10 Fun Facts About the ‘Critters’ Franchise You May Not Have Known!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 13:01

Last week New Line Cinema’s Gremlins ripoff Critters turned 30, and it got me reminiscing about the kooky franchise. After breaking into theaters in 1986, the film spawned one more theatrically released sequels and two direct-to-video sequels The last Critters film was released in 1992, and that’s a real shame, because the world could always use another Critters film. I thought we’d inform you about some facts you may not know about the film franchise (or maybe you do know them already, who knows?) to celebrate its 30th anniversary.*

*Don’t worry, “Leonardo Dicaprio’s film debut was in Critters 3” is not one of them. I assume you know that one already.

1. Voice actor Corey Burton developed the language of the Krites by using a combination of French and Japanese.

Corey Burton has done a lot of voice work in his decades as a voice actor. Not only has he acted in Disney films like Aladdin and The Hunchback of Nortre Dame, but he also created the language and originated the vocals for the Krites in Critters and Critters 2: The Main Course! He combined elements of Japanese and French to get the little guys talking. You can hear what he has to say about coming up with the language right here (don’t worry, I cued up to the part where he talks about Critters). It’s actually quite fascinating!


2. The first film knew how similar it was to other films, and  references several monster movies that were popular at the time, including Gremlins, Ghoulies and Ghostbusters.

Critters was fully aware that it had come after some pretty popular monster movies at the time, so rather than hide behind that fact, it embraced it! When the characters lift the lid of the toilet to see if a Krite is in there, that’s a nod to Ghoulies and the fact that they come out of toilets when summoned. Also, the logo on the back of the Grover’s Bend bowling shirts being a direct homage to Ghostbusters (you can catch a brief glimpse of the logo, which features a bowling pin behind the red sign right here). And of course, who could forget Critters’ not-so-subtle nod to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial?

3. The script was actually written before Gremlins came out, and had to undergo extensive rewrites to reduce the similarities present between the films

You know how I called Critters Gremlins ripoff? Turns out, it wasn’t! Stephen Herek, the director of the first film, maintains that co-screenwriter Domonic Muir wrote the script for Critters long before Gremlins went into production. It just took the success of Gremlins to get New Line Cinema to make the damn thing.

4. Sugar apples were use to make the “Easter Eggs’ in Critters 2: The Main Course.

Did any of you know that this fruit existed? If you live outside of the States you probably did, but I’m quite curious to try it. It would be difficult not to think that you were about to bite into a Krite egg though!

5. Critters 2 was the screenwriting debut of David Twohy.

Twohy, as you may know, would go on to direct films like Pitch Black and (the extremely underrated) 2009 thriller A Perfect Getaway. Before those films, he wrote the screenplays for Waterworld and G.I. Jane. And before those films, he got his start writing the screenplay for Critters 2: The Main Course (with Mick Garris, no less). We’ve all got to start somewhere, right?

6. Lin Shaye makes a cameo appearance in the film.

As many of you may already know, Lin Shaye is the sister of executive producer Robert Shaye, the founder of New Line Cinema. Robert gave his sister many bit parts in movies (including A Nightmare on Elm Street), but one of the more cartoonish ones was Sal in Critters 2. She’s a hoot!

7. Cary Elwes passed on the role of Josh, which eventually went to Leonardo Dicaprio.

This one is just plain weird, as Elwes would have been 28 when Critters 3 was filming (compared to the 17 that Dicaprio was). Still, Elwes admits to this on the DVD commentary for Saw. Maybe Josh was originally meant to be an older character, but it’s not surprising that Elwes, who was already famous from The Princess Bride and fresh off of higher profile films like Glory, passed on the part.

I mean, imagine this:

Instead of this:

8. In Critters 4, the footage of the cargo retrieval ship, and docking with the spaceship are from Android(1982) but the footage of Ug’s ship at the end are taken from Critters 2 (1988).

You can’t blame the movie for using old footage, especially since it probably didn’t have enough money for decent looking space effects (it was DTV and filmed back-to-back with Critters 3). Still, it’s a fun little bit of trivia!

9. Warner Bros. announced plans to produce a web series reboot of the franchise

Let me temper your excitement on this one for a second. This web series was announced back in October of 2014 (along with plans for a Static Shock web series which….alright). If plans for this were serious, it would have premiered by now (or at least had a release date), but no further news has been announced on the project.

10. Jordan Downey wrote and directed a totally awesome 6-minute short film “audition” for said web series reboot.

If you’re a regular reader of Bloody Disgusting then you probably already know this, but if you missed it back in December of 2014 (just two months after the web series was announced) then give it a watch! Jordan Downey was so in love with the Critters franchise that he wrote and directed this short film hoping that Warner Bros. would let him direct the web series! I’m surprised there hasn’t been any momentum on that, because Downey’s short film is awesome.

Share your Critters stories in the comments below and help celebrate the franchise’s 30th anniversary!

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The Best Horror Films of the Year Since 1920!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 12:37

Taste is a totally subjective thing. What one person likes, another person can easily hate. But I think we can all agree that there are classics that must be respected for what they brought to the horror genre, whether it be advancements in technology (King Kong), notoriety (Cannibal Holocaust), or even the occasional critical acclaim (The Silence of the Lambs).

Throughout the years, horror has come to us in many different forms. From monsters to demonic entities, mental illnesses to vicious psychopathic murderers. But one thing is certain: Since movies started, there’s always been a fascination with horror and the macabre.

Imgur user ScreamingVegetable has compiled a list of the “Best Horror Films by Year” since 1920. As I mentioned above, taste is a subjective thing and ScreamingVegetable’s list doesn’t seem to be based on anything specific but more so on personal taste. While I don’t agree with every year, I do love the effort and obvious passion put here.

Check out the full list below and let us know which years and movies you’d swap out!

Best Horror Film By Year

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Bad Science: Are Horror Movie Trailers Getting Scarier?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 11:05

There’s a new video making the rounds that poses the question, are horror movie trailers getting scarier?

Vocativ showed ten people two horror film trailers, one classic and one modern. Using data from heart rate tracing wrist bands and facial emotion detection software, they analyzed the viewers reaction to see if they could tell which were scarier.

At the end of the above video they share their results: “On average, our viewers heart rate was higher at the end of the modern trailer.”

I think this is a really fun experiment, although the science behind it is flawed, and I hate that people are immediately piggy-backing these results as if they proved something. They didn’t.

First of all, older horror films and their trailers can feel dated, especially to younger viewers. The easiest point I can make here is to point you to this old article in which I ask, is the Lumiere Brothers’ silent short film, “Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat” (“The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station”), the scariest movie ever made?

The 1896 French short black-and-white silent documentary film directed and produced by Auguste and Louis Lumière shows a train pulling into La Ciotat Station.

Over 100 years ago, this short film was so realistic that theatergoers would panic and run out of the theater because they legitimately thought the train was going to crash into them. To a modern audience, this looks like nothing more than stock footage. Does this mean that a shot of a train crashing in HD is scarier than this short?

The point is, this experiment is highly flawed, although it’s fun to see how trailers have changes over the years and how studios are forced to change how they sell a movie. Are modern trailers scarier than the ones we grew up on? You know, it’s quite possible. Back in the day, it was all about star power, while now you’ll see a lot more “jump scares” crammed into a 30-second spot.

What do you guys think? Are there any older horror trailers that you think are still terrifying? Remember the rarely seen trailer for The Exorcist that was once deemed too disturbing for audiences?

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‘Terminator’ Sequels Lose Their Sarah Connor…

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:40

Here’s a surprising bit of news that comes courtesy of an interview with “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke, who was the latest to play Sarah Connor in Paramount Pictures’ Terminator: Genisys.

It’s common knowledge that when an actor or actress sign on for a huge franchise role, they’re locked in for at least two sequels.

While Genisys was a huge flop here in the States ($90 million), it performed huge overseas, especially in China (it has topped $350 million overseas).

And with the international explosion came news that the franchise would continue on.

Paramount quickly announced plans for a sixth film to be released on May 19, 2017. Things went quiet until reports started to surface that the sequels were put on hold.

Back in October Skydance Media Chief Creative Officer Dana Goldberg responded to those reports: “I wouldn’t say on hold, so much as re-adjusting,” she explained in regards to the company’s plans to pursue a big-screen trilogy as well as a new TV series announced in late 2013.

Nobody really knows what’s going on behind-the-scenes, but one thing just became clear, they aren’t continuing forth with the “new trilogy” as we knew it. Emilia Clarke is out.

When asked if we’ll see her playing Sarah Connor in the future, she told Comingsoon, “No,” while adding, “Can I say that? It’s okay. No. Uh-uh. But I have some very different roles coming up.”


This news is slightly shocking in the sense that they had planned a new trilogy around her character, and her exit means that they truly are “re-adjusting.” I think it’s time they stop trying to live in-canon and find a way to side-step the franchise and do something that really furthers the sci-fi genre. They’re going to need some supremely talented screenwriters to pull it off, but I have faith in you Hollywood (is that a mistake?).

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Remake of Erotic Horror ‘Vampyres’ Hits Cannes Market

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:25

Victor Matellano’s Vampyres, starring Marta Flich (Omnivores) and Almudena Leon (Wax), as well as Christian Stamm in the role of Ted, Veronica Bacorn as Harriett and Caroline Munro (Maniac, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad), has been done for over two years – but it’s finally finding homes at the Cannes market.

According to ScreenDaily, the title has sold to Japan (New Select), the UK (Soda Pictures), South Korea (Alto Media), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Scandinavia (Njuta Films) and Munich-based Donau Films has acquired it for Germany and Austria.

The remake of Vampyres keeps its sensuality, its gruesomeness, its insolence and the twisted atmosphere, but includes more action, more horror and more gore, according to modern times. This is the story of two vamps that “live” in a dark manor where they bring men with the promise of sex orgies that finally become blood orgies.

The rest of the cast includes Anthony Rotsa, Victor Vidal, Luis Hacha, Alina Nastise and Remedios Darkin.

Matellano penned the film based on Joseph Larraz’s original 1974 movie.

Vampyres is being produced by Ángel Mora for Artistic Films.

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Devilworks Heads to Cannes to Shop Film About the Devil

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:13

Genre sales company Devilworks will introduce four titles to buyers at Cannes this year, one of which is visited by The Devil himself.

Sacred Heart, produced and directed by Kosta Nikas, which stars Chopper actor David Field in “The tale of a man who receives a visit from the devil after losing his wife and child.

Dennis Ho’s feature debut A Better Place, pictured, “Tells the story of a young man who uses his abnormal regenerative powers to heal people, despite the cost to himself.

The film has already picked up prizes at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival (best independent film, emerging actor for star Stephen Todt), and the Los Angeles Movie Awards (Best Narrative Feature).

Also on the slate is Jennifer Liao’s debut feature, the comic thriller End Of Days, Inc, which “Follows a group of laid-off employees who discover that processing the last of their inventory will lead to catastrophic consequences.

Devilworks has also picked up world rights to Massimo Natale’s Double Crossing (Il Traduttore), which stars The Passion Of The Christ actor Claudia Gerini alongside Kamil Kula in, “The story of a young student who becomes entangled in a passionate affair with an older woman.

Devilworks president Samantha Richardson said: ‘’These titles all display intelligence and captivating cinema; they really stand apart, which is predominant in a market as hungry as Cannes.”

ScreenDaily reports.

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Whoa, ‘Cold Skin’ is Actually Happening…With the Director of ‘Frontier(s)’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:07

Flash back to 2009, 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy director David Slade was attached to helm the adaptation of the Antarctic island horror/psychological thriller Cold Skin, based on a best-selling Spanish novel of the same title.

Then, in 2011, Xavier Gens (The Divide, Hitman, Frontiere(s)) was attached to take the reigns from a screenplay by Carriers writers Alex and David Pastor.

After years in development hell, filming is officially underway, which means Cold Skin is actually, finally, truly happening!

Who stars? Ray Stevenson (“Dexter,” Punisher, Big Game, Thor, the Divergent franchise) and David Oakes (The Borgias, The White Queen), says Variety.

Based on a best-seller of the same title by Albert Sanchez Piñol whose adaptation rights were said to have been pursued in their day by Focus Europe and Filmax, Cold Skin begins with a young man approaching a remote island on the edge of the Antarctic Circle to relieve a weather observer who has been stationed there in solitude. But all he finds is a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name.

Cold Skin co-stars Spain’s double-Goya nominee Aura Garrido (Stockholm, The Department of Time).

Two-time Academy Award winner Gil Parrondo serves as production designer: award-winning Ranchito (“Games of Thrones,” The Impossible) supplies VFX.

Principal photography will move to the Canary Islands later this month and then a further part of the shoot is planned for Iceland exteriors, said Babieka’s Denis Pedregosa.

Here’s the synopsis from a few years back:

“In this grim, H.G. Wellsian fable, an unnamed European of unspecified nationality is hired to spend an unspecified mid-20th-century year logging wind conditions on a tiny Antarctic island. Anticipating solitude, the bookish young man soon discovers that he has a neighbor–the pathologically reclusive Gruner–and that each night, the island is overrun by humanoid killer amphibians. He and brutish Gruner–who has tamed a “toad” of his own–join forces, killing monsters by night and fornicating with Gruner’s pet by day. Inspired by the creature’s ability to laugh and cry–to say nothing of her perky breasts, knack for housework and wordless submissiveness–the narrator begins to think of the cold-blooded creatures as human. When he tries to befriend them and their children, his efforts pacify the humanoids, but not Gruner; the hopeful idyll ends when the older man launches a last suicidal effort to exterminate the “monsters.” Gruner’s death plunges our hero into a rut of battle, drunkenness and bestiality so complete that when his replacement arrives, he has become as feral as Gruner was before him.”

It sounds very Lovecraftian, like The Fog meets Dagon

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Lovecraft-Inspired Game Phantasmal: City of Darkness Awakens on Steam

Dread Central - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 09:00

What is it with all the Lovecraft-inspired games coming our way recently? Well, I sure ain’t complaining. The latest is Phantasmal: City of Darkness, which has just made its way onto Steam after spending some time in Early Access. It’s a procedurally generated horror game which promises to change and evolve with every playthrough, so you never feel as though you’re experiencing the same thing twice.

As if the horrific creatures hunting you weren’t enough to drive you insane, Hollywood lighting expert Brian Bell also worked on its visual design, so expect it to look incredible.

Buy it by April 21st for a 20% discount.

From the Press Release:
Experience terror that is never the same twice with Phantasmal, a Lovecraftian survival horror that evolves every time you play!

You will need to face off against lurking, otherworldly horrors in the perilous, run-down Kowloon Walled City before its destruction in the early 90s. You are fragile. Not just physically, but mentally as well. The grotesque creatures will challenge your very sanity, and losing your mind can be a fate worse than death!

The odds are stacked steeply against you, but you can prevail through sheer cunning. You must scavenge for resources carefully, sneak past and distract your enemies. If you are caught, you can fight back, but don’t expect to live for very long.

The environment has been carefully crafted by none other than Brian Bell, critically acclaimed lighting lead of several Hollywood movies, including Riddick, Life of Pi, and Ring 2.

Key Features:

  • Fear the Unknown: Every ramshackle, disgusting room and corridor is uniquely generated. Battle your anxiety as you’ll never know what comes next!
  • Don’t Go Insane: Facing terrifying creatures and skulking in the suffocating darkness will erode your sanity until you can no longer tell the difference between reality and illusion!
  • Tread Softly: Every fight you have could be your last. Sneak past and distract your enemies as much as possible.
  • Light, Both an Ally and Enemy: Every asset to survivability has a price. Use light sources wisely – you’ll need them to restore your sanity, but you’ll risk being seen!
  • Scavenge to Survive: Scrounge the environment for anything you can use: from firecrackers and flares through to wooden boards and metal pipes. Guns are rare, but if you find one, remember that every bit of noise you make will attract more creatures and eventually much, much worse!

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The Bear Necessities: Top 5 ‘Jungle Book’ Adaptations

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 18:31

As we sit basking in the afterglow of another massively successful cinematic adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, The Jungle Book, I figured it was time to take a look at some of the best versions to date.  Is it a horror story?  No, but an argument could be made that it falls under the “when animals attack subgenre” like Grizzly, Tintotera, Day of the Animals, Frogs, etc.  After all, Mowgli’s parents do often get killed (if not eaten) at the start of each version.

I’m not going to push that angle, partly because I’d just be reaching, but mostly because not everything we run on this site is horror-oriented.  Whether some like it or not, we have a sub-section of the site that covers the action, sci-fi, fantasy, and superhero genres.  That section is called The Further and it is under this area that the fantasy/adventure likes of The Jungle Book (and this weekend’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War) falls.  So, without further (hah!) adieu, here are my five favorite on-screen incarnations of Rudyard Kipling’s classic jungle stories…

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New Scream Season 2 Stills Go for the Throat

Dread Central - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 18:22

That’s right, kids! Like it or not, the second season of MTV’s “Scream” series is about to kick off, and right now we have some new eye candy courtesy of EW. Check it out!

“Scream” Episode 2.01 airs on Monday, May 30th.  Are you ready for the games to begin again?

Returning cast members include Willa Fitzgerald (Emma), John Karna (Noah), Tom Maden (Jake), Tracy Middendorf (Maggie), Amadeus Serafini (Kieran), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Audrey), and Carlson Young (Brooke). Joining them are recording artist Kiana Ledé, Santiago Segura (47 Meters Down, “Silicon Valley”), Anthony Ruivivar (“Banshee,” “American Horror Story”), Austin Highsmith (“Murder in the First,” “Criminal Minds”), Sean Grandillo (Spring Awakening), and Karina Logue (“Ray Donovan,” “Gotham”). The new showrunners are Michael Gans and Richard Register.

Related Story: Five Reasons to Watch Scream: The Series Season Two

Season 2 picks up with Emma’s return to Lakewood after several months at a retreat, where she tried to recover from the horrors of last season. Everyone is walking on eggshells around her, questioning whether she has truly gotten over the Killer’s crimes. Meanwhile, Audrey is hiding her connection to the Killer but is getting harassed by someone who knows the truth. Brooke and Jake are also keeping secrets — they are hiding a budding romance from Mayor Maddox. And Noah is getting closer and closer to the truth about the Season 1 murders.

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MTV’s “Scream” Images Tease New Ghost Face Mystery

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:52

MTV’s first season of “Scream” ended with the reveal that Sarah Koenig-wannabe Piper (Amelia Rose Blaire) was the killer.

It all came together when viewers learned that Piper was the daughter of Brandon James and Emma’s mother Maggie (Tracy Middendorf), and was after Emma (Willa Fitzgerald) because she was jealous of her half-sister’s perfect life.

But before the credits would roll, the finale insinuated that Audrey (Bex Taylor-Klaus) was her partner — and based on EW’s exclusive photos from the second season, it looks like that may be all but confirmed.

Now that we know Audrey is somehow in play, who is donning the Ghost Face mask and attacking Emma? There’s now a third person involved, which is the crux of this season’s underlying mystery.

“Scream” returns Monday, May 30 at 11 p.m. ET on MTV.

Thanks to Bloody reader ‘doodaderek’ for the tip.

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Another Soul Might Be Joining the ‘Flatliners’ Remake

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:50

Now that she’s out of “The Vampire Diaries”, Nina Dobrev is focusing her career on the big screen with films like XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and Crash Pad. However, it’s her leap into the world of genre films that interests us as it’s been confirmed that the star is in talks to join Sony’s reboot of Flatliners, the 1990 sci-fi supernatural thriller that starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, and Kevin Bacon.

If she lands the role, Dobrev would be taking on the character of Marlo, an overachiever who aims to be at the top of her class, according to Deadline. However, it’s still uncertain if she’s going to commit to the production.

The remake is being directed by Niels Arden-Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and is produced by Michael Douglas and Laurence mark off a script by Ben Ripley. Ellen Page and Diego Luna are already confirmed for the film.

In Flatliners:

A Chicago medical student persuades his fellow pupils to help him end his life, and then resuscitate him in the nick of time. His colleagues also journey into the unknown, looking for meaning in their own lives. As the experiments become more perilous, each is forced to contend with the paranormal consequences of trespassing on the other side.

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‘Green Room’ Clip Says Fuck the Nazi Punks!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:17

You want to poke a bear? In this new clip from Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room (read our review), a band dangerously screams the tune, “Nazi punks, Nazi punks, Nazi punks…FUCK ‘EM!” in front of a room filled with, you guessed it, Nazi punks.

Green Room is said to be a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares off against an unsuspecting but resilient young punk band. It is expanding into more theaters on April 22nd before going Nationwide on April 29th, 2016.


Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, Eric Edelstein, Macon Blair, and Kai Lennox also star.

“Down on their luck punk rockers The Ain’t Rights are finishing up a long and unsuccessful tour, and are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems merely to be a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. Now trapped backstage, they must face off against the club’s depraved owner, Darcy Banker (Stewart), a man who will do anything to protect the secrets of his nefarious enterprise. But while Darcy and his henchmen think the band will be easy to get rid of, The Ain’t Rights prove themselves much more cunning and capable than anyone expected, turning the tables on their unsuspecting captors and setting the stage for the ultimate life-or-death showdown.

Intense, emotional, and ingeniously twisted, GREEN ROOM is genre filmmaking at its best and most original. Saulnier continues to build his reputation as one of the most exciting and distinctive directors working today, with a movie that’s completely different from his previous, highly acclaimed Blue Ruin, but which is just as risk-taking and even more full of twists. The entire cast deliver first-rate performances, but Patrick Stewart gives a transformative and brilliantly devious turn as Darcy—elegant yet lethal, droll yet terrifying, Stewart makes the film simply unforgettable.”

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Nina Dobrev to Join Flatliners Redux?

Dread Central - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:04

“The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev left the show at the right time because it’s gone on to jump a hell of a lot more than just the shark. Deadline reports that Dobrev is in talks to star in Sony’s reboot of the sci-fi medical thriller Flatliners, opposite Ellen Page and Diego Luna.

If signed, she will play the character of Marlo in the Niels Arden Oplev-helmed project based the 1990 original film. The character is an overachiever who is at the top of her class. Oplev, who directed the original Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is directing from a screenplay by Ben Ripley. Michael Douglas and Laurence Mark are producing.

Opening with the line “Today is a good day to die,” the original Flatliners featured Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, and Kevin Bacon and focused on a group of medical students who conduct near-death experiments to travel into the afterworld to find greater meaning and hidden truths. Being a movie, things go wrong; and they get a lot more than they bargained for, as will likely also be the case in the reboot.

Stay tuned for more as it comes!

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‘Blade Runner’ Sequel Moves to October 2017

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:04

When originally announced, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant was to open in October of 2017. It has since moved into the summer, leaving the slot wide open. What would fill it? How about another Scott sequel?!

Entertainment’s sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece Blade Runner, starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, will now be released worldwide on October 6, 2017, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

The film, initially set for a January 12, 2018 North American release, will be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners).

Principal photography is scheduled to begin July 2016.

The sequel, set several decades after the original, is written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, and succeeds the initial story by Fancher and David Peoples based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Story details are not being revealed.

Multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (Sicario, Prisoners) will reunite with Villeneuve on the project.

Warner Bros will release the film in North America and Sony Pictures Releasing International will distribute in all overseas territories in all media.

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Here Alone (2016)

Dread Central - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 17:00

Starring Lucy Walters, Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson, Shane West

Directed by Rod Blackhurst

Premiering in the Midnight section of the Tribeca Film Fest this year, this film is probably best viewed in a vacuum. If the nearest theater doesn’t offer this and your living room isn’t properly equipped either, then Here Alone will probably be bagged and tagged as just another survival story taking place in a zombie-ravaged post-virus world where the few humans left fear each other more than the infected creatures trying to rip their faces off.

Rod Blackhurst directs his vision of this familiar setup almost like he’s channeling Terrence Malick at first, showing a woman becoming in tune with nature even if it’s a side effect of the apocalypse.

The solitary Ann (Walters) still had a small shred of life after most of the living became fertilizer, and through a series of flashbacks, we see her and her husband, Jason (West), and their baby daughter fight to stay alive in the remote woods where Jason grew up. As two wanderers, Chris and Olivia (Thompson and Piersanti) happen upon Ann and slowly gain her trust, the flashbacks tell how she came to be alone in the past just as she finds more people in the present. The main question of Here Alone is if they can survive together where they are or venture out in the hope of something better.

The real threat is despair and the dread that, once survival is all but guaranteed, the only thing worth living for is living itself. Aside from a few infected stragglers craving another bite, the only real danger comes toward the end of Here Alone when Ann’s forest paradise is threatened by her new guests and their interests. The proceedings are uneventful but pleasant, like a campfire story you’ve heard before but quietly sit through because you like the ending.

Any tension that exists among Ann, Chris, and Olivia doesn’t last long, which doesn’t do much to drive the story forward; and because Here Alone is set on slow cook, subdued scenes of Ann and Chris getting to know each other eventually become tiresome. Even though both actors have chemistry and the writing (at least until the end confrontation) is confident, there’s just not much happening underneath the surface and too few characters to create any real spark.

Just like the campfire story, Here Alone does have an ending worth getting to, and for such a simple story it exudes a real sense of dread and desperation. Dropping you at the end of one story instead of the beginning of the outbreak, David Ebeltoft’s script depicts the monotony of day-to-day existence in a ruined world that was never intended to be seen.

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Trailer, Images, and Poster Art Introduce The Girl on the Train

Dread Central - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:35

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train will get off at her stop and head into theaters on October 7; and ahead of the release, Universal has just unloaded the official teaser trailer. The novel shocked the world, and the movie promises to do the same. Check out your first look!

Written by Tate Taylor and Erin Cressida Wilson, and directed by Taylor, the thriller stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow, and Laura Prepon.

Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

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Fantasia Hit Synchronicity Heads to Home Video

Dread Central - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:18

Garnering the L’Écran Fantastique Award at the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival, Jacob Gentry’s (The Signal) stunning sci-fi adventure Synchronicity (review) arrives on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital on May 10 from Magnet Releasing. We’ve got art and release details for ya today, so read on for everything you need to know!

Chad McKnight (The Signal, “ER”), Brianne Davis (Jarhead, “Casual”), and Michael Ironside (Total Recall, The Machinist) star in Synchronicity, a fascinating thriller that blends time travel and romance with corporate espionage. The home entertainment release includes in-depth commentary from Gentry, cast interviews, and a mesmerizing video bringing to life the spellbinding film’s original musical score from composer Ben Lovett (The Signal, Black Rock).

SYNCHRONICITY (pre-order here) is a mind-bending “sci-fi noir” thriller in the tradition of Blade Runner, Gattaca, and Memento. Daring physicist Jim Beale has invented a machine that can fold space-time, and ruthless corporate tycoon Klaus Meisner will stop at nothing to get it. When Jim uses the machine to tear open the fabric of the universe, a rare dahlia appears from the future. But in order to keep the rights to his invention, he must prove that it works by finding the flower’s identical match in the present. Jim soon discovers that the dahlia lies in the hands of the mysterious Abby, who seduces him into revealing his secrets. Convinced that she is in league with Klaus to take ownership of his life’s work, Jim travels back in time to stop the conspiracy before it can happen. But once in the past, Jim uncovers a surprising truth about Abby, the machine, and his own uncertain future.

Bonus Features:

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Jacob Gentry
  • Interview with Actor Chad McKnight
  • Interview with Actress Brianne Davis
  • Interview with Writer/Director Jacob Gentry
  • SYNCHRONICITY Music Video – “Time Travel”
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Garbage Channel Their Roots With “Empty”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:13

Alt-rock band Garbage are going to be releasing their sixth studio album Strange Little Birds on June 10th via their own record label STUNVOLUME. To give fans a taste of what’s to come, the band has released a stream of “Empty”, the album’s second track.

Vocalist Shirley Manson tersely explains, “Empty is just exactly what it says it is. A song about emptiness.”

Strange Little Birds is the follow up to 2012’s Not Your Kind of People (review). You can pre-order the album right here.

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Rings Could Turn The Ring into an Annual Horror Franchise

Dread Central - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 16:04

Believe it or not, it’s already been over ten years since the release of American sequel The Ring Two, and the franchise will be brought back from the dead later this year courtesy of brand new installment Rings. It’s headed our way on October 28, and it may be the first of many upcoming encounters with Samara. Read on!

As reported by Movie Web, the Vice Chairman of Paramount was on hand at CinemaCon last week, and after showing off a teaser trailer for Rings, he noted that if the film does well at the box office, The Ring franchise could become an annual Halloween staple on the big screen – like Saw and Paranormal Activity before it.

Here’s a rundown of the footage shown off in that trailer, which hasn’t yet found its way online.

“The trailer was set entirely on an airplane. A passenger is talking to a woman next to him when the plane hits a spot of turbulence. He tells the story of meeting a woman, part of a group called The Sevens. From this woman, our narrator received the video tape that The Ring fans will well remember. The next day, he received a call that he would die seven days later. That call was six days, 23 hours and 55 minutes ago. Suddenly the turbulence worsens, the cockpit flight instruments flicker to static and some mysterious black liquid bubbles up out of the airplane lavatories. We cut to Samara’s well, both on the cockpit instruments and the airplane monitors throughout the cabin. Samara crawls out of the video and towards the narrating passenger and we are cut quickly to the title treatment.”

Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez and stars Johnny Galecki as Gabriel, a handsome, pleasure-seeking professor who mentors and helps boyfriend and girlfriend duo Holt (Alex Roe) and Julia (Matilda Lutz). Scream 4‘s Aimee Teegarden, Laura Wiggins (“Shameless”), and Zach Roerig (“The Vampire Diaries”) round out the main cast. Bonnie Morgan plays Samara.

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