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Katee Sackhoff as Evil as Can Be in New Oculus Character Poster

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 18:36

Katee Sackhoff is one of those actresses whom we simply adore around these parts, and this latest character poster for the upcoming fright fest Oculus is filled with nothing but her! We likey! We really likey! The film will haunt theaters April 11th. Dig it!

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

For the latest news and updates, be sure to "like" Oculus on Facebook and follow @blumhouse on Twitter.

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Camp Dread Trailer Alive and Killing!

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:41

On tap right now we have the official trailer from the upcoming flick from Harrison Smith, Camp Dread (formerly Check it out along with all the latest details. We all know how much fun camping can be! Start packing!

The flick will be available on DVD April 15, 2014, from RLJ Entertainment. Eric Roberts, Danielle Harris, and Felissa Rose star.

The "Summer Camp" horror trilogy was one of the most popular franchises of the 1980s. However, the decade ended and so did director Julian Barrett's career. Now Barrett plans to resurrect his gory series via a modern reboot patterned after reality filmmaking.

With his former leading lady and an eclectic group of 10 young “contestants,” Barrett returns to the same locale where his old splatter-fests were filmed. When one of the campers is found savagely murdered, they realize there’s more at stake than just fame and fortune. Each of them is in a fight for their lives as they realize summer is over – forever.

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New Art and Stills Found in the House of Dust

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 17:05

A.D. Calvo's latest film, House of Dust, is on its way to home video courtesy of Anchor Bay, and right now we have the official DVD artwork and several new stills that have been waiting to haunt you. Check 'em out!

From the Press Release
Redding House Asylum. For some, it’s a distant reminder of a time when medical treatment of the clinically insane bordered on torture. For an unsuspecting group of college students, it’s the first stop on a journey into terror!

On May 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment unlocks House of Dust on DVD. The chilling possession shocker features a hot young cast including Inbar Lavi (Street Kings 2: Motor City, Underemployed), Steven Grayhm (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Eddie Hassell (The Kids are Alright, Jobs), Holland Roden (“Teen Wolf”), John Lee Ames (Days of Darkness), Alesandra Assante, Joy Lauren (“Desperate Housewives”), Nicole Travolta (“Two and a Half Men”) and Stephen Spinella (“24”). House of Dust is priced to own with a $19.98 SRP.

Emma (Lavi) is one of the bright new faces at Camden College. Plagued with visions and voices all her life, she’s now trying to move past her personal demons of schizophrenia, and substitute hallucinations with higher learning. Emma joins her friends when they break into the shuttered remnants of the abandoned Redding House Asylum on campus. When they accidentally shatter canisters holding the ashes of former mental patients and subsequently inhale the dust-filled air, they’re soon possessed by the souls once held within them. One of them happens to be a convicted serial killer from 1959...

Inspired by true events, House of Dust opens the door to a nightmare of murder and mayhem.

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A Field in England Opens on Blu-ray and DVD

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:35

Ben Wheatley's (Kill List) new film, A Field in England (review), is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD via Drafthouse Films, and we have the skinny on what to expect once it arrives. Read on for details.

From the Press Release
From Drafthouse Films and director Ben Wheatley comes the original horror film A Field in England, available on DVD and Blu-ray April 8.

This is the fourth feature film from writer/director Ben Wheatley, whose credits include the highly acclaimed tour-de-force thriller Kill List, the Edgar Wright-produced 2012 Cannes Film Festival selection Sightseers, and a segment in anthology horror film The ABCs of Death.

Billed as "a psychedelic trip into magic and madness," A Field in England follows a group of English Civil War soldiers in the 17th century who are captured by an alchemist and led into a vast mushroom field, where they fall victim to violent and nightmarish forces. A Field in England will be distributed on home video by Cinedigm at an SRP of $29.95 for the Blu-ray and $27.95 for the DVD.

With a new feature, the JG Ballard adaptation High Rise, currently in pre-production with Tom Hiddleston attached to star, Wheatley and producers Claire Jones and Andy Starke assembled A Field in England with financing via Film4's talent and ideas arm Film 4.0 headed up by Anna Higgs. The film stars Reece Shearsmith ("The League of Gentlemen") and Kill List's Michael Smiley and features Julian Barrett ("The Mighty Boosh") in a small role.

Wheatley's work has been lauded by both critics and moviegoers, placing him at the forefront of a new wave in contemporary cinema emerging from the festival circuit dubbed "art-house horror." Chris Hewitt of Empire Magazine has proclaimed, "In only three years, Ben Wheatley has gone from unknown to one of the UK's most exciting, hilarious, and most violently disturbing filmmakers."

England: 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by two men: O'Neil and Cutler. O'Neil (Michael Smiley), an alchemist, forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom dowcircle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting, and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field. A Field in England is a psychedelic trip into magic and madness from Ben Wheatley - award-winning director of Down Terrace, Kill List, and Sightseers.

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BoulderLight Pictures and Indie Horror Stars Team Up to Give You Dementia

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:10

Perfectly timed with this week's home video release of Contracted, word has come that the film's DP is directing a horror flick of his own with some of the most impressive indie horror actors by his side. Read on for full details about Dementia, coming our way courtesy of BoulderLight Pictures!

From the Press Release
BoulderLight Pictures (CONTRACTED, WEEP) has tapped Contracted DP Mike Testin to direct DEMENTIA, a new horror thriller in the vein of Misery and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane.

Set to begin production in Los Angeles next week, the film's cast includes: Gene Jones (The Sacrament), A.J. Bowen (You're Next), Kristina Klebe (Proxy), Marc Senter (Red, White, and Blue), and newcomer Hassie Harrison, amongst others. The script was penned by Blood List writer Meredith Berg (FACELESS).

DEMENTIA is about an elderly war veteran who is forced by his estranged family to hire a live-in nurse after finding out he has been diagnosed with dementia, only to find that she harbors a sinister secret.

"We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with Mike on this,” said producer Raphael Margules. “We've been looking to collaborate with him since CONTRACTED and can't think of a better project in which to showcase his unique and fresh voice to the global marketplace and audiences worldwide."

Raphael Margules and J.D. Lifshitz are producing for BoulderLight Pictures. XYZ is handling North American sales with BoulderLight’s sales division looking after international.

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UK Production Wraps on Documentary Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellraiser II

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 15:00

Back in November we told you about an upcoming documentary called Leviathan, the latest addition to the growing trend of comprehensive fan-made docs which will cover the making of both Hellraiser and its first sequel.

Today comes the exciting word that production is nearing completion, and you'll find full details by opening up that weird box that sits in front of you...

... or by simply reading on, if you prefer.

After wrapping interviews with the original film's third assistant director, Rupert Ryle-Hodges, as well as make-up effects artists Beverly Pond-Jones and Simon Sayce, the latter of whom designed and created the iconic puzzle box, the UK portion of the documentary's production is now completed.

Sayce shared never-before-seen original design images for the Lament Configuration box and even revealed hidden meanings within the box's design. All of that information will be included as part of the documentary in addition to a wealth of other rare images and behind-the-scenes stories.

The documentary crew will soon be heading to the US to film interviews with Doug "Pinhead" Bradley and Hellraiser 2 director Tony Randel.

Learn more over on the documentary's official website and Facebook page!

Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a feature length documentary uncovering the history, making of, and unknown details of the making of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II films.

With interviews and testimonies from those most closely involved, it will bring a comprehensive insight to these classic cult films.

Following the story of the films from their inception through production to release and their subsequent lives and growing fan base, fans and those less familiar with the films will see the technical skills, the creative ideas, the symbolism, and the legacy of these movies.

Delving deep into the director’s vision and ambitions for the project, Leviathan explores where he came from, where his career had taken him, and the inspiration for the story and world he created... the story of his journey of making them and how close they came to his vision at the time and how he feels about them over 25 years later.

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Upcoming Anthology Will Send A Christmas Horror Story Down Your Chimney

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:56

Here on Dread Central we absolutely love movies that infuse a whole lot of horror into the holiday season, and though Christmas is a long ways away at the moment, it's never too early to take a peek under the tree.

Read on for details about an upcoming anthology flick that will bring blood, guts, and carnage to this year's holiday proceedings! As reported by our friends over on Bloody Disgusting, filming is currently under way in Toronto, Canada, on A Christmas Horror Story, an anthology comprised of three tales of yuletide terror.

Santa's trusty elves become flesh-hungry monsters in the first story, which centers on a mysterious disease that sweeps through the North Pole, transforming the elves into the ravenous undead. Santa and the Missus wage a desperate battle for survival.

The mythical demon Krampus comes to life in the second, with the wicked Bauer family discovering that the stories of an evil Santa Claus are all too real. And they will be punished for their dastardly deeds.

And in the third and final tale of this holiday horror anthology, a troubled cop takes his wife and young son out to pick up the perfect Christmas tree, which stands tall on land owned by the nefarious Big Earl. Daddy goes missing on Big Earl’s land, and when he turns up again, he isn’t quite himself.

A collaboration among writers Doug Taylor (Splice), Sarah Larsen ("Darknet"), James Kee ("Darknet"), and Pascal Trottier (Hellions), the film will feature segments directed by Grant Harvey (Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning), Brett Sullivan ("Orphan Black"), and Steven Hoban ("Darknet").

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Stare Down Evil in this New Oculus Clip

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:49

The box office has been pretty light on horror this year, which is why we cannot wait for the arrival of Oculus, which has been doing a damn fine job of scaring audiences so far. On tap today is a brand new clip from the film, which will haunt theaters April 11th. Dig it!

Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent, The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.

Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, and Mike Ilitch, Jr., serve as executive producers.

Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something else altogether: a malevolent supernatural force­­ unleashed through the Lasser Glass, an antique mirror in their childhood home. Determined to prove Tim’s innocence, Kaylie tracks down the mirror, only to learn similar deaths have befallen previous owners over the past century. With the mysterious entity now back in their hands, Tim and Kaylie soon find their hold on reality shattered by terrifying hallucinations and realize, too late, that their childhood nightmare is beginning again…

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More Actor Flesh Munched on in iZombie

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:44

Ya gotta be careful with actor flesh. One wrong bite, and you're chewing on something silicone-based and that shit is nasty. That's why it's always best to get fresh meat on your menu which is untainted by Hollywood glam.

Variety is reporting that U.K. up-and-comer Rahul Kohli (pictured) has been set as the final series regular role in the Rob Thomas/Diane Ruggiero CW pilot “iZombie.”

Kohli will play an enthusiastic nerd who befriends the lead character in the show based on the DC Comics/Vertigo property about a medical student-turned-zombie. He'll star alongside David Anders, Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, Alexandra Krosney, and Malcolm Goodwin.

"iZombie" is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on Liv (McIver), a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective (Goodwin), she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.

Related Story: The Vampire Diaries' David Anders and More File into "iZombie"

Goodwin’s Clive is a detective who recently received a promotion from Vice to Homicide but has been floundering for his first two months and is in desperate need of making a case. Though dubious at first about Liv’s “psychic” powers, she demonstrates too much accuracy for him not to take her seriously.

Buckley's Major is Liv's former fiancé, who is trying to transition back to being her friend despite still being in love with her. He's a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is extremely likable.

Krosney plays Peyton, Liv’s best friend and roommate who is baffled by Liv’s recent behavior and feels like they’re drifting apart. Anders plays the show’s bad guy, Blaine, an entitled rich kid who bites off more than he can chew in the drug business.

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New Quiet Ones TV Spot Believes in Ghosts

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:30

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I'm a sucker for a good ghost story, and that looks like exactly what we're gonna get once Hammer's The Quiet Ones comes haunting a theatre near you. Check out this latest TV spot!

The Quiet Ones is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards ("Breaking In," "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall," "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.

It's produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).

Look for The Quiet Ones in UK theatres on April 10 and US theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.

The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

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Trailer Begins Broadcasting for The Signal

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 14:19

Yesterday we brought you cats some new viral goodies for The Signal, a sci-fi thriller about three college students who take a dark road-trip detour. Today we have the trailer. The Signal will hit theaters on June 13 with Focus Features expanding the release on June 20 and again on June 27.

William Eubank directs The Signal from a script he wrote with Carlyle Eubank and David Frigerio. "Bates Motel’s" Olivia Cooke and "Hannibal’s" Laurence Fishburne star in the flick about group of college students who are lured to the middle of the desert by a hacker.

Brenton Thwaites and Beau Knapp co-star.

Three college students disappear under mysterious circumstances while tracking a computer hacker through the Southwest.

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Maggie Q Joins Kevin Williamson's Pilot for CBS

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:47

The female lead in Kevin Williamson's still untitled pilot for CBS has been found, and it's the always kick-ass Maggie Q, best known for her title role in "Nikita."

Per Deadline, Q (Priest, Divergent) will play Detective Beth Davis, the opinionated and obsessive, workaholic Division Captain of LAPD’s Threat Assessment Unit, who also narrates the story.

She joins the previously announced Dylan McDermott and Mariana Klaveno in the CBS/Warner Bros. TV project written by Williamson (Scream, "The Vampire Diaries," "The Following") and directed by Liz Friedlander ("The Secret Circle," "The Following").

The psychological thriller revolves around two detectives, Beth and Jack (McDermott), who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. McDermott’s Jack Larsen is a recent transfer from New York. His healthy confidence and quick thinking have gotten him into trouble in the past — a past he hopes to leave behind.

Klaveno's Janice is underestimated in her unit because of her somewhat flashy appearance.

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Set Visit Coverage: Director Gareth Edwards Talks Godzilla from the Set!

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 13:00

With Legendary Picture’s upcoming feature Godzilla releasing wide on May 16, 2014, here’s the first part of our extensive coverage from the set: a lengthy interview with director Gareth Edwards.

Beware - this coverage is as full of spoilers as ‘the Big G’ is radioactive (oops, there’s your first one there), so if you’d rather remain in the dark, not unlike San Francisco after Godzilla rolls over it (oh, there’s number two!), stop right here. Otherwise, suit up and HALO drop with us into gargantuan mayhem.

Part reboot and part direct sequel to director Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original of the same name, the 2014 Edwards-helmed Godzilla features actors Bryan Cranston (“Breaking Bad”), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy), Elizabeth Olsen and Ken Watanabe, in a script by Max Borenstein, Dave Callaham and Frank Darabont, which pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence (as the film will apparently our pocketbooks, given the insane box-office buzz and merchandizing push surrounding it).

Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent and Brian Rogers produce, alongside executive producers Alex Garcia, Patricia Whitcher, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

Arriving with considerable trepidation to the Vancouver set last June (given what transpired with the previous ‘Big G’ film attempted by an American production, namely Roland Emmerich’s deplorable 1998 flick, this was understandable), my concerns were quickly allayed, initially by a visit to the ‘War Room’ (which contained volumes upon volumes of absolutely awe-inspiring storyboards and conceptual art), then by a sneak peek of two entirely mind-blowing pre-visual sequences. Excitedly comforting interviews with actors Cranston and Taylor-Johnson followed (the pair’s sincere enthusiasm was contagious), and with my appetite whetted (stay tuned for all of the above in the coming days), we sat down with director Edwards on the mammoth sound-stage to discuss his vision.

Of note, and before I dive in, I am a huge, and rather discerning Godzilla fan. Of the twenty-eight films produced by Toho Co., Ltd. (and I’ve seen them all) featuring the titular character, the sheer impact the original had on me cannot be understated. While the metaphor of ‘Godzilla as Hiroshima/Nagasaki’ eluded me as a young boy, the tone of impending doom of Honda’s film did not, nor did the immensity of the force at its core.

My imagination was (and remains to this day) sparked, and Godzilla loomed in my psyche as real as did the Cold War threat of my childhood. Subsequent entries may have found him defending Tokyo from a comically wooden ape (1962’s King Kong Vs. Godzilla), toxic waste (1971’s Godzilla Vs. Hedorah) or effete aliens (2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars), and pop culture may have diluted him via the cartoon “Bambi Meets Godzilla” and the animated series “Godzilla” (seriously, ‘Godzooky?’) among others, but through it all, Honda’s original remained for me authoritative and omnipresent. In Honda’s film, Godzilla was clearly the ‘King of Monsters.’

I’m happy to report that from what I witnessed on set, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Godzilla may very well be the definitive modern iteration of Honda’s classic, capturing not only the raw essence of the original but imbuing it with a needed modern sensibility.

“There's definitely a strong theme in the film, and in (the) simplest terms it's kind of ‘Man versus Nature,’” the soft-spoken Edwards, whose previous giant creature flick was 2010’s thoughtful Monsters, told us during a break in filming on the set, which had been constructed to represent an abandoned, irradiated Japanese structure.

“When we started off in the process of defining (the character of) Godzilla, what is he about, what makes a Godzilla movie, what makes a monster movie, and we were brainstorming and watching all the old movies again, the thing that comes through is that in some movies he's slightly evolved and represents different things, but he's always a force of nature, like the wrath of God, that comes to put us back in our place when we kind of think we own the world. I would go into more detail, but I've been told I can only say certain things, but there's definitely very strong themes that hark back to the original 1954 Godzilla. It's the ‘Man Versus Nature’ that comes through a lot. When we start thinking we can control nature, that's when it all starts to go wrong. And that happens a lot in our movie. You see it quite a bit; that our arrogance always comes back to bite us.”

Pertaining to Edwards’ reluctance to discuss certain topics, of note on-set security was entirely tight, and non-disclosure agreements were indeed signed by all journalists in attendance, a standard practice on films of such magnitude. With the embargo now lifted, I’ll try to fill in the holes for you as best I can.

Legendary’s Godzilla takes place in three separate time periods: the 1950’s (in which the U.S. Navy discovers the last surviving member of an ancient radioactive amphibious species surviving under the waters near the Marshall Islands and metes out a failed attempt to kill it with nuclear weapons), the 1990’s (in which the creature arises to smack the crap out of Japan and in the process destroys the childhood home of Taylor-Johnson’s character as well as that of his father, a scientist portrayed by Cranston) and in 2014, in which the appearance of creatures known as ‘Mutos’ (kaiju who look vaguely reminiscent of the creature at the center of the feature Cloverfield) appear, which in turn elicits the return of Godzilla from the depths of the ocean.

“It is an origin story,” Edwards illuminated.

“It's not about having seen another film to understand this movie. It's supposed to be the beginning. But it doesn't just take place in modern times. There are other aspects to it. And in a way, the mistakes we made in the past come back to haunt us in the present, and that is something that the whole movie is driven by. ‘Mistakes’ or ‘choices’ that now we pay the price for, because for me a monster movie just for the sake of being a ‘monster movie’ can kind of become a pointless exercise, so it's about finding the right symbolism in what Godzilla represents, and trying to find a storyline that expresses that. And I'm really pleased with the playground we're playing in because I think it's very much on theme. I hope that when people see it, people who are big Godzilla fans, they'll be happy with the choices we made. We definitely tried to stay as true as possible to the original in terms of theme.”

As for the secondary ‘Muto’ threat to mankind, “I'm not sure what I can and cannot say, but I'll say that it was really important that we didn't do a Godzilla movie where it was just one creature, because you quickly run out of the ‘people pointlessly trying to fire and stop-the-thing’ storyline, which is why Toho movies were always him versus something else, and the whole franchise or whatever you want to call it was involved in the creatures,” offered Edwards.

“So when you get into it, you have to make that choice, but without giving too much away, it's not as simple as that. It's not as simplistic as, ‘Is there a good or a bad?’ Through the course of the movie it starts to form, and… it's really hard to answer these questions.”

Genre journalists sometimes ask questions which to mainstream audiences may seem unimportant though to us, and to fans of the genre, are rather burning, so it was only inevitable that Gareth was queried on whether or not anyone (in the film) utters the classic line, “It’s Godzilla!”

Edwards responded with a chuckle, “For a long time, we liked the idea of never saying his name, and we had a million ideas of how you could say that name. And it might be that one of them ends up in the movie. We're still playing with a couple of them. But I think it's just as good to never say his name out loud. We're going to have it on every single poster and every single everything everywhere. There's something more ethereal about a person you don't really label. It's so obvious to say, ‘It's Godzilla,’ and we have the same problem in a lot of scenes. How do you talk about this thing? Is it a thing? Is it a creature? Is it a monster? Is it an organism? Is it an animal? And we kind of use all of those and wait for the right moment to use the actual name gag. I saw Man of Steel last night and thought they were quite clever (in how they referenced ‘Superman’).”

Of Godzilla’s ‘character,’ the 38-year-old British filmmaker stated, “I guess with all good characters, there's some sort of arc to their character, and sometimes that's not theirs; it's our understanding of that character that changes. I don't think we could be the best film we could be if there wasn't a perception change in the movie. So it does evolve, but it's not straightforward, and it's not black and white. Hopefully it's subtle enough that people can watch it and have their own opinion of him and (of) what was really going on. But amongst ourselves, we've made decisions and hinted at certain choices, but I like the idea that if some people just want to come and watch a big, massive monster movie, they can and (will) have fun watching things get smashed up, and other people can come and there will be another layer and a bit more meaning to some of the things that happen. Because at the end of the day, we're not really going to have a giant monster attack the world. It's not something we need to worry about.”

“But the ramifications of the giant monster attacking the world - skyscrapers collapsing, whole neighborhoods being trashed, radiation being left behind - they're things we deal with all the time, and that's probably why we invent monsters,” he continued.

“It's usually sci-fi and fantasy films that get to address modern-day concerns quickest because they can kind of go ‘under the radar’ and more serious films have to kind of wait more in line. So hopefully it's not lightweight, popcorn fodder. I hope there's a little bit more about it than just that.”

Questioned in regards to his journey from the independent Monsters to helming the summer tent-pole that is Godzilla, Edwards said, “I wouldn't call it a ‘journey’. It's more like teleportation. It was like this instant, ‘There you go. You're making a massive movie.’ It was overwhelming in the early days. But it's so incremental; it's like climbing a mountain. One step is not that different than the step before. We presented the film to the studio last year, and we started filming in March. That's quite a long time to get ready for the fact that we were going to be making this. And no matter how much people warn you and tell you what it's going to be like, it's still sort of a culture shock. I've worked in TV, and it's like a micro-version of this. Yeah, I guess if the previous film is like riding a bicycle, this is like flying a 747.”

As for Toho’s involvement (a company who was none too keen on licensing Godzilla once again to an American production following Emmerich’s 1998 ‘Not-zilla’ flick, as it’s known by fans), “I went to Japan probably over a year ago and went to visit them and met with the heads of the studio and the president of Toho, and they were very generous,” said Edwards.

“They released Monsters, my previous film, and they had the rights to that, and when I arrived, they had the DVD and Godzilla merchandise, and they were incredibly welcoming. We went to dinner and they had a few questions about the story and (about) what we planned to do, and then from that point on, we've been sharing all the scripts with them and sharing the concept art and the development of the film, and they were heavily involved in the design of Godzilla in terms of approvals and everything, so it's very much been a Toho-approved Godzilla movie, which we wanted it to be because for us it was very important. It would be kind of pointless if Toho didn't feel like it was a real Godzilla movie. So we were pretty keen to try and get that right.”

The question arose of the inclusion of ‘Easter Eggs’ within the film itself (which as of last week came to certain light in the film’s second trailer, which featured the ‘Mothra twins’ appearing on the floor of a destroyed high-rise), and Edwards responded, “There's loads of Easter eggs in this film. Is there anything to do with Monsters? What I'll tell you, and it doesn't really answer your question, but on Monsters, for the girl in the film, Whitney, I made a charity bracelet for her character, and the idea was that it was for a pretend charity for people who had been displaced by the monsters. And everyone on that film wore it, and I wore mine from the day we started filming to after the world premiere. I was adamant (that) I was going to do the same on this, but we had a minimum run of these of four hundred, so we gave one to the whole crew, and you'll spot them around. This is a clue to the movie. Something in the movie happens and this is a clue, and that's all I can do.”

“There's a few in there (too),” stated the director, gesturing to the nearby set. “There's one right over in that room if you have a look. You might see it in the shot we're setting up later. There's something actually specific.”

Writer’s Note: The scene in conversation found actor Taylor-Johnson revisiting his character’s childhood home, which he perhaps hastily abandoned during the film’s 1990-era attack by Godzilla. Positioned with intent on the set’s floor of his bedroom were a dozen or so toy tanks and plastic army men, squared off against a plastic dinosaur (undoubtedly a representation of the titular creature). To be more specific, however, written on an abandoned pet terrarium atop his childhood dresser was one word: ‘Mothra.’ (Lends credence to the inclusion of the giant moth in Edwards’ world, now doesn’t it?)

Talk turned to filmmaker Frank Darabont, who lent his considerable talents in a story capacity to Godzilla.

“He did a fantastic job,” Edwards gushed.

“There's a particular scene we finished filming the other day, and I can't talk about it, but it was very strong, and it was all his idea. One of the actors that was in (the scene), as we were just chit-chatting off to the side, said, ‘This is the reason I took this job.’ And everyone felt that way when we were filming it as well. He brought a very emotional, powerful series of ideas to the story.”

“It's a global journey,” Edwards offered of the narrative, which is reflected in the various shooting locales and set dressings of the film.

“It felt like what we were doing with the franchise was taking something that was very Japanese, that belongs to Japan, and bringing it to America. And so from a very early stage, it was the journey of this movie from Japan to America. That felt like the heart of everything. It felt the most appropriate. Hawaii's (geographically) in the middle of it, obviously (and we shot there). So we sculpted the story around that basic, global path. And it's not as literal as, ‘Something from Japan comes to America’. It's not that straightforward. But it felt like visually we wanted that transition to happen, from a feeling of a very Japanese thing to become an American thing.”

Given Edwards’ interest in character-driven pieces (as evidenced by his Monsters, which found some fans wishing for more of a creature presence), the following question was posed pertaining to the ‘summer tent-pole’ aspects of Godzilla: ‘How big is this film and the creature itself?’ (Writer’s Note: He’s a staggering 120 meters tall).

Joked the director, “Well, obviously, the one downside to shooting this film is that we don't have Godzilla on set. He's too expensive, and he’s in (his) trailer, and he has to do all of his stuff against green screen, well, blue screen, because green wouldn't key very well.”

“Honestly, there are certain key words that you bring up over and over, like, ‘It's gotta be this,’ and, ‘It's gotta be that.’ And, obviously, the term ‘emotional’ gets in there, like you gotta care, but the other one by far is ‘epic’. I feel like if we haven't made an epic movie by the end of this, and if you haven't felt like you've gone on a massive journey, and if you don’t nearly tear up, and if the hairs on the back of your neck haven’t been raised, then I probably failed at what we're trying to do because all of that's definitely the goal. Hopefully it's not spectacle for the sake of it, and not, ‘Let's just throw every trick at the screen and try to distract the audience.’ It's more of a cinematic style, like holding back and letting the audience do the math. Like a lot of our sequences, our set pieces, people don't talk much through them. It's all thoughts and visual storytelling. We'll see how it pans out, but the films I love are those sorts of movies, and everyone knows that's what we're trying to do.”

Edwards was queried on what he felt would distinguish his Godzilla from perhaps a Michael Bay-directed version of the same.

“I think something that's coming through that I'm quite pleased about, and I'm really proud of, is that there's a lot of scenes we've already shot that are quite engaging,” he replied.

“Like you're really pulled in with the way the characters are coming together and the actors. I can't go into too much detail because it will ruin the movie for you, but we've watched dailies and teared up on a few occasions so I'm really proud. Hopefully, this will be a blockbuster where you really care about the people you're following.”

“Obviously, there's a giant, epic spectacle to it as well. I think, for me, if I'm honest, I'm personally not a fan of some of the Hollywood blockbusters that come out, and we're trying to hark back to the movies we all grew up on and loved like early Spielberg stuff, and trying to get in a bit more restraint and suspense, and not this ‘cutting-every-three-seconds’ and ‘explosions-every-two-seconds’ mentality. We're trying to respect the audience, and hopefully they want to see a good story. So hopefully we've been quite brave with the storytelling that we're doing. But we'll see. I say all this, and then we see the edit, and it reveals itself again to you. It's really hard at this stage to be that definite about everything in the movie because we're still finding it.”

With Edwards called back to the camera, we asked him if there had been one particular memory of the production that stood out above all.

“I've purposely not processed any of it,” he answered.

“I think if you really (were to) comprehend what we're doing here, it would paralyze you. You just have to look at all the cars on your way in, down the street. That's just the crew for this film. I purposely just bank it in my brain and try not to think about it. It still hasn't hit me. Like the other night, obviously, there's marketing aspects and visual effects aspects that have all started to happen already, and I had to quickly look at some video that was an approval thing to me, and it was like, ‘Oh my God, that's cool. That's like something you'd see in the cinema! Wow!’ And there was this excitement over, ‘Oh my God, this could go right in the cinema the way this looks. That's fantastic!’, and then realizing, ‘Oh my God. That is going to go in the cinema.’ And I still haven't really let it set in because otherwise the pressure would be too much. It's really hard to take risks; and in doing anything slightly creative, if you've got too much pressure on you, it's not healthy. You don't do your best stuff. So it's been really hard to get rid of all those thoughts and not think of how much this is going to be around the world for a week or so next year.”

I have a feeling it’s going to be in theaters for a bit more than a week or so, Mr. Edwards.

Up next, our on-set interview with Godzilla star Bryan Cranston.

And oh, not to be remiss (burning fan questions and all), in this film Godzilla does indeed breathe nuclear fire.

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Devi Snively Lends Her Voice to the World of Hurt's Ventriloquist

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:30

Another director has been added to the growing list of those who will be working on an anthology based upon the work of one of the most acclaimed writers on the horror scene right now, Thomas Tessier. Read on for the latest on World of Hurt!

From the Press Release
Devi Snively, a participant in AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, is set to adapt Thomas Tessier’s short story “The Ventriloquist” from his Remorseless (Sinister Grin Press) collection. Snively is the fourth of five directors signed to the THOMAS TESSIER WORLD OF HURT project.

“I’m a puppet enthusiast so I was expecting one thing from ‘The Ventriloquist’ based on the title,” Snively said, “and then discovered it was about an entirely different kind of puppet that proves far scarier than your average Charlie McCarthy or Chucky variety—I just adore surprises.”

“The Ventriloquist” is the story of Robbie, 21, who is in desperate need of a glimmer of hope after his girlfriend, Suzy, dumps him. He seeks out a gypsy card reader, and the cards reveal: “What you want most is unopposed.” The next day Suzy calls him…

Snively will write and direct the Tessier story in 2014.

Indiana-based Devi Snively was selected to participate in AFI's prestigious Directing Workshop for Women, where she helmed “Death in Charge,” which Dread Central praised as “an excellent filmmaker, one to watch for sure.” She teaches a course on horror films at the University of Notre Dame and has a strong record of festival showings and awards.

THOMAS TESSIER’S WORLD OF HURT is an anthology film consisting five stories published in his Remorseless and Ghost Music (Cemetery Dance Publications) collections. All Channel Films, Inc., will provide domestic (U.S.) and Canadian distribution.

Snively joins directors Raymond Carr, Mia Sorensen, and Darin Read in this anthology film.

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Fractured Release News Comes Crashing In

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:15

Release news finally has come in regarding the latest film from Adam Gierasch and Jace Anderson entitled Fractured (formerly Schism), and we have all the info you need right here.

From the Press Release
Adam Gierasch’s noir horror thriller FRACTURED (formerly known as Schism), starring Callum Blue (Dead Like Me), Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: Last Stand), Ashlynn Yennie (The Human Centipede, The Human Centipede 2), and Nicole LaLiberte (How To Make it In America), has a release date.

FRACTURED will be released day and date in theatres and everywhere digitally on Friday, April 11, 2014. Fractured is the first film being released under Seven Arts Entertainment's new genre label Dark Arts. The film will be available on all leading digital platforms such as iTunes, Amazon, and Xbox as well as cable and satellite VOD such as Comcast and other major providers.

The stylistically shot suspense thriller has received a tremendous amount of acclaim following its sold out screening at Screamfest LA.

FRACTURED tells the story of Dylan White. After awaking from a coma with no idea who he is, Dylan creates a safe and and normal life for himself. It doesn’t last long as horrifying visions start to interrupt his waking moments. Following clues that take him to the dark and blood-splattered underbelly of New Orleans, Dylan meets his arch nemesis, Quincy (Vinnie Jones), and soon finds that both his life and soul are in danger. FRACTURED is a trip to the dark side, noir-style: bad men, bad dames, bad sex, and bad intentions.

FRACTURED is produced by Gierasch, Jace Anderson, Kate Hoffman, Jay Firestone, Andrew Cohen, and Raymond J. Markovich. The film was shot by Scott Winig and is being released by Seven Arts Entertainment and Uncork’d Entertainment.

As writers, Gierasch and Anderson are currently developing the superpower film Split for CBS Films. Gierasch and Anderson are known for their horror fare, having worked with icon Tobe Hooper penning his film Toolbox Murders and co-writing Mother of Tears with horror maven Dario Argento.

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Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News: March 19th, 2014

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 12:00

We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Soundgarden, Arch Enemy, AFI, Motorhead, Lacuna Coil, Against Me, Memphis May Fire, Down, Eyehategod and more. Don't touch that dial.

Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow has left the band to focus on her band management. She has been replaced by Alissa White-Gluz, previously of The Agonist. The band's new album, War Eternal, will be released on June via Century Media Records.

Iggy Pop & The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton passed away Saturday night at the age of 64. Rest in peace.

AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget have started a straight edge hardcore band called XTRMST. Listen to their debut EP here.

Stream Memphis May Fire's new album, Unconditional, here. It comes out March 25 via Rise Records.

Listen to a new Down song titled "We Knew Him Well" here. Their forthcoming EP, Down IV - Part Two, is due out on May 13 via via Down Records.

Downpour - fronted by Shadows Fall and Overcast vocalist Brian Fair - have released their first track. Check out a demo titled "The Serpent's Tongue" here. Their debut is due out this summer.

Listen to a new Eyehategod song titled "Agitation! Propaganda!" here. Their self-titled album will be released on May 27 via Housecore Records.

Metallica recently performed a new song titled "The Lords of Summer.” Watch a video here. The band is currently working on new material.

Watch Lacuna Coil's lyric video for "Die and Rise" here. Broken Crown Halo comes out April 1 via Century Media Records.

Watch Against Me's music video for "Black Me Out" here. Transgender Dysphoria Blues is out now on Total Treble.

Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden are co-headlining a summer tour with support from Death Grips. Dates can be found here.

Motorhead have announced Motorboat, a concert cruise that the band will be playing alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and more. Head here for details.

Be sure to check back next week for the latest music news!

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New Horror Comedy Gets Dug Up

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 11:30

Okay, so stop us if you've heard this one... three friends walk into a cemetery to find themselves some buried treasure and end up on the shit end of the stick of dead rising proportions. Sound good? We've Dug Up even more details for you! Read on!

Directed by Dustin Rickert and written by Rickert and William Shockley, Dug Up stars Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Nicole Herold, Sarra Kaufman, William Shockley, Greg Travis, Ezra Buzzington, Sheree J. Wilson, Jeffery Dean, Jordann Beal, and Vince Morella.

When TREVOR CHESNEY (Paul McCarthy-Boyington) learns the local cemetery caretaker has died, he becomes convinced that $1 million of gold is buried in the graveyard. He enlists his girlfriend, CHELSEA LAYNE (Sarra Kaufman), and his sister, AMBER CHESNEY (Nicole Herold), to help him find the loot. The three instead uncover an ancient curse and a fight for their lives with the UnDead until a mysterious loner, ZZ WEST (William Shockley), shows up in town to help SHERIFF BOBBY RAY YATES (Greg Travis) and the group fend off the evil and an unknown traveler, DEVIN CHASE (Ezra Buzzington).

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Talks Terminator: Genesis; Film Has T2 Vibe

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:36

We are all praying that Terminator: Genesis can get this once incredible franchise back on track, and if its star Arnold Schwarzenegger has anything to say about it, it's gonna do just that!

Collider caught up with Arnold to get the scoop! "The way it reads, it has the same feel of Terminator 2. It’s big. There’s hardcore action and it has some really great visual effects in there, but not over the top. It’s not a Thor type of movie, even though it’s the same director. It has good special effects, but just enough to say, 'Wow, where did that come from? How did they do that?'"

The four-month shoot is set to begin in April, with the film being primarily shot in New Orleans. A July 2015 release is planned at this time.

Jai Courtney will play Kyle Reese alongside Emilia Clarke's Sarah Connor and Jason Clarke's John Connor.

Skydance and Annapurna will co-finance along with Paramount with David Ellison producing for Skydance and Megan Ellison producing for Annapurna. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script, and Alan Taylor will direct.

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A Trio of New Sin City: A Dame to Kill for Stills Check In

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 19:27

Some more eye candy has arrived for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in all of its black and white stylized glory! Are you ready for a return trip to the blood-soaked streets of Frank Miller's noir universe? We know that we sure as hell are.

Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series. Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City.

With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!

The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22nd, 2014.

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.

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Set Your Alarm for a Pair of Clips from The Vampire Diaries Episode 5.16 - While You Were Sleeping

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 18:44

Jeremy taunts Damon in one clip, and Bonnie schools Liv in proper witch behavior in the other sneak peek of this week's Episode 5.16 of "The Vampire Diaries," entitled "While You Were Sleeping." Check 'em both out right here!

"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.16 - "While You Were Sleeping" (airs 3/20/14, 8-9pm)
A KILLER VIRUS — When Stefan (Paul Wesley) tries to explain recent events to a very sick Elena (Nina Dobrev), her first instinct is to call Damon (Ian Somerhalder). At the same time, Damon is trying to figure out how to make a disturbing confession to Elena.

While going through Dr. Wes’ files, Caroline (Candice Accola) discovers a frightening secret and is surprised when Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) appears, claiming to have the solution everyone is searching for. At Enzo’s insistence, Caroline asks Stefan to meet her at a mysterious location, where they are joined by a group of Travelers, including Sloan (guest star Caitlin McHugh), who reveals new information on the importance of doppelgangers.

Related Story: Wake Up to Some Images and an Extended Preview of "The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.16 - "While You Were Sleeping"

During spring break on a mostly deserted Whitmore campus, Elena runs into Luke (guest star Chris Brochu), a student who seems to know her, though she has no memory of meeting him. Recently dumped by his boyfriend, Luke proposes that he and Elena spend the break getting drunk together, but she sends him off on an urgent mission to find Bonnie (Kat Graham) and the “newbie” witch, Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell).

Damon finally tells Elena the truth about his recent activities, and they come to a new agreement about their relationship. Pascal Verschooris directed the episode written by Caroline Dries.

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