Everyone's favourite pint-sized serial killer returns to the screen on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK on October 21st courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK), and to celebrate, we have a copy to give away on the format of your choice.
Terror returns in a deceptively tiny package when Curse of Chucky, the newest installment of the chilling Child’s Play franchise, comes exclusively to Blu-ray and DVD on 21 October, 2013, from Universal Pictures (UK) and Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Curse of Chucky finds a family imperiled by the murderous doll that launched a generation’s nightmares – determined to finish a job that was started long ago.
Nica (Fiona Dourif) is grieving over the gruesome suicide of her mother when her domineering older sister, Barb (Danielle Bisutti), arrives with her young family in tow to help settle their mother’s affairs. As the sisters butt heads over Nica’s plans for the future, Barb’s young daughter comforts herself with a grinning, red-haired talking doll named Chucky (voiced again by Brad Dourif) that recently arrived mysteriously in the mail. But as a string of brutal murders begins to terrorize the household, Nica suspects the doll may hold the key to the bloodshed. What she doesn’t know is that Chucky has a personal score to settle. He’s determined to finish a job he started more than 20 years earlier, and this time he’s going to see it through to the bloody and shocking end.
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Produced by rock legend Slash, Anthony Leonardi III's demonic ditty Nothing Left to Fear is set to unleash the scares on UK DVD and digital distribution in February 2014. Ahead of the release, we have a brand new UK trailer to whet your appetite... for destruction. Ahem.
From the Press Release:
The terrifying debut release from Slasher Films Production, Nothing Left to Fear is directed by Gore Verbinski's protege Anthony Leonardi III. Starring Anne Heche ("Hung," "Everwood," Volcano), Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place," Secondhand Lions) and Clancy Brown (Shawshank Redemption, "Carnivale," Starship Troopers), coupled with a musical score composed by Nicholas O'Toole and Slash.
When opportunity knocks, a young down-on-their-luck family packs up their home and moves halfway across the country to re-root themselves into an idyllic little town filled with hopes of a better life. What awaits them however is a tale of betrayal and evil beyond any of their worst nightmares.
Nothing Left to Fear finally pulls the folklore surrounding the town of Stull, Kansas, to the forefront and reveals all the unsettling fact and fiction rumbling beneath the surface. Generations of residents and outsiders alike have proclaimed Stull to be one of the seven known gateways to Hell, where once a year, the Devil will rise from the town’s modest graveyard to walk the Earth.
Nothing Left to Fear will see a UK release on DVD courtesy of Anchor Bay in February alongside VoD, On-Download and On-Demand. The film will also be screening from October 26th this year as part of the line-up at the 2013 Film4 FrightFest All-Nighter at the Vue in London’s Leicester Square.
In tonight's episode, the story continues after the two revelations from last week's episode involving Phineas and rat sushi, separately. Episode 4.02, "Infected," was written by Angela Kang and directed by Guy Ferland.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you haven’t watched the episode yet. This is a recap with specific details from this episode. Continue only if you have already watched it.
This episode started like how it ended last week. The walkers at the fence were being teased and fed a live rat by a mysterious person with a flashlight hiding their identity.
It's still nighttime, and Tyreese and Karen tried to have an intimate moment together but they were both still distracted by Zach's death the day before. These people were no longer acquaintances, Tyreese thought out loud, as they might be the only people left. Karen was very understanding even when Tyreese started to sing. They shared a kiss before she went off to bed.
Alone in the communal bathroom with only a flashlight, Karen was startled by a noise and started to investigate. Not finding anything, she chalked it up to her imagination and calmly walked out of the bathroom. In the dark, a figure that we all knew was the fallen Patrick rose up hissing.
Karen made it back to her cell and went to bed while walker Patrick followed her from the bathroom. Passing by Karen's cell, walker Patrick stumbled into another cell and started feasting on its sleeping inhabitant, biting into his throat and preventing him from screaming out loud.
Title sequence plays.
When we came back, walker Patrick was having a field day rummaging through his victim's guts.
Somewhere else in the prison, Rick was tending to Judith when the 6am alarm rang to wake Carl. Beth came to take Judith.
Walker Patrick was done with his feast and strolled out of the cell when his victim turned, got up and followed.
Outside, Glenn kept watch at the tower with Maggie sleeping next to him. They shared a light moment with a Polaroid camera as they were ready to change shift. Glenn volunteered to bring back breakfast. Rick and Carl walked Michonne out to the gate and then they tended to their farm duties. When Carl wanted to join the walker trimming crew, Rick had other farming plans for Carl instead. Carl even tried to ask for his gun back but before Rick could change the subject, the boom rang out.
Rick ordered Carl up the tower with Maggie and ran towards the prison. The other fighters rushed out following their plan. Michonne turned and raced back on her horse. Carl tried to open the gate for her on his own but Michonne got stuck in the holding area. She had to fight off two wandering walkers on her own before Maggie could help open the gate. Carl dispatched one walker while Michonne got the other one, but not before hurting herself. Helping Michonne inside, Maggie noticed the walkers were congregating at the fence.
Inside, there was chaos during evacuation and walker fighting. Daryl even saved a little boy while taking out a walker with his crossbow. When a man was bitten on his arm, Carol ushered him into a cell and started to amputate his arm but found another bite on his neck.
When we came back from commercial, the group surveyed their losses and began to clean out the dead a second time.
The bit man knew he was done for and Carol sat with him waiting for him to turn.
Examining the walker they found who happened to lock himself inside a cell due to sleepwalking, a medical guy suggested it was a flu strain that kill the sleepwalker. Everyone there has been exposed.
The little girls came to say goodbye to their father, the bit man. When Carol needed to finish him off, the elder sister wanted to do it but couldn't. So Carol had to finish with the girls in the room with her.
Michonne, Maggie and Carl got caught up by Rick, who directed them elsewhere to prevent further exposure.
The council (Carol, Daryl, Sasha, Glenn and Hershell) discussed their next steps, when they heard Karen coughing. They had to separate Karen and others who exhibited symptoms.
The girls were still in shock over losing their father when Carol came up to them. Their father told her to take care of the girls, and instead of consoling them, Carol told the elder sister she was weak. Whoa, from mousy battered wife to survivalist, Carol sure had evolved. The younger sister calmly came to her sister's defense too.
Burying the dead, Daryl thank Rick for fighting the walkers even though Rick had stepped away. When they needed him, he was always there. Their bonding got interrupted when a gaggle of walkers started pushing at one section of the fence and they all rushed over to trim to herd.
When tending to the injured Michonne, Beth also schooled Michonne on being a part of the family, especially when Michonne thought that Maggie and Carl shouldn't have come out for her. Beth even asked if Michonne had any children and Michonne's reaction to Judith's cries may be a precursor to us learning more about Michonne soon.
Back at the herd trimming at the fence, Sasha found the dead rats that were fed to the walkers, right before the fence started to topple.
Damn commercial break!
When we came back, the herd was still pushing at the fence. The group had to try another method.
Inside, Carol asked Carl if he told Rick about her teaching the children about knives. When Carl asked if she told their parents, Carol didn't want to take the risk that they won't understand. Carol specifically asked Carl to not tell Rick.
The next bit with Michonne and baby Judith is both touching and revealing. Holding the baby, Michonne wept.
Outside, Daryl and Rick led the herd away from the fence by feeding them the sick pigs that Rick had been farming all this time, while the others started fixing the damaged fence. Rick had to sacrifice his farming fantasy life in light of what's happening. This allegory is so not subtle! Don't you agree?
Carol continued to school the two girls on life and walkers. They had to learn the difference between humans dying and walkers dying.
Breaking down the pig pen, Carl confessed to Rick about Carol's education and Carl urged Rick to let her continue. Rick agreed and handed Carl the gun he asked for earlier. Rick also holstered his own gun. Burning his pig-blood soaked shirt, the allegory was completed as he looked back at the walker herd at the fence.
Visiting Karen with some flowers, Tyreese found her cell empty with bloodstains leading outside. Opening the door, Tyreese came upon two burnt bodies next to gasoline cans. We see Karen's bracelet on one of the bodies.
Despite that one obvious storytelling cue, this episode portrayed a sense of dread (ha!) well and moved the story forward. Thoughts, comments, feedback? Tell us in the comments section below.
Sitges 2013 Award Winners Include Borgman, Big Bad Wolves, Escape from Tomorrow, The Colony, 100 Bloody Acres, and Many More
The 2013 Sitges International Fantastic Film Fest wrapped up this weekend with an awards ceremony, and the winners list is overflowing with horror films you should be keeping on your radar.
From the Press Release:
Borgman, by Alex van Warmerdam, was the winning film at the 46th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which awarded prizes to many diverse productions. The award for best direction went to Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales for the film Big Bad Wolves and for best cinematography to Larry Smith for Only God Forgives. The award for best actress went to Juno Temple for Magic Magic and for best actor to Andy Lau for Blind Detective. The award for best screenplay went to James Ward Byrkit for Coherence and for distinguished special effects to Afflicted, by Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee.
In addition, Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch received the special jury award, and Jodorowsky’s Dune, by Frank Pavich, a special mention. Moreover, the audience gave its award to the non fiction film Jodorowsky’s Dune by Frank Pavich, and the critics gave theirs to The Congress, by Ari Folman, and, as best new director, to Shane Carruth for Upstream Color.
Specifically, the jury of the In Competition Official Fantàstic Selection at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia–comprised of Fede Álvarez, Aina Clotet, Christian Hallman, Marcelo Panozzo and Miguel Ángel Vivas– has decided on the following awards:
For best in competition fantastic feature film: Borgman, by Alex van Warmerdam
For best director (sponsored by Gas Natural Fenosa): Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales for Big Bad Wolves
For best actress (sponsored by Autolica – Mercedes Benz): Juno Temple, for Magic Magic
For best actor: Andy Lau, for Blind Detective
For best screenplay: James Ward Byrkit, for Coherence
For best special effects: Afflicted, by Cliff Prowse and Derek Lee
For best cinematography: Larry Smith for Only God Forgives
Special jury award: Only Lovers Left Alive, by Jim Jarmusch
Special jury mention: Jodorowsky’s Dune, by Frank Pavich
Special music score mention: Hain Frank Lifman, for Big Bad Wolves
For best in competition short film from the In Competition Official Fantàstic Selection (sponsored by Fotogramas): The Landing, by Josh Tanner
The Official Fantàstic Selection’s Grand El Periódico de Catalunya – Audience Award at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia, chosen via the audience’s vote, goes to:
Jodorowsky’s Dune, by Frank Pavich
The Critic’s jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Marta Armengou, Alejandro G. Calvo and Gerard Alonso Cassadó– has decided on the following awards:
José Luis Guarner Award: The Congress, by Ari Folman
Citizen Kane Award for best new director: Upstream Color, by Shane Carruth
The jury of the Noves Visions Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Javier Chillon, Alfons Gorina and Stephanie Zacharek– has decided on the following awards:
Noves Visions Award: Halley, by Sebastián Hofmann
No Ficció (Non Fiction) Award: Millius, by Zat Knutson and Joey Figueroa
Petit Format (Small Format) Award: Zoo, by Nikolas Pleskof
Special Jury Award: Gente en Sitios, by Juan Cavestany
The jury of the Noves Visions Emergents - Experimenta Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia–comprised of Denise Castro, Víctor Esquirol and Sergi Vizcaíno– has decided on the following awards:
Noves Visions Experimenta Award: Capa caída, by Santiago Alvarado
Noves Visions Emergents Award: Escape from Tomorrow, by Randy Moore
The jury of the Focus Àsia – Anima’t Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia–comprised of Xavier Catafal, Menene Grass and Cels Piñol– has decided on the following awards:
For best feature film in the Focus Àsia Category: New World, by Park Hoon-Jung
Special Mention in the Focus Àsia Category: Ugly, by Anurag Kashyap
For best animated feature film: The Fake, by Yeon Sang-Ho
Special mention in the Focus Àsia Category: Anime Mirai, by Kazuhide Tomonaga, Toshihisa Kalya, Shinpel Mlyashita and Hiroshi Kawamata
For best animated short film: Peau de chien, by Nicholas Jacket
The Méliès d’Argent jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Fouad Challa, Miquel Fañanàs and Álvaro Iglesias– has decided on the following awards:
For best feature film in the In Competition Official Fantàstic European Selection (Méliès d’Argent): Enemy, by Denise Villeneuve
For best short film in the In Competition Official Fantàstic European Selection Méliès d’Argent): The Body, by Paul Davis
For best feature film in the In Competition Official Fantàstic Panorama Selection: The Colony, by Jeff Renfroe
Special Mention goes to a feature film from the In Competition Official Fantàstic Panorama Selection: Frankenstein’s Army, by Richard Raaphorst
The jury of the Brigadoon Category at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Joan Lafulla, Sam and Susana Soldado– has decided to give the Brigadoon - Paul Naschy Award:
For best Brigadoon short film: El último onvre bibo, by Daniel Aguirre and Luna Martín
The Carnet Jove jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Carles Carvajal (president), Vanessa Leiva, Victor Parkas and Marc Tortosa– has decided on the following awards:
Carnet Jove Jury Award for best In Competition Official Fantàstic Selection feature film at Sitges 46: Coherence, by James Ward Byrkit
Best feature film in the Midnight X-Treme Category: 100 Bloody Acres, by Colin Cairnes and Carmeron Cairnes
The jury of the Phonetastic Mobile Sitges Film Festival at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprised of Glòria Fernández, Mike Hostench and Diego López– has decided on the following awards:
Phonetastic Award for best short film shot entirely with a cell phone: The Other Side, by Conrad Mess
Phonetastic Special Mention for best short film shot entirely with a cell phone: Ecos, by Carlos J. Marín
Phonetastic Special Mention for best short film shot entirely with a cell phone: La boca del león, by Alfonso García López
The SGAE Nova Autoria jury at the 46th Sitges – International Fantastic Film of Catalonia –comprise of Lluís Arcarazo, Àlex Martínez Casanova and Mireia Ros– has decided on the following awards:
Best direction: Tànit Fernández and Isaac Rodríguez, for Espés, presented by the Pompeu Fabra University
Best screenplay: Eugenio Canevari, for Gorila baila, presented by Bande à Parte
Ex aequo best screenplay: Tànit Fernández, for Espés, presented by the Pompeu Fabra University
Best original music: Álvaro Lafuente, composer of the soundtrack for the short film Dinosaurio, presented by ESCAC
The headline pretty much says it all, doesn't it? Wanna know more? Of course you do! How could you not? Sit back, relax, and get the skinny on the biggest news of the whole damned week!
While at the Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, star Bruce told the audience, "The last one was twenty-two years ago. I just haven’t been racing to do it. Sam Raimi is just a little bit busy making the biggest movies in Hollywood. I used to be busy. Now I’m not. That’s why I’m here." He then joked, “Ash would have to stop occasionally from chasing some deadite to catch his breath. Maybe we could do that, I guess. That would be exciting. Fight in a walker. That would be all right. Hit them with my cane. Fake them out, have a fake heart attack, distract a zombie. I like it.”
So will Army of Darkness 2 happen? According to The Chin, who was addressing an eager fan in the crowd. “All right, sir, the answer is yes.”
So far "Supernatural" seems to be thriving in its new Tuesday night time slot, and a clip from this week's Episode 9.03, "I'm No Angel," popped up online today to remind us of the fact that Dean has never been a morning person.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.03 - "I'm No Angel" (airs 10/22/13, 9-10pm)
CASTIEL IS HUNTED BY THE ANGELS — Ezekiel tells Dean (Jensen Ackles) a group of angels is hunting Castiel (Misha Collins). Dean and Sam (Jared Padalecki) race to find their friend before the angels do.
Meanwhile, a homeless Castiel is trying to make his way through the city and comes across some unexpected surprises.
Kevin Hooks directed the episode written by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming.
The first casting news has arrived for Adam McDonald's survival thriller Backcountry as Eric Balfour ("Haven"), Nicholas Campbell (Antiviral), Missy Peregrym ("Reaper"), and Jeff Roop ("Heartland") have all signed up for a bloody good time!
The news comes to us from the Canadian website Playback, and cameras are now rolling in the Great White North. Look for more on this one as we get it!
BACKCOUNTRY is a tense thriller about a young couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. Alex is a seasoned camper while Jenn is... not. After much convincing, she finally agrees to let him take her to one of his favorite spots, the secluded Blackfoot Trail. They push deeper and deeper into the forest, Alex insisting that he remembers the way. However, the farther they go, the less certain he becomes. After three days, their path disappears: They are hopelessly lost. Without food or water, they struggle to find their way back. When they realize that they have entered bear territory, the terror gets turned up to a whole new level. Only one of them makes it back alive.
Some pretty nifty news has come in regarding who will be helming the upcoming adaptation of the Adam Gidwitz book A Tale Dark & Grimm for Kamala Pictures and FilmNation. Variety is reporting that Coraline director Henry Selick is now on board.
Jon Gunn (My Date With Drew) and John W. Mann (Mercy Streets) will write the adapted screenplay.
“I remain completely enraptured by Adam Gidwitz’ marvelous book ‘A Tale Dark & Grimm,’” Selick said in a statement. “It’s a hilarious, deeply inventive tale about survival in the world of fairytales and what it takes to forgive one’s parents. So it’s a huge thrill to be joining the team of Kamala Films and FilmNation as the director of the film based on it.”
Gidwtiz's original frightening and witty story -- inspired by the Brothers Grimm -- follows the adventures of two unsuspecting children who hold the key to breaking out of the Dark Ages. FilmNation has acquired film rights to the book and will partner with Marissa McMahon of Kamala Films in financing and producing Dark & Grimm alongside FilmNation Entertainment's Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder.
More as it comes.
Just in time for this year's AFM we have a trio of new posters for the latest Stephen King adaptation CELL. The good news? You get lots of eye candy and unlimited data. Check 'em out!
John Cusack stars with Paranormal Activity 2‘s Tod “Kip” Williams directing. The film is still in pre-production. More details are expected to come soon!
When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
Twisted Metal and God Of War's David Jaffe is a man of many words and isn't afraid to make people wonder "WTF?!"… which is why he's a fucking genius. Read on for the first details on his latest endeavor!
Recently Jaffe opened his own studio in San Diego known as The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, where they "split their time between ghost hunting and game development" and is named after their benefactor and 80-ish year old supernatural investigator, Bartlet Jones.
The BJSDA is located at a former gambling hall/brothel and describes themselves as "a full service ghost hunting, ghost removal, and spectral analysis agency located in the historic (and quite haunted) Gaslamp district of San Diego, California. We also make video games."
Not one to EVER be boring, Jaffe's new studio is doing something a little different as far as their weekly updates go - and it's pretty dang spiffy. My particular fave is "Creepiest Thing You've Seen On The Net" and "Interrogation Time."
ENOUGH TALKY! Time to take the tour and meet the staff!
That Halloween promotion where if you come to their office door, you'll get to meet a monster Jones has captured, along with a snazzy cookie and a personal letter from Jones… WOO! The agency itself is somewhere in the Gaslamp District and you can find out where when you like their Facebook page so happy hunting and let us know here at DC if you're one of the lucky ones to get said prize!
Whatever Jaffe's up to, I'm IN.
Hey, David - please let me come visit your dope as fuck new place. I'll bring cake.
To keep up with the BJSDA's exploits, visit the official The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency website, "like" The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency on Facebook, and follow The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency on Twitter.
The first official clip for Indie filmmaker Kyle Kuchta's documentary on horror fandom, Fantasm, is here and we have every fan-centric second of it right here for your perusal. Dig it!
Fantasm will have its world premiere at Rock and Shock in Worcester, MA this Saturday, October 19. It will also be screened at Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, TX on October 25 and at Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence, RI on November 3.
Fantasm explores the bonds formed by the close-knit community of fans who attend horror conventions, with insight from such actors and filmmakers as Tom Atkins (Escape from New York), Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2), Richard Johnson (Zombie) and more.
In addition to being one of the six conventions at which Fantasm was filmed, Rock and Shock had a profound influence on the documentary. "Rock and Shock was the first convention I went to as a kid," says director Kyle Kuchta. "And those experiences were the inspiration behind Fantasm. To be able to premiere the film there is an absolute honor."
The Rock and Shock premiere is presented by cult film webcast Outside the Cinema. Kuchta will in attendance to introduce the film, and he'll be at the Outside the Cinema booth all weekend. The 10th annual Rock and Shock horror convention features such distinguished guests as Robert Englund, Robert Patrick, Michael Rooker, Gunnar Hansen, Eric Roberts and more.
At 15, Kyle's parents took him to his first horror convention. The one thing he looked forward to most was attending the next convention. But then he went away to college and couldn't go to any more. Now he's revisiting these conventions to learn why the gatherings are so important to horror fans.
You may have noticed that "The Walking Dead" now has a new look and feel, and AMC has released a behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating the atmosphere for the show's fourth season.
"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on Sunday, October 20th, at 9/8c with Episode 4.02, "Infected," written by Angela Kang and directed by Guy Ferland:
The group faces a new enemy; Rick and the others fight to protect their hard-won livelihood.
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Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead stars Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, DanaiGurira, 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.
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.
Coming onto the horror scene in 2007 with The Signal and continuing to impress with the segment "Amateur Night" from 2012's V/H/S, David Bruckner returns with the thriller Intrusion, which has just acquired the first piece of its casting puzzle!
According to The Wrap, British actress Tuppence Middleton has signed on to play single photographer Lila Harper, whose dreams of a happy, independent life are shattered when she becomes the target of organized stalkers who mysteriously invade her home and her entire life.
Buckner will direct a script written by L.D. Goffigan.
Look for more on this one as soon as we get it!
A young woman’s life begins to unravel shortly after moving to San Francisco, when she realizes she’s being pursued by a disturbed stalker. As the assaults and creepy incidents escalate, she realizes that she has become the target of something far more sinister and horrifying.
It was well over a year ago that we learned that a filmmaker by the name of Mike Le Han was working on a trailer that would serve as a pitch video for a Hellraiser reboot, which he hoped to impress Dimension Films with.
Since not much has been heard in regards to an official reboot of the franchise, aside from persistent on-again, off-again rumors, we couldn't help it that our appetites were whet by Le Han's idea, which brought along with it some pretty awesome concept art.
Though we hadn't heard a peep about the pitch video since we wrote up that news story, today comes word that the video is headed our way, set to debut on Halloween. Now titled Hellraiser: Origins, an utterly badass looking poster has been revealed, and an official website launched. The website has nothing on it but a countdown to Halloween, and we're thinking that's where you'll be able to view the video, once the 31st rolls around.
In the meantime, here's the original idea for the pitch that we posted last year, along with the brand spankin' new teaser art below!
In July Paul Gerrard and Mike Le Han produced a teaser trailer to accompany the pitch document which has many more conceptual designs that revision Hellraiser. Paul designed the new look for Pinhead and was production designer on the shoot, and Le Han pulled in all of his film resources and directed the teaser on the new Alex 4:3 camera with anamorphic lenses.
With a crew of 47 and over 100 bloodied extras, the shoot was completed and is now in the depths of post-production with a massive amount of VFX work being undertaken. Method Studios, Fugitive Studios and Flipbook Animation are helming the VFX with the talented Glen Southern designing the new Hellraiser box.
When the teaser is complete, they’ll be presenting it to Dimension Films along with an outline of the first film story and conceptual art pitch document with the hope to work on rebooting the Hellraiser franchise and bringing it into the 21st Century.
Lots of us here at Dread Central were big fans of The Pact, and we've been eagerly anticipating its sequel, entitled, cleverly enough, The Pact 2. If you're in the same boat, you'll be delighted to hear that the new flick has been picked up for distro!
From the Press Release
Content announced that IFC Midnight has picked up the US theatrical rights to THE PACT 2, the sequel to the box office hit THE PACT, written and directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath. The film stars Camilla Luddington (True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Californication), Patrick Fischler (2 Guns, Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster (Californication, Greek), Haley Hudson (The Pact, Freaky Friday), Mark Steger (The Pact, Mr. Jones, I Am Legend) and Caity Lotz (The Pact, The Machine). THE PACT 2 is produced by Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael and Nicholas McCarthy. Content’s Carmichael and Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina jointly sold North America and Content handled the rest of the world.
In addition, Content has secured multi international sales in the following territories and respective distributors: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Leichtenstein, Alto Adige, German Speaking Luxembourg – Ascot Elite; Japan - Klockworx; Latin America - HBO OLE Acquisitions; Mexico - Epulse (Corazon Films); Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and Central America - Euro Films; Portugal - Lusomundo; Singapore - Cathay Keris; China - H.G.C. Entertainment; Thailand, Malaysia – Sahamongkol Film; Turkey - Medyavizion.
IFC Midnight acquired and released THE PACT after it premiered in Sundance in 2012. THE PACT 2 is a truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow's deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.
Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment said: "We are so thrilled to be working with our friends at Preferred Film & TV and Content on the sequel to The Pact. It's exciting to forge a continuing partnership with such a talented team."
Producer Ross Dinerstein said: "Dallas and Patrick did a tremendous job taking the world of THE PACT to the next level, and we are thrilled that IFC MIDNIGHT is back to distribute. THE PACT 2 will satisfy fans even more than the first one."
THE PACT 2 is the third film produced by Ross M. Dinerstein / Content Media Corporation (CMC) venture Preferred Film & TV (PFT) formed in 2012.
Demons, man. We all have them. They make us eat too much, drink too much, and engage in activities that we know are bad but we do anyway. In fact they can screw us up so badly that a quick possession every now and again seems like the least of our worries. But in any event...
Word has come that director Seth Grossman (The Butterfly Effect 3) is now in post-production on his latest flick, Inner Demons. Leslie Coutterand, Ashley Sutton, and Susan Ateh star.
An "Intervention"-style reality show crew films an episode about a sixteen-year-old girl, a former A-student who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her – with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction, and true possession.
The Blu-ray / DVD release of Guillermo del Toro's monster mash Pacific Rim is upon us and with it comes word that its sequel is already being penned. Read on for more!
In an interview with Empire Magazine director Guillermo del Toro let the news fly. "We are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate.”
More as it comes. Pacific Rim is available now on a 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet), Blu-ray Combo Pack (2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet), Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, and a Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray Gift Pack.
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From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Good things are coming up for Dread Central alum and fave Axelle Carolyn as her new project cooking Soulmate is picking up big time steam. Read on for the latest details and look for more soon!
According to Screen Daily Genesis Film Sales will commence global sales on Soulmate at this year’s American Film Market. It will follow Soulmate’s world premiere at the 46th Sitges International Film Festival this month.
The supernatural thriller stars Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale) and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) and marks the feature debut of director Axelle Carolyn, who has acted in Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday. Carolyn also penned the script.
“Soulmate follows a young woman who retreats to a remote cottage after a failed suicide attempt. She soon discovers the cottage is haunted by its previous owner but decides to remain, hoping to find comfort in the ghost.“
The film is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Centurion) presentation for production company Sterling Pictures. Executive producers on the film are Michael Riley, John Wolstenholme and Doug Abbott for Screen Projex, alongside Belgian co-producer Title Media.
A new clip has arrived for Carrie, and it spends its time administering punishment to itself. I mean, really, man! Sometimes you have to make yourself pay like that weirdo Albino monk from The Da Vinci Code.
Carrie has been rated R for "Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes." Ah, the good stuff! For more information visit WhatHappenedToCarrie.com!
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A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine, is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter, Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde, The Three Musketeers), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc. Brian De Palma’s 1976 film version of CARRIE earned Oscar nominations for stars Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.
MGM and Screen Gems’ CARRIE is directed by Kim Peirce and produced by Kevin Misher (Public Enemies). J. Miles Dale (The Vow) serves as executive producer, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Big Love) wrote the script from King’s original story. CARRIE’s creative team includes Director of Photography Steve Yedlin (Looper), Production Designer Carol Spier (Eastern Promises), Costume Designer Luis Sequeira (The Thing), and Editor Lee Percy (Boys Don’t Cry).
Let's go camping! Let's break into the insane asylum! Let's use this Ouija board! Let's pick up that hitchhiker! Let's go swimming in the shark infested water! Let's... not! Here you go, kids! Guaranteed the best damned video of the day!
Hell No comes to us from director Joe Nicolosi and it stars Alex Dobrenko, Ashley Spillers, Jessie Tilton, Sam Davis, Brandon Potter, Sam Eidson, Katie Folger, Sam Van Metre, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, Zack Carlson, Bryan Connolly, David Hess, Mike Gassaway, Jason Newman, Elise Garza, April Swartz, Isaac Solomon, Marc Calderaro, Matt Van Doren, Drew Daniels, Aimee Thomas, Brock England, Jenniemarie Jemison, Clay Crenshaw, Andrew Matthews, Katie Graham, Will Elliott, Mallory Culbert, and Joey Hood.
If only this were a real film!
Imagine a realm where the most horrifying terrors of the underworld emerge to wreak bloody vengeance upon any who... hmm? What's that? You wanna go literally anywhere else? Yeah, good idea let's get out of here!