If you’re one of the lucky ones who can go and see Adam Wingard’s The Guest in theatres, please take the opportunity to do so; the rest of us will live through you vicariously. In the interim we can all dig on this new clip.
From the director of You’re Next and featuring a standout, badass performance from Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), comes The Guest: a tense, action-packed, and unpredictable film like everything and nothing you’ve ever seen before.
A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
When we first told you about writer/director Mitch Cohen’s zombie comedy project Super Zero, it was in reference to last year’s Kickstarter campaign that sought to secure funds for a feature film. That wasn’t to be, though Cohen forged ahead regardless to create a promising short edition which you can watch right here!
We asked Cohen whether the failure of his Kickstarter project to reach its target influenced the decision to create a short film instead. Not so, he explained, telling us: “The story of the production is that the Kickstarter was also to produce the short film. The idea was to make the short as a teaser and a proof of concept to expand this into a feature film or a series. I have already developed the project out both ways. Even though the Kickstarter was unsuccessful financially, it gave me some promotion and I met some really talented people who helped me get it made for way less money and with even more production value. So in that way the Kickstarter campaign was a success!”
Super Zero stars Umberto Celisano, Giselle Gilbert, Al Bernstein and Tyler White, is written and directed by Mitch Cohen, and is produced by Devon Byers and Alex Moran.
When Josh Hershberg, a 20-year-old introverted geek culture lover, is diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, he believes he isn’t special and has nothing to offer the world. However, on the day he decides to kill himself and end it all, a vessel carrying the first sample of liquid water discovered on Mars crashes to Earth on re-entry, sparking the Zombie Apocalypse.
One month later, the world has gone to hell and Josh has set off to wander through the madness alone. He stumbles upon his crush, her cousin and a wayward pizza party clown trying to find their way to safety. In the middle of a sudden Zombie attack, the three learn that Josh is immune to being a target of the undead due to his rare illness. Josh, using his comic-book/gaming/movie knowledge and engineering expertise, crafts Zombie killing weapons and heroically saves the lives of his compatriots, earning him a place in their ragtag group.
In the process, Josh discovers, once and for all, you may not know what makes you special, but your time will come. And perhaps, when the biggest epic fail ever to happen to civilization triggers the rising of the dead to kill the living, one may find that there is a zombie assassin in all of us.
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On tap right now is an exclusive clip from Don Thacker’s flick Motivational Growth (review). That being said, hurry up and disinfect your hands. Get your favorite salve ready!
Motivational Growth Release Details
Indiecan Entertainment, Parade Deck Films, and Devolver Digital have teamed up to release Don Thacker’s sleeper festival hit MOTIVATIONAL GROWTH (starring genre legend Jeffrey Combs).
The film will hit VOD worldwide on September 30th (via Devolver in most countries and Indiecan in Canada), Blu-ray and DVD in Canada on the same date, and DVD in the US the following week (via Parade Deck) on October 6th.
The DVD release will include a commentary track (with actors Jeffrey Combs and Adrian DiGiovanni and director Don Thacker), a photo gallery, and trailers. The Blu-ray edition will also include some additional behind-the-scenes material.
In Motivational Growth, Ian Foliver (Adrian DiGiovanni), a depressed and reclusive man in his 70s, finds himself taking advice from a growth in his bathroom after a failed suicide attempt. The Mold (Re-Animator star Jeffrey Combs), a smooth talking fungus born of the filth in a neglected bathroom, works to help Ian clean himself up and remodel his lifestyle. The Mold has big plans for Ian, but they may not be as innocent as they seem. A labyrinthine narrative follows, full of colorfully drawn characters and gruesome body horror. “The Mold knows, Jack. The Mold knows.”
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2014 Fantastic Fest Award Winners Include It Follows, The Babadook, Spring, Dead Snow 2, and Alleluia
Fantastic Fest 2014 doesn’t officially end until this Thursday, September 25th, but all the premieres are done, which means it’s time to to announce this year’s Fantastic Fest Award winners.
It was an outstanding year for features and shorts, making the job of honoring a select crop all the more difficult, but the Fest’s esteemed team of jurors have done the nearly impossible and chosen the best films of the festival.
The audience awards are presented by accounting firm Maxwell Locke & Ritter, who provided the certified tabulation of ballots this year and are the exclusive accounting sponsor of Fantastic Fest. Dell Precision is the presenter of the prestigious “Next Wave” Award, which honors emerging filmmakers. The winners of the “Next Wave” feature awards are presented with a new Dell Precision mobile workstation.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary film critic Leonard Maltin by Alamo Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest co-founder Tim League and his longtime friend Louis Black, co-founder of the Austin Chronicle and SXSW.
AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA (director Isao Takahata)
“NEXT WAVE” SPOTLIGHT COMPETITION PRESENTED BY DELL PRECISION
Best Picture: IT FOLLOWS (director David Robert Mitchell)
Best Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky (THE TRIBE)
Best Screenplay: David Robert Mitchell (IT FOLLOWS)
Best Actor: Lou Taylor Pucci (SPRING)
Best Actress: Amy Everson (FELT)
Best Picture: ALLELUIA (director Fabrice Du Welz)
Best Director: Fabrice Du Welz (ALLELUIA)
Best Screenplay: Tetsuya Nakashima, Maiko Tedano and Nobuhiro Monma (THE WORLD OF KANAKO)
Best Actor: Laurent Lucas (ALLELUIA)
Best Actress: Lola Dueñas (ALLELUIA)
Best Picture: THE BABADOOK (directed Jennifer Kent)
Best Screenplay: Jennifer Kent (THE BABADOOK)
Best Director: Martín De Salvo (DARKNESS BY DAY)
Best Actor: Noah Wiseman (THE BABADOOK)
Best Actress: Essie Davis (THE BABADOOK)
GUTBUSTER COMEDY FEATURES
Best Picture: DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD (director by Tommy Wirkola)
Best Director: Hans Petter Moland (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)
Best Screenplay: Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen and Tommy Wirkola (DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS DEAD)
Best Actor: Pål Sverre Hagen (IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE)
Best Actress: Sylvia Hoeks (BROS BEFORE HOS)
Best Picture: KUNG FU ELLIOT (director Jaret Belliveau)
Best Director: Tim Grabham, Jasper Sharp (THE CREEPING GARDEN)
SHORT FUSE: HORROR SHORTS
Winner: THE STOMACH directed by Ben Steiner
Runner-up: INVADERS directed by Jason Kupfer
Winner: THE VOICE THIEF directed by Adan Jodorowsky
Runners-up: MY FATHER IS A BIRD (director Boaz Debby) and SOLITUDO (director Alice Lowe)
DRAWN AND QUARTERED: ANIMATED SHORTS
Winner: THE CHAPERONE (director Fraser Munden)
Runner-up: DAY 40 (director Sol Friedman)
Best in Show: BANANA CHALICE (developed by Kyle Reimergartin)
Gold Prize: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE TURNED (director Andrés Rosende)
Silver Prize: FIERCE (director Francisco Lorite)
Bronze Prize: HURT (director Pablo Proenza)
Special Jury Mention for “Keeping the Spirit of the 80’s Alive”: THE SHADOWDWELLERS (producer Erick Salomon)
Jury Award for Work in Progress and Chemistry Award: FRONDOSO EDEN DEL CORAZON (director Juan Manuel Fodde)
Morbido/Latam Consultation Award: EAT ME (director David Michán)
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Beyond the Window Coproduction Meetings: HAVANA VAMPIRE TERRITORY (director Carlos Lechuga) and THE SHORE (director Juan Felipe Orozco)
Invited to Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires for Blood Window / Bloody Work in Progress: SCHERZO DIABOLICO (director Adrián García Bogliano)
KING OF SHAKEYFACE
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This is is, kids! Annabelle will be haunting your local theatre next week, and right now we have your chance to score all sorts of spooky gear on us! Read on for details regarding this mega-sized creepy fiesta of items!
So what’s in the bundle, you ask? Holy cow, are you in for a bounty of goodies!
- Glow in the Dark Playing Cards
- “Annabelle” Cinch Bag
- Heat Changing Mug
- “Annabelle” Eyes Sleeping Mask
- #I Like Your Doll T-shirt
- “Annabelle” Paper Mask
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest ends at 12:01 AM PT on October 6th.
Scheduled for release October 3, 2014, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller Annabelle begins before the evil was unleashed.
John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia — a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long.
On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now…Annabelle.
Annabelle Wallis (X-Men: First Class) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) star as the Forms.
Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek, Twelve Years a Slave) stars as Evelyn, a neighbor who owns a bookstore and is familiar with the occult. Rounding out the cast are Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill”) and Brian Howe (Devil’s Knot) as neighbors Sharon and Pete Higgins; Tony Amendola (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) as Father Perez; and Eric Ladin (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire,”) as Detective Clarkin.
Annabelle reunites the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring. James Wan, director of the global hit, is producing Annabelle with Peter Safran. John R. Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on The Conjuring, is directing.
Gary Dauberman wrote the script. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Hans Ritter are the executive producers. Also joining Leonetti behind the scenes are director of photography James Kniest, production designer Bob Ziembicki, editor Tom Elkins, and costume designer Janet Ingram. Joseph Bishara composed the score.
New Line Cinema presents an Atomic Monster/Safran Company Production, Annabelle.
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Directed by Robert Rodriguez, Dwight H. Little, Fede Alvarez, Nick Copus, Joe Menendez, Eduardo Sánchez
Distributed by Entertainment One
From the beginning, it seemed like a concept that could quite easily be a total disaster: taking the core story and narrative path of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s 1996 genre mash-up From Dusk Till Dawn and spreading it out across a full ten-episode television season. Thankfully, a disaster it is not – sufficiently devoted to the source material to remain closely familiar, but packed with enough new and expanded content to make it its own distinct animal.
From Dusk Till Dawn chronicles the exploits of infamous criminal duo Seth (Cotrona) and Richard (Holtz) Gecko, who are forced on the run after a botched bank heist culminates in an explosion-filled shootout with the local police force. Leaving a trail of bodies in their wake as they make their way across the Mexican Border to meet up with their shady ‘employer’, Carlos (Valderrama), the boys take Christian preacher Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his two kids – Kate (Madison Davenport) and Scott (Brandon Soo Hoo) – hostage in an attempt to use their family-style RV as a Trojan horse through checkpoints.
With the worst seemingly behind them, the Geckos and Fullers arrive at the amusingly-titled ‘Titty Twister’ – a biker bar in the middle of the desert that remains open from dusk ’til dawn – and sit down for a few well-earned drinks while awaiting further instruction from Carlos. Unfortunately, the bulk of their troubles have only just begun as it is soon revealed that the bar is in fact just the topmost section of an ancient Aztec temple that serves as the home and feeding ground of a race of vampire-like snake people.
Yes, I said “snake people.”
While the main flow of this particular story’s first time on our screens remains solidly in place here, Rodriguez and Co. have changed a number of things while digging deeper into others – some to greatly pleasing effect and some to needlessly overwrought levels. The aforementioned change from straight-up vampires to snake people (despite Rodriguez’s hints that he originally thought of it that way, the movie’s creatures were distinctly more bat-like) is initially a bitter pill to swallow and in the early stages threatens to undermine proceedings with an overly goofy presentation – but it soon becomes more comfortable in its new skin as the series develops its deeper, fresh mythology.
The character roster is afforded the temporal luxury of the television format for deeper insights into their personalities, and just about every main player gets their time in the sun (not literally, though, depending on their origins). Rather than his tiny bit-part in the original film, the Gecko Bros’ contact, Carlos, is set front and centre as the villain here, their coming together at the ‘Titty Twister’ being just one part of his nefarious plan for domination over not just Seth and Richard, but his own ancient people. As Carlos, Wilmer Valderrama chews up the scenery in a performance that lies just on the wrong side of hammy – obviously having fun with the material, but falling victim to the sporadically wonky script at some of the least appropriate moments.
Much more time is also given to developing the character of sizzling snake-dancer Santanico Pandemonium (González), taking the perspective of her from a seemingly malignant, succubus-like influence on Richard in the early stages through to a rather more sympathetic creature. In fact, one of the largest achievements of this new presentation is the much more intimate relationship between Richard and Santanico – one that stretches back through visions and ethereal visitations to a time much, much farther back than our entry point and serves to better round out the character originally brought to screens by Quentin Tarantino. Rather than simply being a neurotic/psychotic nutcase with a penchant for wanton violence and the murder of defenceless women, Richard here is a tortured and conflicted soul, his impulses toyed with and manipulated by outside forces that regularly leave him confused, mentally drained, and no doubt covered in blood. Zane Holtz is thoroughly excellent in the role – cold as steel, calculated when in control, but regularly overcome by otherworldly influences beyond his comprehension. And yet, ultimately, he’s an individual on little more than a quest for fulfillment and love.
Opposite him, D.J. Cotrona is in full-on Clooney Mode as he does his best to emulate the mannerisms and speech patterns of his predecessor’s original barnstorming performance. Not that that’s a bad thing at all – Seth Gecko remains as badass a character on screen as he did almost 20 years ago and is in very safe hands indeed with Cotrona.
Jesse Garcia also shines as enraged Texas Ranger Gonzalez, determined to put the criminal brothers either behind bars or in the ground for the convenience store murder of his superior, Earl McGraw (Don Johnson). Drawn into Carlos’ sights due to his dogged determination to bring the Geckos down, Gonzalez winds up having to put retribution on the back burner and fight alongside his rivals for the sake of his family. Garcia brings this angel of vengeance to life with a palpable energy and sense of broiling, righteous hatred that makes him very difficult to ignore.
It isn’t all rosy when it comes to From Dusk Till Dawn‘s first season, however. It often finds itself contending with a very janky script and disappointing CGI, its own dedication to straight-faced B-grade schlock keeping it wobbling precariously on the verge of falling into too self-confident, overblown nonsense – something into which it does regularly slip, as the airy-fairy mysticism gets ever more trite. Repetition becomes a factor (yes, we get the point of the snake clan’s symbol, already), and the production constraints of the new format leave the iconic ‘Titty Twister’ massacre and ensuring battles looking far more stagey than the cinematic counterpart. The expansion of the crotch-gun wearing Sex Machine character into a lecherous college professor – played by Jake Busey – who knows nearly everything there is to know about the toothy residents of the bar is also an aggravating move that simply doesn’t pay off at all beyond adding reams of needless exposition.
When it comes to the complete package, all involved do manage to keep the goofiness of the material in check sufficiently; combined with the same kind of reckless rock ‘n’ roll attitude found in its forebear, it remains almost as endearing and full of entertainment value as it did the first time around – better in parts, infinitely dumber in others. Yes, all-told I’d rather watch the original movie again over this new interpretation, but it does bring enough of worth to the table to justify its existence – and that bodes well for continuing the adventures of the remaining bunch of characters in the second season beyond the already familiar material.
Entertainment One’s UK DVD release of From Dusk Till Dawn: Season One sports a commentary for the pilot episode that brings in cast members D.J. Cotrona, Brandon Soo Hoo, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia and Zane Holtz alongside director Robert Rodriguez and writer/showrunner Carlos Goto. Other commentaries (Episodes 2, 6, 7 and 10) draft in various other directors, writers and actors including Wilmer Valderrama and Robert Patrick – all of which are well worth a listen, especially those with Rodriguez on the panel.
Besides the commentaries, the choice of special features on the release may look impressive on paper, but it’s a very different story in practice. Of a total circa 70 minutes of extras, nearly half of the offerings are little more than various quick TV spots and promotional materials for the El Ray Network and the show’s various sponsors. Most egregiously, the “SXSW Featurette” is little more than a commercial despite the name! Besides a lengthy and fun Q&A session with Rodriguez and the cast, the extras here feel like little more than a constant sell, and a world away from the kind of open-door production extras that fans would expect to see. Quite disappointing in the grand scheme, but saved from being genuinely poor by the commentaries and Q&A.
- Audio commentary on selected episodes
- Full length trailer
- ‘Best Kills’ video
- On Set: Episode 1 Day 1
- On Set: The Making of From Dusk Till Dawn
- Behind the Scenes: “On Set: Brought to You by General Motors”
- Behind the Scenes: “On Set: Brought to You by Dos Equis”
- Character Bio featurettes
- General Motors commercial featuring Seth Gecko
- Dos Equis commercial featuring Carlos Madrigal
- Big Kahuna Burger commercial
- ‘What’s in the Briefcase?’ spot
- SXSW featurette
- Q&A from premiere at Alamo Drafthouse with Robert Rodriguez and Cast
The fifth annual Mile High Horror Film Festival kicks off in Denver on October 9th, and the weekend of events will include screenings of films both new and old. In fact, this year’s lineup is downright stacked with delicious goodies, so read on for the full announcement!
From the Press Release:
The Mile High Horror Film Festival returns to celebrate five strong years with our best film lineup yet.
This year, the festival expands to include 80 independent horror films from 18 different countries. From slasher maniacs to supernatural spirits, this year’s film lineup is sure to make your skin crawl.
We have several special events lined up that pay homage to the genre: a 60th anniversary presentation of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3D with actress Julie Adams in person, a 40th anniversary presentation of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE with the original ‘Leatherface,’ Gunnar Hansen in person, CANDYMAN with horror icon Tony Todd in person, and a 15-year anniversary reunion for THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT with directors Dan Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez in person.
For fans of monster flicks, our films EXISTS (2014 USA), X MOOR, and LATE PHASES (2014 USA) are sure to please. Slasher fans, don’t miss PRESERVATION (2014 USA), DER SAMURAI (2014 Germany), and DEAD SNOW 2 (2014 Norway/Iceland).
If you like psychological thrillers, this lineup is sure to keep the heart pumping all weekend long: THE MAN IN THE ORANGE JACKET (2014 Latvia/Estonia), BLOOD PUNCH (2013 USA), HOOKED UP (2013 Spain), THE RECONSTRUCTION OF WILLIAM ZERO (2014 USA) STILL LIFE (2014 Argentina), and HOUSEBOUND (2014 New Zealand).
Fans of the V/H/S series, we will showcase the Colorado debut of the third installment, V/H/S: VIRAL. To top things off, we will host the 90-year anniversary of the silent classic, THE HANDS OF ORLAC (1924 Germany/Austria) with a live original score performed by Paul Buscarello.
Additional films will be announced soon.
Kick off the Halloween season with us at the Mile High Horror Film Festival. This year’s event takes place Oct. 9-12 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, and includes feature filmmakers, artists, celebrities and of course all the gore and horror that makes our festival a must see.
For a full list of events and ticket information, visit www.mhhff.com.
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Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey and Charles Dance Join Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; US Distro Locked Up
Two bits of info hit the wire late today with regard to the long awaited Pride and Prejudice and Zombies adaptation, one involving a casting update and the other announcing who will be distributing the film here in the U.S.
Per Deadline, Screen Gems has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights, and the “Game of Thrones” father/daughter duo of Charles Dance and Lena Headey (pictured) have joined the cast. No details were revealed regarding their roles.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies also stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth, and Suki Waterhouse. Burr Steers is directing from a screenplay by David O. Russell and Steers.
The film hails from Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver, Sierra/Affinity, and Lauren Selig. It is produced by Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Marc Butan, Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Exec producing are Lauren Selig, Aleen Keshishian, Ted Hamm, and Sue Baden Powell.
Along with the Screen Gems deal, they’ve sold Latin America, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Iceland to Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Sierra/Affinity is selling other international territories.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies mixes the 1817 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead. Seth Grahame-Smith’s popular novel plays with the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with the challenge of an army of the “sorry stricken” (i.e., zombies).
On the heels of a cryptic trailer released at Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference, Capcom has provided four minutes of gameplay footage for Resident Evil Revelations 2.
The demo follows the game’s protagonist, Claire Redfield, along with sidekick Moira Burton as they explore a beast-infested facility.
Instances of suspenseful tension are showcased along with combat sequences against sizable brutes. When the monsters attack, it is possible to shake them off with a rapid movement of the left joystick. Exploration is very linear as Claire follows a predetermined path beset by locked doors that prevent any open-ended gameplay.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is set for a release in early 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
In case the “American Horror Story: Freak Show” promo teaser we showed you earlier today wasn’t freaky enough, the powers-that-be are back with yet another, and this one wonders: “Are you one of us?”
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.
This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
“AHS” Season 4 debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O’Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.01 – “Monsters Among Us” (airs 10/8/14)
One of the only surviving sideshows in the country struggles to stay in business during the dawning era of television. When police make a terrifying discovery at a local farmhouse, the eccentric purveyor of the freak show (Lange) sees an opportunity that will lead her troupe either to their salvation or ruin. Written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk; directed by Ryan Murphy.
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Directed by Nacho Vigalondo
Distributed by Icon Home Entertainment
The morning after a barely-remembered one night stand is rendered infinitely more uncomfortable for Julio (Villagrán) and Julia (Jenner) by the discovery that as they slept, giant alien ships have appeared on Earth, hovering over major cities. The majority of the population of their particular town have been evacuated to an unknown location, but a few stragglers still remain. Among these is Julia’s nerdy neighbour Ángel (Areces), who is quite obviously (but secretly) smitten with her and, more challengingly for the pair, Julia’s boyfriend, Carlos (Cimas).
As the group come together in Julia’s apartment to try and figure out just what is going on with their ominous interstellar visitors, director Vigalondo starts us off on a light-hearted Woody Allen-esque comedy of errors. Through their own graphic design, group discussion and snippets of information gleaned from a still-transmitting local TV station, Julio and Co. busy themselves with trying to come up with a plan. There’s a rotten core to the whole affair, however, and soon the lies spun by Julio and Julia in an attempt to hide their previous night-time activities from Carlos lead to yet more lies, attention-diverting victimisation and the unintentional fostering of extreme paranoia.
Extraterrestrial is a funny movie, no doubt – but only sporadically. As a light romp, it rarely finds itself particularly bogged down or losing pace but at the same time it lacks sufficient substance. Vigalondo makes the bold move of having none of his story’s protagonists be particularly endearing individuals – all of them more concerned with their own individual obsessions and desires to the point that the dissolution of the group is inevitable. As Ángel, Carlos Areces delivers most of the laughs, his character outshining the rest by a wide margin. In fact, quite possibly the most memorable part of the film involves little more than him, a tennis ball shooting machine, a flag and a megaphone. That this one short sequence manages to eclipse almost the entirety of the film surrounding it is rather damning – it acts as a reminder of the energy that the rest of Extraterrestrial is sorely lacking.
So little is presented of actual value regarding the alien visitors that they might as well not even be there. It’s a perplexing move considering they seem to be central enough to the story to name the film itself in reference to them – hell, for all of the effect this decision actually has it could have been inexplicably giant monkey heads floating across the city, or simply an effects-budget-saving news report detailing a chemical spill/terrorist attack that has necessitated the evacuation. With a few extra tweaks, the story could be played out almost entirely the same way with little narrative or thematic impact. On one hand, it’s another admirably bold approach by Vigalondo but on the other, it’s a consistent source of frustration and disappointment throughout. Waiting for the film to actually go anywhere interesting is a futile exercise as it treads water with the odd dash of pleasingly black humour, only to draw to a close with little in the way of any kind of payoff. The persistent quirkiness of its characters’ behaviour lends a certain charm, but the material isn’t strong enough to keep itself going on that alone.
Just like the giant ships that hover overhead, Extraterrestrial will hold your attention without much effort – but a refusal to switch on the engines means it’s never more than just… ‘there’.
Icon Home Entertainment’s UK DVD release of Extraterrestrial is well presented in terms of audio and video, but it comes bereft of special features.
Get ready, kids! It doesn’t get any cooler (or more expensive than this)! 9.5 inches tall. 7.5 inches wide. Nearly 14 inches long. 33 pounds of SOLID GOLD! Wait until you see this!
In celebration of Godzilla‘s 60th anniversary, Japanese jewelry maker Ginza Tanaka was commissioned to create a 24-karat gold Godzilla collectible to die for. This bad boy is displayed on a matching black marble base and is available at all Ginza Tanaka stores in Japan.
So how much, you ask? Why it’s just 150,000,000 Yen. That’s nearly $1.5 million USD. I know what I want for Christmas! Um… Debi? Light of my life?
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Director Colin Trevorrow just tweeted out a new image from the set of Jurassic World, and this one is definitely for the eagle-eyed fans of the original Spielberg masterpiece!
The image features a pretty worn out and knocked over sign which points towards the East Dock that Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) knocked over while trying to escape in the first flick! Check it out!
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) September 22, 2014
Vincent D’Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
More as it comes.
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We’ve been talking about Adam Robitel’s The Taking of Deborah Logan for a few weeks here on DC, but now finally we have some release news for you! Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Millennium Entertainment is proud to announce the home entertainment release of the genre-bending THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN. Just in time for Halloween, the found-footage thriller will be available on Early EST (electronic sell-through) October 21, 2014 before heading to VOD and DVD on November 4, 2014.
Directed by Adam Robitel, the spine-chiller stars Jill Larson (ABC’s “All My Children,” Shutter Island), Anne Ramsay (Planet of the Apes, A League of Their Own, NBC’s “Mad About You,” ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”), Michelle Ang (My Wedding and Other Secrets, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son), and Ryan Cutrona (Fox’s “24,” AMC’s “Mad Men”).
Mia Medina (Ang) has finally found the perfect subject for her PhD thesis film on Alzheimer’s Disease. For the next several months, cameras will record the everyday life of mother Deborah Logan (Larson) and her daughter, Sarah (Ramsay). But as the days progress, strange things begin to happen around Deborah that are not consistent with any findings about Alzheimer’s. It becomes apparent that there’s something besides Alzheimer’s that has taken control of Deborah’s life. It’s an evil that is far worse than the debilitating disease with which she was first diagnosed.
THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN has a running time of 90 minutes and is rated R for disturbing violent content, language, and brief nudity. The film is co-executive produced by Adam Robitel, Gavin Heffernan, Kurt Fethke, and Scott Adler. Rene Besson, Christa Campbell, Alex Cutler, Luke Daniels, Lati Grubman, Dana Guerin, Jonathan Stein, and Jason Taylor serve as executive producers with Bryan Singer and Jeff Rice as producers.
Exclusive bonus features include “The Making of The Taking of Deborah Logan Soundbites” with Jill Larson, Michelle Ang, Anne Ramsay, Brett Gentile, Jeremy DeCarlos, and Adam Robitel.
Back in April of 2013, we learned that J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions was in negotiations for the rights to Stephen King’s bestselling 2011 novel 11/22/63 for a possible TV series, but then not much happened. Today we finally have an update, and the “network” the show is heading to isn’t one you’d expect.
Per Hulu’s Blog Hulu has greenlit “11/22/63″ – a new Hulu Original from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, acclaimed author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television.
Here are the details direct from Craig Erwich, Hulu’s Senior Vice President, Head of Content:
This direct-to-series order marks a monumental deal for Hulu as we partner with J.J. Abrams and Stephen King, two of the most celebrated storytellers of our time. We are thrilled to be working with them and with Warner Bros. Television to bring this unique take on one of the most seminal historic events of the twentieth century to Hulu.
Based on the best-selling, award-winning novel by Stephen King, “11/22/63″ will take viewers on a journey back to the day that former President Kennedy was shot and ask the eternal question: “What if?” Part thriller, part love story, “11/22/63″ is a fascinating story that goes beyond the concept of time travel. With the talented team of producers bringing the story to life, we are confident that “11/22/63″ will be an event series that our viewers will love.
“11/22/63″ joins our growing offering of premium Hulu Originals and reinforces our mission to continuously captivate and connect audiences with the stories they love. The series will make its debut exclusively on Hulu. Until then, keep checking back for more details.
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Here at Dread Central we’re all about giving back, and any time we get the chance to help spread the word about a worthwhile cause, we jump on it. Two have come to our attention that we’re thrilled to share with you.
First up, Gary Cecil over at The Black Cat Horror Blog has launched a Get Kids in Costumes initiative. The basis of this charity is to help underprivileged children and their families on Halloween to make sure that the little ones have Halloween costumes and baskets to celebrate the spookiest day of the year.
Every dollar earned will go directly to an account set up specifically for the donations! Whether it’s a penny or a hundred bucks, it doesn’t matter. Click here to learn more and to contribute.
One thing I know about first-hand is how much it sucks to spend Halloween night in the hospital. Believe you me, it was NOT as exciting as it was for Laurie Strode in Halloween II. That being said, one of the most popular Halloween shops, Spirit Halloween, has launched a Spirit of Children campaign as a means to help make the hospital stays of kids a lot more fun on Halloween.
Click here to learn more and to contribute.
Come on, guys! It’s that time of year when everyone is entitled to AT LEAST one good scare! Do something good… and spooky… today!
Directed by Conor McMahon
In From the Dark Irish director Conor McMahon sacrifices the goofy humor seen in his previous effort Stitches in favor of no-nonsense horror that combines a fear of the dark with vampire mythology.
From the Dark is exceedingly simple in terms of its story: While on holiday, a young couple named Mark (Cromwell) and Sarah (Algar) become stranded on a muddy back road in rural Ireland. Brandishing a flashlight, Mark takes off on foot to discover an old house in which lies an elderly man in a state of delirium and shock from a wound to the neck. After returning to the car to get Sarah for assistance, they discover that the old man has fallen victim to a sinister creature with a strong distaste for the light.
With a simple twist on the vampire mythology, McMahon starts things off strong and creepy, keeping the creature out of focus or moving ever so slightly out of frame with the arrival of a light source. Throughout much of the film he keeps this trend going, even when the creature has traded in the shadows of the woods of Ireland for the confines of a dimly lit house; out of focus background shots, quick moments of action, and dimly moonlight-lit rooms keep the creature’s true appearance from being fully revealed. Granted, glimpses are seen, at least enough to show its form.
Bipedal and tall, the creature is an unholy union of Nosferatu and the subterranean humanoids from The Descent with a bit of vampire goodness from I Am Legend tossed into the mix. The result is mostly uninspired, but the real magic in the film is when McMahon keeps it relegated to the shadows.
Ironically, it’s From the Dark’s simplicity and straightforward approach that hinders it the most. After darkness falls, it becomes a mostly one-note film with Sarah’s quest for light taking a repetitive turn that’s fairly unsatisfying given the interesting setup. Once all hell breaks loose, the suspense slowly fades in favor of a more action-oriented approach, but darkness with only the moonlight and a cell phone to (mostly) lead the way renders it unexciting. There are only so many ways you can keep the same process of “hide, find light, fight back, hide” engaging enough before you’re itching for something new.
But what McMahon gets right he does in a way that helps to offset its many issues. In addition to remaining relatively tight and genuinely suspenseful at times, the two leads are exceptionally believable as an ordinary, run-of-the-mill couple seeking to get away from it all for a few days before being thrust into an extraordinary situation. They bicker and trade barbs, but underneath it all there is a very real and natural sense of love and respect for each other. As a result, you genuinely care about their plight, especially when Mark becomes incapacitated and Sarah must do everything she can to save them from the darkness.
From the Dark is a mostly fun and a little scary, yet inoffensive film that, although satisfying for what it is, could have benefited greatly from a little bit of risk-taking. It takes the safe route. It’s not bad, it’s not great, it’s just a well-made little thriller.
What has eight legs and breathes fire? Whatever it is, please keep it far the hell away from me as I don’t need that kind of shit in my life! What I do need, however, is a new flick from Mike Mendez, and if it stars a hellish beast like the one I just described, then I’m okay with that too!
From the Press Release
Giant lava-breathing tarantulas – Lavalantulas – erupt out of ancient volcanoes in the Santa Monica Mountains, raining death and destruction upon Los Angeles, in the new Syfy Original Movie Lavalantula, premiering in summer 2015.
With the City of Angels on the verge of incineration, only a washed up ‘90s action hero actor, played by Steve Guttenberg (Police Academy, Diner) — joined by Police Academy alumni Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy) and Michael Winslow (Police Academy: The Series) — stand in the way of this monstrous swarm of bloodthirsty creatures who burn their victims alive.
Currently in production in Los Angeles, Lavalantula also co-stars Nia Peeples (“The Young and the Restless”) and Ralph Garman (KROQ/LA DJ).
Lavalantula will be directed by Mike Mendez, who won a Saturn Award for helming Big Ass Spider!
Look for more on this feature showcasing fire-breathing tarantulas as soon as we get it!
A few days ago we saw the first clip from the upcoming Season 6 premiere of “The Vampire Diaries,” Episode 6.01, entitled “I’ll Remember,” and now we’re back with another, in which we see how Caroline (Candice Accola) is coping with her loss.
“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.01 – “I’ll Remember” (airs 10/2/14): After spending the past four months coping with the loss of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) in an unconventional and potentially dangerous way, Elena (Nina Dobrev) has returned to Whitmore College for the start of sophomore year.
Unable to move on, Caroline (Candice Accola) is desperate to find a way to reverse the anti-magic spell the Travelers have put over Mystic Falls and grows frustrated when her calls to Stefan (Paul Wesley) go unanswered.
Tyler (Michael Trevino), who is human once again, has a run-in at a football tailgate that tests his ability to control his anger, while Matt (Zach Roerig) worries that Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is dealing with the loss of Bonnie (Kat Graham) in a self-destructive way.
Alaric (Matt Davis), who is struggling to adjust to his new life as a vampire, finds himself in an awkward situation when he meets Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), a beautiful doctor at the university hospital.
Lastly, while everyone believes Stefan is off tracking a lead to get Damon and Bonnie back, Elena is shocked when she learns the truth of what he has really been up to. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Caroline Dries.
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Kojima Productions has released its first concept teaser for the next entry into the Silent Hill franchise, Silent Hills.
The creepy video sets a promising pace as it features dying victims spewing carrion and a glimpse at one of the game’s giant monsters, following the tradition of the Silent Hills series’ inventive monstrosities.
Silent Hills was announced cryptically this year at Gamescom as it was a hidden reveal at the end of Sony’s P.T. demo.
Silent Hills is being helmed by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, along with acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro. The game features “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus.