On tap right now we have your first look at Charlize Theron as she appears in the upcoming film Dark Places. The flick has been selling very well at AFM. Read on for details.
Exclusive Media and Cuatro Plus Films’ thriller Dark Places, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel, is heading to France (Mars), Canada (Remstar), Japan (CCC), Scandinavia (Svensk), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), South Africa (Nu Metro), Greece (Odeon), Iceland (Sam Films), Turkey/India/Pakistan (Tanweer), Bulgaria (Tandem), Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia (Discovery), Czech Republic (AQS), Hungary/Romania (Prorom), Poland (Monolith), Russia/Baltic States (West), South Korea (Noori), and Israel (United King).
Deals also closed in Latin America (IDC), the Middle East (Front Row), Indonesia (PT Amero), Malaysia (Universal Excel), the Philippines (Captive), Hong Kong (Intercontinental), Thailand (M Pictures), Vietnam (Noori/Megastar), Singapore (Cathay), Taiwan (CMC), Southeast Asian TV (Fox/Star), and Jaguar (airlines/ships).
Along with Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, and Drea de Matteo star in the story of the grown-up survivor of a massacre who years later revisits the events of that fateful night.
Gilles Paquet-Brenner directs and Exclusive Media produces with Stephane Marsil of Hugo Films, Theron’s Denver and Delilah Productions partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix, and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman and Matt Rhodes. Exclusive Media’s Matt Jackson serves as producer with the company’s Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust, and Alex Brunner on board as executive producer with Peter Safran.
“Best-selling author of three novels including Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn has proven to be the big draw card to buyers as well as the film’s all-star cast, and the response so far has been incredible,” said Alex Walton, Exclusive Media president of international sales and distribution.
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day (Theron), a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. Told in a series of flashbacks from the points of view of Libby’s mother, Patty, and her brother, Ben, Libby is forced to revisit that fateful day and begins to question what exactly she saw – or didn’t see – the night of the tragedy.
LevelFILM has picked up US rights to zombie thriller The Returned from Spanish genre hub Filmax and director Manuel Carballo (Exorcismus). A US theatrical and day-and-date VOD release is set for February 14, 2014.
From the Press Release
LevelFILM today announced the acquisition of U.S. rights to The Returned, a zombie thriller starring Kris Holden-Reid, Emily Hampshire and Shawn Doyle. Directed by Manuel Carballo and from the producers behind the [REC] franchise, The Returned will be released in U.S. theatres and VOD day-and-date on February 14, 2014.
A Canadian-Spanish co-production between Ramaco Media and Filmax, The Returned recently had its world premiere at Sitges, where it was received as one of the top films in competition at the renowned horror festival, and also played at the Busan, Strasbourg, and Trieste fantastic festivals. With deals also in place for Latin-America, Taiwan, Middle East, Korea, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and Canada, Filmax will continue The Returned’s success on the international market at AFM. The film will screen at AFM on Sunday, November 10th at 1:00pm at the Laemmle Monica 2.
Set in a post-zombie world, a treatment called the “Return Protein” can stop the spread of the virus if injected quickly after infection, but cannot cure it. With daily injections, the “Returned” are able to live relatively normal lives, but with brutal attacks at the hands of Anti-Return groups and rumors that protein stock is running low, the world is again on the brink of chaos. In the midst of this turmoil are Alex (Kris Holden-Reid) and Kate (Emily Hampshire), a young, successful and enviable couple that are hiding a long held secret – Alex is Returned. Suspicious that a government order for all the Returned to report to a secure medical facility ‘for their own safety’, the couple flees, taking with them all the doses of “Return Protein” they have. Now in a race against the clock and few places to turn, they must face their worst fears and come to grips with the reality that if they are neither human nor zombies, who exactly are the Returned?
“The Returned is a smart, slick and suspenseful thriller and we are excited to be working with Manuel Carballo”, commented levelFILM’s David Hudakoc. “Manuel has created a very raw portrayal of survival and we are confident The Returned will continue to showcase how talented he is as a filmmaker.”
“The Returned is getting a cult status after participating at several Fall festivals,” said Ivan Diaz, Head of the International Division at FILMAX, “and we’re thrilled that the movie will get a US theatrical release through levelFILM.”
It seems appropriate now that we're nearing the tail end of this year's AFM that a movie called These Final Hours would find distribution. Screen Daily reports that Roadshow Films has picked up US and UK rights to the apocalyptic thriller from Celluloid Nightmares.
Wolf Creek’s Nathan Phillips and Snowtown’s Daniel Henshall star in first time feature writer-director Zak Hilditch’s film. Hilditch’s short Transmission screened in Tribeca in 2011.
The cast also includes Australian actresses Jessica De Gouw (Kath & Kimderella) and Sarah Snook (Lionsgate’s Jessabelle).
Phillips plays a self-obsessed young guy who makes his way to the party-to-end-all-parties on the last day on Earth but ends up saving the life of a young girl who’s searching for her father.
Those who have been complaining about a lack of zombie action on "The Walking Dead" should have been happy last night... as well as those who have been awaiting the return of a certain one-eyed villain.
On tap right now we have an inside, behind-the-scenes look at the mayhem that went down in Episode 4.05, "Internment," along with a sneak peek of what's ahead next Sunday night in Episode 4.06, "Live Bait."
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Sonequa Martin-Green. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse, and Greg Nicotero.
"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.05 - "Internment" (aired 11/10/13)
Multiple enemies put pressure on Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the group. Could this finally be the breaking point for the survivors and the prison? Written by Channing Powell and directed by David Boyd.
"The Walking Dead" Episode 4.06 - "Live Bait" (airs 11/17/13)
A familiar face returns as each member of the group struggles to find his or her humanity in a world of constant threats. Written by Nichole Beattie and directed by Michael Uppendahl.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
With book trailers being all the rage right now, we're surprised it took so long, but finally Knopf has released one for Anne Rice's The Wolves of Midwinter, which came out in mid-October and continues the Chronicles she began in The Wolf Gift.
The tale of THE WOLF GIFT continues...
In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers, readers were spellbound as Rice imagined a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast. Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice brings us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point—to further explore the unearthly education of her transformed manwolf.
The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide. For Reuben Golding, now infused with the wolf gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this Christmas promises to be like no other... as he soon becomes aware that the Morphenkinder, steeped in their own rituals, are also celebrating the Midwinter Yuletide festival deep within Nideck forest.
From out of the shadows of the exquisite mansion comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection... As Reuben finds himself caught up with the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence and the preparations for the Nideck town Christmas reach a fever pitch, astonishing secrets are revealed, secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits—centuries old—who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and taunt with their dark, magical powers...
An integral part of the mythos of NBC's "Grimm" is Aunt Marie's Book of Lore, and this week you can snag your very own copy courtesy of Titan Books, which has generously provided us with three exclusive sneak peek excerpts from the book to share.
Grimm - Aunt Marie's Book of Lore will be available everywhere November 12, 2013. Check out the pages below - click each one for a bigger, better view.
THE REAL BOOK OF MONSTERS, WEAPONS, AND POTIONS AS SEEN IN THE SHOW!
As his Aunt Marie is dying, homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as “Grimms,” who keep the balance between humanity and mythological creatures. As well as inheriting the “gift” from his aunt of being able to see the creatures’ true forms, he also inherits useful artefacts, including the Book of Lore.
This in-universe book explores the monsters, weapons, and potions in "Grimm" with detailed pictures and descriptions. The book is Aunt Marie's recording of the supernatural creatures she and her fellow Grimms have to defeat.
Inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers' fairy tales, "Grimm" is a cop-drama with a twist! A detective discovers he has the ability to see supernatural beings, including a reformed "Big Bad Wolf" and the witch-like Hexebiester, along with many others.
"Supernatural" has settled in nicely in its new Tuesday night time slot, much like the Winchesters have settled in at the Men of Letters' headquarters. However, as this new promo reminds us, once you're in the family business, demons never go away.
"Supernatural" Episode 9.06 - "Heaven Can't Wait" (airs 11/12/13, 9-10pm)
CASTIEL GETS A JOB — Castiel (Misha Collins) gets a job at a Gas-N-Sip and actually starts to enjoy life as a human. A headline in the local newspaper about some disappearances in the area catches his eye so he calls Dean (Jensen Ackles) to help him investigate the case.
Dean knows he needs to keep Sam/Ezekiel (Jared Padaleck) away from Castiel so he tells Sam that he and Kevin (guest star Osric Chau) need to stay and work with Crowley (Mark Sheppard) to decipher the tablet. Crowley agrees to help Sam and Kevin, but in return he wants one phone call to hell.
Rob Spera directed the episode written by Robert Berens.
The HollyShorts Film Festival is held annually in August, but to keep the momentum going all year, the organizers have monthly screenings of outstanding short films. As it turns out, one of them, The Bighead, was a little too much for the audience to handle. Read on for the details.
The screening of Michael Ling's The Bighead at the November 6 event caused quite an uproar with at least 20 people walking out of the theater because of the film's violence and scenes that were deemed disgusting, vile, and (everyone's favorite buzz phrase) "torture porn."
Apparently it didn't stop there as the festival organizers have been getting many complaints and being questioned on why they would select such a controversial short film. Additionally, people are filing petitions and threatening to contact the MPAA. What the fuck? There hasn't been fallout over a movie like this since A Serbian Film surfaced.
And just so we're clear; this is no fly-by-night operation. HollyShorts has a passion for horror. The festival has a prize deal with FEARnet which awards the best horror short film in August distribution on the platform.
As for The Bighead, I was personally able to check it out and have to say I don't understand what all the fuss is about. Yes, the film does have one particularly intense scene, but trust me; you've seen worse. Honestly, I rather enjoyed The Bighead and thought it was a great blend of horror with some effective comedy worked in. Definitely a short film to check out if you get the chance. We've included the trailer below for your viewing pleasure.
Meanwhile, the Bighead filmmakers are taking meetings at AFM and trying to turn it into a feature so we'll keep you posted on that front as well.
And just so we can give everyone some recognition, The Bighead was directed by Michael Ling, who adapted the screenplay from Edward Lee's classic splatterpunk novel. It stars Raquel Cantu, Carrie Malabre, P. David Miller, Michael Coons, Orson Chaplin, Lance Trezona, Ashley Totin and Cheetah Platt as The Bighead!
Here's the book's description to give you an idea of the source material: Who, or what, is the Bighead? Could it be a supernatural psychopath? Whatever it is, it's on a roll now, raging out of the Virginia backwoods and leaving a trail of blood and horror in his wake.
So once again we say, "Lighten up, society!" By coming out against The Bighead, all you've done is effectively promote the hell out of it. Will activists ever learn? For more info and to show your support, visit the official website for The Bighead and "like" The Bighead on Facebook. While you're at it, be sure and follow the Hollyshorts Film Festival on Twitter (@hollyshorts) too.
Not to be outdone by the zombies and witches who have been stealing their thunder lately, vampires are heading back into the spotlight in a new documentary from former "Buffy/Angel" star Juliet Landau that will feature the likes of author Anne Rice and Dracula himself, Gary Oldman.
The feature length documentary A Place Among the Dead, directed by Juliet Landau and Deverill Weekes (pictured right), is an exploration of the cultural obsession with vampires and what they reveal about the human psyche.
Juliet has a rare vantage point, having portrayed the iconic vampire Drusilla on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and its spin-off show, "Angel."
The film delves into myths, movies, television, literature, music, comic books, subcultures, and true crime. It chronicles the fun, imaginative, creative side and alternatively, the dark, disturbing side.
Interviewees are Gary Oldman (Bram Stoker's Dracula), Anne Rice (pictured below with Landau; Interview with the Vampire), David Greenwalt, (co-creator "Angel" and "Grimm"), Mariana Klaveno ("True Blood"), David J (Bauhaus), and many others, including a homicide detective who is working on a case directly linked into vampire subculture, where fantasy and death collide.
A current trend is to create live action shorts and web series from video games - and none are more ripe for the picking than those with zombies. Today we kick off a three-day exclusive release of Episodes 1-6 of Infestation: Day One, based on survival horror MMO Infestation: Survivor Stories.
Infestation: Survivor Stories (formerly The War Z) is based five years in the future following a horrendous viral outbreak of apocalyptic proportions that destroyed 95% of the world’s population. Players must survive against all odds. Scavenge, defend yourself, band with others, or die in the process – your life is in your own hands.
Now comes Infestation: Day One, a live action web series that pays homage to scary movies of the past such as Evil Dead and also gives background on the game's zombie outbreak.
It's written by Lana Titova and Michael Welch and directed by Titova. The cast includes Titova, Angela de Silva, Michael Lawson, Hugh McBride, Ron Slanina, Josh Butcher, and Kimberly Westbrook. Special effects are by Alexey Vlasov.
Check out Episodes 1 and 2 below, and be sure to come back tomorrow for two more! To learn more about the game itself, which was developed by Hammerpoint Interactive and published by OP Productions, visit the official Infestation: Survivor Stories website.
Monday blues have you down? Then maybe scoring a copy of The World's End, the third film in the so-called "Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy" that began with Shaun of the Dead and continued with Hot Fuzz, can put some spring in your step!
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Home Video Release Details
Five middle-aged friends set out to relive a beer-fueled odyssey from their youth and end up in an epic battle to save humankind in the outrageous comedy The World’s End, available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, DVD and On Demand on November 19, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Now fans can truly watch The World’s End anywhere, on any device!
Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), The World’s End’s irresistible humor has made it the toast of film reviewers across the nation. Labeled “sheer comic perfection!” by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone and called “Hilarious!” by Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Nashawaty, The World’s End stars Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness, Paul) and Nick Frost (Snow White and the Huntsman, Paul). This is the third and final film in Wright’s The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto® Trilogy, which also features hits Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz starring Pegg and Frost, available exclusively on Blu-ray™ November 19th.
The World’s End also stars Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes), and Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher). The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack serves up more than two hours of bonus content, including a gag reel, feature commentary with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and an insider’s look at the making of the funniest reunion picture ever made.
The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack of The World’s End includes a Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™.
The World’s End stunt and VFX teams. Watch rehearsals of intricate fight scenes choreographed by some of the movies’ best stuntmen. Learn how the VFX team enhances the existing footage to perfect the film’s look and style. (Blu-ray only)
Bonus Features Exclusive to The Ultimate Three Flavors Cornetto® Trilogy Blu-ray™:
The Conjuring exploded in theatres for a good reason... it's pretty friggin' awesome. It's been reported that a Conjuring sequel is on its way, as well as The Annabelle Story from The Conjuring’s director of photography, John R. Leonetti, but wait! There's more!
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Warner Bros. and New Line are planning three micro-budgeted spinoffs based on the Warrens' case files, the first being the aforementioned Annabelle project for which Leonetti is in the director's chair. Production may start as early as December.
If you're curious to find out more about the real Annabelle the doll, check out the video below.
The throng of distribution news continues at a nice steady pace from the American Film Market as Raven Banner Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Doghouse Pictures' Beautiful People.
Brini Amerigo directs. Danny Cutler, Alex Lucchesi, Alex Southern, and Kate Marie Davies stars.
A medical scientist and his family are having dinner together in their isolated villa in the hills. But just as they're getting comfortable, the family is assaulted by three violent, masked thugs who don't want money or goods; they just want to humiliate and annihilate their prey, both mentally and physically. The men are looking for social redemption, playing a game of cat and mouse which will lead to the certain death of the hostages. The father's only possibility to save his family is to free the results of his laboratory experiments from their cages - monstrous creatures, hungry for living flesh.
The beasts force both the hunters and their prey to run for their lives. The new and dangerous enemy will force the family and their attackers to adapt to a new shift in power. In order to survive, they will ultimately have to changes their perceptions about what is good and what is evil.
As promised yesterday, the first trailer for Seed 2: The New Breed has arrived, and along with it comes the official synopsis. Uwe Boll serves as producer on this sequel to his original film with Marcel Walz writing and directing.
Seed 2, a Matador Film production, stars Natalie Scheetz (Madison County), Christa Campbell (Drive Angry 3D), Caroline Williams (Hatchet III), Annika Strauss (Candy House), Nick Principe (Laid to Rest), and Micaela Schaefer. The DP is Wolfgang Meyer, the editor is Michael Gilmore, and special effects are by Ryan Nicholson.
The soundtrack includes Dot Dot Curve, The Ragdolls, and Boggy Creek with music by Klaus Pfreundner and Mario Von Czapiewski serving as music supervisor.
A family slays together.
Coming back from her bachelorette party in Las Vegas, Christine (Scheetz) and her friends Olivia (Campbell), Barbara (Sarah Hayden), and Claire (Strauss) are driving through the hot desert of Nevada. But they are not alone... Serial killer Max Seed is back, and he brought the whole family!
Keep your eyes on the Seed 2: The New Breed Facebook page for more info.
News broke yesterday of a new movie on its way featuring the very haunted Annabelle doll, which was spotlighted in James Wan's runaway supernatural hit The Conjuring, and today we have a quick update to the story.
Our friends over at Paranormal Pop Culture are reporting that a script already exists that was written with Lorraine Warren’s blessing and is now in rewrites.
The Conjuring’s director of photography, John R. Leonetti, is stepping behind the camera to direct. Sources say the movie will begin filming in the spring of 2014.
If you're curious to find out more about the real Annabelle the doll, check out the video below.
More AFM news is coming in via Variety, who reports that Pantelion Films, a joint venture of Lionsgate and Mexican media corp Televisa, will now distribute English-language horror film Summer Camp in North America.
Pantelion will also co-produce Summer Camp, which stars Diego Boneta (Rock of Ages) and is directed by Alberto Marini, scribe of Sleep Tight and co-writer and executive producer of cult zombie franchise [REC].”
The film will be produced by Julio Fernandez’s Filmax, the company behind the [REC] franchise, Peter Safran’s the Safran Co. (The Conjuring), and Pantelion. Marini’s Rebelion Terrestre will co-produce.
[REC] franchise co-director Jaume Balagero, a founding father with Fernandez of Spain’s modern auteur genre film, will serve as Summer Camp’s executive producer.
Filmax will distribute in Spain and handle international sales, kicking off at AFM. Pantelion is also negotiating with Filmax to take rights to Latin America.
Scheduled to go into production in Barcelona next February, Summer Camp centers on three American camp counselors who show up for their summer jobs at an English-language camp in Spain and come face-to-face with a virus unlike anything seen before.
“We’re pleased to be working with Jaume Balaguero, Filmax, and the Safran Company to bring this bone-chilling horror film to an American audience,” Paul Presburger, Pantelion Films’ CEO, said.
“This is a great boost for Filmax’s drive to produce big international commercial films out of Spain which do not depend, however, on Spanish financing, diminishing risk by significant pre-sales,” said Ivan Diaz, Filmax sales head.
Two new flicks have found themselves a new home with eOne Entertainment - the zombie comedy April Apocalypse and Josh Stewart's (The Collector, The Collection) new film entitled The Hunted. Read on for details.
April Apocalypse was directed by Jarret Tarnol from a script by Brent Tarnol, who both produced the film via their Tarnol Group Pictures banner. The film stars Reece Thompson and Rebekah Brandes with Brent Tarnol, Stephanie Hunt, Todd Stashwick, Mark Rolston, Sarah Hyland, Roger Bart, and George Lopez.
After finally building the courage to sweep his dream girl April off her feet, hopeless Artie crashes his car and wakes up in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. With more power and courage than ever before, Artie’s love for April transforms him into a badass zombie slayer taking down everything that steps in his path. With an infected bite on Artie’s hand, time is of the essence as he must save April before he turns into a flesh-eater himself.
The Hunted was written, directed by, and stars Josh Stewart with Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti producing via their Fortress Features banner.
In an attempt to land their own TV show, Jake (Josh Stewart) and Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) head to the dense, secluded mountains of West Virginia. Equipped with only their bow and cameras, they have three days to kill a monster buck big enough to grab the attention of a TV network. Once they find the massive animal, they look to strike fast. But as the sun sets, they realize they’re not alone. A supernatural force appears to be lurking in the vacant woods… and now they’re the ones being hunted.
With a new entry in The Terminator franchise on its way, fans are pretty anxious to know who, if anyone, from the original series will be coming back to do battle with the machines. Today we have a clearer picture.
THR reports that director Alan Taylor (the truly badass Thor: The Dark World) is prepping to begin testing actors and actresses for the sci-fi feature project, which is being made by Paramount, Annapurna Pictures, and Skydance Productions. The testing will begin next week, with Taylor seeing Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones"), Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now), as well as another actress vying for the part of young Sarah Connor. Margot Robbie’s name has also surfaced in connection with the role.
Taylor will also be searching for his young Kyle Reese, the man who will father John. Those actor tests will occur at a later date, but insiders say Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) is on the short list while other sources say reports of Boyd Holbrook are off the mark.
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back as a Terminator robot in a time-spanning story that sees him tasked to protect Sarah Connor as she grows up. But John Connor is also back, and sources say Taylor's wish list starts with Tom Hardy (Christopher Nolan's memorable Bane in The Dark Knight Rises), although at this stage not even a meeting has taken place.
The latest Terminator will be the fifth installment of the storied movie series, which began in 1984 as an indie distributed by Orion. Schwarzenegger starred in all but the last one, 2009’s wretched Terminator Salvation, in which he made only a digitally processed cameo. You know, the only good part of that whole fiasco.
The film's plot details have not been revealed other than this is the first installment in a stand-alone trilogy. Skydance and Annapurna will co-finance along with the studio with David Ellison producing for Skydance and Megan Ellison producing for Annapurna. Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier penned the script.
Around these parts we're big big fans of writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, and any time some news surfaces concerning horror's golden duo, we get really excited. We're especially excited to hear about their Neighbor.
Screen Daily reports that London-based sales outfit Salt has inked a German-speaking Europe and Benelux deal with Splendid Film on their new horror-thriller The Neighbor from well-known genre writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Dunstan, who wrote Feast, Saw IV, V, and VI with Melton and was director of The Collector and its sequel, The Collection (also both written by Melton), will direct. Producers are Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features. Casting is under way.
The Neighbor is set in New Mexico, and the film follows a man who discovers the dark truth about his secretive neighbor and what, or whom, he may be keeping in the cellar.
The sliver of sasquatchploitation from Bobcat Goldthwait, Willow Creek (review), has scored itself some domestic distribution via Dark Sky Films, and we have the details for you right here to dig on!
Deadline reports that Bobcat Goldthwait has inked a deal with MPI for all U.S. rights to his latest thriller, Willow Creek. The pact adds the Bigfoot chiller to MPI’s Dark Sky line-up. Following recent Goldthwait films World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America, Willow Creek puts a faux-docu spin on the Bigfoot mythos as seen through the eyes of an aspiring documentarian (Bryce Johnson) and his skeptical actress girlfriend (Alexie Gilmore) as they take a tour of Northern California’s Trinity National Forest in search of Sasquatch. Goldthwait wrote and directed the film, which will get a spring theatrical release in Q2 2014.
With Willow Creek Goldthwait has mixed satire with suspense, and overall his film is driven by “exploring the idea of bearing witness.” The flick is home to various characters who believe they’ve seen the elusive Sasquatch. They each give differing accounts and at times even come to blows. Goldthwait uses this kind of tension to get in some observations on faith and religion.
Jim and his girlfriend, Kelly, are in Willow Creek, California, to retrace the steps of Bigfoot researchers Patterson and Gimlin, who in 1967 recorded the most famous film of the legendary monster. Kelly is a skeptic, along for the ride to spend time with her boyfriend between acting gigs. Jim, a believer, hopes to capture footage of his own, so his camera is constantly rolling.
The small town is a mecca to the Bigfoot community: Sasquatch statues guard the local businesses, murals of the missing link line the roads, and Bigfoot burgers are the town delicacy. The couple interview locals who range from skeptic to believer and from manic to completely menacing. Some of the stories they hear are of chance encounters with a gentle creature, while others are tales of mysterious eviscerations.
On the day that Jim and Kelly plan on hiking into the woods to look for proof, they are given a simple warning: “It’s not a joke. You shouldn’t go there.” Despite the ominous message and Kelly’s own reservations, they head deep into the forest to set up camp. The events that follow will make them wish they had simply spent the night at the Bigfoot Motel.
Director and two-time IFFBoston alum Bobcat Goldthwait (WORLD’S GREATEST DAD, 2009; GOD BLESS AMERICA, 2012) pumps new life into the found-footage horror genre with WILLOW CREEK. His characters’ genuine humor gives them a humanity that is essential to setting up the scares. The satire is so successful that the film’s audience will have no idea what to do with the tension and fear that comes later—other than to white-knuckle it while sitting in the dark.