Joining TIFF’s Midnight Madness lineup this September is The Girl in the Photographs, Nick Simon’s horror that will hold its World Premiere in front of thousands of screaming fans.
Wes Craven executive produced the film that was lensed by the veteran cinematographer Dean Cundey (Back to the Future, Jurassic Park), which marks his return to horror after lensing the original Halloween films.
starring Kal Penn, best known as Kumar in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, check out this first clip in which he takes a look at the girl in the photographs….
“Colleen’s life isn’t going anywhere. The small town natural beauty is bored with her dead end job at a grocery store and is ready to distance herself from her abusive boyfriend. In the midst of her turmoil, a pair of deranged serial killers begins leaving her photos of their mutilated victims. Her chance to escape comes in the form of Peter Hemmings (Penn), a hipster celebrity photographer who has traveled back to his hometown of Spearfish, South Dakota with a pack of models, intent on copying the killers’ intense and unapologetic artistry and use it for an important ad campaign. When he learns Colleen is their muse, Peter resolves to make her his own and use her as the centerpiece of a photo campaign in Los Angeles. But before Colleen can leave her old life behind, she must contend with the desires of her murderous stalkers who have chosen her last night in town to execute their most provocative work to date.”
Here’s also the first hi-res still from The Girl in the Photographs.
The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015.
The Blood Lands makes its way onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital EST/VOD September 1st from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label.
The film, written by Ian Fenton and directed by Simeon Halligan (Splintered), will deliver the screams this fall.
Starring Pollyanna McIntosh (Filth, The Woman), “the thriller follows Sarah (McIntosh) and Ed who encounter luck when they buy a charming cottage set against the Scottish countryside. However, their joy turns to terror as darkness falls and they become bait in a sinister plot. Soon Sarah and Ed get separated in a lethal game of cat-and-mouse as they fight to survive.”
Check out this clip in which McIntosh is on the run and making an escape.
The Blood Lands Blu-ray, DVD and Digital EST/VOD includes a Making Of featurette.
Film festivals can be a unique experience to encounter a movie with a like minded audience members. Chances are you will get special treatment with guests and the such. With sold out audiences & a heightened intense setting all kinds of crazy can kick off (Did you read about the passing out & puking caused by Bite?). Film4 FrightFest just wrapped their 16th edition in London, England over their long weekend & I was subject to a strange occurrence. Arriving late at my designated seat I was greeted by a mutt & it’s companion. A visually impaired guest of the festival had snatched my seat. The seeing eye dog proceeded to watch the “Metal As Fuck” Deathgasm from start to finish. With blind demon plot points I couldn’t help but expect the doors of the movie theatre to be locked in Bava twist of fate.
— Jonny Bunning (@JonnyBunning) August 29, 2015Inspired by these events here are ten movie hounds (from hell and other places).
This week’s installment in Bethesda’s series of E3 show floor interviews with some of the dev behind the upcoming Doom reboot is less about the universally appealing act of demon murder, and more about the game’s shiny new id Tech 6 engine. When asked what the studio hopes to accomplish with the new-and-improved tech, id Software CTO Robert Duffy summed it up nicely, saying their goal is to deliver the best-looking game that runs at a smooth 60 fps and at full 1080p.
The string of words that make up the engine’s name makes it sound like something you shouldn’t care about, but the impact it will have on the in-game world will be noticeable, even if you possess nary a modicum of technical knowhow.
Compared to id Software’s last title, Rage, which drew some criticism for its baked (static) lighting, when Doom finally claws its way out of the Hell dimension it’s been hiding in for the last twelve years, it will bring with it a rendering system that means a considerably more dynamic world.
Doom arrives next year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
On Sunday night, after hearing news that Wes Craven had passed away, we found ourselves heartbroken and crushed. A gaping void suddenly entered the world of horror and it felt like nothing could fill it. But as we spoke about our memories, we found ourselves feeling the slightest bit better, our reminiscing slowly closing that dark hole. But it wasn’t enough. We still felt alone in our grief. So we turned to you, the readers, via Twitter.
We asked you, “Tonight we say goodbye to the master of horror, Wes Craven. I want to spend a few minutes sharing stories. What are your favorite memories?”
Below is a selection of the responses that we got, many of which were incredibly touching, many of which simply reinforced the importance and love that Wes Craven so richly deserved.
As you read through these, we encourage you to think of your own stories and memories to share with us in the comments below.
@BDisgusting Bill Pullman screaming as he was buried alive in Serpent & The Rainbow.Wes tapping that primal fear of noone coming to help you
— Viddik (@The_Viddik) August 31, 2015
— Leah (@Leah_Cevoli) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Renting all his films on VHS as a kid and marathoning them all weekend. RIP
— Josh Kellett (@joshjkellett) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting my first time seeing last house on the left will always stay with me. That movie and wes are why I am a horror fan.
— Richard Kirk (@RichardPKirk) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I'll always remember seeing Scream in the theater as a child & getting the shit scared out of me during the first 10 minutes.
— TS Comics (@TSComics) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting im basically a filmmaker thanks to him
— NotSo Ancient One (@Josh_Mateos) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting while my parents watched the 1st NOES on cable I snuck out of bed and laid under the kitchen table watching in secret.
— Tim Murr (@holyrooster) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting When I was young I watched The People Under the Stairs and it terrified me, but I loved it deep down.
— matt sans frontieres (@spookyVHS) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting watch with my cousin javi, every thursday, a nightmare on elm street movie, when I was 15.
— David Romero (@FCBdarocalabria) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I have always been astounded by how soft spoken and genuinely funny he was. Not really a story, but, still wanted to share.
— Zac C (@gottabezac) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting So many. First time I saw Elm Street I was blown away. Helped kickstart my horror obsession. 1,2 Freddy's coming for you..
— Dave (@troonooyawker) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Watching Scream for the first time. I was so scared, I cried cause I was 5 when I first watched.
— drew. (@itsdrewbbybxtch) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I saw Scream in the theaters and the day it came out on video I rented it on VHS from Blockbuster.
— PAULY HⒶRK (@paulyharker) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting watching Nightmare as a child and being afraid to sleep. Also watching Scream and having nightmares to this day of Ghost Face.
— Travis Grimm (@travisthegrimm) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I know I can't be the only Deadly Friend fan out there.
— John Tyler (@john_tyler646) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Sneaking into my living room at 5 years old to watch ANOES. It changed my life forever, and I mean that. Wes was a genius.
— DanCleary (@dancleary79) August 31, 2015
— J Jossey (@theanswer_o98) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting All of New Nightmare, one of my all-time favorite films. You need only look at my penname to see how his work affected me.
— Rathan Krueger (@DarknessOpera) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Being completely traumatized by Freddy killing Glenn when I was 5. Still kind of freaked out by that.
— Traci McKagan. (@xTraciMcKagan) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting NOES 1 and 3, Deadly Friend, and The Hills Have Eyes.
— Zero The Hero (@Illuminati322) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting remember watching The People Under The Stairs when I was 7. It didn't scare me, I wanted more. Still one of my favorites!
— Leann (Oni) Miller (@WickedQueenOni) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Watching Scream at night by myself when I was 11. Always loved horror but the opening truly scared the hell out of me. Amazing
— Matt W. (@mattdubbs) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting He always based his stories in a real fact. That amazes me since I was 10. He told us the truth using fantasy.
— Corina (@VivaLaMangas) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Dressing up as Freddy in elementary school but being too scared to keep the glove and mask in my room in case they killed me.
— Nikki (@duranieinblack) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting NOES was the first horror film I ever saw. I watched it with my mom when I was 5. I've been hooked ever since…
— Nichole Hamilton (@NBHamilton) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I watched Scream when I was home sick from school. I felt like shit, but it made my day, and I've been obsessed ever since.
— Emma Kitt (@EmmaKitt) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Watching NOES Four aged about 11 taped off tv. It was in the afternoon and as it got darker I got more scared.
— lferney (@lferney) August 31, 2015
— Viddik (@The_Viddik) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Growing up scared shitless of his movies. Fighting back tears
— Sean Flaherty (@SeanFlaherty13) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting his movies were my childhood. Losing him is like loosing a family member. I'm thankful for his films and legacy.
— Morgan jones (@morgmorgan25) August 31, 2015
The haunting directorial debut from Ted Geoghegan that frightened audiences at SXSW ’15 and even had our very own Patrick Cooper label it a “masterfully crafted slow creeper” will be making it’s way to home video around the world just in time for Halloween. With an American Blu-ray and DVD release already announced from Dark Sky Films for October 9th, Accent Film Entertainment has announced the Australian release for October 21. Since virtually all the world is Region A or Region B, everyone will have a chance to grab this in time for some Halloween viewing.
This House needs a family. After their teenage son is killed in a car crash, Paul and Anne move to the quiet New Englang countryside to try to start a new life for themselves. But the grieving couple unknowingly become the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their new home, and before long they discover that the seemingly peaceful town is hiding a terrifyingly dark secret. Now they must find a way to pull their souls – and the soul of their lost son – into hell with them. We Are Still Here is a tense, frightening and thoroughly haunting modern ghost story.
On October 27th Olive Films is going to release a slew of titles, many of which will be seeing Blu-ray for the first time. A number of these have been on my Blu-ray wish list for quite some time. Beyond thrilled to finally be getting Sometimes They Come Back. Any titles jump out to you? Let us know in the comments below!
Fearing that their city is the target of a serial rapist, Manhattan Detective Dale Androtti (Lance Lewman, Riot On 42nd Street) finds an unlikely ally in Dr. Gamble Pace (Teresa Farley, Bad Girls Dormitory) when they are teamed up to investigate the brutal crimes. Their suspicions, unbelievable as they may seem, will lead them to a terrifying discovery that an alien life form is impregnating women to reproduce his species.
The Meteor Man
Triple-threat Robert Townsend (writer, director & actor) stars as the shy and retiring schoolteacher, Jefferson Reed in The Meteor Man. Jefferson, who gains mysterious super powers when he’s struck by a meteor fragment, uses those powers to help his neighborhood combat gang crime. A time-honored tradition of superheroes, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Jefferson’s courage will be tested as his super powers diminish and he must decide where true strength really lies.
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects
Straddling the cultural divide between the East and West,Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects stars Charles Bronson (Messenger of Death) as Lt. Crowe, a coarsened Los Angeles cop whose objectivity is compromised when a case he’s investigating hits close to home. Crowe will reexamine his prejudices when he forges a friendship with a Japanese businessman whose daughter he’s saved from a child prostitution ring. But an unexpected tragedy will lead the out-for-justice Crowe into uncharted waters as he pursues the murderous pimp known as Duke (Juan Fernández, Bulletproof) in the edge-of-your seat crime drama Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects.
Messenger of Death
The brutal murder of three Mormon women and their children is just the tip of the iceberg as an investigative reporter digs into the seamy side of religious fanaticism and political corruption in the compelling crime drama Messenger of Death. Newspaper reporter Garret Smith (Charles Bronson, Death Wish) with the help of local editor Jastra Watson (Trish Van Devere, The Changeling) set out to solve the horrific murders which they believe may be linked to a fundamentalist sect whose excommunicated leader, Willis Beecham (Jeff Corey, True Grit) is considered a prophet. Garret and Jastra discover just how deep still waters run as clues and the list of possible suspects pile up, which includes the husband & father of the murder victims (Charles Dierkop, The Sting) and his estranged brother (John Ireland, Red River).
A searing indictment of police corruption based on a story by noted crime novelist James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia),Dark Blue stars Kurt Russell as Sergeant Eldon Perry, a Los Angeles police officer faced with a choice so monstrous it will affect his personal life and the lives of those around him while cutting through the heart of the police department.
This gripping film, part science fiction, part philosophical musing on man’s place in the universe, has gained cult status. Michael Murphy (Manhattan) stars as James Lesko with Nigel Davenport (A Man For All Seasons) as Dr. Ernest Hubbs, scientists in search of answers to an evolutionary shift in the ant population that’s adopted a hive mentality allowing the ants to team with others of their species to create a super colony. In an effort to better understand the intelligent and powerful new life form, Lesko and Hubbs are faced with the choice of either communicating with, or eradicating their antagonists. Lynne Frederick is cast as Kendra, an ant attack survivor who’ll play a pivotal role in deciphering the ants’ mysterious existence.
Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back
Based on the short story by Stephen King (The Shining),Sometimes They Come Back, stars Tim Matheson (Animal House) as the troubled Jim Norman who moves back to his hometown with his wife Sally (Brooke Adams, The Dead Zone) and son Scott (Robert Hy Gorman, Forever Young) after accepting a teaching job at the local high school. But the town holds dark memories for Jim who moved away years earlier following the murder of his brother, Wayne (Chris Demetral, Blank Check). The young men responsible for the murder met with their own horrific deaths and now those restless spirits have come back for revenge.
The Deadly Bees
First there was The Birds. Now there’s The Deadly Bees. Something terrifying is taking place on Seagull Island. When pop singer Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh, Lust For A Vampire) arrives at the island to recuperate from nervous exhaustion, she’ll soon discover that the cottage belonging to beekeeper Ralph Hargrove (Guy Doleman, Thunderball) and his wife Mary (Catherine Finn, The Creeping Flesh) is not the idyllic accommodation she’d hoped for. Following a series of deadly bee attacks, Vicki becomes an amateur detective at the urging of the island’s other beekeeper, the mysterious H.W. Manfred (Frank Finlay, The Three Musketeers) uncovering clues to determine if the deaths were accidental or murder.
Flying Disc Man from Mars
Mota (Gregory Gaye, Ninotchka), a Martian invader intent on ruling Earth, finds a more than willing accomplice in Dr. Bryant (James Craven, Captain Midnight), a brilliant scientist with a secret Nazi past. Together they plan to harness atomic technology to further their evil goal. But whatever diabolical plan Mota may have in mind, intrepid pilot and would-be investigator, Kent Fowler (Walter Reed, Thunderbirds), along with his crack team, Steve (Sandy Sanders, Phantom From Space) and Helen (Lois Collier, Boston Blackie), will foil Mota, his Nazi stooge and evil henchmen Drake and Ryan, at every turn, leading to a climactic battle inside of a live volcano.
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
Five men who board a train as strangers will soon find commonality when joined by a sixth passenger, the mysterious traveler known as Dr. Schreck (Peter Cushing). Watch as their destinies unfold in the chilling and “life”-altering horror-thrill ride, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors. To while away the time, the good doctor offers to read each passenger’s Tarot cards. The innocent parlor game has an unexpected conclusion as each reading unfolds on screen as a terrifying vignette (a werewolf on the loose; a vengeful creeping vine; a tale of voodoo; a disembodied hand coming to life; and a vampire story) the results of which are unpredictable and shocking.
You may recall that last year The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies opened a London branch based at the heart of the city’s underground culture, the Horse Hospital, and it was such a rousing success that they’re back at it again this year! Read on for the official details.
From the Press Release:
After a successful pilot season, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London returns to the Horse Hospital for another semester of intensive film classes on a wide range of arcane topics by some of the horror world’s most renowned critical luminaries – and you can win a season pass courtesy of AV Geeks, one of the world’s foremost archives of 16mm educational film.
The BFI’s William Fowler launches the season in September with his lecture “Freaks, Hippies and Witches” on British filmmaker and William S. Burroughs collaborator Antony Balch, in association with Scalarama 2015. He will be followed in October by Kier-La Janisse, Gavin Baddeley and David Flint, who will be collectively addressing the Satanic hysteria of the 1980s, based on their new book Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. In November, visiting lecturer Jim Harper will present “Shadows and Fog”, a look at Krimi films, the German Edgar Wallace adaptations of the 1960s. And we’ll be closing the season with a live reading of sci-fi/horror master Nigel Kneale’s lost drama The Road, followed by discussion with Jonathan Rigby, Kim Newman, Stephen Volk and other authors who contributed to the forthcoming book about Nigel Kneale from Spectral Press, We Are the Martians.
Named for the fictional university in H.P. Lovecraft’s literary mythos, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is a non-profit, community-based organization that started in Canada, founded by Kier-La Janisse in March of 2010. Miskatonic London operates under the co-direction of Kier-La Janisse and Virginie Sélavy.
Registration for the full fall semester is £35. Individual class tickets are £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concessions and will be available 30 days in advance of each class. To enter the drawing for a full season pass, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with “AV GEEKS CONTEST” in the subject line. The winner will be drawn and notified on Friday, September 4th.
See below for the full course descriptions.
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London
Fall 2015 Semester: Monthly classes from September to December 2015
Dates: 10 September, 8 October, 12 November, 10 December
Venue: Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD
FREAKS, HIPPIES AND WITCHES: THE STRANGE, SALACIOUS CINEMA OF ANTONY BALCH
10 September, 2015 – 7-10pm
Instructor: William Fowler
Tickets available here
As part of Scalarama 2015, our first class of the fall semester features William Fowler talking about Antony Balch, an extraordinary figure of 1960s-70s British film, best known for directing Secrets of Sex (1970) and Horror Hospital (1973) and for his collaborations with William Burroughs. As a cinema manager and film distributor, he also released European exploitation films with new unusual titles (e.g., The Weird Weirdo) and secured the first ever UK release of Tod Browning’s Freaks. Selected short films by Antony Balch will be screened as part of the evening.
SATANIC PANIC: POP-CULTURAL PARANOIA IN THE 1980s
8 October, 2015 – 7-10pm
Instructors: Kier-La Janisse, Gavin Baddeley and David Flint
In 1980s North America, everywhere you turned there were warnings about a widespread evil conspiracy to indoctrinate the vulnerable through the media they consumed. This percolating cultural hysteria, now known as the “Satanic Panic,” was both illuminated and propagated through almost every pop culture pathway in the 1980s, from heavy metal music to Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games, Christian comics, direct-to-VHS scare films, pulp paperbacks, Saturday morning cartoons and TV talk shows —and created its own fascinating cultural legacy of Satan-battling VHS tapes, music and literature. As the hysteria moved overseas to the UK, Australia and South Africa, its life extended into the 1990s – and some say it never went away. From con artists to pranksters and moralists to martyrs, this lecture – based on the instructors’ book of the same name, which will be available at the screening – aims to capture the untold story of the how the Satanic Panic was fought on the pop culture frontlines and the serious consequences it had for many involved.
SHADOWS AND FOG: THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF THE GERMAN EDGAR WALLACE KRIMI
12 November, 2015- 7-10pm
Instructor: Jim Harper
Between 1959 and the early 1970s, German film companies released more than fifty low-budget crime thrillers inspired by the works of British writer Edgar Wallace. Featuring some of Europe’s most well-known cult and horror actors (including Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski and Gert Fröbe) the Edgar Wallace krimi combined fast-paced action, surprising violence and zany humour. Sold en masse to US television and shown in an edited and badly dubbed form, these films have rarely received the attention they deserve. Jim Harper explores the background and history of the Wallace krimi, from their beginnings to their long-term influence in Germany and beyond, discussing the charm and appeal of these quintessential European cult favourites.
LIVE FROM MISKATONIC: NIGEL KNEALE’S ‘THE ROAD’
10 December, 2015 – 7-10pm
Instructors: Stephen Volk, Jonathan Rigby, Kim Newman, Neil Snowdon
In 1950 Thomas Nigel Kneale won the Somerset Maugham Award for his prose collection TOMATO CAIN & OTHER STORIES. In 1953 he changed the face of British Television with THE QUATERMASS EXPERIMENT. Public houses across the country emptied as each installment of this thrilling new story went out live to the nation. Never before had a television drama become a national event, and few enough have had such an impact since.
His adaptation of NINETEEN EIGHTY FOUR would raise questions in Parliament, such was its power, while original dramas like THE YEAR OF THE SEX OLYMPICS accurately predicted, and indicted, the sensationalism of ‘Reality TV’ and the passivity of the society that produced it. In the years that followed QUATERMASS & THE PIT, THE STONE TAPE, MURRAIN, BEASTS, THE WOMAN IN BLACK and more would influence successive generations of authors, filmmakers and screenwriters. From Russell T. Davies to The League of Gentlemen, John Carpenter to Stephen King, Chris Carter, Peter Strickland, Ramsey Campbell, China Mieville and more…
Jacques Derrida may have coined the term, but it is Kneale – in his style, themes, and the unique tone of his work – who provides a touchstone for the Hauntological movement which has pervaded our culture in recent years. To mark the launch of WE ARE THE MARTIANS, a new book of essays about Kneale and his work from Spectral Press, The Miskatonic Institute presents a unique celebration of the work of Nigel Kneale.
A rehearsed reading of Kneale’s lost drama THE ROAD (featuring Jonathan Rigby and others) will be followed by an in-depth discussion of Kneale’s work and influence by some of the book’s authors, including screenwriter Stephen Volk (GHOST WATCH, AFTERLIFE, THE AWAKENING), author and critic Kim Newman (ANNO DRACULA, NIGHTMARE MOVIES), editor Neil Snowdon and others to be confirmed.
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If you haven’t read The Russian Sleep Experiment creepypasta, then click that link and treat yourself to a truly eerie story. Out of all the creepypastas currently available, it’s among my absolute favorite. It’s well-written, engaging, and delivers a spectacular ending. Again, if you haven’t read it, definitely give it a look. I’m trying not to build it up too much, but I’m struggling here.
Author Holly Ice has taken this unsettling story and stretched it into a very creepy novella. The aptly-titled Russian Sleep Experiment is now available in trade paperback and ebook, so you have plenty of options available depending on your preference. It’s like paper or plastic, but different.
From the Press Release:
The Russian Sleep Experiment is a new horror/psychological novella by Holly Ice, inspired by the Cold War. The Soviet Union is conducting unethical, secret experiments in the depths of Siberia. This particular experiment is conducted on political prisoners ahead of the scientific trial being approved for human experimentation. The Soviet Union wants the edge in any coming conflict and to do this, they test Gas 76-IA on four volunteers. These political prisoners are offered their freedom in exchange for thirty days without sleep, powered by this mysterious gas, but the side effects are more than they had bargained for.
The Russian Sleep Experiment is an extension to novella length of the original Creepypasta short story, with added content.
This extension of the tale has three parts:
Part 1: Told from the POV of one the prisoners, this part tells the story of how the political prisoners were recruited from their camp to take part in the experiment. (This was not explained in detail in the original short story.)
Part 2: Told from the POV of one of the experimentees and the lead scientist. This part fleshes out the major action of the original tale in real time. We see what happens from inside the mind of the prisoners and from inside the cage of the experiment, as well as from the logbooks of the very ambitious lead scientist.
Part 3: Told from the POV of one of the scientists involved in the experiment, after it has concluded. This final section shows the consequences of the experiment and is based in rural Siberia.
The Russian Sleep Experiment features artwork by award-winning graphic artist Daniel Tyka.
For more information about The Russian Sleep Experiment and author Holly Ice, then you should really consider swinging by the Almond Press website. All kinds of info there. Better yet, plan a relaxing trip to the official website for Ice’s novella. It’s pretty cool.
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Full disclosure: I own every Godzilla movie on either DVD or Blu-ray. I’ve been a huge fan of the giant green troublemaker since I was a kid, so it was my lifelong goal to score as many of the flicks as I could for my own collection. Next thing I knew, I was swimming in Toho movies.
The fact that the studio is working on the first Japanese Godzilla movie in 12 years is beyond exciting, so when Anime News Network posted that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi’s installment in the franchise was filming this weekend in Tokyo, I squealed with delight. No offense to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla, but the Japanese films will always hold a special place in my scaly heart.
“A notice posted at the Kamata bus station in Tokyo revealed that buses will not stop as usual at the station on Sunday morning, due to the filming of a movie titled ‘Shin Gojira’ (New Godzilla),” the website reported. In short: The next Godzilla flick is officially underway.
If everything goes according to plan, the new Godzilla movie will stomp all over theaters in Japan at some point next summer. As of this writing, it’s unknown when the flick will debut Stateside.
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In yet another example of “indie directors score a hit and go on to reboot a classic genre flick,” Lost After Dark director Ian Kessner and co-writer Bo Ransdell are seriously kicking around the idea of a Waxwork remake/reboot. And while writer/director Anthony Hickox’s 1988 horror/comedy doesn’t get the same kind of attention from horror fans as its contemporaries, it’s still a solid endeavor in its own right. I apologize profusely for my inability to keep my frustration in check.
During their recent chat with Nerd Report, Ransdell and Kessner admitted that the project is still in the very early stages of development. However, they both seem very determined to make this thing happen, and they reportedly have Hickox’s blessing to bring this flick to life.
Kessner also explained their approach to the Waxwork remake.
It’s got a Something Wicked This Way Comes vibe where the waxwork appears in town overnight. It’s really fun. It’s also an opportunity for us to play in a whole bunch of horror genres, kind of an anthology where the characters keep falling into these different vignettes or the different worlds where they tackle different horror tropes, and they tackle the best parts of it, the climax. So it’s really fun for us if we get to make it because we get to explore all these different genres within the horror, sort of like Cabin in the Woods.
Lost After Dark is a solid and thoroughly enjoyable throwback to 80s slashers, so I’m interested to see what Kessner and Ransdell do next. And while I’m not overly excited about the idea of a Waxwork reboot/remake, I’m still curious to see their take on the project.
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I don’t specifically remember the first time I laid eyes on Freddy Krueger, heard him crack a joke, or watched him brutally kill a pretty-looking teenager, but to say that he was a small part of my childhood would be, well, a huge understatement. All kids have heroes, whether they’re sports players or astronauts. My hero, growing up, happened to be a burnt-faced serial killer.
My lifelong love affair with all things horror can be traced directly back to A Nightmare on Elm Street and its many sequels, which were a veritable feast for my developing imagination. Though my local video store had a massive wall of horror VHS tapes to choose from, I rarely left with the ones that didn’t have Freddy plastered on the cover. Because I knew, even at a very young age, that there was something special about the franchise, and the villain who called it home.
I would of course eventually realize that Wes Craven was the man responsible for creating Freddy Krueger, and once I finally allowed myself to watch something other than the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, I began delving into the rest of his work. The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, The Serpent and the Rainbow, and The People Under the Stairs soon became favorites, and I found a brand new horror icon to dress up as when Craven revitalized the landscape of 1990s horror with Scream.
You could say that Wes Craven was an ever-present figure in my life, introducing me to the world of horror cinema as a child and continuing to remind me, throughout the last couple decades, why I became such a huge fan in the first place. While many filmmakers who get their start in horror eventually leave the genre behind, Craven is one of the few who always stayed true to himself, directing and producing horror movies well into his 70s with the same enthusiasm as he did in his 30s. And though 2011’s Scream 4 unfortunately ended up being his final film as a director, he never stopped doing right by us fans – producing the recent TV series “Scream” as well as two upcoming horror movies.
Whether the cameras were rolling or not, Craven’s love for the horror genre showed through on an almost daily basis. On both Twitter and Instagram, he kept in touch with his fans and was always happy to talk about the movies we hold so near and dear, sharing behind-the-scenes photos, telling stories, and even happily spreading around artwork inspired by those films. I can’t tell you how many friends of mine nearly exploded from excitement when Craven followed them on social media, which just goes to show how important he was to us all. And I always got the sense that we were as important to him as he was to us.
Horror wouldn’t be the same without Wes Craven. My life wouldn’t be the same without Wes Craven. And I’m reminded this week, as I sit here typing this, that you don’t need to have a personal relationship with someone to be completely heartbroken when they pass away. I never met Wes Craven; in fact I never even spoke directly to him, but his influence on my life will continue to be felt for as long as I live. I don’t honestly know that I’d be a horror fan today if it weren’t for Freddy Krueger holding my hand at a young age and showing me how much fun being scared could be, and what I’m really saying when I type that is I don’t know if I’d be who I am today if it weren’t for Wes Craven.
So thank you, Wes. Thank you so much for letting us hang around in your brain for so many years. I think I speak for everyone in the horror community when I say that we will continue deriving joy from doing so for many years to come. Your life’s work will never be forgotten, nor will it ever fail to inspire, entertain, and terrify.
— John Squires
With the tragic passing of Wes Craven, literally everyone in the industry has been reeling and expressing love for the man and his work. Several people have been writing in to Dread Central to ask if it would be cool to post their thoughts. So this Farewell to Wes feature will be their opportunity to share their feelings and their thoughts with you, the horror community.
Some will be long, some will be short, but all are important and will be featured with love and caring. It’s our honor to be able to do this for the man who gave us so very much.
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Fire is your friend in Tripwire Interactive’s horror game Killing Floor 2 thanks to the free Incinerate ‘N Detonate content pack that rolled out on Steam earlier today. With new achievements to earn, combat perks to try, crossover characters to unlock — assuming you own Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Rising Storm, Red Orchestra 2, or some combination of the three — this update is easily one of the more substantial updates the game has seen so far.
Killing Floor 2 is available on Steam Early Access for $29.99. Still no word on a console release.
You can put Zoe Bell in just about anything and we’ll watch it! She’s badass, beautiful, and can act her ass off! That being said, word’s just come in regarding her new flick, Camino.
From the Press Release:
XLrator Media (Jimi: All Is By My Side, The Machine) announces the U.S. release of the action-thriller CAMINO starring Zoë Bell (Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Death Proof) and Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows) in a rare acting role. Fully financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, the film will be released in early 2016 on XLrator’s “TURBO” action label.
CAMINO was directed by Josh C. Waller, who previously collaborated with Bell on Raze, written by Daniel Noah (Max Rose, McCanick) and produced by Waller, Noah, and Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman). Nicholas Donnermeyer and Barry Gordon executive produce along with Bell and Vigalondo. Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are handling international sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Set in 1985, war photographer Avery Taggert (Bell) has built a solid career with her stark and honest imagery, all the while remaining emotionally distant from her subjects. When she embeds in the jungles of Colombia with a squad of missionaries led by a beloved and charismatic Spaniard known as “El Guero” (Vigalondo), she finds herself in the middle of a conflict as violent as any she’s photographed.
One night she happens upon El Guero committing a heinous atrocity, capturing the vile act on film, an image with the potential to discredit and destroy El Guero. Knowing this brilliant psychopath will employ every tactic at his disposal to destroy that photograph – and the photographer who took it – Avery flees into the harsh jungle with nothing but the camera hanging around her neck to escape from missionaries twisted into violent guerrillas by the madman intent on destroying all enemies.
“It was important after Raze and McCanick and especially after the past few years of our work within SpectreVision for me to make a film that ‘came from the gut.’ Something that felt true to myself and to the artists we surround ourselves with. I think we did it. We’ve made our own little ‘Electro-Jungle-Western.’ Plus, to be able to piece together a film almost entirely with our friends, that’s what it’s all about. Thanks goodness the folks at XLrator Media share that vision as well,” said director Josh C. Waller.
“It was great working with Josh and Daniel again. The film is filled with tension, and there are so many great sequences. I can’t wait for people to see it,” said producer Ehud Bleiberg.
“Zoë Bell is a multitalented actress, martial artist, and stuntwoman, having shown her incredible physical skills in Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Raze, Django Unchained, and her upcoming roles in Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and our own film Paradox. Action fans will embrace her starring role in CAMINO where she gets to show her full range of talents,” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon.
Best known as a writer-director, Nacho Vigalondo wrote and directed Timecrimes, Open Windows (produced by SpectreVision), segments for V/H/S: Viral and ABCs of Death, and will next helm Colossal starring Anne Hathaway.
The film co-stars Sheila Vand and Dominic Rains (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are), Tenoch Huerta (Sin Nombre, Silver Ariel award-winner for Best Actor for Days of Grace), Nancy Gomez, Jason Canela, and Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, A Few Good Men, Casino).
More casting news is here for Netflix’s new supernatural series “Stranger Things” (formerly known as “Montauk”) as Deadline is reporting that Cara Buono has landed a regular role.
Described as a love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, “Stranger Things” is set in 1980 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family, and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one very strange little girl.
Buono (pictured) will play Karen, the mom of Mike and Nancy, two of the kids on the search for the missing boy. She joins the previously announced Winona Ryder, Ross Partridge, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, and Charlie Heaton.
The Duffer Brothers (Matt and Ross) are writing, directing, and co-showrunning the series and will serve as executive producers along with co-showrunner Karl Gajdusek and Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner.
The series will debut in 2016.
The Gothic horror melting pot over on Showtime that is John Logan’s “Penny Dreadful” just had six more ingredients added into the mix, according to Deadline. First up, Patti LuPone, seen last season in a guest starring role as witch Joan “The Cut Wife” Clayton, will be returning to the series in another part. LuPone will be playing an American therapist named Dr. Seward, who has “an unconventional new approach” to treating Vanessa Ives’ (Eva Green) problems. LuPone has now been set as a series regular, so expect Dr. Seward to stick around for awhile.
Given the nature of the series, I think it’s say to assume that we have just added another character from Bram Stoker’s famed novel, Dracula, to the series. While we have yet to see the fiend himself, the Count has been referenced throughout the first two seasons and we have already be graced by the presences of Mina Harker (Olivia Llewellyn) and Abraham Van Helsing (David Warner). The show’s version of the novel’s events have already taken place and so far the details have not yet been revealed, so perhaps we will be getting a deeper look next year?
Sam Barnett has been cast as Dr. Seward’s “mysterious young secretary”. No further information about the character has been given at this time, but it’s safe to say that something is up at Dr. Seward’s office. Continuing with Vanessa’s new acquaintances is the casting of Christian Camargo as Dr. Alexander Sweet, “a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa”. Another suspicious character, no doubt, as few who involve themselves in her life are ever who they claim to be.
The new big literary character that Logan teased a couple of months back has finally been revealed: Dr. Henry Jekyll! Shazad Latif will be bringing Robert Louis Stevenson’s trouble physician to life and no doubt play an important role in the coming third season, although no details as to how he fits in have been revealed yet. Veteran character actor Wes Studi joins the series as Kaetenay, “an intense, enigmatic Native American” who has strong ties to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and will apparently also bond with Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton).
Lastly, Jessica Barden is set to play Justine, “a young acolyte” to Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and Lily Frankenstein (Billie Piper). Given the nature of those two characters, as well as the series as a whole, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that this Justine is none other than the titular character from the Gothic erotic novel Justine (or The Misfortunes of Virtue), which was written by the Marquis de Sade himself. The sadism inherent both in the novel itself and the two series characters with whom she will associate practically guarantees this. More trouble for poor Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) to deal with!
“Penny Dreadful” returns to Showtime next Summer.
About a year ago, back when P.T. was still freely available to download off the PlayStation Store and Silent Hills was being built by a team led by two of my favorite people in the world, we were shown this. It’s bittersweet now, but the idea of using Lisa’s ghost to distract enemies in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is no less cool today than it was before Konami slipped into a Carrie-esque blood-frenzy and razed it to the ground.
Kojima isn’t going to let that brilliant, bite-sized morsel of an interactive nightmare disappear completely. One way to keep its legacy alive is by hiding a second tribute to P.T. in one of the biggest video games of the year.
Spotted by YouTuber Arekkz Gaming, this second Easter Egg brings the radio broadcast that plays on repeat during some of P.T. into Metal Gear’s world of near-future stealth action espionage. See how you can find it in the video below.
Production on the third season of the critically acclaimed hit Showtime drama series “Penny Dreadful” is currently under way, and a wealth of new and returning stars is headed to the set in Dublin, Ireland, including one familiar face that will be playing a different character.
Tony Award-winning star Patti LuPone (pictured left; “American Horror Story: Coven”), who guest starred last season as the Cut-Wife, returns as a series regular in the new role of Dr. Seward, an American therapist who treats Vanessa (Eva Green) with an unconventional new approach. Also, this season will add Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Henry Jekyll to the lineup of literary characters featured in the show, to be played by Shazad Latif (pictured right; The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, “Spooks”).
The third season’s nine episodes, premiering on Showtime in 2016 on-air, on demand, and over the internet, will feature several new guest stars, including Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Christian Camargo (“Dexter,” The Hurt Locker) as Dr. Alexander Sweet, a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa; Sam Barnett (2012, Jupiter Ascending) as Dr. Seward’s mysterious young secretary; Wes Studi (“Hell on Wheels,” A Million Ways to Die in the West) as Kaetenay, an intense, enigmatic Native American with a deep connection to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) who also becomes an ally to Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton); and Jessica Barden (The Outcast, Far from the Madding Crowd) as Justine, a young acolyte to Lily (Billie Piper) and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney).
“Penny Dreadful” is a frightening psychological thriller created, written, and executive produced by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, “Call the Midwife”), both of Neal Street Productions. The cast includes Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, and Eva Green. Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Simon Russell Beale, and Harry Treadaway also star. “Penny Dreadful” is a co-production with Showtime and Sky.
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As nifty as the reveal of a new Origins Collection might’ve been for the folks who didn’t immediately go out and grab the Resident Evil remake back in January, that story was woefully short on eye lasers, while this one has enough of them to cause retinal scarring.
Capcom offered up another reason for us to look forward to the release of Resident Evil 0 HD by showing off the game’s brand new Wesker Mode. It seems to revolve around a young Albert Wesker and his struggle to contain what one might describe as face fireworks. The mode will swap out co-lead Billy Coen for Wesker so he and Rebecca Chambers can work together to fry unsuspecting ghouls by conjuring eyebolts made of crimson lightning.
The Resident Evil 0 HD remaster will run you $19.99 (€19.99 / £14.99) when it arrives in early 2016 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
It was just yesterday that we told you cannibals are coming to the September 2015 Box of Dread. Today, we can also tell you that the Aliens/Vampirella Issue #1 crossover comic book from the combined forces of Dynamite and Dark Horse will be a part of the September 2015 Box of Dread too. On top of that, the comic book comes with a cover that is exclusive to Box of Dread!
So, don’t miss out on the September 2015 Box of Dread. Signups for this cannibalistic box end on September 9, 2015, at 11:59pm ET / 8:59pm PT. You have two ways to subscribe to Box of Dread:
This is what the exclusive Aliens/Vampirella Issue #1 cover looks like, and only Box of Dread acolytes will receive the comic book in September:
This exclusive cover is drawn by artist and illustrator Dennis Calero, who is known for his work on titles such as X Factor, Legion of Superheroes, and Kolchak. Learn more about his work at http://denniscalero.com. Aliens/Vampirella is written by Corinna Bechko (Star Wars: Legacy) while the book is drawn by artist Javier García-Miranda.
As established in Aliens/Vampirella #1, humans have begun to colonize Mars, but something ancient and sinister got there first. Vampirella, a supernatural exterminator, is faced with a mystery only she can solve… and the bloody realization that some monsters should never be awakened.
Hurry! The sign-up period ends on September 9, 2015, at 11:59pm ET / 8:59pm PT. Again, you have two ways to subscribe to Box of Dread:
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