Mark is the Co-Owner/Web Developer/Podcast Co-Host/Beard Wizard of Bloody Good Horror. When he's not casting spells in Magic or Hearthstone, he's watching wrestling and sampling Chicago's many beers and meats.
(Editor's note: Over the rest of this week and next we'll be rolling out our staff picks for the best in horror from 2014, leading up to the official BGH Best of 2014 list and the Year in Review podcast. Enjoy!)
Setting a supernatural film in Bayou Country is a tricky proposition. Sure, it comes with so much history and provides a rich atmosphere, but it also lends itself to laziness. It takes a subtle touch to go beyond just scattering some chicken bones in the woods and calling it a day, and it's not clear that director Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D) was able to deliver on that subtlety with Jessabelle.
As part of our ongoing commitment to sharing our amazing tastes with the world, we've decided to periodically compile Spotify playlists for sharing. Casey has already featured his as a part of his 31 Days of Horror, and now it's my turn!
Will we ever tire of finding footage? If Brad Miska, producer of the V/H/S series of films has anything to say about it, we won't. For all of the groaning that typically accompanies mention of found footage films, the V/H/S series has gained decent critical feedback, if only because it own's the gimmick in such a ridiculous way that it's honestly hard to criticize. In that tradition, V/H/S: Viral, the third film in the series, reaches a level of camera saturation that's admirable in it's scope.
They say that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but how can you resist judging a film named Blood Glacier by its ridiculous name? Any sort of promotional material you find delivers on the promise of the name, depicting a glacier...with blood on it. It's hard to resist the temptation to find out what this crimson ice flow is all about, and thankfully it turns out that the title of the film is just one big, bloody, icy red herring.
Marvel's got a universe. DC's got a universe. Why not Universal? Hell, the word "universe" is in their name! When production started on Dracula Untold, it wasn't yet decided that Universal was attempting to ressurect their monster franchise, but in the end, their intentions couldn't be clearer.
Apparently, this is the week of "rumored forever but now confirmed." After years of speculation, it turns out that the female-centric reboot of Ghostbusters is now a reality, thanks to the team of Paul Feig, director of The Heat and Bridesmaids, and Katie Dippold, writer of The Heat. The news was confirmed via a tweet from Feig, which is the closest thing we have to reality nowadays:
Once the subject of mere speculation and fantasy, it's been announced that the much beloved TV series "Twin Peaks" will be returning to TV on Showtime in 2016. David Lynch and Mark Frost will still be at the helm, and it's rumored that Kyle McLaughlin will reprise his role as the lovably deadpan Dale Cooper. A few days ago, David Lynch tweeted this cryptic message to fans:
In this age of streaming this and on-demand that, we've lost some of the magic of horror-hosting. Fortunately, Hulu has decided that they want bring back the big guns, specifically, Elivira's, for a 13-day movie marathon this October.