Here’s 10 Minutes of New ‘Dead Island 2′ Footage

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 20:32

It’s rare for a series to find its groove three games in, but that’s exactly what developer Yager plans on doing with Dead Island 2. It’s still way too early to tell, but it seems as if Yager has found what worked in the first two games — co-op multiplayer, brutal combat, weapon crafting, open world — and cut out everything that didn’t.

The result is the game you can see in action in the video below, courtesy of Eurogamer. This game is shaping up to be the Dead Island sequel fans have been looking for.

Dead Island 2 arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.

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First ‘See No Evil 2′ Clip Wakes Sleeping Beauty

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 20:21

Pay for your sins. Especially if that sin is kissing a dead slasher on his lips…

See No Evil 2, which features star wrestler Kane as “Jacob Goodnight” (I laugh every time they use him name in the trailer), a psychopath that goes on a killing spree, will be available on Digital HD and Video On Demand Friday, October 17th, and on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on Tuesday, October 21st.

Starring Danielle Harris (Halloween, Hatchet II), Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy vs Jason), Greyston Holt (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Chelan Simmons (Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Kaj Eriksen and Lee Majdoub, from the pic directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary), the first clip show Isabelle unbuttoning her shirt a bit and then seducing a dead Jacob Goodnight. Will her kiss wake Sleeping Beauty?

A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.

DVD and Blu-ray special features will include: “Twisted Twins (Soska Sisters)” featurette, “Autopsy: Dissecting the Kills” featurette and “Kane’s Goodnight: An Icon Reborn” featurette

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Bad Robot Locks Mary Elizabeth Winstead In ‘The Cellar’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 20:20

The Thing‘s Mary Elizabeth Winstead is in negotiations to star in Paramount and Bad Robot’s The Cellar, says Variety. The pic also stars the hilarious John Goodman.

The majority of the movie takes place in an underground cellar, and revolves around a young woman who wakes up in the cellar after a severe car accident and fears she has been abducted. Her captor, a doomsday prepper, tells her he saved her life and that there has been a terrible chemical attack that has left the outside uninhabitable. She does not know what to believe and as tensions rise, she decides she must escape, regardless of the terrors that await outside.

Dan Trachtenberg, who is behind “Portal: No Escape,” will direct, with J.J. Abrams producing for Bad Robot..

Dan Casey wrote the most recent version of the script. Josh Campbell and Matthew Stuecken penned the original draft.

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Elija Wood’s SpectreVision Raises the Dead With ‘Curse the Darkness’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 20:11

SpectreVision, the film production shingle founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, and Josh C. Waller, has teamed with Zodiac Features on “anthropological zombie film” Curse the Darkness, reports Deadline.

Mexican helmer Jorge Michel Grau is directing from a script by Brandon Maurice Williams and Zodiac is funding and co-producing the project.

The pic is set against the backdrop of the Louisiana sugarcane fields and the systematic exploitation of labor and undocumented workers by large corporations.

Wood, Noah, and Waller will produce for SpectreVision.

Curse the Darkness begins lensing in October in Louisiana and marks the latest U.S. project for Grau, who made his feature debut with the incredible We Are What We Are, pictured, helmed a segment in anthology The ABCs of Death, and makes his American feature debut in the upcoming Big Sky starring Bella Thorne, Kyra Sedgewick and Frank Grillo.

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Former ‘BioShock’ Devs Announce ‘The Black Glove’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 18:39

You may not know him by name, but there’s a decent chance you’ve played a game that Joe Fielder had a hand in making. Fielder spent five years at Irrational Games, where he co-wrote BioShock Infinite and its Burial at Sea DLC. When Irrational Games closed its doors in February, a lot of talented developers, including Fielder, were left without work. This had a happy result though, as he and a handful of other ex-Irrational devs decided to form a new studio where they could pursue the kinds of games that appeal to them. Trippy, weird games.

Their new studio is called Day to Night Games, and their debut project — a surreal first person game called The Black Glove — looks both delightfully strange and refreshingly unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

The game is set in a 1920s style theater called The Equinox, in which players are tasked with exploring and altering the pasts of three of its performers, including an artist, a filmmaker, and a musician. How you go about accomplishing this is anyone’s guess, but I imagine it’ll have something to do with a black glove.

Doing so will affect the game’s narrative, and the effect it has depends entirely on you. “The story will tie directly into the gameplay,” Fielder tells Polygon. “Even a wrong turn, even misinterpreting a hint or just experimenting could produce interesting results. You’ll have all these different sites to see, wonders to behold. There’ll be large changes to the narrative and to the world around you.”

Sounds like a real trip, something like Remember Me, if it had been crafted by David Lynch and set entirely in an art deco era theater.

Fielder and his team plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign for The Black Glove on Kickstarter next month, so there’s a good chance we’ll get to see some gameplay footage soon. Until then, enjoy these screenshots.

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Sarah Wayne Callies Will Pay the Ghost

Dread Central - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:34

After years of slaying zombies and then sucking on twisters, Sarah Wayne Callies has a new beast to tame! She's set to Pay the Ghost with Nicolas Cage. We pray for both her sanity and safety.

Deadline reports that Cage will star as a professor whose young son goes missing during a Halloween parade in New York City. One year later he begins to sense his son’s presence and uncovers clues leading to a vicious and vengeful ghost that surfaces each Halloween to abduct children.

Callies will play Kristen, Cage’s estranged wife and a whip smart environmental attorney who teams up with her husband to recover their son before he’s lost to the spirit world forever.

Dan Kay (Timber Falls) is handling script duties as he adapts Tim Lebbon's short story of the same name. Kay developed the script with Midnight Kitchen Productions' Ian Levy, which was then acquired by Voltage Films.

The most surprising thing about this story is that Uli Edel is still directing. I haven't seen his name attached to anything since the early 90s, when the director helmed the Madonna thriller Body of Evidence and a Season Two episode of "Twin Peaks." Turns out he's been plenty busy in the interim.

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‘Dead Island 2′ Wants to Be Like ‘Zombieland’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:08

When Deep Silver first revealed Dead Island 2, the fact that it wasn’t another grim CGI trailer made it immediately apparent that this Dead Island will be different. I expected it to be another decent tropical zombie bash ‘em up that would do a sufficient job of keeping me and my friends busy for a few months until something else comes along.

It’s obvious their ambitions are loftier than that with this sequel, and much of that ambition rests on its new developer. Replacing Techland is Yager, the studio that showed us all how awful war can be with the relentlessly grim Spec Ops: The Line.

A talented developer is no guarantee of a game’s quality, and neither is actual in-game footage. The latter is a tough lesson I’ve learned from games like Aliens: Colonial Marines and the 2008 reboot of Alone in the Dark. What we’ve seen of Dead Island 2 so far certainly looks like a Dead Island game, with its vibrant colors, brutal melee combat and undead hordes, but this game also promises to be as different as it is familiar to fans of the series.

I enjoyed Dead Island and, to a lesser extent, its pseudo-sequel Riptide. The addictive co-op helped me overlook the repetition and uninspired quests, but I’ve never been able to fully ignore the series’ wildly inconsistent tone. Both games have struggled with this. Their trailers were serious — bordering on the depressing — but the games they were created to market were lighter and focused more on combat than on delivering effective, emotional tales of human survival.

Jörg Friedrich, Design Director at Yager, addressed this frustrating issue in a recent interview with Wired, where he explained some of the inspirations behind the tone of the upcoming sequel. “We’re not trying to be silly. We’re not Shaun of the Dead or Dead Rising. We’re not running around in pink underpants with a teddy bear hat.”

Friedrich clearly isn’t afraid to throw a bit of shade at the competition, and I’m all for that. It’s interesting though, because Dead Rising 3 also shares the same tonal problems the Dead Island series has struggled with. It’s impossible to take a serious cut-scene seriously when it comes thirty seconds after I deployed a machine gun teddy bear to mow down a few hundred zombies so I could crush a couple thousand more on the motorcycle I outfitted with a steamroller, all while dressed as Uma Thurman in Kill Bill.

I called myself the Yellow Mist, by the way, and the newly reanimated citizens of Los Perdidos quickly learned to fear the roaring sound of my modified bike, for they new its thunderous roar meant the imminent arrival of death.

So where is Yager taking inspiration from? It sounds like they’re looking in exactly the right place.

“We’re more inspired by Zombieland.” Friedrich continues. “That’s a serious zombie movie and the scenario’s not fun. But what makes it fun and interesting is that the characters don’t have the usual motivations of just surviving.”

That gives me a lot of confidence in the developer, because it shows they already have a clearer plan for this series than Techland ever had. Zombieland was ridiculously successful in balancing its copious amounts of humor and emotion in a very natural way. Accomplishing that with Dead Island 2 will be no easy feat, but I think Yager is more than up to the challenge.

Dead Island 2 is slated to hit PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2015.

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Bill Moseley to Sing As Part of The Devil's Carnival

Dread Central - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:07

More casting news has come in for the second entry into Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich's surreal wonderland known as The Devil’s Carnival (review). Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) has joined the ever-growing cast of The Devil's Carnival 2: Alleluia.

Check out The Devil's Carnival on Facebook, and follow The Devil's Carnival on Twitter for TONS of behind-the-scenes images. Look for a full report from the set soon.

Moseley joins the previously announced Zdunich, Brea Grant, Paul Sorvino, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan, Marc Senter, Dayton Callie, Barry Bostwick, Ted Neeley, Adam Pascal, and David Hasselhoff. Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.

Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman. Producers are Chris M. Bonifay and Sean E. Demott. Brian Perera is executive producer.

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Quiet One Reimagines “Sound Of Silence” For ‘Silent Hills’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 17:00

It’s truly amazing how much the Silent Hill series means to people. Personally, I’ve been a huge fan since the first game came out. I’ve owned each game (except for Book Of Memories and that’s because I don’t want to buy a Vita), multiple copies of the soundtracks, and more.

For musician Benn Down (aka Quiet One), it was an opportunity to connect musically to a feeling he had inside. He did so by covering Simon And Garfunkel‘s infamous song “Sound Of Silence”, albeit giving it a slightly darker twist than the original.

Down states:

When I originally heard the rumours about ‘Silent Hills’ I felt compelled to write a song for the game. I tried a few different songs and then I heard Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” on the radio. I instantly knew that I could rework it to make a truly special song for Silent Hills. This version of ‘Sound of Silence’ is for you. Thank you so much for your support.

I decided to make a revised trailer for the upcoming ‘Silent Hills’. I understand that the games and the films are separate in regards to storyline (the games are canon) however the imagery from the films was so iconic that I couldn’t resist. Please enjoy this re-imagining and please enjoy the songs.

Below is the trailer featuring the cover. You can download the cover for free here.

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Exclusive See No Evil 2 Clip; Katharine Isabelle Gets HOT and Nasty!

Dread Central - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:55

Exclusive time, kids! During this past weekend's Film4 FrightFest, footage of See No Evil 2 was shown to the thunderously loud crowd. Even though the majority of you couldn't make the fest itself, we have an exclusive sampling of the goods!

Greyston Holt, Chelan Simmons, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, and Lee Majdoub star alongside Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle, and Michael Eklund in the Soska Sisters-helmed See No Evil 2 starring WWE Superstar KANE®.

Lionsgate will handle worldwide distribution of See No Evil 2, while WWE Studios will utilize its extensive global reach through television, digital, and social media and print assets to market the film.

Look for it on VOD & Digital HD begins October 17, 2014 and then on Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2014.

Want more? Be sure to follow @SeeNoEvil2movie on Twitter and like the See No Evil 2 Facebook page.

Jacob Goodnight (WWE superstar “Kane”) fell to his apparent demise from high atop the Blackwell Hotel in See No Evil, and this terrifying sequel picks up where the last one left off. With Jacob's body lying on a cold sub-basement slab in the city morgue, Amy (Danielle Harris), a mortician, is surprised when a group of friends pay her a late-night visit for her birthday. But the surprise soon turns deadly when the psychopath everyone believed to be dead sets-out on a horrific killing spree, and Amy and her friends must do whatever it takes to survive.

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New Tusk Poster Offers Spoilers

Dread Central - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:50

Over the weekend I was called a "14 year old moron" on Facebook for writing a story about characters from Kevin Smith's Tusk appearing in his new movie, Yoga Hosers. Said reader thought I let loose a major spoiler. Yeah, he was wrong, I didn't spoil anything... but this next story will have him losing his shit! Or at least I hope it will for spite!

A new poster for Tusk was released today featuring your first look at...


Ah, to be 14 again!

...Guy LaPointe as Guy LaPointe. Who's that, you ask? It's Johnny Depp having some fun with Smith. He too will be in Yoga Hosers.

Check it out!

Tusk, written and directed by Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ's Nate Bolotin are executive producers.

Look for the flick in theatres on September 19, 2014.

For more info visit the official Tusk website, "like" Tusk on Facebook, check out Tusk on Instagram, and follow @Tusk_TheMovie on Twitter using the hashtag #WalrusYes.

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Rob Zombie Wants to Make a New Devil's Rejects Movie

Dread Central - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:40

When it comes to movies, Rob Zombie is very touch and go. First he says he wants to do something; then he'll say a month later that he doesn't want to do something. Then he'll announce something. Then that movie will be forgotten about. It's enough to drive you mad, and that's just how he likes it!

In a recent interview with Fangoria, Zombie dropped the following on fans regarding a possible new Devil's Rejects film...

I’ve always thought I’d like to make another movie because I love the characters, and I have an idea I think is solid for a third one – an idea that would make sense. The problem is, I don’t own the characters now. They’re owned by Lionsgate, and they just don’t have any desire to do anything. So it isn’t me not doing it because I don’t want to; I don’t have the ability to get it done.

Bad, evil Lionsgate! Rejecting the rejects!

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New Trailer Exists for Exists!

Dread Central - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 16:30

Lionsgate has dropped the official trailer for Ed Sanchez's (The Blair Witch Project) new Bigfoot film, Exists, which will be arriving on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 24th. Check it out!

In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

Related Story: Four New Stills Exist for Exists

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. Exists, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.

For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway—a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal—an urban legend come to terrifying life... and seeking murderous revenge.

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Bill Moseley Sings ‘Alleluia’ For “The Devil’s Carnival”! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:51

Another late addition to the growing cast of Darren Lynn Bousman The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia, which we revealed already added Halloween and “Heroes” fav Brea Grant, Insidious ghost J. LaRose, the metal band Butcher Babies and Danny Worsnop of the band Asking Alexandria.

Bloody Disgusting can exclusively reveal that Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects‘s Bill Moseley will also be singing ‘Alleluia’!

As previously announced by Deadline, the sequel boasts an impressive line-up that includes surprises such as Rocky Horror Picture Show‘s Barry Bostwick, Jesus Christ Superstar himself Ted Neeley, Rent‘s Adam Pascal, and “Baywatch‘s” David Hasselhoff.

Returning officially are Paul Sorvino, Terrance Zdunich, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan (Burning Bright, Sorority Row, Step Up All In), Marc Senter (The Lost), and Dayton Callie (“Sons of Anarchy”).

Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.

Alleluia continues the saga and sees the forces of Heaven and Hell face off in a showdown.

Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman.

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Wanna See Johnny Depp In ‘Tusk’?

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:46

As we reported back in July, Johnny Depp will be making a surprise appearance in Kevin Smith’s Tusk, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival before its September 19 release.

Today, the official Twitter released this teaser look at the character Guy LaPointe, who is played by none other than Depp.

In Tusk, Justin Long plays a man who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks).

In a very Van Helsing-like character, we explained that Lapointe is described to us as an eccentric French Canadian detective who’s been hunting Howard Howe (played by Parks) for over a decade. He recounts gruesome details from previous cases – Howe’s victims were found with legs amputated and arms sewn back on, tongues hacked off, etc.

Lapointe, who called himself “Monsieur Lapointe”, is employed by Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) and Allison (Genesis Rodriguez) to help find Wallace (Long).

Hopefully we’ll see him in an official still some time soon.

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Josh Stewart Becomes ‘The Hunted’ On Home Video

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:16

Be careful what you hunt.

Arriving on DVD and VOD September 9, 2014 from writer-director-actor Josh Stewart and the procures of The Collector is The Hunted. Extra features include Audio commentary with Josh Stewart and Producers, and “The True Story” Featurette .

“The Hunted follows family-man, hunter, Jake, played by Josh Stewart, alongside his best friend Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) as they journey deep into the Appalachians of West Virginia on the hunt for a legendary buck. Chasing their dream of landing a television hunting show, the duo head into the dense, secluded mountains armed with only their bows and camera equipment. The friends quickly realize there is something else that stirs within the woods. Something that, turn by turn, begins to hunt them…”

Written, directed and starring Stewart, The Hunted was inspired by the actor’s desire to spark his creativity and bring home his talent after spending months on the high-budget set of The Dark Knight Rises. Growing up in rural West Virginia, Stewart spent much of his youth fly-fishing and hunting in the sprawling woods where the film is set. An outdoorsman at heart, the first-time director made every effort to ensure the film would feel as authentic as possible to fellow hunters. Everything from the equipment, apparel and even safety measures were true to form – a quality only found on hunting shows, not in fictional work.

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The ‘Silent Hills’ Demo Gets the Narrator it Deserves

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:12

Since its debut last week, folks can’t seem to get enough of Silent Hills. For me, it signals a potential renaissance for AAA survival horror, which — thanks to games like this, The Evil Within, Alien: Isolation, and (potentially) Resident Evil — is showing signs of returning to the glorious years of the early 2000s. Indie horror is flourishing, and it looks like that’s benefiting the AAA space as well as more game makers are realizing there’s an audience out there for more visceral scares.

For others, the demo is something to be picked apart and examined. It’s already inspired a torrent of reaction videos and fan theories as we try to mine the limited information available for any new details. Even the demo’s supporting cast, a sink-dwelling aborted baby creature, is real now.

Continuing this trend is an unexpected mash-up that uses the Silent Hills teaser’s first person perspective and injects it with some of The Stanley Parable.

If you haven’t played The Stanley Parable, it’s a little hard to explain it in a way that does it justice. On the surface, it’s a very simplistic first person story-driven game where your every action and decision is commented on by a narrator — voiced by the lovely Kevan Brighting. It’s also an incredibly effective and often hilarious parody of modern video game design. If you’d like to check it out, you can grab the game for $15 on Steam.

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‘Out of the Dark’ Confronts Haunting Family Secret (First Look)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 15:10

Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Participant Media’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark, and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release, sources tell Bloody Disgusting.

Starring “Dexter’s” Julia Stiles, Underworld‘s Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret.

Out of the Dark will be presented by Vertical in association with Participant Media and Image Nation.

Sarah Harriman’s (Stiles) family has relocated from London to a small town in Colombia to take over her father’s business. Moving into a beautiful old home and having her father nearby, their new life in Santa Clara seems like a promising place to raise their young daughter Hannah. But Sarah and her husband, Paul (Speedman), soon learn of an ancient legend that haunts the town and has created a culture where ghosts have become the answer to anything that goes wrong.

As they settle into their new surroundings Hannah begins to act strangely, wandering off into the jungle as if following something, and suddenly falls ill. When Sarah and Paul begin to see disfigured ghost-like creatures around the house Hannah disappears, sending them on a frantic search to find her. As they delve deeper into the town’s superstitions they discover a shocking secret about their family and must uncover the truth in order to save their daughter.

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New Stills Emerge from Out of the Dark

Dread Central - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:50

It's been a long while since last we talked about the new horror flick starring Julia Stiles, Out of the Dark, but with the passage of time have come new stills and more. Read on for the details, and look for more on this one soon!

From the Press Release
Vertical Entertainment and Participant Media announce that Vertical has acquired U.S. rights to Participant’s supernatural thriller Out of the Dark and slated the film for an early 2015 theatrical release.

Starring Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman, and Stephen Rea, Out of the Dark is a ghost story set in South America, where a young family’s new life turns from promising to terrifying when they are forced to confront ancient legends, ghosts, and a haunting family secret.

Out of the Dark will be presented by Vertical in association with Participant Media and Image Nation. It is a production of Apaches Entertainment, Cactus Flower, and Fast Producciones in association with Dynamo and XYZ Films. The film was executive produced by Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Roy Azout, and Nick Spicer; produced by Belén Atienza, Cristian Conti, Enrique López Lavigne, and Andrés Calderón from a screenplay by Alex Pastor, David Pastor, and Javier Gullón; and was directed by Lluís Quílez. Out of the Dark was shot on location in Colombia and is a Spanish-Colombian co-production.

Jonathan King, Participant’s EVP, Narrative Film, commented, “Lluís is an outstanding first-time director who made a thrilling ghost story with a powerful message, and we are thrilled to have Vertical on board to deliver it to audiences.”

“We are delighted to have our first affiliation with both Participant and XYZ Films,” said Vertical’s Co-President Rich Goldberg. “Out of the Dark is much more than it seems on the surface. We think it will surprise genre fans with its ability to reach beyond just the scares and great storytelling and have a thought-provoking motif that will stay with them well after they see it.”

Goldberg and Peter Jarowey negotiated the deal for Vertical with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films and Jeff Ivers for Participant. Bloom is handling international sales for Out of the Dark.

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Two More Film-Based TV Series in the Works: Damien at Lifetime and Ashecliffe at HBO

Dread Central - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 14:46

We all know that these days the best horror is on TV, and two more awesome sounding new genre shows are heading to Lifetime and HBO. Read on for the early details of "Damien" and "Ashecliffe," respectively.

Per Deadline, Lifetime has given a straight-to-series pickup to "Damien," a sequel drama about what became of the evil child in the 1976 film The Omen, written by former "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara.

"Damien" has received a six-episode order for an early 2015 premiere. It is produced by Fox TV Studios, whose sibling Twentieth Century Fox produced the movie and where Mazzara is under an overall deal. The thriller series follows the adult life of Damien Thorn, the mysterious child from the 1976 feature who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.

“Glen Mazzara has re-imagined Damien as a dark, romantic anti-hero; and this fresh take blends complex characters with premium storytelling to make something truly original,” said Lifetime EVP Rob Sharenow. Mazzara executive produces through his 44 Strong Prods. alongside Ross Fineman of Fineman Entertainment, who developed the project alongside Mazzara, and Pancho Mansfield.

As for "Ashecliffe," HBO and Paramount Television are making deals to turn the 2010 hit film Shutter Island into a TV series that's now tentatively titled "Ashecliffe." Again according to Deadline, the plan is for the pilot to be directed by Martin Scorsese from a script by Dennis Lehane, who wrote the bestselling thriller novel Scorsese and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis turned into the hit film that starred Leonardo DiCaprio. The timing is dependent on the availability of Scorsese.

"Ashecliffe" is the name of the isolated mental hospital where the movie took place, and the series begins before the events of the film. The focus is the past of hospital and the secrets and misdeeds perpetrated by its founders, who erected the hospital in the early 20th Century and developed the methods of treatment used for the mentally ill.

Scorsese, Lehane, Kalogridis, Brad Fischer, Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Killoran Davisson, Rick Yorn, Chris Donnelly, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Phoenix’s Mike Medavoy, and Arnie Messer will be exec producers. Tom Bernardo is working with Lehane as a co-writer of the format.

Look for more on both of these new series as it comes.

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