This is not the way I wanted to start my holiday weekend – dining on cheap burgers and brats, instead liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
Even though the collective world acted surprised by the cancellation of NBC’s “Hannibal,” I’ve been holding the stance that it was always the plan. There have been enough clues in past writings that NBC and show runner Bryan Fuller always imagined the series as a trilogy of sorts, and us fans were “gifted” a third season in order to tie it all together.
Still, when “Hannibal” was canceled, there was a lot of talk about it continuing on through a streaming platform like Amazon or Netflix.
In some fresh news, we learn how this is probably impossible, and get the vibe that, as suggested above, this was always the plan.
According to Deadline, the first hurdle to bringing “Hannibal” back would have been to resign stars Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen. Bring them back? Well, yeah, they’re no longer under contract.
Both Dancy and Mikkelsen are already fielding film and TV offers, adds the site who explains that their options expired last night and were not extended by Hannibal producer Gaumont International Television.
Even more disheartening is understanding why a deal with Netflix won’t be happening…
Still, the independent production company continues talks with potential distributors. If Hannibal finds a new home, new deals have to be hammered out with both Dancy and Mikkelsen. Still, if the show gets a new season elsewhere and the two are still available, I hear both love the show and have indicated that they would like to reprise their roles as Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Still, there are other, even bigger obstacles for a fourth season of Hannibal. For once, the show has an exclusive deal with Amazon, making a pact with other streaming services virtually impossible.
It gets even worse, as they’ve lost show runner Bryan Fuller, too.
“And, more importantly, Hannibal has lost its creative force, developer/executive producer Bryan Fuller to a new series, Starz’s American Gods.’ He remains committed to Hannibal, but a possible fourth season has to wait for him to finish the recently ordered first season of ‘American Gods,’ which would be a challenge for potential buyers.
“Hannibal” is likely dead, and all hope is gone. As I stated before, at least we have the ongoing Season 3 to celebrate what was and not what could have been…
The fifth heart-pounding installment in the action-packed sci-fi comedy-adventure franchise, Tremors 5: Bloodline, is set to release this October on Blu-Ray Hi-Def, DVD and Digital HD.
Michael Gross returns as weapons enthusiast and expert subterranean creature hunter Burt Gummer, and while he shared the film’s official key art, he also raves about the finished film.
“ONE NEVER QUITE KNOWS how a film will turn out months after it has been out of your hands, but yesterday’s screening of Tremors 5: Bloodlines at Universal Studios Entertainment put my worries to rest. There is humor, emotion, an extraordinary group of actors, and the full-throttle horror you have come to expect from this franchise. Burt Gummer is back, and teamed with the hilarious Jamie Kennedy. My grandson Nick gave it a “thumbs-up.”
With even more deadly creatures on the loose, Tremors 5 is said to continue the films’ hallmark combination of adrenaline-laced suspense, explosive action and tongue-in-cheek humor.
Tremors 5 is directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Sniper: Legacy) from a script by John Whelpley (Tremors 3: Back to Perfection) and produced by Ogden Gavanski (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Fire, Warm Bodies).
Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” “Ghost Whisperer,” Scream series) stars as Gross’s new right hand man, tech-savvy Travis. The pair are joined by an international cast as they mount a battle against the deadly creatures that turns out to be far more than they bargained for.
“The theatrical release of the original Tremors in 1990 combined suspense-filled action, sci-fi imagination and witty humor in the tale of a tiny Nevada town terrorized by giant man-eating worms known as Graboids. The Graboids eventually morphed into even more deadly creatures known as Ass Blasters. In this all-new adventure that travels halfway around the world to South Africa, the Graboids and the Ass Blasters are not only bigger and badder but Tremors 5 introduces an additional unexpected surprise that raises the stakes in the battle for survival.”
We don’t really cover the mainstream mega popular artists on BD much. Honestly, it’s mainly because they usually play it so safe that they’re not worth writing about. But god DAMN did Rihanna decide to go a bit dark with her latest video for “BBHMM” and it absolutely deserves a spot on this site.
The video, which was directed by Rihanna and Megaforce (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Madonna), shows the singer and a few of her friends terrorizing a woman that they’ve kidnapped, forcing her to drink and do drugs, beating and abusing her repeatedly. The crew manage to avoid the investigations of a police officer, who is played by Eric Roberts (Best of the Best, The Human Centipede 3). The video additionally stars Mads Mikkelsen of NBC’s “Hannibal” as the kidnapped woman’s husband.
Look, that description doesn’t belie just how much nudity, sadism, and violence is in the video. Personally, I couldn’t stand the music but the video definitely had far more pros than cons. If you’re going to check it out, be sure to do so in a place where you won’t get caught as this video is absolutely NSFW.
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, has acquired North American rights to the indie Uncaged, which has first time feature director Daniel Robbins behind the wheel. The film was shot in New York and features Gene Jones (No Country For Old Men, The Sacrament).
In the film, “After several nights of waking up in the woods, a troubled teen straps a camera to himself to document how he’s getting there, only to find some things are better left a mystery…” Similar to Sinister, the film is said to marry found-footage with a more traditional shooting style, as shown in the below trailer.
What’s quite impressive about the Uncaged footage shared is the practical werewolf effects (the transformation scene specifically). It looks like fans of Late Phases have another Lycanthrope horror movie to look forward to!
Brooke & Will Blair (aka the Blair Brothers) will compose the score for Uncaged. Their previous films include Blue Ruin and Murder Party.
After laughing at the hilarious reuse of a mask and scare from Creep, I literally jumped out of my seat in applause.
You see, this is one helluva scare from The Gallows, a classic bait and switch moment that sets audiences up only to pull the rug out from under them. Bravo!
If the rest of the film is this good, we’re in for a classic come July 10th!
“Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.”
The Gallows is directed by Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, who we also exclusively interviewed a few months back. There, you can read about the genesis of the film, who it ended up at Blumhouse before getting a release through New Line. They also speak to creating a micro-indie and how they hope they’ve created an iconic villain!
The Gallows stars Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler and Pfeifer Brown.
In 1978, nestled between The Crazies and Dawn Of The Dead, George A. Romero wrote and directed the criminally under-appreciated vampire film Martin, which tells the tale of a man who may or may not be a vampire and the struggles he goes through with his dark, terrible secret. It’s a subtle film, one that embraces the development of characters and plays with the viewers emotions and expectations of the title character. Should he be pitied or loathed? After all, the film opens with the horrific and calculated murder of a woman on a train. But afterwards? John Amplas’ masterful portrayal stirs feelings and challenges judgments as we try to determine how to think of this flawed character.
The score of the film was composed by Donald Rubinstein, who is the man behind the music of Tales From The Darkside, Monsters, and Bruiser. A jazz musician at heart, Rubinstein took his years of music training and applied them to the score for Martin, resulting in a soundtrack that is as diverse and conflicted as Martin is himself.
Note: I am using newly remastered files from the upcoming Ship To Shore PhonoCo. vinyl release as the basis for this piece.
If you haven’t heard the music of Martin, you are truly doing yourself a disservice. It’s a glorious piece of work, ranging from heartbreakingly beauty to scattered, frantic jazz, from playfully charming to being reminiscent of early Universal monster scores. There is also a lovely variety of instrumentation, many sounds of which tug at the heart with their unnatural yet sublime textures.
In an interview we conducted with Rubinstein back in 2011, he explained that the soundtrack did not come easily: “It came blistered and tormented and committed – an uncovering that wrestled with personal discipline in an effort to do the best job I could.”
In many ways, this describes Martin himself. He’s a tormented man, one that seemingly takes no pleasure in the murders he commits, mainly because they don’t play out in reality as he hopes they will in his fantasies. And yet his personal discipline is something he takes pride in, the fastidiousness of his work mirrored by the precision of the music.
The music highlights the complexities that the viewer faces when watching this film. As I stated, the music runs through many gamuts of emotion, much as we do with Martin. We see beauty and feel pity, which Rubinstein wonderfully evokes in pieces such as “The Calling”, which features an angelic voice crooning over a subdued and melancholic piano, strings and wind instruments mournfully expressing themselves. However, we also experience the sudden and abrupt change of empathy to uncertainty and terror, as evidenced in “Modern Vamp”, which begins innocently, almost childishly, only to fade away and come back in with dissonance and conflicting melodies. And then there’s “Martin at the Butcher Shop”, which if heard outside of the context of the film would sound like the backdrop to a pleasant stroll through Parisian parks.
At the end of the day, Rubinstein has crafted a score that should be revered among not only horror fans, but those who see music as a medium to convey a story. Since hearing it, it’s become one of my favorites and I hope it becomes one of yours.
Starz just released the first ever official still from “Ash vs Evil Dead,” which celebrates the return of Bruce Campbell as Ash, the hero from Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead franchise.
The image shows Ash with his infamous chainsaw, locked in where his had was lopped off. The real kicker is the name tag on the girl’s vest, which looks very much like something we’d see in S-Mart. In fact, it’s revealed that Ash is still a stock boy, only this time at Value Stop. His new sidekicks are employees Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana Delorenzo).
[Ash is] the guy who yet again is accidently responsible for unleashing the evil dead back upon the world. “He’s the only one stupid enough to really tamper with those spirits,” Sam Raimi, who directed the first episode of the new series, tells EW. “And he does. But he’s also still a really good monster fighter. So, he’s also going to be kicking some deadite buttocks, if you’ll pardon the French.”
“It’s The Searchers with carnage and mayhem,” adds Campbell of the newest chapter in the Evil Dead saga. “I’m relegated a little bit into the John Wayne mode these days with my team—the young, virile, evil fighters who will pair up with Ash and take on this nemesis: this never ending, ever evolving nemesis.”
In the 10-episode “Ash vs Evil Dead” series premiering this fall, Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.”
“Ash vs Evil Dead” (see who’s directing here) is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015.
You can read our lengthy interview with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell by clicking here!
You’ll find the previous teaser and full series info by clicking here.
Scream Factory Films announced today that the horror-comedy Bloodsucking Bastards (read our review) will open in select cinemas across top U.S. markets and on VOD September 4, 2015.
Directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the popular comedy troupe Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, Bloodsucking Bastards recently made its world premiere as the opening night film at the Slamdance Film Festival 2015 and has since played at numerous film festivals to press acclaim and great audience enthusiasm.
” ‘Bloodsucking Bastards’ takes audiences on a hilarious, blood-spattered roller coaster ride in the most terrifying locale of all: the American workplace. The film stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a low-level, dutiful employee stuck in a boring job at a soul-killing every corporation. Evan’s the kind of guy who does all the work and gets none of the credit, but at least he gets to spend his days with his beautiful co-worker/girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern), so he soldiers on in the hope of one day getting his coveted sales director position.
Unfortunately, it all falls apart in one fell swoop when Amanda breaks up with him and Evan’s boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his promotion to his college nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). And it isn’t just their sordid past Evan has to deal with. After his fellow officemates start going through disturbing changes (which, paradoxically, make them better employees) and bodies begin to pile up, Evan learns the horrible truth: Max is a vampire. And even worse… a vamp with a plan.
Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles, expose Max as the bloodsucking bastard that he is, and save his pals before his life and career go from dead-end…to just dead.”
The film boasts an all-star cast including Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), Emma Fitzpatrick (Significant Mother, The Collection), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice) with Joel Murray (Mad Men) and Joey Kern (Cabin Fever). It was produced by Fortress Features (Brett Forbes, Patrick Rizzotti) in association with Maybe This Year Productions (Brandon Evans), Colleen Hard, and Justin Ware.
Robin Hardy, director of the 1973 cult The Wicker Man, as well as its awful 2011 sequel The Wicker Tree, is crowd-sourcing the conclusion to the trilogy.
Hardy has launched an Indiegogo campaign for The Wrath of the Gods, which would conclude the Wicker Man trilogy he’s always planned.
The filmmakers are seeking a modest $200k for the production, with one major flaw: contributors won’t receive a physical copy of the film until they reach the $55 tier. In fact, you can only nab a digital copy by dropping $25 on the campaign.
Here are some details, which reveal a “Steam Punk” subplot:
The Whimsey Company of Burbank California decide to create a theme park featuring the Norse Saga, a story of warring Gods and Giants and sly, scheming Elves. A group of intrepid Californians journey into their sub-arctic world completely unprepared to deal with the descendants of the warrior Vikings, a people who believe in the supernatural.
Whimsey CEO Herb Boden (James Mapes) and his son Ziggy (Christopher Leveaux) are led into this doomed enterprise by the lovely Bryn (Halla Williams), herself a Scandinavian who sings like an Angel. Her father, Oscar, chief of Police, tries to keep the peace between the Whimsey crowd and the resentful Vikings. He is diverted by the arrival of the beautiful Clarissa, who shares his passion for Steam Punk and is a kindred spirit..
I have no idea how they’re going to make this for so cheap, but damned if it doesn’t sound cool.
Still, after The Wicker Tree, how badly do we want this? Well, it’s up to you guys…
Shooting is planned for October of this year.
Hey, Rob Zombie fans! Spooky Pinball, LLC will be releasing the Rob Zombie Spookshow International pinball machine in January 2016. There will only be 300 of these bad boys (250 pro models priced at $5,995 and 50 LE models, which have different back glass and side armor, priced at $6,495), so you better be prepared to order yours ASAP (details here).
The purpose of the game is to battle Captain Spaulding (who will be voiced by Sid Haig) through the ‘House of 1,000 Corpses’. Artwork will be done by Alex Horley, who worked with Zombie on many past projects.
The pinball machine will also feature the following 10 tracks:
“Never Gonna Stop (Red Red Kroovy)”
“Living Dead Girl”
“Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”
“Feel So Numb”
“House Of 1,000 Corpses”
Rick and Morty are back with more sci-fi adventures and family squabbles!
Created and executive produced by Dan Harmon (“Community”) and Justin Roiland (“Adventure Time”) this half-hour, animated comedy series returns for season 2 on Sunday, July 26th at 11:30pm E/P on Adult Swim.
We now have the official Season 2 trailer for “Rick and Morty,” which shows some truly weird science. Where else could you see a Raptor watching an old scientist fight Frankenstein?
“Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland) is still living with his daughter Beth’s (Sarah Chalke) family and causing more trouble than ever. This season the rest of the family, his son-in-law Jerry (Chris Parnell), grand-daughter Summer (Spencer Grammer) and grand-son Morty (Justin Roiland) are dragged into Rick’s intergalactic adventures, as he faces new threats and mysteries of his secret past are revealed. Can the family survive Rick’s insanity and all the chaos the universe throws at them?“
For those unacquainted, “Rick and Morty” is one of the best new shows on television.
There were three reasons I was all-in on Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island. Two are gone.
Both Michael Keaton and JK Simmons have exited the latest King Kong film, says Deadline citing that scheduling conflicts are believed to be the principal reason behind both actors’ departures. Thankfully, the masterful Tom Hiddleston remains on board.
The project, which has Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing from a script written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, pushed back its production start by a few weeks from the fall to before the end of the year.
The story will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, said the filmmakers, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.
Universal Pictures will release the King Kong-inspired film in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10, 2017.
The horror genre is known for being filled with unlikable characters, that is why it’s fun to see them all get butchered in unspeakable ways. The best horror films, though, manage to develop at least one extremely likable character so that it hurts when you have to watch them die. The following list features some of the deaths that hit me the hardest upon watching them. What are some of yours?
- Hear The Scream
- Lose Your Mind
These are the three rules posed by new horror comedy Impossible Horror from the makers exploding bear feature Teddy Bomb. Watch the stylish teaser along with a horrifically cute stop-motion animation that explains their influences.
Every night a scream rings out in the same neighborhood.
Two insomniac strangers, Lily the filmmaker and Hannah the game designer, head out together into the darkness to find the cause.
Is it a psychotic killer claiming a new victim?
A murderous ghost out for revenge?
A flesh eating monster?
All of the above with extra chainsaws?
Before they know it, Lily and Hannah have gone from being scream HUNTERS to scream PREY, and an evil force wants them dead. If they can both survive the night, they may just find the answers they’re looking for, but the price will have to be paid in sanity and blood.
If you’d like to be part of the action you have a week or so left to join the Indiegogo campaign.
AMC continues with their short “Fear the Walking Dead” promos that will lead up to the full trailer premiere, presumably after the San Diego Comic-Con panel.
The AMC event will take place Friday, July 10 from 12:00-2:00 PM in Hall H.
Cast and producers expected for “The Walking Dead” include Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chandler Riggs, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James and Sonequa Martin-Green, executive producer/showrunner Scott M. Gimple and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert.
For “Fear the Walking Dead,” expect to see Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Lorenzo James Henrie, Ruben Blades, Mercedes Mason, executive producer/showrunner David Erickson and Hurd, Kirkman, Nicotero and Alpert.
“‘Fear the Walking Dead’ takes us back to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – a time when the world was changing rapidly for reasons unknown, before anyone understood exactly what was happening, when life as everyone knew it was upended and altered in ways no one could have ever imagined.“
Once to be directed by Eli Roth, the classic black & white The Bad Seed is getting a television remake.
Lifetime, the female-driven cable network, has put into development a remake of William March’s novel “The Bad Seed,” reports THR.
From Warner Horizon Television, “The drama centers on Kate, described as the perfect modern woman — a successful working wife and mother, always seeking to give the best life to her daughter. She is confronted with one problem she can’t overcome: her daughter is a relentless, murdering sociopath whose viciousness is matched only by her brilliance. Will Kate be able to learn the truth before it’s too late?”
Barbara Marshall (Exorcism Diaries) will pen the script for The Wolper Organization’s Mark Wolper (History’s upcoming “Roots” reboot, “Bates Motel”).
Looking to get your Amityville fix until the long-delayed release of Franck Khalfoun’s Amityville: The Awakening? Well, the direct-to-video The Amityville Theater will not relieve those withdrawals. The 13th title boasting the Amityville namesake, John R. Walker’s film is set in the infamous town and that’s where the similarities end. Well, that and the sound of flies buzzing a whole lot. It has nothing to do with any of the other films with Amityville in the title and has much to do with other shoddy DTV flicks revolving around a bunch of teens spending the night in a haunted building.
This time around it’s a theater in Amityville, recently bequeathed to Fawn Harriman (Monele LeStrat) following her parents’ tragic death. The estate lawyer urges her to sell the broken down old building, but Fawn figures she ought to check it out and see if she wants to keep it. What better way to make a potentially lucrative decision than to spend the night in the theater with four of her friends who all seem to hate each other.
One of them wants to get in Fawn’s pants, so I can see why that slob is there. But I have no idea why the others agree to this sleepover. They really hate one another it seems. So while this volatile group of teens bunk down, Fawn’s high school teacher (a British transplant) starts investigating Amityville’s past.
Besides it buffing out the film to feature length, I really don’t understand why this teacher subplot was necessary. For some reason there’s even flashbacks to the day before he left England for the States where he’s shown arguing with a local douche in a pub. If that wasn’t mind-numbingly dull enough, there’s also a scene where he goes into a local bookstore, asks if they have any books on local history, and is then directed to the library. That’s a scene I watched with my eyeballs.
Not only are these teacher scenes a drag, they also shatter any inkling of tension the film managed to build up with the kids exploring the theater. As they continue to argue, the kids encounter a litany of tired jump scares and special effects that range from silly to just plain bad. There is one genuinely wicked shot looking up at a balcony I found really effective. I wish there was more stuff like that, but no dice. The film is absolutely miserable from the script to the acting. The lighting is either washed out or too dark and overall just avoid this mess.
And just when it seems like Fawn and her “friends” have reached a dead end, oh look, someone’s brought a Ouija board. I’ll let you fill in the blanks.
The Amityville Theater is now available on DVD if you hate yourself.
Did you enjoy tonight’s premiere episode of MTV’s “Scream”? Are you excited for the next episode? We got your back…
Below is a look ahead at the rest of the debut season in a “supertease” trailer. Be warned, though, as there are quite a few spoilers including the big reveal at the end of the first episode. Also, it appears there will be multiple masks in play, which is an interesting new spin on the series. Does this mean the “fleshy” masked will soon make an appearance? Hmmmm…
Who do you guys think is the killer or killers?
The cast of “Scream” includes Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch.
In “Scream,” “After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens – with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart – become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.“
Ben ‘Yahtzee’ Croshaw is best known for his acerbic and scathing video games reviews on The Escapist, where he’s been gleefully eviscerating video games of the highest caliber, tossing even the sacred cows you hold dear on the grill.
This past week, Yahtzee released a teaser trailer for his Lovecraftian procedural horror game The Consuming Shadow. In it, players must search for clues and spells that can be used to defeat shadowy minions of a Cthulhu-ian creature before time runs out. Failure means immolation on a molecular level, courtesy of the Elder God that’s always watching.
According to Yahtzee’s blog, The Consuming Shadow is a point-and-click adventure game that features permadeath, four playable characters with branching stories and 20 different monsters. The sanity system made popular in games like Eternal Darkness and Amnesia returns with the same punishment, so a psychotic break means game over.
The footage is on the rough side and it doesn’t reveal much other than to let us know we’ll be dying a lot. The game looks to have an almost board game aesthetic, with its widescreen presentation and larger-than-usual interface.
No release date, but The Consuming Shadow will be coming to PC.
Developer Scott Cawthon is going out with a bang with Five Nights at Freddy’s 4, the Final Chapter in the popular indie horror series. Its new teaser image even pays tribute to Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, which may be a sly hint that it’s not the last game — there were obviously way more F13 films that came after the supposed end — or it might not.
Either way, the jump scare-heavy series might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the next game won’t knock you right out of your furry costume.
The animatronic mascot has been held largely on the outskirts of the last two games, but based on this image, as well as others that have been leaked starting as far back as this April, it appears Freddy will be a fixture in Five Nights at Freddy’s 4. He has been prominently featured in several stills already — a technique Cawthon has used before.
According to the above image, Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 arrives on October 31, 2015.