The action in AMC's "The Walking Dead" is ramping up as it appears the show is finally headed in the right direction. Now shared below is a clip from next week's episode 02.12, "Better Angels." In the clip Rick and the survivors are gearing up for something big. Find out what the group is making preparations for in this sneak peak... " "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth."
More images from the set of Dark Shadows have emerged, and this time we get a look at Alice Cooper with some of the film's cast. I kind of expected Tim Burton to do something new with his look, which this photo certainly does not reflect. Then again, these look more like snapshots of the cast hanging out, so perhaps he's not in character at all. These snapshots also include original cast members from the old TV show, David Selby, Lara Parker, Jonathan Frid, and Kathryn Leigh Scott. "The story focuses on Collins, who was transformed into a vampire by his jilted lover, Angelique, way back in the 1700s and buried. He's just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer's Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller's Roger - despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood." Directed by Tim Burton, the adaptation of the TV soap hits theaters May 11, 2012. That makes for the odd situation of being a major release that's only two months away and doesn't have a trailer yet. Hit the jump to check out the pics!
"Revolution" continues to cast up. The hour-long thriller penned by "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke and exec produced by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Let Me In) and Bryan Burk. The project is described as a "high-octane action drama that follows a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist." Last week we reported that Giancarlo Esposito had been cast, now Deadline has the update that Billy Burke (Mr. Swan In Twilight, New Moon etcetera...) has joined the cast. As previously reported, Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys And Aliens) has been tapped to direct the pilot. Also continuing casting is Midnight Sun, who as added David Harbour (The Green Hornet) to their ensemble. He joins previously announced thesps Julia Stiles, Emma Bell and Titus Welliver. The show "follows the mysterious disappearance of Midnight Sun, a group living on a cult-like commune in Alaska."
As I'm sure a lot of you have gathered over the years, I'm really big into screen prints. I barely have any room left on my walls between Mondo, Lure and, more recently, London 1888. On February 27, 1987, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was released in theaters. To celebrate the film's 25th Anniversary and just in time for Monster-Mania 21, the folks over at London 1888 have released a limited edition screen-printed poster. The print measures 18x24, and is available in a standard edition of 200, or a Glow-In-The-Dark variant version that is limited to 75 prints. Both are available now at London-1888.com. The really cool thing about this print is that if you're attending the con, you can pre-pay and pick it up at London's booth and get Robert Englund to sign it. If the variant strikes your fancy (and is the version I prefer), it comes signed by Englund already, which is great if you can't make it up to Cherry Hill, NJ next weekend.
"American Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy announced tonight at PaleyFest that Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe will join Zachary Quinto and Jessica Lange to play completely new characters in the sophomore season of the FX horror anthology series. Says THR, Season 2 will shift from the creepy Los Angeles haunted mansion to an East Coast "horror institution," with SAG and Golden Globe award winner Jessica Lange (who co-starred as the all-knowing nosy next door neighbor Constance) and Zachary Quinto (who recurred as a ghost trapped in the house) previously confirmed to return. Peters co-starred as a mass-murderer-turned-ghost stuck in the house Tate Langdon, while Paulson had a more limited run as medium Billie Dean -- who in the penultimate "Birth" episode explained to Violet (Farmiga) that the house had a paramagnetic grip -- like a battery, with negative energy that feeds on trauma and draws things to it. Rabe played Nora Montgomery, one of the original owners of the house at the center of the series. Season 2 of FX's "American Horror Story," which will likely return in October, will revolve around Lange's new character, with Quito cast as a series regular.
Literally years after being announced, Chris Columbus' 1492 Productions and Warner Bros. Pictures have set André Øvredal to direct Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, reports Moviehole. The director of the Norwegian TrollHunter will be adapting Julie Kenner's best-selling action-adventure tale about a stay-at-home mother with a demon-hunting past who is called back into action to rid her small California town of monsters. Øvredal's sophomore effort will retain the fun and punchy tone of his debut, but possess a considerably larger budget. Dan and Kevin Hagerman, of Sony's Hotel Transylvania, are working on the script with Home Alone alum Columbus. Thanks to 'Chris GMX' for the tip.
In a fascinating LA Times article about the Weinsteins (that also quotes me out of context), the company reveals plans to release the hotly anticipated Piranha 3DD - the sequel top Alex Aja's remake that reteams Feast director John Gulagar with writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan - simultaneously in theaters and via video-on-demand at a to-be-determined date. Check out the exciting new trailer inside. They also reveal plans for a new low-budget, action-horror movie from the producer of Paranormal Activity and the director of Priest. The Scott Charles Stewart-directed Dark Skies will go into production this summer with financing from Canada's Alliance Films. You can read the article in its entirety here.
Both Emma Bell (Frozen, "The Walking Dead"), Julia Stiles (Bourne Ultimatum, The Omen (2006), "Dexter") have been cast in the new thriller pilot "Midnight Sun" for NBC. They join previously announced Titus Welliver. The show "follows the mysterious disappearance of Midnight Sun, a group living on a cult-like commune in Alaska." Per Deadline, "It centers on Leah Kafka (Stiles), a female FBI cult specialist leading the investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy. Also cast in the pilot, written by Lisa Zwirling, is Emma Bell as Rory, the cult leaders (Titus Welliver) daughter."
Horror is a broad genre. It wraps its claws around every conceivable genre, twisting and contorting it to make something wholly unique yet, in many cases, incredibly accessible. In many cases, these films transcend every day genre classification, though for the sake of convenience, theyre often lumped into the horror category despite the tone and presentation of the film lending itself far better to drama or, to borrow from the notion of horror elements, a dramatic thriller. Martha Marcy May Marlene is one of these films.
British actress Olivia Williams (The Ghost Writer, The Sixth Sense, An Education) will star opposite Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary's The Seventh Son, reports Deadline. "The film is an adaptation of a series of young adult books about a teen who learns the art of wizardry after discovering that he is the seventh son of a seventh son." It follows Tom Ward, a young boy training to be an exorcist in the 1700's and must learn how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches, and bind boggarts. Trouble begins when he's tricked into releasing the most evil witch in the world. The Seventh Son was formerly known as "The Spooks Apprentice" and is part of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures adaptation of Joseph Delaneys young adult series "The Last Apprentice." It is based on the first book in the trilogy "The Wardstone Chronicles." Thomas Tull, Basil Iwanyk and Lionel Wigram will produce.
"Shameless" star Emmy Rossum is in final negotiations to join the cast of Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment's supernatural love story Beautiful Creatures, reports Variety. Richard LaGravenese will direct from his own adaptation of the first novel in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's popular series of novels, all three of which were published by Little Brown Books. "Set in the South, story follows two star-crossed teenage lovers -- a local boy and a mysterious new girl -- who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town." Jack O'Connell and Alice Englert are set to star alongside Viola Davis and Emma Thompson. Rossum will play Ridley, Englert's cousin who became a dark witch on her 16th birthday, which turned the two girls into enemies. Erwin Stoff is producing with Alcon toppers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove. Pic starts shooting next month in New Orleans.
While it's been reported about 3,200 times that Jessica Lange will return in FX's second season of "American Horror Story," Deadline has the scoop on the first of a handful of returning cast members. Zachary Quinto, who did a scene-stealing four-episode arc on the first season of the Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk drama as the Harmon house's doomed former co-owner Chad Warwick, will be back as a series regular in Season 2, joining Jessica Lange. Like Lange, he will play a brand new character next season, which is set at an East Coast institution. What's more, the site reports that Quinto will play one of two male leads and the nemesis to Lange's character, which will be at the center of the Season 2 storyline. In addition to Lange and Quinto, three other actors from Season 1 of "AHS" will return next season. Murphy is expected to announce their names at the show's panel tonight, which will open this years PaleyFest.
Here's some news on Scream 5, albeit brief. Franchise writer Kevin Williamson will not be returning, which comes as no surprise considering the reports both here and here regarding Scream 4 rewrites and behind-the-scenes fights between Williamson and the Weinsteins. When website Assignment X asked Williamson about the fifth film, he candidly responded, "I dont know. I'm not doing it." Franchise director Wes Craven had also stated back in May 2011 that he was choosing "summer break" over Scream 5. Bloody Disgusting has heard from inside that the Weinstein Company is looking to young writers/directors to take the franchise in a fresh direction. It should be stated that they change their mind daily. Watch for anything official as it comes in. What would you like to see in a fifth Scream? I know what I don't want to see, and that's more Scary Movie crossovers (oh Anthony Anderson, you kill me). Thanks to BD reader 'RRH' for the heads up.
While most people crucified the filmmaker, I was a pretty huge fan of Tom Six's The Human Centipede 2 (read the review), a film that had the balls to say "f*ck you" to every hater out there (even though I still think directors need to stop reading all of the negative comments and feeling the need to respond to the hate). I think the most exciting part of the sequel was the "out-of-the-box thinking", where Six takes viewers outside of the initial film and then into what he deems the "real world." This leads us to the Final Sequence... While Six has kept plot details under wraps, Bloody Disgusting has confirmed that both Dieter Laser (pictured above left) and Laurence R. Harvey will return in The Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence), both in starring roles. Laser played the evil German surgeon "Dr. Heiter" in First Sequence, while Harvey played the creepy "Martin" - a man obsessed with Six's first film - in the sequel Full Sequence. The real head-scratcher that's got my interest piqued is that writer-director Tom Six himself will play a supporting role in the film! I think we're about to go super-meta! Principal photography will begin this May in the States. The film will be released in 2013, presumably by IFC. It is also confirmed that Final Sequence will actually be the last film of the Human Centipede trilogy. The American finale will be 100% politically incorrect. The Human Centipede Part 2 (Full Sequence) is now available uncut on DVD.
Big Air Studios has announced a new release plan for 11-11-11, Darren Lynn Bousman's take at a Biblical apocalypse that opened in limited theaters on November 11. Look for the flick to hit VOD on March 6 with a DVD release on April 24. Special features will include a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and more. "After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain to reunite with his estranged brother Samuel and dying father, Richard. However, fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings, and the constant sightings of the number 11. Curiosity quickly turns to obsession, and Joseph soon realizes that this number holds a horrific meaning not only to himself but possibly to all of religion. Isolated in a foreign country with only the support of his companion, Sadie, Joseph soon realizes that 11/11/11 is more than just a date, its a WARNING!" Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glenn, Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price, Salomé Jimenez, Benjamin Cook and Montse Alcoverro all star. Bousman directed Saw II-IV, Repo! and Mother's Day, is currently in post on The Barrens.
I hate spoilers, I hate them more than you can even imagine. While owning a monster horror website has it's perks, the biggest flaw is that pretty much no matter what I do, or hard hard I try, I will eventually have something ruined for me. Just when I was getting back into AMC's "The Walking Dead" (the previous 3 episodes were pretty good), websites across the globe ruined season 2's finale. While I'm not against sharing spoilers, it disturbs me that some sites would post such a spoiler in the subject header, or tweet about it 500 times in an attempt to get more hits. Well, I had the finale of season 2 ruined for me, and I'm sure many of you were hit with the same bomb. I didn't run a story on it the first time, because it pissed me off to no end. This time around I attempted to ignore it, only to wake up to a flurry of readers pointing me to the spoiler and asking why I'm not reporting it. We report nearly everything, so I guess I can't ignore it any longer (as much as I want to). But be warned, the following will ruin the big finale AMC had planned for their comic adaptation... By clicking here you'll see a screengrab from AMC's website displaying their forthcoming zombie head box set of "The Walking Dead" season 2. Within the description of the $99 set they ruin the fate of one of the series regulars. While those of you who read the comic should have known it was on the horizon, an element of surprise would have been nice. Eh?
To help celebrate the DVD/Blu-ray release of Paranormal Activity 3, Paramount recently held a contest in which two contest winners would be flown out to LA to attend a special viewing of the film at the house in which it was filmed. The winners were picked based on trivia knowledge of the franchise and, in this instance, were flown in from Michigan. They were treated to an almost private viewing of the film, dinner and a few special guests. Since the house had already been gussied up for the occasion we were asked if we wanted to come along and check it out. PA3 is my favorite film in the franchise and I felt that the house lent the film a lot of personality so it was kind of a no-brainer to attend. Hit the jump for a breakdown along with some photos and video.
[Interview] Justin Kurzel On Violence, Charismatic Serial Killers And Crafting 'The Snowtown Murders'
The Snowtown Murders (review), Justin Kurzel's harrowing and brutal thriller, arrives in limited theaters Friday, March 2 from IFC Films. This film really drew me in, and even though the experience wasn't always pleasant (nor is it intended to be) - I knew I was in the hands of a truly gifted filmmaker. Needless to say I was eager to hop on the phone with Kurzel earlier this week to discuss his approach. The true-crime story of The Snowtown Murders concerns "a teenager who finds his world threatened by both his loyalty for, and fear of, his newfound friend, John Bunting, Australia's most notorious serial killer. "The film follows Elizabeth Harvey (Louise Harris), a mother raising her three boys in a poor suburb. After her latest boyfriend displays pedophilic tendencies, she takes up with a new man, hoping for security but instead welcoming an even more vicious predator into her home. John Bunting (Daniel Henshall) is the moral compass of a self-appointed neighborhood watch who, fueled by cigarettes and beer, cast judgments on those living around them. Bunting enlists his crew in acts of sadistic vigilantism on those he considers deviants, and in the process takes Elizabeth's son Jamie (Lucas Pittaway) under his wing." Hit the jump to check out the interview!
Focus Features has released the full boney trailer for their animated horror comedy ParaNorman, which finally reveals the film's villain: the ghost of an evil witch who will raise the dead! Watch the entirely new trailer inside and tell us, does this look as good as Monster House to you, too? In ParaNorman, "a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he'll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits."
New Artist Alliance, an Encino, Calif.-based production company specializing in low-budget films, has secured financing for a slate of four micro-budgeted movies, all to cost less than $1 million, that it will co-produce with management/production firm Caliber Media, reports THR. The first film under the new deal is an adaptation of the First Comics graphic novel The Scribbler, author Dan Schaffers tale of a woman will multiple personalities. "The film is a noir sci-fi action thriller about a young woman recently released from a mental hospital, and continuing a treatment programme to rid her of her alternate personalities. She moves into a halfway house for mental patients where the residents begin to die at an unusual rate." John Suits, one of the founders of NAA, will direct the film, to be shot in 3D, which is beginning casting. The two companies have previously produced two movies together, which are both currently in post-production: Static, a horror-thriller starring Milo Ventimiglia, Sarah Shahi and Sara Paxton, directed by Todd Levin and shot in 3D, and 3 Nights in the Desert, starring Amber Tamblyn, Wes Bentley and Vincent Piazza, which Cowan directed. Caliber also is currently shooting Dark Was the Night, a horror film starring Kevin Durand, Lukas Haas and Bianca Kajlich, directed by Heller. And its thriller Enter Nowhere, starring Paxton, Scott Eastwood and Katherine Waterston, will be released by Lionsgate Home Entertainment in April.