Out of EFM we caught wind of a new horror project from director Glenn Withrow entitled The Mooring. We've also got our hands on the trailer and official sales poster. "A group of gadget-addicted teenage girls come together in Idaho to work through a program run by psychologist Nancy. Its a program about change, losing dependency on technology and forming real relationships. They set off up river in a houseboat, but are soon forced to moor and camp on a riverbank in the middle of nowhere. During the night, a strange, aggressive couple moors beside them, harassing the group. When the couple departs the next morning, Nancy decides to leave the girls briefly to get the boat fixed. The drifters return, setting out on a murderous rampage, hunting the girls down one-by-one through a thick, claustrophobic Idaho forest." Hallie Todd, Thomas Wilson Brown, Karli Blalock, Anna Goodwin, Larissa Hayden, Lilli Hendrickson, Erin McIntosh, Olivia Meyer, Hailee Naccarato, Jessica Pepeli, Katie Simpson and Brooklyn Tate all star.
Russian (visionary) artist Andrew Tarusov is taking on the American dream while destroying it simultaneously. The artist has created his own calendar that's currently being printed for release later this year (they'll be $25 and can be pre-ordered here). The subject? How about super sexy pin-up girls surviving the apocalypse?! The Apocalypse Tomorrow 2012 calendar was inspired by famed artist Gil Elvgren, an American painter of pin-up girls, advertising and illustration. He passed away way back in 1980. Below you'll find images of all 12 months. Click any to see it larger.
Camelot Entertainment Group announced today that it will co-produce an interactive zombie comedy titled Deliver Me To Hell, about zombie filled streets where only delivery boys brave to save the world. Hell is to be produced by New Zealand filmmaker Logan McMillan , who originally created an interactive short to promote the pizza chain Hell's Pizza. It's an interactive adventure where the viewer chooses the path of characters and decides their fate. To date, the short has received over 5.9 million views on YouTube. Watch it above. "I've worked with Logan on his first movie so I know his talent," says Jessica Kelly, Co-President of CDG. "When he pitched us the idea, it was too creative and refreshing to pass up. It might even be the beginning to a new line of interactive films for Camelot."
It's a slow news morning so we figured we'd share this fun little gem making the Web rounds. Created for the Virgin Radio Fake Film Festival is Luke Bramley and Gigi Saul Guerrero's short film that re-created the Spanish [REC] is 60-seconds. It's absolutely brilliant. "As big fans of horror, we wanted to recreate the fantastic Spanish Horror Zombie Film [REC]! Thanks to everybody who contributed to this video, we couldn't have done it without you! [REC] follows a reporter and her camera man documenting a night with the fire department, when things go horribly wrong with what appears to be a typical call to an apartment building," said the filmmakers. Other entries include 60-second versions of both Black Swan and Jurassic Park! Watch those below.
Even though other publications reported the project as in turnaround, Bloody Disgusting updated the story that Twentieth Century Fox was still developing Shawn Levy's Frankenstein tale penned by Chronicle's Max Landis. In an interview with Collider, Levy explains how they're going to create the monster, while also teasing multiple Franks! "In the case of 'Frankenstein,' my whole approach is based on a mo-cap SimulCam playback so that its not a dude with scars on his face. Its not just kind of latex and a costume; it would be a motion-capture performance of the monsterI can give away maybe not too much by saying theres more than one in our versionand then I would go to Europe, shoot the movie, do scenes with the real actors and I would be able to see the motion-captured monster in real time due to SimulCam, so yes that is our technological VFX paradigm for Frankenstein." I'd love to see a new Frankenstein in theaters, I just can't see how you tell that story again in a compelling way. I guess that's why I'm not a screenwriter... I'll leave that to the professionals and their $80 million budget.
Idris Elba has a ton of fun in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D and it shows. In fact, he's able to bring enough crazy to go toe-to-toe with Nic Cage in a Neveldine/Taylor film. As the drunken, French, priest "Moreau" he chews scenery in all the right ways. It's quite a change-up from the majority of his work, which is subtle and more grounded. Here, you can just tell he's having a blast. "In the successor to the worldwide hit 'Ghost Rider,' Johnny - still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter - is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect of the church to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider, but it is the only way to protect the boy - and possibly rid himself of his curse forever." I recently had a chance to sit down with Elba in New York for to talk about playing "Moreau" as well ass two projects that have you (and me) foaming at the mouth - Prometheus and The Pacific Rim. Ghost Rider 2: Spirit Of Vengeance 3D hits theaters on February 17th. It also stars Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hinds, Violante Placido and Johnny Whitworth. Hit the jump to check out my interview with Elba.
While Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Lionsgate's Dark Tide, leads off with a three-week Ultra VOD window on March 8th with a theatrical release on March 30th, culminating in a packaged media and Digital Download release, the shark thriller will head to home video on April 8. SHARK ALLEY!!!! In the film from Turistas helmer John Stockwell, "Kate (Halle Berry), shark naturalist and documentarian, has been reluctant to re-enter the water since the tragic death of her mentor. Once renowned for swimming with Great White Sharks without the protection of a cage, Kate now spends her days giving mundane wildlife tours. However, the surprise arrival of her old partner and boyfriend, Jeff (Olivier Martinez), convinces her to face her inner demons and get back in the water with the fiercest of predators." Dark Tide also stars Ralph Brown, Adi Shankar, Luke Stein, Mark Elderkin, Thoko Ntshinga and Sizwe Msutu.
Director and producer Casey Walker have supplied Bloody with a brand new poster for A Little Bit Zombie, the feature film penned by Christopher Bond, one of the creators of 'Evil Dead The Musical', and Trevor Martin. The poster was drawn by The Dude Designs, who blew everyone away with his Hobo With A Shotgun and Innkeepers posters last year. The film just world premiered at Vancouver Island's largest film and video festival. Starring Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil: Afterlife), Crystal Lowe (Hot tub Time Machine), Kristopher Turner (Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures) and Kristen Hager, " 'A Little Bit Zombie' follows the adventures of a mild mannered groom-to-be, Steve (Turner), who becomes infected by a virus on a country weekend get-away. While he attempts to fulfill his overwhelming desire to eat brains and keep his bridezilla-to-be (Lowe) happy, he must avoid Max, the obsessed Zombie Hunter hot on his trail." A Little Bit Zombie also features Stephen McHattie (Watchmen, Pontypool), Emilie Ullerup ("Sanctuary"), Robert Maillet, George Buza and Neil Whitely.
Small press horror is always a crapshoot. Better have your lady friend kiss those dice before you roll, cause with indie fiction you never know what you're gonna get. But for some reason, an unusually stellar streak of small press titles have arrived on my doorstep the last several weeks, and pure luck may be the only explanation. A trio of novelsby authors Joe McKinney, Todd Grimson, and J. David Osbornereally stood out of the pack. And while my expectations were admittedly low, it's always nice to be pleasantly surprised. Whether you're intrigued by grisly vampire romance, nature vs. human smackdowns, or the horrors of Siberian prisons (and who isnt really?), these guys can really bring the heat.
Now that the long-gestured Beautiful Creatures is gearing up for production, Alcon has slated the Richard LaGravenese-directed genre flick starring Viola Davis, Jack OConnell, Alice Englert and Emma Thompson for release on February 1, 2013. "The first of a five-novel series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. 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." The pic is to be released via Warner Bros. Pictures.
The first ever images have made their way online from Aftershock, an earthquake thriller scripted by Cabin Fever and Hostel's Eli Roth, Nicolas Lopez & Guillermo Amoedo. The plot revolves around an insane asylum on an island, where the inmates escape during the quake. The first stills are jam-packed with chais and gore. As Deadline previously reports, its the next "Eli Roth Presents" film, and it marks the English-language debut from director Nicolas Lopez. His last two films, Que Pena Tu Vida and Que Pena Tu Boda, were the highest-grossing Chilean films of 2010 and 2011. Roth most recently produced The Last Exorcism, a microbudget film that grossed $70 million worldwide. Roth and Lopez wrote the story together, inspired by the latters experience when an earthquake devastated Chile in 2010. The film is four weeks into production in Chile. In his first big acting role since Inglourious Basterds, Roth plays the lead. Among the other cast is Selena Gomez, who was in Chile doing a concert and came over to do a cameo. Lopezs frequent collaborators Ariel Levy, Nicolas Martinez and Lorenza Izzo also star, along with Natasha Yarovenko, Andrea Osvart and Miguel Asensio.
THR is reporting out of EFm that comic book artist-turned-director Kaare Andrews (Altitude ) is in final negotiations to direct Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, a prequel being made by U.S. and Dominican Republic-based producer, financier and distributor Indomina Group. Patient Zero will tell the origin of the flesh-eating virus that was unleashed in the 2002 original, directed by Eli Roth. Jake Wade Wall, who wrote the remake of The Hitcher, penned the script that "follows the passengers of a cruise ship in the Caribbean that runs aground a research island. They must find a way to survive before the disease consumes them." The plan is to segue this film into a second sequel, Cabin Fever: Outbreak to be penned by Adam and Deborah Marcus.
Alcon has picked up the North American distribution rights to Chernobyl Diaries (the previously untitled ghost town project), the latest horror movie from Oren Peli of Paranormal Activity fame, reports THR. Peli did not direct the movie but wrote the story and produced with Brian Witten. Brad Parker, a visual effect supervisor, makes his debut as director on the movie. "'Diaries' is set in the city of Prypiat that once housed the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor and follows a group of friends who, while vacationing in Europe, find themselves stranded in the abandoned city only to discover that they are not alone." As previously announced, Jonathan Sadowski (Friday the 13th), Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney ("Locke & Key" pilot), Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips (Wolf Creek, Dying Breed, Snakes on a Plane), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D, Cold Prey) and Dimitry Diatchenko all star. Alcon, which releases its movies through Warner Bros, will open the movie Memorial Day weekend this year.
It kind of makes sense, other than the fact that nearly everyone I've talked with despised Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D. Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures has made a preemptive 7-figure deal for Spirit of Vengeance co-director Brian Taylor to write and direct a live action adaptation of the iconic video game Twisted Metal! Ghost Riders Avi and Ari Arad are producing the adaptation of the game, which has been published in various configurations by Sony Computer and is one of the biggest selling video games. The newest version of the game was just released today for PlayStation 3. Like the game, "the film will revolve around an underground event that pits a number of combatants in a fight to the death. They are outfitted in armored weaponized cars that are pimped out with heavy weaponry that includes missiles and machine guns. Some drop mines or launch electrical charges. The proprietor of the race is Calypso, a string-puller dedicating to examining the human condition, such as what makes a peaceful man violent, what terrifies a violent man and who will make a Faustian bargain in which they risk their lives. The sole survivor will get any wish granted." They also reveal that the film will include such signature contestant characters as Sweet Tooth, a homicidal clown who drives an ice cream truck, and Doll Face, a young woman who is trapped behind a porcelain mask and who drives an 18-wheeler.
NBC has given series orders to "Hannibal," a 13-episode drama from "Pushing Daisies"' Bryan Fuller featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon," reports THR. "Hannibal," from Gaumont International Television, is described as an hourlong contemporary thriller featuring characters from Harris' best-seller and revolves around FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who are reintroduced as the beginning of their budding relationship. Lecter was made famous in the 1991 The Silence of the Lambs which landed Anthony Hopkins an Oscar. Fuller is also working on the delayed "Mockingbird Lane," a reboot of "The Munsters."
One of the best independent films of the last decade is Eli Roth's Cabin Fever, which ages like fine wine. With a sequel already in the books (Spring Fever was directed by Ti West and released in 2009), The Indomina Group announced back in October that they've landed franchise rights with plans on producing multiple films featuring more skin-rotting terror. The Indomina Group has optioned the rights for two new Cabin Fever installments, which will be Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Cabin Fever: Outbreak. The films will be shot back to back in the Dominican Republic in early Spring of 2012. Check out the EFM sales art for Patient Zero inside!
We've landed the first real still and EFM sales art for The Thompsons, the sequel to The Hamiltons. The Butcher Brothers return to direct the vampire tale that stars Cory Knauf, Samuel Childs, Joseph McKelheer and Mackenzie Firgens. "In the sequel, a bloodbath at a gas station in the desert puts the family on the run, eventually seeing them resurface in the U.K. under a new identity as The Thompsons. Desperate for protection in this unfamiliar country, the Thompsons seek out the help of a shadowy underground rumored to be sympathetic to vampires." The first film has not aged well, and I'm incredibly skeptical as to why a sequel was ever made. Your thoughts?
Originally scheduled for November, and originally titled Gretl, Witchslayer Gretl is now set to debut on the Syfy Channel February 25th at 9/8C. I'm sure the genesis of the project has nothing to do with the high profile Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters (starring Jeremy Renner) that recently got bumped to next year. There's also Black Forest: Hansel And Gretel & The 420 Witch coming out this year. For my sanity's sake, let's cap it at three for now, okay? In the Syfy version starring Shannen Doherty, "As an adult, a witch hunter (Hansel) returns to the village where he lived as a child to find and kill the witch who killed his sister, Gretl (Doherty), only to find that Gretl is not dead and danger lurks around every corner." John Boylan, Sarain Boylan and Jefferson Brown, round out the cast with Erica Cox, Marianthi Evans, Sophia Ewaniuk, Nahanni Johnstone, and Daniela Lazzaro. Hit the jump to check out the teaser.
Just when Skye thought she could forget her past and start a new life A night of terror returns to MTV, with the premiere of the third installment of the hit movie franchise, "My Super Psycho Sweet 16 Part 3," on Tuesday, March 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. "Having survived the bloodbath at the Rollerdome, then confronting her serial killer father at The Boneyard and ending his reign of terror once and for all...Skye Rotter (Lauren Mcknight) is heading to college to start a new life. But before she can escape her dark past, there's one last party to attend. Her sister Alex Bell (Kirsten Prout) is having her Sweet 16, and someone has made certain the Lord of the Rinks bloody legacy lives on. There's bad blood between these sisters and they're going to have it out... The party ends here." Jillian Rose Reed also stars as Skye's fellow college freshman who gets more than she bargained for when she gives Skye a ride to school and they wind up attending Alex's party. Ryan Sypek, Niko Pepaj, Ben Winchell, Onira Tares and Autumn Dial also star as guests at the bloodiest Super Psycho Sweet 16 yet. Chris Zylka makes a special appearance in the movie as Skyes longtime love, Brigg. Jacob Gentry (The Signal) once again serves as director completing the story and screenwriters Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas began in 2009. MTV has given themselves the exclusive trailer premiere from their own site (yes, I'm being a bit snarky). Check out the embed below.
Entertainment group Shout! Factory has secured rights to the horrid 3D thriller Sector 7 and action/adventure Quick for all packaged media, home entertainment and digital distribution in the U.S. and Canada, reports Deadline. The deal is part of a multi-year agreement with Korean film and distribution company CJ E&M in which Shout! will be the exclusive North American home entertainment distributor for the two titles. Sector 7 revolves around the crew of an oil prospecting ship that are terrorized by an underwater creature directed by Kim Ji-Hoon. Riffing on Aliens, "The film dates back to 1985 where a worker goes missing at an underwater oil base. It flashes to present day where the protagonist is the daughter of the missing worker, and now working as a marine equipment manager on an old oil prospecting ship called Eclipse. After 3 weeks of preparation the new recruit sinks to the bottom of the sea when the equipment fails. Evidence suggests that it was not an accident and points at one of the crew as a saboteur. Crew members begin to turn up dead - one by one - their bodies viciously mutilated. To make matters worse, the ship is isolated in a typhoon. It is soon revealed that they're all about to become food for a transparent underwater creature."