Don't look up, kids, because The Scream Factory has just announced via their Facebook page that Larry Cohen's 1982 classic Q The Winged Serpent is going to be hitting Blu-ray for the first time ever this August!
David Carradine, Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, Richard Roundtree, and James Dixon star.
OK, who's Q, anyway? "Q" is short for Quetzacoatl, an enormous winged serpent and Aztec deity who's called back to life after a series of ritual human sacrifices in Manhattan. It takes a lot to keep a critter like Q satisfied, so he flies around and lops the heads off sunbathers, window washers and swimmers as handily as popping grapes off the vine. The police are confounded by the murders, decapitated bodies (blood rains from the skies on NYC denizens) and Q-sightings. The solution comes in the unlikely form of Jimmy (Michael Moriarty), a petty thief. After a heist goes bad, he hides from his cronies in the uppermost spires of the Chrysler Building and stumbles on the giant bird's nest and egg. He leads the NYPD up to the lair for a big showdown with Q, but it's not quite as easy as anybody thought, of course. Director/screenwriter Larry Cohen was one of the more inventive, original voices of Seventies B-movies, with credits that include God Told Me To, Black Caesar, It's Alive!, Hell Up in Harlem and The Stuff. With Q, Cohen put together an interesting, entertaining mix of Fifties sci-fi homage (complete with great stop-motion special effects for the terrifying beast), action movie, and crime drama. It also touches on the metaphysical question of how exactly one goes about killing off a god. It'd be difficult to think of a more compelling performance from Moriarty; as the piano-playing, scat-singing small-time crook Jimmy, he's repellent and sleazy. However, he's struck on something that will give him 15 minutes to bask in the spotlight ("I'm the most important man in New York!", he gloats) and give him a chance to redeem himself and save thousands of lives. Moriarty brings a depth to the character that makes him absorbing, if not quite sympathetic, and gets to come across with the choice line, "Stick it up your…brain! Your small little brain!". With plenty of humor, suspense, a gallon or two of gore, and great performances from Moriarty and David Carradine and Richard Roundtree as his cop nemeses, this is great, original, entertaining sci-fi fare.
Whenever the stars of "Grimm" are interviewed, they mention how devoted the show's fans are, and in appreciation David Giuntoli and Silas Weir Mitchell recently sat down for a Q&A based around Twitter questions from said fans.
Check out the videos of David and Silas below, and be sure to tune in next Tuesday for Episode 2.20, "Kiss of the Muse," to keep the series' rising ratings momentum going.
Episode 2.12 - "Kiss of the Muse" (airing 5/7/13; 10:00-11:00 pm)
A NEW CASE MAY THREATEN NICK AND JULIETTE’S PROGRESS IN GETTING BACK TO HOW THINGS USED TO BE – Nick (David Giuntoli) discovers a muse-like Wesen (guest star Nora Zehetner, “Heroes”) with the ability to influence those she gets close to - some with positive results, others with terrifying ones. Nick must find a way to get close without losing himself in the process. Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) arranges a dinner date with Nick in the hopes of clearing the air, but their plans go awry as the case intensifies.
Meanwhile, Rosalee (Bree Turner) takes her first visit to Aunt Marie’s trailer. Brian Gant guest stars; Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, and Reggie Lee also star.
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Xan Cassavetes may not be a name that immediately jumps out at you (well, maybe the last name does if you're a cinephile…) but that’s all about to change come May 3rd when her feature film debut, Kiss of the Damned, arrives in limited theaters courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
The vampire-infused story follows two sisters who lead very different paths in life- there’s Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), the well-meaning and soulful vampire who has spent a lifetime and more trying to retain her humanity, while her sister, Mimi (Roxane Mesquida), has always been a troublemaker with an unquenchable thirst for blood and anarchy.
After Djuna sparks up a passionate love affair with a human screenwriter named Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), Mimi’s arrival threatens the passion developing between the two lovers, and soon Mimi’s latest reckless actions trigger a dangerous chain reaction, threatening the entire vampire community as a whole and jeopardizing Djuna and Paolo’s evolving relationship together.
Dread Central recently chatted with Kiss of the Damned writer/director Cassavetes about what inspired her to tackle the horror genre for her debut project, her approach to capturing the intoxicating and often seductive world of vampires and what we can expect from this up-and-comer whose entire life has always revolved around filmmaking and powerful storytelling in some capacity (her parents being iconic film pioneer John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands).
Dread Central: Great job on this movie- I’ve been pretty much done with vampires for a while now, but somehow you found a way to reinvigorate my interests with Kiss of the Damned. Where did the story inspiration come from?
Xan Cassavetes: It actually came to me while I was on a tour of the house; a friend of a friend made a movie there, and when I had the chance to tour the property, I was struck by the setting and how this huge house was just sitting there sinisterly amongst all this wilderness and beauty. I thought the way it contrasted against nature made it perfect for the story I was telling, which also explores the idea of nature vs. unnaturality.
Dread Central: I thought the dynamic between the sisters in the film was particularly compelling and they had a really interesting balance of pain, concern and love. Can you talk about developing that relationship in the script and how much of that was influenced by your own relationships with your own siblings?
Xan Cassavetes: There’s probably a little bit of that stuff in there, but nothing as dramatic as what you see between Djuna and Mimi in the movie- like, at all (laughs). I just thought it would be interesting to follow these two sisters who were bitten by their ballet teacher and to see how someone in a position of authority and trust could take advantage and how that would affect them, separately and together. It forever changed them in some ways, and in other ways they still remained true to their own human natures.
I also wanted to explore how one sister was so desperately clinging to her own humanity despite not being human for a very, very long time and how the other embraces her own endless rage and destructive nature and the ramifications of those decisions. They’re kind of alien to each other but are still drawn to each other through a constant desire to stay connected in some way.
Dread Central: I thought you made some really smart decisions stylistically on this film, particularly with the shooting style and the sound design, giving Kiss of the Damned a great, timeless feel- almost like it’s been locked away in a vault since the 70’s and finally discovered now.
Xan Cassavetes: Thank you so much for saying that- we all worked really hard on nailing down the right look and feel to the movie and spent an INCREDIBLE amount of time working on the sound specifically. To me, sound was everything because in this world vampires have these heightened senses so it only made sense that both the visuals and the sounds would be a lot more vibrant than maybe they’d be in any other kind of movie. Stylistically, it just made so much sense to put a lot of time and effort into both of those elements because it was what was going to really elevate Kiss to something more than ‘just another vampire movie.’
Dread Central: What’s coming up next for you then? Are you planning on sticking around the horror genre for a while?
Xan Cassavetes: You know, I’ve been so busy focusing on Kiss of the Damned for so long that I haven’t really had too much time to focus on anything else. I am finishing up a screenplay this week though which is exciting. It’s sci-fi but not really, kind of a similar approach to how I made Kiss of the Damned. I’m definitely embracing the beats of the sci-fi genre more on that project than I embraced the vampire ones for this film so it will be a bit more traditionally structured.
I just really thought that all those sci-fi ideas and themes make for great storytelling fodder and fertile ground for using metaphors to convey your message. That really excites me as a filmmaker; I can’t wait to finish this script up and get started.
Ted Marcus' award-winning short film The End is now available online in its entirety so if you're shopping for some apocalypse-related mayhem (and really, who isn't?) this could be the best 15 minutes you'll spend all day! Get your butt planted somewhere and watch!
Written and directed by Marcus, The End stars Gus Lewis, Simon Pearsall, Angelica Mandy, Anna Clarke, and Genevieve Gaunt. Check it out below, and look for more from this impressive young filmmaker (the cat's only 22) hopefully really soon!
The Endis a short film about Jamie, a London teenager bent on having the perfect night out. What he doesn’t realize is that the night he’s chosen to escape the clutches of his parents is also the night of the apocalypse. The results are both tragic and thrilling.
This week's Entertainment Weekly is home to a new official still from Stephen King's "Under the Dome." It has that whole Spielberg looking up in a state of wonder vibe going for it, too, so click away and check it out!
"UNDER THE DOME" is the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers to what this barrier is, where it came from, and if and when it will go away.
The 13-episode summer series will premiere June 24th on CBS. It stars Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, Nicholas Strong, Jolene Purdy, and Aisha Hinds.
"UNDER THE DOME" is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Neal Baer, Stephen King, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, and Brian K. Vaughan, who wrote the television adaptation, serve as executive producers. Acclaimed director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) directed the first episode.
Visit underthedome.com to sign up for more info.
There was a time when Ben Kingsley's hairstyle dictated whether the movie he was in was either good or bad. For the record, a bald Kingsley equals a good movie. But now that we have tattooed Kingsley in Ender's Game, our Ben ch'i is officially out of whack!
Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, and Hailee Steinfeld star. Ender's Game, directed by Gavin Hood, opens theatrically on November 1st.
Look for more as it comes.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
Based on the best-selling, award winning novel, ENDER'S GAME is an epic adventure which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.
There's a lot of sex in the violence in IFC's Midnight's new thriller Tied, and everything is not zen for its protagonists. Check out just how far and bad things can go in your first look right here.
Directed by Helene Fillieres and based on the hit novel Severe by Regis Jauffret, Tied was inspired by the true story of a murder trial that mesmerized the French public in 2009. This twisted new erotic thriller starring the beautiful Laetitia Casta and Benoît Poelvoorde explores the boundaries of human sexual desire and the lengths one will go for love and money.
Look for it on May 3rd via digital outlets iTunes, SundanceNOW, Amazon Streaming, XBOX Zune, PS3 Unlimited and more.
One spring evening the Banker encounters a glamorous Young Woman. He is a man of enormous power and wealth, and that night she becomes his mistress. Together they enter a world of dark erotic desire-- the desire to submit and be dominated, to possess and to be possessed, to be forced past all limits. Their games grow ever wilder, ever more dangerous, and when he promises her a huge sum of money to be his – then rejects her – the deadly bond between them is sealed.
It's been nearly a year since there was anything to talk about regarding the latest Stephen King adaptation heading our way, A Good Marriage, but word has come that production is getting under way at the end of May in Sleepy Hollow, NY, with a 15-day shoot scheduled at a local home.
Joan Allen will star in the adaptation of the Stephen King novella, which was featured in Full Dark No Stars. Peter Askin, who directed the 2007 documentary about the Hollywood Blacklist and McCarthyism titled Trumbo, is on board to helm the thriller and is producing with his Reno Productions partner Will Battersby.
King’s story centers on a woman named Darcy who discovers the sinister and gruesome double life that her husband of 25 years and father of their two children has been living. She must now decide how far she is willing to go to maintain the marriage. King wrote the screenplay for the movie, which is being financed by independent equity. Paradigm is handling domestic rights, while Atlas International is selling foreign rights.
Alrighty, kids! Time to shake off all that moss and swamp water because the Scream Factory has just revealed its official artwork for the release of Wes Craven's Swamp Thing. Check it out and count the days to see Arcane get his ass kicked!
Scream announced Craven’s 1982 adaptation of the DC comic book via its Facebook page, additionally confirming yet-to-be-announced extra features. This release will be the 91-minute U.S. cut, not the extended international version that was originally (and accidentally) released by MGM in 2000. As you may recall, that version created a minor stir when a mother purchased a copy of the film (which carries a PG rating) for her young son and was understandably shocked by the copious amounts of nudity throughout.
Craven’s movie stars Dick Durock as the titular hero (with Ray Wise playing the good doctor before his accident), Louis Jordan as the smarmy Anton Arcane, and of course, Adrienne Barbeau as damsel in distress Alice Cable.
Look for it some time in August!
More Pacific Rim goodies have washed up online, and like the obsessive beachcombers that we are, we detected the goodies, dug them out, and now present them to you here along with an intro from Guillermo del Toro!
Look for Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, in theatres July 12th of 2013. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff star.
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From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes--a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)--who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Our friends across the pond have their very own trailer for James Wan's The Conjuring, and even though it's very similar to the trailer we have here in the States, it is just different enough to warrant another story. Check it out!
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story described in the book House of Darkness, House of Light: The True Story by Andrea Perron, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
From New Line Cinema comes a feature film drawn from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel," Orphan) and Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Insidious) as the Warrens and Ron Livingston (HBO’s “Band of Brothers”) and Lili Taylor (Public Enemies) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.
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Joey King (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Shanley Caswell (Detention), Haley McFarland (TV’s “Lie to Me”), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins (upcoming World War Z) is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy.
James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes (The Reaping). The film is produced by Peter Safran, Tony DeRosa-Grund, and Rob Cowan with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers. Reuniting with the director are members of his Insidious creative team, director of photography John Leonetti, editor Kirk Morri, and costume designer Kristin M. Burke, and his Saw production designer, Julie Berghoff. The music is composed by Joseph Bishara.
New Line Cinema presents an Evergreen Media Group/Safran Company Production of a James Wan Film: The Conjuring. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
The film opens in the US and the UK on July 19, 2013.
We live in a very strange world in which very strange things can happen. Case in point: the big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is once again showing signs of life. It even has a director and a possible star in Lily Collins!
According to Variety Burr Steers is on board to direct with Lily Collins (pictured; The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) in negotiations to star in the adaptation of Grahame-Smith’s mash-up of the literary classic.
Darko Entertainment, Natalie Portman's Handsomecharlie Films and producer Allison Shearmur are already onboard the project, which was originally set up at Lionsgate. David O. Russell penned the screenplay.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies centers on Elizabeth Bennet's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a virus that turns the dead into zombies. The story's set in an alternate version of 19th Century England that features deadly ancestors roaming the countryside.
So, we told you a while back that MTV was looking to turn Wes Craven's Scream franchise into a television show. Today the man himself spoke a bit about the project and his possible involvement in it.
“A lot of you have asked about the Scream TV series. It’s true I’ve been approached. My response was, it would depend on the script… If they have a great script/concept, it could be fun. If not, not,” Tweeted Craven regarding whether or not he would direct the pilot episode. I guess the possible scribes over at MTV have their work cut out for them.
Produced with Dimension Films, MTV is currently in search of writers for the one-hour project while Scream director Wes Craven is in discussions to direct the pilot. Should "Scream" receive a series order, it would be slated for a summer 2014 launch and would join current scripted offerings "Teen Wolf" (also adapted from a film franchise) and "Awkward."
So what do you guys think? Something to scream about or no?
During this extremely uneven Season 4 of "The Vampire Diaries," one thing that has been consistent is the chemistry between Claire Holt's Rebekah and Zach Roerig's Matt, which is on display in this clip from tomorrow's Episode 4.21, "She's Come Undone."
"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 4.21 - "She's Come Undone" (airs 5/2/13)
LET’S MAKE A DEAL — Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) try a brutal new approach to provoke Elena (Nina Dobrev) into turning her humanity back on, and Caroline (Candice Accola) is frustrated when her attempt to intervene backfires. When Elena figures out a way to call the Salvatore brothers’ bluff, they call for backup from a surprising source.
Matt (Zach Roerig) gives Rebekah (Claire Holt) some unsolicited advice on her life choices, and she tries to help him in return. Caroline has a confusing and dangerous encounter with Klaus (Joseph Morgan), and Katherine (Nina Dobrev) is suspicious when Bonnie (Kat Graham) makes her an offer that she promises will benefit them both.
Darnell Martin directed the episode written by Michael Narducci and Rebecca Sonnenshine.
Unless you're one of the unfortunate souls who live in Salt Lake City and need someone to monitor your TV viewing, you'll be able to watch "Hannibal" Episode 1.06, "Entrée," tomorrow night. Here's a sneak peek of the ep featuring psychopath Dr. Gideon (guest star Eddie Izzard), who keeps Will and Alana guessing.
With regard to that mention of Salt Lake City, local NBC affiliate KSL 5 TV has pulled the show from its schedule, posting on its Facebook page the following:
PROGRAMMING NOTE: After viewing the past few episodes, as well as receiving numerous complaints from viewers, KSL TV will cancel the airing of the NBC show “Hannibal” on Thursday evenings. This decision was made due to the extensive graphic nature of this show... NBC remains a valued partner to KSL TV. KSL is confident that with the proliferation of digital media, those who wish to view the program can easily do so.
Thankfully our fellow horror fans in Salt Lake City (we know you're out there!) have the Internet.
"Hannibal" Episode 1.06 - "Entrée" (airs 5/2/13)
A COPYCAT MURDER CONFOUNDS JACK AND COMPOUNDS HIS GRIEF OVER THE PROSPECT OF LOSING HIS WIFE, PROMPTING HIM TO SEEK HELP FROM HANNIBAL - Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) are contacted by a former colleague, Dr. Chilton (Raul Esparza), who believes he has the Chesapeake Ripper in custody; but then one of his patients commits a murder that matches the Ripper's profile. The team determines the Ripper was a surgeon and is still at large when Jack’s former protégé, Miriam (Anna Chlumsky), becomes the next victim. Jack copes with her loss and the prospect of losing his wife by opening up to Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen). Lara Jean Chorostecki and Eddie Izzard guest star.
The next flick from our brothers over at Bloody Disgusting Selects, The Haunting of Helena, is slated to be released in select theaters on June 21, 2013. It will also be available on Cable VOD in partnership with Tribeca Films and for digital streaming on June 18, 2013.
Look for more info on this one soon!
After a divorce, Sophia moves to the south of Italy with her daughter, Helena. Their new home, an apartment within an austere building of the Fascist age, is a chance for them to start a new life. But inside an old storage room hides a mysterious closet and a buried secret. After the loss of Helena’s first baby tooth, a chilling obsession begins and an apparition haunts her sleep. Dreams become nightmares. Nightmares become reality. When Helena collects her classmate’s fallen teeth with an urgent hunger, it is clear that there is far more to their new home than can be seen. Sophia finds herself in a terrifying fight to save her child while maintaining her sanity. The Haunting of Helena will keep you at the edge of your seat as it slides in agony along the sharp blade of psychological terror.
It looks like putting "Grimm" on Tuesday was a good move for NBC as the show got a nice boost in the ratings. At the same time we humans got a possible explanation for alien sightings! Read on for more details and a look at the Wesen known as the Raub-Kondor and the Gluhenvolk.
Per TV by the Numbers, the 10-11PM Tuesday timeslot premiere of "Grimm" scored a 2.0 adults 18-49 rating, up a big 54% from last Friday’s 1.3 and up 100% from "Ready for Love"’s 1.0 from last week. It was "Grimm"’s highest rated episode since October 26, 2012.
Now, as for that alien thing, in last night Episode 2.19, "Endangered," we met the Gluhenvolk, an extremely rare reptilian creature that is hunted for its luminescent skin. In this case its pursuer was a fierce, black-feathered creature known as a Raub-Kondor. Because of their appearance, Gluhenvolk are often misidentified by humans as aliens from another planet. Check out the videos profiling the Gluhenvolk and Raub-Kondor below, and be sure to tune in next week for Episode 2.20, "Kiss of the Muse."
Hot on the heels of this morning's trailer debut, we now have an exclusive clip from Aftershock ready and waiting to keep you rockin' and rollin'. Check it out now, and look for more on this one very soon!
Aftershock (review), an earthquake thriller scripted by Cabin Fever and Hostel's Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez, and Guillermo Amoedo, revolves around an insane asylum on an island, where the inmates escape during the quake.
It’s the next "Eli Roth Presents" film, and it marks the English-language debut from director Nicolas Lopez. His last two films, Que Pena Tu Vida and Que Pena Tu Boda, were the highest-grossing Chilean films of 2010 and 2011. Roth most recently produced The Last Exorcism, a microbudget film that grossed $70 million worldwide.
Roth and Lopez wrote the story together, inspired by the latter’s experience when an earthquake devastated Chile in 2010. In his first big acting role since Inglourious Basterds, Roth plays the lead. Among the other cast is Selena Gomez, who was in Chile doing a concert and came over to do a cameo. Lopez’s frequent collaborators Ariel Levy, Nicolas Martinez, and Lorenza Izzo also star along with Natasha Yarovenko, Andrea Osvart, and Miguel Asensio.
Look for it in theatres on May 10th.
In Chile an American tourist’s vacation goes from good to great when he meets some beautiful women travelers. But when an earthquake ravages the underground nightclub they are in, a fun night quickly turns to terror. Escaping to the surface is just the beginning as they face the nightmarish chaos above ground.
Last week we showed you the poster and an exclusive still from promising filmmaker L. Gustavo Cooper's upcoming Copiii: The 1st Entry. Now, as promised, here's the first teaser trailer for the film.
As mentioned previously, Cooper wowed us with his short Velvet Road last year, and Copiii: The 1st Entry promises to be more quality horror. The film stars Rod Luzzi, Graci Carli and Emily Rogers. It's based on a story by Cooper and Coe Douglas with a screenplay co-written by Cooper and Jon Bosworth. Take a look at the teaser trailer below that offers a brief peek into the film, and let us know what you think!
From the creators of the award-winning short Velvet Road, Copiii: The 1st Entry is a film based on Romanian folklore that dates back to the 1500s. It was used by parents as a way to keep children from sneaking out or acting up. The story itself is about a gypsy woman named Alina Patkavior, who was the victim of a brutal rape. The act drove her insane, forcing her to attempt to take her own life. When the woman was ready to commit suicide, a vengeance demon appeared. The demon told her that he would wipe away her pain by giving these men the truly horrible fate they deserved. In return, he would return to claim her child after one year. A year later, Alina had grown to love and care for the child. When the vengeance demon returned to claim her child's life, she double-crossed him by refusing to turn the child over. The demon cursed Alina and her people, making it impossible for them to bear children. The group of gypsies came to be known as Copiii Pierdere, meaning 'the loss of a child' or 'lost children' in Romanian.
When Alina's child became a man and married, he wanted desperately to be a father. The man summoned the same demon that his mother betrayed in an attempt to make amends and lift the curse. The demon told him that while he would not lift the curse, there was a way he could still raise children of his own. The only way he or any member of the Copiii Pierdere could have children was to shed blood in the demon's name, in the form of a cursed ritual. This ritual was named Din Burta de Sarpe, Romanian for 'belly of a snake.' The first time the man performed the ritual, he was horrified to find that it drove a loving couple of villagers insane to the point of death, leaving their unborn child unharmed beside their corpses. Disgusted as he was at his own actions, he took the infant and raised it as his own and passed this gruesome act through his family's bloodline. This year will be the 500-year anniversary of the creation of Copiii Pierdere and the Din Burta de Sarpe. Some believe that their power is growing stronger because of this occasion.
As we told you a few weeks ago, Matthan Harris' The Inflicted (review here) is being released on DVD May 21st from Osiris Entertainment, and to get you ready for it, we have a pair to clips to share.
The film, which stars Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Doug Bradley, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Matthan Harris, Lindsay Hightower, Charles Duran, Gerardo Davila, Amy Erin Amory, Matt Socia, Terry Spector, Ka Beesler, Allison Victoria, and Ian Maurer, recently won the Gold Remi Award for Best First Feature at WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.
In 1992 six-year-old David O’Hara witnessed his father, Richard O’Hara, murder his two-year-old sister in Waco, Texas. David also lost his mother two years prior when she died while giving birth to his sister. In adulthood David becomes a psychopath, like his father, and starts kidnapping young women while enrolled in a medical school in Dallas.
David rapes and impregnates one of his victims, Melissa Daniels, in an attempt to replace the family that he lost as a young boy. However, the Dallas Police track down the location of David’s warehouse and rescue Melissa. Enraged, David seeks guidance from his estranged father, and they devise a plan to reclaim David’s "family." Meanwhile, the FBI has added David to their Most Wanted list and joins forces with the Dallas Police in order to catch him. David is hell-bent on getting custody of his baby, Jessica, and he goes on a murderous rampage in an attempt to get her back.
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Special features on the DVD include: