Joining TIFF’s Midnight Madness lineup this September is The Girl in the Photographs, Nick Simon’s horror that will hold its World Premiere in front of thousands of screaming fans.
Wes Craven executive produced the film that was lensed by the veteran cinematographer Dean Cundey (Back to the Future, Jurassic Park), which marks his return to horror after lensing the original Halloween films.
starring Kal Penn, best known as Kumar in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, check out this first clip in which he takes a look at the girl in the photographs….
“Colleen’s life isn’t going anywhere. The small town natural beauty is bored with her dead end job at a grocery store and is ready to distance herself from her abusive boyfriend. In the midst of her turmoil, a pair of deranged serial killers begins leaving her photos of their mutilated victims. Her chance to escape comes in the form of Peter Hemmings (Penn), a hipster celebrity photographer who has traveled back to his hometown of Spearfish, South Dakota with a pack of models, intent on copying the killers’ intense and unapologetic artistry and use it for an important ad campaign. When he learns Colleen is their muse, Peter resolves to make her his own and use her as the centerpiece of a photo campaign in Los Angeles. But before Colleen can leave her old life behind, she must contend with the desires of her murderous stalkers who have chosen her last night in town to execute their most provocative work to date.”
Here’s also the first hi-res still from The Girl in the Photographs.
The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015.
The Blood Lands makes its way onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital EST/VOD September 1st from Magnolia Home Entertainment under the Magnet label.
The film, written by Ian Fenton and directed by Simeon Halligan (Splintered), will deliver the screams this fall.
Starring Pollyanna McIntosh (Filth, The Woman), “the thriller follows Sarah (McIntosh) and Ed who encounter luck when they buy a charming cottage set against the Scottish countryside. However, their joy turns to terror as darkness falls and they become bait in a sinister plot. Soon Sarah and Ed get separated in a lethal game of cat-and-mouse as they fight to survive.”
Check out this clip in which McIntosh is on the run and making an escape.
The Blood Lands Blu-ray, DVD and Digital EST/VOD includes a Making Of featurette.
Film festivals can be a unique experience to encounter a movie with a like minded audience members. Chances are you will get special treatment with guests and the such. With sold out audiences & a heightened intense setting all kinds of crazy can kick off (Did you read about the passing out & puking caused by Bite?). Film4 FrightFest just wrapped their 16th edition in London, England over their long weekend & I was subject to a strange occurrence. Arriving late at my designated seat I was greeted by a mutt & it’s companion. A visually impaired guest of the festival had snatched my seat. The seeing eye dog proceeded to watch the “Metal As Fuck” Deathgasm from start to finish. With blind demon plot points I couldn’t help but expect the doors of the movie theatre to be locked in Bava twist of fate.
— Jonny Bunning (@JonnyBunning) August 29, 2015Inspired by these events here are ten movie hounds (from hell and other places).
This week’s installment in Bethesda’s series of E3 show floor interviews with some of the dev behind the upcoming Doom reboot is less about the universally appealing act of demon murder, and more about the game’s shiny new id Tech 6 engine. When asked what the studio hopes to accomplish with the new-and-improved tech, id Software CTO Robert Duffy summed it up nicely, saying their goal is to deliver the best-looking game that runs at a smooth 60 fps and at full 1080p.
The string of words that make up the engine’s name makes it sound like something you shouldn’t care about, but the impact it will have on the in-game world will be noticeable, even if you possess nary a modicum of technical knowhow.
Compared to id Software’s last title, Rage, which drew some criticism for its baked (static) lighting, when Doom finally claws its way out of the Hell dimension it’s been hiding in for the last twelve years, it will bring with it a rendering system that means a considerably more dynamic world.
Doom arrives next year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
On Sunday night, after hearing news that Wes Craven had passed away, we found ourselves heartbroken and crushed. A gaping void suddenly entered the world of horror and it felt like nothing could fill it. But as we spoke about our memories, we found ourselves feeling the slightest bit better, our reminiscing slowly closing that dark hole. But it wasn’t enough. We still felt alone in our grief. So we turned to you, the readers, via Twitter.
We asked you, “Tonight we say goodbye to the master of horror, Wes Craven. I want to spend a few minutes sharing stories. What are your favorite memories?”
Below is a selection of the responses that we got, many of which were incredibly touching, many of which simply reinforced the importance and love that Wes Craven so richly deserved.
As you read through these, we encourage you to think of your own stories and memories to share with us in the comments below.
@BDisgusting Bill Pullman screaming as he was buried alive in Serpent & The Rainbow.Wes tapping that primal fear of noone coming to help you
— Viddik (@The_Viddik) August 31, 2015
— Leah (@Leah_Cevoli) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Renting all his films on VHS as a kid and marathoning them all weekend. RIP
— Josh Kellett (@joshjkellett) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting my first time seeing last house on the left will always stay with me. That movie and wes are why I am a horror fan.
— Richard Kirk (@RichardPKirk) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I'll always remember seeing Scream in the theater as a child & getting the shit scared out of me during the first 10 minutes.
— TS Comics (@TSComics) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting im basically a filmmaker thanks to him
— NotSo Ancient One (@Josh_Mateos) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting while my parents watched the 1st NOES on cable I snuck out of bed and laid under the kitchen table watching in secret.
— Tim Murr (@holyrooster) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting When I was young I watched The People Under the Stairs and it terrified me, but I loved it deep down.
— matt sans frontieres (@spookyVHS) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting watch with my cousin javi, every thursday, a nightmare on elm street movie, when I was 15.
— David Romero (@FCBdarocalabria) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I have always been astounded by how soft spoken and genuinely funny he was. Not really a story, but, still wanted to share.
— Zac C (@gottabezac) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting So many. First time I saw Elm Street I was blown away. Helped kickstart my horror obsession. 1,2 Freddy's coming for you..
— Dave (@troonooyawker) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Watching Scream for the first time. I was so scared, I cried cause I was 5 when I first watched.
— drew. (@itsdrewbbybxtch) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I saw Scream in the theaters and the day it came out on video I rented it on VHS from Blockbuster.
— PAULY HⒶRK (@paulyharker) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting watching Nightmare as a child and being afraid to sleep. Also watching Scream and having nightmares to this day of Ghost Face.
— Travis Grimm (@travisthegrimm) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I know I can't be the only Deadly Friend fan out there.
— John Tyler (@john_tyler646) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Sneaking into my living room at 5 years old to watch ANOES. It changed my life forever, and I mean that. Wes was a genius.
— DanCleary (@dancleary79) August 31, 2015
— J Jossey (@theanswer_o98) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting All of New Nightmare, one of my all-time favorite films. You need only look at my penname to see how his work affected me.
— Rathan Krueger (@DarknessOpera) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Being completely traumatized by Freddy killing Glenn when I was 5. Still kind of freaked out by that.
— Traci McKagan. (@xTraciMcKagan) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting NOES 1 and 3, Deadly Friend, and The Hills Have Eyes.
— Zero The Hero (@Illuminati322) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting remember watching The People Under The Stairs when I was 7. It didn't scare me, I wanted more. Still one of my favorites!
— Leann (Oni) Miller (@WickedQueenOni) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Watching Scream at night by myself when I was 11. Always loved horror but the opening truly scared the hell out of me. Amazing
— Matt W. (@mattdubbs) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting He always based his stories in a real fact. That amazes me since I was 10. He told us the truth using fantasy.
— Corina (@VivaLaMangas) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Dressing up as Freddy in elementary school but being too scared to keep the glove and mask in my room in case they killed me.
— Nikki (@duranieinblack) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting NOES was the first horror film I ever saw. I watched it with my mom when I was 5. I've been hooked ever since…
— Nichole Hamilton (@NBHamilton) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting I watched Scream when I was home sick from school. I felt like shit, but it made my day, and I've been obsessed ever since.
— Emma Kitt (@EmmaKitt) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Watching NOES Four aged about 11 taped off tv. It was in the afternoon and as it got darker I got more scared.
— lferney (@lferney) August 31, 2015
— Viddik (@The_Viddik) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting Growing up scared shitless of his movies. Fighting back tears
— Sean Flaherty (@SeanFlaherty13) August 31, 2015
@BDisgusting his movies were my childhood. Losing him is like loosing a family member. I'm thankful for his films and legacy.
— Morgan jones (@morgmorgan25) August 31, 2015
The haunting directorial debut from Ted Geoghegan that frightened audiences at SXSW ’15 and even had our very own Patrick Cooper label it a “masterfully crafted slow creeper” will be making it’s way to home video around the world just in time for Halloween. With an American Blu-ray and DVD release already announced from Dark Sky Films for October 9th, Accent Film Entertainment has announced the Australian release for October 21. Since virtually all the world is Region A or Region B, everyone will have a chance to grab this in time for some Halloween viewing.
This House needs a family. After their teenage son is killed in a car crash, Paul and Anne move to the quiet New Englang countryside to try to start a new life for themselves. But the grieving couple unknowingly become the prey of a family of vengeful spirits that reside in their new home, and before long they discover that the seemingly peaceful town is hiding a terrifyingly dark secret. Now they must find a way to pull their souls – and the soul of their lost son – into hell with them. We Are Still Here is a tense, frightening and thoroughly haunting modern ghost story.
On October 27th Olive Films is going to release a slew of titles, many of which will be seeing Blu-ray for the first time. A number of these have been on my Blu-ray wish list for quite some time. Beyond thrilled to finally be getting Sometimes They Come Back. Any titles jump out to you? Let us know in the comments below!
Fearing that their city is the target of a serial rapist, Manhattan Detective Dale Androtti (Lance Lewman, Riot On 42nd Street) finds an unlikely ally in Dr. Gamble Pace (Teresa Farley, Bad Girls Dormitory) when they are teamed up to investigate the brutal crimes. Their suspicions, unbelievable as they may seem, will lead them to a terrifying discovery that an alien life form is impregnating women to reproduce his species.
The Meteor Man
Triple-threat Robert Townsend (writer, director & actor) stars as the shy and retiring schoolteacher, Jefferson Reed in The Meteor Man. Jefferson, who gains mysterious super powers when he’s struck by a meteor fragment, uses those powers to help his neighborhood combat gang crime. A time-honored tradition of superheroes, Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Jefferson’s courage will be tested as his super powers diminish and he must decide where true strength really lies.
Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects
Straddling the cultural divide between the East and West,Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects stars Charles Bronson (Messenger of Death) as Lt. Crowe, a coarsened Los Angeles cop whose objectivity is compromised when a case he’s investigating hits close to home. Crowe will reexamine his prejudices when he forges a friendship with a Japanese businessman whose daughter he’s saved from a child prostitution ring. But an unexpected tragedy will lead the out-for-justice Crowe into uncharted waters as he pursues the murderous pimp known as Duke (Juan Fernández, Bulletproof) in the edge-of-your seat crime drama Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects.
Messenger of Death
The brutal murder of three Mormon women and their children is just the tip of the iceberg as an investigative reporter digs into the seamy side of religious fanaticism and political corruption in the compelling crime drama Messenger of Death. Newspaper reporter Garret Smith (Charles Bronson, Death Wish) with the help of local editor Jastra Watson (Trish Van Devere, The Changeling) set out to solve the horrific murders which they believe may be linked to a fundamentalist sect whose excommunicated leader, Willis Beecham (Jeff Corey, True Grit) is considered a prophet. Garret and Jastra discover just how deep still waters run as clues and the list of possible suspects pile up, which includes the husband & father of the murder victims (Charles Dierkop, The Sting) and his estranged brother (John Ireland, Red River).
A searing indictment of police corruption based on a story by noted crime novelist James Ellroy (The Black Dahlia),Dark Blue stars Kurt Russell as Sergeant Eldon Perry, a Los Angeles police officer faced with a choice so monstrous it will affect his personal life and the lives of those around him while cutting through the heart of the police department.
This gripping film, part science fiction, part philosophical musing on man’s place in the universe, has gained cult status. Michael Murphy (Manhattan) stars as James Lesko with Nigel Davenport (A Man For All Seasons) as Dr. Ernest Hubbs, scientists in search of answers to an evolutionary shift in the ant population that’s adopted a hive mentality allowing the ants to team with others of their species to create a super colony. In an effort to better understand the intelligent and powerful new life form, Lesko and Hubbs are faced with the choice of either communicating with, or eradicating their antagonists. Lynne Frederick is cast as Kendra, an ant attack survivor who’ll play a pivotal role in deciphering the ants’ mysterious existence.
Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back
Based on the short story by Stephen King (The Shining),Sometimes They Come Back, stars Tim Matheson (Animal House) as the troubled Jim Norman who moves back to his hometown with his wife Sally (Brooke Adams, The Dead Zone) and son Scott (Robert Hy Gorman, Forever Young) after accepting a teaching job at the local high school. But the town holds dark memories for Jim who moved away years earlier following the murder of his brother, Wayne (Chris Demetral, Blank Check). The young men responsible for the murder met with their own horrific deaths and now those restless spirits have come back for revenge.
The Deadly Bees
First there was The Birds. Now there’s The Deadly Bees. Something terrifying is taking place on Seagull Island. When pop singer Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh, Lust For A Vampire) arrives at the island to recuperate from nervous exhaustion, she’ll soon discover that the cottage belonging to beekeeper Ralph Hargrove (Guy Doleman, Thunderball) and his wife Mary (Catherine Finn, The Creeping Flesh) is not the idyllic accommodation she’d hoped for. Following a series of deadly bee attacks, Vicki becomes an amateur detective at the urging of the island’s other beekeeper, the mysterious H.W. Manfred (Frank Finlay, The Three Musketeers) uncovering clues to determine if the deaths were accidental or murder.
Flying Disc Man from Mars
Mota (Gregory Gaye, Ninotchka), a Martian invader intent on ruling Earth, finds a more than willing accomplice in Dr. Bryant (James Craven, Captain Midnight), a brilliant scientist with a secret Nazi past. Together they plan to harness atomic technology to further their evil goal. But whatever diabolical plan Mota may have in mind, intrepid pilot and would-be investigator, Kent Fowler (Walter Reed, Thunderbirds), along with his crack team, Steve (Sandy Sanders, Phantom From Space) and Helen (Lois Collier, Boston Blackie), will foil Mota, his Nazi stooge and evil henchmen Drake and Ryan, at every turn, leading to a climactic battle inside of a live volcano.
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
Five men who board a train as strangers will soon find commonality when joined by a sixth passenger, the mysterious traveler known as Dr. Schreck (Peter Cushing). Watch as their destinies unfold in the chilling and “life”-altering horror-thrill ride, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors. To while away the time, the good doctor offers to read each passenger’s Tarot cards. The innocent parlor game has an unexpected conclusion as each reading unfolds on screen as a terrifying vignette (a werewolf on the loose; a vengeful creeping vine; a tale of voodoo; a disembodied hand coming to life; and a vampire story) the results of which are unpredictable and shocking.
Fire is your friend in Tripwire Interactive’s horror game Killing Floor 2 thanks to the free Incinerate ‘N Detonate content pack that rolled out on Steam earlier today. With new achievements to earn, combat perks to try, crossover characters to unlock — assuming you own Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, Rising Storm, Red Orchestra 2, or some combination of the three — this update is easily one of the more substantial updates the game has seen so far.
Killing Floor 2 is available on Steam Early Access for $29.99. Still no word on a console release.
The Gothic horror melting pot over on Showtime that is John Logan’s “Penny Dreadful” just had six more ingredients added into the mix, according to Deadline. First up, Patti LuPone, seen last season in a guest starring role as witch Joan “The Cut Wife” Clayton, will be returning to the series in another part. LuPone will be playing an American therapist named Dr. Seward, who has “an unconventional new approach” to treating Vanessa Ives’ (Eva Green) problems. LuPone has now been set as a series regular, so expect Dr. Seward to stick around for awhile.
Given the nature of the series, I think it’s say to assume that we have just added another character from Bram Stoker’s famed novel, Dracula, to the series. While we have yet to see the fiend himself, the Count has been referenced throughout the first two seasons and we have already be graced by the presences of Mina Harker (Olivia Llewellyn) and Abraham Van Helsing (David Warner). The show’s version of the novel’s events have already taken place and so far the details have not yet been revealed, so perhaps we will be getting a deeper look next year?
Sam Barnett has been cast as Dr. Seward’s “mysterious young secretary”. No further information about the character has been given at this time, but it’s safe to say that something is up at Dr. Seward’s office. Continuing with Vanessa’s new acquaintances is the casting of Christian Camargo as Dr. Alexander Sweet, “a zoologist who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Vanessa”. Another suspicious character, no doubt, as few who involve themselves in her life are ever who they claim to be.
The new big literary character that Logan teased a couple of months back has finally been revealed: Dr. Henry Jekyll! Shazad Latif will be bringing Robert Louis Stevenson’s trouble physician to life and no doubt play an important role in the coming third season, although no details as to how he fits in have been revealed yet. Veteran character actor Wes Studi joins the series as Kaetenay, “an intense, enigmatic Native American” who has strong ties to Ethan (Josh Hartnett) and will apparently also bond with Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton).
Lastly, Jessica Barden is set to play Justine, “a young acolyte” to Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and Lily Frankenstein (Billie Piper). Given the nature of those two characters, as well as the series as a whole, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that this Justine is none other than the titular character from the Gothic erotic novel Justine (or The Misfortunes of Virtue), which was written by the Marquis de Sade himself. The sadism inherent both in the novel itself and the two series characters with whom she will associate practically guarantees this. More trouble for poor Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) to deal with!
“Penny Dreadful” returns to Showtime next Summer.
About a year ago, back when P.T. was still freely available to download off the PlayStation Store and Silent Hills was being built by a team led by two of my favorite people in the world, we were shown this. It’s bittersweet now, but the idea of using Lisa’s ghost to distract enemies in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is no less cool today than it was before Konami slipped into a Carrie-esque blood-frenzy and razed it to the ground.
Kojima isn’t going to let that brilliant, bite-sized morsel of an interactive nightmare disappear completely. One way to keep its legacy alive is by hiding a second tribute to P.T. in one of the biggest video games of the year.
Spotted by YouTuber Arekkz Gaming, this second Easter Egg brings the radio broadcast that plays on repeat during some of P.T. into Metal Gear’s world of near-future stealth action espionage. See how you can find it in the video below.
As nifty as the reveal of a new Origins Collection might’ve been for the folks who didn’t immediately go out and grab the Resident Evil remake back in January, that story was woefully short on eye lasers, while this one has enough of them to cause retinal scarring.
Capcom offered up another reason for us to look forward to the release of Resident Evil 0 HD by showing off the game’s brand new Wesker Mode. It seems to revolve around a young Albert Wesker and his struggle to contain what one might describe as face fireworks. The mode will swap out co-lead Billy Coen for Wesker so he and Rebecca Chambers can work together to fry unsuspecting ghouls by conjuring eyebolts made of crimson lightning.
The Resident Evil 0 HD remaster will run you $19.99 (€19.99 / £14.99) when it arrives in early 2016 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
XLrator Media announced the U.S. release of the action-thriller Camino starring Zoë Bell (Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Death Proof) and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes, Open Windows, VHS Viral) in a rare acting role.
“Set in 1985, war photographer Avery Taggert (Zoë Bell) has built a solid career with her stark and honest imagery, all the while remaining emotionally distant from her subjects. When she embeds in the jungles of Colombia with a squad of missionaries led by a beloved and charismatic Spaniard known as “El Guero” (Nacho Vigalondo), she finds herself in the middle of a conflict as violent as any she’s photographed. One night, she happens upon El Guero committing a heinous atrocity, capturing the vile act on film, an image with the potential to discredit and destroy El Guero. Knowing this brilliant psychopath will employ every tactic at his disposal to destroy that photograph – and the photographer who took it – Avery flees into the harsh jungle with nothing but the camera hanging around her neck to escape from missionaries twisted into violent guerrillas by the madman intent on destroying all enemies.”
Fully financed and produced by Bleiberg Entertainment, the film will be released in early 2016 on XLrator’s “TURBO” action label.
Camino was directed by Josh C. Waller, who previously collaborated with Bell on Raze, written by Daniel Noah (Max Rose, McCanick), and produced by Waller, Noah, and Ehud Bleiberg (The Iceman).
Nicholas Donnermeyer and Barry Gordon executive produce along with Bell and Vigalondo. Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International are handling international sales at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Brides of Dracula,” a hot gothic soap drama from playwright, screenwriter and comic book writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and top TV producer Greg Berlanti, has landed at NBC with a pilot production commitment.
Written by Aguirre-Sacasa, “Brides” is described as a sexy reimagining of Dracula as a family drama with a trio of strong, diverse female leads, a show about empowered women and the things they do to maintain wealth, prestige, legacy — and their non-traditional family.
The new series supposed that Van Helsing didn’t kill the three brides of Dracula, and asks, “What if they survived for centuries and are now living in New York City?
Known in popular culture as the Brides of Dracula, the three characters, originally introduced in Bram Stoker’s classic novel, are portrayed as beautiful and powerful female vampire “sisters” who reside with Count Dracula in his castle in Transylvania where they use their charm to seduce and bewitch men before preying on them. They manage to entrance Van Helsing too before he shakes off their spell and kills them. The characters are a staple in the Dracula mythology and have appeared in most Dracula screen adaptations, headlining the 1960 British movie The Brides Of Dracula.
Prepare to have a Deathgasm!
The hilarious, action-filled, blood-soaked ode to heavy metal horror that’s blown away festival audiences worldwide hits U.S. cinemas on October 2, 2015 from Dark Sky Films.
In the film, “New kid in town Brodie and bad-boy Zakk quickly bond over their mutual admiration of heavy metal. But when these two metal thrashing losers unwittingly summon malevolent forces, their dreams of stardom may just have to be put on hold.”
Check out a new full-length trailer that’s so fucking metal you may not be able to handle it. Seriously.
Jason Lei Howden’s beloved horror-comedy has struck an epic chord around the world, playing to sold-out film festival audiences and taking home numerous awards for its irreverent, loving take on heavy metal horror culture.
A hidden horror gem a lot of genre fans miss out on is Anthony Hickox’s gem Waxwork, which also has a sequel.
The 1988 film starring Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman and Jennifer Bassey, begins when a wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.
In an interview with Nerd Report, Lost After Dark director Ian Kessner and screenwriter Bo Ransdell reveal that they’re currently developing a remake of the film.
“Right now we’re working on a couple of other horror projects. One of them is a reboot of the ‘80s classic Waxwork,” said Kessner.
“I would love to see Waxwork get some legs under it,” adds Ransdell, who eludes to the fact that this is very early in the development stage. Although, he reveals they do in face have the support of the original film’s director. “I think we’ve got a real fun take on that and actually have the blessing of Anthony Hickox who wrote and directed the original so we’re not just doing fan fiction. We can see a path to this getting made potentially and I would love to see that happen for sure.”
When asked if a new Waxwork have anything to do with Madame Tussauds, Ransdell explained: “Not directly but all wax figures are weird and creepy. I don’t necessarily care where they arise from. They’re just all unsettling to me.”
“It’s got a Something Wicked This Way Comes vibe where the waxwork appears in town overnight,” Kessner adds. “It’s really fun. It’s also an opportunity for us to play in a whole bunch of horror genres, kind of an anthology where the characters keep falling into these different vignettes or the different worlds where they tackle different horror tropes, and they tackle the best parts of it, the climax. So it’s really fun for us if we get to make it because we get to explore all these different genres within the horror, sort of like Cabin in the Woods.”
Lost After Dark are the filmmakers new 80’s inspired slasher available through Anchor Bay.
Capcom announced a new collection earlier today that will bring together the recently re-released Resident Evil remake with the upcoming Resident Evil 0 remaster. When it arrives next year, the Resident Evil Origins Collection will give fans of the series as well as newcomers the chance to own a physical copy of both games, so you can have something you can actually hold and embrace, if you’re into that sort of thing.
The Resident Evil Origins Collection will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 19 (US) / January 22 (EU). Resident Evil 0 HD is slated to hit those same platforms, as well as the PS3 and Xbox 360, in early 2016.
BoulderLight Pictures, the company behind the Contracted franchise and the upcoming Dementia for IFC Films, announced today that they have formed a partnership with Hong Kong-based financiers Making Film Limited on a three-picture slate of films that Making Film will fully finance.
This joint venture will be a new international genre label dubbed ‘Making Horror,’ and will focus on horror and thriller films, primarily in the seven-figure budget range. Making Film is the production company of powerhouse Hong Kong director Pang Ho-Cheung, who will serve as Executive Producer on each film. The company will serve as investor and collaborator on each title.
The first project on tap for the label will be the thriller Dismissed, written by Brian McAuley, and produced by J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules of BoulderLight Pictures, who are teaming up with Sev Ohanian (Fruitville STation).
The film will shoot this month in Los Angeles with a high-profile cast soon to be announced. It marks the feature directorial debut of Benjamin Arfmann, who previously directed the acclaimed SXSW short “Random Stop.”
Sunday evening, after learning of Wes Craven’s passing, the first thing I knew I needed to do was check in with my dear friend, Matt Cunningham, someone who had a special bond with Mr. Craven. As I checked in with him, I learned that he had started writing an email to Wes, even though he knew he’d never see it. I thought it was only appropriate to give Matt an outlet to say goodbye to his friend and to give Craven fans a peek at the man that he knew. Thank you for giving us this glimpse into the master of horror, Matt.
I was thirteen years old when I first saw A Nightmare on Elm Street. I was terrified. The only other film at the time that twisted me into knots was Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It wasn’t long after seeing Elm Street that I came down with a 103 fever and started hearing the screeching of metal claws outside my window. I woke up, ran to the patio door and carefully peeked out. I knew if I saw Freddy I was going to lose my mind. I told my mom that I heard something outside. I may have said “Someone is moving the furniture.” I didn’t want to say I thought it was Freddy because she would tell me I need to stop watching scary movies. Just like Tina’s mother did in the film. Irony.
But my fear became obsession and I couldn’t get enough of Freddy. My walls were plastered with posters. My shelves had dolls and bubblegum containers with Krueger’s image (which I still have today). He was my monster and I had to know everything about him. Who was the mad genius behind this film? How did they make it? And that was my introduction to Wes Craven.
From that point I was hooked. Anything Wes was doing, I was in. There are a few films that changed my life and made me want to be a filmmaker. Elm Street was one of them. That’s exactly what I told Mr. Craven the first time I met him. He could have said he heard that all the time – which I’m sure he did – but he didn’t, he just listened and said he was thankful. I’ve met several of my filmmaking heroes and inspirations on my journey, but none of them, not a one, were as amazing as Wes.
That first conversation started as an interview for my column in Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. From there we continued to talk over email. Eventually it led to a friendly breakfast, and then another breakfast and another and so on. We talked about movies and life and it wasn’t just about a fanboy sitting in front of his hero grilling him about Freddy (believe me, I wanted to at times) but it was about two people sitting and sharing a meal. That was the amazing thing about him, he was kind, generous with his time, and had a great sense of humor.
I’ll never forget the day he wanted to go to Norm’s for breakfast because he loved to people watch there. It was good people watching, he was right about that. I ordered a pancake platter and he got the steak and eggs. Then he told me he was sick. He was battling cancer. I was speechless. I wanted to scream, cry, and be angry at everything in that moment. But I know he didn’t want me to feel sorry for him and I wasn’t going to. Instead I said, “You got this.” He did his treatments and he was doing better. We didn’t talk about it much. Breakfast time was for conversations about other things. He quietly shared with me so many projects he had in the works and the projects that never came to fruition. Even he had rejections. But he was excited about People Under the Stairs going to series and so many other things coming up. He talked about not directing anymore and I said he couldn’t do that, for selfish reasons of course. I think we all would agree with that.
One of my favorite memories was sitting with him at a screening of Children of Men, a movie he loved, and it was the first time I had ever seen it. I think he loved that he was able to share this movie with my virgin eyes. As the lights dimmed we shared a tub of popcorn and laughed and gasped at the astounding moments in the movie. I was in awe. Sitting with a master filmmaker giving me commentary while watching another master filmmaker is… well, there are no words. There are times in your life when you have to step back and ask your thirteen year old self “Can you really believe what you are doing right now?!” Not in a million years would I ever think it was possible.
It’s amazing where life takes you. Because of Wes I wanted to make monster movies and I’ve been lucky enough to make a couple and now I’m more determined to reach higher and do better – because I know he would. He was a master of his craft, he reinvented horror and himself on several occasions. He was a great human and a great filmmaker – highly underrated if you ask me.
On Sunday I lost a friend and a hero. Iya lost a husband and his children and grandkids lost their patriarch. We all lost an inspiration and a giant in this business. My first reaction was to email him and tell him how I felt. I know he would never get to read it but it’s all I wanted to do, hoping it wasn’t true. I wanted him to know what he meant to me. Since I won’t get that chance, I hope you’ll allow me to share some of it here.
I will forever cherish the time you spent with me. The breakfasts and the films. I’ll never forget the time you wanted to scare me while we watched The Conjuring in the theater and then later laughed about it. I will never be able to thank you enough for the support you gave me when my first book was coming out. You were a great cheerleader and so generous when you didn’t have to be. It was an extremely great honor to be in your company. I will miss picking out a place to have breakfast and I will miss your stories. Most of all I will miss you being there, as a person, just talking.
For all of your fans out there, I want them to know you were the real deal.
I’m raising this cup of coffee and sitting in this booth alone in your honor. What you gave me is priceless.
Goodbye, my inspiration, my friend,
If you thought the 80s were dead — think again!
On September 1st, Anchor Bay Entertainment goes full 80s retro with Lost After Dark, a loving but harrowing homage that takes audiences back to the decade when slashers ruled the silver screen.
We now have an exclusive clip from the directing debut of writer/director Ian Kessner, which is said to feature visceral, old-school prosthetic “kills,” and pop songs pulsing to an electronic beat.
“Spring Ball, 1984. Adrienne (Kendra Timmins, Midnight Sun, “Wingin’ It”), a straight-A student, joins her quarterback crush Sean (Justin Kelly, Maps To The Stars, Big Muddy) and some friends in sneaking out of their high school dance for some unsupervised mayhem. The teens’ party plans hit a snag when they run out of gas on a deserted road. They head out on foot and discover a rundown farmhouse where they hope to find help. Instead they find themselves at the mercy of Junior Joad (Mark Wiebe, Sweet Karma), a cannibal killer from an urban legend. After the brutal murder of one of their friends, the group’s quest for help becomes one of survival. Will anyone survive the night?”
Produced by Goldrush Entertainment’s Eric Gozlan and co-written by Bo Ransdell, Lost After Dark features Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn), Eve Harlow (“The 100″), Stephan James (Selma), Jesse Camacho (Kick-Ass 2), Elise Gatien (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), Alexander Calvert (Lost Boys: The Tribe), Lanie McAuley (Scarecrow), and David Lipper (Black Widower), as well as fun cameos from Sarah Fisher (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Rick Rosenthal (Director of Halloween II & Halloween: Resurrection).
With a diverse and fascinating list of films under his belt, Wes Craven offered us some truly fascinating characters, both heroes and villains. From Krug in Last House on the Left to Sidney in the Scream films, Craven always made sure to flesh out both sides of the playing field, wanting to make sure we had the full story to really appreciate the horror about to unfold.
For many people, the villains are the true star of a film and Wes Craven sure brought us several supernovas! So let’s honor them today by seeing which Wes Craven slasher you’d be!
I got “Pluto (The Hills Have Eyes)”, which reads:
You were born in the wilderness, born into a wild and scary world, where you must hunt for your life.
You don’t care who stands in your way, because you know that you are not alone.
Papa Jupiter and mama will always join you, and rip the guts of whoever tries to hurt you.
Take the quiz below and let us know your results in the comments!