Everything Wants To Kill You: Which Of These New Horror Movies Gets Your Blood Spurting?
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Everything Wants To Kill You: Which Of These New Horror Movies Gets Your Blood Spurting?

By TK | Trailers | November 1, 2012 | Comments ()


I'm a sucker for both of these genres, even though I frequently end up being let down. But there are a couple of under-the-radar horror movies coming out soon, and they deserve a little bit of our time. So let's take a look, shall we?

The first one is The Rift, which has the vaguest of synopses: After radar anomalies start appearing all over the world, strange rifts are starting to form in the sky. There is something hiding behind these rifts. It's moving.

Then again, watch the trailer -- that pretty much nails it. It's written and directed by first-timer Robert Kouba, and it's got some promise to it. I always like the sort of Lovecraftian "monsters from beyond space" stories, and this one flirts with that a little. Unfortunately, with its low budget and no-name cast, I fear we might be destined for another massive disappointment in the vein of Skyline (oy... that movie, I swear). But let's try to think positive. No? OK, fuck it.

The next one comes from Barry Levinson, who has directed some absolutely brilliant pictures, including Good Morning Vietnam, Sleepers, Wag The Dog, and The Natural. But he's had a few clunkers, too. And now he's wading into the found footage genre, hand-in-hand with the producers of the seemingly endless Paranormal Activity franchise. This one is about a government cover-up about infected waters and bugs of some sort and people going all crazy on each other. I dunno, it feels like the reality TV version of Contagion, no?

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  • Jim Slemaker

    Holy crap. Did Barry Levinson invest all his everything with Bernie Madoff or something? Why on earth would he be involved with that sh!tfest?

    Or maybe, just maybe the parasites are a metaphor for what Hollywood does to it's talented people. OK, I'm in.

  • LordTomHulce

    I'm with TK re: The Rift - I think that it shows promise. Lovecraftian themes can be done on a shoestring budget. The movie Dagon had to have been dirt cheap to make, and that was a pretty effective movie. That said, John Cusack's little cousin in the lead and the lightning blaster gun worried me a little.

  • Artemis

    Is it just me, or is the almost-upskirt aspect of that header picture kind of uncomfortable? It looks like Lolita crossed with The Walking Dead.

  • Buck Forty

    Upskirt? Hardly. It's someone bloody slumped in a chair.

  • bbmcrae

    The Rift looks worrisome, though. Not the plot or effects. The acting. Wow. The newscaster sounds so wooden and amateurish. And the shot of the three people looking forward - they're not even looking in the same place. And the sluggish pace of the trailer combined with the Inception soundalike music doesn't bode well. Blowing details like that isn't a good sign.

  • I recall reading a short story not too long ago that seemed to have a lot in common with the basic plotline of The Rift. The world ended, there were zombies, the sky split and things were moving behind it, and a guy hopped in a bicycle to try to find his parents.

    I'm positive I didn't make that up, and I suspect it came out of an anthology from a small press. Probably one of all zombie stories. I seem to recall that the zombies had started gathering together and someone seemed to be witnessing to them.

    I don't know if this movie was created by someone who independently had one similar idea or if it really is connected with the story I read, but if so much of the plot is sticking with me still, there were probably some good ideas in there worth exploring and expanding.
    If I weren't at work and could therefore watch the trailer, I'm sure I'd have the answer.

  • I got a minute into the first trailer and 20 seconds into the second, so I guess I'm Team Rift. The Rift at least has a concept. Those special effects look pretty SyFy original movie in quality. Maybe they'll play better in context.

    The Bay has really bad acting in that trailer. Like, worse than the leads in the first Paranormal Activity bad. The actor playing doctor talking about organs going bye-bye has to be the most disinterested medical professional I've ever seen on film.

  • blacksred

    we will be adding The Bay to our amazon video list.

  • Lauren Mckenzie

    Wow... no one is just the tiniest bit jazzed about seeing The Bay? I thought it looked sufficiently creepy/unique- up until that lame oh-no-they're-in-the-backseat scene.

  • bleujayone

    The trailer for The Rift looked like they lifted some of the effects from Doctor Who. I half expected to see the TARDIS come tumbling out of the rift when I first saw it, with the Doctor stumbling out at the last second, sonic screwdriver ablaze ready to scare the bejezus out of whatever monster came forth.

    As for The Bay....*sigh....I don't know which irritated me more; the "found footage" sub-genre continuing to limp onwards in much the same way "torture porn" did a a little while back, or the fact that much of the scares and plot devices seem very much retreads from other movies and movie cliche. I mean really, a monster is hiding out in the backseat of the car? The only surprise there is that someone has the nerve to think THAT still works. Barry Levinson? Really? Is someone going to fall down and twist their ankle while trying to run for safety too? Are people going to split up so whatever it is can pick them off one by one?

  • Simulacrum 1138

    Yah, this. Looks like a bad indie remake of The Mist.
    And also that. Buy a fucking tripod already.

  • Anonymous

    I'll have to choose The Rift. Even with a low budget, it could be entertaining like Monsters (2010). I'd kill for a good Lovecraft themed movie but it probably will never happen. There is no way a screenwriter could translate the vocabulary used in Lovecrat's works into today's English.

  • Steph

    There isn't much dialogue in Lovecraft's stories anyway, the only characters in most of them are usually:
    1. The narrator, who is a stand in for Lovecraft himself
    2. His best friend who he weirdly idolizes and is dabbling in black magic
    3. Scary foreigners.

  • sherlockzz

    I live for the day someone can do Lovecraft justice.

  • Wembley

    And you still manage to get out of bed in the morning?

  • Luke Anthony Matthews


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