From Lakeshore Entertainment (Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Underworld Franchise) and STX Entertainment (The Gift, Secret in Their Eyes), the thriller is directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside, WER) and starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”).
“Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that they care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.”
No extras have been revealed yet.
George A. Romero already tackled something similar with his Land of the Dead, and hundreds of other movies and television series have tackled the idea of building a self-contained utopia for the elite (or 1% if you will).
Now, the first clip above has been released for Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise (read our review) that moves into a building that’s a dream.
Watch utopia become dystopia in new plot footage from the film releasing here in the States On Demand April 28th with a mini theatrical run on May 13th.
Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Crimson Peak), Jeremy Irons (Batman v Superman), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) and Elisabeth Moss (“Mad Men”) star.
“1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the elevators fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea.“
Global Group has given Bloody Disgusting the first look at the sales poster for Nightworld, starring A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s Robert Englund.
Both Englund and Jason London star in Patricio Valladares’ (Hidden in the Woods, the upcoming Downhill) new supernatural horror drama, which was shot in Bulgaria by an international crew.
Penned by Barry Keating, Loris Curci and Milan Konjevic, “When Former LAPD Office, Brett Irlam takes a job as head of security at an old apartment building in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, he soon begins to experience a series of bizarre and terrifying events. Once he begins to delve deep into the building’s sinister history, and investigate it’s shadowy owners and past employees, Brett soon uncovers a malevolent force nestled deep in the bowels of the building in basement that will do anything to be set free into our world.”
Producers are Loris Curci (11/11/11), Magarditch Halvadjian and Silvester Yordanov.
Quentin Lee’s Female-Driven Asian Horror Film
To Premiere This Spring
Margin Films is excited to summon the first trailer for Quentin Lee’s The Unbidden. A quartet of longtime girlfriends come together in the hopes that a séance will protect them from a dark presence that won’t rest until one of them is destroyed.
Quentin Lee (White Frog, The People I’ve Slept With) directed from a script by Narhee Ahn (Purity). Tamlyn Tomita (“Teen Wolf”, The Joy Luck Club), Julia Nickson (Rambo: First Blood Part II, Half-Life), Amy Hill (50 First Dates, “UnREAL”) and Elizabeth Sung (Memoirs of a Geisha, Lethal Weapon 4) star as the group of friends desperate to save one of their own from her dark secret. Michelle Krusiec, Akemi Look, Kimberly-Rose Wolter and Karin Anna Cheung appear as the women’s younger selves, joined by Hayden Szeto and Jason Yee as the men at the heart of the deadly mystery.
“If you’re a fan of the horror, psychological thriller, family melodrama or Asian American film genres, you’re in for a treat, not a trick,” director Quentin Lee expressed of his first horror film. “Our intention was to create a wildly original independent feature with an all Asian-American cast that aims to not only entertain with shocks and thrills, but bring on the debate about difficult emotional issues. This is a female-driven film that deals with domestic violence and the morality of retribution.”
Mystery novelist Lauren Lee (Tomita) is haunted by the ghost of a tortured, bloodied man. She tries to forget the apparition’s terrifying warnings and her unstable mental state by hosting dinner with her best friends (Nickson, Sung and Hill). Each of the women has her own idea and opinion to make Lauren feel better. In the midst of a séance that Rachel believes will exorcise Lauren’s demons, a mysterious young man (Szeto) arrives brandishing a gun. He holds the women hostage in order to get to the truth of the whereabouts of his missing father.
The Unbidden is expected to premiere at film festivals this spring.
Xiaoming Yan executive produced. Producers are Charles Lei, Stanley Yung and Quentin Lee.
Bloody Wednesday will be making its North American DVD debut on April 19 from Film Chest Media Group. I’ve never heard of this movie, let alone seen it, but I’m all for ‘lost’ movies getting re-discovered. Per Wikipedia the film has gained a cult following of sorts. Has anyone seen this before? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts!
On July 18, 1984 in San Diego, CA, 41-year-old James Huberty said goodbye to his wife and two daughters and calmly walked out of his house saying he was “going hunting humans.” Moments later, he walked into a McDonald’s and killed 21 people with a small arsenal of weapons before being fatally shot by a SWAT team sniper. The San Ysidro Massacre, as it became known, was the deadliest mass shooting that had ever taken place in America.
Academy award winner Philip Yordan brings us the film, Bloody Wednesday, which recreates that event with Harry Curtis (Raymond Elmendorf), who we watch inexplicably descending into madness. Harry’s sense of reality is distorted as he is haunted by ghosts, harassed by neighborhood thugs, and has bizarre interactions with his only friend; a talking teddy bear. Isolated by his mental illness, he begins to feel more and more abandoned and betrayed by humanity. When he loses his job, his descent into madness accelerates and ultimately culminates in a senseless and random massacre at a local diner. Bloody Wednesday examines and illustrates just how such an event can happen, complete with irrational monologues and off-the-wall manifestations of his madness that are not to be missed.
Bringing even more stories to tell around the campfire is the crew from Volumes of Blood with their sequel, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories.
A couple plans to purchase an old home, but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for. Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time. Seven interwoven tales of terror, how many stories does your house have?
PJ Starks (Volumes of Blood), Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger), and Christopher Bower (Doom’s Chapel Horror) join forces in producing these 7 intertwined horror stories that are sure to chill your blood. The film also brings back several directors from Volumes of Blood including artist and filmmaker, Nathan Thomas Milliner. Actor Moses Moseley (The Walking Dead) along with WWE’s Sir Mo will appear in the film.
You can help these guys raise the additional funds at their Indiegogo campaign and hopefully we’ll be seeing them soon!
Last year right around this time filmmakers Raymond Creamer and Jerry White reached out to me to review their film The Horror. A year later we are still good friends and I’m happy to do anything to help these talented guys out.
From the Press Release:
Moondog Media’s first feature film, The Horror is available for pre-order on VOD today. The film is directed by Jerry J White III, written by Raymond Creamer and stars Creamer and Callie Ott (Lead in WTF!) as newly orphaned twins who travel to Michigan to close their family home. While there, they discover that they aren’t alone and are made to fight for survival; a fight that continues long after the violence ends. Modern Horrors’ review says director Jerry J. White III “makes one of the more impressive genre debuts [of the] year” and that Callie Ott “turns in an amazing performance” while Bloody Disgusting’s Jess Hicks claims Raymond Creamer gives “one of the most intense and rattling performances [she’s] seen in some time”. Now, it’s your chance to witness The Horror for yourself at http://www.moondog.media Help share The Horror as Moondog Media’s second feature film, Little Hand goes into production later this month.
The Horror is now available for pre-order at Moondog Media and I highly recommend you check it out
Regardless of your thoughts on the movie The Ninth Gate (which I genuinely enjoy the hell out of), I don’t think anyone can deny that composer Wojciech Kilar‘s score is anything short of brilliant. The combination of Korean soprano Sumi Jo with the mysterious, at times playful, at times unsettling music is simply delightful and I’ve been craving this score on vinyl for a long, long time. And today, my prayers have been answered.
Real quick though, for those of you unaware, Kilar is the man who also composed Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which won an ASCAP award and was nominated for a Saturn. If you can watch that movie and not be thrilled by the music, then I just don’t get you. What a masterpiece of music!
The 1999 mystery thriller was directed by Roman Polanski and starred Johnny Depp, Lena Olin, and Frank Langella. It was loosely based on “The Club Dumas” by Arturo Peréz-Reverte (which is a fantastic book, I might add) and follows rare book dealer/expert Dean Corso (Depp) as he investigates and tracks down the last three remaining copies of “The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows”, a book that is thought to be an adaptation of a story written by the Devil himself. As Corso’s investigations progress, the bodies begin piling up and the intrigue reaches supernatural levels. It’s not a flawless movie by any stretch of the imagination but I always have a blast watching it, especially considering how beautiful many of the locations are.
Anyways, coming back to the story at hand, Silva Screen Records has announced that The Ninth Gate will be receiving a limited edition vinyl run of 1,000 copies for this year’s Record Store Day. The album will be a 2xLP edition sleeved in a gatefold package and pressed on flame colored vinyl. Very fitting indeed!
You better believe that this is one of the titles that I will fight tooth and nail over to get my hands on come Record Store Day!
[H/T Light in the Attic]
Russian prog folk duo Iamthemorning have released an absolutely gorgeous song titled “Chalk & Coal” from their upcoming album Lighthouse, which comes out April 1st via Kscope Records. The song, which you can stream below, features a melancholic piano, overlain by vocalist Marjana Semkina’s eerie yet almost desperate croons. It’s a stunning song and makes me beyond eager to get my hands on the full album.
Semkina explains the song:
“Chalk & Coal” is in a way a final milestone on the album. It is the darkest one and in a way it is very representative for Lighthouse in general, since it is a very cross-genre piece of music that eventually turns into something rather eclectic. Some dark jazz influence in used diminished chords and trumpet solo, glitched drums, all of that is rather new for us. Mood-wise it was inspired by David Bowie’s “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)”. Lyrically it represents the final twist of the album story-line, the final breakdown.
Lighthouse features guest appearances from drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, o.R.K.), and vocalist Mariusz Duda (Lunatic Soul, Riverside). You can learn more about Lighthouse (including how to order your copy) right here.
Making a video game isn’t easy. They’re complicated, recalcitrant things that sit always on the edge of catastrophe, ready for a single corrupted asset or botched line of code to give them a little nudge. Games development hasn’t collapsed — yet — because any developer, regardless of size or how deep their pockets go, now has easier access to advanced tools like motion capture.
Mocap is being used by small and aspiring developers to create more believably human characters. It’s also why this behind-the-scenes video from a recent Friday the 13th: The Game mocap shoot will only horrify someone who doesn’t know why Kane is beating the hell out of that poor woman.
This is the same shoot that left Hodder with a bruised tricep when he conjured too much Jason while filming the memorable sleeping bag kill from Part VII.
“We spent five days shooting the motion capture for Friday the 13th: The Game, and I loved every minute of it,” said Hodder. “When I played Jason in the films, all of that intensity, all of the rage, was observed passively by the audience. Spectators to a linear story. But this is different.”
“The audience becomes the participant as they step into my boots. You’re not simply watching me, you are me… you are Jason. When you swing the machete, it’s exactly how I swing it. When you behead or impale a counselor, it’s not a generic animation. It’s my actions of strength and power that you wield. That’s what excites me most about this project.”
Friday the 13th: The Game is about $40,000 short of the next stretch goal, which the game has been inching toward since the launch of its Slasher Backer crowdfunding campaign.
Gun launched a poll earlier this week so the community can pick the three additional looks for Jason that’ll be added to the game. Head over here to vote for your favorites.
I like old stuff, like Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler, but I’m also a sucker for new things.
Hostess is getting into the Ghostbusters crossover marketing game with a line-flavored Twinkie that has its delicious innards colored green. Gimmicky? Yes. Do I care? No. I will eat an entire box the second I get my hands on one.
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones star with Chris Hemsworth. Also appearing are Neil Casey, Andy Garcia, Michael K. Williams, Matt Walsh, Pat Kiernan, Cecily Strong, and Charles Dance. Cameos will include the original film’s stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, and Annie Potts plus Ozzy Osbourne.
In theaters July 15th, “Dead criminals from all eras of New York’s underbelly past have returned to roost among the living. Pilgrims, old-timey sailors, Revolutionary War spirits, and even a couple of zoot-suited gangsters are ready to take on four formidable female busters looking to rid the city of its phantasmic filth.”
Hostess Key Lime Slime!
Another quick addition to the cast of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant as Watchmen‘s Billy Crudup will join yesterday’s announcement of Amy Seimetz (A Horrible Way to Die, “The Killing”), Jussie Smollett (“Empire”), Carmen Ejogo and Callie Hernandez (Machete Kills). They all will be heading to the Engineer home planet with Micahel Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Demian Bichir and Danny McBride.
While it was reported that Noomi Rapace will not be returning as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw, there still has yet to be official confirmation.
“Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.”
Fox has set Alien: Covenant for theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.
As a recap: Late last year Scott also excited us all when he said, “We’ll have them all: egg, face-hugger, chest-burster, then the big boy.” He also explained that the film will reveal a destroyed Engineer planet, and also shared plans for an expanded universe that will eventually bridge directly into his 1979 Alien.
Alright, sometimes, and this is pretty freakin’ rarely, I post something on BD that isn’t exactly horror-related. Usually I’m good about finding a way to connect things that may seem somewhat questionable but I’m not going to do that here. This is just me loving the absolute shit out of what I’m presenting and I want to share that joy and excitement, especially as we enter the weekend.
So, today I’m stoked to introduce you to South Chicago progressive metal band Dissona and their cover of the Donkey Kong Country “Aquatic Ambience” level theme.
Now, I’m sure many of you are worried that they took that mysteriously beautiful song and just threw a bunch of distortion over it. However, I assure you that they gave the cover the attention, care, and love that it deserves! In fact, I think many of you will be pleasantly surprised!
If you dig the track as much as I did, make sure to download your FREE COPY! Who can deny the appeal of free stuff, right? And don’t forget to check out the band’s new album Paleopneumatic on their Bandcamp.
And finally, I’m asking all of you to leave a comment with a non-horror game that you played the absolute SHIT out of when you were growing up! Let’s go a little bit off-topic today and have some fun!
The band explains:
By request of Tony Meintanis, we give you our version of “Aquatic Ambience” from the Super Nintendo classic Donkey Kong Country. We tried to maintain the eerie atmosphere as best we could while augmenting it with some groove. Every one of us grew up playing the absolute hell out of this game and we are delighted and honored to pay it tribute.