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4:00 PM on 09.04.2014

Five new Tusk images show off our main characters, Michael Parks' stitchwork?

I really, really want Kevin Smith's Tusk to be good. I really did not like Red State, and this movie just looks so delightfully twisted. It's also the first in a trilogy of films, and if it's anything like his last&...

Sean Walsh

10:00 AM on 09.04.2014

First red band trailer for The ABC's of Death 2

The ABCs of Death was a neat experiment in which twenty six different directors took a letter of the alphabet and crafted a horror short. With as frantic of a premise as that naturally some of the segments were more enjoyabl...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 09.03.2014

Underworld reboot in the works for some reason

Underworld: Awakening released over two years ago, so it's natural that there'd be talk of the next film in the series (since it also earned the most in the franchise). Awakening seemed to introduce new characters capable of ...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 09.02.2014

First trailer for sci-fi musical Bang Bang Baby starring Jane Levy

Bang Bang Baby, has both the best premise and title. Starring Jane Levy (Evil Dead) as a teenager in the 60s who hopes to become a singer before a local chemical plant's waste stars mutating the inhabitants of the town. She ...

Nick Valdez



Review: As Above, So Below photo
Review: As Above, So Below
by Sean Walsh

So, every now and then, I get really excited about a movie from its trailer (which is the point of a trailer, of course). My top three, in no particular order, would probably be 21 Jump Street, Watchmen, and Guardians of the Galaxy. I love trailers, but I tend to try not to get pumped for a lot of movies just in case they show the best stuff in the trailer and I end up walking out of the movie all pouty.

That being said, I could barely contain my excitement for As Above, So Below. A found footage movie in the catacombs beneath Paris that leads the hapless protagonists into literal hell? Ghosts from their past coming back to do more than just haunt them? My hype level was at an all-time high. I thought, "Could this be the film that reinvigorates the found footage genre?" I was so excited, I made sure I didn't watch the new trailer they released last week (see below), just in case it would taint my overall giddiness.

Could this movie possibly match my expectations? Did I set myself up for my own ninety-minute trip into hell? Strap on your headlamps and find out below. 

I would also like to include a trigger warning for anybody reading this that has aversion to frightening images. The pictures below are pretty in-your-face, as is befitting of a found footage horror film, and I don't want anybody getting upset.

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10:00 AM on 08.27.2014

Trailer for The Pyramid is yet another found footage movie

With Halloween just around the corner, we're going to run the gamut of horror films that all want that your hard earned candy money (I don't know how Halloween works). So we'll try our best to only tell you about the distinc...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Brawn vs. Brainless: Lionsgate picks up Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie film 'Maggie'

Arnold Schwarzenegger has fought a lot of things in his heyday: predators, mercenaries, illegitimate children, Satan, kindergartners, robots, and even mutants on Mars. One thing that he hasn't battled, to my knowledge, is a z...

Sean Walsh

12:00 PM on 08.26.2014

Red Band Trailer for As Above, So Below is above and also below

Opening later this week, I'm pretty interested in As Above, So Below. Although I don't like the title, I've always wanted someone to utilize that giant grave site under the streets of France for some kind of horror thriller. It may look a bit more generic than I initially thought, but I'm hoping the setting helps alleviate some of that feeling.  As Above So Below releases August 29th. 

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.26.2014

Trailer for sasquatch film Exists, uh, exists

When I don't know how to react to a trailer I'm posting here, I like to rely on the running joke "Trailer for [Movie] exists." And I'd like to take the film, Exists, for completely throwing that joke out.  Anyway, ...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 08.25.2014

First teaser for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

I've never seen 2012's The Woman in Black for myself, but I've heard good things. Not particularly about the film's plot, but hey, whatever works. Anyway, here's the first super brief teaser for its sequel, The Woman in Blac...

Nick Valdez



Review: Cam2Cam photo
Review: Cam2Cam
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

In past reviews, I've written about the problems with poor subtitles on foreign films. Improper use of language serves as a distraction from the comedy or drama and makes the experience worse. I love the English language. It's my lifeblood and my livelihood. So when I see it mangled, I get angry. When it comes to foreign films, I can at least forgive the fundamental language barrier. It's the reality of a love of foreign films, and I am willing to cut some slack.

But though Cam2Cam takes place in Bangkok, the film is in English and was ostensibly written by someone whose first language was English. I say ostensibly because I have trouble believing that's true.

Then again, what was I supposed to expect from a movie called "Cam2Cam"?

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7:00 PM on 08.21.2014

This trailer for Annabelle does not look very good

More like Anna-blegh.   

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Trailer for Open Windows features windows, they're possibly open

Open Windows is a film that probably could've been much better. It's got a lot of promise with a talented cast (Sasha Grey and Elijah Wood) and director (Nacho Vigalondo), but it falls apart toward the finale. It was the fir...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 08.12.2014

Evil Dead 2 not likely to happen

I was quite the fan of the relaunch of Evil Dead, and with rumors of Ash returning for a crossover at some point and a sequel pretty much confirmed things looked up for more ridiculous bloodshed and awesome. Then director Fed...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Green Inferno on hold indefinitely

Sad news for those you like the boundary pushing of Eli Roth and the disturbing Cannibal Holocaust. His homage to that film, Green Inferno, has been put on hold indefinitely. It's not because of any controversy, surprisi...

Matthew Razak



Production has begun on the Herschell Gordon Lewis co-directed Herschell Gordon Lewis' Bloodmania photo
Production has begun on the Herschell Gordon Lewis co-directed Herschell Gordon Lewis' Bloodmania
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

If you don't know the name Herschell Gordon Lewis, then you have missed an extremely important part of film history. H. G. Lewis' effects are seen in cinemas all over the world even today; his 1963 film Blood Feast was the first film to feature serious gore, and it started a revolution. It was followed up by two more films, collectively known as The Blood Trilogy (discussed at length in an article I wrote back in 2011).

After a string of other ultra-violent films, he quit directing in 1972 following the fascinating The Gore-Gore Girls. And suddenly he returned to the scene thirty years later with 2002's Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (discussed at length in an article I wrote in 2012). Blood Feast 2 is easily one of my favorite films made in the history of forever, and though I didn't see his next film, 2009's The Uh! Oh! Show, I'm now officially excited for his next project, Herschell Gordon Lewis' Bloodmania, which began production yesterday.

Bloodmania is a film in four parts, two of which will be directed by Lewis and the other two will be directed by names I don't recognize (Benjamin Ross Hayden and Kevin Littlelight), but it's really about the man whose name is three quarters of the title. As with his other recent films, Bloodmania is going to be a comedy, and it will almost definitely be amazing. While it's exciting that production is underway, I'm unhappy about the release period: Spring, 2015. I would have much preferred an Apple approach, "Oh hey! Movie! It's out today!" But I'll take what I can get (at least when what I can get is another movie made by H. G. Lewis).

Guess I'll just have to watch Blood Feast 2 a couple hundred times in anticipation. Sigh.

Full press below.

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Fantasia Review: WolfCop photo
Fantasia Review: WolfCop
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Puns are a lot more interesting than most people give them credit for. While they're exceedingly easy to come up with and throw into literally every conversation ever, they're much harder to actually pull off.

The title for the WolfCop trailer on YouTube (embedded below) is "Here comes the Fuzz." You get it? Because they call cops "The Fuzz." It's like Hot Fuzz, except that name isn't a pun. "Here comes the Fuzz" is an example of an acceptable pun. It's fine, you might chuckle, but then you get on with your day. It doesn't resonate. "Dirty Harry... Only Hairier," the poster's tagline (seen above), is a step in the right direction.

But the Fantasia description for WolfCop starts with the most brilliant phrase ever written by a human: "No one is above the claw." And that is something else entirely. That is freaking hilarious, and 50% of why I watched WolfCop, a decision that was 100% the best thing I could have done with those 79 minutes.

[The Fantasia International Film Festival is currently taking place in Montreal through August 7th. As it begins to wind down, we'll be reviewing some of the interesting things we saw there. For more information, head here. For all of our coverage, go here.]

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10:00 AM on 07.30.2014

First official trailer for Kevin Smith's Tusk

Regardless of our opinions on Kevin Smith here at Flixist, we always seem to find ourselves talking about him. It's because he's managed to turn his few successes into a huge marketing juggernaut with the "Askewniverse," pod...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 07.23.2014

UPDATE: First images of Goosebumps starring Jack Black

UPDATE: We've gotten more images! Most importantly, we have our first look at Slappy the Puppet, one of the standouts from the Goosebumps universe. Other than that, I have no idea what the other monsters are although one look...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 07.23.2014

New clip from Honeymoon is intriguing (and not spoiler-y)

Although I never reviewed it, Honeymoon was the best film I saw at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. It's a cabin in the woods sort of film with some nice creep factor and incredible chemistry between the two main charact...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

4:00 PM on 07.21.2014

The Ring 3 gets director, reminds us it exists

Do you folks remember The Ring? It was a horror movie in which watching a VHS tape leads to your death in seven days when a ghost girl comes out of a TV to eat donuts or something. It was all the rage for about two weeks, the...

Nick Valdez



Enter to win a The Purge: Anarchy prize pack! photo
Enter to win a The Purge: Anarchy prize pack!
by Liz Rugg

Good afternoon, dear readers! In honor of #CrimeDay, the release day of The Purge: Anarchy, we have an extra special giveaway in store for you! To help you on your crimey-est Crime Day adventures, we're giving away to one lucky reader a The Purge: Anarchy t-shirt (size L only) and a The Purge: Anarchy flashlight. All you have to do to enter to win is comment below or tweet at us (@Flixist) telling us how you would spend your own Crime Day! Also check out below for five interactive gifs with "5 Things To Know Before You Watch The Purge: Anarchy.” (Move your mouse across the gifs to interact with them.)

The astute Flixist reader may remember one of the staff's most favorite Flixistentialism podcast episodes where we invented the Crime Day idea, if you haven't listened to it, or just want to relive the glory days with us, check it out here!

This contest open to the Continental United States only. Each household is only eligible to win one The Purge prize pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. This contest will end Friday, July 25th 2014, so get your entries in now!

NOTE: Flixist and Modern Method do not actually endorse breaking any laws or regulations. Crime Day is just a joke. A good joke.

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