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[Editorial] Why Are We So Against Romance In Horror?

Do you believe in destiny? That even the powers of time can be altered for a single purpose? That the luckiest man who walks on this earth is the one who finds… true love?” – Count Dracula (Bram Stoker’s Dracula 1992)

There was a time in horror when romance was an integral part of the story, where love and the actions that characters would take for it were what moved the plot forward. Films such as the aforementioned Bram Stoker’s Dracula spring to mind as do many of the classical Universal monster films, Cronenberg’s The Fly, Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China, and countless more.

With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, I thought that I would share my thoughts on the topic of romance in horror and why it seems to have faded. READ MORE

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[BEST & WORST '12] Supporting Staff's Best & Worst Horror Films of 2012!

This year, we’ve welcomed a lot of new writers to our home video review team and wanted them to get in on the year-end list action. The really neat thing about their picks is that out of all the submissions, nobody chose the same films for either category – plenty o’ variety on these lists. Check past the break for Patrick Cooper, Lauren Taylor, and Michael Erb’s Best & Worst Horror Films of 2012! READ MORE

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[News Bites] 'Kilometer 31' Sequel, Japanese Posters For 'Cabin in the Woods' and 'Storge 24'

Twitch is reporting that Mexican director Rigoberto Castaneda is developing a sequel to his 2006 horror Kilometer 31. No details are present at this time. In KM 31, “After the tragic death of their mother when they were children, twin sisters Agata and Catalina Hameran developed a special skill, a way of communicating without speaking, a “link” between them. After a mysterious accident on Kilometer 31, Agata falls into a coma. Catalina, thanks to their “link”, feels the pain and tragedy that her sister is going through at the time of the accident. Following a series of supernatural events, Catalina realizes that their “link” is stronger than ever and that her sister Agata is screaming for help from her unconscious state. Catalina is now determined to find out what really happened to her sister in order to help her wake up. Nuño, Agata’s long time friend, and Omar, Catalina’s boyfriend, agree to help her. But they soon find out that not only is Agata in a coma, but she is also trapped between reality and an ancient legend, the legend of La Llorona.

In addition, the IMP Awards has shared Japanese posters for Lionsgate’s The Cabin in the Woods and Magnet’s Storage 24, both already released here in the States. Drew Goddard’s Cabin, which made plenty of our year end “best” lists, follows a group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. Storage takes place in London where a military cargo plane crashes leaving its highly classified contents strewn across the city. READ MORE

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[BEST & WORST '12] Corey Mitchell's Top 15 Festival Horror Films of 2012

I’m old and have two young daughters. Before kids, I used to go to the movies at least two times a week. Now, I almost never head out to the theater to catch a first-run movie. I do, however, get to attend a couple of film festivals each year.

As a result, I get to see a lot of movies that many of you won’t see for a long time. Just think of these reviews as a primer for shit you should most definitely check out whenever you can.

Some of these films have since had theatrical runs; a few with limited runs, and some are available on DVD or Netflix. Most of these though have not seen the darkness of a theater outside of their film festival runs.

Do yourself a favor and track them down. You’ll be glad you did. READ MORE

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[BEST & WORST '12] David Harley's List of the Best Horror Films of 2012!

I can’t believe 2012 is almost over. Partly because the year flew by, but mostly because not many films that came out truly left an impression. As horror fans, I think we’re in the same sort of position we were in at the tail-end of all the torture crap; we need a new movement. A new direction. A new something. Anything. We’ve gone through a few trends in the past few years (found footage, ghosts, and vampires to name a few), but nobody is doing anything interesting with them at the moment.

The reason I’m doing all this complaining as a preface for my Best Of list is because this is the first year since I’ve been writing for the site that I haven’t been able to come up with a Top Ten. Either I pulled a Rip Van Winkle and slept through the year or 2012 was a huge bummer. Below are my five favorite horror films of the year, along with a really fun honorable mention that just barely didn’t make it onto the list. READ MORE

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[BEST & WORST '12] Lonmonster’s List Of The Best Films Of 2012

As you can imagine, I watch a lot of horror movies, and having to choose my favorite films of the year was a righteous challenge. It’s a rare occurrence to sit through a movie and feel completely fulfilled. But it’s the great films that make my job so worthwhile. Taking the time to reflect on my favorite films of 2012 allowed me to appreciate just how wonderful horror can be. It made me proud to be a part of this community.

My list is a true melting pot, gathering studio films and indie films alike in order to showcase that good horror comes in all shapes and sizes. In fact, my top film of the year is probably the one with the lowest budget.

I had a tough time ranking my top five picks; I switched the order countless times before I finally conceded. It came down to a simple question, “Which movie stuck in my mind throughout the year above all others?” READ MORE

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[BEST & WORST '12] Mr. Disgusting’s List of the Best Horror Films of 2012!

Every year I seem to have a conversation with someone about how weak the year was for horror. Reflecting back, I think it’s more so that every year there are a few gems that need plucking from a landfill of garbage. This doesn’t mean it was a “bad year,” it just means that the goodies are to be discovered and then celebrated.

My odd scenario comes in that I attend major festivals – Sundance, SXSW, TIFF and more- thus, I see quite a bit more than the average folk…and I see everything early. This isn’t me bragging, more so just a note that, like previous years, most of the films on my list have yet to be released.

I just hope that this list, which also carries the first two ever “Editor’s Choice” tags, gives you all a few films to be excited for in 2013. Shit, you may finally get to see You’re Next this year, too! READ MORE

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'Cabin In The Woods' DLC For 'Left 4 Dead 2' Came So Close To Happening

I hope you don’t cry easily, because this one’s a tear-jerker. If you looked really closely during a certain scene in Drew Goddard’s The Cabin In The Woods, you might’ve noticed a few unexpected cameos. Without spoiling anything, though seriously, if you haven’t seen this brilliant film yet, you need to remedy that immediately — the Witch, Boomer, and Tank from Valve’s Left 4 Dead series can be seen doing their thing in a scene near the end of the movie. I noticed the Boomer when I saw it in the theater, but I didn’t notice the other two, or Alma from F.E.A.R., until I watched it at home where I could pause it every half-second to more easily soak in that fantastic final act.

Apparently, there’s a reason behind this. During a recent Reddit AMA, Goddard explained the reason behind the appearance of these characters. It’s a little spoilery, so head past the break for more.
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Chris Hemsworth Takes The Lead In Spielberg's 'Robopocalypse'

Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming film Robopocalypse, scripted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin In The Woods), hits theaters April 25, 2014, almost a year later than originally planned. Based on the novel of the same name by Daniel H. Wilson, the plot explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising. And now they’re casting up! According to reports, Chris Hemsworth (pictured above; Thor, The Cabin In The Woods, Snow White And The Huntsman) has been chosen as the film’s lead.

Per Deadline, “Spielberg met and now wants Hemsworth in his next helming effort Robopocalypse, the big technothriller which is sure to become the director’s next big global popcorn film.

Robopocalypse – which comes from Disney, Fox and DreamWorks – hits theaters on April 25th, 2014.

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Take The Expanded Ultimate Horror Challenge!!! How Do You Rank Now?

We have heard your cries! MANY of you felt that the The Ultimate Horror Challenge wasn’t comprehensive enough! So we included an additional 20 films that round it out a bit more. Many of these are from your suggestions! But this still isn’t a list of every horror movie ever made. And it still doesn’t contain every major work of every horror auteur (there’s still no John Carpenter’s They Live or Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left).

The next update will be the Ultimate Horror Challenge: Final Edition – where we take your best new suggestions and use them to get up to 101 films that every horror fan should see! So in addition to your ranking, let us know which films should make the cut! Should newer fan favorites like Frozen or The Devil’s Rejects be included? Should we go back and pick up a few more old-school slashers? You’re shaping the Final 20! Discuss and vote and I’ll tally it up!

There are now 81 Films listed below the jump. Each film you’ve seen earns you 1 Point. Count out how many you’ve seen and let us know which category you fall into!

1-10 Points: Soccer Mom

11-20 Points: Mildly Adventurous

21-30 Points: Casual Fan

31-40 Points: Enthusiast

41-50 Points: Hardcore

51-60 Points: Unstable

61-70 Points: Need Meds

71-80 Points: Psychopath

81 Points: Special Circle Of Hell

Head inside to take the challenge! The films are listed in no particular order. This is NOT a ranking! READ MORE

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Take The Ultimate Horror Challenge!!! What's Your Score?

This isn’t a list of every horror movie ever made. Nor does it contain every major work of every horror auteur (you’ll notice we didn’t include John Carpenter’s They Live or Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left). Rather, this is a compendium of films that we feel – in one way or another – are essential viewing for every horror fan. Some are mainstream (Poltergeist), some aren’t (Cannibal Holocaust). It’s a broad sampling of key films from the genre.

But you don’t have to be a horror die-hard to take the challenge! If you’re comfortable being a “Soccer Mom”, simply clock how many of these you have (or haven’t) seen and let us know! There are 61 Films listed below the jump. Each film you’ve seen earns you 1 Point. Count out how many you’ve seen and let us know which category you fall into. You can give us your specific count in the comments or yell at us for the films we’ve left out!! The categories are:

1-10 Points: Soccer Mom

11-20 Points: Mildly Adventurous

21-30 Points: Casual Fan

31-40 Points: Hardcore

41-50 Points: Unstable

51-60 Points: Psychopath

61 Points: Special Circle Of Hell

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[BD Postcast] 'News From The Crypt' Episode 50(!) & 'Double Murder' Episode 40: 'Cabin in the Woods' vs 'Evil Dead II'

Has it already been 50 episodes? FRIGHTENING! On this special anniversary episode of News From The Crypt, the crew heads back to the 80′s to check out some of their favorite horror classics! They also riff on Hannibal and The Exorcist coming to the small screen, while also sharing reviews of Dark Shadows, Chernobyl Diaries and much, much more!

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It’s vacation season yet again and as your family packs up the minivan to head out to the lake house, Danny! and Tim provide you with some life-saving tips in the latest episode of Double Murder: Cabin In The Woods vs Evil Dead II! Can Joss Whedon’s new take on an old trope knock Sam Raimi’s cinema classic off it’s throne? Tune in to a very special 40th episode of Double Murder to find out!

Check it all out in News From the Crypt and Double Murder by reading below or typing “Bloody Disgusting” into iTunes. READ MORE

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[Interview] Drew Goddard On Working With Joss Whedon, Our Culture's Need For Horror And 'The Cabin In The Woods'

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Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods is, I’m sure you’ve heard by now, a remarkable film. It’s fun, witty, gory, surprising and downright inspiring. Best of all, it doesn’t have to trade in its bona fides as a horror film to accomplish all of this. It’s 100% horror and 50% everything else.

When I sat down with Goddard last week in an office in Hollywood it was hard to stick strictly to spoiler-free terrain. Pretty soon, I gave up completely. After all – I had 30 minutes to talk about one of my favorite films of the year with its co-writer and director. I was gonna talk about everything.

Which is why I’ve broken the interview into two parts. The one you’ll find below is more or less spoiler free – which is to say it contains less spoilers than the film’s trailers. Look for the second half of this interview the week after the film’s release on April 13th. Do me a favor and go see the movie before you read that second part.

Meanwhile, it’s reasonably safe to head below and check out the first portion of our chat. READ MORE

[BD Review] 'The Cabin In The Woods' Is A Blood Soaked Instant Classic

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The Cabin In The Woods, the new film from Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon premiered last night at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin and Mr. Disgusting writes in with his review. In a nutshell? He loved it. With some minor reservations. It’s a review I couldn’t agree more with, though perhaps mine will be even more positive.

It’s hard to elaborate without giving anything away, but it should be known that Cabin in the Woods will become an instant classic among genre fans. It’s immediate. To say it’s the Scream of the new decade is sort of a misnomer – seeing that people outside of horror may not “get the joke” – but for those on the inside, expect a heartfelt and blood-soaked homage to all of the films we’ve grown up watching.

In the film, “A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams and Brian White all star.

Click here for the review. The Cabin In The Woods opens Friday, April 13th. READ MORE

New Pics From 'The Cabin In The Woods' Take You To The Dock

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I swear I was only planning on having two The Cabin In The Woods pieces today. After all, even though the film is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival tonight – it has another month to go before you will be able to see it. And I don’t want to burn you out. However, the tides of the internet have turned and these new official stills have come ashore. I’m damned if I give them to you and “overhype” the movie, and I’m damned if I don’t give them to you because it’s my job.

Anyway, as long as you guys keep in mind that The Cabin In The Woods just a great movie, but not the cure for cancer, I can’t see how you’ll be disappointed when it hits on Friday, April 13th. You can look forward to one part of a great Drew Goddard interview before the film’s release, and a more spoilery segment after.

In the meantime, at least we have a few more great pics. This means we can switch out the pic of Anna Hutchinson kissing that wolf every now and then!

Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams and Brian White all star.

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New 'The Cabin In The Woods' TV Spot Acquires Its Target!

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The Cabin In The Woods hits next month and you should definitely go see it on opening day. It’s an incredibly bold film that completely nails its ambitious premise. I love this film from Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon. I’ll have a review closer to the official release date.

The first installment of my exclusive two-part interview with Drew Goddard will hit next week. There’s just too much The Cabin In The Woods awesomeness happening today in advance of the film’s premiere tonight at SXSW in Austin and we don’t want to overwhelm you. What kind of awesomeness? For starters you should check out our exclusive new TV spot.

In the film, “A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams and Brian White all star.

Hit the jump to check out the new teaser! The Cabin In The Woods premieres tonight at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. It opens nationally on Friday, April 13th. READ MORE

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[Interview] Brian White Talks Working With Joss Whedon And Drew Goddard On 'The Cabin In The Woods'!

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The Cabin In The Woods hits next month and I couldn’t be more excited to see it again. My review hits closer to release date, but I absolutely love this film. Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” creator Joss Whedon have fashioned a great horror movie. And make no mistake, the film is horror, it’s just got a lot of other stuff going on that makes it special. But it certainly satisfies all of your slasher and gore beats while taking you to many unexpected trailers.

A few weeks ago I hopped on the phone with Brian White (Brick, Good Deeds), who plays Alex Truman in the film. He was keenly aware of how special the experience of Cabin is and can’t wait until the general audience gets a chance to see it. Which happens to be tonight, when the film premieres at SXSW in Austin.

In the film, “A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. ‘Cabin in the Woods’ is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out.” Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams and Brian White all star.

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Drew Goddard Talks 'Cloverfield 2' And 'Robopocalypse'!

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With the release of The Cabin In The Woods looming next month, I met up with Drew Goddard (the film’s director and co-writer) in Hollywood this afternoon for a lengthy chat.

While 95% of our conversation naturally centered around Cabin, we briefly touched on the status Cloverfield 2 and his screenplay for Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse. For those who need a refresher on the latter, it’s based on the book by Daniel H. Wilson which explores the fate of the human race following a robot uprising.

Also be sure to check out the rest of my interview with Goddard when it hits – I’ll be breaking it into two pieces. One will publish before the release of The Cabin In The Woods in the coming days/weeks. Then I’ve got a more spoiler heavy segment scheduled to hit after you’ve had a chance to see the film. He’s a smart, talented and enthusiastic guy and I think you’ll enjoy the read.

Hit the jump for the updates, which include Goddard’s thoughts on Cloverfield 2 possibly not being found-footage. READ MORE

More Humor Injected Into 'The Cabin in the Woods' Poster Tease

I find it absolutely hilarious that nearly every single news story now carries Thor and star Chris Hemsworth’s name in the title, but the real focus should be on the “hype factor” that was diminished when MGM put the film (and its own company) in limbo.

Before getting exiled, “Lost” and Cloverfield director Drew Goddard’s The Cabin in the Woods 3D was shrouded in secrecy, called the “slasher to end all slasher films” and described as a new twist on a classic scenario — in this case the young-people-stranded-in-the-woods horror trope. We personally know the film carries an array of creatures…so chew on that a bit.

Now that Lionsgate has acquired the film for a supposed October 28th release, it’s time to get the steam circulating once again. This weekend the official Twitter page posted a pretty hilarious new poster that punctuates the excitement behind Lionsgate’s new involvement.

Dig on the fun one sheet inside and watch for the new slasher starring Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth (joking!) in theaters October 28…
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Break Out The Champagne: Lionsgate Set To Distribute 'Cabin In The Woods' - Release Date!

Update: The Facebook page says we’ll finally see this on OCTOBER 28!

Almost two years after its original release date, Lionsgate has stepped up as the distributor of The Cabin In The Woods after MGM’s financial woes kept it from being released. No official release date has been set, but I’ll take a shot in the dark and guess October for now.

While I’m excited knowing that I’ll get to see the film a lot sooner than I thought, I’m a bit conflicted about how it’s going to be received. It definitely has geek allure – with Joss Whedon gaining more buzz than usual from his Avengers directing gig and Chris Hemsworth blowing up more and more by the day for starring role in Thor – but in a post-Scream 4 world, how well is a R-rated self-aware horror-comedy going to do?
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