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Curse of Chucky

We're still waiting to find out how a less jokey, more murderous Chucky will go over with fans of the "Child's Play" series. "Curse of Chucky" sets the maniacal Good Guy doll in a darker story, minus the comedy. Director Don Mancini and series writer-producer David Kirschner promised new thrills, and genre icon Brad Dourif will be back to voice the tiny terror. Star Fiona Dourif posted a photo with the new Chucky on her Instagram account this week, and we approve. The differences are subtle, but definitely creepy.

In "Curse of Chucky," Nica (Fiona Dourif) is devastated by her mother's suicide, but locks horns with her older sister (Danielle Bisutti) while trying to settle their mother's affairs. Meanwhile, big sis' daughter is distracted by a mysterious, red-haired doll named Chucky that arrives in the mail. The family doesn't realize that Chucky has a 20-year-old score to settle. The movie will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD in time for the Halloween season this year. What do you think of the new and improved killer doll?

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ABCs of Death

There are 26 letters in the English alphabet, but there are going to be two movies about "The ABCs of Death." A sequel to the creepy anthology is on the way, and filmmakers are promising a leaner and meaner set of horrors. You remember how this works: each director creates a short based on a theme related to a letter of the alphabet, and of course, death. Alex de la Iglesia ("The Last Circus"), Rodney Ascher ("Room 237"), and Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton have already signed on to direct, plus there will be another competition to find the 26th filmmaker. The sequel is planned for a 2014 release, so you have plenty of time to break out your camera and get to work.

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Apes

Those damn dirty apes are back. "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" has started filming with Andy Serkis reprising his role as Caesar, directed by Matt Reeves ("Let Me In"). We knew that effects company WETA would return to create the same realistic, expressive apes from the first film that will be unleashed in theaters on May 23, and now plot details have emerged for the new chapter.

The film takes place 15 years after "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Caesar leads a band of genetically evolved apes, but the humans that survived the deadly virus a decade earlier threaten their existence. A truce is formed, but things quickly spin out of control as war breaks out in the fight for dominance. Jason Clarke ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Gary Oldman ("The Dark Knight Rises"), Keri Russell ("Mission Impossible III"), Judy Greer ("The Descendants") also star, with Toby Kebbell ("RocknRolla") and Enrique Murciano ("Traffic") newly added to the cast. Who are you siding with during the uprising?

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The adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's zombified take on Jane Austen's classic novel is showing signs of life again. "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," following Elizabeth Bennet as she copes with life and love and the undead, has changed hands a few times. David O. Russell, Mike White, and Craig Gillespie were all rumored to direct at one point. Russell wrote the screenplay, and Natalie Portman was rumored to star in the film, but last we heard, Portman is now producing under her Handsomecharlie Films banner.

The latest rumor involves "Igby Goes Down" director Burr Steers and "Mirror Mirror" actress Lily Collins. The star is currently in negotiations for the role, which we hope goes well since it seems like a match made for zombified England. What do you think?

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Kiss of the Damned

Xan Cassavetes — daughter of famed moviemaking couple director John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands — seems to have been inspired by the sexy and twisted vampire films from the 1970s for her new movie "Kiss of the Damned." The cool, contemporary take on bloodsucking fiends tells the story of one vamp falling in love with a human, but the relationship is threatened when the undead woman's wild sister shows up.

The entire vampire community also becomes endangered thanks to the troublemaker's pathological personality. The red band trailer that popped up on Yahoo! this week reveals a very retro, erotic vibe. Look for "Kiss of the Damned" on iTunes/On Demand March 28, or see it in theaters May 3. We vote you whet your appetite in the meantime by watching this NSFW trailer.

Check out the trailer (and the rest of Horror Bites) after the jump!

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The feature film slate for Austin's South by Southwest festival (SXSW) was revealed last week, but as most genre fans know, the real cinematic treasures are lurking in the festival's midnight lineup. As SXSW Programmer Jarod Neece put it: "This year we scoured the globe and brought back a batch that we knew would truly satisfy the gore hounds of SXSW. Full of scares, sex, madness, laughs, chills and major mind f--ks, we hope there's a little something for everyone."

Browsing the titles, it's hard to tear our eyes away from a film called "Big Ass Spider" (directed by Mike Mendez of "The Gravedancers"), but the addition of Rob Zombie's "Lords of Salem," sequel "V/H/S/2," a movie from "Splice"'s Vincenzo Natali ("Haunter"), and vampire tale "Kiss of the Damned" from Xan Cassavetes certainly helps.

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Our recent Movie Trailers of 2013 roundup should be seared into your brain by now, but in case you need a gory reminder, we have a few new images from one of the movies mentioned: "Texas Chainsaw 3D." Entertainment Weekly featured some photos of the chainsaw-wielding baddie from the horror series, Leatherface.

It looks like he's stalking his prey at a local carnival. The film takes place decades after the original 1974 storyline introduced us to the famed killer and his demented family. When a young woman learns she's inherited a Texas estate, she hits the road with friends to collect her namesake. Her family reunion takes a turn for the bloody. See what happens when Bill Moseley, Alexandra Daddario, Gunnar Hansen, Trey Songz, Marilyn Burns, and the rest of the cast return to Texas on January 4.

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Casey Affleck

Thirteen women were sexually assaulted and brutally murdered in Massachusetts during the 1960s at the hands of the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo. Now, Warner Bros. is readying a new film based on the serial killer.

The screenplay was picked up from Casey Affleck and fellow Bostonite writer Chuck Maclean. We were hoping that Affleck would be down to play DeSalvo since he was so bloody terrifying in 2010's "The Killer Inside Me," but it looks like he's eyeing up the part of a detective who helped solve the crime. His job won't be easy since the real-life case involved an unusual theory. As Deadline—who reported the news—puts it, "There is still belief that more than one killer was involved, and that DeSalvo was a pawn in a bigger conspiracy. The movie follows an ambitious detective who is willing to risk career and life in a race to bring down the most notorious sexual predator of the day, while battling a political cover-up by corrupt politicians and lawyers trying to save their careers."

We definitely perked up when the website indicated that "Boston Strangler" will have a similar tone to "Se7en" and "Zodiac." It's been a little while since we've had a great serial killer film. Are you ready to head to Boston?

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Silent Night

During the 1980s, one movie managed to piss off film critics, the Parent-Teacher Association, and frighten children everywhere. "Silent Night, Deadly Night" portrayed Santa Claus as an unhinged young man named Billy who was tormented by the death of his parents and an abusive nun at the orphanage he called home. The 1984 slasher spawned an entire series of killer Santa films, and now "Scream of the Banshee" director Steven C. Miller is remaking the movie, expected to hit theaters on November 30. Genre vet Malcolm McDowell, Jaime King, Jamie Kennedy, and Ellen Wong are a few of the poor souls who will face Santa's wrath.

Dread Central has the trailer for the cheery holiday flick. We think we prefer the old Santa's signature weapon, an ax, rather than the blowtorch featured here. It almost makes Santa look a little steampunk, especially with those creepy eye-goggles. What do you think?

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Texas Chainsaw

The fine folks at Shock Till You Drop snagged the first look at Leatherface in the upcoming "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D." It's not his face we're actually looking at, but the pictures makes up for that by giving the mute madman a chainsaw. We'll take it. Trey Songz, horror vet Bill Moseley, and Alexandra Daddario are just a few of the names appearing in the seventh installment of the killer franchise. This one is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's classic 1974 movie that follows a young woman and her friends through Texas as she attempts to collect an inheritance. Eventually she uncovers the link to a disturbing family connection. You can watch the chilling family reunion when "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D" makes its way to theaters on January 4.

Read all of this week's horror new after the jump!

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