If you’re a fan of both Crypt TV and the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival, prepare to have your tender minds completely blown. The aforementioned horror-friendly organizations are joining forces, with Crypt TV screening the winning short films on their platform. How cool is that?
As you may have guessed, Crypt TV CEO Jack Davis is understandably excited about the upcoming collaboration with the film festival. He expressed his undying enthusiasm in the official press release, saying, “Shriekfest is a long-time staple for the independent horror community, and we are honored to be a part of their program. We love working with the horror film community because it is one of the most supportive networks of creators and fans in filmmaking!”
Shriekfest Festival Director Denise Gossett is also pumped about the Crypt TV/Shriekfest partnership, saying, “I am very excited about teaming up with Crypt TV! Shriekfest has always been huge supporters of indie filmmakers, and Crypt TV is only going to add to this philosophy!”
File this one under “What in the blue hell is wrong with people?” Time Magazine is reporting that a North Carolina woman was attacked with an ax by someone dressed like a clown in her home.
The victim told the police in Hickory, N.C., that a person wearing a clown mask and a multicolored wig had come by her residence at 4:30 a.m. Friday morning and began to swing his ax at her.
The victim was able to take the mask off the attacker and discover that it was an acquaintance of hers, who then fled the scene. She was not injured in the incident.
Hickory Police Department spokesperson Chrystal Dieter told Time that there was an “outstanding warrant” against the suspect. “Any law enforcement officer who comes in contact with the suspect in question will have full ability to arrest him,” Dieter said.
That’s it, kids! We’ve officially reached the point in which train wrecks are pulling over to watch us.
Following the arrival of a petition to boycott the release of director Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, the filmmaker has decided to pay tribute to the fans who have stuck by him over the years. If everything goes according to Roth’s plan, the aforementioned tribute will kick off later this month.
Eli Roth’s Green Inferno Fan Appreciation Tour will launch on August 23 at Wizard World in Chicago. If you’re unable to attention this convention, Roth plans to bring his tour to a number of cities across the county. The filmmaker also took a moment to post a video on Facebook about the event.
The press release offers plenty of details about the tour.
Aimed at acknowledging and thanking Roth’s loyal fans who have supported The Green Inferno in its journey to the big screen, the tour will include stops in San Francisco on September 14, Los Angeles on September 15, Miami on September 17, and New York on September 21, with additional cities still to be named. The tour will also feature a companion online experience, The Green Inferno Room, which brings fans around the country behind the scenes to get an insider’s look at Eli as he travels from city to city to meet his fans, including a live feed of select events.
Roth said: “I am so excited to hit the road and spend time with the fans whose undying support really helped bring The Green Inferno to theaters nationwide. We plan to pull out all the stops and give them the ultimate Green Inferno experience, with special surprises in every city.”
Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno hits theaters on September 25.
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In news that’s gonna either make you smile or have you unjustly rolling your eyes and prejudging from the get-go (this is the Interwebs after all), word has just broken via Deadline that The CW is heading to Crystal Lake.
The network’s president Mark Pedowitz today confirmed that The CW is developing “Friday the 13th,” a drama series based on the long-running feature franchise. The series adaptation will be written by Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1996 NBC series “The Pretender,” through CBS TV Studios.
“They are new in development,” Pedowitz said. The “Friday the 13th” series project originated last year when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment sealed a deal to produce a new hourlong dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of the franchise with Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, executive producing along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett and George Furla plus Mark Canton, among others.
Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) were tapped at the time to script a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods. Cunningham recently hinted at interest from The CW, which has now taken in the property. Mitchell and Van Sickle executive produce with Cunningham, Emmett, Furla, and Canton.
Details on the remake are sketchy, but the idea had been to do a contemporary series focusing on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the killer, as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed. The masked Jason is being re-imagined with a stronger feel of grounded reality. Since the franchise was launched with 1980’s Friday the 13th, there have been 13 movies, most recently the Friday the 13th remake in 2009 directed by Marcus Nispel.
I’m probably one of the few people on the entire planet who genuinely enjoys the Mummy flicks starring Brendan Fraser. Although they’re more Indiana Jones-esque in nature, there were just enough genre elements for some to classify these flicks as horror. Feel free to disagree.
In case you haven’t heard, Universal is planning a reboot of The Mummy, which they hope to incorporate into a shared universe with other classic cinematic monsters. And if you’re worried that the new Mummy movies are just another cheesy horror/adventure hybrid, director Alex Kurtzman promises that his reboot is very much a horror flick. Fingers crossed!
During a chat with Collider at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, Kurtzman laid out what he hopes to achieve with his version of The Mummy.
Kurtzman recently explained to the website, “The monster universe is coming together very, very quickly; we’re very excited. There will be announcements soon. We have actually started doing a lot of design work, we’re getting scripts in, everything is feeling really really good, so I don’t want to curse it by saying too much to you, but it’s going well.
If you’re looking forward to Kurtzman’s Mummy reboot, you still have a while to wait. Although it was originally scheduled for June of 2016, IGN reports that the film now has a tentative release date of March 2017. Here’s hoping that extra time will result in a fantastic movie.
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Confirming reports from this past March, the CW is heading to Crystal Lake.
The network topper Mark Pedowitz today confirmed that the CW is developing “Friday 13th,” a drama series based on the long-running feature franchise, reports Deadline.
The series adaptation will be written by Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1996 NBC series “The Pretender” through CBS TV Studios.
“They are new in development,” Pedowitz said.
The Friday The 13th series project originated last year when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment sealed a deal to produce a new hourlong dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of the franchise, with Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, executive producing along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett & George Furla and Mark Canton, among others.
Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) were tapped at the time to script a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods. Details on the remake are sketchy but the idea had been to do a contemporary series focusing on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the killer, as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed. The masked Jason is being reimagined with a stronger feel of grounded reality.
Paramount is currently developing the new movie that would put David Bruckner behind the camera. Here’s the latest update on that project, set for release on May 13, 2016.
I’m all for an expanded universe, but I’m nervous about it landing on CW. I don’t watch any of their shows and I can’t say anything there is made for me, which begs the question, why would they want to make “Friday the 13th”? As I stated many of times before, I sort of hope CW is going for more edge with all of the genre series they’ve announced. Otherwise, we’re looking at “Friday the 13th” in the vein of “iZombie.” Is that something you guys want? Talk below.
If you’re into stop motion animation or found yourself admiring the music videos of Tool, then you’ll most undoubtedly have heard of The Brothers Quay, the twin brothers whose animated films have been hailed as some of the most inventive pieces of cinema ever released.
One huge fan of theirs is director Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins), who is curating a a touring package of four films titled The Quay Brothers In 35MM, which showcases three films as well as Quay, Nolan’s own short film that reveals the inner workings of the brothers’ studio. The film will touring throughout the United States, beginning in New York City from August 19th through the 25th at the Film Forum. From there, it weaves its way through several major cities, culminating in an appearance at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on October 27th.
The film’s description reads:
These three Quay masterworks, selected by director Christopher Nolan, feature broken pencils and lead shavings in IN ABSENTIA (2000; “a dazzling piece of work” – The Guardian); a porcelain doll’s explorations of a dreamer’s imagination in THE COMB (1991; “most beautiful of their recent films” – The New Yorker); and the nightmarish netherworld of STREET OF CROCODILES (1986; “their crowning achievement” – Film Comment); and for the first time ever, QUAY (2015), Nolan’s new short film revealing the inner workings of the Brothers’ studio. All four films in 35mm. – Film Forum
Below are the tour dates as well as images from the films and a trailer.
Film Forum New York City NY August 19-25, 2015
Alamo Drafthouse Richardson Richardson TX September 3 -7, 2015
Cinefamily Los Angeles CA September 4-10, 2015
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston TX September 12-13, 2015
Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Austin TX September 17, 2015
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland OH September 24 – 27, 2015
Brattle Theatre Cambridge MA September 25 – October 1, 2015
Detroit Institute of Art Detroit MI October 9 – 11, 2015
SIFF Film Center Seattle WA October 9 – 15, 2015
The Music Box Theatre Chicago IL October 16 – 22, 2015
TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto October 27, 2015
Here at Dread Central, I aim to be a bit of jester. Not a clown, but someone who in the classical playwright sense uses humor to allude to some kind of deeper truth. Making light of the darker bits of our world lends a sarcastic wit that makes it easier to process the macabre, blending horror and humor in a way that makes both seem less a stranger to the other. It is a carefully constructed tactic, both making me seem more likeable and clever than I am. Without it, I’m just left with my opinions.
Yet, there are some things that there is just no joking about. I often shy away from real news, preferring my published opinions to carry little more weight than a simple thumbs-up or down over the incredibly inconsequential quality of media. I’d prefer not to have my opinions plastered all over Tumblr or the Twitterverse, as the ever increasing political correctness of the internet has led to a divisive “camp” mentality, with factions declaring war on others and assigning qualitative titles like “racist” or “misogynist” with little recourse for the accused. Nevertheless, when times like this come, where jokes just won’t do, it is only these hard felt opinions I have left to offer.
If you read my review or the Slender Man movie Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, you probably noticed a little piece where I wryly commented on “what is a slenderman” and “why is he asking 12-year-olds to stab each other?”” It is in my nature to make fun of horrific acts of absurd violence: making light of it makes me feel better. I don’t pretend to understand why shit like this happens, but if I can spin it into a joke then the world just seems a little less terrible. There are some things that, but for the darkest bits in us with no faith in humanity and a fatalistic sense of the world, we just cannot comprehend.
The terrible things I can comprehend, I find no humor in. I’ve never been one to earnestly poke fun at the disabled, despite growing up on the internet. Apart from the occasional slippage of the word “fag” as reflex in a particularly heated game, I find nothing funny about needling at someone’s sexual/gender identity. I never found the comedy in “shock humor” GIFs of 9/11 or some grotesque body harm. I’m by no means a saint, and will laugh at people falling down or birds being accidentally obliterated by a baseball.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but my formal training is a dual Major in Legal Studies and English. I attended the University of California, Berkeley from 2008-2013, with the initial intention of becoming a lawyer. There is no real undergraduate Law degree, so the school concocted a Legal Studies department to serve as a makeshift Pre-Law and Legal Theory class. Two and a half years into my tenure as a student, I had all but completed the Legal Studies Major, and realized with pressing horror that the idea of a life lived pursuing a legal profession was bleak and depressing. Having an allowed two and a half more years to complete another Major, I turned to the fanciful world of English. Stories made sense to me, had a narrative I could understand, symbolism I could analyze, and most importantly some kind of moral or point.
Law, on the other hand, for all the proposed rules and regulations, felt as subject to whim and chance as the most puckish of faeries. Yesterday’s decision that Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, better known as the “Slender Man Stabbers,” would be tried as adults is the exact kind of depressing legal development that made me quit the pursuit. Now each 13, the accused were both only 12 at the time of the crime. Regardless of what side you fall on in the debate between lenient sentencing and “tough-on-crime” policy, it is shocking to see people so young being treated as adults.
Especially when at the time of the crime, it is unlikely anyone had ever treated them like adults before. The purpose of a separate juvenile justice system is to have a differentiation between those who are too young to fully comprehend the consequences of their actions and those who can. It is the same reason why mental state is considered during criminal prosecution, and why an insanity defense exists. While there is no fully excusing these horrific acts, mitigating state of mind must be taken into account for the execution of real justice.
There are two sides to the issue, but it baffles me how two youths who stabbed a friend 19 times and were walking into the woods to go “join Slender Man in his mansion” could be considered of developed enough mind to stand trial as though they were fully grown. This is excluding the potential defense of insanity, which is still on the table. Regardless of the potential mental health issues, the maturity of the girls is a factor all its own, and should be the basis of the decision between juvenile and adult courts.
As far as that decision is concerned, the reasoning stems from two arguments. The first is that the nature of the crime was vicious and premeditated. Judge Bohren’s decision is based on the reasoning that “This was an effort to kill someone, not a mistake by hitting someone too hard.” The heinous nature of the crime is undebatable, with months of planning. It is reasonable in certain cases to treat a minor as an adult when they are close enough to the legal age of adulthood and also reflect a developed enough mental state to understand such a crime. I would agree that at face value, the mental faculty to plan and carry out the crime in question does reflect a state of mind that would warrant some leeway in the age one would be tried as an adult.
However, we cannot look at this in a vacuum, disconnecting the nature of the crime from the intention and delusions of the individual. We must ask the question, “Did their underdeveloped decision making capabilities due to age factor into the commission of this crime?” I cannot see a world in which that is not the case. I remember what I thought when I was 12, and while not criminal, I had some serious misconceptions as to how shit worked in the world. One cannot live through adolescence, witness the rates of self harm and destructive behavior, and assume that these individuals are capable of considering the gravity of their actions.
The second argument for an adult trial is the functional care of these dangerous individuals. As juveniles, the maximum sentence would be 5 years. They would be out of the system at 18, with no guarantee of psychiatric care. As adults, they could be in the system for 45 years, and receive not only care for their sake, but for the protection of society as a whole. This is an argument that I am slightly more sympathetic to. Given the appalling treatment of our country’s mentally impaired, it is a very real possibility that at least one of these girls would end up homeless, untreated, and dangerous. A function of the legal system is retributive, but the greater protection of society and the prevention of future crime should always be the main goal.
There is something fundamentally distasteful about locking a child up for more than half of his or her life because of fear. I do believe there are certain crimes that deserve a removal of the individual from society. I won’t say if the solution is life in prison or death; this isn’t an article about that debate. When someone proves they are capable of destroying another’s life in sound mind and without just cause, that individual has in my eye lost their right to autonomy. However, I will default to my previous statement, asking if someone at the age of 12 is capable of doing anything with a sound mind. The deprivation of over half of someone’s free life when there is a reasonable alternative system specifically designed for those who, by consequence of age, cannot make rationally developed decisions is unjust.
When dealing with such a nonsensical crime, the question of insanity always comes up. It is an often misunderstood legal concept, as by common definition anyone that is capable of such horrific violence is “insane.” The legal defense is different, and requires the individual to be unaware of the wrongness or nature of their actions at the time of their commission. It is based on a concept called “mens rea,” meaning the mental state of a person during a criminal action. It is used in conjunction with “actus reus,” or the actual action of the crime. As a basic example, shooting someone is criminal, but if my mental state is such that it was unintentional or that I was defending a loved one, then the punishment is either lighter or the action deemed justified.
So, while the two are clearly delusional, did they know what they were doing was wrong? It is a difficult question. According to the court competency evaluations, Geyser believes in the real world existence of Slender Man and Harry Potter, refusing to take medication as it would make her unable to talk to her “friends.” Diagnosed with early onset schizophrenia, the condition is devastating.
Experts testified that Weier had a delusional disorder, but that she was remorseful. The terrible and damning truth of the legal system is that such remorse serves more to show a knowledge of wrongdoing than gain leniency. It is sad to think that the one who shows more remorse and wants to get better would be judged more harshly than the one who does not, but keep in mind the purpose of an insanity defense. It is not to let people off, but to properly address humanely those who have no concept of why they are being punished.
I cannot say whether or not the two deserve to be treated as legally insane. I have not met them, read the reports, nor heard the testimony of experts. As outsiders, we often come to conclusions without the full facts of the case, touting opinions that we cannot reasonably backup with soundbites and half-baked assumptions. This is not me saying the two deserve institutionalization over incarceration. This is me expressing horror that a system designed to account for the mental state of an accused person would so grievously fail to do so.
Here at Dread Central, we cover horror. I will admit, if this didn’t have “Slender Man” in the title, we would pass it up like any other bombing, shooting, stabbing, or atrocity that happens every day. This is an entertainment site, and there is nothing entertaining about the harsh violence and wanton brutality of the real world. We prefer our action heroes and villains, ghosts and demons to war crimes and gang violence. I could have made this piece a little bit of fluff about how a case I referenced in a review had a shocking development and rake in all the clicks.
I didn’t because I believe we need a reminder every once in a while of what real horror is. For the victim, the horror continues in a lifetime of pain, both physical and emotional. For Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, they face the horror of losing the next 45 years of their lives. I am not saying that the punishment does not fit the crime, but that the accused do not fit the system. It is horrifying to think of a system so callous as to consider a 12-year-old entirely fit to stand as an adult. In a world where random violence is so prevalent, what truly terrifies me is that the system that I trust to protect and carry out the law would be so uncaring. That blind eye is scarier than any monster looking through my window.
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One great thing about horror and sci-fi films is how gorgeous the movies can be. Both genres offer a great deal of visual freedom, allowing the imagination of the filmmakers to run freely so as to create something truly wondrous, something that wows us with its inventiveness.
That’s the theme of this Aftermath Top 10 list as Ludovico Technique takes us on a journey through 10 artistically inspiring movies! The list is full of stunning examples of cinema that have wowed audiences the world over.
You can check out Ludovico Technique at the Aftermath Festival, which runs from Aug 27th-30th, in Toronto, Canada. Get your tickets here.
Check out the rest of the lists by following our Aftermath tag here.
This October the Paranormal Activity franchise comes to an end.
Greg Plotkin’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, in theaters October 23, 2015, will be the final film in the franchise. In fact, the finale will finally reveal Toby, and answer all of our questions, as it was revealed a few months back.
“Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, directed by Gregory Plotkin, follows a new family, the Fleeges — father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) — who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage.
When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them — including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.” (USA Today)
Now, the new poster has been revealed, which promises that we’ll actually see the activity this time around.
Let Toby take you away this October.
The first official teaser for A&E’s upcoming horror drama “Damien” has arrived and can be seen below. The show is being written and executively produced by Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”).
The synopsis for “Damien” reads:
The ten-episode ‘Damien’ follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
The series is a direct sequel to the 1976 film The Omen, which starred Gregory Peck.
The trailer features some really cool moments, such as the trembling piano keys and the flashes of ghosts and memories from the original film. Also, play very close attention to the painting of the Thorn’s…
I’m a big fan of The Omen, so I’m very intrigued to see where this is going. Plus, the footage in the trailer below looks very atmospheric and dark, which is what is needed for a story about the Antichrist. It really seems like TV is the best place for horror right now.
While I think Norman Reedus is a fun and enjoyable actor to watch, I can’t for the life of me understand why people go absolutely nuts for his character Daryl Dixon in “The Walking Dead“. He’s rude, barely has any depth to speak of, and basically goes through the same motions every episode. Also, the fact that he’s become some kind of super scout with beyond impeccable aim that is also unkillable makes every scene he’s in feel safe. “Oh, Daryl’s there? Whatever. Things’ll be fine.”
But I can’t deny the love that many people have for him. Seriously, the show could probably get away with killing Rick off if they made Daryl the main character. That’s how rabid the Daryl fans are. After all, remember the whole, “If Daryl dies, we riot!” thing? Sheesh…
So, if any of you Daryl superfans are here on BD, I’ve got a 12-question test for you to see how well you know this good ole’ Southern boy!
A few months ago, we posted about YouTuber Muted Vocal, who took five iconic horror themes and transposed them from minor to major keys, resulting in music that was oddly and strangely happy…too happy…
Now Muted Vocal is back with an expanded version of his major take on Mark Snow‘s them from “The X-Files“. While it was already very bright and chipper as a major piece, the new version goes even happier, almost sickeningly so.
Seriously, I can’t handle how optimistic and cheerful this piece is. I need to listen to the original to get this out of my ears.
A trailer for the upcoming mobile game The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land has been released and can be seen below.
The game, which is being developed by Next Games is being billed as an “…action-packed strategy game…” although the trailer confuses me a bit. Do they mean strategy like Final Fantasy Tactics? Because the trailer also makes it look like you have to build up your own camp, a lá Clash of Clans. Then again, it’s only 45 seconds, so how much can they really fit into there, right?
The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land comes out this October.
Showtime took to Twitter to announce that the upcoming third season of “Twin Peaks“, the murder mystery show created by David Lynch and Mark Frost, will be filming this September and that a donut truck will be loaded in late August.
Twede’s Cafe in North Bend, WA, which served as the location of the Double R Diner from the show, will be remodeled to serve as the iconic location once again.
The long-awaited third season of “Twin Peaks” is said to have grown from nine to 18 episodes, which allows Lynch and Frost to really expand upon the season 2 finale, which polarized fans and didn’t wrap up the story as many had hoped it would.
I know that I’ve made it abundantly clear how excited I am for “Twin Peaks” to come back but I honestly feel like jumping up and down in glee every time I think about it. This series means a great deal to me and it holds a very, very special place in my heart. Its return is something that I’m looking forward to more and more with each passing day.
Vampire Hunter D creator Hideyuki Kikuchi is the focus of a new video interview, where he talks about the upcoming CGI series as well as the history and fascination of D and vampires in general. Kikuchi fascinatingly talks about how he set the world in the future to market it as sci-fi while making sure to add strong elements of horror and dashes of westerns to create the incredible universe that we have seen in the original 1985 anime and its 2000 sequel Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust.
Titled Vampire Hunter D: Resurrection, the upcoming series will be produced by Japanese studio Digital Frontier (Resident Evil: Damnation) and Unified Pictures.
I spoke recently with Scott McLean of Unified Pictures about this series as Vampire Hunter D is rather close to my heart, being the first real anime I saw. We conversed for a long while and, while I can’t go into specifics or details, his passion and his vision leave me certain that the series is in incredibly capable hands.
McLean and his business partner Kurt Rauer spoke with Anime News Network about the series, saying that they are aiming for, “…high quality, one-hour dramatic series with a season-long arc.“
Well, now that we officially know that A Nightmare On Elm Street is getting remade (as confirmed by our own Mr. Disgusting), it’s time to start thinking about how should wield the iconic finger knives again. After all, that’s a mighty large red and green sweater that needs to be filled!
Fans didn’t take too kindly to Jackie Earle Haley’s performance in the 2010 remake, finding it too serious and dark, leaving it devoid of the personality and charm that Englund brought into the role.
While it’s sad that Englund has made it clear that he’s not interested in donning that burnt visage anymore, it’s great that New Line Cinema is still interested in keeping the property alive and in our nightmares.
So let’s move forward, shall we? Let’s tackle the future of A Nightmare On Elm Street and imagine who would be best to haunt our dreams. Check out our suggestions ahead!
Buhguul and his children of sorrow will deliver their sacrifice on August 21st, and Gramercy Pictures is preparing for his return in this exclusive featurette for Sinister 2.
Written by Scott Derrickson (director of the first Sinister) and C. Robert Cargill, the sequel to Derrickson’s 2012 chiller stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Robert and Dartanian Sloan.
Directed by Citadel‘s Ciarán Foy, Sinister 2 is the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie.
“In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity.“
The next film in After Dark Films ‘8 Films to Die For’ is serving up a killer plot. Lumberjack Man will chop his way into the 4th spot of the lineup, in theaters October 16, 2015.
Directed by Josh Bear, produced by Bill Muehl, with story by Josh Bear and Bill Muehl, and screenplay by Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin, check out the official trailer and art for Lumberjack Man below.
“As the staff of Good Friends Church Camp prepares for a spring break filled with “Fun Under the Son”, a demon logger rises from his sap boiler to wreak his vengeance and feast on flapjacks soaked in the blood of his victims.”
The film stars Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill: Vol. 1), Alex Dobrenko (Bloody Homecoming), Ciara Flynn (Replica 114), Chase Joliet (Zombex), and Adam Sessler (X-Play). The deal was negotiated on behalf of After Dark Films by Ian Brereton.
‘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.
One of the highlights of the year for Bloody Disgusting is the Toronto International Film Festival.
While many of you may not pay enough attention to the festival, you should, mostly in part to the work of Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes.
We’ve been lucky enough to be covering the festival since the 2003 showing of Alex Aja’s Haute Tension all the way to the explosive World Premiere of Adam Wingard’s You’re Next.
In fact, many of the hottest genre titles come out of Midnight Madness, which is why it’s important for you to pay attention.
And this year, man, what a slate! Midnight Madness begins with the hyped The Final Girls, which Patrick Cooper raved about in his review, and then travels Southbound (pictured) to the head-exploding Mind’s Eye.
Here’s the full list of films playing the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 10 to 20, 2015.**MIDNIGHT MADNESS**
“Midnight Madness winds up festival audiences as the days are winding down and they are hungry for more,” says Colin Geddes, international programmer for the festival. “From adrenaline-filled action and untamed horror to twisted comedy and darkly blurred lines of reality, this year’s line-up welcomes back celebrated masters and fresh visionaries of renegade genre cinema.”Baskin
Can Evrenol, Turkey World Premiere
“A squad of unsuspecting cops goes through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.” The nightmarish feature debut Baskin is the first-ever Midnight Madness film from Turkey.The Devil’s Candy
Sean Byrne, USA World Premiere
The director of the 2009 Midnight Madness People’s Choice Award winner The Loved Ones is back with an equally fresh twist on the supernatural genre. “A struggling artist (Ethan Embry) and his family buy the house of their dreams only to discover the property’s mysterious dark past and a former tenant who wants more than to simply come back home.” From the producers of Midnight Madness hits You’re Next and The Guest.The Final Girls
Todd Strauss-Schulson, USA International Premiere
“Max (‘American Horror Story’s’ Taissa Farmiga) is a high school senior whose mom (Malin Akerman) was a celebrated ’80s scream queen. At a screening, Max and her friends are mysteriously transported inside her mom’s most infamous movie, where they must fend off the camp counselors’ raging hormones, battle a deranged machete-wielding killer and find a way to escape the movie and get back home.”The Girl in the Photographs
Nick Simon, USA World Premiere
“Big-city glamour clashes with small-town values and a killer’s knife, in this bloody cocktail of terror from director Nick Simon and executive producer Wes Craven. Colleen’s life in the sleepy town of Spearfish is disrupted when she starts receiving photographs of brutally murdered women. Things get even crazier for Colleen when L.A. based celeb-photographer Peter Hemmings (Kal Penn) returns to his hometown of Spearfish to investigate.” Wes Craven executive produces.
Jeremy Saulnier, USA North American Premiere
“Broke, tired and at each other’s throats after a cancelled gig, a young punk rock band accepts a sketchy matinee show to get themselves home. When they stumble upon something they weren’t supposed to witness, the quartet is trapped in a terrifying siege.” Directed by Jeremy Saulnier (of 2013 Cannes Film Festival FIPRESCI Prize winner Blue Ruin), the film stars Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, and Patrick Stewart.
Green Room is preceded by the previously announced short film “The Chickening” from directors Nick DenBoer and Davy Force.Hardcore
Ilya Naishuller, Russia/USA World Premiere
“Resurrected with no recollection of his past, a cyborg named Henry (the audience’s POV) and his ally, Jimmy (Sharlto Copley, ‘District 9′) must fight through the streets of Moscow in pursuit of Henry’s kidnapped wife in the world’s first action-adventure film to be entirely shot from the first person perspective.”The Mind’s Eye
Joe Begos, USA World Premiere
Joe Begos returns with a psychokinetic thriller “about Zack Connors (Graham Skipper), whose abilities have kept him off the grid for years until he’s recruited by the mysterious Dr. Slovak. The snowy New England landscape turns into a whirlwind of psychic rage, flying axes, and brutal revenge as Zack does everything in his power to stop Dr. Slovak’s deadly descent into synthetically engineered telekinetic madness.”Southbound
Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath and Radio Silence, USA World Premiere
“Five intertwining tales of terror unfold along an endless desert highway. On a desolate stretch of road, weary travellers — two men on the run from their past, a band on their way to the next gig, a man struggling to get home, a brother in search of his long-lost sister and a family on vacation — are forced to confront their worst fears and darkest secrets in these interwoven tales of terror and remorse on the open road.”SPL 2
Soi Cheang, Hong Kong International Premiere
“The anticipated follow-up to the bone-cracking martial arts brawler SPL (also known as Sha Po Lung and Kill Zone) that debuted in the programme in 2005 stars Midnight Madness discovery Tony Jaa (‘Ong Bak’). When an undercover cop (Wu Jing) has his cover blown and is thrown into a prison in Thailand run by a crime syndicate, he must team up with a prison guard (Jaa) to bust out and get revenge on those who wronged him. Filled with gun battles, prison riots and frenetic fight choreography, SPL 2 might knock the wind out of you — and possibly a few teeth.”Yakuza Apocalypse
Takashi Miike, Japan North American Premiere
Japanese cinematic extremist Takashi Miike returns to his gonzo roots with this mind-melter that finds room for vampires, gangsters, monsters, martial arts and even a yakuza knitting circle. A true master and MVP of the programme, Miike wowed previous Midnight Madness audiences with such hits as Fudoh: The New Generation, Audition, The City of Lost Souls, Ichi the Killer, Zebraman, The Great Yokai War and Sukiyaki Western Django. He returns with a film too wild to be described and too fun to be missed!**VANGUARD**
“Delving into the dark side of humanity and dangerously sexy, this year’s Vanguard lineup has something unique for everyone,” says International Programmer Colin Geddes. “We’re leading audiences into a wild world of emotional sensations, demons and strange sea creatures — delivered with Vanguard’s distinctive twist on storytelling.”Demon
Marcin Wrona, Poland/Israel World Premiere
“Peter is a stranger in the hometown of his future wife Janet. As a wedding gift from the bride’s grandfather, he receives a piece of land where the two can build a house and raise a happy family. While preparing the land for construction, Peter finds hidden bones of human bodies in the ground beneath his new property. Then very strange things begin to happen.”Der Nachtmahr
AKIZ, Germany North American Premiere
“When 17-year -old Tina passes out at a party, she assumes it was just the side-effect of her wild lifestyle on the decadent Berlin-party scene. Soon she becomes unsettled and nervously manic as a mysterious ugly creature starts to haunt her, in both her dreams and waking hours, and nobody believes her.”Evolution
Lucile Hadžihalilović, France World Premiere
“A 10-year-old boy discovers a dead body in the sea just before he is brought to the hospital for a mysterious injection. Before long, something appears to be growing inside of him.”February
Osgood Perkins, USA/Canada World Premiere
“In February, beautiful and haunted Joan makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all girls prep school, where Rose and Kat find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. As Joan gets closer, terrifying visions begin plaguing Kat while Rose watches in horror as she becomes possessed by an unseen evil force.”Lace Crater
Harrison Atkins, USA World Premiere
“On a weekend trip to the Hamptons with friends, Ruth (Lindsay Burdge) encounters a mysterious ghost (Peter Vack) haunting the guest house. One thing leads to another and they find themselves in the throes of an unexpected one-night stand. Soon, Ruth begins suffering from a bizarre sexually-transmitted disease that leaves doctors and friends confused and frightened. As her body and social connections begin to disintegrate, she must find a way to reconcile her condition with the world around her, or risk losing herself to a void from which she may never emerge.”
The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015.