It was January when we last did a story on the long delayed adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but over the past few months a cast has come together, and filming is about to kick off.
Per Deadline, principal photography is slated to start in September with Cross Creek Pictures having acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release. Lily James (pictured), Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote will star.
Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St. Cloud) is directing from a screenplay by David O. Russell and Steers. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson, and Marc Butan will produce the film, which mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead, on behalf of Sierra/Affinity, which is also handling foreign sales. (The project was formerly at Panorama but moved over with Butan when he joined Sierra/Affinity in January.) CAA packaged the Cross Creek deal.
James ("Downton Abbey") plays Elizabeth Bennett, Riley (Maleficent) is Mr. Darcy, and Heathcote (Dark Shadows) portrays Elizabeth’s sister. Jack Huston is also in talks. Seth Grahame-Smith's popular novel plays with the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with the challenge of an army of the “sorry stricken” (i.e., zombies).
Now that things are moving again, look for lots more soon!
Attention, New Yorkers! Starting tonight in the lovely borough of Brooklyn, Nitehawk Cinema kicks off a month-long series highlighting five of the “new classics” that now proudly sit among other classic films of the vampire genre.
George Romero’s angst-ridden dark horror comedy Martin is first up tonight at 9:30 PM ET, and actor John Amplas will be in attendance! Our old friend Sam Zimmerman from Fangoria will also provide the introduction.
Be sure to check out the official press release below to find out the other films playing (one of which has arguably the best makeup sequence of Dick Smith’s legendary career in a scene featuring David Bowie). Hope to see you there tonight and all this month!
For more info check out Nitehawk's AUGUST MIDNITE: BITE THIS! website.
From the Press Release
With appearances on film now spanning over a century, the vampire is the most fictionalized character in the history of cinema. This month they're featured in five very different modern interpretations of the movie vampire: an introspective, perhaps delusional, self-diagnosed vampire struggling with his thirst in George Romero’s masterpiece Martin. Neon 90s, green blood bleeding, Mexican comic book monsters await you in the Tarantino/Rodriguez collaboration From Dusk Till Dawn. Quite possibly the most badass bloodsuckers ever to walk the night are coming to get you in Kathryn Bigelow’s hugely influential Near Dark. Come spend your eternity in the sexy, stylized shadows in Tony Scott’s vampire-chic The Hunger. It’s nearly impossible to re-make a classic iconic film and make it your own while staying true to the spirit of the original, but Werner Herzog did just that with Klaus Kinski in his cold and atmospheric Nosferatu The Vampyre.
AUGUST 4 (9:30PM)
George Romero • 1976 • 100 mins • English • 35mm • John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest, Elyane Nadeau, Tom Savini • R
George A. Romero’s is-he-or-isn’t-he vampire film may just be his best! The father of the modern cinematic zombie (the one and only George A. Romero) is also the creator of one of the most subtle vampire films ever made, Martin. Set in the decaying urban landscape of Pittsburgh, the film contains much of the underlying social and political concerns expressed in his Dead works. Here we have a young man named Martin, who has been sent to stay with his elderly relative. Things are a little tense between the two because dear old Martin has a tendency to kill people for their blood (with razors, not teeth). It’s never quite clear if he’s actually a vampire or just someone with mental issues, but it’s this ambiguity, the focus on the fine line between reality and unreality, that makes Martin so great.
Remember that BioShock news 2K was teasing us with a couple weeks ago? We now know what that is. 2K has confirmed, again via Twitter, that the original BioShock will finally be making its way to iOS. I hope you weren’t expecting something too exciting. Here are some screens.
If you're one of the fans who are eagerly anticipating the WWE's Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE Supertstar Dylan "Hornswoggle" Postl, then consider your lucky charms officially rubbed!
From the Press Release
Lionsgate and WWE Studios announced today that Leprechaun: Origins, starring WWE® Superstar Dylan “Hornswoggle®” Postl, will have a limited theatrical run on August 22nd.
The announcement comes after an enthusiastic reception at this year’s Comic-Con, where fans were given a sneak peek at footage from the reimagined franchise. The move is intended to support promotional efforts during the film's multi-platform release on August 26th for Digital HD, Video On Demand, and Pay-Per-View and September 30th on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital).
Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days), and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.
Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennett), David (Fletcher), and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.
In some surprising Monday afternoon news, the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is rising from the grave it has been buried in for years.
The movie version is now a reality with principal photography slated to start in September(!) and Cross Creek Pictures acquiring domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release, Deadline reports.
British actors Lily James (pictured above in Wrath of the Titans) and Sam Riley, and Australia’s Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) have been set to lead the film that mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic “Pride And Prejudice” with a legion of bloodthirsty undead.
“The novel plays with the relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England who are faced with the challenge of an army of the “sorry stricken”, aka zombies.”
Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St Cloud) is directing from a screenplay by David O. Russell and Steers.
Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan will produce on behalf of Sierra/Affinity which is also handling foreign sales.
Last month I spent some time with the unforgiving post-apocalyptic survival horror game Frozen State. It’s a solid game with a fair amount of potential — especially for an Early Access game — but I did find it lacking a bit in the “things to do” department. The game recently saw an update that introduced base building, so now you can gather resources and use them to build a home — a home you’ll likely die in, maybe from hunger, thirst, cold, or possibly at the hands (talons? claws?) of the various monsters that are roaming about.
If you’d like to check this game out, you can grab Frozen State on Steam right now for $9.99.
Hell hath no fury like a Devil scorned when Devil's Deal arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD, and Video on Demand October 14th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Interested? Good! Read on for the skinny!
The small town of Burning Bush learns the hard way to never make a deal with the Devil as he returns to fulfill a past agreement to collect promised souls. The Devil's Deal DVD, featuring behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes, will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
Mathew Greer, David K. Shelton, Jaysen Dry, Kari J. Kramer, Tristan Lavelle, Allen Reed, and David Ford star. Justin Mosley and Allen Reed direct.
Hell has come to the town of Burning Bush. When the terms of a deal with the devil made long ago resurface, the innocent must fight for their lives as the Devil aims to destroy everything and everyone in the town to reap the souls he was promised.
All photos taken by Cindy Arteaga Photography.
Hell hath no fury as a Devil scorned when Devil’s Deal arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand October 14 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
The small town of Burning Bush learns the hard way to never make a deal with the Devil, as he returns to fulfill a past agreement to collect promised souls. The Devil’s Deal DVD features behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes.
“Hell has come to the town of Burning Bush. When the terms of a deal with the devil made long ago resurface, the innocent must fight for their lives as the Devil aims to destroy everything and everyone in the town to reap the souls he was promised.“
WWE Studios and Lionsgate Tell Variety they’ll release Leprechaun: Origins, which stars wrestler Hornswoggle (Dylan Postl) as the title character, in limited theaters August 22. Will you find a theater near you playing it and see it with your friends? Personally, I will, although ticket prices are more than an early VOD rental.
The prequel is also scheduled to hit VOD on August 26th and DVD/Blu on September 30th.
Also starring Stephanie Bennett (Grave Encounters 2), Andrew Dunbar (Alien Trespass), Melissa Roxburgh (Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) and Brendan Fletcher (Freddy vs Jason), Leprechaun: Origins was written by Harris Wilkinson and directed by Zach Lipovsky.
“Backpacking through the lush Irish countryside, two unsuspecting young couples discover a town’s chilling secret. Ben (Dunbar), Sophie (Bennet), David (Fletcher) and Jeni (Roxburgh) quickly discover the idyllic land is not what it appears to be when the town’s residents offer the hikers an old cabin at the edge of the woods. Soon, the friends will find that one of Ireland’s most famous legends is a terrifying reality.”
Special features on the home video releases include both the “Leprechaun: An Icon Reborn” featurette and “Leprechaun: Behind the Blood” featurette.
At the end of April, Syfy announced a third installment in its Sharknado juggernaut will be heading our way in summer 2015, and today they released the first teaser video for it. Place your bets now on what city is next on the 'Nado's hit list!
After the original Sharknado swept across Los Angeles and Sharknado 2: The Second One turned its deadly fury on New York City, be on the lookout for Sharknado 3 and the next city the Sharknado will hit!
Sharkado 2: The Second One co-stars Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath. Among the guest stars are Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Judah Friedlander, Andy Dick, and Perez Hilton. The movie, which was filmed in New York City, was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from a screenplay by Thunder Levin (both of whom worked on the original Sharknado).
The upcoming Sharknado 3 will once again be produced by The Asylum. Look for more soon!
I think we can all agree that there really aren’t enough horror games about aliens out there right now. Despite their prevalence in film, especially horror movies (Under the Skin, Alien Abduction, Dark Skies) that same movement hasn’t been seen in horror games. The Hum aims to change that, but they’re going to need our help. The game recently made its way to Kickstarter, where they’re hoping to raise $250,000 NZD (about $213,000 USD).
If you’d like to support the game, you can do so here.
The public outcry has been heard, and this weekend studios began unrolling a series of female-centered franchises that started with news of an all-female Ghostbusters.
This morning, Sony continued to take the head of this charge by revealing plans to make a female-centered Spider-Man spinoff movie.
Says THR, after dating The Sinister Six for 2016 and pushing back The Amazing Spider-Man 3 by two years, Sony is turning its sights on creating a female superhero movie to add to its Spider-Man Universe.
Lisa Joy has been hired to work on the script for the female-centered story. And while they don’t know exactly what crime-fighter Sony plans to center on, a few that come to mind are Black Cat, Silver Sable and Spider-Woman. Personally, I want it to be Spider-Woman, as it could be a defining moment in film history.
This is incredibly exciting news to me, as Ripley is my favorite character of all-time (Wolverine a close second), but I strongly suggest that the studios think while they act – meaning, they need to make sure to create content that’s organic. I don’t want to see female centric characters forced into stories just to make people happy – they should do it because they are necessary and want to (it’s sort of like being asked to apologize – it means nothing after the fact).
The feminist movement has been strong online, and has been (rightfully) screaming for female characters in games and movies for years now. It’s a great feeling to know that voices are being heard, and that studios are willing to listen – even if they’ll point to the success of Lucy as a reason to do so.
Picking up where the big studios have been leaving off, home video label Twilight Time has for the last few years been releasing some pretty damn awesome horror flicks on Blu-ray, including the original Fright Night and Tom Savini's remake of Night of the Living Dead.
Joining them next is the 1988 version of The Blob, headed our way just in time for Halloween! As the company just revealed, October 14th will mark the Blu-ray release of The Blob.
Joining it on Blu will be a handful of other horror films, including Audrey Rose (1977), The Believers (1987), Man Hunt (1941), Under Fire (1983), and The Vanishing (1993).
Typical for Twilight Time, all of the releases will be limited with The Blob being cut off at 5,000 copies and the others limited to only 3,000.
Directed by Chuck Russell, The Blob is one of the better horror remakes we've yet seen, centering on a strange pink life form that consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.
Plans to remake the 1987 classic The Monster Squad have been in motion for many years, much to the chagrin of the original film's writer/director Fred Dekker. Now it seems the remake is officially dead in the water, and Dekker is quite pleased about that. Read on!
In an interview with Collider, Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller revealed the death of the project, Form saying that they're no longer developing the film. "That's dead," Fuller emphatically added, sealing the fate of this particular remake. For now, that is.
On his Facebook fan page, Fred Dekker remarked that "'Dead' is usually not a good thing" but offered up a big ole "HURRAY!" in response to the interview.
Can't say we disagree with you on this one, Fred. There are just some movies that can't be remade, and we're feeling like The Monster Squad is one of them!
Rob Cohen was at one point set to direct the remake of The Monster Squad, which begins when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and the Gillman. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. The heroes – the Monster Squad – are the only ones daring to stand in their way. Mark and Brian Gunn penned the latest screenplay.
Some early distro news has come in for another flick which is playing as part of the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival, The Drownsman. Read on for the latest on this splashy new fear flick.
Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada and Breakthrough Entertainment will release The Drownsman in the Canadian home market.
Chad Archibald directs the film, which stars Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable, and Ry Barrett, who plays the title character.
After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, Madison begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water.
Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world around her, but her fear intensifies when she begins to be haunted by the vision of an evil figure. After watching her struggle for over a year, Madison's four friends stage an intervention in a desperate attempt to help. In doing so, they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of the evil that haunts them, they’re dragged one by one to a horrifying place from which they may never return.
Hey there! How’s it going? I hope you had a great weekend and are all rested up for another week. But just in case you need that extra little push, Mr. Disgusting has put together a few suggestions of his current music obsessions that will kickstart Monday for you. Listen to his suggestions below and leave some of your personal favorites for us to check out!
Faith No More – Angel Dust
On tap right now is the trailer for the latest comedic slasher flick to come our way, Jersey Shore Massacre. Check it out and decide for yourself if this Guido and Guidette slaughter fest will do the trick in terms of a smile and a scream!
Paul Tarnopol directs. Danielle Dallacco, Angelica Boccella, Giovanni Roselli, Chris Lazzaro, Nicole Rutigliano, and Christina Scaglione star. Jenni Farley (Jwoww, "The Jersey Shore") executive produces.
Look for the film in theaters on August 22nd and on VOD on August 26th.
When Teresa and the girls leave their suburban New Jersey salon for a weekend of sun and sin down the shore, they are blindsided by a bizarre twist of events that catapult them from the sands of Seaside Heights to a secluded house deep in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Frightened by stories of the legendary Jersey Devil, the local population of Pineys, and a giant dim-witted neighbor, the girls eagerly return to Seaside Heights, where they hook-up with five fist-pumping delinquents who incessantly disrespect all with their reprehensible behavior.
As day turns to night, the group converges at a Seaside bar where they are soon ejected for inciting a dance-floor brawl. With nowhere else to go, the group retreats to the house in the Pine Barrens for a night of carnal delights. Blinded by their selfish pursuits, they remain unaware that their long outstanding debt to humanity is about to be settled - with their lives. One by one, the body count soars as retribution is exacted at the hands of a mentally-deranged killer with much more than just an axe to grind.
In the new movie Shock Value (directed by Douglas Rath, available now on VOD from Gravitas Ventures), a struggling ‘B’ movie director blackmails a serial killer to be the star of his next film. Shock Value writer/actor Anthony Bravo picks his Top 5 horror movies set in and around the entertainment business.
In the film, “Miles Fowler makes horror movies. Cheap, perverted, blood-soaked schlock-fests that few see and fewer enjoy. Wallowing in obscurity and desperate to make a name for himself, Miles happens upon a bizarre opportunity when he’s the sole witness to a brutal, real-life murder. Sensing a once-in-a-lifetime chance at artistic (and financial) glory, the z-level auteur decides to build his next project around his new “discovery” – serial killer Nick. But when he finds that Nick is in no way ready for his closeup, Miles must resort to that grandest of Hollywood traditions: blackmail. Pushed from the shadows into the spotlight, Nick has no choice but to learn his lines, hit his marks, and contain his homicidal urges. When cameras roll, however, “creative differences” might just put everyone’s life in turnaround.”
Check out Anthony’s list below!
5: Theater of Blood
Most actors have, at some point in our careers, fantasized about murdering every critic who’s ever given us a bad review. But then we chew a fistful of kava leaves and do some hot yoga and we’re back to our usual docile, narcissistic selves. Not Vincent Price. Beheading, drowning, electrocution… sure, he’s a hypersensitive bloodthirsty lunatic. But you can’t say he doesn’t commit.
4: Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
Even if, like myself, your soul barfs a little every time you hear the words “mockumentary”, “deconstruction” and/or “meta”, it’s hard not to love this movie. Glosserman knows his onions, slasher-wise, and Nathan Baesel is extraordinary. If the world made any sense, this movie would have five sequels and a polarizing Platinum Dunes reboot by now.
3: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
Long before TMZ was around to bravely keep tabs on our deranged former child stars, has-been Baby Jane Hudson was tormenting her poor crippled sister Blanche with binds, gags and fresh-from-the-oven rats. The body count may be low here but horror ain’t all teen screams and creature features. Sometimes true horror is having to listen to Bette Davis sing.
A good two decades before Oprah Winfrey coined the term “torture porn”, shady TV exec James Woods happens upon an enthralling BDSM-a-thon and ends up tumbling down a high-tech (for 1983) body horror rabbit hole. Like all early Cronenberg, it’s original, hypnotic and terrifically gross. If you liked Network, but felt it suffered from a lack of stomach vaginas, this one’s for you!
1: Body Double
In lesser hands, this tale of voyeurism, murder and pornography would have been a cheap, seedy Hitchcock rip-off. In De Palma’s masterful hands, however, it’s a slick, seedy Hitchcock homage…only better because it has adult content, adult language, graphic violence, nudity and strong sexual content. It’s everything you could want in a movie! Plus Frankie Goes To Hollywood!
Phoenix Online Publishing and Pelgrane Press have teamed up to offer fans of Lovecraftian horror a free novella inspired by the award-winning game The Last Door, discount codes on both companies' products, and a chance to win a free RPG PDF from Pelgrane.
For the month of August, all new subscribers to Phoenix Online’s newsletter will receive a free PDF of “The Five Arches.” This prequel story to point-and-click adventure game The Last Door is written by David Conyers.
Conyers is the author of more than fifty short stories, including an ongoing Lovecraftian sci-fi espionage series. The PDF also includes discount codes for $5 off at the Pelgrane Press webstore and 20% off The Last Door: Collector’s Edition at the Phoenix Online Store.
Additionally, from now through August 10th, the two companies invite horror fans to submit 140-character flash horror stories to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a free Pelgrane Press PDF of their choice, such as Trail of Cthulhu, 13th Age, or Night's Black Agents.
Five winners will be announced on August 12th on both sites.
About The Last Door: Collector’s Edition:
Feel what it's truly like to be alone in the dark with this low-res, high-suspense point-and-click horror adventure, winner of multiple Best Games of the Year awards. Set in Victorian England, when Jeremiah Devitt receives a letter from his old schoolmate Anthony Beechworth with a hidden, cryptic message, he knows something is wrong. His journey to an abandoned manor is only the beginning as he starts to remember a long-buried secret from his youth, discovering things man was not meant to know and opening doors that should have remained closed…
The Last Door: Collector’s Edition contains four terrifying episodes of occult and otherworldly horror inviting you to investigate Victorian England's deepest, darkest secret. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and featuring new scenes and puzzles, enhanced graphics, unlockable bonuses, and remastered sound, the game's the haunting, original musical score is by Carlos Viola. Explore ancient manors, decaying tenements, and twisting underground warrens with little but a lamp and magnifying glass to guide you. Dare you open The Last Door: Collector's Edition?