Under The Skin (114)

Published on Friday, October 24, 2014

Doesn’t time fly? We’re another week closer to Halloween (are you excited yet?) and it’s time for another scintillating edition of Under The Skin, the only place on the internet where you’ll find all the week’s new horror trailers under one roof. First up we have the sequel to 2012’s modest horror hit THE WOMAN IN BLACK, subtitled ANGEL OF DEATH. Look for it in cinemas 2 January. ‘England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, two teachers evacuate a group of schoolchildren to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black.’

We’re huge short film fans here at LaptopZombie, which is why we’re looking forward to writer/director Chloe Okuno’s SLUT. ‘Maddy is 16 years old. She lives alone with her sick grandmother in a rundown farmhouse off a highway in Nowheresville, Texas. She does her best to take care of her mute, wheelchair-bound grandmother, but life at home is lonely and depressing. So, like everyone else within a 20-mile radius, Maddy spends her free time at the only place with half a pulse: the local roller rink.

With her shabby clothes, large glasses, and dangerous naivete, Maddy is a hopeless misfit amongst her peers. Determined to embrace her inner vixen, Maddy looks to a girl named Jolee – beautiful, blonde, and unapologetically promiscuous – as a sort of model for what attracts men. Unfortunately for Maddy, it’s just at this time that an older, charismatic Stranger enters her life, a man whose charm masks the impulses of a murderous, misogynistic psychopath.’

There’s something distinctly dodgy-sounding about the name NECROSHIFT. I’m sure Kev Harte’s film is all good clean fun. ‘Necroshift is a horror comedy revolving around two slacker hospital workers, Briggs and Holmes, who find themselves in a desperate situation one stormy night. They coast by on their jobs, doing their rounds, sometimes, as well as sitting around discussing their favorite horror movies, mostly. When the dead body of a notorious serial killer known as “The Soul Stealer” is brought back one night, they find themselves fighting for their lives, and their preferred genre of film is about to become a reality.’

Okay, so the trailer for writer/director Braden Croft’s FEED THE GODS isn’t new, but we just stumbled across it this week, and there’s nothing we love more than a good Bigfoot movie. ‘After the death of their foster mother, brothers Will and Kris inherit a box that offers clues about their long-lost parents. Their quest leads them to the creepy town of Tendale, which is home to a mythical Bigfoot-like creature with “a taste for tourists.” Soon the town’s insidious past emerges, and the boys find exactly what they’re looking for…’

Is IN THE HEART OF THE SEA a horror film? Of course not (it’s directed by Ron Howard, for goodness’ sake). But it does feature a MASSIVE FUCKING WHALE (which is a great title for a beastie movie, by the way), and we thought you might like a look.

A first-person POV chiller about a spree-killing stalker? We’re all over Derek Mungor’s YOU ARE NOT ALONE. ‘As seen from the first-person POV, Natalie, a recent college graduate, reconnects with friends and family as she visits her hometown over the Fourth of July. The town is inundated with news of a dangerous sociopath who is in the midst of a spree killing and reportedly within the area. Experience what happens when Natalie crosses paths with said killer.’

This one’s just plain weird. Take a look at the press release: ‘From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl is your quintessential Australia-zombie-wrestling-video game movie. It tells the story of Charlie. After watching her Daddy die in the ring, she sets out to become a wrestler in his memory. The only things stopping her are a disapproving boyfriend, a demanding day job, and a soul-crushing boss – whose corporate shenanigans threaten to unleash hordes of zombies upon the earth! Charlie has no choice but to open up a can of whoop-ass and take these murderous jabronis for a stroll down smackdown boulevard!

‘What can you say? From Parts Unknown has been in production for nearly a decade now. We’ve overcome investors disappearing, a crazed department head running up excessive costs, and the loss of all our sound files in addition to, of course, the grueling 42-day shoot. It’s been a long journey, and we’re very excited about the fact that not only are people finally about to see the film, but we have amazing poster art that so perfectly reflects the tone of the film.’ – Director, Daniel Armstrong’

Love slasher movies? Have a functioning pair of eyes? Here’s Drew Rosas and Nick Sommer’s BILLY CLUB, which is on DVD and Demand 4 November. ‘Fifteen years after a gruesome triple homicide devastated their Little League baseball team, four friends reunite to commemorate their dead coach and fallen teammates. A mystery unfolds as the secrets from their past return to haunt them and a vengeful killer, hidden by an antique umpire’s mask, returns to even the score.

Billy Club, you’ll never run home faster!’

On the plus side, I love werewolf movies. On the negative side, there’s no way to embed the trailer for Adrián García Bogliano’s LATE PHASES, so you’ll have to click below to watch it. Look for it in cinemas 21 November. ‘Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son, Will (Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…’


Are you bothered about INSIDIOUS 3? I’m not sure I am, but if it’s your bag, here’s the first teaser... ‘The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell. This chilling prequel, set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl (Stefanie Scott) who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.’

That’s it for this week. Only seven more sleeps until Halloween!

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