There have been a few videos released around the various markets, but we've now added the official UK trailer for Ryan Andrews' Elfie Hopkins, which stars Jaime Winstone, Ray Winstone, Aneurin Barnard, and Kimberley Nixon. Jaime plays the title role, a quirky wanna-be detective whose appetite for a real-life case is matched by the appetites of a new family (The Gammons) who move into the village. Ray Winstone plays the local butcher and meat is definitely on the menu No U.S. distributor has been set, but at least it'll be arriving in the UK in the coming months. It's got a sort of 'burbs vibe to it, which is pretty cool.
Back in January we exclusively broke the news on a new project out of Blumhouse (The Lords of Salem, Insidious, Paranormal Activity) that's set up over at Lionsgate entitled Jessabelle. We revealed that Saw VI and Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert is attached to direct the supernatural tale that was penned by Robert Ben Garant, known from TV's "Reno 911!". Variety reports today that Aussie thesp Sarah Snook (pictured below) and indie stalwart Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) are set to star with lensing to begin April 2. Snook will play the terrified protag, while Webber will play her childhood friend who helps her uncover the truth about her family. The project is "about a girl who is forced to return to her father's home in Louisiana when a car accident leaves her without the use of both her legs. What she finds there is a mystery surrounding her own birth and an angry ghost (named Jessabelle) that seems determined to destroy her."
They take children... The SXSW Film Festival kicks off tomorrow in Austin and we've landed the official trailer, a pair of new hi-res images and the festival one-sheet for the Irish Citadel. The Irish/UK co-production is directed by hot new writer-director Ciarán Foy. The film features Aneurin Barnard (Ironclad, Hunky Dory, Guinea Pigs) in the lead role of Tommy, alongside Scotlands finest, James Cosmo (Braveheart, Troy, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Runway) in the role of The Priest, and Wunmi Mosuka (I am Slave, One Night in Emergency) as Marie. Co-stars include Ingrid Craigie and Amy Shiels. "The dilapidated suburbia of Edenstown casts a shadow over Tommy Cowley's life. Trapped there by his agoraphobia since his wife was fatally attacked by twisted feral children, he now finds himself terrorized by the same mysterious hooded gang, who seem intent on taking his baby daughter. Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, he discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place that he fears the most...the abandoned tower block known as the CITADEL."
Pictured: Maria and youth through osmosis. With the SXSW Film Festival kicking off this Friday in Austin, Texas, I thought I had all my ducks in a row. I'm personally being poked by the publicists behind a film that they're calling "Fassbinder meets John "Shit Eating Grin" Waters meets Takashi Miike." That's definitely my cup of tea and also sounds right up our ally. I'll give it a go here and then report back with more details if warranted. Said film is Los Chidos and was written-directed by Omar Rodriguez Lopez who's most well-known as the Grammy winning axeman for The Mars Volta and At The Drive-In. Outside of the "official" plot, this is how it was personally described (sold) to me: "The film follows a gringo by the name of Kim who falls in with a sycophantic Mexican family when his car breaks down at their tire shop in Guadalajara. We soon find out that this family is royally f*cked up with a lot of hidden secrets. This gem is a deep, dark comedy and is allegorical, confronting many aspects of Western (US & Mexican) culture." Kim Stodel, María De Jesús Canales Ramírez, Manuel Ramos, Cecillia Gutiérrez, Erasmo Rodríguez, Bruno Champiz, Maimuna Achleitner Jiménez, Alejandro Rodríguez and Monica Gúzman Tovar all star. "Genre films are one of the strongest weapons in allegory, they are the new form of fable which serve the purpose and intention of providing the necessary shock to the human spirit and unconscious mind with the hopes of awakening her/him from habitual patterns of thought that are a result of living in a docile, oppressed and homogenized society," Lopez tells Bloody Disgusting speaking on our beloved genre. You can pick up tickets here if interested.
A pair of new one-sheets have been discovered for Thailands first 3D horror movie. From Art of the Devil 2 director Issara Nadee comes Dark Flight 407, a 3-D tale that mirrors Takashi Shimizu's English-language 7500. Below you'll find two haunting new posters, courtesy of Sanook. The pic follows a flight attendant who is haunted by the victims of plane crashes. In other poster news, inside we've also added a hideous Italian poster for The Raven that displays a pretty graphic execution in the background. I guess that's pretty cool. Directed by James McTeigue, Luke Evans will play a detective who partners with Poe (John Cusack) to search for a serial killer who has kidnapped the author's fiancee (Alice Eve) and has gone on a murder spree that mimics the author's work. Relativity will release in theaters April 27.
Open Road has released a new clip from Silent House (review), in theaters this Friday, which is introduced by Martha Marcy May Marlene's Elizabeth Olsen. The footage walks us around the exterior of said house while Olsen's character tells us about its history. The pic features "88 minutes of real fear captured in real time." In addition to the following clip, we've got a pretty sweet prize pack for some lucky Bloody readers to enter to win. (1) Grand Prize winners will receive a prize pack consisting of (1) Signed Poster (Signed by Elizabeth Olsen and directors Laura Lau & Chris Kentis), (1) Silent House Toolbox (T-Shirt, Flashlight, Key Necklace) and (1) Pair of "Run of Engagement" passes to see Silent House in theaters! (1) Runner Up will receive (1) Signed Poster (Signed by Elizabeth Olsen and directors Laura Lau & Chris Kentis) and (1) Silent House Toolbox (T-Shirt, Flashlight, Key Necklace). TO ENTER: Put SILENT HOUSE PRIZE PACK in the subject line and then send your FULL NAME and FULL ADDRESS to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be chosen at random within the next 24 hours. " 'Silent House' is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house."
The crowd-pleasing Cinemania section returns to the Tribeca Film Festival, tempting audiences to experience the most exciting genre films from all corners of the globe. Typified by tense thrillers of all types, this years program takes viewers from the simmering home invasion drama Replicas to a twisty underworld kidnapping plot in Graceland; from the intense action of Frances Sleepless Night to online gaming run amok in Rat King. The Cinemania films this year also embrace a darkly comic edge, including the darkly satirical Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal, the over-the-top comedic violence of Revenge for Jolly!, and Jackpots heist-comedy-gone-wrong. This gripping lineup, alternately suspenseful and hilarious, serves up just the right number of twists and laughs for late-night filmgoers. I spoke with Tribeca Festival Programmer Cara Cusumano this morning, and in her words, " The section itself is supposed to be for late-night audiences. A lot of horror movies, a lot of extreme comedies, a lot of intense thrillers. A lot of stuff that will be exciting for late night screenings. We really want to represent the best of genre filmmaking because its really thriving and we want to celebrate it in a special way." Hit the jump for the lineup, some stills and a few more words from Cusumano!
Open Road Films and Liddell Entertainment's Silent House opens this week in wide release. The pic, which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival, was co-directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, who initially made a splash back in 2004 with Open Water. The screenplay was written by Laura Lau and based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, written by Oscar Estevez. I recently sat down with the team to discuss the creation of the appearance of an uninterrupted take for an entire movie, along with crafting the story to fit that conceit. They definitely seemed energized by the restrictions of the film's structure and elaborated on the challenges creating in-camera the kind of suspense beats that are normally fine-tuned in editing. The film " is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house." The film opens March 9th. Hit the jump to check the interview!
By clicking the above image you'll find a slew of new imagery, albiet tiny, from Paco Plaza's [REC] 3 Genesis, which hits Spain this month and premieres at SXSW this coming Friday. The prequel takes place during a wedding where the guests become infected. Series regular Mercedes Masohn of ''The Finder'' has been cast in ABC drama pilot ''666 Park Avenue," reports Variety. The part sets up Masohn to play a stylish photographer in a historic apartment building with evil supernatural underpinnings. Terry O'Quinn, Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor have previously joined the ensemble. Masohn also stars in Quarantine 2: Terminal and Red Sands. Lastly, Rob Zombie has shared the below image of himself alongside The Lords of Salem gals Judy Geeson, Dee Wallace, Pat Quinn. "The story is about a local DJ who mistakenly unleashes a hellish curse on the town. 300 years earlier on the very streets of Salem that the townspeople walk on today, innocent folks were rounded up from their homes, convicted of being witches and sentenced to death. The Lords of Salem ran the town with an iron fist, but four witches who were tortured and killed in secrecy vowed that one day they would be back for revenge."
Josh Trank's Chronicle was a breath of fresh air. I really, really liked the movie. There were elements that kept me at arms length, but I certainly didn't regret my time with it and am looking forward to seeing it again. What I'm not necessarily looking forward to is Chronicle 2. They've hired Max Landis, writer of the first film (from a story by him and Josh Trank) to pen it - which is fine in theory. Per Deadline, "Landis wrote 'Chronicle', the first installment of the sci-fi feature that has grossed more than $105 million at the box office worldwide since the Fox release opened in early February. Starring Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael B. Jordan, the first Chronicle centers on three high school friends who gain superpowers but find their lives going out of control and friendships tested as they explore the dark side." A few hesitations. Even though Landis is the credited screenwriter of the first film, it feels very much like it was Josh Trank's vision. I'm not sure if he's coming back, but as of yet it appears that there are no concrete plans for him to do so. Landis' shorts, and by extension Landis himself, can come across as grating. I'm not sure what a feature of his without a collaborative system of checks and balances would look like. And finally, from a story standpoint, it seems totally unnecessary. Sure they could find a new group of kids, or continue on with the surviving characters, but I feel that the story was sufficiently wrapped up in the first film. What are your thoughts?
This morning we got the trailer for the Drew Daywalt directed Leprechaun's Revenge (included again below the jump) and now we have our first official look at the film's titular villain! Billy Zane (Titanic) stars alongside William Devane, Kelly Washington, Courtney Halverson, Azure Parsons, Matty Ferraro and Kevin Mangold. In the film, "Sixty-six years ago the town of Irish Channel in Louisiana was the site of a horrible massacre on St. Patrick's Day. Some blame a terrible storm that blew through the town, but those that were there don't speak of the truth. Due to petty superstitions St. Patrick's Day festivities were banned for the last 66 years, but now the new Mayor wants to tempt fate and celebrate." Leprechaun's Revenge premieres on the Syfy Channel March 17th at 9/8c. Hit the jump to check out the pic courtesy of Dread Central, then head over there to see an even bigger version.
Halloween 3D isn't gonna happen this year. Aside from the fact that it's no longer listed on Dimension's release schedule, it's also simple math. It's March. For a quality film to come out by October it would at least have to start shooting around now. But not only is Halloween 3D not shooting, it's not even in pre-production. There's no cast. There's no approved script. It's still in development. When BD's Brian Collins sat down for a chat with Todd Farmer about the status of this project back in September, the date still looked to be October of this year, if not sooner. Farmer had worked on a draft that the studio had set aside, but his takeaway from the experience was that Dimension wanted it soon, regardless of whose take they ultimately might end up using. "Absolutely. The date has been set. October of 2012. And even that can be pushed forward if the movies ready, like the last couple." Apparently things have changed and Dimension hasn't found a take on it that excites them. In a way, this could be perceived as good news. It's widely known that Dimension still wants to make the project, and I take it their enthusiasm for the brand hasn;t dimmed since last year's Farmer interview. Perhaps they're just putting a lot of care into making sure it's done right this time. When the Halloween franchise returns, where would you like to see it go? A continuation of Rob Zombie's path (not likely)? Or a whole new take? What would it look like to you?
*Update: Images removed at the request of Warner Bros. Pictures. Even more images from Dark Shadows have emerged, and I have to say these are some of my favorites. It's nice getting a better look at Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Chloe Grace Moretz. What we still don't have? A trailer that indicates if this film has the campy lilt in its step that's been missing from Burton's recent work. "The story focuses on Barnabas Collins, who was transformed into a vampire by his jilted lover, Angelique, way back in the 1700s and buried. He's just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer's Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller's Roger - despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood." Directed by Tim Burton, the adaptation of the TV soap hits theaters May 11, 2012. That really does make it seriously weird that there isn't a trailer yet. Though we do have almost enough images to cut our own! Hit the jump to check out the pics from Cine Marcado!
It may be an adaptation, but it's not a remake! Alexandre Aja (Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors) is tackling the vampire genre mash-up graphic novel Undying Love. Per Deadline, "Piranha helmer Alexandre Aja is negotiating to direct Undying Love, an adaptation of the Image Comics title. The pic is being produced by Michael De Luca, Stephen LHeureux and Benderspink. The comic was created by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman, whove written the script. WME-repped Aja also directed The Hills Have Eyes." The film, "revolves around an ex-solider who falls for a vampire, though in order to be with her, he must take on her creator, who is protected by an army of monsters in the Hong Kong underworld." Aja's a talented guy, but I've never really loved anything he's done. It'll be interesting to see what he does with this material.
On April 24th Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the Wicker Man companion piece, The Wicker Tree, on both Blu-ray and DVD. Set in the same universe as the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man starring Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward, the film is written and directed by the original helmer, Robin Hardy, who also reunited with the original producer Peter Snell and venerable UK production company British Lion to bring a chilling new vision of this classic story to 21st century audiences, after a theatrical run. Based on Hardys acclaimed 2006 novel Cowboys for Christ, " 'The Wicker Tree' tells the story of Texas-based singer Beth Boothby (newcomer Brittania Nicol) and her friend Steve Thomson (Henry Garrett, The Bill, Skins), two born-again Christians who come to Scotland to spread the gospel. When their initial efforts are met with disdain and disinterest, they find comfort in an invitation to sing in Tressock, the border fiefdom owned by Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish, Rambo, the upcoming The Hobbit films). However, Beths and Steves message of personal chastity quickly comes into direct conflict with Tressocks sexual and religious practices, drawing upon ancient Celtic beliefs and rituals. Temptations begin to challenge Beth and Steve with the stakes no less than their very lives and souls..." Bonus features on The Wicker Tree Blu-ray and DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer. Lee, who played the mysterious Lord Summerisle in the original, returns again in a dramatic cameo. Rounding out the cast are Jacqueline Leonard as Lady Delia Morrison, Clive Russell as Beame, James Mapes as Reverend Moriarty and Honeysuckle Weeks as Lolly. Hit the jump to check out the box art, the DVD trailer and some stills!
Elizabeth Blackmore (pictured inside; "The Legend Of The Seeker") and Jessica Lucas (pictured inside; Cloverfield, "Melrose Place") have joined the cast of the Evil Dead remake that Fede Alvarez will direct shortly. They join the previously cast Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez and Lou Taylor Pucci. Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Jessica Lucas, who was one of the stars of CWs Melrose Place, is in talks to join the production... while relative newcomer Elizabeth Blackmore is set for a role in the horror movie... Lucas will play the best friend of the girl going through withdrawal (Levy) who is also a nurse. Blackmore is playing the fiancée of Fernandez and new to the group." Raimi, Campbell and Rob Tapert are producing with Ghost House Pictures. Fede Alvarez is directing and co-wrote the script with Rodo Sayagues. Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) revised the latest draft. The movie is targeted to open April 12, 2013.
This simultaneously my most and least favorite kind of news. It's my most favorite because I love wondering what this kind of project might ultimately look like. It's my least favorite because this might as well be filed under "jumping the gun". But here goes... the writing team of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) may be writing a horror movie. Per The Playlist, "a desire to take on new territory... has led Goldberg to one of his next endeavors -- writing a full on, straight ahead horror movie. "Seth [Rogen] and I have been talking about doing a horror idea that we came up with, and I don't like horror movies. It's interesting to me that I don't like horror movies and I'm interested in doing it," Goldberg revealed. "I used to just think, 'Anyone who likes horror movies is sick or [more] likely to kill me in my sleep than my friends who like comedy.' But movies are therapy for a lot of people, and it's good for people to get things out. Maybe there would be more serial killers because they get it out with the horror movies, or maybe it makes people serial killers, I don't really know. But I'm interested in this whole area now, and I never really was before." And while Goldberg is keeping further details close to the chest for now, he does cite one recent franchise for spurring his curiosity, and he hints that comedy could possibly find its way into the story. "We do assume that by making it funnier, we can make it scarier, but people don't love 'Paranormal Activity' because it's funny," he said. "If it was a bit funnier, and more realistic, maybe it would've been even better -- and I did think it was a fantastic movie, I actually really liked that movie. That was the one that kinda drew us into discussing this, because we just thought it was so innovative."" This is so far off that the world might literally end before I see it, but I'm a fan of theirs so it's fun to think about. Meanwhile, they start shooting The Apocalypse (seemingly retitled from Jay And Seth Vs. The Apocalypse) soon. To see the fake trailer they made a few years back (the new script differs significantly) hit the jump.
Ridley Scott's Prometheus is easily one of my top 5 anticipated movies of the year. Easily. But we've made do with that minute-long teaser long enough. Good thing the full trailer remedy is hitting on March 17th! "Ridley Scott, director of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner,' returns to the genre he helped define. With 'Prometheus', he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race." In theaters June 8, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, Patrick Wilson all star. Head inside for info on how to see the trailer and watch a Q&A with Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof on the 17th!
Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich's The Devil's Carnival will be four-walled and taken on the road, Repo style, next month. And now we have a look at Skinny Puppy's Ogre as "The Twin". Bill Mosely, Slipknot's The Clown, Ivan Moody, Briana Evigan, J. Larose, Alexa Vega, Ogre, Paul Sorvino, Marc Senter, and Sean Patrick Flannery and I'm sure tons of others star in this 55-minute experimental short about a carnival run by the devil. The Devil's Carnival is gearing up for a special roadshow! Get your tickets here and hit the jump for the full pic courtesy of Vampire Freaks.
Anchor Bay Films presents the ultimate "Mother" with the May 8th release of Mother's Day on Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack and on DVD. With an all-star cast including Rebecca DeMornay (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Wedding Crashers), Jamie King (Red Tails, My Bloody Valentine, Sin City), Brianna Evigan (S. Darko, Step Up 2: The Streets), Patrick John Flueger (Footloose, Brothers), Deborah Ann Woll (HBO's True Blood), Lyriq Bent (Saw II-IV, Skinwalkers), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Minority Report) and Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men films, Frozen), Mother's Day is the chilling and gorier remake of the 1980 Troma classic by the same name. Mother's Day will also have an exclusive theatrical engagement in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago on May 4th in select theaters. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV) with screen story and screenplay by Scott Milam based on the original Mother's Day written by Charles Kaufman and Warren Leight, Mother's Day is a graphic remake of the Troma horror classic. "After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers go home to hideout only to discover that their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) lost their house in a foreclosure. The new owners and their party guests become the depraved brothers' unwitting hostages. Their sadistic Mother soon arrives and brilliantly takes control of the situation, ratcheting up the terror. As the hostages struggle desperately to survive the harrowing torture, they realize that there is nothing a Mother won't do to protect her children." The Mother's Day Blu-ray and DVD feature an audio commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman and actor Shawn Ashmore. Check out the box art and new images below! Some of which look familiar!