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1:00 PM on 01.05.2015

First images of Del Toro's Crimson Peak are just the best

It might be a little too early to call it, but I'm going for it. Judging by these few images of Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming Crimson Peak, it's going to be the greatest thing ever. A gothic horror film starring Jessica Chast...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Babadook photo
Review: The Babadook
by Nick Valdez

I've been interested in The Babadook ever since our editor supreme, Matthew Razak, wrote a feature detailing how progressive it was. If you've read any of my reviews in the past (or any of my other work here on Flixist), you know that I'm not a particular fan of horror films. Besides being a giant baby man who scares easily, the horror genre isn't exactly the most unique genre out there. You see one film, you've seen them all. 

But within the last few years, horror films have been trying their best to remind us why they're special in the first place. Horror can explore and exploit what other films can't: darkness, depression, anxiety, fear, regret, and loneliness. 

The Babadook wraps all of that up into one fantastic package as it becomes one of the most original horror films of the decade. 

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3:00 PM on 12.09.2014

It Follows sets up atmosphere with French trailer

I haven't been to enough festivals this year to have caught It Follows yet, which is a shame because it's being mentioned in the same breath as The Badabook when talking about horror films. The trailer above doesn'...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Cary Fukunaga to start It adaptation next summer

A new film adaptation of Stephen King's It has been bouncing around for a while now with director Cary Fukunaga attached. It hasn't really gotten off the ground, though, but now, possibly because Fukunaga is so cool nowa...

Matthew Razak



What Is Your Pleasure? Vivisecting the Hellraiser series pt. 1 photo
What Is Your Pleasure? Vivisecting the Hellraiser series pt. 1
by Sean Walsh

What happens when two Flixist writers who have seen only bits and pieces (or none at all) of a franchise have nothing better to do? Obviously, they team up to watch the entire franchise and write articles about it! And that's exactly what Megan and I have done with the Hellraiser series.

I have fond memories of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth from a VHS that I recorded the Sci-Fi Channel cut of the film onto and vague recollections of first, second, and fourth movies. Megan, on the other hand, has not seen any of the films.

With that being said, we do hope you'll join us on this decent into Hell. To spare you the madness we're subjecting ourselves to, we've split this nine-film franchise into three parts.

Also, we've rated the movies out of five adorable Kawaii Cenobites. Enjoy!

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Flixgiving: Matt is thankful for The Babadook photo
Flixgiving: Matt is thankful for The Babadook
by Matthew Razak

I can count the number of truly scary horror films I've seen this year on one finger. That's not to say there haven't been other good horror movies, but for a horror buff like myself it takes something special to actually make me scared. Like worried to walk upstairs in a dark house scared. Most people wouldn't be thankful to have nightmares, but the last time a horror movie gave me one was when I was a kid. That is until I watched The Babadook (review coming).

But there are great horror movies coming out every year and while I'm thankful for them I'm not writing entire blogs dedicated to my thanks for them. There's an extra layer of thanks for The Badadook that I'd have towards it even if I hadn't seen it and that's because it's a horror film directed by a woman (Jennifer Kent), which, in case you hadn't noticed, isn't something that comes along very often.

[Happy Flixgiving, everyone! We'll be posting these leading up to the actual Thanksgiving. Click here to see all of the films our writers are thankful for.]

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10:00 AM on 11.20.2014

Trailer for The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

The Woman in Black was a competently done horror film that offered up some pretty good scares and then went along its way to be mostly forgotten. Or so we thought. Hammer, the production company behind the film, though ...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Insidious: Chapter 3 and The Conjuring 2 get new release dates

Hey, do you like horror movies? Did you see the latest Conjuring spin-off Annabelle and liked it? Then boy do I have news for the two of you. The Conjuring 2 and Insidious: Chapter 3 have new release dates! Did you see that t...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 11.06.2014

First image from Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers debuts

The first promotional image for Kevin Smith's next project, Yoga Hosers, has been released, and if you've seen Tusk, it features some familiar faces. The store clerks from Eh-2-Zed are back and look as apathetic as ever, tho...

Megan Porch

7:00 PM on 10.31.2014

It's Halloween night, so here's Thriller

This counts as a movie, right? Ah whatever, have a safe holiday! 

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Here's our first look at Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Did you know there was an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the works? It's been in development hell for quite some time with a script that's been written and rewritten many times ov...

Nick Valdez



Snaxist: Krispy Kreme's Ghostbusters Donuts photo
Snaxist: Krispy Kreme's Ghostbusters Donuts
by Nick Valdez

To celebrate Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary, Krispy Kreme teamed up with the film and produced two specialty donuts: The Ghostbusters Donut and Stay Puft Marshmallow. Reading the press release for the two made them sound like they were made out of marshmallows and dreams. Instead, they were made out of something closer to whatever Slimer is.  

I should probably explain a few things first. As a man who love donuts (not "doughnuts" you monsters) so much he wants to get a chain of them tattooed around his arm, I do not like Krispy Kreme's brand of battered sugar. It's almost as if they forget donuts are supposed to be made out of something other than glazed air. But as with all Snaixists, I went into this with an open mind and open stomach. Read on for my impressions of these "fine delicacies." 

[Snaxist is all about the movie endorsed food. We'll stuff our faces, destroy our bodies, point out why or why not eating endorsed foods is a good idea, and write about it all for your entertainment!] 

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5:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Flix for Short: Tuck Me In

The winner of the 2014 Filminute one-minute-film festival, Tuck Me In is an awesome example of minimalist horror. After years and years of so-called scary movies that go on for way too long and show too much, this gives viewers just the right taste of something to be pretty disturbed by.

Megan Porch



FlixList: The Ten Best Horror Films on Netflix Instant (2014 Edition) photo
FlixList: The Ten Best Horror Films on Netflix Instant (2014 Edition)
by Nick Valdez

The tradition of watching scary movies during the Halloween season is now easier to keep up with than ever thanks to Netflix Instant. But with all the content available on the service, how do you know which ones are truly worth your precious couch time? Thankfully I, Flixist's resident expert on Besteverology, Nick Valdez, have used my lack of Halloween plans to gather a list of the ten best horror films on the service. 

Couple of rules: There's no real order to these films as they're all pretty scary in their own way, only one film per franchise, and they had to be available on Netflix Instant as of the time of writing. So sadly no American Psycho as it's leaving the service pretty soon. 

With all of that said, cuddle up with your candy corn cocktail, Jack O' Lantern filled with gummy bears, and sexy Charlie Brown costume and read this list of the Ten Best Horror Films on Netflix Right Now. 

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Review: Ouija photo
Review: Ouija
by Nick Valdez

Ouija, read as "wee jah" and not "wee gee," is the latest in a line of films I can't believe exist. Movies are pretty much made from anything with a recognizable name now. I mean, we're in a post-Battleship world here people, so sky's the limit for potential money makers. What's next? An ultra dramatic adaptation of Operation? A super depressing Life? What about a science fiction take on Mouse Trap? 

But Ouija wants to avoid all of this by attempting to be a horror movie that just so happens to involve a certain toy...sort of like the million other films that feature the game. But the main question here is: Can Ouija mine horror tropes and go beyond its namesake to become a film capable of standing on its on two feet?

Not really, no. 

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1:00 PM on 10.23.2014

First teaser trailer for Insidious: Chapter 3

I've never been truly interested in the Insidious series until now. You know why? There's a scene in this teaser where a girl learns her house is haunted through texts...on her T MOBILE SIDEKICK. Oh my god. Insidious: Chapter 3 releases May 29th next year. Check out the poster in the gallery. 

Nick Valdez





5:00 PM on 10.21.2014

James Wan returning for The Conjuring 2

In case you missed the news The Conjuring 2 was delayed until 2016 instead of having a 2015 release date. That was kind of weird because Annabelle did really well at the box office so you'd think they'd want more ou...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Saw producers are ready for more Saw

How many Saw films were there? It seems like twenty were crammed into the franchise's six year run (2004-2010), but now producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules feel like a four-six year break is long enough for people to want mor...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.09.2014

Flix for Short: There's a Man in the Woods

A short, spooky animation by CalArts student Jacob Streilein about a school teacher, a nasty little boy, and the power of rumors. It's a fantastic way to spend your coffee break. [via Vimeo]

Sean Walsh

10:00 AM on 10.07.2014

The Purge 3 happening because money

Usually when I write about sequel announcements, I like to use the title you see above in order to express what little emotion I have. But I'm conflicted here. While The Purge is getting a third entry because The Purge: Anarc...

Nick Valdez

12:20 PM on 09.25.2014

The Babadook's trailer is going to creep you out

The Babadook has been getting great buzz since Sundance and judging from this trailer there's a reason why. Stark and taught the film looks damn scary as it relies on tension and style to scare over blood and gore. I'm ...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 09.24.2014

Red Band trailer for V/H/S: Viral

The V/H/S series has always scared the heck out of me. I don't why these films hit me harder than any other found footage film, but they just do. I think it might be the static in between vignettes as they give me the feelin...

Nick Valdez