Lady Gaga to lead American Horror Story: Hotel [TELEVISION]

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Lady Gaga has been announced as the new lead for FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel the fifth installment of the incredibly popular horror anthology series. Following the announcement that series star Jessica Lange would not be returning for a fifth season, speculation ran rampant as to how the series would change in her absence. American Horror Story: Hotel is expected October 2015 on FX.

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Neill Bloomkamp’s Alien [NEWS]

Neill Bloomkamp the director of District 9, Elysium and the upcoming Chappie has been brought on to produce his take on the Alien franchise according to Variety. Bloomkamp’s concept art for the project was released when the director realized he may never end up doing the film and released the art work online. He hadn’t been working with Fox and had done the conceptual work in his down time. Fan response to the art work and rumors that Sigourney Weaver would be game to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley from the original franchise. With a sequel to the proto-prequel Prometheus due out in 2016, the earliest this would see theatres would likely be 2017. Check out the mind blowing concept art that got Bloomkamp the job.

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Big Bad Wolves [REVIEW]

big_bad_wolves_ver5_xlg It might look like I’m enjoying this, and maybe I am in a way… but believe me, I’d be happy to stop breaking your fingers. Now would you please start talking! – Micki

Going into Big Bad Wolves, I had some pretty steep expectations. I mean it was lauded by Quentin Tarantino as the best movie of the year. I read nothing but rave reviews. As a result I was a little let down. That is to say, Big Bad Wolves is a pretty great movie. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It just didn’t scare me. And it didn’t shock me. It almost felt like a less bleak version of the film Prisoners.

The premise is pretty simple; a series of grisly murders wherein young girls are tortured, raped and decapitated has shaken a town in Israel. As the police investigate the murder, one of the victim’s fathers takes matters into his own hands. Motivated by blind grief and animal rage he will stop at nothing to get answers. The film delivers some flashes of gore and some very tense scenes but it’s the few well placed twists which really make the movie. I won’t spoil it for you but I will say that they feel organic to the plot. With just a light sprinkling of humor to balance things out, Bad Wolves is definitely one of the better thrillers of late. Definitely worth checking out, it is currently on Netflix.

All Cheerleaders Die [REVIEW]

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Somebody got fucked. Somebody got killed. And I’m going to PE! – Leena

I was just the other day reading Final Girl and agreeing with Stacy on how awesome horror flicks about witches are. There just aren’t enough. And then I came across a positive review for All Cheerleaders Die. I figured I’d give it a go. And god damn am I glad I did! While it suffers from some less than mind blowing CGI moments and standard contrivances of low budget horror comedy, it’s a pretty fun ride. After her childhood friend Alexis dies suddenly, Maddy decides to try out for the now vacant spot on the cheer leading squad. What the girls don’t know is that Maddy is out for revenge. When things take a dark turn and the squads car careens off a cliff, Maddy’s ex girlfriend and teenage witch brings the girls back.

The girls navigate life as zombie succubi, body swapping drama, sex, drugs and the violent urges of the Captain of the football team. The audience is treated to a subversive horror comedy that manages to play into all the tropes one expects like sexy cheerleaders and lots of gore, while still having some fresh ideas. There are some great laugh out loud moments, and some pretty dark moments don’t sour the otherwise comedic tones. While it might not have the same cult quality of films it pays homage to (Jawbreaker, The Craft, Shaun of the Dead), it is a hilarious treat for fans of movies about mean girls and murder.