After six seasons, everyone's favorite barmaid, Tara Buck's Ginger on "True Blood," is going from a recurring player to a series regular for the show's seventh and final season.
Buck (pictured) made her debut as the character back in the second half of Season 1 (you remember... when the show still had some bite in it) and has been a fan favorite since.
Another familiar face got a similar promotion back toward the end of last year: Bailey Noble, who plays half-faerie Adilyn Bellefleur.
Noble joined the show in Season 6 as the only remaining child of human Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) and faerie Maurella (Kristina Anapau) after her three sisters were killed by Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll).
"True Blood" returns for its farewell season in June 2014.
More TV casting news hit our radar today: Kevin Williamson's still untitled pilot for CBS has landed "True Blood's" Mariana Klaveno in the supporting role of a detective. C'mon, Kev - it's been weeks. Pick a title already, please!
Per Deadline, Klaveno joins the previously announced Dylan McDermott in the CBS/Warner Bros. TV project written by Williamson (Scream, "The Vampire Diaries," "The Following") and directed by Liz Friedlander ("The Secret Circle," "The Following").
The psychological thriller revolves around two detectives, Beth and Jack (McDermott), who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Assessment Unit of the LAPD. McDermott’s Jack Larsen is a recent transfer from New York. His healthy confidence and quick thinking have gotten him into trouble in the past — a past he hopes to leave behind.
Klaveno's Janice is underestimated in her unit because of her somewhat flashy appearance.
Look for more as it comes.
A new promo video for "Bates Motel" Season 2 has come in which provides an early look at some of the intense moments ahead. Also, if your memory's a little fuzzy, A&E put together a "Last Season on Bates Motel" clip that offer a convenient rundown of all the twists and turns so far.
"Bates Motel" Episode 2.02 - "Shadow of a Doubt" (airs 3/10/14)
Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to distract Norman (Freddie Highmore) from his obsession with Miss Watson by auditioning for a play. A new player in town has Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Remo (Ian Tracey) on edge.
The CW has yet to cast the female lead in its pilot for "iZombie," but another male actor has joined the fray as Robert Buckley ("One Tree Hill," "666 Park Avenue") signs on to play a character named Major.
You may recall that "iZombie" is a supernatural crime procedural that centers on Liv, a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories.
With the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.
Per THR, Buckley's Major is Liv's former fiancé, who is trying to transition back to being her friend despite still being in love with her. He's a former college football player-turned-environmental engineer who is extremely likable. Buckley joins previously announced Malcolm Goodwin, Alexandra Krosney, and David Anders.
"Veronica Mars" creator Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero wrote the script and are executive producing alongside Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge. Thomas will direct the pilot, which hails from Rob Thomas Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot is based on characters created by Chris Robertson and Michael Allred and published by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint.
If you've been watching "Helix" on Syfy, you know one thing's for sure: That damn virus wants to be spread! In Episode 1.11, "Black Rain," Peter leads the vectors in a full-on attack of the base... and that's just the start of the problems.
The 13-episode series stars Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Mark Ghanimé, and Neil Napier.
"Helix" is executive produced by Ron Moore, creator of “Battlestar Galactica."
"Helix" Episode 1.11 - "Black Rain" (airs 3/14/14)
Peter (Napier) leads the Vectors in a desperate final attempt to spread the virus while the CDC scientists work together and successfully create a cure just as their lives come under threat from Ilaria Corporation's deadly mercenaries.
Just when we thought the cast for Sharknado 2: The Second One couldn't get any stranger, more cameos have been revealed along with the flick's official release date. Read on for the details!
Per THR, Sharknado 2: The Second One will barely make Syfy's previously announced "sometime in July" debut as it arrives on Thursday, July 31st, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original movie aired.
Now, who can we look forward to becoming chum for the beasties? Blogger Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, and Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton). Robert Klein and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle have also signed on and are playing a former New York City mayor and the FDNY fire chief, respectively.
Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado. In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.
Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie.
Much like the Men of Letters injected new life into "Supernatural," so too has the Wesen Council added some spice to "Grimm." They return in next week's Episode 3.15, "Once We Were Gods," and here's a sneak peek via some stills and a preview.
As an added bonus, we have a creature profile of last night's Wesen of the Week: The Aswang, vicious Filipino Wesen who must consume their first-born grandchild in order to prolong their own lives. Kind of makes you rethink that whole "respect your elders" thing, huh?
"Grimm" Episode 3.15 - "Once We Were Gods" (airs 3/14/14; 9-10PM)
AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYSTERY CAUSES CHAOS IN PORTLAND -- Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) find themselves thrown into the middle of an ancient battle, and things heat up when the Wesen Council decides to get involved.
Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) fill everyone in on early Wesen history.
Meanwhile, Sgt. Wu (Reggie Lee) is still reeling from the events he recently experienced.
As things heat up in Europe, one of the Resistance’s most trusted allies gets compromised as he tries to protect Adalind (Claire Coffee). Bitsie Tulloch and Sasha Roiz also star; Anne Dudek and Richard Lee Jackson guest star.CLICK "NEXT" FOR MORE PHOTOS AND THE PREVIEW
Serious doubts are raised about the case against Will in next week's Episode 2.03 of "Hannibal," entitled "Hassun." Have a look at some new images and a preview of the ep for clues about where things are going from here.
"Hannibal" Episode 2.03 - "Hassun" (airs 3/14/14; 10-11PM)
WILL GRAHAM’S TRIAL BEGINS, BUT WHEN AN AVID FAN STARTS RECREATING CRIMES SIMILAR TO THOSE WILL IS ACCUSED OF COMMITTING, EVEN HIS STRONGEST DETRACTORS ARE FORCED TO RECONSIDER THE CASE AGAINST HIM:
Will Graham’s (Hugh Dancy) trial begins, and he must watch as those closest to him are forced to take sides.
Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne), already in hot water from Alana Bloom’s (Caroline Dhavernas) scathing report about his conduct with Will, is pulled in conflicting directions. He acknowledges that he may be partially to blame for pushing his star pupil over the edge.
To add confusion to an already suspenseful trial, a court bailiff is killed in a copycat-like manner, and those closest to Will start to wonder if they were wrong about him. The outcome of the entire trial hangs in the balance as one last key victim is served up.
Also starring Hettienne Park, Aaron Abrams, Scott Thompson, and Raúl Esparza. Guest stars include Cynthia Nixon, Shawn Doyle, Lara Jean Chorostecki, and Maria del Mar.
It's almost prophetic that the next episode of "The Following" is titled "The Messenger" because along with releasing a pair of clips from the upcoming Episode 2.08, Fox also has a message for fans of the show: You'll be getting a third season!
Fox's early pick-up of the psychological thriller for the 2014-15 season was announced today by Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, and Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, Fox Broadcasting Company.
Also included in the announcement were "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "The Mindy Project," and "New Girl." "These shows are some of the best and acclaimed series on television with influential, culture-driving stars and some of the best, most creative talent behind the camera," said Reilly and Earley jointly. "All four are core assets within our 2014-15 portfolio of content, and we’re really happy to bring them back to our FOX fans for another season."
"The Following" Episode 2.08 - "The Messenger" (3/10/14, 9-10PM; repeats 3/15/14, 9-10PM)
RYAN LOOKS TO JOE’S PAST AS JOE PLANS FOR HIS FUTURE - After a tragic turn of events, Ryan attempts to find the man who originally taught Joe to kill in hopes of finding new answers.
Meanwhile, at the compound, Joe tries to get his bearings while Emma and Mandy wait for him to reveal his new plan.
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: Shane McRae as Robert; Jake Weber as Micah; Jacinda Barrett as Julia; Gregg Henry as Dr. Strauss
Eugenio Mira's Grand Piano arrives in limited theatres today, and in honor of the occasion a new clip and promo banner have arrived. Watch as things get dead serious for Elijah Wood.
Wood co-stars with John Cusack in the thriller Grand Piano (review here), which is also currently available On Demand and on iTunes.
Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die."
Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper's motives and look for help without anyone realizing…
Misha Collins, aka Castiel, directed the upcoming Episode 9.17 of "Supernatural," entitled "Mother's Little Helper," and The CW has now released the official synopsis. Check it out... it'll help you on your way, through your busy dying day...
"Supernatural" Episode 9.17 - "Mother's Little Helper" (airs 3/25/14, 9-10pm)
MISHA COLLINS MAKES HIS DIRECTING DEBUT — Dean (Jensen Ackles) struggles with the after effects of the Mark of Cain.
Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) hears about a case where straight-laced people are turning into violent murderers. Sam suspects possession and suggests to Dean that they investigate, but Dean tells him to go without him.
While interviewing the local townsfolk, Sam meets an elderly woman named Julia (guest star Jenny O’Hara), who tells him the Men of Letters came to town in 1958. Julia tells Sam the story of a young man named Henry Winchester (guest star Gil McKinney) and his female companion, Josie Sands (guest star Alaina Huffman).
While Sam is away, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) tests Dean. Misha Collins directed the episode written by Adam Glass.
SXSW 2014: Robert Rodriguez's Museum Featuring Original Frank Frazetta Masterpieces Launches on Location!
There's so much cool stuff happening at SXSW 2014, it's hard to know where to begin. That being said, if you're one of the lucky ones who are attending the event, here's something you DON'T want to miss!
From the Press Release
For a limited time only during SXSW 2014, Robert Rodriguez is proud to launch a museum featuring his own specially curated collection of art which includes the work of celebrated American artist Frank Frazetta.
Considered to be the most influential fantasy artist in history, Frazetta contributed iconic artwork to classic works of fiction for Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars among others. The gallery will be open to the public daily from Saturday, March 8th, to Sunday, March 16th, from 12 Noon-8 PM. The museum is located at 920 Congress Ave. in Austin, TX. The gallery will have a $20 entrance fee benefiting the Frazetta Estate's preservation of the art for a new Frank Frazetta museum.
The gallery will also feature an original SIN CITY masterpiece by FRANK MILLER, original art by DREW STRUZAN including his rendering of Sylvester Stallone for the movie poster FIRST BLOOD, and original poster art for THE THING. Original paintings by New Pop Art master SEBASTIAN KRÜGER including hyper real paintings of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Danny Trejo. Bronzed art sculptures from CLETE SHIELDS. Shields' work has been commissioned by Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, and Samuel L. Jackson.
In addition, the gallery will feature SIN CITY character self-portrait paintings from cast members including Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, and Josh Brolin painted with Robert and his mentor, artist George Yepes, during the making of SIN CITY 2. There will also be a selection of hand-numbered giclée prints of Frazetta pieces photographed and printed by Robert Rodriguez available for purchase. Proceeds from the prints will benefit the Frazetta Estate to preserve the art for a new Frank Frazetta Museum.
The idea for the museum has been long in the making. Robert Rodriguez has been touring Frank Frazetta original art at Comic-Con and Wizard Con to continue the wish of Frank Frazetta, a friend and collaborator of Robert's who always wanted audiences to see his paintings in person. The original Frazetta museum in upstate New York closed after the passing of Frank Frazetta in 2010. The new Rodriguez museum features other world-class artists Robert has also worked with and studied under over the years with art that he's collected himself and others that are on exclusive loan for this event. The FRANK FRAZETTA COLLECTION has an unprecedented amount of original masterpieces including Death Dealer, Egyptian Queen, At the Earth's Core, Conan, and Dark Kingdom as well a rare painting Frazetta did for the movie FROM DUSK TILL DAWN among others. There are 12 masterpieces total.
"This has to be the most kick-ass museum in the world," said filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. "For one, it's the only place you can see original Frank Frazetta art, 12 masterpiece paintings total, alongside original art by Frank Miller, Drew Struzan, Sebastian Kruger, and Clete Shields. Throw in character paintings by the cast of Sin City 2 and 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,' and you will never see anything like this event anywhere, in any museum. I'm very excited to be showcasing this mind-blowing art by my favorite artists and collaborators in Austin."
Frank Frazetta Original Artwork On Display:
Hand Numbered Giclee Prints Available for Purchase:
FIRE AND ICE
Size: 24" x 37"
Edition Size: 100, 50 prints available at SX event
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
Size: 24" x 32"
Edition Size: 100, 50 prints available at SX event
Size: 24" x 30"
Edition Size: 100, 50 prints available at SX event
Size: 24" x 36"
Edition Size: 300, 50 prints available at SX event
Size: 24" x 31"
Edition Size: 200, 50 prints available at SX event
AT EARTH'S CORE
Size: 24" x 34"
Edition Size: 200, 50 prints available at SX event
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Size: 24" x 34"
Edition Size: 300, 50 prints available at SX event
The 2014 SXSW Film Festival runs March 7-15 in Austin, Texas. Visit the official South by Southwest website for more info on the entire SXSW Music/Film/Interactive event.
The History Channel has a new series called "Cryptid: The Swamp Beast" airing on Monday nights, and since it sounds up our alley we thought we'd bring it to your attention with more details and a teaser video.
In every region of America there are legends of strange, unidentified creatures that stretch back for centuries.
In the Northwest many credible people swear to have sighted Bigfoot. Near Lake Champlain in the Northeast, locals have sworn up and down to seeing a strange, prehistoric-like creature in the water. And down South in the swamplands, it’s no different: Some of the most deep-rooted and fearsome monster stories have endured. In the new original series "Cryptid: The Swamp Beast," one of America’s oldest mysteries and bone-chilling legends comes to life through dramatizations, eyewitness accounts, real news reports, and expert interviews.
In a remote Southern town the past few years have brought a dramatic uptick in strange occurrences, but now whatever has been lurking in the swamps is intruding into human territory. There have been a rash of cattle mutilations and pets being snatched away from backyards. With the attacks not matching up forensically with any known predators, suspicions have spread. Terrified residents claim to have seen signs of voodoo and are conjuring up old Cajun legends like the “Rougarou,” a mythical shape-shifter, as a possible culprit. Others swear they’ve seen a huge, bipedal creature locally known as a “skunk ape” lurking about at night.
The series follows a small animal-control business that responds to various calls and sightings and a deputy sheriff who believes the real culprit is some twisted individual deep in the swamp. As the weeks pass, the sightings intensify, and even the most skeptical people in town begin to wonder if its darkest legends, and their worst fears, have in fact come to life.
"Cryptid: The Swamp Beast" mixes legends with eyewitness accounts and crafts them into an entertaining and scary fictional story that speaks to America’s macabre history of folklore. It features startling real interviews with those who believe the legends and have seen strange things with their own eyes. Folklore experts, biologists, and original news clips play throughout each episode as well to add further real-world context.
New episodes air on Mondays at 10/9c. For more info visit "Cryptid: The Swamp Beast" on History.com.
Time for some more free stuff! We're giving away Blu-ray copies of Jeremy Lovering's highly praised film debut film, In Fear (review), and all you have to do to win one is master the mystical power of your keyboard and write on in!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-MAIL HERE including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end at 12:01 AM, Monday, March 24, 2014.
From the Press Release
Having already conquered the Sundance Film Festival, In Fear, the critically acclaimed feature film debut of writer/director Jeremy Lovering, arrives March 11th on Blu-ray™, VOD, and DVD from Anchor Bay Films. SRP is $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD.
In Fear will also enjoy several U.S. exclusive theatrical engagements starting Friday, March 7th.
Starring Iain De Caestecker (ABC’s hit series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures), and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”), In Fear has taken the horror world by storm, garnering rave reviews wherever it is played. The film stunned audiences in international film festivals in nine countries, including Canada’s Toronto After Dark, Germany’s Rosebud Entertainment Fantasy Festival, Spain’s Fancine – Festival de Cine Fantastico, and South Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
In Fear is a tense psychological horror about a young couple's fight to make it through the night. Home invasion, but in a car. In real-time. Tom (De Caestecker) and Lucy (Englert) are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorized by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears. Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.
The green band trailer for the new film from Legend of Beaver Dam director Jerome Sable, entitled Stage Fright, has arrived; and we have it right here for ya along with the red band. Pick your poison, kids!
Magnet will release the film in its Ultra VOD program, launching it on iTunes and On Demand on April 3rd and following with a theatrical release on May 9th.
Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Kent Nolan, Brandon Uranowitz, Ephraim Ellis, Melanie Leishman, James McGowan, Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Ryan Bobkin, Leanne Miller, and Adrianna Di Liello star.
Stage Fright tells the story of a posh musical theater camp terrorized by a killer who hates musicals. Driver plays Kylie Swanson, a haunted star of the Broadway stage and mother of two siblings who find themselves at the center of the unfolding horror at the camp. Meat Loaf plays Roger McCall, a slumming Broadway producer-turned-camp director.
The Originals Prepare for Battle in These Images and Sneak Peek of Episode 1.16 - Farewell to Storyville
Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah have been through a lot together over the years, and it's all coming to a head in Episode 1.16, “Farewell to Storyville." Check out a clip and several stills in which a very determined Elijah prepares to fight his brother to save their sister.
"The Originals" Episode 1.16 - "Farewell to Storyville" (airs 3/11/14, 8-9pm): TRAPPED IN THE CITY OF THE DEAD - Despite Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) rage, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) is determined to protect Rebekah (Claire Holt) while the three of them are trapped in the City of the Dead cemetery by a witch’s boundary spell.
Klaus and Rebekah trade bitter accusations until Elijah steps in to reveal a long-held secret from the family’s past.
Meanwhile, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) races to free Rebekah, ultimately finding himself forced to make a deal with Genevieve (guest star Elyse Levesque).
Finally, Rebekah and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) connect over their shared concern for Hayley’s unborn baby. Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Michael Narducci.CLICK "NEXT" TO SEE MORE PHOTOS AND THE CLIP
Growing up and to this very day, I would KILL to have a dinosaur for a pet. Can you imagine the possibilities? Man, would I love to sic a Raptor on the Jehovah's Witnesses who seem hellbent on waking me up at 7:00 AM on a Sunday morning.
Can you think of a quicker way for them to find God? No matter how you slice it, it's a win-win. In any event...
THR is reporting that Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is writing, with an eye to direct, Tommysaurus Rex, and adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland.
Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Disruption Entertainment banner.
Taking cues from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Rex, published by Image Comics in 2004, as the following synopsis:
It tells of a boy who, after losing his pet dog, moves in with his grandfather for the summer. Bullies just compound his already miserable existence. When he discovers a T-Rex in a cave, the boy’s life changes as he must prove to the townspeople that this new pet isn’t the harmful beast they think he is.
Could it be? Your eyes do NOT deceive you! There is finally a release date set for Snowpiercer here in the States. Look for it in theatres on June 24, 2014, hopefully in its original form. At least that's the rumor. Look for confirmation soon.
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.
Playing as part of the SXSW Film Festival is the new flick Housebound, and if you haven't heard of it, we can promise you this... the following poster does exactly what promo art should do... it makes you wanna see the movie! Seriously, I'd hang this on my wall in a heartbeat!
Badass Digest scored the exclusive on the Housebound one-sheet, which is already one of our favorites of the year.
Housebound is directed by Gerard Johnstone and stars Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird, Ross Harper, Bruce Hopkins, Ryan Lampp, Ian Mune, and Wallace Chapman.
Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother, Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables and small town gossip. However, when she, too, becomes privy to unsettling whispers and strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her mother's overactive imagination or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.
Two Texas Chain Saw Massacre stories within two hours of one another? That, my friends, is the sign of a really friggin' good day! Read on for the official word and two stills from the film's restored version.
From the Press Release
MPI/Dark Sky Films, one of the leading distributors of independent and genre films, announced today they will be releasing a restored version of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic.
The re-release comes in celebration of the film’s 40th anniversary with the restoration having its unveiling at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, next week.
In 1973 Tobe Hooper, a cast of unknown actors, and a crew of Austin film students and recent graduates headed to Round Rock, Texas, in the middle of July. For the next 32 days they worked around the clock in 100-degree weather to make The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The movie became a huge hit on the drive-in circuit and eventually grossed $30 million. It was invited to the 1975 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight and was acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Since then it has become the eighth highest-grossing horror franchise of all time. In 2012 Sight & Sound magazine named it one of the 250 most important movies ever made.
The new version of the film will be released in theaters this summer with a brand new 4K transfer, roughly four times the resolution of today’s more commonly used 2K for cinema. This is the only transfer of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras.
The restoration of the film, overseen by Todd Wieneke of Dark Sky Films, took place at NOLO Digital Film in Chicago with the use of an ARRISCAN Film Scanner.
Taking 5 months of 40-hour workweeks to complete the color grading and the restoration, NOLO engineer Boris Seagraves stated, “This film probably needed the most restoration of any project we’ve done.”
Having been shot on less expensive 16mm film stock and cheaper, tougher “reversal” stock (which means there is no negative), the restoration started by taking the original 16mm film that rolled through the cameras and transferred all 120,960 frames to a 4K scan.
Scratches, film stains, chemical stains, dirt, torn perforations, rips in the film image, and glue splices had to go through a painstaking correction process frame by frame. “There were hundreds, if not thousands, of instances where you’d find a splice mark cooked into the middle of a frame. Some frames would have close to two hundred dirt events on them. We also spent a lot of time stabilizing the image. When doing a digital scan of a conformed 16mm print with a splice at every cut, it can be tough to achieve the high standards we all aspire to in the era of digital cinema. What might have passed as acceptable in the 70's looks jarring now. So we worked hard to smooth out the tremors that almost inevitably occur when scanning this type of film element. There were tears in the film that we had to digitally rebuild from adjacent frames. There were tens of thousands of things we were dealing with”, said Seagraves.
Estimating that he spent about 50 hours on the color correction alone, NOLO Colorist Michael Matusek used a previous transfer of the film that had been supervised by Tobe Hooper as his guide to a rough color correction. Tobe Hooper then gave notes on this roughly timed version, and the process of adjusting the color began.
Hooper, who helped score the film and did the sound design, was also deeply involved with the audio restoration.
Todd Wieneke stated, “I’ve seen the film literally frame by frame, and I’m still hearing and seeing things I never noticed before... it just adds a whole different level.” Matusek added, “This 4K scan delivers such an intense reality that it feels like you’re really seeing through the film to the actual world behind it.”
Tobe Hooper stated, “I haven't seen The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on the big screen for many, many years. This 40th anniversary restoration is absolutely the best the film has ever looked. The color and clarity is spectacular, displaying visual details in the film that were never before perceptible. The newly remastered 7.1 soundtrack breathes new life and energy into the film. I am very much looking forward to audiences experiencing this film as they never have before.”
Now, 40 years after its initial release and coming back home, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s new transfer can be seen with a fresh pair of eyes at its world premiere at SXSW on Monday, March 10th, at 9:30pm at the Topfer Theatre.
Details regarding the film’s theatrical re-release this summer will be announced in the coming months.