On his show "Ghost Adventures" for Travel Channel, Zak Bagans and his cohorts Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin visit, literally, some of the scariest places on Earth. Now Bagans actually owns one of them. Read on for details.
Before we get into all that, a little back story. Recently Gary, Indiana, resident Latoya Ammons reported that both she and her three children had been possessed by demons. Immediately the Department of Child Services stepped in to investigate.
As per Huffington Post:
Over the course of investigations that included police questioning, hospital visits and psychiatric evaluations, several authorities confirmed there was something unusual about the Ammons' case.
"Twenty years, and I've never heard anything like that in my life. I was scared myself when I walked into the room," said Dr. Geoffrey Onyeukwu, the family physician who evaluated Ammons and her three children. He spoke with the Indianapolis Star about his "bizarre" encounters with the Ammons [family]. The family came in complaining of 'demon possession,' which they said involved hearing voices, seeing wet footprints in their house where no one had walked and even levitation at one point. Ammons consulted with local churches and clairvoyants, saying she had poured olive oil on her children's hands and feet at the recommendation of one church.
In most cases, a doctor would likely diagnose this as "hallucinations" and "delusions," and that's exactly what Onyeukwu did... at first. According to a Department of Child Services report, however, medical staff at the physician's office said they witnessed one of the children being lifted and thrown against the wall without anyone touching him. The report also includes many accounts from both mother and children stating they had been attacked by ghosts and visited by spirits in the night. Ammons' two sons exhibited violent behavior as well that involved "growling," choking one another and head-butting their grandmother. The report noted that the boys had acted out violently in public, "but especially with the mother present."
Nonetheless, the case reached its tipping point when, according to hospital personnel that apparently witnessed the act, one of the sons "walked up the wall backwards" and "flipped over and landed on his feet." The children were thereafter removed from their mother's care. The family eventually moved (and the children were returned to their mother), and the owner of the supposedly "possessed" house reported no other tenants had complained. But police captain Charles Austin, who visited the family during investigations, told the Indianapolis Star the experience had converted him into "a believer" in ghosts and demons.
Despite debate over the validity of the claims, Father Mike Maginot — the priest who performed numerous exorcisms on Ammons — stuck by his story in an interview with Bill O’Reilly this week, noting that what he saw was “something unworldly.”
“Me and my mother and my children, we almost lost our lives,” Ammons told Inside Edition, calling the experience “horrible.”
“I know it was infested with demons. I know that for a fact,” she said. “I spoke to a good friend of mine, he was clairvoyant. He’s in New York. He explained to me what was going on in the house. And if I knew what I was up against, I would run and drop everything."
And drop everything she did. She fled the home and hasn't looked back. Check out the videos below from various sites detailing the events including the aforementioned O'Reilly interview.
"Ghost Adventures" star Zak Bagans caught wind of the horrifying tale and made an offer to purchase the home for $35,000... the owner was all too willing to sell. Zak tells TMZ that he's going to live there and document his experience.
"If it's true this home is a portal to hell, then I want to go there and see what happens," said Bagans to the site, who also managed to track down the official Child Protective Services report documenting the Ammons case (read it here).
Zak has been a longtime friend and supporter of Dread Central so we reached out to him to get an exclusive official statement.
"I heard about the case from the media, and at first I thought it was just another exorcism in the headline story until I started researching all about all of the different people who witnessed the exorcism," Bagans tell us exclusively. "From there I started researching the files on the case and what all these different people witnessed. All the different testimonies really caught my eye. I'm a full-time paranormal investigator; it's my job to pay attention to this. I dove deeper into the story and have come to the conclusion that whatever happened, it was a powerful moment. From there I got put into communication with Marissa Kwiatkowski of the Indianapolis Star, who reported the original story. After speaking with her, I was able to speak with Father Mike Maginot, who performed the exorcism, as well as Police Captain Charles Austin."
Bagans continues, "From there I got in touch with the landlord, and being a die-hard, passionate investigator in this field, I had to see if I could get that house. The reason why I wanted the house is because Austin literally referred to it as a 'portal to hell,' and he gave me his reasons why he called it that. Frankly, he thought it was all a bunch of bullshit until he experienced what he did with his other officers. I made an offer to buy the house, and it was sold to me. It's kind of weird... as if it were meant to happen. I want to go and spend some time there... do research... conduct my own investigations. I want to see for myself whether or not this stuff is valid. I need to look into the history of the home to see if there's any residual activity or residual energy left over there from whatever events transpired on that property."
"Right now this is one of the biggest stories to hit the media regarding the paranormal, demons, and exorcisms," Bagans says before hopping off the phone for some new adventure. "I knew that somehow I had to be involved. Now that I own the house, I'm gonna go there to document everything. To see if I can find some answers to all the questions that are now lingering. My goal in life is to get answers from the spiritual side of our existence. It's fascinating that sometimes these fights between good and evil happen during exorcisms. Weird things have happened in that home... I want to see if they will replicate themselves once I am there. If crazy shit does start happening to me, then so be it... this is what I do."
Below you'll find a police photo of the home. It's kind of hard to ignore what appears to be an apparition in one of the windows. Spooky stuff. Tell us what you think below.
The big screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies simply will not stay dead, and given the subject matter, that's pretty fitting! Word out of EFM is suggesting that the cast is falling into place and the flick is just about ready to shoot!
Burr Steers is still set to direct, and The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' Lily Collins (pictured) will star. David O. Russell penned the screenplay.
Darko Entertainment, Natalie Portman's Handsomecharlie Films, and producer Allison Shearmur are already on board the project, which was originally set up at Lionsgate.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies centers on Elizabeth Bennet's quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a virus that turns the dead into zombies. The story's set in an alternate version of 19th Century England that features deadly ancestors roaming the countryside.
More eye-popping promo images have come in for Nurse 3D, and if you're well acquainted with our controversial ad campaign we had running earlier in the week, then you should find yourself right at home for these somewhat not safe for work images.
Directed by Doug Aarniokoski, the flick stars Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Boris Kodjoe, Dita Von Teese, Adam Herschman, Neal McDonough, Niecy Nash, and Nick Turturro.
By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to trust your life with. But by night her real work begins…
Using her smoldering sexuality, she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby’s actions and compromises her master plan, Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you’d least expect to justice.
Religion-based horror movies have a tendency to become box office cash cows, and even though they struck out with Devil's Due, Fox is looking to stay in the game with a new biblical terror tale entitled The Unseen.
According to THR, Fox has bought the biblical thriller script The Unseen, written by John Travis, with Hutch Parker attached to produce.
The script is based on the short story "Mr. Pettinger’s Daemon," which appeared in John Connolly's collection of short fiction stories Nocturnes. The plot centers on a hospital cleric who is tasked with treating a fellow clergyman in a remote parish who has been displaying severe signs of mental illness. When he arrives, he discovers that the root of his colleague's erratic behavior is a biblical force of evil that is trying to surface from deep below the church.
More as it comes.
A new, very not safe for work trailer has made its way online for Killers, the next film from moviemaking duo The Mo Brothers (Macabre), and it's hitting all the right notes... and faces. Check it out!
Killers stars Ray Sahetapy, the veteran Indonesian actor who played the crime boss Tama in The Raid.
Developed by The Mo Brothers from a story by Nightmare Detective producer Ushiyama Takuji, Killers is a dark psychological look into the minds of two men with nothing in common: Nomura, a self-obsessed serial killer residing in Tokyo, and Bayu, a failing journalist and a struggling father in Jakarta. Connected through violent incidents, both men inexplicably start to feed off each other. As their lives become more uncontrollable, each of them starts to journey into a maze of violent self-discovery.
Earlier today we posted a TV spot and featurette for Grand Piano (see them here in case you missed them); and now, to close out the work week, we have the first clip from the film, entitled "Cell Phone," along with a new poster. Dial it up!
Look for Eugenio Mira's thriller Grand Piano (review here) on VOD now and in limited theatres March 7th. Elijah Wood stars along with John Cusack.
Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die." Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper's motives and look for help without anyone realizing…
As an avid Godzilla figure collector, please know that I am typing this latest story while I try to ignore the throbbing erection that it has given me. The remake of Godzilla is a jumping off point for many things... but this latest news story could be my favorite of them all.
NECA announced today that they’re going to be releasing new figures based on the original 1954 Gojira!:
"From one of the most anticipated movie releases this year, NECA announces the relaunch of the classic Godzilla franchise. The first 6″ tall figure is highly detailed and fully articulated and 12” long from head to tail! Over 25 points of articulation and a bendable tail."
No pictures have hit the web yet, but you can expect a full unveiling at the upcoming Toy Fair! For shits and giggles they should release a special NECA-GODZILLA figure just because it sounds so right!
The El Rey Network has just dropped a pair of new stills from "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" on us! Check out a new look at Wilmer Valderrama as enigmatic crime lord Carlos and Eiza González, who recreates the role of Santánico Pandemonium!
"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" premieres on Tuesday, March 11th, at 9pm ET/PT.
The 10-episode series is produced in association with FactoryMade Ventures and created and executive produced by network founder and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.
It centers around bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Zane Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Don Johnson) and Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) after a bank heist left several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former minister Jacob Fuller (Robert Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the Border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.
Co-stars include Wilmer Valderrama as enigmatic crime lord Carlos; Madison Davenport as Kate Fuller; Brandon Soo Hoo as Scott Fuller; Adrianne Palicki as Vanessa Styles; Jake Busey as Professor Aiden Tanner; Lane Garrison as Pete; and Eiza González as Santánico Pandemonium.
Stephen King has another new novel heading our way later this year, in addition to the previously announced Mr. Mercedes, so settle in for the first details on Revival, set for release in November by Scribner.
We got the early word on the book from Cemetery Dance, where you can pre-order the Trade Hardcover Edition or a Trade Hardcover with Slipcase via the link at the bottom of the page. Expect to see the official cover art soon.
From master storyteller Stephen King comes a spectacularly dark and riveting novel about addiction, religion, fanaticism, and what might exist on the other side of life.
In a small New England town more than half a century ago, a boy is playing with his new toy soldiers in the dirt in front of his house when a shadow falls over him. He looks up to see a striking man, the new minister, Jamie learns later, who with his beautiful wife will transform the church and the town. The men and boys are a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls, with the Reverend Jacobs — including Jamie's sisters and mother. Then tragedy strikes, and this charismatic preacher curses God and is banished from the shocked town.
Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from age 13, he plays in bands across the country, running from his own family tragedies, losing one job after another when his addictions get the better of him. Decades later, sober and living a decent life, he and Reverend Charles Jacobs meet again in a pact beyond even the Devil's devising, and the many terrifying meanings of Revival are revealed.
King imbues this spectacularly rich and dark novel with everything he knows about music, addiction, and religious fanaticism and every nightmare we ever had about death. This is a masterpiece from King in the great American tradition of Frank Norris, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Get out your respirators, kids, because things are about to get both airborne and deadly! A new flick is on its way to VOD and DVD called Toxin, and we have all the details you need to get you prepped for the event!
Directed by Tom Raycove and starring Doug Chapman and Kyra Zagorsky, look for Toxin on VOD on April 15th and DVD on June 10th.
Lieutenant John Paxton wants revenge against the government he and his men swore their lives to defend. The very government that abandoned and betrayed him, leaving him to die after a secret biological warfare experiment went horribly wrong. John will discover revenge is a journey that will ultimately leave millions infected, countless dead, and the lucky few survivors struggling to find the last safe corner for humanity.
The updated version of the Aussie chiller Patrick (review) will be in theatres on March 14, 2014, and right now we have a look at the film's new one-sheet and trailer. 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).
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.
Ever since he was a young boy, Gary King has been dreaming of making his own terrifying horror films. And this past fall, he did just that. But before his dream can fully become reality, he needs a little bit of your help. Read on, fiends!
King's first horror film, Unnerved, is his own personal take on haunted house flicks, telling the story of a couple who just can't seem to outrun an evil force.
After the mysterious death of their young son, they desperately flee to a remote lake house to escape the unrelenting haunting that is following them, only to discover that this mysterious entity is still very much a part of their lives.
Though Unnerved has been fully shot, King needs help with paying for things like sound design, music and general post-production finishing costs, and that's where you come into play. If you want to come into play, that is.
Head over to the Unnerved Kickstarter campaign to learn more and/or help out, and check out a teaser trailer for the film below!
Pretty much everything Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) touches turns to gold, so we're always infinitely more excited about any given project whenever he hops on board. If you agree, then get ready to get excited because Marshall's coming to NBC!
As per Deadline, Neil Marshall has been tapped to direct the pilot episode of NBC's drama series "Constantine" for Warner Bros. TV, which is based on the characters in DC's stories.
"Constantine" will center on John Constantine, an enigmatic and irreverent con man-turned-reluctant supernatural detective who is thrust into the role of defending us against dark forces from beyond.
The project was written by Daniel Cerone from a story by him and David S. Goyer.
More as we learn it!
The UK's FrightFest played host to last year's premiere of The Borderlands, a British found footage flick that documents strange activity in the most holy of places. The film is now ready to spread the fear across the world, and full details of its release await!
Screen Daily reports that the movie has been sold to a host of key territories, including the US (Grindstone); Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux (Pandastorm); the Middle East (Front Row); and Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia (Euro Films).
Written and directed by Elliot Goldner, The Borderlands (review here) follows a team of Vatican investigators sent to the British West Country to investigate reports of paranormal activity at a remote church.
Ben Wheatley collaborator Robin Hill (Kill List, Down Terrace) stars in the horror project, which is the first film from Metrodome’s production slate.
Metrodome will release The Borderlands in the UK on April 4.
If you often find yourself itching to see a modern Scandinavian werewolf movie, then you're in luck because such a movie is getting ready to sink its teeth into our collective flesh. Read on for all the details about this Party Animal!
As per Variety, LA-based XYZ Films has boarded the werewolf flick, which is co-penned by Dead Snow co-writer Stig Frode Henriksen. Cult Norwegian genre scribe-helmer Patrik Syversen (Hellfjord) will direct.
A horror film with action and comedic beats, Party Animal centers on a disillusioned young man who arranges a bachelor party for his best friend at a locked-down location. But he has to fight for his life when it turns out that the groom is a werewolf.
The film is currently in development.
When it gets cooking, the Hollywood movie machine works FAST! For the past several weeks we've been talking about Annabelle, the spin-off film from last year's wildly successful chiller The Conjuring, and now today we're happy to announce that it's already filming!
Variety Reports that Alfre Woodard (pictured) has joined the production of Annabelle, New Line’s spinoff of The Conjuring, which began shooting this week in Los Angeles.
Annabelle Wallis (Peaky Blinders) and Ward Horton are starring in the film with John Leonetti, the cinematographer on The Conjuring, directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Eric Ladin and Brian Howe co-star.
The Conjuring included a haunted doll named Annabelle as part of a collection of demonic objects assembled by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were portrayed by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga.
If you're curious to find out more about the real Annabelle the doll, check out the video below.
The film Funny Games may have divided the DC staff, but one thing we all agreed on: Its young star Michael Pitt was quite impressive, and we're thrilled to report he's joining NBC's "Hannibal" in a major role.
Per EW, Pitt ("Boardwalk Empire," Seven Psychopaths) is playing the character of Mason Verger, an unstable wealthy patient of Dr. Hannibal Lecter who begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game with the deadly serial killer. The previously announced Katharine Isabelle will play Verger’s sister, Margo.
The Mason Verger role will be introduced late in the upcoming second season. Gary Oldman previously played an older version of Mason Verger in the 2001 Hannibal film, which is based on Thomas Harris’ Hannibal novel. NBC’s "Hannibal" timeline precedes the events in the film and is also set before the events in Thomas’ Red Dragon so this is Mason how we’ve never seen him before.
“Hannibal” stars Mads Mikkelsen as brilliant psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter, who is working with the FBI and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham, played by Hugh Dancy, to look into the mind of serial killers. The series also stars Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit.
Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park co-star, and Season 2 guest stars include a returning Gillian Anderson, Eddie Izzard, and Raul Esparza along with other newcomers Jeremy Davies, Jonathan Tucker, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Amanda Plummer.
The second season of the critically acclaimed “Hannibal” will contain 13 episodes, beginning with “Kaiseki,” premiering Friday, February 28th, following "Grimm."
"Hannibal" Episode 2.01 - "Kaiseki" (air date 2/28/14)
With Will still in custody for the murder of Abigail, Dr. Lecter steps in to help when bodies wash up on a riverbank. The big question is whether or not Dr. Bloom will be able to help Will regain his memories.
SXSW 2014: First Wave Lineup Includes Predestination, Creep, Open Windows, The Raid 2, Penny Dreadful, and Lots More
The 2014 SXSW "Film Features Program" includes 115 titles, and along with the previously announced zombie culture documentary Doc of the Dead, there's a lot for the horror crowd...
...including special screenings of the original Godzilla and Texas Chain Saw Massacre, early looks at upcoming TV shows "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" and "Penny Dreadful," the U.S. premiere of Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Dance of Reality, and new films from the Spierig brothers, Nacho Vigalondo, and Jim Jarmusch.
The genre-heavy "Midnighter" lineup will be announced next week along with the list of short films, but in the meantime here are the horror highlights (or what we assume will be of interest given their descriptions) to be on the lookout for during the fest.
Note that new for 2014, they've introduced the "Episodic" category, created to highlight innovative new work hitting the small screen.
The 2014 SXSW Film Festival runs March 7-15 in awesome Austin, Texas. Visit the official South by Southwest website for more info on the entire SXSW Music/Film/Interactive event.
Wild Canaries (Narrative Feature Competition)
Director/Screenwriter: Lawrence Michael Levine
When their elderly neighbor suddenly drops dead, a young Brooklyn couple investigates signs of foul play. A freshly comedic take on classic film noir that brings a unique sensibility to a high-stakes murder mystery.
Cast: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Alia Shawkat, Annie Parisse, Jason Ritter (World Premiere)
Predestination (Australia) (Headliners)
Directors/Screenwriters: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must recruit his younger self while pursuing the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. Based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert Heinlein.
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor (World Premiere)
Doc of the Dead (Documentary Spotlight)
Director: Alexandre O. Philippe
The definitive zombie culture documentary, from the makers of The People vs. George Lucas. Doc of the Dead traces the rise and evolution of the zombie genre, its influence on pop culture, and investigates the possibility of an actual zombie outbreak. (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Joel Potrykus
Paranoia forces small-time scam artist Marty to flee his lousy temp job and hide out in his co-worker's basement. Once the sugar high wears off, the horror metal slacker crashes hard, fleeing to Detroit with nothing but a pocket full of bogus checks, his Power Glove, and a bad temper. It's like Albert Camus meets Freddy Krueger.
Cast: Joshua Burge, Joel Potrykus, Teri Ann Nelson, Alan Longstreet, Rico Bruce Wade (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Patrick Brice, Screenwriter: Mark Duplass
When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.
Cast: Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice (World Premiere)
The Dance of Reality (Chile / France) (Visions)
Director/Screenwriter: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Jodorowsky's first film in 23 years. Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a "dance" created by our own imaginations.
Cast: Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, Jeremias Herskovits, Cristobal Jodorowsky, Bastián Bodenhöfer, Alejandro Jodorowsky (U.S. Premiere)
Evolution of a Criminal (Visions)
Director: Darius Clark Monroe
How does a 16 year-old evolve into a bank robber? (World Premiere)
Housebound (New Zealand) (Visions)
Director/Screenwriter: Gerard Johnstone
When Kylie Bucknell is sentenced to home detention, she's forced to come to terms with her unsociable behaviour, her blabbering mother and a hostile spirit who seems less than happy about the new living arrangement.
Cast: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Cameron Rhodes, Millen Baird (World Premiere)
Open Windows (Spain) (Visions)
Director/Screenwriter: Nacho Vigalondo
Nick’s a lucky guy - he’s having dinner with Jill Goddard, the hottest actress on earth. Then a guy named Chord calls: dinner’s been canceled. And it’s Jill’s fault. But Chord’s got something better… A 21st Century Rear Window.
Cast: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Neil Maskell, Adam Quintero, Ivan Gonzalez (World Premiere)
"Deadbeat" (Hulu) (Episodic)
Director: Troy Miller, Written And Co-Created By: Cody Heller, Brett Konner
Kevin Pacalioglu may have no money and no clue, but he does have one thing–he can see dead people. Faced with New York's most stubborn ghosts, our hapless medium goes to whatever lengths necessary to help finish their unfinished business.
Cast: Tyler Labine, Cat Deeley, Brandon T. Jackson, Lucy DeVito (World Premiere)
"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - Pilot (El Rey Network) (Episodic)
Director/Screenwriter: Robert Rodriguez
The Gecko Brothers are back. Based on the thrill-ride film, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is a supernatural crime saga from creator, director, and exec producer Robert Rodriguez premiering March 11 on El Rey Network.
Cast: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Jesse Garcia, Lane Garrison, and Wilmer Valderrama, and Don Johnson (World Premiere)
"Penny Dreadful" (USA / UK) (Showtime) (Episodic)
Directors: John Logan, Juan Antonio Bayona, Screenwriter: John Logan
"Penny Dreadful" is a psychological horror series that re-imagines literature’s most terrifying characters (Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula) in a whole new light.
Cast: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Danny Sapani, Harry Treadaway (World Premiere)
The Desert (Argentina) (SC Global)
Director: Christoph Behl
Axel, Jonathan and Ana live together in a house that seems like a bunker in a post-catastrophic world. Outside is a threatening landscape. Once they were a perfect love triangle, with strong bonds of friendship, but today nothing is left of it. Ana is with Jonathan and Axel is alone, bit by bit tattooing his body with flies. But everything changes when Axel and Jonathan go out on an expedition in search of provisions and return to the house with a zombie that they call Pythagoras.
Cast: Victoria Almeida, William Prociuk, Lautaro Delgado (North American Premiere)
Only Lovers Left Alive (Festival Favorites)
Director/Screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch
Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their vampiric love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them?
Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin
The Raid 2 (Festival Favorites)
Director/Screenwriter: Gareth Evans
Picking up from right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in the police force.
Cast: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadwo
GODZILLA: THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL (Japan) (Special Event)
Director: Ishiro Honda, Screenwriters: Takeo Murata, Ishiro Honda
The 1954 classic that inspired the modern monster movie (national re-release from Rialto Pictures in April). Q&A with Gareth Edwards, director of the summer 2014 film Godzilla, from Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - 40th Anniversary Screening (Special Event)
Director/Screenwriter: Tobe Hooper, Screenwriter: Kim Henkel
An idyllic summer afternoon becomes a terrifying nightmare for five young friends after they stumble upon the home of a depraved Texas clan.
Cast: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen
Sporting a cover that makes use of a few more (ahem) 'assets' than the previously seen US artwork, the titular creature of Black Water Vampire will be coming in to roost on UK DVD on March 24th, courtesy of Image Entertainment.
From the Press Release:
Who or what is responsible for a series of brutal killings, where the victims’ bodies have been found drained of blood in Black Water Creek? A young journalist and her team investigate in Black Water Vampire, which comes to DVD from Image Entertainment.
Raymond Banks has been locked up and certified criminally insane for the murders of four women whose bodies were brutalised and dumped in the woods, but Andrea Adams thinks the police have got it wrong and she’s taking her film crew to find out the truth.
What they find there can only be told by the footage left behind. There are darker forces at work than anyone outside of Black Water can know... or will ever live to tell. Blood-wrenching, soul‐shattering terror waits for those who dare enter these woods in search of the Black Water Vampire.
Black Water Vampire is a first for found footage as vampires invade the genre in this slick, atmospheric horror that builds to a truly chilling climax. It makes its UK DVD debut on 24 March 2014 from Image Entertainment.
No word on special features as of yet, we're afraid, with all signs pointing to a bare bones release.
Another comic property is getting the adaptation treatment, and we have the initial details regarding the carnage to come as Image Comics' Sheltered makes its way to the big screen. Read on, true believer!
According to THR, Jesse Peyronel, the filmmaker behind the indie movie Siren, is teaming up with The Walking Dead producers Circle of Confusion to adapt the Image Comics book Sheltered.
The comic is a pre-apocalyptic thriller set in a survivalist compound somewhere in the Pacific Northwest populated by families who believe an imminent volcanic eruption is about to make the U.S. uninhabitable for years. Yet, the adults are unprepared for a strike from within in the form of a coup d'etat by the kids, led by a charming sociopathic teen.
What follows is a struggle between two sets of young protagonists that is described as having shades of Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games.
The comic book miniseries was created by Ed Brisson (Comeback, Secret Avengers) and Johnnie Christmas (Continuum: The War Files).