Since new horror anthology V/H/S premiered at Sundance, fans of terror cinema and multi-story chillers have been anxious to see more of the found footage collection. Directors like The House of the Devil’s Ti West and Adam Wingard (You’re Next) are featured in the tale about a group of misfits who are hired by a mysterious client to recover a VHS tape from an abandoned house. Once there, they uncover disturbing footage amongst a massive collection of tapes, disrupting their mission in unsettling ways. Last week the movie’s creepy poster premiered, and now Slash Film has shared a red band trailer for the film that gave us some serious chills.
With nerves officially rattled, we wanted to keep the momentum going and decided to dig up a few of the all-time scariest movie trailers. Some of these films may be familiar to you, but these unnerving trailers (several of them rare) probably aren’t the clips you’ve seen dozens of times before. Other films may be new to you, and hopefully these excerpts will entice you to seek them out for a good scare. Watch them all after the break, and confess your fears below.
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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and while you’re hurriedly evaluating his taste in cologne and neck ties for a last minute gift (hopefully not, because we have a list of better presents he’d prefer over here), take a break with us for a look back at some fantastic film fathers. The 1980s was a great decade for dads who ranged from classic Cliff Huxtable types to more angsty and outrageous patriarchs. We’ve categorized them in a handy taxonomy past the break. See if you can figure out where your pops might fall on the list before sending off that Father’s Day card, and chime in with your own suggestions below.
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Today at Flavorpill, we melted from the cuteness of these animal yoga poses. We found out what the best cities for hipsters are. We noted that French Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande is using Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Ni**as In Paris” for his new ad. We watched The Fresh… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we got blinded by the bling on these wrists. We discovered DogTV. We watched a bizarre crustacean-meets-tampon Earth Day moment. We remembered Dick Clark. We met nine movie characters we suspected were stoners. We found out how to turn a rubber band into… Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we ogled this 150-carat, all-diamond ring (yes, even the band). We wondered if this Justin Bieber Keytar ad was real, or just a living nightmare. We watched John Stamos kiss a dude for charity. We went disco dancing with Rita Hayworth. We were hypnotized by this … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we learned eight things we didn’t know about Mardi Gras. We traveled back to the ’90s with these photos that perfectly (and hilariously) capture the decade. We went “pun hunting” at the grocery store with Pleated Jeans. We loved this snowy photo of Stanley Kubrick… Read More
One of our most anticipated titles at this year’s Sundance Film Festival (oh, yeah, did we mention we’ll be at the Sundance Film Festival? Because we totes will) is Room 237, a new documentary by Rodney Ascher about the obsessive fans of The Shining. According to Entertainment Weekly, one of them posits an intriguing two-part conspiracy theory. First, he holds that Kubrick “directed” the faked Apollo moon landings while shooting 2001 — itself a mere cover for his bigger job. (This one’s been floating around for years — hell, it inspired its own “mockumentary,” Dark Side of the Moon.) But here’s the kicker: the fan also contends that, since Kubrick would have faced dire consequences if he ever revealed his involvement in the moon landing, he instead smuggled clues into The Shining, using his Stephen King adaptation as a giant coded message to tell the world about the ruse.
“It’s a film-nerd love-fest,” according to Sundance programmer Trevor Groth. “These obsessive people dissect The Shining, and they’ve watched it thousands of times, all finding their own coded meaning and language in it.” Reading about Room 237, and salivating for it, got us thinking about some of our other favorite “film-nerd love-fests”; after the jump, we’ve compiled ten of our favorite documentaries about famous films.
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Most fans of Hitchcock’s 1963 avian frightfest The Birds are familiar with the filmmaker’s nod to a 1952 short story of the same name, written by British author Daphne du Maurier. The director modeled his aerial terror after Du Maurier’s tale about a community in England that find themselves under attack by massive flocks of seabirds. Hitchcock’s story takes place in California, which happens to be the site of a similar real-life event that also inspired the auteur’s famous film.
A group of scientists recently solved the unusual mystery behind a 1961 incident, in which disoriented seabirds crashed into houses — suicide-style — across California’s Monterey Bay. It appears that the birds ingested toxic algae (thanks to the area’s leaky septic tanks), which caused confusion, seizures, and death. Hitch studied the poisonous headlines for his thriller, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Since life is usually far more frightening than fiction (just look at the potential presidential candidates), we decided to dig into several other real-life stories behind scary movies past the break. Leave us your own picks below.
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What’s that? You wanted to see pictures of a cute baby acting out various scenes in classic films? We can deliver. Over the course of several months, baby Arthur has been modeling for his mom, Emily Cleaver, who recreates scenes from well-known movies like Jaws, The Seventh Seal, and more. Some of the photos could be happy accidents, but most find Arthur sporting a tiny prop or costume that makes it all work. Click past the break to see more ridiculously cute photos.
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Have you ever wished for the tangible thrill of Hitchock’s Psycho set? Or the haunting chill of The Amityville Horror house? When it comes to our favorite frightening flicks, gruesome possibilities lurk in every shadow and creep around every corner — so, how cool would it be to see these shadows and corners with our very own eyes? And maybe even get a visit from Norman Bates in the process? Check out some accessible horror houses after the jump, and plan your next road trip (or Google Maps binge) accordingly.
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