Ghost Story

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When you think about it, the film Ghost has the exact same plot as your average supernatural horror film. It’s about a wronged spirit haunting a former lover through possession and manipulation, only to provoke and carry out gruesome revenge on those who wronged him. The only difference is that we watch horror movies from the side of the haunted, and not the one doing the haunting. Also, there sadly tends to be much less romantic pottery making. Here’s a handful of spooks who, like Swayze, totally were in the right.

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America’s kick-ass sweetheart Jennifer Lawrence is hot coming off of The Hunger Games which is probably why now is a great time for Relativity to toss out a trailer for House at the End of the Street which features a typical ghost story and an unnerving amount of wife-beater buoyancy from a costume designer and cinematographer who were clearly impressed with Lawrence’s acting assets. Seriously. They seem more concerned with her chest than the team behind The Unborn was with Odette Yustman’s ass in white underwear. Welcome to average horror film marketing. The story focuses on a mother and daughter (Elizabeth Shue and Lawrence) who move into an old house right next to one where a brutal homicide took place. The twist? It was a young girl who killed her parents, and her brother is still alive. Someone forgot to leave Samara at the bottom of the well. The title definitely evokes Wes Craven’s first flick The Last House on the Left, but hopefully it will have something up its sleeve, because this trailer doesn’t benefit so much from its story as it does the incredible luck of casting a young star who just shot into the stratosphere (and an interesting reverse-motion gimmick). Check it out for yourself:

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Why Watch? This haunting little film just won Best Short at Shriekfest, and it’s easy to see why. While awards don’t automatically guarantee quality, the judges definitely got this one right. Karl Holt‘s story focuses on a star paranormal photo-journalist (David Moynihan) who heads to an abandoned asylum to try to regain his beloved spot on the cover of the magazine he works for. Unfortunately, he finds something longing to get out. Everything is pumping on all cylinders here: the camera work is stunning and makes great use of the dilapidated building and modern home alike, the sound design is stirring and creepy, the acting solid, the atmosphere filled with buzzing and ill will. Just hands down, a fantastic horror short film that delivers obsession and fear in equal measure. What does it cost? Just 10 minutes of your time. Check out Negative Image for yourself:

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with director Jake Kasdan about the horror of getting Cameron Diaz all wet for Bad Teacher. Plus, The Innkeepers and House of the Devil director Ti West offers up his favorite scary movie, and we chat with a man who got a movie deal by posting on Reddit. Download This Episode

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While Europe has long been a great place to look for well-made horror films, the Netherlands has never been a country that made much of a mark in horror, excepting of course the work of Dick Maas. That said, writer/director Elbert von Strien looks to change that distinction with his film Two Eyes Staring, a fantastic modern ghost story that still manages to feel a little gothic. Nine-year-old Lisa (Isabelle Stokkel) is a pretty quiet girl, content to keep to herself. Her detachment from the world is mirrored in her detachment from her mother, Christine (Hadewych Minis), a woman who looks at Lisa as if she’s someone else. While not exactly cold, Christine is somehow guarded around Lisa, a fact that hasn’t escaped the little girl’s attention. Luckily Lisa has a good relationship with her father, Paul (Barry Atsma). When Christine’s mother passes away and leaves her home to her daughter despite their estrangement, the family decides to pick up and move from Holland to Belgium. Christine’s childhood home is a big, old house hiding plenty of secrets, and when Lisa starts interacting with a ghost in the house, her mother’s mysterious past is slowly revealed.

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31 Days of Horror - October 2011

When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline. Synopsis The Others begins with a scream when Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman)awakens from a nightmare. Grace and her children Anne and Nicholas live in isolation in a fog shrouded house on the Jersey Islands in 1945. She and the children had been living under German occupation, but even though the war has ended and the occupation is over life is still fraught with tension. The children are so photosensitive they will die if exposed to sunlight. The windows are shrouded in blackout curtains leaving them in darkness only relieved by candlelight or gas lamps. Grace’s husband Charles is missing in action and she’s on her own struggling to keep her children safe. Grace’s struggle to maintain an orderly life is disrupted by the arrival of three mysterious servants. The secretive trio arrives out of nowhere, but good help is hard to find so Grace hires them, leading them from room to room, instructing them on how to keep the children away from sunlight. It’s Anne who is aware of the others […]

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A family returns to the United Arab Emirates from a trip to find their fancy apartment is haunted by a Djinn – a demon that lies at the heart of the Middle Eastern myths about genies. This one apparently doesn’t sing “Friend Like Me” or grant wishes. This is the premise for Tobe Hooper‘s new project Djinn which sounds an awful lot like his 1982 project Poltergeist right down to the “abandoned fishing village” the apartment complex is built upon. Since Hooper hasn’t directed a film since 2005, it’ll be interesting to see him return to a very familiar form even if its in a foreign land. Plus, his recent return to directing has been average to downright terrible with The Toolbox Murders and Mortuary. Maybe this re-return will be the key to success for the icon who delivered the great horrors of the late 70s and 80s. Hooper is definitely no stranger to ghost stories, and this gives just enough spin to keep it fresh, although it’s unclear how they’ll differentiate between a djinn and, you know, any other paranormal entity. At the first sign of moving meat, I’ll call foul, but the premise alone is harmless enough, and hopefully Hooper can deliver this time around. According to the press release, producer and Imagenation Abu Dhabi VP Daniela Tully aimed for the fences, evoking the sweeping J-horror craze of a few years ago and placing it firmly in the UAE. Is there a chance that the next wave of […]

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