“Hannibal” may be ending, but Mads Mikkelsen’s career is certainly on the upswing. In addition to Star Wars: Rogue One, he could also possibly be appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Doctor Strange.
According to Variety, no offers are out to Mikkelsen just yet, but one is expected to happen shortly. No word on whom he’ll play, but presumably it will be a villain who menaces the Sorcerer Supreme.
Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson and will also star Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, and Chiwetelu Ejiofor. Look for it on on November 4, 2016.
I’m not going to lie: I was ready to make fun of The Sand as soon as I read the description. Killer sand? Really? Throw in Jamie Kennedy and you have a surefire recipe for ridicule. Much to my surprise, I’m kind of looking forward to The Sand, which should arrive in time for Halloween.
The official synopsis reads, “After a raging all-night party, a group of hungover twenty-somethings awakens to a beating sun and a carnivorous beach that devours anything with a heartbeat.”
See? It shouldn’t look good, but it does. The film isn’t striving for originality, but it looks like a ton of fun. I suppose we’ll find out when The Sand hits DVD on October 13. At some point between now and then, check out the trailer below. Feel free to disagree with my amusement.
Waxwork Records has announced that they will be releasing Joseph LoDuca‘s score to the 1987 horror comedy Evil Dead II on limited edition vinyl. As someone who owns several Waxwork titles, I can tell you that this is incredible news and makes me extremely excited for the final product!
However, there’s a very cool twist to this release. Rather than go with the popular vinyl artists that are being used by nearly everyone these days, they want the fans of the film to have a say in the package design!
Here’s what they write:
We’re letting YOU, the fans, design the LP release! This is certainly unchartered territory for any record label, but we feel that this film and score is a beloved horror gem, and only the hardest of the hardcore EVIL DEAD 2 fans can come up with the BEST possible LP package.
Over the next few weeks, we will allow any one and every one of you hardcore DEADITES to choose the artist, the vinyl colors, contribute liner notes, and more! Waxwork will set up a polling system that will allow you to choose how YOU would like our upcoming EVIL DEAD 2 deluxe soundtrack to look, feel, and more!
EVIL DEAD 2 is scheduled as a 2016 release. Put your thinking caps on, polish your chainsaws, and let’s get groovy.
I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen but I’m really curious to see how this is going to play out! And the fact that Waxwork is doing this really shows just how much they value their customers, the property itself, and, perhaps most importantly, the fans of the series, who are some of the most rabid fans alive!
Legendary guitarist Slash has confirmed that he will be producing an 80’s style slasher in the vein of Halloween and Friday the 13th for Revolver Picture Company. While there is no title or concept for us to read, it is being reported that Brian Sieve (Boogeyman 2 & 3) has written the script, which is a throwback to the slasher glory days.
Revolver’s Nick Phillips tells THR, “We knew he was into horror movies so we had big long dinner. He gets it, from the old Universal classics to the 70s, and yes, excitedly for us, the 80s.”
Slash himself states, “They had an idea that tied in perfectly with a theme that I was working on at the time. From there, together with Brian Sieve, I think we developed something awesome.”
Slash recently produced The Hell Within, which was written by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) and directed by Dennison Ramalho (ABC’s of Death 2).
If you’re not already excited for more “American Horror Story“, creator Ryan Murphy is going to do his best to change that!
Talking with EW, Murphy drops this incredible bomb on fans:
Next year we might do a fall “American Horror Story” and a spring. We have to decide.
We’re doing something that we’ve never done before on the show where we’re doing two different groups of writers rooms. Some of our writers will be bouncing around but a whole different group coming in late August. The next thing we’re crafting up is very, very different than this. Not smaller. But just not opulent. More rogue and more dark.
Doubling up on “American Horror Story” for 2016 is a very interesting move. Part of the allure and mystery of the show is how the build up the reveal of the story. By doing two seasons in one year, they are limiting the amount of time they have to build up the mystery. However, if they do two completely separate stories, it’d be different enough to keep audience riveted.
Alright readers, weigh in with your thoughts. Do you mind the wait or do you need more more more, now now now?
The Sundance Film Festival hit The Hallow is arriving here in the States on November 6th, 2015.
The Hallow, which we reviewed and loved, is directed by Corin Hardy, who is on the plate for The Crow if it ever gets off the ground.
We now have a new clip from the film that looks to be inspired by The Thing and Evil Dead.
“Deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland dwells an ancient evil. Feared by the nearby superstitious villagers as cursed creatures who prey upon the lost, their secrets have been kept from civilization and remain on their hallowed ground. But when a conservationist from London moves in with his wife and infant child in order to survey the land for future construction, his actions unwittingly disturb the horde of demonic forces. Alone in a remote wilderness, he must now ensure his family’s survival from their relentless attacks.”
Here’s some hype that came attached with the synopsis:
With his feature debut, acclaimed visual stylist Corin Hardy displays an innate talent for the macabre, approaching the medium with a cocksure confidence in his construction of the modern horror fable. Relying upon a precise and layered technical elegance, ‘The Hallow’ seethes with an uncommonly sophisticated terror that uncoils effortlessly into an atmosphere of disquieting intensity and primal dread.
The film stars Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley.
Two seductresses aim to torment Keanu Reeves on these posters for Eli Roth’s (Cabin Fever, Hostel, The Green Inferno) Sundance hit, Knock Knock (read our review), opening in limited theaters and On Demand October 9th, 2015 via Lionsgate Premiere.
Collider shares this new poster that takes the previous two one-sheets and tapes them into one!
In Knock Knock, a remake of Peter S. Traynor’s punishing 1977 Death Game, “When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse.
A sexy new thriller from director Eli Roth, Knock Knock stars Keanu Reeves as the family man who falls into temptation and Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the seductresses who wreak havoc upon his life, turning a married man’s dark fantasy into his worst nightmare.“
Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, and Colleen Camp also star in Knock Knock.
While Gareth Edwards 2014 take on Godzilla left plenty of fans disappointed (he got 11 minutes of screentime? Really??), it laid the foundations for potentially insane and epic sequels, which seems to be the path that they want to take.
An idea that’s apparently being bandied about is the possibility of a crossover between the Godzilla universe and the world of Pacific Rim. Well, that would certainly make things “bigger and better”.
Del Toro excitedly explains:
So far with the sequel, what we’re writing, what we’re creating, is very different, so there are no plans. Hypothetically, I would love the fuck out of it. I would love to see a jaeger and Godzilla duke it out. That would be too much for the human brain.
If this were to happen, I’d buy every single ticket for a Friday night showing so that I could have the theater to myself for that kind of sheer awesomeness. Just give me a bucket of popcorn, a giant cup of lemonade, and maybe a bag of Sour Patch Kids. Then, crank the volume and leave me alone so I can scream for joy.
The term “art” can be used to define a great many things. After all, many people refer to a piece of music as “a work of art”. Movies and TV shows can be done in such a manner as to be seen as incredibly artistic. It’s not just paintings, statues, sculptures, etc… that get to bear the descriptor of “art”.
That’s how Rhys Fulber of Conjure One has presented this fantastic list for us. By compiling the “Top 10 Most Disturbing Or Horrific Pieces Of Art”, Fulber has shown that art transcends the canvas and leaps out into other amazing platforms. That being said, there are still some truly wonderful paintings ahead for you to enjoy!
You can check out Conjure One at the Aftermath Festival, which runs from Aug 27th-30th, in Toronto, Canada. Get your tickets here.
Check out the rest of the lists by following our Aftermath tag here.
Gaga will be playing Countess, a vampire hotel owner. The Countess is insatiable when it comes to love and sex, which sets up a macabre love triangle between her, the similarly blood-hungry Donovan (Matt Bomer) and the newly turned male model Tristan (Finn Wittrock). Her thirst for blood is not, according to creator Ryan Murphy, vampirism. Instead, he states, “I prefer the term ‘ancient blood virus’. It’s really a form of hemophilia, in a way.
“American Horror Story: Hotel” stars Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Evan Peters, Finn Wittrock, Chloe Sevigny, Wes Bentley, and Cheyenne Jackson.
Nyctophobia is one of the most common fears to besiege mankind, as human beings are born with a natural fear of the Dark. For better or worse, our primal instincts take over when we’re left without light, and as we all know this makes for some fascinating story-telling material. In Dark, Nick Basile’s first feature-length film, Darkness is much more than a setting as it presents us with a unique look at a poor woman’s descent into madness.
Dark is set in New York during the summer of 2003, when a real-life incident led to a major power-outage across northeastern United States and even Canada. I was actually living in Toronto at the time and experienced this event in person. As a result, I can honestly say that this Joe Dante production is an accurate portrayal of the chaos that ensues when a buzzing metropolis is left powerless. Not only that, but it’s also a surprisingly heartfelt slow-burn thriller.
From its startling opening scene to the tragic finale, this film deals with raw emotion so intense that it’s easy to forget this is a low-budget picture. The story follows Whitney Able (you may know her from Monsters or All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) as Kate, a beautiful yoga instructor and ex-model dealing with a troubling past. She’s in a strained relationship with Leah, a photographer played by the lovely Alexandra Breckenridge. Leah is travelling out of town when the blackout hits, and Kate is left alone to deal with her inner demons. Struggling to maintain her sanity, she finds that her mind may soon end up just as chaotic as the city outside.
The strong script, supported by Nick’s wonderful direction and some great editing (specifically the best use of jump cuts I’ve seen in a while) make this film flow much faster than it would otherwise, not to mention a subtle score filled with unsettling ambience tracks. Whitney Able’s amazing performance and some decent secondary characters turn Dark into a gripping character study. Though advertised as a suspenseful horror movie, and indeed containing some horror elements, this isn’t so much a scary movie as it is a poignant look inside the mind of a damaged young woman.
However, there are a few issues holding back this otherwise great movie. For example, if you don’t know what you’re getting into, there’s a chance you won’t be prepared for some of the more drawn out scenes depicting Kate’s mundane life. Though these moments may seem like filler at first, it’s actually just setup for an intense finale, and a chance to connect with the main character. It’s a slow movie overall, but not an empty one. There are also some scenes where it’s apparent that the budget wasn’t large enough to convey the proper scope of the blackout, though these moments are few and far between. Most of the time, these limitations are easy to forgive once you take into account how impressive the rest of the film is.
In the end, Dark feels like an old-timey Hitchcockian thriller that wouldn’t be out of place in a 1960s movie screen. Dante himself claimed in interviews that this was Basile’s intention, so I consider the film a success. There were a few moments where I checked my watch to see how far along we were, but overall I was entertained. In the wrong hands, this premise could have easily turned into an independent artsy mess, but instead we received a sincere and disturbing movie about how our emotions affect those around us. If you have the patience to sit through some leisurely pacing in order to get to the action, it’s worth a watch. If I were one of the original kickstarter backers, I’d be pleased with how this one turned out.
If the trailer wasn’t terrifying enough, check out this nightmarish one-sheet for Baskin, set to World Premiere at the Midnight Madness portion of TIFF.
Can Evrenol directs the film that sends a squad of unsuspecting cops through a trapdoor to Hell when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building.
As we’ve stated before, this movie looks right out of Event Horizon.
The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015. Check out the full Midnight Madness lineup that includes some of the hottest indie horrors of the year!
Set to World Premiere at TIFF is Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore, billed as “the world’s first POV action movie.”
Head of this September’s screening in the Midnight Madness section of TIFF, a pair of posters have been released that show the film’s fun side – they look inspired by something that of Last Action Hero. Could this action flick be self-aware? I hope it’s as fun as it looks!
“Resurrected with no recollection of his past, a cyborg named Henry (the audience’s POV) and his ally, Jimmy (Sharlto Copley, ‘District 9′) must fight through the streets of Moscow in pursuit of Henry’s kidnapped wife in the world’s first action-adventure film to be entirely shot from the first person perspective.”
Tonight’s premiere of El Rey’s From Dusk Till Dawn begins the “official” sequel that the movie never got to have! The series got off to a rocky start last year, but the final three or four episodes raised the stakes and were a lot of fun. If you watched the first season, you’ll know that it ended a little differently than the 1996 film did, with several characters that died in the film still left alive in the show (Scott, Richie, Santánico, to name a few). It also expanded on the mythology on the Culebras a great deal. So how did tonight’s premiere compare to the first season? Pretty well, for the most part, but the show still has some kinks to work out.
Much of the draw of “Opening Night” comes from the fact that we are finally past the remake of the first film that was the first season. It’s not 100% compelling yet, but there are more things working in this premiere than not, so that’s something.
Definitely working for the show is Santánico. Eiza Gonzalez is great in the role and imbues the character with a sense of humanity that she wasn’t fully able to convey last season. Her sojourn in the meat-packing plant with Richie wasn’t particularly interesting (though the fight scene with the uber-vamp in the main room while all the workers were oblivious was a nice bit of physical comedy), but their growing relationship is one of the more fascinating aspects of the series. It is a little odd that Richie is more sane as a Culebra than he was as a human, though.
The flashbacks that revealed Lord Amancio Malvado (new cast member Esai Morales) was the man who turned her into a Culebra (in the opening scene of the pilot) was a nice turn of events. I’m not sure if this show needs another bad guy, especially since Danny Trejo’s “The Regulator” was awoken at the end of the episode, but at least that gives Santánico’s mission a personal stake that the audience can relate to.
Less interesting (and by less interesting I mean not interesting at all) is everything else happening at the Titty Twister. Scott is chained up and doesn’t get much to do. Carlos is bearded, rips out his fangs, and gets himself a sword (which…alright). The aformentioned Lord Amancio Malvado does get a cool entrance (wearing a coat made of faces, I might add) by ripping the face off of another Culebra, but other than that nothing else really happens.
Kate’s mission to find her brother is sort of a mixed bag. On the one hand, I’m loving this new, tough-as-nails Kate. She has agency and Madison Davenport is owning the role (it’s a far cry from her Mormon character on Shameless). On the other hand her end goal is to locate her brother, who doesn’t have much of a presence. Hopefully that will be remedied as the season continues.
Seth is now a heroin addict, and while the eventual reveal that the hotel manager was a Culebra was a nice (and the only) twist for the episode, the real meat of his story came from his meeting with Sonja (Briana Evigan, Sorority Row), a tattoo artist who also forges passports. Again, not much was shown with her character, so it’s difficult to make any snap judgments.
This was a mostly solid premiere that was stretched out a little too thin. Now that all of the characters are spread out into their own sub-plots, From Dusk Till Dawn will have to work a little bit harder to give each character defining moments that make us care about what happens to them. Here’s hoping the series keeps improving!
- Welcome to my weekly reviews of From Dusk Till Dawn everyone! I know the first season was rough, but I’m looking forward to where this season is headed. Sorry this review is so late. It’s been a crazy week.
- “Balthazar Ambrose. Wow, are you a Hannah Barbera Character or something? -Richie, when discovering the meat-packing plant manager’s name.
- “I’m fine! I was just reading the Bible and….praying.” -Kate, after the motel clerk checked to see if she was alright.
- “I am not wearing that.” -Santánico, after seeing the meat-packing plant uniform.
- Santánico’s original name was Kisa, in case you were wondering.
- I was surprised when Gonzalez showed back up. His subplot is not particularly interesting. Jesse Garcia is a fine actor, but on a show full of Culebras and outlaws, Gonzalez is the most boring character on this show.
In addition to sharing the first ever cast shot from Rogue One, and announcing the director of Star Wars IX, Disney and Lucasfilm are teasing a new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In it we see John Boyega wielding a Lightsaber!!
We’re heading 30 years after Return of the Jedi with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in theaters December 18th, 2015.
Producers revealed they’ve seen the first cut of JJ Abrams’ Star Wars and are beyond excited (what else are they gonna say?).
The first film in a new trilogy features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.
They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.
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So, I don’t know if I ever told you all this but I used to be OBSESSED with the Gremlins. I had a little Gizmo plush that I took with me everywhere and if it got left behind I would cry and holler until I was blue in the face. Worked like a charm.
Even with my love of the two films, I can’t deny that the 1990 sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch felt like it had about ten pots of double brewed coffee and just went crazy with ideas. And that’s basically the premise of comedian duo Key & Peele’s sketch on how the original brainstorming session for the sequel went.
I’d tell you more but I highly recommend you just head down and watch it for a good laugh!
Coming in mid-October will be the 2xLP vinyl release of Jerry Goldsmith‘s score to the Ridley Scott 1985 fantasy film Legend. What makes this soundtrack so interesting is that we in America only got the Tangerine Dream score with our theatrical release. Keep in mind, I love that score and I still listen to it fairly regularly. But Goldsmith’s score is something wildly different, nearly entirely dropping the electronic synths in favor of a more traditional symphonic approach. Ridley Scott apparently preferred this score to Tangerine Dream’s.
This is the first time this score is coming to vinyl and it will feature original artwork by Vance Kelly. You can see the artwork below. Also, pre-order your copy via Light In The Attic.
We’ve teamed up with German synthpop group Beborn Beton to premiere their track “Last Day On Earth”. The song comes from the upcoming A Worthy Compensation, the first new album since 1999.
Beborn Beton talks about A Worthy Compensation:
A worthy compensation… what is that? It can mean different things to different people. Basically, it is a reward for a task, a burden or a painful time you had to go through. Something that makes up for an effort you made. Something to look forward to when times are not so bright. For us it is the gift of being able to travel the world with friends and perform on stage wherever people want us to. It is also the joy of still being able to write great songs. Of getting back our creative flow when we thought we had nothing more to say.
You can get your copy of A Worthy Compensation, which comes out September 4th, right here.
Just a few days ago, we posted the absolutely fantastic “Tech Noir” music video from retrosynth group Gunship. The track, which comes from their newly released self-titled album, features an opening monologue from the horror master himself, John Carpenter!
In a joint interview, Gunship and myself caught up with Carpenter to ask a few questions about music, video games, and other random bits. I’ll tell you right now that there’s nothing about a new movie or anything along those lines. Instead, this is an interesting peek into the mind of one of horror’s most prolific and fascinating directors.
As mentioned above, Carpenter lent his voice to the opening of “Tech Noir”, offering a delightfully somber and apocalyptic monologue. Carpenter, simply stated that his inspiration, “…is all in the words.” As for why he agreed to do it, he described the group as “…nice and cool,” adding that it, “…would be fun to collaborate with Gunship.”
When asked about the resurgence of retro and horror influenced synth music, Carpenter was both bewildered and pleased. “The retro synth resurgence is puzzling to me. Why now?” he asks. “On the other hand, I don’t care why now. A lot of great music is getting made.”
Perhaps one of the most interesting teases is that Carpenter told us, “I would love to compose music for a someone else’s film.”
The director does choose to remain secretive about some little tricks he has up his sleeve, however. When asked about how the opening bass arpeggio was created on “Night” from Lost Themes, Carpenter coyly responded, “That is secret information.
” Continuing that playful streak, Carpenter told us his favorite video game is Borderlands 2, although, “…for reasons of nostalgia: Sonic The Hedgehog“.
Gunship posed an interesting question for Carpenter, asking if a benevolent private investor offered you a blank cheque to create something with – it could be a movie, a video game, a building, absolutely anything – what would it be? Showing off his love of the past, Carpenter responded, “I’d build a shrine to 1950’s science fiction films.”
In his personal life, the biggest risk Carpenter has taken that he is the most proud of was, “…Learning how to fly a helicopter, and that the film he is most proud of making was The Thing.
But perhaps the most important thing that Carpenter told us was when he was asked what advice he’d give to himself when he was 25 years old?
The mystery of Jack the Ripper is something that I believe will never cease to be of interest to people. The fact that his identity has never been figured out still haunts and perplexes scholars and enthusiasts to this day. But what if we could get the world’s greatest detective on the case?
Such is the premise of writer/director James Campbell’s Ripper, which imagines the Dark Knight chasing the famed serial killer in Victorian England’s Whitechapel District. Personally, I think it’s a really interesting and exciting idea to have Batman go after the Ripper. Plus, how much do you want to bet that there will be a twist at the end that the Ripper is somehow actually the Joker?
A teaser trailer for the fan film can be seen below. The full film is for a September 26th release.