CGI has taken taken over monster movies in the States, but for one small group of students at the Osaka University of Arts, old school rubber suits and miniature buildings drive the production of their daikaiju eiga (giant monster film).
Get set for your first look at Zella: Monster Martial Law.
Practical effects, be they giant rubber suits or a gallon of karo syrup, are almost always preferred to CGI, and Zella,, directed by Shingo Maehata, seems to be a labor of love for someone who holds this tradition so dear. Clocking in at a mere 41 minutes and inspired by Godzilla, Gamera, and stop-motion guru Ray Harryhausen, production on the film was assisted by Hiromasa Mitsudome, who worked as special effects supervisor on the "Ultraman" TV series.
Check out the teaser below for a quick glimpse at the monstrous and demon-like kaiju Zella as he battles the cyborg Isoroku. When it’s complete, the film will be subtitled and released online so we can all join in on the kaiju fun.
A familiar face returns to "Supernatural" next week, just in time for Thanksgiving, but it sounds like Episode 9.08 will find the Winchesters caught between a "Rock and a Hard Place." Here's a dozen stills of what's ahead when Sam and Dean reunite with Sheriff Mills.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.08 - "Rock and a Hard Place" (airs 11/26/13, 9-10pm)
Sheriff Mills (guest star Kim Rhodes) calls Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) for help investigating multiple murders in her small town. Discovering all four victims belonged to the same church chastity group, Sam and Dean decide to infiltrate by joining the group themselves.
When Dean disappears, Sam and Sheriff Mills realize whatever they are hunting has taken Dean too and team up to rescue him.
John MacCarthy directed the episode written by Jenny Klein .
It was only a matter of time until someone optioned M. William Phelps' The Devil's Rooming House for the big (or little) screen. The story of America's most prolific female serial killer is far too fascinating to pass up, after all.
Deadline is reporting that Peter Facinelli's A7SLE Films has optioned The Devil's Rooming House for the screen. An adaptation of M. William Phelps' novel, it tells the story of Amy Archer-Gilligan, a nursing home administrator responsible for a series of poisonings between 1907 and 1917. According to the article, bulk arsenic buyer “Sister Amy” was eventually found guilty of murder, with her story serving as the basis for Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 play Arsenic and Old Lace.
A7SLE’s Rob DeFranco negotiated the deal with Matthew Valentinas for Phelps.
While it's too early to talk about casting, it'll be interesting watching this project take shape. More to come.
Sean Carter's upcoming thriller Home Invasion has an impressive cast that continues to strengthen. Today, it's Saw scribe Leigh Whannell who joins the cast just in time to add an air of mystery to the proceedings.
We don't know much else about Whannell's role, according to THR, but the story focuses on a family imprisoned in their home by intruders who play a life-and-death game in which the mysterious rules become clear as the night unfolds.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Chandler Riggs ("The Walking Dead") and Ioan Gruffudd ("Ringer") will star opposite Bella Thorne and Natalie Martinez in the thriller being made by Voltage Pictures and Zinc Entertainment, a division of Silver Pictures. Riggs joins Thorne in playing the siblings, while Gruffudd will play the father to Martinez's stepmother.
Missing "The Originals" tonight? Well, they'll be back in full force next Tuesday, and here to keep you occupied in the meantime are some new stills from Episode 1.08, "The River in Reverse," in which we'll see the first battle of the war and a very conflicted Rebekah.
"The Originals" Episode 1.08 - "The River in Reverse" (airs 11/26/13, 8-9pm)
THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE WAR — Rebekah (Claire Holt), facing a difficult decision, turns to Father Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick) for guidance.
Elijah (Daniel Gillies) struggles with the consequences of a recent fallout with Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) remains by his side but is soon drawn away by a mysterious figure who sheds some light on her past.
Meanwhile, a frustrated Cami (Leah Pipes) struggles to make sense of a cryptic message she’s come across. Finally, when an unsuspecting Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) uncovers some upsetting information involving Klaus, a confrontation ends in a surprising twist.
Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Declan de Barra and Julie Plec .
Image Entertainment is bringing The Devil's Knot to us in 2014, and while we wait they've gone ahead and supplied us with a poster to help keep the movie in our consciousness for just a little while longer.
Although I have to wonder how many more West Memphis Three stories we need, I have to admit I am interested in seeing this - if only because of the great talent involved in front of and behind the camera.
From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, DEVIL'S KNOT recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.
Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three," the defendants, each of them a social outsider, quickly found themselves up against a community crying out for justice as well as a lack of physical evidence that led police to believe the murders were carried out as part of a satanic occult ritual. Firth stars as Ron Lax in the film, a local private investigator and one of the first people to support the teens in their defense. Witherspoon plays Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murdered boys. Together, they allow an uncompromising look at both sides of a town that was torn apart… and will probably never be the same again.
More casting news rolls in today for the latest feature from Blumhouse, The Boy Next Door. This time it's Hill Harper ("CSI: New York") who joins the cast. He'll play the principal at the titular boy's school.
Jennifer Lopez, John Corbett and Kristin Chenoweth also star. Rob Cohen (XXX) will direct the micro-budget movie, which will be distributed by Universal. Blumhouse is making the movie with Smart Entertainment and Nuyorican Productions.
Lopez will play a newly separated mother who finds herself attracted to the teenage boy who moves in next door and befriends her son. When she starts and then abruptly ends their illicit romance, he’s not ready to let her go -- in a very Fatal Attraction kind of way. Chenoweth will play Lopez's best friend.
Look for more soon!
Everyone loves a good Beetlejuice 2 story, right? Today it was Winona Ryder's turn to hop aboard the sequel's ongoing hype train to tease the movie without saying much of anything at all.
While talking with The Daily Beast, Ryder had this to say:
"I'm kind of sworn to secrecy. But it sounds like it might be happening."
Of course there's more. The obligatory "we won't be doing this unless it's done right" spiel that's commonplace when assuring fans that this sequel won't be like all those terrible ones. But hey, at least she's aware of the trepidation.
"It's a very precious movie to people," she explained. "So there are a lot people like, 'DON'T.'"
While we have no real idea what the movie might actually be about, Ryder says a little more than what we've gotten so far from anywhere else. And it's still not much...
"It's not a remake. It's 27 years later. And I have to say, I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later."
Ryder was only 17 when Beetlejuice was shot, and she expresses an enduring fondness for the movie and her character that has stayed with her all this time. "That's one of those movies where little kids stop me," she said. "I'm so associated with it. I think it gave me my career. I was such a weird looking kid."
Don't worry, I'm sure we'll have more on Beetlejuice 2 next week.
Robert Patrick has signed on to battle a trio of evil trick-or-treaters on Halloween in Bruce McDonald's Hellions, which is currently filming in Toronto.
According to Deadline, Patrick will play Corman, a hardened cop who winds up protecting a teenager (Chloe Rose) on All Hallows' Eve. If Bruce McDonald sounds familiar it's because he's the twisted genius behind Pontypool, which means Hellions is already a must see.
The horror/thriller also stars Rossif Sutherland (Reign), Luke Bilyk ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), and Rachel Wilson (Republic of Doyle).
Whizbang Films’ Frank Siracusa is producing the script from Pascal Trottier (The Colony). No word on when to expect this one yet, but considering its holiday setting, expect it sometime in fall 2014.
If you're one of the lucky souls attending the Long Beach Comic Con and Horror Convention this weekend (November 23-24), then you're not going to want to miss out on some truly awesome merchandise related to John Carpenter's Asylum. If you can't make it, fear not! Either way, check it!
Storm King Productions will be bringing their comic book, John Carpenter’s Asylum, to the annual Long Beach Comic Con and Horror Convention this weekend (November 23-24). If you missed this book when it debuted back in May, you'll have an opportunity to purchase all three newly reprinted issues. But the Storm King booth will also be offering an exclusive "convention signature" edition of issue # 3 that has been pre-signed by John Carpenter.
The Asylum love doesn't stop there, however, as this convention will see the debut of an animated trailer for the comic. The trailer comes courtesy of artist Leonardo Manco, and is scored by John and Cody Carpenter. Thomas Ian Griffith narrates, in case you were still on the fence about checking Asylum out (you shouldn't be, it's really cool).
Per the Storm King press release, Storm King and LBCC have come together to bring the talents of Eric Maruscak, an illustrator who has been appearing at festivals and conventions across the Unites States, making giant chalk murals as performance art, to the convention in Long Beach.
Eric has appeared at the World Science Festival in New York, multiple New York Comic Cons and New York Anime Festivals, and San Diego Comic Con, and C2E2 among others. His works have promoted such productions as the TV series, Revolution, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Eric will create a mural of one of JC’s Asylum’s pages over the course of the two day convention in a space adjacent to Storm King’s booth. He will also record time lapse video of the entire process which will be posted online not long after the event.
If you're into some of the Master of Horror's other projects, you'll also have an opportunity to snag some super cool posters.
In honor of the 35th Anniversary of the release of the movie Halloween and following a now three-year tradition of partnership with the Hero Initiative at LBCC, Storm King will also have available at its booth special limited edition, exclusive posters designed by comic book artist Darick Robertson and signed by both the artist and John Carpenter with all proceeds going to benefit the Hero Initiative. There will also be a second art poster honoring They Live designed by John J. Hill, also to benefit the Hero Initiative.
CEO of Storm King Productions and Co-Creator and editor of John Carpenter’s Asylum, Sandy King, will be on hand at booth 913 both days of the convention. You should absolutely make sure to stop by, say hello and check out some of the amazing offerings. And for those of you who can't make it (like me), be sure to check the Storm King Productions official site after the convention for an opportunity to purchase some of this stuff in limited quantity.
“Is this the end of zombie Shakespeare?” It would appear not, as John Murlowski’s comedy Zombie Hamlet makes its way onto DVD on December 31st. Written by John McKinney and with original music by Jackson Rathbone, whom you might remember from Twilight or, if you’re too ashamed to admit you knew that, the indie horror flick Dread.
The film stars Travis Wester, Jason Mewes, Shelley Long, Vanessa Lee Evigan, John Amos, and June Lockhart.
Zombie Hamlet tells the story of first-time film director, Osric Taylor (Travis Wester), as he finally manages to get his dream movie financed. He envisions Shakespeare's Hamlet set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War. Osric heads to a small Louisiana town to start filming when his production funding unexpectedly dries up. With no other options, he agrees to accept southern matron Hester Beauchamp's offer to finance his movie, as long as he throws some zombies into the film to attract a wider audience. When Hester suddenly dies mid-shoot, and with the local sheriff and ambitious news reporter Shine Reynolds (Shelley Long) hot on his trail, Osric is thrust into one precarious and hilarious situation after another in a desperate attempt to keep “Zombie Hamlet” alive.
Level 33 Entertainment is behind the exclusive DVD release, which will be made available on Amazon.com at an SRP of $14.99, and for rent at rental outlets (but not Blockbuster; indie all the way).
"The Strain" is picking up steam at the FX network, where it was granted a full season order of thirteen episodes and outfitted with a full writing staff to bring the series to fruition.
Deadline reports that FX's plan is to run "The Strain" from anywhere between 39-65 episodes. FX is obviously leaving some flexibility here based on how well the show performs, and also how well the premise adapts to television. That the network is so committed isn't surprising considering they landed the project in a bidding war. They clearly see the potential in such a story, which is good news for horror fans clamoring for more high quality genre entertainment.
Guillermo del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, who also co-authored novels with him. Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel"), who helped develop the adaptation, executive produces alongside del Toro and will serve as showrunner, overseeing the potential series with del Toro. Hogan and del Toro’s longtime manager/producing partner Gary Ungar also serve as exec producers of the project, produced by FX Prods. Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jack Kesy, Jonathan Hyde, John Hurt, Miguel Gomez, Corey Stoll, Robert Maillet, and Mia Maestro all star.
"The Strain" is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
Deadline has announced that Annabeth Gish has been cast in Mike Flanagan’s psychological thriller Somnia. Gish plays the case worker of a young orphaned boy whose dreams begin to manifest as real.
She joins Thomas Jane, Kate Bosworth, and Jacob Tremblay in the psychological thriller, which is produced by Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy alongside Demarest Film’s Sam Englebart and William D. Johnson. Flanagan co-wrote the film with Jeff Howard, who also co-wrote Flanagan’s Oculus.
The American Film Marker recently announced two films about sleep paralysis: Mara a narrative that sees a criminal psychologist investigating the murder of a man that ultimately reveals a mystery surrounding a demon that kills people while they sleep; and Nightmare, a documentary about the phenomenon from Room 237 director Rodney Ascher.
While Somnia doesn’t explicitly appear to be about sleep paralysis, the idea of nightmares coming to life while one sleeps appears to closely connected to ignore it entirely. It’s a largely untouched subject in horror (check out the superb Sublime for a movie that flirts with the idea in a relatively creepy way), so it’s always welcome to see films dealing with a very bizarre and terrifying, yet perfectly harmless, phenomenon.
Machete Kills is one of the biggest box office flops of the year, and even debuted with one of the worst opening weekends of all time. But maybe it will find its audience on home video, where people who hated the original (such as myself) might be compelled to give it a look.
We can confirm that Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is headed for Blu-ray and DVD on January 21, 2014 courtesy of Universal Studios. Fans can own an increasingly-standard Blu-ray combo pack that includes a Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet digital copy of the action sequel. Those of you looking to own a digital-only copy may do so a few weeks earlier on January 7, 2014.
From the Press Release
Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete) returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen/Carlos Estevez; Anger Management, Two and a Half Men) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson; Braveheart, Edge of Darkness) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from an all-star cast of deadly assassins.
Featuring Michelle Rodriguez (Fast & Furious 6), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), Amber Heard (The Rum Diary), Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), Cuba Gooding Jr. (The Butler), and Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Machete Kills is one of the wildest save-the-world adventures ever captured on film.
The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD
There's no artwork to announce as of yet.
Remember John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13? The Collector's Edition Blu-ray is being released today, November 19, 2013, by Scream Factory and those cats over there are indulging us again with another contest!
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If you cannot wait, you can buy the John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 Collector's Edition Blu-ray directly from Scream Factory's website.
Delivering more terrifying perils and action suspense, John Carpenter’s acclaimed pre-Halloween thriller ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 all-new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ boasts a bounty of all-new special bonus content, a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork, a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art and much more!
Isolated and cut off from the city inside a soon-to-be-closed L.A. police station, a group of police officers and convicts must join forces to defend themselves against the gang called Street Thunder, who have taken a blood oath to kill someone trapped inside the precinct.
From John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing and Prince Of Darkness), Assault On Precinct 13 combines the elements of a classic western and a modern thriller to create a riveting cult classic.
"The Walking Dead" continues to be a ratings giant for AMC, so it's unlikely that the network has thought twice about its decision to remove original showrunner Frank Darabont from the production. Darabont has moved on, however, and while promoting his upcoming series "Mob City," the little zombie show that could might've come up.
Variety sat down with the writer/director to discuss his upcoming noir thriller for the TNT network, and when the conversation inevitably turned to "The Walking Dead" and whether or not he still watches the zombie drama, Darabont had this to say.
“Oh god no, why would I,” he says. “If the woman you loved with all your heart left you for the Pilates instructor and just sent you an invitation to the wedding, would you go?”
“There’s a deep commitment and emotional investment that happens when you create something that is very near and dear to you, and when that is torn asunder by sociopaths who don’t give a shit about your feelings or the feelings of your cast and crew because they have their own reasons to screw everybody, that doesn’t feel good.”
I can't imagine it would. "Mob City" premiers December 4 on TNT. Here's to hoping that Frank has more luck with that show as it looks absolutely awesome.
In 2006, Dead Rising was the game that made me realize I needed an Xbox 360 console, and so I'm not surprised that Microsoft was sure to have the third installment ready for publication with the launch of their Xbox One. My body is ready.
There's not a whole heck of a lot left to say about Dead Rising 3 with its release date being a mere three days away. But you'll find the trailer below the game description and features.
Dead Rising 3 puts you in the zombie-ravaged city of Los Perdidos, California. Do you have what it takes to escape before a military strike wipes out the entire city? As mysterious mechanic Nick Ramos, you’ll rely on improvised weapons to battle off the hordes of undead while you explore the massive open world.
Set 10 years after the events of Fortune City in Dead Rising 2, players are introduced to Nick Ramos, a young mechanic with a strange tattoo and a mysterious past, who must find a way to escape a city full of zombies before an impending military strike wipes the city of Los Perdidos, and everyone in it, off the map. Nick can’t do it alone – he must join up with other survivors to stay alive. They must fight their way out before it’s too late.
With intense action and an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, Dead Rising 3 delivers a heart-pounding experience unlike any other as you explore, scavenge and fight to survive in a massive open world on the brink of a zombie apocalypse. Get ready for a new generation of zombie-slaying thrills.
• More zombies than ever before: Players will face overwhelming zombie hordes with tons of variation, detailed gore, and shared awareness
• All new city, massive open world: Explore the city of Los Perdidos while staying immersed in the action and stunning visuals
• Anything and everything is a weapon: Create your own tools of zombie destruction by creating hundreds of potential weapon combinations
• SmartGlass: Use your Xbox SmartGlass enabled device to gain access to exclusive missions, new weapons, and more
• Kinect: Kinect allows the zombie horde to hear beyond the screen and respond to noise in your living room, so go ahead and flip off the lights...if you dare
All New City, Massive Open World:
One of the largest cities in Southern California, Los Perdidos is a leading national center of business, culture, and the entertainment industry.
Featuring a massive and dynamic world, Dead Rising 3 represents a new benchmark for open-world gameplay. Powered by Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 lets you explore the city of Los Perdidos while staying immersed in the action and stunning visuals.
Two Screens, More Action:
Xbox SmartGlass offers a more connected Dead Rising 3 experience. Use your SmartGlass enabled device to connect to the Zombie Defense and Control network and gain access to exclusive missions, new weapons, powerful military support features, and more!
Sense the Danger:
With Kinect, the zombie horde can hear beyond the screen and respond to noises inside your living room.
Ultimate Zombie Sandbox:
The zombies of Los Perdidos are smarter and deadlier than ever. With intelligent AI and shared awareness, players will be forced to employ all of their cunning, combat skills, and creativity to stay alive.
In Dead Rising 3, players can create their tools of zombie destruction, enabling unique and unforgettable gameplay moments. The action is gorier than ever as players survive and strike back at their undead attackers in new and imaginative ways.
Vehicles not only help you navigate the world of Los Perdidos, they are a weapon against the zombie horde. But watch out – zombies will cling to your car and attack you while you’re driving.
Here's some super cool news regarding a book I read a few years back and really dug. Everyone's favorite Sawyer clan member, Bill Moseley, has signed on to play a lunatic called 'Skinny Man' in an upcoming adaptation of Ryan C. Thomas' The Summer I Died.
According to the press release, Riothouse Entertainment recently closed a deal to acquire the film rights to Ryan C. Thomas' novel The Summer I Died. Bill Moseley will play the villainous role of Skinny Man in this coming of age story about two friends who cross paths with the lunatic while trying to rescue a woman in desperate need of help.
The film version is to be directed by Eric Pereira (American Girls) from a screenplay penned by the book’s author Ryan. C. Thomas. Matthew Easton and David Lukan will handle producing duties.
I'm actually really grateful for this news because I had no idea that Thomas had written a sequel to the book. It's called Born to Bleed and was released in 2011. A third book is in the works and is slated to be released next summer.
I'll be loading the sequel onto my Kindle as soon as possible, and we'll keep you posted on this news as more becomes available. In the meantime, consider giving The Summer I Died a read. It's worth your time. The movie shoots in New Hampshire and Los Angeles in late February.
Time for an exclusive little look inside the upcoming flick Banshee Chapter (review)! Look for the flick on VOD on December 12, 2013, and in theaters on January 10, 2014.
XLrator Media has acquired all U.S. rights to writer/director Blair Erickson’s 3D horror-thriller BANSHEE CHAPTER starring Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs), Katia Winter (“Dexter”), and Michael McMillian (“True Blood”). The film was produced by Sunchaser Entertainment’s Stephanie Riggs, Before the Door’s Corey Moosa and Sean Akers, and Christian Arnold-Beutel. Zachary Quinto and Neal Dodson of Before the Door executive produced with Ben Samuels, Marcus Schoefer, and Gudrun Giddings.
BANSHEE CHAPTER centers on a female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) who had been experimenting with mind-altering chemicals developed in secret government drug tests. A fast-paced blend of fact and fiction, the story is based on real documents, actual test subject testimony, and uncovered secrets about covert programs run by the CIA.
"Sleepy Hollow" has returned strong from its brief hiatus during the World Series with great episodes both last week and last night. Will next week's Episode 1.09, "Sanctuary," give us a triple? Check out this preview for a few clues of what happens when sleeping evils are awoken.
"Sleepy Hollow" Episode 1.09 - "Sanctuary" (airs 11/25/13)
When Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) investigate a missing persons case, the search leads to a Colonial-era house which holds secrets from Ichabod’s past... and unleashes a long-dormant evil.