Misha Collins, aka Castiel, directed the upcoming Episode 9.17 of "Supernatural," entitled "Mother's Little Helper," and The CW has now released the official synopsis. Check it out... it'll help you on your way, through your busy dying day...
"Supernatural" Episode 9.17 - "Mother's Little Helper" (airs 3/25/14, 9-10pm)
MISHA COLLINS MAKES HIS DIRECTING DEBUT — Dean (Jensen Ackles) struggles with the after effects of the Mark of Cain.
Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) hears about a case where straight-laced people are turning into violent murderers. Sam suspects possession and suggests to Dean that they investigate, but Dean tells him to go without him.
While interviewing the local townsfolk, Sam meets an elderly woman named Julia (guest star Jenny O’Hara), who tells him the Men of Letters came to town in 1958. Julia tells Sam the story of a young man named Henry Winchester (guest star Gil McKinney) and his female companion, Josie Sands (guest star Alaina Huffman).
While Sam is away, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) tests Dean. Misha Collins directed the episode written by Adam Glass.
SXSW 2014: Robert Rodriguez's Museum Featuring Original Frank Frazetta Masterpieces Launches on Location!
There's so much cool stuff happening at SXSW 2014, it's hard to know where to begin. That being said, if you're one of the lucky ones who are attending the event, here's something you DON'T want to miss!
From the Press Release
For a limited time only during SXSW 2014, Robert Rodriguez is proud to launch a museum featuring his own specially curated collection of art which includes the work of celebrated American artist Frank Frazetta.
Considered to be the most influential fantasy artist in history, Frazetta contributed iconic artwork to classic works of fiction for Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars among others. The gallery will be open to the public daily from Saturday, March 8th, to Sunday, March 16th, from 12 Noon-8 PM. The museum is located at 920 Congress Ave. in Austin, TX. The gallery will have a $20 entrance fee benefiting the Frazetta Estate's preservation of the art for a new Frank Frazetta museum.
The gallery will also feature an original SIN CITY masterpiece by FRANK MILLER, original art by DREW STRUZAN including his rendering of Sylvester Stallone for the movie poster FIRST BLOOD, and original poster art for THE THING. Original paintings by New Pop Art master SEBASTIAN KRÜGER including hyper real paintings of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, and Danny Trejo. Bronzed art sculptures from CLETE SHIELDS. Shields' work has been commissioned by Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, and Samuel L. Jackson.
In addition, the gallery will feature SIN CITY character self-portrait paintings from cast members including Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lady Gaga, Rosario Dawson, and Josh Brolin painted with Robert and his mentor, artist George Yepes, during the making of SIN CITY 2. There will also be a selection of hand-numbered giclée prints of Frazetta pieces photographed and printed by Robert Rodriguez available for purchase. Proceeds from the prints will benefit the Frazetta Estate to preserve the art for a new Frank Frazetta Museum.
The idea for the museum has been long in the making. Robert Rodriguez has been touring Frank Frazetta original art at Comic-Con and Wizard Con to continue the wish of Frank Frazetta, a friend and collaborator of Robert's who always wanted audiences to see his paintings in person. The original Frazetta museum in upstate New York closed after the passing of Frank Frazetta in 2010. The new Rodriguez museum features other world-class artists Robert has also worked with and studied under over the years with art that he's collected himself and others that are on exclusive loan for this event. The FRANK FRAZETTA COLLECTION has an unprecedented amount of original masterpieces including Death Dealer, Egyptian Queen, At the Earth's Core, Conan, and Dark Kingdom as well a rare painting Frazetta did for the movie FROM DUSK TILL DAWN among others. There are 12 masterpieces total.
"This has to be the most kick-ass museum in the world," said filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. "For one, it's the only place you can see original Frank Frazetta art, 12 masterpiece paintings total, alongside original art by Frank Miller, Drew Struzan, Sebastian Kruger, and Clete Shields. Throw in character paintings by the cast of Sin City 2 and 'From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,' and you will never see anything like this event anywhere, in any museum. I'm very excited to be showcasing this mind-blowing art by my favorite artists and collaborators in Austin."
Frank Frazetta Original Artwork On Display:
Hand Numbered Giclee Prints Available for Purchase:
FIRE AND ICE
Size: 24" x 37"
Edition Size: 100, 50 prints available at SX event
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN
Size: 24" x 32"
Edition Size: 100, 50 prints available at SX event
Size: 24" x 30"
Edition Size: 100, 50 prints available at SX event
Size: 24" x 36"
Edition Size: 300, 50 prints available at SX event
Size: 24" x 31"
Edition Size: 200, 50 prints available at SX event
AT EARTH'S CORE
Size: 24" x 34"
Edition Size: 200, 50 prints available at SX event
CONAN THE BARBARIAN
Size: 24" x 34"
Edition Size: 300, 50 prints available at SX event
The 2014 SXSW Film Festival runs March 7-15 in Austin, Texas. Visit the official South by Southwest website for more info on the entire SXSW Music/Film/Interactive event.
The History Channel has a new series called "Cryptid: The Swamp Beast" airing on Monday nights, and since it sounds up our alley we thought we'd bring it to your attention with more details and a teaser video.
In every region of America there are legends of strange, unidentified creatures that stretch back for centuries.
In the Northwest many credible people swear to have sighted Bigfoot. Near Lake Champlain in the Northeast, locals have sworn up and down to seeing a strange, prehistoric-like creature in the water. And down South in the swamplands, it’s no different: Some of the most deep-rooted and fearsome monster stories have endured. In the new original series "Cryptid: The Swamp Beast," one of America’s oldest mysteries and bone-chilling legends comes to life through dramatizations, eyewitness accounts, real news reports, and expert interviews.
In a remote Southern town the past few years have brought a dramatic uptick in strange occurrences, but now whatever has been lurking in the swamps is intruding into human territory. There have been a rash of cattle mutilations and pets being snatched away from backyards. With the attacks not matching up forensically with any known predators, suspicions have spread. Terrified residents claim to have seen signs of voodoo and are conjuring up old Cajun legends like the “Rougarou,” a mythical shape-shifter, as a possible culprit. Others swear they’ve seen a huge, bipedal creature locally known as a “skunk ape” lurking about at night.
The series follows a small animal-control business that responds to various calls and sightings and a deputy sheriff who believes the real culprit is some twisted individual deep in the swamp. As the weeks pass, the sightings intensify, and even the most skeptical people in town begin to wonder if its darkest legends, and their worst fears, have in fact come to life.
"Cryptid: The Swamp Beast" mixes legends with eyewitness accounts and crafts them into an entertaining and scary fictional story that speaks to America’s macabre history of folklore. It features startling real interviews with those who believe the legends and have seen strange things with their own eyes. Folklore experts, biologists, and original news clips play throughout each episode as well to add further real-world context.
New episodes air on Mondays at 10/9c. For more info visit "Cryptid: The Swamp Beast" on History.com.
Time for some more free stuff! We're giving away Blu-ray copies of Jeremy Lovering's highly praised film debut film, In Fear (review), and all you have to do to win one is master the mystical power of your keyboard and write on in!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-MAIL HERE including your FULL NAME AND MAILING ADDRESS. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end at 12:01 AM, Monday, March 24, 2014.
From the Press Release
Having already conquered the Sundance Film Festival, In Fear, the critically acclaimed feature film debut of writer/director Jeremy Lovering, arrives March 11th on Blu-ray™, VOD, and DVD from Anchor Bay Films. SRP is $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD.
In Fear will also enjoy several U.S. exclusive theatrical engagements starting Friday, March 7th.
Starring Iain De Caestecker (ABC’s hit series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures), and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”), In Fear has taken the horror world by storm, garnering rave reviews wherever it is played. The film stunned audiences in international film festivals in nine countries, including Canada’s Toronto After Dark, Germany’s Rosebud Entertainment Fantasy Festival, Spain’s Fancine – Festival de Cine Fantastico, and South Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
In Fear is a tense psychological horror about a young couple's fight to make it through the night. Home invasion, but in a car. In real-time. Tom (De Caestecker) and Lucy (Englert) are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorized by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears. Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.
The green band trailer for the new film from Legend of Beaver Dam director Jerome Sable, entitled Stage Fright, has arrived; and we have it right here for ya along with the red band. Pick your poison, kids!
Magnet will release the film in its Ultra VOD program, launching it on iTunes and On Demand on April 3rd and following with a theatrical release on May 9th.
Minnie Driver, Meat Loaf, Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Kent Nolan, Brandon Uranowitz, Ephraim Ellis, Melanie Leishman, James McGowan, Steffi DiDomenicantonio, Ryan Bobkin, Leanne Miller, and Adrianna Di Liello star.
Stage Fright tells the story of a posh musical theater camp terrorized by a killer who hates musicals. Driver plays Kylie Swanson, a haunted star of the Broadway stage and mother of two siblings who find themselves at the center of the unfolding horror at the camp. Meat Loaf plays Roger McCall, a slumming Broadway producer-turned-camp director.
The Originals Prepare for Battle in These Images and Sneak Peek of Episode 1.16 - Farewell to Storyville
Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah have been through a lot together over the years, and it's all coming to a head in Episode 1.16, “Farewell to Storyville." Check out a clip and several stills in which a very determined Elijah prepares to fight his brother to save their sister.
"The Originals" Episode 1.16 - "Farewell to Storyville" (airs 3/11/14, 8-9pm): TRAPPED IN THE CITY OF THE DEAD - Despite Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) rage, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) is determined to protect Rebekah (Claire Holt) while the three of them are trapped in the City of the Dead cemetery by a witch’s boundary spell.
Klaus and Rebekah trade bitter accusations until Elijah steps in to reveal a long-held secret from the family’s past.
Meanwhile, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) races to free Rebekah, ultimately finding himself forced to make a deal with Genevieve (guest star Elyse Levesque).
Finally, Rebekah and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) connect over their shared concern for Hayley’s unborn baby. Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Michael Narducci.CLICK "NEXT" TO SEE MORE PHOTOS AND THE CLIP
Growing up and to this very day, I would KILL to have a dinosaur for a pet. Can you imagine the possibilities? Man, would I love to sic a Raptor on the Jehovah's Witnesses who seem hellbent on waking me up at 7:00 AM on a Sunday morning.
Can you think of a quicker way for them to find God? No matter how you slice it, it's a win-win. In any event...
THR is reporting that Tom McCarthy, the filmmaker known for his indies such as The Visitor and The Station Agent, is writing, with an eye to direct, Tommysaurus Rex, and adaptation of the Doug TenNapel graphic novel. McCarthy will co-write the script with John Bland.
Mary Parent and Cale Boyter are producing via their Disruption Entertainment banner.
Taking cues from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Rex, published by Image Comics in 2004, as the following synopsis:
It tells of a boy who, after losing his pet dog, moves in with his grandfather for the summer. Bullies just compound his already miserable existence. When he discovers a T-Rex in a cave, the boy’s life changes as he must prove to the townspeople that this new pet isn’t the harmful beast they think he is.
Could it be? Your eyes do NOT deceive you! There is finally a release date set for Snowpiercer here in the States. Look for it in theatres on June 24, 2014, hopefully in its original form. At least that's the rumor. Look for confirmation soon.
The English-language directorial debut of Bong Joon-ho (The Host), the film stars The Avengers’ Chris Evans, The Help’s Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, and Song Kang-ho.
Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in the not too distant future, where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snowpiercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.
Playing as part of the SXSW Film Festival is the new flick Housebound, and if you haven't heard of it, we can promise you this... the following poster does exactly what promo art should do... it makes you wanna see the movie! Seriously, I'd hang this on my wall in a heartbeat!
Badass Digest scored the exclusive on the Housebound one-sheet, which is already one of our favorites of the year.
Housebound is directed by Gerard Johnstone and stars Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird, Ross Harper, Bruce Hopkins, Ryan Lampp, Ian Mune, and Wallace Chapman.
Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother, Miriam – a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables and small town gossip. However, when she, too, becomes privy to unsettling whispers and strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her mother's overactive imagination or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.
Two Texas Chain Saw Massacre stories within two hours of one another? That, my friends, is the sign of a really friggin' good day! Read on for the official word and two stills from the film's restored version.
From the Press Release
MPI/Dark Sky Films, one of the leading distributors of independent and genre films, announced today they will be releasing a restored version of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic.
The re-release comes in celebration of the film’s 40th anniversary with the restoration having its unveiling at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, next week.
In 1973 Tobe Hooper, a cast of unknown actors, and a crew of Austin film students and recent graduates headed to Round Rock, Texas, in the middle of July. For the next 32 days they worked around the clock in 100-degree weather to make The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. The movie became a huge hit on the drive-in circuit and eventually grossed $30 million. It was invited to the 1975 Cannes Film Festival Director’s Fortnight and was acquired as part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Since then it has become the eighth highest-grossing horror franchise of all time. In 2012 Sight & Sound magazine named it one of the 250 most important movies ever made.
The new version of the film will be released in theaters this summer with a brand new 4K transfer, roughly four times the resolution of today’s more commonly used 2K for cinema. This is the only transfer of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls, the actual film that rolled through the cameras.
The restoration of the film, overseen by Todd Wieneke of Dark Sky Films, took place at NOLO Digital Film in Chicago with the use of an ARRISCAN Film Scanner.
Taking 5 months of 40-hour workweeks to complete the color grading and the restoration, NOLO engineer Boris Seagraves stated, “This film probably needed the most restoration of any project we’ve done.”
Having been shot on less expensive 16mm film stock and cheaper, tougher “reversal” stock (which means there is no negative), the restoration started by taking the original 16mm film that rolled through the cameras and transferred all 120,960 frames to a 4K scan.
Scratches, film stains, chemical stains, dirt, torn perforations, rips in the film image, and glue splices had to go through a painstaking correction process frame by frame. “There were hundreds, if not thousands, of instances where you’d find a splice mark cooked into the middle of a frame. Some frames would have close to two hundred dirt events on them. We also spent a lot of time stabilizing the image. When doing a digital scan of a conformed 16mm print with a splice at every cut, it can be tough to achieve the high standards we all aspire to in the era of digital cinema. What might have passed as acceptable in the 70's looks jarring now. So we worked hard to smooth out the tremors that almost inevitably occur when scanning this type of film element. There were tears in the film that we had to digitally rebuild from adjacent frames. There were tens of thousands of things we were dealing with”, said Seagraves.
Estimating that he spent about 50 hours on the color correction alone, NOLO Colorist Michael Matusek used a previous transfer of the film that had been supervised by Tobe Hooper as his guide to a rough color correction. Tobe Hooper then gave notes on this roughly timed version, and the process of adjusting the color began.
Hooper, who helped score the film and did the sound design, was also deeply involved with the audio restoration.
Todd Wieneke stated, “I’ve seen the film literally frame by frame, and I’m still hearing and seeing things I never noticed before... it just adds a whole different level.” Matusek added, “This 4K scan delivers such an intense reality that it feels like you’re really seeing through the film to the actual world behind it.”
Tobe Hooper stated, “I haven't seen The Texas Chain Saw Massacre on the big screen for many, many years. This 40th anniversary restoration is absolutely the best the film has ever looked. The color and clarity is spectacular, displaying visual details in the film that were never before perceptible. The newly remastered 7.1 soundtrack breathes new life and energy into the film. I am very much looking forward to audiences experiencing this film as they never have before.”
Now, 40 years after its initial release and coming back home, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’s new transfer can be seen with a fresh pair of eyes at its world premiere at SXSW on Monday, March 10th, at 9:30pm at the Topfer Theatre.
Details regarding the film’s theatrical re-release this summer will be announced in the coming months.
Strap in, kids, as the first official trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is finally here in all of its black and white stylized glory! Are you ready for a return trip to the blood-soaked streets of Frank Miller's noir universe? We sure as hell know that we are. Dig it!
Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series. Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City.
With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!
The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22nd, 2014.
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.
The second half of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival's features slate is here, and with films like Zombeavers, Extraterrestrial, Preservation, and Indigenous included in the Midnight section, there's a lot for horror fans to love.
In the Spotlight section there are a few thriller/horror-ish sounding films, plus a documentary on Alice Cooper that should be of interest to genre fans, so we're including them here as well.
From the Press Release:
The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by AT&T, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight, Midnight, and Special Screenings sections as well as the selections for the Storyscapes program.
The Midnight section will open with the feature film Preservation and includes a lineup of genre-bending titles from fresh voices around the world that run the gamut from tongue-in-cheek comedy to chilling horror films. "Whether they made us laugh, squirm, or plain scared the heck out of us, each of the films in this year’s Midnight section never failed to genuinely surprise us with wildly original and unexpected reimaginings of classic genre stories," said Cara Cusumano, Programmer. “From ghost stories to creature features, and even an underdog sports comedy, we’re proud to present an eclectic and adventurous slate of films that we believe represent the year’s most interesting new voices in genre filmmaking.”
The 13th edition of the Festival will take place from April 16th to April 27th in New York City. For more info visit the official Tribeca Film Festival website, "like" the Tribeca Film Festival on Facebook, and follow Tribeca Film Festival (@TribecaFilmFest) on Twitter and join the conversation by using the hashtag #TFF2014.
What do alien invaders and chupacabras have in common with a sword-wielding maniac and the ghost of a turn-of-the-century murderer? They can all be found in Tribeca’s 2014 Midnight program, a collection of this year’s most boundary-pushing genre films from around the globe. Opening Night selection Preservation is a moody, intelligent take on the maniac in the woods genre and an apt foreshadowing of the slew of inhuman baddies that emerge from the darkness to terrify sexed-up teens in Extraterrestrial, Indigenous, and sure-to-be-a-conversation-piece special screening Zombeavers. Meanwhile, a rookie cop takes on his deranged doppelganger in bizarre German horror-cum-arthouse film Der Samurai. Too terrifying, strange, or downright hilarious for daylight hours, these films wear their Midnight Movie moniker with pride.
The Canal, directed and written by Ivan Kavanagh. (Ireland) – World Premiere, Narrative.
Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy—or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder, David begins to unravel, and the house’s eerie history threatens to repeat itself. Dripping with tension and chilling to the core, this visceral Irish ghost story is a visually arresting and genuinely shocking journey into the darkness within.
Der Samurai, directed and written by Till Kleinert. (Germany) – International Premiere, Narrative.
A samurai-wielding figure wearing a white dress lurks menacingly in the forest, waiting to descend upon an unsuspecting village in the muddy backwaters of rural East Germany. As heads roll with each stroke of his sword, dutiful, straight-laced cop Jakob becomes increasingly
powerless to resist the draw of the Samurai’s feral otherness. The two enter into a bizarre folie à deux as Jakob is forced to confront his own carnal impulses that he has long sought to repress.
Extraterrestrial, directed by Colin Minihan, written by The Vicious Brothers. (Canada) – World Premiere, Narrative.
The Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters) return to Tribeca with their latest heart-pumping thriller. Five friends set out to a cabin in the woods for a fun weekend getaway—that is, until extraterrestrial visitors turn it into a fight for their lives. The group is pulled from their reverie when a flickering object crashes deep in the woods. As they investigate, the friends stumble across an alien spacecraft, and its inhabitants have not arrived in peace.
Indigenous, directed by Alastair Orr, written by Max Roberts. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
A group of five American friends on the cusp of adulthood travel to Panama to relax and reconnect. They befriend a local woman in their hotel bar, and despite some ominous whispers, she goes against the specific instructions of her brother and takes the Americans on a day trip into the pristine falls at the nearby jungle. What begins as an innocent outing to a picturesque waterfall quickly turns terrifying after she suddenly goes missing. As night closes in, the friends realize too late the truth behind the rumors—the legendary, blood-sucking Chupacabra is now stalking them. In English and Spanish with subtitles.
Preservation, directed and written by Christopher Denham, (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
Three family members head deep into the woods for a hunting trip that doubles as a distraction from their troubles at home. When all of their gear is stolen, they turn on each other but soon realize there are much more treacherous forces at work. Actor Christopher Denham takes his second turn in the director’s chair with this finely crafted horror-thriller starring Pablo Schreiber ("The Wire," "Orange Is the New Black"), Aaron Staton ("Mad Men"), and Wrenn Schmidt ("Boardwalk Empire").
Zombeavers, directed and written by Jordan Rubin, co-written by Al Kaplan and Jon Kaplan. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
You know the story: Sexy teens head to a secluded lakeside cabin for a weekend of debauched fun, only to be menaced by a mysterious force picking them off one by one. But here, the culprit proves to be a horde of rabid zombie beavers! The B-movie creature feature is making a comeback, and with 2 million views of its trailer in its first two weeks alone, Zombeavers is a veritable phenomenon. And it’s finally here. Special midnight screening.
SPOTLIGHT (Co-Sponsored by The Lincoln Motor Company )
Every Secret Thing, directed by Amy Berg, written by Nicole Holofcener. (USA) – World Premiere, Narrative.
One clear summer day in a Baltimore suburb, a baby goes missing from her front porch. Two young girls serve seven years for the crime and are released into a town that hasn’t fully forgiven or forgotten. Soon, another child is missing, and two detectives are called in to investigate the mystery in a community where everyone seems to have a secret. An ensemble cast, including Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning, and Nate Parker, brings to life Laura Lippman’s acclaimed novel of love, loss, and murder.
In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten), directed by Hans Petter Moland, written by Kim Fupz Aakeson. (Norway) – North American Premiere, Narrative.
Upstanding community leader Nils (Stellan Skarsgård) has just won an award for "Citizen of the Year" when he learns the news that his son has died of a heroin overdose. Suspecting foul play, Nils begins to investigate and soon finds himself at the center of an escalating underworld gang war between Serbian drug dealers and a sociopathic criminal mastermind known only as "The Count." Hans Petter Moland’s action-thriller is an entertaining and intelligent black comedy set in the dead of frozen Norwegian winter. In English, Norwegian, and Swedish with English subtitles.
Super Duper Alice Cooper, directed and written by Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen, and Sam Dunn. (Canada) – World Premiere, Documentary.
Emerging from the Detroit music scene of the 1970s in a flurry of long hair and sequins, Alice Cooper restored hard rock with a sense of showmanship, while simultaneously striking fear into the hearts of Middle America with the chicken-slaughtering, dead-baby-eating theatrics that would cement his identity as a glam metal icon. Meticulously crafted from rare archival footage, Super Duper Alice Cooper tells the story of the man behind the makeup, Vincent Furnier, the son of a preacher, who got caught in the grip of his own monster.
Venus in Fur (La Vénus à la fourrure), directed and written by Roman Polanski, co-written by David Ives. (France, Poland) – North American Premiere, Narrative.
Thomas (Matthieu Almaric) is a theater director staging an adaptation of an obscure 19th century Austrian novel. Frustrated by the quality of actresses he has auditioned, Thomas is about to give up when mysterious Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s wife) arrives in his theater unannounced, knowing every line by heart. As the two begin a fevered, intense, and at times aggressive collaboration, the lines between passion and obsession (and theater and reality) begin to blur in auteur Roman Polanski’s latest New York stage adaptation. In French and German with English subtitles. A Sundance Selects Release.
Good news for fans of Ira Levin! The Weinsteins have brought their feature film version of his 1973 Broadway thriller Veronica's Room one step closer to fruition! Read on for the latest details.
From the Press Release
TWC-Dimension announced today that Mark Bomback (THE WOLVERINE, UNSTOPPABLE, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) has signed on to pen VERONICA'S ROOM, a big-screen adaptation of author Ira Levin's (Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives, Deathtrap) 1973 Broadway thriller.
Bomback did production re-writes on 50 SHADES OF GREY, and his script ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is currently in development at Universal.
The dark tale of VERONICA'S ROOM explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member's long-dead sister. They believe her presence will comfort the dementia-afflicted woman and allow her to die in peace. But what begins as a simple errand of mercy quickly spirals into a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice, and murder.
"Mark coming on board is huge for this project. He shares the same passion for Ira's play that I do, and together we hope to make something very sinister and special," said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.
"I've been a massive fan of the brilliant Ira Levin for as long as I can remember, and it's a true privilege to adapt this creepy gem of a story," said Bomback.
"Mark's immense talent and his passion for Ira's work is a perfect match to honor and elevate one of Ira's most psychologically thrilling stories," said The Allegiance Theater's Daniel Dubiecki.
VERONICA'S ROOM will be produced by Dubiecki (JUNO, UP IN THE AIR) and Lara Alameddine. The Allegiance Theater's Tim Crane is executive producer on VERONICA'S ROOM, and co-producer is head of development Carly Norris, who brought the project to the company to develop. Overseeing production for TWC-Dimension are SVP of Production and Creative Affairs, Matthew Signer, and VP of Production and Development, Keith Levine.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original release of Tobe Hooper's Texas Chain Saw Massacre, which embarks on a theatrical re-release this summer after screening at the SXSW Film Festival. Want to learn more? Read on!
Entertainment Weekly has scored an exclusive look at the incredible poster whipped up for the theatrical revival courtesy of artist Jason Edmiston. They also sat down with Hooper, who opened up about the process of restoring the classic film for its return to the big screen.
"It’s in 7:1 sound that completely wraps around you and in 4K [resolution]," says the master of horror. "The film works as well, if not better, than it originally did."
Hooper went on to say that the restoration process was "the work a director should do, to keep his film preserved." Amen to that.
As soon as we find out further details about this exciting re-release, we'll be sure to let you know!
Here on Dread Central we always breathe a big ol' sigh of relief when a film we've been talking about for years finally heads home. Such is the case with Odd Thomas, which is at long last primed and ready for mass consumption. Full details await!
From the Press Release
Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, announces the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo release of Odd Thomas.
The action/adventure film, based on the best-selling novel by Dean Koontz, was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, The Hunter), and Addison Timlin (Stand Up Guys, That Awkward Moment). Odd Thomas will be available on DVD for a SRP of $29.96 and Blu-ray/DVD combo for a SRP of $34.97.
Small-town fry cook Odd Thomas (Yelchin) is an ordinary guy with a paranormal secret: He sees dead people, everywhere. When a creepy stranger shows up with an entourage of ghostly bodachs - predators who feed on pain and portend mass destruction - Odd knows that his town is in serious trouble. Teaming up with his sweetheart, Stormy (Timlin), and the local sheriff (Dafoe), Odd plunges into an epic battle of good vs. evil to try to stop a disaster of apocalyptic proportions. Based on the best-selling thriller by Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas is a supernatural action thrill-ride from the acclaimed director of The Mummy and G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra.
On tap right now are several new images plus a clip from the second episode of the second season of "Bates Motel," entitled "Shadow of a Doubt." Check 'em out, and sound off about what you think about this Psycho extension in our comments section!
"Bates Motel" Episode 2.02 - "Shadow of a Doubt" (airs 3/10/14)
Norma (Vera Farmiga) tries to distract Norman (Freddie Highmore) from his obsession with Miss Watson by auditioning for a play. A new player in town has Dylan (Max Thieriot) and Remo (Ian Tracey) on edge.
After already spawning several video games, "The Walking Dead" is now headed onto handheld devices, and we've got all the info for ya today. Read on, Dead-heads!
THR reports that AMC is teaming up with Next Games to expand "The Walking Dead" universe with the very first mobile game based on the popular zombie drama. Developed for smartphones and tablets, they're preparing to launch the as-yet untitled game in time for the show's Season 5 premiere in October 2014.
Details of the plot of the game are being kept under wraps, but the Finnish game developer vowed that it would have the same tone and tension as the AMC drama.
"Our take on the undead survival franchise will match the against-all-odds action and moment-to-moment tension of the TV series. We want to find that sweet spot where gameplay and narrative inform and reinforce one another,” said Next Games CEO Teemu Huuhtanen. "Like AMC’s 'The Walking Dead' itself, we’re not giving away too many details right out the gate, but I can confidently state it’s unlike anything we’ve seen from 'The Walking Dead' franchise on home or mobile gaming hardware before."
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
After proving themselves to be one hell of a team with last year's Prisoners, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve re-team for Enemy, which is currently available exclusively on DirecTV.
While we wait for the March 14th theatrical release date, check out a brand new featurette for the flick, which features interviews with Gyllenhaal, Villeneuve, and co-star Melanie Laurent!
Written by Javier Gullón and based on a novel by José Saramago, the film also stars Sarah Gadon and Isabella Rossellini.
ENEMY tells the story of a university lecturer named Adam (Gyllenhaal), who is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend, Mary (Laurent). One night, while watching a film, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife, Helen (Gadon), and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle. The film is a haunting and provocative psychosexual thriller about duality and identity, where in the end only one man will survive.
The eagerly anticipated film In Fear (review here) will be released in select theaters this Friday, March 7, with its Blu-ray/DVD/VOD release on March 11. Recently director Jeremy Lovering spoke with Dread Central about working on his feature film debut.
For starters, Lovering gave potential viewers an idea of what they can expect when they sit down to watch In Fear. "There is a lot of suspense, unknown threats from the dark, a lot of driving around getting lost, some tears, a few smiles, an act of betrayal, an act of violence, a tiny slice of hope, home invasion in a car and a messed up logic that results in murder-by-proxy."
That's a lot to be squeezed into one film, but Lovering does a very nice job of fitting it all in. He continued, "I wanted to make a film that was genuinely and thrillingly scary as you watch it and that stayed with you after and got under your skin," he said. "It relies on a steady build of suspense that never lets up and hopefully puts you right in the back seat of a car with a couple who've only known each other two weeks and are now going away together. As it gets dark and they get lost, slowly they realize they might not be able to trust each other or themselves or anything that's 'out there' - so it's a perfect date movie with plenty of 'what-the-hell-would-I-do-in-that-situation?' moments.
Part of the eeriness of the movie is created by some outstanding filming locations. The director told us what he was looking for when scoping out the perfect spots to shoot. "I definitely wanted to find an environment that wasn't totally hostile, yet seemed to harbor some sort of pagan threat," Lovering said. "It had to have great beauty and yet could become dangerous as we foist our fears upon it. In some way I also wanted the car to feel like it could be a spacecraft, drifting in an anonymous, alien world that belonged in a fable. Practically I wanted a network of roads that you could drive on for a significant time without recognizing where you were or seeing any human habitation. This was incredibly important for the characters' sense of isolation and unease. I also wanted to find an area that could quite literally 'close down' through the film, starting with melancholic wide open moorland and finishing with impenetrable forest with a network of roads that got smaller and smaller in between until, quite literally, the branches of the hedgerow were scratching the car. All this we could only find in Cornwall in the west of England, an area that in many ways has remained isolated from the rest of the UK forever."
Lovering creates incredible tension in the film. In Fear starts you off just mildly uncomfortable, then slowly squeezes the viewer as it goes on. "I really wanted to create a suspense film, a psychological horror that relies on tension rather than gore," Lovering said. "I think the most important thing was that we totally believed in our characters and what they were going through and the anticipation of how it might go wrong. I shot the film without giving the actors a script or even telling them the story so they had absolutely no idea what was going to happen to them or if their character would live or die. Combine this with endless mind games and physical threats, and it meant they were constantly in a state of genuine fear, genuine anticipation and twitchy unease. As a result we believe in their experience, and so their fear makes us feel afraid."
Lovering expanded on his techniques of getting genuine responses from his cast. "In the edit I made a rule to only use the first take of any reaction to a 'fear event,' and I think this makes a huge difference in that there really is no acting in those moments. Structurally we spend a long time investing in our characters - even though we know little about them, we are with them for a while as things escalate from good to uneasy to creepy to bad to terrifying, and once it kicks off, it doesn't stop. In many films in this genre there is an alternation between 'chat' and 'bad stuff.' With this film I deliberately followed a steady crescendo of 'bad stuff' without any letting go."
Lovering continued, "Again, there is a commitment to a lack of explanation - we don't know what's causing the threat for a long time. We don't know why anything is going on, and most importantly I think, we don't know who we can trust. As the actors, and so the characters, weren't sure what to trust about what is happening, so we don't know what to believe, and that means we are deeply unsettled. David Katznelson did a fantastic job in lighting and shooting the film for suspense - we closed the frame down over the course of the film; we use empty space a lot so we are searching for what's not there, imagining things where there aren't any and glimpsing things where there are. We're both up close in our heroes' faces, seeing the terror in their eyes, and we are also outside, watching them flail around or starting to discover what might be in the dark."
In Fear delivers a lot of what you look for in a good horror movie, and Lovering described how he tried to make it truly frightening. "There are some solid scare moments, and the level of expectation rises accordingly," he said. "The dark and the driving are mesmerizing, and so there is a certain trippy constant threat - the time it takes to develop the primal fears [is] pretty much the same for both character and audience, but when the scares come, they are real scares. And lastly, the sound design and the sound composition work hard at pushing the suspense without delivering a climax. The music is about subsonics that at times you can't hear so much as feel, so they erode away at our comfort zone, leaving us full of dread for what is about to happen. And finally, it was just about creating a world where we don't want bad things to happen but we just know they will…and we are waiting, and that waiting is making us nervous."
Lovering collected a small but very capable cast of Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert and Allen Leech, and according to the director, they absolutely killed it out there. "All the cast were totally committed to the process - not giving them the story or a script, this totally made my life easier. I think they are quite brilliant, and they were able to take the emotions of the characters and make them real," Lovering said. "As I wanted this to in some way be a fable, I had archetypes in mind, and so I needed actors who understood the archetypes, understood the themes, had personalities that in some way reflected those themes and could then translate that to a full character. I needed actors who could immerse themselves in the moment and improvise the dialogue, and I got really lucky. For example, there is one moment when the boy is in the car confessing he's scared when the girl gets snatched by an unseen attacker and pulled into the dark. The boy chases and fights. When we shot it, Iain went into total shock - bless him, he needed a blanket and a warm cup of tea. Me and the producer looked at each other and both realized he had forgotten the fiction of what he was doing. And that was what I was after."
Additionally, Lovering talked about how his shocking of the cast affected them. "To be honest, it was never difficult to get Alice, or Iain for that matter, to give emotionally," Lovering said. "She was scared, it was dark and cold, she genuinely cared about Iain's character, everyone was involved in playing the mind games, she'd been attacked, her loyalties were being tested, she had seen violence that she couldn't do anything about, so I'd say she was pretty strung out. Ultimately she had to learn to trust not to trust me, and that is a pretty big and vulnerable-making adjustment. Also, she was part creator of her character and so knew what she would do in any given situation, and this was at times at odds to how she idealistically wanted her to be - that conflict definitely made a raw nerve."
Lovering talked about what he found to be the most difficult part of filming In Fear. "Without a doubt it was the thing that also made it the most exciting…shooting without a script or giving the actors the story. It meant the safety blanket was gone and we were all exposed," Lovering said. "That, and of course coping with my own guilt at having so royally messed with the heads of such nice people."
Finally, the director briefed us on some of his upcoming projects. "There are several I'm talking about at the moment, including one which is a psychological horror in the vein of Jacob's Ladder, another is a straight horror in the sort of world of Magic/Hider in the House and another is a remake of a late 70's ghost story which I love and am of course tentative about messing with but which I think I've found a really interesting way in by pretty much filming the scenes in between the ones that were in the original and seeing the character's POV that is not the one we had before. So we shall see... maybe I need to do a romantic comedy instead."
In Fear opens in limited theatrical release on March 7 and hits Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on March 11. For more info follow In Fear on Twitter (@InFearMovie).
Late last year we found out that Sony had registered a telling domain name which suggested that the video game The Last of Us was on its way into feature film territory. Today the rumors have been confirmed. Read on!
Deadline reports that Screen Gems has signed on to distribute a live-action adaptation of the popular game, which will be written by its creative director Neil Druckmann.
The creative architects will be Naughty Dog co-presidents Evan Wells and Christophe Balestra as well as Druckmann and game director Bruce Straley. They’ll team with Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures banner.
In The Last of Us hardened survivor Joel teams with young and capable companion Ellie to journey through a radically transformed world some 20 years after an infectious pandemic ravages humanity. The game has won numerous awards and has been a big seller since its release last summer.
More as we learn it!
About the Game
The Last of Us tells the story of Joel, a survivor of the savage cordyceps virus infection which has plunged the USA into a chillingly authentic post-apocalyptic hell. He embarks on a cross-America trip with a precious cargo, Ellie, leaving the relative safety of the quarantine zone, where they will encounter fierce mutated husks and crazed survivors. From the award-winning team behind Uncharted, Crash Bandicoot, and Jak and Daxter, The Last of Us delivers a gritty, cinematic experience interspersed with genuine survival action to deliver a compelling and unique gaming experience.
To learn more about the game, visit the official The Last of Us website.