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Horror in the House: March Home Releases
If you’re anything like us, you’ll love nothing more than sitting down to watch a horror film with the curtains shut, the lights off and the volume turned up. So if you’re wondering what terrors will be unleashed in March you’ve come to the right place as here is what will be out over the course of next month.
Devil in the Woods (2012)
Director: Darren Lynn Bouseman
Starring: Stephen Moyer, Mia Kirshner, Allie MacDonald
Director of Saw II, III and VI, Darren Lynn Bouseman’s latest film Devil in the Woods is a film about a man (Stephen Moyer) who takes his family on a camping trip to the New Jersey Pine Barrens only to be convinced that they are being stalked by one of the most famous urban legend’s: the Jersey Devil. Originally titled as The Barrens in the US, the film has been retitled for the UK release but this shouldn’t worry you too much as critics have cited the film as well paced thriller that is polished by Bousman’s unique visual style.
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghost of Georgia (2013)
Director: Tom Elkins
Starring: Abigail Spencer, Chad MIchael Murray, Katee Sackoff
The second installment of the Haunting in Connecticut franchise has nothing to do with the first movie. Telling a completely different story, Ghost of Georgia follows the story of a young family who moves into a a historic home in Georgia. With their daughter having the ability to communicate with ghosts, Lisa (Abigail Spencer) and Andy (Chad Michael Murray) must embrace the supernatural in order to save their daughter from the evil that she has mistakenly woke. An interesting plot and an improvement on the first movie, this movie is worth checking out if you get the chance.
The Human Race (2013)
Director: Paul Hough
Starring: Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee, Trista Robinson
Director Paul Hough delivers The Human Race, a gripping homage to Stephen King’s short story The Long Walk. The film sees eighty people from all walks of life kidnapped and thrust into a truly horrific situation where they are forced to race or die. Very mean spirited with purpose, the film follows in the same steps as Battle Royale and The Hunger Games and provides an insight into human behaviour when people are put in life or death situations. The film also challenges genre expectations by integrating disability which is perfectly executed by one of its main actors Eddie McGee who has more than you would ever want in an action hero. The acting isn’t perfect but this doesn’t stop the film being a 90 minute adrenaline-fuelled thriller worth checking out.
We Are What We Are (2013)
Director: Jim Mickle
Starring: Ambr Childers, Julia Garner
Officially selected as part of the line up for last years Film4 Frightfest film festival, Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are is a remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s film of the same name. Following the Parker family, the film follows daughters Iris and Rose who are forced to assume the responsibilities of their ancestry whilst taking every step possible to keep their family secret from the local police. The film did extremely well at Frightfest and is expected to become a firm favourite amongst horror enthusiasts.
The Stuff: Dual Format Edition (1985)
Director: Larry Cohen
Starring: Michael Moriarty, Andrea Marcovicci, Garrett Morris
Released on DVD and now Blu-ray, Larry Cohen’s cult classic The Stuff tells the story of a delicious slime which is discovered and marketed as the newest dessert sensation. As The Stuff goes flying off the shelves its mystery is finally revealed when it begins to turn snackers into zombie-like monsters taking over the world. As with any typical 80s horror there is an abundance of clever practical effects and runs with its tongue firmly planted in its cheek as it pokes fun at the nature of consumerism.
Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero (2013)
Director: Aaare Andrews
Starring: Sean Astin, Currie Graham, Ryan Donowho
Director Kaare Andrews is no stranger to the horror genre as his previous films include The ABCS of Death (segment “V is for Vagitus”) and Altitude. With Cabin Fever 3: Patient Zero Andrews directs Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray and surprisingly Sean Astin as a group of tourists in search of their own private island come across a scientific research centre which may just be the spot where the flesh-eating virus was born. Released straight-to-video we’re not expecting much from this instalment but we’re curious as to why Sean Astin signed on to do the project.
Director: Brian Yuzna
Starring: Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards
Undeniably one of the strangest films I have ever seen, Director Brian Yuzna’s Society tells the story of a young man named Bill. After growing concerns that he is ‘different’ to his sister and his parents and the rest of the ‘upper class’ people they socialise with, Billy uncovers a secret that is not for the weak of stomach. Featuring some crazy special effects that will make you laugh or scream I would recommend checking this out if you haven’t yet had the pleasure.
Outpost 3: Rise Of The Spetsnaz (2013)
Director: Kieran Parker
Starring: Bryan Larkin, Iván Kamarás, Michael McKell
The third instalment of the genre-bending Nazi Zombie horror movie, Rise of the Spetsnaz is directed by Kieran Parker and features an epic battle of supernatural soldiers fight against them in ferocious gladiatorial battle against the Russian Spetsnaz. Not to everyone’s taste it is said that this film will only appeal to those who love the first two instalments of the franchise so those jumping in feet first may be lost in the story and fail to fully engage with the movie. This said, if zombie nazi ghosts are your thing then we recommend that you check this movie out.
Director: Kimberly Pierce
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde
Based on the famous novel by Stephen King, Chloë Grace Moretz plays Carrie, a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore). After she dissevers that she possesses telekinesis she begins to learn how to control her new powers but thinks go from bad to worse when she becomes the victim of a prank at her senior prom. An intriguing thriller and featuring solid performances and some impressive effects, we recommend that you take Carrie home when she is unleashed on 31st March.
Hatchet 3 (2013)
Director: BJ McDonnell
Starring: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan
Adam Green’s Hatchet trilogy comes to a bloody close with Hatchet 3. In the final installment, a search and recovery team head into the haunted Honey Island Swamp to find the truth behind the ghost of Victor Crowley. Expertly directed by BJ McDonnell who takes over directing duties from Green, Hatchet 3 is packed with plenty of inventive deaths, blood soaked action and runs with pitch black humour.
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