The found footage flick As Above, So Below, directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil), will be in theatres on August 29th; and right now we have an extended TV spot for you which spelunks down into your deepest fears!
Dowdle wrote the script with his brother, Drew, and the film stars Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, and Edwin Hodge.
Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls.
When a team of explorers venture into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead. A journey into madness and terror, As Above, So Below reaches deep into the human psyche to reveal the personal demons that come back to haunt us all.
Ready for another tease of what's ahead in "The Walking Dead" Season 5? Then check out this super quick new preview video AMC just released, and look for lots more soon!
"The Walking Dead" Season 5 kicks off Sunday, October 12th, at 9PM on AMC, followed once again by "Talking Dead."
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For more info be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
Sitting by your TV waiting on the new Ouija extended TV spot? Then you are a weirdo and that's why we love you. In fact, we dig you so much we have the video you've been waiting on right here. Look for the film in theatres on October 24th.
Bianco Santos ("The Fosters"), Erin Moriarty ("Red Widow"), newcomer Ana Coto, Paranormal Activity 2 actress Vivis Colombetti, Olivia Cooke ("Bates Motel"), Douglas Smith, Daren Kagasoff, and Matthew Settle star in Ouija, which is being produced by Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions, and Hasbro.
Stiles White is in the director's chair, working from a script he wrote with Juliet Snowden.
A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.
Another blonde bombshell is making her way to Portland in the upcoming Season 4 of "Grimm," and we have all the preliminary details here on guest star Louise Lombard's role as Elizabeth Lascelles.
Per TV Guide, Lombard ("CSI," "Star-Crossed") will appear in at least the first three episodes of "Grimm's" fourth season as Lascalles, "a mysterious woman connected to the royal families." The eps are entitled "Thanks for the Memories," "Octopus Head," and "The Last Fight."
"Grimm" returns to NBC on Friday, October 24th.
Another Frankenstein-themed flick is coming our way that looks like a nice cheesy sliver of 1980's weirdness, and we have your first look at it right here. That's right, Dreadheads... grab your knives and forks and get ready to tango with Frankenstein's Hungry Dead.
From cult indie director Richard Griffin (The Disco Exorcist, Exhumed, Murder University, Nun of That), look for the flick (also known as Dr. Frankenstein's Wax Museum of the Hungry Dead) on special edition DVD from Wild Eye Releasing in early 2015.
Halloween night 1983: A group of teens break into a wax museum for some fun but instead find a gruesome secret awaiting them deep in the basement. Doctor Frankenstein himself has been piecing together the ultimate monster and creating a small army of the dead with the leftovers. Now, the teenagers must stop Frankenstein and his growing zombie horde or be sewn into the legendary mad doctor's latest masterpiece.
Here at Dread Central we love giving away cool stuff and sharing the wealth whenever possible! Right now we have your chance to score The Possession of Michael King on Blu-ray along with a really badass flip t-shirt!
What's that, you ask? Initially looks like a regular t-shirt, but when you flip the shirt inside out... the face of Michael King appears!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 AM PT on Wednesday, August 27th.
Anchor Bay Films is releasing the highly-anticipated, terrifying supernatural horror film The Possession of Michael King in theaters on August 22nd and available On iTunes, On Demand, DVD, and Blu-ray on August 26th.
The film tells the story of documentary filmmaker Michael King (Shane Johnson), who doesn't believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he'll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.
Hammer's The Quiet Ones (review) is now available on home video, and we have an exclusive deleted scene to share with you, our fellow spookers! Check it out!
The Quiet Ones Release Details
Inspired by actual events, the thriller The Quiet Ones is coming to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), Video on Demand, and Pay-Per-View on August 19th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The eerie supernatural story became available August 5th on Digital HD.
The film stars Jared Harris (TV's "Mad Men"), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards (Open Grave), Rory Fleck-Byrne (Vampire Academy), and Olivia Cooke (TV's "Bates Motel").
When a crazed university professor (Harris) and his team of students set out to cure a disturbed patient, the unthinkable happens. Trusting in their leader and his motives, Brian (Claflin) and his fellow students find themselves far from help... and all too close to a sinister force they never suspected.
The Quiet Ones Blu-ray exclusive material includes the "Welcome to the Experiment: Making The Quiet Ones" featurette that takes viewers behind the scenes of the unforgettable thriller as well as the "Manifesting Evil: Visual Effects" featurette. The Blu-ray and DVD both include audio commentary with director John Pogue and producer Tobin Armbrust, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. The Quiet Ones is available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
A more serious take on slime punk films like Toxic Avenger and Slime City, Jesse Thomas Cook's Septic Man (review) has more in common with Cronenberg’s tragic transformation tale The Fly.
Thanks mostly to the twisted mind of screenwriter Tony Burgess (Pontypool), Septic Man has a lot more going on under the surface than just a basic story about a man trapped underground inside a tank of absolute filth who begins to transform into something monstrous.
Director Cook spoke with us about the film and how it was one of the hardest, grossest experiences of his professional life thus far - but that doesn’t mean he didn’t have a hell of a time doing it.
DC: How was your experience at Fantasia with your latest sci-fi film Ejecta? Is there a favorite project you and [Tony] Burgess have worked on so far?
JTC: Oh, Fantasia was awesome, man. It’s sort of the Fantastic Fest of Canada. Everyone’s open to new, original content and Ejecta went over tremendously well. We got to take Tony Burgess there and Julian Richings, who had a big role in Septic Man, too. We love doing these fests; it’s what gets our films out there and spreads the word.
DC: This is my second time seeing [Septic Man], I just watched it again a couple days ago, and last weekend I was trapped in an elevator and had an unexpected panic attack here in Brooklyn. So, watching it a few days after that and seeing that kind of confinement really hit home for me! Do you have any claustrophobia yourself or fear of confinement?
JTC: (laughs) I definitely do, yeah; my entire life I have, and with this film in particular I wanted to make that sort of claustrophobic atmosphere and do sort of a chamber play all set in one confined space. Initially the idea was just about a man trapped in a well, which I had pitched to Tony Burgess, and his disgusting mind was able to transform it into what he later called 'a gift' for him as a writer, to be able to do this movie about a guy slowly entering this existential crisis and transforming into this shit demon. But yeah, absolutely, the idea was about a claustrophobic, in the vein of Buried and Saw; I looked at it as a straightforward survival horror film. Tony was able to add a ton of philosophical underpinnings that only he can add to a project.
DC: Did the space restriction make this one of your most difficult shooting experiences? What was the day-to-day like?
JTC: Well, you see early in the first act there’s a few scenes set outside of the septic tank. Those were fun and easy, and we banged them out fairly quickly; everything in the septic tank was incredibly difficult. It was a big set that we had built with all sorts of windows and secret hatches so that we could film by staying out of the tank for a little bit. But, for the most part, there were seven or eight of us stuck in this nightmare of a film set that became very difficult to work in. Simple things on a film shoot you take for granted, like walking across the set and moving an apple box or tweaking a light - all of those were elaborate coordination amongst the crew that were stuck in there. So we would kind of get in there, shut the door, and we wouldn’t come out for six hours until our lunch because we were worried if you did come out, you wouldn’t want to go back in! It stunk, it was wet, it was cold and just generally uncomfortable - but those type of things tend to develop a brotherhood, I think, with crew members that you’re collectively suffering with.
DC: I’m sure just trying to go out for a smoke break or a “safety meeting” must have been pretty difficult.
JTC: (laughs) Well, thankfully, the crew were all fine with us just smoking right in there and just tossing our cigarette butts right in the septic tank. We had this very squeamish focus puller who, I think, once or twice actually vomited right in the set. We couldn’t clean it up, and even if we could of, it just added to the realness of the set.
DC: How big was the set?
JTC: It was 16 x 20 x 16, I believe. We could do bird’s eye views through the hatch. Six weeks before the shoot, [Jason Brown] had been a production designer on our last films with small acting roles in them, so he was primarily a designer. But we went to him to play the role and who better to build it than the guy who’s gonna be trapped in it. The whole set actually blew up on us. We were filling it with water before wrap, we had to fill the tank up into ten feet of water, and midway through the entire set walls just buckled and unleashed a wave of water and we had to scramble to repair it for the last day of the shoot. We had to change a couple major scenes in the script to work in the fact that the tank could not hold ten feet of water.
DC: With Septic Man, it feels like an origin story. Is there any chance of a Septic Man crossover with Bad Milo? If you saw that film, they could be the shit demons of Groot and Rocket Raccoon.
JTC: I just saw Bad Milo about two weeks ago! Yeah, it would be interesting to explore the character outside of his little hive of where he grew to become Septic Man. You’re right; it was all in the back of our mind that it was supposed to be this kind of origin story sort of like The Fly and Toxic Avenger. Tony [Burgess] was able to add in all sorts of bizarre existential underpinnings so that it does leave it open-ended for sure.
Septic Man is now in limited release in theaters and is also available on VOD across multiple platforms.
IFC Midnight, in association with Five 7 Media, is releasing The Damned in theaters on August 29th, but first, thanks to Lakeshore Records, the THE DAMNED - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available today, August 19th!
From the Press Release:
Lakeshore Records will release the THE DAMNED - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on August 19, 2014. The album features original music by Frederik Wiedmann (Beware the Batman, Green Lantern: The Animated Series), who is a frequent collaborator of director Victor Garcia.
“I hope this soundtrack will keep you on the edge of your seat!” said Wiedmann.
“I met Freddie seven years ago for what was going to be our first movie together (Return to House on Haunted Hill) and ended up being the first of several collaborations,” said Garcia. “The amazing cues he's accomplished and the organic way in which his score fits the pacing makes The Damned be, without a doubt, my favorite collaboration with Freddie so far.”
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, Frederik came to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a film composer. After a couple assistant positions, Wiedmann scored his first feature, Return to House on Haunted Hill for Dark Castle Entertainment, Warner Premier, in 2007. Since then he has written music for a wide variety of feature films such as Hostel: Part III (Sony) and The Hills Run Red (Dark Castle Entertainment, Warner Premier).
“In The Damned we follow a family as they deal with their hidden secrets while, at the same time, try to defeat an ancient evil,” described Garcia. “The only thing I can say about the amazing score Freddie created this time is that I thought that I had a very clear idea of what I wanted for it to sound like until the moment I listened to the first sample that he sent me.”
“Early on in the process, Victor and I discussed how we can create an environment for this film that has a distinct flavor and concept,” Wiedmann described. “Since most of the film takes place in Colombia, I suggested the use of South American woodwind instruments, used in an unconventional way, merely to evoke a sense of place, but in a subtle, not too obvious way.
The Damned, which also hit VOD on July 25th, tells the story of American David Reynolds (Peter Facinelli; Twilight movie series, "Nurse Jackie"), widowed from his Colombian-born wife, who flies to Bogota with his new fiancée (Sophia Myles; Underworld) to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter, Jill (Nathalia Ramos; "Switched at Birth"). En route to the city of Medellin, a car accident leaves them stranded in a run-down isolated inn. When they discover the old innkeeper has locked a young girl in the basement, they are determined to set her free. In saving the young girl, they ultimately unleash an ancient evil that's been waiting to wreak havoc on all that cross its path.
You can pre-order the THE DAMNED - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack from the EvilShop below or from iTunes.
We are happy to announce that we are working with Freeze Frame Film to premiere their short film The Eidolon State, which focuses on the haunting sensation that is The Slender Man. Read on for details!
Freeze Frame will be releasing the flick on YouTube Friday, August 29th, but we're going to be exclusively hosting it beginning Wednesday, August 27th!
The filmmakers' goal was to make a short film based on The Slender Man myth that stayed true to the original sources as well as being inspired by other depictions of the character. Along with this, the film's tone and atmosphere were influenced by other horror films such as The Conjuring and Sinister. The film is directed by Dion Cavallaro and Paul Thomas, who also plays the lead role of Josh alongside supporting actress Sarah Pike, who plays Ally, Josh's friend. Cain Harrip portrays The Slender Man and is also the associate producer of the film.
"Originally we were going to call our antagonist 'The Tall Man' but ultimately decided that 'The Slender Man' was more fitting and more favourable with the fans," says director Cavallaro. "After 8 months of production in total, we are happy to announce the release of our 20-minute short film, The Eidolon State. Making this film has been an enjoyable journey for us, and we hope our adaption pleases fans of the character, something we hoped to achieve and hopefully have."
As for our involvement, he explains, "We contacted Dread Central about our project in earlier stages of production and they were more than happy to help promote our film. As a result, we have chosen to premiere the film through them as Dread Central felt like the perfect place for a Slender Man film to be announced and released. Dread Central not only offer the latest in Hollywood news but also help upcoming, independent filmmakers gain some exposure. The support they offer to the industry is fantastic, and we thank them greatly for their support. We are glad to have collaborated with them and would not hesitate to do so again in the future."
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The Eidolon State follows Josh, a student who has been experiencing reoccurring dreams of a tall, faceless being stalking him. As the dreams become more constant, he confides in his friend to help understand why they are happening.
Destination America has two new paranormal-themed TV shows hitting the airwaves in September, and we have all the info you need on both of them right here so settle in and check out the details of "Ghost Asylum" and "Amish Haunting."
From the Press Release:
Investigating abandoned insane asylums is dangerous and downright terrifying, but in Destination America’s all-new series "Ghost Asylum" a fearless crew is on a quest to hunt down chain-rattling ghosts and scary apparitions by any means possible, even if that requires luring themselves as the decoy.
"Ghost Asylum" follows the most passionate paranormal team in America, the Tennessee Wraith Chasers, as they examine some of America’s most frightening asylums, sanitariums, and mental hospitals. Their goal isn’t just to conjure spirits and collect evidence, but they are on a mission to physically capture restless souls with their cutting-edge ghost traps and self-trained Tennessean wit.
TWC hunts the most lethal stories: clinics where murdered nurses still roam the halls, hospitals that drive anyone who enters to utter insanity, and rehabilitation centers with earth-shattering cries coming from the windows. Staffed with experts in every aspect of paranormal investigation, these wraith chasers are not your average Ghostbusters but an elite team of ghost whisperers who mesh methodology and skill with old-fashioned common sense and a taste for adventure in order to debunk, disprove, or validate each case.
"Ghost Asylum" premieres Sunday, September 7th, at 10/9c on Destination America. Check out a sneak peek below.
“Every town in America has some sort of haunted building up on the hill with a mysterious legend or local ghost story that leaves to question the truth and reality of lingering spirits," said Marc Etkind, general manager of Destination America. "'Ghost Asylum' follows the clever Tennessee Wraith Chasers as they enter the most petrifying locations, sharing shocking evidence and real life experiences on the hunt to trap the spirits lurking around these haunted institutions.”
“Respect, detect, collect” – that’s the Tennessee Wraith Chasers’ motto and the core process they follow in each episode. Led by its founder Chris Smith, the team seeks to separate facts from folklore using every trick in their arsenal attempting to bag a wandering spirit.
In the September 7th premiere the team travels to Old War Memorial Hospital in Scottsville, Kentucky. Throughout its years of operation this institution transformed from a place of healing to a holding cell for the mentally disturbed. Between the ER and the mental ward, it has been the site of countless deaths and could be bursting with lost souls. Locals believe that a doctor lost his mind while in residence at the hospital and that after his death his spirit returned for a permanent shift in the exam rooms he loved so much. Now the Tennessee Wraith Chasers venture beyond the waiting room to track down the doctor’s spirit and finally discharge him for good.
Destination America will also be premiering "Amish Haunting" on Sunday, September 14th, at 9/8c. The all-new series will bring to life the most chilling ghost stories ever to emerge from within the Amish community.
The Amish are no strangers to horror in all its dreadful forms as their full belief is that living in the modern world will lead to sin and inevitably the frightful evil spirits. For the first time ever, these tales will be brought to life by brave narrators from the Amish community who will guide viewers on a grim, captivating trip into the Amish crypt.
"Ghost Asylum" is produced for Destination America by Tremendous! Entertainment with Colleen Needles Steward, Shannon Keenan Demers, and Tim Hamilton as executive producers. For Destination America, Fay Yu is executive producer. "Amish Haunting" is produced for Destination America by Hot Snakes Media with Eric Evangelista, Shannon Evangelista, and Mark Marabella as executive producers. For Destination America, Sara Helman is executive producer. At Destination America, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production, Marc Etkind is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel, and Discovery Fit & Health.
Ivan Kavanagh's The Canal will be playing in select theaters day-and-date with VOD on October 10th, and to help get you ready for it, here's our exclusive interview with him at the eerie film’s premiere during Tribeca 2014.
Irish writer/director Kavanagh discusses with Dread Central the strengths of horror as a vehicle for low-budget but expressive and inventive filmmaking, reflects on some of his own influences and favorites from the genre, and shares a few nostalgic video store VHS memories.
Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Rupert Evans, Steve Oram, and Hannah Hoekstra star in The Canal, heading our way in October via The Orchard.
The creepy Irish horror film THE CANAL tells the story of a film archivist (Evans) who finds his suspicions about a possible infidelity by his wife (Hoekstra) taking a darker turn—that might be connected to the murderous history of their house and the growing possibility of the presence of an otherworldly entity. When his wife vanishes, all eyes turn to him as the suspect. As his world crashes in, he finds himself struggling on the borders between madness and the supernatural.
A return to the classic, slow burn style of horror, THE CANAL is both a chilling tale of the unknown and an unsettling mystery.
Back at the beginning of 2013, we got the first word on The Inhabitants, Michael and Shawn Rasmussen's follow-up to Dark Feed; and now today the brothers are debuting the film's new sales art plus a pair of production stills.
Written and directed by the Rasmussens, The Inhabitants stars Michael Reed and Elise Couture Stone. They told us that with regard to the film, "We were fortunate enough to shoot in one of the oldest houses in New England as well as parts of Salem, Massachusetts, including The Witch House Museum."
"Built in 1690, the Noyes-Parris House was at one time owned by Samuel Parris, who played a role in the Salem Witch Trials. His daughter and niece were two of the accusers. It was also a stop on the underground railroad and has the hiding places to prove it. The current owner is convinced the house is haunted, and after a few late nights shooting there, we're not ready to disagree."
As for the tone of the film, they confirmed what they told us last year: "[It] is very much a throwback to some of our favorite horror films from the 70's and 80's like The Changeling, Rosemary's Baby, The Haunting of Julia, and of course The Shining."
Lascaux Media and Sinister Siblings Films produced the project.
Enjoy the eye candy, and look for more soon. For additional info in the meantime, be sure to "like" The Inhabitants on Facebook.
A young couple buys a bed and breakfast in New England only to find that the old house may be haunted.
So British censors have deemed the opening of Axelle Carolyn's Soulmate too nasty for public consumption. Well, here in the States we like nasty. We like it a lot. Check out the uncut opening right here.
Soulmate is currently available on DVD over in the UK with no Stateside release yet announced.
The supernatural thriller stars Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale), and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) and was penned by Carolyn, who has acted in Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday.
Soulmate follows a young woman who retreats to a remote cottage after a failed suicide attempt. She soon discovers the cottage is haunted by its previous owner but decides to remain, hoping to find comfort in the ghost.
The film is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Centurion) presentation for production company Sterling Pictures. Executive producers on the film are Michael Riley, John Wolstenholme, and Doug Abbott for Screen Projex, alongside Belgian co-producer Title Media.
The Mo Brothers' latest blood-soaked slice of mayhem, Killers, hits UK DVD and Blu-ray on September 1; and to celebrate we have a rather gruesome new NSFW clip to get the fires burning. Seriously – this one brings the pain!
Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.
Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.
Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.
Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards a traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions towards his young daughter, Elly.
When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.
Playing as part of the 2014 Film4 FrightFest is the upcoming dinosaur flick Extinction (formerly The Expedition), and if you're in the UK, we can tell you how to score yourself some tickets to see it!
From the Press Release
Award-winning producer Ben Loyd Holmes and director Adam J Spinks are proud to announce that Extinction (formerly The Expedition) will receive a glitzy red carpet premiere later this year in London and that two pairs of tickets to this amazing bash are up for grabs!
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, all fans have to do is head over to the Extinction Facebook page and share the page and the trailer with your friends and followers!
The exact UK premiere date is still to be announced, but in the meantime the Extinction team are heading to London on August 24th, where the film will receive its World Premiere as part of Film4 FrightFest 2014.
Producer Ben Loyd Holmes is understandably very excited, “The FrightFest crowd might be more famous than the filmmakers who screen there! We’re delighted to be a part of this year's festival,” he says. “It's the ultimate event.”
After the screening, the filmmakers and stars of Extinction will be hosting a panel, where fans of the film will be able to put their questions to the team. Confirmed to attend the panel is director Adam J Spinks, producer Ben Loyd Holmes, and stars Neil Newbon, Daniel Caren, and Sarah Mac.
Tickets for the screening are almost sold out, but limited numbers are still available here.
Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team led by a respected professor strive to protect vulnerable and endangered species, but when their guides abandon them, they soon realize they are in the hunting ground of prehistoric apex predators.
More casting news has arrived for the Sony PlayStation Network adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming-created comic series Powers as Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes have signed on for active duty!
Variety reports that Copley (pictured) will play Christian Walker, described as a dapper and charismatic character with a darkness and violence right at the surface but with a sense of buried integrity. Walker has the dissolute air of a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight.
Once possessed of super-powers, Walker lost those abilities in a battle with a super-human mass killer. A faded hero, he’s now a detective who works with law enforcement, using his singular expertise to investigate crimes in the Powers community.
Forbes ("True Blood," "The Killing") will play Retro Girl, the undisputed superstar of the Powers community. An icon of justice, selflessness, and business acumen, she has a cool, hard exterior with a fire right below the surface. Her willingness to put herself at risk for the good of others is matched only by her ability to manage her globe-spanning personal brand.
David Slade will direct the first two episodes of the live-action series from scripts by Charlie Huston. Susan Heyward ("The Following") has been tapped as the female lead with Max Fowler ("The Killing") and Adam Godley ("Breaking Bad") also cast.
Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir, and police procedural, "Powers," produced by Sony Pictures TV, is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder.
It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as "Powers," who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. Pilgrim is described as equal parts beauty and sarcasm, a wunderkind detective with edgy style.
Fowler will play Krispin Stockley, the son of Walker’s murdered partner, a disaffected teen still struggling with the death of his father at the hand of a rogue Power, which starts him on a dark journey that will warp him both physically and emotionally. Godley will play Captain Cross, the solid steel in a frail frame captain of the Powers division, bookish, respectful, and loyal; but he may harbor a secret agenda that could lead his beloved department into a full-fledged conspiracy.
Bendis, Oeming, and Michael Dinner executive produce "Powers" with Huston and Remi Aubuchon ("Falling Skies") along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert, and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as showrunners. SPT will sell internationally.
It's that time of the year again, kids! One of the best damned film festivals in the world, Screamfest L.A. Horror, which is taking place in Los Angeles October 14-23, has announced its first wave of titles; and there's plenty of blood to splatter around!
From the Press Release
Screamfest®, from the festival that brought you such films as Trick ‘r Treat, Paranormal Activity, The Human Centipede and American Mary, announces the first wave of the 2014 festival. Screamfest® kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14-23 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.
First Wave Screening Highlights at Screamfest 2014
The Creep Behind the Camera (US) – Directed by Pete Schuermann. The Creep Behind the Camera was an actual filmmaker named Vic Savage; a real scumbag whose only real skill was in his uncanny ability to convince the residents of 1960 Glendale, California that he was making the biggest, the BEST monster movie ever made! The true story of Vic Savage, aka Art Nelson and the making of his monster opus The Creeping Terror (1964) is told in the narrative dark-comedy The Creep Behind the Camera. A hilarious and wholly disturbing look at human nature and delusional demagoguery, The Creep Behind the Camera is a roller coaster ride that takes a nostalgic but cautionary look at the era of drive-in cinema at its very worst. Los Angeles Premiere
The House at the End of Time (Venezuela) – Directed by Alejandro Hidalgo. A mother imprisoned for 30 years for murdering her husband is released on compassion, but when she returns to her family home the supernatural events that led to the crime return to haunt her and reveal a sinister secret about the building in which she lives. US Premiere
I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (NZ) – Directed by Guy Pigden. The crew of the New Zealand low budget Zombie film "Tonight They Come!" are filming in the middle of nowhere. The troubled shoot goes from bad to worse when key cast and crew are struck down by a mystery illness. The replacement runner, WESLEY PENNINGTON arrives on set fresh out of film school and bubbling with enthusiasm just in time for the mystery illness to start turning zombie extras into REAL, shuffling, un-dead Zombies. Los Angeles Premiere
Julia (US) –Directed by Matthew A. Brown. A neo-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames (Ashley C. Williams - The Human Centipede), who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself. US Premiere
Parlor (US) – Directed by Devon Downs & Kenny Gage. The film follows six young college hopefuls vacationing and partying in Eastern Europe who get more than they bargained for when they unwittingly get caught up in a maniacal tattoo artist's fiendish side business. Shot entirely in Vilnius, Lithuania starring Robert Lasardo (Nip/Tuck, Death Race, Human Centipede III) World Premiere
Refuge (US) – Directed by Andrew Robertson. This apocalyptic genre thriller is set in the American south about a family struggling to survive in the wake of a catastrophic plague. Los Angeles Premiere
See No Evil 2 (US) – Directed by Jen & Sylvia Soska. Starring WWE’s Glenn “KANE” Jacobs, Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle (American Mary). A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws. World Premiere
Suburban Gothic (US) – Directed by Richard Bates, Jr. Starring Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can't find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone's lives. "The Dead Just Got Deader.” Los Angeles Premiere
For more information and to buy tickets go to the Screamfest website, "like" Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter. The location of the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres is 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.
The festival runs in Los Angeles from October 14-23, 2014 – just in time for Halloween!
There's no question that Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) of Shaun of the Dead have become two of our genre's most beloved and iconic characters. Well, guess what... Pegg and Frost are bringing back the Deadnamic Duo!
According to Pegg on Twitter:
"Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!"
“Phineas and Ferb” is a Disney Channel animated comedy about two stepbrothers who find inventive things to do on each day of their summer vacation such as building a roller coaster out of materials you would find in your everyday home like Popsicle sticks, indoor plumbing, etc. Unbeknownst to them, their pet platypus, Perry, leads a double life as a secret agent.
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014
Another bit of casting news for Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, which is being produced by Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage), has come in. Read on for the whos and whats!
THR reports that the forever hot Sigourney Weaver has joined Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children's fantasy novel.
Look for it in US theatres via River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features on October 14, 2016.
It will be distributed by Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.
A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss, and faith. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother. Jones is on board as the mother, while Neeson is playing the titular monster.
Ness wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and he and illustrator Jim Kay won Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, presented to the year’s best children’s literature in the UK. Ness is adapting the screenplay from his novel.
More on this one as it comes.