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International Trailer Welcomes You to the Candy House

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 16:05

Terror has found a new home, and it's the Candy House. Here's the international trailer debut for the new film from Seed 2 director Marcel Walz, which is presented by Uwe Boll.

Candy House stars Annika Strauss (Seed 2, La Petite Mort 2), Alex Anasuya (Daimonion), Morad Azzaaoui, Martin Semmelrogge (The Boat), Selin Deveci, Manfred Münichsdorfer, and Stephanie Voit.

It's produced by Laser Paradise/Matador Film with cinematography by Stefan Svahn.

Synopsis:
Welcome to Candy House.

What started as a beautiful family reunion soon turns into a bloody nightmare. Who's going to survive the Candy House?

Enjoy a few stills along with the Candy House trailer and poster, and look for more soon!

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More Casting News for TNT's Proof

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:34

With talk of resurrections, out-of-body experiences, and hauntings, TNT's "Proof" pilot has piqued our interest so we're continuing to keep an eye on it. Up today is some more casting news in the form of Terminator 2: Judgment Day's Joe Morton.

As we already knew, TNT's Kyra Sedgwick-produced "Proof" will star Jennifer Beals as Dr. Kathryn Russo, a skeptical, hard-science, brilliant female surgeon with a caustic edge who has been struggling with the devastating loss of her teenage son and a growing estrangement from her surviving daughter.

Dr. Russo is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?

Per TV Guide, Morton ("Scandal," "Eureka," "The Good Wife") will play Dr. Charles Russell, the serious, dry, and intimidating head of Kathryn's hospital, who is hard-pressed to control the maverick surgeon but appreciates her abilities and commitment.

"Proof" is written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves. Sedgwick ("The Closer") exec produces with Jill Littman, Tom Jacobson, Bragin, and Graves.

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New Clips Lead You Further into The Den

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:14

Today marks the limited theatrical and VOD release of Zach Donahue's The Den (review), which takes you on a trip to the dark side of modern technology.

If you're not yet sold on giving the flick a VOD rental, check out a trio of brand spankin' new clips below, which should whet your appetite for voyeuristic violence!

The films stars Melanie Papalia, Adam Shapiro, David Schlactenhaufen, and Matt Riedy.

Synopsis
After receiving a grant for her graduate thesis, Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Papalia) logs onto a video-chat site known as THE DEN on a mission to explore the habits of its users. During one of her random video-chats, Elizabeth watches in horror as a teenage girl is gruesomely murdered in front of her webcam. While the police dismiss it as a viral prank, Elizabeth believes what she saw is real and takes it upon herself to find the truth.

Her life quickly spirals out of control as she gets pulled deeper into the darkest recesses of the internet. And eventually Elizabeth finds herself trapped in a twisted game in which she and her loved ones are targeted for the same grisly fate as the first victim.










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New Featurette Takes You Behind the Scenes of Denis Villeneuve's Enemy

Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:09

Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve re-team for Enemy (review), which is currently available exclusively on DirecTV, and right now we have yet another behind-the-scenes featurette for you cats!

You can also find the film in limited theatres starting today, March 14th.

Written by Javier Gullón and based on a novel by José Saramago, the film also stars Sarah Gadon and Isabella Rossellini.

Synopsis
ENEMY tells the story of a university lecturer named Adam (Gyllenhaal), who is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend, Mary (Laurent). One night, while watching a film, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife, Helen (Gadon), and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle. The film is a haunting and provocative psychosexual thriller about duality and identity, where in the end only one man will survive.




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New Image from The Quiet Ones Listens Closely

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 20:59

A smallish, but new image from Hammer's The Quiet Ones has arrived, and because we know you like to be kept in the loop on EVERYTHING, we have it for you right here. Check it out!

The film is written and directed by John Pogue (Quarantine 2) and stars Jared Harris ("Mad Men," The Ward), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Erin Richards ("Breaking In," "Being Human"), Olivia Cooke ("The Secret of Crickley Hall," "The Fuse"), and West End theatre actor Rory Fleck-Byrne.

It's produced by James Gay-Rees (Senna, Exit Through the Gift Shop), Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, and Simon Oakes along with Steven Chester Prince and Ben Holden in association with The Traveling Picture Show Company (TPSC).

Look for The Quiet Ones in UK theatres on April 10 and US theatres on April 25, 2014, from Lionsgate.

Synopsis:
The Quiet Ones (inspired by true events) tells the story of an unorthodox professor who uses controversial methods and leads his best students off the grid to take part in a dangerous experiment: to create a poltergeist. Based on the theory that paranormal activity is caused by human negative energy, the rogue scientists perform a series of tests on a young patient, pushing her to the edge of sanity. As frightening occurrences begin to take place with shocking and gruesome consequences, the group quickly realizes they have triggered a force more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

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Jack Reher to Adapt Corrosion!

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 20:52

Just when you thought the news day was over... more comes rolling in! Good thing for you we don't eat, sleep, or have actual lives outside of the horror industry. We do, however, drink heavily whenever possible. In any event...

Variety is reporting that The Ring producer Mike Macari and Affirmative Entertainment’s Nicholas Bogner have optioned Jon Bassoff’s novel Corrosion and tapped Jack Reher to adapt the tome. We first told you about this back in September, but today it's official.

Corrosion is currently the number one selling noir novel on Amazon and revolves around a battle-scarred soldier making his way through the backwater towns of Colorado to get back to a woman, who might be his loved one or his next victim — or both. It is in the vein of Primal Fear, Se7en, and No Country for Old Men.

Production is set to start later this summer.

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Next on Dread Central Live - Tom Holland Gets Twisted

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 20:43

When it comes to horror filmmaking, few directors have left as big of a mark on the industry as Tom Holland. Child's Play, Fright Night, Psycho II, The Class of 1984, "Tales from the Crypt"... we can go on and on! And we will! Next Monday!

That's right, kids! Live in the studio with us will be filmmaker Tom Holland, and he'll be talking about the classics; his current project, Twisted Tales; and much, much more! Be sure to tune in!

Dread Central Live airs every Monday at 4PM PT / 7PM ET.

Dread Central Live is a live, half-hour news/information/talk show dedicated to covering all aspects of the horror genre.

Hosts Staci Layne Wilson and "Gore Whore" Vanessa Gomez will guide viewers on a weekly journey of keeping current in horror via news updates, interviews with genre and mainstream stars and filmmakers, exclusive clips, trailer premieres, as well as exclusive coverage from set visits for horror feature films and TV shows in production. During the interview portions of the show, fans can submit questions via Twitter and Facebook which may be asked on-air by Staci and Vanessa in real time. DC Editor-in-Chief Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton will also make regular appearances, giving his unique “bat’s eye view” perspective on the genre that has fueled a lifelong obsession with the macabre!

Dread Central has ALWAYS been brought to you by fans for fans. We consider you guys our peers, and since we don't have - and have never had - a parent company behind us, we like to think that the site and everything it does belongs to you. That being said... tweet us @DreadCentral with your questions and comments, and we'll be answering everything that we can get to in REAL TIME.

How does all this magic happen? Just be sure to use the hashtag #DreadLive when you tweet and post! You can also leave your questions and comments on the official Dread Central Facebook page.

That's it! See you live and direct every Monday! For more information check out Dread Central Live on Daily Motion!

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J.K. Simmons in Talks for Terminator: Genesis

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 19:42

The casting news, or should we say possible casting news, continues for the next installment in The Terminator film franchise as THR reports that the always great J.K. Simmons is in negotiations to join the cast of Terminator: Genesis from Skydance and Paramount.

The flick will thread together multiple ideas from the previous movies as it relaunches the story of a cyborg from a future where computers gained intelligence and waged war against mankind.

Emilia Clarke is playing Sarah Connor, the woman first saved by Kyle Reese, a fighter from the future and inadvertent father of future resistance leader John Connor. Jason Clarke (no relation to Emilia) is playing John Connor, while Jai Courtney will be playing Reese. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back as a Terminator -- whether he is good or bad remains to be seen.

According to sources, Simmons would play a weary and alcoholic detective who has followed a bizarre case involving Sarah Connor and robots for more than three decades (since 1984, which, not coincidentally, is the year the original movie, directed by James Cameron, was released).

Terminator: Genesis begins filming soon in Louisiana under the direction of Alan Taylor (Thor 2) for a July 1, 2015, release.

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Syfy Launching Event Series Ascension in November 2014

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 19:40

Syfy is reigniting the channel’s traditional long-form scripted programming event for 4th quarter 2014 with the greenlight of the 6-hour series "Ascension," it was announced today by Syfy President Dave Howe. Read on for the details.

From the Press Release:
"Ascension" is an ambitious original drama created and written by Philip Levens ("Smallville"), who will serve as executive producer and showrunner. The series will be produced in Montreal, QC, by Sea To Sky Studios in association with Blumhouse Productions.

Jason Blum (Stranded, "The River," film franchises Paranormal Activity and The Purge) and Mark Stern are executive producers on the project along with Ivan Fecan, Tim Gamble, and Brett Burlock on behalf of Sea To Sky Studios. The event series will be co-financed and distributed by Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television.

Said Howe, “Syfy is more committed than ever to bringing to life epic event television. We have a rich history in this arena, from Steven Spielberg’s ‘Taken’ to the highly acclaimed mini that launched the ‘Battlestar Galactica’ series to reimagined takes on classic tales such as ‘Alice’ and ‘Tin Man.’ In keeping with that grand tradition, we are delighted to bring this thrilling, provocative and intelligent event to our fans later this year.”

In 1963 the U.S. government launched a covert space mission, sending hundreds of men, women, and children on a century-long voyage aboard the starship Ascension to populate a new world. Nearly 50 years into the journey, as they approach the point of no return, the mysterious murder of a young woman causes the ship’s population to question the true nature of their mission.

"Ascension" is slated to launch in November 2014 and air through December.

Said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President of Original Content, Syfy, “Phil Levens has crafted a bold and surprising spin on the space opera. We are equally excited to embark on this journey with our partners at UCP, Sea To Sky, Lionsgate, Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions, and also with Mark Stern, who shepherded this project while at Syfy.”

Look for casting news and more details soon.

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Enjoy the Glow from a Dozen and a Half Photos from The Originals Episode 1.17 - Moon Over Bourbon Street

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 18:48

Our first Rebekah-less episode of "The Originals" airs next week, and on tap right now we have a dozen and a half new images from the ep, #1.17, "Moon Over Bourbon Street."

"The Originals" Episode 1.17 - "Moon Over Bourbon Street" (airs 3/18/14, 8-9pm): UNNATURAL ALLIANCES - After accusing Klaus (Joseph Morgan) of doing nothing while their control over the Quarter crumbles, Elijah (Daniel Gillies) makes a move to take matters into his own hands.

He receives an intriguing offer of support from Francesca (guest star Peta Sergeant), a beautiful woman from a powerful New Orleans family.

In an attempt to bring the warring factions of the city together, the Mikaelsons throw an extravagant party, where Klaus offers Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) a tempting deal, Elijah and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) share a dance, and a violent fight comes to a surprising end.

Finally, even as Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) works on a new path to power, he continues to help Cami (Leah Pipes) deal with her Uncle Kieran’s (guest star Todd Stashwick) tragedy. Michael Robinson directed the episode written by Michelle Paradise and Christopher Hollier.

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Wolf Creek 2 US Release Details; New Artwork

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 18:21

Finally some news we've been waiting to arrive has come! On tap right now is the first information on Wolf Creek 2's Stateside release along with a brand new one-sheet. Read on for the details, and check it out!

Image Entertainment will be giving Wolf Creek 2 a VOD release on April 17th with a theatrical run set for May 16th!

Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean, and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the sequel started production seven years after the original Wolf Creek hit screens internationally in November of 2005.

The original not only gave Australian audiences an appetite for their own horror movies but showed the world a fresh, daring take on the genre. Selected to screen at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival, it was supported by The Weinstein Company, who presented it to an international audience. It then went on to claim the title of the number one Australian film in 2005 and also became the highest grossing Australian R18+ film of all time.

Synopsis
Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes an horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet: Mick Taylor (John Jarratt).

As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white-knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.

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Come Face-to-Face with Danger in this Trailer for Enormous

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 15:24

The live-action pilot for an adaptation of Enormous, in which the world as we know it has ended, launches next Thursday (March 20th) on Machinima; and we have a look at its trailer and artwork right here.

The pilot/short film is based on the critically-acclaimed graphic novel of the same name that launched last year. Written by Tim Daniel and drawn by Mehdi Cheggour, Enormous tells the story of a post-apocalyptic world in which massive insect-like beasts have taken over the world and humans are now the bottom of the food chain.

The creative minds of director BenDavid Grabinski (short film Cost of Living), writer Andre Ovredal (Trollhunter), and producer Adrian Askarieh (Hitman, Agent 47) are taking Enormous from the page to the screen.

You'll find the goods below plus synopses of both the film and the graphic novel. Be sure to check back in a week for the full video. After the pilot debuts, the plan is to turn Enormous into a full-fledged series that can play on various digital platforms the company appears on, including the new Xbox One.

Enormous Short Film Synopsis:
The film picks up years after E Day, the worldwide attack of massive insect like beasts, as the remaining humans from all walks of life must band together to survive and fight back against the monstrous invaders. Viewers are introduced to Ellen (Ceren Lee), a mother who has lost her child, and watch as she prepares to play a major role in the human resistance. The cast also includes Steve Braun (Wrong Turn 2) and Erica Gimpel ("Veronica Mars").

About the Enormous Graphic Novel:
Enormous tells the full tale of the aftermath of a vast ecological cataclysm which spawns colossal beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. Humankind stares down imminent extinction, and the only law is to hunt or be hunted. It’s survival of the biggest as the earth-shaking sci-fi action adventure continues.

As the last vestige of humankind spirals towards annihilation, Ellen Grace leads the only remaining North American Search & Recovery Team through the deadly giant monster-infested streets of Phoenix. However, she soon encounters another predator far more dangerous than the other-worldly creatures stalking the desolate city: her fellow humans.

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Nitehawk Cinema - Killer Legends Preview SCREENS TONIGHT

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 15:05

Attention, New York! Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn has been developing its "Signature Series" program for some time, including revisiting the more mainstream ‘70s pornography for "Nitehawk Naughties", which will continue into the summer months.

Now, their "One Nite Only" series will highlight nine upcoming films including artist and music documentaries, re-releases and anniversaries, restorations and classic repertory films.

Tonight at 9:30 P.M. ET, Nitehawk presents a special One Nite Only screening of the new horror documentary Killer Legends in celebration of its upcoming March 16 premiere on the Chiller Network. The event includes a Q&A with filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Rachel Mills moderated by Fangoria’s Sam Zimmerman. If you enjoyed the documentary Cropsey from Zeman and are in or around Brooklyn this evening, Killer Legends looks to explore the true origins of urban legends on a much grander scale than the more intimate, personal exploration in Cropsey.

Killer Legends is a hair-raising film that focuses on four timeless urban legends that continue to haunt the psyche of the American public. This horror documentary follows filmmakers Joshua Zeman (Cropsey) and Rachel Mills as they investigate the true crimes that may have spawned these urban legends, while exploring how these myths evolved and why we continue to believe. The documentary probes the following legends: The Candyman, The Baby-Sitter and the Man Upstairs, The Hookman, and The Killer Clown.

Killer Legends is produced by Gulp Pictures and Storyville Entertainment in association with Gigantic Pictures. Killer Legends premieres this Sunday, March 16th, at 8pm ET on the Chiller Network.

For more info visit Gigantic Pictures, Gulp Pictures, and Chiller TV online.




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New Trailer Arrives By Proxy

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 15:00

Finally a trailer has hit the Internet for director Zack Parker's horror feature Proxy (review). Look for the flick on VOD April 18 with a DVD release to follow. Check out the trailer now.

Alexia Rasmussen, Alexa Havins, Kristina Klebe, and Joe Swanberg all star.

Synopsis:
A very pregnant Esther Woodhouse (Rasmussen) is walking home after her latest OB appointment when she is brutally attacked and disfigured by a hooded assailant. When Esther seeks consolation in a support group, she finds friendship and empathy in Melanie (Havins), another mother scarred with tragedy. Esther soon begins to believe that the horrific event might be a bittersweet act of fate. However, friendship and empathy can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.

Proxy is a European-style suspense-thriller that promises to challenge the traditional cinematic form. Parker has reunited with The Newton Brothers to compose the score as well as Jim Timperman as Director of Photography to lens the film. A notable addition to Parker’s crew is seasoned Special F/X Make-Up Artist James Ojala. Proxy was shot on location in Eastern Indiana.

For more info visit the official Along the Tracks Productions website, "like" Proxy on Facebook, and follow Proxy on Twitter.

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Magnolia Huffs, Puffs and Readies to Release Big Bad Wolves on Home Video

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:50

The Israeli revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves (review) has been garnering nothing but acclaim on the festival circuit with Quentin Tarantino referring to it as "the best film of the year" in 2013.

Courtesy of Magnolia Home Entertainment, one of last year's best genre flicks comes home, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on April 22nd. Read on for full details, including a list of bonus features and your first look at the artwork!

Directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (Rabies), the film stars Lior Ashkenazi (Footnote), Tzachi Grad (The Flood), Rotem Keinan (The Exchange), and Dov Glickman.

Synopsis
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: the father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

Special Features

  • Making of BIG BAD WOLVES featurette
  • AXS TV: A Look at BIG BAD WOLVES
  • Theatrical trailer

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    Religious Quack Pat Robertson Warns that Horror Movies Give Demons Permission to Destroy Your Life

    Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:41

    He opposes gay marriage. He refers to non-Christians as "termites." And now controversial televangelist Pat Robertson warns that horror movies can, and will, destroy your life.

    It all began when a viewer of Robertson's show "The 700 Club: wrote in, wondering if recent exposure to a horror film was perhaps to blame for a car accident she got in while on her way home from church.

    "I was watching a horror movie the other day [on] the recommendation of others," the viewer wrote. "It was rather strange and awfully macabre. And then this past Sunday, I got into an accident leaving church."

    "Did watching that movie cause a curse -- or the Lord's protection to be lifted from me?" she asked. "Did I grieve the Holy Spirit by watching this series?"

    Silly, right? Well, Robertson doesn't think so. After assuring the woman that he was pretty confident that a movie wasn't to blame for that particular accident, he went on to say that it's entirely possible for horror films to allow demons to enter your soul and that we should all be careful of the entertainment we choose to ingest.

    "A few years ago I heard about a teenage girl who was demon possessed, and people began to deal with the demon and try to cast it out," he recalled. "And you know what the demon said? 'I had permission.' And the permission was granted when this child had gone to some double-X-rated movie, or whatever it was, and had allowed this thing to come into her."

    "I know this sounds kind of otherworldly, but that's the way it is," he continued. "So, could it have happened to you? Yes. I don't think it did, but [it] could have."

    Check out the full segment below, which is guaranteed to make your blood boil!

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    Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg Confident AMC Won't Sabotage Preacher Adaptation

    Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:35

    It's been a big week for news about Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's small screen adaptation of Garth Ennis' comic series Preacher, which began when the duo revealed the AMC series will remain faithful to the comics. But will the show be as gory and nudity-filled as the comics are?

    Let's find out!

    In an interview with Ain't It Cool News, Rogen and Goldberg seemed pretty confident that AMC won't force them to take out too much of the good stuff, which quells some of the fears that the move to the small screen will water down the source material.

    "We went into AMC last week with Garth Ennis, and I've never felt like a studio or network was more on the same page with us," said Goldberg. "We pitched them, and they said, 'Perfect! That's exactly what we wanted to hear. No notes.'"

    "The religious stuff, they're totally cool with," continued Rogen. "The violence, they're totally cool with. The nudity is hard, but we can find ways around that. Overall, it was one of the best meetings I've ever had, honestly."

    Though Rogen commented that things will inevitably have to change to make the show fit to air on AMC, he says that Ennis is totally happy with how things are playing out this far and the changes will be as minor as possible.

    "He couldn't have been more receptive and couldn't have been more vocal about the fact that he knows there's a core thing that needs to be maintained," said the pot-smoking funny man, referring to Ennis, "but other than that there's a lot of stuff that you can lose."

    Rogen went on to say that he and Goldberg are such big fans of the comics that it's going to be hard for them to do wrong by other fans. "I think our tone is honestly directly influenced by the Preacher graphic novels," he said, which should be music to the ears of all fellow fans.

    It's certainly music to ours!

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    New Patrick Viral Features an Experiment Gone Wrong... Really Wrong

    Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:29

    A new viral video in promotion of the Aussie chiller Patrick (review) is here to make a real mess of things. Look for the flick in theatres and on VOD THIS FRIDAY, March 14, 2014. Check it out, or we will force you to telepathically!

    At the helm of the remake is Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), and the flick stars Richard E. Grant (Dracula, Corpse Bride), Rachel Griffiths (Blow), and Sharni Vinson (You're Next).

    Synopsis
    When a young nurse begins work at an isolated psychiatric ward, she quickly becomes fascinated with Patrick, a brain dead patient who is the subject of a mad scientist’s cruel and unusual experiments. What starts as an innocent fascination quickly takes a sinister turn as Patrick begins to use his psychic powers to manipulate her every move and send her life into a terrifying spiral out of control.




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    In Fear Director Jeremy Lovering Talks Changeling Remake

    Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:21

    Just released on home video this week was a highly effective indie thriller called In Fear, which marked the feature debut of Jeremy Lovering. The flick totally whet my appetite for more from the filmmaker, and it looks like he may next be remaking a classic. Read on!

    In an interview with Fangoria, Lovering revealed that he's currently working on a remake of the 1980 haunted house flick The Changeling, which he recently completed a script treatment for.

    "I’m really nervous about it, for obvious reasons," he told Fango. "The original is an extraordinarily good film, and I’ve tried to take a kind of alternative point of view—doing the scenes you don’t see, the ones in between those that are in the film. THE CHANGELING has such iconic, much-copied sequences, and obviously loads of directors, from James Wan to [THE WOMAN IN BLACK’s] James Watkins and a whole bunch of others, happily acknowledge THE CHANGELING as a massively influential film. It’s the same producers [as the original] who want to make it, and it has been a very interesting process, but I’m still trying to decide whether it’s the right thing to do or not."

    Lovering says he wrote the treatment after being approached about directing the film based on someone else's script, which he wasn't so keen on doing.

    "There was a screenplay in existence that they had already commissioned," said the British filmmaker. "They sent me that draft and it’s very well-written, but it’s not the film I want to make. THE CHANGELING is one of the few movies that genuinely scared me, and it still does, so I didn’t want to touch it at first. But then I started conversations with them and told them I didn’t feel the script. I want to re-engage with it in a different way, and they told me to go write my own screenplay. I was like, ‘I’ll just write a treatment because I don’t know if it’s gonna work for me,’ and I literally delivered it the other day."

    Throughout the interview Lovering expressed doubts as to whether or not it'd be a good idea to remake such a classic film, which lets us know that his head is in the right place. "If I just did it as a cut-and-paste, there’d be no point," he says, "but if I can bring it to a new audience, then maybe it could work.

    In the meantime be sure to check out In Fear, which proves that Lovering knows how to convey pure terror!

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    Spec Sci-fi/Thriller Script Aether Acquired by FilmNation

    Thu, 03/13/2014 - 14:15

    Word on a new spec script that was just acquired by FilmNation landed online today, and we have the very sketchy early details on the sci-fi/thriller known as Aether.

    Per Deadline, FilmNation Entertainment will produce, finance, and handle worldwide sales on the sci-fi thriller Aether, written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns. FilmNation is moving quickly, already looking for a director for the British writer’s script.

    Plot details are currently being kept under wraps, but FilmNation is obviously quite high on it. "I’m astounded by the level of talent and inventiveness we’ve come across from such a young voice," said FilmNation production president Aaron Ryder. "We’re terribly excited to produce this film. We’re also anxious to learn how to pronounce its title!"

    Wilson-Cairns initially developed the script with her UK agent and then finished it on spec. It was brought in by FilmNation Director of Development Patrick Chu. Ryder, along with EVP Karen Lunder, will shepherd the project. The deal was done by FilmNation’s Alison Cohen and United Agents’ Marnie Podos and attorney Tara S. Kole.

    "I am absolutely thrilled to be working alongside such a talented group of like-minded people," said Wilson-Cairns. "FilmNation makes the kind of movies I love to watch, and I am so pleased we’ve put Aether into their safe hands."

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