Wild Eye Releasing, a sponsor of the PollyGrind Film Festival since 2011, has launched a new distribution label, PollyGrind Presents, in conjunction with Chad Clinton Freeman's international showcase of films. The first title, Play Hooky, will be released later this year.
Full specs will be announced shortly, but Wild Eye and PollyGrind are packing the Play Hooky DVD with bonus features, including exclusive content such as a commentary and liner notes from Freeman as well as short films hand-picked from the festival.
Below we have a look at the film's artwork, trailer, and more info on the new label.
Wild Eye CEO Rob Hauschild called PollyGrind "a brilliant, head-on collision of arthouse and grindhouse movies," and added, "Wild Eye is dedicated to giving independents like Play Hooky a position in the mainstream through traditional distribution, and PollyGrind is ground zero for discovering true independent talent."
Winner of the Most Innovative Film award at PollyGrind in 2012, Play Hooky is the perfect film to christen the partnership with Wild Eye, says Freeman. "Play Hooky is the epitome of the pioneering spirit that inspired me to found PollyGrind. It's a great example of making something out of nothing, and I'm really excited to be helping to share this film with the world."
Five high school friends skip class in hopes of finding the perfect spot to party. They chose the wrong place. Against all warnings, they break into an abandoned mental hospital, notorious for reports of ghost sightings, satanic rituals, and demonic possessions. Now, armed only with a camera, they are trapped inside, haunted and hunted by something they cannot stop, reason with, or describe. The camera captures every last breath in the fight for their lives.
Forget Route 666. The Devil’s Mile is an even more evil stretch of road in this new horror thriller starring David Hayter and directed by Joseph O’Brien, with whom we recently had a chance to chat about the film.
Devil's Mile follows a trio of kidnappers who take an ill-advised detour (is there any other kind?) en route to deliver their hostages – a pair of teenage girls - to their mysterious employer. When one of the girls dies along the way, the trio’s slowly-boiling mistrust explodes into chaos.
But what they thought was their worst day ever is only beginning as they are engulfed by the hellish forces that haunt the road - a road they may never escape.
Dread Central: This is one of the few indie horror movies that really lives up to the promo material. I'm curious to know how much the story evolved from your initial idea to script to shooting and final edit. Did different aspects of the story come to the fore more as it progressed?
Joseph O'Brien: That's very nice of you to say; thank you. It's greatly appreciated. The basic spine of the story – a group of people become trapped on a road haunted by supernatural forces – was always there. Originally the characters were just regular folks on a road trip, but that felt mundane and done to death. I'd seen it before. You'd seen it before. And I was writing a moment where one of characters opens the trunk and thought, 'What if there were two girls tied up inside?' And it clicked. This isn't a horror movie; it's a crime thriller that evolves into a horror movie! They're two of my favorite genres, and the idea of combining them really appealed to me. It energized the story and opened up a lot of narrative possibilities. Once I started exploring the idea of a hybrid genre, it became very important to make sure that I didn't just swap one for another. The crime thriller had to inform the horror movie and the horror movie had to transform the crime thriller. Tonally they had to feel like a single story, not two stories bashed together.
The movie did change and develop in the making of it, all of it positively I think, but it was more in terms of the feel of the movie than the content. I had originally envisioned Devil’s Mile as more of a straight-up exploitation film, a bit more hyperbolic. It changed a bit once we were cast. The dramatic scenes played straighter and more intensely than I had expected – all credit due to the actors for taking the material as seriously as they did. But it also a got a bit funnier and a lot stranger.
I think the biggest tonal shift came when I dropped two scenes – partly for scheduling reasons, but also because the film was coming together and I realized they weren't essential. They were arguably the two most overtly stock “horror” scenes in the script, in the sense that they were there to be scary for their own sake, but they didn't push the story forward, and while I don't miss them narratively, it definitely tilted the balance. And then of course Chris Alexander created this fantastic, evocative score that unified all the elements into a single entity.
DC: When did David Hayter come on board? It's almost as though this part was written with him in mind.
DOB: We first talked to David while the script was being finalized. I had been a fan of his work for many years, and we had been recently introduced by a mutual friend. David had started out as an actor, but that career was kind of sidelined when he became a writer of Hollywood blockbusters, the poor guy. By complete coincidence, he was also childhood friends with my producing partner, Mark Opausky, and when we were thinking about actors who could play Toby, I suggested David. I knew he still had the acting bug, and I thought his intensity and personality could really lend something to the part – and I was right. Mark sent him the script and he responded very strongly to the character of Toby. He arrived on set with a very clear idea of what he wanted to do with the character, and he very much made Toby his own. On the page Toby was a slightly more thuggish character, and David brought a charm and humor and nuance to him that I really liked. It created an interesting contrast to his more violent moments and made them even more shocking, I think.
DC: How'd the rest of your cast come together? The female leads are particularly good, and they all mesh so well.
DOB: Maria Del Mar and I worked together on a miniseries I had written a number of years ago, and I had always wanted to do another project with her. When we were in the early stages of putting the movie together, she had mentioned – on Facebook of all places – that she was looking for something different to do. So I messaged her about Devil’s Mile – not really expecting her to respond – and to my surprise and delight she asked to see the script. She read it and committed a full year before we rolled cameras on the movie, for which I am eternally in her debt.
Casey Hudecki, what a discovery she turned out to be. I knew her a little bit through a group of actors and writers and creative people that we both hung out with. She was brimming with potential – a terrific stage actor, fight director, and stuntperson – but she had never been in a movie before. We screen tested her with Maria – they had immediate chemistry – and she just lit up the screen. After that we didn't even consider anyone else. It was Casey all the way. And Casey being Casey, she exceeded our very high expectations at every turn. She was there every day of the shoot, not just acting but also choreographing the fights and getting yanked through the air on a jerk harness. She kicks ass.
Samantha Wan and Amanda Joy Lim came to us through the audition process. Casting Suki and Kanako was the scariest and most challenging part of putting the movie together. They're smaller parts but they're pivotal to the story and they have unique very specific requirements; we looked at a lot of people and couldn't quite nail it down. Then Sam and Amy walked through the door, and it was like the characters had come to life in front of me. The first day makeup effects designer Allan Cooke came to set and saw them in costume, he walked over to me and said, 'They look exactly the way I pictured them when I read the script!'
Frank Moore and Craig Porritt, who play Mr. Arkadi and The Caretaker, respectively, also auditioned. In contrast to Amy and Sam, they were very different from the characters as I had envisioned them, but their interpretations were so much stronger and nuanced than what I had in mind, I literally couldn't see the characters the same way again.
DC: When it comes to adding CGI to the supernatural aspects of the film, would you describe how you decided how much to use, and how much is practical?
DOB: I'm an 80s guy; I love prosthetics and special makeup effects. I've got my well-worn copy of Grande Illusions signed by Tom Savini on my bookshelf. And I knew when we were making this that I wanted to have a real, physical monster. The Kanako demon is a full-body prosthetic, sculpted and built by Allan Cooke and worn by Shara Kim, that we photographed live on set. But I also needed her to have an unreal, unsettling quality, so I treated that footage with digital effects to take it out of the strictly physical realm and into something more ghost-like. So it's more of a computer-enhanced image than a computer-generated one. On balance I would say it's actually about 95% practical – what you see on screen in mostly real.
I love visual effects, both practical and digital, and every technique has its virtues and its drawbacks. But audiences – and particularly genre audiences – are so savvy about these things that they sometimes experience and appreciate the technique over the dramatic effect that technique is trying to convey. I know because I do it myself. So I definitely wanted to disguise the technique and do something unexpected, and like the story, I chose to deploy a hybrid approach that would blur the lines a bit. It's scarier that way, too, because you don't quite know precisely what you're seeing happen.
DC: Since you'd only directed one short (according to that pillar of accuracy, IMDb.com) before this feature, can you talk a little bit about some of the unexpected things that came up making a full-length film?
DOB: Well, I've worked in various capacities – credited and uncredited – in feature films for close to twenty years. I've been a production assistant and I've been a development executive and I've had jobs at all points in between, which turned out to be ideal preparation for directing because even if I haven't specifically done someone's job, I'm familiar enough with it to be able to effectively communicate with the person who is doing it. Just being able to do that gives you a much greater awareness of the set and a more granular control of delegation to the crew.
The one thing I still haven't figured out how to control is the weather. We shot on a tight budget and a tight schedule, and we got rained out of a location before we could finish a key scene in the movie – the moment where we first reveal the demon, which happened to be the only scene I had actually storyboarded. And when we got back together to pick it up – months later, in a completely different location – we got rained out again. The scene was fucking cursed, but there was no way we could do without it, and this was absolutely our last chance to get it. We wound up shooting this critical night exterior inside a parking garage with an eight-foot ceiling, which meant all my storyboards went out the window and I had to rethink the entire scene on the spot. It was a nightmare. It took every scrap of learning I had had up to that point, an incredibly dedicated crew, and a couple of very resourceful and clever producers to pull it together and make that scene happen.
DC: Who are some of your favorite independent horror filmmakers, and which movies of your peers inspire you the most?
DOB: The two biggest influences on Devil’s Mile were my two favorite directors, Mario Bava and John Carpenter. They're both thought of as horror filmmakers, but they actually have quite diverse filmographies. I definitely had Bava's Rabid Dogs (a.k.a. Kidnapped) in mind when I was writing the early scenes when everyone's in the car, and his use of vivid color to convey the supernatural in Kill Baby Kill and Black Sabbath consciously informed the palette of the night scenes. A lot of my love of Carpenter's Prince of Darkness bled through here, consciously and unconsciously. And PoD is itself Carpenter's tribute to one of my favorite writers, Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale (who is essentially the godfather of genre-smashing). When I was writing the script, my imaginary version of the cast was Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau, and Kurt Russell, all circa 1981.
In terms of people making movies currently, I really dug Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact and Mike Flanagan's Absentia. Both of those guys took tiny budgets and made strong, character-driven, genuinely frightening movies that both satisfied the expectations of the genre while at the same time delivering something fresh – I haven't yet seen their respective followups, Home/At The Devil's Door and Oculus yet, but I'm really looking forward to them. And I loved the way Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard made You're Next funny without being self-congratulatory or self-referential, in a way that it enhanced the scares instead of undermining them, and that's really, really hard to get right. When I see guys that young and that talented knocking it out of the park like that, I don't if I'm so much 'inspired' as I am 'terrified that I'm late to the party,' but it certainly motivates me.
DC: What is your favorite "road horror" movie?
DOB: It's a great little subgenre, with some interesting films to show for it... one that speaks to me, obviously. John Dahl's Joy Ride is a personal favorite and quite underrated. Ditto Richard Franklin's Road Games. And The Hitcher, the original, is a genuinely nightmarish thriller with a mean streak a mile wide. But for me it all goes back to seeing Duel on TV as a kid (and many, many time subsequently). A script by Richard Matheson at the peak of his powers, directed by Steven Spielberg at his hungriest moment – an unbeatable combination. There's an elegant simplicity to that movie that I don't think has ever been matched. Just Dennis Weaver on an endless stretch of highway being chased by a giant truck, stripped-down, terrifying, and pure. Doesn't get better.
Look for the indie thriller Devil's Mile on August 12th on both DVD and VOD outlets!
Joining David Hayter and Casey Hudecki on this terrifying journey are Maria Del Mar ("24", Terminal City, Jekyll + Hyde) and Frank Moore (best known to genre fans for his lead role in David Cronenberg’s Rabid, opposite the late Marilyn Chambers) as crime lord Mr. Arkadi, whose machinations set the sinister events of Devil’s Mile in motion.
A gang of psychotic convicts take a dangerous and ill-advised detour after brutally kidnapping two young girls. As the captors speed away, events quickly turn out to be much more dangerous and gruesome than they had planned for. While driving down a long and dark stretch of deserted highway, the car becomes surrounded by mysterious sinister spirits, forcing the captors and young girls to work together in hopes of surviving the deadly evil force.
Remember the name Jack Icefloe Jackson. He's listed as the author of the new book Romance for Men: Pandora's Box, and he's one helluva character. Icefloe is a sex machine from the backwoods of Alaska and as unique as they come. One quick peek into Romance for Men will prove it!
Okay, we've got to be honest here: Romance for Men: Pandora's Box may not necessarily have been penned by the lead character, Icefloe. In actuality, and in a deliciously fun twist, Emmy-nominated writer Dean Lorey has to be given some credit for the book.
Lorey is best known as the writer of Friday the 13th Part 9: Jason Goes to Hell (he's also written for "Arrested Development" and came up with some other cult classics like Major Payne). And Lorey has hit a major home run with his new book.
Romance for Men: Pandora's Box has been hugely praised by horror icons like Kane Hodder, Tyler Mane, and Sean S. Cunningham as well as mainstream superstars like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams, and Denis Leary. It's outgoing, outrageous, and outright insane. Take a look at the official Jack Icefloe Jackson website to get an idea of what this off-the-wall book is all about.
And if you're like the ladies and just can't get enough Icefloe, 'like' Jack Icefloe Jackson on Facebook, follow Icefloe Jackson on Twitter (@icefloejackson) and check out Icefloe Jackson on Instagram.
You can also get a peek at the first few pages of Romance for Men: Pandora's Box on Amazon.com.
Having its world premiere at this year's Fantasia Film Festival is Canadian director Matt O'Mahoney's Bloody Knuckles, a horror comedy from Junkfood Pictures in association with Fusion Films and Domogeneous; and the film's official poster and first still have arrived.
Written and directed by O'Mahoney (credited as Matt O), Bloody Knuckles stars Adam Boys, Kasey Ryne Mazak, Gabrielle Giraud, Ken Tsui, Dwayne Bryshun, Steve Thackray, Tim Lok, Jason Asuncion, Kent Leung, Robin Jung. and Krista Magnusson.
Look for more soon, and in the meantime keep your eyes on the Bloody Knuckles Facebook page.
An underground comic artist mocks the wrong mobster and loses his drawing hand in retribution. The artist may be silenced, but the severed appendage returns, to continue drawing comics on its own - and commit some seriously bloody acts of vengeance! A splatter horror comedy about freedom of expression that’s as touching as it is profane.
Chile is an interesting place. I've never been there and know very little about it, but they have an actual branch of their version of the FAA that investigates UFO reports. That's pretty damn interesting.
The CEFAA (Committee for the Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena) even has a website where photos under investigation can be viewed. Their latest report, as mentioned in Leslie Kean's HuffPost blog, concerns a series of photos taken in April 2013 at a mining facility in the Andes.
Scientists and engineers working at the mine observed what can only be described as a good, old fashioned flying saucer. The object was said to be hovering over the site, making absolutely no sound. The witnesses said it made several maneuvers that demonstrated it wasn't simply floating in the wind. The lack of noise ruled out a drone.
Both of the photos show the object, but in different locations and in a different orientation. Sunlight is clearly reflecting off the metallic object, although one analyst states that the light is too bright and at an incorrect angle to be sunlight and could be energy being emitted from the disc.
The CEFAA analysis ruled out most explanations, and thus the report states that it is indeed an unidentified flying object.
Do these clear photos from educated, scientific witnesses show something unearthly? An experimental craft? Time travelers? Let us know what you think below!
Douglas Clegg's new novella Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters is nearly finished at the printer and will be released this summer by Cemetery Dance. We have a look at the cover art and a few of the stunning interior drawings by Caniglia.
Visit Cemetery Dance's online store to pre-order your copy. At this time the exact publication date hasn't been revealed, but expect to see Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters sometime during the summer of 2014.
You're invited to dinner in this dark gem about a notorious family — and a feast like no other.
In October 1890 authorities discovered two teenaged girls at Bog Farm surrounded by a scene of unimaginable carnage. A legend grew of their cannibalistic night of terror, but young Lucy and Sally were never put to trial and no one has ever before gotten close enough to interview them.
Twenty years later an inexperienced reporter travels to their New Hampshire farm, determined to shed light upon the events of that night.
Lizzie Borden, Dr. Crippen, the Windrow Sisters — murderers whose mystique has lasted more than a century. But of them all, the tale of the Windrow girls is unrivaled in its legend of depravity and innocence corrupted.
Award-winning F/X artists, monster-related artwork displayed and sold, killer celebrity guests. These things and more will all be found at the 2014 Son of Monsterpalooza at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, CA, running September 12-14.
Boasting guests like Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Gunnar Hansen, Ed Neal and Terri McMinn as well as seminars, vendors, a costume contest and walk-through monster museum, Son of Monsterpalooza 2014 promises to be just as impressive as its predecessors.
From the Press Release
Award-winning FX artists, monster-related artwork displayed and sold, special presentations, a walk-through monster museum, and so much more will be available at Son of Monsterpalooza 2014 in the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, September 12-14.
Special guests from horror and sci-fi films include: Angus Scrimm (Phantasm I-V, John Dies at the End), A. Michael Baldwin (Phantasm I, III, IV, V), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm I-V), Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Ed Neal (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Terri McMinn (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Caroline Munro (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Maniac, The Abominable Dr. Phibes), Patty Mullen (Frankenhooker, Penthouse Pet), Ken Satsuma (Godzilla suit actor, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Biollante, Godzilla vs. Mothra), Tsutomu Kitagawa (Godzilla suit actor, Godzilla 2000, Rebirth of Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla), Lori Cardille (Day of the Dead), Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead) and Gary Klar (Day of the Dead).
Additional guests include Mike Hill (renowned portrait sculptor), Casey Love (The Thing, creature designer, sculptor and painter), Ahahito Akido (F/X artist and sculptor), Steve Wang (Predator, creature designer/sculptor/painter), Tim Gore (Hellboy, F/X artist and painter), the Chiodo Brothers (Killer Clowns from Outer Space, Critters)... and LOTS more to come!
Dubbed the "Sumnado of Sharknado," a recap video of the social media phenom known as Sharknado has arrived to make sure you know everything you need to before the storm hits the city that never sleeps in Sharknado 2: The Second One.
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.
Tristan Risk, who wowed audiences in the role of Beatress in American Mary last year, will be bringing her fabulous talents to the set of director Ryan M. Andrews' newest project, Save Yourself, which begins filming soon.
Little Miss Risk can also be seen in the new short film Call Girl, the upcoming Fetish Factory and Fembot, as well as many other entertainingly twisted underground projects, leading to what is sure to be a huge and exciting year for her. Currently, she joins Jessica Cameron amongst a fully Canadian cast in Andrews' Save Yourself.
Andrews is completely stoked to be working with Risk. "The Soskas’ film American Mary was arguably the biggest indie film of last year, and Tristan Risk’s character, Beatress, was a stand-out performance," Andrews said. "The character was so unique and interesting. Risk played it perfectly, and to have a talent like her bringing her edge and attitude to Save Yourself is truly exciting."
And the respect is mutual as Risk is very excited to join such a talented cast and crew. On joining Save Yourself, Risk said, "I’m so thrilled to be doing this since it’s got some great traditional horror elements with girls road tripping and running afoul of some folks of a deviant nature but also because of its other qualities. I think this will surprise quite a few people and continue a proud tradition with Canadian genre."
From the Press Release
Director Ryan M. Andrews is excited to attach American Mary star Tristan Risk to a powerhouse ensemble cast of Canadian talent in Save Yourself. Risk joins the previously announced cast of Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), Ry Barrett (The Demolisher), Tianna Nori (Clean Break), and Sydney Kondruss (The Drownsman).
And the talent does not stop there. Andrews, along with executive producers Pino Halili and Allen Ormerod, did a grueling casting session to hand pick for each role, including Caleigh LeGrand (Late Night Double Feature), Bea Santos (Antisocial), and a special appearance from veteran star Bobbie Phillips, whose credits include Wes Craven’s Carnival of Souls, Showgirls, Evil Breed, "The X-Files." and many more.
Phillips says, “I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of Save Yourself and looking forward to working with the delightfully twisted Ryan Andrews, Jessica Cameron, and the rest of the bloody talented crew.”
Returning to Andrews’ side to shoot the film is Michael Jari Davidson (Berkshire County, The Last Halloween, SICK). "Mr. Davidson shares the same love and passion that I have for this genre. His skills are beyond reproach, and his style compliments me perfectly," Andrews says about his cinematographer.
Predator. The ultimate killing machine. He went up against two men who went on to become United States governors in his first film, and he just kept kicking ass from there. But how would he fare in medieval times? The short film Predator: Dark Ages will ask that question.
Featuring a premise that will pit the intergalactic headhunter against the Knights Templar, Predator: Dark Ages promises to be a fan film extraordinaire. The director will be award-winning filmmaker James Bushe.
Actors currently attached to the project are Adrian Bouchet (Clash of the Titans, Alien vs. Predator), Jon Campling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2), Ben Loyd-Holmes ("Da Vinci's Demons"), Zara Phythian (He Who Dares), and Amed Hashimi (47 Ronin).
Check out the teaser trailer below, and to help this project become a reality, visit the Predator: Dark Ages Kickstarter page, "like" Predator: Dark Ages on Facebook and follow Predator: Dark Ages on Twitter (@Predator_DA).
Predator: Dark Ages Synopsis
Our story begins in a dark prison cell with a mysterious man chained to the wall, tired and hungry. He is the only living survivor from an attack on a group of soldiers. The only living witness to the atrocities a demon of the night performed in front of his very eyes.
Entrusted by the church to hunt down the beast that slaughtered their brothers in arms, a group of battle-worn Templar Knights must use this only witness to find and kill the demon that plagues the English countryside. To lead this group is a knight who no longer believes in God or country and has given up on humanity. But will this one last battle help him regain his lust for life and save his fellow brothers as well as himself?
The soldiers are only too aware of the devastation that was brought to their lost comrades and so must turn to others to assist in their quest. A group of battle-hardened, money-driven mercenaries are called upon to join the hunt. Having to not only drag with them a suspicious sole survivor who is an eyewitness but also a pack of untrustworthy mercenaries, a difficult path full of twists and turns lies ahead for the Templar Knights, more so than they first believed.
We're just two days away from the premiere of Season 2 of "Hemlock Grove" so when we were offered an excerpt from Brian McGreevy's book that inspired the series in the first place, of course we said yes! Check it out, and prepare to binge beginning this Friday, July 11th!
Hemlock Grove: A Novel (FSG Originals) is an exhilarating reinvention of the Gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares.
CLICK HERE to download a PDF of our excerpt from Hemlock Grove.
Hemlock Grove: A Novel Synopsis:
The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues -- though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.
Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family -- their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel -- where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.
At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right -- and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.
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About "Hemlock Grove" Season 2
The second season of the Emmy® nominated Netflix original series “Hemlock Grove,” a riveting supernatural thriller from executive producer Eli Roth, will premiere on Friday, July 11th, at 12:01 AM PT. The series is based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and is produced by Gaumont International Television.
All ten episodes of the one-hour series starring Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgård (Simon & The Oaks), Landon Liboiron (“Terra Nova”), and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II) will be available at launch in all territories where Netflix is available -- U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, the Nordics, and the Netherlands. The series also stars Madeline Brewer (“Orange Is the New Black”), Madeleine Martin (“Californication”), Joel de la Fuente (“Law & Order: SVU”), and Tiio Horn (“18 to Life”).
“Hemlock Grove” is a supernatural thriller which explores the strange happenings in a small Pennsylvania town. The show focuses on the unlikely friendship between the founding family’s young heir, Roman Godfrey (Skarsgård), and gypsy newcomer and outsider Peter Rumancek (Liboiron). Each holds a monstrous secret that has been unleashed.
Season Two continues with the town coming to grips with the shocking massacre incurred by one of its deadliest creatures. Roman and Peter are now faced with new responsibilities and the realities that come with adulthood. Roman’s relationship with his mother (Janssen) is all but dead as he struggles with his unwanted Upir birthright and the disappearance of his sister, Shelley (Martin). Peter moves in with Destiny (Horn) and is forced to get a job after his mother is sent away.
Meanwhile, in search of a new life, newcomer Miranda Cates (Madeline Brewer) embarks on Hemlock Grove with an unknowingly profound effect on Peter and Roman. And Norman (Scott), still reeling from the loss of his family, must face the harsh truths that are uncovered about those he still loves. The White Tower looms menacingly over the town as Pryce’s mysterious experiments are questioned and he will be faced with the hardest decision of his career.
The drama series was the first foray into television by internationally acclaimed horror master Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever). It was developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman and is executive produced by Eli Roth, Charles Eglee, Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, Eric Newman, and Michael Connolly. “Hemlock Grove” is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix.
The name Bernie Wrightson is synonymous with monster culture and horror artwork. Very few people inspire the term "legendary," but Bernie more than fits the bill. Unfortunately, word has come that Wrightson has just suffered a minor stroke.
The news came from Steve Niles on Twitter, who goes on to write, "He is doing good. I just spoke to him and we were joking around. Please send love and thoughts."
No problem, Steve, and we couldn't echo the sentiments more! Please, if you're reading this, post your thoughts to Twitter sending as many positive vibes as you can using the hashtag #GetWellBernie.
Hang in there, sir! Fight back and we'll fight the good fight along with you! Much love from the D.C. family! Bless you... you're in our thoughts!
Clip numero tres from The Purge: Anarchy has arrived, and it's not just gonna stand by and watch the chaos. It's gonna do something about it, damn it! Check it out (along with TV spot #14), and don't just sit there and pretend you don't see anything.
All crime will once again be legalized on July 18th of this year when The Purge: Anarchy invades theaters. The sequel stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, Carmen Ejogo, Jasper Cole, Zoe Borde, Chad Morgan, and Kiele Sanchez.
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The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge.
The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box office, sees the return of writer/director/producer James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country's yearly 12 hours of anarchy.
Returning with DeMonaco to produce are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series) alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th).
Click here for a limited time offer in which you can Purge $2 off your advance ticket purchase.
FX's "American Horror Story" series is known for its more than memorable Halloween episodes, and this upcoming season, subtitled "Freak Show," looks to be no different. TVLine just announced the episode's first guest star: P2, The Hunger Games, and Final Girl's Wes Bentley.
They also had some spoilerific info about Bentley's character so if you don't want to know, skip the next sentence.
"Bentley will appear in the show’s two-part Halloween episode (tentatively set to air October 21st and 28th) as Eddie, a dark tormentor from Kathy Bates’ past who is hell-bent on revenge."
Jessica Lange, Denis O'Hare, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, and Michael Chiklis will star.
Ever since its debut back in 2010, AMC's "The Walking Dead" has made a big splash at San Diego Comic-Con, and this year looks to be no exception. Read on for the details of which cast and crew members are heading to America's Finest City!
The cast and producers of AMC’s record-breaking hit series “The Walking Dead” will participate in a panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, CA, during which they will discuss what fans can expect in the highly anticipated fifth season, which debuts in October.
“The Walking Dead” panelists include: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Chad Coleman, Michael Cudlitz, executive producer and showrunner Scott Gimple, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer and special effects make-up supervisor Greg Nicotero, and executive producer David Alpert. The panel will be moderated by “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick.
The panel runs from from 12:20-1:20 pm on Friday, July 25, in Hall H, with an autograph session following from 1:50-2:50 pm in Booth #4237.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
There is something for everyone on this year’s IDW San Diego Comic-Con exclusives list, especially the horror crowd. Read on to see the must-haves IDW is bringing to the big show.
A few exclusives are available for pre-order from IDW’s webstore (if a title is clickable, then you can pre-order it). Fans who pre-order will be able to pick up their items from IDW's booth, #2643. All exclusives will be available during show hours.
Mike Mignola’s Hellboy: Artist’s Edition Variant HC
Mike Mignola is one of the preeminent comics creators of the past 25 years, and Hellboy, his iconic creation, struck a meteoric chord with fans from the very start and has not abated in the 20 years since his debut. Featuring a variant cover from Mignola himself, only available at SDCC! $125, limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen: Artifact Edition Variant HC
Watchmen has been called the greatest graphic novel of all time. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created a story and graphic narrative unlike anything that preceded it and revitalized the entire art form that followed. Featuring a variant cover from Dave Gibbons, who’ll be signing all 5 days of the Con at the IDW booth! $100, limited to 225 copies, 2 per person
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft #1 B&W Variant
Relive the acclaimed series’ frightful beginning in black & white for the first time! Gabriel Rodriguez’s original line work is on full display in this very special convention exclusive! $10, Limited to 900 copies, 5 per person
Locke & Key: The Covers of Gabriel Rodriguez Variant HC
This convention exclusive displays an original blue-line pencils and inks cover by Gabriel Rodriguez for the show debut of this Locke & Key covers collection! $40, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland Variant HC
This special convention variant features a bloody exclusive cover by Locke & Key co-creator and artist Gabriel Rodriguez for Joe Hill's original new comic miniseries hardcover collection. $40, Limited to 100 copies, 2 per person
Monster Motors Variant Edition
Ghostbusters artist Dan Schoening provides a convention exclusive cover celebrating the madness that is Comic-Con for Brian Lynch’s newest IDW project! $10, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person
Winterworld #1 Variant
All-new stories based on the Chuck Dixon/Jorge Zaffino classic with Dixon returning to script and Butch Guice doing some of the best work of his illustrious artistic career. Convention exclusive cover featuring Wynn, by Will Rosado! $5, Limited to 200 copies, 5 per person
Locke & Key: Alpha Key
The highly sought after keys made by Skeleton Crew Studios, modeled after Gabriel Rodriguez's designs in Locke & Key, return to the IDW Booth at San Diego Comic-Con with the specially plated edition of the Alpha Key. $25, Limited to 100 pieces, 1 per person
You can see everything IDW has on tap for SDCC 2014 in the below slideshow.
Excited for Kevin's Smith's Tusk, heading our way this fall from A24 Films? If you'll be at San Diego Comic-Con in a few weeks, you'll be able to watch the trailer debut, but in the meantime we can all enjoy the film's official poster.
In a posting on his Silent Bob Speaks blog today, Smith calls Tusk "the best film I’ve ever made (or at the very least, the most interesting)," adding, "Thank you all for saying #WalrusYes on Twitter last year. Can’t wait to show you the movie."
Tusk, written and directed by Smith and born out of one of his immensely popular SModcasts, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Michael Parks. In the horror film Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.
Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ's Nate Bolotin are executive producers.
With SDCC 2014 bearing down on us, Todd McFarlane took some time out from preparing for the big event to answer our geekiest questions and give a teaser of a new line we'll be seeing on the show floor.
McFarlane Toys will always be known for bringing horror back to the world of action figures with its now legendary Movie Maniacs line and has further cemented its place in toy history with an excellent run of "The Walking Dead" action figures.
We started out with a question that's been eating away at us for a good long time. When you establish a line of incredibly popular 7-inch horror figures, why switch over to a 5-inch world of zombies? Todd explained that not everything is always an artistic choice. Sometimes things simply come down to what a retailer asks for... be that price, style, or, in this case, scale. Retailers expressed that all the other companies were reducing the size of their figures and that they'd like McFarlane to follow suit. “When the people who are buying tell you what they want to buy, you usually accommodate them or risk becoming a dinosaur. You won't survive very long,” Todd explained.
We'd been given a sneak preview of McFarlane's new "The Walking Dead" Construction line previous to this interview; think one part LEGO-like brick building and one part snap-kit innovation. The result is a build-it-yourself environment any minifigure would be terrified to enter.
We asked Todd how this line came to be, and his answer was very simple. “I walked down the toy aisles 20 years ago and wondered why the figures couldn't look better. Cooler. So I started my own company because the answer was figures COULD look better and cooler. Now that question is being applied to the brick aisles. 'Why does the final version of these builds have to look clunky?' I guess maybe it appeals to 6-year-olds or moms, but if you're trying to sell something to a 25-year-old and you make it look not realistic - when you CAN, but you choose not to - it seems like you're shortchanging the consumer. I looked at that aisle and said, 'I am going to make it as realistic and detailed as possible and carve out my own little niche there.'”
We asked how McFarlane will reach a collector fanbase that's been tempted by the lure of LEGO mini-figures for years now, and his answer, bluntly, was, “I'm not!” He went on to explain that he's after the 28 million fans who watch "The Walking Dead" every week (when it is on the air), which is a way higher number than the “collector” base everyone is always talking about. “My job is to go to those 28 million people and say, 'What is it that you like?' and then make the product look just like what they see on TV. Why the other companies do what they do... you can take that up with them, but I'm going to add realism to an aisle that has very little of it.”
And now...DETAILS!! Series One will have single-pack, blind-bagged (approximately 2-inch) figures with articulation, a five-pack of figures with both humans and zombies (low difficulty of build for all figures), Daryl Dixon on his chopper (around 150-160 pieces) riding down the highway with a zombie in the grass beyond the guard rail, The Governor's Room (just under 300 pieces) where he sits and watches the fish tanks with those floating, decapitated heads (the fish tanks light up!) and a cage door with little Penny lurking behind it, and finally, the deluxe box will contain one of the prison towers as well as around 18 inches to 2 feet of “gnarly,” dirtied-up fencing with customizable grass and Glenn with a dead zombie lying on the ground. If you snap up those blind-bagged figures and five-pack, you should be able to reenact one of those pivotal prison conflicts that have kept us on the edge of our seats.
Knowing McFarlane's business model fairly well, we had to ask if they were thinking of expanding this new construction model to their other licences. Todd answered with a resounding "YES! What I think is missing in that industry that appeals to adults, hopefully I can touch on it and then go after more licenses that make sense.”
We couldn't let a Todd McFarlane interview go by without asking about the return of Spawn to the big screen and, inevitably, the toy pegs. Todd has answered this question many times, and in this case his response was pretty much in the tone of “nothing new to report.” He thinks the right time for Spawn to return to the action figure aisles is when there is a significant vehicle for him to ride in on... and that means a full-blown film rocketing to theaters across the globe. “There's a handful of people that are waiting for me to finish my script, and once we do that, I think very quickly, once it gets polished up, we'll be rolling film on it. I'm looking for a replacement writer on the Spawn comic that will free me up. I keep threatening every year to finish that damn script, but I keep getting distracted with things like the comic book and new toy lines so I have a tendency to fill up my idle time not with the movie script but with coming up with other creative endeavors.”
In closing, Todd remarked he wished the photos they are taking could convey the cool factor of these Walking Dead Construction builds, but SDCC will be the first opportunity for fans to see them in all their glory, first-hand, and that will be the highlight of the show for him.
The Building Sets: MSRP $9.99-64.99 – Daryl Dixon with Chopper, The Governor’s Room, and Prison Tower with Gate. Expand your brick building apocalypse with additional figure and accessory packs.
Blind Bag Figures: MSRP $2.99 – Daryl Dixon, Michonne, The Governor, Carl Grimes, Riot Gear Walker, Michonne’s Pet Walker, and Herd Walkers.
McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead building sets and figures will be available this fall only at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide and online at ToysRUs.com.
Lee Hardcastle is a whiz with Claymation. So much so that he won The ABC's of Death contest with his short T Is for Toilet, which was included in the film. Now Hardcastle has released a horror short entitled Fun with Black Bulbs. Check it out.
The entire short is one minute and 30 seconds long. How much tension can you build in one minute and 30 seconds? Hardcastle manages to do a pretty fantastic job of making your toes curl in a minute and a half. It's an impressive short that you're sure to dig.
About Fun with Black Bulbs, Hardcastle says, "[It's] a simple trick you can do yourself but one you might regret because it can be pretty creepy what you find around the home. Try it; you'll be surprised."
And be sure to try this short. It's a minute and a half, Dreadies. So worth your time!
While we're still waiting for the trailer, which we're told is going to be hitting the Net shortly, we managed to get our hands on the first clip from upcoming film L.A. Slasher today, featuring pro wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista and all-around badass Danny Trejo.
Check out the clip below, courtesy of Comic Book Movie, and keep your eyes peeled for more real soon!
Circus Road Films has picked up Martin Owen's horror/satire feature L.A. Slasher. Glenn Reynolds' Circus Road is handling domestic sales.
The film stars Danny Trejo (Machete), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Dave Bautista (Riddick), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Drake Bell (“Drake & Josh”), Brooke Hogan (“Hogan Knows Best”), Tori Black (Not Another Celebrity Movie), and Marisa Lauren (“Superhero Movie”), with the voice of Andy Dick (“NewsRadio”) as the "L.A. Slasher."
Produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (Girls Against Boys), L.A. Slasher is a biting, social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous. It explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent - purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior. Incensed by the tabloid culture which celebrates it, the "L.A. Slasher" publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them.