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Deliver Us From Evil offers a few weak chills

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Just in time for Halloween, the old school horror flick ‘Deliver Us From Evil’ arrives on home video. Is it scary enough to send chills down your spine?

 

It’s that time of year when movie fans like to pull out a classic horror film or check out something new in the genre. Times have changed over the years when it comes to horror. Before John Carpenter’s classic Halloween hit the big screen and spawned a slew of imitators that focused more on blood and gore than pure horror, scary movies were more about the supernatural. There was a spate of Devil movies in the 70s after the success of The Exorcist, and before that it was mostly monsters and ghosts that came out to spook audiences.

Recently, horror movies have moved away from blood and gore (for better or worse, mostly because of studio imposed PG-13 ratings) for more supernatural spookiness with films like the Insidious movies, The Conjuring, Annabelle and Ouija, and the July release of the 70s throwback Deliver Us From Evil, now available on home video.

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Oct
29

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The 100 finds mystery babies and rebellious youth

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‘The 100”s second episode back packs the same wallop as the premiere, but it is hard to look at the Jaha storyline as a bit of a stumble.

 

Jason Rothenberg and the rest of The 100’s production team spent the entire summer dancing around questions about the fate of the myriad characters last season’s finale left in significant danger. Isaiah Washington, who plays Chancellor Jaha, was even more dodgy (remember the beginning of this video?). Last week’s premiere cleared up the disposition of Bellamy, Finn and Raven – to an extent – but this week covered the last man in space.

Unfortunately, I found the Jaha storyline to be a rare misstep by the writing team. It was obvious early on that the infant was a hallucination brought on by oxygen deprivation. Hell, even in the final scene last week Wells’ picture was up on his father’s monitor as we first heard the baby’s cries. It was a weak way to move Jaha beyond his “the captain goes down with the ship” mentality, and motivate him to finding a way to get down to the planet. Continue reading 'The 100 finds mystery babies and rebellious youth' »

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Oct
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Win an iTunes gift card for The Devil’s Hand

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You can win a digital copy of the new horror film ‘The Devil’s Hand’ starring Jennifer Carpenter and Rufus Sewell. Read on to find out how to enter the contest.

 

The new horror film The Devil’s Hand is now available on VOD, and you can win your very own digital copy from iTunes! Just leave a comment on this post and you will be entered into the drawing for a $15 iTunes gift card. See contest rules after the jump.

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Get more information about the movie with The Devil’s Hand blog app, and download the Prophecy Party Player’s Guide to see who can survive!

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Oct
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Win a digital copy of The Blair Witch Project

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Relive the horror of ‘The Blair Witch Project.’ Find out how you could win a free digital copy.

 

CliqueClack and Lionsgate want to award one lucky winner a digital copy of the horror classic The Blair Witch Project. Experience the #LionsgateHorror Blog App and then tell us what your favorite Lionsgate horror movie is in the comment section below.

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You can share the app with your friends by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter buttons. Be sure to tag #LionsgateHorror and @CliqueClack.

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Oct
24

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Ouija is fun but not very scary

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Is a spirit board a simple plaything or a tool of the Devil? The new film ‘Ouija’ shows us that it’s definitely not a toy.

 

Over the past few years, we’ve seen movies based on toys and games, most notably the Transformers series and Battleship. There are movies in the works based on the classic board games Monopoly and Candyland as well. Just in time for Halloween, the newest game-to-movie production debuts as Ouija comes to the big screen.

Depending on your personal beliefs, the Ouija board is either just a game or a tool of the Devil used to open a portal to a demonic world. The movie capitalizes on these beliefs that playing with a Ouija board will only lead to bad things.

In Ouija, we meet two best friends as children playing with a Ouija board. As teenagers, one of the girls, Debbie, disobeys the cardinal rule of not playing with the board alone. Next thing you know, Debbie hangs herself but no one can believe that she actually killed herself. Her friend Laine (Bates Motel‘s Olivia Cooke) thinks the only way to get closure is to gather Debbie’s closest friends and contact her with the Ouija board. Contact is made, but is it Debbie or something pretending to be Debbie?

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Oct
23

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Download free passes for a Los Angeles screening of Beyond the Lights

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Be the first to see the new musical drama ‘Beyond the Lights’ in Los Angeles. Read on to find out how to download a pair of free passes.

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Relativity Media to offer readers in Los Angeles an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new musical drama Beyond the Lights starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Colson “MGK” Baker, and Danny Glover.

Beyond the Lights is the story of Noni, the music world’s latest superstar. But not all is what it seems, and the pressures of fame have Noni on the edge — until she meets Kaz Nicol, a young cop and aspiring politician who’s been assigned to her detail. Drawn to each other, Noni and Kaz fall fast and hard, despite the protests of those around them who urge them to put their career ambitions ahead of their romance. But it is ultimately Kaz’s love that gives Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be.

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Oct
23

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Download free passes for the Los Angeles screening of Before I Go To Sleep

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Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong star in the new thriller ‘Before I Go To Sleep,’ and you can get free passes to the Los Angeles advance screening. Find out how!

 

CliqueClack has partnered with Clarius Entertainment to offer readers in Los Angeles an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong.

A taut thriller based on the worldwide best-selling novel by S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep is the story of a woman (Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life — as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Strong) and even her husband (Firth).

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Oct
23

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1931’s Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde is startling, distressing stuff

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This classic Throwback Thursday film is one of the most sinister and alarming of Hollywood’s pre-code era.

 

As a kid, I had nothing but love for old monster movies.

The Universal gang, Frankenstein, Dracula, The Creature From The Black Lagoon. The cheesecake gigantic atomic monstrosities. War Of The Gargantuas. Godzilla and his kaiju clan.

I collected and built all the Aurora horror model kits. (Not the Polar Lights remakes, the original, one and only Aurora kits with their glow-in-the-dark features and meticulous need for attention.) I still have all of them.

And I reveled in the bevy of publications of my youth, from comics (Werewolf By Night, Man-Thing, Monsters Unleashed) to black and white magazines (Famous Monsters Of Filmland) and right on into the “vogue” newspapers (The Monster Times).

I’m glad I didn’t see this film as a kid.

Interestingly, of all the films and media I devoured back in the day — something I continue soak up and revisit as time allows — I never got around to reading Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde nor did I get any of the many films tucked beneath my belt. I really don’t have a good reason. It just might be it was one of the lesser films I figured I’d get to eventually. In hindsight I don’t remember it being as readily viewable as other horror flicks, a reasonable excuse I’m comfortable in stating that’s the most likely cause.

Regardless, I recently was able to wrangle a viewing of Fredric March’s Oscar-winning performance during a rather recent Turner Classic Movie pre-code Friday night.

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Oct
22

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The 100 season premiere reminds us how crazy this show is

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CW’s ‘The 100′ first season was full of jaw-dropping, WTF moments. If the second season premiere is any indication, fans are in for a heck of a ride.

 

Previously on The 100: What. The. Fudge. Critics can talk about Scandal, they can talk about The Walking Dead, or they can talk about a host of other much-hyped shows that provides shocking twists and turns, but for my money, The 100 has them all beat.

I was describing the show to a friend this summer, trying to explain how the show kept ramping up the action. I told her there was a big shocking moment at the end of the pilot that left audiences jaw-dropped. Then Clarke topped it at the end of episode two. Then Charlotte topped it once and then once again in the following episodes. There’s nothing like The 100 on television anywhere, and I’m damn glad the show is back.

I talked to the cast and crew at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, and I was particularly struck by something showrunner Jason Rothenberg said. The full quote is in the video below, but he basically didn’t think that the show deserved its reputation for killing off characters; other than Wells, none of the characters killed was portrayed as a regular character. Rothenberg implied that since the show received that reputation, they were going to attempt to live up to it in season two. Boys and girls, if that statement does not scare you, you are not paying close enough attention. There’s an influx of characters on the ground with the return of the Ark, the Mountain Men (People?) and more Grounders. More characters to track makes it considerably easier to chop off a couple here or there as the story allows. Continue reading 'The 100 season premiere reminds us how crazy this show is' »

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Oct
22

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Win passes to see Nightcrawler in Cleveland, Boston, DC or L.A.

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Be the first in Los Angeles to see the new thriller ‘Nightcrawler.’ Find out how you can win a pair of passes to a special advance screening.

 

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CliqueClack has partnered with Open Road Films to offer readers in Los Angeles, Cleveland, Boston and Washington DC an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the new thriller Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and Bill Paxton.

Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

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