Well, this is some news we weren’t expecting this fine Monday, but in any event, Armory Films, Cassian Elwes, and Contend announced today that they have joined together to kick off production of a remake of Eli Roth’s horror thriller hit Cabin Fever with Travis Zariwny (Intruder) directing and Armory and Pelican Point Media financing.
Here are the highlights from the press release:
The film, to be reshot from the original 2002 version by Eli Roth and Randy Pearlstein, stars Gage Golightly (“Teen Wolf”), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series:), Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man), and Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl). Cabin Fever will be produced by Contend’s Evan Astrowsky, (who also produced the original film with Roth) and Armory Films’ Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros.
Cassian Elwes will executive produce along with Roth, Ike Suri and Jaclyn Ann Suri, and Peter Fruchtman. The film has begun principal photography this week in Portland, Oregon. Voltage Pictures is handling international sales on the film at the upcoming American Film Market. Cassian Elwes and CAA are representing the domestic rights.
Cabin Fever follows in Eli Roth’s original footsteps when a group of college students, who rent a cabin in the woods to do some partying, begin to fall victim to a flesh-eating virus and all hell breaks loose.
The original premiered at the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival with Elwes involved in a massive bidding war for the film. This version will be shot from the exact same script that Roth directed 13 years ago, as opposed to going through a long, delayed studio development process.
“Travis had an amazing vision for my original script, and as a scary movie fan I really wanted to see it. I almost see this like re-staging a play, and I’m excited to see what ideas Travis and the cast bring to it. They’re all fans of the original and want to make a film that’s a new classic, and I believe they will,” said Roth.
Roth is best known for his work directing the original Cabin Fever as well as genre hits Hostel and Hostel II and his latest effort, The Green Inferno, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Exclusive: Filmmaker Chloe Okuno Talks Screamfest Premiere of Slut; Trailers, Carpet Photos, and More!
Occasionally I’m privy to experiencing the first work of a filmmaker whose unique voice will more than likely go on to cinematically haunt our collective dreams and who’ll probably soon be attending those infamous Los Angeles “Masters of Horror” dinners.
Such was the case this past weekend with the October 18th Screamfest premiere of writer/director Chloe Okuno’s short film Slut.
With the 14th Annual Screamfest Horror Film Festival currently under way at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood, CA, Okuno’s 21-minute student short debuted to a wildly vocal audience, and we caught up with her on the carpet following.
“It started off with ‘Little Red Riding Hood,’” Okuno told us of her inspiration for Slut, her AFI thesis project, which she wrote and directed. Produced by Lisa Gollobin, the film revolves around a naive young girl who becomes the target of a mysterious stranger passing through town. Molly McIntyre appears in the lead role; James Gallo, Kasia Pilewicz, Cody Beverstock, Alex Miller, and Sally Kirkland co-star.
“I wanted to find a way to do the classic moment of her coming home to discover the big bad wolf dressed as Grandma in a way that was realistic, or at least relatively realistic,” Okuno continued. “From that sort of conceptual beginning I thought about the character of Red Riding Hood herself, and this awkward, bespectacled 16-year-old girl began to develop pretty naturally, probably coming a bit from classic movie tropes and a bit from my own experience as an awkward teenager.”
Refreshingly shot on 35mm, Okuno said of the production, “Our team was very fortunate to receive a couple of grants, one from Fotokem and another from EFILM & Deluxe, that helped us with the cost of shooting on film; and we were very fortunate to have all our film stock donated by a very nice man named George Gush at Fujifilm. Apparently, it was essentially leftovers from American Hustle, which is pretty cool as I am more than happy to take David O. Russell’s leftovers! It was Fujifilm Eterna Vivid stock, which we shot 2-perf to give it that grainy 70s look.”
“Principal photography took place in late February 2014,” she offered. “Like all AFI thesis productions, we shot seven days and then had a day and a half of re-shoots, all in and around Los Angeles. We went out to Ventura to Skating Plus for the roller rink scenes, Piru for our farmhouse and desert exteriors, and everything else was shot on a stage in downtown L.A.”
We asked Okuno about the reasons for her choice of setting Slut in the late 70’s.
“I love that aesthetic, and I love movies from that time period,” she effused. “Whenever I envisioned the eponymous ‘slut,’ for some reason I knew she just had to have short shorts and feathered hair. Late 70’s/80’s slasher films were a big influence on the dynamic of the kids at the roller rink; that sort of small town America feeling that you see in a lot of movies from that era. Also, rightly or wrongly, I’ve always attached a certain innocence to that time period so it provided this atmosphere where we could deal with different characters’ attitudes toward female sexuality in a way that was more explicit, less coded, which was quite helpful in a short format.”
Concerning the genre films which influenced Slut, “Naturally I wanted to emulate the best so Carrie, Halloween, and Texas Chain Saw Massacre were all big influences,” Okuno stated.
“At very early days in the process, we got the team together and saw a gorgeous print of Texas Chain Saw at the Aero in Santa Monica, which hopefully permeated our collective consciousness during the many months of making Slut. Little less of a horror movie and more of a thriller, but Blood Simple was another big inspiration. We took a lot of visual cues from Badlands as well. I think I can say that Sissy Spacek directly influenced us.”
As for what’s next on the young filmmaker’s plate, “I’m writing a feature script that I’m very excited about,” she concluded. “Like Slut, it’s another coming-of-age story, but in lieu of misogynistic psycho killers, it features satanic rituals, demonic possession, a bit of animal sacrifice. Of course I’m trying to get it financed so I can unleash this twisted monstrosity upon the world.”
Maddy is 16 years old. She lives alone with her sick grandmother in a rundown farmhouse off a highway in Nowheresville, Texas. She does her best to take care of her mute, wheelchair-bound grandmother, but life at home is lonely and depressing. So, like everyone else within a 20-mile radius, Maddy spends her free time at the only place with half a pulse: the local roller rink.
With her shabby clothes, large glasses, and dangerous naivete, Maddy is a hopeless misfit amongst her peers. Determined to embrace her inner vixen, Maddy looks to a girl named Jolee – beautiful, blonde, and unapologetically promiscuous – as a sort of model for what attracts men. Unfortunately for Maddy, it’s just at this time that an older, charismatic Stranger enters her life, a man whose charm masks the impulses of a murderous, misogynistic psychopath.
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The name Ryan Murphy has become synonymous with frights in recent years, as the creator of “American Horror Story” continues to prove that he knows what scares us. But up next he’s looking to make us laugh, and we’ve got the scoop for ya today!
THR reports that Fox has handed out a straight-to-series order for comedy-horror anthology Scream Queens, created by Murphy, Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk.
The 15-episode hour-long comedy will premiere in the fall of 2015, with season one revolving around a college campus that’s rocked by a series of murders. New settings and storylines will be featured in subsequent seasons of the anthology series.
“I knew I wanted to work with Brad and Ian again on something comedic, and we are having a blast writing Scream Queens,” Murphy said. “We hope to create a whole new genre – comedy-horror – and the idea is for every season to revolve around two female leads. We’ve already begun a nationwide search for those women, as well as 10 other supporting roles, and we’re very grateful to [Fox TV Group chairmen and CEOs] Dana [Walden] and Gary [Newman] for their enthusiastic support.”
The series hails from 20th Century Fox Television, where Murphy and Falchuk are under rich overall deals. Murphy, Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto will exec produce.
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We’ve been told that the trailer for Insidious Chapter 3 will debut this weekend, giving us our first look at the franchise’s third chapter. In the meantime, check out a gallery of behind the scenes stills from the set, which should whet your appetite for more!
The newest chapter in the terrifying horror series is written and directed by franchise co-creator Leigh Whannell.
A twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further. The chilling prequel reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help the family.
Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, and Whannell star. Look for it in theatres on May 29, 2015.
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Though it’s already available on home video over in the UK, Lowell Dean’s insanely fun WolfCop (review) has still yet to make its way stateside. That all changes in the early portions of 2015, when a big ole howl will be heard in your DVD collection!
Bloody Disgusting got the exclusive on this tasty tidbit of news, as RLJ/Image Entertainment tipped them off that WolfCop is soon headed to the states in the form of a DVD, Blu-ray and VOD release.
According to the WolfCop Twitter account, March is the month you can expect it.
In the meantime, check out the new release art below!
Written and directed by Lowell Dean, the film stars Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Aidan Devine, Jesse Moss, Sarah Lind, Jonathan Cherry, and Corrine Conley.
WOLFCOP follows Lou Garou (Fafard), an alcoholic cop who tends to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings. However, lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar; Lou’s senses are heightened; and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf. WOLFCOP is one cop’s quest to become a better man… one transformation at a time.
Are you in Los Angeles and looking for a little Sasquatchploitation to get dirty with? Then YOU are in luck because we’re giving away five (5) pairs of tickets to the premiere of Eduardo Sanchez’s Exists!
The screening takes place on October 23rd at an L.A. theatre at 7:00PM PT with a Q&A with Eduardo Sanchez to follow. These tickets GUARANTEE you entry so once you’ve been picked as a winner, you’re all good!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at email@example.com, and we’ll contact you on the 22nd if you’re chosen with the exact location and more details! Be advised you must be at least 18 to win as the flick is rated R.
Exists will be arriving on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 24th.
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. Exists, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.
For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.
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The Buffalo, New York, area is making quite a name for itself in the indie horror realm, and set to kick off in just a few weeks is the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which shines a light on both notable new international films and homegrown talent involved in the genre and beyond. Here are ALL the details for 2014:
From the Press Release
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival, which runs Friday, November 7th, through Thursday, November 13th, at the Dipson Eastern Hills Cinema, has announced a diverse selection of films for its sophomore season. Eastern Hills Cinema is located in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road in Williamsville, New York.
The mission of Buffalo Dreams is to bring the finest independent films from around the world to Buffalo and to spotlight the most talented artists from Buffalo’s burgeoning film production community. The festival focuses on science fiction, fantasy, horror, action, thriller, and animation and this year included comedy for the local categories.
Some highlights from this year’s slate include the Buffalo Premiere of The Romans, a crime drama written and directed by Korey Green and co-written and executive produced by Larry Quinn, former owner of the Buffalo Sabers; a new spaghetti western, 6 Bullets to Hell; the Mexican metaphysical mindbender El Incidente/The Incident, which premiered at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival and sold out four screenings at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas; and the sci-fi flavored action film Channeling, which combines reality TV, car chases, and cutting edge technology. In all, the festival will screen 19 feature films, two medium length films, 39 shorts, and 12 music videos. In addition, the festival will judge 18 entries in its Original Screenplay Competition. Eighty-six works were selected from almost 300 submissions from around the world.
“This year’s roster of outstanding films proves we’re about more than horror films, ” says Dreams co-founder Gregory Lamberson. “We program all genres and feature several comedies and a local drama, and we continue to support locally produced films such as Rhonda Parker’s romantic comedy Friends Don’t Let Friends – Date Friends, Ken Consentino’s horror thriller Within, and 13-year-old Hope Muelbauer’s short film Zombie Kids.”
Many films at the festival will be followed by Q&As with the filmmakers. Green, Quinn, and several cast members from The Romans will attend their gala event, and Isaac Ezban is traveling to Buffalo from Mexico City to present El Incidente. Canadian filmmaker Brett Kelly will screen his James Bond spoof Spyfall, and Ryan Bellgardt is coming from Oklahoma to show his raucous time travel adventure Army of Frankensteins.
“The notifications from filmmakers who will be attending are already pouring in,” says Lamberson’s partner, Chris Scioli. “Last year 30 filmmakers came to screen their work. This is what makes a film festival truly special: the opportunity for festival goers to interact with filmmakers of all stripes and for the filmmakers to network with each other. A real camaraderie develops that shows the city at its best.”
A complete listing of all selected films follows. Admission is $9.00 per block, usually consisting of one micro-short or music video, one short, and one feature, with a $7.00 discount available for students, seniors, and patrons with military ID. A Day Pass for four features on Saturday, November 8th, costs $25, and Day Passes for Sunday-Thursday (three features per day) cost $20. An All Festival Pass costs $99. Advance tickets will go on sale soon from Dipson Theatres, and you can get more info on the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival website. Submissions for 2015 will open in December.
Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival Official Selections 2014 – 19 features, 17 Original Screenplays, 2 Medium Length Films, 31 Short Films, 3 Micro Short Films, 12 Music Videos = 84 works
6 Bullets to Hell
Army of Frankensteins
Axe to Grind
B.O.Y.D. (WNY, Non-competition)
Call Girl of Cthulhu
The Drownsman (Canada)
Elizabeth Bathory (WNY)
Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive (WNY, World Premiere)
El Incidente/The Incident (Mexico)
The God Question
Mostly Dead (WNY)
The Romans (WNY, Buffalo Premiere)
The Search for Simon (UK)
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAYS (Feature Length)
“Belzec: The Made Undead” by Steffan Postaer
“The Crimson Confession” by Raymond Just
“The Cursed Flesh” by Anders Nelson
“The Devil Inside” by Gabriella Messina
“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite” by Ron Brawer
“East Side Girl the Musical” by Max Segal
“Hangover Man” by Nick Roth
“Iron Dogs” by Neil Chase
“The Last Vikings” by David Throndill
“Lost Cause” by David Schroeder
“Love & Robots” by Dennis Schebetta
“Midnight Daisy” by Jesse Vigil
“The Night Witches” by Steven Prowse
“Rain of Terror” by Matthew Lorentz
“The Roman Downsizing” by John Leary
“Sardis the Merciful” by Christian Thomas
“Silverblood: Dawn of the Wolf” by Fiore Derosa and Samantha Talbot
“Steal Away” by Jon Paul Reese
“The Witch’s Hand” by Wendy Joseph
MEDIUM LENGTH FILMS
The Outlaw: Evil Women (WNY)
Scope of Practice (WNY)
Bodies in Irreversible Detriment
By the Hair of the Head
Dead Hearts (Canada)
Dieu Reconnaitra les Siens/Let God Sort Them Out (France)
Gave Up the Ghost (WNY, Non-competition)
Hands Like Suitcases (WNY)
Happy Birthday, Mr. Zombie (Belgium)
Henry and the Midnight Dentist (UK )
In Fear Of: Glossophobia, the Fear of Speaking in Public
In Fear Of': Toxiphobia, the Fear of Being Poisoned
Job Interview (Germany)
Meet Your Maker
One More Day
Orbit Ever After (Ireland)
Road Test (WNY)
Ruby’s Skin (UK)
The Shepherd 9m, (Canada)
Stolen from Society (WNY)
Sunshine for Breakfast
Waterborne (Australia )
Watch Over Me (UK)
Zombie Kids (WNY)
A Fight to Propose
Leviathan Ages (UK)
Ace in the Hole: Enthralled (WNY)
Bill Carter – “Anything Made of Paper”
Bohemian Rhapsody: Star Wars Edition
Burn Away: Shane Cole
Delica-m: Mean Something
Delica-m: Pretty in the Dark (Canada)
Find a Little Boogie (WNY)
The Outlaw: Theme Song (WNY)
Stay With Me
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At the end of April, Syfy announced a third installment in its Sharknado juggernaut will be heading our way in summer 2015, and today they dished some new details. Read on and bring an umbrella.
After the original Sharknado swept across Los Angeles and Sharknado 2: The Second One turned its deadly fury on New York City, be on the lookout for Sharknado 3 to hit the entire Eastern Seaboard. The announcement was made at the network’s Orlando-based press tour this morning and reported by IGN.
Interestingly enough, beginning with an attack on Washington, D.C., where, as Dave Howe, President of Syfy and Chiller, said they will finally be giving the nation’s capital “what it deserves,” the sharks will move along the coast, landing in none other than Orlando, FL. The airborne water beasts will wreak havoc on the “Feast Coast.”
Sharkado 2: The Second One co-stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath. Among the guest stars are Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, and Perez Hilton. The movie, which was filmed in New York City, was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from a screenplay by Thunder Levin (both of whom worked on the original Sharknado).
The upcoming Sharknado 3 will once again be produced by The Asylum. Look for more soon!
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It isn’t often that I have the time to do book reviews these days, but when Christopher Rice’s The Vines showed up in my mailbox just days before I was leaving on a cross-country trip, it seemed serendipitous, and I excitedly packed the thin volume in my suitcase, planning to check it out on the return leg of my journey. I cracked it open just moments into my four-hour flight home, and now, less than three hours later, here I am writing this review, feeling happy to have spent time with such interesting characters and situations, yet slightly sad that our time together had come to such a swift conclusion.
The book’s synopsis, which mentions “dark forces” residing in the ground beneath a former Southern plantation located just outside New Orleans, didn’t quite prepare me for the wild ride I was about to take. The Vines begins the night of a birthday party for Caitlin Chaisson, wealthy owner of the aforementioned estate, known as Spring House, during which she spies her husband, Troy, cheating on her with a pretty blonde. All her life Caitlin has felt unattractive and inadequate so needless to say, this discovery leaves her in quite a state; and she retreats to the gazebo located on the grounds, where she cuts her arms and wrists, ready to end it all. But those forces – the “vines” of the title – have other plans and absorb her blood. They spring to life, consuming Troy, traumatizing his paramour, and leaving Caitlin questioning reality. They also heal her wounds and leave her feeling empowered so maybe they’re not all bad?
Meanwhile, Nova, the Spring House groundskeeper’s daughter, sees just enough of what transpired to begin her own investigation, teaming up with Caitlin’s childhood friend, Blake, to try to put the pieces together. Currently Blake and Caitlin are estranged because he tried to warn her about Troy’s two-timing ways, and she wouldn’t hear of it. When he tries to overcome their differences and learn more about the vines and their magic, she shuts him out, leaving him no alternative but to work with Nova and, later, her father, Willie Thomas, to save himself and Spring House.
A lot of bat-shit crazy stuff happens that would probably sound ridiculous if I were to attempt to summarize it so suffice to say that although The Vines is lean (just 214 pages), it’s also quite mean, and horror fans should eat it up! Oh, and did I mention that there’s also some very nasty business involving massive swarms of bugs that do the vines’ bidding? That ought to get your attention if you’re the squeamish type.
As you’d expect for a story set on and around a plantation, slavery and racism play a big part in the history and subsequent actions of the vines, and there’s also a subplot regarding a hate crime that took place several years prior involving Blake and his young gay lover during their high school years. To Rice’s credit, neither of these hot button issues feels heavy-handed or preachy in any way as things organically unfold and the vindictive vines begin wreaking havoc on those unlucky enough to find themselves in their path.
Most of the action revolves around Nova and Blake, and things move quickly with the entire tale taking place over just a few days. Rice’s style is brisk and spare with no fluff or filler; every word belongs and advances the story. The violence the vines and their insect minions leave in their path is brutal and vivid, and the characters are richly drawn, proving that just a few well chosen words can convey volumes. As for that hasty ending I mentioned above, while it does leave a few questions open for a possible sequel, it is so completely satisfying that if one never comes, I won’t be mad at anyone.
The Vines is the first of Christopher Rice’s books that I’ve read, but it certainly won’t be the last. He may have only just begun to dip his toes into the supernatural waters his mother, Anne Rice, has mined so richly over the years, but here’s hoping he continues on that path with his entire foot, leg, etc.
Given the time of year, it’s only fitting that we have a quick update on everyone’s favorite October franchise, Halloween.
In Orlando, producer Malek Akkad was on hand at a small Halloween screening event at the AMC located on the Universal CityWalk Orlando, and he offered the following update. Thanks to STYD who was in attendance.
“It’s been a joy to work with so many creative people – ten films,” Akkad said, touching the franchise’s legacy. “We’re working on eleven as we speak. We’re working on a script right now. A new draft – perfect timing – is supposed to hit the day before Halloween. Hopefully my Halloween night reading will be a good read.”
Earlier in the year, reboot and sequel director Rob Zombie confirmed to SciFi Now that he wouldn’t be returning to direct: “I’m definitely not directing it if they ever do go ahead with a third movie.” Keep in mind that at one point in his career Zombie also stated he’d never do a remake.
Directed by Steven R. Monroe
Distributed by Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
Ah, vengeful Asian ghosts – can ever we get enough of them? Director Steven R. Monroe hopes not as he dishes up a forest full in Grave Halloween. Set in the real-life Aokigahara Forest in Japan (a strange cultural hotbed of self-termination), Grave Halloween follows a bunch of American students studying nearby who set off to the forest in order to perform a ritual that should lay to rest the tortured spirit of the mother of one of their number. The girl in question, Maiko (Leeb – looking nowhere near as convincingly Asian as the child playing her in flashbacks is), lost her mother to suicide when she was a young girl, and was then adopted by American parents.
Seeking to reconnect with her heritage, she is thus back in Japan with the only physical reminder that she has of her mother – a box of trinkets that she received, supposedly left to her by her late parent.
Accompanying Maiko on her trip are a group of various friends, including film students looking to make a documentary of the ritual, and a further uninvited group of stereotypical party dudes who take none of their activity within the forest seriously. Pretty soon, the theft of a watch from one of the suicide sites by the aforementioned part dudes angers the restless spirits residing in the forest, and the blood begins to flow. Throw in a couple of cops who take care of the forest, and are sick to death of disrespectful tourists, and a wizened old local man and you have a recipe for some ghostly fun, right?
Well… almost. As your typical ‘twenty-something “teens” in peril’ movie, Grave Halloween mostly achieves what it sets out to do via some good use of location (even if completely fails to capitalise on the disturbing nature of its setting), and especially its effectively grim menagerie of menacing ghosts. There’s a surprising amount of convincing gore to be had, most impressive being a particularly nasty sequence involving one unfortunate being quartered by living trees. On the flipside the characters are generally nondescript – usually only making their mark on you when being particularly annoying – and the presentation rarely feels anything beyond the typical Syfy Channel fare amongst which it holds root. Monroe attempts to spice things up a little by chucking in found footage elements using the film crew’s camera, but it merely serves to add to the unambitious feel of the entire affair; a ‘been there, done that’ element that merely adds to the sense of familiarity and really isn’t necessary at all.
The history of Maiko and her mother feels muddled – strange flashback sequences presenting a foreboding element that makes you constantly question why on Earth she’d want to have anything to do with her spirit, restless or not – but does lead to a nice twist in the payoff that unfortunately may be missed, or misunderstood, if you’ve already given up on caring by then. Which would be entirely forgivable, frankly, given the threadbare script. There’s also a secondary twist, quite integral to the story, that is so cack-handed and difficult to believe that it’s a wonder that anyone involved saw fit to keep it in there.
Still, the cast do what they can with the thin script and Monroe sets up a number of tense and creepy set pieces, relishing the manner in which the spirits of the forest toy with and segregate their prey before moving in for the kill. Grave Halloween isn’t great – hell, it’s barely even ‘good’ – but it does what it needs to, ultimately. It’s a relatively inoffensive, if overly familiar, slice of horror sporting a smattering of creepy moments. If anything, at least it’s a step up from Monroe’s odious 2013 effort, I Spit On Your Grave 2. Then again, that’s faint praise indeed.
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment’s UK DVD release of Grave Halloween is a barebones one. Just like the film, there’s nothing special to see here, folks.
Good news for our UK fans: we got our furry mitts on two copies of director Lowell Dean’s howlin’ good time, WolfCop (review), on Blu-ray to give away courtesy of Studiocanal. Get in here and enter nooooOOOOOWWW!
It’s not unusual for alcoholic cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) to black out and wake up in unfamiliar surroundings, but lately things have taken a strange turn. Crime scenes seem oddly familiar. Lou’s senses are heightened, and when the full moon is out, he’s a rage-fueled werewolf.
WolfCop is one cop’s quest to become a better man… One transformation at a time.
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Go Inside American Horror Story: Freak Show to Meet Dandy; See a Preview of Episode 4.03 – Edward Mordrake Part 1
Is everyone enjoying the sights and sounds of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” so far? Want to learn more about Finn Wittrock’s character, the lovably loony Dandy? Then check out this “inside” look at him along with a preview of next week’s Episode 4.03, “Edward Mordrake Part 1,” which features guest star Wes Bentley.
As a bonus, FX has also released Sarah Paulson’s amazing performance of “Criminal” from last night’s episode.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” – Episode 4.03 – “Edward Mordrake Part 1″ (airs 10/22/14)
The Freaks refuse to perform on Halloween due to an old carny superstition. Jimmy (Evan Peters) is smitten by a woman claiming to be a fortune teller. Ethel (Kathy Bates) receives life-changing news.
There’s a big dinner happening in N’awlins next Monday night on “The Originals,” and along with a clip from the upcoming Episode 2.03, entitled “Every Mother’s Son,” we also have a new preview hosted by executive producers Julie Plec and Michael Narducci.
“The Originals” Episode 2.03 – “Every Mother’s Son” (airs 10/20/14): When Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) receive a cryptic invitation to dinner from their mother, Esther, who continues to inhabit the body of Harvest girl Cassie (guest star Natalie Dreyfuss), they find themselves preparing for the worst.
With the help of a new witch named Lenore (guest star Sonja Sohn), Klaus, Elijah, and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) attempt to stay one step ahead of Esther, but things quickly take an unexpected turn. While Elijah finds himself reluctantly teaming up with Gia (guest star Nishi Munshi), a newly-turned vampire, Hayley is faced with an enticing proposition about her new status as a Hybrid after a startling encounter with Esther.
Finally, Esther reveals a shocking secret about Klaus’ childhood and unveils her ultimate plan for her children. Charles Michael Davis also stars. Dermott Downs directed the episode written by Christopher Hollier.
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We’ve been anxiously awaiting next week’s return of “Grimm” to NBC, and the network has finally released the first clip from the upcoming Episode 4.01, “Thanks for the Memories,” in which Nick, Trubel, Hank, and Juliette face the aftermath of Season Three’s finale.
Evil has a new enemy in “Grimm” Season Four, premiering October 24th on NBC, followed by the series debut of “Constantine.”
“Grimm” Episode 4.01 – “Thanks for the Memories” (10/24/14; 9-10pm)
NICK MUST LEARN TO COPE WITH HIS NEW REALITY AS A NEW WESEN HITS PORTLAND TO STEAL ITS VICTIMS MEMORIES – ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, LOUISE LOMBARD, ALEXIS DENISOF, AND JACQUELINE TOBONI GUEST STAR – After the events at Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee’s (Bree Turner) wedding, Nick (David Giuntoli) is faced with losing his identity as a Grimm. Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) join Nick as they try to figure out how to deal with Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) as she faces the consequences of a heinous murder she committed.
Meanwhile, when Wu (Reggie Lee) arrives at the scene, his discoveries bring back images of his traumatic encounter. A new threat arrives in Portland to steal the memories of its victims, leaving them in a state of dementia. Elsewhere, Captain Renard’s (Sasha Roiz) life hangs in the balance and Adalind (Claire Coffee) falls into Prince Viktor’s (guest star Alexis Denisof) trap as she desperately searches for her baby.
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Here at Dread Central we love tales of men vs. beasts. Especially giant beasts. Such is the case pertaining to Ron Howard’s latest film, In the Heart of the Sea. Read on for the first info, trailer, and more!
From the Press Release
Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex.
In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. But that told only half the story.
In the Heart of the Sea reveals the encounter’s harrowing aftermath, as the ship’s surviving crew is pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive. Braving storms, starvation, panic, and despair, the men will call into question their deepest beliefs, from the value of their lives to the morality of their trade, as their captain searches for direction on the open sea and his first mate still seeks to bring the great whale down.
In the Heart of the Sea stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Rush) as the vessel’s veteran first mate Owen Chase; Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) as its inexperienced Captain, George Pollard; Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises) as second mate Matthew Joy; and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) as novelist Herman Melville, whose inquiries into the event 30 years later helped bring the story to light.
Tom Holland (The Impossible) also stars as young seaman Tom Nickerson with Brendan Gleeson (Edge of Tomorrow) as the same man, 30 years later. Spanish actor Jordi Mollà (Riddick) is the captain of another ship, the Archimedes, who tries to warn the Essex of what may lie ahead.
Howard directed from a screenplay by Charles Leavitt (Blood Diamond), story by Charles Leavitt and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), based on the book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick, winner of the 2000 National Book Award for Nonfiction.
The film is produced by Joe Roth (Oz the Great and Powerful), Paula Weinstein (Blood Diamond, This Is Where I Leave You), Will Ward, Brian Grazer (J. Edgar), and Ron Howard. Serving as executive producers are Bruce Berman, Sarah Bradshaw, Palak Patel, Erica Huggins, and David Bergstein with William M. Connor as co-producer.
The behind-the-scenes creative team includes Oscar-winning director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire, Rush); production designer Mark Tildesley (The Fifth Estate); Oscar-winning editors Michael Hill (Apollo 13, Rush) and Dan Hanley (Apollo 13); costume designer Julian Day (Rush); and composer Roque Baños (Evil Dead).
In the Heart of the Sea is a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a COTT Productions-Enelmar Productions, A.I.E. co-production, a Roth Films/Spring Creek/Imagine Entertainment Production, in association with Kia Jam.
Opening on March 13, 2015, in theatres and IMAX, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
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As we weren’t excited enough already about Showtime’s recent announcement of a limited “Twin Peaks” series heading our way in 2016, today we learned that Mark Frost, who co-created the iconic show with David Lynch, is writing a tie-in novel, The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks.
Per The Wrap, the book’s publisher, Macmillan subsidiary Flatiron Books, has said that the novel “reveals what has happened to the people of that iconic fictional town since we last saw them 25 years ago.” It will also offer “a deeper glimpse into the central mystery that was only touched on by the original series.”
The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks will go on sale worldwide in late 2015, ahead of Showtime’s revival of the series.
Related Story: 9-Episode Twin Peaks Miniseries Heading to Showtime
“[Flatiron president and publisher] Bob Miller and I have enjoyed a fantastic fifteen-year relationship in publishing,” Frost said of the book. “This has long been a dream project of mine that will bring a whole other aspect of the world of ‘Twin Peaks’ to life for old fans and new. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
In addition, the site says Showtime will run the first two seasons of the original series. Get those DVRs ready!
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Starring Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, Terri, McMinn, William Vail, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, Edwin Neal
Distributed by MPI Media Group
When Dark Sky/MPI Media Group announced a 40th Anniversary Edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, you could hear synchronized groans from movie collectors the world over. “What was wrong with the last one?” That question echoed across the digital ether, leaving message boards and horror blogs to wonder if this wasn’t just another cash-grab for a revered title. In this miraculous age where folks like Synapse Films, Scorpion Releasing, Scream Factory, and Vinegar Syndrome (to name a few) are bringing dozens of titles to Blu-ray for the very first time, it’s maybe harder to get excited about a film that, unquestionably, has been treated very well in the annals of DVD and beyond.
I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about the film itself. At this point, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is inborn in us as horror fans. We know why it resonates, and why it’s a perfect horror film. But I’m not sure I can think of another movie that takes on new layers, discoverable through repeat viewings and, perhaps more importantly, a constantly evolving world view. In my youngest years as a horror fan, Tobe Hooper’s film was easily categorized as sort of a proto-slasher. Yes, it has elements commonplace in the subgenre (kids in rural isolation killed one-by-one by a masked maniac), though I never considered The Texas Chain Saw Massacre a bona fide slasher. It’s too real, trading suspense for primal ferocity, and then focusing on the encroaching insanity of its victim, as opposed to boiling into a battle of wits between hero versus killer. Yes, it has elements of a slasher (namely the second act), but it’s so much more.
There comes a point in any film fanatic’s life when he or she begins digging deeper into the movies they love. And like any good college student, I did that same, reading The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as a meditation on the destruction of the nuclear family in post-Vietnam America. The local economy has wilted in the wake of cost-savings and efficiency measures, leading to the closing of the mainstay slaughterhouse, sapping many jobs from an area that needed them. Those who refused to follow the work are left to their own devices, and we get the sense that maybe the Sawyers weren’t always so brazen in their mass-murdering efforts (especially since the Hardesty’s grandfather essentially lived right next door to them).
More recently, Phil Noble, Jr. from Badass Digest tweeted about the film’s astrological aspects, suggesting that the kids were perhaps fated to die that August 18th. It’s something that hung over my head as I watched the film for the umpteenth time and found it gave the movie an even more disturbing quality.
What this says of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is that it works on numerous levels. Yes, it’s grounded in oft-celebrated “gritty naturalism” that makes some fans feel like they need to be watching it on blurry VHS in order to truly ‘experience’ it. But consider the rest of the information presented in the film and it becomes something of a cinematic Rorschach: what exactly was Tobe Hooper trying to say? Some maintain it’s the stuff of parody, while others read it as a broad depiction of personified insanity. After 40 years, this conversation continues unabated, and that’s perhaps the greatest testament to its abilities.
About the transfer
Now I’m sure you want to know if The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary Edition is worth your hard-earned bucks. And since I’ve spent a good chunk of my life consuming all of the content packed onto this disc, and scrutinizing the new 4k transfer, I’ll attempt to provide you with an answer. Let me start by saying there is absolutely nothing wrong with the MPI “Ultimate Edition” disc released in 2008, other than the fact that the master was made over a decade ago, and sourced from the 16mm internegative taken from the camera A/B rolls. All things considered, that disc still looks great and it continues to be a respectable way to savor the film.
TCM 40’s transfer was taken from the original 16mm ECO positive, offering a 4k version supervised by Tobe Hooper. Colors pop, grain structure is good, and there’s plenty of detail on display. I think it goes without saying that 16mm looks the way it does, and so the bizarre, ongoing mindset that Blu-ray is going to make The Texas Chain Saw Massacre somehow feel like a new and clean movie is completely asinine. If anything, the added clarity makes the movie feel more authentic and nasty because of the details present. The slightly “warmer” feel of this transfer may be a bone of contention for purists, but it’s not as drastic as some detractors have cited.
There are a few minor tweaks that are raising eyebrows in some corners of the Internet. At the beginning of the film, Tobe Hooper replaced a fade to black with a hard cut to black. Fans have been vocal, and Dark Sky says that Tobe has agreed to restore this to the way it once was in future pressings of the disc. While I’ll talk more about the audio, there’s also a split second glitch that impacts Sally’s scream from the pick-up flatbed at the end of the film. I’ll admit, I didn’t notice this upon my watch, though Dark Sky says it will be addressed in future pressings as well.
Regarding the audio: you choose from four flavors: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0, and LPCM Mono. Generally speaking, I spring for the mono tracks when offered, as I don’t like it when older films are outfitted with rear channel FX simply to give audiophiles a reason to be excited. But I did spin the 7.1 surround in my home theater and was impressed by its quality/clarity. Dialogue is clear, never drowned out by the chaos, and the surround channels are surprisingly active, and never forced. I was thrilled by the ferocity of this audio and have only nothing but good things to say about it—even with half a second less of Sally’s scream at the end.
Moving onto the supplements, I was supplied with the limited Black Maria edition for review. It includes the chipboard Black Maria truck packaging, a Leatherface apron (complete with blood stains), and a five disc set (two Blu-rays, three DVDs) with alternate Blu-ray packaging that’s only available here. Disc five is a bonus DVD, depicting a conversation between Exorcist director William Friedkin and director Tobe Hooper before a Los Angeles screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s a good discussion that benefits greatly from Friedkin’s gift of gab, handling the crowd with equal parts hilarity and contemplation as he grills Hooper on the film’s legacy. It runs an hour, but I could’ve watched it for another two.
Other than those exclusive supplements, the rest of the extras can be found on the four disc edition (there’s also a barebones single disc set that only houses the four audio commentaries). Anyone familiar with previous editions of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre will find some of this stuff to be a case of déjà vu, though it’s nice to have all of these materials housed in one comprehensive package.
- Audio commentary with director Tobe Hooper: this is a mediocre track, with Hooper lapsing into dry stretches without much insight or info. Honestly, who can blame him at this point?
- Audio commentary with DP Daniel Pearl, editor J. Larry Carroll, and sound recordist Ted Nicolaou: pretty nifty and enjoyable discussion, especially getting the chance to hear Nicolaou and Carroll get a chance to speak at length. It’s great to hear some different perspectives and while I had truthfully only intended to skim this track for time purposes, it wound up capturing my attention.
- Interview with production manager Ron Bozman: a 16 minute discussion from a more business-minded perspective.
- Interview with actor John Dugan: a 15 minute chat with Grandpa that covers the discomfort of shooting in those conditions. It’s well-worn territory, but what isn’t at this stage in the game?
- Interview with editor J. Larry Carroll: a 10 minute conversation that covers similar ground as the commentary track.
- New deleted scenes & outtakes: presented here without sound, sadly, but still worthwhile for archival purposes.
- Horror’s Hollowed Grounds: I swear I’ve seen this before, but it doesn’t look to be on my 2008 Blu-ray.
- Audio commentary with author David Gregory, art director Robert Burns, and actors Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, and Allen Danziger: A classic commentary from 2006, which walks the line between fun and informative.
- Audio commentary with director Tobe Hooper, DP Daniel Pearl, and actor Gunnar Hansen: this commentary dates all the way back to the 1998 Pioneer DVD and is probably even older. It was one of the first commentaries I ever got to listen to and I loved every second then.
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Shocking Truth: a 72 minute documentary that exhausts every aspect of the film, from its origins to the arduous shooting and beyond. An excellent complement to the movie itself.
- Flesh Wounds: Seven Stories of the Saw: as the title implies, seven stories (Daniel Pearl, Tim Harden, Edwin Neal, Dr. W.E. Barnes, Gunnar Hansen, a remembrance of those passed, and the film as seen through the eyes of horror fans) help explore the film’s legacy and impact.
- Off the Hook with Teri McMinn: this was a Blu-ray exclusive on the 2008 release. A quick tour of the infamous house with the lovely actress.
- Tour of the TCM House with Gunnar Hansen: if you’re eager for another tour, from a different perspective.
- Deleted scenes & outtakes: these date way back to the 1998 DVD and perhaps go back further to the laserdisc.
- Blooper reel
- “Shocking Truth” outtakes
- W.E. Barnes Presents “Making Grandpa” still gllery
- Still Gallery
- Trailers, TV & Radio spots
An exhaustive release in every regard. No stone is unturned. I can remember thinking in 1998 that I finally had the definitive release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. 16 years later, MPI Media Group has proven me wrong. We’re fast approaching the point where Blu-ray producers should find it challenging to add anything of value to future releases. As it is, the sheer volume of information housed on these discs begins to feel redundant (especially when consumed in a single weekend).
But it’s everything a Chain Saw fanatic could want, and the audio and picture quality are superb. One of the best horror films of all time is graced with one of the best releases of the year. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed with MPI, no matter the edition chosen.
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Having been one of the lucky few who have experienced appendicitis, I can honestly tell you it’s one of the worst minor afflictions anyone could have. However, it could be worse. Especially if a spider decides to burrow into your scar and live inside your chest.
Such was the fate of one Dylan Thomas of Bunbury in Australia. Thomas was in Bali on vacation when he noticed a mysterious red trail stretching two inches from his belly towards his left nipple.
“It was like someone had scratched me with a knife,” he told NT News. “It wasn’t really a tickling sensation; obviously once the venom started to affect my skin, it was a really burning sensation like a searing feeling. Well that’s escalated,” he told Bunbury Mail.
Dylan finally put this harrowing ordeal behind him and has announced on Facebook: “After running tests and putting things inside my stomach, they finally found out it was a tropical spider that’s been living inside of me for the last three days; [they] managed to get it out luckily. Spider man is well and truly going to stick as a nickname here. Haven’t felt so violated in my life before! Just glad it’s all over.”
In the end Thomas had an arachnid “a bit bigger than the size of a match head” removed from his body. The creature was already dead as it was plucked out with tweezers.
Thomas is now hoping his friends will chip in to pay for a Spider-Man tattoo to cover up his scar.
It’s time for an update on our own Staci Layne Wilson’s upcoming feature Fetish Factory, and on tap today is the film’s official artwork, which was created by artist Aaron Kai. Read on for your first look at the new poster!
From the Press Release
In the gritty, sexy, and scary old school tradition of exploitation and grindhouse art comes the kick-ass poster for Blanc/Biehn Productions’ latest fright flick, Fetish Factory.
BBP commissioned Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Kai to come up with a throwback concept and create artwork that would tell a story – using scenes from the film and building intrigue through visuals just like they did back in the 60s and 70s.
Kai’s meticulously executed, photorealistic film-inspired artwork has been featured globally from Hollywood to Tokyo to commemorate high-profile landmark events including Blade Runner: The Final Cut 25™ Anniversary, The Bette Davis Centennial, and the Jules Verne Film Festival. Prominent collectors of Kai’s original works include Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, and Clint Eastwood.
Fetish Factory is written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson based on a story by Lony Ruhmann. The plot centers on pin-up vixens vs. bloodthirsty zombies and is set in post-apocalyptic Hollywood.
The film stars Carrie Keagan (“Reno 9-1-1!”), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Jennifer Blanc (Everly, Havenhurst, Hidden in the Woods), Daniel Quinn (Rubber), Stephen Wastell (“Criminal Minds”), Jenimay Walker, (Serpent’s Kiss), Tristan Risk (American Mary), Emma Julia Jacobs (Hitchcock), Ruben Pla (Big-Ass Spider), Diane Ayala Goldner (The Collector), Jesse Merlin (FDR: American Badass), Benjamin Easterday (Poseidon Rex), and Tom Ayers (“Bosch”). Montreal-based alternative model and fetish superstar The Richard rounds out the cast.
Lony Ruhmann is executive producer, and cinematography is by Steve Romano. The original score is by Mars Homeworld and introduces new original songs by guitar superstars The Ventures.
It’s SURVIVAL OF THE FOXIEST! in Fetish Factory, a thrilling and darkly comic horror suspense film with a heaping helping of vintage burlesque bawdiness.
Look for the film in 2015.
Imagine a wickedly saucy by invitation-only stage show and posh private peeps in which your every fantasy can come true, fulfilled by the likes of luscious ladies imitating the sex goddesses of yore: Bettie Page, Jayne Mansfield, and Suzie Wong. Along with classic burlesque strip-teases and curio acts – a ventriloquist, a magician, and a whip-dancer – you are in for the night of your life at the Fetish Factory. That is, until your life is at stake when the apocalypse strikes! Once mild-mannered men become bloodthirsty zombies, and it’s up to the girls to defend themselves by any means – even if that means turning their bullet bras, garter belts, and spike-heels into deadly weapons.