The Top 5 Horror Films of 2012 – Spencer’s Picks

All week long,’s contributing writers are weighing in their favorite horror films of the year.  Today, we continue with Spencer Perry’s picks.  What made the cut?  Head inside to find out!  You’ll also find links to our previous “Best of” lists.  As always, feel free to use our comment boards to weigh in with your picks.  Just keep it classy.

The Top 5 Horror Films of 2012 – Tyler’s Picks

2012, in horror, has had its ups and downs.

I found that a lot of the titles that I wanted to consider for the list were initially released in 2011.  For that matter, three of the titles that did make the list were in the can for some time before finally receiving distribution or US distribution in 2012. 

Head inside for my top five horror films of the year!

The Top 8 Horror Films of 2012 – Ryan’s Picks

Look for a “best of 2012” list from each of Shock’s contributing writers throughout the week!

Optimism has been renewed.  Things might be looking up for horror.  For the last two years or so, I always frowned at the task of creating a year-end

Shock Interview: Richard Jenkins of The Cabin in the Woods

In the ’90s, Richard Jenkins jumped onto this writer’s horror radar when he appeared briefly in the 1994 Jack Nicholson vehicle Wolf.  Jenkins’ part was small.  He played a detective who was often on the receiving end of Michelle Pfeiffer’s sassiness   Later, he co-starred in Flirting With Disaster, exercising his comedic chops as a cop who trips balls on Lily Tomlin and Alan Alda’s acid.  Needless to say, his performance left and impression and I knew he’d be one to watch.

Since then, he has been well utilized: Six Feet Under, Step Brothers, Burn After Reading, Let Me In and, more recently, The Cabin in the Woods, hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week.

Shock was more than thrilled to get the chance to speak to Jenkins about the film and his time on set playing opposite Bradley Whitford.  The two are truly a large part of Cabin’s success and what they bring to the table – as the story’s “puppet masters” (if you want to call them that) – is nothing short of hilarious.

Shock Interview: Drew Goddard Reflects on The Cabin in the Woods

We told you to see The Cabin in the Woods when it came out in theaters.  Did you listen?  Well, some of you did.  

If you didn’t, September 18th is your day to remedy that glaring problem you’ve got there.  That’s when Lionsgate Home Entertainment brings the film to DVD and Blu-ray jam-packed with special features.

In anticipation of this release, we spoke with co-writer and director Drew Goddard one more time.  After the jump, read our chat which touches on some of the bonus content featured on the disc, the creatures of Cabin in the Woods and Goddard’s thoughts on the Marvel cinematic universe now that Cabin’s co-writer/producer, Joss Whedon, has committed to superheroes for the next few years.

Our Podcast Returns! Listen to Shock Waves 2.1 Now!

About six months ago, FEARnet’s Lawrence Raffel and myself put the all-horror podcast we had been collaborating on, called Shock Waves, on hold.

A few factors into its hiatus (we knocked out 18 episodes consistently from July 2011 to January of this year), but nothing ever stays dead in this genre so we both agreed it was time to bring Shock Waves back, especially after the listener feedback asking when it would return.

Here’s the rub.  All of our old episodes, from “season 1” we’ll call them, are gone.  Lost to the Internet.  Don’t ask me where they went, but they no longer exist, sadly.  We’re starting “season 2” with a clean slate you might say.

In this installment, we’re getting back into the groove of things.  We look at various horror movies we’ve liked and disliked in 2012 so far.  We also weigh in on the Korean import Deranged, now playing in select theaters.

Brian Collins (from BadAss Digest, Horror Movie a Day) swings by for a discussion about Halloween 4 and Halloween 5, two titles making their Blu-ray debut this month from Anchor Bay Entertainment.  How do the sequels featuring the iconic horror villain Michael Myers hold up?  Oh, we’ll tell you…

All of this and much more in the Shock Waves relaunch!  Listen inside.

Updated: The Cabin in the Woods Has a Blu-ray, DVD Date & Specs

Sort of a breaking news item as there is not much information to go on right now.  The Facebook page for The Cabin in the Woods has announced the film is coming to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on September 18th.  Cover art can be found inside.

Updated!  We now have a list of the bonus material after the jump…

The Cabin in the Woods: What Did You Think?!

Happy Friday the 13th, folks!  Consider this a lucky day for horror fans.  Why?  Because, after a long wait, The Cabin in the Woods is officially hitting theaters.

This movie really is for you guys.  The fan who has seen it all.  Knows the rules.  And is quite aware that “it’s all been done.”  Cabin is the cinematic counterpart to the hardcore horror fan and we hope you dig the flick as much as we did.

Since the film is opening today, we want to hear your thoughts on it.  Use our comment boards within to sound off on the film and check out some reactions to the flick from the Shock Till You Drop-hosted screening we held in Washington D.C. earlier this month.  Be sure to keep your opinions spoiler-free, please!

Exclusive TV Spot: The Cabin in the Woods is Rated R for…

We have received a new TV spot for The Cabin the Woods that lovingly embraces its R rating.  The film opens in theaters this Friday the 13th and is written by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield) and Joss Whedon (The Avengers); Goddard directed.

Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford and Brian White star.

For our interview with Kranz – click here.  You’ll find our review here!  Head inside for the TV spot…

Here’s a New Clip from The Cabin in the Woods

Lionsgate unleashed a new clip from The Cabin in the Woods dubbed “Split Up,” and look at that…it has an introduction by Thor, er, Chris Hemsworth.  The film is opening this Friday and you best go see it!  Here is our review if you missed it: Click here.

Exclusive: Fran Kranz on The Cabin in the Woods

One week ago, Shock Till You Drop dropped in on Washington D.C. to host a screening of The Cabin in the Woods with stars Fran Kranz and Kristen Connelly.  A Q&A followed, allowing the two to speak openly and candily about the film, knowing full well the audience had seen the film and all of its surprises.

While it would be tough to post that Q&A hear (it was spoiler-filled), we did catch up to Kranz earlier today for a quick chat we could run. One that would be spoiler-free, but informative nonetheless.  

The actor, who stars in the film as the easy-going stoner “Marty,” previously worked with Cabin producer/co-writer Joss Whedon on the television series Dollhouse.  He also appeared in The Village and the Lucy Liu-starring Rise.  Read on to hear his thoughts about contemporary horror and how The Cabin in the Woods fits in, working with his cast members and working alongside Goddard and Whedon.

Exclusive TV Spot for The Cabin in the Woods

Two weeks from tomorrow…the wait will be over.  The Cabin in the Woods makes its way into theaters, riding on a lot of positive buzz – including our own. The film opens on April 13th and we have a brand new television spot to share.

Mind you, there’s only so much footage they’re going to allow to get out there, so you may recognize a few shots from previous previews. Director, Drew Goddard, and co-writer/producer Joss Whedon would prefer to have their film’s secrets kept under wraps.

Just as a quick reminder, I will be in Washington D.C. on Monday, April 2nd hosting the film. Stars Kristen Connolly and Fran Kranz will be in attendance for a Q&A. It’s going to be a helluva night. If you’re in the area, we hope you got your tickets!

Head inside for the TV spot…

Three New Hi-Res Images from The Cabin in the Woods

Lionsgate has supplied us with yet another look at The Cabin in the Woods, which is experiencing some early screenings right now all around the country and officially opens on April 13th.  Head inside for the images.

Shock Till You Drop is hosting a screening in Washington, D.C. on April 2nd.  If you’re in the area and you were one of the lucky ones to snag a ticket, I’ll see you there with stars Fran Kranz and Kristen Connolly.

For more on the film, follow this link where you’ll find more images and clips!

Shock Till You Drop Presents: The Cabin in the Woods Washington D.C. Event! Stars!

Honestly, we can’t get enough of The Cabin of the Woods.  We’ve seen it.  It’s awesome.  And now we want to share this horror gem with, dear reader, well before it opens everywhere on April 13th.

A bit of background, first, in case you haven’t heard of the film.  The Cabin in the Woods pairs the writer of Cloverfield, Drew Goddard, and the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly (not to mention the director of The Avengers), Joss Whedon.  The two penned the script, Goddard directed and Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford and Brian White star.

The plot?  Well, that’s something we’d rather not talk about.  Just know that it blends genre archetypes and is a deft play on the “cabin in the woods” scenario.

Shock Till You Drop is hosting a screening in a major East Coast city and we’re giving away tickets now.  Head inside for the details!

New TV Spots for The Cabin in the Woods, The Raven

Last night, during the season finale of The Walking Dead season 2, Lionsgate and Relativity took the opportunity to promote The Cabin in the Woods and The Raven, respectively.  Smart move, as a lot of eyes were on AMC last night.  After the jump, you’ll find new previews for both films.  Cabin opens in theaters April 13th, Raven follows on April 27th.