Ah, Halloween. The moon is big, the leaves turn orange, the innocent and precocious laughter of trick-or-treating children fills the crisp autumn air; and blood stains the screens of theaters everywhere. Usually. There will be only one horror film in major theaters this Halloween, but the remake of Carrie looks terrifying. If you’re fiending for some macabre movie madness, we at Eventful have the latest on the Stephen King classic, as well as a few horror films released recently you might not have heard of.
This remake of the 1976 classic horror film stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, Let Me In) as the titular character, and Julianne Moore as her fanatically religious mother. It is a more faithful adaptation of Stephen King’s 1974 novel, and will veer from the original film in regards to after the prom, the relationship between Carrie and her mother and the character of Sue Snell. Moretz and Moore are such amazing actresses that are set to give chilling performances; in particular Moore as the steely, disturbed and overbearing mother. The story of Carrie has become such an international mainstay in the world of horror since its inception, making this latest incarnation a great way to celebrate Halloween. Find tickets and showtimes here.
Curse of Chucky
Everybody’s favorite homicidal children’s toy is back and scarier than ever. While the film went straight to DVD a couple of weeks ago, fans of the series are going nuts. Curse of Chucky marks the reboot of the film series after two campy incarnations (Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky), yet takes four years after the latter film and features some familiar faces. Don Mancini – who created the franchise and has written all the films – decided to stray from the silliness of the two previous films and get back to Chucky’s dark roots. Again, while the film is technically another sequel, it follows a very similar storyline to the original 1988 slasher. Even Brad Dourif – the iconic voice of Chucky – is returning, along with his daughter Fiona to play the wheelchair-bound Nica. It’s gotten tremendous reviews, and looks like a shining start to a dark new franchise.
After circling the horror film circuit for the first part of the year, Jug Face finally got a Video-on-Demand release in July and a small theatrical release in August. Jug Face is the chilling story of familial commitment in a small, backwoods town. The inhabitants worship a pit that has mystical powers. But to keep the magic of the pit alive, human sacrifices must be made, and when the eerie Dawai creates a jug face resembling someone in the community, they must die. When young Ada discovers her face on the jug, and that she’s pregnant with her brother’s baby, horrible things began to happen as she tries to escape her fate. Despite the somewhat ludicrous sounding premise, the dark tones of ritual sacrifice and sinister vibe from the townsfolk create a tense and unsettling journey.
We Are What We Are
This remake of a 2010 Mexican film also features the terrifying practices of a small rural town. When Alyce Parker mysteriously dies one day, the Parker family – father Frank and daughters Rose and Iris – are stunned. When a rainstorm begins washing human bones down the creek past the Parker’s house, the police begin to become suspicious. When it is discovered that Alyce died of a disease caused by cannibalism, horrifying events are set in place as Iris tries to escape her inhumane destiny as the leader of a sadistic ritual, and Frank tries to keep his ancient rituals alive. We Are What We Are has been screened at both Sundance and Cannes, and has received wide acclaim as one of the best horror films in years.
Loosely based on the real Sherman Ranch in Ballard, Utah, Skinwalker Ranch brings to life years worth of supernatural phenomenon reported to have occurred there. Located adjacent to the Ute Indian Reservation, it’s been reported that Terry Sherman and his family moved in there more than 50 years back, only to experience UFO sightings, cattle mutilation, human-like animals impervious to bullets and poltergeists. The film uses documentary-style camera work to capture the events of a family who lives at the ranch. After their young son disappears from the property, the film crew begins to see him running through kitchen at the same time every night, only to vanish into thin air. Combined with fierce creatures and strange lights seen on the property, any of them will be lucky to make it off the ranch alive.