Underworld: the Awakening actress India Eisley stars in The Curse of Sleeping Beauty, about a young man inherits a mysterious estate that holds a legendary secret within its walls.
The film is based on the Brothers Grimm classic, but has a dark, modern twist, with Eisley will play the role of Sleeping Beauty, aka Briar Rose.
Pearry Teo directs the Bleiberg Entertainment production, which was acquired by XLrator Media out of the ongoing AFM market.
“Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck, “Eden”) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations — only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as “protector” — the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay — Thomas teams with an ambitious local realtor (Natalie Hall, “True Blood”) and paranormal cleric (Academy Award nominee Bruce Davison, “X-Men”) to unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (India Eisley, “Underworld: Awakening”), held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.”
“When working on creating this specific vision of Sleeping Beauty, it’s always been my intention to try something that’s never been seen before,” Teo told THR when the project was announced. “We’re drawing on varied things like Silent Hill, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Cell and Insidious for inspiration, but we are creating something that will be very unique, both visually and in terms of storytelling.”
Curse of Sleeping Beauty was produced by Ehud Bleiberg and executive produced by Nicholas Donnermeyer.
“Girls” star Allison Williams, pictured, is set to make her feature film debut in Get Out, the horror thriller pic written and to be directed by former “Key & Peele” star Jordan Peele, says Deadline.
QC Entertainment is producing the pic, which centers on a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate but few other plot details are known.
Peele said when the pic was announced in September that the pic “takes on the task of exploring race in America, something that hasn’t really been done within the genre since Night Of The Living Dead 47 years ago. It’s long overdue.”
Halloween 2015 may have come & gone but before postpartum pumpkin depression can take hold James Sizemore, the mind behind The Demon’s Rook, is here to help fill our days as we inch closer to H-day 2016. Meet his “Monsterific Colorween Book” which just hit the Kickstarter goal to go into productions. Here are some of the designs to soothe your mind as you shade them in.
The coloring book is the launch product for Sizemore’s new store brand – Wonder Goblin.
Wonder Goblin specializes in psychedelic nostalgia and offers a unique take on cult classics, as well as completely new creations and collaborations. After being sculpted, the curios are molded in silicone and handcast in solid resin with painted details, each a unique work of art.
Learn more from the video below then sharpen your crayolas.
Attention filmmakers you are about a month out from the deadline to pitch your project & gain momentum or find the missing part / person to take your film forward with the clout of the industry headed to Brussels in March 2016. If you missed out report on the past editions you can get back up to speed here & here. Normally native to Montreal, the ‘FRONTIÈRES’ off shoot takes place in the midst of the world renowned ‘Brussel’s International Fantastic Film Festival’.
One of the first projects to pitch at this Co-Production Market was Craig Goodwill’s ‘Sadie’. Take a look at shadowy story art for the psychological thriller which is underway.
Full details from the press release
FRONTIÈRES ANNOUNCES CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR ITS 3RD EDITION IN BRUSSELS
The Frontières International Co-Production Market is now accepting project submissions for its
third annual European edition, which will take place March 30 – April 1 next year during the
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Filmmakers will have until December 11 to
submit their projects.
Frontières will select 20 genre film projects with a primary focus on Europe and North America.
Project participants are invited to partake in a 3-day networking event with the leaders of the
international genre film industry. Projects will participate in a live pitch session that will open
the market and partake in one-on-one meeting sessions, panels, workshops and networking
Established in 2012 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, Frontières has since developed
into a biannual transatlantic circuit – taking place in Montreal in July at Fantasia, and Brussels in
April at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Previous Frontières editions have
featured projects from Dario Argento, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead, Joe Dante, Larry
Fessenden, Bobcat Goldthwait, Stuart Gordon, Jorge Michel Grau, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Bruce
McDonald, John McNaughton, Alexandre Philippe, RKSS Films, Simon Rumley, Jovanka Vuckovic
and Andrzej Zulawski. Frontières selects projects from both established and emerging
“We’re thrilled to return once again to Brussels for a third year,” says Lindsay Peters, Market
Director. “Our 2015 editions saw a new energy in finance and production partners attending
Frontières that led to more deals being made at a faster pace than ever before, and we’re very
excited to now look towards 2016 and discover the next wave in genre talent.”
The Frontières International Co-Production Market is a collaborative initiative between the
Fantasia International Film Festival, Vision-in-Motion, and the Brussels International Fantastic
Film Festival, and is made possible thanks to the generous support of Creative Europe, Telefilm
Canada and SODEC, and of Visit Brussels and the Brussels Capital-Region. Visit
www.frontieresmarket.com for more information, or find us on Twitter @frontieresmrkt.
As Thanksgiving & other holidays close in making us housebound with family members that make us want to flay them, Abraxus Games arrive with a solution to channel those killer instincts away from from the dinner table with their new game ‘Don’t Die!’.
“Don’t Die! is a game of speed, strategy, and a little bit o’ luck. Players take turns pulling hazards from the deck, then attempting to avoid it or pass it onto another player. Side Effects on the cards allow you to mess with your opponents die rolls, which can result in some fast paced, card slapping mayhem.
Players will also have to watch out for special death cards, like Death Clock!, Death Transfer!, or Suddenly, Death! which interrupt typical gameplay and can be a nasty surprise for some unwitting player.”
Here’s their team to break down the game play & info on how to personalize the pack.
Scream Factory, Shout! Factory’s horror genre entertainment imprint, and Chiller announced today the principal cast for the upcoming original horror thriller Fender Bender, written by writer/director Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier).
Bloody Disgusting learned that Makenzie Vega (pictured in The Good Wife), Dre Davis (Pretty Little Liars, Scavenger Killers), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville, Longmire), Steven Michael Quezada (Breaking Bad, Element) and Bill Sage (American Psycho, We Are What We Are) are starring in the film.
The studios also announced that principal photography has commenced on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Pavia is directing the film from a screenplay he has written. Carl W. Lucas and Joshua Bunting of EchoWolf Productions are producing, with Shout’s Jordan Fields and Gus Krieger serving as co-producers. Executive producers for Fender Bender are Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Mark Pavia, Nadia Redler, and Brainstorm Media’s Meyer Shwarzstein. Fender Bender is developed and executive produced by Shout! Factory in association with Chiller.
With an eye towards a 2016 premiere on Chiller, Shout! Factory is handling the film’s worldwide sales and distribution.
While Silent Hill: Revelation might have been a steaming pile of disappointment, I will always have hope that a truly good Silent Hill movie will get made. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Christophe Gans’ 2006 interpretation, which I still posit is the most faithful video game-to-film adaptation we’ve ever been gifted. Adam also feels the same way, writing, that the film is, “…far from perfect, but I believe Gans and Friends have come the closest to bringing us a decent adaptation.“.
Because of the disappointment of the original film’s sequel (which was pretty much universally panned), a group of fans have decided that they are going to make their own movie titled Silent Hill: Requiem. Written, directed, and edited by Gareth Morgan, the film will be, according to him, “…a game changer. A film the fans deserve.”
The movie will feature memorable characters from the game such as Heather Cheryl Mason, Cynthia Valesquez, James Sunderland, Henry Townsend, and Mary/Maria.
To hype up the film, which has a yet to-be-determined release date, a series of images from the movie have been let loose for all to enjoy. We’ve gathered several for you to see below but you can see the rest of the images over at Konami-News.
If you want to support the film, you can actually pre-order a copy of the film at the official website.
Twentieth Century Fox’s own version of Frankenstein, based on the 1818 Marry Shelley novel, is being resurrected this Thanksgiving.
Here’s the latest gallery for Victor Frankenstein, which literally looks to save the creature feature subgenre. The trailer, released earlier this fall, features James McAvoy as the title character, with Harry Potter, Horns and The Woman In Black‘s Daniel Radcliffe as the newest Igor, the hunchback assistant to Dr. Frankenstein, in the latest adaptation that will open in theaters on November 25th, 2015.
“Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. ”
Victor Frankenstein, directed by Paul McGuigan, also stars Mark Gatiss, Jessica Brown Findlay and Andrew Scott.
Concourse Film Trade is heading to AFM with Kathryn F. Taylor’s The Evil Gene, which we nabbed a trailer, stills and sales art for.
Richard Speight Jr and Cameron Richardson star in the possession thriller.
“Scientists studying the DNA of mass murderers have discovered a rare gene, HSS-282, that they associate with violent, psychotic behaviors. Federal prison inmates possessing the gene have been isolated in a remote correctional facility for further observation and testing. When FBI Agent Krenshaw is sent to the secret government research facility to investigate a mysterious death he begins to experience terrifying visions of his tragic past. Under the guidance of the prison priest, he becomes convinced that a demon is at work in the compound — while others become concerned about his increasingly erratic behavior and the inner ‘demons’ he has brought with him.”
Keep up with all of our AFM coverage.
Photographer Joshua Hoffine is someone we’ve covered before on Bloody-Disgusting. However, his new set of images are way too good to not highlight as he has taken on the task of trying to recreate the feel and style of H.P. Lovecraft‘s “Shadow Over Innsmouth”, which was written in 1931. And, by god, he nailed it!
On top of photographing a beautiful shot of a man (that’s actor Doug Jones from Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy!) who is beset upon by the Innsmouth natives known as the “Deep Ones”, who appear quite scaly and fishy, Hoffine also shot several portraits of the monstrosities, “…as genuine wet plate photographs utilizing photo technology from the 1800’s.” The end result is fantastic as he obviously spared no expense in making this as glorious as possible.
By utilizing the help of wet plate photographer Steve Wilson (not the guy from Porcupine Tree, sorry) and Anthony Kosar of Kosart Studios for the special FX, Hoffine has created something that I’m sure Lovecraft himself would approve of. You can see some of the work below but make sure to go to Hoffine’s blog for more details.
You can buy Hoffine’s prints through his website.
Hits like The Devil’s Backbone and Cronos helped put Mexico on the global horror cinema map, and now the new anthology film Mexico Barbaro brings the latest examples of this thriving industry. The film, which gathers eight short films from the country’s leading horror directors, is now on digital download and Dark Sky DVD.
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive look at a new clip that takes aim at Death…
“Eight Mexican directors unite to create tales of the most brutally terrifying Mexican traditions and legends to vividly shocking life. Mexico Barbaro presents haunting stories that have been woven into the fabric of a nation’s culture, some passed down through the centuries and some new, but all equally frightening. Stories of boogeymen, trolls, ghosts, monsters, Aztec sacrifices and of course the Day of the Dead all come together in urban and rural settings to create an anthology that is as original as it is familiar and as important as it is horrifying.”
The directors represented in this anthology film are Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are, The ABCs of Death), Isaac Ezban (upcoming Fantastic Fest award winner The Incident), Laurette Flores, Ulises Guzmán, Edgar Nito, sound designer Lex Ortega (Here Comes the Devil, Frankenstein’s Army), Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante, Choose Your Victim), and Rue Morgue Mexico coordinator Aaron Soto.
“The eight short films in Mexico Barbaro, all presented uncut and uncensored, present a range of themes and styles – but all are nerve-shattering examples of Mexico’s vital and world-renowned horror film industry. There’s a modern take on Hitchcock’s Rear Window, a tale set in a strip club on the Day of the Dead, a rash of corpse stealing, ancient savage Mexican traditions, and decomposing dolls, among other gleefully grisly goings-on.”
RLJ Entertainment’s Uncanny is now on Digital Video
Directed by Matthew Leutwyler (), the film stars Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Lucy Griffiths (HBO’s “True Blood”), and David Clayton Rogers (ABC’s “Nashville”)
“For ten years, inventor David Kressen has lived in seclusion with his inventions, including Adam, a robot with incredible lifelike human qualities. When reporter Joy Andrews is given access to their unconventional facility, she is alternately repelled and attracted to the scientist and his creation. But as Adam exhibits emergent behavior of anger and jealousy towards her, she finds herself increasingly entangled in a web of deception where no one’s motives are easily decipherable.”
Leutwyler was kind enough to asnwer a few questions I tossed his way….
Bloody Disgusting: Your new film Uncanny deals with artificial intelligence, which is one of those things that seems cool on the surface but the more you dig into it the scarier it gets. What are your thoughts on artificial intelligence? Is that a field we should be spending money on?
Matthew Leutwyler: I am a huge science and technology junkie. Like most people, I use advancements in both of these fields every day but we do need to start to be wary of where this is all headed and the speed which it is moving there. The characters in our film are all interested in pushing tech to its limits. I don’t think any of them thinks that it’s science’s place to question the morality or the dangers of where it is trying to get us to. That’s for someone else to worry about. To legislate. Adam, David, and even Joy are pretty hardcore. Constantly in pursuit of empirical truth without concern for the consequences. Of course at the end of their journey there might be some regret. Some concern about where this might be headed. I mean, even if all these technological advancement can be considered the next step in our evolution, we have to remember that evolution will always have anomalies and that bad things can grow from it.
BD: Uncanny isn’t the first film to deal with unruly AI. Are there any past films that dealt with this subject that you looked to for inspiration?
ML: When I was reading the pages as Shahin was banging them out I remember thinking about the Demon Seed. A film that really freaked me out when I was a kid. I think I had that in the back of my mind throughout the shoot.
BD: When an audience sits down to watch Uncanny, what do you hope they take away from it?
ML: First I hope they had fun but I think you always want the audience to talk about your film later. This film definitnely is one where you can look back on it and see certain things that you weren’t aware of on the first viewing. It’s also dealing with issues that are really timely as they pertain to where we as a society are headed in regards to incorporating technology into very important aspects of our lives. How far can we, should we, push it before it will start to deteriorate or possibly completely destroy our world.
BD: As a director you’re kind of hard to peg to one specific genre. Is that by design that you’ve jumped around a bit or have things just kind of worked out that way?
ML: I am attracted to lots of different types of films and stories but I am always interested in films with characters that seem to have a hard time doing the right thing. Characters that struggle with their darker side. So that seems to be a constant in all of the films I have worked on as producer or director.
BD: You’re trying to convince someone to watch Uncanny. What do you tell them?
ML: I tell them it’s not just for sci-fi fans. I love films that stir debate. Not necessarily films that provide answers. I think beyond being a creepy, slow burn type of thriller, Uncanny does this. It’s also fun to hear the audience as they leave the theater discussing whether they figured out where it was all heading while they were watching it. At it’s core it’s a story that questions what it means to be “human.” Of course the complexities of that question reveal that it’s not really a single question but more of a multi-ˇpart. What is unique to humanity now? What will be unique to humanity in the future? Can science provide the answer? And, as we move closer to the “singularity” one has to wonder if this will give new meaning to the question altogether.
Also, I hope that it brings up ideas of evolution. Is this technological advancement that we are experiencing the next step in evolution? Since we have basically become, at a biological level, evolutionarily stagnant, is this technological advancement really just the next step in human evolution? And if that is true then how will our biological selves merge with our new technological selves? I think in our film, Rainn Wilson’s character feels more like Kurzweil in this sense. That this merging is a good thing. That there is a real possibility of human immortality in the next few decades if we keep pushing to find the answers.
I’m also curious, as this film finds its audience, how older and younger people’s feeling will differ about it. My sense is that younger people are less scared of tech. They like being wired and using tech to help them accomplish so much. To be the best, most effective person they can be. Older people are more hesitant, skeptical to give over tasks that they have done for their entire lives to a machine. And of course if you like a film that is smart and a bit sinister then we’ve got you covered.
We haven’t even had our six episodes of new “The X-Files” episodes and already people are clamoring for more, more, more. The latest rumors that are being bandied about now are that show creator Chris Carter is using the upcoming limited run 10th season as a bouncing point for co-stars Robbie Amell and Lauren Ambrose to become a new alien-hunting duo, essentially replacing David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, according to TVLine.
Now, it must be stated that Carter doesn’t seem to think this theory holds any water. “Right now I’m focused on doing the show with David and Gillian,” he states. Furthermore, the contracts don’t contain anything beyond the six episodes we’re going to get and they, “…weren’t negotiated that way.”
We still have a few months until the 10th season airs, so why not check out our coverage right here.
If you’re going to do engagement photos, you can go the tired route of beaming with your beau-to-be next to a tree where, inevitably, the photographer will ask to take a photo of your hands holding in front of the bark or some nonsense like that.
Or you can go the route that Portland, OR horror fans Janelle and Nick went and spice it up! After all, why keep the photos to just the two of you when there are plenty of important people and characters that have brought you together, like Michael Myers of Halloween fame!
Below is a gallery of the engagement photos done by Kaylee Rad Photography that are well worth checking out, especially for those of you who are getting ready to walk down the aisle. Hopefully your engagement doesn’t end in a bloodbath, though!
We can all rejoice now that it has been officially confirmed by Den of Geek (based on an interview with Total Film) that Harrison Ford will not be re-cast as Indiana Jones. Ford has starred in several iconic roles, once of which he’ll be returning to in December when Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released. Hopefully that goes better for him than his return to Indiana Jones did (which, as awful as it is, still managed to get a 78% Rotten Tomatoes score), but I’ve been reminiscing on a lot of Harrison Ford’s roles today and thought I would share my favorites. I’ll just get this out of the way now: this article has (mostly) nothing to do with horror, so feel free to comment away about that if you must. This is just something I wanted to post and share with all of you.
Remember how everyone always says that in a zombie situation you should get on a boat and head to an island? After all, when you’ve cleared all the zombies, it’s not like more are going to swim out to your neck of the…ocean? That is unless they’re some Land of the Dead-type undead creatures. But I digress!
If you think heading to water is the best idea, you’re not alone as many of the cast and crew of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” will be embarking on a 3-day cruise this January, in a Sixthman and Walker Stalker Con partnership with Norwegian Cruise Line.
Scheduled for January 15th through 18th, the cruise starts in Miami and will wrap up in Nassau, Bahamas. Guests set to appear include Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Sonequa Martin-Green, Chad L. Coleman, Christian Serratos, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Ross Marquand, and Greg Nicotero, although more may be added before the ship sets sail.
Events planned include Q&A panels, activities, late night parties, gaming, costume contests, theme nights, and more. The official site states that participants, “…could participate in activities right alongside the very actors you’ve come to see!”
While the cruise is sold out, they are accepting people on a waiting list. You can read more about the experience at the official website.
Concourse Film Trade is heading to AFM with Norman Lesperance’s Reclusion, which we nabbed a trailer, stills and sales art for.
Nicholas Bianchi penned the psychological horror thriller, “About Tim, who has lived as a shut in for years. When a young couple attempts to help re-socialize their recluse neighbor, they unleash a sinister force that preys upon the people who get close to him.”
Chelsea Gilligan, Lauren Maher, and Jason Faunt all star.
Keep up with all of our AFM coverage.
Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) will be joined by Alexander Skarsgard (Tarzan, True Blood) in the title role, for the sci-fi thriller Mute, which will be directed by BAFTA-winning director Duncan Jones (Moon, pictured, Warcraft).
“Berlin. Forty years from today. A roiling city of immigrants, where East crashes against West in a science-fiction Casablanca. Leo Beiler (Skarsgard), a Mute bartender has one reason and one reason only for living here, and she’s disappeared. But when Leo’s search takes him deeper into the city’s underbelly, an odd pair of American surgeons (led by Rudd) seem to be the only recurring clue, and Leo can’t tell if they can help, or who he should fear most.“
Mute is based on a script by Jones and Mike Johnson and will be produced by Stuart Fenegan under Jones and Fenegan’s Liberty Films banner. Lotus Entertainment has come on board to handle international sales starting at the upcoming AFM. CAA who arranged for the financing is handling the domestic sale. Production is scheduled to start in March 2016. Lotus’ Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, and Ara Keshishian will serve as executive producers.
Director Duncan Jones said: “I’ve been working towards making Mute for 12 years now. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that we’re finally going to shoot this utterly unique film. The fact that I get to make it with Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd makes it all the more exciting! Mute is a film that will last. It is unlike any other science fiction being made today.”
From Bloody Brit Productions comes Hobo With a Trash Can, an anthology film made on a budget of roughly $700. Each director was given a dollar to purchase an item and have their story revolve around said item. While watching, I wanted to be forgiving because of the budget but it just didn’t work for me.
The film opens with a pretty cool animated title sequence, it reminded me a lot of something from a Monty Python skit. We meet our titular hobo who is searching through the trash for lunch when all of a sudden a woman assails him with a frying pan. When he grabs the frying pan a weird effect happens, he has a seizure, and we are teleported to a segment. This happens every time he gets a new item.
There are a total of 7 segments, including the wrap around, and it was a struggle to get through them all even at only 89 minutes. As I said the story behind each segment follows one specific item said hobo has dug out of the trash. Several of segments were actually pretty enjoyable such as “Frying Saucer” an alien tale and “CondomDemned” about a jealous lover. But the rest are difficult to get through.
I know this is extremely low budget and that factors in a lot to the quality of a film but an extra $500 or so would have made this a more enjoyable experience. I’m just not a fan of shoestring budget movies because I can see so much potential usually that could be fully formed.
Another issue I have with Hobo is the acting. Oh man are some segments really torn down because of the acting. Everyone seems to be having fun and that definitely matters when making a movie, but some of these actors are painful to watch.
Bloodybrit Productions and some of the writers involved have the potential to make decent movies with some polishing and budgeting. These guys had fun making Hobo With a Trash Can and I applaud that, but I’d really like to see what they can do when taking things a tad more seriously.
“The Exodus Begins.”
An impending disaster looms. Facing total extinction, a military operation turns to the stars in order to relocate the entire human race. During the exodus, one man is sent to rescue his former comrade after she mysteriously disappears while executing a covert operation off world.
Ayamé, the brand new Proof of Concept – meaning, they’re hoping to find financing – by director Conor Maloney is available to view below.
Featuring the unmistakeable voice of the legendary John Hurt, the stunning visuals highlight the exciting new talent of Director Conor Maloney, and the heights that can be achieved with determination and passion.
Known primarily for his commercial and music video work, Conor’s previous short, “Blink,” was selected for the Montreal World Film Festival.
“The initial idea was far too big to take on so we decided to concentrate on just the prologue, to act as an introduction to the world of Ayamé,” said Director Conor Maloney. “Hopefully the future for Ayamé is to be able to elaborate more on the world and take it from being the small segment that it is to hopefully a feature film.”