It never seems to end…
Emmy-winning actor Richard Dysart passed away this past Sunday at his home after a long illness, according to his wife. He was 86 years old.
Dysart is most known to horror fans for his role as Dr. Copper in John Carpenter’s The Thing. He was also the voice of Cogliostro in the animated Spawn series and was Isely in the 1979 sci-fi/horror Prophecy.
Dysart started his acting career in the 50′s but really became active in the 60′s. He was perhaps best known for portraying Leland McKenzie on NBC’s legal drama L.A. Law.
Our deepest condolences.
Years after being announced, it sounds as if there’s finally movement on Disney’s second attempt at Haunted Mansion, the feature film based on the super fun dark ride at the Disney parks.
Just as his directorial debut Lost River hits theaters this weekend, Oscar-nominated actor Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro‘s Haunted Mansion, says TheWrap.
Interestedly, the site says that Gosling and del Toro have developed a close friendship of late, with the Mexican filmmaker moderating a panel with Gosling at SXSW last month to discuss the making of “Lost River.” The duo were also photographed together at Disneyland over Oscar weekend, where they rode the Haunted Mansion ride in addition to Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.
Haunted Mansion has been in development at Disney for several years, as the project was first announced at Comic-Con in July 2010.
D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity) is currently working on the script for the supernatural family film.
The last we heard, del Toro was having problems “cracking” the screenplay.
Since August 1969, foolish mortals have dared to trespass on the macabre grounds of Disney’s Haunted Mansion. A hallowed landmark in Disneyland’s New Orleans square, it’s the dwelling place of 999 happy haunts dying to meet new visitors each day. The plantation-style of the mansion’s facade is a sweet deception for visitors. Inside, ghostly doom buggies line the hallways. Since its construction, the mysteries of the mansion have transcended the attraction with stories surfacing about horrifying encounters with the supernatural. Versions of the daunting edifice have been built at other Disney theme parks in Orlando, Tokyo and Paris.
It was torture watching all of the “Preacher” casting going down while I was out of town. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s cult 1990s comic is easily one of my all-time favs, especially given that it actually ended (I’m looking at you “The Walking Dead”) and had some fantastic one-shots. With AMC getting behind a series, I want to explode in excitement, especially with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg collaborating. It’s gonna be dope.
Anyways, tons of casting has been going down for the pilot presentation.
Dominic Cooper continues to be in negotiations for the lead in the project, Jesse Custard, a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun), the three embark on a journey to literally find God.
“True Blood” alumna Lucy Griffiths is the newest member, says Deadline, and will play Emily, a no-nonsense single mother of three, a waitress, the church organist, bookkeeper, and Jesse’s loyal right hand.
Ian Colletti was also recently cast as Eugene Root, aka Arseface.
Candyman director Bernard Rose is back with his own version of Frankenstein, starring Xavier Samuel (Twilight, Adore, Fury), Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix Trilogy) and Danny Huston (“American Horror Story”, Big Eyes) in this modern day adaptation of the classic tale by Mary Shelley.
“Frankenstein is set in present day Los Angeles and told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. After he is artificially created, then left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.”
Rose directed from his original script based on the Mary Shelley’s classic novel. Xavier Samuel stars as the Monster, with Carrie-Ann Moss as Elizabeth Frankenstein, Danny Huston as Victor Frankenstein, and Tony Todd as Eddie, reuniting with his Candyman director Rose.
Special Effects Make-up was designed by six-time Emmy nominee Randy Westgate (X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
Frankenstein will world premiere this coming weekend at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
John McNaughton earned a cult following and mass critical acclaim for his unflinching look into the heart of darkness, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990). With that film McNaughton garnered all kinds of controversy and single-handedly defined the serial killer genre. Henry and its follow-up, The Borrower (1991), led to McNaughton being strongly embraced by the horror community. But more than just a horror director, McNaughton is a true filmmaker through and through, and he worked outside of the genre until his “Masters of Horror” episode Haeckel’s Tale in 2006.
Now the revered filmmaker returns to the genre with The Harvest, a rural gothic tale that I really loved when I saw it at last year’s Fantastia Fest (review). It’s his first feature film in over a decade (in between he did a lot of theater and television work), but before The Harvest, McNaughton almost directed a prequel to Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street that at the time had the horror world buzzing, even if there wasn’t much information on which to speculate.
I recently had the chance to talk to McNaughton about The Harvest and during our conversation this defunct Nightmare prequel came up. What happened to it? Why did New Line back off? What dark secret caused one of the horror genre’s most beloved filmmakers from directing one of its most beloved franchises?
The answer is more disturbing than you can possibly imagine…
John McNaughton: “I started thinking about what we haven’t seen before and the idea came of well, where did Freddy [Krueger] come from before he returned in the first picture? Hell. Nothing could keep me from going to Hell and the idea of actually setting a story in Hell, that to me, I was just like a pig in shit.”
New Line had just made, what’s his name…the comedian that gets so little respect and makes so much money…”
“Yeah and it was one of his goofy comedies…Little something or other…there was a number of scenes in Hell and it was his first comedy that didn’t do to well.”
“Right, and after that didn’t do too well, New Line didn’t want to go back to Hell. So I basically told them to go to Hell. Just the idea of being under the thumb of the studio and being called on to satisfy genre expectations, it’s not something that would make me happy. They were unwilling to go to Hell with me and it just came apart.”
Thanks a lot, Adam Sandler!!!
Check back later this week for our full interview with John McNaughton!
Those of you familiar with Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka’s incredible series “Gotham Central” should know that Rucka has an affinity for Rene Montoya, so when “Convergence: The Question” was announced, there were murmurs that perhaps this “event” would be a good thing, and it’s true, this is a very very good thing.
WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
ART BY: Cully Hammer
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: 8 April 2015
So this whole Convergence thing, Brainiac has taken all the possible worlds of the DC Multiverse and contained them within certain domes. The entire world isn’t contained but rather just cities. Each week during the event different realties play out in battle against one another. The characters within the dome are very aware of the converging realties.
This setup allows Greg Rucka to channel many threads from “Gotham Central” to further complicate the relationship shared between Rene Montoya and Harvey Dent. He wastes no time jumping into the thick of the story. The result is a complicated interplay between one of Batman’s most complicated villains and tragic reality of being The Question.
Harvey being obsessed with duality is convinced that life has no meaning in the dome. He tries to kill himself every night, but thanks to chance he never succeeds. Now, with the revelation that there is another Dent somewhere inside the dome, he makes it his mission to track himself down for an assisted suicide.
The concept is fantastic and feels well motivated by the relationship between the two main characters. It’s also incredibly refreshing to see these characters acting in new ways, disillusioned with this new contained reality. It calls into question not just the motivations of the heroes, but the villains as well. What’s the purpose when life has no consequences.
Cully Hammer’s depiction of this new trapped reality is fantastic and well realized. Seeing his version of Two-Face with a beard was an awesome little treat I never knew I wanted. But his physical language in the characters is really the reason to pick this issue up. Everything has a beautifully fluid sense of motion that only lets up when the angles get tighter. His ability to create a somber expression on the disfigured face of Harvey Dent is something to be celebrated. His work brings more nuance to the character than previously thought possible.
Overall, you don’t need to be acquainted with Rucka’s past writing in the Dc universe to enjoy this story, but if you are you’ll be pleasantly rewarded. All the same this pocketed story in previous continuity is an incredibly enjoyable ride that might make you long for the days before the New 52.
Valiant Entertainment has been quietly carving out their own superhero universe for a few years now, and all of their books are daring to be different. With unique creative teams and even more unique stories, Valiant is nothing to write off. So consider this: they’re now getting into the game of killing off their heroes. Will these changes stick? Only time will tell, until then we’ve got “Book of Death.”
Beginning with in July with the BOOK OF DEATH #1 (of 4) from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR, Green Lantern), superstar-in-the-making Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER,Batgirl) and visionary artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS, Justice), BOOK OF DEATHcontinues throughout the summer with four standalone one-shots from an all-star cast of Valiant’s top talents! Colliding the next two thousand years of history against the most powerful heroes of today, the summer’s must-read comics event starts here in July as a new Geomancer emerges to build a bridge to the future of the Valiant Universe!
The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died.
Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world.
Together, they are the number one target of every hero and villain on Earth. Either the Eternal Warrior hands her over…or they take him down. But can even he single-handedly protect one child when the entire Valiant Universe wages war against him?
“In the tradition of Valiant’s original RAI #0, BOOK OF DEATH is going to reveal glimpses of the future of the Valiant Universe and, with it, many of the monumental events and occurrences that our heroes will face,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Major characters will die, while others will be introduced for the very first time. The loves, the losses, and the betrayals that await our biggest characters…it all starts here. For the Geomancer, this future has already happened and, in each issue, we will see more of the events that shaped her life revealed. BOOK OF DEATH will have an immediate impact on not only the stories that follow it in 2015, but on the next decade of the Valiant Universe as well.”
Also coming in July, the future of the Valiant Universe continues with four visionary tales of present and future torn directly from the pages of the Book of the Geomancer! Each month, join an all-star cast of creators – Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT, BLOODSHOT REBORN) & Doug Braithwaite (UNITY, IMPERIUM), Matt Kindt (NINJAK, RAI) & Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY), Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, IMPERIUM) & Kano (THE DELINQUENTS), and Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR, ARMOR HUNTERS) & Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS, IVAR, TIMEWALKER) – as they come aboard the summer’s monumental comics event to chronicle the ultimate fate of Valiant’s biggest heroes! From the modern day to the far future, the destinies of Bloodshot, Ninjak, the Harbinger Renegades, X-O Manowar, and more will stand revealed in four essential, standalone chapters at the epicenter of BOOK OF DEATH:
Written by Jeff Lemire; Art by Doug Braithwaite
ON SALE IN JULY
BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF NINJAK #1
Written by Matt Kindt; Art by Trevor Hairsine
ON SALE IN AUGUST
BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER #1
Written by Joshua Dysart; Art by Kano
ON SALE IN SEPTEMBER
Ahead of tomorrow’s premiere of Marvel’s Daredevil. Netflix has revealed horn-head’s actual well, horn-head. Early promotional material has been solely focused on the black mask getup that Murdock would wear in his early battle on crime, but we knew that the red suit would eventually be coming. Now, after a leak online last night Netflix has responded with a promo video that shows off the suit in all its glory.
— Daredevil (@Daredevil) April 9, 2015
We’ve already seen the first five episodes, and they’re pretty much perfect.
Here’s a belated Easter treat that we thought was really well made, and also pretty damn cool.
Film Hounds created a faux Cadbury Creme Egg’s television spot that spoofs Ridley Scott’s Alien!
“In the darkest corner of the Deep Space Cadbury Mining System…something has awakened. A short, fictional film by Tim Osgood and Adam Martin. Made for Easter, fans of the Alien films and Creme Egg lovers!”
Now that’s an Easter Egg we would’t want to find…
The lead up to Josh Trank’s reboot of the Fantastic Four is noticeably quiet. Details are scarce and with only a few months to release things don’t really seem likely to change anytime soon. Despite this, what has been revealed is thought provoking and holds a lot of promise. Trank’s comments on drawing influence from David Cronenberg is enough to get any horror fan in the door, but without much footage of this body horror, it’s tough to say if he’ll deliver.
Now, Empire has scored an exclusive look at Jamie Bell’s The Thing, from the upcoming reboot. The costume is anything but friendly and inspires a twinge of Cronenberg at first glance. Imagine being trapped in a craggy rock suit for the rest of your life, the sheer disillusion you’d have with your own form would be devastating.
Empire had this to say “It’s a world away from the slightly rubbery suit that Michael Chiklis donned for the two FF movies back in 2005 and 2007. This time, Trank went down the mo-cap route, with Bell donning the dotted leotard, to better impart the rocky-skinned The Thing with Grimm’s personality and mannerisms. “Jamie in real life is a tough guy,” Trank told Empire recently. “He exudes this strength. Ben is Reed’s best friend in the archetypal, spiritual way, and you want that character to have that warmth and that strength.”
“Max Ride First Flight” opens in a surreal landscape clouded with visions of a girl who can fly, trying desperately to escape a fanged beast. She’s one of many special kids, someone who’s been tested on, the story may be familiar but the ending subverts everything you thought you knew.
WRITTEN BY: Marguerite Bennett
ART BY: Alex Sanchez
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: 8 April 2015
James Patterson’s novel “First Flight” is nicely adapted by writer Maurgarette Bennett and artist Alex Sanchez in a breathless first issue that doesn’t waste precious time spouting exposition. Instead the mechanics of the world, and the drive of the main character, Max, are mostly worked out visually.
Dialogue throughout is snappy and filled with the young adult vibe that is all the rage in dystopian genre fiction right now. Despite the young adult slant, the book offers hints at mature themes in the future. Right now, the dynamic is purely one of whimsy and the stark difference between reality and dreams. I wasn’t sure I was ready for the final page reveal, but it brought a middling first issue to a fantastic conclusion that has me ready for more.
The world of the book feels inspired by young adult fantasy like Peter Pan or The Chronicles of Narnia but the absolute differences of this world are still a little vague. There are certainly many fantasy elements but what they all mean and how exactly they play into the story at large remains only a vague tease at the conclusion of this debut issue.
It’s hard to see this book as anything other than the standard hero’s journey fare that has inspired much of young adult fiction. There are hints at something more, but as it stands the story is fairly routine but pretty engaging.
Alex Sanchez’ art is sometimes magnificent and other times sloppy. The lines are a little all over the place, and overall the book has an inconsistent visual appeal. There are plenty of two page spreads that showcase beautiful displays of talent and world building, followed by messy action scenes that look like there were drawn at gunpoint. Proportions are odd, and the line weight on the page doesn’t carry much difference.
However, the inconsistent art doesn’t wholly damage the story. The final package is something inherently enjoyable and approachable. Not much is accomplished in this first issue but the entire thing reads like silk and has a darkly sinister tone hidden beneath some of the pages. The subtext of the this story promises to take us on a dark journey if only from the final page, but it creates such a jarring tonal difference it’s hard to say whether or not this book is worth your time with only one issue of story.
Three awesome posters accompany an even better trailer for Joel Edgerton’s The Gift, in which he also stars with Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall.
The posters share the gift of tension, as the past is about to be dredged up and thrown back into the faces of Bateman and Hall. Also, the taglines are absolute gems.
The Gift opens in theaters July 31, 2015 via a new distribution company, STX.
“Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged….chances are there is someone out there who won’t ever forget it…or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?”
I’m pretty thrilled to hear about O.R.k., a new supergroup that features bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), vocalist Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (Obake), drummer Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson), and guitarist Carmelo Pipitone (Marta Sui Tubi). The band is self-releasing their debut album Inflamed Rides, which can be pre-ordered here. To celebrate this release, the band has put out an official video for their track “Pyre”, and it’s fantastic.
The video, which was produced by Oktopus Productions, is an animated clip that is right up the alley of any horror fan. It shows a being wearing a mask that is meant to help them stand out from the crowd. While this being is “smiling”, all others are frowning, like twisted jack o’ lanterns. And even though they’re all probably incredibly similar on the inside, any difference on the outside leads them to kill and maim. The music only adds to the sadness of this video, making it all the more poignant.
You can see the video and also stream the band’s track “Jellyfish” below.
MTV has announced today that they will reveal the premiere date of “Scream” during Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards.
In addition, Bella Thorne, who appears in the network’s “Scream” pilot as an homage to Drew Barrymore‘s iconic “Do you like scary movies?” scene, will present the first full trailer!
The new MTV series centers around a a YouTube video going viral that soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.
Starring Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo, Connor Weil and Joel Gretsch, it’s said that the slasher TV series is for the social media generation.
Be careful. Children at play.
Bughuul has returned in Sinister 2, helmed by Citadel‘s Ciaran Foy, and he feeds off the corruption of innocence. The trailer is now live, and it’s fantastic. Played to an eerie tune about the boogeyman, the trailer carries a Children From the Corn vibe, mixed with Satanic imagery and all sorts of scares. It also reminds me a bit of V/H/S in the sense that the footage appears to “infect” the children. Sinister 2 looks like all kinds of fun!
“In the aftermath of the shocking events in Sinister, a protective mother and her 9-year-old twin sons find themselves in a rural house marked for death as the evil spirit of Buhguul continues to spread with frightening intensity.”
Written by Scott Derrickson (director of the first Sinister) and C. Robert Cargill, the sequel to Derrickson’s 2012 chiller stars Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone, Robert and Dartanian Sloan.
Look for Buhguul to return to theaters on August 21, 2015.
Horrorsynth artist Nightcrawler has gotten a video made for his track “Macabre Serenade”, which comes from the recently released Strange Shadows EP. The video uses scenes from Dario Argento’s 1987 horror film Opera to create a sinister vision, one that is as phantasmagoric as it is gruesome.
You can purchase Strange Shadows via Bandcamp.
We reported yesterday that Dario Argento would oversee a television adaptation to his 1977 Suspiria.
It sounded ridiculous at the time because, well, Argento isn’t exactly making good movies anymore, and the article made it very clear this was being developed (meaning, nothing is guaranteed). The chance of it coming into fruition are about as good as the Cubs winning a World Series (okay, maybe that’s a bad example… this year).
Anyways, I wasn’t all that excited about “Suspiria De Profundis”, an English-language period horror series in which the author Thomas De Quincey is the lead character. Styled as a new Sherlock Holmes, the story would explore psychological fantasies of evil and attempt to solve fearful mysteries. It will be set in London and Rome at the turn of the 20th century.
I was wrong, apparently, because “Hannibal” show runner Bryan Fuller made the following Twitter plea to handle the U.S. adaptation. While “Hannibal” is a huge success, his remake of “The Munsters”, “Mockingbird Lane”, failed, as did “High Moon,” “Pushing Daises” and “Dead Like Me”. But we still like him, like a lot a lot.
And those who have been following Fuller’s work know that he has colorful tastes, and reinventing Argento’s classic could be right up his alley. Thoughts?!
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) April 8, 2015
Director Gore Verbinski has found the leads for his supernatural horror project A Cure for Wellness, reports THR, stating that the incredible Dane DeHaan (pictured above, Metallica Through the Never, Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Life After Beth) and Mia Goth (below; Nymphomaniac: Vol. II) will toppling.
Revolutionary Road scribe Justin Haythe is writing the script for the New Regency project.
“Wellness tells the story of an employee (DeHaan) who is sent to rescue his boss from a European “wellness spa” but soon realizes he’s trapped, and discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients.”
Goth will play a longtime patient who is oblivious to the spa director’s dark designs for her.
Verbinski is also producing through his Blind Wink Productions.
Production is slated to start in Europe in June, and the film will be distributed worldwide through New Regency’s deal with 20th Century Fox.
From Mike Flanagan, the director of Oculus, comes a new look at Before I Wake, a fresh child-horror film starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Dash Mihok, Annabeth Gish and Jacob Tremblay.
Relativity has shifted the film from its planned May release all the way to September 25th, 2015.
In this supernatural thriller, “Jessie and Mark, recovering from the death of their young son Sean, decide to take in 8-year-old Cody as a foster child. Cody seems sweet, loving and bright in every way, except that he is afraid to sleep. They soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In Jessie’s grief, she tries to use Cody’s supernatural abilities to reconnect with her dead son. Soon she discovers that Cody’s nightmares manifest as well, as they experience both the intense wonder – and intense terror – that only a child’s imagination could conjure. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark must uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.”
Here are four new images we recently landed, and have added the trailer to refresh your memory. It’s got a sort of Orphan meets Mama vibe, which is pretty cool.
The taste will never leave your mouth…
Vulture has released the first trailer for Human Centipede Part 3 (Final Sequence), which will be released in limited theaters and VOD platforms May 22nd, 2015 (no assembly required).
The 500-person centipede has finally been assembled and it looks insane. The trailer, pegged as a teaser, is jam-packed with revolting footage. Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey, who played the villains Dr. Heiter and Martin in the first and second films, respectively, are featured. Eric Roberts, Robert LaSardo, Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister, Bree Olson, and director Tom Six also star. You’ll see them all in the footage that Six promises is “100 percent politically incorrect.” I love how bonkers it looks, and how the characters appear to live in a “pulp”-like world.
“Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the US of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he is unable to get the respect he thinks he deserves from his inmates and the state Governor (Eric Roberts). He constantly fails in experimenting with different ideas for the ideal punishment to get the inmates in line, which drives him, together with the sizzling heat, completely insane.
Under threats of termination by the Governor, his loyal right hand man Dwight (Laurence R Harvey) comes up with a brilliant idea. A revolutionary idea which could change the American prison system for good and save billions of dollars. An idea based on the notorious ‘Human Centipede’ movies, that will literally and figuratively get the inmates on their knees, creating the ultimate punishment and deterrent for anyone considering a life of crime. Having nothing to lose, Bill and Dwight create a jaw-dropping 500-person prison centipede.”
As I noticed the other day, the new Human Centipede is going meta once again, which is awesome. I love that Six continues to put a middle finger up to critics of the first film by launching the franchise into the “real world” where absolutely terrible things happen. Bring on the 500-person ‘pede!