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Review: Afflicted

Afflicted_PosterIn Afflicted, Derek (Derek Lee) and Clif (Clif Prowse) have been friends all their lives but when a string of severe headaches lead to the discovery that Derek is suffering from AVM (arteriovenous malformation), he decides it’s now or never – he’s got to take a trip around the world. With Clif in tow documenting the adventure, Derek hops a plane to Europe to begin fulfilling his lifelong dream.

The boys are having a blast, but after a night out, Derek’s health starts to deteriorate. Assuming the symptoms could be a sign that Derek’s AVM has ruptured, Clif begs Derek to put their plans on hold and get checked out at a local hospital, but little does Clif know, not even the finest doctors in the world can stop the mysterious affliction that’s consuming his friend’s body.

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James Wan is Finished with Horror Movies, And it Breaks My Heart

James_WanThere has been talk about James Wan leaving the horror genre ever since news broke that he was recruited to direct Fast & Furious 7, but of course he’d need to leave the genre if he committed to make an action film. However, the problem is that apparently Wan isn’t just going on a horror hiatus while making the nextFast & Furious movie. He’s leaving horror for good.

Moviefone  ran an interview conducted in July for the release of Wan’s latest directorial effort, Insidious: Chapter 2, and in that interview, Wan is quoted as saying:

“I’m going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre.Conjuring and Insidious 2 are my two last scary movies.”

Naturally, Moviefone followed up asking for a reason for Wan’s decision to go cold turkey, to which the director replied, “I spent the last ten years of my life doing this. It’s time for a change, for goodness sake!” 

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Dialogue: Elizabeth Olsen on ‘Silent House,’ Her Rising Stardom and Seth Rogen’s Spirit Awards Joke

Apparently Elizabeth Olsen likes a good challenge. She solidified herself as a rising star in the harrowing psychological drama Martha Marcy May Marlene and now she’s opted to put herself through nearly 90 minutes of pure horror in Silent House. She stars as Sarah, a young woman helping her father pack up their family’s lakeside retreat. It’s all stuffing away old memories and trying to fix the bumps and bruises the house endured over the year until Sarah hears a noise that’s definitely not coming from the aging foundation.

Forget the fact that running around screaming for a full feature is downright exhausting; the cast and crew of Silent House had their work cut out for them moreso than most because the film takes place in real time, in what appears to be a single take. No, they didn’t really shoot the whole film in one shot, but it still required an incredible amount of planning.

Check out what Olsen had to say about the shooting process, her rise to the top and how it felt to be the butt of Seth Rogen’s jokes at the Independent Spirit Awards. Also, if you’re looking for a serious scare, be sure to catch Silent House when it hits theaters on Friday, March 9th.

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Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Haunted house films are back in full force. In April we got the beautifully modest and wildly enjoyable Insidious from James Wan and now Guillermo del Toro and Co. are giving the subgenre a go with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. While the two are rooted in entirely different core concepts, they do have quite a bit in common, namely child stars vs. evil entities, eerily warm yet threatening tones, fantastic visuals and the fact that they’re both incredibly frightening, exhilarating and entertaining all in one. Haunted house films are officially two for two in 2011.

When Sally’s (Bailee Madison) mother decides it’s time to hand her over to her father, Alex (Guy Pearce), she’s sent from Los Angeles to Rhode Island where she’ll call the old Blackwood Manor home. Alex, an architect desperately in need of a career comeback, and his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holms), an interior decorator, are calling the place home for the time being, as they’re working to restore the house and sell it for a pretty penny and ego boost.

In the midst of a snooping session, Sally discovers a room in the Blackwood Manor, a basement her father never knew existed. After knocking down a wall and finding the basement door, Sally, Alex and Kim investigate and discover the famous artist Emerson Blackwood’s studio. Alex is fascinated with the new space and Kim with the work Mr. Blackwood left behind, but Sally winds up enraptured with something else, something connected to Emerson Blackwood’s disappearance over a hundred years ago.

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SDCC 2011: Interview With Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’s Guy Pearce

After pleasing the masses at the Hall H panel presentation, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark star Guy Pearce hit the Hilton Bayfront for some one-on-one interviews. I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time with the actor who plays Alex Hirst, a divorcee who doesn’t quite know what to do when his ex ships their young daughter, Sally (Bailee Madison), across the country to shack up with him and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes). And that’s the least of his troubles. Turns out, the old Blackwood Manor, the spot Alex is renovating to sell, but currently calls home, is haunted and the evil that lurks inside has its eyes on his littler girl.

While the film is firmly entrenched in the horror genre, boosting the drama and the father-daughter element were top priority for Pearce. Lucky for him, he had a lot of help in that effort as his young co-star, who was just nine-years-old at the time, was as professional and capable as they come. Check out everything Pearce had to say about balancing the horror and drama, working with Madison, his thoughts on Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’s terrifyingly elusive villains and much more in the video interview below.

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SDCC 2011: Opening Disaster Screened At The Final Destination 5 Party

The parking lot of Petco Park was abuzz yet again tonight, this time courtesy of Warner Bros. in honor of the August 12th release of Final Destination 5. While I did catch the film’s stars Nicholas D’Agosto, P.J. Byrne, Tony Todd, Miles Fisher and Arlen Escarpeta floating around, the spotlight belonged to a portable theater screening the film’s opening disaster.

Before the Final Destination 5 footage began, the audience of about 30 or so relived the past four films in a montage of the most gruesome kills. After enjoying Rory (Jonathan Cherry) getting sliced and diced, Evan Lewis (David Paetkau) taking a ladder to the face and poor Ms. Lewton (Kristen Cloke) a knife to the chest in 3D, Tony Todd wrapped up the sequence with the especially ominous line, “You all just be careful now.”

From there the Final Destination 5 footage began and we met the sorry souls about to get entangled in Death’s games. D’Agosto leads the bunch as Sam Lawton. His coach bus is crossing a suspension bridge when, uh-oh, pavement starts to crack, ropes snap and the blood begins to flow. He seems super cozy with Emma Bell’s Molly as he keeps a close eye on her as they attempt to dodge the disaster. The scene features Byrne’s Isaac in a particularly amusing moment as well as Fisher’s Peter making a desperate attempt at survival. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is the victim of death-by-no glasses while Escarpeta’s Peter suffers a rather harsh lashing.

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Interview: Tanedra Howard

TanedraHowardYou find some interesting things on Craigslist. There’s ads for animals, cars, apartments and even some movie gigs. Well, actually, there are tons of postings for acting jobs and that’s a fact that Tanedra Howard is well aware of. When she came across an offer from Lionsgate, she was skeptical and rightfully so. Luckily she followed her instincts and ending up being cast on the VH1 reality show Scream Queens.

After going through grueling challenges like jumping out of a three story window and, most horrifically, a series of events in which she had to swim through a pool of blood and carnage, hop into a body drawer at the morgue and cover herself in cockroaches, she reached the pinnacle, a role in Saw VI. Tanedra certainly earned her role in one of the biggest horror franchises in history and has a vast knowledge of the genre, but she’s well suited for another kind of movie, comedy. Tanedra is downright hilarious!

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Review: The House of the Devil

HouseoftheDevilPosterThe House of the Devil is like a mediocre haunted house. You meander through expecting something terrifying to be lurking around every corner, but when it’s over, you’re thinking, “That wasn’t so bad.” Part of the reasons so-so haunted houses are scary at all, is that you walk into them with the mentality that you’re going to be scared. The only reason The House of the Devil is unnerving is because you know what’s coming. You wait and anticipate nearly the entire movie and when the time finally comes for the big reveal, it’s not so frightening.

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When Hotties Attack: Rise Of The Female Slasher

WhenHottiesAttackAsk anyone who comes to mind when they think of horror films and odds are the list will include guys like Jason, Michael Myers and Leatherface. While we’re being bombarded with resurrections of popular 80s slasher flicks featuring monstrous giants with a mean streak, a new breed of killer has cropped up, the unlikely female. Enormity and a chainsaw are a thing of the past. Nowadays the maniac behind a bloodbath could be a pretty face with a hidden agenda.

It’s kind of like Elijah Wood’s theory in The Faculty, “If you were going to take over the world, would you blow up the White House ‘Independence Day’ style, or sneak in through the back door?” That’s the approach a new breed of horror films have started taking with their killers. The seven-foot-tall monster brandishing a machete is hackneyed. Mass murderers are growing a pair and I don’t mean down there.

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