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Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia has made a career out of offbeat, genre-bending films like The Last Circus and The Day of the Beast -- although his most well-known in the US might be the straightforward mystery The Oxford Murders -- but his latest, Witching & Bitching, might be his most "out there" effort yet. In it, a pair of on-the-lam bank robbers, dressed as a toy soldier and a silver Jesus, run afoul of a coven of witches. Check out the trailer and the new poster (right) to get a sense of the insanity in this horror-comedy, which IFC Midnight will release in theaters and on demand on June 13.
Here are some upcoming horror/suspense DVD and Blu-ray releases of note:
A scene from The Purge: Anarchy.
This summer boasts a busy slate of horror and suspense movies hitting theaters, both well-known wide releases like The Purge: Anarchy and smaller, independent fare with limited releases. Here's a rundown of what horror movies you can catch this summer.
It's a light week for new horror/suspense, with no theatrical releases and a small slate of home video fare led by Cheap Thrills, Ghostquake (AKA Haunted High), House in the Alley and Stephen Chow's Journey to the West.
Eli Roth in Aftershock.
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Two modern horror powerhouses are joining forces for an upcoming TV show airing on, of all channels, WEtv. Eli Roth, director of Cabin Fever and Hostel and producer of The Last Exorcism and Hemlock Grove, and Jason Blum, producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister and The Purge, are teaming up to produce South of Hell, with Roth scheduled to direct the premiere episode. ...
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Looking for something to do this summer? Why not travel the world attending horror film festivals and conventions, letting the blood drain from your face as the money drains from your wallet? To help you meet that goal, here's a handy schedule of 2014 genre fests and conventions you might want to check out.
Mike Flanagan on the set of Oculus.
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Hot off the modest commercial success of Oculus, writer-director Mike Flanagan has lined up an adaptation of one of the few Stephen King books that have yet to be made into a film: Gerald's Game. The 1992 novel finds a woman trapped in a remote cabin, handcuffed to her bed after a bondage sex game with her husband causes his accidental death. Insanity ensues. Flanagan, who has already written the script with writing partner Jeff Howard, is a longtime fan of the novel, comparing it to Misery and saying it "has been a dream project for many years." ...
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With Bates Motel and Hannibal doing well enough to warrant third-season renewals by A&E and NBC, respectively, another cinematic horror icon is preparing to join Norman Bates and Hannibal Lecter (and soon Constantine's John Constantine and quite possibly Friday the 13th's Jason Vorhees and Firestarter's Charlie McGee) on the small screen. The Omen's son of Satan Damien Thorn may soon have his own TV show, courtesy of former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara. ...
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There aren't any horror/suspense theatrical releases this week, but there are more than enough home video releases to keep genre fans busy, including Vampire Academy, Grand Piano, House of Dust, Mischief Night, Way of the Wicked, Report 51 and Book of the Dead: The Eschatrilogy.
Christian Slater's career hasn't quite been the same since he got "Bolled," starring in Uwe Boll's Alone in the Dark in 2005, but he remains a likable actor. Unfortunately, Way of the Wicked, in which he plays a priest tracking a kid who may or may not be the Antichrist, isn't the starring vehicle fans would hope for. Read about it in my review of Way of the Wicked.