Under The Skin (116)

Published on Friday, November 7, 2014

Halloween may be over for another year (only 51 weeks until the next one!), but here at Under The Skin we’re still dedicated to bringing you all the week’s new horror trailers, rounded up for your viewing pleasure. We have a bumper crop this week, so we’ll dive right in with THE PACK, a film about killer dogs. Does horror get any better than killer dogs? ‘THE PACK follows hardened farmer and devoted family man Adam Wilson, who is shocked to discover that the last of his livestock have been mauled to death on his rural ranch. Making matters worse, his wife informs him that their home veterinary business is failing, making a comfortable future uncertain for their feisty teenage daughter and young son. When a determined bank representative makes a surprise visit to the ranch to threaten foreclosure on the property, Adam firmly reassures his family that they are going nowhere and that he will fight for the place that they call home.

Adam plans a celebratory feast that night, hoping to allay everyone’s concerns about the future, but dark shadows lurk outside their isolated farmhouse. A large pack of hungry and ferocious feral dogs circle restlessly in the darkness, thirsty for blood, waiting for their chance to attack. Suddenly the power to the farmhouse is cut, and the evil hounds are unleashed, triggering a bloody and desperate battle for survival. With no way to call for help, Adam must protect his family from the violent onslaught of vicious evil howling outside their door!’

Do you know where bad things happen? AT GRANNY’S HOUSE. At least according to writer/director Les Mahoney and loveable lunatic Bill Oberst, Jr. ‘A loving caregiver’s dark secret makes Granny’s house a macabre place of death – and love. Shot entirely in a rural town in Colorado, At Granny’s House is a dark Hitchcockian thriller that will make audiences wonder what is going on behind closed doors in small-town America.’

Do you know where else bad things happen? In the BACKCOUNTRY. Take it away writer/director Adam MacDonald. ‘Based on a true story, BACKCOUNTRY follows an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness – where unimaginable beauty sits alongside our most primal fears. Alex (Jeff Roop) is a seasoned outdoorsman while Jenn (Missy Peregrym), a corporate lawyer, is not. After much convincing, and against her better judgment, she agrees to let him take her deep into a Provincial Park to one of his favorite spots – the secluded Blackfoot Trail.

On their first night, deep in the forest, they have an unsettling encounter with Brad (Eric Balfour), a strange alpha male with eyes for Jenn who may or may not be following them. Alex’s desire to quickly reach Blackfoot Trail only intensifies. They push farther and farther into the woods, Alex stubbornly insisting that he remembers the way. After three days their path disappears; they are hopelessly lost. Without food or water, they struggle to find their way back, the harsh conditions bringing out the best and worst in them, pushing their already fragile relationship to the breaking point.

When they realize they have entered a bear’s territory, being lost suddenly becomes the least of their problems. Terror, horror, will, and survival become paramount.’

Don’t you hate it when you discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the semi-abandoned building in which you’ve decided to spend a romantic evening? It’s Rafa Martinez’s SWEET HOME. ‘A couple decide to spend a romantic evening on a floor of a semi-abandoned building. During the evening they discover that a hooded murderer is the only tenant left in the building… and they have become the new target.’

Hm, another found footage horror about a paranormal show investigating an abandoned building. We’ll try to keep an open mind about Anthony Pierce’s THE SPEAK. ‘A small TV crew make their way into the most haunted hotel in the US for the last program in their web series on the paranormal. With the help of a Native American medium, they perform “the speak,” a ceremony that brings forth more spirits and demons than the crew bargained for.’

Whatever you do, don’t play with THE MEAT PUPPET. ‘Andrew “Drew” Shelton appears to have it all… Looks. Money. Women. But behind that charming smile lies an unimaginable evil. An abusive childhood has turned him into an impulsive, delusional sociopath who has developed an insatiable appetite for beautiful women’s flesh. As the bodies pile up and a gung-ho detective starts stalking him, Drew descends deeper into madness. His obsession with one woman may be the only chance to stop him from serving up his next victim. Or will she fall prey and become the next main course?’

It’s time to get very silly indeed. It’s ALIENS VS TITANIC. ‘Offering only the finest amenities, the ‘TITAN 1C’ space-cruiser is considered the most luxurious star-liner ever built. Future spring-breakers on board are excited to be touring through space with some of the world’s elite. A sudden meteor storm smashes into the hull, and a deadly biological alien life-form is let loose on the ship. Seeking a suitable host, the retrovirus successfully merges with some the passengers, transforming them into seemingly invincible predators with the “touch of death.” As the ship is destroyed, the surviving passengers crash on a remote planet, and they learn that one of them is “infected.” They must quickly band together before it has a chance to slaughter them all.’

How far would you go for fame? We like the look of Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch’s STARRY EYES. ‘Determined to make it as an actress in Hollywood, Sarah Walker (Alexandra Essoe) spends her days working a dead-end job, enduring petty friendships, and going on countless casting calls in hopes of catching her big break. After a series of strange auditions, Sarah lands the leading role in a new film from a mysterious production company. But with this opportunity comes bizarre ramifications that will transform her both mentally and physically into something beautiful… and altogether terrifying.’

I’m sure there are plenty of people who enjoyed Darren Lynn Bousman’s THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL. Personally I thought it was awful. Here’s a first look at the sequel, THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL: ALLELUIA.

We close, as is our wont, with a red band offering, which means those of you at work may want to bow out early. Director Sion Sono asks WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL? ‘Two men, Muto (Kunimura) and Ikegami (Tsutsumi), hate each other. Muto desperately wants to help his daughter star in a movie. Meanwhile, Ikegami falls in love with her, knowing that she’s the daughter of his foe. Hirata, a filmmaker, and Koji, a young movie-lover, get dragged into this complicated situation that heads into an unexpected direction.’

Until next week!

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