[Exclusive Interview] Talking 'Phantasm: Ravager' With Creator Don Coscarelli! How Did They Keep It A Secret And When Will It Be Released?!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:00

This morning Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli unveiled the trailer for Phantasm: Ravager, which had already been shot in total secrecy. It will be the fifth and final entry in Coscarelli’s classic horror Phantasm series.

The film, “features Reggie Bannister (a veteran of all five films) in his decades long pursuit of the malevolent Tall Man, and it finally forces him to confront the mysteries at the heart of the ‘Phantasm] saga. The entire original cast is back including Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kat Lester and Angus Scrimm, along with some great new characters.

I spoke with Coscarelli (via email) about this last entry in the franchise and new director David Hartman (“Transformers Prime, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers). We also discussed the challenges of keeping the whole thing secret, whether or not this directly follows Phantasm IV: Oblivion and if we can expect Bubba Nosferatu in our future.

Check it out below!!

Congrats on the new film! How the hell were you able to keep it a secret? “Thank you! We decided early on that since fans seemed so keen for another Phantasm movie that we would try to surprise them with ‘Ravager’. It took a couple years to pull together all the elements necessary, but we figured that fans had been so patient since ‘Phantasm: Oblivion’ was released that they would want us to get this one right. It gave me great joy to return to something I have such passion about. And yes, filming is finally complete.

Does it pick up where Phantasm: Oblivion left off? “Ah, you’re on to my style there. I’d prefer not to give too much away, but as a writer I am certainly a creature of habit.

What was it like, emotionally, revisiting this territory? “For me it was very emotionally satisfying to co-write the screenplay with Dave and then watch him breathe life into it. These are characters that the fans and I share a lot of history with. I know it might sound weird but after so many years, I have become a Phantasm fan myself. And watching Reggie, Mike and the Tall Man play out their arcs to the end was wonderful for me to watch, and I trust it will be the same experience for the fans.

When will the film be released? “It has more visual effects than any film I’ve been involved with to date, including ‘John Dies at the End’. In addition to being a terrific director, David Hartman is also a great visual effects artist, so he is hard at work right now, and will be for quite some time. I guess the short answer is “as soon as possible,” but that could be some time.

Any update on Bubba Nosferatu or any other new stuff you might have percolating? “I’ve got a bunch of projects in various states of development. Nothing to report right now on the sequel ‘Bubba Nosferatu’, other than a couple months back I had an excellent dinner with both Bruce Campbell and Paul Giamatti. I can swear to you, they would make an awesome on screen team! Elvis is eternal, and his manager Col Tom Parker probably is too, so, with luck, the Gods of Graceland will help us find a path to get that movie to the silver screen.

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It Looks Like Predator Is Coming To 'Call Of Duty: Ghosts'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:56

If you’ve been neglecting your copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Infinity Ward has just teased a pretty solid reason to return to it. First, they gave us Michael Myers and now, they’ve teased the arrival of everyone’s favorite gadget-loving alien in the game’s upcoming Devastation DLC. The tease comes from a video posted on the official Call of Duty Instagram along with (half of) a quote that should be familiar to fans of the movie: “If it bleeds…”

Devastation launches on April 3rd, just a few months before Predator’s 27th anniversary (June 12). Video after the jump.

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Report: 'The Last Of Us' Coming To PS4, Bundled With 'Left Behind' Expansion

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:31

If a report on the Turkish website Multiplayer is correct, Naughty Dog may indeed be bringing The Last of Us to Sony’s new console. According to their report, the news comes from Sercan Sulun, PlayStation’s Eurasian Software Market Manager, who told the site “There is no information about a new The Last of Us game but I can share this knowledge; as of this summer, The Last of Us will be on the PS4. Both on PSN and physically.”

What makes this news even more exciting is the confirmation from Sulun that the PS4 version will come bundled with the new Left Behind expansion.

None of this has been made official, but if it is true, it wouldn’t be all that surprising.

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Adrianne Palicki and Don Johnson Return in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Episode 1.04 - Let's Get Ramblin'

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:27

On the heels of announcing a greenlight for Season Two of their popular new original project "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," El Rey Network has provided info on Episode 1.04, "Let's Get Ramblin'," premiering Tuesday, April 1st.

“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” centers on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are on the run after a bank heist left several people dead.

While heading to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter a former pastor and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the Border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone of the original film, adds new characters and backstories, and expands the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.

The all-new episode features special guest star Adrianne Palicki and an unexpected blast from the past. El Rey didn't release a preview of the ep so below you'll find an ad for the Big Kahuna Burger, which had its on-screen debut in Episode 1.03.

Episode 1.04 - "Let's Get Ramblin'" (airs 4/1/14)
The Gecko Brothers take the Fuller family hostage and attempt to leave the motel undetected. But Freddie (Jesse Garcia) - led by the same force that has been guiding Richie - arrives at their door, igniting a clash that nearly destroys them all. Written by Marcel Rodriguez and directed by Robert Rodriguez.

For more info keep your eyes on the show's Facebook page, the official El Rey Network website, El Rey Network on Facebook, and El Rey Network on Twitter.

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Latest 'A Haunted House 2' Poster Spoofs 'Insidious 2'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:27

Open Road released a second spoof one-sheet for A Haunted House 2, which shows Marlon Wayans and company joking on James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2.

Jaime Pressly, Gabriel Iglesias, Ashley Rickards, Essence Atkins, Affion Crockett, and Dave Sheridan also star.

In theaters April 18, “Crossing new lines and breaking old barriers, A Haunted House 2 is the sequel to the hilarious box-office hit starring Marlon Wayans as Malcolm who, after exorcising the demons of his ex, is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events. With spine-tingling tension and hilarious punch-lines A Haunted House 2 is inspired by the latest supernatural horror movie franchises and shows that this time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!

A Haunted House 2 spoofs supernatural horror movie hits such as Paranormal Activity 4, Sinister, The Possession, Insidious, The Conjuring, and more. This time… it’s not just the house that’s haunted!

Poster courtesy of Moviefone:

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'Alien: Isolation' Release Date Announcement Incoming

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:06

Get your calendars out, because developer Creative Assembly has announced an impending… announcement regarding the release date for Alien: Isolation. The news we all want to hear is but a few days away, as they’ve confirmed the reveal will happen at their developer session at EGX Rezzed, which kicks off tomorrow. Their session is on Saturday.

Everything we’ve seen of Isolation points to it being the survival horror Alien game fans have been clamoring for for years. Decades even. Head past the jump for a new behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming game.

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Get an Insider Look at The Following Episode 2.10 - Teacher's Pet

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:05

"The Following." Are any of you guys still watching? We are despite the fact that each week has us rolling our eyes at the stupidity of some of the characters. In any event, in this "Insider" look at Episode 2.10, "Teacher's Pet," we hear from the cast and crew.

"The Following" Episode 2.10 - "Teacher's Pet" (aired 3/24/14, 9-10PM; repeats 3/29/14, 9-10PM)
RYAN HARDY COMES ONE STEP CLOSER TO JOE CARROLL -- As his power over the Korban cult grows, Joe sets a deadly plan in action using new acolytes to carry out his demands.

Meanwhile, Ryan and Max devise a plan to contact Joe in hopes of tracking down his whereabouts, and Weston meets with a face from the past.

Related Story: It's a Deadly Mess in these Images from "The Following" Episode 2.11 - "Freedom"

"The Following" Episode 2.11 - "Freedom" (3/31/14, 9-10PM; repeats 4/5/14, 9-10PM)
A deadly massacre, thought to be sparked by Joe Carroll, leads Ryan and Mike into very dangerous territory. But as more details are revealed, they realize another leader might be on the rise.

Meanwhile, Joe continues to train the Korban cult and confirms his new plans with Emma and those who doubt him.

Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang

Guest Cast: Shane McRae as Robert; Sprague Grayden as Carrie Cooke; John Lafayette as Captain Turner; Felix Solis as Agent Clarke; Tom Patrick Stephens as Decklan; Florence Faivre as Serena; Natalie Zea as Claire Matthews

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Remember "This Is A Trent Reznor Song"? It Now Has A Perfect Music Video

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:00

Remember back in January when “This Is A Trent Reznor Song” went viral and could be heard all over the internet? Well, looks like the guy that wrote it, Freddy Scott, loved the attention so much that he created a music video to accompany the track. But it’s not just any music video. Instead, it PERFECTLY parodies a multitude of Nine Inch Nails videos. Seriously, the guy nailed the aesthetics.

Check out the video below!


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Magnet Releasing Wants to Take You on a Honeymoon

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:49

The folks over at Magnet Releasing love all of us horror fans very much. I know this because they're constantly releasing quality genre product. And now, to show us how much they truly care, they're even going to take us on a Honeymoon (review). How romantic is that?! Read on for all the lovey dovey details!

From the Press Release
The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have acquired world rights to HONEYMOON, the chilling directorial debut from Leigh Janiak, which had its world premiere at SXSW earlier this month.

HONEYMOON features rising star Rose Leslie (HBO’s "Game of Thrones," "Downton Abbey") and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger, "Penny Dreadful"). Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced.

Leslie and Treadaway star as young newlyweds who travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon where the promise of private romance awaits them. Shortly after arriving, Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, Paul begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

Christina Rogers and the Magnolia Pictures International team will be representing the film at the upcoming Marché du Film in Cannes. All international rights are available.

HONEYMOON will next be featured at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Magnet will release the film later this year.

“HONEYMOON is an auspicious debut from the very talented Leigh Janiak, who has a preternatural mastery of tone and mounting dread, not to mention a deft hand with actors,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway have stunning chemistry—they light up the screen.”

Said director Janiak: "I feel incredibly honored to have my first feature in Magnet's smart and expert hands. I'm so excited to work with them—they're the perfect home for the film, and I know they will do great things with it."

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Insert Yourself and Friends Into Interactive Poster for The Den

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:44

It's the little things that keep us going here at Dread Central, like promotional gimmicks for new horror flicks. Hot on the heels of the release of IFC's The Den (review) comes this bit of interactive fun, which allows you to insert yourself and your friends into the film's poster.

All you've gotta do is upload some pictures, and voila, you become a part of the voyeuristic thriller, which is being described as Rear Window for the internet age. Head over to The Den's official website to get started!

Directed by Zach Donahue, the film stars Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen, and Matt Riedy.

Synopsis
After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as THE DEN on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth.

Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.

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Here's the FULL Trailer for 'Into the Storm' (Sigh)

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:35

I’m getting fairly sick of teasers for trailers, especially when it’s unclear that there’s a full trailer coming.

Yesterday I was duped into posting a short tease of today’s (shockingly epic) full trailer for New Line Cinema’s Into the Storm, which is far more impressive than a few people yelling off screen. Anyways, here’s the FULL trailer for the found-footage Twister, in theaters August 8. It looks bananas.

Directed by Final Destination 5‘s by Steven Quale, “In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence all star.

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Dread Central Live: Joe Begos, Graham Skipper, and Josh Ethier Are Almost Human - WATCH NOW!

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:30

Dread Central Live is taking a mid-season break, but we'll be returning on April 21st with something very special. In the interim check out our chat with the cats from Almost Human (review) - director Joe Begos along with stars Graham Skipper and Josh Ethier.

Dread Central Live is a live, half-hour news/information/talk show dedicated to covering all aspects of the horror genre.

Hosts Staci Layne Wilson and "Gore Whore" Vanessa Gomez will guide viewers on a weekly journey of keeping current in horror via news updates, interviews with genre and mainstream stars and filmmakers, exclusive clips, trailer premieres, as well as exclusive coverage from set visits for horror feature films and TV shows in production. During the interview portions of the show, fans can submit questions via Twitter and Facebook which may be asked on-air by Staci and Vanessa in real time. DC Editor-in-Chief Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton will also make regular appearances, giving his unique “bat’s eye view” perspective on the genre that has fueled a lifelong obsession with the macabre!

Dread Central has ALWAYS been brought to you by fans for fans. We consider you guys our peers, and since we don't have - and have never had - a parent company behind us, we like to think that the site and everything it does belongs to you. That being said... tweet us @DreadCentral with your questions and comments, and we'll be answering everything that we can get to in REAL TIME.

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Alien Documentary Mirage Men Now Available for Digital Download

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:21

Whether or not you choose to believe in extraterrestrial beings, there's no denying that the topic of discussion is an utterly fascinating one that manages to capture the imagination like no other.

Personally, I'm still not even sure what my feelings are on the matter, but what I can say is that there will never be enough documentaries in the world to fully satiate my interest in the topic.

The latest of such documentaries, titled Mirage Men, was just digitally released today, and it looks to be one of the more fascinating ones we've yet seen, peeling back the curtain and exploring government coverups in an effort to at long last expose the truth.

Sound interesting? Head over to Yekra to digitally rent the doc, and whet your appetite with the trailer below!

Synopsis
Directed by John Lundberg, Mark Pilkington, Roland Denning, and Kypros Kyprianou, Perception Management’s Mirage Men has already generated buzz at Austin’s Fantastic Fest in September and at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in November. The film examines how, for nearly 60 years, teams within the U.S. Air Force and Intelligence services exploited and manipulated beliefs about UFOs and ET visitations as part of their counterintelligence programs. In doing so, they spawned a mythology so powerful that it captivated and warped many brilliant minds, including several of their own. Now, for the first time, some of those behind these operations, and their victims, speak out, revealing a true story that is part Manchurian Candidate and part Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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Trailer for Horror Love Letter Son of Ghostman Is Sure to Make You Smile

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:08

Our own Scott Hallam recently wrote that Son of Ghostman (review) should without a doubt be watched by all horror fans, despite the fact that it's not really a horror film. Rather, it's a love letter to horror films and the fans like us who simply cannot get enough of them.

Today we've got the trailer for Son of Ghostman on tap for ya, which will give you an idea of what Scott was talking about. Check it out, and let us know if you see just a little bit of yourself in it!

Written and directed by Kurt Larson, the film stars Larson himself as well as Devin Ordoyne and Angela Gulner.

Synopsis
Denny McNamara has been recently dumped, he’s unemployed, and his older brother, Harold, is threatening to sell the house Denny rents. By all accounts he’s a loser. Motivated by his childhood hero, a local celebrity horror host named Ghostman, Denny tries to find his identity by throwing on monster makeup and becoming the “Son” of Ghostman. Thing is, Denny isn’t exactly suited for the role, but his awkward pain-inducing videos go viral anyway, and he must decide what and where his future lies.

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Kevin Tancharoen's The Gable 5 Web Series Pilot Now Live!

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:55

Kevin Tancharoen endeared himself to horror fans with his kick-ass Mortal Kombat: Legacy web series, and now he's back with the pilot for another one, The Gable 5, starring ass kicker supreme Eliza Dushku.

The Gable 5, which premiered today exclusively on Machinima, is directed by Tancharoen and written by him and Scott Martin. Producers are Hayden Roush and Marina Stabile.

Synopsis:
In a remote location, a secret facility exists unlike anything the world has ever seen. Run by Dr. Conrad Gable, a renowned neurologist, the facility is years ahead of its time when it comes to the technology it's using to research the human body. With an unlimited budget backed by a classified department of the government, Dr. Gable's motives appear to be for the greater good of humanity - the chance to create a drug so powerful it could be used to win every battle, every war, with no casualties.

Now all he needs are 5 test subjects...

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Rowdy Official Teaser Trailer for Into The Storm

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:54

Hot on the heels of the teaser trailer for the teaser trailer for the found footage flick Into the Storm directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5), we now have the teaser trailer. Oh, and a badass poster too.

From the Press Release
From New Line Cinema, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, comes the tornado disaster film Into the Storm. Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) directs the film, which is produced by Todd Garner (Zookeeper, Knight and Day).

In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.

Quale is directing the film from a screenplay by John Swetnam. The executive producers are Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Mark McNair, Jeremy Stein, and Bruce Berman.

The film stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Sarah Wayne Callies (TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Matt Walsh (Ted), Alycia Debnam-Carey (Where the Devil Hides), Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destination 5), Nathan Kress (TV’s “iCarly”), Jon Reep (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), and Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer, TV’s “Friday Night Lights”).

Quale’s behind-the-scenes creative team consists of several members of his Final Destination 5 roster, including director of photography Brian Pearson, production designer David Sandefur, editor Eric Sears, and composer Brian Tyler, as well as costume designer Kimberly Adams (associate costume designer for the Chronicles of Narnia films).

New Line Cinema production, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Broken Road production, Into the Storm. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.




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Get Ravaged by the Phantasm: Ravager Teaser Trailer

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:28

Well, that was fast! Just a few days after the announcement came that Phantasm: Ravager was complete, along comes a teaser trailer. Check it out along with additional details about the film right here, and expect lots more soon!

From the Press Release:
Filmmaker Don Coscarelli has announced that PHANTASM: RAVAGER, the long-awaited fifth and final entry in his classic horror Phantasm series, has completed principal photography.

The original Phantasm was a worldwide critical and box office smash, spawning a huge cult of fans around the world and three well received sequels.

For the first time in the franchise's history, a new director is helming the production, one David Hartman. Hartman is a multiple Emmy-nominated animation director, whose work can be seen in such celebrated shows as Transformers Prime and Roughnecks: Starship Troopers. Serious genre fans have long been familiar with Hartman’s edgier output, including two blood-soaked music videos for Rob Zombie ("American Witch" and "Lords of Salem") and his illustrations of Steve Niles' Strange Cases for Image Comics.

"I felt it was time to let someone else play with my train set," noted Coscarelli, who co-wrote the film with Hartman and produced the film under his Silver Sphere banner along with executive producer Brad Baruh. "David and I go back to my film Bubba Ho-Tep. He did terrific visual effects on that and more recently created a wild animated sequence and some amazing visual effects in my most recent film, John Dies at the End. Our aesthetics are in sync, and he's quite an experienced director in his own right," Coscarelli stated.

"Having worked with Don [Coscarelli] before and being a huge fan of the entire Phantasm franchise, it was a great honor to do RAVAGER with him," says Hartman. "This film is a real turning point in the series. There's real closure for the core characters that I hope fans will respond to. We were fortunate to shoot amazing new sequences with horror icon Angus Scrimm—he has terrific scenes with Reggie (Bannister) and Mike (Michael Baldwin) that are truly powerful.”

Production on RAVAGER took place in and around Southern California over the past two years. "The Phantasm films have been a guerrilla operation for decades now, totally outside of the studio system," Coscarelli notes. "We do them for the fans, and I think Ravager will definitely please them. In the past few years several studios have made offers to remake Phantasm with large budgets, but the fans were very vocal that they wanted the original cast to return and finish this iteration of the story with class. And for the first time there’s an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world. I know Phantasm fans will be as excited as I am to see it.”

RAVAGER features Reggie Bannister (a veteran of all five films) in his decades-long pursuit of the malevolent Tall Man, and it finally forces him to confront the mysteries at the heart of the Phantasm saga. The entire original cast is back including Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kat Lester, and Angus Scrimm, along with some great new characters. Coscarelli allows, “There are also some surprises thrown in that I promise will astonish long-time fans.”

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Breaking: 'Phantasm: Ravager' Trailer, Story Details and Full Cast!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:04

BREAKING: It was officially announced to Bloody Disgusting by Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli Thursday that Phantasm: Ravager has completed principle photography. For those wondering, it will be the fifth and final entry in Coscarelli’s classic horror Phantasm series.

For the first time in the franchise’s history, a new director is helming the production, one David Hartman. Hartman is a multiple Emmy-nominated animation director, whose work can be seen in such celebrated shows as “Transformers Prime” and “Roughnecks: Starship Troopers.” Serious genre fans have long been familiar with Hartman’s edgier output, including two blood-soaked music videos for Rob Zombie (“American Witch,” and “Lords of Salem”), and his illustrations of Steve Niles’ “Strange Cases” for Image Comics.

Ravager features Reggie Bannister (a veteran of all five films) in his decades long pursuit of the malevolent Tall Man, and it finally forces him to confront the mysteries at the heart of the Phantasm saga. The entire original cast is back including Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kat Lester and Angus Scrimm, along with some great new characters. “There are also some surprises thrown in that I promise will astonish long-time fans,” teases Coscarelli.

The original Phantasm was a worldwide critical and box office smash, spawning a huge cult of fans around the world and three well received sequels.

Coscarelli co-wrote the film with Hartman and produced the film under his Silver Sphere banner along with Executive Producer Brad Baruh.

I felt it was time to let someone else play with my train set,” noted Coscarelli, speaking to David Hartman directing the fifth film. “David and I go back to my film Bubba Ho-Tep. He did terrific visual effects on that, and more recently created a wild animated sequence and some amazing visual effects in my most recent film, John Dies at the End. Our aesthetics are in sync and he’s quite an experienced director in his own right,” Coscarelli stated.

Having worked with Don [Coscarelli] before, and being a huge fan of the entire Phantasm franchise, it was a great honor to do Ravager with him,” added Hartman. “This film is a real turning point in the series. There’s real closure for the core characters that I hope fans will respond to. We were fortunate to shoot amazing new sequences with horror icon Angus Scrimm—he has terrific scenes with Reggie (Bannister) and Mike (Michael Baldwin) that are truly powerful.

Production on Ravager took place in secret in and around southern California over the past two years. “The Phantasm films have been a guerrilla operation for decades now, totally outside of the studio system,” Coscarelli notes. “We do them for the fans, and I think Ravager will definitely please them. In the past few years several studios have made offers to remake Phantasm with large budgets, but the fans were very vocal that they wanted the original cast to return and finish this iteration of the story with class. And for the first time there’s an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world. I know Phantasm fans will be as excited as I am to see it.

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Magnet Releasing Prepares for Tragic 'Honeymoon'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:00

Magnolia Pictures’ genre label Magnet Releasing has acquired world rights to Leigh Janiak’s Honeymoon (read our review), which had its world premiere at SXSW this month, reports Deadline.

The story centers on young newlyweds who travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon. Shortly after arriving, he finds her wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. As she becomes more distant and her behavior increasingly peculiar, he begins to suspect something more sinister than sleepwalking took place in the woods.

The pic starring “Game Of Thrones‘” Rose Leslie and Harry Treadaway next plays at Tribeca in April and the film will be released domestically later this year.

Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced.

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Peter and the Colossus Eyeball a New Poster

Dread Central - Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:00

A new one-sheet in promotion of indie filmmaker Mitchel Viernes' new practical effects extravaganza, Peter and the Colossus, is here; and it stokes our love for men in monster suits over CGI tenfold. Check it out!

The film stars Aubrey Robbins and Marcus Lavatai.

Synopsis
In the wake of her parents' sudden passing, Rachel Miller struggles to juggle two jobs while also taking care of her estranged younger brother, Peter. Traumatized from the loss, Peter refuses to utter a single word, making a social connection with anyone else very difficult. After school each day, Peter walks through a forest on his way home in order to avoid any confrontation with the school bullies, and on the way he makes an unlikely friendship that teaches him how to let others in and even helps mend his relationship with Rachel.

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