Well Red Clover didn't last long as a title. The Drew Daywalt film is now known as Leprechaun's Revenge. 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.
Sheesh. There are so many Dracula projects in development, I don't even know what to call this project. Sony hasn't given a title yet, so right now I'll call it Dracula or Untitled Dracula Origin Story. This is not to be confused with Universal's Dracula Year Zero or Dario Argento's Dracula 3D. It's also completely different from the Guillermo Del Toro/Chuck Hogan contemporary telling of the story The Sony version is based off a sought-after pitch by Jason Keller and is intended to be a period-piece franchise starter produced by Joe Roth and Palak Patel. Per Deadline, "Sony Pictures has acquired a pitch from scribe Jason Keller for a period origin story on the Dracula mythology that will be produced by Joe Roth and Palak Patel. Im hearing the deal was high six figures against seven-figures. It becomes the latest in a growing list of films about the iconic vampire borne out of the legend of Vlad the Impaler. Insiders at Sony would only say the intention is to launch a period franchise... Keller most recently scripted Relativity Medias 'Mirror Mirror'" Let's hope this project is nothing like Mirror, Mirror.
Alan Ball is stepping down as the head writer of "True Blood". I'm not entirely sure how much this will impact the upcoming 5th Season of HBO's flagship sex and vampires odyssey. I do know that the show resumed production in November, so I have to assume that the majority of the upcoming season is pretty much mapped out. The show's luxurious (around 14 days per episode) production schedule would allow for around 7 or so segments to be in the can. So it's safe to say that the remaining 5 are outlined at the very least and the majority of them are scripted. Not much reason has been given for Ball's departure from the position (he will remain on the show in some capacity, I'm guessing as a producer) except for "exhaustion". While that's often PR code-speak for too much hard partying - but I don't really think that's the case here. Perhaps Ball is literally exhausted by pushing the show to ridiculous extremes? I don't imagine he envisioned it being as patently ridiculous as it's become when he was first getting it off the ground in 2007-2008. Per Forbes, "Sookie and her pals from HBOs True Blood are losing their creator. Alan Ball, I have confirmed, will step down from being headwriter of the show about sexy vampires mixing it up in New Orleans. Explanations include exhaustion, and maybe that the show seemed like it had tired blood last season. Ball will still be with the show, Im told, but a new regime will guide the fates of the characters into their new season. This could also very well be a money issue, as series tend to get more and more expensive as they drag on."
Bloody Disgusting has just landed the first three images from Matthias Hoene's Cockneys vs. Zombies, his undead UK horror pic starring Michelle Ryan, Harry Treadaway, Honor Blackman, Jack Doolan, Rasmus Hardiker, Ashley Thomas and Alan Ford. You'll also find a behind-the-scenes article and slew of making-of imagery at the UK's Daily Mail. In addition, here's the newly released official synopsis: "Cockneys vs Zombies is the story of Andy (Harry Treadaway) and Terry (Rasmus Hardiker): two hapless cockney brothers who try to save their grandads (Alan Ford) care home by robbing a bank. At the same time, a virus sweeps across East London turning all the inhabitants into flesh eating zombies. Faced with hordes of undead zombies, the challenge is to rescue a home full of tough old folks, escape with the loot, and get out of London alive! n. pl. cock·ney or Cock·ney [kokni] 1. (Social Science / Peoples) (often capital) a native of London, esp of the working class born in the East End, speaking a characteristic dialect of English. Traditionally defined as someone born within the sound of the bells of St. Mary-le-Bow church. 2. (Linguistics) the urban dialect of London or its East End for example "Dog and Bone = Phone"."
Even though the New York Toy Fair has come to an end, NECA continues to announce a rash of shocking new products. While we already knew a Prometheus line was on the way, along with a new "Warrior Alien" from Aliens, details were beyond slim. This weekend NECA took to their official website to clarify said reveals, while also announcing that we'll finally get a Corporal Dwayne Hicks along with another soon-to-be-announced Colonial Marine! They also reveal that a Queen Alien could be in the works for 2013. Even with all of this, I don't understand why we still don't have any Ellen Ripley figures? I mean, Mattel just announced a Dana figure for their Ghostbusters line, therefore she's willing to share her likeness...
An interesting interview has been translated out of a Hungarian news outlet where Prometheus director Ridley Scott reveals a major connection between his 1979 Alien and the forthcoming prequel arriving in theaters June 8. "When the first Alien movie and Blade Runner were made, I thought that in the near future the world will be owned by large companies. This is why we have the Tyrell Corporation in Blade Runner, and Weyland-Yutani in Alien. They sent the Nostromo spaceship. The Prometheus is owned by an entrepreneur called Peter Weyland, and is played by Guy Pearce. Thats the connection between the two films, and nothing more. Prometheus is a new film, a new world, and is full of new ideas. And of course new monsters as well." Even though Ridley states there's no other connection, the trailer itself features the Alien Space Jockey. He's either lying, forgot or just delusional. With Prometheus, Scott 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.
Snatch, Trainspotting and Jack the Giant Killer star Ewen Bremner has booked a trip on the Snow Piercer, says Variety. Cast already includes Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer. The Host's Bong Joon-ho is helming the sci-fi thriller from a script he co-penned with Kelly Masterson; Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) is producing. Set in a world covered in snow and ice, the story follows a train full of travelers who struggle to co-exist. Bremner plays a father who joins forces with Evans' character to save his kidnapped son.
Toronto stringer Mike Pereria is back with another round-up of mini-reviews for the newly released Blu-ray titles available at a store near you. This morning he takes a look at Blue Underground's HD release of Baby Yaga, what he calls "one of the most unique films to have emerged from the 70's Italian genre scene," along with the astounding Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring John Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen, and Anchor Bay's African zombie flick The Dead. Check out all of his scores below and then chime in with your thoughts.
In the vein of classic "evil kids" cinema like The Bad Seed, The Exorcist, The Omen and more recently The Children, we've landed a whopping 5 clips from Childish Games (also going under the title Dictation in Spain), which was directed by Antonio Chavarrías from his own screenplay. Unfortunately, all five clips are in Spanish. Filmax, the company behind the [REC] franchise, is giving birth to this demonic flick. Starring Starring Juan Diego Botto, Barbara Lennie and Marcia Perez, Filmax has now locked a March 9, 2012 date for the Spanish thriller to premiere overseas. Check out the clips below.
Chiller TV's made-for-TV production, Ghoul, premiered last month at the Slamdance Film Festival. Premiering Friday April 13 at 9pm, Bloody Disgusting has been provided with the official trailer for Brian Keene's flick that's based on a horror novel of the same name. "The pic follows a group of young friends who risk their lives to stop a rash of disappearances in their town." Directed by Greg Wilson and penned by William M. Miller, the adaptation stars Nolan Gould ("Modern Family"). Wilson also directed Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door. The feature is part of Chiller's new original productions. The film was produced by MODERNCINÉ's Andrew van den Houten (The Woman, The Girl Next Door) and Robert Tonino.
Vin Diesel continues to go image crazy posting another dirtied up look at Riddick in the R-rated David Twohy-directed sequel to Pitch Black. Check out the first photo displaying Riddick with some sort of "bone" gun above, with a new behind-the-scenes shot inside. "Despite the fact, that this by far is the most physical of roles that I have played I decided to show a picture you might never see a candid, of me in between a lighting set up, just reflecting " said the star via Facebook. Riddick also sees the return of Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Vaako and introduces to the series previously announced cast member Jordi Molla as Santana, the arrogant captain of the mercenary ship; Matt Nable (Killer Elite) as Boss Johns, a man looking for answers; Katee Sackhoff (TV's Battlestar Galactica) as the Nordic mercenary Dahl; and Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall) as bounty hunter Moss. Rounding out the cast are Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Nolan Funk (Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer Keri Hilson.
While there's not much here just yet, Colin Vaines (My Week With Marilyn) is working with UK chiller specialist David Pirie on a feature ghost story Vaines described to Screen Daily as a "classic genre piece given a fresh treatment." The script, currently in the development stage, is already generating buzz: "David has written a brilliant outline and Ive got people interested in the development of the piece. We could go into production very quickly at the right price," Vaines told Screen. Pirie was nominated for a BAFTA for his 1997 adaptation of Wilkie Collinss The Woman in White and has written episodes of "Murderland," "Inspector Lewis," Agatha Christies "Poirot" and "Murder Rooms." He also worked (uncredited) on the screenplay of Lars von Triers Breaking the Waves. In 2011, the prolific Vaines produced W.E. and Coriolanus and executive produced The Rum Diary and My Week with Marilyn, which was nominated for two Oscars this past Sunday.
Above we've landed yet another look at Neil Jordan's Byzantium, about a pair of women (Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, displayed above) who claim to be vampire siblings. Having just wrapped principal photography, Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Mays, Bradley James, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller and Tom Hollander all star. "On the run for murder, two young "sisters" arrive penniless at an English seaside town. Clara is a fiercely modern woman who has her eyes on the future and no time for the past. Teenager Eleanor is shy and innocent. Yet they both hide the same secrets: they are really mother and daughter, and they are both ... vampires! Eleanor is exhausted by 200 years on the run and desperate to settle down. But little does she know that her mother has been protecting her all of the years from their own kind, "The Brotherhood". To escape them, they must either blend in or continue running away. But just as they think they may have escaped, their past rapidly catches up with them."
We've just now added a preview clip from AMC's "The Walking Dead" episode 02.11, "Judge, Jury, Executioner." Check out a preview from next Sunday's episode below. "Let's talk about this like men." Dale confronts Shane about Randalls fate in this sneak peek. See the full episode Sunday, March 4 at 9/10c. " "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth."
Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, is gearing up for the theatrical release of Michael Nickles' Playback, a horror film featuring Christian Slater that's now available on-demand. The limited theatrical run starts March 9. "While digging into their town's infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock a dark secret, unleashing an evil spirit that takes possession of its victims." In addition to Slater, the film stars Toby Hemingway, Johnny Pacar and Ambyr Childers. I recently spoke with Nickels regarding the film's technological themes, gore content and its homage to The Ring. Hit the jump to check it out!
Bloody Disgusting has learned exclusively that Chiller is gearing up for production on its next direct-to-TV movie. Remains director Colin Theys reteams with Synthetic Cinema and Chiller for Dead Souls, a telepic adaptation of Michael Laimo's novel about a teen who inherits his crazy preacher father's mysterious house. John Doolan, who also adapted Remains, will penned the feature. Shooting begins this April in Connecticut. As previously reported, Larry Fessenden is currently developing Beneath, a creature feature set in a leaky, oarless boat floating in the middle of a lake with a monster in it. Synthetic Cinema and Chiller's first was an adaptation of the Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night") graphic novel Remains featuring Lance Reddick ("The Wire", "Fringe") and Grant Bowler ("True Blood", "Ugly Betty").
Variety reports that director Joe Johnston is reteaming with his Captain America thesp JJ Feild (who also starred in Neil Marshall's Centurion), who has been cast in Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Prods.' low-budget thriller Not Safe For Work along with Tom Gallop (The Bourne Identity) and Emmy winner Christian Clemenson ("CSI: Miami"). Brit scribes Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Blood River, The Devil's Chair) wrote the script, which follows a young paralegal trapped in an office with a killer on a secret mission to destroy files and anyone that stands in his path. As previously reported, Max Minghella (The Social Network) will star as the cunning protag, while Eloise Mumford (ABC's "The River") will play his girlfriend, who works at the same office along with Clemenson. Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) is producing the pic, which will be exec produced by Couper Samuelson. Bryan Brucks is set to co-produce.
You're going to be waiting a bit longer for two hotly anticipated horror titles. Get ready to ring in the New Year with Leatherface when Lionsgate's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D arrives in theaters. The John Luessenhop-directed sequel will tear through cinemas on January 4, 2013. It was originally slated for release this coming October. Moving out of its August slot is Sinister (pictured above). The Scott Derrickson-directed thriller not hits theaters October 5 from Summit Entertainment. The story follows a journalist (Ethan Hawke) who moves his family into a house where another family was murdered. After moving in, he uncovers found footage that leads to clues about the murders.
IFC Films has finally released the official trailer for American Psycho director Mary Harron's The Moth Diaries, which can be seen on IFC in Theaters Video on Demand as well as digital outlets SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming and XBOX Zune starting March 20th, before it hits select theaters on April 20th. Starring Lily Cole, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon and Sarah Bolger, we've added the trailer below, along with the official one-sheet and new stills. "Adolescence is and always will be a time of intense emotional confusion, especially if you spend it in a closed environment. That's the case with Rebecca, a young girl haunted by her father's suicide, who is a student at an exclusive female boarding school. She pours her heart out in a diary, much of it focused on Lucy, her beloved roommate. Their relationship changes drastically with the arrival of a mysterious new student, Ernessa. As Lucy abandons her for this new girl, Rebecca becomes consumed with thoughts of jealousy and suspicion -- Ernessa is dangerous, evil, a vampire. Is there any truth to all this or is Rebecca slipping into insanity?"
While I struggle to get through episodes of season two, AMC is already casting up the third of "The Walking Dead," announcing that David Morrissey (State Of Play) has landed one of the most anticipated roles. Deadline reports that the British actor is set to join the megahit zombie drama as a new series regular in Season 3, playing "The Governor," a popular character from Robert Kirkmans graphic novel that serves as the basis for the AMC series. Sorry Tom Savini. Frankly, I believe he/this story arc could be the turning point this franchise needs. The Governor is the leader of Woodbury, a small settlement of survivors, and becomes the chief antagonist for "The Walking Dead"'s lead Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group.