Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer debut for the thriller directed by Brian Netto and produced by Adam Schindler (who also co-wrote the screenplay with Netto). Delivery: The Beast Within stars Laurel Vail, Danny Barclay, and Rob Cobuzio in the paranormal thriller that has been generating buzz since it premiered last summer at the L.A. Film Festival.
Delivery: The Beast Within “tells the story of Kyle and Rachel Massy, a young couple who agree to document their first pregnancy for a family-oriented reality show. As the camera continues to capture strange events, Rachel begins to believe that a malevolent spirit has possessed their unborn child. Told through the show’s un-aired footage and interviews with friends, family and production members, this savvy debut feature leverages the voyeuristic properties of reality television to present a fresh perspective on classic horror themes of possession and the paranormal– and delivers enough eeriness to keep you on the edge of your seat.“
The entire case against them was based on a forced confession, and their love of horror movies, Slayer, and Stephen King. Their story resonated with a lot of people all over the world. Anyone who’s ever been called a “freak” or any other misguided insult because of their taste in music, movies, and clothes could relate to them. Especially Echols, their supposed ring leader who allegedly coerced them into committing human sacrifice. He always seemed a little too smart for his own good. In the courtroom, he showed surprising defiance in the face of authority, even with his life on the line.
The 20 years of injustice wrought upon these three men was extensively chronicled in the Paradise Lost trilogy of documentaries – three compelling films that kept Echols, Baldwin, and Misskelley in the public consciousness and, according to some, had a lot to do with their release in August 2011. In 2012, a comprehensive documentary called West of Memphis was released, which covered everything from the initial trial to their release following a controversial “Alford Plea.”
Those four films covered every angle of the case through its two decade history, so is there any need for a dramatization of it? Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot attempts to argues that there is, but the film provides no new insight or weight to the saga of the West Memphis 3. There’s just no reason this film should exist.
Devil’s Knot features a cast of big names, including Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, but wastes their talents on what can be considered a standard courtroom drama. It has the vibe of a television movie and does a lackluster job capturing the hysteria that consumed that small town of fanatics. The four documentaries do a far better job evoking the drama and frustration of the trial while exhaustively covering the angles. Devil’s Knot fails to do pretty much anything except cover ground already combed before. The various trials and appeals of the West Memphis 3 is one of the most vexing and obscene cases of injustices in recent history, yet none of this is captured in Egoyan’s film.
Even viewed as a primer on the West Memphis 3 for folks who aren’t familiar with the case, Devil’s Knot works poorly. When instances of “lost” evidence and flawed witnesses appear, they feel very haphazard and may be confusing for the unacquainted. For example, the information concerning the woman who made a deal with the cops if she’d have her son deliver a false confession was a major blemish during the first trial, but here it’s presented in a manner out of step with the rest of the film.
The bits of fiction thrown in for emotional effect are cheap and laughable. In one scene, Witherspoon, who plays Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murdered boys, is hugged by a group of schoolchildren. Gimme a break. Firth plays a legal aide attempting to clear the teens’ names and while his character lacks depth, we are told by his ex-wife that “he becomes obsessed with his cases” and that he has to defend them because “no one else will.” It’s some of the most cliche lawyer “characterizations” ever.
It’s a damn shame the cast isn’t given some ripe material to work with, especially the supporting cast that boasts the likes of Elias Koteas and Bruce Greenwood. The mighty Kevin Durand (Lost) is perfectly cast as John Mark Byers, the bible thumping looney tune who gifted a knife to the Paradise Lost documentary crew. So what if there was some human blood on the knife, he doesn’t know how it got there!
Devil’s Knot is simply an unnecessary movie that rehashes material that’s been extensively covered before in films, books, and television. It closes on title cards that explain the direction the appeals and investigation went in after the initial trial, teasing the audience with material far more interesting then what they just sat through.
Despite Devil’s Knot being completely useless, it does reinforce the saddest thing about the whole saga: the real killer is still out there.
Electronic rock/metal artist WVM has released an official music video for his track “The Echoing”, which comes from the 2013 release The End Is Only The Beginning (purchase here). Directed by Cameron Crothers, the video is a frantic, somewhat futuristic view of two people whose paths have crossed before in a dark place. Check it out below.
The End Is Only The Beginning features ex-Nine Inch Nails members Chris Vrenna and Josh Freese.
In the pic “Two computer programmers fall in love as they create the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence, designed to help humanity. But things go terribly wrong when the British Government steals their breakthrough and teaches it to become a robotic weapon.“
Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson, Sam Hazeldine, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, and John Paul Macleod star in the sci-fi horror directed by Caradog W. James.
Here’s the clip alongside the trailer, poster and a bunch of new stills!
The show is said to feature some of literature’s most frightening and iconic figures as they grapple with alienation in Victorian London.
Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star. Dalton will be playing African explorer “Sir Malcolm,” while Carney has snapped up Dorian Gray. Hartnett will play the role of “Ethan Chandler,” a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Green will play “Vanessa Ives,” a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. Treadaway will be assembled as “Victor Frankenstein.”
Oscar-nominee Logan created and wrote the series with the first two episodes to be helmed by The Orphanage and The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona.
Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen’s Flower Films banner have given EW the following trailer premiere for their new film Animal, which airs later this year on NBCUniversal-owned Chiller after a limited theatrical and VOD run.
The trailer and even poster scream Feast, only without any of the fun. Nearly every single shot in the trailer shows the group staring at “something” with intense fear, and then the shots of this little porcupine-like creature make it all seem so laughable. I don’t even have to see this movie to know I’m not going to like it. Still, I’l give it a fair shake when it’s released.
The pic, “follows a group of close-knit friends who find themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a blood-thirsty predator. Holed up in isolated cabin, tensions mount as secrets are revealed. As the body count rises, the group puts their differences aside and fights for survival.”
Keke Palmer, Amaury Nolasco, Parker Young, Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Thorsten Kaye and Jeremy Sumpter star. Thommy Hutson and Catherine Trillo penned the script and the film was directed by directed by Brett Simmons. Gary J. Tunnicliffe created the creature effects.
With Hammer's The Quiet Ones heading to theatres this weekend, we figured that now would be the perfect time to hit you cats off with some really cool swag and more! Read on for details.
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The Quiet Ones is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards ("Breaking In," "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall," "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.
It's produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).
Look for The Quiet Ones in US theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.
The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.
For more info be sure to "like" The Quiet Ones on Facebook.
The first teaser for "True Blood" Season 7 was set in a graveyard, appropriate given that it will be the series' swan song. From the clips shown in this latest promo, HBO appears to be pulling out all the stops to ensure it ends with a bang rather than a whimper.
"True Blood” begins its final ten-episode run on Sunday, June 22, at 9PM. Expect to be seeing lots more soon.
In the meantime, check out the new teaser below along with the first one in case you missed it.
Lately I’ve really been digging instrumental music, especially if it’s got a bit of a horror twist to it. There’s just something nostalgic about hearing something that reminds me of the horror films that I watched when I was a little kid. All those memories come flooding back and I remember the times I was scared to walk upstairs when the lights at the top were off. Or the times that I really thought something was hiding in my closet. Or when I would stare for hours out the window because I just knew that someone, or something, was lurking in the shadows, just beyond where I could see.
So I wanted to bring you 10 groups that evoked those feelings for me in the hopes that they do the same for you! Head on below to enjoy this list!
Using samples from several horror films of the 80′s, this throwback is a mix of vintage sounds with a modern approach. It gives homages to films like Maniac, Terminator, Robocop, Friday The 13th, and more.
Created by the Chicago Film Critics Association in 2013, the festival offers a selection of films comprised of recent festival favorites and as-yet-undistributed works from a wide variety of filmmakers ranging from award winners to talented newcomers chosen by members of the organization, the only current example of a major film critics group hosting its own festival. The seven titles announced today come from around the globe and offer viewers an eclectic blend of films including raunchy comedy, introspective dram and mind-blowing fantasy.Schedule
They Came Together
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Chicago Critics Film Festival Shorts Program 1
The One I Love
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead
That Guy Dick MillerA Bucket of Blood
Chicago Critics Film Festival Shorts Program 2
Nick Offerman: American Ham
I Put A Hit On You
Jonah Hex is finally back to his Western roots this month in “All-Star Western” #30. Longtime Hex writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have dragged the gruff gunslinger on a wild journey through time since the launch of the New 52, and they finally decided to bring him home. Expect things to get supernatural as Hex finds out there’s another Hex in town. Sounds like a good old doppelganger tale. Check out our exclusive preview below, courtesy of DC Comics.
WRITTEN BY: Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
ART BY: Staz Johnson and José Luis García-López
COVER: Dan Panosian
RELEASE: April 23, 2014
Now back in the Old West, Hex finds readjusting to his old life a bit more difficult than he expected – especially when he finds out that there’s a NEW Jonah Hex! Plus: This extra-sized issue features a back-up story drawn by the legendary Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez that introduces Madam 44 to The New 52!
UK thriller White Settlers is about to have its debut screening, a Cast & Crew event in Manchester that Grimmfest is offering an exclusive pair of tickets to. We have more details on that plus a look at some new footage.
HorrorTalk.com recently chatted with White Settlers star Pollyanna McIntosh about the film, and along with her comments, the below video includes some never-before-seen footage.
Check it out, and if you're in the UK and interested in attending the April 24th screening at The Dancehouse in Manchester, all you have to do to be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets is "like" the White Settlers Facebook page and share your postings via all the usual social media outlets. Be sure to follow White Settlers on Twitter as well.
This will be the first showing of the movie anywhere in the world. Mingle with the stars and the filmmakers, take a drink in the bar, and then enjoy White Settlers before anyone else gets to see it!
White Settlers, from director Simeon Halligan and writer Ian Fenton, pitches the modern urbanite dream of starting a simple life in the country against the possibility of a very different and terrifying reality. Set in the borders of Scotland, the film takes place over the course of one incredibly tense night and stars Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman) and Lee Williams ("The Tudors," The Forsythe Saga").
It's Ed and Sarah's first night at their new home, an isolated farmhouse on the Scottish border. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful London lives. And at first it is as they enjoy supper al fresco at sunset and a riverside skinny dip. But as darkness falls, things become eerie. Sarah suspects they’re not alone; Ed goes to investigate, and the evening swiftly becomes a nightmare. It dawns on them that they do not belong there. And they certainly aren't welcome either...
White Settlers comes on like a supernatural terror ride with the classic 'bumps in the night' scenario of floorboard creaks and shadows. But the moment Ed tells a genuinely frightened Sarah to get a grip, the film bluntly changes direction. And here is where the game changes. Think Straw Dogs meets Sinister.
This really could happen to you.
The model/actress star of Lionsgate’s Nurse 3D (read our review) announced via Twitter that a sequel to the direct-to-VOD slasher is on the horizon.
Nurse 2 is on its way
— Paz De La Huerta (@PazDeLaHuerta) April 20, 2014
RT if u want a Sequel to Nurse 3D
— Paz De La Huerta (@PazDeLaHuerta) April 20, 2014
As much as I enjoyed Nurse 3D, it’s tough for me to believe that a sequel is already in the works, and take de la Huerta’s word with a very small grain of salt (especially since she follows up with a desperate plea for a RT). Let’s just hold until something more official is announced. Until then, we always have Douglas Aarniokoski’s soon-to-be cult classic that also stars Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, and Judd Nelson.
In the film, “By day nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni (Bowden), a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror.“
There’s nobody left in Bon Temp.
Sunday night HBO premiered a new trailer for their seventh and final season of “True Blood,” this time sharing tons of clips from the series, which returns June 22 at 9PM.
Rumors have it that Bill Compton’s past will be revealed, there are new villains, one named “The Figure,” and that there will be flashbacks all the way to 1850s.
Check out the first footage below.
Paz de la Huerta may have tweeted the best Easter present fans of her odd yet oddly entertaining Nurse 3D (Blu-ray/DVD review here) could have hoped for: the first inkling of a possible sequel!
Paz's tweets are below - let us know what you thought of the original and if it merits another installment.
Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski (The Day), Nurse 3D stars de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, and Judd Nelson in a scintillating horror film about a nurse with a secret double life as a murderous vixen.
Nurse 2 is on its way
— Paz De La Huerta (@PazDeLaHuerta) April 20, 2014
RT if u want a Sequel to Nurse 3D
— Paz De La Huerta (@PazDeLaHuerta) April 20, 2014
By day nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly attends to the patients at All Saints Memorial Hospital; by night Abby prowls nightclubs, luring unfaithful men into dangerous liaisons. After Danni (Bowden), a young, sensitive nurse, joins the hospital staff, Abby pursues her friendship. But when the friendship turns to obsession, Danni spurns Abby, unleashing Abby’s fury and a rampage of terror.
Insidious Chapter 2 was a fairly polarizing movie. Some loved it, others hated, and some said it felt like two different movies jammed together - one bad and one good. Insidious Chapter 3 is coming in April of 2015, and writer/star Leigh Whannell offered a quick update on it via Twitter.
The Leigh Whannell-penned Insidious Chapter 3 will be bringing back Lin Shaye’s character as well as both ghost hunters Specs and Tucker (all three pictured below).
Jason Blum will produce the third Insidious film for Blumhouse Productions with Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity). Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman, and Xavier Marchand are executive producing.
Insidious 3 is a lot more like part one than two. I'm working on it right now, so thought I'd tell those who care where it's headed.
— Leigh Whannell (@LWhannell) April 18, 2014
It’s Easter weekend 2014, and unfortunately for Johnny Depp, the only Transcendence audiences were interested in was Heaven Is for Real while Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 laughed all the way to the bank as they scared up more money than A Haunted House 2.
With comic book superheroes, 3D animated birds, and a kid who took The Sixth Sense to a whole new level by seeing not just dead people but also where they live ruling the top 3 slots at the box office, Johnny Depp’s fourth consecutive box office dud, Transcendence, flopped into 4th place.
The pricey science fiction thriller earned scathing critical reviews, poor audience word-of-mouth, and worst of all, a paltry $11.15 million opening. According to Box Office Mojo, even Stealth opened higher. That’s pretty bad. Pretty bad for Warner Bros, that is, who produced the film. Depp can surely drown the woes of his currently floundering film career in the comforts of his vast fortune, privately owned island, and Amber Heard. I wouldn’t feel too sorry for him just yet.
Maybe they could have just re-released The Lawnmower Man in 3D and saved everyone a lot of money?
Then there’s the sequel nobody wanted to the film even the people who enjoyed the original weren’t exactly all that enthusiastic about... Marlon Wayans’ A Haunted House 2 was condemned to 5th place and only $9.1 million, roughly half the original’s $18.1 million opening a year ago. The question now remains: Will there be a third installment, and if so, will David Zucker be brought in to replace the Wayans yet again?
Meanwhile, last week’s horror offering Oculus dropped over 50% to 8th place with $5.3 million. That brings it up to $21 million in two weeks. Art-house fare Under the Skin (in its third week of release) and The Raid 2 (with one extra week under its belt) earned $467,000 and $411,000 for respectable cumes of approximately $1.1 million and $2.3 million, respectively.
Next weekend brings a new horror offering in the form of The Quiet Ones, which I have been assured is not actually a prequel to The Apparition despite appearing to be based on the exact same experiment. Also, Paul Walker rises from the grave to do parkour in the Americanized remake Brick Mansions.
The powers-that-be behind the film adaptation of Alterna Comics' The Chair chose the right person to appear in their new teaser trailer. The great Bill Oberst, Jr., is front and center, and we can't think of anyone better to send shivers down our spines this fine Easter Sunday!
Producer, co-writer, and creator of the graphic novel Peter Simeti previously said of the teaser, "If [it] doesn't let you know what you'll be in store for, then nothing else will. We are making a horror film that has as much 'brains' in it as it does 'guts'."
Adaptation helmer Chad Ferrin and Dave DeFino co-directed the trailer, which stars Oberst as The Warden. Also appearing in the film are Eric Roberts, Naomi Grossman, Zach Galligan, Derrick Damions, Susan Eisenberg, Ezra Buzzington, Kyle Hester, Jacob Banser, Loren Lester, Timothy Muskatell, and Kin Shriner.
Related Story: See our The Chair news archive for side-by-side comparisons of most of the actors and their characters.
Look for lots more soon, and the meantime follow @theCHAIRhorror on Twitter and visit TheChairHorror.com.
Richard Sullivan is an innocent man struggling to escape his fate on Death Row. Witnessing the brutal torture and murder of his fellow inmates, will he find a way to survive, or will the insane events of the prison finally consume him? Everything is not what it seems, and sanity is such an easy thing to lose.
In order to entice an actor of Timothy Dalton's stature to the small screen, the role of Sir Malcolm Murray in Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" must be quite juicy indeed. The network has just released a new promo video in which he and co-star Josh Hartnett discuss the character.
"Penny Dreadful" is created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Neal Street's Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, "Call the Midwife").
Timothy Dalton, Reeve Carney, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, and Eva Green star. Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) directs the first two episodes.
"Penny Dreadful" is set to premiere on Showtime on Sunday, May 11th, at 10PM ET/PT.
Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. "PENNY DREADFUL" is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.
For more info visit "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime, "like" "Penny Dreadful" on Facebook, and follow @SHO_Penny on Twitter. Be sure to also visit the Penny-Dreadful.com website; it's chock-full of goodies!
The indie horror game Phobia 1.5 blends Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Resident Evil, and the result is a total creepfest that will leave you with sweaty hands as you anxiously wait for the Big Bad to finally reveal itself. When it finally does, you won’t be ready for it. Or, at least I wasn’t. This game is terrifying, a strong early contender for scariest indie game of 2014.
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