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How 5 Recent Horror Films Scared Up Big Success At The Box Office

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 22, 2013 2:40 PM
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After initial loud buzz way back at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival where its screening triggered a bidding war, horror flick "You're Next" is finally about to invade theaters nationwide. The tale of a band of masked intruders who violently disrupt a family get together, it's a kicky treat that we finally got a chance to watch at SXSW this year (you can read our review here). While it seems like it could be a late summer hit, if recent horror hits have proven anything, it's that it's nearly impossible to preemptively diagnose what genre fare is going to make a very respectable amount of money at the box-office.

Review: Horror Anthology Sequel 'V/H/S/ 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 11, 2013 6:57 PM
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Last year, the indie horror anthology "V/H/S" was released and promised to be chock full of truly in-your-face terror – these were fearless directors, given complete creative freedom, and squeezed together under a tight, blood-soaked package. Of course, the promise of "V/H/S" and the actual movie itself were quite different, and while there were certainly some gems (including entries by Ti West and Joe Swanberg that blurred the line between mumblecore and horror even further), most of them were overlong and uninvolving and (worse yet) reinforced some of the worst traits in the horror genre, including an undercurrent of ugly misogyny that was knotted through almost every section.

Rex Reed Watches 20 Minutes Of 'V/H/S 2' But Reviews It Anyway

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • July 11, 2013 9:18 AM
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Rex Reed has pretty much always been an insufferable blowhard. But lately, it seems his writing has attracted more controversy than usual. Earlier this year, he drew a lot of ire from people thanks to his crude description of Melissa McCarthy in his “Identity Thief” review. He still refuses to back down from his comments, of course. Now, he is getting a lot of flak for writing a review of the film “V/H/S 2," and describing it as "unwatchable," while admitting to leaving the screening after about twenty minutes. It’s a move that suggests that the man has really lost his marbles.
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Watch: Splattery Red-Band Trailer For Horror Anthology Sequel 'V/H/S 2'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 16, 2013 10:59 AM
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When “V/H/S” came out last year, reaction was… mixed, to put it lightly. Like most anthology films, it was wildly uneven. But it seems the concept is just too irresistible for other filmmakers to resist and thus, we have “V/H/S 2.” Originally titled “S-V/H/S”, the sequel premiered at Sundance this past January to a much more positive reception than the first (read our review). Now a red band trailer has just been posted online over at Yahoo and there’s only one way to describe it: utter mayhem.

SXSW 2013 Announces Midnight Slate With Films By Vincenzo Natali, Rob Zombie, V/H/S/2 & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 3:00 PM
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...and yes there is more movie sauce to pour over the BBQ that is SXSW next month. After firming up their main slate last week, the folks in Austin have revealed their Midnighter line-up and there may be more than one worth losing some sleep for.

Sundance: IFC Picks Up 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Magnolia Loads 'S-VHS' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 8:34 AM
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The Sundance Film Festival says farewell today as the 2013 shindig comes to a close, but deals are still being made, and one of the most hotly buzzed movies of the past week has found a home.

Sundance Review: 'S-VHS' Is An Uneven, Occasionally Thrilling Sequel To The Horror Anthology

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 20, 2013 10:30 AM
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Last year, the indie horror anthology "V/H/S" was released and promised to be chock full of truly in-your-face terror – these were fearless directors, given complete creative freedom, and squeezed together under a tight, blood-soaked package. Of course, the promise of "V/H/S" and the actual movie itself were quite different, and while there were certainly some gems (including entries by Ti West and Joe Swanberg that blurred the line between mumblecore and horror even further), most of them were overlong and uninvolving and (worse yet) reinforced some of the worst traits in the horror genre, including an undercurrent of ugly misogyny that was knotted through almost every section.

Watch: Bloody, Scream Filled Teaser Trailer For 'V/H/S' Sequel 'S-VHS'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2013 4:30 PM
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Sundance isn't all coming of age stories, biopics, documentaries and brain-scratching indies. Some entries are just there to thrill and entertain, and while the upcoming "S-VHS" won't be threatening anybody for awards, if this teaser trailer is anything to go by, it still be one that has everyone talking.

Sundance Adds 'S-VHS,' James Franco's Porn Documentary & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 4:51 PM
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Let's face it -- until James Franco shows up, it's not a film festival, and Sundance, after announcing their inital slate yesterday, just got real. The folks in Park City have lifted the curtain on the Spotlight, New Frontier and Park City At Midnight offerings and there are a couple of curiosities worth noting.

First Bloody Image From 'S-VHS' The Sequel To 'V/H/S'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • November 28, 2012 11:18 AM
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“V/H/S” may have failed to make any great waves at the box office, but at various festivals and within the horror community, the found-footage anthology carved out a sizable audience who were taken with what they saw. With segments directed by Joe Swanberg and Ti West among others, the movie was said to breathe new life into the found-footage genre, and a sequel was duly set in motion.
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