Under The Skin (122)

Published on Monday, January 26, 2015

It seems like forever since the last Under The Skin, the internet’s premier source for new horror trailers. While it’s true that here at LaptopZombie Dungeons we don’t have as much time on our hands as we used to, we’re still dedicated to bringing you all the latest developments in the world of horror entertainment. We’ve got a packed itinerary, so let’s dive right in with Rob Hall’s FEAR CLINIC, which is released 10 February. ‘The highly anticipated shocker stars horror icon Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, Fiona Dourif, Angelina Armani, and Thomas Dekker as well as Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor in his acting debut. It is directed by Robert G. Hall (Lightning Bug, Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest II).

With blood-chilling special effects by award-winning FX creators Robert Kurtzman and Steve Johnson, Fear Clinic will take viewers on an unforgettable journey into the very soul of terror itself. SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray and $22.98 for the DVD.

Co-written by Hall and Aaron Drane, the film is based on the critically acclaimed and fan favorite 2009 FEARnet.com series. When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.

Dr. Andover (Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his “Fear Chamber” to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination…’

If for no other reason than the title, we can’t wait for James O’Connell’s BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS! ‘An OFFICE SPACE meets SHAUN OF THE DEAD action-packed vampire comedy, BLOODSUCKINGBASTARDS stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his officemates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.’

Who’s in the mood for a little undead action? First up we have ZOMBIE KILLERS: ELEPHANT’S GRAVEYARD, released 3 February. ‘The rural town of Elwood has always been a “bubble” against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die; instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way. Those who escape must survive—by any means necessary. But at what price?’

Video game adaptations aren’t always shit, right? Right? Here’s DEAD RISING: WATCHTOWER. ‘As in the video game, Dead Rising: Watchtower is set during a zombie apocalypse. When a mandatory government vaccine fails, a group of survivors must evade infection while hunting down the root of the epidemic, which leads back to a government conspiracy.’

Zombies with a difference now, in David Gelb’s THE LAZARUS EFFECT. Catch it in cinemas 27 February.

Can you imagine anything more terrifying than a horror/thriller called GOODNIGHT MOMMY that stars real-life twin boys? Creepy! Here’s the international trailer. ‘10-year-old twins wait for their mother. When she returns with her head wrapped in bandages after surgery, nothing is as it was before. Stern and distant now, she shuts the family off from the outside world. Starting to doubt that this woman is actually their mother, the boys are determined to find the truth by any means.’

Another international trailer now – it’s Will Canon’s DEMONIC.

Yet another horror/thriller, in the form of Leo Gabriadze’s UNFRIENDED. It’s in cinemas 17 April. ‘While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something from beyond this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, Unfriended redefines found footage for a new generation of teens.’

You’ve got to love a film called THREE TEARS ON BLOODSTAINED FLESH! ‘From writer/director Jakob Bilinski, THREE TEARS ON BLOODSTAINED FLESH is a modern, Midwesternized spin on the Giallo. This is the tale of Dominic, a man with a dark past who returns to the small town he’s long since abandoned to bury his niece, Lexie, who has recently passed.

Dragging his troubled daughter along with him, he simultaneously reunites with his estranged sister and reignites a past rivalry with the corrupt town sheriff, Rex Drisko. Convinced that there is more behind Lexie’s death than is being said, Dominic begins digging around the town, probing its strange inhabitants. In the process he unearths his own demons and uncovers the town’s dark secrets, which include a mysterious cult, a supernatural curse, a masked killer, and a very high body count. Everyone is both a suspect and potential victim, and only one thing is for sure: The Earth will be stained red before Dominic uncovers the truth.’

We’re including this one just because we love dinosaurs. Before JURASSIC WORLD, prepare yourself for the slightly lower-budget JURASSIC CITY. Look for it 3 February. ‘When a top-secret laboratory is unexpectedly breached, thousands of rampaging raptors are unleashed on Los Angeles! A black-ops unit is mobilized to contain the creatures before they cause city-wide chaos. Simultaneously, a truckload of raptors is rerouted to a nearby prison. Upon their escape, these ferocious flesh-eaters are beyond containment. This is Jurassic judgment night for smoking hot sorority girls, sinister scientists, muscle-bound military and doomed death-row inmates! It’s about to get bloody in Jurassic City!’

There’s nothing we love more than innovative low-budget films from interesting new directors, which is why James Twyman’s LEAD ME TO THE DARK looks so interesting. ‘James Twyman Media and Greenway Entertainment are proud to announce the release of the first full trailer for a brand new, micro budget feature horror film LEAD ME TO THE DARK.

The film (directed by award-winning short filmmaker James Twyman on just £3,000) follows Amy Cole, an investigative reporter whose daughter is struck by a terminal illness. Not content to let her daughter die, she searches for something that can save Lily’s life. That is when she stumbles across the cold and terrifying world of the vampire. They agree to help, but at a high cost.

“I’m incredibly proud of my team, who have worked tirelessly and with unwavering passion to help me make this film,” James said about the making LMTD. “Without these incredible people, my dream of making my first feature film simply would not have been possible.”

The film stars Joanna Pickering, Maeve Kelly, Philip Scott-Shurety, Sarah De-Lisle Wells, and Garth Maunders and will be released in October 2015.’

I like the sound of writer/director Chris Sparling’s THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, which is out now on DVD: ‘Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities – E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied – soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility.

The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the clearer it became that her abilities were the manifestation of evil forces within her, prompting the government to take measures to weaponize this force. But they soon discovered there are powers that exist in this world that simply cannot be controlled. Now the details of the inexplicable events that occurred within The Atticus Institute are being made public after remaining classified for nearly forty years.’

We end with a red band offering, Massimiliano Cerchi’s THE HOUSE OF EVIL. Since the trailer mainly consists of a woman having her naked breast groped by a demon, those of you at work might want to give it a miss. The rest of you, enjoy! ‘We are pleased to announce the release of the new R-rated trailer for Massimiliano (Max) Cerchi’s new film.  THE HOUSE OF EVIL is about a couple who buy a beautiful house only to find out that their new home is a portal to Hell… and, literally, all Hell will break loose. The story is a throwback to 80’s horror films and is a mix between Poltergeist and Hellraiser with lots of practical special effects and not as much CGI.

The prosthetic designs were done by CFX, the same company that was behind the effects for Wolverine and 2 Guns. “There are three different demons throughout the movie, and each character is a new horror icon in my opinion,” says Cerchi.

The movie stars Jeff Kim and Stephanie Van Rijn as the two leads; Bill Pacer as Zoltar, a psychic who is sent to help the young couple; and Dawna Lee Heising as the real estate agent.’

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