Shock Interview: Alex Essoe of Starry Eyes

Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer’s Starry Eyes hits theaters and VOD this Friday. The film centers on an actresses named Sarah who finds that all she has ever wanted is at her fingertips for a deadly price.

Starry Eyes is a film that deals with the selling of one’s soul in the ultimate way.

Alex Essoe plays Sarah, the films victim of her own expectations and Shock spent some time with Ms. Essoe to talk about just what makes Alex tick and the horrors of bringing a character like that to life.

Shock Interview: Jessabelle Director Kevin Greutert

In Jessabelle, opening in select theaters and on VOD this Friday, November 7th: Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return – and has no intention of letting her escape.

Shock Till You Drop spoke with director Kevin Greutert, a longtime editor who made his feature debut with Saw VI who then went on to helm Saw: The Final Chapter and, later, Jessabelle for Blumhouse Productions. Below, you’ll also find a handful of exclusive stills from his supernatural thriller.

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Exclusive: The Pyramid Gets a New Poster!

In honor of King Tut Day – which celebrates the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb – Fox has sent along to us this exclusive first look at some alternate poster art for The Pyramid, a film that presents a discovery – albeit a terrifying one – all its own.

This art is deliberate departure from the “skull ‘n pyramid” poster we’ve been seeing. The question is: Who, or what, does that eye belong to?

Directed by Gregory Levasseur and produced by Aja (The Hills Have Eyes), the film stars Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O

Saw 10th Anniversary Interview: James Wan & Leigh Whannell

Saw celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Let that sink in for a minute. Now, reflect on how far its creators – James Wan and Leigh Whannell – have come. The former is currently in post-production on Furious 7 (the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise) following directing gigs on horror hits like The Conjuring and Insidious. The latter also has Insidious to thank for his continued success; he penned the first two entries as well as the third which he directed.

These are exciting times for Wan and Whannell and, recently, they took time out of their busy schedule for a Saw reunion press conference at Lionsgate. In attendance: producer Mark Burg and Oren Koules, Shawnee Smith and Tobin Bell.

Shock Interview: Horns’ Daniel Radcliffe on Uncooperative Snakes &

Fans of Daniel Radcliffe from his days playing Harry Potter may be surprised to see him go “full Slytherin” for Alexandre (The Hills Have Eyes) Aja’s Horns, based on the Joe Hill novel.

That’s pretty much what he does while playing Ig, a young man accused of murdering his girlfriend Merrin (Juno Temple) who starts growing horns and affecting those around him to reveal their darkest secrets. As the horns grow, Ig is able to use his newfound powers (and the numerous large snakes that follow him around) to try to learn the truth about what happened to Merrin.

Earlier this week, ShockTillYouDrop.com had a chance to talk with Radcliffe about his second foray into horror following 2012’s The Woman in Black, as well as getting some idea what to expect from his turn as Igor in next October’s Victor Frankenstein.

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Shock Interview: Rob Zombie on the World of 31 & Crowd Funding

The last day of Rob Zombie’s crowd funding campaign for 31 is closing in. Appropriately, it ends on Halloween day. With only eight days left (at the time of this writing), Zombie is making the press rounds to give the campaign one final push. (I’ll let the FanBacked page do the talking in terms of the incentives fans get for contributing to the film.) And when Shock was approached and asked to speak with the writer-director about 31 I wanted to get a bit more information about the film itself which seems to promise total mayhem on a level we haven’t seen in Zombie’s previous works like House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and The Lords of Salem.

Over the last few weeks, Zombie has been offering glimpses at the violent world of 31 via conceptual art. The dynamic sketches by Alex Horley have introduced us to the many characters that populate the movie which concerns five people who are kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween. They’re subsequently held hostage in “Murder World,” a man-made Hell they must fight their way out of Most Dangerous Game-style.

Halloween Horror Nights Orlando: An Interview With Face Off’s Laura Tyler

Over the weekend, Shock Till You Drop came face-to-face with a collection of oddities featured in “Face Off – In the Flesh,” one of the many scare zones that pepper the streets of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights Orlando. Attendees walk through this ominous, fog-enshrouded block of the theme park and feast their eyes on various creatures that were featured on SyFy’s hit reality series Face Off.

During a mini-press day at the theme park, I spoke with Face Off season 5 winner Laura Tyler whose history with Universal Studios goes back well over a decade.

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Choice Cuts: Exorcism Movie Recommendations That Are NOT The Exorcist

When it comes to films dealing with possession, exorcisms and exorcists, The Exorcist is generally the go-to title simply because, well, it’s a masterful piece of cinema and, let’s be honest here, exorcism films that pulse with evil, question your faith and scare the hell out of you are few and far between. With Deliver Us from Evil, Scott Derrickson’ latest film, making its DVD, Blu-ray and VOD debut on October 28th, I thought I would call on a few friends to participate in a Choice Cuts group discussion.

Joining me for a conversation that focuses on recommended exorcism movies that are NOT The Exorcist, I snagged Jen and Sylvia Soskas (aka “the Twisted Twins”) and Crave Online’s William Bibbiani.

Shock Video: We’re Talking With the Cast of Ouija

This Friday sees the release of Ouija and, recently, Shock Till You Drop attended a screening of the supernatural thriller at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Following a look at the film, we joined cast members Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Shelley Hennig, Ana Coto and Bianca Santos in the spooky locale to chat about their experience working on this Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes production.
The gang talk about the “hilarious” time they had on set, Witchboard, working with director Stiles White, the proper handling of a Ouija board and why some cast members think the film is a “good family horror movie.”

Shock Interview: Cassandra Peterson on Elvira’s Return to TV!

For as long as there are horror and sci-fi movies of, shall we say, questionable quality there will be…Elvira. The Mistress of the Dark returns to the small screen in a new Hulu series called 13 Nights of Elvira and this time, she’ll be poking fun at a new crop of films with her usual flavor of humor.

The titles include Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death, Puppet Master, Demonic Toys, Hobgoblins, The Gingerdead Man, Dollman, Trancers, Oblivion, Shrunken Heads, Hideous, Evil Bong, Seedpeople and Night of the Living Dead.

Learn All About the Fleshing Knife in This See No Evil 2 Featurette

See that nasty piece of metal in the photo? Well, that’s called a fleshing knife and the Soska sisters – Jen and Sylvia – as well as their star, Kane (Glenn Jacobs), are here to tell you all about it in a See No Evil 2 featurette Shock has received today.

The sequel arrives this Friday, October 17th on VOD; a Blu-ray/DVD release follows on October 21st. In addition to starring Jacobs, the movie features genre vets Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle (interview) as well alongside Kaj-Erik Eriksen.

Wirkola is Mulling Over Ideas for Dead Snow 3, Here’s One of Them

Tommy Wirkola isn’t ready to put the diabolical, gory world of Dead Snow behind him just yet. He may have a few other projects simmering at the very moment, but if he’s allowed to make Dead Snow 3 it’s something he is open to.

In an interview with Wirkola to discuss Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (now in select theaters), the director told Shock Till You Drop…

On the Set: Running With the Cast & Crew of Wolves

The truth is frightening: Good werewolf movies are hard to find. Too often the creature designs are uninspiring. The films typically rely on unrealistic CGI for their monsters, or on the other end of the spectrum, feature cringe-worthy makeup. Perhaps worst of all are the formulaic plots which simply have, well, no bite.

Wolves is hoping to break that werewolf curse. Arriving on VOD October 16th, before its limited theatrical run on November 14th, Wolves revolves around Cayden (Lucas Till), a popular high school football player with lots of friends, a pretty girlfriend and a promising future. However, when Cayden’s feral spirit begins to emerge and his parents end up ripped to shreds, he blames himself. Now on the run, a confused Cayden’s search for answers lead him to Lupine Ridge, a small town entirely populated by werewolves. At the local bar, Cayden immediately becomes smitten with owner Angelina (Merritt Patterson). He also encounters the movie’s big bad wolf, Connor (Jason Momoa), who doesn’t take kindly to strangers.

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Exclusive: Keanu Reeves Talks Eli Roth’s Knock Knock

Keanu Reeves wastes a lot of fools very quickly in this month’s hard-hitting action thriller John Wick, but he might be in for a slow death in Eli Roth’s next torture porn effort Knock Knock.

While not quite a knockoff (pun intended), Roth’s home invasion thriller sounds like it takes a page or two from the Funny Games playbook (but with a sexy twist), similar to how his The Green Inferno borrowed much from Cannibal Holocaust. Listen to Reeves describe the plot to us during our exclusive 1-on-1 during the John Wick Junket.

Grace: The Possession Exclusive Clip Teases Halloween Release

October 28th sees the release of Grace: The Possession from director Jeff Chan and, today, we have an exclusive clip to pass along to you.

Alexia Fast, Alan Dale, Lin Shaye, Alexis Knapp, Joel David Moore and Clarke Peters star in the film.

Fast plays Grace: a naive, beautiful, virginal college freshman trying to deal with campus culture and her outgoing new roommate. But when a terror takes over her body and unleashes chaos, Grace returns to the cold clutches of her severe grandmother (Lin Shaye) and the strict rules of the church.Haunted by the horrific death of her mother and deeply ingrained, destructive urges, she must stop the demon inside before it