A decade before Tim Story’s Fantastic Four hit theaters Roger Corman, the legendary producer and King of the B’s, produced a movie about the Marvel superheroes. This film, titled The Fantastic Four, was directed by Oley Sassone but it was never released and that was the plan all along. Doomed! is an in-depth documentary that attempts to get to the bottom of what happened with this Corman production. It features never before seen footage from the film’s production as well as new on-camera interviews with much of the cast and crew included Corman, Jay Underwood, Michael Bailey Smith, Joseph Culp, Alex Hyde-White and Rebecca Staab.
This looks well, fantastic. I can listen to Corman talk for hours about anything, so I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about this, a project that he says in the trailer is unlike anything else he’s ever encountered. And that’s saying something because Corman has been at this for a really, really long time. Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four will be available on VOD starting October 11 and on DVD on December 20.
Bloody Disgusting reader ‘Dennis’ linked us to to a brand new still from Blair Witch, which is accompanied by the German trailer for the sequel to The Blair Witch Project.
In Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, “A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.“
James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson star.
Blair Witch will destroy audiences on September 16th.
Here’s a blurb from my review:
” ‘Blair Witch’ is that game-changer horror fans desperately have been waiting for. It will usher in a new breed of genre films that are targeted at creating an emotional experience above all else. “Scary” is probably an understatement as this may just be the first film since ‘The Exorcist’ that will leave younger audiences scarred for life.”
The reveal of Bill Skarsgard as “Pennywise the Clown” in Stephen King’s book-to-film adaptation of It was one of the biggest posts of the year. Clearly, there is something about this vicious clown that draws attention and curiosity. I don’t know if it’s morbid curiosity or hopeful wishes but the overall response to his face and makeup seemed to be quite positive!
Now, director Andy Muschietti is going to test us again as there’s been a full reveal of Pennywise, including costume and, interestingly enough, a rather dirty smile. Complete with a more traditional clown outfit, Pennywise certainly looks like he lives in a sewer and has some rather awful hygiene issues.
Talking with EW, costume designer Janie Bryant explains that the costume, “…definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time.” To get this aesthetic, Bryant pulled from Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras, trying to instill the idea that the force behind Pennywise is older than anyone realizes, perhaps even ancient.
Creepily, Bryant says that the aim was to make Pennywise almost a child unto himself in this outfit. “There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.”
Ultimately, the goal here was to make a Pennywise that prefers to hide. “It makes him almost like a shadow,” Bryant says of the costume.
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are the modern Losers’ Club, seven kids who are terrorized by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).
Creature performer Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club.
Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.
“In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers’ Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.“
While the teaser for Arrival looked as if Ridley Scott had directed Close Encounters of the Third Kind and mixed it with The Day the Earth Stood Still, the full trailer is more Independence Day meets Contact.
Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario) is behind this majestic looking sci-fi thriller that stars Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker. The trailer has Adams making contact and decoding the alien language, as the beings seemingly invade her sleep. It appears the aliens are there to save mankind, as implied by a voice over, but then something goes wrong…
In theatres November 11, 2016, “When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.”
One of the great aspects of a film festival is the ability to discover fresh new talent. Movies like Paranormal Activity and The Witch are prime examples of an overnight success story thanks to the movie’s inclusion in a prominent film festival. I first heard of Jerry Pyle’s short film, “Trust” when it played at Fantasia Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, two of the more popular genre festivals in North America. Short, sweet, and funny as hell “Trust” is the perfect way to kick off episode three of World of Death!
Our second short film from episode three is “Misfortune” directed by Neil Mackay. Mackay is a Canadian filmmaker who’s short film stood out during the ABC’s of Death 2 “M” contest and I knew instantly that it needed to be a part of WOD. Squib work can be a real pain on a low budget production – if you can afford them – but Mackay’s special FX work is top notch in “Misfortune”; some of the better gunplay I’ve seen from the independent scene.
Make sure to check out episode three right now to check out these great short films and tune in Thursday for episode 4 where we’ll be bringing you one of the funniest animated shorts I’ve ever seen as well as up-and-coming genre queen Gigi Saul Guerrero’s short Dead Crossing.
World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for. Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre. And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go. Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 7pm CST.
Jerry Pyle is from California and has been making films since 2002. He just got back from Frontieres with a project called Sanctum about an architect that goes crazy looking for a missing room in his own home. Keep up with Jerry here – jkpyle.com
Neil Mackay hails from Ontario, Canada and has been making films for over 20 years. He is currently in pre-production on a film titled “Greed Inc.” a remake of a short film he did 15 yrs ago… “A down on his luck construction worker comes across a bizarre game show on his television that hunts its contestants down and kills them, and becomes an unwilling participant.”
Bethesda has made good on its promise to have the paid expansion pack, Doom: Unto the Evil, ready to spread its demonic seed — eww, sorry — this month on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and now it’s officially begun. You can experience The Spreadening firsthand for a manageable $14.99 (£11.99/€14.99), just make sure you own a copy of the ridiculously awesome new Doom first.
Unto the Evil features a lot of content for the game’s multiplayer mode, including a trio of new maps — Offering, Cataclysm and Ritual — the UAC EMG Pistol, Kinetic Mine, a playable Harvester demon, and even more personalization options so your marine can look just right.
In related news, the Doom reboot will is just $29.99 (that’s 50% off!) in the QuakeCon 2016 Sale the Humble Store is hosting for the duration of the convention. You can also earn twice as much XP in the Doom multiplayer this weekend, if you’re into that. And don’t dawdle. The Humble sale and Double XP weekend both end on Monday, August 1.
Some sad news has come in to close out the day… popular character actor David Huddleston, best known for playing the title character in The Big Lebowski, passed away earlier this week at the age of 85.
Huddleston, who also dipped his toes a few times in the horror genre, died this past Tuesday, August 2nd, of kidney and lung disease in Santa Fe, New Mexico, according to Variety.
His career spanned several decades, and along with horror fare such as Nightmare Honeymoon (1974) and The Man Next Door (1997), Huddleston can be seen in the likes of Roman Polanski’s Frantic, Uwe Boll’s Postal, Locker 13, and TV series “The Sixth Sense” and “Tales of the Unexpected.”
Born September 17, 1930, in Vinton, Virginia, Huddleston served in the Air Force and then studied acting in New York on the G.I. Bill. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Koeppe.
We here at Dread Central send our condolences to David’s family members and friends… thanks for the memories!
With the Television Critics Association press tour happening now, lots of new TV projects are being announced and followed up on. SlashFilm caught up with TNT and TBS President Kevin Reilly to get an update on the new “Tales from the Crypt” series with M. Night Shyamalan.
Based on the EC horror comic, “Tales from the Crypt” was a long-running HBO half-hour series. Reilly’s plan is to more than double that running time. “I think it may even be longer than an hour,” Reilly said. “There’s going to be a half-hour anthology and then a one-hour original show with some shorts in between. So it’s part of a whole block. The original half-hour, sort of slightly comedic, kind of twisted [story] that Night himself is going to direct will be a part of it every week. Then we’re going to have rotating original one-hours. Then we’ve got shorts that’ll be part of it too. ”
In March, Shyamalan told the site he was leaning towards an episodic anthology format, where each episode will tell a standalone story. “The anthology will be part of it every week, and then there’ll be rotating different serialized original hours,” Reilly said.
He is even hoping to solicit fan stories, if he can work out the legalities of that. “Some of those shorts are going to be crowdsourced ultimately,” Reilly said. “I don’t even think we’ve announced this yet, but we are working with Wattpad, and ultimately I’d like some material to come from [from viewers]. We have some Guild issues we need to work out on this, but I’d like fan fiction to essentially make its way to our air.”
Shyamalan also confirmed his plans to use the Crypt Keeper, who was a character in the EC comics. The HBO puppet voiced by John Kassir was the most famous incarnation as he made non-canon pop culture appearances as well. TNT will have to make a new Crypt Keeper and make sure it is different enough from the previous ones.
“That’s also a little bit of a legal thing too,” Reilly said. “The rights on this are just a disaster. It’s been a mess trying to sort out. There are so many people that seem to have an ownership position on this. So yeah, that’s both a creative and legal thing.”
“Tales From the Crypt” is still over a year away, so there’s time to work those details out. “’Tales’ will be on towards the end of ’17, in the fourth quarter ’17,” Reilly said.
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Distribution label The Orchard acquired North American rights to Demon (review) out of the Toronto International Film Festival, though Polish director Marcin Wrona tragically passed away shortly after the premiere. The film arrives in limited theaters on September 9th, and right now we have a new trailer for you.
The film stars Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski, Tomasz Schuchardt, Katarzyna Herman, Adam Woronowicz, Wlodzimierz Press, Tomasz Zietek, Cezary Kosinski, and Katarzyna Gniewkowska.
A young man travels to the hometown of his future wife, where he knows no one. As a wedding gift from the bride’s grandfather, he receives a piece of land where the two can build a house and raise a happy family. While preparing the land to build, he finds human bones buried beneath the new property. Strange things begin to happen to change this happy couple’s life forever.
Demon is a modern take on one of the most famous figures of Jewish folklore, the dybbuk, a spirit of a person not properly laid to rest that seeks to inhabit the body of a living person.
Some interesting news is coming via THR, who report that Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley has signed on to topline Lionsgate’s YA adaptation Chaos Walking.
Doug Liman is directing the post-apocalyptic thriller, which takes place in a world where all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words, and sounds called “Noise.”
Lionsgate picked up the rights to Patrick Ness’ best-selling young-adult trilogy in 2011. Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) adapted the book, and Jamie Linden (Money Monster) penned a draft.
Doug Davison, who produced the Liman-directed Tom Cruise starrer Mena, is producing alongside Allison Shearmur (Rogue One, Cinderella).
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To mark its official 365 days until release, Alien: Covenant took to Facebook to bring us a brief teaser video featuring star Katherine Waterston!
Alien: Covenant is headed our way on August 4, 2017. Along with the returning Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender, the cast also includes Danny McBride, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Benjamin Rigby, Demian Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Amy Seimetz, Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez.
Specific plot details for the new film are being closely guarded; but it is believed to follow the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet, who discover what they believe is an uncharted paradise but is, in fact, a dark, dangerous world, the only inhabitant of which is David (Fassbender), the “synthetic” and survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
We spent a large chunk of this week celebrating the glory of the 30th anniversary of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, and tomorrow we’ll be running an exclusive interview with the film’s director, Tom McLoughlin.
Interestingly enough, Tom let it out of the bag that Code Red will be bringing the awesome 80’s spookfest One Dark Night (review) to Blu-ray, and this news has me elated as it’s one of my favorite movies ever.
Even cooler? Tom also told us he’s currently working on a remake of the flick! Hey, Tom! I’m ready to be a floating corpse when you are! I give good dead! Ask Romero!
Directed by McLoughlin, 1982’s One Dark Night (retrospective) starred Meg Tilly, Melissa Newman, Robin Evans, Leslie Speights, Elizabeth Daily, and Adam West!
A strange man named Karl Rhamarevich dies shortly after discovering a way to become even more powerful in death through telekinesis. On the night of his burial in a crypt, Julie is to spend the night there as part of an initiation rite, supervised by two other girls. The crypt becomes a scene of horror as Raymar returns to life and deploys his horrifying telekinetic powers, with coffins sliding out and splintering open to release decaying bodies on Raymar’s command. The bodies soon begin to menace the three girls trapped inside. Will they survive the horrific night in the crypt?
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Details have come in for Adam Green and Joe Lynch’s 3-day long (48 hours straight) Movie Crypt podcast to benefit Save A Yorkie Rescue! Read on to find out what’s in store and how you can help!
From the ArieScope Website:
This Friday night (8/5) at 7pm PT Adam Green, Joe Lynch, and Arwen will begin their first ever LIVE broadcast of The Movie Crypt podcast… and stay on the air until 7pm PT on Sunday night (8/7). This special event is all being done in an effort to benefit SAVE A YORKIE RESCUE, and listeners will be encouraged to make donations to the rescue organization as their way of saying “thank you” for the 48 straight hours of exclusive entertainment that the boys (and their special guests) will be providing for free.
SAVE A YORKIE RESCUE is a non-profit, volunteer operated dog rescue that is near and dear to the boys’ hearts given that both are owners of rescued dogs themselves and that Adam’s own Yorkie (Arwen) is the podcast’s beloved official mascot. All of the money raised will go directly to SAVE A YORKIE RESCUE and help the wonderful people that work there provide much needed medical assistance, foster homes, and (ultimately) permanent placement with loving families. These dogs have already lost everything once and (in some cases) have even been abused or horrifically neglected by their previous owners, but together we can make sure that as many of these wonderful, wonderful dogs as possible live happily ever after.
The event will be broadcast live on Geek Nation. Just go to the GeekNation homepage, and when the event begins on Friday at 7pm PT, there will be an area to click on that will start streaming the broadcast for you – for free. Throughout the weekend Adam and Joe will also be interacting with fans on Twitter, on Adam’s Periscope account, and on other social networking platforms – so that you can join in on the fun, ask questions for the guests, and be a part of the show. Most importantly – you can donate to Save A Yorkie Rescue! Be sure and leave a message for Arwen and the boys along with your donation, and they will read it on the air.
Every donation helps so please, please, please give what you can, spread the word to your own friends and followers, and help The Movie Crypt podcast save as many lives as possible with this landmark event. It has been a year in the planning, three very difficult months of coordination, and the boys certainly aren’t staying awake all weekend long for their (already questionable) health and sanity! So please give what you can this weekend and help these unfortunate dogs have a chance at a wonderful, healthy, happy life.
Just what can you expect to hear during the weekend? SO, SO, SO MUCH! Artists and celebrities from all sides of Hollywood have stepped up to join Adam, Joe, and Arwen in raising money for the rescue. You’ll hear from people like Seth Green (FAMILY GUY, AUSTIN POWERS), Michael Gladis (MAD MEN), comedian Jonah Ray (HIDDEN AMERICA, COMEDY BANG! BANG!), comedian Dave Anthony (MARON, VEEP, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), producer Sarah Elbert (HATCHET, HOLLISTON), make-up FX artist Robert Pendergraft (HATCHET 1-3, DIGGING UP THE MARROW), and clairvoyant Marilyn Kapp, who will communicate with the other side live on the air… and even speak directly with Arwen! You’ll hear improv comedy from Derek Mears & The Resistance (FRIDAY THE 13th 2009, SLEEPY HOLLOW) as well as from the hilarious comedy duo of Kelly Vrooman & Lauren Pritchard (THE CHICA SHOW, MAD TV). You’ll hear musical performances from Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT), Ace Von Johnson (FASTER PUSSYCAT), Jason Charles Miller (GODHEAD), and Jesse Snider (BAPTIZED BY FIRE). You’ll hear exclusive film commentaries for FRIGHT NIGHT (with writer/director Tom Holland), CANDYMAN (with director and co-writer Bernard Rose), THE DEVIL’S REJECTS (with stars Sid Haig and Bill Moseley), and John Carpenter’s THE THING (with guest co-host Drew McWeeny from Hitfix). You’ll hear short stories generously donated to the cause by best selling authors Clive Barker and Joe Hill. You’ll hear live script readings of Adam Green’s never-before-seen/heard unproduced draft of CABIN FEVER 2, a brand new episode from the upcoming season of HOLLISTON (performed by the cast), and of course… the main event…
A live reading of Chris Columbus’ never-before-seen/heard early draft of THE GOONIES performed by an all-star cast including Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Joel David Moore, Michael Gladis, Deon Richmond, Felissa Rose, Parry Shen, and many more! (If you’re a GOONIES fan, you need to hear this! It’s very different from the final shooting script but every bit as awesome!)
Tune out or fall asleep and you’ll miss something awesome as very little of this incredible event will ever be re-broadcast again! So start chugging coffee now because this weekend “we’re staying awake so that they don’t get put to sleep.” Listen. Laugh. Learn. Be inspired. And help us save them by donating.
Every dog deserves a life like Arwen’s. Together we can make a life changing difference for so, so many dogs that are currently sick, scared, hurting, and just praying for a chance to be loved… and then to give that love back in return ten times over.
The special 3-day live broadcast will be available to listen to directly on GeekNation.com. Listeners will have the opportunity to ask questions and post comments for Green, Lynch, and their guests through their Twitter accounts (@Adam_Fn_Green, @TheJoeLynch, and @MovieCrypt) as well as watch and take part in live Periscope broadcasts on Green’s Periscope channel (@Adam_Fn_Green) throughout the weekend. “The Movie Crypt’s” dedicated link to donate directly to “Save a Yorkie Rescue, Inc.” will be posted and given out consistently throughout the 3-day broadcast.
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A very brief video from the set of Alien: Covenant reveals actress Katherine Waterston passed out in a hypersleep chamber, similar to the one we’ve seen in Alien and Aliens, only this one is constantly flashing lights, which I know would give me a restless night’s sleep. If it’s not as close to pitch black as possible, I’m waking up in a crabby mood.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ‘Alien’ with ‘Alien: Covenant’, the second chapter in a prequel trilogy that began with ‘Prometheus’ — and connects directly to Scott’s 1979 seminal work of science fiction. Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Michael Fassbender is returning as Prometheus‘ android David, with Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice, Jobs, The Babysitters) leading a new crew that includes Demian Bichir and Danny McBride (“Eastbound and Down”), as well as Alex England (Gods of Egypt), Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills).
Alien: Covenant will come to theaters on August 4th, 2017.
Can’t get enough “Stranger Things?” Neither can we! Thankfully the powers that be have given us some toys to play with on the way to Season 2. Case in point: The Stranger Things Online Experience.
Meanwhile, don’t forget that only one Box of Dread acolyte will receive this Stranger Things Box of Dread Seventh Box in August 2016! See what this Seventh Box looks like!
From the Press Release:
“Stranger Things” is an intensely atmospheric series, full of deep mystery, dark secrets, and terrifying thrills. Now, Netflix is offering consumers the chance to step into the show and experience it first-hand!
Beginning today (Thursday, August 4th), Netflix is rolling out The Stranger Things Online Experience. See, hear, and feel the excitement of “Stranger Things” as you discover the shocking truth behind the disappearance of Will Byers in terrifying VR.
For the most immersive experience, find a quiet room to strap on your Google Cardboard, plug in your headphones, and let the world of “Stranger Things” surround you completely. You can also enjoy the experience on mobile or directly through your browser. Click on the YouTube link for all viewable options.
Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, the hit supernatural thriller “Stranger Things” chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80’s, “Stranger Things” is also a coming-of-age story for the boy’s three closest friends that draws them into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface.
“Stranger Things” stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.
Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (“Wayward Pines,” Hidden) serve as writers, directors, and showrunners of the series and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night at the Museum, Real Steel, Date Night). Shawn Levy also serves as director. “Stranger Things” is a Netflix production.
When Zak Bagans started to put together his haunted museum in Las Vegas for the show “Deadly Possessions,” he began amassing a collection of objects that have a storied history behind them, like Doctor Kevorkian’s suicide van and Ed Gein’s body cauldron. Since then he’s run into construction troubles as workers keep on quitting because of their experiences there.
On the season finale of “Ghost Adventures,” Zak, Aaron, Billy, and Jay head into the museum itself to find out exactly what’s going on. Check out a clip and more below.
Season 12 of “Ghost Adventures” concludes this Saturday. Look for “Ghost Adventures” Season 13 to officially begin on September 24th.
For more info visit “Ghost Adventures” on Travel Channel, and “like” “Ghost Adventures” on Facebook. In addition be sure to follow @GhostAdventures, @Zak_Bagans, @JayWasley, @AaronGoodwin, and @BillyTolley on Twitter using the hashtag #GhostAdventures.
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Mark Wahlberg (The Happening, Planet of the Apes) has joined the cast of Paramount’s Home Invasion, according to Tracking Board. Wahlberg will also be acting as producer alongside Stephen Levinson. The film is written by Aaron Guzikowski.
Pitched as ‘Panic Room’ meets ‘Die Hard’, Wahlberg will play a contractor whose artist wife suffers from an illness that prevents her from being in the sunlight and, as such, he builds a futuristic house that blocks out any natural light. When a band of criminals attempts to break into the house to steal one of his wife’s valuable sculptures, he must evade and outsmart them to protect his home.
Look, they can say Panic Room meets Die Hard all they want but you can’t tell me this doesn’t sound like they watched The Others and said, “That is an awesome concept and we need to use that…with Mark Wahlberg kicking ass.” And you know what? I’m in.
Creepypastas, man! You’ve gotta love them. For those unfamiliar with the term, the official Creepypasta website has a great definition: A “creepypasta” is a short piece of horror fiction. The name is a play on the 4chan slang of “copypasta” – when the creepypasta meme first began, there was a set group of pastas that tended to get shared over and over. Many people actually kept them in a text file and just re-pasted them wherever and whenever the mood struck.
Since the site’s inception in 2008, many creepypastas have gone on to take on a life of their own, like Slender Man. Now Syfy is looking to these terror tales for new material and has found some in “Candle Cove.”
From the Press Release:
You may have watched “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” or “Goosebumps” on television as a kid, which gave children a lot of nightmares, probably even you. Now these scary stories and movies have advanced over the years, already having some popular horror writers and directors to give a good scare, like Wes Craven (director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream) or Stephen King (author of The Shining and IT). However, most of those movies and stories don’t scare us that much anymore, but now there are these popular scary stories that are told throughout the deepest corners of the Internet, spread out onto websites for everyone to read. And this kind of storytelling has become popular after being discovered in 4chan, in what is now known today as Creepypastas.
For you people who are not familar with Creepypastas, they are horror stories told out onto the Internet, spread on websites for readers to feel unsettled or disturbed reading them. We already have a lot of familiar ones, like Slender Man, Jeff the Killer, Ben Drowned, etc. Most of these stories are based off either photos or videos, and some of them are based off cartoons and video games, just telling them in a way to frighten people. There are creepypasta YouTube channels that narrate and tell creepypastas, like Mr. Creepypasta; a few movies based off creepypastas, like Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story or Slender; and video games based off creepypastas (the ones that are most familiar are Slender: The Eight Pages and Slender: The Arrival). Creepypastas are now being adapted into a new television show called “CHANNEL ZERO.”
“Channel Zero” is an upcoming horror/thriller television show coming to Syfy, with the show being made like “American Horror Story.” Each season will be based off a scary urban legend. The first season, which will premiere on September 27th, is based off the creepypasta “Candle Cove,” written by Kris Straub.
For you readers who have not heard what “Candle Cove” is, it’s about a couple of people who remember their past of watching a children’s show called “Candle Cove.” Written in blog posts, these users tell their experiences watching the show, most of them feeling terrified after watching the screaming episode, with a few of them being confused about seeing nothing but “dead air,” which, if you don’t know what that means, is static on the television.
“Channel Zero: Candle Cove” will have six episodes, and Season 2 (thus far untitled) will premiere sometime in the fall of 2017. “Candle Cove” centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980’s and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.
Craig William Macneill (The Boy) is directing “Channel Zero.” Nick Antosca wrote the script for the pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside Max Landis. Harley Peyton is a writer and co-executive producer. Don Mancini will also serve as a writer and supervising producer. The series stars Paul Schnieder as Mike Painter and Fiona Shaw as Mike’s mother, Shaun Benson, Natalie Brown, and Luisa D’Oliveira.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley has signed on to star in the book-to-film adaptation of Patrick Ness’ post-apocalyptic YA triology Chaos Walking, according to THR. The film will be directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, The Bourne Identity) and produced by Doug Davison and Allison Shearmur.
Adapted by Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the draft script was written by Jamie Linden.
Chaos Walking, “…takes place in a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear one another’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise.”
The series began in 2008 with “The Knife of Never Letting Go”, continued in 2009 with “The Ask and the Answer” and culminated in the final book “Monsters of Men”, which came out in 2010.
The Jewish horror tale Demon is something we’ve been covering for over a year, intrigued by its supposedly original take on the dybbuk mythology. Our own Trace says that he loved it until its ambiguous ending in his review. To get a taste of it for yourself, I highly recommend you watch the trailer below. It’s got an absolutely delicious atmosphere pervading across every frame.
Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancee Zaneta, Peter has been given a gift of her family’s ramshackle country house in rural Poland. It’s a total fixer-upper, and while inspecting the premises on the eve of the wedding, he falls into a pile of human remains. The ceremony proceeds, but strange things begin to happen… During the wild reception, Peter begins to come undone, and a dybbuk, the iconic ancient figure from Jewish folklore, takes a toehold in this present-day celebration-for a very particular reason, as it turns out.
Demon was directed by Marcin Wrona, who tragically passed away last September.
Starring Itay Tira, Agnieszka Żulewska, and Andrzej Grabowski, the film is being released on September 9th.