While most people crucified the filmmaker, I was a pretty huge fan of Tom Six's The Human Centipede 2 (read the review), a film that had the balls to say "f*ck you" to every hater out there (even though I still think directors need to stop reading all of the negative comments and feeling the need to respond to the hate). I think the most exciting part of the sequel was the "out-of-the-box thinking", where Six takes viewers outside of the initial film and then into what he deems the "real world." This leads us to the Final Sequence... While Six has kept plot details under wraps, Bloody Disgusting has confirmed that both Dieter Laser (pictured above left) and Laurence R. Harvey will return in The Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence), both in starring roles. Laser played the evil German surgeon "Dr. Heiter" in First Sequence, while Harvey played the creepy "Martin" - a man obsessed with Six's first film - in the sequel Full Sequence. The real head-scratcher that's got my interest piqued is that writer-director Tom Six himself will play a supporting role in the film! I think we're about to go super-meta! Principal photography will begin this May in the States. The film will be released in 2013, presumably by IFC. It is also confirmed that Final Sequence will actually be the last film of the Human Centipede trilogy. The American finale will be 100% politically incorrect. The Human Centipede Part 2 (Full Sequence) is now available uncut on DVD.
Big Air Studios has announced a new release plan for 11-11-11, Darren Lynn Bousman's take at a Biblical apocalypse that opened in limited theaters on November 11. Look for the flick to hit VOD on March 6 with a DVD release on April 24. Special features will include a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and more. "After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain to reunite with his estranged brother Samuel and dying father, Richard. However, fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings, and the constant sightings of the number 11. Curiosity quickly turns to obsession, and Joseph soon realizes that this number holds a horrific meaning not only to himself but possibly to all of religion. Isolated in a foreign country with only the support of his companion, Sadie, Joseph soon realizes that 11/11/11 is more than just a date, its a WARNING!" Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glenn, Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price, Salomé Jimenez, Benjamin Cook and Montse Alcoverro all star. Bousman directed Saw II-IV, Repo! and Mother's Day, is currently in post on The Barrens.
I hate spoilers, I hate them more than you can even imagine. While owning a monster horror website has it's perks, the biggest flaw is that pretty much no matter what I do, or hard hard I try, I will eventually have something ruined for me. Just when I was getting back into AMC's "The Walking Dead" (the previous 3 episodes were pretty good), websites across the globe ruined season 2's finale. While I'm not against sharing spoilers, it disturbs me that some sites would post such a spoiler in the subject header, or tweet about it 500 times in an attempt to get more hits. Well, I had the finale of season 2 ruined for me, and I'm sure many of you were hit with the same bomb. I didn't run a story on it the first time, because it pissed me off to no end. This time around I attempted to ignore it, only to wake up to a flurry of readers pointing me to the spoiler and asking why I'm not reporting it. We report nearly everything, so I guess I can't ignore it any longer (as much as I want to). But be warned, the following will ruin the big finale AMC had planned for their comic adaptation... By clicking here you'll see a screengrab from AMC's website displaying their forthcoming zombie head box set of "The Walking Dead" season 2. Within the description of the $99 set they ruin the fate of one of the series regulars. While those of you who read the comic should have known it was on the horizon, an element of surprise would have been nice. Eh?
To help celebrate the DVD/Blu-ray release of Paranormal Activity 3, Paramount recently held a contest in which two contest winners would be flown out to LA to attend a special viewing of the film at the house in which it was filmed. The winners were picked based on trivia knowledge of the franchise and, in this instance, were flown in from Michigan. They were treated to an almost private viewing of the film, dinner and a few special guests. Since the house had already been gussied up for the occasion we were asked if we wanted to come along and check it out. PA3 is my favorite film in the franchise and I felt that the house lent the film a lot of personality so it was kind of a no-brainer to attend. Hit the jump for a breakdown along with some photos and video.
[Interview] Justin Kurzel On Violence, Charismatic Serial Killers And Crafting 'The Snowtown Murders'
The Snowtown Murders (review), Justin Kurzel's harrowing and brutal thriller, arrives in limited theaters Friday, March 2 from IFC Films. This film really drew me in, and even though the experience wasn't always pleasant (nor is it intended to be) - I knew I was in the hands of a truly gifted filmmaker. Needless to say I was eager to hop on the phone with Kurzel earlier this week to discuss his approach. The true-crime story of The Snowtown Murders concerns "a teenager who finds his world threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his newfound friend, John Bunting, Australia's most notorious serial killer. "The film follows Elizabeth Harvey (Louise Harris), a mother raising her three boys in a poor suburb. After her latest boyfriend displays pedophilic tendencies, she takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead welcoming an even more vicious predator into her home. John Bunting (Daniel Henshall) is the moral compass of a self-appointed neighborhood watch who, fueled by cigarettes and beer, cast judgments on those living around them. Bunting enlists his crew in acts of sadistic vigilantism on those he considers deviants, and in the process takes Elizabeth's son Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) under his wing." Hit the jump to check out the interview!
Focus Features has released the full boney trailer for their animated horror comedy ParaNorman, which finally reveals the film's villain: the ghost of an evil witch who will raise the dead! Watch the entirely new trailer inside and tell us, does this look as good as Monster House to you, too? In ParaNorman, "a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits."
New Artist Alliance, an Encino, Calif.-based production company specializing in low-budget films, has secured financing for a slate of four micro-budgeted movies, all to cost less than $1 million, that it will co-produce with management/production firm Caliber Media, reports THR. The first film under the new deal is an adaptation of the First Comics graphic novel The Scribbler, author Dan Schaffers tale of a woman will multiple personalities. "The film is a noir sci-fi action thriller about a young woman recently released from a mental hospital, and continuing a treatment programme to rid her of her alternate personalities. She moves into a halfway house for mental patients where the residents begin to die at an unusual rate." John Suits, one of the founders of NAA, will direct the film, to be shot in 3D, which is beginning casting. The two companies have previously produced two movies together, which are both currently in post-production: Static, a horror-thriller starring Milo Ventimiglia, Sarah Shahi and Sara Paxton, directed by Todd Levin and shot in 3D, and 3 Nights in the Desert, starring Amber Tamblyn, Wes Bentley and Vincent Piazza, which Cowan directed. Caliber also is currently shooting Dark Was the Night, a horror film starring Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas and Bianca Kajlich, directed by Heller. And its thriller Enter Nowhere, starring Paxton, Scott Eastwood and Katherine Waterston, will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment in April.
The team behind the super bland Australian horror film The Tunnel is now in development on sequel The Tunnel: Dead-End. The project has just received funding from Screen Australia. "The story will pick up the story years later as Tangles' sister tries to find out what happened to her brother in the tunnels." Too bad the viewers of the first film also don't even know what happened as everything happens offscreen. I can only hope they truly delve into what actually happened down in those tunnels. Distracted Medias Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey are also going to use The Tunnels crowdfunding model (a 135k Project) to help finance sci-fi thriller Airlock, which it says is the vein of Alien. Hopefully this time they'll give investors more than a ridiculous DVD or "frame from the movie" (ROFL)...
Fox Searchlight's Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho just became one of my most anticipated films of 2013. Variety reports that Director Sacha Gervasi has tapped the stunning Scarlett Johansson and James D'Arcy to play Psycho stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, respectively! As previously reported, Anthony Hopkins will play the iconic director, while Helen Mirren will play his wife, Alma. Gervasi's pic follows Hitchcock and his struggles during the filmmaking of the horror classic. John McLaughlin penned the script. Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Tom Pollack will produce through their Montecito Picture Company along with Tom Thayer. Sources tell the mag that Making of Psycho has drawn comparisons to My Week With Marilyn, and that the role of Janet Leigh could lead to the same awards consideration for Johansson that the Marilyn Monroe role did for Michelle Williams. Though D'Arcy's role is smaller compared to his co-stars, it's still considered a major part given how important Perkins is to the Psycho legacy.
We've been keeping our coverage of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games to an absolute minimum until we know exactly what kind of movie it is. I'm getting the feeling this will be more "teen" than the original promise of Battle Royale meets Running Man. Still, it looks kind of cool. In theaters March 23 from director Gary Ross, we've landed the first official clip that displays Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) showing off her bow and arrow skills, only she's being completely ignored. "Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing government intimidation tactic, The Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which Tributes must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss (Lawrence) is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If shes ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love."
A little bit of Heaven just entered Hell... Mila Kunis has been set to star in Hell & Back alongside previously announced Nick Swardson, TJ Miller, Rob Riggle, Brian Posehn and Kumail Najiani, reports Deadline. The R-rated stop-motion animated comedy follows two best friends (Swardson and Miller) as they rescue a buddy whos been dragged to hell by accident. Kunis is a female demon whose ability to navigate the underworld makes her the toughest rogue demon in Hell. Her independent streak comes from the fact shes half human. She was sired by the Orpheus of myth when he traveled down the River Styx, nailing everything in sight. ShadowMachines Corey Campodonico, Eric Blyler and Alex Bulkley are producing and Tommy Gianas is directing with Ross Shuman. Script revisions are being made by Hugh Sterbakov.
On page 156 and 157 of Vanity Fair's current issue portrait photos of the Dark Shadows cast -- Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter -- appear. Warner Bros. will open Tim Burton 's vampire film on May 11 of this year. "The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (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." Scans come courtesy of Hollywood-Elsewhere. Over 1,225 episodes, "Dark Shadows" was a highly atmospheric, spooky soap that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies.
Remember Valiant Comics? Yeah, that's a weird memory. Still, they delivered some incredible storylines while Marvel and DC destroyed the '90s with their awesome art, terrible storytelling and over-priced holographic cover special editions. One of my favorite comics, and characters, is about to make the big screen jump and I can only pray that "Shadowman" is right behind him. THR reports that Bloodshot, the Valiant comic books character who has been described as a modern-day "Frankenstein," is making his way to the big screen. Columbia Pictures is closing a deal to acquire the rights to adapt Bloodshot into a feature film to be produced by Neal H. Moritz, through his Original Film banner, and Jason Kothari and Dinesh Shamdasani on behalf of Valiant Entertainment. Jeff Wadlow (Prey), who is writing the screenplay actually instigated the project. A fan of the character, Wadlow, wrote a spec script that attracted Moritz's attention. Bloodshot, who first appeared in Valiant comic books in 1992, has appeared in more than 70 issues. Valiant, founded in 1989, is re-launching the character this year as it returns to publishing in May. "Bloodshot entered the Valiant universe as mob killer Angelo Mortalli, who enters a witness protection program and then becomes part of a secret experiment to create the ultimate killing machine. His memories are erased and he is injected with microscopic computers called nanites. As he tries to rediscover who he was, he battles both the mob and the police."
Mandalay Vision has set Julian Jarrold to helm Exit 147, an indie thriller scripted by Travis Milloy (Pandorum), reports Deadline. "In the thriller, a young father driving cross country to see his daughter is stopped by a sheriff at Exit 147, and it turns into a psychological game of cat and mouse with deadly consequences." Jarrold directed Red Riding 1974, one leg of that film trilogy and also Kinky Boots, Becoming Jane and Brideshead Revisited. Cathy Schulman and Matthew Rhodes are producing for Mandalay Vision with Lenny Beckerman. Mandalay Vision is independently financing the film for a summer start.
Bloody Disgusting is proud to present a special theatrical screening of Peter Jackson's Dead Alive this coming Friday night (movie starts at 11:55PM) at the Nuart Theater in Los Angeles (11272 Santa Monica Blvd.) The showing will be of an actual print of the New Zealand zombie flick that's widely considered the goriest of all-time, and is often listed along such classics as Night of the Living Dead and Zombi 2 as one of the greatest zombie flicks ever. In Jackson's 1992 classic, "a young man's mother is bitten by a "rat monkey." She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors." Tickets are still available here. Come join us for some bloody chaos!
*Updated with the first ever images! Bonzo the Clown is about to perform for audiences in CarnieVille, written-directed-produced by Victor Mathieu and starring Brett Rickaby (The Crazies, Bereavement), Victor Miller (Friday the 13th) and Jeremy Jackson ("Baywatch"). "After having witnessed her neighbor murder his own wife in his clown outfit, Corey has been dealing with coulrophobia (fear of clowns) ever since she was a child. On Halloween night, her boyfriend and his friends decide to help her overcome her phobia of clowns by taking her to a nearby carnival. However, they soon discover that the price of admission is their lives." He ain't no Pennywise.
Now making the international rounds is the Columbian/Spanish horror The Hidden Face (La Cara Oculta) Co-written with Baiz by Hatem Khraiche, translated to English by Stewart St. John, the pic follows "a Spanish orchestra conductor deals with the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend." Martina Garcia , Quim Gutierrez, Clara Lago all star. Check out the international trailer inside.
German director Frank W. Montag has released the following trailer and poster for his indie horror Cannibal Diner. Cannibal Diner stars Alexandra Lesch, Kristiana Rohder (Miss Universe Germany 2010), Lara Baum, Alexandra Jordan, Violetta Schurawlow, Indira Madison, Dominik Schneider, Jessica Klauss, Mike Zick, Celina Klemenz, and Heiko Rohde. American shock-rocker Demon Boy's "Little Red Riding Bitch" will be featured on the movie's soundtrack. "Kati (Lesch) is a young model on her way to a birthday party for her little sister, Celine (Baum). Tanja (Rohder), Kati's best friend, and some of the others want to celebrate and camp near the woods. While preparing the party, the girls get attacked by strangers. Kati, still on her way to the camping place, loses her way in the woods and is led onto the wrong track by a vagabond (Klauss). When her car is stolen afterwards, Kati finds herself lost in the deep forest and arrives at an old factory, where a clan of cannibals is already preparing their feast... main course: Kati's friends."
Academy Award winner Cloris Leachman's (Fox's "Raising Hope") thriller The Fields is coming to Blu-ray (SRP $29.99) and DVD (SRP $24.99) from Breaking Glass Pictures (5 Star Day, Cropsey, The Living Wake) on April 24. Written by Harrison Smith (Six Degrees of Hell) and directed by Tom Mattera and David Mazzoni (cult favorite The 4th Dimension), the film also stars Tara Reid and newcomer Joshua Ormond (Sundance hit Robot and Frank). Extras include a making-of documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, hilarious Leachman outtakes, interviews with the real people involved, and clips from the world premiere. Based on actual events, The Fields "follows a young boy named Steven during the summer of 1973. Steven (Ormond) is sent to live in the Pennsylvania countryside with his grandparents while his mother (Reid) and father (Faust Checho) work through their marital troubles. Though his grandmother (Leachman) and grandfather (Bev Appleton) are happy to host him, they warn Steven not to enter the cornfields next to their house. Meanwhile, Steven hears news of the notorious Manson Family and their gruesome killing spree. He develops a morbid fascination with the murderous cult, and at the same time he can't help but be drawn into the mysterious cornfields. Eventually he enters The Fields, where he makes a terrible discovery. Then, menacing noises begin haunting the family from outside at night and soon turn to violence. Though Steven's family tries to protect him, whatever's lurking in The Fields is about to make their lives a living nightmare."
We're excited to announced the next Bloody Disgusting Selects title as we have acquired North American rights to horror film Alyce for DVD, Video On Demand and Digital release. In the bloody thriller helmed by Zombie Strippers director Jay Lee, and produced by Social Construct in Association with Scream HQ, "a young woman haunted by guilt and delving into a brutal nightmare wonderland of sex, drugs and violence, her mind tearing itself apart along with anyone else who gets in her way." Starring Hatchet's Tamara Feldman, alongside James Duval (Donnie Darko, Doom Generation), Eddie Rouse (Pandorum, Undertow) and Jade Dornfeld (Everything Will Happen Before You Die), Alyce is a a Ultra-gritty psychological thriller nestled between Alice in Wonderland and a modern vision of Taxi Driver. Check out two pieces of sales art from last year's film markets and a long synopsis after the break. Also available from BD Selects is The Woman, Atrocious, YellowBrickRoad, Phase 7, Chop, The Pack, Coldfish and Outcast. All available in stores, VOD and digital.