Meet Uncle Caleb in this Teaser for Tonight's Bates Motel Episode 2.02 - Shadow of a Doubt

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 18:08

Norman and Dylan's Uncle Caleb checks in to "Bates Motel" tonight in Episode 2.02, "Shadow of a Doubt," and a new promo video has arrived to introduce us to him. Check it out, and be sure to tune in... in just a few more hours!

Caleb Calhoun, Norma's estranged brother, is played by Kenny Johnson.

"Bates Motel" Episode 2.02 - "Shadow of a Doubt" (airs 3/10/14)
Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to distract Norman (Freddie Highmore) from his obsession with Miss Watson by auditioning for a play. A new player in town has Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Remo (Ian Tracey) on edge.

Related Story: New Images and a Sneak Peek of "Bates Motel" Episode 2.02 - "Shadow of a Doubt"

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[Books] Anne Rice Announces "Prince Lestat", Sequel To "Queen of the Damned"!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:49

Even though horror author Anne Rice had dubbed the “Vampire Chronicles” over back in 2008, she’s secretly been writing the “big” official sequel to her 1988 “Queen of the Damned,” “Prince Lestat.”

The 11th installment will be arriving on bookshelves October 28, she revealed on the podcast The Dinner Party with Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn.

Co-hosted by Rice’s son, she told explained “I am at last able to announce my up-and-coming new novel. The title is ‘Prince Lestat,’ and it is a big ‘Vampire Chronicle.’

It’s all about Lestat [de Lioncourt] and all about the vampires and what they’re doing right now, how they’re coming to terms with everything that’s happened to them and how Lestat is dealing with demands from all sides that he step forward and become the leader of the tribe,” she revealed.

“Queen of the Damned is the sequel to “Interview with the Vampire.” Both were adapted for the big screen. Studios have been developing a new film for years now.

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SXSW 2014: Mondo Unleashes Incredible Godzilla Poster

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:35

The restored Japanese version of the mother of all Kaiju movies, 1954's Godzilla, or Gojira for you purists out there, will be playing the SXSW festival on Tuesday, March 11, at 9:30pm, and attendees will receive a copy of a limited edition Mondo poster in promotion of the 2014 film. Check it out!

From the Press Release
A new restoration of GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL, the monster classic that has spawned six decades of sequels, imitations, and remakes, will debut April 12 at the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, followed by a national release beginning at New York’s Film Forum, April 18-24.

GODZILLA was originally released here in 1956 as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, an atrociously cut, dubbed and re-edited version that inserted American actor Raymond Burr into the action; only an hour was used of the original’s 98 minute running time. Burr does not appear in the original, uncut version, which has an all-Japanese cast including Kurosawa regular Takashi Shimura, who the very same year appeared as leader of the Seven Samurai.

As directed by Ishirô Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL is much darker in tone than the dumbed-down U.S. release version, which entirely eliminated the original’s underlying theme: in the Japanese version, the monster is clearly a metaphor for the nuclear menace and the film itself a cry for world peace and disarmament. The American version also cut out all of the original’s astonishing Strangelove-like black humor.

The original GODZILLA holds up as one of the greatest science fiction/monster films ever made, boasting still-impressive special effects, as the radiation-breathing prehistoric monster, awakened after millennia by Hydrogen Bomb testing – and impervious to repeated shelling by the Japanese army – wreaks destruction on Tokyo.

GODZILLA became Toho Studio’s #1 box office hit of 1954 (its #2 that year was Seven Samurai) and was so popular worldwide that the company has since produced nearly 30 sequels and remakes; a statue near Toho headquarters in Tokyo pays tribute to their most valuable property. In 1984, the prestigious film journal Kinema Junpo rated it among the top 20 Japanese films of all time. In 1989, a published survey of 370 Japanese movie critics, Nihon Eiga Besuto 150 (Best 150 Japanese Films), ranked Godzilla the 27th greatest Japanese feature ever made.

A new American version of Godzilla from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, directed by Gareth Edwards (2010’s Monsters), will be released nationally May 16.

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True Crime Thriller 'The Devil's Knot' Gets Official Trailer

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:26

Set for release on May 9 is Image Entertaiment’s crime thriller Devil’s Knot, which now has an official trailer.

Devil’s Knot, about the West Memphis Three killings, stars Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. The film, which received mostly mixed reviews at Toronto, is based on Mara Leveritt’s book “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three.”

“Devil’s Knot tells the compelling story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year old boys in Memphis, Ark. – two of them sentenced to life imprisonment and one to death. The film explores the lives of deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies. The conviction of the West Memphis Three – Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin – riled the American justice system, shocked a tightly knit religious town and outraged the nation.

The film was written by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and Paul Harris Boardman, who also produced alongside Elizabeth Fowler, Richard Saperstein, Clark Peterson and Christopher Woodrow of Worldview Entertainment.

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[SXSW '14] Epic 'Godzilla' Poster Celebrates 60th Anniversary!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:18

Yahoo! unveiled this absolutely incredible Mondo poster for the SXSW premiere of the newly restored Gojira, the first ever Godzilla film from 1954.

Austin-based design studio Mondo commissioned an exclusive poster for the new big-screen version coming this summer. Designed by Phantom City Creative, it shows the big beastie literally rising out of the smoke of a smoldering city.

Explains the site, the design of the new “Godzilla” is directly inspired by the classic look of the creature from the 1954 original movie.

Gareth Edwards, the director of the new version, will be hosting a screening of the classic monster movie at the Ritz Alamo Theater in downtown Austin. The screening of the restored original Japanese version with 40 minutes not seen in the American edit is on Tuesday, Mar. 11 at 9:30pm, and attendees will receive a copy of the limited-edition poster.

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Knights of Badassdom Leaves Forth on its Quest to Home Video

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:16

The producer's cut of the flick which is LARPing as a Joe Lynch film, Knights of Badassdom, is coming home to both Blu-ray and DVD; and we have all the details you need to know about its upcoming release.

From the Press Release
Sound the horns and prepare thyself for a most glorious tale of battling knights, spell-casting wizards, fair maidens, and one bloodthirsty demon from the netherworld in KNIGHTS OF BADASSOM.

Starring Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones," The Station Agent), Steve Zahn ("Treme," Dallas Buyers Club), Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood," Dead Silence), and Summer Glau ("Arrow," "Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles"), this 2014 theatrical release called "a blast and a half" (Max Nicholson, IGN) marches onto extras-loaded DVD and Blu-ray editions on April 1 from Entertainment One. Cans't thou handle it?

KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM follows three best friends (Dinklage, Zahn, and Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus from the pits of hell. And as fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons, and assorted mythical creatures, their courage and friendship are put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers or true "Knights of Badassdom?" Art thou ready to find out?

Co-starring Danny Pudi ("Community"), Maragrita Levieva ("Revenge," Adventureland), and Jimmi Simpson ("House of Cards," Date Night), the Blu-ray and DVD editions conjure up some magical extras including interviews with Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn, and director Joe Lynch; a behind-the-scenes featurette, a Summer Glau: Hottie Montage, and the film's San Diego Comic-Con panel.

KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM was produced by IndieVest Pictures' Mark Burton and Matt Wall and by Kevin Dreyfuss. Daniel J. Heffner, Ketura Krestin, Rizwan Virk, Rich Cowan, and Mike Elizalde executive produced.

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Erin Moriarty Goes From 'Ouija' to the 'Crawlspace'

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:11

Hot off her role as Woody Harrelson’s daughter in HBO’s epic “True Detective,” and soon to be seen in Ouija, Erin Moriarty has now landed the lead role in New Line’s Crawlspace, per Variety.

The story follows a relocated family who moves into a new home where the previous inhabitants mysteriously were killed by a murderer living in the walls.

Phil Claydon will direct with The Conjuring’s Peter Safran producing along with Rick Alvarez.

Gary Dauberman penned the script. Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada will oversee for New Line.

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Mr. Jones Trailer Arrives to Send Shivers

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:08

The official home video trailer has arrived for Mr. Jones, and we have every startling second of it for you right here. That is, if you find it startling. If not, we have every regular second of it for you anyway. We like to be flexible.

From the Press Release
“Who is Mr. Jones?” To some, he is an enigmatic artist with a unique vision of humanity and our place in the spiritual universe. To others, his very name conjures unimaginable primal fears. But for two young people, he will become their worst nightmare...

From Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein, the producer of the Sundance Film Festival smash hit The Pact and The Divide, comes Mr. Jones, bowing May 6th on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand from Anchor Bay Films. SRP is $26.99 for the Blu-ray and $24.98 for the DVD.

Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Scott (Jon Foster of Stay Alive) and Penny (Sarah Jones of “Sons of Anarchy”) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: An infamously reclusive artist - known only as "Mr. Jones" - lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness, and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend), and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

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[TV] "True Detective" Season 2: Strong Women and the Occult!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:03

I finally got to sit down and enjoy the finale of HBO’s inaugural season of “True Detective”, which started off like a classic genre film and ending with a burst of terror. While this season wasn’t horror per se, it definitely touched upon something larger. Taking cues from “American Horror Story”, the show is an anthology telling a new story with fresh characters each season, thus leaving us all asking “what’s next?”

During an interview with series creator Nic Pizzolatto, HitFix inquired about the direction next season will take.

I realize I need to keep being strange. Don’t play the next one straight,” Pizzolatto said. “This is really early, but I’ll tell you [it's about] hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system.

Pizzolatto also went on to say that his prose is typically “populated with rich female characters,” so hopefully we will see female detectives who will act as “mirrors to reflect some aspect of Rust (McConaughey) or Marty (Harrelson)”. I’d love to see a series from the perspective of two strong female leads, you?

I wish HBO wasn’t so behind on a second season, now being scripted, as I am dying for them to get filming underway. What is so great about “True Detective” is that it’s slow-burn television, something unique to the modern era that’s littered with flash cuts and quick-snapping dialogue like in “Scandal.” “Detective” is solid crime novel storytelling. Check it.

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True Detective Star to Be Murdered in a Crawlspace

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 17:00

There's no question that everyone who's starred in HBO's "True Detective" is gonna be getting quite the rub around Hollywood, and the first out of the gate is Erin Moriarty, who played Woody Harrelson's daughter on the incredible series.

Variety is reporting that Moriarty (pictured) has now landed the lead role in New Line’s Crawlspace. Phil Claydon will direct with The Conjuring’s Peter Safran producing along with Rick Alvarez.

The storyline follows a relocated family who moves into a new home where the previous inhabitants mysteriously were killed by a murderer living in the walls.

Gary Dauberman penned the script. Dave Neustadter and Walter Hamada will oversee for New Line.

Besides her role in “True Detective,” Moriarty has slowly begun building a resume with strong supporting roles in films like Kings of Summer and Fox’s The Watch. She can be seen next in Universal’s Ouija.

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'Mr. Jones' Trailer Brings Out the Evil in the Woods!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:50

Anchor Bay shared with Bloody the first ever trailer for Mr. Jones, hitting Blu-ray and DVD on May 6th.

Having premiered at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Mr. Jones will also have an exclusive Los Angeles limited theatrical engagement beginning May 2nd.

Scott (Jon Foster) and Penny (Sarah Jones) just moved to a remote cabin to escape the pressures of the world and breathe new life into their art. But they’ll soon discover they are not alone: an infamously reclusive artist – known only as ‘Mr. Jones’ – lives nearby. He doesn’t like to be disturbed, and only comes out at night when he drags his strange, sinister sculptures deep into the woods. When Scott and Penny’s curiosity leads them too close for Mr. Jones’ comfort, he plunges the young couple into a nightmare world of mayhem, madness and mind-bending terror.

Diane Neal (“Law & Order: SVU”), Mark Steger (I Am Legend) and David Clennon (John Carpenter’s The Thing) co-star in this startling tale from debut director Karl Mueller (screenwriter of Xavier Gens’ The Divide).

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Nicholas Hoult and More Ready to Kill Your Friends

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:50

We first told you about the feature film adaptation of John Niven's Kill Your Friends during last year's AFM. Today the cast has filled out in the fullest of ways. Read on for all of the latest details.

According to THR, Craig Roberts (22 Jump Street), Tom Riley (TV's "Da Vinci’s Demons"), Georgia King (Austenland), James Corden (Tony Award winner, One Man, Two Guvnors), and Edward Hogg (Bunny and the Bull) have joined the cast for satirical comedy Kill Your Friends, starring Nicholas Hoult (pictured; Warm Bodies, X-Men: First Class).

The flick tells the story of an A&R man who, desperately searching for the next big hit, takes the concept of killer tunes to a murderous new level.

Directed by Owen Harris, the film is produced by Gregor Cameron (UNIGRAM), Will Clarke (Altitude Film Entertainment), and Len Blavatnik (AI Film andWarner Music Group).

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Theme Park Horror 'Escape From Tomorrow' Gets Dated

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:49

Featured in my personal top 10 horror features of 2013, and called “a cult classic in the making” (Salon), Escape From Tomorrow (review) comes to DVD and Blu-Ray April 29 from Cinedigm.

Unlike any film ever made, the most buzzed about debut at Sundance 2013 enraptured audiences with the fearless methods used by its writer/director Randy Moore, along with its compelling take on childhood fantasy gone awry. Secretly shot at two world-famous theme parks, Escape From Tomorrow uses covert techniques that take guerilla filming to another level, placing it amongst one of the most revolutionary films in history.

Escape From Tomorrow takes place in a fantasyland of deliberately crafted childhood dreams. When family man Jim vacations with his wife and children, he is invaded by nightmares in the guise of princesses, happy theme park rides and fellow tourists. With a backdrop familiar to all audiences as a setting where fairy tales become real, his world suddenly comes crashing down as these enchanting figures eerily turn into horrific characters threatening his very life.

DVD features include exclusive commentary, including one in which Jim recounts his adventure first-hand, along with a fascinating, must-see look at making of the film.

The most provocative film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Escape From Tomorrow should not exist, and yet it does. Like nothing you’ve ever seen, Randy Moore’s directorial debut is a bold and ingenious trip into the happiest place on earth. An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses. Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasyland around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, Escape From Tomorrow dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture’s obsession with mass entertainment.

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Official Synopsis Arrives for Grimm Episode 3.16 with Guest Star Sam Witwer - The Show Must Go On

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:39

Back in late January we got word that "Being Human's" Sam Witwer is guest starring on "Grimm" this season, and now we have the full synopsis of the episode in which he'll appear, #3.16, entitled "The Show Must Go On," airing on March 21st.

"Grimm" Episode 3.16 - "The Show Must Go On" (airs 3/21/14; 9-10PM)
A WESEN CARNIVAL COMES TO PORTLAND - A double homicide leads Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) to a traveling carnival where the performers are not what they seem.

To get a better understanding of what’s going on behind the scenes, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) go undercover. On the wedding front, Monroe has a really important question for Nick.

In Austria an invaluable member of the Resistance makes the ultimate sacrifice to help Adalind (Claire Coffee). Bitsie Tulloch, Sasha Roiz, and Reggie Lee also star; Sam Witwer guest stars.

Related Story: Grimm Q&A: Reggie Lee Talks Sgt. Wu's Future, His Love Life, the Royal Baby, and More

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'I, Frankenstein' Dated For Home Video

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:33

A movie so awful that I couldn’t even get past Act I. Now you can turn it off in the comfort of your own home…

Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) portrays one of the most iconic horror legends of all time in the horror adventure I, Frankenstein (review), available on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), along with DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View, May 13 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. This film will also be available on Digital HD May 2.

From the producers of Underworld, I, Frankenstein follows Frankenstein’s monster (Eckhart) as he becomes involved in a war between two immortal clans. Also starring Bill Nighy (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s “Chuck,” TV’s “Dexter”), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, TV’s “Rake”), Jai Courtney (upcoming Divergent, A Good Day to Die Hard) and Kevin Grevioux (Underworld, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), I, Frankenstein was written for the screen and directed by Stuart Beattie (30 Days Of Night, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra) with a screen story by Kevin Grevioux and Stuart Beattie.

The explosive thriller takes place 200 years after Dr. Frankenstein’s shocking creation came to life. Celestial forces name the creature Adam, and arm him with weapons to defeat the demons that are constantly seeking his destruction. However, soon Adam finds himself in the middle of a war over the fate of humanity and discovers that he also holds the key that could destroy humankind.

Based on The Darkstorm Studios graphic novel “I, Frankenstein” created by Kevin Grevioux, the 3D Blu-ray and DVD are packed with insightful bonus features including audio commentaries with Co-writer/Director Stuart Beattie and Filmmakers Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, James McQuaide and Kevin Grevioux, as well as two behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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[BD Review] If 'Creep' Doesn't Scare The Sh*t Out Of You, You've Got A Problem

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:04

Creep starts out innocently enough, as most terrifying life death-inviting life mistakes do. And the fact that it’s able to escalate to a conclusion that’s as straight as any line can be, but still somehow retain the element of surprise along the way, speaks volumes about the impressive give and take performers and co-writers Patrick Brice (who also directed) and Mark Duplass achieve here.

The whole thing kicks off when Aaron (Brice) replies to a craigslist ad placed by Josef (Duplass), the only requirements of which are a camera and a day’s time to spare. Initially Josef comes across as the sort of goofy oversharer who just isn’t quite cut out for normal societal mores. Then we discover the ostensible reason for this oversharing – Josef is dying of cancer and wants to record a video diary to give to his unborn son. You know, like Michael Keaton in My Life.

As Aaron spends the day with Josef, who immediately begins needling away at any concept of personal space or privacy, a few more elements of his life begin to seem… out of place. To be clear, this section of the film is very, very funny. Like an improv mumblecore From Dusk Till Dawn, you might find yourself having a great time but wondering where the proverbial beef is. Then sh*t, as they say, gets dark. The film never ceases to be funny, but it is incredibly adroit at slowly titrating down on the laughs while gradually ratcheting up the sickness at the heart of this transaction.

One of the more frightening things about the film is that we’ve all met someone like Josef. Maybe they’re not turned up as loud as he is, but we know them. There is no doubt in my mind that you will recognize a very specific person who has been a part – hopefully on the further fringes – of your life. Perhaps even more frightening? Most of us have been in the position of exacerbating this person’s behavior – again, hopefully to a lesser extent – like Aaron does with his passive enabling.

But, without spoiling anything, I would hope that none of us have experienced a turn of events that even remotely resembles what begins to happen in Creep around the halfway point (and keeps getting worse from there). That’s when the film’s tone effortlessly slides into something truly menacing. Duplass and Brice are excellent throughout, but they really elevate Creep to greatness levels with the work they do here.

To say anymore would be to spoil the day Josef has planned for you. My advice is simply to seek this Creep out. If he doesn’t get under your skin, something’s wrong with you.

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[SXSW '14 Interview] Jason Blum On 'Oculus,' 'Creep,' 'Mercy,' 'Mockingbird' and Others!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:04

Jason Blum is having a good SXSW with Oculus getting rave reviews in addition to the premiere of the fantastic Mark Duplass vehicle Creep (I loved this movie – review to come).

I caught up with him yesterday at the Four Seasons here in Austin to chat about both of those films as well as the bigger scope of The Purge: Anarchy. We also touched base and clarified some issues raised by an odd Hollywood Reporter article that came out a few weeks ago. In short, Blum assures us that movies like Mockingbird, Mercy and Stretch ARE indeed coming out.

Head below for details!

You came onboard ‘Oculus’ later right?

Yeah, after they shot it, just like Paranormal Activity. I saw it in Toronto and its distribution prospects looked iffy – but I loved it. I loved how original it was. I loved everything about it, the storytelling and acting. Every time I see a horror movie that feels new, I want to be involved. And I think horror fans everywhere will appreciate it, we just have to get it to them.

It requires the audience to pay attention, in addition to being a bit longer than most horror these days.

It is longer. I thought it should be shorter and was proven wrong by Mike and Trevor. They were very adamant. We looked at shorter versions of the movie and they were proven right.

Kind of like how you initially wanted less Specs and Tucker in Insidious?

Correct! I’m a terrible cutter! I shouldn’t be allowed to do cut notes! You’re exactly right.

You’ve also got Creep here, which I love.

Creep was much more of a rough cut when I came on a little over a year ago. It was more of a horror comedy and I thought they could definitely push it in more of a scary direction with funny moments – but not too many of them. And they were interested in crafting it and that manner so we went in on it. I feel like there’s a lot of funny stuff in there, but ultimately that movie is more scary than it is comedy.

It gradually scales tones, it doesn’t ping-pong back and forth as much.

Yeah we kept trying different things. One of the good things about found footage is that it’s so inexpensive you can keep trying stuff out. And we screened it for people until it got there.

I’m always going to ask you about The Town That Dreaded Sundown remake.

Of course. It’s almost locked, almost finished. I love the movie. You’re gonna love the movie. It’s really crazy and cool.

There was a Hollywood Reporter piece that hit a few weeks ago that took some aim at you. Is there anything you’d want to clarify?

We are very transparent with our model and have been incredibly upfront about our process. As we have said we are proud of all of those movies [Mockingbird, Mercy and Stretch] and they are are going to come out. All of them. And movies that we made before we were with Universal that did not go wide – Lords Of Salem, The Bay and Babymakers – all received limited release too.

Did you feel like it was a bit of a smear piece?

We all get wacked for trying something different and it was just my turn. That’s okay. We’ve had a lot of good press, what goes up must come down. Every movie that we do will eventually come out. They did find out that our toilet was clogged – so we called a plumber.

Everyone is excited to see The Purge: Anarchy take place outside of the house and on the streets. How was it shooting that on location on a similar budget?

Well we had a similar amount of money to what we had on the second Insidious, which is a lot more than the first. But even on sequels we stick to our formula. What makes sequels expensive is above the line costs, above the line is all still pretty much at zero.

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[Random Cool] Watch This Awesome Nirvana "Heart-Shaped Box" Cover

bloody disgusting - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 16:00

As I stated in this article, I’m not the biggest fan of grunge rockers Nirvana. But I do love it when someone takes a song and gives it their own spin. Well, if it’s done right, of course.

This is a time when a cover is done right. Multi-instrumentalist/singer Kawehi has posted a cover of the classic Nirvana track “Heart-Shaped Box” where she performs all the parts through a looper, creating a full bodied track that is immediately identifiable yet unique and refreshing. I wholly recommend going down below to check it out (along with her cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ “Closer”).

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Next Season of True Detective to Focus on the Occult

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:38

HBO's "True Detective" flirted with being a horror-themed show all season, and one can argue that that's exactly what it was. One thing is certain... last night's season finale would have even the most jaded of Texas Chain Saw Massacre fans drooling. Now, for Season 2, things may be getting a whole lot darker.

We know two things for sure about the show... each season will be a self-contained story, and Season 1 lead actors Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey won't return.

So what's next? During an interview with series creator Nic Pizzolatto, HitFix inquired about the direction next season will take.

"I realize I need to keep being strange. Don't play the next one straight," Pizzolatto said. "This is really early, but I'll tell you [it's about] hard women, bad men, and the secret occult history of the United States transportation system."

Pizzolatto also went on to say that his prose is typically "populated with rich female characters," so maybe we'll be getting female detectives who will act as "mirrors to reflect some aspect of Rust (McConaughey) or Marty (Harrelson)."

Stay tuned, kids!

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DVD and Blu-ray Release Allows You to Escape from Tomorrow

Dread Central - Mon, 03/10/2014 - 15:18

One of the most talked about films from last year was Randy Moore's nightmarish Escape from Tomorrow (review), which was covertly filmed at Disney World. Next month you'll finally be able to see it for yourself. Read on for complete details!

From the Press Release
Featured in IndieWire’s top 5 first features of 2013, and called “a cult classic in the making” (Salon), Escape from Tomorrow comes to DVD and Blu-Ray April 29 from Cinedigm.

Unlike any film ever made, the most buzzed about debut at Sundance 2013 enraptured audiences with the fearless methods used by its writer/director Randy Moore along with its compelling take on childhood fantasy gone awry. Secretly shot at two world-famous theme parks, Escape from Tomorrow uses covert techniques that take guerrilla filming to another level, placing it amongst one of the most revolutionary films in history.

Celebrated by ScreenCrush as one of the best movies of the year and called a “sneakily subversive exercise in low-budget surrealism and anti-corporate satire” (Variety), Escape from Tomorrow takes place in a fantasyland of deliberately crafted childhood dreams. When family man Jim vacations with his wife and children, he is invaded by nightmares in the guise of princesses, happy theme park rides, and fellow tourists. With a backdrop familiar to all audiences as a setting where fairy tales become real, his world suddenly comes crashing down as these enchanting figures eerily turn into horrific characters threatening his very life.

Filled with “stunningly beautiful compositions made all the more impressive by the difficult circumstances of the shooting” (Los Angeles Times), Escape from Tomorrow on DVD features exclusive commentary, including one in which Jim recounts his adventure first-hand, along with a fascinating, must-see look at the making of the film.

Synopsis
The most provocative film from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Escape from Tomorrow should not exist, and yet it does. Like nothing you've ever seen, Randy Moore's directorial debut is a bold and ingenious trip into the happiest place on earth. An epic battle begins when a middle-aged American husband and father of two learns that he has lost his job. Keeping the news from his nagging wife and wound-up children, he packs up the family and embarks on a full day of park hopping amid enchanted castles and fairytale princesses.

Soon, the manufactured mirth of the fantasyland around him begins to haunt his subconscious. An idyllic family vacation quickly unravels into a surrealist nightmare of paranoid visions, bizarre encounters, and an obsessive pursuit of a pair of sexy teenage Parisians. Chillingly shot in black and white, Escape from Tomorrow dissects the mythology of artificial perfection while subversively attacking our culture's obsession with mass entertainment.

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