The producers of animated horror thriller Malevolent, the latest twisted picture from Coverage Ink Films, have just checked in with the first casting news and artwork! Read on for all the details and eye candy you need to animate your day!
From the Press Release
Morena Baccarin ("Homeland," "Firefly"), Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," Robocop), and Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween) have joined the cast of MALEVOLENT.
In MALEVOLENT a young woman must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings in this psychologically trippy, genre-bending Saw meets Groundhog Day gorer. MALEVOLENT also happens to be animated, combining styles from the world of motion comics and anime. The unique plot and style drew the attention of Baccarin, Wise, and Moseley.
“We’re honored and excited to be working with such talented stars whose performances we’ve followed for years,” says executive producer and co-writer Tanya Klein. “We’re really looking forward to delivering a unique visual horror experience for fans of gore, action, graphic novels and cinephiles of all types.”
“It’s possibly the first U.S. animated horror of its kind,” says Jim Cirile, executive producer and co-writer.
Morena Baccarin has been cast as Gamemaster, an otherworldly entity who entraps hapless humans into diabolical conflicts while her species gambles on the outcome. Ray Wise dials his malevolence up to 10 in the role of Cyrus DeKalb, the dying wealthy, embittered industrialist who gathers his family ostensibly to discuss his estate. But what he has in mind for them is something else entirely… Bill Moseley delivers the goods for fright fans as Pavel, Cyrus’ twisted henchman who is still quite the charmer (or so he believes) despite a terrible disfiguring accident. And Dani Lennon, best known for the hit series "Bite Me" (FEARnet and Machinima), portrays the film’s heroine, Miriam, Cyrus’ beleaguered activist daughter, trying her best to cope despite the damage done by growing up with a sociopath.
Jason Axinn (Starpocalypse) directs the upcoming animated feature, which is now in production. He is a graduate of USC's School of Cinema-Television and an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director.
Malevolent is anticipated for release in early 2015.
Yep, more footage has been found, kids. Are you ready to relive the last few moments of the lives of a group of people who were poking around where they shouldn't have been? Read on to find out if you should start planning your trip to a Dark Mountain.
From the Press Release
Somewhere deep within Arizona's Superstition Mountains lies the most famous lost gold mine in the world--the Lost Dutchman Mine. Its estimated worth is around 200 million dollars. Since the turn of the twentieth century, thousands of people have scoured the mountains in search of it, hundreds have lost their lives in the process, but not one has returned with an ounce of gold.
Legend has it the mine is cursed.
In March of 2011 three filmmakers set out to find the mine and document their entire process. They never made it out of the Superstitions. Eight months later their camera and cell phones were recovered along the western edge of LaBarge Canyon. No sign of the filmmakers themselves has been found to date. DARK MOUNTAIN is the chilling reconstruction from their footage of their last days.
A found footage thriller inspired on actual events, DARK MOUNTAIN is directed by Tara Anaïse and written by Tamara Blaich and Tara Anaïse. Producers included Tamara Blaich, Jennifer Harrington, and Megan Peterson with cinematography by Pyongson Yim and editing by Jennifer Harrington. Starring Sage Howard, Andrew Simpson, and Shelby Stehlin.
Having its world premiere at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival is writer/director Sarah Adina Smith's The Midnight Swim, and we have a look at the flick's new artwork and trailer right here!
The Midnight Swim stars Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, and Ross Partridge.
If you're attending Fantasia, the screening is taking place Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 7:30 PM in DB Clarke Theatre.
When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest sister, June (Lindsay Burge), a documentary filmmaker, captures their bittersweet homecoming. But when the sisters jokingly summon a local ghost, their relationship begins to unravel and they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the true mystery of the lake.
Transporting its audience to a place drenched in the supernatural, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is an eerie, atmospheric exploration of the inexplicable pull towards the unknown. In her first feature, Sarah Adina Smith has created a world that is reminiscent of Picnic at Hanging Rock, subverting the obvious genre tropes in favor of a touching tale of three women struggling to say goodbye.
Directed and written by Sarah Adina Smith, The Midnight Swim's producers are Mary Pat Bentel and Jonako Donley with executive producers Jennifer Wilson, Samuel T. Bauer, and Steve Pearson. The director of photography is Shaheen Seth, and soundscape is by Ellen Reid.
For more info visit the official The Midnight Swim website.
Giant monsters or demons causing you nothing but headaches? We feel ya! So why not call in an extremely hot chick with a big ass gun to set things straight? It only makes sense, right? Read on for your first look at Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising.
From the Press Release
Level 33 Entertainment delivers an action-packed sci-fi adventure this summer with the release of Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising on DVD and all On Demand platforms including iTunes and Amazon Instant beginning on August 12, 2014.
Starring Brigitte Kingsley (Frequency), Landy Cannon (American Psycho, Catwoman), Michael Ironside (X-Men:First Class, Total Recall, Top Gun), Julia Schneider (American Pie Presents Delta House), and Angel Williams (aka Angelina Love of TNA Wrestling fame), Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising will be available at an SRP of $14.99 to buy and $4.99 to rent in HD.
Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising was written and directed by Andrew Cymek (Night Cries) and produced by Brigitte Kingsley.
When the “Rising Dark Agency,” a black ops division of the government headed by Colonel Haggerd (Ironside), suspects that a sudden surge of supernatural activity and violent attacks on Earth are the work of an evil demon-god capable of destroying worlds, it must call upon the services of super soldier Summer Vale (Kingsley) to solve the mystery and prevent the coming apocalypse. But no one is prepared for who and what they find behind these attacks. <?i>
When the Dark Rises... Bring Out the Big Guns!
We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Ramones, Metallica, Radiohead, All That Remains,Theory of a Deadman, Suicide Silence, Halestorm, Motionless In White, Goatwhore, Terror, Fozzy and more. Don't touch that dial.
Tom Erdelyi, better known and loved as Tommy Ramone, lost his battle with cancer this past week at the age of 65. He was the last living original member of the legendary Ramones. Rest in peace.
Unlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn metal band comprised of three 8th graders, signed a $1.8 million five-album deal with Sony Music.
Radiohead will begin recording for their ninth record in September.
All That Remains have entered the studio with producer Josh Wilbur to begin recording their new album. Expect it later this year on Razor & Tie.
I attended the Mansfield, MA stop of the Warped Tour on Thursday. I caught a lot of awesome acts and had a great time. Check out my photos here.
Stream Suicide Silence's new album, You Can't Stop Me, here. It's out today via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Listen to a new He Is Legend song titled "ABRACADABRA" here. Heavy Fruit is due out August 19 via Tragic Hero Records.
Listen to a new The Haunted song titled "Cutting Teeth" here. The Swedish metal group's new album, Exit Wounds, comes out September 2 via Century Media Records.
Watch a SportsCenter commercial starring Metallica here. Pretty funny.
Watch Motionless In White's lyric video for "Reincarnate" here. It's the title track from their new album, in stores September 16 via Fearless Records.
Watch Goatwhore's music video for "Baring Teeth For Revolt" here. The track comes from their new album, Constricting Rage of the Merciless, out now on Metal Blade Records.
Watch Terror's music video for "Shot of Reality" here latest, Live By the Code, came out last year on Victory Records.
There's a punk band out of New Jersey called The Jasons that writes songs about the Friday the 13th films. Watch their clever music video for "Ki-Ki-Kill That Girl," which pays homage the Friday the 13th Nintendo game, here.
Theory of a Deadman and Fozzy have announced fall tour dates here. I guess Chris Jericho’s return to WWE will be pretty short lived.
Halestorm’s new tour dates can be found here.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for the latest music news!
Back in April we got the first word on a new series heading to Syfy, a "space opera" entitled "The Expanse." Now we know who the lead actor is going to be, and it's someone most genre fans know and love.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV are pleased to announce that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane ("Hung," The Punisher, The Mist) will star as the world-weary Detective Miller, a native of “the Asteroid Belt” between Mars and Jupiter, in "The Expanse."
The new 10-episode space opera based on James S. A. Corey's international best-selling book series will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
Jane's Miller is a detective for a corporate security force operating as the law in The Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he can’t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when he’s put in charge of the investigation into a missing heiress.
"The Expanse" is a thriller set two hundred years in the future. The series follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
In making the announcement, Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy, said: “Thomas Jane is exactly the type of high caliber actor we hoped this project would attract. The intelligence and nuance he brings to every performance is perfect for the role of Miller.”
Said Sharon Hall, President, Alcon Television: “We knew this material would attract highly skilled actors and could not be happier about having Thomas Jane on board.”
The Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Iron Man) wrote the pilot and will continue to serve as writers as well as executive producers. Fergus and Ostby are showrunners alongside fellow executive producer Naren Shankar ("CSI," "Farscape").
"The Expanse" is produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order. Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will serve as executive producers with Hall. Alcon Television executive Ben Roberts will serve as co-producer. Ben Cook will serve as producer. Sean Daniel ("Graceland," The Mummy) and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company developed the original pitch with Fergus and Ostby and will also executive produce.
Developed with the Sean Daniel Company as a direct-to-series project, Alcon is financing and executive producing the hour-long, 10-episode series, which is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). Abraham and Franck will be show producers.
It's that time of the year again! It's time for Doctor Gash's favorite all-day film festival, the Hudson Horror Show. This is the ninth edition of the bi-annual event, and the line-up looks fantastic.
With screenings of 35mm prints of Maniac, Mad Max and an uncut version of The Burning, as well as several other films, moviegoers get 12-plus hours of entertainment for under $30. Not to mention you'll get to peruse an entire lobby full of vendors of hard to find horror items.
And there will be giveaways as well. Even yours truly, Doctor Gash, will be there in his usual spot just before the final movie of the night giving away a load of horror swag!
So if you're anywhere near Poughkeepsie (that includes you, NYC horror fans!) get your Hudson Horror Show IX tickets now. It will sell out! And don't forget to check out the hilarious Hudson Horror Show "Rules" video below, featuring clips from some of your favorite horror movies!
From the Press Release
The movie festival that even modern technology could not kill, Hudson Horror Show, is back from the grave and hungry for your soul! Hudson Horror Show IX will be at the Empire South Hills 8 in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Saturday, August 9, 2014. This is the same theater we have been in for the last five years (formerly known as the Silver Cinemas South Hills 8). Now celebrating our fifth anniversary, we will present six movies (for the price of five), all off of vintage 35mm film. It’s been a long time, and oh, we have such sights to show you...
From director William Lustig we present one of the most brutal and unflinching horror films of all time, Maniac! You will be amazed at Joe Spinell’s riveting dual performance as both a slimy and sadistic killer and a suave ladies' man!
Hudson Horror goes post-apocalyptic! Before you see the reboot/sequel, join us for a 35th Anniversary screening of the original Mad Max! They say people don't believe in heroes anymore; in Poughkeepsie we’re gonna give em back their heroes! Sugar tits!
We really dig slashers and are overjoyed to present the early 80’s classic The Burning! While our beloved Cropsey does all of the killing, the true star of the film is special effects maestro Tom Savini. Savini’s glorious gore work was heavily cut to get an “R” rating in America, but we will be screening the uncut international version with all of the juicy bits intact!
What would HHS be without some foreign film insanity? You may need to wear tinfoil on your head to prevent your brain from melting from the madness that is Lady Terminator!! Presented by the B Movie Film Vault, this incomprehensible mess of a movie is a note-for-note ripoff of the Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic which needs to be seen to be believed!
The only thing better than one mystery movie is two! As a thank you for five years of patronage, HHS IX will screen two mystery movies, so that is six movies in total for the price of five. What will this gruesome twosome be? Get a ticket for Hudson Horror Show IX and find out!!
Our last show was a record-setting advance sell-out, and tickets for this show are on sale now! Don’t miss it; get your tickets now! Advance tickets are just $26.00. If any tickets remain the day of show, they will be available for $30.00, cash only. But don’t count on it. As always we’ll have vendors selling toys, DVD’s, t-shirts, and all other merchandise. If you are interested in being a vendor, or if you have a question about the show, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've been saying it for weeks, and we'll say it once more for good measure: Hands down the biggest surprise of the year is how great WGN America's "Salem" has been. If you're going to miss it as much as we are, here's a look at its Top 5 moments.
The season finale, Episode 1.13, "All Fall Down," aired this past Sunday night and was full of shocking moments. It also left plenty of questions that we can't wait to see answered in Season 2. We should have a few tidbits for you following the "Salem" San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 26th.
Related Story: Visit our "Salem" Archive
"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them. In Season 1 the series stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, Shane West as John Alden, Seth Gabel as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe as Tituba, Xander Berkeley as Magistrate Hale, Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle as Mercy Lewis, and Iddo Goldberg as Isaac Walton. Stephen Lang guest stars as Increase Mather.
"Salem" Episode 1.13 - "All Fall Down" (aired 7/13/14)
Increase Mather reveals his true plan about John Alden, Mary Sibley reveals her grand plan to Increase, Alden finds out the truth about Mary, and Mary finds out the truth about her coven. Meanwhile, the battle over Salem continues as the Grand Rite and Salem’s fate are revealed.
Get ready, kids! The "Sumnado of Sharknado" (as Syfy likes to call it) is officially upon us, and right now we have a quick Q&A with Sharknado 2: The Second One director Anthony C. Ferrante to help chum the waters of your anticipation.
Dread Central: Now, over half a year removed from the surprise pop culture quake Sharknado set off, what do you look back upon as being the best/worst aspects of it and the most surprising things to come out of it?
Anthony C. Ferrante: I’m still surprised that mainstream American embraced it. I remember watching the finished movie about three weeks before it aired. The movie is practically wall-to-wall VFX so this was the first time we saw everything completely together without missing slugs. <?i>
There were about three of us in the editing bay, and we were laughing with it and making fun of it. We had a blast, and after it was over, I said that this is the weirdest movie ever and no one would get it. I figured we probably made the greatest stoner movie ever made and maybe, just maybe, in a few years it would become some kind of cult movie. Then it blew up the night it aired and people were laughing with it, at it – they loved it, hated and some didn’t understand what the hell we were doing, which was fine, because people were watching it. You make movies to get a reaction out of people, and we did, which was very satisfying. You can never plan something like Sharknado happening, and it rarely happens to independent horror guys like myself, so I’m very grateful.
As for the best and worst aspects, the best is the fact that more people know who I am, which has opened up doors and opportunities I would have never had before. I directed a commercial a month after Sharknado hit, and I’ve never been offered commercials before. There are no real negatives that came of it, though I’ve noticed more people tell me I suck on Twitter than before, which I find amusing. But that’s part of the deal when you sign up to be a filmmaker. There’s no real negative in people knowing your work and loving or hating it. Every filmmaker experiences it. It just means I’m on people’s radars more.
DC: I know a lot of people who watched Sharknado found themselves wondering what I’m about to ask, so here goes. I understand how lobbing explosives into a tornado filled with sharks would kill the sharks, but why exactly did it kill the tornadoes?
ACF: Well, that’s a question that I was concerned about in the original script. In the original script, the plan was to kill the sharks by throwing bombs in the tornado, but my logic radar kept thinking, “But wouldn’t you want to stop the tornado as well?” So I did some research and wondered if it was possible if a bomb could dissipate a tornado. And actually, a nuclear bomb could potentially do that. So we fudged things a bit for Sharknado. But I added that whole line of dialogue that Baz (Jaason Simmons) says about how you can neutralize a tornado after the research. It was my "Mr. Science" moment in the middle of the movie and was also sort of a self-aware thing where I’m telling the audience, “Yes, this is insane and crazy, but there is some quasi-insane fudged science logic to it.” Then again, at a certain point, as a director you also have to accept it’s a movie about sharks in a tornado destroying Los Angeles and that there are no rules, except the ones we make up. It’s a suspension of disbelief. If cars can turn into robots and protect humanity, a sharknado can destroy Los Angeles and New York – just because we say so.
DC: Something I personally found most surprising, almost as ridiculous as the very notion of tornadoes filled with sharks, was the backlash that emerged... the genuine anger and resentment that comes from some by even mentioning Sharknado, many of whom have never even seen it. Much of it seems to have less to do with the movie itself and more about being annoyed it blew up the social media that night, that so many hipsters took an ironic liking to the film, and that it enjoyed any notoriety at all. Your thoughts on the sharknatroversy?
ACF: Good press. Bad press. If it brings attention to the film, it’s all a good thing. How many summer movies come out in theatres that people absolutely hate; yet, they make billions of dollars? I haven’t seen Transformers 4, but everyone tells me they didn’t like it; yet, it’s the most successful film of the summer so far. I think the amazing thing about Sharknado is that we didn’t force people to watch it and we didn’t have a huge marketing blitz for it the first time around. It just happened. It was organic and the audience found us. We had more attention and press than big studio movies that had hundreds of millions of dollars of promotion so a backlash was inevitable. I think the take-away I’ve been getting from all the hate is that people who have seen it and say “It’s so bad, it’s good” can’t come to terms that they like a movie that is about sharks in a tornado. We’ve gotten so overly serious with our movies and franchises that having a sense of fun with a silly movie has now become the exception, not the rule.
DC: On the other hand, Syfy may have actually overplayed their hand pushing Sharknado even harder in the days and weeks that followed premiere night. Any concern that Sharknado may have already been run into the ground and get treated as little more than a passing fad by the time the sequel airs?
ACF: I never thought the interest would have lasted this long. After the first couple of days of media attention, I expected it to die down, but it never stopped. And when we were shooting The Second One in New York, people were mobbing us like we were shooting the Avengers 2 or something. It’s amazing the amount of publicity Syfy is doing, and it’s necessary because we’re no longer an unknown quantity that people discovered. We’re now a franchise and they’re treating it like that, which for a filmmaker is amazing because it means more people are aware of what you’re doing. I think all we can do is make the best movie possible and it’s up for the audience to decide if they’re going to show up and decide if it lives up to the first movie.
DC: I know you can’t go into any real details at the moment regarding what we can expect to see in Sharknado 2: The Second One, but do you feel any real pressure to up the ante this time around to deliver something even bigger and better, improve upon the original, even while (I’m assuming) working with about the same low budget?
ACF: We definitely were working with a similar budget and shooting schedule and an accelerated post schedule. We delivered both of these movies in less than five months with over 500 VFX shots. We’re trying to make [something similar to] $200 million studio blockbusters for the cost of their craft services budget – and that’s one day of their craft services budget. With the success of the first Sharknado, we needed to do even more, and we did a lot the first time around. We also had tons of great landmarks in New York to use as a backdrop so that was exciting. Coming from horror, you usually shoot in one location – it’s a spooky house or hospital. Here, there’s a whole city to play with so to me the sky's the limit. Early on we came up with some pretty great setpieces that all ended up in the final film. You really have to just make what you think is the most entertaining film possible, and it’s up to the audience to decide if we pulled it off. The Second One was even more complicated than the first because we were shooting in extreme weather conditions in New York during the winter, but we made it a big part of our story.
DC: Why do you think sharks have become such staples of b-movies in recent years? We got mega sharks, snow sharks, Sharknado, Sharktopus, Ghost Shark, just about any loony scenario and/or mutation of sharks imaginable. Why sharks?
ACF: Everyone is afraid of sharks... well, almost everyone. Jaws is also a huge landmark movie for so many people. We all secretly want to make Jaws, but no one is going to able to touch that film. Even movies without sharks in it use Jaws as a template. Remember Dante's Peak? I think the recent trend of loopy shark movies is a way to diffuse the threat. “Sharks are scary, but you can laugh at them too.” Someone told me their grandchildren were terrified of sharks until they saw Sharknado and then they weren’t afraid of them anymore. So Jaws made people afraid to go into the water, and Sharknado made it okay for people to go back into it.
DC: Given recent events and cable television's love for ripped-from-the-headlines scenarios, are you sure you shouldn’t be working on a movie called “Polar Vortex” instead; albeit with the frozen hurricane filling the sky with ravenous polar bears that give new meaning to the phrase “biting cold”?
ACF: I think I’ll leave these other hybid weather/animal movies to other people for now. Sharknado was lightning in a bottle for me so why try to reinvent the wheel with something new when you can do a sequel in New York instead?
In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.
Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie, which promises cameos by the likes of Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton), Robert Klein, and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.
Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado.
Sharknado 2 premieres on Wednesday, July 30th, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original Sharknado aired.
In celebration of the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Vincenzo Natali's ghostly thriller Haunter, we've gotten our hands on a quick sneak peak. The film's on shelves now so check this out and see if it rattles them bones!
The film stars Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Michelle Nolden, Peter Outerbridge, and Peter DaCunha.
In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits have continued to roam the house. And for nearly 30 years they have had to live the same miserable day over and over, never thinking they're anything but alive.
But now, Lisa has started noticing things that make her believe that she and her uncomprehending family are in fact ghosts. On top of that, she realizes that she must reach out from beyond the grave to help her living counterpart, Olivia, and her family avoid the same gruesome fate that Lisa and her loved ones suffered all those years ago.
Hot and ready for you cats right now are new stills from Leigh Janiak's Honeymoon (review here). Check 'em out and then commence furiously humping your way through the first night of marital bliss.
Honeymoon, the chilling directorial debut of Leigh Janiak, features rising stars Rose Leslie (HBO’s "Game of Thrones") and Harry Treadaway (Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"). Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced.
Ben Huber and Hanna Brown co-star.
Newlyweds Paul (Treadaway) and Bea (Leslie) want to spend their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. But the lovely romantic moment quickly disappears when odd events, such as the appearance of a mysterious light, the unexpected disappearance of Bea, and her strange return, completely hurt and acting differently, are destined to tear them apart.
Magnet Releasing will release the film on iTunes/On Demand and in theaters September 12, 2014.
In honor of it playing as part of this year's Fantasia Film Festival, we now have over a dozen images from Ju-on: Beginning of the End for you cats to start screeching over. Or maybe that screeching is just Toshio again. In any event...
Directed by Ochiai Masayuki (Infection, Hypnosis and the 2008 remake of Shutter), the sequel stars Nozomi Sasaki, Sho Aoyagi, Kai Kobayashi, Reina Triendl, Miho Kanazawa and Haori Takahashi.
An elementary school teacher named Yui (Sasaki) visits the home of a boy named Toshio Saeki (Kobayashi), who's been absent from school for a long period of time. When she arrives, she re-lives the horrific tragedy which occurred in the Saeki household 10 years earlier. A cardboard box left in a closet holds the key to revealing a long-hidden truth.
Hot on the heels of this morning's poster reveal for Alexandre Aja's Horns (review), which is getting an October 31st release in the UK, comes the teaser trailer. Dig it!
Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.
Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.
This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.
William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside, Wer) has just signed on for more supernatural shenanigans according to Deadline. Per the site, the next project on Bell's plate will be The Inhabitant. Read on for the details.
The flick is said to be in the vein of The Conjuring. Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Vertigo’s Roy Lee, Matt Berenson (A Place Beyond The Pines), Jim Wedaa, and Adam Stone are producing from a script by Stacey Menear.
Yeah, that ain't much to go on but...
For more information go here!
During a recent AMA chat with Guillermo del Toro on Reddit, the prolific director offered an update on the long talked about Hellboy III. The long and short of it? It's not good. Read on for details.
"The idea for [Hellboy III] was to have Hellboy finally come to terms with the fact that his destiny, his inevitable destiny, is to become the beast of the Apocalypse and having him and Liz face... that part of his nature, and he has to do it, in order to be able to ironically vanquish the foe that he has to face in the 3rd film."
"He has to become the beast of the Apocalypse to be able to defend humanity, but at the same time he becomes a much darker being. It's a very interesting ending to the series, but I don't think it will happen."
"We have gone through basically every studio and asked for financing, and they are not interested. Creatively, I would love to make it. Creatively. But it [has] proven almost impossible to finance. Not from MY side, but from the studio side. If I was a multimillionaire, I would finance it myself, but I spend all my money on rubber monsters."
From cult horror film to breakthrough TV series, “From Dusk Till Dawn” will add "terrifying maze" to its credits when Robert Rodriguez’s acclaimed supernatural show debuts as a menacing new Halloween Horror Nights experience.
The "From Dusk Till Dawn" maze will be open at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort beginning Friday, September 19th.
This all-new maze, inspired by the critically acclaimed television series on El Rey Network, will thrust guests into the deviant world of “From Dusk Till Dawn,” where they will encounter sordid mythological creatures known as “Culebras,” serpent-like vampires who have tormented the earth for centuries.
Residing within the elusive and sinister nightclub “The Twister,” located just over the Mexican Border and above cursed ancient ruins, the “Culebras” prove to be a band of immoral and depraved beasts with a deadly agenda. As guests navigate the maze and venture deep within the bowels of “The Twister,” they will find themselves face-to-face with a cast of perverse characters, including exotic dancer Santanico Pandemonium, a mysterious and irresistible “Culebras” femme fatale and Queen Vampire.
Based on the film of the same name, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is a supernatural crime saga centered around bank robber Seth Gecko and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko, who are wanted by the FBI after a bank heist leaves several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the Border, chaos ensues when the group members detour to a club populated by vampires and are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive. The series deepens the tone of the film, From Dusk Till Dawn, upon which it is based, adding new characters and backstories that expand the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
“Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights event is the ideal platform to [allow] fans of From Dusk Till Dawn to literally experience the terror of stepping into the show,” said Robert Rodriguez. “It has been an incredible opportunity to work closely with the Creative teams at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort to bring this maze to life with such detail and authenticity. This maze will capture the visceral excitement and thrills of the series, and I can’t wait to experience it myself.”
A versatile and award-winning filmmaker, Robert Rodriguez is renowned for directing a variety of successful and groundbreaking film sagas, including such cult horror classics as Planet Terror, Machete, Grindhouse, and From Dusk Till Dawn, upon which El Rey Network’s hit television show “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” is based. Rodriguez is also the Founder & Chairman of El Rey Network, a 24-hour, general entertainment English-language cable channel which debuted in the U.S. in December 2013.
“Robert Rodriguez’s genius in pushing the boundaries of the horror genre is a perfect pairing for Halloween Horror Nights as we continue to intensify our event with the most credible horror voices within the entertainment industry,” said John Murdy, Creative Director for Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights. “This radical new maze will give fans of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ an unprecedented opportunity to experience the show’s Mesoamerican mythology and will come to life with the same attention to detail and production value that Robert’s work is known for.”
“Robert Rodriguez’s vision of ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ has translated so well into a maze experience,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment - Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “We will feature the over-the-top gore that the show does so well, and our guests will come face-to-face with Robert’s unique and wickedly cool take on the vampire mythos that is completely authentic to the show. From the nightclub interiors to the inner sanctum of its tombs, these bloodthirsty beasts will be everywhere and have a thirst that can’t be quenched.”
Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.” In addition to the “From Dusk Till Dawn” maze, other announced mazes include “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line.”
To learn more about the “From Dusk Till Dawn” maze, check out the two videos below; one is the announcement, and the other features the "From Dusk Till Dawn" cast. More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.
Dread Central's own Serena Whitney co-scripted the feature film adaptation of Michael Prescott's novel Kane, entitled Mark of Kane, and on tap for you today is the first piece of poster art for the upcoming flick. Dig it, and expect more real soon!
From the Press Release
Ahead of the Fantasia Frontieres Co-Production Market, a new teaser poster has just been released for Mark of Kane, the feature film adaption of New York Times bestselling author Michael Prescott’s horror novel Kane (originally published as Douglas Borton). <?i>
The poster is by prolific designer Omar Hauksson (The Raid 1 & 2, Proxy, Stage Fright, Resolution).
Mark of Kane is one of the ‘Off-Frontieres’ Selections at Fantasia Film Festival’s upcoming Frontieres International Co-Production Market. The adaption is co-scripted by Serena Whitney (writer at Dread Central) and Justin McConnell (The Collapsed, Skull World). Whitney and McConnell also co-produce along with Canadian-producer Avi Federgreen (Still Mine, One Week, High Life). The team is rounded out by two highly respected genre directors, who currently serve as consulting producers: Adam Mason (Blood River, The Devil’s Chair, Broken) and George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, 24 Hour Rental). A director has yet to be named.
Kane is a force of nature. Walking out of the desert into the dying town of Tuskett, which only 23 people still call home, he has only one purpose: to kill every resident. Relentless, stealthy, and without mercy, Kane won’t stop until every last man, woman, and child is nothing but a memory. Soon the surviving townspeople must band together to fight this seemingly unstoppable evil or die trying. Brutal, action-packed, and most importantly, character-driven, Mark of Kane is a thrilling story of survival at any cost.
In his review of Septic Man here on Dread Central, Brad McHargue touted it as being "a divisive yet damned intriguing film," which personally has me itching to check out the latest from Jesse Thomas Cook.
If you feel the same way, you won't have to wait long, as a DVD, VOD and limited theatrical release has just been announced. Read on!
From the Press Release
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. Hailed as a “stunning” (Little Red Umbrella), “funny” (TwitchFilm), and “visceral story that will leave you shaken and desperate for a shower” (Rue Morgue Magazine), 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).
A couple months back we got our hands on some leaked images from the inside of Jurassic World's brochure and today a whole lot more of them have come our way, giving us a complete look at all the park has to offer.
This is a true treat for all you Jurassic Park fans out there, so be sure to pay close attention.
Check out the innards of the brochure below, courtesy of Twitter user @JurassicP2K15. In addition to attractions, the guide even lists off all the dinosaurs that inhabit the park, which gives us a good idea of what we can expect to see in the film!
Vincent D'Onofrio, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, BD Wong, Andy Buckley, Idris Elba, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Nick Robinson star.
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World. In theaters June 12, 2015, this is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
More as it comes.
We're less than two weeks away from the start of this year's San Diego Comic-Con, which officially kicks off July 24th. If you're like us, you've been excitedly wondering what the fine folks over at Scream Factory will be bringing to the event, and we've got all the info for you here!
In a press release sent out today, Shout Factory revealed their full lineup for this year's SDCC with the Scream Factory offerings of course being of interest to us here on Dread. First up is a Friday night panel that takes you inside the company, exposing the inner workings of the genre powerhouse.
"An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory" takes place on Friday, July 25, at 7pm in Room 23ABC. Join Brian Ward (DVD Producer), Melissa Boag (VP, Kids & Family) and Jeff Nelson (Sr. Marketing Director) as they make special announcements and unveil exclusive sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray/DVD collector’s editions and new movies coming to theaters this fall.
Available exclusively at the event at the Shout/Scream booth (#4248), will be a limited edition blood red Scream Factory t-shirt as well as a button pack, both of which you can check out below (they're a bit blurry, but you'll get the idea). The company will also be selling copies of several upcoming Blu-ray releases before they hit stores, including Ginger Snaps, Phantom of the Paradise, Motel Hell, and Without Warning.