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Sorority Life is Killer! Initial Thoughts on Scream Queens!

Posted in Press Release, Women in Horror Recognition Month with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

**Contains Moderate Spoilers**

Its finally here! Scream Queens received its 2 part pilot episodes over on Fox last Tuesday night. The Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck created series is exactly what it says it is, a real Scream! A love letter to all things 80s and 90s from the soundtrack down to the style; Scream Queens is the darkest of comedy horror with off the wall humour, set pieces full of satire and a homage to everything from Heathers and Jawbreaker to Clueless with the wit and self-referential style of the likes of Wes CravenKevin Williamson and Joss Whedon. Its all that and much more.

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American Horror Story favourite Emma Roberts steals the show playing the bitchiest of all bitches, Chanel Oberlin. With equal measures of malice and venom, Roberts exaggerates the typical Queen B, sorority leader in an over the top fashion. Watching her back is sharp university dean Cathy Munsch, played by the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis who makes plans to turn the sorority into an empowered sisterhood by accepting everyone and anyone who wishes to pledge! But even its notions of feminism is poked fun at keeping everything completely tongue in cheek.

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Everything is in order until Skyler Samuels’s Grace Gardner comes on the scene. It wouldn’t be a slasher without the outsider with a mysterious past, coming in to shake things up. Grace is no pushover, so has the ruthless Chanel, finally met her match?!

The pilot begins all the way back in 1995, when TLC were at the top of the charts and sororities were all about keeping up appearances (but as soon as it flips to the present day, it shows nothing has changed!).  A young woman walks into the middle of a party with blood all over her hands and from them on its just the perfect tease that lures us into an offbeat world, where you won’t believe what happens next!

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The highlight has to be Ariana Grande as Chanel #2’s face off with a mysterious killer known as The Red Devil, that goes to show murder in the modern day is nothing quite like what you’ve seen before! Abigail Breslin’s Chanel #5, is already a firm favourite, they say its always the quiet ones, so here’s hoping she’ll have some sort of impact as the series progresses.

Its slick, fast-paced, taboo-breaking, slashertastic fun!  Scream Queens plays up to its genre tropes and takes it up to the max with a great big devilish grin on its face!

If you thought the rubber man in AHS: Murder House was weird…you ain’t seen nothing yet!

You will never order a pumpkin spiced latte at your local Starbucks in the same way again!

Bring on Episode 2!

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

Jamie Lee Curtis goes Psycho for Scream Queens!

Posted in Press Release, Women in Horror Recognition Month with tags , , , , , , , on September 15, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

This image is pure horror perfection. In Ryan Murphy’s (American Horror Story) eagerly anticipated new series, Scream Queens, Halloween icon Jamie Lee Curtis recreates her mother Janet Leigh’s famous shower scene from Hitchcock’s legendary chiller Psycho (1960). 

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Curtis tweeted that she recreated the photo especially for a special episode of the new show, which is slicing its way onto our screens on September the 22nd! Very exciting indeed.

 

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

He gave us Nightmares and Kept us Screaming! RIP Wes Craven

Posted in Press Release with tags , , , , on August 31, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

The Horror world awoke to a devastating shock today with the news of the passing of Wes Craven. In a career spanning over 40 years Craven has been an inspiration for genre fans and without him, horror will never be the same again. The legendary director created one of horror’s most iconic monsters in Freddy Krueger and went on to to direct the four films in the slick and post-modern Scream franchise. In the 70’s his début feature The Last House on the Left generated controversy cementing him as a filmmaker that was guaranteed to make his mark.

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Wes Craven’s films were an exercise in pure tension and fear, he pushed his audience to their limits; the gritty rape scene in Last House, Casey Becker’s death in the opening of Scream and Tina’s demise in A Nightmare on Elm Street along with the reveal of Freddy Krueger being just a few examples. His popularity continued in the late 00’s which saw his most iconic films get the remake treatment in mainstream horror, but of course they were no match for the originals! Craven’s legacy will live on through his films and fans. He truly was a Master of Terror.

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RIP Wes Craven, 1939-2015.

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

Stephen King’s ‘Suffer the Little Children’ to be adapted by Bonfire Films.

Posted in Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

Maine based collaborative team Corey and Haley Norman of Bonfire Films are set to bring Stephen King’s short story Suffer the Little Children to life with their latest film. Hardcore King fans will be familiar with the tale from his 1993 collection; Nightmares and Dreamscapes despite being initially published in 1972. Suffer the Little Children centres on a third grade teacher who starts to become suspicious that her young pupils are possessed. According to The Great Stephen King Universe, the tale has been described as an “effective chiller” as there is certainly nothing more terrifying that the destruction of innocence. Nightbreed actress Anne Bobby who has previously worked on Bonfire Films previous feature will star in Suffer the Little Children as lead character Ms. Sidley. Bobby ensures us that the movie is guaranteed to “scare the crap out of you” as it did her reading it.

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The Hanover House filmmakers need our support to make this dreamscape a reality! The Norman’s require the help of the fans to achieve this fantastic project. Over on indiegogo they have set up a campaign with some must have perks on offer from signed posters to a copy of their short film Tickle to a name in the credits; there’s even opportunities to make a cameo in the film as a teacher (no dialogue role) and attend its eventual premiere. Other than donating, you can raise awareness by sharing the campaign page over various social media. Being given the rights to adapt the works of King comes full circle for the writing/directing team who originate from Portland, Maine just like the iconic author. There is no doubt that this is where some of the best American horror comes from.

Bonfire Films have achieved various awards for their work so far at horror festivals across the US including best short film, best feature film and best director.

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Find out more about how you can help Suffer the Little Children:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/suffer-the-little-children–3/x/8060452#/story

Check out my reviews for their previous work here:

The Hanover House (Feature)

Tickle (Short)

Natal (Short)

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

Halloween Returns

Posted in Press Release with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

Michael Myers is set to return in a brand new reboot of the Halloween franchise according to concequenceofsound.net. The iconic mad man is back in what sounds like a very intriguing plot line for hardcore fans of the series. Halloween Returns sees Michael attempt to stalk n’ slash a whole host of new victims including the child of one of his past casualties (potentially a character we’ve seen before?). Returns will also feature a cop who is so obsessed with the Myers case he even neglects his own daughter in the process; a role created reference to the beloved Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) perhaps?

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Weirdly enough after being left unimpressed by the Zombie remake and losing interest in the franchise, Halloween Returns could be the fresh blood the series needs in order to shake things up. According to the article, the film will see Myers on death row for his crimes which seems an unexpected direction to go in when dealing with one of horror’s most prolific slashers; but is interesting all the same. Of course being the unstoppable force that he is, Myers escapes placing two friends with their own personal vendetta against him in great peril.

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In some ways resurrecting the franchise seems a little redundant however in the right hands, Halloween could possibly be safe and redeemed. Its been discussed that Marcus Dunstan of The Collector and SAW films is to direct and will also write along with fellow SAW collaborator Patrick Melton; not a bad choice, Dunstan did a great job with The Collection (2012) with some inventive ideas and visuals and the two are no strangers to the concept of franchise. The fans are owed an apology for Halloween: Resurrection (2002) and on a lesser scale the Zombie re-imagining. Personally I’d like a retcon where Laurie is still alive and Resurrection doesn’t exist however Myers return would therefore be problematic seeing as Strode killed him at the end of Halloween: H20 (1998)!

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As the article says, Halloween’s mythology is so messed up its hard to work out the chronology as to whether Halloween Returns will be a standalone film or a sequel to either adaptation. The premise is promising and maybe Halloween Returns will provide the ultimate closure the series needs; much like how Curse of Chucky (2013) revived Child’s Play (however due to its success has spawned an upcoming sequel). Stylistically I hope Halloween Returns doesn’t attempt to replicate the grizzly, gory horror that’s prominent in modern movies and goes back to the roots of less is more, suspense and as little blood as possible. Its reported that Dimension films will be distributing the film which is again familiar for its horror/slasher brand.

What do you guys think? Should there be another Halloween film and what would you like to see from it?

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

Twisted Twins go Plastic..!

Posted in Press Release, Women in Horror Recognition Month with tags , , , , , , on June 10, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

Jen and Sylvia Soska are one of the hottest things about current horror, from grindhouse to body modification to WWE, the Twisted Twins have put their own unique and versatile stamp on the genre. Over the weekend they generated much excitement for fans with the announcement of their next directorial project titled Plastic;  just in time for the release of their latest WWE collaboration the action-packed Vendetta on June 12th in the US (UK DVD release is August 13th). An image of a script with a lipstick mark emerged online said to be written by Frank Strausser that simply screams female-centric horror.

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As it stands, a brief teaser of the plot has been revealed:

“A celebrated Beverly Hills plastic surgeon risks everything to uncover the truth behind a crime, the disfigurement of an international pop star.”

If one things for certain, the Soska’s and surgical horror are the perfect fit after them stunning audiences in 2012 with American Mary. No doubt in the hands of Jen and Sylvia, Plastic will be a grizzly yet stylish effort. Can’t wait to hear more about the project. Plastic has to be the most exciting news in horror this year!

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Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.

Welcome to the Witching Hour…(Again!)

Posted in Press Release, Women in Horror Recognition Month with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2015 by Hayley's Horror Reviews

So I was pretty much unhappy about the I Know What You Did Last Summer Remake and I’m equally disheartened by the news of teen, cult favourite The Craft getting the same treatment. Its despairing that Hollywood are officially completely out of their own ideas and seem to be reaching back to the glory days of the 90’s in order to replicate some of the most popular movies of the decade.

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To Recap: Sarah (Robin Tunney) enrols at a new Catholic Prep School where she is befriended by a trio of outcasts led by the dark and twisted Nancy (Fairuza Balk). She learns that the girls practice witchcraft and begins to explore her own strength and powers. The whole school is no longer safe as their coven conjure up a series of malevolent curses and spells on anyone who dares to cross them.

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Also starring Scream’s Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich as well as Rachel True, Andrew Fleming’s The Craft took on some serious and affecting topics such as racism and self harm. Most notably the song “How Soon Is Now?”, a cover of Morrissey performed in the film by Love Spit Love was used before it was made famous in the witch themed long running WB series Charmed.

The talented, up and coming genre name Leigh Janiak is set to write and direct. Janiak has received critical acclaim for her mysteriously haunting debut feature Honeymoon, which manages a disturbing, psychological impact about a couple on a romantic getaway that turns horribly wrong. A film that deals with powerful female characters is the ideal material for Janiak and its hopeful that The Craft will be safe in her hands with her ability to write two-dimensional, believable characters. That said, it would be far more interesting to see Janiak work on her own ideas. She will also be directing an episode of Scream: The TV Series, coming soon, more proof that we can’t let go of the 90s.

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In 1996 The Craft proved to be a sleeper hit and is ultimately a cult classic amongst its audience. It made $6,710,995 at the North American Box Office when it opened. Fairuza Balk gave an unforgettable performance that will be difficult to match.

Everyone is all for nostalgia these days especially on platforms such as Tumblr and Buzzfeed, but we already have these movies to look back on, The Craft hasn’t even had its 20th anniversary yet!

Its time for some fresh ideas to make marketable as what will happen when there’s nothing left to remake…?

Hayley Alice Roberts

Hayley’s Horror Reviews.