Today a unique time-lapse video showcasing the evolution of zombies in works of popular culture – from the classic movies of the 1930s to modern video games – has been released.
Techland is proud to share the video as it features, among many recognizable pop culture icons, the Volatile – a trademark zombie from Techland’s game “Dying Light.” This is also the very first time the Volatile has been portrayed in real-life by an actor.
“Dying Light: The Following” – Enhanced Edition launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 9th, 2016.
Dutch filmmaker Ate de Jong is likely most known for 1991’s Drop Dead Fred starring Phobe Cates and Rik Mayall but it was just before that film that he made his Hollywood debut with Highway to Hell. Highway to Hell has a little bit for everybody as it’s a sort of an adventure/horror/comedy/fantasy hybrid about a young girl who is off to elope with her boyfriend when she gets kidnapped and taken to Hell. The film is now out on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber and its a fun film full of interesting characters and cameos. In support of the release de Jong has released the following short promo video to tell you why exactly you should check this one out:
Chad Lowe (Life Goes On) and Kristy Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) star in this horror-comedy-action-adventure as young lovers, Charlie and Rachel eloping to Las Vegas for a secret wedding. Standing in their way is Satan, who taken a liking to the lovely Rachel and has sent his Hell Cop (C.J. Graham, Jason from Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI) to bring her down to Hell where she can satisfy his devilish lust. When Charlie follows, he’s thrust into an unexpected world of living satanic bikers, cannibalistic blondes and a coffee shop where the only thing living is the food. The stellar cast includes Patrick Bergin (Patriot Games), Richard Farnsworth (The Straight Story), Pamela Gidley (Cherry 2000), Kevin Peter Hall (The Predator from Predator 1 & 2), Jerry Stiller (Seinfeld) with his wife Anne Meara as Medea, his son Ben Stiller as Attila the Hun and his daughter Amy Stiller as Cleopatraâ! Also featuring rocker Lita Ford and comedian Gilbert Gottfried as Hitler. Directed by cult director Ate de Jong (Drop Dead Fred) with a screenplay by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential).
-Audio Commentary by Director Ate De Jong
-Interview with SFX Make-up Artist, Steve Johnson
-Animated Montage of Stills
-Original Theatrical Trailer
There is a handful of actors that pop up fairly frequently but almost always in small roles or cameos that I really love. Occasionally they may have a larger supporting role and every so often they even land a lead gig. One of my favorite actors that fits this bill is Clint Howard. He’s a guy I just love to see on screen. He has a presence and a special persona about him. No matter how big or small the role, you always remember him. One of Howard’s first (and really one of the few) starring roles came in 1981’s Evilspeak, from writer/director Eric Weston. It’s without a doubt the perfect movie for Howard.
Howard stars as Stanley Coopersmith. Just think about that name for a moment – Coopersmith. Outside of a pub in Colorado, Coopersmith isn’t that common of a name. Cooper, sure. Smith, absolutely. But the two combined as one? That’s sort of odd, isn’t it? Then you see a young Clint Howard screwing up in a big soccer game, ultimately costing his team a victory and you’re like “Yeah, that’s Coopersmith.” Add that with Stanley, which is no winner either, and you’ve got the perfect name. Of course most of the time he is referred to as Cooperdick, but that’s another thing all together.
Young Stanley is basically an orphan. His parents died and now he’s attending a military school where he is most certainly an outcast. He’s picked on by the cooler, jock-like bullies, led by the horrible Bubba (Dan Stark). These kids are a bunch of assholes and pick on Stanley at every chance they get. Bubba is a major prick with this cocky arrogance and a stupid face you just want to punch. Stark gives a great performance which is why I wanted to punh him so bad. Then there are the girls in the school. They don’t pick on Stanley so much but they kind of view him as a pathetic joke and enjoy the other boys picking on him. The school staff, from the soccer coach to the teachers to the reverend and all the way up to the colonel are no better. They all treat Stanley like he’s worthless and act like he’s responsible for everything that goes wrong. It’s pretty sad.
There is one kid, Kowalski, that stands up for Stanley when he’s getting picked on. So he does have that but the relationship between the two is never really explored. Kowalski just kind of shows up just in time to prevent Stanley from really getting pummeled. Joining Kowalski is the school’s cook, who befriends Stanley and actually gives him a puppy.
While being punished for whatever reason, Stanley is ordered to clean the cellar of the school church. While doing his cleaning he discovers a secret room that formally belonged to Father Estaban (Richard Moll). Estaban was a Satanic leader and Coopersmith finds one of Estaban’s books on black magic. The book instantly intrigues Coopersmith who sneaks a school computer down to the cellar and begins to translate the book from Latin to English. Eventually the black magic takes over, first starting with the computer and then moving onto Coopersmith. Now controlled by Estaban and the black magic, Coopersmith seeks revenge on his tormentors.
Evilspeak is an awesomely fun movie. It’s very, very gratifying when Coopersmith gets his revenge on Bubba and all the other jerks in his school. This vengeance comes in one incredibly chaotic and violent scene. Decapitations, fire, mad man-eating pigs, the finale to Evilspeak has it all. From the audience perspective this is all pure joy because those on the receiving end of all this madness are completely deserving. It’s very reminiscent of Carrie in this way.
What’s really cool about Evilspeak is how it deals with technology. Estaban rises to power through the computer. How he does that exactly, I’m not entirely sure, but that’s hardly the point. Just the idea in 1981 is incredibly impressive. Plus the way Coopersmith uses the computer is pretty cutting edge. He basically does Google searches to gather information on black magic and the like. Was anybody else doing that back then? I don’t think so. Except for Richard Moll who plays Estaban and aslo played in a similar forward thinking role a few years later in The Dungeonmaster.
My most recent viewing of Evilspeak came courtesy of the region B Blu-ray release from the UK’s 88 Films. This was my first experience with 88 Films, and I think it was quite fitting since Evilspeak was one of the infamous video nasties banned in the UK during the 80’s. The film has also been released stateside via Scream Factory, but I haven’t seen that release so I can’t compare the two (though Patrick Cooper did write an awesome review of the Scream release and you should read that). I can say, however, that the 88 Films release is fantastic. The transfer looks great. Just watch the trailer and then take a look at the film and you can see the clear improvements 88 Films made.
The special features are what really make this release shine. I haven’t had a chance to make it through all the special features yet, but I checked out the various interviews (Clint Howard, Don Stark, Joseph Cortese, Allan A. Apone) and they’re all fantastic. I highly recommend listening to the Howard and Stark interviews. It’s interesting hearing the two of them talk about their experiences on the film and how they feel about it all these years later. Howard has a few really interesting notes on working with the various actors and just his career in general. Also included is an extended SD cut of the film, audio commentary with Weston, Howard and location manager Warren Lewis and a making of featurette.
We all like to see jerks get their comeuppance. It’s enjoyable to see the bully get taken down and the picked-on-kid rise to the top. That’s exactly what Evilspeak is. What makes this better though is there’s Clint Howard, man-eating pigs and a good chunk of gore. What’s not to like?
Evilspeak is now available on region B Blu-ray from 88 Films.
Chillermama’s Adam Rifkin took to the Slamdance Film Festival with Director’s Cut, which is being hyped as a very creative genre-bending horror/dark comedy movie-within-a-movie.
It was written by and stars Penn Jillette and also stars Missi Pyle, Harry Hamlin and Hayes Macarthur, and was directed by Adam Rifkin.
Check out these first clips featuring (a talking) Teller and Gilbert Gottfried.
The ultimate ‘meta movie’, DIRECTOR’S CUT is an insane, cinematic sleight of hand trick that reflects on itself, much like the stage persona of its co-star and creator, world famous illusionist Penn Jillette. Here, teamed with acclaimed Director Adam Rifkin, Jillette conjures a mind bending, genre-defying movie-within-a-movie mash-up that’s part narrative thriller, part docu-mental-case. Starring Missi Pyle, DIRECTOR’S CUT is about a cineaste stalker who kidnaps his favorite actress and forces her to star in his amateur movie. The madness that unspools behind the scenes will leave you reeling.
Here’s the film’s official festival one-sheet and trailer.
Cavu’s The Final Project is the debut film from indie filmmaker Taylor Ri’chard and hits theaters beginning February 12th in Atlanta and Houston, and March 4th in New York and Los Angeles.
Check out a new clip from the found-footage horror that catches a glimpse of something in the window.
“Six college students have organized the ultimate graduation project… a documentary film about one of the most notorious haunted houses in America, the Lafitte Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana. A Civil War landmark with a dark past, complete with stories of mutilated soldiers, murdered families and restless shadows roaming its abandoned corridors… no one has entered Lafitte in years- until now. Outfitted with high-tech recording equipment in order to capture every moment of their great adventure, these intrepid young filmmakers bravely venture deep into the misty backwoods of Louisiana. But on this plantation that time has forgotten, something evil still waits and watches. When darkness falls, their deepest fears come to life, as one by one they’ll learn the horrifying truth that awaits all who dare seek the secrets of the Lafitte Plantation. The dead are awake, and there are some places the living should never go.”
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ABOUT THE PLANTATION: Utilizing real locations in and around Georgia, THE FINAL PROJECT features a crew and ensemble of dedicated locals well acquainted with the haunted history of the South. Combining the “found footage” genre with authentic local folklore, it updates the classic American ghost story by tapping into a history too chillingly real to deny. The backstory of THE FINAL PROJECT combines an Old Hollywood touch with a real-life twist. Chretien Point Plantation in Sunset, Louisiana, the real-life model for the film’s Lafitte Plantation, was also the inspiration for the interior of the legendary “Tara” from Gone with the Wind. Its true claim to fame, however, lies closer to home. The site of a pitched and bloody battle between Union and Confederate soldiers at the height of the Civil War, with a bullet hole still embedded in one of its front doors, Chretien Point has long been rumored to be one of the biggest supernatural “hotspots” in North America. Ghostly sightings have been reported for decades, with stories of buried treasure, a vengeful “house mistress”, and even a nearby haunted bridge.
iZombie comes back swinging! When iZombie’s last new episode aired three weeks ago, I mulled over the idea that it served as more of a filler episode to bridge the two halves of the season (it was the middle episode of the season, after all). “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter,” easily the best episode of the season thus far, proved that theory, as it showed the writers setting up the endgame for the final eight episodes to come. Helping matters was that the case of the week, while predictable, was consistently entertaining throughout (it was one of the show’s more quotable episodes) and even brought in the indispensable Kristen Bell, whom some of you may recall was the lead character on Rob Thomas’ other female detective series.
Reviewing an episode of iZombie can be a tricky thing because, as I’ve mentioned before, even a mediocre episode of it is still an above-average episode of television. To this day, iZombie has not aired a truly bad episode, which is why it’s never earned anything less than a 3-skull rating. Sure, there have been a few that relied on the procedural elements a little too much and suffered from wheel-spinning, but the writing and acting is always top notch. So a 3.5- or 4-skull iZombie could be considered a weaker episode. This entire tangent of a paragraph is just to help you understand my thought process when scoring each episode. Now let’s get to “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter.”
What makes “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter” so important to the series is that the stakes finally feel real. For the first time this season, scenes created legitimate suspense (Major going to pick up Minor from the groomer before Clive and Dale caught him, Peyton granting Blaine immunity before realizing the monster he really is, etc.). It is an intensity that has been lacking from some of iZombie’s previous episodes and was a welcome addition to this latest episode.
What started off as a fun and harmless episode abruptly yet seamlessly turned into a heartbreaking series of revelations between Peyton and the rest of the cast. It was a night of choices for Liv and Peyton. At first, Peyton’s scene with Blaine seemed to come out of nowhere (when was the last time Peyton was on the show?), but it all came together in the end. Both characters chose to have sex with their suitors, and while Peyton was shown the light about Blaine, Liv is still in the dark about Drake.
Ail Michalka hasn’t had much in the way of dramatic scenes since she found out about Liv last season, but this week she had plenty of them. Michalka is a talented actress and she has felt severely underused in the past. “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter” is a step in the right direction for the character the hopefully won’t see any backtracking next week.
The highlight of the episode may have been the final 10 minutes, but that doesn’t mean the first 50 weren’t of high quality. Dale is quickly becoming one of the best characters on the show and her chemistry with Clive is palpable. Their scenes together are legitimately fun to watch and it gives Malcolm Goodwin something to do besides act so stoic all the time. It would be awful if Bozzio became a casualty from their investigation into Blaine, but we will have to accept that as a possibility unless Jessica Harmon gets brought on as a series regular.
As soon as they mentioned turning on Minor’s GPS tracker, you knew it would only mean trouble for Major. While it’s only a matter of time before he gets caught (whether by Liv, Ravi or Clive), he was able to get by unscathed this week, albeit short one dog.
Liv’s brain of the week (that of a sexually-starved erotic fiction author) provided plenty of laughs. It was nice to see Liv get a brain that let her play fun and loose without damaging her relationships as some of her recent brains have. “The husband did it” is an old trope, but it worked out here if not surprisingly, then at least satisfyingly. At the very least this week’s mystery gave us a small dose of Kristen Bell as the celebrity reader of the victim’s audiobook.
“Fifty Shades of Grey Matter” showcased iZombie at its strongest. It dramatically raised the stakes while still moving the plot forward at a surprisingly brisk pace (I’m still astounded that Peyton found out about Blaine and told Liv about it in the same episode that Clive and Dale caught up with Blaine). If the remaining eight episodes this season can keep up the pace, we may be in for a stellar back half of iZombie’s second season.
- Chapter Titles of the Week: If Books Could Kill; Bookworm Food; Lord of the Files; Talk Dirty to Me; Bringing Sexy Back; The Hem-Locker; Arrested Development;
- Brain Recipe of the Week: Brain-Stuffed Peppers! Those looked delicious!
- How sad was it watching Minor in the bus window? I got legitimate tears in my eyes. He’s going to have some major abandonment issues.
- Is it kosher for the police to tell a suspect that the husband of the victim pointed them in her direction?
- “I’ve always felt a kind of connection to her.” -A subtle nod from the writers connecting Liv to Veronica Mars.
- “You’ve been a bad little bitch haven’t you?” -Kristen Bell, reading the audiobook Grace’s novel.
- “I’m going to show you why they call it a cockpit!” -More Kristen Bell. I wish I could have just transcribed the entire monologue but I figured that would be excessive.
- Seriously though, if you’ve never watched Veronica Mars, do it now. It’s a fantastic show (and if you’ve only see the movie but none of the show, your opinion is void).
- “I’ve been a baaaad morgue attendant. I’ll understand if there are punitive damages!” -Liv’s first inappropriate line of the night.
- “And then victory sex. High five!” -I’m totally shipping Clozzio.
- “He’s got a scar on his face that speaks his sin.” -Liv describing Drake.
- “Hey, I’m pre-ordering this book. You’re not the only one in a dry spell.” -Peyton, after hearing an excerpt from Grace’s novel
- The flight attendant is named Alissa Trammell. Nice nod to Basic Instinct.
- Never knew Julian’s fake last name was DeWeed. I laughed unreasonably hard at that. Blaine DeBeers and Julian DeWeed would sell teenagers beer and weed. It’s perfect!
- “Seems pretty unlikely.” “Yeah! That’s what a coincidence means.”
- No brains for Liv next week! Let’s see how the episode pans out with “normal” Liv.
Jason Flemyng, best known for his collaborations with Matthew Vaughn and roles in such pics as X-Men: First Class and Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, is sinking his teeth into directing with vampire thriller Eat Local, reported Deadline.
Filming is underway “Daredevil‘s” Charlie Cox starring alongside Mackenzie Crook (Pirates Of The Caribbean, “Game Of Thrones”), actor-writer-director Dexter Fletcher (Eddie The Eagle), Freema Agyeman (“Doctor Who”) and Eve Myles (“Doctor Who,” “Torchwood”).
“Eat Local revolves around unwitting Essex boy Sebastian (newcomer Billy Cook), whose promise of a night of passion with a ravishing cougar quickly turns into a fight for survival after she decides to introduce him to some of her friends — a coven of hungry vampires — at a remote farmhouse. Added to the mix, a heavily armed band of mercenary vampire hunters crashes the party.”
Danny King, a BAFTA nominee for Wild Bill, penned the script.
Ruth Jones (Gavin & Stacey), Annette Crosbie (Into The Woods) and Vincent Regan (Lockout, 300) also star.
Rod Smith of Evolution Pictures is producing, along with Jonathan Sothcott and Neil Jones of Hereford Films.
A warning, an invitation or a death threat?
Emma Watson narrates a clip from Regression, in limited theaters on February 5th, in which Ethan Hawke drives through the streets and seemingly is being watched for nefarious purposes.
“Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
David Thewlis (The Fifth Estate, Harry Potter), David Dencik (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo) , Dale Dickey (Winter´s Bone, True Blood), Lothaire Bluteau (The Tudors) and Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) also star.
They ain’t afraid of no ghost.
Ghostbustersnews.com released a series of new character shots from Paul Feig’s modern Ghostbusters, which display the brand new ghost-busting crew that includes Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, as well as Chris Hemsworth – thus completely flipping the role reversal from the 1984 original.
“Dead criminals from all eras of New York’s underbelly past have returned to roost among the living,” EW recently stated revealing more of the plot. “Pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot-suited gangsters are ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth.”
Feig has filmed cameos (in new roles) for many of the original Ghostbusters cast, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and even Sigourney Weaver.
Andy Garcia, Michael Kenneth Williams, Matt Walsh and Pat Kiernan also star alongside Chris Hemsworth in Ghostbusters blasting into theaters July 15, 2016.
“SNL” vet Neil Casey is the main Ghostbusters villain. He is rumored to play the ghost of a murderer (sort of like Wes Craven’s Shocker, actually) who resurrects a ghost army based on historical characters.
It looks like the long-gestured adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand will have to wait even longer as director Josh Boone is instead moving forward on another King story, Revival.
Variety writes that Boone has already penned the script with Michael De Luca attached to produce.
The film is currently not set up at a studio, but sources indicate that Universal will get a first look, since De Luca does have a production deal with the studio.
Published in 2014, “the book follows a preacher who loses his faith when his wife and child are killed in an accident. He soon becomes obsessed in his experimentation into the healing power of electrical current, positioning him to act as God-like faith healer.
Intertwined with the preacher is a young man with demons of his own, who has benefited from the preacher’s talents and becomes a reluctant accomplice to his deadly obsession.”
Boone is still attached to direct The Stand, which is currently set up at CBS Films, and is also attached to helm The Vampire Chronicles for Universal.
The Stand has a long, weathered history that can be documented here on Bloody Disgusting. In June Showtime was said to be in talks to create an 8-part miniseries, while the last we really talked about the potential game-changer franchise (which had Matthew McConaughey pegged for the role of Randall Flag; although he’s now rumored to be attached to Stephen King’s The Dark Tower), it was set to be a 3-hour long epic.
We Are What We Are and American Psycho‘s Bill Sage, The Expendables‘ Dolph Lundgren, “Z Nation’s” Anastasia Baranova and “Entourage’s” Sabina Gadecki will lead the cast of Welcome to Willits, Bloody Disgusting can report.
Scream 4‘s Rory Culkin and A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Thomas Dekker round out the cast in supporting roles with Chris Zylka, Garrett Clayton, Karrueche Tran and Keelin Woodell.
The feature directorial debut of Trevor Ryan, written by his brother Tim Ryan, the film is adapted from their acclaimed 2015 SXSW Midnight Short “Welcome to Willits: After Sundown.”
Combining elements of horror, sci-fi and comedy, “Welcome to the Willits takes place deep in the Northern California woods, where residents struggle to fight off repeated attacks from mysterious creatures.
When local pot farmer Brock (Bill Sage) is caught up with a wayward group of campers, the situation quickly escalates into total carnage. Together with a ragtag crew including his wife Peggy (Sabina Gadecki), niece Courtney (Anastasia Baranova), scruffy drifter Possum (Rory Culkin), wannabe singer/songwriter Zack (Garrett Clayton), resourceful good old boy Jeremiah (Chris Zylka), unemployed stoner Klaus (Thomas Dekker), Klaus’ naïve girlfriend Besh (Karrueche Tran) and ditsy sorority girl Cassie (Keelin Woodell), Brock struggles to maintain his sanity while defending his family from perceived supernatural threats. Dolph Lundgren portrays Derek, a weathered police officer from Brock’s past who comes back to haunt him.“
“Using old-school special effects techniques, augmented with digital finishing touches, Welcome to Willits will be a throwback to great horror and sci-fi films of the past, while also offering a fresh take on the genre,” commented director Trevor Ryan. “The film offers a more complex anti-hero in Brock, a sympathetic figure reminiscent of everyone’s favorite uncle who has a little too much to drink at the family reunion, and who you just wish would get a handle on himself before it’s too late.”
The film is produced by Jordan Yale Levine/Yale Productions, Scott Levenson, Jon Keeyes and Shaun Sanghani/SSS Entertainment. Executive Producers include Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Joe Listhaus, Michael Rothstein and Brandon Baker. Event Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales.
Welcome to Willits commences production in Shreveport, Louisiana this week.
Exciting EFM news that has some teeth.
Spotlight Pictures has acquired worldwide sales rights for the gothic drama Angelica, Bloody Disgusting learned.
The film was written and directed by Teeth‘s Mitchell Lichtenstein and stars Jena Malone (Sucker Punch, The Hunger Games), two-time Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, Tumbleweeds) and Ed Stoppard (The Pianist).
“Angelica is a gothic tale of a newly married couple living in Victorian London who endures a series of increasingly alarming psychological and supernatural effects following the birth of their child.“
Produced by Joyce Pierpoline (Teeth), the film is based on the novel by Arthur Phillips with the same name.
Angelica first premiered as an official selection at last year’s Berlin Film Festival and will be showing this month at the European Film Market on Sunday, February 14th at 6:30pm at CinemaxX.
Aside from its talented cast, a team of seasoned artists collaborated on the movie, including two-time Academy Award nominee cinematographer Dick Pope (for Mr. Turner and The Illusionist), Academy Award nominee costume designer Rita Ryack (Casino, Apollo 13) and Academy Award winning production designer Luciana Arrighi (Howard’s End). Two-time César winner Zbigniew Preisner also composed the haunting score.
Earlier we premiered the new alternative poster, now check out a batch of stills from the Australian man-versus-beast horror film The Pack, in limited theaters and on VOD platforms February 5th via IFC Midnight.
In The Pack, “Man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family’s farmhouse in a fang-bearing fight for survival.”
Directed by Nick Robertson and written by Evan Randall Green, The Pack stars Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell and Kieran Thomas.
The “unknown compelling force” that claimed the lives of nine hikers on Siberia’s “Dead Mountain” in the winter of 1959 is one of the more unsettling real world mysteries we have yet to solve. The Dyatlov Pass incident has resurfaced only a handful of times in the last half century when it’s been used as a “based on a true story” hook by the 2013 horror film Devil’s Pass, and more recently by Polish developer IMGN.PRO for their indie horror game Kholat.
Set years after the event took place, Kholat takes players back to where it all went down. The game takes a non-linear approach to its world design so it can be explored freely and at your own pace. It’s out now on Steam, where it’s also been discounted to $8.60 (reg. $19.99). Otherwise, you can wait to grab it when it hits the PS4 on March 8.
SXSW Film Festival to Screen ‘I Am Not A Serial Killer,’ ‘Another Evil,’ ‘Slash’ and ‘Hardcore Henry’
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced several sections of the features lineup for its 23rd edition, running March 11-19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The acclaimed program draws thousands of fans, filmmakers, press and industry leaders to immerse in some of the most innovative, smart and entertaining new films around.
While the midnight selections won’t be revealed until next week, a few genre films and television series will premiere at the festival that we’ve been covering for more than a decade.
Here’s a breakdown of films to expect reviews of come the end of March.HEADLINERS
Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema.
Hardcore Henry (Russian Federation)
Director/Screenwriter: Ilya Naishuller
An unflinchingly original, first-person action film where YOU are the main character, Henry. Resurrected from death with no memory by your wife, your mission is find her, solve the mystery of your existence and discover the truth behind your identity. Cast: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Dasha Charusha, Sveta Ustinova (U.S. Premiere)
In A Valley of Violence
Director/Screenwriter: Ti West
The film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta (World Premiere)NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
Director/Screenwriter: Carson D. Mell
After encountering a ghost in his family’s vacation home, Dan and his wife Mary hire an “industrial-grade exorcist” named Os to get rid of the beings. Cast: Steve Zissis, Mark Proksch, Jennifer Irwin, Dax Flame, Steve Little, Dan Bakkedahl (World Premiere)
I Am Not A Serial Killer (Ireland/UK)
Director: Billy O’Brien, Screenwriters: Billy O’Brien, Chris Hyde
In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay. Cast: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Karl Geary (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Clay Liford
Neil is a questioning teen who secretly writes erotic fan fiction about popular sci-fi characters. When his classmate Julia discovers his writing, she leads him down a rabbit hole deep into the world of ‘slash’ fiction. Cast: Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle, Jessie Ennis, Peter Vack, Sarah Ramos, Robert Longstreet, Tishuan Scott, Lucas Neff (World Premiere)VISIONS
Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.
The Alchemist Cookbook
Director: Joel Potrykus
Self-made chemist Sean, a recluse living in an old trailer in the woods, suffers from pill-popping delusions of fortune. When his manic attempts at cracking the ancient secret of alchemy go awry he unleashes something far more sinister and dangerous. Cast: Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom (World Premiere)EPISODIC
Featuring innovative new work aimed squarely at the small screen, Episodic tunes in to the explosion of exciting material on non-theatrical platforms, including serialized TV, webisodes and beyond. (New for 2016: Open to all badgeholders)
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Robert Kirkman, Showrunner: Chris Black
Outcast, based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Cast: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt, Reg E. Cathey, David Denman (World Premiere)
Directors: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Screenwriter: Sam Catlin
Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who – along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy – is thrust into a crazy world, much bigger than he is. Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Lucy Griffiths (World Premiere)
New Line Cinema is pumping tons of quarters into the video game-to-film adaptation of Rampage as it’s been announced by Variety that “Colony” executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal have been tapped to rewrite the film, which is being directed by Brad Peyton and produced by Beau Flynn.
The director & producer combo are joined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Doom, Furious 7), who worked with the duo previously on the big earner San Adreas. No details are coming out yet about how the film is going to play out.
The original game allowed players to select either George the Gorilla, Lizze the Lizard, or Ralph the Werewolf and then embark on a mission to destroy city after city, which allowed us to live out our Godzilla-esque fantasies.
Thinking about it, I can see this movie going one of two ways. First idea: it’s super serious and becomes a 2014 Godzilla style film that’s dark, gritty, and shows how the destruction can truly affect and destroy the lives of people. On the other hand, what if the film was almost like a joke and completely embraced the ridiculousness of the game? What if it instead took inspiration from the 1998 Godzilla and slapped a heavy dose of humor and jocularity into the mix?
Either way, I think this movie could be seriously entertaining. And considering that the point of the game is to destroy multiple cities, I think a big expansive movie that uses a lot of CGI makes sense as we’re hopefully going to see destruction on a national level.
No matter what, I’ll be there!
The paranormal genre of horror is something that almost never fails to send shivers up and down my spine. I don’t know what it is about ghost stories but if they’re done well then I’ll have nightmares and be scared to walk into a dark room. I’ll do that thing where I turn off the light at the bottom of the stairs and then run up because it feels like something is right behind me, reaching out from the darkness.
So, for all my paranormal fans, here’s a quiz that will test your knowledge of the genre! Below are 10 questions that ask various questions about the paranormal, from random facts to who starred in what movie. If you think you’ve got what it takes, head on down and give it a shot!
As always, be sure to share with us your results in the comments!
Looking like a ripoff of Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore and “Bad Motherf-cker”! music video, here’s some really cool new imagery from the sci-fi action/thriller Pandemic starring Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Continuum), Mekhi Phifer (Insurgent, Divergent, 8 Mile), Missi Pyle (The Artist, Gone Girl, Big Fish), Alfie Allen (John Wick, Atonement, Game of Thrones), Danielle Rose Russell (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Paul Guilfoyle (L.A. Confidential, Air Force One, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Pat Healy (Rescue Dawn, Magnolia).
Directed by John Suits (The Scribbler), Pandemic features non-stop action from a first person shooter perspective (FPS), putting the audience in the middle of every fight whilst feeling in control of every punch thrown and shot fired. You can see how this works by watch the aforementioned videos by Naishuller.
XLrator Media will release Pandemic in limited theaters on April 1st then on VOD and iTunes the following Tuesday, April 4th.
“Pandemic” is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead the charge in the hunt for uninfected civilian survivors.
Lauren’s objective is simple – lead her team into the field and rescue survivors. Lauren and her team: Gunner (tactical command), Denise (navigation), and Wheeler (driver), put on their anti-contamination suits, complete with cameras so their experiences can be used for research, and leave the compound. But nothing could have prepared them for the mayhem they are about to walk into.
Nearly two weeks ago, we posted that Fox ordered a pilot for “The Exorcist“, a new horror drama based on the 1971 William Peter Blatty novel of the same name. Well, today it’s been announced by Deadline that Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has been tapped to direct the pilot.
Per our previous post:
The one-hour drama pilot is described as a modern reinvention inspired by Blatty’s book — a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.
The Exorcist was converted into a movie in 1973, which was directed by William Friedkin and starring Linda Blair. It has since become one of the most infamous horror films of all time.
It’s not yet certain when Fox plans on airing this show but we’ll be keeping a very close eye on the projects. After all, the power of Christ compels us!
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive alternate poster for the Australian man-versus-beast horror film The Pack, in limited theaters and on VOD platforms February 5th via IFC Midnight.
In The Pack, “Man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family’s farmhouse in a fang-bearing fight for survival.”
Directed by Nick Robertson and written by Evan Randall Green, The Pack stars Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell and Kieran Thomas.