The latest horror headlines
Updated: 1 year 8 weeks ago
With all of our modern technology everything is documented and stored, everything but what's hiding in our disturbed minds. This is why it's so important when uncovered documentation from historial events are uncovered, which is becoming increasingly more rare as we continue to swarm planet Earth. An insane article has appeared over at the Boston Globe that reports on the discovery of all of the notes from Lizzie Borden trial. When the sensational murder trial of Lizzie Borden ended in her acquittal, much of the evidence ended up with her familys attorney, Andrew Jackson Jennings. From the infamous "handless hatchet" to bloodstained pillow shams found at the crime scene, the historical trove sat for years in Jenningss attic, stored in a Victorian bathtub. Now the final piece of that collection, two handwritten journals Jennings kept during the trial, have emerged from obscurity, providing fresh insight into the mysterious 1892 case that continues to tantalize crime and paranormal buffs. Read all about the journos here.
Universal is hoping to shed some light on the mystery of the Bermuda Triangle, picking up a pitch with superpowered scribe team Alfred Gough and Miles Millar on board to write, says THR. Scott Stuber, who produced Universal's hit Safe House and also is behind the studio's summer tentpole Battleship, is attached to produce. No details are being revealed other than it is an original idea from Stuber centered on the infamous Caribbean area traditionally cornered by the Florida Straits, Bermuda and Puerto Rico. The area has been home to a several unusual disappearances attributed to supernatural or alien origins. Gough and Millar will now write the script. The duo are best known for developing and showrunning "Smallville" but also have worked in features, working on Shanghai Noon and Spider-Man 2.
Alcon Entertainment is heading to high school, tapping Brian Dannelly to direct Suckers from Adrian Vina's script, reports Variety. "Story centers on a high schooler who tries to become popular when he moves to a new school by telling everyone he's a vampire. But he runs into trouble when he's accused of a murder." Dannelly directed Chris Colfer of "Glee" in Struck by Lightning, which is making its world premiere next month at Tribeca in the Spotlight section. His smallscreen directing credits include the pilot of Showtime's "Weeds," as well as ABC's "Pushing Daisies" and Showtime's "United States of Tara." Alcon toppers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson are producing.
MPI/Dark Sky Films today announced the first day of principle photography on Adrian Garcia Bogliano's latest film, Here Comes the Devil has been completed in Tijuana. The film stars Francisco Barreiro (We Are What We Are) and rising actress Laura Caro. Shooting is underway in Tijuana and will take place on locations in the Mexican city and its environs, including ominous caves that figure prominently in the story. Here Comes the Devil is a co-production from MPI's Dark Sky Films and Bogliano's Salto de Fe Films. Adrian Garcia Bogliano is the creator of the international horror sensations Penumbra and Cold Sweat. Here Comes the Devil is the first full-length feature from Salto de Fe Films, which is based in Mexico City. In addition to the recent Penumbra and Cold Sweat, Garcia Bogliano's many films include such independent genre achievement as Rooms for Tourists, 36 Steps, Watch 'em Die and The Accursed. With Here Comes the Devil, he moves into a supernatural realm: "A married couple loses their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be, that something terrifying has changed them." The Spanish-language movie is the most recent addition to MPI/Dark Sky's solid slate of original productions, which include the The Innkeepers, Stake Land, Hatchet II and Frankenstein's Army, which is currently shooting in Prague.
When the The Killing premiered in its native homeland of Denmark in March 2007, the first series was split into two parts, with the second run of episodes set to air the following year. But the ratings were through the roof, which caused the network to run them almost six months early. With press like that, its easy to see why The Killing garnered stateside attention and was remade for AMC. Its essentially a police procedural, with a strong emphasis on how the murder of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen (Katie Findlay) affects her family, her community (by way of a mayoral election), and the detectives trying to close her case.
Tim Miller has been set by Legendary Pictures to direct Gravel, a live action adaptation of the Warren Ellis comic book series that's been in development since 2009, reports Deadline. Legendary will produce the project with Rick Alexander, with Ellis as executive producer and Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell are writing the script. Published by Avatar Press, "'Gravel' revolves around the character William Gravel, a soldier in the British S.A.S. who uses his skills in dark magic to moonlight and battle supernatural beings for clients in order to make some extra cash." Miller last year was hired by Fox to direct X-Men Origins: Deadpool, the spinoff film that is in development and based on the character that Safe House star Ryan Reynolds played in Wolverine. Miller is the co-founder and owner of Blur Studio, a CG animation studio known for its video game cinematics. Miller directs many of those, most recently including the unforgettable title sequence in the David Fincher-directed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Tim Burton's vampire version of Austin Powers? With the HD version of the trailer arriving this afternoon being uploaded as we speak (still), right now international press has landed 30 hi-res images from Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, which can all be enjoyed by clicking any pictorial on display. We've also just added the official one-sheet and proper version of the trailer, both of which are a bit hokey. I'm nervous that the film is trickling into "pop culture" territory with their (near) modern-day comedy. This could go very badly... The original Gothic soap opera was a highly atmospheric, spooky soap that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies. In theaters May 11 "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."
A remake is one thing, but continually ripping off consumers is another. Who is allowing all of these horrible 3-D transfers to make it into theaters? It's absolutely disgusting. Universal today announced plans to re-release Steven Spielberg's life-changing (to a 13-year-old at least) Jurassic Park in theaters July 19, 2013. To celebrate the film's 20th anniversary, Universal will rip-off fans and present a new 3-D transfer that features, you guessed it, FAKE 3-D! I've said it before and I'll say it again, you CANNOT convert a 2-D image into a 3-dimensional one. It defies science. It defies logic. It's just NOT POSSIBLE. If you enjoy pop-up books, go ahead and plop down $15, I'll save it for a Blu-ray of my liking. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, the Spielberg-directed adaptation (of a Michael Crichton novel) opened in theaters June 11, 1993 and went on to gross $357 million domestic and nearly $1 billion worldwide.
It's been well known that Lionsgate has wanted to revisit their Leprechaun franchise for some time now. Even Saw II-IV director Darren Lynn Bousman openly campaigned his involvement a few years back. Launched in 1993 by Trimark (and acquired by Lionsgate through their acquisition of Artisan Entertainment back in 2000), the first film featured Warwick Davis as the pint-sized wish-making killer and also featured the debut of a young and sexy Jennifer Aniston. It has taken Lionsgate less than 10 years to pound out multiple sequels (including Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 3, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun in the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood) and now to reboot it. Lionsgate is pacting with WWE Studios on a two-film deal that includes a brand new Leprechaun, with plans on making various horror fans wishes come true by 2013. Variety adds that there is currently no writer, director or cast attached.
First announced back in 2009, Hugh Jackman is once again attached to topline Alcon Entertainment's long-gestured thriller The Prisoners with Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) directing, reports Variety. No word on if Jackman is replacing Michael Fassbender, but that is how it sounds. The project to be distributed by Warner Bros. is said to have echoes of The Silence of the Lambs and Seven. Aaron Guzikowski's dark tale "Centers on a small-town man who, after his daughter and her friend are kidnapped and the cops fail to solve the crime, takes matters into his own hands, holding hostage the person he suspects committed the crime. He also comes into conflict with the big-city detective assigned to the case." The story has drawn comparisons to a number of hit thrillers involving distraught or grieving parents, including Taken and Mystic River.
Even though casting is well underway, THR learned that Paramount has just now tapped "The River" and "Prison Break" producer Zack Estrin to pen Paranormal Activity 4. The logline for the film is being kept under wraps, although Bloody is being told by insiders that the latest film will be modern day and feature "technology friendly kids" and a "bizarre neighbor." As previously reported exclusively on Bloody Disgusting (Jan. 5), Paranormal 3 directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are expected to return for the fourth film but a source said deals have not been finalized yet for the duo. Paranormal Activity 4 will open nationwide on October 19. The first Paranormal, which cost about $15,000 to produce (before all of the extra post-work) and opened in a limited run in September 2009, went on to gross $193.4 million worldwide. Paranormal 2 cost about $3 million to produce and grossed $177.5 million worldwide.
Greg Erb and Jason Oremland have been hired to rewrite Cryptozoologists for New Line, with Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo producing along with Tripp Vinson. Originally written by David Gilcreast, the film is in the vein of Men In Black meets Ghostbusters. "When frequent sightings of storied mythological creatures (such as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster) start occurring around San Francisco, a skeptic professor and his estranged cryptozoologist brother must band together to save the city." Flynn most recently produced Journey 2: The Mysterious Island for New Line, a film that is closing in on the $300 million gross mark worldwide. Cyptozoologists also has franchise aspirations. The scribes most recently adapted their graphic novel "The Return Of King Doug" for DreamWorks, with Ben Stiller attached and they were writers on the Oscar-nominated The Princess And The Frog for Disney.
With the trailer set to premiere tomorrow, Bloody Disgusting has landed the first ever official look at Chernobyl Diaries, the Oren Peli-produced horror survival film directed by Brad Parker, and starring Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal and Dimitry Diatchenko. In theaters May 28 from FilmNation, "A group of friends become stranded in an eerie and desolate city. Years before in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, nature has begun to reclaim everything. As the sun sets on this radioactive ghost town, inhuman cries cut through the night air. It seems they are not alone."
Rob Zombie loves his cameos, even in the editing bay. The director of The Lords of Salem has posted two behind-the-scenes photos from the post-production of his witch horror flick that displays a few new looks at the film in the background. "John 5 stopped by THE LORDS OF SALEM editing room today to discuss the amazing music he is scoring for the film," said Zombie who also showed a look at editor Glenn Garland having a scream working on a scene from the flick produced by Jason Blum (Insidious, Paranormal Activity). 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"
"The Ellen Show", yup, that's the audience Warner Bros. is selling Dark Shadows to. Not us. The women who watch "Ellen." Originally a highly atmospheric, spooky soap that featured gothic horror staples like vampires, monsters, witches, werewolves, ghosts and zombies, Tim Burton has put his spin on the tale featuring his typical cast of misfits including Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. With a release set for May 11, I'm starting to think we're going to be highly disappointed with this film. "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." Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, Thomas McDonell, Gulliver McGrath and Alice Cooper also star in the gothic horror.
Thanks to BD readers 'DJblack1313' and 'FreddyKrueger13' we've got our grubby little mitts on a whopping 29 images from Dimension Films' Piranha 3DD, the John Gulagar-directed sequel swimming into theaters and VOD June 1. The sequel, penned by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, continues down the path of "ridiculous" as the piranha this time make their way into swimming pools, pipes, plumping and such at a newly opened waterpark named "Wilderness Waters"! The race is on to save the town from these flesh-eating creatures that are leaving a bloodbath in their wake. Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, David Koechner, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Clu Gulager, Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer and David Hasselhoff all star.
I'm losing my breath (and mind) attempting to continually explain what the hell we think The Upper Footage (formerly Upper) is. The short explanation is that it's an alleged home video of a group of upper class kids who laugh and parade around a friend after she overdoses on drugs. There has since then been alleged attempts by the rich families involved to cover up the incident, and the videos. We took the bait and have been covering the film, because, really, true or not, this is some brilliant grassroots marketing that deserves the love. After months of teasing, alongside a hard-nosed effort to do some detective work (gather all of the information released thus far here), the unknown people behind the found footage thriller have released the first "official" teaser trailer that promises a release in 10 theaters this summer. During our initial digging this past January, no studio was involved. They want it, they want it bad too. It'll be interesting to see how this comes into fruition. Watch this spot. Sign up on Facebook.
Bloody Disgusting Selects just got twisted. We have just now landed the North American rights to Robert Heath's genre shocker Truth or Dare for release on DVD, VOD and digital platforms later this year. Directed by Heath, and produced by Corona Pictures, "the film portrays five teenage friends who are taken hostage by a vengeful psychopath and forced to play a party game with life-or-death consequences. Their only hope is to work together and turn the tables on their assailant, even if they must risk their lives in the process. The scene is set for a shocking denouement as secrets are revealed in an epic blood-soaked final confrontation." Watch this spot for stills, art and a trailer in the near future. I think you guys are going to dig this gem...
Battle Royale. A title that has shocked, thrilled and unnerved audiences. A film whose fiendishly simple premise has inspired many imitations, including the upcoming The Hunger Games motion picture. Based on the 1999 global best-seller by Koushun Takami, the futuristic tale first came to the screen in 2000, directed by the legendary Kinju Fukasaku. Authors, filmmakers and film fans the world over consider the film and its 2003 sequel Battle Royale II: Requiem sacred cinematic classics. And now, fans can own them on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD! On March 20th, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly brings the Battle Royale: The Complete Collection to Blu-ray and DVD for the first time in North America. Featuring state-of-the-art HD transfers, hi-res audio and a wealth of bonus features that delve deep into this truly international phenomenon. Want to WIN a complete set? I bet you do! Read on to see how...
Deadline reports that Anthony Michael Hall (The Breakfast Club The Dark Knight, Weird Science), Danny Trejo (Machete, Predators) and Mickey Rourke (Sin City) will star in Dead in Tombstone, the Roel Reine-directed action adventure film that begins filming next week in Bucharest, Romania. Bloody Disgusting exclusively reported the film back in January. Penned by Shane Kuhn and Brendan Cowles, with revisions by Michael Weiss, "Trejo plays Guerrero Hernandez, leader of the Blackwater Gang of outlaws. But after freeing his half-brother, Red (Hall), from prison, Guerreros plan to loot the mining town of Edendale backfires spectacularly, when he is double crossed by his half-sibling. After making a deal with the Devil (Rourke), Guerrero comes back from the dead a year later to seek his revenge. The town, which has presciently been renamed Tombstone will soon have its dusty streets running knee-deep in a river of blood." It sounds like The Crow only with a jerk of a protag. Reine is a direct-to-video legend taking the reigns on The Marine 2, The Lost Tribe, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, Death Race 2 and Death Race: Inferno.