The full moon may be over, but it's still shining brightly over Bourbon Street in tomorrow night's Episode 1.17 of "The Originals." Here are both a clip and a Producers' Preview of the ep with Julie Plec and Michael Narducci to get you ready for it!
"The Originals" Episode 1.17 - "Moon Over Bourbon Street" (airs 3/18/14, 8-9pm)
UNNATURAL ALLIANCES - After accusing Klaus (Joseph Morgan) of doing nothing while their control over the Quarter crumbles, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) makes a move to take matters into his own hands.
He receives an intriguing offer of support from Francesca (guest star Peta Sergeant), a beautiful woman from a powerful New Orleans family.
In an attempt to bring the warring factions of the city together, the Mikaelsons throw an extravagant party, where Klaus offers Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) a tempting deal, Elijah and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) share a dance, and a violent fight comes to a surprising end.
Finally, even as Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) works on a new path to power, he continues to help Cami (Leah Pipes) deal with her Uncle Kieran’s (guest star Todd Stashwick) tragedy.
Michael Robinson directed the episode written by Michelle Paradise and Christopher Hollier.
Sony is releasing several of the best Godzilla flicks from the 90s onto Blu-ray high definition, and we have the skinny on each of them right here for you. May is gonna kick all sorts of monster-sized ass!
From the Press Release
Beginning with the introduction of the original Godzilla film in 1954 and continuing through today, the King of the Monsters has entertained generations of movie fans through his big-screen adventures.
In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the iconic franchise, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will debut four classic Toho Godzilla Double Features for the first time on Blu-ray™ with Digital HD UltraViolet™ on May 6. The ultimate collector’s editions of the action-filled franchise include Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) + Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992); Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) + Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994); Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) + Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000); and Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) + Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Each double feature is available separately and features unique cover artwork across the series.
Franchise fans can also relive the original theatrical trailers and teasers from the series, included within these sets. Additionally, the Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S Blu-ray includes a making-of featurette, while Godzilla: Final Wars includes a behind-the-scenes featurette.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah + Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
When a mysterious U.F.O. is seen flying over Tokyo, tension mounts, until the craft’s occupants reveal themselves to be friendly aliens from the 23rd century who have come to warn mankind that Godzilla will soon awaken and wreak havoc upon the earth unless he is destroyed. Meanwhile, a double threat arrives in the form of King Ghidorah, Godzilla’s flying three-headed archrival and an evil and all-powerful android. The suspense builds to terrifying levels as the alien’s sinister mission on Earth is gradually revealed and Godzilla must wage a solo battle against these evil forces who want to destroy mankind. High-tech special effects and awesome action highlight this present-day Godzilla epic. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah has a run time of approximately 100 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)
After a series of earthquakes unearth a gigantic orb, a trio of Japanese explorers are dispatched to the mysterious Infant Island to investigate. There they discover the island’s sole inhabitants, miniature twin women whose duty is to protect the mammoth ball, the egg of Mothra! When the explorers attempt to bring the egg back to the mainland, a furious Godzilla awakens from the depths and attacks the party, causing the egg to hatch and forcing its newborn larvae to fend off the gigantic monster. The humongous worm holds its own until help arrives in the form of Battra. When Mothra and Battra metamorphose into flying monster moths, the battle rages on land and in the sky. With two powerful foes to reckon with, has Godzilla finally met his match? Godzilla vs. Mothra has a run time of approximately 100 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II + Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
Built with the utmost in 20th-century technology, Mechagodzilla is the ultimate in Godzilla-busting weaponry. Fueled by a nuclear reactor and sheathed in a synthetic diamond shield, the mammoth metal robot is Japan’s greatest hope for ending Godzilla’s reign of terror. Meanwhile, on a remote island polluted by nuclear waste, a team of scientists discover a giant egg in a Pteranodon nest, and bring it home for study. When BabyGodzilla hatches, both Rodan and Godzilla return to claim the cuddly infant as their own. Will their monstrous maternal instincts cause a custody battle capable of destroying Mother Earth? Or will Mechagodzilla prove an effective eradicator, leaving BabyGodzilla an orphan for life? Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is rated PG for sci-fi monster violence and some language.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
The powers of telepathy enter the ranks of high technology in this supernatural, super-powered Godzilla adventure! The military minds behind Japan’s special Counter G Bureau enter the New Age with Project T, in which a telepathic amplifier is implanted in Godzilla’s brain in order to bring the giant monster under control. And just in time! In a faraway galaxy, the mutant SpaceGodzilla turns its evil eyes toward earth, planning to terminate Godzilla and conquer the planet for its own. With the Japanese Mafia infiltrating Counter G, the Bureau needs all the help it can get. Will Japan’s greatest enemy Godzilla become its closest ally? Amid all the smoke and high-tech firepower, not even the psychics know for sure! Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla has a run time of approximately 108 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla vs. Destroyah + Godzilla vs. Megaguirus
Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)
With a super-charged blast from his nuclear past, a new Godzilla emerges from his own ashes, radioactive and ready to take on Tokyo! The great monster’s nuclear energy is increasing by the minute, and a monster meltdown threatens to vaporize the planet. But when mutant micro-organisms unleash a plague of destruction, Godzilla is Japan’s only hope to destroy them. This victory creates Godzilla’s deadliest challenge yet: Destoroyah. And with Godzilla Junior pulled into the ring, only the Super XIII can put the deep freeze on this three-way monster melee. The action is hot and the special effects are chillin’ in this high-tech, high-powered Godzilla thriller! Godzilla vs. Destoroyah has a run time of approximately 103 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
Five years after Godzilla terrorized the city of Osaka, Japanese scientists have developed a sure-fire way to finally destroy Japan’s monster nemesis. They have created the world’s first man-made black hole, which will trap Godzilla for eternity! But during a testing of this new Dimension Tide, an insect caught in the hole mutates, producing gargantuan eggs that give birth to a new menace: giant dragonfly monsters called Meganula. Meganula queen, the 50-meter Megaguirus, is also on a hunt for Godzilla, needing to steal his energy to survive. From the sky down to the depths of a city’s underground sewer tunnels, Megaguirus, Godzilla, and humankind battle for supremacy. Who will prevail in this high-tech, three-way battle of terror and destruction? Godzilla vs. Megaguirus has a run time of approximately 105 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. + Godzilla: Final Wars
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Mechagodzilla, the superior-armed, state-of-the-art, all-robot version of Godzilla, is undergoing repairs after his devastating battle against the world’s monsters. Twin tiny women appear and warn scientists to stop rebuilding Mechagodzilla but their warning goes unheeded. As the great robot nears completion, a series of mysterious incidents rock the world and awaken Godzilla, who unleashes a reign of terror against Tokyo. Mothra joins him and Japan’s desperate Prime Minister has no choice but to launch the unfinished Mechagodzilla against Mothra and Godzilla. But who will fight for whom? And in the end -- will the survivor be monster, robot or man? Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. has a run time of approximately 91 minutes and is not rated.
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Godzilla’s 50th Anniversary project and costliest adventure to date out of 28 films. Earth has been relatively peaceful since Godzilla was successfully buried deep in ice beneath the South Pole. Then -- sometime a few years hence -- several of his old nemeses return to wreak havoc on cities worldwide. A huge spaceship suddenly appears and neutralizes all the monsters in a blink. The visitors are “Xiliens,” who take human form and announce they would like to negotiate a peace treaty that would replace the United Nations with a “United Universe.” They are indeed too good to be true, however. It doesn’t take long before their nefarious real purpose is exposed -- conquering Earth. Greatly outmatched, Earth officials decide to de-freeze Godzilla as man’s only hope to vanish the invaders, as well as the monsters they control. Only trouble is Godzilla is still mad at man for freezing him in the first place. Godzilla: Final Wars has a run time of approximately 125 minutes and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence.
Driven by secret obsessions and desire, Cotton Mather (played by Seth Gabel) is the well-educated local aristocrat who fans the flames of the town's witch hunt in WGN America's new series "Salem," and a new video has arrived to introduce you to him.
In “Salem” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.
“Salem,” premiering on Sunday, April 20th, enters the world of the most notorious witch trials in history, a period steeped in fear, suspicion, and hysteria. On an expansive set in Shreveport, Louisiana, built to reflect volatile 17th century Massachusetts, “Salem” explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.
Related Story: New Photos from WGN America's "Salem"
Created, executive produced, and written by award-winning writer/producer Brannon Braga (“24,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation, Voyager and Enterprise”) and Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut), “Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden – and Mary’s onetime love interest; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather, who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “Being Human”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis; and Iddo Goldberg (“Mob City”) as outcast Isaac Walton.
Keep your eyes on the "Salem" Facebook page for updates and more info, including new torture devices every Tuesday!
It never ceases to make us giggle every time we report on a movie before anyone has a clue what it us, and then a couple of weeks later it's everywhere. Such is life I guess. In any event, The Dude Designs has premiered a new one-sheet for Wolf Cop, and it simply rules!
Written and directed by Lowell Dean comes Wolf Cop, starring Leo Fafard. If you're up north in Canada, the flick will hit select CineplexMovies theatres on FRIDAY, JUNE 6th. Check out the trailer and more below.
It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar... Lou's senses are heightened... and when the full moon is out, he's a rage-fueled werewolf. WOLF COP is one cop's quest to become a better man... one transformation at a time.
The most persistent rumor about the impending fourth season of FX's mega-popular show "American Horror Story" is that it will have a carnival theme, which has made us quite excited about the potential for such a fun idea. Today comes confirmation of the rumors. Read on!
"American Horror Story" writer Douglas Petrie was recently interviewed on the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast, where he was pressed for details about the show's fourth season.
Though he at first declined to comment, Petrie confirmed the rumors of a carnival theme when they were brought up, saying that the season doesn't yet have a title but that yes, the carnival theme is the rough idea that they're working with.
Earlier this year creator Ryan Murphy hinted that Season 4 will take place in two different time periods, mainly set in the 1950s, which is the only other piece of information we really know about the season thus far.
Last we heard, Jessica Lange will be returning for one more go at it, and both Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett have also recently expressed interest in returning.
More as we learn it!
Published way back in 1831, Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been adapted countless times over the years and turned into a handful of feature films and stage plays. Now our old pal Quasimodo is headed for the small screen. Read on for details!
Variety reports that director Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields, Captivity) has teamed up with FremantleMedia to develop a miniseries titled "Ugly," which is based on Hugo's iconic novel. It will be an eight-part adaptation set in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.
The miniseries will begin with the birth of a boy to an aristocratic family. The boy is deformed, and his family abandons him by the roadside in a basket, where he is discovered by a troupe of traveling actors. They name him "Ugly."
The story follows Ugly into adulthood, exploring the nature of beauty and ugliness, what it means to be human, and notions of morality.
Alongside the story of Ugly, Joffe has introduced a second story strand, that of John Law, a Scottish economist, who is put in charge of France’s finances by King Louis XV. Joffe said that the introduction of Law’s story is one of the ways he is making the story relevant to today’s audiences. Law’s great innovation is the introduction of paper money, which in turn leads to speculation. Law policies cause a financial crisis, which ruins the country.
FremantleMedia Intl. will introduce the miniseries to buyers at next month’s TV market MipTV in Cannes. Joffe hopes to move into production next year.
For those looking forward to the big screen adaptation of The Maze Runner, which we've been talking about for some time now, you'll be pleased to know that the trailer will at long last be finding its way out of the maze this week, premiering tonight during MTV's "Teen Wolf."
In the meantime, check out a slick new piece of poster art for the flick courtesy of Digital Spy, which shows the towering scope of the film's titular maze, along with a teaser of the trailer!
Look for The Maze Runner, starring Dylan O’Brien, Jacob Latimore, Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, Blake Cooper, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster, on October 24, 2014. Noah Oppenheim and James Dashner (author of the novel) wrote the script. Wes Ball directs.
Based on the young-adult novel by James Dashner, “The Maze Runner” centers around teen Thomas (O’Brien), who awakens in a rusty elevator with no memory of who he is. What he does come to find out is that he’s been delivered to the middle of an intricate maze, along with a slew of other boys, who have been trying to find their way out of the ever-changing labyrinth — all the while establishing a functioning society within the enclosure they’ve come to call “The Glade."
Director Jim Mickle's (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's Cold in July was scooped up by IFC at Sundance earlier this year, which has had us itching for a release announcement. Today it has arrived along with a new still, and we've never been so happy about a cold front moving in!
IFC Films has announced that Cold in July will be given a VOD release on May 23rd, the same date it embarks on a limited theatrical run.
Michael C. Hall stars alongside Vinessa Shaw, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Wyatt Russell, and Mickle's co-writer Nick Damici.
How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane (Hal) puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben (Shepard), rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.
Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled badasses portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir by Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are), this pulpy, Southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action film, one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Twists and turns accelerate as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. Cold in July is as muggy, oppressive, and hard to shake as an east Texas summer.
So you want a good... REALLY good look at the beast himself in Legendary Pictures' upcoming take on Godzilla? Well then, your prayers have been answered as right now we have multiple looks at one of NECA's collectibles as well as the cover reveal for Godzilla: The Art of Destruction, which we first told you about last month.
First up, Toho Kingdom showed off both the 12″ and 24″ HTT versions of NECA's latest collectible. The unpainted resin 24″ is seen below with the smaller painted 12″ HTT.
Next, Insight Editions, Legendary Pictures, Toho Co., Ltd., and Warner Bros. Consumer Products have unveiled the official cover of Godzilla: The Art of Destruction. Learn more here, and look for it on May 13th!
Check out all the goodies below.
Gareth Edwards (Monsters) directs an all-star cast that includes Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, C.J. Adams, and Gary Chalk.
In theaters May 16, 2014, an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.
Visit the official Godzilla website here.
The Viewpoints section of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off on April 17th with the premiere of the delightfully twisted Summer of Blood, Onur Tukel's comedic reimagining of the vampire genre, and today the film's trailer has arrived.
Misanthropic and immature Eric faces a premature mid-life crisis after his girlfriend leaves him. With no career and even less charisma in bed, it seems like this lovable loser is beyond hope, until one fateful summer night when a vampire bites him in a Brooklyn alleyway.
The next day Eric finds his confidence invigorated and his stomach in excruciating pain that can only be cured by one thing... blood.
Onur Tukel directs and stars in this delightfully dark comedy about love, lust, and humanity.
The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, will take place from April 16 to April 27 at locations around New York City. For more info visit the official Tribeca Film Festival website, "like" the Tribeca Film Festival on Facebook, and follow Tribeca Film Festival (@TribecaFilmFest) on Twitter and join the conversation by using the hashtag #TFF2014.
On tap right now is the first TV spot for Oculus, which has been scaring the hell out of people at early screenings. This one cannot get here soon enough, kids! Check out the goodies for yourself!
Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent and The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick) star.
Related Story: Mike Flanagan Reflects on the Horrors of Oculus
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…
As promised, the first footage from the WWE's Leprechaun: Origins reboot is here, and though you don't get to spy what WWE Supertstar Hornswoggle looks like just yet, you can definitely get a feel for where the flick is going!
Leprechaun: Origins also stars Stephanie Bennett, Teach Grant (The Tall Man, Devour, Repeaters, “Cult”), Bruce Blain (“Supernatural”), Adam Boys, and Brendan Fletcher ("The Killing," Freddy vs. Jason, 13 Eerie).
The original Leprechaun, which featured comedic elements, followed an evil leprechaun searching for his pot of gold while avoiding four-leaf clovers. “The tone [of Origins] is going to be a little darker, a little more traditional horror than the Warwick Davis ones that people remember, trying to find a way to please fans of that genre; but at the same time this is really being played for scares,” said WWE president Michael Luisi in an earlier interview.
Producers are keeping details of Harris Wilkinson's script under wraps to keep the franchise's new direction a secret.
The first teaser trailer is here for Ju-on: Owari no Hajimari (translated: Ju-On: The Beginning of the End), and it's filled with the kind of sounds that to this day sends shivers down our backs. Check it out!
Ochiai Masayuki (Infection, Hypnosis and the 2008 remake of Shutter) is directing. Thus far Nozomi Sasaki has been cast along with Kai Kobayashi as the dreaded Toshio Saeki.
The flick is filming now with a release date slated for June 28.
An elementary school teacher named Yui (Sasaki) visits the home of a boy named Toshio Saeki (Kobayashi), who's been absent from school for a long period of time. When she arrives, she re-lives the horrific tragedy which occurred in the Saeki household 10 years earlier. A cardboard box left in a closet holds the key to revealing a long-hidden truth.
Fans of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles have been over the moon since learning that Prince Lestat, a new installment in the series, is heading our way in October, and now the official synopsis and artwork have arrived along with pre-ordering info!
Knopf is releasing Prince Lestat on October 28th. At present only the hardcover edition is listed for pre-order, but Anne assured us that the Kindle, Nook, and eBook versions of the book will also be available on the publication date.
A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return... From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology—a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.
“What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again...” —from The Vampire Lestat
Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of The Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned, a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces—the characters, legend, and lore of all The Vampire Chronicles.
The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis... vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned... Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth, are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.
As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, 4th century Carthage, 14th century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all The Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet; Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia, along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the Voice is and to discover the secret of what it desires and why...
And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw—the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat...
Veteran horror contributor and all-around cool guy Larry Fessenden has a lot of acting, directing and producing credits to his name. But he's never worked with anything quite like he did on Beneath. Fessenden recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about his new film.
First he gave us a brief synopsis of what viewers can expect when they hitch their anchor to Beneath. "It's a stylish little horror film about six teenagers stuck in a rowboat with a malevolent force under the water trying to get them," Fessenden said.
"It's a movie about the decisions they make to get out of the dilemma, and they're not all pretty decisions."
Indeed the film, which at first glance appears to be a monster movie, certainly has other, more devious intentions for viewers as they get deeper into the story and the characters become much less friendly with each other. "I'm a director with that sort of agenda on my mind. Life is what it is, but it's how you respond to it. So I make movies about people behaving badly. I find that to be an interesting topic," Fessenden said. "And the script sort of leant itself to that. I always say Jaws is a movie about a malevolent fish and three guys you really love. For one reason or another they're very charming. Whereas in this movie, the fish is just doing what it does. It doesn't have quite as much malevolence. But the way people react, that's kind of the story in this case, and that worked for me. I think that's what the original writers had in mind."
But the first thing that will grab viewers' attention in Beneath is a giant lake fish which terrorizes the teens stuck in a rowboat. And the veteran monster movie viewer will quickly realize the creature is a practical prop, not computer generated. "I pitched to Chiller that we'd have a real puppet. I had no interest in doing a CGI monster," Fessenden said. "It's not that I don't love CGI; it works in a lot of movies. But quite honestly, you need a lot of money to sell that stuff. I think it's tougher to sell than a rubber puppet, personally. So they agreed, just because it's sort of charming. People think, 'Why not? We'll have a big prop fish.' Well, then, of course, we had to make it."
And the making of the fish was a story in itself. "We hired our guys out of LA, and I sent them some sketches of the creature I pictured in my mind. It was pretty vague. It just said…giant fish," Fessenden said. "So we did some sketches and I did some Photoshop compositing and I sent them that. Then they had to build an enormous clay sculpture and they'd send me photos and I'd send them notes like, 'I think the gills should be more like this…' I'd draw on the pictures and we eventually got to where we made a mold, but it was really the talent of the sculptors that created this beautiful prop."
Fessenden continued on the adventures of the fish. "Then it got shipped to New York and it went in the water with two puppeteers who would wear wetsuits and they'd go under the water and drag this fish around on a little line. It was incredibly old school," he said. "It was just basically a huge inanimate object. Each shot required a different approach. If you wanted the jaws to move, maybe you had to be on a platform manhandling that. It was arduous but cool because you're forced to break down the exact shot you wanted and get the fish to behave the way it has to just for that shot, and that was the toughest part."
And although the giant prop is all handmade with good old fashioned elbow grease, the filmmakers did use just a dash of CGI for a couple finishing touches. "I think a lot of the last-minute details were accomplished though a little bit of CGI on top," Fessenden said. "It gives it some life and the eye was sort of our main focus for that kind of thing. And they don't make practical monsters so much anymore. I'm reminded of the Jurassic Park days, which were notoriously CG…but, of course, they really aren’t. They were enormous puppets. Beautiful creatures, huge armatures and even quite heavy and dangerous, and I came from that tradition."
Fessenden drew from knowledge of the creation of the greatest giant fish movie of all time to help him decide where to film Beneath. "At first, you say, 'Are we going to film in a tank, in a controlled environment?' And I said, 'Absolutely not!' I drew from the experiences of Spielberg on Jaws, and of course, he had a miserable time and I don't think he ever recovered, but it made the movie so wonderful and we wanted to have a similar relationship to the set and really be out on the water on this lake," Fessenden said. "So we built this huge platform and we dragged it out into the middle of this lake and we'd have to take a boat out every day, four guys at a time, to get 30 people out there, and then we'd be out there, stuck. If you wanted to go to the bathroom, it'd be 15 minutes back and forth. It slows down production."
"Then we decided to put that beautiful crane on there, which was also ill-advised, but we went for it. I wanted the high-angle shots that made the whole thing look kinda dreamy. I didn't want to do the traditional handheld for that. I wanted something a little more elegant and stylized so we got the crane out there. And then every day at the end of the day the fish guys would swim that huge prop out into the middle of the lake, and we'd have an hour or so to do three seconds of film."
The original script has one of the characters filming all the action with a handheld camera. To add additional style to the movie, filmmakers tapped into that camera and used it to add a found-footage element to Beneath. "I think it does add realism because that's footage that's not going to be controlled," Fessenden said. "As I said, I deliberately told the story with our movie camera with an elegance and almost a distance so I loved having the immediacy of the GoPro footage. And also I chose, for better or worse, to have the only kill onscreen be filmed by that camera."
"It's a stylistic choice, and I've always liked mixing formats. Even when I was a kid, I'd make videos and have an entire robbery scene that was in Super 8. It sort of helped transport the viewer into another reality and so was sort of the agenda there. And it was in the script as well that he was filming them all. It was part of the story."
And although the conditions were not stellar, Fessenden was blessed with a cast that knew how to get things done. "The actors were awesome," he said. "They'd sit in the little rowboat. They had umbrellas so they didn't get sunstroke. They would sit there while the crew dicked around, and then we'd be ready for a shot and be off and running. We shot pretty much in order, which is cool. And as each character actor died, they would go home. I feel like the actors had this real sense of loss as each one of them left the shoot until there were just the two left."
Fans of 80's horror will certainly watch Beneath and recall another group of teens trapped in a similar situation in Creepshow 2. Fessenden discussed this film and other influences. "I watched a lot of the lake monster movies and stuff, and honestly, 'The Raft' segment in Creepshow 2 is really one of the best," Fessenden said. "It's got the creepiest vibe even though there's no real monster, just this goop, or whatever it was. It's almost my favorite of all of them. In that regard, it was an influence. Obviously Jaws was an influence and a movie called Lifeboat by Hitchcock. Different movies have approached these problems in one way or another. What I didn't find particularly helpful were things like Lake Placid and Shark Night 3D."
Finally, the idea that Beneath had a sort of 70's feel to it was brought up, and Fessenden discussed why that might be. "I think a lot of that comes from personal tastes, even the colors," he said. "As the director, you choose the costumes, and oddly enough, in a movie like this, there's only going to be one costume on each character, which really limits that. It could just be my tastes, honestly."
"And even the boat. I wanted an old, wooden boat as it had to do with the grandfather and have a sense of history living in the frame. I also think, in a novel way, movies that spend a lot of time on character already feel like 70's movies because they don't do that as much anymore."
Beneath is now available on Blu-ray/DVD and VOD.
When a group of young friends commemorating their high school graduation take a trip to the remote Black Lake, their celebration turns into a nightmare with the sudden appearance of a bloodthirsty, underwater predator. Stuck in a leaking boat with no oars, the teens face the ultimate tests of friendship and sacrifice during a terror-stricken fight for survival. Beneath is written by Tony Daniel and Brian D. Smith and directed by horror icon Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Habit). Produced by Fessenden and Peter Phok for Glass Eye Pix (Stake Land, The Innkeepers, I Sell The Dead).
Between 1963 and 1965, ABC aired 49 episodes of the strange and the macabre in "The Outer Limits" (review). In honor of its 50th birthday, Creature Features is releasing The Outer Limits at 50 and celebrating with a premiere event that coincides with the opening of a new art exhibit.
Creature Features is proud to present a one-of-a-kind book: THE OUTER LIMITS AT 50, written and edited by David J. Schow, author of the essential OUTER LIMITS COMPANION and the world’s leading expert on the series.
This unprecedented look at the beloved show presents over 150 new pages of rare photographs and collectibles—including many in full color, unearthed here for the first time ever.
Published exclusively by Creature Features, with a lavish introduction by original OUTER LIMITS zine publisher Ted C. Rypel, this limited trade paperback is jam-packed with never-before-published publicity and making-of photos, five decades of rare merchandise, exclusive photos of surviving props, plus stunning, newly commissioned OUTER LIMITS artworks from legendary artists Bernie Wrightson, Tim Bradstreet, Steve Bissette, and more!
The book ships in late March. Click here for pre-ordering info.
Now, as for the book release/art tribute event tie-in, here are the details:
"There Is Nothing Wrong With Your Television Set"
Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 6:00-10:00 pm
Creature Features Store and Gallery — 2904 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91506
Featuring newly commissioned paintings, illustrations, and sculptures alongside original props and vintage memorabilia from the show.
Participating artists include Steve Bissette, Tim Bradstreet, Norman Cabrera, Monte Christiansen, Ken Daly, Ricardo Delgado, Frank Dietz, John Fasano, Wolf Forrest, Garrett Immel, Phil Joyce, Bob Lizzaraga, Rebecca Lord, Gregory Manchess, Ken Mitchroney, Kemo (aka Ken Morgan), Rafael Navarro, Greg Nicotero, Mike Parks, Jeff Pittarelli, Eric October, Tim Polecat, Mike Soznowski, William Stout, Woody Welch, Bernie Wrightson, and more.
If you’re unable to attend the opening reception, the exhibit runs thru April 12th during regular store hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.
We told you about the new Korean horror flick Flu back in January, and time has flown, kids! The flick is hitting DVD tomorrow, March 18th, and right now we have an infectious new and exclusive clip for you that's nothing to sneeze at! Check it out!
Sung-su Kim (Beat, Scream City) delivers the viscous viral outbreak thriller Flu, debuting on DVD March 18th from CJ Entertainment.
The all-star cast includes Hyuk Jang (The Client), Soo Ae (Sunny, A Family), Yoo Hae-jin (Musa-The Warrior, King and the Clown), and newcomer Min-ah Park.
A human trafficker is infected with an unknown virus and dies in a Bundang hospital, covered in red rashes and coughing up blood. Less than 24 hours after the death of the first patient, similar cases are reported all over Bundang. The medics despair over the super-virus that has no known cure, but they soon find hope when they hear of a sole survivor who may have developed antibodies against this ruthless viral mutation.
As medical professionals rush to find the sole individual with the potential key for a cure, fatalities rise, and soon the government has no choice but to quarantine the city. Amidst the ensuing panic, wild desperation, and violence, the struggle for life between the infected and non-infected begins to spiral out of control.
After a strong premiere at last year's SXSW Film Festival and currently available on VOD/iTunes, The Butcher Brothers' Holy Ghost People (review here) is arriving on DVD from XLrator Media next month, April 8th to be exact.
The film is directed by Mitchell Altieri – one half of the Butcher Brothers (The Hamiltons, The Thompsons) – and written by Kevin Artigue & Joe Egender, Altieri, and Phil Flores (the other half of the Butcher Brothers).
Emma Greenwell, Brendan McCarthy, Joe Egender, and Cameron Richardson star.
Holy Ghost People is a Southern Gothic thriller about a teenager searching for her lost sister in the Appalachian Mountains, where she encounters a snake-handling religious cult and eventually learns the truth about her sister's fate.
• Deleted scenes
It's been awhile since we've posted an installment in our Tabletop Terrors series, but since we're getting a new Godzilla movie this year, it seems only right to talk about King of Tokyo from Iello Games.
King of Tokyo was designed by legendary designer Richard Garfield. He also created this little game called Magic: The Gathering. You may have heard of it.
What kind of game is KoT? Well, it has the simplest board you'll ever see. The board has two spaces on it.
Unless a whole bunch of people are playing, you'll only use one of those spaces. It also has dice and cards. Is it a dice game? A card game? A board game?
Each player chooses a monster. These are very cleverly named to avoid all copyright infringement claims but are clearly modeled after big critters we all know and love. The giant ape is The King, the giant radioactive lizard is GigaZaur, the robotic giant lizard is MechDragon, and so on. In the base game the monster chosen really doesn't matter, but in the near-mandatory Power Up Expansion, each one has its own "Evolution" cards that allow them to gain new powers specific to them as the game progresses.
There's also a Halloween Expansion with two new monsters, Pumpkin Jack and Boogey Woogey (which come with their own sets of Evolution cards); "Costume" cards, and lots more.
When play begins, the first player to roll an attack symbol takes over Tokyo. Once there, when they attack, they attack everyone outside Tokyo. However, everyone else attacks THEM. They can only leave Tokyo once they're attacked; then they can choose to switch with their attacker, putting them in the hot seat.
The problem is, you only score victory points when you're in Tokyo. The first monster to 20 wins the game!
Every player rolls six special dice on their turn. The dice have numbers and symbols. The numbers represent energy, and the symbols represent attacks and health. Roll 3 of a number, and you collect that many energy tokens. Roll an attack symbol, and that's an attack point. Roll a health symbol, and you regain a point of health.
It's the dice that drive the game, but as you'll see from the above photo, cards play into it as well. You use your collected energy token to purchase ability cards. These cards provide their owners with special abilities that make them stronger, healthier, or allow them to do more damage to their opponents. Some stick around for good; others are used once and then discarded.
Using abilities to modify things, players take turns at the dice. You have three chances to finalize your roll. Each roll you can save as many of your dice as you like or re-roll. By doing so, you can shoot for specific goals, such as a focused attack or a gain of many energy tokens.
Since you cannot regain health if you are in Tokyo, the game becomes a fast-paced slam-fest where players try to take down the current King before they score enough points to win. Managing your health while gaining points is the key to success.
KoT inevitably becomes a festival of trash talk. A great game to break out with friends, most of the abilities (and the expansion packs' Evolutions) are effectively dick moves. Much like Munchkin, the name of the game is screwing over your friends for maximum gain. Steal their abilities, knock them out of Tokyo, or force them in when they're hurting and can't survive the focus. Either way, the objective is coming out on top, and giant monsters don't play nice.
Like most of Garfield's games, this is a masterpiece of design. It falls outside most genre staples yet is easy to learn and incredibly fun to play for novice and veteran alike. Once you add in the expansions, you'll quickly find a monster whose style fits yours, and you'll be ripping the limbs off your buddies in no time.
Learn more about King of Tokyo at the Iello Games website.
It's Monday; you're grumpy and already want the week over with. We're right there with ya! So how about we blow off a little steam by digging on this exclusive clip from The Dinosaur Experiment?
It’s kill... or be killed... in The Dinosaur Experiment, aka Raptor Ranch, coming to VOD on April 1, 2014, and DVD on May 6, 2014, from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Fossil Ridge, once believed to be a cattle ranch, is discovered to be a breeding ground for vicious prehistoric velociraptors. When the bloodthirsty dinosaurs escape, the townspeople must fight to survive.
The Dinosaur Experiment stars Lorenzo Lamas (USA’s "Renegade," CBS’s "The Bold and the Beautiful"), Donny Boaz (The Con-Test, Killer School Girls from Outer Space, The Great Debaters), Declan Joyce (Now Here, Six, Scorched), Lexy Hulme (Lord of Tears), and Jana Mashonee.
Fossil Ridge, a quaint little town in Texas, is 100 miles from anywhere... home to one gas station, which doubles as a diner, and not much else. But the sleepy community is abruptly turned upside down when it’s discovered that a local cattle ranch is actually a breeding ground for ferocious velociraptors—bloodthirsty dinosaurs long thought extinct. When the vicious beasts escape, the terrified townspeople must fight to survive the deadly, prehistoric killers.