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Universal Confirms American Werewolf In London for Halloween Horror Nights

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 14:42

We told you over the weekend that An American Werewolf In London would be returning to Universal's Halloween Horror Nights event, and today the studio that monsters built made it official. Read on for the details.

From the Press Release
Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning and genre-defining film An American Werewolf in London, written and directed by John Landis, will be unleashed upon guests at Universal Studios Hollywood in an all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze beginning Friday, September 19, 2014.

The experience will recreate legendary scenes from the cult favorite using gruesomely convincing props, chillingly authentic music and mind-blowing special effects that will re-awaken the terrorizing shape shifting creature with superhuman strength: the Werewolf.

Guests will begin their horrifying journey as they enter “The Slaughtered Lamb,” the English countryside pub movie fans will instantly recognize, and experience first-hand what the tavern patrons in the film meant when they cautioned, “Stay on the road, keep clear of the Moors and beware the moon.” After stumbling upon the overgrown wasteland known as the “Moors,” maze-goers will be forced to traverse through dense fog amidst sounds of savage growls and unknown peril ahead.

“We are extremely excited to bring ‘An American Werewolf in London’ to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights for the first time,” said John Murdy, Universal Studios Hollywood Creative Director and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. “John Landis’ iconic horror film and the groundbreaking makeup effects by Academy Award-winner Rick Baker have influenced generations of horror filmmakers and fans and remains a classic of the genre. Turning such a celebrated film, which has been characterized as one of the greatest films of all time, into a ‘living horror movie’ can be daunting. As the movie studio that invented the horror film genre, we have the expertise to deliver a realistically compelling experience and are up to the challenge.”

Along with “The Slaughtered Lamb” pub and the Yorkshire Moors, guests will recognize other memorable scenes and characters from the film – including the London Underground and gun-wielding demon soldiers. The famous “transformation scene” that inspired the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to create an Oscar® for achievement in makeup will also be featured in the remarkable maze experience.

“The team at Universal Studios Hollywood has gone to great lengths to recreate the mood and details of the movie,” said John Landis. “The true test for guests will be to see if they are able to endure the scares lurking throughout the maze – rather than screaming from room to room. I want them to really absorb the elaborate sets, make-up and special effects custom designed for this experience.”

An American Werewolf in London not only captured the Academy Award® for “Best Makeup” in 1982 for renowned makeup artist Rick Baker but was also named Best Horror Film by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films the same year. The film is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood will be “More Dead Than Ever,” as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures in existence. This year’s event will feature a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, including “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning television series; “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV series; “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise; “Face Off: In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s hit TV series; and “The Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.

More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.

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Robert Englund Talks Saying Goodbye to Freddy

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 14:10

This past weekend Robert Englund reprised the iconic role of Freddy Krueger at Chicago's Flashback Weekend to raise money to save a local Chicago drive-in, and Fox News Chicago was there to capture the moment as well as speak with the man himself.

In celebration of A Nightmare on Elm Street's 30th anniversary, Chicago's Flashback Weekend convention announced that Englund would be appearing at the event in full Freddy Krueger makeup for one night only.

Fans were even offered a special ticket package which let them nab a picture with Englund as Freddy, an opportunity that was NEVER before given to us fans.

Utilizing the same extensive process used on the Elm Street film sets, the makeup was applied by FX legend Robert Kurtzman, who worked on both Dream Child and New Nightmare. This marked the first time Englund has ever appeared as Freddy on the convention circuit, and it's likely the last time he will ever don the iconic makeup.

FOX 32 News Chicago

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Slender Man Is Haunting These New Eidolon State Stills

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 13:00

Freeze Frame Films just checked in with some new stills from the short film The Eidolon State, which focuses on the haunting sensation that is The Slender Man. Look for the flick to premiere online in later this month.

"You tend to see a lot of found footage films about The Slender Man, most of them based off the popular video game Slender: The Eight Pages," said Freeze Frame Films' Dion Cavallaro, Cain Harrip, and Paul Thomas.

"Along with this, most Slender Man films tend to use people in morph suits or morph masks, which we feel is not a correct portrayal of The Slender Man. Our film has been treated with a different approach. We are working on something that uses films such as The Conjuring or Sinister as a guide - detailed stories with beautiful cinematography and a true sense of horror."

"Along with this, our film never actually refers to the character as 'The Slender Man' but refers to him as 'The Tall Man.' Our main goal is to bring people the Slender Man short film we feel they deserve, similar to how Gareth Edwards [delivered] the new Godzilla film that fans have been wanting."

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Animate Your Work Week with a New Trailer and Fresh Images from Lake Villa Vamps

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:30

Dread Central's been covering indie filmmaker Sonny Fernandez's DIY projects almost as long as we've been in business, and he's back with a new trailer and stills from his latest, Lake Villa Vamps.

This particular film is noteworthy as it marks Sonny and the gang at Down Twisted Studios' ninth production and first animated feature. It follows a group of bloodthirsty, murderous vampires as they are tasked to save the world from the mighty Brethren, a werewolf empire intent on taking over.

Full of blood, action, drama, and romance, Lake Villa Vamps was written and completely animated by DT founder Sonny Fernandez and has all the makings of the usual Down Twisted film. It promises to take viewers places they've never gone before, including a whole new world.

With voice work from DT veterans Cody Tergesen, Sam Ova, and Edgardo Osorio and introducing a whole new slew of talent including Matthew Brooks, Andrew Gilliland, Nicole Sachiko Nitta, and Meredith Williams, Lake Villa Vamps attempts to set a new standard for the company as well as bring an entirely new genre to the table.

Check out the goods below, and look for more soon. In the meantime visit the Down Twisted Studios website and befriend Sonny Fernandez on Facebook.

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Check Out Toula Mavridou-Messer's Fantasy Whodunit Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 12:15

If an "old fashioned fairy tale of intrigue, murder, cannibalism, and incest" sounds intriguing, read on to learn more about today's third horror book announcement: Toula Mavridou-Messer's Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery, available now.

From the Press Release:
Ænus P. Wordsworth, the arrogant, absinthe-drinking village rector, plays detective in an attempt to discover just whom the bones in the giant mound of burnt toffee belong to and how on earth they got there.

Why does guilt hang heavy in this village like offal in a stew? What secret has the God-fearing Ænus P. Wordsworth kept so carefully? Where have all the children gone? These and many other questions will be answered when you read Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery, available now via CreateSpace.

This fantasy whodunit is filled with mystery and humor, a tantalizing sense of suspense, and absurd darkness, which will capture your imagination in a way no other murder mystery ever has.

Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery, the debut novel from Toula Mavridou-Messer, was written in the space of three weeks after two car crashes in just one hour. Even the rescue serviceman who came to collect her from the mangled wreckage was hesitant about transporting her, saying, "Things happen in threes, don't they?"

"It's a sign," thought Toula, as those crashes came during the return journey from a residential crime writing course she attended, given by best-selling author Val McDermid. She had been battling a major problem faced by so many would-be authors - that of actually finishing a project and then doing something with it.

Facing death head-on seems to have been the antidote, although not necessarily recommended as a remedy for all. Every time Toula was faced with either a blank page or the option of walking away from the typewriter, she remembered that she had been spared a fate worse than death... or in fact, death and that small fact kept her chained to her desk. Fortunately she saw the funny - and disturbing - side, and hopefully so will you when you read Mortal End: A Simmering Pit of Jiggery Pokery.

Synopsis:
"It was me," said a voice from the other side of the cottage door.
"It was me. I killed her. I should have done it years ago."

A lightning storm sparks a fire deep in Phooka Wood. The following morning Mortal End’s self-righteous rector Ænus P. Wordsworth, his sidekick Savant Poe, and a motley crew of villagers venture into the wood to see what damage has been done. To their amazed befuddlement, right in the center of the seared earth, is a giant mound of molten toffee and, within it, a selection of human remains.

Ænus P. Wordsworth takes it upon himself to find out whom these bones belong to and how they came to be there. In doing so, he uncovers an horrific tale of murder, incest, and cannibalism that spreads throughout the neighboring villages that surround Phooka Wood. Their investigation takes them to all corners of their roundabout world, from Mortal End to the oozing Hamlet of Stifle and Little Napoo. Along their colorful journey we are introduced to a larger than life cast including Doc Sheare, the barber surgeon; Verrye Brutall, the handsome woodsman; Beliala Bigswoln, the publican’s daughter; Baron Rubigo Bluebeard; and Umbra the Bogyman.

Everyone seems to have a secret they are trying to hide that could give clues to the horror of Phooka Wood. Even Ænus P. Wordsworth has something to hide!

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New Hellyfish Poster Ready to Strike

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:00

John Squires wrote me last week pining, "Aw, man! I wanted to do that Hellyfish story!" It is now with a great deal of spite and spirit the we do not let him write this one either. Why? Because he refuses to nut up and get a PS4 so we can smack each other around next gen style! Where was I? Oh yeah! A new Hellyfish poster!

From the demented minds of Pat Longstreth and Rob MacLean comes Hellyfish... yes, Hellyfish, a film that will no doubt be either released by The Asylum or mockbusted by The Asylum. Doesn't really matter which.

Synopsis
America’s only missing nuclear weapon is leaking radioactive material into the ocean just off the coast of Tybee Island, GA. The trifling existence of a hapless cast is disrupted by a vicious force of nature that shows no mercy.

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NSFW: New UK Trailer for Evil Feed Dishes Up the Gory Goods

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:30

Director Kimani Ray Smith's gore-laden horror comedy Evil Feed hits On Demand and digital outlets in the UK this August 25th courtesy of Solo Media, and to celebrate we have a THOROUGHLY NSFW trailer right here that's sure to whet your appetite for more. Bon appétit!

Evil Feed stars Laci J. Mailey ("Arrow," "Falling Skies"), Terry Chen (Cabin in the Woods, Snakes on a Plane), Shirleyanne Mason (Zalman King’s Body Language), Alain Chanoine (Punisher: War Zone, Blade: Trinity), Carrie Genzel (Jennifer’s Body, Watchmen), and Derek Gilroy (Elysium, "Supernatural").

The film is directed by Kimani Ray Smith.

Synopsis
The Long Pig Restaurant, known in the underground world for its cannibalistic cuisine, has a new star attraction, the “Pit of Gore,” where bloodthirsty customers get to watch their prospective meals being tenderized as captured elite fighters are forced to battle to the death as their “Tendertainment!”

In the vein of Grindhouse cinema, EVIL FEED is an over-the-top, laugh-out-loud, action gore flick that’s guaranteed to make you cringe.

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Jessica Cameron Talks Acting, Directing and a Cross-Country RV Trip

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:00

Jessica Cameron is a success story. It was not that long ago that the beautiful up-and-coming filmmaker/scream queen was toiling away at a desk job she hated, wishing for something more.

Cameron chased that dream and is now an award-winning filmmaker. She recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about her newest projects.

So how, exactly, did she go from desk jockey to movie star? "Fluke," Cameron said.

She explained, "I went to school for fashion design. I've always been drawn to creative careers. I got hired out of my university by a major company, and for the first three months I thought everything was going fine. Then comes my first review and they have a big problem. I was shocked to learn that their problem was with my speech. They thought I spoke too fast. So they required me to take classes, and when I couldn't find any actual speech classes, my boss (my immediate boss thought the whole thing was a joke, but it came from my boss' boss) said, 'You know what, take an acting class and then just talk slow around the stupid people.' And that's exactly what I did and it worked."

Cameron recalled, "I was really lucky because I was having an early 20's panic attack moment where I was like, 'Oh shit, what do I do? I've spent four years and all this money studying something I hate…with a passion. Something that's not what it's like in school when you get in the real world. It's a boring office job. I'm a designer monkey. It's not like I was doing anything creative. I can't leave because I'm tied to a contract for years. What do I do?' Luckily for me, I turned to acting. I found something that was creative and challenging that I liked to do."

And from there Cameron was hooked. "I found it was only a month or two that I was just getting through my day job to get to my acting class. So after a couple years of taking acting classes, my coaches said, 'There are no more classes to take in the state of Ohio. You're going to have to just start working.' I said, 'I don't want to work. This is fun! I don't care if I make money. I do the other thing for money.' So they said there was nothing more they could teach me, I just had to go out and do it. So I just went out and did it. I started booking left and right and one thing led to another and I started doing everything I could on evenings and weekends. Productions would shoot around me, and if I couldn't make it, they would adjust my schedule so I could do everything on evenings and weekends. I left my job after a couple years on February 2, 2010, and I've been pursuing acting full-time ever since."

Since that time Cameron has landed all kinds of roles. She also recently released her directorial debut, Truth or Dare, an extreme film that's been getting extreme reactions. "People ask me all the time if I thought it was going to be an award-winning film and I thought absolutely not," Cameron said. "When you make a graphic, vicious, violent torture film that’s very fucked up, you don't know if you're going to be booed off the stage or kicked out of the theater or if people are going to run up and hug you. Luckily for me it was the latter."

Cameron continued on the film. "Truth or Dare was a lot of fun," she said. "It was a lot of hard work. As an actor, I'm not accustomed to working that hard. It's a lot harder to go behind the camera and direct everyone in front of the camera and deal with people behind the scenes. But it was definitely worth it. Getting to assemble a cast and crew I adore was definitely a great benefit."

And when Truth or Dare hit the festival circuit, the response was overwhelmingly positive. "I was really lucky; we started doing our festival tour last year and Truth or Dare immediately got a huge fan following, which is really fantastic," Cameron said. "We won some awards, which is kind of crazy. Five years ago, if you would have told me I was going to be the director of an award-winning film, I would have laughed and said you're wrong. So it's kind of funny to think now that's true. What's meant to be will always be. I never thought... when I was sitting in that room listening to my boss tell me how my speech was a problem, it never occurred to me that I was having a life-changing moment at that point, but I was."

So what does Cameron feel is the biggest difference between acting in front of the camera and directing behind it? "I just found out that directing is a lot more work overall," Cameron said. "There are a lot more pieces to the puzzle. I think not just as a director, but as a producer behind the camera, you're juggling more balls in the air versus as an actor when people let you focus on acting because it's something that requires your physical being as well as your mental being. It's just different, juggling the behind-the-scenes stuff. It's not one thing or another that makes it different, just everything as a whole. It meant that I was sleeping less than I normally do and the work is a lot harder than as an actor. But it's definitely worthwhile. I'm not afraid of hard work; it was something I didn't mind in any way, shape or form. Although I have to laugh when people say, 'Are you going to do it again?' I'm always like, 'Why the hell would anyone want to? It's way more fun to be an actor!'"

And as for acting, there is another hurdle Cameron faces. "The most challenging part for me is showing emotion to the world," Cameron said. "I'm not a very emotional person in my real life. I'm literally the last person to cry, no matter how big the tragedy. I can literally count the people on two hands who have seen me cry. It's not part of Jessica so letting go requires a lot of effort on my part."

Jessica Cameron is part of an up-and-coming group of female powerhouses who are taking the horror world by storm. Cameron, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Tristan Risk, Devanny Pinn. All these gorgeous and talented women are making a name for themselves in the genre and all have something in common. "It's exciting for me, the person who's involved with it," Cameron said, "but when I step beck and objectively look at the state of horror today and where it's going, it's exciting because we're getting the unique concepts from people who just love the genre. Tristan Risk, myself, the Soska Sisters, Devanny Pinn…what we are first and foremost are fans. It's great that we're working, it's great that we're in these movies, but we started as fans. We fucking love horror films. I think that's what's going to make the difference. We worship the genre. Especially for those of us who are also involved in producing and directing and behind the scenes, it's not like we're just hired on for these films. We're actually taking content by the balls and forcing it in a certain direction, usually because we feel like it's something that's not being said or seen or done, which I think is exciting. I think we're going to get a lot of fresh, original concepts, which is crucial."

Cameron discussed how the quality of the film is much more important to her than any deadline or bottom line. "We're not trying to make the movie with the least amount of time, least amount of effort, least amount of money," Cameron said. "We're just trying to make the best film we can. Anything else doesn't matter. Love it, hate it…Truth or Dare does get a very strong reaction from audiences. If you hate it, that's fine. If you vomit, that's fine. As long as I made you feel something, that's all I want. I think the worst thing a filmmaker can do is make a movie that people leave and forget about in five minutes. I'd rather you hate it than forget it."

Switching gears and emoting as the fan she is, Cameron briefly spoke on one of her largest qualms with some horror actors. "I've met so many people that I was excited to meet and was upset by meeting them," Cameron said. "Because it's a job for them, it's a means to an end. It's a paycheck. It's 'I do this because I have to, not because I love it. ' And it's always very disheartening as a fan to meet someone whose work you've enjoyed and they just don't give a fuck. It's heartbreaking. It's like, if you don't like it, don't do it. No one is forcing you to act in a horror movie. And there are a ton of people for whom it would be life-changing for them to have that opportunity. So give it to them and go do whatever it is that you want to do."

Moving forward, Cameron's latest acting project, Save Yourself, was just completed. "Save Yourself, we just wrapped up in Canada," Cameron said. "I star in it and I produced it as well. We shot it in the Toronto area. It's with a wonderful Canadian director named Ryan M. Andrews whose other films are doing quite well. Tristan Risk from American Mary stars in it, too, which is great. It's the first time I've actually worked with Risky, even though we've known each other and been friends forever. So we're together onscreen, which is really cool. She's crazy in the best of ways."

Cameron continued, "It's a really fun script," Cameron said. "It's about a group of female filmmakers who are traveling down to LA for a film festival and on the way there they meet a mad scientist. Again, being able to get behind the camera a little bit and make these movies happen…When I first heard about this film from Ryan, I said, 'We have to make this movie. I haven't seen a good mad scientist film in I don't know how long. We need to be the ones to make it.' It's a great script. It has some great characters. It's a lot of fun. And really, bring the fun back to horror. It's not serious; we kill people. It's fun!

And now that Save Yourself is wrapped, Cameron is embarking on a large project for the next film she's helming."The next movie I'm directing is Mania," Cameron said. "John Higgins, who co-wrote Truth or Dare, wrote this amazing script about this wonderful lesbian couple where everything goes horribly awry when the one gal, her mania and her bi-polar act up to a severe degree and it causes her to accidentally kill a man and in a dark move, trying to maintain sanity, they go on the run a little bit to bring her back from the brink of mental instability only to realize that it's too late and there's nothing that can be done. It's a fun little script, kind of like Thelma and Louise meet Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It's gonna be really sexy and really fun."

And as if filming one movie isn't enough, Cameron spoke about the filming plan for Mania. "We're going to be filming cross-country," Cameron said. "We're going to be shooting two movies back-to-back. We're going to shoot The Exiled by Brandon Slagle on the top loop and my film on the bottom loop. And we're going to film the whole adventure as Kill the PA, a documentary. So many people with Truth or Dare, anyone in the filmmaking industry, one of the first questions they ask me when they find out that I did this movie and the reception it's getting and what I had to work with, is, 'How'd you do it? How is this physically possible?' I'm much more of a 'show me' kinda gal so we're going to show you how we make a really strong low-budget film with minimal cast, minimal crew and a lot of passion. I'm really excited. And we're going to do it while we travel cross-country in an RV."

Cameron closed with one more comment on Mania. "I love the story," Cameron said. "The story is fantastic, but I'm not the right person to be in it so I'm producing and directing. But it's so great for Devanny (Pinn) and Heather (Dorff). They're going to be so great, they're really going to get to shine and it's such a fun, fucked up story. It's everything I love…sexy women, blood, gore, guts, unnecessary violence."

Us too!

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The Expedition Leads to Extinction

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:30

Playing as part of the 2014 Film4 FrightFest is the upcoming dinosaur flick The Expedition, and right now we can report the flick has undergone a name change. It's now known as Extinction, and you can check out the new poster right here.

Adam Spinks' Extinction stars Ben Loyd-Holmes (Skyfall, "Da Vinci’s Demons," "Torchwood"), Neil Newbon ("Holby City," "Hollyoaks"), Sarah MacDonnell ("Secret Diary of a Call Girl," Montana), Ernesto Cantu (World War Z), and Daniel Caren (The Girl Is Mime, The Hike) as well as Simon Burbage (Pulp: The Movie) and Dolores Reynals.

Synopsis
A research team led by a renowned and respected professor embark on an expedition deep within the Amazon to study vulnerable and endangered species. However, after a series of strange events, the superstitious guides abandon the team, who, faced with a tough decision, decide to remain deep in the jungle in an attempt to complete their study. But as night falls, they begin to realize that all really is not as it seems and that they are in the hunting ground of an apex predator... Something they never could have imagined.

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New Sanctuary Trailer Is Quite a Conundrum

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:00

On tap to kick off your Friday morning is the first trailer for the oddly titled Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum. Do you wanna watch it? Can you get away with it? If you get caught, will you flip your desk over in disdain? That's a lot of things to think about. Take your time.

From the Press Release
SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM, the indie film that took the festival circuit by storm, garnering both critical and audience acclaim, comes home when Midnight Releasing, the leading purveyor in home entertainment horror, releases the thriller August 26th on DVD, VOD, and digital download.

With a fresh, hot young cast and a story that defies description (we’ll try, though), the winner of numerous festival honors will be available throughout North America via multiple platforms. DVD availability is set to include Walmart and most other retail and rental chains. On the digital side, the film will be available on all major and minor cable VOD channels as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network, and others. SRP for the DVD is $14.98.

The directorial debut of Thomas L. Phillips, who also wrote, edited, and produced the film, SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM paints an unforgettable and truly bizarre picture of suburbia – with a brush dipped in blood! BFFs Mimi (Sasha Ramos) and Tabitha (Erin Nicole Cline) are holding a party at Mimi’s house while her father is away on business. Inviting her and Tabitha's boyfriends, Dutch (Joe Coffey) and Sean (Chris Greene), Mimi even allows her younger sister, Kylene (Emily Rogers), to invite her boyfriend, Harris (Anthony Rutowicz).

Selected for presentation at over 30 film festivals all over the world, SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM is well on its journey to becoming the next great cult classic. Awards include Winner Best Comedy at the 2012 Chicago Horror Film Festival, Winner Best Feature Film at the 2012 New York International Film Festival, Winner Best Horror/Thriller Feature Film at the 2012 Bare Bones Film Festival, and Winner Best Feature Film at the 2013 World Independent Film Expo.

"The movie is ready for the world to see, and I am ready for the world to see it," observed Phillips. "Let the reactions and word of mouth begin ‘cause I know for a fact that the word of mouth for a movie such as this will take it to a whole other level."

What starts as a typical pool party soon turns violent when neighbor Mark (John Lucas) shows up unannounced – completely naked and brandishing a gun. Forcing Mimi to admit to their failed tryst, Mark turns the gun on himself and falls dead into the pool. From that flash point starts a nightmarish odyssey for everyone involved. Soon secrets will be divulged, alliances will shift, and friendships will be tested. As the evening wears on, it becomes apparent that someone within their group might have tasted blood before...

Critics have chimed in with their approval of SANCTUARY as well. A Bucket of Corn declared, “It will forever leave a mark on your mind,” while waytooindie.com called the film “appalling, brash, and untamed.”

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Film Adaptation of Anne Rice's The Tale of the Body Thief and More Back On at Universal

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:02

Thus far adaptations of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles have been a mixed bag, but it looks like her fans have a lot to look forward to now that Universal Pictures has acquired movie rights to her entire The Vampire Chronicles series for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment.

Per Variety, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board to produce. Imagine president Erica Huggins will oversee films based on the series for Imagine Entertainment, and Bobby Cohen will exec produce.

Even better, the deal includes the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice. Both Anne and Christopher tweeted the news today, and we couldn't be more excited!

Rice's Chronicles as a whole include Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Vampire Lestat (1985), The Queen of the Damned (1988), the aforementioned The Tale of the Body Thief (1992), Memnoch the Devil (1995), The Vampire Armand (1998), Merrick (2000), Blood and Gold (2001), Blackwood Farm (2002), Blood Canticle (2003), and the upcoming Prince Lestat (October 2014).

The series is centered on the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French aristocrat living in poverty who became a vampire in the late 18th century. Both Interview and Queen of the Damned were previously turned into films, and while the former was quite good - and successful - the less said about the latter, the better.

Look for lots more soon!


"Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles'' Takes Flight at Universal." !!!!! And look who's writing the... http://t.co/GMvozjHn5o

— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) August 7, 2014


So basically Universal Pictures has bought the screenplay I wrote of my mother's novel THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF and I'm happy about it

— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) August 7, 2014

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Get a Sneak Peek of True Blood Episode 7.08 - Almost Home

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:34

It used to be that a clip from an upcoming "True Blood" episode was cause for celebration. Now that the show is nearing its end? Not so much. Even so, enjoy this sneak peek of Episode 7.08, "Almost Home," and remember the glory days.

Episode 7.08 - “Almost Home” (air date 8/10/14)
With his prey in sight, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) reconsiders his end-game strategies against Sarah (Anna Camp). Sookie (Anna Paquin) puts her life at risk in hopes of saving Bill (Stephen Moyer).

Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) urge Reverend Daniels (Gregg Daniel) to join them in their V-fueled search for Tara (Rutina Wesley). Violet (Karolina Wydra) eyes payback against those who betrayed her, while an old love is reborn for others.

Written by Kate Barnow; directed by Jesse Warn.

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First Trailer Scared Up for The Pact 2

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:19

2012 Marked the release of Nicholas McCarthy's film The Pact, and it fared pretty well with horror fans. So well, in fact, that a sequel was ordered entitled The Pact 2, and right now we have your first look at the trailer. Dig it!

Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the film stars Camilla Luddington ("True Blood"), Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster ("Californication"), Haley Hudson (The Pact), Mark Steger (The Pact), and Caity Lotz (The Pact).

IFC Midnight has announced a VOD roll-out on September 5th, followed by a limited theatrical outing on October 10th.

Synopsis
A truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow’s deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

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Holly Deveaux Cast Under a Hunter's Moon

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:12

More horrific shenanigans are afoot in the Great White North as Screen Daily is reporting that production is set to commence in Toronto on August 13 on the Men of Characters thriller Hunter's Moon.

Matt Campagna (Six Reasons Why) directs the story of an eccentric billionaire who spirals out of control at the extravagant launch party for his new werewolf mobile game, sparking a sequence of events that lead to murder.

Holly Deveaux (pictured), Steven Morana, Katie Boland, Art Hindle, and Ari Millen star. Steven Morana, who founded Men of Characters with Nic Izzi, is the executive producer.

Hunter’s Moon will be the first production in Canada to shoot on Sony’s 4K full-frame A7S camera.

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An Ass-Smackin' Good Trailer for Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:55

From legendary producer Roger Corman, the director of Dinoshark, and the screenwriter of Sharktopus comes Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, and the EPIX original movie is available NOW on various VOD platforms.

Kevin O’Neill directs. Former Georgia Teen USA 2007 Jena Sims stars as Cassie Stratford, an aspiring college cheerleader who consumes an experimental drug that grants her beauty and enough athletic ability to make the cheer squad. It also has a very unfortunate side effect that you should be able to ascertain from the film’s title.

Sean Young (Blade Runner) appears as Cassie’s mom, and Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) plays a professor. Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000), Ryan Merriman (“Pretty Little Liars”), and Treat Williams (Deep Rising) also appear in this cheerily campy Corman creation.

Synopsis
Cheerleader Cassie Stratford (Sims) downs an experimental drug that’s supposed to enhance her looks and athletic abilities. But instead, it makes her grow into a 50-foot giant!

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BioWare Causes Destruction in Third Teaser Trailer

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:45

A downtrodden girl steps towards the brink. I’d swear she could double as an elven princess. She repeats, “It’s not my fault,” as she stares into the sinkhole containing a decimated house now lying in ruins below the surface.

This was the subject of the latest teaser trailer released by BioWare for a mysterious new title.

The new trailer breaks with the horror and nightmare theme of the previous videos that were released over the past month. Both were hinting that the game would be a horror title.

But this new trailer, bathed in sunlight, may have proven otherwise.

While the new bit of eye candy could still be the subject of a nightmare, Game Informer cited the line in the trailer, “Can you control your power?” and infers the trailer’s subject is “a young person apparently struggling with some kind of superpower.” This may mean that Xbox users will get a chance to play something that is similar to the Sony exclusive Infamous series.

BioWare’s third teaser comes less than a week ahead the Gamescom conference in Germany. Experts agree that these videos are to build interest ahead of a full reveal at the conference.

When the game’s first teaser was released, a tentative title for the game leaked, Shadow Realms, but the title has not been mentioned in any of the released material. That being said, the website YOU’VE-BEEN-CHOSEN.com has appeared in each one. But chosen for what? No one is quite sure yet.

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Exclusive: Writer Jeff Buhler Enters Pet Sematary Remake

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:36

Writer Jeff Buhler tipped us off exclusively this morning to the news that he’s come aboard director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Pet Sematary reboot for Paramount as the project’s screenwriter, and we chatted with him regarding the property. Dive in!

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 (and who is also penning the remake of the 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder for LD Entertainment and Ghost House Pictures’ re-launch of The Grudge franchise), said of Pet Sematary, "I’ve been working with Juan Carlos on his rebooted, re-imagined version."

He added, "Paramount had a script from Matt Greenburg and then brought Juan Carlos on, and they were looking to do some work on the script, and then I came in. Juan Carlos and I collaborated on a new outline for the film, Paramount loved our pitch, and I’ve been writing the first draft of the script. It’s very exciting."

Commenting on the original 1989 horror classic, which was directed by Mary Lambert and based on the novel of the same name by horror legend Stephen King, "The original has a very special place in my heart," said Buhler. “The film fits perfectly in the time period [in which it was produced], and the source material is one of the Stephen King books that I read as a teenager that made me flip out, and I’ve read it more than once since then. It’s a fantastic book and a fantastic story.”

With the narrative revolving around a family that moves into a new home next to a cemetery with powers that allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead, Buhler stated of his approach to the remake, “Now that I’m a father and I have a six-year old and a two-year old, all of the horror within that story that comes from losing a child is suddenly very real and tangible and utterly tragic [to me]. I think the one element that we are trying to bring to this version of Pet Sematary is a sense of truth and honesty in the horror and really take it back to the original material. I think that in the 80’s movie it’s a little campy in places, and we are trying to get away from all of that and really get back to the core of the story, which is that of the family dealing with grief from the loss of their child and the horror of breaking the laws of nature as a result of that. Juan Carlos in particular is very focused on the emotional elements and how they could be represented in a visual context that is compelling.”

“We are being very respectful to the book,” he continued, “and we are not tying ourselves to anything in the first two films at all. We are [also] bringing in some fresh elements that speak to the spirit of the story that aren’t in either one.”

“If you look at the core of it, of what’s going on with the family, it’s an absolutely disturbing story,” Buhler offered. “I think the heart of the story has to do with Louis and his relationship with his kids and grappling with that dilemma when kids ask you what happens when you die and what you believe in. It deals with these big questions in such a personal way, and that is classic Stephen King. They are huge ideas, but they are told through a very identifiable, close-knit family unit, and that’s so powerful so we are just immersing ourselves in that - the loss, the grief, and the horrific results of people making really, really bad decisions.”

As for the tone of the script as it pertains to the eventual film’s intended rating, “I try not to get too hung up on that while writing, especially because this isn’t like a Texas Chainsaw where there’s going to be a lot of ripped open abdomens and people chewing on intestines or anything like that,” he said. “It’s already going to exist somewhere on that line between R and PG-13. If the studio feels like they need to market it as PG-13, then it will be the most hardcore PG-13 movie you could get away with. There are a couple of deaths, but with this one the horror is a little more atmospheric. The big concern of course is that you are killing children, which studios are always loathe to do, but it’s a King story and that’s at the center of it so Paramount knows what they are getting into. There’s no question that kids are gonna die.”

“We’ll be done with the first draft by the end of the summer,” Buhler said of the current status of Pet Sematary, which is being produced for Paramount by Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Mark Varhadian.

“Juan Carlos and I have been working very closely from the beginning so I think the process will be very quick. It’s not going to be one of those situations where there’s a script that the studio likes but then they bring on a director who has a bunch of new ideas and then it goes back into the scripting process for another six months. Because we are doing everything with the director from the beginning, hopefully we won’t be far from where we need to be [with the first draft] when we are done.”

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Sony Teases Horror Hell Ahead of Gamescom

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:30

Snow may bring up the image of Christmas, family, presents, and, for me personally, climbing out of the bathroom window to have a smoke; but all the cheeriness and merriment of wintertime was bludgeoned in two as an axe falls in Sony’s latest teaser trailer. All before a foreboding ice crack.

This is the second teaser trailer Sony has released ahead of Gamescom next week. The first displayed a snowflake getting smacked by a spattering of blood. No one knew what upcoming game they were teasing, but the presence of an axe now has everyone narrowing down the subject to horror.

Pundits are suggesting that this could be one of two games. Most feel this means fans are finally going to get their hands on Until Dawn, the slasher game that was slated for the now dead PlayStation Move. There have been rumors of the game having been reworked for Sony’s upcoming virtual reality headset Project Morpheus.

But there have been some saying that this could be a teaser for an upcoming Resident Evil game. With the original Resident Evil receiving the remaster treatment in 2015, the timing for a new entry in the series would make sense. This would be a huge announcement and could easily anchor Sony’s appearance at Gamescom.

Expect a full reveal at Sony’s upcoming press conference at Gamescom on Monday, August 12th, at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET.

Check out both teasers below.




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Complete Saw Box Set Coming in September

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:22

If you're like us, then the Saw franchise is taking up some considerable space on your Blu-ray or DVD shelves. Well, Lionsgate gets that and as a result will be releasing a complete box set of all seven films. We have no details for you at press time, but we do have the artwork.

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.

So what do you guys want? A remake/reboot? Another sequel? Or should well enough just be left alone? Sound off below!

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A Macabre Texas Chainsaw-like Discovery Made in New York!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:11

A jogger in New York could not have expected nor wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as she saw recently while on a run. Could the Sawyer clan have moved up to the Big Apple? Read on for a truly weird story!

NBC LA reported on a rather interesting story: Police launched an unusual investigation after one runner made a surprising, creepy discovery while on a jog in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Wednesday, August 6th.

The jogger, Kate Steciw, found what appeared to be a human skeleton wearing a Brooklyn Nets hat, a T-shirt, goggles, and sweatpants standing up on display behind a wrought iron fence near a path in the southeastern portion of the park, near Ocean Avenue. Filling out the tableau were four paintings of flowers arranged in the foreground and an American flag hanging from the trees behind.

Police removed the skeleton on Wednesday and on Thursday determined that it was a plastic prop. But the twisted scene still gave residents pause.

I took a picture of it, and then I got a queasy feeling because it looked so, so real,” said Steciw, who then called the police but had a hard time getting her point across. "I was trying to explain to them that it was a skeleton standing upright, dressed in clothes with objects arranged around it."

Photo Credit: Lauren Wolfe via NBC LOS Angeles

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