THE SIGNAL Sequel We May Never See (But Hopefully Will)

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V/H/S is the latest release to capitalize on the found-footage craze.  The anthology film is structured around a group of criminals who are hired to break in to a desolate house and retrieve a mysterious videotape.  When they arrive at the house they find the owner dead in his recliner, facing a stack of TVs and a massive pile of videotapes.  In order to locate the correct video they begin watching the tapes one by one, each being a segment in the film.  These shorts include new interpretations on a monster, a masked stalker, a killer in the woods, a ghost story and some good ol’ Satanists; effectively providing a snapshot of the horror genre.  V/H/S is directed by Adam WingardTi WestDavid BrucknerJoe SwanbergGlenn McQuaid and newcomers Radio Silence.

During the press conference for the film, I was able to sit down for a one on one phone interview with David Bruckner, writer/director of the segment “Amateur Night”.  During the interview we discussed the inspiration behind the creature in the film, what affect the found footage format has on audiences, and the challenges attached to working in that format.  In addition, we also talked about what we could expect from a sequel to The Signal, how digital has shaped him as a filmmaker, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

Writer Simon Barrett Talks V/H/S, YOU’RE NEXT, THE ABCS OF DEATH, and the Pros and Cons of Making Horror Outside the Studio System

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V/H/S is the latest release to capitalize on the found-footage craze. The anthology film is structured around a group of criminals who are hired to break in to a desolate house and retrieve a mysterious videotape. When they arrive at the house they find the owner dead in his recliner, facing a stack of TVs and a massive pile of videotapes. In order to locate the correct video they begin watching the tapes one by one, each being a segment in the film. These shorts include new interpretations on a monster, a masked stalker, a killer in the woods, a ghost story and some good ol’ Satanists; effectively providing a snapshot of the horror genre. V/H/S is directed by Adam Wingard, Ti West, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, and newcomers Radio Silence.

During the press conference for the film, I was able to sit down for a one on one phone interview with writer Simon Barrett, who provided the script for the segment “The Sick Thing that Happened to Emily when she was Younger” and the wrap-around story “Tape 56”. During the interview we discussed his thoughts on the distant release scheduled for You’re Next, what we can expect from The ABCs of Death, and what’s wrong with studio horror today. Hit the jump for the full interview.

Director Adam Wingard Talks V/H/S, YOU’RE NEXT, DEAD SPY RUNNING, and THE ABCS OF DEATH

by     Posted 1 year, 290 days ago

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V/H/S is the latest release to capitalize on the found-footage craze.  The anthology film is structured around a group of criminals who are hired to break in to a desolate house and retrieve a mysterious videotape.  When they arrive at the house they find the owner dead in his recliner, facing a stack of TVs and a massive pile of videotapes.  In order to locate the correct video they begin watching the tapes one by one, each being a segment in the film.  These shorts include new interpretations on a monster, a masked stalker, a killer in the woods, a ghost story and some good ol’ Satanists; effectively providing a snapshot of the horror genre.  V/H/S is directed by Adam Wingard, Ti West, David Bruckner, Joe Swanberg, Glenn McQuaid and newcomers Radio Silence.

During the press conference for the film, I was able to sit down for a one on one phone interview with Adam Wingard, director of the wrap-around story “Tape 56”.  During the interview we discussed his approach to the found footage subgenre, the benefits of collaborative filmmaking, and taking a break from horror for Dead Spy Running.  In addition, we also talked about You’re Next, The ABCs of Death, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the full interview.

New Trailer for Horror Anthology V/H/S

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Magnolia followed up on the red band trailer for the horror anthology V/H/S with a green band trailer that is theoretically approved for all audiences.  Even with the friendlier green color, it is still too scary for me.  I can never see this, but based on our reviews from Sundance and SXSW, V/H/S is worth seeking out if you are more comfortable with the horror genre.

Ti West, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Adam Wingard, and Glenn McQuaid teamed up to direct V/H/S. The movie premieres on VOD August 31 before it hits theaters on October 5.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

Red Band Trailer for Horror Anthology V/H/S

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Magnolia has released a red band trailer for the horror anthology V/H/S.  The premise centers on a group of petty criminals who find a cache of VHS tapes: “As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.”  I had weeks of nightmares based on the videotape footage in The Ring, so this looks terrifying.  I cannot see this.  Based on our reviews from Sundance and SXSW, V/H/S is worth a watch if you can handle it.

Ti West, Joe Swanberg, Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Adam Wingard, and Glenn McQuaid teamed up to direct V/H/S. The movie premieres on VOD August 31 before it hits theaters on October 5.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

New Posters for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, V/H/S, and PITCH PERFECT

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New posters for The Amazing Spider-Man, the horror anthology V/H/S, and the a capella sing-off movie Pitch Perfect have gone online.  The Spidey poster is the first one to play up the romance angle between the wall-crawler (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), the V/H/S poster is kind of clever (click here for my review of the film), and Pitch Perfect‘s poster in no way tells you what the movie is about.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The Amazing Spider-Man opens in 3D on July 3rd.  V/H/S hits VOD on August 31st before hitting theaters on October 5th.  Pitch Perfect opens October 5th.

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