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New Hellyfish Poster Ready to Strike

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:00

John Squires wrote me last week pining, "Aw, man! I wanted to do that Hellyfish story!" It is now with a great deal of spite and spirit the we do not let him write this one either. Why? Because he refuses to nut up and get a PS4 so we can smack each other around next gen style! Where was I? Oh yeah! A new Hellyfish poster!

From the demented minds of Pat Longstreth and Rob MacLean comes Hellyfish... yes, Hellyfish, a film that will no doubt be either released by The Asylum or mockbusted by The Asylum. Doesn't really matter which.

Synopsis
America’s only missing nuclear weapon is leaking radioactive material into the ocean just off the coast of Tybee Island, GA. The trifling existence of a hapless cast is disrupted by a vicious force of nature that shows no mercy.

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NSFW: New UK Trailer for Evil Feed Dishes Up the Gory Goods

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:30

Director Kimani Ray Smith's gore-laden horror comedy Evil Feed hits On Demand and digital outlets in the UK this August 25th courtesy of Solo Media, and to celebrate we have a THOROUGHLY NSFW trailer right here that's sure to whet your appetite for more. Bon appétit!

Evil Feed stars Laci J. Mailey ("Arrow," "Falling Skies"), Terry Chen (Cabin in the Woods, Snakes on a Plane), Shirleyanne Mason (Zalman King’s Body Language), Alain Chanoine (Punisher: War Zone, Blade: Trinity), Carrie Genzel (Jennifer’s Body, Watchmen), and Derek Gilroy (Elysium, "Supernatural").

The film is directed by Kimani Ray Smith.

Synopsis
The Long Pig Restaurant, known in the underground world for its cannibalistic cuisine, has a new star attraction, the “Pit of Gore,” where bloodthirsty customers get to watch their prospective meals being tenderized as captured elite fighters are forced to battle to the death as their “Tendertainment!”

In the vein of Grindhouse cinema, EVIL FEED is an over-the-top, laugh-out-loud, action gore flick that’s guaranteed to make you cringe.

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Jessica Cameron Talks Acting, Directing and a Cross-Country RV Trip

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:00

Jessica Cameron is a success story. It was not that long ago that the beautiful up-and-coming filmmaker/scream queen was toiling away at a desk job she hated, wishing for something more.

Cameron chased that dream and is now an award-winning filmmaker. She recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about her newest projects.

So how, exactly, did she go from desk jockey to movie star? "Fluke," Cameron said.

She explained, "I went to school for fashion design. I've always been drawn to creative careers. I got hired out of my university by a major company, and for the first three months I thought everything was going fine. Then comes my first review and they have a big problem. I was shocked to learn that their problem was with my speech. They thought I spoke too fast. So they required me to take classes, and when I couldn't find any actual speech classes, my boss (my immediate boss thought the whole thing was a joke, but it came from my boss' boss) said, 'You know what, take an acting class and then just talk slow around the stupid people.' And that's exactly what I did and it worked."

Cameron recalled, "I was really lucky because I was having an early 20's panic attack moment where I was like, 'Oh shit, what do I do? I've spent four years and all this money studying something I hate…with a passion. Something that's not what it's like in school when you get in the real world. It's a boring office job. I'm a designer monkey. It's not like I was doing anything creative. I can't leave because I'm tied to a contract for years. What do I do?' Luckily for me, I turned to acting. I found something that was creative and challenging that I liked to do."

And from there Cameron was hooked. "I found it was only a month or two that I was just getting through my day job to get to my acting class. So after a couple years of taking acting classes, my coaches said, 'There are no more classes to take in the state of Ohio. You're going to have to just start working.' I said, 'I don't want to work. This is fun! I don't care if I make money. I do the other thing for money.' So they said there was nothing more they could teach me, I just had to go out and do it. So I just went out and did it. I started booking left and right and one thing led to another and I started doing everything I could on evenings and weekends. Productions would shoot around me, and if I couldn't make it, they would adjust my schedule so I could do everything on evenings and weekends. I left my job after a couple years on February 2, 2010, and I've been pursuing acting full-time ever since."

Since that time Cameron has landed all kinds of roles. She also recently released her directorial debut, Truth or Dare, an extreme film that's been getting extreme reactions. "People ask me all the time if I thought it was going to be an award-winning film and I thought absolutely not," Cameron said. "When you make a graphic, vicious, violent torture film that’s very fucked up, you don't know if you're going to be booed off the stage or kicked out of the theater or if people are going to run up and hug you. Luckily for me it was the latter."

Cameron continued on the film. "Truth or Dare was a lot of fun," she said. "It was a lot of hard work. As an actor, I'm not accustomed to working that hard. It's a lot harder to go behind the camera and direct everyone in front of the camera and deal with people behind the scenes. But it was definitely worth it. Getting to assemble a cast and crew I adore was definitely a great benefit."

And when Truth or Dare hit the festival circuit, the response was overwhelmingly positive. "I was really lucky; we started doing our festival tour last year and Truth or Dare immediately got a huge fan following, which is really fantastic," Cameron said. "We won some awards, which is kind of crazy. Five years ago, if you would have told me I was going to be the director of an award-winning film, I would have laughed and said you're wrong. So it's kind of funny to think now that's true. What's meant to be will always be. I never thought... when I was sitting in that room listening to my boss tell me how my speech was a problem, it never occurred to me that I was having a life-changing moment at that point, but I was."

So what does Cameron feel is the biggest difference between acting in front of the camera and directing behind it? "I just found out that directing is a lot more work overall," Cameron said. "There are a lot more pieces to the puzzle. I think not just as a director, but as a producer behind the camera, you're juggling more balls in the air versus as an actor when people let you focus on acting because it's something that requires your physical being as well as your mental being. It's just different, juggling the behind-the-scenes stuff. It's not one thing or another that makes it different, just everything as a whole. It meant that I was sleeping less than I normally do and the work is a lot harder than as an actor. But it's definitely worthwhile. I'm not afraid of hard work; it was something I didn't mind in any way, shape or form. Although I have to laugh when people say, 'Are you going to do it again?' I'm always like, 'Why the hell would anyone want to? It's way more fun to be an actor!'"

And as for acting, there is another hurdle Cameron faces. "The most challenging part for me is showing emotion to the world," Cameron said. "I'm not a very emotional person in my real life. I'm literally the last person to cry, no matter how big the tragedy. I can literally count the people on two hands who have seen me cry. It's not part of Jessica so letting go requires a lot of effort on my part."

Jessica Cameron is part of an up-and-coming group of female powerhouses who are taking the horror world by storm. Cameron, Jen and Sylvia Soska, Tristan Risk, Devanny Pinn. All these gorgeous and talented women are making a name for themselves in the genre and all have something in common. "It's exciting for me, the person who's involved with it," Cameron said, "but when I step beck and objectively look at the state of horror today and where it's going, it's exciting because we're getting the unique concepts from people who just love the genre. Tristan Risk, myself, the Soska Sisters, Devanny Pinn…what we are first and foremost are fans. It's great that we're working, it's great that we're in these movies, but we started as fans. We fucking love horror films. I think that's what's going to make the difference. We worship the genre. Especially for those of us who are also involved in producing and directing and behind the scenes, it's not like we're just hired on for these films. We're actually taking content by the balls and forcing it in a certain direction, usually because we feel like it's something that's not being said or seen or done, which I think is exciting. I think we're going to get a lot of fresh, original concepts, which is crucial."

Cameron discussed how the quality of the film is much more important to her than any deadline or bottom line. "We're not trying to make the movie with the least amount of time, least amount of effort, least amount of money," Cameron said. "We're just trying to make the best film we can. Anything else doesn't matter. Love it, hate it…Truth or Dare does get a very strong reaction from audiences. If you hate it, that's fine. If you vomit, that's fine. As long as I made you feel something, that's all I want. I think the worst thing a filmmaker can do is make a movie that people leave and forget about in five minutes. I'd rather you hate it than forget it."

Switching gears and emoting as the fan she is, Cameron briefly spoke on one of her largest qualms with some horror actors. "I've met so many people that I was excited to meet and was upset by meeting them," Cameron said. "Because it's a job for them, it's a means to an end. It's a paycheck. It's 'I do this because I have to, not because I love it. ' And it's always very disheartening as a fan to meet someone whose work you've enjoyed and they just don't give a fuck. It's heartbreaking. It's like, if you don't like it, don't do it. No one is forcing you to act in a horror movie. And there are a ton of people for whom it would be life-changing for them to have that opportunity. So give it to them and go do whatever it is that you want to do."

Moving forward, Cameron's latest acting project, Save Yourself, was just completed. "Save Yourself, we just wrapped up in Canada," Cameron said. "I star in it and I produced it as well. We shot it in the Toronto area. It's with a wonderful Canadian director named Ryan M. Andrews whose other films are doing quite well. Tristan Risk from American Mary stars in it, too, which is great. It's the first time I've actually worked with Risky, even though we've known each other and been friends forever. So we're together onscreen, which is really cool. She's crazy in the best of ways."

Cameron continued, "It's a really fun script," Cameron said. "It's about a group of female filmmakers who are traveling down to LA for a film festival and on the way there they meet a mad scientist. Again, being able to get behind the camera a little bit and make these movies happen…When I first heard about this film from Ryan, I said, 'We have to make this movie. I haven't seen a good mad scientist film in I don't know how long. We need to be the ones to make it.' It's a great script. It has some great characters. It's a lot of fun. And really, bring the fun back to horror. It's not serious; we kill people. It's fun!

And now that Save Yourself is wrapped, Cameron is embarking on a large project for the next film she's helming."The next movie I'm directing is Mania," Cameron said. "John Higgins, who co-wrote Truth or Dare, wrote this amazing script about this wonderful lesbian couple where everything goes horribly awry when the one gal, her mania and her bi-polar act up to a severe degree and it causes her to accidentally kill a man and in a dark move, trying to maintain sanity, they go on the run a little bit to bring her back from the brink of mental instability only to realize that it's too late and there's nothing that can be done. It's a fun little script, kind of like Thelma and Louise meet Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It's gonna be really sexy and really fun."

And as if filming one movie isn't enough, Cameron spoke about the filming plan for Mania. "We're going to be filming cross-country," Cameron said. "We're going to be shooting two movies back-to-back. We're going to shoot The Exiled by Brandon Slagle on the top loop and my film on the bottom loop. And we're going to film the whole adventure as Kill the PA, a documentary. So many people with Truth or Dare, anyone in the filmmaking industry, one of the first questions they ask me when they find out that I did this movie and the reception it's getting and what I had to work with, is, 'How'd you do it? How is this physically possible?' I'm much more of a 'show me' kinda gal so we're going to show you how we make a really strong low-budget film with minimal cast, minimal crew and a lot of passion. I'm really excited. And we're going to do it while we travel cross-country in an RV."

Cameron closed with one more comment on Mania. "I love the story," Cameron said. "The story is fantastic, but I'm not the right person to be in it so I'm producing and directing. But it's so great for Devanny (Pinn) and Heather (Dorff). They're going to be so great, they're really going to get to shine and it's such a fun, fucked up story. It's everything I love…sexy women, blood, gore, guts, unnecessary violence."

Us too!

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The Expedition Leads to Extinction

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:30

Playing as part of the 2014 Film4 FrightFest is the upcoming dinosaur flick The Expedition, and right now we can report the flick has undergone a name change. It's now known as Extinction, and you can check out the new poster right here.

Adam Spinks' Extinction stars Ben Loyd-Holmes (Skyfall, "Da Vinci’s Demons," "Torchwood"), Neil Newbon ("Holby City," "Hollyoaks"), Sarah MacDonnell ("Secret Diary of a Call Girl," Montana), Ernesto Cantu (World War Z), and Daniel Caren (The Girl Is Mime, The Hike) as well as Simon Burbage (Pulp: The Movie) and Dolores Reynals.

Synopsis
A research team led by a renowned and respected professor embark on an expedition deep within the Amazon to study vulnerable and endangered species. However, after a series of strange events, the superstitious guides abandon the team, who, faced with a tough decision, decide to remain deep in the jungle in an attempt to complete their study. But as night falls, they begin to realize that all really is not as it seems and that they are in the hunting ground of an apex predator... Something they never could have imagined.

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New Sanctuary Trailer Is Quite a Conundrum

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:00

On tap to kick off your Friday morning is the first trailer for the oddly titled Sanctuary: Quite a Conundrum. Do you wanna watch it? Can you get away with it? If you get caught, will you flip your desk over in disdain? That's a lot of things to think about. Take your time.

From the Press Release
SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM, the indie film that took the festival circuit by storm, garnering both critical and audience acclaim, comes home when Midnight Releasing, the leading purveyor in home entertainment horror, releases the thriller August 26th on DVD, VOD, and digital download.

With a fresh, hot young cast and a story that defies description (we’ll try, though), the winner of numerous festival honors will be available throughout North America via multiple platforms. DVD availability is set to include Walmart and most other retail and rental chains. On the digital side, the film will be available on all major and minor cable VOD channels as well as major internet platforms including iTunes, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Google Play, Xbox Video, Sony Entertainment Network, and others. SRP for the DVD is $14.98.

The directorial debut of Thomas L. Phillips, who also wrote, edited, and produced the film, SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM paints an unforgettable and truly bizarre picture of suburbia – with a brush dipped in blood! BFFs Mimi (Sasha Ramos) and Tabitha (Erin Nicole Cline) are holding a party at Mimi’s house while her father is away on business. Inviting her and Tabitha's boyfriends, Dutch (Joe Coffey) and Sean (Chris Greene), Mimi even allows her younger sister, Kylene (Emily Rogers), to invite her boyfriend, Harris (Anthony Rutowicz).

Selected for presentation at over 30 film festivals all over the world, SANCTUARY: QUITE A CONUNDRUM is well on its journey to becoming the next great cult classic. Awards include Winner Best Comedy at the 2012 Chicago Horror Film Festival, Winner Best Feature Film at the 2012 New York International Film Festival, Winner Best Horror/Thriller Feature Film at the 2012 Bare Bones Film Festival, and Winner Best Feature Film at the 2013 World Independent Film Expo.

"The movie is ready for the world to see, and I am ready for the world to see it," observed Phillips. "Let the reactions and word of mouth begin ‘cause I know for a fact that the word of mouth for a movie such as this will take it to a whole other level."

What starts as a typical pool party soon turns violent when neighbor Mark (John Lucas) shows up unannounced – completely naked and brandishing a gun. Forcing Mimi to admit to their failed tryst, Mark turns the gun on himself and falls dead into the pool. From that flash point starts a nightmarish odyssey for everyone involved. Soon secrets will be divulged, alliances will shift, and friendships will be tested. As the evening wears on, it becomes apparent that someone within their group might have tasted blood before...

Critics have chimed in with their approval of SANCTUARY as well. A Bucket of Corn declared, “It will forever leave a mark on your mind,” while waytooindie.com called the film “appalling, brash, and untamed.”

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Film Adaptation of Anne Rice's The Tale of the Body Thief and More Back On at Universal

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 21:02

Thus far adaptations of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles have been a mixed bag, but it looks like her fans have a lot to look forward to now that Universal Pictures has acquired movie rights to her entire The Vampire Chronicles series for Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment.

Per Variety, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are on board to produce. Imagine president Erica Huggins will oversee films based on the series for Imagine Entertainment, and Bobby Cohen will exec produce.

Even better, the deal includes the adapted screenplay for Tale of the Body Thief written by Rice’s son, author Christopher Rice. Both Anne and Christopher tweeted the news today, and we couldn't be more excited!

Rice's Chronicles as a whole include Interview with the Vampire (1976), The Vampire Lestat (1985), The Queen of the Damned (1988), the aforementioned The Tale of the Body Thief (1992), Memnoch the Devil (1995), The Vampire Armand (1998), Merrick (2000), Blood and Gold (2001), Blackwood Farm (2002), Blood Canticle (2003), and the upcoming Prince Lestat (October 2014).

The series is centered on the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French aristocrat living in poverty who became a vampire in the late 18th century. Both Interview and Queen of the Damned were previously turned into films, and while the former was quite good - and successful - the less said about the latter, the better.

Look for lots more soon!


"Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles'' Takes Flight at Universal." !!!!! And look who's writing the... http://t.co/GMvozjHn5o

— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) August 7, 2014


So basically Universal Pictures has bought the screenplay I wrote of my mother's novel THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF and I'm happy about it

— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) August 7, 2014

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Get a Sneak Peek of True Blood Episode 7.08 - Almost Home

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:34

It used to be that a clip from an upcoming "True Blood" episode was cause for celebration. Now that the show is nearing its end? Not so much. Even so, enjoy this sneak peek of Episode 7.08, "Almost Home," and remember the glory days.

Episode 7.08 - “Almost Home” (air date 8/10/14)
With his prey in sight, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) reconsiders his end-game strategies against Sarah (Anna Camp). Sookie (Anna Paquin) puts her life at risk in hopes of saving Bill (Stephen Moyer).

Lettie Mae (Adina Porter) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) urge Reverend Daniels (Gregg Daniel) to join them in their V-fueled search for Tara (Rutina Wesley). Violet (Karolina Wydra) eyes payback against those who betrayed her, while an old love is reborn for others.

Written by Kate Barnow; directed by Jesse Warn.

For more info check out "True Blood" on HBO.com, "like" "True Blood" on Facebook, and jump in on the Twitter conversations here using the hashtag #TrueToTheEnd.




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First Trailer Scared Up for The Pact 2

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:19

2012 Marked the release of Nicholas McCarthy's film The Pact, and it fared pretty well with horror fans. So well, in fact, that a sequel was ordered entitled The Pact 2, and right now we have your first look at the trailer. Dig it!

Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the film stars Camilla Luddington ("True Blood"), Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster ("Californication"), Haley Hudson (The Pact), Mark Steger (The Pact), and Caity Lotz (The Pact).

IFC Midnight has announced a VOD roll-out on September 5th, followed by a limited theatrical outing on October 10th.

Synopsis
A truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow’s deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

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Holly Deveaux Cast Under a Hunter's Moon

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 19:12

More horrific shenanigans are afoot in the Great White North as Screen Daily is reporting that production is set to commence in Toronto on August 13 on the Men of Characters thriller Hunter's Moon.

Matt Campagna (Six Reasons Why) directs the story of an eccentric billionaire who spirals out of control at the extravagant launch party for his new werewolf mobile game, sparking a sequence of events that lead to murder.

Holly Deveaux (pictured), Steven Morana, Katie Boland, Art Hindle, and Ari Millen star. Steven Morana, who founded Men of Characters with Nic Izzi, is the executive producer.

Hunter’s Moon will be the first production in Canada to shoot on Sony’s 4K full-frame A7S camera.

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An Ass-Smackin' Good Trailer for Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:55

From legendary producer Roger Corman, the director of Dinoshark, and the screenwriter of Sharktopus comes Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, and the EPIX original movie is available NOW on various VOD platforms.

Kevin O’Neill directs. Former Georgia Teen USA 2007 Jena Sims stars as Cassie Stratford, an aspiring college cheerleader who consumes an experimental drug that grants her beauty and enough athletic ability to make the cheer squad. It also has a very unfortunate side effect that you should be able to ascertain from the film’s title.

Sean Young (Blade Runner) appears as Cassie’s mom, and Ted Raimi (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) plays a professor. Mary Woronov (Death Race 2000), Ryan Merriman (“Pretty Little Liars”), and Treat Williams (Deep Rising) also appear in this cheerily campy Corman creation.

Synopsis
Cheerleader Cassie Stratford (Sims) downs an experimental drug that’s supposed to enhance her looks and athletic abilities. But instead, it makes her grow into a 50-foot giant!

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BioWare Causes Destruction in Third Teaser Trailer

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:45

A downtrodden girl steps towards the brink. I’d swear she could double as an elven princess. She repeats, “It’s not my fault,” as she stares into the sinkhole containing a decimated house now lying in ruins below the surface.

This was the subject of the latest teaser trailer released by BioWare for a mysterious new title.

The new trailer breaks with the horror and nightmare theme of the previous videos that were released over the past month. Both were hinting that the game would be a horror title.

But this new trailer, bathed in sunlight, may have proven otherwise.

While the new bit of eye candy could still be the subject of a nightmare, Game Informer cited the line in the trailer, “Can you control your power?” and infers the trailer’s subject is “a young person apparently struggling with some kind of superpower.” This may mean that Xbox users will get a chance to play something that is similar to the Sony exclusive Infamous series.

BioWare’s third teaser comes less than a week ahead the Gamescom conference in Germany. Experts agree that these videos are to build interest ahead of a full reveal at the conference.

When the game’s first teaser was released, a tentative title for the game leaked, Shadow Realms, but the title has not been mentioned in any of the released material. That being said, the website YOU’VE-BEEN-CHOSEN.com has appeared in each one. But chosen for what? No one is quite sure yet.

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Exclusive: Writer Jeff Buhler Enters Pet Sematary Remake

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:36

Writer Jeff Buhler tipped us off exclusively this morning to the news that he’s come aboard director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Pet Sematary reboot for Paramount as the project’s screenwriter, and we chatted with him regarding the property. Dive in!

Buhler, who is known to genre audiences for scripting 2008’s Clive Barker-inspired Midnight Meat Train and writing and directing that year’s feature Insanitarium (and who is also penning the remake of the 1990 film Jacob’s Ladder for LD Entertainment and Ghost House Pictures’ re-launch of The Grudge franchise), said of Pet Sematary, "I’ve been working with Juan Carlos on his rebooted, re-imagined version."

He added, "Paramount had a script from Matt Greenburg and then brought Juan Carlos on, and they were looking to do some work on the script, and then I came in. Juan Carlos and I collaborated on a new outline for the film, Paramount loved our pitch, and I’ve been writing the first draft of the script. It’s very exciting."

Commenting on the original 1989 horror classic, which was directed by Mary Lambert and based on the novel of the same name by horror legend Stephen King, "The original has a very special place in my heart," said Buhler. “The film fits perfectly in the time period [in which it was produced], and the source material is one of the Stephen King books that I read as a teenager that made me flip out, and I’ve read it more than once since then. It’s a fantastic book and a fantastic story.”

With the narrative revolving around a family that moves into a new home next to a cemetery with powers that allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead, Buhler stated of his approach to the remake, “Now that I’m a father and I have a six-year old and a two-year old, all of the horror within that story that comes from losing a child is suddenly very real and tangible and utterly tragic [to me]. I think the one element that we are trying to bring to this version of Pet Sematary is a sense of truth and honesty in the horror and really take it back to the original material. I think that in the 80’s movie it’s a little campy in places, and we are trying to get away from all of that and really get back to the core of the story, which is that of the family dealing with grief from the loss of their child and the horror of breaking the laws of nature as a result of that. Juan Carlos in particular is very focused on the emotional elements and how they could be represented in a visual context that is compelling.”

“We are being very respectful to the book,” he continued, “and we are not tying ourselves to anything in the first two films at all. We are [also] bringing in some fresh elements that speak to the spirit of the story that aren’t in either one.”

“If you look at the core of it, of what’s going on with the family, it’s an absolutely disturbing story,” Buhler offered. “I think the heart of the story has to do with Louis and his relationship with his kids and grappling with that dilemma when kids ask you what happens when you die and what you believe in. It deals with these big questions in such a personal way, and that is classic Stephen King. They are huge ideas, but they are told through a very identifiable, close-knit family unit, and that’s so powerful so we are just immersing ourselves in that - the loss, the grief, and the horrific results of people making really, really bad decisions.”

As for the tone of the script as it pertains to the eventual film’s intended rating, “I try not to get too hung up on that while writing, especially because this isn’t like a Texas Chainsaw where there’s going to be a lot of ripped open abdomens and people chewing on intestines or anything like that,” he said. “It’s already going to exist somewhere on that line between R and PG-13. If the studio feels like they need to market it as PG-13, then it will be the most hardcore PG-13 movie you could get away with. There are a couple of deaths, but with this one the horror is a little more atmospheric. The big concern of course is that you are killing children, which studios are always loathe to do, but it’s a King story and that’s at the center of it so Paramount knows what they are getting into. There’s no question that kids are gonna die.”

“We’ll be done with the first draft by the end of the summer,” Buhler said of the current status of Pet Sematary, which is being produced for Paramount by Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Mark Varhadian.

“Juan Carlos and I have been working very closely from the beginning so I think the process will be very quick. It’s not going to be one of those situations where there’s a script that the studio likes but then they bring on a director who has a bunch of new ideas and then it goes back into the scripting process for another six months. Because we are doing everything with the director from the beginning, hopefully we won’t be far from where we need to be [with the first draft] when we are done.”

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Sony Teases Horror Hell Ahead of Gamescom

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 18:30

Snow may bring up the image of Christmas, family, presents, and, for me personally, climbing out of the bathroom window to have a smoke; but all the cheeriness and merriment of wintertime was bludgeoned in two as an axe falls in Sony’s latest teaser trailer. All before a foreboding ice crack.

This is the second teaser trailer Sony has released ahead of Gamescom next week. The first displayed a snowflake getting smacked by a spattering of blood. No one knew what upcoming game they were teasing, but the presence of an axe now has everyone narrowing down the subject to horror.

Pundits are suggesting that this could be one of two games. Most feel this means fans are finally going to get their hands on Until Dawn, the slasher game that was slated for the now dead PlayStation Move. There have been rumors of the game having been reworked for Sony’s upcoming virtual reality headset Project Morpheus.

But there have been some saying that this could be a teaser for an upcoming Resident Evil game. With the original Resident Evil receiving the remaster treatment in 2015, the timing for a new entry in the series would make sense. This would be a huge announcement and could easily anchor Sony’s appearance at Gamescom.

Expect a full reveal at Sony’s upcoming press conference at Gamescom on Monday, August 12th, at 10:00 am PT/1:00 pm ET.

Check out both teasers below.




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Complete Saw Box Set Coming in September

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:22

If you're like us, then the Saw franchise is taking up some considerable space on your Blu-ray or DVD shelves. Well, Lionsgate gets that and as a result will be releasing a complete box set of all seven films. We have no details for you at press time, but we do have the artwork.

Lionsgate is currently actively developing an eighth Saw film based on the franchise created by James Wan and Leigh Whannell. They are looking to get back to their torturous ways and seeking a new direction for the franchise that took over Halloween for nearly a decade.

There appears to be no rush on Lionsgate’s part, however, as they’re seeking the perfect take to move forward. There were rumblings of a remake while many insiders say that they want to continue with Saw 8.

So what do you guys want? A remake/reboot? Another sequel? Or should well enough just be left alone? Sound off below!

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A Macabre Texas Chainsaw-like Discovery Made in New York!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 17:11

A jogger in New York could not have expected nor wished to see as much of the mad and macabre as she saw recently while on a run. Could the Sawyer clan have moved up to the Big Apple? Read on for a truly weird story!

NBC LA reported on a rather interesting story: Police launched an unusual investigation after one runner made a surprising, creepy discovery while on a jog in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Wednesday, August 6th.

The jogger, Kate Steciw, found what appeared to be a human skeleton wearing a Brooklyn Nets hat, a T-shirt, goggles, and sweatpants standing up on display behind a wrought iron fence near a path in the southeastern portion of the park, near Ocean Avenue. Filling out the tableau were four paintings of flowers arranged in the foreground and an American flag hanging from the trees behind.

Police removed the skeleton on Wednesday and on Thursday determined that it was a plastic prop. But the twisted scene still gave residents pause.

I took a picture of it, and then I got a queasy feeling because it looked so, so real,” said Steciw, who then called the police but had a hard time getting her point across. "I was trying to explain to them that it was a skeleton standing upright, dressed in clothes with objects arranged around it."

Photo Credit: Lauren Wolfe via NBC LOS Angeles

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Give a Courtesy Flush for the Septic Man Opening

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:39

On tap right now we have for you the NOT SAFE FOR WORK opening scene from Septic Man (review). Check it out, and don't forget to wash your hands when you're done, you filthy slob!

Septic Man Release Details
Starz Digital Media is set to release the award-winning horror film Septic Man this summer. The film will be available On Demand and for digital download August 12 and will have a limited theatrical run on August 15. The DVD will be available August 19.

From the creators of Monster Brawl, Exit Humanity, and 2014’s Hellmouth and Ejecta, Septic Man dazzled audiences at the 2013 Fantastic Fest, where its star Jason David Brown (Exit Humanity) won “Best Actor” in a horror feature. The film also garnered a prize at Toronto After Dark 2013.

Septic Man follows Jack, a sewage worker who is determined to uncover the cause of the town's water contamination crisis. During his investigation, he becomes trapped underground in a septic tank and undergoes a hideous transformation. He must team up with a docile Giant and confront a murdering madman in order to escape. Septic Man is an odyssey into the darkest depths of gross-out horror.

Septic Man was directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Monster Brawl) and written by Tony Burgess (PontyPool). It co-stars Molly Dunsworth (Bunker 6, Hobo with a Shotgun) and Robert Maillet (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones).







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Rob Zombie Announces Live Q&A with Fans

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:16

How would YOU, yes, YOU, like an opportunity to chat with Rob Zombie himself regarding his next feature film, 31? Well, dreams and nightmares do come true, and we have your details right here. Dig em!

From the Press Release
Rob Zombie announces a live video stream this Friday, August 8th, at 10am PT/1pm ET. He will be responding to questions and comments about his new movie, 31.

Go to RZ-31.com to watch LIVE as Rob discusses everything concerning 31 and how you can be part of it.

You can ask questions on Twitter using the hashtag #RZ31, via Facebook under the Live Stream Launches Now post, or in the comments section at RZ-31.com. He'll get to as many as he can.

After months of teasing fans with video clips and mysterious messages, Rob Zombie unveiled a crowdfunding campaign for his new film 31 at RZ-31.com, offering up an incredible array of exclusive merchandise, one of a kind collectibles from past movies, original artwork, and unprecedented access to both the 31 movie set and his concerts.

"All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea; it’s something new," said Zombie in a previous interview. "It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it."

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New At The Devil's Door Clip Looking for a Little Company

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 16:06

A new clip has arrived for At the Devil's Door (review), which will be arriving on VOD/digital on August 8th with a theatrical release to follow on September 12th courtesy of IFC Midnight. Check it out while you're hanging around, will ya?

Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact) directs, and Naya Rivera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Ashley Rickards, Wyatt Russell, and Ava Acres star.

Synopsis
It's looking for a home…

When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple selling the property. When Leigh tries to intervene and help her, she becomes entangled with a supernatural force that soon pulls Leigh's artist sister, Vera, into its web — and has sinister plans for both of them.




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First Annabelle Image Found Lounging Around

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:58

Heading our way on October 3rd, presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle will be haunting our nightmares, but right now we have the first official still. Dig it!

Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders), Alfre Woodard, and Ward Horton are starring in the film with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Tony Amendola, Eric Ladin, and Brian Howe co-star.

The producers are Peter Safran, Joan Mao, and James Wan.

The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.

For more info visit the official Annabelle website, and "like" Annabelle on Facebook.

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Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - New Clips and B-Roll!

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 15:52

Ready to become green with envy? Then you're gonna really dig on these B-roll videos for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Want something a bit more colorful? Then these two new clips should do the trick! Read on!

Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.

Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Jamie Chung, Lady Gaga, and Christopher Meloni, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!

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Synopsis
Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.













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