After premiering in the Midnight section of the SXSW Film Festival, Vertical Entertainment acquired
This morning we brought you the exclusive poster premiere to Mickey Keating’s “Twilight Zone”-esque horror Pod (read our review). Now, we have a way cooler one-sheet to go along with the newly released trailer and word of an August 28th theatrical run.
Lauren Ashley Carter, Dean Cates, Brian Morvant, Larry Fessenden, and John Weselcouch star in the film in which a family intervention goes horrifically awry within the snowy confines of an isolated lake house.
“After receiving a troubling voicemail, estranged siblings Ed and Lyla (Dean Cates and Lauren Ashley Carter) travel to their isolated family lake house in Maine to hold an intervention on their increasingly paranoid, war veteran brother, Martin (Brian Morvant). But the situation rapidly spirals out of control when they discover the house completely ransacked and learn that Martin has constructed an elaborate and horrifying conspiracy theory surrounding a sinister entity that he believes he has trapped in the basement.”
On Aug. 30th FrightFest UK will host World Premiere of Most Likely to Die.
We’re throwing out caps in the air over the exclusive poster premiere for the film to Anthony DiBlasi’s (Dread, Missionary) latest, which stars Heather Morris, Ryan Doom, Perez Hilton, Chad Addison, and Tess Christiansen.
“‘Glee’ star Heather Morris and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ enfant terrible/showbiz gossip blogger Perez Hilton are part of a 10-year High School reunion hosted by a disgraced ice hockey player. Soon the party takes a deadly turn when one-by-one the former classmates, each with a secret shared history, turn up dead according to their senior yearbook superlatives. Who is the masked psycho with the razor-sharp mortarboard and what exactly is his problem?”
The film is said to be an homage to 80’s slasher genre.
In a bold, new approach to bringing iconic horror films to life during “Halloween Horror Nights,” Universal Studios Hollywood will break new ground with the introduction of its first ever 3D horror-comedy maze, “This is the End 3D,” based on 2013’s hit movie starring James Franco, Seth Rogen Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson, beginning on Friday, September 18, 2015.
The hilarity of this genre-defying blockbuster movie, This is the End, will take a dark turn in this all-new maze experience that will come to life in hypnotic 3D. The end of the world will begin as guests head to the ultimate A-list party at James Franco’s new Hollywood Hills home, before the Apocalypse strikes and they find themselves trapped in a life-and-death struggle against the demons of the underworld. With the fate of humanity at the crossroads of heaven and hell, “This is the End 3D” will offer defining moments for those guests brave enough to tempt the devil as their destiny hangs in the balance to be damned for eternity or raptured to heaven engulfed in a sea of blue light.
“Halloween Horror Nights” 2015 at Universal Studios Hollywood kicks off on Friday, September 18 and continues on select nights through November 1. The popular event brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror. Featuring an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, frightful scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with spine-chilling haunted attractions during Southern California’s most extreme Halloween experience.
Recent maze announcements include “Guillermo del Toro Presents Crimson Peak: Maze of Madness,” based on Legendary and Universal Pictures’ much-anticipated Crimson Peak film directed, co-written and produced by celebrated filmmaker Guillermo del Toro; “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” based on season 5 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series, “Insidious: Return to the Further,” based on the bone-chilling Insidious film trilogy, and “Halloween: Michael Myers Comes Home,” based on director John Carpenter’s cult-classic horror film. This year’s event will also feature the global phenomenon and multi-talented dance crew, Jabbawockeez, direct from Las Vegas in an all-new original show, performing multiple times per night throughout the run of “Halloween Horror Nights.”
Alchemy – who has already nabbed films such as Rob Zombie’s 31 and Bernard King’s Frankenstein – has acquired North American distribution rights to the French-language horror pic Evolution, helmed by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, writes Deadline.
It has been set to world premiere in the Vanguard section at next month’s Toronto Film Festival. Hadzihalilovic wrote the screenplay with Alanté Kavaïté and Geoff Cox and serves as Hadzihalilovic’s follow-up to her 2004 indie hit Innocence.
“In the pic, 10-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother in a village on a remote island inhabited solely by women and young boys. In a hospital overlooking the ocean, all the boys are subjected to a mysterious medical treatment. Only Nicolas questions what is happening around him. He senses that his mother is lying to him, and is determined to find out what she does with the other women at night, on the beach. What he discovers is the beginning of a nightmare into which he is helplessly drawn. Max Brebant, Roxane Duran and Julie-Marie Parmentier star.“
A job at a magnificent house owned by a famous musician seems too good to be true – and it is – in the tension-filled horror film Para Elisa. The acclaimed new Spanish film comes to DVD and VOD on September 1, 2015 from Dark Sky Films.
“Desperate for some post-graduation cash, party girl Ana (Ona Casamiquela, Eva) answers a babysitting ad. She arrives for an interview at the elegant home of Diamantina (Luisa Gavasa, Flesh Memories), a former child prodigy pianist who is now an eccentric old woman who collects antique toys and dolls. Ana is disturbed by Diamantina’s odd behavior and horrified to discover that her child, Elisa (Ana Turpin, Bandolero), is not a child but rather a deranged woman her own age. Before Ana really understands what’s happening, she finds herself trapped in the house and made to serve as Elisa’s new toy – a toy that like many others before it may well be broken.”
Debuting writer-director Juanra Fernandez crafts a breathless horror with Para Elisa, a film that plays out with violent intensity and escalates to a nightmarish climax that will leave viewers asking if people are just things to be played with.
We’ve been pretty vocal about our excitement of the upcoming Attack On Titan live action adaptation, which is being split into two parts. Today, that excitement only ramps up as a new trailer has been released and now we get to see the Titans in all their horrific glory!
The trailer below is overflowing with action, violence, gore, disturbing visuals, and omni-directional mobility gear flying! You even go inside the mouth of a Titan! If this doesn’t get you hyped for these films, I honestly don’t know what will.
The synopsis for Attack On Titan:
The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?
Attack On Titan is being split into two films. The first film will hit Japanese theaters on August 8th and the second film, which bears the subtitle End Of The World, premieres on September 19th. Both are directed by Shinji Higuchi, who is also attached as director of Toho’s Godzilla reboot.
Electronic group Health have released a crazy music video for their track “Stonefist”, which comes from their new album Death Magic, an album that our own Mr. Disgusting told me, “…is a fucking snap kick to your head.” The video, directed by Naked Faces, shows the band performing in a dark space with bright spotlights illuminating them at choice moments. This is interspersed with scenes of choreographed dancing and, believe it or not, surgery clips.
What makes this video so effective is that it actually feels intense and sharp. Every edit is jarring and it culminates in a commentary on how far we’d go to “look beautiful” and stand out in front of the camera. It’s very Nip/Tuck, I gotta say.
Definitely give this one a view.
I remember buying The Offspring‘s Smash when I was in middle school (yeah, it was that long ago). That album became one of the defining pieces of music that would shape me for years to come, it’s blend of punk anger mixed with accessible and catchy tunes made for a simply irresistible (thanks Robert Palmer) album. It amazes but also very much pleases me knowing that the band is not only still around but still kicking ass and taking names, showing many upcoming acts how it’s really done.
That’s why I’m extremely excited to say that today we’ve teamed up with The Offspring to bring you an exclusive video premiere of them performing their newest single “Coming For You” on Guitar Center Sessions!
The band is hard at work on a new album, which is rumored to be coming out early next year. You can purchase the “Coming To You” single via the Offspring Online Store.
All upcoming Offspring tour dates can be found here.
Hard rock band Disturbed has announced that they will be embarking on a US tour in Spring of 2016 and it looks like they’ll be hitting venues much smaller than one would expect. I can’t speak of any outside of Michigan but St. Andrews Hall in Detroit is pretty damn tiny and the stage is really small. I know this because I’ve played on it and that sucker gets cramped REAL fast.
Vocalist David Draiman explains the band’s return:
Our return from hiatus was for one reason: we are dying for our fix of the live experience. We need to satisfy our addiction to the feeling you get when you play to the most dedicated and vibrant fan base in existence, the Disturbed ones. We know the Arena shows will come, but we wanted to start out feeling like it did in the old days. Intimate, hot, and intense. We can’t wait. Prepare yourselves. The Leviathan has risen.
The band will also be releasing their new album Immortalized next Friday, August 21st. You can order your copy here.
03/11 Commodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
03/12 The Showbox – Seattle, WA
03/14 Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
03/16 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
03/17 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
03/20 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
03/23 House of Blues – Dallas, TX
03/24 House of Blues – Houston, TX
03/25 House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
03/27 Iron City – Birmingham, AL
03/29 House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
03/30 The National – Richmond, VA
04/01 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
04/02 Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
04/04 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
04/05 Rapids Theater – Niagara Falls, NY
04/07 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
04/08 Orbit Room – Grand Rapids, MI
04/10 New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
Recently it was announced that New Line was set to reboot A Nightmare on Elm Street once again. Given how people feel about remakes and Hollywood’s lack of originality, this bit of news is probably disappointing to most. I get the frustration associated with that, but at the end of the day I just want a good movie, regardless of whether or not the material is original. And truth be told, I’m not ready to say goodbye to Freddy (or Michael or Jason or Leatherface and so on) so I welcome a remake/reboot, provided it’s actually good.
In his post on this news, Mr. Disgusting mentioned the idea of a female Krueger. Personally, I think this is a great idea. The issue with taking another stab at A Nightmare on Elm Street is that Robert Englund playing Freddy was such a vital part of the success the original franchise achieved. Replacing Englund is no easy task. So why not go a different route and introduce a woman Krueger? I’m on board, so much so that I decided to come up with five actresses that I think would make for excellent choices!
Waxwork Records took to Instagram to announce that they will be releasing Richard Band‘s score to the 1986 sci-fi/body horror film From Beyond.
Directed by Stuart Gordon and starring Jeffrey Combs, the film’s synopsis reads:
A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.
There is no word on when the album will be released but this is a very cool title to get the vinyl treatment! If you haven’t seen From Beyond, you’re missing out on a really fucked up but fascinating 80’s gem. Definitely give it a shot!
A photo posted by Waxwork Records (@waxworkrecords) on Aug 12, 2015 at 9:41pm PDT
In a recent interview, Wesley Snipes spoke about the possibility of returning to the universe of Blade, saying that discussions have been happening and they are “favorable”.
Snipes tells CBR:
Well, we’ve had some discussions. We have had very positive and favorable discussions about the Blade character and other things they have in mind. We’ll see where it goes. For those Blade fans, if we never reprise Blade, I have another character that will stand toe to toe with Blade any day. It’s not done yet.
Snipes last portrayed the Day Walker in 2004’s Blade: Trinity, which was pretty terrible, if we’re being honest here. Aside from the horrible miscasting of Dominic Purcell as Dracula, it felt like Snipes really just phoned in his performance. Personally, I found the second film to be the best and I’m really hoping that they can bring back the series in a fun, exciting, and charismatic way.
Still, if Snipes thinks that he’s got another character that could go “toe to toe” with Blade, that alone sounds rather fascinating. I could get behind something fresh and new.
Which would you prefer?
Hailing out of the UK, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise is finally set to World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival!
The pic features an insane cast, including Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss. We have a trio of pics from the thriller, one of which gives us a first look at Evans in the film.
“1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the elevators fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea.“
The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015.
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the release of New Line Cinema’s 1993 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Adam Marcus’ awful, yet seminal sequel in the Friday the 13th franchise that set the stage for Freddy vs Jason.
While Jason Goes to Hell was an abomination of a sequel, it was a huge moment for horror fans as it was the first time that New Line publicly tipped their hat to the notion that Jason would eventually battle budding slasher Freddy Krueger on screen.
Jason Goes to Hell was the first Friday the 13th since the 1980 debut by Sean Cunningham that turned its focus away from Jason Voorhees (noting that the Jason in A New Beginning was a copycat murderer). The film has a jarring opening sequence in which a SWAT team blasts a hail of bullets into Jason, eventually blowing him to smithereens. It sets the stage for a Jason-less sequel that’s clearly one of the biggest mistakes in the history of horror cinema.
Yet, after putting fans through their own personal hell, the filmmakers shocked audiences with an epilogue for the ages. This is where A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger makes a brief appearance. After Jason is pulled into the pits of Hell by a handful of demons, the camera zooms in on his infamous hockey mask… that’s when Freddy’s gloved hand comes bursting through, grabbing the mask, and pulling it down to Hell as well.
You see, in 1991 New Line Cinema released Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, which ended Freddy’s reign of terror and left him in the pits of Hell. That’s when they begun strategizing pitting Freddy against Jason, which would enter years of development hell.
Thanks partially to this on-screen tease, New Line remained committed to bringing the two slasher titans on screen together, only it would take a decade to bring into fruition. I say it was worth it, you?
Buy Costumes has a garbage bag and a mask for sale so you can pretend to be Ghostface from MTV’s ongoing “Scream,” which has 3 episodes left until the Season One finale.
The below costume is officially licensed (and already on sale). It includes a hooded pull over poncho, and mask. However, it does not include gloves, knife, pants, or shoes. You’ll have to find your own knife to take trick or treating. Wait, that seems like a bad idea…
In “Scream,” “After a cyber-bullying incident results in a brutal murder, the shocking violence stirs up memories of a killing spree from the past that has haunted some, intrigued others and maybe just inspired a new killer. A group of teens – with two old friends struggling to reconnect at its heart – become lovers, enemies, suspects, targets and victims of a killer who’s out for blood.“
Say what you will about Katherine Heigl, who you may remember from Bride of Chucky, but she’s a phenomenal actress.
It’s actually pretty exciting to see her return to her roots in the Warner Bros. thriller Unforgettable, which is to be directed by Denise Di Novi.
Christina Hodson is writing the script, which centers on a man whose new spouse is menaced by his ex-wife.
Heigl will star alongside Sin City‘s Rosario Dawson, adds Variety.
It’s unclear who will play the crazed ex-wife, but I damn sure hope it’s Heigl, who showed her emotional range in “Grey’s Anatomy” multiple times.
Di Novi is producing the film with her partner Alison Greenspan.
Vivieno Caldinelli’s Portal to Hell!!! is heading to the Toronto International Film Festival.
Being that it’s “Rowdy” Roddy Piper’s final performance, this 11-minute short is hotly anticipated.
In it, ““The apartment-superintendent hero of this primo slice of Canuxploitation has enough on his plate, what with all the plumbing and electrical problems and high-maintenance tenants. But then some jerks open up a multidimensional gateway in the basement. Thankfully, the guy standing between humanity and its certain destruction is played by the late, great “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.”
Matt Watts, Laura Robinson, Jordan Todosey, Millie Davis, Clyde Whitham, and Donald Tripe also star.
Check out the Portal to Hell!!! trailer debut below!
The 5th spot in After Dark’s ‘8 Films to Die For’ is the indie Suspension, directed by Jeffery Scott Lando (Decoys 2: Alien Seduction).
“Emily is a high-school student with a penchant for drawing gruesome pictures in her sketchbook. There’s a reason for her obsession with horrific images: Her father Tom once went on a murder spree and is now residing in a mental hospital. On a night she’s home alone babysitting her mute little brother, Tom escapes and targets Emily and her friends during a bloody killing rampage.”
Also starring is Ellen MacNevin (Supernatural), Steve Richmond (iZombie), Rustin Gresiuk (Flicka: Country Pride), Taylor Russell (Falling Skies), and two-time Ampia Best Actor award winner Duncan Ollerenshaw (Hell on Wheels).
Suspension was written by Kevin Mosley (Puppet Killer) and produced by Jeffery Scott Lando. Sage Brocklebank (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore) produced and starred in the film.
‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD, DVD and VOD.
Bluff Road Productions and Midnight Releasing are excited to announce the DVD and VOD release of Blood Punch, which Patrick Cooper was a big fan of.
Directed by Madellaine Paxson, the film reunites “Power Rangers RPM” stars Milo Cawthorne, Olivia Tennet and Ari Boyland in a bloody thriller, centered on a murderous love triangle that takes a shocking and grisly supernatural turn. Blood Punch pulls you into its vicious cycle on DVD, Digital HD and cable VOD starting September 1.
Blood Punch has been an audience and critical favorite since its premiere at the Austin Film Festival, where it won the Dark Matters Audience Award. Paxson was honored with Best Director and Best Feature at the Hoboken Film Festival, while the film has taken home seven additional Audience and Best Feature awards.
“Milton (Cawthorne, Deathgasm), a brilliant chemistry student breaks out of court-mandated drug rehab with a mysterious bad girl, Skyler (Tennet, “When We Go to War”). Looking to recruit a cook for a one-day drug score, she lures him to an isolated cabin with her psychotic and trigger-happy boyfriend Russell (Boyland, “Shortland Street”).
Russell reveals that he plans to murder Milton as soon as he is finished cooking the drugs, and their simple love triangle quickly descends into a mind-blowing supernatural cycle of carnage and mayhem with no end…and no escape.”
Dan O’Bannon is a name that resonates with genre fans everywhere. With a fairly small body of work, he left a great impact. This is the guy who wrote the first draft of Alien as well as the screenplays for Dead & Buried, Lifeforce and Total Recall, to name a few. O’Bannon also stepped behind the camera a few times to lend his hand at directing. The first time was in 1985 with the absolutely legendary Return of the Living Dead. A few years later he would direct his follow up, and last feature, The Resurrected.
The Resurrected, or Shatterbrain as it’s also known, was a straight-to-video release in the early 90’s that I never managed to see. A number of years back it received a DVD release but the only way to get a copy of that now is to pay more than anyone ever should for a DVD. Fortunately if you’re looking to get acquainted with the O’Bannon flick, OFDb Filmworks out of Germany has you covered with their DVD/Blu-ray combo.
Claire Ward (Jane Sibbett) wants to know what her husband Charles Dexter Ward (Chris Sarandon) is up to. Ever since learning of his ancestor, Joseph Curwen (also played by Sarandon), Charles has been acting very strange. It starts with Charles performing experiments in his home, before he eventually takes them to a secondary location. This is when Claire becomes most concerned as Charles simply does not come home anymore.
Claire enlists the help of a private investigator by the name of John March (John Terry). John starts by visiting the house where Charles is now conducting his experiments. Immediately John notices a foul odor that can be detected a mile or so away from the house. Once John gets to the house he encounters Charles and his assistant, both of whom are acting quite strange. Being the ace investigator that he is, John knows that something fishy is up. After doing some further digging, John discovers that Charles is attempting to resurrect the dead!
There’s a real pattern with Chris Sarandon that I’ve noticed over the years. Any time I see him in a movie, he’s awesome. The Resurrected is more of the same from Sarandon. He just has a very commanding presence about him and here he gets to demonstrate it in two roles. It’s a pleasure to watch.
The Resurrected did leave me with a bit of a bitter sweet feeling. Sweet because the movie is a ton of fun. It has the genre charm that was found in a bunch of horror movies from the late 80’s and early 90’s. There are some really great practical effects used throughout. One in particular is of what I believe to be the resurrected remains of a person who has dissolved into some weird looking creature. It’s hard to explain with words, but The Resurrected does a great job explaining it visually. The bitter part is that this is O’Bannon’s second, and ultimately last film as a director. That’s a real shame because much like he did in Return of the Living Dead, O’Bannon shows he has a great style and feel behind the camera. It’s a real bummer we didn’t get to see more from him.
Unlike most horror fans, I’m really not all too familiar with the work of H.P. Lovecraft. By that I mean the actual writings. All I really know of Lovecraft’s works is the adaptations. I bring this up because if there is a downside to The Resurrected, it’s a few issues here and there with the script. What I don’t know is whether or not these issues are tied to the actual source material from Lovecraft or the script itself, written by Brent V. Friedman. The issues I’m referring to are very minor. The script just isn’t as tight, as maybe something O’Bannon would have written itself. Parts get a little clunky at times, but this is really nitpicking. Overall, The Resurrected is a very fun horror movie that any horror fan would absolutely love.
Enough About the Movie, How’s the Actual Blu-ray Release
The release itself from OFDb Filmworks is quite nice. Starting with the packaging, which I’m admittedly a sucker for, down to the special features included on the three discs, this is the type of release I’d like to see most horror movies get. The packaging itself is a box that is quite a bit bigger than your typical Blu-ray case and even bigger than most DVD cases. It’s almost like a little boxset that a TV show would come in. The discs are contained inside a small flip book that comes in a large slip cover. The slip cover features gorgeous artwork and has the title in English, with everything else in German.
Inside the slip cover it the flip book containing the three disc – Blu-ray, DVD and DVD of special features. The case also contains a booklet, but this is also in German. There’s still a few cool pictures to look at in the booklet, but if you can’t read German, it likely won’t do much for you. Outside of the film itself, the real joy for fans, however, will come from the special features including on the 3rd disc. This thing is loaded and the majority are in English! There’s interviews with Sarandon, Friedman, Richard Band, audio commentaries and a ton more! The Sarandon interview in particular is a treat to watch.
I’ve said before that I’m no expert when it comes to judging the technical aspect on transfers of any release. I just know what looks good to me and what doesn’t. I think the transfer on this release of The Resurrected looks quite good, especially for a fairly obscure straight-to-video horror movie from the early 90’s. There was one very brief scene of a car driving that looked a little blurry to me, but other than that I had no issues. My biggest concern going into any release is whether or not darker scenes will be hard to see or contain lots of fuzz and I am to report that is not the case here. OFDb Filmworks used the true HD transfer they received from MGM and in the end I think it turned out quite well.
The Resurrected is now available on a special limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo from OFDb Filmworks. If you’d like to order a copy of The Resurrected you can do so through Amazon Germany. If you’re in the U.S. and iffy about ordering from Amazon Germany, I can assure you that you can do so without a problem. I’ve done so many times without issue.