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5 Friday Fright Night Recommendations: The Best Slasher Flicks [Friday Sept 1st]

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Before we dive into this curated list of films, I want to say that I am not sure what qualifies as a slasher anymore. And I don’t think anyone else does either. A slasher used to mean an unknown person amassing a large body count, usually involving teenagers or 20 somethings. If that were still the case, we would call Jigsaw a slasher, but we don’t.

No, now a slasher film is more of a vibe than anything else. And I love that about horror movies. They just keep evolving into new things with each generation. Now with that out of the way, let’s dive into this list of the top slasher films available to watch this weekend.

Terrifier

Terrifier Streaming Free as of 9/1/2023
Terrifier Poster

This little indie project has made huge waves in the horror community over the past few years. So much so, that the hype for the third entry into the franchise is reaching critical levels. will it be able to match the pure chaos of the previous two films? I sincerely hope so.

Terrifier has made a name for itself as one of the best modern slashers around by ignoring all of the rules. Hell, I don’t think Michael Myers ever thought about just pulling out a gun and shooting his victims.

This one isn’t for everybody; some people can’t stand the non-plot of the films. If you are one of the lucky souls who hasn’t stumbled upon this amazing slasher, go give it a try this weekend.

Terrifier Official Trailer

Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway Camp Streaming Free as of 9/1/2023
Sleepaway Camp Poster

I have mentioned before my love for Felissa Rose (Wolf Hollow), and my willingness to see anything she stars in. For those unaware, Sleepaway Camp is the film that started the horror world’s obsession with Felissa Rose.

This is another film that is both loved and hated within the community. Nobody would deny its cult status within the genre. But some of its ideas are very outdated, and possibly terribly offensive depending on who you ask. Regardless of how people may feel about the film’s messaging, it is still one of the best slasher films of its time and should be seen at least once.

Sleepaway Camp Official Trailer

 A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Streaming/Rental as of 9/1/2023
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Poster

I am such a sucker for Freddy Krueger. He isn’t the scariest slasher out there, and many of the films are terrible. But his quips and kill scenes are to die for. And Dream Warriors shows us the very best of what A Nightmare on Elm Street can be.

That hand made of syringes will be burnt into my brain until the day I die. For good reason too, Freddy Krueger is nothing if not iconic. Even if this will be your hundredth rewatch, I still recommend you watch Dream Warriors this weekend.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors Official Trailer

X

X Streaming/Rental as of 9/1/2023
X Poster

Ti West (Pearl) has been on a roll as of late. This slasher trilogy is talked about nonstop in the horror community. His second entry Pearl was a psychodelic, sex laden version of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, and fans loved it.

In my opinion, X is his best film so far. Mia Goth (Infinity Pool) is the new face of horror as far as I’m concerned and her presence in this film elevated it to something mythical. If you want to see what direction the slasher film is headed go watch X.

X Official Trailer

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon

Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Streaming/Rental as of 9/1/2023
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Poster

I have touched on meta films in the past, they remain my favorite sub-genre of horror. And for good reason, what other genre appreciated horror as much as the one willing to deconstruct it?

Behind the Mask is the pinnacle of what a meta slasher film is all about. It not only breaks down the slasher tropes but is also filled with cameos of famous slasher villains and winks to the audience. This one is absolutely worth adding to your slasher viewing party this weekend.

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Horror Movies Releasing This Month – April 2024 [Trailers]

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April 2024 Horror Movies

With only six months until Halloween, it is surprising how many horror movies will be released in April. People are still scratching their heads as to why Late Night With the Devil wasn’t an October release since it has that theme already built in. But who’s complaining? Certainly not us.

In fact, we are elated because we are getting a vampire movie from Radio Silence, a prequel to an honored franchise, not one, but two monster spider movies, and a film directed by David Cronenberg’s other child.

It’s a lot. So we have provided you with a list of movies with help from the internet, their synopsis from IMDb, and when and where they will drop. The rest is up to your scrolling finger. Enjoy!

The First Omen: In theaters April 5

The First Omen

A young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, but encounters a darkness that causes her to question her faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate.

Monkey Man: In theaters April 5

Monkey Man

An anonymous young man unleashes a campaign of vengeance against the corrupt leaders who murdered his mother and continue to systemically victimize the poor and powerless.

Sting: In theaters April 12

Sting

After raising an unnervingly talented spider in secret, 12-year-old Charlotte must face the facts about her pet-and fight for her family’s survival-when the once-charming creature rapidly transforms into a giant, flesh-eating monster.

In Flames: In theaters April 12

In Flames

After the death of the family patriarch, a mother and daughter’s precarious existence is ripped apart. They must find strength in each other if they are to survive the malevolent forces that threaten to engulf them.

Abigail: In Theaters April 19

Abigail

After a group of criminals kidnap the ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, they retreat to an isolated mansion, unaware that they’re locked inside with no normal little girl.

The Night of the Harvest: In theaters April 19

The Night of the Harvest

Aubrey and her friends go geocaching in the woods behind an old cornfield where they are trapped and hunted by a masked woman in white.

Humane: In theaters April 26

Humane

In the wake of an environmental collapse that is forcing humanity to shed 20% of its population, a family dinner erupts into chaos when a father’s plan to enlist in the government’s new euthanasia program goes horribly awry.

Civil War: In theaters April 12

Civil War

A journey across a dystopian future America, following a team of military-embedded journalists as they race against time to reach DC before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

Cinderella’s Revenge: In select theaters April 26

Cinderella summons her fairy godmother from an ancient flesh-bound book to get revenge on her evil stepsisters and stepmother who abuse her daily.

Other horror movies on streaming:

Bag of Lies VOD April 2

Bag of Lies

Desperate to save his dying wife, Matt turns to The Bag, an ancient relic with dark magic. The cure demands a chilling ritual and strict rules. As his wife heals, Matt’s sanity unravels, facing terrifying consequences.

Black Out VOD April 12 

Black Out

A Fine Arts painter is convinced that he is a werewolf wreaking havoc on a small American town under the full moon.

Baghead on Shudder and AMC+ on April 5

A young woman inherits a run-down pub and discovers a dark secret within its basement – Baghead – a shape-shifting creature that will let you speak to lost loved ones, but not without consequence.

Baghead

Infested: on Shudder April 26

Residents of a rundown French apartment building battle against an army of deadly, rapidly reproducing spiders.

Infested
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Incredible Horror Props Go Up For Auction

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You can take your horror movie fandom to the next level with these actual props from some of your favorite films. Heritage Auctions is a collectibles auctioneer house selling movie memorabilia from classic movies.

Keep in mind these things aren’t cheap, so unless you’ve got a surplus of money in your bank account you may want to take heed. But it sure is fun to browse through what they have to offer, knowing that some lots contain iconic props used in classic films. Make sure to review the descriptions carefully, as they differentiate between ‘Hero’ items, which are used on screen, and others that are original reproductions. We have selected a few items from their website to showcase below.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula Vlad the Impaler red armor display figure with a current bid of $4,400.

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Columbia, 1992), Gary Oldman “Vlad the Impaler” Red Armor Display Figure. Original reproduction armor made from molded fiberglass components covering a ribbed, cotton body suit with separate arm extensions. Armor includes full head helmet and corresponding plate guards. Display figure features a foam body with wire armature mounted on a wooden support platform for easy display. It measures approx. 71″ x 28″ x 11″ (wood base to mask horns). The figure is dressed in the iconic red armor that Vlad/Dracula (Gary Oldman) wore at the beginning of the Francis Ford Coppola film. Exhibits display wear, chipping in fiberglass pieces, detached components, cracking, discoloration and general age. Special shipping arrangements will apply. Obtained from technical advisor Christopher Gilman. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.

The Shining (Warner Bros., 1980), Jack Nicholson “Jack Torrance” Hero Axe. Vintage original hero axe from Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic film. Jack Nicholson famously wields this axe in a quintessential horror sequence, as he murders Dick Hallorann (Scatman Crothers), terrorizes his wife Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall) hacking through the bathroom door, and stalks his son Danny (Danny Lloyd) through the Overlook Hotel’s snowy maze. This custom axe was ground and polished by the studio to accentuate light reflection for dramatic effect. Axe measures 35.5″ in length and axe head is 11.5″ wide.

During the iconic bathroom sequence, over Wendy’s screams, the camera cuts towards the door in close-up, as Jack tears through the wood, and delivers one of the most famous lines in cinema history, “Heeeeere’s Johnny!” – a line the actor ad-libbed in the moment of shooting. Adding to the scene’s terror is director Stanley Kubrick’s choice to whip-pan the camera towards the door – timed perfectly to Nicholson’s axe swings. As the legend goes, 60 takes were needed before Kubrick was satisfied with the door-hacking sequence. Exhibits production wear, including scuffing and abrasions in the wooden handle near the axe head. Obtained from Bapty & Co. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.

Jurassic Park (Universal, 1993), Wayne Knight “Dennis Nedry” Hero Dinosaur Embryo Cryogenic Smuggling Device. Original hero cryogenic containment prop disguised as a can of Barbasol shaving cream measuring 6.25″ tall and 8.25″ in circumference constructed of milled metal, aluminum and plastic with branded decals and labeling. Comprised of (2) main components including (1) faux Barbasol can sleeve with plastic cap and exterior company branding fashioned of thin aluminum with a milled aluminum interior cap to perfectly house (1), cryogenic containment unit measuring 4.5″ tall, hand-milled from aluminum and featuring a rotating base with a rubber O-ring seal for fitting to the aluminum sheath and 2-circular metal rings around a central metal stem with 10-holes each to house plastic conical vessels. Included are seven labeled embryo vials reading:

TR-1.024 (Tyrannosaurus Rex)
VR-1.011 (Velociraptor)
BA-1.034 (Brachiosaurus)
PR-2.012 (Proceratosaurus)
PA-3.011 (possibly Parasaurolophus)
PA-2.065 (possibly Parasaurolophus)
HE-1.0135 (possibly Herrasaurus)

Designed to hold and preserve dinosaur embryos for 36 hours, the can is highly visible early in the film as Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) meets with his Biosyn contact, Lewis Dodgson (Cameron Thor), who gives him the can and explains its features while devising a plan to steal dinosaur DNA samples from John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) InGen. Later in the film, Nedry uses the can as he infiltrates the cold storage facility on Isla Nubar and secures the DNA samples. The can is ultimately lost as it falls from Nedry’s jeep, washed away in churning mud when the deceitful computer programmer meets his demise in the jaws of a Dilophosaurus. Chosen by Art Director John Bell, the Barbasol brand can was a perfect fit for its aesthetics and instant recognizability which would help it stick out in its scenes and draw the audiences’ eyes. Since the film’s 1993 release, Barbasol, and their can’s classic design, have become synonymous with the Jurassic Park franchise. Exhibits production and display wear with scuffing to the finish, oxidation across the metal components, color fading, and adhesive loosening to the vial’s labels. Vials contain remnants of the clear yellowish liquid used to fill them during production, with the “PR-2.012” vial missing its cap. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auction.

Hocus Pocus (Walt Disney, 1993), Bette Midler “Winifred Sanderson” Static Book of Spells. Original static Book of Spells measuring 14″ x 10″ x 3.5″ constructed of lightweight wood, dense foam rubber, metal and other multimedia materials. Features intricately detailed features, including a cover and spine made of wood but finished with a foam rubber exterior, designed to mimic human flesh bound with twine stitching. Adorned with a closed-lidded eye, silver serpents with plastic jeweled eyes, and a metal clasp that displays a molded claw and eye relief with a plastic yellow jewel. The interior pages are crafted from dense foam rubber, molded and painted to resemble ancient, worn paper.

B3MP1T HOCUS POCUS 1993 Buena Vista/Walt Disney film with Bette Midler

This prop was primarily used in the film by the character Winifred Sanderson (Bette Midler), who affectionately refers to it as “Book.” The Book of Spells, a sentient book of magic, had various behind-the-scenes versions and builds, including lightweight static versions like this one. These were utilized in scenes where the book needed to be carried or held without requiring animatronics or the ability to be opened and read from. Integral to the film’s whimsical special effects, the Book of Spells has become not only an iconic prop but also a beloved character among fans of this classic Halloween-themed classic. Exhibits production and display use with light scuffing to the paint, chipping and aging typical of foam rubber, and three drill holes located on the back at the center, top left, and bottom left corners – which were used for previous display and placement. Obtained from Walt Disney Pictures. Comes with a COA from Heritage Auctions.

All images courtesy of Heritage Auctions

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iHorror Awards 2024: Explore the Nominees for Best Horror Short Film

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iHorror Awards Short Horror Films

The iHorror Awards 2024 are officially underway, presenting an opportunity for horror fans to learn more about these emerging top filmmakers in horror cinema. This year’s selection of short film nominees showcases an impressive range of storytelling prowess, featuring everything from psychological thrillers to supernatural hauntings, each brought to life by visionary directors.

At A Glance – Best Horror Short Film Nominees

As we introduce the films competing for the title of Best Horror Short Film, fans are invited to watch these compelling works of horror, provided below, before casting their vote on the official iHorror Award Ballot. Join us in celebrating the remarkable talent and creativity that define this year’s nominees.


The Queue

Director Michael Rich

The Queue

An internet content moderator confronts the darkness within the videos he screens. “The Queue” directed by Michael Rich

Director’s Website: https://michaelrich.me/

Cast: Burt Bulos as Cole Jeff Doba as Rick Nova Reyer as Kevin Stacy Snyder as Betty Benjamin Hardy as Bert


We Forgot About Zombies

Director Chris McInroy

We Forgot about the Zombies

Two dudes think they found the cure for zombie bites.

More About “We Forgot about the Zombies”: The goal with this was to have fun and to make something fun. And not even the one day in a wasp-infested barn in the middle of the Austin summer could stop us. Major thanks to the cast and crew for making this with me.

“We Forgot about the Zombies” Credits: Damon/Carlos LaRotta Mike/Kyle Irion Producer Kris Phipps Executive Producer Matthew Thomas Co-Producers Jarrod Yerkes, Stacey Bell


Maggie

Director James Kennedy

Maggie

A young care worker unleashes a supernatural force when she attempts to put a widower into care.

More About “Maggie”: Starring Shaun Scott (Marvel’s Moonknight) and Lukwesa Mwamba (Carnival Row), Maggie is an intelligent social horror about a reclusive old widower living in a state of decay. Upon seeing his poor living conditions, a young NHS health worker attempts to remove him from his home and into private care. However, when strange things start happening around the house, she discovers that maybe the lonely old man isn’t completely alone after all and her life may be in grave danger.

“Maggie” Credits: Director/Editor – James Kennedy Director of Photography – James Oldham Writer – Simon Sylvester Cast: Tom – Shaun Scott Sandra – Lukwesa Mwamba Maggie – Geli Berg 1st AC – Matt French Grip – Jon Hed Art Director – Jim Brown Sound Recordist – Martyn Ellis & Chris Fulton Sound Mix – Martyn Ellis VFX – Paul Wright & James Kennedy Colourist – Tom Majerski Score – Jim Shaw Runner – Josh Barlow Catering – Laura Fulton


Get Away

Director Michael Gabriele

Get Away

Get Away is a 17 minute short film developed by Michael Gabriele and DP Ryan French specifically for Sony to demonstrate the cinematic ability of the Sony FX3. Set in a remote vacation-rental in the desert, the film follows a group of friends who play a mysterious VHS tape… followed by terrifying coincidences.


Forgotten Lake

Directors Adam Brooks & Matthew Kennedy

Forgotten Lake

You’ve tasted the BEER, now experience the FEAR of “Forgotten Lake”, LOWBREWCO Studio’s most ambitious video release to-date. Both terrifying and downright tasty, this short film will scare the blueberries right out of ya… So, crack open a can of Forgotten Lake Blueberry Ale, grab a handful of popcorn, turn the lights down low and experience the legend of Forgotten Lake. You’ll never take summer for granted again.


The Chair

Directed by Curry Barker

The Chair

In “The Chair,” a man named Reese discovers that an antique chair he brings into his home might be more than it seems. Following a series of unsettling events, Reese is left to wonder whether the chair is possessed by an evil spirit or if the true horror lies within his own mind. This psychological horror challenges the boundary between the paranormal and the psychological, leaving audiences questioning what’s real.


Dylan’s New Nightmare: A Nightmare on Elm Street Fan Film

Directed by Cecil Laird

Dylan’s New Nightmare: A Nightmare on Elm Street Fan Film

Cecil Laird, the Horror Show Channel & Womp Stomp Films proudly present Dylan’s New Nightmare, a Nightmare on Elm Street Fan Film!

Dylan’s New Nightmare acts as an unofficial sequel to Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, taking place almost thirty years after the events of the first film. In our film, the young son of Heather Langenkamp, Dylan Porter (Miko Hughes), is now a grown man trying to make his way in the world his parents raised him in–Hollywood. Little does he know that the evil entity known as Freddy Krueger (Dave McRae) is back, and eager to once again break into our world through the son of his favorite victim!

Featuring Friday the 13th franchise alumni Ron Sloan and Cynthia Kania, as well as the special effects makeup work of Nora Hewitt and Mikey Rotella, Dylan’s New Nightmare is a love letter to the Nightmare franchise and was made by fans, for the fans!


Who’s There?

Director Domonic Smith

Who’s There

A father struggles with survivors guilt, as all of his emotions have come to point after he attends a repass.


Feeding Time

Directed by Marcus Dunstan

Feeding Time

“Feeding Time” emerges as a unique blend of horror and fast-food culture, presented by Jack in the Box in celebration of Halloween. This 8-minute short film, developed by a team of Hollywood horror veterans including Marcus Dunstan, unfolds on a Halloween night that takes a dark turn, integrating the launch of the new Angry Monster Taco. The creative minds behind this project have spun a narrative that captures the essence of horror with an unexpected twist, marking an intriguing entry into the horror genre by a fast-food chain.


We encourage you to immerse yourself in this great collection of short horror, let your voice be heard by casting your vote on the official iHorror Award Ballot here, and join us in eagerly awaiting the announcement of this year’s victors on April 5th. Together, let’s celebrate the artistry that makes our hearts race and our nightmares vivid—here’s to another year of exceptional horror that continues to challenge, entertain, and terrify us in the best way possible.

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