Here’s yet another old-school poster for The Editor (review), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Canadian lineup.
In Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy’s film, “A one-time (and now one-handed) master film editor toiling in the cinematic sweatshops of 1970s Italy becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.”
Giallo legend Udo Kier stars with Tristan Risk and Adam Brooks.
The film is said to be a loving tribute to/parody of the gory giallo thrillers of Mario Bava and Dario Argento.
Based on a true story, Backcountry follows an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness – where unimaginable beauty sits alongside our most primal fears. It’s an intriguing film we missed during the Toronto International Film Festival announcements, and it stars The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘s Eric Balfour!
Today, we have the AFM sales trailer for the thriller in which tension rises as a bear attacks a group of campers.
“Alex (Jeff Roop) is a seasoned outdoorsman while Jenn (Missy Peregrym), a corporate lawyer, is not. After much convincing, and against her better judgment, she agrees to let him take her deep into a Provincial Park to one of his favorite spots – the secluded Blackfoot Trail.
On their first night, deep in the forest, they have an unsettling encounter with Brad (Eric Balfour), a strange alpha male with eyes for Jenn who may or may not be following them. Alex’s desire to quickly reach Blackfoot Trail only intensifies. They push further and further into the woods, Alex stubbornly insisting that he remembers the way. After three days their path disappears; they are hopelessly lost. Without food or water, they struggle to find their way back, the harsh conditions bringing out the best and worst in them, pushing their already fragile relationship to the breaking point.
When they realize they have entered a bear’s territory, being lost suddenly becomes the least of their problems. Terror, horror, will, and survival become paramount.”
Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip!
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, has released the following red band trailer for Ruthless Pictures’ no-holds-barred zombie fest Zombieworld, in association with DreadCentral.
Releasing February 24, “Zombieworld is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse.”
The collection of blood, guts and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring his or her take to a world now populated with flesh-eating corpses.
Among the shorts to be included in Zombieworld is Peter Horn and Jared Marshall’s “Dark Times,” a blood-splattered scamper through the woods shot entirely in POV, where zombies, aliens and even Santa Claus make an appearance.
Bay area metal band Machine Head have released an official visualizer (not quite a music video but definitely not a lyric video) for their new track “Night Of Long Knives”, which comes from their upcoming album Bloodstone & Diamonds.
The new album is the followup to 2011′s Unto The Locust. You can pre-order Bloodstone & Diamonds right here.
Here’s a belated Halloween Treat that was too good to pass up.
Movieclips’ Dan Perrault imagines what Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn would be like if they starred in scary flicks.
If you think the duo suck at comedy, be grateful they haven’t crossed over to horror movies.
Watch these awesome parodies of films such as Freddy vs Jason, Scream and even Frankenstein.
Carnaby’s AFM slate will bring us a new horror of terror in Stuart Brennan’s zombie horror Plan Z, now in post-production.
Bloody Disgusting has learned that the film stars Stuart Brennan (Risen, The Reverend, Tomorrow), Mark Paul Wake (Masterpiece, The Fairy Flag, Eat. Sleep. Repeat.), Eugene Horan (The Pigman Murders, The Street, Ghostwood), Terry Deary (The Horrible Histories)
In it, “Craig has always thought about what he might do in a zombie apocalypse. When a deadly outbreak of Ebola erupts, his planning becomes more serious. As the virus mutates and makes the dead rise again, he must put his plan to action. Barricading himself in his house his plan quickly unravels and he must adapt and decide on a new and more aggressive course of action. A Plan Z.“
Devilworks has boarded world rights to US horror The Perfect Husband from Italian writer-director Lucas Pavetto.
ScreenDaily shared the first image from Pavetto’s English-language debut, “about a married couple whose weekend away in a remote cabin takes a turn for the worst.”
We also scored the first look at the sales art from the pic that stars Gabriella Wright, Bret Roberts and Carl Wharton.
Pavetto’s feature, which won best newcomer at the FantaFestival in Rome, is an adaptation of his Italian short of the same name.
Taking a page out of Marvel’s Avengers playbook, Universal is taking its rebooted monster franchises and bringing the all-new monster squad together for one Frankenstein-sized movie extravaganza!
Variety is reporting that Universal has dated an untitled monster movie for April 21, 2017. The film is the first to emerge from a planned series produced and overseen by the creative team of Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious series).
Universal has already set a June 24, 2016, launch for its reboot of The Mummy with Kurtzman producing along with Sean Daniel and Roberto Orci.
The studio announced plans in July to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around the studio’s classic monsters the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon.
You just can’t keep a good (or evil) ghoul down as Deadline is reporting that Relativity Studios has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Lazarus, a horror film produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, and set a February 20, 2015, release date for it.
Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, and Donald Glover star in the movie about a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.
Um… Flatliners anyone?
David Gelb directed the script by Luke Dawson (Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (the new The Fantastic Four). Blum, Cody Zweig, Matt Kaplan, and Jimmy Miller produce and Luke Dawson and Gloria Fan executive produce. Lionsgate is handling international distribution.
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From the producer of The Ring.
Haunting Melissa, which launched last Halloween, was the first of its kind. Being both an app and a feature film, it was the first real interactive movie experience on your phone or tablet.
Just a year later, a teaser trailer has been released for its sequel, Dark Hearts: The Secret of Haunting Melissa! The scope and budget look even bigger this time around so it’ll be awesome to see this premiere on my mobile device.
Visit the official website regularly to stay connected, share fan art and chat with other fans about what’s coming next.
Pick up Haunting Melissa in the app store and catch up on what’s coming next.
Though the title Poker Night doesn’t exactly scream horror movie, we’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you that this tale of a masked maniac is indeed on its way to VOD and iTunes on December 5th via XLrator Media.
Greg Francis writes and directs. Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver, Michael Eklund, Ron Eldard, and Corey Large star.
In this twisted thriller a young detective is caught in a sadistic game of cat-and-mouse when he is kidnapped and tormented by a masked serial killer. In order to survive, the rookie must use the wisdom imparted to him by senior detectives on their regular poker night.
Starring Michael O’Hear, Debbie Rochon, Paul McGinnis, John Renna, Kathy Murphy, Duane Smith, Kim Piazza, Amelie McKendry, Jessica Zwolak, Tammy Reger
Directed by Gregory Lamberson and Michael O’Hear
Distributed by Entertainment One
In the first few moments after you begin Dry Bones, you’ll become instantly aware that you are watching a micro-budget indie horror film. There is no slick filmmaking, no glossy special effects, nothing that screams any kind of budget at all. But the funny thing is, about halfway through Dry Bones I started to realize that it had drawn me in. This little indie turned out to be one charming and entertaining horror movie.
That’s not to say that we have the next coming of Halloween here, but Dry Bones does have charm. Lead actor Michael O’Hear plays down-on-his-luck sad sack Drew. He’s back in his hometown, where terrible things happened to him in his youth, to quickly sell his house and get back to trying to get his life back on track after an unfortunate stay in a nuthouse. Throughout his life he’s been haunted by something under his bed (haven’t we all?), and during the course of the movie we discover just what that something is… and how evil it can be!
Dry Bones features an appearance by one of my personal favorite actresses, Debbie Rochon. Rochon is like cheese; she just makes everything better. And Rochon appears as mysterious love interest Michelle. The appearance of Rochon in Dry Bones brought up an interesting comparison. Not long ago she was in a film entitled Nightmare Box, and it was another indie that, from the get-go, looked like it was going to be swallowed up into no-budget hell. But that movie, for as inexpensively as it was made, had a tremendous story (and finale) to it that really made it great. And Dry Bones is like that. But it’s not the story that does it this time; it’s actually the characters. The acting is, for the most part, pretty stiff, but you do fall in love with O’Hear’s lead character and many of the supporting cast as well.
Amongst those I really enjoyed were Drew’s best buddy, Tom, played by Paul McGinnis, as well as his love interest, Cindy (Jessica Zwolak). Also, the comedy brought to the film by John Renna (who played Officer Carl Denham) and the sultry allure of Amelie McKendry as Rachel cannot be understated. What this cast lacks in experience, they make up for with heart and magnetism.
There is some F/X work in this film that is really just bad (I’ve never rolled up a skeleton like a sleeping bag, but apparently it’s possible). But even as ridiculous as it was, it added to the charm of Dry Bones. Everything is pretty much “off” in this movie, but somehow the whole damn thing kinda works. I can’t explain it except to say it’s a fun movie. And isn’t that the entire point of filmmaking? Whether the budget is $200 or $200 million, the point is for the audience to be entertained. And Dry Bones is nothing if not entertaining.
The special features on the disk follow suit with the film itself. Basically they are some trailers, a commentary by the directors and crew, and a 22-minute behind-the-scenes feature that contains bloopers, outtakes, and a bunch of clips of cats walking into the shot. Yes, everything about this disk is entertaining!
Dry Bones… the acting is weak, the F/X are damn near laughable, and it seemed like most of the cast and crew were on their first project, but somewhere during this movie you’re going to find yourself drawn in. The characters are fun. The story is fun. And Debbie Rochon is fun, fun, fun as usual! Go into the movie with the understanding that it’s a micro-budget project that is doing its best to work around an extremely limited budget and come out with something enjoyable. They did it.
Dry Bones isn’t going to turn the Academy Award Voting Committee on its ear, but horror fans certainly may get a charge out of this one. We can only rate it so high because it does have plenty of warts, but if you can look past its imperfections, Dry Bones will give you something to enjoy.
- Audio commentary with cast and crew
- Behind-the-Scenes featurette
Variety writes that, following through on its plan to reboot its classic monster franchies, Universal has dated an untitled monster movie for April 21, 2017.
The film is the first to emerge from a planned series produced and overseen by the creative team of Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Chris Morgan (Fast and Furious series).
Universal has already set a June 24, 2016, launch for its reboot of The Mummy with Kurtzman producing along with Sean Daniel and Roberto Orci.
The studio announced plans in July to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around the studio’s classic monsters the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon.
Dracula Untold is allegedly the first in the franchise.
Relativity Studios has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Lazarus and has set a February 20, 2015 release date for it, says Deadline.
Mark Duplass (Creep), Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters and Donald Glover star in the movie, “about a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life.” It sounds like a modern day Flatliners.
David Gelb directed the script by Luke Dawson (Shutter) and Jeremy Slater (the new The Fantastic Four).
We’ve been singing his praises for a couple of years now, and it seems as if the rest of the world is finally catching on. Horror favorite Bill Oberst, Jr., just received one hell of an honor! Read on for the details.
From the Press Release
Actor Bill Oberst, Jr., has received the “Lon Chaney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Horror Films” at the FANtastic Horror Film Festival (FHFF) in San Diego, CA. Ron Chaney, the great-grandson of Lon Chaney and the grandson of Lon Chaney, Jr., was on hand along with Lon Chaney’s great-great-granddaughters Jaclynn and Jennifer to present Oberst with this first-ever award.
Festival organizers kept the award a secret to surprise Oberst, who has often cited Lon Chaney as a major influence and expressed a desire to play the “Man of a Thousand Faces” on stage or screen. The actor was nearly speechless as Ron Chaney called him forward at the FHFF Awards Banquet. “My inner 14-year-old horror kid is in overdrive right now,” he said. “Without the Chaney family there would be no horror genre.”
Ron Chaney, speaking for the family, thanked the FHFF crowd for helping to keep the Chaney cinematic legacy alive. “We are honored to be here tonight to present this first ever Lon Chaney Award in the spirit and in the memory of my grandfather and great-grandfather,” he said. Chaney is President & CEO of Chaney Entertainment, Inc., which manages licensing rights to the two Lons and maintains The Official Chaney Site and store.
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Our good neighbors to the North, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival organizers, have just finished tallying over 4,600 votes and are pleased to announce the winners in all categories. Dead Snow 2 and The Babadook took home top honors.
Dead Snow 2 won the big one, Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film-Gold. It also won Best Makeup, Best Film to Watch With a Crowd, Best Fight, and Best Gore. Where we come from, that is considered a haul!
The Babadook took home plenty of hardware itself, including Best Director (Jennifer Kent), Best Leading Actress (Essie Davis), Best Monster/Creature, Scariest Film, and Best Trailer.
There were plenty of other winners in specialty categories, such as the indie zombie-action favorite Wyrmwood, which took home the fans’ choice for Best Action and Film Most Likely to See a Sequel, and Predestination, which won Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film-Silver, Best Sci-Fi Film, and Best Screenplay.
To see a full list of all the winners from this year’s event, visit the official Toronto After Dark Film Festival website.
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The first look at Caliber Media’s production of writer/director S. Craig Zahler’s brutally violent Western Bone Tomahawk is here, and it features star Kurt Russell. Check it out courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.
Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), David Arquette (the Scream franchise), Sean Young (Blade Runner), Lili Simmons (“True Detective,” “Banshee”), Geno Segers (“Banshee”), Fred Melamed (A Serious Man), James Tolkan (Top Gun), Raw Leiba (The Heat), Jamie Hector (“The Wire”), Jamison Newlander (The Lost Boys), Zahn McClarnon (“Longmire”), David Midthunder, Jay Tavare, Gray Wolf Herrara, Robert Mukes (House of 1000 Corpses), Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Patrick Wilson, and Brandon Molale round out the cast.
Four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.
AFM is looming like a masked maniac over the shoulder of a nubile teen, and Lightning Entertainment is poised to bring two new horror projects to the big dance, one of which is from the director of Jack Brooks Monster Slayer. Read on!
From the Press Release
Adding to its robust international sales slate on the eve of the AFM, Lightning Entertainment announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to Louis Mandylor’s thriller The Blackout and Brookstreet Pictures’ horror thriller GirlHouse, directed by Trevor Matthews and Jon Knautz. The announcement was made by Lightning Entertainment EVP & General Manager Ken DuBow.
The AFM will serve as the market debut for both films with Lightning giving international buyers their first glimpse at each.
Directed by Louis Mandylor (In the Eyes of a Killer, Jimmy Bones) and written by Steve C. Yoon and Jordan Marder, The Blackout stars Lymari Nadal (American Gangster, “Battlestar Galactica”), Costas Mandylor (Saw film series, “Picket Fences”), Jordan Marder (American History X, Lord of Illusions), Ronnie Gene Blevins (The Dark Knight Rises, Joe, Seven Psychopaths), Bill Sage (American Psycho, Precious, Boiler Room), Abe Benrubi (U Turn, Wristcutters: A Love Story), and Grant Harvey (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Save the Date, Geography Club).
Horror thriller GirlHouse is directed by Trevor Matthews and Jon Knautz (The Shrine, Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer) and written by Gersh client Nick Gordon. The film stars Ali Cobrin (Neighbors, American Reunion) and Slaine (Killing Them Softly, The Town) and Adam DiMarco (Words and Pictures, Date and Switch), and features Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5, The Internship, Casting Couch), and Erin Agostino (“18 to Life,” You Are So Undead).
Acquisitions and Sales Consultant Richard S. Guardian and Joseph Dickstein, SVP of Lighting Entertainment, negotiated the deal to handle international sales rights for The Blackout with executive producer and attorney Mark Halloran and for GirlHouse with Jay Cohen of Gersh.
About The Blackout
Martin and Julia (Lymari Nadal) leave New York City to return to the small town where Martin grew up. The house his father lived in hasn’t been touched since his passing. People in the town recognize the handsome man as his father’s son. Julia, his pregnant wife, likes the cozy countryside and makes herself at home.
Four college kids hike through the woods and camp at the top of a scenic hill. Jim (Costas Mandylor) has lived in the town for years, and since his wife’s passing he has built a comfortable life for himself, fishing and playing chess with friends over his shortwave radio.
Then the power goes out.
It doesn’t take long before food and supplies become scarce, fights break out, and people start to panic. The worst of humanity surfaces in only a few days. Things take a turn for the worse when a few men, lead by a convict named Lee (Ronnie Gene Blevins), decide to take what’s left for themselves. The Sheriff makes a stand to try to stop them and regrets it.
Jim gets his weapons ready and prepares for what’s coming. Martin tries to stay calm until his wife’s pregnancy is no longer at risk. The college kids come down from the peaceful woods into the middle of a whirlwind of fear and violence.
Everyone eventually crosses paths, and things come to a violent head. Some people live, some do not. It only takes a few days of living in fear, with no power or food or water, for humanity to unravel. There was light. Then there was darkness.
Kylie Atkins (Ali Cobrin) is a beautiful young co-ed with cover girl looks and a desperate need for money to pay her college tuition. Having convinced herself that Internet porn may be the answer to her financial problems, Kylie is recruited to join GirlHouse, a live web-feed broadcasting the sexy antics of a group of stunning young women living in a secluded – and highly secure – wooded mansion. One night while Kylie is out, one of the other girls insults an online client (Slaine), a deranged psychopathic computer technician, who then hacks in to determine the house’s location, seeking twisted revenge. Kylie returns to the house to find herself cut off from the outside world and in a terrifying fight for survival.
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Kevin Smith’s batshit nuts flick Tusk is getting ready to make its debut on home video, and if you missed it in theaters, this is one movie you’re gonna want to catch as soon as it’s available!
From the Press Release
From writer/director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Mallrats) comes Tusk, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) December 30th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Starring Michael Parks (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Django Unchained), Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story), Haley Joel Osment (Amazon’s “Alpha House,” The Sixth Sense), and Genesis Rodriguez (Identity Thief, Hours), Tusk is being called “Kevin Smith’s very best work” (Variety). Tusk premiered to the world at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival as a part of the Midnight Madness program and was released theatrically by A24.
A podcaster (Long) looking for a juicy story is plunged into an unpredictable, unsettling, and absurd nightmare after he travels to the backwoods of Canada to meet an eccentric recluse (Parks) with a lifetime of adventures – and a disturbing fondness for walruses.
The Tusk Blu-ray and DVD include deleted scenes, multiple “making of” featurettes, a career retrospective featurette with Kevin Smith, an audio commentary with Kevin Smith, plus the original podcast that inspired the film.
It’s not typical for us to cover a web series much beyond its first episode to make sure you guys are aware of it, but a new episode of “Scott Ian’s Bloodworks” arrived today, and since it features Scott getting made up as a zombie for “The Walking Dead” and appearing on the show, we thought we’d make an exception.
“Scott Ian’s Bloodworks” on Nerdist.com takes you behind the scenes for a look at the most impressive makeup and effects artists in the business, the A-list celebrities they work with, and the blockbuster films and TV series that benefit from their craft.
About “Scott Ian’s Bloodworks”
There are two things almost impossible for visitors to do on the set of “The Walking Dead.” The first is get made up to be a zombie. The show’s hugely popular, and too many people request to appear on it now, so executive producer/director/makeup effects supervisor Greg Nicotero has to say no to just about every wannabe walker. The second is to share images from upcoming episodes — no matter how small the information discernible from them — months before they’re televised.
Anthrax’s Scott Ian manages to accomplish both of these things in the latest episode of “Bloodworks,” in which he not only goes behind the scenes of “The Walking Dead” and experiences firsthand what it’s like to be a walker, but he actually gets to attack star Andrew Lincoln in a scene directed by Nicotero himself!
Check out Ian’s account of the experience in the video below. You’ll find exclusive commentary from Nicotero as well as his colleagues at KNB EFX in Chatsworth, California, including shop-runner Carey Jones and sculptor Jeremy Aiello, all of whom offer a terrific overview of what it takes to create a zombie, from design to foam-latex appliance construction to the auditioning of actors.
Tune in every Tuesday on Nerdist.com for new episodes of “Scott Ian’s Bloodworks.”
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