We're still sticking with "The Following" despite the eye-rollingly bad "reveal" at the end of this week's episode. Can things get back on track in Episode 2.05, "Reflection"? While we wait to find out, here are a batch of stills, a promo, and a preview of the ep.
"The Following" Episode 2.05 - "Reflection" (2/17/14, 9-10PM; repeats 2/22/14, 9-10PM)
In an attempt to learn new information, Ryan and Max capture a suspect. But complications lead to a game of dangerous cat and mouse.
Also, Joe grows accustomed to his surroundings and establishes a plan of his own, while Emma realizes she is in dangerous company.
Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang.
Guest Cast: Valerie Cruz as Agent Gina Mendez; Camille De Pazzis as Giselle; Bambadjan Bamba as Sami; Wendy Hoopes as Bella.
Ready for a taste of Dracula’s imminent return? If so, you'll be happy to hear that Konami has released a playable demo of its eagerly awaited Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 in North and South America.
The full game is scheduled to be released on February 25th for Playstation®3, PlayStation®Network, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE® Games on Demand, and Steam® for PC; and demos for all formats are now available digitally.
The demo allows users to become familiar with the game's many new advances, including an all-new controllable camera, vast locations, and intuitive combat elements.
The specially-tailored demo gives players control over Dracula as his castle comes under siege from the Brotherhood of Light and their armies. It acts as a prelude to the full game, allowing players to wield an assortment of weapons such as the energy-replenishing Void Sword (see the video below for more info) and the armor-destroying Chaos Claws. It also showcases a huge Titan combat sequence, wherein a gigantic enemy creation forms a moving location during the game, with Dracula scaling the moving behemoth as it assails his castle.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 has been flagged as one of the most ambitious and epic games of the current generation and acts as a stunning conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga. The full game will see Dracula stranded in modern times and charged with thwarting the emergence of an even greater evil: Satan himself.
The demo is currently available via PlayStation®Network, Xbox LIVE® Arcade, and Steam for PC. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is also available for pre-purchase on Steam at a 10% off discount.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 returns in an epic adventure set in an open, modern day world. Fans of the series will play as Dracula for the very first time and uncover the shocking conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga.
To learn more, visit the official Konami website.
The Daily Mail landed the first images of Halle Berry as Molly on the set of the now filming CBS project "Extant" along with her pint-sized co-star and android son Ethan, played by Pierce Gagnon. Check 'em out and look for more on this one soon!
Camryn Manheim plays Sam Barton, Molly’s best friend; Goran Visnjic plays Molly's husband, John; and Michael O'Neill and Grace Gummer also co-star.
"EXTANT" is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut, Molly (Halle Berry), who is trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.
"Extant" is a co-production of CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher (who wrote the script), Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank serve as executive producers with Halle Berry serving as co-executive producer.
Last month Syfy and The Asylum revealed that Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will reprise their roles as Fin and April in the eagerly awaited Sharknado sequel, Sharknado 2: The Second One. Today more familiar faces have joined the fracas.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and The Asylum announce that Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox. and Mark McGrath will join the eagerly anticipated Original Movie Sharknado 2: The Second One.
Osbourne will portray a flight attendant, and Dick will play a New York City police officer. Friedlander will play the character of Brian, while Hirsch – who starred in the iconic New York-based TV series "Taxi" – will be a cab driver named Ben. Fox will join the cast as Skye, an old high school friend of Fin (Ian Ziering), and Mark McGrath – lead singer of the rock band Sugar Ray and "Killer Karaoke" host – will play Fin’s brother-in-law.
Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado.
In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin (Ziering) and April (Tara Reid) can save the Big Apple.
Sharknado 2, set to begin production next week, will be filmed in New York City and is scheduled to premiere on Syfy in July.
Read our original Sharknado review here and a Q&A with star Tara Reid and director Anthony Ferrante here.
In this week's edition of Dread Central Live, special effects guru Vincent Guastini brought some props to the studio and showed us his interpretation of what the spider head from the new The Thing would've looked like.
If you can only spare a couple of minutes, this is THE clip from Dread Central Live that you have to watch!
In addition to the spider head, whom host Vanessa "Gore Whore" Gomez immediately wanted to make out with, right after Staci Layne Wilson (you have to watch to get it), Vincent also showed off a monster head from Steven C Miller's Under The Bed as well as a couple of victim heads from Cabin Fever: Patient Zero.
Of course you should always watch the entire show, which is available right below. Dread Central Live airs every Monday @ 4PM PST / 7PM EST. Be sure to tune in.
Vincent Guastini (Child's Play 3, The Langoliers, Dogma) credited John Carpenter The Thing as the movie that changed his life and inspired him to start his own special effects company at the age of 22.
Dread Central Live is a live, half-hour news/information/talk show dedicated to covering all aspects of the horror genre. Hosts Staci Layne Wilson and "Gore Whore" Vanessa Gomez will guide viewers on a weekly journey of keeping current in horror via news updates, interviews with genre and mainstream stars and filmmakers, exclusive clips, trailer premieres, as well as exclusive coverage from set visits for horror feature films and TV shows in production. During the interview portions of the show, fans can submit questions via Twitter and Facebook, moderated by “Jill Kill” and asked on-air by Staci and Vanessa in real time. DC Editor-in-Chief Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton will also make appearances occasionally, giving his unique “bat’s eye view” perspective on the genre that has fueled a lifelong obsession with the macabre!
On tap right now is a quick teaser from the first episode of Season 2 of the Metal Hurlant Chroniclesentitled "The Endomorphe." Check it out for some beauty vs. mutant madness!
In the lineage of cult series such as "The Twilight Zone," "The Outer Limits," and "Tales from the Crypt," Metal Hurlant Chronicles is the science fiction live-action adaptation of stories from the eponymous world-renowned magazine that gave birth in the U.S. to Heavy Metal.
So what should that mean to you? Plenty of boobs, monsters, and bloodshed, that's what!
Directed by Guillaume Lubrano, Metal Hurlant Chronicles stars Michael Jai White (The Dark Knight), James Marsters ("Buffy" and "Angel"), and Darren Shahlavi (Watchmen) with fight choreography by Larnell Stovall (Mortal Kombat).
Look for Season 2 in the spring of 2014.
Evil witches remain as hot as the flaming pyres which once burned their bones, and another flick centering on these deliciously evil practitioners is on its way from Dimension Films. Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Dimension Films announced today that they have preemptively purchased THE WITCHES' BALLROOM, a pitch by Ray Wright. Wright previously wrote THE CRAZIES, and his last spec script, THE WIDOW, was recently sold to Vendome.
THE WITCHES' BALLROOM will be produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Levine at 21 Laps. The logline is currently being kept under wraps.
"I've been a huge fan of Ray Wright for a very long time now, and we've been trying to find something to collaborate on. THE WITCHES' BALLROOM is going to terrify audiences in a way they've never seen before," said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.
"It's exciting when an original idea takes off, particularly psychological horror, which is such a visceral thrill to write. Dimension is the perfect home for it," said Ray Wright.
More casting news is here for the latest flick being helmed by Saw franchise director Kevin Greutert, entitled Visions, as Eva Longoria has just signed on to get all screamy! Read on for details.
According to Deadline, Longoria (pictured) will join Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, and "Community's" Gillian Jacobs in the film, which also has "The Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons in talks to co-star.
Fisher stars as a pregnant woman who moves with her husband to the countryside, where she is plagued by visions of a sinister hooded figure. Longoria will play Fisher’s fashionable, acerbic, and funny city gal pal who disapproves of her friend’s life choices.
Visions is directed by Kevin Greutert from a script by Lucas Sussman. Universal is set to distribute the Jason Blum-produced pic as the latest in the company's fruitful micro-budget genre collaborations while Blumhouse International is repping rights at the EFM in Berlin.
Dreamcatcher Theater Company is a small-scale horror group based in Devon, England. After a couple years of inactivity, they are looking to get back out there and figure the best way to do it is to bring a live show to the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The group currently has an Indiegogo campaign to help them raise the £5,000 required to put on the three-play performance entitled The Unholy Trinity.
If you're in the UK and dig some creative horror theater, definitely consider checking out Dreamcatcher Theater Company.
You can start with the Indiegogo promo video below.
Zombies, soldiers, robots, and Dolph Lundgren. Really, does anything else have to be said to grab your attention? We didn't think so. In any event here are two new Battle of the Damned clips.
Anchor Bay Films presents Battle of the Damned, where you can pick your apocalypse – germ warfare, zombie assaults, and/or deadly robots!! With unrelenting action and unyielding suspense, Battle of the Damned commences February 18, 2014, on Blu-ray and DVD.
“Zombies. Killer Robots. Nice town you got here.”
When a deadly virus is accidentally released into a major city, its population is quarantined by military blockade. And for a wealthy industrialist desperate to rescue his daughter from inside the rabid chaos, his only hope is former commando Max Gatling (Lundgren). Now Gatling has one day to bust in, blast through hordes of the undead, find the girl, and hunt for a way to get them both out alive. But will a small band of survivors and an army of killer robots turn his mission into maximum slaughter?
Matt Doran (The Matrix), David Field (Chopper), and Esteban Cueto (Fast Five, Iron Man 2, The Scorpion King) co-star in this intense action shocker. Battle of the Damned is a terrifying look into the future. Set against a ravaged landscape, it is a battle against flesh and steel – a battle between outlaw and outbreak!
Battle of the Damned is written and directed by Christopher Hatton and produced by Ehud Bleiberg, Leon Tong, and Hatton.
You excited for the sequel to The Purge? Well then, we can now exclusively confirm for you that the full title of the flick is The Purge: Anarchy, and also a trailer will be hitting THIS WEEK! Read on for details and screenshots!
A Dread Central reader by the name of The Polite Leader (a nod to the first film) wrote in with the news, the images you see below, and a description of what's in the trailer.
The trailer opens with a young couple heading home (looks to be Devil's Due's Zack Gilford and Kiele Sanchez). The young lady is anxious, wanting to get home as quickly as possible (and with good reason). Then - their car breaks down. "No, no! This can't be happening!" "No one's going to help us tonight."
The announcement of the annual Purge kicks in - cut to shots of the city closing up for the night (people leaving the streets, metal shutters dropping, people arming themselves). Our young couple exit their car as the sun starts dropping. Once they hit the city limits, they run afoul of a skull mask-wearing biker gang. Quick cuts of the couple being chased.
"On June 20th..."
The warped version of "America the Beautiful" that graced the previous film's trailer kicks in.
Explosions. A group of wealthy looking folks standing over an elder with various sharp instruments.
A bus full of scary looking tattooed dudes prowls the streets.
Quick shots - the couple looking terrified, a gang throwing molotov cocktails on the streets..
Skull-masked biker basking in the chaos. Our heroes running for their lives. A heavily armed guy opening fire. Then - daylight. A hoodie-wearing guy wearing menacing death's head war paint stares us down from the distance. A creepy looking guy in a plain white mask with the word "god" written on it waves goodbye with his fingers.
"The Purge: Anarchy" title over a shot of a tarnished and torn American flag.
"June 20th. How Will You Purge? #PurgeAnarchy"
The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.
Look for it in theaters on Friday, June 20, 2014.
Writer/director/producer James DeMonaco returns and will be joined by producers Jason Blum, Sebastien Lemercier, and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.
Seems like Armistice, starring Joseph Morgan ("The Originals"), has been on the verge of release for a while now, and finally we have the DVD date for it. And it's not very much longer!
XLrator Media will be releasing Armistice (formerly known as Warhouse) on DVD on March 11, 2014. Matt Ryan and William Troughton co-star. Luke Massey directs.
In the role of Royal Marine A.J. Budd, Joseph Morgan stars in this brutal psychological and supernatural thriller, in which he finds himself trapped in the Warhouse. Imprisoned, he is forced to fight for his life against grotesque, inhuman opponents. He must kill every day or die himself. His one glimmer of hope comes in the form of a diary, left by a former occupant of the house, WWI Lieutenant Edward Sterling, played by Matt Ryan.
A bit of casting news has trickled in today for Jose Pendres' new flick, The Divine Tragedies, and it's a familiar genre favorite! Read on for the details.
From the Press Release
DIVINE TRAGEDIES ANNOUNCES THE CASTING OF KEN FOREE: Writer/director Jose Prendes (THE HAUNTING OF WHALEY HOUSE) and producers Jon and James Kondelik are excited to welcome the badass Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD, LORDS OF SALEM) to the cast of their new film.
“Ken is not only a good, hard-working actor but has such an iconic presence that he makes everything cool,” says Prendes. “We sent the script to him, and he got back to us the very next day with a simple ‘I’m in’. We are beyond thrilled to have him on board.”
DIVINE TRAGEDIES, based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case, tells the tale of Charles Brubaker (Graham Denman, The Haunting of Whaley House) and his half-brother Thomas Lo Bianco (Jon Kondelik, Airplane Vs. Volcano), who concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder, and when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives, they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul (Ken Foree), a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail.
“Jose Prendes is one of the most promising up-and-coming directors,” say Ken. “I'm looking forward to our collaboration and working with the producers on this exciting film. I'm very anxious for shooting to begin. I know it will be a wonderful, creative adventure for all of us.”
Filming begins at the end of February.
I'm not sure what it is about Aussie horror, but I love almost all of it. And I certainly love the three movies that Severin Films has announced to Blu-ray later this year. Those looking to junk their DVD editions of Patrick, Thirst, and Dead Kids (aka Strange Behavior) can rejoice!
From the Press Release:
The original killer in a coma classic PATRICK hits Blu-ray from Severin Films on 3/11/14
Aussie horror favorites THIRST & DEAD KIDS will also be issued in Blu/DVD Combos
In the late ‘70s and early ‘80s while films like MY BRILLIANT CAREER and BREAKER MORANT were putting Australia’s ‘New Wave’ on the map, a depraved generation of young Aussie filmmakers was putting a very different kind of movie on screens. Three ‘Ozploitation’ horrors, PATRICK, DEAD KIDS & THIRST, will have their Blu-ray debut from Severin Films, while their sub-label Intervision will issue the definitive compilation OZPLOITATION TRAILER EXPLOSION.
PATRICK: Just as Mark (NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD) Hartley’s highly anticipated remake hits US theaters, Richard (PSYCHO 2) Franklin’s original Ozploitation classic is back… now in stunning HD: A comatose killer is seemingly unresponsive in a small private hospital. But when a hot new nurse begins to question his condition, Patrick will unleash a waking nightmare of psychokinetic carnage. Loaded with Extras including a recently discovered vintage interview with Franklin & the never before available in America Italian track with soundtrack by Goblin (SUSPIRIA, DAWN OF THE DEAD).
DEAD KIDS: Fangoria called it “One of the best horror movies you’ve never seen”: Michael Murphy (MANHATTAN), Dan Shor (WISE BLOOD) and Academy Award® winner Louise Fletcher (ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST) star in this grisly saga of bizarre experiments, butchered teens, New Zealand doubling for suburban Illinois, and a killer in a Tor Johnson mask. This cult favorite – released in America as STRANGE BEHAVIOR – features a hypnotic score by Tangerine Dream, co-written by the Oscar®-winning director of CHICAGO, directed by the producer of TWO LANE BLACKTOP, now loaded with Extras and transferred in HD from the original negative for the first time ever.
THIRST: One of the most unique vampire movies of our time – is back like you’ve never seen it before: David Hemmings (BLOW-UP, DEEP RED) and Henry Silva (THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) star as executives of an international blood-drinking cartel known as ‘The Brotherhood’. But when they abduct a descendant of Elizabeth Bathory to reboot her depraved legacy, she must escape before the corporation can expand their human ‘blood cow’ dairies and create a vampire master race. Now transferred in HD from the original negative for the first time ever anywhere!
Severin will also be releasing Ozploitation Trailer Explosion, which is a collection of ‘Ozploitation’ trailers, packed with 65 ockers, knockers, pubes, tubes, comatose killers, outback chillers, high-octane disasters and kung fu masters.
Hashtags are another thing that have invaded every aspect of pop culture, and taking a page out of The Asylum's book is the upcoming film #Horror. Read on for the early word on this latest project starring one of our favorite evil lasses!
Deadline is reporting that #Horror, a scandalous noir thriller that marks the directorial debut of Tara Subkoff, has just been shot. The film stars Chloe Sevigny (pictured), Timothy Hutton, Balthazar Getty, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel, Lydia Hearst and Annabelle Dexter-Jones.
It’s produced by Brendan Walsh, Jason Ludman and Oren Segal through Radius Entertainment.
No plot details were available at press time.
Straight out of EFM we now have two early bits of artwork for Miguel Ángel Vivas' (Kidnapped) apocalyptic tale Welcome to Harmony. Read on to check 'em out and get the latest details.
Jeffrey Donovan (“Burn Notice”) and Matthew Fox (pictured; “Lost”) star in the post-apocalyptic horror movie Welcome to Harmony, which serves as the English-language debut of the Spanish director.
Ahna O’Reilly (The Help), Quinn McColgan (Non-Stop), and Clara Lago (I Want You) co-star.
Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) and Juan Sola are producing through their Ombra Films banner along with Hernany Perla (Ghost Team One). Vivas and Alberto Marini adapted Juan de Dios Garduno’s bestselling book Y pese a todo.
Production has begun in Budapest.
Nine years after an infection turns most of humanity into rabid creatures, Patrick, Jack, and Lu, a nine-year-old girl, survive in seeming peace and calm in the forgotten snow-covered town of Harmony. We nonetheless sense that something terrible happened between Patrick and Jack because a deep hate keeps them apart. When the creatures appear again, Patrick and Jack will have to leave behind all rancor to protect the one being who means more to them than anything else.
Some quick news is coming in regarding the new project from Paranormal Activity 3 and 4 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Shulman. THR is reporting that Lionsgate has tapped the directing team to helm Nerve.
Nerve is the company's adaptation of the Jeanne Ryan YA novel being produced by Allison Shearmur.
The novel tells of a high school senior wallflower who, in an attempt to broaden her horizons, joins a global online game of provocative truth or dare while an audience of "watchers" vote and comment. But as she becomes a sensation and advances higher and higher, the game evolves, and soon she finds herself in a dangerous and life-ending situation.
Jessica Sharzer, a writer and exec producer on "American Horror Story," wrote the adaptation.
Your lonesome nights are almost over! "Bates Motel" Season 2 kicks off in just a few more weeks (March 3rd to be exact), and we have another new promo to share... one that's set to music!
Season 2 of “Bates Motel,” starring Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman, premieres on the A&E Network on Monday, March 3rd, at 9 PM ET/PT, with Episode 2.01, "Gone But Not Forgotten."
Season 2 Synopsis:
In Season 2 of “Bates Motel,” executive producers Carlton Cuse (“Lost”) and Kerry Ehrin (“Friday Night Lights”) dig deeper into the twisted world of the Bates family. Picking up from last season, Norman (Freddie Highmore) is fixating on Miss Watson’s death while Norma’s mysterious past starts to haunt the family with the introduction of her brother.
Meanwhile, Norman’s brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot), gets more entrenched in the familial drug war that fuels White Pine Bay and finds himself right in the middle of the danger as Bradley (Nicola Peltz), who remains on the hunt to uncover her father’s killer, is driven to precarious extremes. Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell), is caught up on all fronts as everything in town escalates, and Emma (Olivia Cooke) complicates her relationship with Norman as the duo explore new love interests, bringing new and old characters along for the ride.
Guest stars checking into “Bates Motel” throughout the new season are Michael Vartan ("HawthoRNe," “Alias”), Kathleen Robertson ("Boss"), Paloma Kwiatkowski (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Rebecca Creskoff ("The Practice," "Hung"), Kenny Johnson ("Sons of Anarchy"), Michael Eklund (88 Minutes, "Supernatural"), and Michael O’Neill (Dallas Buyers Club, “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The West Wing”).
Richard Ayoade's dark comedy The Double is heading to the UK on April 4th from StudioCanal (we get it here in the States a month later from Magnolia Pictures), and to get our mates across the pond ready for it, here's a new trailer.
The Double is directed by Ayoade, who co-wrote the script with Avi Korine based on a Fyodor Dostoevsky novella. It stars Jesse Eisenberg in a dual role along with Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O'Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts, and Paddy Considine.
Simon James is a ghost. Friends, family, and coworkers meet his every action with complete indifference. He grimly goes through the motions, hoping for recognition that never comes. All of this changes when James Simon arrives.
Physically, James and Simon are dead ringers. Yet, in temperament, James is everything Simon is not: personable, spontaneous, assertive, and desirable. When James begins to take over Simon’s life, he is forced to act.
Jesse Eisenberg’s fantastic double performance is bolstered by a cast of seasoned character actors who bring Simon James’ gloomy retro world to life. Directed with a deftly comic hand and assured visual technique by Richard Ayoade, The Double is a stylish black comedy with acerbic wit to spare.
We horror fans are constantly begging for original movies. Enough with the remakes, the sequels and the re-hashed ideas. Give us something truly original, and we'll be happy. Ask and ye shall receive, fiends!
Screen Daily reports that The Haunting in Connecticut director Peter Cornwell has signed on to direct Minion, a martial arts horror film. Yes, a martial arts horror film.
Eric Gable and Ben Bostik wrote the screenplay, which tells the story of a farewell party for a martial arts coach that descends into horror. When a party game reveals the man is possessed, the guests must battle supernatural forces as they undertake a twisted ritual of reverse exorcism.
Gudrun Giddings and Christian Arnold-Beutel are teaming up to produce the film.
More as we learn it!