October is a pretty big month for us horror fans because of Halloween. We have our “31 Days of Horror” marathons, our horror challenges, and many more ways to celebrate the month. It is essentially gives all of us a reason to parade our fandom in front of everyone and it’s awesome. You would think that October would be filled with tons of horror releases, and usually you would be right. Unfortunately October of 2016 only has nine horror movies seeing the light of day.* Only one of them is a major studio release. What gives, studios?
*I only included films that were seeing some form of theatrical release. Films going straight-to-DVD were not included.October 7th The Greasy Strangler
Do you have a taste for the distasteful? Then The Greasy Strangler (review) may be for you! The film follows a father and son who compete for the love of the same woman while an oily serial killer stalks the streets. I’m hard-pressed to recommend the film unless you’re under the influence of alcohol and surrounded by a bunch of like-minded folk, but it does have its funny moments.Phantasm: Remastered
Don Coscarelli’s classic supernatural horror film gets the 4K treatment with Phantasm: Remastered. If you’re too young to have caught it on the big screen in 1979, now’s your chance!Phantasm: Ravager
The fifth and final installment of the much-beloved Phantasm franchise (to everyone except me, apparently) finally sees a release this month. After some positive festival buzz, fans are more excited than ever. Will Reggie Bannister be able to defeat the Tall Man and rescue his old pal Mike? You’ll find out soon enough!Under the Shadow
It would be a disservice to call Under the Shadow the Iranian Babadook, and that’s mostly because it’s a much better film (read my review). Set in 1988 Tehran, Babak Anvari’s supernatural spook-fest follows a mother and daughter during the Iran-Iraq War as they are haunted by a djinn that they believe was brought to them by an unexploded missile.October 11th Shin Godzilla
The 31st Godzilla film (and 29th Toho production) reboots the franchise once again, reimagining Godzilla’s origins as he emerges in modern Japan for the first time. Reviews have been mostly positive so far, so be sure to check this one out next week.October 14th Jack Goes Home
Thomas Dekker’s directorial debut features a star-studded cast (Rory Culkin, Britt Robertson, Lin Shaye, Daveigh Chase, Natasha Lyonne and Nicki Reed are all in the film). In the film, Jack (Culkin) returns to his hometown to help nurse his mother (Shaye) back to health after his father dies in a car crash. I wasn’t crazy about the film, but it is nice to see Dekker move behind the camera. It also features a powerfully unhinged performance from Shaye, which is reason enough to see the Jack Goes Home.October 21st Ouija: Origin of Evil
When it was announced that Universal Pictures would be making a sequel to one of 2014’s worst films, audiences were understandably skeptical. Then it was announced that Oculus and Absentia director Mike Flanagan would be directing and co-writing the film, interest was piqued. If anyone can improve upon the original, it’s Flanagan (though the bar isn’t exactly set very high). The film is set 50 years prior to the original and follows a young girl who gets possessed by a malevolent spirit after she finds a Ouija board.Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween
As dumb as it is, Boo! A Madea Halloween does contain horror elements. Plus, you’ve got to give the film some credit for those two undeniably hilarious posters. The film sees Madea (Perry) looking after her great-niece (Diamond White) while fending off killers, poltergeists and zombies.October 28th The Windmill
The only horror film to be released on Halloween weekend isn’t even getting a wide release here in the states (it actually hits VOD services three days before it’s limited theatrical release). It’s pretty depressing. On the bright side, it’s apparently pretty good. The film tells the story of a group of tourists whose bus breaks down near a windmill where a Devil-worshipping miller supposedly ground human bones instead of grains.
Which horror movie are you most looking forward to this month? Let us know in the comments below!
On April 4th, 2013, NBC premiered the first episode of “Hannibal“, the Bryan Fuller developed series based on characters created by Thomas Harris in his novels “Red Dragon”, “The Silence of the Lambs”, and “Hannibal”. Starring Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Valhalla Rising, Clash of the Titans) in the title role, the series followed FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) as an empath who has the ability to investigate and understand crime scenes, and criminals, in startling, almost eerie ways.
I don’t have cable or basic TV channels. I haven’t had them for well over 20 years. When I moved into my own place and ordered internet, Comcast asked if I wanted TV, something I explicitly turned down. To this day, I still get calls asking if I want to upgrade my account to include even the most basic package, which, ridiculously, has something like 100+ channels. For those of you who have cable, that might seem like nothing. For me, that seems unnecessary. I remember as a child having 60-ish channels and that’s it.
I bring this up because “Hannibal” was the first show to make me seriously consider upping my package so that I could watch it as it aired. Something about it just drew me in, almost hypnotizing me with its gorgeous visuals and brilliantly built characters. It was a show where I would seek a fix once an episode ended because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I needed more but had to be patient, much like Hannibal and how he was ever vigilant in selecting and ultimately dispatching his victims.
I miss “Hannibal”, which, as I’ve mentioned previously, “…was a gift from above for horror fans.” It featured some of the most gruesome and horrifying scenes I’ve ever witnessed, such as Hannibal making Dr. Abel Gideon (Eddie Izzard) eat his own leg or the people buried alive to act as fertilizer for fungi in “Amuse-Bouche”. Every episode expertly crafted a narrative around the crimes that delved further into the minds of each character, their own psyches the truly fascinating aspect of the series. For every moment we saw something nauseating, there was far more time dedicated to the haunting impact and toll these events had on those around them. Graham was breaking more and more with every episode, Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) desperate to come to his aid, Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) demanding control from his employees while desperately spiraling out of control with his wife and her illness. Hovering over them all, controlling them like a marionettist, was Hannibal, making them all dance on strings of his own weaving, his cold calculations deeply, intricately, and terrifyingly constructed.
As the show progressed, we only saw these relationships intertwine themselves further, becoming a web of distrust, suspicion, and unknowing betrayal, all according to Hannibal’s conniving plans. It’s only because of Hannibal’s affection for Will, and what he could potentially become, that the threads expose themselves, able to be pulled, unravelling the entire picture. It is because of this magnificent arrangement that the story was so enthralling. With every new revelation, with each new episode, the story moved forward and it felt meaningful, unlike shows where we have exciting premieres and finales but the middle feels lackluster. “Hannibal” was, in my opinion, a show that constantly progressed and evolved.
I miss the music, composed by Brian Reitzell. Yes, I can pop on my records anytime I wish or I can stream the soundtrack if I’m feeling lazy. But there was something delicious about hearing new music every episode that felt so disjointed and unsettling. It was dissonance of the purest form, the kind that mimics the tension on the screen as each layer of mystery is either added or unveiled, both fitting perfectly yet still feeling wrong and unwelcome. With a show so focused on intellectualism, introspection, and complex psychological patterns, there needed to be a soundtrack that aimed for those lofty heights. Reitzell met those heights and conquered them, week after week.
I miss the visuals, wonderfully brought to the screen by the directors and the show’s primary cinematographer James Hawkinson. Even in the first five minutes of the first episode, I knew that this was going to be a beautiful show and it never failed in that department. Every scene oozed beauty, even amidst the viscera. Splashes of blood arced gracefully through the air, bodies faded into nature, becoming one with the world around them, and even the food, which we knew was tainted and taboo, looked macabrely delicious. Some victims were transformed into angels, their majesty and horror vying for equal attention, while others were arranged in a gigantic eye, aimed to see a reflection that can’t possible be there.
I mourn the loss of a show that never hid from its horror foundation. Rather, it embraced it and aimed to elevate itself above all associated stigmas and preconceptions. It knew that horror could be smart, so it went there. It knew that horror could push boundaries, which it did. It knew that horror didn’t care about who or what you are, so everything was fair game. Being a witness to the craftsmanship behind “Hannibal” felt truly special as a horror fan. Rarely do we get something that looks and sounds so wonderful, that has such care and devotion given to every minute detail.
I could talk endlessly about my love of this series, but I feel that I need to come to an end and not overstay my welcome. So, to cap this off, I send these messages: To Bryan Fuller, thank you for developing “Hannibal”. To the cast and crew, thank you for bringing these characters and this story to life. To NBC, thank you for taking a chance and giving the show three seasons. To the fans of the series who so ardently and adamantly refuse to let go, thank you for your passion.
To “Hannibal” itself, thank you, I miss you, and I hope that one day we’ll see you again. Maybe for dinner?
When it comes to cult films Jim Wynorski is no stranger. A number of his films fall under the “cult film” umbrella and maybe none more so than his second directorial effort 1986’s Chopping Mall, a film about a state-of-the-art security system installed at a mall to cut down on theft and other criminal activity. The system includes security robots programmed to stop thieves and disable them via tasers and hold them until the proper authorities arrive. What could go wrong? Sounds like a fool-proof plan to me!
One Friday evening after the robots are installed four couples, three of which work at the mall, decide to have an after hours party in a furniture store. I think this sounds like a great idea because the mall has everything you need, especially in the 80’s, so why not party there? The couples are very much 80’s stereotypes – three are cool, jock-like party types and then the last couple are two outsider nerds their friends are trying to hook up. This is not a problem of course. We just need them to hit the usual notes while the killer robots provide the fun.
As the cool couples begin to have sexy time the not-so-cool kids hang out on a couch watching old monster movies. You know what, I kind of like these not-so-cool kids! What these kids don’t now is that due to a lightning strike the security robots have malfunctioned and are now cold-blooded killers!
It had been about 15 years since I had seen Chopping Mall and man do I love this movie. It’s such a wonderful B-movie and an absolute blast as a party movie. Throw this one on with some friends over and bask in the absurdity.
The cast is wonderful as features personal favorites Barbra Crampton and Kelli Maroney. Maroney is basically our lead and final girl and she’s so fantastic. She hasn’t had has many leading roles over the years as she’s deserved but this is certainly one of the highlights. Watch this back-to-back with The Zero Boys (read my review!) and that’s a fun three hours of Maroney-centric action.
One of the most interesting aspects of watching Chopping Mall now is the certain sense of nostalgia for malls it stirred within me. Malls have obviously changed drastically over the years with places like Amazon and other online retailers becoming our primary source for shopping but Chopping Mall came out during the heyday of malls. This is how I remember them as a kid. They’re was some big and grand about malls back then and going to one was almost like an event rather than merely a shopping experience. That really doesn’t exist, at least not on the same scope, today.
Also because the film takes place in a mall we get this wonderful pun for a title even though it’s a poor description of the film itself. I’m pretty sure there is zero chopping in Chopping Mall.
We all know about Chopping Mall though, so the real question is how did Lionsgate do with their Blu-ray release, which along with Bloud Diner, was one of two titles to kick off their brand-new Vestron Video Collector’s Series? I have to say they did a damn good job. This release of Chopping Mall is right up there with the quality of Arrow Video and Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition releases. Lionsgate did real good for all us Vestron Video fans out there.
The picture looks great, particularly when compared to the past DVD release. It’s not a pristine picture by any means but you have to consider what you’re dealing with here – this is a low budget film that was shot quickly at a shopping mall during the evening when it was closed, meaning the original elements are likely not the greatest to begin with. Grain is something you should want when dealing with movies shot on actual film, but Chopping Mall does appear to have more than you’d expect in a few scenes. This is a good thing though because Lionsgate could have taken the opposite approach and DNR’d this to death creating that horrible waxy image. Luckily they didn’t and what we have is a film that has never looked better.
When it comes to special features Lionsgate absolutely delivered on the goods. There are three audio commentaries – two with Wynorski and second unit director Steve Mitchell, one of which they are joined by Maroney and then a third with Nathaniel Thompson and Ryan Turek. I haven’t watched all these yet but I do enjoy the one with Maroney quite a bit. The other special features are as follows:
Isolated Score Track by Chuck Cirino
Back to the Mall
Chopping Chopping Mall
Talkin’ About. . .The Killbots
Scoring Chopping Mall
The Robot Speaks! Ten Questions with the Killbot
The Lost Scene
Army of One
Chopping Mall: Creating the Killbots
I’m not going to go over each one of these, but I will point out some highlights. Back to the Mall is basically a mini-documentary on the film featuring in interviews with the cast and crew. This is a lot of fun and gives a lot of insight into what the actors thought of the film, surprisingly almost none liked the final name of the film. The Robot Speaks is a fun interview with a killbot, which is the interview we’ve all been waiting for. Watching these special features all in a row they kind of bleed into one but they’re all worth your time. Most have a runtime between 5 and 10 minutes with Back to the Mall coming in at just under half an hour.
Chopping Mall is no Citizen Kane. It’s easy silly by B-movie standards in many ways. Still it’s incredibly enjoyable and to finally see Lionsgate not only release it on Blu-ray but to do so on a wonderful collector’s edition is a absolute dream. This Blu-ray is a must.
Chopping Mall is now available on Blu-ray from Lionsgate as part of the Vestron Video Collector’s Series.
We’re already four episodes in FX’s “American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare”, and even at a taught 10 episodes, there seems to be quite a bit of filibustering. The biggest momentum shifter in last night’s episode is that Lady Gaga made her first full appearance, and looks to be the series’ main antagonist. We learned a lot about the Roanoke people and the mysterious word “Croatan” that wasn’t so special after all.
Weirdly enough, I’m quasi-invested in the season and actually starting to enjoy it. I just wish they’d move the needle a little quicker, although it’s hard to complain when they condensed the season to half of its predecessors.
Here’s a look ahead in which the ghostly Roanoke people attack Shelby and Matt, only this time there’s a “blood moon”, which gives them the ability to actually do them harm. Again, with the duo speaking in the past tense during a documentary interview, it’s impossible to have anything at stake when you know they’re going to live. Let’s wait and see what this massive shock/twist is come next episode.
With A24’s The Monster (read my review) now available exclusively on DIRECTV – ahead of its theatrical/On Demand release on November 11th – the distributor has provided Bloody Disgusting with the film’s trailer.
Originally titled There Are Monsters, the film was directed by Bryan Bertino, who was the writer, producer, and director of The Strangers, as well as the criminally underrated Mockingbird.
Starring Zoe Kazan (In Your Eyes, Fracture), Ella Ballentine (The Captive), Scott Speedman (Underworld), and Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”), The Monster focuses on a mother and daughter who are trapped and tormented by a ruthless creature.
The trailer boasts a ton of footage, including a few teases of the said monster, and an awesome homage to Predator.
“Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (THE STRANGERS) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe Kazan) and her headstrong daughter must make an emergency late night road trip to see the girl’s father. As they drive through deserted country roads on a stormy night, they suddenly have a startling collision that leaves them shaken but not seriously hurt. Their car, however, is dead, and as they try in vain to get help, they come to realize they are not alone on these desolate backroads – a terrifying evil is lurking in the surrounding woods, intent on never letting them leave…
A chilling and tension-filled experience, THE MONSTER pits two ferociously strong women against one of the scariest and most shocking monsters you’ll ever see. It will be a battle no one will forget.”
I remember in sixth grade English class, we were each asked to bring in a poem that we loved and read it to everyone. Everyone brought in something short, something fast that they’d found after a quick search on the internet or rifling through some book their parents owned. As for me, I brought in Edgar Allen Poe‘s “The Raven”…all 18 stanzas. I was already bullied pretty much non-stop and that certainly didn’t help my cause much. However, it never stopped me from loving that poem and its eldritch atmosphere.
Cadabra Records, the label that has been putting out those H.P. Lovecraft spoken-word records, is going to be releasing a 7″ of Anthony D.P. Mann reading Poe’s iconic poem. The record will feature music composed by Goblin’s Maurizio Guarini as well as absolutely stunning artwork from Sam Heimer.
Anthony D.P. Mann is a Canadian-based film-maker and actor with five feature films and a lifetime of stage and radio to his credit. In roles ranging from Count Dracula and the Phantom of the Opera, to Ebenezer Scrooge, his love of the classics is evident in his work. He is delighted to be lending his voice to a series of releases with Cadabra Records, indulging in his first passion – the theater of the imagination.
Guarini explains, “This was the first time I was involved in something like this, I mean it’s not a movie where you work basically on visuals, it’s not a stand alone studio project. Working with the spoken word lets the music play a stronger role, visuals are just on the imagination to the listener, so a different approach was needed.”
The 7″ is available for pre-order tomorrow at 12pm EST over at Cadabra Records. Only 300 are being made with 100 translucent red copies going to subscribers, so you’ll have to be quick to get yours!
The biggest genre news this year was when Bloody Disgusting discovered that Dimension Films/The Weinstein Company had lost the rights to the Halloween franchise, for which they had for decades. The second was that Blumhouse, Miramax, and Trancas International Films are partnering on the revival.
Right out of the gate we heard that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush, Ouija 2) was approached to direct, while Adam Wingard (Death Note, Blair Witch, You’re Next, The Guest, V/H/S) had been publicly campaigning to remake John Carpenter’s slasher classic. From what we understand, neither came into fruition, and a few other genre directors have since passed on the opportunity to revive Michael Myers.
As of this moment, we literally have no idea what is happening with the new film, and there’s apparently a reason: Producer Jason Blum tells Cinemablend that they’ve had some setbacks and are, from what I’m reading, back at square one.
“We haven’t landed on an approach. We haven’t landed on a filmmaker, and we haven’t landed on an approach,” says Blum. “We thought we had a filmmaker and an approach, and we don’t. We’re talking to a handful of people about it — all of them have different ideas. I don’t believe in coming up with an idea and telling a filmmaker what to do. So we have three to five different people we’re talking with, and all of them have a different idea about what it should be. And we haven’t landed on a group, and as a result we haven’t landed on an idea.”
Franchise creator John Carpenter is set to executive produce the next sequel to his 1979 indie that launched the career of Jamie Lee Curtis, and introduced the world to the slasher icon known simply to horror fans as “The Shape.”
“38 years after the original Halloween. I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all,” Carpenter stated in the initial press release.
Although unconfirmed, there are negotiations for Carpenter compose the film, which means we’ll hear his signature sounds gracing the screen while Michael goes on his new rampage.
Watch this spot for any updates as they come in. Hopefully there’ something exciting by, ahem, Halloween.
Warner Bros. Pictures just announced Blade Runner 2049 as the official title to their Blade Runner sequel that’s being directed by Sicario and Prisoners’ Denis Villeneuve.
The Domino dropped when Alcon Entertainment announced that Ryan Gosling would star with Harrison Ford returning to his role as Rick Deckard.
Then shit really got real when they cast Robin Wright, best remembered as the beauty in The Princess Bride, and now playing the powerful and gorgeous First Lady in Netflix’s blockbuster series “House of Cards”.
Then, another one of the best actresses on television was announced as part of this Ridley Scott film: Mackenzie Davis, who starred in Scott’s The Martian, as well as AMC’s astounding tech drama “Halt and Catch Fire”. Jared Leto was also recently attached to an undisclosed role.
The sequel is set several decades after the original. It is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.”
An October 6, 2017 release is planned through Warners.
It’s been known for a while now that Milan Records would be releasing Kaoru Wada‘s fantastic score to the 1993 action horror/thriller anime Ninja Scroll. However, details have been a little scarce in regards to an official release and packaging. Today, that changes as we’re thrilled to reveal the release date as well as show you the cover and what the record itself will look like!
Jubei Kipagami, a ninja mercenary, wanders the countryside in search of work. On his travels, he encounters Kagero, a female ninja whose poisoned blood causes her pale skin to be lethal to the touch. Jubei rescues the woman from Tessai, a creature made of rock. They later find that Tessai is one of the Eight Devils of Kimon, who are involved in a plot to overthrow the Shogun.
I remember buying Ninja Scroll on VHS and watching it so many times that the tape became almost pure static. There was a period where, no joke, I would watch it, rewind the movie, and start it over again. It became a constant background noise for a period of my life. Alas, it was so long ago that watching it now would probably seem almost new to me but back then, it was my jam!
Ninja Scroll will come out November 25th. Pre-orders are available here with an instant download granted after purchase. Additionally, copies will be made available at MondoCon, which takes the place the weekend of October 21st in Austin, TX.
Ninja Scroll vinyl details:
– The artwork of the LP has been designed by famed Japanese illustrator Yuji Kaida (very famous for his illustrations of Godzilla)
– The 180gm LP is pressed on red vinyl with black streaks.
– 500 units only.
– Original score by Kaoru Wada
A new poster for the recently delayed supernatural horror film Rings has been released and it shows Samara emerging from a TV and reaching towards you, the viewer. Hence my headline, which I’m rather proud of. I feel like a poet, except I don’t have a tall leather chair or a velvet robe. I’m really slacking on the important parts of being a writer, aren’t I?
A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before…
Rings is the third film in The Ring franchise, which began with the 2002 J-horror remake that was directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean). A sequel was released in 2005.
The basic premise of Steve De Roover’s new documentary, Forgotten Scares: An In Depth Look at Flemish Horror Cinema, is a little bit suspect in that it positions Flemish horror as a largely unknown, underground movement. Considering the success of recent imports like Cub, Calvaire and The Ardennes I’m not sure how much I buy that but, okay, I’ll play along for now.
Forgotten Scares: An In Depth Look at Flemish Horror Cinema goes back to the birth of Flemish horror in the ’70s and shines a bright light on the potential future of horror in Belgium. Through this doc, the filmmakers hope that viewer get a chance to discover long forgotten – and even unfinished – genre gems and learn in-depth info about underrated ‘splatter and gore’-fests, post-apocalyptic movies, slasher-films, nazisploitation, women-in-prison and other fantastical Flemish genre benders through the eyes of the directors, producers, composers, principal actors and genre experts.
“Forgotten Scares” will feature rare behind the scene footage, classic film scenes, production stills, promotional art and even never before seen videos out of the vaults of the filmmakers.
The documentary is currently in post-production, so there is no release date in place for this film at this time.
Grindhouse Releasing is set to follow up their stunning Cat in the Brain Blu-ray release with I Drink Your Blood coming to Blu-ray on November 8th! This absolutely bonkers splatter-fest is getting the Grindhouse treatment it so desperately deserves. Below you can see all the details and in what should be a surprise to no one this release is gearing up to be absolutely loaded. This will be the third Blu-ray release this year from Grindhouse Releasing making 2016 a year for the ages!
It’s NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD meets Charlie Manson in this gore-drenched 1971 drive-in classic. After consuming rabies-infected meat pies, an LSD-addicted hippie cult goes on a vicious murdering rampage! Heavily censored since its original release, this infamous landmark of cinematic brutality is being presented in all its blood-splattered glory.
•Spectacular new HD restoration of the original UNCENSORED DIRECTOR’S CUT
•4 controversial deleted scenes including the original blood-drenched ending deemed too disturbing for ’70s audiences!
•Provocative audio commentary by director David Durston and star Bhaskar
•Newly recorded audio commentary by stars Jack Damon and Tyde Kierney
•Revealing on-camera interviews with stars Lynn Lowry, Tyde Kierney and Jack Damon
•New in-depth interview with director David Durston
•The original theatrical trailer and radio spots
•Extensive gallery of stills and poster art
•Rare and shocking film of Bhaskar performing THE EVIL KING COBRA DANCE
•TWO BONUS CO-FEATURES – I EAT YOUR SKIN (1964) – presented for the very first time in HD + exclusive interview with 2nd unit director William Grefe, BLUE SEXTET (1969) – David Durston’s long-lost uncensored psychedelic shocker – presented for the very first time on home video!
•Liner notes by renowned horror journalist David Szulkin (THE MAKING OF WES CRAVEN’S LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT)
•Beautiful embossed slipcover
•BONUS – I DRINK YOUR BLOOD HORROR HYPO – Inject your friends with rabies! Limited to the first 3000 copies!
•PLUS OTHER SURPRISES!
Bloody Disgusting has learned that the highly-anticipated creature-feature Gehenna: Where Death Lives, directed, produced, and co-written by makeup and special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri, has been acquired by High Octane Pictures.
The trailer, which you can watch below, hints at a lot of things without actually showing much. It’s enough to have me intrigued and given Katagiri’s history the special effects are sure to be awesome.
High Octane Pictures is a newly-minted shingle, founded by industry vet and CAA Alum Galen Christy. It has acquired the international sales rights for the film, which boasts high-end sets and spectacular effects work from director Hiroshi Katagiri himself, and his friends from the industry. Katagiri’s storied career includes working at Stan Winston Studios and also working with Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park, A.I and War of the Worlds. Other credits include Pacific Rim, The Hunger Games, and Aliens vs Predator: Requiem. Gehenna marks his debut as a feature film director.
Encompassing horror, suspense and a twist that will blow your mind, Gehenna fixes on five people who enter a hidden bunker from WW2, and realize it’s way more than a bunker. Some fates are MUCH worse than death.
The ensemble cast includes Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak), Genre icon Lance Henriksen (TV’s Millennium, Aliens), Eva Swan, Simon Phillips, and Justin Gordon.
Spectral Motion, known for award-winning work on such films as Hellboy and Looper, did the makeup effects on the creature played by Jones.
Gehenna has been accepted at festivals that include Shriekfest and with the support of High Octane Pictures, will have a major presence at this year’s American Film Market.
As previously reported, the 49th Sitges Film Festival will be raising its curtain with the European premiere of Inside, directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped, Extinction), with screenplay by Jaume Balagueró ([REC]) and his usual collaborator Manu Díez, and starring Rachel Nichols (The Loop, Tokarev, Fantastic Four) and Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Punisher). It’s an Adrián Guerra and Núria Valls (Nostromo Pictures) production.
The audience’s worst fears will come to life in Inside, the opening film at the 49th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which will be taking place from October 7-16th. Once again, the Festival is banking on local production for the opening gala, reaffirming its commitment to Catalan cinema.
Inside’s story follows in the footsteps of the film it’s based on, À l’intérieur, directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, and that made an impact on audiences at Sitges 2007 and has become a cult film.
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated. Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring play the two main roles in this brutal and bloody hand-to-hand combat.
Inside is produced by Nostromo Pictures, a Barcelona based company that’s behind Rodrigo Cortés’ films Buried and Red Lights; Grand Piano, that opened the 2013 Sitges Film Festival, or the box office sensation Palmeras en la Nieve. It has the thrillers El Guardián Invisible and Contratiempo well under way.
Thanks to Fabien M.
IFC’s upcoming scripted horror/comedy series “Stan Against Evil” has received a trailer that shows off John C. McGinley (“Scrubs”, Office Space) as the title character who takes on the role of a demon slayer. You can watch the action below, courtesy of IGN.
Brad has mentioned that he’s a big fan of McGinley and I have to agree 100% with him. That actor is brilliant with comedic timing and can pull off being a total asshole (Dr. Cox) while at the same time being open, vulnerable, charming, and wildly entertaining (once again, Dr. Cox). Put him in a project and it exponentially increases my interest!
“Stan Against Evil” follows Stanley Miller (McGinley), a sour, aging bulldog of a New England police sheriff who has recently lost his position as head honcho due to an angry outburst at a most inappropriate moment — his wife’s funeral. Impatient and judgmental, he’s not exactly accepting or kind towards people from different walks of life. When the new, strong-willed sheriff Evie Barret (Varney) opens his eyes to the plague of angry demons haunting their small New Hampshire town, Stan begrudgingly joins an alliance with her to fight them off.
A special Halloween night premiere at 10 PM is scheduled, followed on Nov. 2 by the official series premiere with back to back episodes at 10 PM and 10:30 PM. The 8-episode season will then air Wednesdays at 10 PM throughout the fall.
“Stan Against Evil” was created by “The Simpsons” writer Dana Gould.
John Wick: Chapter 2 hits theaters February 10, 2017. Keanu Reeves returns, although the motivation this time around won’t be the murder of his dog given to him by his dead wife. Although, this new image told us that Wick has a new best friend and sidekick…Turner and Hooch are surely going to be leaving a path of destruction in their wake.
As we told you last week, Lionsgate will host a power-packed panel that will feature the stars and filmmakers from the highly anticipated feature films John Wick: Chapter 2 and Saban’s Power Rangers during New York Comic Con on Saturday, October 8. Fans attending the hour-long panel will be treated to Q&A sessions with the cast and producers of Saban’s Power Rangers and John Wick: Chapter 2, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen footage from both films.
Lionsgate released a trailer tease in which Wick gets suited up for a party that’s also a slight homage to The Shining.
Those who cannot attend will be able to watch the panel LIVE on Twitch.
Location: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 2:00 PM
“In this next chapter following the 2014 hit, legendary hitman John Wick [Keanu Reeves] is forced back out of retirement by a former associate plotting to seize control of a shadowy international assassins’ guild. Bound by a blood oath to help him, John travels to Rome where he squares off against some of the world’s deadliest killers.”
Dr. Isaacs, played by Iain Glen, returns in this fan-made trailer for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, which gives us a look at what it would be like to see Milla Jovovich’s final battle as Alice.
Picking up immediately after the events in Resident Evil: Retribution, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
Ali Larter also returns as Claire Redfield, Iain Glen will return as Dr. Isaacs, with Shawn Roberts playing Albert Wesker once again. New additions also include Ruby Rose as Abigail, Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Doc, Cuban American actor William Levy as Christian, Fraser James (“Law & Order: UK”) as Michael, and Japanese model and TV personality, Rola, as Cobalt.
Last December, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor took to Twitter to state that a new NIN album would be coming out in 2016, along with other stuff. The other stuff has since been confirmed as the scores to the films Between the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio’s climate change documentary that he’s scoring alongside Atticus Ross, Mogwai, and Gustavo Santaolalla (The Last of Us), and Patriot’s Day, which is Peter Berg’s take on the Boston Marathon bombing.
However, it’s already several days into October and we still don’t have any word on a new Nine Inch Nails single, much less an album. Fans are beginning to feel like there isn’t hope, although we’ve seen how surprise drops in the horror world can work out tremendously well, a lá 10 Cloverfield Lane.
To put minds at rest, Reznor replied to several comments on a Instagram post he put up yesterday addressing these concerns by simply stating, “2016 is not over yet“.
The last album we got was 2013’s Hesitation Marks, which was reviewed by Lauren Rae back when it came out and didn’t exactly meet her standards. However, I know many people who adored it, so it’ll be interesting to see what kinds of reactions a new album gets!
A digital billboard promoting Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes has made its way online, although anyone hoping it shows new footage is going to be sorely disappointed. Rather, it shows snowflakes forming the rough yet distinct shape of Caesar, with voice over lines from the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes warning of the impending war between apes and humans.
Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.
Andy Serkis returns as Caesar, with Judy Greer as Caesar’s wife, with Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, Karin Konoval, Amiah Miller, and Terry Notary joining the fight.
War for the Planet of the Apes marches into theaters July 14th, 2017.
London restaurant Lucky Chip has hopped aboard the “Stranger Things” hype train and has added two delicious looking burgers to their menu for the month of October. The first is called the “Eggos Waffle Burger”, which includes “Waffle, beef patty, American cheese, smoked bacon, peanut butter and jelly with a hint of chilli [sic]” while the second is “The Demogorgon” and is a “Demi Gorgonzola [HA!] filled beef patty, Cheddar, pickled onions & Mac sauce”. Both look absolutely delicious!
You wanna know what the problem is with writing posts like this? It’s early in the morning and now I’m craving a burger. It’s barely past breakfast, so this is some bullshit. Someone fly me to London! I’ll convince Brad it’s for investigative journalistic research purposes…or something like that. In reality, I just wanna shove burgers into my face.
Eggos Waffle burger Waffle, beef patty, American cheese, smoked bacon, peanut butter and jelly with a hint of chilli Available for all of October on the STRANGER THINGS MENU at Dalston, Islington & Camden #burgers #strangerthings #strangerthingshavehappened
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