Judge Dredd has held the spotlight for many years, but now IDW has announced a brand new series that follows the badass, telepathic Judge Anderson. The book is awkwardly titled “Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division.” I understand they want to keep the Dredd fans involved, but I’m pretty sure they would have been smart enough to realize it fits in the universe if they had just called it “Judge Anderson: Psi-Division”. It will be interesting to see how much Dredd shows up in the series. The book comes at you from writer John Wagner and artist Brian Bolland. No release has been set for the debut issue.
San Diego, CA (June 11, 2014) – This August, IDW Publishing will add a brand-new series to its growing line of critically-acclaimed Judge Dredd titles—Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division, spotlighting the eponymous judge and her early days with the unique branch of the law.
Created by legendary writer John Wagner and artist extraordinaire Brian Bolland, the telepathic and precognitive Judge Cassandra Anderson is well-known to Dredd fans, and her popularity has demanded she get her own series. With events taking place prior to IDW’s ongoing Judge Dredd series, “King of the Six Sectors” kicks off with Judge Anderson having a haunting vision of an attack on the Megapolitan Museum. Shaken to the core, she sets out to prevent the unthinkable.
“Following up his exploration of Judge Dredd’s early career in Year One, Matt Smith turns his keen eye toward defining Judge Anderson for a new generation of readers,” says series editor Denton J. Tipton. “From the halls of the Justice Department, to the galleries of the Megapolitan Museum and swamplands outside Texas City, Anderson will face a trial by fire, forging her into the authoritative Judge we know today.”
2000 AD editor Matt Smith brings his extensive knowledge of the character and lore to the new series as writer. The distinct and eye-catching artwork of Carl Critchlow will be on full display as he handles all of the interior art duties for the series. Matt Haley will provide covers for the series, with issue #1 featuring variant covers by Chris Weston and Mimi Yoon.
‘Psi-Judge Cassandra Anderson is one the great, iconic characters from 2000 AD – an irreverent foil to Dredd, her wit and warmth made her an instant favourite with the fans the moment she was first introduced way back in 1980, and she’s been a mainstay of the comic ever since,’ says Smith. ‘Her position as one of the signature figures in Dredd’s world was cemented by her appearance in the 2012 DREDD movie. So I had a lot of fun writing a new case for her for IDW – and Carl has done a phenomenal job, capturing both Cass and the Big Meg beautifully.’
Exploring a whole new corner of Mega-City One, Judge Dredd: Anderson, Psi-Division is the next essential adventure for Dredd-heads! Judge Anderson also can be found regularly alongside Dredd in the ongoing IDW title Judge Dredd.
“Starlight” #4 continues the inter-dimensional adventures of Captain Duke Mcqueen and his teenage side-kick Krish the Space Boy. Duke is rescued from his malevolent captor Admiral Pindar by the resistance and set to lead them in their rebellion. Writer Mark Millar makes notable strides to add emotional weight and intrigue to this hastily plotted series. Despite the inconsistent tone between issues, perhaps there is still hope for a unique and complex narrative.
ART BY: Goran Parlov
RELEASE: June 11, 2014
Reviewed by Epic Switzer
I’m still not sure what kind of book “Starlight” is. While being uncategorical isn’t always a bad things in comics, I’m finding this series to be more confused than unique. Going by the solicts you might guess “Starlight” is a throwback to the golden age of sci/fi adventure stories; simple, straightforward, but captivating in their imaginative settings. “Starlight,” I think, strives to be more than that however. The book occasionally has the hyper sexualized and ultra-violent signature of Mark Millar while sometimes slowing down for a moment of catharsis for our deeply troubled protagonist. The latter moments are where this book truly shines.
Gone are the severed torsos and sex orgies from issue #3 and in it’s place is a cartoonish super-villain, cheeky gaffs about Tom Cruise’s love life, and dialogue like “See you later, alligators!” and “Take that, bad guys!” This tonal shift from one issue to the next makes it difficult to determine what kind of book “Starlight” wants to be. In this instance that sort of incongruous storytelling ultimately hurts this title: had you asked me after issue #3 if the book would be appropriate for an all ages audience, I would have said absolutely not. But reading issue #4 as an indication to what the series might be I find no reason not to recommend it to your nephew, and possibly might even suggest its actually geared towards younger readers.
My biggest problem with this particular issue has to do with the narrative principle of delayed gratification. Twice in this book something is foreshadowed, and by the end both plot points are revealed. It is important to establish mysteries about characters’ backgrounds; it makes them dynamic and encourages readers to keep reading. It can be fun to look for these clues about what the future may hold, but when the payoff happens 8 pages later, it isn’t much of a payoff at all. In fact, both reveals have the opposite effect in making the book feel predictable and contrived.
On the other hand this issue returns to the pathos that initially attracted readers back in Starlight #1. Duke’s central emotional conflict is both unique and interesting: after returning to earth a hero from his first interstellar adventure, Duke becomes a discredited laughingstock in the media. His identity is challenged and dismissed by everyone, including his own children, and he is forced to fade into obscurity. Only his late wife believes his story, and it is this idea illustrated so powerfully in one particular scene that in fact warrants pause for consideration.
This is by no means a bad book, just one that hasn’t found its feet yet. The potential for something more than a alien slugfest is certainly there, and in this instance it would be wise to give Millar the benefit of the doubt. If he continues to capitalize upon the intriguing premise, and delivers a tonally consistent story, I see no reason why “Starlight” won’t be worthy of the already optioned 20th Century Fox adaptation.
Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles. His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality. He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at email@example.com.
Hype runs high for Michael Moreci and Vic Malhotra’s new Image Comics hardboiled sci-fi series, “Roche Limit”. From the teaser art it’s clear the book is rooted in classic sci-fi, “blending 2001: A Space Odyssey with Blade Runner”, which are two of my favorite films of all time. That’s a godly combination that will be tough to pull off, and I am eager to see if they can do it. Check out the skinny on the series below.
Michael Moreci (HACK/SLASH: SON OF SAMHAIN, HOAX HUNTERS) teams up with Vic Malhotra (X-Files: Year Zero, Thumbprint) to bring readers an all-new science-fiction crime mystery series. Blending 2001: A Space Odyssey with Blade Runner, ROCHE LIMIT is slated for release in September by Image Comics.
Billionaire Langford Skaargard’s dream of cosmic exploration is no more and Roche Limit, a colony situated on the cusp of a mysterious energy anomaly, has become a melting pot of crime and terrible secrets. When Bekkah Hudson goes missing, the search to find her will plunge her sister and a cadre of the colony’s underworld figures into an odyssey that reveals a grim future for mankind.
“This is a book I feel like I was meant to write,” said Moreci. “If you like great sci-fi, and if you love a good mystery, you cannot miss Roche Limit.”
A mix of hardboiled noir crime and hard science fiction, ROCHE LIMIT is the beginning of a gritty and bold new science fiction noir series that has something for every reader. The first issue of ROCHE LIMIT arrives in stores this September and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code JUL140435.
The filmmaking duo of Adam Mason and Simon Boyes have been carving out a name for themselves within the community in the last several years, scripting and directing films like Blood River and The Devil's Chair. Up next, they bring us a horror story for the internet age, and we've got the scoop for ya today!
Deadline reports that Mason and Boyes have been hired to write internet-themed horror flick Fear Followers, based off a treatment by Jaime Primak Sullivan.
Per a source close to the project, the film tracks four college students who run a blog for fear junkies called Fear Followers, searching for the scariest haunted houses in America. They become trapped in one house and must fight for survival while their followers watch live online.
Jaime Primak Sullivan will co-produce, with no word yet on a director. In the past, all Mason/Boyes-scripted films have been directed by Mason, so I wouldn't be surprised if he once again finds himself behind the camera.
More as we learn it!
As if the upcoming Lord of the Rings game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, couldn’t look any more intriguing, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment released a new trailer for the upcoming game showcasing some of the intricacies of its main selling point, the nemesis system.
The trailer reveals how past encounters will shape later ones as it promises, "The nemesis system contains personal interaction with your unique enemies. Every enemy will remember their encounters with you."
Defeated enemies can be employed to disrupt the forces of later enemies, while foes that have triumphed over you gloat that they have already defeated you. In a press release Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment says of the game’s nemesis system, "Every enemy encountered is distinct and can evolve to become a personal archenemy through the course of the game." This will provide a unique experience on every play-through of the game as they revealed, "No one else will have an exact same Uruk as the game generates unique, dynamically created enemies."
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor takes place on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor as players embody the role of Tallion, brought back from death by a spirit of vengeance.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PS on October 7th, 2014. It is currently available for pre-order here and below.
TWC-Dimension just released another, this time longer, trailer for Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.
To be honest, this looks fairly bad. For me the first film was all about the innovative style, but there’s not much to bring me back. And the visuals somehow don’t look as good to me. Cheaper, maybe.
In theaters August 22, the film is about Dwight McCarthy planing to have his vengeance against the woman who betrayed him, Ava Lord, while Nancy is trying to cope with Hartigan’s death.
Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Juno Temple, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Michael Madsen, Jamie Chung, Dennis Haysbert, Crystal McCahill, Christopher Meloni, Jeremy Piven, Julia Garner, Ray Liotta and Stacy Keach all star.
The second trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has arrived, and it's jam-packed with never-before-seen footage that is bound to get you really excited should you be a fan of the stylistic franchise! Dig it!
Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.
Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!
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The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22, 2014.
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.
In a world filled with necessary evils, I still have to wonder just how necessary an evil the MPAA actually is. At times it seems that films just get rated depending on their mood or who's making them. Two new ratings are here for two big horror flicks. Read on for their verdict!
Scott Derrickson's new film Deliver Us From Evil has officially been rated R by the MPAA for “bloody violence, grisly images, terror throughout, and language.” Look for it in theatres on July 2nd.
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Edgar Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
John Erick Dowdle's As Above, So Below, which he co-wrote with his brother Drew (The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Quarantine, Devil), has also been handed an R rating for “bloody violence/terror and language throughout.” Look for that one in theatres on August 15.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.
A fast-paced thriller, “The Empty Man” #1 leaves you with an unsettling presence in your mind after you’ve finished reading. This is a twisted police procedural that puts society’s fears under a microscope. I really want to see where “The Empty Man” series goes after its shocking plot twist.
ART BY: Vanesa R. Del Rey
PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios
RELEASE: June 11, 2013
Reviewed by Jorge Solis
A message of hope and belief becomes a sneaky brainwashing scheme by a swindling cult leader. Reverend Markoff promises to heal you, the sinner, if you join his special congregation. His sermons have lead to mass suicides and a rising number of serial killings. Though it would be easier just to incarcerate Markoff, somehow “The Empty Man” disease has been spreading on its own. Two special agents, Jensen and Langford, are about to discover a shocking clue that may change everything about their case.
Interestingly, writer Cullen Bunn takes an in-depth look at how society becomes brainwashed by cult leaders. I had to read the opening pages twice because Bunn examines the media’s fascination with cults in different perspectives. These cult leaders are preying on the emotionally wrecked and weak-minded. Those fanatical types don’t really care about the members of their congregation; they’re just using them. But for someone who has just lost hope, they’ll do anything to get it back somehow.
Right off the bat, Bunn delivers some witty banter between special agents Langford and Jensen. Their relationship isn’t really romantic, but their bond does go beyond a loyal sense of duty. I really like how Bunn steers their conversation from being personal to being about work all of a sudden. What I also enjoyed is that these protagonists are two smart cops, who are definitely good at their jobs.
Artist Vanesa R. Del Rey captures a moody atmosphere that usually comes with gritty police procedurals. Agent Langford has this Clark Gable look to him, especially with his mustache and slick hairstyle. Agent Jensen’s character design also harkens back to an actress from a different time period. Because of her combed-back hairstyle and classy wardrobe, Jensen resembles closely to Dorothy Dandridge’s early film work.
Del Rey places the camera in interesting spots during interrogation scenes. The shots are always taken from a high angle, as if looking down on everyone. Del Rey also makes sure the space is wide enough to fit in both agents. Like in every police drama, there is a mandatory chase sequence, but this one comes with a few surprises.
An awesome introductory issue, “The Empty Man” #1 has a lot of potential going for it with the story’s mix of cults, serial killers, and police procedural. I really want to see what happens the second issue.
The house that the classic monsters built, Universal, announced earlier that Ouija would be hitting theatres this year on October 24th, and right now we have a look at the title card. Sit tight... we also hear that a trailer is well on its way and may be here as early as today!
Bianco Santos ("The Fosters"), Erin Moriarty ("Red Widow"), newcomer Ana Coto, Paranormal Activity 2 actress Vivis Colombetti, Olivia Cooke ("Bates Motel"), Douglas Smith, Daren Kagasoff, and Matthew Settle star in the film, which is being produced by Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions, and Hasbro.
Stiles White is in the director's chair, working from a script he wrote with Juliet Snowden.
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
Look for more on this one soon!
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with EDM artist FIGURE to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Jason”, his upcoming track that is now available for free download right here. Considering that this Friday is the 13th, the timing couldn’t have been more perfect, don’t you think?
This video is a sneak peak at my new live visual show “Terrorvision”. Terrorvision will be an intense live show bringing my music to life in concert, on screen, using custom visuals and live performance software to control the music and the video together. It should be really exciting and bring a whole new live element to my shows..
Head below for the video!
Upcoming Festival Dates
June 25 – Paradiso Pre-Party Seattle, WA
June 30 – Escapade Music Festival Club Series Ottawa, Canada
August 10 – Moonrise Festival Baltimore, MD
August 29 – Ezoo Music Festival New York, NY
A satisfyingly finale, “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #7 delivers one last final scare that will leave readers wanting more. Based on Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed novel, “NOS4A2,” readers get a brand new chapter about its chilling antagonist, Charlie Manx. If you love the novel, you definitely need this prequel comic added to your collection. WRITTEN BY: Joe Hill
ART BY: Charles Paul Wilson III
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: June 11, 2013
Reviewed by Jorge Solis
Charlie Manx, the tortured driver of the haunted 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith, was not the mastermind behind Christmasland. Someone else had to come up with the never-ending winter fantasy. Now, readers will finally meet the smooth liar who ultimately sold Manx on the idea of a wonderful place where being unhappy is against the law. Find out how this sweet and innocent concept twisted itself into becoming a new place in Hell.
Writer Joe Hill takes readers into the mind of a different character. We see how Charlie Manx eventually became involved with Christmasland and what led to his inevitable downfall. Was Charlie always destined to arrive at Christmasland? Or did someone had to steer him into that hellish destination? I liked that this installment is an origin story, and that the narrative also serves as an connecting piece to the entire comic series.
Hill divides the well-developed storyline into different sections. We first start off with a coming-of-age tale that ignites into a crime tale. After one heist after another, the main protagonists need to feed their temptations with more money. The consumption of greed is never enough for the flawed characters.
Artist Charles Paul Wilson III succeeds in delivering a visual experiment that captures surrealism and magic realism. Each page looks like something out of a comic strip from the 1950s. You feel like you’ve taken a trip to the past but the themes are still modern today. The decorations of Christmas, with the tall trees and wreaths, are still the same no matter how many decades have passed. I’m impressed with how Wilson is able to deliver facial expressions with such little detail. It’s about saying so much by doing just a small tweak to the smile and eyes. Jay Fotos also adds to the ’50s look with his vibrant colors. The primary colors, such as orange and blue, are faded enough to resemble some lost children’s book.
“Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #7 closes its last chapter on a thrilling note. I can’t wait to read the prequel comic and the novel back-to-back.
In addition to our massive batch of exclusive stills, we now have the first gory clip from Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, which will be hitting VOD platforms June 26 and limited theaters August 1 through RLJ/Image Entertainment. The clip is a gruesome girl fight that begins after one of the girls says she needs to take the other to a hospital.
Directed by Altitude‘s Kaare Andrews, and starring Sean Astin, Currie Graham and Ryan Donowho, the sequel was penned by genre writer Jake Wade Wall (The Hitcher, Amusement, When a Stranger Calls).
In it, “A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed.“
SDRS Creative is getting into the spirit of the 30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters with this absolutely incredible infographic.
Featured below, the graphic begins all the way back with casting, including nearly hired John Candy, John Belushi and Eddie Murphy, working its way to budget, locations, reviews and details on the bustin’ devices like the proton pack and Ecto-1 car.
Expect tons of Ghostbusters goodies as the summer celebration blasts along.
Rusty Nail is back! Whether you want him to be or not! I’m not a big fan of the Joy Ride franchise. I thought the first two were okay and that pretty much sums up how I feel about this latest installment, Joy Ride 3: Roadkill. It has its moments but overall feels lifeless and entirely unnecessary. Worst of all, the characters are so lifeless, the film gives the audience no one to root for!
After a prologue in which Rusty takes care of some meth heads who try to roll him, we’re introduced to the real prey. This time around it’s a street racing team that pisses him off. On their way to a race, they decide to test their fate by taking an infamous stretch of highway known for making people disappear. That’s where they run into Rusty, who they narrowly cut off. Like the old school road rager that he is, Rusty trails the team, leading to a bloody game of cat and mouse.
In the last installment, Rusty toyed with the kids a lot, which made the kills a bit more fun. Like the craps game scene. In this one, he just uses various parts of his truck to torture and kill them. That choice works well because it makes the truck almost like its own character, but unfortunately the kills aren’t very inspired. There’s a ton of blood, sure, there’s isn’t any cleverness behind the mayhem though. Rusty Nails himself isn’t an interesting villain either. He’s got no personality and besides throwing some puns around, there’s simply nothing appealing about him.
As far as the street racing team goes (Kirsten Prout, Ben Hollingsworth, Jesse Hutch, Gianpaolo Venuta, Leela Savasta), I did appreciate that none of them are obnoxious caricatures. There’s no wicked annoying pest, no ditz, no dimwitted jock type – just some normal kids. But much like Rusty Nail, they just don’t have much going on. We don’t get to know them or care about them, so it’s nothing but apathy for this lot. Rooting for the villain is common in horror, but since Rusty AND the kids are so hollow, Joy Ride 3 provides us no one to cheer on.
The script makes some really nonsensical decisions as well. In one scene, Rusty tells the kids to meet him at a junkyard, so one of the kids calls 911. Y’know, so he can tell them exactly where this rampaging murderer is. But then another kid, Jordan, takes the phone and hangs it up. When Jordan gets to the junkyard, he tells them to take the car and find a gas station to call the police. The fuck, Jordan? The cops could’ve been there already!
There a couple very good-looking stunts in the film. Car flips, exploding cars, stuff like that. The eye candy is hardly a band-aid for the desolate characters and script though. The prologue is probably the best part of the movie because it manages to be fun. From there, Joy Ride 3 just goes completely flaccid. For a lazy Sunday matinee it’s okay, but if you’re looking for something with some real juice to it, look elsewhere.
Director Paul Hough's The Human Race will be available on VOD, iTunes, and in theaters on Friday, June 13. Recently Hough had a chat with fellow director (and actor in The Human Race) Richard Gale (The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon) about his new movie.
We got a chance to eavesdrop on the Q&A between Hough and Gale so that you can dig the conversation between these two top-notch filmmakers below.
Richard Gale: Up until I met Paul Hough, I had never killed anyone before, in a movie or otherwise. I'm first and foremost a filmmaker - I made the horror comedy short The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon, which went viral on YouTube and is currently being developed into a feature film.
Paul Hough: I met Richard on the festival circuit when my film The Angel played at festivals with his amazing short Criticized. The Angel would win one festival and at the next Criticized would win. We became friends and someone I would run my work by for notes.
RG: Paul sent me the script for The Human Race and I loved it—it was the best script a friend had ever given me to read. In it, I was tickled by this one diabolical psychopath who teamed up with his brothers to kill people in a really clever and terrible way. I remember thinking when I first read it—that would be a fun part to play.
PH: On the seventh day of the shoot we were doing the big extra scene that takes place at the start of the movie. I had asked all of my friends to volunteer and come down to be part of the crowd, and Richard graciously obliged. It was a really long day, and as the crowd started to narrow down by the end of the night, I noticed how charismatic Richard actually was as an actor. Coincidentally, an actor who was supposed to be there never turned up for the shoot ,and it occurred to me there and then that Richard should play that role.
RG: It was the same psychopath character I loved when I read the script. There was no way I'd say no. So I became this completely vile, irredeemable character in the movie. I always thought I could play a psychopath, and I have to confess: It was really fun! This guy I play is truly horrible —we’re talking serious depths of depravity—so it’s not something I’d ever get to do under normal circumstances.
PH: Richard goes on a real killing spree and is responsible for a great deal of the deaths in the movie. He just decides to wait and push anyone who comes his way onto the grass. (If you step onto the grass, you die via head explosion.) As we were approaching shooting these scenes, he came to me with a great idea - and that was to use all of the actors from The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon.
RG: I thought it would just be cool. So I called up the leads, Brian Rohan (the Spoonkiller) and Paul Clemens (Jack Cucchiaio—who also stars in The Beast Within), to appear in cameos in the killing spree sequence. It was like playing make-believe, only a twisted, fucked-up, evil version of make-believe. When The Human Race screened at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, I heard that the audience cheered when something painful happened to my character—which made me feel great! That’s when I thought I might have done okay at being bad. Working on The Human Race taught me that acting evil can really be a very good experience!
Be sure to check out The Human Race on VOD, iTunes, and in theaters on June 13.
Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Eddie McGee, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam, and Brianna Lauren Jackson star.
Eighty strangers from all walks of life are ripped out of their daily lives and forced to participate in a brutal race to the death. The rules are simple: Follow the arrows or you will die, step on the grass and you will die, get lapped twice and you will die. Only one participant will survive. Race or die. There can only be one winner, but who will survive and for what purpose?
Toward the end of May we got the first word on Varsity Blood, heading our way in August from Image Entertainment, and now we have the film's official trailer to share. Huddle up and check it out!
The film, written and directed by Jake Helgren, stars Lexi Giovagnoli, Debbie Rochon (American Nightmare, Colour from the Dark), Elle LaMont (Machete Kills), and Chris Hlozek (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies).
Look for Varsity Blood on DVD on August 19th.
This football season, Hogeye High’s Warriors and cheerleaders are out for blood. Unfortunately, someone is out for theirs, and they’ll be forced to take one for the team. After the big Halloween football match, the students are joined by an uninvited guest dressed as their high school mascot armed with a bow and arrow, a battle-axe, and an insatiable appetite for butchery. Soon, they find themselves fighting for more than the winning score as terror becomes the name of the game.
Another historical horror mash-up is headed our way courtesy of indie filmmaker Thomas Churchill, and we have a look at it for you. Are you ready for Marilyn Monroe Zombie Hunter, or are the famous dead better off left buried? You tell us!
From the Press Release
After winning two awards (Best Horror Film & Best Make-Up) for Lazarus: Day of The Living Dead at the New York City International Film Festival, writer/producer/director Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus, EP: The Emerging Past, Syfy’s "Monster Man") and his producing partner David M. Parks (Lazarus, EP: The Emerging Past) are releasing the first teasers of their next project, the horror/thriller/action film Marilyn Monroe: Zombie Hunter.
Marilyn Monroe: Zombie Hunter will be directed by Churchill from a script he is writing with horror author Joe Knetter and will star model, actress, and scream queen Sarah French as the iconic blonde bombshell turned zombie slayer. David M. Parks will produce.
The positive response to the film announcement in March created an internet frenzy around this unique concept. Principal photography is slated to take place in Hollywood, California, in late 2014 under the Church Hill Productions/Apothecary Entertainment banner.
After writing Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead, which will have its worldwide VOD release September 9th (DVD/Blu-ray release December 9th), Churchill stated that his inspiration for Marilyn Monroe: Zombie Hunter was “the concept of this incredible Hollywood icon as a cool samurai sword-wielding, kick-ass assassin summoned by our President to be humanity's last hope against zombie domination. [It] just toyed with me, and I needed to get it out of my head, onto paper, and on the screen. The film is going to be a straight-up horror-thriller,” he expounded, “with no room for 'cheese.' Horror and Marilyn fans will be proud of the vision I have in store.” Churchill adds the film will be “very much an old-school summer event movie... Kill Bill meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They will be very surprised and very pleased with the story we are planning to tell.”
On VOD and in theaters June 13 via IFC Midnight is Alex de la Iglesia’s absolutely bonkers horror comedy Witching & Bitching (read our review), which now has its first 5 minutes online! Also check out a fun motion poster that first appeared at Latino Review.
The pic, which closed the TIFF’s Midnight Madness last September, co-stars teen heart-throbs Mario Casas and Hugo Silva as two ne’er-do-wells who pull a Madrid heist, then flee towards France, only to fall into the maws of local witches at Navarre’s Zugarramurdi, its millennium-old coven center of occult activities.
“When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a fractured family of witches who are preparing for an ancient ritual. More colorful characters begin to enter the picture, including a pair of hapless cops hot on the trail, a defecting vixen witch and José’s controlling ex-wife, and the situation spirals further out of control, heading towards a jaw-dropping climax.”
Jeepers Creepers II actress Marieh Delfino will join Prometheus‘ Logan Marshall-Green, pictured below, in Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama‘s indie thriller The Invitation, reports TheWrap.
The film will co-star Tammy Blanchard, John Carroll Lynch and Michelle Krusiec.
Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wrote the script, which stars Marshall-Green “as a man faced with mounting evidence that something sinister has taken hold of his ex-wife, who is hosting a dinner party that harbors a terrifying agenda.”
Delfino wil play a UCLA professor in the movie, which Hay and Manfredi are expected to produce with Martha Griffin and XYZ Films.
Production is scheduled to start this month.