Bloody Disgusting has the first ever image from Intrepid Pictures’ horror-thriller The Bye Bye Man, which recently wrapped shooting in Cleveland, and will be released in theaters October 14, 2016 through STX Entertainment.
Michael Trucco stars with Douglas Smith, Cressida Bonas, Lucien Laviscount, Doug Jones, with Carrie-Anne Moss, and Faye Dunaway
The film recounts a series of terrifying events experienced by three Wisconsin college students, played by Smith, Bonas and Laviscount. Trucco plays the brother of one the students, whose mind has been invaded by the unstoppable Bye Bye Man (Jones).
“Set in 1990s Wisconsin, the film follows three college students who move into an old, off-campus house, where they find themselves preyed on by a malevolent supernatural entity called “The Bye Bye Man”. They must find a way to save themselves while keeping the whole thing secret to protect anyone else from becoming the entity’s next victim.”
Stacy Title directed from Jonathan Penner’s script, based on Robert Damon Schneck’s short story “The Bridge to Body Island.” Trevor Macy produced for Intrepid, and Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman produced for Los Angeles Media Fund.
Intrepid has produced a few solid horror films from The Strangers to Safe House, Oculus and Before I Wake, starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane.
STX most recently released The Gift and The Boy, and is set to release Hardcore Henry in a few weeks.
[H/T] Fabien M.
MTV and Dimension TV today announced new roles, casting and premiere date for the second season of their “Scream” TV series.
Bloody Disgusting learned that “Scream” will return to MTV on Tuesday, May 31st at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The new cast includes: Kiana Ledé (Republic Records Recording Artist), Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First”), Sean Grandillo (“Spring Awakening” – Broadway Company) and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan”).
“With production currently underway in New Orleans, LA, MTV and Dimension TV’s second season of “Scream” picks up with Emma’s return to Lakewood after several months at a retreat, where she tried to recover from the horrors of last season. Everyone is walking on eggshells around her, questioning whether she has truly gotten over the Killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the Killer, but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth. Brooke and Jake are also keeping secrets—they are hiding a budding romance from Mayor Maddox. And, Noah is getting closer and closer to the truth about the season one murders. Lakewood’s murderous past, both recent and distant, are once again brought to focus – with this Killer’s psychotic mind-game intent on bringing Lakewood’s heroes down in a storm of betrayal and bloodshed.”
“Scream” stars and series regulars Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke) will return for the second season.
Michael Gans and Richard Register serve as EPs and Showrunners for the second season along with Harvey and Bob Weinstein as EPs under the Dimension TV umbrella.
Here’s a breakdown of who the new characters play:
- Kiana Ledé (ZOE – Series Regular)– a fellow high school student, Zoe is a driven overachiever who harbors a secret. Credits include: Republic Records Recording Artist
- Santiago Segura (GUSTAVO ACOSTA – Series Regular) – A high school student, Gustavo is dark and brooding. An outsider, observing from the sidelines, he’s a skilled artist who’s deeply into horror, serial killers and comic books. Credits include: 47 Meters Down and “Silicon Valley.”
- Anthony Ruivivar (SHERIFF MICHAEL ACOSTA – Recurring) – An outspoken, competent and experienced cop, Sherrif Acosta returns to Lakewood, where he grew up. He is a devoted, if sometimes strict, family man who’s very protective of his son, Gustavo. Credits include: “Banshee” and “American Horror Story.”
- Austin Highsmith (KAREN LANG – Recurring) – A young, idealistic high school psychology teacher who becomes a confidant and mentor to her students. Credits include: “Murder in the First” and “Criminal Minds.”
- Sean Grandillo (ELI – Recurring) – Eli is Kieran’s (Amadeus Serafini) cousin. He presents as squeaky clean image, but may have ulterior motives. Credits include: “Spring Awakening” – Broadway Company.
- Karina Logue (TINA HUDSON – Recurring) – Tina’s proper and polite, but with a grifter’s sense of self-reliance. Credits include: “Ray Donovan” and “Bates Motel.”
Before the towers come down in the grand finale, Edward Norton’s character in David Fincher’s 1999 classic Fight Club learns that he has a split personality. His alter ego, for which he spends the majority of the film bantering with, is Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt.
While the audience can see Durden, he’s just a figment of Norton’s imagination. Thus, he’s really not there.
God bless the ease of technology and the curious individuals with access to all of the goodies…
Richard Trammell wonders what Fight Club may have looked like without Pitt’s Durden character on screen. It’s not as witty, that’s for sure. And there’s about 75% less ab-envy and testosterone, too.
But what really shines through is how dark the movie would be if we could all see what was going on outside of Norton’s broken mind.
Here’s a taste. I hope this was a simple enough of a task that Trammell completes the experiment and shares the entire film sans Durden.
Amblin Entertainment is hiring 28 Weeks Later‘s Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct Haunted, Deadline reports.
The film that is inspired by the 1898 Henry James gothic ghost story “Turn Of the Screw,” and will be scripted by The Conjuring‘s Chad Hayes & Carey Hayes.
What’s cool is that this is a passion project for Steven Spielberg, who really wanted to make a scary film, adds the site.
The pic’s being produced by The Ring‘s Roy Lee, John Middleton and Scott Bernstein.
The novella’s anonymous narrator is a young woman, a parson’s daughter, who is engaged as governess to two seemingly innocent children at a remote English country house. What initially seems a idyllic soon turns nightmarish, as she becomes convinced that the children are consorting with a pair of malevolent spirits. These are the ghosts of former employees at Bly: a valet and a previous governess. In life, scandalously, the two of them had been discharged as illicit lovers, and their spectral visitations with the children hint at Satanism and possible sexual abuse. The book amply fulfills its pledge, laid down in the first few pages, that nothing can touch it in terms of sheer “dreadful—dreadfulness.” (Amazon)
***Possible Spoilers, Read at Your Own Risk***
Tom Ripley is a character that has been depicted a number of times in the last 60 years in both book and film. I, however, don’t know a whole lot about him. After seeing Dennis Hopper’s portrayal of Ripley in Wim Wenders’ The American Friend I don’t know how any of the other interpretations will be able to hold up.
We don’t know a whole lot about Ripley in this movie. We know he’s wealthy. We know he’s American. And we know he’s a shady dude to say the least. We meet him as he’s in the middle of an art scam. Someone he knows creates paintings and passes them off as the work of a famous, deceased artist. Ripley takes the paintings and auctions them off. With the help of an accomplice, Ripley is able to jack up the prices.
At the end of the most recent auction Ripley meets Jonathan (Bruno Ganz). The encounter doesn’t go well. In fact Jonathan is incredibly rude towards Ripley and refuses to shake his hand. The auctioneer advises Ripley not to mind Jonathan and explains that he’s going through a rough patch as he’s dealing with a terminal blood disease.
Jonathan doesn’t care to shake hands with Ripley because he hates art brokers. Jonathan is a framer, framing a lot of the paintings for the auctions and he hates people that run up the prices and sell art for a profit. He wants art to be enjoyed.
In what I would guess is an attempt to get back at Jonathan for the lack of respect, Ripley recommends him as a possible hitman to Raoul Minot (Gérard Blain), a French criminal. Minot is sold on the idea and approaches Jonathan. The selling point is that Jonathan doesn’t have long to live and he has a wife and a young child, so perhaps he’d be willing to earn some money to take care of his family after he dies. The issue is that Jonathan’s doctor claims the disease isn’t immediately life threatening.
Now Jonathan has a lot of problems on his hand. A complete stranger has approached him offering him a lot of money to kill someone, despite him not being a hitman. Plus he now has conflicting reports from doctors. His regular doctor thinks he’s fine, but this French doctor provided by Minot claims Jonathan is basically on his death bed. Furthering the complication is that Jonathan is strangely being befriended by Ripley.
I don’t know if the Coen Brothers were influenced in any way by The American Friend but I have to imagine they were. You can pick virtually any Coen Brothers film and you’ll find a lot of elements and themes in common with this classic from Wenders. To simplify things, this is a story about an everyday man who gets a caught up in a situation that is way over his head. Jonathan has a chance to make a lot of money and it doesn’t look like anything will go wrong, yet everything goes wrong.
You could take Llewelyn Moss from No Country for Old Men and swap him out with Jonathan and I think both movies would essentially be the same; the characters have that much in common. Both men take a risk in an attempt to take care of their families and in both situations they end up making things much, much worse.
What makes The American Friend the riveting success that it is is the performance of Hopper. The movie creates a lot of tension and suspense. At any moment you think something terrible is going to happen, you just don’t know what or when. A lot of that is due to Hopper’s take on Ripley. Ripley’s motives are never entirely clear. You know he’s not exactly on the level, so the assumption is he only has the worst of intentions in mind, but it’s certainly not clear. You think he wants to get back at Jonathan, but then he befriends him. And the friendship seems genuine, at least at times. There’s a fantastic scene on a train in which Ripley basically saves Jonathan’s life. If Ripley is willing to save Jonathan’s life he can’t be all bad, right? But maybe he can? You never know. And that’s the beauty of Hopper’s Ripley.
The movie is also quite open ended. My initial thought was the artist painting pictures for Ripley was a fake, but there’s a line early in the movie where Ripley tells the man to stay hidden and he says something about how a dead man shouldn’t be seen or something along those lines. So maybe this man isn’t pretending to be a famous artist, but perhaps he’s faking his death? Or maybe I just interpreted something wrong. Then there’s the seriousness of Jonathan’s blood disease which is left up in the air. You’d think that his doctor is the one telling the truth, but with the way the film ends you never know. And of course, we never learn what Ripley’s true endgame is.
The American Friend is now out on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection and in what should be a surprise to no one it looks gorgeous. The film has some breathtaking locations, taking place in Germany, France and New York, and as a result there’s some gorgeous cinematography. The Blu-ray does a wonderful job bringing this work to life. The release also comes with some really nice special features. Two brand-new interviews are included, one with Wenders and another with Ganz. Both are fantastic, but the Wenders one is really special. He talks about how Hopper completely changed the character for the better. There’s also an older commentary with Hopper and Wenders which I haven’t had the chance to listen to yet. Rounding things out are some deleted scenes with optional commentary from Wenders.
The American Friend is a terrific, gripping neo-noir. Thanks to the Criterion Collection this piece of cinematic treasure now has a worthy release. Any cinephile is going to want this one in their collection.
The American Friend is now available on Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection.
Arrow Video has announced their June releases and they’re some good ones! I’m excited for all these releases but the one I absolutely cannot wait for is Return of the Killer Tomatoes. You may remember about a month ago I wrote about 5 movies that are deserving of the Arrow treatment. One of those movies was Return of the Killer Tomatoes. Now I was hoping to get a boxset of the entire Killer Tomatoes series, and I’ll still holdout hope for that, but if we were just going to get one, this is the one.
Nikkatsu Diamond Guys Vol 2 [Blu-ray + DVD] – Release Date 6/14/2016
Nikkatsu, the oldest film studio in Japan, inaugurated a star system in the late 1950s, finding talent and contracting them to a series of wild genre pictures. This collection celebrates these “Diamond Guys” with three classic films from directors Buichi Saito (Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril), Ko Nakahira (Crazed Fruit), and Haruyasu Noguchi, who is a new discovery for the West. In Saito’s Tokyo Mighty Guy, mega star Akira Kobayashi stars as Jiro in the rambunctious tale of a chef who opens a restaurant in the busy Ginza district. His culinary skills and dashing good looks bring in the women as well as unwanted trouble, while an explosive political scandal builds around his girlfriend’s business… Next, Jo Shishido (Massacre Gun, Retaliation), one of the most popular Diamond Guys in the West, stars in Danger Paws, a crime caper from Ko Nakahira about counterfeiting. When one billion yen goes AWOL, “Joe the Ace” (Shishido) spies an opportunity to get rich quick, but things soon go wrong as it turns out he isn’t the only one who’ll stop at nothing to get his hands on the missing cash… Finally, Shishido stars once again in Noguchi’s screwball classic Murder Unincorporated. When the mysterious “Joe of Spades” executes one of the bosses of a powerful syndicate, his colleagues, fearing for their own lives, call on the services of assassin agency Murder Unincorporated to take care of the problem. This unique entry showcases some of the most peculiar killing tactics to ever hit Japanese cinema! Presented on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the West, these thrilling genre films feature some of Nikkatsu’s leading talent at the top of their game.Bonus Materials
- Limited Edition Blu-ray collection (3000 copies)
- High Definition digital transfers of all three films in this collection, from original film elements by Nikkatsu Corporation
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
- Original uncompressed mono audio
- Newly translated English subtitles
- Specially recorded video discussions with Japanese cinema expert Jasper Sharp on Diamond Guys Jo Shishido and Akira Kobayashi
- Original trailers for all three films
- Extensive promotional image galleries for all films
- Reversible sleeve featuring brand new artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Booklet featuring new writing on all the films and director profiles by Stuart Galbraith IV, Tom Mes and Mark Schilling
Return Of The Killer Tomatoes – Release Date 6/28/2016
THE VEGETABLES OF DOOM! The killer tomatoes are back! But this time around, they’re going to have to contend with late ’80s George Clooney and his wicked mullet… Is it a fruit? Is it a vegetable? Nope, it’s Return of the Killer Tomatoes! Ten years on from the Great Tomato War, mankind lives in fear of another uprising by the waxy red menace. Meanwhile, Professor Gangreen – played with gusto by the late, great John Astin from TV’s The Addams Family – sets out to pursue his own evil ends by creating a burgeoning army of tomato militia men (who, somewhat conveniently, look just like regular men). Following on from the 1978 cult classic Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Return of the Killer Tomatoes came armed with a healthy sense of its own ridiculousness and would expand upon a franchise that now comprises four films, two TV series and a video game. So what are you waiting for? Make Return of the Killer Tomatoes one of your five-a-day now!Bonus Materials
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Original Stereo audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Brand new audio commentary with writer-director John De Bello
- Brand new interview with star Anthony Starke
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matthew Griffin
- Fully-illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by critic James Oliver
Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan – Release Date 6/28/2016
The remarkable career of the movie industry’s most admired and influential special-effects auteur, the legendary Ray Harryhausen, is the subject of Gilles Penso’s definitive documentary Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan. Leaving no doubt as to Harryhausen’s seminal influence on modern-day special effects, the documentary features enlightening and entertaining interviews with the man himself, Randy Cook, Peter Jackson, Nick Park, Phil Tippet, Terry Gilliam, Dennis Muren, John Landis, Guillermo del Toro, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg and many more. These filmmakers, who today push the boundaries of special effects movie-making, pay tribute to the father of Stop Motion animation and films such as ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’, ‘It Came from Beneath the Sea’, ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’, ‘Mysterious Island’, ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘The Golden Voyage of Sinbad’ – the films that enthralled them as children and inspired them to become filmmakers in their own right.Bonus Materials
- Interviews with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Peter Lord, Rick Baker
- 12 Interview outtakes with Joe Dante, John Lasseter, Nick Park and more!
- A message to Ray
- Deleted Scenes
- On the set of Sinbad
- Paris Cinematheque Q&A
- London Gate Theater Q&A
- Audio commentary with the filmmakers
- Original Trailer
- Ray Harryhausen Trailer Reel
Suture [Blu-ray + DVD] – Release Date 6/21/2016
Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate and Seconds, the desert noir of Detour and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another and Woman of the Dunes, Suture is one of great feature debuts – by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee – and a truly unique piece of cinema. The wealthy and self-assured Vincent (Michael Harris) meets his blue collar half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) at their father’s funeral and is struck by their similarity. He decides to murder Clay and take his identity, only Clay survives the assassination attempt with no memory and is mistaken for Vincent. The fact that Harris is white and Haysbert is black only complicates a film that probes into the nature of identity. After viewing an early rough cut, Steven Soderbergh came on board as executive producer and enthusiastic patron. Suture went on to become a hit on the festival circuit, including Sundance where it deservedly won the award for Best Cinematography.Bonus Materials
- Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
- High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Audio commentary with writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee
- All-new interviews with Siegel, McGehee, executive producer Steven Soderbergh, actor Dennis Haysbert, cinematographer Greg Gardiner, editor Lauren Zuckerman and production designer Kelly McGehee
- Deleted scenes
- Birds Past, Siegel & McGehee’s first short film, about two young San Franciscans who journey to Bodega Bay along the path set by Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds.
- US theatrical trailer
- European theatrical trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm
RLJ/Image Entertainment has set a June 7th DVD and Digital date for Monsterland, starring Josh LaCasse, Ebon Moss-Bachrach (“The Last Ship,” “Girls”), Eileen Dietz (The Exorcist, Helter Skelter), Trent Haaga (Cheap Thrills, Deadgirl), and John Franklin (Children of the Corn).
The shorts are directed by Graham Denman, Jack Fields, Erik Gardner, Andrew Kasch, Patrick Longstreth, Sander Maran, Robert Mclean, The McCoubrey Brothers, Cory Norman, John Skipp, and Frank J. Sudol.
“Amidst a bloody backdrop of chaos and carnage, one panicked, lowly survivor of the Monster Apocalypse takes shelter in a movie theater to buy himself a few extra moments of precious life. Little does he know, he’s taken a flying leap out of the frying pan and smack dab into the fires of hell by attending the last movie marathon he’ll ever see.
Welcome to Monsterland! A terrifying place where savage beasts, carnivorous creatures, and grotesque abominations are the new normal; and the human race is now at the bottom of the food chain.”
We’ve got something a little different yet exciting to bring you today and it comes in the form of Sacred Mass of the Nunja, a short film from director Ryan Oliver who brings us a mix of martial arts and grindhouse with a dash of religious horror.
Speaking about the film, Oliver explains, “When I was young all I wanted to do was take Karate, but instead I was strong-armed into being an altar boy. That said, this material speaks for itself.”
Co-composer Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth) states, “Ryan and [co-composer] Sanford [Parker] are both close friends so when Ryan offered the opportunity to write some music for the Sacred Mass of the Nunja, I jumped at it. Sanford and I worked well together during the Twilight records so it was a natural fit to team up with him on this project. Always an honor to work with both of them.”
Oliver also spoke about Parker and Giannopoulos’ music, adding, “The music Stavros and Sanford composed was integral to giving this old footage new life. They crushed it and made it look easy. I’m very pleased with how it turned out I must confess.”
We’re really excited to bring you this exclusive premiere, which you can watch above!
A man can only take so much.
Here’s the festival one-sheet for Ti West’s latest genre offering, In a Valley of Violence, which shoots into the SXSW Film Festival this coming weekend.
West, known for The Roost, The Innkeepers, House of the Devil, The Sacrament and even V/H/S, writes, directs and even edits the film starring boasting the insane cast of Ethan Hawke, James Ransone, Taissa Farmiga, Karen Gillan, and John Travolta.
“A mysterious drifter named Paul (Ethan Hawke) and his dog make their way towards Mexico through the barren desert of the old west. In an attempt to shorten their journey, they cut through the center of a large valley — landing themselves in the forgotten town of Denton, a place now dubbed by locals as a “valley of violence.” The once-popular mining town is nearly abandoned and controlled by a brash group of misfits — chief among them Gilly (James Ransone), the troublemaking son of the town’s Marshal (John Travolta).
As tensions rise between Paul and Gilly, Denton’s remaining residents bear witness to an inevitable act of violence that starts a disastrous chain reaction, infecting the petty lives of all involved and quickly drags the whole town into the bloody crosshairs of revenge. Mary-Anne (Taissa Farmiga) and Ellen (Karen Gillan), two bickering sisters who run the town’s only hotel, try to find the good in both men, while desperately searching for their own salvation. Only the world-weary Marshal struggles to stop the violent hysteria, but after a gruesome discovery about Paul’s past… there is no stopping the escalation.”
The SXSW Film Festival begins this weekend and one of the biggest surprises is that AMC will debut the pilot episode of “Preacher,” which hails from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors), with showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”).
Ahead of the World Premiere, AMC tells Bloody Disgusting we can expect the series to debut in May 2016, while also providing our first ever looks at Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) and Tulip (Ruth Negga), to go along with the initial shot of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) lightning up a cigarette.
Based on the twisted and popular ’90s comic book franchise of the same name, “Preacher,” created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, is the story of Jesse Custer (Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Gilgun) embark on a journey to, literally, find God.
The trio are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.
A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Jackie Earle Haley was recently cast as Haley Odin, a member of the local KKK branch and clashes multiple times with Jesse.
Other cast includes W. Earl Brown as ‘Sheriff Hugo Root’, the mean-hearted father of Eugene Root aka Arseface (Ian Colletti), a flinty-eyed, conspiracy-credulous redneck who is not a fool and has a vulnerability to him.
Jamie Anne Allman will play Betsy Schenck, a meek wife who appears to suffer beatings by the hand of her husband, Donny. When the Preacher checks up on her, though, she tells a different story. Derek Wilson is Donny Schenck, a Civil War re-enactor and abusive thug who gets into altercations with Jesse Custer but nevertheless shows up to church on Sundays.Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare
With the release of the trailer for Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, the nostalgia for the original film is at an all-time high. Ignoring the critiques and shaming of the upcoming film – I personally think it looks fun, although I admit it doesn’t seem to have that whip smart humor – I thought it’d be fun to look back at the 1984 original, the film that made it very clear who we needed to call!
Below is a simple nine question quiz that tackles several different aspects of the film, from basic facts to specific moments in specific scenes. I got 8 out of 9, but that’s because I didn’t remember which university Venkman, Stantz, and Spengler worked at. Guess I need to rewatch the movie!
Give the quiz a shot and make sure to let us know how you did in the comments below!
Kasra Farahani’s The Waiting is heading to the SXSW Film Festival this weekend, boasting quite the impressive cast that includes James Caan (The Godfather, Misery), Logan Miller (Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows).
Mysterious events occur in The Waiting when two high school filmmakers decide to create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor.
In the below clip, watch as Caan doesn’t respond to the haunting as expected…going full Misery on a “spooked” door.
The fun begins as the duo’s suspicions grow and the tension mounts, explains the SXSW program, they realize too late that the man they’re manipulating is the last person they should’ve chosen for their project.
The Waiting was written by Mark Bianculli and Jeff Richard.
The full cast includes: James Caan, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Laura Innes, Edwin Hodge, Bailey Noble, Lili Reinhart, Anne Dudek, Mindy Sterling, and Tamlyn Tomita.
Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball and Chain Productions and Anonymous Content all partnered on the project.
Hot off her best documentary Oscar nomination for What Happened, Miss Simone?, Liz Garbus is in negotiations to make her narrative feature directing debut with “Lost Girls” for Amazon Studios, THR writes.
Adapted by Michael Werwie, “the story centers on a mother searching for her missing daughter in Long Island who makes a horrifying discovery in the woods where the murdered bodies of four girls have been dumped.”
The two-time Academy Award nominee is poised to tackle the serial killer drama, which is based on investigative reporter Robert Kolker’s 2013 nonfiction book of the same name. Amazon picked up the project in turnaround from Warner Bros (announced in 2013). Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad) and Rory Koslow are producing.
“That title is an apt description for this case, in which a murderer used the waterfront roadside on Long Island’s South Shore as the dumping ground for his murder victims, all of whom were escorts advertising on Craigslist and similar websites. It began with reports that a young woman named Shannan Gilbert was seen running through the upscale waterfront town of Oak Beach, screaming for her life before she turned up missing. When it becomes clear to Shannan’s mother, Mari Gilbert, that police weren’t trying hard to find her daughter, she raised a ruckus. A search of the wooded sandy roads in the area led to the discovery of four bodies. None of them was Gilbert, but each was a similarly pretty twentysomething escort who advertised on the web. The families demanded answers and were frustrated when evidence and potential suspects were being ignored. Eventually, Mari Gilbert’s relationship with the police chief evolved as she pressed for a recognition of the value of these troubled girls. When Gilbert’s daughter was finally located, it was a tragic ending, but it gave her mother closure. The killer is still at large.”
Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and Drafthouse Films teamed up with Rook Films (Sightseers, The Duke of Burgundy) and Timpson Films (The ABCs of Death) to produce The Greasy Strangler (review), the feature directorial debut of British helmer Jim Hosking (The ABCs of Death 2) had its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival with a screening also set up at this weekend’s SXSW Film Festival.
Ahead of this weekend’s showing, it was announced that FilmRise has acquired North American distribution rights with a theatrical release set for this fall.
In the film, “The Los Angeles-set tale follows Ronnie, a man who runs a Disco Walking tour along with his browbeaten son, Brayden. When a sexy, alluring woman comes to take the tour, it begins a competition between father and son for her attentions. It also signals the appearance of an oily, slimy inhuman maniac who stalks the streets at night and strangles the innocent, soon dubbed ‘The Greasy Strangler.’“
“We are pleased to announce that we have acquired this Sundance standout,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. “‘The Greasy Strangler’ defies genres and surprises audiences with its originality, and we are confident that fans of the truly bizarre will enjoy what this film has to offer upon its theatrical release this fall.”
Hosking wrote the script with Toby Harvard. SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood will produce along with Andrew Starke of Rook Films and Ant Timpson of Timpson Films. Kill List, Sightseers, and “Doctor Who” director Ben Wheatley and Drafthouse Films’ Tim League are aboard as executive producers.
Variety first reported the news.
Westerns have made a strong comeback in the last ten years or so. It seems like nearly every year now at least a couple new entries ranging from smaller indie efforts to larger budget pictures enter the western landscape. What exactly caused this resurgence, I’m not sure, but I’m glad it happened. The western is one of the classic cinema genres and I’m always glad to have them around.
Kill or Be Killed (AKA Red on Yella, Kill a Fella) is a 2015 western from directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks that just recently made it’s DVD debut thanks to RLJ Entertainment.
The film opens with a chain gang out building a railroad track in the middle of the desert. Like is usually the case in these situations, one member of the chain gang in particular seems to really irritate the lawmen watching over them. In this case that man is ‘Slap’ Jack Davis (Paul McCarthy-Boyington), who learns the hard way that there will be no breaks this day.
Suddenly a handful of outlaws led by the infamous Claude ‘Sweet Tooth’ Barbee (Meeks), pop up out of the bushes and embark on a rescue mission to set Davis free. With little restraint the ruthless criminals are successful.
With his old gang back in full force Sweet Tooth and the boys are able to get to their desired mission – a trip across Texas to recover hidden loot from a railroad heist gone bad. Along the way they pick up a new member in the form of Willie (Bridger Zadina), a young would-be outlaw with a skill in ventriloquism. I must say it’s not a great skill, however. Willie very obviously moves his own mouth when operating his dummy, but he’s charming and thus gets a pass.
Being the outlaws they are the gang can’t seem to refrain from causing a heap of trouble along the way. Before they know it Sheriff Everheart (Luce Rains) and Deputy Marshall Peak (Timothy McKinney) are hot on their tail as they make their way through the empty desert. Unfortunately for Sweet Tooth the law isn’t the only thing chasing him down. Something darker and more horrifying than he could have ever imagined follows closely behind.
Kill or Be Killed isn’t a perfect movie; in fact it has many flaws. For starters the story is a bit confusing. The outlaws searching for some hidden cash, that all makes sense and is easy to follow. But the supernatural element that is tossed in? That doesn’t seem very clear at all. When the movie ended I wasn’t entirely sure what had happened.
The acting and the characters leave a lot to be desired. Meeks and McCarthy-Boyington both give really solid performances and have interesting characters, but the rest not so much. Meeks’ Sweet Tooth is like a lot of classic western characters. He’s a scary, intimidating guy, but at the same time respectful and reasonable. He kills when he needs to, but he isn’t just out to kill. ‘Slap’ Jack Davis is sort of the hard luck comic relief. All the bad things seem to happen to him. You start to wonder how he ever managed to become such a rough and tough criminal. McCarthy-Boyington plays the part to perfection.
The film is quite violent, but that ends up being a mixed bag. There is a little too much use of CGI for the blood sprays and bullet entry points for my liking. I get it and understand why it’s done, but it always leaves me feeling like if they had just went a little further with some real squibs the end product would be so much better. It’s not all CGI, fortunately. We get some practical effects worked in here and there. In what is probably my favorite scene of the movie we see a doctor (played by the wonderful Michael Berryman) operate on a foot with a gunshot would. The whole goes all the way through the foot so you can see out the other side. It’s pretty disgusting.
The best parts of Kill or Be Killed are the gorgeous sceneries and authentic costumes. I’m from the southwest and I love a beautiful desert landscape. There’s something about a desolate desert that feels dead and alive all at once. Everything is bleak and nothing should survive in this rigid terrain, and yet because things do there is a sense of hope. And it’s not just the desert, the set pieces are fantastic too. Every good western has a great setting and Kill or Be Killed definitely succeeds in that category.
Kill or Be Killed isn’t the best modern western, but it’s a good one and worth your time. If you like bloody violence in the old west, you’re likely going to have some fun with this one.
Kill or Be Killed is out on DVD now from RLJ Entertainment.
1972’s The Freakmaker (AKA The Mutations) is one of those movies that I really wish was better than it is. The film has a lot of good things that work in its favor. The film is directed by Jack Cardiff, the wonderful cinematographer that worked with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles and John Huston. The movie stars Donald Pleasence and Tom Baker, two of my absolute favorites. And it’s partly influenced by Tod Browning’s Freaks. Yet with all these positives working in favor of the film, it ultimately falls a bit short.
Pleasence stars as Professor Nolter, a professor at a London university specializing in genetic science. When Nolter isn’t teaching, he uses human guinea pigs to experiment with intent to crossbreed plants with humans. What purposes this serves I’m not really sure and we never find out.
Assisting Nolter is Lynch (Baker), a large man dubbed the “ugliest person in the world.” Lynch earned this title due to a hideous face deformity. Because of the issues with his face Lynch is part of a traveling circus freak show. The freak show is filled with the likes of the bearded lady, the pretzel man and the alligator woman. Lynch doesn’t see himself as a freak. He’s helping Nolter with hopes that Nolter will soon be able to fix his face. Although you never really get the sense from Nolter that he even intends to help Lynch. He seems to have his own motives. Again, what those motives are we never really know.
The Freakmaker serves no purpose. There’s little to no story. You watch some freaks at a circus and that’s about it. There are some mildly entertaining effects along the way, the best being when Nolter turns some poor man into some half plant-half man thing. They’re not great effects, but they are fun and practical.
The Freakmaker would have worked better had it went weirder and crazier. You can get by without much of a story if you offer up something truly bizarre. That never happens here because there are similar movies that are far more interesting. For example the best part of this film is a dinner scene which is something that is pulled straight out of Freaks. So while that scene is fun, we’ve seen it before.
The film is available on DVD straight from Cyclone, the company that produced it. The DVD isn’t the best looking DVD, but it’s passable. I have to think that maybe the original elements aren’t in the best of shape. It does come with some interesting special features. There is a making of that gives you some insight into the behind the scenes aspects. Also included are three interviews with Robert Weinbach, Cardiff and Brad Harris. My favorite feature is an image gallery of lobby cards. I’m a big fan of the old lobby cards and The Freakmaker had some good ones.
I’d say The Freakmaker is a mostly unnecessary film that is ok. You can find some fun in it with some enjoyable moments here and there; it’s just nothing you haven’t seen before.
The Freakmaker is now available on DVD from Cyclone Productions/Vidcrest. Purchase directly from CycloneHorror.com and receive a combo pack that includes The Last Horror Movie.
Horror movies aren’t exactly known for their happy endings. In fact, some are downright depressing. We thought we would take a look at some of the most depressing ones!***SPOILERS BELOW*** The Mist
I figured I’d get the most obvious one out of the way first. Are there horror fans out there who haven’t seen Frank Darabont’s adaptation of The Mist, yet? That’s probably not a fair question. I’m sure plenty of people have not seen The Mist yet. If you’re one of those people, stop reading now! Basically, after a very menacing weather phenomenon, attacks by various supernatural bug monsters and a hostile takeover by a religious maniac straight out of Lord of the Flies, five of the survivors decide to risk their lives and just drive away from the supermarket they’ve been trapped in for the entire film. Once they run out of gas, they decide they would rather die than be killed by the creatures in the mist, but they only have four bullets for the five of them in the car. David (Thomas Jane) kills everyone in the car, including his son, and steps out of the vehicle, only to see the mist receding and the army driving up in tanks to rescue them. It sucks, but it makes for an unforgettable ending!Martyrs
Never have I sat in silence after the ending for a film than I did after having seen Pascal Laugier’s Martyrs. It is a polarizing film (with a pretty bland remake) that ends on an extremely ambiguous note. After having spent an unspecified period being beaten and degraded by her captors, Anna (Morjana Alaoui) is then flayed alive and enters a state of euphoria. It is revealed that the villains of the film have been attempting this procedure on countless young women in order to force them into achieve a state of transcendence and see into the afterlife. After Mademoiselle, the leader of the secret society performing these experiments asks Anna about her experience, she walks into a room by herself and puts a gun in her mouth. The action is open to interpretation: Was the information she received so wonderful that she wanted to join the afterlife or was it so awful that she couldn’t bear to live with the information? That is up to you, dear reader, and it is not an easy question to answer.
Apparently today is a day of amazing new music? Just minutes ago, I posted that John Carpenter released a new track from his upcoming album and now Perturbator has dropped a new song as well!
The track in question is title “Neo Tokyo” and comes from Perturbator’s upcoming album The Uncanny Valley, which comes out May 6th via Blood Music. Perturbator tells NPR that the album is inspired by the Italian giallo horror classic Suspiria as well as the anime classics Akira and Ghost in the Shell, which only makes me all the more excited. Those three films are absolutely fantastic and are basically fountains for inspiration.
Stream the track above and head on over to Blood Music’s online store to pre-order your copy!
Horror extraordinaire John Carpenter has released a stream of “Angel’s Asylum”, a new track that appears on the upcoming album Lost Themes II, which comes out April 15th via Sacred Bones Records.
The song is a reference to the Asylum comic book series he created with his wife and film producer Sandy King. Carpenter explains, ““Angel’s Asylum” has a driving rock sound and is more reminiscent of my later work. We initially started writing it for the comic book and we liked it so much we decided to put it on the album..
As Carpenter explains, the track has a bit of a harder edge, although that doesn’t mean there are any fewer synths or mystical qualities abound. In fact, I think it’s a wonderful blend of the classic Carpenter style with some more modern sprinklings. I’m totally into it, although my love for this man’s music is pretty much boundless, so I might be a tad biased.
You can pre-order Lost Themes II via iTunes.
5/30 – Copenhagen – DR Koncerthuset – Koncertsalen
6/02 – Barcelona – Primavera
6/14 – Seattle – Paramount
6/15 – Portland – Arlene Schnitzer
6/17 – Oakland – Fox Theatre
6/18 – Los Angeles – Orpheum
6/21 – Denver – Gothic Theatre
6/23 – Austin Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
6/24 – Dallas – Majestic Theater
7/03 – Ásbrú ATP – Iceland
7/06 – Neuchâtel – International Film Festival
7/08 – New York – Playstation Theatre
7/12 – Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
7/15 – Detroit – The Masonic Temple
8/26 – Turin – Today’s Festival
8/28/16 – Rome – Auditorium Parco Della Musica / Santa Cecilia Hall
10/28 – Manchester – Albert Hall
10/29 – Manchester – Albert Hall
10/31 – London – Troxy
Filmax’s Summer Camp, which looks like a mix between The Evil Dead and [REC], is set to open internationally and here in the States on March 18th. Here’s the brand new trailer that kicks off the infection with a demon-possessed dog!
Fin‘s Andres Velencoso, X-Men: First Class‘ Alex Gonzalez, The House of the Devil‘s Jocelin Donahue, [REC]3‘s Diego Boneta and Zombieland‘s Maiara Walsh are heading to Summer Camp.
They star as “unsuspecting American camp counselors who confront a virus unlike any seen before.“
It’s an interesting new spin on viral-horror that actually looks to pass along a possession. You catch a shot of someone with their eyes blindfolded, which makes me think that’s how this infection spreads. No matter, it looks astoundingly fast-paced, especially in the shot of the girl getting infected while driving – Jaume Balaguer really does know how to crank horror films to maximum speed.
Check out our exclusive set visit here.
Alberto Marini’s English-language Summer Camp is executive produced by [REC] franchise director Jaume Balaguero.
Summer Camp is said to immerse the viewer on an adrenaline-charged journey by providing an innovative approach to the classical concept of teenagers lost in the woods.
[H/T] Howard at Cinemachords