Spiders can give people an extreme case of the heebie jeebies. Myself included. Giant mutant spiders attacking unsuspecting victims? Well, that's a whole other story. If you have the time to watch only one video today, let it be this one.
Actor/director SA Wardęga just uploaded the following prank video to YouTube in which he takes his cute as a button dog and dresses it up as a killer arachnid. The first scare seems kind of silly, but it's all hilarity from there.
As a matter of fact, this has become a favorite video around here, and we're willing to be that you end up sharing it again and again too.
Check it out, and beware of giant webs and multi-legged attackers who are just looking for a good place to poop.
Yesterday, a surprise announcement was made on the official Facebook page of Re-Animator: The Musical that states the stage production is returning!
The last performances were in 2012, when the show hit New York and Edinburgh. However, this fall will see the return, although no details have yet emerged.
We’ll keep an eye out for additional information on their official website. In the meantime, check out a trailer below, which shows what the performance is all about!
We revealed yesterday that the Blumhouse remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown is premiering at the BFI London Film Festival on October 18th and 14th, while it was also announced that it will screen at the second annual Beyond Fest in Los Angeles.
We now have two new images from the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed film that shows the Phantom Killer in his modern form. We say modern because it’s actually a sequel!
“65 years after a masked serial killer terrorized the small town of Texarkana, the so-called ‘moonlight murders’ begin again. Is it a copycat or something even more sinister? A lonely high school girl, with dark secrets of her own, may be the key to catching him.”
The film stars Addison Timlin, Gary Cole and Spencer Treat Clark.
Here’s the festival’s breakdown:
Drawing inspiration from the 1976 classic of the same name, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s striking debut is not so much a remake as it is a shrewd reinvention, resulting in a genuinely innovative and unexpected meta-horror experience. Set in a world in which the original film exists and is very much part of popular consciousness, this update sees the quiet streets of Texerkana plagued by a maniac who bears striking resemblance to the same Phantom Killer who wreaked havoc on the town decades before. Is history repeating itself? Or has somebody just seen the original film too many times? Perhaps the key to the mystery lies with a young high school girl Jami, who must uncover the truth if she wants to survive the carnage. Meticulously styled with an unmistakable 1970s genre vibe, but with an ultra-modern twist, this is that rare beast; a horror reboot that actually feels like it has been made with horror fans in mind.
Metrodome will release in the UK.
Charles B. Pierce directed the 1976 original.
Miguel Ángel Vivas' Kidnapped (review) is one of the most shockingly brutal home invasion flicks out there. Now UK audiences will be able to invite the mayhem across their own thresholds when it hits DVD and download on 13 October, courtesy of Icon Film Distribution. Steel your nerves!
Jaime, Marta, and their daughter, Isabel, a well-off family, move to a luxurious new house. On the first evening in their new home, a group of three hooded men burst into the house. Their objective: to get as much money as possible out of them in one night.
Season One of "From Dusk Till Dawn," Robert Rodriguez's expanded TV take on his film of the same name, hits UK DVD this September 22; and to celebrate, we have an exclusive NSFW clip that gets the bloody party started! Sink your teeth into this, folks!
The series stars D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz as the Gecko brothers. Other cast members include Jesse Garcia, Eiza González, Wilmer Valderrama, Adrianne Palicki, Jake Busey, Don Johnson, Madison Davenport, Lane Garrison, Robert Patrick, and Brandon Soo Hoo.
From Dusk Till Dawn Season One is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko (Cotrona) and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard “Richie” Gecko (Holtz), who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw (Johnson) with his deputy Freddie Gonzalez (Garcia) after a bank heist leaves several people dead.
While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller (Patrick) and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.
The series deepens the tone and expands the storyline of the film, adds new characters and backstories, and explores the Mesoamerican mythology behind the creatures inside the club.
From Dusk Till Dawn: Season One comes to UK DVD courtesy of Entertainment One, sporting the following special features:
Last September we showed you a Kickstarter project from Emily DiPrimio, a 13-year-old girl who appeared to be helping her father, Ron, with his dream of becoming a horror filmmaker.
Emily, who is now 14, received funding for Carver, her 80′s style slasher film, which she co-write and co-directed. Now, a trailer has been released, and it’s pretty impressive. Although, it’s hard to tell without seeing much of the gore gags or killer pumpkin…
“Carver is about a group of teenagers who are haunted by a despicable act they committed on Halloween when they were younger. Their actions caused the deaths of three innocent people. Now, on the anniversary of those deaths, an ominous calling card in the form of a carved pumpkin has been placed at each of their homes. Someone is out for revenge. The question is…who?”
"Supernatural" Season 10 kicks off in just a few weeks, and TV Guide thought it might be fun to track the times Sam and Dean died during the first 9 seasons and how they were brought back to life. Who passed on the most? Hardcore fans should have no problem answering that one!
Season 10 begins with Sam’s (Jared Padalecki) frantic search for his missing brother, Dean (Jensen Ackles), who is gone without a trace. The road to recovering the wayward Dean takes Sam down dark paths with consequences that will shake the boys to their core.
Meanwhile, Castiel (Mishal Collins) has to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of Metatron’s campaign. With his grace failing and rogue angels still on the loose, Cas will face the ticking clock of his own mortality as all-new threats emerge to once again push all of our heroes to their limits.
10 Seasons. 200 Episodes. 2 Brothers. "Supernatural" returns Tuesday, October 7th, at 9PM. And don't forget a retrospective special airs the night before, October 6th, at 9PM on The CW, in which the show's executive producers and stars share their favorite memories over the last nine years and tease what’s to come.
Vin Diesel took to Facebook today, as he often does, to share with fans the first look at his character of Kaulder from the upcoming flick The Last Witch Hunter. The flick pits Diesel up against a coven of vengeful she-bitches. What could go wrong?
Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie, Julie Engelbrecht, and Olafur Darri Olafsson co-star, and Breck Eisner directs from a script by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama. The film centers on a semi-immortal witch hunter (Diesel) wandering the streets of modern New York City who is forced to partner with his natural enemy, a female witch (Leslie).
Mark Canton is producing via his Mark Canton Productions banner along with Bernie Goldmann and Diesel via his One Race Entertainment banner. Erik Feig, Geoff Shaevitz, and Matthew Janzen oversee the project for Summit Entertainment.
Five hundred years ago, war raged between humankind and witches, vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay an all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments before her death, the Queen exacted her revenge by cursing Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones.
Today, he is the only one of his kind–-the last witch hunter. With the help of Father Dolan, a Catholic priest, and a mystical arsenal hidden beneath New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he continues to pursue the renegades and outlaws who endanger humanity. Chief among their adversaries is Belial, a powerful rebel witch who Kaulder believes has found a way to restore the Queen Witch to power and reignite her campaign to destroy the human world.
With the help of Chloe, a goodhearted young witch (Rose Leslie), Kaulder sets out to stop Belial before he can set his plan in motion, but allies in unexpected places keep the evil witch one step ahead in a cunning cat-and-mouse pursuit that will determine the survival of the human race.
Their freaks put the fear deep inside you.
Meet the sword swallower in the latest tease from FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT. Be prepared to SMILE.
“ “American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.“
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
Over 80,000 fans attended Canada’s 20th annual Fan Expo convention in Toronto, Ontario. The highly anticipated release of New Line Cinema's Annabelle was showcased within the Rue Morgue Magazine "Festival of Fear" area, where fans posed next to what they thought was merely an installation of a "possessed" doll.
Capable of unspeakable evil, the actual doll exists locked up in an occult museum in Connecticut—visited only by a priest who blesses her twice a month. New Line's supernatural thriller Annabelle begins before the evil was unleashed.
Scheduled for release October 3, 2014, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.
Annabelle Wallis (X-Men: First Class) and Ward Horton (The Wolf of Wall Street) star. Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek, Twelve Years a Slave) stars as Evelyn, who owns a bookstore and is familiar with the occult. Rounding out the cast are Kerry O’Malley (TV’s “Those Who Kill”) and Brian Howe (Devil’s Knot) as Sharon and Pete Higgins; Tony Amendola (TV’s “Once Upon A Time”) as Father Perez; and Eric Ladin (TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”) as Detective Clarkin.
Annabelle reunites the filmmakers behind 2013’s hugely successful supernatural thriller The Conjuring. James Wan, director of the global hit, is producing Annabelle with Peter Safran. John R. Leonetti, who served as cinematographer on The Conjuring, is directing. Gary Dauberman wrote the script. Richard Brener, Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, and Hans Ritter are the executive producers.
Also joining Leonetti behind the scenes are director of photography James Kniest, production designer Bob Ziembicki, editor Tom Elkins, and costume designer Janet Ingram. Joseph Bishara composed the score. New Line Cinema presents an Atomic Monster/Safran Company Production, Annabelle.
John Form (Horton) has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia (Wallis)—a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia’s delight with Annabelle doesn’t last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now... Annabelle.
I really, really dug Starry Eyes when I first saw it at SXSW (review here). But something interesting has happened to me in the 5 or so months since I’ve seen the film… I can’t stop thinking about it. So much so that I’m beginning to think I was actually too hard on the film back then, as it really is a thoughtful, gory blast.
So I’m thrilled that Bloody-Disgusting is hosting the Los Angeles premiere for the film as part of this year’s Beyond Fest (which has a killer lineup in its own right). While the specific date of the premiere has yet to be announced, the fest takes place at the Egyptian Theater (6712 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028) between September 25th and October 4th. My advice to you? Don’t make any other plans for that week since every night has something special. Just be there.
The Starry Eyes screening will feature a Q&A with writer/directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer along with the film’s star, Alex Essoe. Trust me, you’re going to want to see this film with an audience and watch everyone around you lose their sh*t in the last act. Also, the fact that the film was shot right in that neighborhood (with a key scene right across the street) should certainly add to the vibe. So circle those 10 days on your calendar now, and we’ll get back to you soon with the exact date (and maybe even some ticket giveaways). Check out the teaser for the film, along with a Beyond Fest trailer, below.
Playing as part of the Toronto International Film Festival is Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead's (Resolution) new film Spring, and a trailer has just sprung up online. Please note any and all badly made puns on this site are the by-product of writing 30-40 news stories a day. Thanks.
Benson and Moorhead are directing from Benson’s script. Evil Dead star Lou Taylor Pucci and Nadia Hilker appear in the sci-fi horror film.
Spring follows a young man in a personal tailspin as he flees Southern California to the Italian coast, where he sparks up a romance with a woman carrying a dark secret.
The Toronto International Film Festival is just getting under way, and already distro news has emerged. Deadline is reporting that Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman in Black: Angel of Death.
Hammer is looking to take the franchise route with The Woman in Black, starting with this one, which is set 40 years after the events of the original film. "If your second's successful, then your third, then you've got a franchise," said Hammer CEO Simon Oakes in a previous interview.
"I just don't believe in the notion that you can press a button and create a franchise, but, I mean, I'm definitely planning 3 and 4…"
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox in her first leading role in a feature film. Fox is joined by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse, Great Expectations, The Railway Man), the award-winning Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Hugo, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows), and rising star Oaklee Pendergast (The Impossible).
To be released by eOne in the UK on Friday, February 13, 2015, the film is directed by Tom Harper and has been shot at multiple locations throughout England and Pinewood Studios.
England, 1941. With London in the midst of the blitz, two teachers evacuate a group of schoolchildren to the abandoned Eel Marsh House. Seeking safety from the bombs in the remote coastal location, the group instead find themselves facing an evil far more frightening when their arrival awakens the Woman in Black.
Check your DVRs: MTV has announced the Season 4 finale of "Teen Wolf" will be expanded to 75 minutes, followed by a 45-minute "Wolf Watch." Read on for more, including the details on "Being Tyler Posey," airing the day before.
In Episode 4.12, “Smoke & Mirrors,” airing Monday, September 8th, Scott and Stiles return to La Iglesia to save the Pack from Kate. Then, on “Wolf Watch,” host Jill Wagner will sit down with executive producer Jeff Davis and series stars Tyler Posey, Tyler Hoechlin, and Dylan O’Brien to get the inside scoop on the finale.
First, on Sunday, September 7th, at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, MTV will air "Being Tyler Posey," an hour-long special that follows the "Teen Wolf" star off the set and into his personal life to see how he juggles his relationship, family, friends, and being a celebrity.
Posey’s career has exploded with his breakout role on MTV’s “Teen Wolf,” and “Being Tyler Posey” takes an inside look at Tyler’s life when he’s off set: from planning his wedding to re-connecting with his old friends, hanging out and riding motorcycles with his dad, and facing his mom's struggle with breast cancer. Get a sneak peek below.
It was previously announced the hit drama series will return for a two-part, 20-episode fifth season. Additional details will be announced at a later date.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Hammer Films’ The Woman In Black, but damned if people didn’t love it. And let’s be honest there were some pretty spectacular scares and set pieces, which were enough to get me onboard for if a sequel were to happen. Well, it did, and we’ll be seeing the Woman In Black return, thanks to Relativity.
Deadline reports that Relativity has closed a seven-figure deal for U.S. distribution rights to The Woman In Black 2, the sequel to the hit 2012 haunted house film that starred Daniel Radcliffe and was distributed in the U.S. by CBS Films. It grossed $54 million domestically and $128 million worldwide.
The fright sequel, which takes place in the same house 40 years later when a group of children who are evacuated from London during World War II come to stay and awaken the house’s darkest inhabitants, is in post production. It is directed by Tom Harper and stars Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCroy.
Some fresh imagery from “The Walking Dead” has arrived, and we have nearly a dozen new deaths for you to die! The fifth season of television’s most watched drama for adults 18-49 premieres Sunday, October 12th.
Before the fifth season begins, fans can catch up on “The Walking Dead” Season 4 on VOD and AMC.com.
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Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.
The series stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes; Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon; Steven Yeun as Glenn; Lauren Cohan as Maggie; Chandler Riggs as Carl; Danai Gurira as Michonne; Melissa McBride as Carol; Michael Cudlitz as Abraham; Emily Kinney as Beth; Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese; Sonequa-Martin Green as Sasha; and Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., as Bob Stookie.
The series is executive produced by showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, and Tom Luse.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more info be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
New Line tells us about some scares they created at Canada’s 20th annual Fan Expo convention in Toronto, Ontario.
The highly anticipated release of New Line Cinema’s Annabelle was showcased within the Rue Morgue Magazine ‘Festival of Fear’. Fans posed next to what they thought was merely an installation of a “possessed” doll. What they received, was a dose of pure fear!
Check out Annabelle in theaters October 23 (also opening October 3 in Canada).
Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014 is quickly approaching, and as always that means a brand new installment of the Eyegore Awards. Uni just released the details, and we have 'em for you right here. Scare it up!
From the Press Release
Universal Studios Hollywood sets the stage for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “Halloween Horror Nights” on Friday, September 19, with the annual “Eyegore Awards,” honoring influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries.
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering 500 “Halloween Horror Nights” fans a chance to attend the coveted “Eyegore Awards,” which will feature a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons.
The 2014 “Eyegore Award” recipients include multiple Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” Galyntine, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, “Breaking Bad,” Pain & Gain, Django Unchained, Predators, The Chronicles of Narnia, Piranha 3D), with the award presented by Chris Hardwick, comedian and host of AMC’s “Talking Dead,” and Robert Kirkman, Creator and Executive Producer of “The Walking Dead” and “Outcast.”
Versatile, award-winning filmmaker and Founder & Chairman of El Rey Network, Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, From Dusk Till Dawn, Machete, Grindhouse), will accept the award presented by prolific actor, producer and last year’s “Eyegore Award” recipient Danny Trejo (From Dusk ‘Till Dawn, Heat, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Machete, Machete Kills).
Renowned filmmaker John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” The Blues Brothers, Animal House) will accept the award presented by seven-time Academy Award®-winning Special Effects Make-Up Artist and previous “Eyegore Award” recipient Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Men in Black, The Nutty Professor, The Wolfman).
Celebrated Grammy® Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist SLASH will also accept the “Eyegore Award.” Hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, SLASH will also release his new album, World on Fire, with his band featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators on September 16.
Immediately following the “Eyegore Awards” presentation, SLASH, who composed an original score for the “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” maze, will be joined by Myles Kennedy to perform the title song from Nothing Left to Fear, the first-ever motion picture he co-produced from Slasher Films, his film/TV production company.
McKenzie Westmore, host of Syfy’s hit TV series “Face Off,” will serve as the event’s emcee as she joins Universal Studios Hollywood in celebrating the “Eyegore Awards” for a third consecutive year.
Add-on tickets to attend the “Eyegore Awards” will be made available to the first 500 Halloween Horror Nights fans who purchase online here. The special commemorative add-on ticket will also include a one-time Front of Line access to the “Terror Tram.” Attendees must also purchase separate admission tickets to the Halloween Horror Nights event on Friday, September 19, at Halloween Horror Nights.com.
“Halloween Horror Nights” 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood will be “More Dead Than Ever” as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures ever.
This year’s event will feature an all-new slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, including “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning television series; “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey Network’s TV series; “Clowns 3D Music by Slash,” featuring an original maze score created by celebrated Grammy® Award-winning and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist; “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise; “An American Werewolf in London,” based on Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning and genre-defining film, written and directed by John Landis; “Face Off: In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s hit TV series; and “The Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.
As a complement to the nighttime event, Universal’s most popular rides and attractions will also be open to guests, including “Transformers: The Ride-3D,” “Jurassic Park—In the Dark,” “The Simpsons Ride” and “Revenge of the Mummy—The Ride.”
“Halloween Horror Nights” dates are as follows: September 19, 20, 26, 27, October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, and November 1, 2, 2014.
More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.
Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque announced today that they are partnering for the return of the sophomore festival, Beyond Fest, featuring the best in world genre programming, September 25th – October 4th, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets will be available through Fandango today.
Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings, and special events, all of which are anchored in bringing firsts to the community of genre fans in Los Angeles.
L.A. premieres are integral to Beyond Fest as the festival opens with HORNS, Alexandre Aja’s (HAUTE TENSION, HILLS HAVE EYES) wonderfully dark take on Joe Hill’s explosive book, complete with a revelatory turn by Daniel Radcliffe.
There will be a free screening of the terrifying meta-remake of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) and produced by Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy, while anthology fans are rewarded with first looks at the shock-rides ABC’S OF DEATH 2 and V/H/S VIRAL, complete with cast and crew and favorite V/H/S shorts.
Jeff Goldsmith brings his wildly popular Q&A / Backstory empire to Beyond Fest for two evenings of deep discussion, first with Dan Gilroy in support of his masterful directorial debut, NIGHTCRAWLER, and then it’s a night of mischief, mayhem and soap as he talks to FIGHT CLUB author, Chuck Palahniuk, and screenwriter, Jim Uhls exploring the transition of an apocalyptic masterpiece to pitch-perfect screenplay. Preceding the discussion is a screening of David Fincher’s brilliantly caustic adaptation.
Japanese cinema plays a prominent role with three of its finest exports taking center stage. Following last year’s fan-favorite, WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, auteur Sion Sono returns with his deliriously over the top adaptation of Santa Inoue’s seminal manga series TOKYO TRIBE. Hot on the heels of its highly controversial domestic release, Tetsuya Nakashima’s thoroughly groundbreaking THE WORLD OF KANAKO plays a special free screening, while Hitoshi Matsumoto’s quasi-sex-comedy, R100, closes out the axis of anarchy with lead dominatrix, Lindsay Kay Hayward, on site to whip the audience into shape.
This year’s L.A. Spotlight shines on directors Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch who brings their black tale of fame-at-all-costs to the Egyptian’s apt Hollywood locale for STARRY EYES. Joined by the film’s cast and crew, Dennis & Kevin will follow his local bow with the film they cite as a heavy influence: Andrzaj Zulawski’s masterpiece of nuanced terror, POSSESSION.
Integral to Beyond Fest’s slate is the partnership with El Rey Network. As Presenting Sponsor, El Rey Network is making the 80-seat Spielberg Theatre accessible to all under the banner of “El Rey’s ‘The People’s Network’ Theatre” and screening eight films from the most original directors in the world of genre film including: HYENA (UK – LA premiere), THE EDITOR (Canada – LA premiere), NORWAY (Greece – LA premiere), FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD (UK – LA premiere) and THE CANAL (Ireland – LA premiere)
Repertory titles play a prominent part of Beyond Fest and this year is no exception with a handful of massive events:
Produced in partnership with the French Consulate, Meltdown Comics and RADiUS, SNOWPIERCER creator, Jean-Marc Rochette, and DC Comics Publisher, Jim Lee, will discuss the process of translating creative vision from the comic book to the big screen before Bong Joon-ho’s stunning epic rolls overhead. Complimenting SNOWPIERCER will be the world premiere of Jesus Castro-Ortega’s behind the scenes documentary.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES provides the inspiration for the LA premiere of MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, an illuminating and intimate portrait of Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, directed and shot by his wife, Liv Corfixen. Documenting Refn’s journey to bring ONLY GOD FORGIVES to the big screen, Corfixen is honest and unflinching with her lens capturing Refn is a way previously unseen outside of his inner crew and, in many cases, outside of Corfixen herself. Liv Corfixen and Nicolas Winding Refn will sit in conversation between the two films.
Geoff Boucher’s Humans From Earth Nerdist podcast pairs together John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis for the first time ever to discuss the making of the all-time classic, HALLOWEEN. Complete with the brand-new 4K re-master supervised by HALLOWEEN cinematographer, Dean Cundy, and a screening of El Rey’s THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR with John Carpenter and Robert Rodriguez, this is one for the ages.
The stars of Comedy Central’s late night stand-up smash THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL bring their film-loving humor to Beyond Fest for “A Night at the Movies with THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL featuring THE MONSTER SQUAD.” Before screening THE MONSTER SQUAD, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani will grab the mics to share their deep and slightly twisted love of movies before being joined by THE MONSTER SQUAD director, Fred Dekker, where they will discuss the size of The Wolfman’s nards amongst many other topics.
Seminal soundtrack label and Beyond Fest partner, Death Waltz Recording Company returns with a double bill event that was a year in the making. Opening the night is a screening and live re-score of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE by musicians Umberto and Antoni Maiovvi, who have composed an 88 minute piece that plays alongside the film’s existing audio tracks. A limited double album will be made available exclusively at the screening. Not content with just one release, Death Waltz is also dropping the long-awaited score to Ti West’s breakout shocker, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, complete with screening and cast and crew Q&A.
BEYOND FEST 2014 PROGRAM
NIGHTCRAWLER presented by Backstory
dir. Dan Gilroy
Dan Gilroy in person
THE WORLD OF KANAKO / KAWAKI – LA Premiere – FREE SCREENING
dir. Tetsuya Nakashima
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN presented by Shock Till You Drop and Blumhouse Productions – FREE SCREENING
dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
FIGHT CLUB presented by Backstory
dir. David Fincher
FIGHT CLUB author Chuck Palahniuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls in person
STARRY EYES presented by Bloody Disgusting – LA Premiere
Dir. Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Cast and crew in person
dir. Andrezj Zulawski
France / West Germany
V/H/S VIRAL + V/H/S Shorts presented by Bloody Disgusting – LA Premiere
dir. Todd Lincoln, Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
Cast and crew in person
20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
dir. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
TOKYO TRIBE – LA Premiere
dir. Sion Sono
SNOWPIERCER – A Vis a Vis Event presented by the French Consulate, Meltdown Comics and RADiUS
dir. Bong Joon-ho
Snowpiercer creator Jean-Marc Rochette and DC Comics Publisher Jim Lee in person
HORNS presented with Fantastic Fest – LA Premiere
dir. Alexandre Aja
United States / Canada
A Night at the Movies with THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL featuring THE MONSTER SQUAD
dir. Fred Dekker
Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Dekker and guests in person
TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE presented by Death Waltz Recording Company with live re score by Antoni Maiovvi & Umberto
dir. Tobe Hooper
HOUSE OF THE DEVIL presented by Death Waltz Recording Company
dir. Ti West
Cast and crew in person
HALLOWEEN 4K REMASTER presented by Humans From Earth
dir. John Carpenter
John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis in person
ONLY GOD FORGIVES
dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Denmark / France
Nicolas Winding Refn in person
MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN – LA Premiere
dir. Liv Corfixen
Liv Corfixen and Nicolas Winding Refn in person
EL REY’S ‘THE PEOPLE’S NETWORK’ THEATRE / SPIELBERG THEATRE:
ABC’S OF DEATH 2 – LA Premiere – Free screening
dir. Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Todd Rohal, Jim Hosking, Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Gibney, Soichi Umezawa, Lancelot Imasuen, Jerome Sable, Robert Boocheck, Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, Bill Plympton, Rodney Ascher, Erik Matti, Juan Moreno, Steven Kostanski, Alejandro Brugues, E.L. Katz, Julian Barratt, Hajime Ohata, Vincenzo Natali, Chris Nash, Jen & Sylvia Soska, Dennisison Ramalho, Robert Morgan, Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper
Cast and crew in person
THE EDITOR – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks
HYENA – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. Gerard Johnson
FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 200AD – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. Paul Goodwin
LOST SOUL – THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. David Gregory
R100 – Free Screening
dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto
Lindsay Kay Hayward in person
NORWAY – Free Screening – LA Premiere
dir. Yannis Veslemes
THE CANAL presented by Shock Till You Drop – Free Screening – LA Premiere -
dir. Ivan Kavanagh
Meet 13th century Kaulder…
Vin Diesel has shared the first official look at himself in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Last Witch Hunter, which just began production under the direction of The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner.
Diesel leads the fantasy actioner as an immortal witch hunter who teams with his natural enemy, a witch, to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity. Julie Engelbrecht plays the Witch Queen.
Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, and Rose Leslie also star.
Summit will release in 2015.
“Five hundred years ago, war raged between humankind and witches, vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe, including KAULDER (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay an all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments before her death, the Queen exacted her revenge by cursing Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones.
Today, he is the only one of his kind–the last witch hunter. With the help of FATHER DOLAN, a Catholic priest, and a mystical arsenal hidden beneath New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he continues to pursue the renegades and outlaws who endanger humanity. Chief among their adversaries is BELIAL, a powerful rebel witch who Kaulder believes has found a way to restore the Queen Witch to power and reignite her campaign to destroy the human world.
With the help of CHLOE, a goodhearted young witch, Kaulder sets out to stop Belial before he can set his plan in motion, but allies in unexpected places keep the evil witch one step ahead in a cunning cat-and-mouse pursuit that will determine the survival of the human race.”