Life After Beth, a Jeff Baena-written/directed comedy that stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser, and Anna Kendrick, is available now on Direct TV VOD; and we've got the first clip for you right here!
The film centers on a young man whose life takes a turn for the worse when he attempts to make amends after his recently deceased girlfriend returns from the dead. Look for it in limited release on August 15th.
Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her, and before long Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.
A few weeks ago the next Friday the 13th was reported to be in 3D. Recently, though, Bloody Disgusting caught up with Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller, who said that things aren't exactly set in stone just yet.
"I can’t make any determination about found footage or 3D until we have a story that we all agree on and that we all like. The story is the most important thing, and the way you tell the story, to me, is secondary," said Fuller.
He continued, "We have some writers writing, but, because we don’t have a script that everyone has signed off on, I can’t speak to how the story is meant to be told. All of those things have been considered, but no decisions have been made. We don’t know what story is being told."
Director David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) was in talks to helm the new film, but nothing has been confirmed as of press time. Friday the 13th is slated to be in theatres on November 13, 2015.
It's always fun to see what horror projects are among the TV shows gracing the keepsake bags given out each year at San Diego Comic-Con, and we have a whopping six entries this year thanks to Warner Bros. Are your favorites among them?
From the Press Release:
The bags are back! Comic-Con 2014 attendees hoping for a colorful and commemorative keepsake bag to hold their best swag are once again in luck.
For the fifth year running, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Comic-Con have teamed up to produce and distribute the official bag of Comic-Con, which will be distributed to fans when checking it at the Con. The highly coveted bag, which can also be worn conveniently as a backpack, has been called a “must-have” by Variety and Comic-Con’s “ubiquitous accessory” by Entertainment Weekly. Here are some stats:
For more information about WBTV activities at San Diego Comic-Con, follow @warnerbrostv on Twitter and join in the conversation by using hashtag #WBSDCC, or visit TheWB.com, where you can see the other bags.
Some girls just want to watch the world burn…
A24 released the first clip from Jeff Baena’s Sundance horror comedy, Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, and Paul Reiser.
While NOW available on DirecTV, it will be in theaters August 15.
“Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her and, before long, Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.”
Here’s details on the below clip:
As Beana tells us via email, the above clip is the moment in which Zach sees a future for he and his undead love — albeit a complicated one, at that. “Zach breaks into Beth’s family home and discovers she’s inexplicably alive. His cognitive dissonance, coupled with her naïveté and her parents’ plausible deniability, creates a tense standoff that spirals out of control.”
The zombie pic had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this past January.
A24 announced today a September 19, 2014 release for Kevin Smith’s Tusk, while also setting a debut for the trailer at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Smith also released the first image (below) for the flick depicting the film’s antagonist (Justin Long) and protagonist (Michael Parks) in what looks to be an awkward conversation.
The film will take to Hall H on Friday, July 25 from 6:35pm – 8:05pm, and will feature Smith, along with stars Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment. It’s being called “The Musk of Tusk: An Evening With Kevin Smith.” And those who know Smith’s work know that this is going to be a highly entertaining panel!
“After all the interesting and exciting movie panels are over, Hall H belongs to a middle-aged man who once worked with BatFleck! Ask ComiKev questions and get ready to say #WalrusYes as Kev premieres the trailer to his first film in three years: the twisted, transformative tale of Tusk! Wrap up a busy Friday with the Clown Prince of Comic-Con!”
Inspired by The Human Centipede, Tusk is about a man (Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Parks).
Shooting is underway on FX’s “American Horror Story: Freakshow,” the fourth season of the anthology series.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy just tweeted out a backside tease of Dot and Bette’s first day on set. The two are actually one, played by Sarah Paulson in the new season that is set in Jupiter, Florida, in 1950. “Freak Show” finds Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the U.S.
Her group of “unusuals” Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and Frances Conroy all play performers whom Lange’s character has rescued.
Michael Chiklis, also stars with Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts returning.
Dot and Bette's first day pic.twitter.com/ZKFS1pEGed
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 17, 2014
Photographer Yvette Meltzer answers this question with an emphatic “YES!”
In her new photo series “Revolutions” her eagle-eyed work catches glimpses of why socks go missing from our laundry.
Here’s what she had to say about the genesis of the project, which took place in Chicago (I need to move, ASAP!).
I enjoy the convergence of color, light and form that emerges through photography. And I am continually thrilled by how photography often takes me further than my eye can see and sometimes in unexpected directions.
After taking multitudes of outdoor laundry images over the years, it was in Chicago in the cold of winter when my curiosity led me into local Laundromats where, drawn to the colors of laundry spinning in the dryers, I began taking photos. I never imagined the mandalas I would ultimately see when I went to the computer to view the digital images of this spinning laundry. Therein I saw faces and forms – both human and animal-like. Thus was born my revolving laundry series which I call “Revolutions.” What has been most exciting for me has been capturing the abstract forms that have emerged on this journey.
As Picasso said, “There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality.” I believe that is what this series does. I start with fabric in a dryer and in collaboration with my camera the concrete reality is transformed.
Photo Source: Yvette Meltzer
RLJ and Image Entertainment are bringing Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s outrageous horror-comedy All Cheerleaders Die to Blu-ray and DVD This Tuesday, July 22. I dug the film (read our review here) and thought it was very entertaining despite some hiccups in the satire department. The mix of high school dramatics and the supernatural are handled really well without seeming ridiculous.
The film follows a group of attractive cheerleaders who bring in a new member of the squad, Maddy (Caitlin Stasey), who only joined to avenge the death of her former best friend. She infiltrates the squad and starts turning them against one another. Typical high school drama plays out, until tragedy strikes and the girls find themselves granted supernatural powers that help them all wreak havoc on a band of loathsome jocks. There’s a lot of fun aspects that come into play, like Wiccan stones, soul-switching, and sweet revenge.
Upon a second viewing, I want to note how great the acting is across the board. I didn’t talk about it in my review, but the filmmakers banded together a talented group of young folks to play both the cheerleaders and jocks. The head jock is played by Tom Williamson, who is filled with charm and venom. Other folks like Stasey, Brooke Butler, and Michael Bowen, they all bring their A game here. It’s rare to be able to enjoy so many teenage to early 20 actors without hating on at least a couple of them. I’ve got no complaints about the talent on display here though.
The behind the scenes feature on the Blu-ray and DVD give lots of insight on the casting and how these young actors got into their characters. That’s actually the bulk of what the 23 minute feature is made of – casting and characters. Turns out about half the cast was from Australia or New Zealand. This was purely coincidence and helped boost camaraderie on the set. Many of the actors talk about what it was like to work with McKee and Sivertston, how the two directors worked together, and other small insights. It’s a decent little doc that fans of the film will have fun checking out.
That’s the only feature on the disc, which boasts a crispy 1080p transfer (the Blu-ray I mean, naturally). Colors really pop during the daytime scenes and at night, details remain clear. The 5.1 sounds great as well, with dialogue and the soundtrack balanced nicely.
All Cheerleaders Die hits home video July 22.
In case you haven't noticed, we're living in a true renaissance period for horror on television, and one of the best of the bunch is "Salem," starring Janet Montgomery. In this new video she discusses why she loves playing the bewitching Mary Sibley on the show.
The Season 1 finale, which aired this past Sunday, left plenty of questions that we can't wait to see answered in Season 2. We should have a few tidbits for you following the "Salem" San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 26th (you'll find more details on that below).
Related Story: Visit our "Salem" Archive
"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them. In Season 1 the series stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, Shane West as John Alden, Seth Gabel as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe as Tituba, Xander Berkeley as Magistrate Hale, Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle as Mercy Lewis, and Iddo Goldberg as Isaac Walton. Stephen Lang guest stars as Increase Mather.
Saturday, July 26, 5:45-6:45 pm - Room 6DE - "Salem"
The star-studded cast -- including Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Ashley Madekwe, Iddo Goldberg, and Elise Eberle -- along with executive producers Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, and Josh Barry look back at intriguing footage from the groundbreaking first season of the series from WGN America and Fox 21. Followed by an audience Q&A.
With both The Purge: Anarchy (read my review) and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hitting screens within two weeks of each other, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has a lot on his plate but took some time out of his schedule earlier this week to speak with us about a few of his companies projects. Our full interview with him will be hitting tomorrow, but first we wanted to clear up some stuff concerning the upcoming Friday the 13th film, which is due in theaters November 13th, 2015.
Let’s get it out of the way. I’m a huge fan of the 2009 reboot. Last month I went on the record by saying, “for those of you who think that the most recent entry is cynical, I actually don’t think it is so much. Remember, the studio had zero respect for the franchise during its first incarnation, these were turn and burn gigs that people were turning down left and right because there was no money and the powers that be insisted on unrealistic schedules to keep the money flowing in. I’d argue that the folks behind the 2009 version actually cared more about the quality of the film than most of the people involved in the original sequels (especially later on).” While I don’t love all the rumors that have been circulating, the goodwill from the 2009 entry alone has me very much in an optimistic wait and see mode.
And Fuller’s quotes today only help that:
What’s the status of the 2015 Friday the 13th? We’ve heard found footage and we’ve heard 3D. Have either of those shifted?
“I can’t make any determination about found footage or 3D until we have a story that we all agree on and that we all like. The story is the most important thing and the way you tell the story, to me, is secondary. We have some writers writing but, because we don’t have a script that everyone has signed off on, I can’t speak to how the story is meant to be told. All of those things have been considered. But no decisions have been made. We don’t know what story is being told.”
Fuller also confirmed to me that the very talented David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) is still onboard which has me just as hopeful as the news that all avenues seem to apparently be open for the film.
Check back tomorrow for my entire interview with Fuller.
On tap right now is a headsy trailer (you'll get it once you watch it) for the upcoming horror comedy Science Team. Be warned though... although it's pretty much safe for work, you may wanna keep the volume low and be careful whom you watch it around.
The promo poster below was illustrated by Brendan Mauer. Science Team was written and directed by Drew Bolduc and stars Vito Trigo, Richard Spencer ,and Emily Marsh with Mariea Terrell, Matt Chodoronek, and Lloyd Kaufman featured.
Science Team is a completely independent sci-fi feature length film produced and shot in Richmond, Virginia. For more visit the official Science Team website, "like" Science Team on Facebook, and follow Science Team on Twitter (@ScienceTeamFilm).
Chip returns home to find his mother brutally murdered and a sessile space alien living in her house rent free. A somewhat xenophobic and bureaucratic government agency called Science Team is brought in to eliminate the extraterrestrial threat. Drama ensues. People die. Inner and extraterrestrial demons are engaged. Men in pink suits use cool-looking technology. Events culminate in a destructive orgy of violence as people's minds are literally blown out of their heads.
In addition to daily writings here on Dread, I also write for a fairly new website called iHorror, which I'm excited to report is making the move into feature film territory. Their first co-production is titled 10 Seconds to Run, and it'll only get made with YOUR help!
A joint production between Iyrus Entertainment and iHorror, 10 Seconds to Run is the story of a group of five friends driving to an electronic music festival. What was supposed to be a fun road trip ends up being a deadly mistake when they find themselves on a country road without cell and GPS service.
The friends become victims of a game that a few of the local backwoods residents like to play called "10 Seconds to Run." Players have 10 seconds to try to escape, and every new game has an added challenge to slow the victim down. The game is part of a bigger scheme perpetrated by the most corrupt and evil resident of the town, The Duke. With their lives on the line the group members fight to survive this twisted game.
Jake Jalbert, who made his feature debut with last year's House Guest, is the director of the film, which is packed with recognizable faces including Michael Milhoan (Field of Dreams, Pearl Harbor), Tony Senzamici ("Burn Notice"), and Rob Mello (Bad Ass).
Also noteworthy is the special effects crew, which includes Derek Garcia from Syfy's "Face Off" and his brother, Eric. The effects in the film will be entirely practical, which should be music to the ears of all horror fans.
Perks for donating to the cause range from thank you shout-outs on Facebook to an executive producer IMDb credit with appearances in the film, on-set passes, and copies of the finished movie also available.
Filmed in a creepy old house, an apparent ghost was spotted in the 10 Seconds to Run Kickstarter pitch video, which you can check out below. Underneath that you'll find the complete pitch video, and you can learn more and help out original independent horror over on the 10 Seconds to Run Kickstarter campaign!
Behold, kids! A movie about a group of kids who get slaughtered while making a found footage movie! A new horror trope is born! Read on for your first details, artwork, and trailer for the upcoming indie flick Raw Cut. Let's hope that found footage filmmakers take the hint!
Raw Cut from director Zoe Quist (Mining for Ruby, Fetch) opens theatrically in Los Angeles on August 1st and will be available around the country on VOD August 5th.
Daniel Ponickly (Mining for Ruby, Mona Lisa Smile), Christopher Kelly (Ink, August Falls), and C. Ashleigh Caldwell (Ashes, Not In My Backyard) star.
When Adam Cohen invites his best college friends, Jack and Amanda, to his new Wyoming home for a week’s getaway to meet his new fiancee, Stephanie, the two couples get much more than the peace and solitude they were hoping for. Stephanie asks for help with her thesis film, a "found footage" piece. The friends are going to play-act a traditional horror story: Two ingenues are stalked and murdered by two crazed hillbillies. But who is stalking whom? How far are we willing to go for our art? How much will people take before they burst? Raw Cut explores the meta world between found footage and reality. What starts as a traditional horror film turns into something far darker, more suspenseful. How well do any of the friends really know each other? And who will survive the cut?
It seems like all of the most awesome things on this planet are celebrating big anniversaries this year, from A Nightmare on Elm Street to Gremlins, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Ghostbusters.
You can add Disney's Haunted Mansion attraction to that list, which turns the ripe old age of 45 this year. And the birthday is being celebrated in style so read on for full details!
THR reports that Disney Television Animation is developing a Disney Channel and Disney XD animated special inspired by the ghoulishly fun popular theme park attraction.
The Haunted Mansion special will be animated by legendary horror genre artist and children's book illustrator Gris Grimly (Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes), who also will exec produce and art direct.
Scott Peterson ("Phineas and Ferb") will serve as writer, EP, and story editor. Joshua Pruett ("Phineas and Ferb") is on board as a consulting producer and writer.
More as we learn it!
Fourteen years after debuting on the scene, the Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming-created comic series Powers is making the jump to the small screen, being adapted exclusively for the Sony Playstation Network. So read on if you're a fan of the comics!
Deadline reports that David Slade will direct the first two episodes of the live-action series from scripts by Charlie Huston. Susan Heyward (pictured; "The Following") has been tapped as the female lead with Max Fowler ("The Killing") and Adam Godley ("Breaking Bad") also cast.
Combining the genres of superhero fantasy, crime noir, and police procedural, "Powers," produced by Sony Pictures TV, is set in a world full of people with superhuman abilities and where all of those powers are just another catalyst for mayhem and murder.
It follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim (Heyward), who are assigned to protect humans like us and investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as "Powers," who glide through the sky on lightning bolts and fire and who clash above cities in epic battle, oblivious to the mortals below. Pilgrim is described as equal parts beauty and sarcasm, a wunderkind detective with edgy style.
Fowler will play Krispin Stockley, the son of Walker’s murdered partner, a disaffected teen still struggling with the death of his father at the hand of a rogue Power, which starts him on a dark journey that will warp him both physically and emotionally. Godley will play Captain Cross, the solid steel in a frail frame captain of the Powers division, bookish, respectful, and loyal; but he may harbor a secret agenda that could lead his beloved department into a full-fledged conspiracy.
Bendis, Oeming, and Michael Dinner executive produce "Powers" with Huston and Remi Aubuchon ("Falling Skies") along with Circle of Confusion’s David Engel, David Alpert, and Lawrence Mattis. Huston and Aubuchon will serve as showrunners. SPT will sell internationally.
Things are really cooking in the Fatal Frame universe. First up a Japanese film adaptation has been announced to coincide with the release of the recently announced Nintendo Wii U video game, Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden, and now rumblings of a U.S. adaptation have begun!
During the Fatal Frame video game presentation early this morning, Koei Tecmo and Nintendo announced jointly that the franchise is going to expand with a new manga on the way, the Japanese film on September 26, and apparently a Hollywood version to be adapted by the producers of the Resident Evil films.
The news comes from GoNintendo, who point to a translated news report of the festivities.
The only troubling bit? They're the only site reporting this so let's file it under rumor for now until we have something more concrete to report. One thing's certain, however; should an American movie be made, even a crappy one, at least we'll be sure to see Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden come to North American Wii U consoles.
Just the other day I went on a rant about how much I hate epilogues, and referenced the 1987 RoboCop as an example of a movie with a perfect ending.
Well, today marks the 27th anniversary of Paul Verhoeven’s classic that starred Peter Weller as the title character, which means I get to share said finale with you!.
The sci-fi horror takes place in a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit where a terminally wounded cop (Weller) returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories.
There’s nothing more satisfying than RoboCop‘s conclusion in which Dick Jones (Ronny Cox) reminds RoboCop that he can’t hurt an employee of Omni Corp. The hostage then exclaims, “Dick, you’re fired,” which allows RoboCop to fill Jones with a round of bullets sending him through a window!
“Thank you,” says Murphy.
THE. FUCKING. END.
This morning in Japan, Koei Tecmo and Nintendo revealed your first look at the next entry into the Fatal Frame video game franchise, Fatal Frame: The Black-Haired Shrine Maiden, and we have the trailer along with several screenshots and details for you.
Silicone Era translated the following information from the Japanese 4Gamer website: "Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden (Zero: Nuregarasu no Miko) is a Japanese-style horror game wherein you’ll use the Wii U GamePad as the 'Projection Machine,' a camera that is used to seal vindictive spirits."
The main character is named Kozukata Yuuri. She’s a “kagemi,” basically a private eye with the ability to find those who have been taken into the spirit realm, and bring them back to reality.
"The game takes place at the Hikayama Mountain, a place also known as the 'mountain of death,' often visited by those who choose the path of death. While past games of the series took place in Japanese mansions, this time around there will be plenty of open areas and spiritual places that will test your courage. There's a strong focus on water in the game with a huge lake being a major part of the mountain environment. Koei Tecmo feels that it will bring out a feeling of uneasiness and caution from the players. The 'Projection Machine' will have you use the GamePad like a regular camera to look at the spirits’ positions and movements. It can also be used to check the length and breadth of your surroundings or even film what’s going on, which Koei Tecmo says should bring a new sense of fear."
Fatal Frame: The Black Haired Shrine Maiden will be released on September 27, 2014, in Japan for Wii U. There's no word yet on whether or not we'll be seeing it here in the West, but let us pray! Please, Nintendo, give us this game!
Bloody Disgusting has the exclusive trailer premiere for Blood Valley: Seed’s Revenge, Marcel Walz’s slasher sequel to Uwe Boll’s Seed that’s got a Hills Have Eyes vibe to it.
Starring both Christa Campbell (Drive Angry, Homefront) and Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Days of Thunder), the pic will drop on DVD October 7, 2014 via Phase 4 Films.
“While driving home from a bachelorette party, Christine and her friends come across a mysterious woman who leads them straight into mass murderer Max Seed’s trap. Seeking revenge from a mishap years ago, the blood soaked madman is determined to inflict an insufferable pain to anyone who crosses his path.“
"Amid the Ruins," Episode 4 of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead Season 2, arrives for download starting next week, and we have the full rollout schedule for you along with a trailer.
"Amid the Ruins," the penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season 2, will be available on these dates for the corresponding platforms:
7/22 - PC/Mac worldwide, PlayStation 3 and Vita North America (SCEA)
7/23 - Xbox 360 worldwide, PlayStation 3 and Vita Europe (SCEE)
7/24 - iPhone and iPad via the App Store
Additional platforms including mobile, handheld, tablets, and micro-consoles will be announced. Stay tuned on the Telltale Games Facebook page, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter (@telltalegames) for updates as they become available.
"Amid the Ruins" Synopsis:
Free of their brutal captor, the group members resume their journey north. But hunger, violence, and death have taken their toll. Simmering conflicts and inevitable changes within the group remind Clementine that danger can come from within as well as without; she must choose her allies carefully in this penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season 2.
To learn more, visit Telltale Games' official The Walking Dead website.