People just never learn. I mean never, man. No matter how many movies they see or how many stories they hear, they still trudge out into the jungle as if they have any business being there. Still, thank the video gods that they do. If not we'd be bored, and natural selection is so much fun!
Below you'll find the first set of stills and artwork for Adam Spinks' The Expedition, starring Ben Loyd-Holmes (Skyfall, "Da Vinci’s Demons," "Torchwood"), Neil Newbon ("Holby City," "Hollyoaks"), Sarah MacDonnell ("Secret Diary of a Call Girl," Montana), Ernesto Cantu (World War Z), and Daniel Caren (The Girl Is Mime, The Hike) as well as Simon Burbage (Pulp: The Movie) and Dolores Reynals.
A research team led by a renowned and respected professor embark on an expedition deep within the Amazon to study vulnerable and endangered species. However, after a series of strange events, the superstitious guides abandon the team, who, faced with a tough decision, decide to remain deep in the jungle in an attempt to complete their study. But as night falls, they begin to realize that all really is not as it seems and that they are in the hunting ground of an apex predator... Something they never could have imagined.
We've been pretty vocal about how much we're enjoying "Vampire Diaries" spin-off "The Originals," and we're obviously not the only ones as The CW has ordered a full season pickup for the series along with "The Tomorrow People."
“In just a few seasons, we have built a much stronger primetime schedule. Our on-air ratings are up year to year, and our digital viewing continues to grow exponentially,” said The CW's president, Mark Pedowitz, when making the announcement.
“We're excited about the creative momentum the producers have established for all three of our new series ["Reign" got a pickup as well], and now our fans will have the chance to see the full stories unfold for them this season. With the additional episodes ordered, plus two new dramas and new reality for midseason, we’ll be able to continue our commitment to adding more original programming all year long.”
Season to date on-air, The CW is up 9% year to year in total viewers, up 10% among adults 18-49, and is flat year to year in both adults and women 18-34. With DVR usage and digital viewing continuing to rise, 31% of The CW’s total broadcast audience now comes from time-shifted viewing after the original airdate. 40% of The CW's total overall audience for its season premieres this fall came from digital viewing. The CW's digital streaming of full episodes is up 50% season to date versus last season, and the three new series picked up today see 84% more digital viewing than The CW's new series last fall.
A new TV spot has been airing for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, entitled "Defy," and of course we have it for you right here in case you've been fast-forwarding through it on your DVR.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The film's release date is November 22, 2013, and advance tickets are on sale now!
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Willow Shields, Toby Jones, Paula Malcomson, and Woody Harrelson return in their roles from the first film. New to the Games are Jeffrey Wright, Sam Claflin, Alan Ritchson, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Patrick St. Esprit, Jena Malone, Lynn Cohen, Bruno Gunn, Meta Golding, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Amanda Plummer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, James Logan, Ivette Li-Sanchez, Justin Hix, Megan Hayes, John Casino, Elena Sanchez, Daniel Bernhardt, Marian Green, Jackson Spidell, and Tiffany Waxler.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
Just 11 more days remain until Dead Rising 3 arrives, and on tap right now is another Zombie Weapon of the Week. Choose to survive the zombie apocalypse with the game's unique Flaming Sword weapon.
Look for Dead Rising 3 on November 22, 2013, day and date with the Xbox One.
Dead Rising 3 puts you in the zombie-ravaged city of Los Perdidos, California. Do you have what it takes to escape before a military strike wipes out the entire city? As mysterious mechanic Nick Ramos, you’ll rely on improvised weapons to battle off the hordes of undead while you explore the massive open world.
Set 10 years after the events of Fortune City in Dead Rising 2, players are introduced to Nick Ramos, a young mechanic with a strange tattoo and a mysterious past, who must find a way to escape a city full of zombies before an impending military strike wipes the city of Los Perdidos, and everyone in it, off the map. Nick can’t do it alone – he must join up with other survivors to stay alive. They must fight their way out before it’s too late.
With intense action and an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, Dead Rising 3 delivers a heart-pounding experience unlike any other as you explore, scavenge and fight to survive in a massive open world on the brink of a zombie apocalypse. Get ready for a new generation of zombie-slaying thrills.
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• More zombies than ever before: Players will face overwhelming zombie hordes with tons of variation, detailed gore, and shared awareness
• All new city, massive open world: Explore the city of Los Perdidos while staying immersed in the action and stunning visuals
• Anything and everything is a weapon: Create your own tools of zombie destruction by creating hundreds of potential weapon combinations
• SmartGlass: Use your Xbox SmartGlass enabled device to gain access to exclusive missions, new weapons, and more
• Kinect: Kinect allows the zombie horde to hear beyond the screen and respond to noise in your living room, so go ahead and flip off the lights...if you dare
All New City, Massive Open World:
One of the largest cities in Southern California, Los Perdidos is a leading national center of business, culture, and the entertainment industry.
Featuring a massive and dynamic world, Dead Rising 3 represents a new benchmark for open-world gameplay. Powered by Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 lets you explore the city of Los Perdidos while staying immersed in the action and stunning visuals.
Two Screens, More Action:
Xbox SmartGlass offers a more connected Dead Rising 3 experience. Use your SmartGlass enabled device to connect to the Zombie Defense and Control network and gain access to exclusive missions, new weapons, powerful military support features, and more!
Sense the Danger:
With Kinect, the zombie horde can hear beyond the screen and respond to noises inside your living room.
Ultimate Zombie Sandbox:
The zombies of Los Perdidos are smarter and deadlier than ever. With intelligent AI and shared awareness, players will be forced to employ all of their cunning, combat skills, and creativity to stay alive.
In Dead Rising 3, players can create their tools of zombie destruction, enabling unique and unforgettable gameplay moments. The action is gorier than ever as players survive and strike back at their undead attackers in new and imaginative ways.
Vehicles not only help you navigate the world of Los Perdidos, they are a weapon against the zombie horde. But watch out – zombies will cling to your car and attack you while you’re driving.
Celebrate Hellboy's 20th Anniversary with a New Sideshow Figure and a Hardcover Art Book from Dark Horse
If you're a fan of Mike Mignola's Hellboy, then you've come to the right place! We have news of two new items arriving in 2014 to commemorate 20 years of Hellboy.
First up, from Dark Horse Comics, is Hellboy: The First 20 Years hardcover art book arriving March 19, 2014. You can click here to pre-order a copy from TFAW.
Mike Mignola has expanded Hellboy into the most exciting group of books since the early Marvel universe, and his style has influenced art and illustration far beyond the world of comics. Selected finished pieces are shown alongside sketches and raw scans from the last twenty years. Colors by Dave Stewart.
* Never-before-seen art!
* Mignola's best pieces from the last twenty years!
Next, from Sideshow Collectibles, is a new Hellboy Premium Format™ Figure due to arrive in August of 2014. Click here for pre-order info.
"Wake the Devil!"
Commemorating 20 years of Hellboy's capers, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the B.P.R.D.'s greatest paranormal investigator with the Mike Mignola Hellboy Premium Format™ Figure.
Summoned in close collaboration with the famed creator, this original composition delightfully echoes Mignola's familiar aesthetic and popular comic artwork with chiseled features, a high-contrast paint technique, and recurring esoteric themes incorporated throughout.
Hellboy stands 23" tall atop a tombstone base, decked out in hand-tailored fabric black shorts, removable trenchcoat, and belt with a few of his token mementos. Preparing to stave off things that go bump in the night, the wisecracking and good-natured demon is armed with sword and trusty Samaritan, ready to punch through monsters, miscreants, and anything in-between with his Right Hand of Doom.
Interchangeable portraits offer two distinct looks for the unwilling harbinger of the Apocalypse; display Hellboy with his filed stumps or as the fiery long-horned Anung Un Rama with crown in this definitive piece for fans of Hellboy and Mike Mignola alike.
Sideshow Exclusive: Switch-out closed fist Right Hand of Doom and Hand of Doom display base.
James Wan's plate continues to fill up as he's just signed on to produce another terror tale, this time with Lesbian Vampire Killers director Phil Claydon. Read on for your first details regarding Crawlspace.
THR reports that Claydon has signed on to direct Crawlspace, a New Line horror movie that the company hopes will follow in the low-budget success footsteps of The Conjuring.
Gary Dauberman (Syfy’s Swamp Devil) wrote the screenplay about a family that moves into a new house and immediately falls prey to strange occurrences. But what seems like a traditional supernatural thriller gets twisty when the rug is pulled from under both the family and the audience.
The project was at one time called Within. James Wan has come aboard to produce the project with Rick Alvarez. Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter are overseeing for New Line.
Over the summer we showed you a minute-long concept trailer for Welcome to Willits, an indie creature feature from Metamorphic Films and Real Horror Show Pictures that is set to star Scott Pilgrim vs. The World's Mark Webber.
Today we've got the full 14-minute proof of concept short film for ya, which gives you a better idea of what you can expect from the flick. Dig in below!
Webber plays pot farmer Brock, who along with some unlucky campers runs into mysterious creatures in the Northern California woods that are responsible for several abductions and attacks. The project is described as capturing a throwback feel with a dash of comedy mixed in with the horror.
Willits will film in LA and Kern County’s Sequoia National Forest under helmers Trevor Ryan and Tim Ryan, aka the Ryan Brothers, who wrote and will direct the movie together. Teresa Zales will produce for Transmedia Content and management company Metamorphic Films alongside Tim Ryan’s Real Horror Show Pictures. The team has tapped Monster FX’s Ron Karkosa and Mark Villalobos to handle creature design and special effects.
Learn more over on the Welcome to Willits website.
A couple of weeks ago we showed you some less than flattering artwork for The Invoking that was never meant to get out there. To say it was a bit too similar to The Conjuring is an understatement, but thankfully that wrong has been righted.
Directed by Jeremy Berg, The Invoking stars Brandon Anthony, Carson Holden, D'Angelo Midili, Trin Miller, and Andi Norris. Look for it on DVD on February 18, 2014.
After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Samantha Harris (Trin Miller) and three friends head to rural Sader Ridge to inspect the property. Soon after arriving, Sam begins to experience horrific visions of savage brutality and unspeakable evil. Plagued by the sinister forces closing in around her, Sam descends into a waking nightmare when the demons from her past refuse to stay buried any longer.
As we told you last week, ratings powerhouse "American Horror Story" has been renewed for a fourth season, which will supposedly be series regular Jessica Lange's final season. Will she be joined by any other familiar faces? If creator Ryan Murphy has his way!
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, Murphy wants both Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett back for next season, both of whom joined the show this season. "I have approached them and they wanna do it,” says Murphy. "That’s very exciting when you can work with A.) actresses you’ve always idolized and B.) those two are loving this season. They love what they get to do. Kathy Bates sent the writers a basket of plush toys all in the shapes of disemboweled organs. It doesn’t get better than when an Oscar winner sends you a grab bag of stuffed pancreas to say ‘Thank you and job well done'.”
While we wait for an official announcement, check out a sneak peek of this week's brand new episode!
"American Horror Story: Coven" Episode 3.06 - "The Axeman Cometh" (airs 11/13/13)
Zoe (Taissa Farmiga), Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe), and Nan (Jamie Brewer) make contact with a dark spirit trapped in the Academy. Cordelia's (Sarah Paulson) new power brings on a heartbreaking revelation.
Written by Douglas Petrie; directed by Michael Uppendahl.
Given the success of AMC's "The Walking Dead," it was only natural that other networks would be eager to turn creator Robert Kirkman's other comics into TV series. And the next one that's about to be adapted for the small screen isn't even out yet!
As per The Hollywood Reporter, Cinemax has just won a bidding war and landed the rights to Kirkman's Outcast, a comic series that is set to debut next year. The cable network has given a script commitment with large penalty to the project, which hails from Fox International Channels. "Outcast is unlike anything on television and has the potential to become another global phenomenon," said FIC's Sharon Tal Yguado.
The comic and potential series centers on Kyle Barnes, who has been plagued by possession since he was a child. Now an adult, he embarks on a spiritual journey to find answers, but what he uncovers could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.
Kirkman will pen the script for the pilot and executive produce, alongside "Walking Dead" producer David Alpert.
On tap right now we have your first look at Charlize Theron as she appears in the upcoming film Dark Places. The flick has been selling very well at AFM. Read on for details.
Exclusive Media and Cuatro Plus Films’ thriller Dark Places, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel, is heading to France (Mars), Canada (Remstar), Japan (CCC), Scandinavia (Svensk), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), South Africa (Nu Metro), Greece (Odeon), Iceland (Sam Films), Turkey/India/Pakistan (Tanweer), Bulgaria (Tandem), Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia (Discovery), Czech Republic (AQS), Hungary/Romania (Prorom), Poland (Monolith), Russia/Baltic States (West), South Korea (Noori), and Israel (United King).
Deals also closed in Latin America (IDC), the Middle East (Front Row), Indonesia (PT Amero), Malaysia (Universal Excel), the Philippines (Captive), Hong Kong (Intercontinental), Thailand (M Pictures), Vietnam (Noori/Megastar), Singapore (Cathay), Taiwan (CMC), Southeast Asian TV (Fox/Star), and Jaguar (airlines/ships).
Along with Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, and Drea de Matteo star in the story of the grown-up survivor of a massacre who years later revisits the events of that fateful night.
Gilles Paquet-Brenner directs and Exclusive Media produces with Stephane Marsil of Hugo Films, Theron’s Denver and Delilah Productions partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix, and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman and Matt Rhodes. Exclusive Media’s Matt Jackson serves as producer with the company’s Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust, and Alex Brunner on board as executive producer with Peter Safran.
“Best-selling author of three novels including Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn has proven to be the big draw card to buyers as well as the film’s all-star cast, and the response so far has been incredible,” said Alex Walton, Exclusive Media president of international sales and distribution.
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day (Theron), a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. Told in a series of flashbacks from the points of view of Libby’s mother, Patty, and her brother, Ben, Libby is forced to revisit that fateful day and begins to question what exactly she saw – or didn’t see – the night of the tragedy.
LevelFILM has picked up US rights to zombie thriller The Returned from Spanish genre hub Filmax and director Manuel Carballo (Exorcismus). A US theatrical and day-and-date VOD release is set for February 14, 2014.
From the Press Release
LevelFILM today announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to The Returned, a zombie thriller starring Kris Holden-Reid, Emily Hampshire and Shawn Doyle. Directed by Manuel Carballo and from the producers behind the [REC] franchise, The Returned will be released in U.S. theatres and VOD day-and-date on February 14, 2014.
A Canadian-Spanish co-production between Ramaco Media and Filmax, The Returned recently had its world premiere at Sitges, where it was received as one of the top films in competition at the renowned horror festival, and also played at the Busan, Strasbourg, and Trieste fantastic festivals. With deals also in place for Latin-America, Taiwan, Middle East, Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and Canada, Filmax will continue The Returned’s success on the international market at AFM. The film will screen at AFM on Sunday, November 10th at 1:00pm at the Laemmle Monica 2.
Set in a post-zombie world, a treatment called the “Return Protein” can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection, but cannot cure it. With daily injections, the “Returned” are able to live relatively normal lives, but with brutal attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumors that protein stock is running low, the world is again on the brink of chaos. In the midst of this turmoil are Alex (Kris Holden-Reid) and Kate (Emily Hampshire), a young, successful and enviable couple that are hiding a long held secret – Alex is Returned. Suspicious that a government order for all the Returned to report to a secure medical facility ‘for their own safety’, the couple flees, taking with them all the doses of “Return Protein” they have. Now in a race against the clock and few places to turn, they must face their worst fears and come to grips with the reality that if they are neither human nor zombies, who exactly are the Returned?
“The Returned is a smart, slick and suspenseful thriller and we are excited to be working with Manuel Carballo”, commented levelFILM’s David Hudakoc. “Manuel has created a very raw portrayal of survival and we are confident The Returned will continue to showcase how talented he is as a filmmaker.”
“The Returned is getting a cult status after participating at several Fall festivals,” said Ivan Diaz, Head of the International Division at FILMAX, “and we’re thrilled that the movie will get a US theatrical release through levelFILM.”
It seems appropriate now that we're nearing the tail end of this year's AFM that a movie called These Final Hours would find distribution. Screen Daily reports that Roadshow Films has picked up US and UK rights to the apocalyptic thriller from Celluloid Nightmares.
Wolf Creek’s Nathan Phillips and Snowtown’s Daniel Henshall star in first time feature writer-director Zak Hilditch’s film. Hilditch’s short Transmission screened in Tribeca in 2011.
The cast also includes Australian actresses Jessica De Gouw (Kath & Kimderella) and Sarah Snook (Lionsgate’s Jessabelle).
Phillips plays a self-obsessed young guy who makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth but ends up saving the life of a young girl who’s searching for her father.
Those who have been complaining about a lack of zombie action on "The Walking Dead" should have been happy last night... as well as those who have been awaiting the return of a certain one-eyed villain.
On tap right now we have an inside, behind-the-scenes look at the mayhem that went down in Episode 4.05, "Internment," along with a sneak peek of what's ahead next Sunday night in Episode 4.06, "Live Bait."
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.
"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.05 - "Internment" (aired 11/10/13)
Multiple enemies put pressure on Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group. Could this finally be the breaking point for the survivors and the prison? Written by Channing Powell and directed by David Boyd.
"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.06 - "Live Bait" (airs 11/17/13)
A familiar face returns as each member of the group struggles to find his or her humanity in a world of constant threats. Written by Nichole Beattie and directed by Michael Uppendahl.
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 be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
With book trailers being all the rage right now, we're surprised it took so long, but finally Knopf has released one for Anne Rice's The Wolves of Midwinter, which came out in mid-October and continues the Chronicles she began in The Wolf Gift.
The tale of THE WOLF GIFT continues...
In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers, readers were spellbound as Rice imagined a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast. Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice brings us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point—to further explore the unearthly education of her transformed manwolf.
The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide. For Reuben Golding, now infused with the wolf gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this Christmas promises to be like no other... as he soon becomes aware that the Morphenkinder, steeped in their own rituals, are also celebrating the Midwinter Yuletide festival deep within Nideck forest.
From out of the shadows of the exquisite mansion comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection... As Reuben finds himself caught up with the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence and the preparations for the Nideck town Christmas reach a fever pitch, astonishing secrets are revealed, secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits—centuries old—who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and taunt with their dark, magical powers...
An integral part of the mythos of NBC's "Grimm" is Aunt Marie's Book of Lore, and this week you can snag your very own copy courtesy of Titan Books, which has generously provided us with three exclusive sneak peek excerpts from the book to share.
Grimm - Aunt Marie's Book of Lore will be available everywhere November 12, 2013. Check out the pages below - click each one for a bigger, better view.
THE REAL BOOK OF MONSTERS, WEAPONS, AND POTIONS AS SEEN IN THE SHOW!
As his Aunt Marie is dying, homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” who keep the balance between humanity and mythological creatures. As well as inheriting the “gift” from his aunt of being able to see the creatures’ true forms, he also inherits useful artefacts, including the Book of Lore.
This in-universe book explores the monsters, weapons, and potions in "Grimm" with detailed pictures and descriptions. The book is Aunt Marie's recording of the supernatural creatures she and her fellow Grimms have to defeat.
Inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tales, "Grimm" is a cop-drama with a twist! A detective discovers he has the ability to see supernatural beings, including a reformed "Big Bad Wolf" and the witch-like Hexebiester, along with many others.
"Supernatural" has settled in nicely in its new Tuesday night time slot, much like the Winchesters have settled in at the Men of Letters' headquarters. However, as this new promo reminds us, once you're in the family business, demons never go away.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.06 - "Heaven Can't Wait" (airs 11/12/13, 9-10pm)
CASTIEL GETS A JOB — Castiel (Misha Collins) gets a job at a Gas-N-Sip and actually starts to enjoy life as a human. A headline in the local newspaper about some disappearances in the area catches his eye so he calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) to help him investigate the case.
Dean knows he needs to keep Sam/Ezekiel (Jared Padaleck) away from Castiel so he tells Sam that he and Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) need to stay and work with Crowley (Mark Sheppard) to decipher the tablet. Crowley agrees to help Sam and Kevin, but in return he wants one phone call to hell.
Rob Spera directed the episode written by Robert Berens.
The HollyShorts Film Festival is held annually in August, but to keep the momentum going all year, the organizers have monthly screenings of outstanding short films. As it turns out, one of them, The Bighead, was a little too much for the audience to handle. Read on for the details.
The screening of Michael Ling's The Bighead at the November 6 event caused quite an uproar with at least 20 people walking out of the theater because of the film's violence and scenes that were deemed disgusting, vile, and (everyone's favorite buzz phrase) "torture porn."
Apparently it didn't stop there as the festival organizers have been getting many complaints and being questioned on why they would select such a controversial short film. Additionally, people are filing petitions and threatening to contact the MPAA. What the fuck? There hasn't been fallout over a movie like this since A Serbian Film surfaced.
And just so we're clear; this is no fly-by-night operation. HollyShorts has a passion for horror. The festival has a prize deal with FEARnet which awards the best horror short film in August distribution on the platform.
As for The Bighead, I was personally able to check it out and have to say I don't understand what all the fuss is about. Yes, the film does have one particularly intense scene, but trust me; you've seen worse. Honestly, I rather enjoyed The Bighead and thought it was a great blend of horror with some effective comedy worked in. Definitely a short film to check out if you get the chance. We've included the trailer below for your viewing pleasure.
Meanwhile, the Bighead filmmakers are taking meetings at AFM and trying to turn it into a feature so we'll keep you posted on that front as well.
And just so we can give everyone some recognition, The Bighead was directed by Michael Ling, who adapted the screenplay from Edward Lee's classic splatterpunk novel. It stars Raquel Cantu, Carrie Malabre, P. David Miller, Michael Coons, Orson Chaplin, Lance Trezona, Ashley Totin and Cheetah Platt as The Bighead!
Here's the book's description to give you an idea of the source material: Who, or what, is the Bighead? Could it be a supernatural psychopath? Whatever it is, it's on a roll now, raging out of the Virginia backwoods and leaving a trail of blood and horror in his wake.
So once again we say, "Lighten up, society!" By coming out against The Bighead, all you've done is effectively promote the hell out of it. Will activists ever learn? For more info and to show your support, visit the official website for The Bighead and "like" The Bighead on Facebook. While you're at it, be sure and follow the Hollyshorts Film Festival on Twitter (@hollyshorts) too.
Not to be outdone by the zombies and witches who have been stealing their thunder lately, vampires are heading back into the spotlight in a new documentary from former "Buffy/Angel" star Juliet Landau that will feature the likes of author Anne Rice and Dracula himself, Gary Oldman.
The feature length documentary A Place Among the Dead, directed by Juliet Landau and Deverill Weekes (pictured right), is an exploration of the cultural obsession with vampires and what they reveal about the human psyche.
Juliet has a rare vantage point, having portrayed the iconic vampire Drusilla on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spin-off show, "Angel."
The film delves into myths, movies, television, literature, music, comic books, subcultures, and true crime. It chronicles the fun, imaginative, creative side and alternatively, the dark, disturbing side.
Interviewees are Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker's Dracula), Anne Rice (pictured below with Landau; Interview with the Vampire), David Greenwalt, (co-creator "Angel" and "Grimm"), Mariana Klaveno ("True Blood"), David J (Bauhaus), and many others, including a homicide detective who is working on a case directly linked into vampire subculture, where fantasy and death collide.
A current trend is to create live action shorts and web series from video games - and none are more ripe for the picking than those with zombies. Today we kick off a three-day exclusive release of Episodes 1-6 of Infestation: Day One, based on survival horror MMO Infestation: Survivor Stories.
Infestation: Survivor Stories (formerly The War Z) is based five years in the future following a horrendous viral outbreak of apocalyptic proportions that destroyed 95% of the world’s population. Players must survive against all odds. Scavenge, defend yourself, band with others, or die in the process – your life is in your own hands.
Now comes Infestation: Day One, a live action web series that pays homage to scary movies of the past such as Evil Dead and also gives background on the game's zombie outbreak.
It's written by Lana Titova and Michael Welch and directed by Titova. The cast includes Titova, Angela de Silva, Michael Lawson, Hugh McBride, Ron Slanina, Josh Butcher, and Kimberly Westbrook. Special effects are by Alexey Vlasov.
Check out Episodes 1 and 2 below, and be sure to come back tomorrow for two more! To learn more about the game itself, which was developed by Hammerpoint Interactive and published by OP Productions, visit the official Infestation: Survivor Stories website.