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While we dream of getting an uncut director's edit of Clive Barker's 1990 Nightbreed on Blu-ray, the artist/writer-turned-director reveals on his website that a TV series is in the works! "We are also actively in conversation about doing a 'Nightbreed' television series which will be for cable, so it will have a chance to be as sexy or as graphic in terms of the violence as we need it to be," says Barker. "For example, do you have Spartacus over there? Oh my God, it redefines gruesome... I also applaud them for finally realising its not a bad thing to see a manhood once in a while its not as if half the world doesnt see it daily..." Barker continues, "The sensitivity of our culture has sort of caught up with Nightbreed. I dont wish to be immodest, but the general sense is that the movie failed because people didnt want to associate with the monster and I think our culture has changed I think our culture is now ready to embrace the ambiguity. Youve only got to look at Twilight where obviously the monsters are the good guys Im not a huge fan but Im enough of a fan to watch and see monsters being celebrated." The original was set in the Canadian wilderness where the search is on for a serial killer and an ancient tribe of monsters called the night-breed.
Lionsgate dumped on us two fresh hi-res looks at The Cabin in the Woods (review), which begins making its free screening rounds this week before opening wide on Friday, April 13. Both images feature Kristen Connolly, one battling a creature, the other bloodied up on a dock. Directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, and penned by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"'s Joss Whedon, Lionsgate's R-rated high concept slaher follows "A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. 'Cabin in the Woods' is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out."
The hilarious Bob Odenkirk has come aboard to co-star in the stop-motion animated comedy movie Hell & Back, joining an ensemble voice cast that includes Mila Kunis, Nick Swardson, TJ Miller and Rob Riggle, reports Deadline. The feature, the first from stop-motion Robot Chicken studio ShadowMachine, is an R-rated comedy about two best friends who must rescue their buddy from the depths of hell. Odenkirk will play the Devil, whos been running Hell since before time began, and its starting to get on his nerves. The actor-writer-director currently co-stars on AMCs "Breaking Bad" and has won two Emmys for writing. Tommy Gianas is directing; ShadowMachines Corey Campodonico, Eric Blyler and Alex Bulkley are producing along with Ross Shuman, with current writing revisions by Hugh Sterbakov.
The Incident star Kenny Doughty will star alongside Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner in The Host director Bong Joon-ho's Snow Piercer, reports Variety. Oldboy helmer Park Chan-wook is producing Snow Piercer, a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a world covered in snow and ice, story follows a train full of travelers who struggle to co-exist. The film is an adaptation of the French post-apocalyptic graphic novel "Le Transperceneige" and is gearing up for a shoot in the Czech Republic.
IFC Midnight will release Evan Kelly's Canadian thriller The Corridor this Friday, March 30th. A piece about male-bonding and miscommunication described as "The Big Chill slammed into The Evil Dead." Stephen Chambers, James Gilbert, David Patrick Flemming, Matthew Amyotte, and Glen Matthews all star. I recently caught up with Kelly on the phone to chat about his approach to The Corridor. We covered character, horrific acts, casting an ensemble and yes - the film's surface similarities to Dreamcatcher. Don't let that deter you though, Kelly's film is a much more focussed piece of work. "Tyler Crawley needs his friends, now more than ever. Recovering from mental stress in the wake of his mom's death, Tyler has been counting on a weekend with the guys to bring him back to normal. For Tyler's sake his old buddies rally themselves, though the "glue" which keeps them together has weakened with the passing of recent years -- a natural enough occurrence. But with the introduction of a single unnatural occurrence -- the corridor itself -- the knots in these male bonds will come loose with a terrifying speed. Both a fantastical passageway to somewhere and a passageway into the mind of the male animal, the corridor will lead Tyler and his friends to the very edge of sanity and beyond..." Hit the jump to check out the interview!
The Cabin in the Woods (review) recently took the SXSW Film Festival by storm where it was selected as the Opening Night Feature Film for the entire festival. Its funny, bloody, and scary. Our readers should eagerly lap this one up starting on Friday, April 13. I was lucky enough to conduct several interviews with many of the creators and participants in the film. Up first are veteran actors Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins. I was only allowed 10 minutes, one-on-two with the gentlemen, and asked not to reveal any key plot points of the film. This made an organized and cohesive interview near impossible, but I think you can still get the gist of whats going on. Hit the jump to check it out.
Back in September of 2006, Dimension was developing O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce, an Image Comics series that launched in July of that year. That comic was co-created by Rosario Dawson and David Atchison, and it was always designed as a star vehicle for her. But time changes things. Obviously that iteration of Occult Crimes Taskforce never happened but, proving that there's hope for even the most tortured of development projects, now it appears as though A&E and "Walking Dead" producer Gale Anne Hurd may have come to the rescue. Per the Hollywood Reporter, "Rosario Dawson is teaming with The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd to bring her graphic novel to A&E with both women attached as executive producers. The scripted drama, an increasingly appealing genre for the cable network, will explore the inner workings of the task force, which was established after the Civil War to make the New York City streets safe from practitioners of black magic, demons from another dimension and all manner of supernatural malcontents." The show "will center on the character of Sophia Ortiz, a new member of the bureau who uses magic, spells, ghosts, the undead and the unnatural. At the heart of the story is an ongoing struggle between the O.C.T. detectives and an organized demon-force attempting to take over Manhattan." This concept sounds like it may actually be better suited to television than film, I could actually see it taking off as a variation on the standard police procedural formula.
Big Air Studios will release Darren Lynn Bousman's 11-11-11 on DVD this coming April 24th. Special features will include a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and, of course, a commentary. And we have a sample of that commentary for you today. Even if I didn't love 11-11-11, I think Bousman's a smart, engaging guy and I quite like the clip we're previewing here. It's a particularly interesting segment wherein he discusses the leaked international print that caused problems for the production while they were in post. I definitely recommend taking a look. And if you're a fan of the film, even better. In the film, "After the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain to reunite with his estranged brother Samuel and dying father, Richard. However, fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings, and the constant sightings of the number 11. Curiosity quickly turns to obsession, and Joseph soon realizes that this number holds a horrific meaning not only to himself but possibly to all of religion. Isolated in a foreign country with only the support of his companion, Sadie, Joseph soon realizes that 11/11/11 is more than just a date, its a WARNING!" Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glenn, Lluis Soler, Ángela Rosal, Brendan Price, Salomé Jimenez, Benjamin Cook and Montse Alcoverro all star. Bousman directed Saw II-IV, Repo!,Mother's Day, and is currently in post on The Barrens. Hit the jump for the exclusive clip!
Ridley Scott's Prometheus was the subject of an Empire Magazine profile that we discussed earlier today and now some brand new images have emerged from that article with a much better look at the cast! "Ridley Scott, director of 'Alien' and 'Blade Runner,' returns to the genre he helped define. With 'Prometheus', he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race." In theaters June 8, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, Patrick Wilson all star. Hit the jump for a better look at Charlize Theron and Sean Harris' characters!
Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter", Quarantine) is the latest actor to join The Occult for The Grey producer Mickey Liddell. She joins Colm Meaney, ("Hell On Wheels", Get Him To The Greek), Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark City) and newcomer Alycia Debnam-Carey have all been announced for the thriller which The Roommate director Christian Christiansen is now helping. The story, " follows a small commune dealing with a prophecy that predicts the coming of the Devil's daughter. As the shared 18th birthday of five girls approaches, a sequence of murders causes panic to spread through the community, making some wonder whether the prophecy is coming true or if someone is silencing those who know too much." The Occult is now filming in North Carolina.
To go along with these 9 bus shelter posters, Warner Bros. Pictures has released another set of 9 one-sheets that depict all of Dark Shadows' colorful characters, along with the tagline: "Strange is relative." I guess Barnabas Collins, played by Johnny Depp, isn't the only thing bizarre in this modern take on the old spooky soap that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. In theaters May 11 from director Tim Burton, "The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green's witch Angelique) way back in the 1700s and buried. He's just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer's Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller's Roger - despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood."
*Updated with the film's official motion poster that transports Colin Farrell into Recall. Moviegoers will begin their Recall experience on Sunday, April 1, as Columbia Pictures debuts the trailer for Underworld director Len Wiseman's highly anticipated action thriller Total Recall during the NBA game between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat broadcast nationally on ABC. Following, an extended version will make it's way online. Until then, check out the following video teaser! Total Recall, in theaters August 3, is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick. "Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) whom he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston) there is no one Quaid can trust, except possibly a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) working for the head of the underground resistance (Bill Nighy). The line between fantasy and reality gets blurred and the fate of his world hangs in the balance as Quaid discovers his true identity, his true love, and his true fate."
The boys over in the UK at Empire Magazine have done some solid reporting getting Ridley Scott to finally open up about the Alien connection in Twentieth Century Fox's forthcoming Prometheus, which is a prequel to Scott's 1979 film that brought horror to the blackest depths of space. It all begins with the elusive Space Jockey, which is featured prominently in the trailers: "[I've wanted to revisit it for] years! Years, years, years," he stresses, of Alien's space traveller subplot. "I always wondered when they did [Aliens] 2,3 and 4 why they hadn't touched upon that, instead of evolving into some other fantastic story. They missed the biggest question of them all: who's the big guy? And where were they going? And with what? Why that cargo? There's all kinds of questions." Another question for Scott is the film's rating. He hints that the violence may have been toned-down enough to facilitate a PG-13 rating, but intriguingly suggests that the impact will match the R-grade shocks of Alien and Aliens. "The question is, do you go for the PG-13, [which] financially makes quite a difference, or do you go for what it should be, which is R? Essentially, it's kinda R." He adds, "It's not just about the blood, it's about ideas that are very stressful. I'm not an idiot, but I'll do everything I can to get the most aggressive film I can." What's so interesting about the rating conversation is that I literally forgot that was an issue during pre-production. In fact, Fox allegedly nearly shut down the film during a quarrel with Scott. I'm kind of glad that none of us are harping on the fact that it will be PG-13. Looking at the footage, I personally don't even care anymore. You?
The Aussie horror-drama Suing the Devil, which comes from Mouth Watering Productions, and stars Malcolm McDowell, Shannen Fields, Tom Sizemore, and Corbin Bernsen, will be opening On Demand April 6. Below you'll find the trailer and poster for the film written and directed by Timothy A. Chey. "Luke O'Brien, a washed-up janitor turned night law student, decides to sue Satan for $8 trillion dollars. On the last day before Luke files a default judgment, Satan appears to defend himself. On Satan's legal team are 10 of the country's best trial lawyers. The entire world watches on Legal TV to see who will win the Trial of the Century." Get more at the film's official website.
A slow week for big horror titles, but there is an interesting Roger Corman documentary, Corman's World, which is definitely worth a watch for the fans of all things low budget and sleazy. Which should be everyone reading this. Enjoy your week and check out the rest of the releases below. CAMEL SPIDERS (DVD/Blu-ray) Anchor Bay Home Entertainment Based on actual creatures that, for years, have tormented our armed forces in the Middle East, Camel Spiders have now invaded the southwestern deserts of the United States, freely hunting for prey and unafraid of any predator - including man. No place is safe, no one is beyond their paralyzing sting. In the end, a small band of hearty fighters are forced to make one last stand against the creatures. MICAH SAYS: Are these even real?I always thought the pictures of giant Camel Spiders were Web hoaxes circa 2002. Of course, if they were real that would be bad ass. Too bad this movie has awful CGI.
Arriving on DVD and VOD April 3 as part of the Bloody Disgusting Selects series is the post-apocalyptic comedy Hellacious Acres: The Case of John Glass. "The story centers on a man suffering from amnesia who wakes up inside a cryogenic freezer as a robotic voice bombards him with information about World War III." We've just now added four exclusive images to our image gallery, along with an excluisve clip after the jump. You can also now pre-order the flick, which reminds me of a feature version of "Fallout", over on Amazon. Montreal-based director Pat Tremblay wrote, directed and played the titular character in Hellacious along with editing, co-scoring and creating most of the visual effects. Cast includes Navin Pratap, Jamie Abrams, Paula J. Davis, Laurent Lecompte and Francis Dubois. Hellacious Acres was acquired out of its North American premiere as an official selection of the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
Next to "Tales From the Crypt" and The Evil Dead trilogy, my favorite franchise growing up was easily the Don Mancini-created Child's Play, Tom Holland's 1988 horror film in which a petty thug possesses a "Good Guy" doll. I'd hate to see the story of Charles Lee Ray end with the comedy Seed of Chucky -- I want nothing more than to see the devilish doll return to his sinister roots... While rumors swirled of a reboot almost exact a year to this day, nothing has come into fruition. Nothing ever does, which is why the following should be taken with a grain of salt -- although, it should be acknowledged that MGM - the franchise rights holder - has sorted their sh*t out, and has been moving on quite a few projects... Our friends at Moviehole are reporting that there are reportedly two Childs Play projects in the works: the aforementioned remake and a spin-off of sorts involving Chuckys immediate family, Revenge of Chucky. The news came out of a reunion panel at The Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina featuring stars Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif and Chris Sarandon. Dourif, who is the definitive voice of ol' Chuckster, confirmed that he's involved in both projects but has not seen a script for the Child's Play remake yet. Don Mancini and David Kirschner have been planning to reboot the franchise for several years with Mancini both writing and directing. It is said that, if made, the remake will be a darker and scarier retelling of the original film, but one that will offer new twists and turns.
First reported back in February 2010, Gallic thesp Vincent Cassel (the creepy, creepy dude from Sheitan and Black Swan) toplines The Monk, an 18th century-set thriller based on Matthew Lewis' Gothic novel. The film is now complete and has a quad poster, alongside the first international trailer and a batch of stills. The Monk depicts the rise and tragic downfall of Capucin Ambrosio, a respected Spanish monk. "The story concerns a Spanish monk named Ambrosio and his violent downfall. He is undone by carnal lust for his pupil, a woman disguised as a monk (Matilda), who is eventually revealed as an instrument of Satan in female form, who has orchestrated Ambrosio's downfall from the start." The Madrid-set pic stars Deborah Francois, Sergi Lopez and Geraldine Chaplin (The Orphanage). French-German director Dominik Moll directs. You'll find more at the film's official website.
Warner Bros. is entrusting its recently acquired spec The Waiting to KatzSmith Prods. partners Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, the latter of whom will make his feature directorial debut with the teen thriller, reports Variety. First-time scribes Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard wrote the script, which WB pre-emptively acquired back in February. "Story follows two young filmmakers who decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor." It will employ a combination of traditional narrative and found footage, much like Lionsgate's forthcoming Sinister . KatzSmith continues to develop a sequel to Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. Grahame-Smith has a busy few months ahead of him, with his new novel, "Unholy Night," hitting shelves in April, a month before Warners releases Burton's Dark Shadows, which Grahame-Smith wrote. Scribe also adapted his own novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which 20th Century Fox opens June 22.
No, that's not the cover of the new Moody Blues album you're seeing. Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' Seventh Son started shooting on March 19th under the direction of award-winning filmmaker Sergei Bodrov. And to celebrate (or whatever) Legendary has released some concept art for the film! It certainly gives it that Lord Of The Rings vibe doesn't it? As previously reported, Seventh Son stars Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Oscar nominee Julianne Moore, and Ben Barnes. The film's international cast also includes Alicia Vikander, Antje Traue, Olivia Williams and Kit Harington. Bodrov is directing from a screenplay by Matt Greenberg, Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight, based on the book "The Spook's Apprentice" by Joseph Delaney. In the film, "In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. Master Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a knight who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: Master Gregory. In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes), to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man's only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son." WB will release Seventh Son on February 15, 2013. Hit the jump to take a look at the full pic!