“Is this the end of zombie Shakespeare?” It would appear not, as John Murlowski’s comedy Zombie Hamlet makes its way onto DVD on December 31st. Written by John McKinney and with original music by Jackson Rathbone, whom you might remember from Twilight or, if you’re too ashamed to admit you knew that, the indie horror flick Dread.
The film stars Travis Wester, Jason Mewes, Shelley Long, Vanessa Lee Evigan, John Amos, and June Lockhart.
Zombie Hamlet tells the story of first-time film director, Osric Taylor (Travis Wester), as he finally manages to get his dream movie financed. He envisions Shakespeare's Hamlet set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War. Osric heads to a small Louisiana town to start filming when his production funding unexpectedly dries up. With no other options, he agrees to accept southern matron Hester Beauchamp's offer to finance his movie, as long as he throws some zombies into the film to attract a wider audience. When Hester suddenly dies mid-shoot, and with the local sheriff and ambitious news reporter Shine Reynolds (Shelley Long) hot on his trail, Osric is thrust into one precarious and hilarious situation after another in a desperate attempt to keep “Zombie Hamlet” alive.
Level 33 Entertainment is behind the exclusive DVD release, which will be made available on Amazon.com at an SRP of $14.99, and for rent at rental outlets (but not Blockbuster; indie all the way).
"The Strain" is picking up steam at the FX network, where it was granted a full season order of thirteen episodes and outfitted with a full writing staff to bring the series to fruition.
Deadline reports that FX's plan is to run "The Strain" from anywhere between 39-65 episodes. FX is obviously leaving some flexibility here based on how well the show performs, and also how well the premise adapts to television. That the network is so committed isn't surprising considering they landed the project in a bidding war. They clearly see the potential in such a story, which is good news for horror fans clamoring for more high quality genre entertainment.
Guillermo del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, who also co-authored novels with him. Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel"), who helped develop the adaptation, executive produces alongside del Toro and will serve as showrunner, overseeing the potential series with del Toro. Hogan and del Toro’s longtime manager/producing partner Gary Ungar also serve as exec producers of the project, produced by FX Prods. Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jack Kesy, Jonathan Hyde, John Hurt, Miguel Gomez, Corey Stoll, Robert Maillet, and Mia Maestro all star.
"The Strain" is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
Deadline has announced that Annabeth Gish has been cast in Mike Flanagan’s psychological thriller Somnia. Gish plays the case worker of a young orphaned boy whose dreams begin to manifest as real.
She joins Thomas Jane, Kate Bosworth, and Jacob Tremblay in the psychological thriller, which is produced by Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy alongside Demarest Film’s Sam Englebart and William D. Johnson. Flanagan co-wrote the film with Jeff Howard, who also co-wrote Flanagan’s Oculus.
The American Film Marker recently announced two films about sleep paralysis: Mara a narrative that sees a criminal psychologist investigating the murder of a man that ultimately reveals a mystery surrounding a demon that kills people while they sleep; and Nightmare, a documentary about the phenomenon from Room 237 director Rodney Ascher.
While Somnia doesn’t explicitly appear to be about sleep paralysis, the idea of nightmares coming to life while one sleeps appears to closely connected to ignore it entirely. It’s a largely untouched subject in horror (check out the superb Sublime for a movie that flirts with the idea in a relatively creepy way), so it’s always welcome to see films dealing with a very bizarre and terrifying, yet perfectly harmless, phenomenon.
Machete Kills is one of the biggest box office flops of the year, and even debuted with one of the worst opening weekends of all time. But maybe it will find its audience on home video, where people who hated the original (such as myself) might be compelled to give it a look.
We can confirm that Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is headed for Blu-ray and DVD on January 21, 2014 courtesy of Universal Studios. Fans can own an increasingly-standard Blu-ray combo pack that includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet digital copy of the action sequel. Those of you looking to own a digital-only copy may do so a few weeks earlier on January 7, 2014.
From the Press Release
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins.
Featuring Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious 6), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), Cuba Gooding Jr. (The Butler), and Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Machete Kills is one of the wildest save-the-world adventures ever captured on film.
The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD
There's no artwork to announce as of yet.
Remember John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13? The Collector's Edition Blu-ray is being released today, November 19, 2013, by Scream Factory and those cats over there are indulging us again with another contest!
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If you cannot wait, you can buy the John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 Collector's Edition Blu-ray directly from Scream Factory's website.
Delivering more terrifying perils and action suspense, John Carpenter’s acclaimed pre-Halloween thriller ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 all-new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ boasts a bounty of all-new special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and much more!
Isolated and cut off from the city inside a soon-to-be-closed L.A. police station, a group of police officers and convicts must join forces to defend themselves against the gang called Street Thunder, who have taken a blood oath to kill someone trapped inside the precinct.
From John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing and Prince Of Darkness), Assault On Precinct 13 combines the elements of a classic western and a modern thriller to create a riveting cult classic.
"The Walking Dead" continues to be a ratings giant for AMC, so it's unlikely that the network has thought twice about its decision to remove original showrunner Frank Darabont from the production. Darabont has moved on, however, and while promoting his upcoming series "Mob City," the little zombie show that could might've come up.
Variety sat down with the writer/director to discuss his upcoming noir thriller for the TNT network, and when the conversation inevitably turned to "The Walking Dead" and whether or not he still watches the zombie drama, Darabont had this to say.
“Oh god no, why would I,” he says. “If the woman you loved with all your heart left you for the Pilates instructor and just sent you an invitation to the wedding, would you go?”
“There’s a deep commitment and emotional investment that happens when you create something that is very near and dear to you, and when that is torn asunder by sociopaths who don’t give a shit about your feelings or the feelings of your cast and crew because they have their own reasons to screw everybody, that doesn’t feel good.”
I can't imagine it would. "Mob City" premiers December 4 on TNT. Here's to hoping that Frank has more luck with that show as it looks absolutely awesome.
In 2006, Dead Rising was the game that made me realize I needed an Xbox 360 console, and so I'm not surprised that Microsoft was sure to have the third installment ready for publication with the launch of their Xbox One. My body is ready.
There's not a whole heck of a lot left to say about Dead Rising 3 with its release date being a mere three days away. But you'll find the trailer below the game description and features.
Dead Rising 3 puts you in the zombie-ravaged city of Los Perdidos, California. Do you have what it takes to escape before a military strike wipes out the entire city? As mysterious mechanic Nick Ramos, you’ll rely on improvised weapons to battle off the hordes of undead while you explore the massive open world.
Set 10 years after the events of Fortune City in Dead Rising 2, players are introduced to Nick Ramos, a young mechanic with a strange tattoo and a mysterious past, who must find a way to escape a city full of zombies before an impending military strike wipes the city of Los Perdidos, and everyone in it, off the map. Nick can’t do it alone – he must join up with other survivors to stay alive. They must fight their way out before it’s too late.
With intense action and an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, Dead Rising 3 delivers a heart-pounding experience unlike any other as you explore, scavenge and fight to survive in a massive open world on the brink of a zombie apocalypse. Get ready for a new generation of zombie-slaying thrills.
• More zombies than ever before: Players will face overwhelming zombie hordes with tons of variation, detailed gore, and shared awareness
• All new city, massive open world: Explore the city of Los Perdidos while staying immersed in the action and stunning visuals
• Anything and everything is a weapon: Create your own tools of zombie destruction by creating hundreds of potential weapon combinations
• SmartGlass: Use your Xbox SmartGlass enabled device to gain access to exclusive missions, new weapons, and more
• Kinect: Kinect allows the zombie horde to hear beyond the screen and respond to noise in your living room, so go ahead and flip off the lights...if you dare
All New City, Massive Open World:
One of the largest cities in Southern California, Los Perdidos is a leading national center of business, culture, and the entertainment industry.
Featuring a massive and dynamic world, Dead Rising 3 represents a new benchmark for open-world gameplay. Powered by Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 lets you explore the city of Los Perdidos while staying immersed in the action and stunning visuals.
Two Screens, More Action:
Xbox SmartGlass offers a more connected Dead Rising 3 experience. Use your SmartGlass enabled device to connect to the Zombie Defense and Control network and gain access to exclusive missions, new weapons, powerful military support features, and more!
Sense the Danger:
With Kinect, the zombie horde can hear beyond the screen and respond to noises inside your living room.
Ultimate Zombie Sandbox:
The zombies of Los Perdidos are smarter and deadlier than ever. With intelligent AI and shared awareness, players will be forced to employ all of their cunning, combat skills, and creativity to stay alive.
In Dead Rising 3, players can create their tools of zombie destruction, enabling unique and unforgettable gameplay moments. The action is gorier than ever as players survive and strike back at their undead attackers in new and imaginative ways.
Vehicles not only help you navigate the world of Los Perdidos, they are a weapon against the zombie horde. But watch out – zombies will cling to your car and attack you while you’re driving.
Here's some super cool news regarding a book I read a few years back and really dug. Everyone's favorite Sawyer clan member, Bill Moseley, has signed on to play a lunatic called 'Skinny Man' in an upcoming adaptation of Ryan C. Thomas' The Summer I Died.
According to the press release, Riothouse Entertainment recently closed a deal to acquire the film rights to Ryan C. Thomas' novel The Summer I Died. Bill Moseley will play the villainous role of Skinny Man in this coming of age story about two friends who cross paths with the lunatic while trying to rescue a woman in desperate need of help.
The film version is to be directed by Eric Pereira (American Girls) from a screenplay penned by the book’s author Ryan. C. Thomas. Matthew Easton and David Lukan will handle producing duties.
I'm actually really grateful for this news because I had no idea that Thomas had written a sequel to the book. It's called Born to Bleed and was released in 2011. A third book is in the works and is slated to be released next summer.
I'll be loading the sequel onto my Kindle as soon as possible, and we'll keep you posted on this news as more becomes available. In the meantime, consider giving The Summer I Died a read. It's worth your time. The movie shoots in New Hampshire and Los Angeles in late February.
Time for an exclusive little look inside the upcoming flick Banshee Chapter (review)! Look for the flick on VOD on December 12, 2013, and in theaters on January 10, 2014.
XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. rights to writer/director Blair Erickson’s 3D horror-thriller BANSHEE CHAPTER starring Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs), Katia Winter (“Dexter”), and Michael McMillian (“True Blood”). The film was produced by Sunchaser Entertainment’s Stephanie Riggs, Before the Door’s Corey Moosa and Sean Akers, and Christian Arnold-Beutel. Zachary Quinto and Neal Dodson of Before the Door executive produced with Ben Samuels, Marcus Schoefer, and Gudrun Giddings.
BANSHEE CHAPTER centers on a female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the story is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA.
"Sleepy Hollow" has returned strong from its brief hiatus during the World Series with great episodes both last week and last night. Will next week's Episode 1.09, "Sanctuary," give us a triple? Check out this preview for a few clues of what happens when sleeping evils are awoken.
"Sleepy Hollow" Episode 1.09 - "Sanctuary" (airs 11/25/13)
When Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) investigate a missing persons case, the search leads to a Colonial-era house which holds secrets from Ichabod’s past... and unleashes a long-dormant evil.
David Morrissey has been making the rounds in the wake of this week's Governor-centric episode of "The Walking Dead." During a chat with Conan O'Brien he opened up about the show's shooting challenges, and what he thinks of AMC's "Mad Men" as a result.
It's unsurprising to hear, again, that "The Walking Dead" is produced under sweltering conditions in Atlanta, but I like hearing how a gig on this show changes the perspective of the actors, especially to how they view other AMC shows.
Morrissey tells Conan:
“This show has ruined ‘Mad Men’ for me. I used to love watching ‘Mad Men.’ But now I watch it and I think: ‘There you are in your air-conditioned studios and your nice suit, drinking — how can you pick your check up at the end of the week?’”
He also praises the show's unpredictable nature, suggesting that it's what separates "The Walking Dead" from other ensemble dramas.
“I like the fact that it’s a show that kills off its actors. It’s not like a ‘Star Trek’ show where you’ve got four guys beaming down and there’s guy you’ve never seen before and you think, ‘He’s not making it back to the Enterprise.’”
It's funny because that's exactly how this season has been. From Rick's walk in the woods with the crazy lady, the ill-fated house squatters and, of course, the whole slew of anonymous prison fodder.
But I get what he's saying.
We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Black Sabbath, Gwar, In This Moment, Andrew W.K., Ghost, August Burns Red, Reverend Horton Heat, Evergreen Terrace, Static-X, From First to Last and more. Don't touch that dial!
From First to Last have reunited and launched a Kickstarter to raise $25,000 in order to record a new EP.
Epitaph Records has signed I Killed the Prom Queen.
Check out my photos from New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio and H2O in Boston last week here.
Stream Ghost's new covers EP, If You Have Ghost, here. It was produced by Dave Grohl and features covers of Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers and Depeche Mode. It's out this week on Loma Vista Recordings.
Listen to a new Evergreen Terrace song titled "When You're Born In The Gutter, You End Up In The Port” here. Dead Horses comes out on December 10 via Rise Records.
Stream Polar Bear Club's new album, Death Chorus, here. It's out this week via Rise Records.
Gwar are the stars of a new cartoon called The Animated Tales of Gwar. It features a guest appearance by "Weird Al" Yankovic, and it’s definitely worth your time. Watch it here.
Watch August Burns Red's music video for "Provision" here. It's the latest single from Rescue & Restore, which is available now on SolidState Records.
Watch Reverend Horton Heat's music video for "Let Me Teach You How To Eat" here. It's the new single from the psychobilly rockers, coming via Victory Records.
Watch Defeater's music video for "Bastards" here. It's a short film themed around the concept of the band's latest album, Letters Home, which is out now on Bridge Nine Records.
Black Sabbath have announced 2014 tour dates. They include shows in New York and California along with Canada. Check here for details.
In This Moment have announced "The Hellpop II Tour" with Butcher Babies, Devour the Day and All Hail the Yeti. Dates are here.
Dates for Andrew W.K.'s "Party Hard Holiday Tour" can be found here.
This or the Apocalypse, Sworn In, Shai Hulud and Sirens & Sailors are touring together next year. Dates can be found here.
Wayne Static of Static-X’s December tour dates are here.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for the latest music news!
Renowned artist Matt Busch has not only created artwork for bands like Black Sabbath, Motely Crue and Alice Cooper, but he also has a project called Hollywood Is Dead wherein he recreates classic movie posters zombie style.
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Hollywood Is Dead will soon be a coffee table book.
Busch doesn't just amend existing posters; he actually recreates the iconic artwork from scratch and adds a touch of the undead to each, coming up with such titles as Breakfast Is Tiffany, Alice from Underland, Beauty and the Feast and Cadavatar. Busch is obviously a massively talented dude with an awesome sense of humor. And now all his work will be collected in one spot as the Kickstarter campaign to create a book of Busch's work was successfully funded after just 12 days.
Check out the successfully funded Hollywood Is Dead Kickstarter page for more info. There are stretch goals to be reached and still plenty of great rewards to be had.
From the Press Release
In just 12 days, artist Matt Busch has successfully crowd-funded the long-awaited coffee table art book Hollywood Is Dead. The hardcover book will feature the giant collection of zombified parody movie posters that Busch has illustrated over the past five years, dozens of which have never been revealed. The tome will also take a look at how the posters are created and feature a gallery of his other zombie-related works for properties like Night of the Living Dead and The Walking Dead. With more than half of the Kickstarter campaign ahead, Busch hopes to meet stretch goals, enabling him to make the book larger, adding more pages and additional features with collectors in mind.
The Hollywood Is Dead project began as a series of Star Wars movie poster images at the request of Lucasfilm, repainted by Busch into an alternate undead universe. With fandom hits like Zombie Wars: The Living Dead Strike Back, fans were eager to see the rest of the iconic cinema classics. The project soon gained attention on G4TV's "Attack of the Show" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" as Busch unveiled one new zombified poster after another. Fan favorites include Breakfast at Tiffany's (Breakfast Is Tiffany), Edward Scissorhands (Deadward Scissorhands) and Toy Story (Toy Gory).
Busch is already a well-known entertainment artist, having illustrated posters for properties like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Star Trek, and others. "The Hollywood Is Dead book is really my love letter to the movie poster as an art form," comments Busch. "The project has let me not only explore my childhood memories, but study my favorite cinema artists' masterpieces. But I'd be lying if I said the zombie aspect wasn't a guilty pleasure, too!" The idea of doing a crowd-funding campaign wasn't initially considered by Busch. In the last year he pitched the book to dozens of top publishers and literary agents, most of which wanted smaller, abbreviated or even censored versions of the book, pushing Busch to rethink his crowd-funding options.
With just over two weeks left to campaign, Busch is already gearing up to meet stretch goals. "I'm so happy that the book is happening, and am beyond thankful for the support," comments Busch. "The goal now is to raise more funds so I can make the book larger. Wider and especially taller pages will allow one to really see the detail I've put in to hand-painting each and every one of these." Further, Hollywood Is Dead is currently set at 192 pages, but Busch hopes to push that to 240, accommodating the plethora of zombie material he has to share. While the stats of the book improve, backers reap the benefits without having to raise their pledge.
Busch also assures that supporters of the Kickstarter campaign will get the book months before anyone else, and at a better price. In addition, the Kickstarter features exclusive reward packages, like signed/sketched books, original paintings and art prints not available anywhere else. The campaign for the Hollywood Is Dead art book expires on November 29th.
All of our enthusiasm for "The Tomorrow People" crashed landed with a thud last week when the dreaded "triangle" reared its ugly head. If you're still on board, however, here's a sneak peek of tomorrow night's Episode 1.07, "Limbo."
"The Tomorrow People" Episode 1.07 - "Limbo" (airs 11/20/13, 9-10pm)
NO MANS LAND — When Stephen (Robbie Amell) decides to have some fun with his newfound powers, Jedikiah (Mark Pellegrino) takes extreme measures to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
After John (Luke Mitchell) and Russell (Aaron Yoo) return from their trip, John feels a strange tension between himself and Cara (Peyton List). Stephen tries to handle a new and dangerous breakout on his own but finds himself in over his head and needing help from his fellow Tomorrow People.
Meanwhile, Stephen has a moment of clarity when it comes to his father and is more determined than ever to figure out what happened to him. Madeleine Mantock also stars.
Felix Alcala directed the episode written by Nicholas Wootton and Micah Schraft.
In 2009 FearNet launched “Fear Clinic,” a horror series starring Robert Englund as Dr. Andover, a fear doctor who induces hallucinations in patients dealing with crippling phobias using his “Fear Chamber.”
The series consisted of a mere five episodes, but now writer/director Robert Hall and writer Aaron Drane are bringing it to the big screen with a new crop of subjects, including Curse of Chucky's Fiona Dourif (pictured) and “Secret Circle” star Thomas Dekker.
Joining Englund, who will reprise his role as Dr. Andover, Dourif will play Sara Falls, a young woman who seeks the help of Dr. Andover after her phobias begin to reemerge. Dekker will play Blake Patton, a disabled man who survives a terrible tragedy and is subsequently brought to the clinic. Also cast is Cleopatra Coleman (Step Up: Revolution), who will play Sara’s best friend, Megan McAllister, who possesses a fear of spiders. Rounding out the cast will be Angelina Armani () and Kevin Gage (Heat).
Speaking of the film, Robert Hall said, “This is a whole different playing field. My new film has a much darker and surreal tone than the episodes, and I think fans will really appreciate the direction we’re going in.” Regarding the cast, he adds, “I’m terribly excited to get to collaborate with Fiona Dourif, who blows me away with her talent, and of course Thomas Dekker gets the best out of me when we’re on set and vice versa.”
The film opens with a tragedy that launches five people into the public eye. Dr. Andover is enlisted to lend his expertise to help them overcome trauma-induced phobias. A year later terrifying ‘aftershocks’ rattle the survivors, leading to them to find their way back to the fear clinic seeking answers. As they line up for another turn in the chamber, Dr. Andover believes that something more sinister may be at work.
Fear Clinic begins filming next month for a Halloween 2014 release.
Presented at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, Travis Romero's Treachery has been picked up for distribution and is headed home. Traverse Media acquired the film and will be releasing it here in the States in early 2014. Refresh your memory with full details and the trailer!
The cast includes the amazing talents of Michael Biehn, Sarah Butler (I Spit On Your Grave), Caitlin Keats (Kill Bill 2), Matthew Ziff (Among Friends), Chris Meyer (Kiss of The Damned), and Richard Gunn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, who played Sketchy and Kendra on James Cameron's "Dark Angel".
The film captures the controversy between Henry and his estranged son, Nathan. Reunited at a friend’s small wedding party in a remote cabin, Henry and Nathan have their usual awkward interactions. Nathan, accompanied by his girlfriend Cecilia, seeks his father's approval. Cecilia's presence only adds to Henry's discomfort, forcing him to want to leave, but a storm hits, trapping them in the cabin and headed for the worst along with the rest of the group. None of them really realize what is truly in store.
Horror films dealing with the paranormal are all the rage at the moment, and they're showing no signs of slowing down. This time, however, the paranormal activity is set in the future!
As reported by Screen Daily, principal photography has begun today on a paranormal thriller called Residue, which will be the feature debut of Alex Garcia. The film follows the lives of eight characters caught up in the aftermath of a freak explosion at the heart of a sprawling, futuristic city.
The cast includes Natalia Tena (pictured; Harry Potter, "Game of Thrones"), Iwan Rheon ("Game of Thrones"), Jamie Draven (Badland), Danny Webb (Alien 3), Brian Ferguson (Taggart), Eleanor Matsuura ("Utopia"), Franz Drameh (Attack the Block) and Adrian Schiller (Brighton Rock).
Creator and writer John Harrison (Tales from the Dark Side) will executive produce with Matador’s Nigel Thomas.
Renowned photojournalist Jennifer Preston is investigating the aftermath of a freak explosion of unknown origin at the center of her hedonistic city. Known simply as ‘the Catastrophe’, this shocking tragedy has left behind a festering wound on the city’s psyche: a several square mile Quarantine Zone (known as the QZ) of evacuated buildings and abandoned streets. Nobody in, nobody out!
With unexplained and increasingly bizarre acts of violence happening across the city, Jennifer begins to see strange ephemeral phantoms in her photographs. She soon becomes obsessed with the idea that a paranormal phenomenon has been unleashed. Jennifer’s investigations become a race against time to uncover the truth before her career, and eventually her own life, are in danger.
Time and money and a cast prevented me from making my own ABCs of Death 2 short (called “M is for Money”), but it didn’t stop hundreds of others from submitting their take on the letter “M” to the horror anthology produced by Ant Timpson, Tim League, and Magnet Releasing.
After combing through all the submissions, twelve finalists have finally been selected.
The competition’s twelve finalists, half of which were chosen via public vote and half by jury selection, are Dante Vescio and Rodrigo Gasparini’s “M is for Mailbox”, Summer Johnson’s “M is for Make Believe”, Steve Daniels’ “M is for Marauder”, Robert Boocheck’s “M is for Masticate”, Sean Tretta’s “M is for Matchmaker”, Wolfgang Matzl’s “M is for Meat”, BC Glassberg’s “M is for Mind Meld”, Álvaro Núñez’s “M is for Miracle”, Antonio Padovan’s “M is for Misdirection”, Mia'Kate Russell’s “M is for Muff”, Santi González’s “M is for Multiverse Apathy”, and Jason Koch and Clint Kelly’s “M is for Munging.”
541 films were submitted from over 40 countries, so to be counted among the final twelve must be an honor indeed. Along with Timpson and League, the jury consisted of Associate Producer Ted Geoghegan, Magnolia Pictures’ Matt Cowal, Entertainment Weekly Senior Writer Clark Collis, Horror-Movie-A-Day founder and Badass Digest contributor Brian Collins, author Grady Hendrix, and Fangoria Magazine Managing Editor Michael Gingold.
But it’s not over yet! The twelve finalists will be voted upon by the ABCs of Death 2's other attached directors, which include:
Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Goya Award winner Álex de la Iglesia (THE LAST CIRCUS, WITCHING AND BITCHING); Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (BIG BAD WOLVES, RABIES); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; ROOM 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE); Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES); SPLICE and CUBE’s Vincenzo Natali; indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT); THE STATION’s Marvin Kren; Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM); Canada’s king of lo-fi, Steven Kostanski (MANBORG); Cuba’s Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD); acclaimed UK commercial director Jim Hosking; Japanese monster-maker Hajime Ohata (HENGE); Canadian short film wizard Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS); France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID); E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit CHEAP THRILLS); twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK); A LONELY PLACE TO DIE’s Julian Gilbey; Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY); the founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen; THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM and the upcoming STAGEFRIGHT’s Jerome Sable; and animator Robert Morgan – creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short BOBBY YEAH.
The winner will join the ranks of Lee Hardcastle, whose short film “T is for Toilet” won last year’s competition. “Being a part of the original ABCs OF DEATH was the proudest and most important moment of my life,” says Hardcastle, whose innovative stop-motion entry won the first film’s ‘Search for the 26th Director.’ “Winning the competition was a dream come true and got my video in front of all the right people. I’ve since become great friends with many of the ABCs crew and even collaborated with some of them on my own personal projects.”
Magnet will release the film in 2014. The twelve finalist films can all be viewed here. On December 15th, all twelve finalists will have their shorts screened for free at select Alamo Drathouse locations. Following the screening, Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League will announce the winner, who will get a $5,000 cash prize and have his/her segment included in the final cut of the film.
Frankenstein is all the rage these days (Frankenstein’s Army; I, Frankenstein; et al), but thanks to the tireless stalwarts working behind the scenes, the classics will not stay dead.
In this case it’s the 1967 cult Hammer film Frankenstein Created Woman, which will be released by Millennium Entertainment in fancy schmancy high-definition on January 28th.
Starring Peter Cushing, Susan Denberg, and Thorley Walters, the Terence Fisher-directed film will be the first time we horror nuts in the States will be able to enjoy the film on Blu-ray. Included on the Blu-ray will be a multitude of special features, including a brand new documentary called “Hammer Glamour” and the trailer for the film, among others.
In Frankenstein Created Woman, a tormented girl (Susan Denberg) drowns herself after her lover is framed for her father’s murder and guillotined. Baron Frankenstein (Peter Cushing), experimenting with the transfer of souls, places her lover’s soul into her body, bringing Christina back to life. With no memories of her past life, she becomes driven by a ghostly revenge and carries out a violent retribution on those responsible for both deaths.
This year marks the ten-year anniversary of the original release of Park Chan-wook's Oldboy, one of my personal favorite movies of all time. A true masterpiece in every sense of the word.
Oldboy gets the remake treatment on November 27th courtesy of Spike Lee, but those in South Korea will be able to experience the original back on the big screen one week prior.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, the original Oldboy has been remastered and will be released across South Korean theaters on November 21st. The film's visuals have been revamped with color correction and elimination of scratches and dust. The editing and audios remain the same. "It's very old as it was made during the analog age," said the director. "I’ve wanted to make a digital version for a long time."
I don't know about you, but I'm thinking I'd rather travel to South Korea and watch the original than sit down at my local theater and watch the remake!