The next chapter of the Underworld franchise has finally begun filming, and we have all your early details right here. Read on!
From the Press Release:
Principal photography is under way on the latest installment of Screen Gems/Lakeshore Entertainment’s blockbuster UNDERWORLD series, which has grossed nearly $500 million worldwide. The ten-week shoot will take place entirely in the Czech capital and areas surrounding.
Theo James (the Divergent series) returns as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld: Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies (“Outlander,” “Rome”) and Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire, and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) again plays Vampire elder Thomas. Rounding out the film’s stellar international cast are: James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones”), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James (A&E’s “Damien”), and Daisy Head (Fallen).
Anna Foerster is the director of UNDERWORLD 5. Foerster, who previously directed episodes of the television series “Criminal Minds” and “Outlander,” is widely known for her work as cinematographer on epic blockbusters such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, and White House Down.
The screenplay for UNDERWORLD 5 was penned by Cory Goodman (The Last Witch Hunter, Priest) and based on characters originally created by Kevin Grevioux, Len Wiseman, and Danny McBride. Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg (The Lincoln Lawyer, Million Dollar Baby), Gary Lucchesi (Million Dollar Baby, Underworld), and Richard S. Wright (The Lincoln Lawyer, Underworld) are producing, as are David Kern (Underworld: Awakening) along with Len Wiseman (Underworld, Total Recall).
Foerster’s accomplished behind-the-scenes team is comprised of cinematographer Karl W. Lindenlaub (The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Independence Day), production designer Ondrej Nekvasil (Snowpiercer), costume designer Bojana Nikitovic (A Good Day to Die Hard), and editor Peter Amundson (Pacific Rim, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans).
Paramount International has just released an animated look back at the Paranormal Activity franchise in anticipation of this Friday’s release of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. The video serves to bring you up-to-speed on the franchise by reminding you of all you need to know to be ready for the final chapter.
Look for our review and an interview with director Gregory Plotkin soon!
Plotkin’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will open in 3D on October 23, 2015. Olivia Taylor Dudley, Chloe Csengery, Maria Olsen, Brit Shaw, Aiden Lovekamp, Jessica Tyler Brown, Ivy George, Chris J. Murray, Nathan Brewer, and Michael Krawic star.
The Ghost Dimension follows a new family, The Fleeges – father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw), and their young daughter, Leila (Ivy George) – who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage. When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them – including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.
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Sleepaway Camp‘s Felissa Rose is a regular ta horror conventions.
Rose and writer-director Harrison Smith are heading up the genre division of the recently-relaunched Carolco Pictures.
Rose and Smith are currently working on bringing Love Bites, the 2010 novel by scream queen Adrienne Barbeau, to the big screen.
This past weekend Rose appeared at Rock and Shock for a Sleepaway Camp panel, which was attended by Broke Horror Fan. There, Rose was telling fans that Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich is in talks to star in the adaptation.
“In talks” can mean a lot of things. For all we know Rose and Smith reached out to Jovovich’s reps and consider that “in talks.” It doesn’t mean for a second that Jovovich is interested, and all of this should be taken in jest until something more official were to be announced.
“Love Bites” is the second novel in Barbeau’s “Vampyres of Hollywood” series. It’s about Ovsanna Moore, a Hollywood siren, horror film legend, cut throat producer and 450-year-old vampyre.
Jovovich is currently in South Africa shooting Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth and final entry in the franchise.
With Halloween fast approaching, there’s still much to look forward to on the horror front this month. On the eve of the big day, hotly-anticipated horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse arrives on the big screen, and today brings a new clip and image. Dig in!
Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), the film stars Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, and Patrick Schwarzenegger.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will be released on October 30th.
Three Scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one bad-ass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.
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Forget the annual ‘Treehouse of Horror’ anthology-styled episodes of “The Simpsons,” this past Sunday FOX aired a real Halloween-themed episode of the animated series.
It took 27 seasons for the writers of “The Simpsons” to finally do a Halloween episode that wasn’t part of the ‘Treehouse of Horror’ series. In fact, I haven’t really enjoyed a ‘Treehouse of Horror’ since its inception nearly 25 years ago.
It was refreshing to see the characters of “The Simpsons” – in their own universe – actually celebrate and enjoy Halloween. Being how popular the holiday is in pop culture, this opened many doors for homage – from haunted attractions to musicals.
In ‘Halloween of Horror’, “When Lisa (Yeardley Smith) becomes scared at the Krustyland Halloween Horror Night, Homer (Dan Castellaneta) is forced to take down his Everscream Terrors decorations. Halloween pop-up employees seek vengeance on Homer for causing them to lose their jobs, and rob his house while Homer and Lisa hide out in the attic. Homer and Lisa light up their stored holiday decorations to attract attention and stand up to the intruders. Nick Kroll and Blake Anderson make guest-voice appearances.“
Considering we’re in the 27th season, it was an okay episode, but still made me giddy to see them finally take the holiday serious. Also, John Carpenter was immortalized in a “Simpsons” episode when Homer and Lisa whistle the Halloween theme!
For those of you who look forward to ‘Treehouse of Horror,’ don’t fret as ‘Treehouse of Horror XXVI’ will air on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT. “On the annual fright fest Halloween episode, Sideshow Bob (Kelsey Grammer) finally kills Bart (Nancy Cartwright), only to reanimate him; Homer (Dan Castellaneta) wakes up with short-term memory loss; and Lisa (Yeardley Smith), Bart, and Milhouse (Pamela Hayden) get super powers from radiation.“
Horrify Me, the award-winning UK studio famous for producing photography of grim horror and scary portraits, has launched a series of images to pay tribute to Cannibal Holocaust. The infamous scene which depicts a young girl impaled on a stake was highly controversial at the time, resulting in the arrest of the director Ruggero Deodato on suspicion of murder. He was of course able to prove his innocence and the film became notorious.
To pay tribute to this ground breaking film and to mark the 35th anniversary of it’s release, Horrify Me recreated the “impaled girl” scene using the exact same technique as Ruggero Deodato. Horrify Me’s creative photographer and artist Rick Jones constructed a prop using well-seasoned timber capable of holding far more weight than it needed, and commissioned an engineer to build a custom bolt which could safely hold a small seat for the model to sit on. The model Harley Rose was briefed on safety and then covered in disgusting makeup ready for her shoot.
“The images have had immense feedback. Cannibal Holocaust fans (and there are a LOT of those) absolutely love my photos and they’ve been a real success. They’ve also attracted some fierce criticism too for their depiction of graphic horror and gore, but that’s kind of the whole point,” said Jones.
Horrify Me uses a lot of makeup and various digital tricks to create stunning images but on this one, it had to be completely authentic. Very little Photoshop work was done to the images, which were shot from a set-up that resembled the original as closely as possible. It wasn’t an easy shoot and took a lot of preparation but the team are happy with the outcome.
Happy birthday Cannibal Holocaust from Horrify Me!
All images courtesy of Horrify Me.
In celebration of the release of Tremors 5: Bloodlines (review) and of course the Halloween season, we now have your chance to score the flick on Blu-ray along with the Tremors Attack Pack that’s home to the previous four flicks!
To enter for your chance to win, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS along with “Tremors Pack” in your subject line. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end at 12:01 AM PT on October 26, 2015.
About Tremors 5: Bloodlines:
Michael Gross (“Family Ties,” “Suits,”) returns as Graboid hunter extraordinaire Burt Gummer, with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” Scream franchise) as his new tech-savvy second-in-command, in this all-new adventure. The latest chapter of the franchise known for its campy humor and voracious monsters features thrilling new special effects, 25 minutes of bonus features, extended scenes, and outtakes, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.
The stakes are raised for survivalist Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) in his most dangerous monster hunt yet. When Gummer’s hired to capture a deadly Assblaster terrorizing South Africa, he and his new sidekick, Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy), find themselves in a battle to the death against the fiercely aggressive Ass Blasters and Graboids. Discovering that the monsters have evolved into even more lethal creatures, their mission takes on a whole new level of unseen terror — far more than they bargained for.
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Tremors 5: Behind the Bloodlines featurette
The final girl has been a horror trope for decades but the term was actually coined by Carol Clover in her book “Men, Woman and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film.” The trope of the final girl has become such a staple in the genre that it was lampooned in the film Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon to hilarious effect (in the film, the final girl turned out to be a typical horny teenager who died shortly after having sex). Since the long-awaited horror comedy The Final Girls (review) was released last weekend, we thought we would take a look back at some of the best final girls in horror movie history and rank them!*
*There is no strict method to my madness, but the criteria I used is a combination of how tough the girl is, the extent of the trauma she endures to survive and how likable she is.
Principal photography is underway on the latest installment of Screen Gems/Lakeshore Entertainment’s blockbuster Underworld series, which has grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Kate Beckinsale once again returns as Selene with Theo James (Divergent) back as Selene’s ally David, reprising the role he played in Underworld: Awakening. British actors Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”, “Rome”) and Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) take on the respective roles of a formidable new Lycan leader and a fiercely ambitious Vampire, and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) again plays Vampire elder Thomas.
Rounding out the film’s stellar international cast are: James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones”), Peter Andersson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), newcomer Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James (A&E’s upcoming “Damien”) and Daisy Head (the upcoming Fallen).
Anna Foerster is the director of Underworld 5. Foerster, who previously directed episodes of the television series “Criminal Minds” and “Outlander,” is widely known for her work as cinematographer on epic blockbusters such as Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and White House Down.
The ten-week shoot will take place entirely in the Czech capital and areas surrounding. Screen Gems has slated it for release on October 21, 2016.
You don’t receive your horror badge of honor until you’ve seen George A. Romero’s seminal 1968 Night of the Living Dead, about a group of people who hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.
A few weeks back Romero attend the annual Monster Mania in Maryland where he revealed huge news to fans.
According to user ‘spawning blue’ on the Blu-ray.com forums, Romero allegedly has found a 16mm work print of Night of the Living Dead, which is said to include a roughly 9-minute long scene never before released on home media!
This was a scene that takes place at the jump cut in the basement, explains the user, including the largest zombie scene in the film!
This news is confirmed by users on the Monster Kid Classic Horror forums, who add that “Martin Scorsese is working on a new restoration from the original negatives.”
WOW. That’s all I can say at this moment. Talk about a Halloween treat to remember. And what a way to celebrate the film that started it all. Can you imagine seeing lost footage from 47 years ago? I’m so curious to learn why this scene was cut and what it means for the film’s original narrative. There’s seriously a lot to discover and learn here, and I anxiously await official news of its release.
I have a weird relationship with Guillermo del Toro’s movies.
From Blade 2 to Hellboy, Mimic, Pacific Rim, and even Crimson Peak, I haven’t liked any of them (sans Pan’s Labyrinth) on first viewing. Either he’s always ahead of his time or his films are better suited for home video.
Whatever the case, I’m not a gushing fan. Outside of wanting to see his interpretation of Disney’s Haunted Mansion (especially after the set and sound design, and effects work of Crimson Peak), I just can’t get excited about him anymore.
No matter, he’s active on Twitter, and shared with his followers his deep desire to take a stab at Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary,” originally adapted for the screen by Mary Lambert in 1989.
“Book of the Day: PET SEMATARY by Stephen King. Unrelentingly dark and emotional. Compulsive reading. Would kill to make it on film,” said del Toro.
Jeff Buhler (Insanitarium, The Midnight Meat Train) has been working on adapting a modern take for Paramount, which originally had Juan Carlos Fresnadillo attached to direct. It’s unclear where this stands, although Buhler recently talked about the process implying Paramount is still developing.
The Internet has a way of making things happen. So, could a public campaign by del Toro and his followers get Paramount’s attention? Or, will Crimson Peak‘s box office numbers scare everyone away?
As much as del Toro doesn’t excite me like he used to, I can see him delivering a wonderfully moody interpretation of King’s material.
What do you guys think?
Book of the Day: PET SEMATARY by Stephen King. Unrelentingly dark and emotional. Compulsive reading. Would kill to make it on film.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) October 16, 2015
I went back and forth trying to decide if I should watch Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th. When I initially heard about the documentary I was immediately interested, largely due to the fact that it is directed by Daniel Farrands, one half of the directing duo behind the wonderful Never Sleep Again: The Elm Legacy. My apprehension came from the subject material. For as popular as the Friday the 13th movies are, I’m just not that familiar with the franchise. Of the 12 movies I’ve only seen four – Friday the 13th, The Final Chapter, Freddy vs Jason and the 2009 “remake.”
So I had a decision to make. Do I watch the documentary now and encountered numerous spoilers? Or do I attempt to watch all 12 movies first and then give the documentary a go? After a great deal of eternal debate I decided to jump head first into Crystal Lake Memories. I mean what spoilers could this really offer? I already know Jason’s whole setup, even without seeing all the films I know when he got his mask and yada yada yada. We know he’s never really going to die and there’s always going to be a final girl. These are your typical slasher elements, no big deal.
I’m quite pleased with my decision.
When tackling a documentary like this I feel it’s best to treat it like a miniseries. Watch an hour or two here and an hour or two there because it is extremely long. It covers 12 films, dedicating 30-45 minutes to each one, so you can understand how the time adds up so quickly. Personally I think watching the whole thing at once is information overload because there’s just so much being discussed. I needed time to take it all in, so I spread it out of the course of a few days. Fortunately Crystal Lake Memories is put together perfectly as each chapter is dedicated to one specific film in the franchise. In doing this it makes it easy to stop and pick things up again later. The film gives you a defined stopping point. I watched 2-3 chapters at a time until I reached the end.
I have to give major kudos to Corey Feldman. I’m not entirely sure how people feel about Feldman these days, but he was definitely a huge part of my childhood with significant roles in some of my favorite movies. Out of the 4 Jason movies I’ve seen he plays in the one that is far and away my favorite. Here he serves as the narrator as well as one of the folks being interviewed. He does a great job as narrator. I mean, he’s no Ron Howard, but he’s very engaging and seems to enjoy the subject. During the segments when he’s being interviewed for his roles in parts 4 and 5 he might come across a little cocky, but I think he may have been trying to joke around and have a little fun with it. All in all, very solid job.
I’m not going to go into too many details because there’s just so much that is covered. What I will do is give you the sort of outsider perspective I had while watching. Because I’m not a diehard, mega-fan of the series a lot of what I was hearing, especially the little details, where completely new to me. Apparently the original idea was for Jason to be named Josh? I had no idea! Also that would have been a terrible choice. Josh Voorhees? That does not roll off the tongue!
My favorite segment was focused on A New Beginning. As an outsider this was supremely fascinating as I had no idea that so many die-hard fans of the series hated this entry. Over the years I’ve heard plenty of people write off Jason X, but outside of that I thought fans pretty much loved every entry. I was shocked to find out that the Friday the 13th franchise has it’s very own Halloween III. Hearing all the different opinions on this film and what the intent was and what direction they had hoped to take the franchise actually made me a lot more interested in the series as a whole. When I finally sit down to watch the series, and I will because the watching of this documentary was immediately followed by me going out and picking up the boxset, I’m going to have such a totally different perspective going into every entry, this one in particular. This was probably the one really major spoiler I encountered that I didn’t already know about. I hadn’t the slightest clue that there was a movie with Jason but it was really just “Jason.” The more you know.
Aside from getting quite the shock, the segment dedicated to A New Beginning also gives us the thoughts of one Danny Steinmann. Steinmann directed A New Beginning and in doing so he seemed to have one goal – get as many boobies on screen as possible. I don’t mean to disrespect Steinmann, who has since passed away, but he definitely came off as the typical sleazy Hollywood director just trying to get as many women naked as possible and up on the big screen. He was very much in favor or promoting and selling filth and trash and to that I say good for him! Listening to him talk was one of the most entertaining parts of Crystal Lake Memories even though I had no idea what the hell he was saying. God bless you, Danny Steinmann, god bless you.
Another thing I learned is that the Friday the 13th series is actually quite heavily edited. A bunch of stuff that was in the initial cuts had to be removed due to censors and from what I understand a lot of that has never been put back into the movies on any release. The cool thing is this doc does show you some of these extended scenes. It appears that most of what cut was kills that are in the movies, but just chopped down. It’s kind of a bummer that some of them never made into the final products, especially because some required a lot of work.
Speaking of work, the special makeup effects throughout the series is quite brilliant. Even with all the cuts the franchises contains some of the greatest achievements in the history of practical effects. Whether it be Tom Savini or Carl Fullerton or Allan A. Apone, everyone involved did some really great work. There are a few moments in part 4 that are absolutely genius.
I only really had one complaint about this film and that’s with a few of the folks it lacked. Maybe they couldn’t get them and perhaps they tried, but I really wanted to hear from Kevin Bacon and Crispin Glover. I understand that they’re probably the two biggest stars to ever appear in the series so they’re probably much harder to get, but them not being there really bummed me out. I suppose it’s probably not fair to hold that against the filmmakers, but it is what it is.
If you’re a horror fan there really is no good reason not to check out Crystal Lake Memories. If you’re a big Friday the 13th fan it’ll probably appeal to you a bit more, but if you go in like me, it’ll be both entertaining and educational. Even if you don’t like horror but just love movies you will likely find this documentary enjoyable. You get to hear about how a franchise was born. You get to hear about the highs and the lows and it all comes from virtually every person that worked on the series. It’s all incredibly fascinating.
Crystal Lake Memories is now available on Blu-ray from Image Entertainment.
Filming is official underway on Kong: Skull Island, which will reintroduce King Kong to audiences on March 10th, 2017.
The following Twitter account has a great view of many filming locations in Hawaii, having been on the forefront of many Jurassic World paparazzi shots. Now, they’re already sharing the sets being built for Kong, proving that the Jordan Vogt-Roberts-directed pic will live up to its name!
Max Borenstein’s screenplay is about a man (Tom Hiddleston) who travels to the mythical island and home of the king of the apes. A team of explorers ventures inside what they find to be a treacherous island.
John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, and Tom Hiddleston all star with Eugene Cordero.
The same account also shared the below cast photo, which makes me believe this is actually an on-set publicist for Universal.
Once Kong: Skull Island is completed, Warner Bros. moves onto both Godzilla 2 and Godzilla vs Kong.
They're not calling it Skull Island for nothing. pic.twitter.com/1Zmd0K82Te
— Reel Tours Hawaii (@reeltourshawaii) October 11, 2015
Dug up another "Kong: Skull Island" set pic. Filming starts Monday! pic.twitter.com/Lcmc2xMA2e
— Reel Tours Hawaii (@reeltourshawaii) October 16, 2015
— Reel Tours Hawaii (@reeltourshawaii) October 16, 2015
Paramount provided us with an official image gallery for Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, in theaters October 30th.
Directed by Christopher Landon, “Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead.”
Tye Sheridan, David Koechner, Cloris Leachman¸ Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan and Sarah Dumont all star.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will open in limited theaters as part of a new distribution deal, will arrive on home video and VOD within 17 days of the film nearing its theatrical exit.
Miller Jovovich revealed that Korean singer-actor Lee Joon-gi – who stars in the vampire series, “Scholar Who Walks the Night” – has joined the cast of Paul W.S. Anderson’s now-filming Resident Evil: The Final Chapter as the Umbrella Corporation’s Commander Lee.
Ali Larter returns as Claire Redfield, while Milla Jovovich has always been attached as Alice. Iain Glen will return as Dr. Isaacs, with Shawn Roberts playing Albert Wesker once again. New additions also include Ruby Rose as Abigail, Eoin Macken (The Night Shift) as Doc, Cuban American actor William Levy as Christian, Fraser James (“Law & Order: UK”) as Michael, and Japanese model and TV personality, Rola, as Cobalt.
Picking up immediately after the events in ‘Resident Evil: Retribution’, humanity is on its last legs after Alice is betrayed by Wesker in Washington D.C. As the only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead hordes, Alice must return to where the nightmare began – Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
In a race against time Alice will join forces with old friends, and an unlikely ally, in an action packed battle with undead hordes and new mutant monsters. Between losing her superhuman abilities and Umbrella’s impending attack, this will be Alice’s most difficult adventure as she fights to save humanity, which is on the brink of oblivion.
Sony Screen Gems has Resident Evil: The Final Chapter slated for release on January 27, 2017.
Working for the last few nights with the incredible 3rd Dan Tae Kwon Do master and actor Joon Gi @actor_jg has been insanely fun and so inspiring. Makes me want to go back to class and brush up on my martial arts skills!" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> #nightshoots #residentevilthefinalchapter #capetowndiary
A photo posted by Milla Jovovich (@millajovovich) on Oct 16, 2015 at 5:02pm PDT
A month and a half ago, we teamed up with Relapse Records, MetalSucks, and Grey Matter Art to give three lucky people the chance to win some incredible prizes by designing a poster for the band Windhand and their video for “Two Urns”. Now, we couldn’t show you the video but we were able to provide a brief description to set you all on the right path. And the winners ended up making some incredible designs!
Here was the description that we were able to offer:
It’s Halloween, 1987. Four best friends are out trick-or-treating on their BMXs. Four older bullies in a muscle car have an appetite for something more sinister than candy.
Well, now it’s time to bring you the actual video and it’s just as mysterious and dark as the description makes it out to be. Check it out below!
“Two Urns” comes from the band’s latest album Grief’s Infernal Flower. You can order your copy here.
***All dates with Danava and Monolord***
Oct 21 New York, NY Gramercy Theater
Oct 22 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room
Oct 23 Pittsburgh, PA Smiling Moose
Oct 24 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
Oct 27 Seattle, WA Neumos
Oct 28 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Oct 29 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Oct 30 San Francisco, CA The Chapel
Oct 31 San Diego, CA Night of the Shred ^
Nov 01 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theater
Nov 02 Mesa, AZ Club Red
Nov 03 Albuquerque, NM Sister
Nov 04 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
Nov 06 Dallas, TX Club Dada
Nov 07 Austin, TX Fun Fun Fun Fest Nites
Nov 08 Little Rock, AR White Water Tavern
Nov 11 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups
Nov 12 Ferndale, MI Loving Touch
Nov 13 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
Nov 14 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
Nov 15 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts
^ – w/ Monolord‘Grief’s Infernal Flower’ physical order link: www.relapse.com/windhand ‘Grief’s Infernal Flower’ digital order link: http://windhandva.bandcamp.com
One of my favorite holiday movies is Tim Burton’s 1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas, directed by Henry Selick.
Filled to the brim with horrific imagery, it’s equally wondrous on its take on Christmas.
And as often as I’ve revisited the film, featuring the voice talents of Chris Sarandon, I don’t think I’ve ever stopped to ponder which holiday it’s truly celebrating. Should I be watching Nightmare Before Christmas on Halloween or Christmas? Maybe both? While there’s no wrong answer, Slick had a definitive vision.
One of my favorite stories over this past weekend comes via Birth.Movies.Death, who was on hand at the Telluride Horror Show in Colorado where they hosted a special screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas, which was followed by a Q&A with Selick!
A little girl in the crowd raised her hand and asked “Is this a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie?”
After the question was asked Selick looked a little surprised, and he said, “Oh boy,” likely knowing that whatever answer he gave would be controversial.
“It’s a Halloween movie,” he said, definitively. He acknowledged that a lot of people liked the Christmas Town stuff waaaaay better than the Halloween Town (“They love Santa and say he’s all-powerful,” he said), but he had to tell the truth: this is a movie about Halloween, and the people of Halloween, and how they react to something like Christmas.
After 20 years we finally have a definitive answer to the question – yet, much like how Christmas is already infiltrating our Halloween at retailers, there’s no reason we can’t find joy in having our cake and eating it too.
Here’s a shocker. Andrew Lincoln has allegedly never seen an episode of “The Walking Dead,” for which is now in its sixth season.
How can Lincoln, who stars as Rick Grimes in the series, have never seen a single episode of the AMC series that defines his career? It’s pretty simple, actually, as many celebrities never watch their work. Still, it explains why he continues to allow himself to partake in one of the worst genre shows in recent memory, and why it’s never gotten any better.
Comicbook.com caught up with Ethan Embry, who starred as Carter on “The Walking Dead,” who had this to say about Lincoln:
“I don’t know if it’s common knowledge but Andy told me he hasn’t watched the show yet. He’s just doing it and he wants to just keep doing what he’s told and he’s gonna sit and digest it when it’s all over. I have a lot of respect for that, too.”
It’s definitely something to respect, in theory. Yet, it makes me wonder how one can better themselves if they can’t even see their own performance? Lincoln is putting his trust in the filmmakers, who don’t always know what’s best for an actor. It’s a collaborative process, and if Lincoln is just going through the motions, it explains why he’s such a flavorless character. From my own perspective, nobody has been as riveting as Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Shane in Season One.
Again, many actors never watch their work, but the fact that Lincoln is the focal point of the entire series makes this alarming. In addition, more often than not, a franchise lead typically finds their way into a producing role by the end of its run. Six season in and Lincoln still isn’t wearing this hat, which tells me that he’s comfortable in his role as an actor being told what to do. It may be nothing just as easily as it could be everything…
They say time freezes during a traumatic moment, but the same can be said about a moment of disbelief.
Even though “Ash vs Evil Dead” doesn’t premiere on Starz until October 31st, I was lucky enough to check out the first two episodes of the new series that spins off of Sam Raimi’s legendary The Evil Dead franchise.
I have been waiting more than 20 years to see Bruce Campbell return as Ashley J. Williams. It’s been so long that my first viewing of the episode didn’t seem real. Technically, “Ash vs Evil Dead” is the extension of Raimi’s idea for Evil Dead 4, which meant that it lived in the same universe as the first two Evil Dead films and Army of Darkness. While there’s off-the-cuff references to the latter, Raimi takes a second of pause and give viewers a recap of the first two movies (through a projection on boxes in the back of Value Stop, Ash’s new place of employment).
Raimi directs the premiere episode, which focuses solely on an older and wiser(?) Ash. We learn that Ash exhumes the same air of confidence that he’s always had, so much so that he brings along Magnum condoms for his night in the bar bathroom. He’s still as witty as ever, with none of his jokes feeling schlocky or hammy. Even though he lives in a trailer and is a stock-boy, Ash’s chin is always up in quite an inspiring way. He’s still the anti-hero we’ve all grown to love.
And even though there’s a lot of character beats jammed into the first episode, Raimi is able to organically blend it into the action. He shows us why he’s one of the best genre directors ever, delivering more scares in a 30-minute episode of television than most directors can in an entire feature film. “Ash vs Evil Dead” carries an absolutely unrelenting pace that pauses only so Ash can get the last word.
What’s so interesting with “Ash vs Evil Dead” is that, since it lives in the universe of the first three films, it’s allowed to carry the same spirit. Unlike the Evil Dead remake of 2013, the scares are in the shot selection, as opposed to cheating with gross-out gags. There’s a lot of slapstick humor that reminds me of many of the scenes from Army of Darkness, and it’s incredibly unapologetic. “Ash vs Evil Dead” goes anywhere it wants and doesn’t give a shit who’s along for the ride. The proof is in how much CGI is actually used in these two episodes.
While I admittedly hate blood that’s so clearly digital, Raimi mixes it with an insane amount of practical effects work that it’s inconsequential. This is also where the tone of the series is important. The fact that “Ash vs Evil Dead” is playful in nature and insanely over the top allows for the excessive use of gore and digital effects work. One shot may spray digital blood across the screen, but it’s then cut with physical gore that allows our brains to accept it. I guess my point is, you don’t need to worry about it.
Joining Raimi in the director’s chair are Michael J. Bassett; Canadian filmmaker David Frazee who shot a few episodes of “Orphan Black”; New Zealander Michael Hurst of “Xena” and “Spartacus” fame; Aussie Tony Tilse who shot “Underbelly”; “Xena” and “Spartucus” vet Rick Jacobson is responsible for the season finale.
The names were a bit concerning, but I assumed that Raimi would be watching over everyone’s shoulder. I’m not so sure…
The debut episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” was everything an Evil Dead fan could ask for – maybe even more, considering. Yet, I continually found myself frustrated with the camerawork in the second episode. Raimi found so many unique ways of delivering legitimate, jump-out-of-your-seat scares that the second episode was a face-plant next to it (This truly shines a spotlight on just how good Raimi is). When the credits hit, it all became obvious: MICHAEL J. BASSETT. Yes, the “director” behind such “classics” as Solomon Kane, Deathwatch and Silent Hill: Revelation 3D. Bassett’s episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” borderlines incompetent and has me legitimately frightened for what comes next (for proof, enjoy the flaccid scare with Kelly’s (Dana Delorenzo) Deadite mother, Suzy Maxwel (Mimi Rogers)).
I’ve never been so high and so low at the same time. While Raimi’s episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” is a celebration of the franchise and genre, its pitfalls are glaring when Ash’s adventures are shot through other filmmakers’ eyes.
There’s more than one Resident Evil film project in the works, and it’s going to be another animated flick. Much of it is still under wraps right now, but we do know it’s slated to release in 2017, after the live-action sequel Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
This will be the third feature-length CGI film in the series — following Degeneration in 2008 and Damnation in 2012 — and the first to replace Japanese animation house Digital Frontier with the Sega-owned Marza Animation Planet, which has previously worked on a number of animated films based on the Sonic franchise.
The film is being written by Makoto Fukami (Psycho-Pass) with Takanori Tsujimoto (Bushido Man) in the director’s seat. Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who produced the first two CGI films, will return as an executive supervisor. He is joined by executive producer Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge).