Sony Pictures has snatched up an “untitled microbudget adult thriller”, according to Deadline. The deal was closed based on a pitch by Lori Evans Taylor, who was a writer on the TV show “Wicked Wicked Games” and producer on “1,000 Ways to Die”. Akiva Goldsman (Constantine, Paranormal Activity 2, 3, & 4) will act as producer.
According to the site, “The plot revolves around a couple who rent out their home to a woman who begins to invade their lives.” No further information has been released.
Sounds kinda like the ’90 thriller Pacific Heights, which starred Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket), Melanie Griffith (Cecil B. Demented), and Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice, Batman). However, I’ll fully admit that the above short description can be reminiscent of a lot of films.
The indie thriller Dark (review) has been spoken about online for a long time and today it’s finally been announced by Fangoria that the film will be hitting VOD on June 7th.
The debut narrative feature by director Nick Basile (American Carny), Dark is written by Elias (Gut) and executive produced by Joe Dante (Gremlins).
“Kate, a struggling 30-something model with a troubled past, has just moved into her girlfriend Leah’s Brooklyn loft, but already doubts about their relationship have begun to loom. When Leah leaves for the weekend, Kate unexpectedly finds herself alone in the apartment in the midst of the worst blackout in North American history. As darkness falls over the city, Kate’s paranoia grows and she begins to believe someone in the building is stalking her. With no one to help her and escape out of reach, Kate is forced to confront her deepest fears as she fights to survive through the night.”
Dark stars Whitney Able (Monsters), Alexandra Breckenridge (The Walking Dead), Brendan Sexton III (Boys Don’t Cry), and Michael Eklund (The Call).<--more-->
We’ve teamed up with occult rockers Bloody Hammers to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their new song “When the Reaper Comes”. The black and white video embraces minimalism and an old-school horror aesthetic to create something haunting. The track comes from their upcoming album Lovely Sort of Death.
Vocalist/guitarist/bassist Anders Manga tells BD:
Many times a band will release the fastest, most in-your-face track they have as a first single. “Lovely Sort of Death” has some fast tracks, but it is also more versatile than that. I decided to do something different and go with ‘The Reaper Comes’ because it accurately portrays how I was feeling at the time the album was written, while snowed in at the top of a mountain.
Lovely Sort of Death comes out August 5th via Napalm Records.
Keyboard/organist Devallia adds, “The video was shot along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville. People kept stopping by while we were shooting, only to be horrified. Eventually we were tired of trying to hide the scythe. We would just smile and wave, and tell them don’t fear the reaper.”
Wesley Snipes is really keen on donning the leather trench coat and vampire fangs once again it seems. Back in September of last year, we posted on how Snipes said that conversations happening for a fourth entry in the Blade series but that was the last we heard of it.
Earlier today, Snipes took to Twitter to once again make it clear that he’s game and “sharpening my teeth“. However, as was the case then and is still the case now, the ball is, “…in Marvel’s court“. So, there’s not much to report aside from the fact that Snipes is still game to return and he’s simply waiting to see if Marvel has any plans for his return.
The last time we saw Snipes as Blade was in 2004’s Blade: Trinity, where the vampire slayer took on Dracula.
Additionally, there was supposed to be a new arc in his storyline with the comic series “Blade: The Hunter“, which would’ve followed the slayer’s 16-year-old daughter. However, that series was delayed and I can’t find anything else about it.
When it comes to another BLADE, there's always a possibility.
Darren Lynn Bousman is building a new kind of horror with Abattoir, which will premiere at the upcoming Los Angeles Film Festival.
“Abattoir centers on a real estate reporter who unearths an urban legend about a house being built from rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred. The investigation ultimately leads to the enigmatic Jebediah Crone and the answer to the terrifying question, ‘How do you build a haunted house?’ ”
How do you build a haunted house? The enigmatic Jebediah Crone knows how. This clip, via EW, shows that the secret it stealing rooms from straight out a house…
Dayton Callie, Joe Anderson (Hercules), Jessica Lowndes (Altitude, Autopsy) and Lin Shaye (Insidious) star.
Bousman also reteamed with his Saw III and star J. LaRose, with Bryan Batt of “Mad Men” fame also taking on a role.
Bousman shot Abattoir in New Orleans from a script by Christopher Monfette.
Tequila Works’ moody, post-apocalyptic platformer is being reanimated with the Deadlight: Director’s Cut, due next month for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The game originally released back in 2012 — TJ and I did a co-op review of it — to a mostly warm reception. Its an incredibly stylish, albeit mildly frustrating to play, 2.5D sidescroller with darkly atmospheric visuals and a penchant for environmental puzzles.
It’s also set in the 1980s, apparently. I don’t remember that at all.
When Deadlight returns, it’ll come with improved controls, new animations, added support for 1080p, and a new wave survival mode called, uh, Survival Mode. You can have a look at that in the trailer below.
The Deadlight: Director’s Cut releases June 21 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Although it’s still not clear if the new Halloween is a reboot/remake or a sequel, let us not forget that another John Carpenter movie is in the pipeline for a remake: the 1986 adventure/horror Big Trouble in Little China. Announced last year, the film will be produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (who will also star) and is being written by Ashely Miller and Zack Stentz. However, since last summer, when Johnson stated that he wanted Carpenter’s involvement in some form, we haven’t heard anything else.
However, in a recent interview with Fandango, Johnson made it clear that the movie is still on his plate. “That’s happening, man! That’s happening, that’s happening. And again, that’s one of those things where you gotta take really good care of it,” he explained.
So, while nothing concrete has come forth aside from The Rock’s word, it still seems that this is a guarantee at some point down the line.
I’m not the biggest fan of everything Johnson has done but I will fully admit that he’s highly entertaining, so this is absolutely something I’m going to keep my eye on.
America’s largest and longest running horror film festival, Screamfest, is proud to announce that the 16th annual event will take place from Oct. 18-27, 2016 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. Actress Lydia Hearst (Condemned, #Horror) will serve as ambassador for the festival.
“I’m honored to serve as ambassador for Screamfest,” said Hearst, whose film Condemned premiered at last year’s festival. “Screamfest provides an amazing platform for filmmakers and actors like me to showcase our latest work and to receive direct feedback from the horror and genre community.”
Screamfest is currently accepting submissions for the festival through Aug. 1, 2016. Films from around the globe are expected to screen at the festival. Winners will receive a 24 karat gold dipped skull trophy designed by the legendary, Academy award-winning special make-up effects creator, Stan Winston, who partnered with the festival until his passing. All screenings are open to the general public.
“We’re excited to showcase the new work of American and international filmmakers for horror movie enthusiasts,” said Rachel Belofsky, Screamfest Founder and Festival Director. “Over the last 16 years, we have launched careers and helped garnered distribution for filmmakers. We’re proud of the work we showcase year after year.”
The festival is best known for discovering Paranormal Activity in 2007. Other past premieres include 30 Days of Night, Let the Right One In, The Grudge, The Fourth Kind, The Collection, Trick ‘r’ Treat, The Human Centipede and Diary of the Dead.
Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, Clive Barker, Eli Roth, James Wan, Zack Snyder, William Friedkin, John Landis and James Gunn are just a few filmmakers who have supported the festival year after year.
Screamfest is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to showcasing and furthering the careers of talented filmmakers. Screamfest is supported in part by the L.A. County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit, screamfestla.com.
This morning we told you that Oculus, Hush and Ouija 2 director Mike Flanagan was in talks to continue his relationship with Blumhouse by directing the next installment of Halloween, which brings John Carpenter back to the franchise as executive producer.
Another huge name could be in the mix.
Adam Wingard went on a tweet storm (see below), fueling speculation that he’s also in contention for the dream gig that would send him to Haddonfield to resurrect Michael Myers. Obviously, there’s no confirmation as of this writing, just speculation.
Wingard is a huge fan of the Halloween franchise, which helped inspire You’re Next and its score. After directing A Horrible Way to Die, and the first two V/H/S films for Bloody Disgusting, he’s been on a complete tear having helmed You’re Next, The Guest as well as the upcoming The Woods for Lionsgate, and “Outcast” for Cinemax and “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman. He’s also set to begin production on Death Note for Netflix this summer.
Both directors are exciting choices, and no matter who ends up behind the camera we’re going to be in for a massive Halloween treat come 2017.
— Adam Wingard (@AdamWingard) May 24, 2016
— Adam Wingard (@AdamWingard) May 24, 2016
— Adam Wingard (@AdamWingard) May 24, 2016
— Adam Wingard (@AdamWingard) May 24, 2016
First images from the upcoming sci-fi thriller Morgan have been released and can be seen below, via EW. The film is the directorial debut of Luke Scott, son of Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner).
The film follows Kate Mara who is, “…a corporate troubleshooter who’s sent to a remote location to evaluate an artificially created, rapidly developing lifeform.”
Luke Scott tells EW, “What Morgan really alludes to is human beings becoming, in a sense, the creator. Not in a traditional religious sense, but an idea that we have the capabilities to become our own creator. And what I suspect could happen — we’ve seen it in all these movies, whether it’s Frankenstein or Metropolis — it’s the creation of a being that is greater than the creator.”
Morgan also stars Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, and Paul Giamatti. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam will all be acting as producers.
The 1979 sci-fi/horror film Alien is pretty much considered to be one of the pinnacles of the genre. The introduction of the Xenomorph and facehugger pretty much cemented the film as one of the most important and influential of its kind, even if some think it was a blatant ripoff.
Director Ridley Scott crafted a masterpiece, making a film that was serious and expertly designed. And newly surfaced storyboards that were drawn by Scott himself show just how detailed he got with his vision, making sure that every thought came forth in the final product. These storyboards can be seen below.
Scott is currently filming Alien: Covenant, the sequel to Prometheus.
Update: Pre-order information has been added.
Cadabra Records has announced that they will be releasing a spoken word vinyl of H.P. Lovecraft‘s “The Lurking Fear” with Andrew Leman, co-founder of the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, providing the reading. The artwork, which you can see below, was done by Alan Brown.
The limited 12″ will be pressed in a run of 500 of which only 350 will be available for sale (100 are already pre-sold and 50 for personal label reasons) on July 8th. Pre-orders will go live Friday, June 3rd.
An excerpt from S. T. Joshi’s liner notes reads:
Reading Lovecraft can on occasion be a guilty pleasure. When we encounter a sentence like this from The Outsider – “It was a compound of all that is unclean, uncanny, unwelcome, abnormal, and detestable”- we are inclined to smile as well as to admire the verbal pyrotechnics that can create such a cascade of evocative adjectives. Especially in his earlier years, Lovecraft enjoyed experimenting with this kind of over-the-top horror, and the results are some of his most entertaining stories. The Lurking Fear is one of these.
Written in November 1922, it was the second of Lovecraft’s professionally published stories. Weird Tales, which was the haven for most of his later tales, would not be founded until March 1923; and Lovecraft – who was not even sure he wanted to be a “professional” writer, if that meant churning out hackwork according to market specifications – wrote The Lurking Fear in response to the pleas of a friend, George Julian Houtain, who wanted just such a blood-and-thunder narrative. Houtain had begun a semi-pro magazine (which Lovecraft later called a “vile rag”) entitled Home Brew, subtitled “America’s Zippiest Pocket Magazine.” Most people don’t know that Home Brew was a humor magazine, full of articles, sketches, limericks, and other matter poles apart from Lovecraft’s usual brand of supernatural horror.
From the official press release: “Dark ambient/industrial outfit, Theologian, backs up Leman’s conveyance of the awesome story, supplying an appropriately macabre and unsettling score.“
The horror short Blood Bath, which we wrote about earlier this year, has been released and can be watched below.
Starring Pandie Suicide (Ditch Day Massacre), Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramiriz from Marilyn Manson), Kimberly Ables Jindra (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and a special guest appearance from Slipknot DJ Sid Wilson, the short was written and produced by Suicide while being directed by Erik Boccio. It’s basically a twisted take on the crimes of Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who bathed in the blood of young women in an effort to maintain her youth and beauty.
Blood Bath features original music from Rob Patterson (Filter, Otep, ex-Korn) as well as an original track from 16-year-old singer/songwriter Poppy Jean Crawford. The makeup and FX were created by Laney Chantal (“Face Off”).
After a slight delay caused by some unforeseen technical difficulties, Krillbite Studio has gotten the Xbox One port of their popular indie horror game Among the Sleep back on track and ready for a release on Friday, June 3rd. If you haven’t played this one yet, it’s a first-person adventure game about a two year-old boy’s quest to find his missing mother.
It’s a gorgeous game that’s elevated considerably by a lovely art style that turns a normal, everyday home into a charming place until it’s twisted into something sinister by a child’s rampant imagination. The horrors are seen through the eyes of a frightened child, who unknowingly reshapes everything he sees into a nightmarish version of itself. It’s a clever use of a common video game aesthetic, much like Krillbite’s next game, Mosaic.
Still no update on the planned retail release of Among the Sleep, but we’ll probably hear about that soon. The game is currently available to download on PC and PS4, neither of which will have the exclusive pajama patterns that Xbox One owners will get next week. I’m going with the unicorn style, but I won’t judge you if you’re more fond of the bear pajamas.
I’m afraid I can’t say the same for those of you who choose to wear the Xbox branded pajamas. What is this, Baby Billboard Simulator 2016? No thanks!