Memento Films International has boarded sales on Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s romantic supernatural thriller Thelma about a young woman unaware that she possesses frightening powers, reports ScreenDaily.
After his English-language Louder Than Bombs, Trier has returned home for the Norwegian-language thriller, which is due to shoot in Oslo this autumn.
“This is an exciting new departure for Trier,” said producer Thomas Robsahm at Oslo-based Motlys, who is lead producing.
“The remarkably constructed and suspenseful script manages to find an original new take on genre material without losing any of Trier’s unique and personal touch. The film will be Trier’s most visually ambitious project to date, with striking VFX.”
Alexandre Mallet-Guy of Memento Films Production in France, Mikkel Jersin at Denmark’s Snowglobe and Mattias Nohrborg at Sweden’s B-Reel are on board as co-producers.
Trier will work with his usual team of co-writer Eskil Vogt, director of photography Jakob Ihre and editor Olivier Bugge Coutté.
Paris-based MFI is kicking off sales in Cannes. Casting is currently underway in Oslo.
The film is expected to be ready for spring 2017. Norwegian distributor SF Norge is planning a Halloween 2017 release.
This morning Adult Swim teased the rest of their 2016 lineup, which includes a soon-to-be-dated “Robot Chicken: The Walking Dead” Special!
In keeping with the tradition of working with major franchises such as Star Wars and the DC Comics universe, the Emmy-winning team behind “Robot Chicken” joins forces with the creators of “The Walking Dead” to bring fans an all new and extra bloody half-hour special.
“Robot Chicken” creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich and their Stoopid Buddy Stoodios partners, John Harvatine IV and Eric Towner, will bring an animated zombie apocalypse to Adult Swim with “The Walking Dead’s” creator/executive producer Robert Kirkman and showrunner/executive producer/writer Scott M. Gimple!
More details as they come in.
Jackson Stewart made his feature directorial debut with Beyond the Gates, a throwback paranormal movie in the spirit of horror classics such as Phantasm, The Beyond, and Poltergeist.
It’s set to World Premiere at the LA Film Festival, while it’s also on the market at Cannes where the following sales art was on display.
Barbara Crampton (You’re Next), Graham Skipper (Almost Human), Chase Williamson (The Guest), and Brea Grant (Halloween 2) star in the film that also features Matt Mercer (Contracted), Justin Welborn (FX’s “Justified”, The Signal, V/H/S/ Viral), Henry LeBlanc (“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”), Jesse Merlin (FDR: American Badass), David Bruckner (co-director of V/H/S, The Signal), and Pierson Ryan (“Red Team Go”) round out the cast.
“In Beyond the Gates, two estranged brothers reunite seven months after their father’s disappearance to liquidate his anemic video store. While there, they unearth an old VCR board game that acts as an inter-dimensional hub to a nightmare world where their Father’s soul is trapped and can only be saved by playing the game. The film is an adventure horror that pays loving tribute to the VHS format, video stores, and board games of the era.”
Stewart co-wrote the screenplay with Stephen Scarlata (Jodorowsky’s Dune). Destroy All Entertainment’s Amanda Mortimer will produce alongside Barbara Crampton and Lodger Films partners Georg Kallert and Rob Schroeder. Gabriela Revilla Lugo will executive produce.
A third movie with Boy in the title? Why not, I guess?
Prometheus fav Noomi Rapace will star in the science-fiction thriller with Danish helmer Jonas Arnby (When Animals Dream) on board, Variety reports out of Cannes.
Mattson Tomlin’s script for Boy, which was named to the 2015 Black List, “Centers on a teenage boy who is born with special abilities and spends his childhood switching names and cities to keep his identity hidden. When his conservative, suburban neighborhood discovers the risk he poses and blames him for a mass, tragic event, he and his mother must flee from the authorities who are looking to destroy him and seek the trust and support of an underground rebellion group.”
It’s got a sort of “Frankenstein” vibe to it.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Ben Pugh and Leon Clarance are producing.
Clarance’s Motion Picture Capital will finance Boy, which will begin shooting in August. Executive producers include Arash Amel, Rory Aitken, Rian Cahill and Laure Vaysse.
Lotus Entertainment is launching international sales for Boy at the Cannes Film Festival.
RoboCop and Total Recall director Paul Verhoeven had his psychological thriller Elle acquired by Sony Pictures Classics ahead of Cannes, writes Variety. They took North America (that’s us!), Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe (excluding Russia) and Asia (excluding China and Japan).
Penned by David Birke and based on Phillipe Djian’s novel “Oh…”, Elle stars Isabelle Huppert as a powerful, ruthless business woman who survives an assault in her home. Consumed with the need for revenge, she takes it upon herself to track down her assailant.
Elle debuts in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
“This thriller is Paul Verhoeven at his very best and Isabelle Huppert gives the performance of a lifetime. Elle promises to be a hit with audiences this fall. We are pleased to be working again with Paul, Isabelle and Saïd,” said Sony Pictures Classics.
Watch for release news as it comes in.
Ahead of Canes, Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Kasra Farahani’s The Waiting, which had its World Premiere at this past March’s SXSW Film Festival.
The thriller boasts quite the impressive cast that includes James Caan (The Godfather, Misery), Logan Miller (Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows).
Trace caught the film at the Austin premiere, where he wrote in his review:
‘The Waiting’ is a very strong directorial debut for Farahani, and showcases strong performances throughout… [it] packs an emotional wallop of an ending that makes the slow pace of the film worthwhile.
Mysterious events occur in The Waiting when two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor.
In the below clip, watch as Caan doesn’t respond to the haunting as expected…going full Misery on a “spooked” door.
The fun begins as the duo’s suspicions grow and the tension mounts, explained the SXSW program, they realize too late that the man they’re manipulating is the last person they should’ve chosen for their project.
The Waiting was written by Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard.
The full cast includes: James Caan, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Laura Innes, Edwin Hodge, Bailey Noble, Lili Reinhart, Anne Dudek, Mindy Sterling, and Tamlyn Tomita.
If you’re a fan of “The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead” on AMC and also like to collect trading cards, this story about a new partnership between those shows and Topps is for you! Some of the cards will include Shane as a walker, Carl with a can of beans, and Carol in disguise as one of the “Wolves.” What more could you want?
From the Press Release:
The Topps Company, Inc., is announcing an official partnership with AMC to bring terrifying, never-before-seen content from the TV phenomenon “The Walking Dead” and its popular companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” to both physical and digital cards for fans to collect and trade.
The Topps Digital app “The Walking Dead: Card Trader” is now available in the App Store and Google Play Store and is the first place fans can access new Topps trading cards from the world of “The Walking Dead.” The app will feature new digital card releases on a daily basis, covering the entire history of “The Walking Dead,” from Rick’s initial discoveries in abandoned Atlanta during Season 1 to the suspenseful introduction of Negan in the Season 6 finale.
In the same app, and for the first time ever, fans of “Fear the Walking Dead” will also be able to collect and trade cards of new favorite characters including Madison, Travis, and the enigmatic Victor Strand as they experience the collapse of society. To celebrate the launch of the new app, Topps will give all fans who install and register for the app one special limited edition digital card daily for their first seven days of app use.
“’The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ have passionate and rabid fan bases looking for new and creative ways to stay connected to their favorite shows,” said Jeremy Strauser, General Manager of Topps Digital. “Topps is uniquely capable of delivering both physical and digital trading cards that will keep fans engaged and allow them to own a piece of these acclaimed shows.”
Fans will be able to get their hands on Topps’ physical trading cards for “The Walking Dead” starting this fall. The Walking Dead: Complete Fifth Season card set will be available in October and will tell the full story of the highest rated season of the show, from the escape from Terminus to the journey to Alexandria. Each box of cards will feature two hits per box including autographs from the cast, artist-drawn sketch cards, and relic cards with pieces of actual set-worn costumes. Topps will also release a premium collector set, The Walking Dead: Survival Bo, in December. This will be the first-ever high-end trading card set for “The Walking Dead” and will be the perfect gift for mega-fans.
“We are thrilled to be working with Topps to bring both great physical card products and an innovative digital app to our ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ fan base,” said Theresa Beyer, Senior Vice President of Brand Activation and Promotions for AMC.
The Walking Dead: Complete Fifth Season physical trading cards will launch in October, 2016, and The Walking Dead: Survival Box physical trading cards will launch in December, 2016.
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On May 13, we’re doomed. We’re also getting a new Doom, but that’s not what we’re talking about here. From May 13-15, Techland is taking the title of their comparably gore-heavy horror game Dying Light literally with a new ‘Sun Eclipse’ community bounty that’ll bring much longer nights and the chance to win an exclusive Joker outfit if the community can murder 2.5M split-jaw dickheads Volatiles by Sunday night.
The event goes live this Friday at 12pm PT. You can head over here to track the bounty’s progress. I already killed one Volatile. It doesn’t count toward this, but I still did it. I don’t need a reason to kill those things. I do it for the thrill.
A tremendous amount of creativity is needed to keep a decades-old franchise from feeling like, well, a decades-old franchise. It’s no easy feat, and that’s especially true for a series like Doom, which is still very closely tied to the era to which it belongs.
Doom represents the pinnacle of 90s action gaming goodness, and id Software has been working very hard for a very long time to update that old school FPS flavor for a new audience without sacrificing what makes these games so darn addictive back in 1993. We know it hasn’t been easy on the developer, which had to reboot the reboot a few years back because it “lacked a soul”. Here’s hoping the latest Doom is all soul.
Doom releases May 13 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
In two days, the new Doom will either breathe new life into the influential shooter franchise, or notsomuch. May 13 is going to be a big day for fans of the series who’ve spent more than a decade waiting for id Software to drag us all back to Hell for another round of ‘Pin the Bullet On the Cacodemon’. Based on the considerable effort that went into realizing this fantastic Doom Guy cosplay, Reddit user Rustheart would also like to see this game live up to the lofty expectations we all have for it.
If Doom disappoints, I say we all chip in to get this talented cosplayer a Pinky plush, or something.
Doom releases May 13 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Stefan Durmek is a producer and designer on Ghost Theory, an upcoming supernatural horror game from developer Dreadlocks that became the latest crowdfunding success this week when its Kickstarter reached its £50,000 ($71,178 USD) goal. He also gets me. It normally takes a few conversations for someone to figure me out, but for Durmek, it took one longwinded late-night email from me asking if his game is anything like Ghostbusters.
It’s not, obviously. So please, enjoy this brief Q&A in which a crazy goon harasses a game developer about an incredibly promising indie horror game that needs to hurry up and get here already.
BD: How would you quickly describe Ghost Theory to someone who’s unfamiliar with the game in a way that’d get them excited about it?
Ghost Theory is a single-player, first-person horror game. A university opens up a secret program of modern paranormal research and they put you in charge of the investigations. You travel to the most haunted places on Earth to gather evidence about hauntings. Each of the locations is a sandbox rather than a ‘corridor’.
BD: Continuing that thought — I might’ve once said your game is about “living the life of a clairvoyant, globetrotting Ghostbuster.” How accurate is that?
When you say ‘Ghostbuster,’ people tend to imagine someone with a proton pack and ghost traps. And that’s not what Ghost Theory is about. That’s why we call Barbara, our heroine, a ‘ghost hunter’ (actually, some paranormal experts actually get upset with the term ghost hunter, so ‘Paranormal Investigator’ would be even more accurate).
In Ghost Theory, you don’t have any guns to fire at apparitions. Even though this is a horror game, don’t expect ghosts to be jumping out at you from the shadows for no reason. In fact, most of them won’t respond to your presence at all unless you make them. It’s your job to find out how to draw them out – it’s the only way you will meet your mission objectives.
BD: Have you or your team experienced any activity of the paranormal persuasion while making this game?
We have experienced some really strange happenings since we started to work on the concept. But I wouldn’t call them paranormal. More like strange coincidences. We don’t all agree on their significance – I’d rather just leave it at that.
BD: Where does Dreadlocks stand on ghosts? Do you believe? Do you want to believe?
Speaking for Dreadlocks – some of us truly do; others are sceptics. But we all have one thing in common: we are genuinely fascinated by the unknown, by unexplained mysteries, by spooky stories, by horror movies and games, and we’re determined to make this project the most authentic ghost hunting experience ever!
Speaking just for myself – I am more of a sceptic, which I think is a good thing for the design of this game. I will need to do my best to make the gameplay believable and enjoyable to other sceptics, not just believers. I am not saying I’m convinced the paranormal doesn’t exist. The paranormal is a phenomenon, and that only means we (as in science) don’t know much about it. It’s kind of like playing games. A game is a phenomenon too and I absolutely love the idea that I will spend my life trying to understand its nature.
BD: Have any of the haunted places you’ve researched for Ghost Theory stood out for being more unnerving or terrifying than the rest? Do you have a favorite location?
There is a large ghost hunting community all over the world. We are dedicating a member of the studio to get in touch with experienced ghost hunters who can help us with the location scannings. Soon we’ll be able to just send a piece of equipment to a hunter located near a site we want and then just wait for the results. This whole process is still in its early stage of development. But it looks like it should work.
The last place we visited ourselves was a haunted castle, Houska, here in Czech Republic. It is a pretty creepy place. The castle’s administrators allowed us to crawl around it from the basements up to its attic. If we licence this place, it’ll definitely be one of our favourites. Personally, I can’t wait to start working on Poveglia Island.
BD: Quick! A thirsty specter is about to drink your life essence – what do you do? Fight, or flight? And if it’s the former, what weapon would you use to vanquish the foul spirit? There’s no wrong answer here (I mean, there definite is, but I’m sure your answer will rock), like Fatal Frame’s Camera Obscura, or maybe you’d prefer a Proton Pack? A priest and a dash of salt, perhaps?
Editor’s Note II: The Notening: I meant what Durmek would do in this situation, but it sounds like I just really want there to be guns in this game. I don’t, I promise, and I could’ve edited this question out of the interview, but that I would’ve meant getting rid of his response, and that’s my favorite part of this whole interview.
There are no weapons, you crazy goon – there’s no shooting or fighting involved in the core concept of Ghost Theory. Your goal will be to collect samples and evidence of paranormal phenomena and then bring it back to university, where your scientists can study it. You’ll have a lot of equipment common to today’s paranormal investigators: an EMF meter, Full-spectrum camera, UV Lamp, Pendulum etc.
There are a ton of ghost hunting gadgets on the market today. The list of those we’re going to use in Ghost Theory is still not finalized. We’re also going to come up with some new, hi-tech gadget inventions that your scientist will craft for you in the later stages of the game. This way you will be able to dig deeper than today’s real gadgets would allow.
BD: No pressure, but this last one’s important. What’s the best ghost in all of video games?
Each member of Dreadlocks have a different favorite spook. There’s Slimer, Aiden from Beyond: Two Souls…. a long list, really. But in the end, we’ve collectively settled on… the PacMan ghosts, “Blinky”, “Pinky”, “Inky” and “Clyde.” Haha!
Big thanks to Durmek and Dreadlocks for taking the time to A some of my Q’s. Ghost Theory doesn’t have a release date yet, but when it does arrive, it’ll come to PC, Mac, Linux, PS4 and Xbox One. You can follow the game on Kickstarter.
Earlier this week Cinemax provided us with the official trailer and artwork for its upcoming new series “Outcast,” and if you simply can’t wait until the show’s debut on June 3rd, and you live in or near Los Angeles, we have the scoop on how you can see it early!
The network has informed us that fans can see the first two episodes with creator Robert Kirkman and several members of the cast at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on June 1st in LA. We don’t have all the details yet so keep your eyes on the Hollywood Forever Cemetery website for updates.
The CINEMAX drama series “OUTCAST” will launch its ten-episode first season on Friday, June 3, 2016. It also already been renewed for a second season ahead of its debut. The series is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead”) and executive produced by showrunner Chris Black.
“OUTCAST” follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Now, with the help of the Reverend Anderson, a preacher with personal demons of his own, Kyle embarks on a journey to find answers and regain the normal life he lost. But what Kyle discovers could change his fate — and the fate of the world — forever.
Patrick Fugit (Gone Girl) stars as Barnes, a man searching for answers and for redemption, who sequesters himself from those he loves for fear of causing greater hurt. Philip Glenister (“Life on Mars”) portrays Reverend Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth. An inveterate drinker and gambler, he doesn’t believe God intends people to sweat the small stuff. Gabriel Bateman (“Stalker”) co-stars as Joshua Austin, an eight-year-old who lives across town from Kyle. To his family’s dismay, he appears to be in the clutches of demonic possession, but there’s something very different about this possession and its connection to Kyle Barnes.
“OUTCAST” is produced for CINEMAX by FOX International Studios (FIS) and also executive produced by David Alpert, Sharon Tal Yguado, and Sue Naegle. The pilot was directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest).
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We’ve just gotten word that actor Cam Gigandet, whom you may remember from movies such as Twilight and Burlesque, has started shooting the upcoming action thriller The Base from director Jesse Gustafson. Full details below.
From the Press Release:
XLrator Media and Benattar/Thomas Productions announced the start of principal photography on the action-thriller THE BASE, starring Cam Gigandet (The Magnificent Seven, Twilight) and directed by Jesse Gustafson (Day 39). XLrator Media will release the film worldwide in 2017 on its “TURBO” action label.
Based on an original story by Nigel Thomas and Rick Benattar and written by Guy Stevenson (The Last Heist), THE BASE stars Cam Gigandet as the leader of a “Dirty Dozen” band of military prisoners who have to fight off a terrorist attack on the remote “black site” prison in which they’re being held, which, unknown to them, is a cover for a secret drone control facility.
Director Gustafson is a military veteran and a Columbia Film School graduate who has directed and performed in over 40 stage productions. His film work includes writing and directing the short film Day 39, which was a finalist for a student Academy Award in 2015, and writing “Ace of Spades,” which was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship finalist.
The film is produced by Rick Benattar, Nigel Thomas, Barry Gordon, and Michael Radiloff and has been fully financed by The Fyzz Facility with Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones coming on board as executive producers.
THE BASE is the fourth action-thriller from Benattar/Thomas Productions as part of an overall production and global distribution deal with XLrator Media. The companies have previously partnered on PARADOX starring Zoë Bell and Malik Yoba and the upcoming releases THE LAST HEIST starring Henry Rollins (in theaters June 17, 2016) and THE FIXER starring Tom Hopper (“Black Sails”) (in theaters November 4, 2016).
“We are thrilled to work on THE BASE with Jesse Gustafson, a fresh and exciting new filmmaker. The film is reminiscent of classics like The Dirty Dozen and Kelly’s Heroes. Movies we love that truly blur the line between the good guys and bad guys. It’s a great story, and we can’t wait to bring it to a global audience,” said Rick Benattar.
Fox works fast! After just announcing that the network has given a series order for a TV version of The Exorcist, which is said to be a “new take” on the seminal horror film, they’ve released the first image!
“The Exorcist” series will take the form of a psychological thriller. Starring are Geena Davis, Alfonso Herrera (as Father Tomas Ortega), and Ben Daniels (as Father Marcus Lang). Beasts of No Nation‘s Kurt Egyiawan co-stars as Father Bennett, a liaison for the Vatican, with Hannah Kasulka playing Casey Rance, the wallflower of the family, who is worried about her sister, Charlotte (Brianne Howey), who has been holed up in her room ever since her serious accident.
The producer is Jeremy Slater (The Fantastic Four), and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is directing the pilot.
More than four decades after the Academy Award-nominated film solidified itself as the greatest horror movie ever made, The Exorcist returns in series format as a propulsive psychological thriller following two very different priests tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession.
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Not a lot of details out on this one yet, but XLrator Media and Benattar/Thomas Productions have begun principal photography on the new action-thriller The Base. Starring Cam Gigandet (Magnificent Seven, Twilight) and directed by Jesse Gustafson (Day 39), XLrator plans to release the film worldwide under their Turbo label which is dedicated to action films.
The script was written by Guy Stevenson (The Last Heist) and based off an original story from Rick Benattar and Nigel Thomas. Gigandet stars as the leader of a band of military prisoners, similar to the Dirty Dozen, who have to fight off a terrorist attack on a remote prison in which they are being held. Little does this ragtag group know that this prison is actually a cover for a secret drone facility.
The Base is the fourth action-thriller from Benattar/Thomas Productions as part of an overall production and global distribution deal with XLrator Media. The companies have previously partnered on Paradox starring Zoë Bell and Malik Yoba and the upcoming releases The Last Heist starring Henry Rollins (in theaters June 17, 2016) and The Fixer starring Tom Hopper (“Black Sails”) (in theaters November 4, 2016).
About the Director:
Director Jesse Gustafson is a military veteran and a Columbia Film School graduate who has directed and performed in over 40 stage productions. His film work includes writing and directing the short film Day 39, which was a finalist for a student Academy Award in 2015, and writing Ace of Spades, which was an Academy Nicholl Fellowship finalist.
MarVista Entertainment is releasing Anthony DiBlasi’s Most Likely to Die in select theaters and On Demand this coming Friday, May 13th; and up now we have a new clip from the film to share.
Heather Morris, Ryan Doom, Perez Hilton, Chad Addison, and Tess Christiansen star.
“Glee” star Heather Morris and “Celebrity Big Brother’” enfant terrible/showbiz gossip blogger Perez Hilton are part of a 10-year high school reunion hosted by a disgraced ice hockey player. Soon the party takes a deadly turn when one by one the former classmates, each with a secret shared history, turn up dead according to their senior yearbook superlatives. Who is the masked psycho with the razor-sharp mortarboard, and what exactly is his problem?
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This Friday the 13th, MTV is unveiling the first 7 minutes of the new season of “Scream,” and we all know that means one thing: an iconic opening kill.
Tune in at 3PM PT / 6PM ET and interact with “Scream” cast favorite Tom Maden during this terrifying Facebook live event.
Oh, and one more thing… Someone. WILL. Die.
Related Story: Five Reasons to Watch Scream: The Series Season Two
“Scream” Season 2 premieres Monday, May 30th, on MTV.
Returning cast members include Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke). Joining them are recording artist Kiana Ledé, Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down, “Silicon Valley”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee,” “American Horror Story”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First,” “Criminal Minds”), Sean Grandillo (Spring Awakening), and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan,” “Gotham”). The new showrunners are Michael Gans and Richard Register.
Season 2 picks up with Emma’s return to Lakewood after several months at a retreat, where she tried to recover from the horrors of last season. Everyone is walking on eggshells around her, questioning whether she has truly gotten over the Killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the Killer but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth. Brooke and Jake are also keeping secrets — they are hiding a budding romance from Mayor Maddox. And Noah is getting closer and closer to the truth about the Season 1 murders.
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The Film Detective entered the Blu-ray game last year and have slowly built up a nice library of classic cinema releases. Most of what they’ve done thus far are public domain films, some of which have previously received Blu-ray releases from Film Chest. On May 31st they’ll be releasing Roger Corman’s The Terror on Blu-ray, another title that Film Chest released a number of years back.
Up to this point The Film Detective has managed to improve on the previous Film Chest releases, delivering a better overall quality in picture. The Film Detective digitally restores their releases same as Film Cheset, often times from 35mm archival film elements which is the case with The Terror, but unlike Film Chest they do a good job of not doctoring them up too much. The Film Detective releases offer a more natural film look, whereas Film Chest usually has a waxy quality as a result of too much DNR. Here’s to hoping The Terror continues The Film Detective’s streak.
The Film Detective’s owner Phil Hopkins certainly seems to think that’ll be the case stating, “After years of sub-par versions, The Film Detective brings The Terror to the screen as it’s never been seen before, fully restored from 35mm archival material in its original aspect ratio. I think fans will be thrilled with the unparalleled quality of this Blu-ray release, not only visually but by the impact of the soundtrack.”
As for the actual film itself, well it’s an interesting one to say the least. Corman was always known for getting the most bang for his buck and so with a few extra days with access to the sets from The Haunted Palace, he decided to make another movie. That movie was The Terror.
Is it a good movie? No, not at all. But is it an interesting movie? Absolutely. It’s something all horror fans should see at one point in their life because it’s quite bizarre. And it’s Corman. The more Corman on Blu-ray the better.
In 18th century France, Lt. Andre Duvalier (three-time Academy Award-winner Jack Nicholson, The Departed, As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men, The Shining), an officer in Napoleon’s army, has been separated from his regiment. Wandering near the coast, he spies a young woman (Sandra Knight, Frankenstein’s Daughter, Blood Bath) and calls out to her. When she fails to acknowledge, he follows her into the dark surf and strangely loses consciousness.
He awakens in a house tended by an old woman, Katrina (Dorothy Neumann, Sorry, Wrong Number, The Ten Commandments), who claims not to know the mysterious lady. On his way once again, Andre comes upon the castle of Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe (Boris Karloff, Frankenstein, The Mummy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas).
There he learns that the girl is in fact the spirit of the Baron’s late wife, being used as a pawn by the witchy Katrina who is bent on driving the elderly Baron to suicide.
Also starring Dick Miller (A Bucket of Blood) as Stefan, married in real-life to Knight (who portrays the ghost of Ilsa, the Baroness Von Leppe), who was visibly pregnant with their daughter during filming.
Director Christopher Griffiths has already brought us two rather amazing documentaries in the forms of Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II and You’re so cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night. Both of these documentaries have become fan favorites, offering deep insights into their respective topics with interviews, guest appearances, and loads of research. And now Griffiths, along with Dead Mouse Productions Ltd and Cult Screenings UK Ltd, are turning to Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 sci-fi action thriller Robocop for a new documentary titled RoboDoc: The Creation of RoboCop that just launched on Kickstarter!
Griffiths explains why he chose Robocop as his next project, stating, “To say that RoboCop is a big part of my life is an understatement. Just ask anybody who knows me. It is the film that started it all for me at an age when I probably shouldn’t have been watching it, like many others, but I did, and I have grown up with it and found new things each time I watch it.”
Direct from the official press release:
Supported by dozens of the original cast and crew RoboDoc is made by fans of the movie for fans of the movie. The crew have already received support from over 20 of the cast and crew as well as the RoboCop Archive, and there is no doubt that by the time of production many more key players will be attached to share their amazing stories about one of the most iconic movies ever-made.
As of this post going live, the Kickstarter has already raised over $14,300 of its near $29,000 goal and it still has over 29 days left. You can learn more or champion the cause my clicking on the above link.
Independents’ Day? That’s pretty damn shameless even for The Asylum. Bravo, gentlemen. Bravo. I salute you.
The Asylum will not go quietly into the night, and thus, they mark their return to the type of lawsuit-baiting mockbusters I thought they were trying to move away from. If you can’t guess what movie and its forthcoming sequel Independents’ Day is trying to capitalize on, then you must be from another planet.
You can’t say The Asylum hasn’t come a long way. Just look at the special effects in this trailer. Maybe not on the level of its big screen counterpart but very well done for a low budget knock-off. Hell, I still remember watching the big blue energy beam blasting down from a similar oversized spaceship in their Battle of Los Angeles mockbuster years ago and remarking how it looked like aliens were bombarding the City of the Angels with what looked to me like a colossal stream of dishwashing liquid. Odd how the f/x look solid here but everything else feels a wee bit on the chintzy side.
So, what’s it about, who does it star, and who made it? Well, I can tell you The Asylum produced it because they’re the ones who posted the trailer. I can’t seem to find any other information. What more do you need to know?
Earth is being invaded by insectoid aliens in gargantuan UFOs that want to annihilate us. We fight back. The President is a woman. A bald guy with a beard also appears to play a key role in Earth’s salvation. The White House gets blown up in a scene lifted directly from a 20-year-old movie of roughly the same title.
At this point I truly believe The Asylum could release a boxset comprised exclusively of mockbusters they’ve done based on Roland Emmerich movies alone.
I decided to Google “Independents’ Day” to see if there is an actual holiday by that name. I can confirm there is an annual “Independents’ Day” celebration in East Ohio that actually takes place in September, but I have a hard time believing extraterrestrials would arrive just to wreck that. There’s also a rap album by that name from 2005 by Royce Da 5’9”, who, alas, is not in the movie playing the Will Smith character.
But I digress…
Here’s the trailer for The Asylum’s Independents’ Day, written and directed by people, starring other people. Educated guess this will arrive on DVD and/or VOD right around the time Independence Day: Resurgence invades theaters this summer.
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