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Millennium Entertainment's Intruders hits theaters at the end of the month and we have a significant new clip from the film to help get you primed. In it, Ella Purnell's Mia reads to her classmates the twisted tale of the origins of Hollow Face. Starring Clive Owen, Daniel Brühl, Carice Van Houten, Pilar López de Ayala, Ella Purnell, Izan Corchero and Kerry Fox, the supernatural thriller was directed by 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. "Though no one can see him, Hollow Face lurks in the corners, desperately desiring love but only knowing how to spread fear and hate. He creeps into the life of John Farrow (Clive Owen) after Farrows beloved 13-year-old daughter Mia (Ella Purnell) is assaulted in their home. The line between the real and the imaginary blurs as fissures start to open within the family unit. It seems that no security measure can keep Hollow Face out." Intruders screens at the SXSW Film Festival on March 13th at 11:59PM. It hits theaters everywhere on March 30th.
Summit Entertainment's Sinister had a "secret" screening last night at The SXSW Film Festival in Austin. I had to put "secret" in quotes because a certain trade magazine decided to spoil the surprise just because they could. Directed by The Exorcism of Emily Rose's Scott Derrickson, the film stars Ethan Hawke, James Ranson, and Juliet Rylance and there's been quite a bit of anticipation for it, especially considering that it doesn't open until October 5th. Sadly, the film didn't live up to expectations. Mr. Disgusting writes in with his review. "While the chiller will cloud your mind with extreme visuals and a brooding score/sound design, you shouldn't be tricked into thinking this is a good movie Sinister is a plot-laden mess that requires an incredibly high amount of suspension of disbelief. The best way to describe it is '8MM' meets 'Paranormal Activity'. In an odd turn of events, this film is still highly recommended for those seeking one good scare and an unnerved stomach, it's highly effective." Penned by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, "the story follows a journalist who moves his family into a house where another family was murdered. After moving in, he uncovers found footage that leads to clues about the murders." Click here for the review.
The second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" has all been leading up to this. Episode 02.13. The Season finale. "Beside The Dying Fire". People have been talking about that infamous "spoiler" for weeks, but if you've seen tonight's episode - what was once a spoiler is now a narrative crossing of the rubicon for the series. Has "The Walking Dead" done what it needs to do to pick up steam? Or will it begin (or continue) to dwindle? " "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth." Hit the jump for the preview.
Austin Chick's Girls Against Boys premiered at Austin's SXSW Film Festival on Friday, and there's a new clip (or compendium of clips, rather) that might make you want to re-think those handcuffs in your bedside drawer. It's a controversial movie, so it will be interesting to see what kind of distribution it lands.* *Update: K5 Films has taken on international sales for the project. Per Deadline, "The film joins other titles on K5′s upcoming Cannes slate including Vehicle 19 with Paul Walker; Bille Augusts 'Night Train To Lisbon' and Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen starrer 'Very Good Girls'." The film, starring Nicole LaLiberte (Kaboom, Dinner For Schmucks) and Danielle Panabaker (Friday The 13th (2009), Piranha 3DD), is "a psychological thriller about two girls on a killing spree. With edgy and ironic humor and a darkly meditative tone, it is also a coming-of-age story about a girl learning how the world really works." You can check out the clip here.
Open Road's Silent House, the remake of the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda, opened on Friday and pulled in around $7 Million at the North American Box Office. That's not an amazing number, but then again the production cost of the film was under $1 Million so it's possible it will still make its money back after P&A expenses (depending on what those are). I personally thought Elizabeth Olsen gave a remarkable performance. It's entirely up to her to carry this "real-time" supernatural thriller and she more than pulls it off with an intense, layered performance. While the film isn't perfect, I thought it had a fair share of impressive elements and was able to pull off some nice moments of terror. Also, Nikki Finke thinks that La Casa Muda, was actually shot in one take ("the original was an impressive one-shot movie [i.e. one continuous take])". It wasn't. She also believes that the reason Silent House didn't do better was that, "their remake stitches together several sequences and is only made to look as if its a one-shot pic. A backlash ensued since genre movie fans take their horror seriously." While I respect the opinion of anyone who didn't like the film, directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau were very upfront that the film is actually comprised of 8-9 takes. No one was really hiding anything. I suspect if you didn't go see the film it was for entirely different reasons than the ones that Finke outlined. It's kind of strange having a non-genre fan put words into your mouth isn't it? What did you think of the film? Click here to write your own review. Also, if you didn't go, let us know why in the comments.
We're going to try something new here at Bloody-Disgusting, a semi-weekly caption contest. I say semi-weekly because we might be a few days early or a few days late here and there, but it will occur with some regularity. Hopefully, it's a chance for everyone to have some fun and win some prizes while they're at it. The prizes will change from week to week. Rules: 1. We pick a still from a movie. It's included after the jump. You head to the comments section and submit your best one-liners, zingers, pathos riddled couplets etc... 2. You can enter as many times as you like and submit as many captions as you want, but each caption must be in a separate comment. Otherwise it will be too hard to tell where one caption ends and the other begins. You must also correctly guess the film the still is from. Your entries can be posted anytime during the first five days after the still is announced (you don't want to submit your winning zinger after we've picked the winner). Also any racist, homophobic or generally hateful jokes will be disqualified. You don't have to be insanely PC - just use your best judgement. 3. We pick the winner and announce them and their winning caption when the next photo in the contest is posted. We will address you by your BD Infected name. You can then DM me your address and I will send you your prize in a timely manner (i.e. you should have it in about a week). Sound good? This week's prize is a Paranormal Activity 3 Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack. Again, the prizes will change from week to week. Some will be vintage, some will be new. Hit the jump to check out the still!
I'd been unaware of Cell Count up until today, but that was until I saw this cool poster by Tom Hodge at The Dude Designs. The film is written and directed by Todd Freeman (Wake Before I Die) and stars Robert McKeehen ("Leverage"), Haley Talbot ("Grimm"), Ted Rooney ("Boardwalk Empire") and Daniel Baldwin. The film, "is the story of Russell Carpenter, who reluctantly admits his wife, Sadie, into an experimental treatment facility for her life threatening disease. While locked in this prison like surrounding they, along with six others, are unknowingly subjected to a cure that might just be worse than the disease itself." Cell Count was chosen as the Closing Night Film and to also have its World Premiere at this year's Fantaspoa Film Festival in Brazil. You can keep up with the film at its official site and Facebook page. Hit the jump for the poster and trailer!
Paco Plaza's [REC] 3 Genesis, the prequel to the found footage zombie/exorcism franchise, premiered yesterday at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. And unfortunately, it doesn't live up to expectations. Mr. Disgusting writes in with his review. "The sequel becomes your stereotypical infected horror film, with most of the scares coming from off-screen jolts (with loud audio stings), and the rest filled with violent death scenes that shockingly didn't get much of an audience reaction. It was really interesting watching theatergoers sit in silence as people are chain sawed in half and decapitated, which was telling of the poor choice in losing the cameras. While the loud stings had all of us jumping, there was no post-scare chatter, and even worse is that none of this will work on a home theater system, which is where most of you will see this." In the film, "Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know whats happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding." Check out the review here.
The Cabin In The Woods, the new film from Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard and Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon premiered last night at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin and Mr. Disgusting writes in with his review. In a nutshell? He loved it. With some minor reservations. It's a review I couldn't agree more with, though perhaps mine will be even more positive. "It's hard to elaborate without giving anything away, but it should be known that Cabin in the Woods will become an instant classic among genre fans. It's immediate. To say it's the Scream of the new decade is sort of a misnomer - seeing that people outside of horror may not "get the joke" - but for those on the inside, expect a heartfelt and blood-soaked homage to all of the films we've grown up watching. " In the film, "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." Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams and Brian White all star. Click here for the review. The Cabin In The Woods opens Friday, April 13th.
Colm Meaney (pictured inside; "Hell On Wheels", Get Him To The Greek) is the later actor to join The Occult for The Grey producer Mickey Liddell. Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Colm Meaney, one of the co-stars of AMCs Hell on Wheels, has joined the cast of The Occult, an indie thriller from LD Entertainment." Rufus Sewell (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Dark City), Anne Heche (Rampart, Nothing to Fear) and newcomer Alycia Debnam-Carey have all been announced for the thriller which The Roommate director Christian Christiansen will helm. "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 goes into production this month in North Carolina.
Sean Byrne's The Loved Ones will be making its way to theaters in June via Tugg and Paramount. Tugg is "an innovative collective action web platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play at local theaters." Check it out here. To celebrate the announcement, Paramount has dropped a teaser that more than hints at the film's crazy vibe. "Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom, but Brent said no, and now he's screwed. What happens when Lola doesn't get what she wants? She enlists Daddy's help to throw a prom of her own, where she is queen and Brent is king whether he likes it or not. 'The Loved Ones' is what happens when puppy love goes horribly, violently wrong. Brent should have said yes ." Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, Victoria Thaine, Xavier Samuel, John Brumpton, Robin McLeavy all star. Hit the jump for the clip.
Vanessa Williams (Pictured inside; "Desperate Housewives") is just the later cast member moving into "666 Park Avenue", ABC's supernatural-tinged drama pilot. She joins Rachael Taylor, Dave Annabele and Terry O'Quinn. Per Deadline, "Wisteria Lane resident Vanessa Williams is moving to a new address 666 Park Ave. Williams has become the first Desperate Housewives cast member to book a new pilot, ABCs supernatural drama 666 Park Avenue. The casting stems from the talent holding deal Williams signed with ABC in November." The thriller, based on the Gabriella Pierce book series of the same name, "centers on a young couple (Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable) that accepts an offer to manage one of the most historic apartment buildings in New York City. They unwittingly begin to experience supernatural occurrences, which complicate and endanger the lives of everyone in the building." The pilot was written by "Fringe" scribe David Wilcox.
Just when we'd forgotten about A&E's "Bates Motel", a potential series from Universal Television for A&E that would serve as a prequel to the Alfred Hitchcock 1960 classic Psycho, we get a jolt of news that reminds us that this project is very much alive. Carlton Cuse has joined the Roy Lee and Mark Wolper produced series. Per The Hollywood Reporter, "Carlton Cuse, who along with Damon Lindelof executive produced and acted as showrunners of ABC's "Lost", is boarding A&Es "The Bates Motel". If the show is picked up to series, Cuse will executive produce and oversee the writing and production what is being envisioned intially as a six-episode event" that would lead to additional seasons. It also marks the first genre TV project for Cuse since his acclaimed run on "Lost"." The show, "aims to tell the story of a young Bates and how his life with his deranged mother and her lover unhinged his mind, eventually turning him into a serial killer. It has been described as a cross between "Twin Peaks" and "Smallville"."
First of all, if you've never seen Dance Of the Dead that's a situation you should remedy quickly. Director Gregg Bishop and Screenwriter Joe Ballarini fashioned a great, fun gory and touching John Hughes influenced yarn out of a meager budget. I recommend it highly. Not they're back with Lockdown At Franklin High, "about a straight edge teen girl and her rebellious, socially outcast brother as they try to escape from their prison-like high school which has been locked down and plunged into anarchy and pandemonium due to the attacks of a ravenous, supernatural monster. The inspiration is real high school lockdowns and tragedies and the intention is to use that for a dark and visceral roller coaster of intense fear and emotion." Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are also in the mix. Per Deadline, "Sony Pictures ended the week by closing preemptive deal for Lockdown At Franklin High, a spec script by 'Dance of the Dead' team of Greg Bishop and Joe Ballarini. The bidding was competitive and Sonys plan is to move quickly to get a director and put the film into production. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form also in conversations to produce." It's interesting that they're looking for a director, since Bishop directed Dance with Ballarini getting sole writing credit. I assumed he would be directing this project as well. Looks like they collaborated on the script and are looking for someone else to helm. We'll see how this plays out. Either way? It's good news.
I know there's a lot of Frankenstein projects to keep straight in your mind these days. But, if it helps, Frankenstein's Army is actually filming. Closing out its first week of principal photography in the ancient village of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, MPI Media Group and XYZ Films proudly announce the central cast of the film, an international gathering with European talent hailing from The UK, Russia, and Czech Republic. The hotly-anticipated action/horror film, set toward the end of World War II, stars Alexander Mercury (The Golden Compass), Joshua Sasse (The Big I Am), Luke Newberry (The Heart of Me), Andrei Zayats (X-Men: First Class), Mark Stevenson (The Last Horror Movie), Hon Ping Tang (The Fifth Element), Cristina Catalina (Eastern Promises), Robert Gwylim (Escape from Sobibor), and Jan De Lukovicz. An announcement regarding the highly-coveted role of Viktor, a charismatic but wildly megalomaniacal scientist whose experiments with the living dead could turn the tide for Hitlers Nazi forces, is expected from the production next week. The film, "takes place toward the end of World War II, as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein's work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades - a desperate Hitler's last ghastly ploy to escape defeat."
It's hard to believe The Ring is almost 10 years old. I remember loving the first two acts of Gore Verbinski's film with Naomi Watts. Sure it fizzles a bit in the end, but it's miles better than a lot of the stuff we get these days. Anyway, provided you're willing to do business with Best Buy (it's an exclusive title) you can have it on March 20th for just $19.99 Special Features Include: Don't Watch This in HD Rings short film in HD Cursed Video in HD Theatrical trailer in HD Cast and filmmaker interviews The Origin of Terror
Vin Diesel's weekly Facebook update from the set of Riddick, the R-rated David Twohy-directed sequel to Pitch Black, is here. This time around it's even more candid than usual, both shots feature Diesel and Twohy discussing (ostensibly) the shot at hand. Riddick also sees the return of Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Vaako and introduces to the series previously announced cast member Jordi Molla as Santana, the arrogant captain of the mercenary ship; Matt Nable (Killer Elite) as Boss Johns, a man looking for answers; Katee Sackhoff (TV's Battlestar Galactica) as the Nordic mercenary Dahl; and Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall) as bounty hunter Moss. Rounding out the cast are Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Nolan Funk (Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer Keri Hilson. Hit the jump for the pics!
The Jose Padilha directed remake of RoboCop is fast becoming a reality! The original film about about a cop who was near death and was drafted to become a powerful cyborg cop is so iconic - and so good that part of me just didn't process that this was happening. Part of me feels that there's almost no way they can get this right and they should just leave Paul Verhoeven's 1987 original alone. I don't often say that - I usually have a pretty open mind about remakes - but I'm concerned. Stuff we already knew? Strike Entertainment partners Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing. Josh Zetumer wrote the script. Joel Kinnaman has been cast in the lead role originated by Peter Weller. Sony will distribute the MGM film. The news today is that the film will be released on August 9th, 2013. That's when we'll have the new model of RoboCop. Feels weird, doesn't it?
I swear I was only planning on having two The Cabin In The Woods pieces today. After all, even though the film is premiering at the SXSW Film Festival tonight - it has another month to go before you will be able to see it. And I don't want to burn you out. However, the tides of the internet have turned and these new official stills have come ashore. I'm damned if I give them to you and "overhype" the movie, and I'm damned if I don't give them to you because it's my job. Anyway, as long as you guys keep in mind that The Cabin In The Woods just a great movie, but not the cure for cancer, I can't see how you'll be disappointed when it hits on Friday, April 13th. You can look forward to one part of a great Drew Goddard interview before the film's release, and a more spoilery segment after. In the meantime, at least we have a few more great pics. This means we can switch out the pic of Anna Hutchinson kissing that wolf every now and then! Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams and Brian White all star. Hit the jump to check out the new pics!
From writer/director Doug Roos comes post-apocalyptic love story The Sky Has Fallen. The low-budget indie used no CGI whatsoever and won "Best Horror Feature" at the Indie Gathering Film Festival and "Best Feature" at the Freak Show Horror Film Festival. In the film, "Within a couple hours, a new plague wipes out almost all of the world's population. Trying to avoid infection, people flee to remote locations, but they start seeing mysterious black figures carrying away the dead and experimenting on them. Now, Lance and Rachel, two survivors determined to fight back, must kill the leader of these creatures before the rest of humanity disappears." Hit the jump to check out the trailer.