Dave Franco’s Debut Horror Film Now Available On Amazon Prime

We are in the middle of October, which is a great time to binge-watch horror films all day and all night. Perhaps it may not going to be the best decision once you want to go to sleep but at least you’ll have more movies to add to your list. This time, we are going to talk about The Rental.

It was released some months ago and it’s produced and directed by Dave Franco (Now You See Me, 2013), in his directorial debut. He also co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Swanberg  based on a story by both of them, together with Mike Demski.

The description of the film tells the story of “two couples looking to celebrate their seed money from a new business venture, embark on a weekend getaway to a seemingly perfect house they’ve booked online. But what begins as a festive weekend for the four close friends turns into something far more sinister as secrets they’ve kept from each other are exposed and paranoia grows that they may not be alone”.

Basically, this couple conformed by Charlie and Michelle decide to rent a house for a weekend getaway and invite Josh, Charlie’s brother, and his girlfriend Mina.  The group settles in a house facing the sea without paying much attention to the mysterious attitude of the owner of the house. They later realize that someone is actually stalking them.

It stars Alison Brie as Michelle (Dave Franco’s actual wife), Dan Stevens as Charlie, Sheila Vand as Mina, Jeremy Allen White as Josh and Toby Huss as Taylor.

The film was released on video-on-demand and in select theaters in the United States on July 24, 2020, by IFC Films. It received generally positive reviews from critics, just in Rotten Tomatoes, it held an approval rating of 75% based on 170 reviews. It also became the second film to ever top VOD charts and the box office in the same weekend.

In an interview with Forbes, Franco expressed why he chose the horror genre as his directorial debut. “I think most people know me from the comedies I’ve acted in, so everyone is surprised to hear that my directorial debut is a horror film. As a viewer, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a smart genre film,” he explained. “The horror genre tends to deal with extreme scenarios and emotions, which gave me the freedom to make bold choices and push boundaries wherever I could.”

He has also voiced his interest in a sequel, saying: “It was the intention from the beginning to leave the ending ambiguous enough that we carry on the story if given a chance… I have a very strong idea for what I would want to do with a sequel.”

The Rental is now available in Amazon Prime.

What do you think about this movie?

Make Some Popcorn And Enjoy These 6 Movies To Binge-Watch On Halloween

As we are facing a pandemic, maybe going outside on Halloween time just like we do every single year, may not be the best idea at the moment. So, have you already thought what to do that day instead? We recommend you to enjoy your night by binge-watching these movies below.

Under the skin (2014)

A science fiction fantasy in which everything from the music to the colors was designed to build up the tension. Here, Scarlett Johansson plays a mysterious woman who seduces men during the loneliest hours in Scotland, but she actually hides a darker and disturbing secret.

Melancholia (2011)

What makes this movie so terrible is its incredible visual beauty (from those opening credits to that dreamy end as it was out of a fantasy)  to the despair, depression, loneliness and selfishness portrayed to create a feeling that all is lost.

Sinister (2012)

There is nothing more disturbing than an evil child in a horror movie. The film follows the story of a crime perpetrator (Ethan Hawke) who moves with his family to a house where a grisly crime happened so that he can investigate the events up close and personal. But, when they find an old box of Super 8 movies in their attic, the family begins to personally experience those same events that seemed to be part of the original case, causing their life to take a wicked turn at the hands of their youngest son.

 Upstream Color (2012)

This movie makes you feel so terrified without using too obvious or extreme images, but always keeping the idea that something sinister is about to happen. It tells the story of a woman who, after losing her memory, meets a man with a similar story, and together they must figure out their identity and reality, which causes them and the audience themselves, a strong sense of paranoia and despair.

Thoroughbreds (2018)

The story follows Lily and Amanda, two friends who believe they are losing control of their lives and decide to develop a dark plan to free themselves and regain control, whatever that cost. But everything is a matter of perception and despair can turn anyone into a monster.

My mother’s eyes (2016)

This movie doesn’t seem very disturbing at first but that will change as the story keeps going and turns into a violent and disturbing story, where the worst actually happens off-camera. It follows a lonely young woman who makes her darkest desires to come true after a tragedy destroyed her life.

What do you think about these movies?

 

‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Is Having A New Series On Amazon

The famous scary film franchise is coming back with a series adaptation on Amazon Prime. Plans to develop the series was first reported last year and will work as a modern take on the hit 1997 horror film.

The film was based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Lois Duncan that tells the story of a group of teenagers find themselves being stalked by a mysterious figure with a hook, one year after a fatal accident on their graduation night.

It starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr. and grossed $125 million worldwide.

THR reported that the new show will share a premise with the movie, but with a modern spin on the material.

Gossip Girl‘s Sara Goodman will be the one writing and executive producing the new series, which comes from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures TV.

“The best horror franchises always have another scare coming, and this ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ series from Sara Goodman is a perfectly twisted update to the iconic slasher movie,” said Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of television for Amazon Studios. “Any way you slice it, our global Prime Video customers will love this modern take on the fan favorite film.”

Along with Goodman, executive producers are Shay Hatten, Original Film’s Moritz and Pavun Shetty, Erik Feig and Atomic Monster’s James Wan, Rob Hackett and Michael Clear.

“We are thrilled to have ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ with our incredible partners at Amazon Studios,” said Jason Clodfelter, co-president of Sony Pictures Television Studios. “Neal Moritz and Original Films’ development consistently fires on all cylinders and that is proven once again with Sara Goodman’s contemporary and pulsating character weaving suspense thriller.”

What do you think of this big news?

9 Movies To Watch On Halloween

For us scary movies lovers, we can watch movies of our favorite genre at any time of the year. However, watching spooky films in this month specifically is even better. That’s why we leave you a list of movies that you should definitely watch if you haven’t already to enjoy this Halloween!

A Cure for Wellness (2017)

Dane DeHaan and Jason Isaacs star in this film about a rescue on a wellness center. Pure psychological horror!

Horse Girl (2020)

Alison Brie’s cult movie! This psychological drama follows a socially isolated and mystery-loving woman who begins to have a series of very strange dreams…

Mother! (2017)

The movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is a visual insanity full of Bible references and moments that leave you totally disconcerted.

Veronica (2017)

Some people have considered this movie to be really scary. It follows a teenage girl who decided to play with a Ouija board and ends up being chased by a supernatural being.

Train to Busan (2016)

Zombie movies fan? This movie is a must. It may not be the scariest and it can make you feel also sad but it’s really a great one. You would feel really desperate and afraid, it’ll basically makes you feel a mix of emotions.

The Invitation (2015)

Having dinner with some old good friends sounds like a perfect plan until you get in the middle of a strange ritual to take your life away.

Cam (2018)

A Cam Girl discovers when a man impersonates her and starts posting terrifying videos.

Creep (2014)

A young videographer answers an online ad for a one-day job in a remote town to record the last messages of a dying man. When he notices the man’s odd behavior, he starts to question his intentions.

Wounds (2019)

Dakota Johnson and Armie Hammer star in this movie that tells the story of a bartender in New Orleans. Very strange and bizarre things start to happen after he picks up the phone of a stranger who had left it at the pub. It is based on the novel called ‘The Visible Filth’ by Nathan Ballingrud.

Have you watched them? Which film would you add to the list?

10 Unsettling Random Facts That’ll Creep You Out

1. Fir trees can actually grow in your lungs. At least, that’s what happened to this man after doctors removed what they believed to be a tumor from his lung, but in fact, it was a two-inch fir tree that was growing up inside of him!

2. There’s a phenomenon called Rat King when a group of rats become fused together by their tails via ice, dirt, hair, blood, or even feces. It was viewed as a bad omen, most likely due to rats being considered carriers for diseases such as the plague.

 3. A very creepy feature of all breeds of pacu fish is their human-like teeth. They have two sets of blunt molars that they use for cracking nuts and grinding up plants.

4. An eyelash mite is a type of parasite. They can be passed from person to person. They cannot be seen with the naked eye but they live around the eyelash follicles (that’s where they lay their eggs). There are probably hundreds of them living on your face right now.

  1. There’s a phenomenon called Coffin birth when a pregnant woman spontaneously delivers her child after her own untimely death.  This can happen within 48-72 hours of the mom’s death.

6. The Troxler Effect is an optical illusion that affects how you perceive things, both visually and mentally. If you deep look yourself in front of a mirror, the experience can be very intriguing, and immensely uncomfortable.

  1. A cymothoa exigua is a parasite that destroys the tongue of a fish and then replaces the tongue with its own body, turning itself into a living but fully functioning new tongue.

8. The ocean is a giantic graveyeard for hundreds of thousands of people that have been either lost or purposely buried at sea.

9. Scaphism, also known as the boats, was an alleged ancient Persian method that consisted of trapping the victim between two boats, feeding and covering them with milk and honey to be devoured by insects and other vermin.

10. There’s a parasite in cat poop called Toxoplasma gondii that can changes a rat’s brain function to make them drawn to the smell of cat urine, making it easier for cats to find and catch it

 

Have You Ever Experienced The Mandela Effect?

There’s an unexplained phenomenon that you’ve probably experienced without knowing what it’s called. But those curious instances in which many of us are certain we remember something in a particular way, but it turns is not like that, then you are experiencing what’s known as the Mandela Effect.

The name derives from the popular belief that Nelson Mandela died in the 1980s in prision after 27 years. The truth is that he died in 2013 and was also the president of South africa between 1994 and 1999. This was because a self-proclaimed “paranormal consultant” described how she remembered Nelson´s dead in prision, and all the media effect that came by it. However, none of it happened. Short after, she discovered other people remembered the same thing as she did.

This effect occurs when a large group of people believe that something happened in a certain way when it did not.

You can also create false memories for yourself or create a fake sequence of events with your group of friends or any social group, most likely because they fill gaps of memory with things they “remind” occurring it at that time. Like a famous dictator once said: “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently, it will be believed”.

An example of the Mandela effect is with the most famous quote in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” film. A lot of people are certain that the phrase goes “Luke, I am your father”, however, Darth Vader actually says, “I am your father.”

Some people believe that these false memories come from having a bad memory, others considered is related to time traveling or a parallel universe. There are many examples in the entertainment media that can cause this effect, either logos, posters, quotes…

Like, just imaging yourself trying to remember an old memory because you are going to use that idea that was on your brain. While bringing back that memory and using that idea in a conversation, you make changes to that memory with new information and then you put it back into your memories. Next time, you’ll probably going to remember that old memory in a different way as time passes by. So you’ll be experiencing the Mandela Effect.

Have this happened to you?

The Witches Starring Anne Hathaway Has Now An Official Trailer And Release Date

Witches are real! That’s what the upcoming remake of ‘The Witches’ promises as it has now an official trailer and release date and it’ll arrive sooner than expected.

The Witches

It was announced last year that one of our favorite childhood scary movies was getting a reboot, which we couldn’t be more excited about, The Witches.

Based on the book of the same title by British writer Roald Dahl, the first adaptation movie tells us the story of Luke Eveshim, a young boy who goes on vacation in Norway with his grandmother Helga. She warns him about witches and how to recognize them as she recalls  her childhood friend Erica was victim of a evil witch and got cursed to live inside a painting for the rest of her life.

A convention of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children will be taking place at the hotel, but in fact, it’s a coven full of horripilant witches. Their powerful leader known as the Grand High Witch is there to unveil her new master plan, a magic potion that turns children into mice so parent can exterminate them and do the witches’ dirty work for them.

Luke together with his new friend Bruno, will try to stop the witches even if they have to fight them as mice.

The film was released in 1990, the year when writer Roald Dahl passed away. And even though the movie wasn’t a massive success on the big screen, it sure gained a cult following throughout the years.

The Witches Remake

Now the remake is starring Oscar winner Anne Hathaway who will follow in the footsteps of Anjelica Huston to star in her role as the new Grand High Witch. The cast also includes Kristin Chenoweth, Stanley Tucci as the hotel manager unwittingly hosting the witches’ convention; and the voice of Chris Rock as the grown-up version of the boy who recounts the dale.

The film is directed by Robert Zemeckis, known for films such as “Back to the Future” (1985) and “Monster House” (2006) working together with  Guillermo del Toro “Pan’s Labyrinth” (2006),  Alfonso Cuarón “Gravity” (2013) and Kenya Barris “Black-ish” (2014).

In the original movie, it had a different ending than Dahl’s children book. However, Zemeckis described the new film adaptation as being closer to the novel but only with a little twist. He told French website Allocine, “We’re going to set it in the Gothic South in the 1960s. It’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of witch story.”

A supposed official movie poster was leaked on Reddit not so long ago which caused a lot of expectation for this upcoming project.

However, the official HBO MAX account released the oficial poster which was in fact, like the one that got leaked before but now with an updated information for this project.

As a further treat, the studio released a batch of first-look images of the cast.


Azhir Bruno as the Hero Boy.

In this picture, Eugenia Caruso as Conseulla, Penny Lisle as Witch, Josette Simon as Zelda, Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch, Orla O’Rourke as Saoirse and Ana-Maria Maskell as Esmerelda.


Octavia Spencer as Grandma.

More of Anne Hathaway as the Grand High Witch

Stanley Tucci as Mr. Stringer together with Grandma and Hero Boy.

A first trailer was also launched today in which we get a few glances of how wickedly funny this project is going to be.

The film will be available on HBO Max on October 22, just in time for Halloween!

Are you excited for the remake of The Witches?

The Different Types Of Ghosts That Might Be Haunting You

Have you ever heard noises in the middle of the night, felt that you were being observed or experienced things that were out of your understanding? While you might not be scared -depending on the situation- though, you most likely will feel curiosity or try to look for logical explanations as to what you saw, heard, or felt.

It may be that those things happening around you, are related to ghosts. If you feel something brush your arm, hear whispers, see a figure in the corner of your eye, or an object moves by itself, it’s usually the ghost trying to communicate.

However, not all ghosts are the same as there’s a variety of them with different characteristics. Here’s a list of ghosts and how to spot or recognize them.

Poltergeist

A classic one. This type of ghost has the ability to move things, make noises or manipulate the environment. Mostly seen in movies. It is known for being noisy and annoying. You can recognize them for making the lights flick or slamming doors.

Ectoplasm

It has the consistent of fog or a vaporous cloud. Always swirling several feet above the ground and moves very quickly. Usually you can find them outdoors in historical sites.

Orbs

They are like a transparent ball of light that hovers over the ground. This type of ghost is commonly captured on camara. They are believed to be souls of human beings or even animals that passed away so suddenly.

Funnel Ghost

These ones are associated with cold spots and are usually found in historical buildings and houses. They are believed to be loved ones returning for a visit.

Interactive Personality

Any deceased person that used to live in the house, someone from your family or maybe an importan historical figure. They can show themselves in different ways as making noises, slightly touching you, whispering things around you or even emitting certain smells. They are really interesting as they retain the personality they had when they were alive and mostly their souls are still here because they didn’t fullfill a goal, purpose or had a closure.

Shadow People

Whenever we feel someone is watching us or is standing behind us because we see a shadow out of the corner of the eye but once we look back, there’s nothing so we just shrug it off and go back to business, it’s possible that what you saw it was actually what you thought.

That’s why this type of a ghost is called like that, because is in the shape of a figure or a person but don’t have any human-like features such as hair or a nose. If you want to learn more about shadow people, we made this article specially for you.

Demons


They are the most sinister and evil type of ghost as they can haunt your house, your possessions, and your being. They can cause you immense emotional, psychological and even physical harm.

Have you ever encountered a ghost? What type of ghost was it?

This New Horror Film Is Said To Follow The Steps Of Jordan Peele’s Get Out

“His House” is a 2020 thriller film written and directed by Remi Weekes that had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 27, 2020.

It tells the story of a couple of young immigrants from South Sudan trying to make a home after resettling as asylum seekers in the United Kingdom.

His House’s synopsis reads as follows: After making a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, a young refugee couple struggle to adjust to their new life in a small English town that has an unspeakable evil lurking beneath the surface.

A first trailer has been released by Netflix and emphasizes how the couple is struggling to fit into their new neighborhood and how they’re treated differently in the first-world country they refugee themselves in. The caseworker states that they will be happy if they just prove themselves to be “…one of the good ones.” It also displays how in their new place resides something evil trying to come out of the dry walls of the house.

This will be Weekes’ debut feature film and stars Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù,  (Gangs of London) Wunmi Mosaku, (Lovecraft Country) and Matt Smith (The Crown). Javier Botet (It: Chapter 2) and Emily Taaffe (Ripper Street) are also part of the cast in this movie.

The film is being compared to the outstanding works of Jordan Peele like “Get Out” and “Us”, by delivering a well-crafted horror movie but that stresses issues of race and cultural which are necessary and timely topics at the present moment.

“Unlike traditional haunted house stories where the protagonist might be able to escape, our protagonists–two displaced asylum seekers–do not have the privilege to simply leave,” he explained. “Rather, they are stuck having to survive within their house. This is often the case in the U.K., where asylum seekers have to follow draconian rules when given accommodation. This is also often the case with trauma–you’re stuck having to find ways to survive your grief, and finding ways to heal within it.” said the director during a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

‘His House’ will premiere in the streaming platform in October 30.

Mirrors: Portals To The Unknown?

Have you ever stared at a mirror long enough for it to be uncomfortable? Have you ever imagined yourself going inside the mirror as if crossing a portal to another dimension?

Over the years many cultures have believed that mirrors are actually that, portals to another world or have a special connection to the afterlife. For example, Romans used to think that mirrors were a reflection of the human soul and for that, should be treated with respect.

In other times, there was this supposition that a human’s soul could be stolen or caught when taking a picture which is basically the same premise with the mirrors because pictures are, in a simplify manner, a reflection.

There was also this strong superstition centuries ago, in which people would cover all the mirrors in a house were a dying person was having its final moments because people believed you could see the devil or death itself coming to take away the soul through the mirrors. Even was thought that the personification of death could get confused and go through the mirror instead of going back to the afterlife.

Victorians used to cover with black cloths the mirrors in the house of a newly deceased person because of their strong belief in spiritualism and to protect the relatives.

A popular believe in most recent times is that if you break a mirror, you’ll face 7 years of bad luck.

Though, there are also some stories and games related to mirrors just like the one from Bloody Mary. Here is a short list of a few games you can try with any mirror you own.

1. The Three Kings
2. Dark Reflection Ritual
3. The Devil Game
4. Lady Spades
5. Waiting for Godot
6. The Mirror Box

But be careful if you try any of those, because you could face bad consequences. Remember what Nietzsche once said: “If you stare long enough into the abyss, the abyss will stare back at you”.

Will you try the games?