When I was a kid I felt like there were always movies coming out that had horror elements that were aimed at a younger audience. Whether it was stuff that hit theaters right before I was born like Gremlins and Goonies or movies that came out a little later like Monster Squad, Ernest Scared Stupid and Hocus Pocus, it seemed you could always find something geared towards kids but heavily rooted in horror. I’m not sure if it was just me getting older and no longer being the target audience or if studios actually started to back away from this, but I don’t think we get nearly as many scary movies for kids these days. Sure we still get movies from Tim Burton and every now and then a Monster House or ParaNorman pops up, but these seem few and far between. I’m happy to say that Patch Town, the feature debut from director Craig Goodwill, reminded me of the movies from my youth.
I want to be clear that Patch Town is not a horror movie and isn’t likely to scare any Bloody Disgusting readers. This is, however, a dark fantasy movie that I think would both fascinate and scare a 7-year-old.
Our story follows Jon (Rob Ramsay), a man living in Patch Town but with dreams for something bigger. Jon works everyday slaving away in the local factory pulling babies from the inside of cabbages. The babies are cleaned and then turned into plastic to become toys before eventually being shipped off to become adopted. They’re basically Cabbage Patch Kids and in a way Patch Town is the grim origin story of Cabbage Patch Kids everywhere. Jon himself was once one of these toys, but after his adopted mother grew up she tossed him to the side and he went back to Patch Town. This is what happens with all the toys. Eventually they’re tossed away and return to town where they grow up to work in the factory.
Jon has begun to have dreams of a girl that is familiar to him but he isn’t quite sure who she is. The dreams are of Jon’s adopted mother who has now grown up and has a daughter of her own. The reason Jon doesn’t clearly remember her is that because once a toy returns to Patch Town their memories are wiped clean and they’re assigned jobs in the factory. With his memory returning, Jon wants to escape Patch Town.
The overall plot for Patch Town is fairly simple, but it contains a lot of moving parts that make things a bit complex. While each of these ideas are interesting on their own, the inclusion of so many details tends to muddle things up a bit throughout. Not only do we have Jon trying to escape and find his mother but we also have the ruler of Patch Town, a man simply named the Child Catcher (Julian Richings) who kind of looks like a scary version of Jim Varney, dealing with problems of his own. Much like Jon, the Child Catcher has parental issues, but he’s also struggling with the fact that kids today just aren’t that into toy dolls. Modern kids grow up fast and want adult toys. This is a cool idea to see a kids movie explore, but unfortunately the Child Catcher’s solution is to replace the toy dolls of babies with toy dolls of 6-year-olds. I don’t think it’s the age of the dolls that the kids are losing interest in.
The world Goodwill creates for Patch Town is probably the film’s biggest success. It’s cold and dark, almost feels like an industrialized Sleepy Hollow under the rule of an evil dictator. It truly is a scary, unpleasant place void of any type of hope or happiness. Visually the film does a good job bringing this to life but I would have liked to see more of this world. We really only get to see the factory and Jon’s house which is a shame because it feels like there is so much more to explore in Patch Town.
Overall Patch Town is a flawed film that struggles with plot and pacing. Despite the film’s short comings, it does create an interesting environment and present good ideas. Patch Town is a movie that can be fun and scary for kids and entertaining for adults. In this day and age I’ll take that as a victory.
Patch Town is available on DVD from Kino Lorber on August 11th. Special features include an interview with the film’s director, outtakes and the award winning short that inspired the film.
Before Kino Lorber announced they were releasing Miracle Mile on Blu-ray I had never even heard of the film, much less seen it. The other night when I got around to popping the movie in and hitting play, I did so with no expectations. What happened in the next 88 minutes blew me away. Maybe it was because of my lack of expectations, or maybe it wasn’t. Whatever the reason, I can’t stop thinking about Miracle Mile.
Director Steve De Jarnatt’s second and shockingly last feature film opens up in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Harry, played wonderfully by a young Anthony Edwards, spots Julie (Mare Winningham) and the two are immediately drawn to one another. They never speak but they constantly lock eyes and flirt as they make their way throughout the museum in an opening credits montage. As the two exit through the gift shop, Harry blows his chance and fails to introduce himself. Dejected, Harry heads to the La Brea Tar Pits and begins to wallow in his disappointment. After a brief moment and much to the surprise of Harry, Julie appears and introduces herself. The two spend the rest of the day together until it’s time for Julie to go to work.
Miracle Mile begins with all the makings of a romantic comedy. Two hip, young people meet and connect instantly, spending a wonderful day together. Then the movie takes a turn. Harry has plans to meet Julie at the diner where she works but he shows up late, after Julie has already gone home. Harry attempts to give her a call on a pay phone but has no luck. Then the pay phone rings back. After a moment of brief hesitation, Harry answers the phone. The person on the other line is very frantic and is calling with a warning. He says a nuclear bomb will be going off within the hour and in 70 minutes it will hit and wipe out LA.
This is when Miracle Mile looks to be taking a shift from a rom-com to more of a screwball comedy. At this point I expected the film to take serious subject matter and play with it in a bit of a light hearted, over-the-top fashion. It does go down this path for a little bit. Harry warns those in the diner of the impending doom and they all begin to load a random array of supplies into a truck. The idea is to get out of town before mass panic ensues. There are some laughs in this scene, particularly when two of the folks in the truck begin to take down a list of the names of important people that they want to make sure survive and help lead the new, post-apocalypse world. One girl suggests Pat Riley.
Harry decides he can’t leave the city without Julie and jumps out of the truck in an attempt to find her. As Harry makes his way through Los Angeles more and more people become aware of what awaits them. This is when the film makes takes a final shift and begins to head down a dark and grim road. The outlook becomes increasingly bleak and yet Harry will not give up. He’s determined to find Julie and get her out of the city.
Miracle Mile somehow manages to be one of the darkest films I’ve ever seen dealing with an all out nuclear war, while at the same time being incredibly sweet and romantic. Harry is a good guy looking for the perfect girl. He finally finds her and he will not let the end of the world stop him from being with her. Despite barely knowing her, he goes through hell to find her. He jumps off a moving truck, steals a car, gets chased by cops and that’s just the beginning of what he’s willing to do.
Essentially Miracle Mile is this sweet, blossoming romance that happens to take place just before a nuclear apocalypse. It’s never sappy or cheesy or anything like that. Whether it’s the romantic aspect or people trying to deal with facing doom, everything feels very real. In fact I’d argue that Miracle Mile may offer up the best depiction of mass panic that I’ve ever seen in a movie. When the entire city becomes aware of what they’re facing, the results are pretty horrific. And still, through it all, Harry and Julie find one another.
If you’re like me and you somehow managed to miss Miracle Mile all these years, do yourself a favor and see it. This really is a fantastic movie and the Blu-ray release from Kino Lorber looks great. I’m no expert when it comes to transfers, but I know what looks good to me and Miracle Mile certainly looks good. Cinematographer Theo van de Sande certainly took full advantage of the great late 80’s Los Angeles locations available to him and they look gorgeous on this release. The image looks crisp and clear and maintains that wonderful film quality. The release also comes with some nice special features, including two audio commentaries.
Miracle Mile is now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.
Oscar winner Patricia Arquette has signed on to voice a witch in Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr., an animated revival of the 1986 cult classic horror film Troll, writes TheWrap in a shocker of a story.
John Carl Buechler, the writer and director of the original film, has agreed to co-produce the full-length 3D animated feature film along with Peter Davy.
Newcomer Baxter Barlett will be the voice of young Harry Potter, Jr., a character previously played by Noah Hathaway.
The project announcement stressed, “Harry Potter and Harry Potter, Jr. and his family were characters in the 1986 motion picture Troll, which was independently created and distributed 11 years before J.K. Rowling’s first “Harry Potter” book was written and published.”
Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, June Lockhart and Julia Louis-Dreyfus co-starred in the critically panned horror movie about wicked troll king invading a San Francisco apartment complex in search of a mystical ring that will return him to human form.
The new animated feature will revisit the magical world of the original with Harry Potter, Jr. turning to a magical witch to help him save the planet from the clutches of the troll wizard and his evil force, adds the site.
Plans are underway to lock in the remainder of the voice cast, and Davy noted producers are “already in pre-production.”
The great Willem Dafoe has joined Prometheus star Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close in sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday?, which began principal photography at the Castel Film Studios in Bucharest on July 23, says ScreenDaily.
Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters‘s Tommy Wirkola is directing the feature, which is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Productions and fully financed by SND, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales.
“Set in a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, a resourceful set of seven identical sisters must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.”
Rapace plays all seven sisters, who are named after the days of the week.
Close plays the fierce head of the Child Allocation Bureau, Nicolette Cayman.
New additional cast includes Marwan Kenzari (Accused, Reckless), Christian Rubeck (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Pal Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki).
The script was written by Kerry Williamson (Alex Cross) and Max Botkin (Robosapien: Rebooted).
XLrator Media has shared with Bloody Disgusting a batch of exclusive images from Content and Alistair Legrand’s The Diabolical, which marks Legrand’s directorial debut, who co-wrote the script with Luke Harvis.
The film starring Final Destination and Resident Evil fav Ali Larter will be arriving in Theaters, VOD and iTunes on October 16th.
“The Diabolical follows Madison and her children in their quiet suburban home as they are awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. Madison desperately seeks help from her scientist boyfriend Nikolai, who begins a hunt to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to undertake.”
Patrick Fischler (“Mad Men”), Arjun Gupta (“Nurse Jackie”), Merrin Dungey (“Betrayal”) and Joe Egender (“American Horror Story: Asylum”) also star.
If you’re a film purist who has been rooting against remakes, this is the Hollywood God’s gift to you.
Amidst news that Relativity Media is declaring bankruptcy, the remake of James O’Barr’s The Crow has been “iced,” putting the long-gestured reboot on hold once again.
Production on the remake of cult classic has been “suspended,” multiple sources close to the film tell ScreenDaily.
Pre-production on the multi-million pound feature, which was due to be the first shot at Pinewood Cardiff, has halted, with crew having vacated the studio this week following months of preparation.
While the latest delay to the anticipated film correlates with the financial woes of the film’s US backer Relativity Media, a source close to Relativity told ScreenDaily that the company still “intends to move forward with producing and releasing The Crow.”
Replacement cast has yet to be announced on the action-fantasy, set to be directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), but crew working on the production confirmed to ScreenDaily that Andrea Riseborough had been expected to take on the role of the film’s villain, Top Dollar.
While a number of industry connected to the project expressed optimism to Screen that the production would still go ahead, the development comes at a time when uncertainty surrounds a number of Relativity-backed productions.
The original 1994 film The Crow centered on a murdered rock star who is resurrected in order to hunt down his killers. Brandon Lee, son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, died during the film’s production after he was shot with a defective blank.
With this latest delay, I personally expect Riseborough to exit the project, and if Hardy has anything lined up, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him move on to something else, too.
What does this mean? Well, The Crow could be heading back to square one, again.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, the sequel to the cult 1986 anime classic Vampire Hunter D, will be coming to Blu-Ray and DVD courtesy of Discotek Media. The expected release date is September 8th, 2015, according to Blu-Ray.com.
The release will not include the Japanese language option. Discotek explains:
The Blu Ray and DVD are English language only. The licensor will not allow the Japanese language to be released anywhere but Japan. We were told it was due to the Japanese version being a dub and the way the dub was produced. We would include it if allowed but cannot.
The synopsis for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust reads:
It is many thousand years in the future. Vampires once ruled the night but have seen their numbers reduced by fearless bounty hunters. One such hunter is D, the halfbreed son of a human mother and vampire father. When a girl from a rich family is taken from her home by the vampire Meier Link, her father contracts both D and the Markus brothers (a rival group of hunters) to race to retrieve her. As the heroes fight their way through Meier’s hired guards, they begin to suspect that the girl may have gone with him willingly.
The original trailer can be seen below.
The last year has felt like a fever dream I might expect to have after spending a night trapped inside a Chuck E. Cheese’s, complete with animatronic monsters and a narrative I could never hope to understand. Where other recent genre success stories like Slender: The Eight Pages have fizzled out after a few months, when it was Five Nights at Freddy’s turn to turn to blow up, series’ creator Scott Cawthon smartly kept that momentum going strong with three more sequels.
Five Nights redefined what it means for a game to go viral, and that unbelievable level of success has left Cawthon with a bounty of riches, adoring fans, critics, and haters.
It’s important to separate those last two things, because I often see them used interchangeably when they’re so very different. Most people, including myself, have a tendency to get hyperbolic with their opinions, and when those opinions are negative, that’s when it gets nasty. It’s important to remember that we can be critical of something without hating on it, just as we can enjoy something without claiming it’s the best thing in the world.
I’m guilty of exaggerating my opinions too, so this isn’t a lecture. I’ve worked to rein it in a bit lately, but I still occasionally fall back on those bad habits. I only bring this up in case it helps you realize you might also have this problem, and so I can tell you about a book I’m working on called One Fist; Two Dicks: I’m Adam Dodd & Here’s Why I’m Better, available as soon as I learn how to summon one of those ghost writers I hear fancy illiterate people use for their books.
I honestly don’t know how Scott Cawthon isn’t a pile of dust on the floor, because that’s what I would look like after being grated against a year’s worth of angry word vomit online. Where I would’ve threatened murder on some unsuspecting 12 year-olds, Cawthon’s response showed considerably more class than many of his critics. Here it is in full.
Hi guys. First of all, I wanted to thank the community in general for the huge outpouring of support through emails and in the forums. I know a lot of you are concerned about me or think that I’m stressed out. It’s true that I’m stressed a little; but it’s ok because the result was good. I’ve worked very hard this year, almost non-stop, to produce good games for this series. Even though there may be some debate as to how “good” the games are, I did my best to provide some good scares and a good story. All I can do is judge from the Steam reviews that I’ve been mostly successful; so I’m very happy about that.
It’s true that there has been a lot of hate toward me lately; on the forums, on youtube, etc. And I’ll be honest, it’s difficult. It’s difficult when people seem to dislike you only because you’ve found success with something. I think some people have this idea that I spend my days swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck, cranking out games with no effort, then laughing all the way to the bank. The reality is quite different, and I think that people who hate on me for being successful are misguided.
Did you know that last year I was working at Dollar General? I worked as a cashier. I had three bosses who were all still in high school. Before that I worked at Target in the backroom freezer, unloading frozen foods. I haven’t had a successful life; and now that God has blessed me with some success, I’m doing my best to be responsible with that success. I don’t party on weekends, I don’t get drunk or sip martinis. I spend my evenings playing Megaman 3, buster only, with my kids. And I try to do good with what’s been given to me.
I guess the reason I’m telling you all of this is to make sure you know that I’m human. I have a lot of flaws, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. My games aren’t perfect, and they never will be. But something more important that I want to convey to all of you, is that you should never listen to people who criticize success simply because it’s success. Being good at something is something to strive for, not something to demonize. Criticisms of my games are fine, and a lot of times the criticism is valid. But there are a lot of people out there who will hate anything that becomes popular, just because it’s popular, and hate anyone who becomes successful, just because they are successful. “Haters gonna hate.” –as they say, but I want you to know that focusing on someone else’s failure or success is the wrong way to live. People who make videos bashing other people are like people who run into a public square and scream into a pillow. They’ll get attention, but they won’t change anything. If you strive to be like them, then you’ll spend your life screaming into a pillow as well, and your life won’t mean anything.
The best emails I get are from people who have chosen to pursue game development because of the games that I’ve made, or people who have decided to do computer science, or learn programming. Who will be the next game designer? Who will make the next game for Markiplier to play? Make sure that it’s you! People who hate success will never be successful. Focus on your success, and your story. People always ask me what college I recommend, or what programs I recommend. My answer is to just go forward, practice. Just GET to college, study hard, be awesome at what you do. Make sure that you are next year’s big success story. Don’t fall into the pit of people who have given up on making something of themselves, and make sure you make EVERYTHING out of yourself.
I’m getting too old for this. And when I retire someday, I’m going to want to sit down at a computer and play YOUR games, read YOUR stories, and watch YOUR videos. Don’t fall in with the people who have already given up on themselves. You are tomorrow’s next big thing.
In Tyler Shields’ Final Girl, Abigail Breslin plays Veronica, the new girl in school. She’s shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself…
Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt.
In the below clip from Final Girl, on VOD platforms August 14th, we see how Breslin turns the tables on these murderers – by spiking their buzz.
Abigail Breslin, Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Michael Trevino, Connor Paolo, Francesca Eastwood and Michael Trevino all star.
Capcom wants you to know that while they appreciate all the enthusiasm they’ve seen over the years for a Resident Evil 2 remake, they genuinely don’t know what they think about it. In an effort to try and figure that out, they’ve turned to their millions-strong Facebook following in a post asking fans to give them some (easy) answers.
Hello Resident Evil fans!
This is Capcom R&D Division 1!
First off, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to all Resident Evil fans, for your passion, enthusiasm and continued support for the Resident Evil brand.
Enthusiasm for a Resident Evil 2 Remake is something we’ve been hearing from you over the years, and has drawn some recent attention in the media.
However, as the team owns the RE brand, we’re not certain how we feel about this approach, and would like to ask your honest and frank opinion about the “Resident Evil 2 Remake” and what the brand identity is supposed to be about?
Unsurprisingly, the Resident Evil-loving community was quick to tell them exactly what they want, inundating the page with thousands of replies that, for the most part, say roughly the same thing: that it be a full remake — not a remaster, like Resident Evil 0 HD — like the 2002 GameCube remake of the original Resident Evil.
Many fans have also taken the opportunity to ask that Capcom reclaim the “soul” of the original games by not focusing so heavily on action over horror and atmosphere, and specifically to not make another game like Resident Evil 6.
In a response published earlier today by the same R&D Division, you can tell the person behind the post is intensely excited about the response they’ve seen so far.
I was told by my boss to check out the post by “R&D Division 1″ on the Resident Evil Facebook page, and THIS IS AMAZING….
Thank you so much for your passion and continued support for Resident Evil brand!
He was also telling me…“can YOU make a worth seeing game to answer these fans full of passion???”
This order actually makes me SUPER excited…!!!
I’m very interested in seeing where this leads. Stay tuned!
When ZombiU first released in 2012, it gave Wii U owners the rare opportunity to enjoy a genuinely frightening experience on a platform that, even three years later, doesn’t have a lot of options for fans of the horror genre. It’s been rumored that Ubisoft has been quietly working on updating the game for a multi-platform release, and now it’s been confirmed.
The new-and-improved Zombi will introduce a number of improvements, including a customizable field of view, improved controls, faster load times, and a new shovel and nail bat for crushing soft zombie heads, among other tweaks. Unfortunately, losing the extra screen provided by the Wii U’s GamePad, a required feature for the local multiplayer, forced them to sacrifice it.
“We decided to focus on the solo mode, as we believe this is where the ZombiU experience really lay,” says producer Hélène Henry. What’s more important to him is that they preserve “the general sense of claustrophobia, and not knowing what is coming next – at least for new players.
Zombi releases on August 18 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Remember when Ivan Reitman told Deadline that they were building an expanded Ghostbusters universe in the vein of The Avengers? Now he’s backpedaling.
Yesterday Drew Pearce told MTV that he’s completed the sequel’s script, which was penned with both Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt in mind to star. Pearce also popped up on Twitter to clarify that his Ghostbusters team would be a mix of both male and female, while the Paul Feig-directed reboot features an all-female team (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon).
Now, Reitman is denying this script exists, and that there are plans for several sequels.
“There has been a lot of excitement recently about what is happening with the Ghostbusters franchise,” Reitman told BirthDeathMovies in an e-mail statement. “As the producer of the new Ghostbusters film, I feel the need to clarify. There is only one new Ghostbusters movie and that is the Paul Feig directed version coming next July, presently filming and going fantastically. The rest is just noise.”
Just noise? Well, here’s what he told Deadline back in March:
“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment. This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew [Pearce] will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following year. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”
It’s rare to see a franchise this exposed with so much open chatter, which is why I think Reitman feels the need to jam hard on the breaks. The problem is, now he’s going through a windshield filled with lies and there’s shards of glass everywhere. I think the best thing they can all do is just shut up and finish Feig’s vision, which is set for release next summer.
The slasher from Crystal Lake will be on the loose again soon!
Sideshow Collectibles’ “Jason Voorhees – Legend of Crystal Lake Premium Format Figure” is now available for pre-orders at the official Sideshow website. Hope you have some expendable cash because this bad boy is going to set you back $469.99.
The new figure is a stylized tribute to the horror icon from Friday the 13th Part III, the film in which Jason famously made his first appearance wearing his now iconic signature hockey mask.
Jason comes wielding a blood-soaked machete. Displayed on a base decorated with effigies of his teenage victims hidden among gnarled branches. Exclusive version includes, additional swap-out unmasked portrait and swap-out right hand with Harpoon gun.
SpoilerTV is reporting that their sources are saying the Star Wars universe might be heading to Netflix in the form of three original shows. Disney was apparently impressed with the success of Marvel’s “Daredevil” and is creating a similar deal, much like how Marvel has the upcoming shows for “Jessica Jones, “Luke Cage“, and more.
The supposed goal here would be to expand upon the upcoming films by focusing on individual characters, although nothing has yet been confirmed. Still, Disney is aiming for the cinematic feel that Netflix has been crafting that much of network TV simply can’t offer.
Once again, this is to be seen 100% as a rumor until official word comes down. Still, how fun would it be to have shows with that kind of production value taking us further into a galaxy far, far away?
I remember the first time I watched David Lynch’s Blue Velvet. I was coming off a “Twin Peaks” high and was devouring pretty much anything he had directed, which may have caused a slight bit of sensory overload, but c’est la vie.
What drew me in to the world of Blue Velvet was how terrifying it was in its beauty. It’s a elegantly crafted film that doesn’t shy away from exposing and baring ugliness when necessary, resulting in a film that is hypnotic and nightmarish, a phantasmagoria of the highest caliber.
Now, we’re going to get a chance to dive further into that world with the upcoming Blue Velvet Revisited, a full-length documentary compiled from tons of behind-the-scenes footage and photographs captured by German photographer Peter Braatz. Welcome To Twin Peaks explains that some of this material was used for the 1988 documentary No Frank In Lumberton but that it left out approximately 70% of the footage accumulated by Braatz.
Blue Velvet Revisited will include interviews with Lynch and stars Kyle MacLachlan, Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Jack Nance, Laura Dern, and more.
Blue Velvet Revisited will feature music by Tuxedomoon, Cult With No Name, and John Foxx. The soundtrack will see a CD/Vinyl/Digital release on October 16th.
A teaser for the documentary can be seen below but it should be noted that while the teaser is in black and white, the final feature will be digitized and shown in color. The premiere is expected sometime late this year, possibly early 2016.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will be once again taking over Universal Studios – both in Hollywood and Orlando – for the annual “Halloween Horror Nights”, which kicks off September 18th.
This year, the zombie-filled attraction is based upon some of the most intense moments from season 5 of the show by starting fans off in “Terminus”, where they will face the demented denizens within. From there, they will face off agains “W” walkers and eventually wind up on the loading dock of the Del Arno Food warehouse to face hordes of zombies.
Greg Nicotero, show producer and SFX makeup supervisor, excitedly exclaims:
I couldn’t be more delighted to continue and expand ‘The Walking Dead’ universe with Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando than by having fans experience some of the most harrowing and suspenseful moments of our show. ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ is the gold standard to which all other Halloween-themed events try to emulate, so to bring authentic walkers to this event, alongside other horror greats, is the ultimate thrill.
From the official press release:
This year, when Universal Studios Hollywood introduces the all-original “The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far,” it will come to life as the biggest, longest, most gruesome maze ever built at the West Coast destination of “Halloween Horror Nights.” This all-new experience will feature twice as many, never-before-seen walkers and will be situated within an entirely new theme park location.
The event in Orlando sounds equally as exciting:
Universal Orlando’s “The Walking Dead” maze will feature hordes of walkers and eerily recreate the scenes, settings and terror that guests have seen on their TV screens. The twisted minds of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights team are using first-ever tactics to bring the horror of season 5 to life in this year’s maze – even placing guests in the iconic flooded food bank scene where they’ll be surrounded by hundreds of gallons of water as flesh-hungry walkers attack.
A video promoting the event can be seen below.
Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of BONE TOMAHAWK with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book “Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing,” which profiles Refn’s collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters.
“We’re very excited about this year’s mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and otherworldly Turkish remakes of classic Hollywood films,” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League.
See the full list of first wave films below and stay tuned for news on more films and events in the weeks to come. Fantastic Fest takes place September 24 – October 1 in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.
S. Craig Zahler’s existential horror western BONE TOMAHAWK closes out what guarantees to be another furious week of chaos with the director and film’s ensemble cast descending on Austin. “Bringing Kurt Russell back to the Alamo is something we’ve been trying to do for a long time” said League, “And to do it with BONE TOMAHAWK, a quintessential Fantastic Fest film, means we’re in for one hell of a closer. Huge thanks to Caliber Media for making it all happen.”
Turkish genre cinema is at the heart of this year’s Fantastic Fest, inspiring both feature programming and the festival theme. This relatively unknown school of ’70s renegade filmmaking is explored in REMIX, REMAKE, RIP-OFF, which will be receiving its U.S. Premiere with director Cem Kaya in attendance. ”We are delighted to be digging deep into Turkish cinema for a journey of discovery,” said Fantastic Fest Head Programmer, Evrim Ersoy. “With its ‘filmmaking-at-any-cost’ mentality, the sheer insanity of Turkish cinema is a perfect match for Fantastic Fest.”
As part of the Turkish celebration, Fantastic Fest will be screening three seminal films, DÜNYAYI KURTARAN ADAM (aka THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD, aka TURKISH STAR WARS) , YILMAYAN ŞEYTAN (aka THE DEATHLESS DEVIL) and TARKAN VİKİNG KANI (aka TARKAN VS THE VIKINGS). The screenings will be complemented by the attendance of iconic Turkish filmmaker Çetin İnanç and moviestar Kunt Tulgar. “Due to the high cost of exhibiting American movies, Turkish filmmakers created their own versions of these classics, and with it a new universe of madcap cinema was born. I’m proud to say we’ve selected some of their wildest rides.” said Ersoy. In keeping with the Turkish spirit, this year’s poster is comprised exclusively of elements from classic Turkish movie art, of which there will be over 60 original movie posters on display at the festival.Fantastic Fest 2015 first wave film lineup below:
United States, 2015
World Premiere, 133 min
Director – S. Craig Zahler
Kurt Russell stars in this character driven and at times horrific Western about a group of men (including Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins) who set out to rescue a local woman and a young deputy who’ve been kidnapped by a tribe of cannibalistic troglodytes.
United States, 2015
World Premiere, 78 min
Director – Mickey Keating
A young woman slowly goes crazy after taking a job as the caretaker for an ancient New York home in the new film from writer/director Mickey Keating.
THE DEATHLESS DEVIL
Repertory Screening, 84 min
Director – Yilmaz Atadeniz
The mysterious Dr. Satan’s nefarious plans threaten the future of everyone on the planet, and the only men who can stop him are the brilliant Copperhead and his assistant Sherlock Holmes!
North American Premiere, 85 min
Director – Nikias Chryssos
A student rents a room from a family in their converted army bunker, and ends up the tutor to the child and a virtual slave to the parents.
FAREWELL UNCLE TOM
Repertory Screening, 123 min
Directors – Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi
The first movie based on historical facts about the rise and revolt of slavery in America is one of the most brilliant, misunderstood and reviled of all time.
US Premiere, 111 min
Directors – Jörg Buttgereit, Michal Kosakowski & Andreas Marschall
German directors Buttgereit, Kosakowski and Marschall unleash this brutal assault on the senses, a surreal three-part horror anthology touching on love and hate and everything in between.
IN SEARCH OF ULTRA SEX
North American Premiere, 60 min
Directors – Nicolas Charlet and Bruno Lavaine
A pandemic infects people everywhere with infinite lust, and the only ones who can save us are a group of astronauts in space, desperately looking for a solution.
United States, 2015
Special Screening, 97 min
Director – Karyn Kusama
A haunted man attends a dinner party at the house he once called home, and becomes gripped with paranoia that his ex-wife and her new husband are harboring an insidious agenda.
LIZA THE FOX FAIRY
Regional Premiere, 98 min
Director – Károly Ujj-Mészáros
Somewhere in 1970s Budapest, nurse Liza dreams of romance. But as all her suitors die in violent and extreme ways, she begins to fear the worst: maybe she is really a fox fairy, doomed to remain alone forever!
LOVE AND PEACE
US Premiere, 117 min
Director – Sion Sono
Fantastic Fest staple Shion Sono returns once again with a deeply personal (and expectedly odd) film about a lonely businessman with dreams of punk rock stardom and his best friend, a turtle.
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Teemu Nikk
LOVEMILLA is a delightful peek at life and love in Finland, filled with all the usual zombies, black holes, giant pandas and superheros you’d expect from the land that gave us Renny Harlin.
THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD
Repertory Screening, 91 min
Director – Çetin İnanç
There has never been and will never be another film like THE MAN WHO SAVES THE WORLD, and your only chance to discover why is at this special Fantastic Fest screening!
MY BODY HUNGERS
United States, 1967
Repertory Screening, 80 min
Director – Joseph W. Sarno
A roadhouse hostess goes undercover to investigate the murder of her sister in a little-seen sexploiter from grindhouse rebel and master of erotica Joe Sarno.
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – HONG Won-Chan
OFFICE is the story of Kim, the salaryman who one day brutally murders his entire family with a hammer, and Lee, the put-upon intern at his workplace. It’s dark-as-night corporate satire hiding behind a slasher veneer with scares so well timed, you’ll jump out of your seat non-stop.
REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF
US Premiere, 96 min
Director – Cam Kaya
Welcome to Turkey. It’s home to Yesilcam, the Turkish Hollywood where, in the late ’70s, dreams were built on nothing more than a dime. Both a loving tribute to the burgeoning cinema of this young country and a trip into history, REMAKE, REMIX, RIP-OFF brings you the most outlandish story you’ve never heard, about filmmaking so dangerous that you need a safety harness just for watching.
Regional Premiere, 73 min
Director – Khavn de la Cruz
Filipino iconoclast Khavn De La Cruz teams with famed cinematographer Christopher Doyle and Japanese mega star Tadanobu Asano to create a self-described “punk noir opera.”
World Premiere, 82 min
Director – Christian Hallman
Caroline Menard is a woman in her thirties who has lost everything. As she moves into a new apartment searching for a new start, she’s unaware that something ancient is waiting for her.
World Premiere, 89 min
Director – Isaac Ezban
On a dark and stormy night, eight strangers are stuck in a small bus station waiting for a bus to Mexico City. When strange things start happening, they find themselves trapped in a struggle for sanity and survival.
South Korea, 2015
North American Premiere, 104 min
Director – Lee Sang-woo
Four friends navigate sex, love and life in a heart-breaking new film from Korean director Lee Sang-woo.
STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP
United Kingdom, 2015
US Premiere, 65 min
Director – Ross Sutherland
Hypnotically scanning the contents of a VHS tape, this experimental essay-film eulogizes the former custodian of the analog artifact, transforming its recordings of GHOSTBUSTERS and FRESH PRINCE (among others) through rap-infused anecdotal narration, and inscribing both profound and hilarious associations to the tracking-lined images. STAND BY FOR TAPE BACK-UP will be presented as both a traditional screening as well as a live performance by creator Ross Sutherland.
TARKAN VS THE VIKINGS
Repertory Screening, 86 min
Director – Mehmet Aslan
Based on one of the most popular comic strips in Turkey. this rip-roaring adventure sees Tarkan and his trusty wolf companion Kurt take on the despicable Viking invaders after they leave him for dead!
Regional Premiere, 138 min
Director – Sebastian Schipper
Sebastian Schipper’s fourth directorial work is a single-shot tour-de-force that follows a Spanish barista through a dance club, the streets of Berlin, a coffee shop, a bank robbery and her destiny.
THE X-RATED SUPERMARKET
United States, 1972
Repertory Screening, 62 min
Director – Paul Roberts
Want to save money on your weekly sex toy budget? Look no further than the supermarket shelves in some salacious tips and reactions from suburban horny housewives.
This is rather humorous in a very dark, bleak kinda way.
Apparently, a 92-year old German woman woke up in a morgue just hours after a doctor mistakenly pronounced her as being dead. Two days later, the woman passed away at her home from a heart condition, which was completely unrelated to the original misdiagnosis.
A prosecutor has charged the 53-year old physician who made the erroneous call, charging him with negligent bodily harm. If convicted, the unnamed doctor could face a fine or even possibly jail time.
According to NY Daily News, the doctor made the misdiagnosis after the woman’s caregiver found the woman without a pulse and not breathing. She was sent to the funeral home where, a few hours later, she awoke and began screaming, alerting nearby staff.
El Rey Network and Miramax shared with Bloody Disgusting an exclusive character featurette that show of the new faces of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” including Danny Trejo, Esai Morales, Jeff Fahey, and Briana Evigan!
With 10 all-new, action-packed hour-long episodes, season two of the horror/crime drama delves into a new and unexpected chapter for the characters after a night at the Titty Twister ripped apart everything they knew about themselves, each other and their souls.
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” will return on Tuesday, August 25th at 9pm ET.
In Season Two, the show travels between Mexico and the edgy, tricked-out Texas of Robert Rodriguez. It also deepens and complicates the core relationships between the characters, while adding new faces and new dynamics. Our characters are all living in very separate worlds –Santánico and Richie are outside Houston, doing their best Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate are scraping by South of the Border; and Freddie Gonzalez is protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs. Carlos Madrigal and Scott Fuller emerge from the Titty Twister, changed men. They will all come together once again – this time facing off against an even bigger threat.
Returning cast members D.J. Cotrona (Dear John, G.I. Joe: Retaliation); Zane Holtz (Wind Walkers, Holes, The Perks of Being a Wallflower); Jesse Garcia (Quinceañera, “Sons of Anarchy”); Eiza González (“Amores Verdaderos” (“True Love”)); Wilmer Valderrama (“That ’70s Show,” To Whom It May Concern); Madison Davenport (“Noah,” “Shameless”); Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Ender’s Game, Incredible Crew) and guest star Jake Busey (“Motorcycle Gang,” “Contact”) as “Sex Machine.” They are joined in the sophomore season by Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “Machete Kills”) as “The Regulator,” Esai Morales (“The Brink,” “Criminal Minds,” “NYPD Blue”) as “Lord Amancio Malvado,” Jeff Fahey (“Lost,” “Justified,” “Texas Rising”) as “Uncle Eddie Cruickshank,” Briana Evigan (Step Up 2) as “Sonja Lam” and a guest starring appearance by Demi Lovato.
A trailer for the upcoming Austrian psychological horror film Goodnight Mommy has been released and is available to watch below.
The trailer is dark and moody, showing twin brothers and their belief that their mother, who returned home from a cosmetic surgery, isn’t who she was before. Things begin to get crazier and crazier with each passing scene as the boys try to determine who is really underneath the bandages.
The Goodnight Mommy synopsis reads:
In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying observational struggle with fatal consequences.
Goodnight Mommy is written and directed by Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz and stars Susanne Wuest, Elias Schwarz, and Lukas Schwarz.