Article by Adrian Garcia Bogliano, director of Late Phases (now in theaters and VOD platforms):
Of course, we all love the transformations in John Landis’ An American Werewolf In London and Joe Dante’s The Howling just as much as the ones in the classic Universal monster films, but here are some other cool, crazy transformations that I love and were influential on Late Phases.
NAZARENO CRUZ Y EL LOBO (Nazareno Cruz and the Wolf; Leonardo Favio, 1975)
One of the highest grossing Argentinian productions of all time, this film has some of the craziest, most beautiful visuals I’ve ever seen. However, the director chooses to be absolutely elliptical in the transformation, a ballsy decision as ever since The Wolf Man. It adds to the strange and supernatural tone of a wonderful film.
LA NOCHE DE WALPURGIS (The Werewolf Vs. Vampire Woman; León Klimovsky, 1971)
The fourth entry in the classic Spanish “Waldemar Daninsky” saga starts with a bang, with two men performing an autopsy in the middle of the night. Upon removing the silver bullets from Daninsky’s corpse, he comes back to life in full werewolf mode and ready to kill. Again, the first transformation here happens without transitions, immediately surprising the audience while also establishing the type of movie you’re going to get.
LA LOBA (The She-Wolf; Rafael Baledón, 1965)
Directed by the prolific Rafael Baledón, this early Mexican entry into the genre brings a female werewolf transformation to the screen. The fact that Baledon sets the scene in motion– unlike the static stop motion classics—coupled with the set piece’s sexual overtones, make it a fun sequence to watch.
BAD MOON (Eric Red, 1996)
For me, Eric Red’s approach to the genre is still the most interesting one of the past couple of decades. Even though the CGI looks unsatisfying nowadays, the concept of breaking Michael Pare’s transformation into very few shots captures the moment’s power, making it one of the biggest influences for me on Late Phases. It’s interesting to note that Wes Craven tried a similar approach in Cursed, but the texture and quality of the CGI prevented the scene to be impactful and believable.
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES (Neil Jordan, 1984)
Definitely for me the most powerful transformation sequence ever is this climatic scene in Neil Jordan’s masterpiece. With a fairy tale look and a strong sexual element, the moment when the wolf emerges from within the huntsman in front of the beautiful Sarah Patterson is the obvious reference for many other transformations, Hemlock Grove to name a recent one.
ABOUT LATE PHASES
Penned by Under the Bed‘s Eric Stolze, LATE PHASES stars Stake Land‘s Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and the great Tom Noonan.
In the film, “Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…”
Fear Clinic will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 10, 2015 by Anchor Bay Entertainment.
The shocker stars horror icon Robert “Freddy Krueger” Englund, Fiona Dourif, Angelina Armani, Thomas Dekker, as well as Stone Sour and Slipknot lead vocalist Corey Taylor in his acting debut, and is directed by Robert G. Hall (Lightning Bug, Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest II).
With blood-chilling special effects by award-winning FX creators Robert Kurtzman and Steve Johnson, Fear Clinic is said to take viewers on an unforgettable journey into the very soul of terror itself.
“When trauma-induced phobias begin to re-emerge in five survivors a year after their horrifying tragedy, they return to the “Fear Clinic,” hoping to find the answers they need to get cured.
Dr. Andover (Robert Englund), a fear doctor who runs the clinic, uses his “Fear Chamber” to animate their fears in the form of terrifying hallucinations. However, the good doctor soon begins to suspect that something more sinister may be at work, something that yearns to be more than just an hallucination…“
Check out these awesome new images from What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).
While it’s open in the UK as we speak, it won’t arrive here in the States until February 2015. this weekend.
“Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.“
Update: It appears that the video has been removed across the web.
A supposed fan-made video has surfaced that was originally purported to be an unreleased video for Marilyn Manson that was directed by horror favorite Eli Roth (Hostel, The Green Inferno). In the video, Roth is shown at one point raping singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey while other footage shows Manson at a seriously odd dinner table.
However, a rep for Marilyn Manson told Pitchfork:
Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with his music. It must be a fan video splicing up old Manson video footage with someone else’s Lana Del Rey footage.
The video was put together by Sturmgruppe, who worked with Manson on his “No Reflection” video.
You can watch the video below, which is obviously NSFW.
Matt Smith will star in Screen Gems’ Patient Zero opposite Natalie Dormer, reports Deadline.
In Patient Zero, “an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the evolution of a new species driven by violence. An inexplicably immune human survivor with the ability to communicate with this new species must spearhead a hunt for Patient Zero in order to find a cure to save his infected wife and humanity.”
Stefan Ruzowitzky is directing the Mike Le-scripted action thriller and Vincent Newman is producing.
Smith also stars in Screen Gems’ production Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, as well as Paramount and Skydance’s Terminator: Genisys.
Allison Tolman, who co-starred in FX’s “Fargo” (pictured), and Emjay Anthony, the young actor who played Jon Favreau’s son in Chef, are in negotiations to board Krampus, Michael Dougherty’s Christmas horror story, says THR.
The project is a twisted horror comedy centering around a Santa Claus-like ancient entity who punished bad kids. Tolman and Anthony will play mother and son in a family that is under the demon’s attack. Anthony’s character is essentially the lead of the movie, as his is the one that has to step up to save the day.
Legendary Pictures is behind the movie, which Universal will release just in time for next year’s holidays, on December 4, 2015.
The film is being directed by Dougherty, who previously tackled the Halloween holiday with his anthology Trick ‘r Treat, and co-written by Dougherty, Todd Casey and Zach Shields.
The UK will see the release of What We Do In the Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark), this weekend. But us in the States? How about waiting until February 13, 2015? Ugh. That’s a brutal wait for a movie that looks so incredibly good. Take a look at all of these awesome clips, for example…
Speaking of, here’s yet another piece of footage where the vamps trick a guy into eating “Bisgetti”, a joke inspired by The Lost Boys!
“Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadows introduces us to age-old vampire flatmates Vladislav (862 years old, played by Clement) Viago (379 years old, played by Waititi), Deacon (183 years old) and Petyr (8,000 years old). Stuck in their antiquated ways, they struggle to adjust to 21st century customs, like paying rent, sharing household chores and getting expressly invited into nightclubs. Enter 20-something hipster Nick, who Petyr turns to get an inside education on the modern world. What follows includes a whole lot of discovery: from fashion to technology and even a little feeling — all laced in continuous hilarity, of course.”
Next on “American Horror Story: Freak Show”: “Recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel’s suspicion of Elsa. Gloria makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy’s bloodlust.”
We’re hoping ‘Blood Bath’ breaks the path this sinking ship is taking – even Bree is losing her patience with the fourth season of “AHS.”
Check out the promo for next week’s episode, which looks to bring some action.
If you’re a fan of The Shining as well as musical theater, writer/director Joe Lovero has concocted the perfect combination for you in the form of REDRUM: The Unauthorized Musical Parody of ‘The Shining’, which features music from composer Jon Hugo Ungar. The show will be premiering Halloween season in 2015.
There was a showcase of the piece Wednesday night that featured Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) as Wendy and Tony Award nominated actor, Douglas Sills (The Scarlet Pimpernel) as Jack.
Lovero explains how he came up with the premise:
REDRUM was born like most major works of musical theater – drunken spouses on their 2nd (3rd?) bottle of wine, watching one of their favorite horror movies for the 1,000th time, crying out ridiculous song ideas while wondering, “why hasn’t anyone turned this into a campy musical yet?!” This of course leads to the next logical step, a 2:30am Craigslist post from a sleep deprived writer/director, seeking a composer to “make beautiful musical theater with” – because everyone knows all great composers seek work on Craigslist from writers that promise to pay them with his wife’s legendary meatballs.
Below is the original short that inspired the musical.
Out of Universal Spain comes the first ever teaser trailer for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, and it’s everything you’d expect.
There’s basically no footage, but fans of the Jurassic Park will remember this classic scene from Steven Spielberg’s film – when the water shakes, a Tyrannosaurus Rex is close by…and hungry. I’m assuming this is best experienced in a theater with insane bass.
The bait this time around: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Andy Buckley and Lauren Lapkus star in the Jurassic Park sequel opening June 12, 2015.
This time Universal Pictures will be opening the actual park. If you’re curious what the new park has to offer, check out these leaked brochures!
If H. R. Giger were still here with us, I imagine he’d appreciate the nod his work is being given by the horror adventure game, Scorn. There’s an alarming lack of video games that draw from his influential style, despite the monumental impact he had on art and the horror genre. It’s been over two decades since he graced the virtual world of bits and bytes that is video games with the Dark Seed series, I think the world has been ready for something new for some time now.
Possibly in an effort to help fill this vacuum, we have Scorn, an atmospheric first person horror game “set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry” that eschews a traditional narrative so “every player would give their own interpretation of the events, themes and their role in this universe through exploration and interaction with the game world.”
In order to realize this dream nightmare, developer Ebb Software is looking to raise €200,000 ($251k USD) through a Kickstarter campaign.
It’s an ambitious goal, but this looks so good. See for yourself.
[UPDATE: Grab your people-sized dinner plates, because this has been confirmed!]
Do you often find yourself hungrily observing your fellow man, possibly while wondering what they’d taste like doused with herbs and spices and spit-roasted on an open fire? Would you like a way to relieve yourself of these cravings without ending up in jail? If you answered yes to both of those questions, please turn yourself into your local authority. But before you do the right thing and remove yourself from the general populace, keep reading, because this is right up your alley.
Several sites and a handful of YouTube videos are reporting that the open-world survival game DayZ will be getting a cannibalism mechanic. It’s not confirmed, but if this is true, I can only imagine what the game’s creepier players will do with it if/when it makes its way into the official build.
If this is real, it could make for an interesting, albeit incredibly creepy, gaming experience.
Much like real-world cannibalism, eating players in DayZ could end up hurting you more than it helps. It sounds like consuming flesh that isn’t cooked properly could lead to a degenerative neurological disorder that essentially makes your character go insane.
What do you think? Is this a feature you’ve been hungering for, or is it just weird?
In a new video released by Capcom this week, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, producer on the upcoming Resident Evil HD Remake, shows off more of the game while discussing some of the updates they’ve made to the survival horror classic. This isn’t a remaster in the same vein as their recent efforts. It looks like this one will handily blow the HD re-releases of Resident Evil 4 and Code: Veronica X out of the water.
Resident Evil re-releases on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2015.
Techland has released a new gameplay video from their upcoming open-world zombie kick-em-into-a-wall-and-watch-em-squirm game, Dying Light that shows off how the environment can be used to your advantage. Scattered about the game world will be spike traps, electrical traps, fire traps and exploding traps, many of which will undoubtedly prove useful when you’re surrounded by ghouls with no obvious escape route.
Oh, and once you’ve finished watching the below video, I highly recommend you check out this fail compilation. We can all learn something from watching it.
Dying Light arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015.
Renowned Japanese video game composer Akira Yamaoka (Silent Hill, Lollipop Chainsaw, Shadow Of The Damned) has posted a short video where he discusses the role of director Dario Argento in his musical upbringing and how he wants to return the favor and bring his work into the world of Argento’s upcoming film The Sandman. The interview can be seen below.
The film, which is currently funding via Indiegogo, stars Iggy Pop as the title character, “…a masked killer who murders his victims with a lethally jagged melon spoon and claims their eyes as trophies.“. Make sure to check out our interview with Argento about the film right here.
If you’re quick, you can purchase into the “Robert Tobias” perk, which nets you one of Yamaoka’s guitars. This guitar was used to compose the theme song for the film.
E.L. “Evan” Katz – who broke onto the scene with Cheap Thrills and his incredible ABCs of Death 2 segment – will direct comedy-thriller You’ll Be the Death of Me for Mandeville Pictures with Lionsgate distributing, says Variety.
Katz will direct from a script by Mark Hammer that “tells the story of two single New Yorkers who find their budding romance complicated by the attention of a masked knife-wielding psychopath.”
Katz is also attached to direct The Sentinel for Universal with Jason Blum and Kevin Misher producing.
Deadline reports that Reg E. Cathey (pictured; “Oz,” St. Vincent), Julia Crockett (The Absence), Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire) and Kip Pardue (Ray Donovan) have been cast opposite Patrick Fugit in Cinemax’s new exorcism drama “Outcast,” from “The Walking Dead: executive producer Robert Kirkman.
Based on a comic by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, Outcast follows follows Kyle Barnes (Fugit), “a young man who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.“
Cathey will play Giles, Rome’s Chief of Police and a poker buddy of Anderson’s. Although he doesn’t believe in possession quite as strongly as Anderson, he’s seen enough to know there’s some truth to his friend’s assertions about demons. Crockett portrays Sarah Barns, Kyle’s mother, who makes young Kyle’s life a living hell. At first, this might seem like the result of mental illness. But Kyle will come to understand that it’s something more. Schmidt is Megan Holter, Kyle’s adopted sister and a child psychologist, who is always on a mission to fix people, especially Kyle. Pardue will play Mark Holter, the husband of Kyle’s adopted sister, Megan, a small town cop whose temper sometimes gets him in trouble. Despite being mildly religious, Mark is a skeptic, who would never believe in something like demonic possession.
Cast also includes Philip Glenister (Life On Mars) and Gabriel Bateman (Stalker, Annabelle).
Swedish melodic death metal legends At The Gates have released a stunning animated video for their track “Heroes And Tombs”, which comes from their latest album At War With Reality. The video was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twisted 13 Media, who also created the album’s artwork. You can watch the video below [Courtesy of Noisey].
Vocalist Tomas Lindberg states:
I am very proud to be able to present the second video from ‘AWWR’, ‘Heroes And Tombs’. To have Costin work on one of our songs this way has been very rewarding. It’s like the next step of the album artwork, and basically more than I could have ever hoped for. Costin paints up a fevered and dark nightmare world that complements the lyrics and music up to the point of perfection. Now I just have to go convince him to do a full length movie for the whole album…
Make sure to read our review of At War With Reality, where we gave it a perfect 5/5 rating, right here.
In this first clip from FOX’s The Pyramid, in theaters December 5, a film crew captures the opening of a newly discovered tomb. When they crack open the rocks, a green gas emits hitting a guy right in the face.
Gregory Levasseur, who worked with Alexandre Aja on the screenplays for High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac, directed the flick starring Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman.
In The Pyramid, “The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.“
Japanese alt-metal band Dir En Grey have released a stream of a new track entitled “空谷の跫音”, which comes from their upcoming ninth studio album Arche (out December 10th). The track is a slower, almost ballad-esque song, released with a video that features dark, stirring images. Check out the track below.
Arche is the followup to 2011′s Dum Spiro Spero, which I was a really big fan of. The band has a very unique sound and singer Kyo is probably one of the most versatile vocalists in music these days. I’d even go so far as to say that he is comparable to Mike Patton, although Patton loves using effects to turn his voice into something otherworldly.