Ex Austin Powers girl Elizabeth Hurley is up against a fairytale villain in “Piper,” a new horror movie inspired by the children’s story “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” by Robert Browning.
Directing the movie is Anthony Waller. You may recognize that name if you have watched An American Werewolf in Paris (1997), the sequel to the beloved American Werewolf in London (1982). The former often gets roasted by fans of the latter for its campiness and divisiveness, but it is still a relatively good time.
Hurley did a handful of Christmas movies in 2022 with this horror film sandwiched between them. Piper is set to have its world premiere screening at FrightFest in the U.K. on August 27.
It hasn’t been determined as to when it will make its American debut, most likely because international distribution execs need to see it first in order to start bidding on it.
It should be an easy grab since the U.S. actors and writers strike isn’t applicable in the U.K. and streamers have been clamoring for foreign movies as a work-around to fill their rosters, while still standing in solidarity. But the question remains: Is it any good?
Let us know what you think.
Liz and her daughter Amy move to Hamelin where a dark secret in Liz’s past is uncovered by the restless spirit of the Pied Piper, who seeks out those who have gotten away with a crime, and punishes them by taking away their children.
A24 & AMC Theaters Collab For “October Thrills and Chills” Line-Up
Off-beat movie studio A24 is taking over Wednesdays at AMC theaters next month. “A24 Presents: October Thrills & Chills Film Series,” will be an event that showcases some of the studio’s best horror movies re-presented on the big screen.
Ticket buyers will also receive a one-month free trial of A24 All Access (AAA24), an app that allows subscribers a free zine, exclusive content, merch, discounts, and more.
There are four movies to choose from each week. First up is The Witch on October 4, then X on October 11, followed by Under the Skin on October 18, and finally the Director’s Cut of Midsommar on October 25.
Since it was founded in 2012, A24 has become a beacon of off-the-grid independent movies. In fact, they often outshine their mainstream counterparts with non-derivative content made by directors who create visions that are unique and untempered by large Hollywood studios.
This approach has garnered many devoted fans to the studio which recently took home an Academy Award for Everything Everywhere All at Once.
Coming up shortly is the finale to the Ti West tryptic X. Mia Goth returns as West’s muse in MaXXXine, a slasher murder mystery set in the 1980s.
The studio also put its label on the teen possession film Talk to Me after its premiere at Sundance this year. The movie was a hit with both critics and audience-goers prompting the directors Danny Philippou and Michael Philippou to pitch a sequel which they say has already been made.
The “A24 Presents: October Thrills & Chills Film Series,” might be a great time for movie lovers not familiar with A24 to see what all the fuss is about. We would suggest any of the films in the line-up especially the nearly three-hour director’s cut of Ari Aster’s Midsommar.
‘V/H/S/85’ Trailer Is Totally Loaded With Some Brutal New Stories
Get ready for another entry into the popular V/H/S anthology series with V/H/S/85 which will premiere on the Shudder streaming service on October 6.
Just over a decade ago, the original, created by Brad Miska, became a seminal cult favorite and has spawned several sequels, a reboot, and some spin-offs. This year, the producers traveled back to 1985 to find their video cassette of terror with found footage shorts created by now-famous directors including:
David Bruckner (Hellraiser, The Night House),
Scott Derrickson ( The Black Phone, Sinister),
Gigi Saul Guerrero (Bingo Hell, Culture Shock),
Natasha Kermani (Lucky)
Mike Nelson (Wrong Turn)
So adjust your tracking and watch the all-new trailer for this new collection of found footage nightmares.
We’ll let Shudder explain the concept: “An ominous mixtape blends never-before-seen snuff footage with nightmarish newscasts and disturbing home videos to create a surreal, analog mashup of the forgotten 80s.”
Get a Look Inside ‘Exorcist: Believer’ in New Featurette
Perhaps the most anticipated movie in this third quarter of the year is The Exorcist: Believer. Fifty years after the original came out, reboot artists Jason Blum and director David Gordon Green are adding to the canon of one of the most beloved horror movies of all time. They even got Ellen Burstyn to return as Chris MacNeil, mother to demonized Regan (Linda Blair) in the first film!
Universal dropped a video today to give fans a closer look at the film before its October 6 wide release date. In the clip, Burstyn gives some insight into the character she created half a century ago.
“Playing a character that I created fifty years ago: I thought she has fifty years of living. Who has she become?” she says in the video.
She has more to say as does Green in this mini featurette. As with most of these videos, there might be light spoilers so watch at your own risk.