The granddaddy of all film fests and markets, Cannes 2013, kicks off on the 15th, running to the 26th. Rising indie film maven Jennifer Blanc-Biehn is attending the event, and we'll be tracking her progress with the projects she's taking to the show as an actress, producer, and first-time director.
From the Press Release:
Jennifer Blanc-Biehn will be in attendance this year at the 66th Cannes International Film Festival from May 15-21 to support several upcoming projects: her eerie directorial debut, The Night Visitor, Wrong Cops (which just premiered at Sundance), horror/comedy Among Friends, and Treachery, starring her husband, Michael Biehn (it will be for sale in the Cannes Marché du Film by Fairway Films). She and Biehn, under their Blanc/Biehn Productions imprint, currently have seven films in production coming out this year or next.
One of those films officially launching at the fest is Hidden in the Woods, a dark controversial remake of the Spanish-language thriller. Blanc-Biehn and Biehn begin shooting the intense film, based on a true story, in July. The film’s producer, Loris Curci, and international distributor Dimitri Stephanides of WTF will also be in attendance at the launch, May 2013, with Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.
The actress will also be on hand prior to the screening of short film Sticks and Stones, a moving narrative about bullying in schools and the lasting effects on children, May 20th at the American Pavilion. Blanc-Biehn, who stars in the film, will be available before the screening along with writer Taylor Grant and director Kate Rees Davies and at the Short Film Corner - where guests can sit in cubicles and watch on-demand - to answer questions and support the film.
“We have some celebrating to do, too, so Cannes won’t be all work and no play,” says Blanc-Biehn, referring to Blanc/Biehn Productions’ recently completed three-picture deal with film executive/investor Lony Ruhmann, who will serve as executive producer and co-writer on the upcoming films The Girl, Night Maire, and Get Back Joe, now in development. “Lony was so moved by our films and collaborating with us on his story The Night Visitor that he pitched three stories right away and is funding this deal into next year. We couldn’t be more pleased. Michael loved what we were doing with The Night Visitor so much that he added it to the Blanc/Biehn roster, which sparked Lony to offer the four-picture deal and future collaborations."
Treachery is a lead title that is being presented at Cannes with Marty Poole of Fairway Films. Just added to the roster this week, it was written and directed by Travel Romero (co-creator and co-writer of "White Collar").
With so many projects to endorse at Cannes, Blanc-Biehn might feel overwhelmed, but instead she is exhilarated. “We have so many movies in the pipeline, and I’m equally excited about each one,” says Blanc-Biehn. ”Between the roles I choose and our projects at Blanc/Biehn, it’s important that I tell a compelling, emotional story. I’m excited to talk about these films and looking forward to seeing friends, doing a little business, and sharing our ideas at Cannes.”
Look for more on all of these projects - as well as up-to-the-minute news from the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film - right here! For more info in the meantime, visit the official Festival de Cannes website.
We're all familiar with the band Flyleaf; however, did you know that the bass player, Pat Seals, is also an incredible wood block artist? And as we always try to bring you the coolest swag, one lucky Dread Central reader will soon own a print of his dark looking piece Green Heart.
The winner of the 16"x22" print (click the below image to see it a bit larger) will be the first Dreadie to send an E-MAIL HERE including your NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, and the answer to this question: What is the name of the first track on Flyleaf's newest album, New Horizons?
New Horizons can be found on iTunes and in the EvilShop below.
Having managed a band a decade or so ago, I can tell you one thing for sure... the road can be a strange friggin' place. Lord knows I've seen more than my fair share of weird things, but they were nothing compared to what's on display in Rock & Roll F'n' Lovely.
Josh Bagnall directs the flick, which stars Joel Fry, Anton Saunders, Lee Whitlock, Michael Starke, Mick Whitnall, John Jenkins, Eddie Jenkins, and Pete Doherty. Super curious? You can watch the movie right now via iTunes.
A dark and fantastical touring tale with a little rock and roll on the side, this touring crew drama focuses on a mythical festival tour that becomes a rock and roll legend. With stunning cinematography and shocking behind-closed-doors scenes, this is not a film for the faint-hearted. A unique take on the festival scene, the film captures the essence of the festival spirit unlike any other movie to date. A must see for anyone who’s been on the road, and if you’ve never been on tour before… after this, you never will.
A supernatural heist flick? Yeah, you can sign us up for that! On tap for you cats right now are two trailers and the official one-sheet for Jim Towns' indie effort House of Bad. From the looks of it, this is one house horror fans will be wanting to spend some serious time in!
Towns directs from a script he co-wrote with Scott Frazelle. House of Bad features Heather L. Tyler (Finding Focus, Nerve), Sadie Katz (Scorned, Nipples & Palm Trees), and Cheryl Sands (Lake Death, "Nip/Tuck") as three sisters who are caught in an ever-escalating series of terrifying encounters and dark scenarios. Lily fights her addiction as dreams of a dead woman wake her in the night, Teig struggles with terrorizing memories of an abusive father, and Sirah tries to hold the family together until one of her sisters is executed in the cellar. Crazed with withdrawals and unable to distinguish dreams from reality, this attempt at a new lease on life turns into a race for survival.
Yearning to break free from their sordid pasts, three sisters unite for a simple plan: steal enough drugs to set themselves up for a new life. But when the eldest sister, Teig, decides they're going to hide out in their old, abandoned family house, its painful memories quickly become too real to fight off. Three sisters with a history, a suitcase full of stolen drugs, and a family house with a dark secret is the recipe for terror in House of Bad. The film’s fusion of thriller and heist genres keeps the audience guessing every step of the way.
Exclusive: Jimmy Palmiotti Discusses Injustice: Gods Among Us, The New Batwing, and Why Superheroes Are So Popular
Injustice: Gods Among Us is now available with new DLC arriving on May 7. We recently discussed with writer Jimmy Palmiotti the game’s dark storyline and the rising popularity of superheroes in media.
AMANDA DYAR: You have worked on several amazing projects which include Jonah Hex, Daredevil, Deadpool, and Ghost Rider to name a few. How did you get started in comics, and what are you most proud of today?
JIMMY PALMIOTTI: I went to the High School of Art & Design in NYC and then after eight years in advertising decided I wanted to change my path and went back to my first love--comic books. I started doing backgrounds for a buddy, Mark Texeria, while drawing and inking some black and white indie books. Eventually I got some decent jobs at Marvel Comics and a few years later met and teamed up to self-publish with Joe Quesada and created EVeNT COMICS. We published a few titles, including Ash, Painkiller Jane, Kid Death, and so on. After that we were hired to create and run Marvel Knights for Marvel Comics. That went on a few years, and all the while I was slowly switching over to writing. I have been doing that, publishing, and editing ever since.
I guess what I am most proud of are the creator-owned titles I have created and co- created along the way. That and my long run on Jonah Hex with my writing partner and friend Justin Gray. The creator-owned titles have given me a second career in screenwriting, video games, TV, and film that I never would have had if I only worked for DC and Marvel Comics.
AMANDA: What are some of your influences or inspirations? And what does your creative process entail when bringing the idea to the page?
JIMMY: The world around me is my inspiration, the amazing work of others, and a constant flow of entertainment that I indulge in. My parents did a great job supporting me, and my girl, Amanda Conner, has me believing I can do just about anything I set my mind to. My creative process is a simple one…find an idea I like and develop it, talk it out, twist and turn it, and when ready, get down to business to make it happen. Comics are easy in this respect because all you need is a couple of talented people to run with a project.
AMANDA: The Batwing #19 comic released last month with big changes. Tell us about what we can expect from Batwing and his new high-tech look.
JIMMY: There is a new BATWING in town named Luke Fox, and he is the son of Lucius Fox, Bruce Wayne's business manager and creator of all those cool bat toys. Justin and I are having a blast creating not only a new suit and character, but throwing him into the bat books in what we think is a unique position. This is a character that is directly tied to Bruce Wayne's life, and we are going to take advantage of it in every way. The first year plans are to develop the core character so a reader can relate and care about him. Issue 20 we dig right in and run from there. We plan on taking the character over the top and integrating the character into all the other bat books. As far as the high-tech look, his father developed the suit, and we are going to have Luke refining it as the story develops. He has a lot in common with his father that way.
AMANDA: The Injustice: Gods Among Us video game also released in April and received tons of praise from critics and gamers alike. Tell us how you got involved with developing the original storyline for the game and what challenges you faced.
JIMMY: Justin and I got the call from Ames Kirshen at Warner Brothers to see if we were interested in consulting on the project. We have worked with NetherRealm before on the Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe game a few years before, and it was a great experience. We heard the idea of the game and were all in. Ed Boon and his crew already had a story outline pretty well worked out so we just had to go in and make sure it would all work with the characters they picked and make sure the story would work on a number of levels. We had a few meetings, offered some changes and other suggestions, and went from there. Overall the experience was a great one because everyone had so much passion going into this project.
AMANDA: Some of DC's characters were originally played around with in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. What successes were taken from this and applied to Injustice?
That’s more of a question for the crew at NetherRealm. What I do know is that Ed [Boon, Creative Director] wanted his crew to push the characters harder and focus the moves more on each character's unique superpowers--which you see right away when you play the game. When working on a couple of projects like this, you are always tying to outdo your last project, and they did an amazing job doing just that.
AMANDA: Injustice has a very interesting storyline with Superman going crazy, taking over the world, and becoming one of the bad guys. What were some of the main reasons for taking the story in this new, darker direction?
JIMMY: The direction was also an interesting way to set up the idea that you can become a hero and battle another hero as well as a bad guy. The game is story-driven all the way, and to do something light and silly would not have been very “on character” with the characters picked for the gameplay. I think it's a bit dark, and, even more than that, a lot of fun and madness.
AMANDA: Movies/games based on comics and superheroes are becoming more and more popular in today's culture. Why do you think this is?
JIMMY: It is because all those 30- to 40-year-olds running companies now grew up with reading comics and are in a position to make these characters that were part of their younger lives become mainstream properties. People have always loved superheroes, but now it has become a whole new genre of film and TV, and I couldn't be happier. I think the people creating the material finally took it more serious and started writing them for adults to gain a bigger audience. Bottom line is there is an audience willing to pay, and that is what drives most media.
AMANDA: What direction do you see fighting games taking in the future?
JIMMY: Becoming more and more creative with the mechanics of the fight and also having more of a story to drive the player deeper and deeper into the world created. The only limit is the imagination at this point. World building is the key.
AMANDA: Do you have any other projects that you are currently working on that you would like to mention?
JIMMY: There is always All-Star Western and Batwing at DC Comics, What if Avengers vs. X-Men at Marvel, and our new Kickstarter happening next week called Weapon of God, which is about the Pope's assassin. Outside of comics, New West is in development at New Regency films, and you will be hearing news about Painkiller Jane any day now.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is now available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. To learn more, visit the official Injustice: Gods Among Us website, and make sure to "follow" Jimmy Palmiotti on Twitter and "like" Jimmy Palmiotti on Facebook.
Dressed sharply in a tight-fitting purple three-piece suit, Michael Shannon isn’t as intimidating as you might think. Based on his acting work and the level of intensity he brings, you expect to meet a brooding artist, but Shannon is actually quite shy, unintentionally funny, and full of wonder.
To his surprise, he has become one of the most revered actors working today. Before he plays the iconic Kryptonian super-villain Zod in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, Shannon takes on the role of New Jersey’s most notorious contract killer Richard Kuklinski in the ‘70s crime drama The Iceman (review here) from director Ariel Vromen.
DC: Let’s start at the beginning: Why this film, and had you been knowledgeable about The Iceman before?
MS: No, I didn’t know who Kuklinski was; I’d never heard of him. Ariel [Vromen] was an acquaintance of mine and he gave me the script, and once I read it and said I was curious about the project, he recommended that I watch some of the interview that you can find on YouTube. You can find little pieces of it. Yeah, when I saw [Kuklinski] being interviewed, I thought he was a very fascinating person and it’d be a great challenge to try and play the part.
DC: Are you one of those people who dreads the words “based on a true story” or one who becomes more interested?
MS: I think it raises the level of difficulty a little bit. I mean, if it’s just left to your imagination, it feels, for me anyway, harder to fail because how can you judge my imagination? It’s my imagination. But this is something that actually happened. But what’s even doubly more difficult about it is that it’s based on a true story but no one knows what the true story is. The true story has never really been told, even by the person who it happened to. So that’s what makes it even more fascinating. It’s a combination of docudrama and pure imagination. It’s like a detective story.
DC: Did it bother you playing this role? I know you only filmed for thirty days, but during that time period did you kind of take it home a little bit?
MS: Well, I did a great thing. The house I was staying in, they had these... they’re like the old fashioned video games from the Eighties, but it’ll be one game that has every game from the Eighties on it. It’s got Pac-Man, Galaga, BurgerTime, Missile Command, it’s got like forty different games. So I would shoot this movie all day and then I’d go home and play video games. Arkanoid, Space Invaders... until I was standing there falling asleep and then I would go to bed.
DC: Do you think you’d ever do a movie based on a video game?
MS: I’d definitely do a Space Invaders movie. I’d like to move right to left like that, just all day long, that’s your job. Just standing there with your gun.
DC: How did you and Winona create the chemistry you had onscreen?
MS: That’s always such a mysterious question. When I did Take Shelter with Jessica [Chastain], it’s like, you show up, you’re complete and total strangers, and then the next day you’re married. I think you just go on instinct; I mean you really don’t have much else to go on. You have to make each other feel comfortable and say, 'Look, whatever you want to do is fine by me.' I think that’s the biggest thing with any people acting together is that you’re worried the other person is going to judge you or not like what you’re doing or think you’re letting them down. But Winona, I was nervous to act with Winona Ryder. I mean, she’s Winona Ryder; she’s one of the biggest movie stars of the last twenty years, and I’ve seen her in countless films. Honestly, it blew my mind that she was playing the part. What’s so amazing is when she shows up, she’s so little and fragile and you just immediately want to protect her or take care of her. It’s not like she can’t take care of herself, she’s a very strong person, obviously. My initial instinct was, 'I’ve gotta make sure she’s okay.' Also, she came halfway through the shooting of the movie. We shot all the crime stuff first. We did the Demeo stuff and then the Mr. Freezy stuff so she was kind of new and everyone else already knew each other, and that can be very awkward when you show up and everyone already has a relationship.
DC: Wasn’t he so successful because he needed that facade and she was so good at keeping up that facade?
MS: Exactly. I think if he never found her and didn’t get married, he would have been in jail a lot sooner. She also gave him something to live for. The first time you see him kill somebody in the movie, it’s not even a hit. It’s some dude that pisses him off over Deborah, so you can see how strong... When he finds her, he knows that she is everything to him, that without her... he said this in the interview. She was the only woman [Kuklinski] felt that way about. In a way, as creepy as this whole thing is, it’s kind of romantic.
DC: What you do well with the character is going from zero to sixty with your emotions; you do that with Kuklinski very well. And you also do it really well with that sorority reading of the letter.
MS: Oh, thank you.
DC: Absolutely hilarious. Where do you have to go to get that intensity and bring that kind of performance to the screen?
MS: Well, ultimately you just have to be very thoughtless about it. A lot of times what’ll hang you up when you’re trying to act is your brain. You start thinking, ‘Oh, this isn’t right. I shouldn’t move my hand that way; that’s gonna look stupid.’ And that’s all your brain. You do this long enough and you realize that your brain is your worst enemy when you’re trying to act. So you just have to... you just don’t think about it. I try to literally just be as empty in my head as possible except for paying attention to what’s going on around me. People always think, ‘Oh, I have to write my character’s diary and know what he had for lunch when he was three years old.’ That’s all just intellectual hoo-ha. It’s what’s surrounding you and what other people are doing, and if you’re really paying attention to that, then you can react, and that’s where it comes from.
DC: Could you talk a little bit about your next movie, Man of Steel? We’re all really excited for it.
MS: Well, Superman is about a man that can fly and he’s very strong. And he can shoot laser beams out of his eyes. And that’s about all I can say about it.
The Iceman is playing now in select theatres.
The Iceman is the true story of Richard Kuklinski: loving husband, devoted father, ruthless killer. He is believed to have killed more than 250 people between 1954 and 1985.
It may sound like zombies have invaded Mystic Falls, but instead "The Walking Dead" in the title of Episode 4.22 of "The Vampire Diaries" refers to the ghosts - some good and some not so much - who come out to play during a power outage in town. Check out a preview for more clues.
"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 4.22 - "The Walking Dead" (airs 5/9/13)
SOMETHING WICKED — As graduation day approaches, Caroline (Candice Accola) tries to distract Elena (Elena Dobrev) by focusing on simple tasks like sending out announcements, but Elena won’t be swayed from her new obsession. Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) calls Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) to the hospital, where someone has been attacking patients.
Still trying to force Katherine (Elena Dobrev) to help her, Bonnie (Kat Graham) refuses to give up on her plan to defeat Silas. As a violent windstorm causes a power outage in Mystic Falls, ghosts suddenly appear – some with good intentions and some bent on revenge. Zach Roerig and Claire Holt also star.
Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Brian Young and Caroline Dries.
The music world suffered a shocking loss today as Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has passed away at the all too young age of just 49 due to liver failure. Read on for details and some words from his surviving bandmates.
Sadly Hanneman hadn't been a touring member of the iconic metal band since 2011, when he contracted necrotizing fasciitis (the flesh-eating disease).
The band issued the following statement via their Facebook page:
Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed.
Our Brother Jeff Hanneman, May He Rest In Peace (1964 – 2013)
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Jeff's friends, family, and constituents. Thanks for helping to make Metal what it is, amigo. Keep on rockin', brother.
We've lightened up our coverage of BBC America's "Orphan Black" as it's really more sci-fi/thriller than pure horror, but since it does fit in our wheelhouse a bit, we thought we'd share the news of its renewal for another season.
From the Press Release:
BBC AMERICA has renewed highly acclaimed original series "Orphan Black" for a second season to return as part of Supernatural Saturday in 2014. The conspiracy clone thriller starring Tatiana Maslany has been re-commissioned with a 10-episode order from Temple Street Productions, ahead of its Season One finale on Saturday, June 1.
In making the announcement, Perry Simon, General Manager, Channels, BBC Worldwide America said: "Tatiana Maslany has delivered one of the year’s standout performances. We’re excited to commission a second season from the talented team of Graeme, John, and Temple Street Productions, and we can’t wait to see who Tatiana shows up as in Season Two."
“We’re delighted with the second season order for 'Orphan Black' and want to thank everyone at BBC AMERICA, BBC Worldwide, and Space for their support and commitment to our show,” commented David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, executive producers of "Orphan Black" and Co-Presidents of Temple Street Productions. “We’re thrilled to continue this journey with such a strong team and fantastic cast, led by the ridiculously talented Tatiana Maslany. A huge thanks to the fans for their steadfast support of the show. We’re looking forward to giving every one of them more 'Orphan Black'.”
The innovative series has earned critical acclaim, including The Hollywood Reporter saying: “It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year,” TV Guide Magazine calling it: "a tangy, sexy blend of sci-fi and Run Lola Run-style chase thriller,” and the New York Post proclaiming: “If God and the Emmys are fair, at least six Maslanys will be picking up statuettes this September.”
"Orphan Black" is produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC AMERICA and Space. The series is co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director. Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier are executive producers on behalf of Temple Street. The cast includes Maria Doyle Kennedy (Downton Abbey, Dexter), Jordan Gavaris (Degrassi, Unnatural History), Dylan Bruce (As The World Turns, Unstoppable), Kevin Hanchard (The Listener, Take the Lead), and Michael Mando (Make Your Move, The Colony).
The groundbreaking series launched on March 30 with Sarah (Maslany), an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman, “Beth,” who looks just like her. Sarah takes her identity, her boyfriend, and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street-smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones… but are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy, racing to find answers.
"Orphan Black: Season One" lands on shelves July 16 on Blu-ray and DVD nationwide.
Fresh off of drawing rave reviews for his directing duties on "Hannibal," David Slade is headed back to the big screen for a new film called The Widow. Read on for the first details, and look for much more soon!
THR reports that Slade (pictured; Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) has come aboard to direct the flick for Vendome Pictures. Penned by Ray Wright, the psychological thriller centers on a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence.
Vendome CEO Philippe Rousselet will produce the film alongside Steve Golin and Alix Madigan of Anonymous Content. Vendome is financing the film, with plans to commence production later this year. The project is out to actresses.
"We are thrilled to be working on this piece with David. He is such a dynamic filmmaker, and we are excited about his vision to make this movie a throwback to some of the most iconic thrillers in cinematic history -- not to mention the two females leads being the strongest and most interesting we have seen in some time," Rousselet said.
More as it comes!
Some interesting news is coming in from Rob Zombie that's likely going to have some fans protesting and others falling to their knees and thanking the heavens above. Sounds like the rocker turned filmmaker is done with making horror movies.
The Phoenix New Times asked Zombie if he ever plans on doing another monster movie. Zombie's response:
"No. I'm not really thinking of doing anything... Lords of Salem is my last sort of horror-genre related film for a really long time."
Seriously, though, we'd take that with a grain of salt as Zombie is notorious for saying one thing and then doing another. This was the guy who swore he'd never do a remake after all. One thing's for sure: For better or worse Rob does his own thing regardless of what anyone says, and we at least have to give him credit for that.
Time will tell.
Playing as part of the horror lineup at The Stanley Film Festival, which is now under way at the iconic and legendary Stanley Hotel in Colorado, is the new film from Larry Fessenden entitled Beneath, and we've got a new poster and the trailer for you.
Daniel Zovatto stars. Fessenden will be on hand at the big dance to intro the movie and participate in a Q&A.
When a bloodthirsty, underwater predator leaves a group of teens trapped on a leaking boat in the middle of a lake, the friends must choose between loyalty and survival in this monstrous morality tale from Larry Fessenden (WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER).
The Stanley Film Fest runs from May 2-5 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. Individual Festival passes and packages that include lodging at The Stanley Hotel are available online here. The official Stanley Film Festival app is available for download on iOS via the App Store.
Thanks to DC reader Horrormonkee for the heads-up on the trailer!
Want to see something absolutely insane? Legendary Pictures has released the largest damned banner we've ever seen in promotion of Pacific Rim, and we have the entire thing for you here! Dig it!
The thing is so damned big we have two ways for you to look at it. You can either click on the image below to see it larger, or download the whole full-sized enchilada right here!
Look for Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, in theatres July 12th of 2013. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff star.
Related News: Visit our Pacific Rim archive
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes--a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)--who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
How good is legendary author Stephen King? So good that the rights to bring his works of fiction to the big screen get snapped up before the book has a chance to be released. That's pretty friggin' good. Next on tap for Hollywood... Joyland!
Deadline reports that Tate Taylor, who launched his writing and directing career by getting the option on The Help before author Kathryn Stockett was done writing it, has gotten himself on the ground floor of another sure-fire bestseller. Taylor has been granted an option by Stephen King to adapt and direct Joyland, the King novel that will be published in June. Taylor will adapt to direct, and John Norris will produce through his Wyolah Films banner. Taylor will also produce.
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of a college student who moonlights as a carnival worker. There, he confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will forever change his life. It’s got all the makings of a King potboiler, with crime, mystery, ghosts, and a creepy carnival setting. The book is being published through Hard Case Crime, the line of pulp-styled crime paperbacks published by Titan Books.
More on this one soon!
Just yesterday we brought you the news that The Haunting of Helena is being unleashed this June, and now we have several haunting and bloody new stills to chew on. That is, if you make it through the day with all of your teeth!
From the Press Release
The Collective, a leading entertainment management and production company, and top horror website BloodyDisgusting.com present the psychological thriller THE HAUNTING OF HELENA as part of their Bloody Disgusting Selects film series. A tale of a mysterious woman, a little girl, and her single mother, THE HAUNTING OF HELENA presents a new twist on the legend of the Tooth Fairy.
After a divorce, Sophia moves to the south of Italy with her daughter, Helena. Their new home, an apartment within an austere building of the Fascist age, is a chance for them to start a new life. But inside an old storage room hides a mysterious closet and a buried secret. After the loss of Helena’s first baby tooth, a chilling obsession begins and an apparition haunts her sleep. Dreams become nightmares. Nightmares become reality. When Helena collects her classmate’s fallen teeth with an urgent hunger, it is clear that there is far more to their new home than can be seen. Sophia finds herself in a terrifying fight to save her child while maintaining her sanity. THE HAUNTING OF HELENA will keep you at the edge of your seat as it slides in agony along the sharp blade of psychological terror.
THE HAUNTING OF HELENA will be released in select theaters on June 21, 2013. It will be available on Cable VOD in partnership with Tribeca Films and for digital streaming on June 18, 2013.
Director Colin Trevorrow took to his Twitter account and gave dino-hungry fans the first behind-the-scenes still from Jurassic Park 4. Yep, it sure is beautiful. Now let's muck it up with dinosaurs and people fleeing for their lives, shall we?
"I can't actually tell you who that will be," said paleontologist Jack Horner, who served as technical advisor for the previous Jurassic Park and will also be consulting on the new film, "but you'll want to keep the lights on after you see this movie."
Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has been tapped to helm the next installment in the dino-rific series. Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg are ready to re-open the famous park, setting a June 13, 2014, release date for Jurassic Park 4 3D. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver penned the script, but plot details are being kept under wraps for now.
Look for more on this one soon!
We're back with Part 2 of our 2013 Tribeca Film Festival horror roundup, and while the first sampling provided well defined entertainment, leaving me with no question as to my feelings, this second round left me scratching my head and wondering if I could verbalize my thoughts.
When was the last time you saw a movie and were asked immediately after, “Did you like it?” Probably all the time, right? If the person asking the question doesn’t agree with you, he might ask why, and that takes some thought. This latest batch of reviews required a bit of marinating in my brain juices before I could rant adequately. But I'm ready now so let’s dive in…
It’s a common theme. Take a band of criminals and a seemingly happy family and throw them into a hostile confrontation, the results of which will determine who is truly monstrous. In this case a band of misfit crooks liberate a member of their crew on the way to jail. After an explosion, wacky hijinks, and a bit of bloodshed, the band takes shelter in a quiet suburban neighborhood in the home of seemingly well-off folks. Well-off folks who turn out to be CANNIBALS!!! Dun dun duuuun.
Fresh Meat has a sitcom sort of quality, so much so that we expect there to be a laugh track sounding off within the pauses after each joke. The comedy is very New Zealand-esque in that you could use words like “wacky hijinks” to describe it. Folks flail their arms in confusion, eyes go to maximum width to convey shock and one boy even refers to boobs as “bosoms”. I expected Yahoo Serious to make a cameo as the bumbling police officer at any moment. If the filmmakers had fully embraced an over-the-top scenario (see Dead Alive), it probably would have been very enjoyable, but they seemed reluctant to pull the trigger. Instead, we get jokes that fall flat, situations that are just short of gory enough to applaud and a lesbian story element that the movie itself seems embarrassed to have included.
If we dissected Fresh Meat like a corpse, I’d gut it for an odd origin story of an Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom-esque cult priest seeking immortality and throw the rest to the dogs. The character, played by Temuera Morrison (Jango Fett!), is very likable when he’s being a complete bloodthirsty loon and comes off like a pretentious ass when he is not. I’d like more of the former and none of the latter. At the very least, give me “New Zealand Psycho” with a well dressed, full-of-himself professor who turns out to be a would-be cult leader and eater of hearts. Who doesn’t love to hear someone scream KALIMAAA!!! As a concept for the beginning of a compelling new supernatural baddie, I love it. As a full movie, this one is best left alone.
A group of women wake up in small metal cells and are forced to beat each other down with their bare hands til death. TWO CHICKS ENTER… ONE CHICK LEAVES! As you might expect, these fights are live broadcasted for the entertainment of rich assholes dining somewhere in the distance. To drive these ladies to murder, their hosts provide live feeds of their loved ones, under constant surveillance and at gunpoint. Should a lady lose a fight, her family dies with her.
The majority of the film takes place below ground (we assume) with these women in peril and a forced connection between some of them as they scream through the walls. The challenge for the filmmakers becomes creating new situations and dialogue on a very small stage and not have it become repetitive, boring or in the case of the beat downs excessive. Luckily, they’ve got a very likable cast…
For more read my full Raze review here.
There once was a whore in that oh so British time period when everyone wore frilly things even if they looked like meth addicts. This whore was constantly mistreated by a bad man, but she suffered his mental and physical cruelty so she could provide for her daughter, whom she had left on the doorstep of a woman’s orphanage. Very Les Mis. What happens next, though, has nothing to do with stealing a crust of bread. Seizing an opportunity she knew would only come once, the whore allows herself to be transformed into an immortal, but this tale introduces a new sort of night walker. No sparkling… no bursting into flames at the touch of sunlight… and no pointed teeth to speak of. In their place we get a very stabby thumbnail and a body that is very hard to kill. Sort of sucks most of the romance out of it, don’t you think? When her daughter came of age, she passed this gift of immortality on to her but in doing so broke a cardinal rule of her misogynistic overlords: A woman may never make another immortal. And so the odd family runs across the globe, always pursued by their “kin” and doomed forever to run until they can run no longer.
Fast forward to now. This story and further details are told through our two heroines as the movie trods along - a piece here, a piece there. This is not a tale that’s in a hurry to go anywhere fast. Instead, we get pretty sequences that seem to exist only as raw imagery, offering nothing but maybe one tiny detail. We are very much taking the scenic route. To draw more from this one pager of a plot, you need to listen very closely. Clara (the whore we mentioned), playfully given life by Gemma Arterton, generally falls back to what she knows to survive, which would be whoring. Beneath that sex kitten exterior is a remorseless killer so one might argue THAT is her true nature. She learned very early on that the world is a cruel place and if you don’t take what you need to survive, you don’t survive. Who would know Clara better than her daughter, Eleanor (the very serious, starkly beautiful Saoirse Ronan), and so when Clara gets that glint in her eye, Eleanor simply says the word “don’t”. In one word she conveys that she wishes Clara would not embrace the chaos in her heart and, inevitably, send them running again. In that same respect, when Clara very seriously says “don’t” to Eleanor, she is begging her to abandon the thing her heart yearns for the most: to stop lying and tell someone what she really is. Eleanor wants nothing more than to be accepted, something most teens can sympathize with, but deeper, she sees freedom in truth. All she wants is a chance at as close to a normal life as she can manage. At the root of it all, each woman would like the other to abandon their core instinct. It’s all very deep and quiet and lovely, and if you don’t have a taste for these things, you’ll surely find yourself horribly bored.
With the additional elements of a would-be boyfriend who shambles around like an emo Frankenstein and bleeds like a water sprinkler if a rock touches him, the mysterious men in black who are on Clara and Eleanor’s trail, and the nosey administrators at a nearby school, Byzantium marches on but gains no more momentum than a ball would rolling uphill. It’s funny. Add more blood and chases, and you’d call this a thriller. Take all that out, add a sweet and very realistically played out love story between a teen and an immortal teen, and you’ve got a fairy tale. It’s all about the tone. Byzantium has blood, but it’s not endangering you at all. Byzantium has intensity, but it’s only in the eyes of a girl cursed to stay young forever. If an ultra slow burn with subtle sweet spots and Gemma Arterton wearing fantastically tiny outfits sounds to your liking, sit back and await this movie’s release. If you were looking for a straight-up horror film with all the trappings and a new, highly appealing take on vampires, then you’d best keep on the hunt.
Before the film started, two girls sat next to me. One asked if the other thought the film would be good. The other girl thought hard and replied, “Eh, it’s Neil Jordan. At least we know it will be pretty.” That could have been my entire review.
And now…more SHORTS!!
This one isn’t horror at all, but lots of horror folks are avid video game players so it still applies somewhat. RPG OKC is the tale of two characters from two different role-playing games who strike up a friendship online. Like soon turns into budding love, and amid the turmoil of their respective 8-bit kingdoms, the pair vow to meet. It is ridiculously sweet in all the right ways, hysterical at every turn, and unexpectedly void of rampant gamer references so any viewer will get all the jokes, love all the beats, and settle in for a very satisfying resolution.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Don’t let the title fool you. The name reads ”possibly comedy amid monster action,” but the actual tone is dark and without any sense of humor. What begins as something possibly new and intriguing devolves into stereotypical monster movie trappings with no surprises or fun to be found. Beneath it all, though, there is a street style I found interesting so I hope to see what the filmmakers can do with an actual script and the time to play things out. PB&J is just a hint of an idea…and one many people have had already.
Grandma Is Not a Toaster
A crazy fun little romp with three family members squabbling over their grandmother’s potential fortune and to whom it should be passed to… but grandma ain’t dead yet! Told from every conceivable viewpoint in pieces that overlap and then offer a bit more, this is like a perversely morbid game of actor-improv-tag, executed with the crackerjack sort of timing you’d see in a hit Broadway comedy. Expand the idea a bit and get it to a stage immediately!
All the bad guys have been gunned down brutally, including their evil master. The hero retrieves a stolen artifact, kisses the damsel in distress, and the pair head off into the sunset. Cue cock rock power ballad and roll credits… then, umm, the pair stop for directions, maybe get something to eat, take a shower, have fever dreams about all the sorry sons of bitches gunned down over a lifetime of adventuring. Epilogue keeps the story going - for better or worse. More for worse, to be sure. It's an excellent concept and I get it - it’s supposed to be about the horrors of a mundane existence after the thrill of an Indiana Jones-esque adventure - but NOTHING HAPPENS!! A little humor goes a long way. This one could definitely have benefited for at least a LITTLE humor.
And that's a wrap! Thanks to the fine folks at the Tribeca Film Festival for access and assistance above and beyond.
Remember Me is set to release on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on June 4th. In a new video, we go behind the scenes with Creative Director Jean Maxime-Moris to discuss the memory gameplay mechanic and what will make this title unforgettable.
From the Press Release
The theme of memory doesn’t just drive the narrative of Remember Me but has also been intertwined into the gameplay of Capcom’s forthcoming action adventure title. In an all new video Jean Maxime-Moris, Creative Director at developer DONTNOD Entertainment, discusses this memory gameplay mechanic and how it makes Remember Me unforgettable. Remember Me is scheduled for release on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC in North America on June 4 and across Europe on June 7.
To learn more, visit the official Capcom website.
2K and Firaxis Games has announced that Haunted Hollow is now available for FREE on the App Store for iOS devices. Players will be able to build their own spooky mansion full of vampires, zombies, mummies and other monsters that go creep in the night!
From the Press Release
2K and Firaxis Games, the critically acclaimed studio responsible for the award-winning XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Sid Meier's Civilization series, today announced the availability of Haunted Hollow, their first title to be designed exclusively for the iPad and iPhone.
Staying true to Firaxis' strong history in creating deep, strategy-driven games, Haunted Hollow is a competitive, spooky, turn-based game that's sure to please gamers of all ages. Players build a mysterious mansion to summon popular monsters, like vampires, mummies and werewolves, who fight their opponent's collection of creatures while simultaneously attempting to possess an unsuspecting town - in order to win.
"Haunted Hollow exemplifies the ways in which 2K and Firaxis are working to produce creative and original content aimed at both our long-time fans and mobile gamers everywhere," said Sarah Anderson, senior vice president of marketing at 2K. "This title showcases how our mobile offerings can provide deep and rewarding experiences, while attracting a range of players with iconic characters and a fun art-style that speaks to gamers of all ages and types."
"As Firaxis explores the potential of the mobile platform, our teams remain committed to creating content that is fun, innovative, and true to our core," said Steve Martin, president and studio head at Firaxis Games. "Haunted Hollow represents the heart of the Firaxis studio in providing an in-depth strategy experience that speaks to our core fan base, while simultaneously appealing to a broader audience with its casual graphics and eclectic gameplay features."
Key features include:
Haunted Hollow is now available for free to download from the App Store on iOS devices worldwide. To learn more, visit the official Haunted Hollow App page.
Sam and Dean visit a priest in this clip just posted by The CW for "Supernatural" Episode 8.22, "Clip Show," and now that the series is done with filler shows for the rest of the season, we can't wait to see how Sam's attempt to turn a demon in the Third Trial works out.
"Supernatural" Episode 8.22 - "Clip Show" (airs 5/8/13, 9-10 pm)
FAMILIAR FACES RETURN AS THE THIRD TRIAL NEARS — Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) reunite with Castiel (Misha Collins). Digging through the Men of Letters’ files, they stumble upon an undiscovered film which could be the key to the Third Trial.
Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) enlists Cas to mull over problems at home. Meanwhile, Crowley (guest star Mark Sheppard) digs into Sam and Dean's past.
Taylor Cole, Graham Wardle, and Cindy Busby also guest star. Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb.