There's something April Foolish about David F. Sandberg's new Shazam teaser

There has been a steady trickle of news about DC’s Shazam! movie coming out over the last few months, including photos of Zachary Levi in the costume and an official synopsis, so it seems like it should just be a matter of time before we get a real trailer. Today, director David F. Sandberg finally came through with a…

Annabelle: Creation is more fun than you might expect from a prequel to a spin-off

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Once upon a time, a monster hit like The Conjuring, James Wan’s dubiously fact-based but highly effective spin on the haunted-house movie, would have inspired a series of lesser sequels and nothing more. But we’re living now in the age of the expanded universe, when franchises don’t follow a single forward path,…

Lights Out director David Sandberg defends the ending of his horror hit

It’s a good week to be David F. Sandberg. Lights Out—the director’s first feature, expanded from his freaky three-minute short of the same name—is the sleeper horror hit of the summer. The film, about a malevolent specter that can only attack under cover of darkness, has already made back its modest $4.9 million…

Annabelle 2 has a new director, and an actual shot at being good

After James Wan’s 2013 horror film The Conjuring, based upon Ed and Lorraine Warren’s supposedly true (though highly suspect) account of an actual haunting, turned out to be genuinely scary and generally well-regarded—not to mention extremely profitable—it was easy to understand why New Line Cinema decided to spin off…