A decade before Tim Story’s Fantastic Four hit theaters Roger Corman, the legendary producer and King of the B’s, produced a movie about the Marvel superheroes. This film, titled The Fantastic Four, was directed by Oley Sassone but it was never released and that was the plan all along. Doomed! is an in-depth documentary that attempts to get to the bottom of what happened with this Corman production. It features never before seen footage from the film’s production as well as new on-camera interviews with much of the cast and crew included Corman, Jay Underwood, Michael Bailey Smith, Joseph Culp, Alex Hyde-White and Rebecca Staab.
This looks well, fantastic. I can listen to Corman talk for hours about anything, so I can’t wait to hear what he has to say about this, a project that he says in the trailer is unlike anything else he’s ever encountered. And that’s saying something because Corman has been at this for a really, really long time. Doomed: The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four will be available on VOD starting October 11 and on DVD on December 20.
Bloody Disgusting reader ‘Dennis’ linked us to to a brand new still from Blair Witch, which is accompanied by the German trailer for the sequel to The Blair Witch Project.
In Adam Wingard’s Blair Witch, “A group of college students venture into the Black Hills Forest in Maryland to uncover the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of James’ sister who many believe is connected to the legend of the Blair Witch. At first the group is hopeful, especially when a pair of locals offer to act as guides through the dark and winding woods, but as the endless night wears on, the group is visited by a menacing presence. Slowly, they begin to realize the legend is all too real and more sinister than they could have imagined.“
James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson star.
Blair Witch will destroy audiences on September 16th.
Here’s a blurb from my review:
” ‘Blair Witch’ is that game-changer horror fans desperately have been waiting for. It will usher in a new breed of genre films that are targeted at creating an emotional experience above all else. “Scary” is probably an understatement as this may just be the first film since ‘The Exorcist’ that will leave younger audiences scarred for life.”
The reveal of Bill Skarsgard as “Pennywise the Clown” in Stephen King’s book-to-film adaptation of It was one of the biggest posts of the year. Clearly, there is something about this vicious clown that draws attention and curiosity. I don’t know if it’s morbid curiosity or hopeful wishes but the overall response to his face and makeup seemed to be quite positive!
Now, director Andy Muschietti is going to test us again as there’s been a full reveal of Pennywise, including costume and, interestingly enough, a rather dirty smile. Complete with a more traditional clown outfit, Pennywise certainly looks like he lives in a sewer and has some rather awful hygiene issues.
Talking with EW, costume designer Janie Bryant explains that the costume, “…definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time.” To get this aesthetic, Bryant pulled from Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras, trying to instill the idea that the force behind Pennywise is older than anyone realizes, perhaps even ancient.
Creepily, Bryant says that the aim was to make Pennywise almost a child unto himself in this outfit. “There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.”
Ultimately, the goal here was to make a Pennywise that prefers to hide. “It makes him almost like a shadow,” Bryant says of the costume.
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are the modern Losers’ Club, seven kids who are terrorized by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).
Creature performer Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club.
Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.
“In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers’ Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.“
While the teaser for Arrival looked as if Ridley Scott had directed Close Encounters of the Third Kind and mixed it with The Day the Earth Stood Still, the full trailer is more Independence Day meets Contact.
Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario) is behind this majestic looking sci-fi thriller that stars Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker. The trailer has Adams making contact and decoding the alien language, as the beings seemingly invade her sleep. It appears the aliens are there to save mankind, as implied by a voice over, but then something goes wrong…
In theatres November 11, 2016, “When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.”
One of the great aspects of a film festival is the ability to discover fresh new talent. Movies like Paranormal Activity and The Witch are prime examples of an overnight success story thanks to the movie’s inclusion in a prominent film festival. I first heard of Jerry Pyle’s short film, “Trust” when it played at Fantasia Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, two of the more popular genre festivals in North America. Short, sweet, and funny as hell “Trust” is the perfect way to kick off episode three of World of Death!
Our second short film from episode three is “Misfortune” directed by Neil Mackay. Mackay is a Canadian filmmaker who’s short film stood out during the ABC’s of Death 2 “M” contest and I knew instantly that it needed to be a part of WOD. Squib work can be a real pain on a low budget production – if you can afford them – but Mackay’s special FX work is top notch in “Misfortune”; some of the better gunplay I’ve seen from the independent scene.
Make sure to check out episode three right now to check out these great short films and tune in Thursday for episode 4 where we’ll be bringing you one of the funniest animated shorts I’ve ever seen as well as up-and-coming genre queen Gigi Saul Guerrero’s short Dead Crossing.
World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for. Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre. And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go. Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 7pm CST.
Jerry Pyle is from California and has been making films since 2002. He just got back from Frontieres with a project called Sanctum about an architect that goes crazy looking for a missing room in his own home. Keep up with Jerry here – jkpyle.com
Neil Mackay hails from Ontario, Canada and has been making films for over 20 years. He is currently in pre-production on a film titled “Greed Inc.” a remake of a short film he did 15 yrs ago… “A down on his luck construction worker comes across a bizarre game show on his television that hunts its contestants down and kills them, and becomes an unwilling participant.”