Fright-Rags wishes John Carpenter a happy 72nd birthday with a limited edition design dedicated to the master of horror + new House of 1000 Corpses merchandise is available.
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“Evil takes many forms”
Watch the new official trailer for STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s upcoming horror film, Brahms: The Boy II; arriving in theaters, 21 February.
Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.
William Brent Bell returns to direct Brahms: The Boy II, starring Katie Holmes, alongside Christopher Convery, Owain Yeoman and Ralph Ineson.
“Jude has to be with Brahms always and forever.”
It is safe to say that this is cinematic artistry at its very best. This horror, although silent, screams of an unhinged nightmare full off vivid expressionistic imagery. From the beginning the film’s soundtrack alerts the viewer that something dark and sinister is on the cards. The set is the work of a mastermind and with the scenery being uneven and far from any utopian environment, this is reflected in the twisted music.
“Dr. Caligari and his mysterious slave – the black and white phantom who lives in a cabinet and goes forth in his sleep to do his master’s bidding.”
On 17 February, Indicator focuses its attention on a trio of works by three British greats: Sidney Gilliat, whose work in the film industry spanned many decades and many classics; Dennis Potter, one of British television’s most important and controversial figures; and the iconoclastic Peter Greenaway, who makes films like no other. Mastered from the finest available materials, each of these collectable limited editions contains extensive collections of new and archival extra features.
“Victim… or killer?”
Christmas time approaches, snow is falling and the once opulent and lively Butler House has now stood abandoned for many years following the mysterious death of its proprietor. Jeffrey Butler, grandson to the property’s namesake is in town to sell his inheritance but just why he has appeared after so long and what dark secrets lie within the Butler family history are a puzzle to the locals. An entertaining piece that often has a charm in its roughness, Silent Night, Bloody Night gives us some memorable kills complete with the help of that old favourite Kensington Gore.
“The mansion… the madness… the maniac… no escape.”
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“It’s beginning to look a lot like…bloodshed!”
The terrifying spectre of ‘The Hangman’ returns in this nightmarish sequel to smash-hit supernatural thriller The Gallows.
When Auna Rue, a teenage vlogger and aspiring actress, logs onto a sinister website, she’s soon trapped in the malevolent world of cursed stage play, The Gallows. After performing a passage from the play for her tiny online fan base, Auna instantly achieves the stardom she seeks – as well as a twisted challenge from the deadly spirit of The Hangman himself…
“Evil chooses you.”
On 27 January, Indicator begins the new year with two offbeat classics of American 60s and 70s cinema and a pair of uncompromising British dramas from the 80s and 90s.
Curtis Harrington’s acclaimed Night Tide (1961); William Richert’s brilliantly off-kilter Winter Kills (1979); Paul Greengrass’ unflinching Resurrected (1989); and last but far from least, Peter Mullan’s jet-black comedy, Orphans (1998).
“Sensual ecstasy becomes supernatural terror!”
There can be few things as psychologically damaging as being trapped in solitary confinement with someone you hate. For his follow-up to The Witch, Robert Eggers delivers a grim, hallucinatory story about two men shut up in a lighthouse tower, going slowly mad in their mutual loathing. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson are Tom Wake and Ephraim Winslow – arriving to work for a month-long shift at a remote, rain-lashed lighthouse, somewhere off the coast of 19th century Maine. Wake is a veteran lighthouse keeper (wickie), as salty a sea dog as one might wish to meet…
“There is enchantment in the light.”
I have to admit, straight off the bat, that I’m an absolute sucker for Agatha Christie-type whodunnits, so too is self-confessed fan, writer/director Rian Johnson, as he admitted during his talk at the recent BFI London Film Festival. He certainly demonstrates his love for the genre in his spirited and inventive homage, Knives Out. Johnson knows that half the fun lies in our recognition of the rules of the game, so he immediately provides his audience with a rambling, labyrinthine, old house in the countryside, full of curiosities and knick-knacks, a wealthy patriarch, and a large family with many secrets.
“Everyone has a motive. No one has a clue.”
Take a group of six friends, add five courses of sumptuous food and sprinkle a generous amount of suspicion and motive before garnishing with a generous slice of debauchery and you have Murder Made Easy! As the opening titles roll against a jazz infused score I’m put in mind of both Woody Allen’s Annie Hall and Hitchcock’s suspenseful one-shot masterpiece, Rope. Directed by David Palamoro, Murder Made Easy is also (as the title insinuates) rooted in the playroom drama of Agatha Christie’s great murder mysteries.