Though the majority of Dario Argento's earlier films are more or less universally loved by horror fans, not even the biggest supporter of his work can deny that the Italian maestro has lost something along the way.
By all accounts, his take on Dracula (review) represents an all-time low for the filmmaker, but you'll be able to form your own opinion later this month. Sink your fangs into the details below.
From the Press Release
Horror maestro Dario Argento puts his unique stylistic spin on the classic supernatural tale in DRACULA, a sexually charged, visually sumptuous retelling of the legendary myth. The film arrives on DVD and 3D Blu-ray on January 28, 2014, via IFC Midnight with SRPs, respectively, of $24.98 and $29.98.
It's been 400 years since Count Dracula's (Thomas Kretschmann; Wanted, Valkyrie) beloved Countess Dolingen passed away, leaving the immortal bloodsucker forever abandoned. But when he discovers that local newlywed Mina Harker (Marta Gastini; The Rite) bears a striking resemblance to the Countess, his furious yearning is reawakened as he believes Mina to be a reincarnation of his beloved.
Luring her husband, Jonathan, away to his castle with the help of his minion (and Mina's best friend) Lucy (Asia Argento; xXx, Boarding Gate), Dracula embarks on a bloody quest to reunite with his long-lost love and live forever with her in hellish immortality. Only the arrival of vampire expert Abraham Van Helsing (Rutger Hauer; Blade Runner, Hobo With a Shotgun) can put an end to the fiend's unholy plan.
Luridly violent and brimming with passionate eroticism, Dario Argento's DRACULA is an all-out assault on the senses from one of horror cinema's most celebrated auteurs. It stands in grand company with such Argento classics as The Girl With the Crystal Plumage, Tenebre, Deep Red, and The Cat o' Nine Tails.
The Los Angeles Times' Mark Olsen wrote, "Argento still brings enough moments of kinky madness ... to indicate there may yet be greatness lurking within him."
The IFC Midnight theatrical release comes to DVD and a special Blu-ray, containing both the 2D and 3D versions of the film on a single disc.
A road trip takes a turn for the deadly in Jeremy Lovering's debut film In Fear (review), which is headed home this March. Read on for all the details!
From the Press Release
Having already conquered the Sundance Film Festival, In Fear, the critically acclaimed feature film debut of writer/director Jeremy Lovering, arrives March 11th on Blu-ray™, VOD, and DVD from Anchor Bay Films. SRP is $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ and $24.98 for the DVD.
In Fear will also enjoy several U.S. exclusive theatrical engagements starting Friday, March 7th.
Starring Iain De Caestecker (ABC’s hit series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D”), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures), and Allen Leech (“Downton Abbey”), In Fear has taken the horror world by storm, garnering rave reviews wherever it is played. The film stunned audiences in international film festivals in nine countries, including Canada’s Toronto After Dark, Germany’s Rosebud Entertainment Fantasy Festival, Spain’s Fancine – Festival de Cine Fantastico, and South Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.
In Fear is a tense psychological horror about a young couple's fight to make it through the night. Home invasion, but in a car. In real-time. Tom (De Caestecker) and Lucy (Englert) are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, terrorized by an unseen tormentor hell-bent on exploiting their worst fears. Driving, lost and tormented in the night, primal fears of the dark and the unknown give way to fear that you have let the evil in, or that it is already there.
Following up yesterday's reveal of some new cast promo photos for "The Originals," today we have a new trailer teasing the show's January 14th return... and wow! Next week can't get here soon enough!
"The Originals" Episode 1.10 - "The Casket Girls" (airs 1/14/14, 8-9pm)
TAKING BACK POWER — As the French Quarter prepares for its annual celebration of the Casket Girls Festival, Cami (Leah Pipes) suffers through as Davina (Danielle Campbell) attempts to free her of Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) mind compulsion.
Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) form an unlikely alliance as Klaus sets his plan in motion to get Davina back. Once it’s known that Davina is missing, Sophie (Daniella Pineda) gets in on the hunt to track her down.
Meanwhile, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is forced to make a tough decision after receiving an unexpected phone call, and Rebekah (Claire Holt) sets her own plan in motion when she enlists the help of someone from Marcel’s past.
Jesse Warn directed the episode written by Charlie Charbonneau and Michelle Paradise.
Last night we reported that Alien: Isolation was listed on the Xbox website for release today. Well, we didn't get the game, but we did get a trailer along with the official word from Sega and a whole lot more.
Below you'll find everything that was released today for the game, which will be coming in "late 2014."
Personally, I found Aliens: Colonial Marines to be a fun yet flawed game and certainly NOT what Sega and Gearbox had been promising for several years. In fact, the release of that particular game may very well go down as one of the biggest video game debacles ever. Sega and the game's new developer, Creative Assembly, have their work cut out for them in terms of getting that bad taste out of gamers' mouths. Have they learned their lesson? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure... They really captured the atmosphere of Ridley Scott's film in their trailer for Isolation. Let's hope this one can stay on track.
Developed by Creative Assembly, creator of the award-winning Total War strategy series, Alien: Isolation pits players against the deadliest killer in the Universe 15 years after the events of Alien™. Set in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger, the game focuses on Ellen Ripley’s daughter (pictured above), Amanda, who enters a desperate battle for survival as she tries to unravel the truth behind her mother’s disappearance.
As Amanda, you will navigate through an increasingly volatile world as you find yourself confronted on all sides by a panicked, desperate population and an unpredictable, ruthless Alien.
From the Press Release
SEGA® of America, Inc., SEGA® Europe, Ltd., and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today announced Alien: Isolation™, a thrilling first-person survival horror experience that will focus on capturing the horror and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Developed by Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation is due for release in late 2014 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.
On a decommissioned trading station in the fringes of space, fear and panic have gripped the inhabitants. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions, and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.
“In Alien: Isolation, we have taken the series back to the roots of Ridley Scott’s 1979 movie, the original survival horror,” said Alistair Hope, Creative Lead at Creative Assembly. “Our Alien is a truly terrifying creature, as intelligent as he is hostile, relentless, brutal, and unstoppable. This is the Alien game fans of the series have always wanted.”
“Creative Assembly has created a truly incredible gaming experience, capturing perfectly the very core of what has made the Alien franchise remain relevant after 35 years,” said Jeffrey Godsick, president of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “This partnership has led to the creation of a game that is simply outstanding and sets the tone for what is to come this year for the 35th anniversary of Alien.”
Throughout 2014, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will be honoring the milestone 35th anniversary with a yearlong celebration marking the beginnings of the Alien legacy by releasing commemorative and fan-favorite products.
Overcome an ever-present deadly threat – Experience persistent fear as a truly dynamic and reactive Alien uses its senses to hunt you down and respond to your every move.
Improvise to survive – Hack systems, scavenge for vital resources and craft items to deal with each situation. Will you evade your enemies, distract them or face them head on?
Explore a world of mystery and betrayal – Immerse yourself in the detailed setting of Sevastopol, a decommissioned trading station on the fringes of space. Encounter a rich cast of inhabitants in a world scarred by fear and mistrust.
The release of the third entry in the Nazi zombie-laden Outpost saga, Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz, is on its way; and right now we have your first look at the official DVD art! Check it out!
XLrator Media will be releasing Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz on VOD on January 21st and on DVD March 18th.
Kieran Parker directs. Bryan Larkin and James “The Colossus” Thompson star.
In the third installment of the hit Nazi Zombie action-horror franchise, OUTPOST: RISE OF THE SPETSNAZ, we discover the horrifying origins of these supernatural soldiers as they battle the most ruthless and notorious of all military special forces: the Russian Spetsnaz.
Filmmaker Ryan Meade has directed a new documentary about the making of the Evil Dead series, focusing in particular on F/X artist Tom Sullivan. The new film, entitled Invaluable, is scheduled to be released on January 29th.
In addition to the Evil Dead films, Sullivan also worked on movies like The Fly II and The Dread, but Invaluable focuses on Sullivan's work helping to make the insane world of demons tormenting Ash come alive. The documentary features contributions from Bruce Campbell, Betsy Baker, Ted Raimi, and Sullivan himself.
For more info visit the official Invaluable Facebook page.
Way back in November of 2011 we told you about Haunted, a Victor Salva flick starring Saw's Tobin Bell. Years passed. Things changed. The flick has a new title, Dark House (not to be confused with the kick-ass Darin Scott film of the same name), and it's on its way home.
Bell (pictured) stars alongside Leslie-Anne Down (Rosewood Lane) and Luke Kleintank ("Bones") in his first feature role. Anthony Rey Perez (Don't Pass Me By), Alex McKenna ("90210"), Zack Ward ("In My Pocket") and Max Gail ("Barney Miller," "Gary Unmarried") co-star.
Look for it in stores on March 11, 2014.
When Nick Di Santo learns that his father is not only alive but can possibly reveal the origin of his son's dark gift, he sets out on a trip that takes him to an abandoned mansion he thought only existed in his childhood imagination.
- Behind-the-Scenes featurette