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The Babadook Strikes Gold at Australian Academy Awards

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 15:03

Here in the states, it’s quite rare for horror films to get any love at the Academy Awards, and only a small handful over the years have been honored at the ceremony. But things are a bit different in Australia, where hometown favorite The Babadook (review) has just scared up some gold!

THR reports that Jennifer Kent’s debut feature has tied with Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner for best film at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, Australia’s pre-eminent film and TV awards, announced in Sydney on Thursday.

Kent also took home the AACTA Awards for best direction and best original screenplay for The Babadook, one year after her low budget thriller film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Congratulations, The Babadook. Your Oscar gold is well deserved!

Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.

Synopsis:
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her “out of control” 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called “The Babadook” turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about.

His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.

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First Look at Alexandre Aja’s The 9th Life of Louis Drax

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:52

French filmmaker Alexandre Aja has given us some real gems over the years, ranging from High Tension to last year’s Horns. Up next, he heads into supernatural territory with The 9th Life of Louis Drax, and we’ve got the first look for you today.

Courtesy of Empire comes an exclusive still from the thriller, showing star Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) as the title character’s neurologist, Dr. Allan Pascal. Check it out below and expect more soon!

Aja’s latest also stars Aaron Paul, Sarah Gadon, Oliver Platt, Molly Parker, Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth.

The feature screenplay, based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title, was written by Max Minghella.

Synopsis:
The 9th Life of Louis Drax begins on Louis Drax’s 9th birthday, when he miraculously survives a near fatal fall. His doctor, Allan Pascal (Dornan), finds himself tangled between his professional responsibility and his growing affections for the boy’s mother (Gadon), a fragile young beauty. When Louis’ father (Paul) comes under suspicion, Pascal realizes other mysterious forces may be at work.

With echoes of The Sixth Sense and Gone Girl, The 9th Life of Louis Drax is a supernatural thriller filled with unexpected twists and turns.

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What We Do in the Shadows is Quote Critics!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:45

That’s right! Deep in the shadows we huddle together and quote various critics until we find something we can come up with that can make it to the posters of upcoming films! Case in point…

What We Do in the Shadows Release Details:
Unison Films, in association with Funny or Die and Paladin, will release “Flight of the Conchords” creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award-winning WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS in New York and Los Angeles on February 13, followed by an expansion into major markets, including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., on February 20, with a continued national rollout throughout February and early March.

Unison Films will be heading up the theatrical release along with Paladin, and Funny or Die will leverage its social media and marketing reach leading up to the film’s release. WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, produced by Unison Films and Defender Films, along with producers Waititi, Chelsea Winstanley, and Emanuel Michael, follows the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern world that’s not always hospitable to the undead. The highly acclaimed comedy sensation premiered at Sundance earlier this year and has since gone on to play Berlin, SXSW, TIFF, and AFI, winning every audience award for which it has been eligible.

Clement and Waititi, creators of the HBO hit series “Flight of the Conchords,” co-wrote, co-directed, and co-star in this hilarious send-up in which an endearingly unhip quartet of friends ranging in age from 183 to 8,000 years old squabble over household chores, struggle to keep up with the latest trends in fashion and technology, antagonize the local werewolves, and deal with the rigors of living on a very, very strict diet. The film also stars FOTC’s Rhys Darby, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stu Rutherford, and Jackie Van Beek.

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Terminator Genisys – Big Game Spot and New Poster!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:38

Gearing up for the big game, if only to see the commercials? Looking forward to another look at Terminator Genisys? Well, you don’t have to wait because we’ve gone forward in time to bring you back Sunday’s Super Bowl trailer for the film now. See how that worked? Clever, eh?

In Terminator Genisys Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the T-800, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Conner, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Conner, and Matt Smith as John Conner’s ally. Byung-hun Lee, Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi, and J.K. Simmons also star. Alan Taylor directs.

Look for the film in theatres July 1, 2015, via Paramount.

To stay up-to-date on all things Cyberdine related, visit the official Terminator Genisys Facebook page, follow Terminator Genisys on Twitter and dig Terminator Genisys on Instagram.

Synopsis:
When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline. Now, Sgt. Reese finds himself in a new and unfamiliar version of the past, where he is faced with unlikely allies, including the Guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger), dangerous new enemies, and an unexpected new mission: To reset the future…

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First Details on Supernatural Psychological Thriller Good Family Times

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:37

Blanc/Biehn Productions is at it again with a new feature on the way: supernatural psychological thriller Good Family Times, which is being directed by our own Staci Layne Wilson. Read on for the early details!

From the Press Release:
Blanc/Biehn Productions will go into production on the supernatural psychological thriller feature Good Family Times on February 28, 2015, in Topanga Canyon, CA.

Good Family Times is based on a story by producer Lony Ruhmann (Psychophonia). It is written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and cinema pundit Staci Layne Wilson (Fetish Factory, The Night Plays Tricks). Good Family Times is produced by Blanc/Biehn Productions (Hidden in the Woods), created by famed husband and wife filmmaking team Michael Biehn (Terminator) and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Crow). It is also produced by Danny Bellens, Tony DeBenedetto (Treachery, Psychophonia, Jacob), Cynthia Paredes, Garrett Longley, and Jenimay Walker (Psychophonia, The Lincoln). The film is also being sponsored by Kathy Fielder Designs.

The cast features Arielle Brachfeld (pictured below; Watch Me Die), Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Everly, The Victim, Hidden in the Woods), Douglas Tait (Star Trek, The Fiancé), Elissa Dowling (We Are Still Here), The Richard, aka Richard Cardinal (Fetish Factory, Psychophonia), Sean Keller (The Cartridge Family), Aaron Kai (Day for Night), and Nikita Black (Fembot, Psychophonia, The Lincoln).

The main character of Beatrice is played by sexy scream queen Brachfeld, who is known for her work in genre films such as The Haunting of Whaley House, Return of the Ghostbusters, and LOVE: As You Like It. Arielle is actively involved in several charity organizations including The Horror Starlets, a group that fundraises to fight breast cancer, and The Young Storytellers Foundation, which encourages literacy through the arts.

Cinematographer Steve Romano, whose credits include Blanc/Biehn Productions’ She Rises, The Night Visitor, and Altered Perception, has also shot music videos for Beyonce (“Rocket”), Vassy (“Beautiful”), and many more. The original score is by Randy Chance, a former member of rock supergroup The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe in Magic?”), with additional songs by up-and-coming Japanese heavy metal band MergingMoon (“Greyen”).

Synopsis:
Meet Beatrice. She’s happily married, has a darling young son, and is a talented artist. Her home is a happy one. Beatrice dotes on her family, and they love her back. Too bad her husband and child are not exactly alive. When Beatrice comes into some money, another family – one that’s not quite so happy – decides it’s more deserving of the dough and sets out to rob her by breaking into her home under the cover of night. In the course of that one evil evening, both families soon learn the true meaning of “blood relations.”

 

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Slamdance 2015: Shout! Factory Nabs Bloodsucking Bastards

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:26

The new, and very good, vampire comedy Bloodsucking Bastards (review) has an official home, and it couldn’t possibly be a better one! Read on for the skinny, and don’t forget to wipe your mouth when feasting.

From the Press Release:
Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O’Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founder Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos and the producers of the film.

In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive North American rights to BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS, including theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution, and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada.

“Dr. God has made a gem of a horror comedy that fans will be quoting for years to come. It has the broad appeal of a mainstream hit, but the twisted sensibility of a cult favorite. It’s right at home here, and we plan to take good care of it across all distribution channels,” states Jordan Fields, Associate Vice President of Acquisitions.

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS stars Fran Kranz (Cabin in the Woods) as an overworked office worker whose telemarketing company is slowly taken over by vampires led by his longtime nemesis (Pedro Pascal of “Game of Thrones”). Described as “Office Space” meets Shaun of the Dead, BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS also stars Emma Fitzpatrick (The Collection), Joey Kern (Cabin Fever), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice), and Joel Murray (“Mad Men”) as well as Dr. God members Justin Ware, Neil Garguilo, David Park, and Sean Cowhig.

The film made its World Premiere as the opening night feature for the Slamdance Film Festival on January 23rd, where it received rave reviews, and followed its debut with a well-attended Slamdance opening night party presented by Social House and the video game ZOMBEER with the cast and crew in attendance. “We are very grateful to Slamdance for picking our movie to kick-start this year’s festival, and we couldn’t be more excited about teaming up with Shout! Factory,” producer Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features said. “Shout! represents some of the most respected titles in the genre world, and we have no doubt they will do a killer job releasing BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS to the masses.”

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS was developed by Fortress Features and Maybe This Year (MTY) Productions in partnership with Dr. God and director O’Connell. The film was written by Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, financed by Fortress and MTY, and produced by Fortress’ Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti (The Collector and The Collection), MTY’s Brandon Evans and Colleen Hard, and Dr. God’s Justin Ware. “We had an incredible time making this movie, and we can’t wait for Shout! Factory to unleash it on audiences everywhere,” Ware said. “They know the genre inside and out, they completely get the film, and they’re as excited as we are. We couldn’t ask for a better partner.”

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The Beyond’s Coast-to-Coast Trek Rolls On

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:00

To celebrate the upcoming release of Lucio Fulci’s legendary film The Beyond on Blu-ray on February 10th, Grindhouse Releasing has returned the movie to the big screen and is touring the country with it.

We’ve got all the current tour dates listed below with more to come. For those of you interested in getting your hands on the Blu-ray, you can get all the specs and pre-order The Beyond from Amazon.

Prepare yourselves; The Beyond is coming!

From the Press Release
Grindhouse Releasing is bringing Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond back to select theaters to celebrate the film’s upcoming U.S. Blu-ray debut. Don’t miss this chance to see Fulci’s masterpiece of supernatural horror on the big screen in glorious 35mm!

The current tour dates are below, and we’ll be adding more cities in the coming weeks. The Beyond arrives on Blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing February 10, 2015.

The Beyond Tour
2/9/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, Yonkers, NY
2/20/2015 – Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
2/21/2015 – Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
2/21/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park, Houston, TX
2/27/2015 – Landmark Nuart, Los Angeles, CA
3/18/2015 – Alamo Drafthouse Lubbock, Lubbock, TX
3/20/2015 – Northwest Nightmares, Vancouver, BC
3/24/2015 – Hollywood Theatre, Portland, OR
3/27/2015 – Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL


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Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard – New Clips!

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:30

A pair of new clips from Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard starring Billy Zane, Mischa Barton, Felissa Rose, and Dee Wallace are here for you to ogle. Check them out!

Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Release Details:
The rural town of Elwood has always been a “bubble” against the backdrop of an organism-based epidemic where infected humans don’t die; instead they roam to spread the infection in a grisly, horrific way. Those who escape must survive—by any means necessary. But at what price?

On February 3, 2015, Anchor Bay Entertainment presents Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, an exciting survival thriller about a fallen world that’s as provocative as it is chilling. Written and directed by B. Harrison Smith and with a stellar genre cast including Billy Zane (Electrick Children, Titanic, Dead Calm), Dee Wallace (E.T., The Howling), Mischa Barton (“The O.C.,” Walled In), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp, Satan’s Playground), and Brian Anthony Wilson (Law Abiding Citizen, Limitless), Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard is presented in an unrated version on Blu-ray™ and DVD with an SRP of $26.99 for Blu-ray™ and $22.98 for DVD.

In the film the “Zombie Killers” are a small band of young adults, trained by military vet Seiler (Zane), who have sworn to protect the town and aim for the head if anything threatens Elwood’s last survivors.

Bonus features on Zombie Killer: Elephant’s Graveyard Blu-ray™ and DVD include the behind-the-scenes featurettes “Bloodbath and Beyond,” “The Look of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard,” and “Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Behind the Scenes.”

For more info visit the official Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard website, “like” Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard on Facebook, and follow Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard on Twitter.

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Tales of Halloween Interview Spotlight: Pat Healy

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:00

Horror hits like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death have proven that the anthology film format has been revived, and so a new omnibus is afoot for 2015 – assembling the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent), Darren Bousman (The Devil’s Carnival), and Lucky McKee (The Call) behind their collective cameras.

Epic Pictures Group financed and produced Tales of Halloween, which brings together ten segments from different directors into one unified series of stories, all set in an Anytown, USA, suburb terrorized by ghouls, ghosts, and slashers on one, er, epic Halloween night.

We had a chance to chat with one of the actors, Pat Healy (The Innkeepers), on the set of Neil Marshall’s segment, which shot in Eagle Rock, CA, one nippy November night.

Dread Central: So, how do you know Neil?

Pat Healy: I don’t. I mean, I’m familiar with his work, but he called me because he was a fan of mine and asked me to be in his short here so I said yes right away. He’s a really lovely guy.

DC: Is this your first night of work?

PH: No, I worked last night, but working at night has its own special, strange, creepy kind of vibe.

DC: It does! Doesn’t it just lend itself to the horror?

PH: Yeah, especially in this dark neighborhood. It feels very much like Halloween around here. People creeping around in the shadows.

DC: Are you a fan of the holiday Halloween, and do you get dressed up for it?

PH: I dress up and put on make-up so much for a living that when it comes around to Halloween, it’s like, “Oh, I don’t want to do it anymore.” I have nieces and nephews who are young and I take them trick or treating and so I always enjoyed it as a kid so getting to experience it again as an adult again like a kid, you know, through their eyes. As an adult I tend to stay in on New Year’s Eve and things like that, trying to stay out of trouble.

DC: But you’re not staying out of trouble in this film!

PH: No, I’m walking right into the eye of the storm.

DC: Tell me a little bit about it; is it a forensics character you play..?

PH: Yeah, so Kristina [Klebe] plays the cop. She’s a really tough cop and I guess, you know, it’s a little bit of a role reversal. She’s a tough cop and I’m a bit more of the ingenue – the forensics guy who discovers that the killer is actually a giant pumpkin and has a crush on her.

DC: I heard that, yes, and how does he discern that it’s a pumpkin of all things?

PH: Ron measures the bite marks on the body that bit this guy’s head off and I run the data through a computer and make a 3D model and it comes out like a big giant smiling jack o’lantern and that gave her the impetus to start looking for it. And then I come and aid her in the field mostly because I have a crush on her.

DC: Kristina was so great in Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween and more recently in Proxy. Are you a fan of those rather gruesome slasher films?

PH: Yeah, I enjoy a lot of different horror movies. I’m sort of enjoying the rebirth of the anthology horror movie like V/H/S and ABCs of Death because I grew up in the era with Creepshow and Cat’s Eye and Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Dark Side and all that stuff so it holds that type of special nostalgic place in my heart because I was, I’d say, 10 to 13 when all that stuff was happening so it played on my mind in a certain way that brings back memories; both good and sinister, weird and creepy. Very deep in your subconscious.

DC: Yeah, so as an actor, what are some of the factors that go into your decision to play a role such as this? I know you like Neil Marshall, but is it the script, the role itself, or is it the people you’ll be working with?

PH: Well, I like Neil and I like Kristina and I thought the script was fun; it’s not a lot of heavy lifting, you know… an acting teacher that I have says, “Make sure you know how deep the pool is before you dive in; you might hurt yourself.” This is not, you know… we’re not doing anything incredibly deep. I don’t think anybody would argue with that so, in that respect, it’s just really fun and playing around and again, like Halloween, dressing up in costume and playing a character; there’s a lot of fun, there’s a lot of smiling… we were working last night, and it’s silly. You can sort of exercise all of the tools of the profession, but at the same time I’ve gone to a lot of dark places, especially in the last few years, so it’s nice to do something where it’s just fun.

DC: Kristina said she hadn’t read the other scripts; was that something that you were offered… to look at the scripts to kind of see if you fit into the context of this world?

PH: I suppose I could have, [but] I didn’t read the other scripts and I didn’t ask so… I know that there are references to those other sequences in our script, but I don’t know specifically what they are. It makes it kind of exciting because when I see them, I’ll see how I fit into the grand scheme of things.

Tales of Halloween will showcase the following ten short stories:

  • “TRICK” Directed by Adam Gierasch
  • “BAD SEED” Directed by Neil Marshall
  • “GRIMM GRINNING GHOST” Directed by Axelle Carolyn
  • “THE WEAK AND THE WICKED” Directed by Paul Solet
  • “FRIDAY THE 31st” Directed by Mike Mendez
  • “THE RANSOM OF RUSTY REX” Directed by Ryan Schifrin
  • “THIS MEANS WAR” Directed by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp
  • “THE NIGHT BILLY RAISED HELL” Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
  • “SWEET TOOTH” Directed by Dave Parker
  • “DING DONG” Directed by Lucky McKee

The film has an ensemble cast including Pat Healy, Barry Bostwick, Noah Segan, Booboo Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling, Grace Phipps, Pollyana McIntosh, Marc Senter, Tiffany Shepis, John F. Beach, Trent Haaga, Casey Ruggieri, Kristina Klebe, Cerina Vincent, John Savage, Keir Gilchrist, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ben Woolf, Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, Cameron Easton, Austin Falk, Madison Iseman, Daniel Dimaggio, Natalie Castillo, Ben Stillwell, and Hunter Smit.

Cameos include Joe Dante, John Landis, Adam Green, Adam Pascal, Adrianne Curry, Mick Garris, Lombardo Boyer, Graham Skipper, Stuart Gordon, Greg Mclean, Spooky Dan Walker, and Adrienne Barbeau.

Axelle Carolyn created the concept and brought the filmmakers together for this unique production. Tales of Halloween is being produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn. Composers Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) and Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring) are both attached to the project.

Synopsis:
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens, and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

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Project Almanac – Exclusive Interviews with Actor Jonny Weston and Director Dean Israelite

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:30

In Project Almanac (review) (which sounds more like a tedious covert military operation than a teeny-bopper thrill flick), a group of high school hotties discover the long-long blueprints to a time machine and construct it. Of course things go terribly, terribly wrong.

Project Almanac is director Dean Israelite’s first feature – and it’s a big one with Platinum Dunes! We wondered how this heretofore Joe Schmoe got such a great opportunity to do a movie under Michael Bay, after having done only a handful of shorts and TV work. So we asked him. He said, “To win the job and convince both the producers and the studio that I had a vision for what Project Almanac could be, I put together a very robust presentation that included a 90-second teaser trailer for the film. I shot it with a bunch of friends over a day in and around my apartment, cut it with my roommate, who is an editor, and did some visual effects with another friend who is a great artist to create the piece. This piece was really successful in capturing the energy and the tone of what I thought the movie should be and got the producers and the studio really excited about my vision for the film.

Dean Israelite

Jonny Weston really carries Project Almanac (though he is well supported by a crew of likable fellow time travelers), so we asked Israelite if he had a lot to do with the actual development and hires. He did, he said. “I was very involved in the development of the script once we sold the movie to the studio. The screenplay changed immensely in development, but what was important was that the themes of the coming-of-age story always remained intact. The constant central idea of this character’s journey helped keep our focus throughout the process. We always knew what the story was trying to say. I can’t even remember all the versions of the plot that we broke, but what the movie was about thematically never changed. What was important to me was that we grounded every aspect of the script – the high school characters needed to feel relevant and contemporary; the time travel had to be dangerous and full of obstacles,” Israelite stressed.

I wanted to see the characters make mistakes all along the way, to make the time travel feel as unpredictable as possible, all in an attempt to render such a fantastical concept in as credible a way as possible. In terms of the casting, I was involved from the start with our brilliant casting director, Denise Chamian. It was a long and arduous process to find the right cast because the chemistry and love between these kids is what carries the entire film,” said Israelite. “They need to feel real and relatable, but somehow be movie stars too, because the whole film is on their shoulders. They also needed to be funny and be able to improvise, which is something I encouraged in rehearsal and, to a degree, on set.

Weston had already done sort of a time travelish movie, John Dies at the End. So we asked him, “Did that make you more inclined to do Project Almanac… or less so?” The actor laughed and replied, “I think they’re so different, it never crossed my mind. I mean, I was a gangster zombie in John Dies at the End!” [Not exactly the same character…]

Jonny Weston

Weston plays David in the movie, a character who makes some pretty outrageous decisions in the pursuit of love. Since we have no personal lives of our own, we were curious about the actor’s own affaires d’amour and popped the question. He revealed that the most romantic thing he’s ever done was to “take my new girlfriend of a week to a cabin in the mountains of Hawaii. We stared up at the glass ceiling while it poured rain.”

Prior to filming Project Almanac, Israelite shared several touchstones with his cast and crew. “The movies were all films that captured the mood and energy of teenage fun, recklessness, and growth – Risky Business, Ferris Bueller, The Goonies – but also films that have great soul while being unflinchingly entertaining like The Apartment. The cinematographer shared Elephant with me; that is obviously a wildly different film but plays with time and reality in an amazing way.” In the movie the characters talk about Looper, Timecop, etc., which was no stretch for Westin. He’d already seen “all of them. I geek out!

An obvious question to ask was whether the director and actor actually believe time travel is possible. So, we asked it! “Oh man. Someone asked Spielberg after he made ET and Close Encounters if he believed in aliens,” sighed Israelite. “He said no. I couldn’t believe it. How could one put so much care, time, and effort into something that they believed was pure fantasy? Well, now I get it. To me, it’s not important whether time travel is real or not; it’s just important that we explore the magic of what it could be like if it [is], to let our imaginations take us to weird, wonderful, and playful places with it. I don’t believe in aliens and I don’t believe in time travel, but I love to imagine both.

Westin concurred. “I’d say it is possible, but I hope it’s never perfected for the sake of the world.

Lastly, we wanted to know if each could send the other back in time, when it would be. “Dean? I think he’d be a great mind of the Renaissance,” said Weston. For Westin, Israelite chose the swinging 60s. “Jonny loves The Doors, so I would send him back to their first concert and somehow align it so that he could meet Jim Morrison and join the band. Who knows what would happen to the music, or the world for that matter, but Jonny would have the time of his life.

The Dean Israelite-directed film was written by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman. It stars Jonny Weston, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, and Ginny Gardner.

Look for Project Almanac in theatres on January 30, 2015.

If you could redo something in your past, what would it be? Share your story at ProjectAlmanac.com/Redo, and your redo could be seen on theater screens and billboards across the US. To change the past, would you risk your future? Choose wisely!

For more info visit the official Project Almanac website.

Synopsis:
A brilliant high school student and his friends uncover blueprints for a mysterious device with limitless potential, inadvertently putting lives in danger.

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eOne Films Releasing GirlHouse in February

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:30

Trevor Matthews’ directorial debut, GirlHouse, is getting a limited theatrical and VOD release from eOne Films next month, and we have the early details for you here.  Look for it Valentine’s weekend, beginning Friday, February 13th.

Matthews, who also produced the film, starred in Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer and The Shrine. GirlHouse was written by Nick Gordon and stars Ali Cobrin (Showtime’s “Look,” Neighbors, American Reunion), Adam DiMarco (Radio Rebel), Slaine (MC in hip hop supergroup La Coka Nostra), and a bevy of smoking hot girls including Chasty Ballesteros (Final Destination 5, The Internship, Casting Couch) and Erin Agostino (“18 to Life,” You Are So Undead)

Synopsis:
In an attempt to make some extra cash while away at college, Kylie (Corbin) moves into a house that streams content to an X-rated website. After a deranged fan hacks in to determine the house’s location, she finds herself in a terrifying fight for her life.

 

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Exclusive: Enter the Dangerous Mind Clip Goes Deep

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:00

There’s just something about this exclusive clip from Enter the Dangerous Mind that makes us uncomfortable thanks to a nasty case of the shivers. Will it have the same effect on you?

Variance will be releasing the psychological thriller Enter the Dangerous Mind in theaters and on iTunes February 6, 2015.

Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed (Twilight, Thirteen), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Scott Bakula, and Jason Priestley star. Youssef Delara and Victor Teran direct.

Synopsis:
Enter the mind of Jim (Jake Hoffman) – a socially awkward EDM musician with a traumatic past, a tenuous grip on reality, and voices in his head. When he meets Wendy (Nikki Reed), he thinks he might finally have a shot at happiness. But as long-buried memories begin to stir and his crush turns into obsession, Jim finds himself looking into a violent abyss… and he won’t be going alone.

Pulsating with raw energy and an intense electronic soundtrack, Enter the Dangerous Mind is a pitch-black psychological thriller that doesn’t let off the gas for a second as it twists to its shocking conclusion.

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UK Readers: Win Ragnarok on DVD!

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 06:00

To celebrate the release of Ragnarok: The Viking Apocalypse, the fast-paced throwback to the kind of old-school Spielberg action we all grew up on – coming to UK DVD 2nd February 2015 – we have a copy to give away courtesy of Studiocanal.

Think The Goonies meets Jurassic Park, or Indiana Jones with a Lord of the Rings twist. Fast-paced, gripping, but most of all fun, Ragnarok is ridiculously entertaining. And, as a bonus extra, it’ll help Marvel fans swot up on Viking mythology ahead of Thor: Ragnarok. So, exciting AND educational… what more could movie fans want?

“Ragnarok is the closest you’re going to get to a new Steven Spielberg movie in the manner of Jurassic Park or Raiders of the Lost Ark” – Sound on Sight.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com with the subject line “UK RAGNAROK” and including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS before the competition closing date of February 9. We’ll take care of the rest.

The film is available to order on Amazon now! Look for our review soon.

Titled Gåten Ragnarok in its native Norwegian, the film is directed by Mikkel Brænne Sandemose and stars Pål Sverre Hagen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Bjørn Sundquist and Sofia Helin.

Synopsis:
Archaeologist Sigurd Svendsen has for years been obsessed with the Oseberg Viking ship. The only inscription found on the ship is the enigmatic “man knows little” written in runes. Sigurd is sure that the Oseberg ship contains the answer to the mystery of Ragnarok, the end of days in Norse mythology.

When his friend Allan finds similar runes on a stone from the north of Norway, Sigurd becomes convinced that the runes are in fact a treasure map. Together they mount an expedition group, and their adventure leads to “No man’s Land” between Norway and Russia, which has been deserted for decades. Here Sigurd learns the true meaning of the runes – a secret more terrifying than he could possibly imagine.

Please note that this competition is open ONLY to UK readers. Good luck!

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Sundance 2015: The Nightmare Clip Recalls Sleepless Nights

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:30

Rodney Ascher’s (Room 277) new film, The Nightmare, will be having its premiere at the ongoing Sundance Film Festival, and right now we have the first clip from the flick. Dig it!

The Nightmare is a documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of sleep paralysis through the eyes of eight people. Victims of this scary malady often find themselves trapped between the sleeping and awake realms, unable to move but aware of their surroundings while subject to disturbing sights and sounds.

Speaking as someone who has experienced this… let me tell you… it’s VERY, VERY scary. Dig on the clip!

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Sundance 2015: The Witch Conjures a Bidding War

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:22

The claws are out and spells are being cast. Watching companies bid on The Witch at Sundance is akin to seeing Boris Karloff and Vincent Price go at it in The Raven. Well… maybe not that exciting.

According to Variety A24 is expected to buy the horror drama The Witch for $1.5 million. Several distributors, including Radius-TWC, expressed interest in the supernatural film set in 17th-century New England. The movie premieres on Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival.

Robert Eggers directs the film, which has been described as a cross between The Crucible and The Shining. Anya Taylor-Joy stars.

Synopsis:
New England in the 1630s: William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness. When their newborn son vanishes and crops fail, the family turns on one another. Beyond their worst fears, a supernatural evil lurks in the nearby wood.

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The Strangers 2 Gets a New Director

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:14

Honestly, I don’t remember a time when we weren’t talking about a sequel to the 2008 Bryan Bertino film The Strangers. Hard to believe it’s been that long, but it sounds as if the wait is nearly over.

The Wrap is reporting that The Strangers 2 is finally moving forward after spending several years in development. Marcel Langenegger is in negotiations to direct the sequel this spring.

Ben Ketai (Chosen) is the newest writer on the sequel, which follows a family on the verge of sending their troubled teenage daughter to boarding school as they embark on one last family trip to a mobile home park that their uncle runs. Their final bonding opportunity turns to horror when the teenage children discover the bodies of their aunt and uncle, fresh from a recent visit from the Strangers — Man in the Mask, Pin Up Girl, and Dollface.

The night becomes a race to escape for the family, as the masked killers take new pleasure in tormenting their victims in this twisted sequel that picks up where the original’s bloody footprints leave off.

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The Crow Remake Reboots; Luke Evans Exits Project

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 19:07

The original production of The Crow was said to be cursed and resulted in the tragic death of its star, Brandon Lee. Fans were then cursed with a string of ridiculously bad sequels. Now, with a remake on the horizon, it seems as if the idea of just getting the project off the ground is… well… cursed.

The Wrap reports that Relativity and director Corin Hardy are searching for a new star for The Crow reboot, as Luke Evans has officially exited the project to pursue other projects.

Evans was poised to play Eric Draven when F. Javier Gutierrez was attached to direct The Crow, but production was delayed, and with no new start date in sight, Evans was forced to pass and move on.

He made statements to that effect in December during press rounds for The Hobbit, but there was always the hope that Relativity could convince him to stick around as it scrambled to find a new filmmaker after Gutierrez left to direct Rings for Paramount.

Hardy signed on in early December but has been busy with post-production on his feature debut The Hallow, which premieres at Sundance this week. Now that Evans has officially parted ways with the project, Hardy will have the opportunity to put together his own vision for the film.

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Sundance 2015: Eli Roth – Knock Knock Trailer; Green Inferno Release News

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 18:57

With Sundance 2015 currently under way, things have been steadily going bump in the night. Especially for Eli Roth, who hit the ground running with two announcements that horror fans have been waiting for.

First, the news via IndieWire is that the headaches surrounding The Green Inferno‘s long delayed release are about to come to an end. “Here’s the thing: Everyone is working to resolve it. Open Road has been amazing through this entire process. I really love them, they’ve been great. Even with whatever situation World View is going through, everyone is working together to find the best, cleanest, most positive resolution and get the film out in the widest release possible. I think realistically it would be in the August to September range.

Moving on to his newer project, Knock Knock, Roth dropped a trailer on Facebook for fans to dig on. Keanu Reeves stars alongside Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas. Check it out below.

Synopsis:
Evan Webber (Reeves) is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife; his two wonderful kids; and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. Things are going so well, Evan doesn’t even mind spending Father’s Day alone while the rest of his family heads out for a beach weekend. And then there’s a knock on the door.

The two young women (Izzo, De Armas) standing on Evan’s doorstep are where Evan’s dream takes a nightmarish turn. Given co-writer/director Eli Roth’s well-deserved reputation for creating cinematic discomfort, it should come as no surprise what happens next: Things get weird, and then dark, and then much, much, much darker. But this is no splatter film so Roth keeps the horror nice and psychological as Evan’s life—and house—get ripped apart, piece by beautiful piece.

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Clinger (2015)

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:00

Starring Vincent Martella, Jennifer LaPorte, Julia Aks

Directed by Michael Steves

Everyone remembers their first love: the hand-holding, the awkward glances, the first kiss… and the decapitations. More importantly, it’s the knowledge that your primary crush won’t leave your side, even if they turn into a soul-sucking amorous leech that burrows in deeper than a wood tick into the levels of one’s dermis.

Such is the case with director Michael Steves’ teen-love-gone-wrong Clinger, which should encourage sufficient distance between two youngins when a courtin’. (Sorry to get all “Beverly Hillbillies” on you, but it needed to be said.)

Fern Petersen (LaPorte) is your common high school teen: good at school, readying for her chance to attend MIT come graduation-time, and delicately balancing the scales between her future and her new boyfriend, Robert Klingher (Martella), a baby-faced adolescent who best resembles one of those cute little puppies that will follow its master everywhere, all the time, relentlessly.

While his feelings for Fern are pure and innocent, his incessant presence can be viewed as a nuisance. We’ve got it all on display here: the little gifts, the song he writes for her, and that 1000-yard stare with googly eyes he gives her when right in her face. Torn between the thought of a long-standing relationship with him, therefore impeding her college career, Fern opts for a plan to give Robert the boot, and on the night before she can utter those dreadful severing words, a horrifying accident befalls him and he loses his head… literally, not figuratively.

Well, good old Robert is now in the past-tense; yet, he isn’t ready to leave his love’s side. Yep, Robert is back in paranormal form but doesn’t know it. Stuck in limbo between the living and the dead, his residence is at the local cemetery with dozens of other wayward souls, forcing him to question his own mortality. Fern’s situation seems dour, and without the help of her spaced-out parents (Debbie Rochon and Jeffrey Bean) or her jobless sister (Aks), who is a budding sock-puppet entrepreneur, she turns to maybe the only person who can be of some assistance: her track coach, Valeria (Alicia Monet Caldwell), who doubles as a paranormal investigator/medium of sorts. Robert’s end-goal is to murder Fern so that they can spend eternity together, whether she approves of it or not, and now it’s up to her and Valeria to stop Robert and his newly-assembled band of undead entities from bringing her back to his grave for a very tedious afterlife.

Unfortunately, the presentation is one that can seem a little confusing – while easy to follow, the movie doesn’t seem to pick a direction in which to go. We’ve got all the goofy humor and stereotypes of an MTV-styled teen angst comedy/drama with a smattering of gore and language that would prevent it from being shown all-out on regular cable, and although some performances are within passable levels, others drag it down to the sub-levels of flat-out annoyance. Peterson stands out in the lead role as she conveys both the teenage student that’s fairly adjusted and the grieving (and regretful) ex-girlfriend. Martella also shows a subtle comedic side as the pestering boyfriend, but the overacted displays of Fern’s sister and track coach are not only unfunny, but hard to pass off as characters that you wouldn’t want to shove into a deep, dark hole for all days, never to be heard from again.

When all was said and done, Clinger will prove to amuse the lightest of horror/comedy fans with its moments of casual laughter and vanilla gore, but for the rest of you genre aficionados, I’d request an order of protection against this adhesive specter.

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UK Readers: Win Where the Devil Hides on DVD!

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 06:00

To celebrate the release of Where the Devil Hides, the eerie and atmospheric possession chiller coming to UK DVD tomorrow (26th January 2015), we have one (1) copy to give away courtesy of Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.

Like recent super-cool indie sleeper-hit The Sacrament, Where the Devil Hides (known in the States as The Devil’s Hand) revolves around a religious cult. Unlike that film, Where the Devil Hides’ cast features some of cinema’s most iconic actors – Colm Meaney, Rufus Sewell and Jennifer Carpenter all turn in career-best performances.

Where the Devil Hides is available to order on Amazon now!

Related Story:  The Devil’s Hand – Exclusive Interview with Adelaide Kane

To be in with a chance of winning, simply send an email to contests@dreadcentral.com with the subject line “UK DEVIL HIDES” and including YOUR FULL NAME AND POSTAL ADDRESS before the competition closing date of 2nd February. We’ll take care of the rest.

Directed by Christian E. Christiansen, Where the Devil Hides stars the aforementioned trio of Sewell, Meaney, and Carpenter alongside Alycia Debnam Carey, Thomas McDonell, Adelaide Kane, and Leah Pipes.

Synopsis:
When six baby girls are born on the sixth night of the sixth month, it spells doom for a religious cult who have prophesied that one of them will be the devil. Elder Beacon (Meaney) resolves to kill the infants but is stopped by one baby’s father, Jacob (Sewell). 18 years later, on the eve of the prophecy’s completion, someone starts killing the girls, one-by-one.

Please note that this competition is open ONLY to UK readers. Good luck!


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