Random Acts of Horror: Hatchet III, Goosebumps and You’re Next

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, nerds of all ages! Today, I am happy to bring to you the very first Random Acts of Horror, a new series that gives you the run-down of all things happening in the world of horror films. I’m sure that I’m not the only comic book lover that enjoys a good scare every once in a while…right? In this series, I’ll be bringing you the latest trailers, posters and news stories that are specific to the horror genre, and not just the main-stream movies from the big studios, as a lot of fans know, some of the best horror movies out there are smaller budget films where creativity runs wild and the suits don’t get in the way. So, let’s get this blood bath flowing, shall we?

Hatchet III

First up, the third film in the Hatchet franchise has been given a release date of June 14th, according to Bloody-Disgusting. The movie, aptly titled Hatchet III, comes to us from MPI/Dark Sky Films. This will be a limited release, so those not in LA or NY may have to do a bit of traveling to see it in theaters. BJ McDonnell, who managed both A and B camera operations or films like Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Adam Green’s first two Hatchet films has stepped into the director role for the third outing. The film stars Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder, who return from previous films, as well as Zach Galligan of Gremlins fame, Derek Mears, Caroline Williams and Sean Williams, all of whom have a horror film history. Check out the first teaser trailer below.

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Goosebumps

goosebumps_00038804Going back Many moons to when I was a young little geek, I remember in elementary school coming across a series of books that helped mold my little impressionable mind into loving horror anything: Goosebumps. This series of books is hugely popular among the younger crowd, and has been for many years. Goosebumps has scared up sales for Scholastic that can only be trumped by the famed Harry Potter series. A film has been discussed and tossed around for a while now, but it can be confirmed, via Deadline, that Sony Pictures has brought on Rob Letterman to helm the feature film. Letterman has quite an impressive resume, including Monsters vs Aliens, Gulliver’s Travels and Shark Tale. He’s also done some script work for The Disappeared for Jason Bateman’s Aggregate banner and Paranormalists for Brian Grazer. No word on a story line or plots just yet.

As I mentioned earlier, R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series has been hugely successful, consisting of 50 books to date. Stine recently published a 12-book series, Goosbumps in HorrorLand, with Scholastic hoping to launch a video game based on the series later this year. The Goosebumps series is known for paying homage to horror classics from years past, such as Night of the Living Dead and Invasion of the Body Snatchers and has even been know to toss in a nice twist ending in the vein of The Twilight Zone.

You’re Next

One of the ore anticipated horror films of 2013 is Lionsgate’s You’re Next. The film has been received extremely well in many venues, including the Toronto Film Festival, and more recently, the SXSW Film Festival in Austin. You’d be hard-pressed to find a negative review of this new film. Adam Wingard is serving as director of the movie, with Simon Barrett behind the script. The duo is most known for A Horrible Way to Die  the popular V/H/S and its forthcoming sequel. You’re Next is rounded off by an impressive cast that is filled with actors that should be familiar to horror fans: Sharni Vinson, Nick Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ, Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West and Calvin Reeder.

Recently, three new poster were released (via Bloody-Disgusting, Collider and ShockTillYouDrop) showing off the animal side of things. The film centers around a family gathering that results in a brutal hunt. The family is systematically brutalized, but one of them has a secret talent for fighting back. We are hoping for a trailer on March 28th and the film will open in August. In the mean time, check out the posters below.

Stitches

stitches2dA film genre that has really taken off in recent years is the horror-comedy. Films like Shaun of the Dead, Zombieland and Dead Snow have not only won acclaim among critics, but fans have been eating them up…so to speak. The latest film, coming out of the UK is Stitches, starring renowned British comedian Ross Noble. The film will be opening in select cities on April first and for those not lucky enough to catch it there, it will arrive on VOD, Blu-Rya, DVD and digital download on April second from MPI/Dark Sky Films. Here’s the official synopsis:

Years after a cruel kids’ prank during a birthday party for 8-year-old Tommy (Tommy Knight, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures) left hired clown Richard “Stitches” Grindle (Ross Noble) dead on the kitchen floor, the childhood friends gather to plan a birthday bash to end all bashes. But they haven’t counted on the degenerate jester rising from the grave to seek vengeance on the children who mocked him and caused his grisly, untimely end. Now Tommy and his teenage friends are on the run from an undead jokester who’s ready to use every trick in the book (and many that aren’t) to exact his revenge. McMahon delivers a delirious slasher epic, a hilariously twisted and blood-soaked tale of one very bad clown with a talent for making balloon animals – but with one very hideous difference.

Bloody-Disgusting was lucky enough to receive a new Red Band trailer for what looks to be a hilariously vicious film that will rival some of the best horror-comedies out there. Keep in mind, this is a RED BAND TRAILER and is not for the younger eyes. You must be of the proper age to view it as it is filled with potty words, blood and gore, and a bit of the sex.

This is the first of many Random Acts of Horror articles to hit, so be sure to stay tuned for more. As always, I’m open to suggestions or questions, so please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected] I look forward to bringing you the latest and greatest in horror movie news!

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