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Warners has just aired a second TV spot for Dark Shadows, Tim Burton's latest arriving in theaters May 11. The original followed the life of vampire Barnabas Collins, played by Johnny Depp in the rehash, and his run-ins with various monsters, ghosts, and supernatural creatures. "The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green's witch Angelique) way back in the 1700s and buried. He's just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer's Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller's Roger - despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood."
Some relationships can really burn you up in Death and Cremation (review), on DVD April 24 from Green Apple Entertainment. Crest Point is stereotypical Anywhere, U.S.A., where people go about their business, attend Friday night football games and the local cops biggest worry is youthful pranksters. Stan (Brad Dourif; the Halloween films, HBOs "Deadwood," the voice of Chucky) is a 59-year-old recluse who offers cremation services from the basement of his funeral home though he doesnt seem much interested in promoting his business. In fact, hes a deranged sociopath who eliminates anyone he perceives to be a bully. Jarod (Jeremy Sumpter; TVs "Friday Night Lights") is a fatherless, 17-year-old high school outcast who no longer even attempts to fit in at school. Things arent much better at home with moms abusive boyfriend (Daniel Baldwin; Vampires, Born on the Fourth of July). When Stan takes the beleaguered teen under his wing, they soon develop a demented friendship. But the neophyte makes mistakes and as detective Fairchild (Scott Elrod) struggles to pull together clues from local disappearances Stan must decide if protecting his newfound protégé is worth killing for Death and Cremation is presented in full frame with an aspect ratio of 4x3 (1.33:1) and 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo.
On April 24th Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the Wicker Man companion piece, The Wicker Tree, on both Blu-ray and DVD. Set in the same universe as the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man starring Christopher Lee and Edward Woodward, the film is written and directed by the original helmer, Robin Hardy, who also reunited with the original producer Peter Snell and venerable UK production company British Lion to bring a chilling new vision of this classic story to 21st century audiences, after a theatrical run. We continue to take you behind-the-scenes of the hotly anticipated spin-off with the following exclusive making-of featurette and clip, with another trio of clips already released here. Based on Hardys acclaimed 2006 novel Cowboys for Christ, " 'The Wicker Tree' tells the story of Texas-based singer Beth Boothby (newcomer Brittania Nicol) and her friend Steve Thomson (Henry Garrett, The Bill, Skins), two born-again Christians who come to Scotland to spread the gospel. When their initial efforts are met with disdain and disinterest, they find comfort in an invitation to sing in Tressock, the border fiefdom owned by Sir Lachlan Morrison (Graham McTavish, Rambo, the upcoming The Hobbit films). However, Beths and Steves message of personal chastity quickly comes into direct conflict with Tressocks sexual and religious practices, drawing upon ancient Celtic beliefs and rituals. Temptations begin to challenge Beth and Steve with the stakes no less than their very lives and souls..." Bonus features on The Wicker Tree Blu-ray and DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes and the theatrical trailer. Lee, who played the mysterious Lord Summerisle in the original, returns again in a dramatic cameo. Rounding out the cast are Jacqueline Leonard as Lady Delia Morrison, Clive Russell as Beame, James Mapes as Reverend Moriarty and Honeysuckle Weeks as Lolly.
As announced out of the New York Toy Fair, McFarlane Toys' line of action figures based on AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead" will continue. Slated to hit store shelves in October 2012, Figures reports that the assortment will star: Rick Grimes 2 The small-town sheriffs turned-hero and leader of the survivors during the zombie apocalypse, Rick continues to struggle with his moral convictions in season two. Rick will be featured as a brand-new sculpt in his civilian attire, prevalent in season two. Shane Walsh Ricks partner and loyal friend has become the antagonist of season two. Shane will be featured in tactical attire with his newly buzzed haircut. Bicycle Girl Zombie The maimed zombie girl shown crawling next to her bicycle in a park turned out to be one of the most iconic zombies from season one. She is also the first zombie Deputy Rick Grimes encountered in the season one opener. Well Zombie A rotten, bloated zombie surprise resting at the bottom of Hershels water well that the survivors eventually attempt to hoist out by using Glen as bait. This is by far one of the sickest looking zombies seen yet on the series, and our figure is one dead on, stomach-churning replica. RV Zombie During the opening scene of season two, one of the most intense scenes happens as a mob of flesh-eating zombies swarm the group. Unaware of the flesh-eating zombie onslaught, Andrea becomes trapped in the recreational vehicle when one climbs aboard. Under attack from this RV Zombie, Andrea fights back, stabbing the zombie in the eyeball with a screwdriver. Each human figure includes multiple interchangeable accessories and several points of articulation for limitless playability and customization. Each zombie figure features unique, gory play action. Figures are expected to sell for around $12.99 to $14.99 at stores nationwide.
[News Bites] Billy Burke's 'Revolution' Role Shifted To Lead, Euro 'Prometheus' Fan Art & More From 'Salem'
By clicking the above image you'll find several fan made posters inspired by Ridley Scott's forthcoming Prometheus, the Fox-produced prequel to Alien opening in theaters June 8. What makes thse one-sheets special is that the've been given the Euro flair and are all pretty astounding. I'd put each and every one of them on my wall... Deadline reports that Twilight and Drive Angry's Billy Burke will play the lead in NBC's untitled JJ Abrams/Eric Kripke drama pilot "Revolution," directed by Jon Favreau. "The high-octane action drama follows a group of people struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist." Burke was originally cast three weeks ago in the supporting role of Bass, a charismatic Marine. Meanwhile, the extensive search for an actor to play the lead, Miles, an amazingly resourceful man with dark and dangerous side, continued even after the pilot went into production last week. Then over the weekend, the producers decided to get Burke to play Miles. Lastly, if you click over to Rob Zombie's official website you'll find a super tiny behind-the-scenes look at Lisa Marie stopping by the costume department to begin her wardrobe fitting for The Lords of Salem, which is currently in the process of additional photography. The story is about a local DJ who mistakenly unleashes a hellish curse on the town.
After last weeks Dream Warriors Script To Scream I found that I had a lot of leftover thoughts racing in my head regarding the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise in general. Was Part 3 better than Part 1? How did they fail so badly with the remake? Is scary Freddy better than funny Freddy? Why does Freddys Dead even exist? Of course, some of these answers are self evident. Nevertheless, with all of these thoughts about the series cluttering my brain, I decided to embark on my own personal ranking of the films in the franchise (including Freddy Vs. Jason). So here they are, ranked in the simple order of which ones Id prefer to watch over the others. Hit the jump to check it out. I expect plenty of you guys to disagree, so feel free to include your own ranking in the comments!
By 2013, Texas will be dripping red as Austin is getting yet another genre film festival, this time courtesy of Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo. Gore fans, get ready for the inaugural Housecore Horror Film Festival, coming to Austin in October, 2013 with a really big name attached, the Austin Chronicle teases. The announcement came during the "Seeing Red: Aesthetics and Visuals of Metal" panel, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting stringer Corey Mitchell. The true crime writer announced that he and power metal icon Phil Anselmo (Pantera/Down/Stoner God) are prepping the underground horror fest for next year. After the panel, Mitchell (who is currently working with Anselmo on his autobiography) gave the Chronicle a few more details. He explained that the plan is not for this to be a rival to Fantastic Fest: Instead, it will be a small, intimate and very underground event at the ND Austin on East Fifth. Anyone who caught Anselmo at last year's "Reel Murder: From Crime Scene to Big Screen" knows he is a massive horror fan. As a co-founder of New Orleans' legendary "House of Shock Halloween" attraction and the owner of a huge VHS collection, there is potential for some true rarities, oddities and surprises. What do you guys think?
The spoofs were coming, you just didn't know it yet. Above we've added the trailer for Paranormal Parody, CJ Goodman's indie spoof starring Kristen Kakos, Ben Euphrat, Kimberly Ridgeway and Rob Medsger. "After a young, middle class couple move into a new house they couldn't possibly afford, they start to experience some strange events that just might be demonic. But rather than getting the hell out of there, they decide to videotape the whole thing. Sound familiar? Well, at least this time the demon has a sense of humor." Get more at the film's Facebook or official website.
Even though most of us are looking ahead to the forthcoming fifth season of "True Blood," HBO has released a trio of video teasers that take us back. The three videos go on a video tour of the filming locations ending - Fangtasia, Bill's House, and Sookie's House - with the season's slogan "You can't escape your past...." "Mixing romance, suspense, mystery, and humor, the Emmy-nominated show takes place at a time when vampires have come out of the coffin and follows the on-and-off romance between waitress and part-faerie Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), who can hear peoples thoughts, and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer)." The supernatural horror series returns this summer.
From director Romain Basset, and starring Catriona MacColl, we've now landed the entire cast for Fever, penned by Romain Basset and Karim Cheriguene (who's also working on a script for an upcoming Xavier Gens projects!). According to the latest release, Catriona MacColl, Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Gala Besson, Murray Head, Vernon Dobtcheff, Fu'ad Ait Aattou, Joe Sheridan and Philippe Nahon just finished completing the cast of this fantastic movie which takes place in the world of lucid dreams. "Jessica has never dreamed in her life but has had regular nightmares of which the meaning has escaped her. This peculiarity has led her to conduct studies which specialized in psychophysiology of dreams and to follow a therapy with Sean, her mentor and boyfriend, to try and understand the origins of her nightmares. Following the death of her maternal grandmother whom she scarcely knew, Jessica must return reluctantly to the family home. Upon her arrival, she discovers that her late grandmother is resting in the adjoining room to her own during the wake... After a rough first night made restless by a strange nightmare in which she meets her dead grandmother, Jessica suddenly becomes ill. Stuck in her bed with a high fever, the young woman decides to use her lethargic state to experience lucid dreams and thus try to take control of her nightmares. Henceforth, on the advice of Sean, Jessica needs to breathe a little bit of ether when a crisis arises to sink deeper into the other world. Jessica will begin to evolve in a nightmarish world, and gradually developing capabilities as a lucid dreamer, she will investigate to discover the evil that gnaws her and haunts the family house..." Get more at the film's official Facebook.
*Updated with two new scans from a new issue of Total Film that feature Jennifer Lawrence as the film's strong lead protag. Using The Hunger Games as hype, Relativity has also unloaded two new looks at Jennifer Lawrence in the Mark Tonderai-directed House at the End of the Street. The PG-13 horror flick opening September 26 "centers on a teen girl (Lawrence) who moves with her mom to a new town and learns that their home is across the street from a house where a double murder took place. Complications ensue when the teen befriends the massacre's sole surviving son (Max Thieriot). Elisabeth Shue costars as Lawrence's mom."
It's incredibly rare when I have a different reaction to a TV spot than I did with the original trailer. Frankly, I don't recall it ever happening. Warner Brothers used the NCAA tournament to unload their first Dark Shadows commercial, one that carries quite a bit of different footage than the film's recently released trailer. In fact, it made me excited to see Tim Burton's latest, which arrives in theaters May 11. In addition to the below spot, we've also added a photo of a new theater standee that lets you become part of the family. Take a seat and snap a photo! You'll also find a pair of new behind-the-scenes stills here. "The story focuses on Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), who was transformed into a vampire by a jilted lover (Eva Green's witch Angelique) way back in the 1700s and buried. He's just been dug up, and attempts to reintegrate with his descendants, led by Michelle Pfeiffer's Elizabeth and Jonny Lee Miller's Roger - despite the fact that Angelique is still around and still not in a forgiving mood."
I'm already dying to see Joseph Khan's Detention so I don't really need this poster to sell me on the film. But that doesn't mean it's not a cool poster. The film "tells the story of the senior class at Grizzly Lake high school. The road to graduation is never an easy one, but it's further complicated for these students by the arrival of a slasher movie killer who has seemingly come to life. The only ones who can stop the killer are a handful of students, but they'll have to cut out of detention if they're to stand a chance at saving the world." Opening in theaters April 13 from Samuel Goldwyn Films, David Harley says Detention is "mesmerizing and something you definitely wont be able to take yours eyes off of." Be sure to check your local listings since the film will be playing in limited release. Hit the jump for a look at the poster!
Being a serial killer, retarded or otherwise, isn't a job with a healthy retirement plan. And as good as you are, it's lonely at the top. Freddy Krueger doesn't have a special someone to grow old with, Jason doesn't understand basic economics and the ladies never flocked to Michael Myers' charming personality. Photographer Federico Chiesa understands this and he's crafted a new series of photographs that relay the fates of our favorite villains. The photos are part of his series Horror Vacui (latin for fear of empty space) and they're something you're definitely gonna want to check out. Hit the jump to see the fates that await some of our most iconic evil-doers!
Bloody Disgusting has exclusively learned that A.J. Cook is in final negotiations for the lead role in WER, the found footage werewolf flick shooting next month in Romania. Cook, who starred in Final Destination 2 and Anchor Bay's forthcoming Mother's Day, will star as "Kate Moore", a defense attorney determined to clear the name of her client, "Talan Gwynek", who is the main suspect in the grisly multiple slaying of an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf. As we previously reported, the FilmDistrict release takes place in Translyvania police station with the suspect turning into a werewolf. The Devil Inside and Stay Alive's William Brent Bell will direct from a screenplay by longtime collaborator Matthew Peterman. Steven Schneider, producer of The Devil Inside, The Tall Man and the Paranormal Activity films, is producing the film with Peterman and Morris Paulson through their production company Prototype. Robert Hall and his newly re-branded Almost Human Inc. is tackling the Makeup and Visual Effects for WER.
Our winner for last week's contest is mray73 with the caption "Dude, we can fix this. My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools." Kudos for the Fast Times reference! Our runner up is HeavenSentCastiel with ""Well we'd love to give you some brains, ma'am, but I'm afraid they'd go right through you." Unfortunately, like in Top Gun, we can't give prizes for second place right now. Mray73, please DM me your mailing address. You are the winner of the A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 & 3 Blu-ray! Everyone else - I really liked a lot of the submissions, keep at it! Now, on to this week's contest! Rules: 1. We pick a still from a movie. It's included after the jump. You head to the comments section and submit your best one-liners, zingers, pathos riddled couplets etc... 2. You can enter as many times as you like and submit as many captions as you want, but each caption must be in a separate comment. Otherwise it will be too hard to tell where one caption ends and the other begins. Your entries can be posted anytime during the first five days after the still is announced (you don't want to submit your winning zinger after we've picked the winner). Also any racist, homophobic or generally hateful jokes will be disqualified. You don't have to be insanely PC - just use your best judgement. 3. We pick the winner and announce them and their winning caption when the next photo in the contest is posted. We will address you by your BD Infected name. You can then DM me your address and I will send you your prize in a timely manner (i.e. you should have it in about a week). Sound good? This week's prize is a DVD of the Eduardo Sanchez film Seventh Moon. Hit the jump to check out the still!
Wow. Casting for the lead in Sony/MGM's remake of Stephen King's Carrie is down to two very different choices. Chloe Grace Moretz (pictured above; Kick Ass, Let Me In) and Haley Bennett (pictured below; Lawless). Per Vulture, "now we're told the field has narrowed to two main contenders: the 15-year-old Chloë Moretz (Kick-Ass) and the 24-year-old Haley Bennett... we also hear that earlier this week, The Descendants' Shailene Woodley passed on an offer from MGM to take the title role." Apparently Jodie Foster has been offered the role of Carrie's mother but there's no word yet on if she'll do it. Kimberly Peirce is directing the redo of King's thriller "about the telekinetic teenager who gets pushed too far at the prom and wreaks havoc on her fellow high school students," .Carrie was previously turned into the 1976 film that starred Sissy Spacek, John Travolta and Amy Irving, with Piper Laurie as the repressive mother. The new script has been written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Every little morsel of The Cabin in the Woods (review) content to hit the web adds another layer of intrigue. Unless you've read a spoiler-filled review, most of you have no idea what's going on in said images, clips and even the fast-paced trailer. Fact is, you'll never figure it out, but that doesn't mean we don't want you guessing (that's part of the fun!) Snap on those thinking caps and take a gander at the following picture that displays Sitterson (Richard Jenkins, left), Lin (Amy Acker, center) and Hadley (Bradley Whitford, right) having a thick conversation as they walk through the halls. What's on their mind? Eh? Directed by Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard, and penned by "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"'s Joss Whedon, Lionsgate will release the high concept slaher in theaters Friday, April 13. The R-rated horror flick follows "A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. 'Cabin in the Woods' is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out."
From director simply known as "Elias" comes Gut, a new indie starring Jason Vail, Nicholas Wilder, Sarah Schoofs, Angie Bullaro, and Kirstianna and Kaitlyn Mueller, Maria Victoria, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, and Karl Pfeiffer. Playing at the International Film Festival (April 21st-28th), the official website yielded the following new trailer and first clip. Over at the Facebook you'll find dozens of stills. "Something is missing in Tom's life. His marriage has lost its spark, his job is suffocating him, and his childhood best friend Dan still clings to the past. Every day he goes through the motions, becoming increasingly detached from those around him. Dan has the solution... something Tom's got to see to believe... tonight. What Dan shows him leaves Tom unsettled, flooding his mind with disturbing images, and binding the two friends together with its ugly secret."
[News Bites] Paramount's Next Supernatural Project, 'Prometheus' TV Spot & Better Look At 'House' & '[REC]3' Release Date!
*Updated with cleaner image than originally posted. Using The Hunger Games as hype, Relativity has also unloaded the first ever look at Jennifer Lawrence in the Mark Tonderai-directed House at the End of the Street. The PG-13 horror flick opening September 26 "centers on a teen girl (Lawrence) who moves with her mom to a new town and learns that their home is across the street from a house where a double murder took place. Complications ensue when the teen befriends the massacre's sole surviving son (Max Thieriot). Elisabeth Shue costars as Lawrence's mom." Magnet has announced that [REC]3 Genesis, directed solo by Paco Plaza, and starring Leticia Dolera and Diego Martin, will arrive via On Demand August 3 with a theatrical run planned for September 7. Click here to read our review out of the SXSW premiere. Angela Robinson, the co-executive producer of HBO's "True Blood" and "Hung," has sold an untitled supernatural teen thriller pitch to Paramount, says Deadline. Robinson, who wrote and directed the film D.E.B.S. and directed Herbie Fully Loaded, will write the script and produce with the Grady Twins' Dawn Olmstead and Marti Noxon ("Mad Men" and Fright Night). Lastly, below you'll find the latest TV Spot for Ridley Scott's Prometheus, the Alien prequel in theaters June 8 from Fox that begins when "a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race."