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The Horror Coming to Cinemas Near You — March 2015

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With another Friday the 13th in March 2015, we thankfully get a good array of horror (and horror inspired) films coming to cinemas, in wide and limited release, and V.O.D.

March 6:

Buzzard

A different film for one of our cinema preview lists, Buzzard is less a horror movie as it is a dark comedy which centers around a horror-movie obsessed, small-time con man played by Joshua Burge (Ape, Coyote).  When his latest scheme goes awry he is forced to flee into the streets of Detroit with nothing but some stolen cheques and a very recognizable glove:

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Called “Albert Camus meets Freddy Kruger…”, Buzzard comes to select theatres (and V.O.D.) riding some good festival buzz, and an interesting premise. Buzzard seems worth a look, even if it is just fun to to pick out all of the homages to our favorite horror movies as we watch Burges’ horror-metal slacker slowly self destruct (or just eat a whole lot of spaghetti).

March 13:

It Follows

The film follows Maika Monroe (The Guest) as 19 year old Jay, who after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, finds herself plagued by strange visions and an unavoidable feeling that something is following her, and it is up to her and her friends to find a way to escape:

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Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover), It Follows is being screened to rave reviews, including one from our own Trey Hilburn here after seeing the film at Fantastic Fest late last year. Visually interesting, and more reliant on atmosphere and a synthesizer rich soundtrack by video game composer Rich Vreeland and his band Disasterpiece, than special effects and jump scares, It Follows is a suspenseful, chilling film that should definitely be high on any horror lovers ‘to-watch’ list.

Muck

It would not be Friday the 13th without a little bit of Jason Voorhees, or in this case, Kane Hodder (Jason X) in Muck.  The film is about a group of friends who escape an ancient burial ground to find themselves trapped between two evils and are forced to fight or die:

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Directed by newcomer Steve Wolsh, Muck is the first in what will be a trilogy of films, with Muck: Feast of Saint Patrick having already been funded via Kickstarter and entering pre-production in December of 2014. Muck looks to be a good ‘beer and pretzels’ sort of horror movie if it maintains that frenetic pace set in the above trailer.

We also told you about Muck here.

March 20:

Backcountry

IFC Midnight has an ‘inspired by real life’ film which takes a realistic look at survival horror in the Canadian wilderness in Backcountry: 

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Directed by Adam MacDonald (his feature film debut), Backcountry follows a young urban couple, played by Missy Peregrym (Reaper) and Jeff Roop (Vampire High), as they have an unsettling encounter with another hiker played by Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003), they push deep into the woods, getting lost inside of bear territory.  Expect to have a strong desire to stay out of the woods after this one; you know, just in case you still went into the woods after every other horror movie.

The Walking Deceased

Are you ready for a film spoof of The Walking Dead?

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The Walking Deceased follows in the footsteps of other films like Supernatural Activity or Scary Movie, in presenting a skewed look at a massively successful franchise and poking fun at other films within a specific genre (basically a film set up to be a series of referential jokes to other zombie films).  Starring Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), it remains to be seen whether or not this film is a successful comedy, or gets mired down in its own material and collapses; spoof is a very difficult genre of comedy and tends to be completely hit or miss.

Zombeavers

Do we really have to say anything other than: Zombeavers?

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I know: I’m excited too.

You can read John Squires talk about it here as well…Seriously, it is Zombeavers; what else do you need?

March 27:

Nightlight

Nightlight, from Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (The Bride Wore Blood), is seen from a single point of view (a found footage style film), and is about a group of five teenagers who go out into the haunted Covington forest for a night of flashlight games (who didn’t?) and awaken a demonic force (again…):

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It remains to be seen whether this film is just another entry into the bloated ‘found footage/P.O.V.’ horror genre, or if it breaks new ground and becomes an interesting entry in the ‘kids in the woods with ghost/demons/evil’ horror pantheon.

 

There you have it, the horror films coming to cinemas (and V.O.D.) in March, plus a couple of extras in both Buzzard and The Walking Deceased.

Plus: Zombeavers!

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We are quite happy to say that there is literally something for everyone coming out in March 2015.

Happy Horror!

 

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Aubrey Plaza Wants to be the Next Tim Burton With ‘Hocus Pocus’ Like Film

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Aubrey Plaza has long been a self-affirmed “sea hag”. Her dark personality and sense of humor has long been a favorite of ours. Now, with her production company, Evil Hag Productions, she intends to make a family-friendly film that is something like Tim Burton meets Hocus Pocus.

While talking to GQ, Plaza said that she would like to “…fill the Tim Burton slot” by putting together her first directorial effort. The family-friendly affair is said to be a mix of Beetlejuice and Hocus Pocus.

Plaza can currently be seen in Evil Hag Production’s Emily the Criminal and on HBO’s White Lotus season 2.

We can’t wait to see what Plaza has to offer in her directorial efforts. It would be great to see her built a brand and aesthetic as awesome as Burton’s.

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M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Finds Danger Right Outside

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M. Night Shyamalan’s next film is already on its way. The ominous Knock at the Cabin is incredibly intriguing, especially since the first trailer gave away so little. The first poster for Knock at the Cabin is just as ominous as the teaser.

Shyamalan’s last film Old, played up the Twilight Zone like mystery and took it to Sci-Fi levels. Knock at the Cabin looks to trump that and move far into the horror/thriller genre.

The synopsis for Knock at the Cabin goes like this:

“While vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.”

Knock at the Cabin arrives in theaters beginning February 3.

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‘Cocaine Bear’ Gives Us One of the Wildest Posters of the Year

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Elizabeth Banks has decided to grace our eyeballs with one of the wildest titles, posters and film synopsis’ of the past decade. I’m of course talking about Cocaine Bear. This true story is one of those that you have to see to believe. But, the title is exactly what you think it is.

Kentucky 1985 was the time and place. A really unlucky bear ingested a lot of cocaine that was dropped in the woods by a smuggler. Unfortunately, the bear died from an overdose but not before going on a real rager beforehand.

Deadline’s synopsis for Cocaine Bear is as follows:

“The movie finds an oddball group of cops, criminals, tourists and teens converging in a Georgia forest where a 500- pound apex predator has ingested a staggering amount of cocaine and gone on a coke-fueled rampage for more blow … and blood.”

The film stars Keri Russell, Ray Liotta, Alden Ehrenreich, O’Shea Jackson and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Cocaine Bear comes raging into theaters February 24.

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