Hot on the heels of our recent news regarding US distribution for Michael Taverna's English language remake of J-Horror Apartment 1303, we can now reveal that the UK keys have been handed over to Koch Media for DVD and Blu-ray 3D release on June 3rd!
Having grown up under the controlling grip of her fame-hungry mother, played by the excellent Rebecca De Mornay, Janet Slate (Julianne Michelle) takes the opportunity to move into what looks to be a great high-rise apartment in downtown Detroit. Despite the strange neighbours and the depraved building superintendent, Janet unpacks her things and celebrates her new freedom, only to wake in the morning with strange bruises on her neck. Determined not to return to her mother’s home, Janet stays in the apartment in spite of a series of inexplicable chilling encounters, until one night her boyfriend Mark finds her in the middle of the street, fallen from the balcony thirteen stories above.
Refusing to accept the investigators conclusion of suicide, Janet’s sister Lara (Mischa Barton) becomes determined to reveal the truth behind her death. On learning the tragic story of the first tenants, Janet soon discovers the terrible reality of what happens in Apartment 1303...
Looking kind of like the Reign of Fire mockbuster The Asylum would have produced a decade ago, the new Halcyon International creature feature Dragon Reign sees dragons from another time on the loose in our time. Well, sort of our time.
After a rip in the fabric of the universe, dragons and magic are a familiar - though unpredictable - fact of life.
Young Amelia goes on a quest to find her older brother, lost in the city. The city and its pockets of magic are controlled by The Monk, who seeks more and greater powers. Unable to develop magic of his own, The Monk steals powers from those close to him - and what he seeks above all is the power to control dragons.
Dragon Reign is the latest from Halcyon International’s “Still Night Monster Movies” series, a series most noteworthy because I’m not sure if a single one of the titles under the banner has yet to receive a proper release.
I had to do some Google searching to try and find any other information about the film since it does not yet have an IMDB page and Halcyon couldn’t be bother to list any credits on its website. I do believe my Googling turned up confirmation that Dragon Reign is directed by Andrew Bellware (Prometheus Trap, Android Insurrection, Alien Uprising). As for the cast, I’m sure they’re all fine people whoever they are.
Here's an interesting little tidbit that's begun floating around the Dread Central offices. Machinima, the fine folks who brought us Mortal Kombat: Legacy, are in the midst of cooking up a web series based on the popular Borderlands video game.
From what we hear, the series is based on the world presented in Borderlands 2. We also hear that one of the game's most notorious characters, Handsome Jack, has already been cast and will be played by Joel Hebner (pictured; Frankenstein Reborn, Automaton Transfusion).
Again, this is just something that's been brought to our attention, and we'll file it under rumor for now. If it does come to fruition, though, you read it here first!
Borderlands 2 is set five years after the events of Borderlands and tells the tale of four Vault Hunters: Roland, Lilith, Mordecai, and Brick, who are guided by a mysterious entity known as "The Guardian Angel" to the Vault, where they confront an alien abomination known as "The Destroyer." After defeating The Destroyer, a valuable mineral called "Eridium" started flourishing through Pandora's crust. Handsome Jack, a member of the Hyperion Corporation, secures this new resource and makes use of it to take over the corporation. Now, Handsome Jack rules over the inhabitants of Pandora with an iron fist from his massive satellite built in the shape of an "H," always visible in the sky in front of Pandora's moon. Meanwhile, rumors of an even larger Vault hidden on Pandora spread across the universe, drawing a new group of Vault Hunters to the planet in search for it.
Any horror fan out there who's worth his or her salt has one thing in common ... they've either attended a horror convention or plan to attend a horror convention. Indie filmmaker Kyle Kuchta recently documented said experience for his new flick Fantasm, and we have the trailer!
"For years, I've been a horror fan," says Kuchta. "I'm a VHS collector, a convention goer, and generally obsessive about horror films. The only thing I was missing as a young horror lover were people to share my love with. That's why I'm setting out to talk to some other die hard horror fans, collectors, convention coordinators, business owners, and actors/directors about 'Why?' Why does the horror genre consume us the way it does? Why do we succumb and devote ourselves to such a thing? And why is it that when we meet other horror fans, we have a connection far beyond what people realize?"
Sounds like a worthwhile project to us! Fantasm will be submitted to film festivals in the fall, with an official premiere to be announced. An abridged version of the film will screen for free at Syracuse University’s Shemin Auditorium as part of the school’s Class of 2013 Film Showcase on May 4th.
At 15, Kyle's parents took him to his first horror convention. The one thing he looked forward to most was attending the next convention. But then he went away to college and couldn't go to any more. Now he's revisiting these conventions to learn why the gatherings are so important to horror fans.
With every day that passes we get a little more excited for Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim. Especially since now some really cool things are coming out in promotion of it. Speaking of which, check out this new banner which is as badass as they come.
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.
Click on the image below to see it full-size and packing awesome.
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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.
It happens, man. One day you're young and carefree so you go on a murder spree with a good friend. Still, that can get old too after a while so to prevent boredom, you go and start a new life. In theory that works, but your past can have a way of catching up with you.
That's basically the premise of the new film from the director of The Stepfather, Joseph Ruben, entitled The Stranger. Alanna Belak penned the screenplay for producer Jack Nasser. This one is still early in development, but we'll keep an eye on things for you.
In The Stranger "a serial killer reinvents himself as a small town professor, but his idyllic new life is shattered when his former partner shows up and wants them to start killing together again.“
Man, Abigail Breslin has sure grown up fast, and thankfully she hasn't abandoned the horror genre either! On tap for you right now is your first look at her in Tyler Shields' new film, Final Girl, as well as a new poster.
Written by Adam Prince, Stephen Scarlata, Alejandro Seri, and Johnny Silver and helmed by celebrity photographer turned first-time director Tyler Shields, Final Girl chronicles the tale of a pack of teenage boys who choose the wrong girl to be the victim of their "initiation." Breslin stars as the lead, with Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Connor Paolo, Francesca Eastwood, and Michael Trevino rounding out the cast.
Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt.
There's an old saying - If I knew then, what I know now... Ever wonder what would happen if you could warn yourself not to do things before you do them? Would you even listen to future you? That's the question posed by the new project from 20th Century Fox called Capsule.
According to THR, 20th Century Fox has picked up Capsule, a sci-fi spec by Ian Shorr (Splinter) that has Matthias Hoene (Cockneys vs Zombies) attached to direct. Hutch Parker and John Zaozirny are attached to produce with Parker producing through his Hutch Parker Entertainment banner.
Based on an original story by Hoene, Capsule centers on a young man whose life is turned upside down when he mysteriously begins to receive metallic capsules containing messages from his future self.
Steve Asbell will oversee the project for the studio. Aaron Ensweiler will shepherd the project for Hutch Parker Entertainment.
Look for more on this one as we get it from our future selves.
While doing press for his latest film, The Lords of Salem, rocker turned filmmaker Rob Zombie spoke to The Playlist and took a look back at two of his most controversial films and lent some insight into one that never happened.
It's no secret that when it comes to his Halloween movies, people either liked them or they didn't. “I really like those films," said Zombie of his two excursions into the land of Michael Myers. "I didn’t have a good time making them. It was actually a kind of miserable experience. Any time they vary from the format is when I really like them.” Yeah, Rob, we hear ya. Luckily for you, you were a lot less miserable than some of us who sat through them. Hell, I'm still not sure what I think of Halloween II.
During the period when he was making his Halloween movies, word broke that Zombie was interested in remaking The Blob. That never happened, but the filmmaker did have a kind of interesting slant he wanted to put on his version of it should it have happened.
“There are so many projects that don’t happen, just sometimes they don’t get announced so no one ever knows about them and you don’t have to talk about them. The Blob was going to happen. I was dealing with people on the movie, even though I was on the fence about doing anything that was considered a remake again. I really didn’t like the idea of that, but just as I went down the road further with the producers and the guys that owned the property, I didn’t feel good about the situation, and I just walked away from it. My gut told me this was not a good place to be… It was dead serious. It was almost like a dark science fiction film, but it was serious. To me horror and comedy never work. Never worked for me, anyway.”
There you have it, kids. What say you?
Twelve hours can seem like an awfully long time when you're embattled in a state of murderous chaos, which is why you should be noting all warnings leading up to the planned event of lunacy. Or... just check out this new poster, and you should be okay.
Directed by James DeMonaco (writer of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator), The Purge is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13). It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, and Adelaide Kane.
Look for it in theatres on June 7th.
In an America wracked by crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.
Looking to spend a little quality time with some hot chicks in a remote location? Who isn't? Good thing for you that five new stills from the upcoming flick Black Rock have landed on our desks. Check 'em out!
Written by Mark Duplass (Baghead, Jeff, Who Lives At Home, Cyrus) and directed by Katie Aselton, Black Rock (review) stars Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, and Katie Aselton, who appear as three childhood friends who set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.
The flick is set to hit on May 17, 2013, courtesy of LD Entertainment.
More casting rumors abound for the lead role in F. Javier Gutierrez's remake of The Crow. Turns out the previously reported Tom Hiddleston has flown the coop, and now Relativity Media is circling "True Blood"'s Alexander Skarsgard to rise from the grave for vengeance.
We'll just file this one under rumor for now because nothing is official. It's amazing the devil of a time the powers-that-be are having in terms of nailing down a star. Could Hollywood's best and brightest be afraid of the long talked about Curse of The Crow? Who knows. When we know more, you'll know more.
If signed, Skarsgard will play Eric Draven in the story based on the James O'Barr comic book series that was previously adapted as a 1994 Miramax movie starring Brandon Lee. In case you're one of the ten people on the planet who haven't seen the original, it follows a man who returns from beyond the grave to avenge his death.
Ed Pressman of Pressman Film and Kevin Misher of Misher Films are producing with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Jeff Most. Dan Farah of Farah Films will executive produce with Relativity's Tucker Tooley.
Look for more soon.
Well, well, that didn't take long. For those of us who were bummed to miss out on seeing "Hannibal" Episode 1.04, "Oeuf," in its entirety due NBC's "sensitivity" issues, it's now available on iTunes!
Per the show's executive producer Bryan Fuller on Twitter: "#HANNIBAL SEES THAT THE UN-AIRED EPISODE ON @NBC IS NOW AVAILABLE ON iTUNES IN ITS ENTIRETY" For a measly $2.99 we can now all click here to see exactly what was so shocking and/or disturbing about the ep.
"Hannibal" Episode 1.04 - "Oeuf"
WILL MAKES A CHILLING DISCOVERY ABOUT CHILDREN, AND HANNIBAL GOES AGAINST A DOCTOR’S ADVICE - A string of family murders takes place, and Will (Hugh Dancy) determines they were conducted by each of the families' missing children, who were abducted and brainwashed into killing their old families for their sinister "new family."
Against Alana's (Caroline Dhavernas) recommendation, Hannibal (Mads Mikkelson) checks Abigail (Kacey Rohl) out of the hospital for some frightening psychiatric practices that ultimately align her loyalty with him. Molly Shannon guest stars.
Magnet has released some concept art for the upcoming interstellar spooker Europa Report, and we have a quick look at the right here. Or... take a long look for that matter. No hurry here. Take your time.
Sebastian Cordero’s sci-fi horror flick Europa Report stars District 9's Sharlto Copley alongside Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu, Anamaria Marinca, Christian Camargo, and Karolina Wydra.
Penned by Philip Gelatt, the film tells of "a group of astronauts, handpicked from around the world, who make the arduous journey to Jupiter’s frigid, glacial moon Europa in search of extraterrestrial life. The only thing more intimidating and unpredictable than the trip itself is what the team will encounter upon arrival…"
Oblivion starring Tom Cruise and Olga Kurylenko is playing now at a theatre near you. In case you didn't know, it's been said that it pretty much sucks. Now Kurylenko is set to star in a new flick that will suck in a good and literal way - Vampire Academy!
According to Deadline, Kurylenko is set to star as Kirova, the headmistress of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, the screen adaptation of the six-volume Richelle Mead young adult novel series that Mark Waters is directing from a script by Daniel Waters.
She joins the previously announced Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures) and Australian newcomer Lucy Fry. They will play lead characters Rose and Lissa alongside Russian star Danila Kozlovski (We Are from the Future), who will play the role of Dimitri.
Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy will be produced by Michael Preger and his Preger Entertainment banner, Angry Films’ Don Murphy and Susan Montford, and Kintop Pictures’ Deepak Nayer. IM Global’s Stuart Ford is executive producer.
Plans are for a summer shoot so look for more soon!
Set in the present day against a hidden universe of vampires, half-humans, alchemy, and magic. Richelle Mead shifts the focus from the brooding male vampires of Twilight, "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries" to that of a strong, yet flawed 17-year-old female who confronts her world with grit, determination, and lots of moxie. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir, half human/half vampire, and guardian of the Moroi, a race of peaceful and magical mortal vampires who can walk in the daylight, survive by feeding off willing blood donors, grow old and die. Hidden deep in the forests of Montana is St. Vladimir's Academy, where Moroi and dhampirs learn to take their place in Moroi society.
Rose must master her inherited abilities as a dhampir and earn the approval of the Royal Council, as guardian to Princess Lissa, her best friend and sole heir of one of the twelve Royal families of Moroi. Rose and Lissa share a mysterious psychic bond and sense of destiny, but first they must survive an intense social scene, politics, and the physical challenges of Moroi life at the Academy. Outside the sanctuary of St. Vladimir's waits their greatest threat of all, the Strigoi, a race of bloodthirsty immortal vampires and predators of the Moroi.
A truly fresh face has signed on to the MGM meta redux of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, and we hope that said face eventually gets removed by some form of sharp implement. In just the movie of course. We're not that sick in the head. Then again...
According to THR newcomer Travis Tope has booked the male lead opposite Addison Timlin in MGM’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
Timlin plays Jami, a girl who survives a copycat massacre at the film’s annual tribute screening and sets out to solve the mystery of who’s recreating the unsolved Sackhead murders, using clues from her own past. Tope will play a classmate who befriends Timlin’s character and decides to make a documentary about the search for the killer. The flick begins shooting in May in Louisiana.
"American Horror Story" director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct the remake of the 1976 Charles B. Pierce horror classic with Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum producing.
The original movie was based on five unsolved murders attributed to the Phantom Killer during three months in 1946 in and around the city of Texarkana on the border between Texas and Arkansas. Pierce shot large parts of the movie in and around Texarkana with extras recruited from local residents.
Look for more on this one as it comes.
We let you know a while back that XLrator Media was going to be giving American Mary a limited theatrical run on May 31, 2013, and now we have additional info for you concerning the whens and the wheres.
The flick, available on VOD on May 16th, will be opening in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Chicago, and San Diego on May 31st. Written and directed by the Soska Sisters, American Mary stars Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren, Paula Lindberg, Clay St. Thomas, John Emmet Tracy, and Twan Holliday.
For more on the film, visit the official Twisted Twins Productions website, like American Mary on Facebook, and on Twitter follow American Mary (@_American_Mary) and the Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska (@twisted_twins).
This metaphor for the Soskas' own journey through the independent film industry follows medical student Mary Mason as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the twilight world of body modification and underground surgeries where obsessed flesh artists will pay anything and go through any pain to get their unusual procedures done. But Mary soon finds that her new "profession" leaves more marks on her own psyche than on her freakish clientele.
Over the years we've seen a lot of variations of artwork for the George A. Romero classic Day of the Dead, but this? This is like a fine wine we want to drink in with our eyes and let roll around in our skulls.
There are only 103 officially licensed prints of this 24"×36" six-color screenprint poster, which will run $50 + shipping, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to two local non-profit organizations.
If you're a fan... prepare to drool.
I feel like we've been talking about a Gears of War movie for like forever now. It has to be a couple of years, right? Well, for the faithful out there still waving the flag, we have some slight movement to report.
According to Variety, Scott Stuber is coming on to produce and begin developing the script with the video game’s creator, Epic Games. The project has yet to attach talent, writer, or distributor, although Stuber does have a first look deal with Universal. Both parties will begin taking it out to studios.
New Line picked up the rights to make a Gears of War movie in 2007, tasking Stuart Beattie to adapt the script and Len Wiseman to direct. When creative differences between the studio and Epic could not be reconciled, New Line let the property go, and it has since been looking for a new home.
The video game's story is set on the planet Sera and follows a former P.O.W. who is civilization’s best hope in the fight against the Locust Horde, a race of creatures who emerged from beneath the planet’s surface and are intent on eliminating humankind.
Keep your fingers crossed.
From the team who brought you Dead Island comes a hellish new title. Hellraid is heading straight to the pits of the underworld for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 later this year. The armies of Hell are bring the pain to mankind, can you handle the challenge?
Read on to learn more and check out hot new screens!
From the Press Release
Techland has formally announced Hellraid, a first-person co-op slasher that offers two games in one: a single-player, story-driven campaign of hack & slash action; and unique, co-operative multiplayer that pits four players against the denizens of hell – and each other – in a battle for points, rewards and fame. The first official screenshots, game details and more are available on Hellraid.com, where you’ll also find the developers blog, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the production of Hellraid.
The armies of Hell brought pain and destruction to the realm of man, and only a select few have the fighting skills necessary to confront the devilish monstrosities. Combining elements of hack & slash RPGs, first-person shooters and online multiplayer games, Hellraid features an advanced, immersive combat system with melee, ranged and magical weapons. The engaging Game Master system makes each game a different experience, placing loot and enemies while generating random online challenges.
With exploration, looting, questing, weapon crafting, boss fights, armor customization, character development, leaderboards, magic and so much more, Hellraid is set to drag you straight to hell later this year on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
To learn more, visit the official Hell Raid website.