Word has just come that the hashtagged horror flick #Horror has found itself distribution out of Cannes from IFC Midnight. Look for release details soon.
Chloe Sevigny stars with Timothy Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel, and Balthazar Getty. The full cast includes Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindeberg, Mina Sudwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones, and Lydia Hearst.
Fashion line creator and actor Tara Subkoff makes her feature-length directorial debut with the film.
Inspired by actual events, #HORROR centers on a group of 12-year-old girls who face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber-bullying to a night of insanity. #HORROR examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring “likes” comes at the cost of human lives.
AMC is showing a lot of confidence in its upcoming spinoff “Fear the Walking Dead.” We’re still a ways out from the show’s premiere, but that hasn’t stopped the network from confirming at its Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation today that “Fear” will have a second season in 2016 comprised of 15 episodes.
“Fear the Walking Dead” premieres August 23, 2015. The first season will consist of six one-hour episodes.
The cast includes Cliff Curtis, Colman Domingo, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam Carey, Mercedes Mason, Shawn Hatosy, Frank Dillane, Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Lorenzo James Henrie. The series is set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner.
“Fear the Walking Dead” takes us back to the beginning of the zombie apocalypse – a time when the world was changing rapidly for reasons unknown, before anyone understood exactly what was happening, when life as everyone knew it was upended and altered in ways no one could have ever imagined.
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Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan has currently sold 45 million copies in Japan, and while it still has a way to go before reaching the 200+ million sales of series like One Piece and Naruto, it’s certainly getting there. It has also gained a large level of popularity in the West, frequently appearing on Amazon’s bestseller charts.
The series features a world overrun by gigantic beings known as Titans, with the reminder of humanity taking shelter in fortified cities whilst plotting how defeat the Titans and take back their world.
With the hype for the live action film duology, it comes as no surprise that more screen installments in the series are being created. Alongside the current anime, a spin-off series called Attack on Titan: Junior High has been announced. Based on the spin-off manga of the same name, it reimagines the series with the main characters as kids, with the idea being to feature the same setting and scenarios as the original series with a more family-friendly tone. Yeah.
Have a look at the trailer below:
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Words kind of escape us right now. It’s with an unbelievably heavy heart that we report wrestling legend “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has passed on.
The news comes via TMZ Sports, who report that Piper – born Roderick George Toombs – died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood on Thursday night. He was discovered on Friday, July 31st. He was just 61.
Outside of the wrestling ring Piper starred in such legendary cult flicks as Hell Comes to Frog Town, John Carpenter’s They Live, and dozens of others.
Speaking personally, Piper was a hero of mine and truly one of those once in a lifetime talents. I’m happy I had a chance to share some time with him a few years back, and I will always cherish every second.
At this time we would like to extend our sincerest of condolences to Piper’s friends, family members, and constituents. This loss really hits hard. Godspeed, brother. Heaven just got a whole lot more interesting. Your memory will live on in the hearts and minds of fans everywhere.
Sam Raimi Not Opposed to Directing Another Evil Dead Film; New Image of Lucy Lawless in Ash vs. Evil Dead
It’s always hard to tell what is actually going on in the Evil Dead universe, as both Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi often make comments that get us all excited for nothing. There’s a good chance this is another one of those situations, but we feel it’s worth mentioning.
Per Deadline, Campbell and Raimi took part in today’s Television Critics Association press tour, where they mostly talked about the upcoming Starz series “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” During the panel Raimi indicated that he’d be behind the camera on another film if Campbell were in front of it.
“This series will force us to make more movies. That’s only 10 [half] hours of programming; we need eight more movies,” Campbell joked, pointing out the way fans always want more than they’re getting. “Making a fourth movie would work. No matter what we give them, it will never be enough.”
Ain’t that the truth.
On a related note, check out your first look at Lucy Lawless as Ruby from “Ash vs. Evil Dead” below!
About “Ash vs. Evil Dead”
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and will premiere on STARZ October 31, 2015. The 10-episode first season of the half-hour series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio, who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Campbell is reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario, and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby, a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks; Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past; and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.
Wild Eye Releasing has a new film on the way entitled A Plague So Pleasant, and we have an exclusive clip from it to share as we head into the weekend.
A Plague So Pleasant was co-directed by Benjamin Roberds and Jordan Reyes; it stars Eva Boehnke, David Chandler, and Maxwell Moody.
Look for the film on DVD on August 25th. Bonus materials will include:
- Promo Videos
In the near future zombies have become a protected, endangered species, held in captivity and legally wandering the streets free from harm by the living. But for the loved ones of those who die, sometimes coping is just too much to handle, especially when not everyone feels the dead have a right to exist, and they are willing to break the law to rid the world of this new population of the dead.
Looks like your Facebook “likes” might actually do something for once. While you might not be able to stop a genocide, end police violence, or convince everyone in the world to go vegan, you could champion the noble goal of yet another Resident Evil franchise remake.
This time, Resident Evil 2 steps up to the plate, and the folks over at Capcom R&D Division 1 made a post on the official Resident Evil Facebook page to ask fans how they feel about the possibility. Check out the full post:
“Hello Resident Evil fans! This is Capcom R&D Division 1! First off, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to all Resident Evil fans, for your passion, enthusiasm and continued support for the Resident Evil brand. Enthusiasm for a Resident Evil 2 Remake is something we’ve been hearing from you over the years, and has drawn some recent attention in the media. However, as the team owns the RE brand, we’re not certain how we feel about this approach, and would like to ask your honest and frank opinion about the “Resident Evil 2 Remake” and what the brand identity is supposed to be about?”
Though the post is a bit vague, fan reception has been overwhelmingly positive. Regarded by many as the best of the fixed-camera installments, Resident Evil 2 holds a special place in my heart as the first of the series I personally played. Having run through the series several times in my later years, I always find myself impressed with the strides the franchise used to take between installments. Resident Evil 2 is no exception, and the lengths the original dev team went to improve upon the RE1 formula is what so solidly planted it in so many gamer’s hearts. That, and the giant alligator boss.
Footage courtesy of IGN:
As a personal take, I am a bit put off by this post. I’ve been vocal in my criticism of Capcom’s remake parade, noting in my review that the recent Resident Evil-HD Remaster was the 8th iteration of the title. The recent trend of one step forward with the Revelations titles and two steps back with the main series titles has taken its toll on consumer confidence, so it seems that Capcom has been eager to remind people of the glory days by parading around the titles people thought were good with maybe a new costume and a fresh coat of paint.
While I find mindless re-releases to be distasteful cash grabs, designed to siphon money out of the nostalgic like an succubus made out of N64s, I don’t mind total remakes. The GameCube Resident Evil was a total overhaul of the game, expanding to almost double the content with the core mechanics still intact. I loved the shit out of that game, and it is my retro gift of choice for my hipster horror gaming friends. While they have shown that their recent chops for action elements are a bit weak, they are still strong in the horror department, so a total overhaul of Resident Evil 2 might be just what they need to strut their stuff.
The obvious downside is that they might ruin the classic title and fail to live up to the monumental expectations of fans, but hey, at least they are trying to address the desires of the fanbase. Fans of the series should definitely check out the post, share their thoughts, then share it with as many of their friends as possible. I’ll be following the story as it develops, so check back in for updates.
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In promotion of the upcoming film Sinister 2, the powers-that-be have put together a spooky online scavenger hunt that will yield all manner of coolness.
From the Press Release:
This weekend Sinister Sundays start. Beginning this Sunday, August 2nd, there will be a weekly scavenger hunt on the SINISTER 2 Official Twitter Page. Watch a Sinister Kill Film for a chance to win a filmmaker starter pack.
Related Story: Spread the Fear with Spooky Sinister 2 Video App
You could be terrifying the world with your own movies in no time! To participate, follow @SinisterMovie on Twitter and watch an exclusive piece of content from the movie every Sunday, beginning this week for the next three Sundays. Follow the instructions at the end of the video, and you can win various prizes to help you create your very own Sinister Kill Films. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a $1,900 filmmaker starter pack that can go towards a laptop, camera, and software. Four runners-up will receive one tablet, valued at $400 each.
For official rules, please visit SinisterSundays.com!
Ciaran Foy (Citadel) directed Sinister 2. Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, penned the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill, with whom he also wrote the original film.
Look for the film in theatres on August 21st.
In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity. James Ransone co-stars.
Popular UK film festival Grimmfest is taking place the 1st-4th of October at Manchester’s Odeon Printworks, and the first three films in this year’s lineup have been revealed. Read on for the details!
From the Press Release:
We are proud to announce three very different UK Premieres that have been making waves at festivals around the world such as Sundance, SXSW, and Fantasia International Fantastic Film Festival:
- SYNCHRONICITY from Jacob Gentry (The Signal), which is described as “a mind-bending sci-fi noir in the tradition of Dark City, Blade Runner, and Alphaville”
- EXCESS FLESH, the new shocking body horror from writer/director Patrick Kennelly
- HE NEVER DIED, the new brutal cannibal horror starring punk legend Henry Rollins, Stephen Ogg (Grand Theft Auto 5), and Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past)
In addition to this tease of the amazing Grimmfest 2015 lineup, we have also released a second
limited batch of Full Festival Passes after the first release sold out in record time (click here for additional info). Full Festival Passes will gain you access to every screening. This includes 20 feature film premieres and a plethora of the best new genre shorts from around the globe. We are building an amazing programme of the very best new horror, sci-fi, and dark fantasy films that will include World, European, and UK premieres. It’s going be awesome!
You’ll find further information on the films below:
HE NEVER DIED (UK PREMIERE)
Starring Henry Rollins, the frontman of legendary punk band Black Flag, HE NEVER DIED follows Jack… Jack is in a rut. Depression and severe anti-social behaviour have whittled down his existence to sleeping and watching television. Seeing the human race as little more than meat with a pulse, Jack has no interest to bond with anyone. There’s little purpose for him to make friends with someone he’d eventually eat or outlive by more than a millennia. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. He must now walk a tightrope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility.
SYNCHRONICITY (UK PREMIERE)
Starring Chad McKnight, Michael Ironside, and Brianne Davis, SYNCHRONICITY follows physicist Jim Beale just as he invents a machine that can fold space-time. Suddenly a rare dahlia appears from the future. He must now find the flower’s identical match in the present to prove his machine works. Jim soon discovers that the dahlia lies in the hands of a mysterious girl, who seduces him into revealing his secrets. Convinced that he’s fallen prey to a femme fatale trying to steal his invention, Jim travels back in time to stop her betrayal before it happens. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about the machine, the girl, and his own reality.
EXCESS FLESH (UK PREMIERE)
EXCESS FLESH is the new shocking body horror from writer/director Patrick Kennelly. The film centres around Jill, who is obsessed with her new roommate, Jennifer, a promiscuous and sexy hotshot in the LA fashion scene. New to the city and recently single, Jill is unable to keep up as she binges and purges to stay thin, eventually hating herself and everyone around her. Her jealousy and rage spiral out of control — Jennifer has everything, and Jill wants to be just like her. If Jill can’t BE Jennifer, she must destroy her.
Stay tuned to Grimmfest’s website for additional info as it comes.
In what is probably the most bizarre story we’ve come across all week, next to the cemetery clown, the Philippines is apparently in need of cxorcists. Maybe they could borrow some from Destination America?
The news comes via NPR:
“At any given time we have at the minimum 30 cases,” says 48-year-old Father Jose Francisco Syquia, “and we’re only five exorcists.”
Father Syquia leads a team of four priests who get additional assistance from volunteers: psychiatrists, doctors, lawyers and laypeople.
Given the number of cases he’s juggling, Syquia recently sent a letter to the Philippine bishops conference asking that it send one resident exorcist to each of the country’s 86 dioceses.
“[The] majority of them do not have exorcists or a team of exorcists that deal with these kinds of cases,” says Syquia. “Therefore, many of the Filipinos tend to go to the occult practitioners, what we call the faith healers, spiritists, etc.”
Syquia believes these occult healers are responsible for the increased number of demonic possessions. The healers leave a person with “spiritual openings” that allow demons to latch on, he says.
Meanwhile, it’s a draining job for the official exorcists. Just one session of prayers for a possessed individual can last four hours. And it may take several sessions, according to Syquia, to drive out evil spirits.
“That’s very tiring,” says Father Winston Cabading, secretary general of the University of Santo Tomas and a member of Syquia’s team.
Not only that, the exorcists also have to deal with the aftereffects. They believe that demons retaliate against the priests.
“You expect that there will be more, what we call, retaliations because you are jumping into enemy territory and retaking … what truly belongs to God,” says Syquia. “And therefore, it’s more like maybe a commando raid behind enemy lines.”
At least one of Syquia’s trainees quit. Syquia says the trainee believed he had developed unexplained illnesses because of the work he was doing.
Who knew the place was such a hotbed for demonic possession? I smell a Syfy movie in here somewhere.
Starring Elma Begovic, Jordan Gray, Annette Wozniak
Directed by Chad Archibald
After all this time, I was fairly resigned to think that Jeff Goldblum’s man-to-insect metamorphosis in Cronenberg’s The Fly was one of the queasiest body transformations I’d seen. However, after laying eyes upon Chad Archibald’s Bite, I’d have to say that Mr. Goldblum might have a run for his money.
Coming off of two lackluster directorial entries (The Drownsman, Ejecta), Archibald reloads and this time delivers heavily with his look at a nubile young woman whose bachelorette party/vacation proves to be a real itch… see what I did there? Anyway, the bride-to-be is Casey (Begovic), and she is whisked off to Costa Rica by some alcohol-deprived bridesmaids for a little R&R, and from the film’s opening scenes, I was immediately getting that sick feeling in my gut. Was it from some unrelenting gore splashed across the screen? No! It was from my true-to-life arch-nemesis: first-person camera usage (a la found footage). At this point, the urge to dropkick my laptop across the room overcame me, but with some patented Lamaze breathing techniques, I simmered down and let the movie play on.
Thankfully, the shaky-cam vision was merely a tool to illustrate the ignorance of one of Casey’s bridal party members – shoot as much footage of inebriated, uncoordinated chicks attempting to dance in a club, while being pawed by some douchenozzles that probably have the words “dude” and “bro” tattooed somewhere on their persons. Movin on – after Casey is roofied and raped by some sleazy club-goer, then robbed of her possessions (including her very impressive engagement rock), the group decides to go for a little dip in a remote quarry the next day, and that’s where our story gets very interesting. Never mind the fact that Casey was sexually assaulted and had her booty burgled (in more ways than one) – good friends don’t let you sulk over a traumatic crime, at least not when there’s the opportunity to wade in some murky, disease-infested water in a third-world swimmin’ hole!
While floating about in the scummy lagoon, Casey is bitten on the leg by some unexplained critter, and after the vacation has come to a close, she realizes that this isn’t any old nip on the stem – this thing is throbbing, growing in size, and leaking fluid faster than a cracked radiator… silly me, not fluid – PUS. Large, discolored quantities of pus – it trickles, it seeps, it collects on the floor – and during one romantic rendezvous in the sack with her momma’s boy of a fiancé (Gray) – it literally gushes all over her lover’s hand and ceases coital activity immediately. As if Casey’s fiancé needed any more cause to stay away from his future bride, his incredibly venomous mother (Lawrene Denkers in a fantastically evil role) seems to bristle at the sight of his forthcoming mate – this woman is plain nasty, right down to her two-ply panties.
As the film rolls along, whatever the hell is overtaking Casey’s body composition is working overtime, and every time the poor woman shifts her legs, she seems to gush a cascading, orange-tinted crystalline gathering of globules out of her… fish shack, if you will – it covers the walls of her apartment and the floor, turning her entire crash-pad into some kind of cocoon.
I’ll simply leave the rest of this ultra-hygienic antiseptic-fest to your viewing pleasure, as the utter grotesqueness must be seen to be truly enjoyed – imagine Goldblum melting faces in The Fly times 10. Archibald takes a somewhat slow route to the golden ticket in the first half of the film, but after Casey’s bite has had its chance to infest the bloodstream, that’s when we shift out of first gear and into a very slippery overdrive. Performances are routine for those attempting to nail down a typical drunk young adult or a molting insect-type lady.
In all seriousness, Bite definitely has the chops to be the Fly of the new age and simply shouldn’t be missed, especially if you’re a gorehound on the prowl. Chew on, brothers… chew on.
Writer John Ostrander and illustrator Tom Mandrake are an established duo in the comic industry, and having worked together on multiple series including The Spectre, Batman and Martian Manhunter, they are now using KickStarter to bring their latest project, Kros: Hallowed Ground, to life.
Ostrander is also the creator of Suicide Squad, which unless you’ve been living in a cave on Mars, you will know is being turned into a film out next year. How satisfying it is to see such a great creator having his work receive such widespread recognition.
Dread Central: Firstly, what is Kros: Hallowed Ground?
John Ostrander: Kros: Hallowed Ground is a 128-page graphic novel by me and Tom Mandrake. We are legendary. Folks may know us from our work on GrimJack, Firestorm, The Spectre, The Kents, and Martian Manhunter, as well as a Batman or two. The story is set during the American Civil War at the Battle of Gettysburg. Two sets of battles are being fought: the battle between the armies of the North and South during the day and another at night, when vampires come to prey on the wounded. Blood calls to blood, and the vampires come like carrion predators to prey on the weak and dying. Opposing them is the vampire hunter, a damphyr, known as Kros. He has many of the vampires’ abilities and few of their weaknesses, but if he should ever taste human blood — the blood of the innocent — he himself could become what he hates. As it is, he is a man with an obsessive mission – killing vampires.
Tom Mandrake: Kros: Hallowed Ground is a horror story set during the Battle of Gettysburg, but our focus is on Major Kros and the vampires he has been drawn to this place to destroy. His past is complex—born nearly 200 years before the events of this story, Kros has been pursuing vampires for most of his life. He has seen many of the other damphyr he has known fall to the temptation of human blood. Intent on the mission that seems to forever be before him and drawn to this place by the same scent of blood as the vampires, Kros is on the verge of losing his own humanity. It is a struggle he might not win.
DC: Is crowdfunding the best way to get original independent comics off the ground?
JO: We think so. We hope so. We have a fan base, and we’re going directly to them to try to make this happen. I’ve worked for a lot of companies and I’ve enjoyed it, but for Kros we want to control the whole thing. With everything else we’ve done, it’s time Tom and I did a creator-owned story, and I’m very excited to be doing Kros!
TM: I’ve done all sorts of comics for established companies, horror, superhero, movie adaptations—everything—and I’ve had a blast drawing all of these books! But Kros is the kind of story that you don’t see very often in mainstream comics. It’s an unusual meld of history and the supernatural. Mostly, we didn’t think that the story of Kros would fit well within any established universe, so we decided to strike out on our own. Given that both John and I have worked in mainstream comics for over 30 years, it’s probably the one big thing left on both of our creative bucket lists!
DC: Can you talk about the vampires of the world that you are creating?
JO: We’re old school. Our vampires are monsters; they’re predators. They suck the life out of you. Monsters are important; monsters show us the dark side of our own natures. Trying to soften that, to make them sexier or tragic romantic heroes, for me misses the point. The better the monster, the better we see ourselves in that dark mirror. Vampires are devoid of love; they know only feeding, what they want. We live with many vampires today; they just don’t all have fangs.
TM: The vampires in Kros are very traditional in the sense that their roots go back to when vampires, ghouls, werewolves and their kind were considered to be one and the same. All of them wanted to kill mortals and steal what makes you human. They’re the alpha predator – fierce, amoral killing machines. They take you away from yourself and leave a shell that seeks sustenance for it’s own survival.
DC: Is Major Kros more of an anti-hero?
JO: Kros himself, having vampire blood in him, is also a monster. He is hyper-focused on his self-appointed mission – all vampires must die. He is isolated from others and he’s done that to himself. He is in danger of losing the human side of his nature.
TM: I’d say that Kros is an anti-hero. He’s a monster fighting monsters. The war means nothing to him. Human beings mean little to him, and yet, he finds himself fighting to save humanity from more terrible monsters than himself. I’d say, in that respect, he has some of the true hero in his nature as well.
DC: How will the Civil War setting be utilized?
JO: As I’ve said elsewhere, all wars are horror stories. Brother was killing brother in the Civil War, and that’s nightmarish to start with. The battle at Gettysburg took place in several locations around Gettysburg and lasted three days. At different times Tom and I have both visited the battleground, and you get a sense of the size and the scope of the fighting. The place is haunting and haunted, and we intend to work that eerieness into the story.
TM: There are aspects to the Battle of Gettysbrug that really hit you at your core—like the choking amount of smoke from the gunpowder, the sheer number of dead, the streams that ran red with blood. That’s real horror. We Americans learn all about the events that took place at Gettysburg in history class—the names, the locations, the troop movements, but can we ever really understand the magnitude of what happened there? I don’t think most of us do. In Kros we add a layer of supernatural horror which, for me, is a way of comprehending it all.
DC: Can you talk about the style of artwork?
JO: Tom’s artwork is creepy and spooky and eerie, but also downright beautiful. No one’s art in the comics field today looks like his. No one. It is elegant even when he’s freaking you out. It’s classic; you can go back to the masters of EC and Warren and see their artistic DNA in Tom’s work. The storytelling is concise, the characterization is profound, and the effect is incredible. Actually, just look at it, look at the sample pages, look at what he’s done in the past; and you won’t need me to tell you how wonderful it is. It’s right there on the page.
TM: I traveled to Gettysburg for inspiration late this past spring. I want to be able to capture the misty quality of the light, the rolling fields, the harsh rock formations at Devil’s Den, the eerie quality the light has at sunset. My job is to translate all this into art. I am really excited about this challenge! My daughter, Sian, is doing the colors on Kros. We talked a lot about capturing the feel of the era by toning the color toward grayed out sepia tones with hints of color like old-time hand-colored photographs.
DC: The two of you are known for creating new series and characters that go onto become iconic, such as Grimjack. How do you approach an original idea and turn it into something that is bound to be memorable?
JO: The way Tom and I approach an original idea is to explore it. You kick it around and discuss the ramifications of what you’re establishing. Tom and I take our different strengths and talents and then pool them. You ask questions – how is this different. What tropes do we use, which ones do we downplay? Ultimately, why should it matter? Why should the reader care? Each answer begets more questions and you follow those answers as well. It can be a lot of fun and that’s important; if we aren’t having fun, it’s guaranteed that the reader won’t have fun. With Kros, Tom and I are having a lot of fun.
DC: Also, you’ve collaborated on many occasions so was it a natural decision for you to work together on Kros?
JO: I really enjoy working with Tom and jump at any opportunity to do so. We were actually looking for something to do together and wanted to combine two areas in which we are fascinated – the Civil War and horror stories. As these things sometimes do, we were talking together, and Kros eventually emerged as the result.
TM: Working on Kros was definitely a natural extension of our other collaborations—which were always exciting and a lot of fun! Kros started out as a Western, but the more John and I explored the character, we determined that we wanted to place this story during an event that had historical importance. The Battle of Gettysburg came up, and we realized that what happened there would work incredibly well for the story.
DC: Can we expect to see more of Major Kros?
JO: There are other stories we can tell – assuming he survives this one.
TM: While Kros’ future isn’t guaranteed, we do have about 170 years of his past to explore. I would love to be able to tell those stories!
DC: As Suicide Squad, which you created, is headed to the big screen, is there any chance of Kros being turned into a movie?
JO: Oh man, I’d love that. Nothing planned at the moment, but we can hope. We always hope.
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Well, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend you clear your calendars for a huge release list this week, my friends. We’ve only got 7 releases to discuss, so I will make it quick. First, Eaten Alive had an initial release date scheduled for today but it has been pushed back to next week. Check back on the 4th of August for more info on that title.
As mentioned last week, the Tales Of The Supernatural Extended Uncut DVD is coming out this week, but not on the 28th. It will be released on the 31st, just as the Blu-ray was released later last week. So, be on the lookout for that on Friday.
The majority of our releases this week are pretty much classics, starting with some 1960’s German titles down in the Collections section. This week also sees the DVD release of Tango Of Perversion as well as the Blu-ray and DVD releases for 1972’s The Erotic Rites Of Frankenstein.
There is also a documentary, in the way of Lost Soul, which focuses on the extremely problematic production of 1996’s Island Of Doctor Moreau. With interviews from members of the cast, you can gain a new perspective on that adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells story.
That’s basically this entire week in a nutshell. Check back with us next week, as we’re looking at around 14 releases for the 4th. As always, pleasant viewing folks.
Dawn of the Crescent Moon (2014)
Barry Corbin, Kurt Cole
Friday Lunch Productions presents a supernatural thriller about five college students who travel to a small Texas town with hope of uncovering the truth behind an old Comanche legend. It’s not long before the students begin to realize that the legend is much more than local folklore when they come face-to-face with their own pasts and the legend itself.
The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1972)
Howard Vernon, Beatriz Savón, Britt Nichols, Anne Liberty, Alberto Dalbés
After the death of Victor Frankenstein (Dennis Price), two figures vie for control of his metallic-skinned monster (Fernando Bilbao) and the radical technology that created him: the scientist’s daughter, Vera (Beatriz Savón), and the immortal wizard Cagliostro (Howard Vernon), who is assisted by a blind bird-woman with an unquenchable thirst for blood (Anne Libert).
With The Erotic Rites Of Frankenstein, controversial filmmaker Jess Franco merged his fondness for old-school horror with his unique and perverse tastes in sex and violence, partly inspired by the garish adult European comics of the early 1970s.
Ghost Town (1988)
Bruce Glover, Catherine Hickland
This interesting fusion of the horror and Western genres involves a modern-day sheriff (Franc Luz) whose search for a missing heiress leads him into the title locale, a frontier-age Arizona township whose residents are cursed with immortality. He eventually discovers that the abductee (Catherine Hickland) has been spirited off to the lair of an evil black-clad gunslinger (Jimmie F. Skaggs), who sees her as the reincarnation of the dance-hall girl he murdered a hundred years before.
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2015)
Richard Stanley, Fairuza Balk, Marco Hofschneider, Robert Shaye, Edward R. Pressman
In 1995, visionary writer/director Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) got the green light for his dream project: An epic adaptation of H.G. Wells The Island Of Doctor Moreau starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. But only days into production, an unprecedented storm of natural disasters, monstrous egos and disturbing imagery along with chaos, insanity and witchcraft would trigger perhaps the most infamous behind-the-scenes catastrophe in modern movie history. Now director/producer David Gregory (The Theatre Bizarre, Plague Town) reveals the untold story behind one of the all-time greatest cinematic train wrecks (Variety) in this wonderfully weird and gripping (Entertainment Weekly) documentary featuring never-before-seen footage, startling new interviews with actors Fairuza Balk and Rob Morrow, studio executives, crew members and for the first time ever the notoriously reclusive Stanley himself, plus nearly 2 hours of exclusive Bonus Features.
Tales Of The Supernatural – Extended UNCUT Version (2014) (July 31st)
Bruce Payne, Jon Campling, Patrick Rowe, Laura Penneycard, Giles Alderson
The film consists of six supernatural tales (Disturbance, The Hike, Bryan’s Daughter, The Book, Naked and Paralysis) linked together by a demon who is intent on collecting human souls.
Tango Of Perversion (1973)
Larry Daniels, Erika Raffael, Dorothy Moore, Vagelis Voulgaridis
The Tango club is the favorite hangout for a group of swingers who live for nothing but pleasure. Rosita, a beautiful lesbian, seduces Joanna by giving her dope. Stathis, Joanna’s sleazy boyfriend catches the two women in bed together and takes his brutal revenge on them, ending in Rosita’s death. All this happens in the house of Joachim, a rich playboy who gets his kicks by secretly filming Stathis having sex with girls from the Tango club. Joachim believes he is impotent, until he makes love to Rosita’s dead body. After that, things start to get weird… Sex, drugs, necrophilia, voyeurism and a dose of Greek psychedelia, this film has it all.
One of the legendary exploitation films of the early 1970s now makes its US home video debut in a brand new print, complete and uncut.
Strangler of the Tower / Monster of London City Double Feature
Ady Berber, Birgit Bergen, Christa Linder, Robert A. Stemmle, Bryan Edgar Wallace
We present a double-dose of German Krimi terror and mystery as Phantom Killers stalk the night! You’ll shudder in fear as Christa Linder (Miss Austria of 1962) is terrorized by a cult of masked villains in Strangler Of The Tower (1966), a chiller which follows the fate of those who desecrate a pagan temple; the price they must pay…is death! Then you’ll run for the hills as the spirit of Jack the Ripper seems to return to haunt the streets in Monster Of London City (1964, based on an Edgar Wallace story! Stars Marianne Koch, Hans Nielsen, Hansjörg Felmy. Mastered from a Progressive Scan HD Film Transfer.
The original Night of the Living Dead is without a doubt one of the most influential horror films of all time. All self-respecting horror fans have watched it multiple times and will still be awed by its sheer awesomeness. Roger Conners was such a huge fan that he is currently working on his own version, titled Night of the Living Dead: Rebirth. Check out our interview with him below and contribute to the film here.
Dread Central: So, why did you choose to remake Night of the Living Dead? Were you big fans of the original?
Roger Conners: To say I am a fan is a total understatement. Not only was Night of the Living Dead my first exposure to the horror genre, but it also remains my single favorite film to this day. It completely defined my taste in cinema and sparked my interest in being involved in the industry at a very young age.
DC: Is this a remake of the original or a new story?
RC: It’s a remake, but the storyline and the characters involved have been updated to feel a bit more contemporary. Fans are certainly going to see many of the classic moments recreated, but there will also be a multitude of new plot twists that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
DC: And what exactly is the “Rebirth” in the title referring to?
RC: I went with “Rebirth” for multiple reasons, but mainly it’s because it truly is a totally new take on the classic storyline. We’re not just dealing with a remake in the sense of retelling the story; we are completely updating it to make the whole thing feel relevant for today’s viewers. The original film, at its core, is so much more than an average zombie movie. From a filmmaker’s perspective, Romero’s masterpiece also succeeds as a highly advanced social commentary. The movie dealt with an array of issues that were prevalent at the time of its release, and we definitely wanted to tap into that aspect of the story. My goal with “Rebirth” is to recreate that element of the original, but for a modern audience.
DC: What stage of production are you currently in?
RC: We’re about 90% of the way through principal photography. We have a few scenes left, but they’re the ones that are really going to make or break the film. They are the ones that the fans really anticipate and they expect you to get it right or else they will hate you forever. I definitely don’t want to be known as the dude who ruined a classic. That’s a lot of pressure.
DC: Alvin Hudson plays Reverend Harold Cooper; is he the villain of the film?
RC: He definitely is! He still possesses many of the traits that the original Harry displayed in the original, but his religious extremist mentality definitely takes his personality to a far darker and more hateful place. He holds a lot of hostility in his heart, and he refuses to budge on his beliefs, which are cause for much tension with the other survivors.
DC: Can you talk about the rest of the cast?
RC: I’d love to. Many of the original characters return in some form. Ben is portrayed a bit rougher around the edges, much more along the lines of the original script before Duane Jones stepped in and polished him up. I don’t think anyone could truly recreate that performance, so I opted to take a different route and pay homage to the source material. So Ben is a truck driver, as he was originally written.
Another character who is very much a hat-tip to the original script is George, the caretaker of the cemetery who ends up joining the other survivors inside the farmhouse. I was hesitant to add a new character, but there needed to be some fresh elements to my story so I ended up getting a little creative. Anyone who has ever read the original script knows that the character of Judy was not part of it. She was written specifically for Judith Ridley, and the character of her boyfriend, Tom, was originally the elderly cemetery groundskeeper. So I figured, “What the hell,” and wrote that character into the story. And, in tribute, I named him George.
The only character who has been drastically restructured is Barbra. She is no longer part of the storyline. I know people are going to be upset with this, but I need to just get it out there. However, there is a new character that is heavily based off of her, down to the classic trenchcoat. His name is Adam, and he is a 23-year-old gay male. Now stick him in that house with Reverend Cooper, who has been completely based off of Fred Phelps, the former head of the Westboro Baptist Church. See where I’m going with this? Remember that “social commentary” aspect I was attempting to recreate? Well, there you. That is just one example of where we are going with this film.
DC: The original is in the public domain and has been remade many times; what makes yours stand out?
RC: I feel there are multiple aspects about “Rebirth” that set it apart from the rest of the remakes. First, before I go on any further about my own film, let me make it clear that I am oftentimes a supporter of remakes in general. If it’s handled properly, the movie can certainly become a classic by its own right! I mean, look at John Carpenters The Thing. That movie is a masterpiece on so many levels. Now, if the movie is handled poorly, what does that really do to diminish the quality of the original piece? If anything, does it not just bring a newfound attention and appreciation to the source material? I don’t know; clearly this is all just a matter of opinion, but that is my stance on the matter.
Now as for why I feel “Rebirth” deserves the attention and support of fans of the original film? To tell the truth, because I am one of you. I’m as diehard as they come. This movie defined my childhood and spawned my passion for cinema in general. I am doing everything in my power to respect the source material, breathe new life into the storyline, and overall make sure that I create the best film I possibly can. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This is my passion project. It was only a matter of time until I had my turn with it!
DC: Why do you think that zombies have achieved such huge cultural status recently?
RC: I feel everyone has their own reason for loving the zombie genre, but I think that there are a few universal reasons for why they’re so scary and continue to work in such a heavily saturated market. The idea of a loved one returning without absolutely any sense of reason or motivation aside from their desire to kill you is terrifying. There is no hesitation. No debating the matter. There is a complete loss of identity there, and that is horrifying! And let’s be real, what do we find more interesting and, in turn, terrifying than death? It’s scary as hell because none of us completely know what is in store! So then this whole zombie concept comes along, and it provides an answer to that. And that answer is scary as hell! The recently dead get up and kill! Those they kill get up and kill! Death equals more death! What is scarier than that?
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Sam, an imaginative but vulnerable twelve-year-old boy, heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts troupe. Mistrusted by the pack leader Peter and isolated by the other Scouts, he becomes convinced a terrible fate awaits them in the forest after he discovers a mysterious lair.
When Sam tries to warn the group, they ignore him, and his darkest fears soon come to life as one by one his fellow Scouts are hunted down, leaving him to fight back to survive.
Cub (Altitude Film Distribution) is unleashed in UK cinemas and On Demand 31st July. Own it on DVD from 3rd August.
To support the release, we have a copy on DVD to give away!
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We’ll take care of the rest.
Please note that this competition is open ONLY to UK residents and will end at 12:01 AM PT on 3 August 2015.
Starring Meggie Maddock, Ali Francis, Maru Garcia, Jeremy Make
Directed by Jimmy Weber
Distributed by Monster Pictures UK
Life in Tinseltown is hard for struggling actress Novella McClure (Maddock). Feeling washed up before her career has even taken off, the ailing thespian struggles to land roles, avoid her friendly but pushed-to-the-limit landlord, and stay out of the clutches of time-wasting porno producers.
Her only solace in a world of daily stress is best friend Candice (Francis), a party girl who regularly takes Novella out on the town for a night of free drinks courtesy of any hopeful guys who fall under their flirtatious spell – but this isn’t enough to settle the daily stresses of Novella’s existence, and with her dreams crumbling around her, she develops a rather unusual coping mechanism…
She begins to eat herself.
Starting off with a rather over-enthusiastic nibbling on her thumb, Novella’s panic attacks soon see her chomping strips of flesh from her hand and completely mangling her own foot in one particularly gruesome bout of the munchies. Explaining her wounds as simple accidents in order to hide her activities from concerned parties doesn’t help the situation, but when a chance run-in at a club with the charming Dr. Simon offers the promise of a genuine romantic relationship, things seem to look up for Novella. Yet, Eat writer/director Jimmy Weber isn’t about to let his starlet off so easily.
Comparisons are easily drawn between Eat and the similarly-themed Starry Eyes, but Weber is less concerned with railing against the soulless nature of the industry than he is with simply watching the gruesome downfall of his leading lady. It keeps Eat a more focused piece, ultimately sporting less lofty ideals and ambitions than its current cousin – and that’s not a bad thing. Traversing the world of bitchy competition at auditions and promising referrals that turn out to be a complete waste of time and energy, it quickly becomes apparent that Novella is fighting a losing battle – ready to break, but determined to push herself to the last in order to achieve her dream.
Bringing the ill-fated protagonist to life is actress Meggie Maddock, whose own skills swing between the impressive and the not-particularly-convincing. Early dialogue exchanges feel amateurish (and especially so given the confidence with which the film begins – sporting a stylish and promising title sequence), but as the film progresses, Maddock’s performance becomes more often solid than waning. Novella’s character, herself, is a sympathetic figure – and remains so – even if her actions are so extreme that they aren’t particularly identifiable. If you ever find compulsive auto-cannibalism identifiable in some way, you’re probably going to want to get in touch with a therapist of your own – so that’s not much of a bugbear, there.
Weber’s direction throughout Eat is pro-grade, with a number of well conceived shots and sequences and a bright, colourful presentation that belies the grimness of the proceedings. Of particular note is the editing, which, alongside the soundtrack and some stomach-churning prosthetic work, makes for seriously wince-inducing moments when Novella’s anxiety kicks in and she decides to take a bite (or ten) out of herself. The shocks are highly effective, very well delivered and quite often grueling – this is one film you don’t want to watch if you’re already feeling nauseous!
Where Eat falls down lies solely on the script’s character elements. While it gets by just fine watching Novella go through the motions of her chosen career, there isn’t much else going on. A neat twist and some compelling unanswered questions in the finish notwithstanding, attempts to add deeper layers to the relationship between Novella and Candice fall woefully flat.
Still, the film moves along at a punchy pace that leaves these issues rarely able to come to the fore. A thoughtful character study this is not – but Eat is very much a strong contender for your time if you can stomach the grue. Despite a few problems, just like Novella herself, it’s hard to dislike.
Monster Pictures bring Eat to UK DVD sporting an audio commentary with James Weber and producer Annie Baker. It’s a decent listen, with plenty of anecdotes regarding the shoot. Weber actually makes reference during the commentary to a “making of” supplement, which unfortunately doesn’t appear on this disc.
- Audio commentary
Originally scheduled for release on August 21st, and then rescheduled for August 28th, word has just come that Sinister 2 is going back to its original release date of August 21st. That Bughuul sure is tricky!
Ciaran Foy (Citadel) directed Sinister 2. Scott Derrickson, director of Sinister, penned the screenplay with C. Robert Cargill, with whom he also wrote the original film.
Related Story: Sinister 2 Set Visit Report
In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) and her 9-year-old twin sons (real-life twins Robert and Dartanian Sloan) find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity. James Ransone co-stars.
As I’ve said many times in the past (and I’ll probably open several more articles with the declaration in the near future), I’m always in the market for a new monster movie. Creature features were a major part of my childhood so I’m often on the prowl for motion pictures featuring humans doing battle with all sorts of hideous monstrosities. To quote Emil M. Antonowsky, “I like it!”
According to director Jeremy Hull, his monster flick The Visitors is in the same vein as John Carpenter’s The Thing, which automatically sets the bar pretty high. The Thing is one of the best creature features on the planet, not to mention an exercise in unrelenting suspense. However, Hull seems to know what he wants to achieve with his project, and the teaser is definitely intriguing.
Check out this synopsis from the official Indiegogo campaign:
After settling into their new home in the country, the Cooper family’s night of peaceful relaxation is brought to an abrupt halt when two mysterious drifters come knocking on their door. As the drifters attempt to unleash a strategic plan of terror upon the unsuspecting family, their plan is soon foiled by a flesh-eating creature fixated on only one thing: survival. In order for the family to survive the night, they must trust in the one person who once sought to harm them, but as the events of the evening begin to unravel, it becomes clear that there is more to this situation than meets the eye and more than one monster lurking in the shadows.
Jeremy Hull and company will begin filming The Visitors in Carson City, Michigan, on August 28, 2015. Swing by the flick’s Facebook page for more info.
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For many months we’ve been covering the upcoming goodness that will be Tremors 5: Bloodlines. We’ve shown you image after image and poster after poster. Now it’s time to deliver something a bit more meaty – the first trailer!
The theatrical release of the original Tremors in 1990 combined suspense-filled action, sci-fi imagination, and witty humor in the tale of a tiny Nevada town terrorized by giant man-eating worms known as Graboids. The Graboids eventually morphed into even more deadly creatures known as Ass Blasters.
In this all-new adventure that travels halfway around the world to South Africa, the Graboids and the Ass Blasters are not only bigger and badder, but Tremors 5 introduces an additional unexpected surprise that raises the stakes in the battle for survival.
Michael Gross (“Anger Management,” “Suits,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Family Ties,” Tremors franchise) returns as weapons enthusiast and expert subterranean creature hunter Burt Gummer with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” “Ghost Whisperer,” Scream series) as his new right-hand man, tech-savvy Travis. The pair are joined by an international cast as they mount a battle against the deadly creatures that turns out to be far more than they bargained for.
The film is directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Sniper: Legacy) from a script by John Whelpley (Tremors 3: Back to Perfection) and produced by Ogden Gavanski (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Fire, Warm Bodies).
Head over to the official Tremors movies Facebook page for more info.
What’s old is new again. At least that’s the case when it comes to a story which ran in the May 16, 1936, issue of The New Yorker. Deadline is reporting that a nearly 80-year old article in the magazine about the first documented haunted house has scared up a deal at Fox Searchlight.
Searchlight will develop a movie from “Voices Through the Trumpet,” a two-part article written by Carl Carmer. JT Petty has been set to write, and Alison Greenspan is producing with Conde Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler. Denise DiNovi will be executive producer.
Conde Nast Entertainment was set up partly to cull through titles in the libraries of its many magazines, but you rarely see anybody going this far back in the archives to find movie material. Carmer, a journalist and author who wrote about myths and folklore, died in 1976, but the New Yorker piece he got published in 1936 has a chance to live on.
“Voices Through the Trumpet” takes place in the mid-1800s; the first haunted house was documented in upstate New York. Two young girls, the Fox sisters, were at the center of the haunting. They remained in touch with a spirit that haunted them as they grew up. When they reached adulthood, both girls disavowed the haunting, then promptly died mysteriously. Years later Carmer ventured back to the haunted house and the spiritualist community that sprung up around it to try to figure out what really happened and was met with terrifying answers.
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