We've just now added a second preview clip from AMC's "The Walking Dead" episode 02.11, "Judge, Jury, Executioner." Check out a preview from next Sunday's episode below, which airs March 4 at 9/10c. After an incredibly lackluster first half of the season, it took me three weeks to buckle down and watch the last trio of episodes. While the show is still lacking in various departments, it was 110% more entertaining, jam-packed with action and really pushing hard on the characters. It takes more than 3 episodes to repair the damage done, so I expect the build to the season to finale to be incredible. Only time will tell. " "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."
While Joe Johnston works on his screenplay for NSFW, writer Adam Mason (who co-wrote with Simon Boyes) is gearing up to release his hypnotic indie Junkie, which now has an uncensored trailer, one-sheet and official website. "'Junkie' is a black comedy about two drug addled brothers, Danny (Daniel Louis Rivas) and Nicky (Robert LaSardo). When Danny wakes up one morning and decides he's going clean, Nicky's not taking it lying down, and drives Danny from one insane experience to another as a whole host of bizarre, surreal characters descend on their sprawling, dilapidated mansion, all with grievances to bear, debts to reclaim or trouble to cause. As Danny's life spirals out of control he must fight tooth and nail to kick the habit and rescue himself from the personal hell Nicky has consigned him to, whilst simultaneously attempting to repair the deeply damaged relationships with his increasingly bizarre friends and family." Mason directed Blood River, The Devil's Chair, Pig and the forthcoming Luster. This film reteams him with regular Andrew Howard who can also be seen in the I Spit on Your Grave remake from Anchor Bay.
AMC has agreed to develop sci-fi horror series "99 Stories," says THR. Feature writer David Seltzer developed and will write the series with James Middleton ("The Sarah Connor Chronicles") and Steven Banks ("Women in Law") executive producing. The show features a pretty cool premise as it is "set in a new 99-story high-rise building in which a group of strangers gets trapped." AMC vice president of original series Christina Wayne said: "We want to do original programming that is cinematic and flows seemingly into the films. This seemed like the perfect fit." "99 Stories" will be part of AMC's Monsterfest season, featuring 240 hours of non-stop horror films as well as online video. Seltzer said of his series: "Each story presents a different kind of challenge for the group. The elevators are in control of destiny, whittling them out by deciding who they deem deserve to go up."
Twitch Film is reporting that Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Martha Marcy May Marlene) has been offered the lead role of "Maria" in Spike Lee's Oldboy, his remake of the Korean thriller that will star Josh Brolin in the lead role. For the female lead both Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska had been offered and rejected the part. In Park Chan-wook's 2003 Korean original, "a man gets kidnapped and held in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. Suddenly, he's released and given money, a cell phone and clothes and is set on a path to discover who destroyed his life so he can take revenge." The remake has been riddled with casting issues over at Warners. It'll be interesting to see if this or Akira gets off the ground first.
Rachael Taylor (Transformers, "Charlie's Angels") is moving into "666 Park" (aka "666 Park Avenue"), ABC's supernatural-tinged drama pilot. Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Rachael Taylor is going from being one of Charlie's angels to a co-manager of a creepy apartment building for ABC. The former Charlie's Angeles co-star has joined ABC's drama pilot 666 Park, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively." The thriller, based on the Gabriella Pierce book series of the same name, "centers on a young couple (Annable and his not-yet-cast spouse) that accepts an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City. They unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building." The pilot was written by "Fringe" scribe David Wilcox.
Well, don't actually mark your calendars unless. Because we're talking late 2013 or early 2014 at this point. But, from the very little we know so far, the Jonathan Stokes penned Blood Mountain sounds like it could be cool. Per Deadline, "London-based Derby Street Films has made a six-figure acquisition of... 'Blood Mountain', a script that made the 2011 Black List. Spec is described as a gritty survival thriller with action elements. Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield of Movie Package Co. are producing alongside James Gibb of Cutting Edge, with Nicola Horlick, Rachel Durkin, Brooklyn Weaver and Jonathan Stokes serving as Executive Producers." Stokes recently wrote After Dark's El Gringo. Derby Street plans to fins a director for this ASAP.
During a recent press conference for Festival International du Film Fantastique de Gérardmer 2012, Ron Perlman let drop that Hellboy 3 probably isn't ever going to happen. Which kind of makes sense. The Hellboy films are great, but they're not enormous moneymakers (nor are they flops, they're just not sure things). And Guillermo Del Toro's dance card is extremely full of projects after he finishes Pacific Rim. The odds for the money and a willing studio being in place during the brief window of time Del Toro may have to make the film (whenever that may be) are kind of low. Or, in the words of Perlman, "If I had to bet, I would bet there will be no Hellboy 3... It would be a great shame if we never did it... It's kind of like Dorothy in 'The Wizard Of Oz', we close our eyes and click our heels [in the hopes it will come together]." Hit the jump for video from the press conference, where he also discusses his willingness to be on "Game Of Thrones" - not that he necessarily will be.
Columbia Pictures and Red Wagon Entertainment's Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are teaming up for the American remake of Dutch thriller Taped. Per Variety, "NL Films, the Dutch production company behind 'Taped', will exec produce the remake. Company is owned by Endemol and Alain de Levita, who produced the original film. Negotiations were handled by NL producer Sytze van der Laan. "We're huge fans of 'Taped' -- and believe that Doug and Lucy have just the right take on the material to adapt it for English-speaking audiences," said Columbia production prexy Hannah Minghella, who will oversee the project for the studio along with Jonathan Kadin." The original film, "follows a young couple vacationing in Buenos Aires who inadvertently tape the murder of an innocent man by a corrupt cop, forcing them to fight for their lives to escape."
The Asylum's latest haunted house spooker, The Haunting of Whaley House, officially announced the casting of cult icon Lynn Lowry. Lynn has been a fixture in horror films since she first appeared as a blood-crazed hippie in I Drink Your Blood and has gone on to work with George Romero in the original The Crazies and David Cronenberg in Shivers. Also the films composer has been locked in, and the sinister score will be provided by newcomer Graham Denman, who is looking to put a unique spin on things musically. Produced by The Asylum, The Haunting of Whaley House begins filming on March 4th for an anticipated late 2012 release.
Shooting is currently underway on David Bridgers' found footage Loss of Life. The plot follows a group of frightened teens trapped in a warehouse who quickly realize that no matter what happens, they must not stop filming. Story by Britton Hein and Michael Matteo Rossi. An official Facebook and Twitter have been launched, along with the below one-sheets. Watch for more updates and production winds down and they enter post.
The 1,350 person audience at TED2012 the flagship conference for the non-profit dedicated to "Ideas Worth Spreading" was just treated to the following mind-blowing short video conceived and designed by Ridley Scott and Damon Lindelof, directed by Luke Scott and created exclusively for the TED2012 audience. The video features Guy Pearce as Peter Weyland, speaking 10 years earlier than the events of upcoming film Prometheus. While it's not a scene from the movie it does provide an intriguing look into what may lay ahead, as well as important backstory into the epic mythology explored in the movie. It's huge as it gives us a timeline for the Alien prequel dating it at 2032/33 (as the video takes place 10 year prior). You can also read a Q&A with Prometheus screenwriter Damon Lindelof about the video here. In theaters June 8, Scott "creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race."
Earlier this week we teased a May release for Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez's awesome Lovely Molly (review), which we've confirmed will open in limited theaters May 18 via Image Entertainment. Starring Gretchen Lodge, Johnny Lewis and Alexandra Holden, "When newlywed Molly Reynolds returns to her long-abandoned family home, frightful reminders of a nightmarish childhood begin seeping into her new life. She soon begins an inexorable descent into evil that blurs the lines between psychosis and possession." In addition, Paramount Pictures has slated their Halloween comedy Fun Size for a holiday release on October 26 of this year. Josh Schwartz's film is described as a cross between Superbad and Adventures in Babysitting on Halloween night, Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann, Jane Levy and Thomas Middleditch all star. In the film, Wren and her little brother Albert secretly head off to a party. The night turns to sh*t when Albert goes missing and it becomes a race to find him before ol' mom finds out.
This week doesn't bring much in the way of releases outside of the Dennis Quaid vehicle, Beneath the Darkness, which pretty much no one liked. The Israeli horror flick, Rabies, looks to be the best film out (though I haven't seen it) of the bunch. It's garnered mostly positive reviews since its North American premier at Tribeca last year. Are you picking up anything this week? I'm skipping purchases this week and trying to watch all the Starz movies in my Netflix Instant queue before they expire on March 1st.
A couple weeks ago, the stars of the upcoming The Evil Dead remake commented on the tone of the film they're about to shoot. It seemed to catch a lot of people off guard. Not our piece necessarily, but the fact that the talent involved (along with Bruce Campbell) were talking about a seriously scary movie seemed to flummox people. Another aspect of the upcoming remake that has some people seriously freaking out? No Ash. No Ashley J. Williams. No Bruce Campbell. No Chin. Now, I love Bruce Campbell. Ive seen Evil Dead 2 literally dozens of times. Which is why I think its a good thing hes not in this movie. You may think you want Ash in the remake too. But you dont. Not really. Why? Because its a remake of The Evil Dead. Not Evil Dead 2. And theres a huge difference. Ash is not the embodiment of the original film. And humors not really a huge component either. Hit the jump to read on.
We've landed a trio of new stills from Paco Plaza's [REC] 3 Genesis, which opens in Spain on March 30 after premiering at SXSW earlier in the month. Magnolia Pictures owns theatrical rights, again, with Sony Home Entertainment planning to dump on DVD later. In the film, "Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know whats happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. Amidst the chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind "
THR writes that Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter role in British horror flick The Woman In Black has helped scare up record breaking figures for a British fright flick. The Hammer-produced film, directed by James Watkins and adapted by Jane Goldman from the classic novel by Susan Hill, has spent three weeks at number one in the U.K. boxoffice ringing up a total of £14.6 million ($23.2 million) from 457 screens. The makers claim those figures make it the U.K.'s highest grossing British horror film since records began 20 years ago. The movie has now scared up more box office lucre than Hollywood -backed productions shot in the U.K. with British talent including The Others (£11.9 million, $18.9 million), Bram Stoker's Dracula (£11.5 million, $18.2 million) and Interview with a Vampire (£10.7 million, $17 million), as well as home-grown horrors such as Shaun Of The Dead (£6.7 million, $10.6 million) and 28 Days Later (£6.3 million, $10 million). Xavier Marchand, president of worldwide distribution, Alliance Films and managing director Momentum Pictures, said with The Woman in Black occupying the number one spot in the U.K. for three weeks and its performance stateside that has seen it take more than $50 million, it indicates how British films "can resonate not only here in the U.K. but also abroad."
On March 9, the Silent House remake, directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water, will be hitting theaters. But, if you live in Orlando and want to see it early for free, B-D has got you covered! We've been given 50 passes (good for 2 people each) to an advanced screening at Regal Winter Park (510 North Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL) at 9:30 PM on Monday, March 5. To win, email your name to email@example.com with a picture of you impersonating Elizabeth Olsen from the official movie poster, which you can check out after the break. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Hope to see you there!
Relativity Media's The Raven hits theaters on April 27th, 2012 and now the TV promo materials are starting to come into play. James McTeigue's (V for Vendetta) thriller is set in the last days of Edgar Allan Poe's life, when he gets wrapped up in a serial killer investigation. "In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer whos using Poes own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster)." io9 got their hands on the new TV Spot. Hit the jump to check it out!
"Revolution" is casting 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." Now Giancarlo Esposito is onboard. Per Variety, " he will play a southern lieutenant with an air of mystery in the drama about a group of characters struggling to survive in a world in which all energy has vanished." Esposito wrapped up playing the ultimate bad guy Gus Fring last year on "Breaking Bad", if he even brings 50% of that game to this role it'll be worth it. Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys And Aliens) has been tapped to direct the pilot.
When people say "Support Indie Horror", I get kind of annoyed. I'd rather the catchphrase be amended to "Support Good Horror". Just because something is indie doesn't mean it's good, and it's not like every studio film is a automatically a piece of sh*t either. I'd rather encourage both production and distribution methods to just do the best they can - because both can be equally lazy. Case in point? The Curse Of Blanchard Hill. It's kind of insulting when filmmakers think that, just because they have a low budget, they can mug and wink their way through an abyss of horrible writing, directing and acting just because they know it's bad. In fact, knowing it's bad is the opposite of an excuse. It just makes you look like you're into wasting people's time and money. Zach Klinefelter and Chris Hazenberg directed the film with a screenplay was by Klinefelter. Hit the jump to check out a two minute preview of all their hard work! If you still feel like buying this for some reason, it's available on DVD from World Wide Multi Media.