UK Quad and Trailer For Hilarious Vamp Comedy ‘What We Do In the Shaodws’

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:11

Check out the UK trailer and quad for What We Do In The Shadows (read our review), a mockumentary/comedy written, directed by, and starring Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men In Black 3) and Academy Award nominee Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark).

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are three vampires living together and trying to cope with modern life; from paying rent, doing housework, and trying to get into nightclubs, they’re perfectly normal – except for their immortality, fangs, and thirst for human blood. When their 8000 year-old housemate, Petyr, turns 20-something Nick into a vampire, the guys must guide him through his newfound eternal life. In return, they are forced to learn a thing or two about modern life.

The film premiered at Sundance this year and is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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‘Wrong Turn 6′ Infographic Details Kill By Bloody Kill

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:07

Three Fingers, Saw Tooth and One Eye are looking for some new blood, and the hillbilly horror franchise will get that with a new director behind Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort. Helmed by Re-Kill‘s Valeri Milev, the sixth Wrong Turn arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD TODAY.

In this infographic, the legendary hillbillies’ murderous spree are details kill by bloody kill.

The unrelenting terror starts when an emotionally troubled young man, Danny, inherits an isolated backwoods hotel that may hold the key to his secret past. A trip to the peaceful resort quickly transforms into a blood-soaked killing spree, as Danny’s friends are brutally murdered one by one. Danny discovers that Three Finger and his flesh-eating kin are to blame, but the chilling surprises they have in store for him have only just begun. Danny ultimately learns that he has an unthinkable connection to the clan of hillbilly cannibals, but now that he knows the shocking truth, he will face an even more horrifying choice.

Sadie Katz, Aqueela Zoll, Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, Rollo Skinner, Billy Ashworth, Joe Gaminara, Harry Belcher, Raymond Steers, Luke Cousins, Tabitha Luke Eardley and Roxanne Pallett star.

The Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with tasty special features that will have you hungry for even more gore this Halloween. Check out a behind the scenes look at the dangerous Hobb Springs hotel, and learn how Danny really became part of the cannibals’ bloodline.

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Henry Rollins’ ‘He Never Died’ Gets Miniseries Spinoff

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:01

Rocker-turned-actor Henry Rollins (Feast) is attached to star in a miniseries spinoff of the recently completed indie horror-comedy feature He Never Died writes Variety.

The TV project will see Rollins sink his teeth deeper into the role of Jack, the immortal, bloodthirsty outcast at the center of the feature, which was lensed in Toronto.

He Never Died writer-director Jason Krawczyk, producer Zach Hagen of Alternate Ending Studio and producers David Miller and Adrienne Stern are also attached to the series.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the unique and bloody horror to Rollins’ cult following through this miniseries,” said 108 founder Abhi Rastogi. “The subject matter is unlike any other, giving audiences the chance to explore a whole new fictional world.”

“He Never Died follows Jack in his battle with cannibalism and mental sobriety. An exceptionally prolonged life has brought depression and detachment. Jack buys stolen blood from a hospital intern, plays bingo, sleeps fourteen hours a day, watches television six hours a day, and lives alone. This is his life – he has shelled himself away from social interactions. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. Jack must now walk a tight rope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility and self worth. As it turns out, there are very few reasons to live when you can’t die.”

Toronto-based 108 Media began shopping the miniseries earlier this month at Mipcom and will bring it to the American Film Market in Santa Monica next month.

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Top 10 70′s/80′s Horror Films From Snot’s Mike Doling

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:00

Hardcore punk/funk band Snot are back and they’re gearing up for a full US tour that will see them perform their classic debut album Get Some in its entirety! The tour kicks off November 28th in Palm Desert, CA and wraps up December 23rd in Pomona, CA.

Guitarist Mike Doling comments:

I want to let you know we are ready to rock out as hard as humanly possible with all you SNOT heads around the world on our first world tour. I hope you’re ready cause we have a ton of massive energy to bring to you. SNOT is something special to us. We will enjoy playing our debut and only record GET SOME in it’s entirety for you live for all you die hard SNOT HEADS! SAY SOMETHING FOR THE RECORD TELL THE PEOPLE WHAT YOU FEEL!!

Vocalist Tommy Vext adds:

Words cannot describe how excited I am to be getting back in the road with my brothers in SNOT. It is a privilege to play with a band that has had an indeterminable influence over countless artists from the bands inception & thereafter. I’m honored to pay tribute Lynn Strait and offer Snot fans on an international level the live experience they may not have yet enjoyed.

To celebrate this upcoming tour, Mike Doling has put together a list of his Top 10 70′s/80′s horror films! The list covers some recognized classics but also tosses in some films that aren’t given as much love as they might warrant.

Head on in to check out this list!

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Hollows Grove (2014)

Dread Central - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:00

Starring Mykelti Williamson, Lance Henriksen, Matthew Carey

Directed by Craig Efros

I’m a skeptic to the core and a horror aficionado through and through, so when such a boastful claim as “the most frightening film you’ll see all year” is made by the creators of Hollows Grove, I’ve GOT to jump in with both feet and see if a statement is verified and substantiated. I know that every person’s fear response is different and what will make one person wet their Underoos might not even raise a hair on the back of another’s neck. All that I could hope to ask for with each and every passing film that likes to make these allegations is a nice change of scenery and not another one of those “haunted asylum/orphanage films“… oh, crap.

Looking at the movie from the outside, you’d get the inclination that this is going to be another run-of-the-mill found footage display that attempts to freak the viewer out with loud bangs, flash scares, and an annoying cast that ABSOLUTELY REFUSES to drop a camera in order to save themselves, regardless of the peril they’re facing at the time. If you think for one moment that Hollows Grove opted to go that route and follow the blueprint of so many haunted institution films set out before it, then I’m terribly sorry to say that you’ve nailed it directly on the head. Allow me to dissect this carbon copy that fails to deliver the goods on a number of tiers.

The movie, directed by first-timer (outside of one short) Craig Efros, gives us a look into the Hollows Grove orphanage, which is supposedly one of the most haunted buildings in the U.S. and will be the subject of the latest episode of the Spirit Paranormal Investigation Team (S.P.I.T.- no, I’m not kidding) and their reality TV ghost hunting show.

Harold Maxwell (Matthew Carey) tags along with his friends on the team as they ready themselves to patrol the halls of the abandoned structure to see if they can collect evidence of any residual hauntings. The footage used was supposedly from Maxwell’s camera, and at times you get the feeling that the whole ghost hunting prospect is a cash-cow for the team with no real desire to take this stuff seriously. The movie takes a bit of time to get started, and we’re treated to a massive miscast in the film’s start as movie and TV veteran Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump, “24”) plays FBI Agent Jones, who is in charge of the case we’re about to witness. I had no idea that the feds would jump into a case regarding a missing ghost hunting crew, considering everything else they’ve got to look after; in any event, he is only used for about two minutes of actual screen time, so if you love the former Benjamin Buford Blue (Bubba), then you’ll be sorely disappointed.

As we’re on the “why was he even in the movie?” train, another icon is led to storyline sacrifice, and that is Lance Henriksen himself, playing Bill, who works on the show as a props director. His time on camera is amusing but FAR too short.

Also, one of the more irritating performances that I’ve personally seen on film in a while belongs to Matt Doherty in his role of show star Tim. His actions are the stuff of someone you’d like to pound into the ground – take the normal performance of Paul Giamatti, give him about 12-15 cups of high-octane coffee, raise his vocal levels a few octaves, and voila! Instant vexation towards any movie-watching experience.

All right – on to the visuals! We’re used to the routine shaky-cam vista that only a found footage film can offer, and while this is no different, there are at least a few breaks with some stationary cams every now and then, giving your flip-flopped innards a chance to settle. Night-vision also has its time in the sun (or the dark) when the going gets hectic for our crew of spook-spotters, and outside of a couple of certifiable “oh shit!” moments, I honestly cannot say that there is a difference between the Grove and movies like Session 9, Grave Encounters, or the myriad of spectrally haunted establishment films that have come before it.

Was I let down regarding the final product? Yes. Was I mildly amused at the idea of how full of crap the crew knew they were about their show and its production? Yes. Could I honestly recommend this to someone and make a statement that this movie will be the scariest thing they’ve seen all year? Don’t hold your breath. When it comes to investigating these halls, leave the doors locked and move along, please – this building was condemned for a reason, and that reason is justified.

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A Very Cool ‘Ouija’ Poster Conjured Up In the UK

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:51

Here’s a really cool UK poster for Universal Pictures’Ouija, in theaters October 24.

The pic stars “Bates Motel” and The Quiet Ones‘ Olivia Cooke, with Douglas Smith and Bianca Santos.

In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. 

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Bad Pollyanna Release Tribute Song To Sophie Lancaster

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 09:00

Some of the greatest minds throughout history have been people who strayed from the norm, who challenged the status quo by not conforming to the demands and expectations of society around them. Because of these people, the world has seen unbelievable works of art, read life-changing stories, seen classic movies, and more.

The trouble with being different is that there are people who find that to be a target, not something to be celebrated or nurtured or, at the absolute least, simply left alone. One such example of this was the murder of 21-year old Sophie Lancaster, who in 2007 was beaten so brutally that she lapsed into a coma, never regained consciousness, and died 13 days later. Her boyfriend of three years, Rob Maltby, was also beaten into a coma and has been left with lasting brain damage.

Born from that pain and loss was the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, a group that aims to “Stamp out prejudice, hatred and intolerance everywhere.

To help with this foundation, alt-rock band Bad Pollyanna along with cult makeup brand Illamasqua has released a charity track entitled “Invincible Girl” to commemorate the seventh anniversary of Lancaster’s murder.

Sophie’s mother Sylvia Lancaster states:

To say that everyone at The Sophie Lancaster Foundation is extremely excited about this track is an understatement. We all feel that seven years is an appropriate milestone to celebrate the strength and courage Sophie’s death has given us to slowly but surely change the world. The proceeds and awareness from this charity single will help us continue our crucial work.

You can purchase the track via Bandcamp. More information about Sophie Lancaster and the work that her mother is doing can be found at the official Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

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Australia’s Monster Fest 2014 Unveils More Juicy Details

Dread Central - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:00

We told you last month about the opening film, Charlie’s Farm, that will be kicking off Melbourne-based horror festival Monster Fest this year. Now we have a whole plethora of new info that cements the event as something that horror fans really won’t want to miss.

Between November 20 and 30, 2014, Cinema Nova in Carlton and Yah Yah’s Bar in Collingwood will play host to this year’s selection of blood-soaked cinematic depravity and something that sounds really, really special: the first ever ‘Monster Fest Academy of Horror & Mayhem’!

This will see four full days dedicated to workshops and master-classes designed to delight and educate horror fans and budding genre filmmakers. A smorgasbord of cult genre figures will be on hand to lead activities, including Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska, The Human Centipede: First Sequence star Ashley C. Williams, Astron-6’s Conor Sweeney and Matthew Kennedy, and legendary Troma pioneer Lloyd Kaufman, who will be delivering his internationally renowned ‘Make Your Own Damn Movie’ master-class.

These are just a few names from a stunning line-up of talent for the ‘Monster Fest Academy of Horror & Mayhem’, with the full details due to be revealed on Wednesday, November 29, at the official Monster Fest media launch at Cherry Bar, Melbourne. The master-classes themselves, alongside other events and activities, will take place at the fest’s lounge and event space – dubbed ‘The Monster’s Lair’ – situated upstairs at Yah Yah’s Bar, 99 Smith Street, Collingwood. Here, the drinks will flow and food can be had amidst a magical Dario Argento-inspired internal decor peppered with luxurious bean bags.

Films screening this year that have been announced so far include the aforementioned opener Charlie’s Farm, festival closer ABCs of Death 2, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, modern cult favourite WolfCop, the hysterically awesome Dead Snow 2, the Rose Leslie-starring Honeymoon, the World Premiere of Addison Heath’s Under a Kaleidoscope, and The Plague – a film by Melbournian duo Nick Kozakis and Kosta Ouzas.

But hell, that’s not all: Other news revealed by the fest includes the fact that they have entered an official partnership with Howling Wolves Wines of Margaret River, Western Australia. Whilst last year saw them partner up as official alcohol sponsor, for 2014 they’ve gone the whole hog (or should that be the whole bottle?) and are now a full naming partner, seeing this year’s festival now dubbed the ‘Howling Wolves Monster Fest’. I’ll drink to that!

Of the partnership, festival director Neil Foley said, “Having Howling Wolves come on board as our naming rights partner is a incredible development; it means we can continue growing to become the biggest, boldest, and nastiest film festival in the land – The Howling Wolves are riding the Monster wave; it’s a great day for Aussie horror!”

Limited tickets for the master-classes and special events at The Monster’s Lair (Yah Yah’s Bar) can be had via the Monster Fest ticket page on Pozible, with session tickets for each of the film screenings to be available soon from the Cinema Nova box office and website.
You can also follow Monster Fest on Facebook for the latest news alongside the chance to win prizes in their online competitions.

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Full Feature Film Lineup Unveiled for South African HorrorFest 2014

Dread Central - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:00

Across 10 years the South African HorrorFest has expanded itself into the continent’s most all-encompassing Halloween event, incorporating an exciting range of features and short films (which you’re unlikely to see in any other local cinema), a unique live soundtrack performance to a classic silent film, literature, a night market, Halloween dress-up competition, a new kids’ screening, a free opening show, prizes, give-aways, a special free horror moviemaking master class, and more!

Below is the FULL feature film line-up for the event, which runs from 29 October to 7 November 2014. Short film selections will be announced soon.

All festival details, screening times, and updates can be found at the official South African HorrorFest website with on-line ticket links and the schedule available here from Quicket. Or call the Labia Theatre, 021 424 5927, to book (all tickets R40 each, except the live soundtrack performance, which is R55).

FEATURE FILMS

CLASSICS

  • THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE – A free opening screening of this legendary movie (celebrating its hair-raising 40th anniversary)
  • HALLOWEEN – 35th anniversary special re-mastered re-release of John Carpenter’s classic 1979 slasher
  • THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – Audience participation screening of this musical cult classic
  • DEMENTIA 13 – One of Francis Ford Coppola’s first movies (1963 – a decade before his Oscar-winning triumph The Godfather)
  • SHE-BEAST – Classic witch possession movie (1966)

LIVE SOUNDTRACK PERFORMANCE

  • THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI - This legendary 1920 silent film will be screened with a new soundtrack performed live by THE MAKABRA ENSEMBLE on Halloween night (Fri 31 Oct), coinciding with the Halloween dress-up competition and night market; live sound by Point Blanc Event Technical Solutions

FOR THE KIDS

  • THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Expanding the HorrorFest to include a special kids’ chapter (Halloween dress-up not compulsory, but encouraged)

DOCUMENTARIES

  • LOST SOUL: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Moreau – Documentary on the South African-born director’s crazy experience in the undoing of his labour of love by many factors (from a vain Val Kilmer to the studio and disastrous weather)
  • YELLOW FEVER: The Rise & Fall of the Giallo – In-depth documentary on the Italian thriller/horror genre (feat. Dario Argento, Umberto Lenzi & more)

SOUTH AFRICAN CONNECTIONS
In addition to several short films and the Richard Stanley-linked documentary above, other locally connected movies will include:

  • JULIA – South African-born director Matthew A. Brown’s stylish neo-noir revenge tale with a twist (shot in the USA); features music by acclaimed SA group LARK
  • QUEEN OF BLOOD – Vampire sequel to Fangoria editor Chris Alexander’s Blood for Irina (starring SA-born actress Shauna Henry)
  • ANOTHER WORLD – Zombie-action movie (arrive still in costume from the Zombie Walk and get a 2nd ticket free); shot in Israel, starring SA-born actor David Lavenski

WOMEN IN HORROR HIGHLIGHTS

  • SOULMATE – A moody ghost tale has a widow encountering something strange in a Welsh country house (directed by Axelle Carolyn)
  • EVANGELINE – A woman left for dead is resurrected by a demon, empowering her with a bloodlust for vengeance (directed by Karen Lam)
  • RAYNARD’S CIRCLE – A documentary crew investigation on occult Nazis (co-directed by Maria Valle)

The Sunday 2 November’s short film chapter will also feature female directors.

MORE INDIE MOVIES

  • NYMPH – An ancient bloodthirsty mermaid emerges near an idyllic Mediterranean coastal town (feat. the legendary Franco Nero aka Django)
  • CANDLESTICK – Clever UK Hitchcockian thriller
  • PERNICIOUS – A trio of cute tourists in Thailand fall under the spell of a murdered child entity bent on revenge
  • THE FORGOTTEN – A father and son squat in a London flat, but strange noises start coming from next door
  • THE PERFECT HUSBAND – An idyllic getaway turns deadly
  • WHITE SETTLERS – A couple gets everything but a friendly welcome at their new home near Scotland
  • THAT’S COOL HAIR – Bizarre, time-flipping ’70s flavoured tongue-in-cheek Spanish flick

Get more details at the official South African HorrorFest website, and also connect via Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to also head to the Bloody Parchment blog for info on what the literary chapter of the Fest has to offer.

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‘Slender: The Arrival’ Review: Suit Up

bloody disgusting - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 01:58

Slender Man, both the game and the idea, just kind of appeared out of nowhere. One day the internet was all cat videos and impotent rage, and then the next there were these weird reaction videos to a game called Slender: The Eight Pages.

As a horror experience, Slender: The Eight Pages is about as pure as you can get. It is the grand, reductive essence of horror: you wander a dark, wooded area, knowing at any moment the embodiment of your nightmares might materialize in your line of sight. There is no combat and there is nowhere to hide, but keep moving and you might stave off the eventual heart-thudding sight of the Slender Man, a blank, besuited vision of terror.

Effective as it was, the Slender trend seemed to be a one-trick sort of animal, all empty shock but without narrative heft or emotional depth. It was a haunted house inside a computer screen and little else. It was — for a great number of horror fans — a bit too thin.

However, the release of Slender: The Arrival hoped to change that. It’s a sequel, of sorts, but also a reimagining with some added content, kind of like The Evil Dead. And sure, yeah, the PC version was released last fall, but the PS3 and Xbox360 versions are out, complete with new levels, so it deserves a look-see.

Core horror fans might find Slender: The Arrival a bit lean on story and gameplay variety, but there are still plenty of scares to be found in the console version of this creepypasta run amok.

The idea of a Slender game can be best summarized by the “plot” of The Eight Pages: armed only with a flashlight, wander a darkened area and track down a collection of pages before the scary guy in the suit catches you. If the screen gets all wonky, run in the other direction until it subsides. Repeat.

It is an effective premise for a brief horror encounter, the sort of thing you might forgive in a short story but be put off by in a longer work. In no universe worth visiting is a Slender Man game going to fill eight hours. To their credit, the developers seem to understand the limits of Slender’s appeal, because the game does not stretch beyond its fairly insubstantial lore. It’s at best a two hour experience, even if you take your merry time to inspect each and every available inch of the world.

The moody opening is distinctly reminiscent of Gone Home, but otherwise Slender: The Arrival doesn’t stray very far from the basic “solve-puzzle, avoid-Slender” formula.

Overall, the game takes players through five distinctly abandoned environments, as the main character, Lauren, attempts to track down her friend, Kate. It employs a few neat story tricks using the camera but largely also clings to some of the more unappealing storytelling devices of earlier games. The narrative is delivered through found discarded and intentional correspondences, which work to wildly varying degrees.

Scrawled messages seem to fit into the realm of likely found objects, while printed out emails, unfortunately, do not. To be perfectly honest, nothing about the story really stands out in my mind, even a day out of finishing the game, but nobody comes to this sort of game for what draws the story along. The game’s narrative is really in service of the scares.

And The Arrival contains some pretty nerve-wracking moments, all things told. You’ve probably already played through the infamous “forest” scene, but some of the added content — including the Homestead — will offer several white knuckle moments of terror, almost guaranteed. I’m not much of a jumper, but I found myself reeling back at several critical moments throughout this admittedly brief experience.

Honestly, how much you enjoyment you get out of the game will depend largely upon (a) how susceptible you are to the particular kinds of jump scares Slender games deliver or (b) how forgiving you are of the repetitive nature of the tasks you will perform. You can tell the devs attempted to break the formula by introducing very minor puzzle elements to the exploration, but somehow it all still feels the same in the end. Pages or keys, it’s just looking for something to unlock the next area.

Graphically, the console version has some problems. I can’t speak for the Xbox version, but there were some pretty severe pop-in issues at some points on the PS3. During scenes with a relatively high rendering load, especially when multiple things were happening on-screen, there were also some issues with slow down, as well.

Otherwise, however, the game looks pretty good, particularly when compared to early versions of the game. Obviously, a high-end PC would run the game quite a bit better, but comparatively, the PS3 version isn’t half bad.

The Final Word: Slender: The Arrival has some effective scares, but they’re sometimes hurt by its repetitive nature.

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Warner Bros/New Line Push The Conjuring 2 to 2016; Untitled Horror Takes its Place

Dread Central - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 22:05

Put on your dancin’ shoes – it’s time for some release date shuffling! Originally slated for October 23, 2015, The Conjuring 2, which is still in very early stages, has been moved to 2016 by Warner Bros. and replaced by a so far unnamed horror film from New Line’s existing stable.

When reporting the move, Deadline speculated that the prime Halloween season time slot vacated by the still director-less sequel to James Wan’s mega hit The Conjuring could be filled by Phil Claydon’s Crawlspace, which stars “Bates Motel’s” Michael Vartan as a widower who moves into a seemingly perfect new home with his daughter and new wife, or possibly Superstition, the Blumhouse-360 Film production directed by first-time helmers Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, which revolves around a family that moves into a house that was once the site of a witch’s execution.

Either way, they’ll have some competition from the other film already announced for that date, Jem and the Holograms, followed the next week by Paramount’s Scouts vs. Zombies, another recent shufflee.

More soon!

 

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New Line Shifts Secret Film Into ‘The Conjuring 2′ Slot

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 21:03

As we exclusively reported, New Line Cinema is planning three The Conjuring spinoffs outside of the planned sequel to James Wan’s 2013 summer blockbuster. The first was last weekend’s Annabelle, which is a huge success, especially overseas.

New Line had been planning to release The Conjuring 2 in theaters next October, but has quickly made a shift. It will now open at an undisclosed date in 2016, while a currently untitled horror film will now take its October 23, 2015 date.

My personal assertion is that this will be another Conjuring spinoff. If not, it will be an Annabelle sequel (unlikely), or the long-gestured Friday the 13th reboot. Being that we were correct last time about an untitled film being Annabelle, I’m very curious what other tales of terror New Line has linked to the Warren Files.

Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes are penning the sequel to The Conjuring, which I’m told is pushing to get Wan back behind the camera. Wan has been busy with the seventh Fast & Furious.

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Frank Grillo Waits Beyond Skyline

Dread Central - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:23

We’re still not sure just who was clamoring for a sequel to Skyline, but it’s definitely heading in the right direction in terms of casting news. Latino Review is reporting that The Purge: Anarchy‘s Frank Grillo will star in the next chapter of the interstellar flick, which is known now as Beyond Skyline.

Liam O’Donnell, who worked on some effects no one could see due to the apparent lack of a lighting rig in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and others that people could see in Iron Man 2, is directing. He co-wrote the screenplay with Joshua Cordes. The duo wrote the first film, too.

Latino is also reporting that supposedly the sequel’s storyline takes place at the same time the first one did.

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Ghostface Missing in MTV Series

Dread Central - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:15

Well now. This is kind of shocking. During an interview with GhostFace.co.UK, RJ Torbert, the man who owns the rights to the look of Ghostface, the titular killer from Wes Craven’s Scream franchise, dropped a pretty big bombshell on fans looking forward to the upcoming MTV series based on Craven’s flicks.

“To answer your question regarding the “Scream” TV series…

Please note that I had been in communication with TWC regarding this, and they have informed me that as of now and during the initial launch, Ghost Face is NOT involved in the new format. They also indicated that because of this direction, it does not mean that Ghost Face will not be involved at a later date. So, there is still a question, to the question.

However, as of now, there is no involvement.

Here’s some clarification by Torbert in regards to the rights of the look of the character:

“We believe ‘Scream’ is Ghost Face, and Ghost Face is Scream. However, while Ghost Face is owned by Fun World, the Scream motion picture franchise is owned by The Weinstein Company, and it is their option to film a movie or TV show without Ghost Face. Regardless, we wish them the best of luck, and I’m sure ‘Scream’ fans will check out the series. Who knows what will happen in the future regarding the series and Ghost Face? Never say never.”

The MTV series stars Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo (The Final Destination), Connor Weil (Sharknado), and Joel Gretsch (“Witches of East End,” “V,” “The 4400″).

 

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Jessabelle Stills Come by the 4-Pack

Dread Central - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:05

Four new stills have arrived for Jessabelle, the latest film from Saw VI and Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert, and they are ready to do that voodoo that they do. Dig ‘em!

Look for the film in both theaters and VOD outlets on November 7th! Mark your calendars!

Jessabelle stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Larisa Oleynik, Chris Ellis, Fran Bennett, and Amber Stevens.

The film is being brought to us by the folks behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, and Dark Skies – Jason Blum, Paul Young, and Peter Principato, who are producing for Blumhouse Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment.

For more info visit Jessabelle on Facebook, and follow Jessabelle on Twitter.

Synopsis
From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.

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AFM 2014: The Ghost Squad Looks to Save the Day

Dread Central - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:59

The American Film Market chaos is already beginning as 13 Films has unveiled the first details and sales art for the family friendly flick Ghost Squad. Read on for the skinny, and brace yourself for lots more from AFM in the coming weeks.

Joel Souza directs the film, which stars Kevin Nealon (“Weeds,” Just Go With It, Blended), Jennifer Grant, Madison Iseman, Phillip Wampler, Preston Strother, Carly Peeters, Will Spencer, and Cade Sutton.

Synopsis
After being challenged by the town bullies, three socially inept best friends must spend an entire night in a creepy county mansion long rumored to be haunted.

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[13 Days of Horror] ‘Monstrum’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:56

Our 13 Days of Horror series continues today with a playthrough of the demo for the upcoming indie horror game Monstrum. In it I face my old nemesis, Jack-o-Lantern Face. If there are kids nearby, shield their eyes, because you’re about to hear a man make sounds that no man should ever make.

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Australian Zombie Wrestling Flick From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl Finally Ready to Main Event

Dread Central - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:44

We first reported on the Australian zombie wrestling action horror flick From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl way back in 2008. Lots of movies have long, arduous treks from inception to the screen, but this is ridiculous!

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl is finally, at long last, ready to make its world premiere at The Thornbury Theatre in Australia early next year. I presume the rest of us will get our chances to see this long gestating film afterwards.

The Strongman Pictures production stars UK-based singer Jenna Dwyer as Charlie along with Elke Osadnik, Emma-Louise Wilson (ABC’s “Utopia”), and champion kickboxer Sarah Howett, a.k.a. Viper from Australian TV’s “Gladiators.”

To celebrate the press release announcing the film finally coming into fruition, award-winning artist Tom Hodge was commissioned to design some new artwork for this tale of a badass female pro wrestler and her smackdown with the undead.

I’ll let the press release from director Daniel Armstrong provide the rest of the details:

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl is your quintessential Australia-zombie-wrestling-video game movie. It tells the story of Charlie. After watching her Daddy die in the ring, she sets out to become a wrestler in his memory. The only things stopping her are a disapproving boyfriend, a demanding day job, and a soul-crushing boss – whose corporate shenanigans threaten to unleash hordes of zombies upon the earth! Charlie has no choice but to open up a can of whoop-ass and take these murderous jabronis for a stroll down smackdown boulevard!

‘What can you say? From Parts Unknown has been in production for nearly a decade now. We’ve overcome investors disappearing, a crazed department head running up excessive costs, and the loss of all our sound files in addition to, of course, the grueling 42-day shoot. It’s been a long journey, and we’re very excited about the fact that not only are people finally about to see the film, but we have amazing poster art that so perfectly reflects the tone of the film.’ – Director, Daniel Armstrong

From Parts Unknown: Fight Light a Girl World Premiere details:
DATE:  Saturday, January 10, 2015
TIME:  6.00 pm – ‘till late
VENUE:  The Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury, VIC 3071; (+613) 9484 9831

Tickets can ONLY be purchased from The Thornbury Theatre website.  No tickets will be sold at the event. For more info visit From Parts Unknown: Fight Light a Girl on Facebook.

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Rob Riggle Gets Infected by Dead Rising: Watchtower

Dread Central - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:34

As we recently learned, Capcom’s hit video game series Dead Rising is being adapted into a feature film courtesy of Crackle, and another familiar face has just joined the growing cast. Read on for the latest!

Multi Channel News reports today that comic actor Rob Riggle (pictured; 22 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops) has been brought on board the adaptation alongside fellow new recruits Harley Morenstein (“Epic Meal Time”), Keegan Connor Tracey (“Bates Motel,” “Once Upon A Time”), and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War).

The cast also includes Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”), Meghan Ory (“Once Upon a Time”), Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children).

Sony’s Crackle will give the 90-minute feature, directed by Leprechaun: Origins’ Zach Lipovsky, an exclusive digital release in the U.S. before the film receives a multi-platform release on SVOD, VOD, DVD, and TV.

The script was written by Tim Carter, who also produces alongside Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner (the same company that produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) is the executive producer.

Synopsis
As in the video game, Dead Rising: Watchtower is set during a zombie apocalypse. When a mandatory government vaccine fails, a group of survivors must evade infection while hunting down the root of the epidemic, which leads back to a government conspiracy.

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Frank Grillo Going ‘Beyond Skyline’?

bloody disgusting - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:14

We reported earlier this year that Colin and Greg Strause’s Skyline would be getting a sequel.

Our friends at Latino Review are reporting that the badass Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) is the lead in Beyond Skyline, which is to be directed this time by Liam O’Donnell, who worked on some effects in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and Iron Man 2. He co-wrote the screenplay with Joshua Cordes. The duo wrote the first film, too.

They also report that supposedly the sequel’s storyline takes place at the same time the first one did.

Hydraulx Entertainment is behind the sequel, and do some seriously badass effects work.

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