Director/Writer Stewart Thorndike (Tess and Nana) and Producer Alex Scharfman announced this week that they have decided to offer their Outfest award-winning horror feature Lyle, starring Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls”), to their fans for FREE starting August 4, 2014.
It will be streaming on the film’s website during the duration of the duo’s Kickstarter campaign for their next project Putney, the second of three upcoming female-focused horror films, also launching August 4th.
We have this exclusive clip from Lyle, which debuted to critical praise at the 2014 Outfest Film Festival where Gaby Hoffmann won the Grand Jury Best Actress award for her electrifying performance as Leah, a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil.
Stewart Thorndike’s sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby uses dark humor and razor-sharp camera work taking audiences into a growing nightmare as Leah begins to question the motives of her partner, friends and neighbors as a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil brings out a primal terror that’s difficult to shake.
For more information on Lyle and the Putney Kickstarter campaign, visit the official website.
At the end of August Tim Seeley and Jim Terry are set to launch their new series with Dark Horse “Sundowners.” Seeley has made his name synonymous with horror comics in years past and this new title looks to continue the trend with a new take on the superhero genre. I’m frothing at the mouth for this one, guys.
From Dark Horse:
SUNDOWNERS #1 | Tim Seeley | Jim Terry
Faster than lightning! Stronger than steel! Crazier than an outhouse rat? Enter the Sundowners—sworn to protect humanity from interdimensional invaders! But is the threat real, or is it all in their heads?
- From Tim Seeley (Revival, Hack/Slash, The Occultist)!
- A dark look at the thin line between heroism and insanity!
The following preview has been approved for media use and repost.
Sundowners #1 is on sale August 27th. Retailer FOC is Monday, August 4th.
Those of you who haven’t checked out Ben Templesmith’s ‘The Squidder’ are in for a rude awakening, seriously if you watched that ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ trailer earlier this week and can’t wait then this is your ticket to the post apocalyptic future. The first issue was a bleak look at a strange cult with a little girl torn in the middle. It’s strangely intoxicating and beautifully realized. It has a palpable sense of danger and voice with only the first issue. So naturally I’m super psyched to offer and exclusive preview of issue #2 right here, right now on behalf of IDW Publishing.
The Squidder #2
Ben Templesmith (w & a & c)
The Squidder steals back a slave for a local strong man, only to realize success with the job means upsetting the fragile balance of human power. With the aid of the very Squid cult he hates, he realizes there’s a new game afoot and an old war still worth fighting, while more powerful eyes finally start to take notice.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
New Line Cinema chases trouble in the second TV Spot and featurette for Into the Storm, helmed by Final Destination 5‘s by Steven Quale.
In theaters August 8, we also have a new batch of images from the pic starring Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence.
“In the span of a single day, the town of Silverton is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of tornadoes. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run towards the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, Into the Storm throws you directly into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme.”
Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Arlen Escarpeta, Max Deacon, Nathan Kress, Jeremy Sumpter, Kyle Davis, Jon Reep, and Scott Lawrence all star.
After the rapture, there are fates worse than death.
Starring Repo! star Alexa Vega, there’s finally a release date and one-sheet for The Remaining, also starring Johnny Pacar, Shaun Sipos, Italia Ricci, Bryan Dechart, Kim Pacheco, John Pyper-Ferguson, Erin Murphy, Liz E. Morgan and Hayley Lovitt.
In the film, “After a series of worldwide cataclysmic events, a group of survivors struggle to survive.”
There’s a September 5 date set for the film, although it’s probably more of a VOD release.
We now have the trailer for the Venezuelan horror The House of the End Times (La casa del fin de los tiempos).
In the film, “Dulce (Ruddy Rodríguez) is a mother who has encounters with apparitions in her old house, where it unleashes a terrible prophecy. Thirty years later, Dulce, turned into an old woman, returns home to unravel the mystery and tragedy that has tantalized her.”
The film premiered at the ongoing Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.
Here’s a really creepy trailer for Nick Szostakiwskyj’s Black Mountain Side that delivers some chills. It premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival where Patrick Cooper was a huge fan. Read his review here.
“Black Mountain Side follows a group of archaeologists after they uncover a strange structure in Northern Canada, dating over ten thousand years before the present. The team finds themselves isolated when their communication systems fail and it is not long before they begin to feel the effects of the solitude.”
Shane Twerdun, Michael Dickson and Carl Toftfelt star.
Asylum has been a company we refuse to waste energy on, mostly because they are always creating faux sequels to franchises, and purposely making bad movies like Sharknado.
But, today things begin anew. They finally have something I’m excited to share with you dear readers, something that’s actually worth your time.
Here’s the trailer for their new series, “Z Nation,” premiering this September on Syfy. The premise is cool, the cast is badass, and most importantly…the show takes itself very seriously. You’ll see in this promo just how cool the zombies are, and also enjoy a few smart gimmicks such as an undead child.
Harold Perrineau, Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russel Hodgkingson and Keith Allan star.
“ ‘Z Nation’ starts three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood. Although the antibodies he carries are the world’s last, best hope for a vaccine, he hides a dark secret that threatens them all. With humankind’s survival at stake, the ragtag band embarks on a journey of survival across three thousand miles of rusted-out post-apocalyptic America.“
If you’re going to spend the post apocalypse locked in a basement, your film better be populated with some damn interesting characters. This is not the case with Aftermath, the new film by Peter Engert (The Valley of Tears), which uses 90 minutes to make no statement about humanity or invest in the depth of its characters whatsoever. It’s not a good thing when Edward Furlong is the highlight of your movie.
Aftermath is set a few days after the kick off of World War III. Nuclear bombs have scorched the earth. A resolute doctor named Hunter (C.J. Thomason – Monkey’s Paw) holes up with eight other Texans in a basement while the world goes to hell. All of the characters besides Hunter and Brad (Edward Furlong) are wholly forgettable. A few times I even forgot who a person was, which girl was which, and who was still alive. Brad is the only one who manages to bring some liveliness to the screw with his redneck temper and sudden bursts of anger towards Hunter, the president, and whoever else he deems worthy of his misplaced rage. it’s not a good performance by any means, but it’s the only that offers any kind of entertainment in Aftermath‘s impotent narrative.
The film essentially boils down to scene after scene of people bickering. Sometimes outsiders attempt to break their way into the basement, so Hunter and the crew get some much longed for gun play. I’m not sure if the outsiders are supposed to be zombies per se, but they certainly move and moan like them. Just when it seems like the film is going to shift in favor of a more zombie-apocalypse approach, it comes to a screeching halt and reverts back to quarreling in a dark basement.
There is one brief sequence that helps liven up the monotony. At one point, the survivors decide to bust out of the basement to shoot up the intruders creeping their way across the lawn. There’s some fun visuals during this shootout, with stylish use of freeze frames and zooms. The amusement doesn’t last long, however, and soon Aftermath is limping towards its conclusion.
The morose ending comes as no surprise since it’s shown during the opening minutes of the film. This prologue leaves no room for suspense or interest in the minutes leading up to the climax. Y’know, since we’ve already seen how it ends. It’s this poor decision and several others that make Aftermath a dry, boring film that feels like it wants to say something important, but fails to open its mouth. Unless you really love watching people argue for 90 or so minutes. Then have I got a movie for you!
I think the most exciting title playing in the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival (from Sep. 4-14) is Jonas Govaerts’ Cub, which looks like a group of scouts get hunted down.
Set to World Premiere, “Young, imaginative 12-year-old Sam heads off to camp with his Cub Scouts pack. In the woods, he stumbles upon a strange tree house and a masked, feral child. When his leaders ignore his warnings about the mysterious boy, Sam starts to feel increasingly isolated from the pack, and convinced a terrible fate awaits them all.”
Check out some impressive first images from the film, ones that lead me to believe this is this year’s dark horse title.
Before Radius-TWC releases David Robert Mitchell’s indie It Follows here in the States, it will have its North American Premiere in the Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival.
“For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”
Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe all star.
Check out these images!
Director/Writer Stewart Thorndike (Tess and Nana) and Producer Alex Scharfman announced today they have decided to offer their Outfest award-winning horror feature Lyle, starring Gaby Hoffmann (“Girls”), to their fans for free starting August 4, 2014. It will be streaming on the film’s website during the duration of the duo’s Kickstarter campaign for their next project Putney, the second of three upcoming female-focused horror films, also launching August 4th.
Lyle debuted to critical praise at the 2014 Outfest Film Festival where Gaby Hoffmann won the Grand Jury Best Actress award for her electrifying performance as Leah, a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil. Stewart Thorndike’s sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby uses dark humor and razor-sharp camera work taking audiences into a growing nightmare as Leah begins to question the motives of her partner, friends and neighbors as a pregnant lesbian confronted by an unspeakable evil brings out a primal terror that’s difficult to shake.
For more information on Lyle and the Putney Kickstarter campaign, visit the official website
Icon Film Distribution will release the acclaimed hit horror, The Babadook, in UK and Irish cinemas on October 24.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, The Babadook has terrified audiences since it premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (read our review) and will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on 23 August at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.
The French release is closer that anywhere else in the world, which is how we just now landed a new trailer, clip, interviews and featurette that takes you behind-the-scenes of this boogeyman tale.
“Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a sinister monster he believes is coming to kill them both.
When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that ‘The Babadook’ is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control and as he becomes more unpredictable and violent, Amelia is genuinely frightened by her son’s behaviour.
But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.”
20th Century Fox now released the Comic-Con trailer for The Maze Runner, based on the best-selling Young Adult novel by James Dashner.
The previously released trailer looks like a cross between Lord of the Flies, “Lost” and Hunger Games. I’m also intrigued by the tease of creatures outside of the gates…
“When Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based on the best-selling novel by James Dashner.”
Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Will Poulter and Aml Ameen star in the film, which is directed by Wes Ball.
Dashner has penned four entries in the “Maze Runner” series to date, with “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure” serving as sequels and “The Kill Order” acting as a prequel.
The Maze Runner will open in the States on September 19, and in UK cinemas October 24.
Today marks the release of the Twin Peaks blu-ray, which features both seasons and the prequel film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, along with nearly 90 minutes of deleted scenes from both the show and movie. The show has become one of the most beloved TV series’ to ever air, generating a cult following that very few shows can claim to own.
One of the most endearing aspects of the show was the fantastic hypnotic and surreal jazz soundtrack, composed by Angelo Badalamenti, who is the man behind a vast majority of co-creator David Lynch’s films. The soundtrack was one of the few TV soundtracks that earned a gold plaque from the RIAA.
Over at Rolling Stone, they’ve got a very lengthy interview with Badalamenti that is well worth your time if you’re as into the series and its music as I am.
World Premiering at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival is the Spanish horror [REC] 4: Apocalypse
The film looks like it’s still removed from the found-footage element that made the franchise so great, but visually these stills from Jaume Balagueró’s sequel look pretty damn exciting!
Out of Spain, “Angela Vidal wakes up in a high-security quarantine facility, sole survivor and witness to the horrific events inside the building. But does she remember what happened to her? Is she carrying a virus? Distrust spreads through the isolated facility while new, even more deadly forms of evil spread even faster.”
Hopefully Magnet Releasing pops this one out quickly here in the States, if they were to acquire once again.
In Jeff Baena’s horror comedy Life After Beth, the titular woman (Aubrey Plaza) rises from the grave and rekindles her relationship with Zach (Dane DeHaan). Resurrection can cause a dead girlfriend to feel some complicated emotions though, as Zach soon finds out. Imagine an anxiety attack as you realize you’re dead? Yeesh.
As her zombie side slowly starts to take over her human side, Zach attempts to calm her down with music. Which genre works best to soothe the beast? Smooth jazz, duh.
Entertainment Weekly scored this clip from the film, which is one of the funniest parts of the film and leads to a great recurring joke. Overall I thought it was a good film (my review here), though a little muddled in its tones and character motivations.
Life After Beth is currently available on DirecTV and hits theaters on August 15!
“I don’t wanna die in Canada,” Long’s character whispers as he trembles in fear keeping hope that he’ll be saved. That’s the final shot of the impressive first trailer for Tusk, Kevin Smith’s toothy horror film about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks).
Today it was announced that Smith’s horror film will World Premiere at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival running from September 4 to 14, 2014. They also shared with us the first ever official image that places Long in a wheelchair looking oh so sad…
A24, who has been on fire as of late, is releasing The Human Centipede-inspired horror in theaters September 19, 2014.
Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who directed the incredible indie Resolution, and also kicked ass on our upcoming V/H/S Viral, is taking their latest feature to the Toronto International Film Festival!
Their Italian-based horror, Spring, will World Premiere in the Vanguard portion of the fest, running September 4 to 14, 2014.
We now have the first images from the pic, about “A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a girl harbouring a dark, primordial secret in this edgy, romantic drama with a supernatural twist.”
It stars Evil Dead fav Lou Taylor Pucci, with Nadia Hilker and Nick Nevern.
Aside from a few screenings at the New Beverly Theater in 2011, Tarantino’s Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair has never been released for mass consumption. That may be remedied soon, as the director revealed at his SDCC panel discussion on his Django/Zorro crossover comic, he’s been negotiating with the Weinstein Brothers to give his four-hour epic a limited theatrical release sometimes next year. And this one will have a longer anime sequence to boot!
What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific. Anyway, The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well.
There’s been talk about releasing The Whole Bloody Affair for years now, so while I wouldn’t keep my hopes up, I wouldn’t uncross those fingers just yet either.