Trailer Tuesday: Escape Room

It was bound to happen eventually: there’s a horror movie being released about a group of friends getting caught in an Escape Room. Certain elements from the trailer seem awfully familiar to Saw (or literally any other horror movie that involves people trapped in a room fighting to get back out). If I watch this, it’s definitely going to be when it’s on Netflix. It looks pretty predictable and unoriginal.

It looks like the movie is going straight to DVD and VOD, so we’ll see how long it takes before you can stream it for free, if it’s a movie that’s up your alley.

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.

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Trailer Tuesday: The Monster Project

I first heard about The Monster Project while recently binging Modern Horrors’ podcast (which you should definitely listen to if you haven’t already–-they’re so entertaining). Their episodes are split into three parts, and Mathieu’s movie popped up in their “News” section of this episode. Now, this movie looks pretty ridiculous. The premise is that a documentary crew hires a bunch of people who claim to be monsters, and then find out they really are (dun dun dun!). The effects don’t look that amazing, either, but it’s possible they’ve done some extra editing since the trailer dropped. In short: This movie doesn’t look like it’ll be movie of the year, but it does look entertaining. The campy premise just speaks to.

I kind of wish The Monster Project had an October release, but alas it comes out 18 August.

Stay tuned for my review of Wish Upon, which will be coming out this week!

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.

Trailer Tuesday: What the Waters Left Behind (2017)

I knew nothing about this movie, so I made some observations while watching. They were:

  1. What the fuck is with the thumbnail?
  2. Johnny Cash! Yes!
  3. Digging the tone of this so far.
  4. Oh shit––the music got real intense, real fast.
  5. That’s a lot of blood.
  6. Animal imagery––I’ve got a lot to say about animals in horror movies. I should write that blog post.
  7. That’s a lot more blood.
  8. They put THAT in the trailer?
  9. Holy fucking shit that looks amazing.

I cannot wait to see this film.

I haven’t found any news as to when this will get released––hopefully soon!

Until next time, stay scary.

––E.

Trailer Tuesday: Leatherface (2017)

I wasn’t all that excited about Leatherface until I found out that the directors from Inside (or, À l’intérieur) were involved. That movie is one the most disturbing, most violent films that I’ve seen and loved––so I have high hopes that they will bring that special joie de vivre to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise. The trailer looks amazing. The moments they show don’t seem to give too much away, and the music used is perfect. Plus, we’ve got Lili Taylor in it, and I love her. I’m especially excited that it’s going to be a straight to VOD/DirectTV movie, because it means that they won’t have to cut any of the gore or disturbing moments to fit a particular rating. I know some folks think this means that the movie is going to suck, but I believe the exact opposite for this one. I think it’s going to be great.

I cannot wait to see this film, and I’m so glad it’s dropping in October. Happy Halloween to us all.

Until next time, stay scary.

––E.

Book Talk: ‘Salem’s Lot

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Author: Stephen King
Original date released: 17 October 1975
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 978-0-385-00751-1
Pages: 595
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Synopsis

Thousands of miles away from the small township of ‘Salem’s Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to ‘Salem’s Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.

(via Goodreads)

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I’ve had the reissue, illustrated edition of ‘Salem’s Lot sitting on my bookshelf for many years. I originally ordered it from one of those book club memberships where you’d get like three books free for just shipping, and then you’d get the catalog in the mail every season with new additions for a discount. I snatched up this copy, because it has about 100 pages of extra material at the end––a couple short stories based around ‘Salem’s Lot and “deleted scenes” from the main text. Like a lot of readers, I was waiting for “the right time to read it,” which turned out to be probably ten years after purchasing it. Whoops.

‘Salem’s Lot is the perfect summer read, which may sound unbelievable, but stay with me. Lot features certain elements that King does best: it’s a sprawling epic of a novel with a dozen recurring narrative voices in a small town where shit goes down. It’s the sort of novel you want when you’re sitting on your porch, drinking some iced tea, listening to the groan of cicadas. It’s atmospheric and haunting. The characters make stupid decisions, but they make stupid decisions that you’re somehow invested in. And, it’s quite a large book, and the summertime is the perfect time for large, devouring reads. I’d say the same thing about It––a King novel that I read last summer. Perhaps this will be a new tradition of mine: one huge King novel a summer.

Now, this is a horror blog, so you might be wondering if I found the novel scary or not. I do think there are creepy moments, particularly the scene with the school bus. That scene has stuck with me since finishing the novel, and might be that one moment I think back to fondly while discussing the book. It’s terrifying, and I loved it. At first, I was a bit unsure how the novel would juggle the haunted house trope along with the vampire trope, but King handled it well. Quite deliberately, the house felt like something out of a Shirley Jackson novel: it’s a sprawling, decaying spector to the quiet destruction of Jerusalem’s Lot.

And, if you’re a fan of vampires, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed by King’s take on the monster. The vampire, Kurt Barlow, is so sassy and witty; he stole the scenes he was in, and just like I root for Dracula, I wasn’t angry he was killing off a bunch of people in the town. He has a scene with the town pastor that is of particular delight to me, and one of the strongest, most compelling scenes in the novel. It centers around faith and belief and makes you question whether or not the town and its inhabitants want to be saved.

The one critique I have lies with the other characters in the novel. They don’t have a lot of personality (a lot of King’s characters tend to sound and act the same, I’ve found), and they don’t really develop throughout the book––but that sort of works in the novel. The one character I thought was pretty great was Mark Petrie. He’s a geeky twelve-year-old who loves universal monsters, and he’s arguably the smartest character in the novel. I would love a book that’s about him hunting vampires and nerdily talking about monsters as a grown up.

All in all, King’s writing and storytelling shines in ‘Salem’s Lot. It’s accessible and not too long or too weird if you’re new to Stephen King’s writing. I highly recommend!

Until next time, stay scary.

––E.

Trailer Tuesday: The Ritual

I hadn’t heard anything about this new movie–The Ritual–and only came across it scouring Youtube for new horror trailers. I’m glad I stumbled across it, because it looks like it could be promising. If you’ve been here for a while, you know I’m super into horror that takes place in nature. It’s one of my favorite sub-genres of horror. There are so many fun psychological twists and turns one can take, and this looks like it might be a lot of fun. It also looks like it might break the fourth wall a bit, or play with genre irony. I’m thinking, in particular, of the moment in the trailer where one of the characters says “This is definitely the house we die in,” or something along those lines. It’s a great line.

The Ritual comes out 13 October 2017.

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.

Trailer Tuesday: Midnighters (2017)

Midnighters is Alex Essoe’s new movie, which recently debuted at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Essoe, of course, starred in Starry Eyes, so when I heard this was her new movie, I knew I had to check it out. Midnighters appears to be pretty psychological, which is exciting. It’s been described as “Hitchcockian”–a bold statement to make, but an exciting one if it’s pulled off well.

I love that this movie seems to combine two horror tropes: the “I hit a stranger on a lonely road” trope and the “small town, everyone knows my secrets, and we’re all gonna die” trope. At least, those are what I picked up on in the trailer. With a dash of “is my husband lying to me!?” for good measure. I have high hopes for this one!

I’m not sure when Midnighters will come to the big screen or VOD. I’ll update when I have more information.

Until next time, stay scary.

–E.