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Netflix Orders Horror Series From Mike Flanagan, Steven Spielberg’s Amblin
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The Haunting of Hill House

Director Mike Flanagan has been a force in the horror genre in the past handful of years, making movies like Oculus, Hush, Absentia, and Ouija: Origin of Evil.

Now Flanagan takes his talent for terror to Netflix for a new horror series. The streaming service has made a 10-episode straight-to-series order for a new adaptation of the classic ghost story The Haunting of Hill House written, directed, and executive produced by Flanagan, and through Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin TV and Paramount TV.

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Movie Review: Ouija: Origin Of Evil
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Ouija: Origin Of Evil
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writers: Mike Flanagan & Jeff Howard
Cast: Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones
Produced By Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Jason Blum, Brian Goldner, Stephen Davis
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release date: October 21, 2016

Ouija: Origin of Evil is co-produced by Blumhouse Productions and is the prequel to the 2014 film Ouija directed by Stiles White. Despite appearing to be a cheesy cash grab, with a no-name group of young good looking actors, the original film netted an impressive $50-plus million on a minuscule $5 million budget, thus guaranteeing the inevitable follow-up (in this case, a prequel). The film was panned critically and received a laughable 7% on Rotten Tomatoes. But then something happened that turned the prospect of enduring a second Ouija film from a chore to a bevy of possibilities. That something, or rather someone, is Mike Flanagan. Flanagan is one of the best unknown horror directors today. His three horror films so far — Absentia (2011), Oculus (2013) and Hush (2016) — all manage to avoid genre cliches, while simultaneously redefining what fans know and expect from horror films. Knowing he was directing this movie made me excited to see it. I cannot believe I am writing this, but… Ouija: Origins Of Evil is not just one of the best horror film of 2016, but may actually be one of the year’s best films overall.

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‘Ouija: Origin Of Evil’ Trailer: Every Evil Game Board Has A Story
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Ouija Origin Of Evil Title Card

Universal Pictures has released the second trailer for Ouija: Origin Of Evil. The film is a sequel to 2014’s Ouija, which is based on the board game of the same name. Starring Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, and Doug Jones, the horror flick will attempt to tell the story of a seance’s new scam involving the haunting board that seems to have taken possession of her young daughter’s body.

Check out the new trailer here below.

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‘Ouija: Origin Of Evil’ Trailer: A Horror Prequel That Could Be Better Than The Original
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Ouija Origin Of Evil Title Card

It’s not as if films based on board games is an entirely new concept. It’s just one that hasn’t worked out really well. But one that seems to have survived is Ouija. In 2014, the first film based on the “spritualistic” board from Hasbro came out and grossed $103.5 million. Not bad considering it was made on a $5 million budget.

So with that kind of performance, you bet they were going to move forward with another movie. Now we are getting our first look at Ouija: Origin of Evil, a prequel to the first film. Check out the teaser below.

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Streaming Review: Hush
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Hush
Written by Mike Flanagan, Kate Siegel
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Starring Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, Emma Graves
Intrepid Pictures
Release Date: Friday, April 8th, 2016

If you’re a horror movie fan, you are constantly on the lookout for something of substance and quality. Sometimes, rarely, one of those films finds their way into the mainstream. Last year it was David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows that took horror fans by storm. Too often though, more than any other genre, horror gets bogged down in cash grab sequels, and pointless tone deaf remakes. When all the theatres can churn out are another Paranormal Activity or Purge film, fans must look to other places. Enter the wonderful streaming universe. This week, I was messaged on Facebook by a fellow horror-nut who recommended Hush, currently streaming on Netflix. When I looked it up and saw who the director was, I quickly grabbed for the remote.

Spoilers below.

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Netflix Streaming Review: Absentia
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Absentia Horror DVD Blu-ray

Absentia
Netflix Streaming | Amazon Instant Video | DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Written by Mike Flanagan
Starring Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine, Justin Gordon, Morgan Peter Brown
Fallback Plan Productions
Run time: 87 minutes
Originally Released: March 3, 2011

A good buddy of mine made a passionate plea on Facebook for someone to watch a particular horror movie currently on Netflix Instant. His plea intrigued me not because of a plot description, nor because of an actor we like; but rather his comment that this horror film was completely cliche-free. In a world where even the biggest grossing horror films are filled to the brims with jump scares, musical cues, and special effects, I am fortunate to find and recommend Mike Flanagan‘s 2011 film, Absentia; or as I am now calling it, the “cure for the modern horror film.”

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‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Reboot On The Way
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I Know What You Did Last Summer

Looking to capitalize on the success of the 1996 horror hit Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer was released in 1997. The movie starred Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe as a group of friends who accidentally hit a man while out for a joyride and try to dispose of the body without telling anyone, only to have someone who claims to know their secret contact them a year later.

Now comes word that a reboot of the movie is in the works at Sony Pictures, and that they’ve hired Oculus writer and director Mike Flanagan and Oculus co-writer Jeff Howard to pen the screenplay.

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Stephen King’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ To Get Movie Treatment From ‘Oculus’ Director
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Another one of the many works of Stephen King is getting a movie adaptation. The author’s 1992 book Gerald’s Game is set to be adapted by Mike Flanagan, who also wrote the screenplay with Jeff Howard.

Flanagan helmed the horror flick Oculus, which brought in $28.5 million worldwide on a modest $5 million budget. His other credits include Absentia and the upcoming Somnia, which is currently in post-production.

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Trailer For ‘Oculus’ Starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff Rattles The Nerves
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Oculus Movie

Mirrors have been an effective gateway into nightmares and horror movies for years now – just think Candyman, Mirrors, or Urban Legend: Bloody Mary to name a few – and now the next entry that will keep you scared out of your wits about mirrors is about to be released in theaters. Oculus, is supernatural horror movie with a time-warping sense of dread of disorientation.

The film focuses on two young adult siblings, Kaylie and Tim, who are hellbent to prove that the four-century old mirror in their family home is responsible for not only their parents’ death, but over forty others as well. What they find waiting on the side of the reflection though, is nothing they could have prepared for.

Check out the first official trailer for the movie and the full synopsis after the jump.

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