Saw is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year and we have been celebrating in many ways around here. I wanted to do something gruesome because let’s face it, we love those movies for the creative ways of killing people. So I’ve compiled a short list of torture implements that I would have liked to see in the series.
Oh, so you think you’re a brainiac, do ya? Think you know all the ins and outs of horror movies? Well, let’s test that brain of yours and see just how much knowledge you’ve got crammed up in there!
For this week’s test, we’re stepping out of the films and focusing on their promotional posters to see if you can tell which famous tagline is associated with which horror movie. I got 12/12, so the bar is set pretty high!
Head on down to take this quiz and let us know your score in the comments!
South African hip hop group Die Antwoord has released an official video for their track “Ugly Boy”, which comes from their latest album Donker Mag (iTunes). The video, which was directed by frontman Ninja, is yet another addition into the band’s twisted, creepy video collection. It alternates between dirty horror, blinged out extravagance, and flat out oddness.
Ninja recently performed “The Beautiful People” alongside Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp. You can watch that video here.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has just released the first trailer for Chappie, the next film from writer-director Neill Blomkamp of District 9 fame.
“Chappie tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.”
The trailer isn’t what I was expecting, turning in something way more human than action-oriented. It’s clear where this movie is headed, and if the audience isn’t crying during the final scenes (I guarantee Chappie will die), the filmmakers have failed.
In theaters March 27, 2015, the film will star Sharlto Copley as the voice of Chappie, with Ninja and Yolandi Visser, voices of the South African Zef counter-culture movement and members of rap-rave duo Die Antwoord, as the two gangsters. Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, Jose Pablo Cantillo and Sigourney Weaver also star.
“American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed the obvious, all seasons of the hit FX series are connected.
Some proof comes in this fresh Internet theory that puts Jessica Lange’s “Freak Show” character in the world of “Asylum.”
So, how did Elsa Mars lose her legs?
In this past week’s episode, we learn of Elsa Mars’ (Lange) past. She confesses to Edward Mordake that, back in 1932, she was a German dominatrix. The best at her job. That was, until several men drugged her and cut off her legs to create a “snuff” film.
The connection heads back to the second season, “Asylum,” where it was revealed that Dr. Arden was a Nazi doctor who had a fetish for removing people’s legs.
This is just one of many Easter Eggs floating around. What have you noticed in the four seasons of “American Horror Story”? Do you see any connections?
If anyone has a right to shit all over Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, it’s Stephen King.
The 1980 film was an adaptation of King’s novel that he feels is not only cold, but incredibly misogynistic. This isn’t the first time he’s slammed the critically acclaimed psychological horror film that stars Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, but he does add some new clarity.
“I don’t get it. But there are a lot of things that I don’t get. But obviously people absolutely love it, and they don’t understand why I don’t,” he tells Rollingstone. “The book is hot, and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire, and the movie in ice. In the book, there’s an actual arc where you see this guy, Jack Torrance, trying to be good, and little by little he moves over to this place where he’s crazy. And as far as I was concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack was crazy from the first scene. I had to keep my mouth shut at the time. It was a screening, and Nicholson was there. But I’m thinking to myself the minute he’s on the screen, “Oh, I know this guy. I’ve seen him in five motorcycle movies, where Jack Nicholson played the same part.” And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this sort of screaming dishrag. But that’s just me, that’s the way I am.”
There’s a lot more in the interview, including King’s implied hatred for Rodney Ascher’s 2012 Room 237, which is an exploration of various interpretations of Kubrick’s horror film.
…Well, let me put it this way – I watched about half of it and got sort of impatient with it and turned it off.
These guys were reaching. I’ve never had much patience for academic bullshit. It’s like Dylan says, “You give people a lot of knives and forks, they’ve gotta cut something.” And that was what was going on in that movie.
You gotta love the guy’s honesty.
EW shared the first look at The Thing star Kurt Russell in Bone Tomahawk, a horror Western that also features Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, David Arquette, Lili Simmons and Sid Haig.
In Bone Tomahawk, “four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.”
Wilson says he was drawn to the project by both the script and the opportunity to ride out with Russell. “I mean, if you’re a child of the 80s, your Westerns are Silverado and Tombstone,” says the Insidious star. “To do a movie with Kurt is one thing—to do a Western with Kurt is like, ‘Alright! I’m going to be next to Wyatt Earp up there on a horse!’”
Lightning Entertainment announced today and it has acquired international sales rights to Louis Mandylor’s thriller The Blackout, pictured, and Brookstreet Pictures’ horror thriller GirlHouse, directed by Trevor Matthews and Jon Knautz (Jack Broks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine).
Directed by Louis Mandylor (In the Eyes of a Killer, Jimmy Bones) and written by Steve C. Yoon and Jordan Marder, The Blackout stars Lymari Nadal (American Gangster, Battlestar Galactica, America), Costas Mandylor (Saw film series, Picket Fences), Jordan Marder ( American History X, Lord of Illusions), Ronnie Gene Blevins (The Dark Knight Rises, Joe, Seven Psychopaths), Bill Sage (American Psycho, Precious, Boiler Room), Abe Benrubi (U Turn, Wristcutters: A Love Story), and Grant Harvey (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Save the Date, Geography Club).
THE BLACKOUT: Martin and Julia (Lymari Nadal) leave New York City to return to the small town where Martin grew up. The house his father lived in hasn’t been touched since his passing. People in the town recognize the handsome man as his father’s son. Julia, his pregnant wife, likes the cozy countryside and makes herself at home.
Four college kids hike through the woods and camp at the top of a scenic hill. Jim (Costas Mandylor) has lived in the town for years, and since his wife’s passing he has built a comfortable life for himself, fishing and playing chess with friends over his short wave radio.
Then the power goes out.
It doesn’t take long before food and supplies become scarce, fights break out, and people start to panic. The worst of humanity surfaces in only a few days. Things take a turn for the worse when a few men, lead by a convict named Lee (Ronnie Gene Blevins), decide to take what’s left for themselves. The Sheriff makes a stand to try and stop them and regrets it.
Jim gets his weapons ready and prepares for what’s coming. Martin tries to stay calm until his wife’s pregnancy is no longer at risk. The college kids come down from the peaceful woods into the middle of a whirlwind of fear and violence.
Everyone eventually crosses paths and things come to a violent head. Some people live, some do not. It only takes a few days of living in fear, with no power or food or water, for humanity to unravel. There was light. Then there was darkness.
Horror thriller GirlHouse is directed by Trevor Matthews and Jon Knautz (The Shrine, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer) and written by Gersh client Nick Gordon. The film stars Ali Cobrin (Neighbors, American Reunion), Slaine (Killing Them Softly, The Town) and Adam DiMarco (Words and Pictures, Date and Switch), and features Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5, The Internship, Casting Couch), and Erin Agostino (18 to Life, You Are So Undead).
GIRLHOUSE: Kylie Atkins (Ali Cobrin) is a beautiful young co-ed with cover-girl looks and a desperate need for money to pay her college tuition. Having convinced herself that Internet porn may be the answer to her financial problems, Kylie is recruited to join GirlHouse, a live web-feed broadcasting the sexy antics of a group of stunning young women living in a secluded – and highly-secure – wooded mansion. One night while Kylie is out, one of the other girls insults an online client (Slaine), a deranged psychopathic computer technician, who then hacks in to determine the house’s location, seeking twisted revenge. Kylie returns to the house to find herself cut off from the outside world and in a terrifying fight for survival.
More out of the ongoing AFM in Santa Monica this week.
Check out these incredible new images from Clown, a new horror film produced by Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel, Cabin Fever, The Green Infenro).
Roth became attached to the project after seeing Jon Watts’ awesome faux trailer. It was then turned into the following feature starring Peter Stormare, Laura Allen, Christian DiStefano, Elizabeth Whitmere, Matthew Stefiuk, and Andy Powers.
“In the spoof trailer and the upcoming feature, a loving father dons a clown outfit, wig, bulbous nose and pancake makeup to entertain at his son’s sixth birthday after the clown-for-hire is a no-show. Unable to take off the clown garb, dad’s personality changes in horrific fashion. He and his family race to break the curse of the evil outfit before he undergoes a complete transformation into a homicidal killer with over-sized shoes.“
Here’s the previously released Italian one-sheet (wow!) and trailer, along with the old U.S. trailer. The new version, while it doesn’t have subs, has quite a bit of new footage edited in.
From writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats) comes Tusk (review), arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 30th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Starring Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Django Unchained), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Haley Joel Osment (Amazon’s “Alpha House,” The Sixth Sense) and Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Hours), Tusk is being called “Kevin Smith’s very best work” (Variety). Tusk premiered to the world at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival as a part of the Midnight Madness program and was released theatrically by A24.
“A podcaster (Long) looking for a juicy story is plunged into an unpredictable, unsettling and absurd nightmare after he travels to the backwoods of Canada to meet an eccentric recluse (Parks) with a lifetime of adventures-and a disturbing fondness for walruses.”
The Tusk Blu-ray and DVD include deleted scenes, multiple “making of” featurettes, a career retrospective featurette with Kevin Smith, an audio commentary with Kevin Smith plus the original podcast that inspired the film.
My buddy sent me a really fun – and sad – homemade documentary that details how New Line Cinema destroyed the Friday the 13th franchise.
The 37-min doc uses old interview footage to show how the franchise digressed from Jason Takes Manhattan to Jason X and even Freddy vs Jason. It also shares shocking interview quotes from franchise creator Sean Cunningham who allegedly never saw the sequels, and only made new ones to get into bed with New Line (I wish there were denotations shared below the video).
I don’t necessarily agree with everything, but, either way, it’s actually a breath of fresh air to see a doc that shows the dark side of the franchise, instead of celebrating garbage like Jason Goes to Hell.
The curse is real, and will be unleashed upon the world on December 5.
Bloody Disgusting is celebrating ‘King Tut Day’ with this exclusive alternate one-sheet for Gregory Levasseur’s The Pyramid, produced by Alexandre Aja, Mark Canton, Chady Eli Mattar and Scott C. Silver
‘King Tut Day’, is the day of the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb, as well as the awakening of its curse. I absolutely love this variant artwork that gets up close and personal with the most impressive King this planet has ever known.
In the film, “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.”
Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O’Hare, Christa Nicola, and Amir K. star.
VMI Worldwide is driving Daniel Wise’s Monster Truck into this week’s AFM, showing the below art and trailer.
“The meaning of cryptic prophesy splits apart a team of secretive guardians as they transport by 18-wheeler truck, a deadly creature and it’s half-human sister from their now ineffective holding place to a more secure location. The sister’s hidden agenda undermines the mission releasing the beast and they end up battling for the fate of the world when the true meaning of the prophesy is discovered in this mysterious and thrilling, action-packed creature feature.”
Also being shared with buyers is Gez Medinger and Robin Schmidt’s Afterdeath. “Five young people wake up dead. Washed up by the tide they scramble to an abandoned beach house, soon realizing that the perpetual night and blasts of pain suggest this is some version of hell. Between in-fighting and attacks by a demonic shadow creature, they recall the collapse of the nightclub that brought them here – and begin seeing hope of a second chance in the cabin’s two mysterious paintings.”
Art and trailers below.
If you don’t have an original bone in your body, copy someone who does!
VMI is introducing Kill Game to AFM buyers this week, a new slasher that looks like a mix between SAW and Halloween.
Robert Mearns directs the indie that stars Joe Adler , Sari Sanchez, Michael Galante, Laura Ashley Samuels, and Pierson Fode.
Check out the market trailer and sales art below.
“In the fictional town of Grace Arbor, the answers are never clear.
Who is underneath the mask?
KILL GAME is the story of a group of high school kids who amuse themselves by pulling pranks on unsuspecting students and teachers. They are all popular, good looking, the kids voted most likely to succeed. But at their core lies a cruelty and shallowness which comes with the territory of privilege. One night, a prank goes horribly wrong and a teenager is killed. The gang covers it up as a drowning accident but five years later, their lives are turned upside down when Jimmy Edwards, is killed by a serial killer wearing a haunting Marilyn Monroe mask. Soon, the gang are killed one by one in manners mirroring the pranks they pulled in high school. Is it revenge? Is it karma? Is it the dead boy’s spirit coming back to avenge his death? Is it his twin brother, Liam, who has come to Grace Arbor asking questions?
One thing is certain… No one is laughing now.”
FOX UK released a new feature for The Pyramid, in theaters December 5, that tells of the ancient myth behind the massive man-made structures. It features interview with Alex Aja, as well as the cast.
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.“
Now shooting in Los Angeles, Kevin Smith’s Yoga Hosers stars Johnny Depp as a Quebec police detective who is enlisted by two convenience store clerks — played by Smith’s and Depp’s daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp, both 15.
THR shared the first ever image from the Tusk spinoff, which depicts both Harley Quinn and Lily-Rose in their clerk uniforms.
The movie, also written by Smith, centers on two teenage yoga nuts who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a 12th-grade party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with “all seven chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time,” according to the producers.
Yoga Hosers also stars Tusk alums Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein. New to the cast are Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jason Mewes.
You want romance? You want suspense? You want zombies? You want gore?
“Chomp!” has it all!
In the wake of “The Walking Dead’s” monster success, Adam & Joe Horton’s 2011 award-winning short is making waves across the Web.
Starring Marc Pickering and Georgina Strawson, the short takes place during an undead apocalypse where two zombies come across the same corpse, and dine until they end up kissing all Lady and the Tramp style.
13 Films has signed on to co-finance and handle international sales on the supernatural thriller Voice From the Stone, which will stars Emilia Clarke (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Terminator: Genysis), a release tells Bloody Disgusting.
Eric D. Howell (Ana’s Playground) directs.
Marton Csokas (The Debt, The Equalizer) has also joined the cast alongside Clarke.
“Voice From the Stone is the haunting story of Verena (Clarke), a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. Living with his father (Csokas) in a massive stone manor in Tuscany, Jakob not only refuses to speak, he seems to be under the spell of a malevolent force trapped within the stone walls. As Verena’s relationship with the father and son grow, she becomes ensnared and consumed by Malvina’s severe force. If she is to save the boy, and free herself, she must face the phantom hidden inside the stone.”
Written by Andrew Shaw and based on the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo, Voice From the Stone marks Eric D. Howell’s feature film directorial debut.
Did you like Magnolia Pictures’ indie Splinter? Yeah, that movie was dope, which is why I’m excited to see British director Toby Wilkins back behind the camera for a feature (and not television; he directs “Teen Wolf”).
Wilkins will direct the indie film iNvasion, a young adult-oriented sci-fi thriller written by Paul A. Birkett and Jason Bourque, says TheWrap.
“The film revolves around a viral video that starts turning the residents of a small town into pawns of an alien intelligence, and a group of high school seniors who decide to fight back, unaware that mankind’s survival hangs in the balance.”
Casting is now under way with principal photography scheduled to begin Spring 2015 in Vancouver.
There are some really fun works of genre about cursed cameras and the prophetic photos they take. There’s that Twilight Zone episode “A Most Unusual Camera” and that early Goosebumps book with the devastatingly awesome title “Say Cheese and Die!” Stephen King took on the concept with his novella “The Sun Dog” and it got stretched out to full length in 2004 with the Thai horror flick Shutter (which I’ve never seen, any good?).
Now entering the ring is Bradley King’s Time Lapse. This clever little chamber play takes typical roommate tension and elevates it into a reality-bending thriller, complete with time paradoxes and enough twists and turns to confuse the most advanced GPS. Driven by a great, young cast, this bad boy is one fun flick that vibes like a 90 minute Twilight Zone episode, with some bursts of the macabre and violence along the way. Time Lapse is a rock solid piece of entertainment.
Aspiring painter Finn (Matt O’Leary, Brick) lives in a small apartment with his girlfriend Callie (Danielle Panabaker) and best friend Jasper (George Finn). Supporting himself as the apartment complex’s manager, Finn goes to check up on an elderly tenant who’s two months behind on rent. In the old man’s living room he discovers a camera the size of a Prius, aimed directly at his living room window. It turns out this tenant (whose corpse is soon found) is a scientist who’s figured out how to snap photos exactly 24 hours into the future. The camera is programmed to take one Polaroid every night at 8pm, offering a window to the future that the three characters soon realize how to manipulate.
Now Finn can paint the perfect picture. Jasper can score big with his bookie. And Callie can write the poetry she’s always dreamed of. But what they don’t count on quickly begins to haunt them when the camera starts spitting out pictures with futures they don’t agree on. But if they don’t reenact the photos, they’re afraid of winding up like the old man’s corpse. So despite understanding how to manipulate the camera, the three friends are complete slaves to it. I really dug that angle of the story – it raised the tension exponentially. Even when it does work to their advantage (Jasper’s sudden monetary gain), it draws the attention of some unwanted players.
Time Lapse is a taught thriller that builds upon its simple premise swiftly and smartly. It lays down some simple rules as far as the time manipulation goes and never gets tied up in them. This isn’t Primer, folks. The economy of the setting and characters gives it a classic, Hitchcockian feel (think Rope, Rear Window). It’s also interesting to note the complete lack of dependence on technology in the film (aside from one cellphone camera moment). This too adds to the classic feel King has created. There’s also some great moments of dark comedy thrown in at the right moments to relieve the tension.
Sharply directed, well-written, and finely acted, Time Lapse is definitely one to watch out for. It’s been kicking much ass on the festival circuit this year, so here’s hoping for an official release sooner than later.