We Are What We Are and American Psycho‘s Bill Sage, The Expendables‘ Dolph Lundgren, “Z Nation’s” Anastasia Baranova and “Entourage’s” Sabina Gadecki will lead the cast of Welcome to Willits, Bloody Disgusting can report.
Scream 4‘s Rory Culkin and A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Thomas Dekker round out the cast in supporting roles with Chris Zylka, Garrett Clayton, Karrueche Tran and Keelin Woodell.
The feature directorial debut of Trevor Ryan, written by his brother Tim Ryan, the film is adapted from their acclaimed 2015 SXSW Midnight Short “Welcome to Willits: After Sundown.”
Combining elements of horror, sci-fi and comedy, “Welcome to the Willits takes place deep in the Northern California woods, where residents struggle to fight off repeated attacks from mysterious creatures.
When local pot farmer Brock (Bill Sage) is caught up with a wayward group of campers, the situation quickly escalates into total carnage. Together with a ragtag crew including his wife Peggy (Sabina Gadecki), niece Courtney (Anastasia Baranova), scruffy drifter Possum (Rory Culkin), wannabe singer/songwriter Zack (Garrett Clayton), resourceful good old boy Jeremiah (Chris Zylka), unemployed stoner Klaus (Thomas Dekker), Klaus’ naïve girlfriend Besh (Karrueche Tran) and ditsy sorority girl Cassie (Keelin Woodell), Brock struggles to maintain his sanity while defending his family from perceived supernatural threats. Dolph Lundgren portrays Derek, a weathered police officer from Brock’s past who comes back to haunt him.“
“Using old-school special effects techniques, augmented with digital finishing touches, Welcome to Willits will be a throwback to great horror and sci-fi films of the past, while also offering a fresh take on the genre,” commented director Trevor Ryan. “The film offers a more complex anti-hero in Brock, a sympathetic figure reminiscent of everyone’s favorite uncle who has a little too much to drink at the family reunion, and who you just wish would get a handle on himself before it’s too late.”
The film is produced by Jordan Yale Levine/Yale Productions, Scott Levenson, Jon Keeyes and Shaun Sanghani/SSS Entertainment. Executive Producers include Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Joe Listhaus, Michael Rothstein and Brandon Baker. Event Film Distribution is handling worldwide sales.
Welcome to Willits commences production in Shreveport, Louisiana this week.
Exciting EFM news that has some teeth.
Spotlight Pictures has acquired worldwide sales rights for the gothic drama Angelica, Bloody Disgusting learned.
The film was written and directed by Teeth‘s Mitchell Lichtenstein and stars Jena Malone (Sucker Punch, The Hunger Games), two-time Academy Award nominee Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs, Tumbleweeds) and Ed Stoppard (The Pianist).
“Angelica is a gothic tale of a newly married couple living in Victorian London who endures a series of increasingly alarming psychological and supernatural effects following the birth of their child.“
Produced by Joyce Pierpoline (Teeth), the film is based on the novel by Arthur Phillips with the same name.
Angelica first premiered as an official selection at last year’s Berlin Film Festival and will be showing this month at the European Film Market on Sunday, February 14th at 6:30pm at CinemaxX.
Aside from its talented cast, a team of seasoned artists collaborated on the movie, including two-time Academy Award nominee cinematographer Dick Pope (for Mr. Turner and The Illusionist), Academy Award nominee costume designer Rita Ryack (Casino, Apollo 13) and Academy Award winning production designer Luciana Arrighi (Howard’s End). Two-time César winner Zbigniew Preisner also composed the haunting score.
Earlier we premiered the new alternative poster, now check out a batch of stills from the Australian man-versus-beast horror film The Pack, in limited theaters and on VOD platforms February 5th via IFC Midnight.
In The Pack, “Man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family’s farmhouse in a fang-bearing fight for survival.”
Directed by Nick Robertson and written by Evan Randall Green, The Pack stars Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell and Kieran Thomas.
The “unknown compelling force” that claimed the lives of nine hikers on Siberia’s “Dead Mountain” in the winter of 1959 is one of the more unsettling real world mysteries we have yet to solve. The Dyatlov Pass incident has resurfaced only a handful of times in the last half century when it’s been used as a “based on a true story” hook by the 2013 horror film Devil’s Pass, and more recently by Polish developer IMGN.PRO for their indie horror game Kholat.
Set years after the event took place, Kholat takes players back to where it all went down. The game takes a non-linear approach to its world design so it can be explored freely and at your own pace. It’s out now on Steam, where it’s also been discounted to $8.60 (reg. $19.99). Otherwise, you can wait to grab it when it hits the PS4 on March 8.
SXSW Film Festival to Screen ‘I Am Not A Serial Killer,’ ‘Another Evil,’ ‘Slash’ and ‘Hardcore Henry’
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival announced several sections of the features lineup for its 23rd edition, running March 11-19, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The acclaimed program draws thousands of fans, filmmakers, press and industry leaders to immerse in some of the most innovative, smart and entertaining new films around.
While the midnight selections won’t be revealed until next week, a few genre films and television series will premiere at the festival that we’ve been covering for more than a decade.
Here’s a breakdown of films to expect reviews of come the end of March.HEADLINERS
Big names, big talent: Headliners bring star power to SXSW, featuring red carpet premieres and gala film events with major and rising names in cinema.
Hardcore Henry (Russian Federation)
Director/Screenwriter: Ilya Naishuller
An unflinchingly original, first-person action film where YOU are the main character, Henry. Resurrected from death with no memory by your wife, your mission is find her, solve the mystery of your existence and discover the truth behind your identity. Cast: Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Dasha Charusha, Sveta Ustinova (U.S. Premiere)
In A Valley of Violence
Director/Screenwriter: Ti West
The film tells the story of a drifter named Paul who arrives in a small town, seeking revenge on the thugs who murdered his friend. Sisters Mary Anne and Ellen who run the town’s hotel, help Paul in his quest for vengeance. Cast: Ethan Hawke, Taissa Farmiga, James Ransone, Karen Gillan, John Travolta (World Premiere)NARRATIVE SPOTLIGHT
High profile narrative features receiving their World, North American or U.S. premieres at SXSW.
Director/Screenwriter: Carson D. Mell
After encountering a ghost in his family’s vacation home, Dan and his wife Mary hire an “industrial-grade exorcist” named Os to get rid of the beings. Cast: Steve Zissis, Mark Proksch, Jennifer Irwin, Dax Flame, Steve Little, Dan Bakkedahl (World Premiere)
I Am Not A Serial Killer (Ireland/UK)
Director: Billy O’Brien, Screenwriters: Billy O’Brien, Chris Hyde
In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay. Cast: Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Karl Geary (World Premiere)
Director/Screenwriter: Clay Liford
Neil is a questioning teen who secretly writes erotic fan fiction about popular sci-fi characters. When his classmate Julia discovers his writing, she leads him down a rabbit hole deep into the world of ‘slash’ fiction. Cast: Michael Johnston, Hannah Marks, Michael Ian Black, Missi Pyle, Jessie Ennis, Peter Vack, Sarah Ramos, Robert Longstreet, Tishuan Scott, Lucas Neff (World Premiere)VISIONS
Visions filmmakers are audacious, risk-taking artists in the new cinema landscape who demonstrate raw innovation and creativity in documentary and narrative filmmaking.
The Alchemist Cookbook
Director: Joel Potrykus
Self-made chemist Sean, a recluse living in an old trailer in the woods, suffers from pill-popping delusions of fortune. When his manic attempts at cracking the ancient secret of alchemy go awry he unleashes something far more sinister and dangerous. Cast: Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom (World Premiere)EPISODIC
Featuring innovative new work aimed squarely at the small screen, Episodic tunes in to the explosion of exciting material on non-theatrical platforms, including serialized TV, webisodes and beyond. (New for 2016: Open to all badgeholders)
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Robert Kirkman, Showrunner: Chris Black
Outcast, based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta, follows Kyle Barnes, a young man who has been plagued by demonic possession all his life. Cast: Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt, Reg E. Cathey, David Denman (World Premiere)
Directors: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Screenwriter: Sam Catlin
Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who – along with his ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy – is thrust into a crazy world, much bigger than he is. Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, W. Earl Brown, Lucy Griffiths (World Premiere)
New Line Cinema is pumping tons of quarters into the video game-to-film adaptation of Rampage as it’s been announced by Variety that “Colony” executive producers Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal have been tapped to rewrite the film, which is being directed by Brad Peyton and produced by Beau Flynn.
The director & producer combo are joined by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Doom, Furious 7), who worked with the duo previously on the big earner San Adreas. No details are coming out yet about how the film is going to play out.
The original game allowed players to select either George the Gorilla, Lizze the Lizard, or Ralph the Werewolf and then embark on a mission to destroy city after city, which allowed us to live out our Godzilla-esque fantasies.
Thinking about it, I can see this movie going one of two ways. First idea: it’s super serious and becomes a 2014 Godzilla style film that’s dark, gritty, and shows how the destruction can truly affect and destroy the lives of people. On the other hand, what if the film was almost like a joke and completely embraced the ridiculousness of the game? What if it instead took inspiration from the 1998 Godzilla and slapped a heavy dose of humor and jocularity into the mix?
Either way, I think this movie could be seriously entertaining. And considering that the point of the game is to destroy multiple cities, I think a big expansive movie that uses a lot of CGI makes sense as we’re hopefully going to see destruction on a national level.
No matter what, I’ll be there!
The paranormal genre of horror is something that almost never fails to send shivers up and down my spine. I don’t know what it is about ghost stories but if they’re done well then I’ll have nightmares and be scared to walk into a dark room. I’ll do that thing where I turn off the light at the bottom of the stairs and then run up because it feels like something is right behind me, reaching out from the darkness.
So, for all my paranormal fans, here’s a quiz that will test your knowledge of the genre! Below are 10 questions that ask various questions about the paranormal, from random facts to who starred in what movie. If you think you’ve got what it takes, head on down and give it a shot!
As always, be sure to share with us your results in the comments!
Looking like a ripoff of Russian filmmaker Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore and “Bad Motherf-cker”! music video, here’s some really cool new imagery from the sci-fi action/thriller Pandemic starring Rachel Nichols (Star Trek, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Continuum), Mekhi Phifer (Insurgent, Divergent, 8 Mile), Missi Pyle (The Artist, Gone Girl, Big Fish), Alfie Allen (John Wick, Atonement, Game of Thrones), Danielle Rose Russell (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Paul Guilfoyle (L.A. Confidential, Air Force One, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Pat Healy (Rescue Dawn, Magnolia).
Directed by John Suits (The Scribbler), Pandemic features non-stop action from a first person shooter perspective (FPS), putting the audience in the middle of every fight whilst feeling in control of every punch thrown and shot fired. You can see how this works by watch the aforementioned videos by Naishuller.
XLrator Media will release Pandemic in limited theaters on April 1st then on VOD and iTunes the following Tuesday, April 4th.
“Pandemic” is set in the near future, where a virus of epic proportions has overtaken the planet. There are more infected than uninfected, and humanity is losing its grip on survival. Its only hope is finding a cure and keeping the infected contained. Lauren (Rachel Nichols) is a doctor, who, after the fall of New York, comes to Los Angeles to lead the charge in the hunt for uninfected civilian survivors.
Lauren’s objective is simple – lead her team into the field and rescue survivors. Lauren and her team: Gunner (tactical command), Denise (navigation), and Wheeler (driver), put on their anti-contamination suits, complete with cameras so their experiences can be used for research, and leave the compound. But nothing could have prepared them for the mayhem they are about to walk into.
Nearly two weeks ago, we posted that Fox ordered a pilot for “The Exorcist“, a new horror drama based on the 1971 William Peter Blatty novel of the same name. Well, today it’s been announced by Deadline that Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has been tapped to direct the pilot.
Per our previous post:
The one-hour drama pilot is described as a modern reinvention inspired by Blatty’s book — a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.
The Exorcist was converted into a movie in 1973, which was directed by William Friedkin and starring Linda Blair. It has since become one of the most infamous horror films of all time.
It’s not yet certain when Fox plans on airing this show but we’ll be keeping a very close eye on the projects. After all, the power of Christ compels us!
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive alternate poster for the Australian man-versus-beast horror film The Pack, in limited theaters and on VOD platforms February 5th via IFC Midnight.
In The Pack, “Man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare when a horde of bloodthirsty wild dogs descends upon a family’s farmhouse in a fang-bearing fight for survival.”
Directed by Nick Robertson and written by Evan Randall Green, The Pack stars Anna Lise Phillips, Jack Campbell and Kieran Thomas.
Las Plagas are headed to the Wii U eShop on Thursday as Resident Evil 4 resumes its secret mission of complete global saturation. There’s no way you haven’t played it by now, right? I’d be impressed if you haven’t, since this game has gradually found its way to just about every active gaming console on the planet since it released a decade ago.
What are you looking forward to in this unexpectedly awesome month for horror games?
We’ve teamed up with UK doom metal band Conan to bring you the US exclusive video premiere for song “Throne of Fire”, which comes from their latest album Revengeance.
The video is an animated spectacle of psychedelic horrors, vomiting forth a rainbow smorgasbord of phantasmagorical denizens, including robed magicians, giant insects, and a large, pissed off yeti/caveman. It’s kind of like a mix between Darkest Dungeon, Metalocalypse, and Heavy Metal, all overlain with the downtuned sludge that Conan is so well known for producing.
My recommendation? Don’t get high and watch this. I don’t think it’d end well.
Conan W/Serial Hawk:
3/3: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
3/4: Detroit, MI @ Berserker Fest
3/5: Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
3/6: Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
3/8: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
3/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
3/10: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
3/11: Raleigh, NC @ King’s
3/12: Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
3/13: Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
3/16: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/18: Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Tavern (Free Show)
3/19: Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
3/20: Glendale, CA @ Complex
3/21: Oakland, CA @ Metro
3/22: Sacramento, CA @ Press Club
3/24: Portland, OR @ Star Theater
3/25: Boise, ID @ Treefort Fest
3/26: Seattle, WA @ Highline w/ Bell Witch, Mitochondiran
[Interview] The Cast of ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ On Their Love Letter to Jane Austen, Razor Sharp Feminism and Matt Smith’s Muffins!
In 1813, renowned author Jane Austen published a book called Pride and Prejudice, which told the story of the Bennet girls; five daughters whose mother desperately tries to marry them off to wealthy suitors, so they are not left penniless when they grow older. The second daughter, Elizabeth Bennet, is much more opposed to giving herself away to a man in the name of financial security, much to her mother’s dismay. However, when a special gentleman named Mr. Darcy comes along, a spark catches flame between the two, igniting a reluctant romance, which starts with hatred, but bends and twists over time into true love. In 2009, novelist Seth Grahame-Smith wrote his own version of the beloved tale, titled Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is pretty much exactly as it sounds — a comical take on the iconic account, which simply swaps out the Napoleonic Wars in place of a zombie apocalypse, and turns the Bennet daughters into trained fighters.
One of the most fascinating aspects about Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming mashup of Jane Austen’s regency literature and the fantastical notion of the dead walking the earth, is the radical idea of making the women the weapon-wielding heroes, and the men the damsels in distress, as they stand by and wait patiently for one of these heroines to accept their marriage proposal.
“There’s just something about playing a strong, independent female character,” reflects star Bella Heathcote (Jane Bennet) excitedly with a smile on her face, “and also being physically strong and tough, and getting to rescue the boys, and not being the damsel for once that was just excellent”. Bestselling author of the 2009 novel, Seth Grahame-Smith, has received much praise for his bold depiction of the Bennet girls (in particular, Elizabeth Bennet), yet he remains humble about his interpretation of Austen’s work. Smith wants to make it clear that he is not the one due for praise for this feminist angle. “People try to say, ‘Oh, you wrote this great female heroine’ – no I didn’t. I just put a sword in her hand, and made her say all the same things”. Smith made a point to add on, “It wasn’t that I was trying to instill any feminism that wasn’t already in [Jane Austen’s] book. I mean, the book is probably the original feminist novel, isn’t it? Because Lizzie is unlike any of her contemporaries”.
Little did Smith realize how inspirational assigning a blade and sheath to Elizabeth Bennet’s side would become for women (and men) across the globe, or how it would make Austen’s 1813 classic feel extremely relevant in modern times again. Without the crucial addition of lethal weapons — and course, zombies — it’s hard to say if this 2016 adaptation of centuries old literature about the Bennet sisters being married off would have had as great of an impact on today’s audiences as it already has. The anticipation building around this film certainly wouldn’t be as intense without notable stars Lily James (Elizabeth Bennet) and Matt Smith (Mr. Collins), who grew intrigued about the project thanks to the quirky spin on the traditional novel.
“I think Liz Bennet is already just the coolest, most independent, wonderful character, and then give her a sword and she just gets even better” Lily James swoons. “Pride and Prejudice has been done and done so well, that it just felt fun to add zombies”.
Matt Smith, too, chimed in on his enjoyment of the new twist on the material: “I think that’s one of the virtues of the film, actually, that the girls are the kickass sexy heroines, you know? They did all the fighting and I think there’s something in that”.
Of course, gender swapping isn’t the only trait that lured Smith to the film. To the old Doctor, adding the undead to the mix was an insightful way to create an adaptation that hadn’t quite been done before. “It’s nice that there’s zombies in it, because it refreshes the periodness of the drama, and it allows the tone to be something else and something other, and I think subsequently, as an actor, it allows you to make bold choices, because, you know, when the Bennet sisters are talking about getting a husband, they’re not just talking about getting a husband as they would normally, they’re talking about getting a husband under the circumstance of a zombie apocalypse, which somehow makes talking about a husband more interesting”.
If by “bold choices”, Matt Smith meant stealing nearly every scene he’s in, then it truly is a blessing that he’s allowed a little more freedom through this unusual take on traditional Austen. His hilarious quips about his character Collins fancying a scone or a muffin, delivered with the enthusiasm of a small child, are often so entertaining that it’s difficult to notice anyone else in the room. “I went back to the book” Smith explains, “and when I read the original novel, I found out that he was really interested in eating, and muffins, and scones and things like that, and so I thought, maybe try and get some of that texture into the piece”.
Smith isn’t the only one who noticed the underlying chuckles in Austen’s original text. Bella Heathcote agrees that when reading between the lines of romance and drama, there’s laughter to be found. “The original novel, I find it to be quite funny” Heathcote points out. “I think the funny is in the absurdity of it, it’s not like, this is a funny performance I’m giving, and I think if you take it seriously, it’s easier to laugh at you”. Her co-star Lily James quickly added, “We’re not playing it for laughs, it’s not too campy, it’s about the humor coming out of the situations”. Even author Smith placed an emphasis on the comical aspect of the film, when he said pointedly, “Humor, to me, is the unifying principle”.
Although there was plenty of room for giggles and tongue-in-cheek jabs at some of the off the wall dialogue and dated setups (such as the idea that cousins are fit to marry one another and it’s deemed perfectly normal), everyone on board knew the score. “The big wink is there is no big wink” says writer/director Burr Steers matter-of-factly, “So you have to be able to do it seriously”. This method of execution was of particular importance to PPZ novelist Seth Grahame-Smith. “The thing that I’m most thrilled about is just the tone” Grahame-Smith reports energetically. “It’s not just about the lines of dialogue, and everything, but the fact that they approached it with this unflinching seriousness, like the fact that they never really wink, that people are speaking correctly, that they are acting properly, that this isn’t like a, you know, spoof movie. We’re not doing like The Starving Games or Scary Movie. I mean, those movies, they’re sketches, they have to wear their humor on their sleeve. Whereas, this one, it’s Pride and Prejudice….that just happens to have zombies in it”.
Grahame-Smith might have been such a big admirer of Austen’s work that he set about writing a parody novel that evolved into this gigantic onscreen phenomenon, but he’s not the only member of the cast who carries an affection for the romantically-driven writer. Star Douglas Booth, who plays Mr. Bingley, had this to say about the original spark he felt for Jane’s work: “You know, you always say, ‘Oh, I’d love to time travel’, but I think you can. Do you know what I mean? The books are there, you can go straight into someone’s mind who was existing then, and just exist in their problems. I mean, she was writing about the problems she faced in the society around her, and to me, it’s like going back in time, it’s like time travel. That’s why I personally love reading those kind of classics”.
Mr. Booth is such a fan of the classics, in fact, that he has agreed to sign on to a sort of upcoming adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. However, instead of focusing on the fiction, this story will be told via the writers’ room, from the writers themselves. “I’m playing Percy Shelley” Booth says with a grin, “In a movie about the love affair between Shelley and Mary Shelley that results in the writing of Frankenstein. So, Elle Fanning is playing Mary Shelley”. What an innovative idea, especially after so many attempts to delve into the actual text! It will be thrilling to see how this interpretation of history itself plays out. Until then, this reporter will be glad to sit back and enjoy the laughs, the tears, and the unrequited romance blossoming between the stubborn Mr. Darcy, and the unattainable Elizabeth Bennet, which is sure to be made all the more amusing by the hordes of zombies the two must fight off before they can even consider joining hands in holy matrimony.
As for the possibility of a sequel to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, no official plans have been made as of yet, but it seems as though pretty much everyone (at least, everyone who survives past the first film) is on board, if it were to happen. “I would definitely have a cameo if it launched a franchise” declares author Seth Grahame-Smith with glee. “In the very least, I’d like to be a part of coming up with what happens next, and I don’t know if that would mean writing another book”. Lily James agrees that she, too, would like to join in on a second production: “There isn’t any signed-on about it, there’s no contract, we didn’t sign up to more, but I think there’s always been an open discussion about it, and I think we genuinely all would love to do another one”.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hits theaters everywhere on February 5th, 2016.
A&E shared this new trailer for their upcoming supernatural drama/thriller “Damien,” which reflects back to the series’ direct tie-in to The Omen.
“Bates Motel” returns March 7 at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the debut of “Damien” at 10 p.m. ET.
The teasers have all hearkened back to an iconic line from the 1976 original, which stated, “Damien… It’s all for you.”
“The ten-episode “Damien” follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.”
Bradley James plays the titular character and Glen Mazzara (“The Walking Dead”) acts as showrunner.
Set in 1880, “Transylvania” hails from “Fringe” alums and CBS’ “Zoo” team of Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg.
Written and exec produced by Hugh Sterbakov (Hell and Back), “ ‘Transylvania’ centers on a headstrong young woman searching for her missing father who ventures from Transylvania to New York, where she teams with a wrongfully disgraced Scotland Yard detective. Together, they witness the births of the most famous monsters and villains in history.”
The pilot, picked up to series by CW, is produced by Pinkner, Appelbaum, Nemec and Rosenberg’s CBS Television Studios-based Midnight Radio. The company also recently scored a series order at History for Jeremy Renner-produced period drama Knightfall. THR reports.
Annaleigh Ashford, pictured below, is joining the cast of Fox’s TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show which will bow in the fall, reports Deadline.
She’ll play Columbia, the castle’s feisty live-in groupie played by Nell Campbell in 20th Century Fox’s 1975 cult classic (above).
The Rocky Horror Picture Show follows sweethearts Janet Weiss (Victoria Justice) and Brad Majors (Ryan McCartan), who stumble upon the bizarre abode of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Laverne Cox), a sexually ambiguous, flirtatious alien mad scientist. He is holding an annual Transylvanian science convention to showcase the birth of “Rocky Horror” – a fit, attractive man (Staz Nair) created solely to fulfill Frank’s desires.
Other previously announced cast include Adam Lambert (Eddie); Reeve Carney (Riff Raff); and Tim Curry, the original Frank-N-Furter, who returns as the show’s Criminologist Narrator.
Production on the two-hour event special begins next month.
Netflix Instant just blew my mind by adding Brian De Palma’s 1978 The Fury, pictured above, to their streaming service.
Starring Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, and Charles Durning, “When two telekinetic teenagers become the target of an exploitative government baddie, one’s father becomes determined to stop him.”
Whether you’re a fan of Carrie, Sisters, Dressed to Kill or even Phantom of the Paradise, you have got to see The Fury, which is easily one of the best horror films ever made. If you’re a fan, put Joe Begos’ festival hit The Mind’s Eye on your radar immediately.
Also now streaming on Netflix is last year’s The Diabolical, which stars Final Destination and Resident EvilTerrorized by unexplained disturbances and horrific visions in her home, a young widowed mother turns to her scientist boyfriend for help.”
Lastly, you can now watch the 2004 CGI disaster Night Watch, which hailed from Russian filmmaker-turned mega producer Timur Bekmambetov. It’s the first in a two-part series (originally a planned trilogy), and plays on the tension between light and dark, pitting superhuman patrollers against shadowy forces of the night.
On April 12, 2016 Mondo Macabro will be releasing the Greek art-house horror film Medousa on DVD. Medousa was directed by George Lazopoulos and stars Eleni Filini, Thanos Amorginos and Vana Rambota.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Greek horror film, so I’m definitely intrigued by this. Sounds like it uses Greek mythology in a fun way. Plus Mondo Macabro always releases incredibly obscure and interesting films, so this will likely be something to keep your eye on for sure.
In this surreal retelling of the ancient myth of the Medusa, bizarre, clothed statues of men are appearing all over Greece. Only Perseus, the leader of a gang of modern Athenian thieves, holds the answer to the mystery. It has something to do with a beautiful, long-haired woman in black who is connected with his troubled childhood. One night his gang breaks into a deserted house in the countryside looking for goods to steal. What they find is entirely unexpected and leads Perseus on a dangerous journey into his past.
Medousa is one of the very few attempts to make a modern Greek horror film. Its intriguing plot unfolds in a surprising and yet entirely logical way, creating a memorably atmospheric thriller that reworks familiar myths into an original and highly personal narrative. Mondo Macabro is very proud to be presenting for the first time on US video this overlooked gem of genre cinema. The film was screened at a number of international festivals and won a prize at World-Fest Houston in 1998. It’s a film ripe for rediscovery and this long overdue release announces the re-emergence of a unique film making talent.
• Interview with writer/director George Lazopoulos
• Interview with lead actor Thanos Amorginos
• Extensive background notes
• Newly created optional subtitles
• Mondo Macabro previews
Each week here at Bloody Disgusting we like to highlight some of the new Blu-ray releases hitting shelves across the world. Please note that this isn’t every release for the week, just a few of the ones that jumped out at us.
First week of February is kicking off strong with some quality releases across the board! I highly recommend Hellions from Scream Factory and Highway to Hell from Kino Lorber, both are awesome releases. What I’m really looking forward to is that German release of The Switchblade Sisters. The more Jack Hill on Blu-ray, the better!
Puppet Master 5 (Full Moon, Region A)
Toulon’s secret continues…The fifth exciting entry in the Puppet Master franchise. In the darkened Bodega Bay Inn, the greedy Dr Jennings has come to pilfer Blade, Six Shooter, Jester, Pin-Head, Torch, Tunneler, and Decapitron to discover the source of their animation. Hoping to get rich quick, he plans to sell their secrets as implements of war. Sutec, the dark pharaoh from another dimension, has sent his own puppet, Totem, to continue his quest to kill Puppet Master Rick and steal the magic which animates the puppets. Caught between the two foes, the half pint heroes must revive Decapitron and preserve the magic formula which gives them life with the life of the Puppet Master hanging on a string!
Batman: Bad Blood (Warner Bros, Region A)
Bruce Wayne is missing. Alfred covers for him while Nightwing and Robin patrol Gotham City in his stead. And a new player, Batwoman, investigates Batman’s disappearance.
The Last Witch Hunter (Linosgate, Region A)
The last remaining witch hunter battles against an uprising of witches in modern day New York.
Highway to Hell (Kino Lorber, Region A)
An eloping bride is taken into Hell, and her fiancée pursues.
The Giant Spider Invasion (VCI, Region Free)
A black hole hits North Wisconsin and opens a door to other dimensions. Giant 15 meter spiders emerge from it, who have an appetite for human flesh! Dr. Jenny Langer and Dr. Vance from the NASA try to save the world.
Martyrs (Starz/Anchor Bay, Region A)
In ‘Martyrs’ 10-year-old Lucie flees from the isolated warehouse where she has been held prisoner. Deeply traumatized, she is plagued by awful night terrors at the orphanage that takes her in. Her only comfort comes from Anna, a girl her own age. Nearly a decade later and still haunted by demons, Lucie finally tracks down the family that tortured her. As she and Anna move closer to the agonizing truth, they find themselves trapped in a nightmare – if they cannot escape, a martyr’s fate awaits them…
Extraordinary Tales (Cinedigm, Region A)
Five of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known stories are brought to vivid life in this visually stunning, heart-pounding animated anthology featuring some of the most beloved figures in horror film history.
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season Two (Entertainment One, Region A)
A Texas Ranger is in hot pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers.
Zombie Fight Club (Scream Factory, Region A)
It’s the end of the Century, at a corner of the city in a building riddled with crime …… Everyone in the building has turned into zombies. After Jenny’s boyfriend being killed in a zombie attack, she faces the challenge of surviving in the face of adversity. In order to stay alive she struggles with Andy to flee danger. The originally kind and warm hearted chemistry teacher, Wu Ming, who is now the zombie leader after the kayos broken out, has transformed into a cruel, vicious and selfish character. Violent activists match prisoners against zombies in a malicious killing game, the good side of humanity has seemingly all but vanished. Now that all order is lost, how will humans create a new century? A world of uncertainty awaits: The end? Hope? Or Death?
Hellions (Scream Factory, Region A)
A teenager must survive a Halloween night from Hell when malevolent trick-or-treaters come knocking at her door.
Five Dolls for an August Moon (Arrow, Region B)
Five Dolls for an August Moon is Mario Bava’s deliriously mad spin on an Agatha Christie-style whodunit. A space-age island retreat is visited by a group of friends and business associates—one of whom is a scientist who has invented a revolutionary chemical process. Soon the vacationers start dying, and the survivors begin to wonder who has the most to gain from these murders most foul.
Z Nation: Season 2 (Spirit Entertainment, Region B)
Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only known survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral lab waits for his blood.
The Green Inferno – Director’s Cut (Pinnacle Films, Region B)
A group of student activists travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a dying tribe but crash in the jungle and are taken hostage by the very natives they protected.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Cinema Cult, Region B)
An extraordinary, fantasy filled masterpiece, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen highlights the amazing journeys of Baron Munchausen, who sets sail in a hot air balloon in search of his old comrades-at-arms. In his travels, the Baron journeys to the moon, visits Venus and Vulcan, and lands in the belly of a giant sea monster and that’s just the beginning!
Deathgasm (Tiberius Film, Region B)
Two teenagers who have started a heavy metal band unwittingly stumble upon an ancient text that contains a musical spell for summoning a powerful demon.
The Switchblade Sisters (Subkultur Entertainment, Region B)
Jack Hill’s Switchblade Sisters is the outlandish, action-packed story of a tough gang of teenage girls – the all-female Dagger Debs – who are looking for love and fighting for turf on the mean streets of the city! bad girls to the core, these impossibly outrageous high school hoodlums go where they want…and create mayhem wherever they go! A riotously entertaining mix of sex, jealousy and massive firepower that critics loved – don’t miss your chance to see one of the wildest films ever made!
No, the Case is Happily Resolved (Camera Obscura, Region B)
While fishing at a quiet lake, a blameless civil servant happens to witness a murder. Although he and the killer suddenly stand in front of each other, the witness (Signore Santamaria) manages to escape. At home, however, he decides not to call police, assuming that he won’t be bothered by the incident any further. The murderer, on the other hand, plays his only card: He goes to police, claiming that he is in fact the witness and that Santamaria is the killer.
After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, and playing Screamfest in Los Angeles, Vertical Entertainment announced an Apfril 1st VOD and limited theatrical release of Nick Simon’s The Girl In The Photographs, which pegs Wes Craven as an executive producer.
It’s a shame that this is one of Craven’s last films as it’s terrible. Not only is it hyper-misogynistic, but it looks awful, which is shocking as it was lensed by the veteran cinematographer Dean Cundey, who worked on the original Halloween films. Kalyn wrote a negative review out of the aforementioned Screamfest in which she states the film fails to flesh out its identity. I refuse to believe the film’s issues come from the screenplay, penned by Osgood Perkins, as his February was one of my favorite films of 2015. Whatever the case, don’t get your hopes up.
Kal Penn stars with Claudia Lee, Kenny Wormald, Toby Hemingway, Luke Baines, Miranda Rae Mayo, Katharine Isabelle, and Mitch Pileggi.
“Colleen’s life isn’t going anywhere. The small town natural beauty is bored with her dead end job at a grocery store and is ready to distance herself from her abusive boyfriend. In the midst of her turmoil, a pair of deranged serial killers begins leaving her photos of their mutilated victims. Her chance to escape comes in the form of Peter Hemmings (Penn), a hipster celebrity photographer who has traveled back to his hometown of Spearfish, South Dakota with a pack of models, intent on copying the killers’ intense and unapologetic artistry and use it for an important ad campaign. When he learns Colleen is their muse, Peter resolves to make her his own and use her as the centerpiece of a photo campaign in Los Angeles. But before Colleen can leave her old life behind, she must contend with the desires of her murderous stalkers who have chosen her last night in town to execute their most provocative work to date.”