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The Pyramid

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The Pyramid Movie

Taglines: You only enter once.

The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.

The Pyramid is an American found footage supernatural horror film directed by Grégory Levasseur, produced by Alexandre Aja, and written by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon. The film stars Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman. The film was released on December 5, 2014, by 20th Century Fox.

About the Story

The film takes place during the Egyptian protests in 2013. An archaeological team discover a vast pyramid buried under the Egyptian desert; a pyramid that has three sides and not four like the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Using satellite technology they determine the pyramid to be 600 feet deep. A tunnel that leads into the apex of the pyramid is discovered and upon opening, releases toxic air which poisons a worker. Shortly afterwards the team is ordered to leave the site because of the uprising in Giza.

The team, composed of father and daughter Miles and Nora Holden, argue over leaving the dig site because they are uncertain of when they can return. Eventually they agree on sending in a remote controlled robot to survey the first few rooms and document the pyramid. Shorty, the robot, enters the pyramid and after examining a small portion of the structure is attacked by an unknown creature and goes offline. After Shorty’s destruction by unknown means, they make their way inside to recover it.

They rapidly become lost, and a section of floor collapses beneath them, wounding and trapping Zahir (Amir K) pinning his leg to the ground by fallen debris. While attempting to climb back up, Sunni (Nicola) is scratched across the face by an unseen creature and falls. Leaving Zahir behind to find another way out, they hear him scream, and return to find only a bloody trail leading up the wall.

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The Pyramid

Directed by: Grégory Levasseur
Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley, Daniel Amerman, Christa Nicola, Joseph Beddelem
Screnplay by: Daniel Meersand, Nick Simon
Production Design by: Marco Trentini
Film Editing by: Scott C. Silver
Costume Design by: Essouci Zakia
Set Decoration by: Alessandra Querzola
Art Direction by: Alessandro Santucci
Music by: Nima Fakhrara
MPAA Rating: R for some horror violence and bloody images.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 5, 2014

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The Babadook

The Babadook Movie

From breakthrough director Jennifer Kent comes the creepy psychological horror movie The Babadook that has received an explosion of acclaim following its world premiere at Sundance 2014. The film tells of a single mother, plagued by the death of her husband, who battles with her son’s night time fear of a shadowy monster. But soon, she discovers a sinister presence is lurking in the house.

With echoes of past and contemporary classics like Rosemary’s Baby, The Tenant, The Exorcist, The Omen and Let the Right One In, the film is an immaculately crafted tale starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman. The supporting cast includes Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear. Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6 year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love.

The Babadook is an Australian-Canadian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent at her directorial debut, in which a woman and her son are tormented by an evil entity. The film stars Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman, while Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear appear in supporting roles.

The Babadook Movie

About the Story

Amelia, a troubled widow, has raised her six-year-old son Samuel alone, after her husband Oskar died in an accident driving Amelia to the hospital to give birth. Sam begins displaying erratic behavior: he rarely sleeps through the night and is preoccupied with an imaginary monster, which he has built weapons to fight. Amelia is forced to take her son out of school due to his behavioral problems.

One night, Sam asks his mother to read from a mysterious pop-up storybook he finds on his shelf. The story, Mister Babadook, is about a supernatural entity: once someone is made aware of its existence, the monster torments that person. Amelia is disturbed by the book’s contents, while Sam becomes convinced that the Babadook is stalking them. Strange events begin occurring throughout the house: doors open and close on their own, Amelia finds glass in her food, and strange sounds are heard with no apparent source. Amelia attributes the events to Sam’s behavior, but he insists that the Babadook is responsible. Amelia rips up the Mister Babadook book and disposes of it.

At his cousin Ruby’s birthday party, Ruby bullies Sam for not having a father; as a result, Sam pushes her out of her tree house and breaks her nose. Amelia’s sister, Claire, admits she cannot bear to be around Sam, and suspects that Amelia feels the same way. On the drive home, Sam has another vision of the Babadook and suffers a febrile seizure. Amelia convinces a doctor to prescribe sedatives for Sam to help him sleep, hoping that she will also be able to get some sleep as well.

The following morning, Amelia finds the Mister Babadook storybook, reassembled, on the front step. New words inside the book taunt her, claiming that the more she denies the Babadook’s existence, the stronger the monster will get, growing inside her. It contains new pop-ups of Amelia killing her dog, Samuel, and herself. Terrified, Amelia tries to convince the police that she is being harassed by a stalker, but when they ask for the storybook as evidence, she admits that she burnt it. She realizes they can see chalk on her hands, implying she may have put the book back together herself. The Babadook then reveals itself to Amelia before possessing her.

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The Babadook

Directed by: Jennifer Kent
Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Cathy Adamek
Screenplay by: Jennifer Kent
Production Design by: Alex Holmes
Cinematography by: Radek Ladczuk
Film Editing by: Simon Njoo
Costume Design by: Heather Wallace
Set Decoration by: Jennifer Drake
Music by: Jed Kurzel
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: November 28, 2014

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V/H/S: Viral

V/H/S Viral Movie

Taglines: Mayhem goes viral.

A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.

About the Film

The following synopses are in order of segment appearance in the film.

“Vicious Circles”

Logline: As police pursue a mysterious, sinister vehicle through the streets of Los Angeles, a camera-obsessed teen joins in the chase, encountering others hell bent on capturing the next viral video

Synopsis: A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame-obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell-bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.

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“Dante the Great”

Logline: An aspiring magician happens upon a cloak owned by Houdini which brings him fame, money and power; all at a deadly cost.

Synopsis: Scarlett sits in an interrogation room. Across her, a Detective urges her to continue her story. As she continues, the story of Dante the Great unfolds, documentary style. Living in a dump of a trailer park in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but fickle aspirations of becoming a famous illusionist, Dante comes across a cloak rumored to have been owned by Houdini himself, a cloak powered by profound, dark forces. With the cloak in hand, all of Dante’s wishes come true: fame, women, money, and power.

He becomes the most famous illusionist in the world. But his fame comes at an ungodly cost. The cloak demands payment in the form of human sacrifice. When Scarlett, his assistant, finds tapes of these gruesome murders she reports him immediately, setting off an elaborate stand-off between Dante and the Police. Spiraling deeper and deeper into a sea of murder and carnage, Dante has the tables turned on him when Scarlett takes possession of the cloak and feeds to it Dante himself. Scarlett burns the cloak and tries to move on from the past. But alas, she soon finds out that some things simply cannot be so easily escaped.

“Parallel Monsters”

Logline: In the dead of the night, after long, hectic hours of working, an excited Alfonso has finally culminated his long-time project: the construction of a machine that will allow him to go through the looking-glass and meet himself at the parallel world he suspects to be at the other side. He was right: there is a specular world with a specular Alfonso in it. They do not hesitate to exchange each other’s life, only for fifteen minutes. After all, they are but one person…

Synopsis: In the dead of the night after long, hectic hours of working, an excited Alfonso has finally achieved his long-time goal: constructing a machine that will allow him to go through the looking-glass and meet himself in the parallel world he believes to be on the other side. And he was right. There is a specular world that exists beside ours, with a perfect second Alfonso living in it and looking right at us. Hardly able to contain to their excitement, the Alfonsos decide to swap worlds for fifteen minutes. Mirror images, however, are not always what they seem and each Alfonso finds himself in a reality much different from the one left behind. Gruesome appendages, glowing predatory eyes, and brutal murder prove that some places should not be explored.

“Bonestorm”

Logline: A first person POV horror-comedy about young men making a skateboard video, who are attacked by a supernatural cult while filming in an isolated ditch in Tijuana.

Synopsis: Four teenagers try their hand at notoriety by making “gonzo style” skateboard videos. Kick flipping from roof tops, racing into on-coming traffic, and getting into bloody-knuckle brawls in skate parks, the foursome look to put the finishing touch on their video by skating an undiscovered ditch in Tijuana, Mexico.

The hope, of course, being to film a lot of sex, drugs, and booze along the way. Their debauchery has disastrous consequences when they become the human sacrifices for a Mexican Death Cult’s ritual. As they fight viciously against the undead, a darker and more evil creature rises amongst the blood and carnage. This fight they will not be able to win.

Director Statements

The following director’s statements are given in order of segment appearance in the film.

“Vicious Circles” Director Marcel Sarmiento

For the third wraparound segment in V/H/S VIRAL, I wanted to try and expand the mythology a little while still staying true to the conceit of people ‘taping’ themselves. I wanted to try something that was not stationary but constantly in motion. When they approached me, I specifically pitched an idea deviating from the other two wraparounds, which were more contained and calm (which admittedly was a good juxtaposition from the bookended segments around it).

However, instead, I pitched a fast past, adrenaline-fueled jolt featuring an evolving story that would keep the audience guessing, driving segments forward in clever ways. I wanted to drop the viewer into totally new environments each time, with new characters – all strangely connected by a core dilemma leading to a payoff that would include ALL the segments, past and present. Basically the evil has “taken the show on the road”, and it’s infecting more people, more quickly. So instead of a single idea told in fragments between segments, I attempted to tell five very different ideas, each connected to the other, but hopefully in ways that are not completely apparent until the very end.

“Bonestorm” Directors Justin Benson, Aaron Moorehead

We approached Bonestorm as a fun piece that progresses first person POV cinema, pays tribute to the V/H/S franchise, and just generally fucks shit up. It was a labor of love for an insanely talented group of collaborators that should be watched extremely loud with a cold drink.

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V/H/S: Viral

Oirected by: Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalondo
Starring: Justin Welborn, Emmy Argo, Emilia Ares Zoryan, Amanda Baker, Stephen Caudill, Greyson Chadwick, Lindsay Clift, Jawed El Berni, Laura Eschmann, Natalia Ferreiro
Screenplay by: Justin Benson, Gregg Bishop, T.J. Cimfel, Ed Dougherty, Aaron Moorhead, Marcel Sarmiento, Nacho Vigalondo, David White
Production Design by: Cindy Chao, Molly Coffee, Todd Lincoln, Michele Yu
Cinematography by: Harris Charalambous, George Feucht, Morgan Susser
Film Editing by: Víctor Berlin, Gregg Bishop, Phillip Blackford, Ed Cardenas, Justin Dornbush, Michael Felker
Costume Design by: Vanessa Geldbach, Laura Cristina Ortiz
Set Decoration by: Zach Matthews, Nik Morgan
Art Direction by: Jeremy Lamberton
Music by: Joseph Bishara, Kristopher Carter
Studio: Magnolia Pictures
Release Date: November 21, 2014

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Jessabelle

Jessabelle Movie

Taglines: The dead are back for life.

From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.

Jessabelle is an American supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Greutert and written by Ben Garant. The film stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Amber Stevens and Ana de la Reguera. The film was released on November 7, 2014.

Greutert was approached to direct Jessabelle a year after the release of Saw 3D and after reading through the script, Greutert agreed to direct. Filming was initially meant to take place in Louisiana, where the film is set, but was forced to move to Wilmington, North Carolina after no appropriate filming location could be located. Greutert edited the film on his own and initially the film was slated to release on January 10, 2014, The film was later pushed back to an August 29 release date before it was given a limited theatrical and video-on-demand release on November 7.

About the Story

Jessie Laurent, short for Jessabelle, is moving into her fiancé’s house. They have a car accident, killing the fiancé, causing Jessie to have a miscarriage and leaving her unable to walk. The hospital arranges for Jesse’s Dad, whom she hasn’t seen for years, to pick her up. Back at her Dad’s house in St. Francis, Louisiana, Jessie is given her mother’s room on the main floor, allowing her to move around in her wheelchair. Jessie’s mother died when she was a baby. That night she briefly sees a ghost woman in her bedroom.

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Exploring the house, Jessie finds some video tapes in a box. She plays one marked “For Jessabelle Happy birthday I Love You”, and is happily surprised to see her mother, seven months pregnant in March 1988, has recorded a message to her to be seen on her 18th birthday (now 6 years past). On the video, her mother gives her a reading using tarot cards. The reading says that Jessie has never left St. Francis and that she has a close connection to water, causing Jessie to laugh that her mother is terrible at tarot readings. Her mother reads that Jessie is not alone, that there is a presence in the house with her, a female who wants her out of the house. Jessie’s dad shows up and destroys the tape and tells her to stop snooping around the house. Jessie does not tell him about the other two tapes.

That night Jessie has a dream that her mother kisses her then sends her on a journey through the house, where she sees men performing voodoo on her, then sees a badly burnt black man making voodoo symbols on the floor. Jessie awakens in a panic to see the ghost woman, around her age, rolling towards her in a wheelchair. The ghost woman reaches out to Jessie, who screams as the figure disappears.

When her Dad goes out, Jessie watches the next tape, from April 1988. On it her mother says she spoke to her friend Moses, from a church that her Dad disapproves of, about the reading. Her mother tells Jessie that Moses believes the presence in the house is her inner demon. Her mother then gives her another reading, revealing a very horrible death.

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When Jessie she falls asleep in a bath, the bath turns to blood. The ghost woman, now clearly visible with slightly dark skin, is sitting in the bath with her, reaching for the bracelet (originally her mother’s) on Jessie’s wrist. The ghost attacks her and her Dad bursts in, hearing Jessie’s screams – everything is normal, it appears to have been a hallucination. Her Dad finds the two tapes and tries to burn them, but gets locked in his shed and is burned to death.

At his funeral, Jessie meets her old friend Preston (Marc Webber). She then sees a hallucination of the burnt black man from her nightmare and she faints. She comes to at home, where Preston has brought her. She shows him the tapes and tells him about her nightmares. After he leaves, she watches a happy tape that her loving parents filmed months prior to the pregancy with Jessie. Jessie then watches the third tape that her Mom recorded to her, and is stunned when her mother’s tarot reading says that Jessabelle is already dead. The ghost woman then begins attacking Jessie, leading to her discovery of a fourth tape, which she does not watch.

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Jessabelle

Directed By: Kevin Greutert
Starring: Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Larisa Oleynik, Chris Ellis, Fran Bennett, Amber Stevens
Screenplay by: Robert Ben Garant
Production Design by: Jade Healy
Cinematography by: Michael Fimognari
Film Editing by: Kevin Greutert
Costume Design by: Carol Cutshall
Music by: Anton Sanko
MPAA Rating:: PG-13 for sequences of horror violence and terror.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: November 7, 2014

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Ouija

Ouija Movie - Olivia Cooke

Taglines: Keep telling yourself it’s just a game.

After a friend is brutally killed in an accident, by a dark spirit, a group of close teenage friends must confront their most evil and demonic fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board by attempting to contact their friend. They soon realize that the Ouija Board is not just a game; it’s real life.

Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija.

Ouija is an American supernatural horror film directed by Stiles White and co-written with Juliet Snowden. The film stars Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos, Erin Moriarty, and Vivis Colombetti. The film is set for an October 24, 2014 release. It is the first Hasbro properties to be produced by Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse Productions as well as Hasbro’s first horror film and the first Hasbro properties after the Hub Network as re-branded Discovery Family on October 13, 2014.

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About the Story

Young friends Laine and Debbie are playing with a Ouija board, stating a basic rule that you must never play alone. Years later, high school senior Laine’s (Olivia Cooke) longtime childhood friend, Debbie (Shelley Hennig), burns a Ouija board in her fireplace. The board reappers in the bedroom, then Debbie kills herself. Laine and Debbie’s boyfriend, Pete (Douglas Smith), later discover the antique Ouija board in Debbie’s room and try to use it to say “Goodbye” to Debbie.

When the curious teen begins asking questions and stumbles upon the mystery of Debbie’s death, Laine discovers that the board’s resident spirit calls itself DZ and doesn’t want these sessions to end. As stranger and stranger things start happening, Laine enlists her younger sister, Sarah (Ana Coto), to fall down the rabbit hole alongside her and help discover who DZ is and what it wants from them. Joining the sisters in their dangerous game are Pete, Laine’s friend Isabelle (Bianca A. Santos) and Laine’s boyfriend, Trevor (Daren Kagasoff).

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Ouija

Directed by: Stiles White
Starring: Daren Kagasoff, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos, Douglas Smith, Olivia Cooke, Shelley Hennig, Lin Shaye, Sunny May Allison, Claudia Katz
Screenplay by: Juliet Snowden, Stiles White
Cinematography by: David Emmerichs
Film Editing by: Ken Blackwell
Costume Design by: Mary Jane Fort
Art Direction by: Jeremy Woolsey
Music by: Anton Sanko
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing violent content, frightening horror images, and thematic material.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: October 24, 2014

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Exists

Exists Movie

Taglines: The legend is real. So is the terror.

For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

Exists is a horror film that was directed by Eduardo Sánchez. The film had its world premiere on March 7, 2014 at South by Southwest and stars Chris Osborn and Samuel Davis as two brothers hunting for the legendary Sasquatch.

Review for Exists Movie

If you were ever wondering when the time might arrive that actually uses Big Foot as a main horror element AND succeeds in being a kick ass horror film, then that time has come. “Exists” is a 2014 horror film directed by Eduardo Sánchez (Blair witch, Altered) that dares the ground yet again of using cam footage for its principle presentation. Like the few films that use this format and have come away with accolades, it appears that cam footage does in fact work in the favor of former Blair Witch director.

“Exists” is a scary nervy kind of film that keeps its premise relatively simple. Ok, lets cross that out and go for “extremely” simple. Now, stop me if you heard this introduction… 5 friends head out to a cabin in East Texas,,, things happen,,,

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So with a cabin-in-the woods premise, a big foot monster at the center, and a movie that uses cam footage as its base, you might be thinking along the lines of… nothing new here? While that statement is quite true, in this case it just doesn’t matter. “Exists” is really big foot like we’ve never seen him. He’s pissed and he lets us know it right away. All the clique horror elements unite in a glorious parade of… I told you so.

To round out the ensemble group we have Dora (Dora Madison Burge), Elizabeth aka Lizzie (Denise Williamson), Matt (Samuel Davis), Todd (Roger Edwards) and Brian (Chris Osborn). Brian dreams of filming bigfoot on camera in hopes that he “might” become a Youtube star. Though Brian isn’t really entirely serious with this aspiration thinking that it would be cool enough if he filmed his friends and “maybe” even caught footage of something weird in the forest. Brian gets his wish.

Matt has “borrowed” his Uncle Bob’s keys so that the group can have a good time out in the woods (without approval). Fair enough…Matt wasn’t anticipating a reason to regret his decision.

The movie begins on some somber music as we are told about 3000 cases of big foot sightings since 1967. Shortly after, our group arrives at their “Evil dead” looking cabin to grab some summer-fun-time. This includes swimming, fooling around, and bike jumping into the lake (forgot the name for that, ugh)

We discover that Uncle Bob has never returned to the cabin since leaving long ago. The reason was never disclosed to the family. Brian begins to see traces of what he “thinks” is a big foot in the distance. Hoping to grab some shots, he jokes around while filming.

We would expect a long drawn out story that takes its time getting to the monster, however “Exists” quickly ramps things up with a big foot attack on the cabin. This raging man-animal creature busts thru windows, knocks crap around, and generally lets the group know that they are trespassing on his turf. This is where Eduardo Sánchez’s brilliance really shines. Even though we “think we know” how things will play, they are done in ways that keep the tension heightened at all times. This “tension” is Sánchez’s ace in the deck reminding us of what drew us to “Blair Witch” so many years ago. Belief, curiosity, urban legends and chaos… write it down… it works!

The group is quickly defeated when they try and make a run for it. The act of “getting help” starts with the destruction of their car by one angry Sasquatch. Various shots of the monster chasing after members of the group presents our big foot not as a sneaky cowardice beast, but as a formidable villainous creature intent on controlling any attempt to leave the forest. Sound cheesy? It’s not, and that is why I walked away a fan.

“Exists” manages to avoid the expected direction of nightly TV shows like “Finding Bigfoot” opting for something quite different and direct. It is a blatant reminder that cam-footage films have not overstayed their welcome, just yet. Perhaps,The scariest big foot movie ever, “Exists” is one tense knuckle ride of a horror film. It’s got my vote for one of the success stories of this year. Go see it.

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Exists

Directed by: Eduardo Sanchez
Starring: Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Brian Steele, Denise Williamson
Screenplay by: Jamie Nash
Cinematography by: John W. Rutland
Production Design by: Andrew C. White
Film Editing by: J. Andrew Jenkins & Andrew Eckblad, Eduardo Sanchez
Music by: Nima Fakhrara
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, some violence, sexual content and drug use.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: October 24, 2014

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Dracula Untold

Dracula Untold Movie

Taglines: Every bloodline has a beginning.

Almost an entire century after the world’s cinematic introduction to Dracula placed audiences under his haunting spell, the studio that pioneered the genre reawakens one of legend’s most captivating figures in an action-adventure that heralds a pulse-pounding rebirth of the age of monsters.

Luke Evans transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.

The year is 1462, and Transylvania has enjoyed a prolonged period of peace under the just and fair rule of the battle-weary Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, and his beloved and brave wife, Mirena (SARAH GADON of The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Together, they have brokered peace for their country and ensured its people are well-protected, especially from the powerful Ottoman Empire—an ever-expanding scourge that has its sights on global domination.

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But when Sultan Mehmed II demands 1,000 of Wallachia’s boys, including Vlad’s own son, Ingeras be torn from their parents’ homes and forced to become child soldiers in his army, Vlad must decide: do the same as his father before him and give up his son to the sultan, or seek the help of a monster to defeat the Turks but ultimately doom his soul to a life of servitude.

Vlad journeys to Broken Tooth Mountain, where he encounters a foul demon and enters into a Faustian bargain—one that gives the prince the strength of 100 men, the speed of a falling star and enough power to crush his enemies. However, he will be inflicted with an insatiable thirst to drink human blood.

If by the end of three days Vlad manages to resist, he will return to his former self, and perhaps in that time manage to save his people. Though should he drink, he will be forced to dwell in the darkness for the rest of his days, feeding only on the blood of humans…and destroying all that he holds dear.

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Dracula Untold

Directed by: Gary Shore
Starring: Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Art Parkinson, Charles Dance, Diarmaid Murtagh, Paul Kaye, William Houston
Screenplay by: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
Production Design by: François Audouy
Cinematography by: John Schwartzman
Film Editing by: Richard Pearson
Costume Design by: Ngila Dickson
Set Decoration by: Paki Smith
Music by: Ramin Djawadi
MPAA Rating: for intense sequences of warfare, vampire attacks, disturbing images, and some sensuality.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: Octobr 10, 2014

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The Pact 2

The Pact 2 Movie

Taglines: It’s starting again.

Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June Abbott, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

When Special Agent Terrence Ballard, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer, shows up at June’s door, he brings with him some terrifying news – there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Ballard shows June a picture of the copycat killer’s victim, and she is stunned to see that it’s the same woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares.

A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put herself in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the

Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying; either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her.

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The Pact 2 is an American horror film written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy and starring Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien. The film was made following the success of McCarthy’s short film of the same name which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. It had its nationwide theatrical release on September 5 and received positive reviews from critics.

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FBI agent Ballard (Patrick Fischler), who’s recently wrapped up the case of the prolific “Judas Killer,” reveals that June’s mother was one of his original victims and now Ballard believes that the copycat murderer who decapitated Ford is targeting June. As her terrifying visions of Ford’s death intensify, strange noises and ghostly late-night visitations indicate that June’s LA home may be infested with an evil presence.

The reappearance of Annie Barlow (Lotz), the young woman who previously dispatched the Judas Killer in self-defense, contributes to June’s growing suspicion that Ballard’s theory may actually be correct, as she senses a threatening presence closing in on her that neither the FBI agent nor Daniel can protect her from.

The Pact 2 Movie

Connecting the two films with the premise that the malevolent spirit of the Judas Killer is now inspiring and informing the murder spree of his imitator represents a fairly weak link that grows even more tentative as the action progresses. Co-scripters and directors Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath never seem quite sure which horror subgenre the film should favor, as the supernatural elements demonstrate little synergy with the serial-killer procedural plotting.

While the filmmakers adequately manage the production’s undemanding technical requirements, the constantly shifting tone emerges as an insurmountable contradiction. Saddled with this stylistic inconsistency, the castmembers fail to distinguish themselves in almost any regard. Luddington sulks her way through most of the movie, rarely demonstrating a level of terror equal to the horrors thrust upon her.

Although Lotz’s arrival midway through initially raises the interest level somewhat, she doesn’t stick around long enough to maintain it, while both Foster’s and Fischler’s plodding performances only create more drag on the increasingly conflicted plot. The film’s lower-budget production styling doesn’t compare well with the quality of similar recent releases, leaving the distinct impression of counterproductive cost-cutting.

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The Pact 2

Directed by: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
Starring: Caity Lotz, Scott Michael Foster, Camilla Luddington, Amy Pietz, Patrick Fischler, Alexandra Ryan
Screenplay by: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
Production Design by: Helen Harwell
Cinematography by: Carmen Cabana
Film Editing by: Saul Herckis
Costume Design by: Molly Grundman
Music by: Carl Sondrol
MPAA Rating: None.
Studio: IFC Films
Release Date: September 5, 2014

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Annabelle

Annabelle Movie

Taglines: Before The Conjuring, there was Annabelle.

John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia – a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle.

New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller “Annabelle” begins before the evil was unleashed. She terrified you in “The Conjuring,” but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut — visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month.

Annabelle is an American supernatural horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is both a prequel to and spin-off of The Conjuring. The film stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard. The film was released worldwide on October 3, 2014. Annabelle premiered at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on September 29, 2014.

Annabelle Movie

About the Story

The film starts with the same opening scene from The Conjuring, in 1968, in which two young women and a young man are telling Ed and Lorraine Warren about their experiences with a doll called Annabelle they believe to be haunted.

In 1967, John and Mia Form are expecting their first child. John gives her a doll that she has been trying to find. Mia loves it and puts it with the rest of her doll collection, saying that she “fits right in”. At night, Mia hears a murder occurring at their neighbours, the Higgins’, and is attacked by a woman holding the doll and a male accomplice. John and the police arrive and kill the man while the woman kills herself. She leaves a bloody symbol drawn on the wall and a drop of her blood falls on the face of the doll in her arms. A news report shows that the assailants were Annabelle Higgins and her boyfriend. They had murdered her parents and are said to have been part of a satanic cult.

Thinking the doll is involved with the mysterious happenings, Mia asks John to throw it away. Later, Mia gives birth to a healthy baby girl named Lea. The family moves into a new apartment. Mia unpacks her dolls and finds the one which they had thought discarded, now known as Annabelle.

Annabelle Movie

As expected, more strange activity plagues Mia and her new baby. She contacts the detective, who informs her of Annabelle and her boyfriend’s history in a cult that seeks to summon a demon by claiming a soul. Mia goes to a bookstore run by a woman named Evelyn and determines from a book that the presence haunting her wants Lea’s soul. The couple contacts their church’s priest, Father Perez, who takes the doll with him to church.

The ghost of Annabelle attacks him with a demonic-looking creature, and the doll disappears. Evelyn tells Mia that she had a daughter named Ruby that was around Mia’s age when she died in a car accident caused by Evelyn. She was so distraught and guilt-ridden that she attempted suicide. However, she claims to have heard Ruby’s voice telling her it wasn’t her time.

Perez warns John that it was indeed Annabelle’s spirit that caused his injuries, and that she will take a soul that night. John rushes to warn Mia. In the apartment, the demonic presence pushes Evelyn out of the apartment and taunts Mia. Mia attempts to kill Annabelle and the demon then asks for Mia’s soul instead. John and Evelyn break open the door to find Mia ready to jump out the window with Annabelle in her hands. John saves Mia; Evelyn takes hold of Annabelle and decides to make the sacrifice, knowing this is the way she can atone for Ruby’s death. She jumps out of the window and is shown at the bottom of the apartment building, dead next to Annabelle. Lea is then found safe and sound in her crib.

Six months later, the Forms have moved on and have not seen Annabelle since then. Elsewhere, the mother of one of the girls in the opening scene purchases Annabelle as a gift for her child. The ending text states that the real Annabelle doll resides in a case in Ed and Lorraine Warren’s museum and that it is blessed by a priest twice a month to keep the public safe from the evil that still resides in the doll.

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Annabelle

Directed by: John R. Leonetti
Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard, Eric Ladin, Kerry O’Malley, Shiloh Nelson
Screenplay: Gary Dauberman
Cinematography by: James Kniest
Film Editing by: Tom Elkins
Costume Design by: Janet Ingram
Set Decoration by: Lia Roldan
Music by: Joseph Bishara
MPAA Rating: R for intense sequences of disturbing violence and terror.
Studio:: New Line Cinema
Release Date: October 3, 2014

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The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy Movie

Taglines: Welcome to America where one night a year all crime is legal.

It is March 21, 2023, hours before the Annual Purge. While television programs credit the Purge for record low unemployment and poverty levels, people across the country are preparing either to commit acts of violence or to barricade themselves indoors against the mayhem. Meanwhile, an anti-Purge resistance group intermittently hacks into television programs to broadcast their own messages that challenge the system.

In Los Angeles, Eva Sanchez, a waitress, rushes home to her daughter Cali and her terminally ill father Papa Rico. As they prepare to lock down for the evening, Papa Rico slips out of the apartment and into a waiting limo. He leaves behind a note explaining that he sold himself to a wealthy family as a Purge offering in exchange for $100,000 which will be transferred to Eva’s and Cali’s bank accounts following the Purge.

A couple named Shane and Liz are driving to the house of Shane’s sister to wait out the Purge. They stop at a market but when they return to their car, Shane is startled by a man with white facepaint, whose gang silently taunts them. They quickly drive away, but their car dies just as the Purge begins.

They discover that their fuel line was cut, and that the gang had tampered with the car. The aforementioned gang then shows up, forcing Shane and Liz to flee on foot. At the same time, police sergeant Leo Barnes goes out into the streets heavily armed in order to get revenge on the man who killed his son while driving under the influence of alcohol twelve months ago.

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The Purge: Anarchy

Directed by: James DeMonaco
Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley
Screenplay by: James DeMonaco
Production Design by: Brad Ricker
Cinematography by: Jacques Jouffret
Film Editing by: Vince Filippone, Todd E. Miller
Costume Design by: Hala Bahmet
Set Decoration by: Missy Parker
Music by: Nathan Whitehead
MPAA Rating: R for strong disturbing violence, and for language.
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: July 18th, 2014

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