There are plenty of horror franchises out there, but the Texas Chainsaw Massacre series really doesn’t give a shit about continuity. I’m not hating on the movies, but some of them are difficult to comprehend how they act as a sequel. Most of them feel more like reboots of the original, though none are even close to recreating Tobe Hooper’s raw and dirty film.
There are some films horror fans grow up watching, possibly catapulting life long obsessions with the genre. They’re the films you watched because of the box art (if you were lucky enough to live during the video store era) and some you watched because of word of mouth. As kids, some of us had that friend who told you about the grossest movies or something that kept them up at night. The EVIL DEAD franchise was something I would hear references to and always on all the lists of must see horror films.
SMALLFOOT is the latest film from director/writer Karey Kirkpatrick (Imagine That) and Jason Reisig, in his first directorial debut, where Bigfoot’s come in contact with the urban legend’s of Smallfoot, aka humans. The film stars Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street), James Corden (Into the Woods), Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Common (Suicide Squad).
THE HOUSE THAT NEVER DIES: REAWAKENING is the follow up to 2014’s The House That Never Dies, and is directed by Joe Chien (Zombie 108). The film is based off of an actual mansion located at No. 81 on Chaoyangmennei Street in Beijing which has been regaled with stories of its supposed hauntings. The film stars Joan Chen (Lust, Caution), Julian Cheung (The Grandmaster), and Gillian Chung (Vampire Effect).
The holidays are always a stressful time. Finding that perfect gift for a loved one, battling the droves of people that are all after the same thing, the weather, traveling, cooking. The list could just go on and on. Add a family gathering into the mix, and well...let’s just leave it at that. This is where we are with AWAIT FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS, a new Christmas horror film that captures that awkward holiday family event all too well.
THE HAPPYTIME MURDERS is the latest film from director/producer/actor Brian Henson (Muppet Treasure Island) and is a NSFK (not safe for kids) puppet film that is part dark comedy/part social commentary that features a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye and his ex-partner on the search for the person (or puppet) responsible for a string of puppet murders. The film stars Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, Bridesmaids), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games franchise), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids, The Way, Way Back), Joel McHale (Community) and Bill Barretta (2011's The Muppets).
THE NUN is the latest film from director Corin Hardy (The Hallow), written by Gary Dauberman (2017's IT), and is the latest chapter in the ongoing Conjuring Universe created by horror master, James Wan. The film stars Demián Bichir (Alien: Covenant), Taissa Farmiga (Final Girls, FX's American Horror Story), Jonas Bloquet (Elle), and Bonnie Aarons (The Conjurng 2).
IFC has always been a trustworthy source for wonderful films for me. Even before they got into distribution or bought their theater in the West Village, when all they had to their name was a cable TV channel, I saw many of my favorite films of all time for the first time through IFC. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant), The Brood (David Cronenberg), The Slums of Beverly Hills (Tamara Jenkins) - so many more that I can't even remember.