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‘Suspiria’ Remake Finds New Life

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:46

David Gordon Green’s Suspiria remake went dead back in 2013. This past April it was revived again as a television series, although I suspect that will never come into fruition either.

But, after all of these years, could the remake have found new life?

Green, best known for films like Pineapple Express, Joe and George Washington, joined William Bibbiani and Witney Seibold of the Crave B-Movies Podcast where he revealed he’s looking to have someone else direct.

“I’m actually hopeful that it’s happening with a great Italian director that I had breakfast with last week,” he stated, basically revealing that they’re looking to find another director to take the reigns. In fact, one of the holdups years ago was that financiers weren’t confident Green could pull off a genre film (seriously).

With a new director comes a new story, which i why Green decided to share some of his vision for the remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic that took place in a fancy ballet academy that’s a front for something far more sinister.

“I wrote it with my sound designer. I love Argento’s film and we wrote a very faithful, extremely elegant opera, basically of [Suspiria],” said Green. “I don’t mean musical opera, but it would be incredibly heightened music, and heightened and very operatic and elegant sets. Isabelle Huppert was going to be in it, [and] Janet McTeer. We had an amazing cast of elegance and prestige that we were engineering for it.”

Natalie Portman and Orphan’s Isabelle Fuhrman were both at one point attached to Suspiria.

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Screen Gems Brings ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ and ‘Patent Zero’ to #SDCC

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:21

Screen Gems will premiere exclusive first look footage from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, as well as Patient Zero during its Hall H film panel on Saturday, July 11th, Bloody Disgusting learned.

Moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross, the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies panel will feature talent from the film including Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Jack Huston, and Matt Smith, along with director Burr Steers, and the book’s author Seth Grahame-Smith.

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Screen Gems will also be debuting exclusive first look footage from Patient Zero during the same panel which the film’s stars Matt Smith and Natalie Dormer will present along with the film’s director Stefan Ruzowitzky and screenwriter Mike Le.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, pictured above, opens in theaters February 19th, 2016. “This mash-up that begins with the tangled relationship between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England, and is complicated by a full on outbreak of zombies.

In Patient Zero, “An unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected.’ One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

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‘The Hive’ Infection Spreads to Nerdist

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 10:11

Nerdist Industries has acquired The Hive, a sci-fi horror flick from rookie feature director Dave Yarovesky, Deadline reports.

The film, which premiered at last year’s Fantastic Fest, stars Gabriel Basso as a counselor at Camp Yellow Jacket. The place has descended into chaos, and Adam wakes up in a boarded-up cabin with no memory of who or where he is. His only clues are the notes he’s scrawled for himself on the walls and the disturbing physical transformation he must overcome. And the only memories he has are not his own.

Kathryn Prescott, Jacob Zachar and Gabrielle Walsh co-star in The Hive, which Yarovesky wrote with Will Honley.

The company plans a fall release for The Hive in theaters and digital.

Check out the first look at the film below.

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Full ‘Paranormal Activity 5′ Trailer Enters ‘The Ghost Dimension’!

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 03:00

This October the Paranormal Activity franchise comes to an end.

Greg Plotkin’s Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, in theaters October 23, 2015, will be the final film in the franchise. In fact, the finale will finally reveal Toby, and answer all of our questions, as it was revealed yesterday, along with the first images.

With the newly released trailer, we get a glimpse inside the grand finale that’s set to take spirit photography to a new level.

For the first time ever it appears that the filmmakers aren’t holding anything back. The trailer is jam-packed with frights, and teases all sorts of insanity that could finally pay off. I’m dying to get some resolution with the coven of witches, and even more curious to see what the “ghost dimension” looks like, as well as how they integrate 3-D into a found-footage movie.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, directed by Gregory Plotkin, follows a new family, the Fleeges — father Ryan (Chris J. Murray), mother Emily (Brit Shaw) and their young daughter Leila (Ivy George) — who move into a house and discover a video camera and a box of tapes in the garage.

When they look through the camera’s lens, they begin to see the paranormal activity happening around them — including the re-emergence of young Kristi and Katie.” (USA Today)

Let Toby take you away this October. But for now, talk about the trailer below…

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WB To Brighten Your Blackest Night With Multiple Green Lanterns

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 22:32

Unlike the other main heroic members of the Justice League, Green Lantern doesn’t really have a definitive incarnation for the general public.  While we always look to Kal-El, Bruce Wayne, and Princess Diana as THE Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, there isn’t a singular Green Lantern that people completely identify with.  Hal Jordan is probably the most popular overall and is the incarnation that was brought to the silver screen by Ryan Reynolds in 2011, but there are generations that grew up loving the likes of Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, and John Stewart as well.  The latter sticks out in particular due to his usage in the popular Justice League animated shows in the early 00s.  So which will Warner Bros. roll with for their pending DC Movieverse?  Virtually all of the above, if rumors prove true…

According to Collider, the Untitled Green Lantern Reboot that is currently scheduled for 2020 will actually be a Green Lantern Corps film…

Keep in mind that the movie is still in early development and a lot of things can change, but we’re hearing that the new Green Lantern movie will focus on more than one human Green Lantern. There are plenty of “Green Lanterns” across the universe, as they’re an intergalactic police force who wield powerful rings whose energy is derived from their user’s willpower. Their only weakness is the yellow energy of fear.

The most popular Green Lantern is Hal Jordan, who was the main character in the 2011 movie. However, Guy Gardner and John Stewart later followed Jordan, and they weren’t the last in the comics. But we’re hearing  possibly two or all three—Jordan, Stewart, and Gardner—could be the leads of Warner Bros’ Green Lantern reboot.

Furthermore, the franchise will continue to focus on different Green Lanterns and never on just one, so really the Green Lantern movies look like they’ll be more about the Green Lantern Corps, which is an interesting approach.

This fits with what we have heard as well.  It actually makes a lot of sense, both given the splintered nature of fandom preferences and the failure of the 2011 film.  Why anchor yourself to one iteration of the character when you can have your cake and eat it too in this particular area?  After all, the Green Lanterns are an intergalactic peacekeeping force, as opposed to a singular hero.  That’s something that even the multiple iterations of The Flash cannot claim.

Inevitably one particular version will arrive first and serve as a defacto lead in such an ensemble solo spin-off.  It’s highly likely that John Stewart will be that Lantern, even if only to further diversify the Justice League and (at least initially) offer up a different version of the character from Reynolds’.  Word is that our emerald hero is likely to cameo in Justice League: Part One (2017) ahead of a more substantial role in Justice League: Part Two (2019), so don’t be surprised if at least one of these fellas is cast sometime in the next 12 months.

Who would you like to see as John Stewart, Hal Jordan, and Guy Gardner?  And are you bummed that Kyle Rayner appears to be left out of the proceedings, at least for now?  And what villains, beyond Common’s The Tattooed Man (appearing in Suicide Squad next year), would you like to see utilized in this potential Green Lantern Corps film?

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The Horror Games That Missed E3

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 19:00

This year’s E3 has come and gone, ushering in the second half of what so far has been a ridiculously good year for horror games. It’ll be interesting to see what the latter half of 2015 has in store for us, and whether or not it’ll be able to match the deluge that we insatiable fans of the genre have enjoyed for a solid six months.

Unfortunately, as spectacular as last week was to be a gamer, there were some notable absences that left me wondering if we’ll see all of the horror games that were previously confirmed for 2015.

Arguably the biggest surprise of them all is a game that’s just three months away.

Friday the 13th: The Video Game

Where you at, Jason? We’ve heard nothing from him in the six months that have gone by since it was revealed that a mysterious developer would be bringing us our first Friday the 13th game in over two decades. This game was supposed to join Until Dawn in kicking off a new era of slasher video games, but I don’t see that happening this year seeing as we still know very little about it.

Unofficial Status: Quiet. Too quiet. Don’t be surprised if this gets moved to 2016. Maybe it’ll be ready in time to catch the first Friday the 13th of the year (May 13).

Last Year

Last Year has been quiet since its developer ran into copyright issues back in January. How much of an impact that whole mess had on its development remains to be seen. The team behind it has been fairly consistent in providing updates to their backers on Kickstarter, where the game raised about $83,000 last year.

Summer Camp wasn’t at E3 either, but I’ve been assured that it’s still coming.

Unofficial Status: Backer rewards mention a November 2016 ETA, so it may be aiming for something closer to a fall 2016 release.

Frogware’s Call of Cthulhu

When Magrunner: Dark Pulse developer Frogwares first announced their plans to make a new Call of Cthulhu two Januaries ago, they did so quietly, with concept art. Clearly, the game wasn’t far enough along for a trailer, but I would’ve expected it to have reached that point by now, 18 months after its initial reveal. I fear this game has been cancelled.

Unofficial Status: Worried. Frogware hasn’t mentioned canning it, even if that does seem to be the fate that befalls most Lovecraftian games. I’m going to take the wait and see approach with this one.

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Narragansett Recreating Quint’s Can For ‘Jaws’ 40th Anniversary

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:25

In my opinion, one of the funniest scenes in Jaws is when Quint opens a can of beer, downs it all, and crushes the can in front of Matt Hooper. Feeling emasculated, Hooper then finishes his water (?) and crushes the plastic cup, as though he’s as much of a badass. I can’t put my finger on why I love that scene so much but it just illustrates the absurdity of their love/hate relationship so perfectly. They’re like two brothers who constantly squabble but, at the end of the day, can have a great time together.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Jaws, Narragansett Beer is bringing back the design of that very same beer can for the entire summer! According to their site, “…all 12-, 18- and 30-packs of 12-ounce cans of Narragansett Lager will replicate the 1975 can famously crushed by Captain Quint in the shark-infested thriller!

I have no idea where to get my hands on some of these, so if anyone has any clues, tell me in the comments so I can pick up a pack!

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‘Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival’ Trailer Starts a War With God!

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 16:01

After triumphant collaborations on 2008’s Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012’s The Devil’s Carnival: Episode One, cult filmmakers Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back with the second installment to their fantasy-musical film franchise.

This afternoon a trailer has been released for Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival, in which Lucifer sets a plot in motion against Heaven and all hell breaks loose.

Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival stars Victoriandustrial rocker Emilie Autumn, Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), heavy metal hotties the Butcher Babies, Chantal Claret (Morningwood), Dayton Callie (Sons Of Anarchy), Briana Evigan (Step Up franchise), Brea Grant (Heroes), David Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Kristina Klebe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), J Larose (Insidious), Mighty Mike Murga (Mini Kiss), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Ted Neeley (Jesus Christ Superstar), Adam Pascal (Rent), rap icon Tech N9ne, Nivek Ogre (Skinny Puppy), Marc Senter (The Lost), Lyndon Smith (Parenthood), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Jimmy Urine (Mindless Self Indulgence), Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera).

Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Terrance Zdunich with music & lyrics by Zdunich and Saar Hendelman, Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival is produced by Execution Style Entertainment and Cleopatra Music & Films.

For tickets and information on Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival, visit http://www.TheDevilsCarnival.com.

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Artist Creates Amazing “Xenomorph Rex”

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 14:59

3D artist Oliver Pabilona has created a beautiful marriage of Jurassic Park and Aliens by creating the “Xenomorph Rex”, a cross between a Xenomorph and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The creature looks big and mighty pissed off, spikes running along its tail and incredibly powerful legs carrying its twisted body.

One has to wonder, how would a facehugger be able to wrap itself onto a T. Rex, though. Maybe when one is an infant? The baby T. Rex in The Lost World WAS small enough to make that a seemingly likely situation. Then again, I’m trying to add logic to a sci-fi/horror world AND to a piece of fan art, so maybe something’s up on my end…

Check out the amazing illustrations below and see more of Pabilona’s art on his Art Station page.

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The Monster Movie Quiz

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 14:00

Think you know your movie monsters? Think you have what it takes to identify them when they’re up close and personal? CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH???

Sorry, I got a little carried away there. However, the challenge stands and you get to show off your monster movie knowledge by taking this week’s quiz! Below are 12 pictures and each picture has four options. Today is your chance to show off your love of movie monsters, so get down there and show off your skills!

I got 12 out of 12, although I’ll fully admit that I did some guessing on a couple.

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“The Walking Dead” Season 6 Poster Revealed #SDCC

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 13:36

A new poster for the sixth season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has been revealed and it hints at some potentially serious conflict coming up between Rick Grimes and Morgan Jones. On the left side of the poster, Rick’s crew stands determinedly, their faces showing that they are tense and ready for anything. On the right, Morgan has his own people who also look none too pleased with the situation.

The poster will apparently be hung all over the San Diego Comic Con in anticipation of two panels that will be held, one for the original series and one for the upcoming spinoff “Fear The Walking Dead“. More information on that can be found here.

The sixth season of the show will return to AMC this October.

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‘Rampage’ Will Pit The Rock Vs. Lizzie, George and Ralph!

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 13:32

From King Kong to Pacific Rim, Godzilla and now Jurassic World, giant monsters are all the rage in Hollywood, presumably because they can use all the CGI their black hearts desire.

With the global box office hit of Jurassic World, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are moving quickly with their adaptation of the old video game Rampage, and has set their sights on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for a battle between man and giant monsters.

After nearly 3 years in development, the studio is punching in on the script is by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop), with New Line working to fill the open director slot for a 2016 summer production start.

They are keeping the plot under wraps, but the game involves three giant monsters – a gorilla (George), a lizard (Lizzie) and a wolf (Ralph) – that wreak havoc on major cities and landmarks across North America.

The plan is for Johnson to star in Rampage after he completes production on Fast & Furious 8. This would also mean that the Big Trouble In Little China remake is further off than it appears…

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Tom Holland Is Your New ‘Spider-Man’!

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:55

After a long search, it appears Marvel has finally locked in on their new Peter Parker.

Announced by both Marvel and Sony Pictures, Tom Holland (pictured below; Locke, The Impossible) has officially been cast as the new Peter Parker in Spider-Man, with Jon Watts (Clown, Cop Car) selected to direct the film.

Spider-Man will swing back into action on July 28th, 2017, although he’ll first appear in Captain America: Civil War, which will hit theaters May 6, 2016.

Holland beat out Asa Butterfield, Timothee Chalamet, Liam James (“Psych,” The Way, Way Back) and Nat Wolff for the role. Butterfield has allegedly been cast, but behind-the-scenes rumblings allege he sabotaged his chances by openly talking about the role before ever signing on.

With Holland, we get a younger, more down to Earth look. I’m not familiar with his work, but Marvel and Sony are boasting about his performances.

“It’s a big day here at Sony,” exclaimed Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman. “Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

Marvel producer Kevin Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

Sony’s Amy Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

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InAeona “Leader” Song Premiere (Exclusive)

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:00

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to offer this premiere. Today, we bring you the exclusive first listen to “Leader” from InAeona‘s upcoming Prosthetic Records debut album Force Rise The Sun, which comes out August 7th.

Last week, I posted my review of Force Rise The Sun, giving it not only 5 out of 5 skulls but also the Editor’s Choice award, something I bestow only upon titles that I feel are exceptional and going to be timeless.

This particular track is my personal favorite on the album. In my review, I wrote about the song:

At times, it crashes and undulates, like waves during a storm. At others, it scorches and burns, explosive and full of fire. It battles itself, bursting out of its confines and building to a climax that raises goosebumps all over my body.

Vocalist/guitarist Bridge explains the song far better than I could ever hope to, saying:

For me, “Leader” is a call to action… a sort of defiant push against hopelessness… it’s an unrelenting roar against the things life throws at us that makes us depressed and feeling inadequate in general… and we need this defiance, this refusal to accept these forces that plague us so we can have a belief in ourselves that flies in the face of self doubt and the urge to just give the fuck up… it’s an anthem for not turning and running from the possibilities of tomorrow in spite of past hardships and the seemingly insurmountable odds of the human existence… the breaking day represents a new hope that we can all be free, and we can all be lanterns to guide the way from darkness into light. You just have to be brave, try to stay strong, and not lose hope in spite of the inevitable end of all things… “Leader” is a reminder that we have but one life, and we need to hold fast to ourselves and do the very best we can with the time that is given…

My recommendation is to put on some headphones and then crank the volume as loud as you can stand it. This song needs to overwhelm you entirely.

You can preorder your copy of Force Rise The Sun via Bandcamp, Amazon, or iTunes. You can also order physical copies through Prosthetic Records.

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‘Nightmare’ Trailer Befriends An Abysmally Ugly Creature (Trailer)

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:27

Now to be confused with the horror doc of the same name, here’s the first subtitled trailer for The Nightmare (Der Nachtmahr), which played at this past January’s Slamdance Film Festival.

In the film, “Tina is a mid-teenage girl enjoying excessive parties and drugs during a hot Berlin summer together with her friends. But every night she is visited by an abysmally ugly creature. Her friends and parents think she’s crazy. But, slowly, Tina looses her disgust and discovers her own ego through contact with the creature.

Carolyn Genzkow, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht, Kim Gordon, Sina Tkotsch, Lynn Femme, Uwe Preuss, Arnd Klawitter, Hagen Stoll, and Alexander Scheer u.v.a. star.

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[Fantasia ’15] ‘Observance’ Trailer and Stills Will Consume You

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:06

Today Sterling Cinema releases the first teaser trailer and images for Australian Feature film Observance ahead of its World Premiere next month at Montreal’s mammoth genre event, the Fantasia International Film Festival.

The horror-mystery has been described by the festival as “A poignant and terrifying thriller in the vein of Polanski’s Repulsion, Observance promises to haunt your nightmares.”

In the grip of grief following the death of his young son, Parker reluctantly returns to work as a private investigator. Embarking on an unusual assignment to observe a woman from an abandoned apartment, Parker records the strange occurrences surrounding her, unaware that the derelict building that he surveys her from has birthed a dark presence which slowly threatens to consume him.

Observance is the second film from director Joseph Sims-Dennett after his 2010 debut Bad Behavior and stars Lindsay Farris, who has most recently completed principal photography on Virtuoso for HBO by Alan Ball and Elton John, and Stephanie King from upcoming Australian independent feature Teenage Kicks. Supporting cast include John Jarratt (Wolf Creek), Brendan Cowell, Benedict Hardie and Tom O’Sullivan (Wolverine).

“We went to some very dark places with this film and it comes with great pride that Observance will meet audiences first at Fantasia,” says director Joseph Sims-Dennett.

Observance was filmed in Sydney, Australia and produced by Joseph Sims-Dennett and Josh Zammit, who also both co-wrote the film for Sterling Cinema. Shoreline Entertainment are handling international sales.

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Fox Already Teasing ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:56

Last night Fox celebrated the newly titled Independence Day: Resurgence, which is filming for release on June 24th, 2016.

Starring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, and Sela Ward, the studio released a live stream video, while also revealing some goodies from inside of Area 51.

Oh, and here’s a synopsis!

We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.“

Roland Emmerich returns to the director’s chair. No Will Smith, sorry.

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‘The Shining’ Reimagined With Delicious Food!

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:49

All food and no play make Jack a full boy…

Creative couple, Davide Luciano (photographer) and Claudia Ficca (food stylist), explore the world of horror and fête the 35th anniversary of Kubrick’s The Shining with their newest collaboration — “All Food And No Play.”

Luciano and Ficca’s photographic series pays a foodie homage to The Shining‘s most iconic scenes, places, and characters, all re-imagined with a food element.

LaPEArinth: A rendition of The Overlook Maze created with fresh peas.
REDRUM soup: Danny spells out REDRUM in his alphabet soup.
Dull Cherry Pie: Wendy discovers that Jack made Cherry Pies covered with the words “All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy”.
Sweet Twins: A cupcake version of “the Grady twins” in The Overlook Hotel’s hallway as blood is pouring down the walls.
Jack’s Frozen Heart: Jack’s heart is frozen in an ice block in the Lapearinth.

Image Source: Davide Luciano (photographer) and Claudia Ficca (food stylist)

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[Interview] Joe Dante Talks ‘Burying the Ex’, ‘Eerie Indiana’, and ‘The ‘Burbs’!

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:41

After a five year hiatus from filmmaking, Joe Dante is back with the zom-com Burying the Ex. Despite the undead elements and the gore, it’s a very relatable relationship film about Max (Anton Yelchin), a normal guy who wants to break up with his girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene), but is petrified of hurting her feelings. When he finally musters up the stones to break it off, she’s hit by a car and dies. He’s depressed about it (but not that depressed) and soon enough Max dives into a fling with fellow horror nut Olivia (Alexandra Daddorio). Things get complicated when Evelyn rises from the grave and tries to pick up their relationship like nothing happened. Together forever means “forever,” in Evelyn’s case.

It’s a safe bet to say that every horror fan has a favorite Joe Dante movie (or many). From Piranha to his breakout hit Gremlins and beyond, Mr. Dante has carved a niche deep enough into genre filmmaking to thrill generations. He was kind enough to give us some time to talk about his new film, how it brought him back to his old Roger Corman days, and discuss some tidbits about his older work as well. Having him on the phone, I had to ask him about one of my favorite shows of all time, Eerie Indiana, which he apparently doesn’t get asked about that much. Thank you, Mr. Dante.

On what appealed to him about Alan Trezza’s script:

I didn’t know until after I read the script that it was based on a short that he had made, which I asked him not to show me and I still haven’t seen. But I liked the humor, I liked the characters, and I liked that it was something that wasn’t a giant money train to make. And it was a small cast, so I thought it was something that we could actually pull off without a great deal of money. Then it took us about eight years to actually pull off, but finally we managed to get it made.

You know, a lot of the time you read the script, cast it, and get money. You have to have the cast to get the money and you have to have the money to get the cast, so it makes it a lot more difficult than if you were working with a studio who already has it funded.

On how the tight shooting schedule brought him back to his Roger Corman days:

It was completely like doing a Corman movie (laughs). In some ways it was cheaper, even though technically it was more expensive. For instance, the set that we used for the apartment wasn’t built, we found it. And it was up on stilts for some reason. So everything had to be up on this stage and there’s nothing around it. We were always shooting up on this thing. And all the other locations were within a couple blocks of each other. We just pushed the camera and all the equipment from building to building without using trucks or any of that expensive stuff.

On whether he was looking to do something lighter and more accessible to a general audience after coming off of the much darker The Hole: 

Not really, because it’s still an R-rated movie. The producers wanted it PG-13 and we showed it to the MPAA and they gave us an R. And we asked them how we could get it down to PG-13 and they told us well, they’re constantly taking about sex which means you’d have to reshoot half the picture. But with The Hole, it’s essentially a family horror film but it has to go into some very dark places because essentially it’s about child abuse. So the question was how dark can we get? And you know, it’s not explicit but it’s still very dark. Burying the Ex, even when it’s at its darkest, I think is still pretty light.

On what movie he’s most surprised has achieved a cult following:

I guess to the degree that its got a cult status, I would have to say The ‘Burbs. When that came out it did okay because Tom Hanks is in it. It wasn’t a commercial disaster by any means. But it got really bad reviews. It actually got worse reviews than Explorers, which I thought would always be the worst reviewed picture I ever made. But there were no good reviews of The ‘Burbs. There was guy in Chicago who liked the movie and everyone else thought it was terrible. So I thought it was probably going to fade away. But to my amazement, every time I host a screening of it, it’s packed.

On what it was like directing my personal role model, Brother Theodore:

Well I have very fond memories of him because he was a very sweet man. He was deaf as a post though. The other actors that were off-screen would have to shout at him in order for him to get his cues. So the editing his scenes was a little bit tricky. But he was a wonderful man and he was so full of stories. None of which I got to hear because I was busy with other stuff. He had a minder on set that was in charge of taking care o f him. And he would constantly come up to me and tell me the stories that Brother Theodore had told him. Everybody just loved him, he was such a wonderful guy.

On working on Eerie Indiana:

I don’t get asked about this much (laughs). I did the pilot and I got along with everybody so they asked me to stay on as a creative consultant. So I was there for the two seasons. It was a wonderful show but unfortunately nobody watched it because it was opposite more popular shows. I got to be a part of everything from the story to the casting. Trust me, if I hadn’t been on that show they would’ve cast the wrong kid as Marshall. And then eventually they wanted to replace him with this other character called Dash X. He was actually supposed to take over for Omri Katz. So they decided to do an episode called “Reality Takes a Holiday”, where Omri realizes he’s the star of a TV show. And they had all the actors playing themselves as the characters they are on the show. I was supposed to direct it but I had to go off and do Matinee, but I’m in it playing myself and it’s a great episode. It wound up being the last episode that aired. On the DVD they put an episode (“The Broken Record”) that was dropped by the network.

I just think it was a great show. It became very popular later on when Fox started airing it on Saturdays and they realized they wanted more episodes. But by then it was too late. So they went to Canada and hired another cast and built a set that looked kind of similar. And they had some clips from the original show and had these new kids turn themselves into other kids. And they did a whole bunch more episodes on half the budget we had, and we had no budget. I don’t know whatever happened to those episodes.

Burying the Ex is now on VOD and home video everywhere.

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Trailer For Lucid Horror ‘Horsehead’

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 09:36

A final trailer has been released for the French lucid horror Horsehead (review), out now on Blu-ray and DVD via Artsploitation.

Horsehead (French title FIÈVRE) is the first feature-length film by director Romain Basset from a script he wrote with Karim Chériguène.

Catriona MacColl, Murray Head, Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Vernon Dobtcheff, Fu’ad Ait Aattou, Gala Besson, Joe Sheridan, Emmanuel Bonami and Philippe Nahon star.

It premiered at the Fantastic Fest film festival.

“Since childhood, Jessica has been haunted by recurring nightmares in which she is chased by a mysterious horse-headed monster called Horsehead. In the hope to find peace at last, Jessica has started studying Psychophysiology of Dreams.

Following the death of her grand-mother, Jessica reluctantly returns to the family home for the funeral. Upon her arrival, she finds out that the dead body of her ancestor is lying in the room next to hers for the duration of the wake…

Jessica falls ill after a first rough night during which she had the strangest nightmare. Stuck in bed with a high fever, the young woman decides to make good use of her lethargic state. She experiments LUCID DREAMING and aims to take control of her nightmares, a dangerous exercise from which some never recover.

Jessica wanders in her own dream-world and investigates to solve the mystery that has been gnawing at her and her family for several generations. She will also have to confront the evil Horsehead one last time.“

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