I like introducing artists to people who may not be aware that they’re out there, so here’s the trailer for The Purgation, a movie by Elaine Chu that revolves around a woman named Iris, who attempts the exorcise some figurative ghosts and, if the trailer is any indicator, ends up encountering some very literal ones.
Then again, when Iris visited an asylum from her past I could have told her that there would be problems. That being said, what kind of horror movie would you have if someone didn’t go into the darkened basement or if the call you received on a late and stormy night didn’t come from in the house?
Elaine is joining some pretty august company. Off the top of my head, I can recall relatively few Asian or Asian-American horror directors, like Ronny Yu, Takashi Miike, Su-chang Kong, James Wan and Justin Lin.
Elaine is funding her film via Indiegogo, which ended earlier this year. She also appears to be also accepting funds on her web site, so if you’re able to lend a hand, she’d appreciate it.
I saw Charles B. Pierce‘s original The Town That Dreaded Sundown a long time ago, and I recall it being particularly scary.
What made it so was the fact–did I mention that it’s based on a true story?–that there wasn’t a rhyme or reason for the actions of the killer that anyone could see.
Five or six people were killed in Texarkana, TX and the murderer seemed to vanish as quickly as he appeared.
As a young person nothing was scarier than the fact that a psychopath–admittedly an old one by then–was just walking about, looking just like anyone else, hiding a terrible secret.
Having seen the original, and comparing it to the trailer for the continuing adventures (technically appear to be a reboot, since it takes place after the original murders), I am not optimistic that it’s going to remain true to what happened prior.
And what makes it worse is all the supernatural mumbo-jumbo the trailer more than once hints at.
Originally the movie Ouija was going to be huge, in terms of budget, before Universal (the studio releasing the horror feature) balked and almost abandoned the project. The story was tweaked, and it was brought in significantly cheaper, and the rest is history.
It always mystified me why it was originally planned as a big-budget feature (other than the property being owned by Hasbro, the people behind–or should I say culpable–for the Transformers). The movie revolves around a ouija board, a Hasbro product by the way, which are creepy just sitting on a table, never mind interacting with the damned (pardon the pun) thing.
And while I think that Universal not producing Ouija as an expensive feature was a great idea (which should pay dividends at the box office) abandoning Guillermo del Toro’s version of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains Of Madness wasn’t.
The Equalizer is going to be a monster, despite the R-rating. Denzel Washington is as reliable as it gets, as far as consistently entertaining actors go. I also like how the characters that he tends to play don’t overcompensate in terms of their physicality, by which I mean you can see from the trailer that Washington is a tad paunchy, yet he’ll still believably kick you ass.
That it’s being directed by Antoine Fuqua pretty much ensures that it’s an event.
Besides, I can only see Guardians of the Galaxy so many times…
Hollywood can be so fascinating. It seems that lately there’s a trend revolving around religious-based movies, from Noah to Exodus: Gods and Kings, God is in. This isn’t something that’s been ignored by either comedies, This Is The End, Rapture-Palooza (a really funny movie. Well worth checking out), dramas, and horror films.
The most recent example of the latter is The Remaining, which sounds like Damon Lindelof’s The Leftovers, with the inclusion of more blatantly supernatural elements, such as angels and demons.
This trailer really had me going for awhile. As I have written before, I think stories of ghosts, gods and demons are little more than ways to explain where the sun goes at night, why there’s thunder during a storm or what makes you sick.
And that’s all well and good, but the thing is, I also think that these stories, these myths are an interpretation of someone’s truth.
In other words, I think that you shouldn’t tempt fate because the universe is far vaster and more strange than anything that I can even understand.
It’s also worth remembering that, for example, a crocodile doesn’t particularly care whether or not you believe in it, if the opportunity presents itself, it will devour you just the same.
And then the little girl says, “The monster, it’s you, Daddy.” and almost ruins everything that came before it.
The found footage horror movie, The Pyramid, makes a point of mentioning that it’s produced by Alexandre Aja, the director of the reboot of The Hills Have Eyes (possibly the most ‘wholesome’ horror film I have ever seen), Mirrors and High Tension, among others. What it doesn’t tell you is that it’s directed by Grégory Lavasseur, who’s Aja’s writing partner.
In other words, what’s being implied is that you’ll somehow find the movie terrifying because of the influence of Aja, though looking at the trailer, I am not at all certain.
And while I think it’s just a coincidence, the trailer seems quite similar to Legendary’s As Above, So Below (both apparently feature people spending time running in terror through subterranean caverns), which is probably not a good thing.