Directors: Abel Vang, Burlee Vang Cast: Saxon Sharbino, Bonnie Morgan, Brandon Soo Hoo, Jordan Essoe
Bedeviled is a bizarre story about an evil app that somehow perfectly channels (intentionally or otherwise) B horror films of the 80s, and, in that vein, is more entertaining than it has any right to be.
The story begins, like so many before, with the mysterious death of a teenage girl. Her group of close friends try to cope with her death, but it’s a struggle. Alice, her best friend, is having an particularly hard time. It just doesn’t seem like her friend should be gone (probably because she died in an odd fashion and everyone else is ignoring it for the sake of laziness).
It’s not long after (like, seriously, maybe a day) that each member of the squad is invited to download a new app. Only problem is that the invitation was sent from their dead friend’s phone. (Dun dun dah!) Not to worry! Male friend #1 dispels any supernatural fears by alerting the group that it’s TOTALLY NORMAL because she must have invited them to download the app before she died. At this point though, I’m just wondering why none of them seem weirded out by the idea of “app invites” in general. Is that a thing? Am I just too old? Don’t answer.
So they all download it cause YOLO, right?
The app seems cool at first. The darkened silhouette of a man fills the phone screen while a red bow tie flashes when the app responds. Or should I say talks. This app makes Siri sound like a Dalak and is so fast with information it could make Cortana spontaneously update.
But don’t worry, these kids are young so they don’t even blink at the app’s OVERTLY SUSPICIOUS “features,” like the ability to turn the lights off in their house. Hey dingbats, those light bulbs aren’t connected to the WiFi!
But I digress. The real problem with kids today is that they have no concept of privacy. Data capture is a bitch, and it’s only a matter of time before this squad goals set figures that out.
See this motivationless monster is using their data to determine their fears because shit is evil.
Cops can be scary, but a cop with a bow tie? GTFO, amirite?
Tension mounts as members of the group are taunted and terrorized by this devilish app. In one particularly memorable sequence Boyfriend of Dead Girl is chased through a parking structure by the manifestation of the app. The slowly encroaching monster is truly spooky as it descends the stairs toward our protagonist (no sarcasm; the effects are great, but more on that in a minute). Boyfriend runs, barely escaping his pursuer. As he leaves the parking structure, a harmless hobo startles Boyfriend. Boyfriend reacts by punching the hobo in the face.
This bizarre choice is made all the more hilarious when the next scene begins with a shot of Boyfriend’s bandaged hand from his harrowing run-in with the harmless man. Let that sink in for a second. His only injury is from him punching an innocent man.
From there things go about the way you would expect. The teens get picked off one-by-one until only two are left. Through a lot of shaky tech talk they decide to trap the evil creature through . . . science? I’m not really sure. The resulting trap looks a lot like the finale of It Follows if it had taken place in a nondescript warehouse. There is screaming. There is praying. There is uncomfortable (and unfounded) victory dancing.
The interesting thing about Bedeviled is that it’s shockingly entertaining even in its unevenness. On one hand, the acting is stilted and the story is as shallow as it could possibly be. But on the other hand, the cinematography and special effects are really quite good.
This results in something really interesting. The film takes on the very distinct feeling of a 70s/80s film. I’m not talking about the The Hills Have Eyes and the Halloween’s of the world, but I am talking about the The Blobsand the Killer Klowns.
I’ll take this thing over boneless CGI slime monsters any day.
The latter are movies that don’t (or can’t due to resources) take themselves too seriously, but are surprisingly effective thanks to spooky visuals that stick with you long after the film. Bedeviled fits into this category. Aside from a wonderfully goofy final sequence, all of the monster’s effects seem to be practical.
Instead of overdoing it with millions of squiggling tentacles and the over-played tooth-filled vagina mouth, this monster actually evokes some goosebumps through minimal-but-strategic choices like elongated hands and good lighting that plays tricks with the eyes.
Bedeviled isn’t a timeless classic, but it uses them as source material to create something enjoyable from beginning to end.
If you’re like me, you’ve been quietly counting down the days until Stranger Things returns to Netflix on October 27.
There are just so many questions that need to be answered. What’s happening to Will since his return from the Upside Down? Where has Eleven been and what has she been doing? What the hell is actually going on in that town?
We’ll have to wait two weeks to find out, but in the meantime, here is one more trailer to tide us over.
Check it out.
Stranger Things 2 | Final Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube
Nick is haunted by night terrors stemming from a tragic murder he saw when he was young. After inheriting an old toy shop, he discovers a cursed elf doll sealed inside an ancient chest with a naughty list of his family’s names written on it. He soon discovers that the elf was an evil conduit meant to unleash a supernatural killing spree during the Christmas Holidays by whoever set it free.
The Elf will be released by Uncork’d Entertainment on VOD November 7 .
AMC Fear Fest is returning once again this year for its’ 21st anniversary. An annual tradition for most of us with cable – it’s time to set up the PVR and record all those classic horror films, or get a good marathon party going! This year it will only be a week though as AMC is making way for their The Walking Dead marathon where they will play all 99 episodes counting down to the Season 8 premier and the 100th episode.
From October 23rd to Halloween night you’ll be able to watch the following films:
The full Halloween series
A Nightmare on Elm Street (201)
Freddy vs. Jason
Friday the 13th Part 9
Jason Goes to Hell
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Curse of Chucky
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Land of the Dead
House of the Dead 1
House of the Dead
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
Return to House on Haunted Hill
House of Wax (2005)
Hellbound: Hellrasier II
Army of Darkness;
The entire Leprechaun franchise;
And AMC will also premier Cult of Chucky, the much-anticipated new chapter in the Child’s Play franchise!
While I am sad it’s only one week this year, AMC Fear Fest is such a crucial part of my Halloween schedule, I’m still looking forward to it.
Will you be tuning in this year? Let us know in the comments which movies you’re most excited for.
Annihilation…one of the most confusing, bizarre and wonderful books I’ve ever read. It’s book one in a trilogy written by Jeff VanderMeer and if you love Lovecraftian, twisted, mysterious horror then you absolutely need to pick up these books before the new film adaptation premiers.
Today the trailer for the new adaptation has hit the web and while the trailer may seem like a confusing mess of mysterious plants and scientific scenes, it’s a great first look at what could be a terrifying film. Alex Garland, director of Ex Machina, is directing this one and it will star Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. Garland also wrote the screenplay.
Releasing on February 23rd of 2018, check out the trailer below:
Ever wondered what would happen if Groundhog Day met with Scream? Well now you can find out with the latest feature film from Blumhouse Productions, directed by Christopher B. Landon. This looks like a lot of goodhearted fun and may even be the start of a new franchise like Final Destination.
A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.
Happy Death Day Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers - YouTube
The Snowman – October 20th
While this isn’t a straight up horror film, and more of a murder mystery thriller, it still has some horrifying scenes based on the trailer that was released. Starring Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, and Chloe Sevigny, The Snowman is based off of a book by the same name written by murder mystery writer Jo Nesbo.
Detective Harry Hole investigates the disappearance of a woman whose pink scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman.
The Snowman Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers - YouTube
Jigsaw – October 27th
It’s almost here! The much anticipated sequel to the beloved Saw franchise that has been quiet for ten years. But Jigsaw is coming back again this Halloween season to bring us new traps, new twists, and all of the great stuff we love about this iconic series. I have to say, personally, this might be the one I’m most excited for!
Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.
Jigsaw (2017 Movie) Official Trailer - YouTube
Coming to VOD:
Cult of Chucky – October 3rd
While it has leaked online, it doesn’t officially premier until October 3rd when you can find the exciting new Child’s Play sequel on VOD or on DVD. Chucky’s back, he’s out for revenge, and there’s a whole lot of returning characters that we love. It’s getting great reviews and I can’t freakin’ wait!!
Chucky returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife.
Critics loved to fight over this film, and now it’s time for everyone to watch it and make up their own minds. A home invasion thriller set against a Christmas backdrop releasing in October. What more could you ask for?
On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve-year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion.
BETTER WATCH OUT (2017) Official Red Band Trailer - YouTube
Creep 2 – October 24th
Another great sequel coming our way this Halloween season, Creep 2 came out of nowhere with a bang and it’s not much longer now until we finally get to see the finished product. Releasing onto VOD in October and moving to Netflix later in the year.
A video artist looking for work drives to a remote house in the forest to meet a man claiming to be a serial killer. But after agreeing to spend the day with him, she soon realizes that she made a deadly mistake.
Creep 2 - Official Trailer - YouTube
Coming to Netflix:
1922 – October 20th
Another Stephen King, Netflix adaptation comes to us in October, this time it’s 1922 based on the novella by the same name. The trailer recently dropped and it looks incredible.
A simple yet proud rancher in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate.
1922 | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix - YouTube
Coming to DVD
A Ghost Story – October 3rd
While this may be more of a drama, there’s absolutely supernatural elements to it. Directed by David Lowery it stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January originally and now you can pick it up on DVD.
In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
A Ghost Story Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers - YouTube
Wish Upon – October 10th
A lot of people skipped this when it was in theaters in July, but now it’s time to watch it from the comfort of your own home. Wish Upon was directed by Annabelle director John R. Leonetti.
A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them.
Wish Upon Trailer #1 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers - YouTube
One of my most anticipated films of this upcoming season is the sequel to Creep. It was kept very quiet and now all of a sudden it’s HAPPENING! Creep was the sleeper cult hit of 2015 that caught everyone off guard when it arrived on Netflix and became much like a campfire story as it was passed around between friends.
Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass follow up Creep with their terrifying sequel Creep 2 that hits digital platforms this October 24th, and Netflix later this year.
Creep 2 follows Sara who runs a sort of youtube like series where she meets with strange people who post online personal ads. But when she runs into a man claiming to be a serial killer she might just be in over her head.
The trailer is filled with all those things I loved about the original film – Creep was such an original take on the found footage/slasher genre and I have very high hopes for the sequel. The trailer does NOT disappoint.
Check it out below, and get ready for the return of Peach Fuzz…
Creep 2 - Official Trailer - YouTube
Are you excited for the sequel? Let us know in the comments!
John Carpenter’s original masterpiece is returning to select theaters this October. In addition to seeing the film on the big screen the way the movie gods intended, moviegoers will be treated to an exclusive interview and retrospective with Carpenter himself.
Carpenter will speak on Halloween‘s influence on both the horror genre as well as the general film industry, his influences as a filmmaker, and how the film became “the highest grossing independent films of all time.”
Check out Specticast to see if there are any screenings near you!
Disney is known for its heartwarming classics that every generation grew up watching from famous animation like Snow White to live action classics like High School Musical (WHAT TEAM?!). Disney also has its fair share of Halloween movies and two classics that I think a lot of us watch every season are the 1993 film Hocus Pocus and 1998’s Halloweentown. I love both of those movies so much and while they don’t strike any fear into my heart, they certainly put me in the mood for the spooky season.
But Disney has a darker side. Back in the day they tried to edge towards more mature live-action films and brought in actors like Bette Davis and Christopher Lee to help them. They brought in scary elements and themes like missing children and some terrifying monsters. So if you’re looking for the dark side of Disney and maybe something to traumatize your kids like we were when we were younger with these films, read ahead as I give you FIVE DARK DISNEY FILMS:
The Watcher in the Woods (1980)
In the early 80’s Disney was at a surprisingly low point as their core audience had grown older and were looking for more mature films to watch in their spare time. Disney decided to try something new and this was their offering in this new, darker era. Watcher is a supernatural ghost story about a family that moves into an old mansion in England. Bette Davis joined the cast and performed a wonderfully creepy lead role. The original script for this story was too dark, even for this new edgier Disney, so they edited to be slightly less scary and it was directed by John Hough (The Legend of Hell House).
Return to Oz (1985)
This film screwed me up when I was little – I was expecting a light hearted sequel to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and was instead treated to a bleak, scary whirlwind through a dying Oz. There’s so many things to touch on in this movie – Oz looking post apocalyptic with the yellow brick road cracked and dying, Oz being ruled by a headless princess who keeps living heads in glass jars, and Dorothy receiving electroshock therapy. Oh, and don’t get me started on the Wheelers – nightmare inducing that would make for one hell of a Stephen King short story.
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
This was Disney’s first attempt at mature science fiction which turned more into a dark thriller involving a brother and sister with paranormal abilities that were being hunted by a group of cult like people. The evil henchman is played by Donald Pleasence who you may know as Dr. Loomis in Halloween and he brings an even more terrifying element to it. Young children being preyed upon sinister adults – so scary, the kids being locked in a spooky castle while the group tries to convince them to use their powers for evil – SO scary. Based on the novel by Alexander Key, Disney followed up a few years later with the sequel, Return from Witch Mountain, in which Christopher Lee and Bette Davis play the villains.
Something Wicked this Way Comes (1983)
Based on Ray Bradbury’s book of the same name, Jonathan Pryce plays the scary Mr. Dark who brings his carnival to Greentown. Two young boys uncover the true reason for the carnival which is to collect the souls of the townsfolk. Bradbury wrote the script and it has a lot of terrifying elements and gives off that Halloween vibe with the small town setting in Fall. Mr. Dark is really where the horror lies though, especially when he reveals his tattoos of the souls he’s captured.
The Black Cauldron (1985)
Set in medieval times, Taran and a group of friends embark on a journey to stop the evil Horned King from getting his paws on a cauldron that will give him world domination. Go big or go home right? To be fair, this movie isn’t that scary and just has some spooky elements. But what’s odd about this one is how hard Disney is trying to bury it. They never release it on DVD, you can’t find merch, and it certainly was never made into any cool rides at the parks. But in their defense, when the film was released it did so poorly that it almost brought down their animated film division. But I love this film and it set off my love of fantasy and Dungeons and Dragons at a very young age. It was also the first Disney animation film to receive a PG rating due to the violence in the story.
So that’s it! Any on these list you’re going to check out? Have any of your own to add? Let us know in the comments.
Director: David Straiton Stars: Alan Ritchson, Christina Ochoa, Thomas Dominique, Marama Corlett, Colin Cunningham
Taking down a multi-billion dollar corporation seems like it would take a bit of planning, but sometimes you just have to go with the improvisational approach. That’s just what Grace, Arthur, and Slink do when they put the pedal to the medal in this episode to get to HEART HQ with the intention of taking it down.
Whether you improvise or meticulously plan, a mission of this magnitude has to be agreed upon by all involved. Too bad, Silnk has never been good at creative collaboration. They compromise with Slink heading to the basement to set the charge to blow the building sky high, while our heroes head to the boardroom to try to save Karma.
Karma is less than amenable to these plans, informing Slink that she’s destroyed all the other models of him, making him the last of his kind. Now he can’t blow up the building from the inside without triggering the finale of the Slink saga.
But finales are rarely final in grindhouse lore, as we find out when Karma decides to get trigger happy on our heroes.
As things go from bad to worse, our characters’ fight to stay alive reveals how much they’ve changed over the course of this journey. Grace’s compassion has grown to extend beyond her own best interests; Arthur’s black and white belief in absolutes as begun to bleed grey; while Christopher’s time on the inside has altered a lot more than his outlook.
But this character growth is illustrated best in a surprisingly sentimental moment with the sulfurous Slink. His awakening to what it feels like to die is proof that this show is so much more than coarse language, titillating settings, and buckets of blood (not that I think there is anything wrong with tv that is).
In creator James Roland’s announcement that Blood Drive had been cancelled, he requested that his fans continue to dream on what happens next with these characters, to keep them alive through our imaginations. I’m happy to take on the challenge.
Roland expertly set up future storylines for nearly every character in the series. Arthur has washed up on a prison island housing the criminally insane. He’s alone, he’s naked, and he thinks Grace is dead. It’s only a matter of time before he meets the locals. Let’s just hope the locals don’t meat him.
Grace and Slink are slightly harder to resurrect, but it’s not impossible. One of the many clever threads woven into this episode included Slink creating additional versions of Grace, Arthur, and himself to confuse HEART security. Perhaps these versions were more than just figments. Could they be (or become) the real deal? If they survive, it would only be thanks to Slink’s smooth move. This means Karma’s time would be up. Good thing Grace has plenty of practice mourning her little sister.
What about good cop Christopher? Last I heard they had buckets of his DNA some place…
But what to do with Aki? She was a one-of-a-kind model. If her original creator can’t help, perhaps he can point us toward the human template they used as the Aki unit’s inspiration. We know her mother lives near the Scar and packs a powerful punch of potent provisions. Could she help bring her lovely daughter back to this realm?
Blood Drive has a lot of heart (and very good season-length story structure) underneath the grindhouse gore. It’s a shame that SyFy didn’t follow through with a second season, but I thank them for giving us a first.
I hope Roland finds a new home for Blood Drive. If he does, I’ll be the first at the starting line.