Just in time for Halloween we’ve got the exclusive preview of James Tynion IV’s young adult horror comic “The Woods” #7 from BOOM! Studios. Looks like things are really gearing up to go insane next week, so take a look at next week’s horrible sights right here, right now.THE WOODS #7
Authors: James Tynion IV Artist: Michael Dialynas Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas Price: $3.99 Synopsis: The swarm has finally arrived, and it’s going to take the combined efforts of both the kids and the mysterious hunters to survive the onslaught. Meanwhile, we take a look at Ben on the night of the play one year ago, and his struggles to both be himself and be happy.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel is about to shed some serious gore.
A few weeks back we exclusively reported that Millennium Films had been talking with two sets of directors to get behind the camera for Leatherface, the prequel that would go back before Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and tell of Leatherface’s teenage years.
We can exclusively confirm this Halloween day that Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and the forthcoming Among the Living, will be helming Leatherface for Millienum and Lionsgate.
As I revealed in the aforementioned piece, the duo were also courted for New Line Cinema’s A Nightmare On Elm Street remake back in 2009. Now, it looks as if the French filmmakers will bring their splatter-soaked cinema talents to the States for another slasher franchise, the new Chainsaw prequel.
The biggest issue with Texas Chainsaw 3D was that it had an identity crisis – it didn’t know if it wanted to be fun or violent. I expect an onscreen slaughter with Leatherface. I expect a return to the grit and grime of the original. I expect it all from Maury Bustillo…
For those who have not seen Inside, go check it out and see why you should be beyond excited.
Seth M. Sherwood wrote the screenplay.
Millennium Films, who was behind the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D, is once again producing with Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Carl Mazzacone, for Lionsgate.
Being a user of this site, I’m sure you love to be scared, chilled, or downright shaken to your core. Today being Halloween we all take part in a little bit of horror, and if you’re not keen on staying in and watching horror movies all night (who am I kidding?) Then perhaps you could be interested in a little terrifying reading that will get your night off to a spooky start, or serve as the perfect nightcap to an evening of dread.
Mixing in with our bag of Halloween Treats is a daily goodie that was released each day leading up until Halloween (that’s today!).
“Fun Size Horror” is a horror film collective that has come together to create 31 films to celebrate Halloween!
We conclude this morning with Ali Presley Paras’s “Quad,” which follows three teens who are attacked by a sinister slasher while you watch the carnage on four concurrent quadrants, and Josh C. Waller’s “The Collection,” about a well-respected photographer(Lance Reddick) who meets with a young model (Allie Gonino) for a private session which leaves her traumatized.
While we wait for Paul Feig‘s reboot of Ghostbusters to hit in a few years, there are many worse ways to kill the time than this fantastic recreation of the original’s trailer done by the kids at Raw Art Works, a nonprofit based out of Lynn, Massachusetts. Check it out and then watch the side-by-side comparison!
One of the greatest vampire movies of all-time is Near Dark, the Kathryn Bigelow-directed 1987 masterpiece penned by Eric Red.
In it, a small-town farmer’s son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter. Bill Paxton, Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, and Lance Henriksen starred.
But what if they made a sequel?
Red, who created the original, had some ideas, which he put down on paper. This paper became a treatment, which is shared exclusively over at AITH. Here’s what Red had to say about it:
Ten years ago, I got to thinking about what would happen if the saga of NEAR DARK continued in a way that stayed true to the modern vampire western fundamentals of the piece. The vampire clan of Jesse, Severn, Diamondback and Homer had to have kin, after all. So I mapped out a sequel. Allowing for the passage of time since the original, the follow up picks up fifteen years later and follows Caleb and Mae’s now grown daughter, Sarah. You can read it here for the first time anywhere. The film will never get made, but so what? Happy Halloween horror fans, here’s the outline of how I saw NEAR DARK II!
Hard rock/metal band Freak Kitchen have released an animated video for their track “Freak Of The Week”, which you can see below.
The video has been getting a lot attention since its release due to its fantastic animation style. It was directed by Juanjo Guarnido, who is an ex-Disney animator, which is why the video has a strong feel of films like Atlantis or Tarzan, which Guarnido worked on.
Not only is the video awesome but the song is highly addictive and really exciting! Go down and enjoy!
Seat belts protect you from scary things: a Halloween-related campaign by OHSP reminds motorists seat belts can save you from a zombie attack.
But really, they can’t.
Get even more Halloween treats here.
V/H/S: Viral is NOW on VOD platforms (with a limited theatrical run slated for November 21st), and Magnet released a new art poster inspired by Gregg Bishop’s magical mayhem that stars The Signal‘s Justin Welborn as Dante the Great!
The new tape features segments directed by Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl, the incredible The ABCs of Death segment “D Is for Dogfight”), Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead), as well as Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring).
“A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.”
Patrick Lawrie, Emmy Argo, Heather Hayes, Jessica Luza, John Curran, Justin Welborn, Mary Ralston, Michael Aaron Milligan, Gustavo Salmerón, Marian Álvarez, Xavi Daura, Esteban Navarro, Nick Blanco, Chase Newton, Shane Bradey and Jayden Robison star.
Marcel Sarmiento, TJ Cimfel, Dave White, Gregg Bishop, Nacho Vigalondo, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead wrote the screenplays.
Poster from IMDB:
Photo by RM Guera – © 2014 – Magnet Releasing
Editorial By: Giaco Furino
When Saw first hit theaters a decade ago it sent a shockwave through horror culture. Mainstream moviegoers got a grisly dose of blood while hardcore horror fans relished the thoughtful plotting. And it changed the style of horror for the next decade. But it was definitely against the popular trend leading up to it’s release. After the release of movies like Scream the safe bet in horror, as a writer or director, was to wink at yourself while the blood flowed.
So how, in the first half of the aughts, did a brutal and clever movie spring from the candy-sweet horror of the nineties? How did Saw come to be after a decade of Leprechaun and Puppetmaster sequels pouring onto the shelves of video rental stores? It didn’t come out of nowhere, so we’re going to take a look at some films from the nineties and early aughts that paved the way for Saw.
We’re focusing this list on movies from the nineties because it was a time when good, gritty horror just didn’t come easy. But We’d be amiss if we didn’t mention the long legacy of gory, grisly horror from the seventies and eighties that, of course, paved the way for Saw. Check out classics like The Last House on the Left, Zombi 2, and (duh) Texas Chainsaw Massacre. With that bit of lip service done to our elders, let’s jump into the era of Tongue-in-cheek horror and Tamagotchis to see what really led the way to Saw.
Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Thirteen years before Jigsaw set devious traps for his captives, Hannibal Lector became a household name as the world got to know their first truly lovable serial killer. The movie won five academy awards, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. But awards aside, Silence of the Lambs set the groundwork for the race-against-the-clock serial killer movies we know and love today. Looking at the horror movies that followed Silence, it’s baffling. It’s as if no one was paying any attention.
Say his name five times. Go on, do it! If you won’t, it’s because you’ve seen this 1992 shocker and it got under your skin. Adapted from a Clive Barker short story, this movie took pleasure in the slow building dread of modern horror. It’s killer is an impressive force, it’s scares are legitimate, not just jump scares, and Candyman questioned everything from adultery to class warfare. Candyman was a lighthouse in the fog of watered down sequels in the nineties. As Roger Ebert wrote in his review of the film, “What I liked was a horror movie that was scaring me with ideas and gore, instead of simply with gore.”
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
Did we just take a jab at sequels? In the case of New Nightmare we take it back! As the seventh movie in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, Craven set out to bring the nightmare back into Nightmare. As the slasher pics got more and more ridiculous in the late eighties and nineties, Wes Craven had the sense to try and darken the tone again. It’s benchmarks like these that kept the horror genre from swinging too far into the ludicrous, even if New Nightmare only barely doubled it’s budget in gross returns.
This is an easy one. In fact, when Saw first came out many accused them of copying from Seven. The story of a psychopathic serial killer who teaches his victims a lesson or two before dispatching them had some calling Saw a rip-off. But I don’t think that’s fair. As Saw scribe Leigh Whannell explained in an interview from 2004, “What we always liked about SAW […] was the fact that the story is told from the point of view of two of the psychopaths victims, instead of the police chasing after him, as you so often see.” Still it’s safe to say that without Seven, I don’t think we would have ever had a Saw. What’s in the box? Inspiration!
Event Horizon (1997)
Hold. Your. Horses. Don’t shoot! This sci-fi flop from 1997 may have been panned by critics and canned by audiences, but there’s a lot of good work done in this film. The visuals are astounding, the hell scenes are terrifying, and the gore is wonderful. Even though the pacing is way off in this movie, it’s mix of Hellraiser and Alien left an aesthetic vastly different from the horror around it. We know this movie isn’t the best… but we don’t care! Sometimes something as small as people getting their skin ripped off in space is enough to turn a tide.
When I think good nineties horror, for some reason Strangeland also comes to mind first. This is a movie that scares in movements. There’s the “chase the killer” section of the film, and the “reformation” section, and then a crazed final act. The torture scenes are right up there on par with Saw. The psychological profiling and characterization going on feel honest and real. And the acting by Twisted Sister’s own Dee Snider and Robert Englund (among others) is pretty well grounded for such a fantastical plot. The technology, like all tech in the 90’s, looks corny by today’s standards, but this 1998 shocker was a brutal as any entry in the Saw series.
Cabin Fever (2002)
Eli Roth, so instrumental in the formation of horror in the aughts, burst onto the scene with this sticky flick. Cabin Fever ruminated on body horror in a way that must have made David Cronenberg proud. The movie was full of gore and guts, with a virus literally tearing a small group of twenty somethings apart. This heavy gore was like a glass of cold water thrown at the sleepy horror genre. It screamed: The aughts are here, let’s get bloody.
Were there other movies in the 1990’s that stood out? Of course! But these seven entries kept the genre grounded while silly sequels, tongue-in-cheek horror for teens, and straight to video messes ruled the decade. By the time we got to Saw we, as fans of the genre, had been prepped for the decadent gore that was about to be unleashed. Watch some of these “classics” before you pop in Saw for it’s tenth anniversary… we bet you’ll see the connections.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with legendary death metal band Aborted to bring you the exclusive N. American music video premiere of “Cenobites”, the final track on their latest album The Necrotic Manifesto! The video is perfect for Halloween as the track is an homage to the Hellraiser films and the video is just as sinister and torturous! While I don’t believe it warrants a NSFW tag, I’d still be careful watching it at work!
You guys need to see 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).
If you can’t wait an extra few weeks Empire has an exclusive clip detailing how the vampires meet their human friend, Stu.
“Diving deep into the throes of vampire life in New Zealand, What We Do In The Shadowsintroduces 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.””
The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. UK readers can check it out when it opens there on November 21st.
“How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse”
Created by Created by Naomi Shaw:
You might never find yourself being attacked by a bear, but knowing what to do if it happened could save your life. Likewise, although a zombie apocalypse might never wreak havoc on the world, it helps to know how you can protect yourself should you or your home be targeted.
Seal Windows and Doors
If you and your family are boarding up your home so that you can be safe within your walls, you’ll want to secure windows and doors as these are the most susceptible to a zombie attack. Make sure you set the alarm to notify you of any security breaks. It could also do you good to nail solid boards on the inside of your windows – don’t secure them on the outside as they’ll be ripped apart easily by a violent zombie.
Although you’re tempted to hide out and shut your eyes until everything blows over, you are going to have to make your home territory more illuminated so that you can see any zombie intruders before they’re traipsing through your home. This means keeping trees and bushes trimmed so that they won’t become handy hiding places for zombies, as well as using spotlights all over the garden, driveway and in any blind spots.
Get the Right Weapons
Remember in Dead Alive where lawnmowers were used to kill zombies? Although this ‘weapon’ or others like it might catch your eye when you’re hiding out in the garage because they promise fast damage, avoid using them. Opt for something more efficient with which you can strike zombies on the head, such as a bat or crowbar. It won’t create such a mess and could save your life by incapacitating them.
Stock up on Essentials
What can we learn from “The Walking Dead”? Besides for having the right weapons, you want to be stocked up on food in your home to prevent yourself from starving. Make sure you have lots of non-perishable foods, such as canned items, as well as foods that don’t expire for years. These include rice, so stock up on many bags of it.
Other than food, you’ll want:
1. Your medications, as well as medical kits in case you need emergency care.
2. Important documents, such as your driver’s license and passport.
3. A utility knife and duct tape. You can use duct tape in a variety of ways, from restricting a zombie should you get up close and personal, to making emergency flip-flops and even repairing a leaking boat.
You could probably make your life a lot easier by getting a tailor-made survival kit from Wise Company that contains all the important things you need when leaving in a hurry, such as a Swiss Army knife, sleeping bags, water filtration bottles, and lots of servings of food to keep you healthy when you’re fighting for your life.
Get to a Safe Zone
Any safety measures you put in place to keep your home secure are going to be short-lived in the case of a full-blown zombie apocalypse, which means you’ll need to move your family to a safe zone sooner rather than later. Some of the best cities to head to include Manhattan which, because it’s an island, can have its bridges shut down to keep people in and banish zombies from its territory.
Avoid Places that Aren’t Zombie-Friendly
Where are zombies going to go to satisfy their hunger for flesh? Stay away from the obvious place: cemeteries. Isolated areas, such as farms, might sound like a good idea, but zombies can walk long distances without getting tired and once they find you, you’ll be unable to get help because you’re far from other people. What about a shopping mall? A study found that such a location could boost your survival rate. That’s because shopping malls often have complex layouts, with many twists and turns, so you have a better chance of dodging the hungry zombie.
Dress to Kill (Literally)
When packing essentials for your move to a safe location, be sure to dress in a zombie-proof way. That means thick, multi-layered clothing made of materials that won’t rip or tear easily (especially if you’re unfortunate enough to become a zombie’s target).
By focusing on these important tips and tricks, you’ll be excellently equipped to outwit, 0utplay and outlive the zombies.
Every year literary manager, producer and genre lover Kailey Marsh compiles The Blood List, a sampling of the most liked horror screenplays in town as voted by 73 industry executives. The annual list is in its 6th year and they’ve decided to add TV Pilots and Books to the mix as well. Past scripts that have been featured and have gone on to be produced include Stoker, The Possession, Black Swan and Warm Bodies.
BLOOD LIST TOP 13
1. BIRD BOX by Eric Heisserer
Logline: A woman tries to lead her children to safety after the world is invaded by monsters who turn you insane upon sight. The tale has echoes of Stephen King‘s “The Stand” and captures a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveling.
Genre: Sci-Fi Thriller
Agents: Rich Cook, Lindsay Dunn, Jason Spitz, & Cori Wellins (WME)
Manager: Julie Bloom (Art/Work Entertainment)
Status: Set up at Universal with Bluegrass Films attached to produce.
2. THE GARDENER by Alyssa Jefferson
Logline: In the 1950s, a neurotic florist’s strict routine is derailed after stumbling upon a murder and finding himself at the center of a conspiracy.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Manager: Lee Stobby (Silent R)
3. TAU by Noga Landau
Logline: A woman held captive in the futuristic smart house of a serial kidnapper realizes that her only hope of escape lies in turning the house’s sentient computer against its creator.
Agents: Dana Harris, Ryan Feldman, Meyash Prabhu (WME)
Manager: Adam Marshall (Caliber)
Status: Russell Ackerman is attached to produce.
4. INTO THE DEEP by Tony Jaswinski
Logline: A young woman who has recently lost her mother is surfing in an isolated area when she gets stranded on a buoy, and a gigantic great white shark is between her and the shore.
Agents: David Boxerbaum, Chris Licata, Valarie Phillips (Paradigm)
Managers: Ashley Berns & Lawrence Mattis (Circle of Confusion)
Genre: Dark Drama
Status: Set up at Columbia Pictures.
5. POSSESSION: A LOVE STORY by Jack Stanley
Logline: Edward and Bethany Martin are young, beautiful, rich, and in love. But their enviable lifestyle is upended when Bethany begins exhibiting strange and alarming behavior. As her condition worsens and doctors grow increasingly baffled, it seems as if something supernatural might be responsible. But the truth is far more shocking — and will force Edward to confront a terrifying choice in the name of love.
Genre: Psychological Horror
Agents: Jay Baker, Jon Cassir, John Garvey (CAA)
Manager: Jewerl Ross (Silent R)
Status: Jewerl Ross (Silent R), Russell Ackerman, & John Schoenfelder (Addictive Pictures) are attached to produce.
6. SCARECROW by Mike Scannell
Logline: Set at a remote lake house, revolves around a mother and her two young daughters who must fight for survival after falling into a terrifying and bizarre nightmare conceived by a psychopath.
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Agent: Geoff Morley (UTA)
Status: Set up at Screen Gems with Bryan Bertino and Adrienne Biddle’s Unbroken attached to produce
7. THE BRINGING by Brandon Murphy & Phillip Murphy
Logline: In the vein of “The Shining” and “The Conjuring” — based on true events, a private investigator is hired to investigate a mysterious murder at a downtown Los Angeles hotel and uncovers its dark supernatural history.
Agents: Rich Cook, Solco Schuit & Theresa Kang (WME)
Manager: Langley Perer (Mosaic Media)
Status: Set up at Sony with Matt Tolmach & Daniela Cretu attached to produce.
8. BULLIES by Michael Grebb
Logline: An outcast teenager’s revenge plot against high school bullies quickly spins out of control, blurring the lines between bully and victim as his obsession sets off a deadly chain reaction.
Genre: Revenge Thriller
Manager: Jeff Portnoy (Heretic Literary Management)
9. LEATHERFACE by Seth M. Sherwood
Logline: In this prequel to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a young nurse is kidnapped by four violent teens who escape from a mental hospital and take her on a road trip from hell. Pursued by an equally deranged lawman out for revenge, one of these teens is destined for tragedy and horrors that will destroy his mind; molding him into the monster we now call Leatherface.
Agents: Charles Ferraro & Peter Dodd (UTA)
Manager: Kailey Marsh (Kailey Marsh Management)
Status: Set up at Millennium Films. Carl Mazzocone and Les Weldon are attached to produce. Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman will serve as Executive Producers. Beth Bruckner is co-producing.
10. DEAD ANIMALS by Sawyer Perry
Logline: When a young woman’s estranged uncle comes back into her hometown, she finds herself strangely attracted to him while at the same time suspicious that he might be involved with a series of grisly murders.
Manager: Sarah Smith (Fake Dare Productions)
Status: Ross Putman is attached to produce.
11. UNSETTLED by Jesse Wheeler
Logline: Cole Tanner, one of the millions buried in debt they’ll never be able to pay off, is used to harassment by collection agencies. But nothing has prepared Cole for his new debt collector, Ray Loomis, a man dead set on getting what he’s owed — one way or another.
Manager: Marc Manus (Manus Entertainment)
12. A MAN CALLED DEATH by Matthew Kennedy
Logline: A reclusive author is visited to a stranded motorist, only to find the two are world-renown killers seeking revenge from each other.
Genre: Contained Thriller
Agent: Solco Schuit (WME)
Manager: Brooklyn Weaver (Energy Entertainment)
Status: Set up at Addictive Pictures.
13. THE WILDNESS by Evan Dickson
Logline: A hard partying ski instructor finally gets his dream job in Aspen only to find the town threatened by a malevolent force that must be tamed.
NEW BLOOD CONTEST TOP 6 – None of these writers have representation yet and all of their scripts are available.
1. THE WRECKAGE by Glenn Forbes
Logline: After they crash their car and trailer, a young couple struggles to locate their missing son while fending off an aggressive pack of otherworldly creatures.
2. THE DEVIL’S SOLDIERS by Chad Law & Frank Ponce; Story by Frank Ponce & John Patton Ford
Logline: During an apocalypse of vicious mutants in a Southern gothic quarantine, a battered veteran attempts to rescue his son.
3. THE OSTRICH FARM by Tyler Tice
Logline: ‘Rot’ was the hottest drug on the street. Everybody was doing it and everybody was getting it from Raymond Roper. Then the side effects became much worse than anyone could have ever imagined.
4. Darken Ship by Dee Chilton
Logline: When she is trapped aboard a damaged warship, a ‘by-the-book’ Naval Officer becomes the target of a vindictive crewman’s ‘get even’ game that leaves her fighting against him for her sanity and her life.
5. Xodus by A.Z. Ocoza
Logline: A marine biologist, trapped in her laboratory aboard a research vessel at sea, has hours to find a cure for the blood-drinking parasites that have taken over her crew before the ship runs aground and unleashes the deadly contagion upon her hometown of New Orleans.
6. Immaculate Deception by Bryan Holm
Logline: A distrustful sheriff must confront his dark past and loss of faith to join forces with a hard-nosed priest and defeat a vengeful, demonic entity preying upon his town.
TOP 6 BOOKS
1. THE TROOP by Nick Cutter:
Mini synopsis: It’s “The Lord of the Flies” meets “The Ruins” when a clinical trial for a new diet drug goes disastrously out of hand and a group of young boys camping on a remote island are left to deal with the consequences.
Lit Agent: Kirby Kim (Janklow & Nesbit)
Film/TV: Ashley Fox (WME)
2. HALF BAD by Sally Green
Mini Synopsis: Half Bad is set in modern-day England. Witches and Humans live together. There are the Black Witches and the White Witches. The 16-year-old protagonist, Nathan is half-white and half-black. His mother is dead, and his father is the most powerful and the cruelest Black Witch in the world. Trapped in a cage and abused, Nathan has to escape before his seventeenth birthday, when he will receive three gifts from his father and his magical ability. Otherwise, he will die.
Publisher: Puffin Books (UK) Viking Press (US)
Status: Set up at Fox 2000 with Karen Rosenfelt set to produce. CAA handled the deal.
3. REVIVAL by Stephen King
Mini Synopsis: In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town. Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties, addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate, Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that revival has many meanings.
Agents: Rand Holston & Andy Patman (Paradigm)
4. AFTERWORLD by Lynnette Lounsbury
Mini Synopsis: Dom is the youngest person ever to arrive in the Necropolis, the ‘waiting place’ between death and what comes after. And it isn’t long before he catches the attention of Satarial, a cruel Nephilim from the beginning of time, who has grim plans to use Dom as entertainment in his vicious gladiatorial games. When Dom’s still-living sister, Kaide, appears in the Necropolis too, Satarial has the leverage he needs, and the stage is set for the biggest shake-up the afterlife has seen in centuries. Dom’s only option is to compete in the Trials and attempt to win the chance to enter the Maze. In his favour he has an enigmatic young Guide, Eva, and a Guardian, Eduardo, who may not be what he seems. But will they be enough?
Genre: Supernatural / YA
Manager: Keith Sweitzer
5. SECURITY by Gina Wohlsdorf
Mini synopsis: Overseeing the grand opening of a gleaming, still-empty, all-white luxury hotel, beautiful Tessa is initially unaware that a knife-wielding professional assassin – directed by a mastermind “Thinker” who watches via security cameras from the hotel’s top floor – is killing off her staff one by one. When the killer and the Thinker come after her, Tessa and a new lover/former foster brother fight him to the death.
Manager: Joel Gotler (Intellectual Property Group)
6. AS RED AS BLOOD BY Salla Simukka Owen Witesman (Translator)
Mini Synopsis: In the midst of the freezing Arctic winter, seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson walks into her school’s dark room and finds a stash of wet, crimson-colored money. Thousands of Euros left to dry–splattered with someone’s blood.
Lumikki lives alone in a studio apartment far from her parents and the past she left behind. She transferred into a prestigious art school, and she’s singularly focused on studying and graduating. Lumikki ignores the cliques, the gossip, and the parties held by the school’s most popular and beautiful boys and girls.
But finding the blood-stained money changes everything. Suddenly, Lumikki is swept into a whirlpool of events as she finds herself helping to trace the origins of the money. Events turn even more deadly when evidence points to dirty cops and a notorious drug kingpin best known for the brutality with which he runs his business. Being pitched as Fin
As Lumikki loses control of her carefully constructed world, she discovers that she’s been blind to the forces swirling around her–and she’s running out of time to set them right. When she sees the stark red of blood on snow, it may be too late to save her friends or herself.
Genre: Horror / YA
Status: Part 1 of the Trilogy that has just been announced. Larry Kirshbaum at Amazon Children’s Publishing/Skyscape acquired U.S. rights; U.K. and Commonwealth rights were sold to Hot Key Books.
Agent: Elina Ahlbäck (Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency)
TOP 6 PILOTS
1. MONSTER by Alan Mcelroy
Logline: What if a killer like Michael Myers from “Halloween” had been shot, fell into a coma, and survived? He wakes up with no memory, is incarcerated in a mental institution, and twelve years later, is pronounced cured and released back into the community that hates and vilifies him.
Agents: Bob Hohman & Bayard Maybank (Gersh)
Manager: Noah Rosen (Circle of Confusion)
Status: Set up at Sonar Entertainment.
2. ZERO by Ales Kot
Logline: Edward Zero was the best spy the Agency had – and then he realized he was working for the wrong side.
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Agents: Ryan Draizin, Roger Green & Philip d’ Amecourt (WME)
Manager: Ari Lubet (3 Arts)
Status: Being packaged by WME with Russell Ackerman & John Schoenfelder are attached to produce (Addictive Pictures)
3. AFTERMATH by Ryan Belenzon & Jeff Gelber
Logline: After a pandemic wipes out 1% of the world’s population, a foreign traveler is discovered dead in his motel room with a new virus strain. A scientist whose been discredited publicly for making controversial accusations about the U.S. government is being quietly enlisted to help save us from this latest threat. Only he is about to discover that his previous claims of a larger conspiracy are about to be substantiated.
Manager: Jeff Silver (Grandview)
Agents: Craig Brody, Joe Cohen, Andrew Miller & Ida Ziniti (CAA)
Status: Color Force is attached to produce.
4. THE DISAPPEARANCE by Nick Antosca
Logline: Alice Grimson is overjoyed when her teenage son Josh shows up seven years after being kidnapped. She and her husband Tom set aside long-simmering tensions in their marriage to help Josh in his struggle to resume a normal life. But when she connects his return to a series of horrific local murders, Alice begins to wonder if Josh knows something he’s not telling them. Determined to protect her son, she digs deeper into what really happened to him while he was missing — and she enters a nightmare that threatens her life and everything she holds dear.
Genre: Suspense Thriller
Agents: Blake Fronstin, Simon Faber, Matt Solo, Lauren Whitney (WME)
Managers: Britton Rizzio & Greg Shephard (Circle of Confusion)
Status: Set up at Starz with Amblin Entertainment attached to produce.
5. MODERN SCIENCE by Anthony Pucillo
Logline: A young woman finds herself trapped in a dangerous kaleidoscope of her own memory.
Agents: Jon Cassir, Jacqueline Sacerio, Chelsea Reed (CAA)
Managers: Mike Dill & Lowell Shapiro (Black Box Management)
6. LOVECRAFT by Andrew Jacobson & Adam Epstein
Logline: A contemporary take on the mythology of H.P. Lovecraft, with the famed author now living with his family in modern day Arkham. When his daughter goes missing, his search for her brings him face to face with supernatural horrors that drive him to the brink of madness.
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
Agents: Jason Burns, Max Michael & Tim Phillips (UTA)
Status: Set up at Syfy with Amblin Entertainment attached to produce.
The new incarnation of The Crow is set to rise at the upcoming AFM with F. Javier Gutierrez at the helm and Luke Evans in the title role.
Creator James O’Barr talked with Korsgaard’s Commentary where he fully gets behind the reboot, and reveals that he’s seen Evans in the Crow makeup!
What I like about what he says is that they’e going back to his source material (for the fifth time) with the new film, and leaving the Brandon Lee-starrer in its own world.
” ‘I don’t want to remake that film, that film is perfect as it is,’ ” Gutierrez told O’Barr. ” ‘I want to do your book, literally page-for-page adaptation. ‘”
“We’re not remaking the movie, we’re readapting the book,” he clarifies. “My metaphor is that there is a Bela Lugosi Dracula and there’s a Francis Ford Coppola Dracula, they use the same material, but you still got two entirely different films. This one’s going to be closer to Taxi Driver or a John Woo film, and I think there’s room for both of them – part of the appeal of the “Crow” comics after all is that they can tell very different stories after all.”
Speaking to reinventing the character: “Brandon Lee was a friend, and I’d never do anything to hurt his legacy. Eric Draven was a creation of the movie – if you read the comic, Eric and Shelley never have their last names revealed. Hopefully, this is one area the new movie being more faithful to the comic will come into play, and Eric won’t be going by Eric Draven in the new film. Luke Evans may play Eric, but Brandon Lee will forever be Eric Draven.”
And speaking to the Evans as new Crow: “I’ve seen him in the make-up too, and he looks great.”
Evans will play a man brutally murdered whom comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiancée’s murder.
Here’s the UK quad for The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death, the sequel to the hit 2012 haunted house film that starred Daniel Radcliffe.
The fright sequel, directed by Tom Harper and stars Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCroy, takes place in the same house 40 years later when a group of children who are evacuated from London during World War II come to stay and awaken the house’s darkest inhabitants.
It opens in theaters January 30, 2015.
“As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of school children are evacuated with Eve, their young and beautiful schoolteacher, to the safety of the English countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut-off by a causeway from the mainland, they are left at Eel Marsh House.
One by one the children begin acting strangely and Eve, with the help of local military commander Harry, discovers that the group has awoken a dark force even more terrifying and evil than the city’s air raids. Eve must now confront her own demons to save the children and survive the Woman in Black.”
Ahead of the AFM Protagonist Pictures has boarded sales on the latest film from cult horror icon Rob Zombie (read our interview).
ScreenDaily reports that the Halloween-set 31, which is about to complete a 90-day crowd-funding campaign, “follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”
“I love movies about Halloween, in fact my first film House Of 1000 Corpses is set on Halloween,”said Zombie. “In looking for a new angle I found that more people go missing and are never found this day than any other in the year. I thought that’s a good premise for a film. Add in the fact that everyone I know seems to really hate clowns and now you got a film.
“Without the fans raising funds and helping to build buzz, a crazy film like this would have been almost impossible to get off the ground,” he added. “I owe the fans big time on this one”
Protagonist is also on board to produce alongside writer-director Zombie, Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment Group, and Michael Sherman and Matthew Perniciaro of Bow + Arrow. Eddie Vaisman is producer for Protagonist.
Production is scheduled to begin in February 2015.
The horror master himself John Carpenter has confirmed that he will be releasing an album called Lost Themes, which brings us unused tracks from films he’s directed. Now, if this new piece of news that I’m about to talk about tells us anything then these themes will come from such films as Halloween, Big Trouble In Little China, Escape From New York, They Live, and many other of his works.
See, Carpenter has released a new track entitled “Vortex”. To listen to it, you have to go to this website, which shows scenes from several of his films as the site background. This leads me to believe that the tracks will be coming from these particular films. Now, this hasn’t been confirmed but a man can dream, right?
Listen to the track and let us know what you think!
LA’s dark side has long been a fascination for filmmakers. Artists such as Michael Mann (Collateral) and David Lynch (Lost Highway) have used the City of Angeles as a predominant character on more than one occasion. Most recently it played the central role in David Cronenberg’s seedy and often shocking Hollywood satire Map to the Stars. In Writer/Director Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, the hypnotic Nightcrawler, the film’s central character is very much embedded within the environment.
Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a driven young man trying to get ahead in life in any manner that he can. The audience is introduced to him as a petty thief. He soon stumbles upon the nocturnal underbelly of freelance crime journalism, a field Bloom soon realizes he has a real knack for. Gilroy does an impeccable job of establishing this grimy world where amoral ethics is a prerequisite. This neo-noir take of LA is expertly captured by Gilroy’s top notch team including Cinematographer Robert Elswit (There Will Be Blood and The Town). Like vampires, the “nightcrawlers” seemingly only come out at night to hunt for their next paycheck. The character of Lou Bloom is one of the most fascinating and chilling characters to come around. His unrelenting and abrasive personality is both admirable and genuinely discomforting. We don’t get any real insight into his past. Bloom could very well be a byproduct of the times where it’s becoming increasingly tougher to survive and make ends meet. His survival instincts and single-minded focus to obtain the American Dream at all costs has blinded him completely. The socially-awkward, alien-like Bloom is devoid of anything resembling a moral compass.
Jake Gyllenhaal, one of our finest actors, has an endless stream of memorable performances. His portrayal of Lou Bloom is without a doubt his finest to date. You haven’t seen Gyllenhaal quite like this before. He’s particular great at conveying the artificial perception of affability, the mask Bloom must wear whenever he encounters others. The end totally justifies the means to this guy and he’ll do whatever it takes to reach his goals regardless of the wreckage he leaves behind. Superficiality has never felt so unnerving. Gyllenhaal’s complete commitment to the part is nothing short of remarkable. His emotive eyes draw you in as often as they make you repulsed. This performance sets a new standard in creepiness. His supporting cast is just as memorable. Rene Russo is at her finest as television producer Nina. Her character is similarly unredeemable. Bill Paxton is top of his game as Joe Loder, Bloom’s veteran competition. He’s obviously having a blast playing such a slimy yet comfortable in his own skin type of character. Riz Ahmed gives a poignant, career-making performance as Rick, Bloom’s assistant, the only one who has anything resembling a moral compass. It’s difficult to witness the character’s reluctant tolerance of such inhumanity; all for a lousy thirty bucks a day to make ends barely meet.
Nightcrawler, in particular Gyllenhaal crawls right under your skin and stays there long after it’s over. LA has often been portrayed as a sinister place, waiting to swallow up yet another soul. Here is no exception. Lou Bloom is another shadow within the city you don’t want to waltz into at night. I would be extremely dumbfounded if Gyllenhaal wasn’t up for a plethora of nominations during awards season. He’s that good. Gilroy’s confident first at bat as director deserves as much attention as well. Nightcrawler’s vampiresque-like mood places an intoxicating spell on whoever dares to enter. This is not only one of the best films of 2014 but one of the most haunting character studies ever.
Review originally published on September 12, 2014 out of TIFF.
We’ve been featuring some amazing music video lists that were culled from the rosters of top level metal labels. Today is no exception as we bring you the Top 10 Music Videos from our pals over at Metal Blade Records! They’ve put together a list that includes bands such as Charred Walls of the Damned, Job For A Cowboy, GWAR, Cannibal Corpse, and many, many more!
This list was put together by Vince Edwards, who I’ll let introduce himself:
Hello, Bloody-Disgusting readers! I’m Vince from Metal Blade, the resident publicity, radio, video directing, yelling-obscenities-at-inanimate-objects guru. As a label, we’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most talented directors in music and film, all the way from up-and-coming friends of bands with cameras, up to directors who have worked on feature films (hi, Joe Lynch!). When the e-mail chains, calls, and treatments start to circulate for a music video, directors and bands collaborate for the concepts. Resources are pooled, locations are scouted, and the directors are put to the task of bringing a band’s vision to life, or creating a vision for a band that might not necessarily have one at the moment (video ideas aren’t easy). As is often the case with bands in the metal genre, lyrics and concepts from songs and albums often turn out to be particularly brutal! Between Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation, The Red Chord, and many more, we have no shortage of bands with unique ideas and lyrics that invoke grotesque and shocking images. Here is my top 10! Happy Halloween!
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