Did you know Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is a semi-obsessive fan of The Shining? Neither did I until I saw this picture over at AICN. That pic led me to Unkrich's Tumblr entitled "The Overlook Hotel". Over there I found a really cool TV spot cut for the film. It doesn't feature scenes you haven't seen before, but it does feature different takes of those scenes. I could actually tell the difference since a couple of the shots are actually fairly different. Per The Overlook Hotel, "TV spots were often edited using existing prints of alternate takes, rather than going through the time and expense of creating new prints from original or duplicate negative. The commercials were edited on film, not video, so it was just easier to use the alternate takes, which were already sitting unused in the cutting room. This certainly makes sense, and seems to have been standard practice at the time, but it still strikes me as odd that Kubrick wouldnt insist upon using only the footage that appeared in the finished film. Regardless, the commercial remains a fascinating glimpse into an alternate version of the film that was not meant to be." Hit the jump to check it out!
After making its debut at the SXSW Film Festival next month, Lionsgate will unleash their top secret, high-concept slasher The Cabin in the Woods unto the world on Friday, April 13. Obviously imagery will be tight-kept if the secrets of Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's inventive slasher are to be continually locked. A new image has been released that keeps the reveal sealed, but for those lucky enough to have seen the film know there's a lot to be said about the still. What are Marty (Fran Kranz, left), Curt (Chris Hemsworth, center) and Jules (Anna Hutchison, right) all looking at? "A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. 'Cabin in the Woods' is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out."
Over the course of three years, a television crew of paranormal inspectors disproved 49 cases of supernatural contact. Soon they will be the ones refuted On April 17th Image Entertainment invites you to join the hunt with Episode 50, a said to be terrifying and manic thriller coming to DVD. " 'Episode 50' follows two rival television crews of supernatural experts: one team of skeptics looking to discredit myths about the paranormal and another team of strong believers seeking to prove their existence. Teaming up for the first time for a special episode, the crews gets far more than they bargained for when they make contact with a spirit of tremendous power and must band together to stop it before it destroys them all." Directed by Joe and Tess Smalley and starring Josh Folan, Natalie Wetta, Eleanor Wilson and Justin Brutico, Episode 50 is said to keep you at the edge of your seat until the credits roll.
There's nothing more comforting than the love of a Mother for her children. But beware any Mother when her children are threatened! And for a certain diabolical Mother and her vicious progeny, she'll send anyone who threatens her brood straight to Hell itself! Anchor Bay Films presents the ultimate "Mother" with the May 8th release of Mother's Day on Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack and on DVD. With an all-star cast including Rebecca DeMornay (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Wedding Crashers), Jamie King (Red Tails, My Bloody Valentine, Sin City), Brianna Evigan (S. Darko, Step Up 2: The Streets), Patrick John Flueger (Footloose, Brothers), Deborah Ann Woll (HBO's True Blood), Lyriq Bent (Saw II-IV, Skinwalkers), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Minority Report) and Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men films, Frozen), Mother's Day is the chilling and gorier remake of the 1980 Troma classic by the same name. Mother's Day will also have an exclusive theatrical engagement in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago on May 4th in select theaters. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV) with screen story and screenplay by Scott Milam based on the original Mother's Day written by Charles Kaufman and Warren Leight, Mother's Day is a graphic remake of the Troma horror classic. "After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers go home to hideout only to discover that their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) lost their house in a foreclosure. The new owners and their party guests become the depraved brothers' unwitting hostages. Their sadistic Mother soon arrives and brilliantly takes control of the situation, ratcheting up the terror. As the hostages struggle desperately to survive the harrowing torture, they realize that there is nothing a Mother won't do to protect her children." The Mother's Day Blu-ray and DVD feature an audio commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman and actor Shawn Ashmore.
Co-written and directed by Joseph Kahn, the bizarre, twisted and hysterical Detention tells the story of the senior class at Grizzly Lake high school. The road to graduation is never an easy one, but it's further complicated for these students by the arrival of a slasher movie killer who has seemingly come to life. The only ones who can stop the killer are a handful of students, but they'll have to cut out of detention if they're to stand a chance at saving the world. Opening in theaters April 13 from Samuel Goldwyn Films, David Harley says Detention is "mesmerizing and something you definitely wont be able to take yours eyes off of." Check out the first clip below that doesn't bring the bloodshed, but will give you an idea of the film's tone. Also dig on the newly launched official website for more.
Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Blade 2, Pacific Rim) has come onboard with Reel FX to produce a CG-animated film with the working title Day of the Dead, reports Variety. Del Toro will also present the film, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez (who directed tons of animation for "Mad" TV), from a script he wrote with Gutierrez and Doug Langdale. Reel FX will produce alongside Aaron Berger and Carina Schulze of Chatrone. Story's a "Romeo and Juliet"-style tale set against a Mexican "Day of the Dead" backdrop. It's the first time since 1993's Cronos that del Toro has collaborated on a feature project set in Mexico. "This is a colorful, vibrant, vital fable that utilizes the animation medium in an incredible way," del Toro said. Reel FX said "Day of the Dead" is scheduled to be released in fall 2014.
Updated: We've now added ginormous, hi-res versions of both international one-sheets! Bloody Disgusting has landed your first look at the first official international teaser poster for Dimension Films' Piranha 3DD that promises "Double the action. Double the terror. Double the D's." Thanks to BD reader 'FreddyKrueger13' for tipping us off. "Theres something in the water... again. And this time no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of the best summer attraction, The Big Wet Water Park." Piranha 3DD reteams Feast director John Gulagar with writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, David Koechner, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Clu Gulager, Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer and David Hasselhoff all star. A release date is still forthcoming.
In Tim Burton's Frankenweenie young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Arriving in theaters October 5, 2012 from Walt Disney Pictures', we've landed the official one-sheet for the animated horror that revives good ol' Sparky. The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine OHara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!) and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), while Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer later added. While full details are inside, Burton has enlisted the Corpse Bride team for this project.
No big studio films this week, but there are plenty of indie choices to take a look it. On the TV front "The Fades," a BBC themed horror show, is now out on DVD and Blu. It's good. Believe. I haven't seen anything else on the list, but am curious about Inkubus, the latest Robert Englund flick. It's garnered some attention as it's being lauded as return to the nasty and sadistic for Englund. Are you picking up anything this week?
Now on DVD and Netflix from Asylum is The Amityville Horror rip-off, The Amityville Haunting, Geoff Meed's found footage take on the supernatural franchise from the '70s. Brad McHargue, who liked Paranormal Entity , absolutely hated this knockoff. "Asylum has been churning out found footage and mockumentary-style horror flicks, and with 'The Amityville Haunting', they have finally reached their apex of terribleness." You'll find the entire review by clicking the title above. What did you think of it?
Director Brian C. Weed is now in post on Bloody Homecoming, a new indie slasher starring Jim Tavare, Lexi Giovagnoli, Alex Dobrenko, Randi Lamey, Taryn Cervarich, Branden Roth, Elizabeth Bigger, Rae Latt, Steve Earnest, Grainne McDermott and Shaleen Cholera. "Its Homecoming in the sleepy town of Hogeye as freshman Annie Morgan and friends excitedly approach their first dance at Winston High, only to be refused entry by a trio of jerky jocks. They throw a party in the school theater instead, but a tragic accident leaves Annies boyfriend dead. Now, three years later, Winston High decides to bring Homecoming back, and Annie and her friends hope they can forget the past and start anew. But someone intends to make sure they never forget. And as darkness falls on Homecoming Night, each of the senior friends finds themselves revisited by a malevolent and deadly presence from their pasts in the dark and desolate halls of their very own high school." Check out the official Facebook for tons of imagery with the first trailer added below!
A second trailer has just crash landed on Earth for Shouf Shouf Zombibi, the very first zombie comedy from Holland, directed by Martijn Smits and Erwin van den Eshof. It's set to premiere in Dutch cinemas sometime in 2012. I do know that the trailer has a lot of splat-stick and gore; thankfully the entire film doesn't take [place in a restaurant (as teased in the first trailer). Here's a poorly translated synopsis: "Although his brother Mo klooiende by the pool enjoying the sun, will not mind the clumsy Aziz to be in the office. He is namely Tess, his beautiful colleague hole where he is madly in love on. However, when Aziz at the hands of his brother gets fired, he is so angry that he story is picked up at the pool. By accident he was arguing with the wrong and an hour later he and his brother with two blood linke Surinamese, Jeffrey and Nolan in a cell. In retrospect, their salvation, for that night, a Russian space station crashed in the Netherlands. When they wake up after a noisy night, it appears no one in the police to be present on the young policewoman Kim after. If they come together behind the whole neighborhood is flooded with zombies, they still have only one goal. Here you get away as quickly as possible. But ... If Aziz overhear his voice he hears a cry for help from Tess. He must help her, but nobody wants to be lives for someone they do not even know..."
Acid Bath Productions has announced the official release date of April 1, 2012 for the new horror/thriller I Spill Your Guts. "Directed by James Balsamo, this military horror is bound to get you excited. On a routine military mission, Dennis and Joe are quickly surrounded by enemy fire. When Joe stands into the line of fire to run, Dennis pushes him out of the way, only to take a bullet to the throat. Following his tragic injury, Dennis wakes up in the hospital to find Joe has stolen the credit as the hero and told the ultimate lie, took all the glory, and left mute Dennis with only one option. When the two return to their war-raged hometown of New York, Dennis seeks revenge on Joe killing anyone close to him. One little lie will cost so many innocent lives in 'I Spill Your Guts.'" You'll find the first official trailer above.
Aam R Steigert and Mark Mendola direct Ombis, a 1950's style alien invasion film in which a life form crash lands in Metsburgh, a village whose glory days are long past. It begins to infect the townsfolk, making them host to a supernatural virus whose sole purpose is to replicate itself. But the virus is not the only thing that has invaded this small community. A creature known as the Nemesis has also arrived in an attempt to contain the alien plague that originated from its home planet. It is up to a small group of uninfected survivors to fight the invasion and make it out alive. Ombis is based on a short story by Adam R. Steigert and was written by Steigert, Janeen Avery, Mark Mendola, and Terry Kimmel. The cast features Richard Satterwhite (Sheriff Thomas Brackett), Sara Manzella (Lucy), Jason John Beebe (Mark), and Alexander Sloan McBryde (Mr. Gray).
Bonzo the Clown is about to perform for audiences in CarnieVille, written-directed-produced by Victor Mathieu and starring Brett Rickaby (The Crazies, Bereavement), Victor Miller (Friday the 13th) and Jeremy Jackson ("Baywatch"). "After having witnessed her neighbor murder his own wife in his clown outfit, Corey has been dealing with coulrophobia (fear of clowns) ever since she was a child. On Halloween night, her boyfriend and his friends decide to help her overcome her phobia of clowns by taking her to a nearby carnival. However, they soon discover that the price of admission is their lives." He ain't no Pennywise.
A lot of times bigger names tend to steer clear of the horror genre. It's often not seen as prestigious, the budgets are lower (and thus the salary) and it's rarely recognized come awards time. Sometimes it's the choice of the actor not to indulge in the more bloody side of things, and sometimes their representation simply guides them away from it. Contrary to popular belief, most horror fans are able to enjoy many films that are well outside the genre. I've personally noticed that many of my colleagues have an affinity for romantic comedies (myself included), however strange that may seem. With that being in mind, have you ever been watching one of your favorite actors and wondered why they've only rarely (if at all) dipped their toes into your favorite category of film? I can't put words into the mouths of people on this list - but I bet more of them than you would suspect would actually like to "slum it" a bit in the killing fields. Either way, here's a list of people I'd like to see get in the horror game every once in a while. While a couple of those singled out have actually been in a few slashers (etc...) at the very beginning of careers - many of them have never had the chance to be horribly murdered (or survive a series of horrible murders) onscreen. Hit the jump to check it out and be sure to list any I may have missed in the comments!
Enjoying a resurgence with The Woman In Black, venerable British horror studio Hammer has chosen the Cinema And Television History (CATH) Research Centre at the UK's Leicester De Montfort University to house its script archive. Deadline reports that the CATH center will catalogue and curate a collection that includes screenplays from most of the studio's film and TV productions from 1947-1990 along with extensive corporate paperwork, correspondence and other ephemera. This is the first time the archive will be opened to public research and study. Last month, Hammer announced a global restoration project for its library of films in partnership with Studiocanal, Pinewood and other international players and with the participation of 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros and Paramount. The studio was founded in 1934 and has produced such films as Frankenstein Created Woman, The Plague Of The Zombies, The Witches and The Mummy. Hammer stopped production in the '80s and returned to features in 2010 with Matt Reeves' adaptation of Swedish hit Let Me In. Its most recent film, Daniel Radcliffe-starrer The Woman In Black, has taken in over $60 million worldwide. Since 2008, Hammer has been a division of the Exclusive Media Group.
By clicking the above image you'll find a quartet 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 "
Director Carl Tibbettes describes Retreat as a character piece which is accurate but possibly missing the word predictable. With a story about three people trapped in a house and a pandemic looming outside the door, a film already has a lot going for it. Add in stars like Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton and you should be golden.
Open Road Films and Liddell Entertainment's Silent House provides another great showcase for Elizabeth Olsen (following Martha Marcy May Marlene. It's entirely up to her to carry this "real-time" supernatural thriller and she more than pulls it off with an intense, layered performance. The pic, which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival, was co-directed by filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, who left audiences terrified with the hit film Open Water. "'Silent House' is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house." The screenplay was written by Laura Lau and based on the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, written by Oscar Estevez. Visit the Facebook to become a fan. The film opens March 9th. Hit the jump to check out the new TV Spot!