Dubbed as a “new kind of horror film”, Miguel Ángel Vivas’ Extinction is out now via VOD and we’re here to bring you a fresh and unique look into the film by going behind-the-scenes on Sergio Moure De Oteyza‘s score. Below is a video that interviews De Oteyza about the purpose of the music in the movie as well as giving us a chance to hear the music itself.
The synopsis for Extinction reads:
For nine years, Patrick (Matthew Fox), Jack (Jeffrey Donovan) and his daughter Lu (Quinn McColgan) have outlasted the zombie apocalypse by shutting themselves off in the snowbound town of Harmony. The monsters have seemingly disappeared, with no sign of other survivors, but the constant fear of the unknown is starting to take a toll on this makeshift family. When Patrick goes scavenging for food, he discovers the undead have returned and evolved into something terrifying, beyond imagination. Will the last breath of the human race survive a second zombie apocalypse?
The soundtrack will be made available this Friday.
Not to be confused with the awesome The Final Girls, check out this new clip from Tyler Shields’ Final Girl, which shows Wes Bentley training a young Abigail Breslin for revenge.
“Breslin plays Veronica, the new girl in school. She’s shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself…
Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt.”
Final Girl hits VOD platforms August 14th.
In this new clip from Joel Edgerton’s The Gift (read our review), Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall receive an unwanted present that appears nice in nature – but Bateman’s character still thinks the gift-giver is a “weirdo”.
The Gift is now in theaters via new distribution company, STX.
“Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged….chances are there is someone out there who won’t ever forget it…or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?“
After Dark Films ‘8 Films to Die For’ lineup continues to be revealed one-by-one.
Now, Bloody Disgusting learned that The Wicked Within is set to snag the 3rd spot in the horror festival.
Directed by Jay Alaimo and produced by Gianni Capaldi and Enzo Cilenti, we scored the official trailer and one-sheet for the pic that stars Karen Austin (Summer Rental), Gianni Capaldi (Blood of Redemption), Enzo Cilenti (Guardians of the Galaxy), Sienna Guillory (Resident Evil), Michele Hicks (Mulholland Drive), and Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight).
“When a little girl dies, her family gathers to mourn the loss. Yet the pain is not forgotten and a vengeful demon spirit takes possession of a vulnerable family member tearing at the ties that bind them all together. One by one, it forces each family member to confess to his or her buried lies and face the morbid consequences of their sins.”
‘8 Films to Die For’ will be released in theaters on October 16, 2015, with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment handling all ancillary forms of media, including Digital HD, DVD and VOD.
Australia’s Kimble Rendall has set China-Australia co-production The Nest 3D as his next project after his debut film Bait 3D, pictured, scored with Chinese audiences, says Variety.
The story involves the innocent discovery of a well preserved mummified emperor from 200 BC that unlocks a 2,000 year old nightmare and secrets that should have remained buried.
“When a scientist disappears in the Chinese desert an international team of colleagues embarks on a search and rescue mission. Once in the wild a flash fire forces the search party into an abandoned building where they find themselves besieged by an even more terrifying threat driven to the surface by the heat.: swarms of flesh eating Funnel webs.”
The English-language picture will start pre-production next month and shoot from late October.
Production is by Arclight Films International and Nest Holdings with Mike Gabrawy and Elliot Tong as executive producers.
ABC has snagged the tentatively titled “Monstropolis“, a new horror drama that is written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the duo who were behind Saw IV and Saw V. The show, which is being produced by Aaron Kaplan, has landed at ABC after a lengthy bidding war and has been given a big put pilot commitment. A “put pilot” is a show that is guaranteed to air on-network. If it does not air, there is often a rather heft penalty to the studio.
According to Deadline, “Monstropolis” imagines a world where monsters and humans co-exist.
In Monstropolis, monsters are real, living amongst the humans in the city of New Manhattan (aka Monstropolis). But now someone is killing monsters, and it is up to one disgraced detective to stop the killer… or become the next victim.
Melton & Dunstan are currently working on Halloween Returns, with plans for Dunstan to direct. More information on that can be found here.
No other information has been released on “Monstropolis” but we’ll be sure to keep a close eye on this project.
The screenplay for The Purge was phenomenal. The movie was not.
Its sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, however, was pure 80’s-style action/revenge film bliss, partially so because of star Frank Grillo.
The sequel took it to the streets with Grillo’s character, letting viewers witness the events of the annual Purge outside of a house. Grillo played Sergeant, a man who seeks revenge on the night of The Purge, only to get pulled into protecting a group of people who are left without shelter as purging begins.
Now, according to Variety, Grillo will be back for The Purge 3, which also brings the return of series creator James DeMonaco to write and direct the latest sequel.
Our own personal hope is that they tell an origin story, or head to another settings, although Grillo’s return likely sets this as a direct sequel.
The films take place in a future where there is one day each year when all crime is legalized for a 12-hour period, described by the government as “The Purge.”
The Purge 3 is set to bow on July 1, 2016
With news that Milla Jovovich was heading to South Africa to begin pre-production on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, it was only a matter of time before casting news began to clone.
The first official returning Resident Evil cast member is fan fav Ali Larter, who is set to reprise as Claire Redfield in the final chapter of the Screen Gems post apocalyptic franchise, which has Paul W.S. Anderson back to direct a script he wrote.
In first actual story details, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter picks up after the events of Resident Evil: Retribution, as the Project Alice is forced to race against time before the villainous Red Queen attempts to destroy the final remnants of humanity.
The 2012 Resident Evil: Retribution left off at our Nation’s capitol, with the zombie army attacking the White House.
The film starts shooting this September in South Africa.
Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer, Impact Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt, Davis-Films’ Samuel Hadida, and Anderson are producing and Martin Moszkowicz serving as executive producer.
New Line Cinema has just closed a deal to acquire The Children, a pitch by the writing team of Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis, reports Deadline. It’s being fast-tracked with production planned for early next year.
In the script a social worker investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children discovers her own family might also be in jeopardy.
Daughtry and Iaconis made the 2013 Black List for their spec “Elsewhere,” and they just adapted the Spanish film Sleep Tight, pictured, for producers Peter Block and Guy Stodel.
[REC]‘s Jaume Balagueró helmed Filmax’s 2011 thriller that follows a woman stalked by the building’s landlord.
Collider has announced that AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead“, which hasn’t even had its first episode aired yet, has been green-lit for a second season. The announcement came at the TCA conference.
“Fear The Walking Dead” is the spinoff to AMC’s hit horror drama “The Walking Dead“, which is entering its sixth season this Fall. “Fear The Walking Dead” debuts on AMC on August 23rd.
Incredibly sad news as it’s being reported that “Rowdy” Roddy Piper has died at age 61. Piper, who was born Roderick George Toombs, passed away from natural causes in his home in Hollywood. He was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was declared free from cancer last November.
Piper was a wrestling icon in the WWE, having earned the WWF Intercontinental Championship as well as the World Tag Team Championship with Ric Flair. He was inducted in the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2005.
To us horror fans, Piper was most known for his role as John Nada in John Carpenter’s They Live, a role that would turn the phrase, “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass…and I’m all out of bubblegum,” into one of film’s most iconic lines. He was also Sam Hell in the cult classic Hell Comes To Frogtown, a film that I have thoroughly enjoyed for years.
We send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and countless fans. He will be sorely missed.
Above we have your very first look at genre fav Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as RUBY, a mysterious figure who believes Ash (Bruce Campbell) is the cause of the Evil outbreaks in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.”
In an early interview, producer Robert Tapert explained Lawless’ role, which begins in understanding Jill Marie Jones’ character.
Jones plays Amanda Fisher, “a police officer who sees something that she doesn’t believe. This causes her great problems in her profession,” he explained. “She is on the trail to hunt down Ash because she believes he is responsible for the series of bodies [she finds] as a Michigan State Police Detective. She teams with Ruby (Lucy Lawless), [who] knows something about the Evil Dead and is also on hunt for Ash.”
Mimi Rogers and Ray Santiago also star with ten half-hour episodes beginning their run on October 31, 2015.
In “Ash vs Evil Dead,” “Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter, has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.”
After screening in Cannes, IFC Midnight acquired fashion line creator Tara Subkoff feature-length filmmaking debut #HORROR, which she directed, wrote and produced.
“Inspired by actual events, “#HORROR” centers on a group of 12-year-old girls who face a night of terror when the compulsive addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of a cyber bullying to a night of insanity. “#HORROR” examines a world of escalating cruelty and alienation through an online game where scoring likes comes at the cost of human lives.”
Chloe Sevigny stars with Timothy Hutton, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Stella Schnabel and Balthazar Getty. The full cast includes Sadie Seelert, Haley Murphy, Bridget McGarry, Blue Lindeberg, Mina Sudwall, Emma Adler, Annabelle Dexter-Jones and Lydia Hearst.
For last week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week, we highlighted Is Tropical’s “The Greeks”. That video showed a bunch of kids using NERF guns and Super Soakers to blast the everliving and absolute shit out of each other. Seriously, if you haven’t watched it, click on the above link and watch the mayhem. It’s well worth your time.
I figured that I should keep that kinda theme going for this week’s edition, so I pulled out The Limousines‘ “Internet Killed The Video Star”, which shows a couple of kids dealing with a zombie invasion. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the video focuses on children, there’s still quite a bit of gore and awesome practical FX going on here! Check it out below and have an awesome weekend!
According to Deadline, at the TCA conference, Bruce Campbell joked about the potential for new Evil Dead films, stating, “‘Ash vs Evil Dead‘ will force us to make more movies. That’s only 10 hours of programming, we need 8 more movies. Making a fourth movie would work. No matter what we give them it will never be enough.”
While he may be joking, director and executive creator Sam Raimi was deadly serious when he said that he’d be behind the camera if Campbell would be in front of it.
Campbell also teased that the series could have a very long life, depending on the reaction from the audience. “Now seasons two through five will be much easier because we all know each other,” he quipped, talking about co-star Lucy Lawless and executive producer Craig DiGregrorio.
While this isn’t exactly new news – there have been talks of a new film continuing Mia’s story since the success of the 2013 remake/reboot – it’s pretty amazing to see how the interest in “Ash vs Evil Dead” is so powerful and so enthusiastic that the imaginations of Campbell and Raimi are running wild and rampant, seemingly full of ideas on how to expand this universe into something truly huge and incredible.
The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.
Mimi Rogers was recently cast Suzy Maxwell, a woman who is reunited with her family and several uninvited guests after a freak accident. Suzy is the mother of Kelly (series regular Dana DeLorenzo), a moody wild child trying to outrun her past.
Raimi is directing the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” (see the other directors here) that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” “Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Chloe Smith (“Spartacus”) will serve as producers.
You can read our lengthy interview with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell by clicking here!
Double Murder is back with a magical pair of reviews for the original, and remake of, The Wizard Of Gore!
The original Wizard Of Gore, made in 1970, was one of the last splatter films made by Herschell Gordon Lewis in his original, genre-creating run as a filmmaker. In 2007, Jeremy Kasten released his remake featuring the talents of Kip Pardue, Bijou Philips, and most notably, Crispin Glover. Tune in to Double Murder to see if the low-budget original can outshine the modern remake! Danny! and Tim also discuss Herschell Gordon Lewis’ marketing career (including induction to the Direct Marketing Hall of Fame), the Crispin Glover library of films, and how creep Sonya can be when entering a room.
Almost two weeks ago, we posted a couple of photos showing some walkers from the upcoming sixth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead“. We expressed our appreciation with how disgusting and gross the zombies are becoming. Hell, even SFX specialist and show producer Greg Nicotero feels the same way, stating that the walkers are, “…pumpkins [that have] rotted into a puddle of goo because of the sun.”
Now three more photos have arrived and they’re just as gruesome and revolting as the first two! Head below to see these disgusting creatures.
“The Walking Dead” comes back to AMC on October 11th.
Those of you who have yet to see “Attack On Titan” are missing out.
The animated series is on Netflix, and has been blowing our collective minds for well over a year.
Now, one of two feature films are arriving out of Japan – from the company behind Godzilla(!) – as well as a live-action miniseries.
While the first film just premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal, the miniseries is already slated to premiere on August 15th. Yeah, they work fast as hell in Japan.
The first trailer for the miniseries is now live, and it’s just as impressive as the film’s footage.
I love the Steam Punk vibe with a mix of The Hunger Games and Ninja Scroll dabbled in. This is a huge event and could lead to more things of such epic proportions. Thank you Toho!
The first film arrives in Japan on August 8th.
In Attack On Titan, “The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves against the Titans. Yet once again, that peace is shattered when a Titan measuring over 50 meters tall smashes through the wall, allowing a horde of other Titans to enter. The protagonist, Eren, had been resigned to a life confined behind these walls. Nothing I do would make a difference, he thought. But when he joins the “Outer Wall Restoration Team” set up to fight against the Titans, he is reunited with Mikasa, a childhood friend and someone he had long rued not being able to save. The new recruits embark on a mission to obtain explosives, which had become rare and precious, before getting past the waves of Titans to plug the gaping hole in the wall, with humanity’s survival on the line. Will there be a future for Eren and Mikasa, and for mankind itself?”
The film’s sequel, “Attack On Titan: End Of The World,” premieres on September 19th. Both are directed by Shinji Higuchi, who is also attached as director of Toho’s Godzilla reboot.
With Hollywood abusing CGI, the promise of a practical effects heavy creature feature is just what the horror doctor ordered.
Arriving on VOD and in select theaters on August 7th is the crowd-sourced Harbinger Down, the directorial debut of Stan Winston protege Alec Gillis, with ADI (aka Amalgamated Dynamics) co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. producing. The duo promised to deliver a tense, claustrophobic creature film that would feature only practical animatronic and makeup effects. The latter proved to be true.
While the concept behind Harbinger Down is simple (alien-like creature running amok on a ship), the actual plot is dense and confusing. The press release explains that it’s about a group of grad students studying the effects of global warming in the Bering Sea. The ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage that contains the film’s “creature”. The Russians experimented with tardigrades, which are tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, only they’re now mutated and incredibly deadly.
And while many of the effects are cool, per se, the lack of filmmaking experience bleeds onto the screen. Gillis and Woodruff, Jr. may know how to create the coolest of horror effects, but they have no idea how to capture them on film – nor hold back when necessary. The creature work on screen becomes gluttonous, hanging on many shots until the viewer can see just how fake and rubbery everything is. On the other end, the camerawork at times is frantic and messy, as if done in hopes of hiding the rubbery look of the filmmakers’ creations that look way too fake in HD.
The worst offense Harbinger Down makes is becoming a The Thing/Alien fan film. Instead of doing something new, it feels like a poorly executed and assembled rehash of the aforementioned classics. Was it overly ambitious? Maybe. But, at the end of the day, a film needs to be judged by what ends up on screen, not how much love went into it. With that said, Harbinger Down is more of an extremely boring Syfy movie than a new sci-fi horror classic.
Even with the overuse of effects, Harbinger Down could have been saved with a solid screenplay. Unfortunately, there’s no good news here, either. Beyond the frustratingly complex set up, it’s impossible to tell who the film’s protagonist is. Is it Aliens star Lance Henriksen? Or maybe it’s the bland and forgettable Saide, played by Camille Balsamo (above, right)? Weirdly, I started to think the Russian character, Svet (Milla Bjorn), was the film’s homage to Ripley. Bjorn (above, left) delivers a powerhouse of a performance that holds the film on her back, at least until she’s abducted by the creature.
I really wanted to like Harbinger Down, but felt burned out by the end credits. It’s a bleak, tiring and vanilla creature feature that’s sadly forgettable. I don’t recommend going down with the ship.
Mill Creek is set to release two new horror collections, one all William Castle and the other Horror Films, to DVD to August 18, 2015. Each set will contain 5 movies on 2 discs and run for about $15.00. Personally, I’m a fan of these sets for the most part. The quality of the films can be hit or miss, but its a good way to discover movies I may not come across otherwise and I’m able to do so on the cheap.
Enjoy 5 spine-tingling classics from William Castle!
Iconic horror director William Castle created a simple, but winning formula for his films: a little comedy, a lot of scares, a preposterous gimmick, and a clear sense that fright films should be fun. This even meant Castle would, like Alfred Hitchcock, appear in his trailers and even the movies themselves.
Though his career spanned 35 years and included everything from westerns to crime thrillers, he’ll always be remembered for his horror films from the late 50s to the mid-60s. Enjoy 5 of his spine-tingling classics!
(1960) – B&W – 85 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Charles Herbert, Jo Morrow, Martin Milner, Rosemary DeCamp. Donald Woods, Margaret Hamilton
When an eccentric uncle wills a huge, ramshackle house to his impoverished family, they get the shock of a lifetime. Their new residence comes complete with a spooky housekeeper, plus a fortune in buried treasure and 12 horrifying ghosts.
13 Frightened Girls
(1963) – Color – 88 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Murray Hamilton, Joyce Taylor, Hugh Marlowe, Khigh Dhiegh, Charlie Briggs, Norma Varden
The girls of a Swiss boarding school have one thing in common — they are all daughters of diplomats. One in particular finds out that she has a knack for espionage, and uncovers the murder of a Russian diplomat. Now she must escape using her girlish wiles.
(1961) – B&W – 90 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe, Oskar Homolka, Vladimir Sokoloff, Erika Peters
Desperate to retrieve a winning lottery ticket, a greedy man unearths his father’s corpse. An enormous jackpot is his reward, but not without a price: his face is frozen permanently into a hideous grin. He enlists his one-eyed servant to help him lift the curse.
(1961) – B&W – 88 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce, Richard Rust, James Westerfield
In the small town of Solvang, there’s a killer on the loose and the nurse taking care of a wheelchair bound stroke victim has a bedside manner is to die for. As the truth is uncovered, a town’s most chilling mystery will be revealed… and a family’s darkest secret.
The Old Dark House
(1963) – Color – 87 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Tom Poston, Robert Morley, Janette Scott, Joyce Grenfell, Mervyn Jones, Fenella Fielding
An American car salesman living in London, is invited to spend the weekend at the Femm Estate. The Femms, trapped in the house due to an ancestor’s will, live in fear as they are taken out one at a time. Tom is left to figure out who the killer is before he becomes a victim himself!
Mummies! Monsters! Mayhem! Madness! The Hammer Films Collection: Volume One!
Absorbed in research directed towards freeing the two natures of man, Dr. Jekyll degenerates in to Mr. Hyde, a vengeful maniac. While Hyde wants revenge against a gambler whom his wife is in love with, Dr. Jekyll, takes steps to do away with his evil self.
Scream of Fear
(1961) – B&W – 82 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee, John Serret, Leonard Sachs
A young wheelchair-bound woman returns to her father’s estate to find he’s away on business, but she keeps seeing his dead body in various places. Her stepmother and other house guests employ a plan to drive her insane and take her inheritance.
(1964) – Color – 83 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco, Barbara Shelley, Michael Goddliffe, Patrick Troughton
In a rural village, a series of murders have been committed where each victim was turned into stone. A local professor investigates and finds an evil Gorgon haunting a nearby castle and in search of more victims.
Stop Me Before I Kill!
(1961) – B&W – 108 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Claude Dauphin, Diane Cilento, Ronald Lewis, Françoise Rosay, Bernard Braden, Katya Douglas
After a horrific car crash, race car driver Alan Colby goes on vacation to recover, but suffers blackouts and violent outbursts. With his wife by his side, he visits a psychiatrist who promises to cure Alan’s suffering but they have now encountered a mind more unbalanced and disturbed.
The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb
(1964) – Color – 81 minutes – Not Rated
Starring: Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland, George Pastell, Jack Gwillim
An American showman and financier disrupts the coffin of a mummified pharoah and finds it empty. The mummy has escaped to fulfill the dreadful prophesy and exact a violent and bloody revenge on all those who defiled his final resting place.