Warner Bros. is heading to WonderCon with Gallows (formerly Superstition), their new found-footage horror in theaters July 10, 2015.
They will show the first footage from the film said to be in the vein of I Know What You Did Last Summer but with a found-footage element.
The project appeared on Management 360′s radar when first-time directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff posted rough footage from Superstition on YouTube, where manager Dean Schnider stumbled upon it. The Fresno-based directors then shot the film on a micro-budget with an unknown cast (Cassidy Gifford, Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown).
Here’s an official synopsis.
“Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy—but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone. ”
The footage shows this Saturday, April 4th in Room Arena at 5:00 p.m. Producer Jason Blum will also present footage from Unfriended and Insidious: Chapter 3.
Slasher films are one of the most profitable sub-genres of all horror films, but critics tend to criticize them a lot. On a certain level I get it. By the early 90s, the market was so saturated with slasher films that it became difficult to tell each film apart. It was clear that filmmakers and studios were becoming lazy, trying to churn out as many films as possible for maximum profit (since horror films are usually less expensive to make). Lately (and by lately I mean in the past 10 years), there have been many great horror films that have been criticized of “devolving into a slasher” in their final acts. I don’t fully understand why that is a bad thing. Spoilers for a few of the films I mention below will be discussed. You’ve been warned.
The film that immediately springs to mind when I read this phrase is Danny Boyle’s 2007 sci-fi/horror film Sunshine. I love that movie but many of the negative reviews for it all agreed on one thing: the film loses it’s way around the 2/3 mark when it resorts to standard slasher tropes. In case you haven’t seen it, Sunshine is about the crew of “Icarus II,” who are heading to the dying sun in an attempt to reignite it with a nuclear bomb. Along the way, they discover the “Icarus I,” which was lost seven years prior. The first two acts of the film are beautiful and thought provoking, but once the crew finds the “Icarus I,” a killer boards their ship and starts to kill them off one by one.
Now I can understand why some would see this as a bad thing. Sunshine starts out as an original science-fiction film with a focus on character development, but once they find the “Icarus I” all hell breaks loose and the film literally turns into a horror movie. Being a horror fan, I don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing. Yes, Sunshine takes a rather unexpected turn, but it doesn’t hamper the enjoyment of the film. I’m sure that people who went in expecting a strictly science-fiction film were taken aback, but does it mean that a movie automatically takes a turn for the worse when it starts killing off its characters in rapid succession in the final reel?
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon is another film that I feel is unjustly criticized for turning into another slasher film in its final act. I’m sure many of you have seen this but just in case: Behind the Mask follows a news crew making a documentary about rising slasher Leslie Vernon as he explains how to become the perfect serial killer. The entire film is a love letter to slasher films like Halloween and Friday the 13th, but it was criticized for the moment when the documentary cameras turn off and the documentary becomes an actual movie (it makes more sense if you see it). Leslie goes on his killing spree, and the film becomes and actual slasher movie.
Why is this a bad thing? It seemed fairly obvious that that would be the direction the film would go for it’s climax (actually, I may have just answered my own question). Regardless, I disagree with the consensus that the last act doesn’t live up to all that preceded it. The first two acts are stronger, but just because the ending of the film is a bit more predictable doesn’t make it bad. In fact, I believe that was the whole point of the ending: to show that a classic slasher formula is what people want to see.
A few other films spring to mind when discussing this topic: The Lazarus Effect, The Purge, Donkey Punch, Severance, and Grace, among others, but Sunshine and Behind the Mask are the two big ones for me, if only because they are both great films that are not made worse by third act bloodbaths. There is probably a lot I haven’t said here that could be covered ad nauseum in a research paper, but the purpose of this post was to start a discussion. Do you agree with critics that films like these need to stick with what they are already doing so well and not resort to standard slasher tropes? Or do you, like me, think there is nothing wrong with it? Sound off below!
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Nashville, TN avant-garde band Fable Cry to bring you the exclusive song premiere for “The Zoo Of No Return”. If you’re a fan of Danny Elfman or Tom Waits, this song is going to be right up your alley! It’s got a delightfully eerie gypsy-esque feel and the instruments playfully accentuate and accent the lyrics.
The band explains the song, commenting:
This song takes you into a future world where nearly everything has been replaced by machinery, including all of the once-cuddly zoo animals! But in this rusty future, we might gather that a hodgepodge of recycled parts are required to make up the intended beasts, resulting in a junkyard heap of wildlife mimicry. The terrible events of a zoo break, in which the animals all break free from their cages and run rampant through the city, are told from a radio broadcaster who relates the events as they happen – spectacles both wonderful and terrible to behold!
“The Zoo Of No Return” comes from the band’s upcoming album We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are, which comes out later this summer. Head down to stream this exclusive premiere!
3/31 – The Stone Fox – Nashville, TN
5/17 – The East Room – Nashville, TN
I know that there are people that operate on much higher levels than where I currently am. If we weren’t all beautiful snowflakes and every person on the planet worked on the same level as I do, humanity would die a much quicker death than the slow(-ish) one we’re currently enduring.
I also know that if I had beaten Bloodborne as quickly as YouTuber Oginam_tv did in his 44-minute playthrough, I’d be in the White House right now demanding they classify me as an X-Man.
The only way I could accomplish this is through the use of black magic, and I vowed to leave that life behind me many years ago.
To recap, Bloodborne is a horror RPG inspired by the Dark Souls games that also happens to be arguably the best reason to own a PS4 right now. It’s terrifying, merciless, beautiful and absolutely a must-play, if you have the patience for it.
Ripley’s daughter Amanda probably didn’t have as much fun in Alien: Isolation as we did, but she survived the Sevastapol’s numerous horrors, and now she’s being immortalized in plastic and paint as the newest addition to NECA’s growing line of toys that I, as an official adult, want to own.
Spotted by Toy News International, this 7″ figure of Amanda Ripley is one of what could become a line of Isolation figures. A figure in a spacesuit was also spotted, but who or what that one is has yet to be announced. If NECA is taking requests from future birthday boys (July 11), I suggest they tackle the Working Joe next. I’d very much like to take two of those home with me so I can set one on the mantle while I melt the other’s stupid plastic face for causing me so much grief.
Developer Techland is celebrating the Internet’s favorite holiday by gifting everyone who’s still playing Dying Light with temporary superhuman strength. When the Bad Batch update goes live on April 1 every runner in Harran will have 24 hours to make use of their newfound powers before they’re taken away. The limited time ought to make giving unsuspecting ghouls bare-handed bludgeonings before dropkicking their ugly butts halfway across the city all the sweeter.
April Fools is one of those magical non-holidays that can either be a massively frustrating or hugely entertaining day. Aside from that one time when EA got super pissed with me about a harmless Dead Space joke, I usually look forward to seeing what the Internet comes up with.
No longer will the users of fringe operating systems be left outside in the cold, all-encompassing darkness, away from The Groom’s loving embrace. Developer Red Barrels has confirmed that Outlast and its story expansion Outlast: Whistleblower will be rolling out on Mac and Linux today through Steam. So if your chosen platform is what’s been keeping you from trying one (or two) of the scariest games in recent memory, that excuse disappears today.
You may want to get on this, if only to make sure you’re adequately prepared for the arrival of Outlast 2. Sure, they’re terrifying, but as the montage video I have waiting for you below clearly demonstrates, they can also be incredibly entertaining.
Okay, first off, I can’t believe Forgotten Memories is an iOS game. The footage in this launch trailer has me excited about the graphical fidelity of my phone, which I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve never used for gaming, and for the simple fact that this game looks genuinely freaky. It has some strong Silent Hill vibes, and those mannequins are starting to give me Condemned flashbacks.
As a “third person Psychological Survival Horror game combining exploration, reflection, puzzles, action and survival where the gameplay is focused on fear mechanics,” Forgotten Memories aspires to bring quality survival horror gaming to a platform that lacks it: mobile.
Giving this mobile horror game some solid survival horror credibility are Silent Hill 2 veterans Guy Cihi and Dave Schaufele — the voices of Silent Hill 2′s James Sunderland and Eddie Dombrowski, respectively — who signed on last month.
Forgotten Memories releases April 23 for iOS.
The makers of the upcoming horror game Kholat have moved its release date back a few months to June 10 to allow them some time to polish it up. An announcement on its Steam page says the “additional time will be spent on testing, optimizing and debugging.”
It looks like an early build was sent out to several gaming outlets earlier this month. I decided to skim through a few of them about a week ago, and the impression I got was that Kholat seems to be suffering from a serious bug infestation. Hopefully they’ll be able to patch it up by June, because I’d very much like to find out what caused the deaths of those nine skiers back in 1959.
I’ve never seen an episode of Teletubbies, so I honestly have no idea if it’s entertaining or education (for children, I mean). However, I have seen American Horror Story and I can tell you with 100% certainty that it’s NOT meant for children.
When it comes to mixing and mashing up intellectual properties, the ones that seemingly would never work together are usually the ones that end up being the best. That’s why this mix of footage from Teletubbies with Charlie Clouser‘s intro music of American Horror Story is just so damn perfect. It takes something innocent and corrupts it entirely, which I wickedly love.
After several days of rumor and speculation, it has now been confirmed that Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler will be recording drums for the next Megadeth album!
Megadeth was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction. There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across ‘Killing Is My Business’ and the bible of all metal, ‘Peace Sells’ in my formative years.
About 10 years ago, Lamb Of God toured with Megadeth and I was able to share that story with Dave and David, and we have kept in touch ever since,” adds Adler. “When Dave called me a while ago and asked if I was interested in making a thrash metal album with him, I felt like I must’ve been on a hidden camera show. “I was trying to play it cool, but I was speechless other than YES! Once I called my wife and my band guys to let everyone know, I had some time to really think about it and how I can best fit into this situation. I’m coming into this on fire. There is an incredible amount of respect, but the goal here is to make the very best thrash album we can. Together, I believe we can do something very special! Get ready for a very exciting chapter in the Megadeth legacy.
The as-yet-untitled album will be the followup to 2013′s Super Collider.
Vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine comments:
Chris is a tremendous talent, and an amazing person. He is going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to Megadeth that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to absolutely KILL! Back in 1989, Megadeth originally worked as a three piece – guitar, bass and drums – when we laid down the framework to our Grammy nominated platinum album ‘Rust In Peace.’ I want to thank the other members of Lamb Of God for allowing this opportunity to take place for all of us in the metal community.
Bassist Dave Ellefson adds:
Chris has been an endearing friend to us in Megadeth for many years now, and he truly appreciates our music and its legacy. His drumming has forged such an innovative and ferocious path for metal music and I’m very proud that he is anchoring our rhythm section with us on this new album. I can clearly see a new dawn of ‘utmost heaviness’ unfolding in Megadeth’s next chapter.
Alejandro Hidalgo’s acclaimed supernatural thriller The House at the End of Time (La Casa del Fin de Los Tiempos) will at last receive its UK DVD release, and we have the details and artwork for you here.
Look for it on April 27th through Matchbox Films.
Ruddy Rodriguez (The Living Daylights) stars as Dulce, a mother who lives in an old house with her young children and husband. After terrifying encounters with mysterious apparitions, the ghost of an old woman leaves Dulce a series of messages warning that her husband will kill their children. She desperately tries to avoid this prophecy but is helpless as the tragedy begins to unfold.
Dulce is sentenced to a maximum penalty of imprisonment for a crime she did not commit. Thirty years later, an elderly Dulce returns home on compassionate release. There, with the help of a priest, she will try to uncover the mystery and tragedy that has tormented her for so long.
The first horror film produced in Venezuela smashed box office records when it was theatrically released in its home territory and has since become the dark horse of the genre festival circuit, where its unique combination of jump-out-of-your seat thrills, pathos, and empathy has won over the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide, including Fantasporto in Portugal, Fantasia in Montreal, FrightFest in London, and Screamfest LA, where it won awards for Best Film and Best Director.
The House at the End of Time was previously released in the USA by MPI on its Dark Sky Films label, and a Hollywood studio remake is currently in development.
The post The House at the End of Time Lands on UK DVD in April appeared first on Dread Central.
While walking about Monsterpalooza this past weekend in Burbank, CA, we came across Tremors franchise star Michael Gross, who spoke a bit about the movie’s creatures and the possibility of an all new monster.
“Yes, there will be a new creature; it’s a variation of sorts on one of the existing ones… that’s all I’m saying, but trust me; it’s gonna be a whole lot of fun. With this sequel we’re hoping to reintroduce this franchise to a whole new crop of fans. I think fans of all ages are really gonna like it!”
For the most part Gross was pretty tight-lipped, but he also confirmed that the beloved Ass-Blasters will be back along with the Graboids and that they’re hoping Tremors 5: Bloodlines will lead to a whole new franchise of films.
Tremors 5: Bloodlines will be coming out this October on Blu-ray Hi-Def, DVD, and Digital HD, marking the return of Michael Gross’ iconic character Burt Gummer.
Head over to the official Tremors Movies Facebook page to cast your vote for the artwork simply by leaving a comment and letting them know if you prefer Version 1 or the slightly modified Version 2. The fate of the Graboids (and Ass-Blasters) is in your hands, so be sure to choose wisely!
The theatrical release of the original Tremors in 1990 combined suspense-filled action, sci-fi imagination, and witty humor in the tale of a tiny Nevada town terrorized by giant man-eating worms known as Graboids. The Graboids eventually morphed into even more deadly creatures known as Ass Blasters.
In this all-new adventure that travels halfway around the world to South Africa, the Graboids and the Ass Blasters are not only bigger and badder, but Tremors 5 introduces an additional unexpected surprise that raises the stakes in the battle for survival.
Michael Gross (“Anger Management,” “Suits,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Family Ties,” Tremors franchise) returns as weapons enthusiast and expert subterranean creature hunter Burt Gummer with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” “Ghost Whisperer,” Scream series) as his new right-hand man, tech-savvy Travis. The pair are joined by an international cast as they mount a battle against the deadly creatures that turns out to be far more than they bargained for.
The film is directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Sniper: Legacy) from a script by John Whelpley (Tremors 3: Back to Perfection) and produced by Ogden Gavanski (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Fire, Warm Bodies).
“Penny Dreadful” returns to Sunday nights on Showtime in just a few more weeks, and to make sure you haven’t forgotten, the network has released another new promo teaser, this time featuring Josh Hartnett talking about what’s ahead for his character, Ethan Chandler, who’s no stranger to the dark side.
“Penny Dreadful” begins its 10-episode second season run on Sunday, May 3, at 10PM ET/PT.
In the upcoming season Vanessa (Eva Green) and Ethan (Josh Hartnett) form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear), and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.
Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of great importance in Vanessa’s past. Helen McCrory returns as Evelyn Poole (a.k.a. Madame Kali), the seductive spiritualist who will pose a unique threat to our protagonists this season, along with Simon Russell Beale, who is back as eccentric Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle. Additional guest stars include Douglas Hodge as a Scotland Yard investigator; Sarah Greene as Poole’s powerful daughter, Hecate; and Johnny Beauchamp as a man with a singular past.
The post Josh Hartnett Taps Into His Dark Side in this Penny Dreadful Season 2 Promo appeared first on Dread Central.
A second TV spot for Jurassic World debuted during tonight’s season finale of “The Walking Dead,” offering up a few new teasers of what’s to come. If you’re on the West Coast with us here in the Dread Central home office and are still waiting for the episode to air, you may be wondering what it showed… well, wonder no longer because Universal has posted the video online, and we have it for you right here.
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, BD Wong, and Judy Greer star in the film, which will be released June 12th in 3D by Universal Pictures.
Related Story: Jurassic World – Meet Indominus Rex
Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) penned the script with Derek Connolly and directs. Steven Spielberg and Thomas Tull executive produce, and Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley produce Jurassic World.
This is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of the original Jurassic Park.
A fifth place opening normally wouldn’t be considered all that impressive for a horror film, but in the case of the little horror movie that could, It Follows, that’s practically a revelation.
Though the top of the weekend box office may have belonged to an animated alien and a prison comedy, RADiUS-TWC and Dimension Films are the ones truly doing a victory lap today. The critically acclaimed teen horror flick It Follows, a movie originally destined for a handful of theaters and a VOD release until the distributors decided to roll the dice and expand it from 32 to 1,200 theaters this weekend, landed in fifth place with about $4 million.
According to Box Office Mojo, they’re so ecstatic they’re planning to expand it to even more theaters next weekend.
What makes the success of It Follows all the more astounding is how its success is due almost entirely to word-of-mouth. Print and advertising has been nominal, though I expect that will change in the coming week.
All the more surprising given this horror flick displays far more Sundance sensibilities than the typical jump scare heavy ghost/possession films we’ve been inundated with at the box office of late.
Whether moviegoers will continue to follow It Follows remains to be seen. One thing is for certain: We’re going to be seeing a whole lot more of burgeoning scream queen Maika Monroe in the near future.
Horror returns to the box office in late April with another film festival darling getting a wide release: Unfriended, which hopes to do for social media what Paranormal Activity did for found footage. At this point I’m not entirely sure that’s a good thing.
The post Box Office – Did Moviegoers Follow It Follows This Weekend? appeared first on Dread Central.
There’s a strange virus going around in this first sneak peek of “Fear the Walking Dead,” AMC’s upcoming companion series for “The Walking Dead.” We still don’t have a firm premiere date other than the summer of 2015, but now that its predecessor has wrapped up its fifth season, we’re sure to be hearing lots more about “Fear” soon.
The new series will be set in Los Angeles and focuses on new characters and storylines. The show’s first season will consist of six one-hour episodes and premiere on AMC in late summer. The second season will air in 2016.
Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero, and David Alpert from “The Walking Dead” are executive producers of the new series, which, like the original, is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson (“Marco Polo,” “Sons of Anarchy”), who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, is an executive producer and showrunner.
The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
The post See the First Teaser for AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead appeared first on Dread Central.
“A strange virus is going around…”
Tonight’s “Talking Dead” carried the following surprise, a first ever look at “Fear The Walking Dead”, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” spinoff from creator Robert Kirkman!
The new zombie series takes viewers to the west coast for two seasons, executive produced by Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert. It’s a prequel that catches up to “The Walking Dead”.
Below is the first teaser trailer, albeit only 15-seconds long, that features a radio DJ speaking to a virus that’s spreading across the west coast – and five other states. We hope you got your flu shot…
The Los Angeles-based “Fear The Walking Dead” focuses on new characters and storylines, with the show’s first season consisting of six one-hour episodes that will premiere on AMC in late summer. Its second season will air in 2016.
AMC president Charles Collier previously revealed that the series will explore “what was going on in other parts of the zombie apocalypse, and what it looked like as the world really did ‘turn.’”
The series will star Cliff Curtis (“Missing,” “Gang Related”), Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Sons of Anarchy”), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Storm).
What do you guys think of the first ever promo trailer for “Fear The Walking Dead”?!
The little indie that could is starting to make waves, and we can only hope word of mouth continues to build.
According to Variety, David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows (read my review), easily one of the scariest movies in a long, long while, is on pace to be the top-grossing film in Radius-TWC’s history after the low-budget horror film pulled in $4 million in its first weekend of wide release!
The Weinstein Company’s boutique label is releasing the picture along with its sister company, Dimension. It apparently knew what it had, opting to delay a video-on-demand debut in favor of expanding its theatrical footprint from 32 locations to 1,218.
I saw a lot of readers complaining that it was still a 4-hour drive to catch it in a theater. Good news is that Radius-TWC will continue to push It Follows into more venues next week, although it did not provide a specific theater count as of this writing.
Something even more rare is that the film is getting strong vocal support from execs at TWC, which is a rarity when it comes to the genre.
“It’s not only the best-reviewed film of the year, but also one of the best horror films in over a decade,” said co-president Tom Quinn.
I LOVE seeing a fearless executive sticking his head out and showing confidence in one of their company’s films. They know they have something unique and special on their hands.
Even though the finale is leaving some confused (this is a good thing), It Follows is the hottest genre film since the 2007 Paranormal Activity.
Have you been able to catch It Follows at a theater near you? What did you think?
“It’s the stupidest plan ever! [Laughs.] It’s a kid-movie plan, it’s something that Scooby-Doo and the gang might think of, and that was sort of the point. What would you do if you were confronted by a monster and found yourself trapped within a nightmare? Ultimately, you have to resort to some way of fighting it that’s accessible to you in the physical world, and that’s not really going to cut it. We kind of avoid any kind of traditional setup for that sequence, because in more traditional horror films, there might be a clue that would lead them to figure out a way to destroy this monster. I intentionally avoided placing those. Instead, they do their best to accomplish something, and we witness its failure. It’s probably a very non-conventional way of approaching the third-act confrontation, but we thought it was a fun way to deal with it.
Rob Zombie nears completion on his Halloween-themed slasher 31, and has shared the above photo from set, as well as two more names joining the annual event.
Pancho Moler will be seen as ‘Sick-Head’. “Trust me once you see this guy on screen you will never forget him,” says Zombie about the actor known from The Bad News Bears to “American Horror Story”. Movie vet Tracy Walter (Rep0 Man, The Silence of the Lambs) was also announced as ‘Lucky Leo.’
As for the lengthy cast already announced:
Jeff Daniel Phillips will play ‘Roscoe’, the ass-kicking carney mechanic of Venus Virgo’s traveling show.
The Devil’s Rejects‘ Ginger Lynn recently was added as ‘Cherry Bomb’, a very special friend of Doom-Head (portrayed by Richard Brake), as was Jane Carr, who will portray ‘Sister Serpent’, a wicked cross of Satan meets Mother Goose
Malcolm McDowell plays ‘Father Murder’, the owner of Murder World for which the film is based.
Judy Geeson plays ‘Sister Dragon’, who runs Murder World alongside McDowell. She joins David Ury, who will be playing ‘Schizo-Head’, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World. Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as ‘Panda Thomas’, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.
Daniel Roebuck plays ‘Paster Victor’, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.
Lew Temple, Devin Sidell and Sheri Moon Zombie also star.
“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.
Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”