We haven't heard much about Oliver S. Milburn's The Harsh Light of Day here in the States for the past few years, but thanks to Jinga Films and MVD, it's finally getting a North American DVD release in just a few more weeks.
Writer/director Milburn's The Harsh Light of Day stars Dan Richardson, Giles Alderson, Sophie Linfield, and Paul Jaques.
Look for the vampire revenge tale, which has been dubbed "Death Wish with fangs," on July 22nd.
Daniel Shergold (Richardson), a writer on the occult, is a happily married man until the day his wife is murdered and he is left paralyzed in a brutal, seemingly random attack by a group of masked intruders. When the police are unable to find the perpetrators, Daniel is left in a pit of bitterness and anger.
Desperately seeking vengeance, Daniel is brought to the attention of a mysterious stranger who changes everything. He offers Daniel something he hadn't dared hope for, something that shouldn't even be possible. He will help him walk, help him search, help him find vengeance - and it soon becomes clear that his wife's murder wasn't entirely without purpose. All this, but at one hell of a price...
Spanish genre director Alex de la Iglesia (The Day of the Beast, The Last Circus, The Oxford Murders) has produced Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel’s hotly anticipated Shrew’s Nest, with make-up effects being done by Pan’s Labyrinth veteran Pepe Quetglas.
The pic stars Macarena Gomez (Sexy Killer, Witching & Bitching), Nadia de Santiago (Niños Robados), Luis Tosar (Sleep Tight, Cell 211) and Hugo Silva (Witching & Bitching).
Thanks to Fabien M., Bloody now has the Cannes sales trailer that both crazy violent and super intense!
“Spain, the 1950s. Montse is no longer a young woman. She lost the blush of youth caring for her little sister, holed up in a sinister apartment in downtown Madrid.
Their mother died giving birth to the little one and their father couldn’t handle it. He fled like a coward and left the girls alone. Forced to be father, mother and big sister, Montse hid away from life inside those four walls, feeding her obsessive and unbalanced temperament. She suffers from agoraphobia and cannot take a single step outside the house. Not understanding what is happening to her and the suffering that this strange disease causes her makes her take shelter within a world of Our Fathers and Holy Marys.
Montse works as a seamstress and her only link to reality is her sister, a girl who will soon no longer be a girl. One day, the chain is broken when Carlos (HUGO SILVA), an irresponsible young neighbor, is misfortunate enough to stumble down the stairwell and looks for help at the only door he was able to drag himself to.
Montse takes him in.
Someone has entered the shrew’s nest.
…Perhaps he’ll never leave.”
This is news to me. Not just that “Constantine” quit smoking, but that he smoked in the first place since I’ve never seen the movie or read the comics. Yet, the upcoming NBC/Warner Bros. adaptation of the DC Comics character appears to have cut one of his most defining character traits.
Collider caught up with Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent), who directed the pilot, and he said in no uncertain terms that the smoking had to go. “No we’re not. It’s the one thing, a compromise I guess. On network it’s the one thing you can’t smoke on network. That’s one of his character traits. We’re working around that. We’re trying to get aspects of it in there as much as possible. We’ll see.”
The shot, set to premiere October 24, is “about occult master and demon hunter John Constantine, who is tasked with defending humanity from the forces of evil.” Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau Jr., Lucy Griffiths and Charles Halford star. Daniel Cerone and David S. Goyer exec produce.
The first bit of casting news has arrived for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Fembot as European actress and German Penthouse Pet Nikita Black joins the production in a pivotal role. Read on for the details along with word on who else has come on board.
The film, written by Staci Layne Wilson (Fetish Factory), will serve as the feature directorial debut of editor Vance Crofoot (Treachery, The Victim).
Production begins in July with plans to premiere the film in 2015.
Black's role came about as the result of her meeting producers/co-stars Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn during their recent trip overseas to receive the 2014 Vienna Film Ball Award for The Victim, during which Blanc-Biehn did a photo shoot for the magazine.
“During my Penthouse Germany shoot in Vienna, I met the beautiful and talented Nikita Black (pictured above left),” said Blanc-Biehn. “After extensive discussions about casting, we realized that Nikita would be the perfect actress for one of the lead roles in Fembot and developed the character ‘Nikita’ for Nikita Black!”
Blanc-Biehn will play ‘Bridget,’ and the film will also now showcase in a supporting lead role dancer Tristan Risk (American Mary, Fetish Factory). Martin Richard Kristek (the real-life owner and CEO of Care-Energy and ESCO) will have a supporting role as a solar energy provider working with the inventor of the Fembot.
In addition, Blanc/Biehn Productions will be hosting an audition competition to select one lucky film fan for a small part in Fembot. Keep your eyes on The BB Basement for info on how to register for this opportunity. For more on all of the company's current projects, "like" Blanc/Biehn Productions on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter with @jenniferblancb, @michaelbiehn, and @blancbiehnfilms.
Imagine a world in the not-too-distant future in which your every whim and desire can be fulfilled by a beautiful, charming, and sexually adventurous female robot. Thanks to ingenious scientific advances and potency provided by benevolent green energy eco-power plants, these “Fembots” are a dream come true. She’s lifelike, responsive, warm, and soft to the touch -- she even smells like cotton candy. What man wouldn’t want one?
Wealthy entrepreneur Zayden Beckett (Biehn) can’t wait to invest... both professionally and personally. Beckett test-drives a few Fembot models before he settles on Arla, the most intelligent of the lot and specially programmed just for him. Unfortunately, the devious inventor of the Fembot has cut corners with Arla, using a different, inferior energy source. She develops a mind of her own and a thought process which allows for jealousy. When Beckett begins to fall in love with a real woman, Arla goes on the attack.
Fembot serves as a warning, a wake-up call for the viewer: Beware of the temptations of the virtual reality – because in the end you might find yourself out in a real world that’s more fiction than fact, where nothing is real anymore. Fembot is a thrilling and erotic, energy-conscious sci-fi suspense film.
The critically acclaimed 2009 documentary Cropsey effectively mixed urban legend and true crime to tell the history of a Staten Island boogeyman who allegedly abducted children. Filmmaker Joshua Zeman rolls with the same format of how the dark histories behind cities can spawn urban legends in his new documentary Killer Legends, which aired as a special on the Chiller network. Did you know that Chicago is the hub of killer clown mythos? Me neither.
This time Zeman takes a look at four urban legends and broadens out to show how these cautionary tales spread across the U.S. and beyond. Along with his fellow researcher Rachel Mills, Zeman connects the true crime histories of the urban legends of the Hookman, the Candy Man, the Baby-Sitter murders, and the Killer Clown. It’s a deeply interesting and sometimes gruesome look at these well-known urban legends, though sometimes I was bugged by how much Zeman and Mills inserted themselves into the documentary. Like Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock, they feel the need to make themselves part of the story.
Killer Legends combines interviews, archival news footage, crime scene photos, and more to provide a wealth of history on its subjects. Clips from films inspired by the urban legends are also thrown in to add some context on their influence (Candyman, When a Stranger Calls, Urban Legend [duh]). The Town That Dreaded Sundown gets a lot of play, since it’s based on a real life series of unsolved murders that occurred in Texarkana, Texas in 1946.
That film works as a great springboard to show how the truth can be altered to form a universally shared urban legend. Typically these legends are embellished to serve as a cautionary tale for horny teens and anyone who dares talk to strangers. Zeman does a terrific job making his points and goes even deeper to look at how a community reeling from tragedy deals with it years down the road. What a lot of it boils down to is our need as a society to understand evil. They argue that’s why we have to put a name on these killers: “The Phantom Killer,” the “Halloween Sadist,” the “Moonlight Murders,” “Candy Man,” etc.
While many of the true crime aspects of the film look at one specific incident, such as a father who murders his son with a poisoned Pixie Stick, Zeman and Mills demonstrate how most urban legends are a culmination of crime, paranoia, and deep-seeded societal fears. They travel to the towns and cities where the tragedies took place, interviewing locals and going through case files. This is the aspect that kinda bothered me. It really turns me off when a documentarian inserts themselves into the film. It’s alright to a degree, but Zeman and Mills get a ton of screen time here. When they’re interviewing police or reporters or what have you, the camera constantly cuts back to them for a reaction shot. The stories are interesting enough without them. Some people might like this approach, but for me it’s a turnoff.
But besides that, Killer Legends is a wholly fascinating experience on a lot of levels. Even those familiar with the urban legends may come away with something new. I really hope this special leads to a regular series, if only Zeman will pull himself out of the frame for a while give the case experts some more time.
Killer Legends hits DVD on July 1.
It’s less than a year until Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow unleashes his (from what we’ve heard) bold new vision in Jurassic World. Today’s update is sort of a small one, but shows that the production still has some ways to go as it is still casting. James DuMont (Dallas Buyers Club) has joined the cast in an unspecified role, per THR.
In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Andy Buckley all star.
Another gory edition in the chilling archives of horror comics is heading our way this fall as Yoe and IDW join forces for The Worst of Eerie Publications, a 148-page special edition hardcover collection of multi-monster madness!
From the Press Release
This September children will go back to school, and the leaves on the trees will turn golden as they greet the first day of fall. IDW Publishing/Yoe Books will proudly interrupt this beautiful time of year with the release of The Worst of Eerie Publications.
Just in time for Halloween comes a collection of blood-drenched, spine-cracking tales ripped from the pages of the most demented horror comics ever published.
“After having my book The Weird World of Eerie Publications published in 2010, I was trying to think of how else I could damage the collective minds of the innocent. IDW and Yoe Books have given me the opportunity to carry on the outrage with this revolting tome. My momma always said it was nice to share so I’m happy to share my sickness! Bon appétit!” said Mike Howlett.
"I should have my head examined, letting that maniac Howlett loose to infect everyone with this mind-melting collection of graphic gore!” said Craig Yoe.
Collected for the first time in a deluxe edition are the incredibly gory, crazy, and infamous Eerie Publications horror comics... comics that really pushed the boundaries of good taste. With scripts pilfered from Pre-Code horror comics, these twisted tales of illustrated terror feature artwork by Dick Ayers, Chic Stone, Domingo Mandrafina, the Iger Shop, and many other unsung masters of the morbid and are presented in glorious, carefully re-mastered black and white. Absolutely not to be missed for those who enjoy the grisly and the lurid.
And what about those nausea-inducing covers? We’ve got them! A horrid helping of deadly, full-color covers are reproduced for your discomfort and revulsion. Enjoy!
Gratuitous gore! Multi-monster madness! Bound beauties! Oh my! 21 Terror tales that only Eerie Publications would dare publish… until now.
In Bong Joon-ho’s highly anticipated Snowpiercer, the last fragments of humanity survive aboard a massive train that navigates the globe once a year. Outside the train, the world is an uninhabitable frozen wasteland following a botched attempt to lower the world’s average temperature in the face of global warming. Inside, a fragile socioeconomic system keeps the have-nots in the train’s dingy caboose, while the elite exist in luxury, spending their time in the train’s night club, aquarium, and other opulent cars. This recipe leads to a truly great, overtly political sci-fi film that feels like a summer blockbuster, but is just weird and visionary enough to transcend the season of big budget trash.
The titular train was created by a mysterious man named Wilford, a sort of neo-Marxist Wizard of Oz. The locomotive is Wilford’s self-sustaining empire, where society has essentially continued as it was pre-ice age. The train’s elite keep the have-nots in the rear under their thumb by controlling their resources, barely keeping them alive on “protein blocks” that resemble rotten Jell-o. They impose poverty and manipulate food supplies to ensure complete conformity is sustained. And Captain America ain’t having that.
Chris Evans plays Curtis, a have-not plotting a rebellion with his buddy Edgar (Jamie Bell). They’re counseled by Gilliam (John Hurt, who can still effortlessly steal a scene at 74-years-old). During the course of their rebellion, they’re joined by security expert Namgoong Minsoo (the great Song Kang-ho) and his daughter Yona (Ko Ah-sung), both drug addicts. While Wilford remains behind the curtain, his lead crony Mason makes sure that everyone “Keeps their place.” Mason is played by Tilda Swinton, who is damn near unrecognizable in the role. She’s clearly channeling Margaret Thatcher, whose moral compass always seemed to be on the fritz. With her teeth, her hair, her thick Yorkshire accent, Swinton gleefully transforms into what I’m certain will turn out to be one of the best villains of the year.
As grand as her performance is, Swinton does come dangerously close to going over-the-top. She balances the absurd elements nicely though and the true excessiveness is left for Alison Pil, who plays a schoolteacher with a fondness for uzis and propaganda. The entire film, in fact, rests on this tenuous balance of ridiculous and solemn. As Curtis and his crew of revolutionaries push their way to the front of the train, they encounter an unpredictable series of baddies and obstacles, resulting in some gloriously staged fight sequences.
Snowpiercer is all about momentum and Bong deftly maintains it, knowing when to keep the pace booming along and when to slow down the drama for maximum effect. The production design on this film is tremendous, so during these moments when Bong hits the brakes a little, there’s a lot to soak in. It’s wise to slow down the action at times as well because Snowpiercer is filled with shocking revelations and twists the audience is going to want to thoroughly digest.
At its best, science fiction addresses the problems of today and that’s exactly what Bong’s film does. It can feel heavy-handed at times, but there’s a thoughtfulness and sincere anger at Snowpiercer‘s heart that makes it an intoxicating blend of class violence and big ideas. And like the contemporary issues in our society, the film offers up no simple solutions, just more troubling questions.
Just a year after my first visit to the set of “Hemlock Grove” I touch down in Toronto to check out progress on the successful Netflix horror show’s second season. I figure it will basically be the same trip, but as I get in the van to take me into town I realize that nothing is the same. In December of 2012 we were staying an hour outside of the city in the middle of nowhere, now we’re put up right in the middle of the city. Production has moved from the small town of Oshawa to a studio in the city proper.
That’s not the only thing that’s changed. In fact, aside from the core cast and the general vibe of the show, everything has shifted somewhat. Of course, “Hemlock Grove” will still be very recognizable to fans of the property. The titular town is as weird as ever. The White Tower still looms over everything with nefarious mysteries lurking inside. Peter (Landon Liboiron), Roman (Bill Skarsgård), Olivia (Famke Janssen), Norman (Dougray Scott), Dr. Pryce (Joel de la Fuente) and the other denizens are still around, even if some alliances have died while others were forged.
But the people behind the curtain are different and thus, almost everything else is. That’s the central takeaway here – everything is not exactly as it was, and people who may not have loved the show’s first season are encouraged to come back and see if this suits them a bit better (I, for one, am encouraged). Author/creator Brian McGreevy and showrunner Lee Shipman are off to other endeavors and have been replaced with a whole new team. The new showrunner is Charles “Chic” Eglee (“Dexter”, “The Shield”) and accompanying him are a cadre of new writers. Season 1 fans aren’t getting left out in the cold, but things might be a bit more inclusive for people who like a more propulsive narrative with their atmosphere.
Bill Skarsgård gives a frank rundown on the changes. “Season 2 became something where they brought in all of these new people. So there was an adjustment period when we started when you’re like, “okay so these are your ideas and this is what we’re doing.” But after one or two episodes I was completely in with this new trajectory of the show. It’s been cool and we’ve had amazing directors this year too that come from feature films and music videos so it’s really visual. People that aren’t used to doing television… from what I’ve seen of the show this year, it looks really cool. At least visually. It’s quite a striking show this year and I can’t wait for it to come out.”
That’s not the only thing that’s changed for Skarsgård or his character, Roman. He’s moved out of Olivia’s stately home and into swank, modern new digs. We take a tour of his apartment, which is dominated by browns, blacks and a sparse decor. Sleek art. The bedroom of a true bachelor. Given Roman’s new Upir status I wonder about the jar full of sprouted garlic in the kitchen. Skarsgård says it doesn’t actually come into play, “No, I just saw that the other day!”
Olivia has also moved out of her old, stately home and has taken up residency in a smaller cottage. Famke Janssen explains that, “what happened to me at the end of last season. It didn’t end very well, I wasn’t in the best of shape so I needed to do some rehabilitation to come back to a more vibrant version of myself. So that took moving to another place for a temporary – a temporary move to another environment.” She’s also pining for her son, despite the fact that Roman wants nothing to do with her. She’s very upset. “I mean, she’s been a terrible mother but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to be a better one in the future.”
Landon Liboiron’s Peter Rumancek’s living situation hasn’t changed much. We walk through the set embodying the house where he’s staying with his cousin and it’s dank, dark and very “gypsy.” There is some warmth to it here, as the set designers have successfully indicated that poverty doesn’t necessarily smother the soul. Though it’s not like Peter even wants to be back in town at all. Liboiron explains, “ The main thing that brought him back was a situation with his Mom. He basically had no choice. It was kind of a life and death decision to come back. There’s also a force unbeknownst to him that keeps pulling him back.”
Though, when it comes to Peter, we know what you gorehounds are really thinking. Are they trying to top that amazing werewolf transformation from last year? “Oh yeah. If they used a slingshot last year they’re using a catapult this year. They really amped up the fun stuff.”
Visual effect artist Matt Whelan elaborates, “Last year was a really good example of things people haven’t seen before, specifically the idea of eating the skin and the transformation being cyclical. That lore has been worked out even a bit further and investigated in ways people won’t be used to seeing. I think in terms of visual effects and practical effects, it’s still the same kind of gags we’ve pulled but because of the freedom to do things a little cheaper and a little faster we’ve been able to do it in slightly more creative ways.” Even more encouraging? Their touchstone is (very rightfully) An American Werewolf In London, and they recognize it will take a lot of work to top it.
Werewolves aren’t the only creatures or effects in Hemlock Grove, where both CG and good old fashioned practical applications intermingle to create a disturbing array of stuff (what looks like a large hairy tumor about the size of my head sits next to my can of orange juice at the roundtable). Effects artist Patrick Baxter explains this thing that’s making lunch so difficult to eat, “Those two items actually have bladders and pulsate and do more than just sit there statically and be kind of gross.”
Throughout the day we move in shifts, rotating from interviews to trips down to set. Space is tight so journalists are split into separate teams to observe shooting. One of the most impressive spaces is the interior of the White Tower. Roman is now in charge of the Godfrey Institute, with an office at the top of the tower just underneath its large sign. The office, like his new apartment, is opulent yet somehow spartan. It’s only when we get into the bowels of the building (in reality, just a few steps away) that things get super duper creepy.
But before we get there we start to wonder what it’s like being a new captain on a (slightly) older ship. To that degree we grill new showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee. Are these changes in part due to some of the reaction towards the first season? “ Well I have kind of made it a point in my career to not really follow what people are writing about your show. Because if you read the good reviews to feel good about yourself, then you’re obliged to read the bad reviews and feel miserable about yourself and contemplate suicide. So I honestly was aware of kind of a zeitgeisty reaction to the show last season, but it didn’t really inform what we did this season. We took the opportunities that were presented by last season and then let the story go where it took us and where it took the writer’s room.”
Eglee is also unmoored from fidelity towards McGreevy’s book. “I haven’t read Brian’s book. I look forward to it at some point, but after I finish working on the show. When I was running “Dexter” I came onto the show at a point when they had exhausted the underlying material. They had finished the first book. And I remember somebody, one of the higher-ups from somewhere, saying “oh my God! What are we going to do? We’re out of story!” And it was just the most perplexing thing in the world for me to hear that. We’ll do what every storyteller does, we’ll make shit up! The table was set last year by the novel and the show and we’ve taken that into the future.”
Perhaps most importantly, there’s a “Big Bad” this year to provide an additional narrative throughline. An antagonist whose season long arc conflicts with and threatens our protagonists (such as they are). “That’s a motor and an engine for the show. I think we derive [a sense of] event from that. There is a larger scope. Things certainly exist beyond the confines… everything takes place behind the proscenium of Hemlock Grove but there are larger forces impinging upon the place. A bit of the outside world is being invited in.” As far as what the “Big Bad” is, we’re not yet sure.
But there’s certainly some nefarious business going on. In the bowels of the White Tower he happen upon a lab where Dr. Pryce is doing some most unfortunate experiments. That pulsating tumor at lunch? Nothing compared to a flayed out screaming cat with thin tendrils (think slimy glass noodles or just look at the pic below) in open repose right before you.
It’s here, in a room like this, that we observe the final bit of the day’s shooting. Roman, in a hospital gown and hooked up to an IV drip, shuffles hurriedly to some type of machine. We don’t know why, but it seems urgent. He seems sick, in need. Then, he hooks a tube affixed to his stomach into the machine and receives, very much like a junkie, his fix. The blood.
I’m not sure what episode this footage is in, or what it leads up to. The show is in uncharted territory. As Skarsgård puts it, “ Last year we had the book. This year every episode has been completely brand new. Unless they tell us something, which they have done vaguely as we’re going along. I have some vague ideas about what’s going on. But I just read the last episode now and I was completely surprised.”
Hemlock Grove Season 2 debuts on Netflix on Friday, July 11th. Even if you’ve seen the first season, you might be completely surprised as well.
Etheria Film Night 2014 is home to the North American premiere of Axelle Carolyn's Soulmate, but that's not all of the fest's riches. There's also its short films, which include Sarah Doyle’s “You and Me & Her,” Rose McGowan’s “Dawn,” and Danis Goulet’s “Wakening.”
The event begins at 4PM PT on Saturday, July 12th, at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The Soulmate North American premiere will be followed by a Q&A with director Carolyn conducted by Rebekah McKendry (Fangoria),
The short film screenings will be followed by a Q&A conducted by Brea Grant (“Heroes,” "Dexter") with directors McGowan, Doyle, Rebecca Thomson (“The Jelly Wrestler”), and Gigi Saul Guerrero (“Dia de los Muertos”).
Director Lexi Alexander (Punisher: Warzone, Green Street Hooligans) will receive the 2014 Etheria Inspiration Award for her action and science fiction film work. The evening will include a cocktail reception and red carpet event sponsored by Monstrosity Films, Walker/Fitzgibbon, and Birns & Sawyer and co-presented by Ms. in the Biz.
Etheria Film Night Official Short Film Lineup:
“Wakening” - *LA Premiere* directed by Danis Goulet
(2013, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Canada, 9 mins)
In the near future, the environment has been destroyed and society suffocates under a brutal military occupation. A lone Cree wanderer Wesakechak searches an urban war zone to find the ancient and dangerous Weetigo to help fight against the occupiers.
“Job Interview” - *LA Premiere* directed by Julia Walter
(2013, Thriller, Germany, 10 mins)
When Lisa applies for a job everything seems to be turning out pretty well... Until the boss Marie starts asking strange questions and the job interview turns out to be a little different than expected…
“You Me & Her” - *World Premiere* directed by Sarah Doyle
(2014, Science Fiction, USA, 20 mins)
When 30 versions of one person pass through the wormhole at the Department of Parallel Resettlement, Anna discovers she is the worst possible version of herself.
“Dia de los Muertos” - *LA Premiere* directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero
(2014, Horror, Mexico/Canada, 12 mins)
On the night of 'Dia De Los Muertos,’ the women of the La Candelaria strip club seek revenge on those who have abused them.
“Dawn” - *LA Premiere* directed by Rose McGowan
(2013, Thriller, USA, 18 mins)
Dawn is a quiet young teen that longs for something or someone to free her from her sheltered life. One day she meets Charlie, a high school dropout, who offers her a glimpse into a world she dreams to be a part of.
“Hide & Seek” - directed by Kayoko Asakura
(2013, Horror, Japan, 11 mins)
A schoolgirl visits a house to take a Koto lesson. She meets her teacher and her son, and they seem to be playing "HIDE and SEEK" in the house. The Koto lesson starts but the girl soon realizes that there's something very odd about the teacher.
“The Jelly Wrestler” - *LA Premiere* directed by Rebecca Thomson
(2013, Action/Comedy, Australia, 14 mins)
With one last shot at jelly glory, washed up wrestler and barmaid Eileen must grapple with aging, betrayal and her own jelly wrestling demons - a task that may well put her down for the count.
In addition, Etheria Film Night is sponsoring an on-site charity drive at the July 12th event for Reel Grrls, an organization that empowers young women to realize their power, talent, and influence through media production. These girls are awesome and deserve our support! Find out more here, including what you can bring if you're attending Etheria 2014.
I first heard of “rapper” Froggy Fresh on the Comedy Central show Tosh.0. I thought it was a joke then and dismissed it entirely from my mind. Then, the other day, Bill popped a video on my Facebook wall of a song called “Halloween” and told me that I absolutely had to see it. Honestly, I could not have prepared myself for what I was about to see and, even though it came out 1.5 years ago, I have to share it with you. Hell, it’s got Michael Myers busting a move! That alone is worth it!
There's been talk of AMC's "The Walking Dead" lasting up to 12 seasons (or more), but recently showrunner Scott Gimple discussed just how long it could go, what the end game would be, and more. Read on!
"I would say ‘yes,' [there is an end game]," Gimple told Collider at last week's Saturn Awards. "I actually don’t like spoiling myself on the comic. I read it as I go. Robert’s offered to tell me the whole thing so I get general aspects of it."
He continued, "I know the emotional end game of the show, but there’s practical aspects I want to keep with the comic. With these characters, you definitely have to think of the emotional end game, and that is very much a part of where I’m headed. But I want to have the flexibility to change the practicals with the comic, and I don’t want Robert to spoil the whole series for me."
In terms of the proposed spin-off series AMC announced a while back...
"I have little to do with the spin-off… This I do know. It’s set in the world of 'The Walking Dead,' but from what I understand, it’s not like Daryl’s cousin or anything… I would never say never [to a crossover between the shows] because if I was a viewer I would say that sounds awesome, but we’re doing our own show. I also think a crossover might be tough because it would take a lot of [license] within the comic story. We’ll see. When we get to all-out war, who knows? We’ll add another faction. It’ll be the Saviors and the Hilltop and the ‘Spin-offers’!"
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.
So the big question everyone has been wondering since the announcement of the next Halloween film was whether or not it would continue on in the universe set up by Rob Zombie. Recently Collider caught up with Malek Akkad at the Saturn Awards, who shed some light on the subject.
“I can’t talk about it too much right now," says Akkad. "It will definitely keep elements and bring in new elements. But I really want to bring it back to kind of like, the classic – because the last one got a little dark – I want to bring it back to the classic Friday night horror film that people will really like.”
When asked about the ill-fated Halloween 3D, which was announced a couple of years back...
"Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier did a script. The next day after the last one came out, we were back in production for Halloween 3D. We were about two weeks from going down to Louisiana to shoot it, and for whatever reason the studio thought we were maybe moving a little bit too quickly. I disagree. I think we had a great script and a great team, and it would have been a massive hit. But right now we’re currently working on a new script for Halloween 3 so it’s all in the works right now."
Check out the entire interview here!
Also be on the lookout for the new Halloween box set, which includes the Producer's Cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers.
Halloween Box Set Release Details
Last year the horror classic Halloween celebrated 35 years of terror for those willing to partake in its vision of unrelenting horror. But that was only the beginning of the celebration.
What producers Moustapha Akkad, Debra Hill, and Irwin Yablans; writer/director John Carpenter; and stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence started in 1978 has transformed into one of the most durable, iconic – and copiously studied -- horror film franchises ever created. Before Jason, before Freddy, and before Jigsaw, there was… Michael. Over the years audiences have lived and relived the terrors of Michael Myers through ten feature films as well as various re-edits and alternate versions; yet, to date, the complete saga of Michael Myers could only be told in pieces, in individual DVD and Blu-ray releases, with the rights spread across multiple home entertainment studios.
Through the unprecedented collaboration of rival home entertainment companies Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory – the leading purveyors in horror home entertainment – Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray box sets arrive September 23rd.
For the legions of Halloween fans, the Deluxe Edition boasts 15 discs and contains all the Halloween feature films – Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and Halloween II. The set includes the NEVER BEFORE RELEASED producer's cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers as well as the ultra-rare network TV version of the original Halloween, the network TV version of Halloween II, plus the unrated versions of Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II. It is packed with hours of BRAND NEW bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew from the entire franchise! In response to years of fan feedback, the first Halloween will now also include the original mono audio track, and the set will include both versions of the original Halloween - the original Blu-ray release and the recently remastered 35th Anniversary version with the mono track added back in! It also comes with a limited edition 40-page book written by Michael Gingold of Fangoria Magazine. The collectible packaging will include a newly commissioned illustration on the outer case, and each film will be in its own black Blu-ray case with the original theatrical one-sheet as the key art. This deluxe set carries an SRP of $169.99.
“This compilation is the ultimate collector's item for fans of the Halloween films and a testament to all the wonderful talent that have worked on them,” remarked Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films and son of series producer Moustapha Akkad. “The partnership between Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory to present fans for the first time with all the Halloween films in one definitive package is a tribute to everyone – including my father – who made these films the terrifying classics they are today.”
The 10-disc edition includes the original theatrical versions of the Halloween films and will include select bonus features. SRP is $129.99.
Both sets will be distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment with bonus features developed and created by Scream Factory and Anchor Bay.
Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray box sets contain the following classics:
Director: John Carpenter
The original indie blockbuster that launched a thousand cuts…Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) in her debut role. Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance, Halloween II, IV & V, Fantastic Voyage), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis). Co-starring P.J. Soles (Carrie, Stripes, Rock ‘n Roll High School), Kyle Richards (The Watcher in the Woods, Eaten Alive), Nancy Loomis (Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13, The Fog), Charles Cyphers (Escape From New York, The Fog) and Brian Andrews (The Great Santini, Three O’Clock High), Halloween also cemented the careers of many behind the camera including Carpenter, Cundey, producer Debra Hill and film editor/production designer Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, “It”).
Halloween II (1981)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Picking up exactly where the first film left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they once again encounter the knife-wielding maniac they thought they had left for dead. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. As he gets closer to his main target, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath’s actions. Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween II is a spine-tingling dark ride into the scariest night of the year.
Exclusively on the Deluxe Set: Halloween II (1981) Network Television Version. Airing on network TV since the early 80’s, the TV cut features several new scenes and additional cut scenes as well as an alternate ending from the theatrical version.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Director: Tommy Lee Wallace
When a terrified toy salesman is mysteriously attacked and brought to the hospital, babbling and clutching the year’s most popular Halloween costume — an eerie pumpkin mask — Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins, The Fog, Night Of The Creeps) is thrust into a terrifying Halloween nightmare. Working with the salesman’s daughter, Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), Daniel traces the mask to the Silver Shamrock Novelties company and its founder, Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy, RoboCop). Ellie and Daniel uncover Cochran’s shocking Halloween plan and must stop him before trick-or-treaters across the country are kept from ever coming home in this terrifying thriller from writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace (Stephen King’s It).
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Director: Dwight H. Little
A decade ago, he butchered 16 people trying to get to his sister. He was shot and incinerated, but still the entity that Dr. Sam Loomis (the legendary Donald Pleasence) calls “Evil on two legs” would not die. Tonight, Michael Myers has come home again…to kill! This time, Michael returns to Haddonfield for Jamie Lloyd (Scream Queen Danielle Harris of Halloween 5 and Hatchett II and III) – the orphaned daughter of Laurie Strode – and her babysitter Rachel (Ellie Cornell of Halloween 5 and House of the Dead). Can Loomis stop Michael before the unholy slaughter reaches his innocent young niece? Michael Pataki, Sasha Jenson and Kathleen Kinmont co-star in this smash sequel that marked the long-awaited return to the original storyline and remains infamous for its startling twist ending and graphic violence.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Because Hell would not have him, Michael Myers survived the mine explosion thought to have killed him. One year later, his traumatized young niece Jamie (Danielle Harris of Halloween 4) is horrified to discover she has a telepathic bond with her evil Uncle…and that Uncle Michael is on his way back to Haddonfield. But Dr. Loomis (the late, great Donald Pleasence) has a new plan to destroy The Boogey Man in his childhood home using Jamie as bait. Tonight, the carnage begins again: Michael Myers is back with a vengeance! Ellie Cornell and Beau Starr return for this hit sequel that features grisly gore by Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”).
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Director: Joe Chappelle
In a single horrifying night, Michael Myers' masked reign of terror changed Halloween forever! Now, six years after he was presumed dead in a fire, Myers has returned to kill again - and this time there's no escape! As the homicidal fury builds to a spine-tingling climax, the long-hidden secrets of the screen's most maniacal murderer are revealed...with shocking results! Starring a thrilling cast including legendary Donald Pleasence (Halloween) and Paul Rudd (Anchorman).
Exclusively on the Deluxe Set: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut. The so-called “Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (aka Halloween 666) was a workprint of the original film.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Director: Steve Miner
This smart and suspenseful thriller scares up a bone-chilling good time with original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies, Halloween I & II) and a hot cast of hip young stars! Now the headmistress of a private school, Laurie Strode (Curtis) is still struggling with the horrifying, 20-year-old memories of the maniacal killer Michael Myers...when he suddenly reappears with a vengeance! And this Halloween, his terror will strike a whole new generation! Laurie's rebellious son (Josh Hartnett - The Faculty, 30 Days of Night), his girlfriend (Golden Globe Winner Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn), and the school security guard (LL Cool J - CBS’s “NCIS Los Angeles” will become Michael's newest victims unless Laurie can conquer her greatest fears and put evil in its place once and for all! The time has come again for you to experience the frightening fun of Halloween - the motion picture series that totally redefined terror.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Original Halloween I & II alums star Jamie Lee Curtis (You Again) and director Rick Rosenthal are back and joined by Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks in the terrifying Halloween: Resurrection, another installment in the electrifying horror film series. The reality programmers at DangerTainment (Rhymes, Banks) have selected Rudy (Sean Patrick Thomas, The Fountain), Bill (Thomas Ian Nicholas, American Pie), Jen (“Battlestar Galactica’s” Katee Sackhoff) and a group of thrill-seeking teenagers to spend one fun-filled night in the childhood home of serial killer Michael Meyers. But the planned live broadcast turns deadly when their evening of excitement becomes a night of horror as Michael himself decides to crash the party.
Director: Rob Zombie
What happens when one legendary horror filmmaker tackles a horror film icon? A new chapter in the legend is born! Rob Zombie (Lords of Salem, The Devil's Rejects) reinvents the ultimate slasher classic, unleashing Michael Myers for a bloody rollercoaster of a rampage like fans have never seen. Including a retelling of the original story that unfolds at a breakneck pace, as well as a chilling new introduction that finally reveals the secrets behind Myers' disturbing childhood, Halloween breathes new life into one of film history's most terrifying tales. Presenting both the original theatrical version and the unrated feature with director's commentary, thrilling bonus features including deleted scenes and an alternate ending, and an exhaustive 4 1/2 hour documentary giving a behind the scenes look at how Zombie created "the scariest Halloween to date" (Debbie Rochon, Fangoria Radio).
Halloween II (2009)
Director: Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie's H2 (Halloween) picks up at the exact moment that 2007's box-office smash Halloween stopped and follows the aftermath of Michael Myers' (Tyler Mane) murderous rampage through the eyes of heroine Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor Compton). Evil has a new destiny. Michael Myers is back in this terrifying sequel to Rob Zombie's visionary re-imagining of Halloween which grossed almost $80 million worldwide. It is that time of year again, and Michael Myers has returned home to sleepy Haddonfield, Illinois to take care of some unfinished family business. Unleashing a trail of terror that only horror master Zombie can, Myers will stop at nothing to bring closure to the secrets of his twisted past. But the town's got an unlikely new hero, if they can only stay alive long enough to stop the unstoppable.
Colin Trevorrow's tweeted a new image from the set of the currently shooting Jurassic World and it's safe to say that the main subject of it was anything but safe. Hey... a dino's gotta eat, right?
Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
More as it comes.
A little hazy on who's related to whom and who's living and dead in Chester's Mill after the town has been "Under the Dome" for the equivalent of two weeks? With the Season 2 premiere just a day away, this character map that shows everyone's connections arrived at the perfect time!
The June 30th premiere episode was written by bestselling author and executive producer Stephen King, who also makes a cameo appearance, and was filmed on location in Wilmington, N.C.
"Under the Dome" stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Natalie Martinez (Linda), Dean Norris (Big Jim), Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie), and Britt Robertson (Angie).
The Season 2 newcomers include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Karla Crome, Dwayne Boyd, and Dwight Yoakam.
Related Story: Visit our "Under the Dome" Archive
"Under the Dome" Episode 2.01 - "Heads Will Roll" (airs 6/30/14; 10-11 PM)
Barbie’s fate lies in Big Jim’s hands, and the Dome presents a new threat when it becomes magnetized. Meanwhile, Julia seeks out the help of a stranger to save the life of a mysterious girl who may hold clues to origin of the Dome.
On tap are two new images from Life After Beth, a Jeff Baena-written/directed comedy that stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser, and Anna Kendrick. Check 'em out to see how pretty being dead can be!
The film centers on a young man whose life takes a turn for the worse when he attempts to make amends after his recently deceased girlfriend returns from the dead. Look for it in limited release on August 15th.
Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her, and before long Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.
Anchor Bay has released over a dozen images for the David Jung-directed The Possession of Michael King, and they're all fairly creepy. Check 'em out, and look for more on this one really soon!
The Possession of Michael King Release Details
Anchor Bay Films is releasing the highly-anticipated, terrifying supernatural horror film THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING in theaters on August 22nd and available On iTunes, On Demand, DVD, and Blu-ray on August 26th.
THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING is an intense supernatural spine-tingler from the producers of White Noise and The Haunting In Connecticut, directed by first-time director David Jung and starring Shane Johnson (Starz’ upcoming “Power”), Dale Dickey (Iron Man 3), Julie McNiven (TV’s “Supernatural”, “Mad Men”), and Tomas Arana (Guardians of the Galaxy). The film is written by David Jung from a story by Jung and Tedi Sarafian (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines).
The film tells the story of documentary filmmaker Michael King (Johnson), who doesn’t believe in God or the Devil. Following the sudden death of his wife, Michael decides to make his next film about the search for the existence of the supernatural, making himself the center of the experiment – allowing demonologists, necromancers, and various practitioners of the occult to try the deepest and darkest spells and rituals they can find on him – in the hopes that when they fail, he’ll once and for all have proof that religion, spiritualism, and the paranormal are nothing more than myth. But something does happen. An evil and horrifying force has taken over Michael King. And it will not let him go.
THE POSSESSION OF MICHAEL KING was produced by Paul Brooks and executive produced by Scott Niemeyer and Guy Danella.
Well, it took a surprising amount of years to get on Hollywood's "we need our own version of that" radar, but it's finally on its way. The 1999 Takashi Miike film Audition, which was based upon the 1997 novel by Japanese author Ryu Murakami, is getting the U.S. remake treatment!
Deadline reports that Terminator, Rambo, and Basic Instinct executive producer Mario Kassar is in the midst of assembling an English-language adaptation for us Westerners. The new Kassar-produced version is based on the original Murakami novel and will transplant the story to an American setting.
In this version, to be directed by Richard Gray (The Lookalike), Audition‘s unlucky protagonist is Sam Davis, who lives alone with his son following the death of his wife seven years prior and is convinced by a filmmaker friend to stage the fake auditions. The former ballerina with a mysterious past he falls for is now named Evie Lawrence, but otherwise details fall closely in line with Murakami’s best-seller.
Gray adapted the script and will tackle a fall shoot for Audition.
The keys to the finale dug out of Scott Gimple.
More fun from the Saturn Awards in California as “The Walking Dead” show runner Scott Gimple – who has been a writer on the series since season two – tells Collider that comic creator Robert Kirkman (thankfully) has an ending in mind for the long running series. One of my biggest issues is that it feels like the wheels just keep spinning instead of just working towards creating a perfect story arc (much like “Preacher” did). And while Kirkman would tell Gimple the end, he would rather experience it month-to-month through the comics.
I would say ‘Yes’ [there is an end-game]. I actually don’t like spoiling myself on the comic. I read it as I go. Robert’s offered to tell me the whole thing so I get general aspects of it. I know the emotional end game of the show but there’s practical aspects, I want to keep with the comic. With these characters, you definitely have to think of the emotional endgame and that is very much a part of where I’m headed. But I want to have the flexibility to change the practicals with the comic and I don’t want Robert to spoil the whole series for me.
Gimple also talked briefly about the forthcoming AMC spinoff, although he indicates that licensing rights could cause the two series to never cross paths.
I have little to do with the spinoff… This I do know. It’s set in the world of The Walking Dead but from what I understand, it’s not like Daryl’s cousin or anything… I would never say never [to a crossover between the shows] because if I was a viewer I would say that sounds awesome. But we’re doing our own show. I also think a crossover might be tough because it would take a lot of [license] within the comic story. We’ll see. When we get to all-out war, who knows? We’ll add another faction. It’ll be the Saviors and the Hilltop and the ‘Spin-offers’.
“The Walking Dead” returns this fall on AMC.
Some seriously big Halloween news was reported out of this past weekend’s Saturn Awards in California.
Collider caught up with Malek Akkad, who took over the family business and worked on the five most recent Michael Myers films.
The site covered a wide variety of topics and received very candid answers. The biggest news to break is that the upcoming Halloween box set will include the Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers!
“Yes. I can announce that on the box set we will have the Producer’s Cut, finally. […] It’s been around for so many years and people have bad bootlegs, so I’m really happy that we were able to get the right elements and put it all together. And it looks – the transfers great, the sound is great. I think fans are going to be really happy with it.“
He also talked a bit how they planned to continue the Thorn plot but Halloween H20 sent them down a new path.
“We did discuss continuing it and, what happened was, we were coming up to the twentieth anniversary and [The Curse of Michael Myers] wasn’t one of the bigger box office hits. So what the studio and I and my father, we got together and said, ‘Let’s do the twentieth anniversary.’ And the only way to do that properly was to get Jamie Lee [Curtis] back. So when you bring Jamie Lee back, it kind of leads to a whole different kind of storyline. It’s focused on the whole, Jamie Lee/Laurie Strode character. So, the Thorn thing faded away with that, but I think that was the right move because H20 was a great movie.”
The writer also talked a bit about Rob Zombie’s remake, and asked about a “rape scene in the hospital” that was deleted out of the final cut of the film.
“It was a bit graphic and we kind of wanted to ride that fine line that, the people that Michael kills, we want to feel for them. So, immediately, the two guys, when they’re… the rape scene. You wanted him to kill them, you start rooting for Michael to kill them. It was that fine line. We wanted it to still be scary and we wanted the kills to still be scary, not root for Michael. I think that was the thinking at the time.”
As for the now defunct Halloween 3D, which is being revived in some unknown capacity, Akkad reveals that they were two weeks away from shooting when The Weinstein Company pulled the plug!
“Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier did a script. The next day after the last one came out, we were back in production for Halloween 3D. We were about two weeks from going down to Louisiana to shoot it and for whatever reason, the studio thought we were maybe moving a little bit too quickly. I disagree. I think we had a great script and a great team and it would have been a massive hit. But right now we’re currently working on a new script for Halloween 3, so it’s all in the works right now.”
Lastly, will the potential Halloween 3D follow the characters from the Zombie franchise?
“I can’t talk about it too much right now, but it will definitely keep elements and bring in new elements. But I really want to bring it back to kind of like, the classic – because the last one got a little dark – I want to bring it back to the classic Friday night horror film that people will really like.”
You can catch the entire video interview at the above link.