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The second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead", naturally, killed a lot of people. Today there's cool video making its way around the web - an "In Memoriam" for all of the characters who bit it! " "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth." Hit the jump for the video!
Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem wrapped principal photography some time ago and is deep in post production, but that doesn't mean they can't shoot a few new scenes here and there. The film, produced by Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity), just picked up a new scene featuring Jeff Daniel Phillips' character. Per Zombie, "Back in Salem with Jeff Daniel Phillips shooting a new scene for 'The Lords Of Salem'. Jeff is rocking a Bunghole Liquors shirt. This is a real place. Check it out if you swing by Salem. Penned by Zombie, "The story is about a local DJ who mistakenly unleashes a hellish curse on the town. 300 years earlier on the very streets of Salem that the townspeople walk on today, innocent folks were rounded up from their homes, convicted of being witches and sentenced to death. The Lords of Salem ran the town with an iron fist, but four witches who were tortured and killed in secrecy vowed that one day they would be back for revenge" Hit the jump for the full pic!
Lionsgate's Gary Ross-directed adaptation of The Hunger Games hits theaters today, and judging from it's $19 Million midnight haul, plenty of you have seen it already! From my 8/10 review, "Ultimately 'The Hunger Games' is almost a minor miracle. What could have been a quick and easy cash-in on an existing property is instead a carefully considered, thrilling and touching piece of populist entertainment. Its sort of an exciting prospect that, for the first time in a long time, were going to have a pop culture moment centered around a film that actually made the effort to tell its story well (even though its a shame that this is now the exception to the rule)." We also have another review for the film - through the lens of someone who has read the books - from BD's Jonathan Barkan. While he didn't dislike the film, his take is certainly less enthusiastic than my own. "As a book-to-film adaptation, this rightfully deserves a 9/10. But in terms of my enjoyment of the film, I find that I cant be so generous." In theaters today from director Gary Ross, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Chris Mark, Jacqueline Emerson, Wes Bentley, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, and Stanley Tucci. Write in with your review now! And hit the jump for Barkan's take!
For my money, "Bioshock" is the best that the modern gaming era has to offer. Even though its sequel was incredibly disappointing, I can't wait for "Bioshock Infinite", primarily because it marks the return of Ken Levine to the franchise. One thing we may never be getting is the Bioshock movie. And to be honest, I'm increasingly fine with that. The first game is so perfect that I'm beginning to believe that a film depiction of that world could only disappoint. When the initial incarnation of the Bioshock film was announced at Universal with Gore Verbinski at the helm, I was incredibly excited. Verbinski is nothing if not an incredibly talented visual stylist. But the Hard-R rating it would require combined with the fact that it would cost hundreds of millions to produce wound up stalling the project for so long that Verbinski stepped aside as a director (though he remains a producer) and they hired Juan Carlos Fresnadillo. The aim at the time was also very much on a more cost-friendly adaptation of the game. But that incarnation seems to have bitten the dust as well. Fresnadillo told The Playlist, "To be honest, by now, Im completely out of that, and developing other stuff. Right now its on hold. The studio and the videogame company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating." Per the usual, Ken Levine isn't in any hurry either. Last year he stated, "We got very close to having it get made we had a deal in place and a director. But for us there's no burning [desire] to have a movie made just to get it made," Levine stressed. "For us and for Take-Two, it's really got to be something that will a) give the fans something that they want, and b) for those who don't know 'Bioshock,' really introduce them to something that is consistent with the game, and is it going to be a good representation of the game." What do you think? Do you want the "Bioshock" movie to happen or are you content with the games?
Lionsgate has released the first ever clip from Cloverfield writer Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods, which slasher into theaters Friday, April 13. We've already seen the film (and loved it), which is why we can honestly understand the difficulty in marketing such a film. This is why I truly love the clip the Gate has selected to share with you guys. Below you'll watch as the group of friends play a game of "true or dare" only to be interrupted by the cellar door blowing open. The clip shares the playful dialogue delivered by "Buffy"s Joss Whedon, while also giving homage to classic horror like Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead franchise. In short, this clip is a very honest representation of the high concept slasher. 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."
Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937) heavily influenced a generation of horror authors including Stephen King and Robert Bloch, but today's genre fans are far less acquainted with his work. (Which is understandableLovecraft's fiction has always seemed like something you study rather than something you read.) Hitting American bookstores this week, editor J.T. Joshi's Black Wings of Cthulhu pushes the author back into the horror limelight with 21 new stories set in Lovecrafts patently bizarre universe. And while I've never been Lovecraft's biggest fan, I have to concede that this is a very well done collection. The full review lies ahead.
We've just now added the official theatrical poster for Filipino director Yam Laranas' (Sigaw, The Echo) latest indie project, The Road, opening May 11 from Freestyle. It will also arrive day and date across digital platforms including YouTube, iTunes, Amazon, Netflix and Hulu Plus. "A twelve year old cold case is reopened when three teens are missing in an abandoned road. In the course of the investigation, deeper and gruesome stories of abduction and murders are discovered. After more than two decades, the secrets of the haunted road may finally be revealed." Carmina Villarroel, Marvin, Agustin, TJ Trinidad, Rhian Ramos and Barbie Forteza all star. The film features music and Soundcscapes by Johan Söderqvist (Let The Right One In).
While we won't be covering this on a regular basis, it's still mind-blowing (and pretty cool) that Fox continues to renew and air J.J. Abrams' bizarre "The Fringe," which stars Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and Lance Reddick in a television drama centered around a female FBI agent who is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena. The series premiered back in 2008 and has been through an array of battles to stay on the air. Beginning tonight, "Fringe" returns with eight new episodes in a row. In tonight's episode, "A Short Story About Love", "Following the recent shocking revelations and emotional events, Peter weighs his options as the Fringe team investigates a killer targeting love." Watch several clips below.
Below we've added a new clip from Darren Lynn Bousman's The Devil's Carnival, his 55-minute short film experience hitting the road April 5 as a 30-city rock tour turning venues into environments that tie to the movie and that will encourage audience participation. There will also be a 13-song album that gets released. The clip features Terrance Zdunich (co-creator and star of both Repo! The Genetic Opera and The Devil's Carnival) as Lucifer, lord of the underworld singing a little tune to Jessica Lowndes. Terrance Zdunich, who co-wrote Repo, also wrote the music for Carnival with Saar Hendelman. Zdunich stars alongside Taryn Manning, Bill Moseley, Briana Evigan, Emilie Autumn, J. Larose, Alexa Vega, Ogre, Paul Sorvino, Marc Senter, Sean Patrick Flanery and Slipknot's The Clown. In the film, "sinners are invited to a theme park where they endure the repetition of their transgressions. What chances do a conniving kleptomaniac, a gullible teenager, and an obsessed father stand when facing their own moral failings? Lucifer and his colorful cast of singing carnies invite you to grab a ticket to The Devil's Carnival to find out!" Head inside for the clip along with detailed info on the film's upcoming roadshow! Get your tickets here now!
Cinedigm Entertainment Group and New Video have partnered to acquire U.S. distribution rights to Citadel (review), from first-time writer-director Ciaràn Foy, THR writes. The Ireland-set horror film had its world premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, where it won the Midnighter Audience Award. Citadel is the first scripted acquisition under the recently announced partnership between the two companies. "In 'Citadel,' a young father suffering from agoraphobia must face the gang of twisted, hooded feral children responsible for his wife's murder." Aneurin Barnard, James Cosmo, Wunmi Mosaku, Jake Wilson and Amy Shiels star. Cinedigm (The Ward) launches its theatrical distribution arm in the fall, while New Video will roll out the titles across on-demand, digital and DVD/Blu-ray beginning in early 2013.
Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the writing team behind the recent Friday the 13th remake as well as Freddy vs. Jason, are developing an untitled horror project at Paramount, says THR. Details of the pitch are being kept tightly locked up, although it is known to contain a high school setting. Shannon and Swift will now write the script and are attached to make their directorial debut with the project. Mary Parent is producing via her Disruption Entertainment banner. Cale Boyter is overseeing for Disruption. On top of penning horror scripts, Shannon and Swift have previously worked on comic book adaptations Hawaiian Dick and Power and Glory, both set up at New Line.
The third season of The Walking Dead can't come soon enough. I'm literally dying to see how they utilize both Michonne and The Governor, two major character arcs implemented in Robert Kirkman's excellent comic series. With David Morrissey starring as the iconic Governor, Danai Gurira was revealed in season 2's finale as the sword-wielding, ass-kicking Michonne. The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Gurira recently to talk about the character's future. "I'm going to develop [the character] with [showrunner] Glen Mazzara and the whole creative team. They have their own take on the source material," she reveals, explaining that the series will move in a different direction than the comic. "I'm going to be meeting with them next week to get an understanding of what their take is and how she grows and develops. I'll find out the answer to that in the coming weeks in terms of exactly how she will map out with what she is in the books vs. what she will be on the screen." Gurira continues, "I was trying to really investigate a character and allow her to have as much dimension as possible and crack it open even more. What you see through the writing and vision of the creator, you add to it by bringing your full humanity and by really delving into the character's background and their motives and fears, all those things can make a multi-dimensional character come to life. That's how I've been trained from the beginning and how I've created characters in the past on the stage or through my playwriting. I plan to bring all of that to the table to allow Michonne to be as rich and complex as possible. I'm excited to bring her to life as someone who really has a lot of life and a lot of complexity." If anything, this show needs some fresh meat and better characters. Michonne, the Governor and a battle at a prison sounds like a good start to me...
Deadline reporting on a new anthology drama series known as "Unknown," Crackle.com's first long-form scripted show, which has already assembled a cast and locked in directors. Frances Fisher (The Lincoln Lawyer), William Atherton ("Life") and Taryn Manning ("Hawaii Five-0") will star in installments of the thriller/horror anthology, which examines unexplained phenomena. Kevin Connolly ("Entourage") will direct an episode featuring Jay R. Ferguson ("Mad Men"), visual effects specialist Sam Nicholson ("The Walking Dead") will direct another episode featuring Christina Pickles, and Martha Coolidge will direct the rest of the six half-hour episodes. Production on the series, executive produced by Chris Collins ("Sons of Anarchy") and former LucasFilm executive Steve Tzirlin, started last month for a launch later this year on the Sony Pictures TV-owned digital network Crackle.
British actor Hugh Dancy (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Black Hawk Down) is set as one of the two leads in "Hannibal," NBC's 13-episode series from Gaumont International Television, written and executive produced by Bryan Fuller and executive produced by Martha DeLaurentiis, reports Deadline. The project is described as a contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon" FBI agent Will Graham (Dancy) and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship. The role of Will Graham was played by Ed Norton in the 2002 movie adaptation, in which Anthony Hopkins reprised his Oscar-winning role as twisted series killer Hannibal Lecter. Dancy, an Emmy nominee for HBO's "Elizabeth I," recently recurred on the Showtime comedy series "The Big C."
There's a rash of some serious hit-whoring around the Web, so instead we'll compact a bunch of news briefs into this nice and tight edition of News Bites. Magnet Releasing's sexy werewolf flick Jack & Diane (pictured above), premiering at next month's Tribeca Film Festival, and starring Juno Temple, Riley Keough, Cara Seymour and Kylie Minogue, has been rated "R" for "strong sexual content including nudity and an assault, bloody violence, language and drinking - all involving teens." That's a spicy plot for a pic about two hot females who think they're Lycans. Magnet is expecting to release this fall. Clicking on over to io9 you'll find a series of unused storyboards from Warner Bros. Pictures now-defunct Akira. These images, though, are a snapshot of it could've looked like when the project was attached to Blinky director Ruairi Robinson a few years back. These sketches are by concept artist Sylvain Despretz (Gladiator, Alien Resurrection). Jaume Collet-Serra was most recently attached with Garrett Hedlund set to star. Fans of Guillermo del Toro will have to wait a bit longer for his giant monster flick Pacific Rim as Warners pushed the film deep into summer locking in a new July 12, 2013 date. Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Rob Kazinsky and Ron Perlman all star in the pic set in a future in which malevolent creatures threaten the earth, and the planet must band together and use highly advanced technology to eradicate the growing menace. Deadline is reporting that WWE Studios and Anchor Bay Films have made a deal to co-distribute The Day (review), a provocative post-apocalyptic thriller that premiered in the Midnight Madness section of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. WWE Studios bought U.S. distribution rights shortly after the films first screening. The film stars Shawn Ashmore (X-Men), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, "Lost"), Shannyn Sossamon (A Knight's Tale) and Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) in a post-apocalyptic vision where "An open war against humanity rages. Five survivors wander along rural back-roads, lost, starving and on the run. With dwindling food stocks and ammunition, an attempt at seeking shelter turns into a battleground where they must fight or die." Watch the trailer inside.
Spiders. I hate them. You should too. If not, there are tons of classic spider-themed horror films that are sure to make your skin crawl. Hopefully Anchor Bay's forthcoming Camel Spiders will do so. In celebration of next week's release, alongside Corman's World, both on DVD and Blu-ray, Bloody Disgusting has been provided with (2) super sweet prize packs. Each DVD/BD Prize Packs Include: (1) Sharktopus, (1) Cyclops, (1) Dinoshark, (1) Dinocroc vs. Supergator, (1) Camel Spiders and (1) Corman's World. To Enter: Simply put ANCHOR BAY PRIZE PACK in the subject line and send YOUR FULL NAME and ADDRESS to firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners must be in the U.S. and will be chosen at random next Tuesday. You'll find cover art and info on both features, alongside an exclusive clip from Camel Spiders. I have no idea what happens because, well, I won't watch it...
Leading up to the SXSW Film Festival we brought you these two crazy awesome teaser trailers for the Indonesian horror flick Modus Anomali, an English-language thriller from The Forbidden Door filmmaker Joko Anwar. "During a vacation in the woods, a man tries to find his family who mysteriously disappear, while being hunted by a sadistic killer. His only clues are several alarm clocks which seem to tell him about a deadline to something he doesn't know." Rio Dewanto, Hannah Al Rashid, Izziati Amara Isman, Aridh Tritama, Surya Saputra, Marsha Timothy, Sadha Triyudha and Jose Gamo all star in the World Preimere. I was able to catch the film (yet to review it) and it was pretty fantastic, featuring a plot twist that'll blow your friggin' mind all over the wall. Sorry to tease, since there's still no U.S. distribution, but at least you can enjoy the above new still, alongside the following poster and first clip that sets the fiery tone of the flick.
Toronto-based writer Mike Pereira went hog wild this past weekend diving into not 1, not 2, but 8(!) new Blu-ray titles. By readin on you'll find his thoughts on everything from Andrea Bianchi's 1975 Strip Nude For Your Killer to the new doc Corman's World, Camel Spiders, Monster Brawl, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Skin I Live In (pictured above), Dead Silence and even the new Battle Royale box set. If anything, I highly recommend checking out the twisted The Skin I Live In, while also diving into Saw creator James Wan's Dead Silence once again (it ages pretty well).
Yesterday was all about Apartment 143 (Emergo) as we released a stack of new images and the film's official poster for the Spanish haunter opening on VOD April 27, with a limited theatrical run slated for June 1. While we wait for Magnet to unleash the official trailer on Apple later today, this morning it hit international waters. The film is English-language, so no need for subs! The footage reminds me of Sidney J. Furie's classic 1982 The Entity (I'm pretty sure I saw a brief shot of a ghost-rape about to occur) with all of the ghostly violent. I just hope it doesn't come off like a physical comedy - watching nothing throw a guy around for an hour just isn't scary. Directed by Carles Torrens, and starring Kai Lennox, Michael O'Keefee, Gia Mantegna, Rick Gonzalez, Fionna Glascott, and Francesc Garrido, "All types of cameras are used video, HD, 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm as we follow scientists footsteps through a haunted house, casting a frightening spell over the audience. Brace yourself for this terrifying experience!" Shot entirely in English, Emergo is the descendant of The Blair Witch Project and REC, but breaks away from tradition by revolutionizing filmmaking altogether.
Rat King, Replicas... with Tribeca horror features, it's usually pretty difficult to get a full flavor of what the films will be like, as they are often world premieres or shrouded in some sort of secrecy. That being said, there is still one film on my radar that I'm looking forward to covering for sure, and that is Resolution, directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Scott Morehead. "Michael is committed to getting his best friend Chris to sober up and put his life back on track. But what begins as an attempt to save his friend's life quickly takes an unexpected turn as the two friends confront personal demons, the consequences of past actions, and forces beyond their control. Expertly balancing dark humor, heart, and thrills, Resolution is an utterly unique cinematic experience that defies genre classification." The drug dealer violence / detox slant looks like it makes for some good tension, but with the synopsis saying that it defied genre classification - I got wary as to whether or not this was something BD viewers would want within their horror realm. I contacted newcomer Justin Benson and asked him what we might expect.