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Unfriended: A New Reason To Watch What You Post

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2015 has brought us quite a few new horror films, but Unfriended is a horror film for a new generation. Combining bullying and the social media frenzy with some immature, mean teens, the film is the ultimate new age horror. 

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Unfriended was written by Nelson Greaves (Sleepy Hollow TV series) and stars Heather Sossaman (Desecrated), Matthew Bohrer (Weed Shop: The Musical), Courtney Halverson (The Hammer), Shelley Henning (Ouija), Moses Storm (The 4 to 9ers), Will Peltz (Paranoia), Renee Olstead (Still Standing) and Jacob Wysocki (Pitch Perfect). 

Shelley Henning, Blaire, was phenomenal. She is a genuine actress; her emotions were believable which made the film feel more authentic and more terrifying. You want to feel bad for her, but you know she’s not innocent. 

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Shelley Henning as Blaire

Anyone that loves 80’s slasher films can appreciate a good jump scare; Unfriended is full of them. There is no visible killer and it’s a bunch of teenagers on Skype, so how else are you going to make the film terrifying? Loud bangs, lights going on and off, camera malfunctions, you get the gist. Every jump scare incorporated in the film only add to the already frightening story line. I appreciated the effort that was made to creating the scares. It may not get some of you horror veterans, but if you want to introduce a younger fan to horror and scare the pants off of them at the same time, Unfriended will get the job done.  

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There isn’t much character background given, but throughout the film, their darkest secrets are brought to light. By mid-film, you will find yourself almost rooting for their demise. Typically in a horror movie, there is at least one innocent soul, but everyone is guilty in Unfriended, everyone has a secret.

When the trailer first debuted, I heard a lot of mixed feelings, but after watching the film not once, but twice for myself, I can honestly say that for a “teen thriller”, the film is incredible. If this type of film is the future of the genre, I’m OK with that. Unfriended is original, thrilling, suspenseful and visually awesome. Whether you have been watching horror movies for decades, months or days, you will appreciate this one. I am 26-years-old and have been a horror nerd since I was about 7 and my niece (who watched the film with me in theaters) is 14-years-old and becoming a horror nerd, we both loved it. As previously mentioned, if you are looking for a film to introduce a horror nerd in training to the genre, Unfriended is perfect.

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I love a good paranormal horror movie, and when you throw technology into the mix, it is even better. Unfriended is not just a ghost story, but I feel it is also kind of a cautionary tale. Teens partied, one got out of her mind drunk, her friends posted the video to the internet, girl got bullied, girl killed herself. Underneath the fake horror is a real horror story, cyber bullying; sure, nobody gets this kind of punishment, but kids do die over this very same stuff. Unfriended is like a boogeyman story for the tech generation. 

All in all, Unfriended is a quality “new age” horror film that I would watch again. I am going to have to recommend this one to you guys; give it a watch and let me know what you think.

Unfriended is currently available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital HD in the US, and is currently available on Digital HD in the UK and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray September 7th.

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Get social with Unfriended on Facebook and twitter (@UnfriendedMovie).

New Trailer For ‘Devil May Call’ Starring Tyler Mane and Corri English

DMC-PosterThe new thriller from director Jason Cuadrado, Devil May Call, has finally received a release date and a new trailer. The film stars Tyler Mane (Halloween) and Corri English (Holliston) and will be released via Lionsgate digitally on February 24th and DVD March 10th.

Synopsis:

A young, blind operator for a suicide hotline descends into a night of unrelenting terror when an obsessive caller turns out to be a serial killer.

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To keep up to date on Devil May Call, visit the official site DevilMayCall.com and follow the film on twitter @DEVILMAYCALL.

Upcoming Horror Films of 2015

We have said goodbye to the 2014 and the amazing films it brought us, but 2015 is looking just as promising for the horror genre. There are a lot of new faces and some sequels that guarantee to scare and scar you. Here are some of the upcoming horror films of 2015

2015crimsonpeakCrimson Peak

Written and directed by horror/thriller icon Guillermo del Toro, Crimson Peak stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland), Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Jessica Chastain (Mama). 

Set in Cumbria, in a crumbling mansion in a largely rural and mountainous region of northern England in the 19th century, young author Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) discovers that her charming new husband Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston) is not who he appears to be.

Crimson Peak is set for release on October 16, 2015.

Insidious: Chapter 32015insidious

Directed by Leigh Whannell, Insidious: Chapter 3 stars Dermot Mulroney (The Last Outlaw), Stephanie Scott (No Strings Attached), Lin Shaye and NASCAR driver Steve Coulter.

This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Insidious: Chapter 3 is due out on June 5, 2015.

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Kitchen Sink

Directed by Robbie Pickering, Kitchen Sink stars Ed Westwick (J. Edgar), Vanessa Hudgens (Machete Kills) and Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul).

In the town of Dillford, it used to be that vampires, humans and zombies used to get along, but then something unexpected arrived and now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out mortal combat. Now three teenagers must try to get things back to “normal.”

Kitchen Sink is set for release on September 4, 2015.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension

Directed by Gregory Plotkin, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension stars Katie Featherston (Paranormal Activity).

The film will follow supernatural occurrences that take place in a newly moved family’s home. The family consists of four members including Ryan, a game developer, Ryan’s wife Emily, a housewife described as “more serious than her young husband—she’s constantly on the go, does yoga, and though loving, has an air of maturity about her”, their 6-year old daughter Leila, described as “a fearless, opinionated tomboy”, and Ryan’s younger brother described as a “less fitter, less funkier version of his brother”.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is set for release on March 13, 2015.

Poltergeist

Directed by Gil Kenan, Poltergeist is a remake of the original film that stars Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married).

Angry spirits terrorize a suburban family.

Poltergeist is set for release on July 24, 2015.

Scouts vs. Zombies2015scout

Directed by Christopher B. Landon, Scouts vs. Zombies stars Tye Sheridan (Mud), Logan Miller (I’m in the Band) and Patrick Schwarzenegger (Grown Ups 2).

Three Scouts who, on the eve of their last camp out, discover the true meaning of friendship when they attempt to save their town from a zombie outbreak.

Scouts vs. Zombies is set for release on October 30, 2015.

Sinister 2

Directed by Ciaran Foy, Sinister 2 stars James Ransone (The Wire) and Shannyn Sossamon (Road to Nowhere).

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that is marked for death.

Sinister 2 is set for release on August 21, 2015.

Daniel Radcliffe on 'Frankenstein' film setVictor Frankenstein 

Directed by Paul McGuigan, Victor Frankenstein stars James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Daniel Radcliffe (The Woman In Black) and Jessica Brown Findlay (Winter’s Tale).

Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man who created the legend we know today.

Victor Frankenstein is set for release on October 2, 2015.

The Final Girls

Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, The Final Girls is a horror comedy that stars Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) and Malin Akerman (Rock of Ages).

Max (Taissa Farmiga), a young woman grieving the loss of her mother (Malin Åkerman), a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself transported back in time to 1988 and into the world of her mother’s most famous horror movie. Reunited, the ladies must fight off the film’s maniacal killer

There has yet to be an exact release date announced for The Final Girls.

Amityville: The Awakening2015amity

Formally known as Amityville: The Lost Tapes, Amityville: The Awakening is directed by Franck Khalfoun. The film stars Bella Thorn (Blended), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Fast Times At Ridgemont High) and Cameron Monaghan (The Giver).

Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother’s expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn’t telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.

Amityville: The Awakening does not yet have an exact release date.

2015vaticanThe Vatican Tapes

Directed by Mark Veveldine, The Vatican Tapes stars Michael Pena (American Hustle), Djimon Hounsou (The Guardians of the Galaxy) and Alexey Vorobyov (The Three Musketeers).

A videotape reveals an exorcism gone horribly wrong.

The Vatican Tapes is set for release on May 22, 2015.

Digging Up the Marrow2015digging

Directed by the genius behind Hatchet, Adam Green, Digging Up the Marrow stars Ray Wise (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me), Kane Hodder (Hatchet), Adam Green (Holliston) and Oderus Urungus (GWAR).

A documentary exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.

Digging Up the Marrow has been released at several film festivals, but does not yet have a set release date.

I don’t know about you guys, but I think 2015 is looking to be a pretty promising year for us horror fans. The Poltergeist remake I’m not too sure about, but the rest sound pretty awesome.