Space. The final frontier. Given the size of our planet in comparison to those orbiting around us, we're likely to get wiped out at any second by some form of interstellar collision. Paramount Insurge is out to prove that the end is near!
Deadline is reporting that the studio has optioned rights to Tommy Wallach’s forthcoming debut novel We All Looked Up. The science fiction tale is set two months before a meteor is set to pass through Earth’s orbit with a 66.6 percent chance of striking and ending all life on the planet.
Against this backdrop, four high school seniors – the athlete, the school slut, the slacker, and the overachiever – find their lives intersecting on the eve of the cataclysmic event.
The book doesn’t hit stands until March 31, 2015, via Simon & Schuster.
Chronicle producer John Davis will be producing for his Davis Entertainment banner while Brittany Morrissey is overseeing for the company. Alison Small is overseeing for Paramount Insurge, the microbudget branch at Paramount whose upcoming projects include The Cellar with Bad Robot.
We are just a few days away from the premiere of Kevin Smith's Tusk at the Toronto International Film Festival (look for a review soon), and right now we have several new images from this sliver of silver screen madness.
Tusk, written and directed by Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.
Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ's Nate Bolotin are executive producers.
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Look for the flick in theatres on September 19, 2014.
A TV spot has arrived online ahead of the release of Brittany Murphy's final film, Something Wicked, and we have it for you right here. The film will be distributed in more than 70 theaters in Los Angeles and the surrounding area as well as Las Vegas, NV, on September 12, 2014.
Click here to find a show time near you.
The hauntingly seductive thriller about obsession and young love gone wrong stars Shantel VanSanten (Gang Related, “One Tree Hill,” Final Destination), John Robinson (Big Sur, Lords of Dogtown), Julian Morris (“Once Upon a Time,” “Pretty Little Liars,” Valkyrie), James Patrick Stuart (“Supernatural,” “Hot in Cleveland”), and Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Uptown Girls, Clueless).
Something Wicked is a Merchant Films production, directed by Darin Scott, written and produced by Joe Colleran. Merchant Films Releasing is distributing the film.
Filming finally begins next month on the feature film adaptation of the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which infuses gut munchers into the iconic Jane Austen tale. On tap for you today is the latest casting news so read on if this project is one you're eagerly anticipating!
Deadline reports that Noah star Douglas Booth has joined the cast of the classic lit mash-up, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel. Booth is no stranger to classic tales, previously starring in Romeo & Juliet. He’ll play Bingley L, the good-natured and wealthy pal of Mr. Darcy.
Jack Huston will portray handsome, charismatic Lt. Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation for Cross Creek Pictures, who acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release.
Lily James, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote also star. Huston's Wickham and James' Elizabeth Bennett are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them.
Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St. Cloud) will direct from a screenplay by himself and David O. Russell. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson, and Marc Butan will produce the film, which mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead, on behalf of Sierra/Affinity, which is also handling foreign sales.
At the tail end of last year, Synapse Films released limited edition steelbook versions of Italian horror flicks Demons and Demons 2 on Blu-ray, which were packed with bonus features and sold out before most fans could say "Geretta Geretta."
As reported today by DVD Active, this November Synapse will be re-releasing both of the cult favorites onto Blu-ray, leaving behind the steelbook cases as well as the bonus content. Why is this noteworthy? Because the discs at long last give those of us who missed out on last year's souped up releases the chance to own the films in high-def without breaking the bank.
The site reports that the bare bones discs will likely have none of the exclusive extras that were available on the limited releases, though they note that both releases will include high-definition 1080p transfers taken from original vault materials in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio, featuring all-new color correction.
Demons will contain both the international English stereo language soundtrack, as well as the U.S. Mono English alternate dub soundtrack, while Demons 2 will include only the international English language stereo track. Both movies will also feature their original U.S. theatrical trailers and newly-translated English SDH subtitles.
The new releases will also be available on bare bones DVDs, and the release date is set for November 11th.
Excited for next month's release of Dracula Untold? Well then, you're gonna love this news! Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ film has moved from October 17, 2014, to Friday, October 10, 2014, and will still be released in all formats including IMAX.
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.
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.
A new trailer has arrived for the world's first Iranian vampire western, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an upcoming release from Elijah Wood's company, SpectreVision; and it looks pretty bitchin'!
Kino Lorber acquired the North American rights to the film a full five months after its world premiere at Sundance. A Stateside release is still pending.
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night stars Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, and Milad Eghbali.
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.
The ABCs of Death 2 will be making its VOD premiere via Magnet Releasing on October 2nd with a theatrical run set for October 31st. That being said a new work friendly green band trailer has come our way and it's fit for mass consumption. Dig it!
THE ABCs OF DEATH 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.
THE ABCs OF DEATH 2’s directors are an eclectic, acclaimed group, consisting of Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (BIG BAD WOLVES, RABIES); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; ROOM 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE); Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES); SPLICE and CUBE's Vincenzo Natali; indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT); THE STATION’s Marvin Kren; Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM); Canada’s king of lo-fi, Steven Kostanski (MANBORG); Cuba’s Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD); indie director Robert Boocheck; acclaimed UK commercial director Jim Hosking; Japanese monster-maker Hajime Ohata (HENGE); Canadian short film wizard Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS); France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID); E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit CHEAP THRILLS); twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK); A LONELY PLACE TO DIE’s Julian Gilbey; Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS, LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY); the founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen; THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM and STAGE FRIGHT’s Jerome Sable; and animator Robert Morgan – creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short BOBBY YEAH.
The release of the sequel to Nicholas McCarthy's film The Pact, cleverly titled The Pact 2, is heading toward us like an evil spirit looking for a host, and right now we have the official one-sheet along with a look behind the scenes of production! Dig it!
Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the film stars Camilla Luddington ("True Blood"), Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster ("Californication"), Haley Hudson (The Pact), Mark Steger (The Pact), and Caity Lotz (The Pact).
IFC Midnight has announced a VOD roll-out on September 5th, followed by a limited theatrical outing on October 10th.
Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June Abbott, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.
When Special Agent Terrence Ballard, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer, shows up at June’s door, he brings with him some terrifying news – there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Ballard shows June a picture of the copycat killer’s victim, and she is stunned to see that it’s the same woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares.
A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put herself in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying; either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her…
Another short video promo is here for "American Horror Story: Freak Show," and if you suffer from a fear of clowns, trust us when we say you had better steer clear... very clear... from this one. Seriously, back up at least 6 feet from your computer.
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.
This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O'Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
"American Horror Story: Freak Show" debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.
Reaper Comics will release a hardcover collected edition of its universally praised horror comic series Video Nasty on October 15th, and the collection's artwork, by acclaimed artist Graham Humphreys, has been revealed.
The title that debuted in March of this year to praise from news and review sites, horror movie creators, and media academics will be collected into a premium edition hardcover as well as a VHS boxset with cover art by horror industry icon Graham Humphreys.
Video Nasty, written by Mario Covone with interior art by Vasilis Logios, explores the real world politics behind government censorship and media manipulation in 1980's Britain whilst still maintaining the core of being a fictional horror story.
Humphreys, responsible for producing the art for many classic horror movie posters and VHS/DVD/Blu-ray covers, made his comic book debut with Video Nasty. He painted all six original covers for the series and now unveils the seventh piece of art that will grace the covers of the collected editions.
The aforementioned VHS boxset will contain a smaller videotape-sized paperback and several collectable postcards, stickers, and a bookmark, all packaged in a VHS clamshell box and limited to only 100 pieces.
Pre-orders for the hardcover and VHS boxset are now available through MarioCovone.com. The hardcover will also be available in Forbidden Planet as well as in comic stores though Diamond Comic Distribution. All six issues are still available at Comixology for digital download.
England, 1983. Police Inspector David Gorely must solve a string of grisly murders in his usually quiet rural town whilst contending with pressure from his superiors to find a link between the killer and the recent influx of horror home videos. The race is on to solve the case before the death toll rises whilst still dealing with the burden of connecting these heinous crimes to video nasties.
Fresh from playing as one of three different films helmed by director Nacho Vigalondo at this year's Film4 FrightFest, sci-fi comedy Extraterrestrial (review) is now available on DVD and Digital Download across the UK. To celebrate, we have a copy of the DVD to give away to one lucky reader!
The film, released September 1st by Icon Entertainment, stars Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, Julián Villagrán, Raúl Cimas, and Miguel Noguera.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an EMAIL to email@example.com, including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS; then sit back and watch the skies. We'll take care of the rest.
Please note that this competition is open only to UK readers. It will end at 12:01 AM PT on September 15th.
When Julio wakes up in a strange apartment after a night of partying, he’s pleasantly surprised to discover it belongs to a beautiful one-night-stand he can’t remember - Julia.
What’s already an awkward situation is made even more so when they discover a giant flying saucer hovering above the city, which is now deserted. Now Julio must contend with a jealous ex-boyfriend, an eccentric neighbor – and very possibly the end of the world!
To celebrate the 15 September DVD/Blu-ray release of Wolf Creek 2 in the UK, Film4 FrightFest and Entertainment One are hosting a special free screening of the film, alongside Aussie cult classic Dark Age, in London on Thursday. Read on for full info!
Attending the September 4th event, which will take place at The Prince Charles Cinema, just off of London's Leicester Square, will be Wolf Creek 2 (review) stars John Jarratt and Shannon Ashlyn.
Access to the screening is completely free – all you need to do to secure your ticket(s) is send an email containing your name, and the name of any further guests to accompany you, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis – so make sure you get 'em quick! Timing on the night is as follows:
6:00pm - Doors open
6:30pm - Screening activities begin with a special video introduction to Wolf Creek 2 by star John Jarratt
7:00pm - Wolf Creek 2
9:00pm - FrightFest and Kim Newman introduction to Dark Age with some fun chances for audience members to win prizes
9.30pm - Dark Age
Wolf Creek 2 Synopsis:
Mick Taylor (Jarratt) is back on the hunt, and it’s not wild pigs or crocs that he’s after. Out for the kill, this Outback psychopath continues to add to his staggering body count as he mutilates, dismembers, and tortures anyone and everyone he lays his eyes upon. When two young backpackers venture into the wilderness, they soon find themselves face to face with evil, begging for their lives and bringing a wake of death and gory destruction with them as they attempt to flee. Armed with his trusty knife, sniper rifle, and unquenchable thirst for murder, Mick butchers and crashes his way through the wasteland, loving every bloody moment of the violent carnage.
Dark Age synopsis:
In the Australian Outback a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant saltwater crocodile that has been killing and eating the local populace. During the hunt one of the guides discovers that he has an ESP connection to the giant creature. The ranger is assigned to deal with the killer crocodile, but he finds himself at odds with the local Aborigines, who believe the crocodile contains the spirit of their past and want this Goliath-sized beast preserved. The ranger must work with the Aborigines to develop a plan to respect their wishes as well as protecting the local residents threatened by the crocodile.
It's still many months away, but the 2015 Texas Frightmare Weekend is already heating up with an impressive guest list. Next year marks TFW's 10th anniversary, and they're pulling all the stops. This latest announcement is the biggest yet!
Neve Campbell, famous for her role as Sidney Prescott in the Scream films, will be making her first appearance ever at a convention at next year's Texas Frightmare Weekend. As is the TFW tradition, she'll be available all weekend long for autographs, photos, and panels.
The actress, known also for The Craft and "Party of Five" (which was horror if only because it contained Scott Wolf... who is horrific) has never done a con before so this is your first shot to meet her in person!
She joins the already announced list that includes Tara Reid, Josh (The Collection) Stewart, C. Thomas Howell, Malcolm McDowell, Joseph ("Game of Thrones") Gatt, and a first-time pairing of I Spit on Your Grave lead Camille Keaton and director Meir Zarchi with MANY more to come.
The 10th anniversary Texas Frightmare Weekend will once again be at the DFW Hyatt Regency in Dallas, Texas, running May 1-3, 2015.
"Early bird" rates have already come and gone, but the much-coveted PREMIUM passes go on sale on Saturday, September 6th, at 11:00 am CT. There are only 300 of these sold every year, and they sell out almost immediately. The benefits to this pass are huge so keep an eye on TexasFrightmareWeekend.com for details to grab those premium passes on the 6th!
As always, keep watching Dread Central for the latest breaking news on TFW, the Southwest's premier horror convention.
Suspended in the air, the rat rages. It’s time for some torture. This was the introduction to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s new trailer, Meet Rattbag. Rattbag is a member of Sauron’s orc army and, as the trailer reveals, its chief backstabber.
Based on the trailer, it appears that Rattbag was saved from execution by the game’s hero, Talion, and is now bound to assist him in his quest to destroy Sauron. With Talion’s help he goes from “an orc that snivels and whines to a mighty war chief.”
The trailer details Rattbag’s ascent through the orc ranks and that he is Talion’s liaison in the front lines of Sauron’s army. Rattbag will help conspire with Talion to bring his enemies down, aside from providing some well-timed comic relief. Rattbag has been featured in the game’s previous trailers, but now the developers reveal that Ratbag will play an integral part in the story. He is also the game’s only pre-written enemy,\ with all of Talion’s other foes to be randomly generated in each game.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be released on September 30th for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Just the thought of Japan's Aokigahara forest, or the Suicide Forest, sends a chill down our spines. Director Steven R. Monroe knows this all too well and word has come that his latest film which takes place there, Grave Halloween, is hitting the UK.
Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment has announced the UK release of Grave Halloween, available digitally and on DVD October 27, 2014.
Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding her body to the branches and her spirit to the undergrowth. Years later as the crows scatter, Miko and her college friends head into Suicide Forest. Miko yearns to abide a Halloween ritual steeped in demonic tradition which will release her mother’s trapped soul. Filming their journey amongst the shadows, strange things start to happen; angry murmurs and sightings of ghosts warn there are those who do not want them there.
In the Sea of Trees an ocean of lost souls rises up, closing heavy boughs around Miko and her friends. Suddenly, the path to life is barricaded by the dead who have nothing to lose…
The director whom we lovingly refer to as Captain Sunshine here at Dread Central, Lars Von Trier, is bringing his special brand of horror and misery to the small screen with a new series entitled "The House That Jack Built." Interested? Read on!
Screen Daily reports that the series will be the first to be directed by the controversial auteur behind Antichrist and Melancholia since his acclaimed Danish TV production, "The Kingdom," 20 years ago.
The news was revealed by Zentropa-producer Louise Vesth during the press conference for Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Volume 2 - Director’s Cut at the Venice Film Festival. Von Trier’s regular producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen described it as “a TV series without precedent” adding that "The House That Jack Built" would be “a TV series as you have never seen it before and never will again. You better hold your breath.”
Von Trier will start working on the script this autumn with shooting currently set for 2016. The series will be produced by Louise Vesth for the Zentropa Group with executive producer Peter Aalbæk Jensen. The project is being developed for Danish public broadcaster DR with head of drama Piv Bernth, the producer behind Scandi crime drama "The Killing."
TrustNordisk will handle international sales.
If you're a fan of the stellar flick Pontypool, you'd better listen up! The minds of the lunatics behind it have conceived another terror tale called Hellmouth, which we told you about in 2013. Well guess what? We FINALLY have a trailer for you guys to chew on! Dig it courtesy of Twitch Film.
Directed by John Geddes (Exit Humanity), the film stars Stephen McHattie (Pontypool, The Watchmen) as Charlie Baker, a dying gravekeeper who’s forced to take one final job. It features an eclectic cast including female lead Siobhan Murphy, Julian Richings, Boyd Banks (Exit Humanity), Mark Gibson, and some iconic cameos including Bruce McDonald (Pontypool).
An ode to classic horror and fantasy, Hellmouth is a VFX spectacle that chronicles Charlie Baker's dark descent through Gothic landscapes, demonic worlds, and medieval realms as he journeys to discover the secret behind a mysterious cemetery.
"I wanted to create a story-driven film with fantasy and horror combined. Something that was directly inspired by the era of Hitchcock and even Ed Wood," said Geddes last year. "Working with a writer like Tony Burgess [Pontypool] was a pleasure as we both love the simplicity in many of the old classic films of the 50′s and 60′s, and even earlier in films like Nosferatu and Faust. We worked really hard to make Hellmouth something fresh."
Turkey has long been releasing rip-offs of popular American movies, and now that they have a new original horror flick coming out entitled Siccîn: Büyü Haramdır, we can only hope The Asylum returns the favor, if only out of spite. Read on for the first details of this foreign spookfest!
In Turkish theaters on September 26th, Siccîn: Büyü Haramdır stars Pınar Çağlar Gençtürk, Koray Şahinbaş, Ebru Kaymakçı, Merve Ateş, Güneş Galava, Toygun Ateş, Aydan Çakır, and Asuman Kostak. It is directed by Turkish fear film sensation Alper Mestçi.
Below you'll find the trailer, which is unfortunately subtitle-free. Still. It looks pretty friggin' spooky!
This is normally the part of the story in which we'd tell you what this one is about, but every synopsis we translated via the web came back a ridiculously garbled mess. From what we've gleaned from the gibberish we've read, Siccîn: Büyü Haramdır is somewhat of a tragic love triangle with one of the principal characters either casting or getting someone to cast a spell on one of the women in said triangle, thereby infesting her with demons. SOLD!
We told you back during the madness of the San Diego Comic-Con about Final Destination writer Jeffrey Reddick releasing a book based upon his 2005 movie Tamara, which starred the now everywhere Jenna Dewan. Today we have a trailer to share with you cats!
Reddick is revisiting this titular character along with author JD Matthews for a special novelization. "The book is based off the original R-rated draft of Tamara that I sold to Lionsgate," Reddick tells us.
He adds, "This is my first book, and I’m really excited about the project. Writing is my passion, and I’m thrilled to team up with someone as talented as JD. Tamara has a cult following, and I wanted to show fans the uncut version of the story. I also wanted to give people who’ve never seen the movie a chance to read the story of Tamara Riley."
If you missed the film, Tamara tells the story of an unattractive and unpopular young girl who’s constantly bullied by classmates. Her only source of relief is dabbling in some old witchcraft books left to her by her mother. After being killed in a horrible prank, Tamara comes back from the grave as a sexy vixen who knows the dark secrets of all of her tormentors. She uses these secrets to get revenge against the kids responsible for her death. And she uses her new powers of seduction to go after the one thing she’s always wanted… Billy Natolly, her married English teacher.
Look for more on the book soon, and in the interim check out the official Tamara Facebook page.