The London FrightFest will hold premieres of two upcoming genre films that look mighty gory.
The first is Jonathan Straiton’s Night Of Something Strange, which we first reported on here (check out this nasty image). In the film, “Teenage friends out for beach week get unexpectedly detoured to a creepy motel where a deadly STD virus now runs rampant, turning those infected into the living dead.” Rebecca C. Kasek, Trey Harrison, Wayne W Johnson, Toni Ann Gambale, and Michael Merchant star.
In Jonathan Ford’s Offensive, starring Russell Floyd, Lisa Eichhorn, Fred Adenis, “A retired couple are targeted by a cruel gang of street youths . A new breed of technological psychopath. This is the old generation vs the new.”
The German news site Bild is reporting that a new Metallica album could be released on October 14th. However, they are also quick to say that this was not confirmed by Universal Music Group, who license their albums for international release from the band’s own record label Blackened Recordings, which was formed back in late 2012.
News of a new Metallica album has been brewing for years, especially since it’s been eight years since the release of their last album Death Magnetic. In mid-June, there were reports that the band was actually in the mixing stage, although I have yet to see that being confirmed.
What we do know is that each of the band members have been talking about new music for a while now and they’ve each confirmed that recordings have taken place. We’ll just have to wait and see if there is something to the rumors that we’ll be getting a new album this year or if we’ll be waiting even longer.
Here’s your first look at the second season of “Ash vs Evil Dead” and DAMN does it bring the goods! You want new monsters? You got ’em. How about buckets of blood and gore? Check! Maybe some gleeful violence? Oooooh yeah…
“Ash vs Evil Dead” follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
““The second season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his hometown of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.”
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem”, “Spartacus”) as Ruby, who now possesses the powerful Necronomicon; Ray Santiago (“Touch”, Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick dealing with the trauma he suffered in the cabin; and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, who, grief-stricken after the death of her parents, plots revenge against The Evil Dead. Lee Majors (Do You Believe), Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess”, Spider-Man) and Michelle Hurd (“Law & Order: SVU”) join the series this year as Brock Williams, Ash’s father, Chet Kaminski, Ash’s childhood best friend, and Linda, Ash’s high school love, respectively.
“Ash vs Evil Dead” will return to Starz this October!
Earlier today, Mondo/Deathwaltz started taking orders for Giona Ostinelli‘s score for Mickey Keating’s Darling, the Polanski-esque paranoia thriller that has wowed audiences through various festival runs.
This is a limited one-off pressing of 500 copies that is pressed on 180 gram white vinyl with a black and gray twisted stripe effect. It’s house inside of a foil numbered 425gsm sleeve that features artwork by Jay Shaw. You can pick up your copy via Mondo.
‘Darling’ begins as a lonely young woman moves into an old, mysterious Manhattan mansion. Hired as a caretaker, it’s not long before she discovers the estate’s haunted reputation and troubling past. These stories slowly transform into a backdrop for her twisted and violent descent into madness…
Lauren Ashley Carter (Pod, Jug Face, The Mind’s Eye), Brian Morvant, Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, John Speredakos, and Helen Rogers (V/H/S) star in the film.
Produced by Larry Fessenden and Jenn Wexler for Glass Eye Pix and Sean Fowler for Alexander Groupe. Keating and Carter are also producers and composer Giona Ostinelli returns from the director’s previous feature Pod to score this film.
Evil grows on the inside…
Louise and Kasper want to become parents but Louise is unable to have children. She seals a pact with her Romanian maid, Elena, to bear Louise’s child, but things don’t turn out as they planned.
That’s the twisted plot of Ali Abbasi’s Shelley, which stars Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Cosmina Stratan, and Björn Andrésen.
IFC tells Bloody Disgusting that Shelley will release in theaters (NY and LA) on July 29 as well as On Demand, iTunes, Amazon, X-Box, Google Play, etc.
We now have the first ever images to go along with the exclusive U.S. poster premiere.
“An unholy force takes root in an expectant mother’s womb in this eerie, dread-inducing shocker. Privileged, nouveau-eco-hippies Louise (Ellen Dorrit Petersen) and Kasper (Peter Christoffersen) live off the grid in a remote home in the woods. Unable to conceive, the couple arranges for their immigrant maid, Elena (Cosmina Stratan), to act as a surrogate mother in exchange for payment. But as Elena becomes mysteriously sicker with each passing day, fears mount about what may be growing inside her. The debut feature from director Ali Abbasi is a stylish, atmospheric plunge into primal terror.”
The film is also set to premiere at FrightFest in the UK – keep up with all of our coverage.
Check out the first ever still from House of Salem, which will premiere at FrightFest.
“A group of kidnappers become a child’s unlikely protectors, after finding out they have unwittingly been set up to take part in a deadly game of human sacrifice. As they start to uncover the truth of the safe house they find themselves trapped, they must battle demonic forces in the walls and uncover the terrifying truth of over a hundred years of murder in the name of the Devil.”
James Crow directed the film, which stars Jessica Arterton, Jack Brett Anderson, and Liam Kelly.
Keep up with all of our FrightFest coverage here.
Ti West is a director that we have come to know and love for this amazing additions to the genre. From House of the Devil to The Sacrament, West creates films that offer something new and terrifying to horror.
However, his next venture takes us into the Western genre with the In a Valley of Violence (review). To give fans a taste of what’s to come, a clip showcasing the tension between John Travolta and Ethan Hawke has been released and can be seen below.
A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey, they cut through the center of a large valley — landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton, a place now dubbed by locals as a “valley of violence.” The once-popular mining town is nearly abandoned and controlled by a brash group of misfits — chief among them Gilly (James Ransone), the troublemaking son of the town’s Marshal (John Travolta).
As tensions rise between Paul and Gilly, Denton’s remaining residents bear witness to an inevitable act of violence that starts a disastrous chain reaction, infecting the petty lives of all involved and quickly drags the whole town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. Mary-Anne (Taissa Farmiga) and Ellen (Karen Gillan), two bickering sisters who run the town’s only hotel, try to find the good in both men, while desperately searching for their own salvation. Only the world-weary Marshal struggles to stop the violent hysteria, but after a gruesome discovery about Paul’s past… there is no stopping the escalation.
West wrote, directed and even edited the film, which stars Ethan Hawke, James Ransone, Taissa Farmiga, Karen Gillan, and John Travolta.
A new trailer for Irish writer-director Billy O’Brien’s adaptation of novelist Dan Wells’ supernatural-thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer (review) has dropped today and there is a very old-school mysterious feel about it. It’s not just in the visual aesthetics, which make the film look grainy and gritty, almost like some kind of documentary, but it’s the way everything is shot. It feels relentlessly bleak and cold.
Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser (“Breaking Bad”) star in the feature, “which charts the story of a teenage boy hunting for a supernatural serial killer in his snowbound mid-western town.”
Sixteen-year old John Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill.
Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures (The Summit) produced alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane.
A brand new trailer for the upcoming dark horror/comedy Red Christmas has been released and can be seen below.
The first trailer created a strong sense of unease by utilizing only music and purposefully leaving out all dialogue. This time, the trailer is packed to the brim with quippy dialogue and has a far more lighthearted approach, embracing the comedic aspect that I didn’t realize this movie even had!
A troubled matriarch must defend her family when a mysterious stranger turns up at her secluded country mansion on Christmas day. A day of celebration becomes a night of terror, as the stranger reveals a secret from the family’s past, and threatens to destroy their future.
Directed by Craig Anderson, the movie stars Dee Wallace as well as Geoff Morrell, Sarah Bishop, and Janis McGavin.
Get ready for zombie action in the Alps in Dominik Hartl’s Attack of the Lederhosenzombies, where a group of young snowboarder is stuck in a remote mountain ski resort, where an all-night aprés-ski party soon turns into a hellish nightmare of zombie mayhem.
Gabriela Marcinková, Laurie Calvert, and Margarete Tiesel star in the film, which will premiere at the upcoming FrightFest in London.
In the film, “When a pro snowboarding dude takes a practical joke too far, he loses a lucrative commission, his girlfriend, his job and everyone’s respect. Winning any of these things back would be eas- ier if he and his friends weren’t marooned in a high-alpine ski-tavern surrounded by drunken revellers celebrating the longest night of the year. When the revellers rapidly start turning into zombies, our hero is in serious danger of losing his sense of humour.”
One Way Static has announced that they will be releasing Rick Wakeman‘s soundtrack to the classic 1981 slasher The Burning. The album will be released on September 30th.
In the film, a summer camp caretaker who was horribly disfigured from a prank gone wrong is released from the hospital with severe deformities and seeks revenge on those he holds responsible, starting with the kids at a nearby summer camp.
Wakeman is known to many as the keyboardist for the progressive rock band Yes as well as for his own solo albums. He was also the composer of such films as Creepshow 2, Crimes of Passion, and The Phantom of the Opera.
Pre-orders are open now via Light in the Attic.
Check out this fleshy first image from Templeheart Films’ zombie comedy Ibiza Undead, screening at FrightFest in London.
The cast of writer/director Andy Edwards’ feature includes “Downton Abbey’s” Cara Theobold and Emily Atack, pictured above, best known for playing Charlotte in “The Inbetweeners”. Other cast members include Algina Lipskis, Jordan Coulson, Hormudz Todiwala, Ed Kear, Marcia Do Vales and Matt King.
“The film follows a group of friends on their first holiday away from their parents. After only one drunken evening, the friends desperately need to find a way off the island when a zombie outbreak quickly spreads amongst the revelers.”
Producer is Elisar Cabrera of Capital City Entertainment, executive producer is Lyndon Baldock of Templeheart Films.
Keep up with all of our FrightFest coverage here.
July 18th marks the 30th anniversary of Aliens, the action packed sci-fi/horror sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien. The film has become a timeless classic that proves that sequels can be just as good if not better (in some ways) than the original.
To celebrate this event, many of the cast and crew will be coming together at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. The reunion will feature Sigourney Weaver, writer/director James Cameron, producer Gale Anne Hurd, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Michael Biehn, and Carrie Henn, according to EW. The event will take place on Saturday, July 23rd on Hall H.
Cameron told EW, “You know, it’s interesting. I don’t normally pursue these kind of nostalgia moments like we’re going to do down at Comic-Con, and I didn’t do it much at all for ‘Terminator’ on its 30th, but there’s something about ‘Aliens’. It was a milestone for myself and Gale because the film got seven Academy Award nominations.”
The nominations were for Best Music, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Best Actress, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects, of which it won the last two.
Fifty seven years after Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal, her escape vessel is recovered after drifting across the galaxy as she slept in cryogenic stasis. Back on earth, nobody believed her story about the “Aliens” on the moon LV-426. After the “Company” orders the colony on LV-426 to investigate, however, all communication with the colony is lost. The Company enlists Ripley to aid a team of tough, rugged space marines on a rescue mission to the now partially terraformed planet to find out if there are aliens or survivors. As the mission unfolds, Ripley will be forced to come to grips with her worst nightmare, but even as she does, she finds that the worst is yet to come. [Source]
A 30th anniversary blu-ray for the film has also been announced, although it doesn’t offer too much in the way of new material. It will feature the theatrical and director’s cut of the film as well as “…previously released deleted and extended scenes” and a commentary track.
What is new is that the set will come with, “…collectible art cards featuring concept sketches by Cameron and a book featuring art from the Dark Horse Comics Aliens series.” Pictures of the collection can be seen below.
Here’s your first look at Xavier Samuel (Twilight) and Morgan Griffin (San Andreas) in the Australian suspense thriller Bad Blood, which is directed by David Pulbook.
The film follows “…a woman (Griffin) who accepts an invitation to spend a weekend at a mountain resort with a male friend (Samuel) but quickly realises something is wrong.”
Bad Blood was produced by Anthony I. Ginnane (Screamers) and David Lightfoot (Wolfcreek).
Watch for it to premiere at the upcoming London FrightFest.
Keep up with all of our FrightFest coverage here.
Chicago instrumental post-metal band Russian Circles have released a stream of “Mota”, a new track from their upcoming album Guidance. The track, which you can hear below (courtesy of Stereogum), opens with a beautiful, almost hopeful progression. Once we enter the second minute, things begin taking a turn as the song veers into a more mysterious path before erupting into glorious distortion. Whereas many of the tracks on Memorial felt like the soundtrack to an icy landscape, “Mota” bears a strangely tropical feel, the thick guitars crashing like waves.
Guidance comes out August 5th via Sargent House.
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Channeling Hellraiser and A Nightmare On Elm Street comes Bed of the Dead, from the minds behind Bite.
In the film, which is set to screen at the upcoming Fantasia Film Festival, “Four twentysomethings find themselves stuck on a haunted antique bed where leaving means suffering a gruesome death. Plagued with frightening hallucinations, they must figure out the bed’s secrets before they are ultimately picked off one by one.”
Bed of the Dead was written and directed by Jeff Maher and produced by Black Fawn Films in association with Breakthrough Entertainment. Colin Price, Alyssa King, and Gwen Cumyn star.
Check out the film’s festival trailer that rains blood…
AMBI Group’s sci-fi adventure thriller Rupture, starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Drop) and Michael Chiklis (Fantastic Four, The Shield), is set to World Premiere at this month’s Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
Rupture is a science-fiction thriller about a single mother (Rapace) abducted by a terrifying and mysterious organization who reveal to her that humanity faces an unsettling threat from within.
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive first ever clip that strapped Rapace in for a ride to face her fears.
Rupture also stars Peter Stormare (Clown, Fargo, 22 Jump Street, The Big Labowski), Kerry Bishé (Argo, Sex and the City), Lesley Manville (Maleficent, Mr. Turner, Another Year) and Ari Millen (Orphan Black, Exit Humanity, 12 Monkeys).
Steven Shainberg (Secretary) directs Rupture, which is based on a story by he and Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night, Devil). Nelson wrote the screenplay.
Here’s the full market synopsis, which reveals there will be spiders in the film. No. Thanks.
Renee Morgan (Rapace), a single mom who lives with her twelve-year-old son Evan in a quiet suburban home, is terrified of spiders. Unbeknownst to both, their every move is being observed. While running her daily errands her car breaks down and she is violently kidnapped by a group of strangers. About 24 hours later, in an anonymous laboratory, she is tied up and questioned about her medical history, including her great fear of spiders. Soon her captors explain to her that her genetic abnormality can potentially allow her to “Rupture”, revealing her own true alien nature.
Movies are added and removed from Netflix every week. With so many options, it can be stressful to try to pick just one to watch. What if it sucks, you know? I took the liberty of combing through the many horror films currently on Netflix and selected 20 of the best ones for you to watch (if you haven’t already watched them, that is). You’re welcome.The Classics The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Anyone who has ever taken a film class has undoubtedly already seen Robert Wiene’s German Expressionist silent film, but now that it’s available on Netflix so a re-watch is in order! The film tells the story of a somnambulist (Conrad Veidt) who runs around Holstenwall committing murders at the behest of a hypnotist (Werner Krauss). Running at a brief 71 minutes, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is mandatory viewing for any horror fan.The Exorcist
William Friedkin’s adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s novel is one of the best films ever made, horror or otherwise. The winner of two Academy Awards (and nominated for eight more), The Exorcist is the rare horror film to earn widespread acclaim from audiences and critics alike. It is also one of the scariest films ever made.Hellraiser
The film that introduced the world to Pinhead and his fellow cenobites still shocks to this day (though I’m partial to Hellbound: Hellraiser II). Clive Barker’s tale of a puzzle box that will grant its solver unlimited pleasure (or pain) is a classic for a reason. Jesus wept.90s Horror Cape Fear
Robert De Niro stars in this intense thriller as a rapist who is released from prison only to go after the defense attorney (Nick Nolte) he deems responsible for putting him there. While not a horror movie per se, it features enough horrifying elements to merit a spot on this list (just try not to get the chills during De Niro’s flirtatious scene with a teenage Juliette Lewis (the actress was 21 at the time of filming, but her character is definitely a teenager).Event Horizon
Some people love it, some people hate it. Either way, you’ve got to give Paul W.S. Anderson’s space nightmare some credit for its truly haunting imagery. The special effects don’t really hold up after all these years (all of the CGI anti-gravity effects look cartoonish by today’s standards), but Event Horizon is a pretty freaky mind-fuck of a film.From Dusk Till Dawn
El Rey’s television adaptation may be all the rage now, but you just can’t beat the original. Robert Rodriguez’s crime-vampire flick is a hoot and a half. Starring a George Clooney (just one year before Batman and Robin happened to him), From Dusk Till Dawn follows two robber brothers (Clooney and Quentin Tarantino) as they kidnap a family and seek refuge across the Mexican border in a bar (aptly named the Titty Twister) that just so happens to be run by vampires. It’s even more fun than it sounds.Slasher Sequels Curse of Chucky
After the stinker that was Seed of Chucky, who ever thought we would get an above-average sixth installment of the Child’s Play franchise. Curse of Chucky returns the series to its horror roots and while it’s not without its flaws, it is a serious improvement over its predecessor. The only issue with watching this one on Netflix is that you lose the fantastic post-credits stinger, so make sure you don’t deprive yourself of that luxury if you watch it.Scream 2
Wes Craven was on fire in the 90s. New Nightmare is essentially his meta precursor to Scream, and it mostly works. In the film, the Freddy Krueger entity has escaped into the real world after the Nightmare on Elm Street films stopped getting made and started attacking the actors and crew that have worked on the film, with his prime target being actress Heather Langenkamp (Nancy from NOES 1 and 3). While the film could use a few more kills, it’s still whip-smart. It was just released a few years too early.Foreign Horror The Host
While we all wait patiently for a sequel (seriously, does anyone know what happened to that thing?), check out Bong Joon-ho’s original 2006 masterpiece The Host. This is how you do a creature feature. The simplistic story follows the Park family as they go on the hunt for the youngest daughter in the family that has just been taken hostage by a creature that suddenly jumped out of the Han River. The Host is more than your average creature feature, as it focuses more on the close bond forged by the Park family (as opposed to the creature’s antics) as they try to rescue one of their own.Battle Royale
The Hunger What? Kinji Fukasaku’s adaptation of Koushun Takami’s novel of the same name is the original child vs. child story, and boy is it tough to watch. In the near future, the Battle Royale Act was enacted when 800,000 students walked out of school. As part of the act, one class is selected to participate in a death match where only one student will be left standing. It’s a brutal, harrowing film and one of the best films to come out of the 2000s.A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Otherwise known as “The first Iranian vampire-western,” Ana Lily Amirpour’s visually striking film (shot entirely in black and white) is also one of the most feminist horror movies to come out in quite some time. The plot is relatively simple, but it also a very sweet story of the love between a lonely vampire and a human misfit.Modern Classics The Babadook
The Babadook gets a lot of hate from mainstream moviegoers, and I can understand why. It’s mostly due to the obnoxious child, but I’ve come around on the film since being so hard on it a couple of years ago. It is a rather scary allegory for grief and learning to let go. The creature design on the titular boogeyman is fantastic (even if he’s barely on screen). If you found yourself not liking this one, give it another watch with your expectations in check. You may find yourself having a new appreciation for it.Housebound
One of the funniest films of 2014 came to us courtesy of New Zealand. When Kylie (Morgana O’Reilly) is placed under house arrest at her parents’ home, she begins to suspect that the house is haunted. What follows is scares and laughs galore with a few twists thrown in for good measure (one of which was stolen by this year’s The Boy). If you want something to watch with friends, Housebound should be your top choice.The Den
One of the few movies to truly unsettle me this decade has been Zachary Donohue’s The Den. The majority of the film is told from the viewpoint of webcams, but unlike other films with technology gimmicks, The Den actually creates a believable (and totally creepy) situation. Running at a brief 81 minutes, The Den flies by and will have you thinking twice about signing in to Skype or Chat Roulette.New(ish) Releases We Are Still Here
While it may be a bit too slowly paced for some, We Are Still Here is a moody and atmospheric horror film that focuses on a quartet of adult characters for a change. Set in 1979, the film follows a couple grieving the recent death of their son who move to a new home in New England, only to come under attack from some crispy spirits.Hush
While not popular with quite a few readers here at Bloody Disgusting, Hush is nonetheless a tense and exciting experience (my review). The latest film from Oculus director Mike Flanagan (at least until Before I Wake finally gets released in September) is a fun little potboiler of a film that sees a deaf-mute woman get stalked around her house by a psychotic killer. It doesn’t really reinvent the wheel, but it spins that wheel remarkably well.Starry Eyes
If you saw The Neon Demon and walked out underwhelmed, give Starry Eyes a watch. The Kickstarted film chronicles Sarah’s (Alex Essoe, a revelation) journey to becoming a famous actress. Though a slow burn, Starry Eyes has plenty of cringeworthy body horror elements that will be sure to have you squirming in your seat.Let Us Prey
This British-Irish horror film was a huge surprise for me last year. The film tells the tale of a mysterious stranger named Six (Liam Cunningham, aka Davos Seaworth from Game of Thrones) who is arrested and put in a prison cell, only to cause the criminals and police officers inside to come to terms with their sins. The ultimate reveal of Six’s true identity may be a bit predictable, but the road there is a gory blast.They Look Like People
The feature film directorial debut of Perry Blackshear is less an outright horror film and more an intense look into mental illness. Running at a brief 80 minutes, the film stars MacLeod Andrews as a man who believes that the world is being taken over by evil creatures. You will have to watch the film to find out whether or not he is correct, but suffice it to say that the film leads to an appropriately disturbing conclusion.
Marcel Walz, director of the upcoming Blood Feast remake, was kind of enough to take some time out of his day to talk with Bloody Disgusting about what it’s like to take on a remake and some of his genre influences. Blood Feast is currently about to embark on the festival circuit but I was fortunate enough to see an early screening of the work print and personally I thought it was awesome. Check out the trailer below and then continue down for the interview with Walz!
Fuad Ramses and his family have moved from the United States to France, where they run an American diner. Since business is not going too well, Fuad also works night shifts in a museum of ancient Egyptian culture. During these long, lonely nights he becomes allured by goddess Ishtar as she speaks to him in visions. Eventually he succumbs to her deadly charms. After this pivotal night, Fuad begins a new life, in which murder and cannibalism become his daily bread. As butchered bodies are heaped upon the Altar of Ishtar, Fuad slowly slips further into madness, until he is no more than the goddess’s puppet…
Bloody Disgusting: How did the idea of remaking Blood Feast come about? Is it something you had wanted to do or were you approached with the offer?
Marcel Walz: Definitely I had in mind doing a remake of a movie in the future, that it should have been Blood Feast and that a production company would ask me to direct it, wow I would not even have dreamed of it. But in 2014 this turned into reality, I was on a promotion tour in the USA for one of my last movies, when I met one of the CEOs of Gundo Entertainment, during our conversation he mentioned that he wanted to produce a remake of a classic horror movie and that his company is looking for a European Director, as they wanted to shoot most parts of the movie in Western Europe. He mentioned by the way….“we want to remake Blood Feast“…I asked if I understood him correctly…really Blood Feast, remake the first splatter movie? And he said, “Yes…why?“ I knew I had to take the chance, this could be mine…and finally a couple of weeks later, we had a deal and they hired me to direct Blood Feast. The pre production had just started and I was still able to make suggestions about the story and the cast. It is still like a dream for me, from which I did not wake up yet, but I am really proud that GUNDO ENTERTAINMENT trusted me and supports me that much.
BD: Remakes can be tricky. They sort of come with built in expectations that you don’t get on other films. Did you have any hesitations with taking on a remake?
MW: Absolutely, the audience has certain expectations on a remake and so do I. Blood Feast is one classic horror movie and the first splatter movie in motion picture history, and a remake should definitely satisfy the expectations you have. It is quiet tricky in that way that the original Blood Feast was filmed in 1963, over 50 years ago and now taking the story to 21st century, was not very easy at first. The producers, screenwriter and I discussed a lot about how to adapt the story, how to change the storyline and what parts to keep. But I think at last we found a good way to enhance the storyline, but still keeping it close to the original. The crew and I of course wanted to honor the original Blood Feast, we are all genre fans as well and we all did our best to satisfy the expectations of the horror fans around the world.
BD: Herschell Gordon Lewis is a legend when it comes to gore and splatter films. Looking at not only Blood Feast but some of your other films you seem to be a fan of gore and practical effects as well. Who, aside from Lewis, has served as an influence on your films?
MW: Really good question, first I was about 12 years old I got in touch with movies like ‘Scream’ (Thank you Wes!) or ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer,’ movies I was not allowed to watch at this time officially, because they were rated with a 16+ here in Germany, but I found a way to buy them, my mom was so cool she really bought these movies for me. At the end every weekend all my friends met at my home watching these movies
Scream Factory has just announced that they will be releasing a 2-disc blu-ray edition of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III, which will see its release on October 25th.
Scream Factory understands that many fans want to see a “Director’s Cut”, which is something they’re completely transparent about:
We know that the biggest question you might have is: Will there be a “Director’s Cut” of the film? The answer is yes—but with some caveats. We are working on putting together a version that will be close to Blatty’s original script using a mixture of various film and video tape sources that we have been provided with. This is still a work in progress and we will update you with more details at the time we announce the full list of bonus materials.
No other extras/bonus features have been announced but Scream says that they’re goig to be detailed towards the end of summer. Additionally, they say “…there are tons of [extras]“, so I think we’ll be very satisfied with what we’re getting!
“For more than fifteen years Police Lieutenant Kinderman (George C. Scott) has been haunted by the death of his friend Father Damien Karras. Now, on the 15th anniversary of the exorcism that claimed the Father’s life, Kinderman’s world is once again shattered when a boy is found decapitated and savagely crucified. It’s just the beginning of a nightmare series of bizarre religious murders.”
Pre-orders are open through Scream Factory.