This weekend’s big release is of course the Leigh Whannell-directed prequel Insidious Chapter 3 (review), though that’s not the only new horror film now available for mass consumption. In fact, two of this year’s mostly hotly-anticipated releases are out today, so read on for details!
First up is Room 237 director Rodney Ascher’s The Nightmare (review), which many have touted as being one of the downright scariest movies of the year. The Nightmare is a documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of sleep paralysis through the eyes of eight people, and it hits theaters and VOD outlets courtesy of Gravitas Ventures.
The doc’s subjects hail from different backgrounds and walks of life, but share eerily similar visions of malevolent, near-human beings that grow increasingly aggressive the longer the sleep paralysis recurs. Are these just random hallucinations or something more? Rational explanations get challenged by the similarities of the “shadow people” multiple subjects describe looming over them.
Ascher, who has first hand knowledge of sleep paralysis, brings the full intensity of this experience to the screen while maintaining empathy and respect for his subjects. As the film unfolds, distinctions between the documentary and horror genres fade as do easy lines between reality and the imagination.
Hailed by our fearless leader Uncle Creepy as being “an old school spookshow that is NOT to be missed,” Ted Geoghegan’s We Are Still Here (review) also hits theaters and VOD today – via Dark Sky Films. The movie stars Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator), Larry Fessenden (You’re Next), Lisa Marie (Ed Wood) and Andrew Sensenig (The Last Exorcism Part 2).
After the death of their college age son, Anne and Paul Sacchetti relocate to the snowswept New England hamlet of Aylesbury, a sleepy village where all is most certainly not as it seems. When strange sounds and eerie feelings convince Anne that her son’s spirit is still with them, they invite an eccentric, New Age couple to help them get to the bottom of the mystery.
They discover that not only are the house’s first residents, the vengeful Dagmar family, still there – but so is an ancient power. A primal darkness slumbers under the old home, waking up every thirty years and demanding the fresh blood of a new family.
An altogether new take on the haunted house genre that deftly mixes human drama and comedy, We Are Still Here is a couple’s terrifying journey through darkness and loss set against the freezing New England winter.
Actor Bruce Campbell has tweeted out another photograph of himself on the set of STARZ’ upcoming series “Ash Vs. Evil Dead“. As with the previous photo he tweeted, the photo is up close and doesn’t give the full picture of what he looks like. However, this picture shows part of his Deadite wardrobe, a look that seems very close to what he was wearing in Evil Dead II. Head below to see the tweet and the full size image.
The show’s synopsis read:
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.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) June 5, 2015
I’m always down for a good monster movie that favors practical effects over cheap CGI. This may help to explain why you’re reading an article about writer/director C. Blake Evernden’s forthcoming creature feature Prairie Dog right now. Although we don’t get a proper look at the titular monster in the trailers embedded below, the flick certainly shows promise.
An official synopsis awaits your attention.
A lone sheriff of the vast lands and valleys of Brada County is confronted with a dual mystery. A pair of sociopathic criminals being chased across the plains have disappeared, and reports keep surfacing of a large, shadowed animal roaming the farmlands of the county. With the assistance of an environmental consultant and the mayor of the nearby town of Sombra Hollow, the sheriff races to find the connection between the mysteries that haunt the valleys of Brada County.
Prairie Dog stars John Bowers, Kathy Zaborsky, Ashlin Malik, Liam McMahon, Douglas MacArthur, Sebastian David, Daniel Howard, and Carly James. Unfortunately, we don’t have a release to share with everyone right now. In the meantime, hang around the official Facebook page for more info.
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[Interview] ‘Insidious: Chapter 3′ Leigh Whannell and Lin Shaye Talk Using “The Further” as Metaphor for Grief
In 2010, audiences tiptoed through the tulips with the Lambert family as jealous outside forces tugged on their happiness, and flocked to the innocence that their son, Dalton, radiated. Elise and her gang of paranormal experts lent a hand in banishing the red-faced demon from the Lambert’s home, but in 2013, the family became the target of yet another supernatural entity. This time, it was the father, Josh, whose life source the evil spirits craved, but through the help of an old friend found in ‘the further’, Josh was able to turn off his astral projection and safely return to the loving arms of his wife and children. In 2015, familiarity has been abandoned, as viewers are thrust into a similar state of fear, but this time, with a whole new family in Insidious: Chapter 3 (review). Quinn Brenner recently lost her mother, not to malevolent otherworldly presences, but to the cruel common hands of mortality, as breast cancer claimed her life. Quinn, her brother, and her father Sean have been doing their best to keep their heads above water since the sudden absence, but the pain over losing a parent, the pressures of oncoming adulthood, and being forced into playing the substitute mom have left Quinn feeling less like a person and more like an empty shell as of late.
Leigh Whannell and James Wan have been partners ever since the very first Saw film hit theaters and made audiences squirm, continuing their partnership throughout the entire Insidious franchise, with Whannell writing all three installments. However, the third entry marks not only the first Insidious movie that Whannell has directed, but his first directorial debut for a feature length film, period. Although he did not know that he would be the one sitting in the director’s chair for Chapter 3, Whannell claims that a sense of ownership was born with the third entry. “As I was writing Insidious 3 I started to fall in love with the characters and the story,” Whannell excitedly recalls, “I became very possessive of it and I didn’t want someone else to do it. So, it was really the script that chose me, that grabbed me, and dragged me into that job”. As Whannell begins his first stretch of directing the franchise, a fresh new Brenner family emerges, providing Whannell with a clean slate full of unsuspecting characters: “One of the most crucial aspects of a haunted house movie is the fear and disbelief of the characters, because they don’t know what’s happening to them. Once the characters are familiar with hauntings it kind of dilutes that”. Lucky for Whannell, the Brenners have no idea what’s about to hit them.
Distressed, but hopeful, Quinn pays a visit to a well-known psychic in the hopes of connecting with her late mother, and finding some sense of closure that might help her move on. However, when she knocks on the stranger’s door asking for help, it is Elise who hides on the other side of the frame, reluctant to delve into the afterlife that too has claimed someone she loves. Elise’s husband took his own life not long ago, and since then, Elise has ignored her gift. While neglecting those who seek her aid, she hides out in her house engulfed in her sorrow, clutching the sweater of her lost loved one in a desperate attempt to hang on to some remnant of his being. “The two lead women of the film, they’re at such different points in their life, like they’re both strong women they are looking at life from a different angle” explains writer/director Leigh Whannell. “You know, Quinn’s seventeen years old, and she’s about to start her life, she’s at this crossroads, whereas Lin starts off the film feeling really closed off and dead, and they sort of meet each other in the middle, and give strength to each other”. Despite beginning on the opposite ends of the spectrum, with Quinn blossoming into adulthood, and Elise withering away, it is their mutual sadness that unites the two characters, and brings them together to meet in the middle and pull each other back to stability. Even Quinn’s father feels the weight of the loss heavy on his heart, and through the course of the film, digs his way out of despair and back to a healthier state of mind. “The theme of Insidious 3 is really loss and grieving, and what brings all three of these characters together, you know, Stefanie Scott and Dermot Mulroney’s characters together, and what brings Elise out of herself, is that they are all experiencing the same emotional experience” reflects Godmother of horror star Lin Shaye, “I think it’s a beautiful unifying element that makes the story unfold in a really great way where you learn about these three people at the same time”.
After Elise tries and fails to call out to Quinn’s mother, and refuses to try again, Quinn attempts to reach her mother on her own, unknowingly attracting a much more sinister spirit in the process, who claims Quinn’s essence for himself. In the third installment, ‘the further’ takes on a whole new meaning, as the vast empty space that collects Quinn piece by piece pulls her deep into its darkness, paralleling her sorrow over her mother that eats away at her a little more each day.”They’re all sort of stored, their own grief basically kept them prisoner” Whannell interprets, “we sort of literalize that thought, now she’s literally being held prisoner in this world”. While some supernatural films stick to surface level scares, Whannell chooses not to settle for less, and searches instead for a deeper meaning for this tale of haunting. “I feel like if you boil supernatural ghost films down to their core essence, they’re really about death” explains Whannell, noting that unlike some other Hollywood films, he wants audiences to feel the pangs of real loss, “it’s dealt with in entertainment so flippantly. James Bond, he kills a bad guy, we don’t think twice about it, but in real life, death impacts us forever”. Although it is important to Whannell to create a fun, frightening horror movie, he also wants to leave an emotional mark on his viewers. “I kind of wanted to broach both those camps. I wanted to deal with the ghosts and the stuff that audiences expect from a horror film, but I did want to deal with the themes of death”. In creating a more impactful story about the afterlife, Whannell went on to explain that in the newest chapter in the series, “the further represents this sort of black cloud of grief that comes with death”. The further acts not only as a metaphor for Quinn’s grief, but Elise’s, as well, as the once happy and vibrant medium now sits quietly in the darkness of her closed off home, away from the sunshine and livelihood that animates the world outside of her walls.
Surprisingly, one of the most exciting aspects of Insidious: Chapter 3 is not Quinn’s journey, but Elise’s, as she morphs from lethargic widow to unlikely hero. “It’s usually some hot young girl or some really cute guy, or some, I don’t know what, but certainly not Elise,” Shaye states proudly about her unique character, “Not this middle aged, motherly, encroaching on old woman. But there’s something wonderful about the place she has in the series, and in the franchise”. Indeed, calling on wiser, more seasoned characters to come in and save the day is a concept that seems lost on modern day audiences, as studios toss out movie after movie with plastic carbon copies of young, flawless heroes that always manage to get the job done without getting a single scratch on them. Elise is a callback to the forgotten, more experienced saviors of the past; the ones who have been through hell and lived to tell the tale, like Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, or Peter Vincent in Fright Night. Like her predecessors, Elise proves to be one of the most vital components in the story, and a necessary guide for her more naive counterpart. Of course, without filling the absent mother role for Quinn, Elise would not be pushed to rise above her depression. “She takes on this surrogate mother role and I think she can see that void in Quinn’s life because she’s psychic” notes Whannell. “She can instantly tap into a bunch of things that maybe your average person can’t. So, when she sits down with her in the opening scene, I think she instantly feels maternal towards her because she can feel that loss”. Hopefully, Quinn takes advantage of her newfound aid, and finds the strength within herself to move on from her past, and escape the darkness, lest she and the rest of the Brenner family be forever lost in the eerie, foggy depths of the further, wandering its dimly lit halls for all eternity.
With all the teasers they’ve been releasing for “Scream Queens,” you’d think Fox would give us the premiere date already, but nope. So far all we know is that it will air on Tuesdays at 9/8c this fall.
Skyler Samuels stars as Grace, a new student at Wallace University who hopes to join Kappa Sorority, led by Emma Roberts’ Chanel Oberlin. Keke Palmer plays Grace’s genius best friend. Their co-stars include Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Oliver Hudson, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd, Diego Boneta, Lucien Laviscount, and Glen Powell. Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas are among the guest stars.
The comedy-horror anthology series hails from 20th Century Fox TV and Ryan Murphy Television. Murphy exec produces with “Glee’s” Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan, and Dante Di Loreto.
The new anthology series “Scream Queens” revolves around a college campus which is rocked by a series of murders and is set in a sorority house.
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FX has uploaded a first glimpse look into the second season of “The Strain“, the sci-fi/horror vampire series created by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, off the trilogy of novels by the same name. The video offers some behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the cast and crew.
The synopsis for the show reads:
The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of “Dr. Ephraim Goodweather,” the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
Season two will feature 13 episodes and premieres on July 12th.
I remember watching a few episodes but I didn’t really get hooked. For those of you who really got into the series, is this something I should try again? Does it maybe work better as something that should be binged?
If you thought ripping and seeding movies was harmless, it’s time to reassess the situation. In California Balloon Films’ upcoming “science-bending spacesploitation splatter-fest” Space Rippers, film pirates discover that seeding movies can result in some serious life-threatening consequences.
Unfortunately, Space Rippers isn’t a sure thing just yet. There are still a few more days and several thousand dollars left on the flick’s official Indiegogo campaign. Be sure to swing by and drop some cash in their piggy bank if you have some extra scratch lying around the house.
In the mood for a synopsis? We happen to have one right here.
For decades, the Space Rippers have orbited Earth, uploading torrents from the last place the law can’t reach. But when public sentiment turns against the sexy squad of amateur astronauts, they risk ripping a legendary cursed DVD, only to release an Anti-Piracy Witch packing malevolent magic and a hunger for Homo Sapiens. Now the Rippers are in a no-holds-barred battle not for Earth’s entertainment… but for its survival.
It’s times like this that I wish I had a ton of cash to throw around because Space Rippers needs to happen. I know I say that a lot these days, but it’s always true. While we’re waiting to see what the future holds for this project, have a look at the trailer below.
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“Under the Dome” returns for its third season with a special two-hour premiere on its new night, Thursday, June 25; and in case you’re a bit hazy on exactly what happened during Season 2, you can revisit Chester’s Mill with this recap video that looks back on all the action. Excited for all new episodes this summer on CBS? They have you… covered.
Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, “Under the Dome” tells the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome.
“Under the Dome” stars Dean Norris, Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alex Koch, Colin Ford, Mackenzie Lintz, and Eddie Cahill. It is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Neal Baer, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Stacey Snider, Peter Leto, and Tim Schlattmann are executive producers.
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Promising to be darker, more horrifying, but still fun to watch, Season 2 of “The Strain” kicks off Sunday, July 12th; and FX has released a new “first look” video that gives us a peek at what’s ahead.
The award-winning thriller from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, based off of the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, was the most-watched new cable drama of 2014.
As the second season unfolds, the transformation has begun. It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed.
Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history… and possibly a way to kill them. Meanwhile, the Master is out for revenge, unleashing new and even more terrifying breeds of bloodthirsty creatures after our team. Our team must find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable… before they become monsters themselves.
“The Strain” hails from showrunner/executive producer/writer Carlton Cuse along with co-creators/executive producers/writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, and Regina Corrado serve as executive producers. “The Strain” is produced by FX Productions.
If you’re a regular visitor to the site, you probably noticed that several of us here at DC have been less than enamored with the past couple of seasons of “Supernatural,” but this bit of chatter we heard today from Jeffrey Dean Morgan (aka Papa John Winchester) has perked up our enthusiasm more than a little.
As the actor told Collider when asked about a possible return to the show, “I absolutely would love to go back. I haven’t been on the show for 10 years, and I get asked about it in every interview and every time I leave my house… They [the fans] want me back. I do this so that I can make people happy somehow. We do it for our fans, and that’s got such a great fan base that, of course, I want to go back. And I would love to have some resolution for that character and his sons.”
He touched on his relationship with Jensen and Jared, “…Jensen, especially, is like a brother to me. I know he’s my son on the show, but we’ve become very, very good friends. Jared, too… For me, I think it would be so cool to go back and have him [Jensen] direct me. That would be great. I’m proud of them. They’re my sons, and I do look at them in a fatherly way, even though Jensen is like my brother…”
But it has to make sense story-wise, “I would love to go back and work with them again if the opportunity comes. But in saying that, I don’t want it to be a forced deal. I want it to be natural, and I want it to make sense for the story. I would love for John Winchester to have some way to say goodbye, not only to his sons, but to the fan base who seems to be clamoring for him to come back. We’ll see, but I hope. I can’t say, ‘I’ll do the last year,’ because I don’t see an end in sight. But I love them, and I’d love to go do a good, solid arc. I don’t want to just do a hit-and-run. I want to go back and do three [episodes] and really get into that world again. It would be great.”
GREAT indeed! Powers-that-be, make this happen please!
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A new trailer and official artwork have arrived for Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah, which was picked up by Lionsgate pre-Sundance 2015. Check them out!
Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, and Chiwetel Ejiofor star. The feature hits theaters on August 21st.
In a post-apocalyptic world, a young woman who believes she is the last human on Earth meets a dying scientist searching for survivors. Their relationship becomes tenuous when another survivor appears. As the two men compete for the woman’s affection, their primal urges begin to reveal their true nature.
According to The Wrap, Paramount has set Michael Bay to direct Time Salvager, an adaptation of the upcoming Wesley Chu science fiction adventure novel. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce, with an eye towards it being Bay’s next project after he completes work on the currently-filming 13 Hours (2016), his Benghazi action thriller.
Courtesy of the book’s synopsis…Time Salvager: a fast-paced time travel adventure from Wesley Chu, the award-winning author of The Lives of Tao.
Convicted criminal James Griffin-Mars is no one’s hero. In his time, Earth is a toxic, abandoned world and humans have fled into the outer solar system to survive, eking out a fragile, doomed existence among the other planets and their moons. Those responsible for delaying humanity’s demise believe time travel holds the key, and they have identified James, troubled though he is, as one of a select and expendable few ideally suited for the most dangerous job in history. James is a chronman, undertaking missions into Earth’s past to recover resources and treasure without altering the timeline. The laws governing use of time travel are absolute; break any one of them and, one way or another, your life is over. Most chronmen never reach old age; the stress of each jump through time, compounded by the risk to themselves and to the future, means that many chronmen rapidly reach their breaking point, and James Griffin-Mars is nearing his.
On a final mission that is to secure his retirement, James meets Elise Kim, an intriguing scientist from a previous century, who is fated to die during the destruction of an oceanic rig. Against his training and his common sense, and in violation of the chronmen’s highest law, James brings Elise back to the future with him, saving her life, but turning them both into fugitives. Remaining free means losing themselves in the wild and poisonous wastes of Earth, somehow finding allies, and perhaps discovering what hope may yet remain for humanity’s home world.
Bay has rightfully caught a lot of flack over the years, specifically for his Transformers sequels, but I still enjoy a few of his older efforts and felt that Pain & Gain was his best film to date. Here’s hoping he can tap back into that mojo a bit with both 13 Hours and Time Salvager to give audiences something worth watching again.
In addition to his own directorial line-up, Bay is also producing the currently-filming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half Shell (2016) and new installments in the Friday the 13th and Purge franchises. He is also developing a fifth installment in the Transformers franchise, as well as various spin-offs, none of which he intends to direct.
Wesley Chu’s Time Salvager hits store shelves this summer on July 7th.
TVLine is reporting that the second episode of the upcoming six-episode season for “The X-Files” will be a sequel to “Home”, the highly acclaimed episode from the fourth season.
The reasoning for this comes from two pieces of evidence:
1) The episode’s name is “Home Again”.
2) The writer/director of the episode is Glen Morgan, who, along with James Wong, wrote the “Home” episode.
“Home” is considered by many to be one of the greatest episodes in the sci-fi/horror drama series. It follows Mulder and Scully as they investigate the death of an infant born with severe birth defects. This leads them to the home of The Peacocks, a family of deformed farmers. Things get very scary and strange in this episode, which was the first, and apparently only, of the series to warrant a TV-MA rating.
The new season of The X-Files will air in early 2016.
Below is a fan trailer for “Home”.
Earlier today, we poster the trailer for Extinction, a supposedly new kind of horror film that is directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped). Now we have several HD stills from the film, one of which brings the action real close to the chest.
The film’s synopsis reads:
For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When Patrick goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Will the last breath of the human race survive a second zombie apocalypse?
The film will hit theaters July 31st, 2015 via Vertical.
According to Twitch Film, production kicks off this weekend for the Cambodian fantasy/horror film The Uninvited, which is being directed by Jimmy Henderson.
The film’s synopsis reads:
Sometime in the past, in rural Cambodia, there was an isolated village ruled by a hardliner Commune Chief. The village faced misery due to a curse that had plagued the village with poor weather conditions ad minimal food supply. The only hope, is there, over the mountain that back-dropped the village from the near distance.
But the Commune Chief is too proud of his land and too confident in his power. By injecting fear into the villagers’ minds he is able to keep them from any form of rebellion.
Until one day, when things start turning into a different direction by the arrival of a mysterious mute woman that appears from the forest.
Below are three character posters from the film. We’ll bring more as it becomes available.
Last week I shared an exclusive interview with Rodney Ascher, the director behind Gravitas Ventures’ terrifying The Nightmare, which is releasing on VOD platforms tomorrow.
The documentary-horror film explores the phenomenon of ‘Sleep Paralysis’ through the eyes of eight very different people, and shares reenactments of their accounts.
While there’s a lot of scary stories told throughout, one really stuck with me. In fact, I asked Ascher about it.
Below we have an exclusive clip from The Nightmare that I personally found fucking terrifying. What you’ll see is a young man recounting his first experience with Sleep Paralysis. Now, while most people have isolated incidents, his was passed on from his girlfriend. Yes, just the notion that his girlfriend was experiencing Sleep Paralysis was enough to trigger it within himself. That is scary as fuck.
Here’s his story… and when you go to bed tonight, pray it doesn’t happen to you, too.
We have more info on the film, with images and the trailer here.
M. Night Shyamalan’s career took a nosedive because he became synonymous with a “twist” ending. After The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan failed to impress viewers with Unbreakable, Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water and even The Happening. In fact, his next work – The Visit – carries an incredibly underwhelming finale.
The best thing since the 1999 Sixth Sense was his production Devil, a Hitchcockian thriller from the Dowdle brothers. I say this because Shyamalan is now behind Fox’s “Wayward Pines,” developed for the small screen from Blake Crouch’s novels “Pines,” “Wayward,” and “The Last Town.”
Much like Devil, Shyamalan leaves the director’s chair alone (sans the pilot) and puts on his producing hat.
More importantly, he leaves the storyline to other writers.
I just caught up on FOX’s “Wayward Pines,” which has now aired three mysterious episodes, and couldn’t be more surprised. I was positive I knew where the series was headed, only the third episode threw everything at me, including the kitchen sink. Even though Shyamalan isn’t the brains behind the mystery, it’s showing (delayed) growth and maturity that he would attach his name to a project that has evolved past him (maybe After Earth was a kick in the ass?).
Even though “The Twilight Zone” opened people’s minds to the unordinary, viewers since have forgotten how to think outside of the box. The Sixth Sense reawakened the viewers’ minds, and turned Hollywood into a melting pot of twists and turns. Growing up in the post-Sixth Sense world has turned us all into “movie detectives,” hoping to figure out the end before the first act has even concluded. I’m just as guilty as everyone else.
And being that every idea has already been done in Hollywood (remakes proving this), viewers aren’t going to feel satisfied anymore with just a surprise finale. A major lesson came of Shyamalan’s failures, one that even he’s learned over the years – it’s not about how a project ends, it’s about the journey. It’s something video game developers learned years ago, and Hollywood is just starting to get on the bandwagon.
“Wayward Pines” introduces us to both an evolved Shyamalan and “twist ending.” It takes off the restraints and throws everything at you, while holding one major mystery behind door number 3. By the end of the third episode, “Wayward Pines” screams at you to stop guessing and just go along for the ride. Let the storytellers read you this bedtime story without any interruptions. Will you let them?
For those unacquainted with “Wayward Pines,” the series follows a Secret Service agent (Matt Dillon) who goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho, in search of two federal agents who have gone missing in the bucolic town. He soon learns that he may never get out of Wayward Pines alive.
You will think you figured it all out. But you haven’t…
On June 20th, one of J-horror’s most famous series’ comes to an end when Ju-On: The Final hits theaters. Directed by Ochiai Masayuki and co-written by Ichise Takashige, the film wraps up the story originally brought to us by Shimizu Takashi.
The film’s synopsis reads:
Following the events of ‘Ju-on: The Beginning of the End’, Mai, the older sister of elementary schoolteacher Yui Shono, goes to look for her sister, who disappeared after a visit to her truant student, Toshio Saeki.
The trailer unfortunately does not feature English subtitles, so I couldn’t understand what plot points were offered. However, they’re sticking with the ghost boy in underwear and the trademark “gurgling” sound effect, so we’re in familiar territory.
Now that Marilyn Manson has reconciled his relationship with Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, he’s begun to turn his attention to Jonathan Davis of Korn. The two’s friendship apparently suffered a serious blow in 2002, supposedly due to drugs.
Manson performed the track “Redeemer”, which was originally written and performed by Davis, so that it could appear on the soundtrack to Queen Of The Damned.
Manson stated to Metal Hammer:
Jonathan and I used to be really close. We hadn’t seen each other in quite some time. Now he and I are talking about doing something completely unexpected together.
A collaboration project between these two has been something people have wanted for a long time, so it could be very interesting to see what comes from this.
AMC is already building up hype for this fall’s premiere of “Fear the Walking Dead,” the Los Angeles-based companion series to “The Walking Dead.”
EW landed some character images that show the calm before the infectious storm, with some details from franchise creator Robert Kirkman.
“Madison is a character whose husband died,” Kirkman explains of Kim Dickens‘s character. “And she’s been raising her kids on her own, so she’s a character that has experienced a very abrupt change to her life that she has had to adapt to. So there’s an inherent strength in this single mother that makes her in some ways uniquely adapted to live in the zombie apocalypse. And I think Kim has shown that if you want to have a strong female character, a no-nonsense strong character —but with a lot of warmth, because its hard sometimes to find an actress that can have those two things and can be this leader and also have this warmth and this kindness to her—that’s something that Kim is very capable of.”
He continues talking about Cliff Curtis, who plays Madison’s boyfriend, Travis.
“Travis is a character that represents a sense of stability in Madison’s life, and so he’s really 100 percent on board. With the craziness of her life, he’s her rock. … He’s definitely got a darkness to his past. … He is finding himself torn between Liza, his ex-wife, and Madison.”
The dynamics get complicated with Madison’s nightmare of a son, Nick (Frank Dillane).
“In the face of that, we’ve got Nick—who is played by Frank Dillane—who is pretty much a parent’s worst nightmare,” add Kirkman. “He has flunked out of college, had a lot of trouble, got mixed up in some bad elements, and is definitely the problem child. And it’s exacerbated for him to be next to this perfect sister who seemingly doesn’t have anything going on in her life that is negative. But that’s not really the case, that’s just his perception. So you have these two siblings that are very much at odds with each other.”
Alycia Debnam-Carey and Maestro Harrel also star in “Fear the Walking Dead.”
Check out the first “Fear the Walking Dead” footage with more details here.