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First Details on Supernatural’s 200th Episode – Fan Fiction

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:51

The CW just released the synopses for all of its shows airing during the week of November 10th, and while there’s some good stuff ahead on each of the series we cover here at Dread Central, what caught our eye was the description of “Supernatural” Episode 10.05, “Fan Fiction.”

Read on for the first details of the fan favorite series’ milestone 200th episode.

“Supernatural” Episode 10.05 – “Fan Fiction” (airs 11/11/14)
SUPERNATURAL CELEBRATES ITS 200TH EPISODE When Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) investigate the disappearance of a teacher, they are stunned to see the school is putting on a musical based on their lives.

Familiar faces abound in this milestone episode directed by Phil Sgriccia and written by Robbie Thompson.

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Categories: Horror News

Greg Berlanti Shepherding Dark Archie Comics-Based Series Riverdale at Fox

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 19:19

Greg Berlanti is a TV force to be reckoned with these days, what with his production company’s “Arrow” and “The Flash” burning up the small screen; and now he’s dipping his toes into another comic’s universe with “Riverdale,” based on the Archie gang.

Here are the details, straight from ArchieComics.com:

The news is out: “Riverdale,” a one-hour drama based on the iconic Archie comic book characters, has landed at Fox. Warner Brothers Studios is producing along with studio-based Berlanti Productions. 

“Riverdale” offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York, the show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, “Riverdale” will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.

The show will be produced by Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Bertlanti’s track record as a producer includes a number of small-town teen dramas, such as the acclaimed “Jack & Bobby” and “Dawson’s Creek,” and superhero fare pulled from the four-color pages of legendary comic books like Arrow and The Flash. Aguirre-Sacasa, in addition to being the Chief Creative Officer at Archie Comics, also writes two of the publisher’s best-selling titles – the horror series Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. He spent three years as a writer on “Glee” and penned the remake of teen-angst classic Carrie and the cult horror classic The Town that Dreaded Sundown as well as the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of American Psycho.

“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics, and we couldn’t be happier to partner with Fox, Warner Bros., and Greg Berlanti to bring our characters to television,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Greg and Roberto are experts when it comes to making great, compelling television and bringing beloved comic book creations to life on the screen. They’re the perfect team to welcome viewers to ‘Riverdale.’”

“This is something we’ve been working on for a while now, figuring out the best way to bring these characters to life for what will be, essentially, the first time,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “The entire team working on ‘Riverdale’ is as passionate about Archie as Jon and I are, so it feels like the stars have finally aligned for Archie and the rest of the gang.”

We’ll be keeping an eye on this one; here’s hoping some of Afterlife‘s genre flavor carries over into the series.

 

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Categories: Horror News

You’ve Got a Job to Do: Watch this Sneak Peek of The Originals Episode 2.04 – Live and Let Die

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:47

MIA in the latest installment of “The Originals,” Mikael and Davina return with a vengeance in next week’s Episode 2.04, “Live and Let Die”; and in this new sneak peek of the ep, he teaches her a deadly lesson.

“The Originals” Episode 2.04 – “Live and Let Die” (airs 10/27/14)
A HIDEOUT IN THE WOODS — Knowing that it’s only a matter of time before Klaus (Joseph Morgan) comes after them, Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes Mikael (guest star Sebastian Roche) to her family cabin in the woods. When Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) gets a tip that Vincent (guest star Yusuf Gatewood) is recruiting young, unsuspecting teenagers in order to build a werewolf army, she enlists the help of Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) to rescue the group.

After Cami (Leah Pipes) inadvertently lets Klaus in on Davina’s whereabouts, she tags along in an attempt to truly understand the deeply rooted hatred he has for his parents. At his mother’s urging, Kaleb (guest star Daniel Sharman) seeks out Davina in order to locate the missing white oak stake and is caught off guard when he has a dangerous encounter at the cabin.

Lastly, Josh (guest star Steven Kruger), who continues to struggle with his vampire identity, opens up to an unexpected ally. Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson.

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Categories: Horror News

Bask in this New Clip and Producers’ Preview of The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.04 – Black Hole Sun

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:27

Looking forward to tonight’s Episode 6.04 of “The Vampire Diaries,” entitled “Black Hole Sun”?  You East Coasters have just a few hours left while those of us here on the other side of the country have a bit more time to kill.  So how about checking out this new clip and a preview of the ep with executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries?

Maybe tonight we’ll all find out what really happened on May 10, 1994!

“The Vampire Diaries” Episode 6.04 – “Black Hole Sun” (10/23/14)
FLASHBACKS TO A TUMULTUOUS TIME IN DAMON’S LIFE — When Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) realize that uncovering a time in Damon’s past may provide clues to finding their way home, Damon is forced to relive one of the worst days of his life.

After an awkward run-in with Jo (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) at the hospital, Alaric (Matt Davis) steps in to help Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) get his life together and cope with the loss of Bonnie. Elsewhere, Stefan (Paul Wesley) attempts to show Elena (Nina Dobrev) what it’s like to start over and create a new identity, while an unsuspecting Matt (Zach Roerig) finds himself in a disturbing situation when Tripp (guest star Colin Ferguson) lets him in on a dark secret.

Lastly, Stefan, who is desperate to regain some normalcy in his life, is stunned when an unexpected visitor shows up. Michael Malarkey also stars. Kellie Cyrus directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor and Neil Reynolds.

Related Story: Won’t You Come and See these Images from The Vampire Diaries Episode 6.04 – Black Hole Sun

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Categories: Horror News

New V/H/S Viral Red Band Clip; Death Toll Infographic

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:13

If you’re a fan of the V/H/S anthology franchise, you’re in luck! Right now we have a new red band clip for the third film in the trilogy as well as a TV spot and an infographic detailing the body count of the first two flicks. Dig ‘em!

V/H/S: Viral (review) features segments from directors Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Extraterrestrial), Marcel Sarmiento (ABCs of Death segment “D is for Dogfight”), Gregg Bishop (The Other Side, Dance of the Dead, The Birds of Anger), Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution, Spring, Wrecked), along with Todd Lincoln (The Apparition).

Related Story: Exclusive V/H/S: Viral Interviews Part 1: Gregg Bishop, Justin Welborn, Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento

Gary Binkow and Brad Miska produced for Collective Digital Studio and Bloody Disgusting, marking their third collaboration with Magnet on the V/H/S films.

Synopsis
A police chase after a deranged ice cream truck has captivated the attention of the greater Los Angeles area. Dozens of fame—obsessed teens flock to the streets with their video cameras and camera phones, hell—bent on capturing the next viral video. But there is something far more sinister occurring in the streets of L.A. than a simple police chase. A resounding effect is created onto all those obsessed with capturing salacious footage for no other purpose than to amuse or titillate. Soon the discovery becomes that they themselves are the stars of the next video, one where they face their own death.

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Scream Factory Reviving Lyle Alzado and His Jackhammer for a Destroyer Blu-ray

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:06

Destroyer is an oddity among slashers in that I know a lot of people who have never watched it but have seen the memorable VHS artwork of massively jacked-up NFL star Lyle Alzado hoisting a jackhammer like a machine gun. Never before on DVD, the 1988 prison-slasher flick Destroyer will bypass that format and go directly to Blu-ray thanks to Scream Factory.

Synopsis
Eighteen months after mass murderer Ivan Moser’s electric chair execution led to a prison riot that shut down the facility, filmmakers converge on the now abandoned jail to film a women-in-prison exploitation flick, only to find out the brutal killer is more charged than ever and ready to deal death by a variety of horrific means, including jackhammer impalement.

The late Lyle Alzado plays the undead killer with shades of Shocker and The Horror Show. Eighties scream queen Deborah Foreman (April Fool’s Day, Waxworks) and Anthony “Psycho” Perkins co-star in this gore-soaked slasher from the Eighties.

In a strange twist, Destroyer will not be flying solo onto Blu in the summer of 2015; it will be paired with Scarecrows, a previously announced Scream Factory title also from 1988. No further details at this time.

Scream Factory promises more surprises before the month of “Shocktober” is up. Stay tuned.

***fingers crossed*** The Vindicator ***fingers crossed***

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The US Trailer for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death Arrives

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:06

Yesterday the UK trailer for Hammer’s The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stormed in, and now we’ve gotten our hands on the slightly different US version. Check it out, and keep your eyes peeled for lots more over the coming weeks.

The film arrives in US theaters January 2, 2015, courtesy of Relativity. It will also be released by eOne in the UK on February 13, 2015.

The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).

The film is directed by Tom Harper.

Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film.

Synopsis
England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, two teachers evacuate a group of schoolchildren to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black.

Learn more about The Woman in Black: Angel of Death on Facebook and Twitter (hashtag #SheNeverLeft).

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Categories: Horror News

New Mummy Details Unwrapped

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:56

Some supposed details have surfaced regarding Universal’s upcoming reboot of The Mummy, which is being directed by Alex Kurtzman. According to Superhero Movie News the film’s opening goes a little something like this…

The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt and his mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. To his and his team’s surprise, the terrorists within the bunker turn out be nothing more than some grave robbers who have all magically died. Upon entering the bunker, Tyler and his team also succumb to some mystical forces out of their control. They soon realize the bunker they have infiltrated is actually a centuries-old tomb. Mayhem erupts as all the Navy Seal members start turning on one another and are captivated by the forces within the tomb. Tyler is the only one to make it all the way deep within the tomb alive to find a black iron sarcophagus. It’s marked with Egyptian symbols like the Ankh and Eye of Horus. Here Tyler is entranced by the forces to open it up and release what is inside. But after placing his hand onto the sarcophagus, he is immediately stabbed in the palm with a star-shaped symbol. From then on his mind is cursed with visions of Ashurbanipal, King of Assyria… The Mummy.

The site goes on to report that other characters in the movie include archeologist Jenny Halsey, shady billionaire Lorenzo Montanari, and Malik leader of the Temple Brothers.

No word on whether or not any of this is true… but there you have it.

The Mummy reboot hits June 24, 2016.

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Maybe This Exists Clip Should Get Inside

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:41

I’ve said it a 1,000 times. No good can ever come from poking around the woods. No one ever listens though, and I thank the video gods for that because there’s nothing finer, and sometimes funnier, than watching the repercussions dealt to those who stick their noses where they don’t belong. Take this clip from Exists (review) for example.

Exists will be arriving on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 24th.

In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. Exists, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.

Synopsis
For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

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Ouija (2014)

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:36

Starring Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca A. Santos, Douglas Smith, Shelley Hennig

Directed by Stiles White

Distributed by Universal

Utter the words “horror” and “PG-13” in the same sentence around certain genre fans, and you’ll likely witness a level of teeth-gnashing and unbridled rage that’ll leave you either shuddering with fear or shaking your head in disbelief.

To be honest, this reviewer has never had much of an issue with lighter horror fare so long as its intent to scare is genuine. I’m thinking of movies like The Ring, Insidious, The Others, or 1408 – films which didn’t need to trade in extreme violence, bloodshed, nudity, or profanity to effectively elicit a series of genuine chills from their audiences. So long as a scary movie attempts to, y’know, actually be scary, I couldn’t care less what its rating winds up being.

Of course, there are also movies bearing that lower rating which have absolutely nothing going for them in terms of storytelling or craft – movies which shoot for a PG-13 and a more lucrative box office take without any regard to what should be their intended fanbase. Make a bad film, then remove all of the more exploitative elements that can at least make a bad film fun, and then what are you left with?

…a movie that would look a hell of a lot like Ouija, I should imagine.

Poised to take the top spot at the box office this weekend in the absence of any other Halloween-friendly horror flicks (oh, Saw and Paranormal Activity – why have you forsaken fans this season?*), Ouija is a solid ninety minutes of “Who gives a shit?!” – a movie so bereft of an interesting plot or relatable characters that this writer CHALLENGES any masochistic viewers out there willing to take this flick in to ignore their watches for what feels like an interminable running time.

Ouija stars Olivia Cooke (so great as Emma in “Bates Motel”) as Laine, our would-be Final Girl who opens the film having just lost her best friend Debbie (Hennig) to suicide. While attempting to move on from this tragedy, Laine refuses to let Debbie go without saying goodbye – enlisting fellow friends to take a spin with the very Ouija board Debbie had mentioned using the night of her death in order to contact her one last time so that everyone can say their proper farewells. Said friends (I don’t remember their names and neither will you) gather ‘round a table, move the Ouija’s planchette about the board a bit, and wind up awakening an entity which proceeds to haunt their every move before taking them out in the lamest possible ways, all while Laine attempts to figure out the nature of the board’s evil and how to possibly stop it before it claims her own life.

Apologies if that paragraph made the movie seem even remotely interesting. While Cooke does her damnedest to make for an engaging lead (and indeed, the entire cast is perfectly solid – if saddled with terrible writing), the movie never manages to take flight. By minute forty of this ninety-minute flick, we’ve barely gotten past our heroes’ first communal whack at the Ouija board. The following quarter-hour has our mostly yet unseen villain terrorizing the leads by taunting them with the phrase “Hi Friend”- its signature greeting. I’m entirely serious – a decent chunk of the damn movie has each character, one by one, being assaulted with “Hi Friend” (written with chalk, in the condensation of a car window, carved into a desktop, yadda yadda…).

Things eventually kinda-sorta kick into gear when Lin “Exposition” Shaye pops in to grab a paycheck and explain the film’s backstory in one big, lazy info-dump – sending Laine and her remaining Scoobies into harm’s way in order to battle and destroy the film’s Big Bad, leading to a twist ending that’s as head-slappingly lame as it is incredibly obvious.

It’s not all bad, though. As mentioned, Cooke tries her best to overcome the material, and the film is handsomely shot. And… well… okay, I guess it’s mostly all bad. But more so than bad – the film is just damned dull. I’d forgive it if there was any attempt made to entertain its audience, but yikes – every choice made is safe, every scare telegraphed, every plot point hammered over the audience’s head. If I told you that the writers responsible for this flick also inflicted upon us the utter borefests Boogeyman and The Possession, would you be at all surprised? Would you be even less surprised to find the Platinum Dunes fellas listed among Ouija’s producers?

Again – the film isn’t bad because it’s PG-13. It’s not even bad because it’s based on a friggin’ Hasbro board game. It’s bad because it’s poorly written, lazily directed, and features not one moment that rises above the level of “entirely uninvolving.” I weep for all of the kids out there who are growing up with films like Ouija haunting the multiplexes. At least there are plenty of great films awaiting them on disc and various streaming services. It’s to those youngsters, and to you readers, that I’m obligated to say – skip Ouija. Skip it. It deserves neither your precious time nor your hard-earned money. If you want to celebrate the upcoming holiday with an appropriate movie, find one that bothers to give a damn and watch it instead.

Board game? More like Bored Game.

*Yes, yes – I know. The original Saw is getting widely re-released back into theatres next weekend. I just miss seeing new installments of venerable horror franchises during the Halloween season.

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Hollows Grove (2014)

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 10:00

Starring Mykelti Williamson, Lance Henriksen, Matthew Carey

Directed by Craig Efros

I’m a skeptic to the core and a horror aficionado through and through, so when such a boastful claim as “the most frightening film you’ll see all year” is made by the creators of Hollows Grove, I’ve GOT to jump in with both feet and see if a statement is verified and substantiated. I know that every person’s fear response is different and what will make one person wet their Underoos might not even raise a hair on the back of another’s neck. All that I could hope to ask for with each and every passing film that likes to make these allegations is a nice change of scenery and not another one of those “haunted asylum/orphanage films“… oh, crap.

Looking at the movie from the outside, you’d get the inclination that this is going to be another run-of-the-mill found footage display that attempts to freak the viewer out with loud bangs, flash scares, and an annoying cast that ABSOLUTELY REFUSES to drop a camera in order to save themselves, regardless of the peril they’re facing at the time. If you think for one moment that Hollows Grove opted to go that route and follow the blueprint of so many haunted institution films set out before it, then I’m terribly sorry to say that you’ve nailed it directly on the head. Allow me to dissect this carbon copy that fails to deliver the goods on a number of tiers.

The movie, directed by first-timer (outside of one short) Craig Efros, gives us a look into the Hollows Grove orphanage, which is supposedly one of the most haunted buildings in the U.S. and will be the subject of the latest episode of the Spirit Paranormal Investigation Team (S.P.I.T.- no, I’m not kidding) and their reality TV ghost hunting show.

Harold Maxwell (Matthew Carey) tags along with his friends on the team as they ready themselves to patrol the halls of the abandoned structure to see if they can collect evidence of any residual hauntings. The footage used was supposedly from Maxwell’s camera, and at times you get the feeling that the whole ghost hunting prospect is a cash-cow for the team with no real desire to take this stuff seriously. The movie takes a bit of time to get started, and we’re treated to a massive miscast in the film’s start as movie and TV veteran Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump, “24”) plays FBI Agent Jones, who is in charge of the case we’re about to witness. I had no idea that the feds would jump into a case regarding a missing ghost hunting crew, considering everything else they’ve got to look after; in any event, he is only used for about two minutes of actual screen time, so if you love the former Benjamin Buford Blue (Bubba), then you’ll be sorely disappointed.

As we’re on the “why was he even in the movie?” train, another icon is led to storyline sacrifice, and that is Lance Henriksen himself, playing Bill, who works on the show as a props director. His time on camera is amusing but FAR too short.

Also, one of the more irritating performances that I’ve personally seen on film in a while belongs to Matt Doherty in his role of show star Tim. His actions are the stuff of someone you’d like to pound into the ground – take the normal performance of Paul Giamatti, give him about 12-15 cups of high-octane coffee, raise his vocal levels a few octaves, and voila! Instant vexation towards any movie-watching experience.

All right – on to the visuals! We’re used to the routine shaky-cam vista that only a found footage film can offer, and while this is no different, there are at least a few breaks with some stationary cams every now and then, giving your flip-flopped innards a chance to settle. Night-vision also has its time in the sun (or the dark) when the going gets hectic for our crew of spook-spotters, and outside of a couple of certifiable “oh shit!” moments, I honestly cannot say that there is a difference between the Grove and movies like Session 9, Grave Encounters, or the myriad of spectrally haunted establishment films that have come before it.

Was I let down regarding the final product? Yes. Was I mildly amused at the idea of how full of crap the crew knew they were about their show and its production? Yes. Could I honestly recommend this to someone and make a statement that this movie will be the scariest thing they’ve seen all year? Don’t hold your breath. When it comes to investigating these halls, leave the doors locked and move along, please – this building was condemned for a reason, and that reason is justified.

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Australia’s Monster Fest 2014 Unveils More Juicy Details

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 06:00

We told you last month about the opening film, Charlie’s Farm, that will be kicking off Melbourne-based horror festival Monster Fest this year. Now we have a whole plethora of new info that cements the event as something that horror fans really won’t want to miss.

Between November 20 and 30, 2014, Cinema Nova in Carlton and Yah Yah’s Bar in Collingwood will play host to this year’s selection of blood-soaked cinematic depravity and something that sounds really, really special: the first ever ‘Monster Fest Academy of Horror & Mayhem’!

This will see four full days dedicated to workshops and master-classes designed to delight and educate horror fans and budding genre filmmakers. A smorgasbord of cult genre figures will be on hand to lead activities, including Twisted Twins Jen and Sylvia Soska, The Human Centipede: First Sequence star Ashley C. Williams, Astron-6’s Conor Sweeney and Matthew Kennedy, and legendary Troma pioneer Lloyd Kaufman, who will be delivering his internationally renowned ‘Make Your Own Damn Movie’ master-class.

These are just a few names from a stunning line-up of talent for the ‘Monster Fest Academy of Horror & Mayhem’, with the full details due to be revealed on Wednesday, November 29, at the official Monster Fest media launch at Cherry Bar, Melbourne. The master-classes themselves, alongside other events and activities, will take place at the fest’s lounge and event space – dubbed ‘The Monster’s Lair’ – situated upstairs at Yah Yah’s Bar, 99 Smith Street, Collingwood. Here, the drinks will flow and food can be had amidst a magical Dario Argento-inspired internal decor peppered with luxurious bean bags.

Films screening this year that have been announced so far include the aforementioned opener Charlie’s Farm, festival closer ABCs of Death 2, Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, modern cult favourite WolfCop, the hysterically awesome Dead Snow 2, the Rose Leslie-starring Honeymoon, the World Premiere of Addison Heath’s Under a Kaleidoscope, and The Plague – a film by Melbournian duo Nick Kozakis and Kosta Ouzas.

But hell, that’s not all: Other news revealed by the fest includes the fact that they have entered an official partnership with Howling Wolves Wines of Margaret River, Western Australia. Whilst last year saw them partner up as official alcohol sponsor, for 2014 they’ve gone the whole hog (or should that be the whole bottle?) and are now a full naming partner, seeing this year’s festival now dubbed the ‘Howling Wolves Monster Fest’. I’ll drink to that!

Of the partnership, festival director Neil Foley said, “Having Howling Wolves come on board as our naming rights partner is a incredible development; it means we can continue growing to become the biggest, boldest, and nastiest film festival in the land – The Howling Wolves are riding the Monster wave; it’s a great day for Aussie horror!”

Limited tickets for the master-classes and special events at The Monster’s Lair (Yah Yah’s Bar) can be had via the Monster Fest ticket page on Pozible, with session tickets for each of the film screenings to be available soon from the Cinema Nova box office and website.
You can also follow Monster Fest on Facebook for the latest news alongside the chance to win prizes in their online competitions.

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Full Feature Film Lineup Unveiled for South African HorrorFest 2014

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 05:00

Across 10 years the South African HorrorFest has expanded itself into the continent’s most all-encompassing Halloween event, incorporating an exciting range of features and short films (which you’re unlikely to see in any other local cinema), a unique live soundtrack performance to a classic silent film, literature, a night market, Halloween dress-up competition, a new kids’ screening, a free opening show, prizes, give-aways, a special free horror moviemaking master class, and more!

Below is the FULL feature film line-up for the event, which runs from 29 October to 7 November 2014. Short film selections will be announced soon.

All festival details, screening times, and updates can be found at the official South African HorrorFest website with on-line ticket links and the schedule available here from Quicket. Or call the Labia Theatre, 021 424 5927, to book (all tickets R40 each, except the live soundtrack performance, which is R55).

FEATURE FILMS

CLASSICS

  • THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE – A free opening screening of this legendary movie (celebrating its hair-raising 40th anniversary)
  • HALLOWEEN – 35th anniversary special re-mastered re-release of John Carpenter’s classic 1979 slasher
  • THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – Audience participation screening of this musical cult classic
  • DEMENTIA 13 – One of Francis Ford Coppola’s first movies (1963 – a decade before his Oscar-winning triumph The Godfather)
  • SHE-BEAST – Classic witch possession movie (1966)

LIVE SOUNDTRACK PERFORMANCE

  • THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI - This legendary 1920 silent film will be screened with a new soundtrack performed live by THE MAKABRA ENSEMBLE on Halloween night (Fri 31 Oct), coinciding with the Halloween dress-up competition and night market; live sound by Point Blanc Event Technical Solutions

FOR THE KIDS

  • THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS – Expanding the HorrorFest to include a special kids’ chapter (Halloween dress-up not compulsory, but encouraged)

DOCUMENTARIES

  • LOST SOUL: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Moreau – Documentary on the South African-born director’s crazy experience in the undoing of his labour of love by many factors (from a vain Val Kilmer to the studio and disastrous weather)
  • YELLOW FEVER: The Rise & Fall of the Giallo – In-depth documentary on the Italian thriller/horror genre (feat. Dario Argento, Umberto Lenzi & more)

SOUTH AFRICAN CONNECTIONS
In addition to several short films and the Richard Stanley-linked documentary above, other locally connected movies will include:

  • JULIA – South African-born director Matthew A. Brown’s stylish neo-noir revenge tale with a twist (shot in the USA); features music by acclaimed SA group LARK
  • QUEEN OF BLOOD – Vampire sequel to Fangoria editor Chris Alexander’s Blood for Irina (starring SA-born actress Shauna Henry)
  • ANOTHER WORLD – Zombie-action movie (arrive still in costume from the Zombie Walk and get a 2nd ticket free); shot in Israel, starring SA-born actor David Lavenski

WOMEN IN HORROR HIGHLIGHTS

  • SOULMATE – A moody ghost tale has a widow encountering something strange in a Welsh country house (directed by Axelle Carolyn)
  • EVANGELINE – A woman left for dead is resurrected by a demon, empowering her with a bloodlust for vengeance (directed by Karen Lam)
  • RAYNARD’S CIRCLE – A documentary crew investigation on occult Nazis (co-directed by Maria Valle)

The Sunday 2 November’s short film chapter will also feature female directors.

MORE INDIE MOVIES

  • NYMPH – An ancient bloodthirsty mermaid emerges near an idyllic Mediterranean coastal town (feat. the legendary Franco Nero aka Django)
  • CANDLESTICK – Clever UK Hitchcockian thriller
  • PERNICIOUS – A trio of cute tourists in Thailand fall under the spell of a murdered child entity bent on revenge
  • THE FORGOTTEN – A father and son squat in a London flat, but strange noises start coming from next door
  • THE PERFECT HUSBAND – An idyllic getaway turns deadly
  • WHITE SETTLERS – A couple gets everything but a friendly welcome at their new home near Scotland
  • THAT’S COOL HAIR – Bizarre, time-flipping ’70s flavoured tongue-in-cheek Spanish flick

Get more details at the official South African HorrorFest website, and also connect via Facebook and Twitter. Be sure to also head to the Bloody Parchment blog for info on what the literary chapter of the Fest has to offer.

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Warner Bros/New Line Push The Conjuring 2 to 2016; Untitled Horror Takes its Place

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 22:05

Put on your dancin’ shoes – it’s time for some release date shuffling! Originally slated for October 23, 2015, The Conjuring 2, which is still in very early stages, has been moved to 2016 by Warner Bros. and replaced by a so far unnamed horror film from New Line’s existing stable.

When reporting the move, Deadline speculated that the prime Halloween season time slot vacated by the still director-less sequel to James Wan’s mega hit The Conjuring could be filled by Phil Claydon’s Crawlspace, which stars “Bates Motel’s” Michael Vartan as a widower who moves into a seemingly perfect new home with his daughter and new wife, or possibly Superstition, the Blumhouse-360 Film production directed by first-time helmers Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff, which revolves around a family that moves into a house that was once the site of a witch’s execution.

Either way, they’ll have some competition from the other film already announced for that date, Jem and the Holograms, followed the next week by Paramount’s Scouts vs. Zombies, another recent shufflee.

More soon!

 

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Frank Grillo Waits Beyond Skyline

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:23

We’re still not sure just who was clamoring for a sequel to Skyline, but it’s definitely heading in the right direction in terms of casting news. Latino Review is reporting that The Purge: Anarchy‘s Frank Grillo will star in the next chapter of the interstellar flick, which is known now as Beyond Skyline.

Liam O’Donnell, who worked on some effects no one could see due to the apparent lack of a lighting rig in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem and others that people could see in Iron Man 2, is directing. He co-wrote the screenplay with Joshua Cordes. The duo wrote the first film, too.

Latino is also reporting that supposedly the sequel’s storyline takes place at the same time the first one did.

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Ghostface Missing in MTV Series

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:15

Well now. This is kind of shocking. During an interview with GhostFace.co.UK, RJ Torbert, the man who owns the rights to the look of Ghostface, the titular killer from Wes Craven’s Scream franchise, dropped a pretty big bombshell on fans looking forward to the upcoming MTV series based on Craven’s flicks.

“To answer your question regarding the “Scream” TV series…

Please note that I had been in communication with TWC regarding this, and they have informed me that as of now and during the initial launch, Ghost Face is NOT involved in the new format. They also indicated that because of this direction, it does not mean that Ghost Face will not be involved at a later date. So, there is still a question, to the question.

However, as of now, there is no involvement.

Here’s some clarification by Torbert in regards to the rights of the look of the character:

“We believe ‘Scream’ is Ghost Face, and Ghost Face is Scream. However, while Ghost Face is owned by Fun World, the Scream motion picture franchise is owned by The Weinstein Company, and it is their option to film a movie or TV show without Ghost Face. Regardless, we wish them the best of luck, and I’m sure ‘Scream’ fans will check out the series. Who knows what will happen in the future regarding the series and Ghost Face? Never say never.”

The MTV series stars Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo (The Final Destination), Connor Weil (Sharknado), and Joel Gretsch (“Witches of East End,” “V,” “The 4400″).

 

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Jessabelle Stills Come by the 4-Pack

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 20:05

Four new stills have arrived for Jessabelle, the latest film from Saw VI and Saw 3D director Kevin Greutert, and they are ready to do that voodoo that they do. Dig ‘em!

Look for the film in both theaters and VOD outlets on November 7th! Mark your calendars!

Jessabelle stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, David Andrews, Joelle Carter, Ana de la Reguera, Larisa Oleynik, Chris Ellis, Fran Bennett, and Amber Stevens.

The film is being brought to us by the folks behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, and Dark Skies – Jason Blum, Paul Young, and Peter Principato, who are producing for Blumhouse Productions and Principato-Young Entertainment.

For more info visit Jessabelle on Facebook, and follow Jessabelle on Twitter.

Synopsis
From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape.

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AFM 2014: The Ghost Squad Looks to Save the Day

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 19:59

The American Film Market chaos is already beginning as 13 Films has unveiled the first details and sales art for the family friendly flick Ghost Squad. Read on for the skinny, and brace yourself for lots more from AFM in the coming weeks.

Joel Souza directs the film, which stars Kevin Nealon (“Weeds,” Just Go With It, Blended), Jennifer Grant, Madison Iseman, Phillip Wampler, Preston Strother, Carly Peeters, Will Spencer, and Cade Sutton.

Synopsis
After being challenged by the town bullies, three socially inept best friends must spend an entire night in a creepy county mansion long rumored to be haunted.

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Australian Zombie Wrestling Flick From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl Finally Ready to Main Event

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:44

We first reported on the Australian zombie wrestling action horror flick From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl way back in 2008. Lots of movies have long, arduous treks from inception to the screen, but this is ridiculous!

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl is finally, at long last, ready to make its world premiere at The Thornbury Theatre in Australia early next year. I presume the rest of us will get our chances to see this long gestating film afterwards.

The Strongman Pictures production stars UK-based singer Jenna Dwyer as Charlie along with Elke Osadnik, Emma-Louise Wilson (ABC’s “Utopia”), and champion kickboxer Sarah Howett, a.k.a. Viper from Australian TV’s “Gladiators.”

To celebrate the press release announcing the film finally coming into fruition, award-winning artist Tom Hodge was commissioned to design some new artwork for this tale of a badass female pro wrestler and her smackdown with the undead.

I’ll let the press release from director Daniel Armstrong provide the rest of the details:

From Parts Unknown: Fight Like a Girl is your quintessential Australia-zombie-wrestling-video game movie. It tells the story of Charlie. After watching her Daddy die in the ring, she sets out to become a wrestler in his memory. The only things stopping her are a disapproving boyfriend, a demanding day job, and a soul-crushing boss – whose corporate shenanigans threaten to unleash hordes of zombies upon the earth! Charlie has no choice but to open up a can of whoop-ass and take these murderous jabronis for a stroll down smackdown boulevard!

‘What can you say? From Parts Unknown has been in production for nearly a decade now. We’ve overcome investors disappearing, a crazed department head running up excessive costs, and the loss of all our sound files in addition to, of course, the grueling 42-day shoot. It’s been a long journey, and we’re very excited about the fact that not only are people finally about to see the film, but we have amazing poster art that so perfectly reflects the tone of the film.’ – Director, Daniel Armstrong

From Parts Unknown: Fight Light a Girl World Premiere details:
DATE:  Saturday, January 10, 2015
TIME:  6.00 pm – ‘till late
VENUE:  The Thornbury Theatre, 859 High Street, Thornbury, VIC 3071; (+613) 9484 9831

Tickets can ONLY be purchased from The Thornbury Theatre website.  No tickets will be sold at the event. For more info visit From Parts Unknown: Fight Light a Girl on Facebook.

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Rob Riggle Gets Infected by Dead Rising: Watchtower

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 17:34

As we recently learned, Capcom’s hit video game series Dead Rising is being adapted into a feature film courtesy of Crackle, and another familiar face has just joined the growing cast. Read on for the latest!

Multi Channel News reports today that comic actor Rob Riggle (pictured; 22 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops) has been brought on board the adaptation alongside fellow new recruits Harley Morenstein (“Epic Meal Time”), Keegan Connor Tracey (“Bates Motel,” “Once Upon A Time”), and Aleks Paunovic (This Means War).

The cast also includes Jesse Metcalfe (“Desperate Housewives,” “Dallas”), Meghan Ory (“Once Upon a Time”), Virginia Madsen (Candyman, Sideways), and Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children).

Sony’s Crackle will give the 90-minute feature, directed by Leprechaun: Origins’ Zach Lipovsky, an exclusive digital release in the U.S. before the film receives a multi-platform release on SVOD, VOD, DVD, and TV.

The script was written by Tim Carter, who also produces alongside Tomas Harlan under their Contradiction Films banner (the same company that produced Mortal Kombat: Legacy). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, G.I. Joe) is the executive producer.

Synopsis
As in the video game, Dead Rising: Watchtower is set during a zombie apocalypse. When a mandatory government vaccine fails, a group of survivors must evade infection while hunting down the root of the epidemic, which leads back to a government conspiracy.

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