The film revolves around a seemingly normal yet homicidal young man who ventures out one night in search for his first kill. At a lonely bar he meets a young woman, takes her to a hotel room and prepares to slash her throat…until he discovers she harbors secrets far worse than even he could imagine.Ray Murray, President of Artsploitation, called the film, “Refreshingly gritty, the kind of film John Cassavetes would have done if he ventured into genre filmmaking. The storyline is original, the tension palpable and it features a star-making performance by Tabitha Bastien as the far from innocent victim.” He says of the director and co-writer Miller, “Byron ignored the constraints of his limited budget to make a creepy, dark, disturbing and immensely creative thriller.” Miller, who previously directed the feature Night and is currently attached to direct the genre film, Unwelcome, called his film, “midnight poetry in that attempts to create “the feeling of late night hours and sinister urges,” and commented, “It truly is an honor to work with Artsploitation Films, and be included among their stunning library of titles. Paul Morgan (screenplay, cinematographer), and I put our souls into this film and brought it to life with a beyond dedicated cast and crew. I can’t wait to share this monster with the world!”
All of us find ourselves wondering from time to time about how well we truly know our family and friends. Sure, they may be people with whom we spend most of our lives and feel like we know inside and out, but do we truly know them?
For all we know, they could be different people entirely. We’ll never be able to enter another person’s mind, so we’ll never truly know what they are.
The new film Friends Don’t Let Friends will explore this by having a group of so-called “friends” discovering that each of them is actually harboring an inner darkness when they come together to try to cover up a crime.
From the Press Release:
As a group of friends come together to cover up a murder, they end up stranded deep in the desert and have to band together to make it out alive. But the further they venture into the darkness, the closer they come to discovering that each one of them is more dangerous than anyone had ever realized. It’s only a matter of time before they understand… Four people can keep a secret, when three of them are dead.
The shooting style of Friends Don’t Let Friends keeps a fast-paced momentum and continually engages the audience in a voyeuristic way.
“We wanted a horror film that had the pacing of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf – if that movie had started with her killing her husband and her dinner guests were manipulated into covering up the murder.”
Friends Don’t Let Friends stars Jake White (Syfy’s Children of the Corn, 2009), Brittany Anne Woodford (Special, 2014), Jenny Curtis (Any Bullet Will Do, 2016), Brendan McGowan (Sweet Darling, 2016), and Kanin Guntzelman (NBC’s “Southland,” 2013). Brownwell Entertainment is a husband-and-wife team helmed by Jamie and Lyndee Brown. Lyndee is a reality TV co-executive producer whose career has spanned every style and genre of non-scripted television. Jamie is a writer, director, and cinematographer with a background in commercials, music videos, and documentaries. For the last few years Jamie has worked on the Travel Channel show “The Dead Files.” The combination of their unique points of view has turned Friends Don’t Let Friends into a raw, suspenseful, and psychologically twisted horror film that even in its wildest moments still feels grounded in reality.
John Stevens composed the score for Friends Don’t Let Friends; his unique style and cinematic soundscapes were something that Jamie was drawn to back in 2007 when a friend recommended John’s band, Ghost Machine. The style of music was unlike anything Jamie had heard before, and they have been working together for almost 10 years. Friends Don’t Let Friends is John Stevens and Brownwell Entertainment’s first feature collaboration.
“There are moments in John’s music where the music feels like another character, someone sinister and dangerous that’s watching the scene unfold with the audience. The soundtrack alone is a ride into darkness.” – Jamie Brown (Writer/Director)
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This is already a phenomenal year for horror, and you guys don’t even know it yet.
The Witch was just a launching point with some seriously good movies arriving later this year. Yes, I’ve already seen Adam Wingard’s The Woods, and it’s as good as I said. Before I saw that, I was sure that Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe was going to top my year-end list.
Here’s what Trace said in his review, which he also says “is like Hitchcock on crack.”
‘Don’t Breathe’ may not qualify as an actual horror movie, but Lang imbues the film with plenty of horror, and his casting pays off in spades.
He’s right. Sony Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures’ Don’t Breathe, which reteams Jane Levy with Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez, is one of the most suspenseful films in recent memory.
Levy stars as one of three teens who break into a blind man’s home thinking they’ll get away with the perfect crime. Dylan Minnette (Prisoners, Goosebumps, Let Me In) and Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) play the other thieves.
But the real star of the film, opening August 26th, is Avatar‘s Stephen Lang, who plays the vicious and brutal super-soldier blind man.
For those who are dying to see something before the end of summer release, the official trailer has plenty to offer, although it’s boasting some massive spoilers. My recommendation? Avoid it. Go in blind (see what I did there?).
“Three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.”
Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues wrote the script for the project, which is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.
The film was shot last summer in Budapest and Detroit. Our very own Jon Barkan visited the set. Watch for his report soon.
There’s no better day to watch horror movies than on Friday the 13th, and since today is the only one this year, we hope you intend on making the most of it. If you’re up for leaving the house, Greg McLean’s The Darkness (starring Kevin Bacon!) is now in theaters, but if you’d rather stay home, we’ve got you covered.
Courtesy of IFC Midnight, writer/director Bo Mikkelsen’s What We Become opened in New York at the IFC Center and in Los Angeles at the Arena Theater today, and it’s also available for digital streaming through all major VOD outlets. Check out the trailer, poster, and plot crunch below!
The film stars Mille Dinesen, Troels Lyby, Benjamin Engell, and Marie Hammer Boda.
The Johansson family’s idyllic summer is brought to an abrupt halt as deaths stack up from a virulent strand of the flu. The authorities start off by cordoning off the neighborhood but soon panic and force the inhabitants into quarantine in their hermetically-sealed houses. Isolated from the rest of the world, teen Gustav spies out and realizes that the situation is getting out of control. He breaks out, but soon the family of four come under attack from the riotous, bloodthirsty mob which forces them to the extreme to escape alive.
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Fresh off a tour on the festival circuit, which included stops at Knoxville Horror Fest, Macabre Faire Film Festival and Spooky Empire, Justin Timms’ short horror film The Skin is now available for everyone to watch, and you don’t have to leave your bedroom or put on pants to check it out. What could possibly be better than that?!
“I’ve always been fascinated with horror films. Something about them just works for me so after years of working on documentary content I decided to take a break and focus on developing my own horror film,” Timms told us. “I wanted to create a film with a classic feel like Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a twist at the end.”
“At first The Skin may seem like a classic horror tale, two young girls foolish enough to follow a creepy local to his shack but we quickly realize something far more sinister and complicated is underway,” he continued. “We use a lot of classic horror tropes but maintain a memorable and creative ending that leaves the viewer wanting to see more.”
The short stars Elizabeth Paige, Claudine Quadrat and Martin Pfefferkorn.
After the peculiar death of her father, Lena Hardesty discovers that her sister, Sarah, has acquired the same strange symptoms. With the help of a rustic local, Lena sets a plan in motion to save her sister and herself from the same fate.
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The tales of Edgar Allan Poe have been giving people the shivers for many years, and I’m sure they’ll be doing that for as long as people possess the ability to read. Next up is an adaptation of his terror tale Lighthouse Keeper. Read on for all sorts of goodies.
Vernon G. Wells, Matt O’Neill, Rachel Riley, Monty Wall, Carl Edge, S. Daxton Balzer, and John Spencer File star in this Benjamin Cooper-directed film.
A young man awakens alone on a remote beach, marooned there by a violent storm. Above the rocky crags, a lighthouse stands like a sentinel. Injured and suffering from amnesia, the man seeks the help of Walsh, the enigmatic lighthouse keeper. Walsh tells him they are stranded until the ferry arrives in two weeks and insists they are the sole inhabitants of the peninsula. But the man is haunted by fleeting glimpses of a beautiful young woman and plagued by visions of hideous phantoms reaching out from the depths.
As this horror tale races towards a mind-bending finale, the man must confront the grotesque denizens of the night or heed the lighthouse keeper’s cryptic warning to “Always keep a light burning!”Click to view slideshow.
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On a bright and sunny Thursday morning, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, this reporter was fortunate enough to watch the first official trailer for the upcoming thriller Don’t Breathe, check out the Escape Game Experience, and catch up with writer/director Fede Alvarez to discuss his new movie, all on behalf of Bloody Disgusting.
In the film, a desperate woman in serious need of money joins forces with her lover and her friend to break into the home of an unsuspecting senior citizen, and steal the supposed lump of cash he’s sitting on. Although the plan seems foolproof, once the trio enters the house, they find that they have seriously underestimated their opponent, and soon realize that getting the stash and getting out might not be so easy after all.
Read on to discover what was learned about the upcoming film, which is set to release sin theaters on August 26th, 2016.The Trailer
In the trailer, a struggling single mother named Rocky (Jane Levy) teams up with her degenerate boyfriend who goes by the name of “Money” (Daniel Zovatto) and friend Alex (Dylan Minnette) to rob an old man blind, and finally seize the financial security she needs to take her young daughter away from their impoverished lives, once and for all. After casing the house, her boyfriend reports back and assures her that the old man has over three hundred thousand dollars hidden somewhere within those walls, and that it’ll be easy to swipe because the owner is actually blind. It seems like a simple grab and go, but once they enter the premises, the tables are turned, and the gang comes to the horrifying conclusion that they may never leave this place again. It turns out that despite being blind, the old man is actually quite capable of defending himself, as he becomes the predator, and the kids looking for some quick cash quickly devolve into the prey. Thus begins a game of utterly intense cat-and-mouse, as the man tries to find the intruders in his home that he can’t see, and the robbers try to hold their breath and keep quiet so as not to alert the man tracking them with heightened senses.
With his follow-up to the widely beloved 2013 Evil Dead remake, Fede Alvarez is stepping back into the director’s chair with a lot of expectations being held over his head. Will his new film be just as frightening as his last? Yes, probably. Will it be as gory? Probably not. As Alvarez explains in his own words, there are many elements the two films have in common, but “Gore is not one of them”. It was very important to Alvarez to continue to stay true to his slick style, while simultaneously breaking away from the world of remakes and reboots. “Evil Dead was all about, let’s make a modern gore fest” Alvarez explains. “People said, ‘I love the movie but I didn’t like the fact that it wasn’t original’, so [this time] I was like no remake, let’s do our own thing, right from the first page”.
Even though Don’t Breathe won’t necessarily be as over-the-top bloody as Evil Dead was, don’t think for a second that it won’t be just as terrifying. “We said let’s try to make a great thriller where you don’t depend on the gore, which doesn’t mean it’s rated PG-13 by no means. It’s still not rated. Hopefully it will be rated R. But uh, it gets pretty fucked up and that’s what I think Evil Dead had”.
Aside from creating the project himself, Alvarez’s new film will also showcase its own unique identity through a very distinctive character: a sinister blind man. “It definitely has something that I personally never saw before and I thought it was great for a movie which is having a villain who is blind” Alvarez muses. “Usually, blind people in movies are, you know, heroes or mentors or very mystical and nice people, and never the bad guy in a way, right? So we thought it was very interesting”. Alvarez then added, “I don’t want to spoil too much of the movie for you guys, but you will realize when you take the eyes away from the hunter it becomes very very interesting and it gives opportunity to things that you never would have thought before would ever happen”.
The Escape Room
The escape room was specially tailored to mimic the plot of the movie Don’t Breathe. Complete with three trained actors to play Rocky, Money, and the blind old man, the Countdown Live Escape Games LA adjusted their usual scenarios to match Fede Alvarez’s vision, so instead of finding the missing kids that Krampus stole, or escaping a resort before an active volcano explodes, our group was told to break into an old man’s house, steal the cash out of his safe, and escape before he catches us. First, we slipped a hand through the doggy door and fed the old man’s pooch a bag of pills to put him to sleep (no dog was actually harmed, it was just a recording of a dog barking and then going silent).
Next, our group entered the escape room and began looking for clues. The room itself looked like a creepy, rundown living area that hadn’t been maintained in years – in other words, Norman Bates would probably call it home sweet home. Soon, we found strange black dominoes hidden everywhere, in the couch cushions, in the draws, underneath scattered dolls, and in tiny jewelry boxes. On one side of the dominoes, there was only brail, but on the other side, there were random numbers and letters. Once we located the safe, we saw a small white plaque on the door, and realized we would have to figure out the code for the safe based on the dominoes we found. We matched the order of the brail to each specific domino, and deciphered the combination. Once we typed it in, the safe popped open, and we filled our backpack with dozens of rolls of hard cash. However, just when it seemed that things were going our way, the old man stormed into the room, demanding to know who was there. We all backed up against the wall that was closest to us, as the man stomped around the room with his arms outstretched, reaching for us. The actor playing Money started to apologize to the old man, but once he found him, the old man grabbed Money and immediately killed him. During this time, the actress playing Rocky found a hidden passageway through a dresser that led to a smaller secret room. This little room was only big enough to hold items too old and useless to be anything but storage, but that’s not all. There was also a dirty twin bed in the corner of the room complete with a heavy chain attached, which we could only assume was used to keep prisoners locked up. We all quietly piled through the dresser into this little room that was even creepier than the last, but just when we thought we were safe from the old man’s grasp, we heard him on the other side of the door, locking us in.
In the second, smaller room, we once again began looking for clues, but our search party was called off within seconds when we heard the old man yell “Now you see what I see!” and shut off all of the power. Standing in pitch black darkness, we pulled our phones out one by one to use as flashlights, and began looking around again. We started to find puzzle pieces hidden in random sectors of the room, and put them all together on a table. After solving the puzzle, we discovered that we could pull a rope that would let down a lock and a set of keys, one of which would wind up unlocking the door to get out. Once we put the key in the lock, we piled back out into the living room area, but just when we tried to sneak out the back door, the old man burst through, looking for us. He opened up the back door to reveal Money, dead and scrunched up in a stiff ball, pressed up against the screen door. After briefly panicking, we managed to find the correct key to unlock the front door, and got out just in time. Rocky, however, wasn’t so lucky. Just as we began to laugh about our close call, the old man rushed out of the front door, grabbed Rocky, lifted her up in the air, and dragged her back inside. It was the closest to a real life Texas Chain Saw Massacre moment this reporter has ever experienced. To say it was pulse pounding would be a vast understatement.What We Learned
Overall, the experience was extremely pleasant, and informative. We learned that the blind character in this film is more of a sinner than a saint, that the film will most likely be rated R, and that Fede Alvarez is stepping away from the remake that he’s become so wildly famous for, in favor of creating something more original. Evil Dead was a serious triumph, especially when you consider what many horror movie re-imaginings have looked like, but it’s really exciting to know that we’re finally going to get a better glimpse at Alvarez’s skills as a filmmaker with this entry, because he finally, truly gets to do his own thing. Don’t Breathe may not be as gory as Evil Dead, but it will undoubtedly be just as disturbing. Make sure to catch it when it comes to a theater near you in August later on this year.
Next month, Scream Factory and Chiller take us back to a different time in the genre’s history with Fender Bender, which will premiere on Chiller on June 3. Ahead of the television premiere, we’ve just learned that a special world premiere will be taking place in Los Angeles, and best of all, it’s open to the public!
The screening will take place at The Cinefamily on Monday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a Q&A with director Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier) and select cast members. A limited number of tickets are now available to the public, and you can grab them over on The Cinefamily’s website.
Fender Bender will premiere Friday, June 3, 2016, at 9 PM ET. Written and directed by Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier), the movie stars Makenzie Vega (“The Good Wife”), Dre Davis (“Pretty Little Liars,” Scavenger Killers), Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville,” “Longmire”), and Bill Sage (American Psycho, We Are What We Are).
Evocative of the horror-thriller classics of yesteryear, Fender Bender brings you back to a time when the boxes on the shelf at your local video store beckoned you with masked, knife-wielding maniacs and a twisted sense of morals.
Shout! Factory and Brainstorm Media present an EchoWolf Production. A Mark Pavia Film. Executive producers are Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Meyer Shwarzstein, Mark Pavia, and Nadia Redler; produced by Carl Lucas, Joshua Bunting, Jordan Fields, and Gus Krieger. Fender Bender is developed and executive produced by Shout! Factory in association with Chiller.
In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver’s license gets into her first fender bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger. Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends, who try their best to make a night out of it, only to be visited by the stranger she so willingly handed all of her information to — a terrifying and bizarre serial killer who stalks the country’s endless miles of roads and streets with his old rusty car, hungrily searching for his next unsuspecting victim.
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Before you immediately cry out, “Well duh! ‘Jason X’ took place in the future, so what’s the point of this?“, do me a favor and hear me out and watch the below video. There’s something really cool happening here that I don’t think anyone, except for this guy, realized.
While watching the Friday the 13th films, it’s easy to forget that these movies, although released sometimes years apart, operate on a timeline that is not connected to their theatrical release date. Rather, the films operate within their own universe, creating backstories and a mythos that spans a longer period than one might realize.
For example, at the end of Friday the 13th and beginning of Friday the 13th: Part II, Alice needs to go to a psychiatric hospital where she stays for two months to recover from Mrs. Voorhees’ horrific attacks. However, once she’s released and goes home, she is killed by a mysterious figure. It’s only five years after that event that Crystal Lake camp is once again being reopened by Paul Holt. That means that while only one year has passed since theatergoers got to see a Friday the 13th film, over five years elapsed in that universe. But remember in Friday the 13th: Part 3 when Chris Higgins is talking about her run-in with Jason? That took place in 1982, two years prior to the events of the second through fourth entries in the franchise!
Look, I know this is getting confusing, so I’m going to stop trying to explain it and let YouTuber Intermittent Thoughts, who analyzed the franchise, lay out the timeline in a simple, easy to understand manner.
What makes analysis this really fascinating for me is that because of these jumps in time (such as Tommy Jarvis growing from a young boy to a man), it ends up that several of the Friday the 13th films actually took place in the future upon their release! Now, as we all know, that doesn’t really mean anything in how the films are presented. There are no laser guns, flying cars, or anything like that. Well, not until Jason X, but you know what I mean. Instead, the fact that it’s the future has absolutely no bearing on how the events occur. It simply proves that Jason is indeed an unstoppable, timeless killer.
Check it out below and tell us your favorite Friday the 13th moment in the comments!
Starring Capri Cafaro, Chris Denmeade
Directed by Chris Denmeade
A pretty young lady working all by herself late at night in a lonely radio station – who’s to say she doesn’t know how to handle herself?
Chris Denmeade is the director of this 4-minute short called The Radio Station, and he’s stated that this is inspired by troubling events he had to endure with a stalker at the radio station he himself worked at. Cafaro is the damsel (in not too much distress), and for the majority of the 4 minute runtime, we witness a timed-out POV of whoever is stalking her through the building.
For a quickie that only spans 240 seconds, I’ll refrain from any more details, but rest assured, this chick can handle her business. Not much more to drone on about here: it’s quick, it’s mildly entertaining, and it’s the project of someone who is attempting to cut their teeth in the business – best of luck, Mr. Denmeade.
This is it, people. The final expansion for CD Projekt RED’s The Witcher III: Wild Hunt is upon us. Blood and Wine will see the long-haired monster slayer Geralt of Rivia travel to Toussaint, a peaceful and tropical land that is being beset by a mysterious monster.
The expansion will be enormous, offering around thirty hours of gameplay in addition to a huge new area to explore. As if the core Witcher III game wasn’t already huge enough. It seems that one of the most acclaimed games of all time is going out on a bang when Blood and Wine launches on May 31, 2016.
For the last time become professional monster slayer Geralt of Rivia and explore Toussaint, a remote land untouched by war, where you will unravel the horrifying secret behind a beast terrorizing the kingdom. Blood and Wine is a 30+-hour adventure full of dark deeds, unexpected twists, romance, and deceit.
The Witcher III: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine launches on May 31, 2016.
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If you’re in the Los Angeles area and want to check out the world premiere of Fender Bender, you’re in luck because a select number of tickets are now available to the public.
The new original film from Scream Factory will debut on Chiller on June 3rd, but the world premiere will be 11 days earlier when the film plays at Cinefamily on Monday, May 23rd at 7:30 PM. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Mark Pavia.
Fender Bender stars Makenzie Vega (The Good Wife) and Bill Sage (American Psycho).
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In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver’s license gets into her first fender bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger. Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends who try their best to make a night out of it, only to be visited by the stranger she so willingly handed all of her information to — a terrifying and bizarre serial killer who stalks the country’s endless miles of roads and streets with his old rusty car, hungrily searching for his next unsuspecting victim.
Comic legends Mike Mignola, Chris Roberson, Ben Stenbeck, and Michelle Madsen will be collaborating on the new comic series Witchfinder: City of the Dead for Dark Horse. Now that’s one hell of a team!
Read on to find out just what exactly they’ve cooked up.
From the Press Release:
This August, legendary HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola, iZOMBIE co-creator Chris Roberson, original WITCHFINDER series artist Ben Stenbeck, and colorist Michelle Madsen will unite for WITCHFINDER: CITY OF THE DEAD.
In this five-part miniseries from Dark Horse Comics, Sir Edward Grey, occult adviser to the queen, must defeat scores of flesh-eating corpses on the loose in London and explore a temple beneath London full of ancient secrets. Artist Julián Totino Tedesco will provide covers for the series.
“One of the great things about the monster tropes in horror fiction is that they don’t have to be limited to any specific setting,” said Chris Roberson. “Werewolf stories aren’t all set in Eastern Europe, vampire stories don’t have to take place in Victorian London, and zombies needn’t be relegated to the post-apocalyptic scenario. There’s a lot of fun to be had from taking these types of characters and transposing them into different historical periods and cultural milieus.”
Mignola and Roberson are currently co-writing the acclaimed HELLBOY & THE BPRD adventures. “Chris’ pitch for WITCHFINDER: CITY OF THE DEAD is what made us all realize he was a perfect writer to add to our little world,” said Mike Mignola. “Chris and Ben Stenbeck have outdone themselves on this book. I’m super excited about it!”
Stenbeck returns to WITCHFINDER, the title he helped launched in 2009 before working on BALTIMORE and the acclaimed FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND. “It’s fantastic to return to the world of WITCHFINDER,” said Ben Stenbeck. “I get to go back to Edward Grey’s London and help to flesh it out a bit more. Hopefully I’ve gotten better at it in the 7 years since I last drew WITCHFINDER.”
“I’ve always been an enormous fan of Victorian-era occult detectives and of Mignola’s Sir Edward Grey in particular,” said Roberson. “One of the greatest things about Hellboy’s world is the richness of its backstory, and it’s been a real thrill to get to explore some of the uncharted territory and fill in some of the gaps in the map.”
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Directed by Pearry Teo
I’m a sucker for architectural horror – The Haunting, The Legend of Hell House, Dario Argento’s Inferno, The Shining, Crawlspace, and right on up to the Toolbox Murders remake… anything with blasphemous blueprints, and I’m in. Add to that some lush visuals, and I am ready to close escrow.
In The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, Thomas Kaiser (Peck) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations. Cool, right? Well… not really. The inspection papers neglect to mention that Thomas has also inherited an ancient curse placed on the evil abode. Stemming back to the Crusades, this spell demands that the Kaiser family’s latest living heir act as an ever-endangered guardian to keep the evil demons dwelling in the house at bay.
Thomas has really got his hands full – while he’s busy unraveling the mystery of the house in hope of ending the curse, he’s also trying to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (Eisley), a drowsy maiden held captive in a terrifying netherworld. The two fall in love but can never be together as they each exist in a different corporeal plane.
While The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is more dark fantasy – think Jim Henson’s Labyrinth or Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm on a tight budget when it comes to the visuals – there are some horror elements nestled into the nooks and crannies of the creepy cinematic manse. There’s also a good old-fashioned mystery when it comes to the curse, which is sure to please fans of historical adventure along the lines of The Awakening, the “Once Upon a Time” TV series, and Mother of Tears.
The cast is able, but when veteran actor and Oscar nominee Bruce Davison shows up, the story really hits its stride. He brings a certain gravitas to every movie he’s in, even when the flick itself is only adequate. Director Pearry Teo does a great job, but there is a certain unevenness to the whole thing which I can only guess is the fault of a too-low budget in opposition to ambition and not altogether wise editing choices.
In spite of its issues, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty is well worth a look for fans of dark fairy tales, malevolent mysteries, and old-fashioned storytelling.
After a highly successful third European edition at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival in April, Frontières returns to the Fantasia International Film Festival for its sixth edition, which will take place July 21-24 in Montreal.
Note that industry registration for Frontières is now open (the early bird deadline is June 10th).
From the Press Release:
Frontières connects North America with Europe in an environment specifically focused on genre film production and financing. Frontières marks its return to Fantasia with an expanded Frontières line-up that will allow more projects to participate in live pitch sessions. The complete project line-up will be announced during the first week of June.
Frontières is thrilled to announce a first wave of projects selected to participate in its 5th North American edition. For the first time, Frontières will be presenting two television series as part of its line-up: “HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN,” from producer Andy Starke (SIGHTSEERS, THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, THE GREASY STRANGLER) , based on the book by Canadian author Kier-la Janisse, and “UNTOLD HORROR,” an 8-part documentary series on the greatest horror movies never made, from Dave Alexander, editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue magazine. The line-up also includes film projects in development from director Brian O’Malley (LET US PREY), directors Yoav and Doron Paz (JERUZALEM), director Alexandre Franchi (THE WILD HUNT), and the team behind HE NEVER DIED, producer Zach Hagen & writer-director Jason Krawczyk.
Frontières is also pleased to include in its line-up the winner of the Imagine Film Festival Pitch Contest, THE PROFUNDIS, awarded to the top Dutch genre project. THE PROFUNDIS, from director Richard Raaphorst (FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY), is a co-presentation with the Imagine Film Festival, with support from the Netherlands Film Fund.
Frontières recently announced a new partnership with the Marché du Film-Festival de Cannes for 2017. To introduce the partnership, Frontières and the Marché are pleased to present Frontières Day, which will include a day of programming in Cannes on Sunday, May 15. Events will include a Canadian-Genre VR presentation in collaboration with the Canadian Film Centre; Frontières Goes to Cannes, a work-in-progress presentation of 3 films in post-production; and the Fantastic Fanatics Mixer, a networking cocktail in collaboration with Blood Window at Ventana Sur, the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, and the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.
Frontières@Fantasia 2016: First Wave Projects:
Brain Freeze (Canada)
Director/Writer: Julien Knafo
Producer: Barbara Shrier (Palomar)
Director/Writer: Alexandre Franchi
Producers: Ménaic Raoul, Alexandre Franchi, Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette (Voyelles Films / Les Films de la Mancha)
“House of Psychotic Women” (United Kingdom)
Directors: Various TBA; TV Series
Writers: Sean Hogan (pilot episode), Kier-La Janisse (book)
Producers: Andy Starke (Rook Films), Kier-La Janisse
Mars Camp (USA/Israel)
Directors: Yoav and Doron Paz (PAZ brothers)
Writers: Yoav and Doron Paz (PAZ brothers), Lauri Donahue
Producers: PAZ Films, Epic Pictures
The Profundis (Netherlands)
Director: Richard Raaphorst
Writers: Shane Berryhill and Richard Raaphorst
Producer: Richard Raaphorst
Winner: Imagine Film Festival Pitch Contest
Room Service (USA)
Director: Yedidya Gorsetman
Writers: Mark Leidner Yedidya Gorsetman
Producers: Josh Itzkowitz, Matthew Smaglik and Mark Leidner
Director: Brian O’Malley
Writer: Tony Philpott
Producers: Brendan McCarthy, John McDonnell (Fantastic Films)
The Squall (Canada)
Director/Writer: Jason Krawczyk
Producer: Zach Hagen (Alternate Ending Studios)
Director/Writer: Aldo Tardozzi
Producer: Barbara Jukopila, Damir Ibrahimovic (Ziva produkcija)
“Untold Horror” (Canada)
Director: Bob Barrett; TV Series
Writers: Mark Pollesel, Dave Alexander
Producers: Bob Barrett, Dave Alexander, Kevin Burke, Andrea Butler (Post No Joes Productions)
Established in 2012 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Frontières specifically focuses on the co-production and financing of genre films between North America and Europe. Frontières 2016 is a collaborative initiative between the Fantasia International Film Festival, the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF), and Vision-in-Motion. Frontières is made possible thanks to the generous support of Creative Europe, Telefilm Canada, and SODEC.
For more information visit frontieresmarket.com, and check back in early June for the rest of the line-up.
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Shane Black is really ramping up the hype train for The Predator, the fourth film in the Predator franchise. He’s been letting little bits of information slip here and there to get people ready for the March 2nd, 2018 release date, such as calling the film a “…spectacle“, saying that the film takes place in present day, and stoking the possibility of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return.
But now Black tells ComingSoon.net that there might be a change in design when it comes to the visual appearance of the one of the universe’s deadliest and most cunning hunters:
It’s not to ‘improve,’ it’s make it fun, make it different, make it organically different. So what’s the extension of it that makes sense, that’s exciting? There have been a lot of changes to Stan’s design over the years. These different Predator movies have done different things. Ultimately it’s not about design to me, it’s about the story you want to tell. There are people who are always going to agonize over Iron Man, what color his suit is. Maybe this weapon does a new thing, but if the story is not good I don’t give a sh*t what color the suit is. In ‘The Predator’ we’re doing a lot of upgrades to what you would consider to be the traditional Predator technology and look, but hopefully the story is what’s going to drag people in, not just the attention to the minutiae.
My biggest hope is that they’ll find a way to stop making the heads look so damn big on the predators. Has anyone else noticed this or is it just me? I swear that the predator in the first film had a reasonable head-to-body size ratio but it only got worse with each film. Just look at this picture. That head looks ENORMOUS when compared to this.
There’s yet another reason for us to mourn the loss of iconic musician and actor David Bowie as it seems that he was going to have a cameo appearance in season 3 of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival. This news comes straight from the mouth of Harry Goaz, who is reprising his role as Deputy Andrew “Andy” Brennan, who was interviewed by Dallas News. Bowie was apparently going to reprise his role as FBI Agent Phillip Jeffries, who appeared in the prequel film Fire Walk With me.
In talking about the process of filming the third season, Goaz reveals just how secretive and paranoid the filmmakers were. “We only received our lines the morning of shooting. We didn’t even receive lines for our entire scenes, only our sides,” he explains, adding that once they were done shooting for the day, the actors would hand their scripts to an assistant who would shred them, all under the watch of a witness.
There isn’t too much more in terms of information in the interview but there are some lovely anecdotes that are certainly worth reading.
Bowie passed away on June 10th, two days after his 69th birthday. He had been fighting a long battle with cancer.
The Sundance horror film Trash Fire, which we stated in our review, “…will leave you shaken“, has been acquired by Vertical Entertainment and will see a potential fourth quarter release, according to co-president Rich Goldberg.
Trash Fire follows, “…a man who confronts his past and becomes entangled with his wife in a web of lies, deceit and murder.”
The film was directed by Richard Bates Jr. and stars Adrien Grenier, Angela Trimbur, Fionnula Flanagan, AnnaLynne McCord, Sally Kirkland, Matthew Gray Gubler, and Ray Santiago.
Goldberg explains to ScreenDaily, ““Ricky has delivered another cult classic. The film is a wild ride, and performances from Adrian, Angela, and the rest of the cast are fantastic – this is a team we’ve been wanting to collaborate with for some time now and are delighted that it’s finally coming to fruition.”
Meanwhile, Bates Jr. adds, “‘Trash Fire’ has been the ultimate labour of love. We nearly killed ourselves making it, and have been incredibly particular about whom we’d sell it to. The gang at Vertical is a bunch of film freaks. They’re just like us, only dressed nice. It’s the perfect fit.“
Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Captain America: Civil War, “Sherlock”) has joined on as the star of the upcoming UK zombie pandemic thriller Cargo, according to ScreenDaily. The film is based on Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke’s short film of the same name, which can be seen below.
In Cargo, “…a father (Freeman) who, stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic and, infected himself, desperately seeks a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.”
The film is being produced by Kristina Ceyton, who produced 2014’s critically acclaimed psychological horror film The Babadook. She states, “Martin Freeman is a singular talent who will add such depth and emotional sophistication to the role, and we know will make this story come alive in an unexpected and deeply moving way.“
The international trailer for Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe (review) has leaked and can be seen below. WARNING: There’s a pretty major spoiler contained within, so be very careful watching it if you want to have an untainted experience.
From the team that brought us Evil Dead, Don’t Breathe is a claustrophobic thriller/horror about three young people who rob houses for their own personal reasons. One night, they enter the home of a blind man thinking it will be an easy heist. Little do they know that they picked the wrong house…and the wrong man.
Directed by Alvarez and produced by Sam Raimi, Don’t Breathe stars Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto, Dylan Minnette, and Stephen Lang. It comes out August 26th.