Horror

The 2019 Popcorn Frights Film Festival hits Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 8th-16th and writer and director Brian Rosenthal will be in attendance! You might recognize Rosenthal from films such as Marvel Zombies vs. Army of DarknessAsh vs. Lobo and the DC Deadand the concept trailer for his sure-to-be cult classic, The Last Blockbuster.  Join Rosenthal and others on Saturday the 10th as they show off their hard work! With more than a week of incredible horror movies there’s sure to be something for every kind of horror fan!

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As the month of Halloween nears, the creepy and horrific only becomes more and more exciting. In the world of video games, almost nothing is more bloody and exhilarating than Dead by Daylight, the best multiplayer game where you can happily kill your friends.

Dead By Daylight is an asymmetric survival game that was released in the summer of 2016. Players can either be survivors working in teams of four to escape a killer’s murder arena, or as the killer hunting down the survivors. The base game came with 5 different survivor options and 4 killers. In the past two years, that has expanded to 14 survivors and 13 killers. Some have been added to the game for free, but others exist as low-cost DLCs.

The game came out amidst a few others similar to it, but its largest competitor, Friday The 13th, ended its updates earlier this year because of decreased sales. Right now, Dead By Daylight is the king of its fun, niche genre.

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A Quiet Place is based on a world where you can’t make a sound unless you want to be torn apart by some ugly ass monster. While the movie acts as though people know how to live a good life without dying, the reality is that most of us would be killed within the first month. (Or as many have figured on Twitter, their first fart.) Let’s face it we are creatures of habit and if we forget our cell phone or lose our electricity we have a complete meltdown. Here are a just a few reasons that you might die.
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With Disney making major bank off the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the better part of a decade, it was inevitable other movie studios would try to do the same. Universal tried to kickstart their so-called “Dark Universe” with The Mummy just two months ago (they failed). Just as moviegoers have begun to lose interest, Paramount hopes to turn the Transformers series into a shared universe. (Get ready for Bumblebee to have his own standalone movie next year.) Warner Bros. looked like they were best situated to match Marvel superhero for superhero, but stumbled repeatedly over the last few years, finally righting the figurative ship earlier this summer with Wonder Woman. But what’s better than one cinematic universe? Two, of course. Which brings us to Annabelle: Creation, the prequel to the prequel/spin-off of what’s being called the “Conjuring Universe.” Here’s the thing: If Annabelle: Creation, a modestly budgeted, period-set, old-school supernatural flick directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), is any indication, Warner Bros. just might succeed and at a fraction of the comic-book/superhero price.

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The audience for AMC’s The walking Dead is huge. Bigger even than the shambling multitude of corpses that chase its protagonists around our screens every Sunday night. Now that the show has earned its well-deserved eighth season renewal, there’s no reason to think that the end is in anywhere near in sight. The story of the intrepid band of beleaguered survivors battling undead hordes can’t be contained in a paltry eight seasons. In fact, as Show runner Scott Gimple recently hinted, It can’t even be contained by the small screen.

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For many cosplayers, creating costumes is about paying tribute to as many of your favourite characters as you can. For others, it’s about finding something you’re really good at, something you love, and honing your ability to create it until you could be mistaken for the real thing. Katie Sheddock is one such artist. She started consplaying in her teens and soon found it to be a great outlet for her love of zombies. Over the past few years, she has experimented with materials and styles to join the ranks of the walking undead. At the first ever Walker Stalker Con UK, she was spotted and her face is now emblazoned across the promos for next year’s event. (more…)

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Depending on how old you are, you might have heard about a campy horror film from the 1980s called Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Yes, you read that right, that’s precisely what the film was about. The film centered on aliens who look eerily similar to circus clowns that landed in a small town and proceed to murder, capture, kill, and even eat the townsfolk. The film was cheesy, but really fun and has since then gained a cult status thanks to home video releases. With everything getting rebooted, why the hell not Killer Klowns From Outer Space?

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Before the genius of Cloverfield, before the tedium of the Paranormal Activity sequels, and before the utter mediocrity of The Gallows, 1999’s The Blair Witch Project was the found footage horror film that started it all. Anybody who was a high school student in the late 90’s will probably remember this film as the one all of the grungey kids with black leather boots and waist-long hair lined up in droves to see at the multiplex. Whether you love or hate the film, it’s impossible to deny that it was a cultural phenomenon when it came out, and was a huge success for the filmmakers. However, despite its fame and longevity as a found footage classic, there is still more of the film that has yet to be seen.

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The extensive trench of 80’s horror films and creature features is a slippery slope one can find themselves on, looking for new thrills once the ‘famous’ monsters have had their day on your screen. One of the beasts that just couldn’t breakthrough the finish line tape of ‘mainstream success’ was 1988’s Pumpkinhead, a disgusting ghoul with a cool design, amazing practical effects, and hammy story that ultimately bogs it down just a little too much for it to appeal to anyone other than diehard cultists of the genre. Perhaps that’s why, of all the dumb remakes and reboots we’ve seen over the years of horror movies that simply did not need them, Pumpkinhead may be worth giving a shot—which is exactly what’s happening.  (more…)

The horror genre goes through phases. At its height, the main draw was an unstoppable superhuman monster that stalked the hero (usually heroine). Through the endless sequels, that appeal went away. The genre reinvented itself through irony during the 90s and made a new generation fall in love with it. Throughout the genre’s many stages of evolution, it’s usually been about teens making terrible decisions, and the things in the dark that go and attack them. Green Room follows many of the rules for horror and is a captivating film. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier creates a tense, gory, violent, haunted house film, but instead of the monsters being the undead, they are Neo-Nazis led by the legendary Patrick Stewart.

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