Directed by Duane Journey, Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel & The 420 Witch updates the Grimm Brothers classic fairytale to modern-day Pasadena. Except now the forest is an immense indoor hydroponic marijuana farm. So naturally some liberties have been taken with the existing text. Its being described as a bit Edgar Wright and a bit Pineapple Express but very gory. The film is "about a brother and sister who battle a witch that uses a special drug to lure teenagers into her suburban home where she devours them to maintain her youth and beauty." Written by David Tillman and produced by Dark Highway Films, Black Forest stars Molly Quinn (Castle), Michael Welch (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse), Lara Flynn Boyle (Twin Peaks, Men In Black II) and introduces Bianca Saad. Sound like your kind of thing? I was able to visit the set recently, so hit the jump for my report!
Below you'll find the first ever image from Neil Jordan's Byzantium, about a pair of women 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. It is for sale at EFM in Berlin. "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."
Peter Mensah will join HBO's "True Blood" in a recurring role as "Kibwe," Chancellor for the Authority, reports Deadline. Originally from Africa, Kibwe works toward mainstreaming under "Roman"'s tenure. Mensah has appeared in films including Zack Snyders 300, Antoine Fuquas Tears Of The Sun, Touchstone Pictures Hidalgo and James Camerons Avatar. His television credits include "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," "Witchblade," "The Pretender" and "Star Trek: Enterprise." Created by Alan Ball, "In a world where vampires have "come out of the coffin", Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress, discovers a new world of different creatures when she meets Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a vampire." Season 5 begins this summer!
Described as Seven meets Marathon Man, we thought it was appropriate to report on Michael Mann's potential new project. From the mind of crime dramas such as Heat and Collateral, Mann is in talks to develop to direct The Big Stone Grid, a cop thriller that Sony Pictures bought as a spec script last year by S. Craig Zahler. "The script is a hard-edged thriller about two decorated detectives who uncover a terrifying extortion ring that operates within the secret underbelly of New York City." The plan is for Mann to do a pass with the Zahler. We'll make tis the last report on the film until we know for sure just what direction it goes in.
As many of you know, we've recently teamed up with the brand new Premium YouTube channel, BlackBoxTV. The channel will feature all-new original programming from "CSI" creator Anthony E. Zuiker and YouTube horror veteran Tony E. Valenzuela. In working with "BlackBoxTV," we'll be bringing some great new giveaways and exclusive content leading up to their major launch on Friday the 13th of April. We're starting with the first giveaway today, which is a pretty massive DVD collection from SHOUT! Factory's Roger Corman Cult Classics collection. From the man that brought us Piranha, Humanoids of the Deep, and literally hundreds of other genre films over the decades, you can now own this massive collection. How do you win? It's easy! We'll let Bree Essrig tell you all about it. Check out the above video and then dig on the following Giveaway Rules: Head over to the BlackBoxTV Facebook page at Facebook.com/BlackBoxTV Submit your scariest photo to our wall (You MUST be in the photo itself) Whoever gets the most comments and likes (combined) will receive the DVD price pack. Voting ends on Friday, February 17th so make sure you get your photos in soon!
Rhys Wakefield (pictured below; Sanctum ) will star opposite Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge and Tony Oller in sci-fi thriller Vigilandia being helmed by writer-director James DeMonaco. In addition, Bloody Disgusting exclusively scored a small taste of plot details that, until now, have been kept under wraps. The sci-fi thriller takes place in a future where a new regime, called "New Founding Fathers of America", seek to control an epidemic of violence and crime with an experiment called "The Cure". The Cure is a completely hypocritical "event" where, three times a year, for 12 hours, murder is completely legal. The film is said to play like a home invasion film with a heavy political theme. It's planned to be the first film in a post-apocalyptic franchise. Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes' (Brad Fuller and Andrew Form) - responsible for Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes - are producing with Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious). Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles.
Here we go again. Empire recently hosted a webchat with Dan Aykroyd who once again talked about Ghostbusters 3, and the rumored drama circling the long-gestured Columbia Pictures project. The site reports that Aykroyd hinted that Bill Murray may not return as Peter Venkman, and that the character could be played by a different actor, a la Jack Ryan. As for the internet rumor that Murray recently shredded a Ghostbusters 3 script and sent it back with a note that said, "No-one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts", Aykroyd denied it with vigour. "Bill Murray is not capable of such behavior. This is simply something that would not be in his nature. We have a deep, private personal relationship that transcends business. We communicate frequently and his position on the involvement in Ghostbusters 3 has been made clear and I respect that. But Bill has too much positive estimation of my writing skills to shred the work." As for the delay, he explains, "The script must be perfect. We cannot release a film that is any less than that. We have more work to do." Confirming earlier reports, Aykroyd also drops this juicy nugget about a returning character - the reclusive Rick Moranis as Louis Tully: " If we can get the script to Ghostbusters 3 right, then it would definitely have Moranis as a major component. None of us would want to do the movie without having him as a participant." If the film ever gets off the ground it will follow a ragtag group of paranormal researchers who reopen their notorious ghost removal service, and a new generation of Ghostbusters is brought on board to be green slimed and trained to contain the mischievous spirits. We previously reported that the new 'Busters will be lead by Dana and Peter's lovechild, Oscar.
Warner Bros. Pictures has pre-emptively acquired The Waiting, a script by first time screenwriters Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard, reports Deadline. Described as Rear Window meets Paranormal Activity, "mysterious events occur when two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor." These scribes have been working their way up the ladder. Bianculli is currently a writers assistant on CBSs "Unforgettable," and previously a PA on FXs "Justified." Richard worked as a production assistant on "NCSI: Los Angeles." Both writers worked as assistants at Industry Entertainment where they met Rosalie Swedlin. Bianculli became Swedlins assistant at Anonymous Content.
Take A Tour Of The Lincoln Presidential Library With Timur Bekmambetov To Tool Up For 'Vampire Hunter'!
*Updated with Vault and Tomb tours, along with clips of the press Q&A sessions and individual talent interviews! Lots of video goodies from the big event inside! Even more stuff is beginning to emerge from this past weekend's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter press event. In the footage below, you can take a tour of the Lincoln Presidential Library with director Timur Bekmambetov. In theaters June 22, "Seth Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln (Walker) witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war - and ultimately to the presidency - he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved." Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Robin McLeavy, Robin McLeavy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson and Alan Tudyk all star. Hit the jump to check it out (courtesy of Trailer Addict)!
On April 24th Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the Wicker Man companion piece, The Wicker Tree, on both Blu-ray and DVD. Set in the same universe as the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man starring Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward, the film is written and directed by the original helmer, Robin Hardy, who also reunited with the original producer Peter Snell and venerable UK production company British Lion to bring a chilling new vision of this classic story to 21st century audiences, after a theatrical run. Based on Hardys acclaimed 2006 novel Cowboys for Christ, " 'The Wicker Tree' tells the story of Texas-based singer Beth Boothby (newcomer Brittania Nicol) and her friend Steve Thomson (Henry Garrett, The Bill, Skins), two born-again Christians who come to Scotland to spread the gospel. When their initial efforts are met with disdain and disinterest, they find comfort in an invitation to sing in Tressock, the border fiefdom owned by Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish, Rambo, the upcoming The Hobbit films). However, Beths and Steves message of personal chastity quickly comes into direct conflict with Tressocks sexual and religious practices, drawing upon ancient Celtic beliefs and rituals. Temptations begin to challenge Beth and Steve with the stakes no less than their very lives and souls..." Bonus features on The Wicker Tree Blu-ray and DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer. Lee, who played the mysterious Lord Summerisle in the original, returns again in a dramatic cameo. Rounding out the cast are Jacqueline Leonard as Lady Delia Morrison, Clive Russell as Beame, James Mapes as Reverend Moriarty and Honeysuckle Weeks as Lolly.
The Sundance Film Festival midnight movie Grabbers can claim at least one thing we've never seen before. There has never before been a movie where the secret to beating the monsters was to get totally drunk. Sure, Shaun of the Dead had heroes defeat zombies despite being drunk, but this is the first time it's actually a strategy. Irish writer Kevin Lehane and director Jon Wright made a film about bloodsucking aliens invading Ireland, and the local cops figure out if they're drunk, the monsters won't touch their blood. Partied out by the end of the week, Lehane and Wright chatted with me Wednesday afternoon over waters and Diet Cokes, but still a lively discussion about drinking, movie monsters and good CG.
AMC's "The Walking Dead" is back. Last night the second half of season two premiered in "Nebraska," leading us to this morning's preview of episode 02.09 "Triggerfinger". In "Triggerfinger", Andrea critiques Shane's methods of getting what he wants. It will air next Sunday, February 19th at 9/8c. " "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."
After a press event this past weekend to coincide with Honest Abe's real-world birthday, there's been an influx of mew material for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, opening on June 22. The most recent of which is the official trailer! In theaters June 22, "Seth Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln (Walker) witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war - and ultimately to the presidency - he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved." Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Robin McLeavy, Robin McLeavy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson and Alan Tudyk all star. Hit the jump to check it out!
Things have been quiet in Salem, at least until today. This morning writer-director Rob Zombie released a pair on new photos from the editing bay that depict Meg Foster as Margaret Morgan, leader of the coven of witches known as The Lords of Salem (also the title of the film). Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Dern, Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch, Lisa Marie, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Bruce Davidson, Christopher Knight, Michael Berryman and Sid Haig all star alongside Foster. "The story is about a local DJ who mistakenly unleashes a hellish curse on the town. 300 years earlier on the very streets of Salem that the townspeople walk on today, innocent folks were rounded up from their homes, convicted of being witches and sentenced to death. The Lords of Salem ran the town with an iron fist, but four witches who were tortured and killed in secrecy vowed that one day they would be back for revenge."
Mythology Entertainment, the recently minted banner formed by Brad Fischer, Laeta Kalogridis and James Vanderbilt, has acquired feature rights to Richard Morgan's sci-fier Altered Carbon, reports Variety. Kalogridis, who penned Shutter Island and exec produced Avatar, will adapt the novel along with David Goodman. The deal for "Altered Carbon" also covers books in Morgan's "Takeshi Kovacs" series. "Altered Carbon" was previously set up with Warner-based Joel Silver. First published in 2002, " "Altered Carbon" is set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored in cortical stacks implanted in the spine, allowing humans to survive physical death by having their memories and consciousness "re-sleeved" into new bodies. The story follows specially trained soldier Takeshi Kovacs, who's downloaded from an off-world prison and into the body of a disgraced cop at the behest of a highly influential aristocrat who's convinced he was murdered and wants Kovacs to find out the truth." Fischer, Kalogridis and Vanderbilt will produce, with Mike Medavoy and Arnie Messer exec producing.
It was teased by NECA yesterday at the New York Toy Fair that they've been working on a "Kyle Reese" (played by Michael Biehn) action figure based on the 1984 The Terminator. Late last night they tweeted a photo from their studio where you'll see bits and pieces of the father of John Connor. Check it out below. In addition, McFarlane Toys announced they've landed licensing rights to the second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead". Based on the hit TV show, expect figures featuring Shane Walsh, Rick Grimes and news zombies including Bicycle Girl, Well Zombie and RV Zombie. Mezco has unveiled a new Universal Monsters line that includes the following "Mega Deluxe" Frankenstein, with smaller versions of The Mummy, Frankenstein, and Creature. Lastly, Mezco's Living Dead Dolls line will now include Billy from Saw and Chucky from Child's PLay. Check out images of everything after the break.
Lionsgate and Wrekin Hill Entertainment have released the full trailer for John Stockwell's shark thriller Dark Tide, which features Halle Berry in a ridiculous role of a shark expert who's drawn back to dark waters when a rich asshole decides he wants a close encounter with death. Wrekin Hill acquired U.S. rights and will release the Halle Berry-Olivier Martinez action thriller on VOD, electronic sell-through and packaged media. The distribution plan 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. In the film, "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.
Along with an interview with star Benjamin Walker, above you can get a sneak peak at the trailer for Timur Bekmambetov-directed supernatural horror film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, opening on June 22. The full trailer will premiere tomorrow, so watch this spot for an embed the second it goes live! In theaters June 22, "Seth Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln (Walker) witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war - and ultimately to the presidency - he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved." Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Robin McLeavy, Robin McLeavy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson and Alan Tudyk all star.
Above you'll find a new image from Dark Shadows displaying Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins and Eva Green as the witch Angelique locking lustful eyes. The story focuses on Collins, who was transformed into a vampire by his jilted lover, 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. Directed by Tim Burton, the adaptation of the British TV series hits theaters May 11, 2012.
In addition to making action figures based on Ridley Scott's Prometheus, NECA is heading into James Cameron territory as they announced at Toy Fair rights to a slew of new sci-fi horror toys. First up, we'll finally see a "Kyle Reese" (played by Michael Biehn) action figure based on the 1984 The Terminator. NECA has also announced a new Aliens "Warrior" featuring more articulation and removable limbs. Lastly, the toy company will release a line based on the forthcoming video game "Aliens: Colonial Marines". In development by Gearbox Software, it is to be published by Sega for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360. The game is a first-person shooter based on the characters and creatures of the Alien franchise, particularly the film Aliens. It is slated for a fall 2012 release.