Under The Skin (118)

Published on Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas is coming. Festive TV ads have been unveiled, Christmas singles have been released, and seasonal shopping is going into overdrive. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the horror genre is slipping into its usual winter hibernation. The heady days of Halloween already seem like a very long time ago. Be it feast or famine, here at Under The Skin you’ll find all the week’s new horror trailers – just don’t get your hopes up in the weeks leading up to Christmas… We start (and almost end) with a new trailer for Tom Harper’s Hammer sequel THE WOMAN IN BLACK 2: ANGEL OF DEATH, which is released early 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.’

This is what we’ve been reduced to this week – a PG-13 family fantasy about witches. At least Sergei Bodrov’s SEVENTH SON has dragons in it... ‘In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory.

In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.’

This is more like it. Andrew Spencer’s THE CASEBOOK OF EDDIE BREWER looks nothing short of awesome! Seek it out early next year. ‘Something is calling.  One man is listening.

A matter of belief becomes a question of survival as a TV documentary film crew follows old-school paranormal investigator Eddie Brewer (Ian Brooker) as he researches two disturbing and baffling cases:  a suburban home where a neurotic mother is convinced something malevolent has attached itself to her ten year old daughter; and The Rookery House, a dilapidated Eighteenth Century building with strange noises and unexplained phenomenon coming from the cellar.  Facing the greatest challenges of his life, Eddie confronts the source of these paranormal manifestations during an all night vigil at the old house.  What began as a mocking expose of his work becomes a terrifying battle between reason and the paranormal.'

And that’s it! Shortest. Under The Skin. Ever. Let’s hope next week is better...

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