Another flick playing at this year's Fantasia Film Festival is Michael and Peter Spierig's (Undead, Daybreakers) latest film, Predestination; and on tap right now for all you cats wondering what's cookin' up North is the trailer. Dig it!
The Spierig brothers wrote the original screenplay based on the classic Robert A. Heinlein short story "All You Zombies." It chronicles the life of a temporal government agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to stop future killers.
The directing duo produce with Brisbane-based Patrick McDonald of Wolfhound Pictures and Tim McGahan of Blacklab Entertainment. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, and Noah Taylor.
Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time.
"Under the Dome" doesn't scrimp when it comes to stunts, and in this new video released by CBS today, series star Mike Vogel and his stunt double, Remington Steele, reveal how they pull off some of the biggest ones on the show.
"Under the Dome" stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Dean Norris (Big Jim), and Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie). Season 2's newcomers include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Dwight Yoakam, Karla Crome, and Dwayne Boyd.
"Under the Dome" will be at San Diego Comic-Con on July 24th, and we should have more info for you following the panel (details are below).
Related Story: Visit our "Under the Dome" Archive
"Under the Dome" Episode 2.04 - "Revelation" (airs 7/21/14; 10-11 PM)
As conditions in Chester’s Mill worsen, Big Jim and Rebecca (Crome) consider resorting to the extreme measure of population control, which drives a wedge between Barbie and Julia. Meanwhile, clues to Melanie’s (Cox) past and her connection to the Dome are revealed.
Thursday, July 24 - 11:15 AM-12:00 Noon - Ballroom 20 - "Under the Dome": Panel and Exclusive Sneak Preview
The hit summer series is back for its second season, bigger than ever with higher stakes and catastrophic developments that leave no one safe under the dome. The inhabitants of Chester's Mill must decide whom to rally behind as Big Jim continues to fight for the town's trust and allegiance, all while resources dwindle and the post-apocalyptic conditions continue to intensify. There are new faces, bigger mysteries, betrayal of alliances, and monumental revelations about the dome, which will lead to a shocking discovery of what is behind it. Journey back under the dome, where you can't always believe what you see and nothing is impossible. An exclusive sneak preview at what's to come in Season 2 will be followed by a panel discussion with the cast - Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch, Colin Ford, and Mackenzie Lintz - along with executive producer Neal Baer.
On tap right now is the first trailer for Saw V director David Hackl's new film, Grizzly (formerly Endangered, formerly Red Machine), and we continue to wonder just where the hell is this flick already?
James Marsden, Thomas Jane, Scott Glenn, Piper Perabo, Michaela McManus, and Billy Bob Thornton star in the film co-written by Jack Reher along with Guy Moshe from a story by Reher.
In the action thriller Grizzly, a deputy whose mission is protecting the threatened grizzly bear suddenly finds himself conflicted when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc on a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother, he enters the labyrinthian Grizzly Maze to track down his wife who’s gone missing before the bear does. As the body count mounts, and an infamous bear hunter enters the fray determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life, no one is safe in the harsh Alaskan wilds.
As you may have seen, a news story coming out of Chicago made the rounds across the internet this past weekend, claiming that 112 people had been murdered by a group of teens whose killing spree was inspired by The Purge: Anarchy (review).
It's precisely those kinds of stories that give horror movies a bad name, but thankfully, this one wasn't legit.
The website Cream Bmp Daily reported on the story Friday, which was packed with alleged quotes from both civilians and police officers.
The mass killing was described as a re-enactment of The Purge: Anarchy, taking place shortly after the movie hit theaters on Friday night. The site reported that no arrests had been made and that police would be closely monitoring social media sites, waiting for the teenage killers to brag about their crimes.
Fortunately, the obviously fake story was shortly thereafter debunked by The Epoch Times, who revealed that it was a complete and utter hoax. As it turns out, Cream Bmp Daily is a satire website, and the faux report was their idea of a joke.
Nothing funnier than a mass killing spree, right?! Oy vey.
Related Story: The Purge: Anarchy news archive
The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box office, sees the return of writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country's yearly 12 hours of anarchy.
The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.
Returning with DeMonaco to produce are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).
If you're anything like me, the thought of Vin Diesel kicking witch ass is one that's got you all sorts of excited for his next genre flick, aptly titled The Last Witch Hunter. Those levels of excitement rise even higher with the latest casting announcement so read on!
Per Variety, Michael Caine has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s supernatural actioner alongside Diesel and Rose Leslie. No word yet on what role he'll be playing, though my money's on Father Dolan, who is listed in the plot synopsis you'll find below.
Breck Eisner is directing the film, which sees a semi-immortal witch hunter (Diesel) wandering the streets of modern New York City who is forced to partner with his natural enemy, a female witch (Leslie). The two must stop a villainous witch queen from obtaining a relic and unleashing a plague upon humanity.
Mark Canton is producing via his Mark Canton Productions banner along with Bernie Goldmann and Diesel via his One Race Entertainment banner. Erik Feig, Geoff Shaevitz, and Matthew Janzen oversee the project for the studio.
Five hundred years ago, war raged between humankind and witches, vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay an all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments before her death, the Queen exacted her revenge by cursing Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones.
Today, he is the only one of his kind–-the last witch hunter. With the help of Father Dolan, a Catholic priest, and a mystical arsenal hidden beneath New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he continues to pursue the renegades and outlaws who endanger humanity. Chief among their adversaries is Belial, a powerful rebel witch who Kaulder believes has found a way to restore the Queen Witch to power and reignite her campaign to destroy the human world.
With the help of Chloe, a goodhearted young witch (Rose Leslie), Kaulder sets out to stop Belial before he can set his plan in motion, but allies in unexpected places keep the evil witch one step ahead in a cunning cat-and-mouse pursuit that will determine the survival of the human race.
Okay, so this is either weird, coincidental, or just plain funny. A new round of stills has arrived for Michael Petroni's second feature film, Backtrack, and it seems as if Adrien Brody has infected everyone with his singular facial expression. See the startling proof!
Petroni's Backtrack is a supernatural thriller that he wrote and is directing with Adrien Brody and Sam Neill in the lead roles. The cast is rounded out by local actors Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird, and Anna Lise Phillips.
The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.
Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty) is producing for See Pictures alongside Antonia Barnard (The Painted Veil, The Quiet American) and Petroni.
Every week we cover what we hope to be the best comics of the week on Wednesday, but for a lot of you that’s far too late. You’ve hit the shop and you’ve got your stack by lunchtime. So now we’re going to hit you ahead of time and show you what we think are the best offerings of the week. This way you can leave the shop Wednesday knowing you have a real winner in your pile, or at the very least grab something before it sells out.
These are the Must Buy Comics for 07/23/14.
I had the pleasure of hearing Jai Nitz speak about his approach to writing at Emerald City Comic Con, and he’s got a lot figured out. He knows how to pace a story, and make it grounded in character without forgetting a fantastic premise. This new issue of “Dream Thief: Escape” shows no signs of slowing down, our own Brady Steele said of issue # 1 “The setup leaves unlimited possibilities for what’s going to happen next and that’s just the kind of story that deserves your attention, readers. Get in on this caper / paranormal series already!” You heard him!
Buffy! Nicholas Brendan co-writing the series! Down and dirty Dracula action! What more could you ask for? Ohhh… an advance review? We’ve got that from our own Farah Jayden right here. She’s already said “The fandom is lucky to experience the beginning of a new season that’s growing into one of the most original and skillfully constructed eras of the series.”
The end of Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov’s insanely awesome miniseries is here. I can’t help but weep tears of sorrow as this has been one of my favorite miniseries of the year. Consistently Orlando delivers a script that packs an emotional wallop while Trakhanov has some of the best coloring work I’ve seen in a monthly comic. Together they’ve crafted a tightly wound story about knowing where you grew up and pushing into unknown worlds with only courage at your side. Will it all be worth it for Ukinnu? We’ll find out in three days.
Two new Doctor Who stories in one week. With each of the past doctors at the helm, and incredible creative teams behind both. I think both my hearts have stopped.
Ghostbusters is on its way back to theatres completely remastered, and right now we have the special limited edition poster art for ya, There's also a new Blu-ray box set on the way that looks to be to die for. Read on to re-up your geek fuel!
About Ghostbusters' 30th Anniversary
Sony Pictures Entertainment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its blockbuster franchise Ghostbusters with a series of special events and home entertainment releases.
As a highlight of the celebration, the original 1984 film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen, in over 700 locations in the United States and Canada, for a limited engagement starting August 29 (Labor Day weekend).
Commenting on the announcement, Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said, “Ghostbusters is still one of our studio’s most beloved franchises – I was lucky enough to work on the release of the film on its first run so it’s a real thrill for me to see that it’s still connecting with audiences everywhere. On the big screen or in home entertainment, this is a great movie to experience again and again.”
Following the theatrical release of the film, on September 16, fans will be able to own the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and the Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Edition, as that film makes its Blu-ray debut. The Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases of the films will also be available in a two-disc anniversary edition Blu-ray Digibook including both films, as well as a Limited Edition gift set that includes an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine and the two-disc Digibook. This special gift set will only be available for a very limited time with the collectible Slimer figurine being a true must-have for fans. Both films have been fully restored and remastered in 4K and will be presented in high definition on Blu-ray from those 4K sources.
Both the Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II Blu-rays come loaded with exclusive bonus materials, including revealing conversations with director Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd, as well as never-before-seen deleted scenes from Ghostbusters II and more. The Ghostbusters anniversary edition features the original music video of the Oscar nominated song “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr., while Ghostbusters II includes the original music video for “On Our Own” by Bobby Brown. In addition, Ghostbusters will contain all previously released legacy content, commentary, and an interactive Slimer Mode, offering fans a picture-in-picture graphical viewing experience.
“To celebrate this milestone anniversary, we wanted to create something new and collectible for fans. These new Ghostbusters Blu-rays will feature the highest quality presentation along with new content that reflects the rich history of this iconic franchise,” said Lexine Wong, Senior Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
There's also a new website, GHOSTBUSTERS.COM, where fans can access new franchise offerings, including collectible merchandise, music, and more. Fans can register for updates, unique video content, as well as Ghostbusters news.
There will also be a slew of new merchandise from Sony Pictures Consumer Products to be released. Collaborations include Lego, Mattel, Funko, Mad Engine, and other select items to help celebrate the occasion. In addition, SPCP partnered with Gallery 1988 to create a once-in a lifetime experience, displaying original paintings, limited edition prints, and sculptures inspired by the film.
Finally, Legacy Recordings / Sony Music Entertainment will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic Ghostbusters soundtrack with multiple collectible vinyl LP releases this year.
Fans can follow the action on social media with the hashtag #GB30 or visiting the following sites:
Directed and produced by Ivan Reitman (Meatballs, Stripes) with the screenplay written by Dan Aykroyd (My Girl) and Harold Ramis (Knocked Up), GHOSTBUSTERS is listed as No. 28 on the AFI’s List of America’s Funniest Movies. Bill Murray (Stripes), Dan Aykroyd (Blues Brothers), and Sigourney Weaver (Aliens) star along with Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day) and Rick Moranis (Honey I Shrunk the Kids). Ernie Hudson (TV’s “Oz”) and Annie Potts (TV’s “Designing Women”) also star in the films.
University parapsychologists Dr. Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Aykroyd), and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) lose a research grant when their experiment methodology is proven to be bogus. The team decides to go into business for themselves and open ‘Ghostbusters,’ a ghost removal service. After struggling to get on their feet, they are summoned to investigate the strange happenings in Dana Barrett’s (Weaver) Central Park West apartment. What they discover is that all Manhattan is being besieged by ghosts and other worldly demons through a portal in her building.
Ghostbusters II Synopsis
Supernatural superstars Peter Venkman (Murray), Dr. Raymond Stanz (Aykroyd), and Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis) spring back into action when the infant son of Dana Barrett (Weaver) becomes the target of a powerful demonic force. Reunited with their industrious secretary Janine (Potts) and the nerdy, near-sighted Louis (Moranis), the ‘heroes of the hereafter’ must put a stop to an enormous underground river ready to rot the roots of the entire Big Apple.
Ghostbusters Special Features
Ghostbusters II Special Features
The week is upon us. The San Diego Comic-Con is ready to inundate you with all manners of stimuli, beginning today with AMC unveiling the official banner art for "The Walking Dead" Season 5. Look for more throughout the week.
The cast and producers of AMC’s record-breaking hit series “The Walking Dead” will participate in a panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, during which they will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated fifth season, which debuts in October.
“The Walking Dead” panelists include: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer and special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero, and executive producer David Alpert. The panel will be moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick.
The panel runs from from 12:20-1:20 pm on Friday, July 25, in Hall H, with an autograph session following from 1:50-2:50 pm in Booth #4237.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
Another work week, another reason to listen to some new music! Today we bring you several tracks from our new comic book editor, Zac! As seems to be the running theme, we’ve got a great mix of genres here, from hip hop to electronica to indie and more. Head on below to get a sampling of Zac’s musical tastes!
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream
Thee Oh Sees are not really my typical sound but I find something about them incredibly intoxicating. I was fortunate enough to see them live this past year. It was easily one of the most energizing and exciting live performances I’ve ever attended. Their washed out dirty and aggressive play still is now part of my daily rotation. Watch this video and you should be converted.
It’s been six years since Dimension Films optioned Rob Zombie’s T-Rex (Tyrannosaurus Rex), which was to be the followup to his 2007 Halloween.
Mid-2008, Zombie started to share concept art from his action-horror, allegedly about an ex-convict boxer fighting in an underground ring (reminding me of Bloodsport or Kickboxer). He told MTV in an interview that it was “like an incredibly violent 70s action movie.”
Between the mini-announcements of art and cast (Sheri Moon was confirmed for a role, clearly), the movie fell apart.
All of these years later, here’s what we’ve heard happened: The Weinstein Company got cold feet – because it was extremely expensive – and allegedly held it over Zombie’s head, who wanted desperately to make the movie. The Weinstein Company had allegedly told Zombie that, if he were to direct Halloween II, they’d give him the rights back to the script. This way Zombie could shop the property to other studios, while Dimension would get their Halloween sequel they so badly wanted.
Anyways, it’s a bummer T-Rex never came into fruition because it looks and sounds like a badass idea. Zombie hasn’t mentioned the film in years, which leaves me to believe it’s long gone, a cinematic “what if?” that will forever be remembered among us horror fans.
The release of Christos Gage and Nicholas Brendon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10” #5 sees the exciting end of this Season’s widely revered first arc, and the beginning of what’s gearing up to be a potentially significant saga in the series’ rapidly evolving mythology. Be sure to pick up your copy when it hits stands this Wednesday (July 23), and click through to read our spoiler-free review!
WRITTEN BY: Christos Gage, Nicholas Brendon
ART BY: Rebekah Isaacs
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: July 23, 2014
Reviewed By: ShadowJayd
For how different they seem to be, seasoned writer Christos Gage, and Buffy alum Nicholas Brendon, deliver another perfectly co-written script, both working in tandem to establish the dramatic events that will ultimately set the course for whatever lies ahead in “Buffy Season 10.”
Following last month’s surprising cliffhanger, Dracula’s dangerous meddling with the VAMPYR book in his quest for power has left the Scooby Gang scrambling in an epic battle to stop the terrifying—and familiar—demon he has unwittingly transformed into; whilst also trying to extract a mind-controlled Xander from Dracula’s hold. The issue roller-coasters along at an alarmingly quick pace, only slowing down to provide exposition and plot development when needed. The prominence of action and movement is a gift that keeps on giving as Buffy and crew take the fighting to the streets, providing a great opportunity for Rebekah Isaacs to not only showcase the cohesiveness of the team as a combat unit, but also her illustrative capabilities and fantastically imagined artwork. At times, the accelerated pace comes off as a bit excessive, but overall this is a pretty infectious installment.
Gage and Brendon use dialogue to great effect, leaning heavily toward the comedic side of the spectrum, with the writers delighting readers with quip after witty quip. Comedy is notoriously difficult to pull off, especially when trying to effectively express humour within the comics medium, but Gage and Brendon appear to be in their element. On the other hand, while “New Rules, Part V” is a master class in comedic delivery and timing, it could very well just be subject to its audience. It’s hard to say whether the narrative’s balance of plot and cheesy humour is exactly what the fandom wants and expects, or if it’s overkill; but personally, I relate to the former.
From beginning to end, this chapter is a blast to read thanks to Gage’s creative mind and understanding of the Buffyverse, and Brendon’s iconic acting experience as Xander Harris which allows for an incredibly authentic voice to be heard in the character’s dialogue; specifically his interactions with Dracula. Moreover, Rebekah Isaacs’ artwork really compliments the writers’ humour and makes excellent use of page layouts and design.
She also brings a lot of visual humour to the issue, herself. From subtle character moments, like Ghost Anya reaffirming her invisibility by waving a hand in front of an old acquaintance’s oblivious face. To big moments, like Willow magic-flying an unsuspecting, though agreeable, Catholic priest through the air to bless a towering structure amidst complete demon-fighting chaos. In contrast, colourist Dan Jackson keeps things visually serious with his typical palette of dark hues and tones. Yet he still provides a sense of vitality that instantly stimulates the eye. Isaacs and Jackson work together to capture that wonderful mix of humor, horror, and supernatural might that keeps life extremely interesting for Buffy and her gang.
The fandom is lucky to experience the beginning of a new season that’s growing into one of the most original and skillfully constructed eras of the series. I can’t wait to see what’s to come.
ShadowJayd, known everywhere else as Farah Jayden Hakkak, has been a staff writer for Bloody-Disgusting since July 2012. You can find her on Twitter, or passed out by the dirt road behind Wendy’s.
With the original paranormal thriller "Intruders" heading to BBC America in just about a month, a new trailer has arrived that gives us an extended look at the upcoming series. Check it out, and look for lots more soon.
"Intruders," from writer/exec producer Glen Morgan ("The X-Files"), will premiere on Saturday, August 23rd, at 10/9c on BBC America. The series is based on Michael Marshall Smith's novel The Intruders.
"Intruders" stars celebrated British actor John Simm ("Life on Mars," "State of Play," and "Doctor Who") and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Norma Jean & Marilyn, Human Trafficking) with James Frain ("The White Queen," "Grimm," "True Blood") and Tory Kittles ("True Detective") and introducing Millie Brown ("Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"), making her debut in a series lead role.
Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, Exists) and Daniel Stamm (13 Sins, The Last Exorcism) are directing various episodes. The creative team includes acclaimed production designer Mark Freeborn ("Breaking Bad"). The series is executive produced by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner for BBC Worldwide Productions, Morgan, and Rose Lam ("The L Word").
If you'll be among the masses descending on San Diego this week for Comic-Con, the "Intruders" panel is on Friday, and you'll find all the details below.
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 8:00-9:00 pm - Room 7AB - "Intruders"
BBC America presents an exclusive first look at new original series "Intruders" from writer and executive producer Glen Morgan ("The X-Files") and based on Michael Marshall Smith's novel The Intruders. Celebrated British actor John Simm, Oscar winner Mira Sorvino, director Eduardo Sanchez, and executive producer Julie Gardner join Glen Morgan for a panel discussion.
Related Story: See Our "Intruders" Archive
"Intruders" is about a secret society devoted to chasing immortality by seeking refuge in the bodies of others. A contemporary, chilling, paranormal tale set in the moody Pacific Northwest, "Intruders" spins a fascinating and complex web of drama. As strange, apparently unrelated events start happening, multiple storylines - a missing wife, an assassin covering his crimes, a child on the run - begin to intertwine to reveal a conspiracy that will forever change our understanding of human nature.
John Simm stars as Jack Whelan, a Los Angeles cop turned writer who has escaped a dark, violent past for a seemingly quiet life with his wife, Amy. When Amy goes missing, Jack is plunged into an investigation that forces him to confront the sins of his past and reexamine the very foundations he’s built his life upon.
BOOM! has this incredible initiative before San Diego to make fifteen announcements before the show. Most of them have been clear, concise, and avoided teaser territory but not today. Today marked an ambiguous image of Snake Plissken’s awesome torso and famous submachine gun. It’s hard to tell exactly the direction the series will go in, but I mean after Escape From L.A. the world is just about ruined into another Dark Age. Let’s hope whatever direction they go in is as awesome as the new Big Trouble in Little China series.
Look for more details as they become available.
Today AMC revealed character banner for “The Walking Dead’s” Season 5 that will be displayed at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con.
The poster depicts Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) handcuffed in the Terminus train car, echoing the survivors’ predicament in the Season 4 Finale cliffhanger.
“The Walking Dead” Comic-Con panel will take place Friday, July 25 at 12:20 pm PDT in Hall H.
“The Walking Dead” returns this October on AMC.
Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
The great Michael Caine (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Interstellar) has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s supernatural actioner The Last Witch Hunter opposite Vin Diesel and Rose Leslie, reports Variety.
Diesel’s witch hunter will partner with his enemy, a female witch, to stop a plague on humanity unleashed by the covens of New York City.
The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner is direcing from a script re-written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, based on a pitch by Cory Goodman. D.W. Harper and Melisa Wallack also worked on the script.
Gravitas Ventures sent over the poster and trailer for their latest release, Shock Value, which will be arriving on VOD platforms on August 1st, or, as we like to refer to it, after Comic-Con, when we will all be happy again. Read on for details.
Douglas Rath directs. Zak Hudson, Anthony Bravo, and Janelle Odair star.
Miles Fowler makes horror movies. Cheap, perverted, blood-soaked schlock-fests that few see and fewer enjoy.
Wallowing in obscurity and desperate to make a name for himself, Miles happens upon a bizarre opportunity when he’s the sole witness to a brutal, real-life murder. Sensing a once-in-a-lifetime chance at artistic (and financial) glory, the z-level auteur decides to build his next project around his new “discovery” – serial killer Nick. But when he finds that Nick is in no way ready for his closeup, Miles must resort to that grandest of Hollywood traditions: blackmail.
Pushed from the shadows into the spotlight, Nick has no choice but to learn his lines, hit his marks, and contain his homicidal urges. When cameras roll, however, “creative differences” might just put everyone’s life in turnaround.
This past May, Berkley Trade released an expanded version of John L. Campbell's Omega Days, and Book 2 in the trilogy, Ship of the Dead, is steaming our way in October. Read on for the official artwork and details, and look for an excerpt closer to the release date.
From the press Release:
Zombies took over San Francisco in John L. Campbell’s Omega Days, the first novel in his terrifying trilogy. The previously self-published eBook shot up to #2 on Amazon’s Top 100 Horror bestseller list and impressively stayed on the list for 17 weeks.
Following different groups of survivors through a plague-ravaged landscape, Omega Days introduced us to an all-out war of survival and redemption. Now, in the stunning sequel, after surviving a massive zombie attack, the survivors have come to realize that they are dangerously short of supplies, ammunition, and time.
Only a half mile offshore, the U.S.S. Nimitz aircraft carrier has run aground, and with its high steel walls it promises safety, shelter, food, medical supplies, and enough firepower to hold off the coming horde. But what the group quickly realizes is that the ship is actually a vast maze teeming with the relentless dead.
Ship of the Dead arrives in bookstores and online outlets October 7, 2014. Drifters, the final installment, is expected in January 2015. Learn more about the author on JohnLCampbell.com.
In the weeks following the Omega Virus outbreak, survivors form desperate clusters, uniting to defend against hordes of the walking dead. But they can only hide for so long…
Father Xavier Church never wanted to be a leader. Nonetheless, he’s grown attached to his fellow survivors, and he won’t let anyone cause them harm—though he may be the one who inadvertently leads them to destruction…
Ex-con Bill Carnes may crave freedom, but he still prefers sticking with the group rather than fleeing to Mexico with his former cellmate TC. Maybe he’s changing. Or maybe the look in TC’s eyes is more dangerous than the undead…
EMT Rosa Escobedo gave up on hope after she watched the man she loved rise from the dead. But when a patient seems to start getting better, she can’t help but hope for a cure, even if it means risking her life…
As the numbers of the dead swell, the living are running out of safe havens—especially when the biggest threats lie within their own ranks.
There’s a great film somewhere inside Animosity, the directorial debut of Brendan Steere. At the heart of the story is a vile horror that wrenches your gut and as its truths are slowly revealed, viewers are thrown into a pit of hopelessness. This is a dark film. Like, wicked dark with psychological tension that threatens to become unbearable at times. Aside from the core narrative, there are other elements at play, other pieces of the story’s mystery that make it feel convoluted or padded even. All of the extraneous elements, as well as the confusing motivations of one of the central characters, weaken the emotional punch I think Steere was going for.
Then again, Animosity is a film that warrants multiple viewings. From its bloody ominous prologue to its, well, bloody conclusion, the film unravels a mystery with many pieces while it spirals its audience into darkness. Was I too overwhelmed by the film’s bleak tone (seriously, it’s that bleak) to put the pieces together? It’s a possibility. What I do know for certain is that the feeling I was left with overall was fatigue from enduring such a despairing film. Then again, is that a compliment? A testament to the film’s power? Crap, I dunno.
Like the ingredients of a hot dog, the less you know about Animosity the more you’ll enjoy it. The basic story follows love birds Carrie (Tracy Willet) and Mike (Marcin Paluch), who just moved into a secluded home in the forest (Pennsylvania, judging from a license plate I spotted). For Carrie, it’s the perfect place to start building a family. Mike works in a lab during the day while she stays at home scoring a horror film. Their rural serenity is shattered by their neighbor, Tom (Stephen Goldbach), one mean looking S.O.B. who antagonizes Carrie with menacing hostility.
After a particularly alarming incident where Tom refuses to leave their property, a series of events occurs that begin to break Carrie down. While Mike assures her that she needs to get more sleep, Carrie is coming undone, believing that she’s being manipulated by something out of her grasp, perhaps even supernatural. As she begins to connect the dots, an unimaginable evil is revealed.
Steere definitely knows his way around a camera. Everything is shot nice and tight, elevating the paranoia that’s choking Carrie. He makes some smart, subtle choices in what to reveal to the audience and what to hold back on. Tracy Willet delivers a helluva performance as Carrie. It’s a complex role that covers the gauntlet of emotions, and she does a terrific job.
It’s in the story itself where I encountered some problems. The core is interesting enough, but it’s filled out with some elements that dragged the story down for me. Again, I don’t want to reveal any of the film’s secrets, I’ll just say I wish it was stripped down to its bare bones a bit more, making for a leaner, meaner film. Also weakening the emotional impact for me was one of the central character’s motivations. Again, without spoiling anything, one character’s motive for taking part in something just didn’t make any sense to me. And in the end he shifts gears, which made his previous actions all the more frustrating.
At the risk of giving anything away, I’ll stop there. I really hope Animosity gets an official release soon, not just because I want to watch it again, but also so people can debate my review. I want to like this movie. The main narrative is great, but was a little too bloated for me. After watching it a second time, chances are I’ll have a different opinion, which is great. I actually love when that happens. If that happens, I’ll gladly write a revised review. But for now, all I know is that I left the theater feeling worn out and unsatisfied.
CJ Thomason stars alongside Monica Keena and Edward Furlong in the new survival horror film Aftermath. Recently Thomason sat down with Dread Central to discuss his feelings about the movie.
"Aftermath is people surviving, doing everything they can to survive a nuclear fallout," Thomason said. "It's like it would probably happen in real life. They don't know why it's happening. They don't know who attacked."
He added, "They don't know the extent of the attack, and when it comes down to it, the movie is literally just focused on them surviving because that's where we would be. We're not going to have our iPhones updating us. We're not going to have our news media informing us... If you're lucky enough to be around a ham radio, you'll probably know a little bit of information. But it's a claustrophobic look at the survival of nuclear war."
Thomason discussed how the subject matter of Aftermath preys on some true terrors. "What I'm most excited to see is if people recognize that a horror film isn't necessarily a zombie or monster movie," Thomason said. "In actuality, sometimes it's just the potential horrors of life. And I like those movies, like The Vanishing, where you just have this creepy serial killer out there doing things that are mind-blowingly ridiculous and that's scary because that exists. I'm afraid of the possible real monster under the bed, not the fake one. This is one of those situations where there really is a monster under your bed, and Aftermath is the story of it."
Viewers of Aftermath may find themselves reminded of Night of the Living Dead. Thomason spoke on the similarities. "I think that's kind of bred in us by now when it comes to storytelling," Thomason said. "You get these archetype characters that are in Night of the Living Dead. They're kind of in several other survival films. It wasn't necessarily a conversation we had, but I'm sure the writer of the film was influenced by zombie films a lot. Zombie movies are great because it is a survival story and that's the best aspect of it. It's a survival story where all of a sudden the enemy is everywhere and this is the same thing in Aftermath. The enemy is everywhere. There is nuclear fallout happening everywhere and that same survival archetype grows out of that as it would in a zombie film."
So how is it to film a gritty survival horror film? "Horrible, man," Thomason said. "The people were great. The filmmakers were amazing. New Orleans is such a fun city to be in. But I'm not gonna lie. Those were 10-, 12-hour days performing these not fun scenes. It's not fun performing these scenes It's not fun doing survival scenes in the same set every day for weeks and weeks and weeks and months. It was intense. But everyone has fun in different ways and we definitely enjoyed the experience. But the work was intense."
Thomason was incredibly impressed by his Aftermath co-stars and spoke lovingly about them. "I started thinking about it and you've got guys like Ross Britt," Thomason said. "I filmed The Monkey's Paw in New Orleans also and I got Ross Britt onto that movie because he's such a talent. He plays the off-kilter kid with the glasses and I watched him do a table read for this movie and I'm thinking, 'What is this guy doing?' The guy is six-feet tall and kind of athletic and I'm thinking, 'What is he doing?' But then you see him with his character and it's so great. He's such a theatrical actor that it was fun to work with him. Edward Furlong brings this raw mentality to his craft and Monica Keena is someone who has a huge soldier mentality in her life. Monica has an ability of acting like nothing is bothering her and everything is okay even though you can tell that she is a very sensitive individual and there are all kinds of bad things going on. That kind of character is always fun to work with and she brought that to her role."
He continued speaking on the talented individuals in the cast. "Naturally, what I love about making films is that when you get to a set, you're not working with people who spend their lives in a cubicle," Thomason said. "You're working with people that have sacrificed a lot for a craft and they're constantly following their intuition and trusting their instincts and that just naturally rounds you out to an interesting individual. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed everyone on the set."
And, although this is a non-traditional horror movie. Thomason did indeed still get into the make-up chair. "That is my favorite part of movie-making," Thomason said. "When you get to look in the mirror and want to throw up looking at yourself. That's my favorite. It's just so easy whenever you look like that. When you're walking off set and people look at you like, 'Don't touch me. You look like a freak!,' that's the world's greatest moment, mainly because you can take the make-up off at the end of the day. But it's so easy to perform. It's just like putting on your wardrobe, but this is like a wardrobe times 10 when it comes to power. It's really empowering. On top of everything, it was my honeymoon. We had lost our make-up girl for the last few days, so rather than having to continually do the balding, I just kept it in for three or four days so I wouldn't have to keep doing it and worry about continuity. So I told them just keep it in. So my wife, on her honeymoon, had to deal with the fact that her husband looked like a nightmare."
There are more than a few toe-curling moments in the movie and Thomason spoke on them. "Those scenes were really intense," he said. "Those were super intense scenes. I remember getting ready to shoot one particular scene and just dreading it all day because you don't want to watch this character fall. Thinking about it right now makes me sick to my stomach. I didn't know that character as an actor performing a role. You get to know the character and it's so sad to see this creature that literally can't handle this intensity. And that's so true, man. That is so true. This is one of those situations in which so many of us would crumble in a way we never thought possible. Not everyone is going to be murdered. Some people are going to be eaten from the inside out. And this movie showed characters eaten from the inside out."
Directed by Peter Engert, the film also stars William Baldwin and Andre Royo. Look for it on Blu-ray/DVD August 26th.
When the devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse becomes a reality, nine strangers find themselves holed up together in a farmhouse cellar. These would-be survivors are faced with dwindling supplies, radioactive air, and the greatest threat of all: the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in.