Welcome back, seekers of all things spooky. Thanks for making last week’s debut a success! It’s Friday the 13th weekend, so you’d think this would be a good time for Paramount to announce that they’ve hired Justin Bieber to star in their next Friday the 13th flick. But I guess they just don’t love their fans that much.

This week, we’ve got one of the most splat-tastically gory trailers I’ve ever seen, a motion comic, and some release news, in order of importance. And here’s a bonus before we get into things. Via his Twitter page, author Stephen King announced he thinks Peter Askin’s upcoming adaptation of his short story A Good Marriage is "terrific," as seen below. But we all know how most King adaptations turn out.

Israeli Thriller Big Bad Wolves Drips With Dark Comedy In U.S. Trailer
Usually when Israel and horror are used in the same sentence, religion plays a heavier role. But in Big Bad Wolves, directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado are putting their own wicked spin on the revenge thriller, pitting a violent murderer (Rotem Keinan) against one of his victims’ vengeful fathers (Tzahi Grad) and a lawless detective (Lior Ashkenazi). The U.S. trailer above makes it clear that even though it may sound like just your average indie torture flick, the writer/directors have draped a dark shadow of humor over everything, with brains to balance the sadism.

Or at least that’s what a ton of people have been saying about it over the last few months as the film’s international festival circuit has gotten wider and more critics are imprinting it into their brains. I think it’s great that the horror genre arguably more than any other has opened the doors to the world’s audiences for a host of filmmakers from all over the globe. Keshales and Papushado first hit the scene in 2010 with the intertwining horror Rabies (Kalevet), and will direct a segment for the upcoming ABCs of Death sequel, so hopefully Big Bad Wolves gets enough attention to further the filmmakers’ careers for a long while, and maybe gets other Israeli directors more looks. We’ll know for sure after it hits some theaters and releases on VOD on January 17, 2014.

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