Each year Santa Monica, CA, hosts the American Film Market, where buyers and sellers gather to show off their latest projects. It’s also when we typically bring you a boatload of sales art, and we did so last week. But just like any good horror movie… there’s always a sequel.
Related Story: All AFM 2015 News Here
Kick back, relax, and dig on the second batch of everything that’s fit to print, INCLUDING the second bit of sales art for the wonderfully titled Terrordactyl!
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Horror-infused retrosynth artist Nightcrawler have released an official music video for their track “Haunted Keys”. Themed after 70’s horror films, the video tells the tale of a haunted synthesizer that won’t leave a musician alone. In fact, its powers are so great that it can withstand bullets and even an exorcism, going so far as to…well, you’ll just have to see.
You can buy the Haunted Keys single via Bandcamp.
We absolutely love when horror fans put their talents to use and pay tribute to their favorite movies in their own creative ways, and that’s why we’re always happy to share that DIY handiwork here on Dread Central. On tap today is a Jason Voorhees coffee table that is, well, to die for.
This bad boy comes our way courtesy of DIY master RLS FX, who has been creating his own horror props since the age of 10. As the artist explains on his Facebook page, which you can check out by clicking the link you just passed by, it was a childhood trip to Toys R Us that sparked his creativity.
“I can clearly remember wanting an over-priced, very poorly made Freddy Krueger glove from Toys R Us but was too poor to purchase it,” he recalls. “I figured I could do better anyway, so I made a real one just by looking at the scenes from the first movie – the same went for the makeup.”
“I’ve been self-taught in every way. Using only what I had available to me, which I used to call my ‘poor man’s FX tools’,” RLS continues. “Although I now use professional grade materials, I still find that a lot of my makeshift ideas work much better.”
Based on The New Blood, RLS’ Friday the 13th coffee table depicts Voorhees in his watery grave, and all sorts of bells and whistles make it the ultimate conversation piece. The Jason prop housed inside is covered with a glass lid, and LED lighting, as well as audio from the film, really brings it to life.
Check out photos and videos of the world’s coolest coffee table below!
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Walker Stalker Con, in partnership with Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment, is hosting “The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1,” an immersive attraction created by acclaimed director Michael Counts, for a limited run, November 18-29, near Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Georgia, at 218 14th Street NW.
If you live in or near the city of Atlanta, it’s one event you don’t want to miss! Read on for all the gory details.
From the Press Release:
The Walker Stalker Con, now the second largest fan convention in North America, in partnership with Skybound Entertainment, the Los Angeles-based entertainment company led by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and executive producer David Alpert, have come together to present a new immersive experience and attraction created by Michael Counts, the theater luminary who has been called a “mad genius” by the New York Times. The production premiered at the 2015 Atlanta Walker Stalker Con, at the Georgia World Congress Center, to sold out audiences and critical acclaim. Among the first to experience the attraction were celebrities Chandler Riggs, Jordan Woods-Robinson, Cory Brill, Michael Traynor, and others from “The Walking Dead” and its new spin-off, “Fear the Walking Dead,” including Lincoln A. Castellanos.
“The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1” is a 30-minute full-throttle immersive attraction that drops audiences straight into the chaotic and terrifying world of The Walking Dead. Experienced in small (7-person) audience groups, “Chapter 1” sends participants on an adventure through the edge of a small town on the night the outbreak hit – the night zombies began their rampage and the social order began to unravel.
Set in over 10,000 square feet of highly produced sets and employing state-of-the-art technology and never-before-seen special effects, this attraction promises to take the rapidly developing genre of “immersive” extensions of popular entertainment brands to the next level. Counts, who is one of the early pioneers of immersive theater and attractions, boldly described “The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1” as “the scariest and most fully transportive production of this type ever made.”
As the first chapter in an episodic series, this installment renders the “world on the night hell broke loose” at the start of the outbreak that led to the zombie apocalypse. Subsequent productions will continue the stories and experiences introduced in “Chapter 1.” Though the experience is designed so that each episode can stand alone, the structure of the concept follows the expanding story framework of The Walking Dead comic books, TV show, and video game series.
James Frazier, founder of Walker Stalker, executive producer of this project, and one of the leaders of the TWD fan community, explained his motivation as a direct response to the desires of the fans like himself: “We’ve heard the fans’ desire for more immersive and terrifying experiences at our events. ‘The Walking Dead Experience – Chapter 1’ is the response to that desire! We’ve all wanted to be thrown into the middle of TWD. Now we can do that in a way that is true to what TWD is and in a way that we can expand upon in upcoming chapters. This is the ultimate in ‘fan fiction’!” He added, “As a fan of TWD, this is a dream come true to create an immersive experience with the team of Robert Kirkman, Skybound, and Michael Counts.”
Jon Goldman, Managing Partner of Skybound, said of the project, “The Walking Dead has been extremely successful working with fellow creators to expand the universe of The Walking Dead. We’re excited to extend Robert’s vision to live, immersive entertainment.”
Tickets for the attraction allow audiences to choose whether they want to be a “survivor” and/or a “walker,” and premium ticket options offer additional unique opportunities like show quality “walker” make-up and a customized one-on-one experience that the production calls a “sole survivor” ticket. Tickets start at $50.
Counts’ production team includes longtime collaborators Ryan O’Gara (Hamilton) – lights; Matt Haber and Phil Gulley (Michael Kors, Grand Central Station) – Video and Special Effects; Caleb Sharp (Fighting Gravity) – Sound Design; Katie Fleming (Sleep No More, Queen of the Night) – Props, Set Dressing, and Associate Scenic Design; and Katie Naka (Blue Man Group) – Production Management and Associate Direction. The project and ongoing tour are being produced and managed by Captain Worldwide.
For more info and tickets, visit the-walking-dead-experience.ticketleap.com.
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We’ve teamed up with Swedish blackened death metal band This Gift is a Curse to bring you the Satanic and unsettling video premiere of “Swinelord”, which comes from their new album All Hail the Swine Lord!
If the prospect of Satanic rituals didn’t tickle your fancy, just read this description of their new album and tell me it doesn’t sound like some sort of Clive Barker-esque horror film:
“This Gift is a Curse unleash a black storm of chaos with ‘All Hail the Swinelord’. The Swedish blackened metal/crust quartet holding nothing back as they swarm the listener with tortured screams of agony, dissonant riffing, and furious drumming. ‘All Hail the Swinelord’ delivers relentless and oppressive fury from the start and leaves no room for mercy.”
You can order the album via Season of Mist.
Warning: People with epilepsy may want to avoid this video due to consistent flashing lights.
According to Lorne Dixon, author of the upcoming psychedelic thriller Blue Eel, which Cutting Block Books is releasing on November 30th, it’s time for a new kind of horror book. A proponent of “progressive horror,” a subset of the genre rooted in current social anxieties, Dixon believes the time of traditional monster novels and rewritten urban legends is over.
An established author whose titles include Snarl, The Lifeless, and Eternal Unrest, Dixon’s latest work focuses on the more realistic fears that plague today’s society.
“Blue Eel sits at the crossroads of horror and noir, presenting characters in various stages of moral decay,” Dixon reveals. “Millennials and GenX readers especially will respond to the novel’s modern sensibilities and themes. There are no creaking castle doors or cursed family trees here. The fears on display reflect the anxieties manifesting in today’s society—and tomorrow’s.”
If Blue Eel sounds up your alley, then you can pre-order it from Amazon now.
Long suspected of guilt in his daughter Madeline’s disappearance, Branson Turaco takes an abrupt turn in his life when a lock of Madeline’s hair is found in a child predator’s home. Branson buys an unlicensed handgun, enlists the help of a disgraced filmmaker and a desperate intern, and heads out onto the open road.
Clinging to the dim hope that his daughter might still be alive, Branson finds himself pursued by a team of post-human assassins with glowing skin and a symbiotic relationship with a mysterious species of eel. Lost in a psychedelic world of uncontrollable substances and bizarre evolutions, he must decide how much he is willing to sacrifice in order to unravel the mystery of Madeline’s disappearance.
What remains of a man once he sheds his humanity in the name of vengeance?
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Adrian Phoenix, the New York Times bestselling author of A Rush of Wings and The Maker’s Song series, has a humorous, action-packed urban fantasy about a werewolf pack and an animal control officer in over his head heading our way in January of next year. If that sounds like the type of book you’d enjoy, then read on for a few more details about Thinning the Herd.
Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint is releasing Phoenix’s new novel on January 4, 2016. You can pre-order the Thinning the Herd eBook now from Amazon.
Someone is picking off fortune tellers and hippies in Oregon, snatching them out of their Birkenstocks mid-stride. And when the legend himself, Hal Rupert, Animal Control Officer, gets a whiff of the mystery, he knows he’s the man to solve it. In between proudly wrangling out-of-control cats and dogs, he’s noticed a peculiar uptick in another sort of animal… werewolves.
Hal infiltrates the country fair to investigate the disappearance of the flower children. But his real priority is protecting the love of his life, Desdemona Cohen, whose long purple tresses and black-glossed lips captured his heart the moment he first saw her standing behind the register at Hot Topic. Desdemona may have nicknamed Hal “Creep,” but he’s determined to win her heart. And, you know, save everyone else, too.
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If you’re a fan of ambient and complex electronic music, the kind that continuously surprises and intrigues you, then Garden of Delete, the new album from Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin), should be one of your must-have albums of the year. Each track is a dizzying and spellbinding journey of analog and electronic wizardry, ultimately creating an album that feels like cyber journey that is a reflection of our own past, present, and future, all rolled into one package. However, it will take multiple listens to fully unwrap the stunning and breathtaking beauty that this album has to offer. If you can’t tell by now, I absolutely love this album.
To celebrate tomorrow’s release of Garden of Delete, we got Daniel and his friend The Sewer System to pick apart the album, taking each song and comparing them to horror movies. The end result is a fascinating look into the mind of Lopatin as his envisions each song being a part of or a representation of something very familiar to us.
Of course, this is meant to tease you as the majority of these tracks aren’t out yet for you to hear. However, if this intrigues you enough, and hopefully it will, then you should absolutely pre-order a copy.Intro – Creep Show (Intro)
In all fairness we chose another intro for this one – the pitch perfect opener to Creep Show. Low-rent suburban horror, evil influence invading the home from the outside, sadistic laughter…
Real old dad with Leslie Nielsen-esque hair… “That’s why God made fathers”… Tom Savini as garbage man… A demonically sadistic preteen willing to inflict mortal pain upon his father for being a dick and throwing out his trashy comic book. This one could probably cover most of the major concepts in G.O.D. honestly.Ezra – Nowhere
The films of Gregg Araki may not be classified as horror, but they have been known to horrify viewers. Nowhere fits this track and the personage of “Ezra” like a glove. An otherworldly embodied teen, bioconfused and navigating the space of drugs, sex, faith and alienation… ultimately an ode to doom and loneliness (with suicide, murder, valley-girl-incinerating reptiloids, exploding co-eds, and John Ritter as a demonic televangelist).ECCOJAMC1 – Dead Ringers
The first Cronenberg entry on our list. Dead Ringers is the story of symbiotically/parasitically linked twin gynecologists. “Eccojamc1” is mirrored in the psychological stalemate of the Brothers Beverly – the weak twin echoing the strong, one dissecting the other to know what is inside them… to know what is inside himself… following solipsistic reasoning to a sickly place… custom tools for operating on mutants… “I need something to slow everything down…”Sticky Drama – 3-way tie: The Fly, Tetsuo, Videodrome
More heavy Cronenberg correlations here, as “Sticky Drama” is essentially a meditation on body horror and unsafe libidinal obsession. Our choice ended up being a deadlock between The Fly, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, and Videodrome. A mash up of scenes from those films would be a perfect thematic and visual compliment to this track. Goldblum creeping on Gina Davis // James Woods losing his shit over Debby Harry… Tetsuo fucking shit up in a cyber rage and taking on tech components like a nightmarish game of Katamari Damacy… Brundlefly puking on donuts intermittently throughout… Finally Woods blasting himself in the head with his organic handgun full of New Flesh apotheosis.SDFK – Audition (Runner-up Silence of the Lambs)
The arc of Audition matches the sonics of “SDFK”. Counteracting the quiet routine melancholia and humiliation of quotidian life through ritualistic trap building. The slow, sedate, methodical repetition of a claustrophobic plan… ressentiment for all the imposing sad fucks in the world… a small design with nothing but horrible intent. Calm expectation from which violence explodes suddenly and ends just as suddenly. Runner-up goes to Silence of the Lambs because the endless industrial rhythm just sounds like something Jame Gumb would be into.Mutant Standard – Altered States
Dancing in the Dreamtime, Edwardian pleasure tasters, pythons & komodo dragons, a return to dust thru status and slow nuclear extinction, cosmic microrelevance. Pick a hallucination sequence from Altered States and it will pretty much work with this track. The first time I tried to watch this flick I fell asleep only to wake up during the insane final trip scene. It took me a couple of minutes before I was convinced I was in the right dimension.Child of Rage – Child of Rage (Runners-up Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, The Boogeyman (1980), The Reflecting Skin)
“Child of Rage” is eponymously titled for a made-for-TV movie and its source documentary; neither of which are particularly different from each other… both seem to exploit and vilify Beth Thomas, the subject of the documentary who having been abused as a child developed reactive attachment disorder… causing her to lash out and threaten her family with seething rage. I wanted to make a piece of music that characterized the tragedy that is having your disorder documented for other people’s pleasure/education or whatever. Beth Thomas is now an adult… a registered nurse and advocate for reactive attachment disorder who has most likely put these pointless films behind her… sadly, most of us who know her as a creepy imp will never think of her as anything but that. We chose a few runners-up that resonated thematically with “Child of Rage”; Halloween 3 gives us societal evil subjecting children to cosmic/televisual manipulation transforming and destroying them individually in the comfort of their own homes (no unstoppable slasher necessary here); The Boogeyman presents a very unhealthy brother sister relationship that stems from witnessing some really bad shit at a too-young age; The Reflecting Skin is a phantasmagoric oddity that portrays childhood escapism amidst the banality and isolation of Iowa… ah, the nightmare of childhood…Animals – Tie: Wolfen & The Thing
“Animals” was a tough track to match. It has such an overt sci-fi apocalyptic feel and it’s hard not to think about scenes of Judgement Day from T2 or the millennial hysteria of Strange Days. We ended in a tie, with each entry providing its own special ingredient to compliment the doomsday sound. Wolfen’s truly desolate locations filmed in South Bronx in 1980 are incredible, and the film deserves a pretty sweet genre footnote as it introduced an early predecessor to the well known “Predator-vision” of the Schwarzenegger, et. al films. The Thing is John Carpenter’s vision of desolation, paranoia, and lurking death without resolution. The Thing was the first film of Carpenter’s ‘Apocalypse Trilogy’, a set of films loosely connected by the idea that the evil and madness in the world can not be stemmed off or contained. A pyrrhic victory is the best Russel’s MacReady can score against the faceless recombinant specter of death, while we’re left as spectators to his doubt and fatalism at humanity’s twilight.I Bite Through It – Zombi 2 (Runner-up: Maniac)
Cannibalism is a tried and true topic for horror, so it was not hard to find candidates to represent “I Bite Through It”. Although there is an entire sub-genre of exploitation flicks that are dedicated to flesh eating atrocity, and some amazing dinner scenes in horror (Sally at the dinner table in Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes to mind), we looked for a film that lingered on the distress and terror of tearing through viscera. The realistic violence in Maniac is exceedingly visceral and upsetting, with a slow stabbing sequence that is difficult to watch first and foremost because it makes you feel the blade of the killer’s knife sliding through your own torso. Even so, our first choice is Lucio Fulci’s Zombi 2, simply because it has one of the most damaging flesh gouging scenes in film history. Specifically enucleation… in the most horrible fucking way imaginable…Freaky Eyes – Tie: Se7en & Donnie Darko
‘The freaky eyes had the whole plan / I have no head’… “Freaky Eyes” is a funeral toll… a meeting with doom. It’s the terrible epiphany of accepting that the end has already occurred and you are perceiving only the after effects and epiphenomena of loss. This ended up being a tie between Se7en and Donnie Darko because both films capture the tragedy of a protagonist manipulated by madness beyond their own scale and full comprehension (John Doe and “Frank”). The final turn for both Donnie and Det. Mills comes at a point of transformation, catching up with the horror of their own predicament and becoming it/nothing.
The meeting scenes between Donnie and “Frank” bring us a familiar take on haunting premonitions, bearing some resemblance to the nagging ghosts of dead victims in An American Werewolf in London, but they are couched in the insecurity and anxiety of teen crisis and over-medicated mental collapse. While the culminating scene of Se7en mirrors the dread of Freaky Eyes in its pacing, grim color, and quietude… One of the great touches of this scene is John Doe’s own epiphany. His machinations are so sinister, cabalistic, and timely that he ends up surprising himself… “Oh, he didn’t know?”
Special mention goes to every paperback horror novel with an otherwise normal human figure embossed on the cover with eyes that have been animalized/demonized… good way to convey a possession scenario for $3.99 US / $4.99 CAN.Lift – Natural Born Killers (Honorable mention: Kalifornia)
Folie à deux… intense fixation between lovers that allows for delusion and unimagined peril to blossom… The lyrics to “Lift” roughly characterize the following real life scenario: you go to a party and you’re supposed to meet your significant other there. You show up first and thus you feel alone even though you’re in a room full of people… strangers? Yes, because everyone is a stranger except for the person you love… and that’s the problem of co-dependency. Natural Born Killers is more than a meditation on fast-food cultural violence and shock value commoditized for sensational gossip news. At its heart it is a desperate love story. The mania and psychic need that is looped and amplified between Mickey and Mallory finds its echoes in minor characters… Tom Sizemore’s perversely obsessed Det. Scagnetti shows us just how much work it takes to strangle someone, while Robert Downey, Jr.’s Wayne Gale shows us that a monofixated sociopath isn’t necessarily cut out for the major leagues of our star-crossed stranger killers. An infernal road movie that focuses more on the spiritual terrain of multistate killing sprees and meanwhile uncovers deep emotional catharses for its characters while racking up a considerable death count… on second thought… co-dependency sounds fun. Another lurid road movie we had to mention, but which unfortunately ends up being the perennial ‘kid brother’ to NBK is Kalifornia. We love this movie. Fuck you.No Good – X-Files: Millenium (Season 7, Episode 4)
“No Good” is in our minds a stoner metal country ballad about accepting your own evil. The whole thing of leaving town… One of a handful of X-Files episodes to cover the living dead, and by far the most in line with Romero’s vision of zombies, was season seven’s Millennium. A cabal of CEO white guys decide they’re willing to zombify themselves in order to become the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, letting the rest of us to deal with the ensuing millennial rapture. Having never seen the television series Millenium, this was an interesting episode to watch on its own and felt like standard monster of the week format with a fast build up and a lot at stake. Lance Henriksen brings a considerable amount of gravitas to the episode and we are happy he make it on our list here as well… Mulder and Scully ring in 2000 the best way they know how…
Nov 20 Villain New York, NY
Nov 23 Venue Vancouver, Canada
Nov 24 Neumos Seattle, WA
Nov 25 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
Nov 27 The Independent San Francisco, CA
Nov 28 Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
Dec 03 Liquidroom Ebisu, Japan
Dec 04 FUNJ-TWICE Osaka, Japan
Feb 18, 2016 Harpa Reykjavík, Iceland
Feb 24, 2016 Heaven London, United Kingdom
Starring Sharon Lawrence, Beth Grant, Robert Forster
Directed by Gabriel Olsen
Sometimes, it’s not what you hear, but what you THINK you hear that scares you most, and in the case of Gabriel Olsen’s mysterious short The Bridge Partner, a mistaken threat could prove to be deadly for one unlucky woman.
Beth Grant heads this quickie as a shy, reclusive soul who is joining a local Bridge-playing group, and after getting passed over for a partner like the fat kid who used to get picked last in gym class, she figures she won’t be able to partake in one of her favorite hobbies. That is, until a mysterious woman (Lawrence) teeters in on her blue-soled stilettos and gets paired up with our bashful little lamb.
After one game in particular, our timid little housewife SWEARS that she hears her new partner threaten to kill her, via a church-mouse quiet tone whispered ever-so-gently into her ear. This simple action results in the paranoiac-styled thinking that will carry the viewer through the remainder of this quickie, and I’m being blatantly honest when I tell you that if you don’t fall asleep before it’s over, then you’ve just earned yourself a gold-star.
Not that the performances are dull or drab, but it’s just that the penchant for riveting depictions simply doesn’t exist – woman threatened (or so she thinks), woman now frightened, woman learns the truth – facile, straightforward, and unfortunately boring to an extent. If you’re up for a “misdirection-like” mysterious thriller of a short, then I suppose you could partake, but if you’re looking to be glued to your seat, then you’d better sit out this hand.
Prepare for the heist from hell in the teaser for Dead Draw, a crime-thriller starring Gil Bellows (Shawshank Redemption, Ally McBeal) Bitsie Tulloch (The Artist, Grimm), Michael Eklund (The Divide, See No Evil 2, The Call) and Brit Shaw (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension).
“It’s the grab of a lifetime; get in, get out, get clean. Simple plan, perfectly executed. Harrison (Bellows), Mack (Eklund), Dallas, and Jones are career criminals with one particular area of expertise, grand larceny. They’re on their way to an early retirement, or so they thought. Truth is they’ve been burned, back-stabbed, betrayed. Paranoia runs rampant, fingers are pointed, guns are drawn, and best friends become enemies.“
Dead Draw is a character-driven crime story about desperation and dysfunction of a band of brothers gone awry.
Written and directed by Brian Klemesrud, the film is produced by Klemesrud’s Rocket3 Productions, and Faust Checho’s (Proxy, The Fields) FSC Productions. Klemesrud has served as Creative Director on over 200 commercials and Director on over a dozen shorts. This will be his feature directorial debut. Seasoned cinematographer Jim Timperman (Proxy, Scalene, Mr. Blue Sky) signed on to D.P the film.
Principal Photography took place in Chicago and Southern Illinois.
When Bill and Ted went to Hell, it was the natural progression of the time travel franchise. That’s sort of where Ghostbusters II went wrong. Instead of furthering the franchise, they pit the quartet against a super evil spook, which felt mundane next to what they accomplished in the first film.
Well, apparently Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman wanted to have a bogus journey of their own, and had planned on sending the Ghostbusters to Hell.
The conversation started with acknowledging Bill Murray‘s constant refusal to return for a third Ghostbusters.
“I never begrudged him not being in the third movie, though I wrote a nice part for him in Hellbent, where the Ghostbusters go to hell,” Aykroyd told EW.
As previously reported, Aykroyd “still holds out hope of bringing that Ghostbusters story to life with a younger cast.”
Paul Feig is now in post on his Ghostbusters reboot, which Aykroyd says could be more comical: “In a way, his movie might be a little better than the first two because they can do more — CGI might be a little better. But also, you know, there might be more jokes in it.”
A source close to us tell us there’s a dance number. Did that just send chills down your spine or what?
Feig’s Ghostbusters, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, will eliminate spooks on July 15, 2016.
Arrow Films started releasing films stateside in March of this year. They’ve wasted no time in getting out a high number of quality releases in just a matter of months. They’re already pushing 30 titles and they have a number of releases scheduled before year’s end. A couple of titles, which we’ve actually known about for a while, received official press releases earlier this week.
Wake Up and Kill
During the 1960s Luciano Lutring committed more than one hundred armed robberies in Italy and on the French Riviera. To the media he was the ‘machine gun soloist’, a name he’d earned as he kept his weapon in a violin case. To the public he was a romantic figure, one who only targeted the wealthy, stealing more than 35 billion lire during his criminal career.
Wake Up and Kill was the logical extension of such fame. It became the first feature to commit Lutring’s story to celluloid, shooting having begun mere months after his eventual arrest. Capitalizing on the breakthrough success of his performance in French television’s The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, Robert Hoffmann is perfect as Lutring, bringing just the right amount of charisma and youthful exuberance to his first major big screen role.
Directed by Carlo Lizzani (Requiescant), scored by Ennio Morricone, penned by the future screenwriter of Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, and featuring that film’s star, Gian Maria Volonté, in a key supporting role, Wake Up and Kill’s true-crime thrills serve as an enthralling dry run for the poliziotteschi movies that would follow a few years later.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
* High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray and Standard Definition DVD presentations of two versions of the film: the original full-length Italian release, and the shortened English-language cut
* Italian and English soundtracks in uncompressed PCM mono sound on the respective versions of the film
* Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian version
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English cut
* Theatrical trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Reinhard Kleist
* Illustrated collector’s booklet containing new writing on the film by Robert Curti, author of Italian Crime Filmography, 1968-1980
Format: BLU-RAY + DVD
Street Date: 11/24/15
Run Time: 124 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Year of Production: 1966
Director: Carlo Lizzani
Actors: Robert Hoffman, Lisa Gastoni, Gian Maria Volonté
What Have You Done to Solange?
From director Massimo Dallamano, cinematographer on both A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, comes giallo classic What Have You Done to Solange?, the debut feature of actress Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave). A sexually sadistic killer is preying on the girls of St. Mary’s school. Student Elizabeth witnessed one of the murders, but her hazy recollections of a knife-wielding figure in black do nothing to further the police’s investigations. Why is the killer choosing these young women? And what does it have to do with a girl named Solange? Also starring Cristina Galbo (Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue) and Fabio Testi (I Spit On Your Grave), What Have You Done with Solange? features all the hallmarks of classic gialli – the amateur detective, the black-gloved killer – as well as a lush score from Ennio Morricone.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
* Brand new 2K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
* High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
* Original Italian and English soundtracks in mono audio
* Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
* Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
* Brand new audio commentary with critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
* What Have You Done to Decency? A conversation with Karin Baal – the actress shares her thoughts on Dallamano’s classic giallo in this brand new interview
* First Action Hero – a newly-edited 2006 interview with actor and former stuntman Fabio Testi, including a look at his role in Solange
* Old-School Producer – a newly-edited 2006 interview with producer Fulvio Lucisano
* Innocence Lost: Solange and the “Schoolgirls in Peril” Trilogy – a brand new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie, exploring the themes of Solange and its two semi-sequels
* Original theatrical trailer
* Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Malleus
* Collector’s booklet featuring a new article on the giallo scores of Ennio Morricone by Howard Hughes, alongside a Camille Keaton career retrospective from Art Ettinger, comprising interview excerpts with the Solange actress, all illustrated with original archive stills and posters
Format: BLU-RAY + DVD
Street Date: 12/15/15
Run Time: 107 mins
Number of Discs: 2
Year of Production: 1975
Director: Massimo Dallamano
Actors: Fabio Testi, Cristina Galbó, Camille Keaton
Peter Herro and Cthulhu Crush Productions have debuted the first trailer for independent slasher WTF! Lensed around Los Angeles this summer, WTF! follows a survivor of a mass killing on a trip with six close friends, when her nightmare threatens to begin again.
Herro directed from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Centanni and Adam Buchalter. Callie Ott (The Horror), Sarah Agor (Hatchet II, VH1’s “Scream Queens”), Andrea Hunt, Ben Norris, Johnny James Fiore, Nick Reilly and Adam Foster starred as the unfortunate group of friends.
Three years ago, twenty-two year old girl-next-door Rachel (Ott) barely survived a brutal massacre that left her friends in pieces. Time has passed, and Rachel has moved on, but unfortunately history has a way of repeating itself. Her close friends are spending spring break in a secluded house in the woods, and they have cordially invited her to join. Little does she realize that another bloodbath will be showing up as plus one. Once Rachel and her friends arrive at the cabin, the partying, sex, and terror begins.
As American Film Market rumbled on in Santa Monica this weekend film execs were locked away from riding the Ferris wheel, soaking up the sunshine & feeling the sand between their toes. Instead they were busy making deals on the next fearsome flicks making their way to territories access the world. Here are the best & best of the bad posters and sales art used to grab attention of buyers.
Heading our way on December 9th is Eerie Comics #8 from Dark Horse, and to help get you ready for this special holiday issue, we have an exclusive sneak peek of a few pages to share. The pages are from the tale “Goldfish,” which takes parental meddling in their child’s life to a new extreme.
Volume 8 of this fan-favorite collection is written by Justin Jordan and Jen Van Meter with art by TK, Tony Parker, and Kelly Williams and cover by Jim Pavelec. You can pre-order your copy today from TFAW.
Sing scary carols with Cousin Eerie! Featuring frightful familial fables from fiction’s fantastically fearsome fabulists, including Justin Jordan, Jen Van Meter, Tony Parker, Kelly Williams, and many more! Pick up your Yuletide ghoul guide!
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No, we’re not talking about SyFy’s small screen adaptation.
Writers Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) and Eric Heisserer (The Thing) have been signed to co-write an updated version of Van Helsing, continuing Universal’s interest in their classic monsters films, according to Variety. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Moran will be producing.
Spaihts is also writing Universal’s new adaptation of The Mummy and the apparent plan is that all of these new takes on the classic monster movies will be in an interconnected universe, with each film having something to do with the others.
No release date or even general window has been given for this film.
The original 2004 film saw Hugh Jackman in the title role and was an action adventure film with dashes of horror thrown in. Ultimately, and I may be the only one here, I found it incredibly boring and snooze-worthy. No, I literally mean I fell asleep seeing this in theaters. I don’t think I’ve watched it without getting 40 winks in at some point.
That’s not Warrington Gillette under that sack! It’s Steve Dash! Well actually, it’s just a bunch of pixels, but still! It’s fucking cool to see! That’s right, kids! Friday the 13th: The Game has reached its $700,000 goal with 51 hours (at the time of this writing) to go!
The cash will go toward creating a single-player mode and much more! To celebrate the good news, we have some new images of the game’s star, including the aforementioned Friday 2 look! Sure it’s just concept art, but it warms our hearts that it’s coming! Check them out!
For the first time in more than twenty-five years, Friday the 13th is returning to the video game world. Gun Media and IllFonic, in partnership with Crystal Lake Entertainment, are proud to announce that Friday the 13th: The Game is set to launch next fall, 2016.
Friday the 13th: The Game is an online, asymmetric multiplayer experience where one player will assume the role of Jason Voorhees against seven other players assuming the roles of camp counselors trying to survive the night.
Developed by Gun Media and IllFonic, Friday the 13th: The Game will deliver a terrifying combination of features designed to satisfy gamers and fans of the Friday the 13th franchise alike. In addition to bringing the tension and horror of the movies to life, the game will also let players don the mask of Jason Voorhees for the first time and control all new levels of brutal action!
Friday the 13th: The Game is being developed for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 for release in the fall of 2016.
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More distro news was released today, and this latest announcement should be of special interest to fans of The Raid‘s Iko Uwais and Asian horror! Read on for the details of how and when you can check out Headshot!
From the Press Release:
Nikkatsu Corporation has partnered with Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films for global distribution of the Indonesian action thriller HEADSHOT. The companies will coordinate to release the film day-and-date around the globe on digital and VOD platforms, alongside targeted theatrical releases in select territories.
HEADSHOT, which is currently in production in Indonesia, is directed by The Mo Brothers (Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel) and stars Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Julie Estelle, and Sunny Pang. The film is based on a script by Tjahjanto and is produced by Mike Wiluan, Wicky Olindo, Sukdev Singh, and Shinjiro Nishimura, with Nikkatsu handling international sales and negotiating the global pact with Vertical and XYZ. The film is financed by Screenplay Infinite Film, Surya Citra Media (SCM), Amuse Entertainment Singapore, and Nikkatsu Corporation Japan.
Screenplay Infinite Film and partner SCM will handle Indonesian distribution, Nikkatsu in Japan and the rest of Asia, with Vertical and XYZ releasing in North America and orchestrating a simultaneous worldwide VOD release across multiple platforms.
Vertical has had success with its North American distribution operation and is pushing into the global market with day-and-date releases set for titles Terminus, He Never Died, and Frank & Cindy, the first two in collaboration with XYZ. XYZ worked with The Mo Brothers on the Sundance hit Killers and with Uwais and Estelle on Gareth Evans’ iconic The Raid franchise.
“The distribution landscape is changing for films like HEADSHOT. It makes the most sense to target the core audience directly on a worldwide basis, taking advantage of the platforms with the most traction,” says Aki Sugihara, EVP of International Operations for Nikkatsu.
The film is expected to wrap production in mid-December.
HEADSHOT follows an amnesiac (Uwais; pictured below) who washes ashore with a serious and mysterious head injury. His past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor (Islan).
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The Indonesia action/thriller Headshot, which stars Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption, The Raid 2), will be getting global distribution after Nikkatsu Corporation announced that they partnered with Vertacal Entertainment and XYZ Films. The three companies are coordinating to set digital and VOD release dates along with limited theatrical runs in select territories.
“‘Headshot’ follows an amnesiac (Iko Uwais) who washes ashore with a serious and mysterious head injury. His past comes back to haunt him shortly after being nursed back to health by a young doctor (Chelsea Islan).”
Is it just me or does that synopsis sound a bit like The Bourne Identity?
Headshot is currently in production in Indonesia. It is directed by the Mo Brothers (Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel) and stars Iko Uwais, Chelsea Islan, Julie Estelle, and Sunny Pang. The film is based on a script by Tjahjanto, and is produced by Mike Wiluan, Wicky Olindo, Sukdev Singh and Shinjiro Nishimura.
Around these parts we’re huge fans of the 2013 Korean feature film Snowpiercer, and word has come via THR that it is being adapted as a TV series with Josh Friedman (“Sarah Connor Chronicles,” War of the Worlds) attached to pen the script for Tomorrow Studios, which has optioned the rights to the film.
The potential series will be based on the 2013 film that was written and directed by Bong Joon-ho in his first English-language production. The movie, which starred Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton, is set in a post-apocalyptic Ice Age where the only remaining life on the planet survives aboard a train that travels around the globe. Bong and feature co-producer Dooho Choi are attached to executive produce alongside Tomorrow’s Marty Adelstein and producing partner Becky Clements. Park Chan-wook, who produced the feature, is also attached as an EP.
The drama hails from Korea’s largest movie studio, CJ Entertainment & Media, which produced the feature. The sci-fil film is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige.
The feature was released in June 2014 and grossed $4.5 million domestically en route to a $86.8 million worldwide cume after being released on video on demand after only two weeks in release. The film was also was an awards season favorite, picking up nominations from various festivals as well as the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. before landing on multiple Top 10 films of the year lists across the country.
“We are very excited to be working with Josh on this incredible story,” Adelstein said. “As such a prolific and innovative writer, he is the ideal person to create a massive new world in this adaptation. This is an expansive, high-concept project; and we are thrilled to be a part of reimagining it for television.”
For Friedman, “Snowpiercer” marks his latest TV gig. His credits include NBC’s pirate drama “Crossbones,” comic book adaptation “Locke & Key” (which did not move beyond the pilot at Fox), and the upcoming Wizard of Oz-themed mini “Emerald City.” He’s repped by UTA and attorney Karl Austen.
“I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity,” Friedman said. “Marty and Becky are the perfect partners to help me bring this world to TV. I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s films, especially Snowpiercer. It’s great the way the best sci-fi is great — thoughtful, political, funny, scary, and sly. And it’s on a train. A big f—ing train. What more could you want?”
Tomorrow Studios is a partnership between Adelstein and ITV Studios.