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Exclusive Film Blog - Week 1 with Spirt World Films' Creature Feature

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 13:00

With regard to Spirit World Films' Creature Feature, Dread Central will be bringing you exclusive on-the-set coverage from Atlanta. This is SWF’s fifth feature in less than three years, their last two films, Realm of Souls and Buried Cain, having both been picked up for global distribution.

Spirit World is the brainchild of three talented indie trendsetters: Chase Smith, Lance Paul and Edward Boss. These Southerners are turning the game upside down on what the true meaning of indie global films are.

With films budgeted at less than 20k, their combined multi “hat-wearing” skills are proving that you don’t need a giant budget nor a Hollywood soundstage to create cult classics.

Over the next four weeks Spirit World will be giving us a glimpse of what goes into making movies on the fly, including exclusive first looks at the monsters soon to be taking over your theaters. Creature Feature is comprised of four short vignettes and one overall story that connects them all, similar to classics such as Creepshow and Trick 'r Treat.

Do clowns scare you? Have you ever looked at a scarecrow and wondered, "What if?" Are zombies or naked witches your thing? Or what about a good ole classic such as a werewolf? Have you ever heard of Gentleman “Springed Heel” Jack? If not, you will come October 2015!

The Creation of the Creature Feature

Coming out of their last drama, Buried Cain, the boys were wanting to get back to their roots and film another horror film. When they approach a new story they always pull from what scares them or what moves them to theaters for their favorite genre, Horror. Creature Feature is the love child of Lance and Chase after wetting themselves in The Conjuring last October and the three of them watching Trick 'r Treat only about 100 times. They wanted to create something that paid respect to not only the vignette way of telling a creepy story but also to the monster movies of there drive-in past. They also wanted to leave their own mark on the monsters living in our imaginations. That’s why when you see the zombie or the werewolf he won’t be your usual walking dead or howl at the moon regular.

Having such a great reverence and nostalgia for old monster movies and slasher films that I grew up on, I wanted to create something that would not only bring back those great memories for myself but also conjure up those same feelings inside the viewer of how it felt to watch those movies for the first time -without your parents knowing of course -while also taking it in a new direction for the younger generation...” Chase Smith (Writer, Director, Creator)

Once they had their idea planned they then went about the approach of figuring out how to make their creation stand alone and set a milestone. One thing about indie film making is that no matter the size of your crew you will always end up wearing many hats. Luckily for Spirit World, Partner Lance Paul had worked as a comic book/storyboard artist when he first came out to Hollywood. Adding this to the feature in their eyes just seemed like it should have always been there. I mean even the best horror movies have their roots in the Penny Dreadfuls of the early 1920’s and Marvel/DC’s Creep and Monster comics of the 50’s. Using the comic approach during editing and through scenes also added something to the feel of their budget (which all indie film makers want) but also allowed them to create amazing effects and save money.

“Everyone has seen a monster change.... But have they seen him start as live action human then change over the page of a comic and then freeze-frame back as the live action monster...” Lance Paul (Monster concept designer, Actor, Creator)

It also allowed them to add to the Creature Feature brand. By combining the same art panels and comic book covers from the movie, this allowed them to create a tag along graphic novel coming out later next year also. Which is something else your usual indie horror movie doesn’t consider.

The Clown

Adding the killer clown to their vignettes was a given from day one. Growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s as child horror fans meant being introduced to such horror (and maybe a bit cheesy) classics like puppeteer turned director Stephen Chiodo’s Killer Clowns from Outer Space or Stephen Kings’ Penny Wise in IT. Both Chase and Lance wanted to take that same effect those clowns had on them as children but bring a more realistic and terrifying approach to modern filmgoers.

No one knows this more than the poor babysitter in the start of Creature Feature just trying to make a few dollars and hook up with her boyfriend one fateful Halloween night. Unfortunately for her, she takes the wrong job watching some kids with clown issues. Through out the night she is dealing with two little girls, horror movie fans themselves, crying about creepy clown nightmares. Of course the babysitter chalks it down to their father’s weird obsession with clown statues, but is that all it is?

Early in the process of development Chase and Lance got together to take a little from all of their favorite clowns and then add their own take on it. While researching clown makeup for the initial concept designs, Lance used a lot of the early clown designs from the 50’s. Especially an old black and white cereal commercial that featured a creepy clown promoting sugary cereal, just what should be selling it. Using the concepts and then meeting with their talented SFX makeup artist/Fabricator Alex-Michael Petty ("The Walking Dead") they were really able to bring their demented clown to life. Through this short vignette you will be able to see two forms of the clown, one as the sad “lifelike” clown statue and as he turns into full Creature Clown.

Playing the role took some casting effort on their part. Finding an actor willing to go through two different makeup visual effect processes plus find one with the talent to really pull off the role was daunting for them.

Some of the best acting you will see, are the actors that convey through facial emotions not words...” Lance Paul

Luckily Atlanta is full of a wealth of talent and they were able to find a convincing actor in the form of Michael Steigler. Once Creature Feature is released I’m sure Michael’s clown will be added to some of the creepiest Clowns to scare on the silver screen. Enjoy these first glimpses of the talent coming out of Atlanta with Spirit World Films. Stay tuned for next week as we get a glimpse into the Zombie and more in-depth expo on behind the camera true indie horror style!

For behind-the-scenes pictures by Producer and Creator Lance Paul, visit Lance Paul on Instagram, also "like" Creature Feature on Facebook, and follow Spirit World Films on Twitter.

Chase Smith directs. Libby Blanton, Tenille Houston, Stacia Hitt, Lance Paul, Stephanie Davis, and Jason Vail star.

Synopsis:
Creature Feature is comprised of five interwoven tales of terror that occur one foggy Halloween night in Georgia. A babysitter learns a new appreciation for fine art and a hard lesson about the consequences of being irresponsible... and naughty! A group of college kids stumble on the mother of all scarecrows. Two teenagers are forced to steal from the wrong cantankerous old hermit who has been known to occasionally howl at the moon. A murdered father comes back for vengeance against his gold-digging wife and traitorous children. All of this Halloween fun is made possible by a London gentleman known only as... "Jack."

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Horror Game Classic Night Trap May Be Getting a Remake

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:30

There is a way to guarantee the success of anything that waves the horror flag... One simple word... “banned.” In 1992 this seal of disapproval led me, and countless other horror junkies, running to the video store to snag a copy of Night Trap, which is still fully available in Canada.

The former minds behind Night Trap are hoping to send us back into its world of depravity, as far as 1992 standards go, by initiating a Kickstarter campaign to re-master Night Trap. So far the project has garnered $7,339 of its $330,000 goal.

IGN reported that the high-definition elements of the game have already been transferred. The game was shot on 35mm film so it must simply be transitioned to a modern format, rather than be subject to extensive upscaling.

Night Trap is an interactive movie that follows a group of teens set for a weekend of fun in an isolated house. The player must protect them by watching over said house, through a series of security cameras, to save the teens from the game’s countless, “blood sucking creatures.” How do you do that? By utilizing the many traps at your disposal.

Should Night Trap reach its financial goal, it would be released on PC, Mac, Xbox and PlayStation. No word was given as to which Xbox and PlayStation consoles, however.

You can donate to Night Trap’s Kickstarter campaign here.




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Exclusive: Writer Jeff Buhler Talks Remakes of The Grudge, Jacob's Ladder, and More on Pet Sematary

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:00

We caught up last week with writer Jeff Buhler, who provided us with updates on his scripted remakes of The Grudge, Jacob’s Ladder, and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Pet Sematary reboot for Paramount.

Buhler, who is known to genre audiences for scripting 2008’s Clive Barker-inspired Midnight Meat Train and writing and directing that year’s feature Insanitarium, said of the script he penned of the remake of the 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder for LD Entertainment with director James Foley attached to helm, “The script has been finished for some time.”

“Foley’s enthusiasm is very high, and he’s coming to this project with a lot of ideas,” he expounded.

“From what I understand, when he was up for this job, he basically told [executive producer] Mickey Lidell that if they hired a different director, he would murder them. That’s the level of enthusiasm we are talking about.”

As for casting, “They are going after A-list names at present, and I think that there will be casting news imminently. They are pushing really hard to make it a really solid project.”

Regarding Ghost House Pictures’ re-launch of The Grudge series, the new film will be produced by Sam Raimi along with Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise. Roy Lee, Doug Davison, Joe Drake, and Nathan Kahane executive produce.

Of the status of both films, Buhler stated, “Both projects are looking very promising for a 2015 start. These things change on a dime, but there's a lot of momentum with both titles."

Buhler then stated with a chuckle, “I’m ‘remake guy’.”

“It’s funny because I never really thought of this as either a career strategy or as an artistic strategy, but what’s emerging having worked on The Grudge, Jacob’s Ladder, and now just starting Pet Sematary is that my approach is to respect the original but to find something original and fresh within that world; allow the project to evolve a little bit; and update the characters to a place where it fits into a new world where we understand it, identify with it, and it’s effective,” he said.

“It’s not like you are erasing the originals from the pantheon of horror films [by making a remake],” continued Buhler. “I understand that [as fans] we all feel a sense of ownership of the movies that we love so when someone comes in and starts tinkering with that stuff, it feels like you are being violated, but I ask the fans of the genre to sit back and relax until the movies come out, and check them out, to see if there’s something new in there that inspires you and that brings a new experience to watching that story. I honestly feel that with all three of these projects we’ll bring something to fans that they weren’t expecting and that they’ll find exciting and that they won’t feel that the original films have been exploited in any way.”

“Look, I feel the same way, and when I get a phone call that’s, ‘Hey, we are doing this remake,’ my initial reaction is, ‘Oh shit, really?’ But if there’s a way to tell that story through some modern context in today’s world and I can find that thing that clicks in that way, then I know in my heart it’s going to be fine.”

For more on the Pet Sematary remake, see our previous interview with Buhler here.

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Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Invades the Suburbs in New DLC

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:30

There’s something so off-putting about the suburbs. The freshly mown grass, the flower beds, and oh yeah, zombies! The setting for some of David Lynch’s finest work is no longer hiding a dark secret; it has full-on Plants vs. Zombies warfare on display for all to see...

And it's in the form of the new Suburbination DLC. Best of all, it’s free.

The game's developers released a new trailer highlighting the features of the new chloroform vs. undead battle. Creative director Justin Wiebe explains the DLC’s map, entitled Crash Course, is “a dessert style suburbia on one side of the map and a golf course on the other side.” With a zombie horde crash landing right in the middle.

The Suburbination game mode will break down into teams battling for control of three areas of the map to attain a state of “suburbination.” Once the state is achieved, players will start earning a sizable amount of coins. Suburbination will also feature the fan-created Plasma Pea Shooter, a cosmic blue version of the game’s Pea Shooter character.

With each version of the game there must also be a new boss. Gamers who find themselves inside Suburbination will come face to morbid face with the master vampire, Baron Von Bats, a tricky Victorian vampire who utilizes dodge and warping techniques to vanquish any who oppose him. The DLC also features the Bling Pack, which offers shiny customization options to add to your horticultural heroes. Finally, the time of diamond mustaches has arrived.

No word has been given on a release date for the DLC, but Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is available now for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 and is arriving on both PlayStation consoles August 19th.

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Cherie Priest's The Borden Dispatches Kick Off with the Lovecraftian Maplecroft

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:00

Heading our way September 2nd is Maplecroft, the first book in the new "The Borden Dispatches" series from award-winning author Cherie Priest. It offers an inventive and daring take on the story of Lizzie Borden.

Maplecroft casts the infamous axe swinger not as a murderer, but as a hero struggling to save the world from an evil that lives in the ocean depths off the shores of Massachusetts. Think Lizzie Borden with elements from H.P. Lovecraft... how can you go wrong?

Priest made a name for herself in 2009 with Boneshaker, an ingenious mix of alternate history and zombie fiction that heralded the rebirth of steampunk. Hammer acquired the rights back in November 2011, but there hasn't been an update since the initial announcement. We'll keep our eyes open for more on that as well as future "Dispatches."

Synopsis:
"Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one..."

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny. But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.

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The Hungry Horde Brings Zombie Goodness to PS Vita

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 10:00

During E3 2014 PlayStation reps said that a lot of the fan mail they receive is to request one thing: more zombies. Well, PlayStation responded, and the PS4 will receive two zombie games in 2015. And that’s just the ones that have already been announced.

But now the PS Vita is getting in on the act as The Hungry Horde was just announced for the handheld device. What makes The Hungry Horde so different from other zombie games is gamers will get a chance to be the zombies.

Players will “lead a horde of zombies on a manic mission to expand the ranks of the undead and destroy humanity.”

Little is known of the gameplay, but it appears your main goal is to chase down fresh humans to turn into zombies and expand your horde. To break up the action, the trailer does promise “seriously addictive mini-games,” providing a bit of variety to your time as the undead.

The Hungry Horde also offers customization options so you can select how your undead army will look before you unleash the zombie virus on their healthy, human flesh.

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UK's Celluloid Screams Announces Opening Film - The Editor

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 06:30

For another year, Sheffield's Showroom Cinema will play host to the horror jamboree that is Celluloid Screams from October 24 to 26. Now we have word on the festival's opening film, which is... *drum roll* – Astron-6's hotly anticipated The Editor!

From the Press Release
Celluloid Screams is pleased to announce the opening film of the festival’s 2014 edition will be ‘The Editor’, the highly anticipated new film from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6. The makers of ‘Father’s Day’ and ‘Manborg’ return with their own unique take on the Italian giallo, starring genre icons Udo Kier, Lawrence Harvey and Tristan Risk, which will officially open Celluloid Screams 2014 on Friday 24th October.

Astron-6 co-founders Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy and Conor Sweeney will attend the festival as special guests to present ‘The Editor’ and also a retrospective screening of Astron-6 short films, both of which will be followed by Q&As.

Celluloid Screams Festival Director Robert Nevitt said: “Anyone who has attended Celluloid Screams in the past will know that we have an ongoing obsession with Astron-6, and we’re extremely pleased to be opening our 2014 edition with their most ambitious film to date. As if this wasn’t exciting enough, we’re thrilled to be welcoming Adam, Matt and Conor in person to the festival to showcase their extraordinary body of work.”

Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival returns to Showroom Cinema for its sixth edition from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 October 2014, with a weekend packed full of premieres, previews, special guests and more. After a successful debut in 2013, the Celluloid Screams All-nighter returns this year on Saturday 25th October, this time with four slabs of sci-fi horror goodness. Full details of this and the rest of our exciting 2014 programme will be announced on Friday 5th September, when festival weekend passes and tickets go on sale.

You can keep an eye out for the full programme details and ticket purchasing links at the Celluloid Screams website. Don't forget to follow @Sheffhorrorfest on Twitter and check them out at the official Celluloid Screams Facebook page also!

The Editor Synopsis
A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.

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Rest in Peace Robin Williams

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 19:45

Shocking news is coming out of California today as legendary comedian Robin Williams has passed on at the age of 63. A pop culture icon in every conceivable way, Williams will forever be remembered for the millions of laughs he brought to the world... but there were a couple of screams as well.

In addition to his comedic stylings Williams never starred in a true horror movie, but he did flirt with the genre for sure in movies like Dead Again, Insomnia, and One Hour Photo that latter of which was absolutely chilling.

Suicide is suspected but as of yet unconfirmed.

Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late," his publicist said in a statement. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

Williams was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor three times and took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 1997’s Good Will Hunting.

At this time we here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Robin's friends, family, and constituents. Thank you for all of the laughs and smiles you've given the world, Robin. It's a true shame that the world couldn't do the same for you. Hopefully now you have found peace. God bless you.

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Gamescom: Kano's Back in Mortal Kombat X

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 17:49

The cybernetic super criminal is back and in Mortal Kombat X, and he’s deadlier than ever. A brand new reveal trailer just surfaced one day ahead of Gamescom, and it brings fans an old school favorite. Kano is back.

The trailer shows Nether Realm’s new re-imagining of Kano in a fist-on-fist banquet of brutality with one of the game’s new characters, D’vorah, and this latest sneak peek gives gamers a brief glimpse into Kano’s three fighting styles:

- With "Cutthroat" Kano uses his cybernetic heart to power massive attacks with two blades fat enough to give Jason knife envy.
- "Cybernetic" style lets Kano use his eye-mounted laser and toss grenades, allowing him to control the fight from a distance.
- "Commando" style allows Kano to utilize his Judo background by focusing on grappling and grounding opponents.

It all ends with a sneak peek of Kano's face-melting new fatality.

Mortal Kombat X's release date has not been announced yet, but with Gamescom starting tomorrow, that may change very quickly.

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Brutalize the Undead in the New Dead Island 2 Trailer

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:58

Morningstars, sledgehammers, chainsaws, and machetes... lots of machetes. The new gameplay trailer for Dead Island 2 showcases the raw brutality of unabashed hate crimes against the undead, delivered in a visceral style that only the Dead Island series can deliver.

Blood... man, that shit gets everywhere! And I mean everywhere. Every cut in this trailer reveals a fresh zombie getting stabbed, slashed, shot, bludgeoned, and stabbed again. Based on this trailer, gamers can expect to be slipping on blood and giggling with delight after a session with Dead Island 2.

Dead Island has always provided players with a hero’s arsenal of implements of sheer chaos, and today’s trailer really gave gamers some fun new toys to look forward to. It’s like a gore-filled Christmas morning. Forget church; there are zombies to decapitate!

Speaking of weapons, the trailer also promises three pre-order bonuses, all of which are in-game weapons that look like slaughter powerhouses: the katana, the classic sword; the home strike, a chain-covered mace; and the grinder, which looks like a weed hacker with engine blades.

No specific release date was given, but the trailer reveals that Dead Island 2 has a tentative release window of spring 2015.




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Gamescom: Sony's New Horror Teaser May Hint at Virtual Reality

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:53

Ice cracks, blood splats on the window, behind it a decrepit man swings a blade. Just one day before its Gamescom press conference, Sony has released a final teaser trailer.

While in the previous teasers horror was implied, today Sony flat out says, “Watch Horror Reinvented on PS4.”

With this third trailer, it appears increasingly likely that the game Sony is teasing is the slasher movie inspired Until Dawn. But there is a broader implication...

By claiming to "reinvent" horror, they may be hinting at an all-new platform for experiencing the genre. And that platform may very well be through virtual reality on Sony’s Project Morpheus. Sony may not only be announcing a fresh offering of terror, Gamescom may be the place that Sony officially unveils the much hyped virtual reality device and finally gives gamers a release date on Project Morpheus.

For those who have not decided on which next-gen system to buy, virtual reality may very well steer a large chunk of the fence sitters in Sony’s direction.







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Ed Harris Gets Villainous in Westworld

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:36

The casting news keeps rolling in for HBO's upcoming "Westworld" adaptation as Ed Harris has joined the huge cast to play The Man in Black, described as the distillation of pure villainy into one man. Oh. Hell. Yeah.

Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, the project, which hails from JJ Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films, is billed as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin."

Harris joins the previously announced James Marsden, Eddie Rouse, Demetrius Grosse, Kyle Bornheimer, Currie Graham, Lena Georgas, Steven Ogg, Timothy Lee DePriest, Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro, Shannon Woodward, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Angela Sarafyan, and Simon Quarterman.

Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. "Person of Interest's" Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-EP, and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-EP and line producer with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer.

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TIFF 2014: The Time Has Come for a New REC 4 Poster

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:20

Playing as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness programme is [REC] 4: Apocalypse, and right now we have a brand new bit of artwork to share with ya! Dig it!

[REC] 4: Apocalypse - Jaume Balagueró, Spain - World Premiere
Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus?

Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.

Tickets to screenings for the Midnight Madness programme will be available for individual purchase as well as through the Midnight Madness Pack, which includes all screenings for $180, or $115 for students and seniors. Purchase Festival ticket packages online 24 hours a day at tiff.net, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or visit the Gupta Box Office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, until August 20 while quantities last.

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The Guest Gets a Poster in the UK

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:16

On tap right now we have the first official UK quad poster for Adam Wingard's next film, The Guest. Kinda reminds us of the artwork for The Raid 2. Check it out, and look for more on this flick soon!

You’re Next, V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and A Horrible Way to Die's Adam Wingard directs from a script by Simon Barrett while Keith Calder and Jessica Wu produce for Snoot Entertainment.

The Guest stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick.

Synopsis
A young soldier arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Petersons welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter, Anna, starts wondering if David is responsible.




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Filming Begins on Adrian Garcia Bogliano's Scherzo Diabolico

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:05

Though he's been making films since 1998, Adrian Garcia Bogliano has really burst onto the radars of horror fans in the last few years, directing films like Here Comes the Devil and Late Phases.

Up next, the Spanish filmmaker directs Scherzo Diabolico, which has just begun principal photography. Read on for all the info, and to check out the first still!

From the Press Release
Mexican based Salto de Fe Films is excited to announce that principal photography on Adrián García Bogliano's latest film, Scherzo Diabolico, has started in Mexico City. The film stars Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are, Here Comes the Devil), rising actress Daniela Soto Vell, and Cuban cult actor-director Jorge Molina (Juan of the Dead).

Shooting is under way and will take place on locations in Mexico City and its surrounding areas. Scherzo Diabolico is a co-production from Bogliano's Salto de Fe Films, US-based F, and Mexico-based Mr Blue, rABYa Producciones, and Morbido Films. Adrián García Bogliano is the creator of the international horror sensation Here Comes the Devil and the upcoming Late Phases.

Scherzo Diabolico is Bogliano's eleventh film and his second feature in Mexico after Here Comes the Devil. In addition to the recent Penumbra, Cold Sweat, and The ABCs of Death, Garcia Bogliano's many films include such independent genre achievements as Rooms for Tourists, 36 Steps, and I'll Never Die Alone.

Scherzo Diabolico brings Bogliano back from the supernatural realm to a wild black comedy about a bored and frustrated accountant who decides to kidnap a teenage girl who will become his worst nightmare.

Scherzo Diabolico is produced by Garcia Bogliano's longtime partner Andrea Quiroz Hernández and Carlos Melendez. Joshua Sobel, from the acclaimed Philippine movie Graceland, is executive producer of the film. Alex Bergman, Vince Cupone, and Mario Kenyon are co-executive producers. Fons PR will serve as a sponsor for Scherzo Diabolico with co-founder Brandy Fons serving as a co-executive producer for the film.

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At the Devil's Door Director Almost Remade French Film Livide

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:54

Though Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's 2011 film Livide (review) hasn't yet been released here in the States, an American remake is nevertheless in some form of development.

Over the weekend The Pact director Nicholas McCarthy made the surprising revelation that he was recently attached to direct. In an interview with Complex about his latest film, At the Devil's Door, now available through VOD outlets, the filmmaker opened up about his planned third feature, expressing that he's a big time fan of Livide and was very excited about the possibility of being at the helm for the remake.

"It was never announced that I was attached to it, but I was sure that it was going to be my third feature," revealed McCarthy. "That was the movie, though, where I realized that you can never be sure about anything."

"I’m learning that all of those cliches are true. The remake had a couple of really good producers and it was written by a guy named David Burke, who’s the guy who wrote 13 Sins, which also premiered at SXSW this year. He’s a genius and kind of took Julien and Alexandre’s movie and made some kind of sense of it but didn’t homogenize it in any way. I guess one of the reasons why I was so excited about it was that I’ve always wanted to do a vampire movie, and this was one that had a really insane third act twist."

So what went wrong? "We thought it was all set to go, but then, you know, everything fell through," McCarthy noted. "I’d still love to do it, but now I’m not formally attached to it anymore, which just means that that piece of paper has expired."

It's been awhile since we've heard anything official about the Livide remake so there's no way of knowing at the moment if another filmmaker has been brought on board or if the project is temporarily dead in the water.

How about we work on releasing the original film first and then worry about a remake?!

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Peter Stormare Gets a Welcome to Purgatory

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:42

Around these parts we love us some Peter Stormare. This guy can do creepy and evil with THE BEST of 'em so it only makes sense that he join the ever-growing cast of the new flick from Scott Spiegel (Evil Dead) entitled Welcome to Purgatory. Read on for the latest.

Cupsogue Pictures announced today that Stormare will be playing Lucius, one of the main antagonists in the flick. He joins the previously announced Bruce Campbell, Stephen Marcus, and James Buckley for the feature, which is set to take us deep into the bowels of Hell.

Though Campbell's role hasn't yet been revealed, Buckley will play Luke, a petty thief who doesn’t have much luck, even in the Afterlife. Along with his partner-in-crime, Charlie (Marcus), they try to make the best of every bad situation in Purgatory but with little success.

Directed by Gene Fallaize, the film also stars Jillian Murray, Nathan Jones, Jack O’Halloran, Tony Cook, and Tory Kittles.

Cook and Fallaize are producing the film, which was written by Cook and Marcus Ako, for Cupsogue Pictures. Filming is due to commence on Welcome to Purgatory at Pinewood Studios ahead of a theatrical release in 2015.

According to the IMDb, a sequel, Welcome to Purgatory II: The Journey to Hell, is already planned with Fallaize back at the helm.

Synopsis
Welcome to Purgatory follows three new arrivals – Willis, Taylor (Cook), and Danni (Murray) – as they navigate this fresh vision of the Afterlife, helped along the way by trusty Guardian Paul. They find the afterlife in ruins amidst a growing war between Good and Evil. All the rules of the Afterlife have been broken, and they must find a way to make things right before Heaven is ruined for the rest of time.

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A Clear Look at Halloween 6 The Producer's Cut from the Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray Set; NEW Features Added!

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:18

For many years the producer's cut of Halloween 6 has been the holy grail of the Halloween franchise. That's about to change.

Scream Factory/Anchor Bay's release of Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set is finally giving the movie back to fans.

While the finishing touches are being made as of this writing, the powers-that-be are still(!) adding new bonus features and supplemental materials to the release.

Also, as a small taste of what to expect, see the comparison photos below from a previously unauthorized VHS release of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and a screengrab from the all-new high-definition master from the Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Producers’ Cut Blu-ray, available for the first time on September 23rd!

Below you'll also find updated special feature and tech specs. The new additions are noted.

Halloween Box Set Release Details
Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory proudly announce the bonus features and technical specifications for the September 23rd HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray™ set. This new set boasts a wealth of NEW bonus features including 7 brand NEW featurettes, 3 brand NEW commentaries, 4 brand NEW interviews – with many of the participants sharing their thoughts about the franchise for the first time -- and NEW transfers and audio specs on selected titles.

Disc 1 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)

Bonus Features:

  • HD transfer supervised and approved by cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace And The Shape, Nick Castle
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
  • “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
  • “On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette
  • TV Version Footage
  • Television Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby TrueHD 7.1; Original 1978 Audio in Dolby TrueHD Mono
    Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

    Disc 2 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
    Original 2008 Blu-ray with different color timing and special features.

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and Co-Writer/Producer Debra Hill
  • Featurette: Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Surround 5.1; PCM 5.1; Original 1978 Mono Audio
    Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

    Disc 3 – Halloween II (1981)
    Theatrical Version

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio commentary with director Rick Rosenthal and actor Leo Rossi (Theatrical version)
  • Audio commentary with stunt co-ordinator/actor Dick Warlock (Theatrical version)
  • “The Nightmare Isn’t Over: The Making Of Halloween II” Featuring Rick Rosenthal, Lance Guest, Dick Warlock, Alan Howarth, Dean Cundey, Leo Rossi and Moore...
  • “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: The Locations of Halloween II” - Host Sean Clark revisits the original shooting locations of the film
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary from director Rick Rosenthal
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Audio Commentary from director Rick Rosenthal
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1

    Disc 4 – Halloween II TV Cut (1981) DVD (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

  • Television Cut With Added Footage Not Seen In The Theatrical Version

    Tech Specs:
    Standard Definition Full-frame 1.33:1; Dolby Digital Mono

    Disc 5 – Halloween III: Season of The Witch (1982)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with director Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Audio Commentary with actor Tom Atkins (JUST ANNOUNCED)
  • “Stand Alone: The Making Of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch” featuring Tommy Lee Wallace, Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dick Warlock, Dean Cundey and more
  • “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” - Revisiting the original shooting locations
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1; Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0

    Disc 6 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

    Disc 7 -- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and author Justin Beahm (JUST ANNOUNCED)
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman
  • Halloween 5: On The Set
  • Halloween 5: Original Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
    Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

    Disc 8 -- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Theatrical Cut

    Bonus Features:

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1); DTS-MA HD 5.1, 2.0 (JUST ANNOUNCED)
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 9 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

    Bonus Features:

  • NEW High Definition Master from the original inter-negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Daniel Farrands and Composer Alan Howarth (Producer’s Cut)
  • NEW “Jamie’s Story” – An Interview With The Original “Jamie” Actress Danielle Harris
  • NEW “The Cursed ‘Curse’” – An Interview With Producers Malek Akkad And Paul Freeman
  • NEW “Acting Scared “– A Look At The Film’s Cast With Actresses Mariah O’Brien And J.C. Brandy
  • NEW “The Shape Of Things” – A Look At Michael Myers’ Murders And Mayhem With Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler And Brad Hardin And Actor George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers)
  • NEW “Haddonfield’s Horrors” – The Sights of Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers With Director of Photography Billy Dickson And Production Designer Brad Ryman And Director of Photography (Additional Scenes) Thomas Callaway
  • NEW “Full Circle” – An Interview With Composer Alan Howarth
  • NEW Cast And Crew Tribute to Donald Pleasance
  • Archival Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage (approx. 30 Minutes)
  • Alternate And Deleted Scenes (Not Present In Either Cut Of The Film)
  • Teaser Trailer: Halloween 666: The Origin Of Michael Myers

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 (JUST ANNOUNCED)
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 10 -- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

    Bonus Features:

  • Presented in the correct 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • NEW Commentary With Director Steve Miner And Jamie Lee Curtis, Moderated By Sean Clark
  • NEW “The Making of Halloween H20” Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Nancy Stephens, Adam Hann-Byrd, Tom Kane, Editor Patrick Lussier, Producer Malek Akkad, Producer Paul Freeman, Composer John Ottman, Chris Durand (Michael Myers), Writer Robert Zappia, Stunt Co-Ordinator Donna Keegan, Make-Up Brad Hardin And Cinematographer Daryn Okada
  • Vintage Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Scenes from the film with John Ottman’s original score (JUST ANNOUNCED)
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

    Disc 11 -- Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal And Editor Robert A. Ferretti
  • Alternate Endings with optional director’s commentary (JUST ANNOUNCED)
  • Deleted Scenes with optional director’s commentary (JUST ANNOUNCED)
  • Web Cam Special with optional director’s commentary (JUST ANNOUNCED)
  • Featurette: “Head Cam”
  • Storyboard Analysis
  • Set Tour With Production Designer Troy Hansen
  • Set Interview With Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Vintage Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Home Video TV Spots

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 12 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)

    Bonus Features:

  • Unrated Director’s Cut With Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Rob Zombie
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
  • Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Featurette: “The Many Faces Of Michael Myers”
  • Re-Imagining Halloween
  • Meet The Cast
  • Casting Sessions
  • Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test
  • Theatrical Trailer

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital 5.1
    Subtitles: English, Spanish

    Disc 13 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) Bonus Disc (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

    Bonus Features:

  • Documentary: “Michael Lives: The Making of Halloween (4 ½ hours)

    Tech Specs:
    Dolby Stereo
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 14 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (2009)

    Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Rob Zombie
  • Deleted And Alternate Scenes
  • Audition Footage
  • Make-Up Test Footage
  • Blooper Reel
  • Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures Music Videos
  • Uncle Seymour Coffins’ Stand-Up Routines

    Tech Specs:
    1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1;
    Subtitles: English

    Disc 15 – Bonus Features (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)

  • John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN – The Extended Version (In HD - TV Inserts Are In Standard Definition)
  • Interview with Moustapha Akkad about origin of HALLOWEEN
  • Featurette: HALLOWEEN UNMASKED 2000
  • Featurette: The Making Of HALLOWEEN 4: FINAL CUT
  • NEW The Making Of HALLOWEEN 4 Featuring Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Kathleen Kinmont, Beau Starr, Raymond O’Connor, Erik Preston and Sasha Jensen, Stuntmen Tom Morga (Michael Myers) And George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers), Composer Alan Howarth, Writer Alan B. McElroy, Producers Malek Akkad And Paul Freeman, Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler And Ken Horn
  • Featurette: Inside HALLOWEEN 5
  • NEW The Making Of HALLOWEEN 5 Featuring Interviews With Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Wendy Kaplan, Jeffrey Landman, Jonathan Chapin, Frankie Como, Tamara Glynn, Matthew Walker, Don Shanks (Michael Myers), Producer Malek Akkad, Line Producer Rick Nathanson And Composer Alan Howarth
  • NEW Interview With Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Burman On HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH
  • HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH Radio Spots
  • TV Spots – HALLOWEEN 4, HALLOWEEN 5, HALLOWEEN (2007) and HALLOWEEN II (2009)
  • Photo Galleries -- HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN 4 and HALLOWEEN 5
  • Featurette: The Making Of HALLOWEEN 4: FINAL CUT (JUST ANNOUNCED)
  • NEW episodes of HORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS - we go back to the filming locations of HALLOWEEN 4, HALLOWEEN 5 (with special guest Don Shanks) and HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS. Plus the original 2005 pilot for Horror's Hallowed Grounds featuring a look at the locations of the original HALLOWEEN. (JUST ANNOUNCED)
  • HORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS: Fan Edition – a special episode shot with, and for, the fans as they board a bus tour, during the 35 YEARS OF TERROR convention, and visit the locations of HALLOWEEN (1978), HALLOWEEN II (1981) HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH and HALLOWEEN (2007). Hosted by HHG’s Sean Clark with special guests Dick Warlock, Charles Cyphers, Brian Andrews, Tommy Lee Wallace and Erik Preston. (JUST ANNOUNCED)

    Tech Specs:
    1080p, 520p Full Frame, Anamorphic Widescreen 1:85:1, 2.35:1;
    DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Stereo, Mono

    Is it September 23rd yet?

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    Killers - New Trailer and Stills

    Mon, 08/11/2014 - 15:02

    We told you a month ago that the hotly anticipated new film from Macabre directing duo Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (aka The Mo Brothers), Killers, had theatrical and DVD/Blu-ray release dates in the UK; and right now we have new stills and a trailer for you to chew on!

    Killers arrives on store shelves September 1st.

    Synopsis:
    Nomura is a good-looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.

    Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.

    Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.

    Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence, obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions for his young daughter, Elly.

    When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.

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    Kristy Slashes Her Way to German Blu-ray and DVD

    Mon, 08/11/2014 - 14:54

    Call it Random or Satanic, the new flick starring Ashley Greene known again as Kristy is making its way to Blu-ray and DVD in Germany. Right now we've got some new stills and more for you to crawl on over to. Dig 'em or forever be an arschgeige!

    Even better? If you cannot wait for it Stateside, the Blu-ray is REGION FREE! Oliver Blackburn (Donkey Punch) directs. Haley Bennett, Ashley Greene, Erica Ash, Chris Coy, and Lucas Till star.

    Synopsis
    With the rest of the campus home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine and a few of her friends spend the weekend in their college dormitory: studying, relaxing and blissfully unaware of the terror that is about to unfold outside in the cold.

    Suddenly, confronted by a gang of violent outcasts, Justine’s quiet long weekend becomes one long lesson in survival as she and her classmates are terrorized in increasingly bizarre and brutal ways, leaving it up to her to figure out who her attackers are... and if they can be stopped.

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