Snatch, Trainspotting and Jack the Giant Killer star Ewen Bremner has booked a trip on the Snow Piercer, says Variety. Cast already includes Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer. The Host's Bong Joon-ho is helming the sci-fi thriller from a script he co-penned with Kelly Masterson; Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) is producing. Set in a world covered in snow and ice, the story follows a train full of travelers who struggle to co-exist. Bremner plays a father who joins forces with Evans' character to save his kidnapped son.
Toronto stringer Mike Pereria is back with another round-up of mini-reviews for the newly released Blu-ray titles available at a store near you. This morning he takes a look at Blue Underground's HD release of Baby Yaga, what he calls "one of the most unique films to have emerged from the 70's Italian genre scene," along with the astounding Martha Marcy May Marlene, starring John Hawkes and Elizabeth Olsen, and Anchor Bay's African zombie flick The Dead. Check out all of his scores below and then chime in with your thoughts.
In the vein of classic "evil kids" cinema like The Bad Seed, The Exorcist, The Omen and more recently The Children, we've landed a whopping 5 clips from Childish Games (also going under the title Dictation in Spain), which was directed by Antonio Chavarrías from his own screenplay. Unfortunately, all five clips are in Spanish. Filmax, the company behind the [REC] franchise, is giving birth to this demonic flick. Starring Starring Juan Diego Botto, Barbara Lennie and Marcia Perez, Filmax has now locked a March 9, 2012 date for the Spanish thriller to premiere overseas. Check out the clips below.
Chiller TV's made-for-TV production, Ghoul, premiered last month at the Slamdance Film Festival. Premiering Friday April 13 at 9pm, Bloody Disgusting has been provided with the official trailer for Brian Keene's flick that's based on a horror novel of the same name. "The pic follows a group of young friends who risk their lives to stop a rash of disappearances in their town." Directed by Greg Wilson and penned by William M. Miller, the adaptation stars Nolan Gould ("Modern Family"). Wilson also directed Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door. The feature is part of Chiller's new original productions. The film was produced by MODERNCINÉ's Andrew van den Houten (The Woman, The Girl Next Door) and Robert Tonino.
Vin Diesel continues to go image crazy posting another dirtied up look at Riddick in the R-rated David Twohy-directed sequel to Pitch Black. Check out the first photo displaying Riddick with some sort of "bone" gun above, with a new behind-the-scenes shot inside. "Despite the fact, that this by far is the most physical of roles that I have played I decided to show a picture you might never see a candid, of me in between a lighting set up, just reflecting " said the star via Facebook. Riddick also sees the return of Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Vaako and introduces to the series previously announced cast member Jordi Molla as Santana, the arrogant captain of the mercenary ship; Matt Nable (Killer Elite) as Boss Johns, a man looking for answers; Katee Sackhoff (TV's Battlestar Galactica) as the Nordic mercenary Dahl; and Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall) as bounty hunter Moss. Rounding out the cast are Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Nolan Funk (Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer Keri Hilson.
While there's not much here just yet, Colin Vaines (My Week With Marilyn) is working with UK chiller specialist David Pirie on a feature ghost story Vaines described to Screen Daily as a "classic genre piece given a fresh treatment." The script, currently in the development stage, is already generating buzz: "David has written a brilliant outline and Ive got people interested in the development of the piece. We could go into production very quickly at the right price," Vaines told Screen. Pirie was nominated for a BAFTA for his 1997 adaptation of Wilkie Collinss The Woman in White and has written episodes of "Murderland," "Inspector Lewis," Agatha Christies "Poirot" and "Murder Rooms." He also worked (uncredited) on the screenplay of Lars von Triers Breaking the Waves. In 2011, the prolific Vaines produced W.E. and Coriolanus and executive produced The Rum Diary and My Week with Marilyn, which was nominated for two Oscars this past Sunday.
Above we've landed yet another look at Neil Jordan's Byzantium, about a pair of women (Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan, displayed above) who claim to be vampire siblings. Having just wrapped principal photography, Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Mays, Bradley James, Sam Riley, Jonny Lee Miller and Tom Hollander all star. "On the run for murder, two young "sisters" arrive penniless at an English seaside town. Clara is a fiercely modern woman who has her eyes on the future and no time for the past. Teenager Eleanor is shy and innocent. Yet they both hide the same secrets: they are really mother and daughter, and they are both ... vampires! Eleanor is exhausted by 200 years on the run and desperate to settle down. But little does she know that her mother has been protecting her all of the years from their own kind, "The Brotherhood". To escape them, they must either blend in or continue running away. But just as they think they may have escaped, their past rapidly catches up with them."
We've just now added a preview clip from AMC's "The Walking Dead" episode 02.11, "Judge, Jury, Executioner." Check out a preview from next Sunday's episode below. "Let's talk about this like men." Dale confronts Shane about Randalls fate in this sneak peek. See the full episode Sunday, March 4 at 9/10c. " "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."
Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, is gearing up for the theatrical release of Michael Nickles' Playback, a horror film featuring Christian Slater that's now available on-demand. The limited theatrical run starts March 9. "While digging into their town's infamous past, a group of high school students unwittingly unlock a dark secret, unleashing an evil spirit that takes possession of its victims." In addition to Slater, the film stars Toby Hemingway, Johnny Pacar and Ambyr Childers. I recently spoke with Nickels regarding the film's technological themes, gore content and its homage to The Ring. Hit the jump to check it out!
Bloody Disgusting has learned exclusively that Chiller is gearing up for production on its next direct-to-TV movie. Remains director Colin Theys reteams with Synthetic Cinema and Chiller for Dead Souls, a telepic adaptation of Michael Laimo's novel about a teen who inherits his crazy preacher father's mysterious house. John Doolan, who also adapted Remains, will penned the feature. Shooting begins this April in Connecticut. As previously reported, Larry Fessenden is currently developing Beneath, a creature feature set in a leaky, oarless boat floating in the middle of a lake with a monster in it. Synthetic Cinema and Chiller's first was an adaptation of the Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night") graphic novel Remains featuring Lance Reddick ("The Wire", "Fringe") and Grant Bowler ("True Blood", "Ugly Betty").
Variety reports that director Joe Johnston is reteaming with his Captain America thesp JJ Feild (who also starred in Neil Marshall's Centurion), who has been cast in Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Prods.' low-budget thriller Not Safe For Work along with Tom Gallop (The Bourne Identity) and Emmy winner Christian Clemenson ("CSI: Miami"). Brit scribes Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Blood River, The Devil's Chair) wrote the script, which follows a young paralegal trapped in an office with a killer on a secret mission to destroy files and anyone that stands in his path. As previously reported, Max Minghella (The Social Network) will star as the cunning protag, while Eloise Mumford (ABC's "The River") will play his girlfriend, who works at the same office along with Clemenson. Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) is producing the pic, which will be exec produced by Couper Samuelson. Bryan Brucks is set to co-produce.
You're going to be waiting a bit longer for two hotly anticipated horror titles. Get ready to ring in the New Year with Leatherface when Lionsgate's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D arrives in theaters. The John Luessenhop-directed sequel will tear through cinemas on January 4, 2013. It was originally slated for release this coming October. Moving out of its August slot is Sinister (pictured above). The Scott Derrickson-directed thriller not hits theaters October 5 from Summit Entertainment. The story follows a journalist (Ethan Hawke) who moves his family into a house where another family was murdered. After moving in, he uncovers found footage that leads to clues about the murders.
IFC Films has finally released the official trailer for American Psycho director Mary Harron's The Moth Diaries, which can be seen on IFC in Theaters Video on Demand as well as digital outlets SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming and XBOX Zune starting March 20th, before it hits select theaters on April 20th. Starring Lily Cole, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon and Sarah Bolger, we've added the trailer below, along with the official one-sheet and new stills. "Adolescence is and always will be a time of intense emotional confusion, especially if you spend it in a closed environment. That's the case with Rebecca, a young girl haunted by her father's suicide, who is a student at an exclusive female boarding school. She pours her heart out in a diary, much of it focused on Lucy, her beloved roommate. Their relationship changes drastically with the arrival of a mysterious new student, Ernessa. As Lucy abandons her for this new girl, Rebecca becomes consumed with thoughts of jealousy and suspicion -- Ernessa is dangerous, evil, a vampire. Is there any truth to all this or is Rebecca slipping into insanity?"
While I struggle to get through episodes of season two, AMC is already casting up the third of "The Walking Dead," announcing that David Morrissey (State Of Play) has landed one of the most anticipated roles. Deadline reports that the British actor is set to join the megahit zombie drama as a new series regular in Season 3, playing "The Governor," a popular character from Robert Kirkmans graphic novel that serves as the basis for the AMC series. Sorry Tom Savini. Frankly, I believe he/this story arc could be the turning point this franchise needs. The Governor is the leader of Woodbury, a small settlement of survivors, and becomes the chief antagonist for "The Walking Dead"'s lead Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group.
While a clip from last September is making rounds again (watch it below), we've got some real news regarding Blair Witch director Eduardo Sanchez's awesome Lovely Molly (review). Having world premiered at the TIFF last September, Image Entertainment will release the haunting Satanic horror this coming May. No word on what will come first, limited theaters, VOD or home video. We'll update you as soon as we know more. 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."
THR is reporting that Swedish actor Joel Kinnaman has been offered the lead of MGMs remake of RoboCop, the 1987 sci-fi action movie about a cyborg policeman. Kinnaman is the male lead of AMCs "The Killing" who came to Hollywoods attention via his work on Scandinavian thrillers such as Snabba cash. Hes appeared in bit roles in Summits sci-fi movie The Darkest Hour and Universals Safe House. Dealmaking is expected to begin imminently. The Robocop remake is being described as a gritty origin story as MGM reboots the franchise. Jose Padilha (Elite Squad) is directing. "The original was about a cop who was near death and was drafted to become a powerful cyborg cop, until suppressed memories of his past life come back to haunt him." Peter Weller played the character in the original and the 1990 sequel.
Hannover House, the newly rebranded entertainment distributor formerly known as Target Development Group, will expand on its current successes with sci-fi and horror films by adding two new acquisitions for video release this summer. Patient Zero, a zombie apocalyptic movie from director Brian T. Jaynes ("Boggy Creek", "Humans Vs. Zombies") will be released onto DVD, Blu-ray and VOD in August. Buried Alive, a micro-budget thriller from first-time director Kevin Clark, will debut on DVD and VOD in July. Additional information on Patient Zero and Buried Alive will be released in March, including title release details, creative specifics, ordering information and home video suggested retail pricing. A trailer for Patient Zero can currently be viewed above, along with a horrible poster inside.
On DVD May 8th from SaintSinner Entertainment is Amel J. Figueroa's The Quiet Ones, which stars Courtney Gains, Reggie Bannister, Bill Allen, Adam Ciesielski, Brea Bee, Clayton Myers, Dennis Ronin, Jessica Browne-White, Nina Fluke, Vanessa Liu, Jeremy Zelig, Jennifer Butler, Laura Lynn Cottrel, Mark Lassise, and Warren Hemenway. "A young man's rapid descent into madness fueled by memories of a distant past of painful family experiences. A disturbed young man named Michael believes a normal relationship in the form of a blossoming new love interest named Isabel may save him from his own demons, only to find that recurring nightmares and memories of the past that center around his abusive father are too strong for any one love to quiet."
Below you'll find the first trailer for 4:44 Last Day on Earth, directed by Abel Ferrara, and starring Willem Dafoe along with Paz de la Huerta, Shanyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne, Paul Hipp, and Dierdra McDowell. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on March 23rd. "In a large apartment high above the city, lives our couple. Theyre in love. Shes a painter, hes a successful actor. Just a normal afternoon - except that this isnt a normal afternoon, for them or anyone else. Because tomorrow, at 4:44 am, give or take a few seconds, the world will come to an end far more rapidly than even the worst doomsayer could have imagined. The final meltdown will come not without warnings, but with no means of escape. There will be no survivors. As always, there are those who, as their last cigarette is being lit and the blindfold tightened, will still hope against hope for some kind of reprieve. For a miracle. Not our two lovers. They - like the majority of the Earths population - have accepted their fate: The world is going to end."
Arriving on DVD April 24 from SRS Cinema is Ms. Cannibal Holocaust, Ron Bonk's latest film starring Kellyn Lindsay, Nicola Fiore, and Wes Reid. "The remaining tenants of a rundown, poverty-row apartment building, one day away from demolition, find themselves suddenly under siege by a cannibal cult and their preacher-like female leader. Why the preacher has picked them as her latest victims is unknown, but her goal with them is clear - they WILL know pain, they WILL know fear, they WILL know suffering before she kills each one of them. And with all their connections to the outside world severed, the tenants can only do their best to hold out before they are caught and consumed. Hope seems to arrives in the form of a second woman, but is she there to save them? Or does she have her own agenda with the cult and specifically their leader? Shes coming. And vengeance will be upon them..."