Hailing out of New Zealand, and from the people behind Stake Land, Late Phases, Starry Eyes, The Innkeepers, House of the Devil (MPI/Dark Sky), ABCs of Death and Housebound (Ant Timpson), comes a rockin’ new horror comedy that’s going to blow your collective minds.
Bloody Disgusting caught an early first look at the sales promo and a clip from Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm, a heavy metal horror movie that stars Milo Cawthorne, James Blake and Kimberley Crossman.
Starting with the clip, imagine Evil Dead 2, only Ash beats the deadites to death with a giant double-sided dildo before ripping the cord on a chainsaw to deliver a bloody final blow! Yeah, it’s that insane. But that’s nothing compared to the sales promo, which rains blood to tunes similar to old school Megadeth. The above image is deceiving, and actually hilarious considering the absolute bonkers movie that awaits. Deathgasm is the horror film to watch for in 2015 – all hail Baphomet!
“Metal-thrashing Brodie is an outcast in a sea of jocks and cheerleaders until he meets a kindred spirit in fellow metalhead Zakk. After starting their own band, Brodie and Zakk’s resentment of the suburban wasteland leads them to a mysterious piece of sheet music said to grant Ultimate Power to whoever plays it. But the music also summons an ancient evil entity known as Aeloth The Blind One, who threatens to tear apart existence itself. Their classmates and family become inhabited by demonic forces, tearing out their own eyes and turning into psychotic murderers… It’s up to Brodie, Zakk and their group of friends to stop a force of pure evil from devouring all of mankind.”
Produced in association with the New Zealand Film Commission and MPI Media Group, Deathgasm is said to satisfy metalheads and splatter fans alike as it will gush bodily fluids, rain limbs and tickle your funny bone, before tearing it out and giving you a stiff beating with it.
I wasn’t sure what to expect before speaking to indie-darling director Ana Lily Amirpour. Not that I don’t do my due diligence, but I try to bring a fresh, uncluttered and unbiased mind to most interviews (preferably, mine). Judging from her “Iranian vampire spaghetti western” called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, I might have guessed she was the personification of Winona Ryder’s character in Beetlejuice.
In fact, Amirpour wonders if such a preconceived notion doesn’t indeed precede her – “I’m always nervous to talk to a hardcore genre type,” she told me, first thing, “because I’m like, ‘Oh, they probably just think [my movie is] boring hipster, emo, arty shit.”
Well, the movie is emo and arty, but whether it is boring and all the rest will be up to broad audiences when it’s released later this week. So far, the movie has only been shown to erudite festival filmgoers, and it’s rating 100% fresh on the good old Tomato-Meter over at RottenTomatoes.com. That’s just one source, Amirpour points out with a laugh, “because if you look at our trailer on YouTube… well, if anybody still believes that there could be world peace, just look at the comments on YouTube and check those out because people are animals!”
Love it or loathe it, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review) is a singular achievement in that it’s quite original, especially coming from a feature first-timer. Mixing the lush beauty of 60s and 70s vampire art films a la Jean Rollin and Jess Franco, but with the cool, calculated exactitude of someone influenced by Jean-Luc Goddard and Jim Jarmusch, Amirpour still puts something elusively herself into it as well.
Since this movie seems to be coming from such a personal wellspring of artistic inspiration, I asked her if she might someday be open to directing a film someone else wrote. “At this point I have so many things that I’m interested in, and that’s coming from stuff I’m generating myself,” she replied. So it’s not going to happen soon, but she added, “I don’t think that that’s a limitless supply. I don’t know what to head for, there’s so many interesting things. It’s not like we’re inventing things that aren’t created. We’re just recombining things and telling stories in unfamiliar ways that are familiar, though, at the same time. So I’m totally open to that. I think I would have to make it my own. I am a writer. And so I think things have to become your own anyway. But I absolutely would be open to that.”
Here’s more of our quick chat:
Dread Central: Your DP’s [Lyle Vincent] work is very noir on the film. What was it specifically about him that made you want him to shoot for you?
Ana Lily Amirpour: I was getting such a lot of cinematography reels and stuff so I was looking at a bunch of different people’s work. He had a great series of short films called ‘Bright Falls,’ and when I watched them, I felt that they were very Lynchian – they reminded me a lot of Lynch from ‘Twin Peaks’ in particular. And I love David Lynch so I was really into that. Then we met over Skype because he’s New York-based and I’m in L.A.
I’ve worked with a lot of different DP’s on a lot of short films and music videos so I kind of had this promiscuous DP thing going on, you know, and I feel like it’s the most important thing because there’s a lot of people that can make things look pretty, but I think film has [an] inner beauty, and that really comes from the soul of people working together in a certain way. I had this immediate chemistry with him, and we are like soulmates, in a way, creatively. We have a lot of similar cinematic fascinations. We both love Lynch and Sergio Leone and Scorsese, and I spent just hours and hours and hours on Skype with him talking about films, and I just knew he was the one.
DC: Sounds like you might have a collaborator now.
ALA: Yeah. He’s shooting my next film, which I’m doing in the spring.
DC: Oh good. What genre is it?
ALA: It’s in color and English. It’s a desert-set, Texan wasteland and then we’re in a desert and it’s kind of a psychedelic Road Warrior. It’s like a post-apocalyptic, cannibal love story. It’s very violent and very romantic.
DC: Sounds sort of like, maybe El Topo?
ALA: Oh my God. Yes. It’s like El Topo meets Dirty Dancing.
DC: I love it already.
Kino Lorber will release A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night in New York and Los Angeles on November 21st with national expansion to follow.
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night stars Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, and Milad Eghbali.
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.
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Time for another band for you fine readers to check out! This time I’m bringing you Minnesotan metal band Thee Massacre, who fully embrace the concept of “horror metal”, crafting a style this is theatrical and vicious. The band utilizes horror samples and cinematic keys to create what sounds to me like a far heavier version of Dog Fashion Disco.
Honestly, I’d compare this band to a slasher film. It’s meant to be aggressive yet fun and playful.
Below you can listen to their debut EP Horror, which you can purchase via Bandcamp.
“Consumed” delivered an extremely gripping chapter of The Walking Dead, following Daryl and Carol’s search for Beth.
While the surface elements at play were in top form, it’s the deeply personal analysis of what brought these two characters to where they are currently, both physically and emotionally that packs the most weight. There is a theme of reflection, in perhaps the most potent and complex psychological study we’ve seen thus far in the series.
With countless instances of Carol’s reflection cast on glass surfaces, the dark and foreboding mirror image of the highway leading into Atlanta, this episode was packed with imagery of change. Something that shines through every moment both internally and externally.
This is an infiltration mission, and an exciting one at that. Daryl and Carol follow the marked car back into the ruined city of Atlanta, and the excitement is palpable. The change of scenery is commanding, cementing the hopeless state of the world, as empty blackened buildings stand claimed by the dead.
It’s a thrill to traverse these areas again, especially with these two characters. As soon they enter the city, the threat looms with legions of walkers pouring out of the darkness towards our duo’s stalled vehicle. While escape is easily achieved, the sanctuary, which end’s up being some temporary housing once visited by Carol in another life, brings back painful memories of her past. A theme that was constantly explored in various situations from that point on.
Watching these two search for clues in an attempt to track down Beth’s captors was just awesome. They work much like a well oiled machine. Their complete confidence once stripped of their weapons by a desperate Noah is empowering and thrilling. I don’t know if an episode of this show has got me this pumped up since the fall of the prison. It was a much different kind of thrill, but every bit as potent.
The constant revelations on Carol’s mental state, told in part through flashbacks really got to me. These glimpses over the course of the episode are fantastic. We’re shown that Carol’s role at the prison allowed her to be the person she always thought she should be, and the utter sense of defeat she suffered after her exile. While her discovery of the fall of her former home, and the horrible loss of her adopted children left her empty inside.
It was made obvious that Carol still maintained the desire to keep her new found strength and willingness to make those tough calls, but her experiences left her with a profound fear of loss. A fear that almost made her abandon the group, if for no other reason than to spare herself from losing anyone else.
How the writers played all of this off of Daryl’s character, and the strong, compassionate man he’s become, was nothing short of brilliant. A device strengthened by some expertly crafted pacing and dialogue. The fact that a single episode could be this packed with character, while showcasing all the action, intrigue and suspense we’ve come to love, is simply stunning. I was completely engaged from start to finish.
The seriously haunting score by the incredible Bear McCreary combined with some seriously bad ass set design and the overall visual atheistic of the locals put this episode over the edge of awesome. The atmosphere practically oozed off my screen, inspiring me with a sense of loss, dread, and confidence all at once.
In one of my favorite instances of this, our dynamic duo investigates a van belonging to the people they’re after. Said van dangles precariously over the edge of an interchange while being pursued by walkers on either side. How this scene played out in the end was a little improbable (the van probably would’ve landed on it’s roof), but it was awesome none the less.
And how about finding out how Carol ended up in the clutches of our insanity besieged boys in blue?
So much for the intentional infiltration angle, but this is much more compelling as we now know that rescue will not come from within, but from our main cast of characters after Daryl’s return with Noah.
This to me was an episode that makes me wish there was a rating higher than 5. An episode that shows an incredible level of story telling finesse, while driving home one of the most important points that could be illustrated on this show: there is no such thing as a straight path in this world. A point that has drawn a certain amount of contention in previous episodes when character’s didn’t act the way the were ‘supposed’ to, or the way their previous characterization dictated they should.
These characters are constantly struggling to find who they are in any given moment. A fact illustrated in part by the role reversal undergone in regards to Noah’s fate in this very episode. When it comes to motivations and snap decisions, there are no constants, much like in our world. This is something I always wanted to see addressed in a more targeted fashion, and this did the job perfectly.
I’m absolutely shitting my pants to see what comes next, and as of this moment I’m anticipating what may end up being the finest mid season finale in The Walking Dead history two weeks from now.
What did you think of “Consumed?”
Were you disappointed in the lack of romance between Carol and Daryl?
Where do we go from here?
Can The Walking Dead continue its hot streak?
Are we heading back into Atlanta full force come mid season?
I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to see Goosebumps up on the big screen. With next year’s movie set to unleash many of the most iconic monsters from the books, it looks to be a real treat for longtime fans, and on tap for you today is your very first look at one of those monsters!
The brand spankin’ new image shows off a titular villain from the book Rise of the Jack-O’-Lanterns, and it came to our attention courtesy of Jamie Kelman, one of the effects artists who helped build it.
“I sculpted and painted this Jack-O’s head and hands for Steve Prouty’s FUSION FX,” wrote Kelman. “He walks on stilts– at 10 feet high, he was really imposing and cool looking. Steve Prouty also put some bright red lights in his eyes, maybe we will see that effect in the movie next summer?”
Check out the photo below, along with the other stills from the film that we’ve thus far been provided with!
Jack Black, Ken Marino, Amy Ryan, Odeya Rush, Ryan Lee, Halston Sage, Timothy Simons, Amanda Lund, and Dylan Minnette star.
In the film, directed by Rob Letterman, Black portrays famed children’s horror writer R.L. Stine, whose monsters, it turns out, are actually real. When they escape from his books and attack an unsuspecting town, it’s up to Stine and two teens to get the monsters back into their stories.
Goosebumps, which comes from a screenplay by Darren Lemke and Mike White, is produced by Neal H. Moritz through his Original Film banner and Deborah Forte of Scholastic Entertainment.
Look for it in theatres on August 7, 2015.
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it’s suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
It’s that time of the week, fiends! Time to go behind the scenes for an “inside” look at tonight’s Episode 5.06 of “The Walking Dead,” entitled “Consumed,” and also check out a sneak peek of next week’s Episode 5.07, “Crossed.” We’re not exactly sure who’s crossing whom, but in the world of “TWD,” it’s sure to be no one good.
And then, just one week after that is the mid-season finale so drink up while you can!
“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.06 – “Consumed” (aired 11/16/14)
Cautiously, members of our group must venture into a familiar location on a heroic rescue mission. It’s a huge stage, but so are the stakes. Directed by Seith Mann; written by Matthew Negrete.
“The Walking Dead” Episode 5.07 – “Crossed” (airs 11/23/14)
Between holding down the church and going on a rescue mission, our group is spread pretty thin. Is this going to be the breaking point? Directed by Billy Gierhart; written by Seth Hoffman.
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.
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Last week I posed a question: What horror movies disappointed you? It gave you all a chance to think about the movies that were hyped up and got great reviews only for you to see it and think, “What the hell?”
In today’s day and age, we seem to focus a great deal on what we dislike, what offends us, what brings us down. So, let’s take that negativity and turn it completely around by focusing on the opposite to the original question and ask ourselves, “What horror movies did we think were going to suck but actually turned out to be really good!”
I’ve got a few examples of movies that I thought were going to be dreadful but instead left me really surprised and entertained. Check them out and then leave a comment with your choices!
Ah, like a ripped-from-the-headlines episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” you just knew it would take no time flat for a slew of ebola zombie flicks to emerge. But is it too soon?
The American Film Market saw the appearance of two films (although one is technically a cheat) designed to capitalize on both the oversaturation of zombie flicks and the media’s “Ebolageddon 2015” news coverage.
For the record, if there isn’t a movie titled Ebolageddon before the end of next year, I’ll be stunned.
Wild Eye Releasing struck first with a film simply entitled Ebola Zombies. Two weeks before AFM it was entitled SARS Zombies. Honestly, who remembers SARS? That non-pocalypse was so five years ago – longer, actually. In fact, I’m not 100% certain, but I think this movie may actually be a retitling of the Asian movie SARS Wars from 2004. I can’t tell because they all look alike to me. Asian zombie movies, I mean, not actual Asians themselves. Stop being racist!
Anyway, here’s the trailer for Ebola Zombies, written and directed by, ummm, people.
Then there’s the British flick Plan Z, in which an ebola outbreak leads to the dead rising. The trailer for this rather generic looking zombie movie written by, directed by, and starring Stuart Brennan makes no mention of ebola whatsoever. It’s currently in post and will debut at the Berlin market in February.
According to Deadline, the production company behind Plan Z is purposefully going out of its way not to connect the film to the 24-hour news cycle’s societal death knell of the moment out of fear of being labeled insensitive.
Honestly, if you’re concerned with being labeled insensitive, you probably shouldn’t be making horror movies.
For more be sure to hit up the link to Deadline’s story, which also includes a teaser for Iron Sky: The Coming Race, the sequel to 2012′s Iron Sky about Nazis on the moon. This time around Sarah Palin destroys the world as we know it and then descends to a secret netherworld to report to a dino-riding Hitler. Seriously.
Plan Z Synopsis:
Craig has always thought about what he might do in a zombie apocalypse. When a deadly outbreak of Ebola erupts, his planning becomes more serious. As the virus mutates and makes the dead rise again, he must put his plan to action. Barricading himself in his house, his plan quickly unravels, and he must adapt and decide on a new and more aggressive course of action. A Plan Z.
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Okay, so it’s not actually the Predator, but this is still pretty damn awesome!
While playing some DayZ, YouTube user LastStandGamer stumbled upon a forest encampment where two players were attempting to sleep through the night. After all, a long day of scavenging and hunting will get one all sorts of knackered out!
However, instead of letting them enjoy their surely well deserved rest, LastStandGamer cracked open his Predator soundboard and began issuing those signature clicks and roars that made this extraterrestrial beast so terrifying. As one would expect, the two gamers began shooting wildly in any direction they could think and then proceeded to GTFO.
Just another day in the lovely universe of DayZ.
Is Pepper the key to it all?
According to the site, a script from a critical scene of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” has been STOLEN and is being shopped around to media outlets.
The theft occurred on set during a filming last week in New Orleans, and they’re told one of the actors was reading a script and left some pages behind and someone pilfered them.
As for what’s being shopped … it’s only one page but it is hugely important. They say it involves Pepper the pinhead and a scene that reveals how she ended up in the Briarcliff Manor during Season 2, “Asylum.”
It sounds as if the site has read the page that was presumably shopped to them.
We reported on some connections back on November 4 that bring Elsa into the “Asylum” world as well.
What have you guys caught in the past few weeks? Any other major connections?
The ratings are down a bit this season for “Sleepy Hollow,” and while we’re still big fans of the show, we have to admit it’s starting to feel a tad formulaic. Can things get back on track in Monday night’s Episode 2.09, “Mama”? Here are two sneak peeks to give us an idea of what’s ahead.
“Sleepy Hollow” Episode 2.09 – “Mama” (airs 11/17/14)
A series of mysterious deaths at Tarrytown Psych leads Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) to discover that an especially surprising spirit is involved.
Also starring Orlando Jones as Captain Frank Irving, Katia Winter as Katrina Crane, John Noble as Henry Parish, and Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills. Guest stars includes Aunjanue Ellis as Lori Mills and Matt Barr as Nick Hawley.
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After a rocky start, “Constantine” is finding its way, and last night’s episode was the best yet. If you’d like to learn even more about the hunger demon we met in it, check out a behind-the-scenes video of writer Cameron Welsh talking with some cast members and producers about the inspiration behind “A Feast of Friends.”
But first we have a dozen stills from and a promo for next week’s Episode 1.05, “Danse Vaudou,” in which Constantine and Papa Midnite are forced to join together to lay a deadly threat to rest.
Just be warned of the graphic nature of this preview of the ep – as you’ll see above, Constantine can be seen actually SMOKING!
“Constantine” Episode 1.05 – “Danse Vaudou” (11/21/14; 10-11pm)
In New Orleans, Constantine’s (Matt Ryan) unusual knowledge of a string of crimes gets him into trouble with Detective Jim Corrigan (guest star Emmett Scanlan). He must form an unholy alliance with Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw) when a voodoo ritual to help people communicate with their dead loved ones takes a deadly turn.
Charles Halford and Angélica Celaya also star.
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has picked up worldwide distribution rights to the thriller A Man In the Dark from Ghost House Pictures and director Fede Alvarez, Bloody Disgusting is told.
“In A A Man In the Dark, three teens who get away with perfectly planned home robberies have set their sights on one last payout that will get them out of crime forever. Their target: a reclusive blind man with a million dollars in hiding. When they break into his home, the tables are turned and they find themselves fighting for survival against a psychopath with secrets of his own.“
“We’re thrilled to be in business again with the creative team behind Evil Dead, and to back Fede on his next picture,” stated Bersch. “He and Rodo (Sayagues) have crafted a screenplay that keeps you on the edge of your seat and we look forward to bringing the movie to audiences worldwide.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment has a long and successful history collaborating with Ghost House Pictures that includes six #1 box office hits, most recently Alvarez’s Evil Dead, the hit retelling of Sam Raimi’s classic which grossed nearly $100 million in worldwide box office.
Alvarez, who is set to direct, co-wrote the script with partner Rodo Sayagues. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce for Ghost House. J.R. Young, Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake will executive produce. Erin Westerman will oversee for the company.
Developer Techland is looking to recreate the success and comically large piles of money Dead Island made them with a similarly themed zombie bash ‘em up game, Dying Light.
The major difference with this game is it injects the already insanely addictive formula — according to my sources, it goes something like big virtual sandbox + hordes of ghouls + fun ways to kill those ghouls = money — with a bit of freerunning.
Unfortunately, as fun as it is to parkour over a unsuspecting zombie so you can do a majestic pirouette and swivel kick it in the jaw, sometimes, things don’t always go according to plan.
Dying Light arrives on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015.
Sometimes all it takes to find something amazing is to turn to your friends and have an open ear. Such was the case when my pal Zach Shildwachter turned me onto Silver Strain, the directing crew behind this week’s Twisted Music Video Of The Week.
I was particularly drawn to their video for Carpenter Brut‘s “Le Perv”, which is HIGHLY NSFW! Done as an homage to Lucio Fulci, the video is gloriously shot and aged in such a way that I honestly felt like I was watching an Italian giallo/horror film. This really is a fantastic video that is right up the alley of any horror fan.
“Le Perv” comes from the group’s first EP, which you can snag via Bandcamp.
I have a deep, unconditional love for video game concept art. I’ve talked about my obsession before, but you’d have to read my stuff fairly regularly to know that I collect hardcover art books. None of that flimsy cover nonsense, no sir. What do I look like, some sort of peasant? If you’re not willing to drop some extra cash for the premium stuff, you may as well be collecting old newspapers.
This love for video game art makes this video extra special for someone such as myself, as it follows Ikumi Nakamura, lead concept artist on The Evil Within.
And because my shamelessness knows no bounds, below you’ll find my playthrough of the game’s first chapter:
With its arrival less than a week away, Deep Silver has released a launch trailer for Escape Dead Island. This will be the latest spinoff of their popular series of zombie genocide simulators set in tropical locales, following the free-to-play MOBA (I refuse to call it a ZOMBA any longer), Dead Island: Epidemic.
What separates this game from the rest is its cel-shaded art style — a first for the series — budget price ($39.99) and the creative naming of its lead character, a one Cliff Calo.
Escape Dead Island releases on November 18 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
If you needed a reason to check out Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s Late Phases (in limited theaters November 21), here’s your kick in the ass.
Promised to be a hugely a practical effects heavy werewolf film (Patrick Cooper raves about), the proof is in the pudding. Check out these new images that share your first ever glimpse at the creature, as well as a beautiful gore shot!
Penned by Under the Bed‘s Eric Stolze, Dark Sky’s latest horror offering that stars Stake Land‘s Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and the great Tom Noonan.
In the film, “Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…”
Back on October 20 we told you that the new MTV “Scream” television series wouldn’t use the iconic Ghostface mask we all associate with Wes Craven’s franchise.
This is partially true.
While the series won’t use FunWorld RJ Torbert’s design that was utilized in the four Scream movies, something new and fresh has been created for the forthcoming cable adaptation.
In an effort to subvert expectations and create a wholly unique experience, the series has created a mask of its own, explains EW. Similarly inspired by the Edvard Munch painting, the show’s mask will have a more “organic feel.”
What they mean by this is that it’ll be made of flesh(!)…
“It’s a darker, almost more grounded, evolved version of the mask,” says Mina Lefevre, MTV’s senior vice president and head of scripted development. “It’s something we’re constantly talking about. How did that mask become that mask? What’s its purpose? How did it evolve? If the Scream movie mask was the more plastic version, for a lack of a better description, this one is a more organic looking and frankly darker version.”
Lefevre—who insists not using Ghostface had nothing to do with rights issues— promises that the spirit of Kevin Williamson and Wes Craven’s films are intact. “Scream was incredibly iconic, but we wanted to reinvent that for TV while of course keeping all the main elements that made it so iconic, including a mask, but also the soapy teen stories, pop culture humor, the scares and the killer,” she says. “We’re tonally walking that line, yet delivering the scares in a significant way. The mask was a big discussion creatively. We wanted to get a nod and a wink to what the original was, but we definitely wanted to make it more on par with what horror is now, which is darker.”
Still, that doesn’t rule out never seeing the Ghostface mask. “It’s a little preliminary, obviously because we haven’t even started our writers room, to say that we will never see that other mask or not,” she adds.
The MTV series stars Willa Fitzgerald, Taylor-Klaus, Bobby Campo (The Final Destination), Connor Weil (Sharknado) and Joel Gretsch (Witches of East End, V, The 4400). You can read about their characters here.
It’s said to center on a YouTube viral video gone wrong, which leads to adverse repercussions for teenager Audrey Jesen and will also serve as the “catalyst for a murder and opens up a window to the town’s troubled past.”
What do you guys think about the concept for the new Ghostface mask? Tell us below!
Just a few days ago, Swedish hardcore/thrash metal band Dr. Living Dead signed to Century Media Records with the promise of a new studio album, Crush The Sublime Gods, in early 2015! With a band name such as theirs, I knew we had to get their Top 10 Horror Movie list to see what kinds of films inspire them!
Some of these selections are pure classics that have survived the test of time while others may stir a debate on what constitutes horror. Personally, I think every selection on this list works but I want to hear from you in the comments below. Do you think every film on here is horror?