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Vincent Price at Tee Villain

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You can never have enough glow-in-the-dark Vincent Price shirts. Available today only (6-29-16) at TeeVillain.com .

The Conjuring 2 ~ Review

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If one word could be used to describe The Conjuring 2  it would be a-harrowing-ordeal. It is unrelenting, surprisingly moving and a fascinating portrait of a family in peril with the famous demonologist and psychic Ed and Lorraine Warren at the center. Like its predecessor, this movie is incredibly well cast and written with enough jump scares to satisfy causal audiences and disturbing images to cause even seasoned horror fans nightmares. After apparently swearing off horror movies, James Wan is back behind the director's chair for Conjuring 2 . He's brought his arsenal of tricks with him – quick reveal cuts, artful framing, topsy-turvy camera swings, and those prolonged pauses on darkness where the audience strains to see something in the pitch black. What he doesn't bring is anything new. By now, audiences can anticipate his next move and the overly familiar plot doesn't help matters. However, he compensates by changing the timing of the scares. They're never w

Outcast ~ Pilot Review

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I'll admit that Cinemax's new series, Outcast snuck up on me. I knew it was based on a comic book from Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead , but did not realize that it was a bonafied horror show. The story is set in a small town in West Virginia under attack by demonic forces. At the center is a loner (Patrick Fugit) who seems to be connected to the mysterious possessions, and a reverend (Philip Glenister) who helped him as a child. The casting is spot on to the comic book, and the pilot which follows the source material almost frame by frame is genuinely creepy, dark, and expertly directed by Adam Wingard (the up-and-coming horror director who helmed You're Next, The Guest , and the upcoming The Woods ). And even though the protagonist is brooding and the surroundings are bleak, the pilot moves along swiftly and is action-packed. Being on paid cable, they definitely aren't holding back on the gore, supernatural elements, or the unpleasant abuse of you

Halfway to Halloween

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(un)Officially this is supposed to be April 30, but as most Halloween home haunters could appreciate, I'm running late!!! Happy Halfway to Halloween!

Eli Roth's CLOWN is headed our way

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Pennywise gets a run for his money in the new film CLOWN , produced by Eli Roth and directed by Jon Watts (who's currently working on the Spiderman reboot). A father hires a clown for his kid's birthday party (because that's what kids want in 2016) but fails to show up. Luckily, he finds a clown costume in the attic and saves the day. But in the morning, he realizes he can't take it off – it's fusing to his skin, and it's changing him. Yikes. Looks like this falls under the body horror genre with an interesting coulrophobia angle, and while the premise is great, early reviews are mixed. The original Italian poster (below left) was banned citing it was too disturbing for general audiences. Note the tagline "No child is safe" and the bloodier nose and lips. American audiences will get the revised poster below (below right). CLOWN is headed to a limited release and VOD on June 17. Take a look at the terrifying trailer:

Beware the Slenderman

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The true crime documentary Beware the Slenderman premiered last month at the SXSW festival and is coming to HBO soon. It deals with two young girls who attempted to kill their friend to appease Slenderman, a fictional monster that arose out of an internet meme.

Sleepy Hollow: What Went Wrong

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Sleepy Hollow 's third and likely final season aired this weekend, and the finale perfectly captured everything that was terrible and wonderful about the show. What started as a fun, nerdy, and thrilling genre show quickly became an incoherent mess plagued with behind-the-scenes drama. The show's two brightest assets were the charming Tom Mison as the old-school Ichabod Crane and Nicole Beharie as the likably pragmatic Lt. Abie Mills. No matter how contrived the circumstances as the two faced increasingly odd supernatural forces, the chemistry between the two actors was infectious and kept many viewers coming back. The storylines which often intertwined historical events with inventive supernatural revisionism, a trend that was popularized with Seth Grahame Smith's mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombie s, was also a draw. In the fantastic first season, the two faced the Headless Horseman (of the Apocalypse!!) and a twisty story that set-up a brilliant premise. Then, t

Deceptive Desserts: A Lady's Guide to Baking Bad!

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Christine McConnell is one amazing talent. From her freakish baked goods to her impeccably styled photography, her brand is utterly unique and fascinating – a 1950s pin-up with a penchant for pastry and light-hearted horror. It is sublime, and I have eagerly awaited it's arrival since the announcement last year. Eight months later, Deceptive Desserts: A Lady's Guide to Baking Bad! is finally here and it is the book of the year for Halloween enthusiasts. Granted this is not specifically a Halloween book per se, and is divided by seasons. Each glossy, full-color page reveals things like a Red Velvet Reptilian Cake with sharp teeth and red candy glass shards or Cat Lady Gelatin with floating apple chunks and a side bowl of cinnamon kibble. The Fall brings a Tarantula Cookie with caramel and prickly coconut, and a Caramel Popcorn cat with spider legs. Even Christmas gets a trick with a Serpentine Spice Cake wrapped in a peppermint fondant snake. All this monstrosity is precisel

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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May your day be free of snakes but full of green!

Ghostbusters Trailer Released!

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We can all breathe a sigh of relief. It looks great – and funny!

The Witch ~ Review

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Mainstream horror movies go for the easy startle scare. It's cheap, universally accepted, and ultimately expected. Dread, however, is another matter and an effect that is much more difficult to create, and almost impossible to suspend over any period of time especially with desensitized audiences. This fear of the unknown is crafted through a careful balance of tone, committed actors, and a hyper-realistic atmosphere that is both familiar and jarringly foreign. Then throw in a few shocking visuals, a devilish angle, and unrelenting anguish that leaves the viewers exhausted. This is the wicked formula that The Witch has mastered. It is a symphony of dread so consuming, so well executed, and pristinely captured in bleak, desaturated tones, that it hails the wildest creature of all – the imagination – to run rampant.  It is best to go into this film unprepared as the story is rather simple and straight-forward. (Hopefully you have not studied the trailer since it features many o

Kubo and the Two Strings

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Laika Films, the masterminds behind  Coraline , Paranorman , and The Boxtrolls , is celebrating it's 10th anniversary this year with the release of Kubo and the Two Strings . Stop-motion films are definitely a favorite of mine and this one is looks stunning (the trailer features a few glimpses of the monsters and some familiar looking witches).  Here's a description of the story from IMDB: Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior. Kubo and the Two Strings  arrives in theaters on August 19, 2016 (in 3D) and features the voices of Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Ralph Fiennes. Watch the trailer below.

Favorite Scary Movies of 2015

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It's award season and rooting for Max Max to win top honors at the Oscars next weekend. I've spent the last six weeks watching horror films and I'm almost caught up with the 2015 batch of horror films. We are definitely in a neo-golden era of scary movie thanks mostly to the rise of VOD (video-on-demand) releases. Without an expensive marketing plan, commercials, and national theater chain contracts, smaller independent films are being pushed through on-demand channels to much success. Hardcore horror fans also seem to be abandoning water-down and often mediocre mainstream releases aimed primarily at teens in favor of VOD's more adult-oriented fare. Without further ado, here are my favorite films from 2015: 1. Krampus - From the director of Trick ‘r Treat comes this new holiday gem that combines humor, family satire, and thrills into one neat package. It is not too scary but never stops being entertaining and finally features a creature of lore that has yet to