‘Ouija Japan’ Summons Greatness but is Cursed with Being Decent

Something that has always fascinated me in horror movies is that through the sheer bombastic embrace of all things repulsive in society, it can often be the best mirror image society has of itself. Whether it be through nightmare dream logic, campy visual stylization, or an over abundance of gore, when you strip the horror genre to its core there is a meaning behind the madness.

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The Haunting History of Vampires and Blackness is Captured in ‘Black as Night’

In the film Black as Night, screenwriter Sherman Payne pens a haunting and alluring tale of vampires and their victims through a lens not much often looked through. Crafting a story that centers Shawna, a 15-year-old African American woman, as she battles vampires in a modern day New Orleans against a backdrop of not only the history of Hurricane Katrina but also the generational and systemic trauma of being Black in America. 

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Three New Cast Members Added to ‘Evil Dead Rise’

Last month, we reported that horror icons Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell were reteaming to bring back the next installment in the Evil Dead franchise, entitled Evil Dead Rise. Today production is starting soon for this sequel to the seminal horror trilogy, and it has added three new cast members to the Lee Cronin directed project.

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Watch the Official Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Fear Street’ Trilogy

The new horror film trilogy hits Netflix in July and now we officially have a trailer! Fear Street Part 1: 1994 releases globally on July 2, Fear Street Part 2: 1978 on July 9, and Fear Street Part 3: 1666 on July 16.

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After 40 Years, The ‘Evil Dead Rise’ Again

Today, New Line Cinema announced that after 40 years away, the Evil Dead are making their triumphant return to the studio that brought them to life, for a new film in the beloved series, entitled Evil Dead Rise! Franchise creators, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell are officially reuniting with the studio after briefly working with various companies for other installments in the franchise, such as Sony Pictures for the 2013 remake starring Jane Levy (which honestly wasn’t bad), and Lionsgate and Starz for the supremely underrated, amazing gorefest that was the Ash Vs. Evil Dead series from 2015-2018. Tapert will be serving as the producer for the film, with Raimi and Campbell serving as executive producers.

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‘Army of the Dead’ Actor/Stuntman, Les Price

Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another interview! I recently sat down for a conversation with an Actor/Stuntman friend of mine, Les Price, who recently played a zombie in the Army of the Dead that faces off with Dave Bautista! Army of the Dead is now available in Select Theaters and will be on Netflix this Friday, May 21!

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NOC Review: A Worthy Return to ‘A Quiet Place’

As I came up with the title for this review, I got emotional. It’s been a long, difficult time for me not being able to enjoy a film in a darkened theater. You see, film is my second passion (behind superhero comic books of course), and while going to the cinema is an absolutely necessary sacrifice in the name of public health and safety, I can’t deny I’ve missed it. And A Quiet Place Part II represents the first film I’ve seen in a theater since March of 2020.

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NOC Exclusive Interview: ‘Army of the Dead’ Stars: Omari Hardwick and Matthias Schweighöfer

Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another NOC EXCLUSIVE! I recently sat down for a conversation with a pair of the stars of Army of the Dead: Actors, Omari Hardwick and Matthias Schweighöfer! Army of the Dead hits Select Theaters May 14 and will be on Netflix May 21!

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NOC Exclusive Interview: ‘Army of the Dead’ Writer/Director: Zack Snyder

Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another NOC EXCLUSIVE! I recently sat down for a conversation with the Writer/Director of Army of the Dead: Zack Snyder! Army of the Dead hits Select Theaters May 14 and will be on Netflix May 21!

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NOC Exclusive Interview: ‘Army of the Dead’ Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Nora Arnezeder, Tig Notaro and Ella Purnell

Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another NOC EXCLUSIVE! I recently sat down for a conversation with some of the amazing stars of Army of the DeadAna de la Reguera, Nora Arnezeder, Tig Notaro and Ella PurnellArmy of the Dead hits Select Theaters May 14th and will be on Netflix May 21st!

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NOC Exclusive Interview: ‘Army of the Dead’ Star, Dave Bautista

Heyyy! It’s Kuya P back again with another NOC EXCLUSIVE! I recently sat down for a conversation with the star of Army of the DeadDave BautistaArmy of the Dead hits Select Theaters May 14 and will be on Netflix May 21!

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NOC Interview: Holland Roden Discusses All Things ‘Mayans M.C.’ on FX

Holland Roden just joined the Mayans M.C. world as Erin Thomas, which airs new episodes on Tuesday nights at 10p ET/PT on FX. The actress is best known for her role in Teen Wolf and recently starred in the thrilling film, No Escape. Each new episode of Mayans M.C. is available to stream the next day through FX on Hulu.

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‘Ballers’ Star London Brown Talks ‘Tales from the Hood 3’ and His Dream Role

The newest chapter of the groundbreaking cult classic film Tales from the Hood, SYFY’s Tales from the Hood 3, premiering on October 17, marks the third anthology that continues the tradition from the original film in 1995. As the newest chapter of the cult classic, the franchise will include four brand-new tales exploring cultural relevant topics related to today’s world.

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A Howlin’ Virtual Time at the 2020 HorrorHound Festival

We’re back with another horror film festival that’s coming to a monitor near you (which shouldn’t be pretty far as we continue the #PandemicLife), this time with the folks at HorrorHound, one of the most popular horror/genre conventions & film festival dual combos in the United States! And yes, once again, our Make A Wish short film starring Josephine Chang and yours truly will be playing at this festival. But first, an official press release statement from HorrorHound itself so you can know the full extent of how in-depth this event will go as it is not a typical film festival:

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‘Alive’ Is a Banger of a Zombie Movie You Didn’t Know You Needed

I am a stickler for zombie films. I just try to do right by George A. Romero, rest his soul. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead, as well as Zack Snyder’s remake, hold an incredibly important place in my zombie infested heart. I think a filmmaker who endeavors to shoot a zombie flick is only as good as the fear they can induce with scenes shot during the day. Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later should be at the top of all of our lists for the kind of anxiety inducing scenes Cillian Murphy so masterfully carried us through.

Many would like to think our best and bloodiest days (dead days, that is) are far behind us, but South Korean directors Yeon Sang-ho and Il Cho would seriously like a word with you. In 2016, Train to Busan became an instant hit, seemingly coming out of left field, and the public’s appetite for Yeon’s kind of horror-inducing drama that came with it was insatiable. It would be a handful of years later that Netflix bingers would be treated to another unexpected gem in Cho’s feature-length directorial debut, Alive.

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A Bloody Virtual Good Time at the 2020 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival

With the pandemic still very much interwoven into our lives, so has it affected film festivals around the world as they had to adapt quickly and either convert their screenings to drive-in theaters or go completely virtual. And for folks like myself and my fellow NOC writing & real life partner, Josephine Chang, our timing couldn’t be any worse as our short film Make A Wish started its festival circuit run right when the U.S. shutdowns occurred in March (or at least it did for us Californian folks at that time).

But we’ve been very fortunate to be accepted by so many wonderful genre/horror film festivals that took a chance with our fun little project. And along the way, one in particular stood out and it is here that I want to bring a special spotlight to a horror film festival that’s coming up virtually on September 1 and running till September 7th (available only for the West Coast and South West United States areas as it is geolocked). That festival is the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival which is located in Santa Ana, California.

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The Middle Geeks Episode 6: Under the Shadow, Spooky Season in Iran

It’s still Spooky Season here on The Middle Geeks! In our slightly belated Halloween special, we have our first guest! Our friend Roxana joins us to discuss one of her favorite horror films, Babak Anvari‘s Under the Shadow, which is set during the Iran-Iraq war. Join us as we discuss what we enjoyed about this supernatural horror and drama film, and how Anvari masterfully uses the experience of being Iranian to drive the narrative. We also discuss our thoughts and concerns on what is happening in the Middle East region today and discuss the latest Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker trailer.

(We start our Under the Shadow discussion at the 27:41 mark.)

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Losers Stick Together: An Interview with ‘IT’ Stars Chosen Jacobs and Isaiah Mustafa

It’s not often on this site that we are treated to a doubles interviews — even less so when the two people we are interviewing happen to be playing the same character. However we were fortunate enough to fly over to Derry, Maine to visit the hometown of the Loser’s Club, and sit down with IT: Chapter Two stars Chosen Jacobs and Isaiah Mustafa. Thankfully, no evil clowns popped up in the middle of this one!

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Bringing ‘Annabelle’ Home with Director Gary Dauberman

It’s been a long journey for America’s favorite possessed doll, but after 6 years and 5 movies, Annabelle is finally coming home, courtesy of director Gary Dauberman. While the rise and creation of The Conjuring universe has been rightfully attributed to mastermind, James Wan, arguably Dauberman’s work has had just as great an impact on this franchise. Dauberman’s first script in this universe was the first Annabelle, and he’s stayed with the franchise ever since, penning Annabelle: CreationThe Nun, and now Annabelle Comes Home.

However unlike his previous experiences, it’s now his turn to take the reins, as Annabelle Comes Home serves as Dauberman’s directorial debut.  In honor of the highly anticipated horror sequel’s release this week, the Nerds of Color had a chance to sit with Dauberman, and discuss the process of directing, conjuring up scares, and the notion of sisterhood within the horror genre. Here’s what he had to say:

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Survivors: Black Men in Horror Films

Since it’s Halloween, many of us Nerds have horror movies on the brain, especially me.

I fondly remember being about 8-years-old and watching horror classics like The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Despite countless nightmares and near bed-wetting experiences, I continued to want to be scared because I fell in love with the genre. There was such diversity in the types of horror films I could watch, from ghost stories like Poltergeist and psychological thrillers like The Shining, to slasher flicks like A Nightmare on Elm Street and vampire-themed classics like The Lost Boys. My favorite films were B-movie cult classics like The Evil Dead trilogy, which combined comedy, zombies, and the supernatural all into one. But scary sci-fi gore fests like Alien weren’t too far behind either.

Although there was much diversity in the types of horror films that I watched, there wasn’t a lot of diversity in the cast of characters that populated these films. All of the movies mentioned above feature a cast of mainly white characters and families. As a half-Korean fan of horror, I always longed to see more characters of color play significant roles in American horror movies. Of course there are plenty of Asian horror films, but I honestly can’t remember any Asian characters in mainstream American horror films of the last three decades — which is why we love Steve Yeun so much around NOC HQ.

And while you might find the occasional black character attending camp or staying in a cabin in the woods, black men were usually the first to get sliced, diced, or axed in a slasher flick, as evidenced by Bao‘s “Not Gonna Make It” collection, posted yesterday.

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