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The 15 Best Horror Directors of the 21st Century

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The 15 Best Horror Directors of the 21st Century
“It” may be a box office smash, but it’s hardly the only horror movie worth talking about these days. Just 17 years in, and the 21st century has already played home to a remarkable number of truly chilling and inventive horror offerings, from a resurgence in J-horror remakes to a continued affection for the classic series of yesteryear, to the massive dominance of the “Conjuring” movie universe and even a “Saw” franchise so dominant that it’s already cycled back into resurrection territory, and that’s just the mainstream stuff.

Aided by a new crop of filmmakers beholden to both their own obsessions and formative years steeped in the classics, the past two decades are shaping up to be some of the very best for the genre, with still more terror being turned out at a frightening clip. From visionaries like Guillermo del Toro and Gore Verbinksi, who can happily
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Interview: Gerald’S Game Director Mike Flanagan on Collaborating with Carla Gugino & the Challenges of Adapting Stephen King’s Novel

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Over the last several years, filmmaker Mike Flanagan has quickly established himself as one of the best and most assured genre storytellers of the last decade. From Absentia to Oculus to Hush, as well as Ouija: Origin of Evil and Before I Wake (which this writer is still patiently waiting for a Stateside release), Flanagan has a proven track record as a confident director, and his latest project, Gerald’s Game, is another example of his ability to tell uniquely compelling stories in a way that only he can.

Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with Flanagan about his experiences adapting the acclaimed Stephen King novel for Netflix, the challenges he faced with both the material as well as keeping his mostly single location story intriguing on a visual level. Flanagan also chatted about collaborating with “force of nature” Carla Gugino for Gerald’s Game and how she
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The Huge ‘Oculus’ Easter Egg You May Have Missed in ‘Gerald’s Game’

The Huge ‘Oculus’ Easter Egg You May Have Missed in ‘Gerald’s Game’
Did that headboard look familiar to you? This past weekend saw the Netflix arrival of brand new Stephen King adaptation Gerald’s Game (read Brad’s review), which has firmly cemented director Mike Flanagan‘s status as a true master of horror. Previous Flanagan horror films Absentia, Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Hush hinted at his mastery of […]
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‘Gerald’s Game’ Review

Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Carel Struycken, Kate Siegel, Chiara Aurelia, Gwendolyn Mulamba | Written by Jeff Howard | Directed by Mike Flanagan

Mike Flanagan has been on a pretty successful run when it comes to horrors. With Absentia, Oculus, Hush and Ouija: Origin of Evil, it is fair to say he has brought us well made horror that actually delivers. Now that Gerald’s Game has arrived on Netflix, can he continue his success.

Gerald’s Game is the story of Jessie Birlingame (Carla Gugino) who agrees to go on a retreat with her husband Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) to find the spark in her marriage. Letting him handcuff her to the bed to spice up their love life, things go horribly wrong when he dies of a heart attack, leaving Jessie trapped with her own mental demons, along with what lurks in the shadows of the seemingly empty house.
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Fantastic Fest 2017 Review: Gerald's Game Is Oscar Worthy

Warning: spoilers ahead. For the record, I never cracked open Stephen King's Gerald's Game because I just couldn't take what the cover --- a pair of handcuffs hanging from a bedpost, its top carved into a crouching, hurting woman --- indicated. This week at Fantastic Fest has been rough, and I wasn't sure if I was ready to watch this after so much callous behavior by members of the festival here in Austin. (Google it if you don't know to what I'm referring; I'm not here to argue with you.) However, with Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Absentia) at the helm, I was willing to give it a go. I'd seen his work before, and I knew he was talented. I'd also recently heard him speak...

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Gerald's Game Trailer Brings the Stephen King Classic to Netflix

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Gerald's Game Trailer Brings the Stephen King Classic to Netflix
Netflix has released the first trailer and photo for Gerald's Game, a highly-anticipated adaptation of the 1992 Stephen King novel. With the September 29 premiere just a few weeks away, it remains to be seen how much more footage will be unveiled in the next few weeks, but this adaptation seems to keep this new renaissance of Stephen King's work going, following the high-profile adaptations of The Dark Tower and It, the later of which hits theaters this weekend. While we'll have to wait and see how fans react to this thriller, it certainly seems to capture the creepy spirit of the novel.

The story centers on Gerald (Bruce Greenwood) and Jessie Burlingame as they head to their summer home on a warm weekday in October for a romantic interlude that involves adult games. After being handcuffed to her bedposts, Jessie tires of her husband's games and things take an unexpectedly tragic turn.
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Fantastic Fest 2017: First Wave of Films Will Knock Your Teeth Out

Wow. Fantastic Fest isn't fucking around. The manic first wave of this year's festival includes the U.S. premiere of S. Craig Zahler's (Bone Tomahawk) new film Brawl in Cell Block 99 --- starring Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson, and Udo Kier --- fresh from its Tiff debut! Atttendees of Fantastic Fest 2017 will also be treated to premieres of not one, but Two Stephen King adaptations! Fantastic Fest alum and kickass director Mike Flanagan (OculusAbsentia, Hush) brings the U.S. premiere of Gerald's Game to Austin, and we'll also get to see the world premiere of 1922, the adaptation of King's novella of the same name, from director Zak Hilditch. We have Netflix to thank for both films! The very talented Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths) will attend to present to present...

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Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman joins The Haunting of Hill House

THR has revealed that Game of Thrones star Michiel Huisman has become the first addition to the cast of The Haunting of Hill House, the upcoming Netflix adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel from writer-director Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Oculus).

The straight-to-series ten episode show is described as a modern reimagining of the tale, and will follow four people living in an 80-year-old mansion. Huisman is set to play Steven Crane, the oldest Crane sibling and a published writer of supernatural books — including a memoir about his family’s time living at Hill House.

The Haunting of Hill House has twice been adapted for the big screen in 1963 and 1999; the latter, titled The Haunting, starred Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson and Lili Taylor.
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Oculus Director Mike Flanagan Finds ‘Dobaara’ Fantastic!

As a mark of respect for the original makers, the director of Dobaara, Prawaal Raman kept a screening for the director of OculusMike Flanagan and its Producer – Trevor Macy. Mike Flanagan, one of the biggest names in the world of Horror genre today having directed films like Oculus, Hush, Ouija and Absentia and was keen to see how Prawaal’s Indian interpretation ‘Dobaara’ had turned out. As it turned out, he was quite overwhelmed with the film and was all praise for Prawaal’s treatment and the differences in creative choices made from Oculus to Dobaara. He felt that Prawaal has done complete justice to the original.

Mike said, “I just had a chance to see Dobaara and I thought it was fantastic! The cast is wonderful across the board. Prawaal did an amazing job in making this film. It’s been a real honour to be able to see it.
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Mike Flanagan's Bollywood remake of 'Oculus' to release

By DS,

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Film maker Mike Flanagan (Absentia, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil) recently shared about the upcoming Bollywood version poster of his acclaimed horror film Oculus (2013) review.

The Bollywood remake is titled Dobaara (Again) and stars Huma Qureshi reprising the part played by Karen Gillan in the original.

Flanagan wrote on his Official Facebook page "Here's the teaser poster for Dobaara... the Bollywood remake of Oculus. This makes me so weirdly happy."

Dobaara was planned for a May 2nd 2017 release in India, however it was later changed to June 2nd 2017. The film is directed by Prawaal Raaman who has earlier directed Indian films such as Gayab, 404 Error Not Found, Darling, Main aur Charles which was loosely based on serial killer Charles Sobhraj. Mike Flanagan is still credited as the original writer and executive producer of the Bollywood Version (As per Wikipedia).

Flanagan is currently busy with Stephen King
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Why Mike Flanagan’s the perfect director to adapt The Haunting Of Hill House

Sarah Dobbs May 18, 2017

Turning a much loved literary classic into a TV series isn’t easy, but Netflix is onto a winner with Mike Flanagan

Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting Of Hill House might be the best ghost story ever written. Published in 1959, it’s about a makeshift team of paranormal investigators moving into the legendarily haunted Hill House in an attempt to document and analyse the supernatural phenomena manifesting within its walls – but it’s really about grief, and guilt, and repression, and the desperate longing for a home. It’s beautifully constructed, impeccably written, and genuinely terrifying.

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And now it’s being turned into a 10-part Netflix series.

It’s a story that, at least on the surface, appears to lend itself quite easily to screen adaptations, and in fact it’s already been turned into two films: The Haunting (1963) and,
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'Haunting of Hill House' TV Series Set at Netflix

Netflix is diving into the horror genre.

A TV series adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House is set at the streaming giant, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Netflix declined to comment.

Ordered straight to series, the untitled project is described as a reimagining of Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel. The story centers on four people living in an 80-year-old mansion.

Mike Flanagan, known for his work helming horror films such as Absentia and Oculus, will write, direct and executive produce along with his producing partner, Trevor Macy, as well as Amblin TV's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Amblin TV will...
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‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ Review

Stars: Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas, Parker Mack, Halle Charlton, Alexis G. Zall, Doug Jones, Kate Siegel, Sam Anderson, Chelsea Gonzalez | Written by Mike Flanagan, Jeff Howard | Directed by Mike Flanagan

When a horror film does well enough an inevitable sequel is churned out to make more money, and this could have been the case with Ouija. Giving the film to Mike Flanagan though and letting him do what he wants with it, horror fans are in for a treat. This is exactly what Ouija: Origin of Evil is, a treat for horror fans.

Set in 1967 Ouija: Origin of Evil is a prequel to the first movie. In it we see single mother Doris Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters Lina (Annalise Basso) and Doris (Lulu Wilson) running a séance scam. When the Ouija board game is used as a new stunt to bolster their business,
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Interview: Producer Trevor Macy Talks The Bye Bye Man, Gives Update on Before I Wake

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This Friday, The Bye Bye Man arrives in theaters everywhere, and in advance of the film’s release, Daily Dead caught up with producer Trevor Macy to talk about his involvement with the project, working with director Stacy Title, and his thoughts on trying to keep up with the expectations of modern audiences. Macy also gave us an update on the release of Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake, which has been delayed due to some issues over at Relativity Media.

Great to speak with you today, Trevor. You've been involved with a lot of really fantastic genre films over the years, so I'm curious, what was it about the story of The Bye Bye Man in particular that made you think, "This is definitely something I want to be involved with?"

Trevor Macy: Well, it has a couple things going for it that I like. One is, I
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5 Ways ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ Improves Upon ‘Ouija’

5 Ways ‘Ouija: Origin of Evil’ Improves Upon ‘Ouija’
You may have heard that the prequel nobody asked for, Ouija: Origin of Evil, was released nationwide last weekend. You may have also heard that it’s pretty damn good. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering it was co-written and directed by Mike Flanagan, the mastermind behind such wonderful horror films like Oculus, Absentia and Hush. The man simply gets […]
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Ouija: Origin Of Evil – Review

An Ouija board is meant to be a tool or toy, depending on how you view it, to communicate with the spirit world. It’s a device that conjures messages from the “magically moving” wooden or plastic planchette while participants nervously sit in a circle waiting to see if someone will reach out to them from the other side. Often in situations like this (trust me, I have tried this as a kid) you hunch over the board with scared friends and jump at the slightest noise that breaks the silence. So, even though the triangular guide didn’t move an inch, it was the silence that scared us. It’s the possibility that something could call out from the quiet stillness. It’s essentially the fear of communication, and unfortunately for Ouija: Origin Of Evil, it’s the over abundance of talking that kills the mood in this 60’s seance.
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Interview: Mike Flanagan on Paying Homage to the Horror He Grew Up On & Going Retro for Ouija: Origin Of Evil

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In theaters October 21st is Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil, and to celebrate the occasion, Daily Dead recently caught up with the busy filmmaker who has been on the forefront of modern horror for the last several years with Absentia, Oculus, Hush, and now the newest installment in the Ouija series.

During our interview, Flanagan discussed stepping into the world of Ouija to help get the series back on track after a less than enthusiastic response to the original film, the pressure of coming onto a project that wasn’t 100% his vision, wanting to pay tribute to the horror films he grew up on, and some of the retro filmmaking approaches he utilized while in production on Ouija: Origin of Evil.

Great to speak with you today, Mike. You've had a really exceptional year so far, with Hush being a part of SXSW, and just seeing how well
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Ouija: Origin Of Evil review

The first Ouija film scored at the box office, but few loved it. Ouija 2? A big improvement...

It's possible that many of you clicking on this review just want to know if this is a better movie than 2014's Ouija. The short answer is yes and substantially so. It's being marketed as a new standalone story (and, indeed, you don't need to see Ouija at all to understand Origin Of Evil) but viewers with long/detailed memories will pick up quickly that this is fact an origin story - set 47 years earlier - for evil ghost Doris from the first film. Luckily, between the period setting and the change in creative team, they've done a good job of distancing it and, while the board may look the same, we're playing a very different game.

Here, Doris Zander (Lulu Wilson) is a regular little girl who lives in a nice suburban
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‘Ouija Origin of Evil’ review: “Struggles to stand-out”

Ouija Origin of Evil review: A prequel to 2014’s Ouija arrives in cinemas this Friday. But can it shake of the stink of the first film?

Ouija Origin of Evil review by Kat Hughes.

In 2014 Ouija arrived in cinemas. It didn’t really knock any critics socks off, but did take over $103 million dollars worldwide. Considering that it was made for only $5 million, it has of course got another film. Ouija: Origin of Evil goes down the prequel, rather than sequel, path.

Anyone who has seen the first one will be familiar with the story of Doris, her sister Paulina, and Mother. For those that haven’t seen the original, Ouija: Origin of Evil will fill in the blanks. The year is 1967, widow Alice (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters Doris (Lulu Wilson) and Paulina (Annalise Basso) are coping with life after dad. Alice runs a seance scam business and,
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The Lrm Interview: New Master of Horror Mike Flanagan on Ouija: Origin of Evil

Thought to be one of a new generation of horror filmmakers taking the genre into a welcome Renaissance, Mike Flanagan spent many years cutting his teeth directing television in the ten years between his second and third films. While his 2011 thriller Absentia did find a cult following, it wasn’t until his next film Oculus premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 when Hollywood started to take notice.

That led to a couple other films including making Hush with Blumhouse Productions, who around the same time hired Flanagan to write and direct a prequel to their 2014 horror hit, Ouija.

Ouija: Origin of Evil takes its prequel status quite literally by shifting the story back to 1967 when a single widowed mother Alice Zander (Elizabeth Reaser) and her two daughters are helping to pay the rent by holding rigged séances. When Alice brings home a Ouija board and immediately starts to break the “rules” of “playing,
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