December 26th, 1973.
William Friedkin’s horror masterpiece The Exorcist has more cojones than any mainstream horror film I’ve seen in years. It’s an amazingly brutal, profane, scary and funny film – one that simply couldn’t be made today within the studio system. Not a chance. The fact that this movie came out 39 years ago blows my mind.
According to BoxOfficeMojo, the film has taken in around $232,906,145 at the US Box Office and $208,400,000 in foreign markets for a combined worldwide total of $441,306,145. Huge numbers for a movie with a production budget of $10.5 million, a figure that by today’s studio standards seems scant. In short, the movie wasn’t just a hit – it was a global phenomenon (even though those numbers include the gross of 2000′s successful re-release).
I wasn’t even born 39 years ago and I imagine the same could be said by a large chunk of our readers. Why do you guys think we don’t see movies like The Exorcist hit that same level of mainstream awareness today? Are audiences weaker? Are the corporate-owned studios more cowardly? Is there some sort of new politically correct awareness that is actually increasing the limits on what’s deemed appropriate in the artistic marketplace? I have my own theories, but I want to here from you.
V/H/S is in theaters starting Today, October 5th! It’s on the big screen in lots of cities (hopefully one near you)! So if you’ve been waiting to see it on the big screen with a screaming (fainting?) crowd – this is it!
Also good news? The theatrical release means it’s cheaper On Demand! iTunes (AppleTV) has it for $6.99, and it’s also on Amazon, Charter, Comcast, Google Play, DirecTV, Playstation 3, SuddenLink, Time Warner, VUDU and Xbox Zune via Magnet Releasing.
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If you’ve never seen John Carpenter’s 1978 classic Halloween on the big screen, you just may be able to fix that problem next month. No matter where you live, apparently, since it seems to be getting a fairly wide re-release.
The official Facebook for the film says “This will be the biggest run the film has had since shocking audiences in 1978.” We’re not sure how big this means it will actually be, but hopefully it’s wide enough for you to go check out (wherever you are). Screening before the film will be Justin Beahm’s new mini-doc You Can’t Kill The Boogeyman: 35 Years Of Halloween.
Halloween Movies will soon have info regarding the release, as will we. You’ll know it as it comes in.
MPI Media Group’s My Sucky Teen Romance, the breakthrough feature film from 18-year-old writer-director Emily Hagins, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on September 4, 2012. But – before that – it’s gonna play theaters! Launching with a red carpet premiere in Los Angeles at Cinespace on August 22nd, the film will make its way through New York, Chicago and Emily’s home base in Austin. Hagins will be present for all four screenings and do a post-show Q&A. There will be ticket giveaways both on AICN and right here on Bloody-Disgusting. Back in November I interviewed Hagins about the film and her upcoming project, you can check that out here.
My Sucky Teen Romance is the third feature written and directed by Hagins, who made her debut – at age 12(!) – with the horror film Pathogen. Working out of Austin, Tex., Hagins has created an original new movie about “a group of teens whose normal romantic awkwardness becomes compounded when they discover that some of the kids they’ve just met at a sci-fi convention are honest-to-goodness neck-biting vampires.”
The young cast includes Tina Rodriguez (Machete, Inglourious Basterds), Devin Bonnée (TV’s “Chase”), Lauren Lee and, in their movie debuts, Elaine Hurt and Patrick Delgado. Head inside for the trailer! READ MORE
I don’t have to tell you that I love V/H/S. If I hated it I’d merely skulk around silently and let its release pass me by. But, fact is, the movie’s a lot of fun! It’s insanely gory and somewhat sexually disturbing in all the right ways (so much so that I’m kinda surprised it’s not NC-17). Anyway – it comes out on various VOD platforms on August 31st, which is a perfectly acceptable way to check out the film. But if you want the real experience, you’ve got to be in a room full of screaming people. That’s where the theatrical release, which starts on October 5th, comes in. And now we have the initial list of theaters where it will be playing and when it will be playing them.
Featuring the likes of Bloody Disgusting favorites Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Pop Skull), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds, Red Sands), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Roost, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), along with YouTube sensations Radio Silence, the quasi-anthology also plays the Toronto After Dark summer series, Fantasia Film Festival and the UK Film4 FrightFest this summer.
“When a group of petty criminals is hired by a mysterious party to retrieve a rare piece of found footage from a rundown house in the middle of nowhere, they soon realize that the job isn’t going to be as easy as they thought. In the living room, a lifeless body holds court before a hub of old television sets, surrounded by stacks upon stacks of VHS tapes. As they search for the right one, they are treated to a seemingly endless number of horrifying videos, each stranger than the last.”
Head inside for the list! Don’t see yours? Want it closer to your house? More locations will be announced soon. You can follow @MagnetReleasing on twitter for updates. If you want, @them and let them know you want it in YOUR town. READ MORE