Right at the tippy top of my list of most anticipated 2014 home video releases is Scream Factory's Collector's Edition Pumpkinhead Blu-ray, which has just been dated for September 9th.
Read on for a full listing of the disc's bonus features, including brand new material never before featured on previous releases!
From the Press Release
Scream Factory has announced a September 9 Blu-ray release of a horror favorite featuring one of the scariest movie monsters of all time, Pumpkinhead (Collector’s Edition). The release includes several bonus features including new interviews.
When a group of teenagers inadvertently kill his only son, Ed Harley (Lance Henriksen, Aliens) seeks the powers of a backwoods witch to bring the child back to life. But instead, she invokes “the pumpkinhead” – a monstrously clawed demon which, once reborn, answers only to Ed’s bloodlust. But as the creature wreaks its slow, unspeakable tortures on the teens, Ed confronts a horrifying secret about his connection to the beast – and realizes that he must find a way to stop its deadly mission before he becomes one with the creature forever.
Also starring Jeff East (Deadly Blessing), Joel Hoffman (Slumber Party Massacre II), and Kerry Remsen (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), this “atmospheric, moralistic tale” (TV Guide) delivers demonic horror at its blood-drenched best.
Were you one of the few people in the world who LOVED Vampire Academy so much that you want a sequel? Yes? Good! Then this story is for you! A rather interesting announcement just found its way online.
As per the Vampire Academy Facebook page:
"We are excited to announce that we have raised the majority of our funds for FROSTBITE - but there is one small catch (we told you this wouldn't be easy)... We need proof that the fans truly want to see the franchise continue. And so, we will be launching a crowd-funding campaign and putting the power in your hands. More details to come later this week. So, #VAFamily - Are you ready to make history? #Frostbite2015"
Well, are you? If so, keep up with the whole crowd-funding thingie by staying tuned to the above Facebook page. More details are supposed to be coming later in the week.
Universal sent over a few new images from Dracula Untold to go along with the older ones, and they're a mix of behind-the-scenes stuff along with Drac standing around or being all touchy-feely with the important folks in his life.
The film stars Luke Evans as the titular bloodsucker alongside Sarah Gadon, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, Zach McGowan, and Dominic Cooper.
Universal’s dramatic horror movie tells the origin story of the most famous of vampires. Michael De Luca is producing the project, and commercials helmer Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture.
Look for it in theaters October 17, 2014.
Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks plays a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson is Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson portrays Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.
If you're a fan of Syfy's "Eureka" and "Haven" and also watch The CW's "The Vampire Diaries," then you're about to see a familiar face arrive in Mystic Falls for "TVD" Season 6. Read on for the details of who will be playing militia leader Tripp.
Per THR, Colin Ferguson, best known for portraying Sheriff Jack Carter in "Eureka," will play Tripp, a character described as "handsome, strong, and disciplined." He will first appear in the October 2nd season premiere.
Tripp is the head of a community militia and surrogate father to his young trainees, who will do anything to protect his town. According to "The Vampire Diaries" exec producer Julie Plec, he will "give Sheriff Forbes a run for her money." See her tweet along with Ferguson's announcing the news below.
Returning in Season 6 as regulars are Matt Davis (Alaric) and Michael Malarkey (Enzo). We learned previously there will be a substantial time jump when the show resumes in the fall, and we'll have more for you during San Diego Comic-Con, where the "TVD" powers-that-be will no doubt reveal a few hints of what's ahead.
Hmmm.... Seem to have 'tripped' my way into a new role... Mystic Falls, hunh? This is gonna be fun :)
— Colin Ferguson (@colinferg) July 14, 2014
He's in town to give Sheriff Forbes a run for her money. #TVD
— julieplec (@julieplec) July 14, 2014
Lasse Hallstrom's The Hypnotist is getting set to make its DVD premiere in the UK on September 15, 2014, via Studiocanal, and right now we have the box art along with a six-pack of new images. Dig it.
Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit), Lena Olin (The Ninth Gate, Chocolat), and Tobias Zilliacus (Iris) star.
In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They intend to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister in order to track down and save his mysteriously missing older sister before it is too late.
Demon this. Possession that. Even the devil is overstaying his welcome at the box office lately. Maybe that's why Lionsgate has decided to hold back its latest evil-laden film, The Vatican Tapes, until February 27, 2015.
The Vatican Tapes is directed by Mark Neveldine (Crank). The demonic possession drama stars Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Cas Anvar, Peter Andersson, and Olivia Dudley.
THE VATICAN TAPES follows the haunting tale of 27-year-old Angela Holmes, who accidentally cuts her finger and ends up in the emergency room. Infection leads to erratic behavior, and she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Priests examine Holmes and believe she is possessed, but when The Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined.
While we don't have the preview or any clips to share just yet, several stills have arrived from "Under the Dome" Episode 2.04, "Revelation," which you can check out right here. Stay tuned for more soon!
"Under the Dome" stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Dean Norris (Big Jim), and Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie). Season 2's newcomers include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Dwight Yoakam, Karla Crome, and Dwayne Boyd.
Related Story: Visit our "Under the Dome" Archive
"Under the Dome" Episode 2.04 - "Revelation" (airs 7/21/14; 10-11 PM)
As conditions in Chester’s Mill worsen, Big Jim and Rebecca (Crome) consider resorting to the extreme measure of population control, which drives a wedge between Barbie and Julia. Meanwhile, clues to Melanie’s (Cox) past and her connection to the Dome are revealed.
The producers of animated horror thriller Malevolent, the latest twisted picture from Coverage Ink Films, have just checked in with the first casting news and artwork! Read on for all the details and eye candy you need to animate your day!
From the Press Release
Morena Baccarin ("Homeland," "Firefly"), Ray Wise ("Twin Peaks," Robocop), and Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween) have joined the cast of MALEVOLENT.
In MALEVOLENT a young woman must defeat her powerful, evil father in order to save herself and her siblings in this psychologically trippy, genre-bending Saw meets Groundhog Day gorer. MALEVOLENT also happens to be animated, combining styles from the world of motion comics and anime. The unique plot and style drew the attention of Baccarin, Wise, and Moseley.
“We’re honored and excited to be working with such talented stars whose performances we’ve followed for years,” says executive producer and co-writer Tanya Klein. “We’re really looking forward to delivering a unique visual horror experience for fans of gore, action, graphic novels and cinephiles of all types.”
“It’s possibly the first U.S. animated horror of its kind,” says Jim Cirile, executive producer and co-writer.
Morena Baccarin has been cast as Gamemaster, an otherworldly entity who entraps hapless humans into diabolical conflicts while her species gambles on the outcome. Ray Wise dials his malevolence up to 10 in the role of Cyrus DeKalb, the dying wealthy, embittered industrialist who gathers his family ostensibly to discuss his estate. But what he has in mind for them is something else entirely… Bill Moseley delivers the goods for fright fans as Pavel, Cyrus’ twisted henchman who is still quite the charmer (or so he believes) despite a terrible disfiguring accident. And Dani Lennon, best known for the hit series "Bite Me" (FEARnet and Machinima), portrays the film’s heroine, Miriam, Cyrus’ beleaguered activist daughter, trying her best to cope despite the damage done by growing up with a sociopath.
Jason Axinn (Starpocalypse) directs the upcoming animated feature, which is now in production. He is a graduate of USC's School of Cinema-Television and an award-winning filmmaker and commercial director.
Malevolent is anticipated for release in early 2015.
Yep, more footage has been found, kids. Are you ready to relive the last few moments of the lives of a group of people who were poking around where they shouldn't have been? Read on to find out if you should start planning your trip to a Dark Mountain.
From the Press Release
Somewhere deep within Arizona's Superstition Mountains lies the most famous lost gold mine in the world--the Lost Dutchman Mine. Its estimated worth is around 200 million dollars. Since the turn of the twentieth century, thousands of people have scoured the mountains in search of it, hundreds have lost their lives in the process, but not one has returned with an ounce of gold.
Legend has it the mine is cursed.
In March of 2011 three filmmakers set out to find the mine and document their entire process. They never made it out of the Superstitions. Eight months later their camera and cell phones were recovered along the western edge of LaBarge Canyon. No sign of the filmmakers themselves has been found to date. DARK MOUNTAIN is the chilling reconstruction from their footage of their last days.
A found footage thriller inspired on actual events, DARK MOUNTAIN is directed by Tara Anaïse and written by Tamara Blaich and Tara Anaïse. Producers included Tamara Blaich, Jennifer Harrington, and Megan Peterson with cinematography by Pyongson Yim and editing by Jennifer Harrington. Starring Sage Howard, Andrew Simpson, and Shelby Stehlin.
Having its world premiere at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival is writer/director Sarah Adina Smith's The Midnight Swim, and we have a look at the flick's new artwork and trailer right here!
The Midnight Swim stars Lindsay Burdge, Jennifer Lafleur, Aleksa Palladino, and Ross Partridge.
If you're attending Fantasia, the screening is taking place Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 7:30 PM in DB Clarke Theatre.
When their mother goes missing in Spirit Lake, three half-sisters travel home to settle her affairs. The youngest sister, June (Lindsay Burge), a documentary filmmaker, captures their bittersweet homecoming. But when the sisters jokingly summon a local ghost, their relationship begins to unravel and they find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the true mystery of the lake.
Transporting its audience to a place drenched in the supernatural, THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is an eerie, atmospheric exploration of the inexplicable pull towards the unknown. In her first feature, Sarah Adina Smith has created a world that is reminiscent of Picnic at Hanging Rock, subverting the obvious genre tropes in favor of a touching tale of three women struggling to say goodbye.
Directed and written by Sarah Adina Smith, The Midnight Swim's producers are Mary Pat Bentel and Jonako Donley with executive producers Jennifer Wilson, Samuel T. Bauer, and Steve Pearson. The director of photography is Shaheen Seth, and soundscape is by Ellen Reid.
For more info visit the official The Midnight Swim website.
Giant monsters or demons causing you nothing but headaches? We feel ya! So why not call in an extremely hot chick with a big ass gun to set things straight? It only makes sense, right? Read on for your first look at Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising.
From the Press Release
Level 33 Entertainment delivers an action-packed sci-fi adventure this summer with the release of Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising on DVD and all On Demand platforms including iTunes and Amazon Instant beginning on August 12, 2014.
Starring Brigitte Kingsley (Frequency), Landy Cannon (American Psycho, Catwoman), Michael Ironside (X-Men:First Class, Total Recall, Top Gun), Julia Schneider (American Pie Presents Delta House), and Angel Williams (aka Angelina Love of TNA Wrestling fame), Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising will be available at an SRP of $14.99 to buy and $4.99 to rent in HD.
Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising was written and directed by Andrew Cymek (Night Cries) and produced by Brigitte Kingsley.
When the “Rising Dark Agency,” a black ops division of the government headed by Colonel Haggerd (Ironside), suspects that a sudden surge of supernatural activity and violent attacks on Earth are the work of an evil demon-god capable of destroying worlds, it must call upon the services of super soldier Summer Vale (Kingsley) to solve the mystery and prevent the coming apocalypse. But no one is prepared for who and what they find behind these attacks. <?i>
When the Dark Rises... Bring Out the Big Guns!
We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Ramones, Metallica, Radiohead, All That Remains,Theory of a Deadman, Suicide Silence, Halestorm, Motionless In White, Goatwhore, Terror, Fozzy and more. Don't touch that dial.
Tom Erdelyi, better known and loved as Tommy Ramone, lost his battle with cancer this past week at the age of 65. He was the last living original member of the legendary Ramones. Rest in peace.
Unlocking the Truth, a Brooklyn metal band comprised of three 8th graders, signed a $1.8 million five-album deal with Sony Music.
Radiohead will begin recording for their ninth record in September.
All That Remains have entered the studio with producer Josh Wilbur to begin recording their new album. Expect it later this year on Razor & Tie.
I attended the Mansfield, MA stop of the Warped Tour on Thursday. I caught a lot of awesome acts and had a great time. Check out my photos here.
Stream Suicide Silence's new album, You Can't Stop Me, here. It's out today via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
Listen to a new He Is Legend song titled "ABRACADABRA" here. Heavy Fruit is due out August 19 via Tragic Hero Records.
Listen to a new The Haunted song titled "Cutting Teeth" here. The Swedish metal group's new album, Exit Wounds, comes out September 2 via Century Media Records.
Watch a SportsCenter commercial starring Metallica here. Pretty funny.
Watch Motionless In White's lyric video for "Reincarnate" here. It's the title track from their new album, in stores September 16 via Fearless Records.
Watch Goatwhore's music video for "Baring Teeth For Revolt" here. The track comes from their new album, Constricting Rage of the Merciless, out now on Metal Blade Records.
Watch Terror's music video for "Shot of Reality" here latest, Live By the Code, came out last year on Victory Records.
There's a punk band out of New Jersey called The Jasons that writes songs about the Friday the 13th films. Watch their clever music video for "Ki-Ki-Kill That Girl," which pays homage the Friday the 13th Nintendo game, here.
Theory of a Deadman and Fozzy have announced fall tour dates here. I guess Chris Jericho’s return to WWE will be pretty short lived.
Halestorm’s new tour dates can be found here.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for the latest music news!
Back in April we got the first word on a new series heading to Syfy, a "space opera" entitled "The Expanse." Now we know who the lead actor is going to be, and it's someone most genre fans know and love.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV are pleased to announce that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane ("Hung," The Punisher, The Mist) will star as the world-weary Detective Miller, a native of “the Asteroid Belt” between Mars and Jupiter, in "The Expanse."
The new 10-episode space opera based on James S. A. Corey's international best-selling book series will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
Jane's Miller is a detective for a corporate security force operating as the law in The Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he can’t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when he’s put in charge of the investigation into a missing heiress.
"The Expanse" is a thriller set two hundred years in the future. The series follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
In making the announcement, Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy, said: “Thomas Jane is exactly the type of high caliber actor we hoped this project would attract. The intelligence and nuance he brings to every performance is perfect for the role of Miller.”
Said Sharon Hall, President, Alcon Television: “We knew this material would attract highly skilled actors and could not be happier about having Thomas Jane on board.”
The Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men, Iron Man) wrote the pilot and will continue to serve as writers as well as executive producers. Fergus and Ostby are showrunners alongside fellow executive producer Naren Shankar ("CSI," "Farscape").
"The Expanse" is produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the company’s first series order. Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will serve as executive producers with Hall. Alcon Television executive Ben Roberts will serve as co-producer. Ben Cook will serve as producer. Sean Daniel ("Graceland," The Mummy) and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company developed the original pitch with Fergus and Ostby and will also executive produce.
Developed with the Sean Daniel Company as a direct-to-series project, Alcon is financing and executive producing the hour-long, 10-episode series, which is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). Abraham and Franck will be show producers.
It's that time of the year again! It's time for Doctor Gash's favorite all-day film festival, the Hudson Horror Show. This is the ninth edition of the bi-annual event, and the line-up looks fantastic.
With screenings of 35mm prints of Maniac, Mad Max and an uncut version of The Burning, as well as several other films, moviegoers get 12-plus hours of entertainment for under $30. Not to mention you'll get to peruse an entire lobby full of vendors of hard to find horror items.
And there will be giveaways as well. Even yours truly, Doctor Gash, will be there in his usual spot just before the final movie of the night giving away a load of horror swag!
So if you're anywhere near Poughkeepsie (that includes you, NYC horror fans!) get your Hudson Horror Show IX tickets now. It will sell out! And don't forget to check out the hilarious Hudson Horror Show "Rules" video below, featuring clips from some of your favorite horror movies!
From the Press Release
The movie festival that even modern technology could not kill, Hudson Horror Show, is back from the grave and hungry for your soul! Hudson Horror Show IX will be at the Empire South Hills 8 in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Saturday, August 9, 2014. This is the same theater we have been in for the last five years (formerly known as the Silver Cinemas South Hills 8). Now celebrating our fifth anniversary, we will present six movies (for the price of five), all off of vintage 35mm film. It’s been a long time, and oh, we have such sights to show you...
From director William Lustig we present one of the most brutal and unflinching horror films of all time, Maniac! You will be amazed at Joe Spinell’s riveting dual performance as both a slimy and sadistic killer and a suave ladies' man!
Hudson Horror goes post-apocalyptic! Before you see the reboot/sequel, join us for a 35th Anniversary screening of the original Mad Max! They say people don't believe in heroes anymore; in Poughkeepsie we’re gonna give em back their heroes! Sugar tits!
We really dig slashers and are overjoyed to present the early 80’s classic The Burning! While our beloved Cropsey does all of the killing, the true star of the film is special effects maestro Tom Savini. Savini’s glorious gore work was heavily cut to get an “R” rating in America, but we will be screening the uncut international version with all of the juicy bits intact!
What would HHS be without some foreign film insanity? You may need to wear tinfoil on your head to prevent your brain from melting from the madness that is Lady Terminator!! Presented by the B Movie Film Vault, this incomprehensible mess of a movie is a note-for-note ripoff of the Schwarzenegger sci-fi classic which needs to be seen to be believed!
The only thing better than one mystery movie is two! As a thank you for five years of patronage, HHS IX will screen two mystery movies, so that is six movies in total for the price of five. What will this gruesome twosome be? Get a ticket for Hudson Horror Show IX and find out!!
Our last show was a record-setting advance sell-out, and tickets for this show are on sale now! Don’t miss it; get your tickets now! Advance tickets are just $26.00. If any tickets remain the day of show, they will be available for $30.00, cash only. But don’t count on it. As always we’ll have vendors selling toys, DVD’s, t-shirts, and all other merchandise. If you are interested in being a vendor, or if you have a question about the show, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We've been saying it for weeks, and we'll say it once more for good measure: Hands down the biggest surprise of the year is how great WGN America's "Salem" has been. If you're going to miss it as much as we are, here's a look at its Top 5 moments.
The season finale, Episode 1.13, "All Fall Down," aired this past Sunday night and was full of shocking moments. It also left plenty of questions that we can't wait to see answered in Season 2. We should have a few tidbits for you following the "Salem" San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, July 26th.
Related Story: Visit our "Salem" Archive
"Salem" explores what really fueled the town's infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them. In Season 1 the series stars Janet Montgomery as Mary Sibley, Shane West as John Alden, Seth Gabel as Cotton Mather, Ashley Madekwe as Tituba, Xander Berkeley as Magistrate Hale, Tamzin Merchant as Anne Hale, Elise Eberle as Mercy Lewis, and Iddo Goldberg as Isaac Walton. Stephen Lang guest stars as Increase Mather.
"Salem" Episode 1.13 - "All Fall Down" (aired 7/13/14)
Increase Mather reveals his true plan about John Alden, Mary Sibley reveals her grand plan to Increase, Alden finds out the truth about Mary, and Mary finds out the truth about her coven. Meanwhile, the battle over Salem continues as the Grand Rite and Salem’s fate are revealed.
Get ready, kids! The "Sumnado of Sharknado" (as Syfy likes to call it) is officially upon us, and right now we have a quick Q&A with Sharknado 2: The Second One director Anthony C. Ferrante to help chum the waters of your anticipation.
Dread Central: Now, over half a year removed from the surprise pop culture quake Sharknado set off, what do you look back upon as being the best/worst aspects of it and the most surprising things to come out of it?
Anthony C. Ferrante: I’m still surprised that mainstream American embraced it. I remember watching the finished movie about three weeks before it aired. The movie is practically wall-to-wall VFX so this was the first time we saw everything completely together without missing slugs. <?i>
There were about three of us in the editing bay, and we were laughing with it and making fun of it. We had a blast, and after it was over, I said that this is the weirdest movie ever and no one would get it. I figured we probably made the greatest stoner movie ever made and maybe, just maybe, in a few years it would become some kind of cult movie. Then it blew up the night it aired and people were laughing with it, at it – they loved it, hated and some didn’t understand what the hell we were doing, which was fine, because people were watching it. You make movies to get a reaction out of people, and we did, which was very satisfying. You can never plan something like Sharknado happening, and it rarely happens to independent horror guys like myself, so I’m very grateful.
As for the best and worst aspects, the best is the fact that more people know who I am, which has opened up doors and opportunities I would have never had before. I directed a commercial a month after Sharknado hit, and I’ve never been offered commercials before. There are no real negatives that came of it, though I’ve noticed more people tell me I suck on Twitter than before, which I find amusing. But that’s part of the deal when you sign up to be a filmmaker. There’s no real negative in people knowing your work and loving or hating it. Every filmmaker experiences it. It just means I’m on people’s radars more.
DC: I know a lot of people who watched Sharknado found themselves wondering what I’m about to ask, so here goes. I understand how lobbing explosives into a tornado filled with sharks would kill the sharks, but why exactly did it kill the tornadoes?
ACF: Well, that’s a question that I was concerned about in the original script. In the original script, the plan was to kill the sharks by throwing bombs in the tornado, but my logic radar kept thinking, “But wouldn’t you want to stop the tornado as well?” So I did some research and wondered if it was possible if a bomb could dissipate a tornado. And actually, a nuclear bomb could potentially do that. So we fudged things a bit for Sharknado. But I added that whole line of dialogue that Baz (Jaason Simmons) says about how you can neutralize a tornado after the research. It was my "Mr. Science" moment in the middle of the movie and was also sort of a self-aware thing where I’m telling the audience, “Yes, this is insane and crazy, but there is some quasi-insane fudged science logic to it.” Then again, at a certain point, as a director you also have to accept it’s a movie about sharks in a tornado destroying Los Angeles and that there are no rules, except the ones we make up. It’s a suspension of disbelief. If cars can turn into robots and protect humanity, a sharknado can destroy Los Angeles and New York – just because we say so.
DC: Something I personally found most surprising, almost as ridiculous as the very notion of tornadoes filled with sharks, was the backlash that emerged... the genuine anger and resentment that comes from some by even mentioning Sharknado, many of whom have never even seen it. Much of it seems to have less to do with the movie itself and more about being annoyed it blew up the social media that night, that so many hipsters took an ironic liking to the film, and that it enjoyed any notoriety at all. Your thoughts on the sharknatroversy?
ACF: Good press. Bad press. If it brings attention to the film, it’s all a good thing. How many summer movies come out in theatres that people absolutely hate; yet, they make billions of dollars? I haven’t seen Transformers 4, but everyone tells me they didn’t like it; yet, it’s the most successful film of the summer so far. I think the amazing thing about Sharknado is that we didn’t force people to watch it and we didn’t have a huge marketing blitz for it the first time around. It just happened. It was organic and the audience found us. We had more attention and press than big studio movies that had hundreds of millions of dollars of promotion so a backlash was inevitable. I think the take-away I’ve been getting from all the hate is that people who have seen it and say “It’s so bad, it’s good” can’t come to terms that they like a movie that is about sharks in a tornado. We’ve gotten so overly serious with our movies and franchises that having a sense of fun with a silly movie has now become the exception, not the rule.
DC: On the other hand, Syfy may have actually overplayed their hand pushing Sharknado even harder in the days and weeks that followed premiere night. Any concern that Sharknado may have already been run into the ground and get treated as little more than a passing fad by the time the sequel airs?
ACF: I never thought the interest would have lasted this long. After the first couple of days of media attention, I expected it to die down, but it never stopped. And when we were shooting The Second One in New York, people were mobbing us like we were shooting the Avengers 2 or something. It’s amazing the amount of publicity Syfy is doing, and it’s necessary because we’re no longer an unknown quantity that people discovered. We’re now a franchise and they’re treating it like that, which for a filmmaker is amazing because it means more people are aware of what you’re doing. I think all we can do is make the best movie possible and it’s up for the audience to decide if they’re going to show up and decide if it lives up to the first movie.
DC: I know you can’t go into any real details at the moment regarding what we can expect to see in Sharknado 2: The Second One, but do you feel any real pressure to up the ante this time around to deliver something even bigger and better, improve upon the original, even while (I’m assuming) working with about the same low budget?
ACF: We definitely were working with a similar budget and shooting schedule and an accelerated post schedule. We delivered both of these movies in less than five months with over 500 VFX shots. We’re trying to make [something similar to] $200 million studio blockbusters for the cost of their craft services budget – and that’s one day of their craft services budget. With the success of the first Sharknado, we needed to do even more, and we did a lot the first time around. We also had tons of great landmarks in New York to use as a backdrop so that was exciting. Coming from horror, you usually shoot in one location – it’s a spooky house or hospital. Here, there’s a whole city to play with so to me the sky's the limit. Early on we came up with some pretty great setpieces that all ended up in the final film. You really have to just make what you think is the most entertaining film possible, and it’s up to the audience to decide if we pulled it off. The Second One was even more complicated than the first because we were shooting in extreme weather conditions in New York during the winter, but we made it a big part of our story.
DC: Why do you think sharks have become such staples of b-movies in recent years? We got mega sharks, snow sharks, Sharknado, Sharktopus, Ghost Shark, just about any loony scenario and/or mutation of sharks imaginable. Why sharks?
ACF: Everyone is afraid of sharks... well, almost everyone. Jaws is also a huge landmark movie for so many people. We all secretly want to make Jaws, but no one is going to able to touch that film. Even movies without sharks in it use Jaws as a template. Remember Dante's Peak? I think the recent trend of loopy shark movies is a way to diffuse the threat. “Sharks are scary, but you can laugh at them too.” Someone told me their grandchildren were terrified of sharks until they saw Sharknado and then they weren’t afraid of them anymore. So Jaws made people afraid to go into the water, and Sharknado made it okay for people to go back into it.
DC: Given recent events and cable television's love for ripped-from-the-headlines scenarios, are you sure you shouldn’t be working on a movie called “Polar Vortex” instead; albeit with the frozen hurricane filling the sky with ravenous polar bears that give new meaning to the phrase “biting cold”?
ACF: I think I’ll leave these other hybid weather/animal movies to other people for now. Sharknado was lightning in a bottle for me so why try to reinvent the wheel with something new when you can do a sequel in New York instead?
In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.
Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie, which promises cameos by the likes of Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton), Robert Klein, and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.
Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado.
Sharknado 2 premieres on Wednesday, July 30th, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original Sharknado aired.
In celebration of the UK DVD and Blu-ray release of Vincenzo Natali's ghostly thriller Haunter, we've gotten our hands on a quick sneak peak. The film's on shelves now so check this out and see if it rattles them bones!
The film stars Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Michelle Nolden, Peter Outerbridge, and Peter DaCunha.
In 1986, 15-year-old Lisa (Breslin) and her family died in their home under sinister circumstances. Unable to move on, their spirits have continued to roam the house. And for nearly 30 years they have had to live the same miserable day over and over, never thinking they're anything but alive.
But now, Lisa has started noticing things that make her believe that she and her uncomprehending family are in fact ghosts. On top of that, she realizes that she must reach out from beyond the grave to help her living counterpart, Olivia, and her family avoid the same gruesome fate that Lisa and her loved ones suffered all those years ago.
Hot and ready for you cats right now are new stills from Leigh Janiak's Honeymoon (review here). Check 'em out and then commence furiously humping your way through the first night of marital bliss.
Honeymoon, the chilling directorial debut of Leigh Janiak, features rising stars Rose Leslie (HBO’s "Game of Thrones") and Harry Treadaway (Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"). Janiak co-wrote the film with Phil Graziadei; Patrick Baker and Esmé Howard produced.
Ben Huber and Hanna Brown co-star.
Newlyweds Paul (Treadaway) and Bea (Leslie) want to spend their honeymoon at a cabin in the woods. But the lovely romantic moment quickly disappears when odd events, such as the appearance of a mysterious light, the unexpected disappearance of Bea, and her strange return, completely hurt and acting differently, are destined to tear them apart.
Magnet Releasing will release the film on iTunes/On Demand and in theaters September 12, 2014.
In honor of it playing as part of this year's Fantasia Film Festival, we now have over a dozen images from Ju-on: Beginning of the End for you cats to start screeching over. Or maybe that screeching is just Toshio again. In any event...
Directed by Ochiai Masayuki (Infection, Hypnosis and the 2008 remake of Shutter), the sequel stars Nozomi Sasaki, Sho Aoyagi, Kai Kobayashi, Reina Triendl, Miho Kanazawa and Haori Takahashi.
An elementary school teacher named Yui (Sasaki) visits the home of a boy named Toshio Saeki (Kobayashi), who's been absent from school for a long period of time. When she arrives, she re-lives the horrific tragedy which occurred in the Saeki household 10 years earlier. A cardboard box left in a closet holds the key to revealing a long-hidden truth.
Hot on the heels of this morning's poster reveal for Alexandre Aja's Horns (review), which is getting an October 31st release in the UK, comes the teaser trailer. Dig it!
Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.
Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.
This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.