It’s been announced that CW will be adapting the 1987 vampire horror film The Lost Boys into a TV series. Rob Thomas, the creator of “Veronica Mars” and “iZombie”, will be acting as showrunner, according to Vulture.
Per Deadline, the show is being eyed as a seven-season run, with each season representing a full decade. The first season will supposedly take place in 1967 and the only characters that will progress from one season to the next will be the vampires who, obviously, don’t age.
The original film starred Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, and, perhaps most importantly, Tim Cappello. Y’know, this guy.
Godzilla: Resurgence launched last month in Japan and it seems that Toho is not happy with it being the 29th film in the franchise. Nope, they want a nice round “30” when it comes to the giant lizard, which is why in 2017 we’re going to see a Godzilla anime.
Earlier today, an official Japanese website launched that offers basically nothing in terms of information or visuals, aside from seeing a spaceship and three people in spacesuits overlooking a gorgeous vista. Aside from that, nada.
The movie will be made by both Toho and Polygon Pictures, the latter of whom specializes in 3D CGI films, much like what Resident Evil: Degeneration looks like. They worked on projects such as Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, Lollipop Chainsaw, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”, “Knights of Sidonia”, and more.
After reading the comments on episode 3 I am pleased to see that it looks to be our best received episode to date. World of Death has been live for two weeks now and I can happily say that we’re off to a solid start! People’s opinions stretch from one side of the spectrum to the next, but overall it looks like everyone has found enjoyment out of one or more WOD short film. But for those of you in the audience who are looking for something specific, let us know what it is! With over 250 short films to currently choose from, and an ever-growing catalog, there truly is something for every horror fan in World of Death. And if you don’t see something you like, go out and make a short horror film and submit it to be a part of WOD. I receive new submissions on a daily basis and would love to see people create new movies inspired by the creation of our World of Death community.
Remember, World of Death is a forum for independent filmmakers, whether they’re new to the game or seasoned professionals, to showcase their creativity. You never know which WOD’er will be tomorrow’s James Wan, Ti West, or Fede Alvarez. So continue to watch, support, and enjoy all that World of Death has to offer.
If you read my post about episode 3 you will know how excited I am about presenting episode 4 to horror fans out there. First up, we have “Marsupials”, an animated short helmed by Australian Nathan Armstrong. This is quite possibly the most fucked up cartoon I’ve ever seen and am damn proud to include it in WOD. You’ve never seen the Outback portrayed like this!
Second up is “Dead Crossing”, the first short film from rising star Gigi Saul Guerrero. Gigi’s Luchagore team wowed audiences around the festival circuit last year with their tremendous short film “El Gigante”, which helped line up a feature project they are currently working on. A mover and a shaker, Gigi is certainly a horror director to keep an eye on folks, but for right now, check out her early work to see where it all started.
World of Death is the web series that fans of independent horror have been waiting for. Featuring short horror films from all over the globe created by the largest variety of talent that a collection has ever been able to boast, WOD provides plenty of blood, guts, screams and laughs for all fans of the macabre. And with episodes averaging around eight minutes in length, WOD is the perfect entertainment for a fan base constantly on the go. Watch it anywhere, at any time, for FREE! New episodes premiere every Monday and Thursday at 7pm CST.
Thrash/heavy metal titans Metallica have just released a brand new song titled “Hardwired”, which comes from their upcoming album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. The new album, their 11th studio album, will be released on November 18th via Blackened Records.
“Hardwired” is a throwback to the almost punk thrash influences from their early releases. It’s fast, it’s frantic, and it’s put a huge fucking smile on my face!
Hardwired…To Self Destruct will be released as a double album. The full track list can be seen below.
Pre-orders for Hardwired…To Self Destruct are available through Metallica.com.
Now That We’re Dead
Moth Into Flame
Am I Savage?
Halo On Fire
Dream No More
Here Comes Revenge
Spit Out The Bone
If the awful Suicide Squad taught us one thing, it’s that Jared Leto is still an awesome actor (I’ll fight you!). Sure, he’s no Heath Ledger, but I loved his interpretation of The Joker. And thus, I will continue my excitement for any role he’s attached to, including the next Blade Runner.
The Domino dropped when they announced that Ryan Gosling would star with Harrison Ford returning to his role as Rick Deckard.
Then shit really got real when they cast Robin Wright, best remembered as the beauty in The Princess Bride, and now playing the powerful and gorgeous First Lady in Netflix’s blockbuster series “House of Cards”.
Then, another one of the best actresses on television was announced as part of this Ridley Scott film: Mackenzie Davis, who starred in Scott’s The Martian, as well as AMC’s astounding tech drama “Halt and Catch Fire”.
Sicario and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve helming the sequel, set several decades after the original. It is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.”
An October 6, 2017 release is planned through Warner Bros.
Every decade has its ups and downs when it comes to cinema, no matter the genre. Horror fans love to loft on high the output of the ‘30s & ‘40s, the ‘70s & ‘80s, and the more recent decades. More often than not, however, the 1990s are labeled as the worst decade for the genre. Not only that, but ‘90s horror tends to be written off as a whole, beyond a handful of undisputed classics. The purpose of Exhumed & Exonerated: The ‘90s Horror Project, is to refute those accusations by highlighting numerous gems from the decade. Stone cold classics will be tackled in this column from time to time, but its main purpose will be to seek out lesser-known and/or less-loved titles that I think deserve more attention and respect from fans. Let the mayhem begin!
Directed by Scott Reynolds
Screenplay by Scott Reynolds
Produced by Jonathan Dowling
Starring Paolo Rotondo, Rebecca Hobbs, Roy Ward, Paul Glover, Cristopher Graham, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Caelem Pope, Vanessa Byrnes, Cath McWhirter, and Darien Takle
Released on May 1, 1998 (U.S. release)
Fresh off a career-making case, psychiatrist Dr. Karen Shumaker (Rebecca Hobbs) is sent to a scrappy asylum in Auckland, New Zealand to evaluate an inmate. That inmate, serial killer Simon Cartwright (Paolo Rotondo), has requested a re-evaluation of his mental state. Claiming that he has been cured, Simon wants a court hearing and he has specifically requested Dr. Shumaker to perform his re-evaluation. Shumaker soon finds herself in over her head as Simon’s mindgames and charismatic nature begin to take their toll. Has he been cured? Is he still insane? Or is there something even more sinister at play?
New Zealand horror is probably best known for the early films of Peter Jackson, particularly the likes of Bad Taste and Dead Alive (aka Braindead). It is also a genre-filmmaking industry that has roared back to life in recent years, with the likes of What We Do in the Shadows, Housebound, Deathgasm, Black Sheep, and more pouring out of the country and delighting horror fans around the globe. There have been others, of course, from 1984’s Death Warmed Up and 1985’s The Lost Tribe to 1993’s Jack Be Nimble and 2000’s Karl Urban-starring The Irrefutable Truth About Demons. And, of course, 1997’s The Ugly!
While the set-up of this is very Thomas Harris-y, early ‘90s “psychological thriller” territory, the film never really lives within that domain. Sure, we get hefty glimpses of Simon’s past that inform the man he has ultimately become, but the heart of the film is very much rooted within Simon himself. The title, if you’re curious, hails from Simone’s favorite book as a child: The Ugly Duckling. After a rather damaging (both physically and emotionally) run-in with some neighborhood bullies, the book is destroyed and Simone is left with a title page that is half-missing. Hence “The Ugly”, which also doubles as Simon’s name for his murderous alter-ego.
Speaking of killer instincts, The Ugly is not interested in building a mindless killing machine or a mugging malevolent baddie for the audience. Instead, it carefully spends its time letting Simon’s charms work on you and juxtaposing them with a background just tragic enough to make you feel a little sorry for him. Think less Hannibal Lecter and more Norman Bates. Not that there’s anything wrong with the former, mind you, but this just isn’t that kind of film.
Clearly crafted on a low budget, writer/director Reynolds actually uses that to the film’s advantage. What the film lacks in resources, it makes up for in style and intensity. There’s a frenetic energy to the proceedings, particularly the kills shown in the flashbacks, that is often lacking in this particular subgenre. This is conveyed through a variety of methods, from the music to hyperactive camerawork to its vibrant color palette (particularly the supremely black-ish blood).
Not simply content to let the performances (all of which are good, especially the two leads) carry the film, Reynolds set out to make the visuals match them. When Simon is depressed and falls into self-loathing, the film itself looks and feels sad. When he is in the midst of an adrenaline-fueled killing spree, the movie feels like someone drove a needle into its heart, Pulp Fiction-style.
There are some supernatural elements at play, primarily when it comes to “The Visitors”. You see, Simon’s victims continue to haunt him after their death. They appear as ghoulish bleeding corpses that taunt him to continue his murderous ways. The film also hints at times that Simon might have some psychic abilities. None of this is ever really made clear, however, so it’s ultimately up to the viewer to decide whether these elements are “real” within the story itself or simple a byproduct of Simon’s psychosis.
Looking into Reynolds’ work in preparation for this entry, I was disappointed to see that he hasn’t made many films since this feature-length debut. He has only made two features since, neither of which I have seen (although that will be rectified). Given the creativity and style on display here, it’s a shame that he hasn’t worked regularly in the (almost) two decades since The Ugly was released.
The Ugly is probably best known for being showcased in a horror film documentary 15 years ago titled Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation. While it naturally showcased the adventures of Freddy, Chucky, Pinhead, Leatherface, etc., it also managed to highlight a few less-celebrated fright flicks like The Guardian, The Dentist, Wishmaster, and…of course…The Ugly. That’s where I became aware of this underseen gem and tracked it down quickly afterwards. It’s been a favorite ever since.
High on style, packed with violence, and topped off with some great performances, The Ugly deserves a much wider audience and positive reception than it has been given to date. While some of the films I have showcased in the column so far have been more endearing in terms of their entertainment factor than actually quality, Scott Reynolds’ The Ugly is a legitimately good movie. Seek it out!
Up Next: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990)
Steven DeGennaro’s Found Footage 3D is set to make its World Premiere at the upcoming Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival this coming Saturday, August 20th @10PM.
In the film, a group of low-budget filmmakers sets out to make “the first 3D found footage horror film,” but find themselves *in* the first 3D found footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.
The first trailer was released last week and is pretty meta, taking loving jabs at many of the sub genre’s cliches. Now, check out the official festival poster, which is exclusive to Bloody Disgusting.
Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, and Scott Weinberg star.
“Murder. Madness. Magic. Misfits. Mayhem… Mystery?”
The latest promo for “American Horror Story ?6“ takes a look back at the anthology format of the previous five seasons, before blasting a collage of the previous released promos for this mysterious season.
Recently, FX CEO John Landgraf explained that with the six teasers, “One is accurate; all the rest are misdirect.” He continued, “We decided, Ryan and I and [marketing president] Stephanie Gibbons, that it would be really fun this year… to keep it a mystery. There is a theme and a setting and a place and time, but we’re not going to reveal it,” per IndieWire.
Sarah Paulson joins Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Romika Annabell Osorio. We’re still waiting to hear if Angela Bassett, Denis O’Hare, Matt Bomer, Wes Bentley, Cheyenne Jackson or Finn Wittrock will return.
“American Horror Story” returns to FX on September 14th.
Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton’s latest genre offering, The Neighbor, a crime thriller that reunites them with The Collector producers Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizotti, and star Josh Stewart, is moving into the UK.
While the U.S. gets to see the film on September 6, it will arrive in UK cinemas and on VOD September 16 with a DVD release slated for October 31. Check out some new imagery to go along the UK poster and quad.
The Neighbor, directed by Dunstan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Melton, is a crime thriller set in Mississippi where a man who discovers the dark truth about his secretive neighbor and what, or who, he may be keeping in the cellar.
Josh Stewart, who also starred in the duo’s The Collection, leads with Melissa Bolona (Shark Lake), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Bill Engvall, Ronnie Blevins (Fear, Inc, Seven Psychopaths), Jaqueline Fleming and Luke Edwards (“True Detective”).
In this exclusive clip, Dunstan channels his inner Hitchcock while giving homage to Rear Window. Essoe, spying on her neighbor (Engvall), catches him murdering someone. Scared already, she’s shocked to realize that he sees her!
“’The Neighbor’ takes place in the small town of Cutter, Mississippi, where most people keep to themselves. But when John (Josh Stewart) comes home to find his girlfriend Rosie (Alex Essoe) missing, he suspects his mysterious and off-putting neighbor (Bill Engvall) is somehow involved. John learns that Rosie’s life is not all that is at stake after a visit to his neighbor’s cellar. It becomes clear that the seemingly quiet town is more dangerous than it looks, and John and Rosie must do more than just run away if they want to survive the night.”
While full details are forthcoming, Universal Home Entertainment will release The Purge: Election Year (read our review) on home video October 4th. The next chapter occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.
In The Purge: Election Year, it’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
James DeMonaco directs The Purge: Election Year with returning producers Blumhouse Productions (Insidious, Ouija) and Platinum Dunes (Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) aboard once again.
The 49th Sitges Film Festival will be raising its curtain with the European premiere of Inside, directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas (Kidnapped, Extinction), with screenplay by Jaume Balagueró ([REC]) and his usual collaborator Manu Díez, and starring Rachel Nichols (The Loop, Tokarev, Fantastic Four) and Laura Harring (Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Punisher). It’s an Adrián Guerra and Núria Valls (Nostromo Pictures) production.
The audience’s worst fears will come to life in Inside, the opening film at the 49th Sitges – International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which will be taking place from October 7-16th. Once again, the Festival is banking on local production for the opening gala, reaffirming its commitment to Catalan cinema.
Inside’s story follows in the footsteps of the film it’s based on, À l’intérieur, directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, and that made an impact on audiences at Sitges 2007 and has become a cult film.
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated. Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring play the two main roles in this brutal and bloody hand-to-hand combat.
Inside is produced by Nostromo Pictures, a Barcelona based company that’s behind Rodrigo Cortés’ films Buried and Red Lights; Grand Piano, that opened the 2013 Sitges Film Festival, or the box office sensation Palmeras en la Nieve. It has the thrillers El Guardián Invisible and Contratiempo well under way.
The most difficult subgenre to tackle, in my opinion anyways, is that of the lycanthrope. I don’t know what it is about werewolf movies, but they’re so difficult to get right, which is why it’s always exciting to get new additions like Late Phases or Howl.
While Ginger Snaps may be my own person favorite werewolf film, there’s no argument that John Landis’ 1981 An American Werewolf in London, which won an Oscar for “Best Makeup” (Rick Baker), is the gold standard.
With nearly everything being remade, it shouldn’t shock any of us to learn that An American Werewolf in London, too, is getting the reboot.
We’ve been poking around this for quite some time, but it’s been all but confirmed by the writer behind it – Max Landis. Yes, John’s son, who scripted the awesome Chronicle, as well as Victor Frankenstein and the upcoming “Channel Zero” on Syfy, is allegedly penning a modern take on his father’s classic. Here’s his tweet, which has since been deleted:
Since I get the question all the time:
There’s only one of my dad’s movies I’d ever be willing to try to remake and I’m already doing it.
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) August 18, 2016
Update: After this morning’s speculation, Max has since denied the report, although we can confirm that he was in fact developing this project for his father. It’s unclear if he’s working on this or something else as well.
The question is, will it be called An American Werewolf in London or just simply American Werewolf, which would avoid rights issues? I love how easily this franchise could expand… An American Werewolf in… Japan? Hawaii? Mexico? Ohio? What we do know is that the project is now at Universal after originally being announced over at Dimension.
Whatever the case, I like Landis’ work, and think that it’s sort of cool that he’s revisiting his father’s classic. And for the record, I’m not anti-remake…I’m anti-bad movies. Landis is a really good writer. Feel good about this.
And just for fun, let’s take a look back to two years ago when Landis hilariously reenacted David Naughton’s transformation scene in a spoof for Cinefix…
Update #2: Bloody-Disgusting has known that Landis has been working on this project for quite a while but what we just learned is that the intention has always been for him to direct! Watch this spot for official news as it comes in.
A new teaser for the upcoming sci-fi horror/thriller Morgan has been released. This one mixes footage from the film as well as promotional clips to create a story of the beginnings of Morgan through her childhood and into her adolescence, where shit basically hits the fan and people start to die. You can watch the clip below.
In the film from producer Ridley Scott, which strangely has an Alien vibe, “A corporate risk-management consultant has to decide and determine whether or not to terminate an artificial being’s life that was made in a laboratory environment.”
Morgan stars Kate Mara (“American Horror Story”), Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Rose Leslie, Boyd Holbrook, and Paul Giamatti. Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, and Mark Huffam will all be acting as producers.
The film was directed by Luke Scott and will be released on September 2nd, 2016.
Over a year ago, we posted a story about a film called Death House, which was being hailed as the “Expendables of Horror”. Starring some of the biggest names throughout the past few decades of horror, the story was based upon a script written by Gunnar Hansen, the man who played the original Leatherface.
The indie production, directed by B Harrison Smith, features the likes of horror fav Kane Hodder (Hatchet, Jason in a handful of Friday the 13th sequels) as well as Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, From Beyond, Re-Animator, We Are Still Here) and Dee Wallace (The Howling, Critters, The Lords of Salem, Cujo, E.T.).
A poster designed by Sean “OddNMacabre” was released for the film, which you can now see below. The tagline promises that “Hell isn’t a place. It’s a sentence.”
In the film, “Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.”
Also starring are Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Adrienne Barbeau, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Barbara Crampton, Sid Haig, Gunnar Hansen, Bill Oberst, and a number of other surprises.
Produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase, Death House is directed by B Harrison Smith (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, 6 Degrees of Hell, The Fields). Smith wrote the screenplay based on the original story by Texas Chain Saw Massacre legend, the late Gunnar Hansen.
The pic revolves around federal agents Cody Longo (Piranha 3D) and Cortney Palm (Zombeavers, Sushi Girl, Silent Night) fighting their way into the bowels of a federal prison that holds the worst prisoners on earth.
Practical effects are mastered through the wizardry of Roy Knyrim’s SOTA FX (Gods and Monsters, Ed Wood).
A new teaser for the second season of “Scream Queens” has been released and, according to Jamie Lee Curtis, it’s “…priceless“. The near minute long teaser doesn’t show any footage from the show itself but rather introduces the actors that we’ll be seeing through the season, including one that’s wearing a faux-Hannibal Lecter mask.
“Season Two of SCREAM QUEENS graduates from the college campus and into an all-new location, as a terrifyingly funny murder mystery will begin once again. This time, the show will be set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation.”
“Scream Queens” stars Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd, Taylor Lautner, John Stamos, and Jamie Lee Curtis.
The show is executively produced by Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”), Brad Falchuk (“Glee”), and Ian Brennan (“Glee”). Emma Roberts, Abigail Breslin, and Billie Lourd return and are joined by Taylor Lautner, Colton Haynes, and John Stamos.
Syfy is getting into the anthology game with “Channel Zero”, which begins on September 27 with the inaugural season, “Channel Zero: Candle Cove”.
“Candle Cover” is an original six-part anthology series based on Kris Straub’s unnerving short story from creepypasta that gained notoriety online. It centers on one man’s obsessive recollection of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s – and his ever-growing, dreadful suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood.
We have an exclusive look at the series’ first ever teaser trailer that will strike fear into anyone afraid of the dentist. Instead of a dentist, though, what would you do if you came across a monstrous tooth monster? I believe this is a horror first?!
Independent filmmaker Craig William Macneill directs all six episodes of “Channel Zero: Candle Cove,” which hails from Universal Cable Productions. Nick Antosca (“Hannibal”) wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Max Landis (Victor Frankenstein, Chronicle). Harley Peyton (“Twin Peaks”) is writer-co-executive producer. Don Mancini (“Hannibal”, creator of Child’s Play) also serves as a writer-supervising producer.
“Channel Zero: Candle Cove” stars “Newsroom’s” Paul Schneider and Harry Potter‘s Fiona Shaw.
San Francisco horrorbilly/alt-bluegrass group The Pinebox Boys have announced that they will be releasing their fifth studio album The Feast of Three Arms on October 21st.
Featuring 17-tracks, The Feast of Three Arms continues the story of a killer named Willie, who has been the focus of the previous four albums.
“On their fifth album, The Feast Of Three Arms, the murder balladeers introduce us to Willie’s cousin, Jubal with No Last Name, and his quest to kill the man that did his mama wrong.”
Below is the full track list and there’s a stream of the song “Just a Crush”, which appeared on their 2005 album Arkansas Killing Time.
The Feast Of Three Arms Track Listing:
2. Mama Had A Third Arm
3. It’s Comfy in My Coffin
4. That Boys is Trouble Pt. II
6. Crow Feathers
7. I Killed the Band
8. Our Christian Duty
9. Mighty, Mighty Preacher
10. The Judge
12. Dog Named Death
13. Meet My Wife
15. Rushee Roo-let
16. The River
17. Bury Me
Paparazzi photos of Javier Botet’s character as “Leper” have surfaced online and show the character in full makeup, which looks gnarly, to say the least. We’re not going to host the image ourselves but we’ll point you to Lilja’s Library for the best view, although there are several others that you can check out that aren’t nearly as interesting.
Yesterday, the first official look at Pennywise in full costume was revealed and it definitely caused a lot of debates. Some find it to be a great outfit while others find it almost comical. Meanwhile, I’ll wait to see Bill Skarsgard in action before I come to my own opinion.
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are the modern Losers’ Club, seven kids who are terrorized by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).
Creature performer Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club.
Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.
“In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers’ Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.“
Amazon Studio’s The Neon Demon (read our review) directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, is a sumptuous horror-thriller, set in the highly competitive and often vicious world of fashion modeling, where the term “eat their own” takes on a decidedly new meaning.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has. The film is co-written by Refn (Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives, Valhalla Rising), Mary Laws (”Preacher”) and Polly Stenham; and stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8), Karl Glusman (Love, Stonewall), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games series), Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Gods of Egypt,Max Max: Fury Road), with Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men,” Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).
The film will be released on Digital HD & VOD on August 30 and on Blu-ray & DVD on September 27. Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD release include audio commentary with Director Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning, and two featurettes – “Behind the Soundtrack of The Neon Demon” and “About The Neon Demon.”
Shot in Los Angeles, the “city of dreams,” The Neon Demon, features a driving electronic soundtrack by Cliff Martinez, who previously composed the celebrated scores for Refn’s films Drive and Only God Forgives, and stunning high fashion by costume designer and past Refn collaborator Erin Benach (Drive).
‘Don’t Breathe’: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto Talk About Their Favorite Scenes (Interview)
Don’t Breathe is one of 2016’s best horror movies, and its release is just around the corner. Our own Jimmy Champane sat down with the stars of the film, Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Daniel Zovatto (It Follows) and Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps) to talk about staying in Detroit, their favorite scenes and how it feels to die in the trailer. Also, make sure to check out yesterday’s interview with writer/director Fede Alvarez right here.
“Three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with millions of dollars in hiding. But as soon as they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves trapped and fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.”
Don’t Breathe stars Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto, Stephen Lang, and Dylan Minnette. It was written by Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues with Alvarez directing. The film is produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert for Ghost House Pictures. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane, Joe Drake and Erin Westerman executive produce.
Don’t Breathe opens on August 26th.