The internet has become a powerful voice for fans that execs listen to. The newly announced Deadpool movie, as well as Spider-Man shifting into Marvel’s hands prove this point.
A month or so back District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp shared some insanely cool concept art from his Alien movie pitch, which at the time was nothing more than a pipe dream. Now, the director who has become close with Sigourney Weaver (she also stars in his upcoming Chappie) could be gaining legit momentum to go into battle against a legion of Xenomorphs.
“There was a reason,” he telles Collider in response to being asked about the aforementioned art. “I wanted to make that film. I still may make that film. [Laughs] It may happen. But I did it on my own time. Like when ‘Chappie’ was winding down in post and I had available time, I started to work on it. It was also from talking to Sigourney [Weaver] during the making of this. I mean, I asked her about ‘Alien’ all the time.
” ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’ are my favorite films,” he adds. “So I genuinely wanted to make that film, I came up with the story, I came up with way more art than I put out and I never officially spoke to Fox about it, but Fox wanted to make it. So, I kind of touched on it and I didn’t know what to do, and I didn’t know if I was just gonna go leave directing for a whole bunch of time and then I was like, ‘I might as well put some art out.’ But I may make it. I don’t know. That’s where it stands.”
The most exciting thing is his relationship with Weaver, who has always been very open about her willingness to return to “finish what she started” by destroying the Xeno home planet. I want to see that movie, badly.
Still, what I love about all of this is that, back in 2013, I begged FOX to hire Blomkamp for a new Alien film. It looks like my wish may come true. How do you guys feel about it? I mean, all of his movies are soaked in Alien references, straight down to sound design and shot selection….
Check out a bunch of his Alien concept art here.
Owen Egerton, who is both an author and filmmaker, is set to get behind the camera for Follow, starring the great Noah Segan (pictured; Looper, Deadgirl), as well as Don Most and Southern Longoria.
Based on “How Best to Avoid Dying,” “In this devilishly clever collection of short fiction, renowned humorist Owen Egerton leads us on a wildly surprising, darkly comic, and often heart-wrenching ride into the terrible beauty of life’s end. With razor wit and compassionate insight, Egerton has a crafted a work that brilliantly explores the pain and wonders of life knowing that with the turn of any corner death could be panhandling for your soul.”
“Happy to announce that this spring I’ll be directing my first feature film – FOLLOW,” Egerton said on Facebook. “Follow is a psychological horror set in Austin. I wrote the script based on two stories from my collection ‘How Best to Avoid Dying’. The cast includes Noah Segan, Don Most, and Southern Longoria. I’m teaming up with producers Seth Caplan, Chris Colbert and executive producer Tim League. Thanks for all the enthusiasm!”
DreamWorks has pre-emptively purchased an original ghost-story pitch from Carter Blanchard, the scribe who most recently rewrote what is the shooting draft of Independence Day 2, says Deadline.
The site explains that the pitch is best described as a full-on ghost story rooted in classic Amblin storytelling.
Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner will produce with partner Robyn Meisinger and Madhouse’s Ryan Cunningham serving as executive producers.
Blanchard previously sold his time-travel story Glimmer to the studio in a heated bidding war.
A series of grisly small town murders erupts into a supernatural revenge tale in Cold Moon, a horror thriller that begins shooting this month in Louisiana.
It stars Josh Stewart (Interstellar, The Collector, The Collection), three-time Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future), Robby Kay (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Academy Award nominee Candy Clark (Zodiac), Frank Whaley (Pulp Fiction), Rachel Brooke Smith (A Matter of Time), Laura Cayouette (Django Unchained) and introduces Sarah Catherine.
From the writer of Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas, Cold Moon is a chilling tale that takes place in tiny Babylon, Florida, where Evelyn Larkin’s (CANDY CLARK) granddaughter, Margaret (SARAH CATHERINE) is brutally murdered by a mysterious assailant, her body sunk into the black waters of the Styx River – the river where her parents disappeared from their boat ten years earlier. Evelyn is convinced that the murderer is Nathan Redfield (JOSH STEWART), a duplicitous banker, but Nathan, and his wealthy father (CHRISTOPHER LLOYD) own the town, and with secrets of his own, Nathan’s not about to let Sheriff Ted Hale (FRANK (WHALEY) find the real killer. Meanwhile, Nathan’s budding romance with the Sheriff’s comely daughter, Belinda (RACHEL BROOKE SMITH), takes a back seat as Nathan begins to see awful specters hell bent on vengeance, ready to dole out nightmarish deaths to everyone responsible for their departure.
Griff Furst (Mask Maker, Swamp Shark) directs from a script he wrote with Jack Snyder, based on the novel Cold Moon Over Babylon by two-time Hugo Award-nominated novelist and screenwriter Michael McDowell (Beetlejuice). Furst produces under his Curmudgeon Films banner. Furst’s brother, Nathan, is composing the music. Pixel Magic is handling FX.
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival revealed the highly anticipated features in the Midnighters section, as well as the complete short film lineup, which will debut at this year’s Festival from March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
Entering its 22nd year, the SXSW Midnighters section is always a favorite with SXSW audiences who relish in the weird, electrifying and sometimes, downright terrifying. Featuring 11 genre films, including nine World Premieres, 2015’s Midnighter slate includes thrillers, sci-fi and dark comedies from a mix of new and veteran filmmakers. These 11 Midnighters are included in the 145 total features screening at SXSW Film 2015.
“Creepy, clever, engrossing, and frightening are just a few words that come to mind when I think about this year’s SXSW Midnighters lineup,” said SXSW Producer & Senior Programmer Jarod Neece. “These nine World Premieres and two Festival Favorites are helmed by five, first-time filmmakers and several SXSW alumni. We will be screening four films a night at midnight during all nine days of SXSW, and we can’t wait to unleash them on the SXSW audiences!”
Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious
The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus
Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó
Now that “The Walking Dead” is back on TV, it’s easy to begin thinking about all of the characters who are no longer with us. While we often remember these people and what their characters meant to us, how many of us think about the events that led to their demise and what could’ve been done to avoid such a dreadful end?
Well, by answering only five questions you can figure out how you would meet your demise if you were in “The Walking Dead”!
I got “Looking at the Flowers”, which is explained as:
You are one crazy person that needs to take a trip to the flowers. Something is wrong with your way of thinking and there is only one way to deal with you. Talk a lovely walk, have you look at the flowers and have a friend pull the trigger. It’s okay, my mom always said everything works out the way it’s suppose to.
Head below to take the quiz and let us know what you got!
Ana Lily Amipour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is one of the most confident and engaging directorial debuts that I’ve ever witnessed. It’s comparable to David Lynch’s “Eraserhead” or Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi” and not because it’s shot in black and white, but because it has a confident surrealism that will burrow into your psyche and remain with you for a long time to come. It’s a film that teases elements of convention only to defy expectations. It’s a beautiful entry in a genre that never quite existed before, an Iranian vampire Western, and will likely never exist again.
There is something about the cape and cowl of vampire lore that modern interpretations have left behind. The first thing you’ll notice about A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is how brilliantly it reintroduces this element of the legend. Sheila Vand stars as the girl, and in almost every scene she’s clad in a white striped shirt and Burka. This traditional piece of clothing cuts the black and white of the film like a knife. It dissects scenes with a haunting element of blackness and extends the dread of the character into the infinite expanse past the edge of the theater screen. Moreover, it flows like silk past the girl as she drifts aimlessly through her life in bad city.
Bad City is a place devoid of sense. But people still must live there, and push to survive. Bad City has a ditch filled with dead bodies, but nobody seems to care even for a moment. Especially, our main character, Arash who confidently strides by this grisly scene in the opening of the film. This grim reality is taken as fact in Bad City. Arash is as lonely as the girl, and the two take some solace in one another.
This strange reality is further exposed through brutally honest scenes of odd connection. There is something raw about the film that gives you a pathway to connection. It’s never anything as cliched as the typical romance, although those elements are there, instead the film treats you to a life of boredom through the lens of a young vampire. She is easily swayed to acts of insane violence that will make the film endearing to even the most diehard horror fans but the moonlit film, is better an inspiring an uncanny sense of dread that can’t often be found in modern cinema.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is one of the finest films I’ve ever seen. It’s masterfully directed, meticulously shot, and has a near perfect soundtrack. I know we previously reviewed this film, but I couldn’t for the life me understand where the reviewer was coming from. So here’s a much different opinion, I’d recommend you see it immediately, and tell your friends, this is a film that will be talked about for years.
I’ll be honest when I say that prior to the Blu-Ray coming in the mail, I had never given much thought to Honeymoon. All I really knew was that Rose Leslie was cast by director Leigh Janiak after seeing her on Game Of Thrones…which admittedly, I haven’t watched (hey, I don’t have cable or Netflix, what do you want from me?). Anyways, Honeymoon is Janiak’s first kick at the directorial can, and given the current situation in Hollywood, it’s always great to see female directors coming forward and showing their stuff. So, what’s all the fuss about?
Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) are newlyweds, and for their honeymoon, decide to spend several days at Bea’s childhood vacation home. A few days into the trip, things begin getting tense. After an unexpected run-in with Bea’s ex at a diner, Paul wakes to an empty bed. Paul’s search leads him to find Bea outside in the woods naked, and unable to recall how she got there. Bea also has weird marks on her inner thighs, which she writes off as bug bites. Paul is skeptical, but goes on with their honeymoon. However, things start to get more tense as Bea’s behavior becomes increasingly irrational.
The thing that I loved about this film, even after the credits rolled, was the fact that Janiak had perfectly captured what it’s like for some couples considering long-term relationships and marriage. The doubt that creeps into you mind about that other person, and if they’re really who they say they are? Is this ultimately the right choice? It’s all here, and not to make it sound like it’s all gloomy, but you can’t show just the positive aspects or all negative aspects, as that’s not a genuine relationship. Janiak’s writing covers both the good and the bad, which makes the relationship between Bea and Paul feel authentic. It also makes the friction that develops when Bea unexpectedly meets up with her ex (and mixes in English and French while talking to him, alienating the English-only Paul), that much more believable. Great stuff.
Of course, the other half in making this work lies in the actors themselves. And both Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie nail it. It’s really surprising the chemistry between these two. You’d swear that they were a couple in real life. Not only do these two pull off an almost cloying display of affection for one another at the beginning of the film that, let’s be honest, there are couples who are like that, but they also pull off the increasing friction that comes with a relationship. You can feel the desperation in Paul as he wants to believe Bea, but at the same time is faced with evidence to the contrary that she’s hiding something. Likewise, you feel Bea wants to keep things going in a positive direction, while simultaneously knowing that she can’t keep holding back from Paul.
If there were any negatives, I’d have to say that the ending, while certainly a twist, was kind of “out there” for me. Then again, being involved with such excellent characters, you have a hope that things resolve themselves in a positive manner. They still do, in a way. Just not in what you’d expect. As you could probably tell, I’m not a fan of couples who are all over themselves in love. The “cloying” that I mentioned is really only in the first part of the film, and while I was able to tolerate it, my ‘single mind’ started wishing for a certain machete-wielding masked man to pop up and fix things if it continued any further. Wrong movie, but you get the idea.
It’s certainly a rarity for a writer/director to nail it on their first try, but Leigh Janiak has done it with Honeymoon. The story and script are terrific in getting through to the audience the nature of a long-term relationship, and the difficulties some couples face, even when a relationship’s difficulties (like this one) involve something not so typical. The performances by Leslie and Treadaway are very strong, and completely sell the idea of them being a couple going through increasingly difficult times. And while the ending was a bit of a downer for me, it did have me thinking, which is what a good film should have you doing once the credits rolled around.
Presented in 1080p AVC-encoded 1.85:1 widescreen, the transfer looks tasty. The overall picture is sharp, with a consistent colour palette that’s been purposely muted. Black levels are strong and appropriately dark. Picture detail is strong, overall. An excellent transfer.
Like the video transfer, the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is great. The wonderful score by Heather McIntosh and the film’s dialogue are nicely balanced, with the dialogue being clear and unobscured. Ambient effects like crickets and wind add depth and immersion to the mix, while action scenes add a nice punch on the lower end of things.
Magnolia disappoints again with some lackluster extras. You’d think these companies would spring for something worthwhile to compliment a film they fought for to get the distribution rights.
Starting things off is an interview with actors Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway. The duo describe their initial thoughts on the script, how they prepared for their roles as newlyweds and how they worked together to create the on-screen relationship.
Following that is an interview with Director Leigh Janiak. Leigh talks about her writing process, the films that inspired her and co-writer Phil Graziadei (Gareth Edwards’ Monsters, for one) and what went into the casting and production.
“The Worm Behind the Scenes” is raw footage of Rose Leslie trying to bait a fishing hook. It’s what you’d expect. “Canoe Behind the Scenes” looks at the troubles that comes with doing your own stunts (and filming) on the water.
AXS TV: A Look at ‘Honeymoon’ is another fluff piece where the film’s trailer is intercut with interviews.
Rounding things up are three trailers for the film.
Starring Jemaine Clement, Taika Watiti, Jonathan Brugh
Directed by Jemaine Clement, Taika Watiti
Distributed by The Orchard
The lengths I’ll personally go to in order to convince myself that the next horror/comedy will be a colossal failure is pretty extensive – suspension of disbelief, unwillingness to completely enjoy a little goofy humor, to verbally dissecting the characters down to a cellular level are just a few of the sadistic tactics in my toolkit. Whether knocking it down to a small fragment of itself can at times become a detriment for the most part, as far as some of the more recent attempts have been proven…that is until I scanned my peepers across What We Do In The Shadows, the latest laugh-fest from directing duo Jemaine Clement and Taika Watiti.
The movie follows a quartet of centuries-old vampires, each with their own personalities and hang-ups – we’ve got Viago (Watiti): the bumbling vanity fair dandy, Vadislav (Clement): the brutish playboy of the group, Deacon (Brugh): the rebellious nightstalker, and Petyr (Ben Fransham): a Nosferatu-clone who sleeps in a tomb in the basement of their “home”, a mansion-esque estate that has seen its better days. It still stands to this day, and it is the arena for the everyday bickering and “Real World” like disagreements about undone dishes, messes left in the rooms, and unattended house meetings. Their everyday struggles are legit, and they’re only too willing to discuss them in POV fashion to a camera crew that is tagging along to document the lives of vampires striving to make the most out of their modern surroundings. While the quartet of bloodsuckers live a humbling existence in front of the cameras, showcasing them as the furthest threat imaginable, a new prospect named Nick (Cori-Gonzalez Macuer) is brought in via the noshing fangs of Petyr.
Nick immediately becomes a polarizing entity in the home as he not only learns the ropes, but teaches his masters the ins and outs of the modern life: which nightclubs to hit up for fresh victims, and introducing his human friend Stu, a computer genius into the fray. Each and every character plays off of each other to perfection, and it consequently sets up some hilarious instances – for example:the most simple of disagreements between two of the nightcrawlers turns into an amusing mid-air tussle, and Viago just can’t seem to get that jugular spray under control when he bites a potential victim. All along the way in the film we’re treated to not only a historical look at the typical vampire, but a satirical look at their actions as well – it works on a number of levels, and there are more than enough moments that will give you a sore gut from laughing too much.
All in all, these “shadows” provide just the right amount of darkness, but contain equal rays of light that will make even the most picky of horror/comedy detractors grin with their fangs out.
Not much to go on here just yet but Deadline is reporting that Dreamworks has preemptively purchased an original ghost story pitch from Carter Blanchard, the scribe who most recently rewrote what is the shooting draft of Independence Day 2.
The site goes on to say that the pitch is best described as a full on ghost story rooted in classic Amblin story telling. Blanchard previously sold his time travel story Glimmer to the studio in a heated bidding war.
Like we said… not much to go on. Stay tuned.
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Jeremy Gilbert has had quite a journey on “The Vampire Diaries.” From brother to friend to hunter… this new trailer for Thursday night’s Episode 6.14, “Stay,” covers them all. Check it out as we prepare to say goodbye to series regular Steven R. McQueen.
“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.14 – “Stay” (2/12/15)
GOODBYE, MYSTIC FALLS — It’s Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) last day in Mystic Falls, and Elena (Nina Dobrev) puts on a brave face as they reminisce about their past.
Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) find themselves growing closer as they prepare Caroline’s family cabin for her mother to live out her final days. While packing up her office, Sheriff Forbes (guest star Marguerite MacInytre) turns to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) for help solving one of her remaining open cases involving Elena’s parents.
Elsewhere, when a violent confrontation with Enzo (Michael Malarkey) leaves Jeremy wondering whether he should leave or not, Matt (Zach Roerig) finds his own life on the line after Enzo lures him and Sarah Salvatore (guest star Tristan Mays) into his dangerous plan.
Lastly, Caroline rushes to the hospital after learning her mother has taken a turn for the worse. Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Brian Young and Caroline Dries.
Related Story: The Vampire Diaries: Four Stills from Episode 6.14 – Stay
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“Hoax Hunters” prides itself on a brilliant premise. A collection of paranormal investigators use their show “Hoax Hunters” as a vehicle to debunk various paranormal events across the world, but in reality solve the cases themselves. Think of it as a more adult Scooby Doo for the reality television world, then add in intelligent elements of horror and you’re on the right track. The book was originally published by Image Comics, but reading the previously published issues isn’t required. The creative team have handed the reigns of the series to Heavy Metal, and have created a handy catchup PDF for those of you in the cold, which will be linked at the bottom of this review.
Hoax Hunters (2015) #1
Written by: Steve Seeley, Michael Moreci
Art by: Chris Dibari
Publisher: HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE
Item Code: JAN151482
In Shops: 3/25/2015
SRP: $3.50″Hoax Hunters” #1 does a brilliant job at reintroducing the series, but proves to be a bold new direction. There is a certain confidence to the script that doesn’t feel bogged down in over explaining anything. Instead the incredibly fun world of “Hoax Hunters” pours off every page creating an engaging read that doesn’t let up until the final page, and even then, the final panel. This is a fantastic reintroduction, and the perfect series for Heavy Metal to set the tone for their new comics branding.
The series picks up with what is left of the team moving through cases to investigate and debunk. The pathway seems clear, and then some crazy shit starts to drift in and fear takes hold. Its sublime, thanks to a much darker and grittier tone to the series that ever before. The colors are muddier the white of the gutters has bleed into a stained yellow, and the book reads like an old pulp adventure.
The team of Donovan, Regan, Murder and Ken are missing their regular leader, and the issue toys with that lack of leadership by giving an invigorated new direction. Except its from Donovan, a character who has proven in the past to be a little less than reliable. But he’s driven. So everyone heads off to Paris to investigate those beautifully haunting catacombs beneath the city. What becomes clear, is that as it gets more difficult to manipulate a reality show control starts to turn to a mess, and the issue kicks into high gear.
Below the streets of Paris, in a perfectly preserved world where nothing dies the Hunters are pushed against insurmountable odds and everything goes haywire. I’m trying my best to avoid spoilers here, but there a few things that happen in the back half of this issue that really sting. I don’t know where the team will be by the time I pick up the next issue, but I’m worried, really worried. Perhaps this is thanks to the wonderfully honest script by Moreci and Seeley. The two writers imbue an element of sheer… blindness to this new chapter. Without a leader, the Hunters are aliens in a job they’ve done many times before. It’s enjoyable to see, if only to watch the chaos that descends upon them by the end of the issue.
Chris Dibari’s art is really the star of the issue, though. He’s able to capture a pulp feel that perfectly embodies the feeling of the series. It not only enhances my enjoyment of the book, but adds a paramount element of fun, scratchy adventure, if that makes any sense. His art makes the book feel like “Five Ghosts” in the world of “Ghost Hunters” it’s a weird combination, but it works perfectly.
“Hoax Hunters” #1 is a welcome return of the series, that should be part of everyone’s pull list, new or old fan alike, there is so much to enjoy on these pages.
Here’s that handy recap too, now you have no excuse not to pick up this #1. HH_Recap
In a move that is sure to change the way people experience digital comics, Scribd has made a HUGE move. They will now offer 1000′s of comics via their subscription service. With four major publishers on board, this is something that should be part of your daily addiction in no time. Scribd is offering something no single publisher can give, and creating a unique package that not only works seamlessly but offers a compelling library of material for you to binge-read.
Some of these curated collections will be worth the price alone. But, for those of you who never had the ability to read the classic runs on Marvel’s Avengers, or who never exposed themselves to the brilliance of Joe Hill’s “Locke and Key.” Now is the time to jump on board, I know the sheer awesomeness of browsing the comic book store could easily be replaced with hours of browsing this app, and much like Netflix, there is a sheer overload of material to choose from. Don’t waste any more time, get Scribd now.
SCRIBD ADDS UNLIMITED COMIC BOOKS TO ITS SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
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Marks World’s Largest, Most Comprehensive Subscription Reading Service with More than 1 Million eBooks, Audiobooks, Comics, and More, All for $8.99 per Month
SAN FRANCISCO, February 10, 2015 — Scribd today announced that it is expanding its leading global subscription reading service to include unlimited access to more than 10,000 comic books from some of the world’s top comic publishers. This offering represents the first time such a rich and varied selection of comics from some of the industry’s top publishers – including Marvel, Archie, Boom! Studios, Dynamite, IDW/Top Shelf, and Valiant – have been made available in one unlimited digital subscription service. The selection includes fan favorites from Spider-Man to My Little Pony to X-O Manowar, and from Transformers to Archie, along with hit YA series such as Locke & Key and acclaimed graphic novels by creators Alan Moore, Matt Fraction, Gail Simone, George R.R. Martin and more.
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Comics and graphic novels represent an $870 million market in the US, with a rapidly expanding and diversifying readership. Scribd is at the forefront of efforts to develop and shape the industry for the digital age by making it possible for readers worldwide to enjoy unlimited access to the comics they want across all mobile devices, as well as the web.
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This addition of comics, along with recent eBooks and audiobook deals, increases Scribd’s library to more than one million titles, representing the largest unlimited-access offering of eBooks, audiobooks, and comics globally.
Another found footage anthology is on its way in The Fear Project, and right now we have your first details, artwork, and more! Read on for the goods.
Featuring segments from indie directors Dion Cavallaro, Kenny Collins, Alex Deck, Owen Mulligan, Tobias Nilsson, and Paul Evans Thomas, The Fear Project stars Dion Cavallaro (The Secluded House, Apparition of Evil), Jay Vos (The Smog), Alex Deck, Cain Harrip (Apparition of Evil, The Eidolon State), Brad Jones (The Cinema Snob), Nathan Head (Theatre of Fear, Apparition of Evil), Joel Richardson (The Secluded House, Apparition of Evil), Paul Evans Thomas (The Eidolon State), Owen Mulligan (Dead Static), Michael Ian Sugrue, Tanner Weed, Caleb Bast, Alison Hell Katatonic, and Loyal Ploof.
After their friend becomes the latest victim in a chain of throat-slashing murders, two young men go to the scene of the crime to investigate. While there, they discover a room lined wall-to-wall with old television sets and a plethora of terrifying videos, each containing a piece of the puzzle. What they ultimately discover will change their lives forever.
A very intriguing sounding book is heading our way February 24th from St. Martin’s Griffin entitled The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows, edited by Marjorie Sandor, and we have all the details right here.
This upcoming short story anthology takes a look at the unease in fiction and fills in the gaps of genres we commonly know as sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal, and magical realism. It features stories that cross borders of time and place written by several well-known authors from the 1800s to today – including Edgar Allan Poe, Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft, Jonathon Carroll, and Aimee Bender.
Check out the synopsis and cover art below, and if it piques your interest, pre-order your copy from the EvilShop now.
From the deeply unsettling to the possibly supernatural, these thirty-one border-crossing stories from around the world explore the uncanny in literature and delve into our increasingly unstable sense of self, home, and planet. The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows opens with “The Sand-man,” E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1817 tale of doppelgangers and automatons—a tale that inspired generations of writers and thinkers to come.
Stories by 19th and 20th century masters of the uncanny—including Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, H.P. Lovecraft, and Shirley Jackson—form a foundation for sixteen award-winning contemporary authors, established and new, whose work blurs the boundaries between the familiar and the unknown.These writers come from Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia, Scotland, England, Sweden, the United States, Uruguay, and Zambia—although their birthplaces are not always the terrains they plumb in their stories, nor do they confine themselves to their own eras.
Contemporary authors include: Chris Adrian, Joyce Carol Oates, Aimee Bender, Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Jonathon Carroll, Joan Aiken, John Herdman, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser, Kate Bernheimer, Steve Stern, Karen Russell, Jean-Christophe Duchon-Doris, Yoko Ogawa, Dean Paschal, Namwali Serpell, and Karen Tidbeck.
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Alt-rock group Faith No More have announced that their new album, the first in 17 years, will be called Sol Invictus (translation: Unconquered Sun) and it will be released on May 19th.
Billy Gould recently told Rolling Stone:
What I can say is that I think through our experience as musicians over the years, I think what we’re doing reflects where we’ve gone since we made our last record as Faith No More. I think this kicks things up a notch. And I think there’s parts that are very powerful and there’s parts that have a lot of “space.” Everything we do, with our chemistry, the way we play; it’s always going to sound like us. It’s just what we do, that makes us feel good.
The band has also announced that their N. American tour is completely sold out.
Because I’ve never cared enough to learn how to cheat them and have never possessed enough talent and disposable time to climb that ladder legitimately, leaderboards have existed solely so I can find a friend’s ranking, squash it without mercy, and let them know what I just did. I always wait until there’s a large enough gap separating our two scores before I share the news, because a premature reveal could lead to their immediately trouncing my score.
For the competitive folks who aren’t satisfied with their achievements until they can be recognized by a larger pool of people on the leaderboard of a hot new game like, say, the Resident Evil HD remaster, here’s a look at the competition.
Aside from the obvious, what makes this video from YouTuber Carcinogen so fantastic is the fact that he actually does have skills. He’s a legitimate world record holder, you can even watch him beat those records in videos like the one I have for you below.
Seven former sisters of the Alpha Kappa Pi sorority and their fabulous gay BFF reunite for a getaway weekend to celebrate a birthday. A few margaritas into the first night, a dark secret is revealed… The cabin they’ve rented is the site of a gruesome mass murder of teenage girls on a sleepover 15 years earlier. Needless to say, the sorority sisters get picked off one by one, and as their number dwindles, so too does their trust in one another.
Crazy Bitches, which debuted to an audience of 800 at Hollywood’s historic John Anson Ford Amphitheatre at Outfest 2014, has since screened in several festivals and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray just in time for Valentine’s Day. It was written and directed by Jane Clark (2014’s award-winning drama Meth Head), and we were lucky enough to catch up with her and haze her with our oh so hard-hitting line of questions:
Dread Central: With a title like Crazy Bitches, how do you explain what this movie is about to people who have never heard of it?
Jane Clark: Well, here’s the fun truth. Whether I’m at a party or a business meeting, when someone asks me what I’m working on and I say, “I just finished a movie called Crazy Bitches,” the response 99% of the time is, “I’ve got to see that.” Usually followed by “I am a crazy bitch” or “My girlfriends and I are crazy bitches.” Or “I know one of those.”
After that, if they want to know what the movie is about, I give them the logline: Seven women and one fab gay guy go to a remote ranch for some R&R, but things go horribly wrong when one by one they are killed by their own vanity.
That usually seals the deal.
DC: I love that you have Guinevere Turner in your movie! Did you know her before, and what’s she like to work with, especially since she is a writer-actor like yourself?
JC: I met Guinevere at a party. We got into a nice long conversation, but neither of us knew the other. Then one of our mutual friends said, “Guinevere, Jane’s making a movie called Crazy Bitches.” And Guinevere said, “I have to be in that.” And our friend said, “Jane, you HAVE to put Guinevere in your movie.” I was like, “Stop badgering me!” Casting is hugely important to me, and I am never going to just stick someone in a movie. But Guinevere is pretty hard to say “no” to, and I had a role open. I finally caved. Besides, by then I’d watched a few things and realized she’s a really good actress. Plus, she had the dainty fragility I had written for the character, and subversively, I loved that this lesbian icon plays a character teetering on homophobia.
I will admit I was a little nervous sending her the script because she’s also an awesome writer. And I breathed again when she emailed and said, “Okay, this is great, and I have to do it.” After that she put her writer aside, and from rehearsal through production Guinevere showed up as an actor ready to work. She’s easy, intuitive, and receptive to direction – all the things I treasure in an actor. I’m looking forward to many more films with her in the future. We’re even toying with a project that she’d write, I’d direct, and we would produce together.
DC: There’s more than just Crazy Bitches in this movie… there are a few dumb dudes as well. Can you talk a little bit about how you shaped the male characters and which one is your fave?
JC: Each of the dumb dudes were written for a friend so… not that I’m saying they are dumb, just… oy. Let me start over. I thought about all the lovely qualities each of the actors brought to the table, and I wrote the opposite. Seriously. I thought each would like the opportunity to play something a little against their truth. As to my fave? I love them all for different reasons and all the actors are terrific, but I’d have to say Gareth, the randy ranch hand played by Blake Berris. Mostly because he says some of the most ridiculous lines that I just think are funny.
DC: I see elements of Urban Legends, “Desperate Housewives,” and Friday the 13th in Crazy Bitches… but you’re the writer so please talk a little about your influences and how they manifest in the story as the movie plays out.
JC: Friday the 13th was the first horror movie I ever saw. It was a stay-at-home date, pizza and a movie sort of thing, and it worked just as I am sure the guy planned it. I screamed and grabbed on to him and tucked my head on his chest when it got too scary. That experience was definitely an influencer. I would say the Scream series, most specifically the first one, were influences. I also really love the old school films like The Shining and The Omen, which leaned more on tension rather than gore. And one of my all time favorite films is Pan’s Labyrinth, which strangely enough, I didn’t recall was categorized as horror until I started researching genre films. In all honesty, though, I didn’t seek out horror to watch, nor did I ever imagine that I would make a horror film. Once the idea popped into my head, though, I went back and watched a mother lode of genre movies to educate myself and to figure out what worked in other films and what didn’t so I could apply it to my own project. Since Crazy Bitches is also a comedy with a Mean Girls edge, I also had in mind films like Bridesmaids and Heathers.
DC: The press release says, “Perfect for Valentine’s Day!” Um… I disagree. I know that the PR is often different from what the writer-director might have intended… so, what do you think about how the movie is being presented, and who is the ideal audience?
JC: The downside to being a truly indie filmmaker is that you do everything yourself. The upside is you get to do everything yourself! Though our distributor, Gravitas Ventures, has had an influence on marketing materials like the poster, my producing partner and I came up with the Valentine’s Day release idea because after many festival screenings, people talked about the movie’s playfulness and sex appeal. Then we looked at the calendar, and it was Friday, the 13th of February! So we planted a stake in it.
It might seem counter-intuitive to watch a horror movie on what is traditionally a hearts and chocolates day, and yes, there are some gruesome and at times creepy kills (one slow death scene still creeps me out after watching it dozens of times), but I see that as a Valentine’s lube, if you will. It’s like watching Friday the 13th with my date and snuggling up. I mean, why not watch a film that a) gives you jump-out-of-your-seat moments and squirm-in-your seat murders geared to cause the covering of eyes and clinging of bodies and b) makes your lover a little horny. And if you don’t have a lover, screw it. Get your friends together, have a cocktail or two, and laugh your asses off while you watch a bunch of bitches get whacked. Either way it’s all good.
You’ll be able to find the film On Demand via Time Warner, Comcast, Cox, AT&T U-verse, and Dish Network among other platforms and on iTunes, Amazon, and more beginning Friday, February 13, 2015.
Crazy Bitches, a comedic horror film with a heart, is the perfect, sexy way to spend Valentine’s Day. The film was written and directed by Jane Clark (2014’s award-winning drama Meth Head) and stars the following “bitches:” Candis Cayne (“Dirty Sexy Money”), Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, “The L Word”), Cathy DeBuono (Along Came Lola, web series “We Have to Stop Now”), Blake Berris (“Days of our Lives”), Samantha Colburn (Best Night Ever), Andy Gala (Outsourced), Liz McGeever (The Conjurer), Victoria Profeta (North Country), Nayo Wallace (“Shameless”), and Mary Jane Wells (How to Train Your Dragon 2).
Seven women – sisters of the Alpha Kappa Pi sorority – and their gay best friend reunite for a weekend to celebrate their pal Alice’s birthday. But at the remote ranch where they settle for leisurely days of gossip, girl time, and grub, something soon seems amiss.
A number of margaritas into the first night, a dark secret is revealed. The cabin is the site of a gruesome mass murder of teenage girls on a sleepover 15 years earlier. Blood still stains the floor under new carpets, and the killer still runs free.
The women take the ghost story for what it seems – a tall tale on a stormy night – and at first, the story only adds to the romance of the ranch. One girl sneaks off with the hired hand. Another seeks to rekindle her old college flame. But after a third turns up – dead – the story no longer seems silly, and sex is the last thing on anyone’s mind.
One by one they are cut down, victims of the particular vanities they flaunt in each other’s faces. Soon the girls turn on each other, accusing one another of jealousy and murder. As the fun-filled weekend turns into a race against death, they wonder: Which Crazy Bitch will make it out alive?
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Today marks the release of Fear Clinic, the film based on FEARnet’s 2009 online series. The film was directed by Robert G. Hall (Lightning Bug, Laid to Rest, ChromeSkull: Laid To Rest II) with special effects by award-winning FX creators Robert Kurtzman and Steve Johnson.
The synopsis reads:
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…
To mark this release, hard rock band Stone Sour have released a music video for the track “The Dark”, which appears on the soundtrack to the film. The band created and released this video because vocalist Corey Taylor has made his acting debut in Fear Clinic, which also features Fiona Dourif, Thomas Dekker, Brandon Beemer, and more.
Head below to see the video.
We’re keeping a close eye on Trevor Matthews’ directorial debut, Girl House, which begins its limited theatrical and VOD release from eOne Films over Valentine’s weekend; and if you are too, you can check out the film’s soundtrack by tomandandy right now! It releases digitally TODAY, followed a month later by the CD. You’ll find all the details, including the full track listing, below.
From the Press Release:
Lakeshore Records will release GIRL HOUSE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on February 10th and on CD March 10, 2015. The album features the film’s original score by tomandandy (The Strangers, The Mothman Prophecies) along with an original track performed by Slaine, who portrays Loverboy in the film.
“We tried to develop a suspenseful tone while avoiding cliché. The themes of the film, while obviously contemporary, are also connected to primal human experiences; and it was dark fun for us juxtaposing terror and imbalance with the trappings of modern internet life,” said tomandandy.
tomandandy is a music production company. While they are best known for their work scoring films, their portfolio includes records and art installations as well as music for television commercials and television programs. Andy Milburn was born in Texas and went to Princeton University for undergraduate as well as graduate work. Thomas Hajdu was born in Canada and moved to the US to work on his graduate studies at Princeton University.
Milburn and Hajdu moved to New York after Princeton and started collaborating with film director Mark Pellington at MTV. tomandandy quickly grew, and they built a number of recording studios in New York and later in Los Angeles. Their film credits include Resident Evil: Afterlife, Killing Zoe, Arlington Road, The Rules of Attraction, The Hills Have Eyes, and The Mothman Prophecies; they have worked with artists including U2, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, William Burroughs, Alicia Keyes, and Wes Borland. They’ve also worked with several directors including Roger Avary, Oliver Stone, Mark Pellington, Paul Anderson, Alex Aja, and Bryan Bertino and film producers including Mark Gordon, Greg Shapiro, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, and Howard Gordon.
GIRL HOUSE follows a beautiful young college student who, needing money for tuition, moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.
“We really enjoyed the thoughtful and engaging process of working with Trevor Matthews [director] and Nick Gordon [writer],” said tomandandy. “We had meaningful dialogue from the spotting session to the ‘Loverboy’ theme at the beginning of the film until the ending. Their take on the implications of technology and society [was] very interesting, and we were excited to help accentuate that by creating music that was at times technologically influenced, yet often traditionally orchestrated. Our goal was to help to support the visceral experience they captured.”
Brookstreet Pictures presents GIRL HOUSE in theaters on February 13, 2015. GIRL HOUSE – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available digitally on February 10th and on CD March 10, 2015.
1. The Enemy – Supreme Villain (Slaine & Madchild) featuring Rite Hook
2. VHS Sex – Com Truise
3. Good Vibrations – Todd Michael Schultz
4. Let It Be Known – Jesse Rhodes
5. Mountain City Anchor – Connor Scott
6. Love Me So Bad – Jesse Rhodes
7. Way Of The World – Jack Gravina (ft. Quinn Barbini)
8. Loverboy – tomandandy
9. The First Time – tomandandy
10. In The Shower – tomandandy
11. Control Room – tomandandy
12. Loverboy Attacks the House – tomandandy
13. It’s Always Quiet Before a Storm – tomandandy
14. First Kill – tomandandy
15. Let’s Hack the System – tomandandy
16. Hope? – tomandandy
17. No Cameras – tomandandy
Trevor Matthews, who also produced the film, starred in Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and The Shrine. Girl House was written by Nick Gordon and stars Ali Cobrin (Showtime’s “Look,” Neighbors, American Reunion), Adam DiMarco (Radio Rebel), Slaine (MC in hip hop supergroup La Coka Nostra), and a bevy of smoking hot girls including Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5, The Internship, Casting Couch) and Erin Agostino (“18 to Life,” You Are So Undead).
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