Word has come today that Joe Johnston's Not Safe for Work is going to be headed straight to video come this April. Read on for details and of course the artwork, which incidentally is completely safe for work.
Look for it in stores on April 15th.
For the film Johnston reteamed with his Captain America star JJ Feild (Neil Marshall's Centurion) along with Tom Gallop (The Bourne Identity) and Emmy winner Christian Clemenson ("CSI: Miami"). Max Minghella (The Social Network) stars as the cunning protagonist, while Eloise Mumford (ABC's "The River") plays his girlfriend, who works at the same office along with Clemenson.
Horror favorites Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (Blood River, The Devil's Chair) wrote the script, which follows an unsuspecting office worker, Tom Miller (Max Minghella), who becomes trapped in his office building with a demented killer (JJ Feild). As Tom rushes to protect those employees working late, he soon discovers that his legal firm has been hiding sinister secrets that could put thousands of lives at risk.
More posters are here for Vampire Academy. On tap is the first batch of one-sheets that when all is said and done we think will spell out the film's title. Or something like that. Dig 'em!
Based on the bestselling book series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy will open in theaters on February 7, 2014 (note that the date on the one-sheets is incorrect).
It's directed by Mark Waters, written by Daniel Waters, and stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy, and Ashley Charles.
VAMPIRE ACADEMY tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa - a royal vampire Princess - have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St. Vladamir's Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy.
Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love interest, Dimitri (Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa's guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the Academy walls and the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary.
Word of a new "must see" horror short film playing during the 2014 Hollywood Reel Indie Film Fest landed in our inbox so here's the scoop on David Portorreal's Prisoner 614 plus a few stills.
From the Press Release:
Award-winning short film Prisoner 614, starring Hemky Madera ("Weeds") and Celestin Cornielle ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D") is set to screen on February 12th at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, being held February 11th–23rd at the New Beverly Cinema in Hollywood, CA.
The thriller, which is currently enjoying a successful festival run, was written, directed, and produced by David Portorreal, whose father was born and raised in the Dominican Republic during the reign of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina and was the inspiration for Portorreal’s award-winning film.
“The Dominican Republic is a special place to me not only because of my father, but also because of my many relatives that currently live there,” says David Portorreal. “The country’s history has always fascinated me. One day I was speaking with my father and doing research about the Trujillo era, with the goal of writing a feature script about the time period, when I was hit with the idea for Prisoner 614. The resulting short film is an abstract, supernatural thriller which I have dedicated to him because of his courageous experiences in 1960.”
Prisoner 614 is a short (about 10 mins), intense drama thriller about an off-kilter prisoner (Hemky Madera) who is brought before a determined military interrogator (Celestin Cornielle), unafraid of using violent methods for information. Things begin to heat up when one of them soon realizes that he got more than what he bargained for. Prisoner 614, which is a film festival "must see," was an official selection at the Los Angeles International Underground Film Festival and premiered at the Festival de Cine Global Dominicano.
Audiences can see Prisoner 614 and meet some of the key cast on February 12th at 3:30 pm at the New Beverly Cinema, 7165 West Beverly Boulevard in Hollywood, CA 90036. Portorreal’s next film, currently in development with a Federal agent, is Maite, which is set for production in the Dominican Republic later this year.
The official artwork is here for the sea-faring indie monster flick Dead Sea, which will be hitting DVD on April 15, and we truly dig it! In fact, it's a fine example of artwork alone being enough to make us watch the flick. Remember those times? Ah, the 80s!
Dead Sea follows a marine biologist who reluctantly returns to the town she grew up in, only to encounter the violent paranoia that has overtaken its locals as they prepare for the return of a serpentine creature said to appear every thirty years to feed.
The science fiction thriller is written and directed by Brandon Slagle (2012 Shockfest Award Winner - Best Director, The Black Dahlia Haunting) and stars Alexis Iacono (The Penny Dreadful Picture Show, Blue Caprice), Britt Griffith (Syfy's "Ghost Hunters"), Devanny Pinn (Nude Nuns with Big Guns), James Duval (Independence Day, Donnie Darko), Chanel Ryan (Bad Kids Go to Hell, BASEketball), Candace Kita (Barb Wire, "Nip/Tuck"), Jw Wiseman ("Deadliest Warrior"), Tawny Amber Young (The Guilt Trip, Bloodsucka Jones), and KJ McCormick (Syfy's "Ghost Hunters").
Creature effects are being provided by Phil Nichols of Facades FX Lab (Arlington Road, Boggy Creek, the upcoming Bigfoot Wars).
For more information, "like" the newly launched Dead Sea Facebook page.
Full Moon has been steadily beefing up its streaming service, and if you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, this latest announcement should persuade you and then some. Read on for details, and get those smart TVs ready!
From the Press Release
Full Moon Features is proud to announce their most exciting acquisition yet – fifty of cinema’s most obscure and beloved classics from the Blue Underground label will debut on their new subscription-based video streaming service, FullMoonStreaming.com, home to the entire Full Moon Features library.
Blue Underground titles will include VENOM (a beloved thriller about a killer snake starring Klaus Kinski, Susan George, and Oliver Reed), MONDO CANE (the award-winning documentary that launched the whole “Mondo” craze of the Sixties), CONTAMINATION (a gory Italian homage to ALIEN), VIOLENT CITY (the Charles Bronson action classic), DON’T TORTURE A DUCKLING (horror/thriller from Italian godfather of gore Lucio Fulci), THE CHURCH (a haunted church tale from Italian masters of terror Dario Argento and Michele Soavi), and TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD (the first in the series of popular Spanish BLIND DEAD films), amongst many others.
“Full Moon Streaming’s fanbase is growing rapidly, and fans have come to expect the most amazing content imaginable,” explained Full Moon’s Charles Band. “I knew these Blue Underground titles would perfectly satiate that need, as we are the only subscriber-based streaming service to curate the world’s best, kookiest, and most hard-to-find cinema treasures.”
“As the mainstream VOD sites like Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes have turned their backs on classic genre films in favor of TV shows and new theatrical releases, I’m excited my pal Charlie Band has launched Full Moon Streaming to fill that void,” said William Lustig, acclaimed filmmaker and president of Blue Underground. “Now, fans have a streaming site of their own dedicated to grindhouse/drive-in classics presented in uncompromising quality.”
Complete list of Blue Underground titles to be available on FullMoonStreaming.com:
There have been many stories told in the Mars Attacks universe, but nothing quite like this! Beginning in May, Chris Ryall and Sam Kieth (The Hollows) join forces once again for Mars Attacks: First Born, the story of the first Earth-born Martian.
Mars Attacks: First Born, a four-issue series from IDW Publishing written by Ryall from a story co-plotted by Ryall and Kieth, featuring art and covers by Kieth, tells a deceptively quiet story of the aftereffects of the Martian invasion:
In a devastated neighborhood, a few survivors try to rebuild their lives. One of those survivors is an infant Martian, left behind in the attacks. But was she left behind on accident or as part of a more nefarious plan? Does nature versus nurture apply to horrible invaders from Mars? These are some of the themes being explored in this series. Also: giant bugs.
“This series is a multi-tiered love letter,” said series writer and IDW Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. “Every page shows not only the love Sam and I have for Mars Attacks, but also wild science-fiction tales from the past, the sorts of things Wally Wood drew in the pages of Weird Science-Fantasy and other EC comics. Our adoration of Wally’s work is front and center in this series, but it’s also a great next move for Sam and I after the working relationship we developed on The Hollows. And it surely gives Mars Attacks fans something special, in addition to also giving them some of the wanton carnage and gallows humor they’ve come to expect.”
The influence of classic science-fiction stories of years past extends to the variant covers for each issue, too. Artist Loston Wallace pays homage to classic Wally Wood EC covers in each image he’s creating for the series.
“Sam has been a friend to Topps for more than 20 years, and we’re happy to see him finally put his stamp on Mars Attacks,” says Adam Levine, Topps’ Head of Outbound Licensing. “His wild style and one-of-a-kind sense of storytelling will no doubt bring a fresh take to our classic Martians.”
Mars Attacks: First Born #1 (of 4) launches in May.
Horror comedy Deadly Retreat, the first full-length feature to be released by Artigo Indie, began filming yesterday, February 2nd, in Idyllwild, CA; and we have the early details along with a look at the film's teaser artwork.
Jon Artigo wrote and directs Deadly Retreat through his production company, Artigo Indie, along with his wife, Danielle Artigo (pictured), who will be producing as well as starring in the picture. Danielle's co-stars include genre vet Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls), who also recently worked together in Lifetime's "The Wrong Woman."
Matt Kohler and Barry Alexander have joined the producing team as producer and co-producer, respectively.
Deadly Retreat marks Ms. Artigo's third feature producing credit in the last six months, having recently come on to produce for Blanc/Biehn Productions She Rises, starring Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Daisy McCrackin, and Angus McFadyen of AMC's new series "Turn." That project is currently in post-production.
“I have a great working relationship with Jon and Danielle," said Blanc-Biehn. “I had the opportunity to work with them for films produced by Blanc/Biehn Productions so I am delighted to be a part of Deadly Retreat, and I look forward to future collaborations with the husband and wife team.”
Employees of a dot-com company travel to the mountains for their annual winter retreat. Unfortunately for them, the trip takes a deadly turn when a self-proclaimed serial killer and avid practical joker tries to make a name for himself and targets this group of young professionals for execution.
Look for more soon!
A few weeks back we told you that Dr. Uwe Boll was already hard at work on a sequel to his - honestly - great film Rampage, and now, just in time for the European Film Market, we have the exclusive premiere of the film's teaser artwork along with a first look trailer.
Rampage 2 stars Rogue's Brendan Fletcher. The sequel to the original 2009 mass murder thriller was shot over six days in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. Rampage 2 has Fletcher returning as a man who takes over a TV station and holds a number of hostages as a political platform to awaken humanity, instead of for money.
The feature from the prolific German director, who shoots most of his movies in Vancouver, also stars Lochlyn Munro (Tomorrowland), Mike Dopud, and Michaela Ross. Rampage 2 is produced by Natalia Tudge.
When we last heard about The Ganzfeld Haunting, it was April of last year, and it was still called The Ganzfeld Experiment. But with the new year has come a new title and some early screening news. If you're in or around LA, you have a chance to see it soon.
The Ganzfeld Haunting, a bold, erotic psychological thriller from director Michael Oblowitz (The Breed), will premiere on February 6th and then run for an exclusive one-week engagement beginning Friday, February 7th, at Laemmle's Beverly Hills (9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA).
Are you more of a night owl? Then you can attend special midnight shows at Laemmle's NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA) on February 6th and 7th.
The film stars Rumer Willis (Sorority Row), Taylor Cole (The Green Hornet), Ryan Donowho (Altitude), Billy Zane, and Dominic Purcell and follows five college psychology students who set out to perform an ESP experiment. Along their path of self-discovery, the characters get sidetracked by hard drugs, sex, and... the supernatural. When a compelling killer steps into the picture and begins to stalk the protagonists, the real craziness begins.
In a world where past meets present and the present gets lost in time, reality is blurred for five college students who push all boundaries over a lost weekend. Memories, dreams, past, future... Can they forget what they cannot remember? For those five students a new kind of terror awaits. Senses are dazed as they meet their destiny and the present collides with a past shared secret. Is anything real?
With the Viscera Film Festival now defunct, a new event has arrived to fill the void. Some Viscera alums are bringing the Somerville, Mass., Etheria Film Night to Hollywood, and submissions for films helmed by female directors are now open.
Combining horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, and thrillers, Etheria Film Night promises a little something for everyone!
From the Press Release:
In 2014, emerging women directors of genre films will have a platform to share their new shorts with the world. Heidi Honeycutt, former Director of Programming for the Viscera Film Festival, has teamed up with fellow former Viscera Board Director Stacy Pippi Hammon to revamp the Etheria Film Night, Honeycutt’s science fiction and fantasy festival, originally held in Somerville, MA, in partnership with the former Viscera Organization and movie website/screening series All Things Horror. The content of Honeycutt’s all-female-directed action and thriller festival, Full Throttle, will be combined with the new Etheria Film Night.
With the closure of The Viscera Organization in 2013, which curated and screened new short horror films directed by women, there is a void in the world of independent and genre film. The new Etheria Film Festival will also fill that empty space by including horror when they present a one-night showcase of the best brand new and innovative genre films directed by women at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California, on July 12, 2014.
Co-owner and Director of Programming Heidi Honeycutt says, “It’s time to expand our concept of what it means to be a genre film director. I am going to deliberately seek out films that will make people think, scream, feel, and rethink what it means to be a ‘female director.’ I want to see the number of women making great genre films go up; I want women to feel an unprecedented sense of equality in the film industry, and I think this is one small way we can help make that happen. Things can only go up from here for women directors; I am excited that we can do something to change the perception that women directors are only good at period dramas, documentaries, and romantic comedies. There are some vicious, violent, stunning, surreal, scary, and crazy films being made by women every day; and we’re going to show you just a few of the very best ones to blow your mind.”
Hammon is co-owner and the Film Night Director. From Hammon: “Although I left the Viscera Organization after the 2012 festival, I have remained passionate about providing a venue for women filmmakers to have their hard work celebrated. I had no interest in ever competing against Viscera as a perfect outlet for the filmmakers already existed. Now that this is not available for the filmmakers, I want to ensure that they continue to have a voice supporting their work. In meeting with Heidi and learning her ideas to reorganize her existing ventures into one, consolidated product that keeps the filmmakers and their work front and center, how could I say no?”
American Cinematheque, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting all forms of films through screenings at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, are just as dedicated to providing an outlet for women genre filmmakers. The 2014 Etheria Film Festival will be co-presented by American Cinematheque on July 12, 2014, at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.
Though the main event is being moved to Hollywood, Etheria will continue to partner with All Things Horror to include Somerville, MA, as the East Coast premiere location. The tour will include stand-alone events, other festivals, and university presentations around the world and will be under the direction of another Viscera alum, Director of Media and Distribution and co-owner James Morgart. "The lack of women filmmakers in Hollywood is a social problem,” says Morgart. “A festival like Etheria, where we plan to screen films internationally in varied commercial and academic settings assists, is accomplishing three things: raises public awareness of established female talent and of the current social problem, cultivates aspiring talent, and encourages the public to demand more of their art and entertainment.”
Completing the Etheria team is Film Programmer and co-owner Kayley Viteo. “Etheria Film Night is about widening the scope not only for what it means to be a female director in general, but also what it means to be a genre film director in particular,” she says. “I think that making and viewing genre film both have the potential to be powerfully transgressive, and Etheria Film Night recognizes that at its core. Giving female filmmakers a space to showcase their creative ability across any number of genre lines is an important step forward in the movement for equality in the film industry. I'm extremely excited about being a part of that.”
The Etheria Film Night is open for submissions now through March 31st, 2014. Filmmakers can submit online at etheriafilmfestival.com/submissions. The lineup will be curated by an array of film festival programmers from around the world such as Mitch Davis (Fantasia Film Festival), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women), and Briony Kidd (Stranger With My Face Film Festival), and many more.
The Etheria Film Night is currently at work on a new website. In the meantime, they will post updates on their Facebook page.
The CW released a measly five photos from this week's Ep. 5.13 of "The Vampire Diaries," but considering there's another party to get ready for, it's no wonder they don't have time for more. Don't fall apart; check out what's ahead in "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.13 - "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (airs 2/6/14, 8-9pm): Hoping to help everyone move past recent traumatic events, Caroline (Candice Accola) convinces Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) to attend Whitmore College’s “Bitter Ball” for broken-hearted students.
Bonnie is intrigued with a fellow student named Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell), who appears to be dabbling in witchcraft, while Tyler (Michael Trevino) starts to worry about Matt’s (Zach Roerig) relationship with Nadia (guest star Olga Fonda).
After making a disturbing discovery, Stefan (Paul Wesley) has a frustrating conversation with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo (guest star Michael Malarkey) while Dr. Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett) struggles to continue his research project with help from a new benefactor named Sloan (guest star Caitlin McHugh).
Still bent on revenge, Damon and Enzo resort to violence to convince Bonnie and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to help them, but their plan takes an unexpected and horrifying turn. Darren Genet directed the episode written by Rebecca Sonnenshine and Holly Brix.
The indie horror flick The Invoking is on its way home from Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment brand, and right now we have an exclusive clip for you cats to dig on. Check it out!
Image Entertainment brings you The Invoking, available on DVD, digital download, and VOD February 18, 2014. The film is directed by Jeremy Berg and stars Trin Miller, Brandon Anthony, Josh Truax, and D'Angelo Midili.
After inheriting a house from the family she never knew, Samantha Harris (Miller) and three friends head to rural Sader Ridge to inspect the property. Soon after arriving, Sam begins to experience horrific visions of savage brutality and unspeakable evil. Plagued by the sinister forces closing in around her, Sam descends into a waking nightmare when the demons from her past refuse to stay buried any longer.
Some really sad news is coming out of New York City today as award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment due to an alleged overdose. He was 46.
Hoffman was found in an apartment in the West Village around 11:30 AM by a friend who had become concerned at not being able to reach him. Investigators found a syringe in his left forearm, at least two plastic envelopes with what appeared to be heroin nearby, and five empty plastic envelopes in a trash bin, the official said.
Hoffman, though he's given many creepy performances, worked within the genre only a couple of times... once as Freddy Lounds in the 1992 film Red Dragon and most recently in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (which is currently in post-production), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (which is still filming). It is unclear at this point whether or not Hoffman's part in the second film had completed.
Back in 2012 it was announced that Hoffman was to direct the Depression Era ghost story Ezekiel Moss for Mandalay Pictures. The 2011 Black List script by Keith Bunin followed a young, imaginative boy living in a small town who befriends a mysterious drifter who may have the ability to communicate with the dead. The project never came to fruition.
We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to offer our sincerest of condolences to Hoffman's friends, family, and constituents. May you finally find peace, sir. You will be missed.
Bon appétit! It is the chef, or the cook if you will, that makes all the magic happen with the food we eat. The right chef can take your ordinary meal and make it extraordinary… or is that Hamburger Helper? Anyway, here are the Top 9 Sinister Chefs in horror.
With the release of Serving Up Richard (review), we decided to dig down deep and remember some of our favorite chefs and cooks throughout the history of horror.
Whether they be chefs of the gourmet variety, or they just threw something (like a boiling bunny) on the stove, the following list of ne'er-do-wells all know their way around a kitchen. And that's one of the reasons why we love them.
As always, we'll give you a few honorable mentions to get things going. Glenn Close's previously referenced character, Alex Forrest, was perhaps not a true chef, but she sure knew how to boil the hell out of a bunny in Fatal Attraction. Crazy gypsy Tadzu Lempke managed to bake a curse right into a pie in Thinner. Not bad, if Nutri-System could somehow get their hands on a pie that makes you thinner, they'd corner the market in the weight loss game! And ragdoll Sally from A Nightmare Before Christmas certainly knew how to cook her way out of captivity. Dr. Finklestein: "Worm's wart, mmm! And…frog's breath?"/Sally: "What's wrong? I-I thought you liked frog's breath."/Dr. F.:"Nothing's more suspicious than frog's breath!" So she may not have been the best cook when it came to hiding the flavors of her secret ingredients, but she always managed to slip that deadly nightshade in one way or another.
Michael and George Tutman- Blood Diner
The old, large box VHS forgotten gem Blood Diner from 1987 featured a pair of brothers, Michael and George Tutman, running (ironically enough) an incredibly popular vegetarian restaurant. While running said restaurant, they are at the same time collecting body parts from 'immoral women' to create a blood buffet which will allow them to resurrect the ancient Lumerian goddess Sheetar and unleash all kinds of bad times. All the while the brothers are being guided by their Uncle Anwar, a disembodied brain and eyeballs who initially started the project of resurrecting Sheeter. Possessing the fantastic tagline "First they greet you... then they eat you", Blood Diner has yet to find DVD release in the US except for appearing in a killer Lionsgate six-pack with films like Fido, Parents and Boy Eats Girl.
Kakihara- Ichi the Killer
Takashi Miike's ultra-violent film Ichi the Killer featured some truly intense moments, however, perhaps none more toe-curling than the infamous tempura scene. The psychotic Kakihara was simply trying to glean some information from his buddy Suzuki in the most gentle way he could conceive. That would be by hanging him, Superman style, with hooks pierced through his back. So how does this make him a chef, you may ask? While Suzuki hung there, the multi-talented Kakihara was cooking up a batch of tempura in oil. Then there's always the problem of what to do with that excess oil. This presented no dilemma at all to Chef Kakihara, as he poured the boiling oil over the pierced back of Suzuki, hoping this little bit of torture would get him the information he needed. This wasn't the case, as after all that, Suzuki turned out to be the wrong guy. Damn shame, but on the bright side, it did look like a particularly tasty batch of tempura.
Mrs. Lovett- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Never performed in a sexier fashion than when Helena Bonham Carter played the role (we've all got a thing for Mrs. Burton, don't we?), Mrs. Lovett is the ultimate opportunist. Both a businesswoman and a cook, Mrs. Lovett found herself on the wrong side of impoverished London owning a meat pie shop. Unfortunately, due to any number of reasons, there just wasn't a lot of meat to be had. That is, unless you got creative. Cats were too quick, and running in short supply themselves anyway, so Mrs. Lovett knew just what to do when a dead body showed up at her disposal… "such a nice plump frame/what's his name has…had…has!" Forming an unlikely and unholy union with the Demon Barber of Fleet Street himself, Sweeney Todd, Mrs. Lovett provided the perfect partner for him. He provided the meat and she made sure all those bodies disappeared while Mr. Todd practiced for his inevitable meeting with dastardly Judge Turpin.
Drayton Sawyer- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Part 2, Texas Chainsaw 3D
Better known as The Cook, Drayton Sawyer was the brains behind the Sawyer clan as they carved a heinous swath into the annals of Texas crime history. One part father figure, one part comedian (and you can probably make that two parts comic to one part dad for TCM Part 2, Drayton is the man who knows how to take all those bodies his boys come home with and turn them into award-winning chili. The secret, of course, is in the meat, and doesn't ol' Drayton know that. He's got plenty of trophies to show for it. Do be careful when eating a bowl of Drayton's chili… you never know when you might stumble upon one of them hard-shell peppercorns. Although, like Lord Voldemort, I feel Texas Chainsaw 3D is something that should not be named, one of the really cool things about that movie… well, the one cool thing about that movie... was Bill Moseley returning to Texas to take over the role of Drayton Sawyer in the absence of the now deceased Jim Sideow, who originally played the role. Fine job, Bill. Too bad you couldn't have played a couple more roles. Maybe wrote the thing too; that might have helped. Anyway, that's cook extraordinaire Drayton Sawyer! Don't skimp on the meat!
Hannibal Lecter- The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Dragon, Manhunter, Hannibal Rising, "Hannibal"
Drayton Sawyer knows how to make a mean bowl of chili with the right body parts, but Hannibal Lecter can turn those same giblets into succulent gourmet dishes. Just look at how tasty he cooked up that brain in Hannibal. Officer Paul Krendler couldn't get enough of his own grey matter. Now that's good cooking. If you can get someone to eat his own brain, you can sling some hash. And who could forget the legendary liver with the side of fava beans? No, we didn't get to see it, but we can rest assured that Dr. Lecter cooked it perfectly. Dr. Lecter's legend only continues to grow. From his initial beginnings in the pages of Thomas Harris' novels and his introduction in Manhunter (played Brian Cox), Hannibal Lecter has come a long way, and it's all because of his incredible depth of character and the mystery behind him. And much of that is his penchant for liking the finer things in life... and also the fact that he knows how to sauté brains better than Gordon Ramsey.
Farmer Vincent- Motel Hell
Rory Cahoun was an absolute hoot as Farmer Vincent Smith in this hilarious 1980 horror-comedy. Not only does Farmer Vincent make the best smoked meats in the area, he catches the meat himself. It's no problem to blow out a front tire or set some booby traps around the property. Next thing you know... bam! You've got yourself a new load of prime meat to prepare. Unfortunately, as we learn during Farmer Vincent's final moments, he was a bit of a hypocrite as he did indeed use preservatives. For shame. We could forgive the garden full of people buried up to their necks in the back yard, but preservatives, really? Cap the movie off with one of the most memorable fight scenes you'll ever see (it's not every day two brothers go at it in a chainsaw duel with one of them wearing a giant pig head). As far as chefs go, you'll have to look far and wide to best Vincent Smith and his sister Ida at the lovely Motel Hell.
Bai Ling plays the crafty cook Mei in the 2004 film Dumplings. And what's so special about Mei's dumplings? Well, for starters they can keep you incredibly young and virile. They are truly a fountain of youth and vigor. Unfortunately, there is a bit of a downside to them. They are made from human fetuses. Yeah, that part is a little tough to swallow. Check out the video below for a look at the entire process, from the procurement of the meat to the finished product… and tell me you're not curling your toes when she eats that damn thing at the end of the clip. Yikes!
Colonel Ives- Ravenous
One of the most memorable, and unfortunately underrated, cannibal films out there, Ravenous, features Robert Carlyle as F.W. Colqhoun, who becomes Colonel Ives, and Ives definitely cooks himself a mean bowl of stew. Of course the film is based on cannibalism and the wendigo legend with the men receiving incredible power when consuming the flesh of another… and Ives knows how to cook himself some people. Carlyle is so perfect in this dark, dark, dark comedy film. He goes from a nearly feral man to sophisticated military officer with ease, showing just how great he is. But fyi, he does cry when he cuts onions. We felt the short video posted below that we found illustrates the tone and the… ahem… flavor of the film perfectly.
Freddy Krueger- A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
As if giving us the line "Bon appétit, bitch!" isn't enough, Chef Freddy Krueger delivers one of the most memorable Elm Street kills ever when he appears in A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. Freddy arrives, in one of his frolicy, fun-time moods, dressed as a chef and grabs pretty, young Greta. Instead of just giving her the ol' razor fingers treatment, Freddy decides to force-feed her to death, stuffing her own innards into Greta's face, expanding her cheeks and stomach. She then appears to be choking in her non-dream life. Then somehow she momentarily ends up inside a refrigerator door and then chokes to death in front of her family. Pretty clever, Freddy. Talk about your "Kitchen Nightmares." Sorry, another Gordon Ramsey reference. Had to be done.
There you have the Top 9 Sinister Chefs. Be sure to check out Serving Up Richard!
Meet Glory and Everett Hutchins…maybe you’ve already met them. They live in a neighborhood very much like yours, except they have a little secret. Everett (Jude Ciccolella) and Glory (Susan Priver) are active cannibals. Not exactly a Main Street practice today. And their lifestyle presents some practical challenges: like how do you get those necessary provisions?
Meet Richard Reubens…perhaps you’ve met him, too. A mid-level Wall Street investment specialist, Richard (Ross McCall) was transferred to the LA offices under some murky circumstances. In LA everyone needs a car. When Richard answers an ad selling a vintage Mustang, he unwittingly winds up Glory and Everett’s captive in their secret room, in their nice house, in the neighborhood that looks like your neighborhood. And Richard is fated to be the next addition to their unorthodox menu. However...Richard is not a silent lamb about to be led willingly to his own slaughter.
Perceiving Glory as the "weak link," Richard uses all his Wall Street persuasiveness to break her – creating twists and turns that expose surprising personality traits in Glory which constantly thwart his plans and keep us guessing how it all will end.
A new director and star have come on board for the American remake of the Japanese flick 2LDK, as director Kevin Connolly has been slotted to replace Andy Fickman, and Jessica Alba replaces Gemma Arterton as the lead.
The Wright Girls is a dark comedy-thriller from Relativity and Atlas Entertainment. Bert V. Royal (Easy A) penned the remake.
Kate and Vanessa are co-stars on a past-its-prime sitcom and roomates in real life. When they realize they are both up for the same lead role in a big movie that could catapult their careers into stardom, the roomates will go from best friends to worst enemies over the course of one action-packed night.
One of the greats has left us, and we'd be remiss to not mention the passing of Oscar winner Maximilian Schell this morning (Feb. 1, 2014) at the age of 83 in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria. He didn't dabble in the horror genre often, but when he did, it was memorable.
Per the AP via ABC News, Schell's agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said Saturday he died overnight at a hospital in the Austrian city of Innsbruck following a "sudden illness."
Austrian-born Schell won his Best Actor Oscar in 1962 for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and also appeared in such genre fare as Deep Impact, The Black Hole, John Carpenter's Vampires, The Vampyre Wars, Darkness, House of the Sleeping Beauties, The Eighteenth Angel, and 1983 TV movie "The Phantom of the Opera," in which he played The Phantom opposite Jane Seymour and Michael York.
Despite being type-cast for numerous Nazi-era films, Schell's acting performances in the mid-1970s won him renewed popular acclaim, earning him a Best Actor Oscar nomination for The Man in the Glass Booth and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance alongside Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jason Robards in Julia. Schell later worked as a producer, starting with an adaptation of Franz Kafka's "The Castle," and as a director. In 1992 he received a Golden Globe for his supporting role as Lenin alongside Robert Duvall in the 1992 HBO miniseries "Stalin."
Schell was also a highly successful concert pianist and conductor, performing with such luminaries as Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein and with orchestras in Berlin and Vienna.
We here at Dread Central would like to take a moment to honor Maximilian Schell and offer our condolences to his many friends, family members, and constituents. Thanks for the memories and auf wiedersehen.
With NBC's reimagined "Rosemary's Baby" being set in Paris, it only makes sense they'd hire a few French actors, and first to be named is the César-winning former Bond girl Carole Bouquet. UK-born Christina Cole has also signed on to the project.
Per Deadline, Bouquet (pictured right and below left) has been cast as Margaux Castevet, a sophisticated and beautiful Parisian socialite who befriends young Rosemary, and Cole (pictured below right) will play Julie, Rosemary’s spirited girlfriend.
Bouquet, who won a Best Actress César (the French Oscar) for Trop belle pour toi (1989) is probably best known here in the States as Bond girl Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only (1981). Coincidentally, Cole appeared in Casino Royale (2006) as well as the upcoming Jupiter Ascending.
The four-hour "Rosemary's Baby" miniseries, an adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, is being directed by Agnieska Holland (In Darkness, "Treme"). It stars Zoe Saldana as Rosemary; Patrick J. Adams as her husband, Guy; and Jason Isaacs as warlock/coven-leader Roman Castevet.
"Rosemary’s Baby," produced by Lionsgate TV, is set in Paris. It was penned by Scott Abbott and James Wong and is exec produced by Joshua Maurer, Alix Witlin, and David Stern with Saldana, Cisely Saldana, and Mariel Saldana producing.
Rosemary and her husband, Guy, move into a Paris apartment that has a darkly storied past. After finally getting pregnant, she becomes increasingly suspicious that both Guy and their mysterious neighbors have ulterior motives about the future of her child.
The plot thickens in next week's Episode 1.06 of Syfy's record-shattering new series "Helix." Here's a sneak peek of the opening moments of "Aniqatiga" along with a few photos to prepare you for the intense thrills to come.
The area in which the show is breaking records is "Live +7," which adds 7 days of DVR viewing to its ratings. "Helix" leaped 82% among Adults 18-49 (1.34 million), 74% in Adults 25-54 (1.55 million), and 64% in total viewers (3.0 million) for the January 10th premiere.
Those are the largest increases ever for a Syfy scripted series in L+7 viewing compared to Syfy’s scripted original series premieres since L+7 ratings started being recorded by Nielsen. "Helix" also rose 102% in Adults 18-34 (454K), while posting strong gains among women viewers, up 85% in Women 18-49 (541K), 73% in Women 25-54 (649K), and 232% in Women 18-34 (166K). The series also grew 81% among Men 18-49 (797K) and 75% in Men 25-54 (903K).
"Helix" is executive produced by Ron Moore, creator of “Battlestar Galactica," and stars Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Jordan Hayes, Catherine Lemieux, Hiroyuki Sanada, Meegwun Fairbrother, Mark Ghanimé, and Neil Napier. Also executive producing are Lynda Obst (Contact) and Steven Maeda ("Lost," "CSI: Miami," "The X-Files").
"Helix" Episode 1.06 - "Aniqatiga" (airs 2/7/14)
Alan and Jordan make progress in decoding the virus; Hatake secretly "cures" Walker before the corporation's black helicopters land on the base.
The Scream Factory's last announcement of January 2014 is here, and it's home to the official Blu-ray artwork unveiling of the cult favorite werewolf flick Ginger Snaps. Tell us what you think by barking at the moon.
As per the Scream Factory Facebook page:
"We end January with yet another key art reveal for you. Check out the new key art for our upcoming Collector's Edition of the Canadian sisters-in-cahoots werewolf favorite GINGER SNAPS (DVD & Blu-ray combo out in July)!"
"Some of you may have seen this before as artist Joel Robinson (The Vincent Price Collection) adapted this from an existing piece of artwork he created prior to Scream Factory which we thought was cool to begin with and liked it enough to represent this fun cult film."
"Production on extras have just begun and we'll have full details to report to you as to what they are in May. Pre-order links on our site should appear in April in which a limited edition 18" x 24" poster of the art will be available exclusively through us with purchase of the combo."
Hot on the heels of yesterday's casting news for CBS's upcoming "Extant," another actor has joined the fray, and along with the details on that we have a teaser of what the show will actually be about.
Per TV Guide, Grace Gummer ("The Newsroom," "Smash," Frances Ha) will play Julie, one of John's (Goran Visnjic) partners in building robot prototypes like Ethan, John and Molly's (Halle Berry) son.
Robot children? Does that mean you can turn them on and off? Sign us up!
"EXTANT" is a mystery thriller about a female astronaut, Molly (Halle Berry), who is trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history.
Camryn Manheim plays Sam Barton, Molly’s best friend. Michael O'Neill also co-stars. "Extant" is a co-production of CBS Television Studios and Amblin Television. Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, who wrote the script, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank will serve as executive producers. Halle Berry will serve as co-executive producer.