Yesterday brought the announcement that Alyssa Sutherland had joined the cast of Spike’s “The Mist“, the television adaptation of Stephen King’s novella of the same name. Now, we’ve got not one, not two, but EIGHT new cast announcements that also bring character descriptions. Each can be read below.
““The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear?”
The novella was turned into a film in 2007 that starred Thomas Jane, Laurie Holden, Marcia Gay Harden, and Andre Braugher.
The series will feature 10 one-hour episodes with the premiere being directed by Adam Bernstein. Production is beginning this summer.
Gus Birney as “Alex Cunningham,” the teenage daughter of Kevin and Eve Cunningham. She’s always been the ‘good daughter,’ but her over-protective mother helps to kick-start a rebellious streak.
Dan Butler as “Father Romanov,” a priest who is caught in between modernity and tradition, he has lost his faith but clings to the ritual.
Luke Cosgrove as “Jay Heisel,” a popular local football superstar and the son of the town sheriff who finds himself accused of a heinous crime.
Danica Curcic as “Mia Lambert,” a drug-addicted woman on the run and in search of a mysterious stash of money.
Okezie Morro as “Jonah Dixon,” a military man with amnesia. He can’t remember who he is. As the truth about his identity unravels, shocking secrets will be revealed.
Darren Pettie as “Connor Heisel,” the local alpha male, town sheriff and father to local football superstar Jay. He struggles to maintain order in an increasingly chaotic and dangerous situation, finding himself up against many who have it out for his accused son.
Russell Posner as “Adrian Garff,” an insecure young teenager who comes to the defense of his best friend Alex, after she is the victim of a brutal crime. A witness to the crime, he finds himself at the center of a controversy which threatens to rip apart the community.
Isiah Whitlock, Jr. as “Gus Redman,” a local mall manager. When a new society forms from the mist survivors at the mall, Gus will have to decide if he will take the role of leader and exactly how far he will go to keep order.
Everyone is afraid of the dark and that’s what she feeds on. On July 22nd, don’t turn the Lights Out!
From producer James Wan (The Conjuring) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. In this exclusive clip, Warm Bodies star Teresa Palmer flips a light on and off, which reveals something horrifying in the darkness. Unlike most clips, this one is juicy!
“When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.
But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.”
Here’s a bit from Kalyn Corrigan’s review out of the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere:
“Director David F. Sandberg actually understands how to send chills down an audience’s spine. His charcoal figure who basks in the darkness creates a petrifying atmosphere whenever she appears onscreen. Her crooked movements stand out like a stutter as she walks stiffly down the hall, making her appear less and less human every time she pops up in a quiet corner, or a whispers evil instructions from within a pitch black closet.”
Palmer, Alexander DiPersia and Gabriel Bateman topline Lights Out, which is produced by James Wan, best known for Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring.
David F. Sandberg directed from a screenplay by Eric A. Heisserer’s (The Thing, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Final Destination 5), which was based on Sandberg’s 2013 short film that went viral.
Supermodel Charlotte McKinney has joined Sony’s Flatliners remake, according to Deadline. Her role, per the site, will see her play in, “…a funny sex scene involving a nurse (McKinney) and a medical student in the film.”
McKinney, who attained some measure of fame in her appearance in the below Carl’s Jr. ad, joins the already confirmed cast of Ellen Page, Diego Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton, Kiersey Clemens and Kiefer Sutherland.
The original film follows a group of medical students who purposefully die and bring each other back to life so as to study “near death” experiences. It was released in 1990 and starred Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, Oliver Platt, and Julia Roberts.
The remake is being directed by Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), written by Ben Ripley, and produced by Laurence Mark and Michael Douglas. It will hit theaters on August 18th, 2017.
After having its World Premiere at the Stanley Film Festival last year, XLrator Media acquired Sun Choke (read our review), which stars “Freaks and Geeks” fav Sarah Hagan, You’re Next‘s Barbara Crampton and Sara Malakul Lane.
Ben Cresciman directs this psychological thriller that will release in theaters on August 5 and on VOD and iTunes on August 2 under XLrator’s Macabre label.
“Janie’s just trying to get well. As she recovers from a violent psychotic break, she’s subjected each day to a bizarre holistic health and wellness regimen designed, and enforced, by her lifelong nanny and caretaker. But when she develops an obsession with a stranger, Janie’s buried demons begin to surface.“
“A kinetic tale of loneliness and madness, ‘Sun Choke’ explores the psychotic break of a young girl and the bizarre holistic treatment her manipulative caretaker subjects her to,” Patrick wrote out of the Stanley Film Festival World Premiere.
A poster and trailer have been released for the upcoming anthology horror film Tales of Poe, which features three segments based on the works of renowned horror author Edgar Allen Poe.
“Based on the timeless works of Edgar Allan Poe, three of the renowned author’s most popular stories (The Tell Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, and Dreams) receive unique retellings by directors Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly. Offering a compelling and shocking journey into madness and the macabre, Tales of Poe features some of the most beloved final girls in horror movie history in new and exciting roles.”
Co-directed by Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly, Tales of Poe stars Adrienne King (Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Halloween 2), Amy Steel (Friday the 13th Part 2, April Fool’s Day) Debbie Rochon (Model Hunger, Hell Town) and Lesleh Donaldson (Happy Birthday to Me, Funeral Home).
Wild Eye plans to release Tales of Poe on DVD and Digital HD in October.
Horror covered in papier-mâché?
A few weeks back we shared the first ever images and art for Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton’s latest genre offering, The Neighbor, a crime thriller that reunites them with The Collector producers Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizotti, and star Josh Stewart.
The Neighbor, directed by Dunstan from a screenplay he co-wrote with Melton, is a crime thriller set in Mississippi where a man who discovers the dark truth about his secretive neighbor and what, or who, he may be keeping in the cellar. And boy are these images creeptacular. I’m hearing stellar things about Dunstan’s latest…
When can you see it? Thankfully you won’t be waiting long as Anchor Bay has dated it for On Demand and Digital HD on September 6, 2016.
Josh Stewart, who also starred in the duo’s The Collection, leads with Melissa Bolona (Shark Lake), Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Bill Engvall, Ronnie Blevins (Fear, Inc, Seven Psychopaths), Jaqueline Fleming and Luke Edwards (“True Detective”).
“In the town of Cutter, most people keep to themselves. But when John comes home to find his girlfriend missing, he sneaks into his neighbor’s house, finding his girlfriend and several other kidnapped people tied up in the basement. When the neighbor come home, John is forced to get out of the house alive and lead the group to safety.”
Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield executive produce with Jason Egan and Tony Sygo.
The adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell (read our review) is ringing onto Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD on September 27 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. The home entertainment release of Cell contains audio commentary with the director and a look behind the scenes of the film in the “To Cell and Back” featurette.
Saban Films and Lionsgate is behind the release that’s directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), and adapted by King and Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).
In the film, “At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous “phoners” as the city descends into apocalyptic madness.”
Cell stars Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (1408, Love & Mercy, Being John Malkovich, 2012), Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson(Avengers: Age of Ultron, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games).
We’ve been wondering for a while now what Pennywise the Clown would look like in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It. There was this fan interpretation as well as director Andy Muschietti’s own drawing. However, none of these gave us the look we so desperately wanted to see. But today that’s changed as the official Pennywise, who is being played by Bill Skarsgard, has been revealed by EW and he looks evil as hell!
Skarsgard tells the site, “It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane. It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.” He continues, stating that everyone purposefully went away from the “greasy” clown look that Heath Ledger created for The Joker. “It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look.”
He also explains his approach to the character, “It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), the two-part film will see the first segment released on September 8th, 2017.
The book follows these characters as children and then again years later as adults when they come together to face their fears one last time in the hopes of defeating their foe.
It also stars Bills Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown, Owen Teague (“Bloodline”), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween ), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy ), Chosen Jacobs (Cops and Robbers) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man).
WARNING: THERE BE MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
One of the biggest fuck ups that AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is guilty of was killing off Andrea in the third season. Those who have read the comics know that she is integral to the story and is actually one of the most badass characters in the storyline. Therefore, her loss shocked dedicated fans who were excited to see where her arc would take her.
Actress Laurie Holden, who played Andrea, was at the Walker Stalker convention in New Jersey this past weekend and spoke about her character’s premature death, stating that it was never supposed to go down like that. In fact, quite the opposite was supposed to happen.
Well I had an 8 year deal, I was supposed to be there until the end. I was supposed to end up with Rick. I was supposed to save Woodbury on a horse, and I was buying a house in Atlanta. I got the call at 10 o’ clock the night before, while I was shooting, from the show runner who is no longer a part of The Walking Dead, saying that they couldn’t write the episode and that he was killing my character. So we all got the script everybody on the set was sobbing. I felt like I got shot. None of it was supposed to happen the way it did. [Source]
Holden isn’t bitter, however. She told the audience, “I think The Walking Dead is in a really good place now with Scott Gimple. It wasn’t the ship that it is now. I’m very grateful how it was written that I went out with grace and with a stellar cast. It wasn’t the way that I wanted but I loved the way I went out.”
Personally, I would’ve loved to have seen her stay around. Holden is a wonderful actress who puts a lot into her roles (I loved her as Cybil in Silent Hill) and I know she could’ve taken Andrea on some amazing journeys. Alas, we’ll never get to see that.
Many of you might have seen the video of a guy carving a watermelon into the face of The Night King, a character from “Game of Thrones”. Much like how we love seeing pumpkins get carved into terrifying visages in Halloween season, I’m all for seeing watermelons get carved during summer when there’s this unbearable heat going on!
Now, I realize that “Game of Thrones” doesn’t belong on Bloody-Disgusting (with exception, of course) so instead of showing you that video, I looked back at carver Valeriano Fatica‘s past and found two examples that are PERFECT for your next potluck BBQ!
Head on down to see the master carver at work.
Sony Screen Gems is playing a new game with audiences this December: kill or be killed.
The studio has just dated Sean Carter’s Keep Watching (formerly Home Invasion) for release in theaters on December 2, 2016, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Starring Bella Thorne (Amityville: The Awakening), Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”), Natalie Martinez (“Kingdom”), Leigh Whannell, and Ioan Gruffudd (The Fantastic Four), the film follows family imprisoned by intruders must play a terrifying life-and-death game in which the mysterious rules become clear as the night unfolds.
We’ve landed the exclusive poster debut that wraps up the perfect holiday gift: a game of life and death that will be streamed live…
“A family imprisoned by intruders is forced to play a terrifying game of “Kill, Or Be Killed”. As the night unfolds, the game’s mysterious rules become clear, and the family realizes their nightmare is being streamed live to riveted viewers all over the world, who are compelled to KEEP WATCHING…not knowing if what they’re seeing is real, or staged.”
Alex Heineman, Andrew Rona, Nicholas Chartier, and Craig J. Flores produce the film penned by Joseph Dembner.
Yesterday, we posted a new poster for Rob Zombie’s upcoming horror film 31 (review) which showcasing Richard Brake’s “Doom-Head”. Today, we get a glimpse of a new character poster, this one for Lew Temple’s “Psycho-Head”, which has him holding a chainsaw and blood splattered across the image. You can see the poster down yonder.
31, which stars Sheri Moon Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween), Golden Globe Nominee Malcolm McDowell (“Mozart in the Jungle,” A Clockwork Orange), Jeff Daniel Phillips (The Lords of Salem) and Meg Foster (The Lords of Salem), follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns.
Zombie has been fighting to have this movie released to the public for a long time. He went through a strong crowdfunding campaign only to be hit twice with the dreaded NC-17 rating, which would’ve severely restricted the viewing potential. After some edits, it got dropped to an R-rating, but Zombie assures we’ll see an uncut version. The new edit still bears all the earmarks of a Rob Zombie film, as it features, “…strong bloody horror violence, pervasive language, sexual content and drug use.”
The film is going to be released on VOD platforms on September 16th and in limited theaters on October 21st via Saban Films.
One of my favorites in the biz, Vinegar Syndrome, has announced their releases for August and they’re the type of movies that only Vinegar Syndrome seems to release. They’re rounding out Rudy Ray Moore’s 70’s features with The Disco Godfather and then delivering on what looks to be some weird alien-teen-sex-horror from the 80’s in a movie I’ve never heard of called Evils of the Night. Both releases will be available August 30th and in usual Vinegar Syndrome fashion they are loaded with bonus content. I think it’s safe to say you’re going to want to check these out. Full details below!
The Disco Godfather – 1979
Dir. J. Robert Wagoner
Synopsis:Rudy Ray Moore is The Disco Godfather, owner and MC at the baddest disco in town. But there’s a new evil in the community: Angel Dust. Determined to find and destroy the source of ‘the whack,’ The Disco Godfather becomes a one-man fighting machine from south central to Beverly Hills.
The last of Rudy Ray Moore’s 70s features, DISCO GODFATHER is easily the strangest and most original of his filmic output. Combining his trademark Kung-fu action with social commentary and hallucinogenic nightmare sequences which evoke the surreal weirdness of Coffin Joe, DISCO GODFATHER is an unforgettable cinematic finale from one of the greatest names in Blaxploitation film history.
Newly restored from its long lost 35mm original negative, Vinegar Syndrome proudly presents DISCO GODFATHER on Blu-ray for the first time, packed with all new special features.
• All extras on both formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• Scanned & restored in 2k from 35mm original camera negative
• “I, Dolemite IV” making-of documentary
• Commentary track w/ Rudy Ray Moore’s biographer, Mark Jason Murray, Rudy Ray Moore, writer/director J. Robert Wagoner, co-writer Cliff Roquemore and rare on-set audio.
• Promotional still gallery
• Alt. German and French language tracks
• Original theatrical trailers for DISCO GODFATHER, DOLEMITE & THE HUMAN TORNADO
• Original cover artwork by Jay Shaw
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles
Evils of the Night – 1985
Dir. Mardi Rustam
Synopsis:It’s geriatric aliens vs. sex obsessed teens in Mardi Rustam’s outrageous EVILS OF THE NIGHT! Beautiful young women have been disappearing and no one can figure out how and where they go. But in the darkness, sinister forces are lurking: a group of aliens (John Carradine, Tina Louise, and Julie Newmar) have been draining the local youth of their blood so that they can live forever!
Filled with ample nudity, moments of splattery gore, and a supporting cast including Amber Lynn and Aldo Ray, EVILS OF THE NIGHT is quintessential mid 80s sleaze unlike anything else. Freshly restored in 2k from its original 35mm negative, Vinegar Syndrome brings EVILS OF THE NIGHT to Blu-ray for the first time.
• All extras on both formats
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD combo pack
• “Alien Blood Transfusion” – video interview with director Mardi Rustam
• Alternate feature length TV edit
• Isolated score by Robert O. Ragland
• Extensive outtakes (25 minutes)
• Work-in-progress theatrical
• TV spot
• Reversible cover artwork
• English SDH Subtitles
From J.A. Bayona, the director of The Orphanage, comes A Monster Calls, a fantastical film about a young boy who falls back on his imagination as the world continuously batters him with harsh realities. Written by Patrick Ness, who also wrote the novel the film is based on, we’ll be seeing this film come out on October 21st via Focus Features.
A new trailer for the film has been released and it’s simply magnificent. It showcases all the emotions that Conor will be going through, such as being raised with love, entering a new home with a cold caregiver, enduring bullying, and coming to terms with his own pain and rage, all with the assistance of an Ent-like monster that is as destructive as it is caring.
Based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel, “12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.”
Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver all star.
Terror Films has acquired North American rights to the latest flick from director Jon Knautz (Jack Brooks Monster Slayer, The Shrine), the erotic, psychological thriller Goddess of Love. Terror plans a wide ancillary release for the film across all major digital, EST and VOD platforms this fall.
In the film, Venus (Alexis Kendra), a lonely, eccentric woman, meets Brian (Woody Naismith), the man of her dreams. A sexually fueled, passionate relationship begins. But, as time progresses, that wonderful honeymoon-phase changes into something hellish. Brian breaks things off when his old fling, Christine (Elizabeth Sandy) comes back into his life. Completely destroyed, Venus begins a downward spiral into madness as she acts out her twisted fantasies of love and revenge.
Goddess of Love was an official selection at Film4 FrightFest, in London and the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival. The film centrally stars Alexis Kendra. Kendra also co-wrote and produced the film with director Jon Knautz, Woody Naismith and Elizabeth Sandy.
As part of their recently announced partnership with Canada’s Raven Banner Releasing, that company will handle the Canadian distribution, while Automatic Entertainment is overseeing distribution for the rest of the world.
“I’m glad to have found the proper home for Goddess of Love with Terror Films and I’m excited to unleash it this fall,” said Knautz in a statement.
A new trailer and poster have also been released for the film.
Like Tyler Perry or not, this poster is awesome.
Lionsgate has spoofed John Carpenter’s Halloween poster, creases and all, for Perry’s upcoming Boo! A Madea Halloween.
October 21st is the night SHE came home!
“Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.”
Bella Thorne, Jimmy Tatro, Diamond White, Kian Lawley, and Yousef Erakat also star in this “comedy” that at least looks like Perry’s in on the joke.
I will reserve judgment until I see the first trailer this week.
The Alien franchise is my all-time favorite, which places me in a weird spot when it comes to the next installments.
What should I want to see more, Neill Blomkamp‘s Alien, which would create a new path following the events of James Cameron’s Aliens, or Ridley Scott’s now-filming Alien: Covenant, the Prometheus sequel that’s building a bridge to his 1979 seminal classic, Alien?
I think I’d have to go with the latter, especially since Blomkamp’s work has been of constant disappointment (Elysium, Chappie) since his District 9 broke him onto the scene.
But forget what I want for a second. Sigourney Weaver, who played Ellen Ripley in Alien, Aliens, Alien3 and Alien: Resurrection, is all-in on Blomkamp’s sequel, which would chart a new course that avoid the events in Alien3 and Resurrection. This isn’t too surprising considering she starred in Chappie, which proves that Blomkamp an actor friendly director that warrants repeat collaborations.
Weaver’s support of Blomkamp is what lit a fire under FOX’s ass to hire the filmmaker to develop the next Alien, although this happened before Chappie‘s disappointing release. It also caught the attention of Scott, who decided that his Prometheus sequel was more important, and thus moved forward with his newly-titled Alien: Covenant. Having the creator of the franchise back onboard was clearly more important than continuing the story of Ripley with a director whose track record was sinking quicker than the Titanic. That’s why FOX put Blomkamp’s vision “on hold,” although it’s likely dead.
Even though FOX has moved on, Weaver has not, and continues to support Blomkamp’s defunct project for one major reason: it offers an ending to Ripley’s nightmare.
“It’s a great story and it’s satisfying to me to give this woman an ending,” Weaver told EW. “The script itself has so much in it that’s so original, but also really satisfies the, I would say, the primal needs of the aliens. It’s a tribute to all of the great work that the other directors have done, in a way, but goes in a completely new direction. I hope we’ll do it.”
Weaver has been clamoring for an Alien 5 for years, which she hoped would take Ripley to the Xenomorph home planet to “destroy them all.” Too bad it looks as if scheduling issues will send this project into the depths of space where nobody can hear it scream. James Cameron’s Avatar could put the nail in the coffin:
“Fox asked us to delay so Ridley could shoot his [second] ‘Prometheus’ movie. That was too bad because we would have already done it by now. Now that we’re waiting for that, I have a couple of ‘Avatars’ to do and Neill has ‘The Gone World,’ so we’ll have to see what happens when we get back, when those projects are over.”
Blomkamp had been working on the project for a year, which means there is a screenplay ready to go. But at some point Cameron is going to begin filming several Avatar sequels that will kill Weaver’s time. I don’t think there’s any reason to think we’ll see this project happen, and need to accept the fact that Ripley’s conclusion is that of a clone who mothered a half human, half Xenomorph birthed by the Queen.
Reaffirming multiple reports, Blomkamp’s Alien will redirect the story from the third and fourth installments, David Fincher’s Alien3 1992) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien: Resurrection (1997).
“It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,” Weaver says. “It’s just more, I would say, following Jim Cameron’s story about these characters, rather than just ending up in this sort of monastery in space, which was [Alien3 screenwriter] Vincent Ward’s idea and Fox elected to go in that direction. I think Fincher was fine with that. Each director kind of wanted to create a whole new set of circumstances. In this case, it picks up, it follows directly the circumstances of Jim Cameron’s ‘Aliens’.”
Maybe we’ll learn more at the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con panel that reunites the Aliens crew for the 30th anniversary.
Drafthouse Films and MVD Entertainment have announced the upcoming home video release of Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on August 16th.
After Steven Spielberg’s classic Raiders of the Lost Ark was released 35 years ago, three 11-year-old boys from Mississippi set out on what would become a 7-year-long labor of love and tribute to their favorite film: a faithful, shot-for-shot adaptation of the action adventure film, which the New York Times calls “a testament to the transporting power of movie love.” They finished every scene…except one; the film’s explosive airplane set piece.
Over two decades later, the trio reunited with the original cast members from their childhood in order to complete their masterpiece in what IGN has dubbed “the Boyhood of fan movies.” Featuring interviews with John Rhys Davies, Eli Roth and more, Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made is just that: the story of this long-gestating project’s culmination, chronicling the friends’ dedication to their artistic vision-mixed in with some movie magic-to create a personal, epic love letter to a true modern classic, in “a triumphant, feel-good documentary of the highest caliber that dares you to dream” (Cut Print Film).
Tim Skousen & Jeremy Coon’s critically-acclaimed documentary (Certified Fresh by Rotten Tomatoes with a 93% rating and an Audience Score of 92%) premiered at SXSW in 2015 and enjoyed a healthy festival campaign before it’s debut in theaters and On Demand. At the same time, film subjects Chris Strompolos and Eric Zala embarked on the multi-city Follow Your Dreams Tour (co-sponsored by Drafthouse Films, Fatboy, Roadtrippers and Last Exit to Nowhere), presenting Skousen and Coon’s film alongside their rarely-screened Adaptation, which will continue into September.
Special features include more than four hours on bonus content such as dual audio commentary tracks (with Skousen & Coon as well as Strompolos & Zala), deleted scenes from the documentary, outtakes from the Adaptation, Q&A footage from the Adaptation’s 2003 premiere at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX, a photo booklet featuring storyboard art from the Adaptation and a free HD digital copy of the film.
Most of us aren’t properly equipped to wander about post-apocalyptic Pripyat. You could risk a visit, but I’d recommend you bring Radscorpion repellent and something to protect your fragile DNA from being devastated by the invisible pockets of radiation that have taken up residence in Ukraine’s most infamous ghost town three decades after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster forced the sudden evacuation of its original inhabitants.
Your other option is to give the Chernobyl VR Project a try. Developed by The Farm 51, this virtual reality title combines gaming with educational and movie narrative software to give players the unique opportunity to go on a virtual tour of both Chernobyl and Pripyat without the risk of being eaten alive by Ghouls.
Better yet, a portion of the sales will be donated to various charities that support victims of the Chernobyl disaster, including 10% of Bronze edition sales, 30% of the Silver edition, and 60% of the Hall of Fame edition. The Chernobyl VR Project released earlier this month on the Oculus Rift, followed by the HTC Vive in August.
This week’s episode of Scream delivered an actual chase scene! Sure, it was only about 30 seconds, but I’ll take it! It was actually cleverly done and there was actual suspense. Who would have thought they would have almost killed Ms. Lang right when they revealed her true motive for being so inappropriately chummy with her students (she’s writing a book…might it be called The Lakewood Murders?)? If she does die then the reveal is essentially meaningless (unless she wakes up at a very inopportune time in a couple of episodes), but we did get a fun school hallway chase scene out of it. And hey, at least Branson’s dead, right? Everything else in the episode was kind of a snooze, but that’s the name of the game in a table-setting episode.
The cold open showcased Eli just walking around someone’s house and eating breakfast. Turns out, that’s how he likes to get away from the real world (They’re called video games, Eli. Buy some). While this cements Eli’s status as a very bad dating prospect for Emma, it also keeps him interesting, which is more than can be said about Kieran, who is unfortunately relegated to first the concerned and then the jealous boyfriend in his limited screen time. We did get to learn why he was so protective of Emma (his stepdad died right after they got into a huge fight). Still (and this will make me sound like an asshole), that’s nowhere near as compelling as whatever is going on inside Eli’s head.
Eli’s little addiction brings him and Emma to a model home where the killer has just so happened to stash the bodies of Branson and (I think) the motel concierge. It did seem like too big of a coincidence since there is no way the killer would know that Eli was planning on taking Emma there, but suspension of disbelief is pretty much required in a show like Scream. Plus, if it weren’t for that and the fire that the killer started around the house, their entire arc this episode would have been a dud.
Another budding relationship is the one between Noah and Zoe. After their pseudo break-up two episodes ago, Zoe makes another move and it leads to the most uncomfortable first date ever. While watching Noah get condom assistance from the world’s most straightforward saleswoman only to have his first sexual experience interrupted by Audrey (who refused to leave the room even after realizing what she had done) was humorous, his relationship with Zoe just isn’t that riveting. We haven’t spent enough time with Zoe to really care about her. All she really has going for her is her involvement with Noah, and even that is a stretch. She dropped a tidbit of information about why she wasn’t around last season, but the show didn’t give it enough mystery to make you want to find out what happened. That’s not a good thing.
Brooke was sidelined a bit this week, leaving Audrey to do all the heavy-lifting with their scenes. It was nice to see Brooke freaking out a little bit after her kidnapping of Branson last week and also to see her go to Audrey of all people for help, but it put her in a damsel in distress role that is disheartening to see after she rose to the occasion last week. Speaking of Audrey, she’s still focused on hiding her not-malicious-at-all secret (I thought we were making progress after last week, show), which is becoming a real chore to sit through. Seeing her grow closer to Brooke is a good use of the show’s time though, so their scenes were a delight to watch.
“Let the Right One In” was one of Scream‘s weaker episodes of the season, but that is typical for episodes that fall in the middle of the season (it’s not an excuse, but it’s expected). None of the Zoe/Noah scenes were particularly captivating and we are still suffering through Audrey keeping her secret from everyone but Noah. It was great that we added to the body count (3rd death in 7 episodes, in case you were wondering), it wasn’t enough to save the episode from mediocrity.
- We’re in the last half of the season, so it’s time to start predicting the killer. My money is on Gustavo, who was mysteriously absent this week. Maybe his graphic novel is just a cover because the killer wouldn’t be drawing bloody pictures of the Lakewood Six, or would he?
- I’ve given Scream a lot of shit recently for using horror movies as episode titles that don’t fit into the theme of the episode, and sometimes I’m just wrong. The good people at What the Flick?! have discovered why last week’s episode was called “Jeepers Creepers.” I can’t believe I didn’t put that together! Thanks to Frank Fox for sending that my way.
- Acosta finds a picture in the barn of Emma with a stranger whose face has been scratched out. Who is this stranger? Maggie doesn’t explicitly say it’s her dad so maybe it’s someone else?
- “You went full Hard Candy on Branson and left him chained to a bed?” -Usually the pop culture references on this show feel shoehorned in, but this one felt natural.
- “I feel like a pretty big fan of the bodies near me right now.” -NOAH. Stop. Just, stop.
- “Let’s at least narrow down the size. Now, are you a big boy?” -I guffawed when the pharmacy clerk said this. GUFFAWED.
- “Don’t worry, he’s not handsy anymore.”
- “Are ya here, ya dick????”
- “One of the teachers fell. It’s awful!”
- “Someone better be dead. Wait, is someone dead?”
- We’re returning to the carnival in next week’s episode (titled “Village of the Damned”). Let’s hope we get a great set piece out of it after last week’s episode botched the setting.
- Brooke didn’t really give us any good face this week, but Kieran gave us this priceless gem: