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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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11:00 AM on 07.18.2014

First teaser trailer for Conjuring spin-off, Annabelle

Because I'm feeling far colder toward spin-offs and sequels lately, I still can't believe this exists and is coming to theaters rather than home video. I know production of these films is always quick, but man it feels like ...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Purge: Anarchy photo
Review: The Purge: Anarchy
by Nick Valdez

The Purge came and went without much fanfare. It had an interesting premise (which spawned the #CrimeDay Twitter game here on Flixist), but wasted it with a by-the-numbers home invasion film. When The Purge: Anarchy was first announced (along with the sentiment that we'd get a new Purge film every year), I was initially against the idea of yet another mediocre franchise getting run into the ground. 

But, Anarchy has something no other Blumhouse Productions film has (the company that's responsible for Paranormal Activity and Insidious): Quality. For once, I found myself okay with getting more of the same series. 

If every Purge film can be as good as Anarchy going forward, then we're in for a hell of a good time. 

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12:00 PM on 07.17.2014

First trailer for Ouija, a movie someone thought was a good idea

I really, really can't believe this exists. You know how on some TV shows you'll see a joke about an intentionally bad trailer based on a random product? This is exactly like one of those. In the same vein as Battleship, Oui...

Nick Valdez





2:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Annabelle from The Conjuring gets spin-off release date

If you remember The Conjuring, which you may not since it was kind of forgettable, then you probably remember the creepy ass doll Annabelle. As with all dolls who look old it was pretty damn scary and evidently caught on enou...

Matthew Razak



Review: Deliver Us From Evil photo
Review: Deliver Us From Evil
by Mike Cosimano

In all my years seeing movies, I don’t think I’ve seen a collective shrug quite like the one my theater experienced upon leaving Deliver Us From Evil. A passive gesture of that magnitude could only have been triggered by a film destined to fall into obscurity the instant Wal-Mart removes it from the featured DVD rack.

You will not hate Deliver Us From Evil, but I’ll bet all the money in my pockets against all the money in your pockets that you won’t remember it long after you’ve left the theater. (Unless clinging on to memories of sub-par movies is part of your job, in which case, you have my sympathies.)

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Review: Beneath photo
Review: Beneath
by Nick Valdez

Coal mining is a scarily dangerous profession. Our need for crude energies leads thousands of people to risk their lives every day mining for energy. It's a wonder that with such harsh conditions, it's taken this long for a film to capitalize on that setting's natural creepiness. Now we finally have one in Beneath, a film inspired by a true story of several miners getting trapped in a mine. 

Eschewing traditional horror and instead developing a surprising psychological thriller, Beneath is a unique take on paranoia, isolation, and suffocation. It's just too bad you don't really care what happens to any of these people. 

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10:00 AM on 06.24.2014

Second trailer for The Purge: Anarchy has crimes in it

Although I don't really like The Purge because it never focused on cool crimes like eating zoo animals or naked jaywalking*, it's got a wonderful premise that's ripe for stories. And it looks like The Purge: Anarchy is going...

Nick Valdez



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

Coherence is part of a genre that will be heretofore referred to as "subtle sci-fi." Mention sci-fi to anyone and they'll think of Star Wars or Star Trek first. And they'll think of those films because that's what we've been bred to believe sci-fi is. These are worlds unlike our own, whether they're far in the future or a way in the past. They may feature people who look like us, but their characters don't really live like us. They're surrounded by robots and aliens and guns that shoot lasers. They're the things we imagine our technology will be capable of.

What people won't think of is Coherence, even though it's firmly entrenched in that genre. They won't think about it because the world of Coherence is the same one you and I am writing in and the same one you are reading in. There's no special technology, nothing that distinguishes their world from ours. Everything feels real not just on a dramatic level but on a visceral level. You believe that these people are in this position, and you wonder if maybejust maybeit could happen to you.

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12:00 PM on 06.17.2014

Here are two posters for Dracula Untold featuring a man of bats

Dracula Untold, formerly (and awfully) titled Dracula: Year Zero, has debuted two new posters for you to compare to Batman. I don't really understand why we need an origin film for Dracula, or why someone would ask for o...

Nick Valdez