On the Eve of D-Day, two Allied commandos sent to destroy a German gun installation uncover a secret occult lair where the Nazis are hiding a deadly she-demon, whom they plan to use to turn the tide of the war. Now in stores from eOne Entertainment, The Devil's Rock marks the directorial debut of special effects master Paul Campion (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, X-Men: the Last Stand), who crafts a bloody battle from hell in this Nazi-era frightfest. Featuring special effects and make-up by the five-time Academy Award winning WETA Workshop (Avatar, District 9, Lord of the Rings, King Kong), this WWII-based film has been called the best Kiwi horror since Peter Jacksons Brain Dead." Bloody Disgusting's Don Allen heads to the Nazi bunker where he encountered the bloody movie and its evil inhabitant. Check out the video review below. "The Devil's Rock, June 5, 1944. A crack commando team comprised of Captain Ben Grogan (Craig Hall, King Kong, 30 Days of Night) and Sergeant Joseph Tane (Karlos Drinkwater, Spartacus: Blood and Sand) are sent on a top secret mission to destroy gun emplacements inside German occupied territory in the Channel Islands. Diverted off their landing point by strong currents, they eventually find themselves near the entrance of an ominous German bunker. After placing explosives on the gun turret, they surprise and kill a fleeing German soldier pleading for help. And when the screams of a woman follow from inside, Grogan makes the decision to go on an unauthorized rescue mission. Once inside, however, the Captain encounters much more than he bargained for: a scene of unworldly carnage, where only a mysterious Nazi officer and a beautiful but devilish captive remain alive, and the battle between good and true evil is about to begin."
Like it or hate it, Srdjan Spasojevic's A Serbian Film is just a movie. It's not real, just like the murder in Cannibal Holocaust. Still, weak-minded individuals will always waste negative energy fighting things they personally don't approve of, which is why Sitges festival director Angel Sala was charged with "exhibition of child pornography" last March. Late last night the festival sent out a notice announcing that Sala was exonerated of all ridiculous charges: "The direction team of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia would like to express its satisfaction for the dismissal of the case against Festival Director Angel Sala, for screening 'A Serbian Film' in 2010's edition. We would like to thank all the signs of support from every corner of the world during the past few months, and in particular the trust shown by the public institutions involved in the Festival (the Government of Catalonia, Sitges Town Hall, Spain's Ministry of Culture), as well as all Festival Foundation board members, sponsors, and collaborators that make the festival possible. We would also like to extend this gratitude to our lawyers and the legal assistance team in charge of the case. The Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia takes on the events that have taken place with a positive spirit. Due to this entire situation and its outcome, its direction team is committed to continuing the debate that has emerged around the limits of film and freedom of expression in a responsible manner. We understand that this issue has been an experience that will allow us to produce the next editions of the Festival in an even more successful way." Have your say below.
Dan Mazeau, writer of the upcoming sequel Wrath Of The Titans, is now set to write the adaptation of Bleach for Warner Brothers. Per Variety, "Warner Bros. has acquired live-action feature rights to Tite Kubo's manga and anime property "Bleach," which will be adapted by "Wrath of the Titans" scribe Dan Mazeau. Peter Segal ("Get Smart") will produce with an eye toward possibly directing." What's sort of odd is that the wording of the Variety article treats the involvement of Warner Brothers and Peter Segal as some kind of new development, when we actually reported this almost exactly two years ago. The film will follow, "the adventures of Ichigo, a teenager who can see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow -- a malevolent lost soul -- Ichigo inadvertently absorbs the power to hunt Hollows. He then dedicates his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace."
Universal and Robert Zemeckis' Imagemovers just found their next project together, an adaptation of the (apparently) highly-sought-after Demonologist. Adaptation? Yes. But the book isn't out yet so don't worry if you're unfamiliar. Per Deadline, "Universal has acquired 'Demonologist', a novel manuscript by Andrew Pyper. The book will be sold at auction shortly, but most important the film project will be produced by ImageMovers partners Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey. The studio made a preemptive deal for the rights." In the book, "When a professor who studies "Paradise Lost" accepts a free trip to Italy, a demonic spirit appears to kill his daughter, and he must go on a dark journey of discovery in hopes of getting her back." No word yet on if Zemeckis is planning to direct or if he'll stick to the producing side of things.
Last month we reported that Brian Beletic, a hotshot commercials director, was going to be making his feature helming debut on Matterhorn (previously titled The Hill). At the time, Jason Dean Hall was penning the project. But now it appears as though Ehren Kruger (Transformers 2, Scream 3) has been brought on to either revise or rewrite Hall's original draft. It's also worth noting that this project might get another title change. Since they're now just referring to it as Untitled Mountain Adventure Movie or something (there's several variations on this in the articles headline and content). Per The Hollywood Reporter, "High-flying scribe Ehren Kruger has been tapped to work on Disneys untitled explorers movie project... The project formerly was associated with the Matterhorn ride at Disneyland but its scope has since been broadened. The story centers on five young adventure seekers -- an action sports guy, travel guide, cartographer, archeologist and escape artist -- who venture into the Alps for mysterious reasons and face Yetis that guard a secret." We were previously told the project had a supernatural bent. No word yet on if Kruger's involvement means that it will be brought up in the first act and then dropped like a hot potato.
Writer/Director Riley Stearns shot Magnificat, a short starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing (2011), Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Memento, Groundhog Day, Buried), over one weekend this past summer. It's now complete and is well worth checking out. It's a quiet, suspenseful and creepy 13 minutes. In the short, "A young woman is tormented by malevolent visions that begin to bleed into reality." Hit the jump to take a look!
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright is going big time as Disney has set the British filmmaker to get behind the camera for the long-gestured The Night Stalker, the remake of the ABC telepic and series that the studio is developing as a potential star vehicle for Johnny Depp (Dark Shadows, A Nightmare on Elm Street) to play intrepid tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak, reports Deadline. Wright comes aboard before the studio has set a writer, and he will oversee and shape the project with Depp and Dembrowski from the ground floor. The film took root at the studio last summer, borne out of Depp and Dembrowskis fond memories of the original '70s movie and series that starred Darren McGavin. He covered crime for a tabloid and his cases always led to supernatural perpetrators that included zombies, vampires, werewolves and aliens. Of course, neither his editor nor anyone else would believe him or allow him to run what seemed like outrageous stories. But Kolchak would put himself in grave danger each episode. The subject matter will be tailored to fit Disney's family film mandate and likely get a PG-13 rating.
Every day Rick Grimes and the other survivors inhabit a world ravaged by the zombie apocalypse. Fortunately, the real world is not quite so bleak, leaving the CGI masters at Stargate Studios to fill in the gaps between reality and what you see on TV. In this new video breakdown, check out some of the expert visual effects that were added to "The Walking Dead" Season 2, from expanding a handful of walkers into a ravenous herd, to creating (and destroying) an entire city. Don't miss an all-new episode of "The Walking Dead" this Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.
Most genre outfits bailed on this hilarious program, but it quickly has become one of my favorite half-hour shows on the small screen. Comedy Central's "Ugly Americans" returns with all-new episodes featuring the affable human social worker Mark Lilly (voiced by Matt Oberg), along with his creature cohorts of zombies, wizards, batboys and other assorted weirdos. The animated comedy returns with seven half-hour episodes beginning on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:30 p.m., following all-new episodes of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series, "South Park." "It's an "ugly" world out there, but Mark Lilly is ready to help solve any number of problems. Working alongside his peculiar colleagues, he helps integrate Monster-Americans into the madness of New York City. Whether he's taking custody of a tiny arsonist or making new zombie friends, Mark meets every challenge with a positive attitude. But as everyone knows, a positive attitude doesn't always go far in New York City. Mark's co-workers offer him little assistance: Twayne (Michael-Leon Wooley), is a clueless demonic bureaucrat; Mark's succubus girlfriend Callie Maggotbone (Natasha Leggero) cares more about sex than she cares about work; his wizard office mate Leonard Powers (Randy Pearlstein) would rather be drinking; and Lt. Grimes (Larry Murphy) is just an idiot. At least Mark still has his zombie roommate, Randall Skeffington (Kurt Metzger), who is always there for him...as long as he covers the rent."
Above you'll find a pretty great teaser trailer for My Fair Zombie, an obvious spoof on the classic My Fair Lady starring the beautiful Audrey Hepburn. My Fair Zombie is a horror comedy to be directed by Brett Kelly. Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, "the story concerns a professor of phonetics who attempts to teach a zombie woman to be a proper English Lady." The script is by Kelly and frequent collaborator Trevor Payer (She-Rex). Casting is yet to be completed and the movie hasn't been shot. We'll return to this if it ever gets of the ground.
A western-themed horror film entitled The Prospectors Curse has wrapped production near the remote town of Pontypool, Ontario. Set during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890's, the darkly comedic short is written and directed by Josh Heisie (Mail Order Bride) and produced by Bruno Marino. "Theodore Tubby Ellsworth and Jack Smith are two criminals on the run, lost in the untamed wilderness. When they stumble across a mutilated prospector, dying on Native American land, they promise to give him a Christian burial. The fugitives break their oath and steal the old mans gold, but that night the prospectors corpse returns to make them pay!" The talent lineup for The Prospector's Curse includes David Roberts (Curious and Unusual Deaths), Johnny Quinn (Minds Eye: The Series), Amanda Ives (I Hate Toronto: A Love Story) and Robert Nolan (Worm). Rounding out the creative team are Director of Photography Michael Jari Davidson (SICK) and Special Effects Makeup Artist Carlos Henriques (Red: Werewolf Hunter) of The Butcher Shop.
It's a super slow news morning so why not experience Sarah Murphy's fear first hand as she finds herself sealed in her family's secluded lake house with We All Have Secrets, the chilling new Facebook App for upcoming horror thriller Silent House (review), starring Elizabeth Olsen. What skeletons are you hiding in your closet? Are you prepared to face them? Anonymously share your deepest, darkest secrets and read the confessions people have shared across the internet, all in one place: we-all-have-secrets.com. "'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." Directed by Open Water filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, Silent House uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a tension-filled, real time journey, experienced in a single uninterrupted shot. It premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival.
After causing local uproar during production (back last May), we brought you the first ever photos and art for Alex Chandon Inbred, a new indie that premiered at last summer's Frightfest UK starring Jo Hartley, Seamus O'Neill, James Doherty, James Burrows, Nadine Mulkerrin, Neil Leiper, and Terry Haywood. "The pic follows a disparate group of young urban offenders and their care workers embark on a community service weekend in the strange, remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with some locals rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare for all involved." This afternoon the FULL trailer was finally revealed, while you'll find more at the film's official website or Facebook. No word on a release date yet.
Just because you don't believe in ghosts doesn't mean they don't believe in you! "Penny is a skeptic, despite the fact that she works as a tour guide at The Whaley House, considered America's most haunted house. One night her friends convince her to let them into the famous museum to see if it is as haunted as everyone says it is, and they find much more than they bargained for." Writer/director Jose Prendes (Corpses Are Forever, A Magnificent Death from a Shattered Hand) is currently in pre-production on The Whaley House, a blood-soaked haunted house chiller like no other. "It's been a while since I've been behind the camera, so I am excited for the chance to make a really kick-ass haunted house movie," says Prendes. "Like a lot of you, I appreciate a great ghost story, and I want to deliver the goods. I'm a huge fan of Poltergeist, which I consider to be the greatest haunted house movie ever. That movie manages to balance suspense and crazy balls-to-the-wall ghosts, and I want to follow that model. I see the film as 'Scream' in a haunted house, only with the over-the-top grisly joy of 'Evil Dead.' I want to deliver one hell of a movie night for horror fans the world over." Watch for more at the film's official Facebook.
Russian director Sergey Bodrovs adventure pic The Seventh Son for Legendary Pictures and Thunder Road Pictures is set to start shooting soon in Vancouver. And now it appears that the female villain from Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman: Man Of Steel - Antje Traue - is making a lateral move among the Legendary slate to appear in this film as well. Per Variety,"With production on 'Man of Steel' wrapping up, relative newcomer Antje Traue is staying in business with Legendary Pictures, as the German thesp is joining the cast of 'The Seventh Son.'" The film also stars Julianne Moore (Shelter, Hannibal) and Jeff Bridges (R.I.P.D.) - and is targeting a February 15, 2013 release by Warner Bros. Pictures. The ensemble cast includes Ben Barnes, Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander. "The family fantasy movie portrays the seventh son of a seventh son learning how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts in the 1700s." The Seventh Son is based on Joseph Delaney's young adult book series, with Matt Greenberg penning the movie script. It was originally entitled "The Spook's Apprentice" but they probably thought better of it after looking at the grosses for The Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Vampire's Assistant.
This past weekend Stephen King made an appearance at the Savannah Book Festival. During his lecture or Q&A, which apparently touched on all aspects of his career, he read an excerpt from his new sequel to The Shining - "Dr. Sleep". While the sequel is far ranging and the bulk of it takes place many years after the events in The Shining - and apparently includes vampires for some reason - this portion of the first chapter directly concerns The Overlook Hotel. So it should be of direct concern to you. The folks over at The Daily Dead got the video. Hit the jump to check it out!
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 and Twilight: New Moon) with Robert Carradine (Lizzie McGuire, Revenge of the Nerds franchise) 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! "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." Watch a clip with some terrible acting below.
"Lost" and "Sons Of Anarchy" alum Titus Welliver is the first actor cast in NBCs drama pilot "Midnight Sun," reports Deadline. "The thriller, based on an Israeli format, follows the mysterious disappearance of Midnight Sun, a group living on a cult-like commune in Alaska, and a female FBI cult specialist leading the investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy." I can only assume it's vampires who come out every "30 days of Night" (that was a bad joke). Welliver will play Bennett Maxwell, the charismatic and manipulative leader of Midnight Sun.
Did you know Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is a semi-obsessive fan of The Shining? Neither did I until I saw this picture over at AICN. That pic led me to Unkrich's Tumblr entitled "The Overlook Hotel". Over there I found a really cool TV spot cut for the film. It doesn't feature scenes you haven't seen before, but it does feature different takes of those scenes. I could actually tell the difference since a couple of the shots are actually fairly different. Per The Overlook Hotel, "TV spots were often edited using existing prints of alternate takes, rather than going through the time and expense of creating new prints from original or duplicate negative. The commercials were edited on film, not video, so it was just easier to use the alternate takes, which were already sitting unused in the cutting room. This certainly makes sense, and seems to have been standard practice at the time, but it still strikes me as odd that Kubrick wouldnt insist upon using only the footage that appeared in the finished film. Regardless, the commercial remains a fascinating glimpse into an alternate version of the film that was not meant to be." Hit the jump to check it out!
After making its debut at the SXSW Film Festival next month, Lionsgate will unleash their top secret, high-concept slasher The Cabin in the Woods unto the world on Friday, April 13. Obviously imagery will be tight-kept if the secrets of Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's inventive slasher are to be continually locked. A new image has been released that keeps the reveal sealed, but for those lucky enough to have seen the film know there's a lot to be said about the still. What are Marty (Fran Kranz, left), Curt (Chris Hemsworth, center) and Jules (Anna Hutchison, right) all looking at? "A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. 'Cabin in the Woods' is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out."