In next week's Episode 4.04 of "Being Human," the cleverly titled "Panic Womb," Susanna Fournier returns as Zoe. To give you a taste of what she's up to, here are several stills from the ep, which also includes the return of Aidan's new love interest, Kat.
"Being Human" stars Sam Witwer as vampire Aidan, Meaghan Rath as ghost (and new witch) Sally, and Sam Huntington and Kristen Hager as werewolves Josh and Nora.
"Being Human" Episode 4.04 - "Panic Womb (airs 2/3/14)
Aidan's vampire relationships continue as his human romance with Kat (Deanna Russo) becomes more serious; a couple give Josh and Nora a glimpse into their possible future; and Sally asks an old friend for help solving the mystery of "Lil' Smokie."
The headline says it all. Expect more and more classic Godzilla titles to find their way to Blu-ray in the coming months as the May release of the big budget American reboot approaches.
Even King Kong is getting some hi-def lovin’ thanks to the King of the Monsters' resurgence.
King Kong vs. Godzilla may not ever get critical respect, but it has more than earned its status as one of the all-time great b-movies. The forerunner to the Alien vs. Predator, Freddy vs. Jason, Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys, and Batman vs. Superman of today, the King of the Monsters and the 8th Wonder of the World squared off for the one and only time in this 1963 Toho monsterpiece.
When an underhanded pharmaceutical company goes to a remote tropical island to steal King Kong for advertising purposes, they get more than they bargained for when the gigantic ape attacks an unsuspecting village and an enormous octopus. Meanwhile, far below the sea, a submarine crew unleashes reptilian terror when they melt a block of ice and release the ferocious Godzilla from his icy lair. When both destructive monsters descend on Tokyo, it's a fight that holds the future of mankind in the balance in this knock-out film that was the first theatrical release to bring its larger-than-life contenders to the big screen in glorious color.
Toho's less-than-kingly take on King Kong would return again to the big screen to do battle with dinosaurs, a robot version of himself, and a diabolical supervillain named Dr. Who in 1968’s King Kong Escapes. The movie, co-produced by Rankin/Bass, aka the folks behind countless classic stop-motion Christmas specials like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” was designed to be a big screen version of a popular “King Kong” Saturday morning cartoon of the era.
King Kong, having fallen in love with the beautiful Lt. Susan Watson (Linda Miller), is kidnapped from his Mondo Island home by the evil Dr. Hu (Eisei Amamoto) to dig for precious gems in a mine when the robot MechaKong is unable to complete the task. Soon, though, the machine and the real Kong engage in a tremendous battle that threatens to level Japan.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment is wasting no time getting these two onto high definition before Godzilla comes stomping back on the big screen this summer. Both films will be released on Blu-ray April 1st in 1080p with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. Alas, both will come barebones with no special features. That probably explains why they’re both currently available on Amazon for the bargain price of $13.99 each.
Well then. Hot on the heels of Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, Godzilla on Monster Island, and Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, that now marks four vintage Godzilla movies announced for Blu-ray in less than a week. What will next week bring hi-def word of? I’m hoping for Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster and Terror of Mechagodzilla, myself.
Another horrifying urban legend comes to life in Don't Knock Twice, which has just been picked up by Content Film and will be haunting the hallowed halls of the upcoming European Film Market. Read on for all the paranormal details!
From the Press Release
Content announced today that it will be reuniting with Caradog James and John Giwa-Amu of Red & Black Films on their latest title, DON'T KNOCK TWICE, with worldwide pre-sales to begin at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Caradog James (THE MACHINE, LITTLE WHITE LIES) will direct from a script by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler. DON'T KNOCK TWICE will be produced by John Giwa-Amu and Seymour Films' Claire Moorsom. Content’s Jamie Carmichael will serve as executive producer.
Content first partnered with Red & Black Films on Caradog James’ sci-fi action thriller THE MACHINE (review here), which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film festival last year.
Content's Jamie Carmichael said: "We’re really happy to be working with Crad and John again and [are] delighted that Claire is on board. DON'T KNOCK TWICE has all the high concept scares we love.”
The production team said: "Following the success of The Machine, we're very excited to be partnering with Content again on this chilling supernatural thriller."
In the vein of Candyman and The Ring, DON’T KNOCK TWICE is a psychologically terrifying, twisted urban legend which is set to begin pre-production in the spring of 2014.
Caradog James is repped in the US by Lawrence Mattis and Ashley Berns at Circle of Confusion and JAB Management in the UK.
Content also recently announced it will be selling worldwide rights to Dan Bush's supernatural heist thriller THE TRUST (more on that here) at EFM.
Poster via Shock Till You Drop.
As Clive Barker himself works on scripting a remake to Hellraiser, another one of his stories is about to find its way in front of the cameras. Want details? Read on!
Screen Daily reports that Raven Banner Enterainment has optioned Barker's short story "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament," which originally appeared in his anthology novel The Books of Blood. Many stories from the anthology have been turned into feature films in the past, including Rawhead Rex and Midnight Meat Train.
"Jacqueline Ess" tells the story of a beautiful woman with the ability to horrifically change people’s body shapes simply with her mind. Her ability gives her the power to grant men the ultimate sexual experience, albeit one that always proves fatal. It’s a story of sex, power, and the extremes that await us at the limits of desire.
Raven Banner will produce with Barker’s Seraphim Films on board to executive produce. The deal was negotiated by Raven Banner partners Michael Paszt, James Fler, and Andrew Hunt, with Noor Ahmed of Reder & Feig LLP negotiating on behalf of Seraphim.
The film is currently being scripted and is slated to go into production in the fall of 2014.
NECA is bringing more old school goodness directly to your toy shelf as they've just unveiled the latest in their line of figures based on classic Nintendo Entertainment System games. Even cooler? Their classic monkeying around has also begun!
Below you'll find your first look at the 8-Bit Predator figure along with great photos of the Soldier Ape, Dr. Zaius, and Cornelius figures from NECA's upcoming classic Planet of the Apes series. Personally I'm far more stoked about the ape figures. Growing up, I had the classic MEGO apes, and these are right up there with them in terms of the coolness factor!
The Predator figure will be coming in May, and the Apes will arrive we're guessing sometime around the release of the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in July.
NBC is really embracing the darker side of "Hannibal" with this cool new promo it put together for the show: 10 Fun Facts About Cannibalism. Arm yourself with a few facts about chomping down on your fellow humans as you prepare for the February 28 premiere date of "Hannibal" Season 2.
If you still have yet to see Season 1, another avenue has opened up for you: Amazon Prime Instant Video customers now have one month to binge-watch the first season of "Hannibal."
Amazon Prime has the exclusive subscription VOD rights to the show so it’s not available on any other VOD services, but you can find it on DVD and through electronic sell-through services including Apple’s iTunes and Amazon Video.
“Hannibal” stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. The series also stars Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park co-star, and Season 2 guest stars include a returning Gillian Anderson, Eddie Izzard, and Raúl Esparza along with newcomers Jeremy Davies, Jonathan Tucker, and Amanda Plummer.
The second season of the critically acclaimed “Hannibal” will contain 13 episodes, beginning with “Kaiseki,” premiering Friday, February 28th, following "Grimm."
"Hannibal" Episode 2.01 - "Kaiseki" (air date 2/28/14)
With Will still in custody for the murder of Abigail, Dr. Lecter steps in to help when bodies wash up on a riverbank. The big question is whether or not Dr. Bloom will be able to help Will regain his memories.
Currently available on VOD platforms, Big Bad Wolves (review) was hailed by Quentin Tarantino as being one of last year's best movies. Need we say more?
Check out four awesome alternate posters for the flick, and drop whatever plans you've got tonight and give it a rental!
Directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Rabies), Big Bad Wolves stars Lior Ashkenazi (Footnote), Tzachi Grad (The Flood), Rotem Keinan (The Exchange), and Dov Glickman.
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: the father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
We are still waiting on the Weinsteins to reveal their release plans for Snowpiercer here in the States and don't know whether they'll be putting out the original cut or a butchered American edit. Either way, here are some clips to tide you over until the news comes.
The English-language directorial debut of Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the film stars The Avengers’ Chris Evans, The Help’s Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, and Song Kang-ho.
Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in the not too distant future, where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snowpiercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.
Watching Chandler Riggs grow into the part of Carl Grimes has been a treat for fans of "The Walking Dead," and the character is the focus of this first clip from Episode 4.09, "After." Another treat is that Norman Reedus (Daryl) will be holding a Twitter Q&A leading up to the Feb. 9 premiere.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green.
The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.
"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.09 - "After" (airs 2/9/14)
As Rick (Lincoln) deals with old wounds, members of the prison have to come to terms with their new environment and ask themselves if survival alone is enough. Written by Robert Kirkman and directed by Greg Nicotero.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
Hot on the heels of the DVD announcement from a couple of days ago, a new trailer for Tyler Glodt's zom-com Buck Wild has arrived, and we have it for you right here... cold off the slab! Dig it!
Millennium Entertainment is releasing the hilariously horrifying “zom-com” Buck Wild for early digital download on February 18, 2014, before it heads to Blu-ray and DVD on March 18, 2014.
Directed by Tyler Glodt (The Eves), the outrageous comedy stars Matthew Albrecht (The Artist), Mark Ford (The Eves), Meg Cionni (The Fear Chamber), and Joe Stevens (True Grit, FX’s “Justified”).
BUCK WILD is a tongue-in-cheek adventure that turns the buddy comedy upside down while tearing zombies inside out! Craig Thompson's idyllic hunting trip with his two buddies and unstable cousin is wrecked after hearing that his fiancée and best man-to-be have been cavorting behind his back. To make matters worse, Craig's cousin appears to be on the verge of a murderous rampage, while a rapidly spreading Chupacabra virus is transforming locals into the undead.
After taking drastic measures to protect themselves, the boys must put aside their differences to survive an insidious hillbilly gang and impending zombie melee. Things are about to get BUCK WILD!
A modern day Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Allison Carter is a sharp shooter with a sharper tongue, starring in The Adventures of Apocalypse Al, a four-issue comic miniseries being released monthly starting on February 5th.
Penned by critically acclaimed television and comic book writer J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5, The Amazing Spider-Man, Superman: Earth One), the script is a perfect blend of humor and horror, drama and lighthearted action-packed adventure.
Rising India-based artist Sid (Siddharth) Kotian will be providing the artwork that brings Straczynski’s stories to life with color by Bill Farmer and lettering by Troy Peteri. Issue #2 follows on March 5th.
Meet Allison Carter, a not-so-average private investigator, who has been tasked with saving the world from total destruction. It’s all in a day’s work and a part of the family business. Being a fourth generation super-sleuth, she’s followed in her father’s footsteps (and his father’s footsteps and his father’s footsteps…), bravely taking on the most heinous creatures the dark side has to offer.
Her latest assignment promises to be her biggest one yet. When a mysterious figure gets his hands on the Book of Keys, whose secrets can cause the destruction of the world, Al is the only one who can stop him. Her journey takes her through a world populated by zombie cops, machine gun-toting imps, techno wizards, closet trolls, demonic theme parks, other dimensions, Ultimate Darkness, and, perhaps worst of all, an undead ex-boyfriend.
The Adventures of Apocalypse Al marks J. Michael Straczynski’s return to his own imprint, Joe’s Comics, which has been dormant for seven years. The Joe’s Comics mission is to create stories free of Event Fatigue, corporate interference, and editorial agendas, with an emphasis on innovation, experimentation, and fun. It’s all about capturing the imagination and attention of the readers and telling good, quality stories.
Now that Spider-Man: The Musical has official shut down and shit the bed, the Big Apple has a monster-sized hole in it just waiting to be filled. Enter King Kong. Holy cow, that sounded inadvertently dirty.
The sky-high $75 million cost of Spider-Man was incurred in large part by a long, haphazard development process for a show that opened cold on Broadway, with all those expenses folded into the New York production’s budget.
By contrast, King Kong has already been developed in a Melbourne, Australia, production (said to have come in at around $30 million), so the capitalization of the American staging, while still poised to be high by Broadway standards, won’t be weighed down with those expenses. And since the heavy lifting required to mount Kong has already been accomplished once, there’s zero likelihood that previews will stretch over months as they did with Spider-Man.
Incidentally, "mounting Kong" sounded even more inadvertently dirty.
Global Creatures (the production company behind King Kong) chairman Gerry Ryan, in an interview on Melbourne radio station 3AW late last week, stated King Kong will be opening at the former home of Spider-Man: The Musical, Foxwoods Theatre on Broadway, this December. Officially, however, neither the dates nor the venue has been officially confirmed.
Look for more soon!
Last night on "The Originals," the witches declared war on the vampires, Klaus in particular, and things are definitely heating up in this preview of Episode 1.13, "Crescent City."
"The Originals" Episode 1.13 - "Crescent City" (airs 2/4/14, 8-9pm)
UNEXPECTED VISITORS — At the re-opening of St. Anne’s Church, Father Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick) finds himself in a great deal of trouble after a run-in with a witch from his past.
Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) grow concerned when the reemergence of someone they once knew threatens to expose secrets they’ve kept buried for nearly a century.
Elsewhere, Sophie (Daniella Pineda) is shocked when a discovery is made at the cemetery, but she soon realizes things may not be as they seem. With the full moon looming, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) lets Rebekah in on her plan to throw a party for her werewolf clan, but things take a dangerous turn when uninvited guests arrive.
Meanwhile, Cami (Leah Pipes) is conflicted when she makes a difficult decision involving the safety of Father Kieran, and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) finds himself facing his own dilemma when he has to choose between Hayley and his siblings.
Finally, when one of his plans fails, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) takes drastic measures in the Cauldron, resulting in dangerous repercussions that affect everyone involved.
Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Michael Narducci and Julie Plec.
Get an Insider Look at The Following Ep. 2.02 - For Joe; New Photos and Previews of Ep. 2.03 - Trust Me
If you're not caught up on "The Following," you might want to skip this story, but for the rest of you, here's an "Insider" look at the "For Joe" ep along with two previews and some photos from Ep. 2.03, "Trust Me."
In the below video the director and stunt coordinator give a behind-the-scenes look at Ryan's fight scene with Luke and Mark in Episode 2.02.
"For Joe" Synopsis:
RYAN IS HAUNTED BY NEW THREATS - After the tragic subway killings, Ryan’s obsession with the case becomes stronger than ever. Soon, mysterious phone calls bring him face-to-face with what may be his biggest threat yet. Meanwhile, revelations surrounding Joe’s new life are brought to the surface.
"The Following" Episode 2.03 - "Trust Me" (2/3/14, 9-10PM; re-airs 2/8/14, 9-10PM)
A VICTIM LEADS RYAN CLOSER TO THE TRUTH - Ryan continues his search to find the correlation between the recent tragedies in New York City and Emma and the existing members of the Havenport cult, while the FBI becomes increasingly aware of his undercover agenda.
Meanwhile, a shocking event leads Joe to put a new plan in action.
Cast: Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy; James Purefoy as Joe Carroll; Shawn Ashmore as Agent Mike Weston; Valorie Curry as Emma Hill; Connie Nielsen as Lily Gray; Sam Underwood as Luke; Jessica Stroup as Max Hardy; Tiffany Boone as Mandy Lang.
Guest Cast: Valerie Cruz as Agent Gina Mendez; Carrie Preston as Judy; JD Williams as Carlos; Camille De Pazzis as Giselle.
It's demon against demon in this new promo for A&E's upcoming "Those Who Kill." Plus we have co-stars Chloe Sevigny, James D'Arcy, James Morrison, and Bruce Davison discussing their characters.
"Those Who Kill" premieres March 3rd at 10/9c following the Season 2 premiere of "Bates Motel."
"Those Who Kill" Synopsis:
Based on the Danish crime series format inspired by the bestselling work of author Elsebeth Egholm, the ten-episode serialized drama is set in Pittsburgh.
As a freshly minted homicide detective, Catherine Jensen (Sevigny) has garnered a reputation for overstepping her boundaries in her unrelenting pursuit to solve Pittsburgh’s most gruesome murders. Motivated by her past, including the disappearance of her brother and the suspicion that her stepfather is a serial killer, she often finds herself emotionally connected to the victims she’s investigating.
Jensen enlists the help of Thomas Schaeffer (D’Arcy), a forensic psychologist who has a tumultuous relationship with the police department, to provide insight into her cases and her personal investigation into her stepfather. He, too, finds himself deeply connected to each case, but often through the killer, which proves to be a hazardous undertaking.
The pair shares a skewed sense of judgment that often puts them, and sometimes even their families, at risk. As these two captivating yet flawed characters come together, their bond often rescues them from their individual demons but may be the source of more harmful tribulations.
“Those Who Kill” is produced by Imagine Television (“24,” “Friday Night Lights”) and Fox 21 (“Homeland,” “Sons of Anarchy”). Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo are executive producers for Imagine Television. Glen Morgan (“The X-Files,” “Millennium”) wrote the pilot episode (directed by Joe Carnahan; The Grey) and also serves as executive producer/showrunner. David Petrarca serves as executive producer and directs several episodes. Peter Bose and Jonas Allen are executive producers for Miso Films.
For more info be sure to keep your eyes on the "Those Who Kill" Facebook page.
Finally the trailer is here for Nightfall Pictures and Twisted Illusions' new anthology film Hi-8 (which stands for Horror. Independent. 8 Filmmakers), and we we have it here for you dripping with indie horror goodness.
From the Press Release
Hi-8 is produced by Brad Sykes, Josephina Sykes, and Tim Ritter. The directors’ lineup is Tim Ritter (Truth or Dare), Brad Sykes (Camp Blood), Marcus Koch (100 Tears), Ron Bonk (The Vicious Sweet), Donald Farmer (Savage Vengeance), Todd Sheets (Zombie Bloodbath), Chris Seaver (Filthy McNasty), and Tony Masiello (SOV: The True Independents).
Producer Brad Sykes got the idea for the anthology while working on SRS Cinema’s upcoming VHS/DVD release of his feature The Pact, which was shot on the Hi-8 format back in 1995 while Sykes was still a college student. He missed those days of carefree filmmaking and approached Tim Ritter with the idea, who already had the Hi-8 title and concept ready to go. Together, they began contacting filmmakers, eventually forming the Hi-8 team.
While Hi-8 allows each filmmaker total creative freedom, there are a few basic ground rules to follow: no found footage, no HD or DSLRs, no greenscreen or CGI. All the shorts were shot on location with practical makeup effects.
What everyone should expect from Hi-8 is a return to good and gory horror storytelling, old school, but with a twist. Many of the participating filmmakers directed some of the very first SOV horror movies, and Hi-8 is an attempt to recapture the excitement and creativity of those pre-DVD, pre-Internet years.
The most interesting new character on "The Vampire Diaries" by far is Enzo, and finally tomorrow night we'll see him again. Check out another clip and some photos from Episode 5.12, "The Devil Inside," for a taste of what's coming.
"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.12 - "The Devil Inside" (airs 1/30/14, 8-9pm)
SEARCHING FOR THE HIGH ROAD — When Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) brings Damon (Ian Somerhalder) a gruesome present and insists that they bond by committing an act of revenge, Damon makes an effort to do the honorable thing.
After finding himself in awkward and confusing conversations with Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda), Matt impulsively decides to throw a party, where Caroline (Candice Accola) makes a stunning confession to Elena (Nina Dobrev), then has to face the consequence of her actions with Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Tyler (Michael Trevino).
Aaron (guest star Shaun Sipos) does his best to make amends for his family’s past misdeeds and start a new life for himself.
Finally, Elena suddenly finds herself in a life-threatening situation with only minutes to figure out how to save herself.
Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Brett Matthews and Sonny Postiglione.
We had a chance to sit down with director Mike Flanagan to discuss his new flick, Oculus (review), so we jumped at it. Read on for the scoop on the film, where it's going from here, and of course... what kind of terrors await you.
For those that don't know, Oculus was originally released as a short film many years ago so we asked Mike why he had decided to revisit the film and flesh it out further.
"We did Oculus the short back in 2005. I always hoped that it would turn into an anthology series. I wanted to do more shorts, but unfortunately I was never able to scrape together the resources to do so. However, once it went out and hit the festivals for a while, there was an immediate interest in a feature length expansion. The movie is home to mirrors and cameras inside of a room, and everywhere we went everyone was like, 'This is great; let's do it as a found footage movie,' but I never wanted to do that. So for years we just kept getting phone calls about the short and people were always excited about it. We'd go in for meetings and the folks there would always say something like, 'Oh, found footage,' and we'd be like, 'Thanks, but we're gonna keep looking.'"
"It took FOREVER to find producers who were really into doing something different with it. After seeing my film Absentia, Trevor Macy from Intrepid brought me in for a meeting and at that point I had five or six different projects I wanted to talk about and the last one that I had mentioned was Oculus, mainly because I was afraid the meeting would go the way that it always had. So they watched the short and I had a treatment for the feature that I had wanted to do, and they came on board and very enthusiastically said, 'We do NOT want to do this as a found footage movie. We'd like to do something different.' So we spent 2010 and 2011 developing the movie together, we shot it in 2012, and I think it was a really brave move for them because it would have been so much easier for them to just try and plug a story into the found footage model that everyone's really familiar with, but again, this is something we always thought was different that that."
"When the film was complete and screened at Toronto, Relativity and Blumhouse came rushing into the picture in a beautiful way. They responded to everything in the movie the way that we had wanted them to. Oculus is different and it is intelligent. It's pretty complicated from a narrative point of view, and to find a home for it with people who really understood what we were going for... it was a really lovely and inspiring thing. We are very grateful to them. They're one of the few people in this business who are willing to take risks."
Since the film screened in Toronto, it's been met with some pretty wide acclaim. This served as a bit of vindication for Flanagan to stick to his guns and not go the found footage route.
"It's really tough, ya know? It all really started with Absentia, which a lot of people really responded to. It's always very important to me to spend as much, if not more, time on character development and story structure instead of just the usual genre elements. With Absentia we didn't have the resources to focus on the traditional genre elements at all. *laughs* We had so little to work with that there was nothing else we could do but make it smart and hope that people connect with the characters emotionally. I think a lot of genre fare jettisons that stuff kind of early in favor of winding up a prescribed type of scare. The people behind this film have a lot on the line because it is a different kind of movie, especially because they've decided to distribute it wide. It is really vindicating to see how fans are reacting to the movie, and we hope that extends into the box office as well."
Regarding his approach to the film, Flanagan continues, "Somewhere along the line people stopped being able to tell the difference between something that is scary and something that is startling. Startling people is fairly easy, and there are some movies that I enjoy a lot that are incredibly entertaining that rely on startling people. If you bang a symbol behind somebody's head, you're gonna scare them and they're gonna have that reaction... they jump... they gasp... and then they laugh. That's the most common thing you hear in an audience when you go to see a horror film in the theatre."
"For me it's always been way more interesting to go back to movies that I love like The Shining, The Changeling, Lake Mungo, A Tale of Two Sisters, and of course one of my favorites, Session 9. I love things that make you feel like you have this intense feeling of dread but you're not even sure why. A lot of times movies will build in release valves for that feeling by inserting a laugh here or something to break the tension for a minute. For me it's always been way more exciting to keep turning it up. We went into Oculus to make it a real pressure cooker... make it so that it feels as if it has its foot on your neck and keeps applying pressure until the credits. We never give anyone a chance to breathe, which makes for a really intense experience. It's really exciting and it was really fun to do. It's something that the cast is already excited about."
When asked if he'd like to keep working within the horror genre or move on, Flanagan said, "I love horror movies. It's my preferred genre so I'll always be working in horror. Sometimes when I try to write a different kind of story, it just skews that way anyway; I guess because I'm just kind of fucked up! *laughs* It's such a cathartic thing, ya know? Movies are all about tapping into universal human emotion and experience. The reason people love movies is because they can resonate with them on a personal and true level. I don't think there's any emotion that's more universal than fear. Everyone knows what fear feels like and we learn it when we're really young. As a kid I was terrified of horror movies. It became sort of character building to make it through them and survive films that really scared the hell out of me as a child. Horror movies are a safe environment in which we can confront the darkest sides of our nature. Horror is a genre that will never go away. I want to work in horror as much as I can. I still plan on branching out into other genres. I'm into anything with good characters. Anything that has that element of truth to it is an attractive project. I'm developing a sci-fi movie now that I think is gonna be really fun, but I'll come home to horror. That's my home base and where I have the most fun."
So given that Oculus was originally conceived as an anthology of sorts, we asked if he'd revisit this world someday.
"I've actually got a ton of material in my drawer pertaining to this mirror. What's fun about it for me is that it's sort of a portable Overlook Hotel so you can pick that thing up and put it anywhere. The possibilities from a writer's standpoint are just endless for that. If it strikes a chord and people connect with it, I would love to keep playing with it. The way that the mirror unveils its horrors itself to a user is very personal... as personal as a reflection. So just putting it into an environment with different characters makes for a fresh and different movie even though we've got the same monster at the heart of it. There's a ton of stories I can still tell about this thing if people want to hear them."
The film stars Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who," Not Another Happy Ending), Brenton Thwaites (the upcoming Maleficent and The Giver), Rory Cochrane (Argo, Parkland), and Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica," Riddick).
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…
With I, Frankenstein in theatres, The Creature is sure to be on a lot of people's minds; and if you're in the UK, you'll soon get a chance to check out Michael Sarrazin in the role when 1970's TV movie Frankenstein: The True Story finally arrives to your shores.
One of the most acclaimed versions of Mary Shelley’s classic tale, Frankenstein: The True Story, featuring a stellar all-star cast including James Mason and Leonard Whiting, makes its UK DVD debut on 10 March 2014 thanks to Second Sight Films.
Originally airing on NBC in 1973, this much lauded film also stars David McCallum ("The Man From U.N.C.L.E."), Jane Seymour ("Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"), Tom Baker ("Doctor Who"), Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes), John Gielgud (Ghandi), Peter Sallis (Last of the Summer Wine), and Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?; Feardotcom) as The Creature.
In 19th century England, Dr Victor Frankenstein (Whiting, Romeo and Juliet), bitter over his brother’s untimely death, voices his wish that men could have power over life and death. Following a chance encounter with Dr. Henry Clerval (McCallum), a surgeon experimenting in this very field, they join forces, and Victor achieves the impossible: the creation of life. He creates a handsome, highly intelligent young man (Sarrazin), but unforeseen problems and the involvement of evil scientist Dr. Polidori (Mason, North By Northwest) lead to shocking, unimaginable horror.
Bonus features includes an introduction by James Mason.
Image Entertainment is well known for its horror fare here in the US, and this month RLJ Entertainment is launching a UK arm of the thriving label with the first release being sci-fi action thriller Scavengers on DVD and Blu-ray, available today!
Starring Roark Critchlow ("V," "Battlestar Galactica"), Jeremy London (Sink Hole, The Devil’s Dozen), and Sean Patrick Flanery ("Dexter," Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), writer/director Travis Zariwny's CGi-packed Scavengers makes its UK DVD and Blu-ray debut on 27 January.
In a forgotten corner of the universe, a battle is raging that threatens our very existence. Our future lies in the hands of SCAVENGERS.
The crew of the Starship Revelator survive by keeping out of trouble, until they stumble across the mechanics of ultimate destruction. A rival ship has it in their sights, and they will stop at nothing to master a power that could destroy the universe. The fight for the future is on – a battle against oblivion. To the victor goes untold power; to the vanquished, death, devastation, and the cold dark emptiness of space.