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You’re Living Your Worst Nightmare, and It’s All Your Fault

FrozenBad things happen to good people in horror movies all the time, but good people also put themselves in bad situations all the time, too. There really is nothing more frustrating than seeing a helpless victim running up the stairs when he or she should be dashing out the front door, but we’re not even talking about poor split-second decision making here. These people had the time to put a great deal of thought into making their life-changing, or better yet, deadly decisions.

WARNING: This list contains plot spoilers.

Frozen – Leap of Faith

As a self-proclaimed big baby in bitter weather, I certainly understand the need to try to spare yourself five full days stranded on a ski lift in icy temperatures, but not even the most painful bout of Raynaud’s syndrome would entice me to take my chances jumping off a lift like Kevin Zegers’ Dan in Frozen. In fact, Dan made such a poor decision, writer-director Adam Green opted to punish him twice, once with a wicked fall and then again with the wrath of the hungry locals.

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Review: Afflicted

Afflicted_PosterIn Afflicted, Derek (Derek Lee) and Clif (Clif Prowse) have been friends all their lives but when a string of severe headaches lead to the discovery that Derek is suffering from AVM (arteriovenous malformation), he decides it’s now or never – he’s got to take a trip around the world. With Clif in tow documenting the adventure, Derek hops a plane to Europe to begin fulfilling his lifelong dream.

The boys are having a blast, but after a night out, Derek’s health starts to deteriorate. Assuming the symptoms could be a sign that Derek’s AVM has ruptured, Clif begs Derek to put their plans on hold and get checked out at a local hospital, but little does Clif know, not even the finest doctors in the world can stop the mysterious affliction that’s consuming his friend’s body.

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James Wan is Finished with Horror Movies, And it Breaks My Heart

James_WanThere has been talk about James Wan leaving the horror genre ever since news broke that he was recruited to direct Fast & Furious 7, but of course he’d need to leave the genre if he committed to make an action film. However, the problem is that apparently Wan isn’t just going on a horror hiatus while making the nextFast & Furious movie. He’s leaving horror for good.

Moviefone  ran an interview conducted in July for the release of Wan’s latest directorial effort, Insidious: Chapter 2, and in that interview, Wan is quoted as saying:

“I’m going to go on record and say I am finished with the horror genre.Conjuring and Insidious 2 are my two last scary movies.”

Naturally, Moviefone followed up asking for a reason for Wan’s decision to go cold turkey, to which the director replied, “I spent the last ten years of my life doing this. It’s time for a change, for goodness sake!” 

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Dialogue: Elizabeth Olsen on ‘Silent House,’ Her Rising Stardom and Seth Rogen’s Spirit Awards Joke

Apparently Elizabeth Olsen likes a good challenge. She solidified herself as a rising star in the harrowing psychological drama Martha Marcy May Marlene and now she’s opted to put herself through nearly 90 minutes of pure horror in Silent House. She stars as Sarah, a young woman helping her father pack up their family’s lakeside retreat. It’s all stuffing away old memories and trying to fix the bumps and bruises the house endured over the year until Sarah hears a noise that’s definitely not coming from the aging foundation.

Forget the fact that running around screaming for a full feature is downright exhausting; the cast and crew of Silent House had their work cut out for them moreso than most because the film takes place in real time, in what appears to be a single take. No, they didn’t really shoot the whole film in one shot, but it still required an incredible amount of planning.

Check out what Olsen had to say about the shooting process, her rise to the top and how it felt to be the butt of Seth Rogen’s jokes at the Independent Spirit Awards. Also, if you’re looking for a serious scare, be sure to catch Silent House when it hits theaters on Friday, March 9th.

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Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Haunted house films are back in full force. In April we got the beautifully modest and wildly enjoyable Insidious from James Wan and now Guillermo del Toro and Co. are giving the subgenre a go with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. While the two are rooted in entirely different core concepts, they do have quite a bit in common, namely child stars vs. evil entities, eerily warm yet threatening tones, fantastic visuals and the fact that they’re both incredibly frightening, exhilarating and entertaining all in one. Haunted house films are officially two for two in 2011.

When Sally’s (Bailee Madison) mother decides it’s time to hand her over to her father, Alex (Guy Pearce), she’s sent from Los Angeles to Rhode Island where she’ll call the old Blackwood Manor home. Alex, an architect desperately in need of a career comeback, and his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holms), an interior decorator, are calling the place home for the time being, as they’re working to restore the house and sell it for a pretty penny and ego boost.

In the midst of a snooping session, Sally discovers a room in the Blackwood Manor, a basement her father never knew existed. After knocking down a wall and finding the basement door, Sally, Alex and Kim investigate and discover the famous artist Emerson Blackwood’s studio. Alex is fascinated with the new space and Kim with the work Mr. Blackwood left behind, but Sally winds up enraptured with something else, something connected to Emerson Blackwood’s disappearance over a hundred years ago.

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SDCC 2011: Interview With Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’s Guy Pearce

After pleasing the masses at the Hall H panel presentation, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark star Guy Pearce hit the Hilton Bayfront for some one-on-one interviews. I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time with the actor who plays Alex Hirst, a divorcee who doesn’t quite know what to do when his ex ships their young daughter, Sally (Bailee Madison), across the country to shack up with him and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes). And that’s the least of his troubles. Turns out, the old Blackwood Manor, the spot Alex is renovating to sell, but currently calls home, is haunted and the evil that lurks inside has its eyes on his littler girl.

While the film is firmly entrenched in the horror genre, boosting the drama and the father-daughter element were top priority for Pearce. Lucky for him, he had a lot of help in that effort as his young co-star, who was just nine-years-old at the time, was as professional and capable as they come. Check out everything Pearce had to say about balancing the horror and drama, working with Madison, his thoughts on Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’s terrifyingly elusive villains and much more in the video interview below.

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SDCC 2011: Opening Disaster Screened At The Final Destination 5 Party

The parking lot of Petco Park was abuzz yet again tonight, this time courtesy of Warner Bros. in honor of the August 12th release of Final Destination 5. While I did catch the film’s stars Nicholas D’Agosto, P.J. Byrne, Tony Todd, Miles Fisher and Arlen Escarpeta floating around, the spotlight belonged to a portable theater screening the film’s opening disaster.

Before the Final Destination 5 footage began, the audience of about 30 or so relived the past four films in a montage of the most gruesome kills. After enjoying Rory (Jonathan Cherry) getting sliced and diced, Evan Lewis (David Paetkau) taking a ladder to the face and poor Ms. Lewton (Kristen Cloke) a knife to the chest in 3D, Tony Todd wrapped up the sequence with the especially ominous line, “You all just be careful now.”

From there the Final Destination 5 footage began and we met the sorry souls about to get entangled in Death’s games. D’Agosto leads the bunch as Sam Lawton. His coach bus is crossing a suspension bridge when, uh-oh, pavement starts to crack, ropes snap and the blood begins to flow. He seems super cozy with Emma Bell’s Molly as he keeps a close eye on her as they attempt to dodge the disaster. The scene features Byrne’s Isaac in a particularly amusing moment as well as Fisher’s Peter making a desperate attempt at survival. Jacqueline MacInnes Wood is the victim of death-by-no glasses while Escarpeta’s Peter suffers a rather harsh lashing.

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