Know what irritates the hell out of us? When people throw white makeup on the faces of their friends, splash them with stage blood, tell them to run really fast, film it, and then call it a zombie movie. So many indie filmmakers have done just that. However, Nigel Hartwell is NOT one of them.
We get sent a lot of indie projects to look at around these parts from filmmakers trying to raise money for their movies. We spare you the majority of them because 95% of them will either never get made, are just plain lazy looking, or don't spark our interest.
After sitting through Hartwell's truly ambitious sales trailer for his film The Epidemic, we've gotta say, "We're sold!" Sure, it's rough around the edges, but the guy has something big and cool in mind. The best part? It's NOT SAFE FOR WORK! That's right, horndogs! Here's your chance to add a bit of boobage to your afternoon!
Hartwell also has a cast in place which includes Danny Trejo (of course), Corey Feldman, Larry Zerner, and more!
Take a look and let us know what you think. Click here to support The Epidemic!
Alrighty, kids! If you've been waiting for the skinny on Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, then we have all the info you've been itching for! Look for the flick on VOD June 26th and in theatres on August 1st via RLJ/Image Entertainment.
Kaare Andrews directs from a script by Jake Wade Wall. Sean Astin, Currie Graham, and Ryan Donowho star.
Read on for the official one-sheet and a gaggle of gruesome stills!
A group of friends planned the perfect vacation in the Caribbean, but when they head ashore to explore a remote island, their ultimate bachelor weekend devolves into their worst nightmare. After an ill-fated swim in contaminated water, they stumble upon a seemingly abandoned research facility where a deadly, flesh-eating virus has been unleashed.
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What's the only thing worse than the world coming to an end? Zombies walking the Earth in its wake, of course. In Aftermath it's Edward Furlong and Freddy vs. Jason's Monica Keena that are tasked with beating off hordes of the undead.
Or fighting off, I should say. Beating off sounds... oh, never mind.
Check out the trailer for the flick, which will be released sometime this year!
Directed by Peter Engert, the film also stars Andre Royo and C.J. Thomason.
When the devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse becomes a reality, nine strangers find themselves holed up together in a farmhouse cellar. These would-be survivors are faced with dwindling supplies, radioactive air, and the greatest threat of all: the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in.
Nothing tickles my fancy more than horror movies about horror movies, and Sony's The Final Girls seems tailor-made for fans like ourselves. A handful of new actors have joined the flick so read on for full details!
THR reports that Thomas Middleditch ("Silicon Valley"), Nina Dobrev (pictured; "The Vampire Diaries"), Adam Devine ("Workaholics"), and Alexander Ludwig (The Hunger Games) have all signed on for roles in the horror-comedy, joining the previously announced Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") and Malin Akerman (Watchmen).
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the film centers on a girl (Farmiga) who, along with her friends, is mysteriously transported into the world of an iconic ’80s horror flick, which starred her recently deceased mother (Akerman), a famous scream queen. The group must try to survive the movie and defeat its crazed killer.
Middleditch will play a film geek for whom landing in a classic horror flick is a dream come true until it turns into a nightmare. Dobrev will play the alpha ex-best friend. Ludwig will act as Farmiga’s love interest while Devine will be the movie-within-a-movie's appointed teen seducer.
Mark Fortin and Joshua John Miller wrote the script. Michael London and Janice Williams are producing via their Groundswell Productions banner.
Production on the film, which SPWA acquired in February, is taking place in Louisiana.
When it comes to horror movies, the focus is usually on demons, ghosts, monsters, or slashers... but there's another kind of evil out there. One who's silently watching and listening... one with the ability to make people just disappear. One that reared its ugly head in 1971.
Not sure how Dread-worthy this will be, if at all, as thrillers can be sketchy, but we will report back if there's a need to.
From the Press Release
New York City actor Rich Graff, who recently starred alongside Heather Graham in the rom-com feature film directed by Anthony Edwards My Dead Boyfriend, is gearing up for the world premiere of the dark paranoia fueled thriller 1971, where he morphed himself into daring activist John Raines.
Directed and written by Johanna Hamilton (Pray the Devil Back to Hell) and narrated by John Raines himself, 1971 follows eight ordinary citizens who plotted an intricate break-in of an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, to leak stolen documents and expose the illegal surveillance of ordinary Americans in an era of anti-war activism.
In this riveting heist story Graff plays John Raines, one of the key members of the Citizens’ Commission who not only drove one of the getaway cars but also planned the rollout after the break-in, including the release of documents to the press. During the making of 1971 the perpetrators reveal themselves for the first time, reflecting on their actions and raising broader questions surrounding security leaks in activism today.
Aside from his leading role as John Raines in 1971, Rich Graff stars in the horror/drama Manson Girls by the award-winning director Susanna Lo and can be seen in the drama-thriller Track 3, set to be screened at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. Graff has also been featured on major US network TV shows including "30 Rock" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent."
Hot on the heels of yesterday's release date news for NBC's reimagined "Rosemary's Baby," the network has revealed two more images from the upcoming two-part adaptation. Check 'em out, and be sure to tune in next month!
“Rosemary’s Baby,” the four-hour adaptation of the 1967 best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, will air on NBC Sunday, May 11th, and Thursday, May 15th. The telecast will air each night from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT.
“Rosemary’s Baby” centers on a young married couple who move into a Paris apartment that has a haunted past. After getting pregnant, the wife becomes increasingly suspicious that both her husband and their neighbors will have ulterior motives when her child is born.
The miniseries, from Lionsgate Television, stars Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams, Jason Isaacs, and Carole Bouquet. The psychological thriller was written by Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and James Wong (Final Destination 3, “American Horror Story,” “The X-Files”) and directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa, “The Wire,” “Treme”).
One of the more intriguing films that came out of Sundance this year is without question The Voices, which stars Ryan Reynolds and talking animals. Yes. Talking animals. And Ryan Reynolds. Are you sold? Because we're sold.
Empire just scored a couple new images from the flick, which has been praised for its wild and whacky tone. Check 'em out, and expect more soon!
Directed by Marjane Satrapi, the psychological thriller also stars Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver.
This genre-bending tale centers around Jerry Hickfang, a lovable but disturbed factory worker who yearns for attention from a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden, murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path where he ultimately finds salvation.
We told you around the time of the Sundance Film Fest that A24 made a deal for the U.S. rights to Life After Beth, a Jeff Baena-written and -directed comedy that stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser, and Anna Kendrick. Today we have a release date!
The film centers on a young man whose life takes a turn for the worse when he attempts to make amends after his recently deceased girlfriend returns from the dead. Look for it in limited release on August 15th.
Zach is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth. But when she miraculously comes back to life, Zach takes full advantage of the opportunity to share and experience all the things he regretted not doing with her before. However, the newly returned Beth isn’t quite how he remembered her, and before long Zach’s whole world takes a turn for the worse.
Set to premiere at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival on April 17 is Brian O'Malley's Let Us Prey, which looks to be as blood-soaked and gore-filled as any horror movie released in recent years. And that may very well even be an understatement if this clip compilation is any indication.
Check out the just released teaser for the film, which comes to us courtesy of Twitch!
Let Us Prey stars The Woman's Pollyanna McIntosh and Liam Cunningham ("Game of Thrones").
An enigmatic stranger is detained in the cells of a remote police station one fateful night. From his basement dungeon the charismatic loner begins to take over the minds of his fellow inmates and those of the police officers. He influences them to bend to his evil will, and their latent inner demons explode in a crazed night of blood spilling and mayhem.
Scarlett Johansson's extraterrestrial flick Under the Skin opens wider today theatrically, and to usher it in, we have yet another featurette to go along with the previous one. Dig it.
From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between.
A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.
Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), UNDER THE SKIN examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results.
Another pair of images have surfaced from the upcoming epic known as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and between this and Godzilla we may all die and go to geek heaven. Check 'em out!
Look for the film in theatres on July 11th, 2014. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes stars Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Kodi Smith-Mcphee, Enrique Muriciano, and Kirk Acevedo.
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
For more visit the official Dawn of the Planet of the Apes website, "like" Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Facebook, and follow Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on Twitter (#DawnOfApes).
Here's the thing... we could be sitting in a nuclear powered tank that is armed to the death with the most advanced weaponry in the world at our finger tips and if this behemoth walked by we'd probably just shit our pants and start crying.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T. Jones, Sally Hawkins, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, Yuki Morita, and C.J. Adams star.
Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira), Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.
Visit the official Godzilla website here.
A new, slightly longer international trailer for Scott Derrickson's Deliver Us from Evil has arrived from Sony/Screen Gems, and it shows off even more of the spooky shenanigans heading our way this summer.
Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez, and Olivia Munn star alongside Eric Bana. The film is a paranormal thriller produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Derrickson directs a script he and Paul Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) wrote.
Look for it in theaters July 2, 2014.
New York police officer Ralph Sarchie (Bana), struggling with his own personal issues, begins investigating a series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest (Ramirez), schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the frightening and demonic possessions that are terrorizing their city. Based upon the book, which details Sarchie’s bone-chilling real-life cases.
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Tom Woodruff, Jr., is a celebrated and award-winning special effects makeup artist, and now he’s stepping into the directorial arena with Fire City: Interpreter of Souls. Dread Central was lucky enough to get an exclusive look-see on a special day. (There were demon fights!)
At the lovely location (an art deco building and mini-campus) in Los Angeles, we not only got a chance to interview everyone and watch filming – we even got a bunch of cool photos you won’t see anywhere else!
Dread Central: You have been with this project for a while, right?
Tom Woodruff Jr.: Through a couple different iterations. The first time I was ever made aware of it was when (the writer-producers) Brian and Michael came to me a couple of years ago with a script, I believe it was Fire City: Demon in the Darkness. And the script was honestly hard to get through because I am going through it in terms of what would the creature effects cost. I went in knowing that it was unbelievably packed with not just makeup but winged demons and creatures. It was just so huge that it read without a doubt like a studio film... a big CG movie. Like a Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings thing, which was all going to be digital. I feel like I have seen this movie so many times, and they are never interesting to me anymore. The visuals are all so much the same. To me they become almost interchangeable. So I read the script, saying this is what it’s going to be, but they said no, we want to do all practical creatures. Which to me made it such a huge challenge! To think that anyone had the interest to do it in a practical way! That they would want to mount this kind of a project. So that was a huge starting point.
The first thing we decided to do was to create a trailer to try and get interest in the project. We decided to do this one character, which is the gigantic horn demon. So we did that and got the trailer made. Based on that trailer alone they started getting offers from studios and producers who wanted to make the movie.
DC: So how did you actually decide you were going to direct this particular one?
TWJ: At that point I was like, 'Look, I really want to direct this,' but they were a bit reluctant. So, to see what I would do with the material, we decided to do this ten-minute short called the Interpreter of Signs. It was a three-person job and we shot it out in two days. It got some really good reaction, and I loved working with Brian and Michael as producers and they liked working with me as a director so we just decided to go into this thing with our heads down and just make it work.
Kickstarter made this movie possible. I already had enough of a presence on Kickstarter because of studioADI, which is owned and operated by Alec Gillis and I. Alec had raised a lot of money to do a film called Harbinger Down, which Dread Central has been good about plugging and making people aware of. So, in the end, that and Fire City got funded and we both got this opportunity that we had both been wanting for years and years. Even when we were doing creature stuff, part of us always wanted to be able to be filmmakers. So finally thirty years later it was happening.
DC: As the director, what are you hoping the audience will take away from this film?
TWJ: I want the audience to see this as a great story first off. The audience has to experience some kind of an emotional content. Then through the makeups and the characters I try and create that. I just want people to accept my creations from the beginning as characters, not as creatures. So to me the biggest hurdle will not be making this movie in 18 days, but having the audience get on board right upfront by seeing these creations are more than just 'cool monster makeups.'
DC: I know there is a lot of action, there are demon fights and there are monsters and makeup, but can you talk a little bit about the dramatic aspect of it in the storyline?
TWJ: Like all good stories about monsters, it’s about the characters. It’s about the predicament they find themselves in. In the film we have a human girl who this demonic character is forced to save in an effort to salvage his ongoing demon world himself. So it’s this great pairing of this totally innocent human and this sort of jaded creature. It’s very much like Humphrey Bogart or Fred MacMurray film noir characters from the Forties. The truth is, as much as I love monsters, I also love movies from the Forties like Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, etc. I love the term 'hard-boiled characters,' and that is what the Fire City characters are in my film. I really want Fire City to be evocative of a style of filmmaking that we haven’t seen for a while... if nothing else just to shake things up.
DC: I know you are kind of editing while you’re shooting, so how much can you be involved in the editing process?
TWJ: I have to be involved. Right now while we are shooting, the editors are doing an assembly, which is basically cutting what my preferred takes are just in the right order and not doing any real shaving. Once we are done shooting, then he will finish putting it all together. I will go back into it with him and with Brian and Michael and we will look at it and it will become something new. Scenes evolve. They're made once when they are written, made a second time when they are shot, and made a third time in the editing room. Each time they change somewhat.
DC: What was your favorite part of making the film?
TWJ: My favorite part has been the actual production because we had very little pre-production cause we had very little money. We didn’t have the money to pre-produce anything. Brian and Michael were good enough to get me like three days of rehearsals with actors, which is really hard to do on a movie of this level, but it made a difference. We worked out some of the scenes with most of the cast and we created a kind of spine to work with, but now we are in the real environment with the real set pieces and so things evolve and they get better because the actors bring something to it. So to me it’s just been a blast to see things evolve. There has never been a single boring moment on this set, as opposed to bigger movies I have done.
The film centers around a fragile balance that exists between humankind and the demons who secretly live among them and the crisis for all when this balance is broken.
Harry Shum plays an abusive alcoholic boyfriend who suddenly transforms into a caring and loving person, along with the rest of the humans in his seedy tenement building. Dependent on human misery for survival, the demons in the building begin to starve.
Writer-producers Brian Lubocki and Michael Hayes successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign for the film in August 2013. For more info visit the official Fire City website, "like" Fire City on Facebook, and follow Fire City on Twitter (@interpreterfilm).
Around these parts we're absolute suckers for paranormal TV programming. Sure, 99.9% of it ends up with us watching people walking around in the dark and finding absolutely nothing, but still, there's a charm to them. The next one coming is titled simply "Local Hauntings." Take a look!
"'Local Hauntings' is the next era of paranormal ghost shows," says Anthony Daniel of Dream Comet Studios. "This show is built by the fans for the fans. The concept of making the audience feel like they are with us on the investigation is our mindset."
"'Local Hauntings' will have two states each season kind of battle one another for a grade... the audience/fans [will] get to vote on what state we visit and be able to grade each episode."
Daniel continues, "Our goal is to do the whole USA, which means that this show will be around for 25 seasons. Also, the audience will have a chance to vote on their top 10 favorite locations within a state if the state gets voted in, which is pretty cool. We will have a live talk show after the episode like 'The Talking Dead' to go over more findings and to give a few details about next's week episode, along we have a few special guests so far aboard for this project, which I'm not able to state yet, but they are big names in the paranormal field."
"In each state we will cast local ghost hunters because who better knows the local hauntings of a state than the people that live there? Each episode will get graded/scored on 3 subjects, which are the HISTORY of the location, ACTIVITY of the site during the investigation, and what the PEOPLE think of the location. Each episode will be out of 10 points, with 10 the highest a location can score. Our team will first score it; then we will have the audience vote in and see what they think to find out the official grade. Once a state is done, it will get a grade/score out of 100, so it will get a letter grade like school - A is 100-90 and so on. At the moment, we have a few major networks that are interested in seeing the pilot, which starts filming this month (April)."
Which state will hold the scariest haunted places in America? I guess we'll be finding out soon enough!
Word has come our way that The Zombinator is heading to DVD, and we're sure he'll be back. Then back again... Then back once more... I guess you could pretty much repeat this until someone lands a well placed headshot on him!
A town relies on one man to save them from planned destruction in The Zombinator, coming to DVD and VOD May 13 from Inception Media Group.
While filming a documentary in a small Ohio town, a group of college students come face to face with the undead, turning the class project into an horrific nightmare.
Behind the zombie takeover is an evil corporation intent on lowering the town’s population, and a mercenary working for the company, the Colonel (Patrick Kilpatrick; Minority Report, Eraser, Last Man Standing), has exposed the locals to an infectious serum.
Now, their only hope of survival is the Zombinator (Joseph Aviel; Divergent), a former soldier-turned-zombie killer, who must protect them from the Colonel and fend off the walking dead… But can one man save them all?
The Zombinator is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and 5.1 digital surround sound.
It's been awhile since we've had anything to report about Jonathan Zarantonello's The Butterfly Room, which is loaded with familiar faces from horror movies past. Today we're happy to report that the film is screening in California this weekend, and we've got all the details for ya. Read on!
Two separate screenings will take place at North Hollywood's Laemmle Noho 7 theater, on both Friday and Saturday night. Star Heather Langenkamp will be on hand for the Friday night showing while fellow horror icons/stars Barbara Steele and James Karen (Return of the Living Dead) will be hosting Q&A sessions on Saturday night.
You'll find full screening information over on The Butterfly Room's official website!
Also starring are P.J. Soles, Adrienne King, Erica Leerhsen, and Camille Keaton.
Ann, a reclusive, elegant lady with an obsession for butterflies, is surprisingly befriended by the eerily beautiful young Alice. Using her seductive innocence, Alice establishes a disturbing mother-daughter relationship with Ann. Lured into her twisted world, Ann soon discovers that she is not the only recipient of the girl's affections.
Confronted by Alice's other lady friends, Ann's shock awakens a dark, hidden past, unchaining a spiral of madness: a series of brutal and bizarre crimes that Ann will have to commit to preserve her harmless and deceptive appearances. The only one who recognizes there's something unsettling about Ann is nine-year-old Julie, her next-door neighbor's daughter.
With the inevitable curiosity of a child, Julie begins to explore the corners of Ann's apartment, discovering a dark secret hidden in the walls of the forbidden butterfly room. No one believes what she's seen except for Ann's estranged daughter, Dorothy. Horrified, she realizes that the fate of the young girl lies in her hands. To save both Julie and herself, she must summon up the courage to confront an evil that has haunted her for years.
With special effects created by Academy Award winning AFX Studio and elegant and refined visuals, in contrast with the sickness of the story, The Butterfly Room is an all-female story, an American thriller with a European soul.
So, the headline has us wondering... Just what would the devil eat? Our best guess is Taco Bell with a White Castle chaser downed with a 2-liter of Faygo. Still, that's of little consequence... we're talking about a new indie flick here!
From director Max Perrier comes your first look at Feed the Devil starring Jared Cohn, Ardis Barrow, Victoria Rose Curtain, Brandon Perrault, Nahka Bertrand, Tyson Houseman, Astrid Auza, Nicholas York, Marco Collin, and Alan Harrington.
A hunt for easy money turns into a deadly search for a missing loved one as outsiders confront the evil forces behind a Native American myth.
What is it about the visage of a dude wearing a pig snout that just screams horror movie psycho? Hopefully the latest slasher flick Piggy will be able to answer that question and much more! Read on for details!
A grieving brother takes justice into his own hands with the help of a new friend in the bloody revenge thriller Piggy, slashing up DVD and VOD May 13 from Inception Media Group.
When John (Neil Maskell; Kill List, Atonement, Basic Instinct 2) is brutally murdered, his shy, mild-mannered brother, Joe (Martin Compston; The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Red Road), finds solace in Piggy (Paul Anderson; The Sweeney, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), one of John’s long-time friends.
Taking the reclusive, grieving brother under his wing, Piggy teaches Joe his gritty, vigilante ways. As their friendship grows, Joe finds himself in an increasingly dangerous, murky world of violence and revenge as the duo embark on a bloody mission to exact justice upon John’s killers.
As his life collapses around him, Joe begins to question his mentor’s ways… Now, could he be the next one on the butcher’s block?
Also starring Josh Herdman (the Harry Potter franchise), Ed Skrein (Ill Manors, The Sweeney, HBO’s "Game of Thrones"), and Louise Dylan (Vampire Killers), Piggy is presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (2.35:1) and 5.1 digital surround sound.
Hammer's firing on all cylinders when it comes to promotion of their new flick The Quiet Ones, and right now we have a two-part video interview with one of the film's stars - Jared Harris. Check it out!
The Quiet Ones 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.
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.
For more info be sure to "like" The Quiet Ones on Facebook.