The official trailer for the Norwegian flick Ragnarok has arrived, and we have every fantasy-strewn pixel of it right here for you. Check it out and look for more on this one soon!
Mikkel Brænne Sandemose directed the film, which was written by John Kåre Raake. Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist, Sofia Helin, and Maria Annette Tanderød Berglyd star. Look for the flick in theatres, on iTunes, and on demand August 15th.
Archeologist Sigurd Svendsen (Pål Sverre Hagen) has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic "man knows little" written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology. When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to the "No Man's Land" between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes - a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.
Between 1963 and 1965, ABC aired 49 episodes of the strange and the macabre in "The Outer Limits" (review). Talk of a big screen adaptation has been ongoing for a few years now, but finally some steps in the right direction have been taken!
THR reports that Scott Derrickson, who just signed on to bring Marvel's Doctor Strange to life, is reuniting with his Sinister co-scribe C. Robert Cargill to write the big-screen take of the cult classic 1960s sci-fi TV series "The Outer Limits" for MGM.
Derrickson is a longtime fan of the show (he has said in the past he prefers it over "The Twilight Zone," as do I), and he and Cargill will focus on one episode in particular: "Demon With a Glass Hand," which was written by Harlan Ellison.
The duo will be tackling time travel, alien invasion and genetic manipulation in adapting the episode, which focused on a man with no memory beyond the last 10 days and a computerized hand who discovers he is from the future. The man is being hunted by an alien race who see him as key to their survival, but he soon discovers a more complex and terrifying truth.
A few days ago we brought you the first teaser video for Lifetime's upcoming new series "The Lottery," and today we're back with a set of stills introducing us to the main characters.
Written by Timothy J. Sexton (Children of Men), the series stars Marley Shelton (Planet Terror, "Eleventh Hour"), Michael Graziadei ("American Horror Story"), David Alpay ("The Vampire Diaries"), Athena Karkanis ("Low Winter Sun"), Yul Vazquez ("Magic City"), Shelley Conn ("Terra Nova"), and Martin Donovan (The Haunting in Connecticut, "Homeland").
Can you imagine a world where women have stopped giving birth? Lifetime brings viewers to the year 2025 with the premiere of the provocative new conspiracy thriller "The Lottery" on Sunday, July 20, at 10PM ET/PT.
"The Lottery" is produced by Timothy J. Sexton alongside Rick Eid ("Hostages") and Dawn Olmstead ("Prison Break"). Danny Cannon ("CSI") directed and executive produced the pilot, which is from Grady Girl Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television.
Set within a dystopian future driven by a global fertility crisis, "The Lottery" reveals a world staring down the barrel of impending extinction as women have mysteriously stopped bearing children. After years of research, Dr. Alison Lennon (Shelton) and her team remarkably create 100 viable embryos. To determine which women will carry the prized embryos to term, a national lottery is held, and a battle over the control of the 100 embryos begins.
Mike Flanagan's polarizing horror movie Oculus (review) is getting set to make its DVD and Blu-ray debut this August, and we have your details right here. Dig in!
Look for it on Digital HD starting July 29th and then on home video August 5th!
Seeing is deceiving in this disturbingly original horror flick that reflects heart-stopping terror as you’ve never imagined!
It’s been ten years since the lives of siblings Tim (Brenton Thwaites; Maleficent) and Kaylie Russell (Karen Gillan; “Doctor Who”) were shattered and Tim was convicted of murdering their parents. Now released from a mental institution, Tim wants to move on, but his sister has other plans. Kaylie blames their childhood nightmare on the Lasser Glass—an antique mirror with a grisly history—which she intends to destroy by any means possible, even as the mysterious entity continues to cast sinister spells on anyone who gazes into it.
For my money Outlast is the single best pure horror experience to ever be fashioned in video game form. The game is grim, ghastly, and filled with more perverse sights than a Clive Barker-inspired fever dream. Now, FINALLY, Xbox One owners can experience the terror!
Last night while browsing the Xbox game store, I found the Outlast "Whistleblower" DLC sitting in the games "Add On" section. There was no sign of the main game... that is, until this morning!
That's right, kids! You can score yourself Outlast and the "Whistleblower" DLC right now for $19.99 and $8.99, respectively. Believe me when I tell you it's worth every single penny and then some!
“We hope everyone who downloads Outlast over the coming weeks has a great time exploring the world we’ve built and unraveling the story of Mount Massive Asylum,” said Game Designer and Red Barrels Co-founder Philippe Morin. “I also hope you all are fucking terrified by the experience. Have fun, and don’t say we didn’t warn you!”
Outlast is also available for PlayStation 4 and PC. Don't hesitate. GET IT NOW.
For more information on the game, check out the official Outlast website.
Be warned, dreadies! The following images from Scott Derrickson's Deliver Us from Evil are not only NOT SAFE FOR WORK, but they could be considered pretty spoiler-filled. They come from FX artist Mike Marino, and you can check 'em out at your own risk!
Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana. The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Scott Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.
Related Story: See our Deliver Us from Evil archive here!
Look for Deliver Us from Evil in theaters July 2, 2014.
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
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IGN scored the exclusive on a new piece of artwork in promotion of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and it features your rogue's gallery front and center minus Eve Green's side-boob. That would be just too much to handle, ya know!
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!
Related News: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For archive
The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22, 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.
We first told you about the "hyper-violent" new film from Latefox Pictures entitled The Demolisher back in February, and today we have over a dozen images and even a sample of the film's soundtrack for ya! Dig it!
Check out the goods below via Bloody Disgusting and Fangoria.
The Demolisher is both a character study and a psychological examination of trauma, resulting in an unapologetic portrayal of what can happen when a fragile mind is pushed too far.
“The film is complex and character-driven, dealing with an outpouring of raw emotion,” said director Gabriel Carrer, also one of the film’s producers. “It delicately juggles our sympathetic nature and reactions to chance encounters with the dangerous and addicted intoxication of violence. The film’s narrative pertains to the film industry, or any industry for that matter, and the level of abuse that can be endured,” he concludes.
Award-winning cinematographer Martin Buzora captures the film’s fresh hyper-visual aesthetic. Along with Carrer, The Demolisher is produced by Barrett, AK Lamm, Duane Frey, Christian Burgess, Martin Buzora, Nathan Hawkins, and Andrew Wood.
Directed by Gabriel Carrer (In the House of Flies), The Demolisher chronicles the story of a man named Bruce (Ry Barrett; The Drownsman), an ordinary repairman tormented by a crippling sense of responsibility for his disabled wife, Samantha (Tianna Nori; Clean Break), a former policewoman and survivor of a gang-related assault. Bruce’s increasing hyper-sensitivity to the injustice suffered by his wife steers him down a dark path of vigilantism. With his rapidly disintegrating mental health, paranoia, and overwhelming sense of condemnation, Bruce channels his inner rage, punishing a young woman, Marie (Jessica Vano; The Unabomber Manifesto), and finding refuge in a world of intense violence.
For further information, visit the official The Demolisher Facebook page, which will be regularly updated to include sneak previews from the upcoming soundtrack, produced worldwide by talented and upcoming electronic music producers and remixers.
Much ado has been made about who will be directing the long-gestating next installment in the beloved Ghostbusters film franchise, leaving many fans to imagine what the movie would be like if their favorite filmmaker was at the helm.
One of those fans is Lee Hardcastle, who made a name for himself with the ABCs of Death short film "T is for Toilet." A master of the art of claymation, Hardcastle just put together a hilarious little short that imagines a world wherein Quentin Tarantino is hired to direct Ghostbusters 3.
It essentially places the iconic characters into situations ripped straight out of films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill.
As you might imagine, the results are absolutely hilarious, and the claymation trailer is needless to say quite the treat for those who appreciate both Ghostbusters and the uber-violent brand of cinema that Tarantino specializes in. Can't say I ever thought I'd see those two worlds mashed together, but I feel like my life is just a tad bit better now that I have.
Check out Quentin Tarantino's Ghostbusters: Volume 3 below, and see more of Hardcastle's brilliant claymation over on his YouTube channel!
If you were as shocked as we were at the turn of events in the last installment of "Salem," you're probably anxious to see what's ahead in Episode 1.10, "House of Pain." Here are a few stills to tide you over until Sunday.
"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.
Related Story: Visit our "Salem" Archive
The series stars Janet Montgomery as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice, Tituba; Xander Berkeley as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg as outcast Isaac Walton.
"Salem" Episode 1.10 - "The House of Pain" (airs 6/33/14)
Increase (guest star Stephen Lang) gets closer to understanding who really runs things in Salem. At the same time, Anne (Merchant) finds herself in danger, and in need of Alden's (West) help, while investigating a mystery.
It's been over 50 years since Herschell Gordon Lewis pioneered the art of the splatter film, and it makes us happy to see he's still doing his thing all these years later. At the ripe old age of 85, the "Godfather of Gore" is readying principal photography on an anthology called BloodMania.
Read on, splatter fiends!
From the Press Release
BloodMania is a new anthology film with four distinctively different horror tales, each featuring Herschell Gordon Lewis' brand of splatter. Principal photography begins late July 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Mr. Lewis has written one segment and will direct two of them.
Herschell Gordon Lewis, originator of the “splatter” film genre, both revered and reviled as the “Godfather of Gore,” has expressed strong enthusiasm for BloodMania. “It’s time to get some fresh blood flowing into the happy universe of horror films,” Herschell said. “I’ll be there to be sure it happens, and I can promise that we’ll have enough bloody messes and enough off-the-wall humor to satisfy everyone... even including me.”
Few categories of motion pictures enjoy the perpetual popularity of the genre Herschell Gordon Lewis literally invented half a century ago. The original gore movie, Blood Feast (1963), was as primitive as any movie could be. Yet, it shows in theaters to this day and is a DVD favorite. Herschell’s personal favorite, Two Thousand Maniacs (1964), has a plot line centering on a small U.S. Southern town that “gets even” for that country’s Civil War. Despite what one might or would think is a plot of local interest only, the film has long been an international success, and wherever the director travels – in Canada, the U.S., Europe, or the Far East – he is called on to sing the theme of that movie, which he wrote.
BloodMania, Herschell promises, carries the slasher advantage to a new height. “First of all,” he points out, “we've brought young directors into the slasher arena and given them tools and effects that just didn't exist when we originated the category. BloodMania has four dynamic episodes. I’m directing two of them. The other two are... well, critics will have a difficult time choosing which of those episodes is the most effective because we’re opening wide the gates of effects nobody has seen before.”
James Saito, the Diabolique Films executive of the BloodMania team, who has assumed the challenging job of recruiting major talent, has chosen some well known genre experts for the project. One example is award-winning screenwriter/producer Bob Schultz, whose last two horror films, Mr. Saito points out, have been screened around the world on every continent except Antarctica. Mr. Schultz is writing one of the episodes Mr. Lewis will direct. Each of the other directors will create his or her own episode, and Jim Saito promises a competitive atmosphere that will result in “scenes that blast off the screen.” The promise made by both Herschell Gordon Lewis and James Saito: "BloodMania will set a level of entertainment, shock, and wild humor that will be the benchmark for years to come."
Jim says, "I saw my first Herschell Gordon Lewis movie at a drive-in theater in 1971. It changed the way I looked at horror cinema and was instrumental in shaping me into the gore-hound that I am today. The fact Mr. Lewis has specifically chosen Diabolique Films as the vehicle for a long-awaited new venture is not only thrilling, but a particular honor. Satisfying his legion of fans and introducing his brand of cinema to a new younger audience is a responsibility that we all take very seriously indeed!"
More casting news has landed across our desk for the latest spooker from Legendary Pictures, titled Spectral, so read on for the latest!
Deadline is reporting that Clayne Crawford has joined the cast as Sergeant Calvin Toll, a focused but short-fused military lifer. Crawford's previous credits include the TV series "24" and "Justified."
He joins the previously announced Cory Hardrict, James Badge Dale, and Max Martini. The flick is being directed by Nic Matthieu.
The premise of the project is centered on a modern-day, militaristic, and gritty approach to fighting the supernatural.
The pitch, which sold for six figures, has been described as a darker and more serious take on a Ghostbusters-like story with a plot that revolves around a special ops group formed to bring down evil ghosts that have taken over Manhattan. Locations and details might change, however.
More on this one soon!
Syfy today unveiled the cast of "Z Nation," an all-new zombie series set to debut in the fall. From production company The Asylum, the 13-episode action-horror series depicts the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse.
Harold Perrineau (pictured; "Oz," "Lost") Tom Everett Scott ("Southland," "Beauty and the Beast"), DJ Qualls ("Supernatural"), Michael Welch (the Twilight series), and Kellita Smith ("The Bernie Mac Show") have joined the ensemble drama, currently in production in Spokane, Washington.
In "Z Nation" three years have passed since the zombie virus has gutted the country, and a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.
Perrineau will play Hammond, the leader of the group headed west; Scott portrays Garnett, Hammond’s second-in-command; and Qualls plays the role of Citizen Z, a computer hacker who joins the team and helps them navigate the zombie-infested terrain. Welch and Smith are Mack and Addy, respectively, two disparate wanderers drawn to the team – and to each other – by a shared goal: survival.
Rounding out the ensemble are Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II) as Addy, Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish) as Doc, and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies) as Murphy.
"Z Nation" is a dynamic ensemble action-drama that will plunge viewers into a fully-imagined post-zombie America and take them on an adventure with a diverse group of richly-drawn characters. As the reluctant heroes learn to work as a team and battle ever-more-menacing zombies, their flaws, idiosyncrasies, and moral dilemmas will ultimately become the heart of the show.
Karl Schaefer ("Eerie Indiana," Eureka," "The Dead Zone") serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) will direct the pilot. The series is produced by The Asylum and sold internationally by Dynamic Television.
Gimmie a D, gimmie an E, gimmie an A, gimmie a T, gimmie an H! Cheerleader Camp: To the Death began principal photography on Saturday, June 14th, in Nebraska and stars genre veterans Jennifer Banko (Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) and Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th).
Read on for images and more!
The new comedy/horror film is directed by Dustin Ferguson and written by Christian Sellers (More Brains: A Return to The Living Dead) and John Klyza. The flick is produced by rocker John Altyn (Sleepaway Camp 2 & 3), who will also provide the theme song, with Wetworks SFX Studios engineering the gore effects.
Cheerleader Camp: To the Death was brought to production company 42nd Street Films by John Klyza as an original production to distribute through his independent releasing label Retrosploitation. “This movie has been in the works in one form or another for quite a long time, but things moved pretty quickly once I dusted it off at the start of the year,” says Klyza.
“The project is a satiric romp with knife-sharp dialogue, and producer John Altyn saw the value in it,” he continues. “Its throwback nature secured both Jen and Ari, who were child actors in 80s horror hits - they’re all grown up now and ready to have a bloody good time at camp with us.”
For more info visit Cheerleader Camp: To the Death on Facebook!
After a team of cheerleaders are burned to death in a gruesome sprinkler accident, the one who got away, Tanya, returns to cheerleader camp. Joining her are an all-new squad of drop-dead gorgeous mean girls from competing high schools who chafe under the strict rules set by Coach Paddington (Jennifer Banko). With a lustful caretaker (Ari Lehman) lurking nearby, the team members struggle to get along - but soon their life depends on it! When someone in a panda costume begins killing one girl every hour, it’s up to Tanya to piece together the clues before time runs out.
Fantasia 2014: New Artwork; First Wave Titles Include Among the Living, Monsterz, Predestination, Cybernatural, The Harvest, Suburban Gothic, Killers, and More!
The grandaddy of all film fests, Fantasia 2014, is set to kick off on July 17th, and we have this year's artwork to share along with the first wave of event and film announcements.
From the Press Release:
The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to take Montreal by storm with three weeks of inspiration and excitement starting July 17 until August 5, 2014. Our full 2014 lineup of programming and special events will be revealed shortly, but in the meantime here’s an early First Wave Announcement of several selected highlights and info to whet your appetite.
For this year’s edition and onwards, Fantasia will be returning to the freshly renovated Concordia Hall Cinema as its main base, which now features an even larger screen, new seating, and upgraded projection and sound.
UNVEILING OUR 2014 POSTER ART: FANTASIA PAYS TRIBUTE TO THREE LEGENDARY FIGURES OF THE FANTASTIC
On May 7 of last year, Ray Harryhausen, filmmaker and stop-motion special effects pioneer, passed away at the age of 92. Mr. Harryhausen created some of the most beloved and innovative fantastic film imagery of all time in such classics as THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD and JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS. He was the last surviving member of a trio of equally famous friends who met in the late 1930s at a science-fiction association and went on to become the founding fathers of modern-day genre invention and appreciation. The other two figures were renowned author Ray Bradbury (FARENHEIT 451, THE ILLUSTRATED MAN, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES) and journalist Forrest J Ackerman, editor and principal writer of the groundbreaking American genre film magazine FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND and possibly the world's most avid collector of fantasy books and cinema memorabilia. Their friendship evolved over seven decades, in which their affection for each other never diminished as they kept in touch and appeared in their later years at conventions, joyously sharing amazing stories with adoring fans young and old.
Through their work and energy, Harryhausen, Bradbury, and Ackerman have inspired many of the leading figures of genre cinema in recent decades, from George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to James Cameron, John Landis, Peter Jackson, Joe Dante, and Tim Burton. In 2005 Ray Harryhausen was the first recipient of Fantasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The poster art is also inspired by an old legend from Québecois folklore — La Chasse Galerie (otherwise known as “the Bewitched Canoe”) — in which lumberjacks, far away from their loved ones on New Year’s Eve, struck a deal with the devil to provide them with a means of quick transport over a great distance to their families. The devil obliged in providing them with a flying canoe, which he himself piloted. In the background you can also see the festival’s black horse, itself inspired by another local folktale, the legend of the Cheval Noir. Fantasia has adopted the black horse as its emblematic symbol for the prize awarded by the main jury to the best film. We love the idea of fusing Québec folklore with the roots of modern genre creation and appreciation.
Fantasia’s 2014 poster art was created by award-winning Quebec illustrator Donald Caron.
A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR MAMORU OSHII
A towering and truly unique figure in Japanese animation, director Mamoru Oshii will be a recipient of Fantasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award. From pioneering OVAs DALLOS and the haunting ANGEL’S EGG, and of course the beloved PATLABOR series of the 1980s, through the dramatically influential global hit GHOST IN THE SHELL in the mid-’90s to its award-winning sequel and other powerful, pensive works in the new millennium (SKY CRAWLERS, AVALON), Oshii has consistently strived to bring new ideas and in fact a whole new attitude to anime. With his meticulous and idiosyncratic near-future thrillers and dramas, linked by persistent themes, motifs and concerns, Oshii asserts a complex, deeply thoughtful and decidedly adult sensibility — while maintaining the highest technical standards in the field (and hardly confining his efforts to animation). In seeking a path to call his own, Oshii has blazed a trail for fantastic entertainment worldwide to follow.
Mamoru Oshii will be receiving his award on our opening night, July 17, before a special screening of the new HD master of GHOST IN THE SHELL, being re-issued by Manga Entertainment and Anchor Bay Entertainment in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the original manga’s publication. This will be the first time the GITS HD print has been made available outside of Japan, lovingly restored, unadulterated, and awe-inspiring in its beauty.
OPENING FILM: JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN (JACKY AU ROYAUME DES FILLES)
Fantasia 2014 will launch with the Canadian premiere of JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN (Jacky au royaume des filles), a sharp political satire from comic book genius Riad Sattouf (LES BEAUX GOSSES) that took the Rotterdam Film Festival by storm. Set in the Democratic Republic of Bubunne, where women lead and men are obligated to wear a veil and serve them, this subversive black comedy follows Jacky (Vincent Lacoste), a one-of-a-kind Cinderella, who wishes to marry the powerful and gorgeous Colonel (Charlotte Gainsbourg), daughter of the country's leader (Anémone). You don’t think when you’re in love; you push on and sometimes accidentally set off a coup d’état. The provocative and smart JACKY IN THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN couldn’t be more timely, urgent, or funny.
CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Fantasia will hold a special screening of the hotly anticipated new instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and the voice talents of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, directed by none other than James Gunn (SUPER, SLITHER) and presented in dazzling 3D.
ADDITIONAL FIRST WAVE ANNOUNCEMENTS INCLUDE:
AMONG THE LIVING
France Dir: Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
Leave it to the makers of INSIDE and LIVID to rework STAND BY ME as the horror film Stephen King always knew it could be. A tribute to ’80s cinema turned completely on its head, then decapitated. A standout at SXSW and the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD: THE MOVIE
USA Dir: Kevin Finn, James D. Rolfe
He is the enemy of the weak and wasteful, of garbage gameplay and lousy graphics, the one and only Angry Video Game Nerd! James D. Rolfe’s longstanding hit web series powers up to its big-screen debut! International Premiere
USA Dir: Richard Linklater
Over a decade ago, Richard Linklater assembled a cast he would film over a dozen years to tell an utterly authentic tale of American childhood and adolescence. Many critics already call it one of the year’s best films, and so will you. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and the Lone Star Award at SXSW 2014, this unique coming of age drama will launch the fifth edition of Fantasia’s Camera Lucida section. Quebec Premiere
BROS BEFORE HOS
Netherlands Dir: Steffen Haars, Flip Van der Kuil
Following the awful breakup of their parents’ marriage, two brothers seal a pact that neither shall ever enter into a serious relationship with a woman. The Netherland’s renegade NEW KIDS team returns, still riotous and right on the edge of good taste. International Premiere
USA Dir: Leo Gabriadze
On the anniversary of a teen’s suicide, the six cyberbullies responsible meet online for a group chat. A seventh, anonymous participant joins them. Told entirely by way of a character's computer screen, CYBERNATURAL brilliantly nails the ways in which we communicate and present ourselves online, hitting hard with a new kind of horror for an increasingly connected-yet-disconnected world. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov (WANTED, NIGHTWATCH). World Premiere
Japan Dir: Toshiaki Toyoda
Fists will fly and beatings will abound, but the greatest battles are always in the hearts of the sneering, delinquent punks of the notorious Suzuran All-Boys High School. After Takashi Miike, it's now BLUE SPRING director Toshiaki Toyoda's turn to make a knuckle mark on the CROWS ZERO franchise. North American Premiere
France Dir: Jean Luc Herbulot
Directed with volcanic energy, DEALER is a sturdy thriller that drags its audience full-steam ahead through a Parisian underbelly filled with hoods and thugs, marking the powerful arrival of one of the most promising new voices in French genre cinema. A feature-film baptism filled with noise and fury. World Premiere
Japan Dir: Mizuho Nishikubo
A gracefully executed anime from Production I.G, examining the struggles of the Japanese in the immediate aftermath of World War II from the perspective of a child. As beautiful as it is devastating, GIOVANNI'S ISLAND received a Jury Mention at the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival. Canadian Premiere
USA Dir: John McNaughton
A surprising story told in twists, tears. and blood, maverick HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER / WILD THINGS filmmaker John McNaughton’s long-awaited return stars Samantha Morton, Michael Shannon, Charlie Tahan, and Peter Fonda and exists in a disquieting median space between sinister fairy tale and shattering human horror. International Premiere
South Korea Dir: Lee Su-jin
A troubled teenage girl flees her past — is she guilty or a victim? A multiple prize winner, notably attaining the Silver Tiger Award at this year's Rotterdam International Film Festival, HAN GONG-JU is a magnificent yet devastating debut feature of incredible narrative virtuosity. Canadian Premiere
South Korea Dir: Park Jae-hyun
A trio of daring and dangerous bounty-hunting beauties find themselves in a high-risk, high-stakes game of subterfuge and swordplay in medieval Korea. A rousing and fast-paced action-adventure with a dash of romance and a barge-load of slapstick laughs! International Premiere
USA Dir: Mike Cahill
From the director and star (Brit Marling) of ANOTHER EARTH comes another science fiction drama about a molecular biologist and his partner, whose unique experiments may change the nature of society itself. Canadian Premiere
INTO THE STORM
USA Dir: Steven Quayle
In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Quebec Premiere
Indonesia/Japan Dir: The Mo Brothers
Two serial killers. One likes to kill, the other seeks justice. The problem is, the first one is mentoring the latter... Social media will bring a storm of blood over both Tokyo and Jakarta in this shocking yet incredibly smart horror thriller in the vein of THE CHASER and COLD FISH that floored audiences at Sundance. Canadian Premiere
USA/Mexico Dir: Ralph Ziman
The controversial and influential anime finally sees a live-action adaptation, stylishly directed by award-winning South African filmmaker Ralph Ziman (JERUSALEMA) and backed by a cast that features Samuel L. Jackson, Callan McAuliffe, and India Eisley. The film succeeds brilliantly in blending the elements that made the original material a mythical piece of art. International Premiere
Japan Dir: Noboru Iguchi
When his mother is kidnapped and a stranger calls, Naoto is thrust into a public triathlon of death. DEAD SUSHI director Noboru Iguchi’s running go at the survival-race genre is loveably lurid, super-sanguinary fun. North American Premiere
THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET
Latvia Dir: Aik Karapetian
A laid-off worker kills his ex-boss in cold blood and assumes his lifestyle. The good times will be short-lived, however, as things are about to take an unexpected turn. In a similar vein than Polanski's THE TENANT, Armenian filmmaker Aik Karapetian’s audacious slasher is this year’s most groundbreaking work of dramatic horror. World Premiere
THE MIDNIGHT SWIM
USA Dir: Sarah Adina Smith
Spirit Lake is unusually deep. No diver has ever managed to find the bottom. When Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home. They find themselves unable to let go and become drawn into the mysteries of the lake. A phantasmagoric atmosphere reminiscent of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK emanates from this brilliant debut feature debut. World Premiere
South Korea Dir: Hwang Dong-hyeuk
74-Year-old grandmother Oh Mal-soon has been magically transported into the body of her 20-year-old self. Seizing the opportunity to relive a youth she sacrificed in the name of her child, she sets out to explore a world of new possibilities. And it includes K-Pop... Canadian Premiere
Japan Dir: Hideo Nakata
A sinister sociopath with psychic powers squares off against a cheerful everyman with a secret of his own. The 2010 South Korean superhero/horror hybrid HAUNTERS, remade by Japanese cult director Hideo Nakata (RINGU), with stars Tatsuya Fujiwara (SHIELD OF STRAW) and Takayuki Yamada (CROWS ZERO). Canadian Premiere
ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI
Hong Kong Dir: Wong Ching-Po
Opium and kung fu! The glory days of old Shanghai — or are they? Two generations of true kung fu experts collide in the spectacular martial arts feast with breathtaking choreography by Yuen Woo-Ping and Yuen Cheung-Yan! Canadian Premiere
Australia Dirs: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Time, place, and identity get folded, spindled, and mutilated in the mind-bending new film from Australia’s Spierig Bros (UNDEAD, DAYBREAKERS), a noir-tinted sci-fi thriller with a soul, starring Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor, and Sarah Snook. Canadian Premiere
Japan Dir: Eisuke Naito
The staff and students at Noriaki Hill High School have been given a game to play, one in which mistakes can be fatal. A giddy, gory brain-twister of a teen survival thriller, in which vengeance is as much a first step as a final solution. North American Premiere
THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO
USA Dir: Dan Bush
A scientist awakens from a coma in the care of his twin brother, but neither may be exactly who they first appear to be. A cinematic jigsaw puzzle that delves into the darker side of science fiction, THE RECONSTRUCTION… marks the return of Dan Bush (2008’s THE SIGNAL) and stars Conal Byrne, Amy Seimetz, and A.J. Bowen. World Premiere
Malaysia Dir: Ahmad Idham
A former soldier sets out to avenge his family in this slam-bang Malaysian effort, bursting with spectacular stunts and fights, showcasing Aaron Aziz. THE RUN is an action-packed gem that wants only one thing: to blow your face off. International Premiere
USA Dir: Richard Bates Jr
EXCISION director Richard Bates Jr is back with an eccentric comedy/horror that stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Kat Dennings, Ray Wise, Sally Kirkland, Jeffrey Combs, and John Waters and riffs on everything from classic supernatural horror and outsider teen comedies to the Hardy Boys and Scooby-Doo. World Premiere
THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG
Australia/Philippines Dir: Andrew Leavold
Andrew Leavold documents his unrelenting six-year quest to discover ever more about the extraordinary 2-ft 9-in tall actor-stuntman Weng Weng and the weird and wonderful world of 1970s Filipino cinema. North American Premiere
Japan Dir: Daigo Matsui
Two swim-team members, a hairless boy and a hirsute girl, discover the pangs and tangles of first love in SWEET POOLSIDE, one of the most astute examination of adolescence to screen in a long time. North American Premiere
THE WHITE STORM
Hong Kong Dir: Benny Chan
Hopping from Hong Kong to Thailand to Macau, blending hard-hitting action with powerful drama, Benny Chan’s vividly stylish THE WHITE STORM is a sprawling, absorbing crime flick in the classic Hong Kong tradition. Canadian Premiere
Brunei Darussalam Dir: Siti Kamaluddin
YASMINE is a one-two combo of sports drama and coming of age story in the vein of THE KARATE KID. First time director Siti Kamaluddin, newcomer actress Liyana Yus, and veteran action choreographer Chan Man Ching form a winning team in this dynamic feel good film. The cinema of Brunei Darussalam makes a regal entry at Fantasia! North American Premiere
The festival’s full lineup of screenings and events will be announced on July 10. For more info in the meantime visit the official Fantasia 2014 website.
Yep, you read that correctly: The next Friday the 13th film will be in 3D. Before you begin ranting, though, remember this... it worked back in 1982, right? The announcement came during Paramount's presentation at CineEurope.
Director David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) is in talks to helm the new film, but nothing has been confirmed as of press time. Friday the 13th 3D, as it is being called for now, will be leaping off of screens and into your lap on November 13, 2015.
Hopefully they'll bring Derek Mears (the only good part about that lackluster Platinum Dunes reboot) back behind the mask.
Stay tuned, kids. We're sure more news will be rolling out soon!
Prepare to experience the horror of Clive Barker in a whole new format as BOOM! Studios and Madefire team up to release Barker's Next Testament as a motion book. Best of all? Episode 1 is now available for FREE!
BOOM! Studios, an award-winning publisher of comics and graphic novels, and Madefire, a digital storytelling and technology company that provides a platform to artists, writers, and publishers to create a new reading experience called Motion Books, are excited to announce the debut of their first collaboration: CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT EPISODE #1.
Within the 5-star rated Madefire digital comics app, users can experience this comic series by one of the true masters of horror in a terrifying new way as the images jump off the screen and seemingly come to life.
CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT, which first debuted in print in 2013, is the first original comic series created and written by Clive Barker. Julian Demond, captain of industry, has left behind everything to begin a walkabout—he believes he’s on a mission from God. While in the wasteland, he comes across a figure unlike any other, who calls himself Wick... and claims to be God. Their journey will span the globe, as neither man merely wants to make a mark on the world, but a scar. Clive Barker, with co-writer Mark Miller (CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER), and internationally acclaimed artist Haemi Jang (CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW) come together to create the next legendary work in the canon of one of the great horror masters of our era.
“We are proud to be working with Madefire in making CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT available in this immersive, innovative format,” said BOOM! Studios Vice President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “The horror genre has always benefited greatly from the use of sound and movement to enhance the shock and suspense of a scene so CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT was a natural and fitting title to begin our relationship with Madefire. I look forward to working with Madefire to make more of our great titles available as Motion Books.”
“Barker and Miller have written a cinematic epic, and the addition of sound, camera work, and timing only infuses the story with more dread and urgency,” said Liam Sharp, co-founder and CCO of Madefire.
"Madefire did an incredible job adapting the comic to form. It was like reading the book for the very first time, which is insane because I wrote it!” said Mark Miller. “I hope readers find new things to love about the book—I hope it scares them more, intrigues them more, and brings more readers not only to the book itself but to the Madefire platform at large.”
CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT EPISODE #1 MOTION BOOK is available now to experience for free on the Madefire app for iOS or via the Motion Books category on deviantART. You can also click here for immediate access via Madefire.com. Subsequent issues will be available for purchase and roll out on a monthly basis thereafter.
Where do you draw your inspirations from? Speaking personally, nothing kickstarts my day and gets me ready to work faster than the icy cold breath of death over my shoulder, but one day he'll catch up and there will be a price to pay. Speaking of paying...
Below you'll find your first look at the new artwork for Rufus Chaffee's The Muse, starring Isaac Simons, Marguerite Insolia, Mike Pfaff, and Tawny Amber Young. Look for it on November 15th, courtesy of Fenix Pictures.
Rock star Addison Taylor is three years removed from the fame and fortune of being a one hit wonder, and his life is spiraling into a self-centered paranoid depression – he needs another hit and fast. His manager suggests a couple weeks away at a recently purchased lake house as a way to get the creative juices flowing. The change in scenery sparks immediate inspiration but also a strange and potentially deadly change in Addison. A mysterious force in the form of a beautiful woman and an odd, eerily marked guitar helps him to create his best work but also appears to want something in return. Things turn deadly when friends intervene in an attempt to bring Addison back to reality... Will Addison pull himself free of The Muse’s clutches, or will he fall prey to her powers and stay forever?
LMN’s original series “The Haunting of” returns for a third season this coming Saturday, June 21st. The 13-episode series follows world-renowned psychic-medium Kim Russo as she shares the experiences of celebrities who have had their lives changed by paranormal events.
Each episode of "The Haunting of" features celebrities’ real life encounters with the paranormal as they return to the site of their experience. During these gripping journeys, Kim unlocks the secrets that haunted each celebrity and attempts to explain the unexplained.
Kim also unveils shocking psychic moments and surprising personal revelations as she connects with their loved ones who have crossed over.
In the Season 3 premiere, airing at 10pm ET on the 21st, Kim visits Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty”) at her home in upstate NY and discovers that the escalating paranormal encounters she has been experiencing are being caused by two entities who met tragic, untimely deaths. With Kim’s help Vanessa will attempt to rid her home of this negative energy once and for all.
In another episode this season Kim meets with Vince Neil (Mötley Crüe) and returns to the home where he last came in contact with the spirit of his 4-year-old daughter. The journey becomes an emotional roller coaster as Kim discovers Vince is being followed by a dark energy that has been causing devastating consequences in his life.
Other celebrities featured this season include: Tom Green (comedian and talk show host), Jesse Metcalf (“Desperate Housewives”), Valerie Harper (“Rhoda,” “Dancing with the Stars”), Joey Pantoliano (“The Sopranos”), Christopher McDonald (Happy Gilmore, “Boardwalk Empire”), Dot Jones (“Glee”), and more.
“The Haunting of” is produced for LMN (Lifetime Movie Network) by Jarrett Creative. Executive Producers for Jarrett Creative are Seth Jarrett and Julie Insogna Jarrett. Executive Producers for LMN are Laura Fleury and Laurie Sharpe.
Check out a preview of Episode 3.01 below, and for more info "like" "The Haunting of" on Facebook.
Douglas Borton’s long out-of-print horror novel Kane, which Unstable Ground recently acquired the film rights to, has just been re-released as an eBook via Borton’s current pen name, NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Michael Prescott.
The film adaptation, entitled Mark of Kane, is one of the ‘Off-Frontieres’ Selections at Fantasia’s upcoming Frontieres International Co-Production Market. The adaption is co-scripted by Serena Whitney (writer at Dread Central) and Justin McConnell (The Collapsed, Skull World).
Whitney and McConnell also co-produce along with prolific Canadian-producer Avi Federgreen (Still Mine, One Week, High Life). The team is rounded out by two highly-respected genre directors who currently serve as consulting producers: Adam Mason (Blood River, The Devil’s Chair, Broken), and George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, 24 Hour Rental). A director has yet to be named.
Kane is a force of nature. Walking out of the desert into the dying town of Tuskett, which only 23 people still call home, he has only one purpose: to kill every resident. Relentless, stealthy, and without mercy, Kane won’t stop until every last man, woman, and child is nothing but a memory. Soon the surviving townspeople must band together to fight this seemingly unstoppable evil... or die trying. Brutal, action-packed, and most importantly, character-driven, Kane is a thrilling story of survival at any cost.