Zombeavers Cast and Crew Talk Using Practical Effects, Working in the Genre, Peeing in the Woods, and More!
Horror comedy Zombeavers (review) recently had its UK debut at Film4 FrightFest, but it hit Tribeca last spring for its world premiere, where we had a chance to chat with director and co-writer Jordan Rubin plus several members of the cast.
Stars Peter Gilroy, Rex Linn, Courtney Palm, Jake Weary, Rachel Melvin, and Lexi Atkins emerged from the Zombeavers onslaught to discuss acting in horror movies vs. watching them, the treasures to be found while peeing in the woods, and the ghostly presence of poor Old Yeller.
Additionally, Rubin (pictured above), a veteran of television comedy, joined in to talk about the technical considerations one must take into account when choosing between practical puppet zombeavers vs. CGI zombeavers.
Beware: A few spoilers for some classic movies that should be beyond spoiling by now are lurking in the below video, but there are no spoilers for Zombeavers itself.
Zombeavers is a horror comedy with hysterical interludes, gross-out gore, and old school animatronics. The flick will be releasing in the UK on Blu-ray and DVD on October 20, 2014.
A group of college students head out into the wilderness for spring break, unaware of the danger that lurks beneath the lake. Unbeknownst to the vacationers, a chemical spill has irreversibly altered the wildlife, and zombeavers are on the prowl. As a weekend of sex, drugs, and debauchery gets under way, the beavers close in on their prey; and the bloodthirsty beasts really do take the term ‘killer weekend’ to the next level.
The great Lars von Trier is readying an English-language TV series called “The House That Jack Built,” writes ScreenDaily.
The series will be the first to be directed by the controversial auteur behind Antichrist, pictured, and Dancer In the Dark since his acclaimed Danish TV production, “The Kingdom,” 20 years ago.
Von Trier’s regular producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen described it as “a TV series without precedent.”
He added that “The House That Jack Built” would be “a TV series as you have never seen it before and never will again. You better hold your breath.”
Von Trier will start working on the script this autumn with shooting currently set for 2016.
Twitch has landed the first trailer for Foresight Features’ (Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity) latest indie, Hellmouth, written by Pontypool‘s Tony Burgess and starring Stephen McHattie (PontyPool, The Watchmen).
Directed by John Geddes (Exit Humanity), Hellmouth is described as a 1950′s throwback. McHattie stars as a dying gravekeeper who must pass through Hell to save the soul of a beautiful woman, (Siobhan Giles Murphy).
“I wanted to create a story-driven film with fantasy and horror combined. Something that was directly inspired by the era of Hitchcock and even Ed Wood,” said Geddes last year. “Working with a writer like Tony Burgess was a pleasure as we both love the simplicity in many of the old classic films of the 50′s and 60′s, and even earlier in films like Nosferatu and Faust. We worked really hard to make Hellmouth something fresh.“
The director of Musallat (Haunted), and its 2011 sequel, is back with more scares from Turkey.
We now have the international trailer for Siccin, starring Pınar Çağlar Gençtürk, Koray Şahinbaş, Ebru Kaymakçı, Merve Ateş, Güneş Galava, Toygun Ateş, Aydan Çakır and Asuman Kostak, although there are no English subs. Without the subs, the trailer feels insanely long, although there are a ton of really cool shots (as shown above).
Here’s a bad translation of the synopsis:
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Jeffrey Reddick, best known as the creator of the Final Destination franchise, has teamed with JD Matthews to pen a novel based on the original R-rated script for Tamara, which Lionsgate released in 2005.
“The story is the hardcore, and chilling, tale of an unpopular young girl, named Tamara, who’s bullied and killed when a prank goes horrible awry. The kids bury Tamara and believe their secret is safe.
But some secrets can’t stay buried. And Tamara returns from the grave as a sexy seductress, who knows the secret sins of her tormentors. She uses these sins to exact revenge, while going after the one thing she has always desired – her married teacher, Mr. Natolly.
As the kids struggle to find a way to stop her reign of terror, Mr. Natolly must resist Tamara’s charms to protect his family from this sexy, and lethal, supernatural threat.”
The book is coming out in October.
“With Tamara, Jeffrey Reddick and JD Matthews have crafted a tale that is relentlessly paced, gory as hell, and packs a plot-twist so sharp, it’ll leave a scar,” said award-winning author J.C. Hutchins, author of The 33, the 7th Son Trilogy & Personal Effects: Dark Art, on the book. “This is Jeffrey Reddick at his diabolical best!”
For updates on the exact release date check out the official Facebook Page.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Oklahoma City industrial metal band Beauty In The Suffering to bring you the exclusive lyric video premiere for “Juliet (You’re Mine)”, which you can see below.
The track was written, programmed, arranged, performed, and produced by DieTrich Thrall and features drums by Chris Emery (American Head Charge).
The track can be purchased at a “Name Your Own Price” model right here.
Capcom’s open-world zombie crunch/stab/beat/maim/freeze/explode/maim simulator has enjoyed a lengthy reign as really the only must-buy for zombie fans looking to get an Xbox One. There are plenty of other games out there, but if it’s the undead hordes you wish to mow down, then Dead Rising 3 has more of that than most other games. To fill this undead horde-shaped hole in its game library, developer Undead Labs has revealed the State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition.
The thing I liked the most about State of Decay is it came closer than most in offering what I want from a zombie survival game. It’s like a more engaging version of the Walking Dead TV series, only you’re the group leader who’s tasked with making sure everyone’s alive and safe enough to stave off any potential mental breaks that could result in their demise or the early expiration of someone in your group. It can be daunting, but it’s also incredibly rewarding.
With the Xbox One version, State of Decay will run at full 1080p and come bundled with its Breakdown and Lifeline expansions. They also teased some “entirely new content,” but we’ll have to wait to hear more about that.
If you missed out on State of Decay when it released on Xbox 360 last June and on PC the following September, this is another chance to try out a game that I highly recommend. I even called it “a zombie fan’s dream game” in my review.
The State of Decay: Year-One Survival Edition is scheduled to arrive exclusively on Xbox One in early 2015.
Indie filmmakers are some of the most creative folks to ever walk the planet, and that's why when something unique catches our eyes, we make sure to tell you about it. Case in point: the iPhone 5-shot feature And Uneasy Lies the Mind.
From the Press Release
Detention Films has announced that its latest production, Ricky Fosheim’s And Uneasy Lies the Mind, the first feature-length narrative film shot entirely on an iPhone, will be available nationwide on VOD from Gravitas Ventures.
And Uneasy Lies the Mind will be available to rent or own starting September 2nd on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu, Redbox Instant, and most cable operators across the United States and Canada.
Written by co-stars Jonas Fisch and Dillon Tucker, the film is told through the fragmented and traumatized memories of its protagonist following a brutal attack. The filmmakers embraced both the limitations and the powers of Apple’s mobile camera to create visuals that would reflect his state of mind.
The film debuted at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose this past March, and its main titles were showcased as part of this year’s SXSW Film Excellence in Title Design Awards alongside opening sequences from "True Detective," The Lego Movie, Pacific Rim, and "Masters of Sex."
Peter (Fisch) is a freshly minted movie star. He has it all: wealth, fame, and a beautiful expecting wife, Julie (J’aime Leilani Spezzano). When the couple’s two best friends, Jack (Tucker) and Lauren (Michelle Nunes), join them at their new mountain mansion for Peter’s birthday, envy, secrets, and paranoia play out behind a barren, frigid winter landscape.
Soon the nostalgia and fake smiles crumble and the two couples grow increasingly antagonistic, turning to alcohol and drugs to bury the past. When Peter’s old friend Shawn (Isaac Nippert) shows up unexpectedly and covered in snow, Peter must scramble to protect his new life. The harder he fights to hold it all together, the faster he descends into a cavernous mental abyss. As the night grows late, Peter is forced to decipher reality from a twisting rabbit hole of truth and illusion.
This week, Don and Justin discuss one of the greatest game remasters of our time, “Metro Redux,” Don’s nightmarish trip to Dragon Con, and, for a change of pace, interview very talented writer/director Jennifer Nicole Stang, not only about her hypnotic project “The Dream Series,” but also the possibility of directing something darker in the future. Already to her credit is one horror short titled “The Devil’s Snare,” which you can check out below.
Artist Blake Armstrong, who blew everyone’s collective minds with his Re-Animator print, is back with another piece of art that will have you shredding your bank account for one.
Armstrong, better known as Spaceboy Comics, revealed his latest masterpiece: cover art for a faux NES The Texas Chain Saw Massacre video game that comes straight with “high resolution graphics” and all!
The art was done for the 40th anniversary release of Tobe Hooper’s slasher that’s spawned several sequels and a soon-to-be prequel. Get more info on the piece as it becomes available by following Armstrong on Twitter.
If you’re a horror fan who’s also been tasked with the full-time job of making sure your kid(s) doesn’t become a serial killer, one of the three games I’m about to talk about should be right up your alley. But first, let’s talk about the game that isn’t aimed at kids — unless you’re like my parents, who had no problem letting me watch films like Candyman and A Nightmare On Elm St. at the age of five — but it might nudge your offspring toward a career in the barbed wire industry.
There’s a number of ways to guarantee you’ll be able to get your hands on The Evil Within this October, but just to make sure, Bethesda has gone and made pre-ordering it easy over here. PC gamers can also pre-order The Evil Within for $59.99 on Steam, along with the $19.99 season pass that you can learn more about here..
Next up, we have Alien: Isolation, a game that developer Creative Assembly is doing everything they possibly can to make look, feel and sound as legit as possible. The screenshots and gameplay footage look terrifying, and it looks like a fine way to get your fix for the kind of horror where you’re almost entirely unarmed and being hunted by something terrifying. It should also serve as a pretty decent palate cleanser for any unfortunate soul who got tricked into buying Colonial Marines.
Alien: Isolation can be pre-ordered on Steam for $49.99.
The last game that’s been made available for pre-order is Costume Quest 2, a sequel I’ve been waiting for since it released way back in 2010.
If you missed the first game, it’s still very much worth checking out. For those who missed the original game, it’s a quirky love letter to Halloween that’s elevated by an abundance of humor that have become trademarks of developer DoubleFine (Psychonauts, Brutal Legend). Many of DoubleFine’s games tend to be one-offs, so it’s nice seeing one I loved seeing more attention.
Costume Quest 2 releases on October 7, and unless it manages to be substantially less great than its predecessor, I imagine I’ll be including it in a number of future “Games You Should Play This Halloween” lists. It’s not even remotely scary scary, but it is the perfect game to get you in the mood for Halloween. You can pre-order the game on Steam for $14.99.
Also planned for October is retail versions of the first and second seasons of Telltale’s episodic series The Walking Dead: The Game and the Silent Hill inspired indie horror game Silence of the Sleep, but neither are set in stone.
Savor this, folks. Capcom has not one, but two Resident Evil games on the way, and they both aim to cater to the survival horror crowds. One of those games is a sequel to Revelations, which Capcom confirmed will arrive in “early 2015″ at a press conference in Japan earlier today. The other game is their latest attempt to remaster an older game for a new audience — or rather, a nostalgic one — with the remastered Resident Evil Remake they announced in August.
Now, I know you’re itching to see what the game actually looks like. We’ve had enough screenshots, it’s time to see what it looks like in action.
I don’t know about you, but that footage actually looks better than the screens. Oh, and speaking of which, I meant we’ve had enough screens after we take a minute to enjoy the ones below. These beautiful things were taken on current-gen consoles.
Resident Evil Remake HD is scheduled to arrive in “early 2015″, around the same time as the Revelations sequel.
When Atari announced their plans to bring back one of the grandaddies of the survival horror genre with a brand new game titled Alone in the Dark: Illumination, my reaction was a mixture of surprise and cautious optimism. The last game was admirable in its ambition, but it’s also one of my least favorite gaming experiences of the last decade. With Illumination, Atari is trying to breathe new life into a series many gamers are familiar with, whether or not they’ve actually played them.
I hope ALone in the Dark: Illumination is fantastic, but we still have too little to go on for me to be able to really form an opinion. The good news is we have our first trailer for the game, and it’s sufficiently creepy.
This Alone in the Dark will serve as a reimagining of the original game, which released in 1992. Light will play a pivotal role in the gameplay, too. The game will feature a cooperative multiplayer mode where players can choose from several different classes — Hunter, Witch, Engineer and Priest — each bringing with it a unique set of skills and equipment that will be necessary to cleansing a town of its monster infestation.
At first, the co-op bit surprised me, but it makes some sense seeing as the studio behind it, a new startup called Pure FPS, was formed from developers who worked on the Dead Island series, among other games.
In August, just a few weeks after the reveal of a remastered Resident Evil REmake, some box art and a screenshot leaked online prematurely outing a sequel to Resident Evil: Revelations. The source seemed legit enough, but Capcom didn’t offer a comment — likely because they were saving their big reveal for today.
During a Sony press conference held in Japan earlier today, Capcom producer Masachika Kawata took to the stage to confirm the game’s existence, saying Resident Evil: Revelations 2 arrive on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in “early 2015″.
I’m sure the game will be multi-platform, but the PS4 is the only one they’re announcing right now. We don’t know much about it right now, except for the fact that it feature a new period, setting, and it’s being made by the core team that brought us the original Revelations, which is considered by many to be a solid step in bringing the struggling franchise back to its roots in survival horror.
It looks as if neither Jill Valentine or Chris Redfield will be returning. I’ve had about of the latter, so I think I’m okay with his absence.
There was no gameplay footage present at the unveiling, but the tagline looks to be “Evil is watching.” Spooky.
Kawata also confirmed the game will be playable at this year’s Tokyo Game Show (9/18-21) where Capcom plans on revealing some more details on the upcoming game.
I haven’t touched a virtual hair on my Xbox Avatar’s head in years. Part of the reason for this is I keep forgetting he exists, because I so rarely see that beautiful guy unless I boot up my Xbox 360, which seems to be the only place left where Avatars still matter. I also haven’t seen anything worthy enough to improve on him. I mean, he’s pretty great, right?
With The Evil Within just around the corner, that’s about to change.
To celebrate Mikami’s return to horror, we’ll be getting a slew of Avatar goodies for Xbox 360 and Xbox One that includes a “Keeper” costume (the guy with the hammer and a safe on his head), costumes for some of the game’s cast, a creepy mask worn by some guy in one of the earlier trailers, and some miscellaneous other related stuff. No word on pricing or a release date, but with The Evil Within less than two months away, I imagine it’ll arrive soon.
Is anyone else a little bummed out there’s no four-armed blood witch pet? I’d buy that immediately.
PS3 in need of an update for the coming Halloween season? You should consider grabbing the dynamic theme inspired by The Evil Within that will be available early next week. You can see it in action here. If you like pre-ordering stuff, you can do that from virtually any games retailer of your choosing here.
The Evil Within hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on October 14.
It seems developer Volition is intent on taking us to every crazy place imaginable. After taking fans to the outer recesses of space and a Matrix-esque recreation of Steelport City, the destination of the first standalone expansion for Saints Row IV will be hell. Obviously.
According to the press release, the Gat Out of Hell expansion will let players the chance to “take on the role of Johnny Gat as he is sent into hell via a nefarious spirit board incident and left to combat demons, the horrors of the underworld (including prominent historical figures) and, of course, the Devil himself.”
Where do I sign up?
I loved me some Saints Row IV. I even decided it was worthy of a near-perfect score in my review, and not just because it let me surf bare ass naked on a UFO.
Enjoy the expansion’s announcement trailer below.
Saints Row: Gat out of Hell releases on January 27 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
In related news, Deep Silver also announced their plans to bring Saints Row IV to current-gen consoles with Saints Row IV: Re-Elected. The game will release on the same day as the expansion.
It’s August 31st and there are exactly two months until Halloween, the night where everyone becomes a horror fan. It’s a night full of classic horror midnight showings, trick or treating, costumes, candy, frights, and so much more.
For many, this is a very special night, one that requires months and months of planning. For others, it’s a spur of the moment decision on what to dress up as and what party to attend. But I don’t care about them, I care about you and what you like to do. That’s why I’m asking you to tell me in the comments what you’re planning for this terror-filled holiday!
Check out a few of my potential plans below.
You really can’t go wrong with a movie marathon on Halloween. Pick several of your favorite flicks, grab some of your best friends, and have a blast. An Evil Dead marathon? Sign me up. Nightmare On Elm Street? I’ll bring the pillows. Friday The 13th? Bring it on.
The great thing about a movie marathon is that you can tailor it to your audience. They don’t like to be scared? Put on really fun flicks that have the monsters and gore but don’t have the scares. They want to be terrified? Put on some of the most horrifying flicks you own. It’s a tried-and-true plan that will never lose its luster.
We now have yet another short teaser for FX’s anthology series “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
As we stated earlier in the month, we find it hard to believe that New Line Cinema would get behind a Blade sequel with franchise star Wesley Snipes. Although, over the past months, studios seems desperate to prove that they’re sensitive to both gender and race. It’s quite possible a new Marvel movie featuring Snipes is just what the doctor ordered.
According to the Daily News, Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in Blade, as a half-vampire, half-mortal man that becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.
The 1998 vampire thriller made more than $130 million and generated two sequels.
Sources close to Snipes tells the site the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 (after serving two and a half years for tax evasion) is “looking good” and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.
Snipes can now be seen in Lionsgate’s The Expendables 3.
Social satire horror film L.A. Slasher is opening and closing the 2014 Salt Lake Comic Con, running September 4-6; and if you'll be there, we have all the details you need right here, including a look at the Con's guest list, which is pretty impressive considering it's only their second year.
L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys, The Alphabet Killer), will have a special advance screening to open the festival and a midnight screening to close it out.
Salt Lake Comic Con 2013 was the largest first-year comic convention in North American history and the largest convention ever to take place in Utah. This year’s event will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“We are thrilled that such an iconic event will be screening our film,” said L.A. Slasher producer Jeffrey Wright.
The film offers a tongue-in-cheek commentary of reality TV and the undue admiration for people who are famous for simply being famous. “[It] is definitely bound to make waves, and to screen at Salt Lake Comic Con is a very exciting experience for us all,” commented producer Daniel Sollinger.
The special advance screening of L.A. Slasher will include a panel. In attendance at the prestigious event will be director Owen, producers Wright and Sollinger, as well as several members of the notable cast, which includes Eric Roberts, Brooke Hogan, Abigail Wright, and Elizabeth Morris.
Along with the aforementioned Roberts, other SLCC 2014 guests of note for the horror crowd are Bruce Campbell, Ron Perlman, Eliza Dushku, Sam Witwer, Danny Glover, Cary Elwes, Charisma Carpenter, Ernie Hudson, Ian Ziering, James Hong, Eugene Clark, and Jim Wynorski. You'll also find Stan Lee, Barbara Eden, Giancarlo Esposito, Hulk Hogan, Lou Ferrigno, and "Arrow's" Stephen Amell and John Barrowman.
For more SLCC info and tickets, visit SaltLakeComicCon.com.
L.A. Slasher stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”) with the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”) as the "L.A. Slasher."
Produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, L.A. Slasher is a biting social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. It explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior.
Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the "L.A. Slasher" publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them.