Scare Tactics Offered by these Upcoming Films?

Scare Campaign (2016)

Director: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes

Writer: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes

Release Date: 26 November 2016 (Australia) Elsewhere TBD

Release Format: TBA

MPAA Rating: R

Horror Sub-Genre: Horror, Thriller


Popular TV prank show, Scare Campaign, has been entertaining audiences for the last five years with its mix of old school scares and hidden camera fun. But as we enter a new age of online TV, the producers find themselves up against a hard-edged web series which makes their show look decidedly quaint. It’s time to up the ante, but will the team go too far this time, and are they about to prank the wrong guy? 

Trailer Summary: The trailer begins with a wide shot of what is later discovered to be an insane asylum.  With, a small production crew are putting the finishing touched to their elaborate prank. A control center is displayed for a few seconds and feature a multi-monitor layout. Each display is offers view from different angles of the compound. The actresses exchange some dialogue and within the next frame the intended target arrives at the scene. There’s something about the individual that doesn’t feel right. Scenes of bloody carnage are offered within the remaining seconds of the trailer. Enticing.  

Opinion: “Scare Campaign” won Melbourne’s Monster Fest award for ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Direction’.  Let’s set aside the films merits for a moment. Here we have a film that offers something refreshing to the Horror genre. Hunter and prey enclosed in a desolate arena. The claustrophobic element alone is frighting. Let alone chased by a homicidal psychopath. Hopefully, the film doesn’t offer typical cliches and bad acting. The latter is not a concern. The reason? The film comes from Australia. Over the years Australian filmmakers have offered outstanding contributions to Horror cinema. Keep eyes on this one!

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“The Chair” (2016)

Director: Chad Ferrin

Writer: Peter Simeti

Release Date:  2016 (USA)

Release Format: VOD

MPAA Rating: R

Horror Sub-Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller


Richard Sullivan is an innocent man struggling to escape his fate on death row. Witnessing the savage killings of his fellow inmates at the hands of the prison’s sadistic and psychotic Warden and his crew of guards, Sullivan decides that the only way to survive is to fight back. With the body count rising, the Warden and his guards close in on Sullivan. As he matches the brutality occurring in the prison, Sullivan starts to lose his grip on reality. Memories of the childhood abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother combine with vivid hallucinations which push him to the very edge, forcing him to question his sanity at every turn.

Trailer Summary: The trailer begins with an ominous voice over from an unidentified male. Simultaneously, the camera moves closer to a closed metal door. A glimpse of a man in agony followed a close up of what appears to be his googled wearing torturer. A series of shots sheds light on the atrociousness occurring within the setting to the film, a prison. The final frame to the trailer shows a woman wearing an orange jumpsuit, a prisoner perhaps. She’s displays a sense of anger and insanity. This woman get up from a kneeling position off the floor and closes the door thus finalizing the trailer

Opinion: An Indie graphic novel serves as inspiration for an indie movie adaptation. “The Chair” is a film adaption to the Alterna Comics Thriller/Horror Graphic Novel of the same name.  The plot centers on protagonist Richard Sullivan. He’s incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. While struggling to escape execution on death row he is  witness to the savage killings of his fellow inmates. The murderous rampage comes at the hand of the prison’s and psychotic Warden. “The Chair” marks the final performance by former professional wrestler; Roderick George Toombs. He is most recognized by his alter ego;”Rowdy” Roddy Piper. This film deserves a watch!


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