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Film4 FrightFest 2014: Win Tickets to See Extinction

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:00

Playing as part of the 2014 Film4 FrightFest is the upcoming dinosaur flick Extinction (formerly The Expedition), and if you're in the UK, we can tell you how to score yourself some tickets to see it!

From the Press Release
Award-winning producer Ben Loyd Holmes and director Adam J Spinks are proud to announce that Extinction (formerly The Expedition) will receive a glitzy red carpet premiere later this year in London and that two pairs of tickets to this amazing bash are up for grabs!

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, all fans have to do is head over to the Extinction Facebook page and share the page and the trailer with your friends and followers!

The exact UK premiere date is still to be announced, but in the meantime the Extinction team are heading to London on August 24th, where the film will receive its World Premiere as part of Film4 FrightFest 2014.

Producer Ben Loyd Holmes is understandably very excited, “The FrightFest crowd might be more famous than the filmmakers who screen there! We’re delighted to be a part of this year's festival,” he says. “It's the ultimate event.”

After the screening, the filmmakers and stars of Extinction will be hosting a panel, where fans of the film will be able to put their questions to the team. Confirmed to attend the panel is director Adam J Spinks, producer Ben Loyd Holmes, and stars Neil Newbon, Daniel Caren, and Sarah Mac.

Tickets for the screening are almost sold out, but limited numbers are still available here.

Synopsis:
Deep in the Amazon jungle a research team led by a respected professor strive to protect vulnerable and endangered species, but when their guides abandon them, they soon realize they are in the hunting ground of prehistoric apex predators.

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Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes Have Powers!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:32

More casting news has arrived for the Sony PlayStation Network adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming-created comic series Powers as Sharlto Copley and Michelle Forbes have signed on for active duty!

Variety reports that Copley (pictured) will play Christian Walker, described as a dapper and charismatic character with a darkness and violence right at the surface but with a sense of buried integrity. Walker has the dissolute air of a faded rock star and the body of a battered heavyweight.

Once possessed of super-powers, Walker lost those abilities in a battle with a super-human mass killer. A faded hero, he’s now a detective who works with law enforcement, using his singular expertise to investigate crimes in the Powers community.

Forbes ("True Blood," "The Killing") will play Retro Girl, the undisputed superstar of the Powers community. An icon of justice, selflessness, and business acumen, she has a cool, hard exterior with a fire right below the surface. Her willingness to put herself at risk for the good of others is matched only by her ability to manage her globe-spanning personal brand.

David Slade will direct the first two episodes of the live-action series from scripts by Charlie Huston. Susan Heyward ("The Following") has been tapped as the female lead with Max Fowler ("The Killing") and Adam Godley ("Breaking Bad") also cast.

Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir, and police procedural, "Powers," produced by Sony Pictures TV, is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder.

It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker (Copley) and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as "Powers," who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. Pilgrim is described as equal parts beauty and sarcasm, a wunderkind detective with edgy style.

Fowler will play Krispin Stockley, the son of Walker’s murdered partner, a disaffected teen still struggling with the death of his father at the hand of a rogue Power, which starts him on a dark journey that will warp him both physically and emotionally. Godley will play Captain Cross, the solid steel in a frail frame captain of the Powers division, bookish, respectful, and loyal; but he may harbor a secret agenda that could lead his beloved department into a full-fledged conspiracy.

Bendis, Oeming, and Michael Dinner executive produce "Powers" with Huston and Remi Aubuchon ("Falling Skies") along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert, and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as showrunners. SPT will sell internationally.

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Screamfest Announces First Wave of Films! See No Evil 2, Suburban Gothic, Julia, More!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:54

It's that time of the year again, kids! One of the best damned film festivals in the world, Screamfest L.A. Horror, which is taking place in Los Angeles October 14-23, has announced its first wave of titles; and there's plenty of blood to splatter around!

From the Press Release
Screamfest®, from the festival that brought you such films as Trick ‘r Treat, Paranormal Activity, The Human Centipede and American Mary, announces the first wave of the 2014 festival. Screamfest® kicks off its 14th annual event in Los Angeles on October 14-23 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres.

First Wave Screening Highlights at Screamfest 2014
The Creep Behind the Camera (US) – Directed by Pete Schuermann. The Creep Behind the Camera was an actual filmmaker named Vic Savage; a real scumbag whose only real skill was in his uncanny ability to convince the residents of 1960 Glendale, California that he was making the biggest, the BEST monster movie ever made! The true story of Vic Savage, aka Art Nelson and the making of his monster opus The Creeping Terror (1964) is told in the narrative dark-comedy The Creep Behind the Camera. A hilarious and wholly disturbing look at human nature and delusional demagoguery, The Creep Behind the Camera is a roller coaster ride that takes a nostalgic but cautionary look at the era of drive-in cinema at its very worst. Los Angeles Premiere

The House at the End of Time (Venezuela) – Directed by Alejandro Hidalgo. A mother imprisoned for 30 years for murdering her husband is released on compassion, but when she returns to her family home the supernatural events that led to the crime return to haunt her and reveal a sinister secret about the building in which she lives. US Premiere

I Survived A Zombie Holocaust (NZ) – Directed by Guy Pigden. The crew of the New Zealand low budget Zombie film "Tonight They Come!" are filming in the middle of nowhere. The troubled shoot goes from bad to worse when key cast and crew are struck down by a mystery illness. The replacement runner, WESLEY PENNINGTON arrives on set fresh out of film school and bubbling with enthusiasm just in time for the mystery illness to start turning zombie extras into REAL, shuffling, un-dead Zombies. Los Angeles Premiere

Julia (US) –Directed by Matthew A. Brown. A neo-noir revenge thriller centering on Julia Shames (Ashley C. Williams - The Human Centipede), who after suffering a brutal trauma, falls prey to an unorthodox form of therapy to restore herself. US Premiere

Parlor (US) – Directed by Devon Downs & Kenny Gage. The film follows six young college hopefuls vacationing and partying in Eastern Europe who get more than they bargained for when they unwittingly get caught up in a maniacal tattoo artist's fiendish side business. Shot entirely in Vilnius, Lithuania starring Robert Lasardo (Nip/Tuck, Death Race, Human Centipede III) World Premiere

Refuge (US) – Directed by Andrew Robertson. This apocalyptic genre thriller is set in the American south about a family struggling to survive in the wake of a catastrophic plague. Los Angeles Premiere

See No Evil 2 (US) – Directed by Jen & Sylvia Soska. Starring WWE’s Glenn “KANE” Jacobs, Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle (American Mary). A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws. World Premiere

Suburban Gothic (US) – Directed by Richard Bates, Jr. Starring Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds), Kat Dennings (Two Broke Girls), Ray Wise (Twin Peaks) Raymond has a prestigious MBA, but he can't find work. He can channel the paranormal, but chatting with a cute girl mystifies him. Kicked out of his big city apartment, Raymond returns home to his overbearing mother, ex-jock father, and beer-bellied classmates. But when a vengeful ghost terrorizes the small town, the city-boy recruits Becca, a badass local bartender, to solve the mystery of the spirit threatening everyone's lives. "The Dead Just Got Deader.” Los Angeles Premiere

For more information and to buy tickets go to the Screamfest website, "like" Screamfest on Facebook, and follow Screamfest on Twitter. The location of the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres is 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.

The festival runs in Los Angeles from October 14-23, 2014 – just in time for Halloween!

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Shaun and Ed of Shaun of the Dead Resurrected for Phineas and Ferb Halloween Special

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:47

There's no question that Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) of Shaun of the Dead have become two of our genre's most beloved and iconic characters. Well, guess what... Pegg and Frost are bringing back the Deadnamic Duo!

According to Pegg on Twitter:

"Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!"

“Phineas and Ferb” is a Disney Channel animated comedy about two stepbrothers who find inventive things to do on each day of their summer vacation such as building a roller coaster out of materials you would find in your everyday home like Popsicle sticks, indoor plumbing, etc. Unbeknownst to them, their pet platypus, Perry, leads a double life as a secret agent.


Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!

— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014

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A Monster Calls. Sigourney Weaver Answers.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:38

Another bit of casting news for Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, which is being produced by Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage), has come in. Read on for the whos and whats!

THR reports that the forever hot Sigourney Weaver has joined Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson in A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children's fantasy novel.

Look for it in US theatres via River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features on October 14, 2016.

It will be distributed by Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.

A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss, and faith. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother. Jones is on board as the mother, while Neeson is playing the titular monster.

Ness wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and he and illustrator Jim Kay won Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, presented to the year’s best children’s literature in the UK. Ness is adapting the screenplay from his novel.

More on this one as it comes.

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New Z Nation Promo Reminds You to Keep Your Friday Nights Open

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:32

Syfy's upcoming new series "Z Nation" premieres on Friday, September 12th, at 10PM; and the network wants to make sure you remember to keep your Friday nights open to check it out. In the meantime you can check out a new promo!

"Z Nation," produced by The Asylum, is an action-horror series about the epic struggle to save humanity after a zombie apocalypse. The 13-episode "Z Nation" stars Harold Perrineau ("Lost," "Oz"), Tom Everett Scott ("Beauty and the Beast," "Southland"), and DJ Qualls (Road Trip, "Supernatural").

The cast also includes Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga), Kellita Smith ("The Bernie Mac Show"), Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II), Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish), and Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies).

Karl Schaefer ("Eerie Indiana," "Eureka," "The Dead Zone") serves as executive producer and showrunner. Acclaimed action director John Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning) directed the pilot.

Synopsis:
"Z Nation" starts three years after a zombie virus has gutted the country, when a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all.

With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.

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Milla Jovovich Pregnant; Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Delayed

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:27

Breaking news is coming in from Milla Jovovich herself regarding the tentatively titled Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The film has been delayed, but it's for one of the best possible reasons! Read on!

According to Jovovich on Facebook:

"Happy Monday everyone! This was originally going to be a post to tell you how excited I am about flying to Cape Town, South Africa to begin working on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. But… My husband Paul and I just discovered that we are expecting another baby!!!

So after a lot of discussion, we thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to wait till the baby is born before we set out to try and tackle an RE movie. Between the stunt work and what will become my ever-expanding belly, we didn’t think pregnancy and zombie killing are the best combo! Lol! I imagine the only thing I’ll be killing in the near future is an endless supply of cupcakes. Yikes!

In all seriousness though, we want to make the best movie possible and that would be extremely difficult, to say the least, in my present condition. I would like to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has been working so hard on the movie in South Africa already and we are so looking forward to working with you all next summer. And when we arrive, it will hopefully be with the newest member of our little family! YAY!

Before I go, i want to also send one more HUGE thank you out to all my amazing fans who have been so patient waiting for the next installment of the RE franchise! YOU ROCK! Thanks so much for understanding everyone! All the best!"

Whatever it's called, Resident Evil 6 will be written and directed by Anderson, and Milla Jovovich will be returning as Alice. It could potentially be the final film in the franchise, which Anderson plans on neatly wrapping up.

More as we learn it!

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Horror Community: Cancer Survivor BJ Colangelo Needs Your Help

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:14

It doesn't matter which horror site is your favorite. The horror community is small, and we're all in the same boat despite any differences. The thing is, we writers? We have no union. No one to take care of us. We all do this mainly for passion as I can tell you none of us is getting rich.

That's why we implore you guys to take a moment and visit horror writer BJ Colangelo's personal blog. BJ contributes to the Day of the Woman website, which is dedicated to offering a female slant on the genre. To say she's an important voice in our community is kind of an understatement.

Recently BJ went through the hell of dealing with an especially violent bout of pancreatic cancer, and though she's managed to thankfully pull through, she's now suffering from the stress caused by some truly crushing medical bills.

In a world where people donate whatever money they can to kickstart movies, games, etc., we can only hope that some of you, if you can, will give a little back to someone who really needs it. As stated, in this community each other is all that we have. Click the above link, read her words, and if you can, click the donate button. Or, if you'd rather go through Paypal, you can do so by emailing your donation directly to brittnahjade@gmail.com. Any amount will help.

Thank you guys so much for even just reading. I now return you to our regularly scheduled ranting and thinly veiled dick jokes.

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FullMoonStreaming.com to Bring the Clownish Insanity Back with Killjoy's Psycho Circus

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:27

After the success of their recent web series Trophy Heads, Full Moon Entertainment has decided to fire up another... and this time they're resurrecting one of their most beloved characters to do so. Be prepared for Killjoy's Psycho Circus.

Bringing back the director of the past two Killjoy films, John Lechago, as well as stars Trent Haaga and Victoria DeMare, and adding on Al Burke and Tai Chan Ngo, Killjoy's Psycho Circus promises to be more of the crazy insanity that made audiences fall in love with the clown and his merry troop in the past.

As with Trophy Heads, Killjoy's Psycho Circus will be released in several segments to allow Charles Band and the rest of the Full Moon production team a chance to present the film in a cliffhanger-type series. Then, after the initial web series has run its course, the film will eventually be released in its entirety.

All of this will be going on at FullMoonStreaming.com, where viewers can find thousands of hours of entertainment not available at Netflix or Redbox.

Now here's where you come in. The filmmakers are looking to bring you the best Killjoy experience possible, so to do that they've opened up a Killjoy's Psycho Circus Kickstarter campaign to help fund just a portion of the movie. They'll be footing most of the bill themselves, but every little bit donated will help make this movie even better. And they've got some killer swag to give away as incentives for donations. Check it out!

Even cooler?

Full Moon knows streaming is the future, but DVD is still the present! So they're adding a new tier for the direct-to-video faithful. You'll get Killjoy's Psycho Circus on DVD after the series has premiered via streaming, with all five episodes compiled into a single feature film. Everyone that has already pledged gets the DVD. And anyone that pledges more than $15 gets it, too, because the tiers are cumulative!”

Killjoy's Psycho Circus Synopsis
Killjoy, the demon of vengeance, trickster god, and killer clown, has finally made it to Earth! Along with his gruesome crew of Freakshow, Punchy, and the sexy/psychotic Batty Boop, Killjoy is free to terrorize mortals in new and excruciating ways. But two years down the road Killjoy discovers that life on Earth is a drag, filled with inconveniences such as eating, breathing, taxes, and immigration issues. His crew has left for other jobs, and Batty Boop has gone her own way after a bitter lover’s quarrel. Not to mention that Killjoy is now semi-mortal!

Meanwhile, back in Hell, Beelzebub is on trial for letting Killjoy escape. The only way that Beelzebub can redeem himself is to trap Killjoy’s spirit and bring it back in a box. For this mission he is granted a monumental spaceship capable of destroying entire cities!

Killjoy has finally settled in, starring in his own web series called Psycho Circus, as well as running a movie and merchandise company with the notorious Hambo the Ranch Hand. The challenges of being a producer are nothing compared to the challenges of staying alive after Beelzebub’s assassins appear to kill the demon clown and capture his spirit. Killjoy will have to find a way to reunite his gang of clowns in order to defeat Beelzebub and his minions!

It all comes together in an epic battle in Killjoy's Psycho Circus!

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Raze Hits Home With a Thunderous Punch

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:20

Here's the thing... if you missed Raze (review) in theatres, VOD, or DVD, then you seriously missed one of the most ass-kickin' films of the year. So listen up! The flick is hitting cable! Now you have no excuse!

From the Press Release
Directed by award-winning Josh C. Waller, the highly anticipated IFC action-horror film Raze from Cinipix and QUINCY Pictures begins airing on the SHOWTIME Network at 12 midnight TONIGHT.

Raze follows a mysteriously abducted Sabrina (Zoë Bell; Inglourious Basterds), who finds herself in an underground lair led by Joseph (Doug Jones; Hellboy) and Elizabeth (Sherilyn Fenn; "Twin Peaks"), forced to do battle with other innocents for the amusement of unseen spectators. Each of these reluctant warriors has something to lose, but only one will remain when the game is done.

The action-packed horror film also stars Rachel Nichols ("Continuum"), Tracie Thoms (Looper), Bailey Borders (The Change-Up), Rebecca Marshall (Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), Adrienne Wilkinson (Reflections), and Allene Quincy (My 2 Black Girlfriends) as an eclectic group of abducted women who fight each other to the death with their bare hands.

“In every sense of the word Zoë Bell crushes it in Raze.” – Director, Quentin Tarantino.

“Raze raises hell, bashes in skulls, and showing no mercy, Raze is the ultimate midnight movie.” – Chase Whale, ChaseWhale.com

Raze will air on the SHOWTIME Network starting at 12:00 midnight, Tuesday, August 19th, through to September 12th.

For more info check out the official Raze website, and "like" Raze on Facebook.

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Extended Version of The Shining Takes an Axe to UK's Film4 FrightFest

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:08

When The Shining originally hit theaters back in 1980, it ran two minutes longer than the version we're all familiar with, including a hospital scene that Kubrick cut out a week into the film's theatrical run. Now that scene is being put back into the film for a special screening...

...which is, needless to say, a must-attend for all of you UK fans. Read on!

This year's Film4 FrightFest kicks off in London on August 21st, and we've just learned that the extended cut of The Shining will screen on Sunday night, August 24th. The 146-minute version includes a scene at the end of Wendy Torrance in a hospital bed, being told by Mr. Ullman that Jack's body couldn't be found. The screening will mark the first time the deleted scene has been publicly shown since the movie's original theatrical release.

It's interesting to note that Kubrick's horror masterpiece was heavily cut for all past UK releases, typically running a whopping 25 minutes shorter than even the standard US version. We hope this makes up for that, UK fiends!

Head over to the Film4 FrightFest website to purchase tickets to the screening, which again takes place on August 24th, beginning at 6:10 pm. Producer Jan Harlan will be in attendance for a special Q&A session, which is the cherry on top of this tasty treat.

Regularly topping critical lists as a masterpiece of modern horror, Stanley Kubrick’s carefully nurtured ghost story based on the bestseller by Stephen King focuses on the primal fear of murderous family breakdown.

Failed schoolteacher and would-be writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson in an iconic turn) is offered the winter caretaker job at the luxurious Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Mountains. Seeing it as an opportunity to work on his novel in an isolated environment, he moves into the snow-bound edifice with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and son, Danny (Danny Lloyd). But his son has a special mental power – ‘the shining’ – to see things that no one else can and has visions of the previous murders and premonitions of his father’s homicidal tendencies in this scary and resonant classic.

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Son of Frankenstein and Retro-Style NES Jason Voorhees Want Spots on Your Toy Shelf

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:04

There's never been a better time than the present to be a horror fan who collects toys, and that's largely thanks to the companies NECA and Mezco. Speaking of which, both companies have just unveiled exciting new offerings so read on to check 'em out!

First up, Figures.com reports that NECA has given its mega-popular 8-bit NES Jason figure a retro makeover, mashing together the video game and the company's MEGO-inspired lines.

A follow-up to their 2013 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive, this version of NES Jason is wearing real fabric clothing and is exclusively available at Toys R Us stores beginning this week. The figure features a removable hockey mask and three weapons: axe, machete, and spear-gun.

As for Mezco, their newest release is a limited edition Son of Frankenstein action figure based on the 1939 sequel. A variation of the previously released figure of Frankenstein's Monster, the 9″ toy boasts ten points of articulation and is covered with scars from his assembly. The monster wears a genuine simulated fur tunic with cloth sleeves, and he stands atop his signature boots, towering over other figures.

Only 500 of the toys will be available worldwide, selling exclusively at the New York Comic Con, which runs October 9th through the 12th. They'll of course be found at Mezco's booth (#1855).

A very limited number will also go up for grabs on Mezco's website on August 22nd so be sure to bookmark the page and check back this coming Friday!

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Artist Elsa Rhae Brings Saw's Billy the Puppet to Life

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:53

While we all wait patiently to see what moves Lionsgate makes with the Saw franchise, artist Elsa Rhae has done one frighteningly fun job of recreating the films' centerpiece character, Billy the Puppet, and bringing him to life! Check it out! It's so worth your time.

Lionsgate is currently actively developing an eighth Saw film based on the franchise created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. They are looking to get back to their torturous ways and seeking a new direction for the franchise that took over Halloween for nearly a decade.

There appears to be no rush on Lionsgate’s part, however, as they’re seeking the perfect take to move forward. There were rumblings of a remake while many insiders say that they want to continue with Saw 8.

In the interim, if you need to play catch-up, there's also the Saw box set coming out September 23rd, which is insanely cheap for all seven flims. Order that below from the EvilShop.

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The Devil's Advocate Comes to the Small Screen

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:44

Continuing the fine tradition of TV shows becoming the new remake/prequel/sequel/premake/etc., a new version is on its way of the 1997 flick The Devil's Advocate, which starred Al Pacino chewing more scenery than any one person should be allowed to. Still... he was magic and far from an "ABSENTEE LANDLORD!!!!"

According to Deadline, producers John Wells and Arnold Kopelson are bringing "The Devil’s Advocate" to television as a potential series. The legal drama with a supernatural twist, from Warner Bros. TV, has landed at NBC with a pilot commitment.

Written by Matt Venne (Bag of Bones, The Exorcism of Molly Harley), the series centers on a public defender who joins a law firm that is run by the Devil himself. In the film version the young lawyer was played by Keanu Reeves with Pacino playing his boss and Charlize Theron co-starring. The film, based on Andrew Neiderman’s novel of the same name, was directed by Taylor Hackford. It grossed $153 million dollars on a $57 million budget.

"The Devil’s Advocate" series is produced by WBTV and studio-based John Wells Prods. with Wells, Kopelson, and Andrew Stearn executive producing and Venne serving as a co-executive producer.

More as it comes!

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Rumor Mill Begins for Universal/Imagine's The Vampire Chronicles Films; Josh Boone in Talks to Direct?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:40

Well, that didn't take long. Less than two weeks after Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment acquired the rights to adapt author Anne Rice's entire The Vampire Chronicles series, a director is apparently in early talks for the first film.

Per The Wrap (who did post a disclaimer that Imagine told them the news is "completely untrue" but nonetheless stands by its story), The Fault in Our Stars' Josh Boone is the individual in question, and he's being eyed to both write and direct.

The new film won't be a remake of Interview with the Vampire but instead is expected to draw from the second and third books in Rice's series - The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned - and will likely be faithful to the source material. Hallelujah!

Boone is currently prepping his three-hour adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Stand for Warner Bros. and CBS Films. Casting on that should begin soon with his take on Lestat expected to follow The Stand.

When Universal Pictures acquired the rights to the Chronicles, they set Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer to produce along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Imagine Entertainment president Erica Huggins will oversee the project on behalf of the company while Bobby Cohen will executive produce. They will have access to the entire body of existing and future The Vampire Chronicles novels, including Christopher Rice's (Anne's son) adapted screenplay for The Tale of the Body Thief and her upcoming Prince Lestat, releasing in October.

Look for lots more soon!

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Gamescom: A Gory Introduction to Hellblade

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:43

A warrior woman sits in a circle of runes, locked in mediation. Her sword’s tip is planted in the ground. She grips the blade and watches the crimson flow down its broad edge. It appears to be a blood offering.

But then we see whom it's for. A corpse is slung in the air, its back skin splayed open and pulled tight. This was the world’s introduction to Hellblade during Sony’s press conference at Gamescom... a gore-filled “How do you do?” if you will.

Little is known about Hellblade so far, but it is made by Ninja Theory, the studio that created Heavenly Sword. There is already speculation that it is its spiritual successor. The title of game, Hellblade, does bare a striking similarity to the Heavenly Sword's word title.

No word was given on a release date, but Hellblade will be making its debut on the PS4 console.

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Which Movie Maniac Has the Highest Body Count? Find Out NOW!

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:31

For years a battle has raged amongst horror fans over who is the biggest and baddest movie maniac. Jason Voorhees? Freddy Krueger? Pinhead? Now, thanks to a nifty new graph from Film.com, you can find out for yourselves, despite one glaring omission!

Check out the chart below, which sees everyone's favorite mama's boy come out with the most impressive number. Know what's funny though? One movie maniac outshined all but one of those prestigious baddies on the graph when it comes to a kill count, AND he did it in just a single 77-minute movie.

I speak of course of Universal's 1933 classic The Invisible Man. Admittedly, he's not a conventional slasher, but when it comes to evil, he cannot be denied. You see, this under-appreciated loony, played by the wonderful Claude Rains as the title character also known as Dr. Jack Griffin, causes the death of 122 people (most of which come via train wreck) before he's done with his reign of madness and terror!

That definitely should bump Myers out of second place, and he simply destroyed Freddy, who came in third. But then again, he was invisible after all. Maybe he's on the chart... but we just can't see it!

Click on the image below for a much larger look.

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Image Checks into The Houses October Built

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 20:03

Some quick distro news is coming in late in the day as Variety is reporting that Image Entertainment has nabbed North American rights to The Houses October Built and plans to release the thriller simultaneously in theaters and on video-on-demand.

The Houses October Built was produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) and Zack Andrews, who also acts in the flick. Newcomer Bobby Roe directs.

It premieres in October in ten markets, including New York and Los Angeles.

The film centers on five friends who set off on a road trip to visit haunted house attractions, only to come face to face with something more blood-curdling than fake thrills.

More soon.

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Director David Hackl Unveils His Earthworks

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:56

War is hell, and Saw V director David Hackl is out to prove it's a lot more hellish than you may think with his latest film, Earthworks. There's just one small detail... he's looking to you to help fund a portion of it! Read on for details.

Earthworks is a WWII horror film that follows five American doughboys on their first night in the trenches of the Western Front as they experience the living (and dead) hell that is No Man’s Land. It is to be directed by Hackl and produced by UK outfit Bluebeard Pictures.

Earthworks exists in an isolated trench/No Man’s Land set and creates a sense of abandonment from the start... Five young American soldiers enter France, and on their first night at an Allied trench, everything goes wrong very quickly. Caught up in a beguiling fog, the young characters each come to different but understandable decisions. It is a tense and atmospheric story and the horror/psychological thriller genres are purposefully chosen to tell their stories as the genre elements of surprise, shock, terror, fear, and encroaching anxiety about the unseen all lend themselves to the story well. The film also features all the elements you would expect of a horror film.

Daryl Sabara of Spy Kids and Adam Butcher (Dog Pound) are attached to star.

Interested? Then click the link to visit the Earthworks Kickstarter page.

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The Babadook Scores a Scary New Trailer

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 19:48

Total Film just scored itself a brand spanking new trailer for the highly anticipated new fright flick The Babadook (review), and you can let it roll off of your tongue right here!

Look for the critically acclaimed spookshow on November 28th.

The Babadook will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on August 23rd at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Synopsis
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.




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