A brand spanking new and very safe for work trailer has hit the interwebs in promotion of Steven C. Miller's film Under the Bed (review) and we have it ready and waiting for you!
Under the Bed, the new horror/thriller from the producers of V/H/S and director Steven C. Miller (The Aggression Scale, Silent Night), stars Jonny Weston, the young star of Chasing Mavericks, and Gattlin Griffith (Green Lantern, Changeling). Written by Eric Stolze, the film also stars Peter Holden, Musetta Vander, and Kelcie Stranahan. It tells the story of two brothers who team up to battle the monster living under their bed.
XLrator Media will release the film July 19th.
Every child knows about the monster under the bed—Neal Hausman’s mistake was trying to fight it. Neal (Jonny Weston) has returned from a two-year exile following his tragic attempt to defeat the monster, only to find his father ticking ever closer to a breakdown, a new stepmother who fears him, and his little brother, Paul (Gattlin Griffith), terrorized by the same monster. While Neal and Paul work together to try to fight the nocturnal menace, their parents are taking desperate measures to get the family back to normal. With no support from their parents, the brothers have nothing to rely on but each other and courage beyond belief.
The first trailer from Anchor Bay's The Demented has landed in our laps, and we've flipped it here for your zombie-loving hearts to ingest. Check it out, and look for the flick on DVD and Blu-ray soon!
From the Press Release
Horror films often take their cue from daily newspaper headlines, feeding on the all-too-real fears of the everyday world. Like the best science fiction, sometimes horror lies just around the corner or beyond the bend of what we know. On July 30th, Anchor Bay Films unleashes the biological warfare thriller The Demented on Blu-ray™/DVD combo pack and DVD. From the creative minds behind I Spit On Your Grave and A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Demented is a terrifying excursion into a plague-infected world...where one moment off guard is all that keeps us from becoming them.
With a hot cast including Sarah Butler (I Spit On Your Grave), Brittney Alger (21 Jump Street), Kayla Ewell (“The Vampire Diaries”), Richard Kohnke (“The Carrie Diaries”) and Michael Welch (The Twilight Saga franchise), The Demented will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last frame! SRP for the Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack is $29.99 and $24.98 for the DVD.
The Demented follows six college friends as they meet up for a carefree weekend in a beautiful rural home. A terrorist missile attack in a nearby town infects much of the townspeople with a deadly virus that induces rabies-like symptoms...with devastating consequences. Ravenous and fast, the infected townspeople turn their sights on the vacation home where the friends are gathered...and are now barricaded. How long can they hide? Even with the infected “sleeping” in the streets, can they make their escape? If so, to what?
Producer/director Andrew van den Houten of Modernciné announced today that his company has tapped Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick to adapt The Undertakers, the first in a series of young-adult books by Ty Drago.
The books, described as “Spy Kids crossed with The Walking Dead” centers on Will Ritter, a high school student who begins to see that some of the people around him are “Deaders,” inter-dimensional entities that take over the bodies of the dead and use them as hosts.
When Will is recruited by a group of kids who are also gifted with “The Sight,” he discovers that he holds the secret to stopping this new type of terrifying invasion.
Jeffrey Reddick (pictured above), whose Final Destination franchise has made over a half a billion dollars worldwide said: “I’ve been trying to find a project to do with Andrew for years, and when I read Ty’s book, I knew this was the one. It’s a unique concept with compelling characters and a fun mixture of adventure, cool sci-fi, and intense horror.”
Modernciné, which has made a name for itself by producing dark and edgy material, including Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door and The Woman, definitely sees The Undertakers as the start of a new teen franchise.
"With Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson's All Cheerleaders Die in post-production, The Undertakers is yet another potential franchise that moves our brand toward larger audiences. Mr. Reddick is the ultimate fanboy of these types of films, and his success is proven. His vision for adapting Ty Drago's awesomely original book series is exactly what we want to bring to the big screen. The Undertakers gives us chance to share the horror genre with the younger underserved fans as well," said Modernciné’s van den Houten.
“Jeffrey Reddick has done more than simply capture the spirit of The Undertakers. He's brought them to life, with all the action and horror and humanity that goes along with that. His screenplay honored me almost as much as it blew me away!” said author Drago.
So far, two of the critically acclaimed Undertakers books have been published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky: The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses and The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead.
Look for more as it comes!
Ready to witness the reimaging of the legendary lumberjack Paul Bunyan as a monstrous, axe-wielding movie maniac? You only have to tune in to Syfy tomorrow night. Yep, tomorrow night. Because Thursday nights are now the new night for Syfy Original movies.
The premiere of Axe Giant (formerly the Wrath of Paul Bunyan) starts things off in a big way.
The filmmakers sent out a press release letting us all know everything we need to in order to prepare for a giant mongoloid Paul Bunyan hacking and slashing his way to Syfy tomorrow night.
From the Press Release
AXE GIANT: THE WRATH OF PAUL BUNYAN, the new horror/creature feature from producer/director Gary Jones (BOOGEYMAN 3) and executive producer Jeff Miller, will get a Syfy premiere on Thursday, June 13th, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The movie will be retitled simply AXE GIANT for Syfy.
“It’s great to be in business with Syfy again,” says Jones. “I have had a good run with almost all my movies airing on the network, starting with my first film, MOSQUITO, and am very happy to add AXE GIANT to the lineup.”
AXE GIANT won the Audience Award at the Shockfest Film Festival in November and tied for most awards won. Film Radar named it one of the Top Indie Horror Films of 2012, with reviewer Jonathan Weichsel saying that it is “a real fun ride. You rarely see this kind of genre film made today with so much care.”
The movie recently played at the Motor City Nightmares and Texas Frightmare Weekend conventions.
“We’re excited to be airing on Syfy,” says Miller. “We look forward to reaching such a large audience with this unique take on Paul Bunyan lore.”
AXE GIANT is a contemporary take on the tall tale of lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Kids at a first-offenders’ boot camp discover that the legend of Paul Bunyan is real, but is much more horrifying than they could have imagined. The survivors must team up with the local sheriff to stop the 15-foot giant’s new rampage of terror. The movie stars genre vet Joe Estevez, Dan Haggerty (TV's “Grizzly Adams”), Tom Downey (Syfy's WAR OF THE WORLDS and JOLLY ROGER: MASSACRE AT CUTTER’S COVE), and Tim Lovelace (MOSQUITO). Amber Connor, Jesse Kove, Kristina Kopf, Clifton Williams, Victoria Ramos, Jill Evyn, and former WWF wrestler Chris Hahn round out the cast. This is the first major role for Kove, son of veteran actor Martin Kove (THE KARATE KID 1-3, RAMBO).
Miller (BALLISTICA, HELLBLOCK 13) and Jones wrote and produced through their company, Kinetic Filmworks, along with newcomer Jason Ancona. Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps handled the bulk of makeup FX, with Kurtzman (creator of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) and Philip R. Garrett (HORRORS OF WAR) joining the team as co-producers. Gary Jones’ Acme Art FX created more than 500 visual effects shots for the film.
Edward Douglas of Midnight Syndicate composed the score. Country punkabilly singer Hick’ry Hawkins wrote and performed the original theme song, “The Ballad of Paul Bunyan.” AXE GIANT is currently receiving a limited theatrical release.
Fans lined up for hours! Horror celebrities! A jam-packed red carpet! Screaming! Laughing! Crying! Yep, it all went down at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood last night as Hatchet III made its premiere, and we have DOZENS of images from the event for you!
Check out our Hatchet III reviews!
HATCHET III is set to open in New York City's Cinema Village and in Los Angeles at Laemmle Music Hall on June 14th. Opening week will feature special appearances by cast and crew, followed by Q&A's at each location. Additional cities will be announced at a later date.
Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder return in HATCHET III and are joined by Zach Galligan (Gremlins), Derek Mears (Friday the 13th 2009), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs), and others.
HATCHET III continues the tale of the now-iconic villain Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder). As a search and recovery team heads into the haunted swamp to pick up the pieces and carnage left behind from the first two films, Marybeth (Danielle Harris) hunts down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left the ghost of Victor Crowley haunting and terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades.
The sequel, which was filmed outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, from late May to mid-June, 2012, is a co-production of MPI/Dark Sky Films and Hatchet III writer/executive producer Adam Green's Los Angeles-based ArieScope Pictures.
The incredibly well reviewed (and deservedly so) new flick You're Next is set to hit the UK and the States soon, but right now we have a new trailer for you to check out courtesy of our pals with the awesome accents!
The Adam Wingard-directed film stars Nick Tucci, Wendy Glenn, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg, Margaret Laney, Amy Seimetz, Ti West, Calvin Reeder, Larry Fessenden, Kate Lyn Sheil, Barbara Crampton, Rob Moran, and Sharni Vinson.
The Davison family comes under attack from a terrifying group of sadistic murderers during a family reunion getaway. Barricaded in their secluded vacation home, they fight off a barrage of axes, crossbows, and machetes from both inside and outside the house. However, the masked killers didn't count on Erin (Vinson), the young girlfriend of the eldest Davison son whose mysterious past has made her very difficult to kill.
TV spots 37,456, 37,457, and 37,458 have arrived for Pacific Rim; and we still want more! Strap in and get ready for another combined minute and a half spent helping to cancel the apocalypse! Check 'em out!
Look for Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, in theatres July 12th. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff star.
Related News: Visit our Pacific Rim archive
From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes--a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)--who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
On tap right now we have the first artwork and word regarding the new flick from the filmmaking team who brought us Atrocious, Fernando Barreda and Jessica Villegas. Get ready for one hellish three weeks.
Looking to break the "Quick, let's get the hell outta here" record for living in a haunted house previously held by The Lutzes of Amityville, producers Barreda and Villegas' new film 21 Days will be written and directed by Kathleen Behun. The project has started pre-production and plans to be completed in the fall.
Three filmmakers embark on a paranormal challenge by barricading themselves in a house so haunted no family has been able to live in it more than 21 days in order to film the supernatural phenomena which presumably occur. But nothing can prepare them for the evil that lies in wait. There are some places so dark, so evil where no human - no living thing - should dwell...
After months of teasers, virals, and one-sheets, we now have the very first trailer for Boon Joon-ho's Snowpiercer on tap for you cats to check out. Will it live up to the high expectations? We think so! Dig it!
The Weinstein Company will distribute Snowpiercer in North America, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
The English-language directorial debut of Boon Joon-ho (The Host), the film stars The Avengers’ Chris Evans, The Help’s Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Alison Pill, Tilda Swinton, and Song Kang-ho. Based on the graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snowpiercer is set in the not too distant future, where a new Ice Age has wiped out most of the human race. With a revolt brewing onboard, the Snowpiercer is a train of Earth’s lone survivors that travels around the cold world.
It's been a bit quiet lately with regard to FX's pilot for "The Strain," but a new cast member has joined the fray, and he looks to be quite the badass!
Per Deadline, Miguel Gomez (The Domino Effect, "Louie") has landed a regular role in the project from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse. He joins the previously announced Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, and Richard Sammel. Gomez will play Augustin “Gus” Elizalde, a gangbanger whose one redeeming trait is his love for his mother. Fresh out of juvenile hall after serving 18 months for manslaughter, he becomes one of humanity’s most effective warriors in the struggle against the vampires.
Del Toro will direct the pilot from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan, who also co-authored the books with him. Carlton Cuse ("Lost," "Bates Motel"), who helped develop the adaptation, executive produces alongside del Toro and will serve as showrunner, overseeing the potential series with del Toro. Hogan and del Toro’s longtime manager/producing partner Gary Ungar also serve as exec producers of the project, produced by FX Prods.
"The Strain," an adaptation of del Toro’s vampire novel trilogy, formally has a pilot order but is being eyed for a 13-episode series pickup. It is a high-concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.
And the parade of one-sheets continues to make its way through your Hump Day. Next at bat is the UK quad poster for the super badass Frankenstein's Army (review)! Check it out, and start counting the days until you can join the frontlines in the fight against the enhanced undead!
Dark Sky Films will open Richard Raaphorst’s Frankenstein's Army in select cities July 26th. It was written by Miguel Tejada-Flores (Revenge of the Nerds, Screamers) and stars Karl Roden.
In the waning days of World War II, a battalion of Russian soldiers find themselves lost in enemy territory. Stumbling upon a village decimated by an unseen terror, they discover that a mad scientist (Hellboy's Karel Roden) conducts experiments to fuse flesh and steel, creating an unstoppable army of undead soldiers. Leaderless and faced with dissention amongst their dwindling ranks, they must find the courage to face down an altogether new menace - or die trying.
The first one-sheet for Insidious Chapter 2 has arrived in all of its sinister glory, and it's just simple enough to convey one hell of an uneasy feeling. Check it out right here, and look for more on this one as it comes.
The famed horror team of director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell reunite with the original cast of Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, and Ty Simpkins in Insidious Chapter 2, a terrifying sequel to the acclaimed horror film, which follows the haunted Lambert family as they seek to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Related Story: Check out our Insidious Chapter 2 news archive
Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions is producing (with Alliance financing). FilmDistrict will distribute the film theatrically in the United States, with Sony handling the majority of domestic ancillary rights. Alliance will distribute in Canada, the U.K. (through its Momentum Pictures subsidiary), and Spain (through Aurum); and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will distribute in all other international territories.
Look for Insidious Chapter 2 on Friday, September 13th! Stay tuned for more as it comes.
Remember back in Season 4 of "True Blood" when we met attorney Portia Bellefleur, the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Bill Compton, played by Courtney Ford? Well, she's coming back to Bon Temps for Season 6!
Per TV Guide, Ford is slated to return in Episode 7, which should be interesting given that when we last saw her, Bill had glamoured her into screaming and running away any time she encountered him due to her persistence in making a play for him despite their familial connection. She did share a bit about why she might be returning: "After watching the Season 5 finale, which was pretty intense and crazy, things are getting a little heated in Bon Temps, and it stands to reason that someone is going to need a lawyer."
But what about that pesky screaming and running away thing? Will that still be in play? "How much of Bill is in there?" Ford mused. "Is Bill still Bill? That's the big question mark. I think if she's afraid of Bill, she'd probably be double afraid of Billith. Billith is pretty scary."
Season 6 Synopsis:
The Authority is in flames. TruBlood is in short supply. As Bill comes to terms with his newfound powers after emerging reincarnated from a pool of blood, humans are in open conflict with vampires like never before. Meanwhile, Sookie and Jason must steel themselves for an encounter with their parents’ killer: the mysterious and ancient Warlow.
"True Blood" kicks off its ten-episode sixth season this Sunday, June 16th (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
Episode #6.01: “Who Are You, Really?” (airs 6/16/13)
In the wake of Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) blood-soaked reincarnation, Sookie (Anna Paquin), Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), Jason (Ryan Kwanten), Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), Tara (Rutina Wesley), Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and Nora (Lucy Griffiths) flee the Authority compound as Sam (Sam Trammell), Luna (Janina Gavankar) and Emma (Chloe Noelle) dodge swarming guards.
Now packmaster, Alcide (Joe Manganiello) discovers that the job comes with unsavory side dishes but other major perks. In Bon Temps, Andy (Chris Bauer) deals with parenting four newborn human-faerie hybrids. Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell (Arliss Howard) vows open season on vampires. Jessica returns to Compton Place as Jason hitches a ride with an eerie stranger. Written by Raelle Tucker; directed by Stephen Moyer.
Cemetery Dance is publishing The Influence by Bentley Little, a brand new 400+-page novel due out this coming October 29th. In addition to the trade hardcover, they'll also have a Signed Limited Edition and a Deluxe Signed & Traycase Lettered Edition. Read on for the details.
Everything is about to change...
When Ross Lowry moves into his cousin's guest house in the small community of Magdalena, Arizona, he expects nothing more than breathing room and a brief respite from his economic woes. But something is not right in the desert.
After a raucous party on New Year's Eve, the luck of the attendees undergoes an immediate U-turn. The rich and successful suddenly find themselves facing catastrophic failure while the less well-off are unexpectedly flush with good fortune.
This is only the beginning...
Soon the citizens of Magdalena are experiencing unnatural desires. Next their children begin to disappear, and freakish creatures emerge from the surrounding wilderness. The community is unraveling at a frightening pace.
But these are merely the early warning signs of a showdown with a powerful force of darkness that could obliterate the world forever, and only Ross Lowry sees the danger that lurks ahead...
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It's always a great day when the number one film at the box office is a horror flick. And last weekend The Purge laid the smack down on its box office competition. If you want more from this film, the original motion picture soundtrack is now available.
From the Press Release
Back Lot Music is proud to release the soundtrack for The Purge, Universal Pictures’ speculative thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey. The Purge Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features new music by Nathan Whitehead.
"Scoring The Purge was a fascinating and haunting exploration into what we value as a society and how far will we go in the name of greater social good," Whitehead reflects. "Sonically, this was such a fun world to develop as I got to record and process a lot of strange sounds to create our own vocabulary for the score—everything from spring rattles and noisy toys to whooshing traffic and subway tunnels. Then working with this gritty, textural palette, I aimed to tell two main stories musically: Will we survive the night, and even if we do, what does this say about us as human beings? I found this combination of tense action and human drama to be so compelling, and it was really rewarding to express that musically."
Read our The Purge review here!
The Purge Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Track List:
"You’re Number One"
"Charlie’s Secret Room"
"I Came To See Your Father"
"Emergency Services Will Be Suspended"
"This Night Saved Our Country"
"The Purge Is Working"
"Who Needs A Car On A Boat? "
"Be Careful, OK? "
"You Need to See This"
"James And The Stranger"
"That Will Be Thee"
"There Are People Outside"
"I Am Not Dying Tonight"
"Nothing Is Ever Going To Be OK Again"
"I Bid Thee Farewell"
"Are You Hurt? "
"Release The Beast"
"Your Soul Has Been Cleansed"
"Ours, Not Theirs"
"Blessed Be The New Founding Fathers"
"No More Killing Tonight"
In an America wracked by crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.
As a kid I wasn’t allowed to watch movies like Friday the 13th. I’m glad for this parental oversight because it forced me to read about true life mysteries. One of my favorites is Bigfoot. I can’t tell you how many nights I spent reading Bigfoot stories and jumping at every noise.
So I love that ole hairy bi-ped. And, it turns out, he loves Florida...
The Sarasota Patch reports a “Skunk Ape” sighting in March. That isn’t really news, as Skunk Ape sightings happen all the time in the swamplands of Florida. What adds to the story is many people feel the park rangers are working on a cover-up by “ticketing” Bigfoot hunters.
If you listen to the video, you’ll hear the whole story. Their theory? The Florida Skunk Apes are actually “killer chimps” loose in all the state parks in the vacation capital of the world. And the government just doesn’t want you to know about it.
Not a bad theory, given that iguanas and boa constrictor snakes are an established Florida problem.
Still, I can’t help but wonder as I watch the video, is our government breeding robot Bigfeet for a secret invasion of all those who oppose Obama? I can’t prove that, of course, but hey, you can’t disprove it either.
A few weeks back we heard about the new zombie-themed Archie comic headed our way, and now we have an exclusive early look at the variant artwork for Issue #1 by drawn by Tim Seeley.
What if the zombie apocalypse began in Riverdale? This horror-infused comic answers that question when it kicks off in late 2013, spearheaded by one of Hollywood’s hottest writers, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who will be fresh off the high profile crossover Archie Meets Glee, along with Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla .
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE will provide readers with zombie-filled mayhem like only Archie can, taking the Riverdale gang where they’ve never been before – to the grave and back. Jughead’s beloved pooch Hotdog is run over by Reggie in his roadster. He convinces Sabrina to hatch a spell to bring back the pooch, but when Hotdog bites Jughead, he soon craves flesh.
In addition to his Archie credits, Aguirre-Sacasa has made a name for himself in the world of television (writer/producer on "Glee"), Broadway musicals (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), and movies, penning the remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, which premieres this fall.
“Roberto’s a superstar writer,” said Archie Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “Working with him on the upcoming AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE is the next step in the ever expanding Archie universe.”
"AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE combines two of my great passions: Archie comics and horror comics,” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “This series came out of conversations with Jon [Goldwater], asking questions like, ‘What if the Archie characters found themselves in a Stephen King novel like The Stand or a Sam Raimi movie like The Evil Dead?’ Could we pull that off, tonally? We’re really going for it. The first arc is called ‘Escape from Riverdale.’ The second arc is called, brace yourself, ‘Betty RIP.’ Of course, all the horror stuff will be balanced by elements that are quintessentially Archie.”
Afterlife With Archie hits comic shops October 9th, 2013.
With V/H/S/2’s recent VOD and Digital release, Dread Central had the chance to catch up with two more of the directors from the superb anthology, Eduardo Sanchez and Gregg Hale.
Sanchez and Hale co-directed the zombie-themed segment entitled “A Ride in the Park” which was shot entirely on a GoPro camera over several weekends. Check out what the pair had to say about collaborating for V/H/S/2, their upcoming Bigfoot movie Exists and much more below.
Dread Central: Can you start off by discussing how you guys became involved with V/H/S/2 (review) and if you planned from the start to direct together?
Eduardo Sanchez: Well, we were at SXSW last year and the producers approached us about doing a segment for the sequel. We were getting ready to start shooting Exists - the Bigfoot movie we just finished - and even though the timing was tough, it was an opportunity we couldn’t ignore. So it was decided that Gregg and I would co-direct our segment; he started things off for us and then I came up later once shooting began. Gregg handled all of prep work and the pre-production so everything on our segment was pretty seamless and painless.
Gregg Hale: Yeah, Ed and I have known each other for something like 17 years now- it’s too damn long is all I know (laughs). But we’ve worked together for a while now, ever since Blair Witch, and because we’ve been involved creatively for so long, co-directing together wasn’t too big of a switch for us.
Dread Central: Did the V/H/S/2 team give you guys any sort of parameters for your segment?
Eduardo Sanchez: Not really; they just told us that we had 15 minutes to work with and they just wanted to hear the story we wanted to go with to make sure it was going to work alongside the other segments, but otherwise we had total freedom. Jamie (Nash) had written the story, and we both loved the idea of it. Thankfully, it also fit incredibly well into the sequel so all we did was give Jamie a few notes, got a few notes back from producers - nothing crazy - and got to work.
Dread Central: Because you shot this using a GoPro, I imagine that made things a little more challenging than a typical DSLR or a RED camera where you can watch shots as they’re happening and things like that. Can you talk about how you approached shooting with the GoPro and what kinds of challenges you faced using that kind of a camera rig?
Gregg Hale: Yeah, playback was our biggest challenge; I mean, we could try and rig up playback, but it was going to be a huge pain for us to do that so we just kind of ‘went with it.’ As it turned out, not having playback sort of simplified things for us in some ways so it really allowed us to get creative in other ways, like having only one angle in the movie. When a movie only has one angle, it can get really repetitive or boring so we had to find ways to keep things interesting while still adhering to our shooting format.
Eduardo Sanchez: Yeah, I have to say that making “A Ride in the Park” was pretty easy, all things considered. We shot for four days over two weekends about 20 minutes away from my house in Maryland, and we called in a lot of favors with friends to get it made. Honestly though, this wasn’t tough at all- we always made our days, and everyone who worked on it gave us nothing less than 110%, which is absolutely the reason we were able to make this happen and succeed at it too.
Dread Central: You mentioned Exists earlier, which I’ve been excited for ever since we chatted about it at SXSW last year- how are things going there? What are you guys ‘allowed’ to talk about?
Eduardo Sanchez: Allowed? Hmmm... (laughs). No, I’m just kidding- we are still in post on it, but we did just get back from Cannes, where we already sold some territories, which is great. Gregg and I have wanted to make a Bigfoot movie ever since we were kids, and so this is like our childhood dream realized.
It’s definitely not going to be a paint-by-numbers movie at all, and as a fan, I have to say that our Bigfoot is one of the best practical Bigfoot creatures I’ve ever seen. We wanted to be traditional while making Exists and have a practical Bigfoot- CG was never a consideration for us at all. We should have a trailer in the next couple of months, which I’m completely giddy to show off to the fans out there. I think horror fans and Bigfoot fans are going to be really happy.
For more info check out the official V/H/S/2 Facebook page!
V/H/S/2 is produced by The Collective, Salient Media, and Brad Miska and Tom Owen’s Bloody Disgusting. Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, and Jason Eisener all directed entries in this latest anthology. The cast includes Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L.C Holt, Kelsy Abbott, and Hannah Hughes.
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance.
Chill.com is one of the more unique video distribution companies out there right now, and they've got a great plan for a new series entitled "Vigilante Diaries". The project stars the unmistakable Jason Mewes and features an all-new type of pay-per-view.
Okay, here's the scoop. The first two episodes of the groundbreaking original series "Vigilante Diaries" are currently online and available at Chill.com for the bargain basement price of $4.99. The series features episodic funding, which means the more fans who tune in and buy the episodes, the more episodes that will be made. Too bad that wasn't the case for "Bridezillas."
From the Press Release
Chill.com, the web's premier video distribution platform for entertainment content distributed direct from filmmakers, artists, and comedians, announces the debut of "Vigilante Diaries," an all-new online action comedy series starring Jason Mewes and Paul Sloan.
Chill.com first launched its direct artist-to-consumer video sales platform last fall, providing filmmakers, comedians, and other artists a place to release their premium video directly to fans. With "Vigilante Diaries," Chill is building off its early success in comedy specials and documentary features, launching a first-of-its-kind "episodic funding" model where fan support in the form of paid downloads will determine whether the series continues beyond the first two episodes.
"Vigilante Diaries" is a high energy, dark graphic tale of one man's task to clean up the streets... and another man's task to get it all on tape. The series, created and written by Paul Sloan, kicks off inside the pad of Michael Hanover (Mewes), the sole heir to Hanover Enterprises, raised in mansions and hotels but with a true passion for filmmaking. One day Hanover crosses paths with a real-life vigilante crime fighter loose in Los Angeles (Sloan) and - seizing his opportunity to make it big - begins shooting a documentary alongside all the gunfire and bloody mayhem. Completing this dark superhero cadre are vigilante protégé "The Kid" (Kevin L. Walker), "Jade" (Jacqueline Lord), and "Red" (Jessica Uberuaga).
The series has already mapped out ten episodes for its first season. If a 30-day goal of $50,000 in fan purchases is met for the initial episodes, the cast and crew will quickly move into production on Episodes 3 and 4, with a follow-up launch date four weeks later. The process will continue so long as fans continue to watch and support the show financially. Additional fan support is made possible through a number of exclusive bundles available alongside the download, including a walk-on role in future episodes and a chance to be "killed" by The Vigilante.
"'Vigilante Diaries' is a totally original series that brings to life that classic dark and gritty look from the best graphic novels and first-person shooters combined with Jay's natural talent for comedy," said director Christian Sesma. "These first few episodes are just the first taste of what is really a love letter to video game snipers, action film nuts, and comedic fans of Jay's past work. We've got all the bases covered with lots of laughs alongside guns, girls, and gore."
Deadbeat - Makes You Stronger (review here) proves that sometimes death is only the start of our problems. We recently chatted with author Guy Adams about his new novel, what inspired its dark moments and what lies ahead for the Deadbeat series.
AMANDA DYAR: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us. To start off, can you tell us a little about yourself and your recent work as a writer?
GUY ADAMS: No problem at all, thanks for asking me!
I'm an English writer currently living in Spain because if you're going to lock yourself in your office all day, it may as well be a nice outside world you're not seeing.
I've done a real mixture of stuff over the years. I wrote a novel called THE WORLD HOUSE for Angry Robot books followed by a sequel RESTORATION. I've written three novels based on movies from Hammer Films and a couple of original Sherlock Holmes novels for Titan Books. This year is about three vastly different series: HEAVEN'S GATE, a trilogy of weird westerns being published by Solaris, THE CLOWN SERVICE, a horror/espionage series coming from Del Rey UK and this book, which launches the DEADBEAT series with Titan.
I also write comics. I'm the regular writer on THE ENGINE from Madefire, and I'm writer and co-creator of PHOENIX and the forthcoming GOLDTIGER (all with artist Jimmy Broxton). I'm also doing some work for 2000AD, which makes the ten-year-old me very excited indeed as it's been a dream to do so ever since I clapped eyes on the thing in my local newsagents.
AMANDA: What can you tell us about Deadbeat - Makes You Stronger, and what did your process for writing the book entail?
GUY: It's about Max Jackson and Tom Harris, two ex-actors who see something weird when they're stumbling home after too much to drink. They see a coffin being carried out of a churchyard. The men carrying the coffin stumble, the coffin spills and the woman inside it falls out. She's breathing. The men put her back in, load the coffin into a van and drive off. Max and Tom, having nothing better to do, decide to investigate. They will soon regret doing so.
I like to blur genres when writing, and the DEADBEAT books are no exception. There's a pulp crime feel there but some humor as well, all rolled up with some fantastical, horror stuff. I don't want to give away too much about them, but they're very character-led, good fun I hope, with some sharp edges.
The process of writing was a little different for these books in that the first two in the series are based on two novellas I wrote many years ago. These novels are heavily re-written of course and vastly expanded, but I wasn't creating something completely from scratch; I was returning to a world and set of characters I've lived with for a long time.
AMANDA: Who or what inspires your work and method of writing? Is there anyone in the horror world (writers, directors, actors and so forth) that you would like to meet and why?
GUY: I think writers are inspired by so many things it becomes hard to separate the sources out and pin them down. I can definitely cite comics as an influence in that I like to write stories that play at several genres, big, bold narratives that aren't afraid to have fun. Most of my books have that quality; they're rarely consistently grim in tone or slow-paced. Not that I have a problem with either in the right hands; it's just not something I tend to do. That's not to say they don't contain their fair share of horror either. DEADBEAT has some very dark and violent moments; I just like to switch mood a lot. I think that's what life's like.
Music's a big influence too. I watched a documentary about David Bowie recently where his songwriting process was explored, lifting tones, riffs and flavors from all over the place and building them together into something new. That's certainly an attitude that resonates.
As for people in the horror word I'd like to meet… I've been lucky in that I've met a number of my writing heroes; I can even count some of them as friends, which is always strange and yet lovely. I would have loved to spend time with Peter Cushing or Vincent Price though…
AMANDA: Tell us about the characters Max and Tom. The duo used to be actors before starting their own nightclub, Deadbeat. You have also done some acting, so did your own experiences play into the development of your characters?
GUY: I first created Max and Tom about ten years ago. At that point I was an actor; writing was something I did for fun in the little spare time I had. Max was completely based on me, his attitude and his experiences.
The interesting thing is that as time has gone on, we've grown apart. When I went back to those original stories, I found I didn't like him very much! Which either says a lot about the man I used to be or the man I have become.
Both Max and Tom have changed a lot now. In a novella you can afford to keep the characterization quite light; in a novel things need to be deeper. I'm a believer in having a light touch in that area anyway, let dialogue do a lot of the job for you rather than long exposition, but I think it's fair to say that Max Jackson is carrying a lot more on his shoulders now than when I first wrote about him.
AMANDA: Why should horror fans pick up Deadbeat - Makes You Stronger?
GUY: Hopefully because they'll find much to enjoy. At its heart there's a great deal of darkness in the lives of Max and Tom. For all they try and black it out with drink and banter, they both share a life that would be impossible to bear for some. The plot also goes to some very scary places I think. They start off thinking they're having fun, playing at being private investigators, but once the truth begins to surface, they realize they're dealing with some exceptionally bad people.
AMANDA: Out of all the projects you have worked on in your writing and acting career--which would you say is the most memorable?
GUY: On the acting side I'm lucky as I had a lot of fun and played some great parts. I performed a dance routine as Hitler, I simulated sex with a woman dressed as a horse, I toured a comedy show for eighteen months performing material I'd written to tiny crowds of drunks, I've been Hemingway, Ebeneezer Scrooge, George Bernard Shaw and Sherlock Holmes. All parts that I was too young for. I had a whale of a time.
Writing is different. Honestly, I don't enjoy the process very much. I like the ideas when they're fresh, but the business of writing - and it is a business - not so much. I'm not a planner so there's lots of self-doubt, panic and the perennial "This is all shit; what am I going to do?" moment round about the halfway mark.
Still, you remember the firsts. The phone call from Angry Robot confirming that they wanted to publish my first original novel, getting my first gig in comics from Liam Sharp, Matt Smith at 2000 AD asking me if I wanted to have a crack at a series for them.
Possibly the greatest single moment came with my most hated book, a biography of actor Leonard Rossiter. That book nearly killed me, it was the most awful experience and yet… I got to spend the afternoon with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, scriptwriting geniuses and two of the loveliest and cleverest men in the game.
AMANDA: Do you watch any horror movies or television shows while writing, and what are they?
GUY: I'm a huge fan of horror cinema, particularly British horror in the Sixties and Seventies and Italian Gialli, but my tastes are pretty diverse. I own something in the region of a couple of thousand movies and co-curate a blog looking at B-movies with fellow writer and idiot John Llewellyn Probert. It's on a slight hiatus at the moment because life has been too full for a couple of months, but we'll get back to it shortly.
TV shows? In terms of stuff that's on the air now, I love "American Horror Story." It's big, mad and relishes what it's doing. It's a show that knows how to have real, Grand Guignol fun. People criticize it for borrowing from other sources, but I think that's missing the point. It's a great, simmering stew of horror that bubbles away deliciously for thirteen weeks a year.
AMANDA: What projects do you have in the works, and what does the future hold for the Deadbeat series?
GUY: Prose-wise I'm working on the next in the HEAVEN'S GATE series and the second DEADBEAT book, which is bigger in scope than the first; the threat is more fantastical, and the whole world of the series opens up a lot more. It contains monsters, the ghost of a cat that was run over and now likes to smash up cars and a shady character who deals in magic. Wildness aside, it also looks into Max and Tom's past a bit more and finds some particularly unpleasant skeletons in Tom's closet.
In comics I'm developing a series that I'm really hoping I can find a home for. I'm far too superstitious to tell you anything about it, but I suspect it will be called THE GOOD GUY unless I decide in five minutes time that it's an awful title, which it may well be…