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.
When I was a kid I felt like there were always movies coming out that had horror elements that were aimed at a younger audience. Whether it was stuff that hit theaters right before I was born like Gremlins and Goonies or movies that came out a little later like Monster Squad, Ernest Scared Stupid and Hocus Pocus, it seemed you could always find something geared towards kids but heavily rooted in horror. I’m not sure if it was just me getting older and no longer being the target audience or if studios actually started to back away from this, but I don’t think we get nearly as many scary movies for kids these days. Sure we still get movies from Tim Burton and every now and then a Monster House or ParaNorman pops up, but these seem few and far between. I’m happy to say that Patch Town, the feature debut from director Craig Goodwill, reminded me of the movies from my youth.
I want to be clear that Patch Town is not a horror movie and isn’t likely to scare any Bloody Disgusting readers. This is, however, a dark fantasy movie that I think would both fascinate and scare a 7-year-old.
Our story follows Jon (Rob Ramsay), a man living in Patch Town but with dreams for something bigger. Jon works everyday slaving away in the local factory pulling babies from the inside of cabbages. The babies are cleaned and then turned into plastic to become toys before eventually being shipped off to become adopted. They’re basically Cabbage Patch Kids and in a way Patch Town is the grim origin story of Cabbage Patch Kids everywhere. Jon himself was once one of these toys, but after his adopted mother grew up she tossed him to the side and he went back to Patch Town. This is what happens with all the toys. Eventually they’re tossed away and return to town where they grow up to work in the factory.
Jon has begun to have dreams of a girl that is familiar to him but he isn’t quite sure who she is. The dreams are of Jon’s adopted mother who has now grown up and has a daughter of her own. The reason Jon doesn’t clearly remember her is that because once a toy returns to Patch Town their memories are wiped clean and they’re assigned jobs in the factory. With his memory returning, Jon wants to escape Patch Town.
The overall plot for Patch Town is fairly simple, but it contains a lot of moving parts that make things a bit complex. While each of these ideas are interesting on their own, the inclusion of so many details tends to muddle things up a bit throughout. Not only do we have Jon trying to escape and find his mother but we also have the ruler of Patch Town, a man simply named the Child Catcher (Julian Richings) who kind of looks like a scary version of Jim Varney, dealing with problems of his own. Much like Jon, the Child Catcher has parental issues, but he’s also struggling with the fact that kids today just aren’t that into toy dolls. Modern kids grow up fast and want adult toys. This is a cool idea to see a kids movie explore, but unfortunately the Child Catcher’s solution is to replace the toy dolls of babies with toy dolls of 6-year-olds. I don’t think it’s the age of the dolls that the kids are losing interest in.
The world Goodwill creates for Patch Town is probably the film’s biggest success. It’s cold and dark, almost feels like an industrialized Sleepy Hollow under the rule of an evil dictator. It truly is a scary, unpleasant place void of any type of hope or happiness. Visually the film does a good job bringing this to life but I would have liked to see more of this world. We really only get to see the factory and Jon’s house which is a shame because it feels like there is so much more to explore in Patch Town.
Overall Patch Town is a flawed film that struggles with plot and pacing. Despite the film’s short comings, it does create an interesting environment and present good ideas. Patch Town is a movie that can be fun and scary for kids and entertaining for adults. In this day and age I’ll take that as a victory.
Patch Town is available on DVD from Kino Lorber on August 11th. Special features include an interview with the film’s director, outtakes and the award winning short that inspired the film.
Before Kino Lorber announced they were releasing Miracle Mile on Blu-ray I had never even heard of the film, much less seen it. The other night when I got around to popping the movie in and hitting play, I did so with no expectations. What happened in the next 88 minutes blew me away. Maybe it was because of my lack of expectations, or maybe it wasn’t. Whatever the reason, I can’t stop thinking about Miracle Mile.
Director Steve De Jarnatt’s second and shockingly last feature film opens up in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Harry, played wonderfully by a young Anthony Edwards, spots Julie (Mare Winningham) and the two are immediately drawn to one another. They never speak but they constantly lock eyes and flirt as they make their way throughout the museum in an opening credits montage. As the two exit through the gift shop, Harry blows his chance and fails to introduce himself. Dejected, Harry heads to the La Brea Tar Pits and begins to wallow in his disappointment. After a brief moment and much to the surprise of Harry, Julie appears and introduces herself. The two spend the rest of the day together until it’s time for Julie to go to work.
Miracle Mile begins with all the makings of a romantic comedy. Two hip, young people meet and connect instantly, spending a wonderful day together. Then the movie takes a turn. Harry has plans to meet Julie at the diner where she works but he shows up late, after Julie has already gone home. Harry attempts to give her a call on a pay phone but has no luck. Then the pay phone rings back. After a moment of brief hesitation, Harry answers the phone. The person on the other line is very frantic and is calling with a warning. He says a nuclear bomb will be going off within the hour and in 70 minutes it will hit and wipe out LA.
This is when Miracle Mile looks to be taking a shift from a rom-com to more of a screwball comedy. At this point I expected the film to take serious subject matter and play with it in a bit of a light hearted, over-the-top fashion. It does go down this path for a little bit. Harry warns those in the diner of the impending doom and they all begin to load a random array of supplies into a truck. The idea is to get out of town before mass panic ensues. There are some laughs in this scene, particularly when two of the folks in the truck begin to take down a list of the names of important people that they want to make sure survive and help lead the new, post-apocalypse world. One girl suggests Pat Riley.
Harry decides he can’t leave the city without Julie and jumps out of the truck in an attempt to find her. As Harry makes his way through Los Angeles more and more people become aware of what awaits them. This is when the film makes takes a final shift and begins to head down a dark and grim road. The outlook becomes increasingly bleak and yet Harry will not give up. He’s determined to find Julie and get her out of the city.
Miracle Mile somehow manages to be one of the darkest films I’ve ever seen dealing with an all out nuclear war, while at the same time being incredibly sweet and romantic. Harry is a good guy looking for the perfect girl. He finally finds her and he will not let the end of the world stop him from being with her. Despite barely knowing her, he goes through hell to find her. He jumps off a moving truck, steals a car, gets chased by cops and that’s just the beginning of what he’s willing to do.
Essentially Miracle Mile is this sweet, blossoming romance that happens to take place just before a nuclear apocalypse. It’s never sappy or cheesy or anything like that. Whether it’s the romantic aspect or people trying to deal with facing doom, everything feels very real. In fact I’d argue that Miracle Mile may offer up the best depiction of mass panic that I’ve ever seen in a movie. When the entire city becomes aware of what they’re facing, the results are pretty horrific. And still, through it all, Harry and Julie find one another.
If you’re like me and you somehow managed to miss Miracle Mile all these years, do yourself a favor and see it. This really is a fantastic movie and the Blu-ray release from Kino Lorber looks great. I’m no expert when it comes to transfers, but I know what looks good to me and Miracle Mile certainly looks good. Cinematographer Theo van de Sande certainly took full advantage of the great late 80’s Los Angeles locations available to him and they look gorgeous on this release. The image looks crisp and clear and maintains that wonderful film quality. The release also comes with some nice special features, including two audio commentaries.
Miracle Mile is now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.
Oscar winner Patricia Arquette has signed on to voice a witch in Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr., an animated revival of the 1986 cult classic horror film Troll, writes TheWrap in a shocker of a story.
John Carl Buechler, the writer and director of the original film, has agreed to co-produce the full-length 3D animated feature film along with Peter Davy.
Newcomer Baxter Barlett will be the voice of young Harry Potter, Jr., a character previously played by Noah Hathaway.
The project announcement stressed, “Harry Potter and Harry Potter, Jr. and his family were characters in the 1986 motion picture Troll, which was independently created and distributed 11 years before J.K. Rowling’s first “Harry Potter” book was written and published.”
Michael Moriarty, Shelley Hack, June Lockhart and Julia Louis-Dreyfus co-starred in the critically panned horror movie about wicked troll king invading a San Francisco apartment complex in search of a mystical ring that will return him to human form.
The new animated feature will revisit the magical world of the original with Harry Potter, Jr. turning to a magical witch to help him save the planet from the clutches of the troll wizard and his evil force, adds the site.
Plans are underway to lock in the remainder of the voice cast, and Davy noted producers are “already in pre-production.”
The great Willem Dafoe has joined Prometheus star Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close in sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday?, which began principal photography at the Castel Film Studios in Bucharest on July 23, says ScreenDaily.
Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters‘s Tommy Wirkola is directing the feature, which is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Productions and fully financed by SND, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales.
“Set in a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, a resourceful set of seven identical sisters must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.”
Rapace plays all seven sisters, who are named after the days of the week.
Close plays the fierce head of the Child Allocation Bureau, Nicolette Cayman.
New additional cast includes Marwan Kenzari (Accused, Reckless), Christian Rubeck (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Pal Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki).
The script was written by Kerry Williamson (Alex Cross) and Max Botkin (Robosapien: Rebooted).
XLrator Media has shared with Bloody Disgusting a batch of exclusive images from Content and Alistair Legrand’s The Diabolical, which marks Legrand’s directorial debut, who co-wrote the script with Luke Harvis.
The film starring Final Destination and Resident Evil fav Ali Larter will be arriving in Theaters, VOD and iTunes on October 16th.
“The Diabolical follows Madison and her children in their quiet suburban home as they are awoken nightly by an increasingly strange and intense presence. Madison desperately seeks help from her scientist boyfriend Nikolai, who begins a hunt to destroy the violent spirit that paranormal experts are too frightened to undertake.”
Patrick Fischler (“Mad Men”), Arjun Gupta (“Nurse Jackie”), Merrin Dungey (“Betrayal”) and Joe Egender (“American Horror Story: Asylum”) also star.
If you’re a film purist who has been rooting against remakes, this is the Hollywood God’s gift to you.
Amidst news that Relativity Media is declaring bankruptcy, the remake of James O’Barr’s The Crow has been “iced,” putting the long-gestured reboot on hold once again.
Production on the remake of cult classic has been “suspended,” multiple sources close to the film tell ScreenDaily.
Pre-production on the multi-million pound feature, which was due to be the first shot at Pinewood Cardiff, has halted, with crew having vacated the studio this week following months of preparation.
While the latest delay to the anticipated film correlates with the financial woes of the film’s US backer Relativity Media, a source close to Relativity told ScreenDaily that the company still “intends to move forward with producing and releasing The Crow.”
Replacement cast has yet to be announced on the action-fantasy, set to be directed by Corin Hardy (The Hallow), but crew working on the production confirmed to ScreenDaily that Andrea Riseborough had been expected to take on the role of the film’s villain, Top Dollar.
While a number of industry connected to the project expressed optimism to Screen that the production would still go ahead, the development comes at a time when uncertainty surrounds a number of Relativity-backed productions.
The original 1994 film The Crow centered on a murdered rock star who is resurrected in order to hunt down his killers. Brandon Lee, son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, died during the film’s production after he was shot with a defective blank.
With this latest delay, I personally expect Riseborough to exit the project, and if Hardy has anything lined up, it wouldn’t surprise me to see him move on to something else, too.
What does this mean? Well, The Crow could be heading back to square one, again.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, the sequel to the cult 1986 anime classic Vampire Hunter D, will be coming to Blu-Ray and DVD courtesy of Discotek Media. The expected release date is September 8th, 2015, according to Blu-Ray.com.
The release will not include the Japanese language option. Discotek explains:
The Blu Ray and DVD are English language only. The licensor will not allow the Japanese language to be released anywhere but Japan. We were told it was due to the Japanese version being a dub and the way the dub was produced. We would include it if allowed but cannot.
The synopsis for Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust reads:
It is many thousand years in the future. Vampires once ruled the night but have seen their numbers reduced by fearless bounty hunters. One such hunter is D, the halfbreed son of a human mother and vampire father. When a girl from a rich family is taken from her home by the vampire Meier Link, her father contracts both D and the Markus brothers (a rival group of hunters) to race to retrieve her. As the heroes fight their way through Meier’s hired guards, they begin to suspect that the girl may have gone with him willingly.
The original trailer can be seen below.
The last year has felt like a fever dream I might expect to have after spending a night trapped inside a Chuck E. Cheese’s, complete with animatronic monsters and a narrative I could never hope to understand. Where other recent genre success stories like Slender: The Eight Pages have fizzled out after a few months, when it was Five Nights at Freddy’s turn to turn to blow up, series’ creator Scott Cawthon smartly kept that momentum going strong with three more sequels.
Five Nights redefined what it means for a game to go viral, and that unbelievable level of success has left Cawthon with a bounty of riches, adoring fans, critics, and haters.
It’s important to separate those last two things, because I often see them used interchangeably when they’re so very different. Most people, including myself, have a tendency to get hyperbolic with their opinions, and when those opinions are negative, that’s when it gets nasty. It’s important to remember that we can be critical of something without hating on it, just as we can enjoy something without claiming it’s the best thing in the world.
I’m guilty of exaggerating my opinions too, so this isn’t a lecture. I’ve worked to rein it in a bit lately, but I still occasionally fall back on those bad habits. I only bring this up in case it helps you realize you might also have this problem, and so I can tell you about a book I’m working on called One Fist; Two Dicks: I’m Adam Dodd & Here’s Why I’m Better, available as soon as I learn how to summon one of those ghost writers I hear fancy illiterate people use for their books.
I honestly don’t know how Scott Cawthon isn’t a pile of dust on the floor, because that’s what I would look like after being grated against a year’s worth of angry word vomit online. Where I would’ve threatened murder on some unsuspecting 12 year-olds, Cawthon’s response showed considerably more class than many of his critics. Here it is in full.
Hi guys. First of all, I wanted to thank the community in general for the huge outpouring of support through emails and in the forums. I know a lot of you are concerned about me or think that I’m stressed out. It’s true that I’m stressed a little; but it’s ok because the result was good. I’ve worked very hard this year, almost non-stop, to produce good games for this series. Even though there may be some debate as to how “good” the games are, I did my best to provide some good scares and a good story. All I can do is judge from the Steam reviews that I’ve been mostly successful; so I’m very happy about that.
It’s true that there has been a lot of hate toward me lately; on the forums, on youtube, etc. And I’ll be honest, it’s difficult. It’s difficult when people seem to dislike you only because you’ve found success with something. I think some people have this idea that I spend my days swimming in gold coins like Scrooge McDuck, cranking out games with no effort, then laughing all the way to the bank. The reality is quite different, and I think that people who hate on me for being successful are misguided.
Did you know that last year I was working at Dollar General? I worked as a cashier. I had three bosses who were all still in high school. Before that I worked at Target in the backroom freezer, unloading frozen foods. I haven’t had a successful life; and now that God has blessed me with some success, I’m doing my best to be responsible with that success. I don’t party on weekends, I don’t get drunk or sip martinis. I spend my evenings playing Megaman 3, buster only, with my kids. And I try to do good with what’s been given to me.
I guess the reason I’m telling you all of this is to make sure you know that I’m human. I have a lot of flaws, and I’ve made a lot of mistakes. My games aren’t perfect, and they never will be. But something more important that I want to convey to all of you, is that you should never listen to people who criticize success simply because it’s success. Being good at something is something to strive for, not something to demonize. Criticisms of my games are fine, and a lot of times the criticism is valid. But there are a lot of people out there who will hate anything that becomes popular, just because it’s popular, and hate anyone who becomes successful, just because they are successful. “Haters gonna hate.” –as they say, but I want you to know that focusing on someone else’s failure or success is the wrong way to live. People who make videos bashing other people are like people who run into a public square and scream into a pillow. They’ll get attention, but they won’t change anything. If you strive to be like them, then you’ll spend your life screaming into a pillow as well, and your life won’t mean anything.
The best emails I get are from people who have chosen to pursue game development because of the games that I’ve made, or people who have decided to do computer science, or learn programming. Who will be the next game designer? Who will make the next game for Markiplier to play? Make sure that it’s you! People who hate success will never be successful. Focus on your success, and your story. People always ask me what college I recommend, or what programs I recommend. My answer is to just go forward, practice. Just GET to college, study hard, be awesome at what you do. Make sure that you are next year’s big success story. Don’t fall into the pit of people who have given up on making something of themselves, and make sure you make EVERYTHING out of yourself.
I’m getting too old for this. And when I retire someday, I’m going to want to sit down at a computer and play YOUR games, read YOUR stories, and watch YOUR videos. Don’t fall in with the people who have already given up on themselves. You are tomorrow’s next big thing.
In Tyler Shields’ Final Girl, Abigail 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.
In the below clip from Final Girl, on VOD platforms August 14th, we see how Breslin turns the tables on these murderers – by spiking their buzz.
Abigail Breslin, Alexander Ludwig, Wes Bentley, Logan Huffman, Michael Trevino, Connor Paolo, Francesca Eastwood and Michael Trevino all star.
Capcom wants you to know that while they appreciate all the enthusiasm they’ve seen over the years for a Resident Evil 2 remake, they genuinely don’t know what they think about it. In an effort to try and figure that out, they’ve turned to their millions-strong Facebook following in a post asking fans to give them some (easy) answers.
Hello Resident Evil fans!
This is Capcom R&D Division 1!
First off, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to all Resident Evil fans, for your passion, enthusiasm and continued support for the Resident Evil brand.
Enthusiasm for a Resident Evil 2 Remake is something we’ve been hearing from you over the years, and has drawn some recent attention in the media.
However, as the team owns the RE brand, we’re not certain how we feel about this approach, and would like to ask your honest and frank opinion about the “Resident Evil 2 Remake” and what the brand identity is supposed to be about?
Unsurprisingly, the Resident Evil-loving community was quick to tell them exactly what they want, inundating the page with thousands of replies that, for the most part, say roughly the same thing: that it be a full remake — not a remaster, like Resident Evil 0 HD — like the 2002 GameCube remake of the original Resident Evil.
Many fans have also taken the opportunity to ask that Capcom reclaim the “soul” of the original games by not focusing so heavily on action over horror and atmosphere, and specifically to not make another game like Resident Evil 6.
In a response published earlier today by the same R&D Division, you can tell the person behind the post is intensely excited about the response they’ve seen so far.
I was told by my boss to check out the post by “R&D Division 1″ on the Resident Evil Facebook page, and THIS IS AMAZING….
Thank you so much for your passion and continued support for Resident Evil brand!
He was also telling me…“can YOU make a worth seeing game to answer these fans full of passion???”
This order actually makes me SUPER excited…!!!
I’m very interested in seeing where this leads. Stay tuned!