Created as part of a Something Awful forum contest, Slender Man has become almost (and I stress almost) as iconic as Freddy, Jason or even Michael. There’s been video game adaptations, documentaries (the latest is HBO’s Beware the Slenderman), and indie features, not to mention rumors of Slender Man invading next season’s “American Horror Story” (although this has already been debunked).
Sony Screen Gems is taking a stab at the character as they are developing a studio film based off the internet meme, reports Comicbook, who says a fall shoot date is targeted from a screenplay by David Birke (Gacy, 13 sins).
The Slender Man character has drawn similarities to entities such as “The Gentelemen” on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and “The Silence” on Doctor Who.
Te site also notes that Screen Gems has an extensive horror history, with films like The Mothman Prophecies, Boogeyman, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Hostel, and action-horror films like the Resident Evil franchise and Underworld franchise under their belts.
Since there’s not much to go on here, I thought it would be fun to share this incredibly creepy “Slender Man police call,” in which a child is seeing the entity outside of their window.
Much like the Catholic Church has had to adjust to modern conventions and beliefs, exorcism films have had to make certain changes in order to still be considered relevant in a post-The Exorcist world. It seems that not every filmmaker got this memo, however, as we are still bombarded with generic horror movies that can’t seem to live up to William Friedkin’s 1973 classic. Sadly, Singaporean director Kelvin Tong’s The Offering is one of these films, as it doesn’t exactly do anything wrong but brings nothing new to the table either.
The Offering stars Elizabeth Rice as Jamie Waters, a journalist who travels to Singapore in an attempt to investigate her sister’s mysterious suicide, which was gruesomely recorded on her laptop. Jamie’s journey leads her to her ex brother-in-law Sam Harris, played by Mathew Settle, and her troubled young niece, Katie Harris, played by Adina Herz, who may be the next target of a seemingly demonic force that drives seemingly ordinary people to commit suicide.
As far as exorcism movies go, this is a standard enough plot, though the suicide angle does bring up a few interesting points regarding Catholic faith. Nevertheless, the film suffers from unfocused story elements that ultimately amount to nothing and detract from the experience. Tong seems to dwell on a connection between digital media and the Tower of Babel, with apocalyptic messages on church websites and “demonic” binary code, not to mention an uncomfortable religious glorification of suffering that might seem a bit too old-testament for many viewers. Most of these ideas eventually fizzle out before the unsurprising ending, suggesting that their insertion into the movie was just an excuse to tell this same horror story once again.
These shortcomings could be forgiven if countered with clever presentation, but Kelvin does little to make The Offering seem different from other generic genre fare. The scares are predictable and unsatisfying, and at times it feels like certain arbitrary elements were lifted from better films and placed here in an uninspired amalgam of Asian horror with western sensibilities, with a bit of James Wan thrown into the mix for good measure. That’s not to say that the film does these things poorly, we’ve just seen these scares far too many times before. It’s hard not to chuckle when a movie does the oft-parodied Regan head-spin from The Exorcist and expects you to take it seriously.
Blatant rip-offs aside, The Offering is still just a harmless midnight movie. The film may be excessively familiar, but that doesn’t make it a catastrophic failure. Singapore is a nice change of pace from the usual horror settings, and some scenes were legitimately spooky despite the lack of unoriginality, especially with a decent cast that did their best considering the material they had to work with. The film does present some cringe-worthy after-school-special sensibilities that often plague religious thrillers, but that’s to be expected. In the end, The Offering’s greatest sin isn’t being a bad movie, it’s just not unique enough to justify recommending. On the other hand, if you’re looking for some demonic fun with a slightly modern twist, there are plenty of worse choices out there.
“The Path” (read our review), the drama series about a family wrapped up in a cult-like religious movement, has been renewed for a second season by Hulu, reports Variety.
The Universal Television series created by Jessica Goldberg (“Parenthood”) wraps its 10-episode first season on May 25.
The series stars Aaron Paul and Michelle Monaghan as a married couple struggling to hold their family together after one of them begins to have grave doubts about the movement. Hugh Dancy plays the charismatic leader who is intent on solidifying his power as the group’s second-generation spiritual force.
The renewal was expected, adds the site, given the show’s solid reception from critics and the buzz created by its provocative premise.
Goldberg is exec producer of the series with Jason Katims and Michelle Lee of True Jack Productions.
Paris-based Stray Dogs has acquired world sales rights to Indian director Anurag Kashyap’s thriller Psycho Raman (Raman Raghav) ahead of its premiere in Cannes parallel section Directors’ Fortnight, ScreenDaily reports.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui stars as Raman, a serial killer who sees his alter ego in rookie borderline cop Raghav and sets his sights on making him turn bad.
“It’s elevated bad-ass and, for sure, one of the edgiest and coolest films in the selection. I’d been scouting the film for a while and saw a first-cut in Mumbai in December,” said Stray Dogs founding chief Nathan Fischer.
Fischer, who launched Stray Dogs at the beginning of 2015, first met Kashyap while interning at the Indian Film Festival in Los Angeles.
“What is so cool about this collaboration with Anurag is that I was his driver three years ago when I was an intern in Los Angeles. I’m so grateful for the trust and generosity at play here,” says Fischer who has already secured sales for the film for France (Happiness) and the Germany (Rapid Eye).
The company’s Cannes slate also include Kashyap protégée Rohit Mittal’s Autohead, a mockumentary about a rickshaw driver in Mumbai, combining elements of Taxi Driver and Man Bites Dogs.
Sony Screen Gems will have audiences swimming into theaters for Blake Lively’s The Shallows a few days earlier, moving it from June 24 to June 29, 2016.
In the taut thriller The Shallows, penned by Tony Jaswinski, Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing alone on a secluded beach when she is attacked by a great white shark and stranded just a short distance from shore. Though she is only 200 yards from her survival, getting there proves the ultimate contest of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.
It was directed by Orphan and House of Wax‘s Jaume Collet-Serra.
A new trailer was just release, which gets us into the thick of the terror. The biggest surprise, though, is getting an up close and personal look at the film’s antagonist, a great white shark. This shark looks like it’s been through war, and is all battered and scarred with wound all over its body. Everything in the trailer looks intense and thrilling, except for the fact that some of the shots look bizarrely stage-y (it looks like it was filmed on the Universal Studios backlot with a completely CG background). Whatever, we need more killer shark movies, and this one looks dope.
Heading to Cannes from DDI is Adam Massey’s thriller Man Vs., which stars Chris Diamantopoulos.
In the film, “As host of his own hit TV series, ‘MAN VS’, Doug Woods is forced to fend for himself for five days in remote locations with no crew, food, or water, only the cameras he carries on his back to film his experiences. Doug’s in the remote woods for a routine episode, until he’s awoken by an earth-shaking crash. Things get weirder as it becomes clear Doug isn’t alone. Someone or something is watching him. MAN VS is a nail-biting thriller about one man’s extraordinary desire to survive at all costs.”
We have the official art to go along with a trio of stills and the film’s sale trailer.
Thanks to Fabien M. for the tip.
One of the best films I saw in 2015 was Osgood Perkins’ masterful February (read our review), starring Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”) and Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men,” Carriers), with Lucy Boynton (Miss Porter), James Remar (“Dexter”), and Lauren Holly (Dumb and Dumber).
A24, who released The Witch, acquired this Satanic masterpiece out of the Toronto International Film Festival. retitled to The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Bloody Disgusting learned that you’ll finally be able to see this chilling tale on July 14th, specifically on DirecTV. There’s more release plans to come, but at least you won’t be waiting much longer.
Here’s the new, official synopsis:
“A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story—that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensefully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax.”
Principal photography took place in Ottawa on the film written and directed by Osgood Perkins, son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter is produced by Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino (The Strangers), Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Inc. (Everly), Zed Filmworks’ Rob Menzies and Alphonse Ghossein of Go Insane Films. Carissa Buffel and Kevin Matusow are executive producing under their Traveling Picture Show (The Quiet Ones) banner along with 120dB Films’ Peter Graham and Steve Hayes, and Arianne Fraser.
Here’s an international trailer that I would probably avoid watching (spoilers).
French metal band Gojira have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album Magma on June 17th via Roadrunner Records. To give fans a taste of what’s to come, the band has released a stream of the 4th track from the album, “Stranded”, which shows that the band has definitely evolved their sound. There is still a lot of aggressive rage bursting forth but there is also a mature restraint and quiet beauty through the song.
Vocalist/guitarist Joe Duplantier explains, “We are very excited to release our new album ‘Magma’. We put everything we had into these songs. This album is our flesh and blood.”
A North American tour will be announced on May 2nd. You can pre-order Magma right here.
The Hellraiser series is a topic of a lot of contention here on Bloody-Disgusting. There are some who are extremely passionate about the series and all the entries it has offered. However, there are some, like myself, who feel the series has gone down significantly in quality, even though there is an amazing universe and lore available to pull from. I even went so far as to say the best way of fixing the Hellraiser series is by getting rid of Pinhead. That one definitely drew some ire.
All that aside, I think we can all agree that the premise of the Hellraiser films is really awesome! A malevolent puzzle box that acts as a gateway to Hell and releases the demonic Cenobites to absolutely wreck eternity for those who simply wanted to beat the world record time on a shimmery faux Rubik’s cube? Count me in. But considering that the story truly began with creator Clive Barker’s novella “The Hellbound Heart”, it begs the questions, “What’s different? What was changed?”
Well, the folk over at Cinefix have decided to look into just that and compare “The Hellbound Heart” with Hellraiser. And while there aren’t too many differences, there are enough that the films would’ve been quite different had Barker been 100% faithful to his original story!
Check out the video above and then let us know if you would’ve rather seen Barker keep to the original story or if you’re happy with the way things turned out!
It was announced the other day that Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, will be released worldwide on October 6, 2017.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), today it was reported that Ana de Armas, one of the sadistic beauties in Eli Roth’s Knock Knock, is co-starring in the followup that begins filming this coming July.
The sequel, set several decades after the original, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details are not being revealed.
Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.
Warner Bros will release the film in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.
Netflix announced that principal photography began yesterday on its feature film Okja in Seoul, South Korea.
From director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Mother), Okja is produced by Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company, and stars Tilda Swinton ( Snowpiercer, Doctor Strange, Hail, Caesar!, Moonrise Kingdom), Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko, Nightcrawler, Everest) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy, 12 Years a Slave) in a bold, global adventure.
“With Okja I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,” said Director Bong.
Okja was written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and follows Mija (Seohyun An), a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’.
Joining the cast are acclaimed actors from around the world, including Devon Bostick (The 100), Lily Collins (To The Bone), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead). Okja will be shot in South Korea, Canada and the US, in English and Korean.
Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Lewis Taewan Kim, Dooho Choi, Woo-sik Seo and Bong Joon Ho are producers on the film. Okja is a Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company production.
Okja will premiere globally on Netflix in 2017 and will also have a limited day and date theatrical release in the US.
The rage virus from Danny Boyle’s seminal zombie-esque thriller is still running rampant in the streets of London. Plucky Brits are being thrust in the midst of the action as film event specialists Secret Cinema are bringing the movie to life with their latest set spectacle.
Running until the end of May, a disused printing press building has been transformed into a scare attraction climaxing with the most unique way to watch the movie. Participants are instructed to arrive in medical scrubs only to be greeted by army and medical personnel. After being ushered through to a mock medical facility the fun really begins when you get to inhabit prequel elements of the outbreak story as well as following the original celluloid protagonist’s path. The attention to detail is suburb and begs the question – just when are we going to get 28 Months Later? Until that happens this experience happily fills the monkey bite shaped hole left in our existence .
You can sign up for the experience here. It’s only a matter of time before the infection reaches the US border as the Secret Cinema founder has teased their service launching America soon.
Secret cinema America coming to a secret city soon. Tell no one pic.twitter.com/NiJzpwT7Xd
— fabienriggall (@fabienriggall) April 21, 2016
NECA just revealed the astounding “Kenner Ripley,” which is an upgraded version of the toy company’s classic Aliens toy line from 1992.
“Celebrate Alien Day 2016 with a special edition tribute to the classic Kenner Ripley figure from the early ’90s!
“Lt. Ellen Ripley comes with bandolier and smartgun accessories, plus a commemorative reprint of the Dark Horse mini-comic that was included with the original release in 1993.
“The 7-inch scale figure features the likeness of Sigourney Weaver, and has over 25 points of articulation. The blister card packaging is an homage to the classic as well, and features a collectible file card with bio.”
It will be available only in Toys R Us and Hastings stores the week of April 26th, while a super limited number will be available on the Toys R Us website the same day – use necaonline.com/AlienDayRipley to take you there.
The new trailer for Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence is trying to prove it’s more than big set pieces and insane CGI.
Does the sequel, which takes place 20 years later, have heart? The trailer attempts to reconnect characters to the past and even takes a moment of silence to remember Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith).
Yes, there’s still a ton of CGI, which include massive alien ships, new technology (and a Prometheus ripoff), as well as a giant extraterrestrial creature. Oh, and the trailer wouldn’t be complete without a hilariously obvious observation by the great Jeff Goldblum.
“We always knew they were coming back.
After ‘Independence Day’ redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.”
Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film stars Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe (It Follows), and Sela Ward.
Independence Day: Resurgence invades theaters on June 24th, 2016.
The Cabin In the Woods stoner Fran Kranz will join Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey in Sony’s The Dark Tower, says THR.
Based on the Stephen King-penned fantasy series, the film will follow a wandering knight (Elba) who is the last hope of the fallen land of Mid-World. He is charged with finding the Dark Tower while battling his nemesis the Man in Black (McConaughey).
Kranz will play Pimli, the right-hand man of the Man in Black.
A Nightmare On Elm Street Jackie Earle Haley, who just joined AMC’s “Preacher,” was recently cast as Richard Patrick Sayre, “…a menacing humanoid who is the vampire leader and kowtows to no one.”
Nikolaj Arcei is set to direct, with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer set to produce under their Imagine Entertainment banner. King and Erica Huggins also will produce.
The Dark Tower will be released on February 17, 2017.
Indican Pictures new Christian horror film, The Channel, will be in 5 theaters on Friday, April 29, 2016. To help celebrate this limited theatrical release, Indican Pictures has provided Bloody Disgusting with an exclusive look at the film’s poster!
By “Christian” horror film I’m not sure if that means there will be some type of moral or if the movie just deals with Christian themes. I’m very much not a religious person, so either way most references will likely be lost on me.
Following a near-death experience in a car crash, teenager Cassie Stevens finds herself haunted by a shadowy figure…something which has apparently followed her back from the other side of death. As these visions escalate, Cassie’s sanity teeters on a breakdown and her only hope is a skeptical priest, who himself harbors doubts about her sanity. Will she break free from the living nightmare that torments her, or will she succumb to the darkness that seeks her soul for cheating death?
Directed by Tom Lewis
Starring: Kristen Stephenson Pino, Nick Clark, Andrew Olson, Jared Boghosian, Carol Anne Watts, Corrin Evans, Myron Natwick, Larrs Jackson
Infinitap Games is bringing an enhanced version of Matt Gilgenbach’s 2014 horror game Neverending Nightmares to the PS4 and PS Vita on May 3 in North America and May 4 in Europe. Inspired by its creator’s battle with obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, this surreal is about as psychological as psychological horror can get.
“Through eliciting feelings of darkness and despair and drawing on strong metaphorical undertones, I’m seeking to express my feelings of struggling with mental illness through the game,” explains Gilgenbach in a post on the PlayStation Blog. “While the story isn’t autobiographical, the feelings in the game very much are. Everything in the game was designed to recreate the feelings and thoughts I experienced at my darkest point in my mental health struggles.”
It’s a very personal project that also works as a satisfying and often very frightening horror game. It’s an easy one to recommend, especially with the various upgrades that have been made since the PC release. Neverending Nightmares targets 1080p/60fps on PS4, 60fps on the Vita, and features an improved branching narrative and cross-buy support, all for for $14.99. They’re also giving PlayStation Plus members a 20% discount for the first two weeks following its release.
In this exclusive clip from Peter A. Dowling’s thriller Sacrifice, heading to New York theaters and VOD on April 29th via IFC, Radha Mitchell (Rogue, The Darkness, Pitch Black, Silent Hill) uncovers a freshly sacrificed body that sets her off to investigate a mysterious cult.
“Disturbing secrets lie buried in the bogs of a remote island in this spellbinding thriller. Shortly after surgeon Tora Hamilton (Radha Mitchell) moves with her husband (Rupert Graves) to the Shetland Islands – 100 miles off the coast of Scotland – she makes an unnerving discovery: the body of a young woman with strange symbols carved into her flesh and her heart ripped out. When what at first appears to be the remains of a victim of an ancient ritual turns out to be a fresh corpse, Tora is plunged into a dangerous mystery that may be connected to the dark myths of the island’s folklore.”
Rupert Graves (The Madness of King George, V For Vendetta, Made in Dagenham) also stars.
Earlier this week we told you that Paramount hopes Rings, their long-gestured sequel to The Ring and The Ring Two, will become an annual Halloween event.
Gore Verbinski’s 2002 The Ring, starring Naomi Watts as a journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it, was a remake of Hideo Nakata’s Japanese Ringu (1998). I still consider it to be one of the scariest and most unnerving horror films ever made.
And while The Ring was one of the most successful horror films ever here in the States, the Ringu franchise was also huge in its native land. It started the “J-horror” craze, and is responsible for the birth of the 2000 made-for-TV movie Ju-On, which would also get a U.S. remake in 2004 (the film was produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House, and its success is one of the reasons we never saw Ash vs. Freddy vs. Jason) under the moniker The Grudge.
While both franchises centered around a curse and feature a super scary evil spirit, they were inherently different stories, but had equal the spooks. I’m unsure which is bigger, but there are way more sequels to Ju-On than that of Ringu.
We’re pretty excited for Rings to reignite the franchise here in the States this coming October, but there’s a primer coming out of Japan on June 18th.
As previously reported, after a brilliant April Fool’s Day joke went viral, Kadokawa and NBCUniversal Japan have joined forces for the ultimate J-horror battle: Sadako vs Kayako.
Grotesque director Koji Shiraishi is behind the camera with Mizuki Yamamoto caught in the middle of the two battling horror icons.
We’ve already seen a teaser trailer, but now have a full-length version to go along with a handful of awesome screengrabs.
It looks as if both stories are seemingly separated, at least until the two spirits come across the same victim in the final shot (it reminds me of Monica Keena’s scene in Freddy vs. Jason). The coolest shot is that of Kayako being choked by Sadako’s famous hair, although the trailer loses its power with an awful Japanese pop song playing over much of the footage.
Ju-On: The Final, billed as the final Ju-On, opened in Japan last June, while Sam Raimi is producing a re-remake here in the States.
We have a new survival horror game to look forward to, and it involves the creators of Kholat.
Husk is a first-person collaborative effort that’s being co-developed for PC by UndeadScout and IMGN.PRO. It’s set in the fictional town of Shivercliff — a town I would absolutely move to, just to have Shivercliff in my address — which sort of sounds like some a tourist-eating Devil’s Triangle disguised as Bright Falls. See, there’s a page on the town’s website that opens with a vague tease of the possibility that something might keep you from leaving Shivercliff by calling it “a place you’ll never want to leave…” That sounds nice, you might say. That’s a town you might want to buy a gift shop snow globe from to remember it by, perhaps.
I recommend saving your $3.00, or whatever snow globes cost these days, because that ambiguity transforms into something sinister by the end, where Shivercliff becomes “a place you will not be able to leave.” Is the town cut off from the world somehow, like Silent Hill, or is its invitation for us to be the “next big plot twist” in the lives of its complex locals a euphemism for their inflicting violent murder upon us?
Find out when Husk releases, whenever that is! Until then, enjoy some screens.