It happens, man. One day you're young and carefree so you go on a murder spree with a good friend. Still, that can get old too after a while so to prevent boredom, you go and start a new life. In theory that works, but your past can have a way of catching up with you.
That's basically the premise of the new film from the director of The Stepfather, Joseph Ruben, entitled The Stranger. Alanna Belak penned the screenplay for producer Jack Nasser. This one is still early in development, but we'll keep an eye on things for you.
In The Stranger "a serial killer reinvents himself as a small town professor, but his idyllic new life is shattered when his former partner shows up and wants them to start killing together again.“
Man, Abigail Breslin has sure grown up fast, and thankfully she hasn't abandoned the horror genre either! On tap for you right now is your first look at her in Tyler Shields' new film, Final Girl, as well as a new poster.
Written by Adam Prince, Stephen Scarlata, Alejandro Seri, and Johnny Silver and helmed by celebrity photographer turned first-time director Tyler Shields, Final Girl chronicles the tale of a pack of teenage boys who choose the wrong girl to be the victim of their "initiation." Breslin stars as the lead, with Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Connor Paolo, Francesca Eastwood, and Michael Trevino rounding out the cast.
Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt.
There's an old saying - If I knew then, what I know now... Ever wonder what would happen if you could warn yourself not to do things before you do them? Would you even listen to future you? That's the question posed by the new project from 20th Century Fox called Capsule.
According to THR, 20th Century Fox has picked up Capsule, a sci-fi spec by Ian Shorr (Splinter) that has Matthias Hoene (Cockneys vs Zombies) attached to direct. Hutch Parker and John Zaozirny are attached to produce with Parker producing through his Hutch Parker Entertainment banner.
Based on an original story by Hoene, Capsule centers on a young man whose life is turned upside down when he mysteriously begins to receive metallic capsules containing messages from his future self.
Steve Asbell will oversee the project for the studio. Aaron Ensweiler will shepherd the project for Hutch Parker Entertainment.
Look for more on this one as we get it from our future selves.
While doing press for his latest film, The Lords of Salem, rocker turned filmmaker Rob Zombie spoke to The Playlist and took a look back at two of his most controversial films and lent some insight into one that never happened.
It's no secret that when it comes to his Halloween movies, people either liked them or they didn't. “I really like those films," said Zombie of his two excursions into the land of Michael Myers. "I didn’t have a good time making them. It was actually a kind of miserable experience. Any time they vary from the format is when I really like them.” Yeah, Rob, we hear ya. Luckily for you, you were a lot less miserable than some of us who sat through them. Hell, I'm still not sure what I think of Halloween II.
During the period when he was making his Halloween movies, word broke that Zombie was interested in remaking The Blob. That never happened, but the filmmaker did have a kind of interesting slant he wanted to put on his version of it should it have happened.
“There are so many projects that don’t happen, just sometimes they don’t get announced so no one ever knows about them and you don’t have to talk about them. The Blob was going to happen. I was dealing with people on the movie, even though I was on the fence about doing anything that was considered a remake again. I really didn’t like the idea of that, but just as I went down the road further with the producers and the guys that owned the property, I didn’t feel good about the situation, and I just walked away from it. My gut told me this was not a good place to be… It was dead serious. It was almost like a dark science fiction film, but it was serious. To me horror and comedy never work. Never worked for me, anyway.”
There you have it, kids. What say you?
Twelve hours can seem like an awfully long time when you're embattled in a state of murderous chaos, which is why you should be noting all warnings leading up to the planned event of lunacy. Or... just check out this new poster, and you should be okay.
Directed by James DeMonaco (writer of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator), The Purge is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13). It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, and Adelaide Kane.
Look for it in theatres on June 7th.
In an America wracked by crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.
Looking to spend a little quality time with some hot chicks in a remote location? Who isn't? Good thing for you that five new stills from the upcoming flick Black Rock have landed on our desks. Check 'em out!
Written by Mark Duplass (Baghead, Jeff, Who Lives At Home, Cyrus) and directed by Katie Aselton, Black Rock (review) stars Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Katie Aselton, who appear as three childhood friends who set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.
The flick is set to hit on May 17, 2013, courtesy of LD Entertainment.
More casting rumors abound for the lead role in F. Javier Gutierrez's remake of The Crow. Turns out the previously reported Tom Hiddleston has flown the coop, and now Relativity Media is circling "True Blood"'s Alexander Skarsgard to rise from the grave for vengeance.
We'll just file this one under rumor for now because nothing is official. It's amazing the devil of a time the powers-that-be are having in terms of nailing down a star. Could Hollywood's best and brightest be afraid of the long talked about Curse of The Crow? Who knows. When we know more, you'll know more.
If signed, Skarsgard will play Eric Draven in the story based on the James O'Barr comic book series that was previously adapted as a 1994 Miramax movie starring Brandon Lee. In case you're one of the ten people on the planet who haven't seen the original, it follows a man who returns from beyond the grave to avenge his death.
Ed Pressman of Pressman Film and Kevin Misher of Misher Films are producing with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Jeff Most. Dan Farah of Farah Films will executive produce with Relativity's Tucker Tooley.
Look for more soon.
Well, well, that didn't take long. For those of us who were bummed to miss out on seeing "Hannibal" Episode 1.04, "Oeuf," in its entirety due NBC's "sensitivity" issues, it's now available on iTunes!
Per the show's executive producer Bryan Fuller on Twitter: "#HANNIBAL SEES THAT THE UN-AIRED EPISODE ON @NBC IS NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES IN ITS ENTIRETY" For a measly $2.99 we can now all click here to see exactly what was so shocking and/or disturbing about the ep.
"Hannibal" Episode 1.04 - "Oeuf"
WILL MAKES A CHILLING DISCOVERY ABOUT CHILDREN, AND HANNIBAL GOES AGAINST A DOCTOR’S ADVICE - A string of family murders takes place, and Will (Hugh Dancy) determines they were conducted by each of the families' missing children, who were abducted and brainwashed into killing their old families for their sinister "new family."
Against Alana's (Caroline Dhavernas) recommendation, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelson) checks Abigail (Kacey Rohl) out of the hospital for some frightening psychiatric practices that ultimately align her loyalty with him. Molly Shannon guest stars.
Magnet has released some concept art for the upcoming interstellar spooker Europa Report, and we have a quick look at the right here. Or... take a long look for that matter. No hurry here. Take your time.
Sebastian Cordero’s sci-fi horror flick Europa Report stars District 9's Sharlto Copley alongside Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Anamaria Marinca, Christian Camargo, and Karolina Wydra.
Penned by Philip Gelatt, the film tells of "a group of astronauts, handpicked from around the world, who make the arduous journey to Jupiter’s frigid, glacial moon Europa in search of extraterrestrial life. The only thing more intimidating and unpredictable than the trip itself is what the team will encounter upon arrival…"
Oblivion starring Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko is playing now at a theatre near you. In case you didn't know, it's been said that it pretty much sucks. Now Kurylenko is set to star in a new flick that will suck in a good and literal way - Vampire Academy!
According to Deadline, Kurylenko is set to star as Kirova, the headmistress of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, the screen adaptation of the six-volume Richelle Mead young adult novel series that Mark Waters is directing from a script by Daniel Waters.
She joins the previously announced Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures) and Australian newcomer Lucy Fry. They will play lead characters Rose and Lissa alongside Russian star Danila Kozlovski (We Are from the Future), who will play the role of Dimitri.
Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy will be produced by Michael Preger and his Preger Entertainment banner, Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford, and Kintop Pictures’ Deepak Nayer. IM Global’s Stuart Ford is executive producer.
Plans are for a summer shoot so look for more soon!
Set in the present day against a hidden universe of vampires, half-humans, alchemy, and magic. Richelle Mead shifts the focus from the brooding male vampires of Twilight, "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries" to that of a strong, yet flawed 17-year-old female who confronts her world with grit, determination, and lots of moxie. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half human/half vampire, and guardian of the Moroi, a race of peaceful and magical mortal vampires who can walk in the daylight, survive by feeding off willing blood donors, grow old and die. Hidden deep in the forests of Montana is St. Vladimir's Academy, where Moroi and dhampirs learn to take their place in Moroi society.
Rose must master her inherited abilities as a dhampir and earn the approval of the Royal Council, as guardian to Princess Lissa, her best friend and sole heir of one of the twelve Royal families of Moroi. Rose and Lissa share a mysterious psychic bond and sense of destiny, but first they must survive an intense social scene, politics, and the physical challenges of Moroi life at the Academy. Outside the sanctuary of St. Vladimir's waits their greatest threat of all, the Strigoi, a race of bloodthirsty immortal vampires and predators of the Moroi.
A truly fresh face has signed on to the MGM meta redux of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, and we hope that said face eventually gets removed by some form of sharp implement. In just the movie of course. We're not that sick in the head. Then again...
According to THR newcomer Travis Tope has booked the male lead opposite Addison Timlin in MGM’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Timlin plays Jami, a girl who survives a copycat massacre at the film’s annual tribute screening and sets out to solve the mystery of who’s recreating the unsolved Sackhead murders, using clues from her own past. Tope will play a classmate who befriends Timlin’s character and decides to make a documentary about the search for the killer. The flick begins shooting in May in Louisiana.
"American Horror Story" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct the remake of the 1976 Charles B. Pierce horror classic with Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum producing.
The original movie was based on five unsolved murders attributed to the Phantom Killer during three months in 1946 in and around the city of Texarkana on the border between Texas and Arkansas. Pierce shot large parts of the movie in and around Texarkana with extras recruited from local residents.
Look for more on this one as it comes.
We let you know a while back that XLrator Media was going to be giving American Mary a limited theatrical run on May 31, 2013, and now we have additional info for you concerning the whens and the wheres.
The flick, available on VOD on May 16th, will be opening in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Chicago, and San Diego on May 31st. Written and directed by the Soska Sisters, American Mary stars Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren, Paula Lindberg, Clay St. Thomas, John Emmet Tracy, and Twan Holliday.
For more on the film, visit the official Twisted Twins Productions website, like American Mary on Facebook, and on Twitter follow American Mary (@_American_Mary) and the Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska (@twisted_twins).
This metaphor for the Soskas' own journey through the independent film industry follows medical student Mary Mason as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the twilight world of body modification and underground surgeries where obsessed flesh artists will pay anything and go through any pain to get their unusual procedures done. But Mary soon finds that her new "profession" leaves more marks on her own psyche than on her freakish clientele.
Over the years we've seen a lot of variations of artwork for the George A. Romero classic Day of the Dead, but this? This is like a fine wine we want to drink in with our eyes and let roll around in our skulls.
There are only 103 officially licensed prints of this 24"×36" six-color screenprint poster, which will run $50 + shipping, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to two local non-profit organizations.
If you're a fan... prepare to drool.
I feel like we've been talking about a Gears of War movie for like forever now. It has to be a couple of years, right? Well, for the faithful out there still waving the flag, we have some slight movement to report.
According to Variety, Scott Stuber is coming on to produce and begin developing the script with the video game’s creator, Epic Games. The project has yet to attach talent, writer, or distributor, although Stuber does have a first look deal with Universal. Both parties will begin taking it out to studios.
New Line picked up the rights to make a Gears of War movie in 2007, tasking Stuart Beattie to adapt the script and Len Wiseman to direct. When creative differences between the studio and Epic could not be reconciled, New Line let the property go, and it has since been looking for a new home.
The video game's story is set on the planet Sera and follows a former P.O.W. who is civilization’s best hope in the fight against the Locust Horde, a race of creatures who emerged from beneath the planet’s surface and are intent on eliminating humankind.
Keep your fingers crossed.
From the team who brought you Dead Island comes a hellish new title. Hellraid is heading straight to the pits of the underworld for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 later this year. The armies of Hell are bring the pain to mankind, can you handle the challenge?
Read on to learn more and check out hot new screens!
From the Press Release
Techland has formally announced Hellraid, a first-person co-op slasher that offers two games in one: a single-player, story-driven campaign of hack & slash action; and unique, co-operative multiplayer that pits four players against the denizens of hell – and each other – in a battle for points, rewards and fame. The first official screenshots, game details and more are available on Hellraid.com, where you’ll also find the developers blog, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Hellraid.
The armies of Hell brought pain and destruction to the realm of man, and only a select few have the fighting skills necessary to confront the devilish monstrosities. Combining elements of hack & slash RPGs, first-person shooters and online multiplayer games, Hellraid features an advanced, immersive combat system with melee, ranged and magical weapons. The engaging Game Master system makes each game a different experience, placing loot and enemies while generating random online challenges.
With exploration, looting, questing, weapon crafting, boss fights, armor customization, character development, leaderboards, magic and so much more, Hellraid is set to drag you straight to hell later this year on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
To learn more, visit the official Hell Raid website.
Watch Dogs will release on November 19 for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U and PC. The new video reveals how Aiden Pearce will use the city of Chicago against those who have wronged him and just how far he will go to get his revenge.
In Watch_Dogs, players will experience the realities of living in our fully connected society, where individuals and corporations are at risk of exposure by our ever-increasing reliance on networks and technology.
Players will assume the role of Aiden Pearce, a new type of vigilante who, with the help of his smartphone, will use his ability to hack into Chicago’s central operating system (ctOS) and control almost every element of the city. Aiden will be able to tap into the city’s omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control systems such as traffic lights or public transportation to stop a chase, and more. The city of Chicago is now the ultimate weapon.
To learn more, visit the official Watch Dogs website.
Remember those "Wrap-Up" podcasts Showtime posted last year after every episode of "Dexter"? Well, they're baaaaack! In this installment producer Scott Reynolds sits down with Julie Benz (Rita) and Jaime Murray (Lila).
If you're a fan of the show and have an hour and a half to spend traveling down memory lane with these two lovely ladies (who coincidentally are working together again on Syfy's "Defiance"), it's definitely time well spent!
"Dexter" Season 8, starring Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter with guest stars that include Yvonne Strahovski, Julian Sands, Bethany Joy Lenz, Rhys Coiro, Charlotte Rampling, Nick Gomez, and Sean Patrick Flanery, premieres on June 30th.
PlayStation owners will be able to pick up Diablo III soon on their PS3 with pre-orders now in progress. Custom-tailored for PS3 gamers, the console version will feature updated boss battles, new user interface and much more.
From the Press Release
PlayStation gamers, the time has come to prepare for your confrontation with the Lord of Terror. Select retailers around the world have now begun taking preorders for the upcoming PlayStation 3 system version of Diablo III—see the official website for a list of participating retailers.
Fully reimagined for couch-based gaming, Diablo III for PS3 will go on sale later this year for a suggested retail price of $59.99. Further release details, including region-specific availability, will be announced at a later date.
Players who preorder the PS3 version of Diablo III will receive an exclusive in-game item: the Infernal Helm, which grants an experience point boost to any character who wears it, accelerating their progression as they rise in power. Certain retailers will also offer limited-edition preorder bonuses—check with your local retailer for further information. The PS3 version of Diablo III will be available fully localized in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese.
“We’ve poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into creating an epic Diablo III experience for PlayStation gamers,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “In addition to including all the improvements from the PC version over the past year, we’ve made several updates to Diablo III for play on the PS3. We got a ton of positive feedback from players who tried the game at PAX East, and we can’t wait to get it into everyone’s hands later this year.”
The PS3 version of Diablo III has been custom-tailored for PlayStation gamers, with updates to the game’s thrilling boss battles, an all-new user interface featuring an intuitive control system, and a dynamic camera perspective that will make vanquishing evil feel like second nature on the PlayStation. Players can take on the vile denizens of the Burning Hells alone or in a party of up to four via same-screen local cooperative play, online play over the PlayStation Network, or any combination of online or local players. Once gamers experience the rush of Diablo III’s unique brand of hack-and-slash gameplay from the comfort of their couch, Sanctuary will never be the same.
Diablo III continues the epic Diablo storyline, with players taking on the role of one of five heroic characters—barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, monk, or demon hunter—embarking on a perilous quest to save the world of Sanctuary from the corrupting forces of the Burning Hells. As players make their way from the demon-besieged town of New Tristram to the Diamond Gates of the High Heavens, they’ll engage in pulse-pounding combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses, grow in experience and ability, acquire artifacts of incredible power, and meet key characters who’ll join them in battle or aid them along the way.
Diablo III was originally released for Windows and Macintosh PC on May 15, 2012 and within 24 hours became the fastest-selling PC game of all time. As of December 31, 2012, Diablo III had sold through more than 12 million copies worldwide.
To learn more, visit the official Diablo III website.
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 Metallica, Black Sabbath, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Motionless In White, Megadeth, Disturbed, The Sword, Serj Tankian and more.
Don't touch that dial!
Metallica will release their 3D film, Metallica Through the Never, in a limited IMAX engagement on September 27th, followed by an expanded release on October 4th.
System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian will release two solo albums this summer via his own Serjical Strike Records. Orca, his "first true symphony," will be released on June 25th, and his collaborative jazz-infused album, Jazz-iz Christ, will be released on July 23th.
Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan and drummer Mike Wengren have a new side project called Fight or Flight. Their debut album, A Life by Design?, is due out on July 23rd via Warner Bros. Records.
I attended the 15th annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA last weekend. It featured Anthrax, Hatebreed, Every Time I Die and more. Check out my photos from the event here.
Listen to a new Megadeth song titled "Super Collider" here. It's the title track from the band's upcoming effort, due out June 4th on Dave Mustaine's own Tradecraft
Listen to a new Children of Bodom song titled "Transference" here. It's the first single from Halo of Blood, which comes out June 11th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Watch The Dillinger Escape Plan's music video for "When I Lost My Bet" here. One Of Us Is The Killer will be released on May 14th via Sumerian Records.
Watch Motionless In White's lyric video for "America" here. Infamous is out now on Fearless Records.
Watch The Sword's music video for "Cloak of Feathers" here. The band's fourth album, Apocryphon, is out now on Razor & Tie.
Watch Soilwork's music video for "Spectrum of Eternity" here. It's a neat video created entirely with CGI. Their new album, The Living Infinite, is available now from Nuclear Blast Records.
Watch Heaven Shall Burn's lyric video for "Godiva" here. Their new album, Veto, is out this week on Century Media Records.
Black Sabbath's summer U.S. tour dates can be found here.
Dates for the 2013 Summer Slaughter Tour featuring The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma
Jean, Cattle Decapitation and more can be found here.
Drowning Pool have announced dates for the first leg of their Resilience Tour here.
Be sure to check back every Monday for the latest music news!
The much-maligned sequel to The Last Exorcism is hitting DVD and Blu-ray this June, and it will be home to an unrated version of the movie. Will said footage be enough for The Last Exorcism Part II to win back its fanbase?
From the Press Release
From producer Eli Roth (The Last Exorcism, Hostel series) and the producers of Dawn of the Dead comes the terrifying supernatural thriller THE LAST EXORCISM PART II, available June 18th on unrated Blu-ray™ and DVD with UltraViolet™ from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In this pulse-pounding sequel to 2010’s horror hit The Last Exorcism, the evil force that once possessed a young woman is back to prove that “the last exorcism” was only the beginning. Ashley Bell returns as Nell, the role that earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and an MTV Movie Award nomination in the original film. This shiver-inducing follow up finds her back in the relative safety of civilization, living in the city of New Orleans.
Just as she begins the difficult process of starting a new life, the evil force that once possessed her is back with other, unimaginably horrific plans. Co-starring in the film is Spencer Treat Clark (The Last House on the Left), Andrew Sensenig (I Love You, Philip Morris), Judd Lormand (The Hunger Games), Muse Watson (I Know What You Did Last Summer 1&2) and Julia Garner (The Perks of Being a Wallflower).
The unrated Blu-ray and DVD features unseen footage too frightening for theatres, a commentary track with director Ed Gass-Donnelly and producer Eli Roth, and three featurettes, including Hair Salon Scare – The Last Exorcism Part II goes Viral, Nell’s Story and Shooting in New Orleans.
THE LAST EXORCISM PART II was directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (Small Town Murder Songs), and written by Gass-Donnelly and Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench). It was produced by Eli Roth (Hostel series), Marc Abraham (Dawn of the Dead), Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead) and Thomas Bliss (The Last Exorcism).
Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is back in the relative safety of civilization and sent to live in a group home where she’s encouraged to leave her past behind and start a new life. Just as Nell settles in, she is tormented by the seductive demonic presence that once possessed her. She realizes that the evil force is back with unimaginably horrific plans which could only mean that her last exorcism was just the beginning.
- Hair Salon Scare – The Last Exorcism Part II goes Viral -- Unsuspecting customers at a beauty salon are given a frightening surprise when a haunting image of a Nell look alike stares back at them from their mirror.
- Nell’s Story -- Ashley Bell gives fans a glimpse at what they can expect in the continuation of the story started in The Last Exorcism.
- Shooting in New Orleans -- Producer Eli Roth and Ashley Bell discuss why shooting the film in New Orleans was the perfect backdrop for the movie. According to Roth, “There is something very haunting about the place. As much as it is beautiful, it is also very scary… the culture of voodoo is alive and well there.”