Trailers

As part of my Horror Re-Education, or my attempt to go back and catch some of the films that I've missed throughout my tenure as a purveyor of horror, this week I checked out 1980's "Maniac". Whooboy.

A schizoid serial killer randomly stalks and kills various young women in New York, which he sees as revenge for the mistreatment he got while being raised by his own abusive mother.

I remember reporting on the development of this film a while back, called "Oneechanbara Vortex". The movie is based on a Japanese videogame property that was originally for the PS2, and eventually ported over to the XBOX360 and the Wii. I'm not sure if it was ever released in the US, but some of our readers may be able to help me out with that one.

I had some trouble finding the film's synopsis, but I would assume it follows the game closely, since you can't very well improve on perfection like this:

As promised, the trailer for Rob Zombie's "H2" landed over at Yahoo Movies today. We'll update this post as soon as we can get our hands on an embeddable version.

UPDATED: Now with video!

Despite its spotty track record amongst horror fans, Thailand's "Art of the Devil" franchise continues its quest to assault your senses with crazy witchcraft, an insane amount of splatter, and a bottomless supply of melodrama. The third entry in the series, appropriately titled "Art of the Devil 3," should arrive courtesy of Media Blasters on August 4th.

Here's all you need to know: black magic, three-eyed gods, maggots, and buckets of stomach-churning gore. Expectations should be adjusted accordingly. If you've seen the other films in the series, you probably know what to expect.

I mean for serious, what do you say about a horror film called "Paintball", other than the fact that it exists? Well, that, and maybe the fact that this trailer is much better than it has any right to be.

This comes from Filmax, the Spanish company responsible for "Beyond Re-Animator" from a few years back. Not sure that's a check mark in their column, but what are you gonna do. In the least maybe we'll see a severed penis and a rat fight it out to the death.



It's unusual that low-budget movies take on post-apocalyptic themes, mainly because doing so requires more resources than they're usually privy to. This trailer for "Deadland", while perhaps a bit janky in parts, almost convinces me that I might enjoy it if I watched it. It looks more action/thriller than horror, but I'm usually down for a good end of the world romp if it's done well. Check it.

Looks like we finally have the answer to when Mike Doughterty's ("X2") "Trick 'r Treat" will be released, and it will not be theatrically as we had all hoped. Not that that's a big surprise, considering how long it's been on the shelf I would have been shocked if they went the theatrical route.

While you were sleeping last week, the film formerly known as "Bog Bodies" received a new name, DVD cover, and a potential release date. Now known as "Legend of the Bog," this film looks to be tentatively slated for release on DVD this June care of Lionsgate. Judging by the poster art, it looks like this film is being pushed as a vehicle for Vinnie Jones ("Midnight Meat Train," "X-Men 3"), who plays a vagabond hunter that's trying to do away with a reanimated bog body aka mummified corpse turned bad guy from Xena: Warrior Princess.

I don't usually post foreign language trailers on the site until they have subtitles, but this one caught my eye today so I wanted to bring it your way. It's for a French film titled "Mutants", by a young director named David Morlet. From what I'm seeing here and the synopsis, it appears to be an artsy zombie film. The trailer looks great, but word is it has gotten some bad buzz from a recent film festival in Germany. It still doesn't have a rating on IMDB, which means that not a lot of people have had the chance to see it yet. So, check the synopsis and trailer below.

I've been making a point lately to send you guys in the direction of Indie horror films that actually look good. I'm not in the business of praising everything I see, but I do recognize how hard it is to make something that's actually good on a small budget, so this is me just trying to do my part. I know, I'm so noble.