Not to be outdone by reigning animated Halloween champs "The Simpsons," the whole Toy Story gang is getting ready to take the spooky season by storm with "The Toy Story of Terror" TV special!
We first told you about the project back in October of 2012, and according to TV Guide all is on track for ABC to air "Toy Story of Terror" this October as a 30-minute special that reunites the original voice cast from the Toy Story franchise.
From Pixar, "Toy Story of Terror" follows the adventures of the toys post-Toy Story 3, in which a fun road trip takes a very unexpected turn. "Bonnie is on a road trip to go see grandma with her mom, and the toys are in the trunk," producer Galyn Susman says. "Mom gets a flat tire and they have to spend the night at a motel, and all kinds of chaos ensues."
While Terror will include Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), and Rex (Wallace Shawn), Jessie (Joan Cusack) will have a more prominent role in the special. Additionally, Bonnie’s toys — Mr. Pricklepants (Timothy Dalton) and Trixie (Kristen Schaal) — who first appeared in the third installment, will be featured, while we’ll also get to actually meet Combat Carl, who briefly appeared in the first film when he was blown up by Sid, who will be voiced by Carl Weathers.
Airing sometime near Halloween, the special will have a horror feel after one of the toys goes missing at the motel. The rest of the gang will find themselves caught up in a mysterious sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. That said, the producers took inspiration from the horror genre — Psycho, Aliens and Predator, in particular — but found the right balance for both adults and children.
Cemetery Dance has announced a new Stephen King project, The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem, which will be illustrated by Glenn Chadbourn and printed in a few very limited and collectible editions. Read on for the details, covers, and some sample drawings .
From the Press Release:
"Randall Flagg came to me when I wrote a poem called 'The Dark Man' when I was a junior or senior in college. It came to me out of nowhere, this guy in cowboy boots who moved around on the roads, mostly hitchhiking at night, always wore jeans and a denim jacket. I wrote the poem in the college restaurant on the back of a placemat, but that guy never left my mind." — Stephen King
The Dark Man: An Illustrated Poem will be published in four states:
• World's First Edition, First Printing Trade Hardcover ($25)
• World's First Edition, First Printing SLIPCASED trade hardcover featuring a different dust jacket and shrink-wrapped with a deluxe custom-made slipcase and a collectible Glenn Chadbourne bookmark featuring a Dark Man drawing that doesn't appear in the book ($49.95)
• Traycased Signed Limited Edition of only 500 copies printed in two colors on a specialty paper stock, bound in a fine material with two-color hot foil stamping, a different dust jacket, a color frontispiece, satin ribbon page marker, and embossed endpapers, signed by Stephen King and Glenn Chadbourne ($350)
• Signed Lettered Edition of only 52 copies printed in two colors on a specialty paper stock and bound in two different fine materials with gilded page edges, a different dust jacket, a different color frontispiece, a satin ribbon page marker, imported endpapers, a hand-drawn Dark Man illustration by Glenn Chadbourne in every copy, all protected in a custom deluxe traycase, signed by Stephen King and Glenn Chadbourne ($1750)
The first 5,000 trade hardcovers printed will be SLIPCASED and shrink-wrapped with a bonus, collectible Glenn Chadbourne Limited Edition bookmark featuring a Dark Man drawing that doesn't appear in the book.
NOTE FOR COLLECTORS: The Lettered Edition SOLD OUT already, but a WAITING LIST (click here) has been set up if you wish to be notified if any copies become available.
Stephen King first wrote about The Dark Man in college after he envisioned a faceless man in cowboy boots and jeans and a denim jacket forever walking the roads. Later this dark man would come to be known around the world as one of King's greatest villains, Randall Flagg, but at the time King only had simple questions on his mind: Where was this man going? What had he seen and done? What terrible things...?
i have ridden rails...
More than forty years after Stephen King first wrote his breathtaking poem "The Dark Man," Glenn Chadbourne set out to answer those questions in this World's First Edition hardcover featuring more than 70 full-page illustrations from the talented artist behind The Secretary of Dreams.
i have slept in glaring swamps...
This Cemetery Dance Publications hardcover is a true marriage of words and art, with Chadbourne pulling the images from King's imagination and illustrating them in magnificent detail. This incredible blending of King's words with Chadbourne's art creates a unique page-turning experience you can return to again and again, always finding new details hidden on every page. You'll discover hidden layers and mysterious secrets for years to come.
i am a dark man...
So who is The Dark Man and why is he traveling the country? The answers are terrifying...
• Printed in a very limited and collectible print run — a tiny fraction of what a New York publisher normally prints for a new release
• Heavily illustrated — a story told through the blending of King's words and the artwork
• The only trade hardcover edition planned at this time in any market
• Beautifully designed with both the collector and general reader in mind
• The first 5,000 copies of World's First Edition, First Printing trade hardcover will be given the deluxe treatment: shrink-wrapped with a different dust jacket, a custom-made slipcase, and a collectible Glenn Chadbourne bookmark featuring a Dark Man drawing that doesn't appear in the book.
The publication date is July 30, 2013. Be sure to click the Cemetery Dance link below for ordering info.
There are still some of us out there who haven't quite recovered from the painful boners brought about by Santanico Pandemonium's snake dancing scene from the original 1996 flick From Dusk Till Dawn, though the insipid sequels definitely helped. However, we may just be getting cursed again.
According to Broadcasting and Cable, Univision has formed a strategic partnership with El Rey Network, which is chaired by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Spy Kids), and Factory Media, Univision president Cesar Conde announced during the company's Upfront presentation in New York City on Tuesday.
Noting Univision's partnerships with ABC and Participant Media, Conde introduced the “new partnership” with El Rey and introduced Rodriguez, who touted a series for the programming service based on his film From Dusk Till Dawn, which he will write, produce, and direct.
El Rey is set to launch at the end of the year via Comcast. Univision will be responsible for the back office operations, sales, and distribution of the network.
It's time to sink your teeth into the very first clips from visionary director Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, which is billed as a crypto-vampire love story! How could you possibly resist? Put down that crucifix and garlic, and check it out!
The film stars Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin, and John Hurt and is the story about a centuries-long love affair between two star-crossed vampires.
Hiddleston plays Adam, an underground musician who's deeply depressed by the direction of human activities. He reunites with his lover, Eve (Swinton), though their idyll is soon interrupted by Eve's wild and uncontrollable younger sister, Ava (Wasikowska).
Loving homage? Blatant rip-off? Joke gone awry? All of those descriptions could easily apply to this new sales art for Wolf Creek 2, but no matter how you slice it... it's just not good. See for yourself.
Directed by Greg Mclean, written by Mclean and Aaron Sterns, and produced by Helen Leake (Swerve, Black and White, Heavens Burning), Greg Mclean, and Steve Topic (Crawlspace), the sequel started production seven years after the original Wolf Creek hit screens internationally in November of 2005. It not only gave Australian audiences an appetite for their own horror movies but showed the world a fresh, daring take on the genre. Selected to screen at Sundance and the Cannes Film Festival, it was supported by The Weinstein Company, who presented it to an international audience. It then went on to claim the title of the number one Australian film in 2005 and also became the highest grossing Australian R18+ film of all time.
Wolf Creek 2 will be distributed in Australia by Roadshow Films. International sales are being handled by Arclight Films.
Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes an horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet: Mick Taylor (John Jarratt).
As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white-knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.
Another hot Japanese manga property is getting the big screen treatment as an adaptation of The Black Butler, or Kuroshitsuji for you purists out there, is getting under way. In related news actor Robert Guillaume is heartbroken about this not being a "Benson" remake.
The manga, created by Toboso Yana, is set in Victorian era Europe and follows Sebastian Michaelis, a demonic butler who is bound by a supernatural contract to serve Ciel Phantomhive, the thirteen-year-old head of the Phantomhive noble family and the business-savvy owner of the Funtom company, a toy manufacturer. In return, when Sebastian has helped Ciel finish all of his tasks, including avenging his parents' deaths, Sebastian will be allowed to consume his soul.
Actress Ayame Gouriki will play Shiori Genpo (the main character’s name has been changed for the film), a young woman who disguises herself as a man and is the demon butler’s master. The butler will be played by Hiro Mizushima.
More on this one soon!
The horror comedy Detention of the Dead is on its way home, and we have a look at what to expect once it gets here. Read on for the artwork and early details.
From the Press Release
Anchor Bay Entertainment holds everyone after class with the July 23rd DVD release of Detention of the Dead. Already a hit at such festivals as FrightFest, Glasgow Film Festival and HorrorHound Weekend, this side-splitting mix of zombies and teen angst stars Jacob Zacher (“Greek”), Alexa Nikolas (“The Walking Dead”), Christa B. Allen (“Revenge”), Jayson Blair (“The New Normal”), Justin Chon (the Twilight franchise) and Max Adler (“Glee”). The SRP for the DVD is $19.98.
In addition, fans will be able to experience Detention of the Dead on the big screen at selected theaters nationwide on June 28th. The student body feast will also be available On Demand starting June 18th.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets ZOMBIELAND in this head-busting zombedy. A group of teenagers trapped in detention fight for survival after their classmates turn into a ravenous zombie horde. Can a cheerleader, a stoner, a jock, a bully, a goth, and a nerd put aside their differences for one night to take on the undead? Will they live to see the morning? Fat chance! This is high school after all.
Bonus features include audio commentary by writer/director Alex Craig Mann and “Detention of the Dead: Behind The Scenes” featurette.
Truly terrifying games are hard to come by in today's gaming market and that is why Steam Greenlight is so important. A new game listed on the platform is Damned which is a co-op survival horror game that is completely randomized and traps players inside a haunted hotel to find their way out in one piece!
Damned is a randomized online horror game for up to 5 players (4 survivors and 1 monster). You’ll be able to play as one of the four people that got trapped inside this haunted hotel. As a survivor your main objective will be finding your way out, as well as helping your fellows get out too. You’ll often find yourself on the edge, hearing and seeing ghostly things, trying to find keys and items to help in your escape. And sometimes you’ll find yourself running desperately from a monster, who’s there only to find and kill you and your friends. You’ll also be able to play as the monster. You’ll assume an ethereal form, which you’ll use to haunt the survivors, triggering eerie noises and events. You’ll also assume a physical form, which will allow you to hunt down and kill the survivors trapped in the hotel. It’ll be your killing spree.
To learn more and how you can support the game, visit the official Damned website.
In last week's episode of Defiance, fans of the television show were introduced to the evil Rynn who was unleashing Hellbugs onto its residents. Now she has entered the video game universe and started Hellbug Season.
Read on to learn how you can help to stop her in a variety of new missions during the month of May.
From the Press Release
Beginning with last week’s episode of Defiance the show on the Syfy channel, viewers were introduced to a new evil character named Rynn who entered Defiance with the goal unleashing hordes of Hellbugs upon the residents. For her crimes, Rynn was arrested at the end of the episode, but things didn’t go as planned… As she was being transported by land coach to a prison in Las Vegas, escorted by lead character Nolan and Amanda the land coach was hijacked… and that is the last you will see of her for now, unless you are playing the game!
Following her escape from persecution, Rynn's character enters the game world letting loose all new Hellbug enemies on players kicking off what we're calling "Hellbug Season," unleashing swarms of the alien monsters across the game world. Players will have to defeat the Hellbugs and work together to return Rynn to Defiance in order for her to appear back in the show. For players of Defiance the game, the timing for these events take place over most of the month of May. Event increments will occur in phases, with increased hellbug activity in the game until Rynn arrives to offer a variety of missions.
To learn more, visit the official Defiance website.
Sundance darling V/H/S/2 (review) is getting ready to hit iTunes/On Demand on June 6th and will be theaters July 12th via Magnet Releasing, and we have two exclusive stills for ya!
For more information right now, check out the official V/H/S/2 Facebook page! Look for the new trailer tomorrow on Yahoo! Movies.
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.
We already knew ABC had picked up "Resurrection" (formerly "The Returned") as a new series on its roster, and today we were hoping to learn what night of the week it will be airing on. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait a little while longer.
Paul Lee, President, ABC Entertainment Group, is unveiling the network’s new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon, and we got a look at the schedule, on which "Resurrection" is sadly missing. But the network added the following to its press release: "Please note shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2013-14 season." In addition, "Resurrection" will be a limited series, airing just 12 to 13 episodes per season.
Below is the full synopsis. ABC will be releasing a first look video of the series a little later in the day so be sure to check back around 4pm ET/1pm PT.
Also, if you're curious about Joss Whedon's “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” it will be airing on Tuesday nights at 8pm.
The people of Arcadia, Missouri, are forever changed when their deceased loved ones suddenly start to return. An 8-year-old American boy (Landon Gimenez) wakes up alone in a rice paddy in a rural Chinese province with no idea how he got there. Details start to emerge when the boy, who calls himself Jacob, recalls that his hometown is Arcadia; and an Immigration agent, Martin Bellamy (Omar Epps), takes him there. The home he claims as his own is occupied by an elderly couple, Harold (Kurtwood Smith) and Lucille Garland (Frances Fisher), who lost their son, Jacob, more than 30 years ago. While they look different, young Jacob recognizes them as his parents.
Those closest to the family try to unravel this impossible mystery, including Sheriff Fred Garland (Matt Craven), whose wife, Barbara, drowned 30 years ago while trying to save Jacob. But this boy who claims to be the deceased Jacob knows secrets about his own death that no one else knows -- secrets that Fred’s daughter, Gail (Devin Kelly), will begin to investigate and discover to be true.
“Resurrection” stars Omar Epps (“House”) as Martin Bellamy, Matt Craven (Crimson Tide, A Few Good Men) as Fred, Devin Kelley (Chernobyl Diaries, “The Chicago Code”) as Gail, Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Lucille, Kurtwood Smith (“That ‘70s Show”) as Harold, Sam Hazeldine (The Raven) as Abel, Samaire Armstrong (“Entourage,” “The O.C.”) as Elaine, Nicholas Gonzalez (“Off the Map”) as Connor, Mark Hildreth (Dragon Ball Z) as Tom, and Landon Gimenez as Jacob. Written by Aaron Zelman (“Damages,” “The Killing”). “Resurrection” is executive produced by Aaron Zelman, JoAnn Alfano, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Jon Liebman, Brillstein Entertainment, and Plan B. The pilot was directed by Charles McDougall. “Resurrection” is produced by ABC Studios.
They say dreaming about teeth is a bad omen. That being said, the folks that populate the world of The Haunting of Helena must be pumping out toothy nightmare after toothy nightmare after toothy nightmare. Check out the trailer.
From the Press Release
The Collective, a leading entertainment management and production company, and top horror website BloodyDisgusting.com present the psychological thriller THE HAUNTING OF HELENA as part of their Bloody Disgusting Selects film series. A tale of a mysterious woman, a little girl, and her single mother, THE HAUNTING OF HELENA presents a new twist on the legend of the Tooth Fairy.
After a divorce, Sophia moves to the south of Italy with her daughter, Helena. Their new home, an apartment within an austere building of the Fascist age, is a chance for them to start a new life. But inside an old storage room hides a mysterious closet and a buried secret. After the loss of Helena’s first baby tooth, a chilling obsession begins and an apparition haunts her sleep. Dreams become nightmares. Nightmares become reality. When Helena collects her classmate’s fallen teeth with an urgent hunger, it is clear that there is far more to their new home than can be seen. Sophia finds herself in a terrifying fight to save her child while maintaining her sanity. THE HAUNTING OF HELENA will keep you at the edge of your seat as it slides in agony along the sharp blade of psychological terror.
THE HAUNTING OF HELENA will be released in select theaters on June 21, 2013. It will be available on Cable VOD in partnership with Tribeca Films and for digital streaming on June 18, 2013.
Things really came to a head in last night's episode of "Bates Motel," entitled "Underwater," and here's an inside look in which the writers and actors describe how Norman's vivid dreams and the temptation to disobey his mother complicate his life. Also uncover just how strong of a grasp White Pine Bay now has on the Bates family.
The series stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland), Max Thieriot (Disconnect), Olivia Cooke (Blackout), and Nicola Peltz (The Last Airbender). “Bates Motel” is produced by Universal Television for A&E Network. Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions.
"Bates Motel" Episode 1.09 - "Underwater" (aired 5/13/13)
Abernathy (Jere Burns) amps up the pressure, but Norma doesn't know what he wants. Dylan and Bradley connect. Norman has an active imagination, which Miss Watson encourages. Emma goes on a trip.
With Ryuhei Kitamura's No One Lives (review) currently in limited release, we figured that now would be a great time to give away some exclusive swag from the flick!
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No One Lives stars Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Lee Tergesen, America Olivo, Beau Knapp, Brodus Clay, Derek Magyar, Laura Ramsey, and Lindsey Shaw.
A ruthless criminal gang takes a young couple hostage and goes to ground in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. When the captive girl is killed, the tables are unexpectedly turned. The gang finds itself outsmarted by an urbane and seasoned killer determined to ensure that no one lives.
No One Lives, written by David Cohen and directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, is a smart and original horror movie with at its heart a killer in the grip of a dark and twisted love affair.
There's no doubt about it; the loss of Sage Stallone struck a true blow to the millions of fans who enjoy the old grindhouse flicks of yesteryear. Thankfully Stallone's legacy and love for these movies is about to live on in a big way!
From the Press Release
Grindhouse Releasing has announced CORRUPTION and AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL as the first in a series of new Blu-ray, DVD, and theatrical releases. Both movies will arrive on home video on September 10.
Founded by the late Sage Stallone (1976-2012) and Bob Murawski, Grindhouse Releasing has long been considered the Criterion of cult movie labels. In a span of seventeen years, the company has produced lavish restorations of such notorious titles as CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST, Lucio Fulci's THE BEYOND, I DRINK YOUR BLOOD, PIECES, and many more to worldwide acclaim from fans and critics.
"Sage and Bob were pioneers in catering to the niche audience and blazed a trail for all to follow," says Jay Douglas of CAV Distribution. "The anticipation for Grindhouse's return to the home video marketplace is incredible."
The release of AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL and CORRUPTION marks the company's return to the video market after a hiatus of two years during which Academy Award-winning film editor Murawski was busy working on Sam Raimi's OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. It is also the company's first release since the passing of company founder Sage Stallone.
"After two years in the yellow brick prison of OZ, I am back full-time at Grindhouse Releasing, proudly continuing the important work that Sage and I began back in 1996," says Murawski. "We have an incredible slate of mind-blowing films that will be coming your way soon on Blu-ray and DVD. And on the big screen in a theater near you."
Grindhouse Releasing has brought its films to theaters all over North America. In recent years, the company coordinated nationwide theatrical releases of such celebrated horror classics as Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD and William Lustig's MANIAC (both recently remade). Grindhouse scored a hit on the midnight movie circuit in 2010 with its restoration of Duke Mitchell's long-lost gangster epic GONE WITH THE POPE and now aims to do the same with the psychedelic nightmare AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL.
"AN AMERICAN HIPPIE IN ISRAEL is already drawing huge midnight movie crowds in Tel Aviv, where it's become another ROCKY HORROR," says company theatrical director David Szulkin. "We plan to do a full theatrical run of the film in the U.S. to promote the film's release on Blu-ray and DVD."
The rarely seen, shocking British feature CORRUPTION, starring Peter Cushing as a mad surgeon, will hit Blu-ray and DVD on September 10. The Grindhouse Releasing special edition of CORRUPTION coincides with the legendary Hammer Films star's 100th birthday and will be preceded by a series of theatrical playdates.
Four additional titles will follow in late 2013 and late 2014: Sergio Sollima's THE BIG GUNDOWN, THE SWIMMER starring Burt Lancaster, Duke Mitchell's GONE WITH THE POPE, and S.F. Brownrigg's SCUM OF THE EARTH (a.k.a. POOR WHITE TRASH PART 2). According to Murawski, the company's entire back catalog will also appear in new Blu-ray editions soon thereafter.
It's hard to describe just what it is that makes Ben Wheatley's Sightseers by far one of the more incredible blisteringly dark comedies of the last several decades without giving away too much, but suffice to say Wheatley is in top form with his latest effort.
The film became a celebrated and award-winning crowd-pleaser throughout its 2012 festival tour and is absolutely worth seeking out now that it's playing in select theaters.
Bleakly hilarious, awkwardly heartfelt and often shocking even at the most seemingly banal of moments, Sightseers follows new lovers Chris (Steve Oram) and Tina (Alice Lowe) on their first road trip together that starts off innocently enough but soon escalates into a series of twisted and delightfully disturbing murders once their true colors are revealed during their travels throughout the British countryside.
Dread Central recently had the opportunity to chat with Wheatley about taking the directorial reins for Sightseers and returning to his pitch black comedic roots the award-winning UK filmmaker established with his caustically funny crime thriller Down Terrace from just a few years ago. Wheatley also discussed collaborating with Sightseers stars Lowe and Oram, who also co-wrote the script, and updated us on several of his upcoming projects, including developing a new series with HBO which was recently announced.
Check out the highlights of our interview with Wheatley below and look for Sightseers in limited theaters now!
Dread Central: So I completely fell in love with this movie- the humor was so wicked that I often felt like a complete jerk laughing at some of the stuff I was laughing at. Was the humor a huge part of the appeal for you? Had you wanted to do something a little different after Kill List, which had a far more serious tone to it?
Ben Wheatley: Well, it's kind of interesting because I had actually agreed to direct Sightseers before I made Kill List, but I was conscientious that Kill List was going to be a really intense horror movie and so I wanted the next thing I did to be a little more funny and maybe lighthearted, although I don't know if that's the right word considering the story (laughs). It all worked out really well that after I got off doing Down Terrace, which was more comedic, that I would do a really intense horror movie like Kill List and then would circle back to comedy again with Sightseers.
Dread Central: I thought Steve and Alice were just fantastic together in the film- can you talk about working with them on Sightseers and whether or not you guys used a lot of improv while shooting? Also, do you think that because they co-wrote the script that allowed them to elevate their performances in some ways because they had so much insight into their respective characters?
Ben Wheatley: Yeah, both of them were simply fantastic and I would definitely say that part of it was because they had written these characters but also part of it is that they're just that bloody great. I wouldn't have wanted anyone else for those roles and their instincts are what makes this story stand out in the ways that it does. And because of their performances, you sympathize with Chris and Tina as characters and that's really the only way the movie can work; they have to be honest and fully-rounded characters in order for you to want to take this journey with them.
In my mind, that’s why there’s a certain amount of time at the beginning of the film where you really get to know the two of them and get invested in them because if you just start off with them killing people and no sort of context of them as people included, it's really hard to get invested.
And we had a really good script so we used that for most of production; we shot the script out and then we’d shoot things around the script and then we would just make stuff up as well so there was a little improv. I'm someone who is known for encouraging improv during shooting but when it came time to edit the film, most of what you see is what was in the script. We shot about 120 hours of footage so it ended up being a battle between the script footage and the improv footage; either way, it was a gift to be able to have so much to work with.
Dread Central: And what's coming up next for you? I know there was an HBO series that was recently announced- do you have a few more features in the works as well?
Ben Wheatley: Oh definitely- my next project is a feature in fact. It’s called A Field in England; it takes place during the 17th century when the English Civil War was happening here. It’s about this group of army deserters who are out looking for gold but end up finding something else in the form of these magical mushrooms. It gets pretty weird as you can imagine (laughs).
It’s still really early for the HBO project so we’re still early in the development stages; it’s still up to them if they want to pick it up or not based on the pilot so we’ll see how it goes. There’s also a sci-fi project I’m working on too that should be ready to go later this year.
San Diego, listen up! The Soska sisters' new flick American Mary is hitting San Diego, and if you're in town, you need to get your ass stitched into a theatre seat and check it out! Read on for more.
Head on over to the Facebook event page for all the details, but if we were you, we'd clear our schedules on both May 31st and June 1st at 10PM and plan to be at the Digital Gym, 2921 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, California 92104. There will be free snacks and drinks and a special video introduction by the Soskas before the film.
The flick, available on VOD on May 16th, will also be opening in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, and Chicago on May 31st. Written and directed by the Soska sisters, American Mary stars Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren, Paula Lindberg, Clay St. Thomas, John Emmet Tracy, and Twan Holliday.
For more on the film, visit the official Twisted Twins Productions website, like American Mary on Facebook, and on Twitter follow American Mary (@_American_Mary) and the Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska (@twisted_twins).
This metaphor for the Soskas' own journey through the independent film industry follows medical student Mary Mason as she becomes increasingly broke and disenchanted. The allure of easy money sends Mary into the twilight world of body modification and underground surgeries where obsessed flesh artists will pay anything and go through any pain to get their unusual procedures done. But Mary soon finds that her new "profession" leaves more marks on her own psyche than on her freakish clientele.
The brains behind GrimmFest - Manchester, England's annual cult and horror film fest - have lined up their second feature film, White Settlers, a suspense thriller starring Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman) that began shooting this past weekend. Read on for details.
The film is directed by Simeon Halligan and written by Ian Fenton, and production company Not a Number plans an autumn 2013 release with the premiere taking place at this year's GrimmFest. White Settlers pitches the modern urbanites' dream - beginning a simple life in the country - against the possibility of a very different and horrific reality. The unit list includes Paul Elkins first AD'ing, Keith Mc Namara and James Swift in the camera dept., and Paul Boyce designing makeup, who between them have had key roles in the Harry Potter films, Casino Royale, and various Ridley Scott pictures including Gladiator.
Look for more soon as the following was just posted on the film's Facebook and Twitter pages: "Male lead confirmed tonight! And he's a bit of a knockout! #GreatActor." For additional info in the meantime, "like" White Settlers on Facebook, and follow White Settlers on Twitter.
It's Ed and Sarah's first night at their new home, an isolated farmhouse on the Scottish border. This should be a new beginning away from their stressful London lives. And at first it is as they enjoy supper al fresco at sunset and a riverside skinny dip. But as darkness falls, things become eerie. Sarah suspects they’re not alone; Ed goes to investigate, and the evening swiftly becomes a nightmare. It dawns on them that they do not belong there. And they certainly aren't welcome either...
White Settlers comes on like a supernatural terror ride with the classic 'bumps in the night' scenario of floorboard creaks and shadows. But the moment Ed tells a genuinely frightened Sarah to get a grip, the film bluntly changes direction. And here is where the game changes. Think Straw Dogs meets Sinister.
This really could happen to you.
We don't have any details, but per "American Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy on Twitter, two more awesomely talented actresses have signed on for Season 3 of the series, subtitled "Coven." Read on to see who'll be taking on Jessica Lange for the title of TV's biggest diva this fall!
Here's Murphy's tweet: "Two legends are joining the cast of American Horror Story: Coven -- Oscar nominee Angela Bassett and Tony winner Patti LuPone!"
Bassett (below left) is an Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner for What's Love Got to Do With It? (she also won a Saturn Award for Strange Days) while LuPone (below right) has twice been nominated for an Emmy Award and is a multiple Tony winner (Evita, Gypsy). Both true powerhouses, right? We can't wait to find out more!
These two ladies will be joining the previously announced Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Kathy Bates, Gabourey Sidibe, and Jessica Lange, who won an Emmy for her Season 1 performance.
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For the first time the series will shoot in multiple locations, one of which is New Orleans, exiting its typical soundstage filming location. For more visit the show's Facebook page along with "American Horror Story" on FX.
And the Pacific Rim goodies just keep coming with no sign of slowing down. Next up are a new banner and character poster. Check 'em both out now, and at the rate they're going, expect more in about 10 minutes.
Look for Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, in theatres July 12th of 2013. Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, Rinko Kikuchi, Max Martini, Rob Kazinsky, Clifton Collins, Jr., and Diego Klattenhoff star.
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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.