What a bunch of babies! Apparently billboards for FX's upcoming "The Strain" featuring some kind of a worm either coming out of, or going into, an eyeball are too much for residents of Hollywood to handle, and they've taken to Twitter to bitch about it.
Okay, so maybe you don't necessarily want to see a close-up of a worm-penetrated eyeball while you're trying to choke down your Egg McMuffin in the morning, but is it really that big of a deal? Well, people need something to tweet about. It can't all be pictures of food and cute cat videos.
And we've heard from some celebs on the Twittersphere regarding "The Strain" billboards. Paranormal Activity 2 star Molly Ephraim herself has spoken out. Ephraim tweeted, "Billboard for ‘The Strain’ or whatever that godforsaken thing is w/ the thing in the eyeball on my street; can I call the Mayor to complain?"
And to really hammer her point home, she followed up with, "NO BUT SERIOUSLY I CAN'T DEAL WITH THOSE POSTERS FOR "THE STRAIN" I NEED THEM REMOVED CITYWIDE."
Funny, horror didn't bother Ms. Ephraim that much when she was cashing those PA2 checks.
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And for good measure, Nicholas Stoller, director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall and writer of The Muppets, did another bit of fine writing when he tweeted, "Hey, ‘The Strain’ billboards: f— you! People have little kids in this city who don't want to be scared out of their goddamn minds!" Really? It's a little gross, that's all. People aren't running through the streets in a terrified frenzy.
Anyway, we've included some other bellyaching tweets about "The Strain" billboards below. For those of you who dig this kind of stuff, prepare yourselves for the series premiere on Sunday, July 13th, on FX.
UPDATE: Per EW, following all the outcry, the only way FX could "worm" itself out of this predicament was to yank the images. “We are in the process of replacing the key art for 'The Strain' on outdoor media in several locations,” said the network in a statement; however, they would not specify where the changes are being made.
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The ensemble cast of "The Strain" includes Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.
"The Strain" is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
You have to wait 2-1/2 minutes before the action begins, but once it does... oh my! This 3-minute long Sharknado 2: The Second One clip gives a good indication of the mayhem to come when the sequel to Syfy's social media phenom Sharknado arrives next month.
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 and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.
Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie, which promises cameos by the likes of Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton), Robert Klein, and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.
Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado.
Sharknado 2 premieres on Wednesday, July 30th, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original Sharknado aired.
Horror movies without Michael Myers in them don't get much more awesome than Halloween III: Season of the Witch, which is finally being accepted for the movie it is, rather than maligned for the movie it is not. Bout time, horror fans. Bout goddamn time.
Speaking of which, artist Aaron Crawford of Cavity Colors has just put up for grabs a piece of limited edition art that pays tribute to the three iconic masks seen in the Halloween franchise's unrelated third installment, which is pretty much a must-own for all fans of the film.
Measuring 16"x20", the fine art print comes signed and numbered by Crawford, with only 100 of them available. If you want to be one of those lucky 100 fans, head over to Cavity Colors to pick one of these bad boys up for just $30.
125 days till Halloween... Halloween, Halloween... 125 days till Halloween...
Just a few short days after the first trailer arrived for Dracula Untold (formerly Dracula: Year Zero), Universal has sent us a fresh batch of new still images that depict the early years of the iconic blood drinker. Drop fang and dig in!
The film stars Luke Evans as the titular bloodsucker alongside Sarah Gadon, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, Zach McGowan, and Dominic Cooper.
Universal’s dramatic horror movie tells the origin story of the most famous of vampires. Michael De Luca is producing the project, and commercials helmer Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture.
Look for it in theaters October 17, 2014.
Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks plays a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson is Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson portrays Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.
20th Century Fox is prepping to unleash everyone's favorite little antichrist, Damien Thorn, onto the masses as apparently another remake is on its way in addition to the previously announced "Damien" TV series. Read on for everything you need to know.
The news comes from Bloody Disgusting, who are reporting that Fox is working with Platinum Dunes to develop a second remake based upon the David Seltzer tale of a little boy with the whole world in his demonic hands.
John Moore directed the insipid 2006 remake (that had a strange fascination with the color red) starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, but let's just forget that all happened, mmkay?
The Omen, from writer David Seltzer and director Richard Donner, starred Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as parents whose son dies at birth and instead secretly adopt an orphan whose mother died at the same time. Only they eventually learn that the child, Damien (played by Harvey Spencer Stephens), is the Antichrist.
Promising nine nights of the world's best new horror, sci-fi, action, and cult movies, the 9th annual Toronto After Dark film fest runs October 16-24, and if you have a project to submit for it, the clock is ticking!
Toronto After Dark Submission Information:
Toronto After Dark Film Festival's 9th Annual Call For Film Entries is now running! The critically acclaimed fest runs for nine thrilling nights in Toronto, Canada, this October 16-24, 2014, and welcomes submissions of all forms of genre cinema.
Accepted categories includes horror, sci-fi, fantasy, animation, crime, action, cult, and documentary films, both short form and feature-length. The final deadline for this year's entries is July 25th. For convenience to filmmakers, both online screeners and DVDs are accepted.
For more info be sure to "like" Toronto After Dark Film Festival on Facebook and follow Toronto After Dark Film Festival on Twitter (@TAD FilmFest).
We told you yesterday that Linkin Park band member Joseph Hahn is getting ready to make his directorial debut with a film called Mall, and today we have the trailer for you cats to dig on. Check it out!
Paragon Pictures has picked up North American rights to Hahn’s feature helming debut, Mall, which stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Gina Gershon, Cameron Monaghan, Peter Stormare, and James Frecheville in the story of five disaffected suburbanites whose lives come together at a shopping mall following a seemingly random shooting.
Paragon is planning to release Mall in the fall after Hahn hits the road on Linkin Park’s Carnivores Tour this summer.
We'll continue keeping an eye on things for ya! Stay tuned.
What does the undead scanner say about his shuffle level? IT’S OVER 9,000! Aside from incorporating Dragon Ball Z’s most memorable quote, Over 9,000 Zombies! gives PC gamers more of what they want: zombies!
On July 2nd Steam users will get early access to the strategic/action zombie game Over 9,000 Zombies! This news was accompanied by an announce trailer, featured below. Developers describe the game as "a retro-style, top-down zombie shoot ‘em up" with the trailer showcasing its action element.
But how should you greet your new zombie neighbors? Developers say, "Burn them. Shoot them. Blow them up." Over 9,000 Zombies! is being sold as a sweat-soaked demon ride through the constant hell of wave after wave of zombie onslaughts.
While the trailer is all action, developers stress a strategic element, stating you will "choose from a massive array of weapons [and] build a fortified base with automated turrets." Over 9,000 Zombies! looks to deliver the perfect marriage between action and strategy, providing the player with some variety.
But you won’t be tasked with facing the gore-drenched zombie horde alone as it has been revealed that Over 9,000 Zombies! will contain co-op play.
What should truly be fun about Over 9,000 Zombies! is a soundtrack by virtually unknown electronic noise behemoths Clearside. Check out that link for a taste of the disjointed brilliance to come.
Several new stills from The Bunnyman Massacre have hit our inbox, and they definitively prove that blood red is the big guy's favorite color to dye your eggs with. I'm not sure why that sounds so dirty, but alas...
From the Press Release
Midnight Releasing is set to unleash the demented Bunnyman Massacre this August on DVD and VOD across North America. Additional information is forthcoming.
Also known as "Bunnyman 2", the film is a drastically improved sequel to the 2011 cult hit Bunnyman, which gained notoriety from a huge amount of press as well as being in heavy rotation on the cable TV channel Chiller.
The Bunnyman character was inspired by the true story of an axe-wielding man in a bunny suit who terrorized residents of Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1970. Going wild with that inspiration, writer/director Carl Lindbergh and his company, ANOC Productions, created and released Bunnyman in 2011. Despite mixed reviews, the film gained a sizable following and has been known to play back-to-back on the cable TV channel Chiller.
Bunnyman Massacre was completed in 2013, and it's obvious that the ANOC Productions crew took notes from the response to the first film. This one is leaps and bounds (pun intended) ahead of the original in all aspects, from the visual quality to the acting, direction, story, and horror elements. Bunnyman Massacre premiered on Chiller over Easter weekend this year.
If you like your horror served with heaps of gore, lots of kills, memorable characters, and dashes of nudity, humor, and general offensiveness, this film is certainly for you. And with a third installment in production, Carl Lindbergh's bloody and furry creation is on track for true horror franchise status.
"Inspired by the fans' requests, Bunnyman 2, aka The Bunnyman Massacre, was born," explains Lindbergh. "With Bunnyman 2 we were able to realize the potential of Bunnyman 1 and at the same time create a franchise that will continue with Bunnyman 3 (which is currently in production.) What I appreciate with The Bunnyman Massacre is that we were able to make a film that really stands apart from all the countless slasher films and deliver a film that is very unique."
The adventures of Joe and Bunnyman know no limit of bloodlust and carnage. Bodies pile up as Bunnyman indiscriminately slaughters anything that crosses his path in a mutually beneficial relationship that gives Joe plenty of beef jerky to sell in his local store.
Another fan favorite horror TV series has confirmed its presence at this year's SDCC with this simple sentence that landed in our inbox: "Hannibal" is on the menu once again at Comic-Con!
So far all we know is that the panel date is Thursday, July 24th, but we expect to be hearing more soon, including the participants (fingers crossed that Mads will make it this year!), so stay tuned.
The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con runs July 24-27 (Preview Night is July 23), and you can be sure Dread Central will be there in full force as usual.
Keep your eyes on the official SDCC website for more info and updates.
In anticipation of the official Blu-ray/DVD release of Derek Lee and Clif Prowse's truly killer vampire flick Afflicted (review), we have an exclusive deleted scene for you to wrap your heads around. Dig it!
Afflicted Release Details
The award-winning, critically acclaimed horror thriller AFFLICTED spreads terror on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital July 1st, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
AFFLICTED tells the chilling tale of two best friends whose documented journey around the world takes a horrifying turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. Written, directed, and co-starring breakthrough filmmaking duo Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, this excitingly original entry in the found-footage horror genre took home awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay (Horror Feature category) at the 2013 FantasticFest in addition to awards of recognition at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Bonus features on both the Blu-ray and DVD include never-before-seen deleted scenes as well as two fascinating featurettes. “Afflicted: Behind the Scenes” takes fans on set for an inside look at the making of this new found-footage horror favorite, and “Anatomy of a Scene: The Window Jump” features the filmmakers on how they utilized a creative mix of practical stunt work and visual effects to pull off one of the film’s more jaw-dropping action sequences.
AFFLICTED was produced by Chris Ferguson and Zach Lipovsky. Executive producers are Jason Dowdeswell, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Stuart Ford, and Zak Pashak.
The film has a runtime of about 85 minutes and has been rated R for disturbing, bloody violence and language.
This terrifying horror thriller follows two best friends who set out on the trip of a lifetime around the world. Their journey, documented every step of the way, soon takes a dark and unexpected turn after an encounter with a beautiful woman in Paris leaves one of them mysteriously afflicted. The film won Best Picture (Horror), Best Screenplay (Horror), and Best Director (Horror) at Fantastic Fest and was the recipient of awards of recognition from the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. AFFLICTED is one of the most suspenseful and original action horror debuts in a generation.
Universal has finally officially confirmed a sequel to Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, and we have a message regarding what's planned right here from the man himself. Read on for the goods, a video, and even a release date!
According to del Toro things are ready to get cooking on two fronts. "From now until April 2017, we are going to develop a new animated series for Pacific Rim [to] continue the comic book series that we started with Year Zero and, most importantly, creating a sequel for the film," says del Toro via the below video, which appeared on Legendary's YouTube channel.
"I'm working on this with Zak Penn and Travis Beacham, and we're all very happy to be bringing you more Kaijus, more Jaegers kicking each other's butt!"
Pacific Rim 2, the next chapter of the epic action-adventure, will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on April 7, 2017.
Look for more soon!
The found footage flick As Above, So Below, directed by John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil), has gotten a change in its release date. Look for it now on August 29th instead of August 15th as originally reported.
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.
Snow White and the Huntsman wasn't nearly as bad as we thought it would be. Yes, it starred Kristen Stewart, who is about as wooden as the trees used to put the original tale on paper, but there was a lot of good to be found. If this latest news comes to fruition, we could all be in luck!
According to Deadline, Frank Darabont's in negotiations to direct the sequel to the original, which Rupert Sanders helmed and which grossed close to $400 million worldwide on a $170M budget.
The studio is considering the movie a spinoff, not a sequel, and sparked to Darabont’s pitch, which focused almost exclusively on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. It remains to be seen whether Stewart will reprise her role as Snow White.
Original Snow White and the Huntsman Synopsis:
In this spectacular action-adventure, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) is Snow White, the only woman in the land fairer than the evil queen Ravenna (Oscar winner Charlize Theron). Ravenna wants nothing more than to destroy her young rival, but she doesn’t know that Show White has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) the queen dispatched to kill her. Together with a handsome prince (Sam Claflin) enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power, they assemble an armed force to recapture the kingdom.
This breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders is, in the words of Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV, “a film that soars with creativity, stylistic genius, and amazing battle scenes.”
Things are heating up here in Southern California as preparations are under way for the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and one of the first TV shows to announce its presence at this year's event is MTV's "Teen Wolf."
From the Press Release:
MTV announced today that its hit drama series "Teen Wolf" will return to San Diego Comic-Con for the fifth year in a row with a panel featuring the series’ stars on Thursday, July 24. “Teen Wolf” will also have a show-themed booth on the convention center floor for the first time ever.
Tyler Posey, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, plus new cast members Shelley Hennig and Dylan Sprayberry, along with Executive Producer Jeff Davis, will once again take Comic-Con by storm, giving fans a can’t-miss panel in which they will share Season 4 secrets, debut a new mid-season trailer, and answer fan questions. The panel will be moderated by Buzzfeed Senior Editor Jarett Wieselman.
The “Teen Wolf” booth (#3729) will be open to fans all weekend long and will be highlighted by signings and special appearances by cast and crew. The booth will also feature four full days of activations where fans can insert themselves into a custom character poster and create their own “Teen Wolf”-inspired monster. Additionally, MTV commissioned artist Swann Smith to illustrate a limited edition bestiary that serves as a full guide to the creatures of Beacon Hills. The bestiary will be distributed for free throughout the weekend, and Swann will be on hand signing copies at the booth.
On Friday, July 25, MTV will hold a signing with cast members at the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment booth (#4213), which distributes the DVD. Special Edition Season 3 DVDs that will be exclusive to Comic-Con attendees will also be available for purchase at the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment booth.
The first word on a new psychological thriller landed in our inbox today, including who the primary cast members are, so if you're a fan of Wes Bentley and/or Jaimie Alexander, read on for all the details!
From the Press Release:
Actors Wes Bentley (Intersteller, Knight of Cups, The Hunger Games, American Beauty) and Jaimie Alexander (pictured; London Fields, Thor: The Dark World, Thor) will star in the upcoming psychological thriller Broken Vows.
The script was written by James Agnew and Sean Keller (Rage), and internationally award-winning commercial director Bram Coppens, who hails from Belgium, makes his directorial debut with this first feature film. Broken Vows is produced by Wendy Benge (Life of Crime, Life After Beth), and Larry Ladove (The Butler, Life of Crime) will serve as executive producer. Stonecreek Films will be financing the film, which is slated to go into production in late June.
Broken Vows tells the story of Patrick Flynn (Bentley), whose charm and charisma masks a profound psychosis. Patrick seduces Tara Bloom (Alexander), instantly becoming infatuated with the beauty. But when Tara rejects Patrick, he is sent spiraling into madness and delusion, erupting into psychotic rage. Tara is forced to find the strength to stop Patrick from destroying her love, her family, and her life.
“Agnew and Keller did an amazing job creating a new, thrilling spin to the psychological stalker film,” said Wendy Benge, producer. “I love the way they can take a common, traditional genre and turn it into something completely unique. Coppens' take on this film will add a dark European sensibility. Alexander's strong personality and Bentley's intensity will make for a dynamic suspenseful thriller.”
Look for more soon!
Though we don't have exact specs and there is no formal announcement, we couldn't help but share this latest sales sheet which shows that every single movie in the Exorcist franchise is getting set to hit Blu-ray! Read on for what we do know.
Judging from the ad below, The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Exorcist III, Exorcist: The Beginning, and Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist will all be available in the upcoming The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology Blu-ray box set.
In addition, almost each individual film will be available as a single release on September 23rd. The only film not getting a separate single release is Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist. Yep, if you want Paul Schrader's take on the story of Father Merrin, you're gonna have to pony up the extra cash.
The box set will cost $35.99, and the individual releases will run $16.99 each. Stay tuned for the official word.
Here it is.The scream of the crop. The scariest and most fascinating collection of movies in modern horror. At the center of these ultimate clashes between darkness and light are intrepid souls who dare to look evil in the eye and unsheathe the weapons of faith. The struggle begins with the trend-setting The Exorcist (presented it its original theatrical version and extended director's cut). Exorcist II: The Heretic and The Exorcist III bring added perspectives, blood-curdling visuals and shocks to the harrowing tale. And the two prequel stories (by two different directors) of Dominion/The Beginning enrich the original by revealing the amazing genesis of the battle between Father Merrin and humanity’s most insidious foe.
When the dust and shrapnel settled on this year’s E3, next-gen console owners were looking forward to being rewarded for their investment in the future with an ogre’s fistful of titles coming to them. But owners of the previous generation’s consoles who haven’t switched over yet were left pantsless in a Yukon blizzard.
But we have a word of hope to the freezing as Bandai Namco offers a pair of pants and a steaming cup of cocoa in the form of a new Godzilla game.
Gojira, who will undoubtedly be called Godzilla, will be making an appearance exclusively on the PS3. The game is slated for release this winter in the monster’s familiar stomping ground of Japan, but no word as of yet on a North American release.
The major focus of the game will be style as a host of film filters and off-key camera angles are promised to recreate the highly stylized classic monster films with multiple incarnations of the beast found throughout its history. The goal is to showcase the evolution of Godzilla throughout history, from the 1950’s monster with 1950’s film grain all the way to the 2014 version making an appearance.
Gamers can expect the gameplay to be mission-focused with most of those missions being to lay absolute waste to much of a cityscape’s prime real estate.
A new Godzilla game will undoubtedly inspire a touch of nostalgia in the over thirty crowd, who no doubt spent much of their childhood destroying cities in the franchise’s very fun NES offering. Come out of the cold, PS3 owners; it’s warm in here!
The hype wheel for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes isn't just spinning... it's shooting full force like a speeding comet aimed directly at the Earth that will no doubt exterminate humanity, leaving the planet for Simians. Here's yet another clip!
Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo. James Franco has a minor cameo.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
For more visit the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes website, "like" Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Facebook, and follow Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Twitter (#DawnOfApes).
After a successful run at the South by Southwest Film Festival, the new film from director Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), entitled Home, was acquired by IFC Midnight, which has just retitled it At the Devil's Door. Look for it pre-theatrically on VOD/digital on August 8 with a theatrical release to follow on September 12.
Additionally, At the Devil's Door was just announced as part of the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival lineup.
Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, and Ava Acres star. Check out the trailer below.
When ambitious young real estate agent LEIGH is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh's artist sister VERA into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.