Baddington Bear

We all remember Paddington bear from our childhoods. The lovable cuddly bear, in the blue rain coat, red hat and suitcase full of marmalade sandwiches.

Now, get ready to see the teddy, in a new, darker way. Some clever person, very creatively may I add, has put Paddington in to scenes from our favourite horror movies.

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Ouija: Origin of Evil Review

Introduction

I saw trailers of this film, and was extremely intrigued by it.
It follows the familiar story we’ve seen in nearly every film featuring a Ouija board.
A girl uses a Ouija board, gets possessed by a demon, and causes chaos, while her family seek the help of a priest to save the poor girl.
But that being said, the writers and  director have taken that premise, and completely turned it on its head. mv5bmji4odc0mtcymv5bml5banbnxkftztgwmtg5njczmdi-_v1_sx1777_cr001777878_al_

This film features, possibly the scariest little girl-devil, she-beast, I’ve ever seen in a horror film.

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This film will take you by surprise, and boasts some particularly dark and frightening imagery.


Trailer


Synopsis

Set in 1965 in Los Angeles, the film stars Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) as Alice, the widowed mother of two daughters Lina and Doris, and runs a fake seance scam, as a business from her families home.
She is looking to add something new to bolster her business, and so, a Ouija board is brought into the property.
They unwittingly invite pure evil into their home.
When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears, to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.


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Our Thoughts

I’ll say this again. This is not your typical possession film.
When Doris, the youngest of two daughters, uses the Ouija board and believes shes made contact with her deceased father, she couldn’t be further from the truth.
From there on in, the genie is out of the bottle.
The evil entity is released from the board, and into the house, and begins to play tricks on family and friends, that quickly escalate and become serious. They’ll send chills down your spine.

The film is well paced. It’s not a slow burner. You can get right into the film from the beginning. It gets you interested straight away and it keeps ticking over nice. That is helped by the opening few scenes, which will certainly make you jump. And i’m happy to report, its not because of a forced jump scare! In fact, this film is pretty limited on the forced jump scare front, which was very pleasing.
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The scene, shown in short as a GIF to the right, is the part of the film where Doris actually becomes possessed, and way that it is done is just fantastic.
Its original, interesting, and most of all frightening.

After the possession, as you would imagine, a whole host of crazy, weird and awful things take place. The slingshot scene from the trailer is one you’ll no doubt remember.
The two daughters are at a catholic school, and it is Lina, the older of the two sisters, who brings it to the priests attention that something is very wrong with Doris.

Trust in me when I say, that the ending to this film, is a pretty twisted one, with death, carnage and blood shed being plentiful. You will not be disappointed.

Ouija: Origin of Evil, really is one of the better films to come out of one of the big production houses this year. Its good to see, that they have actually gone for making a film, that isn’t a remake or a reboot.

If this particular horror sub-genre is your cup of tea, then you are really going to want to see this one.

The Scream Source Rating: 7/10

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Death House: Are You Ready?

THE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!!

Thats right folks, the trailer for the highly anticipated ‘Death House’ has landed.

Amazing right?

deathhouse_2The trailer delivers on so many levels. Harrison Smith, and his production team, have been very clever, and put some real thought and effort, into putting this trailer together. It lays everything out perfectly. I felt an excitement that I hadn’t felt for a long time.
Something that really got me, was that, although it delivers everything you would want from a trailer, it doesn’t give up the secrets of the film.

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Cortney Palm (Agent Toria Boon), & Cody Longo (Agent Jae Novak)

The synopsis of the film, sees Agents Boon and Novak, getting an exclusive tour of the ‘Death House’ facility. A prison that houses the most dangerous criminals in the world. A power breakdown, sets the inmates free, and sends the two agents into a fight for survival, as they navigate their way to the depths of the prison, where a supernatural evil may be their only chance of survival.

After seeing the trailer, it has left me with questions. Left me wanting to know, the background of the FBI graduates, the backgrounds of doctors, the nazi style experiments, on human subjects, the backgrounds of the inmates. Also, what will be the agenda of the inmates, now that they’re free of their restraints? How are the agents going to escape? What, are the 5 evils?
It’s left me craving more, and that’s what a proper trailer should do. It reminds of trailers of a bygone era.

At the start of the Q&A session at the ‘Days Of The Dead’
the panel took no prisoners, and gave the world of horror, what I think, is a wake up call.

A point that was made clear, was that there is no CGI in this film, except for the editing and putting the filmed scenes together. Everything else, is all practical effects. The set, the blood, guts, gore, the lot, all practical.

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That is making a statement. It proves that you don’t need a film full of CGI, and added in effects. With this, everything is being stripped back, and going right back to the blood roots of what makes a horror film, a horror film, and it’s so refreshing.CoVaIdcXgAAlLrx

Harrison and Sid Haig also spoke about the horror genre in general and the state of things at the moment. Some of the subjects discussed were, What the hell is PG-13 horror? Why was Massacre left out of the recent Texas Chainsaw Remake?
I completely agree with Harrison Smith, in that we, as fans, supporters, even lovers of the horror genre, should demand more from the films we are getting. I’m so tired of films that feature the word Paranormal. Where is the next ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’? or ‘Hellraiser’? And I dont just mean remaking the classics.
I truly believe, that this film and any subsequent sequels, will be the start of bringing horror back, and starting a revolution in the horror genre.
I will continue to report any Death House news as it comes available. Please check out the Twitter and Facebook pages for the film.

 

 

SCREAM QUEENS RETURNS

Thats right, you read it correctly. Scream Queens will be returning on September 20th, for Season 2 of the show.

Scream Queens, is part of the group of television shows put together, by show runners, and producers, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

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Left: Ryan Murphy, Right: Brad Falchuk

Their partnership has proved fruitful. Over the years, they are responsible for bringing us, some quality television. With such shows as Nip/Tuck (2003-2010), Glee (2009-2015), and going into its 6th season, American Horror Story, which will air on FOX, on September 14th.

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From Left to Right: Chanel#3 (Billie Lourd), Chanel#2 (Ariana Grande), Chanel#1 (Emma Roberts) & Chanel#5 (Abigail Breslin)

The above is the official trailer for Scream Queens, Season 1. Introducing the 4 Chanels.(There was 5, but Chanel#4 was killed off in the pilot episode, and is uncredited).

. Season 1 of Scream Queens was set on a college campus, and focused mainly on the Kappa Sorority house. It featured, lots of murder, blood and gore.  Chanel Oberlin (Emma Roberts), sees herself, as being the head girl of the Kappa house, with her group of minions, who are numbered Chanel 1-5. Throughout season 1, there is a constant battle of wills between Chanel and the headmistress of the college, Dean Munsch (Jamie Lee Curtis)

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Jamie Lee Curtis as Dean Munsch

Season 2 however, is set 3 years after the delightfully dark, and hilariously gruesome capers of season 1, and is set in a hospital, run by their former college head. Returning to the show, will be,3 Chanel Oberlin and her minions, Chanel#3 (Billie Lourd) and Chanel#5 (Abigail Breslin) and more of the favourites from season 1, such as:

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Death House: Hell Isn’t A Word… It’s A Sentance

Death House is fast approaching, and it’s got the whole horror community, literally salivating at the prospect of what’s to come. There is so much ‘buzz’ and excitement surrounding this film, and this is for a multitude of reasons.

Plot: Two secret agents, are sent for an exclusive tour, inside a secret prison, known as ‘The Death House’, which houses the baddest, meanest, most villainous and dangerous criminals in the world. Whilst on their walk through of the prison, there is a complete power outage, that releases the ruthless army of inmates. For the two agents, the fight is on to get out, and get out alive. They’re pushed further down into the lower depths of the facility, where they learn of the worst of the housed in the ‘Death House’. They are a group of supernatural beings known as ‘The Five Evils’, and they are the only chance they have of survival.

Sounds awesome right? You don’t even know the half of it yet.

The first aspect we will look at in detail, is the whole background surrounding the lead up to making the film.

 


The original concept, and script for Death House, was written by ‘Gunnar Hansen’, who played the part of the legendary ‘Leatherface’, in the gore-fest, that is, of course, the original, and best, ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. Gunnar sadly passed away in 2015 after a long fight with cancer, but would leave us, with a whopper of a going away present. Prior to his passing, Gunnar had been working with Writer/Director ‘Harrison Smith’, who ultimately, would be charged with taking on the role of re-writing the script, and directing the movie ‘Death House’, in honour of the great Gunnar Hansen.

With a completed script, the set, and location had to be right, to bring this spectacular idea to life. The location that was chosen, for a large majority of the filming, was an abandoned prison in Philidelphia called Holmesberg Prison.


The massive facility in Holmesberg, was opened in 1896, and was in continuous use until its closure in 1995. It was the subject of controversy for many years due to wild experiments performed on inmates, which began in 1951, and ran for 20 years. The experiments on the inmates ranged from such things as dermatological and pharmaceutical tests, to biochemical weaponry. This link is to an article released in the Baltimore Sun Newspaper in 1998, and is a very well written, and detailed report, recounting the views and memories, of one man who worked closely with the prisoners. Please click and read to find out more.

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Part of the plot of the film, (and this isnt a spoiler) is about experiments and tests performed on the inmates, so you would have to agree, that location that has been picked, is the right one, for the spirit of the occasion.

Having Gunnar Hansen in the movie, is a stroke of genius, and a wonderful tribute, to a great man.

Next we’ll look at the cast of the film. This is where ‘Know Your Horror-101’ comes in handy. Think of the stars of every relevant horror film ever made, and they’re in this film. Here is the cast list:

I’m sure you’ll agree, that there is a fine blend of legends, fresh faces, and lovely ladies, that together, will make this movie incredible.

In a recent ‘Facebook Live’ Q&A session, with directer, Harrison Smith, listening to him talk about the film, elevated the excitement to a whole new level. His enthusiasm is infectious. It feels so good, that a movie like this, is being made by someone who really loves everything about the horror genre. There is so much respect for horror.

You can view the recent Q&A session right here:

The hugely anticipated trailer for Death House will get its first viewing at ‘Days Of The Dead’ convention at 3pm, on September 3rd.

5 Indie Horror Films You Should See

There are solid films, on the indie horror circuit. A lot of indie films have been better, than those made by the big production houses.
I have gathered 5 indie horror films from the past 5 years, that in my opinion, if you haven’t seen, then you should really check them out.

1. Attack Of The Herbals (2011) image

Written and Directed by David Ryan Keith
Trailer: https://youtu.be/fXI9lbDK6_A
Synopsis: Two unlikely heroes, in a small coastal village, in North-East Scotland, stumble upon a crate, on the beach.
They find that when the contents of the crate is brewed, it makes a great cup of herbal tea and decide to sell it to the locals. The tea is highly addictive, and turns the whole village, into flesh crazed zombies.


2. Dead Before Dawn

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Written By Tim Doiron
Directed By April Mullen
Trailer: https://youtu.be/Rcx-Fx_MqW4
Synopsis: A group of teens accidentally and unknowingly, unleash a curse that makes anyone they come into contact with, kill themselves, and then turn into zombie demons.


3. The Den

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Written And Directed By Zachary Donohue
Trailer: https://youtu.be/yyr8I1_S3io
Synopsis: A young woman studying the habits of webcam chat users from the apparent safety of her apartment witnesses a brutal murder online and is quickly immersed in a nightmare in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.


The Boy (2016)

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Written By Stacey Menear
Directed By William Brent Bell
Trailer: https://youtu.be/zpIbO6HEwr8
Synopsis: An American nanny takes a job, at a stately home, in the English countryside. Upon meeting the child she’ll be looking after, she is shocked, that her new English family’s boy, is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events take place, and make her believe, that the doll is really alive.


The Invitation (2016)

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Written By Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi
Directed By Karyn Kusama
Trailer: https://youtu.be/0-mp77SZ_0M
Synopsis: While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband, have sinister intentions for their guests.

Michael Myers In Meme

Michael Myers in multiple memes from around the net.