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Filmmaking Team DPYX Creating The Debra Hill Documentary

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:00

In their first feature film collaboration, the team of DPYX (Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman) joined with Nick Principe to bring us the exciting thriller Nobody Can Cool. Boyle and Holzman are organizing DPYX to now create The Debra Hill Documentary.

Debra Hill is the godmother of indie film, producing such greats as Halloween, The Fog, The Dead Zone, Escape from New York, and The Fisher King amongst others. DPYX is producing the documentary to celebrate her incredible career.

Principal photography, which will include some incredible interviews with movie makers like John Carpenter, Lynda Obst, and Stacey Sher, will begin in January 2015. For up-to-the-minute information on the project, “like” The Debra Hill Documentary on Facebook and follow The Debra Hill Documentary on Twitter (@debrahilldoc).

From the Press Release
Filmmaking team DPYX (Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman) will write, direct, and produce The Debra Hill Documentary, a feature documentary about the late legendary filmmaker. Lotti Pharriss Knowles of Weirdsmobile Productions will executive produce. This will be the first film about Debra Hill, and by telling her story, the filmmakers hope to preserve an important piece of the empowering history of women in Hollywood.

Said DPYX’s Marcy Boyle, “Debra Hill is a hero of ours. Not only did she break in to the industry on her own, through intelligence, talent, and tenacity, but she produced so many films that have become part of popular culture.”

“We want to highlight and celebrate Hill’s achievements so the next generation of filmmakers can be inspired to move forward on the path blazed by women like her—and so the industry can be reminded that women have been instrumental in some of the greatest success stories in the film business. Debra Hill’s films have generated over a billion dollars in box office receipts,” DPYX’s Rachel Holzman noted.

Hill’s friend and former producing partner Lynda Obst said, “I am overwhelmed with emotion about the documentary being made on the life and work of Debra Hill by DPYX and executive producer Lotti Pharriss Knowles. I was lucky enough to have been her partner in Hill/Obst productions, where we joyously made movies from Adventures in Babysitting (our first) to The Fisher King (our last)—and she taught me everything she knew. Debra was the consummate producer, and this film will show generations of women and men what the right stuff truly is, as I saw it and lived it first-hand.”

“Debra Hill was the godmother of indie filmmaking. She taught me that there was no above or below the line, that we were all one crew trying to make our days and make something great,” Stacey Sher said of her producing mentor.

And John Carpenter recalls, “Debra Hill was a trailblazer, a tough as nails female producer in a man’s world.”

About Debra Hill
Debra Hill was born November 10, 1950, in Haddonfield, New Jersey. She began her career as a script supervisor in the 1970s, including on John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13. She teamed with Carpenter on his next feature, Halloween, as his co-writer and producer. After the extraordinary success of that film, Hill became a key player in a wave of trailblazing women who broke barriers in the male-dominated film industry. She produced notable genre films such as The Fog, Escape from New York, The Dead Zone, and Halloween I, II & III; comedies with cult followings such as Clue, Adventures in Babysitting, and Big Top Pee Wee; and the critically-acclaimed, award-winning film The Fisher King. Hill was a mentor to many current film industry heavyweights, and her untimely death in 2005 at age 54 was a great loss to those who knew and loved her and to Hollywood as a whole.

 

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Death Has Arrived! The Lord Supreme of the Underworld Joins Sideshow’s Court of the Dead

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:30

We’ve been talking about Sideshow Collectibles’ awesome Court of the Dead figures for several months now, and finally Big D himself, Death, has made an appearance.  Read on for your first look at the Lord Supreme of the Underworld.

Product Description:
The ruler and creator of the Underworld, Death is the son of Priam and Abraxiel, brought into existence as a last act of the Lords of Heaven and Hell before the creation of mankind.

Though his will is absolute within his realm, Death spends a great deal of his time pursuing, studying, and experimenting with fragments of the soul energy known as etherea. While Heaven and Hell squander this energy to fuel their eternal battle, it is Death alone who recognizes the true power. It is with this knowledge that Death builds his Court and his kingdom, a kingdom that balances chaos and order, lightness and dark. A kingdom built upon the foundation of one unspoken principle – Rise. Conquer. Rule.

Related Story:  Exclusive: Creative Director Tom Gilliland Talks Bringing Sideshow’s Court of the Dead to Life

About the Court of the Dead
Over millennia, Death has harvested countless souls on behalf of the warring powers of Heaven and Hell. Seeking to redefine the laws of the afterlife, he orchestrates a Court of the Dead, filling the Underworld with souls he’s taken as his own.

Assembled from the disciplines of Spirit, Bone, and Flesh, together in the service of Death, they shall Rise, Conquer, Rule.

For more info visit Sideshow Collectibles.

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Split (2014, Short)

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:00

Starring Austin Hayden, Shian Denovan

Directed by Andy Stewart

One morning, an unnamed young man (Hayden) awakens to discover a gigantic, pus-filled boil growing on his chest and multiple text messages on his phone from a worried friend desperate to get in touch with him. As he staggers around his flat, we come to see bright memories of everyday activities that the man enjoyed with his girlfriend (Denovan) – their vivid visual representation evident of a happier time in comparison to the darker, grey outlook on his current activities.

It would appear that something bad has happened, and it’s cost him his relationship. Tossing and turning in the night, he’s forced to run to the bathroom to vomit, where he subsequently gives the boil on his chest a squeeze – to expectedly gooey ends.

This proves to be the beginning of his breakdown, as his affliction gathers pace resulting in graphic, assured manner, sending him down the road of total decomposition.

What stands out most about Split is the physical effects work. It’s absolutely stellar. Grotesque, squirm-inducing, and exceptionally realistic-looking, the makeup and prosthetics are genuinely toe-curling. As his condition worsens, the man finds his fingertips swollen into bulbous, pus-filled balls which squirt their contents when pressured, his fingernails come off, and in one particularly hideous sequence an entire section of skin comes sloughing away.

Suffice to say, this is not a film for the weak of stomach.

And that is not an idle warning.

Visually, Split is very well shot and edited but does seem to drag out a few sequences to unnecessary length. This is perhaps partly due to wanting to get the most out of Hayden’s convincingly tortured and pained performance, but combined with the intended grim tone, it leads to the odd moment of standstill pacing, where the need for something new becomes evident just slightly too earlier than that arrives.

Still, there’s a genuine story to be found here amidst the astounding grotesquery, and it allows for a few different ways to approach what happens. Could the unfortunate soul have contracted something with his philandering? Has squeezing the boil and subsequently lying around like a recluse led to the mother of all untreated staph infections?

Of course, most effective (and intentional) is the approach of a metaphorical treatise on the nature and effect of guilt and regret, reinforced admirably by a sombre, minimalist score and convincingly pained and distraught performance by Hayden.

Dealing with the same kind of content as 2012’s odious and grubby Thanatomorphose in a much superior manner, Split is a very strong entry by Stewart and co. It’s pro-grade stuff, and the effects work is staggering. Just don’t watch it if you’re feeling queasy or eating a meal. Seriously.

 

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Monster Motors Roar Back to Life at IDW in February

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:30

Classic monsters meet classics cars this coming February when IDW Publishing releases Monster Motors: The Curse of Minivan Helsing, a two-part follow-up to this past summer’s Monster Motors, the acclaimed debut by Brian Lynch, Nick Roche, and Leonard O’Grady.

“Monster Motors is a world I love coming back to,” said Lynch. “Combining everyone’s favorite monsters (and, with this story, monster hunters) with the coolest vehicles originally made me say, ‘Wow! If I were a kid, I’d love to see this.’ But as the world gets fleshed out and we start figuring out each Monster Motors’ personality, I realized this was a story anyone can enjoy, no matter their age. It’s got tons of action, it’s funny, it’s scary, and thanks to Nick and Len, it’s the best looking book you’ll read all month.”

Check out the synopsis and artwork below, and if you missed Monster Motors when it was released, you can grab the Kindle version from the EvilShop below.

Synopsis:
Genius mechanic Vic Frankenstein and his assistant iGOR (interactive Garage Operations Robot) have moved to the quaint town of Transylvania, Kentucky. But this quaint town has a bit of a problem: It’s becoming overrun by Monster Motors! Vampire cars suck gas from their victims, and lunar-powered werewolf vehicles grow fangs and claws when the moon is full! And that’s just for starters.

Someone has to keep them all in check. Enter MINIVAN HELSING: four-wheeled monster-hunter. It is his job to hunt down the Monster Motors and bring them to justice. His new target? Vic and his Frankenride, a monstrous truck made from the parts of fallen cars and trucks.

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Exclusive: Ana Lily Amirpour Talks A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and What’s Next

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:00

I wasn’t sure what to expect before speaking to indie-darling director Ana Lily Amirpour. Not that I don’t do my due diligence, but I try to bring a fresh, uncluttered and unbiased mind to most interviews (preferably, mine). Judging from her “Iranian vampire spaghetti western” called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, I might have guessed she was the personification of Winona Ryder’s character in Beetlejuice.

In fact, Amirpour wonders if such a preconceived notion doesn’t indeed precede her – “I’m always nervous to talk to a hardcore genre type,” she told me, first thing, “because I’m like, ‘Oh, they probably just think [my movie is] boring hipster, emo, arty shit.”

Well, the movie is emo and arty, but whether it is boring and all the rest will be up to broad audiences when it’s released later this week. So far, the movie has only been shown to erudite festival filmgoers, and it’s rating 100% fresh on the good old Tomato-Meter over at RottenTomatoes.com. That’s just one source, Amirpour points out with a laugh, “because if you look at our trailer on YouTube… well, if anybody still believes that there could be world peace, just look at the comments on YouTube and check those out because people are animals!”

Love it or loathe it, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review) is a singular achievement in that it’s quite original, especially coming from a feature first-timer. Mixing the lush beauty of 60s and 70s vampire art films a la Jean Rollin and Jess Franco, but with the cool, calculated exactitude of someone influenced by Jean-Luc Goddard and Jim Jarmusch, Amirpour still puts something elusively herself into it as well.

Since this movie seems to be coming from such a personal wellspring of artistic inspiration, I asked her if she might someday be open to directing a film someone else wrote. “At this point I have so many things that I’m interested in, and that’s coming from stuff I’m generating myself,” she replied. So it’s not going to happen soon, but she added, “I don’t think that that’s a limitless supply. I don’t know what to head for, there’s so many interesting things. It’s not like we’re inventing things that aren’t created. We’re just recombining things and telling stories in unfamiliar ways that are familiar, though, at the same time. So I’m totally open to that. I think I would have to make it my own. I am a writer. And so I think things have to become your own anyway. But I absolutely would be open to that.”

Here’s more of our quick chat:

Dread Central: Your DP’s [Lyle Vincent] work is very noir on the film. What was it specifically about him that made you want him to shoot for you?

Ana Lily Amirpour: I was getting such a lot of cinematography reels and stuff so I was looking at a bunch of different people’s work. He had a great series of short films called ‘Bright Falls,’ and when I watched them, I felt that they were very Lynchian – they reminded me a lot of Lynch from ‘Twin Peaks’ in particular. And I love David Lynch so I was really into that. Then we met over Skype because he’s New York-based and I’m in L.A.

I’ve worked with a lot of different DP’s on a lot of short films and music videos so I kind of had this promiscuous DP thing going on, you know, and I feel like it’s the most important thing because there’s a lot of people that can make things look pretty, but I think film has [an] inner beauty, and that really comes from the soul of people working together in a certain way. I had this immediate chemistry with him, and we are like soulmates, in a way, creatively. We have a lot of similar cinematic fascinations. We both love Lynch and Sergio Leone and Scorsese, and I spent just hours and hours and hours on Skype with him talking about films, and I just knew he was the one.

DC: Sounds like you might have a collaborator now.

ALA: Yeah. He’s shooting my next film, which I’m doing in the spring.

DC: Oh good. What genre is it?

ALA: It’s in color and English. It’s a desert-set, Texan wasteland and then we’re in a desert and it’s kind of a psychedelic Road Warrior. It’s like a post-apocalyptic, cannibal love story. It’s very violent and very romantic.

DC: Sounds sort of like, maybe El Topo?

ALA: Oh my God. Yes. It’s like El Topo meets Dirty Dancing.

DC: I love it already.

Kino Lorber will release A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night in New York and Los Angeles on November 21st with national expansion to follow.

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night stars Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, and Milad Eghbali.

Synopsis
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.

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Jack-O’-Lantern Attacks in New Goosebumps Image

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 01:12

I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to see Goosebumps up on the big screen. With next year’s movie set to unleash many of the most iconic monsters from the books, it looks to be a real treat for longtime fans, and on tap for you today is your very first look at one of those monsters!

The brand spankin’ new image shows off a titular villain from the book Rise of the Jack-O’-Lanterns, and it came to our attention courtesy of Jamie Kelman, one of the effects artists who helped build it.

I sculpted and painted this Jack-O’s head and hands for Steve Prouty’s FUSION FX,” wrote Kelman. “He walks on stilts– at 10 feet high, he was really imposing and cool looking. Steve Prouty also put some bright red lights in his eyes, maybe we will see that effect in the movie next summer?”

Check out the photo below, along with the other stills from the film that we’ve thus far been provided with!

Jack Black, Ken Marino, Amy Ryan, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Halston Sage, Timothy Simons, Amanda Lund, and Dylan Minnette star.

In the film, directed by Rob Letterman, Black portrays famed children’s horror writer R.L. Stine, whose monsters, it turns out, are actually real. When they escape from his books and attack an unsuspecting town, it’s up to Stine and two teens to get the monsters back into their stories.

Goosebumps, which comes from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White, is produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment.

Look for it in theatres on August 7, 2015.

Synopsis
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

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The Walking Dead Video Blowout: Go Inside Ep. 5.06 – Consumed; Sneak Peek of Ep. 5.07 – Crossed

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 23:15

It’s that time of the week, fiends! Time to go behind the scenes for an “inside” look at tonight’s Episode 5.06 of “The Walking Dead,” entitled “Consumed,” and also check out a sneak peek of next week’s Episode 5.07, “Crossed.” We’re not exactly sure who’s crossing whom, but in the world of “TWD,” it’s sure to be no one good.

And then, just one week after that is the mid-season finale so drink up while you can!

“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.06 – “Consumed” (aired 11/16/14)
Cautiously, members of our group must venture into a familiar location on a heroic rescue mission. It’s a huge stage, but so are the stakes. Directed by Seith Mann; written by Matthew Negrete.

“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.07 – “Crossed” (airs 11/23/14)
Between holding down the church and going on a rescue mission, our group is spread pretty thin. Is this going to be the breaking point?  Directed by Billy Gierhart; written by Seth Hoffman.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more info be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.

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AFM 2014: Ebola Zombie Flicks to Infect Screens None Too Soon

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 15:06

Ah, like a ripped-from-the-headlines episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” you just knew it would take no time flat for a slew of ebola zombie flicks to emerge. But is it too soon?

The American Film Market saw the appearance of two films (although one is technically a cheat) designed to capitalize on both the oversaturation of zombie flicks and the media’s “Ebolageddon 2015” news coverage.

For the record, if there isn’t a movie titled Ebolageddon before the end of next year, I’ll be stunned.

Wild Eye Releasing struck first with a film simply entitled Ebola Zombies. Two weeks before AFM it was entitled SARS Zombies. Honestly, who remembers SARS? That non-pocalypse was so five years ago – longer, actually. In fact, I’m not 100% certain, but I think this movie may actually be a retitling of the Asian movie SARS Wars from 2004. I can’t tell because they all look alike to me. Asian zombie movies, I mean, not actual Asians themselves. Stop being racist!

Anyway, here’s the trailer for Ebola Zombies, written and directed by, ummm, people.

Then there’s the British flick Plan Z, in which an ebola outbreak leads to the dead rising. The trailer for this rather generic looking zombie movie written by, directed by, and starring Stuart Brennan makes no mention of ebola whatsoever. It’s currently in post and will debut at the Berlin market in February.

According to Deadline, the production company behind Plan Z is purposefully going out of its way not to connect the film to the 24-hour news cycle’s societal death knell of the moment out of fear of being labeled insensitive.

Honestly, if you’re concerned with being labeled insensitive, you probably shouldn’t be making horror movies.

For more be sure to hit up the link to Deadline’s story, which also includes a teaser for Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the sequel to 2012′s Iron Sky about Nazis on the moon. This time around Sarah Palin destroys the world as we know it and then descends to a secret netherworld to report to a dino-riding Hitler. Seriously.

Plan Z Synopsis:
Craig has always thought about what he might do in a zombie apocalypse. When a deadly outbreak of Ebola erupts, his planning becomes more serious. As the virus mutates and makes the dead rise again, he must put his plan to action. Barricading himself in his house, his plan quickly unravels, and he must adapt and decide on a new and more aggressive course of action. A Plan Z.

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Take Control of this Pair of Clips from Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.09 – Mama

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:24

The ratings are down a bit this season for “Sleepy Hollow,” and while we’re still big fans of the show, we have to admit it’s starting to feel a tad formulaic. Can things get back on track in Monday night’s Episode 2.09, “Mama”? Here are two sneak peeks to give us an idea of what’s ahead.

“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.09 – “Mama” (airs 11/17/14)
A series of mysterious deaths at Tarrytown Psych leads Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) to discover that an especially surprising spirit is involved.

Also starring Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving, Katia Winter as Katrina Crane, John Noble as Henry Parish, and Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills. Guest stars includes Aunjanue Ellis as Lori Mills and Matt Barr as Nick Hawley.

Related Story:  Search for Clues in these Images from Sleepy Hollow Episode 2.09 – Mama

For more info visit “Sleepy Hollow” on Fox.com, “like” “Sleepy Hollow” on Facebook, and follow “Sleepy Hollow” on Twitter.

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Constantine Takes on Voodoo in these Stills and Promo for Episode 1.05 – Danse Vaudou

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 12:05

After a rocky start, “Constantine” is finding its way, and last night’s episode was the best yet.  If you’d like to learn even more about the hunger demon we met in it, check out a behind-the-scenes video of writer Cameron Welsh talking with some cast members and producers about the inspiration behind “A Feast of Friends.”

But first we have a dozen stills from and a promo for next week’s Episode 1.05, “Danse Vaudou,” in which Constantine and Papa Midnite are forced to join together to lay a deadly threat to rest.

Just be warned of the graphic nature of this preview of the ep – as you’ll see above, Constantine can be seen actually SMOKING!

“Constantine” Episode 1.05 – “Danse Vaudou” (11/21/14; 10-11pm)
In New Orleans, Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) unusual knowledge of a string of crimes gets him into trouble with Detective Jim Corrigan (guest star Emmett Scanlan). He must form an unholy alliance with Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw) when a voodoo ritual to help people communicate with their dead loved ones takes a deadly turn.

Charles Halford and Angélica Celaya also star.

For the latest news, visit “Constantine” on NBC.com, like “Constantine” on Facebook, and follow “Constantine” on Twitter.

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Cybernatural Unfriended by Universal

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:40

Universal Pictures has given the horror-thriller Cybernatural (review) a new title and release date. The film known now as Unfriended will be in theatres April 17, 2015.

Produced by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Leo Gabriadze, Cybernatural stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, and Heather Sossaman.

Synopsis:
While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something from beyond this world, something that wants them dead. Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, Unfriended redefines found footage for a new generation of teens.

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Demon House – Director Found for Ammons Tale of Terror

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:34

We’ve been reporting on the strange Ammons house case for quite some time, beginning with the occurrences themselves, then “Ghost Adventures” star Zak Bagans buying the home after the family fled, and now a director is set to bring the tale to the screen.

Deadline is reporting that Lee Daniels (The Butler, The Paperboy, Precious) will be directing Demon House for Relativity Media. Bagans himself is also putting together a documentary of the same name of his experiences within the home. No word yet if both projects will retain the same title, but given the subject matter, it would make sense to have them as companion pieces.

The film is based on Latoya Ammons and her family, whose life rights made this film possible. They claim to have been victims of a demonic possession that has spanned over two years and counting. Ammons and her family have received international media attention for their accounts, which have been witnessed and documented by the Department of Child Services, the Gary (IN) Police Department, and hospital staff.

The experience began with unusual occurrences in her home over two years ago, including swarms of flies around her porch in the winter and unexplainable creaking sounds in her basement. The events progressed to possessive incidents including her oldest daughter unconsciously levitating above her bed and medical staff witnessing her middle son gliding backward on the floor, wall, and ceiling.

According to Relativity, the DCS case manager witnessed her youngest son growling with his teeth showing and eyes rolled back, locking his hands around his older brother’s throat with no recollection of the incident. Initial psychological exams and exorcism attempts failed to provide explanation or solution for the bizarre events.

Stay tuned.

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Four More Genre Directors Join WE tv’s South of Hell

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 17:30

In addition to well-known horror helmer Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever), an array of respected directors have signed on to direct individual episodes of WE tv’s upcoming original supernatural thriller “South of Hell.” Read on for the details!

The line-up includes Ti West (House of the Devil, The Sacrament), Rachel Talalay (“Doctor Who,” Tank Girl), Jennifer Lynch (“The Walking Dead,” “Teen Wolf”), and Jeremiah Chechik (“Helix,” “Reign”).

WE tv recently announced the cast of “South of Hell,” led by actress Mena Suvari (pictured below) in the dual role of Maria Abascal and her inner demon, Abigail. The cast also includes Zachary Booth as David Abascal, Maria’s brother; Bill Irwin as Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s father and cult leader; Drew Moerlein as Dusty, Maria’s neighbor; Lamman Rucker as Rev. Elijah Bledsoe, a priest with a strong attraction to Maria; Paulina Singer as the Reverend’s daughter, Grace; Lydia Hearst as Southern belle Charlotte Roberts; Slate Holmgren as the local drug dealer, Sweetmouth; and Lauren Velez as Tetra, a spiritual informant.

“South of Hell” is produced by Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television. The premiere episode was written by Matt Lambert. James Manos, Jr. (“Dexter,” “The Shield,” “The Sopranos”), is executive producer and showrunner. Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister) also serves as executive producer along with Gerard Bocaccio, Stewart Till, Gene Stein, Erica Motley, and Eli Roth.

“South of Hell” (8 episodes of 60 minutes each) premieres on WE tv in 2015. Production is currently under way in Charleston, South Carolina.

Synopsis:
Charleston, South Carolina, is the most possessed city in the world. Evil thrives there. Something with which 30-year-old exorcist Maria Abascal is intimately acquainted. She wrestles demons for a living. Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her. The one who feeds on damned souls and who’s violated the laws of hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria. Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to protect them both. It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.

 

 

 

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USA Network Gives a Pilot Order to Supernatural Drama Evil Man

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 17:21

A new “supernatural drama” is possibly heading our way as the USA Network has closed a deal with CBS TV Studios on a pilot order for “Evil Man,” starring Dallas Roberts (“The Walking Dead,” The Grey) and Clifton Collins, Jr. (Pacific Rim).

Per Deadline, the project, which Universal Cable Productions will co-produce, was written by Daniel Taplitz (Breakin’ All the Rules). Gary Fleder (“The River,” Homefront) will direct.

Taplitz and Fleder will executive produce alongside CBS TV Studios-based Eric and Kim Tannenbaum as well as Mary Beth Basile. Filming is slated to begin in early December in Vancouver.

“Evil Man” follows Harry Killas (Roberts; below left), an upstanding, middle-class family man whose life is turned upside down when he is approached by a frighteningly powerful entity and commanded to kill “evil men” or see his family — along with his city — utterly destroyed. However, the gleeful psycho who is meant to be his first target instead begins teaching him how to carry out his new destiny.

Collins (below right) will play Lazlo Kirk, the profoundly evil former war criminal with magnetic charm and a deep, unpredictable violent streak who forces himself into Harry’s life on a twisted mission of personal redemption.

“This supernatural drama is a symbolic tale of good versus evil set in the everyday modern world,” said Jackie de Crinis, EVP Original Programming, USA Network. “It is a highly relatable story that begs the question of just how far we would go to protect our families.”

Look for more as it comes!

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Make a Date With M. Night Shayamalan’s The Visit

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:34

There was a time when M. Night Shyamalan’s name attached to a movie equaled box office gold. Now it’s left off of things on purpose. Either way, his new flick for Universal, The Visit (formerly Sundowning), has scored a release date.

Deadline reports that the flick will be in theatres on September 11, 2015. Shyamalan self-financed and shot The Visit in and around his home in Pennsylvania.

Kathryn Hahn, Ed Oxenbould, Erica Lynne Marszalek, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Benjamin Kanes, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, Richard Barlow, Steve Annan, and Michael Mariano star.

Synopsis:
The Visit focuses on a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week-long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple are involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

 

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See a Few Images from Supernatural Episode 10.06 – Ask Jeeves; Go Behind the Scenes of the 200th Episode – Fan Fiction

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:21

We’re still smiling from all the fun to be found in last night’s 200th episode of “Supernatural,” entitled “Fan Fiction,” and also pondering just what that final scene might mean. If you enjoyed it as much as we did, we have a look behind the scenes as well as some highlights from the cast and crew party.

But first be sure to check out a handful of stills from next week’s Episode 10.06, “Ask Jeeves,” that looks to be a spoof of everyone’s favorite board game, “Clue.”

“Supernatural” Episode 10.06 – “Ask Jeeves” (airs 11/18/14)
Dean (Jensen Ackles) is surprised when he checks Bobby’s cell phone and hears a message that says Bobby or his next of kin have been named as a beneficiary in an heiress’ will. Hoping that means extra money, Dean talks Sam (Jared Padalecki) into hitting the road to claim their fortune. However, what they encounter at the house is far from a treasure chest.

John MacCarthy directed this episode written by Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder.

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Annabelle Heads Home This Coming January

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:58

A mere three months after haunting theaters, creepy doll Annabelle (review) is headed onto the shelves of your home video collection, and we’ve conjured up all the pertinent details for you today. So read on for everything you need to know!

From the Press Release:
Discover the secret of what she wants when Annabelle arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital HD on January 13, 2015, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Reuniting the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring, Annabelle is the terrifying story of where it all began as Annabelle comes to life.

Annabelle stars Annabelle Wallis (X-Men: First Class) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) as the Forms; Oscar® nominee Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek, 12 Years a Slave) as Evelyn, a neighbor who owns a bookstore; Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill”) and Brian Howe (Devil’s Knot) as neighbors Sharon and Pete Higgins; Tony Amendola (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) as Father Perez; and Eric Ladin (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”) as Detective Clarkin.

Annabelle was directed by John R. Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on The Conjuring. James Wan, director of The Conjuring, produced Annabelle along with Peter Safran. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, and Hans Ritter served as executive producers for the film, which came from the script written by Gary Dauberman.

Annabelle will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and includes the film in high definition on Blu-ray disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own Annabelle via purchase from digital retailers.

Synopsis:
She terrified you in The Conjuring, but this is where it all began for Annabelle. Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month.

New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller Annabelle begins before the evil was unleashed. John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.

On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.

Special Features:

Blu-ray Combo Pack

• The Curse of Annabelle
• Bloody Tears of Possession
• Dolls of the Demon
• A Demonic Process
• Deleted Scenes

Standard Definition DVD

• The Curse of Annabelle

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Sony Launches Goosebumps Movie Fan Contest

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:54

In anticipation of the feature film adaptation of R.L. Stine’s mega-successful Goosebumps series, Sony Pictures has launched the Goosebumps Movie Fan Contest! Read on for details.

From the Press Release:
To build excitement for the release of the motion picture Goosebumps (in theaters 2015), Sony Rewards has launched the Goosebumps Movie Fan Contest, where fans can share cool content, test their Goosebumps knowledge in quizzes, watch spooky videos, create funny memes, submit fan art, and complete other fun challenges.

By completing challenges and sharing Goosebumps news on social media, fans can climb the leaderboard and win prizes. The current contest’s First Place Prize is a Video Call with famed Goosebumps author R.L. Stine, and Second Place Prize is a complete Goosebumps book collection.

Fans who keep sharing content regularly over the course of the full campaign have the opportunity to win other amazing prizes in the future which may include: a Video Call with Jack Black, a Goosebumps Creature Makeover, signed memorabilia, authentic props from the movie, and more!

To find out more information, enter the contest, and read the official rules, click here!

Once fans have entered, they will receive Goosebumps content by e-mail along with information on how they can earn points by sharing and completing Goosebumps challenges.

Goosebumps will be released in theaters nationwide on August 7, 2015. Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books.When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.

Directed by Robert Letterman. Screenplay by Darren Lemke. Story by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Based on the Goosebumps book series published by Scholastic and written by R.L. Stine. Produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.

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The Tables Have Turned in this Pair of Clips from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.07 – Do You Remember the First Time?

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:46

It looks like things aren’t going so well for Tripp and his vamp-killing operation in the first of this pair of sneak peeks of “The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.07, “Do You Remember the First Time?” As for the other one… fans of Dalaric should be pleased by their stroll down memory lane!

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.06 – “Do You Remember the First Time?” (11/13/14)
When the past comes back to haunt her, Elena (Nina Dobrev) is forced to face her problems head on. 

After a night out at the annual Whitmore Medical Center Fundraiser, Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) opens up to Alaric (Matt Davis) about her own tragic past.  Meanwhile, Stefan (Paul Wesley), Matt (Zach Roerig), and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) resort to extreme measures when Tripp (guest star Colin Ferguson) withholds information about his vampire-killing operation, and Caroline (Candice Accola) is in a race against the clock when Sheriff Forbes (guest star Marguerite MacIntyre) gets caught in the middle of a dangerous plan.

Elsewhere, Tyler (Michael Trevino) and Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) grow closer, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) stumbles upon a startling clue that renews his hope.  Kat Graham also stars.  Darren Genet directed the episode written by Rebecca Sonnenshine.

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The Conjuring 2 Haunts Summer 2016

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:45

What more can be said about James Wan’s The Conjuring? It was fun, scary, and exactly what the horror genre needed when it came out. Now that Wan has officially signed on to direct the sequel (thank the video gods), the movie has landed a release date!

Look for The Conjuring 2 in theatres on June 10, 2016.

Much like the original film, the sequel will delve back into the case files of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. No word yet on which of their many noted investigations will be showcased, but with Wan back in the driver’s seat, expect it to be scary as hell.

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