The Last Horror Blog: 'Overlord,' 'Pledge,' 'Hell Fest' and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Overlord,' 'Pledge,' 'Hell Fest' and More

Jul 25, 2018

Overlord

First Overlord trailer teases the horrors of war – There have been some great horror films made about World War II over the past decade or so, Outpost and The Devil’s Rock being two that immediately spring to mind. Those were both low budget indies, though, so I'm extra intrigued by Overlord, based on its Hollywood pedigree.

The new feature is produced by J.J. Abrams through his Bad Robot production company, with Julius Avery directing. The story follows a squad of soldiers who wander into a French town on the eve of D-Day and find the Nazis are experimenting on the locals with the hopes of raising some kind of immortal zombie army.

As you can imagine, chaos ensues. Check out the trailer below. Overlord parachutes its way into theaters on November 9, which raises the question: why is this movie not releasing for Halloween?

 

Pledge debuts trailer – Daniel Robbins' new horror film, Pledge, made its debut at the revered Fantasia Fest in Montreal, Canada this month and we've got the new trailer for the much buzzed-about feature.

The basic gist of the film is that a group of nerdy freshmen are forced into a fight for survival against their evil upperclassmen after they agree to pledge a fraternity. Given the horror stories over the past few years about hazing rituals gone wrong, Pledge hits pretty close to home in the "could this really happen?" category of genre cinema.

The trailer looks good and makes me wish I caught the film's premiere. Now we just have to wait for the film to make its way to VOD and Blu-ray sometime in the next year.

 

Check out the newest Stranger Things season 3 trailer – Netflix's runaway hit Stranger Things is prepping for its third season -- probably debuting in October, if we had to guess -- and a new teaser trailer has arrived.

For a show that practically oozes '80s nostalgia, it’s sort of surprising that the kids of Hawkins have never really taken a trip to the mall in the previous two seasons. That changes this year, as the new clip showcases the small town’s newest attraction: a shopping mall!

Try not to OD on the retro nostalgia. If anyone wants to talk to me about the new season, I’ll be grabbing pizza at Sbarros in the food court, then heading over to Camelot Music to look for some new cassettes.

 

Hell Fest trailer promises the worst Halloween Horror Nights ever – So, back around 2006, I read a David J. Schow collection called Havoc Swims Jaded (Schow is one of the fathers of splatterpunk and a fantastic writer – check him out if you haven’t) and one of the stories featured was set during a Halloween Horror Nights event where the monsters turned real.

I always thought this was a great high concept that someone should turn into a film, which is sort of what’s happened judging from this trailer for Hell Fest. Hell Fest doesn’t offer up monsters, but instead gives us a costumed killer offing patrons who think he's just part of the show.

The film debuts on September 28, but until then enjoy this trailer.


 

Horror on the Horizon

What’s this? More horror movies in a theater in the middle of summer?

Fans jonesing for some frights can catch Dark Web: Unfriended, now in theaters nationwide. Written and directed by Stephen Susco (the guy who wrote the American version of Ju-On: The Grudge), this found footage feature tells the tale of a teen who comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.

The trailer looks entertaining.

Unfortunately, that's it for horror movies in the theater right now, but hey, something is better than nothing, right?

 

Horror on Home Video

Luckily for all of us, things look much brighter in terms of new DVD releases. We kick things off with three great new releases this week.

It's a Jeffrey Combs double feature from the guys over at Vestron, as they release Blu-ray versions of Beyond Re-Animator and Stuart Gordon’s underappreciated H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Dagon. While neither film is a bonafide classic, I think Combs fans will definitely want to add both titles to their collection.

The week’s third release is a legit classic, though: John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness.

Scream Factory brings us the third film in Carpenter’s "Apocalypse trilogy" (the other two being The Thing and Prince of Darkness), a wildly entertaining film that I’ve long proclaimed "the best H.P. Lovecraft adaptation that actually isn't based on the work of H.P. Lovecraft."

If you've somehow never seen In the Mouth of Madness, watch the trailer and then go order your copy. You'll thank me later.

July 31 is a lot quieter – but hey, you can grab Piranha II: The Spawning – a film directed by a very young James Cameron before he went on to The Terminator, Titanic  and Avatar.

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