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Lin Shaye is Officially the Godmother of Horror

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:34

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.

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Dreadtime Stories (2015)

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:30

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.

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Best Mind-F#@k Movies

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:00

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.

Videodrome (1983)

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!

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Sky Sharks Releases a Promo Trailer, But the Movie Needs Your Help

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 09:10

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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Producer’s Preview Breaks Down Supernatural Episode 10.22 – The Prisoner

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:42

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.

For more info visit “Supernatural” on cwtv.com, “like” “Supernatural” on Facebook, and follow @CW_spn on Twitter.

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A24 Knows There Are Monsters

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:35

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.

Synopsis:
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…

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Natalie Portman and More Find Ghosts in a Planetarium

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 19:27

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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Anne Hathaway to Beat Off a Colossal Beast

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 18:14

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.

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Midnight Syndicate Readying Christmas CD; Announces Plans for 2015 and Beyond

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 17:17

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.

For more info visit the official Midnight Syndicate website, “like” Midnight Syndicate on Facebook, and follow Midnight Syndicate on Twitter.

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Go to Hell & Back at Cannes

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 16:52

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.

Synopsis:
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.

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Meet Wayward Pines Citizen Dr. Jenkins

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 20:38

Having watched the first episode of “Wayward Pines” already, we can vouch that all of its residents are pretty mysterious, including the town doctor, Dr. Jenkins, portrayed by Toby Jones.  In this new promo video, the actor sheds a bit of light on his character.

About “Wayward Pines”:
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and Fox International Channels present the 10-episode, intense psychological thriller “WAYWARD PINES.” The highly anticipated event series, based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) and executive-produced by Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge, and Ashwin Rajan, will premiere Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX, while also debuting simultaneously in more than 125 countries across Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Latin America. The global “WAYWARD PINES” debut will be the world’s largest day-and-date launch for a scripted series ever.

The series stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (Crash) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. In addition to Dillon, the stellar cast includes Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Crash, Hustle & Flow), Carla Gugino (“Entourage”), Shannyn Sossamon (“How to Make It in America”), Toby Jones (Infamous, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Reed Diamond (“24,” Much Ado About Nothing), Tim Griffin (“Prime Suspect”), Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud), and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear).

“WAYWARD PINES” is a production of FX Productions. The series was developed for television by Hodge (“The Playboy Club,” “Runaway”) and executive-produced by De Line (Green Lantern, The Italian Job), Rajan (Devil), Hodge, and Shyamalan.  Hodge wrote and Shyamalan directed the premiere episode. “Like” “WAYWARD PINES” on Facebook at facebook.com/WaywardPines. Follow the series on Twitter at @WaywardPinesFOX and join the discussion using #waywardpines. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @Wayward Pines.

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Find Some Magic in this Sneak Peek of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 20:22

British series “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” still doesn’t have a firm release date on BBC America other than “sometime this summer,” but it does have a clip to share so settle in for a sneak peek of Honeyfoot (Brian Pettifer) and Segundus (Edward Hogg) of the York Society of Magicians visiting the mysterious recluse Mr Norrell in search of answers as to why magic is no longer practiced in England.

The seven-part series was adapted from Susanna Clarke’s bestselling novel by Peter Harness (“Wallander,” Is Anybody There?) and stars Olivier Award-winning Bertie Carvel and Eddie Marsan, who take on the magical roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, respectively. Other cast members include Alice Englert, Marc Warren, Samuel West, and Charlotte Riley.

The series is directed by Toby Haynes, and the producer is Nick Hirschkorn. It is produced by Cuba Pictures for BBC One and co-produced with BBC America, in association with Feel Films, Far Moor, Screen Yorkshire, and Bell Media’s Space. It will be distributed by Endemol Worldwide Distribution.

Synopsis:
Set at the beginning of the 19th century, England no longer believes in practical magic. The reclusive Mr Norrell (Marsan) of Hurtfew Abbey stuns the city of York when he causes the statues of York Cathedral to speak and move. With a little persuasion and help from his man of business, Childermass (Enzo Cilenti), he goes to London to help the government in the war against Napoleon. It is there Norrell summons a fairy (Warren) to bring Lady Pole (Englert) back from the dead, opening a whole can of worms…

Jonathan Strange (Carvel) is charming, rich, and arrogant. While trying to secure his beloved Arabella’s (Riley) hand in marriage, he meets the magician of Threadneedle Street, Vinculus (Paul Kaye), who tells him he is destined to be a great magician. A shaken and disturbed Strange initially dismisses the claims, but intrigue overcomes; and in an attempt to find his occupation, he tries to practice magic…

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Emaji Entertainment Reboots The Howling and Dee Snider’s StrangeLand

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:44

Two popular horror flicks are getting the reboot treatment from Emaji Entertainment, which has announced its intentions to reboot both The Howling and the long awaited follow-up to Dee Snider’s StrangeLand.

From the Press Releases:
Emaji, Inc., announced today that its entertainment division, Emaji Entertainment, has acquired the rights to reboot The Howling, the 1981 horror classic that to date has seen eight films released that have been based in part of the three novels written by Gary Brander. This is the first film production for the recently formed Emaji Entertainment, which is a division of Emaji, Inc. Emaji Entertainment plans to produce The Howling as the first in a series of films based upon well known film properties.

Additional details on the production and distribution of The Howling will be released as the film moves through the pre-production process.

The Howling was a 1981 werewolf-themed horror film directed by Joe Dante, who also directed Gremlins. Made for $1.5 million, the movie went on to gross $18 million in its initial theatrical release. Between 1985 and 2011 there were seven more Howling related films produced in the franchise, including Howling II in 1985, Howling III in 1987, Howling IV in 1988, Howling V in 1989, Howling VI in 1991, Howling: New Moon Rising in 1995, and The Howling: Reborn in 2011.

Emaji also announced today that Emaji Entertainment has acquired the rights to reboot Dee Snider’s StrangeLand, the 1998 horror film written by and starring Snider, the frontman of heavy metal giant Twisted Sister.

Dee Snider’s portrayal of Carlton Hendricks, aka Captain Howdy, in the original film created a character that has become a cult horror legend. Emaji Entertainment will accompany the singer-songwriter, screenwriter, radio personality, and actor back into the dark underground world of ritualistic body modification where victims are lured via an ever pervasive world of social media.

The 1998 soundtrack included an incredible array of bands – System of a Down, Sevendust, Soulfly, Slipknot, Kid Rock, Coal Chamber, Twisted Sister, Megadeth, Marilyn Manson, and Pantera – handpicked by Snider. “Music was intrinsic to me in the first one. We really tried to create the ultimate heavy soundtrack. Music will be important to me again for this film,” adds Snider.

The project has the working title StrangeLand: Disciple and is the second film production announced by the company based on a well established horror property.

Additional details will be released as the film moves through production and towards release.

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The Giant Spider Invasion Spins Its Web on Blu-ray This Summer

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:27

If you ever invite yours truly to a party and you’re ready for me to hit the proverbial road, all you have to do is start playing a movie that prominently features spiders. I’ll be out the door before you can properly pronounce “arachnophobia.” Even something as inherently silly as Bill Rebane’s 1975 cult flick The Giant Spider Invasion will scare the accidentally swallowed spider eggs outta me.

Since I love horror movies and adore being scared out of my wits, I’m obsessed with spider movies of all shapes and sizes. Naturally, as a B-movie fanatic, I was understandably thrilled that VCI Entertainment is unleashing The Giant Spider Invasion on Blu-ray this summer. Trust me: This flick is enjoyable even without the “Mystery Science Theater 3000″ commentary.

Unfamiliar with The Giant Spider Invasion? Here’s a short synopsis:

Giant spiders from outer space begin to invade Earth when a huge black hole appears in a farmer’s field outside a small town in Wisconsin. A NASA scientist deduces the invasion is the result of some sort of intergalactic gateway, as he devises a plan to stop the huge, hairy, creeping crawlers from devouring the local population.

Sure, the film is delightfully cheesy and totally far-fetched, but when your arachnophobia is almost completely unmanageable, even this sort of picture is enough to give you the heebie-jeebies. Fans of The Giant Spider Invasion can snag the three-disc Blu-ray set on June 15, 2015. The flick is packaged with a behind-the-scenes documentary, archival footage, and a CD featuring “The Giant Spider Invasion: The Musical.” All for $24.99. Nerve pills not included.

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Producer’s Preview Goes Inside Supernatural Episode 10.21 – Dark Dynasty

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:18

We get that Sam’s desperate and needs all the help he can get, yadda yadda, but longtime “Supernatural” fans are no doubt as anxious as we are for this season’s interminable Mark of Cain storyline to wrap up already.  Here’s executive producer Jeremy Carver with an inside look at this week’s Episode 10.21, “Dark Dynasty,” which will hopefully start tying up some of Season 10’s very loose ends.

“Supernatural” Episode 10.21 – “Dark Dynasty” (airs 5/6/15, 9PM)
THE WINCHESTERS MEET THE STYNES — Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) investigate a bizarre murder and realize the killer bears the same tattoo as those from the Styne family.  Eldon Styne (guest star David Hoflin) attacks Dean, and a brutal fight ensues.

Meanwhile, Castiel (Misha Collins) acts as referee when Charlie (guest star Felicia Day) and Rowena (guest star Ruth Connell) are forced to work together on the Book of the Damned.  Crowley (Mark Sheppard) discovers his mother is missing and knows she’s up to something so he turns to an old enemy for help.  Robert Singer directed this episode written by Eugenie Ross-Leming and Brad Buckner.

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The Lady in Black Comes Haunting

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 19:16

Even though The Woman is the only darkly clad femme that I love, Phase 4 Films has released a new indie horror story entitled The Lady in Black, and she’s ready to start haunting you immediately.

From the Press Release:
Writer-director Steve Spel’s horror-thriller The Lady in Black is now available on DVD.

Nelson has vivid nightmares of a woman being gruesomely murdered. Soon he discovers that the murder he’s witnessed is the beginning of a string of actual serial killings, all involving young women. To clear up this disturbing mystery, he pursues the serial killer to find out why the woman in black is haunting his nightmares.

“I was inspired to make a non-linear film that really puts the audience on the edge of their seats as they go through the twists and turns of this film. In writing the script, I wanted to make sure to keep the audience guessing and to avoid cliches and obvious revelations,” says Spel.

Spel continues, “My goal is to tell a fresh and exciting thriller that is as visually stimulating as it is psychologically-provoking. No one is who they seem in this film, and the ending will be truly memorable.  I wanted a hard-hitting film that was bent on realism and fantasy that plays on the mind. This film was made to be a psychological thriller and in its evolution became a detective’s mystery pushed to the edge with blood and insanity.”

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The Transparent Woman Gets a Spicy New Trailer

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:17

Domiziano Crisopharo’s homage to the masterpiece films of Mario Bava, Pupi Avati, Dario Argento, and Sergio Martino, The Transparent Woman, has gotten itself a brand new trailer; and we have it for you right here.

The Transparent Woman stars Italian erotic and pornographic actress Roberta Gemma and Arian Levannael (Hunt Angels, Poe 3 : Pieces of Eldritch).

Synopsis:
Anna is a beautiful, fiercely independent blind woman. Due to financial problems her husband, Carl, had to sell the apartment they lived in. They move into an old house in a remote location surrounded by fields. Anna is not happy there and feels even more isolated as she is most of the time all alone… but eerie noises and strange facts lead her to think that someone is in the house too… or “something.”

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The Phoenix Incident Sheds Light on XLrator Media

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 18:08

XLrator Media continues to fill out its robust genre lineup as the company has acquired the rights to The Phoenix Incident, which is based upon the insanely eerie Phoenix Lights. Don’t know what those were? Look it up, and let your imagination run wild.

Written and directed by veteran gaming director Keith Arem (Call of Duty, Titanfall), The Phoenix Incident chronicles the US military’s alleged engagement with extraterrestrial forces the night of the 1997 Phoenix Lights UFO sightings. Using whistleblower testimony, recovered military footage, and eyewitness accounts, the feature explores four unsolved Arizona Missing Persons cases connected to the incident.

Look for it to beam you up later this year on VOD. In the interim dig on the clip below courtesy of Deadline.

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Kellan Lutz Takes Part in The Feud

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 17:42

Steven C. Miller (Under the Bed, The Aggression Scale) is back with a new project that will hopefully end up being the bloodiest feud ever! Read on for details.

From the Press Release:
Summerstorm Entertainment and Vandal Entertainment have tapped Kellan Lutz (THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE EXPENDABLES 3) to star in THE FEUD for director Steven C. Miller (EXTRACTION). Vandal Entertainment Founder Navid McIlhargey is producing alongside Film House Germany’s and Summerstorm Entertainment CEO Gabriela Bacher. Production is scheduled to start this summer, and Highland Film Group (HFG) will introduce the thriller to foreign buyers starting at Cannes.

Based on a script by David Matalon (LEMONADE) and Matthew Altman (SAM & LIZ: A KILLER LOVE STORY), this contained action-thriller follows a mysterious young man, Toland (Lutz), who returns to his rural home town in the Midwest for his brother’s funeral. Going head-to-head with the local crime lord who traps him and his friends in an abandoned farming complex, Toland skews the odds in his favor by using his wits and spectacular skills, allowing him to unlock a greater mystery as they battle for their lives.

Producers Navid McIlhargey and Gabriela Bacher said: “Kellan and Steven quickly established a strong rapport on the set of EXTRACTION. They are sure to take THE FEUD, a clever action film about redemption, to a new level.”

Lutz is represented by Ryan Daly at Zero Gravity Management and WME. Miller is repped by Charles Ferraro at UTA and Aperture Entertainment.

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New Hannibal Season 3 Promo Reminds Us No Marriage Is Perfect

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 17:37

What’s this?  Our favorite serial killer will be a married man when “Hannibal” resumes next month?  This latest promo for Season 3 of NBC’s outstanding series gets us better acquainted with the #BrideOfHannibal, played by Gillian Anderson.

“HANNIBAL” — Season 3 kicks off Thursday, June 4, 10-11 p.m. (Episode 3.01 – “Antipasto”)
The dark and haunting series “Hannibal” returns for a third season, revealing the fates of characters hanging in the balance and their continuing psychological cat-and-mouse games.

After the shocking events of the season finale, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelsen) is on the run in Europe — accompanied by his psychiatrist Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson) — sporting a new identity but servicing the same insatiable appetite. As the lives of Will (Hugh Dancy), Jack (Laurence Fishburne) and Alana (Caroline Dhavernas) converge toward Hannibal again, their deadly dance turns in startling and unexpected ways, and nothing will ever be the same again.

For more info be sure to visit “Hannibal” on NBC.com, “like” “Hannibal” on Facebook, and follow “Hannibal” on Twitter.

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