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Enjoy Writing? Love Cult Horror? Write for Morbid!

Enjoy writing? Love cult horror? Write for Morbid!

As we head into 2018, there are large plans for restructuring and expanding the Morbid brand and we’d love to have some fresh new writers join us.

Morbid Movies is currently looking for contributors for,

  • Event Coverage
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Morbid Movies specializes in cult horror but other genre films like thrillers, experimental and science fiction are also acceptable for coverage.

While this is a non-paying gig, some of the perks of writing for Morbid include potential early access to review materials, press passes for events & more. You’ll also get to have your work seen by a dedicated niche audience hungry for horror. As Morbid grows, so will the potential perks for its contributors.

If you’re interested in being a contributor for Morbid Movies, send a sample of your work to editor@morbidmovies.com.

Happy Death Day Hits $100 Million Worldwide

Blumhouse’s original slasher film Happy Death Day has hit $100 million dollars world wide ($55.5 domestic). Pretty impressive considering the budget was less than $5 million. Happy Death Day is also the first original slasher to do over $25 million domestic since 1998’s Urban Legends.

With the year coming to an end and the numbers starting to fall into place, it’s looking like 2017 was a great year for horror in general at the box office.

Top Grossing Horror Films of 2017 (Worldwide & Domestic)

  1. It $688,000,000 ($326,900,00 Domestic)
  2. The Mummy $409,100,000 ($80,100,000 Domestic)
  3. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter $312,200,000 ($268,000 Domestic)
  4. Annabelle: Creation $305,800,000 ($102,100,000 Domestic)
  5. Split $278,300,000 ($138,000,000 Domestic)
  6. Get Out $254,100,0 ($175,500,000 Domestic)
  7. Happy Death Day $100,100,000 ($55,500,000 Domestic)
  8. Jigsaw $89,800,000 ($36,800,000 Domestic)
  9. Rings $83,100,000 ($27,800,000 Domestic)
  10. Underworld: Blood Wars $81,100,000 ($30,400,000 Domestic)

Looking at the box office numbers tells us a few interesting things. First off who would’ve thought Tom Cruise’s Mummy would do so well overseas? But still not well enough for Universal to move forward with it’s “Dark Universe” plans.

Of the Top 10 grossing films only 3 of them were originals (Split, Get Out & Happy Death Day). The connecting factor between these three original films is the fact they were all productions of Blumhouse. Simply put, Blumhouse turns low budget horror films into blockbusters like nobody else.

Looking onto the future, could Happy Death Day’s surprise success lead to a renaissance of low budget slasher films? Will the mega blockbuster It remake lead to even more remakes? Either way, 2017 has proven horror still makes Hollywood ridiculous amounts of money.

Short Film Preview: Unbearing

In Unbearing, a new short film from director Aidan Weaver, a babysitter accepts a last-minute job offer, only to learn of the family’s dark secret. Unbearing is produced by Jennifer Trudrung of Night Frizz Productions, who also co-stars in the film along side Mary Katherine O’Donnell, Reginal Heinish, and Jenna Goforth.

As previously stated, a young woman accepts a babysitting gig for a couple planning their first night out of the house since the birth of their baby boy. It’s very obvious from their mannerisms and body-language that the couple are uncomfortable with the idea of leaving their child alone with a stranger, or even just being away from the child for an extended period. The mother (Trudrung) much more noticeably so, as is commonly the case with new mothers. This feeling is even vocalized by the couple, although their behavior seems to say more than their words.

The parents advise the sitter that they won’t be gone for very long, and that the child is in his crib peacefully sleeping. They seem quite certain that the child will stay asleep while they are out, even going so far as to tell the sitter that the child will not be in need of feeding or changing in their absence.

The parents leave and the evening goes by quite uneventfully, the baby monitor continuously emitting the sound of the child snoring peacefully. To help pass some time, the sitter decides to Facetime a friend of hers. The friend tells her that she is familiar with the area of town in which the sitter is working due to her own sister having previously babysat for a couple that lived in the same area. The friend’s description sounds suspiciously like this particular couple. However, the next piece of information that the friend reveals raises the sitter’s curiosity, as well as her suspicions that things just aren’t right.

Unbearing recently won the Audience Choice Award at the Women in Horror Film Festival, as well as the Special Jury Award at Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival. It was also recently voted runner-up in the Best Thriller category at the Dragon Con International Film Festival. However, despite the numerous awards that it is winning in the “horror” category, there is undeniably some heavy dramatic tones carrying through Unbearing, tones that I truly hope that most viewers can not personally relate to.

Unbearing is still making the rounds on the convention circuit, so be sure to check it out if it shows in your area. For more information of Unbearing, as well as other films from Night Frizz Productions, be sure to follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nightfrizzproductions