The majority of horror fans are well versed in the cinema of Kane Hodder. The guy is almost synonymous with the genre, but chances are most folks aren’t overly familiar with the actor’s life before he took the world of horror by storm. Author Michael Aloisi joined forces with Hodder for the 2012 book Unmasked: The True Story of the World’s Most Prolific, Cinematic Killer, which gave fans an emotional, in-depth look at Kane’s rise to stardom. It’s a fascinating read.
However, reading Unmasked is one thing, but hearing the man himself tell his story is another. Producer Steve Gray worked closely with Hodder to produce an audiobook version of the tell-all, which is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. In addition to getting Kane to read the story, Gray wrangled writer/director Adam Green to read the foreward.
Here’s what Unmasked is all about.
Unmasked documents the unlikely true story of a boy who was taunted and beaten relentlessly by bullies throughout his childhood. Kane only escaped his tormentors when he moved to a tiny island in the South Pacific where he lived for all of his teen years. After living shirtless in a jungle for a while, he headed back to America where he fell in love with doing stunts-only to have his love burn him, literally. For the first time ever, Kane tells the true story of the horrific burn injury that nearly killed him at the start of his career. The entire heart-wrenching, inspirational story of his recovery, the emotional and physical damage it caused, his fight to break back into the industry that almost killed him, and his triumphant rise to become a film legend are told in Kane’s own powerful voice. Take a peek inside the head of the man behind the mask. Be inspired by his triumphant comeback and laugh at his on-set hijinks as you unmask the world’s most prolific, cinematic killer.
Check out the promotional artwork for Unmasked below.
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Dubbed one of the best bug flicks of all time, writer/director Michael Peterson’s 2015 creature feature Insectula! is now available to own on DVD and VOD. The gory homage to Roger Corman, Amicus, Hammer, and Toho movies from the 50s, 60s, and 70s tells the story of a government agent who sets out to destroy a giant, blood-thirsty alien that is drawn to Earth due to the planet’s CO2 pollution. Judging from the insanity in the trailer, it doesn’t take very long for chaos to ensue.
If this sounds like something that needs to take up space in your exhaustive B-movie collection, swing by the official website to score a copy of the flick on DVD or VOD. To assist you in this momentous decision, have a look at the decidedly over-the-top Insectula! trailer below.
We were delighted to learn back in March that James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither) and Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2) are working together on a horror film called The Belko Experiment, which Gunn wrote and McLean will direct. On tap today is the first casting news, so read on!
The Wrap reports that “The Newsroom” star John Gallagher, Jr., is set to star in the MGM Studios thriller, which is gearing up to start production in Bogota, Colombia. The young actor will play Mike Pelk, one of the leads.
Gunn has described the film as the story of an American company in South America that is “mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a workday, and its employees are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves. This starts an escalation of violence, where we discover the true nature of each and every [Belko] employee.”
“I cannot tell you how passionate and excited I am about this project!” Gunn recently noted. “It’s a script I wrote a few years ago, for which I have always had a deep love. Believe it or not, it’s a film that first came to me in a dream, and I woke up and wrote the first draft in a two-week fugue state binge.”
James Gunn will also produce, alongside Peter Safran.
We haven’t heard much from you guys about “Wayward Pines,” the new M. Night Shyamalan show on FX, but with Episode 1.02, “Don’t Discuss Your Life Before,” heading our way in just a few more days, we thought we’d share these sneak peeks of the ep along with its synopsis. In case you missed Episode 1.01, “Where Paradise Is Home,” it’s re-airing just before Episode 1.02. Here are all the details!
“Wayward Pines” Episode 1.02 – “Don’t Discuss Your Life Before” (airs 5/21/15; 9-10 PM)
After finding Secret Service agent Bill Evans’ body in an abandoned house, Ethan continues to search for clues with the help of Beverly. Meanwhile, Theresa and Ben decide to go to Idaho to look for Ethan, and Ethan finds out why residents of Wayward Pines always have to answer their phones.
Cast: Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke; Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam; Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson Ballinger; Toby Jones as Dr. Jenkins; Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope; Juliette Lewis as Beverly; Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke; Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler; Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke; Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger. Guest Cast: Greta Lee as Ruby; Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Arlene Moran; Lindsey Kraft as Darla; Chad Krowchuk as Tim Bell; Lindsay Hollister as Patricia Evans.
“Wayward Pines” Episode 1.01 – “Where Paradise Is Home” (airs 5/21/15; 8-9 PM)
Based on Blake Crouch’s international best-selling series of books and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan, “Wayward Pines” focuses on a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents, whose investigation only turns up more questions. But each question leads him to the most important question of all: What’s wrong with Wayward Pines?
Cast: Matt Dillon as Ethan Burke; Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam; Carla Gugino as Kate Hewson Ballinger; Toby Jones as Dr. Jenkins; Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope; Juliette Lewis as Beverly; Shannyn Sossamon as Theresa Burke; Tim Griffin as Adam Hassler; Charlie Tahan as Ben Burke; Reed Diamond as Harold Ballinger. Guest Cast: Greta Lee as Ruby; Siobhan Fallon Hogan as Arlene Moran; Lindsey Kraft as Darla; Jarod Joseph as Jimmy; Sandy Robson as Agent Rick Stallings; Danny Mac as Fireman; Chad Krowchuk as Tim Bell; Ryan Robbins as Agent Bill Evans; Gary Sekhon as Head Tech; Christian Tessler as Bartender; Malcolm Goodwin as Dr. Bauer.
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“The Strain” has been on our minds lately after word came that a massive open online course (MOOC) based on the show taught by university professors is kicking off soon, and coincidentally, today FX revealed “The Strain’s” Season 2 premiere date.
“The Strain” returns to FX this summer for its highly-anticipated second season on Sundays at 10 PM ET/PT, beginning July 12th. The award-winning thriller from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, based off of the best-selling The Strain Trilogy by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, was the most-watched new cable drama of 2014.
As the second season unfolds, the transformation has begun. It can no longer be denied — New York City is rapidly falling to an evil epidemic, and no one is coming to its rescue. Its citizens must fight or die. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and his unlikely allies tried to take down the embodiment of this evil — the Master — and failed.
Now Eph and Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) concentrate on creating a biological weapon to wipe out the creatures, while Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) searches for an ancient book he hopes will reveal the strigoi’s entire history… and possibly a way to kill them. Meanwhile, the Master is out for revenge, unleashing new and even more terrifying breeds of bloodthirsty creatures after our team. Our team must find a way to defeat him before the infection spreads too far and becomes irreparable… before they become monsters themselves.
“The Strain” hails from showrunner/executive producer/writer Carlton Cuse along with co-creators/executive producers/writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle, and Regina Corrado serve as executive producers. “The Strain” is produced by FX Productions.
Season 1 of “The Strain” was 2014’s most-watched new scripted series among all basic and pay cable networks in Adults 18-49 (2.4 million). On a Live+7, multi-run basis, “The Strain” received 6.28 million Total Viewers and 3.49 million Adults 18-49 per week.
The rights holders of the Godzilla franchise, Japanese company Toho, have sued Voltage Pictures over the film Colossal, which stars Anne Hathaway as a woman who realizes her mind is strangely connected to a giant lizard destroying Tokyo. It’s described as “Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich.”
In fact, it IS Godzilla, says Toho.
In a complaint filed Tuesday in California federal court, the company claims the filmmakers “are brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own.”
The rights holders point out an August 2014 interview with writer-director Nacho Vigalondo in which he says of his script, “It’s going to be the cheapest Godzilla movie ever, I promise. It’s going to be a serious Godzilla movie, but I’ve got an idea that’s going to make it so cheap that you will feel betrayed.” Vigalondo is a co-defendant.
The lawsuit focuses on the filmmakers’ efforts to publicize Colossal, which Toho claims have included infringing content. The Godzilla rights holders claim the filmmakers sent an email blast to potential investors, sales agents, and distributors on May 9th pitching Colossal with a publicity still from the recent Godzilla reboot (the complaint includes the pictures you see below) plus a document of “Director’s Notes” with numerous images from official Toho works.
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French filmmaker Bertrand Blier is set to debut an adaptation of his second novel, Existe en Blanc.
Produced by Sylvie Pialat’s Les Films du Worso and Edouard Weil’s Rectangle Prods, the movie will star actress/director Maiwenn (High Tension, The Fifth Element), Benoit Poelvoorde (My Worst Nightmare, Nothing to Declare), and Anais Demoustier (Elles) as well as Gregory Gadebois (The Piano Tuner).
Published in 1998, the book is in typical Blier dark humor, much like his Buffet Froid, the 1979 film featuring Gerard Depardieu and Jean Carmet. SCOPE Pictures, a leader in Belgian film production, describes the story of Existe en Blanc:
As a very young boy, Baudouin Treuttel develops a particular passion for women’s bras, which leads him to stand swooning in front of lingerie shop windows. His family is even weirder. His father refuses to speak or listen and won’t come out of his office or his car. His mother is a beautiful, fragile woman who regularly disappears into her room. There’s also Mathilde, the fat cleaning lady of the house who teaches the precocious boy about the facts of life. Baudouin also walks around with a mysterious Belgian accent that comes out of nowhere, and he gradually starts to murder his mistresses who dare take off their bras in front of him.
Existe en Blanc will debut in Cannes this month and have Valerie Donzelli’s Margerite and Julien, another Rectangle Productions piece, as competition.
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Tomorrow night is the season finale of “Supernatural,” and while we hope that it wraps up the Mark of Cain storyline once and for all, here’s a new clip from Episode 10.23, “Brother’s Keeper,” in which threatening Rowena gets Sam nowhere fast.
“Supernatural” Episode 10.23 – “Brother’s Keeper” (airs 5/20/15, 9PM)
SUPERNATURAL SEASON FINALE — Dean (Jensen Ackles) makes a shocking decision regarding the Mark of Cain that would change not only his life, but Sam’s (Jared Padaleck) too. Meanwhile, Crowley (Mark Sheppard) and Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) face off, and Castiel (Misha Collins) gets caught in the middle. Phil Sgriccia directed this episode written by Jeremy Carver.
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From our first look at the trailer for tonight’s Episode 1.10 of “iZombie,” entitled “Mr. Berserk,” it doesn’t seem that Liv is too concerned about Lowell’s fate last week; but this inside peek at the ep hosted by executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright gives us a better indication of how she will handle her new beau’s fate.
“iZombie” Episode 1.10 – “Mr. Berserk” (airs 5/19/15)
STEVEN WEBER (“MURDER IN THE FIRST,” “CHASING LIFE”) GUEST STARS — Liv (Rose McIver) and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) investigate the murder of a journalist working on a story linking psychotic episodes in a small number of consumers to the energy drink Max Rager. Liv goes straight to the top at Max Rager HQ and questions the man in charge, Vaughn Du Clark (guest star Steven Weber).
Meanwhile, Ravi (Rahul Kohli) tries to help Major (Robert Buckley), who continues to believe he’s going crazy. David Anders also stars. Jason Bloom directed the episode written by Deirdre Mangan and Graham Norris.
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The cast for Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel 11/22/63 is already pretty impressive, and now comes word that T.R. Knight (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Good Wife”) is also climbing on board.
The “11/22/63″ mini-series follows James Franco’s Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back in time to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He finds his mission threatened by love, the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald (Daniel Webber), and the past itself, which does not want to be changed.
Per TVLine, Knight will play the recurring role of Johnny Clayton, a salesman in 1960s Texas who can’t quite break up with his estranged wife, Sadie Dunhill (Sarah Gadon), even as she falls in love with Jake. Charismatic but controlling, Johnny confronts Jake in a tense encounter that puts Jake’s double life at risk. But there’s equal danger in what will happen if Jake and Sadie expose Johnny’s own secrets.
Other cast members include Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, George MacKay, Lucy Fry, Leon Rippy, and Brooklyn Sudano.
The nine-hour miniseries is a collaboration among J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, author Stephen King, executive producer/writer Bridget Carpenter, and Warner Bros. Television. Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”) penned the script and will exec produce the drama alongside King and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Bad Robot’s Kathy Lingg will co-exec produce, and Athena Wickham will produce. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) is directing the first two hours. The drama hails from Warner Bros. Television, and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution will distribute the series globally.
A premiere date for “11/22/63″ has not yet been announced so stay tuned!
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Who doesn’t like veteran horror actress Lin Shaye? Honestly? If you’re reading this article and you’re not a Lin Shaye fan, then you need to seriously reevaluate your priorities. Because you know what? Shaye is awesome, and I really don’t need anyone else to tell me that.
For the majority of mainstream moviegoers, Shaye is probably best known for her work in the Insidious franchise or There’s Something About Mary. However, she’s appeared in countless genre flicks over the years, including The Signal, 2001 Maniacs, Critters, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, among many others. If I had to pick a performance that stands out among the rest, I’d go with Jean-Baptiste Andrea and Fabrice Canepa’s underrated 2003 outing Dead End.
To celebrate her numerous contributions to the world of horror, the folks at Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia officially declared that Lin Shaye is the “Godmother of Horror.” Shaye was understandably thrilled with the honor, attributing her current success to her “youthful fan base.”
Wizard World spokesman Jerry Milani described giving the “Godmother of Horror” honor to Shaye as a “no-brainer,” adding, “Lin’s legacy in films of all genres make her queen of the movie scene, and her unparalleled, haunting performances in so many movies, especially the Insidious franchise, make her the obvious and deserved choice for the Godmother of Horror Award.”
Lin Shaye fans can check out her latest cinematic endeavor, Insidious: Chapter 3, when it lands in theaters throughout the U.S. on June 5. Check out the trailer below.
Starring Bonnie Ann, Jordan Bruster, Cary Cadena, Autumn Caro, Max Caruso
Directed by Jacob Grim
We’ve entered a new era of independent filmmaking. The availability of low-cost high-definition camera and digital editing suites has changed the scope of what can be accomplished with a very small budget.
Gone are the days when low budget movies inherently looked awful, sounded awful, and held back even the most talented young director. Anyone remember how lousy Kevin Smith’s Clerks looks? That wasn’t so long ago, but he spent around $10,000 just to achieve even that washed-out, overexposed result.
Dreadtime Stories is evidence of these changing times. According to director Jacob Grim, this movie only cost around $2000. It’s full color, HD, and not found footage with a cast of three. Rather, it’s an ambitious anthology film featuring nine different shorts and a wrap-around tale with a large cast and a decent amount of visual effects.
And let’s just get this out of the way: it does NOT look like a $2000 movie. At all. For first-time feature makers Grim and his writing/producing partner Sal Hernandez, this is a really incredible achievement. I’ve seen films with ten times the budget that don’t look or feel as technically capable as Dreadtime Stories.
The structure of Dreadtime Stories is simple: a kid gets a at a mortuary and after being admonished to respect the dead, he promptly steals a book he finds on the first corpse he helps prep for burial. The stiff is an old creepy hermit into spooky stuff, so it’s no surprise that the book contains a bunch of tales of horror. As the kid and his friends take turns reading the book, we get our nine tales.
These tales offer a surprising amount of variety. From ghostly tales of the paranormal to gritty werewolf crime dramas to classic slasher pieces, Grim and his crew cover the gamut of short form horror. Given the sheer number of vignettes, even when one misfires, it’ll only be a minute before another comes along.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that the film, overall, collapses under its one weakness: the acting.
Given the scope of the film, the cast is very large. Given the budget, it appears they were unable to afford any actual actors and mostly or completely relied on friends to fill the roles. As such, 90% of the acting is about high school drama class quality. Other than two or three standout performances (one of them being writer/producer Hernandez in two roles) the acting is just really, really horrible. Sometimes, the action overcomes it. Most of the time, it doesn’t.
That’s a real shame, because I can’t state this enough: there’s a huge amount of creativity and raw talent on display here. Pound for pound, every short in this film is better than the shorts in the most recent ABC’s of Death, for example. They tell their stories better, don’t get bogged down in art school hijinx and focus on the scares better. Some have Twilight Zone twists, some are just straightforward horror.
I want to like this movie far more than I do. I definitely want to see STX Productions (Grim and Hernandez’ company) do more films with better budgets. If they could hire professional actors and reshoot a good 90% of this movie, they’d have a real gem. I wish they’d made two or three of the best shorts and used those to launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise enough cash to cast real actors.
Should you watch it? If you can be forgiving of the performances, there’s fun to be had here. The wrap-around story is the weakest point of the flick, but the shorts are very strong. Overall, though, this stands as a promise of better things from these young Texans. If I were a financial type, I’d throw them a few hundred thousand to remake Dreadtime Stories with real actors and a new wrap-around story, and I’d make money on the deal.
As it stands, though, despite the earnest efforts of their cast of friends, I can’t recommend Dreadtime Stories to a broad audience. And that just makes me sad.
The “mind-fuck” film is exactly what it sounds like. This is a type of movie that messes with your head the entire length of the film. When the mind-fuck film is done right, it makes your jaw drop and you wind up sitting in your chair as the credits roll in a state of disbelief at what you just witnessed. I’ve been a fan of this sub-genre since seeing Jacob’s Ladder back in 1990.
What makes Jacob’s Ladder such a great mind-fuck flick is that it’s not just the ending that fucks with you; the entire movie, every second of it, keeps poking at your brain, daring you to try to understand what’s going on. When you think you’ve figured out what’s happening, BAM, the movie shifts gears and fucks with you even more.
Many people confuse a mind-fuck movie with a film that simply offers a twist ending. This isn’t the same thing. The Sixth Sense, for example, is a great film with an ending that knocks your socks off, but this isn’t a mind-fuck film. The majority of The Sixth Sense is a standard flick about a doctor trying to help a young boy.
Below is my list (in no particular order) of some of the best mind-fuck films. You can watch these over and over again and each time get something new out of it.
Jacob’s Ladder (1990)
There’s not a weak element in this film. From the acting to the script to the special effects, Jacob’s Ladder is a damn near perfect film. Director Adrian Lyne masterfully controls the material here and keeps the audience wondering what the hell is happening. If you haven’t seen this film, don’t look it up and don’t read anyone’s reviews of it. Just go buy the DVD and watch it. It’ll blow your fucking socks off.
The Attic Expeditions (2001)
Seth Green, Jeffrey Combs, Ted Raimi, and Alice Cooper all star in a movie helmed by the guy who directed the 2007 Wizard of Gore remake, Jeremy Kasten??!!? A man is sentenced to a mental hospital for killing his girlfriend but starts to question whether he actually killed her or if he’s just a pawn in some strange brainwashing experiment. This one keeps you scratching your head and wondering what the fuck’s going on. Repeated viewings are recommended.
I may be stretching the definition of what a mind-fuck film is by including Videodrome on this list, but if you’ve seen the film, you know why I’m including it. A sleazy cable TV station owner (James Woods) becomes obsessed with tracking down a television show titled “Videodrome.” This show has no script, no plot, and, as one character observes, “no recurring guest stars.” Oh, but there’s a whole lot more going on in this movie. This movie really messes with your head. Videodrome isn’t just my favorite David Cronenberg flick, it’s one of my favorite films, period.
Donnie Darko (2001)
Time travel? A near death experience? A large rabbit predicting the end of the world? What the hell is going on here?!? You may never know, but it sure is a fun ride. Donnie Darko became an instance cult classic, and after you watch it a few times, you’ll understand why.
Angel Heart (1987)
I love this film! I remember the first time I saw it: I was living in a shitty little apartment in Ottawa, Canada, and had no cable. I only got three channels, and one Saturday night Angel Heart came on at around one in the morning. I was mesmerized by Mickey Rourke’s portrayal as Harry Angel, a private detective hired by a mysterious man to find another guy called Johnny Favorite. Just sit back and enjoy all the twists and turns this one takes. And just wait until you see Robert De Niro peel that goddamn hard-boiled egg!!!
Head Trauma (2006)
A man returns home after being away for twenty years to settle his dead grandmother’s estate. As he cleans the house, he gets hit in the hea,d and this triggers a series of very vivid nightmares and waking visions. Soon the line blurs between what is real and what is “unreal.” Directed by Lance Weiler (one-half of the directing team behind 1998’s The Last Broadcast), this one keeps you on edge the entire time.
Don’t Look Now (1973)
A classic from the 70’s. Donnie Sutherland and Julie Christie recently lost their young daughter. Sutherland takes them to Venice on business, and there they meet a psychic who claims to “see” the spirit of their dead daughter. But there’s so much more going on here. This film is heavy in atmosphere and drips gloom. After watching this one, you’ll feel that there’s no hope in the universe. And just wait until you see that ending!
Chasing Sleep (2000)
This is a little known gem starring Jeff Daniels as a professor who wakes up one morning to find his wife never came home the night before. As he searches to find out what happened to her, he is stricken with insomnia. As his sleep deprivation gets worse and worse, reality and hallucinations merge together. Writer-director Michael Walker fucks around with the viewer until we get a great reveal at the end. I was way impressed with Daniels’ performance; I didn’t know he had it in him.
These are some of my favorite “mind-fuck” flicks. I know this is an incomplete list so tell me your favorites… I wanna hear from you all!
It’s definitely a good time to for B-movie fans. With the help of Sharknado, these admittedly silly low-budget endeavors are en vogue, at least for the moment. One of the many over-the-top motion pictures currently in development is Sky Sharks, a movie that finds Nazis riding — you guessed it — sharks. If ever there was a movie made with me in mind, it’s this one.
Unfortunately, Sky Sharks isn’t a sure thing just yet. In order for the film to satisfy our desire to see undead, blood-thirsty Nazis riding sharks, the producers need your help. According to Twitch, the flick needs to collect 75,000 euros before we get a finished product. If you love B-movies and have some extra cash lying around, consider throwing some scratch at the Kickstarter campaign.
Take a gander at the full synopsis for Sky Sharks.
Deep in the ice of the Antarctic, a team of geologists uncover an old Nazi laboratory, still intact, where dark experiments had occurred. Unwittingly the geologists unleash upon the world a top-secret experiment the Germans had been working on – modified sharks that are able to fly, whose riders are genetically mutated, undead super-humans. The only thing that can stop them, and possibly save the world, is a military task force called “Dead Flesh Four” – assembled from reanimated U.S. soldiers who fell in Vietnam.
Before you dismiss Sky Sharks as a Sharknado wannabe, take a look at the proof of concept trailer. Not only does it contain Nazis riding giant sharks (obviously), the clip also features Robert LaSardo, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and a surprising amount of gore. It’s definitely a lot of fun.
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Several of our favorite TV shows are airing their season finales this week, but per usual we get an extra episode of “Supernatural” (23 eps instead of the typical 22), and here to break down Wednesday night’s penultimate Episode 10.22, “The Prisoner,” is exec producer Jeremy Carver. Without a cure, the road can only end one way…
“Supernatural” Episode 10.22 – “The Prisoner” (airs 5/13/15, 9PM; repeats 5/20/15, 8PM)
DEAN IS ON A RAMPAGE — When it comes to the Stynes, Dean (Jensen Ackles) decides to take matters into his own hands. Sam (Jared Padalecki) tries to come to terms with his decision. Thomas J. Wright directed this episode written by Andrew Dabb.
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Some fresh acquisition news is here for Bryan Bertino’s next film as Variety is reporting that Atlas Independent and Unbroken Pictures have sold horror film There Are Monsters, starring Zoe Kazan, to A24 for U.S. distribution. Embankment Films is selling the feature to international territories at the Cannes Film Festival.
Production will start this summer in Ottawa, Canada.
From the creator of The Strangers comes a world of the lost: freezing, spitting needles of rain, thunderbolt lightning, hypothermic cold, and disorientating utter darkness.
A mother and daughter are trapped and tormented in a black forest by a screeching creature – it is unlike anything we have heard before. Not human. Not animal. Like a thousand horses, like a mother’s clamour, a baby’s wail, a father’s howl.
Their relationship at the breaking point, 10-year-old Lizzy is all out of faith in her mother, Kathy (Elisabeth Moss), but tries to stay brave and fearless. Kathy, on the edge and barely keeping it together, knows that only a mother’s protective love, her most primal instinct, can save her daughter from what’s lurking in the darkness…
As a New Yorker, one of the most fun things I’ve ever done was see the Pink Floyd Laser Light Show at the Hayden Planetarium. During the show the Laserium would fill with all manner of smoke… and not just from high-powered machines. Yep… saw some pretty crazy things there, but ghosts? That’s a different story and probably a different mind-altering substance.
Variety is reporting that Natalie Portman and Lily Rose Depp, the daughter of actor Johnny, will play spiritualist sisters in Planetarium, a 1930s-set drama to be directed by French helmer Rebecca Zlotowski (Grand Central).
Planetarium will mark Portman’s first time working with a French director since her role in Luc Besson’s Leon in 1994. She’s been beefing up on her French to prepare for the role.
Although plot details are kept under wraps, Zlotowski told Variety that the film follows the journey of sisters who are believed to possess the supernatural ability to connect with ghosts. They cross paths with a visionary French producer while performing in Paris.
The political context of Planetarium will have a modern resonance with the current crisis and rise of extremism in Europe. The character of the producer is freely inspired by Jewish producer Bernard Natan, one of the biggest French film industry figures of the ’20s and ’30s, who eventually died in Auschwitz.
The film is co-written by Zlotowski and Robin Campillo, who previously penned The Returned, the feature film that inspired Canal Plus’ supernatural drama series.
Frederic Jouve’s Les Films Velvet is producing; Ad Vitam will distribute in France. Principal photography will begin in Paris in September for an expected delivery in May 2016.
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Some quick casting news has come our way courtesy of THR, who are reporting that Anne Hathaway is set to star in Colossal, a project that’s sure to be one of the biggest curiosity factors at this year’s Cannes film market. Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) is writing and directing for Voltage Pictures.
In the movie — described as Transformers versus Adaptation and Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich(!) — Hathaway will play Gloria, an ordinary woman who, after losing her job and her fiancé, decides to leave her life in New York to move back to her hometown.
But when news reports surface that a giant lizard is destroying the city of Tokyo, Gloria gradually comes to realize that she is strangely connected to these far-off events via the power of her mind. In order to prevent further destruction, Gloria needs to determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.
Voltage Pictures is fully financing Colossal and will launch the project to foreign buyers in Cannes. CAA, which is representing domestic rights, packaged the movie and arranged financing in addition to representing Hathaway, Vigalondo, and producer Nahikari Ipiña. Ipiña is producing via her Sayaka Producciones. Garrett Basch and Vigalondo, who was nominated for an Oscar for his short film 7:35 in the Morning, are executive producing.
“Colossal is my most ambitious script so far and probably also the most personal one. Having Anne and this terrific team around goes beyond my craziest expectations,” Vigalondo said.
Added Voltage CEO Nicolas Chartier: “As huge fans of Timecrimes, we are thrilled to be collaborating with a filmmaker as talented as Nacho. He has written an extraordinarily unique piece of material, and we look forward to seeing Anne in such a challenging role.”
Around these parts we love us some Midnight Syndicate. In fact, they’re the playlist of our entire day… and night… and occasional human sacrifice to the old ones. Word has come that they’re looking to put a lot more spirit in the term “Christmas spirit” and more!
From the Press Release:
Midnight Syndicate has announced that their eighteenth album will have a Christmas and Winter Solstice theme. “I think there’s a rule that after a band’s been around for ‘x’ years, they are required to produce a Christmas album. So that’s how we got here,” joked Edward Douglas. “In all seriousness, though, a Yuletide-themed Midnight Syndicate album is something our fans have been asking us for since we began; this album will not disappoint them.”
“I will say that this album has been particularly challenging because we’re taking songs that are SO familiar and that have been treated in so many different ways throughout the years and trying to make them uniquely our own,” added Gavin Goszka. “We don’t want to make yet another Christmas album – we really want it to stand on its own as something truly original. We hope that it will evoke the spirit of the Yuletide season while also reflecting our ongoing musical style and vision.”
Content-wise, the album will be a mix of new material and twists on classics. “I’d describe most of the covers on the album as being reinvented, rather than simply adapted,” said Goszka. “I’ve found myself approaching this material with a very wide palette and a limited sense of allegiance to convention. That being said, it still has to make sense in some way and stay grounded in the familiar. I think we’re stretching our creative wings more than ever here, but there’s still a consistency and overall purpose to it.”
“The original songs have been a lot of fun to work on,” added Douglas. “I think the fans are in for a lot of pleasant surprises.”
Fans will not have to wait until Christmas for this present. Midnight Syndicate will be exhibiting at DragonCon in Atlanta this year on Labor Day weekend (September 4-7) and plans to have the CD available at the show.
Midnight Syndicate Live! update:
In October of 2014, Midnight Syndicate Live! debuted at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends event. From the audience response to the critical reception to record-breaking attendance numbers, the show was an overwhelming success. Although the band will be using 2015 to focus on the new album, plans for a return of Midnight Syndicate Live! in 2016 are already under way. “The success of the inaugural run of Midnight Syndicate Live! has ensured that live Midnight Syndicate shows will be a permanent part of our plans going forward,” said Douglas.
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The Exchange and Brian O’Shea are heading to Cannes with a new stop-motion animated feature entitled Hell & Back, and we’ve got all the details you need right here to yuck it up!
Directed by Tom Gianas and Ross Shuman, Hell & Back features the voice-work of Mila Kunis, Danny McBride, T.J. Miller, Rob Riggle, Susan Sarandon, Nick Swardson, Jennifer Coolidge, and Kumal Nanjiani.
In the vein of Team America: World Police and South Park: Bigger, Long & Uncut, Hell & Back is an outrageous new comedy from the teams behind the wildly popular series “Robot Chicken” and “BoJack Horseman.” This raunchy animated comedy features an all-star cast voicing some of their most hilarious and bizarre characters yet.
Remy, Augie, and Curt have been best friends since birth. When they jokingly take a blood oath and break it, Curt is dragged to Hell to be sacrificed. The guys must risk everything to save their friend from a slew of misfit demons, Greek legends, and the Devil himself. Are they prepared?… No, absolutely not.