Word has just come that the hashtagged horror flick #Horror has found itself distribution out of Cannes from IFC Midnight. Look for release details soon.
Chloe Sevigny stars with Timothy Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel, and Balthazar Getty. The full cast includes Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindeberg, Mina Sudwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Lydia Hearst.
Fashion line creator and actor Tara Subkoff makes her feature-length directorial debut with the film.
Inspired by actual events, #HORROR centers on a group of 12-year-old girls who face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber-bullying to a night of insanity. #HORROR examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring “likes” comes at the cost of human lives.
AMC is showing a lot of confidence in its upcoming spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead.” We’re still a ways out from the show’s premiere, but that hasn’t stopped the network from confirming at its Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation today that “Fear” will have a second season in 2016 comprised of 15 episodes.
“Fear the Walking Dead” premieres August 23, 2015. The first season will consist of six one-hour episodes.
The cast includes Cliff Curtis, Colman Domingo, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam Carey, Mercedes Mason, Shawn Hatosy, Frank Dillane, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Lorenzo James Henrie. The series is set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner.
“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.
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Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has currently sold 45 million copies in Japan, and while it still has a way to go before reaching the 200+ million sales of series like One Piece and Naruto, it’s certainly getting there. It has also gained a large level of popularity in the West, frequently appearing on Amazon’s bestseller charts.
The series features a world overrun by gigantic beings known as Titans, with the reminder of humanity taking shelter in fortified cities whilst plotting how defeat the Titans and take back their world.
With the hype for the live action film duology, it comes as no surprise that more screen installments in the series are being created. Alongside the current anime, a spin-off series called Attack on Titan: Junior High has been announced. Based on the spin-off manga of the same name, it reimagines the series with the main characters as kids, with the idea being to feature the same setting and scenarios as the original series with a more family-friendly tone. Yeah.
Have a look at the trailer below:
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Collider has announced that AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead“, which hasn’t even had its first episode aired yet, has been green-lit for a second season. The announcement came at the TCA conference.
“Fear The Walking Dead” is the spinoff to AMC’s hit horror drama “The Walking Dead“, which is entering its sixth season this Fall. “Fear The Walking Dead” debuts on AMC on August 23rd.
Words kind of escape us right now. It’s with an unbelievably heavy heart that we report wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has passed on.
The news comes via TMZ Sports, who report that Piper – born Roderick George Toombs – died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday, July 31st. He was just 61.
Outside of the wrestling ring Piper starred in such legendary cult flicks as Hell Comes to Frog Town, John Carpenter’s They Live, and dozens of others.
Speaking personally, Piper was a hero of mine and truly one of those once in a lifetime talents. I’m happy I had a chance to share some time with him a few years back, and I will always cherish every second.
At this time we would like to extend our sincerest of condolences to Piper’s friends, family members, and constituents. This loss really hits hard. Godspeed, brother. Heaven just got a whole lot more interesting. Your memory will live on in the hearts and minds of fans everywhere.
Incredibly sad news as it’s being reported that “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at age 61. Piper, who was born Roderick George Toombs, passed away from natural causes in his home in Hollywood. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was declared free from cancer last November.
Piper was a wrestling icon in the WWE, having earned the WWF Intercontinental Championship as well as the World Tag Team Championship with Ric Flair. He was inducted in the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2005.
To us horror fans, Piper was most known for his role as John Nada in John Carpenter’s They Live, a role that would turn the phrase, “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum,” into one of film’s most iconic lines. He was also Sam Hell in the cult classic Hell Comes To Frogtown, a film that I have thoroughly enjoyed for years.
We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and countless fans. He will be sorely missed.
Sam Raimi Not Opposed to Directing Another Evil Dead Film; New Image of Lucy Lawless in Ash vs. Evil Dead
It’s always hard to tell what is actually going on in the Evil Dead universe, as both Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi often make comments that get us all excited for nothing. There’s a good chance this is another one of those situations, but we feel it’s worth mentioning.
Per Deadline, Campbell and Raimi took part in today’s Television Critics Association press tour, where they mostly talked about the upcoming Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” During the panel Raimi indicated that he’d be behind the camera on another film if Campbell were in front of it.
“This series will force us to make more movies. That’s only 10 [half] hours of programming; we need eight more movies,” Campbell joked, pointing out the way fans always want more than they’re getting. “Making a fourth movie would work. No matter what we give them, it will never be enough.”
Ain’t that the truth.
On a related note, check out your first look at Lucy Lawless as Ruby from “Ash vs. Evil Dead” below!
About “Ash vs. Evil Dead”
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and will premiere on STARZ October 31, 2015. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio, who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Campbell is 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.
Above we have your very first look at genre fav Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as RUBY, a mysterious figure who believes Ash (Bruce Campbell) is the cause of the Evil outbreaks in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.”
In an early interview, producer Robert Tapert explained Lawless’ role, which begins in understanding Jill Marie Jones’ character.
Jones plays Amanda Fisher, “a police officer who sees something that she doesn’t believe. This causes her great problems in her profession,” he explained. “She is on the trail to hunt down Ash because she believes he is responsible for the series of bodies [she finds] as a Michigan State Police Detective. She teams with Ruby (Lucy Lawless), [who] knows something about the Evil Dead and is also on hunt for Ash.”
Mimi Rogers and Ray Santiago also star with ten half-hour episodes beginning their run on October 31, 2015.
In “Ash vs Evil Dead,” “Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter, 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.”
After screening in Cannes, IFC Midnight acquired fashion line creator Tara Subkoff feature-length filmmaking debut #HORROR, which she directed, wrote and produced.
“Inspired by actual events, “#HORROR” centers on a group of 12-year-old girls who face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of a cyber bullying to a night of insanity. “#HORROR” examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring likes comes at the cost of human lives.”
Chloe Sevigny stars with Timothy Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel and Balthazar Getty. The full cast includes Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindeberg, Mina Sudwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Lydia Hearst.
Wild Eye Releasing has a new film on the way entitled A Plague So Pleasant, and we have an exclusive clip from it to share as we head into the weekend.
A Plague So Pleasant was co-directed by Benjamin Roberds and Jordan Reyes; it stars Eva Boehnke, David Chandler, and Maxwell Moody.
Look for the film on DVD on August 25th. Bonus materials will include:
- Promo Videos
In the near future zombies have become a protected, endangered species, held in captivity and legally wandering the streets free from harm by the living. But for the loved ones of those who die, sometimes coping is just too much to handle, especially when not everyone feels the dead have a right to exist, and they are willing to break the law to rid the world of this new population of the dead.
Looks like your Facebook “likes” might actually do something for once. While you might not be able to stop a genocide, end police violence, or convince everyone in the world to go vegan, you could champion the noble goal of yet another Resident Evil franchise remake.
This time, Resident Evil 2 steps up to the plate, and the folks over at Capcom R&D Division 1 made a post on the official Resident Evil Facebook page to ask fans how they feel about the possibility. Check out the full post:
“Hello Resident Evil fans! This is Capcom R&D Division 1! First off, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to all Resident Evil fans, for your passion, enthusiasm and continued support for the Resident Evil brand. Enthusiasm for a Resident Evil 2 Remake is something we’ve been hearing from you over the years, and has drawn some recent attention in the media. However, as the team owns the RE brand, we’re not certain how we feel about this approach, and would like to ask your honest and frank opinion about the “Resident Evil 2 Remake” and what the brand identity is supposed to be about?”
Though the post is a bit vague, fan reception has been overwhelmingly positive. Regarded by many as the best of the fixed-camera installments, Resident Evil 2 holds a special place in my heart as the first of the series I personally played. Having run through the series several times in my later years, I always find myself impressed with the strides the franchise used to take between installments. Resident Evil 2 is no exception, and the lengths the original dev team went to improve upon the RE1 formula is what so solidly planted it in so many gamer’s hearts. That, and the giant alligator boss.
Footage courtesy of IGN:
As a personal take, I am a bit put off by this post. I’ve been vocal in my criticism of Capcom’s remake parade, noting in my review that the recent Resident Evil-HD Remaster was the 8th iteration of the title. The recent trend of one step forward with the Revelations titles and two steps back with the main series titles has taken its toll on consumer confidence, so it seems that Capcom has been eager to remind people of the glory days by parading around the titles people thought were good with maybe a new costume and a fresh coat of paint.
While I find mindless re-releases to be distasteful cash grabs, designed to siphon money out of the nostalgic like an succubus made out of N64s, I don’t mind total remakes. The GameCube Resident Evil was a total overhaul of the game, expanding to almost double the content with the core mechanics still intact. I loved the shit out of that game, and it is my retro gift of choice for my hipster horror gaming friends. While they have shown that their recent chops for action elements are a bit weak, they are still strong in the horror department, so a total overhaul of Resident Evil 2 might be just what they need to strut their stuff.
The obvious downside is that they might ruin the classic title and fail to live up to the monumental expectations of fans, but hey, at least they are trying to address the desires of the fanbase. Fans of the series should definitely check out the post, share their thoughts, then share it with as many of their friends as possible. I’ll be following the story as it develops, so check back in for updates.
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For last week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week, we highlighted Is Tropical’s “The Greeks”. That video showed a bunch of kids using NERF guns and Super Soakers to blast the everliving and absolute shit out of each other. Seriously, if you haven’t watched it, click on the above link and watch the mayhem. It’s well worth your time.
I figured that I should keep that kinda theme going for this week’s edition, so I pulled out The Limousines‘ “Internet Killed The Video Star”, which shows a couple of kids dealing with a zombie invasion. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the video focuses on children, there’s still quite a bit of gore and awesome practical FX going on here! Check it out below and have an awesome weekend!
According to Deadline, at the TCA conference, Bruce Campbell joked about the potential for new Evil Dead films, stating, “‘Ash vs Evil Dead‘ will force us to make more movies. That’s only 10 hours of programming, we need 8 more movies. Making a fourth movie would work. No matter what we give them it will never be enough.”
While he may be joking, director and executive creator Sam Raimi was deadly serious when he said that he’d be behind the camera if Campbell would be in front of it.
Campbell also teased that the series could have a very long life, depending on the reaction from the audience. “Now seasons two through five will be much easier because we all know each other,” he quipped, talking about co-star Lucy Lawless and executive producer Craig DiGregrorio.
While this isn’t exactly new news – there have been talks of a new film continuing Mia’s story since the success of the 2013 remake/reboot – it’s pretty amazing to see how the interest in “Ash vs Evil Dead” is so powerful and so enthusiastic that the imaginations of Campbell and Raimi are running wild and rampant, seemingly full of ideas on how to expand this universe into something truly huge and incredible.
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.
Mimi Rogers was recently cast Suzy Maxwell, a woman who is reunited with her family and several uninvited guests after a freak accident. Suzy is the mother of Kelly (series regular Dana DeLorenzo), a moody wild child trying to outrun her past.
Raimi is directing the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” (see the other directors here) that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” “Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Chloe Smith (“Spartacus”) will serve as producers.
You can read our lengthy interview with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell by clicking here!
In promotion of the upcoming film Sinister 2, the powers-that-be have put together a spooky online scavenger hunt that will yield all manner of coolness.
From the Press Release:
This weekend Sinister Sundays start. Beginning this Sunday, August 2nd, there will be a weekly scavenger hunt on the SINISTER 2 Official Twitter Page. Watch a Sinister Kill Film for a chance to win a filmmaker starter pack.
Related Story: Spread the Fear with Spooky Sinister 2 Video App
You could be terrifying the world with your own movies in no time! To participate, follow @SinisterMovie on Twitter and watch an exclusive piece of content from the movie every Sunday, beginning this week for the next three Sundays. Follow the instructions at the end of the video, and you can win various prizes to help you create your very own Sinister Kill Films. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $1,900 filmmaker starter pack that can go towards a laptop, camera, and software. Four runners-up will receive one tablet, valued at $400 each.
For official rules, please visit SinisterSundays.com!
Ciaran Foy (Citadel) directed Sinister 2. Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, penned the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill, with whom he also wrote the original film.
Look for the film in theatres on August 21st.
In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity. James Ransone co-stars.
Popular UK film festival Grimmfest is taking place the 1st-4th of October at Manchester’s Odeon Printworks, and the first three films in this year’s lineup have been revealed. Read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce three very different UK Premieres that have been making waves at festivals around the world such as Sundance, SXSW, and Fantasia International Fantastic Film Festival:
- SYNCHRONICITY from Jacob Gentry (The Signal), which is described as “a mind-bending sci-fi noir in the tradition of Dark City, Blade Runner, and Alphaville”
- EXCESS FLESH, the new shocking body horror from writer/director Patrick Kennelly
- HE NEVER DIED, the new brutal cannibal horror starring punk legend Henry Rollins, Stephen Ogg (Grand Theft Auto 5), and Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
In addition to this tease of the amazing Grimmfest 2015 lineup, we have also released a second
limited batch of Full Festival Passes after the first release sold out in record time (click here for additional info). Full Festival Passes will gain you access to every screening. This includes 20 feature film premieres and a plethora of the best new genre shorts from around the globe. We are building an amazing programme of the very best new horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy films that will include World, European, and UK premieres. It’s going be awesome!
You’ll find further information on the films below:
HE NEVER DIED (UK PREMIERE)
Starring Henry Rollins, the frontman of legendary punk band Black Flag, HE NEVER DIED follows Jack… Jack is in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behaviour have whittled down his existence to sleeping and watching television. Seeing the human race as little more than meat with a pulse, Jack has no interest to bond with anyone. There’s little purpose for him to make friends with someone he’d eventually eat or outlive by more than a millennia. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. He must now walk a tightrope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility.
SYNCHRONICITY (UK PREMIERE)
Starring Chad McKnight, Michael Ironside, and Brianne Davis, SYNCHRONICITY follows physicist Jim Beale just as he invents a machine that can fold space-time. Suddenly a rare dahlia appears from the future. He must now find the flower’s identical match in the present to prove his machine works. Jim soon discovers that the dahlia lies in the hands of a mysterious girl, who seduces him into revealing his secrets. Convinced that he’s fallen prey to a femme fatale trying to steal his invention, Jim travels back in time to stop her betrayal before it happens. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about the machine, the girl, and his own reality.
EXCESS FLESH (UK PREMIERE)
EXCESS FLESH is the new shocking body horror from writer/director Patrick Kennelly. The film centres around Jill, who is obsessed with her new roommate, Jennifer, a promiscuous and sexy hotshot in the LA fashion scene. New to the city and recently single, Jill is unable to keep up as she binges and purges to stay thin, eventually hating herself and everyone around her. Her jealousy and rage spiral out of control — Jennifer has everything, and Jill wants to be just like her. If Jill can’t BE Jennifer, she must destroy her.
Stay tuned to Grimmfest’s website for additional info as it comes.
In what is probably the most bizarre story we’ve come across all week, next to the cemetery clown, the Philippines is apparently in need of cxorcists. Maybe they could borrow some from Destination America?
The news comes via NPR:
“At any given time we have at the minimum 30 cases,” says 48-year-old Father Jose Francisco Syquia, “and we’re only five exorcists.”
Father Syquia leads a team of four priests who get additional assistance from volunteers: psychiatrists, doctors, lawyers and laypeople.
Given the number of cases he’s juggling, Syquia recently sent a letter to the Philippine bishops conference asking that it send one resident exorcist to each of the country’s 86 dioceses.
“[The] majority of them do not have exorcists or a team of exorcists that deal with these kinds of cases,” says Syquia. “Therefore, many of the Filipinos tend to go to the occult practitioners, what we call the faith healers, spiritists, etc.”
Syquia believes these occult healers are responsible for the increased number of demonic possessions. The healers leave a person with “spiritual openings” that allow demons to latch on, he says.
Meanwhile, it’s a draining job for the official exorcists. Just one session of prayers for a possessed individual can last four hours. And it may take several sessions, according to Syquia, to drive out evil spirits.
“That’s very tiring,” says Father Winston Cabading, secretary general of the University of Santo Tomas and a member of Syquia’s team.
Not only that, the exorcists also have to deal with the aftereffects. They believe that demons retaliate against the priests.
“You expect that there will be more, what we call, retaliations because you are jumping into enemy territory and retaking … what truly belongs to God,” says Syquia. “And therefore, it’s more like maybe a commando raid behind enemy lines.”
At least one of Syquia’s trainees quit. Syquia says the trainee believed he had developed unexplained illnesses because of the work he was doing.
Who knew the place was such a hotbed for demonic possession? I smell a Syfy movie in here somewhere.
Double Murder is back with a magical pair of reviews for the original, and remake of, The Wizard Of Gore!
The original Wizard Of Gore, made in 1970, was one of the last splatter films made by Herschell Gordon Lewis in his original, genre-creating run as a filmmaker. In 2007, Jeremy Kasten released his remake featuring the talents of Kip Pardue, Bijou Philips, and most notably, Crispin Glover. Tune in to Double Murder to see if the low-budget original can outshine the modern remake! Danny! and Tim also discuss Herschell Gordon Lewis’ marketing career (including induction to the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame), the Crispin Glover library of films, and how creep Sonya can be when entering a room.
Almost two weeks ago, we posted a couple of photos showing some walkers from the upcoming sixth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead“. We expressed our appreciation with how disgusting and gross the zombies are becoming. Hell, even SFX specialist and show producer Greg Nicotero feels the same way, stating that the walkers are, “…pumpkins [that have] rotted into a puddle of goo because of the sun.”
Now three more photos have arrived and they’re just as gruesome and revolting as the first two! Head below to see these disgusting creatures.
“The Walking Dead” comes back to AMC on October 11th.
Those of you who have yet to see “Attack On Titan” are missing out.
The animated series is on Netflix, and has been blowing our collective minds for well over a year.
Now, one of two feature films are arriving out of Japan – from the company behind Godzilla(!) – as well as a live-action miniseries.
While the first film just premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, the miniseries is already slated to premiere on August 15th. Yeah, they work fast as hell in Japan.
The first trailer for the miniseries is now live, and it’s just as impressive as the film’s footage.
I love the Steam Punk vibe with a mix of The Hunger Games and Ninja Scroll dabbled in. This is a huge event and could lead to more things of such epic proportions. Thank you Toho!
The first film arrives in Japan on August 8th.
In Attack On Titan, “The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?”
The film’s sequel, “Attack On Titan: End Of The World,” premieres on September 19th. Both are directed by Shinji Higuchi, who is also attached as director of Toho’s Godzilla reboot.
With Hollywood abusing CGI, the promise of a practical effects heavy creature feature is just what the horror doctor ordered.
Arriving on VOD and in select theaters on August 7th is the crowd-sourced Harbinger Down, the directorial debut of Stan Winston protege Alec Gillis, with ADI (aka Amalgamated Dynamics) co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. producing. The duo promised to deliver a tense, claustrophobic creature film that would feature only practical animatronic and makeup effects. The latter proved to be true.
While the concept behind Harbinger Down is simple (alien-like creature running amok on a ship), the actual plot is dense and confusing. The press release explains that it’s about a group of grad students studying the effects of global warming in the Bering Sea. The ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage that contains the film’s “creature”. The Russians experimented with tardigrades, which are tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, only they’re now mutated and incredibly deadly.
And while many of the effects are cool, per se, the lack of filmmaking experience bleeds onto the screen. Gillis and Woodruff, Jr. may know how to create the coolest of horror effects, but they have no idea how to capture them on film – nor hold back when necessary. The creature work on screen becomes gluttonous, hanging on many shots until the viewer can see just how fake and rubbery everything is. On the other end, the camerawork at times is frantic and messy, as if done in hopes of hiding the rubbery look of the filmmakers’ creations that look way too fake in HD.
The worst offense Harbinger Down makes is becoming a The Thing/Alien fan film. Instead of doing something new, it feels like a poorly executed and assembled rehash of the aforementioned classics. Was it overly ambitious? Maybe. But, at the end of the day, a film needs to be judged by what ends up on screen, not how much love went into it. With that said, Harbinger Down is more of an extremely boring Syfy movie than a new sci-fi horror classic.
Even with the overuse of effects, Harbinger Down could have been saved with a solid screenplay. Unfortunately, there’s no good news here, either. Beyond the frustratingly complex set up, it’s impossible to tell who the film’s protagonist is. Is it Aliens star Lance Henriksen? Or maybe it’s the bland and forgettable Saide, played by Camille Balsamo (above, right)? Weirdly, I started to think the Russian character, Svet (Milla Bjorn), was the film’s homage to Ripley. Bjorn (above, left) delivers a powerhouse of a performance that holds the film on her back, at least until she’s abducted by the creature.
I really wanted to like Harbinger Down, but felt burned out by the end credits. It’s a bleak, tiring and vanilla creature feature that’s sadly forgettable. I don’t recommend going down with the ship.