While we put the finishing touches on our dams and lodge in anticipation of the October 20 UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Zombeavers (review), we also figured we’d treat you all to an exclusive infographic that aims to make sure that you KNOW YOUR BEAVER!
The film follows a group of college students headed out into the wilderness for spring break, unaware of the danger that lurks beneath the lake. Unbeknownst to the vacationers, a chemical spill has irreversibly altered the wildlife, and Zombeavers are on the prowl. As a weekend of sex, drugs, and debauchery gets under way, the beavers close in on their prey; and the bloodthirsty beasts really do take the term ‘killer weekend’ to the next level.
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As a whole, Stephen King adaptations haven’t fared so well thus far, but Lifetime is forging ahead with its own version of King’s short story “Big Driver” from Full Dark, No Stars (published in November 2010), which arrives on Saturday night. Curious? Then check out this new sneak peek!
About “Big Driver” on Lifetime:
From a story by Stephen King, “Big Driver” marks the first collaboration between Lifetime and King.
This dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime stars Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence). Bello’s co-stars include Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, film and television veteran Ann Dowd (“The Leftovers”), and Will Harris (“NCIS”).
In “Big Driver” Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually her assailant, a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. Left for dead in a drainage pipe to rot with the bodies of his other victims, Tess escapes and makes her way safely home. With her fragile mind beginning to unravel, she is determined to find her rapist and seek revenge, as payback is the only thing holding her together.
Produced by Ostar Productions, “Big Driver” is executive produced by Bill Haber (The Trip to Bountiful) and Jeffrey Hayes (A Day Late and A Dollar Short). The screenplay adaptation was written by Richard Christian Matheson (“Masters of Horror,” Happy Face Killer) and is directed by Mikael Salomon (Drew Peterson: Untouchable). A+E Networks handles international sales for “Big Driver.”
Be sure to tune in for the world premiere of “Big Driver” on October 18th at 8/7c on Lifetime.
Directed by Ivan Kavanagh (interview here)
The fear of the inevitable is just as frightening as the actual scare itself, I believe. When you can see what the action will be, whether it’s an instantaneous reaction that elicits the fright or something that takes its time to simmer – you know it’s coming, and it STILL gives you the foreboding presence of dread that hangs until the scare slams into you. With director Ivan Kavanagh’s slow-creeping startler The Canal, nothing is as creepy as what’s laid out in front of the viewer… like I said, you can see it coming, and it still gives you the heebies.
The movie could possibly be one of the best deterrents for the cheating spouse since Glenn Close decided to steep one of the Easter Bunny’s relatives in Fatal Attraction way back in the day. David (Rupert Evans) is a quiet and reserved film archivist who goes about his job, almost in a mundane fashion. His reason for such a lack of motivation at work is the persistent feeling that his wife, Alice (Hanna Hoekstra), is having a lurid affair behind his back. Then again, you can’t really have it behind your back if virtually ALL the signs are in your face (i.e., text messages in the middle of the night and that glance from the other guy when he’s speaking to David’s wife while at a party).
Alice is a stunner, plain and simple, and she doesn’t go too far out of the way to hide the fact that she’s interested in her latest client, Alex (Carl Shabaan). The inclining worries about an adulterous wife, coupled with the crime footage from a murder back in 1902 that David has been glossing over at work, have sent his mind into overdrive.
Oddly enough, the home where the murders took place looks exactly like his family’s home, and upon further review, we learn it is the same place, providing the groundwork for a very intense series of events that are almost certain to unfold right in front of your eyes (see paragraph 1 above).
The supposition grows so heavily that David decides to follow his wife one night when she’s “working late” – even so intent on catching her in the act that he forgets to pick up their young son at school. After witnessing the unforgivable, David passes out in a grimy bathroom while having a nightmarish vision, and the next morning he returns home to find his wife is gone.
An instant investigation begins into the whereabouts of his wife, and after she’s found floating in a local runoff canal, he is immediately fingered as the numero uno suspect – I mean, who else could it possibly be, right? Her murder is deemed “accidental”; yet, David refuses to believe that arbitrary ruling, as does a very skeptical police detective (Steve Oram).
David’s worry now focuses on the safety of his young boy and the babysitter who looks after them – he believes that whatever (or whoever) killed the family way back in 1902 is without equivocation the reason for his wife’s death, and it could still be residing in his house behind the walls. The mood is dark and dismal throughout the entire film, especially the last half, acting as a one-two combo of hopelessness and despair for the characters involved. David is a shattered soul with an innocent son who is now without a mother. Jeez, I even felt remorse for the detective because the mood was so heavily wrought. Kavanagh’s use of photography is simply beautiful – one supreme shot is the view inside Alice’s casket as you can hear the first shovelfuls of dirt rain down upon it – brilliance.
If I had to (unfortunately) look for a negative in all this creepy goodness, it would be the cross-worked circuitry that is the movie’s final acts. You’re twisted and turned in about a dozen different directions, left to wonder which way is up, even after a shocking conclusion. (Be sure to look for a nod to The Ring in one latter scene.) Aside from the roadblock that impedes a certain touchdown on this field of fright, The Canal is a movie that should definitely be watched with the lights off, not necessarily to enhance the scares, but to better immerse yourself in the darkness that these characters so radiantly display even through the opacity.
Can’t say I didn’t see this one coming. With all the past MGM “Midnite Movies” Scream Factory has been announcing thus far this month, I figured some nature gone amok titles from the ecological disaster era of Seventies cinema were bound to rear their human-hating heads.
Bert I. Gordon (AKA the man who gifted the world with such Atomic Age greats as The Amazing Colossal Man, Beginning of the End, and Earth vs. the Spider) was behind 1976’s Food of the Gods, a very loose adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic tale. Quite appropriate calling this film cheesy since the central characters are primarily being attacked by giant rats.
While it makes more sense to pair this one with Empire of the Ants (Gordon’s follow-up, also loosely based on an H.G. Wells tale), instead Scream Factory has announced on its Facebook page that Food of the Gods will be released as a double-feature Blu-ray with another Seventies killer animal classic: Frogs.
The Frogs movie poster is an absolute work of pop art as far as I’m concerned, but don’t be fooled into thinking this one is about man-eating frogs. The frogs hold psychic powers over the other critters of the swamp and use them to seek revenge against humanity on behalf of their polluted ecosystem. Sam Elliot, Ray Milland, and Joan Van Ark soon find themselves under attack by dangerous snakes, spiders, and alligators while the frogs make like Hynotoad.
If Scream Factory has a sense of humor, Frogs will include an audio commentary track that’s nothing but the sound of actual frogs croaking and ribbitting for 90 minutes.
We’ll have to wait on this one as the Food of the Gods/Frogs double-feature won’t be coming out until next summer.
Expect more Scream Factory announcements at any moment. Who knows? Empire of the Ants, Tentacles, even a Reptilicus/Yongary, Monster from the Deep double-feature Blu—ray could be feasible at this point.
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In just a few hours we’ll all be heading to “Sleepy Hollow” for Episode 2.04, “Go Where I Send There…,” but if you can’t wait that long to see what shenanigans await us this week, here are four new clips just released by Fox.
“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.04 – “Go Where I Send Thee…” (airs 10/13/14)
Abbie and Crane’s (Nicole Beharie, Tom Mison) search for a missing Sleepy Hollow child reveals a creature akin to the Pied Piper, whose legacy with the child’s family extends back to a centuries-old curse.
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Well, kids, there’s reason to celebrate! If you were one of the furious folks who had the horrendous audio sync issue with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers in your Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray (review), you can now have the disc replaced courtesy of Scream Factory and Anchor Bay.
From the official Anchor Bay Facebook Page:
On behalf of Anchor Bay and Scream Factory, we want to thank everyone that has purchased the Halloween Complete Collection. We hope you are enjoying it and all the work that went into bringing it to you, the fans. Unfortunately there is an audio sync issue with Halloween 4 that has always existed on that film with every release. We attempted to fix one of the problems prior to this release but in doing so, it created sync issues elsewhere in the film, which has now come to light. For the past two weeks we have been working to fix the problems that have arisen and we have been able to fix the sync issues at the 46 minute mark. We will be issuing a replacement disc to anyone that has been affected.
If you were affected by a Halloween 4 sync issue and would like a replacement disc sent to you, please follow these instructions:
In order to receive a replacement with the first batch being sent, send an e-mail to ABEHalloween4@Starz.com no later than October 31, 2014 and include the following:
1) Proof of purchase (photo or scan of receipt or digital receipt from on-line retailer)
2) Your name
3) Mailing address
Your replacement disc will then be shipped to arrive no later than November 14, 2014.
Thank you again for bringing Michael home.
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Ready to rejoin “The Originals” tonight for Episode 2.02, “Alive and Kicking”? Here to get you ready for the ep, in which guest star Nathaniel Buzolic appears in flashbacks, are executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci with a preview of what we can expect.
“The Originals” Episode 2.02 – “Alive and Kicking” (airs 10/13/14): As tensions between Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) grow, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) steps in and encourages her to regain her position within her werewolf pack.
Still under Davina’s (Danielle Campbell) control, Mikael (Sebastian Roche) grows impatient while she attempts to uncover a spell that would protect those closest to her. When Elijah turns to Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) for help in tracking down a vital piece of information, he is forced to remember a time long ago when they were on better terms.
Meanwhile, Davina and Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharmon) find themselves in a dangerous situation when unexpected visitors show up and crash their dinner. Finally, Klaus grows suspicious after a meeting with Cassie (guest star Natalie Dreyfuss) doesn’t go as he had planned. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Michelle Paradise and Michael Narducci.
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Travel back with us to 1995. Major earthquakes in Kobe, Japan, kill over 10k people. Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia dies. Rapper Tupac Shakur is convicted on a sexual assault charge and sentenced to up to 4-1/2 years in prison. An estimated 150 million people watch as the not guilty verdict is read in the O. J. Simpson case. Clint Howard stars in the horror flick Ice Cream Man. Today Clint Howard is looking to add a double scoop to his terror tale.
From the Ice Cream Man Kickstarter site
It’s been twenty years since ICE CREAM MAN — an iconic spectacle of gore, blood, and mayhem — exploded onto the big screen. Audiences couldn’t get enough of Howard’s mental-patient-turned-sweet-treat-scooper Gregory, who laced his frozen creations with bugs and choice bits of corpses and served them up to unsuspecting, Converse-wearing kids out for summer fun. In fact, the original ICE CREAM MAN has become a classic in the B-movie canon, cheerfully terrorizing two decades of viewers with low-budget action, cheesy dialogue, and some of the most creative uses of severed heads ever seen on screen.
As the original ICE CREAM MAN’s popularity has skyrocketed among horror film and B-movie aficionados, star Howard and producer Norman Apstein have considered a sequel that takes the story beyond the kid’s movie genre and ratchets the horror quotient up—notch by blood-soaked notch. ICE CREAM MAN 2: SUNDAE BLOODY SUNDAE won’t be a movie for children—it’s a tale of revenge, chock-full of murderous intent, laced with dripping entrails, and served up ice cold. The Rocketeers—Johnny, Heather, Tuna, and Small Paul—are all grown up now, and Gregory wants them to suffer. Really suffer. Torture and violence are on the menu, and it’s going to be sweet.
Interested? Hit up the above link!
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Here at Dread Central we always love to hear from author Joe Knetter, and he’s just dropped a bunch of treats into our inbox that we think you’re going to dig. So read on if you’re as into Joe’s writing as we are!
First up, Knetter has joined forces with Great Old Ones Publishing on an anthology book called Diabolical Dissertations of the Damned, which collectors together some of the author’s best stories from the past 10 years. It also features a hilarious intro from screenwriter Todd Farmer, who penned Jason X and My Bloody Valentine 3D.
In one of the tales two men rob a gas station, only to have one end up kidnapping a trio of coeds. What should have been big money turns out to be a night of horror. In another a man is checked into a hospital, only to find out that the facility has a dark secret which leads to a gateway to the threshold of madness.
Just in time for the Halloween season, Knetter has also re-released his book Zombie Bukkake under the new title Grave Mistake, which he feels is a more accurate representation of the subject matter. “While the title Zombie Bukkake helped me sell it on a certain cult level and got me on the History Channel, I feel the name ultimately hurt it,” he told us.
In Grave Mistake Foley is a happily married and loving father. He has one vice he keeps hidden from those around him: pornography. While online Foley finds an ad for a porn film shooting in his town. While he would never dream of being unfaithful, he begins to contemplate what really constitutes cheating. The book follows Foley on his journey to Hell, where he encounters hordes of zombies, a cannibal cult, and countless other people on his quest for redemption.
And last but not least, two of Knetter’s stories will appear in a new collection called Cesspool, which is currently available for pre-order. Learn more and pick up a copy over on the official Cesspool website.
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We’ve been waiting patiently for Axelle Carolyn’s feature debut, Soulmate, to hit VOD and DVD here in the States. Revolver Entertainment scooped up the supernatural thriller and will be releasing it on both mediums on October 28th. Check out two new bits of artwork, one for VOD and one for DVD, right here!
The film stars Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale), and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) and was penned by Carolyn, who has acted in Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday.
Soulmate 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.
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.
Directed by Gary Shore
Situated somewhere in the no-vampire’s land of Gothic romantic saga and PG-13 supernatural horror, Dracula Untold is a story that’s actually been told many, many, many times. Its blueprint seems most strongly etched in the 1993 Francis Ford Coppola version – at least, the origin story bits do. The flashbacks of battles, the moments of immortal angst, and even the bride’s far fall into the ravine are all pretty palpably lifted from the visuals of that film.
But we also get some cool twists, like Vlad dissolving into a murder of crows whenever he needs to fly. Or is it bats? I must say, the CGI is pretty shaky and things are dark. Fortunately, the computer-generated crock is shored up by otherwise lovely cinematography that’s brought to us by actual 35mm film.
Here’s what’s at stake in this version: It’s the 15th century and Vlad Tepes (Luke Evans) — aka The Prince of Wallachia, aka The Impaler — is living happily with his sexy blonde wife, Mirena (Sarah Gadon), and an adoring prepubescent son, Ingeras (Art Parkinson). Things are going great until the almighty Turks demand that Wallachia give up 1,000 of their young boys – including Ingeras — to fight as bodyguards to the Sultan Mehmet (Dominic Cooper). This, Vlad cannot abide.
So to stave off the terrible Turks, Vlad strikes a Faustian bargain with a local cave-dwelling demon (Charles Dance). Vlad is given invincible power for three days and… a craving for human blood he’s powerless against. But, says the demon, if he can somehow refrain from bloodsucking for three days, Vlad’s a victor and a free man. If not, then he changes places with the cave-dwelling demon and takes up the torch of awful immortality (not unlike the fable of the Grim Reaper – one person holds the position, until the next one can be fooled or cajoled into taking it).
There are many visually dazzling moments, but that a movie does not make. Luckily, most of those are bound together with the occasional morsel of emotional resonance (one does believe Vlad really loves his wife and son – the family has chemistry) and suspense (there’s a gripping scene between Vlad and Mehmet, in which Mehmet has discovered Vlad’s weakness and taunts him with it).
Clocking in at 90 minutes, Dracula Untold lasts just long enough to not overstay its welcome. Thin plot aside, the actors are all well cast, each of them looking as though they’ve just stepped out of a Late Renaissance painting. The craggy faces and lived-in expressions of Evans, Cooper, and Dance are especially convincing and bring to mind a time when men in vampire movies were not all blonde and sparkly. What’s more, the attention to detail in their armor, weaponry, and accoutrement is impressive and appreciated.
It’s good, but hardly destined for classic status, nor is it library-worthy. But if you’re looking for just a quick, fun, and forgettable vampire bite, then Dracula Untold doesn’t disappoint. At least it has more blood and gore than the R-rated Annabelle.
October is upon us, and the annual Rock and Shock convention is quickly closing in with a dizzying cast of horror all-stars ready to greet you; vendors, games, contests, and kids’ activities available all day, every day, from every corner of the show; and a packed schedule of Q&A’s with horror insiders alongside a must-see lineup of films representing local and international talent, film festival favorites, and a cult classic returning from beyond!
Today we have the full rundown of this year’s film screenings so you can start making your schedule and not miss a thing. The event kicks off Friday, October 17th, and runs through Sunday, the 19th.
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A Challenge in the Haunted Asylum: (Short) Three arrogant teens get more than they bargained for when they follow three girls into an abandoned insane asylum. Directed by Frederica Carlino.
Almost Mercy: (Sneak Preview) The latest release from Woodhaven Films and Director Tom DeNucci, releases in 2015 – Jackson and Emily aren’t like the other kids. Two burgeoning sociopaths on the brink of total meltdown. Ticking time bombs seeking revenge. Who will unravel first? Starring Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley and Tommy Dreamer. Introduction by Writer and Director Tom DeNucci!
Blood and Guts: Celebrating the art and pure awesomeness of monster makeup and gore effects, Scott Ian has teamed up with the Nerdist Channel to bring you “Blood and Guts,” showcasing a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the greatest FX artists of today pull off their amazing work. Introduction by Director Jack Bennett!
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead: Martin (Vegar Hoel) hasn’t had the best vacation. He accidentally killed his girlfriend with an axe. He cut his own arm off with a chainsaw. And his friends STILL got devoured by a battalion of Nazi Zombies. This morning, he woke up in a hospital bed with a new arm – but it’s a super-powered Zombie arm that wants to kill him, and anything else it can reach. Martin’s PISSED. And with the help of his new Zombie Squad pals (Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer, Ingrid Haas), he’s gonna deliver some payback to Colonel Herzog and his precious Nazi gold – by raising an undead army of his own. Intoduction by Derek Mears!
Dead Therapy: (Short) What would happen to the survivors in the aftermath of a zombie outbreak? Apparently, they go to therapy. A look into what happens after the “Resurrection Event”.
Fodder: (Short) In a post-apocalyptic world, humanity’s survival lies with Trelas, a secret military research facility. Buried deep underground, Trelas is developing a new weapon against the undead, or is it for the undead? But, just how effective their new efforts are lies with Gloria. Freshly captured, and just as mysterious a figure as her surroundings, she’s about to make the ultimate sacrifice: her flesh and blood. Directed by David Dollard.
Killer Mermaid: Two young American women go on a Mediterranean vacation and uncover the watery lair of a killer mermaid hidden beneath an abandoned military fortress. What was once a carefree adventure becomes a deadly fight for survival. Introduction by Kristina Klebe!
Penance: (Short) Confessionals are places of sanctuary and solace. But one woman has something else on her mind to divulge. Directed by Nick Principe; Introduction by Nick Principe!
Picket: (Short) A cult leader gets more than she bargained for when she makes a deal with a corrupt lobbyist. Directed by Izzy Lee.
Play Time: (Short) The winning submission for the Bloody Cuts – Who’s There Film Challenge (2013), starring Anjella Mackintosh and Belle Mary Hithersay. Packed with atmosphere and succeeding in delivering genuine creeps where most big budget films fail, all in under 4 minutes! Directed by Ryan Thompson.
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut: Boone (Craig Sheffer) may be a troubled young man, but his troubles are just beginning. Set up as the fall guy in a string of slasher murders, he decides he’ll hide by crossing the threshold that separates “us” from “them” and sneak into the forbidden subterranean realm of Midian. Boone will live among the monsters. Hellraiser creator Clive Barker writes (adapting his novel Cabal) and directs this vivid leap into horror that asks: in the battle of man vs. monster, who’s really the monster? The answer supplies flesh-crawling suspense, sudden fear, a colorful Danny Elfman score and a creepy array of shape-shifting beings. They are the Nightbreed, denizens of a world beyond death, beyond the imagination, perhaps beyond anything you’ve seen. Screening courtesy of Scream Factory. The Blu-ray & DVD release of Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut is available on 10/28.
Sick At Heart: (Short) All relationships have problems. For Matt and his wife, those problems are insurmountable. They’ll have one last dinner and say goodbye…forever. Starkly quiet, delightfully quirky and fantastically morbid. Directed by Jarret Blinkhorn.
Silk: (Short) After acquiring a jar of rare silk from the vast desert expanse of Afghanistan, a CIA field operative becomes impregnated by the desert spider hidden inside. Directed by Rob Himebaugh.
Summer of Blood: Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead lady-killer. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.
The Creed: (Short) Horror strikes when a young woman accidentally wins a pair of tickets for an embarrassing band’s concert. When Linda realizes she can’t destroy the tickets without them coming back to haunt her, she’ll soon have to face her past and confront her deepest fears in order to survive The Creed. Inspired by Stephen King film adaptations and late night horror television for children, The Creed is a horror comedy that confronts horrible adolescent tastes long thought buried. Directed by Kevin James.
The Killer and I: Horror can be hilarious! The World Premiere of the reality web series following the crazy adventures of Kane Hodder and Mike Aloisi. Introduction by Kane Hodder and Mike Aloisi!
The Last Showing: Writer-director Phil Hawkins tells the story of a young couple, Martin (Finn Jones) and Allie (Emily Berrington), who have a night out at their local cinema. They become unwitting stars of their own horror story at the hands of Stuart (Robert Englund), a disturbed projectionist. Trapping them in the cinema complex, Stuart uses hidden cameras to play his two victims off against one another, directing them to a finale where there can only be one survivor.
Web of Deceit: (Short) Charlotte has been working double shifts just to make ends meet. Meanwhile, her jobless husband spends all of his time trolling the internet looking for casual encounters to fulfill his perverse fantasies. In the end, his lies will come back to bite him as he becomes entangled in Charlotte’s own web of deceit. Directed by Michael Kyne.
WolfCop: Officer Lou Garou isn’t the best cop in small-town Woodhaven – in fact, he’s probably the worst. He mostly just looks to avoid anything that could possibly interfere with his goal of getting wasted. One evening during the night shift, Lou investigates a mysterious disturbance at the edge of town and wakes up with a pentagram carved in his chest, heightened senses and body hair that’s growing at an alarming rate. To solve the mystery of his transformation, he’ll have to take on a case no normal cop would be able to solve, but this half-man, half-beast is not just a cop…he’s a WOLFCOP. Directed by Lowell Dean.
Wolves: Cayden Richards, 18, has it all: Captain of the high school football team; straight-A student; gorgeous girlfriend. But when he wakes one dark night to find his parents brutally murdered, he is horrified to realize that he is turning into an animal: a wild, savage wolf. Cayden runs, determined to find out what is happening to him. His quest leads him to the strange, isolated town of Lupine Ridge, where two clans of wolves are on the brink of war. David Hayter (X-Men, X2 writer) makes his directorial debut. Starring Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”) and Stephen McHattie.
Three days of movies! Three days of bands that will melt your ears off! Three days of horror fun with all your favorite people! Don’t miss this show!
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Another Chilean horror film is on the horizon for fans of the survival sub-genre, and we have your very first look at it right here. Read on for all the details you need to know about Path (aka Sendero) along with the teaser trailer and more.
From the Press Release
Chilean survival/horror film Path is to be released during the first half of 2015 in international film festivals and is currently in the post-production stage. The film is produced by Border Motion Cinema and directed by Lucio A. Rojas.
Path tells the story of Ana, a young woman who has just won a scholarship to graduate school abroad. To celebrate, she goes with some friends to a cabin located in a rural area of Chile. After helping a badly injured woman on the road, the group is kidnapped by a family who follows the orders of a power group in the region. To survive and escape, they will have to resort to betrayal among themselves in an atmosphere of violence, abuse, and sadism.
The film stars Andrea García Huidobro, Diego Casanueva, Sofía García, Javiera Hernández, Felipe Contreras, Arielli Gutiérrez, Guillermo Alfaro, Daniel Antivilo, and Thomas Vidiella.
Path is Lucio Rojas’ third film and was inspired by a case of rural violence that occurred in the mid-80s in a city in southern Chile.
There’s never been a better time to be a fan of R.L. Stine’s mega-popular Goosebumps franchise than now, as next summer marks the release of a long-awaited feature film adaptation of the most iconic tales from the books.
But fans of the series don’t have to wait for the fun to begin, because Stine and Scholastic are kicking off the celebration early with all sorts of Halloween events that are sure to make you feel like a kid again.
Check out the full slate of upcoming events below, which includes the release of a brand new book and a full scale social media takeover!
From the Press Release:
Ghouls and boys of all ages will celebrate Halloween with a host of frighteningly fun new Goosebumps™ activities and events! To help fans everywhere get into the spirit, Goosebumps author – and ultimate master of scares! – R.L. Stine will host his third Scholastic social media takeover on Thursday, October 30. And to further bewitch fans, Scholastic will unleash a revamped Goosebumps website, social media pages and brand-new book as well as host a special event featuring R.L. Stine at The Scholastic Store in Manhattan, and more!
“Through our new website, a movie coming in summer 2015, new books and live events, we continue to excite and engage our young fan base as well as our loyal millennial Goosebumps fans,” said Deborah A. Forte, President of Scholastic Media.
On October 30 from 2–3:30pm EST, R.L. Stine will be “trick or tweeting” with fans through social media in a can’t-miss live chat. Stine will share jokes, trivia, videos and images, plus answer questions from participants, who will also have a chance to win collectible Goosebumps prizes. Creatures from coast-to-coast can join in the conversation by using #31DaysofGoosebumps to post on the Scholastic accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram, or via the Goosebumps Facebook page and newly launched Goosebumps Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram feeds. It’s sure to be a scream!
Additional ways for fans to get Goosebumps:
Online: Fans can visit the interactive new mobile-friendly Goosebumps website, www.scholastic.com/goosebumps, to play engaging games and activities such as “Monster Blood” and “Which Monster Are You?”; check-out the author events calendar and news spotlight; discuss all things Goosebumps in a community forum; and review a full list of books and TV episodes, so they’ll be sure never to miss a new title or show!
In New York City: R.L. Stine himself will treat kids and families to a Halloween-themed afternoon, as he reads and signs some of the best-loved Goosebumps books at The Scholastic Store on Saturday, October 18, at 2pm EST!
With a new book: Young monsters can sink their teeth into “12 Screams of Christmas,” a special edition book and the latest title in the Goosebumps: Most Wanted series that follows the brand’s most infamous characters!
Through iTunes and Netflix: Families can now catch all 74 edge-of-your-seat Goosebumps episodes on iTunes and Netflix, this Halloween and anytime!
On TV: Kids can tune-in to the Goosebumps TV series for ghastly laughs on The Hub Network!
And things will get even spookier in Times Square, when R.L. Stine and Scholastic Media President Deborah Forte ring the bell for the close of the NASDAQ stock market on Halloween, Friday, October 31, at 4pm EST.
The thrills-filled Goosebumps TV series, based on the popular Scholastic books written by R.L. Stine, follows the stories of children who find themselves in extraordinary situations, serving up plenty of humor and safe scares.
The much-anticipated Goosebumps feature film, starring Jack Black, will be released from Sony Pictures Entertainment in August 2015. The movie is produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.
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More revenge is on the menu in the new flick Autumn Blood, and we have your details hot, ready, and full of heavily armed psychopaths. Dig it!
Markus Blunder directs. Sophie Lowe, Peter Stormare, Gustaf Skarsgård, Samuel Vauramo, and Maximilian Harnisch star.
Look for it on DVD October 21.
Two young orphans in the Australian Tirolian Mountains come under siege by a vicious band of hunters. Frightened of being separated by child services following the death of their mother, a self-sufficient 16-year-old girl (Sophie Lowe) and her 10-year-old brother (Maximilian Harnisch) – who hasn’t spoken a word since seeing his father killed by the mayor (Peter Stormare) – strive to live off the land in peace. Their innocence is shattered, however, when a group of hunters led by the mayor’s son brutalizes and rapes the free-spirited girl. Later, when a well-meaning social services worker arrives too late to protect the terrorized siblings, the girl and her brother prepare to take a stand against their ruthless attackers.
Whether you loved Annabelle (review) or you hated it, there’s no denying that the titular character – first seen in The Conjuring and based on a real ‘haunted’ doll – is pretty damn creepy. With long pigtails, rosy red cheeks and a sinister smile, Annabelle is hands down one of the most nightmarish pint-sized terrors the genre has ever birthed.
Nightmarish. Yea. That’s a word that doesn’t even begin to describe the video we’ve just dug up, wherein a male makeup artist uses his tools of the trade to literally transform into the Annabelle doll, right before your eyes. You have been warned.
Like David Naughton’s transformation in An American Werewolf in London, this one is both horrifying and awe-inspiring, as it’s truly amazing how doll-like the artist becomes, with a few strokes of the makeup brush.
London-based artist Charlie Short is the man behind the makeup, going by the name PinkStylist over on YouTube. Check out the full transformational tutorial below, which somehow manages to make Annabelle even creepier than she already was!
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Directed by Bobby Roe
Let me be clear. I am sick to death of found footage movies. The subgenre has been weakened, overdone, and generally speaking, I can’t imagine anyone looking for more footage as all the interesting stuff has already been found. Or so I thought… Just when it seemed I was out, something came along and pulled me back in: the truly frightening The Houses October Built.
In it our characters, who play themselves, are about as fed up with homogenized haunted attractions as I am with first-person movies. Rather then spend their Halloween season headed to the usual haunts, they decide to take a trip to the not as well known towns who host their own spook houses each year. Our group, made up of a pair of brothers along with several life-long friends, are in search of the most extreme haunts imaginable. One in particular hits their radar that’s supposed to be the apex of scares. The only problem? No one knows where it is or whom to ask for directions. This isn’t something that’s advertised. It’s only known through word of mouth.
Once on the road, our protagonists hit up several haunted attractions, each one spookier than the next, and while there they start their pursuit of the holy grail of haunts by asking around each town. Finally they get a lead and lo and behold end up there. The only hitch? They might never leave.
Filmed in actual haunted attractions, each with their own scare-actors, The Houses October Built masterfully captures the look and feel of both the industry and the season with eerie sights and jump-scares aplenty. The film’s characters are ridiculously natural, and their relationships and reactions are both fun and frightening. You really feel as if you’re there with the gang having a blast. This illusion is pulled off flawlessly, and I don’t think any other style of filmmaking could have done such a service to this particular movie. I will say this though… if you’re not a fan of shaky-cam, you may want to steer clear as there’s a lot of it, but if you don’t mind or can just deal, there’s quite an experience to be had here.
As with every other found footage film, you’re going to have to suspend logic every now and again. That’s always a painful task because you want things to make perfect sense, but here you’ve just gotta accept that the camera is rolling and take the ride. Believe me, it’s worth it!
By the time we get to the finale, we’ve been thoroughly assaulted with nightmarish imagery that leads to a third act that’s home to some of the most intense situations we’ve seen in some time. It’s frighteningly real and leads you to wonder exactly how all of this happened and who was behind what. There’s much discussion to be had by the time that the credits roll, and that’s the hallmark of a great film.
Tis the season, kids, and this is a great Halloween-time tale of absolute terror. Revel in it!
Some interesting news for fans of the US version of The Ring has come in… Gore Verbinski is directing a trio of new films for New Regency, including one “elevated” horror project plus a “paranoid thriller” starring Steve Carrell. The other’s a comedy, but two out of three ain’t bad!
Per Deadline, first out of the gate is the Carrell vehicle, still untitled but written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty).
Verbinski will then helm A Cure for Wellness, penned by Revolutionary Road writer Justin Haythe. (If you’re curious about the final project, it’s Passengers, also scripted by Conrad, said to be a “large-scale action comedy.”)
We’ll have more on A Cure for Wellness for sure and possibly on Carrell’s thriller depending on how it shakes out genre-wise so stay tuned!
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Some FX stills from Wolves have arrived, and they warm our hearts in the most practical of ways. Ya see? Practical werewolf effects. That so hard, Hollywood?
Directed by David Hayter, Wolves stars Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Merritt Patterson, and Jason Momoa. Look for it Thursday, October 16th, on Video on Demand and Friday, November 14th, in select cities nationwide.
Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it. He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable, and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like himself – including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves.” And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… a grisly fight to the death against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.
So what if the Sin City sequel was around a decade too late? The point is it eventually ended up in theatres and it’s now making its way to home video. Read on for the skinny!
From the Press Release
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are proud to announce today the home entertainment release of FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. The action-packed sequel, directed by acclaimed filmmakers Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez and starring Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Willis, Eva Green, Powers Boothe, Dennis Haysbert, Ray Liotta, and Jeremy Piven, is headed to retail on November 18th. The 3D Blu-ray™ combo pack, available for a suggested retail price of $39.99, includes Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD and UV. The DVD is retailed at $29.98.
FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is rated R for strong brutal stylized violence throughout, sexual content, nudity, and brief drug use. Fans will be rewarded with eye-popping special features that include never-before-seen Robert Rodriguez-approved exclusives such as ‘The Movie In High-Speed Green Screen—All Green Screen Version’, ‘Makeup Effects Of Sin City With Greg Nicotero’, ‘Stunts Of Sin City With Jeff Dashnaw’, and ‘Character Profiles’.”
In FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR, scandal, murder, betrayal and mystery surround the lives of those swept up in a crime-filled underworld. Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller’s visually stunning “Sin City” graphic novels back to the screen in the follow-up to the groundbreaking film, FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY (2005). Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, the town’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.
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