Reaching into the heavens, the Federal Building is the ultimate symbol of government authority, power, and security. But for some its the perfect target to expose our nations vulnerability to attack as well as expose potentially deadly secrets kept from its citizens. Its only a matter of time... Anchor Bay Entertainment begins The Terror Experiment April 12th on Blu-ray and DVD. Directed by George Mendeluk and featuring an all-star cast including Jason London (Out Cold, Dazed and Confused), C. Thomas Howell (E.T. The Extraterrestrial, The Hitcher, The Outsiders, Camel Spiders), Alicia Leigh Willis (7th Heaven, The L Word, General Hospital), Lochlyn Munro (Freddy vs. Jason, White Chicks, Scary Movie), and Alexander Mendeluk (Twilight, Twilight: New Moon) with Robert Carradine (Lizzie McGuire, Revenge of the Nerds) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmos Fire, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), The Terror Experiment will take viewers on a pulse-pounding journey through a towering hell above Earth and into an inferno of unstoppable thrills! Check out an exclusive clip below that brings us in on an infected staircase battle. "A terrorist sets off an explosion that rocks the Federal Building and unleashes a toxic gas throughout the ventilation system. His purpose: to expose the Government's secret biological warfare weapon, a deadly virus that instantly attacks a person's adrenal system, causing them to become inhumanly aggressive, with an uncontrollable urge to kill each other."
Just a few weeks back we broke the news about a new Korean anthology entitled Doomsday Book, an omnibus sci-fi project by two helmers that looks to blow all of our friggin' mind some time this year. The brilliant Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil, A Tale of Two Sisters) tells the story of a robot working for a temple who becomes self-aware, while Yim Pil-sung (Hansel & Gretel) follows an innocent young man who becomes a zombie! There's apparently also a tale about a meteor (shaped like an crazy 8-ball) about to crash into Earth. "Two acclaimed Korean directors unfurl three unique stories of human self-destruction in the modern high-tech era. In a hope to restore the humane compassion in the insusceptible modern age, the film displays an alternative form of genuine humanity. And thus you are stepping into the world of future, where a series of unexpected stories awaits you. All these stories originate from the earth. From the very earth you live on." It's visually staggering and looks to be one of the few "must sees" of 2012. Watch the second Korean trailer inside and then tell us what your thoughts are. Pretty friggin' cool, no?!
Now on VOD from IFC is David Brooks' self-contained thriller ATM, which centers on three co-workers who -- on a routine stop at an ATM -- unexpectedly end up in a desperate fight for their lives. Bloody stringer Brad McHargue check out the thriller and suggests you withdraw (pun intended) any desire to rent it. "'ATM' is one of those films that, on paper, has serious potential. Director David Brooks, unfortunately, failed to instill in it anything that resembles real suspense, preferring instead to give us an hour and a half of three boring characters doing stupid things as a silent guy in a mask stands around and watches." Click the title for the entire review.
While many of our favorite horror performances enjoy their richly deserved iconic status, there are plenty of great turns out their that dont get nearly enough credit. And it can happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the movie tanked or wasnt well regarded. But sometimes the films were hugely successful (or found cult popularity later) and their roles were simply outshined by the other stars, or elements, in the picture. In this list I take a look at 10 performances that I feel havent gotten their due. I wanted the focus to be on films that youve likely seen (and love), so theres a chance you may already feel the same way about many of these performances. In some cases these are roles that already get a fair amount of credit in the horror community - but are ignored in popular discussion of the performer's overall career. Disagree? Did I miss someone? Make sure your voice is heard in the comments! Hit the jump to check out the list!
Off the Singapore Facebook page comes a first look at Helena Bonham Carter (aka Tim Burton's favorite gal) as "Dr. Julia Hoffman" in Tim Burton's forthcoming Dark Shadows, the Burton-directed adaptation of the highly atmospheric, spooky soap that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. Check out the three other new images released yesterday. "The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green's witch 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." Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Cloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Thomas McDonell, Gulliver McGrath and Alice Cooper also star in the gothic horror in theaters May 11.
Hot off his starring turn in Warner Bros.' hit comedy Project X, Thomas Mann (pictured, center) - who will also be seen in Fun Size and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - is in negotiations to join the studio's adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, the first novel in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's popular series that is being produced by Alcon Entertainment, reports Variety. Richard LaGravenese is writing and directing the supernatural love story, which stars Jack O'Connell (Eden Lake) and Alice Englert as two star-crossed teens who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town. Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Emmy Rossum co-star, with the latter thesp playing a witch who is Englert's cousin and enemy. Mann is in talks to play Link, O'Connell's best friend who's fond of both music and magic, which Rossum's character uses to get Link to obey her commands. "In the first book, high-school student Ethan Wate meets and becomes bewitched by Lena Duchannes, a 16-year-old whose family has moved to the small South Carolina town where he lives. The two must confront a curse that has haunted her family for generations as she comes to grips with her powers." Production on the Southern pic starts next month in New Orleans.
Looks like Bob Gale is taking a crack at adapting Scott Hampton's graphic novel Trespassers for the big screen. Ryan E. Heppe will be producing. The graphic novel, "centers on a group of mythbusters, set on debunking the legend of a famous allegedly haunted house. They have their scientific rationality tested when they discover demonic guardians, a gateway to hell and the fact that not all of them are exactly who they claim to be." Heppe told Variety, "A good horror flick needs one thing: a simple, original premise that's terrifying as hell. Add to that obvious franchise potential, and the opportunity to combine "found footage"-style scares with traditional filmmaking frights and you've got something really unique." Bob Gale co-wrote Back To The Future which, structurally speaking, is one of the finest mainstream screenplays ever produced. Seriously. He also worked on Parts 2 and 3 of that franchise, which he admits weren't quite as great, so let's hope he brings his A-game.
The Grey Producer Mickey Liddell has made a deal with the Devil for The Occult. Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark City), Anne Heche (Rampart, Nothing to Fear) and newcomer Alycia Debnam-Carey are in final negotiations to star in the thriller, which The Roommate director Christian Christiansen will helm, says Variety. "Story follows a small commune dealing with a prophecy that predicts the coming of the Devil's daughter. As the shared 18th birthday of five girls approaches, a sequence of murders causes panic to spread through the community, making some wonder whether the prophecy is coming true or if someone is silencing those who know too much." Liddell and Pete Shilaimon will produce with Michael Zelman, while Jennifer Hilton and Scott Holroyd will exec produce. Liddell will finance the pic through his Liddell Entertainment banner and release it through the company's new distribution wing. It will go into production this month in North Carolina. Liddell most recently produced Open Road's Liam Neeson starrer The Grey, helmed by Joe Carnahan, which cost $20 million to make and has grossed more than $50 million worldwide since its January 27 release.
Now that Joel Kinnaman is being brought back to life as the infamous RoboCop, Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures is signing on to distribute MGM's remake of the 1987 Paul Verhoeven-directed science fiction film that will star Kinnaman in the role originated by Peter Weller. Jose Padilha directs the remake of the original about a cop who was near death and was drafted to become a powerful cyborg cop, until suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him. Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing. Josh Zetumer wrote the script. RoboCop has been following a fast track since MGM landed Kinnaman, who starred in Snabba Cash, the AMC series "The Killing," and who just turned in a small but memorable turn opposite Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Safe House.
A breakdown making the rounds for Fox's untitled serial killer thriller, penned by Kevin Williamson, has revealed some new casting, along with plot details. Thanks to Bloody reader 'RRH' for his second tip of the week! Deadline earlier reported that the series is "An edge-of-your-seat thriller about the complex relationship between a diabolical serial killer and the damaged FBI agent who took him down. After the killer escaped, the agent is reactivated and discovers that he is no longer just hunting one man, but a massive cult of serial killers created and manipulated during his time in prison." As previously announced, the leads are both James Purefoy and Kevin Bacon with Purefoy playing "Joe Carroll", the series lead who brutally murdered 14 female students. "A devotee of Romanticism, Carroll removed his victims eyes as a nod to his favorite author, Poe. Captured by FBI agent Ryan Hardy, Carroll has been in Huntsville Prison ever since, plotting his next novel. After escaping from prison with a double murder, Carroll sets his diabolical masterpiece in motion." Bacon plays alcoholic cop "Ryan Hardy" who had arrested Carroll nine years earlier. "Ryan is hauled out of retirement when Joe Carroll escapes from prison, and plunges into the details of an FBI investigation for the first time in almost a decade." Also previously announced were Shawn Ashmore (Frozen, Mother's Day, The Day, Ruins), Jeananne Goossen ("Alcatraz"), Nathalie Zea ("Justified"), Nico Tortorella (Scream 4, Odd Thomas) and Valorie Curry (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2) with Goossen playing "Jennifer Mason," the Special Agent In Charge of the investigation into the escape of serial killer Joe Carroll. Zea stars as "Claire Matthews," the ex-wife of Joe Carroll and once a Literature professor at Southern Methodist University. Ashmore is locked in as "Agent Riley," with the other two starring in minor reoccurring roles.
While we patiently await Warner Bros. to premiere both the trailer and poster, a trio of new images have been discovered from Dark Shadows, the Tim Burton-directed adaptation of the highly atmospheric, spooky soap that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. "The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green's witch 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." Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Cloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Thomas McDonell, Gulliver McGrath and Alice Cooper also star in the gothic horror in theaters May 11.
Above we've added the trailer for the J-horror Another, directed by Takeshi Furusawa and based on the novel by Yukito Ayatsuji. Check out more at the film's official website. Here's an extremely long plot crunch via Wiki: "In 1972, a very popular honor student named Misaki died partway through the school year in Yomiyama Middle Schools class 3-3. His peers, devastated by the unexpected loss, decided to carry on as if the student were still alive, going so far as to keep the desk in place and bringing it to the graduation ceremony. Yet no one could explain why the dead classmate was present on the graduation photo. In spring 1998, 15-year-old student Kōichi Sakakibara arrives from Tokyo in Yomiyama, to stay with his grandparents while his father works in India. He transfers into class 3-3 but misses the first few weeks as a pneumothorax keeps him hospitalised. While in the hospital, he receives a visit from his classmates and meets a mysterious girl wearing his schools uniform called Mei Misaki, who seems to be visiting the morgue. Once recovered, Kōichi goes to school and tries to adapt. His aunt, a teacher at Yomiyama North, gives him a few pointers but, like his peers, remains evasive when it comes to their behavior towards Mei, who is treated by all as if she did not exist. Kōichi is further confounded by the air of mystery around class 3-3 and the fact that it is isolated from other classes, even practicing P.E. separately. Things go from bad to worse when a classmate, Yukari Sakuragi, slips while running down the stairs and dies, impaled on the sharp end of her umbrella. This is one of many deaths related to Class 3-3 which have Kōichi and his friends Mei, Naoya Teshigawara, Tomohiko Kazami, and Yūya Mochizuki, trying to unravel the mystery of 1972s Misaki and the "calamity" that has struck Class 3-3 ever since."
Jeff Broadstreet is back with a prequel to his horrid 2006 Night of the Living Dead 3D, hopefully a bloodier and more entertaining film. The official Facebook has now been updated with a series of new imagery, with the sales trailer once again embedded below. Night of the Living Dead 3D: Re-Animation, the prequel to NOTLD: 3D, stars Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster) and Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator). "After inheriting the family mortuary, a pyrophobic mortician (Divoff) accidentally exposes hundreds of uncremated bodies to toxic medical waste. As the corpses re-animate, the morticians inheritance-seeking younger brother (Combs) unexpectantly shows up, stumbling upon a full zombie outbreak!"
Out of Montana comes Piece By Piece, which was written, directed and edited by Eric Dunn. Danny Lopez stars alongside Amber Koesling, Emmily Flaschmeyer, Dave Malloy and Chelsea Lara. "Small town sheriff Brent Kendall is faced with a missing child case and his only lead is Naomi Fischer, a girl who just had a mental breakdown in the middle of a class. Then more people connected to the girl go missing. Brent must find the connection between Naomi and the name "Gremory" before it's too late." Get more at the film's official website.
Italian production company IDF, owned by actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta (Il Postino) has begun principal photography on Federico Zampaglione's eagerly-awaited third feature, Tulpa. Award-winning actress Claudia Gerini, who has just completed a leading role as Marie Cecile in Christopher Smith's TV adaptation of "Labyrinth," stars as "Lisa Boeri, a respectable and upwardly mobile businesswoman who, by night, frequents the notorious sex club 'Tulpa' in search of dangerous forms of pleasure. When her lovers start getting murdered in horrible ways, to avoid a personal scandal, she tries to deal with it herself with truly nightmare consequences." Tulpa also stars Michele Placido (Romanzo Criminale), one of Italy's most renowned actors/directors, alongside Nuot Arquint (Shadow) and Michela Cescon (Sacred Heart). Shot entirely on location in Rome over five-weeks, Tulpa is based on a story by genre veteran Dardano Sacchetti, with a screenplay by Giacomo Gensini and Federico Zampaglione. It is produced by IDF, Giovanni Emidi and Silvia Natill in association with Federico Zampaglione and Claudia Gerini. Director of photography is Giuseppe Di Maio. Make up and Special Effects are by Leonardo Cruciano & Bruno Albi Marini with music by Francesco Zampaglione and The Alvarius.
Premiering March 17th at 9/8c on Syfy is Drew Daywalt's Leprechaun's Revenge (formerly Red Clover), which now has two preview clips available. 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."
Super brief news as Universal's Ouija once again points to "Yes". Ouija is reaching out from the beyond, as Universal has assigned the Hasbro project to Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse after halting production and putting it into turnaround late last year, reports Variety. A contributing factor to the change of heart? Well, for starters the budget has been slashed from $100 Million to $5 Million. Talk about aggressive, and smart, cost cutting. While big budget films are occasionally warranted (and a lot of fun) it's nice to see that we may be entering an era in which we see some of the artistic freedom associated with lowers costs make a comeback. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller will produce through Platinum Dunes, with Jason Blum producing through Blumhouse and Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir producing for Hasbro. The terrible McG was at one time attached, hopefully that has changed. Based on the board game, this was originally conceived as a big budget family adventure film in the tone of The Mummy, set in multiple locations around the world. Action-adventure horror story in which a group of twenty-somethings violate all the mythic "don'ts" of the Ouija board and unleash a Pandora's Box type of evil spirit bent on revenge.
Two for the price of none (I totally forgot to post about "Double Murder" last week!) In this month's Double Murder, Danny! and Tim review Student Bodies and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil in a clash of horror comedies! Will the campy, National Lampoon's-esque Student Bodies crack the guys up more than 2010's insta-classic, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil? Tune in to find out the answer and find out why Tim was rushed to the ER only a few short hours after the taping of episode 38...this month on "Double Murder!" The horror is starting to roll in and we here at News From the Crypt couldn't be more excited! This month we get pumped for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, Lionsgate's The Hunger Games franchise and Alan Ball leaving Bon Temps and backing off on "True Blood." Horror Guy Keenan gets down and dirty with Hostel 3 and "Alan Wakes American Nightmare," while Tex Massacre discusses The Woman and dissects The Thing prequel a tad bit more, and Lauren shares her thoughts on the indie festival fav Absentia. You'll find both episodes by reading on or searching for "Bloody Disgusting" on iTunes! Watch for new podcast episodes every weekend!
Want to relive the season that destroyed "True Blood"? In an early announcement to retailers, HBO is planning to bring "True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season" to Blu-ray on May 29. "Another supernatural force has come to light in Bon Temps witchcraft and life for its residents will never be the same. Sookie (Anna Paquin, 'The Piano') finds herself entangled in a love triangle torn between a vengeful Bill (Stephen Moyer, 'The Double'), the new Vampire King of Mississippi, and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård, 'Straw Dogs'), who's not the former Viking he once was. Led by a charismatic witch named Marnie (Fiona Shaw, 'The Tree of Life'), who threatens to let no one living or dead stand in her way, a powerful coven tempts Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis, 'The Help'), Tara (Rutina Wesley, 'True Blood: The Complete First Season'), and Jesus (Kevin Alejandro, 'Red State') with otherworldly powers. Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll, 'True Blood: The Complete Second Season') tries to adjust to a domestic life, while Jason (Ryan Kwanten, 'Red Hill') finds himself alone in werepanther territory. Arlene (Carrie Preston, 'Doubt') and Terry (Todd Lowe, 'True Blood: The Complete Third Season') come to terms with their highly unusual baby, and Alcide (Joe Manganiello, 'Spider-Man') finds himself caught in the clutches of an old flame." The box set will present every episode with 1080p (1.78:1) video, a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack, and supplements include: audio commentaries on six selected episodes, Inside the Episodes featurettes, True Blood: The Final Touches featurette, True Blood Lines, True Time Line, Enhanced viewing modes: - Character perspectives, Flashbacks/flashforwards, Vampire histories/Character bios/Hints/FYIs, and Post-production roundtable.
*Updated with full press release below. Director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II-IV, Repo!, The Barrens, Mother's Day) and writer/actor Terrance Zdunich invite you to join them on an exclusive nationwide road tour featuring burlesque, special personality meet and greets, Q&A forums, sing-alongs, costume contests, and a whole lot of devilish behavior. Audiences will get to enjoy never-before-seen Repo! The Genetic Opera behind-the-scenes footage and bonus features, and, most notably, an exclusive viewing of the 55-minute episode The Devil's Carnival! After collaborating on 2008's cult hit Repo! The Genetic Opera, Bousman and Zdunich had no where to go but down. ALL THE WAY DOWN TO HELL! Come experience their new musical series, The Devil's Carnival, about a carnival run by the Devil, starring Emilie Autumn, Dayton Callie, The Blessed Contessa, M. Shawn "clown" Crahan, Briana Evigan, Sean Patrick Flanery, Maggie "Captain Maggot" Lally, J. LaRose, Jessica Lowndes, Mighty Mike, Hannah Minx, Ivan Moody, Bill Moseley, Ogre, Marc Senter, Paul Sorvino, Alexa Vega, and Terrance Zdunich. Get your tickets right here, right now!